EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/7/2011

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  ABA   


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


Jacksonville Giants hang onto #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association (ABA) released its Power Rankings for the week ending December 3rd, and the Jacksonville Giants hung onto its #1 position atop the rankings with a last second shot over the visiting Gulf Coast Flash. 'What an exciting game this was,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'We knew that Gulf Coast was very tough and it was the first game of the season for the Giants. With a crowd of over 3000 people standing, a last second shot saved the day for Jacksonville and they held onto their number one position. The second-ranked Los Angeles SLAM won four games this week and both the Colorado Kings and South Carolina Warriors remain undefeated. Quite a battle for the #1 spot.'

1. Jacksonville Giants
2. Los Angeles SLAM
3. Colorado Kings
4. South Carolina Warriors
5. Arizona Scorpions
6. San Diego Sol
7. Carolina Cougars
8. Carolina Cheetahs
9. Chicago Steam
10. Athens Razors
11. Jersey Express
12. Texas FUEL
13. Bay Area Matrix
14. Gulf Coast Flash
15. Nashville SOUL
16. Milwaukee Blast
17. Memphis Bluff City Reign
18. Central Valley Titans
19. Lyunchburg Legends
20. Conway Cyclones
21. Atlanta Experience
22. North Dallas Vandals
23. Indianapolis Drive
24. Connecticut Topballerz

'The Missouri Rhythm, Little Rock Lightning, Seattle Mountaineers and several other teams could easily have been ranked,:' added Newman. 'And I would not be surprised if they were next week. There are so many good teams in the ABA and all it takes is a win or two to change.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com


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  ACPBL   


Head Coach Emory Addison on Season Opening Win - by Mike Lee
The Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers defeated the Beltway Bombers 128-120 in the season opener and recently Trailblazers' head coach Emory Addison commented on the team's victory. Addison stated:

'My initial thoughts regarding the game are: 'It is always good to get a win especially against a talented team as are the Beltway Bombers. I was not pleased with our defense as a team giving up 120 points and how we surrendered so many uncontested baskets both at the rim and on the perimeter. But, we can fix it and we will fix it. I fully expect the road to the ACPBL championship to be a difficult and tough journey, but I truly believe we have the personnel to compete and respond to the challenge of repeating. We must focus on the job, not the surroundings.'

The Trailblazers will continue their season with back-to-back matchups versus The Enterprise. The first game will be a road game on December 10th, followed by a home game for the Trailblazers on December 18th.


Trailblazers defeat Bombers 128-120 - by Mike Lee
The Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers opened the 2011-12 season with a 128-120 victory over the Beltsway Bombers on Sunday, December 4th. Although an impressive victory to start the new season, head coach Emory Addison feels that the team still has a number of things to improve upon. Most notable on that list was his dissatisfaction with the 120 points that the team allowed. He feels that the defense will have to improve if the team hopes to repeat as champions,

The Trailblazers began the game efficiently; scoring on the majority of the teams opening possessions. The team was led early on by point guard Brian Graves (6'2''-G-85, college: Catawba), who hit his first four shots and finished the first quarter with ten points. The Trailblazers maintained control throughout the first quarter and ended the quarter with a double-digit lead.

The Bombers made a solid run in the second quarter, even at one point taking a slight lead midway through the quarter. The Trailblazers eventually righted themselves, getting a big lift off the bench from guard Branden Smith (6'3''-G, college: Radford). The Trailblazers survived the run and ended the half with a 61-49 lead.

The undermanned Bombers, who were playing without last years ACPBL MVP, Hugh Jones (6'3''-F-80), appeared to be overmatched as the second half began. Highlighted by solid play from forwards Jamal Robinson (6'5''-F/G-73, college: Virginia) and Paul Johnson, center Jason Clark (6'8''-F-82, college: Virginia), and guard Brian Graves, the Trailblazers continued to add to the lead throughout the third quarter, at one point leading by more than twenty points. However, towards the end of the quarter, the Bombers, playing with only seven players, were able to make a run to cut the lead to single digits heading into the fourth quarter.

The last quarter proved to be a very entertaining quarter, with the Bombers keeping the game close. The Trailblazers maintained the lead for most of the quarter, although the Bombers did tie the game for a short time midway through the quarter. Trailblazers point guard, Brian Graves dashed the Bombers last-ditch efforts by connecting on a big three-pointer in the final minutes of the game to give the team a five point lead. The Trailblazers were able to end the game, led by solid defense off the bench by backup point guard Brian Faulcon (5'8''-PG-84, college: Norfolk St.) and timely free throw shooting.

The Trailblazers were led in scoring by center Jason Clark, who finished the game with 26 points. Forward Jamal Robinson chipped in 25 points and also led the team with 13 rebounds. Paul Johnson and Brian Graves contributed 23 points each and Graves also led the team with 13 assists. Starting guard Brandon Plummer (6'1''-PG) finished with 12 points as well. Off the bench, the Trailblazers received solid contributions from guard Branden Smith, who finished with 10 points and John Gilchrist (6'2''-G-84, college: Maryland), who was second on the team with six assists.

The Bombers were led by Nate Flowers (6'5''-F-87, college: Oklahoma City), who finished with team highs in points (22) and rebounds (8). Point guard, Joe Flegler also led the team with nine assists and added 16 points as well.

The Trailblazers will continue their season with a road game against The Enterprise on December 10th, while the Bombers next game will also be a road game versus Bay Area Shuckers on December 17th.



Bombers win big in Opener - by Justin Moore
Beltway Bombers win big on opening night, 151-114 over The Bay Area Shuckers

The Bombers of the ACPBL, viewed by many as one of the most talented and deepest pro teams in the country, showed why by beating down the Shuckers by 37 points. From the tip, the 'Bad Boys' applied their trademark relentless full court pressure defense, and showcased their unselfish attacking up-tempo fast break.

Returning ACPBL all-star forward Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Rhode Island) led eight (8) Bombers players that scored in double figures; pacing their explosive offense with 31 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. All-star PG Joseph Flegler (6'0''-G-85, college: Savannah St.) added 24 points while dishing out 10 assists. All-star G Camontae Griffin (5'9''-G-86, college: St.Mary's, MD) had 17 points, all-star F Derick Payne (6'6''-F-83, college: Bowie St.) 18 points, G/F Rogers Barnes (6'2''-G-86, college: Morgan St.) 15 points, all-star F Ed Jones (6'7''-F-86, college: N.Carolina A&T) added 14 points, and G Darrian Lee (6'5''-G-78, college: Goucher) and Nate Flowers (6'5''-F-87, college: Oklahoma City) had 11 points each.

Last season, the Bombers were the highest scoring team in the ACPBL averaging 160 points per game. They put up 151 points against the Shuckers, playing without any of their bigs, and also not having the ACPBL League MVP and Player of the Year Hugh Jones (6'3''-F-80). Also not available for opening night were 6-3 all-star G Angelo Hernandez (6'3''-G, college: N.Carolina A&T), 6-4 F Eric Joe, 6-7 F Stacey Daniels, 6-9 F Chris Darnell (6'9''-F/C-86, college: William & Mary), 6-9 PF Dave Bailey, 6-9 F Alexander Harrington and 6-11 F/C Johndre Jefferson.

Chaz Dudley , the Bombers CEO and Head Coach when asked of his team's opening night performance stated that, 'our approach was to neutralize their shooters, play our pressure defense, rebound, protect the basketball, and attack them offensively inside-out. The pro game is a game of runs, and we were fortunate to have had a few more runs than they did. They have several weapons on their team, and we didn't want them to get in any rhythm. The Shuckers are a talented and well coached team. Class owners and organization. They are a huge asset to the league and we look forward to competing against them the rest of the season. I'm sure when I look at film of the game, there will be a lot of execution details for us to work on.'

There was one pro scout at the game who had a more direct take on the Bombers performance; 'Bombers are just too talented, too quick, too fast, too big, too physical, too unselfish, too well coached, and too deep. They are just too good. Crazy to think that they are that explosive missing Baby Shaq and so many other of their key guys, and all their bigs. If you're going to beat the Bombers, you better catch them when they are really under-manned. If they have their whole roster there, its a big problem for whoever they are playing against'.

Bombers and Shuckers meet up again on Saturday, December 17th at 7:00pm, at the Shuckers home gym (Kilby Center-Annapolis Area Christian School in Severn MD).

The Shuckers were led by F Kevin Green (6'4''-F) 22 points and 11 rebounds. G Terry Hosley (6'0''-G) added 18 points.

Bombers next Home game is Saturday, January 21st vs the Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers.




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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Radnicki Kragujevac lands Sasa Bratic - by Zoran Popovic
Radnicki Kragujevac lands experienced Sasa Bratic (202-F/G-81, agency: BeoExcell). Last season Sasa Bratic played for Maccabi Haifa and B.M.C. AEK Larnacas. On 8 games for Maccabi Haifa Bratic average scored 6.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 steal per game and for B.M.C. AEK Larnacas on 3 games average scored 14.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 assists per game. During the career Bratic played for Beovuk 72, Crvena Zvezda, Radnicki Beograd, FMP Zeleznik, Atlas Banka, Lavovi 063, Hapoel Galil Elyon, Khimik-OPZ Yuzny, Hapoel Holon, Maccabi Haifa and B.M.C. AEK Larnacas. Sasa Bratic was member of Yugoslavian U20 National team.

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  ARGENTINA   


Nestor Garcia new head coach of Atenas - by Facundo Iatzky
Atenas cordoba announced today that they hired Nestor Garcia as new head coach of the team, after the release of Sebastian gonzalez. Atenas is in one of their worst moment of their whole history in liga A after losing 8 straight games. 'che' garcia last job was as assistant coach of Julio Lamas in the lat FIBA americas tournament in Argentina. He also was coaching in Venezuela the past years. Nestor is expected to make his debut on friday night.

Standings - LigaA
LigaA Stage Two Standings
 1. Obras 4-0
 2. Sionista 4-0
 3. Libertad S. 3-1
 4. Penarol 3-1
 5. Quimsa 3-1
 6. Wuber-Est.Bahia 2-1
 7. Boca Jrs 2-2
 8. La Union 2-2
 9. Club 9 2-2
 10. Olimpico LB 1-2
 11. Lanus 1-3
 12. Regatas C. 1-3
 13. GECR Indalo 1-3
 14. San Mart.C. 1-3
 15. Quilmes MP 1-3
 16. Atenas 0-4
Stage One Standings


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Smith, La Union20.2 
 2. McHopson, Quilm.18.5 
 3. Meyinsse, Wuber-.18.1 
 4. Villegas, Sionista17.8 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 6. Mikulas, La Union16.2 
 7. Mojica, Wuber-Es.16.2 
 8. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.1 
 9. Roe, Regatas C.16.1 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matias SANDES
  Sionista
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Sandes, Sionista9.6 
 2. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 3. Lloreda, Olimpico.9.3 
 4. Truscott, Quilm.8.6 
 5. Mikulas, La Union8.5 
 6. Battle, Libertad S.8.5 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras8.5 
 8. McFarlan, San M.7.6 
 9. Cowan, Club 97.3 
 10. Meyinsse, Wuber-.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.8 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.6.7 
 3. Cequeira, Sionista6.1 
 4. Stanic, Boca Jrs6.1 
 5. Martinez, Regat.5.8 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas4.6 
 7. Victoriano, San M.4.2 
 8. Smith, La Union3.9 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.6 
 10. McHopson, Quilm.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Phillip MCHOPSON
  Quilm.
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. McHopson, Quilm.2.2 
 2. Beitzel, San M.2.2 
 3. Campazzo, Penarol2.1 
 4. Gerbaudo, Club 91.7 
 5. Lescano, Atenas1.7 
 6. Ibarra, Olimpico.1.6 
 7. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.6 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.1.6 
 9. Mojica, Wuber-Es.1.6 
 10. Aguirre, Quimsa1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Josimar AYARZA
  Club 9
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Ayarza, Club 91.4 
 2. Roe, Regatas C.1.2 
 3. Battle, Libertad S.1.1 
 4. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 5. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 6. Sanchez, Wuber-.0.9 
 7. Meyinsse, Wuber-.0.8 
 8. Williams, Quimsa0.8 
 9. Aguerre, Wuber-.0.7 
 10. Gutierrez, Obras0.7 


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Standouts from Week 9 - by Duncan Matheson

NBL All-Star Five From Week 9

Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 stls, 3 blocks, 8-18 FG 2-4 FT in 69-64 win

Diamon Simpson (201-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) 22 points, 10 rebounds, 2 stls, 1 block, 10-12 FG 2-5 FT in 96-84 win

Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) 33 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks, 10-18 FG 6-9 3pt FG 7-10 FT in 108-98 OT win

Peter Crawford (193-G/F-79) 22 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 6-14 FG 2-7 3pt FG 8-8 FT in 82-81 win

Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Albany) 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 9-23 FG 15-18 FT in two games





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  AUSTRIA   


Kelvin Parker is ready to go anytime! - by Stefan Prager
A little Q&A with Point Guard Kelvin Parker:

What was your last team and what were your achievements there?

Last year I played with the Austrian Bundesliga champion Oberwart Gunners. We finished 4th in the regular season, before taking the crown by defeating the previous champion Gmunden Swans. I finished as the teams leader in steals, assists and FT%. Also was second in scoring. I finished in the top 10 in assists, steals and 3pt % as well as top 3 in FT%.

What have you been doing since then basketballwise?

Since being home from this summer i have done some travelling with my family and taken them out and around the country to see and enjoy the summer as well as worked with some of the future stars from around Kansas City on the basketball court in individual workout situations. Since the fall i have continued to workout a few kids there but most have left for college. I have played on a exhibition team that has played against some of the colleges in the midwest to help stay in shape. I have been working out at a local university and been very fortunate to have some great facilities to work out in.


Tell us about your basketball experience overseas...

My experiences is that i have been to a few different countries (Norway, Germany, Austria) and all i have felt is safe and welcomed by my home fans. With last year topping it off by winning and bringing the first championship to the city of Oberwart. I think the funniest time I had was when my mother came to visit last year with some of my other relatives and my father and close family friends coming to visit me in Munich. To see the pure joy in their eyes and the relaxation of their hearts to see their son at work and to see these beautiful countries was an overjoying experience for a son to take in. As well as when we had my sons 3rd birthday party at an indoor swim park in the middle of the winter. Some of the silliest exp include being in the spas for the first time where there were NO CLOTHES ALLOWED, then telling the stories to friends and family and seeing the looks of disbelief on their face only to later find out differently once they visit europe.


Where would you like to play ball this season?

I would love to play in a new country just to add to my experience as a player. I think each country will give you a different taste and experience in life. Not to take away from the previous places i have played in because they were all great. I would just like the mental challenge of taking on a new country and trying to create a name and positive vibes in that area. Some of my top countries include that of France, Italy, Spain As those are considered to be top European basketball countries that offer great fan experience as well as a beautifiul architecural design. I have heard some good things about a lot of places but those would definitely be my top 3 choices at this time.


Tell us about your strenghts on court?

Some of the strengths of my game would include my natural leadership skills, followed by my passing and court vision. I love to fool people by making a good pass that they didnt see coming. I love to set people up to get dunked on by a teammate thats a play that gets the team going. I am able to score, and that is something i am constantly looking to improve on wether its a different one on one move every offseason or adding some range to my shot. I just love passing because it includes others. When you are passing the ball well and you start scoring it can give your game balance which is something i love to have at the end of the night. Consistency is also an attribute I have had over the years. This is something that I feel is a big asset. As a point guard the game plan changes but when you are playing with a high basketball I.Q. then you are one step ahead of your opponent. And yes i would consider myself as a High IQ basketball player.

Are there any weaknesses you got to work on?

A weakness in my game i would say is sometimes finishing in traffic going right. My right hand is pretty good as i am a lefty so growing up you are always told and taught you have to be able to use your right but at times when you see a big guy coming over to help you take that glance and then you dont always trust your work that you have put in to master that shot or putting the right spin on a lay- up. I have been spending a lot of time on that to improve that aspect of my game.


What is the ball player Kelvin Parker all about?

At the end of the day Kelvin Parker the player is about winning. I know that every game wont be my best scoring performance or have my best assist to turnover ratio but if i have led my team to one more point more than the opponent then i did the job for that night. Records will come and go, rise and fall. But winning a championship will stand forever. To make my case in proving that Ill give you some proof. I am the all time winningest player from my school Northwest Missouri State's history with 100+ wins. I helped bring a championship to the Vermont Frost Heaves in its inaugural season. And I contributed in a big way to bring the city and great fans of Oberwart its first championship in its 5th try. When youre winning everyone is having fun and your boss is happier about cutting that check.

Where are you right now and are you ready to go anytime?

As far as my availability I am ready and I am hungry. I stay in shape and I take good care of my body. I have been so blessed thus far to not have any major injuries and Im ready to go as of YESTERMONTH!!! When the call comes im ready!


BC Vienna surprises with all new Head Coach Ratko Radovic - by Stefan Prager
After BC Vienna parted ways with head coach Ivan Rudez the club surprised the whole league with the signing of their new head coach Ratko Radovic . The 34 year old Serbian is coming from KK Terme Ptuj of Slovenias second league. Before that Radovic was the youngest head coach ever to coach in the Serbian league at Radnicki Svilajnac. His debut as Viennas coach took place yesterday. The BC Vienna sensationally upset league leader Allianz Swans Gmunden in the weekly Sky Sports live game.

Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Mistelbach 8-0
 2. Dornbirn 7-1
 3. Mattersb.R. 6-2
 4. Schwaz 4-3
 5. BC Vienna jrs 4-4
 6. Falcons 3-4
 7. Danube City 3-5
 8. Klagenfurt 3-5
 9. Salzburg 1-7
Folded
 1. Fighters 0-8


A Bundesliga Round 11: Leader Gmunden Swans lose to BC Vienna - by Eurobasket News
A Bundesliga is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 11 rounds left.

Top ranked Gmunden Swans (8-2) recorded its second loss in Wien on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked BC Vienna (4-6) 75-67. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Gmunden Swans. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 21-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. International power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. BC Vienna moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Furstenfeld and UBSC Graz. Gmunden Swans at the other side still keep top position with two games lost. They share it with Klosterneub.. BC Vienna is again looking forward to face league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gmunden Swans will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Furstenfeld. Fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (6-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (4-6) 78-77 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Furstenfeld Panthers. The game was dominated by American players. Power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Larry Gordon contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Gary Ware (206-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for Furstenfeld Panthers. Furstenfeld Panthers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kapfenberg Bulls have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 6-4 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with UBSC Graz and BC Vienna. Kapfenberg Bulls will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Furstenfeld Panthers will play again on the road against Kapfenberg Bulls (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked St.Polten (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 102-76 loss to fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners (7-3) in Oberwart on Friday evening. It was a great evening for Nikola Gacesa who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds. Florian Trmal responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Wels. Loser St.Polten still closes the standings with ten games lost. Oberwart Gunners will again meet bottom-ranked St.Polten (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. St.Polten will have a break next round.
A very interesting game took place in Gussing. It ended with only two-point home defeat of higher ranked Gussing Knights (5-5) to tenth ranked Arkadia Lions (2-8) 69-67 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Fabricio Vay who led the winners and scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Arkadia Lions' coach Andrea Maghelli allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Arkadia Lions maintains tenth place with 2-8 record. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the sixth position with five games lost. Arkadia Lions will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 11 UBSC Graz was defeated by Klosterneub. in Klosterneuburg 87-80.



BC Vienna - Gmunden 75-67

Top ranked Gmunden Swans (8-2) recorded its second loss in Wien on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked BC Vienna (4-6) 75-67. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Gmunden Swans. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 21-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. International power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Vienna moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Furstenfeld and UBSC Graz. Gmunden Swans at the other side still keep top position with two games lost. They share it with Klosterneub.. BC Vienna is again looking forward to face league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gmunden Swans will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 23+4reb+4ast, Z.Rakocevic 21+18reb+6ast, M.Ahmetbasic 18+3reb+4ast, J.Francois 11+5reb+1ast, T.Gaspar 2+1reb, M.Kracun 0
Gmunden: R.Arnold 14+5reb, R.Poiger 12+5reb+3ast, M.Mayer 12+8reb+3ast, M.Curry 10+6reb+5ast, E.Murati 9+5reb, D.Oppland 5+1reb
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Oberwart - St.Polten 102-76

Bottom-ranked St.Polten (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 102-76 loss to fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners (7-3) in Oberwart on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 102-76. Oberwart Gunners made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 St.Polten turnovers and outrebounded them 38-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (205-87, college: TCU) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Hannes Artner (185-84) helped adding 22 points. Swingman Florian Trmal (193-89) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) scored 18 points. Five Oberwart Gunners and four St.Polten players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Wels. Loser St.Polten still closes the standings with ten games lost. Oberwart Gunners will again meet bottom-ranked St.Polten (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. St.Polten will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: N.Gacesa 26+7reb+1ast, H.Artner 22+1reb+3ast, J.Dean Shaw 13+10reb+1ast, D.Jandl 12+7reb+2ast, V.Hollins 12+3reb+6ast, L.Linzer 7+2reb+1ast
St.Polten: M.Speiser 18+3reb+2ast, F.Trmal 16+7reb, D.Friedrich 16+2ast, A.Worenz 13+2reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 7+2reb+2ast, I.Bakovic 4+8reb+2ast
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Gussing - Arkadia 67-69

A very interesting game took place in Gussing. It ended with only two-point home defeat of higher ranked Gussing Knights (5-5) to tenth ranked Arkadia Lions (2-8) 69-67 on Saturday evening. Gussing Knights cut a 15-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Arkadia Lions dominated on the defensive end, holding Gussing Knights to just 4 points in first quarter. It was an exceptional evening for Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (203-92, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. Arkadia Lions' coach Andrea Maghelli allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Gussing Knights in the defeat. Arkadia Lions maintains tenth place with 2-8 record. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the sixth position with five games lost. Arkadia Lions will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 23+9reb+4ast, D.Drenovac 20+3reb+1ast, B.Danek 12+7reb+1ast, R.Spasojevic 5+1reb, P.Skurdauskas 5+9reb, S.N'Diaye 4+1reb
Gussing: E.Kadic 20+8reb, A.Djuric 17+8reb, P.Horvath 11+1reb+2ast, T.Klepeisz 9+2reb+8ast, C.Scott 7+4reb, M.Jandrasits 3+3reb
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Furstenfeld - Kapfenberg 77-78

Important game to mention about took place in Furstenfeld. Fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (6-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (4-6) 78-77 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Furstenfeld Panthers. Furstenfeld Panthers were ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 20-10 charge of Kapfenberg Bulls, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. Power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Power forward Gary Ware (206-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Furstenfeld Panthers. Furstenfeld Panthers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kapfenberg Bulls have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 6-4 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with UBSC Graz and BC Vienna. Kapfenberg Bulls will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Furstenfeld Panthers will play again on the road against Kapfenberg Bulls (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: L.Gordon 21+5reb, J.Fears 15+2reb+6ast, D.Nelson 15+11reb+1ast, D.Mayes 11+2reb, M.Linskens 8+4reb, H.Kuegerl 6+1reb+1ast
Furstenfeld: G.Ware 20+13reb, A.Shavies 20+6reb+3ast, L.O'Neal 11+4reb+2ast, J.Robinson 7+4reb+3ast, M.Graf 5+1reb+1ast, B.Matthews 4+6reb+1ast
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Klosterneub. - UBSC Graz 87-80

There was no surprise in Klosterneuburg where 7th ranked UBSC Graz (4-6) was defeated by second ranked Xion Dukes (8-2) 87-80. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Jason Chappell (206-83, college: Wisconsin) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) accounted for 21 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winning side. Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (193-79) came up with 23 points and 6 assists and Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (203-82) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for UBSC Graz in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Xion Dukes used an opportunity after Gmunden lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the seventh place with six games lost. Xion Dukes' next round opponent will be again UBSC Graz (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: J.Chappell 23+7reb+4ast, C.Bobb 21+3reb+2ast, R.Suljanovic 15+8reb+2ast, C.Nagler 14+2reb+2ast, D.Zeleznik 7+1reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 7+1reb+5ast
UBSC Graz: S.Grum 23+3reb+6ast, M.Moric 18+1reb+2ast, M.Stegnjaic 14+7reb+1ast, R.Lanegger 12+2reb, T.Ambrose 9+9reb+1ast, S.Schaal 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 137128




Zarko Rakocevic claims A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for BC Vienna and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 21 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team beat Gmunden (#1, 8-2) 75-67. BC Vienna is placed at 7th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. BC Vienna is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-6 record. Rakocevic turned to be BC Vienna's top player in his first season with the team. Rakocevic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.8ppg), assists (9th best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 3.5bpg and 63.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American power forward Gary Ware (206-F/C-83, agency: TSS Management) of Furstenfeld. Ware impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Furstenfeld was edged by the higher-ranked Kapfenberg (#5, 6-4) 78-77. Furstenfeld is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Ware is a newcomer at Furstenfeld 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 Serbian Nikola Gacesa (205-F-87) of Oberwart (#4). Gacesa scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Oberwart, leading his team to a 102-76 easy win against St.Polten (#11, 0-10). Oberwart needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 3 lost games. Gacesa has a very solid season. In 8 games in Austria he scored 11.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Chappell (206-F/C-83) of Klosterneub. - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Curtis Bobb (198-G/F-78) of Klosterneub. - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Samo Grum (193-G/F-79) of UBSC Graz - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Fabricio Vay (206-F-86) of Arkadia - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Hannes Artner (185-G-84) of Oberwart - 22 points and 3 assists
9. Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79) of Klosterneub. - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Anthony Shavies (191-G-83) of Furstenfeld - 20 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)


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Gmunden 8-2 
 2. Klosterneub. 8-2 
 3. Wels 7-3 
 4. Oberwart 7-3 
 5. Kapfenberg 6-4 
 6. Gussing 5-5 
 7. BC Vienna 4-6 
 8. Furstenfeld 4-6 
 9. UBSC Graz 4-6 
 10. Arkadia 2-8 
 11. St.Polten 0-10 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.2 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Booker, St.Polten23.0 
 4. Reed, Oberwart21.5 
 5. Djuric, Gussing19.7 
 6. Rakocevic, BC Vi.18.1 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.18.1 
 8. Bobb, Klosterneub.17.7 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.17.2 
 10. Drenovac, Arkadia17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.12.9 
 2. Werner, Wels9.1 
 3. Reed, Oberwart8.4 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.8.2 
 5. Suljanovic, Kloste.7.5 
 6. Oppland, Gmunden7.5 
 7. Heard, Gussing7.3 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg6.9 
 9. Shaw, Oberwart6.8 
 10. Bakovic, St.Polten6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg5.8 
 2. Lanegger, Klostern.5.1 
 3. Danek, Arkadia5.0 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna5.0 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.4.7 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.4.6 
 7. Klepeisz, Gussing4.5 
 8. Curry, Gmunden4.3 
 9. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.2 
 10. Miletic, BC Vienna3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenf.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.2.6 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg2.6 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.4 
 4. Brown, Wels2.1 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 6. Curry, Gmunden1.6 
 7. Hollins, Oberwart1.5 
 8. Koch, Gussing1.5 
 9. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 10. Jandl, Oberwart1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.4 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.4 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.9 
 4. Francois, BC Vienna0.8 
 5. Brown, Wels0.8 
 6. Greimeister, Klost.0.7 
 7. Shaw, Oberwart0.7 
 8. Pryor, Wels0.5 
 9. Koch, Gussing0.5 
 10. Werner, Wels0.5 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 20
 1. Bowles, Siauliai20.0 
 2. Laksa, Barsy Atyr.19.5 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava18.8 
 4. Kalve, Valmiera18.6 
 5. Barinov, Naglis P.18.6 
 6. Pilk, TT.17.5 
 7. Hallik, Tarvas17.0 
 8. Soo, Rapla16.5 
 9. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.2 
 10. Mayo, Liepaja16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle NELSON
  Jelgava
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Nelson, Jelgava8.8 
 2. Arnold, TT.8.7 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.7 
 4. Galdikas, Neptunas8.6 
 5. Johnson, Naglis P.8.4 
 6. Ringmets, Rapla8.3 
 7. McClure, Kedainiai7.9 
 8. Willard, Ventspils7.7 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.6 
 10. Amis, Tartu Uliko.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Stasys, Neptunas6.7 
 2. Maceina, Juventus6.5 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai6.3 
 4. Rinkevicius, Nagli.5.5 
 5. Dainys, Neptunas4.8 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas4.8 
 7. Kulagin, Triumph4.4 
 8. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.3 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 10. Sokk, Tartu Uliko.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Erik KEEDUS
  TT.
  (194-F-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Keedus, TT.2.3 
 2. Virsis, Valmiera2.3 
 3. Peciukas, Kedainiai2.3 
 4. Salenga, Rudupis2.1 
 5. Oja, Tarvas2.0 
 6. McKee, Triumph2.0 
 7. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.0 
 8. Krumins, Jelgava1.8 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.1.8 
 10. Rinkevicius, Nagl.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.2.4 
 2. Gumeniuk, Juventus2.3 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera2.1 
 4. Staniulis, Techasas1.4 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.3 
 6. Kurtsevich, Trium.1.2 
 7. Keedus, TT.1.0 
 8. Petrukonis, Juven.1.0 
 9. Siksnius, Siauliai0.9 
 10. Bowles, Siauliai0.9 


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  BELGIUM   


EuroCup: Buducnost strike late, save the game against Dexia Mons-Hainaut in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Dexia Mons-Hainaut 85:78 (OT)

Buducnost came strong late to tame Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Round 4 of EuroCup regular season. The Montenegrin team claimed the second win in the tournament, dropping Dexia at 1-3 record in Group H. Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) posted 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Dexia surprised the hosts in the starting frame. The Belgian team went on an 18:9 run to clear off. Dexia maintained their advantage throughout the second term. They accumulated a 36:27 halftime advantage. Dexia did not allow Buducnost to get any closer in the third period. The visitors entered the fourth quarter up by 10 points 57:47. But Buducnost refused to surrender. The hosts went on a 22:12 rally in the final quarter to level things up and force overtime. Buducnost found their rhythm and gave no chance for the visitors in the extra period. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) posted 18 points, while Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points in the win. A.J. Slaughter (191-G-87, college: W.Kentucky) responded with 23 points for Dexia. Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) finished with 14 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Nikola Vucevic 22+10 boards, Bojan Krstovic 18, Cedomir Vitkovac 11
Dexia Mons-Hainaut: A.J. Slaughter 23, Quincy Taylor 14


EuroCup: ASVEL take care of Oostende - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL - Oostende 83:65

ASVEL returned to winning ways in EuroCup Group D. The French team overwhelmed visiting Oostende to gain 3-1 record on top of the ladder. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) fired 18 points to pace the winners.
ASVEL surprised the visitors with an 18:8 run in the first quarter. The hosts maintained the pressure in the second term. The margin reached a 12-point mark at the big break 41:29. Things got even worse for Oostende in the third quarter. ASVEL stayed in control posting a 62:45 lead with one period remaining. The hosts did not loosen the grasp in the final frame and rallied to a comprehensive win at the end. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) produced 12 points, while Paul Lacombe (194-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points for the winning side. Dusan Sakota (208-PF-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Oostende. Jason Rich (191-G-86) had 13 points in the loss.

ASVEL: Edwin Jackson 18, Dijon Thompson 12, Paul Lacombe 10
Oostende: Dusan Sakota 14, Jason Rich 13


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  BOSNIA   


Bosnia and Hercigovina will play in Group D for qualifying for EC 2013 - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnia and Hercigovina Basketball team was placed in group D for qualifying for European Championships 2013 held in Slovenia. Bosnia will be fighting for a position along with Georgia, Latvia, Holland and Romania. Qualifying games will be from the 15th of August to the 11th of September with the finals to be played in Slovenia from the 4th to the 22nd of September. It appears that Bosnia was lucky to have been placed in Group D, which appears one of the easier groups along with C and E. Bosnian KSBiH appears to be in serious disorder which could affect what kind of a team Bosnia fields and who shows up for the National Team call up.


KSBiH failed to pay 50,000km in back rent is evicted from building - by Chris Mathieu
In one more slap in the face to supporters of Bosnian basketball, KSBiH has failed to pay 50,000km in rent to energy company Engergoinvest who owns the building on Nemalua street were the offices were situated. KSBiH officials say they will just move to new address which is already prepared, but because of the amount owed in back rent they are not allowed to remove any property from the old address until a settlement is arranged. After the league fired all of the coaches, at all levels of National Teams to avoid salaries, to the shutdown of Sloboda Dita Tuzla and the collapse of promising Triland mismanagement is nothing new for BiH officials. It appears as just another embarrassing episode in the recent sad history of Bosnian Basketball.

Update: Young Bosnian prospects continue to impress abroad - by Chris Mathieu
Dzenan Kurtic continues to impress officials in France. Even though puzzlingly he failed to make the U20 Bosnian National Team, Dzenan has continued to work hard and improve his game. He is averaging over 16ppg and 8rbpg in the French Junior leagues. There is a possibility he could be called to their national team since he is one of the most promising young big men in France today.
Ognjen Kuzmic continues to impress in LEB Gold league and appears to be following in the footsteps of Mirza Begic, Mile Illic, Stanko Barac, Nedzad Sinanovic and Alen Omic as promising Bosnian big men that have gotten away from the team.
His Bosnian teammate Dejan Todorovic has battled injuries this year but flashed a lot of potential in his first game with the team. He failed to impress in his last game played however, making too many mistakes and turnovers. He is a very young player with high level European or possibly even NBA potential.



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


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EuroCup: Valencia fire past Lukoil Academik - by Eurobasket News
Valencia - Lukoil Academik 83:59

Valencia gained the third win in EuroCup season. They defeated Lukoil at home court tonight. Five players scored in double digits for Valencia. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge.
Valencia held their opponents to 11 points in the first frame to take a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout intense second quarter.The hosts secured a 31:24 lead at the interval. Valencia took off in the third quarter. The Spanish team silenced their opponents with a 31:12 rally to build a 62:36 advantage. They kept Lukoil at bay throughout the final quarter and sealed a well-deserved win at the end. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) and Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) had 11 points each for the winners. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Lukoil. Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte) had 10 points in the loss.

Valencia: Tiago Splitter 18, Andrew James Ogilvy 11, Stefan Markovic 11
Lukoil: Bruno Sundov 17, Lamont Mack 10


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  CANADA   


CIS round 11 best performance: Mark Gibson - by Eurobasket News
Forward Mark Gibson (198-F) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Brock, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The -year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Toronto Univ. (#4, 3-5) with 40-point margin 95-55. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brock maintains the 4th position in CIS. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Brock will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. Gibson has many years of experience at Brock, through which he has constantly improved. Mark Gibson averages this season 13.8ppg and 6.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Italian Luke Staniscia (193-G-88) of Ryerson. Staniscia had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Ryerson lost that game 73-86 to slightly higher-ranked McMaster (#3, 7-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Ryerson still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Staniscia is one of the most experienced players at Ryerson and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was international guard Warren Ward (196-G-89) of league's second-best Ottawa. Ward showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Ottawa, leading his team to a 119-76 easy win against the lower-ranked Waterloo (4-4). Ottawa needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Ward has a great season in Canada. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.0ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jermaine Bernard) of Western - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Daniel McCarthy (188-G) of Guelph - 23 points and 9 rebounds
6. Peter Scholtes (196-F) of Western - 20 points and 7 rebounds
7. Alex Ratte) of Laurentian - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jameson Tipping (196-G) of Brock - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Victor Raso (193-G) of McMaster - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Kareem Malcolm (183-G) of Guelph - 23 points, 6 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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  CHINA   


CBA round 7 best performance: Patrick Mills - by Eurobasket News
Australian point guard Patrick Mills (183-PG-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Xinjiang F.T., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (42 points, four rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat TianJin R. (#17, 2-5) 121-108. Xinjiang F.T. is placed at 6th position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Xinjiang F.T. will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Mills had a remarkable 52.9% from 2-point range and got eight three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Xinjiang F.T.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Saint Mary's College of California star has very solid stats this year. Mills is in league's top in points (2nd best: 30.5ppg) and averages impressive 2.3spg,58.5% FGP and 62.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports) of Shandong FB. Anderson had a very good evening with a double-double of 46 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Shandong FB lost that game 94-100 to slightly higher-ranked DongGuan L. (3-4). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Shandong FB dropped in the standings to 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Anderson is a newcomer at Shandong FB, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Will McDonald (211-C-79) of Fujian XX (#11). McDonald got into 30-points club by scoring 40 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . He was a key player of Fujian XX, leading his team to a 120-96 easy win against the lower-ranked Qingdao DS (#16, 2-5). The chances of Fujian XX ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, McDonald could help Fujian XX to bring them higher in the standings. McDonald has a great season in China. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.9ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of DongGuan L. - 33 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dan Gadzuric (211-C-78) of Jiangsu D. - 30 points, 21 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shanxi Zh. - 31 points and 14 rebounds
7. Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80) of TianJin R. - 22 points and 15 rebounds
8. Othello Hunter (203-F-86) of Shandong FB - 17 points and 23 rebounds
9. ZhongHao Xu (212-C-90) of Bayi Fubang - 25 points and 11 rebounds
10. ZhaoXu Zhang (221-C-87) of Shanghai S. - 20 points, 11 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)


Zhejiang Guangsha Beats Liaoning - by Arthur Volbert
Wilson Chandler had 24 points and 13 rebounds as Zhejiang Guangsha defeated Liaoning 103-98. Ramos Peter John (222-C-85) had 23 points and 16 rebounds. Jin Lipeng scored 19 and Zhang Wei and Lin Chih-Chieh each had 12.

Rodney Carney had 27 points and 6 rebounds for Liaoning. Yang Ming scored 24. Josh Powell had only 12 points and 4 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng scored 10 and He Tianju had 7. 7-1 300 Han Dejun was dominated by 7-3 Ramos and had 2 points and 6 rebounds in 18 minutes.



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. Smith, Zhejiang C.27.8 
 5. Green, Foshan26.5 
 6. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.26.2 
 7. McDonald, Fujian X.25.9 
 8. Martin, Jilin N.25.9 
 9. Williams, Shanxi Z.25.8 
 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. Gadzuric, Jiang.13.7 
 6. Harrison, TianJ.12.6 
 7. Randolph, DongGua.12.6 
 8. Chandler, Guangsha.11.2 
 9. Douthit, Foshan11.2 
 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. Marbury, Beijing5.7 
 4. Hudson, Qingdao DS5.7 
 5. Collins, Jiangsu D.5.3 
 6. Anderson, Shandon.5.3 
 7. Zhang, Liaoning H.5.2 
 8. Smith, Zhejiang C.4.8 
 9. Williams, Shanxi Z.4.4 
 10. Brooks, Guandong4.2 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu D.
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Hu, Jiangsu D.3.6 
 2. Anderson, Shandon.3.4 
 3. Hudson, Qingdao DS3.1 
 4. Daghles, Jilin N.2.9 
 5. Collins, Jiangsu D.2.8 
 6. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.8 
 7. Zhang, Bayi Fubang2.6 
 8. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.6 
 9. Brooks, Guandong2.4 
 10. Yi, Jiangsu D.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhaoXu ZHANG
  Shanghai S.
  (221-C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.7 
 2. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.2 
 3. Gadzuric, Jiang.2.0 
 4. Douthit, Foshan1.5 
 5. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.4 
 6. Li, Liaoning H.1.4 
 7. Yi, Guandong ST1.3 
 8. Abbas, Fujian XX1.2 
 9. Hudson, Qingdao DS1.1 
 10. Singleton, Guando.1.1 


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EuroCup: BC Donetsk eke out win in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - BC Donetsk 76:78

BC Donetsk celebrated the third win in EuroCup regular season. They overcame Cibona on the road today to climb at 3-1 record in Group A. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) knocked down 16 points to lead the charge. Cibona suffered the fourth loss in a row.
BC Donetsk surged ahead right from the start but Cibona did not allow the visitors to run away. The hosts trailed by just a single point 15:16 at the first break. BC Donetsk stayed in front throughout the second quarter. The visitors built a 38:34 halftime advantage. Things hardly changed after the big break. Cibona tried to catch up but BC Donetsk calmly kept their opponents at bay. The visitors entered the final quarter up by 6 points 61:55. But Cibona finally erased the deficit late in regulation. Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) put the Ukrainian back in front with two free throws. Kovacevic had a chance to force overtime but his jumper rimmed out sealing the victory for BC Donetsk. Vule Avdalovic posted 14 points, while Michael Lee (207-F-86) and Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) accounted for 13 points each in the win. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Cibona. Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.) netted 13 points in the loss.

Cibona: Andrija Zizic 16+12 boards, Goran Suton 13
BC Donetsk: Ramel Curry 16, Vule Avdalovic 14, Michael Lee 13, Ivan Radenovic 13


EuroCup: Benetton post second straight EuroCup win - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Cedevita 82:68

Benetton is getting back to life in EuroCup regular season. After starting losses the Italian team recorded the second straight win in Group G. Benetton defeated Cedevita again, this time in Treviso. Five players scored in double figures for the hosts. Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) led the way with 18 points. Cedevita in the meantime suffered the third loss at the tournament.
Benetton shocked the visitors in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a 26:7 run to take a comfortable lead. Cedevita tried to bounce back in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit to 12 points at halftime 27:39. The Croatian team got within 10 points at the final break. However Becirovic and Massimo Bulleri (188-PG-77) explded with back-to-back three pointers midway through the final period and Benetton cleared off for good in this one. E'Twaun Moore (192-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) finished with 17 points, while Massimo Bulleri added 15 points for the winners. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) had 17 points for Cedevita. Levour Warren (196-F-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina) netted 14 points in defeat.

Benetton: Alessandro Gentile 18, E'Twaun Moore 17, Massimo Bulleri 15
Cedevita: Dontaye Draper 17, Levour Warren 14


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Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 8-0 
 2. Apollon 5-1 
 3. Etha 5-2 
 4. APOEL 4-3 
 5. Omonia 3-4 
 6. AEK 2-4 
 7. ENAD 2-5 
 8. AEL 1-6 


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EuroCup: Rudupis shock Nymburk on the road - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Rudupis 80:83

Rudupis earned the second win in EuroCup campaign as they upset Nymburk in Czech Republic tonight. Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) scored 19 points to pace the Lithuanian team as they improved at 2-2 record in Group C. Nymburk in the meantime suffered the first loss at the tournament and fell at 3-1 record.
Nymburk had little problems in the opening frame. The hosts quite expectedly grabbed a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. But Rudupis struck right back in the second quarter. They went on a 23:13 run to steal a 41:35 halftime advantage. The visitors exploded with 25 points in the third term to boost the gap to 7 points with ten minutes remaining. Nymburk went on a desperate rescue rally in the final frame but Rudupis stayed calm and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) provided 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) had 14 points in the victory. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) led all scorers with 24 points for Nymburk. A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, college: Texas) finished with 17 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Petr Benda 24, A.J. Abrams 17
Rudupis: Gintaras Kadziulis 19, Arminas Urbutis 17+11 boards, Dainius Salenga 14


NBL round 16 best performance: Keaton Grant - by Eurobasket News
American guard Keaton Grant (193-G-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Levice, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 12 rebounds, while his team Levice moved-up to the 10th position in the Czech Republic NBL. Levice is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 11th lost game this season out of 16 games. In the team's last game Grant had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Levice's top player in his first season with the team. Former Purdue University star has very solid stats this year. Grant is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.4ppg. Grant is in league's top in and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 55.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-C-85) of USK Praha. Sedmak had a very good evening with 28 points and 8 rebounds. It was enough for USK Praha to edge the lower-ranked Levice (#10, 5-11) in overtime 85-81. USK Praha's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sedmak is a newcomer at USK Praha, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg (#2). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Ravone George (193-G-83) of Svitavy (#9). George showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, five rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Svitavy, leading his team to a 96-75 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Chomutov (#11, 5-11). The chances of Svitavy not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, George could try to bring Svitavy's a little bit higher in the standings. George has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.9apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Travis Peterson (208-C-85) of BK Prostejov - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Joshua Dollard (203-F-86) of Usti n/Labem - 23 points and 6 rebounds
6. Vojtech Hruban (202-F-89) of USK Praha - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84) of BK Pardubice - 22 points and 5 rebounds
8. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80) of CEZ Nymburk - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. James Hughes (211-C-83) of NH Ostrava - 16 points and 7 rebounds
10. Andrew Naymick (211-C-85) of CEZ Nymburk - 11 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)


Antonin Pistecky Signs with BK Usti nad Labem - by Surujh Roopnarine
After deciding to end his time with BK Decin at the end of November, veteran forward Antonin Pistecky (195-F-84) has found a new home with SLUNETA Usti nad Labem. The 27-year old Pistecky has signed for the remainder of the season and comes on the heels of last weeks announcement that American forward Josh Dollard had passed his try-out period and will remain in Usti nad Labem as well. Pistecky does not have to move far to his new home, close by to Decin, and the place where he began his professional career, coming up during the junior ranks and where he played in the NBL until 2008. Looking for an opportunity to play and contribute more than he had the chance to do in Decin, Pistecky will bring a mentality of winning basketball to his new club. On the season he posted modest numbers as a reserve in Decin; 14 games: 2.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 21.1%, FT: 42.9%. Over the course of his career he has averaged 3.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Keaton GRANT
  Levice
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Grant, Levice20.4 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.6 
 3. Henderson, Levice18.5 
 4. Lowery, Chomutov17.9 
 5. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 6. McFadden, Usti n.17.3 
 7. Houska, BK Decin16.7 
 8. Hruban, USK Praha16.7 
 9. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
 10. Wilson, CEZ N.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.4 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.9.2 
 3. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.8 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.8.1 
 5. Meno, Svitavy7.5 
 6. Houska, BK Decin7.4 
 7. Peterson, BK Prost.6.9 
 8. Hughes, NH Ostrava6.8 
 9. Blazek, B&W Opava6.4 
 10. Hruby, Usti n.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SOTNAR
  USK Praha
  (189-PG-92)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Sotnar, USK Praha4.9 
 2. Barnes, BC Kolin4.9 
 3. Vrubl, Plzen4.8 
 4. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 5. George, Svitavy3.9 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.5 
 7. Bridgewaters, Inte.3.3 
 8. McFadden, Usti n.3.3 
 9. Ames, BC Kolin3.1 
 10. Boyer, BK Decin3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Radim KLECKA
  B&W Opava
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Klecka, B&W Opava2.7 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.6 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.2 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava2.1 
 6. Ames, BC Kolin2.0 
 7. Grant, Levice2.0 
 8. Lowery, Chomutov1.8 
 9. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
 10. Hruban, USK Praha1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  NH Ostrava
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.7 
 2. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.7 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.1.3 
 4. Grant, Levice1.3 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.1.2 
 6. Meno, Svitavy1.1 
 7. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 8. Spralja, CEZ N.0.8 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.7 
 10. Mroz, Svitavy0.7 


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Russell gets NBA call, Mad Ants add two - by Eurobasket News
Mad Ants point guard Walker Russell (6'0''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) confirmed Monday he's been invited to join the Detroit Pistons training camp.

Russell said via text that he will play in the Mad Ants' game at Canton on Wednesday night before likely leaving for Pistons camp on Thursday.

Sources say other players who could get NBA camp invites include swingman Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso), forward Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) and rookie guard Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona), but none have been confirmed yet.

'We'll know more in the next day or two,' Mad Ants President Jeff Potter said. 'We may take a hit, but we're as deep as we've ever been with quality players.'

In anticipation of some NBA camp call-ups, the Ants (2-1) have added Jabril Banks (6'7''-F-87, college: N.Colorado) and Ramon Harris (6'7''-F-88, college: Kentucky) to their roster.

Banks, a 6-foot-8 forward, and Harris, a 6-7 guard, were among the last cuts when the Ants finalized their 10-man regular-season roster. The NBA D-League is allowing teams to temporarily expand their roster to 12 as NBA teams are expected to invite several D-League players to camp this week.

Banks played the last two seasons in Germany and Morocco after completing his collegiate career at Northern Colorado.

Harris, a former University of Kentucky player, averaged 17 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in China last season.

Courtesy of www.news-sentinel.com


Claws acquire a new player - by Eurobasket News
The Maine Red Claws announced today that they have acquired Maze Stallworth (6'4''-F, college: Morehead St.) from the Available Players Pool. He comes in to replace J.R. Reynolds, who left the team after the second loss to Springfield.

Stallworth was drafted by Tulsa in this year's D-League Draft out of Morehead State. During his time at Morehead State, he helped the team make it to the NCAA Tournament in the 2008-09 season. He is also the school's all-time three-point leader.

He is expected to be in Springfield Thursday, as the Claws take on the Armor for the third time in five games.

Courtesy of www.examiner.com


Russell is D-League Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Walker Russell (6'0''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Nov. 25 Dec 4.

A 6-0, 175-pound guard out of Jacksonville State who has been in training camp with the New York Knicks, Russell led Fort Wayne to a 2-1 record for the week, averaging 20.3 points, 11.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds.

Russell recorded back-to-back point-assist double-doubles to open the season, tallying 20 points and 12 assists during a 110-106 win on Nov. 25 vs. Sioux Falls, and posting 24 points and 14 assists on Dec. 2 during a 118-110 win at Springfield.

Other top performers considered include Austins Lance Thomas, who averaged 19.3 points and 10.0 rebounds; Bakersfields Brian Butch, who averaged 19.8 points and 12.5 rebounds; Cantons Tyrell Biggs, who averaged 22.3 points and 6.7 rebounds, Dakotas Edwin Ubiles, who averaged 16.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists; Eries Donald Sloan, who averaged 24.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 8.4 assists; Iowas Jarrid Famous, who averaged 21.0 points and 12.2 rebounds; Los Angeles Elijah Millsap, who averaged 22.5 points and 8.3 rebounds; Maines Chris Wright, who averaged 17.0 points and 10.8 rebounds; Rio Grande Valleys Terrel Harris, who averaged 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists; Renos Blake Ahearn, who averaged 25.0 points and 7.0 assists; Springfields Jerry Smith, who averaged 20.7 points and 4.3 assists; Sioux Falls Charles Garcia, who averaged 24.8 points and 6.8 rebounds; and Tulsas Marcus Lewis, who averaged 16.6 points and 11.6 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.wane.com


Armor reacquire Marcus Hill - by Eurobasket News
The Springfield Armor announced today that they have reacquired guard Marcus Hill (5'9''-G-89, college: Minnesota St.). The Armor's roster now stands at 12.

'Marcus did a great job competing for a spot on our regular season roster in training camp,' said Armor head coach Bob MacKinnon. 'As a staff, we felt that when a spot opened up, he was one of the first players on our list to bring back as we continue our season.'

Hill, a 5'9 rookie out of Minnesota State, was the Armor's sixth round draft choice (80th overall) in this year's NBA Development League Draft. He was one of the last two players released by the Armor prior to the conclusion of training camp on Nov. 23.

Prior to joining the Armor, Hill played four years at Division II Minnesota State, achieving All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) first-team status during his senior season. Hill's collegiate career ended in the 2010 NCAA Elite 8 when Minnesota State was eliminated by eventual national champion Bellarmine University at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

Hill, 22, will wear jersey No. 7 and will be available when the Armor take on the Maine Red Claws on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 PM at the MassMutual Center.

Per a recent league announcement, NBA D-League teams will be permitted to carry and dress for games a maximum of 12 players until one week after the commencement of NBA training camps. Following is the Armor's current 12-man roster:



Name Pos HT WT From Status

David Akinyooye F 6-6 215 Adelphi Local Tryouts

Jamar Brown F/C 6-10 235 CSU-Pueblo Returning (10-11)

Travis Cohn G 6-2 170 Jacksonville Local Tryouts

JamesOn Curry G 6-4 200 Oklahoma State Returning (09-10)

Jeff Foote C 7-0 265 Cornell Available Player Pool

Marcus Hill G 5-9 165 Minnesota State Local Tryouts

Dennis Horner F 6-9 230 NC State Draft Pick

Lance Hurdle G 6-2 195 Miami Returning (10-11)

Jerry Smith G 6-2 190 Louisville Returning (10-11)

Eugene Spates F 6-7 220 Northeastern Returning (10-11)

Jonathan Thomas G/F 6-6 210 Marshall Draft Pick

L.D. Williams G 6-4 215 Wake Forest Returning (10-11)

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Tulsa 66ers coach hired by Cleveland Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa 66ers are used to having players called up to the NBA. But now, they've lost their coach to the big leagues.

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Monday they have hired Nate Tibbetts to serve as an assistant on the staff of head coach Byron Scott.

Dale Osbourne has been promoted to head coach of the 66ers, who are off to a 4-and-1 start in the D-League this season.

In two full seasons as Tulsa's head coach, Tibbetts was 60-and-40 and took the 66ers to the playoffs both seasons, including an appearance in the 2010 D-League Finals.

Tibbetts also served as head coach of Team USA during the recent 2011 Pan American Games, leading the team to the bronze medal, the first medal for the U.S. since 1999.

Courtesy of www.ktul.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. Los Angeles D. 5-2 
 2. Tulsa 66ers 4-1 
 3. Rio Grande VV 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. Millsap, Los A.23.6 
 5. Dentmon, Austin T.22.7 
 6. Biggs, Canton C.22.3 
 7. Costner, Los A.22.1 
 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. Wright, Maine RC10.8 
 7. Stiemsma, Sioux F.10.8 
 8. Thomas, Austin T.10.0 
 9. Foote, Springfield9.5 
 10. Andrews, Los A.9.0 
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. Tinsley, Los A.8.0 
 5. Ewing, Iowa E.7.2 
 6. Ahearn, Reno B.7.0 
 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: 3.8
 1. Millsap, Los A.3.8 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 3. Cooksey, Texas L.2.3 
 4. Harris, Rio G.2.3 
 5. Fortson, Los A.2.3 
 6. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
 7. Bobbitt, Idaho S.2.0 
 8. Kent, Canton C.2.0 
 9. Franklin, Canton C.2.0 
 10. Galloway, Idaho S.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. Dove, Dakota W.1.8 
 7. Gladness, Dakota1.8 
 8. Wright, Maine RC1.5 
 9. Okwandu, Rio G.1.5 
 10. Coleman, Rio G.1.5 


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  ESTONIA   


KML Round 12: Tartu Ulikool keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Tartu Ulikool as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Tartu Ulikool edged 3rd ranked BC Rakvere at home 85-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Rakvere. BC Rakvere was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 30 personal fouls committed by BC Rakvere helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international guard Kristo Saage (184-G-85) who scored 20 points and 4 assists. The former international guard Silver Leppik (188-83) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. BC Rakvere will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Tartu Ulikool will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked KK Parnu at home.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#2) and Tln Kalev (#6). Tln Kalev was defeated at home 60-73 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It was a good game for Senegalese center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Kaido Saks contributed with 12 points for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Russian center Aleksei Fedortchuk (210-86, agency: RIZO) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for Tln Kalev. Kalev/Cramo have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-1 record behind leader Tartu Ulikool. Tln Kalev at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with TTU/Kalev. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tln Kalev's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn TTU/Kalev.
Bottom-ranked Valga/CKE managed to get a second victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked KK Parnu 87-69. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference proves that Valga/CKE was well-prepared to that game. Worth to mention a great performance of Samuel Cricelli who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Rannar Raap with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Valga/CKE maintains eighth position with 2-10 record. Loser KK Parnu keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Valga/CKE will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KK Parnu will play against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last game of round 12 Parnu defeated TTU/Kalev in a road game 88-79.


Tln Kalev - Kalev/Cramo 60-73

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#2) and Tln Kalev (#6). Tln Kalev was defeated at home 60-73 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for Senegalese center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds. International forward Kaido Saks (205-86) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Russian center Aleksei Fedortchuk (210-86, agency: RIZO) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Tln Kalev. Kalev/Cramo have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-1 record behind leader Tartu Ulikool. Tln Kalev at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with TTU/Kalev. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tln Kalev's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn TTU/Kalev.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: A.Fedortchuk 15+13reb, B.Raley-Ross 10+6reb+1ast, R.Suija 8+1ast, R.Roos 8+2reb+1ast, M.Shaw 7+5reb, M.Kurg 6+4reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: B.Fall 14+6reb, K.Saks 12+4reb, R.Tamm 10+5reb, M.Riis 8+2reb+2ast, J.Toome 8+2reb+2ast, G.Dorbek 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150123


Tartu Ulikool - Tarvas 85-82

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Tartu Ulikool as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Tartu Ulikool edged 3rd ranked BC Rakvere at home 85-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Rakvere. BC Rakvere was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 30 personal fouls committed by BC Rakvere helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international guard Kristo Saage (184-85) who scored 20 points and 4 assists. The former international guard Silver Leppik (188-83) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international center Viljar Veski (215-86) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. BC Rakvere will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Tartu Ulikool will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked KK Parnu at home.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: K.Cipruss 26+9reb, V.Veski 17+5reb, T.Oja 13+3reb+3ast, R.Hallik 13+4reb+1ast, V.Kriisa 6+2reb+2ast, J.Umbrasko 4+2reb+3ast
Tartu Ulikool: K.Saage 20+4reb+4ast, S.Leppik 18+1reb+2ast, V.Allingu 12+4reb+2ast, R.Veideman 11+2ast, B.Amis 9+7reb+1ast, A.Paade 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 150124


Valga/CKE - Parnu 87-69

Bottom-ranked Valga/CKE managed to get a second victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked KK Parnu 87-69. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference proves that Valga/CKE was well-prepared to that game. The game was mostly controlled by Valga/CKE. KK Parnu managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valga/CKE forced 24 KK Parnu turnovers and outrebounded them 38-24 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of British forward Samuel Cricelli (200-85, college: Caldwell) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and the former international swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) who added 22 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Valga/CKE players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Rannar Raap (188-92) with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and center Toomas Raadik (202-90) scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Valga/CKE maintains eighth position with 2-10 record. Loser KK Parnu keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Valga/CKE will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KK Parnu will play against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Parnu: R.Raap 24+5reb+4ast, T.Raadik 20+8reb, R.Karner 10+2reb+1ast, E.Tamsalu 9+1reb+1ast, T.Hamarsalu 4+3reb+1ast, K.Voolaid 2+3reb
Valga/CKE: V.Vares 22+10reb, S.Cricelli 21+12reb+3ast, R.Petersonig 13+1reb+2ast, E.Cunda 13+4reb+4ast, A.Tagamets 7+6reb, K.Koolman 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 150125


TTU/Kalev - Parnu 79-88

There was a minor upset in Tallinn where 5th ranked TTU/Kalev (4-7) was defeated by seventh ranked KK Parnu (2-8) 88-79 on Sunday. TTU/Kalev trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 28-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-88 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Toomas Raadik (202-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Taavi Hamarsalu (199-89) who added 14 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Four KK Parnu players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) with 24 points and 8 rebounds and American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. KK Parnu maintains seventh position with 2-8 record. Loser TTU/Kalev keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Tln Kalev. KK Parnu will meet league's leader Tartu Ulikool on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. TTU/Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena Tln Kalev.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: I.Pilk 24+8reb+1ast, K.Keres 15+5reb, A.Arnold 10+9reb+1ast, K.Makke 9+4reb+1ast, E.Keedus 8+5reb+4ast, K.Akenparg 8+3reb+1ast
Parnu: T.Raadik 23+11reb+1ast, R.Raap 17+6reb+2ast, E.Tamsalu 16+3ast, T.Hamarsalu 14+14reb, R.Karner 8+3reb+1ast, S.Olmre 6+3reb
gschID: 150122




Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 10-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 9-1 
 3. Tarvas 7-4 
 4. Rapla 5-5 
 5. TTU/Kalev 4-7 
 6. Tln Kalev 4-7 
 7. Parnu 2-8 
 8. Valga/CKE 2-10 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Illimar PILK
  TT.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Pilk, TT.18.5 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas16.5 
 3. Raadik, Parnu15.9 
 4. Raap, Parnu15.8 
 5. Veideman, Tartu U.15.7 
 6. Soo, Rapla15.7 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tln K.15.4 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas13.9 
 9. Arnold, TT.13.5 
 10. Laane, Rapla12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.1 
 2. Arnold, TT.9.7 
 3. Adedeji, Va.8.8 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.2 
 5. Cricelli, Va.8.0 
 6. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.9 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.7 
 8. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.7.0 
 9. Raadik, Parnu6.8 
 10. Keedus, TT.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Va.4.5 
 2. Dorbek, Tarvas3.6 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 4. Raap, Parnu3.5 
 5. Pilk, TT.3.5 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.5 
 7. Keedus, TT.3.3 
 8. Karner, Parnu3.0 
 9. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Va.2.5 
 2. Dorbek, Tarvas2.2 
 3. Karner, Parnu2.2 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 5. Saage, Tartu Uliko.2.1 
 6. Kaldre, Rapla2.1 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tln K.1.9 
 8. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.1.9 
 9. Veideman, Tartu U.1.8 
 10. Cricelli, Va.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.4 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.4 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.2 
 5. Adedeji, Va.1.0 
 6. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 7. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.0.8 
 8. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 9. Vaino, Tarvas0.6 
 10. Makke, TT.0.5 


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Williams, Besiktas33.7 
 2. Washington, Turk T.22.0 
 3. Roll, Antwerp21.2 
 4. Stanojevic, Karsi.20.8 
 5. Karadeniz, Turk T.19.6 
 6. Peavy, Art.Dragons19.3 
 7. Holland, Roanne19.0 
 8. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.18.3 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar18.3 
 10. Delaney, Chalon18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pranas SKURDAUSKAS
  Arkad.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 12
 1. Skurdauskas, Arkad.12.0 
 2. Thomas, Armia11.2 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia11.0 
 4. Bader, Szolnok11.0 
 5. Stanojevic, Karsi.9.2 
 6. Ignerski, N.Nov.9.0 
 7. Majok, Nitra8.8 
 8. Mejri, Antwerp8.8 
 9. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.8 
 10. Chubb, EWE Baske.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Jordan, Telekom10.0 
 2. Danek, Arkadia7.5 
 3. Eldridge, Minsk-20.7.2 
 4. Tchicamboud, Cha.6.6 
 5. Moore, Keravnos6.3 
 6. Holston, Art.Drag.5.8 
 7. Gaines, Armia5.5 
 8. Williams, Atomeromu5.3 
 9. Swanson, Hoverla5.2 
 10. Slagter, Leiden5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Winsome FRAZIER
  Keravnos
  (193-G/F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Frazier, Keravnos3.2 
 2. Danek, Arkadia3.0 
 3. Pandula, BK Prost.3.0 
 4. Miles, Krasnie Kri.3.0 
 5. Clemente, Nitra2.8 
 6. Moore, Keravnos2.8 
 7. Ikonic, Karsiyaka2.4 
 8. Morris, U.Mobite.2.4 
 9. Washington, Turk T.2.3 
 10. Young, Ventspils2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kjellbom, Armia2.6 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp2.2 
 3. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.2.0 
 4. Saunders, Goett.2.0 
 5. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 6. Erden, Besiktas1.7 
 7. Hardin, Minsk-20061.7 
 8. Majok, Nitra1.6 
 9. Hodge, Minsk-20061.5 
 10. Young, Aalstar1.5 


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. EWE Baskets 5-0 
 2. Fuenlabrada 3-2 
 3. Nitra 1-4 
 4. Norrkoping 1-4 
Group B
 1. Besiktas 5-0 
 2. Armia 3-2 
 3. Leiden 1-3 
 4. Goettingen 0-4 
Group C
 1. Roanne 4-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 3-1 
 3. BK Pardubice 2-2 
 4. Hoverla 0-5 
Group D
 1. Ventspils 4-1 
 2. N.Novgorod 3-2 
 3. Khimik 2-3 
 4. Atomeromu 1-4 
Group E
 1. Antwerp 4-1 
 2. Chalon 4-1 
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 1-4 
 4. Enisey 1-4 
Group F
 1. Triumph 4-1 
 2. Etha 3-2 
 3. Aalstar 2-2 
 4. Olin Edirne 0-4 
Group G
 1. Karsiyaka 3-2 
 2. Telekom Baskets 3-2 
 3. Turk Telekom 2-3 
 4. Minsk-2006 2-3 
Group H
 1. Art.Dragons 4-1 
 2. Szolnok 3-2 
 3. Keravnos 2-3 
 4. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 1-4 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Fabien CAUSEUR
  Cholet
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Causeur, Cholet21.8 
 2. Caner-Medley, Vale.18.7 
 3. Minard, Azovmash18.5 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv17.3 
 5. Vucevic, Buducnost16.8 
 6. Wood, ALBA16.0 
 7. Draper, Cedevita15.8 
 8. Sims, VEF Riga15.5 
 9. Bell, Groningen15.5 
 10. Gentile, Benetton.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv9.5 
 2. Adrien, Benetton9.3 
 3. Lee, BC Donetsk8.8 
 4. Booker, Oostende8.5 
 5. Lishchuk, Valencia8.0 
 6. Giddens, PAOK8.0 
 7. Roberts, Lietuvos.7.8 
 8. Traore, Lokomotiv7.8 
 9. Davidson, Fraport7.8 
 10. Falker, Cholet7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Williams, Besiktas8.0 
 2. Becirovic, Benetto.7.0 
 3. Wood, ALBA6.3 
 4. Chatman, Karsiyaka5.5 
 5. Moore, PGE Turow5.3 
 6. Planinic, Khimky5.3 
 7. Rochestie, Le Mans5.2 
 8. Albicy, Gravelines4.8 
 9. Markovic, Valencia4.7 
 10. Draper, Cedevita4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shawn RAY
  Etha
  (194-SF-80)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Ray, Etha4.5 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv3.0 
 3. Wyatt, Groningen2.8 
 4. Beverley, Spart.2.7 
 5. Dourisseau, Groni.2.5 
 6. Ermis, Banvit BK2.5 
 7. Minard, Azovmash2.5 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.3 
 9. de Randamie, Groni.2.3 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Muldrow, Aris2.5 
 2. Wyatt, Groningen2.3 
 3. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.0 
 4. Fofana, AS.2.0 
 5. Naymick, CEZ N.2.0 
 6. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.0 
 7. Scalabrine, Benett.1.7 
 8. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.5 
 9. Willard, Ventspils1.5 
 10. Koffi, Le Mans1.5 


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Gravelines 4-0 
 2. BC Donetsk 3-1 
 3. Hapoel J-M 1-3 
 4. Cibona 0-4 
Group B
 1. Khimky 4-0 
 2. VEF Riga 2-2 
 3. PAOK 1-3 
 4. Cholet 1-3 
Group C
 1. CEZ Nymburk 3-1 
 2. Aris 3-1 
 3. Rudupis 2-2 
 4. Groningen 0-4 
Group D
 1. ASVEL 3-1 
 2. Valencia 3-1 
 3. Lukoil Academik 2-2 
 4. Oostende 0-4 
Group E
 1. GC 2014 3-1 
 2. Lokomotiv 3-1 
 3. Banvit BK 2-2 
 4. Fraport SKY 0-4 
Group F
 1. Lietuvos rytas 4-0 
 2. Krka 3-1 
 3. Azovmash 1-3 
 4. Le Mans 0-4 
Group G
 1. Spartak SP 4-0 
 2. Benetton TV 2-2 
 3. Cedevita 1-3 
 4. B.Muenchen 1-3 
Group H
 1. ALBA 3-1 
 2. Buducnost 2-2 
 3. PGE Turow 2-2 
 4. M.Hainaut 1-3 


Eurocup Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Cibona - BC Donetsk 76-78
BC Donetsk celebrated the third win in EuroCup regular season. They overcame Cibona on the road today to climb at 3-1 record in Group A. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) knocked down 16 points to lead the charge. Cibona suffered the fourth loss in a row. BC Donetsk surged ahead right from the start but Cibona did not allow the visitors to run away. The hosts trailed by just a single point 15:16 at the first break. BC Donetsk stayed in front throughout the second quarter. The visitors built a 38:34 halftime advantage. Things hardly changed after the big break. Cibona tried to catch up but BC Donetsk calmly kept their opponents at bay. The visitors entered the final quarter up by 6 points 61:55. But Cibona finally erased the deficit late in regulation. Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) put the Ukrainian back in front with two free throws. Kovacevic had a chance to force overtime but his jumper rimmed out sealing the victory for BC Donetsk. Vule Avdalovic posted 14 points, while Michael Lee and Ivan Radenovic accounted for 13 points each in the win. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Cibona. Goran Suton netted 13 points in the loss.

Gravelines - Hapoel J-M 97-74
Gravelines kept their record spotless at EuroCup regular season. The French team celebrated the fourth consecutive win as they drubbed Hapoel Jerusalem at home court today. Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) scored 23 points to pace the hosts. Gravelines dominated from start to finish in this one. They built a 27:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Gravelines maintained the pressure in the second quarter. The hosts stretched the margin to 18 points 51:33 at the interval. Hapoel struggled at both ends of the floor as Gravelines accumulated a 20-point lead at the final intermission 75:55. The home side did not give a single chance for the Israelis posting a comfortable win at the end. J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, agency: Hoops Ambassadors, college: UNLV) had 12 points, while Juby Johnson, Cyril Akpomedah and Andrew Albicy had 10 points each in the victory. Elishay Kadir (202-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Jerusalem. Brian Randle produced 11 points in the loss.

Group B
Khimky - PAOK 89-65
Khimky stayed perfect in EuroCup regular season. The Russian powerhouse held off visiting PAOK to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group B. Khimky thus sealed their spot in the next round of the tournament. PAOK fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Khimky started the game steadily. They gained a 22:18 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the pressure in the second period. The hosts built a 40:32 halftime advantage. Khimky speeded things up in the third term. They went on a 29:13 run to leave their opponents behind. Khimky and PAOK traded baskets throughout the final quarter with the home team cruising to the victory. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) scored 16 points, while Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) added 14 in the win. Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) answered with 13 points for PAOK. Rashad Wright had 11 points in the loss.

Cholet - VEF Riga 72-68
Cholet opened win count in EuroCup season. The French team outscored visiting VEF Riga to improve at 1-3 record in Group B. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) tallied 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals to lead the hosts. VEF Riga fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Cholet enjoyed a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. The hosts kept VEF Riga at distance throughout the second term. Cholet built a 39:32 advantage before the second half. VEF Riga stressed defence after the break and managed to trim the deficit to just four points 47:51 with one quarter remaining. But Cholet fired 21 points in the final frame and sealed the win at the end. Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois) posted 17 points, while Robert Hite had 11 points for the winners. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) answered with 14 points for VEF Riga. Courtney Sims delivered 11 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Group C
Aris - Groningen 79-58
Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) scored 14 points and Aris overcame visiting Groningen in Round 4 of EuroCup regular season. The victory carried the Hellenes at 3-1 record in Group C. Groningen in the meantime suffered the fourth loss in a row to stay winless. Aris scored 25 points in the starting frame to eke out a 3-point lead. They stiffened their defence in the second quarter. Aris limited GasTerra Flames to 11 points building a 48:33 halftime buffer. Groningen tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They added aggressiveness to their defensive game and managed to hold the hosts to 9 points in the period. But Aris reacted with a 22 points in the final term and earned a well-deserved win at the end. Dominic James (180-PG-86, college: Marquette) nailed 13 points, while Sergio Kerusch had 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. David Bell (186-G-81) answered with 17 points for Groningen. Avis Wyatt produced 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

CEZ Nymburk - Rudupis 80-83
Rudupis earned the second win in EuroCup campaign as they upset Nymburk in Czech Republic tonight. Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) scored 19 points to pace the Lithuanian team as they improved at 2-2 record in Group C. Nymburk in the meantime suffered the first loss at the tournament and fell at 3-1 record. Nymburk had little problems in the opening frame. The hosts quite expectedly grabbed a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. But Rudupis struck right back in the second quarter. They went on a 23:13 run to steal a 41:35 halftime advantage. The visitors exploded with 25 points in the third term to boost the gap to 7 points with ten minutes remaining. Nymburk went on a desperate rescue rally in the final frame but Rudupis stayed calm and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) provided 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Dainius Salenga had 14 points in the victory. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) led all scorers with 24 points for Nymburk. A.J. Abrams finished with 17 points in the loss.

Group D
Valencia - Lukoil Academik 83-59
Valencia gained the third win in EuroCup season. They defeated Lukoil at home court tonight. Five players scored in double digits for Valencia. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Valencia held their opponents to 11 points in the first frame to take a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout intense second quarter.The hosts secured a 31:24 lead at the interval. Valencia took off in the third quarter. The Spanish team silenced their opponents with a 31:12 rally to build a 62:36 advantage. They kept Lukoil at bay throughout the final quarter and sealed a well-deserved win at the end. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) and Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) had 11 points each for the winners. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Lukoil. Lamont Mack had 10 points in the loss.

ASVEL - Oostende 83-65
ASVEL returned to winning ways in EuroCup Group D. The French team overwhelmed visiting Oostende to gain 3-1 record on top of the ladder. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) fired 18 points to pace the winners. ASVEL surprised the visitors with an 18:8 run in the first quarter. The hosts maintained the pressure in the second term. The margin reached a 12-point mark at the big break 41:29. Things got even worse for Oostende in the third quarter. ASVEL stayed in control posting a 62:45 lead with one period remaining. The hosts did not loosen the grasp in the final frame and rallied to a comprehensive win at the end. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) produced 12 points, while Paul Lacombe added 10 points for the winning side. Dusan Sakota (208-PF-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Oostende. Jason Rich had 13 points in the loss.

Group E
Banvit BK - GC 2014 79-54
Banvit celebrated the second win in EuroCup regular season Group F. They stormed past previously undefeated Gran Canaria to improve at 2-2 record. Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) provided 18 points and 5 boards to pace the Turkish team. The sides looked well-matched in the first frame. The scoreboard read 20:20 after ten minutes of action. But Banvit took off in the second quarter. The hosts went on a deadly 25:10 run to build a 45:30 halftime advantage. Banvit stretched the margin in the third quarter. The Turkish team ensured a comfortable 66:45 advantage with one quarter remaining and never looked back en route to the win. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Clifford Hammonds had 11 points and 7 assists in the victory. Juan Palacios (204-F/C-85) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Gran Canaria. Javier Beiran netted 8 points in defeat.

Fraport SKY - Lokomotiv 58-69
Lokomotiv Kuban registered the third EuroCup win in the season. The Russian team defeated Skyliners in Frankfurt to grab 3-1 record in Group E. Skyliners on the other hand suffered the fourth defeat in a row. Lokomotiv held the hosts to 11 points in the starting quarter to take a 2-point lead. But Skyliners adjusted and went on a 19:13 run in the second frame to take a 30:26 halftime advantage. The third term turned decisive. The visitors ignited a stunning 25:10 surge to leave Skyliners far behind. The hosts never came back to life afterwards allowing Lokomotiv to cruise to the victory at the end. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) posted 18 points and 8 rebounds for Lokomotiv. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) added 17 points in the win. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) answered with 13 points for Skyliners. Jon Leuer and Jermareo Davidson nailed 12 points each in the loss.

Group F
Krka - Azovmash 74-70
Krka handed the second straight EuroCup loss to Azovmash in Group F. The Slovenian powerhouse followed the victory in Mariupol with the home success. Jure Balazic (204-F-80) scored 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to secure the third win for Krka in the group. Azovmash on the other hand fell at 1-3 record. The Ukrainian powerhouse led by three points after ten minutes of action 23:20. But Krka found their rhythm in the second term. The hosts outgunned Azovmash to accumulate a 42:37 halftime advantage. Azovmash went off the locker rooms firing from all guns. The visitors went on a 21:9 run to take a 58:51 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Krka ignited a 9:2 rally to get within one. Jure Balazic drained a triple to put Krka in charge 70:68 late in regulation. Jure Balazic followed with a jumper to make it 72:68 for the hosts. The teams then exchanged free throws and Krka celebrated a key win at the end. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) finished with 17 points, while Smiljan Pavic had 13 in the win. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Azovmash. Daniel Ewing secured 19 points in defeat.

Lietuvos rytas - Le Mans 87-49
Lietuvos Rytas posted the fourth consecutive win in EuroCup regular season. They cruised past Le Mans to take 4-0 record on top of Group F. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) and Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 14 points each to pace the effort. It was a one-way traffic right from the start. Lietuvos Rytas outscored the French team 26:10 in the starting period. The margin just kept on growing in the second quarter. Lietuvos Rytas accumulated a comfortable 49:21 halftime advantage. The hosts never slowed down after the main break. The home team gained a 68:31 lead at the final break and coasted to the victory afterwards. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) provided 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Jomantas contributed 12 points in the win. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) responded with 10 points for Le Mans. Taylor Rochestie had 7 points in defeat.

Group G
Benetton TV - Cedevita 82-68
Benetton is getting back to life in EuroCup regular season. After starting losses the Italian team recorded the second straight win in Group G. Benetton defeated Cedevita again, this time in Treviso. Five players scored in double figures for the hosts. Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) led the way with 18 points. Cedevita in the meantime suffered the third loss at the tournament. Benetton shocked the visitors in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a 26:7 run to take a comfortable lead. Cedevita tried to bounce back in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit to 12 points at halftime 27:39. The Croatian team got within 10 points at the final break. However Becirovic and Massimo Bulleri explded with back-to-back three pointers midway through the final period and Benetton cleared off for good in this one. E'Twaun Moore (192-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) finished with 17 points, while Massimo Bulleri added 15 points for the winners. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) had 17 points for Cedevita. Levour Warren netted 14 points in defeat.

B.Muenchen - Spartak SP 60-72
Spartak Saint Petersburg extended their perfect EuroCup run. They earned the fourth straight win beating Bayern in Munich today. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-C-84) and Victor Keyru (199-G-84) scored 13 points each to lead Spartak to the win. The visitors marked their ambitions in the first ten minutes. Spartak grabbed a 20:10 lead to take some breathing room. The visitors stayed well in control in the second quarter. They established a 39:28 halftime advantage. Bayern finally turned on the speed in the third quarter. The hosts erupted for 21 points to narrow the gap at 7-point mark. However Spartak went on a 12:0 rally in the final quarter and ran away with another win at the end. Yotam Halperin and Valery Likhodey finished with 10 points each for the winning side. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds for Bayern. Jared Homan had 12 points in the loss.

Group H
Buducnost - M.Hainaut 85-78 OT
Buducnost came strong late to tame Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Round 4 of EuroCup regular season. The Montenegrin team claimed the second win in the tournament, dropping Dexia at 1-3 record in Group H. Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) posted 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Dexia surprised the hosts in the starting frame. The Belgian team went on an 18:9 run to clear off. Dexia maintained their advantage throughout the second term. They accumulated a 36:27 halftime advantage. Dexia did not allow Buducnost to get any closer in the third period. The visitors entered the fourth quarter up by 10 points 57:47. But Buducnost refused to surrender. The hosts went on a 22:12 rally in the final quarter to level things up and force overtime. Buducnost found their rhythm and gave no chance for the visitors in the extra period. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) posted 18 points, while Cedomir Vitkovac added 11 points in the win. A.J. Slaughter (191-G-87, college: W.Kentucky) responded with 23 points for Dexia. Quincy Taylor finished with 14 points in the loss.

PGE Turow - ALBA 91-87 OT
PGE Turow ensured the second EuroCup victory in the season. They survived double-overtime drama to overcome ALBA at home court. David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) scored 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the winners. PGE Turow therefore improved at 2-2 record, while ALBA suffered their first defeat and slipped at 3-1 in Group H. ALBA led by six points after ten minutes of action 18:12. The visitors stretched the gap in the second term. The Berlin outfit enjoyed a 41:26 halftime advantage. But PGE Turow turned things around after the big break. The Polish team cut the deficit to 9 points entering the fourth term. David Jackson went on a scoring spree in the quarter to help PGE Turow deny the deficit and force overtime. The hosts pulled their noses in front in the first extra period but Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) tied things up at 80 to send the game into the second overtime. ALBA gained an 85:81 lead early in the second overtime but David Jackson converted a layup and added a free throw, while Daniel Kickert went deadly from the line as PGE Turow snatched an important win at the end. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) nailed 19 points, while Daniel Kickert had 16 points in the victory. Derrick Allen answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for ALBA. Heiko Schaffartzik had 17 points in the loss.




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  EUROLEAGUE   


Along with Smith against Zalgiris - by Giorgos Diploidis
Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) had a problem in his shoulder and missed the game against Ilysiakos for the Basketleague. However yesterday (05/12) he returned to the full program and he will be available for the game of Panathinaikos Athens against Zalgiris for the Euroleague.

So coach Obradovic will have one less headach for the next match because for a long time he has to do his plans without Tsartsaris and perperoglou.


FIBA Ruled - Jeremy Pargo Violated His Contract, Owes Maccabi $270,000 - by David Pick
A long back-and-forth summer of investigations surrounding the Jeremy Pargo/Maccabi T-A saga involving whether or not the language of Pargo's contract allowed him to opt-out of his deal came to an today (Tuesday) as FIBA's Swiss arbitrator decided that Pargo violated terms of the agreement with Maccabi and was not entitled to be released from the contract he was committed to for the 2011/12 season. The arbitrator ruled that Pargo will compensate the Israeli champions by paying $270,000 not including other additional expenses.

Maccabi was pleased with FIBA's final decision, adding that during the process of investigations, they never asked or intended for Pargo to return to Israel due to his actions over the summer. A Maccabi source told Eurobasket 'Justice was rightfully made. Jeremy's actions were unacceptable and FIBA's verdict proves so.'

As recalled, Eurobasket was first to report Pargo's decision to opt-out of his (signed) two-year deal in Israel claiming he had a potential NBA offer, but couldn't get into specifics due to the NBA lockout. 'Jeremy Pargo is a free agent and does not have to return to Israel and play for Maccabi. There is no reason for him to report to training camp September 1st,' Pargo's agent Bard Ames told Eurobasket in August. 'Maccabi is saying that we have to have a guaranteed contract presented by an NBA team which goes against the spirit of the negotiations,' Ames added.

Priority Sports, Brad Ames or Jeremy Pargo's comments will follow if delivered.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick




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Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Qualification Gr.A
1. Estonia0-0
2. Iceland0-0
3. Israel0-0
4. Montenegro0-0
5. Serbia0-0
6. Slovakia0-0
Qualification Gr.B
1. Azerbaijan0-0
2. Bulgaria0-0
3. Germany0-0
4. Luxembourg0-0
5. Sweden0-0
Qualification Gr.C
1. Austria0-0
2. Croatia0-0
3. Cyprus0-0
4. Hungary0-0
5. Ukraine0-0
Qualification Gr.D
1. Bosnia0-0
2. Georgia0-0
3. Latvia0-0
4. Holland0-0
5. Romania0-0
Qualification Gr.E
1. Albania0-0
2. Belgium0-0
3. Finland0-0
4. Poland0-0
5. Switzerland0-0
Qualification Gr.F
1. Belarus0-0
2. Czech Rep.0-0
3. Italy0-0
4. Portugal0-0
5. Turkey0-0


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KORISLIIGA: Shawn Vanzant saved Korihait - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 17: Basketball on Finland Independence Day. UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) and Vilpas Vikings from Salo made it a thriller in front of TV-cameras. American Shawn Vanzant (183-PG-88, college: Butler) saved the hosts at the end by scoring the contest last five points and Korihait won 81-78 (37-41). Quarters: 18-25, 19-16, 20-19, 24-18. Korihait (8-9) got a slow start and visitor Vilpas (5-11) was shooting very well from behind the arc (16/28 = 57%), but those FTs. Vilpas missed eight FTs from 12! Finnish guards Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) (Korihait) and Roope Ahonen (187-PG-90, agency: FCM) (Vilpas) were probably the MVPs in this exiting game.
UU-Korihait - Vilpas 81-78 (37-41). (Mikko Jalonen 22, Cedric Latimer 20, Shawn Vanzant 13 - Roope Ahonen 21/6a, Emmanuel Holloway 17, Mikael Sandberg 12. A: 856).




Eric Williams claims 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Eric Williams (198-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lapua and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed Ura Basket (#9, 4-6) with 24-point margin 112-88. Lapua maintains the 5th position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lapua will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lapua's top player in his first season with the team. Tarleton State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (3rd best: 23.4ppg) and averages solid 60.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Bilal Abdullah (196-G-84) of SayRi. Abdullah impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as SayRi lost that game 86-106 to the higher-ranked Oulun NMKY (#2, 8-2). SayRi is still second from the bottom in . 8 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories SayRi managed to get this year. Abdullah is a newcomer at SayRi and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg (#9). He also registered 8.4 boards per game. Lafayette College alumni Abdullah played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Tracy Robinson (201-F-86) of top-ranked FoKoPo. Robinson got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Robinson's great performance FoKoPo lost 92-99 to the lower-ranked Huima (#7, 5-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. That was shocking loss for FoKoPo and their fans. Hopefully so far almost perfect season will not turn around. They still have impressive 9-1 record in holding top position in the standings. Robinson plays for a very strong team and FoKoPo has many quality players. So achieving that high stats is even more impressive. Robinson has a great season in Finland. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justice Graham (198-F/G-79) of Huima - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87) of SayRi - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Josh Nofflet (194-F-88) of Oulun NMKY - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Darren Townes (201-F-86) of BC Nokia - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jason Stamper (200-F/C-85) of Pyrinto II - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Walter Baxley (191-G-84) of Lapua - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Lloyd Phillips (178-PG-85) of Oulun NMKY - 34 points and 6 assists

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


Muurinen's 25 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for ToPo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for ToPo in his team's victory, helping them to crush Namika Lahti (#11, 2-14) with 18-point margin 107-89. ToPo maintains the 5th position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ToPo will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Muurinen as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Kimmo Muurinen averages this season 11.8ppg and 7.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Kauhajoki. He is American forward in his first season at Kauhajoki. In the last game Beidler recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Kauhajoki was edged in overtime by slightly higher-ranked Pyrinto (#3, 10-4) 75-73. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kauhajoki still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 10-6 record is not bad at all. Beidler is a newcomer at Kauhajoki and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.8ppg (#4). He also registered 9.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Namika Lahti (#11). Makalainen showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Makalainen's great performance Namika Lahti lost 89-107 to the higher-ranked ToPo (#5, 9-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Namika Lahti can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-14 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Makalainen he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Makalainen has a very solid season. In 16 games in Finland he scored 15.8ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and FGP: 54.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84) of LrNMKY - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) of Kataja - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80) of Pyrinto - 22 points and 7 rebounds
7. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87) of KTP - 28 points and 8 rebounds
8. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84) of Kataja - 20 points and 12 rebounds
10. Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Kouvot - 20 points, 7 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)


1.DIVISION: FoKoPo lost now at home court - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 11: FoKoPo (Forssa) rolling at first nine rounds undefeated and today lost the second contest in a row. This time that kind of upset took place at home court, when visitor Pyrinto II (Tampere) won 65-77 (28-39). When Jason Stamper (200-F/C-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Minnesota) joined Pyrinto II (8-3) roster, team has not lost a game. FoKoPo (9-2) is still on the top in standings, but Pyrinto II and Honka, Tapiola (8-3) are breathing down to the neck. Honka defeated this time YMCA Oulu 88-85 (42-45). Riento (Saynatsalo) won over Huima (Aanekoski) 91-84 (36-42). American G Aubrey Conerly (182-G-83, college: Jacksonville) had joined SayRi roster and Conerly's start was strong: 24pts/7assists. Conerly is playing his fifth season in Finland. BC Nokia lost at home vs Ura Basket (Kaarina) 75-82 (39-48). Niilo Lehtila (195-G/F-83) scored game high 25 pts for visitor Ura Basket. The regular season seems to be at half way. There are 11 rounds left + play-off-games.
FoKoPo - Pyrinto II 65-77 (28-39). (Sami Ikavalko 19, HL Coleman 14/11, Tracy Robinson 13/12 - Joni Harjula 27, Jason Stamper 19/14, Jukka-Pekka Vaananen 19).
Honka, Tapiola - YMCA Oulu 88-85 (42-45). (Anselmi Vanjoki 29, Villematti Kopio 18, Tero Laitinen 16 - Lloyd Phillips 22/8a, Brian Moultrie 19/12, Josh Nofflet 19/10).
SayRi - Huima 91-84 (36-42). (Bilal Abdullah 27, Aubrey Conerly 24/7a, Kenneth Cooper 19/15 - Justice Graham 23/12, Tuomas Viertola 20/5a, Treylon Manning 14).
BC Nokia - Ura Basket 75-82 (39-48). (Gerald January 22/10, Timo Riihela 18/5a, Darren Townes 16 - Niilo Lehtila 25, Sakari Salminen 19, Eze Andrews 16/12).




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Daniel Coleman joins Vichy - by Eurobasket News
Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) is back to France. The 26-year-old American penned a deal with Vichy for rest of the season. He already made debut for his team last weekend. Coleman scored 5 points against Nantes. Daniel Coleman spent last two seasons with Bourg. In the latest one he had 12.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.6 apg for 27 games in ProB. He had better numbers in 2009/10 season, also in ProB. Before Bourg, Coleman played in Portugal. He shined with 18.5 ppg and 7.8 rpg for 21 UZO league games with AD Vagos. It was his rookie season. Daniel Coleman graduated at the University of Minnesota in 2008

EuroCup: Lietuvos Rytas breeze past Le Mans - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Le Mans 87:49

Lietuvos Rytas posted the fourth consecutive win in EuroCup regular season. They cruised past Le Mans to take 4-0 record on top of Group F. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) and Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 14 points each to pace the effort.
It was a one-way traffic right from the start. Lietuvos Rytas outscored the French team 26:10 in the starting period. The margin just kept on growing in the second quarter. Lietuvos Rytas accumulated a comfortable 49:21 halftime advantage. The hosts never slowed down after the main break. The home team gained a 68:31 lead at the final break and coasted to the victory afterwards. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) provided 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Jomantas contributed 12 points in the win. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) responded with 10 points for Le Mans. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) had 7 points in defeat.

Lietuvos Rytas: Renaldas Seibutis 14, Predrag Samardziski 14, Jonas Valanciunas 13+11 boards
Le Mans: Joao Paulo Batista 10, Taylor Rochestie 7


EuroCup: Gravelines trounce Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News
Gravelines - Hapoel Jerusalem 97:74

Gravelines kept their record spotless at EuroCup regular season. The French team celebrated the fourth consecutive win as they drubbed Hapoel Jerusalem at home court today. Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) scored 23 points to pace the hosts.
Gravelines dominated from start to finish in this one. They built a 27:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Gravelines maintained the pressure in the second quarter. The hosts stretched the margin to 18 points 51:33 at the interval. Hapoel struggled at both ends of the floor as Gravelines accumulated a 20-point lead at the final intermission 75:55. The home side did not give a single chance for the Israelis posting a comfortable win at the end. J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, agency: Hoops Ambassadors, college: UNLV) had 12 points, while Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) , Cyril Akpomedah (203-PF-79) and Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) had 10 points each in the victory. Elishay Kadir (202-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Jerusalem. Brian Randle (203-F-85) produced 11 points in the loss.

Gravelines: Rudy Jomby 23, J.K. Edwards 12, Juby Johnson 10, Cyril Akpomedah 10, Andrew Albicy 10
Hapoel Jerusalem: Elishay Kadir 14, Brian Randle 11


EuroCup: Fabien Causeur leads Cholet past VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News
Cholet - VEF Riga 72:68

Cholet opened win count in EuroCup season. The French team outscored visiting VEF Riga to improve at 1-3 record in Group B. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) tallied 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals to lead the hosts. VEF Riga fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
Cholet enjoyed a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. The hosts kept VEF Riga at distance throughout the second term. Cholet built a 39:32 advantage before the second half. VEF Riga stressed defence after the break and managed to trim the deficit to just four points 47:51 with one quarter remaining. But Cholet fired 21 points in the final frame and sealed the win at the end. Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois) posted 17 points, while Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami, FL) had 11 points for the winners. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) answered with 14 points for VEF Riga. Courtney Sims (211-C-83, college: Michigan) delivered 11 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Cholet: Fabien Causeur 19, Randal Falker 17, Robert Hite 11
VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 14, Courtney Sims 11


EuroCup: ASVEL take care of Oostende - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL - Oostende 83:65

ASVEL returned to winning ways in EuroCup Group D. The French team overwhelmed visiting Oostende to gain 3-1 record on top of the ladder. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) fired 18 points to pace the winners.
ASVEL surprised the visitors with an 18:8 run in the first quarter. The hosts maintained the pressure in the second term. The margin reached a 12-point mark at the big break 41:29. Things got even worse for Oostende in the third quarter. ASVEL stayed in control posting a 62:45 lead with one period remaining. The hosts did not loosen the grasp in the final frame and rallied to a comprehensive win at the end. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) produced 12 points, while Paul Lacombe (194-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points for the winning side. Dusan Sakota (208-PF-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Oostende. Jason Rich (191-G-86) had 13 points in the loss.

ASVEL: Edwin Jackson 18, Dijon Thompson 12, Paul Lacombe 10
Oostende: Dusan Sakota 14, Jason Rich 13


EuroChallenge: Roanne stole the victory from Ivano-Frankivsk - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla - Roanne 63:70

Roanne stole the victory from Ivano-Frankivsk on Tuesday. Chorale de Roanne needed 70:63 win for 4-1 record on top.
The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) stepped up and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Brian Greene (195-G/F-83, college: Florida A&M) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) scored 19 points.
The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Chorale de Roanne. They maintain first place in Group C with 4-1 record. Hoverla lost their fifth game in a row. They still close the standings with five games lost.
BK Prostejov will face BK Pardubice tomorrow in another game of the group.

Hoverla: Kevin Tiggs 19, Brian Greene 15, Walker 12
Roanne: Dylan Page 17, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 13, John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) 10



EuroChallenge: Chalon book a place in the next round - by Eurobasket News
Enisey - Chalon 79:80

Chalon book a place in the next round of EuroChallenge. The French outfit outscored Russian Enisey in Krasnoyarsk 80:79 on Tuesday.
The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 41-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Enisey Krasnoyarsk was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds and Andrei Komarovskiy (196-G-85) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Chalon/Saor keeps a position of Group E leader, which they share with Antwerp. Enisey Krasnoyarsk lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom place with four games lost.


In another game of the group Antwerp overcame CSU Mobitelco 74:72.

Chalon: Blake Schilb 21, Alade Aminu 18, Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) 12
Enisey: Lonny Baxter 22+5reb, Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) 16, Andrei Komarovskiy 14




David Denave claims ProB weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
David Denave (195-SG-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for St Vallier and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 26-year old shooting guard had a double-double of 29 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Evreux (6-5) 76-71. St Vallier is placed at 7th position in ProB. St Vallier is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-5 record. In the team's last game Denave had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at St Vallier, through which he has constantly improved. Denave has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.3ppg. Denave is in league's top in assists (5th best: 5.1apg) and averages solid 59.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Court Side) of Evreux. Wood impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 13 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Evreux lost that game 71-76 to the higher-ranked St Vallier (6-5). This loss caused Evreux to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wood is a newcomer at Evreux and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#7). He also registered 11.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Kurt Cunningham (205-C/F-87) of Bordeaux (#6). Cunningham scored 23 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Cunningham's great performance Bordeaux lost 58-68 to Fos Ouest (7-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Bordeaux needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 4 lost games. Cunningham has a very solid season. In 11 games in France he scored 13.5ppg. He also has 6.5rpg and FGP: 64.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Moses Sonko (198-F-83) of Bourg - 19 points and 9 rebounds
5. Pele Paelay (193-SG-84) of Quimper - 18 points and 11 rebounds
6. Kevin Corre (202-C/F-85) of Chalons-Reims - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Juwann James (198-F/C-87) of Denain - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Wilbert Brown (199-PF-84) of Maurienne - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jeff Allen (201-F/C-87) of Antibes - 22 points and 9 rebounds
10. Joseph Gomis (180-G-78) of Limoges - 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)


Vichy adds Errick Craven - by Eurobasket News
Vichy added another player to its roster for rest of the season. They signed a deal with Ivorian/French guard Errick Craven (188-G-83, college: USC). The player already made debut for Vichy on Saturday. Craven has 12.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.5 apg and 2.3 spg for Dijon last season. Before that, he was one of the best Boulazac players. Craven averaged 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.5 spg for them. He also spent some time with Dijon in 2009/10, before he joined Boulazac. In the past, Craven was a member of Clermont and Saint-Quentin. He was named ProB MVP in 2009 with Clermont. That season Craven exploded with 19.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.7 apg and 3.1 spg. Errick Craven is active member of the Ivorian National Team.

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Kozuv signs two players - by Eurobasket News
Kozuv announced signing of Miko Golubovic (207-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Dusan Domovic (190-G-85) for rest of the season. Both players already made debut for their new team. They helped Kozuv to beat ABA Strumica 91-82.
MIko Golubovic arrived to Kozuv from the Serbian team Napredak Krusevac. Last season he won the Cypriot league title and Cup with Etha. He also has experience from Omonia Nicosia. Golubovic is not a new face in FYROM as he already played for Bitola in the past. Golubovic nailed 20 pts last weekend.
Dusan Domovic exploded with 27 points in his debut. He played for Serbian Ergonom in the past.


Kumanovo lands American Phillip Brooks - by Eurobasket News
Phillip Brooks (188-G-84, college: Langston) is back to FYROM. The American guard signed a deal with Kumanovo and already made debut for his new team. He scored 7 points against Lirija. Brooks started the season with ABA Strumica. He appeared 6 times in the league averaging 21 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists. They parted ways recently and Brooks immediately joined Inter Bratislava. However, he left after one game to sign with Kumanovo. Phillip Brooks played in Syria and Spanish EBA league last season. He was named Spanish EBA Player of The Year -10. Brooks also has experience from the German Regionalliga.

Gecevski's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
34-year old center Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for MZT Skopje and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Rabotnicki (#6, 4-7) 68-80. MZT Skopje maintains the 3rd position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. MZT Skopje will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Gecevski had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be MZT Skopje's top player in his first season with the team. Gecevski has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.5ppg) and averages solid 1.5bpg,61.3% FGP and 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Aleksandar Shterjov (206-C-86) of Vardar. He is a center in his 2nd season at Vardar. In the last game Shterjov recorded impressive double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Vardar lost that game 65-83 to league's leader Feni Indistrija (#1, 11-0). This loss caused Vardar to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-7 record. Shterjov is well-known at Vardar and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Dusan Domovic (190-G-85) of Kozuv (#9). Domovic scored 27 points. He was a key player of Kozuv, leading his team to a 91-82 win against ABA Strumica (2-9). Kozuv can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-9 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Domovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Domovic as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-C/F-79) of Kumanovo - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C) of Lirija - 16 points and 14 rebounds
6. Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) of Feni Indistrija - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dejan Mikic (201-F-86) of Kumanovo - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ognen Stojanovski (190-G-85) of MZT Skopje - 19 points and 6 assists
9. Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85) of Feni Indistrija - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Dejan Vegov (205-F/C-83) of Kozuv - 15 points and 7 rebounds

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


Rabotnicki gets bigger with Gjorgje Jovanovic - by Eurobasket News
Rabotnicki announced signing of Gjorgje Jovanovic (209-C-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) for rest of the season. The experienced big guy already played his first game with the club. Jovanovic started this season with Bulgarian Samokov. He had 8.5 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 6 NBL games. He also added 4.7 ppg and 3 rpg for 3 games in BIBL. Gjorgje Jovanovic split last season between Ultimate Basket Prilep and Lirija. He had 20.3 ppg and 10.6 rpg with the Prilep team. Later, Jovanovic also shined with Lirija. In the past, he played for Swisslion Pelister Bitola. Gjorgje Jovanovic also has experience from Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro.

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Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 7-0 
 2. Olympus 6-1 
 3. Kutaisi 6-2 
 4. Sokhumi 6-2 
 5. TSU Tbilisi 3-4 
 6. Dinamo Tbilisi 3-4 
 7. MIA Tbilisi 3-4 
 8. STU Tbilisi 3-4 
 9. Samedicino 3-5 
 10. Batumi 0-7 
 11. Rustavi 0-7 


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lasha PARGHALAVA
  Sokhu.
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Parghalava, Sokhu.26.5 
 2. Carter, Dinamo T.26.0 
 3. Patsatsia, Sokhumi25.9 
 4. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi23.3 
 5. Blair, MIA Tbilisi22.5 
 6. Niniashvili, TSU T.21.9 
 7. Smith, MIA Tbilisi21.0 
 8. Chikviladze, Samed.19.1 
 9. Sljuka, Olympus17.0 
 10. Mikeladze, Batumi16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 16
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.16.0 
 2. Patsatsia, Sokhumi12.0 
 3. Milutinovic, Olymp.11.3 
 4. Gay, Sokhumi10.5 
 5. Niniashvili, TSU T.10.0 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi9.3 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.9.1 
 8. Bekauri, Samedicino9.1 
 9. Hoger, Olympus8.7 
 10. Matiashvili, Kuta.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olympus
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olymp.7.8 
 2. Artsividze, Rustavi7.3 
 3. Gaines, Armia6.5 
 4. Chitashvili, TSU T.5.8 
 5. Mikeladze, Batumi5.6 
 6. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.0 
 7. Blair, MIA Tbilisi4.5 
 8. Gay, Sokhumi4.5 
 9. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.5 
 10. Berishvili, TSU T.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nika RAMISHVILI
  Batumi
  (181-G-94)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ramishvili, Batumi3.1 
 2. Gaines, Armia2.5 
 3. Blair, MIA Tbilisi2.5 
 4. Gay, Sokhumi2.5 
 5. Beruashvili, STU T.2.3 
 6. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.3 
 7. Gulisabedash., Oly.2.1 
 8. Chachanidze, Rust.2.1 
 9. Chitashvili, TSU T.2.0 
 10. Sanadze, Dinamo2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Samedicino
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Bekauri, Samedicino2.3 
 2. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.7 
 3. Milutinovic, Olymp.1.7 
 4. Toudjani, MIA T.1.6 
 5. Beruashvili, STU T.1.6 
 6. Tsirekidze, Kutaisi1.5 
 7. Kjellbom, Armia1.3 
 8. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.3 
 9. Machaladze, STU T.1.3 
 10. Ilic, Samedicino1.2 


EuroChallenge: Besiktas wins Group B - by Eurobasket News
Armia - Besiktas 75:77

Besiktas wins Group B even with one more game remaining. The Turkish favorites overcame Armia in Georgia 77:75 for 5-0 record on top. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Armia.
Armia was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 27-19 charge of Besiktas, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Armia's players. Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Serhat Cetin (197-G-86) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and Will Thomas (203-F-86) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Defending Georgian champion Armia keeps the second position with two games lost. In the last round Besiktas will face bottom-ranked BG Goettingen on the road. Armia will play against Leiden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Besiktas: Ersin Dagli 18+13 rebs, David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) 17, Serhat Cetin 16, Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) 12
Armia: Joakim Kjellbom 17+13rebs, Will Thomas 15, Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.) 15, Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) 13



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EuroCup: Lokomotiv defeat Skyliners in Frankfurt - by Eurobasket News
Skyliners - Lokomotiv Kuban 58:69

Lokomotiv Kuban registered the third EuroCup win in the season. The Russian team defeated Skyliners in Frankfurt to grab 3-1 record in Group E. Skyliners on the other hand suffered the fourth defeat in a row.
Lokomotiv held the hosts to 11 points in the starting quarter to take a 2-point lead. But Skyliners adjusted and went on a 19:13 run in the second frame to take a 30:26 halftime advantage. The third term turned decisive. The visitors ignited a stunning 25:10 surge to leave Skyliners far behind. The hosts never came back to life afterwards allowing Lokomotiv to cruise to the victory at the end. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) posted 18 points and 8 rebounds for Lokomotiv. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) added 17 points in the win. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) answered with 13 points for Skyliners. Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) and Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) nailed 12 points each in the loss.

Skyliners: Jimmy McKinney 13, Jon Leuer 12, Jermareo Davidson 12
Lokomotiv Kuban: Ali Traore 18, Roderick Blakney 17, Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) 11


EuroCup: Spartak SP unstoppable in Munich - by Eurobasket News
Bayern - Spartak SP 60:72

Spartak Saint Petersburg extended their perfect EuroCup run. They earned the fourth straight win beating Bayern in Munich today. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-C-84) and Victor Keyru (199-G-84) scored 13 points each to lead Spartak to the win.
The visitors marked their ambitions in the first ten minutes. Spartak grabbed a 20:10 lead to take some breathing room. The visitors stayed well in control in the second quarter. They established a 39:28 halftime advantage. Bayern finally turned on the speed in the third quarter. The hosts erupted for 21 points to narrow the gap at 7-point mark. However Spartak went on a 12:0 rally in the final quarter and ran away with another win at the end. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) and Valery Likhodey (205-F-86) finished with 10 points each for the winning side. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds for Bayern. Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) had 12 points in the loss.

Bayern: Chevon Troutman 15, Jared Homan 12
Spartak SP: Loukas Mavrokefalidis 13, Victor Keyru 13, Yotam Halperin 10, Valery Likhodey 10


EuroCup: PGE Turow survive two overtimes to edge ALBA - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow - ALBA 91:87 (2OT)

PGE Turow ensured the second EuroCup victory in the season. They survived double-overtime drama to overcome ALBA at home court. David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) scored 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the winners. PGE Turow therefore improved at 2-2 record, while ALBA suffered their first defeat and slipped at 3-1 in Group H.
ALBA led by six points after ten minutes of action 18:12. The visitors stretched the gap in the second term. The Berlin outfit enjoyed a 41:26 halftime advantage. But PGE Turow turned things around after the big break. The Polish team cut the deficit to 9 points entering the fourth term. David Jackson went on a scoring spree in the quarter to help PGE Turow deny the deficit and force overtime. The hosts pulled their noses in front in the first extra period but Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) tied things up at 80 to send the game into the second overtime. ALBA gained an 85:81 lead early in the second overtime but David Jackson converted a layup and added a free throw, while Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) went deadly from the line as PGE Turow snatched an important win at the end. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) nailed 19 points, while Daniel Kickert had 16 points in the victory. Derrick Allen answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for ALBA. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) had 17 points in the loss.

PGE Turow: David Jackson 23, Konrad Wysocki 19, Daniel Kickert 16
ALBA: Derrick Allen 21, Heiko Schaffartzik 17


EuroChallenge: Fuenlabrada could not upset EWE Baskets for the first time - by Eurobasket News
Fuenlabrada - EWE Baskets 77:83

Spanish Baloncesto Fuenlabrada could not upset EWE Baskets for the first time in EuroChallenge. The German side remained undefeated after 77:83 win on Tuesday.
The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. EWE Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's 28. EWE Baskets forced 21 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada turnovers. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Milan Majstorovic (207-C-83) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Leonardo Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and Lubos Barton (202-F/G-80, college: Valparaiso) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds.
EWE Baskets have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 5-0 record. EWE Baskets will face bottom-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins in Sweden in the next round. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play at home against Nitra.

Fuenlabrada: Leonardo Mainoldi 24+10rebs, Sanchez 11, Lubos Barton 11
EWE Baskets: Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: CS Fullerton) 20, Milan Majstorovic 17, Adam Chubb 16+13rebs,



Ibekwe's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Bayreuth and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Goettingen (#18, 1-10) 79-65. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Bayreuth maintains the 11th position in league. Bayreuth is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-6 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Ibekwe as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ekenechukwu Ibekwe averages this season 11.9ppg and 6.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports) of EWE Baskets. He is American forward in his first season at EWE Baskets. In the last game Chubb recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for EWE Baskets to edge slightly higher-ranked s.Oliver Baskets (#6, 7-4) by 6 points 84-78. This victory allowed EWE Baskets to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Chubb is a newcomer at EWE Baskets and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Jared Homan (206-C-83) of B.Muenchen (#5). Homan scored 18 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of B.Muenchen, leading his team to a 89-53 easy win against the lower-ranked LTi 46ers (#13, 4-7). B.Muenchen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 4 lost games. Homan has a very solid season. In 2 games in Germany he scored 11.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jon Leuer (208-F-89) of Fraport SKY - 27 points and 7 rebounds
5. Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85) of Brose Baskets - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Sean Evans (203-F-88) of Goettingen - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kyle Visser (211-C-85) of NY Phantoms - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. John Bowler (206-F-84) of EnBW L'burg - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Mark Dorris (188-G-85) of EnBW L'burg - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84) of Fraport SKY - 11 points, 11 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)


Steven Wriedt (Phoenix Hagen) I Have A Feeling That Jacob Burtschi Will Be Back In Germany Playing Soon - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Steve Wriedt has been assistant coach with Phoenix Hagen since 2006. He was head coach at TuS POCO Iserlohn (2.Bundesliga) in 2004. As a player, he played at Monmouth (NCAA) and turned professional in 1993 and played until 2003. In his time as a professional basketball player he played for teams like Brandt Hagen, Herten, Figueira (Portugal) and TuS Iserlohn. He spoke with Eurobasket about basketball in Germany.

A tough 83-65 loss to the Fraport Skyliners. You told me after the game that Frankfurt played nothing like a 17th place team.

Yes that is right. Frankfurt has a lot of quality. They have a talented Jon Leuer who was drafted by the NBA, German national player Joe Herber from the bench and experienced guys like Jimmy Mckinney and Quantez Robertson who went deep in the playoffs the last two seasons.

Were the 27 points of Jon Leuer his ticket to the NBA?

I am not sure. I think his strong play in the NCAA was his ticket to the NBA. I think that his experience in Germany will help him for the future.

What was your impression of Jon Leuer?

He has good size, but also a good touch for a big guy. He hit four three pointers against us and finished strong. He has good perimeter skills. His defense was ok. He will be at a different level in the NBA defending guys like Amare Stoudemire.

The Fraport Skyliners took Phoenix Hagen out of their offensive rhythm. Why was Phoenix Hagen unable to make adjustments in the second half?

Our problem this season has been at the point guard position. Brandon Brooks did a good job, but he is more of a scoring point guard. We have problems in our sets in that we cant create for each other as much, but more in the one on one. Guys like Mckinney and Robertson are good perimeter defenders.

How happy have you been with the development of Adam Constantine?

We have been very satisfied with his development. He has been here only one week, but he has picked up on the offense well. We had already had Adam on our list last year when Eddie Seward was injured. He is an emotional guy and outgoing and helps our team.

How interesting is the fight to stay in the Beko BBL this year?

Well for us its more stressful. Last season, you had three groups with the teams at the top, the middle and 4-5 teams near the bottom. You had two teams the last two years with Duesseldorf and Paderborn that were a lot weaker then the rest. This year you have two groups, the playoff teams and all the rest. There are no real weak teams this year. Every team can beat the other. We saw how Bamberg lost in Giessen.

Do you follow the ex Phoenix Hagen players? Did Mark Dorris make the right step to Ludwigsburg?

Yes I think that he did. He took the next step going to a team with a bigger budget, city and arena. His knee injury has slowed him down a big, but as soon as he is 100%, he will be back to his old self. He had a good game against TBB Trier last weekend.

Where will we see Jacob Burtschi in the future?

I have a feeling that he will be back in Germany playing soon. Spain wasnt the right situation for him. He knows Germany, had success here and this is his comfort zone. He would be smart to come back.

Will ratiopharm Ulm be able to stay near the top or will they fall as time goes by in the standings?

They have proven that they can beat top teams. They did a wise thing keeping John Bryant, Per Guenther continues to develop and Dane Watts and Steven Esterkamp have a lot of experience. They played a good number of road games at the start and did a good job and the new arena will be a big advantage as well.

What was your favorite scene in the movie Phoenix in der Asche?

The last scene watching Duesseldorf lose and feeling relieved that we stayed in the league. Its funny how I am smoking a cigarette even though I dont.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I saw a deal on Hang Over 2 in the super market and bought it.

Thanks for the chat Steven.




ProB round 14 best performance: Farid Sadek - by Eurobasket News
Guard Farid Sadek (188-G-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Bayer Giants, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 28-year old player got a double-double of 27 points and 11 assists, while his team edged out Rist Wedel (#12, 4-9) in overtime 85-81. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings in North. Bayer Giants is placed at 10th position in ProB. Bayer Giants is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-8 record. Sadek has many years of experience at Bayer Giants, through which he has constantly improved. Farid Sadek has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 5.8apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Kedrick Johnson (192-F-83) of Noerdlingen. Johnson had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Noerdlingen lost that game 83-103 to slightly lower-ranked Dragons (#5, 7-4). This loss caused Noerdlingen to drop to 3rd position in South. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Johnson is a newcomer at Noerdlingen, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#8). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Demetrius Jemison (203-F) of Fraport SKY II (#11). Jemison scored 18 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Jemison's great performance Fraport SKY II lost 78-81 to the higher-ranked Leipzig (#4, 9-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Fraport SKY II can only dream about fighting for top spots in South. They have rather bad season and 2-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jemison he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jemison has individually a great season in Germany. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matt Reid (185-G-84) of Vechta - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Richard Williams (178-G-87) of Hannover - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87) of Hannover - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Waldemar Buchmiller (195-G-80) of SU Medien - 23 points and 4 rebounds
8. Jason Holmes (191-G-86) of Schwelm - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) of TSV Troester - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Marvin Boadu (193-G-89) of Vechta - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Gary Johnson's triple-double lands him ProA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
American point guard Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Chemnitz, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 29-year old player recorded a triple-double of 27 points and added14 rebounds and 12 assists, while his team edged out Crailsheim (#4, 8-4) in overtime 92-90. Chemnitz is placed at 6th position in German ProA. Chemnitz is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-6 record. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Chemnitz, through which he has constantly improved. Former University of Central Florida star has very solid stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.4apg) and averages impressive 57.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Darryl Webb (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) of Crailsheim. Webb had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Crailsheim was edged in overtime by slightly lower-ranked Chemnitz (#6, 7-6) 92-90. This loss caused Crailsheim to drop to 4th position in the standings. His team's 8-4 record is not bad at all. Webb is a newcomer at Crailsheim, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.7ppg (#6). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Patrick Flomo (203-F-80) of Duesseldorf (#3). Flomo scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Duesseldorf, leading his team to a 74-52 easy win against the lower-ranked Cuxhaven (#7, 6-6). Duesseldorf needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Flomo has a very solid season. In 11 games in Germany he scored 11.8ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 71.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Burgess (186-G-84) of Heidelberg - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Ahmad Smith (194-G-84) of Kirchheim - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Chris Alexander (186-PG-83) of ETB Wohnbau - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77) of NBC - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. DeWayne Richardson (202-C-77) of Leitershofen - 18 points and 14 rebounds
9. Martin Samarco (191-G-85) of Karlsruhe - 27 points and 4 rebounds
10. Nils Menck (203-F-82) of Kirchheim - 20 points and 3 rebounds

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


Bobby Nash Departs From The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO A team ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen announced today that they have split with Bobby Nash (198-G/F-84). Nash is a 27 year old 198cm small forward from Honolulu that was playing his first season with Essen. In his short stay, he played five games averaging 4,6ppg and 1,6rpg in 11 minutes per game. His best game was against USC Heidelberg where he chipped in with 16 points, but it wasnt his individual qualities that were the problem. 'He had all the individual qualities, but just didnt fit into our system. That is why we decided to go separate ways', said ETB Wohnbau CEO Niklas Cox. He will be missed in Essen, since he was very popular with teammates and fans.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets


Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) We Just Have To Use The Momentum Weve Created And Try To Win More Games - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Joshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Lawton, Oklahoma. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 74-72 win against The Telekom Baskets Bonn.

A big 74-72 win against The Telekom Baskets Bonn. It was the second win at home. It seems like winning is coming a lot more easy now at home?

I think we are beginning to come together as a team. After getting our first home win last week, that gave us more confidence in this game, knowing we could get it done on our home floor.

After Bonn led 19-15 after one quarter, Tuebingen struck back in second and score was tied 33-33 at halftime. Why was neither team able to pull away?

Both teams had stretches of great offense as well as defensive stops. The first half was really a back and forth battle.

The second half continued to be tight. What impressed you most about the play and style of Bonn?

The way they run in transition is impressive. The really do a good job pushing the tempo.

Free throws played a big part at the end. On the last play Bonn had the chance to bring the game into overtime. Describe the last attempt by Tony Gaffney?

They had a pretty good look at the end to tie it. Fortunately for us, it didnt go and we were able to secure the rebound!

What was it like playing against Jared Jordan? Did he make any incredible passes in the game that impressed you?

Jared is a great point guard. He runs their team so well. He had a couple of passes that left people scratching their heads. He sees the whole floor at all times.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen seem to be gelling now. Is the confidence also growing with every new win?

Yea with each win, our confidence continues to grow. We just have to use the momentum weve created and try to win more games.

There has been the rumor of Chris Paul being dealt for Rajon Rondo. Which team has better deal?

Thats a tough question. Both are great PGs but Rondo has proven he can win at a very high level. So, I say New Orleans gets the better part of that deal.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I just watched Kevin Hart- Seriously Funny.

Thanks Josh for the chat.




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


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 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 David HOLSTON
  Art.Drag.
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Holston, Art.Drag.18.6 
 2. Brown, EWE Baskets18.3 
 3. Carter, Phoenix17.4 
 4. Wood, ALBA17.0 
 5. Gray, Fraport SKY16.0 
 6. Swann, Ratiopharm15.9 
 7. Foster, B.Muenchen15.5 
 8. Ensminger, Teleko.15.4 
 9. Troutman, B.Mue.15.1 
 10. Leuer, Fraport SKY14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.4 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.5 
 3. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.5 
 5. Troutman, B.Mue.6.9 
 6. Sykes, Goettingen6.9 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.7 
 8. Davidson, Fraport6.7 
 9. Elliott, s.Oliv.6.6 
 10. Hunter, Bayreuth6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.9 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.7 
 3. Wood, ALBA5.6 
 4. Brewer, Bremerha.5.5 
 5. Joyce, TBB Trier5.5 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.9 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 8. Campbell, Walter T.4.5 
 9. Gibson, Bayreuth4.4 
 10. Gavel, Brose B.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DORRIS
  EnBW L.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dorris, EnBW L.1.9 
 2. Linhart, TBB Trier1.6 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 4. Carter, Phoenix1.5 
 5. Crowe, Phoenix1.4 
 6. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 7. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 8. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.4 
 9. Trice, Ratiopharm1.3 
 10. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus SLAUGHTER
  Brose B.
  (204-C/F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Slaughter, Brose B.2.2 
 2. Ibekwe, Bayreuth2.2 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.2.0 
 4. Gaffney, Teleko.2.0 
 5. Pleiss, Brose B.1.8 
 6. King, Art.Dragons1.5 
 7. Boone, s.Oliver.1.3 
 8. Redding, Walter T.1.1 
 9. Davidson, Fraport1.0 
 10. Greer, EnBW L.1.0 


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  GREECE   


Along with Smith against Zalgiris - by Giorgos Diploidis
Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) had a problem in his shoulder and missed the game against Ilysiakos for the Basketleague. However yesterday (05/12) he returned to the full program and he will be available for the game of Panathinaikos Athens against Zalgiris for the Euroleague.

So coach Obradovic will have one less headach for the next match because for a long time he has to do his plans without Tsartsaris and perperoglou.


EuroCup: Khimky celebrate fourth win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - PAOK 89:65

Khimky stayed perfect in EuroCup regular season. The Russian powerhouse held off visiting PAOK to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group B. Khimky thus sealed their spot in the next round of the tournament. PAOK fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
Khimky started the game steadily. They gained a 22:18 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the pressure in the second period. The hosts built a 40:32 halftime advantage. Khimky speeded things up in the third term. They went on a 29:13 run to leave their opponents behind. Khimky and PAOK traded baskets throughout the final quarter with the home team cruising to the victory. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) scored 16 points, while Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) added 14 in the win. Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) answered with 13 points for PAOK. Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia) had 11 points in the loss.

Khimky: Thomas Kelati 16, Vitaly Fridzon 14, Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) 13+11 boards
PAOK: Dimos Dikoudis 13, Rashad Wright 11


Panellnios officially out of the A1 Basket League - by George Fragkos
The last chance for the A1 Basket League to be played again with 14 teams has been blown out. The Committee of Professional Athletics which is responsible to give the license to the clubs so that they can participate in the league, refused for the final time to accept the application of Panellinios Lamia and the Greek club is officially out of the A1. The most likely to happen now, is the windup of the club and its relegation to the semi-professional B Division.

Even though the championship has begun since October, the board of Panellinios B.C. made attempts to try and find the funds that will help their team take the permission to participate in the Basket League. They made a new application to the Committee, with the belief that their guarantees will be enough for them to acquire the license and get a second chance to return to the league. Despite that, the Committee did not accept their that they have all their problems settled and Panellinios is officially out of the A1.

This means that the whole situation stays as it was and there will be just one team to get relegated to the A2 for this season.


EuroCup: Aris hold off Groningen - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Groningen 79:58

Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) scored 14 points and Aris overcame visiting Groningen in Round 4 of EuroCup regular season. The victory carried the Hellenes at 3-1 record in Group C. Groningen in the meantime suffered the fourth loss in a row to stay winless.
Aris scored 25 points in the starting frame to eke out a 3-point lead. They stiffened their defence in the second quarter. Aris limited GasTerra Flames to 11 points building a 48:33 halftime buffer. Groningen tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They added aggressiveness to their defensive game and managed to hold the hosts to 9 points in the period. But Aris reacted with a 22 points in the final term and earned a well-deserved win at the end. Dominic James (180-PG-86, college: Marquette) nailed 13 points, while Sergio Kerusch (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) had 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. David Bell (186-G-81) answered with 17 points for Groningen. Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, college: Virginia St.) produced 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Aris: Christos Tapoutos 14, Dominic James 13, Sergio Kerusch 11
Groningen: David Bell 17, Avis Wyatt 14+10 boards


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Kosta CHARALAMPIDIS
  KAO.
  (189-G-76)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Charalampidi., KAO.19.7 
 2. Roby, Peristeri GS18.7 
 3. Christmas, AGOR18.5 
 4. Tapoutos, Aris16.8 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi16.0 
 6. Taylor, Kavala15.1 
 7. James, Aris15.0 
 8. Tsamis, Kolossos14.3 
 9. Baynes, Ikaros14.3 
 10. Gagaloudis, Marou.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. Charissis, Kolossos7.0 
 5. Goree, PAOK6.9 
 6. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 7. Giddens, PAOK6.6 
 8. O''Bryant, Kavala6.6 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris6.5 
 10. Scott, Peristeri6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vasilis XANTHOPOULOS
  Panio.
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Xanthopoulos, Pani.5.6 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 3. Gagaloudis, Marousi5.3 
 4. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.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. Wright, AGOR1.5 
 6. Hatten, Kolossos1.4 
 7. Roby, Peristeri GS1.3 
 8. Mavraides, 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 GS1.0 
 7. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 8. Vougioukas, Panat.1.0 
 9. Zimic, Perister.1.0 
 10. Charissis, Koloss.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 


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PromotieDivisie News Round 10 & 11: Can Binnenland be defeated? - by Terry Cooper
It has been 11 rounds and no other team in the league has been able to hand Binnenland their first loss of the season. Now I must admit that this team has the ambition and devotion to make it a perfect season for this small village team. After winning the landskampioen cup last season, G/F Sjoerd van Vilsteren (199-F-84) and his teammates wants to be the first team to go undefeated thoughout the regular season and playoffs and so far they are on course to do so if they can keep the energy at a high level. However, is it a good thing to go though the regular season not losing a game just to come back down to reality? I mean it would be a great thing for this team or any of that matter to reach that milestone but we have seen this time and time again of a team going undefeated and then lose in the playoffs where it matters the most. Perhaps a loss for Binnenland will be the reality they need to not get too comfortable and blow things when it really matters. Anywho, the rest of the teams in the league are still a bit even after 11 rounds and if this keeps up during the season, there is not telling who will be participating for the final four in the spring. As I have always said before, its time for a six-team playoff picture as many teams have earned the expansion and the league must grow. Stay tuned as these teams still fight it out before the Christmas break arrives...

Round 10 Scores:



BV Hoofddorp - Binnenland 62-90
Red Giants - BC A'dam 82-79
De Hoppers - Punch 83-57
VBC Akrides - Cangeroes 63-76
De Groene Uilen - Rotterdam2 94-66
Goba - Almonte 73-59
Jugglers - Z&Z Leiden2 58-61

Round 11 Scores:


BC A'dam - Jugglers 91-50
De Hoppers - BV Hoofddorp 104-79
Binnenland - VBC Akrides 77-65
Punch - De Groene Uilen 61-63
Z&Z Leiden2 - Red Giants 66-63
Cangeroes - Goba 92-78
Rotterdam2 - Almonte 69-83




EuroCup: Aris hold off Groningen - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Groningen 79:58

Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) scored 14 points and Aris overcame visiting Groningen in Round 4 of EuroCup regular season. The victory carried the Hellenes at 3-1 record in Group C. Groningen in the meantime suffered the fourth loss in a row to stay winless.
Aris scored 25 points in the starting frame to eke out a 3-point lead. They stiffened their defence in the second quarter. Aris limited GasTerra Flames to 11 points building a 48:33 halftime buffer. Groningen tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They added aggressiveness to their defensive game and managed to hold the hosts to 9 points in the period. But Aris reacted with a 22 points in the final term and earned a well-deserved win at the end. Dominic James (180-PG-86, college: Marquette) nailed 13 points, while Sergio Kerusch (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) had 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. David Bell (186-G-81) answered with 17 points for Groningen. Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, college: Virginia St.) produced 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Aris: Christos Tapoutos 14, Dominic James 13, Sergio Kerusch 11
Groningen: David Bell 17, Avis Wyatt 14+10 boards


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 11-0
 2. Amsterdam 9-2
 3. Leiden 2 9-2
 4. De Hoppers 8-3
 5. Cangeroes 7-4
 6. Red Giants 6-4
 7. Hoofddorp 4-7
 8. Punch 4-7
 9. Almonte 4-7
 10. Goba 4-7
 11. Akrides 3-7
 12. De Groene 3-8
 13. Rotterdam 2 3-8
 14. Jugglers 1-10


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  HUNGARY   


EuroChallenge: Ventspils grabs 4-1 record after the road win in Hungary - by Eurobasket News
Atomeromu - Ventspils 78:79

Ventspils grabs 4-1 record after the road win in Hungary. The Baltic State overcame Atomeromu 79:78 on Tuesday.
The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 29-26 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Steven Gray (195-G-89, college: Gonzaga) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice) responded with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) scored 14 points.
The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ventspils. They maintain first place in Group D with 4-1 record. Atomeromu lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with four games lost.
Ventspils will face BC Nizhny Novgorod on the road in the last round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Atomeromu will play against Khimik in Yuzhny.

Atomeromu: Lorenzo Williams 27, David Vojvoda 14
Ventspils: Steven Gray 26, Arturs Berzins 21, Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) 14



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  ISRAEL   


EuroCup: Gravelines trounce Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News
Gravelines - Hapoel Jerusalem 97:74

Gravelines kept their record spotless at EuroCup regular season. The French team celebrated the fourth consecutive win as they drubbed Hapoel Jerusalem at home court today. Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) scored 23 points to pace the hosts.
Gravelines dominated from start to finish in this one. They built a 27:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Gravelines maintained the pressure in the second quarter. The hosts stretched the margin to 18 points 51:33 at the interval. Hapoel struggled at both ends of the floor as Gravelines accumulated a 20-point lead at the final intermission 75:55. The home side did not give a single chance for the Israelis posting a comfortable win at the end. J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, agency: Hoops Ambassadors, college: UNLV) had 12 points, while Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) , Cyril Akpomedah (203-PF-79) and Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) had 10 points each in the victory. Elishay Kadir (202-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Jerusalem. Brian Randle (203-F-85) produced 11 points in the loss.

Gravelines: Rudy Jomby 23, J.K. Edwards 12, Juby Johnson 10, Cyril Akpomedah 10, Andrew Albicy 10
Hapoel Jerusalem: Elishay Kadir 14, Brian Randle 11


FIBA Ruled - Jeremy Pargo Violated His Contract, Owes Maccabi $270,000 - by David Pick
A long back-and-forth summer of investigations surrounding the Jeremy Pargo/Maccabi T-A saga involving whether or not the language of Pargo's contract allowed him to opt-out of his deal came to an today (Tuesday) as FIBA's Swiss arbitrator decided that Pargo violated terms of the agreement with Maccabi and was not entitled to be released from the contract he was committed to for the 2011/12 season. The arbitrator ruled that Pargo will compensate the Israeli champions by paying $270,000 not including other additional expenses.

Maccabi was pleased with FIBA's final decision, adding that during the process of investigations, they never asked or intended for Pargo to return to Israel due to his actions over the summer. A Maccabi source told Eurobasket 'Justice was rightfully made. Jeremy's actions were unacceptable and FIBA's verdict proves so.'

As recalled, Eurobasket was first to report Pargo's decision to opt-out of his (signed) two-year deal in Israel claiming he had a potential NBA offer, but couldn't get into specifics due to the NBA lockout. 'Jeremy Pargo is a free agent and does not have to return to Israel and play for Maccabi. There is no reason for him to report to training camp September 1st,' Pargo's agent Bard Ames told Eurobasket in August. 'Maccabi is saying that we have to have a guaranteed contract presented by an NBA team which goes against the spirit of the negotiations,' Ames added.

Priority Sports, Brad Ames or Jeremy Pargo's comments will follow if delivered.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick




Jason Williams Leaves Italy, Returns To Bnei Hasharon - by David Pick
After extending Kenny Lawson's contract for one-month, Bnei Hasharon adds muscle and size by returning Jason Williams (Assi Ostuni, Italy) for a second stretch in Israel.
Williams played two seasons with Bnei, the last one being 2007/08, prior to traveling around the league joining Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Nahariya. He then moved straight to Division2 in Italy playing last season with Snaidero Udine, averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

However, 'J-Will' recently moved to Assi Basket Ostuni and suffered an injury keeping him out of action for some time. The former Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team, All-Imports Team and All-Israeli League Honorable Mention, gladly answered Bnei's GM Eldad Akunis' request to return and help the team for the remainder of the season
becoming Bnei's fifth American, teaming up with Tweety Carter, LaceDarius Dunn, Delroy James and Kenny Lawson. Bnei's expected to keep making player changes and should add Isaac Rosenfelt to the team's roster this week. One can't help but ask, with all the player changes the team's going through was releasing head coach Roi Hagai necessary?

Williams is the third player this season to join the Israeli league after playing last year in Italy's Division2. Both players to beat were Jeremy Wise (released from Haifa) and Jarvis Varnado (Hapoel Jerusalem).

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick



Best players of Premier League round 8 - by Eurobasket News
American Delroy James (203-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bnei Hasharon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 24-year old forward had the game-high 34 points adding six rebounds for Bnei Hasharon in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ironi Ashkelon (#4, 5-3) 101-96. Bnei Hasharon maintains the 9th position in Israeli Premier League. The season is still in it's early stage, so the team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings. They lost 5 games and had just two victories. In the team's last game James had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Bnei Hasharon's top player in his first season with the team. Delroy James averages this season 16.0ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Christian Burns (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Elitzur Netanya. Burns impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Elitzur Netanya cruised to a 88-80 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked B.C. Habikaa (#6, 4-3). This victory allowed Elitzur Netanya to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 10th position in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Elitzur Netanya managed to get this year. Burns is a newcomer at Elitzur Netanya 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 Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Hapoel Holon (#7). Dunston scored 11 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Dunston's great performance Hapoel Holon lost 75-84 to the higher-ranked Maccabi T-A (#1, 6-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Hapoel Holon needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Dunston has a great season in Israel. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.3rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.1bpg and FGP: 59.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Asbury (200-F-86) of Elitzur Netanya - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Paul Delaney (188-G-86) of B.C. Habikaa - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Meir Tapiro (192-PG-75) of Maccabi Ashdod - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Marco Killingsworth (202-F/C-82) of Ironi Ashkelon - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84) of Maccabi Rishon - 18 points and 15 rebounds
9. Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86) of Maccabi T-A - 17 points and 10 rebounds
10. Joe Crawford (196-G/F-86) of Maccabi Rishon - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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


Shalom from Ashkelon... - by Tony Skinn
Shalom!
Last time I checked in I was in Germany dealing with a foot injury. I am thankful to report my foot is doing great now and I am back on the basketball court. I arrived in Ashkelon in September, on a tryout basis, and signed shortly after. Being brought in on a tryout basis wasn't necessarily the opportunity I was looking for, but with the NBA's lockout in full effect and having just come off of an injury I didn't think it was my place to be picky. I am here now and that's all that really matters. We are currently 6-3 and hope we take this team deep into the playoffs. Overall, the league is pretty competitive. Most people know of the league's powerhouses, Maccabi Tel-Avib and Hapoel Jerusalem, but my experiences and observations prove the entire league to be competitive and well balanced.
On another note, let's talk about where I live. I'm currently living in an apartment, walking distance from the beach. It's been a great feeling being able to wake up and look outside my window to see the waves. Most days here are warm and sunny so I do not have any complaints in that category. One of my biggest fears when getting onto a plane and coming to Israel, was whether I would feel safe here. Let's just say I feel safe and haven't felt like I'm in any danger. The food is good, the weather is beautiful, the people are nice and spirituality surrounds me; I'm loving it!
One thing I am definitely going to miss is spending time with my family and friends during the holidays. Until the next time, wishing you and yours a happy holiday season!
- Show quoted text -
Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason)


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  ITALY   


Olimpia Milano confirms interest in Alessandro Gentile - by Andrea Centenari
In an interview with Radio Sportiva, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano head coach, Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ) confirmed the interest in Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) to replace Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) who's coming back to the Denver Nuggets.
'Alessandro Gentile was one of our targets last summer and he could help us to build the new roster. We cannot think to find a perfect replacement for Gallinari. We will look for a two or a three' said Scariolo.
Alessandro Gentile in this season with Benetton Treviso had 12,3 points and 4,3 rebounds per game.


Nazionale A round 12 best performance: Antonio Iannuzzi - by Eurobasket News
Former international power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-F/C-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Ferentino, receiving a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 20-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Recanati (#2, 6-6) with 37-point margin 108-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Ferentino is placed at 2nd position in Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ferentino will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. It's Iannuzzi's second year at Ferentino and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Antonio Iannuzzi averages this season 7.7ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti. Rossi had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Chieti to edge the higher-ranked Napoli (#1, 9-3) 76-70. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Chieti consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Rossi is a newcomer at Chieti, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international swingman Alessandro Amici (200-G/F-91) of Firenze (#6). Amici showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Amici's great performance Firenze lost 88-93in overtime to the higher-ranked Omegna (#1, 11-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Firenze can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Amici he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Amici has a very solid season. In 12 games in Italy he scored 13.9ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and 2.9spg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Francesco Amoroso (202-F-78) of San Severo - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Manuel Carrizo (198-G/F-80) of Ferentino - 34 points and 5 rebounds
6. Matteo Raminelli (203-C-83) of Castelletto - 18 points and 10 rebounds
7. Innocenzo Ferraro (200-PF-82) of Trieste - 19 points and 11 rebounds
8. Marco Portannese (192-G-89) of Torino - 14 points and 10 rebounds
9. Tommaso Milani (190-G-88) of Latina Basket - 20 points and 3 rebounds
10. Gianni Cantagalli (196-G-88) of Matera - 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)


Bruno Zanotti joins Montevideo Basket Ball Club - by Eurobasket Center
Montevideo Basket Ball Club agreed terms with 29-year old Italian-Paraguayan forward Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack). Zanotti played most recently at Lanus Buenos Aires (Argentina). While playing 16 games for Lanus this season zanotti averaged 7.4ppg and 1.9rpg. Zanotti is a very experienced player. Zanotti played also pro basketball in Argentina, Italy, Paraguay, South Africa and Switzerland. Zanotti graduated Merrimack College in 2006 and actually missed last season. It will be Zanottis sixth season in pro basketball. Zanotti represented Italy at the South American Championships in Colombia last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Bruno Zanotti joins Montevideo Basket Ball Club - by Eurobasket Center
Montevideo Basket Ball Club agreed terms with 29-year old Italian-Paraguayan forward Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack). Zanotti played most recently at Lanus Buenos Aires (Argentina). While playing 16 games for Lanus this season zanotti averaged 7.4ppg and 1.9rpg. Zanotti is a very experienced player. Zanotti played also pro basketball in Argentina, Italy, Paraguay, South Africa and Switzerland. Zanotti graduated Merrimack College in 2006 and actually missed last season. It will be Zanottis sixth season in pro basketball. Zanotti represented Italy at the South American Championships in Colombia last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Bruno Zanotti is a newcomer at Montevideo Basket Ball Club - by Eurobasket Center
Montevideo Basket Ball Club added to their roster 29-year old Italian-Paraguayan forward Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack). Zanotti played most recently at Lanus Buenos Aires (Argentina). While playing 16 games for Lanus this season zanotti averaged 7.4ppg and 1.9rpg. Zanotti is a very experienced player. Zanotti played also pro basketball in Argentina, Italy, Paraguay, South Africa and Switzerland. Zanotti graduated Merrimack College in 2006 and actually missed last season. It will be Zanottis sixth season in pro basketball. Zanotti represented Italy at the South American Championships in Colombia last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Claudio Sabatini talked again on Kobe Bryant:"We had the agreement for one game" - by Andrea Centenari
Claudio Sabatini talked again about Kobe Bryant (198-G-78) in an interview with Corriere dello Sport. The Virtus Canadian Solar Bologna owner said that the agreement was reached and Kobe should have played today his only game in Italy.
'We had the agreement, there was just a little detail left. He was supposed to arrive yesterday, play today and leave tomorrow. Three days, one game, but we would sell out Unipol Arena and make 1.5M. Our first offer for Kobe was $800.000 for two months then we offered him around $3M for four days' said Sabatini.


Vanoli Cremona tab David Lighty - by Eurobasket News
Vanoli Cremona deepened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with David Lighty (195-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.). The guard started the season with Bennet Cantu. David Lighty posted 2.8 points and 0.8 rebounds per game in SeriaA. It is the first pro season for the guard. David Lighty graduated from Ohio State University in 2011. He posted 12.1 points, 4.0 boards, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game in the senior season. David Lighty helped Ohio State team reach NCAA Sweet 16 for the second season in a row. The guard made it into All-Big Ten 2nd Team. He was also named into Big Ten All-Defensive Team. David Ligthy was the member of USA U19 National Team. He participated at 2007 World Championship in Serbia.

Italian basketball mourns the death of Brent Darby - by Antonello Varallo
A very sad news: Brent Darby (185-PG-81, agency: JEMsports, college: Ohio St.) has passed away at only 30 years.Darby died in a hospital of Detroit, his hometown, because of complications of the heart surgery he had at the beginning of 2011. He graduated in Ohio St, and after some months spent in Israel and Poland, he began his very long italian career. He played 2 years in Lega2, the first one with Trapani (19.7ppg), the second with Ferrara (18.4ppg), then he moved to Avellino (Serie A, 9.6ppg), Sassari (Lega2, 16.3ppg), Pistoia (Lega2, 10.5ppg), Caserta (Serie A, 7.6ppg). Darby also played with Limoges (France ProB, 9.6 ppg), and his last team was Venezia (Lega2, 5.9 ppg).
Brent was a solid point guard, a player of leadership loved by teammates and respected by fans.




EuroCup: Benetton post second straight EuroCup win - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Cedevita 82:68

Benetton is getting back to life in EuroCup regular season. After starting losses the Italian team recorded the second straight win in Group G. Benetton defeated Cedevita again, this time in Treviso. Five players scored in double figures for the hosts. Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) led the way with 18 points. Cedevita in the meantime suffered the third loss at the tournament.
Benetton shocked the visitors in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a 26:7 run to take a comfortable lead. Cedevita tried to bounce back in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit to 12 points at halftime 27:39. The Croatian team got within 10 points at the final break. However Becirovic and Massimo Bulleri (188-PG-77) explded with back-to-back three pointers midway through the final period and Benetton cleared off for good in this one. E'Twaun Moore (192-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) finished with 17 points, while Massimo Bulleri added 15 points for the winners. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) had 17 points for Cedevita. Levour Warren (196-F-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina) netted 14 points in defeat.

Benetton: Alessandro Gentile 18, E'Twaun Moore 17, Massimo Bulleri 15
Cedevita: Dontaye Draper 17, Levour Warren 14


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  IVORY COAST   


Vichy adds Errick Craven - by Eurobasket News
Vichy added another player to its roster for rest of the season. They signed a deal with Ivorian/French guard Errick Craven (188-G-83, college: USC). The player already made debut for Vichy on Saturday. Craven has 12.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.5 apg and 2.3 spg for Dijon last season. Before that, he was one of the best Boulazac players. Craven averaged 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.5 spg for them. He also spent some time with Dijon in 2009/10, before he joined Boulazac. In the past, Craven was a member of Clermont and Saint-Quentin. He was named ProB MVP in 2009 with Clermont. That season Craven exploded with 19.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.7 apg and 3.1 spg. Errick Craven is active member of the Ivorian National Team.

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Mims' double-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Oneal Mims (208-F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Sendai 89ers and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Shimane SM (#6, 8-8) with 25-point margin 95-70. Sendai 89ers maintains the 2nd position in BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sendai 89ers will need more victories to improve their 10-6 record. In the team's last game Mims had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sendai 89ers' top player in his first season with the team. Angelo State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mims is in league's top in points (9th best: 19.3ppg) and averages solid 1.6bpg and 55.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Lance Allred (211-C-81, agency: SportsTalent) of Kyoto Hannar.. He is American center in his first season at Kyoto Hannar.. In the last game Allred recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 20 rebounds. Of course Kyoto Hannar. cruised to a 80-73 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Miyazaki SS (#7, 6-10). Kyoto Hannar.'s 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-5 record is not bad at all. Allred is a newcomer at Kyoto Hannar. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80, agency: VVG Sports) of league's second-best Okinawa GK. Okosa scored 26 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Okinawa GK, leading his team to a 90-76 easy win against #1 ranked Akita NH in a game of the week. Okinawa GK needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 4 lost games. Okosa has a great season in Japan. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.4rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeff Newton (205-C-81) of Okinawa GK - 22 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Rick Rickert (211-F-83) of Kyoto Hannar. - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ray Nixon (203-F-84) of Shiga L-Stars - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84) of Sendai 89ers - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Shinshu BW - 23 points and 9 rebounds
9. Darryl Dora (206-C-85) of Miyazaki SS - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM - 24 points and 9 rebounds

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


Takeuchi's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hitachi SR and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Toshiba BT (#8, 2-16) 61-54. Hitachi SR maintains the 3rd position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hitachi SR will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. In the team's last game Takeuchi had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Hitachi SR, through which he has constantly improved. Takeuchi has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 14.3ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 1.6bpg and 52.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) of Hokkaido L.. He is international guard in his 5th season at Hokkaido L.. In the last game Sakurai recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Hokkaido L. to edge the higher-ranked Aishin SH (#2, 14-4) by 4 points 101-97. This victory allowed Hokkaido L. 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 8-10 record. Sakurai is one of the most experienced players at Hokkaido L. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Hokkaido L.'s star - swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-G/F-77). Diouf scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Hokkaido L., helping his team with a 101-97 win against the higher-ranked Aishin SH (#2, 14-4). The chances of Hokkaido L. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Diouf could help Hokkaido L. to bring them higher in the standings. Diouf has a great season in Japan. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.1rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan McFarlin (203-F-82) of Tochigi Brex - 27 points and 7 rebounds
5. Kevin Young (206-C-84) of Aishin SH - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Chris Moss (204-F-80) of Toshiba BT - 19 points and 9 rebounds
7. Kenta Hirose (193-G-85) of Panasonic T. - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Fumio Nishimura (177-G-86) of Hitachi SR - 25 points and 3 rebounds
9. Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of Toyota Alvark - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85) of Hitachi SR - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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 


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Bashkimi signs Fisnik Juniku - by Dren Shporta
Bashkimi from Prizren has passed a very hard game against Drita in Gjilan, and registered their seventh victory of the season. The game was decided only after five minutes of extra time when C.J. Webster and Artan Kurti showed their experience and made oranges register another tight victory, 98:104.

Orange boys were left without Samir Shaptahovic who took a back injury in the first minutes of the game. They played also without Rodrick Stewart who also had an injury. These were the main reasons of searching for another playmaker that can replace Samir Shaptahovic. And he is Fisnik Juniku (180-PG-89), who played for Futura since the season beginning.

Fisnik Juniku has a right to play for oranges since the next gameweek, Round 12, reports Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK) in its web site. Juniku, will debut in a match against Kosova in the coming weekend. 22 year old playmaker has played in German second division before coming to Futura this season. From now on he will wear orange shirt of Bashkimi. Bashkimi has a 7-4 record after 11 rounds in BKT Superliga.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 29.2
 1. Sims, VEF Riga29.2 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera20.4 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava18.1 
 4. Peiners, LU17.9 
 5. Lucas, Valmiera17.8 
 6. Mayo, Liepaja17.4 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala17.3 
 8. Young, Ventspils16.8 
 9. Perry, VEF Riga15.6 
 10. Mediss, Turiba15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Sims, VEF Riga9.8 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.4 
 3. Jonats, Jurmala8.3 
 4. Dargais, LU8.3 
 5. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 6. Kalve, Valmiera7.6 
 7. Andriukaitis, Liep.7.4 
 8. Berzins, VEF Riga7.2 
 9. Willard, Ventspils7.0 
 10. Duselis, Jelgava6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.3 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Coders, Jurmala4.2 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.7 
 5. Perry, VEF Riga3.6 
 6. Janicenoks, VEF R.3.6 
 7. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.4 
 8. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.3 
 9. Valters, VEF Riga3.0 
 10. Gray, Ventspils2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.6 
 3. Peiners, LU2.1 
 4. Perry, VEF Riga1.8 
 5. Osins, LU1.8 
 6. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 7. Mayo, Liepaja1.6 
 8. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.6 
 9. Davis, Valmiera1.5 
 10. Cain, VEF Riga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Berzins, VEF Riga1.2 
 2. Cain, VEF Riga1.2 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera1.2 
 4. Jonats, Jurmala1.1 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala1.1 
 6. Dukulis, Liepaja0.8 
 7. Gromovs, U180.8 
 8. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.7 
 9. Plivda, LU0.6 
 10. Sims, VEF Riga0.6 


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


EuroCup: Fabien Causeur leads Cholet past VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News
Cholet - VEF Riga 72:68

Cholet opened win count in EuroCup season. The French team outscored visiting VEF Riga to improve at 1-3 record in Group B. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) tallied 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals to lead the hosts. VEF Riga fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
Cholet enjoyed a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. The hosts kept VEF Riga at distance throughout the second term. Cholet built a 39:32 advantage before the second half. VEF Riga stressed defence after the break and managed to trim the deficit to just four points 47:51 with one quarter remaining. But Cholet fired 21 points in the final frame and sealed the win at the end. Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois) posted 17 points, while Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami, FL) had 11 points for the winners. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) answered with 14 points for VEF Riga. Courtney Sims (211-C-83, college: Michigan) delivered 11 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Cholet: Fabien Causeur 19, Randal Falker 17, Robert Hite 11
VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 14, Courtney Sims 11


EuroChallenge: Ventspils grabs 4-1 record after the road win in Hungary - by Eurobasket News
Atomeromu - Ventspils 78:79

Ventspils grabs 4-1 record after the road win in Hungary. The Baltic State overcame Atomeromu 79:78 on Tuesday.
The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 29-26 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Steven Gray (195-G-89, college: Gonzaga) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice) responded with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) scored 14 points.
The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ventspils. They maintain first place in Group D with 4-1 record. Atomeromu lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with four games lost.
Ventspils will face BC Nizhny Novgorod on the road in the last round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Atomeromu will play against Khimik in Yuzhny.

Atomeromu: Lorenzo Williams 27, David Vojvoda 14
Ventspils: Steven Gray 26, Arturs Berzins 21, Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) 14



Kalve's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Valmiera and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed LU (#6, 3-6) with 28-point margin 85-57. It allowed Valmiera to consolidate first place in the league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Valmiera has a very solid 8-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Kalve had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Valmiera's top player in his first season with the team. Kalve has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.4ppg), rebounds (6th best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 62.5% FGP and 44.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Jekabs Rozitis (206-F/C-86). He is former international forward in his first season at Valmiera. In the last game Rozitis recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Valmiera was edged in overtime by the lower-ranked Jelgava (#5, 4-5) 85-82. Valmiera managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team has currently 8-3 record. Rozitis is a newcomer at Valmiera and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Valmiera's star - guard Jai Lucas (177-G). Lucas scored 27 points and passed eight assists. Despite Lucas' great performance Valmiera lost 82-85in overtime to the lower-ranked Jelgava (#5, 4-5). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing Valmiera needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Lucas has a great season in Latvia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (4th best) and assists with 4.5apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jevgenijs Kosuskins (200-F-77) of Jurmala - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Oskars Virsis (191-G-89) of Valmiera - 16 points and 8 rebounds
6. Arturs Duselis (200-F-89) of Jelgava - 12 points and 15 rebounds
7. Jekabs Rozitis (206-F/C-86) of Valmiera - 8 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ervins Jonats (199-F-91) of Jurmala - 13 points and 11 rebounds
9. Kyle Nelson (203-F-89) of Jelgava - 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) of Jelgava - 20 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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Coach "A" blog! - by Aaron Mitchell
Hello my is Coach Aaron Mitchell. I am the head coach of Antranik Basketball club in Lebanon. This is my second season here in Lebanon and the people have embraced me. My team a young team by age as well as experience. We are the hardest working team in the league and that is a fact. My hopes are to give young players a coaches perspective of this game and new ideal of what it truly means to play it. I am married with two beautiful boys. My wife played professionally and so we are a true basketball family. I live in Salzburg, Austria. My home is in Lacassine , Louisiana. The joys of my life are my family , friends ,and my God. Thanks a lot for allowing me to give the knowledge of this game from a coaches view!! Coach 'A'

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EuroCup: Rudupis shock Nymburk on the road - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Rudupis 80:83

Rudupis earned the second win in EuroCup campaign as they upset Nymburk in Czech Republic tonight. Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) scored 19 points to pace the Lithuanian team as they improved at 2-2 record in Group C. Nymburk in the meantime suffered the first loss at the tournament and fell at 3-1 record.
Nymburk had little problems in the opening frame. The hosts quite expectedly grabbed a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. But Rudupis struck right back in the second quarter. They went on a 23:13 run to steal a 41:35 halftime advantage. The visitors exploded with 25 points in the third term to boost the gap to 7 points with ten minutes remaining. Nymburk went on a desperate rescue rally in the final frame but Rudupis stayed calm and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) provided 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) had 14 points in the victory. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) led all scorers with 24 points for Nymburk. A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, college: Texas) finished with 17 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Petr Benda 24, A.J. Abrams 17
Rudupis: Gintaras Kadziulis 19, Arminas Urbutis 17+11 boards, Dainius Salenga 14


Neptunas and Triobet Kedainiai to replay their match - by Adomas Kraunevicius
A match will be replayed for the first time in the history of the Lithuanian Basketball League. Neptunas Klaipeda and Kedainiai Triobet will have to repeat their match because of the incident that took place in Friday's match between these two teams. The referees have made a mistake at the last second of the match when the score was tied at 76:76 by allowing two points that were scored after the final buzzer by Simas Galdikas (203-F-87). As a result, a 78:76 victory has been recorded for Neptunas. Kedainiai team has immediately protested the result and the league granted their protest. The referees Saulius Paskevicius, Virgilijus Urbsys and commissioner of the match, Juozas Storpirstis have been suspended till the end of the month while the third referee, Andrius Maleckas will not be able to referee for one week.

EuroCup: Lietuvos Rytas breeze past Le Mans - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Le Mans 87:49

Lietuvos Rytas posted the fourth consecutive win in EuroCup regular season. They cruised past Le Mans to take 4-0 record on top of Group F. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) and Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 14 points each to pace the effort.
It was a one-way traffic right from the start. Lietuvos Rytas outscored the French team 26:10 in the starting period. The margin just kept on growing in the second quarter. Lietuvos Rytas accumulated a comfortable 49:21 halftime advantage. The hosts never slowed down after the main break. The home team gained a 68:31 lead at the final break and coasted to the victory afterwards. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) provided 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Jomantas contributed 12 points in the win. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) responded with 10 points for Le Mans. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) had 7 points in defeat.

Lietuvos Rytas: Renaldas Seibutis 14, Predrag Samardziski 14, Jonas Valanciunas 13+11 boards
Le Mans: Joao Paulo Batista 10, Taylor Rochestie 7


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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 


Demetric Shaw joins Barreteros - by Eurobasket News
Demetric Shaw (191-G-78, college: Kent St.) is a new member of Barreteros. The American guard signed a deal for rest of the LNBP season. Actually, Shaw already made debut for his new team. Demetric Shaw started this season with Halcones UV Xalapa. He appeared 11 times in LNBP averaging 15.9 points, 4 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Last season he was a member of Fuerza Regia. The guard had 19.4 ppg, 8 rpg and 4.4 apg for them in 20 games. They parted ways in December and Shaw moved to Kuwait. In the past, Demetric Shaw played in Venezuela, Cyprus and Italy. He also played for Halcones UV Cordoba earlier.

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EuroCup: Buducnost strike late, save the game against Dexia Mons-Hainaut in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Dexia Mons-Hainaut 85:78 (OT)

Buducnost came strong late to tame Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Round 4 of EuroCup regular season. The Montenegrin team claimed the second win in the tournament, dropping Dexia at 1-3 record in Group H. Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) posted 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
Dexia surprised the hosts in the starting frame. The Belgian team went on an 18:9 run to clear off. Dexia maintained their advantage throughout the second term. They accumulated a 36:27 halftime advantage. Dexia did not allow Buducnost to get any closer in the third period. The visitors entered the fourth quarter up by 10 points 57:47. But Buducnost refused to surrender. The hosts went on a 22:12 rally in the final quarter to level things up and force overtime. Buducnost found their rhythm and gave no chance for the visitors in the extra period. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) posted 18 points, while Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points in the win. A.J. Slaughter (191-G-87, college: W.Kentucky) responded with 23 points for Dexia. Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) finished with 14 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Nikola Vucevic 22+10 boards, Bojan Krstovic 18, Cedomir Vitkovac 11
Dexia Mons-Hainaut: A.J. Slaughter 23, Quincy Taylor 14


Fresh blood for Ulcinj - by Darko Pekic
KK Ulcinj wants to play an important role in Erste Basketball League and Balkan League. Its became clear this weekend when they presented three new signings: guards Sasa Stefanovic (188-PG-75) and Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84) and big man Radoje Djurkovic (198-C/F-87).

Sasa Stefanovic has planty of international experience and he arrived from Brotnjo (Bosnia). He played in almost every important league in Europe (Serbia, Turkey, Greece, Spain, France, Germany, Greece etc) and his experience and leadership on the court can be useful to Ulcinj especially in Balkan League. On the other side, Tepavcevic and Djurkovic know the team very well because they spent the last two years in Ulcinj. Tapavcevic started this season in Zrinjski while Djurkovic played for Hercegovac Bileca (both teams are from Bosnia). All three players had a debut against ABS Primorje in Herceg Novi and helped their new team to win the game. Sasa Stefanovic scored 22 points, Sinisa Tepavcevic 14 and Radoje Djurkovic added 6 points


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Martin Methodist College RedHawks Bring Home Two Wins from Missouri - by Stephan Ditgens

Men's Basketball - Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM

FULTON, Mo. - No. 5 Martin Methodist came out of a competitive weekend with two wins, improving to 8-2 on the season. The trek to Missouri was highlighted by a 65-58 win over No. 14 Columbia College, and a 78-55 defeat of host institution William Woods University. MMC's EJ Kirby was named All-Classic Most Valuable Player, as LaQuantis Stewart was also named to the All-Classic team.

The Houston, Texas, native led his squad to a 2-0 record, shooting a tournament-best .714 from the field, going 10-for-14 with 24 total points over the weekend.

On Friday night, MMC faced off with 14th-ranked Columbia College, edging a 30-29 lead at the half. Amping up their shooting from 42 percent in the first frame to 50 percent in the second half, MMC was able to dispel CC by seven points in the 65-59 victory.

James Justice poured on the offense in the affair, draining seven of 10 from long range on his way to a game-high 28 points. Stewart added 18 points and eight rebounds, while Kirby checked in with 11 markers.

The RedHawks then took on host school William Woods on Saturday afternoon, coming away with a 78-55 victory. MMC dominated the first half to 47-29 lead, and added 31 points in the second frame to put the game out of reach.

Ree McCrory was the high-scorer for MMC in the affair, totaling 15 points and handing out five helpers, while Kirby notched double-figure scoring with 13, followed by Justice with nine and Cameron Hall with eight. Stewart was again the top rebounder with nine total, six defensive, while freshman Clinton Calhoun pulled down eight.

The RedHawk bench accounted for 31 points for the contest, as Marlon Williams turned in nine points and four steals, and Calhoun with eight.

MMC finishes their fall schedule in the upcoming weeks, hosting William Woods at home on December 10th and then traveling to NCAA Division II West Alabama on December 14th.

courtesy of: goredhawks.com


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No Respect For Rondo - by Daniel Gibson
Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) is a top 10 point guard in the NBA. It is debatable that he belongs in the top five and it really comes down to personal preference. Do you value defense and play making out of your point guard or are you looking for more of a scoring threat? Even though he has produced and put up great numbers over his career here in Boston it always seems like management has moving companies on speed dial ready to move him for another player.

The most recent rumors involve Rondo being shipped off to New Orleans in return for Chris Paul. Paul is definitely an elite point guard he has had a serious knee injury and that is a concern for any professional athlete. Paul is also entering the final year of his contract and he will be a free agent at the end of the season free to go where ever he chooses. He has already said that hes not interested in signing an extension with Boston.

It is understandable that he wouldn't be anxious to do so with three of the Hall of Fame players reaching the end of their careers. Kevin Garnett (6'11''-PF-76) is 35, Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) is 34 and Ray Allen (6'5''-SG-75, college: Connecticut) is 36. All of these guys have put a lot of miles on their legs and played in a lot of big games over their careers. Both KG and Allen are in the last year of their contracts also. There are too many unknowns in Boston right now for Paul to view that move as a good long-term decision.

On the other side, Rondo is young and he is the engine that makes the Celtics go. Last season he was an All-Star and averaged 10 points and 11 assists per game. His play making ability takes the pressure off of KG, Allen and Paul Pierce. Many times they only need to come off screens for wide open shots, catch a pass leading to a layup or an alley-oop. Rondo knows the offense well and each players sweet spots on the court.

Rondo is also a hound defensively. He takes pride in stepping up to the opponents best player. One of the most memorable moments last season was when he got right up into the much bigger and stronger LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and you could see the determination in his face. He wasn't going to let James get an easy basket while he was defending him, no way.

I understand that the NBA is a business and there isnt much loyalty left in the game but Boston and Danny Ainge need to show Rondo some respect. He has led the team to two Finals appearances (one Championship and one loss in the final game). Paul has never reached the Finals. Rondos offensive game is not great and he struggles with his free-throw shooting but those are categories that can improve with work. When he is on the floor he goes full speed at all times and he has proven he has what it takes to lead a championship, veteran team.

Now its time for the Celtics to show him some gratitude and respect.



Bulls meet with free agent Butler - by Eurobasket News
Though he has played small forward, the Bulls talked to Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) about guarding shooting guards during their Monday morning meeting at the Berto Center with the veteran free agent, sources said.

Butler, whom the Tribune reported last week wants to play for the Bulls, visited with the Clippers on Monday night. He is scheduled to meet with the Spurs on Tuesday and the Nets and possibly Pistons later this week.

'That went great,' Butler tweeted about his Bulls' visit before entering a limousine for the airport.

The Bulls have discussed the full $5 million midlevel exception over four years with Butler's camp. They either have done or will do the same with Jason Richardson and Jamal Crawford. Coach Tom Thibodeau has called Crawford and Richardson, a source said.

This much is certain about the Bulls' plans thus far in free agency: They appear strongly committed to upgrading the shooting guard position and acquiring a starting-caliber player.

The Bulls continue to express confidence they'll be able to re-sign veteran big man Kurt Thomas. And NBA.com reported they are one of four finalists for veteran Grant Hill, though Hill is widely expected to re-sign with the Suns.

A source close to Hill said beyond the attraction of playing for a title contender in a defensive-minded system, Hill was impressed when Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf called him and his mother last April after a United Center fan cursed and spat at him following a game.

Game on: Though they haven't announced it, the Bulls will play the Pacers on Dec. 16 at Conseco Fieldhouse and on Dec. 20 at the United Center for their preseason schedule. That's a rematch of last season's first-round playoff series.

The regular-season schedule will be announced Tuesday night. The original, three-game trip of Dec. 25 at the Lakers, Dec. 26 at Golden State and Dec. 28 at Sacramento likely will remain intact, and a fourth road game is expected to be added.

The home opener is currently slotted for New Year's Day.

The Los Angeles Times reported the Lakers won't visit Chicago, so the Christmas Day matchup is it for Derrick Rose vs. Kobe Bryant.

Layups: The Bulls announced single-game tickets will go on sale Dec. 16 through TicketMaster, bulls.com, the United Center box office and at 1-800-4NBA-TIX. ... Joakim Noah, laughing, on if he ever imagined what Thibodeau did during the lockout: 'I try not to think about Thibs too much. But you can't say anything too bad about him because you know he's working hard every day.'

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com


Blazers president talks Roy, Oden, GM; no real answers - by Eurobasket News
Blazers president Larry Miller took on all questions and talked a lot at a Wednesday press conference. But like a good politican, he didnt really say much.

The Blazers are a team at a crossroads. What are they going to do with Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington)? Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.)? When are they going to get a permanent general manager? How do they go from a team with good pieces to a contender?

Not sure that Miller has the answers. Whatever answers he had he wasnt spilling at the press conference. Blazers Edge has a full transript of the presser for your perusal.

This is my favorite quote from the whole thing:

If we have a healthy Greg and a healthy Brandon weve got a great roster. If theres some issues there then weve got to figure out what we are going to do. I think our roster is good.

If Eddy Curry had a great work ethic and could stay healthy Isiah Thomas would have been right. If the Sixers had Allen Iverson circa 2000 theyd be a lot better off. Ifs are moot. Miller sounds like the head of a team in denial Oden is not right and may never be (he is reportedly on a January timetable), and Roy is never going to be the same player again. Yes the rest of the roster is pretty nice (LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum in particular), but without a superstar they are average. That is reality.

Regarding Brandon Roy and the amnesty clause

The reality is that we have not and regardless of whats been said by John Canzano and others out there no decision has been made on amnesty as of yet. We are still looking at every possible option that is available to us but we have not made a decision as far as Brandon or anyone at this point.

The first call that [Acting GM] Chad [Buchanan] made this morning, he counted the clock down at 5:59, 6:00 this morning, his first call was to Brandons agent to talk about how Brandon is doing, when we can sit down and have a conversation with Brandon. With everything that Brandon has done for this organization, theres no way we would make a decision like that without having conversations with them, without evaluating where he is and seeing whats going on with him.
Miller later made it sound like Roy would be part of the Blazers training camp, but that amnesty is not out of the question.

As for hiring a GM to really chart a direction for the franchise, there is no timetable.

We put (the search) on pause. It continues to be on pause. I and the rest of us are confident that with Chad (Buchanan, acting GM), with [coach] Nate [McMillan], with myself, with the people that we have in place here, we can make the decisions that this team needs made to be able to move this team forward and to be ready to go into next season. We know what we need in order to get better. Weve been looking at all the free agents that are out there that can help us.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


Sources: Lakers eye blockbuster trades - by Eurobasket News
It is no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers would like to trade for Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) or Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest), but sources with knowledge of the situation say the Lakers actually have something greater in mind: acquiring both players.

Hoping to pull off a pair of blockbuster moves that would rock the NBA, the Lakers are willing to trade anyone on their roster outside of Kobe Bryant to bring Howard and Paul to Los Angeles, two sources said.

Whether the Lakers are able to make it happen remains to be seen, but with stars Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom on the roster, they have the talent and the financial capacity to make the trades work.

The Lakers have had cursory discussions with New Orleans about Paul within the past few days. It is not clear whether they have spoken with Orlando.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak would not comment when asked about the Lakers' intentions to trade for both superstars, but in addressing general trade rumors surrounding his team, he gave the company line, saying the Lakers are happy with their current squad.

'This time of year, there are a lot of rumors going around,' Kupchak said in a telephone conversation. 'I'm aware of them and I'm not going to comment. Our comments have been pretty consistent -- this group can contend, so we'll just play it out. Nothing is about to happen. It's much too early in the season.

'We don't even have a collective bargaining agreement to refer to.'

While Paul's first choice is to join buddies Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire on the New York Knicks, he would sign a long-term contract to stay with the Lakers, according to a source with knowledge of Paul's thinking. And Howard's fondness for Los Angeles is well-known, leaving no doubt that he would commit to the Lakers long-term.

Sources say Paul and Howard have had several conversations with each other about the possibility of playing together on various teams.

Several trade combinations would work for the Lakers. For instance, they could send Gasol to New Orleans for Paul, and Bynum to Orlando for Howard. If the Lakers threw Odom into the trade to Orlando, they could sweeten the offer for the Magic by taking back the contract of Hedo Turkoglu.

'The Lakers are interested in trying to do something for both (Paul and Howard),' a Western Conference executive said. 'I would hate to see it happen. I want Howard to stay in the East and Paul to go to the East.

'If it does happen, it'll make things much harder for us.'

The Lakers are not the only team in Los Angeles that's thinking big.

Sources say the Clippers also have intentions to go after both Howard and Paul. And like the Lakers, the Clippers are positioned -- financially and talent-wise to make such a move.

Unlike the Lakers, the Clippers would not have to make two trades. They could use their wealth of young talent to trade for either Paul or Howard and then sign the other as a free agent next summer when they'll have enough cap room to offer a maximum-salary contract. The one player the Clippers will not offer in a trade is Blake Griffin.

'The Lakers have company (in going after Howard and Paul),' another Western Conference official said. 'The Clippers are doing the same thing.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Tulsa 66ers coach hired by Cleveland Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa 66ers are used to having players called up to the NBA. But now, they've lost their coach to the big leagues.

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Monday they have hired Nate Tibbetts to serve as an assistant on the staff of head coach Byron Scott.

Dale Osbourne has been promoted to head coach of the 66ers, who are off to a 4-and-1 start in the D-League this season.

In two full seasons as Tulsa's head coach, Tibbetts was 60-and-40 and took the 66ers to the playoffs both seasons, including an appearance in the 2010 D-League Finals.

Tibbetts also served as head coach of Team USA during the recent 2011 Pan American Games, leading the team to the bronze medal, the first medal for the U.S. since 1999.

Courtesy of www.ktul.com


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


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 


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Interview with NCAA D2 Hillsdale 6'8 Signee Nick Archer of Olentangy Liberty! - by Lucius Jones
Nick Archer of Olentangy Liberty has signed with Hillsdale. Hillsdale is one of the most academically and athletically accredited schools in the MidWest. Having stated those distinctions, Nick Archer should fit in just fine. With a GPA just under 4.0 and an ACT test score in the 30s, Nick does not merely excel on the court as academic accomplishments trump anything else in the Archer household. However the 6'8 230lb Power Forward also gets it done on the court. Nick Archer is a proven winner who uses his versatile, overall game to assist his team in any way possible. Take a look into the mind of this young, quality individual through this interview:

1. As a recent Hillsdale signee, what was the recruiting process like and what made you choose Hillsdale?

The recruiting process was fun but also a little stressful. It's nice to have college coaches wanting you to play for them but you can only choose one college. So if I knew if I wasn't interested I tried to let the coach know as soon as possible. I chose Hillsdale for a number of reasons. Coach John Tharp is a great coach and person and his players love to play for him. The assistant coaches and the players are awesome people and I believe I'll fit right in with their style of play. They also have been one of the top teams in the GLIAC conference in recent years and playing on a winning team is always a plus. Hillsdale is one of the top academic schools in the country also which was very attractive to me and my family. The campus and facilities are top notch and being a 3 hour drive from home my family can see games often. Also many teams in the GLIAC are in Ohio and even closer to home.

2. What made you choose Hidden Gems over the many other AAU opportunities you obviously had in front of you?

I already knew most of the players playing for hidden gems and knew they were a very good team. Their AAU schedule was being ramped up so it was time to join and play my last season with my high school teammate Jake Bischoff. The program gives you plenty of exposure in front of college coaches of all levels with the showcases they put on and the big tournaments they play in. Hillsdale started recruiting me after seeing me play in tournaments with Hidden Gems so I couldn't be happier.

3. What are your expectations for your Senior season from both a team and individual perspective?

Our goal is to win the conference this year and win a district title. Individually I want to do whatever it takes to help our team reach those goals.

4. What are your thoughts of bearing the burden of beginning and building the Olentangy Liberty tradition as a young school?

It was great to be part of the best season in Libertys history last year. We hope to perform even better this year. Hopefully future classes can continue the winning tradition. Coach Nossaman is a great coach and he will always get the most out of his players and teach them how to be successful. He came to Liberty and taught us how to win as a team.

5. What do you expect to accomplish in 4-5 years at Hillsdale? then what type of goals do you have for yourself afterwards?

When I get to Hillsdale I want to do whatever I can to help the team win. I want to be a complete player and a team player. Everything else will take care of itself as long as I work hard. I would like to help win a couple of conference titles and go deep in the DII NCAA tournament while I am there.




Interview with NCAA D2 Hillsdale 6'8 Signee Nick Archer of Olentangy Liberty! - by Lucius Jones
Nick Archer of Olentangy Liberty has signed with Hillsdale. Hillsdale is one of the most academically and athletically accredited schools in the MidWest. Having stated those distinctions, Nick Archer should fit in just fine. With a GPA just under 4.0 and an ACT test score in the 30s, Nick does not merely excel on the court as academic accomplishments trump anything else in the Archer household. However the 6'8 230lb Power Forward also gets it done on the court. Nick Archer is a proven winner who uses his versatile, overall game to assist his team in any way possible. Take a look into the mind of this young, quality individual through this interview:

NCAA D2 Top 25 Ranking
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Bellarmine
 2. Missouri So.
 3. Metro St.
 4. Lincoln Memorial
 5. S.Indiana
 6. Humboldt St.
 7. Al.-Huntsville
 8. Indiana, PA
 9. Ky Wesleyan
 10. Benedict
 11. Colorado Mines
 12. Georgia SW
 13. Findlay, OH
 14. W.Liberty St.
 15. Arkansas Tech
 16. Tarleton St.
 17. Bowie St.
 18. Augustana, SD
 19. Seattle Pacific
 20. Winona St.
 21. Alaska-Anch.
 22. Florida Southern
 23. Cal Poly Pomona
 24. Ft.Hays State
 25. Rollins


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Top 25 Ranking
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Augustana, IL
 2. Middlebury
 3. Amherst
 4. Marietta
 5. Va.Wesleyan
 6. Wooster
 7. Williams
 8. Whitworth
 9. MIT
 10. Emory
 11. Cabrini
 12. Rochester
 13. Wheaton, IL
 14. Franklin & Marshall
 15. Mary Hardin Baylor
 16. Buffalo St.
 17. Wittenberg
 18. Worcester Poly.
 19. Birm.Southern
 20. Salisbury St.
 21. St.Thomas
 22. Puget Sound
 23. Wisc.-Stevens Point
 24. WiscKing.-Whitew.
 25. Wisc.-RiverFal.


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Aaron Bailey-Nowell back again - by Pete Knechtel
Captain Aaron Bailey-Nowell (196-G/F-81), has put end to speculation that he would be moving on from the Taranaki outfit by signing this past week. Auntie is pleased to move forward and had this to say ' I am glad to put this behind me and just get focused on the upcoming season, I think we can do some really good things as long as we can get a couple of more key signings. I am just focused on my own game and making sure that I am in top condition come training camp.' Auntie adds some much needed strength up front with Link Abrams scheduled for minor knee surgery in late January.

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PBA Roundup: December 6, 2011 - by Enzo Flojo

POWERADE TIGERS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 99-95
Powerade knows that in order for it to go deep in the playoffs, it must learn how to emerge unscathed from close games. The Tigers, who will be making their first quarterfinal appearance in eight conferences, got an idea of what to expect by narrowly beating the Barako Bull Energy.

Marcio Lassiter scattered a game-high 20 points, but it was the likes of fellow rookie JV Casio and sophomore Sean Anthony who came up with the most crucial points down the stretch to ensure the Tigers' victory.

Depending on their remaining games, either Talk N Text, Petron Blaze or B-MEG can wind-up on top of the 10-team field and Perasol said this game should help prepare his team for whomever it is they will be facing next.

Willie Miller paced Barako Bull with 19 points while Danny Seigle had 17 and 8 rebounds. The Energy, however, still dropped to a 6-7 win-loss slate and are now in danger of winding up seventh, which entails a similar win-twice handicap against the No. 2 team.

The only hope the Energy have of avoiding such a dire strait is for it to beat 7-5 Ginebra Thursday and for the Kings to lose to Talk N Text at elims end on Sunday. Such a tie will be resolved via the quotient and the Energy have the advantage for beating the Kings by 13 the first time they met.

Powerade 99 - Lassiter 20, Anthony 17, Casio 15, David 14, Lingganay 13, Kramer 6, Adducul 6, Antonio 4, Allera 2, Crisano 2, Vanlandingham 0.
Barako Bull 95 - Miller 19, Seigle 17, Salvacion 12, Ababou 11, Pennisi 9, Pena 6, Gatumbato 5, Najorda 5, Allado 4, Arboleda 4, Artadi 3, Aquino 0.
QS: 22-26, 45-48, 70-64, 99-95

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 80-78
With half of their lineup gone, the Talk n Text Tropang Texters pulled off an escape act that handed them a twice-to-beat advantage in the 2011 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.

The Texters stunned the Petron Blaze Boosters, and practically everyone at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, in eking out a squeaker by scoring 4 points made in the last 3.7 seconds. Japeth Aguilar, who was having a terrible game until that moment, returned to the floor in those dying seconds to grab a crucial offensive rebound and make a three-point play as the Texters salvaged the game that assured them of at least second spot at the close of the elimination phase.

The two teams exchanged big plays in the homestretch with Petron surging ahead, 78-76, on a three-point play by Alex Cabagnot with 12.8 ticks left. Shawn Weinsten missed a tough shot in the ensuing play but the Texters never gave up, fighting for the loose ball until Harvey Carey got it then drew a crucial foul from Arwind Santos. The scrappy TnT forward sank the front end of his free throws and missed the last one. The miss, however, proved to be an even break that came the Texters way. Aguilar beat everybody for the rebound and quickly scored the go-ahead shot. With a foul to boot, the 6-foot-9 center sank the gift shot to make it 80-78 in the end.

Talk N Text 80 - Williams 21, Fonacier 17, Carey 15, Castro 8, Weinstein 6, Gamalinda 4, Alvarez 4, Aguilar 3, Lao 2, Raymundo 0, Alapag 0.
Petron 78 - Miranda 15, Cabagnot 14, Yeo 12, Santos 11, Reyes 9, Ildefonso 8, Tugade 5, Guevarra 4, Doruelo 0, Baclao 0.
QS: 23-28, 29-40, 57-53, 80-78

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



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  POLAND   


EuroCup: PGE Turow survive two overtimes to edge ALBA - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow - ALBA 91:87 (2OT)

PGE Turow ensured the second EuroCup victory in the season. They survived double-overtime drama to overcome ALBA at home court. David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) scored 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the winners. PGE Turow therefore improved at 2-2 record, while ALBA suffered their first defeat and slipped at 3-1 in Group H.
ALBA led by six points after ten minutes of action 18:12. The visitors stretched the gap in the second term. The Berlin outfit enjoyed a 41:26 halftime advantage. But PGE Turow turned things around after the big break. The Polish team cut the deficit to 9 points entering the fourth term. David Jackson went on a scoring spree in the quarter to help PGE Turow deny the deficit and force overtime. The hosts pulled their noses in front in the first extra period but Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) tied things up at 80 to send the game into the second overtime. ALBA gained an 85:81 lead early in the second overtime but David Jackson converted a layup and added a free throw, while Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) went deadly from the line as PGE Turow snatched an important win at the end. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) nailed 19 points, while Daniel Kickert had 16 points in the victory. Derrick Allen answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for ALBA. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) had 17 points in the loss.

PGE Turow: David Jackson 23, Konrad Wysocki 19, Daniel Kickert 16
ALBA: Derrick Allen 21, Heiko Schaffartzik 17


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  PORTUGAL   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 8-0 
 2. Porto Ferpinta 7-0 
 3. Barreirense CEPSA 6-2 
 4. Ovarense 5-2 
 5. CAB Madeira 5-3 
 6. Lusitania 5-3 
 7. Academica 3-6 
 8. Barcelos 3-6 
 9. Sampaense 2-6 
 10. Terceira Basket 2-6 
 11. Vitoria SC 2-6 
 12. Ginasio 0-8 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Tony MURPHY
  Terceira.
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Murphy, Terceira.21.3 
 2. Bowie, Terceira.20.6 
 3. Stempin, Porto F.19.3 
 4. Addison, Sampaense18.6 
 5. Kenon, CAB Madeira18.6 
 6. Oruche, Academica17.9 
 7. Scott, Benfica17.3 
 8. Powers, Ovarense16.9 
 9. Franklin, Lusitania16.8 
 10. Sneed, Academica16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Claudio FONSECA
  Vitoria SC
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Fonseca, Vitoria SC12.8 
 2. Lee, Ovarense11.3 
 3. Pierre, Terceira.10.1 
 4. Stempin, Porto F.9.6 
 5. Sneed, Academica9.1 
 6. Viana, Sampaense8.8 
 7. Thomas, Academica8.8 
 8. Momplasir, Lusitan.8.5 
 9. Gunter, CAB M.8.5 
 10. Addison, Sampaen.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Manarte, Ovarense7.3 
 2. Fernandes, CAB M.6.1 
 3. Sing, Sampaense5.5 
 4. Reveles, Sampaense5.3 
 5. Minhava, Benfica5.1 
 6. Kenon, CAB Madeira5.1 
 7. Blanks, Vitoria SC5.0 
 8. Silva, CAB Madeira4.3 
 9. Bowie, Terceira.4.1 
 10. Fechas, Barcelos3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Austin KENON
  CAB Madeira
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Kenon, CAB Madeira2.9 
 2. Shetzer, CAB M.2.5 
 3. Fernandes, CAB M.2.4 
 4. Manarte, Ovarense2.3 
 5. Silva, CAB Madeira2.3 
 6. Balseiro, Sampa.2.3 
 7. Andrade, Porto F.2.1 
 8. Matos, Barcelos2.1 
 9. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.1 
 10. Sobrinho, Lusitan.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Durrell NEVELS
  Terceira.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Nevels, Terceira.2.6 
 2. Pierre, Terceira.2.5 
 3. Momplasir, Lusitan.1.8 
 4. Johnson, Porto F.1.6 
 5. Addison, Sampaense1.3 
 6. Silva, Barcelos1.2 
 7. Coelho, CAB M.1.1 
 8. Gunter, CAB M.1.1 
 9. Stempin, Porto F.1.0 
 10. Coll, Barcelos0.9 


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  ROMANIA   


Standings - D2
Div.B Standings
Seria 1
 1. Ploiesti II 4-0 
 2. Rapid B. 3-1 
 3. Steaua Turabo II 3-1 
 4. BCM U 2 Pitesti 1-2 
 5. A.Vlaicu Buc. 0-3 
 6. CS Amicii 0-4 
Seria 2
 1. CSU Galati 4-0 
 2. CS Concordia 3-1 
 3. Farul Const. 2-1 
 4. Ph. Galati 1-2 
 5. BT Bucuresti 0-3 
 6. CSM Focsani 0-3 
Seria 3
 1. Gaz Metan II 2-0 
 2. Ph. Brasov 2-1 
 3. CS Vabova 2-2 
 4. T.Mures II 0-1 
 5. Brasov 0-2 
Seria 4
 1. Timba Timis. 3-0 
 2. MP Timisoara 2-1 
 3. U.Mobitel II 2-1 
 4. West Olympia 0-2 
 5. CSM 2 Oradea 0-3 


Wisseh number one in for round 11 - by Eurobasket News
American-Liberian guard Jaytonah Wisseh (185-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked CSU Sibiu, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 23-year old player got a double-double of 33 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Targu Mures (#7, 7-4) 98-90. CSU Sibiu is placed at 2nd position in Romanian Div.A. They are still close to the very top. CSU Sibiu 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 Wisseh had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be CSU Sibiu's top player in his first season with the team. Former Long Island University star has very solid stats this year. Wisseh is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.3ppg and is league's best passer with 8.0apg. Wisseh is in league's top in and averages impressive 3.7spg and 51.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Russian power forward Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85) of Ploiesti. Kazarnovski had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Ploiesti cruised to a 77-68 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Dinamo B. (#11, 4-7). This victory allowed Ploiesti to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 8 matches. Kazarnovski is a newcomer at Ploiesti, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports) of U.Mobitel.CN (#4). Dykes scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of U.Mobitel.CN, leading his team to a 95-84 win against Gaz Metan (8-3). U.Mobitel.CN needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Dykes has a very solid season. In 11 games in Romania he scored 17.7ppg. He also has 5.4rpg, FGP: 65.0% and 3PT: 48.0%. Dykes attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Branko Cuic (197-G-78) of Timisoara - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Tyler Morris (187-G-86) of U.Mobitel.CN - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
6. David Steffel (212-C/F-85) of Rovinari - 21 points and 11 rebounds
7. Brice Kabengele-Kalala (196-G-81) of Rovinari - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80) of Craiova - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Allen Durham (198-F-88) of Dinamo B. - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Goran Martinic (184-PG-87) of CSM Bucuresti - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 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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EuroChallenge: Bremer ruined Khimik's hopes in Yuzhniy - by Eurobasket News
Khimik - BC Nizhny Novgorod 78:87

Ernest Bremer (194-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) ruined Khimik's hopes in Yuzhniy as he exploded with 39 points tonight. His Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod's grabbed 87:78 road victory against Ukrainian Khimik in Group D.
Khimik was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 29-16 charge of BC Nizhny Novgorod, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-28 charity shots during the game. BC Nizhny Novgorod forced 20 Khimik turnovers. Khimik was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Semen Antonov (202-F-89) accounted for 14 points. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the other Aaron McGhee (203-F/C-79, college: Oklahoma) added 19 points respectively for Khimik in the defeat.
BC Nizhny Novgorod maintains second place in Group D with 3-2 record having just two points less than leader EWE Baskets. Khimik at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost.
BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against Ventspils at home in the last roun. Khimik will play against Atomeromu in Paks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Novgorod: Ernest Bremer 39, Semen Antonov 14, Artem Yakovenko (206-F-88) 12
Khimik: Aaron McGhee19, Reyshawn Terry 17+11rebs, Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) 15



EuroCup: Spartak SP unstoppable in Munich - by Eurobasket News
Bayern - Spartak SP 60:72

Spartak Saint Petersburg extended their perfect EuroCup run. They earned the fourth straight win beating Bayern in Munich today. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-C-84) and Victor Keyru (199-G-84) scored 13 points each to lead Spartak to the win.
The visitors marked their ambitions in the first ten minutes. Spartak grabbed a 20:10 lead to take some breathing room. The visitors stayed well in control in the second quarter. They established a 39:28 halftime advantage. Bayern finally turned on the speed in the third quarter. The hosts erupted for 21 points to narrow the gap at 7-point mark. However Spartak went on a 12:0 rally in the final quarter and ran away with another win at the end. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) and Valery Likhodey (205-F-86) finished with 10 points each for the winning side. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds for Bayern. Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) had 12 points in the loss.

Bayern: Chevon Troutman 15, Jared Homan 12
Spartak SP: Loukas Mavrokefalidis 13, Victor Keyru 13, Yotam Halperin 10, Valery Likhodey 10


EuroCup: Lokomotiv defeat Skyliners in Frankfurt - by Eurobasket News
Skyliners - Lokomotiv Kuban 58:69

Lokomotiv Kuban registered the third EuroCup win in the season. The Russian team defeated Skyliners in Frankfurt to grab 3-1 record in Group E. Skyliners on the other hand suffered the fourth defeat in a row.
Lokomotiv held the hosts to 11 points in the starting quarter to take a 2-point lead. But Skyliners adjusted and went on a 19:13 run in the second frame to take a 30:26 halftime advantage. The third term turned decisive. The visitors ignited a stunning 25:10 surge to leave Skyliners far behind. The hosts never came back to life afterwards allowing Lokomotiv to cruise to the victory at the end. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) posted 18 points and 8 rebounds for Lokomotiv. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) added 17 points in the win. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) answered with 13 points for Skyliners. Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) and Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) nailed 12 points each in the loss.

Skyliners: Jimmy McKinney 13, Jon Leuer 12, Jermareo Davidson 12
Lokomotiv Kuban: Ali Traore 18, Roderick Blakney 17, Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) 11


EuroCup: Khimky celebrate fourth win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - PAOK 89:65

Khimky stayed perfect in EuroCup regular season. The Russian powerhouse held off visiting PAOK to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group B. Khimky thus sealed their spot in the next round of the tournament. PAOK fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
Khimky started the game steadily. They gained a 22:18 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the pressure in the second period. The hosts built a 40:32 halftime advantage. Khimky speeded things up in the third term. They went on a 29:13 run to leave their opponents behind. Khimky and PAOK traded baskets throughout the final quarter with the home team cruising to the victory. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) scored 16 points, while Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) added 14 in the win. Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) answered with 13 points for PAOK. Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia) had 11 points in the loss.

Khimky: Thomas Kelati 16, Vitaly Fridzon 14, Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) 13+11 boards
PAOK: Dimos Dikoudis 13, Rashad Wright 11


EuroChallenge: Chalon book a place in the next round - by Eurobasket News
Enisey - Chalon 79:80

Chalon book a place in the next round of EuroChallenge. The French outfit outscored Russian Enisey in Krasnoyarsk 80:79 on Tuesday.
The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 41-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Enisey Krasnoyarsk was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds and Andrei Komarovskiy (196-G-85) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Chalon/Saor keeps a position of Group E leader, which they share with Antwerp. Enisey Krasnoyarsk lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom place with four games lost.


In another game of the group Antwerp overcame CSU Mobitelco 74:72.

Chalon: Blake Schilb 21, Alade Aminu 18, Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) 12
Enisey: Lonny Baxter 22+5reb, Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) 16, Andrei Komarovskiy 14




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


Stats Leaders - Superleague B
Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.21.5 
 2. Gordon, Ural E.15.9 
 3. Ageev, Ruskon-M.15.4 
 4. Lekavicius, Univ.S.13.3 
 5. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.12.9 
 6. Sotnikov, TE.12.6 
 7. Zibirov, Ataman12.5 
 8. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.12.3 
 9. Kirjanov, TE.12.2 
 10. Petukhov, Spart.12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.8.3 
 2. Petukhov, Spart.8.2 
 3. Ivlev, Rjazan7.3 
 4. Trushkin, Spart.6.8 
 5. Zaykin, TE.6.3 
 6. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.6.2 
 7. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.0 
 8. Nikolaev, Ural E.5.9 
 9. Varlamov, Ural E.5.8 
 10. Lekavicius, Univ..5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.4 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman4.8 
 3. Glazunov, Ural E.4.6 
 4. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.4.3 
 5. Bartunov, Rjazan4.3 
 6. Aleksandrov, Sojuz3.5 
 7. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.3.4 
 8. Tokarev, TE.2.8 
 9. Grebelnyy, Sever.2.7 
 10. Hloponin, Univ.Su.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.9 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman2.8 
 3. Bartunov, Rjazan1.9 
 4. Glazunov, Ural E.1.9 
 5. Smygin, Ataman1.7 
 6. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.6 
 7. Ageev, Ruskon-M.1.6 
 8. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.5 
 9. Krivko, Ruskon-M.1.4 
 10. Kuzemkin, Sever.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.7 
 2. Gresev, Ataman1.5 
 3. Varlamov, Ural E.1.4 
 4. Goritskov, Sever.1.3 
 5. Tsvetkov, Severst.1.2 
 6. Petukhov, Spart.1.0 
 7. Voronchikhin, Spar.0.9 
 8. Babitchev, Spart.0.8 
 9. Polyakov, Severstal0.8 
 10. Beliaev, Univ.Sur.0.8 


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  SERBIA   


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


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.23.7 
 2. Riboskic, Beovuk20.8 
 3. Dukanac, Mladost20.0 
 4. Rasic, Mladost18.4 
 5. Djurovic, Crnokosa18.0 
 6. Marinkovic, Mlados.17.8 
 7. Dasic, Jagodina17.5 
 8. Pekovic, Jedinstv.17.0 
 9. Gagovic, Jagodina16.7 
 10. Samailovic, Radni.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.12.4 
 2. Tmusic, Jagodina9.4 
 3. Karahodzic, Spartak8.5 
 4. Vukovic, Mladost8.4 
 5. Sikman, Napredak.8.4 
 6. Djurovic, Crnokosa8.2 
 7. Glisovic, Radnic.7.4 
 8. Jankovic, Mladost7.1 
 9. Jovanovic, Konst.7.0 
 10. Dukanac, Mladost6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.7.1 
 2. Simic, Radnicki OB5.8 
 3. Velickovic, Konst.5.6 
 4. Boricic, Radnicki.5.2 
 5. Mukanovic, Crnok.4.4 
 6. Tanasijevic, Radni.3.9 
 7. Mitic, Crnokosa3.9 
 8. Marinkovic, Mlados.3.8 
 9. Djukic, Beovuk 723.3 
 10. Pastornjicki, Voj.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.3.1 
 2. Marinkovic, Mlados.2.8 
 3. Kovacevic, Mlados.2.7 
 4. Dugosija, Mladost2.4 
 5. Mitic, Crnokosa2.1 
 6. Dujovic, Mladost2.0 
 7. Rasic, Mladost2.0 
 8. Djoric, Jagodina2.0 
 9. Trailovic, Konstan.2.0 
 10. Fekete, Vojvodina1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Goran HUSKIC
  Radnicki OB
  (--)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Huskic, Radnicki OB2.1 
 2. Karahodzic, Spartak1.8 
 3. Jankovic, Mladost1.3 
 4. Savic, Radnicki St.1.0 
 5. Radenkovic, Jedins.1.0 
 6. Tmusic, Jagodina0.9 
 7. Djurovic, Crnokosa0.9 
 8. Dukanac, Mladost0.9 
 9. Grujo, Napredak A.0.8 
 10. Banjanin, Mladost0.8 


Radnicki Kragujevac lands Sasa Bratic - by Zoran Popovic
Radnicki Kragujevac lands experienced Sasa Bratic (202-F/G-81, agency: BeoExcell). Last season Sasa Bratic played for Maccabi Haifa and B.M.C. AEK Larnacas. On 8 games for Maccabi Haifa Bratic average scored 6.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 steal per game and for B.M.C. AEK Larnacas on 3 games average scored 14.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 assists per game. During the career Bratic played for Beovuk 72, Crvena Zvezda, Radnicki Beograd, FMP Zeleznik, Atlas Banka, Lavovi 063, Hapoel Galil Elyon, Khimik-OPZ Yuzny, Hapoel Holon, Maccabi Haifa and B.M.C. AEK Larnacas. Sasa Bratic was member of Yugoslavian U20 National team.

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EuroChallenge: Nitra tasted the first success - by Eurobasket News
Nitra - Norrkoping 108:78

Nitra tasted the first success in EuroChallenge beating Norrkoping Dolphins in Slovak Republic. The home side smashed at home Norrkoping Dolphins 108:78 on Tuesday.
Nitra 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 Norrkoping Dolphins' 40. Nitra shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Norrkoping Dolphins' players. Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) stepped up and scored 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Roman Vido (203-C-88) chipped in 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.
Sylvester Seay (208-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) responded with 15 points and guard Anton Saks (200-G-89) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
In the last round Nitra will face group's second-placed Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid. Norrkoping Dolphins will play on the road against the leader EWE Baskets in Oldenburg.

Nitra: Mamadi Diane 32, Roman Vido 21+10rebs, Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) 16, Ater Majok (208-F-87, college: Connecticut) 14+11rebs
Norrkoping: Sylvester Seay 15, Anton Saks 13, Mitchell 10, Fred Drains (195-F-71, college: Kean) 10



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New wins for Helios and Zlatorog - by Zeljko Zule
Helios and Zlatorog, both defeated the bottom-placed team Parklji and LTH in the opening games of Telemach League Round 9.
Parklji-Helios 76-82: Helios went on a 13-2 run to take a crucial lead 73-61 in the fourth quarter. Klemen Prepelic scored 21 points including four 3-pointers, Drazen Bubnic came off the bench for 14 points and 7 rebounds, Darnley Gay added 12 points and Vjeko Petrovic had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Parklji outrebounded Helios 36-28, picking up 12 offensive boards, but shot just 2-of-12 behind the 3-point line, while Helios hit 10 3-pointers. Esmir Rizvic (213-C-82, college: Texas Tech) had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Parklji and Matej Luznar collected 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Zlatorog-LTH 79-59: Zlatorog outscored the visiting team by 18 points in the second half and had all 11 players in scorers. Luka Lapornik finished with 16 points, Grega Mali added 13 points and Mitja Nikolic posted 12 points. Zlatorog's bench players outscored LTH's 41-16. LTH was led by Vjeran Soldo with his 15 points, Blaz Mahovic scored 13 points and Tomo Cajic scored 11 points.



EuroCup: Jure Balazic carries Krka to home win over Azovmash - by Eurobasket News
Krka - Azovmash 74:70

Krka handed the second straight EuroCup loss to Azovmash in Group F. The Slovenian powerhouse followed the victory in Mariupol with the home success. Jure Balazic (204-F-80) scored 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to secure the third win for Krka in the group. Azovmash on the other hand fell at 1-3 record.
The Ukrainian powerhouse led by three points after ten minutes of action 23:20. But Krka found their rhythm in the second term. The hosts outgunned Azovmash to accumulate a 42:37 halftime advantage. Azovmash went off the locker rooms firing from all guns. The visitors went on a 21:9 run to take a 58:51 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Krka ignited a 9:2 rally to get within one. Jure Balazic drained a triple to put Krka in charge 70:68 late in regulation. Jure Balazic followed with a jumper to make it 72:68 for the hosts. The teams then exchanged free throws and Krka celebrated a key win at the end. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) finished with 17 points, while Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) had 13 in the win. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Azovmash. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) secured 19 points in defeat.

Krka: Jure Balazic 24, Zoran Dragic 17, Smiljan Pavic 13
Azovmash: Daniel Ewing 19, Radoslav Rancik 17+10 boards


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Rhodes leads KT to Rout Mobis Phoebus - by Jeff Liebsch
Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) scored 20 of his game high 30 points in the first half as KT Sonic Boom easily defeated Ulsan Mobis Phoebus 71-54 Tuesday night in Ulsan.

KT broke open the game early, leading by 12 after the first, and then outscoring Mobis 14-5 in the second to take a 38-17 halftime lead. KT cruised in the second half to win their second straight after suffering two humiliating losses last week.

Rhodes was all over the court, adding 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 4 steals. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) added 13 points and 6 rebounds.

Terrence Leather (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) led Ulsan with 27 points and 15 rebounds.

Game Notes: KT had 24 assists to Mobis Phoebus 8. Mobis is now 3-2 since Leather replaced Malcolm Thomas. Their two losses have been by an average of 20 points. Pyo Myung-Il (182-G-75) led all players with 6 assists.


Wonju struggled against Goyang but Come out Victorious - by Kevin Campigotto
Despite another subpar effort against a team below five hundred the Wonju Dongbu Promy came away with a 73-66 win over the Goyang Orions Tuesday night. Wonjus offense was plagued by turnovers, committing 6 in the first and third quarters. On the defensive end Wonju looked like they were trying to implement a new zone defense because the guards often lost their man or didnt know who they were supposed to be guarding. Park Ji-Hyon (183-G-79) and Yoon Ho-Young (198-F-84) led all scorers with 19 points each while Choi Jin-Soo led the Orions with 17.

One of the more interesting stats that came out of the game is that for the first time in a long time, possibly in KBL history, neither teams foreigner scored a point in the third quarter. In that frame Rod Benson was 0 for 1 while Chris Williams did not attempt a shot. Though the win is most important, this was another game where Wonju clearly played down to the level of their oppoents. Goyang boasts a record of 4-17 while Wonju has only lost 4 times, yet the Promy were never able to get any seperation. Because of the number of games coming up for Wonju and the cluster of games around Christmas and New Years it would be very helpful for the starters to get some rest and if they can't blow out one of the worst teams in the league they're in for a long December.



Rhodes' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old power forward Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sonic Boom KT and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 33 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat LG Sakers (#8, 8-14) 84-79. Sonic Boom KT is placed at 3rd position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sonic Boom KT will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. It's Rhodes' second year at Sonic Boom KT and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mississippi State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rhodes is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 11.5rpg) and averages solid 2.9bpg and 61.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Sek-Eun Oh (200-C-87) of league's second-best Anyang KGC. He is former international center in his first season at Anyang KGC. In the last game Oh recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Anyang KGC cruised to a 71-59 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked SK Knights (#5, 11-11). Anyang KGC's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-6 record is not bad at all. Oh is a newcomer at Anyang KGC and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Ira Clark (203-C/F-75) of Samsung Th. (#10). Clark got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds and four assists. Despite Clark's great performance Samsung Th. lost 83-85in overtime to slightly higher-ranked Daegu Orions (#9, 4-17). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Samsung Th. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-18 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Clark he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Clark has a very solid season. In 6 games in South Korea he scored 21.5ppg. He also has 10.3rpg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 51.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gregory Stevenson (198-F-78) of LG Sakers - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of LG Sakers - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Terrence Leather (204-C-81) of Mobis Phoebus - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80) of Daegu Orions - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Herbert Hill (208-F-84) of ET Land - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ho-Young Yoon (198-F-84) of Dongbu Promy - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Eric Sandrin (206-F/C-78) of Samsung Th. - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 18-4 
 2. Anyang KGC 15-6 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 14-8 
 4. KCC Egis 14-8 
 5. SK Knights 11-11 
 6. Mobis Phoebus 10-11 
 7. ET Land 10-11 
 8. LG Sakers 8-14 
 9. Daegu Orions 4-17 
 10. Samsung Th. 4-18 


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EuroChallenge: Fuenlabrada could not upset EWE Baskets for the first time - by Eurobasket News
Fuenlabrada - EWE Baskets 77:83

Spanish Baloncesto Fuenlabrada could not upset EWE Baskets for the first time in EuroChallenge. The German side remained undefeated after 77:83 win on Tuesday.
The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. EWE Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's 28. EWE Baskets forced 21 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada turnovers. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Milan Majstorovic (207-C-83) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Leonardo Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and Lubos Barton (202-F/G-80, college: Valparaiso) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds.
EWE Baskets have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 5-0 record. EWE Baskets will face bottom-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins in Sweden in the next round. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play at home against Nitra.

Fuenlabrada: Leonardo Mainoldi 24+10rebs, Sanchez 11, Lubos Barton 11
EWE Baskets: Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: CS Fullerton) 20, Milan Majstorovic 17, Adam Chubb 16+13rebs,



EuroCup: Banvit stop Gran Canaria in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Banvit - Gran Canaria 79:54

Banvit celebrated the second win in EuroCup regular season Group F. They stormed past previously undefeated Gran Canaria to improve at 2-2 record. Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) provided 18 points and 5 boards to pace the Turkish team.
The sides looked well-matched in the first frame. The scoreboard read 20:20 after ten minutes of action. But Banvit took off in the second quarter. The hosts went on a deadly 25:10 run to build a 45:30 halftime advantage. Banvit stretched the margin in the third quarter. The Turkish team ensured a comfortable 66:45 advantage with one quarter remaining and never looked back en route to the win. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) had 11 points and 7 assists in the victory. Juan Palacios (204-F/C-85) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Gran Canaria. Javier Beiran (200-F-87) netted 8 points in defeat.

Banvit: Keith Simmons 18, Kenan Bajramovic 14+10 boards, Clifford Hammonds 11
Gran Canaria: Juan Palacios 13, Javier Beiran 8


Tenerife tab Javier Perez - by Eurobasket News
Tenerife Baloncesto announced the arrival of Javier Perez (202-C-79). The centre started the season in Morocco. He played for Ittihad de Tanger. Last season Javier Perez spent in EBA. He played for Albacete Baloncesto. The centre averaged 15.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Javier Perez is not new to Tenerife. He played for the team back in 2006/07 season. His stats read 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game then. Javier Perez also had stints with Estudiantes, U.B. La Palma, Caceres, Plasencia, Los Barrios Galco, Palencia, Real Madrid II.

EuroCup: Valencia fire past Lukoil Academik - by Eurobasket News
Valencia - Lukoil Academik 83:59

Valencia gained the third win in EuroCup season. They defeated Lukoil at home court tonight. Five players scored in double digits for Valencia. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge.
Valencia held their opponents to 11 points in the first frame to take a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout intense second quarter.The hosts secured a 31:24 lead at the interval. Valencia took off in the third quarter. The Spanish team silenced their opponents with a 31:12 rally to build a 62:36 advantage. They kept Lukoil at bay throughout the final quarter and sealed a well-deserved win at the end. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) and Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) had 11 points each for the winners. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Lukoil. Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte) had 10 points in the loss.

Valencia: Tiago Splitter 18, Andrew James Ogilvy 11, Stefan Markovic 11
Lukoil: Bruno Sundov 17, Lamont Mack 10


Navarra part ways with Yves Mekongo - by Eurobasket News
Yves Mekongo (201-F-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: La Salle) and Navarra have reached an agreement on terms of contract termination. The forward joined the team at the start of the season. The Cameroonian player tallied 3.4 points, 2.6 rebounds per game in LEB Gold. Last season Yves Mekongo spent in Hungary. He played for Debrecen. The forward notched 19.3 points, 8.2 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance. Yves Mekongo received Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honourable Mention. Yves Mekongo participated at Eurobasket Summer League in New York in 2010. He made it into All-Tournament 1st Team. The forward graduated from La Salle in 2010.

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EuroChallenge: Nitra tasted the first success - by Eurobasket News
Nitra - Norrkoping 108:78

Nitra tasted the first success in EuroChallenge beating Norrkoping Dolphins in Slovak Republic. The home side smashed at home Norrkoping Dolphins 108:78 on Tuesday.
Nitra 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 Norrkoping Dolphins' 40. Nitra shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Norrkoping Dolphins' players. Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) stepped up and scored 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Roman Vido (203-C-88) chipped in 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.
Sylvester Seay (208-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) responded with 15 points and guard Anton Saks (200-G-89) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
In the last round Nitra will face group's second-placed Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid. Norrkoping Dolphins will play on the road against the leader EWE Baskets in Oldenburg.

Nitra: Mamadi Diane 32, Roman Vido 21+10rebs, Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) 16, Ater Majok (208-F-87, college: Connecticut) 14+11rebs
Norrkoping: Sylvester Seay 15, Anton Saks 13, Mitchell 10, Fred Drains (195-F-71, college: Kean) 10



Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 9-0 
 2. LF Future 8-2 
 3. Taby 8-2 
 4. Akropol 7-3 
 5. Blackeberg 6-4 
 6. Haga Haninge 5-5 
 7. Orongo 4-5 
 8. Talje 4-6 
 9. Jarva Devils 4-6 
 10. Uppsala KFUM 3-8 
 11. Eskilstuna 1-9 
 12. BG Lulea 0-9 
South
 1. Malbas 11-0 
 2. Nassjo 8-2 
 3. Hoganas 7-3 
 4. Srbija 7-3 
 5. Brahe Basket 7-4 
 6. Helsingborg 4-5 
 7. Hogsbo 4-6 
 8. Fryshuset 3-7 
 9. Solna Branten 3-7 
 10. Norrkoping BK 2-7 
 11. Eos 2-8 
 12. Sanda 2-8 


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan
Points Per Game
 John FITZGERALD
  Malbas
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Fitzgerald, Malbas26.9 
 2. Feghadu, Jarva D.26.3 
 3. Banks, Taby21.4 
 4. Thorangen, Sanda20.1 
 5. Vukovic, Helsingbo.18.7 
 6. Bergstrom, Black.18.1 
 7. Isaksson, Hogsbo17.8 
 8. Sundstrom, Talje17.8 
 9. Nordin, Taby17.7 
 10. Rawlins, Up.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre NILSSON
  Orongo
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13
 1. Nilsson, Orongo13.0 
 2. Petkovski, Srbija12.4 
 3. Rawlins, Up.12.3 
 4. Damjanovic, Nassjo11.2 
 5. Hartmann, Akropol11.2 
 6. Robinson, Brahe B.9.9 
 7. Flink, Helsingborg9.9 
 8. Ali Hussein, LF Fu.9.8 
 9. Eliassson, Solna B.9.8 
 10. Vukovic, Helsingb.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy LUNDIN
  Taby
  (184-G-90)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Lundin, Taby6.5 
 2. Fitzgerald, Malbas5.6 
 3. Nouri, Blackeberg5.5 
 4. Kovacek, Talje5.3 
 5. Ghebremeskel, Eag.5.2 
 6. Rawlins, Up.4.5 
 7. Masabe, Solna B.4.4 
 8. Panghulan, Black.4.4 
 9. Wazzi, Nassjo4.3 
 10. Henriks, Brahe B.4.2