EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/8/2011

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  ABA   


Express move Into first place with stellar weekend - by Gianni Pascucci
The Jersey Express had a strong weekend, as the team won two games to extend its win streak to four in a row and take control of first place in the ABAs Northeast Division.
The Express (4-1) took down the NYC Thunder at home on Friday night, 105-101, and traveled to Connecticut to defeat the Connecticut TopBallerz, 124-120 on Saturday. Darnell Braswell (6'1''-G-88, college: DeSales) led the way against the Thunder, as the guard poured in 31 points. Sedale Walton (6'1''-G-85) scored 21, Malcolm Connor (6'6''-G/F-80, college: W.New Mexico) was the top scorer in NYC Thunder with 20 points.
On Saturday, forward Dexter Gray (6'7''-F-85, college: Iona) had a strong outing, scoring 31 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Walton had 24 points and Darren Travis (6'3''-G-84, college: Wash.Adventist) added 23.
Head Coach Joseph Amador was happy with the teams play over the weekend. Im very proud and impressed with the collective team effort this past weekend, said Amador. Someone different steps up every night for us. We are really coming together as a team.
On Saturday, December 10, the Express host the Staten Island Vipers at the Jersey City Armory at 7:00p.m and look to extend its winning streak to five games. The Armory is located at 678 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ. Check out the teams newly-renovated website @ www.jerseyexpress.net, for tickets to upcoming Express games.
Said Express Director of Operations Jeffrey Brown Sr. Were showing why we are the true team of New Jersey. Its time for us to have a basketball team that we dont have to share with a New York City covering. We are your New Jersey-based team, playing for the people of the Garden State, from Atlantic City to Alpine. We care for our fans, and hope that our fans and local businesses will support New Jerseys team. The Nets are leaving for Brooklyn, but this train is here to stay in New Jersey.


Carolina CATS Maul Competition, moving up in Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci
The Carolina CATS had a great weekend tearing up the competition, all the way to the top power of rankings according to ABALive.com. The Carolina Jaguars are now ranked 23rd, Carolina Cheetahs are ranked 14th and Carolina Cougars are ranked 8th.
The now #14 Ranked Carolina Cheetahs started the season off great with their season opener on November 19th win against the Lynchburg Legends (115 - 106). Kellen Brand (6'1''-G-87, college: Appalachian St.) led with 24 points, followed by Chris Woods (6'5''-F, college: Pfeiffer) with 23 points. In a back to back home game, on November 20th game the Cheetahs took a loss from the NOVA Wonders (110 - 117) in a game that was controlled throughout the day by the Cheetahs. The Cheetahs were led in scoring by Damien Goodman (6'7''-F-82, college: UNC Pembroke)'s 22 pts. They won against the Johnson City Mad Hatters (117 - 104) on November 26th and the following day defeated the Fayetteville Flight (113 - 107). A late 3 point basketball by Chris Woods broke open close game between the Carolina Cheetahs and Fayetteville Flight.
The #8 ranked Carolina Cougars are coming off a solid win against the Portsmouth Cavaliers 103-98. 'We have a strong unit,' says Head Coach Eric Vaughn . 'Recognition is great but it's early and we have a long road ahead to improve on our shortcomings.'
The Cougars had 5 players in double digits with Montez Downey (6'5''-G-86, college: NC-Wilmington) dropping 33 points with seven 3 - pointers. Other top scorers included Devin Mooring (6'3''-G-85, college: Elizabeth City) with 17pts and Shelton Carter (6'5''-F-87, college: Winston Salem) with 16 pts. Taron Downey (6'1''-G-83, college: Wake Forest) had a double with 14 pts and 10 assists. The boards were under control with the clean up men Damien Brown (6'7''-C/F-87, college: Averett), Qavotstarai Waddell (6'11''-C-86, college: Shorter), Paul Davis (6'9''-F-88, college: Winston Salem) all had 10 rebounds. In addition, Davis added 11 pts and 2 blocks to his stats.
The 3-1 Cheetahs travel to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to face the Flight this Saturday. Then, they return to Greensboro on Sunday, December 4th when they play the West VA Blazers for their next home game. All home games are at UNC-Greensboro's Fleming Gymnasium (1350 Walker Avenue, Greensboro, North Carolina 27402) against West VA Blazers at 5pm.
The 3-1 Cougars are to hit the road this weekend to play the Northern Virginia Wonders on Saturday Dec. 3 in Virginia. They return home on Sunday to take on the #22 ranked Richmond Elite at NC Wesleyan's Everett Gymnasium (3400 N Wesleyan Blvd | Rocky Mount, NC 27804), Sunday, December 4th at 5pm.
The 3-2 Carolina Jaguars started the season a little rocky but after a 144 - 105 win against the No 24 Lynchburg Legends, things are looking up. Paul Wright (6'2''-G-85, college: Mountain St.) led all scorers for the Jaguars with 24 points, while Jonathan Moore (6'8''-F/G-82, college: N.C.Central) dropped five 3-pointers to add 22 to the blowout of the Legends. They travel to Virginia on Saturday, Dec 3rd to play the Lynchburg Legends. Their next home game is Sunday, December 4th at the Durham School of the Arts Gymnasium (400 North Duke Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701) against the Myrtle Beach Warriors at 5pm.
'Our 3 teams have played great up to now and our records reflect our players and coaches hard work and dedication,' says Carolina CATS President of Basketball operations, Tommy Stevenson . 'We will continue to grow as an organization and showing our commitment always to service.


Brice Assie Newest Member of Connecticut Topballerz - by Surujh Roopnarine
Veteran forward Brice Assie (6'7''-F-83, college: W.Connecticut) is the newest member of the Connecticut Topballerz. Joining the club last week, he scored 20 points during Saturday night's 120-124 home loss against the Jersey Express. The 6-7, 255 pound forward is an active member of the Ivory Coast National Team. In 2010 he took part in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey, averaging 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in five games. Assie spent the 2010-11 season in Mexico with Toros Nuevo Laredo in the top division. In 9 games he averaged 15.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg while shooting nearly 60% from the field and 40% from three. A graduate of NCAA Division II Western Connecticut State, Assie has played professionally in Finland and Argentina in addition to his time in Mexico.

SC Warriors team roster - by Gianni Pascucci
According with official website www.scwarriorsaba.com this down is the full team roster of the South Carolina Warriors, curently ranked #5 in the last ABA Power Rankings. Top player names in the list are Marquise Gainous (6'9''-F-76, college: TCU) and Jack Leasure (6'3''-G-86, college: Co.Carolina)

Mario EDWARDS G 6-3 Coastal Carolina'10
John FOWLER G/F 6-4 Arkansas-Little Rock'09
Josh FOWLER F/C 6-10 Coastal Carolina'05
Marquise GAINOUS F/C 6-9 T C U '00
Joseph 'Jo' HARRIS G 6-5 Coastal Carolina'09
Brendan KNOX C 6-10 Auburn'10
Jack LEASURE G 6-3 Coastal Carolina'08
Pat LEWIS G/F 6-3 Cape Fear CC'07
Fred PEETE G 6-4 New Mexico State '08
Dustin SCOTT F 6-8 Charleston'09
Colin STEVENS G 5-9 Coastal Carolina'06
Michael VOGLER G 6-0 Troy '10
Tony WHITE G 6-0 Charleston'10

Head Coach: Chris Beard
Coach Assistants: George Tuttle, John Kefalas, David Long


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Nikola Vasic in Crvena Zvezda Beograd - by Zoran Popovic
Experienced guard Nikola Vasic (194-G-84, agency: Interperformances) signs contract with Crvena Zvezda Beogra untill the end of season. Vasic came in Crvena Zvezda Beograd in august, but on pre-season game he was injured. Vasic started career in FMP Zeleznik, played for Workers, Borac Cacak, Etosa Alicante, Triumph Lyubertsy, Fuenlabrada, BC Kyiv and Politekhnika-Halychyna. With FMP Zeleznik Vasic won Adriatic league 2006. Nikola Vasic was member of Serbia and Montenegro U18 and University National team.

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  ARGENTINA   


Estudiantes replace Mateo Gaynor with Enzo Ruiz - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes de Bahia made a change on the roster. They landed Enzo Ruiz (193-F-88, agency: Dream Team Management). The forward is meant to replace Mateo Gaynor (198-G-90). Enzo Ruiz started the season with Libertad Sunchales. He averaged 4.3 points, 1.8 rebounds per game in LigaA. Last season Enzo Ruiz played for Cicilista Olimpico de La Banda. His stats read 9.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. The forward was the member of U17, U18 and U19 Argentinean National Teams. Enzo Ruiz had stints with Argentino, Quimsa, Union de Sunchales and Sacachispas de Encarnacion.
In the meantime Esdutiantes de Bahia parted ways with Mateo Gaynor. The guard posted 1.9 points and 0.9 rebounds per game in LigaA.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Galil Gilboa 4-0 
 2. Rilski Sportist 3-1 
 3. Mornar Bar 3-2 
 4. Torus Skopje 1-2 
 5. Timisoara 1-4 
 6. OKK Beograd 0-3 
Group B
 1. Levski Sofia 4-0 
 2. Hapoel T-A 3-1 
 3. Feni Indistrija 3-1 
 4. Napredak 1-3 
 5. Ulcinj 1-3 
 6. Zrinjski HT 0-4 


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Premier League Round 9: Grodno-93 defeats SBK Osipovichi in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Grodno-93 (8-1) which hosted in Grodno 3rd placed SBK Osipovichi (4-4). Second ranked Grodno-93 had an easy win 105-63. The game without a history. Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to SBK Osipovichi's 30. Grodno-93 forced 24 SBK Osipovichi turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for swingman Igor Konuyshenko (196-86) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 5 assists. The former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86, agency: Promotex) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) answered with 27 points and 6 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) for SBK Osipovichi. Grodno-93 have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 8-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Minsk-2006. SBK Osipovichi at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Grodno-93 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SBK Osipovichi will play at home against the league's leader Minsk-2006 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to sixth ranked Minsk-2006 II (2-5) 78-70. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Vladimir Krisevich chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Minsk-2006 II's coach Aleksandr Verenich allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was center Igor Drobyshevskiy (206-93) with 23 points. Minsk-2006 II moved-up to fifth place. Sozh Gomel lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Minsk-2006 II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk BGUIR-RTI.
The game in Minsk supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Rubon (3-4) played at the court of 5th ranked BGUIR-RTI (2-6). Rubon smashed BGUIR-RTI 91-69 on Tuesday. Dmitri Akulich nailed 24 points, 8 assists and 7 steals for the winning side. Coach Ruslan Baidakov's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Genniadiy Zakhar came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds for BGUIR-RTI in the defeat. Rubon maintains fourth place with 3-4 record. BGUIR-RTI lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Rubon will meet at home bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (#7) in the next round. BGUIR-RTI's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena Minsk-2006 II.



Sozh Gomel - Minsk-2006 II 70-78

Bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to sixth ranked Minsk-2006 II (2-5) 78-70. The guests were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-20 Sozh Gomel's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-70 at the end of the game. Minsk-2006 II forced 19 Sozh Gomel turnovers and outrebounded them 36-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and center Vladimir Krisevich (210) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Minsk-2006 II's coach Aleksandr Verenich allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was center Igor Drobyshevskiy (206-93) with 23 points and point guard Yahor Patupchyk (186-94) scored 20 points. Minsk-2006 II moved-up to fifth place. Sozh Gomel lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Minsk-2006 II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk BGUIR-RTI.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: I.Drobyshevskiy 23+4reb, Y.Patupchyk 20+2reb, P.Bliznets 13+7reb+1ast, D.Fedorovskiy 7+4reb+2ast, A.Shestilovskiy 5+4reb+5ast, D.Kasenkau 2+1reb+1ast
Minsk-2006 II: V.Krisevich 19+8reb, R.Rutkauskas 19+10reb+1ast, A.Minayeu 8+3reb+1ast, o.dmitriy 8+1reb+1ast, L.Malakhau 7+1reb+3ast, A.Malyavko 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 163130


BGUIR-RTI - Rubon 69-91

The game in Minsk supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Rubon (3-4) played at the court of 5th ranked BGUIR-RTI (2-6). Rubon smashed BGUIR-RTI 91-69 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Rubon. BGUIR-RTI managed to win fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rubon forced 31 BGUIR-RTI turnovers. The former international guard Dmitri Akulich (192-86) nailed 24 points, 8 assists and 7 steals for the winning side and forward Dimitri Sivalko (199-85) accounted for 11 points and 8 rebounds. Akulich is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Coach Ruslan Baidakov's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Genniadiy Zakhar (198-92) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds and forward Evgeniy Sugoniako (198-92) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for BGUIR-RTI in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rubon maintains fourth place with 3-4 record. BGUIR-RTI lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Rubon will meet at home bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (#7) in the next round. BGUIR-RTI's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena Minsk-2006 II.
Top scorers:
BGUIR-RTI: E.Sugoniako 15+8reb+1ast, G.Zakhar 14+8reb+3ast, A.Hrumiantsau 11+5reb+1ast, A.Papruha 10+7reb+2ast, A.Kuzmitski 9+5reb+1ast, Y.Ignatiev 6+4reb
Rubon: D.Akulich 24+3reb+8ast, D.Shilovich 11+3reb+3ast, D.Sivalko 11+8reb, A.Malkov 11+3reb+1ast, A.Kachan 9+4reb+1ast, V.Ovsepian 8+4reb
gschID: 163131


Grodno-93 - SBK Osipovichi 105-63

An interesting game for Grodno-93 (8-1) which hosted in Grodno 3rd placed SBK Osipovichi (4-4). Second ranked Grodno-93 had an easy win 105-63. The game without a history. Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to SBK Osipovichi's 30. Grodno-93 forced 24 SBK Osipovichi turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for swingman Igor Konuyshenko (196-86) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 5 assists. The former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86, agency: Promotex) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) answered with 27 points and 6 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international guard Anatoli Svirydov (192-82) added 16 points in the effort for SBK Osipovichi. Grodno-93 have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 8-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Minsk-2006. SBK Osipovichi at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Grodno-93 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SBK Osipovichi will play at home against the league's leader Minsk-2006 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SBK Osipovichi: K.Sitnik 27+6reb+3ast, A.Svirydov 16+1reb, V.Skidan 5+3reb+2ast, I.Dovnar 5+6reb, D.Zaitsev 4+7reb+2ast, D.Yarets 3+1reb
Grodno-93: K.Yafremov 20+1reb+2ast, I.Konuyshenko 14+4reb+5ast, E.Ivanov 13+5reb, S.Vasilevich 13+2reb, A.Mastou 8+5reb+1ast, Y.Hlebovich 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 163129




EuroChallenge: Karsiyaka continue Minsk-2006 downfall - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 - Karsiyaka 70:79

Karsiyaka continue Minsk-2006 downfall as the team from Belarua suffered their third straight loss and dropped to the last spot. Turkish Karsiyaka beat them 79:70 on the road to take 3-2 record.
It was a key game for the top position in Group G. It looked good early as Minsk-2006 took a 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Karsiyaka had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and Minsk-2006 was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-79. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 steals. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Aliaksei Lashkevich answered with 8 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Courtney Eldridge added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Minsk-2006.
Karsiyaka's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Telekom Baskets in Bonn and it will be for sure the game of the week. Minsk-2006 will play on the road against Turk Telekom in Ankara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Karsiyaka: Goran Ikonic 21, Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) 20, Mire Chatman 15, Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) 13
Minsk-2006: Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-F-86) 16, Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina) 13, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) 11



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


Stats Leaders - Premier League
Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  SBK O.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Sitnik, SBK O.22.8 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.20.4 
 3. Knox, Minsk-200615.4 
 4. Patupchyk, Sozh G.14.3 
 5. Zakhar, BG.13.9 
 6. Krisevich, Minsk-.13.3 
 7. Hawkins, Minsk.13.0 
 8. Kojenets, Minsk.12.5 
 9. Yafremov, Grodn.12.3 
 10. Ivanov, Grodno-9312.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.4 
 2. Zakhar, BG.9.0 
 3. Rutkauskas, Minsk.8.6 
 4. Kojenets, Minsk.7.9 
 5. Knox, Minsk-20067.1 
 6. Skidan, SBK O.7.0 
 7. Zaitsev, SBK O.7.0 
 8. Hlebovich, Grodn.7.0 
 9. Krisevich, Minsk-.5.9 
 10. Drobyshevski., So.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.6 
 2. Hodge, Minsk-20065.3 
 3. Akulich, Rubon4.8 
 4. Papruha, BG.3.7 
 5. Sitnik, SBK O.3.5 
 6. Volk, SBK O.3.1 
 7. Vergun, Minsk-20062.9 
 8. Eldridge, Minsk-20.2.8 
 9. Kudrautsau, Minsk.2.8 
 10. Korzh, Grodno-932.8 
Steals Per Game
 Viktor OVSEPIAN
  Rubon
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ovsepian, Rubon2.7 
 2. Patupchyk, Sozh G.2.3 
 3. Hodge, Minsk-20062.3 
 4. Zakhar, BG.2.3 
 5. Sitnik, SBK O.2.2 
 6. Akulich, Rubon2.0 
 7. Malkov, Rubon2.0 
 8. Papruha, BG.2.0 
 9. Yafremov, Grodn.1.9 
 10. Vergun, Minsk-20.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr KUZMITSKI
  BG.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmitski, BG.0.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Svirydov, SBK O.0.0 
 5. Kurapau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 6. Strukov, BG.0.0 
 7. Kudrautsau, Minsk.0.0 
 8. Solianikov, Sozh G.0.0 
 9. Krisevich, Minsk-.0.0 
 10. Skidan, SBK O.0.0 


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  BELGIUM   


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


EuroChallenge: Antwerp outscored U-Mobitelco in Romania - by Eurobasket News
U.Mobitel.CN - Antwerp 72:74

Antwerp outscored U-Mobitelco in Romania to secure the ticket to the next round of EuroChallenge. The Belgian team improved to 4-1 record after 74:72 win.
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Antwerp Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) stepped up and scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Roel Moors (190-G-78) chipped in 11 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and American swingman Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) scored 13 points and 7 assists.
The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Antwerp Giants. They maintain first place in Group E with 4-1 record, which they share with Chalon. Defending Romanian champion U-Mobitelco keeps the third position with four games lost.

Antwerp: Darnell Wilson 25, Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) 13, Roel Moors 11, Vaughn 10
U.Mobitel.CN: Zoran Krstanovic 22+11rebs, Kyndall Dykes 13, Tyler Morris (187-G-86, college: Boston U.) 12, Mihail-Octavian Paul (192-G-82) 9



EuroChallenge: Stimac erupted for Olin Edirnes win over Aalstar - by Eurobasket News
Olin Edirne - Aalstar 92:86

Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) erupted for Olin Edirnes win over Aalstar as his Turkish team won 92:86 on Wednesday. They improved to 1-4 record in EuroChallenge due to his 35 points.
Okapi Aalstar was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 29-19 charge of Olin Edirne, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-22 free shots during the game. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac stepped up and scored 35 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winners and Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 19 points. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) responded with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and the other Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists.
Olin Edirne maintains fourth place in Group F with 1-4 record. Loser Okapi Aalstar keeps the third position with three games lost.
Olin Edirne will face league's leader Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy in the last round. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against the league's second-placed Etha in Nicosia.

Olin Edirne: Vladimir Stimac 35+9rebs, Filip Videnov 19
Aalstar: Christopher Copeland 29, Stefon Jackson18+12rebs, Ruben Luyten (195-F-91) 11



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  BOSNIA   


Aleksander Petrovic out as coach at HKK ZRINJSKI HT MOSTAR - by Chris Mathieu
Aleksander Petrovic is out as coach at HKK ZRINJSKI HT MOSTAR. After starting out 4-6 in Bosnian domestic league and 0-4 in Balkan League the teams front office led by Boris Dzidic couldn't wait any longer for the team to show improvement. It appears former player and coach of KK BOSNA Dejan Parezanin will take over for the team. The team had trouble assimilating so many new players onto team and came into the season with high ambitions.

Zrinjski and Parezanin parted ways - by Miljan Veskovic
After only a four months Dejan Parezanin and HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar parted ways.
Last weekend HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar have lost against SL Takovo Leotar Trebinje on their own court (68:81) which was the sign for both sides to consider their future.
Club manager Boris Dzidic held the press conference, saying that something must be changed when the club has three losses in four games.

'Parezanin made phenomenal things with the team and raised the level of performance to the next level, but together we decided it was necessary to shake up the team', said Dzidic.

Parezanin highlighted that he had very good relationship with the colleagues and people around the club and that together with his staff did the best they could. ' I committed myself completely, but this is a sport and these things happen', said Parezanin

HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar is currently lying on the 9th place with the score 4-6.


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  CANADA   


Rainmem release Oppong going with Haywood Upshaw - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Halifax Rainmen will keep former Atlantic university basketball stars Joey Haywood and Christian T-Bear Upshaw to fill their Canadian quota. The NBL team released shooting guard Pappa Oppong of PIChong Ontario on tuesday giving Haywood and Upshaw the two Canadian roster slots. The six foot four Oppong appeared in seven games with the Rainmen and averaged just over three points per game. Haywood,the ex-Saint MARYS Huskies scoring sensation,is second in team scoring with 17.29 points per game with the RAINMEN. Upshaw,the former STFXX-MEN standout,has been out of action since breaking a bone in his right elbow in his first game of the season.

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  CHILE   


Standings - LIBSUR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. U.Concepcion 9-0 
 2. Liceo Mixto 8-1 
 3. U.Espanola 7-2 
 4. Dep.Espanol 5-4 
 5. U.Catolica 4-6 
 6. Sokol de Antof. 2-5 
 7. San Luis 0-7 
 8. Munic.Curacavi 0-10 


Dimayor: U.Concepcion won the game of the undefeated teams - by Daniel Valencia
On monday and Tuesday were played games from round 9 and 10. Universidad Catolica reacted after a series of losses and defeated to Municipal Curacavi on both games. On tuesday, Union Espanola won on the road against Sokol, Espanol defeated to San Luis and in the game between the undefeated teams, CD Universidad de Concepcion defeated to Liceo Mixto 96-81, with an outstanding performance by Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83), who ended the night with 42 points. These are the complete results.

Round 9

Universidad Catolica 108 - Municipal Curacavi 59
Uc: Jorge Schuler 29 pts. John Huggins 13 pts.
Cur: Diego Cabanez 20 pts. Adrian Aravena 8 pts.

Antofagasta Sokol 68 - Union Epanola 80
Sok: Michael Smith 27 pts. Xavier Keeling 22 pts.
Uni: Decorey Young 26 pts. Jeremiah Wilson 16 pts.

Espanol de Talca 71 - San Luis 49
Esp: Bayo Arigbon 21 pts. Samuel Bravo 16 pts.
San: Juan Ignacio Luvizetto 10 pts. Paulao Rossito 10 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 96 - Liceo Mixto 81
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 42 pts. Alain Laroche 21 pts.
Lic: Marcus Elliott 19 pts. Patrick Saez 14 pts.

Round 10

Universidad Catolica 116 - Municipal Curacavi 48
Uc. John Huggins 26 pts. Antonio Pinedo 23 pts.
Cur: Diego Cabanez 16 pts. Franco Cabanez 11 pts.




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  CHINA   


CBA Round 8: Leader Beijing Ducks get another victory - by Eurobasket News
The round 8 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Undefeated leader Beijing Ducks delivered the eighth consecutive win on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Bayi Fubang (3-3) 110-75 in Ningbo. The game without a history. Beijing Ducks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Bayi Fubang's 46 and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Beijing Ducks forced 23 Bayi Fubang turnovers and had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Bayi Fubang helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Zhe Ji (202-89) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. International center ZhongHao Xu (212-90) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Beijing Ducks (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Bayi Fubang at the other side dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. They share the position with Shanxi Zh.. Beijing Ducks are looking forward to face Zhejiang Cyclones (#3) in Hangzhou in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bayi Fubang will play at home against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.

Rest of the games of round 8 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
DongGuan L. defeated Foshan in a road game 117-104. Fujian XX beat Shandong FB at home 112-105. Qingdao DS lost to Xinjiang F.T. on the opponent's court 81-91. Jiangsu D. unfortunately lost to Zhejiang C. in a home game 99-104. Shanxi Zh. rolled over TianJin R. on the road 112-90. Guangsha L. defeated Liaoning H. on its own court 103-98. Guandong ST smashed Shanghai S. in Dongguan 95-76.
The best stats of 8th round was 46 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists by J.R. Smith of Zhejiang C..



Foshan - DongGuan L. 104-117

There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Foshan (2-5) was defeated at home by tenth ranked DongGuan Leopards (4-4) 117-104 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by DongGuan Leopards. Foshan managed to win third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. DongGuan Leopards forced 19 Foshan turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when DongGuan Leopards made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks. Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 26 points. American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence, agency: Edge Sports) produced 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and Syrian guard Michel Maadanly (195-81) added 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Four DongGuan Leopards and five Foshan players scored in double figures. Foshan's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. DongGuan Leopards have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Liaoning H. and Fujian XX. Foshan at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with five games lost. They share it with Shanghai S.. DongGuan Leopards is looking forward to face Shanghai Sharks (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Foshan will play against Fujian SBS XunXin in Jinjiang and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Foshan: D.Marcus 24+9reb+7ast, M.Michel 23+9reb+4ast, H.Marcus 16+8reb, H.Ben 14+4reb, Z.Lingxu 13+1reb+1ast, Y.Wenbo 7+4reb
DongGuan L.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 26+3reb+2ast, R.Shavlik 24+13reb+4ast, G.QuAn 21+7reb+1ast, Z.Kai 16+9reb+4ast, Q.Biao 13+3reb, H.ZhongMian 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 158057


Fujian XX - Shandong FB 112-105

Everything could happen in Jinjiang at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Fujian SBS XunXin and 12th ranked Shandong Bulls had identical 3-4 record. This time Fujian SBS XunXin used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Jinan 112-105 on Wednesday night. Shandong Bulls trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 36-31 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 105-112 at the end of the game. Fujian SBS XunXin had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) chipped in a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds. American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) produced 39 points (!!!) and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the former international guard Ran Sui (193-92) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Four Fujian SBS XunXin and five Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fujian SBS XunXin have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Liaoning H. and DongGuan L. Shandong Bulls lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with five games lost. Fujian SBS XunXin is looking forward to face Foshan (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shandong Bulls will play against Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: A.Alan 39+4reb+6ast, S.Ran 15+4reb+2ast, L.Li 15+4reb+1ast, T.HanLin 13+5reb, H.Othello 10+6reb+1ast, W.Ke 7+2reb+1ast
Fujian XX: R.Anthony 29+2reb+5ast, M.Will 28+13reb+1ast, A.Zaid 26+17reb+6ast, G.SongLin 16+6reb+3ast, Z.TaiLong 7+2reb+2ast, L.Yi Ting 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 158058


Xinjiang F.T. - Qingdao DS 91-81

Very expected game in Urumqi where 16th ranked Qingdao Double Star (2-6) was defeated by sixth ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (4-2) 91-81 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Xinjiang Flying Tige. Qingdao Double Star managed to win fourth quarter 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xinjiang Flying Tige dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Qingdao Double Star's 28. The best player for the winners was Australian point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) produced 41 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and Palestinian power forward Sani Sakakini (203-88) added 6 points and 20 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Xinjiang Flying Tige moved-up to fifth place. Qingdao Double Star lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with six games lost. They share it with Jiangsu D. and TianJin R.. Xinjiang Flying Tige are looking forward to face Shandong Bulls (#12) in Jinan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Qingdao Double Star will play on the road against Shanxi Zhongyu in Taiyuan and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Qingdao DS: H.Lester 41+7reb+3ast, L.Gen 18+5reb+1ast, S.Sani 6+20reb+1ast, Z.Jinshuai 5, L.Mingtao 4+1reb, X.YuYang 4+7reb
Xinjiang F.T.: M.Patrick 23+5reb+5ast, X.GuoChong 14+1reb+2ast, Y.Changdong 11+8reb, C.Tal 11+5reb+4ast, M.Bateer 10+10reb+5ast, P.Duo 8+2reb
gschID: 158054


Jiangsu D. - Zhejiang C. 99-104

Very predictable result in Nanjing where second ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (5-1) beat 15th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (2-6) 104-99 on Wednesday. Jiangsu Dragons were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 30-23 charge of Zhejiang Cyclones, which allowed them to win the game. Zhejiang Cyclones outrebounded Jiangsu Dragons 55-41 including 19 on the offensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Jiangsu Dragons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard J.R. Smith (198-85) who had a double-double by scoring 46 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists. International power forward Jinhui Ding (204-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) produced 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Dutch center Dan Gadzuric (211-78, college: UCLA) added 21 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jiangsu Dragons' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Zhejiang Cyclones have an impressive five-game winning streak. Despite that victory Zhejiang Cyclones went down to third position due to points difference. Jiangsu Dragons lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with six games lost. They share the position with TianJin R. and Qingdao DS. Zhejiang Cyclones are looking forward to face league's leader Beijing Ducks at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jiangsu Dragons will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: W.Marcus 26+5reb+7ast, G.Dan 21+9reb+2ast, Y.Li 14+4reb+3ast, L.Yahui 10+8reb+1ast, W.Nan 10+2reb, H.XueFeng 5+3reb+6ast
Zhejiang C.: S.J.R. 46+10reb+4ast, C.Fei 17+5reb+2ast, B.Josh 15+14reb+2ast, D.Jinhui 15+14reb+3ast, Z.Dayu 4+5reb+1ast, Z.ChunJun 4+4reb
gschID: 158055


TianJin R. - Shanxi Zh. 90-112

Not a big story in a game in Tianjin where 17th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (2-6) was outplayed by thirteenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (3-3) 112-90 on Wednesday. TianJin Rongcheng was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Shanxi Zhongyu forced 19 TianJin Rongcheng turnovers. Strangely TianJin Rongcheng outrebounded Shanxi Zhongyu 49-37 including 35 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by TianJin Rongcheng helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field). Swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 29 points. Power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and center David Harrison (213-82, college: Colorado) added 21 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Bayi Fubang. TianJin Rongcheng lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with six games lost. They share it with Jiangsu D. and Qingdao DS. Shanxi Zhongyu is looking forward to face Qingdao Double Star (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Bayi Fubang in Ningbo and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
TianJin R.: H.Donnell 25+12reb+5ast, H.David 21+13reb, Z.Nan 12+4reb+2ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 10+4reb+4ast, S.Chun 9+1reb+1ast, X.Lei 7+3reb
Shanxi Zh.: G.Charles 33+11reb+1ast, W.Marcus 29+4reb+2ast, D.JiangPeng 14+1reb+3ast, L.XiaoMing 11+2reb+6ast, B.ZhaoBao 8+8reb, P.Shang 6+7reb
gschID: 158056


Guangsha L. - Liaoning H. 103-98

Everything went according to plan in Hangzhou where third ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (5-2) won against 5th ranked Liaoning Hunters (4-4) 103-98 on Tuesday. Liaoning Hunters trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 36-26 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 98-103 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Liaoning Hunters 54-37 including a 40-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. 33 personal fouls committed by Liaoning Hunters helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds. American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) produced 27 points and 6 rebounds and guard Ming Yang (193-85) added 24 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Liaoning Hunters' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Zhejiang Guangsha Lions went down to fourth position due to points difference. Liaoning Hunters at the other side dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Fujian XX and DongGuan L.. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions are looking forward to face league's second-placed Guandong Tigers in Dongguan in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Liaoning Hunters will play on the road against Jilin Tigers (#11) in Changchun and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: C.Rodney 27+6reb+2ast, Y.Ming 24+3reb+2ast, P.Josh 12+4reb, Z.QinPeng 10+2reb+1ast, L.Xiaoxu 10+11reb, H.Tian-ju 7+3reb
Guangsha L.: C.Wilson 24+13reb+3ast, R.Peter John 23+16reb+1ast, J.Lipeng 19+2reb+2ast, L.Chih-Chieh 12+3reb+1ast, Z.Wei 12+4reb, Z.Yongpeng 4+7reb
gschID: 158051


Shanghai S. - Guandong ST 76-95

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Shanghai Sharks (2-5) were crushed at home by fourth ranked Guandong Tigers (6-2) 95-76 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Shanghai Sharks managed to win fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers forced 27 Shanghai Sharks turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guandong Tigers made 8 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Shanghai Sharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) who scored 23 points. International forward Peng Zhou (207-89) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. American forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-80, college: California) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guandong Tigers moved-up to second place. Shanghai Sharks at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with five games lost. They share it with Foshan. Guandong Tigers are looking forward to face Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#4) in Hangzhou in the next round. Shanghai Sharks will play on the road against DongGuan Leopards (#6) and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Shanghai S.: F.Ryan 21+9reb, M.Lingyuan 10+1reb+1ast, H.Mike 9+8reb+1ast, P.Fei 8+5reb, J.Xiang 6+3reb, W.Yong-Liang 5+2reb
Guandong ST: B.Aaron 23+1ast, W.Zheng 14+3reb, Z.Peng 13+7reb+2ast, C.Jianghua 10+6reb+2ast, W.ShiPeng 9+2reb+3ast, S.Wei 7+3reb
gschID: 158052


Bayi Fubang - Beijing Ducks 75-110

Undefeated leader Beijing Ducks delivered the eighth consecutive win on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Bayi Fubang (3-3) 110-75 in Ningbo. The game without a history. Beijing Ducks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Bayi Fubang's 46 and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Beijing Ducks forced 23 Bayi Fubang turnovers and had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Bayi Fubang helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Zhe Ji (202-89) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. International center ZhongHao Xu (212-90) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and international forward Lehei De (208-87) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beijing Ducks (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Bayi Fubang at the other side dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. They share the position with Shanxi Zh.. Beijing Ducks are looking forward to face Zhejiang Cyclones (#3) in Hangzhou in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bayi Fubang will play at home against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Bayi Fubang: D.Lehei 18+4reb, X.ZhongHao 13+11reb, W.ZhiZhi 9+2reb, M.Ke 9+2reb+1ast, H.Liu 7+1reb, T.Xiang 6+2reb+1ast
Beijing Ducks: J.Zhe 19+8reb+2ast, M.Randolph 16+8reb+2ast, Z.YanXi 16+2reb, Z.Xiaochuan 14+8reb+2ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 12+3reb+6ast, C.Lei 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 158053




UConn Reunion in China - by Alex Yam
From the bright lights of the NCAA Tournament in 2006, to the crowded world that is known as China in 2011, Marcus Williams and Josh Boone were college teammates at the University of Connecticut, and now are on opposite teams in the Chinese Basketball Association, which is quickly becoming the next basketball superpower.

Marcus Williams is the floor general on the Jiangsu Nangang Dragons, while Boone anchors the middle for the Zheijiang Chouzhou team. Williams just arrived to in China about 1 week ago, and is still getting to know the league and his own team, while Boone now considered a vet, is entering his 2nd full season in China with the same team.

China offers some very interesting on-court stories this season, with most teams having a former NBA player on their roster, while the league has exploded in popularity globally. In lieu of the NBA lockout, the league has really benefited from the mass exodus of NBA players to China.

Only in China, can you have 2 Huskies, 3 Nuggets, and a Duck in playing on the same days/nights.


Beijing 8-0, Zhejiang 5-1. Guangdong 6-2 - by Arthur Volbert
Beijing blasted Bayi 112-75, winning its eighth straight game. In a balanced attack five Beijing players scored in double figures. Ji Zhe (202-F-89) led the way with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Randolph Morris had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Zhu Yanxi also scored 16. Zhai Xiaochuan had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 12 points and 6 assists. Chen Lei had 9 points and 3 rebounds. Stephon Marbury had 6 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Han Chongkai scored 7. Delehei had 18 points and 4 rebounds for Bayi. Xu Zhonghao had 13 points and 11 rebounds but also 8 turnovers. Veterans Wang Zhizhi and Mo Ke each scored 9.

Zhejiang is in second place in the CBA with a 5-1 record after a 104-99 win over Jiangsu. J.R. Smith had 46 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Josh Boone and Ding Jinhui each had 15 points and 14 rebounds. Cao Fei had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Marcus Williams had 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for Jiangsu. Dan Gadzuric had 21 points and 9 rebounds. Yi Li had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Wu Nan scored 10. Hu Xuefeng had 5 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals.

Guangdong achieved a 6-2 record with a 95-76 drubbing of Shanghai. Aaron Brooks scored 23 points. Wang Zheng had 14 points and 3 rebounds. Zhou Peng had 13 points and 7 rebounds, Chen Jianghua had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Wang Shipeng scored 9. James Singleton had 2 points and 15 rebounds. Ryan Forehan-Kelly had 21 points and 9 rebounds for Shanghai. Meng Lingyuan scored 10, the only other player in double figures. Michael Harris had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Peng Fei had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Zhaoxu had 12 rebounds but only 3 points on 1 of 5 shooting and 8 turnovers.

Charles Gaines had 33 points and 11 rebounds and Marcus Williams scored 29 points as Shanxi defeated Tianjin 112-90. Duan Jiangpeng added 14. Lv Xiaoming had 11 points and 6 assists. Bao Zhaobao had 8 points and 8 rebounds. Shang Ping had 6 points and 7 rebounds. Donnell Harvey had 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for Tianjin. David Harrison had 21 points and 13 rebounds. Zhang Nan had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Rony Fahed had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Shen Tujun scored 9.

Josh Akognon had 26 points as Dongguan moved to 4-4 with a 117-104 win over Foshan. Shavlik Randolph had 24 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks. Gu Quan had 21 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Qiu Biao scored 13 and He Zhongmian had 10. Feng Qi had 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Sun Zhe and Li Muhao did not play and Sun Tonglin was scoreless in 8 minutes. Dongguan's young perimeter players -- Gu Quan and He Zhongmian -- are excelling as Guangdong has started winning. But its vaunted young big men are contributing nothing. Marcus Douthit had 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for Foshan. Michel Maadanly had 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Marcus Haislip had 16 points and 8 rebounds. He Ben had 14 points and 4 rebounds. Zheng Lingxu had 13 points. Yang Wenbo had 7 points and 4 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 2 points and 1 rebounds in 8 minutes.

Will McDonald had 28 points and 13 rebounds as Fujian defeated Shandong 112-105. Anthony Roberson had 29 points and 5 assists. Zaid Abbas had 26 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists. Gong Songlin had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Zhao Tailong scored 7. Allan Anderson had 39 points and 6 assists for Shandong. Sui Ran and Li Lin each had 15 points and 4 rebounds. Tao Hanlin had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Othello Hunter had 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Xinjiang defeated Qingdao 91-81. Patrick Mills had 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Xu Guozhong scored 14. Xirelijiang had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Mengke Bateer had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Meng Duo scored 8. Kenyon Martin had 5 points and 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. Yu Changdong had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Lester Hudson had 41 points and 7 rebounds for Qingdao. Li Gen had 18 points and 5 rebounds. Sani Sakakini had 6 points and 20 rebounds. Ivan Johnson did not play.




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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 34.6
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS34.6 
 2. Smith, Zhejiang C.30.8 
 3. Chandler, Guangsha.30.0 
 4. Mills, Xinjiang.29.0 
 5. Green, Foshan26.5 
 6. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.26.2 
 7. McDonald, Fujian X.26.1 
 8. Martin, Jilin N.25.9 
 9. Williams, Shanxi Z.25.8 
 10. Anderson, Shando.25.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Othello HUNTER
  Shandong FB
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Hunter, Shandong15.3 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.0 
 3. Abbas, Fujian XX14.3 
 4. Harris, Shanghai S.13.9 
 5. Gadzuric, Jiang.13.1 
 6. Randolph, DongGua.12.6 
 7. Harrison, TianJ.12.6 
 8. McDonald, Fujian X.11.4 
 9. Chandler, Guangsha.11.2 
 10. Harvey, TianJin R.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.4 
 2. Mengke, Xinjiang.7.4 
 3. Marbury, Beijing5.5 
 4. Hudson, Qingdao DS5.4 
 5. Anderson, Shandon.5.4 
 6. Collins, Jiangsu D.5.3 
 7. Zhang, Liaoning H.5.2 
 8. Smith, Zhejiang C.4.7 
 9. Williams, Shanxi Z.4.4 
 10. Mills, Xinjiang.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu D.
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Hu, Jiangsu D.3.6 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS3.1 
 3. Anderson, Shandon.3.1 
 4. Lee, Beijing Ducks3.0 
 5. Daghles, Jilin N.2.9 
 6. Collins, Jiangsu D.2.8 
 7. Zhang, Bayi Fubang2.5 
 8. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.5 
 9. Brooks, Guandong2.3 
 10. Zhang, Liaoning H.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhaoXu ZHANG
  Shanghai S.
  (221-C-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.4 
 2. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.3 
 3. Gadzuric, Jiang.2.0 
 4. Randolph, DongGua.1.9 
 5. Douthit, Foshan1.6 
 6. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.5 
 7. Li, Liaoning H.1.4 
 8. Singleton, Guandon.1.3 
 9. Yi, Guandong ST1.3 
 10. Abbas, Fujian XX1.1 


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


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Mimica, KK Split21.9 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner19.0 
 3. Ross, Jolly17.7 
 4. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.2 
 5. Mrva, Jolly16.7 
 6. Simovic, Kvarner16.1 
 7. Sarlija, Borik16.0 
 8. Ciklic, Dubrovnik15.0 
 9. Vrbanc, Zadar15.0 
 10. Sobin, KK Split14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Teo SIMOVIC
  Kvarner .
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Simovic, Kvarner7.7 
 2. Poscic, Svjetlost7.7 
 3. Cakarun, Borik7.3 
 4. Radic, Zadar7.3 
 5. Ridl, Darda7.1 
 6. Ivanov, Zadar7.1 
 7. Kastropil, Zadar7.1 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj7.0 
 9. Peraica, Darda6.9 
 10. Sobin, KK Split6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci7.3 
 2. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.6 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner4.0 
 4. Ross, Jolly3.9 
 5. Mimica, KK Split3.8 
 6. Subotic, KK Split3.8 
 7. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.6 
 8. Katic, KK Split3.3 
 9. Salamun, Kvarner3.0 
 10. Tomas, Zabok2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.3 
 2. Mimica, KK Split2.3 
 3. Blazevic, Borik1.8 
 4. Panduric, Darda1.8 
 5. Surina, Kvarner1.8 
 6. Zadnik, Zadar1.8 
 7. Katic, KK Split1.7 
 8. Ridl, Darda1.7 
 9. Tomeljak, Svjet.1.6 
 10. Ivanov, Zadar1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan BUVA
  Krizevci
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Buva, Krizevci1.3 
 2. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.3 
 3. Sarlija, Borik1.2 
 4. Ridl, Darda1.0 
 5. Vukovic, KK Split1.0 
 6. Cakarun, Borik0.9 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.9 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar0.8 
 9. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj0.8 
 10. Bubalo, Zabok0.6 


A1 Round 10 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 10 in the A1 was a home defeat of much higher ranked Kvarner 2010 (5-4) to fourth ranked Zadar (6-3) 78-67 in the game for the second place. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 43-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zadar outrebounded Kvarner 2010 36-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Kvarner 2010 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Ive Ivanov (201-C-85) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Goran Vrbanc (194-84) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Bosnian center Teo Simovic (205-84, agency: Interperformances) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Zadar moved-up to second place. Kvarner 2010 at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Zadar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zadar Borik Puntamika.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Zabok. 3rd ranked host Zabok (5-4) lost to first ranked KK Split (7-2) 86-74. Guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) notched 38 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Josip Sobin supported him with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Even 14 points by center Domagoj Bubalo (214-91) did not help to save the game for Zabok. Zabok's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split maintains first position with 7-2 record. Zabok at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. KK Split will play against bottom-ranked Dubrovnik (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zabok will play against Alkar Sinj (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Krizevci where higher ranked Krizevci (5-5) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (4-5) 79-68 on Wednesday. Antonio Bicvic fired 24 points and 4 steals for the winners. Ivan Buva produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks for lost side. Vrijednosnice OS moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Borik. Newly promoted Krizevci dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Vrijednosnice OS will meet at home higher ranked Svjetlost (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Krizevci will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 10 Alkar Sinj lost to Svjetlost on the opponent's court 69-78. Bottom-ranked Dubrovnik unfortunately lost to Jolly in a home game 78-82.


Krizevci - Darda 68-79

An interesting game took place in Krizevci where higher ranked Krizevci (5-5) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (4-5) 79-68 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Vrijednosnice OS. Krizevci managed to win third quarter 22-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Vrijednosnice OS won last quarter 26-17. They made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game, while Krizevci only scored six points from the stripe. Strangely Krizevci outrebounded Vrijednosnice OS 37-18 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Antonio Bicvic (199-82) fired 24 points and 4 steals for the winners. Power forward Dejan Meznaric (205-87) chipped in 17 points. Center Ivan Buva (207-91) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks and Igor Cusek (-90) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Krizevci players scored in double figures. Vrijednosnice OS moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Borik. Newly promoted Krizevci dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Vrijednosnice OS will meet at home higher ranked Svjetlost (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Krizevci will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Krizevci: I.Cusek 14+5reb+1ast, I.Svoboda 13+1reb+1ast, I.Buva 12+11reb, F.Colak 10+6reb+2ast, J.Glavinic 9+4reb+6ast, M.Gligora 8+2ast
Darda: A.Bicvic 24+1reb, D.Meznaric 17+2reb+3ast, V.Budimir 15+3reb+2ast, R.Jugo 8+1ast, I.Milenkovic 8+6reb, L.Panduric 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 149433


Svjetlost - Alkar Sinj 78-69

Rather expected game in Slavonski Brod where 9th ranked Alkar Sinj (3-6) was defeated by sixth ranked Svjetlost (5-4) 78-69 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-69. Svjetlost made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Svjetlost outrebounded Alkar Sinj 36-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Center Matija Poscic (207-85, college: De Paul) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Ivan Tomeljak (194-79) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Jure Lozancic (211-83, college: Jacksonville) produced 22 points and forward Zeljko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Alkar Sinj's coach Stipe Blajic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Svjetlost moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Alkar Sinj dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Svjetlost will meet Vrijednosnice OS (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Alkar Sinj will play against Zabok in Zabok and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: J.Lozancic 22+3reb+1ast, Z.Zupic 12+8reb+4ast, F.Bubalo 11+5reb+3ast, N.Gaurina 10+1reb+2ast, R.Rogic 8+1reb+4ast, S.Modric 4+1reb
Svjetlost: M.Poscic 24+11reb, M.Karlovic 19+2reb+1ast, I.Tomeljak 15+6reb+6ast, M.Kljaic 13+2reb+3ast, F.Basljan 3+6reb+5ast, I.Papac 2+4reb
gschID: 149434


Zabok - KK Split 74-86

The game between Top Four teams took place in Zabok. 3rd ranked host Zabok (5-4) lost to first ranked KK Split (7-2) 86-74. KK Split outrebounded Zabok 43-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Zabok was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) notched 38 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) supported him with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Four KK Split players scored in double figures. Even 14 points by center Domagoj Bubalo (214-91) did not help to save the game for Zabok. Guard Robert Lez (192-79) added 10 points for lost side. Zabok's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split maintains first position with 7-2 record. Zabok at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. KK Split will play against bottom-ranked Dubrovnik (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zabok will play against Alkar Sinj (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zabok: D.Bubalo 14+4reb, R.Lez 10+1reb+3ast, I.Perincic 9+3reb, D.Basic 9+2reb, F.Kruslin 7+2reb+3ast, L.Pesut 7+5reb
KK Split: I.Mimica 38+8reb+2ast, S.Subotic 11+4reb+5ast, L.Babic 11+10reb+2ast, J.Sobin 10+12reb+3ast, T.Dijan 6+6reb+2ast, F.Najev 5+2reb
gschID: 149430


Dubrovnik - Jolly 78-82

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Jolly (5-4) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Dubrovnik (1-8) 82-78 on Wednesday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 34-18. But Dubrovnik won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Ivo Josipovic (205-75, agency: Court Side) fired 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Mate Mrva (195-83) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Roko Ciklic (196-83) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and guard Mislav Peric (191-88) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Jolly moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Dubrovnik lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Jolly will meet at home Kvarner 2010 (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dubrovnik will play against the league's leader KK Split (#1).
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: R.Ciklic 23+8reb+1ast, M.Peric 16+1reb+1ast, A.Ostric 10+4reb+3ast, F.Karac 9+5reb, M.Lucic 7+4reb+2ast, D.Hajdic 5+1reb+1ast
Jolly: I.Josipovic 19+9reb+1ast, M.Mrva 16+5reb+2ast, R.Ross 11+2reb+2ast, H.Puljko 8+8reb+1ast, L.Katura 7+2reb+1ast, S.Rezic 6+3reb
gschID: 149431


Kvarner 2010 - Zadar 67-78

The most shocking disappointment of round 10 in the A1 was a home defeat of much higher ranked Kvarner 2010 (5-4) to fourth ranked Zadar (6-3) 78-67 in the game for the second place. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 43-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zadar outrebounded Kvarner 2010 36-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Kvarner 2010 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Ive Ivanov (201-85) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Goran Vrbanc (194-84) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Bosnian center Teo Simovic (205-84, agency: Interperformances) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Bosnian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81, agency: Court Side) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Four Kvarner 2010 players scored in double figures. Zadar moved-up to second place. Kvarner 2010 at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Zadar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zadar Borik Puntamika.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: M.Ceskovic 15+4ast, I.Salamun 14+2reb+3ast, T.Simovic 12+8reb, Z.Pehar 10+2reb, M.Juricic 9+2reb+1ast, D.Cinac 5+5reb
Zadar: G.Vrbanc 22+5reb+1ast, I.Ivanov 19+9reb+2ast, A.Delas 15+4reb+3ast, F.Kastropil 8+6reb, I.Radic 6+5reb+3ast, M.Ramljak 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 149432




A1 round 10 best performance: Ivan Mimica - by Eurobasket News
Guard Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked KK Split, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (38 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Zabok (#4, 5-4) 86-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed KK Split to consolidate first place in the A1. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. KK Split has a very solid 7-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Mimica had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at KK Split and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Ivan Mimica has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.9ppg. Mimica is in league's top in assists (6th best: 3.8apg) and averages impressive 2.3spg,55.6% FGP and 40.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Roko Ciklic (196-F-83) of Dubrovnik. Ciklic had a very good evening with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Dubrovnik was edged by the higher-ranked Jolly (#6, 5-4) 82-78. Dubrovnik is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Dubrovnik managed to get this year. Ciklic is a newcomer at Dubrovnik, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Matija Poscic (207-C-85) of Svjetlost (#5). Poscic scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Svjetlost, leading his team to a 78-69 win against the lower-ranked Alkar Sinj (#10, 3-6). Svjetlost needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Poscic has a great season in Croatia. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antonio Bicvic (199-F-82) of Darda - 24 points
5. Ive Ivanov (201-C-85) of Zadar - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ivo Josipovic (205-F-75) of Jolly - 19 points and 9 rebounds
7. Jure Lozancic (211-C-83) of Alkar Sinj - 22 points and 3 rebounds
8. Ante Delas (201-G/F-88) of Zadar - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ivan Buva (207-C-91) of Krizevci - 12 points and 11 rebounds
10. Luka Babic (200-F-91) of KK Split - 11 points, 10 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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EuroChallenge: Intercollege Etha succeeded a crucial road win while Keravnos suffered a home loss - by Chris Mammides
Keravnos Strovolou - Pau Lacq Orthez 67-70
Things are changing in the groups of the two Cyprus clubs as the favorite team of Keravnos will now need to win the game against the Hungarians as with the current record of 2-3 the Strovolos players can only wish that the French will play the same against the Germans and that their club will repeat the game took place in Hungary two weeks ago, otherwise a possible negative result will mean directly a European disaster for Panagiotis Yiannaras team.
The French who were winless the first four weeks of the competition shocked the team of Keravnos who performed badly in the specific game and lost the advantage of qualifying in the next round without any stress in the game against the Hungarians. Szolnoki needs a win to be able to succeed the qualification while Keravnos needs the same.
The first period started with Keravnos dominating in both edges but the players of Laurent Vila were keeping the mode in the minimum as with no chance of progressing anywhere they play simple basketball and with no particular psychology in the game with Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, college: Arkansas) leading his team they cut the deficit to just four points by the end of the 1st period
The 2nd period became tougher for the home team as the French got stronger and Gibson found an ally in the performance of Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) in his top European game until now with the French jersey and was able to keep the score exactly in the same level by the end of the first half, score 40-36
The most catastrophic period of Keravnos was once more the third period where the French team over scored the home team and cover up the deficit of the previous two periods. Keravnos was able to score just 10 points in 10 minutes with Frazier and Trisokkas being below average while Pau was getting points even from Morency
The 4th period was a bit better for Keravnoss players, especially at the beginning of the quarter but then and on the home team remembered his 'bad' self and simply stop scoring, French with Gipson and Elony dominating the rebounding area and the scoring were able to succeed their very first win in the competition while they put in trouble the Cyprus team.
It is worth mentioned that Keravnos played without Moore and Haanpa as they are both injured and that cost him quite a lot as Moore in the top performer in most games of Keravnos in and out of the country.
Keravnos, who went into this week's play with a 2-2 record and battling Szolnoki Olaj for the second place that will ensure qualification for the Last 16, still have a chance of advancing.
Top Scorers:
Keravnos: Hatcher 17, Dragicevic 16, Frazier 9
Pau: Gipson 20, Elonu 9, Ray 16, Morency 10



Triumph Lyubertsy - Intercollege Etha Engomis 60-68
The American center Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) had 22 points and nine rebounds as the Cypriot outfit clinched another big win away from home in Group F, 68-60, in the top performing game of his career in the European courts.
Intercollege Etha Engomis handed Triumph their first defeat in the EuroChallenge as the Russian probably thought that they would have had an easy night in their home team as the victory of 20 points away was very fresh in their minds, but... they count without Coach Konstantinidis defensive mechanism.
The Cyprus team started the game aggressively and wih very solid and focused game remain like that until the very end with great defense and a domination in the rebounding area while the Russian teams got by surprise and couldnt do their usual game as two of the key players for coach Valdemaras Chomicius, the Canadian center Laundry and the American Tywain Mc Kee remain in the shallow waters as the defense of the Cyprus team was magnificent over the two stars of the team.
With Tuesday's contest knotted at 32-32 three minutes into the second half, Watkins dunked on a fast-break to start a 15-4 run that put the visitors in front to stay.
Triumph did not get closer than six points in the fourth quarter.
ETHA forced the Russian team to turn the ball over 20 times.
Jerry Jefferson and Tywain McKee, who were suspended for the weekend game at BK Ventspils in the Baltic League for an incident that occurred off the court in Siauliai, as they went out for booze even though their team suffered a big loss in the specific game.
Jefferson had 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists and McKee contributed six points and two boards. The Veteran Artem Kuzyakin led Triumph with 13 points.
Top scorers:
Triumph: Kuzyakin 13, Jefferson 12
Intercollege Etha: Watkins 22, Cup 11, Tutt 10 and Jackson 10




Watkins and Etha are alive! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
ETHA Engomi center Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) didn't have much of an impact in the club's first meeting with Triumph Lyubertsy but in the second game against the Russian club, he dominated.

On Tuesday night in Russia, Watkins had 22 points and 9 rebounds as the Cypriot outfit clinched another big win away from home in Group F, 68-60.


ETHA, who also won 82-70 at Olin Edirne on November 9, improved to 3-2 and stayed firmly in the hunt for a spot in the Last 16.
Watkins, who failed to score in 12 minutes of ETHA's 72-55 home setback to Triumph back on November 15, made 10 of 17 shots from the floor in his side's eight-point win.

ETHA handed Triumph their first defeat in the EuroChallenge.
With Tuesday's contest knotted at 32-32 three minutes into the second half, Watkins dunked on a fast-break to start a 15-4 run that put the visitors in front to stay.
Triumph did not get closer than six points in the fourth quarter.
ETHA forced the Russian team to turn the ball over 20 times.
Jerry Jefferson and Tywain McKee, who were suspended for the weekend game at BK Ventspils in the Baltic League for an incident that occurred off the court in Siauliai, both played for Triumph.
Jefferson had 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists and McKee contributed six points and two boards.
Veteran Artem Kuzyakin led Triumph with 13 points.


Antonis Constantinides:

'We had to win and I want to congratulate my team for the victory. Now we have to take the next game and will play in the Last 16. For a long time I have been following the game of Sergey Karasev and I like his game, I'm sure he's one of the best players of his age in Europe.'

Source: www.fibaeurope.com




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Darren Duncan Released by Levharti Chomutov - by Surujh Roopnarine
What was initially a one-month try-out period, turned into a one-game audition, as the management of Levharti Chomutov decided to release recently acquired Darren Duncan (180-G-88, college: Merrimack) after this past weekends 75-96 loss to Svitavy. The 23-year old Duncan was brought in after the sudden departure of Derek Wright to BK Nova Hut Ostrava, Duncans former club. According to coach Tomas Eisner , Duncans performance against Svitavy over the weekend (24 minutes: 9pts, 1reb, 2ast, 2stl, 2to, 3-10 FG) was not convincing enough for the club to prolong the try-out period. Duncan is in his second professional season after leading the Raiffeisen Dornbirn Lions to the Championship last season in Austria's second division. In four games with BK Nova Hut Ostrava earlier this season, Duncan averaged 9.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals.

EuroChallenge: BK Pardubice wins the Czech battle - by Eurobasket News
BK Pardubice - BK Prostejov 98:84

BK Pardubice wins the Czech battle in EuroChallenge to tie both records with BK Prostejov at 3-2. The hosts needed 98:84 on Wednesday to keep the chances alive for the next round.
The game was mostly controlled by BK Pardubice. BK Prostejov was better in fourth quarter 32-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Pardubice shot 61.4 percent from the field and made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. BK Pardubice outrebounded BK Prostejov 31-18 including a 25-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. BK Prostejov was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Marcus Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.
Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-G-82, college: American) scored 21 points.
BK Pardubice will face bottom-ranked Hoverla in Frankivsk in the last round. BK Prostejov will play on the road against the league's leader Chorale de Roanne.

BK Pardubice: Maurice Hampton 22, Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) 18, Marcus Arnold 18, Zbynek Pospisil (205-C-81) 13
BK Prostejov: Arvydas Eitutavicius 21, Travis Peterson 16, Jaroslav Prasil (201-F-80) 10



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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. White, Aalborg25.1 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.2 
 3. Henry, Naestved21.4 
 4. Kingsley, Svendborg21.2 
 5. Rutherford, SISU20.5 
 6. Rasmussen, Vaerl.19.4 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj19.2 
 8. Bishop, Aalborg19.1 
 9. Bak, Horsholm17.2 
 10. Colman, Svendborg17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bishop, Aalborg10.9 
 2. Glynn, Naestved10.8 
 3. St.John, Horsens10.5 
 4. Benjamin, Horsholm9.5 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj9.2 
 6. Colas, Horsholm8.9 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.8 
 8. Ba, Falcon8.3 
 9. Harris, Horsens IC8.2 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Henry, Naestved5.1 
 2. White, Aalborg4.6 
 3. Sattler, Horsens IC4.1 
 4. McFarlane, Falcon4.1 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.1 
 6. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj3.6 
 8. Sakne, Horsens IC3.5 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.3 
 10. Dennis, SISU3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Henry, Naestved4.8 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose3.0 
 3. White, Aalborg2.4 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.4 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.2 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon2.0 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.1.9 
 8. Sattler, Horsens IC1.9 
 9. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.2.0 
 3. Colas, Horsholm1.8 
 4. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.8 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg1.8 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj1.6 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.4 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.1 
 9. Larsen, Vaerlose1.0 
 10. Vinson, Svendborg0.9 


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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. Stimac, Olin Edirne20.4 
 6. Copeland, Aalstar20.4 
 7. Karadeniz, Turk T.19.6 
 8. Peavy, Art.Dragons19.3 
 9. Holland, Roanne19.0 
 10. Krstanovic, U.Mob.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pranas SKURDAUSKAS
  Arkad.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 12
 1. Skurdauskas, Arkad.12.0 
 2. Thomas, Armia11.2 
 3. Bader, Szolnok11.0 
 4. Kjellbom, Armia11.0 
 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. Slagter, Leiden5.8 
 8. Gaines, Armia5.5 
 9. Williams, Atomeromu5.3 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Winsome FRAZIER
  Keravnos
  (193-G/F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Frazier, Keravnos3.2 
 2. Miles, Krasnie Kri.3.0 
 3. Danek, Arkadia3.0 
 4. Moore, Keravnos2.8 
 5. Clemente, Nitra2.8 
 6. Pandula, BK Prost.2.6 
 7. Morris, U.Mobite.2.4 
 8. Ikonic, Karsiyaka2.4 
 9. Young, Ventspils2.3 
 10. Washington, Turk2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kjellbom, Armia2.6 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp2.2 
 3. Saunders, Goett.2.0 
 4. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.2.0 
 5. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 6. Hardin, Minsk-20061.7 
 7. Erden, Besiktas1.7 
 8. Majok, Nitra1.6 
 9. Hodge, Minsk-20061.5 
 10. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.4 


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 2-3 
 4. Goettingen 0-5 
Group C
 1. Roanne 4-1 
 2. BK Pardubice 3-2 
 3. BK Prostejov 3-2 
 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 2-3 
 4. Olin Edirne 1-4 
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 


EuroChallenge Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
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 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.

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 center 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.

Group B
Leiden - Goettingen 80-71
Leiden closed Round 5 with the win over Goettingen in Holland. The Dutch team celebrated a 80:71 victory for 2-3 record to keep the guests winless. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BG Goettingen won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Philip Noch responded with 19 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) and Raymond Sykes (206-F/C-86, college: Clemson) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Leiden will face league's second-placed Armia in Tbilisi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BG Goettingen will play at home against the league's leader Besiktas in Istanbul and hopes to get finally their first victory.

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 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.

Group C
BK Pardubice - BK Prostejov 98-84
BK Pardubice wins the Czech battle in EuroChallenge to tie both records with BK Prostejov at 3-2. The hosts needed 98:84 on Wednesday to keep the chances alive for the next round. The game was mostly controlled by BK Pardubice. BK Prostejov was better in fourth quarter 32-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Pardubice shot 61.4 percent from the field and made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. BK Pardubice outrebounded BK Prostejov 31-18 including a 25-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. BK Prostejov was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Maurice Hampton stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-G-82, college: American) scored 21 points. BK Pardubice will face bottom-ranked Hoverla in Frankivsk in the last round. BK Prostejov will play on the road against the league's leader Chorale de Roanne.

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 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.

Group D
Khimik - N.Novgorod 78-87
Bremer 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.

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 stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and center Arturs Berzins chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. American guard 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.

Group E
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. American swingman Blake Schilb 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.

U.Mobitel.CN - Antwerp 72-74
Antwerp outscored U-Mobitelco in Romania to secure the ticket to the next round of EuroChallenge. The Belgian team improved to 4-1 record after 74:72 win. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Antwerp Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Darnell Wilson stepped up and scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Roel Moors (190-G-78) chipped in 11 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Four Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and American swingman Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) scored 13 points and 7 assists. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Antwerp Giants. They maintain first place in Group E with 4-1 record, which they share with Chalon. Defending Romanian champion U-Mobitelco keeps the third position with four games lost.

Group F
Olin Edirne - Aalstar 92-86
Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) erupted for Olin Edirne's win over Aalstar as his Turkish team won 92:86 on Wednesday. They improved to 1-4 record in EuroChallenge due to his 35 points. Okapi Aalstar was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 29-19 charge of Olin Edirne, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Vladimir Stimac stepped up and scored 35 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winners and Filip Videnov chipped in 19 points. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) responded with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and the other Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Olin Edirne maintains fourth place in Group F with 1-4 record. Loser Okapi Aalstar keeps the third position with three games lost. Olin Edirne will face league's leader Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy in the last round. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against the league's second-placed Etha in Nicosia.

Triumph - Etha 60-68
Etha shock Triumph in Lyubertsy for 3-2 record in Group F. Russian Triumph Lyubertsy suffered their first loss after 60:68 defeat. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Triumph Lyubertsy. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group F. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-13. But Triumph Lyubertsy won second period 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Etha forced 20 Triumph Lyubertsy turnovers. Darryl Watkins stepped up and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Ken Tutt (185-PG-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) responded with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) scored 13 points. Etha are looking forward to face Okapi Aalstar on the road in the last round, which may be the game of the day. Triumph Lyubertsy will play against Olin Edirne and is hoping to win this game.

Group G
Turk Telekom - Telekom Baskets 81-94
Telekom Baskets bowl Turk Telekom in Turkey in the most exciting group of EuroChallenge. The German team grabbed 3-2 record after 94:81 road win. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Turk Telekom. The game was mostly controlled by Telekom Baskets. Turk Telekom managed to win second period 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Chris Ensminger chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80, college: Arizona) produced 27 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and guard Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 13 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Telekom Baskets maintains first place in Group G with 3-2 record, which they share with Karsiyaka. Turk Telekom share third place with Minsk-2006.

Minsk-2006 - Karsiyaka 70-79
Karsiyaka continue Minsk-2006 downfall as the team from Belarua suffered their third straight loss and dropped to the last spot. Turkish Karsiyaka beat them 79:70 on the road to take 3-2 record. It was a key game for the top position in Group G. It looked good early as Minsk-2006 took a 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Karsiyaka had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and Minsk-2006 was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-79. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 steals. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Aliaksei Lashkevich answered with 8 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Courtney Eldridge (176-PG-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: NC-Greensboro) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Minsk-2006. Karsiyaka's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Telekom Baskets in Bonn and it will be for sure the game of the week. Minsk-2006 will play on the road against Turk Telekom in Ankara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Group H
Keravnos - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 67-70
Pau-Lacq-Orthez tasted the initial victory in EuroChallenge as they beat Keravnos in Cyprus. The French who were winless the first four weeks of the competition shocked the team of Keravnos who performed badly in the specific game and lost the advantage of qualifying in the next round without any stress in the game against the Hungarians. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 34-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez outrebounded Keravnos 37-18 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and his fellow Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Wiliam Hatcher responded with 17 points and 4 assists and Strahinja Dragicevic (203-F-86) scored 16 points. It is worth mentioned that Keravnos played without Moore and Haanpa as they are both injured and that cost him quite a lot as Moore in the top performer in most games of Keravnos in and out of the country.

Szolnok - Art.Dragons 90-85
Szolnok surprise the Dragons in Hungary to hand them their first loss in EuroChallenge. The Hungarian team needed 90:85 to keep their chances alive for the next round. Artland Dragons were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Szolnok made 17-of-19 free shots during the game. Obie Trotter stepped up and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and swingman Akos Horvath chipped in 18 points. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) scored 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Szolnok will face Keravnos in Strovolos in the last round, which may be the game of the day. Artland Dragons will play on the road against Pau-Lacq-Orthez.




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Vucevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
21-year old forward Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Buducnost and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat M.Hainaut (#4, 1-3) in overtime 85-78. Buducnost is placed at 2nd position in group H. Buducnost 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 2-2 record. Vucevic turned to be Buducnost's top player in his first season with the team. University of Southern California graduate has very impressive stats this year. Vucevic is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.8ppg) and averages solid 53.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) of Cibona. He is former international center in his first season at Cibona. In the last game Zizic recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Cibona was edged by slightly higher-ranked BC Donetsk (#2, 3-1) 78-76. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group A. Cibona still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. 4 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Zizic is a newcomer at Cibona and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) of league's leader CEZ Nymburk. Benda scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Benda's great performance CEZ Nymburk lost 80-83 to #3 ranked Rudupis. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing CEZ Nymburk needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in group C. Their record is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Benda has a very solid season. In 4 games in Eurocup he scored 12.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Jackson (193-G-86) of PGE Turow - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86) of Rudupis - 17 points and 11 rebounds
6. Derrick Allen (203-F-80) of ALBA - 21 points and 9 rebounds
7. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) of Cholet - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) of Banvit BK - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) of Khimky - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jure Balazic (204-F-80) of Krka - 24 points and 6 rebounds

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


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Marvis Thornton joins Montepaschi Siena - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena strengthened their roster. After the loss of Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) because of injuries the Seria A defending champions had to enter the market to deepen their roster. They landed Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) who played for Siena previously. The guard inked a deal till the end of the season. Last season Marvin Thornton played for Efes Pilsen. He tallied 8.6 points, 5.6 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Euroleague. In TBL his stats read 8.0 points, 4.4 boards, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per appearance. Marvis Thornton used to play for Siena back in 2003-05 and 2007/08 seasons. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Seria A Defensive Player of the Year in 2003. He also made it into All-Italian Seria A 2nd Team in both 2004 and 2008.

Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Bennet Cantu 5-3 
 2. Caja Laboral 4-3 
 3. Fener.Ulker 4-3 
 4. Olympiakos 3-4 
 5. Nancy 3-4 
 6. Gescrap BB 3-5 
Group B
 1. CSKA 8-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 6-2 
 3. Unicaja 3-4 
 4. Brose Baskets 2-5 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 2-6 
 6. Zalgiris 2-6 
Group C
 1. Maccabi T-A 5-2 
 2. Real Madrid 5-2 
 3. Anadolu Efes 5-3 
 4. Partizan 4-3 
 5. Armani MI 2-6 
 6. Spirou 1-6 
Group D
 1. FCB Regal 7-0 
 2. Montepaschi 5-2 
 3. Unics 5-2 
 4. Galatasaray 3-4 
 5. Asseco Prokom 1-7 
 6. Union Olimpija 1-7 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.22.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.19.3 
 3. McCalebb, Montepa.17.9 
 4. Weems, Zalgiris17.6 
 5. Domercant, Unics17.4 
 6. Carroll, Real Madr.16.9 
 7. Gallinari, Armani16.4 
 8. Mallet, Spirou16.4 
 9. Macvan, Partizan16.3 
 10. Banic, Gescrap BB16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA9.0 
 2. Macvan, Partizan7.9 
 3. May, KK.7.1 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja7.1 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy6.8 
 6. Batum, Nancy6.7 
 7. Motiejunas, Asseco6.7 
 8. Moerman, Nancy6.6 
 9. Krstic, CSKA6.6 
 10. Kasun, KK.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sergio RODRIGUEZ
  Real M.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Rodriguez, Real M.5.6 
 2. Huertas, FCB Regal5.6 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
 4. Batum, Nancy5.2 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.9 
 7. Blassingame, Assec.4.9 
 8. Teodosic, CSKA4.9 
 9. Linehan, Nancy4.6 
 10. Cook, Armani MI4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tarence KINSEY
  Anadolu .
  (200-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kinsey, Anadolu2.7 
 2. Prigioni, Caja L.2.3 
 3. Kirilenko, CSKA2.2 
 4. Sefolosha, Fener.U.2.1 
 5. Eidson, FCB Regal2.0 
 6. Lafayette, Asseco1.9 
 7. Slaughter, Brose B.1.9 
 8. Batum, Nancy1.7 
 9. Gordon, Galatasaray1.6 
 10. McCalebb, Montep.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA3.2 
 2. Ibaka, Real Madrid2.0 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.9 
 4. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.6 
 5. Ilyasova, Anadolu1.5 
 6. Perovic, FCB Regal1.5 
 7. Zoric, Unicaja1.3 
 8. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 9. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.3 
 10. Kinsey, Anadolu1.3 


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Korisliiga Round 18: No surprise as #1 Joensuun Kataja defeats Torpan Pojat - by Eurobasket News
Korisliiga top team - Joensuun Kataja (14-3) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (9-7) in Helsinki 72-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Torpan Pojat. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Torpan Pojat's 26 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Torpan Pojat 43-31 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Eero Lehtinen (191-85) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position with 14-3 record. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Tampereen Pyrinto (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Torpan Pojat will play against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Uusikaupunki. Eighth ranked UU-Korihait (8-9) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 9th ranked Salon Vilpas (5-11) 81-78 on Wednesday evening. Point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) notched 22 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Cedric Latimer supported him with 20 points. Even 21 points and 6 assists by point guard Roope Ahonen (187-90, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Salon Vilpas. Salon Vilpas' coach Mikko Tupamaki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. UU-Korihait moved-up to seventh place. Salon Vilpas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. UU-Korihait will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Salon Vilpas will play at home against KTP-Basket (#10) in Kotka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (11-4) crushed at home 11th ranked Namika Lahti (2-15) by 34 points 105-71, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Kenneth Lowe who scored 27 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Ryan Brooks who recorded 22 points. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Nilan Bisons. Namika Lahti lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet league's leader Joensuun Kataja on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Namika Lahti will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 18 LrNMKY lost to Nilan Bisons on the opponent's court 78-84. KTP unfortunately lost to Kouvot in a home game 81-91.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 11 rebounds by Amal McCaskill of KTP.



Korihait - Salon Vilpas 81-78

Important game to mention about took place in Uusikaupunki. Eighth ranked UU-Korihait (8-9) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 9th ranked Salon Vilpas (5-11) 81-78 on Wednesday evening. Salon Vilpas was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of UU-Korihait, which allowed them to win the game. Salon Vilpas was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) notched 22 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) supported him with 20 points. Five UU-Korihait players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 6 assists by point guard Roope Ahonen (187-90, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Salon Vilpas. American guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Salon Vilpas' coach Mikko Tupamaki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. UU-Korihait moved-up to seventh place. Salon Vilpas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. UU-Korihait will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Salon Vilpas will play at home against KTP-Basket (#10) in Kotka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: R.Ahonen 21+3reb+6ast, E.Holloway 17+7reb+4ast, M.Sandberg 12+4reb, J.Fields 9+11reb+1ast, S.Kaaresvirta 9+3reb+3ast, A.Vaenerberg 3+2ast
Korihait: M.Jalonen 22+4reb+4ast, C.Latimer 20+3reb, S.Vanzant 13+3reb+2ast, P.Heinonen 11+8reb+1ast, N.Moore 10+3reb, C.Johnson 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 141712


Pyrinto - Namika Lahti 105-71

Third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (11-4) crushed at home 11th ranked Namika Lahti (2-15) by 34 points 105-71, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 105-71. Tampereen Pyrinto dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Namika Lahti's 34. Tampereen Pyrinto forced 19 Namika Lahti turnovers and outrebounded them 38-21 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) who scored 27 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Antti Nikkila (210-78, college: Valparaiso) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded 22 points and his fellow American import forward Brant Bailey (202-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) added 19 points respectively. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Nilan Bisons. Namika Lahti lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet league's leader Joensuun Kataja on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Namika Lahti will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: R.Brooks 22+2reb+1ast, B.Bailey 19+4reb, V.Makalainen 13+4reb+3ast, M.Moore 7+4reb+5ast, J.Vanttaja 5+2reb+1ast, S.Pekkola 3+4reb
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 27+4reb+3ast, A.Williams 21+2reb, A.Lehto 14+2reb+2ast, A.Nikkila 13+11reb+3ast, D.Williams 11+7reb+2ast, O.Ahvenniemi 10+6reb
gschID: 141713


ToPo - Kataja 62-72

Korisliiga top team - Joensuun Kataja (14-3) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (9-7) in Helsinki 72-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Torpan Pojat. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Torpan Pojat's 26 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Torpan Pojat 43-31 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Eero Lehtinen (191-85) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Corey McIntosh (183-85, college: Iowa St., agency: Warren Sports International) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Joensuun Kataja and four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position with 14-3 record. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Tampereen Pyrinto (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Torpan Pojat will play against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
ToPo: E.Lehtinen 14+10reb+1ast, C.Griffin 14+1reb, C.McIntosh 11+5reb+4ast, K.Muurinen 10+6reb+1ast, T.Heinonen 8+4reb+1ast, J.Kyllonen 3+1ast
Kataja: B.Walker 18+6reb+2ast, J.Newson 15+11reb+3ast, A.Kanervo 12+3reb+3ast, J.Price 11+8reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 10+10reb+1ast, I.Pehkonen 4+3reb
gschID: 141709


Nilan Bisons - LrNMKY 84-78

Very expected game when 6th ranked LrNMKY (7-9) was defeated on the road by second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (11-4) 84-78 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Loimaan Korikonkarit outrebounded LrNMKY 44-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) added 19 points respectively. Loimaan Korikonkarit maintains second position with 11-4 record having five points less than leader Kataja, which they share with Pyrinto. Loser LrNMKY dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will meet Kouvot (#6) in the next round. LrNMKY will play against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: L.Hamm 22+11reb+3ast, D.Haynes 19+2reb+3ast, T.Tiedeman 14+2reb+2ast, J.Jarvinen 8+4reb+7ast, P.Riihela 8+5reb, V.Vanjoki 6+3reb+1ast
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 26+10reb+4ast, M.Nuutinen 15+8reb, J.Ivey 13+5reb+8ast, M.Koivisto 10+4reb, R.McDade 9+8reb+2ast, J.Kivinen 6
gschID: 141710


KTP - Kouvot 81-91

Rather predictable result in Kotka where seventh ranked Kouvot (8-8) defeated 10th ranked KTP-Basket (4-13) 91-81 on Wednesday. KTP-Basket was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) added 20 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Five Kouvot and four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. Kouvot moved-up to sixth place. KTP-Basket lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Kouvot will meet at home league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KTP-Basket will play against Salon Vilpas (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTP: T.Blue 22+16reb+2ast, A.McCaskill 20+11reb+3ast, J.Matinen 20+7reb, M.Pounds 11+3reb+2ast, J.Lehtoranta 4+2reb, B.Sarcevic 3+5reb+7ast
Kouvot: A.Nikkarinen 21+6reb+2ast, A.Brown 20+5reb+3ast, A.Jordan 16+6reb+2ast, J.Gonner 13+4reb+1ast, T.Rintala 10+7reb, S.Vanttaja 6+5reb
gschID: 141711




INTERNATIONAL: Mika Turunen no more in Hungary A-Division - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish Basketball Coach Mika Turunen (agency: SportsList Inc. ), 46, is no more coaching in Hungary A-Division. FC Debrecen has replaced Turunen by Raul Jimenez , 34, from Madrid, Spain. Jimenez has a 12-year-old coaching experience from Spanish LEB and EBA Leagues. Turunen started his coaching career in Finland 1984 and was the Head Coach of YMCA Lappeenranta untill 2008. Turunen then moved to Luxembourg, but his 2008-09 season lasted only four months. In Hungary Turunen was coaching FC Debrecen from February 2011 untill November 2011. Debrecen was last spring # 13 in Hungary Top League and right now FC Debrecen is # 12 with 2-7 record.

KORISLIIGA: 10 wins and 10 losses in a row - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 17: One Team is rolling and the other Team is struggling. Kataja (Joensuu) winning now 10 contests in a row and KTP (Kotka) losing 10 games in a row. Tonight Kataja visited in Helsinki and defeated local Torpan Pojat 62-72 (33-36). ToPo had won last week two games, when scoring 107 and 105 points, but this time League Top Team kept ToPo in 62 pts at their home court. Kataja's all starters were in double digits between 10-18 points. Kataja won all four quarters and ToPo lost NT G Tuomas Iisalo (195-G-82, agency: Court Side) before the game start (sprained ankle). B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: VCU) led Kataja with 18 pts.
KTP Basket had a good first half, but team got tired during the second half. Visitor Kouvot (Kouvola) won 81-91 (44-36) even their three American players were early in foul troubles. KTP missed American Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma), who DNP (sprained ankle). Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) again the leading scorer and rebounder (22/16) on KTP roster. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) led Kouvot with 21 pts. Bisons (Loimaa) won over YMCA Lappeenranta 84-78 (37-38) and Pyrinto (Tampere) crushing YMCA Lahti 105-71 (44-35). Last season finalists Kataja and Pyrinto now the top two teams.
ToPo - Kataja 62-72 (33-36). (Eero Lehtinen 14, Chase Griffin 14, Corey McIntosh 11 - B.A.Walker 18, Jared Newson 15/11, Antti Kanervo 12. A: 1064).
KTP - Kouvot 81-91 (44-36). (Tim Blue 22/16, Amal McCaskill 20/11, Jukka Matinen 20 - Antto Nikkarinen 21, Anthony Brown 20, Antoine Jordan 16. A: 1140).
Bisons - YMCA Lappeenranta 84-78 (37-38). (Martin Zeno 26/10, Matti Nuutinen 15, Jeb Ivey 13 - Lawrence Hamm 22/11, DeAndre Haynes 19, Tyler Tiedeman 14. A: 851).
Pyrinto - YMCA Lahti 105-71 (44-35). (Kenneth Lowe 27, Antwine Williams 21, Antero Lehto 14 - Ryan Brooks 22, Brant Bailey 19, Ville Makalainen 13. A: 958).
1.Division:
Korikobrat (Lapua) - BC Jyvaskyla 115-87 (62-49). (Walter Baxley 36, Henri Jokinen 21, Eric Williams 18/11 - Lance Storrs 29, Jarno Nissinen 15, Jere Luoma 8).



Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 14-3 
 2. Nilan Bisons 11-4 
 3. Pyrinto 11-4 
 4. Kauhajoki 10-6 
 5. ToPo 9-7 
 6. Kouvot 8-8 
 7. Korihait 8-9 
 8. LrNMKY 7-9 
 9. Salon Vilpas 5-11 
 10. KTP 4-13 
 11. Namika Lahti 2-15 


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Baxley, Lapua28.6 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.26.5 
 3. Manning, Huima23.2 
 4. Williams, Lapua22.9 
 5. Nofflet, Oulun N.22.2 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.21.6 
 7. Reed, Lapua21.3 
 8. Storrs, Jyvaskyla20.4 
 9. Abdullah, SayRi19.6 
 10. Stamper, Pyrin.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Cooper, SayRi14.4 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.7 
 3. Bojang, FoKoPo11.5 
 4. Stamper, Pyrin.11.4 
 5. Britton, Huima11.2 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia10.4 
 7. January, BC Nokia10.3 
 8. Coleman, FoKoPo10.1 
 9. Green, Ura Basket9.8 
 10. Nofflet, Oulun N.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lloyd PHILLIPS
  Oulun N.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Phillips, Oulun N.5.1 
 2. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.8 
 3. Manning, Huima4.7 
 4. Riihela, BC Nokia4.2 
 5. Henderson, Porvoo.4.0 
 6. Viertola, Huima3.7 
 7. Jackson, Lapua3.6 
 8. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.1 
 9. Little, Porvoon2.7 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel JACKSON
  Lapua
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Jackson, Lapua2.9 
 2. Townes, BC Nokia2.3 
 3. January, BC Nokia2.1 
 4. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.2.1 
 5. Reed, Lapua2.0 
 6. Nofflet, Oulun N.1.9 
 7. Bojang, FoKoPo1.9 
 8. Little, Porvoon1.9 
 9. King, Porvoon1.7 
 10. Williams, Lapua1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.5 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 3. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 4. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.1 
 5. January, BC Nokia1.0 
 6. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.0 
 7. Abdullah, SayRi0.9 
 8. Townes, BC Nokia0.9 
 9. Molenius, FoKoPo0.9 
 10. Henderson, Porvoo.0.7 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.4 
 2. Blue, KTP20.9 
 3. Holloway, Salon V.20.4 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.8 
 5. Newson, Kataja19.0 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.8 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto18.0 
 8. Ivey, Nilan Bisons17.9 
 9. Hamm, LrNM.17.8 
 10. Tiedeman, LrNM.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.9 
 2. Blue, KTP11.5 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.4 
 4. Newson, Kataja9.2 
 5. McDade, Nilan B.8.7 
 6. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.4 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto8.3 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.3 
 10. Heard, ToPo7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jeb IVEY
  Nilan Bisons
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.7 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.5 
 3. Virtanen, Kataja4.3 
 4. Walker, Kataja4.1 
 5. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.1 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.3.9 
 8. Moore, Namika L.3.7 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.3 
 10. Ahonen, Salon Vil.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Nigel MOORE
  Korihait
  (195-F/G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Moore, Korihait2.6 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.4 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 5. Newson, Kataja2.1 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.1.8 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP1.8 
 8. Jordan, Kouvot1.7 
 9. Holloway, Salon V.1.6 
 10. Brooks, Namika L.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.6 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 5. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 7. Blue, KTP0.8 
 8. Price, Kataja0.8 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.7 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.7 


1st Division Round 11: Pyrinto II defeats leader Forssan Koripojat - by Eurobasket News
1st Division is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 11 rounds left. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Forssan Koripojat (9-2) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Pyrinto II (7-4) 77-65. The game was mostly controlled by Pyrinto II. Forssan Koripojat managed to win third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pyrinto II forced 19 Forssan Koripojat turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Forssan Koripojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Joni Harjula (189-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Jason Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) contributed with 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Pyrinto II's coach Tero Hassinen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for Forssan Koripojat. Pyrinto II moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BC Nokia and Lapua. Forssan Koripojat at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Pyrinto II is looking forward to face Saynatsalon Riento (#10) in Jyvaskyla in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Forssan Koripojat will play at home against Ura Basket (#7) in Kaarina and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Tapiolan. Fourth ranked Tapiolan Honka (8-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Oulun NMKY (8-3) 88-85 in the game for the second place. It was a great evening for guard Anselmi Vanjoki (193-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points. Tero Laitinen helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) responded with 22 points and 8 assists. Tapiolan Honka have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Oulun NMKY. Tapiolan Honka will play against Aanekosken Huima (#8) in Aanekoski in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Oulun NMKY will play at home against Torpan Pojat (#12) in Helsinki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked BC Nokia (7-4) against ninth ranked Ura Basket (5-6) on Tuesday night. Host BC Nokia was defeated by Ura Basket in a tough game in Nokia 75-82. It was an exceptional evening for Niilo Lehtila who led the winners and scored 25 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Gerald January came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for BC Nokia in the defeat. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ura Basket moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Huima. Loser BC Nokia dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Lapua and Pyrinto II. Ura Basket will meet league's leader Forssan Koripojat on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Nokia will play against BC Jyvaskyla and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Aanekosken Huima (5-6) and Saynatsalon Riento (3-8), which took place in Jyvaskyla. 7th ranked Aanekosken Huima lost to tenth ranked Saynatsalon Riento in a road game 84-91. The best player for the winners was Aubrey Conerly who scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Saynatsalon Riento maintains tenth place with 3-8 record. Aanekosken Huima at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Saynatsalon Riento's next round opponent will be higher ranked Pyrinto II (#5) in Tampere and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (7-4) and 11th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-9) in Lapua on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Lapuan Korikobrat outscored guests from Jyvaskyla 115-87. Walter Baxley orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!) (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lapuan Korikobrat have a solid series of four victories in a row. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BC Nokia and Pyrinto II. BC Jyvaskyla lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with nine games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat will face Porvoon Tarmo (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BC Jyvaskyla will play against BC Nokia.



SayRi - Huima 91-84

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Aanekosken Huima (5-6) and Saynatsalon Riento (3-8), which took place in Jyvaskyla. 7th ranked Aanekosken Huima lost to tenth ranked Saynatsalon Riento in a road game 84-91. It looked good early as Aanekosken Huima took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Saynatsalon Riento took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. The best player for the winners was Conerly who scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. American guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) chipped in 27 points and 7 rebounds. Abdullah is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and forward Tuomas Viertola (196-90) added 20 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saynatsalon Riento maintains tenth place with 3-8 record. Aanekosken Huima at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Saynatsalon Riento's next round opponent will be higher ranked Pyrinto II (#5) in Tampere and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
SayRi: B.Abdullah 27+7reb+3ast, A.Conerly 24+8reb+7ast, K.Cooper 19+15reb+1ast, S.Mantymaa 15+1reb, E.Nieminen 4+2reb, J.Hautsalo 2+3reb+3ast
Huima: J.Graham 23+12reb+2ast, T.Viertola 20+4reb+5ast, T.Manning 14+1reb+6ast, T.Britton 12+9reb, S.Kajander 9+1reb, M.Liukko 4+2reb
gschID: 150197


BC Nokia - Ura Basket 75-82

Very important is a home loss of third ranked BC Nokia (7-4) against ninth ranked Ura Basket (5-6) on Tuesday night. Host BC Nokia was defeated by Ura Basket in a tough game in Nokia 75-82. BC Nokia trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 28-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-82 at the end of the game. Ura Basket made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Niilo Lehtila (195-83) who led the winners and scored 25 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Trinidad and Tobago power forward Eze Andrews (201-83, college: Savannah St., agency: Court Side) accounted for 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and guard Timo Riihela (193-80) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively for BC Nokia in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ura Basket moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Huima. Loser BC Nokia dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Lapua and Pyrinto II. Ura Basket will meet league's leader Forssan Koripojat on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Nokia will play against BC Jyvaskyla and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: N.Lehtila 25+4reb+1ast, S.Salminen 19+5reb, E.Andrews 16+12reb, L.Green 12+8reb+1ast, J.Kukkonen 4+3reb+5ast, J.Alanko 4+3reb
BC Nokia: G.January 22+10reb+3ast, T.Riihela 18+3reb+5ast, D.Townes 16+7reb+2ast, T.Kankaanpaa 10+4reb, M.Ovaska 6+1reb, V.Virtanen 2
gschID: 150198


FoKoPo - Pyrinto II 65-77

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Forssan Koripojat (9-2) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Pyrinto II (7-4) 77-65. The game was mostly controlled by Pyrinto II. Forssan Koripojat managed to win third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pyrinto II forced 19 Forssan Koripojat turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Forssan Koripojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Joni Harjula (189-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Jason Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Stamper is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Pyrinto II's coach Tero Hassinen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Forssan Koripojat. Four Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. Pyrinto II moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BC Nokia and Lapua. Forssan Koripojat at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Pyrinto II is looking forward to face Saynatsalon Riento (#10) in Jyvaskyla in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Forssan Koripojat will play at home against Ura Basket (#7) in Kaarina and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: J.Harjula 27+6reb+2ast, J.Stamper 19+14reb, J.Vaananen 19+4reb, M.Marttinen 5+2reb, J.Pulkkinen 4+7reb, K.Rasinaho 3+2reb+1ast
FoKoPo: S.Ikavalko 19+2reb+3ast, H.Coleman 14+11reb, T.Robinson 13+12reb+1ast, B.Bojang 12+10reb, M.Molenius 3, J.Helenius 3+1reb
gschID: 150199


Lapua - Jyvaskyla 115-87

The game between fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (7-4) and 11th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-9) in Lapua on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Lapuan Korikobrat outscored guests from Jyvaskyla 115-87. The game without a history. Lapuan Korikobrat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lapuan Korikobrat made 32-of-37 free shots (86.5 percent) during the game. BC Jyvaskyla was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Walter Baxley (191-84, college: Mars Hill) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!) (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). Swingman Henri Jokinen (191-92) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Lapuan Korikobrat players scored in double figures. American guard Lance Storrs (195-89, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 29 points and forward Jarno Nissinen (195-77) added 15 points in the effort for BC Jyvaskyla. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lapuan Korikobrat have a solid series of four victories in a row. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BC Nokia and Pyrinto II. BC Jyvaskyla lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with nine games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat will face Porvoon Tarmo (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BC Jyvaskyla will play against BC Nokia.
Top scorers:
Lapua: W.Baxley 36+3reb+2ast, H.Jokinen 21+6reb+2ast, E.Williams 18+11reb, V.Turja 17+3reb, E.Jackson 8+2reb+2ast, J.Turja 5+4reb
Jyvaskyla: L.Storrs 29+4reb+1ast, J.Nissinen 15+3reb, N.Pantsu 8+2ast, J.Luoma 8+7reb, M.Markkanen 6+2reb, O.Lehtonen 6+1reb
gschID: 150200


Tapiolan Honka - Oulun NMKY 88-85

Important game to mention about took place in Tapiolan. Fourth ranked Tapiolan Honka (8-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Oulun NMKY (8-3) 88-85 in the game for the second place. Oulun NMKY was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 29-20 third quarter run of Tapiolan Honka. Oulun NMKY was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Anselmi Vanjoki (193-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points. Forward Tero Laitinen (201-87) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) responded with 22 points and 8 assists and the other American import power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Tapiolan Honka have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Oulun NMKY. Tapiolan Honka will play against Aanekosken Huima (#8) in Aanekoski in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Oulun NMKY will play at home against Torpan Pojat (#12) in Helsinki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tapiolan Honka: A.Vanjoki 29+3reb+1ast, V.Kopio 18+3reb+1ast, T.Laitinen 16+6reb+3ast, D.Dolenc 9+3reb, V.Puotila 7+5reb+5ast, I.Sirola 6+3reb
Oulun NMKY: L.Phillips 22+3reb+8ast, B.Moultrie 19+12reb, J.Nofflet 19+10reb+1ast, E.Aaltonen 9+5reb, S.Keinonen 6, J.Teppo 5+3reb
gschID: 150196




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  FRANCE   


EuroChallenge: Pau-Lacq-Orthez tasted the initial victory - by Eurobasket News
Keravnos - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 67:70

Pau-Lacq-Orthez tasted the initial victory in EuroChallenge as they beat Keravnos in Cyprus. The French who were winless the first four weeks of the competition shocked the team of Keravnos who performed badly in the specific game and lost the advantage of qualifying in the next round without any stress in the game against the Hungarians.
The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 34-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez outrebounded Keravnos 37-18 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and his fellow Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Wiliam Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami, OH) responded with 17 points and 4 assists and Strahinja Dragicevic (203-F-86) scored 16 points.
It is worth mentioned that Keravnos played without Moore and Haanpa as they are both injured and that cost him quite a lot as Moore in the top performer in most games of Keravnos in and out of the country.

Pau-Lacq-Orthez: Teddy Gipson 20, Allan Ray 16, Jean-Frederic Morency (199-F-89) 10
Keravnos: Wiliam Hatcher 17, Strahinja Dragicevic 16



All-Star Game 2011 rosters - by Eurobasket News
The Palais Omnisport Paris-Bercy will be hosting the All-Star Game 2011 on December 29th of this year. The fans had the opportunity to choose the players they would like to see and made their votes for the French and Import teams which are listed below.

French Team Starting Five
#s#
Andrew Albicy
Albicy
Charles Kahudi
Kahudi
Amara Sy
Sy
Ludovic Vaty
Vaty
Fabien Causeur
Causeur
#e#5
French Team
Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) of BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral
Charles Kahudi (197-F-86) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Amara Sy (202-F-81) of Entente Orleans 45
Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral
Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) of Cholet Basket
Paccelis Morlende (189-G-81) of Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket
Yannick Bokolo (190-G-85) of BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral
Nicholas Pope (196-F/G-84) of STB Le Havre
Evan Fournier (199-G/F-92) of Union Poitiers Basket 86
Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro
Kim Tillie (210-F-88) of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket
Victor Samnick (203-F-79) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro

Coaches
Christian Monschau of BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral
Sylvain Lautie of Boulazac Basket Dordogne

Import Team Starting Five
#s#
Taylor Rochestie
Rochestie
Eric Chatfield
Chatfield
Blake Schilb
Schilb
Jawad Williams
Williams
Akinlolu Akingbala
Akingbala
#e#5
Import Team
Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Paris-Levallois
Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83) of ES Chalon-Sur-Saone
Jawad Williams (204-F-83) of Paris-Levallois
Akinlolu Akingbala (208-C-83) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro
John Linehan (175-G-78) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro
Teddy Gipson (193-G-80) of Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Cedrick Banks (190-G-81) of Entente Orleans 45
Andre Barrett (175-PG-82) of Chorale de Roanne Basket
John Holland (195-G/F-88) of Chorale de Roanne Basket
Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Paris-Levallois
Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87) of ES Chalon-Sur-Saone

Coaches
Jean-Luc Monschau of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro
Frederic Sarre of Limoges CSP Elite

3-point Contest
Xavier Corosine
Kenny Grant
Edwin Jackson
Kyle McAlarney

Skills challenge
Pape-Philippe Amagou
Taylor Rochestie
Steed Tchicamboud
Leo Westermann

Dunk Contest
Aboudou Jordan
Souleyman Diabate
Max Kougere
Kim Tillie
Dar Tucker




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  GERMANY   


EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets bowl Turk Telekom in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom - Telekom Baskets 81:94

Telekom Baskets bowl Turk Telekom in Turkey in the most exciting group of EuroChallenge. The German team grabbed 3-2 record after 94:81 road win.
It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Turk Telekom. The game was mostly controlled by Telekom Baskets. Turk Telekom managed to win second period 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80, college: Arizona) produced 27 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and guard Muratcan Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 13 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts.
Telekom Baskets maintains first place in Group G with 3-2 record, which they share with Karsiyaka. Turk Telekom share third place with Minsk-2006.

Turk Telekom: Ali Karadeniz 27, Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV) 16, Muratcan Guler 13
Telekom Baskets: Zvonko Buljan 26, Chris Ensminger 20+12rebs, Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) 19, Jordan 11



James Washington Hopes To Follow In The Foot Steps Of Jimmy Mckinney Getting TBB Trier Tryout - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

As a fresh rookie, it is always a pleasure to see a familiar face when you enter a foreign arena like it was for James Washington (182-G-87) as he greeted his friend Jimmy Mckinney recently. Both guys played at the well known high school Vashon in St Louis winning titles and now Washington will try to go the same route as Mckinney and build a basketball career in the Beko BBL. Washington is a 23 year old 12cm guard from St Louis that last played for Middle Tenn.St. (NCAA) and in his senior year played 32 games: 14.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 86.4%. 'We are happy to have a guy like James Washington (182-G-87) here in a try out. We will give him a month to show his qualities and I think that he is a talented player. I got to know him in a camp last summer and saw a guy with a lot of self confidence and good shot. I hope that he can help us in our situation now', stressed TBB Trier head coach Henrik Roedl. Washington started his NCAA career at W.Illinois (NCAA)in 2006 where he played until 2008 before transfering to Indian Hills (CC) and then Middle Tenn State.Awards/Achievements in his career so far have been HS: Missouri Class 5A title, Sun Belt East Division Regular Season Co-Champion -10, Sun Belt West Division Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals -11, All-Sun Belt 2nd Team -11, and NABC Division I All-District 24 1st Team -11.

Source: TBB Trier




Ali Traore And Lok Kuban Wear Down The Fraport Skyliners Slamming The Door 69-58 In Eurocup Play - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After 40 minutes in the thunderbird cage in the Enervie arena last weekend, the expression of relief on the sweaty face of Skyliner captain Marius Nolte spoke volumes as if he had finally got that long awaited guitar lesson from Guns and Roses Slash, defeated good friend Steven Esterkamp in a three point shooting contest despite the Ulm player being blindfolded or knowing that he doesnt have a Santa Claus job at the Frankfurt Christmas market as a second job, but all that happened was that the Fraport Skyliners had finally won again after 52 days of being winless in the Beko BBL. 72 hours later, The Fraport Skyliners wanted to win their first game in Eurocup play and were as focused as German national player Heiko Schaffartzik was taking three pointers at Wetten Das, NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki watching his teammate taking shots at Wetten das or how Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has been playing this season, but their opponent Lok Kuban were too strong in the second half wearing down Frankfurt 69-58 and moving to 3-1 in Eurocup play as the Skyliners get elimated. We were as focused as we were in Hagen. We did come out sluggish, but we played them toe to toe until the end. We were very focused, stressed 2011 NBA Draft pick Jon Leuer. Frankfurt is a god team. When they are able to play their pace, then they can beat anyone. We are 3-1 now in Eurocup play and just take it one game at a time. We know what it takes to get to the next round. We will continue to dig down, execute and win games, warned ex NBA player Lionel Chalmers. The Fraport Skyliners lost their fourth game in a row in Eurocup play, but gave a spirited effort. We got off to a slow start and did a good job battling back, but were unable to bounce back, said Skyliner guard Michael Thompson. Just like in Russia a week earlier, Lok Kuban took control in the second half. We tightened up our defense in the second half and didnt look back anymore. We kept up our intensity until the end, added Lok Kuban guard Roderick Blakney.

Before the game started, the Rookie mascot did a great job trying to annoy NBA Draft pick Lionel Chalmers as he was coming on to the court during warm ups and German national player Tim Ohlbrecht and 2011 Silver medal winner with France at the European championships Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) mingled a bit before banging under the boards during the game. The good start in Hagen didnt seem to rub off on the Fraport Skyliners as they got off to a dismal start as 2011 Eurochallenge finalist Lok Kuban raced out on a 13-3 lead without their stars and playing four Russians with Nikolay Padius, Grigory Shukhovtsov, Nikita Shabalkin and Maxim Sheleketo. They scored 11of the 13 points and showed the talent level that comes out of Russia. The three S players are all big and strong and took control inside. Shabalkin scored the first two buckets inside, Shukhovtsov dunked getting a fine lob pass from Shabalkin and then scored two more times as Frankfurt seemed helpless defending them inside. However then all of a sudden as if Lok Kuban no longer were able to nip at their power drinks at the bench lost control of the first quarter as The Fraport Skyliners raced out on an 8-0 run and finished the first quarter trailing only 13-11. Jermareo Davidson nailed two typical jumpers from the mid distance, Michael Thompson made a beautiful floater not hesitating when he saw daylight in the zone and Jon Leuer finished a fast break with a lay in. Frankfurt defended a lot better in their run and were pressuring the ball well. On offense Jon Leuer took control, stressed Fraport Skyliner junior Jan Novak. Lok Kuban was shooting 56% from the two point range and 0% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 38% from the two point range and 0% from outside. Frankfurt had the 11-9 rebound edge and both teams had three turnovers a piece.

In the second quarter, The Fraport Skyliners were able to duplicate their 8-0 run of the first quarter and make it a 16-0 run and took the lead 19-13. Thompson started the second quarter with a difficult jumper in traffic and after had a surprised look as teammate Davidson was smiling at that masterpiece of shot. Thompson is a good solid guard that you cant leave open. He is patient, a good penetrator and leader, added Lionel Chalmers. Leuer then scored inside and nailed a three pointer and Ohlbrecht made a free throw. Lok Kuban then went on a mini 5-0 run as 2007 Gold medalist at the European championships Sergey Bykov made two free throws and dazzled the fans with his quick release hitting a three pointer, but Frankfurt still led 19-18. After Jimmy Mckinney missed a jumper, Ohlbrecht did atip in dunk for the 21-18 Frankfurt lead. Lok Kuban then went on a 6-0 run to lead 24-21 as Roderick Blakney took advantage of Frankfurt turnover going coast to coast with a lay in, Jeremiah Massey scored inside and Bykov hit a runner. However Frankfurt never lost their composure and kept battling and found themselves on a 9-2 run to close out the second quarter with the 30-26 lead. Quantez Robertson still had the energy and his athletic wit from the Hagen game as he scored on a flight to the hoop over Massey and hit free throws. Davidson continued to shine hitting a jumper and getting inside to dunk. Lok Kuban seemed more nervous and Frankfurt continued to defend well and there rebounding was very good as well, commented Fraport Skyliner junior Jan Novak. Frankfurt came back into the game as we allowed more turnovers which they made into transition points, added Roderick Blakney. We were rebounding very well, rotating well and didnt allow any easy baskets on defense, expressed Skyliner forward Danilo Barthel. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 39% from the two point area and 33% from the three point line while Lok Kuban was shooting 44% from the field and 17% from the three point line. Frankfurt still had the rebound edge 21-17. Lok Kuban had nine turnovers and Frankfurt only seven turnovers.

Lok Kuban came out with more intensity in the third quarter and also played more physical, but The Fraport Skyliners were able to keep the lead for the first -4 minutes. Under the watchful eyes of his dad, Jon Leuer made a beautiful runner letting the ball leave his left hand and finishing high of the glass. Bykov then showed his flashy quickness from the baseline easily keeping Robertson in the dust and already making a reverse lay up before Davidson even knew what had happened. Frankfurt led 32-30 as both teams continued to trade baskets as Robertson hit two free throws and Blakney hit a pull up jumper as Frankfurt still led 34-32. Davidson then hit a another mid range jumper from the wing as Frankfurt led 36-32. Then came the most important turning point in the game as Lok Kuban took control of the game going on a 12-0 run to lead 44-36. Lok Kuban got a lot of production inside taking advantage of costly Skyliner turnovers which resulted into transition points. Massey scored inside, Blakney went coast to coast for a lay up, Massey went the distance for two easy points, Blakney made free throws, Traore scored inside and Blakney made a difficult off balance shot. Lok Kuban was doing much right in the run taking Frankfurt off their pace, playing more physical, getting the ball inside and running and getting easy points. Bykov and Traore got to the foul line and Lionel Chalemers scored from down town and Mckinney made a mid distance jumper as Lok Kuban led 51-40 after three quarters. They executed very well and got easy buckets. Good teams like lok Kuban will do that from time to time, stressed Skyliner forward Jon Leuer. Lok Kuban was shooting 53% from the two point land and 18% from the parking lot while The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 38% from the two point land and 25% from the parking lot. Lok Kuban led the rebounding duel 29-27 and both teams had 10 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, The Fraport Skyliners made one last grasp at coming back as they jumped out on a 7-0 run to cut the Lok Kuban lead to only 51-47.Mckinneystarted the run with a pull up jumper and then made a nifty runner drawing a foul. Quantez Robertson followed with a crushing dunk bring back life to the Fraport arena and 1,240 patrons that had come to watch the game. However Lok Kuban had one more ace up their sleeves as it wasnt 374 game NBA and Slovenian legend Primoz Brezec who came in and dominated, but 26 year old France national team player Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) who scored 13 of his 18 points in the last seven minutes helping the Russian team wear down the Fraport Skyliners. Traore scored inside and Mckinney followed with a difficult step back jumper over Bykov as Frankfurt trailed 54-49. Traore then scored hard inside with his left hand, but Davidson answered with a lay in, but Lok Kuban still led 56-51 as Frankfurt continued to stay on their heels with time slowly elapsing. Blakney and Thompson then exchanged three pointers as Frankfurt still trailed 59-54. The game continued to flow at a high level, but the Frankfurt big men were in foul trouble and had to defend a big hulk like Traore who was taking advantage of the foul problems. Traore then scored twice with a dunk and mid distance shot and Blakney made two free throws as the 6-0 run gave Lok Kuban the 65-54 lead with two minutes to play. Davidson did get to the free throw line twice, but made only two free throws, while at the other end Traore scored two more times slamming the door on the Fraport Skyliners. Our goal in this game was to get Frankfurt out of their rhythm and we did that in the second half, added Lionel Chalmers. We got into foul trouble in the second half and they took advantage of it getting the ball inside, said Michael Thompson.

Lok Kuban was led by Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) who produced 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Roderick Blakney added 17 points. Sergey Bykov contributed 11 points and six rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jimmy Mckinney with 13 points. Jon Leuer added 12 points and Jermareo Davidson chipped in with 12 points and ten rebounds. Frankfurt lost the rebounding duel 38-32 and shot weak from the three point line at 22%, but cut down their 23 turnovers from the Eurocup loss in Russia to 12. Despite the loss there were some positives taken out of the win. We played for 40 minutes and never gave up. We were very aggressive on defense which led to more easy baskets, stated Danilo Barthel. We controlled the tempo well, took care of the ball better and rebounded well on the offensive boards, stressed Michael Thompson. The big question mark remains will Jon Leuer stay or be in Milwaukee in the next days to play for the NBA team Bucks? My agent has been talking with them and we are listening. There should be a decision in the next days. There is a pretty good chance that I will leave the Skyliners to play for the Bucks. It has always been my dream as a kid to play in the NBA, stressed Jon Leuer. The Fraport Skyliners host BBC Bayreuth on December 10th at 18:30.




Jacob Burtschi (All I Have To Do Is Throw It Near The Backboard And Tez Would Handle The Rest) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 27 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who will be playing his second professional basketball season in the best basketball league in Europe the ACB in Spain this season for CAI Zaragoza. He completed his rookie season for Phoenix Hagen averaging 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3 (1.5spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.2%. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. He is still with ACB team Zaragoza waiting patiently for the right opportunity or the team finds a new player and he spoke to eurobasket about his desire to come play in Germany.

What kind of a feeling is it practicing with Zaragosa and playing in games even though you might be gone instantly?

In this business you must be ready to go every day. Whether it is with my team here or knowing I could be on a plane tomorrow to my next team.

What have been the most important things that you learned playing in the ACB against many top players?

My game has a lot of room for growth and improvement.

Who has been your most difficult opponent player in the ACB?

Serge Ibaka. That guy is a game changer defensively

Phoenix Hagen assistant coach Steven Wriedt told me a few days ago that he has a feeling you will be back in Germany soon. Can he read minds?

He probably acts better in movies than he does reading minds haha

There are rumors that the Brose Baskets Bamberg are interested in your services. How quickly would you be on a plane to get there?

I am sure those are false rumors. I haven't heard anything about it. But there is no question that someone would have to be insane not to be on the next plane to Bamberg if they offered.

After the departure of Jon Leuer, The Fraport Skyliners have a hole at the position four. How much would you like to play in Frankfurt?

Frankfurt is a great city and the team is a top notch organization and I would be honored to play for them.

How exciting would a Burtschi/Davidson combination be like on the court?

I don't know much about him, but since he signed in Frankfurt he has to be a very good player so I'm sure we could bring some fans to their feet.

What would be your most important strength that you would give the Fraport Skyliners?

Energy and the ability to drive and kick to open shooters.

How quickly would we see a Burtschi to Quantez Robertson ally-op?

All I have to do is throw it near the backboard and Tez would handle the rest. I'm sure it would happen sooner than later.

What is your opinion about the Los Angeles Lakers bringing in Dwight Howard? Would Howard/Odom work?

They would be even more dangerous. I believe they can coexist.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Beverly Hills Ninja

Thanks Jake fort he chat




EuroChallenge: Leiden closed Round 5 with the win over Goettingen - by Eurobasket News
Leiden - Goettingen 80:71

Leiden closed Round 5 with the win over Goettingen in Holland. The Dutch team celebrated a 80:71 victory for 2-3 record to keep the guests winless.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BG Goettingen won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Seamus Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard Arvin Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Philip Philip Noch (200-G/F-89) responded with 19 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) and Raymond Raymond Sykes (206-F/C-86, college: Clemson) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Leiden will face league's second-placed Armia in Tbilisi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BG Goettingen will play at home against the league's leader Besiktas in Istanbul and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Leiden: Seamus Boxley 27, Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80, college: Butler) 17, Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: High Point) 11, Arvin Slagter 10
Goettingen: Philip Noch 19, Raymond Sykes 13, Paris Horne (191-G-87, college: St.John's) 12



EuroChallenge: Szolnok surprise the Dragons in Hungary - by Eurobasket News
Szolnok - Artland Dragons 90:85

Szolnok surprise the Dragons in Hungary to hand them their first loss in EuroChallenge. The Hungarian team needed 90:85 to keep their chances alive for the next round.
Artland Dragons were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Szolnok made 17-of-19 free shots during the game. Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) stepped up and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and swingman Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) chipped in 18 points. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) scored 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!).
Szolnok will face Keravnos in Strovolos in the last round, which may be the game of the day. Artland Dragons will play on the road against Pau-Lacq-Orthez. In another agem of the group Pau-Lacq-Orthez tasted the initial victory in EuroChallenge as they beat Keravnos in Cyprus. The French who were winless the first four weeks of the competition shocked the team of Keravnos who performed badly in the specific game and lost the advantage of qualifying in the next round without any stress in the game against the Hungarians.

Szolnok: Obie Trotter 20, Akos Horvath 18, Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) 12, Peter Grebenar (211-C-81, agency: TSS Management) 10
Art.Dragons: Nathan Peavy 21, Anthony King 16, Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) 11, Guido Gruenheid (209-F/C-82) 11



Jon Leuer Goes To The Milwaukee Bucks - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) who played a few months in the Beko BBL with the Fraport Skyliners is on his way to the States to play in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks. Leuer was drafted in the second round at position 40 by the Milwaukee Bucks last summer, but due to the NBA lockout came to Germany to play with the Fraport Skyliners. Now that the NBA lockout is over, the Milwaukee Bucks have the rights to the power forward from Minnesota who played at Wisconsin from 2007-2011. Leuer has left Germany and will most likely take part at the start of training camp this Friday. In the Beko BBL, he averaged 14,8ppg and 7,8rpg. In Eurocup play, he played three games averaging 12,0ppg and 4,3rpg. 'I want to thank the Fraport Skyliners for being able to play there. They made it possible to continue my dream of possibly playing in the NBA. It was a great expeieince for me in Frankfurt. The club is organized very well and the fans always supported us. I want to wish my teammates the best of luck and hope they can win the next games', stated Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin). The Fraport Skyliner organization is sad that such a good player had to leave. 'I hope that we could help him develop his game to the next level. I wish him the best of luck and hope that he keeps Frankfurt in good memory. It was nice working with him and I will continue to follow what he does in Milwaukee', added Skyliner head coach Muli Katurin. 'We feel that Jon has developed with us. Especially one could observe his development in the last games. Now we have to look on the transfer markt top get the best possible replacement', added Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak.

Source: Fraport Skyliners




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EuroChallenge: Leiden closed Round 5 with the win over Goettingen - by Eurobasket News
Leiden - Goettingen 80:71

Leiden closed Round 5 with the win over Goettingen in Holland. The Dutch team celebrated a 80:71 victory for 2-3 record to keep the guests winless.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BG Goettingen won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Seamus Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard Arvin Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Philip Philip Noch (200-G/F-89) responded with 19 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) and Raymond Raymond Sykes (206-F/C-86, college: Clemson) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Leiden will face league's second-placed Armia in Tbilisi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BG Goettingen will play at home against the league's leader Besiktas in Istanbul and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Leiden: Seamus Boxley 27, Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80, college: Butler) 17, Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: High Point) 11, Arvin Slagter 10
Goettingen: Philip Noch 19, Raymond Sykes 13, Paris Horne (191-G-87, college: St.John's) 12



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EuroChallenge: Szolnok surprise the Dragons in Hungary - by Eurobasket News
Szolnok - Artland Dragons 90:85

Szolnok surprise the Dragons in Hungary to hand them their first loss in EuroChallenge. The Hungarian team needed 90:85 to keep their chances alive for the next round.
Artland Dragons were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Szolnok made 17-of-19 free shots during the game. Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) stepped up and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and swingman Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) chipped in 18 points. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) scored 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!).
Szolnok will face Keravnos in Strovolos in the last round, which may be the game of the day. Artland Dragons will play on the road against Pau-Lacq-Orthez. In another agem of the group Pau-Lacq-Orthez tasted the initial victory in EuroChallenge as they beat Keravnos in Cyprus. The French who were winless the first four weeks of the competition shocked the team of Keravnos who performed badly in the specific game and lost the advantage of qualifying in the next round without any stress in the game against the Hungarians.

Szolnok: Obie Trotter 20, Akos Horvath 18, Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) 12, Peter Grebenar (211-C-81, agency: TSS Management) 10
Art.Dragons: Nathan Peavy 21, Anthony King 16, Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) 11, Guido Gruenheid (209-F/C-82) 11



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Dec. 3 Games recaps - by Gianni Pascucci
Battle Creek Knights 141 vs. Rockford Riverdawgs 137 OT
In well fought contest the Battle Creek Knights pulled out a much needed win in overtime versus the red hot Riverdawgs in Michigan. The Knights used a well balanced scoring attack led by Tim Williams (6'3''-G-89, college: S.Alabama) 32pts, Joe Young (6'0''-G, college: Canisius) 24pts 7rebs 7ast, and Brian Edwards (6'7''-C/F-80, college: Miami, OH) 19pts. The Riverdawgs were led by IBA featured player of the month Nicholas Zachery (6'3''-G-79, college: UALR) who put on a shooting clinic scoring 44pts, followed by Robert Malone (6'4''-F) 28pts and Ameer Watts (5'10''-G-82, college: Missouri So.) 26pts 8rebs 8ast.

Kankakee County Soldiers 113 vs. Gary Splash 101
In a much anticipated match up the Soldiers were able to take game 1 of 4 scheduled games between these two rival teams. Led by a league leading scorer Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83, college: Missouri Baptist) 41pts 11rebs the Soldiers took possession of 1st place as teams are gearing up for playoff positioning. Newcomer Milan Pepper (6'3''-G-80, college: Harris-Stowe) also chipped in with 14 timely points. The Splash were led by Mitchell Carter (6'10''-C, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) and Sean Smith (6'7''-G/F-85, college: N.Illinois) with 17pts each respectively.

Chicago Redline 105 vs. Lake County Stars 96
The Redline went to Lake County and captured a road victory moving them into the potential playoff hunt 105-96. The Redline were led by Terry Williams (6'4''-G, college: Olive-Harvey CC) 18pts while the Stars were led by Tim Baines (6'6''-F/C, college: Wisc.-Parkside) 31pts and Anthony Brooks (6'2''-G) 17pts. The Redline have several crucial match ups in the upcoming weeks that will determine their playoff future.

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Dec. 4 Games recaps - by Gianni Pascucci
Kankakee County Soldiers 144 vs. Rockford Riverdawgs 139
The game of the week featured a match up of the top two teams in the IBA standings. the 1st place Soldiers versus the 2nd place Riverdawgs. The Riverdawgs came out clicking on all cylinders jumping on the Soldiers from the start, however veteran leadership kicked in as the Soldiers regained the lead and kept pace until the near end of the 4th quarter. The Riverdawgs took a brief 1 point lead with 43 seconds to go until Nick Livas (6'6''-G-88, college: Ill.-Springfield) 22pts 9rebs put the Soldiers ahead for good with a layup. The Soldiers were led in Scoring by Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83, college: Missouri Baptist) with 38pts 13rebs, but Anthony Kyle (5'9''-PG-81, college: Miles) proved to be the difference with 16ast 7rebs and 28pts 18 of them in the final stanza. The Riverdawgs were led by LC Robinson (6'2''-G-86, college: Florida A&M) and Matthew Zachery (6'4''-G/F-81, college: N.Central Coll.) with 26pts respectively and Ameer Watts (5'10''-G-82, college: Missouri So.) 21pts 7ast.

Chicago Redline 97 vs. Gary Splash 93
In what could be viewed as the upset of the early part of the season, the Chicago Redline went into Gary and pulled out a big win. The Redline were led by Antwan Ware 35pts 11rebs and veteran Tony Bennett (5'11''-PG) 23pts 6rebs. The Splash were led by Sean Smith (6'7''-G/F-85, college: N.Illinois) 21pts 5rebs and Mitchell Carter (6'10''-C, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 15pts 9rebs. The Splash now look to bounce back from the 2 game slide and regain upper tier status in the standings.

Battle Creek Knights 126 vs. Lake County Stars 90
The Knights kept their home win streak alive defeating the Stars 126-90. Battle Creek were led by Tim Williams (6'3''-G-89, college: S.Alabama) 26pts 7rebs, Courtney Smith (F/C) 17pts 8rebs and Manny Richardson (6'7''-F, college: Central Mo.) 13pts 16rebs. The Stars were led by Rock Dillard (6'6''-F, college: Grand Rapids CC) 21pts rebs. The Knights go on the road to take on the Soldiers followed by a long home stand as they fight for one of the final playoff spots.

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Players movement in Iceland - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
There have been movement on Clubs rosters lately in Iceland. Few American players have lost their jobs and others sign instead.
Here is the latest movement
Jovonni Shuler (193-G/F-87, college: Savannah St.) at Haukar ask to get out of his contract. Reason is not known but at least he was not fired.Shuler average 22,7 points, 10 rebounds and 2,5 assist for the team. Insted of Shuler Haukar sign Hayward Fain (196-F, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.Augustine) who played for Tindastol in Iceland Express league last season where he average 20 points,1.1 rebounds and 4,1 assist.
KR released David Tairu (191-G-86, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech). Reason is they needed a bigger player. Tairu average 21,4 points. 6,4 rebounds and 1,7 assist for KR.
Brandon Cotton (183-G-85, college: Detroit Mercy) has been released again, Cotton started the season for Snaefell in top league where he was leading scorer with 35,3 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist per game, there he was released because team needed point guard. After that he went to Hamar in Division 1 and average 32,8 points, 2,3 rebounds and 1.8 assist. Reason he was released there is not known but Club president statement was they will play without import for rest of season.
Rumour is that few other players are in hot seat.


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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  B.Gais N.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Thompson, B.Gais N.25.4 
 2. Atupem, UCC Demons24.6 
 3. Enos, Moycullen23.5 
 4. Johnson, Belfast21.6 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.19.9 
 6. Stith, UCD Marian17.8 
 7. Cummins, Belfast17.8 
 8. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 9. Glover, DCU Saints15.9 
 10. Killeen, UL Eagles15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Turner, 11890 K.18.4 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.15.1 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.12.7 
 4. Killeen, UL Eagles11.9 
 5. Enos, Moycullen11.7 
 6. Stith, UCD Marian10.0 
 7. Atupem, UCC Demons9.9 
 8. Tummon, Moycullen8.7 
 9. O''Reilly, UCC D.8.2 
 10. Glover, DCU Saints8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.6 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.4.6 
 3. Turner, 11890 K.4.3 
 4. Noonan, B.Gais N.4.1 
 5. Clarke, 11890 K.4.0 
 6. Dowd, Moycullen3.9 
 7. Madsen, 11890 K.3.8 
 8. Cunningham, Moycul.3.6 
 9. Donnelly, DCU S.3.3 
 10. Hall, UL Eagles3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.8 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.7 
 3. Stith, UCD Marian2.7 
 4. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.3 
 5. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.3 
 6. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.1 
 7. Clarke, 11890 K.2.0 
 8. Madsen, 11890 K.1.9 
 9. Donnelly, DCU S.1.9 
 10. Walsh, B.Gais N.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.4 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.6 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.3 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian2.0 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.1.4 
 6. Enos, Moycullen1.3 
 7. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.3 
 8. Casey, 11890 K.1.2 
 9. Taylor, B.Gais N.1.1 
 10. Quigley, UL Eagles0.8 


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Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Macc.B.Yaakov 8-1 
 2. Hapoel T-A 7-2 
 3. Kiryat Tivon 6-3 
 4. Elitzur Yavne 6-3 
 5. Ironi Nahariya 5-3 
 6. Ironi K-A 5-4 
 7. Hapoel Afula 4-5 
 8. Elitzur Ramla 4-5 
 9. Hod Hasharon 4-5 
 10. Lev Hasharon 4-5 
 11. Ironi Ramat Gan 3-6 
 12. Ironi Nes-Ziona 2-6 
 13. Hapoel K/S 2-7 
 14. Hapoel Y/M 2-7 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Hapoel Y.
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Sanders, Hapoel Y.23.3 
 2. Miller, Macc.B.Y.23.2 
 3. Moragne, Elitzur22.8 
 4. Hall, Macc.B.Y.22.7 
 5. Thondique, Hapoel22.6 
 6. Ginyard, Ironi N.21.8 
 7. Laing, Elitzur Yav.21.8 
 8. Clemente, Kiryat T.21.6 
 9. Segev, Kiryat Tivon21.1 
 10. Daniel, Ironi K-A20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.15.3 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel14.6 
 3. Rosefelt, Lev H.11.2 
 4. Daniel, Ironi K-A10.3 
 5. Webb, Ironi R.10.2 
 6. Moses, Hapoel K/S9.8 
 7. Miller, Macc.B.Y.9.6 
 8. Kelly, Hapoel T-A9.4 
 9. Johnson, Hapoel K.9.3 
 10. Traimel, Ironi N.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.8.4 
 2. Eliyahu, Ironi N.8.1 
 3. Segev, Kiryat Tivon7.6 
 4. Berkowitz, Elitzu.6.4 
 5. Bannister, Ironi R.6.3 
 6. Sukar, Hod Hashar.5.1 
 7. Assaf, Ironi N.3.8 
 8. Housman, Macc.B.Y.3.7 
 9. Gonzalez, Hod H.3.6 
 10. Younger, Ironi K-A3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon4.7 
 2. Hofman, Elitzur3.4 
 3. Eliyahu, Ironi N.3.3 
 4. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.3.3 
 5. Gonzalez, Hod H.3.0 
 6. Miller, Macc.B.Y.2.9 
 7. Tolbert, Hapoel K/S2.8 
 8. Sanders, Hapoel Y.2.5 
 9. Sztarkman, Hapoel2.4 
 10. Housman, Macc.B.Y.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A3.0 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 3. Johnson, Hod H.1.9 
 4. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.9 
 5. Thondique, Hapoel1.9 
 6. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 7. Webb, Ironi R.1.7 
 8. Rosefelt, Lev H.1.3 
 9. Naor, Hapoel T-A1.2 
 10. Bacon, Elitzur Ra.1.1 


Interview with Ido Kozikaro, Galil Gilboa - by Amir Fleischman
Ido Kozikaro (203-C-78) , Galil Gilboa's center and former Israel national basketball team player recently reached 3,000 points in the Israeli premier league and leads the club to a promisimg season.



Hi Ido, Galil Gilboa is looking impressive so far after 8 rounds. You are ranked 2nd in the Israeli premier league and 1st in the Balkan league (BIBL). What's the reason for that in your opinion?
We do feel that we have a good season. We have great guys and chemistry in this team and that reflects on our performance. I should also add that the experience gained from participating in two leagues enables us to perform better and smoother youngsters and veterans alike.


What is your impression of BIBL so far?
It is a good league for us to be a part of. The level is good, and it serves as a good platform to both test our young players and reach achievements.


You mean winning the league's trophy?
It is definitely our goal. We feel that it is up to us whether games will end up in wins or loses, yet you do have to come totally focused to each and every game, as we compete against skillful teams.


Do you recommend other Israeli teams to participate in basketball leagues such as BIBL?
I sure do. The travelling bonds you together as a team, the experience you get from playing in Europe is enormous especially for the young players and it does provide you with an opportunity to do what you love the most, which is play professional basketball.


Speaking of basketball, you've had a great personal season yourself so far with 11.3 points per game, and very good games against Maccabi Tel Aviv and Timisoara (17 points per game). What's the secret?
I should relate my scoring both to the coaching staff and the players themselves. The coaches understand us well and let us play our game freely. As for the players, they are all committed to the club's goals. We have clear hierarchy in the team and everybody knows it and respects it.


How is the synergy between the local and foreign players?
I should tell you this: I have played with many great foreign players throughout the years, yet in my entire career as a professional basketball player, I have never witnessed such great chemistry between local and foreign players. All of us enjoy spending time together on and off the court, and that reflects on our game play. My good performance is certainly derives from that synergy, and usually when I'm good, the team's good.


You are now a father to two kids. How does that reflect on your game style?
It just gives me extra motivation to work harder everyday and play better each year. My dream is that my son, Dan, will be able to see me play professionally. He's almost three years old, and this year saw me playing live for the first time. I was thrilled. Playing in the Balkan league requires extensive travelling, but I do get a lot of assistance from my wife, and I salute her. Without her support I wouldnt be able to focus purely on basketball.


How do you keep your good shape at the age of 33?
I really keep sportive lifestyle, and I am well aware of the right nutrition to become more effective as basketball player and in general.


Any idea what you will do after you retire?
I will definitely be involved with basketball. That's my life, and that's what I know to do. I do not know the exact format yet, the media interests me a lot, but time will tell.




National League Round 9: Kiryat Tivon loses to Ironi Nahariya - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked Kiryat Tivon (6-3) and fifth ranked Ironi Nahariya (5-3) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Kiryat Tivon was defeated by Ironi Nahariya in a tough game in Kiryat Tivon 74-81. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 40-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with 29 points. The former international swingman Jeron Roberts (194-76, college: Wyoming, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) contributed with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. point guard Lior Segev (190-83, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) answered with 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for Kiryat Tivon. Ironi Nahariya maintains fifth place with 5-3 record. Kiryat Tivon at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Elitzur Yavne. Ironi Nahariya are looking forward to face Hod Hasharon (#9) at home in the next round. Kiryat Tivon will play against the league's leader Beer Yaakov (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they edged eleventh-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona 74-72. American forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) stepped up and scored 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Dror Davidi chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was point guard Dori Assaf (178-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Ironi Ramat Gan (3-6) moved-up to eleventh place. Ironi Nes-Ziona lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
National League top team - Beer Yaakov (8-1) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat twelfth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (2-7) 94-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Kfar Saba. Yoad Bet-Yosef nailed 26 points for the winning side. Errick McCollum came up with 30 points for Hapoel Kfar Saba in the defeat. Beer Yaakov have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Loser Hapoel Kfar Saba dropped to the thirteenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Hapoel Y/M. Beer Yaakov will meet Kiryat Tivon (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Hapoel Afula (#7) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Afula was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (7-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Hapoel Afula (4-5). Hapoel Tel-Aviv managed to secure a 6-point victory 69-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Afula. The best player for the winners was Curtis Kelly who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Hapoel Tel-Aviv moved-up to second place. Hapoel Afula at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's next round opponent will be Lev Hasharon (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Afula will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
The game between fourth ranked Elitzur Yavne (6-3) and 7th ranked Hod Hasharon (4-5) in Yavne on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Elitzur Yavne beat guests from Hod Hasharon 88-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hod Hasharon. It was a good game for Brian Laing who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Elitzur Yavne have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Kiryat Tivon. Loser Hod Hasharon keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Elitzur Yavne will face Elitzur Ramla (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hod Hasharon will play against Ironi Nahariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 9 Ironi K-A beat Lev Hasharon on the road 85-78. Hapoel Y/M lost to Elitzur Ramla on its own court 91-99.



Elitzur Yavne - Hod Hasharon 88-75

The game between fourth ranked Elitzur Yavne (6-3) and 7th ranked Hod Hasharon (4-5) in Yavne on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Elitzur Yavne beat guests from Hod Hasharon 88-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hod Hasharon. The game was mostly controlled by Elitzur Yavne. Hod Hasharon was better in third quarter 28-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hod Hasharon 38-22 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hod Hasharon was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) contributed with 18 points for the winners. The former international guard Avi Sukar (187-76) answered with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Anthony Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hod Hasharon. Five Elitzur Yavne and four Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. Elitzur Yavne have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Kiryat Tivon. Loser Hod Hasharon keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Elitzur Yavne will face Elitzur Ramla (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hod Hasharon will play against Ironi Nahariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: A.Johnson 19+5reb, G.Gandel 15+5reb+2ast, A.Sukar 14+7reb+7ast, H.Ratner 11+2ast, A.Skverer 7+4ast, O.Winter 4+1reb+2ast
Elitzur Yavne: E.Hofman 18+3reb+3ast, B.Laing 17+14reb+1ast, N.Golan 16+3reb+3ast, K.Wilson 15+8reb, Z.Volfer 14+7reb+3ast, E.Engel 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 145250


Macc.B.Yaakov - Hapoel K/S 94-86

National League top team - Beer Yaakov (8-1) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat twelfth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (2-7) 94-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Kfar Saba. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Beer Yaakov shot 29 for 39 from the free-throw line, while Hapoel Kfar Saba only scored twelve points from the stripe. They outrebounded Hapoel Kfar Saba 30-19 including 20 on the defensive glass. Guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) nailed 26 points for the winning side and American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. American guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) came up with 30 points and Harel Karni (190-85) added 18 points respectively for Hapoel Kfar Saba in the defeat. Beer Yaakov have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Loser Hapoel Kfar Saba dropped to the thirteenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Hapoel Y/M. Beer Yaakov will meet Kiryat Tivon (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Hapoel Afula (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: E.McCollum 30+3reb+1ast, H.Karni 18+3reb+1ast, A.Harush 13+4reb+1ast, E.Rotemberg 7+1reb, O.Ron 6+3reb+1ast, B.Reuven 5+2reb
Macc.B.Yaakov: Y.Bet-Yosef 26+3reb+1ast, N.Miller 16+7reb+2ast, J.Hall 14, C.Watson 14+6reb+1ast, D.Housman 11+7reb+3ast, I.Simin 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 145245


Hapoel Afula - Hapoel T-A 63-69

The game in Afula was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (7-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Hapoel Afula (4-5). Hapoel Tel-Aviv managed to secure a 6-point victory 69-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Afula. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-12. But Hapoel Afula won second period 15-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks and swingman Elad Eliyah (193-85) added 15 points respectively. Hapoel Tel-Aviv moved-up to second place. Hapoel Afula at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's next round opponent will be Lev Hasharon (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Afula will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: G.Thondique 24+16reb+2ast, E.Eliyah 15+4reb+3ast, R.LeMelle 11+8reb+1ast, H.Shifman 7+1reb+2ast, Y.Deri 4+1reb+3ast, G.Cohen 2+2reb
Hapoel T-A: C.Kelly 19+7reb+2ast, D.Stitt 16+10reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 15+6reb, C.Carr 10+8reb+3ast, M.Naor 6+3reb, G.Eytan 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 145246


Lev Hasharon - Ironi K-A 78-85

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata and 9th ranked Lev Hasharon had identical 4-4 record. But Lev Hasharon was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Kiryat Ata 85-78 on Tuesday night. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-78. Ironi Kiryat Ata made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ironi Kiryat Ata made 8 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Lenny Daniel (201-87, college: CS Northridge) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. Guard Ilan Nanikashvili (187-79) contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Four Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures. American guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Prossin Sports Management) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the other American import forward Jamelle Cornley (196-87, college: Penn St.) added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Lev Hasharon. Ironi Kiryat Ata (5-4) moved-up to sixth place. Loser Lev Hasharon dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will face Ironi Ramat Gan (#11) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lev Hasharon will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#2).
Top scorers:
Lev Hasharon: L.Clinch 21+6reb+2ast, J.Cornley 16+11reb, I.Rosefelt 11+6reb+3ast, V.Yeremishin 9+6reb+1ast, U.Gur 7+3reb+3ast, O.Shmidt 7+2reb+1ast
Ironi K-A: L.Daniel 18+11reb+1ast, T.Younger 16+6reb+1ast, G.Halamish 15+2reb+2ast, R.Elbaz 13+6reb+1ast, I.Nanikashvili 9+7reb+9ast, D.Peterson 7+2reb
gschID: 145247


Ironi Ramat Gan - Ironi Nes-Ziona 74-72

Bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they edged eleventh-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona 74-72. Ironi Nes-Ziona was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 26-15 charge of Ironi Ramat Gan, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) stepped up and scored 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Dror Davidi (190-84) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was point guard Dori Assaf (178-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and G.Blair scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Ironi Ramat Gan (3-6) moved-up to eleventh place. Ironi Nes-Ziona lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 14+1reb+1ast, D.Assaf 12+5reb+9ast, R.Zehavian 11+3reb+1ast, D.Bank 11+5reb+1ast, G.Blair 8+8reb+1ast, T.Karpeles 7+2reb+3ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: R.Webb 24+6reb, L.Rubinstein 16+3reb+3ast, D.Davidi 15+5reb+5ast, R.Pitshon 7+4reb+2ast, T.Bannister 4+2reb+5ast, Y.Yatzkan 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 145248


Hapoel Y/M - Elitzur Ramla 91-99

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (2-7) lost at home to tenth ranked Elitzur Ramla (4-5) 99-91 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 56-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Elitzur Ramla made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 6 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Guard Ilan Berkowitz (186-75) contributed with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. American guard Thomas Sanders (194-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) answered with 26 points and 5 assists and the other American import Almaad Jackson (210-85, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. Elitzur Ramla will face higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against Ironi Nes-Ziona (#12) in Nes Ziyona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Y/M: T.Sanders 26+3reb+5ast, A.Jackson 17+6reb+4ast, M.Moscovitz 14+2reb+3ast, O.Ida 14+2reb+1ast, H.Barbi 7, T.Ber-Aven 6+2reb+5ast
Elitzur Ramla: S.Moragne 29+6reb+2ast, O.Cohen 19+4reb+2ast, R.Bacon 14+5reb, R.Barzilai 10+1reb+3ast, M.Badalov 10+3reb+2ast, I.Berkowitz 8+10reb+11ast
gschID: 145249


Kiryat Tivon - Ironi Nahariya 74-81

The game between second ranked Kiryat Tivon (6-3) and fifth ranked Ironi Nahariya (5-3) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Kiryat Tivon was defeated by Ironi Nahariya in a tough game in Kiryat Tivon 74-81. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 40-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with 29 points. The former international swingman Jeron Roberts (194-76, college: Wyoming, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. point guard Lior Segev (190-83, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) answered with 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) added 18 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Kiryat Tivon. Ironi Nahariya maintains fifth place with 5-3 record. Kiryat Tivon at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Elitzur Yavne. Ironi Nahariya are looking forward to face Hod Hasharon (#9) at home in the next round. Kiryat Tivon will play against the league's leader Beer Yaakov (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: L.Segev 34+7reb+7ast, R.Clemente 18+16reb+1ast, L.Ariely 10+1reb+2ast, J.Gomes 7+4reb+3ast, K.Izik 5+4reb+1ast, S.Mor-Yosef 0
Ironi Nahariya: M.Ginyard 29+4reb+2ast, J.Roberts 19+10reb+4ast, L.Shvarzvald 10+1reb, A.Eliyahu 8+3reb+8ast, O.Ben Hemo 7+2reb+1ast, A.Matta 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 145244




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Marvis Thornton joins Montepaschi Siena - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena strengthened their roster. After the loss of Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) because of injuries the Seria A defending champions had to enter the market to deepen their roster. They landed Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) who played for Siena previously. The guard inked a deal till the end of the season. Last season Marvin Thornton played for Efes Pilsen. He tallied 8.6 points, 5.6 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Euroleague. In TBL his stats read 8.0 points, 4.4 boards, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per appearance. Marvis Thornton used to play for Siena back in 2003-05 and 2007/08 seasons. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Seria A Defensive Player of the Year in 2003. He also made it into All-Italian Seria A 2nd Team in both 2004 and 2008.

Montepaschi Siena to bring back Rakovic? - by Andrea Centenari
After the disqualification of 16 months imposed on Omar Thomas (197-F-82, college: UTEP) because of his false slovenian passport used to play last year with Sidigas Avellino and the Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) 's injury, Montepaschi Siena is looking for another big man to combine with David Andersen (212-C-80) and Shaun Stonerook (203-F-77, college: Ohio). As reported by Il Corriere di Siena, Siena will contact next week B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas asking for the return of Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) who was loaned to the lithuanian powerhouse in the summer. In the last season, the serbian center, tallied 7,5 points and 3,3 boards per game in the italian league and 8 points and 3,8 boards in Euroleague with Montepaschi Siena.

Cremona releases Edin Bavcic - by Andrea Centenari
Vanoli-Braga Cremona released on yesterday evening Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket). The bosnian power forward is at his second bad stint in Italy after the one he had last season with Enel Brindisi (4 games played, 4 ppg and 4,5 rpg) where he was released as well after four months. In this season with Vanoli-Braga Cremona, Bavcic played only 3 games averaging 3 points and 3,6 boards in 16 minutes per game. The player is now free agent.

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  KOSOVO   


Futura brings Brandon Ward - by Dren Shporta
Futura team was ready to play in the second divison of Kosovar basketball. They were assuming that next season will play on the elite, BKT Superliga. But, after Bambi rejected to take part in BKT Superliga, because of their finances, Futura as a most organized club of the second division took the right to play in BKT Superliga, with a insisting of Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK).

Jeton Nixhas team, after eleven rounds has not registered a win in a BKT Superliga. They have negative record of 10 lost games out of ten played, with a game in hand. They began strengthening last month after capturing Valentin Spaqi from Bashkimi and three Sigal Prishtina players Kreshnik Juniku, Enver Dili and Zgjim Gergjaliu. But these players didnt brought the much wanted victory, so the team decided to take an international player who can add more quality on the team game.

Yesterday, Futura team registered in FBK an American 30 year old guard Brandon Ward (175-G-81, college: Florida A&M). He should be the great addition to squad. With Ward, Futura is hoping to win some of the four games left before the end of the season. They will play Kosova, Drita, Bashkimi and Trepca during this month. Before coming to Futura, Ward was playing in Switzerlands, MGS Team.




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  LATVIA   


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. Mayo, Liepaja18.3 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava18.1 
 5. Peiners, LU17.9 
 6. Ozols, Jurmala17.9 
 7. Lucas, Valmiera17.8 
 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. Jonats, Jurmala9.5 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.4 
 4. Dargais, LU8.3 
 5. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 6. Kalve, Valmiera7.6 
 7. Berzins, VEF Riga7.2 
 8. Willard, Ventspils7.0 
 9. Andriukaitis, Liep.7.0 
 10. Duselis, Jelgava6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.0 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Coders, Jurmala4.0 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.7 
 5. Janicenoks, VEF R.3.6 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga3.6 
 7. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.3 
 8. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.2 
 9. Valters, VEF Riga3.0 
 10. Millage, VEF Riga2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.6 
 3. Peiners, LU2.1 
 4. Perry, VEF Riga1.8 
 5. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 6. Osins, LU1.8 
 7. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.6 
 8. Davis, Valmiera1.5 
 9. Mayo, Liepaja1.5 
 10. Elksnis, Valmiera1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Atis OZOLS
  Jurmala
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Ozols, Jurmala1.2 
 2. Cain, VEF Riga1.2 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera1.2 
 4. Berzins, VEF Riga1.2 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala1.1 
 6. Dukulis, Liepaja0.8 
 7. Gromovs, U180.8 
 8. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.7 
 9. Sims, VEF Riga0.6 
 10. Plivda, LU0.6 


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


LBL Round 11: Latvijas Universitate defeats Jurmala in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 11 in the LBL took place in Riga. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Jurmala (4-7) to sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (4-6) 94-91 in the game for the sixth place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Jurmala won third quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Latvijas Universitate made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Jurmala only scored eight points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by Jurmala helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Jurmala's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Latvijas Universitate maintains sixth place with 4-6 record. Newly promoted Jurmala dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Latvijas Universitate are looking forward to face higher ranked Jelgava (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jurmala will play against Turiba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Liepaja (#4) was upset in Liepaja by eighth ranked Jurmala 90-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Liepaja. It was an exceptional evening for forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 21 rebounds. Atis Ozols accounted for 24 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: RIZO) came up with 24 points and 5 rebounds for Liepaja in the defeat. Liepaja's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Jurmala (4-7) moved-up to seventh place. Liepaja at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Jelgava. Jurmala will play against Turiba (#8) at home in the next round. Liepaja will play against the league's leader Valmiera (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
LBL top team - Valmiera (9-3) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Turiba (3-7) 80-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Turiba. The best player for the winners was Jekabs Rozitis who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Kristaps Mediss produced 21 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Valmiera maintains first place with 9-3 record. Loser Turiba dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Valmiera will meet at home Liepaja (#5) in the next round. Turiba will play against Jurmala and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked U18 (0-6) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to fourth ranked Liepaja (4-5) 105-55. Arturs Bricis orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. U18's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Liepaja maintains fourth place with 4-5 record, which they share with Jelgava. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with six games lost. Liepaja's next round opponent will be league's leader Valmiera on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. U18's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga VEF Riga.



Liepaja - Jurmala 79-90

Liepaja (#4) was upset in Liepaja by eighth ranked Jurmala 90-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Liepaja. The game was mostly controlled by Jurmala. Liepaja was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Jurmala won last quarter 23-14. Jurmala outrebounded Liepaja 47-36 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Jurmala especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 21 rebounds. Forward Atis Ozols (198-81) accounted for 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: RIZO) came up with 24 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Liepaja in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Liepaja's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Jurmala (4-7) moved-up to seventh place. Liepaja at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Jelgava. Jurmala will play against Turiba (#8) at home in the next round. Liepaja will play against the league's leader Valmiera (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Jurmala: E.Jonats 25+21reb+3ast, A.Ozols 24+9reb+2ast, U.Pinete 15+4reb+2ast, R.Vaikulis 12+6reb+1ast, D.Coders 8+5reb+2ast, R.Liepa 4+2reb+2ast
Liepaja: J.Mayo 24+5reb+3ast, J.Timma 18+7reb+1ast, M.Kravcenko 17+4reb+2ast, K.Miglinieks 11+4reb+1ast, A.Helmanis 4+4reb, M.Andriukaitis 3+5reb
gschID: 149876


Liepaja - U18 105-55

Bottom-ranked U18 (0-6) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to fourth ranked Liepaja (4-5) 105-55. The game without a history. Liepaja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Liepaja outrebounded U18 39-26 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by U18's players. 26 personal fouls committed by U18 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Arturs Bricis (193-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Ingus Jakovics (186-93) contributed with 12 points and 8 assists for the winners. Five Liepaja players scored in double figures. Guard Ivars Zvigurs (193-95) answered with 11 points and 6 rebounds and forward Rihards Adins (196-94) added 4 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for U18. U18's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Liepaja maintains fourth place with 4-5 record, which they share with Jelgava. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with six games lost. Liepaja's next round opponent will be league's leader Valmiera on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. U18's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga VEF Riga.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: A.Bricis 22+9reb+1ast, J.Timma 17+2reb+1ast, I.Jakovics 12+4reb+8ast, K.Miglinieks 12+5reb+3ast, A.Ate 12+3reb+3ast, M.Kravcenko 11+1reb+2ast
U18: I.Zvigurs 11+6reb+2ast, R.Krastins 7, E.Stelmahers 6+1reb, D.Brizgalovs 5+1reb, I.Gromovs 5+1reb, R.Adins 4+6reb
gschID: 149873


LU - Jurmala 94-91

The most exciting game of round 11 in the LBL took place in Riga. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Jurmala (4-7) to sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (4-6) 94-91 in the game for the sixth place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Jurmala won third quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Latvijas Universitate made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Jurmala only scored eight points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by Jurmala helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Davis Coders (182-92) scored 18 points and 6 assists. Four Latvijas Universitate and five Jurmala players scored in double figures. Jurmala's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Latvijas Universitate maintains sixth place with 4-6 record. Newly promoted Jurmala dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Latvijas Universitate are looking forward to face higher ranked Jelgava (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jurmala will play against Turiba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 33+6reb+1ast, K.Dargais 15+7reb+1ast, H.Rubenis 13+3reb+1ast, A.Osins 10+9reb+3ast, R.Zebergs 6+7reb, M.Vitols 6+2reb+3ast
Jurmala: E.Jonats 19+12reb+3ast, D.Coders 18+3reb+6ast, J.Kosuskins 17+6reb+3ast, A.Ozols 17+6reb+1ast, R.Vaikulis 14+4ast, U.Pinete 4+4reb
gschID: 149874


Valmiera - Turiba 80-61

LBL top team - Valmiera (9-3) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Turiba (3-7) 80-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Turiba. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera. Turiba managed to win fourth quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valmiera dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Turiba's 26. The best player for the winners was power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) chipped in 18 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Five Valmiera players scored in double figures. Forward Kristaps Mediss (188-89, agency: FCM) produced 21 points and center Roberts Mednis (204-89) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Valmiera maintains first place with 9-3 record. Loser Turiba dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Valmiera will meet at home Liepaja (#5) in the next round. Turiba will play against Jurmala and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: E.Kalve 18+3ast, V.Bikse 14+3reb+2ast, J.Rozitis 12+8reb+3ast, A.Butjankovs 12+6reb+1ast, J.Lucas 10+4reb+5ast, O.Virsis 8+3reb+1ast
Turiba: K.Mediss 21+2reb, R.Mednis 8+6reb+1ast, M.Steinbergs 7+3reb+4ast, M.Rudmiezis 6+2reb+1ast, J.Dilevka 6+4reb, J.Kalnins 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 149875




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


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  LITHUANIA   


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


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas UZKURAITIS
  Delikate.
  (189-G-85)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Uzkuraitis, Delika.23.3 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.23.1 
 3. Maneikis, Meresta20.1 
 4. Rakauskas, Radvili.19.7 
 5. Lengvinas, Nafta17.8 
 6. Brown, Mazeikiai17.3 
 7. Pancerevas, Silute17.0 
 8. Jucikas, AB.17.0 
 9. Gudaitis, Gargzdai17.0 
 10. Mineikis, Radvili.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Gargzdai
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.8 
 2. Mineikis, Radvilis.9.3 
 3. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.9.1 
 4. Urbonas, LK.8.4 
 5. Kumpys, Nafta U.8.2 
 6. Jogela, Zalgir.8.1 
 7. Vaitiekunas, Triob.7.9 
 8. Ramanauskas, Radvi.7.8 
 9. Jucikas, AB.7.6 
 10. Linkevicius, Trio.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Paulius MALASAUSKAS
  LKKA-.
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Malasauskas, LKKA.6.1 
 2. Razutis, Silute5.2 
 3. Semaska, Perla.4.8 
 4. Varanauskas, Stat.4.6 
 5. Vasiliauskas, Trio.4.6 
 6. Kvedaraviciu., Del.4.6 
 7. Artamonov, Meresta4.6 
 8. Vileita, Perla.4.5 
 9. Kurauskas, AB.4.4 
 10. Kuklierius, Matin.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tauras JOGELA
  Zalgir.
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jogela, Zalgir.2.8 
 2. Slivka, Meresta2.7 
 3. Razutis, Silute2.6 
 4. Brown, Mazeikiai2.2 
 5. Vileita, Perla.2.1 
 6. Krivonis, Matinga-.1.9 
 7. Uzkuraitis, Delika.1.9 
 8. Juknevicius, Triob.1.9 
 9. Lengvinas, Nafta1.8 
 10. Paliukenas, S.Mar.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (214-C-92)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Urbonas, LK.3.4 
 2. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.7 
 3. Vaitiekunas, Triob.1.4 
 4. Jucikas, AB.1.4 
 5. Gvazdaitis, Mating.1.2 
 6. Pupinis, Matinga-.1.2 
 7. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.1 
 8. Stakenas, Statyba0.9 
 9. Kaubrys, Silute0.9 
 10. Vorotnikovas, Tri.0.9 


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  MEXICO   


Joe Jellybean Bryant hired to coach Abejas - by Alejandro Martinez
Guanajuato - Abejas de Guanajuato has come to an agreement with Joe Bryant (agency: SportsList Inc. ) to take over coaching duties for the club. Bryant is the father to the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Joe had a long career in the NBA and in Italy. As a coach, Bryant might be best known for coaching the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, also having some years in the ABA, but he had many successful seasons coaching in Japan as the Eastern Division Champion and BJ League Finalist in 2009 as the Head Coach of the Tokyo Apache. Bryant will meet up with the club on it's road trip to last year's LNBP Champion Toros de Nuevo Laredo and will be with Abejas for the remainder of the season. The previous coach Jackson Dunbar unfortunately had an illness and that brought about the change in leadership. Abejas currently stands some points back in the playoff hunt but with a good final push to the season they can climb back in it.

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  MONTENEGRO   


Mornar finished the 2011 Balkan League year with a victory - by Darko Pekic
Mornar defeated BC Timisoara 79:77 at home in a really interesting and close game. It was the right way to finish a good year in Balkan League, a year decorated with a Balkan League Finals (lost against Feni Industries in Macedonia). Mornar had alot of problem to beat the tough Romanian side.

BC Timisoara was the more active team in the opening minutes of last nights game but after a couple of minutes Mornar took the lead and had 28:19 advantage after the first quarter. In the second quarter BC Timisoara started again strong and Mornar was unable to score for the most time of the quarter. The guest went happy to the halftime break with 4 points advantage (38:42).

After the break Timisoara increased the lead, led by the incredible dunker Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina), but Mornar answered and the result after 3 quarters was tied. The last quarter was decisive and the game entered in an unexpected finish. Mirza Sarajlija (187-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored a three, equalizing the game at 68:68, and scoring all of his teams points so far in the quarter. Bogdan Popescu (200-F-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) made it 68:70, but Sarajlija scored another three for 71:70, as this was his 12th point in the quarter. Timisoara led 71:74 after baskets by Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Archie, but Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) and Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) scored and it was tied at 74:74 with 2 minutes to go. Popescu made a free-throw for 74:75, but Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) responded with a three - 77:75 with 1.15 to go. Once again Popescu stepped up and tied the game at 77:77, before Radoje Vujosevic (210-C-89) gave Mornar a vital 79:77 lead with 15 seconds left in the game. In the following offense Vujosevic blocked Zlatko Jovanovics shot and Mornar grabbed the win.

The best player in Mornar was once again Akeem Scott with 19 points and 4 assists. Ivan Jelenic (190-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell) added 15 points and Mirza Sarajlija scored 13, but was very inspired in the last quarter. He scored all his points in the last 10 minutes! On the other side, Dominique Archie and Bogdan Popescu had 14 points each.


Buducnost found a replacement for Vucevic - by Darko Pekic
Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) will replace Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC). It was announced today by Buducnost sports director Gavrilo Pajovic (187-G-71). 'It will be hard to replace Nikola but we beleive in Vladimir Tica who has enough experience to help us under the basket'- said Pajovic.

The 30 year old globetrotter is a product of Red Star Belgrade basketball program. After 5 professional seasons in red and white jersey, he moved to Hemofarm in 2003. He also played in Ukraine, Russia, Poland and many other countries. Tica will have his first work out with his new teammates tomorow morning.


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  NBA   


As NBA players, owners vote, drama remains over deal nobody likes - by Eurobasket News
In the hours before a vote to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement, it should be no surprise drama and angst are unfolding on both sides of what once seemed to be a massive, impossibly wide gap between NBA players and owners.

Nobody gives up power or money without a fight, and the instinct to argue, bicker, mistrust and throw tantrums was not cured when the two sides finally reached an agreement to save the season 11 days ago.

Those instincts were still sharp Wednesday as players convened on a conference call -- the second such call in as many days, sources said -- to explain the deal points that have been finalized since negotiators reached a tentative agreement in the early morning hours of Nov. 26. The i's are being dotted and t's crossed, and the players are voting electronically on the deal from 6 p.m. ET Wednesday until 4 p.m. ET Thursday -- when the owners' Board of Governors also will vote.

A block of players upset about givebacks the union made continues to make noise about wanting their votes to approve the deal tied to an ouster of National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter and the players' executive committee. Most, if not all, of those players have been talked down from the ledge, sources involved in the process said. But that doesn't mean everybody on both sides is happy with the final product.

Within hours after the agreement was reached, the NBA snapped right back to business as usual. After a five-month lockout and 2 years of arguing about ways to make the league economically profitable and competitively balanced, the same old storylines returned, as though nothing had changed. Dwight Howard wants to play for the Lakers, Chris Paul wants to play for the Knicks, Deron Williams is keeping his options open, etc., etc.

'I don't know what it was all for,' said one Eastern Conference general manager who is disappointed that the new CBA -- and all that was sacrificed to achieve it -- apparently has changed nothing about the game's biggest stars wanting to flock to the glamour teams and the biggest markets.

In fact, in many ways the new rules have put even more pressure on teams with big stars who are approaching free agency. Hornets general manager Dell Demps launched full speed this week into serious trade talks on multiple fronts for superstar Chris Paul, whose exit could be accelerated by rules that mute the home-team advantages of a more lucrative extension and the fallback option of a max deal through a sign-and-trade. If the Hornets are going to get close to full value -- or anything at all -- they may have to trade Paul in the coming weeks, or even days.

In Orlando, CEO Bob Vander Weide -- a member of the owners' labor relations committee that negotiated the rules that could expedite Howard's departure -- stepped down this week after admitting he placed a late-night phone call to Howard 'after a couple glasses of wine' and reportedly begged him to stay. Once Magic GM Otis Smith speaks with Howard about what the All-Star center wants, he may find himself in the same boat as Demps -- scrambling to get value for his star rather than risk losing him for nothing.

'None of the system issues, no matter how you spin it, changed dramatically,' another team executive said. 'In some cases, they got worse. So what really was accomplished?'

The audacity on the ownership side to complain about a deal that shifts $3 billion over 10 years from players to teams by reducing the players' share of basketball-related income from 57 to about 50 percent provides a window into how excruciatingly difficult the deal was to negotiate. And it makes you wonder why certain players and agents are so upset with Hunter and the executive committee -- and whether they were simply misinformed, wrong or had an agenda against Hunter and the union leadership all along.

'Billy's the same guy who negotiated the last collective bargaining agreement that all the players took heat for, and now everybody is scratching and clawing trying to hold onto that CBA,' said Maurice Evans, a union vice president and member of the executive committee. 'And I'm finding that they're going to be doing the same thing with this one. The players will have the opportunity to opt out in six years, and I would bet that they won't.'

That opinion is shared by a person involved in the ownership side of the deal who disputed the notion that this was an outright win for the league's negotiators.

'When we look back on this in probably five years -- because the deal can open after six -- I think there's going to be a different attitude,' the person said. 'I'm pretty sure people are going to say the players came out of this in pretty good shape.'

Given what the players held onto in the face of a ruthless negotiating stance put forth by the owners -- guaranteed contracts, same max contract levels, no rollbacks, no reduction in rookie scale or veterans' minimum -- the saber-rattling from those disappointed in the deal has been difficult to swallow for the players who were involved in negotiating it. Executive committee members who've spoken with disgruntled players in recent days said none of them offered a suggestion for who should replace Hunter if he were removed. And few of those players were around for the months and months of negotiations that eventually yielded a compromise that both sides could live with before the season was lost.

One person involved in the negotiations pointed to one of the brightest players in the league, Shane Battier, who stood up in an NBPA regional meeting during the summer and demanded that Hunter reveal whether he was still taking his reported $2.5 million salary during the lockout.

'He's the same guy who is now fighting for the mid-level exception, asking teams to sign him to same mid-level we negotiated for the players -- the same mid-level that the owners wanted to decimate and do away with,' the person said.

Support for Hunter is unwavering among executive committee members, though it hasn't always been that way. Matt Bonner of the Spurs, long involved in NBPA activities, was elected to the executive board during this past All-Star weekend -- and came to the role with deep suspicions about Hunter's leadership.

'When I got elected, I didn't have 100 percent confidence in Billy and all the union officials,' Bonner said. 'I was really curious to see how the process was going to go and see if these were the right people who would do the best job. ... After being part of the process, I have absolutely 100 percent confidence that we did the best job and we got the best deal we could get given the situation. I have Billy's back 100 percent, and we'll support him until the end.'

While the voices of discontent from the outside appear to be wavering, the possibility existed that the players' vote Wednesday and Thursday could deteriorate into something it shouldn't be: a referendum on Hunter. The executive director, 69, has at least four years left on a contract that was renewed within the past year and, like commissioner David Stern, will not be in place when the next deal is negotiated.

Among the most vocal players questioning the deal in its aftermath were key members of the Boston Celtics: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, sources said. Pierce is represented by agent Jeff Schwartz, who was among a group of seven agents from six of the most powerful agencies who had unsuccessfully pushed for the players to decertify as early as July. All three play for an owner, Wyc Grousbeck, who was an undisputed hawk on the labor relations committee in pushing for a deal that, among other things, all but eliminated the extend-and-trade provision that landed Garnett in Boston in 2007.

In recent days, armed with the knowledge that New Orleans may lose Paul and Orlando may lose Howard, in part because of the new rules, the Celtics were working hard on a strategy that would bring both of them to Boston. Paul would come first via a trade, after which he would sign a five-year, $100 million deal and try to lure Howard there as a free agent.

While commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver had their hands full with hard-line owners who were intent on crushing the players even if it meant losing the season, the role of activist players and agents on the union side has been grossly underplayed. The conflict continued even after the union disclaimed interest on Nov. 14, paving the way for the antitrust lawsuits that helped create some of the leverage that led to the final negotiating push that achieved the deal.

According to multiple people involved in the process, associates of players attorney David Boies had to hold a secretive conference call with players who'd signed decertification cards on the weekend after the initial antitrust claims were filed separately in California and Minnesota. Many of those players had been led to believe that moving forward with decertification -- renouncing union leadership as the sole collective bargaining representative of the players -- would help the disclaimer of interest path chosen by Hunter and Boies. It wasn't true; Boies' associates explained that decertifying would actually hurt the disclaimer and open the door for the NBA's attorneys to prove that the maneuver was a sham.

'It was like a gotcha moment for the players,' a person involved in the process said.

Sabotaging the disclaimer and antitrust actions would've been devastating to the players' cause, since compromising their legal standing to challenge the lockout as an illegal boycott would've caused the strategy to blow up in the union's face. It was just one of many examples of poor communication between union leaders and the rank and file -- partly due to faulty organization and planning and partly due to a lack of interest among players. The vast majority of players didn't become actively involved in negotiations until frustration with the owners' stance was so heated that it threatened to derail what little progress was being made.

A key bargaining session Oct. 4 at the Westin Times Square was typical of how superstars who'd been previously uninvolved swooped in to try to move the negotiations forward -- only to learn the hard way how determined the owners were to break them. That was the night when Garnett, Pierce and Lakers star Kobe Bryant found themselves immersed in the first back-and-forth about the framework of a 50-50 BRI split that would be the backbone of the final agreement that was reached nearly eight weeks later.

'We'd been negotiating all spring, all summer, and it was like banging your head against the wall -- no movement, really frustrating, many hours spent, lots of sacrifice,' Bonner said. 'You don't get paid for it, but we made that commitment on behalf of all the players, to no avail.

'And then you've got some of the bigger-name guys rolling in and thinking, 'OK, you guys aren't doing a good job and now that I'm here I'm going to get this deal done. ...'' Bonner said. 'And then we get into the negotiating room and sure enough, by the end of the day, they're right with us -- right on the same page. They get it and realize how difficult and frustrating and painful a process it is and was.'

The same dynamic has continued to unfold this week, right up to the players' vote. Union leaders held a conference call with players and agents Tuesday, and a call open to all 450 players was held Wednesday in advance of the vote. Allen, who once had reservations about the deal, has 'turned all the way around 180,' said a person who spoke with him recently. Garnett, pounding his chest about what a bad deal this was for the players only a few days ago, is now said to be 'cool' after spending at least an hour on the phone Tuesday with a member of the union's negotiating team.

'It's a huge misunderstanding and it's really sad,' said Evans, who got his degree in education from the University of Texas last weekend. 'It's sad to see that so many players are controlled by their agents. They work for their agents instead of vice versa.'

The final product is something that neither side is happy with. From the restrictions on tax-paying teams, to little if any curtailment of superstars' desires to congregate in glamorous cities, to a compressed, 66-game schedule that is ripe for injuries and the ugliest brand of basketball -- this is the best that could be done? The same deal couldn't have been done weeks ago, saving a full or more realistically scheduled season?

Both sides are asking the same questions, and whether that's proof of a good compromise or a bad deal won't be evident for years.

'It's been a long, painstaking process,' Bonner said. 'And it looks like it's going to be that way right up until the very end.'

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


UConn Reunion in China - by Alex Yam
From the bright lights of the NCAA Tournament in 2006, to the crowded world that is known as China in 2011, Marcus Williams and Josh Boone were college teammates at the University of Connecticut, and now are on opposite teams in the Chinese Basketball Association, which is quickly becoming the next basketball superpower.

Marcus Williams is the floor general on the Jiangsu Nangang Dragons, while Boone anchors the middle for the Zheijiang Chouzhou team. Williams just arrived to in China about 1 week ago, and is still getting to know the league and his own team, while Boone now considered a vet, is entering his 2nd full season in China with the same team.

China offers some very interesting on-court stories this season, with most teams having a former NBA player on their roster, while the league has exploded in popularity globally. In lieu of the NBA lockout, the league has really benefited from the mass exodus of NBA players to China.

Only in China, can you have 2 Huskies, 3 Nuggets, and a Duck in playing on the same days/nights.


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


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


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Cavel Witter Introduction - by Cavel Witter
Hello my name is Cavel Witter (183-G-87, college: Creighton). I am a 2010 Creighton University graduate and a dedicated basketball player. During my college career I played combo-guard for the Bluejays where I was able to achieve new personal highs and break team records that helped me gain the confidence and recognition that I needed to fuel my passion for the game and take it to the next level. After graduating from college I continued my passion by playing my first season in the Portugal with Terceira Basket. However, things didn't go too well for me due to an injury that caused me to have surgery and miss most of the season. I admit, I was disappointed that I didn't get to finish the season, but my heart and mind stayed focused on the bigger picture that I will eventually have another chance to play the sport I love. Now I am back on the court and in Portugal playing for Barreirense under Coach Herra. We are currently on a six game winning streak, and we are practicing and playing to get better each day. We are currently third in the conference, but that is something that we would like to change as we hope for the best. I'am looking forward to having a great season with my new team; it excites me to have the chance again to improve individually and as a team player.

Tough L's But Its A Long Season - by Nate Bowie
We as a team have been going through a bit of a rough patch some might call it. But the beauty of that is that we have enough ample time to build from our mistakes. We droped a few close games that we needed on the road and at home. But thats in the past, so we must prepare and close out the first half of the season with a bit of a bright note. As we enter this week we get ready to enter another cup game against I beileve Alges. If we win than we will be in the top 8 which is some what of an accomplishment for our club. As a team we have to get back to what got us here and do what we can to get wins. I want to wish my family and friends back home a happy holidays and may we all have safe travels. Want to also thank my endorse 2DaHole for providing me with the proper gear to perform on the court. http://www.2dahole.com/

Until next time always remember 'the future depends on what we do in the present'.
Xau
Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas)


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Piratas de Quebradillas sign Hourruitiner, will play in FIBA-Americas League: - by Luis Modestti
Piratas de Quebradillas have been busy in the last couple of weeks. Their first big move was signing Rolando Hourruitiner as their head coach.

Hourruitiner was the head coach of Cangrejeros de Santuce since 2010 but became available because his former team announced that they won't play next season. His assistants in Quebradillas are Mandy Cancel and Xavier Miranda.

Quebradillas also also announced that they will play in the 2012 FIBA Americas League. Team owner Felix 'Felo' Rivera said that his team will be in La Guaira, Venezuela in the first week of March to play against Bucaneros (Venezuela), Regatas Corrientes (Argentina) and Flamengo Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Since the FIBA-Americas League and BSN are scheduled to start close to the same date (February-March), Quebradillas hopes to have their full roster in place. They expect to have Joel Jones, David Huertas among others active for both commitments. The team is expected to announce more roster moves soon.

Piratas join Capitanes de Arecibo as the only Puerto Rican teams to play in the FIBA Americas League next year.



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EuroChallenge: Antwerp outscored U-Mobitelco in Romania - by Eurobasket News
U.Mobitel.CN - Antwerp 72:74

Antwerp outscored U-Mobitelco in Romania to secure the ticket to the next round of EuroChallenge. The Belgian team improved to 4-1 record after 74:72 win.
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Antwerp Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) stepped up and scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Roel Moors (190-G-78) chipped in 11 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and American swingman Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) scored 13 points and 7 assists.
The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Antwerp Giants. They maintain first place in Group E with 4-1 record, which they share with Chalon. Defending Romanian champion U-Mobitelco keeps the third position with four games lost.

Antwerp: Darnell Wilson 25, Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) 13, Roel Moors 11, Vaughn 10
U.Mobitel.CN: Zoran Krstanovic 22+11rebs, Kyndall Dykes 13, Tyler Morris (187-G-86, college: Boston U.) 12, Mihail-Octavian Paul (192-G-82) 9



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EuroChallenge: Etha shock Triumph in Lyubertsy - by Eurobasket News
Triumph - Etha 60:68

Etha shock Triumph in Lyubertsy for 3-2 record in Group F. Russian Triumph Lyubertsy suffered their first loss after 60:68 defeat.
It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Triumph Lyubertsy. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group F. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-13. But Triumph Lyubertsy won second period 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Etha forced 20 Triumph Lyubertsy turnovers. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) stepped up and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import Ken Tutt (185-PG-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) responded with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) scored 13 points.
Etha are looking forward to face Okapi Aalstar on the road in the last round, which may be the game of the day. Triumph Lyubertsy will play against Olin Edirne and is hoping to win this game.

Triumph: Artem Kuzyakin 13, Davon Jefferson 12
Etha: Darryl Watkins 22+9rebs, Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) 11, Ken Tutt 10+10rebs, Jackson 10



Superleague Round 15: Universitet-Yugra is defeated by TEMP-SUMZ Revda - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game between third ranked Universitet-Yugra (8-4) and fourth ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (7-5) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Universitet-Yugra was defeated by TEMP-SUMZ Revda in Revda 79-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Universitet-Yugra. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-64. TEMP-SUMZ Revda dominated on the defensive end, holding Universitet-Yugra to just 2 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Universitet-Yugra 41-22 including a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Maksim Baranov (192-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 4 steals. Forward Aleksey Kirjanov (206-81) helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) with 14 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Universitet-Yugra's coach rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TEMP-SUMZ Revda maintains fourth place with 7-5 record, which they share with Rjazan. Universitet-Yugra at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. TEMP-SUMZ Revda is looking forward to face league's second-placed Ataman in Rostov in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Universitet-Yugra will play at home against Rjazan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth ranked Rjazan (7-5) crushed at home 9th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (1-11) by 20 points 88-68, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a quality performance for power forward Andrey Kirdyachkin (207-90) who led the winners and scored 24 points. Oleg Bartunov accounted for 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Center Dmitriy Ponosov (220-84) came up with 6 points and 11 rebounds for Sojuz Zaretchny in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rjazan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with TEMP-SUMZ. Sojuz Zaretchny lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Rjazan will play against higher ranked Universitet-Yugra (#3) in Surgut in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sojuz Zaretchny will play at home against Spartak V. (#8) in Moscow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: Ruskon-Mord. lost to Ataman on the opponent's court 51-63. Rjazan managed to outperform Sojuz Zaretchny in a home game 84-68. Ruskon-Mord. recorded a loss to Ataman on the road 73-59.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 9 rebounds by Vladimir Belov of Ataman.



Rjazan - Sojuz Zaretchny 88-68

Fifth ranked Rjazan (7-5) crushed at home 9th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (1-11) by 20 points 88-68, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Rjazan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Sojuz Zaretchny's 20. It was a quality performance for power forward Andrey Kirdyachkin (207-90) who led the winners and scored 24 points. Forward Oleg Bartunov (197-85, agency: RIZO) accounted for 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. Four Rjazan players scored in double figures. Center Dmitriy Ponosov (220-84) came up with 6 points and 11 rebounds and forward Denis Novikov (200-85) added 12 points respectively for Sojuz Zaretchny in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rjazan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with TEMP-SUMZ. Sojuz Zaretchny lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Rjazan will play against higher ranked Universitet-Yugra (#3) in Surgut in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sojuz Zaretchny will play at home against Spartak V. (#8) in Moscow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rjazan: A.Kirdyachkin 24+4reb+1ast, O.Bartunov 14+5reb+9ast, V.Kazakov 13+9reb, F.Klyuchnikov 12+2reb, P.Shavkunov 7+3reb+2ast, V.Ivlev 7+5reb+3ast
Sojuz Zaretchny: D.Novikov 12+4reb, R.Vasilev 10+5reb, A.Pushkin 10+2reb+1ast, V.Sleta 10+4reb, K.Slepukha 9+3reb+1ast, D.Ponosov 6+11reb+2ast
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Ataman - Ruskon-Mord. 63-51

Very expected game in Rostov where 7th ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (3-9) was defeated by second ranked Ataman (10-2) 63-51. The game without a history. Ataman led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ruskon-Mordovia was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for center Nikolay Krylov (211-81) who led the winners and scored 9 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Igor Smygin (197-87, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 13 points and 4 steals for the winning side. Power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and guard Sergey Chernov (187-86) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Ruskon-Mordovia in the defeat. Ruskon-Mordovia's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ataman have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Ataman maintains second place with 10-2 record having just -9 point less than leader Ural Ekaterinb. Ruskon-Mordovia lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Ataman will play against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#5) on the road in the next round. Ruskon-Mordovia will play against Severstal in Cherepovec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ataman: I.Smygin 13+4reb+1ast, V.Zuev 12+2reb+2ast, N.Krylov 9+13reb+1ast, I.Oleynikov 7+1ast, A.Voron 6+3reb+1ast, V.Belov 6+3reb+1ast
Ruskon-Mord.: A.Kuznetsov 12+12reb+2ast, D.Rozhkovskiy 11+2reb+2ast, S.Chernov 9+8reb+1ast, A.Ageev 8+3reb, R.Semerninov 5+4reb, V.Lidyaev 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 155390


Rjazan - Sojuz Zaretchny 84-68

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Rjazan (7-5) defeated at home bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (1-11) 84-68. Sojuz Zaretchny was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 49-31 second half run of Rjazan. They also forced 19 Sojuz Zaretchny turnovers and had a 35-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sojuz Zaretchny was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Oleg Bartunov (197-85, agency: RIZO) accounted for 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Four Rjazan players scored in double figures. Forward Denis Novikov (200-85) came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds and guard Pavel Aleksandrov (196-89) added 12 points and 6 assists respectively for Sojuz Zaretchny in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Rjazan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with TEMP-SUMZ. Sojuz Zaretchny lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Rjazan will play against higher ranked Universitet-Yugra (#3) in Surgut in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sojuz Zaretchny will play at home against Spartak V. (#8) in Moscow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rjazan: A.Vzdykhalkin 22+11reb+1ast, F.Klyuchnikov 16+4reb+3ast, O.Bartunov 15+10reb+1ast, V.Kazakov 14+8reb+1ast, A.Kirdyachkin 8+1reb+1ast, V.Ivlev 6+5reb+2ast
Sojuz Zaretchny: D.Novikov 20+9reb+1ast, P.Aleksandrov 12+2reb+6ast, S.Karpov 9+1reb+1ast, D.Ponosov 8+11reb, A.Burtsev 7+3reb+3ast, V.Sleta 4+1reb
gschID: 155391


TEMP-SUMZ - Univ.Surgut 79-64

The game between third ranked Universitet-Yugra (8-4) and fourth ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (7-5) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Universitet-Yugra was defeated by TEMP-SUMZ Revda in Revda 79-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Universitet-Yugra. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-64. TEMP-SUMZ Revda dominated on the defensive end, holding Universitet-Yugra to just 2 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Universitet-Yugra 41-22 including a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Maksim Baranov (192-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 4 steals. Forward Aleksey Kirjanov (206-81) helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) with 14 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Ilia Aleksandrov (194-81) scored 13 points. Universitet-Yugra's coach rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TEMP-SUMZ Revda maintains fourth place with 7-5 record, which they share with Rjazan. Universitet-Yugra at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. TEMP-SUMZ Revda is looking forward to face league's second-placed Ataman in Rostov in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Universitet-Yugra will play at home against Rjazan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TEMP-SUMZ: A.Kirjanov 17+4reb+2ast, M.Baranov 17+4reb+2ast, S.Khlopov 14+7reb+1ast, I.Evgrafov 8+3reb+2ast, A.Komarov 6+6reb, S.Tokarev 6+3reb+4ast
Univ.Surgut: L.Lekavicius 14+3reb+5ast, I.Aleksandrov 13+1reb+1ast, V.Shevel 10+2reb+1ast, A.Ekimov 9+3reb, D.Beliaev 6+5reb, M.Dybovskiy 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 155387


Ataman - Ruskon-Mord. 73-59

Not a big story in a game in Rostov where 7th ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (3-9) was defeated by second ranked Ataman (10-2) 73-59. Ataman dominated on the defensive end, holding Ruskon-Mordovia to just 6 points in second quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Ruskon-Mordovia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for forward Vladimir Belov (207-84) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Center Nikolay Krylov (211-81) accounted for 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Four Ataman players scored in double figures. Power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) came up with 11 points and 9 rebounds and guard Sergey Chernov (187-86) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for Ruskon-Mordovia in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Ataman have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Ataman maintains second place with 10-2 record having just -9 point less than leader Ural Ekaterinb. Ruskon-Mordovia lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Ataman will play against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#5) on the road in the next round. Ruskon-Mordovia will play against Severstal in Cherepovec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ataman: V.Belov 20+9reb+2ast, N.Krylov 15+11reb+2ast, S.Vorotnikov 14+3reb+1ast, D.Zibirov 11+1reb+3ast, I.Smygin 8+4reb+2ast, I.Oleynikov 3+3reb+3ast
Ruskon-Mord.: A.Kuznetsov 11+9reb+1ast, D.Rozhkovskiy 11, S.Chernov 11+3reb+5ast, V.Lidyaev 9+3reb, R.Semerninov 7+9reb+2ast, A.Krylov 6+1reb
gschID: 155388




Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Ural Ekaterinb. 13-3 
 2. Ataman 10-2 
 3. Univ.Surgut 8-4 
 4. Rjazan 7-5 
 5. TEMP-SUMZ 7-5 
 6. Severstal 5-7 
 7. Ruskon-Mord. 3-9 
 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.14.2 
 4. Lekavicius, Univ.S.13.3 
 5. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.12.8 
 6. Sotnikov, TE.12.6 
 7. Zibirov, Ataman12.4 
 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. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.6.4 
 6. Zaykin, TE.6.3 
 7. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.3 
 8. Nikolaev, Ural E.5.9 
 9. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.8 
 10. Varlamov, Ural E.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.4 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman4.7 
 3. Glazunov, Ural E.4.6 
 4. Bartunov, Rjazan4.3 
 5. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.4.3 
 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, Ataman2.7 
 3. Bartunov, Rjazan1.9 
 4. Glazunov, Ural E.1.9 
 5. Smygin, Ataman1.7 
 6. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.7 
 7. Ageev, Ruskon-M.1.6 
 8. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.5 
 9. Babitchev, Spart.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. Varlamov, Ural E.1.4 
 3. Gresev, Ataman1.4 
 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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Nikola Vasic in Crvena Zvezda Beograd - by Zoran Popovic
Experienced guard Nikola Vasic (194-G-84, agency: Interperformances) signs contract with Crvena Zvezda Beogra untill the end of season. Vasic came in Crvena Zvezda Beograd in august, but on pre-season game he was injured. Vasic started career in FMP Zeleznik, played for Workers, Borac Cacak, Etosa Alicante, Triumph Lyubertsy, Fuenlabrada, BC Kyiv and Politekhnika-Halychyna. With FMP Zeleznik Vasic won Adriatic league 2006. Nikola Vasic was member of Serbia and Montenegro U18 and University National team.

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Anthony shout out from Slovakia! - by Anthony Jones
Hello, I am Anthony Jones and currently playing basketball in the 1st League of Slovakia for MBK Handlova. Currently my team is in the 6th position. We have been battling many injuries and sickness from multiple players. If we all get healthy we can make a big push into the top 4. It has been up and down for the team, we lose a few games then win a couple. We lost 4 games within 4 points and less which is very tough so we have to finish the games strong. Individually I am doing pretty good, leading the league in scoring and 2nd in assists and steals. I just want to continue to get better and go far as possible into the playoffs.
The living style here is very different here in Slovakia than from the states but I adjusted rapidly. It is a small village where I am and it is absolutely nothing to do here at all but it is good for me because I concentrate on basketball and getting better everyday. In the states I have a car, I just get in the car and go where ever I want to, it is always something to do or somewhere to go. But here I dont have a car and I walk most of the time which is a big adjustment. I never watch television since I came to Europe, I dont understand the language so I use the internet to watch movies and television series. But Europe pretty much fits my style, I love watching movies and playing games so Im not the going out person to the club and I dont drink or smoke so it is not that bad for me.

This is my first blog and I will update it often, stay tuned as you read about the journey of my life.. Thanks for your time

Anthony Jones


Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Nitra 12-3 
 2. Komarno 10-6 
 3. Prievidza 10-7 
 4. Nova Ves 9-8 
 5. Svit 8-8 
 6. Handlova 8-9 
 7. Levice 7-10 
 8. Vahostav-Zilina 5-11 
 9. B.Bystrica 5-12 


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Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Helios 9-0 
 2. Elektra 7-2 
 3. Zlatorog 6-3 
 4. Sentjur 5-3 
 5. Rogaska 4-4 
 6. Maribor Messer 4-5 
 7. Geoplin Slovan 3-5 
 8. Polzela 3-5 
 9. LTHcast Mercator 1-8 
 10. Parklji 1-8 
Play in international cups:
 1. Krka
 2. Union Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Panic, Zlatorog17.7 
 2. Rizvic, Parklji16.9 
 3. Prepelic, Helios16.8 
 4. Maric, Sentjur16.6 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur16.0 
 6. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.15.8 
 7. Drzic, Sentjur15.0 
 8. Djugum, Geoplin14.8 
 9. Rembert, Sentjur14.4 
 10. Pasalic, Helios13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante DJUGUM
  Geoplin .
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Djugum, Geoplin9.5 
 2. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.9.1 
 3. Miljkovic, Rogaska9.1 
 4. Rizvic, Parklji8.7 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur6.9 
 6. Nuhanovic, Elektra6.7 
 7. Pasalic, Helios6.7 
 8. Maric, Sentjur6.4 
 9. Mucic, Maribor6.2 
 10. Zolotic, Maribor6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  Geoplin .
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Rupnik, Geoplin6.9 
 2. Rembert, Sentjur5.5 
 3. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.7 
 4. Jovanovic, Maribo.4.0 
 5. Tomic, Rogaska3.9 
 6. Gay, Helios3.8 
 7. Prepelic, Helios3.7 
 8. Hohler, Polzela3.7 
 9. Panic, Zlatorog3.3 
 10. Fon, Geoplin Slov.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nejc KOBAL
  Parklji
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Kobal, Parklji2.9 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast2.9 
 3. Vujasinovic, Zlato.2.1 
 4. Fon, Geoplin Slovan2.0 
 5. Lelic, Elektra1.9 
 6. Maric, Sentjur1.8 
 7. Rembert, Sentjur1.8 
 8. Lorbek, Parklji1.7 
 9. Panic, Zlatorog1.7 
 10. Zagorc, Elektra1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.7 
 2. Sebic, Sentjur1.1 
 3. Sviridov, Polzela1.1 
 4. Omic, Zlatorog1.1 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur1.1 
 6. Djugum, Geoplin1.0 
 7. Guna, Elektra1.0 
 8. Primorac, Sentjur0.9 
 9. Cresnar, Helios0.8 
 10. Mucic, Maribor0.7 


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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 19-4
 2. Anyang KGC 15-7
 3. Sonic Boom KT 15-8
 4. KCC Egis 15-8
 5. SK Knights 11-11
 6. ET Land 11-11
 7. Mobis Phoebus 10-12
 8. LG Sakers 8-14
 9. Daegu Orions 4-18
 10. Samsung Th. 4-19


KBL Round 24: Anyang KGC is defeated by KCC Egis - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Anyang between second ranked Anyang KGC (15-7) and fourth ranked KCC Egis (15-8) on Wednesday night. Anyang KGC was defeated by KCC Egis at home 89-74. The game without a history. KCC Egis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KCC Egis outrebounded Anyang KGC 43-24 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Anyang KGC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds (on 15-of-18 shooting from the field) and American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) who added 26 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Tae-Sool Kim (180-84) with 17 points and 8 assists. KCC Egis moved-up to third place, which they share with Sonic Boom KT. Anyang KGC at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. KCC Egis is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Samsung Thunders (#10) in Seoul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Anyang KGC will have a break next round.
KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (19-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Daegu Orions (4-18) in Wonju 73-66. The winners were led by forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) who scored that evening 19 points and 6 rebounds and Ji-Hyon Park supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 15 points, 20 rebounds and 8 assists by American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) did not help to save the game for Daegu Orions. Dongbu Promy have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-4 record. Daegu Orions at the other side keep the ninth place with 18 games lost. Dongbu Promy will play against SK Knights (#5) in Seoul in the next round. Daegu Orions will play at home against Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Ulsan was also quite interesting. Third ranked Sonic Boom KT (15-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Mobis Phoebus (10-12). Sonic Boom KT did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 71-54 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mobis Phoebus. The best player for the winners was Charles Rhodes who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Sonic Boom KT's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Terrence Leather who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Sonic Boom KT maintains third position with 15-8 record having four points less than leader Dongbu Promy, which they share with KCC Egis. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus dropped to the seventh place with 12 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will meet Daegu Orions (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Mobis Phoebus will play against LG Sakers in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 24 ET Land won against Samsung Th. on the opponent's court 88-72.



Mobis Phoebus - Sonic Boom KT 54-71

The game in Ulsan was also quite interesting. Third ranked Sonic Boom KT (15-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Mobis Phoebus (10-12). Sonic Boom KT did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 71-54 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mobis Phoebus. The game was mostly controlled by Sonic Boom KT. Mobis Phoebus managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mobis Phoebus to just 5 points in second quarter. Sonic Boom KT looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Mobis Phoebus' players. The best player for the winners was American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Sonic Boom KT's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds and the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) added 10 points respectively. Sonic Boom KT maintains third position with 15-8 record having four points less than leader Dongbu Promy, which they share with KCC Egis. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus dropped to the seventh place with 12 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will meet Daegu Orions (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Mobis Phoebus will play against LG Sakers in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: T.Leather 27+15reb+2ast, D.Yang 10+1reb+1ast, D.Kim 5+2reb+1ast, C.Song 5+1reb+1ast, G.Park 3+1reb+1ast, D.Ryang Kim 2+3reb+1ast
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 30+17reb+4ast, S.Cho 13+6reb+3ast, D.Kim 10+1reb+3ast, W.Yaung 8+5reb+2ast, S.Park 6+4reb+4ast, D.Cho 2+2ast
gschID: 145719


Dongbu Promy - Daegu Orions 73-66

KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (19-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Daegu Orions (4-18) in Wonju 73-66. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 23-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Dongbu Promy brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The winners were led by forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) who scored that evening 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Ji-Hyon Park (183-79) supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 15 points, 20 rebounds and 8 assists by American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) did not help to save the game for Daegu Orions. His fellow American import forward Jin-Soo Choi (202, college: Maryland) added 17 points. Dongbu Promy have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-4 record. Daegu Orions at the other side keep the ninth place with 18 games lost. Dongbu Promy will play against SK Knights (#5) in Seoul in the next round. Daegu Orions will play at home against Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Daegu Orions: J.Choi 17+4reb+2ast, C.Williams 15+20reb+8ast, D.Kim 12+3reb+3ast, I.Heo 8+3reb, Y.Park 5+1ast, S.Cho 5+1reb
Dongbu Promy: H.Yoon 19+6reb+3ast, J.Park 19+3reb+4ast, R.Benson 16+7reb, J.Hwang 10+3reb+5ast, J.Kim 7+6reb+2ast, J.Ahn 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145720


Anyang KGC - KCC Egis 74-89

The most important game in the last round took place in Anyang between second ranked Anyang KGC (15-7) and fourth ranked KCC Egis (15-8) on Wednesday night. Anyang KGC was defeated by KCC Egis at home 89-74. The game without a history. KCC Egis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KCC Egis outrebounded Anyang KGC 43-24 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Anyang KGC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds (on 15-of-18 shooting from the field) and American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) who added 26 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four KCC Egis players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Tae-Sool Kim (180-84) with 17 points and 8 assists and American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. KCC Egis moved-up to third place, which they share with Sonic Boom KT. Anyang KGC at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. KCC Egis is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Samsung Thunders (#10) in Seoul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Anyang KGC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: A.Wiggins 18+6reb+1ast, T.Kim 17+2reb+8ast, S.Oh 9+2reb+2ast, J.Lee 9+1reb, H.Yang 9+6reb+4ast, I.Kim 5+3reb+1ast
KCC Egis: S.Ha 33+19reb+2ast, D.Sims 26+8reb+2ast, T.Akins 14+9reb+4ast, S.Choo 11+1ast, M.Sin 5+2reb+3ast, W.Kim 0
gschID: 145721


Samsung Th. - ET Land 72-88

Rather expected game in Seoul where 10th ranked Samsung Thunders (4-19) were defeated by seventh ranked ET Land Elephants (11-11) 88-72 on Wednesday. The game without a history. ET Land Elephants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for ET Land Elephants especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots). American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Five ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) who recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ET Land Elephants moved-up to fifth place, which they share with SK Knights. Loser Samsung Thunders stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Samsung Thunders will play against KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: E.Sandrin 22+7reb+7ast, I.Clark 15+9reb+4ast, W.Lee 14+1reb+3ast, S.Woo 8+3reb+1ast, B.Lee 5+1ast, S.Yoo 4+1reb
ET Land: T.Moon 26+5reb+4ast, H.Hill 15+11reb+2ast, B.Chung 15+2reb+1ast, H.Kang 11+1reb+8ast, K.Shin 10+2reb, H.Lim 5+2reb
gschID: 145722




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Baeringsson stays in Sundsvall for three years - by Andreas Eriksson
Sundsvall Dragons announced the contract extension of PF/C Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) for an additional 3 years. The 29 year old Icelandic player who's in his 2nd year with the club already, signed what's the longest contract in club History. He's considered to be among the best defensive players in the league, and is always a frontrunner for best rebounder in the league. One of the few big man in Swedish League History to record a Triple-Double.

Basketligan Round 15: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Basketligan round 15 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Norrkoping Dolphins (9-4) against seventh ranked Sodertalje Kings (7-8) 86-80 was the most important game of the last round. Norrkoping Dolphins were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 30-22 charge of Sodertalje Kings, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American center Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, college: Cumberland) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) answered with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Norrkoping Dolphins. Sodertalje Kings maintains seventh place with 7-8 record, which they share with Uppsala. Defending champion Norrkoping Dolphins dropped to the third position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by LF Basket. Norrkoping Dolphins will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Sodertalje Kings will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Sundsvall Dragons at home.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked LF Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Norrkoping Dolphins) loss. LF Basket edged 7th ranked Sodertalje Kings in Lulea 80-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sodertalje Kings. It was a great evening for American-German center Urule Igbavboa (206-87, college: Valparaiso) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. Keith Ramsey helped adding 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was American point guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 20 points and 7 assists. Sodertalje Kings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Boras. Sodertalje Kings at the other side keep the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Uppsala. Sodertalje Kings will play next round against strong Sundsvall Dragons trying to get back on the winning streak. LF Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.

The most impressive performance of 15th round was 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Michael Palm of Boras.


Sundsvall - Uppsala 81-64

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Sundsvall Dragons (9-5) beat at home 6th ranked Uppsala Basket (7-8) 81-64 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 46-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sundsvall Dragons dominated on the defensive end, holding Uppsala Basket to just 6 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Uppsala Basket 43-25 including a 36-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sundsvall Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Sundsvall Dragons players scored in double figures. Guard Rickard Eriksson (190-82) answered with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international swingman Stefan Grundberg (198-82, college: Geneva) added 19 points and 6 steals in the effort for Uppsala Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sundsvall Dragons maintains fourth place with 9-5 record. Uppsala Basket lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Sundsvall Dragons will face 08 Stockholm (#5) on the road in the next round. Uppsala Basket will play against 08 Stockholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: S.Grundberg 19+2reb, R.Eriksson 10+5reb+6ast, D.Johnson 10+8reb+1ast, R.Carter 9+4reb+1ast, O.Lindell 8, A.Nordstrom 4+3reb+2ast
Sundsvall: H.Baeringsson 20+10reb+4ast, J.Sigurdarson 20+4reb+2ast, D.Gregory 12+11reb+2ast, P.Ermolinskij 10+7reb+8ast, A.Nilsson 8+4reb, S.Smith 7+2reb+8ast
gschID: 132244


LF Basket - Sodertalje 80-77

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked LF Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Norrkoping Dolphins) loss. LF Basket edged 7th ranked Sodertalje Kings in Lulea 80-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sodertalje Kings. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 26-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. LF Basket made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American-German center Urule Igbavboa (206-87, college: Valparaiso) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Keith Ramsey (206-87, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) helped adding 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four LF Basket players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 20 points and 7 assists and the other American import center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Sodertalje Kings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Boras. Sodertalje Kings at the other side keep the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Uppsala. Sodertalje Kings will play next round against strong Sundsvall Dragons trying to get back on the winning streak. LF Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: J.Smith 20+4reb+7ast, M.Griskenas 18+3reb, K.Simms 16+7reb+1ast, D.Pita 6+2ast, A.Chuk 5+5reb+5ast, A.Lindqvist 5
LF Basket: U.Igbavboa 22+9reb, K.Ramsey 18+9reb+3ast, M.Pahlmblad 17+1reb+3ast, C.Ryan 10+5reb+4ast, J.Safford 9+2reb+1ast, E.Salon 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 132245


Jamtland - Boras 85-97

Very expected game when 9th ranked KFUM Jamtland (6-9) lost at home to third ranked Boras Basket (10-5) 97-85 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 30-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Boras Basket players scored in double figures. Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) answered with 28 points and 6 assists and Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agency: Court Side) added 23 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for KFUM Jamtland. Boras Basket keeps a position of league leader, which they share with LF Basket. Loser KFUM Jamtland keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. Boras Basket will face bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KFUM Jamtland will play against Solna Vikings.
Top scorers:
Jamtland: E.Zabas 28+3reb+6ast, D.Klaric 23+7reb+1ast, B.McKnight 19+3reb+2ast, B.Bjornsson 5+2ast, F.Rasmusson 4+11reb, S.Hellgren 4+1reb+1ast
Boras: M.Palm 24+9reb+4ast, K.Austin 22+4reb+2ast, R.Zamroz 18+4reb+1ast, O.Krayem 16+3reb+3ast, H.Carlsson 9+4reb+1ast, J.Thomas 4+5reb
gschID: 132246


08 - Solna 114-107 OT

OT win for 08 Stockholm, who got 25 points from Hedstrom. Laser netted 27 pts in defeat. 08 Stockholm 7-6, Solna 7-7.
Top scorers:
Solna: T.Laser 27+4reb+5ast, K.Doychinov 23+9reb+2ast, L.Gunnarsson 20+4reb+3ast, L.Myrthil 14+8reb+2ast, W.Walker 10+4reb+3ast, W.Beck 8+5reb+6ast
08: N.Hedstrom 25+4reb+2ast, H.Magnusson 24+8reb+3ast, J.Blom 19+6reb+4ast, G.Nystrom 16+5reb+2ast, J.Akesson 15+6reb+5ast, O.Ilunga 11+2reb+6ast
gschID: 132247


Sodertalje - Norrkoping 86-80

Basketligan round 15 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Norrkoping Dolphins (9-4) against seventh ranked Sodertalje Kings (7-8) 86-80 was the most important game of the last round. Norrkoping Dolphins were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 30-22 charge of Sodertalje Kings, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) answered with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Norrkoping Dolphins. Five Sodertalje Kings and four Norrkoping Dolphins players scored in double figures. Sodertalje Kings maintains seventh place with 7-8 record, which they share with Uppsala. Defending champion Norrkoping Dolphins dropped to the third position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by LF Basket. Norrkoping Dolphins will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Sodertalje Kings will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Sundsvall Dragons at home.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: O.Ayuba 14+6reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 13+6reb+4ast, F.Drains 10+4reb+3ast, E.Jeromanovs 10+4reb+4ast, S.Seay 10+1reb+1ast, M.Lindquist 8+3reb+1ast
Sodertalje: K.Simms 20+8reb+1ast, J.Smith 16+5reb+4ast, A.Chuk 16+3reb+5ast, D.Pita 15+2reb+1ast, M.Griskenas 14+4reb+1ast, J.Andersson 3
gschID: 132243




Palm's 24 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old center Michael Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Boras and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Boras in his team's victory, helping them to beat Jamtland (#9, 6-9) 97-85. Boras is placed at 2nd position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Boras will need more victories to improve their 10-5 record. Palm has many years of experience at Boras, through which he has constantly improved. Western Washington graduate has very impressive stats this year. Palm. Palm is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.0ppg) and averages solid 54.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) of Sundsvall. He is Icelandic forward in his 2nd season at Sundsvall. In the last game Baeringsson recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Sundsvall to another comfortable win 81-64 over the lower-ranked Uppsala (#7, 7-8) being unquestionably team leader. Sundsvall's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 9-5 record is not bad at all. Baeringsson is well-known at Sundsvall and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of Jamtland (#9). Zabas scored 28 points and passed six assists. Despite Zabas' great performance Jamtland lost 85-97 to the higher-ranked Boras (#2, 10-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Jamtland ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Zabas could help Jamtland to bring them higher in the standings. Zabas has a great season in Sweden. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Krum Doychinov (206-C-86) of Solna - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Keith Ramsey (206-F-87) of LF Basket - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nils Hedstrom (190-G-83) of 08 - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82) of 08 - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kenneth Simms (203-C-86) of Sodertalje - 20 points and 8 rebounds
9. Urule Igbavboa (206-C-87) of LF Basket - 22 points and 9 rebounds
10. Johnell Smith (186-PG-80) of Sodertalje - 20 points, 4 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)


Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. LF Basket 10-5 
 2. Boras 10-5 
 3. Norrkoping 9-4 
 4. Sundsvall 9-5 
 5. 08 7-6 
 6. Solna 7-7 
 7. Uppsala 7-8 
 8. Sodertalje 7-8 
 9. Jamtland 6-9 
 10. Eco Orebro 0-15 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. McDowell, Solna23.0 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland21.6 
 3. Krayem, Boras20.1 
 4. Palm, Boras19.3 
 5. Mbemba, LF Basket18.9 
 6. Smith, Sodertalje18.7 
 7. Sigurdarson, Sunds.18.2 
 8. Klaric, Jamtland18.2 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna18.1 
 10. McKnight, Boras17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Palm, Boras11.4 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala10.3 
 3. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.2 
 4. Ramsey, LF Basket9.7 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro9.6 
 6. Simms, Sodertalje8.7 
 7. Lalugba, Jamtland8.6 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping8.3 
 9. Safford, LF Basket8.1 
 10. Watt, Eco Orebro7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.6 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.1 
 3. Krayem, Boras6.1 
 4. Carter, Uppsala5.5 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje5.1 
 6. Ermolinskij, Sunds.4.7 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland4.3 
 8. Beck, Solna4.0 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkopi.3.9 
 10. Zabas, Jamtland3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew MITCHELL
  Norrkoping
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Mitchell, Norrkopi.2.9 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket2.7 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje2.5 
 4. Carter, Uppsala2.2 
 5. Pleick, Eco Orebro2.1 
 6. Zabas, Jamtland2.0 
 7. Krayem, Boras1.9 
 8. Johnson, Sundsvall1.9 
 9. Ramsey, LF Basket1.9 
 10. Grundberg, Uppsala1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith RAMSEY
  LF Basket
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ramsey, LF Basket2.1 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala2.0 
 3. Simms, Sodertalje1.7 
 4. Lalugba, Jamtland1.6 
 5. Watt, Eco Orebro1.4 
 6. Doychinov, Solna1.4 
 7. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.4 
 8. Gregory, Sundsvall1.0 
 9. Odada, 080.8 
 10. Palm, Boras0.8 


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Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Neuchatel 11-0 
 2. Bern 8-3 
 3. Vevey 8-3 
 4. BC AKA 8-4 
 5. Meyrin Geneve 7-3 
 6. Bernex 6-5 
 7. Nyon U23 6-5 
 8. Zurich Wildcats 5-5 
 9. Villars 5-6 
 10. Pully 3-8 
 11. Blonay Basket 3-8 
 12. DDV Lugano 2-8 
 13. Acad.Fribourg 2-8 
 14. Swiss Central 2-10 


Nemanja Calasan gets MVP of the Week award for LNA - by Eurobasket News
Serbian Nemanja Calasan (204-C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Boncourt and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 26-year old center had a double-double of 25 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat SAM Massagno (#9, 1-9) 79-67. Boncourt maintains the 8th position in Swiss LNA. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Boncourt have already lost 8 games and recorded just two victories. Calasan turned to be Boncourt's top player in his first season with the team. Purdue University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Calasan is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.6rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard Terry Smith (185-G-86) of Monthey. Smith impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Monthey to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked BBC Nyon (#7, 2-8) 72-48. Monthey's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 7-3 record is not bad at all. Smith is a newcomer at Monthey 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 19.5ppg (#2). He also recorded 3.4 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Sean Barnette (195-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International) of Geneve Lions (#3). Barnette showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Geneve Lions, leading his team to a 85-69 easy win against slightly lower-ranked SAV Vacallo (#5, 5-5). Geneve Lions needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 2 lost games. Barnette has a great season in Switzerland. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.7ppg (4th best). He also has 1.1bpg, FGP: 51.0% and 3PT: 42.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Westher Molteni (200-F-87) of SAM Massagno - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Brandon Jenkins (190-G-85) of Starwings - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Rickey Gibson (191-G-84) of SAV Vacallo - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Michael Efevberha (199-G-84) of Lugano Tigers - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85) of Lugano Tigers - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Miroslav Petkovic (183-G-88) of Starwings - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86) of Lugano Tigers - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  TAIWAN   


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


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Millennium Basketball Academy wins opener! - by Albert-Lee Young
Millennium Basketball Academy (MBA) scored a 71-33 win over Republic Bank Arrows in the opening game of the Super 10 Boys 18 & under league on Friday 2nd December at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain.

6-7 centre and team captain Khalid Arrindell led MBA with 13pts. Donavon Dickson had 12 and Jekarn Corbie chipped in with 10 points in an all round team effort for the winners.


For Arrows, Arron Finen top scored with 13pts and Gabriel Garette added 9pts.

In another Boys 18 & u game, Javon Crevelle led Chaguanas Lions with 27pts in a 63-50 win against Pistons. Jamaul Graham had 20pts for Pistons and Genova Horton 15pts.

And on Sunday 4th, Blink Port of Spain Trailblazers registered a comfortable 71-37 victory against Belmont Off Limits. Michael Davidson had a game high 21 for Trailblazers, Juvani Andrews 20 and Isaian Wilkson 17pts.

For Off Limits, Stephon St Hillaire and Jerome Lindow tallied 13 points apiece.





Shak Attack scores back to back wins! - by Albert-Lee Young
Detour Shak Attack defeated National Flour Mills (NFM) 79-64 to improve their record to 2-0 in the Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain. Shooting guard Orlando Mapp had a game high 24 points including seven shots from beyond the arc for the winners. He was ably supported by Kenneth Roberts with 12pts. Kerry Westfield had 15pts for NFM.

In other games played during the week;
Caledonia Clippers defeated Maloney Pacers 77- 49.
Shawn Lawrence led Clippers with 17pts and Miguel Williams 15pts and Kerwin Lares chipped in with 14pts.

Ministry of Sports Scholaz 74 vs Maloney Pacers 60
Ashton Du Murrell led Scholaz with 19pts, Kemrick Julien had 17pts, Kyeon Joseph 16 & Ernesto Romain 14pts. Gimel Lewis had a game high 25pts while Wayne Richards & Michael Rodney scored 10pts apiece in a losing effort for Pacers.

Uinversity of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT) 105 vs Diego Martin All Stars 78
For UTT, Kern George had a double-double, 18pts & 10 rebounds, Jeffery Harris 16pts, Kern Dottin 14pts & Kerry Celestine 12pts. Sedley De Montrichard led All Stars with 23pts and Kerwin Blades 14pts.

Ministry of Sport Scholaz 75 vs Caledonia Clippers 72
Chris Nelson scored two treys in the final 45 seconds to guide Scholaz to an exciting win to improve their record to 2-1. Nelson top scored with 15 pts, Ashton Demurrell had 12pts & 8rebs whilst Ernesto Romain tallied 11pts & grabbed a record 19rebounds for the winners.
For Clippers, Kerwin Lares had a game high 17pts.

Petro Jazz 71 vs National Flour Mills 49
Wilfred Spongy Benjamin led Jazz with 15pts & 7 rebs and Dextroy Manswell contributed 14pts with 8 rebounds. Kerry Piper Westfield and Kwasi John scored 15 points each for NFM.


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  TURKEY   


Aliaga signed Koseoglu - by Sinan Can
ALIAGA Petkim officially announced the signing of experienced Turkish point guard Hakan Koseoglu (188-G-81). After a succesful start to Beko Basketball League, Izmir team had been in market for a back up for the point guard spot after Branislav Ratkovica. Hakan Koseoglu who led the Turkis league at assists three seasons in a row between 2007-2010, spent his last season with Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyespor, where he averaged 5.5 points and 3.6 assists. Hakan has been a free agent since the season began. He'll be a part of Aliaga Petkim until the end of 2011-12 season.

EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets bowl Turk Telekom in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom - Telekom Baskets 81:94

Telekom Baskets bowl Turk Telekom in Turkey in the most exciting group of EuroChallenge. The German team grabbed 3-2 record after 94:81 road win.
It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Turk Telekom. The game was mostly controlled by Telekom Baskets. Turk Telekom managed to win second period 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80, college: Arizona) produced 27 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and guard Muratcan Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 13 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts.
Telekom Baskets maintains first place in Group G with 3-2 record, which they share with Karsiyaka. Turk Telekom share third place with Minsk-2006.

Turk Telekom: Ali Karadeniz 27, Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV) 16, Muratcan Guler 13
Telekom Baskets: Zvonko Buljan 26, Chris Ensminger 20+12rebs, Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) 19, Jordan 11



EuroChallenge: Stimac erupted for Olin Edirnes win over Aalstar - by Eurobasket News
Olin Edirne - Aalstar 92:86

Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) erupted for Olin Edirnes win over Aalstar as his Turkish team won 92:86 on Wednesday. They improved to 1-4 record in EuroChallenge due to his 35 points.
Okapi Aalstar was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 29-19 charge of Olin Edirne, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-22 free shots during the game. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac stepped up and scored 35 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winners and Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 19 points. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) responded with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and the other Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists.
Olin Edirne maintains fourth place in Group F with 1-4 record. Loser Okapi Aalstar keeps the third position with three games lost.
Olin Edirne will face league's leader Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy in the last round. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against the league's second-placed Etha in Nicosia.

Olin Edirne: Vladimir Stimac 35+9rebs, Filip Videnov 19
Aalstar: Christopher Copeland 29, Stefon Jackson18+12rebs, Ruben Luyten (195-F-91) 11



EuroChallenge: Karsiyaka continue Minsk-2006 downfall - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 - Karsiyaka 70:79

Karsiyaka continue Minsk-2006 downfall as the team from Belarua suffered their third straight loss and dropped to the last spot. Turkish Karsiyaka beat them 79:70 on the road to take 3-2 record.
It was a key game for the top position in Group G. It looked good early as Minsk-2006 took a 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Karsiyaka had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and Minsk-2006 was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-79. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 steals. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Aliaksei Lashkevich answered with 8 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Courtney Eldridge added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Minsk-2006.
Karsiyaka's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Telekom Baskets in Bonn and it will be for sure the game of the week. Minsk-2006 will play on the road against Turk Telekom in Ankara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Karsiyaka: Goran Ikonic 21, Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) 20, Mire Chatman 15, Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) 13
Minsk-2006: Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-F-86) 16, Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina) 13, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) 11



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URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 32.5
 1. Barnes, GIE M.32.5 
 2. Canady Jr., Atlan.32.0 
 3. Williams, GIE M.26.0 
 4. Sims, Georgia L.23.0 
 5. Williams, Georgia23.0 
 6. Cantrell, GIE M.21.0 
 7. Belton, Atlanta A.20.0 
 8. Curry, S.Generals19.0 
 9. Ragsdale, GIE M.19.0 
 10. Simmons, Tenness.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine DAILEY
  USA
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 17
 1. Dailey, Georgia L.17.0 
 2. Hampton, Tennesse.15.0 
 3. Corpening, S.Gen.13.0 
 4. Canady Jr., Atlan.11.0 
 5. Joseph, S.Generals11.0 
 6. Akpele, GIE M.11.0 
 7. Eichelberger, GIE9.5 
 8. Walker, Atlanta A.9.0 
 9. Bedford, GIE M.8.5 
 10. Barnes, GIE M.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Bray, S.Generals13.0 
 2. Cantrell, GIE M.10.0 
 3. Belton, Atlanta A.8.5 
 4. Sims, Georgia L.6.5 
 5. Ragsdale, GIE M.6.0 
 6. Barnes, GIE M.6.0 
 7. Walker, Tennesse.4.5 
 8. Johnson, S.Generals4.5 
 9. Canady Jr., Atlan.4.0 
 10. Williams, Georgia3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Freddie WILLIAMS
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, GIE M.7.0 
 2. Bray, S.Generals5.0 
 3. Barnes, GIE M.2.5 
 4. Antoine, Atlanta A.2.0 
 5. Ragsdale, GIE M.2.0 
 6. Walker, Tennesse.2.0 
 7. Canady Jr., Atlan.2.0 
 8. Cantrell, GIE M.2.0 
 9. Sims, Georgia L.1.8 
 10. Curry, S.Generals1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwayne HARMASON
  (178-G-86)
  Avg: 0
 1. Harmason, Tenness.0.0 
 2. Hanback, Tennesse.0.0 
 3. Winston, Georg.0.0 
 4. Hampton, Tennesse.0.0 
 5. Williams, Georgia0.0 
 6. Gates, S.Generals0.0 
 7. Walker, Atlanta A.0.0 
 8. Eichelberger, GIE0.0 
 9. Walcott, Atlan.0.0 
 10. Danzey, Georgia L.0.0 


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Buckeye B. 1-0 
 2. Cleveland R. 1-0 
 3. S.Ohio K. 1-0 
 4. Cincinnati S. 0-0 
 5. Louisville S. 0-0 
 6. Midwest M. 0-1 
 7. Ohio R. 0-1 
 8. SE Hoopstars 0-1 
Southern
 1. GIE Morrow D. 2-0 
 2. Georgia L. 2-2 
 3. Atlanta A. 1-1 
 4. S.Generals 1-1 
 5. Tennessee D. 1-2 
Western
 1. Austin K. 0-0 
 2. C.Texas C. 0-0 
 3. Cleveland H. 0-0 
 4. DFW Warriors 0-0 
 5. Houston E. 0-0 
D-League
 1. Queen City G. 0-0 
 2. Nashville M. 0-1 
Traveling Teams
 1. Dallas Stars 0-0 
 2. Team Japan 0-0 


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Davis Reflects and Ponders - by Jeff King
Another Rocks Eagles match-up and another incredible close game with The Eagles just coming out as winners by 89-85, had Glasgow Rocks Head Coach Sterling Davis (200-F-77, college: Tulane) in reflective mood. Especially after a stunning second half comeback that actually saw The Rocks take the lead at one stage after being 21 points down at the half.

'Yea the guys fought really hard in the second half they really did. I mean the second quarter killed us. I don't know what was wrong with the guys but credit to them for coming out in the second half and putting on a great effort against a good team. They came out and kinda played to their potential and I thought that was good.'

Glasgow have looked good all season and impressed many especially considering they've been without their on-court leader and starting point guard EJ Harrison (186-PG-76, college: Connecticut) who continues to be on the injured list. Davis himself also missed the game against MK Lions away which result in a stunning 95-92 win without the big two.

This has meant that Davis has learnt a lot more about the players he's recruited this season who have all had to play bigger and deeper minutes than he first thought they would.

'Oh, definitely so. We've had guys stepping up on various occasions at different times and I see more of a team within this group of guys. I think I feel pretty confident if need be to put in all 12 of them if I have to and use all 12 of them during a game.'

'Guys have really utilised this opportunity to the best of their ability to show that they should be on the floor. So, its been good to do that and it just gives us a little more depth and shows me I have more depth.'

Rocks commitment in the second half against Newcastle almost brought them an unlikely and incredible win and the spirit and togetherness they showed in that second 20 minutes was not lost on Davis.

'Against Newcastle its always intense and you have to be committed. We played and put in a good effort but it was not enough. But I'm ready to turn these around to wins and its been good to play with that intensity and if we play like that against other teams were sure to come out with a couple of wins.'

Like all BBL coaches he's already been able to assess the league and the teams within it and whilst he feels he has a good bunch of players moving forward he's aware that the competition is really tough.

'I've been really impressed with Leicester I think they'll be a good team. I hear Plymouth are good, I've watched some tape of them and they look good and Worcester's playing well. But I think the league's really competitive and its hard to discount anyone right now.'



Whilst Rocks were losing to Eagles, Leicester had travelled to Plymouth for another big BBL match-up that saw The Raiders comfortably beat The Riders by 84-62.

'I heard Plymouth beat Leicester by 22 today which is a great win for them and that just shows you what type of league it is. You look at the Leicester team and see what type of guys they have on their team and you never know what can happen on any night. It'll be interesting to see how the league turns out this year.'




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ANASTASIA 99 - REMEROS 90 - by Eurobasket
In what was a crucial game for the littoral league! Anastasia Proved a bit too much for Remeros with three guys in double figures led by Khalil Hartwell (203-F-85, college: Chattanooga) with 25 and 13 rebounds. Rick Leasure (201-F-86, college: Lake Erie) led Remeros with 29 points and 10 rebounds.
Remeros and Anastasia went Head to Head for first place in Mercedes saturday. Remeros led at halftime and led after the 3 quarters, Anastasia played close and tough and the game was tied at the end of 4. Remeros had 4 starters that fouled out in the first overtime and still managed to take it to the 2nd overtime, but Anastasia proved too much in the end winning 99-90


Brandon Brown netted 40 for Trouville - by Hector Lopez
Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar.) netted 40 points leading Trouville to beat Defensor Sporting 88-76, for the Uruguayan League 18th round. Brown also grabbed 10 rebounds, while Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) scored 16 points and took 9 rebounds. For Defensor Sporting, Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) netted 11 points with 9 rebounds. Cader was beating Cordon 68-44, at the beggining of the last quarter but the game was interrupted when fans stormed the field after an obscene gesture by a Caders player. Other results:
Union Atletica 75 - O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82, college: Francis Marion) 29 points 8 rebounds, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 11 points 12 rebounds 3 blocks
Montevideo 60 - Federico Haller (198-F-88) 16 points 7 rebounds 2 blocks, Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green) 10 points 12 rebounds, Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack) 9 points 1 rebound 1 assist
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Bohemios 84 - Pablo Rak (188-G-82) 28 points 2 assists, Jamaal Douglas (201-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: E.Kentucky) 26 points 12 rebounds
Aguada 70 -Devin Davis (202-F-74, college: Miami, OH) 21 points 10 rebounds 2 blocks, Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) 17 points 8 rebounds



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LPB 2012 News - Fernando Duro set to coach Panteras de Miranda - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Argentinian Fernando Duro will be the head coach of Panteras de Miranda in Liga Profesional de Baloncesto 2012, according to several sources, and will be introduced to the media in the next few days as he arrives to Caracas and takes part in a special press conference, in which the new owner, Major League Baseball player Bob Abreu, will introduce the new logo and corporate image of the franchise.

Duro coached Marinos de Anzoategui in 2011 to a 24-9 record prior to being let go due to internal affairs involving players, which led the general management to replace him with fellow Argentinian Nestor Garcia, who guided Marinos to the LPB 2011 championship. Duro worked as assistant coach for Ruben Magnano in the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy Tournament played in Mar del Plata, Argentina, last September.




LPB 2012 News - Edgar Moreno won't play for Gaiteros del Zulia - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Colombian PG Edgar Moreno (190-G-81) won't play for Gaiteros del Zulia in Liga Profesional de Baloncesto 2012, as it had been announced by the general management through a press release a few days ago, according to a report published in the website of Diario Lider en Deportes.

The content of one of the contract clauses may have been the cause for Moreno to withdraw from the possibility of coming back to a country in which he played for Cocodrilos de Caracas in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Gaiteros will resume the search for an imported player in the PG position.




LPB 2012 News - Cocodrilos de Caracas signs PG-SG Cleotis Brown - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas announced the signing of PG-SG Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77) for Liga Profesional de Baloncesto 2012 and the player will report to trainings in the first or second week of January to work under command of head coach Nestor Salazar .

Brown hasn't had a pro contract since he spent some time in Mexico playing CIBACOPA but prior to that, he faced Cocodrilos in the FIBA America League as imported player for Juventud Sionista of Argentina. It was there that he caught the attention of the general management.

Cocodrilos is also expected to bring back PG Carl Elliott (193-G-83) and later in the season to add SG-SF Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80) and C Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) for the playoffs. However, they won't have PF Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) during the regular season, since the player decided to sign a pro contract with Puerto Rico's Indios de Mayaguez.




LPB 2012 News - Bucaneros begin mini camp with head coach Brad Greenberg - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Bucaneros de La Guaira begun its activities towards Liga Profesional de Baloncesto 2012 with a mini camp for young talents between the ages of 15 and 20, checking 65 players at Jose Maria Vargas Dome of La Guaira with the presence of American head coach Brad Greenberg and assistant coaches Pedro Rojas and Daniel Centeno, whom selected 20 of those players to continue in an afternoon session.

'It's been a great opportunity for these young players to be here at the home court of Bucaneros and show all their talent', said Greenberg through a press release. He's eager to start working after being the assistant coach of Eric Musselman for Venezuela's Senior NT. Next Thursday, he's supposed to meet the players from the first team, including imported players Mo Charlo (201-F-83) and Sek Henry (193-G-87).

On Friday, a press conference will be held in which players such as Richard Lugo (209-C-73), Heissler Guillent (186-G-86), Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) and Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) will show up.




Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB 2011 Awards - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Latinbasket.com and its Venezuelan section proudly presents the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto 2011 Season Awards for the top players involved in the league, which ended with Centauros de Apure as national champions, as they defeated Tiburones de Vargas in a thrilling final series.

Player of the Year: Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) of Centauros de Apure
Guard of the Year: Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) of Tiburones de Vargas
Forward of the Year: Hector Romero (202-F/C-80) of Centauros de Apure
Center of the Year: Richard Lugo (209-C-73) of Tiburones de Vargas
Newcomer of the Year: Jovanni Diaz of Atleticos UCV
Import Player of the Year: Carl Elliott (193-G-83) of Centauros de Apure
Domestic Player of the Year: Rafael Perez of Centauros de Apure
Defensive Player of the Year: Ernesto Mijares (190-PG-76) of Estudiantes de Guarico
Coach of the Year: Nestor Salazar of Centauros de Apure

1st Team
G: Carl Elliott of Centauros de Apure
G: Rafael Guevara of Tiburones de Vargas
G/F: Rafael Perez of Centauros de Apure
F: Hector Romero of Centauros de Apure
G: Richard Lugo of Tiburones de Vargas

2nd Team
G: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) of Tiburones de Vargas
G: Ronnie Fields (193-G-77) of Estudiantes de Guarico
F: Jorge Rondon (193-G/F-90) of Rojos de Sucre
F: Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) of Tiburones de Vargas
F/C: Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) of Centauros de Apure

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Carlos Cedeno of Tiburones de Vargas
G: Rafael Guevara of Tiburones de Vargas
F: Rafael Perez of Centauros de Apure
F: Hector Romero of Centauros de Apure
C: Richard Lugo of Tiburones de Vargas

All-Imported Players Team
G: Carl Elliott of Centauros de Apure
G: Ronnie Fields of Estudiantes de Guarico
F: Andrew Hunter (201-F-79) of Rojos de Sucre
F: Jean Auguste Wilder (198-F-82) of Tiburones de Vargas
C: Dainmon Gonner (198-F-80) of Graneros de Portuguesa

All-Defensive Team
Ernesto Mijares of Estudiantes de Guarico
Rafael Guevara of Tiburones de Vargas
Jorge Rondon of Rojos de Sucre
Hector Romero of Centauros de Apure
Richard Lugo of Tiburones de Vargas

All-Newcomers Team
Efrain Barcenas of Atleticos UCV
Lenin Lopez (198-F-91) of Cacaoteros de Miranda
Kelvin Caraballo (195-F-88) of Tiburones de Vargas
Jovanni Diaz of Atleticos UCV
Yelfri Berroteran (203-C-90) of Cacaoteros de Miranda


LPB 2012 News - Owner of Guaros denies possible sale to Luis Sojo - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The president and team owner of Guaros de Lara, Carlos Garcia, denied the possibility of accepting an offer from a group led by former MLB player and Venezuelan baseball coach Luis Sojo, in a phone interview conceded from Costa Rica to Latinbasket.com Venezuela.

'I appreciate and admire Luis Sojo cause he's my friend since the season in which he played a game for Guaros as a guest', said Garcia. 'He's always been there keeping up to date regarding the team status. But it was the executive president of the league (Rolando Urdaneta) who first said that he wanted to buy the team. Then Sojo contacted me through several messengers and I told him we should speak directly about the matter', he added.

'In a trip I took to Panama, I knew he was there to coach the Venezuelan team in the World Cup and then I met his associate, Jorge Hernandez, a partner of the Luis Sojo Foundation. They told me they wanted to buy an LPB franchise and that the ideal one was Guaros because it is based in Barquisimeto', he explained.

'We had a conversation because, as a business man, I always have to listen to an offer and you can't dismiss the possible sale of something you own, but it's weird to say that we're close to a deal at 95 percent or that they're waiting for my final answer when I had already rejected the offer through an e-mail message. It was below the value of an LPB franchise', said Garcia.

He also expressed discomfort when told that Sojo and Hernandez had said that 'Guaros needed an image uplift' heading towards next season, by saying that 'people tends to forget that it was our organization that brought back LPB basketball to Barquisimeto and also bought a soccer franchise to bring it back to first division. Basketball and Soccer had been long forgotten in the city up until we arrived'.

When asked about increasing debts with Venezuelan and foreign players, he said that he was told by the Government of Lara State and authorities of Iribarren County that he'll receive payments and support 'to finish a bad finantial status that we went through this year' and that with the money he'll 'pay each player prior to the end of 2011'.

He said to have had 'fluent conversations' with the agents of John Millsap (198-F-82) and Romel Beck (203-G/F-82) and that the organization has been in touch with former players of Guaros such as Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) and Cheyne Gadson (192-G-80).

There's an increased interest in dealing with Marinos de Anzoategui to get PG Diego Guevara (184-G-77) back to his native Barquisimeto and the inminent hiring of Puerto Rican head coach Tony Ruiz would be the next move.



LPB 2012 News - Tony Ruiz back as head coach of Guaros de Lara - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The general management of Guaros de Lara announced the hiring of Puerto Rican Tony Ruiz as the new head coach for Liga Profesional de Baloncesto 2012 with an option for 2013 season.

It will be his second stint in the city of Barquisimeto, after coaching the latter part of the 2008 season and winning Coach of the Year honors in 2009, leading Guaros to a 31-13 record, a tie at first place and presence in the Semifinals.

'We got together with Ruiz, we sat down and defined what we had been talking about since a month ago, when he requested us to let him finish his season with Tiburones de Vargas in Liga Nacional (LNB). He was our first choice to replace Jorge Arrieta', said GM Tomas Morris.

Ruiz went on to coach Guaiqueries de Margarita in 2010 and 2011 and worked in Colombia. He was the runner up with Tiburones in LNB 2011, loosing in 5 games against Centauros de Apure.





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Women News

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WCBA Round 10 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 10 in the WCBA was a home defeat of 5th ranked Zhejiang Far East (6-4) to fourth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (7-3) 82-71. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 27-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. International point guard Xiaojia Chen (177-88) scored 29 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Hou Xuehua (183-83) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side international forward Lan Bian (185-86) responded with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Jiangsu Phoenix have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Beijing and Shanghai. Zhejiang Far East at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Liaoning. Jiangsu Phoenix is looking forward to face Bayi Kylin (#11) in Yinzhou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Far East will play at home against Guangdong Dolphins (#8) in Guangzhou and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Very significant was Liaoning Hengye's (#7) 60-49 road victory against 8th ranked Qujing Yunnan. American center Louise Ruili (198-79) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and Zengyu Ma supported her with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Liaoning Hengye's coach Bo Overton allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 20 points and 7 rebounds by American center Lindsay Taylor (203-81, college: UCSB) did not help to save the game for Qujing Yunnan. Liaoning Hengye (6-4) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Zhejiang. Qujing Yunnan at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Heilongjiang and Guangdong. Liaoning Hengye will play against league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions in Dandong in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Qujing Yunnan will play at home against Heilongjiang Chenneng (#7) in Harbin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
WCBA top team - Shenyang Golden Lions (8-2) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat twelfth ranked Henan Elephants (1-9) in Dandong 88-81. Zhao Shuang fired 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Jing Wang produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Shenyang Golden Lions have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record. Henan Elephants lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. They share the position with Bayi. Shenyang Golden Lions will meet at home Liaoning Hengye (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Henan Elephants will play against Beijing Great Wall (#3).
10th ranked Shandong (2-8) was outscored at home by second ranked Beijing Great Wall (7-3) with the biggest margin this round 83-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shandong. Worth to mention a great performance of Lin Zhang who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Beijing Great Wall's coach Li Min Xu felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Beijing Great Wall have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record behind leader Shenyang, which they share with Jiangsu and Shanghai. Newly promoted Shandong keeps the tenth place with eight games lost. Beijing Great Wall's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Henan Elephants (#12) in Jiyuan and are hoping to win another game. Shandong will play on the road against the league's second-placed Shanghai Octopus.

In the last two games of round 10 Shanghai won against Bayi on the opponent's court 80-74. Heilongjiang managed to outperform Guangdong in a home game 83-65.



Bayi - Shanghai 74-80

Very expected game in Yinzhou where 11th ranked Bayi Kylin (1-9) was defeated by third ranked Shanghai Octopus (7-3) 80-74. Bayi Kylin was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Camille Little (188-85, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds. point guard Xiufeng Shi (178-87) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International center Nan Chen (197-83) replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Lisha Chen (195-82) added 9 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Bayi Kylin. Shanghai Octopus moved-up to second place, which they share with Jiangsu and Beijing. Bayi Kylin lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with nine games lost. Shanghai Octopus' next round opponent will be Shandong (#10) in Jinan and are hoping to win another game. Bayi Kylin will play at home against Jiangsu Phoenix in Yixing.
Top scorers:
Bayi: C.Nan 22+7reb+2ast, W.Lu 11+5reb+2ast, H.Qiulou 9+7reb+1ast, C.Lisha 9+12reb+6ast, L.Yang 8+3reb, S.Mengran 7+2reb
Shanghai: L.Camille 26+15reb+3ast, S.Xiufeng 24+5reb, J.Lan 10+2reb+1ast, W.Jue 8+3reb+3ast, H.Jing 8+8reb+1ast, M.Yao Jie 4+4reb
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Heilongjiang - Guangdong 83-65

There was a small surprise in Harbin where ninth ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (5-5) defeated 6th ranked Guangdong Dolphins (5-5) 83-65. Guangdong Dolphins were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 47-28 second half run of Heilongjiang Chenneng. They made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman YanYan Ji (182-85) who helped to win the game recording 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international center JiaCen Liu (193-89) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Heilongjiang Chenneng players scored in double figures. American forward Swin Cash (187-79, college: Connecticut, agency: Josep and Nicolas) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks and forward Dongxue Zhang (183-90) added 12 points in the effort for Guangdong Dolphins. Heilongjiang Chenneng moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Guangdong and Yunnan. Guangdong Dolphins lost third consecutive game. Heilongjiang Chenneng's next round opponent will be Qujing Yunnan (#9) on the road.
Top scorers:
Guangdong: C.Swin 14+14reb+5ast, Z.Dongxue 12+2reb+2ast, W.Wei 10+3reb+2ast, H.Hongpin 7+5reb+1ast, Y.Dong 6+1reb, D.Yuan 6+6reb+2ast
Heilongjiang: J.YanYan 32+5reb+5ast, L.JiaCen 18+9reb+3ast, G.Song 12+3reb+2ast, F.Yu 11+15reb, S.HaoXiao 8+1reb+1ast, Z.He 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 156839


Shandong - Beijing 60-83

10th ranked Shandong (2-8) was outscored at home by second ranked Beijing Great Wall (7-3) with the biggest margin this round 83-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shandong. The game without a history. Beijing Great Wall led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Shandong's 34. Beijing Great Wall forced 20 Shandong turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of center Lin Zhang (192-83) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). International forward Fan Zhang (188-84) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Beijing Great Wall's coach Li Min Xu felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Chante Black (196-85, college: Duke) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and the former international power forward Xiao Ji (193-85) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Shandong. Beijing Great Wall have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record behind leader Shenyang, which they share with Jiangsu and Shanghai. Newly promoted Shandong keeps the tenth place with eight games lost. Beijing Great Wall's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Henan Elephants (#12) in Jiyuan and are hoping to win another game. Shandong will play on the road against the league's second-placed Shanghai Octopus.
Top scorers:
Shandong: B.Chante 20+11reb+3ast, Y.Jie 14+5reb, J.Xiao 14+5reb+3ast, X.JiaWei 6+1reb+2ast, J.Fang 2+3reb, S.Weiying 2
Beijing: Z.Fan 21+3reb+2ast, Z.Lin 19+6reb+1ast, K.Yeong-Ok 14+3reb+1ast, A.Nicky 8+3reb, Z.Yu 6+4reb+3ast, S.XiaoYu 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 156840


Zhejiang - Jiangsu 71-82

The most interesting game of round 10 in the WCBA was a home defeat of 5th ranked Zhejiang Far East (6-4) to fourth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (7-3) 82-71. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 27-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. International point guard Xiaojia Chen (177-88) scored 29 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Hou Xuehua (183-83) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Jiangsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. At the losing side international forward Lan Bian (185-86) responded with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American center Katie Mattera (202-82, college: Liberty) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. Jiangsu Phoenix have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Beijing and Shanghai. Zhejiang Far East at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Liaoning. Jiangsu Phoenix is looking forward to face Bayi Kylin (#11) in Yinzhou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Far East will play at home against Guangdong Dolphins (#8) in Guangzhou and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang: B.Lan 32+8reb+5ast, M.Katie 18+15reb, S.Binbin 8+5reb+1ast, S.Tong 6+3reb+1ast, J.AnHui 3, G.Jun 2+4reb+1ast
Jiangsu: C.Xiaojia 29+6reb+8ast, X.Hou 16+6reb+1ast, N.Xu 14+6reb+2ast, J.Amy 10+8reb+4ast, H.Huan 10+4reb, L.ShanShan 3+1reb+4ast
gschID: 156841


Shenyang - Henan 88-81

WCBA top team - Shenyang Golden Lions (8-2) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat twelfth ranked Henan Elephants (1-9) in Dandong 88-81. Henan Elephants trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 21-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-88 at the end of the game. International forward Zhao Shuang (188-90) fired 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. International guard LiJie Miao (180-81) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Five Shenyang Golden Lions players scored in double figures. Power forward Jing Wang (188-84) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Jie Sun (183-91) added 23 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Shenyang Golden Lions have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record. Henan Elephants lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. They share the position with Bayi. Shenyang Golden Lions will meet at home Liaoning Hengye (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Henan Elephants will play against Beijing Great Wall (#3).
Top scorers:
Henan: W.Jing 30+10reb+3ast, S.Jie 23+8reb+1ast, Z.LiJun 17+2ast, T.Ying 7+4reb, X.Xin 3+7reb+2ast, L.Xiaohong 1+1reb+1ast
Shenyang: S.Liwei 19+3reb, M.LiJie 18+3reb+4ast, S.Zhao 14+9reb+5ast, Z.Han Lan 13+2reb+2ast, W.Xuejiao 12+6reb, L.Dan 8+4reb
gschID: 156837


Yunnan - Liaoning 49-60

Very significant was Liaoning Hengye's (#7) 60-49 road victory against 8th ranked Qujing Yunnan. The game was mostly controlled by Liaoning Hengye. Qujing Yunnan was better in third quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Qujing Yunnan 35-21 including 21 on the defensive glass. American center Louise Ruili (198-79) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and international forward Zengyu Ma (183-84) supported her with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Liaoning Hengye's coach Bo Overton allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 20 points and 7 rebounds by American center Lindsay Taylor (203-81, college: UCSB) did not help to save the game for Qujing Yunnan. Forward Lin Zhu (180-88) added 13 points for lost side. Liaoning Hengye (6-4) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Zhejiang. Qujing Yunnan at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Heilongjiang and Guangdong. Liaoning Hengye will play against league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions in Dandong in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Qujing Yunnan will play at home against Heilongjiang Chenneng (#7) in Harbin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yunnan: T.Lindsay 20+7reb, Z.Lin 13+3reb+3ast, C.Betty 7+3reb, L.XiaoLei 4+5reb+3ast, D.ChuanXing 4+1reb, Z.Huan 1+2reb+1ast
Liaoning: R.Louise 16+12reb+2ast, M.Zengyu 11+6reb+3ast, Z.Yu 11+3reb+2ast, C.Xiaoli 8+1reb+3ast, C.Xiaoxue 6+3reb, Z.Meiling 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 156838




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lindsay TAYLOR
  Yunnan
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 25
 1. Taylor, Yunnan25.0 
 2. Camille, Shanghai24.4 
 3. Ji, Shandong24.0 
 4. Ji, Heilongjiang23.0 
 5. Bian, Zhejiang22.6 
 6. Miao, Shenyang22.6 
 7. Mattera, Zhejiang22.0 
 8. Cash, Guangdong20.7 
 9. Fu, Heilongjiang17.3 
 10. Shi, Shanghai17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Katie MATTERA
  Zhejiang
  (202-C-82)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Mattera, Zhejiang15.1 
 2. Fu, Heilongjiang12.2 
 3. Black, Shandong12.1 
 4. Ruili, Liaoning11.6 
 5. Cash, Guangdong11.4 
 6. Taylor, Yunnan9.4 
 7. Jaeschke, Jiangsu9.1 
 8. Camille, Shanghai8.5 
 9. Anosike, Beijing8.1 
 10. Wen, Bayi7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Xiaojia CHEN
  Jiangsu
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Chen, Jiangsu5.2 
 2. Bian, Zhejiang4.9 
 3. Miao, Shenyang4.9 
 4. Wang, Shanghai4.2 
 5. Cash, Guangdong3.8 
 6. Ji, Heilongjiang3.7 
 7. Wen, Bayi3.4 
 8. Jia, Bayi3.4 
 9. Shi, Zhejiang3.3 
 10. Li, Jiangsu3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zhao SHUANG
  Shenyang
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Shuang, Shenyang3.6 
 2. Wang, Shanghai3.2 
 3. Liu, Yunnan3.0 
 4. Camille, Shanghai2.9 
 5. Anosike, Beijing2.7 
 6. Bian, Zhejiang2.6 
 7. Zhang, Beijing2.6 
 8. Li, Jiangsu2.4 
 9. Rosigi, Henan2.4 
 10. Zhang, Henan2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Lindsay TAYLOR
  Yunnan
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Taylor, Yunnan2.9 
 2. Ruili, Liaoning1.9 
 3. Anosike, Beijing1.5 
 4. Fu, Heilongjiang1.4 
 5. Wei, Guangdong1.3 
 6. Black, Shandong1.3 
 7. Mattera, Zhejiang1.3 
 8. Cash, Guangdong1.2 
 9. Nuo, Jiangsu1.0 
 10. Jaeschke, Jiangsu1.0 


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


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Montpellier edge Frisco Sika in Brno - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - Montpellier 58:78

Montpellier made a successful journey to Brno in Euroleague Round 9. The French team overcame local Frisco Sika to improve at 5-4 record in Group C. Fatimatou Sacko (183-F-85) scored 17 points to lead the visitors.
Montpellier felt pretty comfortably right from the start. The visiting team earned a 21:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The French team boosted the margin in the second quarter. They secured a confident 47:31 halftime lead. Frisco Sika showed character after the big break. The hosts gained the tempo and trimmed the deficit to 9 points with one quarter remaining. However Montpellier struck right back in the fourth stanza. The visitors limited Frisco Sika to only 7 points and coasted to the victory at the end. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) provided 13 points, while Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) and Kristen Mann (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: UCSB) contributed 12 points each in the win. Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) responded with 15 points for Frisco Sika. Jasmine Thomas (175-G-89, college: Duke) finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Frisco Sika: Tereza Peckova 15, Jasmine Thomas 12
Montpellier: Fatimatou Sacko 17, Ana Lelas 13, Edwige Lawson-Wade 12, Kristen Mann 12


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. KK Tallina U. 4-1 
 2. Eclex Tallinn 4-1 
 3. Tartu Ulikooli 2-3 
 4. Audentes SG/N. 0-5 


Meisterliga Stst Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kerttu JALLAI
  Eclex Tallinn
  (180-F-90)
  Avg: 18
 1. Jallai, Eclex Tall.18.0 
 2. Rosenfeldt, Tartu17.2 
 3. Nikolai, KK Talli.16.8 
 4. Wallace, KK Talli.15.4 
 5. Miil, KK Talli.15.2 
 6. Puu, KK Tallina U.14.2 
 7. Teppo, Tartu Uliko.14.2 
 8. Kasemagi, KK Talli.13.0 
 9. Svilberg, Auden.11.3 
 10. Koster, Eclex Tal.9.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Triin TEPPO
  Tartu Ulikooli
  (186-F/C-90)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Teppo, Tartu Uliko.11.6 
 2. Jallai, Eclex Tall.10.6 
 3. Wallace, KK Talli.9.2 
 4. Rosenfeldt, Tartu8.8 
 5. Kasemagi, KK Talli.7.6 
 6. Rits, Au.7.0 
 7. Nikolai, KK Talli.6.4 
 8. Koster, Eclex Tall.6.3 
 9. Lass, Au.6.3 
 10. Arniste, Tartu U.5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Heila ROSENFELDT
  Tartu U.
  (173-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Rosenfeldt, Tartu5.0 
 2. Nikolai, KK Talli.4.2 
 3. Jallai, Eclex Tall.3.6 
 4. Miil, KK Talli.3.4 
 5. Poljakov, Tartu U.2.6 
 6. Wallace, KK Talli.2.0 
 7. Ptitsona, Eclex T.2.0 
 8. Haas, Eclex Tallinn2.0 
 9. Puu, KK Tallina U.1.8 
 10. Kasemagi, KK Tall.1.6 
Steals Per Game
 Heila ROSENFELDT
  Tartu U.
  (173-G-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Rosenfeldt, Tartu3.4 
 2. Miil, KK Talli.2.6 
 3. Kullamaa, Auden.2.5 
 4. Puu, KK Tallina U.2.2 
 5. Jallai, Eclex Tall.2.2 
 6. Koster, Eclex Tall.2.2 
 7. Kosk, Eclex Tallinn2.0 
 8. Piibur, Eclex Tall.1.8 
 9. Arniste, Tartu U.1.8 
 10. Teppo, Tartu Ulik.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kerttu JALLAI
  Eclex Tallinn
  (180-F-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jallai, Eclex Tall.2.6 
 2. Teppo, Tartu Uliko.1.0 
 3. Arbet-Lenear, Ecle.0.8 
 4. Koster, Eclex Tall.0.7 
 5. Puu, KK Tallina U.0.6 
 6. Wallace, KK Talli.0.6 
 7. Kasemagi, KK Talli.0.6 
 8. Nikolai, KK Talli.0.6 
 9. Lass, Au.0.5 
 10. Nurm, Au.0.5 


Meistriliiga Round 5: KK Tallina U. takes over a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked KK Tallina U. as it allowed them to take a leadership position. KK Tallina U. defeated second-ranked Eclex Tallinn at home 85-68. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by KK Tallina U.. Eclex Tallinn managed to win fourth quarter 32-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Tallina U. made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Eclex Tallinn turnovers. Center Trine Kasemagi (190-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Mirjam Nikolai (177-86) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. International forward Kerttu Jallai (180-90) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds for Eclex Tallinn. Eclex Tallinn's coach Jaanus Levkoi rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. KK Tallina U. have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with defeated Eclex Tallinn.
An interesting game for Eclex Tallinn (4-1) which hosted in Tallinn 3rd placed Tartu Ulikooli (2-3). Second ranked Eclex Tallinn managed to get a 11-point victory 71-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tartu Ulikooli. International forward Kerttu Jallai (180-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and Annika Koster chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. International power forward Triin Teppo (186-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Tartu Ulikooli's coach tested twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with KK Tallina U. Tartu Ulikooli at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost.



KK Tallina U. - Eclex Tallinn 85-68

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked KK Tallina U. as it allowed them to take a leadership position. KK Tallina U. defeated second-ranked Eclex Tallinn at home 85-68. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by KK Tallina U.. Eclex Tallinn managed to win fourth quarter 32-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Tallina U. made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Eclex Tallinn turnovers. Center Trine Kasemagi (190-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Mirjam Nikolai (177-86) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five KK Tallina U. players scored in double figures. International forward Kerttu Jallai (180-90) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Annika Koster (185-92) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Eclex Tallinn. Eclex Tallinn's coach Jaanus Levkoi rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. KK Tallina U. have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with defeated Eclex Tallinn.

Top scorers:
KK Tallina U.: O.Miil 18+3reb+4ast, T.Kasemagi 17+8reb+2ast, M.Nikolai 16+4reb+5ast, P.Puu 16+4reb+5ast, A.Wallace 10+8reb+1ast, M.Gregor 6+2reb
Eclex Tallinn: K.Jallai 16+5reb+3ast, A.Koster 15+6reb+1ast, G.Kostla 13+7reb, B.Piibur 8+2reb+1ast, M.Metsalu 5+2reb, K.Kosk 4+3reb+1ast


gschID: 154499


Eclex Tallinn - Tartu Ulikooli 71-60

An interesting game for Eclex Tallinn (4-1) which hosted in Tallinn 3rd placed Tartu Ulikooli (2-3). Second ranked Eclex Tallinn managed to get a 11-point victory 71-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tartu Ulikooli. The game was mostly controlled by Eclex Tallinn. Tartu Ulikooli was better in fourth quarter 22-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Eclex Tallinn dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Tartu Ulikooli's 30. International forward Kerttu Jallai (180-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and power forward Annika Koster (185-92) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. International power forward Triin Teppo (186-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and international guard Heila Rosenfeldt (173-83) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Tartu Ulikooli's coach tested twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with KK Tallina U. Tartu Ulikooli at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost.
Top scorers:
Eclex Tallinn: K.Jallai 23+11reb+3ast, K.Haas 10+4reb+4ast, A.Koster 9+7reb+2ast, K.Kosk 9+5reb+1ast, G.Kostla 6+4reb, M.Maaring 6+1reb+2ast
Tartu Ulikooli: T.Teppo 26+13reb+1ast, H.Rosenfeldt 15+9reb+3ast, K.Poljakov 4+4reb, E.Sade 4, B.Murk 4+3reb, M.Kalma 3
gschID: 154500




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  EUROCUP - Women  


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Botas 5-0 
 2. Dynamo M. 2-3 
 3. Gorizont 2-4 
 4. Lombos Quinta 2-4 
Group B
 1. Besiktas 4-1 
 2. Young Cats 3-3 
 3. Dynamo-GUVD 2-3 
 4. Telge 2-4 
Group C
 1. Optimum TED 4-1 
 2. Dexia Namur 3-2 
 3. Nantes 3-2 
 4. AD Vagos 0-5 
Group D
 1. Union Hainaut 5-1 
 2. Gran Canaria 4-2 
 3. Fl.Foxes 2-3 
 4. Lemminkainen 0-5 
Group E
 1. Chevakata 5-1 
 2. Arras 5-1 
 3. Sint Kateline 1-4 
 4. SISU 0-5 
Group F
 1. Dynamo K. 5-0 
 2. Kayseri 3-2 
 3. Maccabi Ashdod 1-4 
 4. Olimpia 1-4 
Group G
 1. MBK Ruzomb. 4-2 
 2. Landes 3-3 
 3. Partizan 2-3 
 4. Helios 2-3 
Group H
 1. Elitzur Ramla 3-0 
 2. Mondeville 2-1 
 3. Spartak N. 0-4 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Carmen GUZMAN
  MBK R.
  (172-SG-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. Guzman, MBK R.23.0 
 2. Shields, Maccabi22.0 
 3. Ibekwe, Dexia N.21.4 
 4. Ely, Helios20.8 
 5. Anufryienka, Goriz.20.7 
 6. Petrakova, Dynamo20.5 
 7. Williams, Nantes20.4 
 8. Moss, Gran Canaria19.4 
 9. Marginean, Arras18.8 
 10. Zahui, Telge18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amanda ZAHUI
  Telge
  (190-C-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Zahui, Telge12.2 
 2. Myasoedova, Dynam.11.4 
 3. Alyoshkina, Olimpia11.3 
 4. Paris, Botas10.8 
 5. Kamba, Mondeville10.7 
 6. Ndour, Gran Canaria10.7 
 7. Grishaeva, Arras10.2 
 8. Grigalauskyt., Lem.10.2 
 9. Coulibaly, Mondevi.10.0 
 10. Ibekwe, Dexia N.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nilay KARTALTEPE YIGIT
  Bot.
  (172-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Kartaltepe Y., Bot.7.4 
 2. Aubert, Nantes6.8 
 3. Guzman, MBK R.6.3 
 4. Boddie, Helios5.2 
 5. Alexander, Fl.Foxes5.0 
 6. Johnson, Dynamo K.4.8 
 7. Manic, Landes4.7 
 8. Vandersloot, Besik.4.6 
 9. Bimbaite, Dynamo K.4.6 
 10. Hodges-Lewis, Ka.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Amisha CARTER
  Union H.
  (186-PF-82)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Carter, Union H.3.6 
 2. Kolosovskaia, Dyna.3.4 
 3. Shields, Maccabi3.2 
 4. Houts, Union H.3.2 
 5. Arseneva, Dynamo3.0 
 6. Moore, Chevakata2.8 
 7. Selwyn, Elitzur Ra.2.7 
 8. Solopova, Union H.2.7 
 9. Murauskaya, Olimpia2.6 
 10. Aubert, Nantes2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Plenette PIERSON
  Maccabi .
  (188-PF-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pierson, Maccabi2.4 
 2. Myasoedova, Dynam.2.4 
 3. Meesseman, Young2.0 
 4. Kiseleva, Chevaka.1.8 
 5. Khomenchuk, Goriz.1.8 
 6. Alyoshkina, Olimpia1.7 
 7. Murauskaya, Olimpia1.6 
 8. Sanders, Kayseri1.4 
 9. Carter, Union H.1.2 
 10. Ndour, Gran Canar.1.2 


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


UMMC bring in Sandra Linkeviciene - by Eurobasket News
UMMC strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82). The Lithuanian guard started the season with VICI Kaunas. She tallied 10.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game in Euroleague. In LMKL her stats read 7.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Last season Sandra Linkeviciene played for Dynamo Kursk. The guard posted 11.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.8 steals per EuroCup game. In Russian League she averaged 11.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals. Sandra Linkeviciene is the member of Lithuanian National Team. She notched 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.0 assists per game at 2011 EuroBasket in Poland. The guard earned Eurobasket.com All-European Championship Honourable Mention.

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 DeWanna BONNER
  Perfumer.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Bonner, Perfumer.21.4 
 2. De Souza, Perfumer.19.8 
 3. McCoughtry, Fener.18.7 
 4. Taurasi, Galatasa.18.5 
 5. Jones, Rivas Ecopo.18.3 
 6. Taylor, Fenerbahce17.3 
 7. Charles, Galatasa.16.9 
 8. Douglas, Nadezhda.16.7 
 9. Wauters, Ros C.16.7 
 10. McCray, Good A.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Familia Schio
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Ford, Familia Schio10.4 
 2. Henry, Lotos Gdyn.9.9 
 3. De Souza, Perfumer.9.3 
 4. Charles, Galatasa.9.3 
 5. Jones, Rivas Ecopo.9.0 
 6. Hollingswort., UNI9.0 
 7. Bjelica, Wisla C.8.8 
 8. Brunson, Nadezhda.8.7 
 9. Wauters, Ros C.8.4 
 10. Vaughn, Taranto8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC P.
  (170-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Zoll, CCC P.6.7 
 2. Penicheiro, USK P.6.0 
 3. Palau, Ros Casares6.0 
 4. Lawson-Wade, Latt.5.7 
 5. McBride, Gospic5.3 
 6. Ciglar, UNI S.4.5 
 7. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.4.3 
 8. Dominguez, Ros C.4.0 
 9. Bojovic, Good A.3.9 
 10. Aguilar, Rivas E.