EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/1/2011

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  ABA   


Energy prevails over the Diesel - by Gianni Pascucci
The #4 East Kentucky Energy avoided the scare by the #21 Columbus Diesel over the weekend. From the beginning the Diesel took control of the game connecting from beyond the arch over and over to jump out to a 15-6 lead. The Diesel didn't stop there as they pushed the deficit to 20 points. For the first time all season the Energy found themselves trailing by 17 at the half. All-star Daniel Price (6'3''-G-82, college: Pikeville), Jarell Jones (6'0''-G-82, college: Pikeville), and the rest of the Energy came to play in the second half. After Jones and Scottie Samarco (6'0''-G, college: Pikeville) connected on three point baskets each. Energy's big man Sandrell Spann (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Delta St.) got a steal and dunk that seamed to give the Energy some life. Jones then found Price on an alley oop dunk in transition. 2009-10 Reigning Defensive player of the year Daniel Price then turned around and stole a pass and went down for a thunderous one handed dunk that sent the Diesel into a timeout. Energy found some life as they got the lead down to 11 before the Diesel stormed back with a barrage of three point baskets.
After the timeout the Diesels controlled the 3rd quarter as they pushed the lead to 27 entering the 4th quarter. Facing adversity for the first time all season, the Energy showed why they are the #4 team in the ABA and why the have a shot at the title. The Energy came out and dominated the 4th quarter and the Diesel, holding them to 2 field goals in the quarter. 'Team Defense played a key in this win as we were able to turn up the pressure and began to play our game,' stated player/coach Galen Young (6'7''-F/G-75, college: Charlotte). Galen Young scored back to back in the post before Samarco and Jarell Jones both knocked down another pair of threes. Daniel Price could not be stopped as he scored from everywhere on the court. Price scored 14 straight baskets to finish the game with 41 pts, 8 rebs, 6 ast and 2 stls. The Energy turned in a 45-6 fourth quarter to win by 16 points 109-93. They held the Diesel scoreless the last 8 minutes of the game. Energy scorers are as followed: Jarell Jones 14 pts and 10 asts, Scottie Samarco 15 pts, Sandrell Spann 13 pts and 13 rebs, Roderick Smith 14 pts and 11 rebs, and Galen Young 11 pts and 10 rebs. The Energy were without all-star J.R. Vanhoose (6'10''-F/C-79, college: Marshall) for the game because of his head coaching duties. His high school basketball team had a game.


Texas Fuel big win against Texas Fresh - by Bruno Baltazar
TEXAS FUEL DEFEATS NORTH TEXAS FRESH 144-111.
LEAD BY Kris Collins (6'2''-G-83, college: N.Mexico) WITH 31 POINTS AND 11 ASSISTS AND LEONARD BROWN ALSO WITH 31 POINTS AND 10 ASSISTS.
MAURISCE STEEN HAD 24 POINTS AND 8 AST ON HIS FIRST GAME BACK SECOND WITH THE FUEL AND ALSO OUR BIGS CONTROL THE PAINT LEAD BY BEN CONWELL WITH A TRIPLE DOUBLE WITH 18 PONITS,14 REBOUNDS AND 10 BLOCKS AND ALSO JASON MCNEIL WITH 16 POINTS AND 12 REBOUNDS.
FUEL NEXT GAME IS THIS THURSDAY AGAINST THE HAITI NATIONAL TEAM AT HOME AT 6:30.WHICH WE WILL HAVE OUR ALLSTARS LAMAR WRIGHT AND KEITH SIMPSON AND ALSO OUR SHARP SHOOTER MIKE GALE BACK TO THE ROSTER,WHICH THEY LEFT THE TEAM TO MEXICO FOR THE WEEKEND FOR A TOURNEY.THE FUEL OTHER ALLSTAR KENNY WILSON AND ALSO SMALL FORWARD JOSEPH WORKS WILL RETURN LATE FEBUARY ON LEAVING TO GO PLAY IN AFRICA.




Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 12-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. NY Prime Time 1-4 
 4. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 5. Texas RR 0-1 
 6. Shizuoka Gym. 0-3 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 18-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 5-4 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Louisiana U. 1-4 
 5. Cypress 0-0 
 6. Houston R.S. 0-5 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Seven Cities 11-0 
 2. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 3. Charlotte 0-0 
 4. College Park 0-0 
 5. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Georgia K. 0-0 
NoCal
 1. E.Bay Pitbulls 9-3 
 2. Bay Area M. 9-4 
 3. Sacramento H. 7-4 
 4. Modesto H. 7-7 
 5. S.Francisco R. 5-3 
 6. California SK 0-0 
 7. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 9-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 7-3 
 3. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 4. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 5. Indianapolis 0-0 
 6. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 7. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
 8. NWI M.Stars 0-3 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 3-1 
 2. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 3. NY Thunder 0-0 
 4. S.Jersey 0-0 
 5. Tri-City Suns 0-0 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 9-1 
SoCal
 1. Las Vegas A. 9-0 
 2. San Diego Sol 8-3 
 3. San Diego S. 8-5 
 4. LA Slam 5-4 
 5. Compton C. 0-0 
 6. Mid-Valley 0-0 
 7. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 8. Riverside R. 0-1 
 9. SoCal Swish 0-3 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 12-0 
 2. St. Louis 2-1 
 3. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 4. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 5. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
 6. Indiana Diesel 0-1 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 13-0 
 2. Savannah Storm 9-3 
 3. Columbus Life 4-0 
 4. Bahama PS 0-0 
 5. Florida M. 0-0 
 6. Florida Th. 0-0 
 7. Heartland P. 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 12-4 
 2. North Dallas 9-6 
 3. Oklahoma 8-3 
 4. West Texas W. 8-5 
 5. N.Texas F. 1-4 
 6. Dallas Impact 0-0 
 7. Piedmont 0-0 


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Lee, Radnicki19.8 
 2. Zoric, KK.19.5 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 4. Draper, Cedevita18.5 
 5. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.1 
 6. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 7. Car, Zadar17.3 
 8. Marsh, Crvena Z.16.8 
 9. Chase, Igokea16.1 
 10. Dragicevic, Buduc.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Zoric, KK.8.3 
 2. Harvey, Igokea7.8 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.1 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 5. Gist, Partizan6.5 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.4 
 7. Milosevic, Crvena Z.6.0 
 8. Benda, CEZ Nymburk5.9 
 9. Necas, CEZ Nymburk5.9 
 10. Booker, Krka5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.9 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.9 
 3. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.3 
 4. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 5. Morovic, Siroki TT4.2 
 6. Renfroe, KK.3.8 
 7. Nissim, CEZ N.3.7 
 8. Ilievski, Union O.3.7 
 9. Chase, Igokea3.6 
 10. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.6 
 2. Lafayette, Partizan2.2 
 3. Lee, Radnicki2.1 
 4. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.0 
 5. Car, Zadar2.0 
 6. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 7. Dragic, Krka1.8 
 8. Ozbolt, Union O.1.7 
 9. Radosevic, Cibona1.7 
 10. Renfroe, KK.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Zoric, KK.1.2 
 2. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.1 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 5. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 6. Vesely, Partizan0.7 
 7. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 8. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 
 9. Jawai, Partizan0.7 
 10. Booker, Krka0.7 


Vukosavljevic's 28 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) put on an amazing game in the last round for Radnicki Kragujevac and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had the game-high 28 points adding seven rebounds for Radnicki in his team's victory, helping them to beat Zadar (#14, 5-14) 97-89. Radnicki maintains the 8th position in Adriatic League . Radnicki 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 10-9 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Vukosavljevic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Vladan Vukosavljevic averages this season 10.6ppg and 5.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Marko Car (188-G/F-85) of Zadar. He is a swingman in his second season at Zadar. In the last game Car recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 11 assists. Bad luck as Zadar lost that game 89-97 to the higher-ranked Radnicki (#8, 10-9). Zadar are still at the very bottom. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Zadar managed to get this year. Car is well-known at Zadar and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#7). He also recorded 3.5 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Donnell Harvey (203-C-80) of Igokea (#7). Harvey scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Igokea, leading his team to a 80-70 win against slightly higher-ranked Buducnost (#5, 11-8). Igokea needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 9 lost games. Harvey has a great season in Adriatic League. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.8rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) of Cedevita - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) of Crvena Zvezda - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) of KK Zagreb CO - 30 points and 6 rebounds
7. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) of Buducnost - 18 points and 9 rebounds
8. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84) of Cedevita - 18 points and 7 assists
9. Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74) of Union Olimpija - 15 points and 7 rebounds
10. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83) of Krka - 20 points and 6 assists

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


Crvena Zvezda parts away with Anthony Myles - by Zoran Popovic
After lost game against Krka managament of Crvena Zvezda decides to terminate contract with Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, college: Xavier). Myles came in Crvena Zvezda two months ago from Ilysiakos Athens and on 12 games in Adriatic league average scored 6.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.8 steals. Before Crvena Zvezda Anthony Myles played for Olney Central, Xavier, CB Ciudad Algeciras Cepsa, Banvit, DongGuan New Century, Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket and BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti,

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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 12: Top-ranked Lanus win another game - by Eurobasket News
LigaA top team - Lanus (9-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Libertad Sunchales (7-5) in Buenos Aires 87-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Libertad Sunchales. The game was mostly controlled by Lanus. Libertad Sunchales managed to win second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory with 12 points. Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 14 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with 21 points for Libertad Sunchales. Lanus maintains first position with 9-3 record. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Gimnasia CR. Lanus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Obras.
Bottom-ranked Sionista is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Boca Juniors (5-8) 89-84. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Cedric Moodie (187-78, college: Indianapolis) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Rodney Elliott who added 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Pedro Franco (187-81) with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Boca Juniors maintains thirteenth position with 5-8 record. Sionista at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Boca Juniors' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Obras.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Monte Hermoso (6-7) and Estudiantes (4-7), which took place in Bahia Blanca. Higher ranked Monte Hermoso lost to fifteenth ranked Estudiantes in a road game 93-97 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Monte Hermoso. The winners were led by Pepe Sanchez who scored that evening 23 points and 8 assists. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) by Byron Johnson did not help to save the game for Monte Hermoso. Estudiantes moved-up to fourteenth place. Newly promoted Monte Hermoso dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Regatas C.. Estudiantes will meet higher ranked Atenas (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Monte Hermoso will play against Club 9 (#9) in Rio Tercero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 12th ranked Argentino (5-7) and sixth ranked Penarol (7-4) in Junin ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Mar del Plata outscored Argentino 76-48. The best player for the winners was Kyle Lamonte who scored 18 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Argentino lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with seven games lost. Penarol's next round opponent will be Olimpico de La Banda (#15) at home and are hoping to win another game. Argentino will play against Quimsa in Santiado Estero.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 12: Regatas C. was beaten by Club 9 on the road 95-77. Gimnasia CR won against Quimsa on its own court 92-83. La Union managed to outperform Olimpico LB in Formosa 81-76.
The most impressive performance of 12th round was 28 points and 11 rebounds by Jerome Meyinsse of Club 9.



Argentino - Penarol 48-76

The game between 12th ranked Argentino (5-7) and sixth ranked Penarol (7-4) in Junin ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Mar del Plata outscored Argentino 76-48. The game without a history. Penarol led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Argentino to just 4 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey, agency: KMG Sports Management) who scored 18 points. The former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Lamonte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Santiago Scala (186-91) who recorded 12 points and 4 assists and forward Pablo Espinoza (195-87) added 5 points and 8 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Argentino lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with seven games lost. Penarol's next round opponent will be Olimpico de La Banda (#15) at home and are hoping to win another game. Argentino will play against Quimsa in Santiado Estero.
Top scorers:
Argentino: S.Scala 12+3reb+4ast, J.Cangelosi 6+5reb, L.Martina 6+5reb, P.Espinoza 5+8reb+3ast, A.Wright 5, S.Gonzalez 4+4reb
Penarol: K.Lamonte 18+4reb, M.Leiva 10+7reb+1ast, P.Sebastian Rodriguez 10+2reb+4ast, L.Gutierrez 9+6reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 8+2ast, M.Mata 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 117504


Club 9 - Regatas C. 95-77

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked Club 9 (6-6) beat 10th ranked Regatas Corrientes (6-7) in Rio Tercero 95-77. The game without a history. Club 9 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Emiliano Martina (201-83) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Ramzee Stanton (197-80, college: W.Chester, agency: Dream Team Management) added 17 points respectively. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Club 9 have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Quimsa. Regatas Corrientes at the other side keeps the tenth position with seven games lost. Club 9's next round opponent will be Monte Hermoso (#10) on the road. Regatas Corrientes will play against Libertad Sunchales.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: R.Stanton 17+4reb, F.Kammerichs 15+12reb+1ast, E.Villares 13, N.Romano 11+3reb, J.Martinez 7+1reb+2ast, C.Edwards 7+4reb+1ast
Club 9: J.Meyinsse 28+11reb+1ast, E.Martina 13+6reb, L.Barlasina 12+2reb+2ast, G.Luchino 10+3reb, B.Zanotti 8+2reb+1ast, G.Torre 7+6reb+5ast
gschID: 117505


Lanus - Libertad S. 87-68

LigaA top team - Lanus (9-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Libertad Sunchales (7-5) in Buenos Aires 87-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Libertad Sunchales. The game was mostly controlled by Lanus. Libertad Sunchales managed to win second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory with 12 points. Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 14 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with 21 points and his fellow American import center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Libertad Sunchales. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. Lanus maintains first position with 9-3 record. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Gimnasia CR. Lanus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Obras.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: R.Selleaze 21+4reb+3ast, R.Battle 13+6reb+1ast, S.Ginobili 12+1reb, A.Galindo 11+5reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 6+7reb+1ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 3+1reb+1ast
Lanus: J.Levy 14+4reb+1ast, N.Laprovittola 12+1reb+3ast, T.Taylor 12+4reb+3ast, A.Boccia 9+1reb+1ast, R.Johns 9+1ast, D.Prego 8+2reb
gschID: 117506


Gimnasia CR - Quimsa 92-83

Everything could happen in Comodoro R. at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Gimnasia CR and 8th ranked Quimsa had identical 6-5 record. This time Gimnasia CR used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Santiado Estero 92-83. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-23 Quimsa's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 92-83 at the end of the game. Gimnasia CR dominated on the defensive end, holding Quimsa to just 6 points in second quarter. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. The best player for the winners was guard Fernando Funes (193-83) who scored 22 points. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) who recorded 24 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) added 20 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gimnasia CR (7-5) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Libertad S. Quimsa at the other side keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Gimnasia CR's next round opponent will be Boca Juniors (#13) in Buenos Aires and are hoping to win another game. Quimsa will play at home against Argentino (#12) in Junin.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Gomez Camargo 24+6reb+1ast, D.Lo Grippo 20+9reb+1ast, R.Gonzalez 14+7reb+3ast, J.Treise 11+3reb+1ast, C.Cadillac 8+4reb+1ast, J.Levrino 4+1reb
Gimnasia CR: F.Funes 22+2reb+1ast, G.Brown 15+1reb+5ast, M.Franco 14+2reb, A.Carabajal 13+2reb+3ast, R.Okosa 12+10reb, D.Romero 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 117499


Estudiantes - Monte Hermoso 97-93

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Monte Hermoso (6-7) and Estudiantes (4-7), which took place in Bahia Blanca. Higher ranked Monte Hermoso lost to fifteenth ranked Estudiantes in a road game 93-97 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Monte Hermoso. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-24. But Monte Hermoso won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) who scored that evening 23 points and 8 assists and American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) by American power forward Byron Johnson (201-80, college: Belm.Abbey, agency: Dream Team Management) did not help to save the game for Monte Hermoso. His fellow American import swingman Albert White (197-77, college: Missouri, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 16 points and 4 assists. Five Estudiantes and four Monte Hermoso players scored in double figures. Estudiantes moved-up to fourteenth place. Newly promoted Monte Hermoso dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Regatas C.. Estudiantes will meet higher ranked Atenas (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Monte Hermoso will play against Club 9 (#9) in Rio Tercero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Monte Hermoso: B.Johnson 26+5reb+2ast, G.Sciutto 16+3reb+3ast, C.Robinson 16+3reb, A.White 16+3reb+4ast, H.Salles 9+1reb+12ast, F.Sahdi 5+1ast
Estudiantes: P.Sanchez 23+2reb+8ast, J.Espil 20, E.Nelson 15+8reb, F.Aguerre 10+3reb+1ast, D.Davis 10+3reb+1ast, P.Gil 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 117500


Olimpico LB - La Union 76-81

Very predictable result when fourth ranked La Union (8-4) won against on the road 14th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (3-8) 81-76. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 22-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Nicolas Aguirre (182-88) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Ariel Pau (186-84) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Cristian Romero (198-82) who recorded 15 points and 4 assists and American center Djibril Kante (201-80, college: Indiana St.) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. La Union moved-up to second place, which they share with Atenas and Obras. Olimpico de La Banda lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with eight games lost. La Union's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Sionista (#16) in Parana which should be an easy win for them. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against Penarol in Mar del Plata.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: C.Romero 15+4reb+4ast, D.Kante 14+7reb, D.Guaita 13+6reb, L.Picarelli 12+3reb+3ast, A.Laws 9+2reb+3ast, N.De los Santos 5+4reb+2ast
La Union: A.Pau 17+2reb+1ast, D.Jackson 16+3reb, N.Aguirre 14+5reb+3ast, F.Ferrini 9+4reb+3ast, P.Barrios 9+6reb, D.Cantrell 8+4reb
gschID: 117501


Boca Jrs - Sionista 89-84 OT

Bottom-ranked Sionista is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Boca Juniors (5-8) 89-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sionista won third quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Sionista used huge pressure winning it 18-14 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 12-17. They outrebounded Sionista 47-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. Sionista was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Cedric Moodie (187-78, college: Indianapolis) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Rodney Elliott (202-76, college: Maryland) who added 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Pedro Franco (187-81) with 21 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Cleotis Brown (198-77, college: Illinois, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Boca Juniors and four Sionista players scored in double figures. Boca Juniors maintains thirteenth position with 5-8 record. Sionista at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Boca Juniors' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Obras.
Top scorers:
Sionista: P.Franco 21+5reb+2ast, C.Brown 17+7reb+4ast, A.Zilli 14+6reb, D.Hure 12+6reb+1ast, M.Fioretti 6+4reb, D.Osella 6+1reb+2ast
Boca Jrs: C.Moodie 24+7reb+5ast, F.Titarelli 13+5reb+4ast, F.Martina 13+3reb+1ast, S.Vega 12+6reb+1ast, R.Elliott 10+12reb+2ast, D.Alston 10+9reb+1ast
gschID: 117502




Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Lanus 9-3 
 2. Obras 8-4 
 3. La Union 8-4 
 4. Atenas 8-4 
 5. Penarol 7-4 
 6. Libertad S. 7-5 
 7. Gimnasia CR 7-5 
 8. Quimsa 6-6 
 9. Club 9 6-6 
 10. Monte Hermoso 6-7 
 11. Regatas C. 6-7 
 12. Argentino 5-7 
 13. Boca Jrs 5-8 
 14. Estudiantes 4-7 
 15. Olimpico LB 3-8 
 16. Sionista 0-10 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Jackson, La Union19.4 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.17.8 
 3. Bunn, Argentino17.6 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa16.8 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.7 
 6. Taylor, Lanus15.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras15.6 
 8. Galindo, Libertad S.15.6 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol15.5 
 10. Pittman, Obras14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.0 
 2. Kante, Olimpico LB9.2 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.0 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.9 
 5. Williams, Atenas8.7 
 6. Leiva, Penarol8.1 
 7. Battle, Libertad S.8.1 
 8. Johnson, Monte H.8.0 
 9. Mikulas, La Union7.7 
 10. Okosa, Gimnasia CR7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.1 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.3 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.1 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.7 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.7 
 7. Sartorelli, Argentino3.6 
 8. Victoriano, Lanus3.2 
 9. Treise, Quimsa3.0 
 10. Laws, Olimpico LB3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.2 
 2. Cequeira, Obras2.7 
 3. Lamonte, Penarol2.5 
 4. Salles, Monte H.2.4 
 5. Martinez, Regat.2.4 
 6. Williams, Atenas2.4 
 7. Sciutto, Monte H.2.4 
 8. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 9. Funes, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 10. De los Santo., Olimpi.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Meyinsse, Club 91.5 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.1.5 
 4. Alston, Boca Jrs1.4 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.8 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 9. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 10. Giorgi, Estudiantes0.7 


TNA: first stage recap - by Facundo Iatzky
After 14 rounds, first stage of TNA has come to an end. Now, the best four teams of each group will play in TNA1 and the other ones will do it in TNA2. In the north zone, things were very even until the last round. Obera TC was the only one that could assured their place in TNA1 before the last round. Then Asociacion Italiana, San Martin Corrientes and Alvear joined them. In the south zone, Ciudad Bragado finished with the best reord of the whole league in the first stage. Firmat FC, Ciclista Juninense and Quilmes, that qualified in the last round beating Union Sunchales, followed them. Second Stage will begin next weekend. These are the standings at this moment:

TNA1
Ciudad 12 ptos.
Obera Tenis Club 11.5 ptos.
Asoc. Italiana 11.5 ptos.
San Martin (C) 11.5 ptos.
Alvear 11.5 ptos.
Firmat Football Club 11.5 ptos.
Quilmes 11 ptos.
Ciclista 11 ptos.

TNA2
Union Progresista 11 ptos.
Union S 10.5 ptos.
Banda Norte 10.5 ptos.
Asoc. Espanola 10 ptos.
San Martin (MJ) 9 ptos.
GEVP 8.5 ptos.
Tucuman BB 8.5 ptos.
Adelante 8.5 ptos.



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Australian NBL round 16 best performance: Alexander Loughton - by Eurobasket News
Former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-F/C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Taipans, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Hawks (#5, 9-9) 97-86. Taipans maintains the 3rd position in Australian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Taipans will need more victories to improve their 11-7 record. Loughton turned to be Taipans' top player in his first season with the team. Alexander Loughton averages this season 13.8ppg and 5.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86) of Sydney Kings. Khazzouh had a very good evening with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Sydney Kings to another comfortable win 85-67 over slightly higher-ranked Tigers (#8, 6-12) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Sydney Kings managed to get this year. Khazzouh is a newcomer at Sydney Kings, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.8ppg (#6). He also registered 10.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Sydney Kings' star - former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86). Khazzouh scored 19 points. Despite Khazzouh's great performance Sydney Kings lost 91-94 to slightly higher-ranked Blaze (#7, 8-11). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Sydney Kings can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-15 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Khazzouh he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Khazzouh has individually a great season in Australia. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 10.2rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 54.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ian Crosswhite (212-C-82) of Taipans - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Luke Schenscher (216-C-82) of Crocodiles - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mark Worthington (202-F-83) of Blaze - 18 points and 7 rebounds
7. Tyson Demos (192-G-88) of Hawks - 16 points and 4 rebounds
8. Dusty Rychart (201-F-79) of Taipans - 13 points and 9 rebounds
9. Graeme Dann (204-G/F-83) of Sydney K. - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Ira Clark (203-C/F-75) of Blaze - 17 points and 9 rebounds

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


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A Bundesliga: Last round of the first stage - by Eurobasket News
It was the last round of the Stage One in A Bundesliga. First six ranked teams will continue in Group A, while other six teams will be transferred to Group B of the second stage.

The most important game in the last round took place in Klosterneuburg between second ranked Arkadia Lions (14-8) and fifth ranked Xion Dukes (13-9) on Sunday night. Arkadia Lions were defeated by Xion Dukes on the road 77-87. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Arkadia Lions. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 24-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Arkadia Lions 36-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International guard Benedikt Danek (174-86) replied with 22 points and 4 assists for Arkadia Lions. Xion Dukes moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Oberwart and Kapfenberg. Arkadia Lions at the other side keep the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Furstenfeld. Both teams advanced to Group A.
An interesting game for Gmunden Swans (18-4) which hosted in Gmunden 4th ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (13-9). First ranked Gmunden Swans managed to get a 4-point victory 65-61. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ian Boylan chipped in 11 points during the contest. At the losing side American forward Daniel Horace (200-83, college: Miami (OH)) responded with 22 points. Gmunden Swans have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-4 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Klosterneub. and Oberwart. Both teams advanced to Group A.
The game in Oberwart was also quite interesting. 6th ranked UBSC Graz (12-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Oberwart Gunners (13-9). Oberwart Gunners managed to secure a 9-point victory 81-72 on Sunday. Kelvin Parker notched 20 points and 8 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds by Louis Graham did not help to save the game for UBSC Graz. Oberwart Gunners moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Klosterneub. and Kapfenberg. Loser UBSC Graz dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Both teams will continue in Group B.
The game between ninth ranked BC Vienna (9-13) and 12th ranked Worthersee Piraten (1-21) in Wien ended with biggest points difference. BC Vienna outscored guests from Klagenfurt 107-65. Stjepan Stazic fired a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Worthersee Piraten's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. BC Vienna have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain ninth position with 9-13 record. Worthersee Piraten lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Both teams will continue in Group B.

In the last two games of round 22 Gussing was smashed by Wels on the road 91-72. St.Polten lost to Furstenfeld on its own court 71-81.


Oberwart - UBSC Graz 81-72

The game in Oberwart was also quite interesting. 6th ranked UBSC Graz (12-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Oberwart Gunners (13-9). Oberwart Gunners managed to secure a 9-point victory 81-72 on Sunday. Oberwart Gunners made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 UBSC Graz turnovers. American guard Kelvin Parker (183-82, college: NW Missouri St.) notched 20 points and 8 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Oberwart Gunners players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) did not help to save the game for UBSC Graz. Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-82) added 15 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Oberwart Gunners moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Klosterneub. and Kapfenberg. Loser UBSC Graz dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Both teams will continue in Group B.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: L.Graham 22+12reb, M.Stegnjaic 15+6reb+1ast, D.Miletic 15+3reb+3ast, C.Knor 8+4reb, S.Grum 8+2ast, S.Schaal 2+1ast
Oberwart: T.Sally 20+4reb+1ast, K.Parker 20+3reb+8ast, J.Dean Shawn 17+8reb, J.Johnson 10+6reb+2ast, M.Moric 7+7reb, H.Ochsenhofer 7+1ast
gschID: 93828


BC Vienna - Worthersee 107-65

The game between ninth ranked BC Vienna (9-13) and 12th ranked Worthersee Piraten (1-21) in Wien ended with biggest points difference. BC Vienna outscored guests from Klagenfurt 107-65. The game was mostly controlled by BC Vienna. Worthersee Piraten was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Vienna dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Worthersee Piraten's 28. BC Vienna forced 19 Worthersee Piraten turnovers and outrebounded them 45-16 including a 39-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. BC Vienna players were unselfish on offense dishing 35 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Worthersee Piraten's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. 27 personal fouls committed by Worthersee Piraten helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) fired a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Markus Carr (185-79, college: Cal.St. Northridge) chipped in a triple-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 19 assists. Four BC Vienna players scored in double figures. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) produced 28 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Erik Rhinehart (206-82, college: Olivet Nazarene) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Worthersee Piraten's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. BC Vienna have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain ninth position with 9-13 record. Worthersee Piraten lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Both teams will continue in Group B.
Top scorers:
Worthersee: T.Kennedy 28+5reb, E.Rhinehart 14+4reb+1ast, B.Weber 9+4ast, G.Zajic 6+1reb+4ast, M.Breithuber 5+2reb+2ast, M.Breithuber 3+1reb
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 35+13reb+5ast, M.Carr 19+10reb+19ast, A.Trepalovac 16+6reb, S.Rhynes 14+3reb+2ast, M.Graf 6+2reb+3ast, S.N'Diaye 6+6reb
gschID: 93829


Wels - Gussing 91-72

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (11-11) crushed at home 10th ranked Gussing Knights (8-14) 91-72. The game was mostly controlled by Raiffeisen Wels. Gussing Knights was better in second period 27-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Raiffeisen Wels dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Gussing Knights' 32. Raiffeisen Wels players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international forward Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward John Smith (203-84, college: Winona St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Five Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. Naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Raiffeisen Wels maintains eighth position with 11-11 record. Gussing Knights lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 14 games lost. Both teams will continue in Group B.
Top scorers:
Gussing: A.Djuric 17+12reb+2ast, S.Koch 14+5reb+2ast, M.Heard 13+6reb+2ast, A.Nunner 9+1reb+2ast, T.Klepeisz 9+2reb+2ast, M.Jandrasits 8+2reb+1ast
Wels: D.Lamesic 18+11reb+4ast, B.Fields 16+2reb+2ast, J.Smith 16+9reb+2ast, R.Brokenborough 13+3reb+3ast, R.Holcomb Faye 10+8reb+9ast, T.Klette 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93825


St.Polten - Furstenfeld 71-81

Very expected game when 11th ranked St.Polten (6-16) lost at home to third ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (14-8) 81-71. St.Polten was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 37-22 second half run of Furstenfeld Panthers. They also forced 21 St.Polten turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. The other American import guard De'Angelo Alexander (198-84, college: Charlotte) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. International forward Hermann Opoku (208-86, college: George Washington) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and international forward Richard Poiger (201-87) added 14 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) respectively for lost side. Furstenfeld Panthers have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Arkadia. St.Polten at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Furstenfeld advanced to Group A, while St. Potlen will continue in Group B.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: H.Opoku 19+13reb, R.Poiger 14+6reb+1ast, T.Gaspar 11+6reb+1ast, A.Worenz 10+1reb, M.Speiser 9+1reb+1ast, N.Kapic 4+1ast
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 20+6reb+11ast, D.Alexander 15+6reb+1ast, S.Ray 14+6reb, R.Hampton 12+5reb, R.Hicks 8+2reb, T.Pearson 6+6reb
gschID: 93826


Klosterneub. - Arkadia 87-77

The most important game in the last round took place in Klosterneuburg between second ranked Arkadia Lions (14-8) and fifth ranked Xion Dukes (13-9) on Sunday night. Arkadia Lions were defeated by Xion Dukes on the road 77-87. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Arkadia Lions. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 24-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Arkadia Lions 36-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Xion Dukes players scored in double figures. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International guard Benedikt Danek (174-86) replied with 22 points and 4 assists and American swingman Kevin Houston (194-76, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Arkadia Lions. Xion Dukes moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Oberwart and Kapfenberg. Arkadia Lions at the other side keep the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Furstenfeld. They share it with Furstenfeld. Both teams advanced to Group A.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: B.Danek 22+3reb+4ast, K.Houston 20+5reb, P.Skurdauskas 13+8reb, D.Drenovac 9+4reb, F.Vay 9+2reb+1ast, M.Bralovic 2+2reb
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 24+7reb+1ast, R.Suljanovic 13+7reb+1ast, D.Zeleznik 11+3reb+3ast, A.Maresch 11+5reb+2ast, L.Sallomon 11+1reb+4ast, J.Chappell 10+4reb
gschID: 93827


Gmunden - Kapfenberg 65-61

An interesting game for Gmunden Swans (18-4) which hosted in Gmunden 4th ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (13-9). First ranked Gmunden Swans managed to get a 4-point victory 65-61. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kapfenberg Bulls won fourth quarter 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) chipped in 11 points during the contest. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Daniel Horace (200-83, college: Miami (OH)) responded with 22 points and the former international power forward Samuel Knabl (206-82) scored 15 points. Gmunden Swans have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-4 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Klosterneub. and Oberwart. Both teams advanced to Group A.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: D.Horace 22+4reb, S.Knabl 15+3reb, L.Jordan 7+2reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 6+5reb+3ast, D.Nelson 4+4reb, L.Gordon 4+7reb
Gmunden: D.Oppland 16+9reb+1ast, F.Schoeninger 11+4reb, D.Mayes 11+1reb+1ast, I.Boylan 11+3reb+3ast, P.Hutter 5+2reb, T.Stelzer 3+1reb
gschID: 93824




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.6 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.5 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.20.5 
 4. Houston, Arkadia19.5 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.19.0 
 6. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.5 
 7. Miletic, UBSC G.17.4 
 8. Mayes, Gmunden17.4 
 9. Heard, Gussing17.3 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.7 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.4 
 4. Volcic, Oberwart8.1 
 5. Mayer, Gmunden7.9 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.9 
 7. Graham, UBSC G.7.7 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna7.5 
 9. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Markus CARR
  BC Vienna
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Carr, BC Vienna8.0 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.7 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.5 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.7 
 6. Parker, Oberwart4.6 
 7. Boylan, Gmunden4.5 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 4. Parker, Oberwart2.1 
 5. Boylan, Gmunden2.1 
 6. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna1.9 
 8. Danek, Arkadia1.9 
 9. Payton, Arkadia1.8 
 10. Fields, Wels1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.8 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.4 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.3 
 5. Vay, Arkadia1.1 
 6. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 7. N''Diaye, BC.0.8 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 10. Carr, Furstenfeld0.7 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Osby, TT.18.4 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale17.5 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.7 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 6. Mitchell, Liepaja16.3 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 8. Sirvydis, Sakalai15.5 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas15.5 
 10. Krumins, Zemgale15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Osby, TT.11.6 
 2. Kieza, Juventus10.1 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.6 
 4. Cukinas, Aiscai K.8.3 
 5. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 6. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.8.2 
 7. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 9. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
 10. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Dainys, Rudupis6.2 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.5 
 3. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.0 
 4. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.5.0 
 5. Viskontas, Perlas4.9 
 6. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 7. Alijevas, Nevezis4.8 
 8. Kriisa, TT.4.7 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Martin DORBEK
  Rakvere
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dorbek, Rakvere2.2 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.1 
 3. Dainys, Rudupis2.1 
 4. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 6. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 7. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 8. Rinkevicius, Techasas1.9 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
 10. Mitchell, Liepaja1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael DUNIGAN
  Kalev/Cramo
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.2.1 
 2. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.1 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale2.0 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 5. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.4 
 6. Silinskis, Techasas1.3 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.2 
 8. Osby, TT.1.1 
 9. Cukinas, Aiscai K.1.1 
 10. Talts, TU/Rock1.0 


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  BELARUS   


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 24-0 
 2. Grodno-93 20-6 
 3. OZAA Osipov. 19-7 
 4. Sozh Gomel 14-12 
 5. Lokomotiv 13-11 
 6. Borifsen 8-18 
 7. BGUIR-RCOR 3-23 
 8. Vitalyur 1-25 


Premier League Round 23: OZAA Osipovichi beats Sozh Gomel in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Premier League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osipovichi. Third ranked OZAA Osipovichi faced 4th placed Sozh Gomel. Host OZAA Osipovichi (18-7) defeated guests from Gomel (14-11) 83-73. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. OZAA Osipovichi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-7 record having five points less than leader Minsk-2006. Sozh Gomel lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. OZAA Osipovichi are again looking forward to face Sozh Gomel (#4) at home in the next round.
The game in Minsk was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Grodno-93 (19-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (1-24). Grodno-93 defeated Vitalyur-RGUOR 77-62. Grodno-93 have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-6 record having four points less than leader Minsk-2006. Vitalyur-RGUOR lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Grodno-93 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vitalyur-RGUOR will play again at home against the league's second-placed Grodno-93 (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Mogilev. Local Borifsen (7-18) outscored 7th ranked BGUIR-RCOR (3-22) 76-57 on Friday night. Borifsen maintains sixth place with 7-18 record. BGUIR-RCOR lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 22 games lost. Borifsen will again meet at home BGUIR-RCOR (#7) in the next round.


OZAA Osipov. - Sozh Gomel 83-73

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osipovichi. Third ranked OZAA Osipovichi faced 4th placed Sozh Gomel. Host OZAA Osipovichi (18-7) defeated guests from Gomel (14-11) 83-73. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. OZAA Osipovichi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-7 record having five points less than leader Minsk-2006. Sozh Gomel lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. OZAA Osipovichi are again looking forward to face Sozh Gomel (#4) at home in the next round.
gschID: 115372


Vitalyur - Grodno-93 62-77

The game in Minsk was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Grodno-93 (19-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (1-24). Grodno-93 defeated Vitalyur-RGUOR 77-62. The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. Vitalyur-RGUOR was better in third quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grodno-93 have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-6 record having four points less than leader Minsk-2006. Vitalyur-RGUOR lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Grodno-93 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vitalyur-RGUOR will play again at home against the league's second-placed Grodno-93 (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 115373


Borifsen - BGUIR-RCOR 76-57

The game with biggest result difference took place in Mogilev. Local Borifsen (7-18) outscored 7th ranked BGUIR-RCOR (3-22) 76-57 on Friday night. The game without a history. Borifsen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Borifsen maintains sixth place with 7-18 record. BGUIR-RCOR lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 22 games lost. Borifsen will again meet at home BGUIR-RCOR (#7) in the next round.
gschID: 115374




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  BELGIUM   


Belgian D1 round 17 best performance: Christopher Copeland - by Eurobasket News
American forward Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Generali Okapi Aalstar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (18 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Liege (#6, 5-9) 79-70. It allowed Aalstar to consolidate first place in the Belgian D1. Aalstar have a solid 13-2 record. Copeland turned to be Aalstar's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Colorado star has very solid stats this year. Copeland is in league's top in points (2nd best: 16.6ppg) and averages impressive 53.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Rashaun Freeman (203-C/F-84) of VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Freeman had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead VOO Verviers-Pepinster to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Gent (#9, 2-13) 83-56. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's 8th position in the standings has not changed. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories VOO Verviers-Pepinster managed to get this year. Freeman is a newcomer at VOO Verviers-Pepinster, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.4ppg (#9). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Ronell Taylor (196-G-82) of M.Hainaut (#3). Taylor showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Taylor's great performance M.Hainaut lost 65-66 to #2 ranked Charleroi. 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 M.Hainaut needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 5 lost games. Taylor has a great season in Belgium. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of VOO Verviers-Pepinster - 19 points and 4 rebounds
5. Tornike Shengelia (205-G/F-91) of VOO Verviers-Pepinster - 11 points and 4 rebounds
6. Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86) of Aalstar - 18 points and 5 rebounds
7. John Tofi (203-F/C-84) of Leuven - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86) of Leuven - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Justin Cage (198-F-85) of M.Hainaut - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80) of Charleroi - 9 points and 6 rebounds

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


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  BOSNIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.0 
 2. Kahrimanovic, Kak.18.6 
 3. Albijanic, Sloboda .18.1 
 4. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 5. Rahimic, Bosna16.5 
 6. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
 7. Opacak, Celik16.1 
 8. Zdravkovic, Capljina16.1 
 9. Lesko, Brotnjo15.6 
 10. Sakic, Zrinjski HT15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.4 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.3 
 3. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 4. Ljuca, Kakanj6.8 
 5. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.6 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.5 
 7. Kuzmic, Celik6.4 
 8. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.2 
 9. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 10. Jocovic, Borac N.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Pasalic, Bosna4.8 
 3. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 4. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.6 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 6. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 7. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.3 
 8. Mulic, Kakanj3.3 
 9. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
 10. Kahrimanovic, Kak.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Adamovic, Borac N.2.8 
 3. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 4. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 5. Vranjes, Borac N.1.9 
 6. Komatina, Mladost1.8 
 7. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 8. Gajovic, Hercegovac1.8 
 9. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.7 
 10. Zdravkovic, Capljina1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kuzmic, Celik2.0 
 2. Zimic, Bosna1.9 
 3. Ljuca, Kakanj1.6 
 4. Duranovic, Mladost0.9 
 5. Jocovic, Borac N.0.9 
 6. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.8 
 7. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.8 
 8. Brkic, Capljina0.7 
 9. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 10. Suljagic, Kakanj0.6 


D1 Round 18: Leader Bosna ASA BHT gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Bosna ASA BHT delivered the fifteenth win on Saturday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Varda HE (5-11) 83-69 in Sarajevo. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 14 points. The best player for the winners was power forward Dzenan Rahimic (204-74) who scored 29 points and 9 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-73) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Miroslav Markovic (201-75, agency: BeoExcell) who recorded 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Varda HE's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bosna ASA BHT (15-2) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Newly promoted Varda HE keeps the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Bosna ASA BHT will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Varda HE will play at home against the league's second-placed Borac Nektar (#2) in Banja Luka and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Bileca was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Capljina Lasta (12-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Hercegovac (8-8). Capljina Lasta defeated Hercegovac 87-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hercegovac. It was a good game for guard Krunoslav Rimac (195-84, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 4 assists. Krsto Bijelica contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Montenegrin center Andrija Pejovic (205-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for Hercegovac. Hercegovac's coach tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Capljina Lasta moved-up to second place, which they share with Borac Nektar. Hercegovac at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Capljina Lasta will play against bottom-ranked Slavija (#13) in Sarajevo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Hercegovac will play on the road against Zrinjski HT (#8) in Mostar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Banja Luka. Local Borac Nektar (12-5) outscored 9th ranked Kakanj (6-10) 97-75 on Saturday night. Vladan Jocovic scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Mirza Ahmetbasic with 27 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Borac Nektar have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-5 record having just three points less than leader Bosna, which they share with Capljina. Kakanj lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Borac Nektar will meet Varda HE (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kakanj will play against Sloboda Dita in Tuzla and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Zrinjski HT was defeated by Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad 91-75. SL IAT Leotar beat Brotnjo at home 86-77. Celik lost to Sloboda Dita on the opponent's court 72-88.
The best stats of 18th round was 34 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds by Drasko Albijanic of Sloboda Dita.


Borac Nektar - Kakanj 97-75

The game with biggest result difference took place in Banja Luka. Local Borac Nektar (12-5) outscored 9th ranked Kakanj (6-10) 97-75 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Borac Nektar. Kakanj managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Borac Nektar dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Kakanj's 40. They outrebounded Kakanj 32-20 including a 21-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Vladan Jocovic (211-82) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Montenegrin guard Nemanja Vranjes (188-88) chipped in 20 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Mirza Ahmetbasic (193-87, college: Abil.Christian, agency: World Sport Agency) with 27 points and guard Abdurahman Kahrimanovic (197-75, agency: Court Side) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Four Kakanj players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Borac Nektar have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-5 record having just three points less than leader Bosna, which they share with Capljina. Kakanj lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Borac Nektar will meet Varda HE (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kakanj will play against Sloboda Dita in Tuzla and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Borac Nektar: N.Vranjes 20+2reb+3ast, V.Jocovic 18+8reb+1ast, S.Tosic 11+1reb+1ast, S.Blanusa 9+3reb, M.Jagodic Kuridza 8+9reb+5ast, M.Trikic 7+1reb+1ast
Kakanj: M.Ahmetbasic 27+1reb+1ast, A.Kahrimanovic 13+2reb+4ast, N.Mulic 11+1reb+2ast, N.Begovac 10+5reb, E.Suljic 4+1reb, A.Suljagic 3+1reb
gschID: 113523


Bosna - Varda HE 83-69

Leader Bosna ASA BHT delivered the fifteenth win on Saturday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Varda HE (5-11) 83-69 in Sarajevo. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 14 points. The best player for the winners was naturalized Croatian power forward Dzenan Rahimic (204-74) who scored 29 points and 9 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Swedish power forward Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-73) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Miroslav Markovic (201-75, agency: BeoExcell) who recorded 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Serbian power forward Sasa Crnobrnja (203-83) added 16 points respectively. Varda HE's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bosna ASA BHT (15-2) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Newly promoted Varda HE keeps the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Bosna ASA BHT will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Varda HE will play at home against the league's second-placed Borac Nektar (#2) in Banja Luka and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Bosna: D.Rahimic 29+9reb+1ast, A.Damjanovic 16+8reb+2ast, M.Batina 12+1reb+3ast, M.Pasalic 8+2reb+6ast, D.Hodzic 6+5reb, A.Demic 6+2reb
Varda HE: M.Markovic 24+7reb+4ast, S.Crnobrnja 16+3reb+1ast, M.Kandic 10+5reb+2ast, S.Golubovic 6+1reb+2ast, J.Bajic 5+3reb+1ast, A.Deric 3
gschID: 113524


Hercegovac - Capljina 72-87

The game in Bileca was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Capljina Lasta (12-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Hercegovac (8-8). Capljina Lasta defeated Hercegovac 87-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hercegovac. The game was mostly controlled by Capljina Lasta. Hercegovac was better in second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Hercegovac outrebounded Capljina Lasta 37-21 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Hercegovac was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for naturalized Croatian guard Krunoslav Rimac (195-84, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 4 assists. Montenegrin-Serbian guard Krsto Bijelica (192-88) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Capljina Lasta players scored in double figures. Montenegrin center Andrija Pejovic (205-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (206-81) added 17 points in the effort for Hercegovac. Hercegovac's coach tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Capljina Lasta moved-up to second place, which they share with Borac Nektar. Hercegovac at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Capljina Lasta will play against bottom-ranked Slavija (#13) in Sarajevo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Hercegovac will play on the road against Zrinjski HT (#8) in Mostar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Capljina: K.Rimac 20+4reb+4ast, J.Zdravkovic 18+5ast, M.Gligora 15+5reb, K.Bijelica 14+5reb+4ast, J.Brkic 12+5reb, S.Leric 6+2reb+2ast
Hercegovac: B.Lalovic 17+4reb+1ast, A.Pejovic 17+12reb+1ast, N.Lalic 10+2reb+4ast, M.Vukovic 9+3reb, G.Gajovic 9+4reb+3ast, S.Savic 3+2reb
gschID: 113519


Mladost - Zrinjski HT 91-75

There was no surprise in Mrkonjic Grad where 8th ranked Zrinjski HT (8-9) was defeated by fourth ranked Mladost (11-5) 91-75 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-75. Mladost outrebounded Zrinjski HT 37-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. Power forward Dragan Duranovic (202-88) scored 24 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Montenegrin center Milos Komatina (204-84) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-88) with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Lazar Simonovic (185-82) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Four Mladost and five Zrinjski HT players scored in double figures. Mladost maintains fourth position with 11-5 record. Loser Zrinjski HT keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Mladost will meet Brotnjo (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zrinjski HT will play against Hercegovac (#7) in Bileca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mladost: D.Duranovic 24+9reb+3ast, A.Avdibegovic 18+2reb+4ast, M.Komatina 15+9reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 11+4reb, M.Kezic 7+4reb+1ast, P.Ivanic 5+1reb+3ast
Zrinjski HT: Z.Sakic 16+9reb+3ast, L.Simonovic 15+4ast, A.Hasandic 11+3reb, M.Han 11+1reb+1ast, M.Peraica 10+4reb, S.Demic 7
gschID: 113520


SL IAT Leotar - Brotnjo 86-77

No shocking result in a game in Trebinje where fifth ranked SL IAT Leotar (10-7) defeated 12th ranked Brotnjo (4-13) 86-77 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Brotnjo won third quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Dusko Markovic (204-74) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and chipped in 15 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Croatian-Slovenian forward Branimir Josipovic (204-81, agency: Court Side) with 18 points and forward Nikola Lesko (201-83) scored 18 points. Four Brotnjo players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. SL IAT Leotar maintains fifth position with 10-7 record. Newly promoted Brotnjo keeps the twelfth place with 13 games lost. SL IAT Leotar will meet Celik (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Brotnjo will play against Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SL IAT Leotar: D.Markovic 18+7reb, J.Petar 15+5ast, I.Josipovic 10+1reb, B.Gnjato 10+4reb, B.Pelkic 8+6reb+2ast, V.Aleksic 8+3reb
Brotnjo: B.Josipovic 18+4reb+1ast, N.Lesko 18+2reb, M.Brecic 12+4reb, S.Stefanovic 10+1reb+2ast, A.Cutura 8+4reb, D.Pinjuh 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 113521


Sloboda Dita - Celik 88-72

Rather expected game in Tuzla where 10th ranked Celik (6-11) was defeated by seventh ranked Sloboda Dita (9-8) 88-72 on Saturday. The game without a history. Sloboda Dita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Celik's 34. Sloboda Dita forced 21 Celik turnovers and outrebounded them 43-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. Center Drasko Albijanic (211-86) had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Dejan Jeftic (200-89) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) with 11 points and 5 rebounds and center Ognjen Kuzmic (215-90) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Four Celik players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Sloboda Dita moved-up to sixth place. Celik lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Sloboda Dita will meet Kakanj (#9) on the road in the next round. Celik will play against SL IAT Leotar in Trebinje and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Dita: D.Albijanic 34+17reb, D.Jeftic 15+6reb+2ast, M.Hrncic 8+5reb+3ast, M.Tanasilovic 7+3reb, D.Kastratovic 6+2reb+7ast, B.Sekicki 5+2reb+4ast
Celik: I.Milenkovic 13+1reb, H.Jahic 12+3ast, R.Rizvic 11+5reb+1ast, I.Opacak 10+2reb+2ast, N.Maksimovic 8+2ast, O.Kuzmic 8+7reb
gschID: 113522




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  BRAZIL   


Flamengo add Gege from Torrejon, Espain - by Paulo Freire
'Always Increasingly. The young people who learn to play basketball in Brazil, as they begin to show potential, they are being shipped overseas. So far, I do not see how to keep them here in Brazil, because competition is uneven and hardly to the Brazilian clubs to compete with clubs out there '.

This season the NBB has given a sign of change, with the return of several brazilian players who were abroad. This time, Flamengo took the momentum of having already repatriated two players this season (Atila Santos and Fred Duarte) to repatriate another one, the point guard George Chaia, known as 'Gege' who began in basketball at Tijuca Tennis Club, and in the last two years had been working in Spain playing for Torrejon de Madrid.

On Flamengo,
George Yeye Torres (183-G) will finds the former temmate Fred Duarte, they had played together last season in the Junior League and EBA on the Torrejon team.

The life of Gege on the red and black team will not be easy, since the club already have two experienced point guard, Helio and Fred. Maybe this is a sign already thinking of the Under-20 NBB league who is suppoust to start in the middle of July


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  BULGARIA   


Radojevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
34-year old center Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76) put on an amazing game in the last round for Rilski Sportist and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Tundja (#6, 5-12) with 19-point margin 87-68. Rilski Sportist maintains the 4th position in Bulgarian league. Rilski Sportist 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 9-8 record. Radojevic just recently signed at Rilski Sportist, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Aleksandar Radojevic averages this season 9.5ppg and 7.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports) of league's second-best Levski Sofia. He is American swingman in his second season at Levski. In the last game Harper recorded impressive 31 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as Levski lost that game 85-93 to league's leader Lukoil Academik (#1, 17-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Levski still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 3rd loss this season, while they won 14 other games. Harper is well-known at Levski and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.9ppg (#3). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) of Rilski Sportist Samokov (#4). Lilov scored 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Rilski Sportist, leading his team to a 87-68 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Tundja (#6, 5-12). Rilski Sportist needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 8 lost games. Lilov has a great season in Bulgaria. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.8ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Georgi Davidov (205-F/C-76) of Balkan - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Plamen Aleksiev (180-G-87) of Cherno More - 23 points and 4 assists
6. Brandon Heath (193-G-84) of Lukoil Academik - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Simeon Naydenov (201-F/G-81) of Chernomorets - 24 points and 2 rebounds
8. Devin Green (201-G/F-82) of Lukoil Academik - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77) of Lukoil Academik - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Simeon Iliev (202-F-89) of Cherno More - 16 points and 7 rebounds

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


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  CANADA   


Carleton hosts Ottawa in 5th Capital Hoops Classic - by Eurobasket News
OTTAWA (CIS) The Carleton University and University of Ottawa basketball teams face off at Scotiabank Place in the nations capital for the fifth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic, Wednesday night.

Tip off for the womens contest is set for 6 p.m. with the mens duel following at 8 p.m.

The MBNA Capital Hoops Classic, which debuted in 2007 as a single mens game and has featured a doubleheader since its second edition, quickly became one of the highlights of the CIS basketball season.

The inaugural event attracted 9,730 fans, which at the time was a CIS record for a regular season game. That mark was broken in 2009 when a crowd of 10,523 turned up at Scotiabank Place for the third annual Classic.

Carleton goes into tonights doubleheader as favourite for both contests.

The Ravens men are ranked first in the country thanks to an OUA East-leading 14-0 record, while the women also stand atop the OUA East at 12-2, are ranked fourth in the CIS Top 10 and are riding an eight-game winning streak.

The Ottawa men (6-8) are tied for fourth place in the OUA East. The Gee-Gees women (9-5) are third.

MBNA CAPITAL HOOPS CLASSIC RESULTS & ATTENDANCES

Attendances

2010 (doubleheader): 8,074
2009 (doubleheader): 10,523 (CIS regular season record)
2008 (doubleheader): 9,124
2007 (men only): 9,730

Mens results

2010: Carleton 74, Ottawa 66
2009: Carleton 87, Ottawa 72
2008: Carleton 70, Ottawa 66
2007: Ottawa 64, Carleton 62

Womens results

2010: Carleton 53, Ottawa 40
2009: Carleton 62, Ottawa 53
2008: Carleton 53, Ottawa 43

CIS MENS BASKETBALL: LARGEST ATTENDANCES (all games included)

1 - 12,139: Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Oct. 25, 2004, Memorial vs. McMaster (Basketball vs. Bullying: One-on-One event) *

2 - 11,853: Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Oct. 30, 2003, UNB vs. McMaster (Basketball vs. Bullying: One-on-One event) *

3 - 11,000: Halifax, March 1978, Acadia vs. Saint Marys (CIS championship final)

4 - 10,877: Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Oct. 25, 2005, McGill vs. McMaster (Basketball vs. Bullying: One-on-One event) *

5 10,523: Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Jan. 28, 2009, Carleton vs. Ottawa (Capital Hoops Classic CIS regular season attendance record)

* Non-conference games
Courtesy of: -CIS-




OUA announces new Wilson Cup championship format - by Eurobasket News
HAMILTON, Ont. - Ontario University Athletics (OUA) announced at a press conference earlier today a new format for the OUA Wilson Cup men's basketball championship. The top teams from East and West will now play in a Final Four style to determine OUA's newest champion. This year's OUA Wilson Cup Final Four men's basketball championship will be hosted at McMaster University, held at the Burridge Gymnasium on March 4-5, 2011.
OUA men's basketball playoffs start on Wednesday, February 23 and by the evening of Saturday, February 26 the top four teams in OUA will have punched their ticket for Hamilton, Ont. and the OUA Wilson Cup Final Four.

'OUA is excited about the new format for the Wilson Cup. Inviting all four teams to a neutral site allows this sport to grow in a strong basketball community like Hamilton,' said Ward Dilse, Executive Director, Ontario University Athletics.

For the first time since 2004, the semifinals and championship game will be nationally televised. On March 4, the first semifinal will air live on The Score at 6 p.m. The second semifinal will be played at 8 p.m. and will air taped delayed at 10 p.m. The finals will also be live on The Score at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 as Ontario's top two teams play to determine who will take home the championship banner.

'Our continued partnership with The Score to nationally televise the semifinals and finals will broaden the spectrum of viewers from around the country exposing all of Canada to the exceptional talent of OUA's student-athletes,' added Dilse.

Tickets are available for individual days at a price of $10 for adults and $5 for youth and students. A tournament pass is available for $20 that includes all three games and parking. Tickets for the Wilson Cup Final Four men's basketball championship can be purchased by phone at 905-525-9140 ext. 20353, online at http://www.athrec.mcmaster.ca/pos/, or in person at McMaster University's Maroon Shop in the David Braley Athletic Centre. Adult tickets can also be purchased at all Hamilton area Pioneer Petroleums locations with $2 per ticket returned to the buyer in Pioneer Bonus Bucks.

The Wilson Cup Final Four weekend is much more than a championship, as a number of events and activities are planned in the city of Hamilton that weekend.

'Tourism Hamilton is proud to partner with OUA and McMaster University Athletics and we look forward to welcoming the teams, officials, spectators and media to Hamilton for the OUA Wilson Cup Final Four,' said David Adames, Executive Director, Tourism Hamilton.

On Friday, March 4, OUA will hold an awards breakfast to honour the 2010-11 season's major award winners, OUA All-Stars and the four participating teams at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, the host hotel for the Wilson Cup Final Four.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) and OUA will be running the inaugural Wilson Cup Mega Hoops Mania basketball skills clinic at McMaster University. Mega Hoops Mania is an inclusive basketball clinic for children and youth in grades 3 to 8 with the objective of teaching basketball skills in an enjoyable environment. Mega Hoops was designed to engage all participants, irrespective of their gender, background or ability.

This three hour skill session will be taught by OUA men's basketball All-Stars and participants will be led through progressive activities as they learn the proper execution of six basic fundamentals: shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, movement and lay ups.

Registration is $10 can be done through OBA's website at www.basketball.on.ca. Participants will receive a complimentary ticket to watch the Wilson Cup Championship game.

From 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, Dairy Farmers of Canada presents the Wilson Cup Final Four Celebrity 2-Ball tournament. OUA All-Stars will team up with local sports and media celebrities as they show off their skills in support of Athletes for Africa. This unique basketball skills game is played by a two-player team. Each team has one minute to score as many baskets as possible from any of the designated shooting spots clearly identified on a half court. Each shooting spot is worth a different point value based on the difficulty of the basket. The two-player team with the most points is declared the winner and will return to the court to play during half time of the OUA Wilson Cup Men's Basketball Championship.

'This is exactly the kind of partnership we envisioned for Athletes for Africa when we launched just over five years ago,' said Adrian Bradbury, Founder and Executive Director, Athletes for Africa. 'The OUA and the student-athletes that represent this province truly are our next generation of leaders. They can be champions of global citizenship that can make an impact with their platform, through sport, to raise awareness and funds to empower youth in Africa.'

Athletes for Africa is a charitable organization that uses the power of sport to educate and engage Canadians in Africa's fight against poverty, famine and disease. The 2-Ball tournament is open to the public, and donations will be accepted at the door to support Athletes for Africa.

All events planned for the March 4-5 weekend lead up to what will be the best of OUA basketball, culminating in the presentation of the Wilson Cup live on The Score.

For full details on all events surrounding the OUA Wilson Cup Final Four men's basketball championship please visit www.oua.ca/wilsoncup.

-OUA_
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca




CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 14-1 
 2. St.Francis X. 10-4 
 3. Dalhousie 8-5 
 4. New Brunsw. 6-7 
 5. St.Mary's 6-9 
 6. Acadia 4-8 
 7. UPEI 4-10 
 8. Memorial 3-11 
CanWest
 1. Trinity West. 17-3 
 2. UBC 16-2 
 3. Saskatchewan 14-4 
 4. Alberta 14-6 
 5. Victoria 13-7 
 6. Regina 12-6 
 7. Manitoba 9-9 
 8. UCFV 6-12 
 9. Calgary 6-12 
 10. Lethbridge 5-15 
 11. Brandon 4-14 
 12. Thompson R. 4-16 
 13. Winnipeg 2-16 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 17-0 
 2. Toronto Univ. 12-5 
 3. York 8-9 
 4. Ottawa 8-9 
 5. Ryerson 7-10 
 6. Laurentian 6-11 
 7. Queen's 3-14 
 8. RMC 0-17 
OUA West
 1. Lakehead 13-3 
 2. Laurier 11-5 
 3. Windsor 11-5 
 4. McMaster 8-8 
 5. Brock 8-8 
 6. Waterloo 7-9 
 7. Western 7-9 
 8. Guelph 6-10 
Quebec League
 1. Laval 8-2 
 2. Concordia 7-4 
 3. McGill 6-4 
 4. UQAM 4-6 
 5. Bishop's 1-10 


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  COLOMBIA   


FREDDY ASPRILLA R TRANSFERED TO CANISIUS - by Victor Garcia
Colombian Center Freddy Asprilla, who recently leaved the K-State program, after a mutual agreement with coach Frank Martin, has arrrived to a verbal commitment with Canisius Basketball program.
Asprilla still has one year of elegibility, but will be just until December of 2012, for Asprilla will be a long time waiting, but according to sources close to the player, was his mother who has some healt problems, who invite s him to finish his College Career, Asprilla's mother Mrs Doris Blanco is the key person in his life, supporting him in all the times and working hard to give him a better life.
We will try to contact the player about his last decision.


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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Luka ZITKO
  Trogir
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Zitko, Trogir18.3 
 2. Bakovic, Darda18.0 
 3. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 4. Mimica, KK Split17.0 
 5. Sobin, KK Split16.0 
 6. Saric, Dubrava15.5 
 7. Krolo, Darda15.1 
 8. Helbich, Svjetlost15.0 
 9. Ridl, Darda15.0 
 10. Ceskovic, Trogir14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava11.6 
 2. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 3. Radic, Alkar Sinj8.7 
 4. Krolo, Darda8.6 
 5. Saric, Dubrava8.3 
 6. Ruzic, Borik7.5 
 7. Sobin, KK Split7.1 
 8. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
 9. Ridl, Darda6.3 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Josip BLAJIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 2. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 3. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.8 
 4. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.7 
 5. Misic, Svjetlost3.6 
 6. Primorac, Dubrava3.4 
 7. Sarac, Svjetlost3.4 
 8. Katic, KK Split3.2 
 9. Peric, Dubrovnik2.8 
 10. Bicvic, Darda2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Teo PETANI
  Borik
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Petani, Borik2.8 
 2. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.2 
 3. Misic, Svjetlost2.0 
 4. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 5. Skific, Borik1.9 
 6. Swift, Darda1.8 
 7. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 8. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 9. Ridl, Darda1.6 
 10. Jugo, Kvarner 20101.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava1.6 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.6 
 3. Krolo, Darda1.2 
 4. Kraljevic, Zabok1.1 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 6. Sarlija, Borik1.1 
 7. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.0 
 8. Saric, Dubrava0.8 
 9. Zupic, Alkar Sinj0.7 
 10. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.6 


Luka Petkovic's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
Guard Luka Petkovic (190-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Svjetlost, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 22-year old player recorded a triple-double of 34 points and added10 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team Svjetlost moved-up to the 8th position in the Croatian A1. Svjetlost is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 7th lost game this season out of 13 games. In the team's last game Petkovic had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Svjetlost's top player in his first season with the team. Luka Petkovic averages just after three games 24.3ppg and 6.3apg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of league's leader KK Split. Sobin had a very good evening with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead KK Split to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dubrava (#9, 4-9) 104-82. Of course KK Split still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 10-3 record. Sobin is well-known at KK Split and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.0ppg (#5). He also registered 7.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Ivan Krolo (217-C-83) of Vrijednosnice OS Darda (#7). Krolo scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Darda, leading his team to a 77-72 win against the higher-ranked Alkar Sinj (#3, 8-5). The chances of Darda ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Krolo could help Darda to bring them higher in the standings. Krolo has a great season in Croatia. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.1ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.6rpg (4th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 71.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robert Lez (200-F-79) of Zabok - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) of Borik - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jurica Ruzic (199-F-77) of Borik - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ivica Radic (207-F-90) of Alkar Sinj - 23 points and 10 rebounds
8. Nikola Garma (204-F-85) of Dubrava - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Toni Dijan (205-F-83) of KK Split - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) of KK Split - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  CYPRUS   


Anthony King claims Cypriot Division A weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for InterCollege Etha Engomis and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 25-year old power forward had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds for Etha in his team's victory, helping them to beat AEL (#6, 4-8) 97-84. Etha is placed at 3rd position in Cypriot Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Etha will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. It's King's second year at Etha and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Miami, Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. King. King is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.5ppg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 55.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old Montenegrin center Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) of Achilleas Kaimakliou. Djikanovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Achilleas cruised to a 91-83 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked ENAD (#9, 3-10). Achilleas' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Djikanovic is a newcomer at Achilleas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84) of top-ranked Cytavision Apoel Nicosia. Tiggs scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of APOEL, leading his team to a 79-75 win against the lower-ranked AEK (#7, 5-9). APOEL confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Tiggs has a very solid season. In 9 games in Cyprus he scored 14.0ppg. He also has 4.4rpg, 2.3spg and FGP: 62.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Valdas Dabkus (204-F-84) of Etha - 20 points and 6 rebounds
5. Georgios Diamantopoulos (195-F-80) of Achilleas - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. David Collins (213-C-85) of ENAD - 19 points and 5 rebounds
7. Sasa Bratic (202-F/G-81) of AEK - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tarick Johnson (192-G/F-81) of Etha - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Rodney Buford (196-G-77) of AEL - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ken Tutt (185-G-84) of Etha - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Georgios DIAMANTOPOULOS
  Achilleas
  (195-F-80)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Diamantopoul., Achill.17.5 
 2. Camacho, Apollon17.5 
 3. Dunovic, Omonia17.4 
 4. Aleksic, AEK16.4 
 5. Radunovic, ENAD16.3 
 6. Hanavan, AP.15.6 
 7. Davis, AP.15.6 
 8. King, Etha15.5 
 9. McLain, Omonia15.0 
 10. Buford, AEL14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. King, Etha10.3 
 2. Djikanovic, Achilleas10.3 
 3. Radunovic, ENAD8.8 
 4. Aleksic, AEK7.8 
 5. McLain, Omonia6.8 
 6. Buljan, AP.6.7 
 7. Johnson, Keravnos6.5 
 8. Camacho, Apollon6.2 
 9. Biggs, Achilleas6.0 
 10. Radojevic, Omonia5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  Apollon
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Stiggers, Apollon4.7 
 2. Berdiel, AEK4.3 
 3. Kounounis, AEL3.9 
 4. Razis, ENAD3.6 
 5. Lee, AP.3.6 
 6. Diamantopoul., Achill.3.5 
 7. Dunovic, Omonia3.4 
 8. Cummings, Keravnos3.3 
 9. Aleksic, AEK3.2 
 10. Price, ENAD3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Tiggs, AP.2.3 
 3. Kent, ENAD1.9 
 4. Berdiel, AEK1.8 
 5. Hanavan, AP.1.8 
 6. Johnson, Etha1.7 
 7. Price, ENAD1.6 
 8. Diamantopoul., Achill.1.6 
 9. Dunovic, Omonia1.6 
 10. Davis, AP.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  AEL
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Wyatt, AEL2.2 
 2. King, Etha1.8 
 3. Collins, ENAD1.7 
 4. Radojevic, Omonia1.4 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos1.2 
 6. Collins, AEK1.1 
 7. Fells, Keravnos0.8 
 8. Dials, Apollon0.7 
 9. Radunovic, ENAD0.6 
 10. Englicky, Apollon0.6 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


1Liga Round 22: Slavoj BK Litomerice beats BK Prostejov B in double-overtime - by Eurobasket News
BK Prostejov B (#13) forced the game against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#11) into a double-overtime, but lost by two points 85-87 on Sunday night. Slavoj BK Litomerice maintains eleventh position with 8-15 record. BK Prostejov B lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice are looking forward to face higher ranked BK Usti nad Labem (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BK Prostejov B will play against the league's second-placed BK Lions Hradec (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Hradec Kralove. Eighth ranked B&W Opava B (12-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (12-10) 83-82 in the game for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. B&W Opava B moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Proton Zlin and Sokol H.Kralove. B&W Opava B will play against Kara Trutnov (#9) at home in the next round. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against Proton Zlin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in J.Hradec. Second ranked BK Lions Hradec faced 4th ranked Sokol Vysehrad. Host BK Lions Hradec (16-6) smashed guests from Vysehrad (13-9) 103-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sokol Vysehrad. BK Lions Hradec maintains second position with 16-6 record having just three points less than leader Chomutov. Sokol Vysehrad at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Usti n/Labem. BK Lions Hradec will meet BK Prostejov B (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Sokol Vysehrad will play against Sokol Prazsky (#3) in Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Praha. First ranked Levharti Chomutov faced 3rd ranked Sokol Prazsky. Guests from Chomutov (19-3) smashed host Sokol Prazsky (13-8) 88-69. Levharti Chomutov have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-3 record. Sokol Prazsky at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Levharti Chomutov's next round opponent will be Sparta Praha (#12) at home which should be an easy win for them. Sokol Prazsky will play against Sokol Vysehrad (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Benesov, where higher ranked BK Usti nad Labem (13-9) lost to tenth ranked BC Benesov (9-13) in a road game 75-79 on Sunday. BC Benesov maintains tenth position with 9-13 record. Loser BK Usti nad Labem dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. BC Benesov will face bottom-ranked BK Kondori Liberec (#14) on the road in the next round. BK Usti nad Labem will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#11).

In the last two games of round 22 bottom-ranked Liberec was defeated by Trutnov in Trutnov 68-57. Proton Zlin was beaten by Sparta Praha at home 76-82.



Trutnov - Liberec 68-57

There was no surprise when 14th ranked BK Kondori Liberec (3-17) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Kara Trutnov (11-11) 68-57 on Sunday. Kara Trutnov maintains ninth position with 11-11 record. BK Kondori Liberec lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Kara Trutnov will face higher ranked B&W Opava B (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BK Kondori Liberec will play against BC Benesov (#10).
gschID: 91970


Sokol H.Kralove - Opava B 82-83

Important game to mention about took place in Hradec Kralove. Eighth ranked B&W Opava B (12-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (12-10) 83-82 in the game for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. B&W Opava B moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Proton Zlin and Sokol H.Kralove. B&W Opava B will play against Kara Trutnov (#9) at home in the next round. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against Proton Zlin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 91971


J.Hradec - Vysehrad 103-73

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in J.Hradec. Second ranked BK Lions Hradec faced 4th ranked Sokol Vysehrad. Host BK Lions Hradec (16-6) smashed guests from Vysehrad (13-9) 103-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sokol Vysehrad. BK Lions Hradec maintains second position with 16-6 record having just three points less than leader Chomutov. Sokol Vysehrad at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Usti n/Labem. BK Lions Hradec will meet BK Prostejov B (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Sokol Vysehrad will play against Sokol Prazsky (#3) in Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 91967


Litomerice - Prostejov B 87-85 2OT

BK Prostejov B (#13) forced the game against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#11) into a double-overtime, but lost by two points 85-87 on Sunday night. Slavoj BK Litomerice maintains eleventh position with 8-15 record. BK Prostejov B lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice are looking forward to face higher ranked BK Usti nad Labem (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BK Prostejov B will play against the league's second-placed BK Lions Hradec (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 91968


Benesov - Usti n/Labem 79-75

We should mention about the upset which took place in Benesov, where higher ranked BK Usti nad Labem (13-9) lost to tenth ranked BC Benesov (9-13) in a road game 75-79 on Sunday. BC Benesov maintains tenth position with 9-13 record. Loser BK Usti nad Labem dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. BC Benesov will face bottom-ranked BK Kondori Liberec (#14) on the road in the next round. BK Usti nad Labem will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#11).
gschID: 91969


Proton Zlin - Sparta Praha 76-82

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Sparta Praha (7-15) defeated on the road higher ranked Proton Zlin (12-10) 82-76 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Proton Zlin won third quarter 27-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sparta Praha maintains twelfth position with 7-15 record. Loser Proton Zlin dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. Sparta Praha will face league's leader Levharti Chomutov on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
gschID: 91965


Sokol Prazsky - Chomutov 69-88

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Praha. First ranked Levharti Chomutov faced 3rd ranked Sokol Prazsky. Guests from Chomutov (19-3) smashed host Sokol Prazsky (13-8) 88-69. It looked good early as Sokol Prazsky took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Levharti Chomutov took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 19 points. Levharti Chomutov have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-3 record. Sokol Prazsky at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Levharti Chomutov's next round opponent will be Sparta Praha (#12) at home which should be an easy win for them. Sokol Prazsky will play against Sokol Vysehrad (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 91966




Zeljko Zagorac claims Czech Republic NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Slovenian Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader BK Prostejov and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 17 points and twelve rebounds, while his team outclassed B&W Opava (#6, 8-9) with 46-point margin 104-58. It allowed BK Prostejov to consolidate first place in the Czech Republic NBL. BK Prostejov have a solid 15-2 record. In the team's last game Zagorac had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at BK Prostejov and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Zeljko Zagorac averages just after two games 10.0ppg and 10.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-F-85) of NH Ostrava. Spagrud impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead NH Ostrava to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Svitavy (#11, 1-16) 79-52. NH Ostrava's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Spagrud is a newcomer at NH Ostrava and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Martin Klimes (203-C-83) of USK Praha (#9). Klimes scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of USK Praha, leading his team to a 76-65 win against slightly lower-ranked Plzen (#10, 1-16). USK Praha can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Klimes he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Klimes has a very solid season. In 14 games in Czech Republic he scored 11.0ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and FGP: 50.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson (208-C-83) of BK Prostejov - 15 points and 6 rebounds
5. Jakub Houska (206-C-82) of BK Decin - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Lukas Kotas (194-F-84) of USK Praha - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Kyle Landry (206-F-86) of BK Prostejov - 13 points and 6 rebounds
8. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84) of BK Pardubice - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marek Stuchly (196-F-75) of NH Ostrava - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Admir Alic (198-F-84) of BK Decin - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Chomutov 19-3 
 2. J.Hradec 16-6 
 3. Sokol Prazsky 13-8 
 4. Vysehrad 13-9 
 5. Usti n/Labem 13-9 
 6. Opava B 12-10 
 7. Sokol H.Kralove 12-10 
 8. Proton Zlin 12-10 
 9. Trutnov 11-11 
 10. Benesov 9-13 
 11. Litomerice 8-15 
 12. Sparta Praha 7-15 
 13. Prostejov B 5-17 
 14. Liberec 3-17 


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Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 13-2 
 2. Stevnsgade 12-3 
 3. Virum 11-4 
 4. Haderslev 11-6 
 5. Lemvig 10-5 
 6. Solrod 10-7 
 7. Glostrup 6-7 
 8. Aarhus BF 5-10 
 9. Skt. Klemens 4-11 
 10. Hobas 3-11 
 11. ALBA 3-12 
 12. Herlev 3-13 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Brasas, Amager BK21.8 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj21.7 
 4. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose20.1 
 6. Roberts, Naestved19.0 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.7 
 8. Dennis, SISU17.7 
 9. Claitt, Horsens IC17.6 
 10. Kasiuleviciu., Naest.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.6 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj10.0 
 3. Colas, Vaerlose9.9 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.8 
 5. St.John, Horsens IC9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.5 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.7 
 9. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.1 
 10. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.1 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.7 
 3. Dennis, SISU4.6 
 4. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg3.9 
 6. Martin, Aabyhoj3.9 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm3.9 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.6 
 9. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.2 
 10. Simonsen, Amager B.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  SISU
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dennis, SISU2.2 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm2.2 
 3. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 4. Roberts, Naestved2.1 
 5. Smedley, Naestved2.0 
 6. Burgess, Bakken2.0 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken1.9 
 8. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 9. Claitt, Horsens IC1.8 
 10. Nielsen, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.4 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.4 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.3 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. Logan, Amager BK0.9 
 7. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 8. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 9. Johansen, Naestved0.8 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 


Marquis Hall claims Danish Ligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Marquis Hall (183-G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Aalborg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 18 points adding seven rebounds and nine assists for Aalborg in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Amager BK (#9, 4-17) with 57-point margin 98-41. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Aalborg maintains the 10th position in Danish Ligaen. 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. Aalborg have already lost 19 games and recorded just two victories. Hall turned to be Aalborg's top player in his first season with the team. Marquis Hall averages this season 19.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 5.0apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78) of SISU Copenhagen. Dennis impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead SISU to another comfortable win outscoring Aabyhoj (8-13) 92-66. This victory allowed SISU to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-13 record. Dennis is a newcomer at SISU 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 17.7ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 4.6rpg and 4.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Edward Morris (203-F-84) of Aabyhoj IF (#7). Morris scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Morris' great performance Aabyhoj lost 66-92 to SISU (8-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Aabyhoj not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Morris could try to bring Aabyhoj's a little bit higher in the standings. Morris has individually a great season in Denmark. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.7ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 10.0rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.4bpg and FGP: 63.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Nielsen (192-G/F-85) of Bakken - 23 points and 7 rebounds
5. Barkley Falkner (203-F/C-86) of Aalborg - 17 points and 8 rebounds
6. Donald Rutherford (198-F) of SISU - 21 points and 8 rebounds
7. Mikael Nielsen (178-G-90) of SISU - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg - 19 points and 7 rebounds
9. Frederik Nielsen (180-G-88) of Horsholm - 26 points
10. Jens Hakanowitz (204-F/C-80) of Horsholm - 17 points and 8 rebounds

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


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 20-8 
 2. Erie Bay H. 18-9 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 13-15 
 4. Dakota W. 9-20 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 3-21 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 22-7 
 2. Rio Grande 18-8 
 3. Texas L. 14-13 
 4. New Mexico 13-15 
 5. Austin T. 12-15 
 6. Maine RC 12-17 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 17-12 
 2. Bakersfield J. 16-12 
 3. Utah F. 13-12 
 4. Idaho S. 10-17 
 5. Springfield A. 9-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Toronto R.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.0 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.20.8 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.19.9 
 4. Dentmon, Texas L.19.7 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.19.6 
 6. Edwards, New M.18.7 
 7. Tucker, New Mexico18.6 
 8. Sims, Maine RC18.2 
 9. Greene, Utah F.18.0 
 10. McNeal, Rio Grande17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.3 
 2. Alexander, Texas L.10.0 
 3. Williams, Texas L.10.0 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.9 
 5. Davidson, Idaho S.9.8 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.8 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.2 
 9. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 2. Stinson, Iowa E.8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.6 
 4. Jackson, Idaho S.8.0 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.5 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.5 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.5.8 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.3 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.2.2 
 6. Lofton, Iowa E.2.2 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 9. Johnson, Erie B.2.0 
 10. Hamilton, Utah F.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.2 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.3.1 
 3. N''Diaye, Dakota W.2.6 
 4. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 5. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 6. Sykes, Sioux F.2.3 
 7. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 8. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 9. Pittman, Sioux F.1.8 
 10. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.8 


Sunday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Texas L. - New Mexico 111-102
The Texas Legends had five players in double figures and shot 52.2 percent from the floor in their 111-102 victory Sunday over the New Mexico Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds' Marcus Hubbard (6'9''-C-83, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Angelo St.) led all scorers with a season-high 22 points. He also grabbed 13 rebounds. The Thunderbirds trailed 97-84 with 7:30 to go, but went on a 16-5 run to cut the lead to two points, the closest they had been since the first quarter. But Justin Dentmon (5'11''-G-85, college: Washington) answered by hitting a 3-pointer that started a 9-0 run that helped Texas take control for good. Antonio Daniels scored nine points for the Legends and dished out 16 assists. The Thunderbirds will return home Tuesday. Rio Rancho High School and Cleveland High will square off prior to the Thunderbirds game against the Legends. *Courtesy of http://www.abqjournal.com

Maine RC - Tulsa 66ers 109-106
Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) of the Tulsa 66ers (22-7) posted his third-straight double-double with 20 points and a season-high 16 rebounds and Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) poured in 27 points but the team fell short on the road to the Maine Red Claws 109-106 inside the Portland Exhibition Center. Tulsa, who was defeated for the first time since Dec. 28, remains atop the Western Conference standings. Its 14-game winning streak will go down as the third-longest in D-League history. Also scoring in double-figures for Tulsa on Sunday was Elijah Millsap with 23 and Robert Vaden with 14. Defensively, Tulsa forced 15 Maine turnovers and outrebounded the Red Claws by a 50-36 margin. The contest included 10 ties and 10 lead changes. DeShawn Sims led the Red Claws (12-17) in scoring with 26 points and forward Tiny Gallon added a double-double with 20 points and 11 boards. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Austin T. - Utah F. 82-103
The Austin Toros' overtime victory on Saturday may have sapped all their energy for Sunday's contest. Austin appeared a step slow all night, falling to the Utah Flash, 103-82 . Austin coach Brad Jones is now 1-4 against his former team this season. 'We didn't go out and execute our game plan at all,' Jones said. 'We had some things put in before the game because we've had tough times on back-to-back (games) this year. I'm just disappointed that we don't have more to us.' Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina St.) was the focus of Jones' game plan. The Toros wanted to limit his touches and trap him in the post, but Costner tied a season-high with 23 points, to go with 10 rebounds. Utah's Pape Sy (6'6''-G-88) had 22 points. Austin played its fourth game in five days and rounded out the homestand with a 2-2 record. The Toros are 1-6 when playing games on consecutive days. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com

Dakota W. - Sioux Falls S. 96-90
Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Fresno St.) scored a game high 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the Dakota Wizards (9-20) to a 96-90 win over the Sioux Falls Skyforce (3-21) Sunday afternoon at the Bismarck Civic Center. The third quarter has been the demise for the Wizards all season long but not today. Trailing 42-38 at the break, the Wizards went on a 9-0 run to start the quarter and take a 47-42 lead with 9:07 left. Major scored 10 of his 23 points in the quarter and the Wizards outscored the Skyforce 30-15 in the quarter to take a 68-57 lead at the end of three. The Skyforce trailed by as many as 12 in the fourth but would cut the lead to 88-84 on a three-point play by Anthony Harris with 2:35 left in the game. After an injury to Hamady N'Diaye, Mickell Gladness (6'11''-F/C-86) would come off the bench to make two free throws and Renaldo Major knocked down a jump shot to extend the lead to 8 with 1:02 to play. Sioux Falls shot 60% from the field and outscored Dakota 33-28 in the quarter but the Wizards were perfect from the charity strip to secure the 96-90 victory. The Wizards won the game at the free throw line, converting 24 of 29 attempts, including 12-of-12 in the fourth quarter. Sioux Falls was good on 19-of-25 free throw attempts in the game. The Skyforce shot 48% from the floor and the Wizards shot 46%. The Skyforce went on a 15-4 run late in the second to take the lead late in the second and held a 42-38 lead at the break. Mike Anderson scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in his first start of the season for the Wizards. Anthony Goods chipped in 17 points and Lawrence Westbrook came off the bench to score 13 points for Dakota. Patrick Ewing Jr., and Dexter Pittman scored 14 points for the Skyforce and Raymond Sykes came off the bench to add 14 as well. *Courtesy of D-League




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  EGYPT   


El Ettehad El Sakandary triumph at the Dubai International Championship 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Al Etihad Alexandria triumph at the Dubai International Championship 2011 as the team survived the battles reaching the podium. After the Quarterfinal victory over Al-Ittihad from Syria, Egyptian Powerhouse overcame Sagesse from Lebanon 97:94 in a real thriller as Darren Kelly (190-G-78, college: Texas) recorded 51 points for the winners. The team from Lebanon won the first period 20-11 and then El Ettehad El Sakandary needed 27-20 to come back on track. Sagesse won the third quarter 21-18, while Egyptian squad won the game due to overtime as the board showed 81:81 after 4 quarters.
In the Final El Ettehad El Sakandary outscored Smart Gilas Pilipinas 84:75. Smart Gilas led by 11 points at halftime, 44:33.
But the Egyptians, left with two more imports against none from the Filipinos, capitalized on their height advantage and slowly closed the gap before making the final push in the fourth quarter to seal the title. Mac Baracael (193-F/G-85) took the scoring cudgels and unloaded 28 points while team captain Chris Tiu (178-G-85) nailed 12 points.




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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 25-6 
 2. KTP 22-8 
 3. Kataja 20-11 
 4. Korihait 19-11 
 5. Honka 18-12 
 6. Kouvot 16-15 
 7. ToPo 15-16 
 8. Namika Lahti 13-17 
 9. Karhu 13-17 
 10. Salon Vilpas 11-19 
 11. LrNMKY 7-24 
 12. Tarmo 4-27 


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 13-3 
 2. Jyvaskyla 12-4 
 3. Lapua 11-5 
 4. LoKoKo 9-6 
 5. Honka 9-7 
 6. BC Nokia 9-7 
 7. Huima 8-8 
 8. SayRi 6-9 
 9. Kerava ET 6-10 
 10. TomPo II 6-10 
 11. Ura Basket 6-10 
 12. Namika II 0-16 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.6 
 2. Manning, Huima22.3 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo21.6 
 4. Hall, SayRi20.8 
 5. Bojang, BC Nokia20.2 
 6. Robinson, Jyvaskyla19.6 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET18.9 
 8. Valentine, Lapua18.8 
 9. Douglas, Huima18.7 
 10. Thomas, SayRi18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Namika II
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Brown, Namika II14.9 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia14.8 
 3. Douglas, Huima13.8 
 4. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.4 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.6 
 7. Hall, SayRi11.3 
 8. Stamper, LoKoKo10.8 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Banks, SayRi10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Manning, Huima6.1 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.1 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket4.7 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo4.3 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.9 
 6. Ahila, Jyvaskyla3.3 
 7. Valentine, Lapua3.1 
 8. Silvonen, Honka2.5 
 9. Kivinen, LoKoKo2.4 
 10. Pasanen, SayRi2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Horton, LoKoKo2.8 
 2. Valentine, Lapua2.8 
 3. Hall, SayRi2.2 
 4. Bojang, BC Nokia2.2 
 5. Still, Lapua2.1 
 6. Stamper, LoKoKo2.0 
 7. Ramey, Ura Basket1.9 
 8. Foreman, FoKoPo1.7 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET1.7 
 10. Vanttaja, Honka1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Reijo OJANEN
  Jyvaskyla
  (192-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla1.0 
 2. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 3. Alanko, Ura Basket0.8 
 4. Kopio, Honka0.8 
 5. Koskinen, Namika I.0.6 
 6. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 7. Nelson, Lapua0.6 
 8. Setala, BC Nokia0.6 
 9. Dolenc, Honka0.6 
 10. Mantymaa, Huima0.6 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Wilson, Honka22.8 
 2. Heard, Tarmo21.4 
 3. Lewis, LrNM.19.9 
 4. Walker, Kouvot19.7 
 5. Blanchard, ToPo19.6 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Wood, Karhu19.5 
 8. Harris, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 9. Williamson, Honka18.9 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Wood, Karhu13.6 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.7 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Young, Tarmo9.9 
 6. Vinson, Kouvot9.7 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.6 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto9.4 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dijuan HARRIS
  Salon Vilpas
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.4 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 4. Okorie, Salon Vilpas4.0 
 5. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.9 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.9 
 7. Virtanen, Kataja3.6 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.6 
 9. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.4 
 10. Ivey, KTP3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wood, Karhu2.0 
 2. Newson, Kataja2.0 
 3. Sarcevic, Korihait1.9 
 4. Fields, KTP1.9 
 5. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.8 
 8. Moore, Korihait1.7 
 9. Richards, ToPo1.6 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Gonner, Kouvot0.8 
 3. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 4. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 6. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Wood, Karhu0.7 
 8. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.6 
 9. Belser, Honka0.6 
 10. Young, Tarmo0.6 


Korisliiga Round 31: Joensuun Kataja is upset by Espoo Honka - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Joensuun Kataja (20-11) and fifth ranked Espoo Honka (18-12) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Joensuun Kataja was defeated by Espoo Honka in a tough game in Joensuu 80-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Joensuun Kataja. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-13. But Joensuun Kataja won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Espoo Honka made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Joensuun Kataja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) fired 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Espoo Honka maintains fifth place with 18-12 record. Joensuun Kataja at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Espoo Honka are looking forward to face Salon Vilpas (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Joensuun Kataja will play against LrNMKY (#11) in Lappeenranta and is hoping to win this game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Helsinki. Local Torpan Pojat (15-16) outscored 12th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (4-27) 112-70. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds. Eero Lehtinen contributed with 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Torpan Pojat's coach Miguel Lopez felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Patrick Fields (198-84, college: Baylor) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Porvoon Tarmo. Torpan Pojat maintains seventh place with 15-16 record. Porvoon Tarmo lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo stay dead last with 27 lost games. Torpan Pojat will play against Namika Lahti (#8) on the road in the next round. Porvoon Tarmo will play against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.

In the last two games of round 31 LrNMKY was defeated by Karhu in Kauhajoki 98-83. Kouvot beat Namika Lahti at home 79-74.



ToPo - Tarmo 112-70

The game with biggest result difference took place in Helsinki. Local Torpan Pojat (15-16) outscored 12th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (4-27) 112-70. The game was mostly controlled by Torpan Pojat. Porvoon Tarmo was better in fourth quarter 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Torpan Pojat dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Porvoon Tarmo's 38. Torpan Pojat forced 22 Porvoon Tarmo turnovers and outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 47-30 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Torpan Pojat shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Eero Lehtinen (191-85) contributed with 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat's coach Miguel Lopez felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Patrick Fields (198-84, college: Baylor) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard La Trice Little (186-79, college: Mercy) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Porvoon Tarmo. Torpan Pojat maintains seventh place with 15-16 record. Porvoon Tarmo lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo stay dead last with 27 lost games. Torpan Pojat will play against Namika Lahti (#8) on the road in the next round. Porvoon Tarmo will play against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
ToPo: E.Lehtinen 23+8reb+2ast, T.Heinonen 23+9reb+3ast, L.Blanchard 22+7reb+3ast, M.Koivisto 13+3reb, F.Richards 12+5reb+1ast, P.Rainamaa 9+3reb
Tarmo: P.Fields 24+7reb+1ast, L.Trice Little 14+8reb+1ast, E.Maki-Tulokas 13+1reb+3ast, E.Oikari 6+2reb, J.Young 6+5reb, J.Kyllonen 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 106568


Karhu - LrNMKY 98-83

There was no surprise in Kauhajoki where 11th ranked LrNMKY (7-24) was defeated by ninth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (13-17) 98-83. The game was mostly controlled by Kauhajoen Karhu. LrNMKY was better in third quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was dominated by American players. It was a very good performance for guard Walt Baxley (191-84, college: Mars Hill) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu's coach Ari Tammivaara allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) answered with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) added 20 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for LrNMKY. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Namika Lahti. LrNMKY lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 24 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against higher ranked UU-Korihait (#4) in Uusikaupunki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LrNMKY will play at home against Joensuun Kataja (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Karhu: W.Baxley 23+8reb+1ast, J.Wood 17+10reb+4ast, S.Johnson 17+3reb+4ast, E.Skamo 15+7reb+3ast, A.Huuskonen 10+5reb+1ast, S.Niskanen 8+2reb+1ast
LrNMKY: M.Moore 26+7reb+4ast, J.Lewis 24+10reb+1ast, H.Coleman 20+15reb, H.Valimaa 5+2reb, T.Kulha 4+2reb, A.Tapio 4+1reb
gschID: 106569


Kataja - Honka 80-86

The game between third ranked Joensuun Kataja (20-11) and fifth ranked Espoo Honka (18-12) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Joensuun Kataja was defeated by Espoo Honka in a tough game in Joensuu 80-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Joensuun Kataja. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-13. But Joensuun Kataja won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Espoo Honka made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Joensuun Kataja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) fired 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Juha Sten (191-83) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Five Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Espoo Honka maintains fifth place with 18-12 record. Joensuun Kataja at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Espoo Honka are looking forward to face Salon Vilpas (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Joensuun Kataja will play against LrNMKY (#11) in Lappeenranta and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Honka: J.Wilson 33+3reb+7ast, J.Matinen 17+3reb, J.Williamson 12+5reb+3ast, A.Vanjoki 9+2reb, C.Belser 8+11reb+2ast, T.Iisalo 5+2reb
Kataja: J.Newson 19+13reb, J.Nenonen 14+1reb+1ast, J.Sten 13+3reb+3ast, D.Fells 11+4reb+1ast, J.Conley 10+3reb, A.Kanervo 7+4reb
gschID: 106570


Kouvot - Namika Lahti 79-74

No shocking result in a game in Kouvola where sixth ranked Kouvot (16-15) defeated 8th ranked Namika Lahti (13-17) 79-74. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-17 Namika Lahti's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 79-74 at the end of the game. It was a very good performance for the former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. American guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Todd Hendley (206-84, college: NC-Wilmington) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Anthony Vereen (201-86, college: Texas Arlington) added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Namika Lahti. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kouvot maintains sixth place with 16-15 record. Namika Lahti at the other side keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Karhu. Kouvot will play against league's second-placed KTP-Basket in Kotka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Namika Lahti will play at home against Torpan Pojat (#7) in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: J.Gonner 19+4reb+1ast, V.Kaunisto 18+13reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 12+2ast, D.Vinson 10+9reb, B.Walker 9+1reb+1ast, E.Johansson 4+2reb+1ast
Namika Lahti: T.Hendley 21+11reb+1ast, R.Ayers 19+3reb+2ast, A.Vereen 13+12reb+1ast, R.Suonio 10+3reb+3ast, C.Latimer 6+6reb, A.Alanen 3
gschID: 106571




Ura Basket add Lauri Tiainen and Emir Sulejmanovic - by Eurobasket News
Ura Basket add Lauri Tiainen (193-G-90) and Emir Sulejmanovic (199-F/C-95) to their roster for the end of the season.
Lauri Tiainen played his all career for Salon Vilpas Vikings since year 2005. In his first season he had 0pts, 1.5rpg. In the last season however he increased to 3.1ppg, 1.2rpg. This season he averaged 2.2 points per game and 0.6 rebounds. Lauri Tiainen had 8 points and 6 rebounds as Lapuan Korikobrat (11-5) won against 11th ranked Ura Basket (6-10) in Kaarina 81-76 on Saturday. Ura Basket trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-81 at the end of the game. Ura Basket will play against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Emir Sulejmanovic is a young prospective player of 1995 year born. He is a member of Finnish U16 National Team and participated at the Baltic Sea Cup U16 in Tallin (Estonia).


1st Division Round 16: BC Nokia beats Torpan Pojat by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 16 in the 1st Division took place in Helsinki. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Torpan Pojat (6-10) to sixth ranked BC Nokia (9-7) 79-77 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 20-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Pekka Setala (183-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Tomi Kankaanpaa (183-89) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) replied with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Torpan Pojat. Torpan Pojat's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Nokia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Honka. Newly promoted Torpan Pojat dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Kerava ET and Ura Basket. BC Nokia is looking forward to face Aanekosken Huima (#7) in Aanekoski in the next round. Torpan Pojat will play on the road against Saynatsalon Riento in Jyvaskyla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
1st Division top team - Forssan Koripojat (13-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Lahden NMKY (0-16) in Lahti 69-59. Worth to mention a quality performance of Canadian center Jeremy McCulloch (212-82, college: E.Washington) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and Andre Foreman who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Carlton Brown (198-79, college: Texas A&M) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. Forssan Koripojat have a solid three-game winning streak. Forssan Koripojat maintains first position with 13-3 record. Lahden NMKY at the other side still closes the standingsForssan Koripojat will play against Ura Basket (#11) in Kaarina in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lahden NMKY will play on the road against Tapiolan Honka and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Aanekoski supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Tapiolan Honka (9-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Aanekosken Huima (8-8). Aanekosken Huima smashed Tapiolan Honka 98-67 on Sunday. The winners were led by Treylon Manning who scored that evening 35 points (!!!) and 7 assists. Aanekosken Huima's coach Petter Karvonen felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by Sauli Silvonen did not help to save the game for Tapiolan Honka. Aanekosken Huima maintains seventh position with 8-8 record. Loser Tapiolan Honka keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with BC Nokia. Aanekosken Huima will meet higher ranked BC Nokia (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tapiolan Honka will play against Lahden NMKY in Lahti and hope to secure a win.

Other games in round 16 were not that significant. SayRi was beaten by LoKoKo on the road 85-74. Jyvaskyla destroyed Kerava ET on its own court 88-65. Lapua managed to outperform Ura Basket in a road game 81-76.


Namika II - FoKoPo 59-69

1st Division top team - Forssan Koripojat (13-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Lahden NMKY (0-16) in Lahti 69-59. It looked good early as Lahden NMKY took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Forssan Koripojat had a 22-14 second period charge getting the lead and Lahden NMKY was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 59-69. Forssan Koripojat players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of Canadian center Jeremy McCulloch (212-82, college: E.Washington) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and naturalized American swingman Andre Foreman (198-69, college: Salisbury St.) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Carlton Brown (198-79, college: Texas A&M) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and guard Alexi Alanen (194-91) scored 5 points and 8 rebounds. Forssan Koripojat have a solid three-game winning streak. Forssan Koripojat maintains first position with 13-3 record. Lahden NMKY at the other side still closes the standingsForssan Koripojat will play against Ura Basket (#11) in Kaarina in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lahden NMKY will play on the road against Tapiolan Honka and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Namika II: C.Brown 18+15reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 10+2reb+2ast, V.Kuusela 9+1ast, L.Lehtinen 6+2reb, V.Heinonen 5+3reb+2ast, J.Koskinen 5+1reb+2ast
FoKoPo: J.McCulloch 22+11reb+2ast, A.Foreman 13+8reb+2ast, K.Brace 11+7reb, O.Kaunomaki 6+1reb+2ast, J.Nurmio 5+2reb+1ast, M.Suokas 5+3reb+7ast
gschID: 106826


TomPo II - BC Nokia 77-79

The most exciting game of round 16 in the 1st Division took place in Helsinki. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Torpan Pojat (6-10) to sixth ranked BC Nokia (9-7) 79-77 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 20-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Pekka Setala (183-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Tomi Kankaanpaa (183-89) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) replied with 22 points and 8 rebounds and center Mikael Sandberg (209-91) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Torpan Pojat. Torpan Pojat's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Nokia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Honka. Newly promoted Torpan Pojat dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Kerava ET and Ura Basket. BC Nokia is looking forward to face Aanekosken Huima (#7) in Aanekoski in the next round. Torpan Pojat will play on the road against Saynatsalon Riento in Jyvaskyla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TomPo II: P.Rainamaa 22+8reb, M.Sandberg 14+7reb, K.Rinaldo 13+6reb, V.Linturi 7+3reb+2ast, M.Jamsa 6+1reb+1ast, V.Nummelin 4+4reb
BC Nokia: P.Setala 28+11reb+1ast, T.Kankaanpaa 18+3reb+1ast, S.Kajander 15+4reb, A.Vaenerberg 9+5reb, O.Heinonen 7+6reb+2ast, H.Jokinen 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 106827


LoKoKo - SayRi 85-74

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (9-6) beat at home 8th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (6-9) 85-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Loimaan Korikonkarit forced 19 Saynatsalon Riento turnovers. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) who scored that evening 22 points and 9 rebounds and guard Maurice Horton (183-84, college: Mount Olive) supported him with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) by center Eryk Thomas (200-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) did not help to save the game for Saynatsalon Riento. Forward De Marcus Hall (201-85, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 17 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit and five Saynatsalon Riento players scored in double figures. Loimaan Korikonkarit have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Saynatsalon Riento keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will meet Kerava Energia Team (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Saynatsalon Riento will play against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SayRi: E.Thomas 21+5reb+2ast, D.Marcus Hall 17+8reb+1ast, T.Viitamaki 11+2reb, E.Nieminen 11+3reb+1ast, E.Pasanen 10+2reb+6ast, K.Naukkarinen 2+4reb+1ast
LoKoKo: J.Stamper 22+9reb+1ast, J.Kivinen 21+2reb+2ast, C.Toney 15+1ast, M.Horton 15+5reb+5ast, E.Aaltonen 7+5reb+3ast, S.Latvala 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 106828


Huima - Honka 98-67

The game in Aanekoski supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Tapiolan Honka (9-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Aanekosken Huima (8-8). Aanekosken Huima smashed Tapiolan Honka 98-67 on Sunday. The game without a history. Aanekosken Huima led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Tapiolan Honka's 38 and made 23-of-24 free shots (95.8 percent) during the game, while Tapiolan Honka only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Tapiolan Honka 46-25 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by guard Treylon Manning (178, college: Texas Coll.) who scored that evening 35 points (!!!) and 7 assists and Bahamas forward Jamal Douglas (201-85, college: E.Kentucky) supported him with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Aanekosken Huima's coach Petter Karvonen felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by guard Sauli Silvonen (186-83) did not help to save the game for Tapiolan Honka. Guard Kalle Naapi (187-93) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Aanekosken Huima maintains seventh position with 8-8 record. Loser Tapiolan Honka keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with BC Nokia. Aanekosken Huima will meet higher ranked BC Nokia (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tapiolan Honka will play against Lahden NMKY in Lahti and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Honka: S.Silvonen 16+5reb+6ast, K.Naapi 11+5reb+2ast, H.Hohteri 10+4reb+2ast, T.Sulonen 8+1reb, N.Hoglund 7+4reb, O.Holst 6+2reb
Huima: T.Manning 35+3reb+7ast, S.Mantymaa 22+4reb+2ast, J.Douglas 22+9reb, L.Roberson 9+15reb+4ast, T.Ovaskainen 4+2reb+1ast, L.Paanala 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 106829


Jyvaskyla - Kerava ET 88-65

Very expected game when 9th ranked Kerava Energia Team (6-10) was smashed on the road by second ranked BC Jyvaskyla (12-4) 88-65 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Jyvaskyla. Kerava Energia Team managed to win third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Jyvaskyla dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Kerava Energia Team's 24. BC Jyvaskyla forced 25 Kerava Energia Team turnovers. The winners were led by American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola (IL)) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and forward Jani Parkkinen (191-87) supported him with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds by Cameroonian swingman Rudolf Tejha Mua (201-80) did not help to save the game for Kerava Energia Team. American guard Justice Graham (195-79, college: Glenville St.) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Jyvaskyla maintains second position with 12-4 record behind leader FoKoPo. Loser Kerava Energia Team keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. They share the position with TomPo II and Ura Basket. BC Jyvaskyla will meet Lapuan Korikobrat (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kerava Energia Team will play against Loimaan Korikonkarit (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kerava ET: R.Tejha Mua 19+12reb+3ast, J.Graham 13+6reb, H.Alatyppo 8, S.Beatovic 8+1ast, M.Tuunanen 6+2reb, A.Towa 4+10reb
Jyvaskyla: T.Robinson 24+10reb+2ast, J.Nissinen 12+2reb, J.Parkkinen 11+7reb+2ast, T.Naukkarinen 9+2reb+1ast, O.Anttolainen 8+2reb+1ast, A.Siimes 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 106830


Ura Basket - Lapua 76-81

Very predictable result when third ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (11-5) won against 11th ranked Ura Basket (6-10) in Kaarina 81-76 on Saturday. Ura Basket trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-81 at the end of the game. The winners were led by American forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agency: ACMT) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import guard Benny Valentine (170-87, college: E.Washington) supported him with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by American swingman Zach Ramey (191-81, college: Benedictine) did not help to save the game for Ura Basket. Forward Sakari Salminen (200-87) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Four Ura Basket players scored in double figures. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains third position with 11-5 record having just two points less than leader FoKoPo. Ura Basket lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Kerava ET and TomPo II. Lapuan Korikobrat will meet at home league's second-placed BC Jyvaskyla in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ura Basket will play against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: N.Lehtila 17+3reb, S.Salminen 16+5reb+1ast, Z.Ramey 13+7reb+5ast, M.Ahokas 11+7reb+1ast, L.Tiainen 8+6reb+1ast, J.Alanko 4+6reb+1ast
Lapua: D.Nelson 32+14reb+1ast, B.Valentine 22+5reb+4ast, K.Siven 9+10reb+1ast, T.Still 8+2reb+1ast, J.Turja 7+3reb+2ast, A.Keski-Koukkari 3
gschID: 106825




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  FRANCE   


Mendy's double-double lands him NM1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old power forward Vincent Mendy (204-F/C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Angers BC 49 and receives a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Get Vosges (#16, 7-13) 85-71. Angers BC 49 maintains the 3rd position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Angers BC 49 will need more victories to improve their 14-6 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Mendy as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Vincent Mendy averages this season 5.8ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Juwann James (198-F-87) of Vendee Challans Basket. He is American forward in his first season at Challans. In the last game James recorded impressive 29 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Challans to edge the higher-ranked Denain (#2, 15-5) in overtime by 4 points 99-95. This victory allowed Challans to move up to 11th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. James is a newcomer at Challans and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.9ppg (#6). He also registered 5.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Antwon Hoard (199-F-72, agency: ACMT) of USA Lievin Basket (#13). Hoard scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Lievin, leading his team to a 75-73 win against the higher-ranked St Quentin (#6, 12-8). The chances of Lievin ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hoard could help Lievin to bring them higher in the standings. Hoard has a very solid season. In 20 games in France he scored 12.6ppg. He also has 7.4rpg and FGP: 50.8%. Antwon Hoard has also French passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tony Ramphort (176-G-82) of Angers BC 49 - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Mathieu Boutry (201-F/C-78) of Challans - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. David Cilly (196-G/F-81) of Orchy - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-F-85) of Denain - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Roland N'Kembe (203-C-83) of St Quentin - 12 points and 12 rebounds
9. Benjamin Rey (210-C-79) of Denek - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vincent Ateba (195-F-85) of Sorgues - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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


French ProA round 16 best performance: Mickael Gelabale - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Strasbourg (#10, 7-9) in overtime 81-70. ASVEL is placed at 7th position in French ProA. ASVEL 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 8-8 record. In the team's last game Gelabale had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be ASVEL's top player in his first season with the team. Mickael Gelabale averages this season 13.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) of Vichy. Shuler had a very good evening with 35 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Vichy to edge slightly higher-ranked Limoges (#15, 5-11) 76-74. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Vichy is still at the dead bottom 16th position. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Vichy managed to get this year. Shuler is a newcomer at Vichy, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (#3). Darden showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Nancy, leading his team to a 95-84 win against the lower-ranked Orleans (#12, 6-10). Nancy needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 4 lost games. Darden has a great season in France. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (2nd best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 56.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christophe Massie (206-F/C-77) of Limoges - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84) of Le Havre - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Sammy Mejia (198-G-83) of Cholet - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Kevin Houston (179-G-85) of Hyeres-Toulon - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82) of Paris-Levallois - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84) of Orleans - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Lamont Hamilton (208-F-84) of Paris-Levallois - 18 points and 5 rebounds

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


Barnette's 19 points and 8 assists give him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Sean Barnette (195-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lille Metropole Basket Clubs and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and eight assists for Lille in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Maurienne (#8, 11-8) with 35-point margin 94-59. Lille maintains the 10th position in French ProB. Lille 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 9-10 record. In the team's last game Barnette had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lille's top player in his first season with the team. Sean Barnette averages this season 15.1ppg and 5.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Sherman Gay (201-F-82) of Fos Ouest Provence Basket. He is Jamaican-American forward in his second season at Fos Ouest. In the last game Gay recorded impressive 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Fos Ouest cruised to a 72-65 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Antibes (#14, 7-12). This victory allowed Fos Ouest to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Gay is well-known at Fos Ouest and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#2). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side) of Evreux (#3). Watson scored 28 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Watson's great performance Evreux lost 74-87 to the lower-ranked Quimper (#16, 6-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Evreux needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 6 lost games. Watson has a great season in France. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.7ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-F-79) of Quimper - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Amadi McKenzie (201-F-86) of Boulazac - 21 points and 6 rebounds
6. Dreke Bouldin (202-G/F-80) of Clermont - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Olivier Gouez (219-C-84) of Lille - 13 points and 10 rebounds
8. Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87) of Dijon - 20 points and 4 rebounds
9. Kyle Shiloh (191-G-85) of St Vallier - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Errick Craven (188-G-83) of Dijon - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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


Roanne adds former NBA player Ricky Davis - by Eurobasket News
Roanne came up with important signing today. The French outfit inked a deal for rest of the season with former NBA player Davis Ricky (199-G-79, college: Iowa). The American guard came to Europe for the first time in March last year, when he signed a deal with Turk Telekom Ankara. He had 14.5 ppg, 4 rpg and 3.5 apg for them in 13 TBL games. This season Davis started in China with Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing. They parted ways in December after Davis averaged 13.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 3 apg for 9 games.
Davis Ricky played for the LA Clippers from 2008 until March of 2010. He had 6.4 ppg and 2.3 in their first season together. Before that, Davis spent one year with Miami Heat collecting 13.8 ppg, 4.3 rp and 3.4 apg for 82 games. In the past, he was averaging 19.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists for the Minnesota Timberwolves (season 2007/08). In his career Davis also was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets.


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Sonko, Maurienne18.4 
 2. Gay, Fos Ouest18.0 
 3. Carter, Nanterre17.9 
 4. Siggers, Rouen17.7 
 5. Harris, Lille17.5 
 6. Labeyrie, Le Portel16.2 
 7. Watson, Evreux15.7 
 8. Davis, Le Portel15.6 
 9. Ingram, Antibes15.5 
 10. Mathis, Maurienne15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris DANIELS
  Chalons-Reims
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Daniels, Chalons-.10.2 
 2. Barber, Nantes10.1 
 3. Mathis, Maurienne9.9 
 4. Bing, Dijon8.8 
 5. Monroe, Boulogne8.7 
 6. Monds, Bourg8.6 
 7. Giles, Rouen8.3 
 8. Rouse, Charleville7.8 
 9. Badiane, Boulazac7.6 
 10. Sonko, Maurienne7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.4 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.4 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.1 
 5. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 6. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 7. Denave, St Vallier4.8 
 8. Craven, Dijon4.8 
 9. Akono, Nanterre4.6 
 10. Mullins, Chalons-.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier3.0 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.6 
 3. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 4. Daniels, Chalons-.2.6 
 5. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.4 
 6. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 7. Craven, Dijon2.3 
 8. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 9. Stanley, Boulogne2.2 
 10. Harris, Lille2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.0 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.6 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.1 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.1 
 5. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 6. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 7. Taccoen, Lille0.8 
 8. Daniels, Nanterre0.8 
 9. Diakite, Chalons-.0.8 
 10. Giles, Rouen0.7 


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Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.24.3 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.5 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotnicki17.0 
 5. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.9 
 6. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus S.16.5 
 8. Morban, Lirija16.2 
 9. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 10. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultimate Basket
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Pavlovski, Lirija10.2 
 3. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.3 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.1 
 6. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 7. Knezevic, Feni I.7.5 
 8. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.4 
 9. Chappell, ABA S.7.2 
 10. Simic, Rabotnicki7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.7 
 2. Morban, Lirija5.0 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.4.7 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.4 
 5. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 6. Blazevski, Rabotnicki3.7 
 7. Neal, ABA Strumica3.4 
 8. Stojanovski, Feni I.3.3 
 9. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 10. Radojcic, Kumanovo.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Buchberger, ABA S.1.6 
 3. Morban, Lirija1.6 
 4. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.6 
 5. Stimson, ABA S.1.5 
 6. Matic, Kumanovo.1.5 
 7. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.5 
 8. Tasovski, Feni I.1.3 
 9. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.3 
 10. Petrovski, MZT S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.2.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.5 
 3. Krstevski, Torus S.1.4 
 4. Avramovski, MZT S.1.3 
 5. Petric, Kumanovo.1.2 
 6. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 7. Frye, Feni Indistrija1.1 
 8. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Talevski, MZT S.0.6 


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Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) I Think Nobody Was Able To Get Into A Rhythm Against Ratiopharm Ulm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 85-71 loss in Ulm.

A tough 85-71 loss in Ulm. Ratiopharm Ulm is known as a scoring powerhouse and not so on defense. However they did hold Braunschweig to 71 points. What have they seemed to have improved on defense?


I think they played pretty well defensively. I also think we missed a lot of wide open shots.

The game was deadlocked at 33-33. Why wasnt any team able to break away in the first half?

I think we were both playing pretty solid defense to that point.

How well was Braunschweig able to block out the loud Kuhberg fans?

Not well enough.

Ratiopharm Ulm had a 35 point explosion in the fourth quarter. How was Ratiopharm Ulm able to score 35 points in the last quarter?

They mixed their line-up a little bit and started exploiting mis-matches.

How much has German national player Per Guenther improved since the first game that you saw him last season?

Quite a bit. He gave us some trouble getting to the hoop and making plays.

What was the biggest Braunschweig deficiency on this day besides bad three point shooting and defense?

I just think none of us were able to get into a rhythm.

Is Ratiopharm Ulm a playoff team?


It it hard to say who is a playoff team because the standings are so close, but they have a shot.


The Miami Heat have been criticised heavily especially Lebron James and Dwayne Wade playing with each other and not with the other players. Will the Heat come out of this funk?


I think they will be fine.

Thanks Kev for the chat!



Travis Walton (Ratiopharm Ulm) Postgame Thoughts To 85-71 Win Against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) is a 23 year old 187cm point guard from Lima, Ohio. He is playing his first season with Ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Michigan State from 2005-2009 where he served as team captain for three consecutive years, being the 3rd in history of Michigan State school to do that. Led the Big 10 in assist to turnover ratio 2.4 to 1 and broke Magic Johnson's career assist record at Michigan State. Walton possesses great toughness, strength and leadership skills and is an exceptional defender. Last season he played shortly for Lugano Tigers (Switzerland-LNA, starting five), left in Dec.'09: 13 games: 8.9ppg, 1.2rpg, Assists-5 (4.9apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7% before returning back to Michigan State to help the coaching staff. Some achievements that he has received were Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -06, 08, 09, Big Ten All-Defensive Team -07, 09, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, Big Ten Regular Season Champion -09, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year -09. He spoke to eurobasket following the 85-71 win against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig

Congrats on the 85-71 win. How perfect was the Ratiopharm Ulm defense game plan on this night?

The defense was good . We did a good job as a team.

Holding Braunschweig to 71 points is no easy feat. Is the Ratiopharm Ulm slowly coming along where coach Mike Taylor wants it?


I think so, we still has a ways to go.

The score was 33-33 at halftime. Why wasnt any team able to break away in the first half?

Because we both made good plays and didnt let the game get away from each other.

Ratiopharm ulm decided the game in the fourth quarter with a 35 point explosion. What was key in the last quarter for Ulm getting the win?


The team played good. We made shots and played good defense.

It seems when John Bryant and Robin Benzing have their a game son, the team has very good chances to win. Is Rtaiopharm Ulm at times to dependent on them to win games?


No.

The Miami Heat have been criticised heavily especially Lebron James and Dwayne Wade playing with each other and not with the other players. Will the Heat come out of this funk?


Yea they will. They are a good team.

Michigan State lost to Michigan a few days ago. What is wrong with Michigan State? They have been losing alot. Will they come out of their funk?


Yea I hope so. We have to change a lot of things right now.

What new DVD movie do you want to see next?


I dont know

Thanks Travis for the chat.


Deandre Haynes (Gloria Giants Duesseldorf) Postgame Thoughts To The 68-66 Loss To The Deutsche Bank Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) is a 26 year old 187 cm guard from Detroit Michigan that is playing his second season in the BEKO BBL and first with The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. He played at Kent from 2002-2005 and at Kent state from 2005-2006. In his senior year, he played 34 games averaging 13.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 78.6%. He won the MAC Tournament in 2006 and was player of the year in the MAC conference in 2006. He came to Europe as a rookie and played in Belgium for BBC Royal Atomia Brussels playing 23 games and averaging 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg. The next season, he stayed in Belgium and played for Okapi Aalstar playing 35 games averaging 9.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 74.0%. In 2008-2009, he played in Hungary for Kecskemeti Univer KSE playing 26 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.4apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 70.9%. Last season, he played for the Paderborn Baskets playing 34 games: 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 74.7%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 68-66 loss against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.

The Gloria Giants Dueseldorf have lost much this year buit was this loss the toughest of the season and even tougher than against Bremerhaven?


Every loss hurts, but the one against Frankfurt was painful, because it was a buzzer shot.

After the early 17-9 lead after one quarter, did the team feel that there was a big possibility that you might have Frankfurts number on this day?


We went into the game confident we were going to win, and with limited players we stepped on the floor and worked hard for 40 minutes, but couldn't find a way to close out the game.

Frankfurt had the slim lead at halftime 34-33. However Duesseldorf raced out on a 7-0 run in the third quarter, but Frankfurt had the tight 53-52 lead after three quarters. Why couldnt any team break away?

I feel like both teams were extremely aggressive, but Frankfurt found a way to take over the game towards the end, and we had a couple turnovers that gave them momentum and opportunities to finish off the game.

Frankfurt closed out the game with a 6-0 run to win with a buzzer beater. What was key at the end for getting the loss?

We had a few offensive mistakes that they capitalized on, which eventually led to 6 straight points including the buzzer beater.

Could Duesseldorf of defended any other way on the last play. Were you content that Moss their weakest option on offense on that play?

I don't think we could of guarded it differently, it was good defense, and a lucky shot.

How would you describe Ransford Brempong the best on defense? He stuffed Quantez Robertson and Chris Moss on dunk attempts?

Rans is a great defender for us, if one player gets beat he is always in the right position to help out, and he did a great job of stopping their players throughout the game.

How important have unsung heros like Dorian Mcdaniel and Joe Buck been this season. They made some big plays in the loss to Frankfurt.

They both are hard working players, and when given the opportunity both guys seem to step up for our team. They both bring a lot of energy and extra effort once they step on the floor.

What will Duesseldorf have to improve in the 2 week break that they have now?


We need to work on our defense more, because next game is going to be a big challenge for us and we need to be ready to throw the first punch.

The Miami Heat have been criticised heavily especially Lebron James and Dwayne Wade playing with each other and not with the other players. Will the Heat come out of this funk?


They are a great team and have great players, they proved that they can play well together by being first in the division and third in the conference, and still have a lot more games to go. They are going to be ok.

Thanks Dre for the chat.





BBC Bayreuth Bring In Drew Neitzel For The Stretch Run - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
BBC Bayreuth are deep in the fight to stay in the BEKO BBL and with the injuries to Canadian Osvaldo Jeanty and Koko Archibong have lost two key players for the rest of the season and are heavy at work on the market and found a replacement for Jeanty with American Drew Neitzel (183-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.). Neitzel is a 183cm combo guard from Grand Rapids. He has outstanding court vision, is a tough player despite his stature, very good pushing the ball in transition, the ability to make precision passes with either hand, possesses the desire to lead, and takes good care of the ball limiting turnovers.BBC Bayreuth is his first station this season and last year, he played in France and Germany for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five): French League: 12 games: 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.3apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 72.7%; EuroChallenge: 4 games: 13.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.8%, left in Dec.'09, next month moved to TBB Trier (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 14 games: 7.4ppg, 1.5apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 85.7%. He had a week tryout in Bayreuth and was able to convince the club that he was the right man. Last night, he played his first game against Giessen playing 25 minutes getting 6 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. 'Drew comes from a well known college program and has played in Germany. He is a very positive guy and was integrated into the team right away and showed a good form in practice. His performance in the try out was excellent that w ehad no choice but to take him. We are happy to have Drewzilla with us', commented BBC Bayreuth manager Uli Eichbaum. Neitzel played at Michigan State from 2004-2008 and in his senior year played 36 games: 13.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3Pts: 39.8%, FT: 86.0%. In 2008 in his rookie season he came to Germany and played for Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga): Eurocup: 12 games: 8.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 82.4%; German League: 34 games: 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 86.0%. Some awards and achievements in his young career have been Big Ten Regular Season Runner-Up -05, Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -05, 06, 08, NCAA Tournament Final Four -05, NABC All-NCAA District 11 1st Team -07, All-Big Ten 1st Team -07, USA National Team -07, Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -07: 5 games: 8.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 25.0%, Academic All-America 2nd Team -08, NABC Division I All-District 11 First Team -08, CollegeHoops.net All-American Honorable Mention -08, and NCAA Sweet 16 -08.

Source: BBC Bayreuth



Jenkins' 28 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old guard Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for ALBA Berlin and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 28 points adding six rebounds and two assists for ALBA in his team's victory, helping them to beat TBB Trier (#10, 10-10) 75-69. ALBA maintains the 3rd position in German league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ALBA will need more victories to improve their 14-6 record. In the team's last game Jenkins had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at ALBA, through which he has constantly improved. Julius Jenkins averages this season 13.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was John Bryant (208-C-87) of ratiopharm Ulm. He is American center in his first season at ratiopharm. In the last game Bryant recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead ratiopharm to another comfortable win 85-71 over the higher-ranked NY Phantoms (#4, 13-8) being unquestionably team leader. ratiopharm's 12th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Bryant is a newcomer at ratiopharm and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.9ppg (#8). He also registered 11.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: Limelight Hoops) of EnBW Ludwigsburg (#11). Bowler showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of EnBW L'burg, leading his team to a 96-90 win against slightly higher-ranked Goettingen (#9, 10-9). EnBW L'burg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Bowler has a very solid season. In 20 games in Germany he scored 11.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) of Brose Baskets - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Darren Fenn (208-C-80) of Art.Dragons - 18 points and 11 rebounds
6. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) of Dt.Bank SKY - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87) of Walter Tigers - 20 points and 9 rebounds
8. Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87) of Bayreuth - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Louis Campbell (190-G-79) of EWE Baskets - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82) of EWE Baskets - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Chris Moss Steals The Super Murat Didin Energy Doner For Himself Launching The Deutsche Bank Skyliners past The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf With A Buzzer Beater 68-66 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
This season the name Gloria Giants Duesseldorf sprinkles about as much fear to BEKO BBL teams as does a tank filled with tiger sharks that have been fed frequently while a person falls in accidently, Cleveland Cavalier point guard Mo Williams currently not shooting out the lights from the parking lot as he is only at 26.6% from that distance or Los Angeles Clippers center Blake Griffin entering the TD Garden in Boston and seeing his opponent Shaq dancing around on the floor with a ballerina outfit, however The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had been well aware that The Brose Baskets Bamberg had left the Burg Wachter Castello arena in Duesseldorf recently with a bitter loss and were as focused in crunch time to win as were the Pittsburg Steelers getting past the New York Jets in the AFC championship game, Jacob Burtschi of Phoenix Hagen sinking the cherished money ball as often as possible in Trier last weekend in the three point shooting contest and Salu Benjamin Tadi sweeping away the BEKO BBL players last weekend in the BEKO BBL allstar slam dunk contest in Trier as Frankfurt escaped the elegant doner palace of Turk coach Murat Didin with an exciting 68-66 come from behind win as they finished the game with a 6-0 run and back breaking buzzer beater by American Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia). 'We were up by two points with a minute to play, but we missed an easy rebound and made two mistakes. This was a sin for our efforts. We deserved to win this game. We shot 43% from the free throw line against Bremerhaven and only 57% against Frankfurt. We hustled a lot, but we missed too many free throws, made too many small mistakes which disturbed our gift to win the game', stated Gloria Giants Duesseldorf coach Murat Didin. The win was about as far from pretty as was actor Mickey Rourke in his role in the fighter, but a win is a win and Frankfurt will take it. 'We have to give Duesseldorf a lot of credit. They played very well. We didnt play with a lot of energy which is unacceptable. We were lucky that we on today', stressed Skyliner forward Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia).

The Duesseldorf Giants continue to make a living in the cold and dank dark BEKO BBL cellar and with every new loss and passing week, the team seems to have less and less hope of crawling out of their hole and seeing the light of the BEKO BBL next season. The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf despite all the players that have come and gone that there are moments that they can beat any team in the BEKO BBL as Bamberg was a witness to their strong play. Frankfurt knew what was awaiting them and AJ Moye didnt even want to think about what it can be like for a player in Duesseldorf living in 18th place. 'I have never really been in last place. It has to be tough, but Murat Didin has changed the complex of the team in the last 4-5 games. Duesseldorf isnt the same team as before. Turkish coaches always seem to be able to do good things. Regardless of their record, Murat has them working. This team isnt like BG Karlsruhe some years ago where there were many different coaches. Any Murat team will work hard and that is what Duesseldorf does. You have to outwork them to win. Duesseldorf had our attention tonight', stressed ex Tuebingen forward AJ Moye. Current BEKO BBL top scorer Dashaun Wood was also impressed with the last place team. 'Duesseldorf is a good team with a tough coach. They did not play like a last place team, but like a playoff team. Despite their record, each guy comes to work and does their job', warned Skyliner Dashaun Wood. Skyliner Kimmo Muurinen got first hand experience what it was like playing for a last placed team with Napoli last year. 'It is always tough mentally when you are in last place. It continues to be tough when you keep practicing, trying and losing especially on a buzzer beater', explained Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen.

Two teams play intense basketball for 39 minutes and 20 seconds, but are still tied with 30 seconds to play and then a team wins with a crushing buzzer beater. Every teams nightmare is having Dashaun Wood as an opponent in this situation. Wood made seven turnovers in the game, but he was as focused and perfect on the last play as Pascal Roller usually is at the free throw line. It seemed like Frankfurt chose the right shot and Duesseldorf seemed confident with the shot. 'I was looking for Moss. As the play was unfolding, I took a quick picture in my head how it would look. We isolated at the top and everyone came into the middle which left Moss open. It was the best possible shot we had. The photo I took of play was without flash and I didnt even blink', joked Dashaun Wood. Moss was as expressionless after the buzzer beater winner as if he had just missed 10 shots in a row. 'I cant really remember hitting a buzzer beater. I was just trying to help the team win. On the last play, we let Wood create and he found me open and I made the open shot', added Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia). 'on the last play, Wood took some speed out of his penetration which is untypical for him and you could sense that he was looking for Moss. Moss made the shot as if it was the easiest thing to do', laughed Skyliner center Marius Nolte. 'We collapsed into the middle to get Wood which left Moss wide open. We didnt think that he would make the shot. We felt that this had been the best option on defense to stop him', added injured Gloria Giant Olumuyiwa Famutimi. 'I felt that we should of made some adjustments on defense. Wood took over the game in the second half. We should of hedged more making him give up the ball, but we didnt make the adjustments', warned ex Paderborn Basket Steven Wright.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners entered the game healthy while the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf had injury woes as Olumuyiwa Famutimi was in street clothes injured and wont return this season and American Jamaal Tatum also sat out. Canadian big man Ransford Brempong also wasnt 100%, but played. Murat Didin continues to have try out players working out with the team. Chris Ellis is still there as is American Ray George who played At Alabama. 'George is an animal', warned AJ Moye. Didin will have a few more new players coming in this week as the team has a two week break until the next game for him to decide who will officially wear the Giants colours. The Burg Wachter Castello arena is a small, comfortable, and smug arena which reminds one of a tiny NBA type of arena with an upper deck practically hugging the sidelines. In Frankfurt, Murat Didin had a comfortable living room in the Ballsporthalle about 2 kilometers from the river Main and in duesseldorf he is about 4 kilometers from the Rhine. Before the game started, the famous 'Time of your life from the popular movie Dirty Dancing was blaring from the speakers as this might have had Didin thinking about a sweet victory over his old club Deutsche Bank Skyliners. 2,638 people wnated to see the game as the first half of the first quarter reminded one of the ugly 58-43 Frankfurt win earlier in the season as the game was sparked by error after error. Both teams had massive problem finding any type of sound rhythm. The teams traded baskets in the first minutes and had three leads as Jimmy mCkinney hit a three pointer, Muurinen a lay in on a fast break and Dashaun Wood feeding Quantez Robertson with a perfect ally-op pass and the American dunking as if he was still in the slam dunk contest in Trier as Frankfurt led 9-7. However the Duesseldorf Giants found their rhythm quicker as they came out of their funk closing out the first quarter with a 10-0 run to lead 17-9. Steven Wright nailed two three pointers and Brempong and Wright scored on the fast break. We were nervous at teh start and our defense was not where it should have been. We let them get some easy transition buckets and they made some difficult shots as well', stressed Kimmo Muurinen. The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf were shooting 35% from the field and 40% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 33% from the field and 20% from outside. Duesseldorf had the huge rebounding edge at 14-8 and only three turnovers as Frankfurt had six turnovers.

The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf were not overwhelmed by their strong play and didnt see it as a fluke either as the team continued to leave off from their 10-0 closing run in the first quarter starting with a 9-2 run in the second quarter and leading 26-11. Wright continued to be the hot hand nailing a three pointer and getting a lay up on a coast to coast run and Deandre Haynes was supporting the American with a jumper and floater in the lane. Frankfurt continued to be weak under the boards and not physical on defense. However, it was only a matter of time, before The Deutsche Bank Skyliners would erupt like along awaited volcano. Frankfurt slowly started to find their rhythm on offense as they started picking at the huge Duesseldorf lead step by step. They would end the second quarter with a damaging 21-8 run to trail Duesseldorf only 34-32. American Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) started the attack with a lay in which was followed by two Mckinney bombs from downtown Duesseldoorf as Frankfurt trailed only 28-21. Frankfurt then got production from Wood and Muurinen cutting the Duesseldorf lead to 33-25. Wood nailed a three pointer down the stretch and Dominik Bahiense De Mello sunk two free throws. 'We got more defensive stops which was key. We were also scoring better', added Kimmo Muurinen. 'We fought very hard in teh second quarter. We were making our shots and I was shooting well which helped', commented Steven Wright. The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf were shooting 42% from the field and 40% from the three point line, while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 40% from the three point line. The rebounds were deadlocked at 18 a piece as Frankfurt had outrebounded Duesseldorf 11-4 in the second quarter. Duesseldorf had seven turnovers and Frankfurt 10 turnovers.

The teams runs were reversed to start the third quarter as now it was time for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners to come out of the blocks with a stellar 9-0 run to retake the lead of the game 41-34. Frankfurt was calm on offense running their sets and getting help on defense with steals and easy buckets. Wood started the run with a three pointer, followed by a Super Tez lay in over Laimonas Kisielius. De Mello then made a heads up steal and sprinted to the basket for the dunk and Muurinen made a fade away jumper. Since the 26-11 Duesseldorf lead early in the second quarter, Frankfurt had retaliated with a 30-8 run. After it had been Wright and Haynes earlier in the game that were responsible for being much needed spark plugs, now it was Canadian Ransford Brempong who led Duesseldorf on a 6-2 run as Frankfurt led only 43-42. The Canadian made a fade away jumper, dunk and free throws. Frankfurt was unable to break away as Duesseldorf stayed on thier backs tying the game at 46-46 with a NIkita Khartchenkov catch and pop jumper. The game stayed a nail bitter in the waning minutes of the third quarter as Wood made a floater and pull up jumper for the Frankfurt 52-47 lead. However Duesseldorf followed with a 5-0 run as Khartchenkov scooped up an offensive rebound and put back and Haynes made a three pointer to knot the game at 52-52. Robertson ended the third quarter with one free throw as Frankfurt had the slim 53-52 lead after 30 minutes. 'The theme of the game was streaky turnovers. Both teams showed very streaky offense in the third quarter. We did step up our toughness', stressed Kimmo Muurinen. 'We did stay close with Frankfurt, but we missed too many shots and were becoming a bit stagnant', added Steven Wright. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 49% from the field and 36% from the parking lot while The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf were shooting 43% from the field and 29% from the parking lot. Frankfurt was leading the rebound battle 28-24, but had 15 turnovers while Duesseldorf had 11 turnovers.

The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf had nothing to lose and were slowly feeling that an upset was in their cards as it was their turn to start the quarter with a run as they scored seven unanswered points to lead 59-53. Frankfurt started flat footed as it was Ransford Brempong that led the charge with a jumper and a mid distance jumper. He also blocked Moss attempting to dunk and would do the same trick again later stuffing Qunatez Robertson on a dunk try. Wright added a three pointer as Frankfurt was quickly in the hole 59-53. However it was Mckinney again who led the comeback charge with a timely three point bomb. It was a broken play as the ball was deflected and landed on the floor and rolled directly into the hands of the American like a lost bowling ball. Wood then made two free throws and then set up German Marius Nolte with a slick reverse lay up as Frankfurt trailed only 61-60. Duesseldorf remained having strong nerves as Haynes nailed a three pointer for the 63-60 lead. Wood then struck with a lay up with his left hand as Duesseldorf led only 63-62. Brempong then did his next good deed make a turn around shot as Duesseldorf led 65-62. Haynes then made a free throw as Frankfurt trailed 66-62 with two minutes to play. However those were the last Giants points as Frankfurt stepped up their play in crunch time finishing with a 6-0 run to win 68-66. Dashaun Wood made a finger tip roll as Frankfurt trailed 66-64. Khartchenkov then suffered a turnover and after a Wood miss, Wright took a Hurried shot which was scooped up by Frankfurt. With less than a minute, itw as ex NBA player Roger Powell who had been 0/6 in the game made a sweet mini running hook shot to tie the game at 66-66. Duesseldorf then suffered another turnover and Frankfurt went on their last offense as Moss nailed a pretty mid distance jumper from the right wing winning the game. 'I was guarding Wood, and I feel to many came over to help and he dished the ball to Moss and he made the shot', added Steven Wright. 'Anytime you win on the road, it is a big thing. We kept them to 43 points in Frankfurt. They were a different team. After a 2 week layoff, I felt that we showed a lot of toughness being down by 6 in the fourth quarter. But I have to give them credit. They had a good game plan, but in the end our defensive stops won the game for us', warned Dashaun Wood. 'At the end, it was important to stay close and not let them score. We got a big stop and two offensive rebounds', commented Kimmo Muurinen.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 20 points and eight assists. Jimmy Mckinney added 12 points. Kimmo Muurinen and Quantez Robertson chipped in with 10 points a piece. The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf were led by Steven Wright with 18 points. Ransford Brempong and Deandre Haynes chipped in with 17 points a piece. Even though the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf lost, it was one of their best team efforts of the season. 'We played together on offense and defense. I think we did a good job taking Wood out of his game in the first half. He took control in the second half, but in general we did a fine job on him', stressed Olumuyiwa Famutimi. Frankfurt won the rebound battle in the end, but had too many turnovers with 17. Frankfurt will next play their game of the season as they entertain The Brose Baskets Bamberg at home. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are looking to defend their home court unbeaten streak and are looking forward to the clash against the three time BEKO BBL champion. 'One always looks forward to playing the top teams in the league. We havent been playing our best basketball recently. We have to play more together and take the fight from this win and carry it over into that game and just step it up', warned Kimmo Muurinen. Its still early and the playoffs are still in the distance, but Bamberg doesnt seem to be a run away candidate to repeat. 'Frankfurt is a solid and poised team. wood is the head. When he goes the team goes. I think Frankfurt would do ok in a five game series against Bamberg', warned Famutimi. Before Frankfurt wants to look to the playoffs, they want to even the season series with a win in the Ballsporthalle against Bamberg. AJ Moye had some very powerful words concerning his teammates after the win in Duesseldorf. 'I knew the guys wouldnt quit. I am glad we dug down and got the win. We have some guys that really want to win. Some guys simply got it', stressed AJ Moye. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Brose Baskets Bamberg on February 5th at 17:05.




Bjorn Schoo claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Former international power forward Bjorn Schoo (213-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for USC Heidelberg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 29-year old power forward had a double-double of 25 points and twenty rebounds, while his team beat Cuxhaven (#16, 3-15) 84-76. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Heidelberg is placed at 9th position in German ProA. Heidelberg 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 8-10 record. Schoo turned to be Heidelberg's top player in his first season with the team. Northern St. University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Schoo is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 8.4rpg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 59.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old swingman Janis Heindel (199-G/F-83) of USC Freiburg. Heindel impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Freiburg to edge the higher-ranked Webmoebel (#10, 8-10) by 5 points 108-103. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Freiburg managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 14th place. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Freiburg managed to get this year. Heindel is a newcomer at Freiburg and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American Sanijay Watts (193-F-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) of SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf (#13). Watts scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Dragons, leading his team to a 89-79 win against the higher-ranked Karlsruhe (#8, 9-9). The chances of Dragons not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Watts could try to bring Dragons' a little bit higher in the standings. Watts has individually a great season in Germany. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.5rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85) of Webmoebel - 31 points and 4 rebounds
5. Chris Alexander (186-G-83) of ETB Wohnbau - 25 points and 5 assists
6. Nick Larsen (188-G-83) of Dragons - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Rob Lowery (188-G-87) of Braves - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Tom Spoeler (206-F-88) of Osnabrueck - 25 points and 8 rebounds
9. Christoph Roquette (203-F/C-82) of Jena - 17 points and 10 rebounds
10. Brian McKenzie (193-G-88) of Freiburg - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


German ProB round 18 best performance: Willis Gardner - by Eurobasket News
American guard Willis Gardner (185-G-86, agency: Stanley International) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Licher Basket Baeren, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, three rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Konstanz (#12, 3-15) 74-65. Licher Baeren maintains the 4th position in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Licher Baeren will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. Gardner turned to be Licher Baeren's top player in his first season with the team. Former Colorado State University star has very solid stats this year. Gardner is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.5apg) and averages impressive 59.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Marcus Monk (198-G/F-86) of Hertener Loewen. Monk had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Herten to another comfortable win 76-62 over the lower-ranked ALBA Berlin II (#8, 8-10) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Herten to move up to 3rd position in North. His team's 13-5 record is not bad at all. Monk is a newcomer at Herten, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.4ppg (#2). He also registered 9.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Calvin Brock (196-G-86) of SSV Lokomotive Bernau (#12). Brock scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Bernau, leading his team to a 85-76 win against the higher-ranked Rist-Wedel (#9, 6-12). Bernau can only dream about fighting for top spots in North. They have rather bad season and 4-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Brock he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Brock has individually a great season in Germany. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.2ppg (6th best). He also has 2.3spg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 61.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Pavic (201-F-81) of TSV Troester - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Josh Young (185-G-88) of Bayer Giants - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. David Bunts (189-G-79) of Schwelm - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Devin Uskoski (198-C-85) of Leitershofen - 21 points and 14 rebounds
8. Justin Eller (203-C-87) of Bayer Giants - 16 points and 11 rebounds
9. Kristofer Speier (206-F-81) of Schwelm - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nathan Drury (188-G-85) of Langen - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 8 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)


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Wood, Dt.17.7 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.16.4 
 3. Allen, ALBA15.7 
 4. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.6 
 5. Benzing, ratio.15.4 
 6. Rice, Art.Dragons15.3 
 7. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.3 
 8. Bryant, ratiopharm14.9 
 9. Harris, EnBW L.14.9 
 10. Burtschi, Phoenix .14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm11.2 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.8 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.3 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.7.0 
 8. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 9. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.6 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.7 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.6 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier4.8 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons4.6 
 5. Copeland, Bremerha.4.4 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.3 
 7. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 8. Campbell, EWE B.4.2 
 9. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 10. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.8 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.8 
 4. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.6 
 5. Wise, Telekom .1.6 
 6. Campbell, Teleko.1.5 
 7. Wood, Dt.1.5 
 8. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 9. Dorris, Phoenix .1.4 
 10. Trice, ratiopharm1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Ironi Ashkelon
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.2.0 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.4 
 5. Scott, Goettingen1.3 
 6. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 7. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 9. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.1 
 10. Baynes, EWE B.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.8 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim20.1 
 3. Shepherd, Osnab.19.9 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.9 
 5. Gause, Freiburg18.2 
 6. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 7. Gray, Crailsheim17.9 
 8. Watts, Dragons17.9 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.16.9 
 10. Burnette, Osnab.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Black, Karlsruhe9.4 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.1 
 4. Smallwood, Kirchheim9.0 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Watts, Dragons8.5 
 7. Schoo, Heidelberg8.4 
 8. Shaw, Chemnitz7.6 
 9. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.6 
 10. De Michael, Kirchheim7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kameron GRAY
  Crailsheim
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gray, Crailsheim6.0 
 2. Zazai, Chemnitz5.6 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim5.4 
 4. Jeka, Wuerzburg5.1 
 5. Barth, Heidelberg4.8 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel4.7 
 7. Larsen, Dragons4.5 
 8. Lowery, Braves4.5 
 9. Burnette, Osnab.4.3 
 10. Wallace, B.Mue.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.3 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.8 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz2.4 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 5. Zazai, Chemnitz2.1 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim2.1 
 7. Gray, Crailsheim1.9 
 8. Shaw, Chemnitz1.9 
 9. Scott, Kirchheim1.9 
 10. Alexander, ETB W.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Smallwood, Kirchheim2.1 
 2. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.2.1 
 3. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.9 
 4. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 5. Schoo, Heidelberg1.7 
 6. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.7 
 7. Hill, Jena1.4 
 8. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.2 
 9. Henry, Hannover1.1 
 10. De Michael, Kirchheim1.1 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Smith, Panellinios18.7 
 2. Palacio, Kavala16.5 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.4 
 4. Marshall, PAOK16.0 
 5. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos15.0 
 6. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 7. Dikoudis, AEK14.3 
 8. Kalathis, VAP K.14.1 
 9. Thompson, Ikaros14.0 
 10. McAlarney, Ikaros13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Smith, Panellinios10.7 
 2. Simmons, Kavala9.7 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros8.9 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.3 
 5. Tucker, Aris7.9 
 6. Looby, Peristeri GS7.8 
 7. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.4 
 8. Bagaric, Marousi7.2 
 9. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.7 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos6.5 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.3 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.5 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.4.5 
 6. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.9 
 8. Palacio, Kavala3.9 
 9. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.6 
 10. Karydas, Ilysiakos3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Baxter, Ilysiakos2.0 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.0 
 4. Marshall, PAOK2.0 
 5. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 7. Diamantidis, Panath.1.7 
 8. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.7 
 9. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
 10. Kalathis, VAP K.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bagaric, Marousi2.1 
 2. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.5 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.8 
 7. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 
 9. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 10. Tapoutos, Aris0.6 


Covile's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old center Ryvon Covile (206-C-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Detroit Mercy) put on an amazing game in the last round for Panionios and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Ikaros (7-8) in overtime 96-84. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Panionios is placed at 9th position in Greek league. Panionios is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-8 record. Covile turned to be Panionios' top player in his first season with the team. Ryvon Covile averages this season 14.0ppg and 5.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Steven Smith (203-F-83) of Panellinios. He is American forward in his first season at Panellinios. In the last game Smith recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Panellinios lost that game 63-73 to the higher-ranked Aris (#6, 8-7). Panellinios is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Panellinios managed to get this year. Smith is a newcomer at Panellinios and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#1). He also registered 10.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (#9). Aleksic showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, ten rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Panionios, leading his team to a 96-84 overtime win against Ikaros (7-8). The chances of Panionios ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Aleksic could help Panionios to bring them higher in the standings.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kostas Charissis (211-F/C-79) of VAP Kolossos - 22 points and 11 rebounds
5. David Huertas (196-G-87) of Marousi - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85) of VAP Kolossos - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Terell Castle (182-G-72) of AEK - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-G-82) of Iraklis - 14 points and 2 rebounds
9. Lans Harris (195-G-83) of Ikaros - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Kavala - 13 points and 13 rebounds

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


Greek A2 round 12 best performance: Ivan Vukantinov - by Eurobasket News
Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-G-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked KAOD, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Arkadikos (#6, 8-4) with 22-point margin 83-61. It allowed KAOD to consolidate first place in the Greek A2. KAOD has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 11-1. In the team's last game Vukantinov had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be KAOD's top player in his first season with the team. Ivan Vukantinov averages this season 12.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Serbian Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) of Apollon Patras. Pantelic had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Apollon Patras cruised to a 61-53 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Panerythraikos (#14, 4-8). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Apollon Patras managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Pantelic is a newcomer at Apollon Patras, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio (#5). Psileas got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . Despite Psileas' great performance Lavrio lost 88-101 to Ikaroi Serron (8-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Lavrio needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 4 lost games. Psileas has a great season in Greece. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.9ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damir Latovic (204-C-80) of AGOR - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) of Koroivos - 27 points and 4 rebounds
6. Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) of AEK/Argous - 17 points and 16 rebounds
7. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) of Ikaroi Serron - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Fragiskos Amato (205-F/C-78) of Near East - 17 points and 12 rebounds
9. Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81) of Panelefsiniakos - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Pigas Papargiropoulos (202-F-86) of Amyntas Dafnis - 18 points and 10 rebounds

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


Top scorers - Division B' - by Chris Mammides
The leading scorers 12 weeks after the beggining of the Second division league are as follows:

1. Nikos Liakopoulos (191-G-83) Perama 316 - 26.33ppg
2. Tassos Dimas (195-F/C-88) Megas Alexandros 241 - 20.10ppg
3. Simeon Ioakimidis (197-G-89) MENT 228 - 19.00ppg
4. Alexis Bardas (189-F-81) OFI 214 - 17.83ppg
5. Kostas Georgoulas (200-F-81) AIAS Evosmou 205 - 17.08ppg
6. Savvas Nikitakis Nea Kifisia 194 - 16.16ppg
7. Giorgos Lepeniotis (187-G-79) Aiolos Trikallon 190 - 15.83ppg
8. Giorgos Asimakis (195-F-83) AIAS Evosmou 189 - 15.75ppg
-. Kimonas Lehoudis (205-F-83) Doukas 189 - 15.75ppg
10. Giorgos Fountas (184-G-77) Aiolos Trikallon 188 - 15.66ppg
11. Dimitris Dislis (180-G-77) Stratoni 184 - 15.33ppg
12. Kostas Dalpas (200-F-84) MENT 179 - 14.92ppg
13. Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) MENT 168 - 14.00ppg
14. Stelios Papadakis (198-F-85) Egaleo 167 - 13.92ppg
-. Efthimis Kothras (193-G-81) Anagennisi/Floga 167 - 13.92ppg




Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. OFI 12-2 
 2. Ermis Perama 12-3 
 3. Nea Kifisia 11-4 
 4. MENT 11-4 
 5. Anagennisi 11-4 
 6. Stratoni 9-6 
 7. Doxa Lefkadas 8-6 
 8. Aias Evosmou 8-7 
 9. Egaleo 6-8 
 10. Aiolos Trik. 6-9 
 11. Diagoras 6-9 
 12. Doukas 5-10 
 13. Apollon KL 4-11 
 14. Filippos Veroias 4-11 
 15. M.Alexandros 4-11 


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PromotieDivisie Scores Week 15: Get it together! - by Terry Cooper
Week 15 had some surprises but most of all there were some games that were won due to a lack of experience and shows the difference in playing to win and playing not to lose. Punch got a much needed victory over Almonte winning 77-63 while Red Giants edged BV Hoofddorp at home 74-73. Edwin Engelhart (193-F-76) and Binnenland cruised over VBC Akrides 91-63 while De Hoppers edged Cangeroes on the road 89-87. GOBA went 1 or 1 as they defeated Black Eagles on the road 85-69 but lost against De Groene Uilen 74-67 while Groene Uilen lost their make up match against Z&Z2 79-62. Finally Amsterdam2 won a close game over Wildcats at Apollohal in Amsterdam 72-65. As most teams are still making up games and trying to get much needed wins, other teams have to get their acts together if they are trying to get to the playoffs or stay in the league. Experience is the key to close wins and when close games are lost due to a lack of that experience, it can be the difference between a win and a loss. Get it together teams if you don't want to go back to Eerste Divisie. Stay tuned.

Week 15 Scores:

Punch - Almonte 77-63
Red Giants - BV Hoofddorp 74-73
VBC Akrides - Binnenland 63-91
Cangeroes - De Hoppers 87-89
Black Eagles - Goba 69-85
De Groene Uilen - ZZ Leiden2 62-79
Amsterdam2 - Wildcats 72-65
De Groene Uilen - Goba 74-67



Teammates..... - by Frank Turner
The success that i am having as a first year player out of college wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for the players around me! I am surrounded with a team full of players who can all do things to help make our team better. However, this team is full of characters! When i say characters, i mean they are all different in many ways!

Jansen - aka Magic Jansen is a certified clown! Best dancer in Europe! Has the dance moves that 'Ronnie' from the MTV show Jersey Shore, moves down-pack! Will go down as one of the most legendary 'fist pumpers' EVER.

Touw & Schilder - young guys on the team so they don't joke as much with me! However, Schilder calls me a punk in Dutch almost everyday when he's leaving to go home!

Mills - Mr. Skills! Very sarcastic guy! Sometimes you don't know when he's serious or joking because he can keep a straight face! Always saying #PAUSE after everything because he is nervous about saying something that is frowned upon with the male gender! HAHAHA

Steenvoorde - Uncle Jun-Bug! The mature leader on the team! Real definition of a veteran! Once on the bench, he leaned over and said that one of my teammates would shoot an air-ball while at the free-throw and i laughed! First shot went up and hit the front of the rim! Second shot, AIIIIIIIRRRRRR BALLLLLL! Oh yea and for anyone who needs a mid-range jumper he's giving lessons out. Put in your application and he will get back to you! mrmid-range@dirtydutch.nl

Van Der List - Very good guy! One of the nicest guys you could ever encounter! He's picking up with his silly side! At first he was a little shy with taking jokes but now he's coming along! However he is the BEST/WORST singer you would ever hear! He's good with the Michael Jackson songs! You should hear him sing 'We are the World'

Akerboom - The most serious-funny guy on the team. He always looks as if he's mad but then he will start laughing! Best thing he's taught me in Dutch is 'ik hod van oudere vrouw'. These words will take me far in the Dutch world!

Wessels - if not me, he's probably the biggest jokester on the team! I told him that i wanted to be like him and he simply looked me in the face and said 'you can never be like me, YOU AINT GOT IT' I guess i need more than my bonus card for Albert Heijn and Eiffel Towers gear to be like him. Oh yea, and a better jumpsuit!

Aarts - The laid back guy! I rarely hear him joke in english but when he does its most likely about someone doing something stupid! I am starting to believe he may be the leader of this 'Dirty Dutch crew'

Jackson - aka Baby Jason Maxiell. Real cool and calm guy! Has a good sense of humor but in a smooth way! Will laugh softly at you like he's so cool! I heard his southern accent at dinner once and it was hilarious! He has an older mans sense of humor in a young guys mind-state! But honestly you have to learn how to sit in chairs and stop missing them! We need you healthy not hurt!


McGhee number one in Holland for round 24 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Monta McGhee (198-F-79) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked ZZ Leiden, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed Rotterdam (#10, 1-23) with 31-point margin 88-57. ZZ Leiden maintains the 2nd position in Dutch DBL. They are still close to the very top. ZZ Leiden would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 19-4 record. It's McGhee's second year at ZZ Leiden and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Lewis University star has very solid stats this year. McGhee is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.0ppg) and averages impressive 2.2spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Geoff McDermott (203-F-87, agency: Interperformances) of Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen. McDermott had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Magixx cruised to a 69-60 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked BS Weert (#6, 10-14). Magixx's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-9 record is not bad at all. McDermott is a newcomer at Magixx, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another ZZ Leiden's star - American forward Jesse Smith (211-F/C-82). Smith scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of ZZ Leiden, helping his team with a 88-57 easy win against the lower-ranked Rotterdam (#10, 1-23). ZZ Leiden is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 19-4 record is not that bad... Smith has a very solid season. In 23 games in Holland he scored 7.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Worthy de Jong (194-G-88) of ZZ Leiden - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87) of Rotterdam - 18 points and 13 rebounds
6. Harry Marshall (183-G-88) of Landstede - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Julien Mills (193-G/F-85) of Eiffel Towers - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Magixx - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kevin McCleery (203-F) of Magixx - 13 points and 8 rebounds
10. Manny Adako (203-F-87) of DeFriesland - 23 points and 3 rebounds

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


Results Dutch Basketball League - by Sanders Jackson
Thursday night in Dutch basketball action, in Amsterdam the defending Dutch champions GasTerra Flames Groningen still found a way to master feisty ABC Amsterdam for the 3rd time this season, while Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden also pulled a hattrick over Landstede Basketball thanks to strong rebounding, while Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen gained revenge on Rotterdam Challengers.

In the Sporthallen-Zuid ABC Amsterdam got off to a strong start, leading 20-14 at the end of the 1st, and remaining on the heels of the defending Dutch champs until the end, with Gas Terra Flames winning eventually 81-68. It was a game that was not decided until the end, with the quartet of John Turek, Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84, college: Furman), Matt Bauscher and Aron Roye coming up with key plays in the end to seal the win. Turek had a double-double of 13 pts. and 10 rebound to lead the Flames. Jessey Voorn led all scorers with 18 pts. The Flames now improve to 20-2.

In the Vijfmeihal in the Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden-Landstede matchup, it was a game that Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden had their hands full throughout, but strong rebounding and good free throw shooting was the equalizer, helping Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden to an 82-72 win. While Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden had trouble taking care of the ball (21 turnovers), nevertheless they had a 46-29 rebounding advantage and shot 22 of 26 from the free throw line. Montha McGhee had a double-double of 17 pts. and 12 rebounds to lead five Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden players in double figures. Matt Mullery and Lawrence Borha led Landstede with 14 pts. each. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden improves to 18-4 and remain on the heels of defending Dutch champions Gas Terra Flames.

In the Horstacker Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen avenged the loss in the previous matchup vs. Rotterdam Challengers by cruising to an 82-65 win. Geoff McDermott led five Magixx players in double figures with 15 pts. Chip Jones led the Rotterdammers with 14 pts. Magixx remains in the important 4th place spot at 14-9.



Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Dehoppers 14-2 
 2. Binnenland 13-3 
 3. Red Giants 13-3 
 4. Groene 12-4 
 5. Goba 12-4 
 6. Hoofddorp 9-6 
 7. Almonte 9-8 
 8. Leiden 2 7-8 
 9. Cangeroes 7-10 
 10. Amsterdam 2 5-10 
 11. Akrides 4-13 
 12. Punch 3-13 
 13. Wildcats 3-14 
 14. Black Eagles 2-15 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.7 
 2. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.4 
 3. Kimbrough, Giants16.3 
 4. Laing, Magixx15.7 
 5. Borha, Landstede15.4 
 6. Brown, DeFriesland15.1 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden15.0 
 8. Blue, Giants15.0 
 9. Tiedeman, Giants14.6 
 10. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  GasTerra
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Haryasz, GasTerra9.7 
 2. McDermott, Magixx9.6 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Sihota, Rotterdam9.6 
 5. Griffin, Giants8.9 
 6. de Randamie, ABC8.7 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra8.6 
 8. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.5 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert8.3 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.0 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.7 
 3. Bostain, GasTerra4.1 
 4. Stokes, BS Weert4.0 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 6. Williams, DeFriesland3.7 
 7. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 8. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.5 
 9. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.7 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.5 
 3. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.3 
 6. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 7. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 9. Kimbrough, Giants2.0 
 10. McDowell, BS Weert2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.6 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.5 
 3. Blue, Giants1.1 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.0 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam0.9 
 6. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 
 7. Hulzebos, Landstede0.8 
 8. Strong, Landstede0.8 
 9. McDermott, Magixx0.8 
 10. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Marshall, Marso-Va.21.2 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.1 
 4. Doyne, Falco-Szova21.0 
 5. El-Amin, PVSK P.20.4 
 6. Townes, Soproni19.9 
 7. Wilson, Kaposvari19.8 
 8. Sales, Atomeromu19.5 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.19.1 
 10. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brooks SALES
  Atomeromu
  (208-C/F-80)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Sales, Atomeromu11.9 
 2. Townes, Soproni11.2 
 3. Werner, Kaposvari10.0 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.4 
 5. Jones, Albacomp9.3 
 6. Gosa, Falco-Szova9.1 
 7. Bell, Kormend9.0 
 8. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.8.4 
 10. McKenzie, Szedeak8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.1 
 2. Kelley, Soproni6.5 
 3. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.4 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok6.3 
 5. Simon, Albacomp6.1 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.9 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.5 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.2 
 9. Horvath, Szolnok4.4 
 10. LaGrange, Kecsk.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.6 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.0 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.8 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 5. Kaman, ZTE K.2.4 
 6. Williams, ZTE K.2.4 
 7. Werner, Kaposvari2.4 
 8. Sales, Atomeromu2.4 
 9. Clark, Szolnok2.4 
 10. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.6 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.0 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.6 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.2 
 5. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.2 
 6. Keller, Albacomp1.1 
 7. Langford, FS Debre.1.0 
 8. Sales, Atomeromu0.9 
 9. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.9 
 10. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.0.8 


A Division Round 18: Albacomp beats Atomeromu in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Szekesfehervar. Second ranked Albacomp faced one of their biggest challengers Atomeromu. Host Albacomp (15-3) defeated guests from Paks (13-5) 92-74. The game without a history. Albacomp led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Atomeromu's 38. Albacomp looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Damian Hollis (203-F-88, college: George Washington) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Jonathan Jones (211-79) chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Albacomp maintains second position in Division with 15-3 record having just 0 victories less than leader Szolnok. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Albacomp are looking forward to face Szedeak (#12) in Szeged in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Atomeromu will play on the road against Kormend (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Szolnok. First ranked Szolnok faced 4th ranked Kormend. Host Szolnok (15-3) defeated guests from Kormend (12-5) 88-74. It was a good game for American guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists. Marton Fodor contributed with 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) replied with 22 points for Kormend. Kormend's coach Balazs Sabali rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Szolnok maintains first position in Division with 15-3 record. Kormend at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Szolnok will play against FS Debrecen (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kormend will play against Atomeromu (#3) in Paks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game where host Soproni (#7) won against 4th ranked Kormend 96-87 on Saturday evening. Darian Townes had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Andras Rujak with 19 points and 6 assists. Soproni maintains seventh position in Division with 9-9 record. Loser Kormend keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Soproni will meet Marso-Vagep (#10) in the next round. Kormend will play against Atomeromu (#3) in Paks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Szolnok delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 10th ranked PVSK Pannon (8-10) 84-73 in Pecs. Obie Trotter notched 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Szolnok maintains first position in Division with 15-3 record. PVSK Pannon at the other side dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Szolnok's next round opponent will be FS Debrecen (#13) on the road which should be an easy win for them. PVSK Pannon will play against Kecskemeti (#6).
Bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (0-16) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 90-72 loss to seventh ranked Soproni (9-9) in Sopron on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Darian Townes who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Soproni's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Soproni maintains seventh position in Division with 9-9 record. Loser Salgotarjani still closes the standingsSoproni will face Marso-Vagep (#10) in Nyiregyhaza in the next round. Salgotarjani will play on the road against FS Debrecen (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Division PVSK Pannon defeated Kaposvari in Pecs 104-103. Marso-Vagep lost to defending champion ZTE KK at home 83-89. Szedeak lost to Kecskemeti on the opponent's court 76-93. Falco-Szova outscored FS Debrecen in a home game 86-52. Falco-Szova managed to beat Kaposvari on the road 96-81.


Albacomp - Atomeromu 92-74

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Szekesfehervar. Second ranked Albacomp faced one of their biggest challengers Atomeromu. Host Albacomp (15-3) defeated guests from Paks (13-5) 92-74. The game without a history. Albacomp led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Atomeromu's 38. Albacomp looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: George Washington) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Jonathan Jones (211-79) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Five Albacomp players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Albacomp maintains second position in Division with 15-3 record having just 0 victories less than leader Szolnok. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Albacomp are looking forward to face Szedeak (#12) in Szeged in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Atomeromu will play on the road against Kormend (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: B.Sales 29+11reb+3ast, J.Hodges 21+5reb+2ast, J.Pavlik 10+3reb+1ast, A.Kovacs 4+4reb+1ast, F.Morgen 4+2reb, B.Winters 4+1reb
Albacomp: A.Hanga 20+4reb+3ast, D.Hollis 16+9reb+3ast, J.Jones 15+11reb+1ast, B.Simon 14+2reb+8ast, T.Crocker 12+9reb+4ast, A.Keller 7+3reb+1ast
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Szolnok - Kormend 88-74

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Szolnok. First ranked Szolnok faced 4th ranked Kormend. Host Szolnok (15-3) defeated guests from Kormend (12-5) 88-74. It looked good early as Kormend took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Szolnok had a 24-22 second period charge getting the lead and Kormend was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-88. Szolnok players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was a good game for American guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists. International guard Marton Fodor (191-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) contributed with 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Szolnok players scored in double figures. American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) replied with 22 points and his fellow American import guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) added 14 points and 7 assists in the effort for Kormend. Kormend's coach Balazs Sabali rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Szolnok maintains first position in Division with 15-3 record. Kormend at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Szolnok will play against FS Debrecen (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kormend will play against Atomeromu (#3) in Paks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kormend: R.Bell 22+4reb+1ast, M.Moore 14+3reb+7ast, A.Rujak 12+1ast, I.Nemeth 7+2reb, C.Ferencz 7+2reb+3ast, E.Dies 4+7reb
Szolnok: M.Fodor 20+2reb+2ast, O.Trotter 16+9reb+12ast, M.Bader 12+6reb+2ast, I.Clark 12+2reb+1ast, A.Horvath 11+3reb+6ast, Z.Trepak 7+2reb
gschID: 109606


Kaposvari - PVSK Pannon 103-104

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Kaposvari's (6-12) home loss to tenth ranked PVSK Pannon (8-10) 103-104 on Sunday. Kaposvari trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 31-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 103-104 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) who scored 25 points. The former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) chipped in 21 points. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Josh Wilson (188-87, college: N.Arizona, agency: Beggs and Lane) who recorded 24 points and 8 assists and his fellow American import center Kurt Cunningham (206-87, college: Boise St.) added 25 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon moved-up to ninth place in Division. Loser Kaposvari keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. PVSK Pannon will face higher ranked Kecskemeti (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kaposvari will play against ZTE KK (#5) in Zalaegerszeg.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: K.Cunningham 25+6reb+2ast, J.Wilson 24+4reb+8ast, G.Soos 18+2reb+1ast, M.Medve 11+3reb+1ast, D.Werner 11+6reb+8ast, T.Markus 8+1ast
PVSK Pannon: M.El-Amin 25+4reb+2ast, N.Toth 21+4reb, J.Glavinic 13+5reb+4ast, A.Deak 13+1reb, A.Lepsenyi 12+6reb, J.Eilingsfeld 12+5reb
gschID: 109607


Soproni - Salgotarjani 90-72

Bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (0-16) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 90-72 loss to seventh ranked Soproni (9-9) in Sopron on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Soproni. Salgotarjani was better in fourth quarter 28-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Salgotarjani 41-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. International forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Four Soproni players scored in double figures. Soproni's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Andras Vavra (200-78) who recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Chris Rodgers (193-84, college: Arizona) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Soproni maintains seventh position in Division with 9-9 record. Loser Salgotarjani still closes the standingsSoproni will face Marso-Vagep (#10) in Nyiregyhaza in the next round. Salgotarjani will play on the road against FS Debrecen (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Salgotarjani: A.Vavra 19+9reb, D.Koma 13+2reb+1ast, T.Sebok 9+1reb+2ast, T.Hartvich 9+3reb, C.Rodgers 8+7reb+2ast, K.Kiss 7+1reb
Soproni: D.Townes 20+14reb+2ast, Z.Szabo 19+10reb+1ast, T.Kelley 16+1reb+7ast, A.Molnar 15+2reb+2ast, R.Keresztes 9+1reb, G.Gombas 5+7reb
gschID: 109608


Marso-Vagep - ZTE KK 83-89

No shocking result in a game in Nyiregyhaza where fifth ranked ZTE KK (12-6) defeated 7th ranked Marso-Vagep (8-10) 89-83 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 33-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists. Five ZTE KK players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Erno Sitku (208-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) who recorded 24 points and 6 rebounds and American swingman Curtis Marshall (196-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 24 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Defending champion maintains fifth position in Division with 12-6 record. Loser Marso-Vagep dropped to the tenth place with ten games lost. ZTE KK will face Kaposvari (#11) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Marso-Vagep will play against Soproni.
Top scorers:
Marso-Vagep: E.Sitku 24+6reb+1ast, C.Marshall 24+5reb, B.Savic 19+3reb+6ast, B.Stojakovic 9+4reb+2ast, M.Mohacsi 3+2reb, J.Siska 2+1reb
ZTE KK: K.Wilson 18+8reb, D.Gaspar 15+2reb, T.Kaman 14+4reb+1ast, D.Vojvoda 14+6reb, L.Williams 12+4reb+10ast, A.Toth 10+3reb
gschID: 109602


Kecskemeti - Szedeak 93-76

Very expected game when 12th ranked Szedeak (6-12) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Kecskemeti (11-7) 93-76 on Saturday. The game without a history. Kecskemeti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kecskemeti maintains sixth position in Division with 11-7 record. Newly promoted Szedeak keeps the twelfth place with 12 games lost. Kecskemeti will face PVSK Pannon (#9) in Pecs in the next round. Szedeak will play at home against the league's second-placed Albacomp in Szekesfehervar.
gschID: 109603


Falco-Szova - FS Debrecen 86-52

Rather predictable result in Szombathely where ninth ranked Falco-Szova (8-10) outscored 13th ranked FS Debrecen (1-16) 86-52 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Falco-Szova. FS Debrecen was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding FS Debrecen to just 7 points in second quarter. Falco-Szova forced 19 FS Debrecen turnovers. FS Debrecen was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) who scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) chipped in 26 points and 4 assists. Falco-Szova's coach Nikola Lazic felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Cameroonian forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, college: La Salle) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds and American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Falco-Szova moved-up to eighth place in Division. Loser FS Debrecen keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Falco-Szova will face bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. FS Debrecen will play against Salgotarjani and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: Y.Mekongo 20+5reb, K.Langford 12+10reb, M.Mark 6, A.Balogh 5+2reb, M.Mondzinger 4+4reb+1ast, G.Toth 2
Falco-Szova: J.Doyne 26+2reb+4ast, C.Gosa 19+9reb+4ast, R.Jarosevits 9+9reb, T.Will 8, L.Simon 4+3ast, M.Szanati 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 109604


PPD games
PVSK Pannon - Szolnok 73-84

Leader Szolnok delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 10th ranked PVSK Pannon (8-10) 84-73 in Pecs. PVSK Pannon was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 23-10 charge of Szolnok, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 60.7 percent from the field. American guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) notched 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international swingman Akos Horvath (194-81) supported him with 16 points and 5 assists. Even 16 points and 6 rebounds by Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (208-83, college: Niagara) did not help to save the game for PVSK Pannon. Croatian guard Josip Glavinic (192-82) added 16 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Szolnok maintains first position in Division with 15-3 record. PVSK Pannon at the other side dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Szolnok's next round opponent will be FS Debrecen (#13) on the road which should be an easy win for them. PVSK Pannon will play against Kecskemeti (#6).
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: B.Egemonye 16+6reb+2ast, J.Glavinic 16+3reb+5ast, M.El-Amin 16+1reb+4ast, N.Toth 14+7reb, G.Hosszu 5+2reb, J.Eilingsfeld 4+2reb+1ast
Szolnok: O.Trotter 17+9reb+4ast, A.Horvath 16+2reb+5ast, V.Budimir 16+2reb+1ast, I.Clark 12+3reb+2ast, M.Bader 9+9reb+2ast, M.Fodor 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 120580


Kaposvari - Falco-Szova 81-96

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Kaposvari (6-12) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Falco-Szova (8-10) 96-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Falco-Szova. Kaposvari was better in third quarter 28-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Falco-Szova shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) who scored 29 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Kurt Cunningham (206-87, college: Boise St.) who recorded 21 points and 7 rebounds and guard Josh Wilson (188-87, college: N.Arizona, agency: Beggs and Lane) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Falco-Szova moved-up to eighth place in Division. Loser Kaposvari keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Falco-Szova will face bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kaposvari will play against ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: K.Cunningham 21+7reb, G.Kutasi 15+3reb+3ast, J.Wilson 15+5reb+6ast, G.Soos 15+4reb+1ast, D.Werner 6+3reb, G.Fulop 4+4reb+1ast
Falco-Szova: J.Doyne 29+5reb+2ast, C.Gosa 17+5reb, L.Kalman 15+1reb+3ast, M.Aliakseyeu 12+8reb, T.Pankar 9+3reb, C.Borszeki 6+3reb
gschID: 120581


Soproni - Kormend 96-87

An interesting game where host Soproni (#7) won against 4th ranked Kormend 96-87 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Soproni dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kormend's 34 and made 25-of-27 free shots (92.6 percent) during the game. American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Andras Molnar (195-83) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds during the contest (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Five Soproni players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Andras Rujak (187-88) with 19 points and 6 assists and American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Soproni maintains seventh position in Division with 9-9 record. Loser Kormend keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Soproni will meet Marso-Vagep (#10) in the next round. Kormend will play against Atomeromu (#3) in Paks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kormend: A.Rujak 19+3reb+6ast, R.Bell 18+9reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 14+4ast, I.Nemeth 9+1reb+1ast, E.Dies 8+4reb+2ast, G.Fodor 6+3reb+1ast
Soproni: D.Townes 25+11reb, A.Molnar 21+7reb+1ast, R.Jarvis 18+3reb+1ast, Z.Szabo 15+6reb+2ast, T.Kelley 11+1reb+9ast, G.Gombas 4+2reb
gschID: 120582




Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Szolnok 15-3 
 2. Albacomp 15-3 
 3. Atomeromu 13-5 
 4. Kormend 12-5 
 5. ZTE KK 12-6 
 6. Kecskemeti 11-7 
 7. Soproni 9-9 
 8. Falco-Szova 8-10 
 9. PVSK Pannon 8-10 
 10. Marso-Vagep 8-10 
 11. Kaposvari 6-12 
 12. Szedeak 6-12 
 13. FS Debrecen 1-16 
 14. Salgotarjani 0-16 


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International Basketball League announces 2011 teams and divisions - by Trask Frost
The International Basketball League completed its first ever Winter league two weeks ago and today- the IBL announces the teams and divisions for the traditional season (the Spring/Summer) 2011 season; this season starts on Friday April 15th as the Kankakee (Illinois) Soldiers will travel to play the Albany (New York) Legends. The divisions are seen below.

International division
1. Albany Legends
2. Gary Splash
3. Edmonton Energy
4. Kankakee Soldiers
5. Oregon Waves

Continental division
1. Vancouver Volcanoes
2. Olympia Reign
3. Bellingham Slam
4. USA All-Stars
5. Los Angeles Lightning
6. West Coast Hotshots

The International and Continental divisions are set up primarily for teams to try to win their 'division' after 20 games of league play. The IBL end of season tournament does not relate as much to the divisions as all teams from either division are put into one seeded tournament (seeds based on winning %). Note: the USA All Stars and the West Coast Hotshots will play 20 neutral site and/or away games, all official games, but those two teams donot participate in the end of season tournament.

Branding teams are as follows:
1. Las Vegas Pride
2. Lansing Capitals
3. Phoenix Raptors
4. Lake County All Stars
5. Ohio Hidden Gems

A Branding team operates with the purpose of building a brand and/or maintaining a brand. Branding teams do not play enough games to be in the IBL tournament (this is for full 20 game teams only). A branding team is entitled to play roughly 4 away games and 1 home game in a 'branding year'. Games played by branding teams do count as regular games for the IBL teams who play against them (normal wins and losses, official and real IBL games, not exhibitions). Some branding teams may stay in that branding mode for years. The IBLs 'branding year' program allows a team owner to learn and grow- but in a reasonable way, at a reasonable pace and at a reasonable cost. When that new team owner finally does join the IBL for a full season, that new owner will be more prepared.

Note: two teams played in the Winter and are planning on playing next Winter but will not participate in the traditional season; those two teams are the Great Lakes All Stars and the 7th year Battle Creek Knights who by next November, plan to be heading into a record 8th season of play.

For more information on the International Basketball League, visit the IBL web site- www.iblhoopsonline.com




IBL renovates its web site with new videos and great photos - by Trask Frost
IBL Media- the International Basketball League shows its 8-year story with a new video on the opening page of its newly renovated web site. Check out this new video and a selection of 15 other videos on the main page of the IBL web site. Also, check out various team videos and photos on the IBL web site found at- www.IBLhoopsonline.com. The International Basketball League has 14 teams participating. The IBL tips off on April 15th in Albany New York as the Kankakee Soldiers visit the Albany Legends. The IBL is known for its fast paced play for the fans and the IBL is known as well- for the affordable one-flight expense model for team owners.



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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Lazar TRIFUNOVIC
  Keflavik
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Trifunovic, Keflavik25.0 
 2. Inge, Haukar22.5 
 3. Smith, Njardvik21.7 
 4. Smith, Grindavik21.6 
 5. Biedler, IR21.3 
 6. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 7. Robinson, Haukar20.9 
 8. Amoroso, Snaefell20.7 
 9. Fain, Tindastoll20.7 
 10. Walker, KR20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Robinson, Haukar14.6 
 2. Biedler, IR12.4 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.9 
 4. Trifunovic, Keflavik11.1 
 5. Pettinella, Grindavik11.0 
 6. Fain, Tindastoll10.4 
 7. Amoroso, Snaefell10.3 
 8. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 9. Jonsson, Snaefell9.5 
 10. Nathanaelsso., Ham.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.6 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.7 
 4. Smith, Grindavik7.0 
 5. Burton, Snaefell6.3 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Cunningham, Tinda.5.5 
 8. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan5.2 
 10. Inge, Haukar5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Hayward FAIN
  Tindastoll
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Fain, Tindastoll3.6 
 2. Inge, Haukar3.3 
 3. Schoen, KFI3.1 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Biedler, IR2.7 
 6. Rivers, Tindastoll2.6 
 7. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.5 
 8. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.5 
 9. Sigurgeirsso., Snaef.2.2 
 10. Ermolinskij, KR2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.1 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Fain, Tindastoll1.9 
 4. Biedler, IR1.9 
 5. Pettinella, Grindavik1.7 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.6 
 7. Hafsteinsson, Fjolnir1.4 
 8. Aorsteinsson, Kefla.1.4 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.2 
 10. Helgason, Stjarnan1.1 


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UCD Marian dethrone Killester - by Eurobasket News
UCD Marian - Killester 60:57

UCD Marian made their first Superleague National Cup Final appearance the one to remember. They outgunned their crosstown rivals Killester to clinch the trophy. James Crowder (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10, college: Pfeiffer) scored 17 points to lead UCD Marian to a historic success.
The defending champions entered the National Arena confident. Killester dominated in the first half. They posted a 35:28 lead at halftime. But UCD Marian turned things upside down after the big break. They stepped on the gas erasing the deficit and taking the lead. Killester did not react equally to the opponents rally in the second half and had to surrender at the end. Conor Meany (185-G-86) nailed 12 points for UCD Marian. Neil Baynes (198-F-87) added 10 points in the win. Jermaine Turner (195-F-74, college: Dowling) responded with 12 points for Killester. Patrick Kelly (191-G-80) had 10 points, while Peder Madsen (186-G-78, college: Post) netted 9 in the loss.

UCD Marian: James Crowder 17, Conor Meany 12, Neil Baynes 10
Killester: Jermaine Turner 12, Patrick Kelly 10, Peder Madsen 9



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  ITALY   


Nenad Vucinic is the new head coach of Fulgor Forl. - by Antonello Varallo
After only 4 win in 18 games, Giampaolo Di Lorenzo has been fired by Marcopoloshop.it Forl. The new coach is the 46 years old Nenad Vucinic, New Zealand National Team coach and former trainer of Darussafaka C.Tires Istanbul (Turkey-TB2L) and BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Estonia-EMKL), team he lead to the first place in the Estonian League.
Forl is looking for new players (a forward is expected to arrive very soon) to avoid the relegation.


Best players of Italian Lega2 round 18 - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Argentinian forward Demian Filloy (198-F-82, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Immobiliare SR and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 29 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Forli (#15, 4-14) 100-91. Immobiliare SR maintains the 4th position in Argentinian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Immobiliare SR will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. In the team's last game Filloy had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Filloy has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.3rpg) and averages solid 2.2spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old American guard Trent Whiting (185-G-76) of Aget Imola. Whiting impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Aget Imola was edged in overtime by slightly higher-ranked Sunrise Scafati (#6, 11-7) 82-81. Aget Imola managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Whiting is well-known by Aget Imola fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.4ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.3rpg and 3.7apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Tamar Slay (204-F-80) of top-ranked Umana Reyer Venezia. Slay showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Umana Reyer, leading his team to a 80-65 easy win against the lower-ranked N.Ferrara (#10, 7-11). Umana Reyer confirms their top position in the standings Slay has a very solid season. In 18 games in Italy he scored 16.8ppg. He also has 6.8rpg, FGP: 56.1% and 3PT: 42.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Donte Mathis (190-G-77) of Snaidero UD - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83) of Forli - 24 points and 10 rebounds
6. Dawan Robinson (189-G-82) of Trenkwalder - 28 points and 2 assists
7. Gregor Fucka (214-C-71) of Tuscany PT - 16 points and 11 rebounds
8. Gerald Lee (208-F-87) of Snaidero UD - 23 points and 6 rebounds
9. Jimmie Hunter (196-G-77) of Sunrise Scafati - 23 points and 2 rebounds
10. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) of Aget Imola - 15 points and 10 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)


Best players of Italian SerieA round 17 - by Eurobasket News
American Omar Thomas (197-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Air Avellino and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team edged out Cimberio VA (#13, 7-10) 85-83. Air AV is placed at 5th position in Italian SerieA. Air AV 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 9-8 record. Thomas turned to be Air AV's top player in his first season with the team. The Univ.of Texas at El Paso graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.2ppg) and averages solid 2.5spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports) of Sutor Montegranaro. Ford impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Fabi Shoes was edged by the higher-ranked Montepaschi (#1, 16-1) 74-70. This loss caused Fabi Shoes to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ford is a newcomer at Fabi Shoes and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.9ppg (#2). He also registered 11.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Diego Fajardo (208-C-76, agency: Players Group) of Cimberio Varese (#13). Fajardo scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Fajardo's great performance Cimberio VA lost 83-85 to the higher-ranked Air AV (#5, 9-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Cimberio VA ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Fajardo could help Cimberio VA to bring them higher in the standings. Fajardo has a very solid season. In 17 games in Italy he scored 10.9ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and FGP: 56.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Banca Tercas - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jumaine Jones (202-F-79) of Pepsi Caserta - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82) of Pepsi Caserta - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) of CS Bologna - 14 points and 12 rebounds
8. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90) of Lottomatica - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) of Benetton TV - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Taquan Dean (193-G-83) of Air AV - 26 points and 2 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)


A Dilettanti, Round 19 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

In the round 19 Trento wins against Piacenza (81-73) that wastes an opportunity to catch the leaders, now first with 15-4. For the hosts Luca Conte (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) is the top scorer with 23 points (a great 7/11 by 3) and 3 steals, 14 points for Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) with 9 rebounds, 13 points of Marco Spanghero (185-G-91), 8 points + 7 rebounds for Diego Zivic (198-F/C-76) and only 5 points for Simone Ferrarese (182-G-87) but with 4 steals and 6 assist. For the Copra Morpho Bakery 20 points of German Scarone (190-G-75) with 6 fouls suffered, 16 points for Marco Passera (180-G-82), 13 points for Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81) with 8 rebounds and 4 steals and 12 points of Roberto Cazzaniga (205-F/C-78). Perugia exceeds Brescia for 85-64 thanks a good first quarter (29-19) and remains alone in second place with only 2 points less than the leaders. Mattia Caroldi (185-G-82) is the MVP with 19 points, 16 points in 25 minutes for Costantino Cutolo (190-G/F-89, agency: Players Group), 15 points and 5 assist for Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) and 9 points for 3 players: Simone Bonamente (202-C-79), Giacomo Chiatti (178-G-86) (with 3 assist) and Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-F/C-91) (with 9 rebounds). For the visitors there are 18 points of Nicholas Crow (199-F-89), 16 points of Lorenzo Gergati (188-G-84), 14 points and 6 rebounds for Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-F-81) and 11 points of Massimo Rezzano (204-F/C-82). In an important match for the last place Riva wins against Osimo for 94-79 and gains other two points clear of last place. Riva hasn't a good start but in the second and third quarter closes the match with a partial of 53-34 in 20 minutes. Lorenzo Torboli (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances), from the bench, is the top scorer with 19 points and 5/8 by 3, 17 points and 5 assist for Matteo Bastoni (195-F-79) with 5/7 by 3, 16 points and 5 assist for Marcello Filattiera (182-G-82, agency: Interperformances), double-double of Alessandro Garofalo (197-F-85, agency: JEMsports) with 14 points and 10 rebounds and 9 points for Andrea Scanzi (198-G-88) and Mattia Morghen (200-C-85) that adds 3 steals. For the visitors seventeenth defeat of the season (only 2 wins), not enough the performance of Damiano Verri (206-C-85) that closes with 27 points, 10/12 by 2, 6 rebounds and 8 fouls suffered. For the others 19 points of Fabio Bastoni (188-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances), 11 points and 3 assist for Gianluca Ghedini (193-G-82), 7 points and 10 rebounds for Enrico Gaeta (201-F/G-75) and 9 points for David Dolic (198-F-89) in 13 minutes. In the other matches:

PentaG. Ozzano - Co.Mark Treviglio 69-76 (D.Reati 19 pts, M.Vitali 13 reb, T.Marino 19 pts & 3 ass, G.Sanguinetti-M.Negri 4 stl)
Paffoni Omegna - Consum.it Siena 53-47 (M.Portannese 18 pts & 5 stl, I.Ferraro 11 reb & 3 ass, A.Saccaggi 3 ass, L.Zaccariello 5 stl)
SBS Castelletto - Zerouno Moncalieri 83-70 (D.Sandri 17 pts & 5 ass, F.Prelazzi 17 pts, M.
Raminelli 11 reb & 4 blk, A.Maggiotto 7 stl)
Fortezza Recanati - P.Mitchell Pavia 83-73 (R.Pederzini 23 pts, A.Pierini 21 pts, O.Chiaramello 11 reb, R.Fossati 5 ass, D.Parente 17 pts & 7 stl, D.Cristelli 10 reb)
Aps Trieste - Goldengas Senigallia 74-73 (F.Maiocco 17 pts & 4 stl, T.Raspino 12 reb, M.Contento 4 stl, G.Penserini-F.Facenda 16 pts)

Group B

Another victory for Ruvo, 78-74 against Anagni, that confirms the first place with 15 wins and only 4 defeats. Davide Bonacini (190-G-90, agency: Interperformances) scores 18 points with 7/8 at shoot and 5 steals, 15 points of Andrea Pilotti (196-F/G-80, agency: Players Group), 11 points for Francesco Ihedioha (196-F-86, agency: Interperformances) and 10 points for Andrea Zerini (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) and Francesco Modica (203-F-82) (with 4 steals and 4 assist). Only 5 points for Simone Bonfiglio (181-G-88) that adds 6 steals and 4 assist. For the visitors tithe defeat, 20 points for Riccardo Romano (192-G-84, agency: Interperformances) with 6/12 by 3, 12 points and 11 rebounds for Manuel Caceres (195-G/F-84, agency: Interperformances) with 3 assist, 11 points for Andrea Gennari (208-F/C-84) and 10 points of Andrea Giampaoli (185-G-90). Trapani wins on the court of Bisceglie for 75-73 and does not lose points on Ruvo. For the Ambrosia, third last with 8 points ahead of last place, Davide Rosignoli (202-F-88) is the MVP with 15 points (6/6 by 2) and 12 rebounds (30 of ranking), 13 points and 7 rebounds for Marko Micevic (199-F-89) and Carlos Mainoldi (204-F/C-78), 9 points for Andrea Barsanti (189-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and only 5 points with 4 assist for Claudio Maino (185-G-91). For the winners 20 points of Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) but with 7/14 at shoot, 14 points for Luca Bisconti (206-F/C-82) and Walter Santarossa (200-F-78), 10 points of Francesco Guarino (182-G-79) and 8 points with 9 rebounds for Christian Cappanni (205-C-75). Agrigento wins at Potenza for 95-84 and reaches the Itop at the second lowest place (4-15 the record), decisive the third quarter for the visitors (15-23 the partial). For the Moncada 26 points of Paolo Mossi (193-G-76) with 5 rebounds and 9/15 at shoot, 18 points for Mauro Bonaiuti (192-G-78) with 4 steals, 11 points for Nunzio Sabbatino (189-G-92) and Alberto Barbieri (205-C-76) and 8 points with 6 rebounds for Michele Giovanatto (202-F-81, agency: Interperformances). For the hosts only 2 players in double digit, 30 points of Daniele Ricciardi (185-G-81) with 10/21 at shoot, 4 steals and 8 fouls suffered and 20 points for Gianmarco Rossi (178-G-90) with a bad 7/20 at shoot. For the other players there are 9 points of Andrea Capitanelli (203-C-86) with 11 rebounds and for Federico Nozzolillo (184-G-94) while Matteo Spippoli (212-C-81) closes with only 3 points but catches 7 rebounds and adds 3 steals. The other results:


Benacquista Latina - Cisa Massafra 71-69 (M.Soloperto 25 pts & 12 reb, I.Scarponi 16 pts & 3 blk, S.Plumari 4 stl)
Bawer Matera - Ford Molfetta 66-69 (G.Rugolo 23 pts, D.Corral 13 reb, C.Vico 20 pts & 3 ass, A.Lagioia 17 pts & 6 stl)
FMC Ferentino - AD S.Antimo 68-70 (S.Parrillo-F.Gagliardo 15 pts, S.Gatti 11 reb, F.Alessandri-C.Cantone-D.Calabria 5 ass, G.Coronini-A.Iardella 4 stl)
Assi Ostuni - Ircop Rieti 79-73 (S.Gigena 21 pts & 8 reb, F.Basei 11 reb, G.Tessitore 6 ass, D.Morena 11 reb & 3 stl & 5 ass & 2 blk)
Publisys Potenza - Ascom Patti 75-60 (I.Riva 23 pts, S.Bagnoli 19 pts & 18 reb & 3 stl, S.Paparella 8 ass)


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.8 
 2. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.9 
 3. Thomas, Air AV16.2 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.16.1 
 5. Dean, Air AV16.1 
 6. Roberson, Enel B.16.1 
 7. Goss, Cimberio VA16.0 
 8. Winston, CS Bo.15.9 
 9. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.5 
 10. Milic, Vanoli CR15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes11.2 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.9 
 3. Davis, Banca Tercas8.8 
 4. Homan, CS Bologna8.5 
 5. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.4 
 6. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Suton, Angelico BI7.4 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.2 
 10. Toure, Enel Brindisi6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Green, Air AV6.6 
 2. Goss, Cimberio VA4.5 
 3. Collins, Scavolin.4.3 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.4.3 
 5. Sosa, Angelico BI4.2 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.9 
 7. Diener, Dinamo S.3.9 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu3.5 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
 10. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.3 
Steals Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari2.8 
 2. Hackett, Scavolin.2.8 
 3. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.8 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.7 
 6. Goss, Cimberio VA2.6 
 7. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.6 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu2.5 
 9. Thomas, Air AV2.5 
 10. Ortner, Bennet C.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.5 
 2. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 3. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.3 
 4. Polonara, Banca T.1.1 
 5. Smith, Benetton TV1.1 
 6. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.1 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 8. Szewczyk, Air AV0.9 
 9. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 
 10. Cusin, Scavolini PS0.9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.4 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.6 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.6 
 4. Ebi, Aget Imola20.5 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer20.2 
 6. Gordon, Forli18.9 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco18.2 
 8. Roderick, Immobi.17.5 
 9. Hunter, Sunrise .17.1 
 10. Young, Umana Reyer17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.3 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.3 
 3. Lollis, Immobili.8.5 
 4. Filloy, Immobili.8.3 
 5. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.1 
 6. Johnson, San Severo8.1 
 7. Boykin, Assigeco8.1 
 8. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.9 
 9. Dickens, San Severo7.6 
 10. Gordon, Forli7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Crispin, Barcellona5.2 
 2. Porta, Tezenis .4.9 
 3. Farabello, N.Fer.4.1 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer3.8 
 5. Hickman, Fastw.3.7 
 6. Whiting, Aget Imola3.7 
 7. Mathis, Snaidero.3.6 
 8. Childress, San S.3.4 
 9. Levin, Sunrise .3.4 
 10. Forte, Tuscany PT3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.4 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 4. Hunter, Sunrise .2.9 
 5. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 6. Davis, Sunrise .2.6 
 7. Farabello, N.Fer.2.6 
 8. Scarone, Immobili.2.4 
 9. Stefanov, San S.2.4 
 10. Cerella, Assigeco2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 6. Cutolo, San Severo0.8 
 7. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.7 
 8. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 9. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.7 
 10. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 


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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 26-2 
 2. Sendai 89ers 16-10 
 3. Niigata Albirex 14-12 
 4. Tokyo Apache 12-10 
 5. Saitama Bron. 11-17 
 6. Akita 9-19 
 7. Toyama Grouses 8-18 
Western
 1. Shiga Lakestars 18-10 
 2. Osaka Evessa 18-10 
 3. Okinawa GK 17-11 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 17-13 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 14-14 
 6. Oita H.Devils 13-17 
 7. Shimane 11-17 
 8. Miyazaki 8-20 
 9. Takamatsu FA 8-20 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Jai LEWIS
  Hokkaido
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Lewis, Hokkaido20.9 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi .18.7 
 3. Orimo, Hokkaido17.3 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin16.9 
 5. Forehan-K., Aishin16.6 
 6. Takeuchi, Aishin16.2 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi15.7 
 8. Kinoshita, Panasonic15.7 
 9. O''Bannon, Toshiba14.5 
 10. Smith, Hitachi S.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.12.2 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.3 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido10.8 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota8.7 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin8.7 
 6. Hale, Mitsubishi7.7 
 7. O''Bannon, Toshiba7.0 
 8. Custis, Panasonic6.9 
 9. Smith, Hitachi S.6.8 
 10. Ricci, Toyota6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin4.0 
 2. Kinoshita, Panasonic4.0 
 3. Kashiwakura, Hokka.4.0 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin3.8 
 5. Igarashi, Mitsubishi3.7 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.2 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido3.2 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.1 
 9. Miyanga, Toshiba2.9 
 10. Nishimura, Hitachi S.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.3 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido2.0 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.5 
 4. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 5. Forehan-K., Aishin1.3 
 6. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.3 
 7. Frahm, Aishin1.2 
 8. Custis, Panasonic1.2 
 9. Kashiwakura, Hokka.1.1 
 10. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.3 
 2. Ricci, Toyota1.2 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido1.1 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.0 
 5. Lett, Mitsubishi0.9 
 6. Aono, Panasonic0.8 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido0.7 
 8. Hale, Mitsubishi0.6 
 9. Custis, Panasonic0.6 
 10. Gross, Aishin0.6 


BJ League Round 29: Shiga Lakestars climb to the leadership position - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Shiga Lakestars as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Shiga Lakestars defeated 5th ranked Saitama Broncos at home 97-91. Saitama Broncos trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 31-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 91-97 at the end of the game. Shiga Lakestars had a 39-28 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) stepped up and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) responded with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 6 assists. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Saitama Broncos at the other side keep the fifth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Shimane. Saitama Broncos will play next round against Toyama Grouses trying to get back on the winning streak. Shiga Lakestars will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Shimane Magic at home.
Leading Osaka Evessa (18-10) recorded its tenth loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Sendai 89ers (16-10) 77-72. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Chris Holm accounted for 11 points and 22 rebounds. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists for Osaka Evessa in the defeat. Sendai 89ers maintains second place with 16-10 record having twelve points less than leader Shiga Lakestars. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top position with ten games lost. They share it with Shiga Lakestars. Sendai 89ers will play against Okinawa GK (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Osaka Evessa will play against Fukuoka Rizing and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Seventh-ranked Toyama Grouses (8-18) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Oita Heat Devils (13-17) on Sunday. Oita Heat Devils managed to secure only one-point victory 64-63. However their fans expected easier game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Taj Finger who scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Brian Harper produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Oita Heat Devils maintains sixth place with 13-17 record. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the seventh position with 18 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will meet at home Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) in the next round. Toyama Grouses will play against Saitama Broncos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (26-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Shimane Magic (11-17) 67-60. Jeffrey Parmer orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-2 record. Shimane Magic at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 17 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round. Shimane Magic will play on the road against the league's leader Shiga Lakestars (#1).
The game in Miyazaki was also quite interesting. Third ranked Niigata Albirex (14-12) played at the court of 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (8-20). Niigata Albirex managed to secure a 6-point victory 75-69 on Sunday. Zachary Andrews stepped up and scored 8 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Niigata Albirex maintains third place with 14-12 record having fourteen points less than leader Shiga Lakestars. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the eighth position with 20 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Oita Heat Devils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 29 Kyoto Hannaryz lost to Takamatsu FA on the opponent's court 72-73. Akita unfortunately lost to Okinawa GK in a home game 77-83.



Takamatsu FA - Kyoto Hannaryz 73-72

There was an upset when higher ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (14-14) was edged on the road by ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (8-20) 73-72 on Sunday. Kyoto Hannaryz cut a 15-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. American center Terrance Farley (208-85, college: Louisville) stepped up and scored 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Masaaki Suzuki (176) chipped in 18 points. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, college: Sacred Heart) responded with 9 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-69, college: LSU) scored 21 points. Kyoto Hannaryz's coach Ano Kazuhito rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Takamatsu FA moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Miyazaki. Loser Kyoto Hannaryz keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Takamatsu FA will face higher ranked Niigata Albirex (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kyoto Hannaryz will play against Tokyo Apache and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannaryz: M.Abdul-Rauf 21+1reb+2ast, W.White 15+3reb+4ast, K.Trim 9+12reb+3ast, T.Kawabe 8+6reb+2ast, K.Setoyama 7+5reb+6ast, R.Warren 6+7reb+1ast
Takamatsu FA: T.Farley 19+6reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 18+3reb, M.Kita 10+1reb+4ast, J.Price 8+8reb, S.Takeda 7, S.Takada 7+6reb+2ast
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Shimane - Hamamatsu P. 60-67

BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (26-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Shimane Magic (11-17) 67-60. Shimane Magic was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 23-10 third quarter run of Hamamatsu Phoenix. American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Court Side) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. American center Jeral Davis (216-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and American-Mexican guard Forrest Fisher (193-84, agency: GOTathletes) added 14 points in the effort for Shimane Magic. Hamamatsu Phoenix have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-2 record. Shimane Magic at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 17 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round. Shimane Magic will play on the road against the league's leader Shiga Lakestars (#1).
Top scorers:
Shimane: F.Fisher 14+3reb+1ast, J.Davis 11+13reb, T.Ishizaki 10+1ast, T.Evans 8+3reb, W.Caudle 6+2reb, R.Golson 3+4reb+2ast
Hamamatsu P.: R.Nixon 18+3reb, J.Parmer 14+13reb+1ast, D.Larkai 11+6reb+1ast, W.Arnold 10+4reb, J.Dixon 7+4reb+2ast, K.Ohta 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 105943


Oita H.Devils - Toyama Grouses 64-63

Seventh-ranked Toyama Grouses (8-18) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Oita Heat Devils (13-17) on Sunday. Oita Heat Devils managed to secure only one-point victory 64-63. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was forward Taj Finger (203-86) who scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and center Haakim Johnson (201, college: Pikeville) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Oita Heat Devils maintains sixth place with 13-17 record. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the seventh position with 18 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will meet at home Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) in the next round. Toyama Grouses will play against Saitama Broncos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 13+11reb+2ast, H.Johnson 12+6reb, M.Kyle 10+5reb, J.Davis 10+2reb+2ast, T.Yamashiro 7+5ast, T.Mito 7+2reb+2ast
Oita H.Devils: D.Johnson 17+5reb, M.Lottich 16+6reb+1ast, T.Finger 14+8reb+6ast, K.Sato 8+3reb, C.Tate 4+5reb, K.Mitomo 3+2reb
gschID: 105944


Miyazaki - Niigata Albirex 69-75

The game in Miyazaki was also quite interesting. Third ranked Niigata Albirex (14-12) played at the court of 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (8-20). Niigata Albirex managed to secure a 6-point victory 75-69 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Miyazaki Shining Suns won fourth quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Niigata Albirex dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 24. American power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) stepped up and scored 8 points and 19 rebounds for the winners and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Elijah Palmer (201-81, college: Duquesne, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 18 rebounds and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex maintains third place with 14-12 record having fourteen points less than leader Shiga Lakestars. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the eighth position with 20 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Oita Heat Devils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki: T.Ito 17+2ast, T.Shimizu 16+8reb+5ast, J.Manuel 12+3reb+5ast, E.Palmer 11+18reb+1ast, B.Cole 8+6reb+3ast, H.Fujita 3
Niigata Albirex: J.Ashby 18+7reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 18+1reb+1ast, W.Veasley 10+3reb+1ast, Z.Andrews 8+19reb, N.Takushi 8+2reb+7ast, T.Saito 5
gschID: 105945


Akita - Okinawa GK 77-83

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Okinawa GK (17-11) defeated on the road 6th ranked Akita Happinets (9-19) 83-77 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 45-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American swingman Anthony McHenry (201-83, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds. Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and American forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They moved-up to third place. Akita Happinets lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 19 games lost. Okinawa GK will face league's second-placed Sendai 89ers on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Akita Happinets will play against Takamatsu FA (#9).
Top scorers:
Akita: P.Butorac 16+8reb+2ast, A.Akingbade 15+13reb, S.Henry 12+3reb+8ast, A.Burks 11+2reb+4ast, K.Shoji 7+2reb+2ast, R.Mizumachi 7+3reb+1ast
Okinawa GK: C.Dixon 22+8reb+2ast, A.McHenry 18+13reb+4ast, N.Kosuge 13, J.Newton 10+14reb+2ast, S.Kinjo 9+3reb+2ast, T.Yonamine 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 105939


Shiga Lakestars - Saitama Bron. 97-91

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Shiga Lakestars as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Shiga Lakestars defeated 5th ranked Saitama Broncos at home 97-91. Saitama Broncos trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 31-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 91-97 at the end of the game. Shiga Lakestars had a 39-28 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) stepped up and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Marshall is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Shiga Lakestars players scored in double figures. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) responded with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 6 assists and Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Saitama Broncos at the other side keep the fifth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Shimane. Saitama Broncos will play next round against Toyama Grouses trying to get back on the winning streak. Shiga Lakestars will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Shimane Magic at home.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 33+10reb+6ast, G.Klaiber 18+11reb+1ast, D.Terashita 16+3reb+5ast, G.Leach 8+7reb+2ast, Y.Kitamuki 6+3reb+1ast, B.Brown 6+4reb
Shiga Lakestars: L.Rice 25+8reb+2ast, M.Joho 22+3reb+4ast, R.Schafer 18+6reb+2ast, M.Marshall 17+12reb+6ast, S.Ogawa 6+1reb+4ast, G.Hamilton 4+12reb
gschID: 105940


Osaka Evessa - Sendai 89ers 72-77

Leading Osaka Evessa (18-10) recorded its tenth loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Sendai 89ers (16-10) 77-72. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 30-23 run, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) accounted for 11 points and 22 rebounds. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) added 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks respectively for Osaka Evessa in the defeat. Sendai 89ers maintains second place with 16-10 record having twelve points less than leader Shiga Lakestars. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top position with ten games lost. They share it with Shiga Lakestars. Sendai 89ers will play against Okinawa GK (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Osaka Evessa will play against Fukuoka Rizing and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: W.Knight 21+15reb+7ast, W.Marshall 20+5reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 16+7reb+4ast, H.Katsumata 5+6reb, J.Klotz 4+2reb, G.Kitamura 2
Sendai 89ers: M.Bell 24+11reb+2ast, M.Hopson 23+3reb+4ast, C.Holm 11+22reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 8+3ast, D.Takaoka 4+1reb+2ast, T.Woodyard 3+2reb
gschID: 105941




Hamilton's double-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old power forward Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Shiga Lakestars and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Saitama Bron. (#5, 11-16) 86-72. Shiga Lakestars is placed at 2nd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Shiga Lakestars will need more victories to improve their 17-10 record. It's Hamilton's second year at Shiga Lakestars and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Miami, Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hamilton leads league in rebounds with 15.1rpg. Hamilton is in league's top in and averages solid 58.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84) of Kyoto Hannaryz. He is Trinidad and Tobago forward in his first season at Kyoto Hannaryz. In the last game Trim recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Kyoto Hannaryz to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Takamatsu FA (#9, 7-20) 102-72. Kyoto Hannaryz's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Trim is a newcomer at Kyoto Hannaryz and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-F-86) of league's leader Osaka Evessa. Blackledge showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Osaka Evessa, leading his team to a 80-72 win against #2 ranked Sendai 89ers in a game of the week. Osaka Evessa confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 9 lost games. Blackledge has a very solid season. In 27 games in Japan he scored 9.0ppg. He also has 6.5rpg, 1.8bpg and FGP: 59.1%. Blackledge attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reggie Golson (201-F-81) of Shimane - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. William Knight (196-F/G-79) of Osaka Evessa - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85) of Hamamatsu P. - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Sendai 89ers - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Robert Swift (213-F/C-85) of Tokyo Apache - 12 points and 16 rebounds
9. Wayne Arnold (193-G-84) of Hamamatsu P. - 30 points and 5 rebounds
10. Carlos Dixon (202-G/F-81) of Okinawa GK - 24 points and 12 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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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Liepaja 13-5 
 2. Ventspils 12-1 
 3. VEF Riga jrs 10-5 
 4. Barons 9-7 
 5. Valmiera 7-7 
 6. Zemgale 6-9 
 7. Turiba 3-13 
 8. LU 2-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs17.2 
 3. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 4. Bertans, VEF R.15.8 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.4 
 6. Nelyubov, VEF R.15.1 
 7. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja14.9 
 9. Berzins, VEF R.14.8 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.3 
 2. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 4. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.3 
 5. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.6.8 
 7. Rozitis, Zemgale6.6 
 8. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.5 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils6.0 
 10. Piternieks, LU5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Bertans, VEF R.4.9 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.0 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.8 
 6. Gailitis, VEF R.3.8 
 7. Feldmanis, Barons3.5 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja3.3 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 10. Vaikulis, Liepaja3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Mitchell, Liepaja2.1 
 3. Gailitis, VEF R.2.1 
 4. Jahovics, VEF R.2.1 
 5. Cavars, Barons2.0 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 7. Bertans, VEF R.1.9 
 8. Slisans, LU1.7 
 9. Berzins, VEF R.1.7 
 10. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Berzins, VEF R.3.3 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.1 
 3. Mejeris, Liepaja1.3 
 4. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Meiers, Liepaja1.0 
 6. Skirmants, Barons1.0 
 7. Brunins, Zemgale0.9 
 8. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 9. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 10. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 


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  LEBANON   


Champville Claims the win ! - by Malek Bachir
Last night, Byblos hosted the league's Leading team Champville in a dramatic close game.
In first game for both clubs in the league's second round, the ranked 8 Byblos with the arriving of the old-new Import Brandon Mason (194-G/F-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: N.Mexico St.) , proved to be a very hard team to beat at home.
In the same time, Champville played the game without the league's most efficient player Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) who arrived today to join his club.
Coach joe moujaess lunched the game with the usual Line up of Ali Barad, Samer moucharef, Touma ammar and the american duo Brandon Mason and Calvin Warner (201-F-80, college: Jacksonville).
For the away team, Coach ghassan Sarkis had a new line up with Miguel martinez, Karam Moucharef, Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency), yehya Sabra and Larry Cox .
Champville finished all 4 Quarters with a slight lead : 22-25 45-43 71-64 88-80.
Captain Fadi El Khatib earned the player of the game with 38 Points 8 rebounds 5 assists and 1 steal.
Another Huge performance by Darnell Cox (211-C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Miss.Valley St.) with 20 points 15 rebounds and 4 blockshots. ( 8/11 FG)

For Byblos, Calvin Warner had 21 points 13 rebounds.

After the second round first stage, Champville remains on top, and will be facing antranik next week.
Congratulations for Champville, and good luck for Byblos in upcoming games.




Sagesse forfeits Dubai International Championship 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Sagesse forfeits Dubai International Championship 2011 as in the last game for the third place the team did not appear in the court. Al-Wahda from Syria finishes third in Dubai International Championship 2011. In the game for the third place Al-Wahda from Syria won over Sagesse from Lebanon that did not appear for the game after the overtime loss from El Ettehad El Sakandary. After the Quarterfinal victory over Al-Ittihad from Syria, Egyptian Powerhouse overcame Sagesse from Lebanon 97:94 in a real thriller. The team from Lebanon won the first period 20-11 and then El Ettehad El Sakandary needed 27-20 to come back on track. Sagesse won the third quarter 21-18, while Egyptian squad won the game due to overtime as the board showed 81:81 after 4 quarters. No matter how hard Sagesse tried to reach the final, Darren Kelly (190-G-78, college: Texas) brought 51 points for the winners.
In the Final El Ettehad El Sakandary outscored Smart Gilas Pilipinas 84:75. Smart Gilas led by 11 points at halftime, 44:33.
But the Egyptians, left with two more imports against none from the Filipinos, capitalized on their height advantage and slowly closed the gap before making the final push in the fourth quarter to seal the title.



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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Kieza, Juventus18.2 
 2. Alijevas, Nevezis16.8 
 3. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis15.6 
 5. Viskontas, Perlas15.6 
 6. Ruikis, Neptunas15.6 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.4 
 8. Volkus, Techasas14.9 
 9. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 10. Mazeika, Neptunas14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.4 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.8 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.8 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.5 
 5. Matulis, Sakalai7.2 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris7.1 
 7. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 8. Zelionis, Rudupis6.8 
 9. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 10. Vasylius, Neptunas6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.5 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.9 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.8 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.4 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.7 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 7. Janavicius, Siauliai4.4 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 9. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.1 
 10. Dainys, Rudupis4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.2 
 2. Vasylius, Neptunas2.0 
 3. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.0 
 4. Ruikis, Neptunas2.0 
 5. Valukonis, Techasas1.9 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis1.9 
 7. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.8 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas1.7 
 9. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.7 
 10. Cerneckis, Techasas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Techasas
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Silinskis, Techasas2.6 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.9 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.7 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.2 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.2 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 
 8. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Kieza, Juventus0.9 
 10. Galdikas, Neptunas0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.9 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.22.1 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.3 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.4 
 5. Jurkus, Silute18.1 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.17.7 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.8 
 8. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 9. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 10. Vileita, Pieno Z.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.10.6 
 2. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.5 
 3. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.5 
 4. Galdikas, Puntukas9.3 
 5. Nedzinskas, Silute8.0 
 6. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.5 
 7. Brusokas, Perla.7.4 
 8. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.0 
 9. Pupinis, Erelita7.0 
 10. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.8 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.5 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.5.0 
 4. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 5. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.4.6 
 6. Sapiega, Erelita4.6 
 7. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.6 
 8. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.1 
 9. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 10. Kutra, Delikatesas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai3.0 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.2.8 
 3. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.6 
 4. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.4 
 5. Metelica, Erelita2.4 
 6. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 7. Radavicius, Meres.2.2 
 8. Jurkus, Silute2.1 
 9. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.1 
 10. Sapiega, Erelita2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ovidijus GALDIKAS
  Puntukas
  (217-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Galdikas, Puntukas3.0 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.2.7 
 3. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.9 
 4. Urbonas, LK.1.8 
 5. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.7 
 6. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 7. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 8. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.3 
 9. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.2 
 10. Milinskas, Triobe.0.9 


Valanciunas' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
18-year old center Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Alytus Alita (#13, 0-13) with 42-point margin 94-52. Lietuvos Rytas maintains the 2nd position in Lithuanian league. They are still close to the very top. Lietuvos Rytas would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-2 record. Valanciunas turned to be Lietuvos Rytas' top player in his first season with the team. Valanciunas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.1rpg) and averages solid 1.9bpg and 63.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Luke Bonner (213-C-85) of Neptunas Klaipeda. He is American center in his first season at Neptunas. In the last game Bonner recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Neptunas cruised to a 76-69 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Nevezis (5-8). This victory allowed Neptunas to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-8 record. Bonner is a newcomer at Neptunas and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Evaldas Dainys (180-G-82) of Rudupis Prienu (#3). Dainys showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Rudupis, leading his team to a 82-79 win against the lower-ranked Perlas (#10, 5-10). Rudupis needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 4 lost games. Dainys has a very solid season. In 8 games in Lithuania he scored 10.1ppg. He also has 4.1apg and FGP: 70.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-C-82) of Siauliai - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mindaugas Stasys (180-G-86) of Neptunas - 17 points and 11 rebounds
6. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84) of Zalgiris - 16 points and 7 rebounds
7. Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86) of Zalgiris - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Rashaun Broadus (182-G-84) of Siauliai - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85) of Nevezis - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Povilas Butkevicius (201-F-87) of Rudupis - 17 points and 11 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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Best players of Luxembourg Diekirch League round 17 - by Eurobasket News
American Lamonte Ulmer (198-F-86, agency: Impact Basketball) had an amazing evening in the last round for Soleuvre and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Sparta (#5, 9-9) 82-77. Soleuvre maintains the 9th position in Luxembourg Diekirch League. Soleuvre is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 6-12 record. Ulmer just recently signed at Soleuvre, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Lamonte Ulmer averages this season 26.0ppg and 16.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American power forward Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, agency: JEMsports) of Black Star Mersch. McDaniel impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 33 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Black Star lost that game 58-77 to slightly higher-ranked Soleuvre (#9, 6-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Black Star is still at the dead bottom 10th position. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Black Star managed to get this year. McDaniel is a newcomer at Black Star 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 23.7ppg (#3). He also registered 14.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American John Reimold (198-F-81) of Basket Esch (#4). Reimold showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. Despite Reimold's great performance Basket Esch lost 97-104 to #2 ranked Etzella. 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 Basket Esch needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 6 lost games. Reimold has a great season in Luxembourg. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (5th best) and assists with 3.3apg (5th best). He also has FGP: 53.8% and 3PT: 45.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tim Giver (184-G-80) of Etzella - 34 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Brandon Gary (202-F-83) of Contern - 24 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Martin Rajniak (204-F-78) of Basket Esch - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Louis Birdsong (198-F-88) of Amicale - 18 points and 20 rebounds
8. Trenton Wurtz (203-F-83) of Musel Pikes - 17 points and 12 rebounds
9. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84) of Residence - 21 points and 10 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)


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Kennedy, Residence25.8 
 2. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.23.7 
 4. Schumacher, T7122.3 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.22.0 
 6. Muller, T7121.1 
 7. Gary, Contern20.4 
 8. Smith, Sparta18.6 
 9. Delgado, Etzella18.6 
 10. Kalmes, Contern17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black Star
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. McDaniel, Black S.14.4 
 2. Gary, Contern12.9 
 3. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 4. Wurtz, Musel Pikes12.5 
 5. Kennedy, Residence12.4 
 6. Stephens, T7111.1 
 7. Wojnowski, Musel P.10.7 
 8. Scott, Etzella10.7 
 9. Birdsong, Amicale9.9 
 10. Abercrombie, Spa.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Schartz, Amicale5.2 
 2. Schumacher, T714.8 
 3. Delgado, Etzella3.7 
 4. Rausch, Black Star3.4 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.3.3 
 6. Koster, Residence3.0 
 7. Arbaut, Sparta2.9 
 8. Schwartz, Musel P.2.9 
 9. Ferreira, Etzella2.7 
 10. Jeitz, Amicale2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Jones, Amicale2.3 
 2. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 3. Schartz, Amicale1.8 
 4. Smith, Sparta1.7 
 5. Kennedy, Residence1.7 
 6. Birdsong, Amicale1.6 
 7. Abdiu, Residence1.5 
 8. Gary, Contern1.5 
 9. Birenbaum, Amicale1.4 
 10. Delgado, Etzella1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gary, Contern2.0 
 2. Birdsong, Amicale1.9 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.1.7 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.4 
 5. Abercrombie, Spa.0.9 
 6. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.9 
 7. Stephens, T710.9 
 8. Kennedy, Residence0.8 
 9. Wojnowski, Musel P.0.6 
 10. Weisen, Soleuvre0.6 


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LNBP: Halcones Xalapa grabs the last Semifinals spot - by Eurobasket News

Halc.Xalapa - Halc.Rojos 73-64

Halcones UV Xalapa is the last Semifinalist of the Mexican LNBP. They managed to beat Halcones Rojos in the fifth decisive game winning the Quarterfinals series with 3-2. Halcones Xalapa will meet Toros in the Semis and it will be the best-of-seven battle.
The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-64. Halcones UV Xalapa outrebounded Halcones Rojos 45-34 including 34 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Italian-Uruguayan guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Victor Mariscal (198-72) chipped in 27 points. International guard Paul Stoll (178-85) produced 15 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures.
Games schedule for Halcones Xalapa - Toros series will be announced soon.

Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: V.Mariscal 27+3reb+1ast, L.Garcia Morales 21+8reb+4ast, R.Mata 9+12reb, Traylor R. 9+6reb+2ast, A.Parada 4+1reb, T.McGowan 3+4reb+1ast
Halc.Rojos: P.Stoll 15+2reb+3ast, B.Robinson 14+3reb+1ast, J.Lloreda 11+6reb+2ast, C.Rivera 11+3reb+1ast, J.Aubry 6+7reb+1ast, M.Ayala 3+4reb

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D1 Round 9: ASS stay on top. - by Marek Krala
If the last day of the first round of the championship, confirmed the seizure of the formation of the right part of the Bouregreg. Publishing 2010-2011, it was unfavorable for teams playing at home, since five, three were beaten on their land. The best day of operation is an asset in the WAC that is played by a team of MAS in decline. As WAC FUS won in front of the Casablanca S. Plaza. At the bottom of the table IRT and ESA will continue their mano-mano.

ASS-CAR: 98-85

Few people in the room Bouazzaoui Fath, a team of ASS febrile especially in defense, and somewhat irregular in the sequence of his offensive game. Headed for the first time this season by their coach Jasic, the players of ASS after an initial meeting on the Bleeding Edge (7-0) after one minute of play, we thought at the time that the Greens Raja will suffer from end to end the game, with the key Zouita as a demonstration of the circle. But nothing was. The coach Rajaouis, Bouchra El Guerch, with some adjustments to his attacking game, the Raja image to its pivot Ibrahima 34 pts, and his wingman tonic, Amar-ALLAH 14 pts, will begin to tease the defense ASS, which to the surprise of his supporters will start to take water under the circle. 4'17''and at the end of the third quarter, both teams will be back to back (56-56). Raja will even take the lead 59-56. But passive defense during the last quarter, Raja will leave the field open to Zakaria two baskets to put three points 70-63, 73-63, two baskets that will give air to the players of HSO . Outward-Ibrahim and Amar Allah will not settle the affairs of a team of Raja, who despite his defeat, has posed serious problems to their opponents who seemed a bit puzzled about the area of Thursday.

FUS-S.Plazza: 70-74

Kicked in the wall, as a mea culpa. The formation of Sporting Plaza one of the outsiders for the title 2010-2011, just lost for the third time in succession, and the second time on his land. Casablanca R'bat and played an important game in the race at the forefront of the rankings. Both teams desperately needed to win to end their dry spell. If the formation of FUS is managed to win the gain of the game ultimately is in part to the willingness of his players. Casablancans were mainly focused on uncompromising defense to counter the attacking game of R'bat, based on the outside shooting. This tactic has been productive, but the trouble is that the ultra-defensive will pay dearly for the formation of Sporting Plazza end of the game, losing in quick succession, Boustout, Lichtaf and Fabrice. What do happiness FUS who won the point on the victory. A victory that will undoubtedly ease the tension momentarily hovering over the coach fussite.

MAS-WAC: 80-83 (AD 72-72)

Led by 12 points, will overturn the score Moghrebies before Widad during the last quarter, before letting slip the point of victory during the extension. What cause further disappointment in the camp of the formation of spiritual capital, which pays out for the second time before the audience's point of victory. Indeed, the new DSS defeat reflects the climate during the trainings, with some players who did not give the game as it should. Saturday, the players certainly DSS had many ideas in my head to level the short game, but little oxygen in the blood and juice in the legs. A situation that Widad have exploited brilliantly, with the key, their player Reda Harass 25 pts. If victory allows the WAC to hook the ASS, the defeat should give pause, more than ever in the entourage of MAS.

IRT-RSB: 69-73

For the coming of the Renaissance Berkane, it was thought that the Ittihad Tanger will finally leave his bed to provide a first victory to his audience at home. But nothing was, the IRT will fall for the fourth time in Tangier. Poor basketball in Tangiers, he does not really deserve to fall so low. That defeat will knock a bit more nail in the shoes of teammates Papis, which since the mid-season 2009-2010, are beginning to see in all colors.

CRA-ASE: 54-53

Not great basketball Hall on March 3 in Al Hoceima, Rif between Shabab and Al Hoceima Amal Essaouira. And yet this is not the right talent on the court which lacked the game And yes, there are days without, and Saturday, January 29, 2011, was a day one way or another. And if the victory went to Hoceima finally, they were there a little more than Souiris.

Standings:

SSA 16 Pts (+142) (-1)
WAC 15 Pts (135)
ARC 15 Pts (+23)
RCA 14 Pts (+63)
FUS Pts 14 (+33)
RSB Pts 14 (-8)
SP 12 Pts (18) (-1)
MAS Pts 12 (-14)
IRT 10 Pts (-184)
ASE 10 Pts (-208)

Next round:

ASS-WAC, MAS-ARC, RCA-S.P, IRT-FUS, ASE-RSB


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  NAIA   


Andrew's free throws beat SUNO, give Xavier 20th win - by Emiliano
Devin Andrew (6'4''-G) scored 17 points Saturday, including two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining, to lift NAIA No. 11 Xavier (LA) to a 56-54 men's basketball victory over SUNO at The Castle.
The Gold Rush (20-2, 2-0 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference) have won six straight. Xavier has beaten SUNO (7-9, 2-1) 12 straight times, the last five against its former coach, Dale Valdery.
Andre Davis fouled Andrew on a drive to the basket after the Knights' Recardo Porter tied the score with a 3-pointer with 29 seconds remaining. After Andrew made his free throws -- he was 10-of-10 for the game -- Porter missed a 2-pointer at the buzzer.
Andrew, Xavier's only double-figure scorer, had 15 second-half points and finished with his highest total since late November.
Porter scored 12 points, and Davis and Anner Arce had 11 apiece for SUNO. Christopher Palmer grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Knights outrebound the Gold Rush 41-36.
The Gold Rush limited SUNO to six points in the first 14 minutes and led 21-16 at halftime. Xavier took its biggest lead, 32-19, on Kevin Miller's basket with 16:20 remaining. But SUNO gained the lead four times in the final seven minutes, the last at 50-49 on Arce's basket at 1:41.
Xavier committed a season-low 11 turnovers and outshot SUNO 34.6 to 32.1 percent from the floor. The Gold Rush limited Brent Leduff (SUNO-leading 19.2 average) to a season-low five points on 1-of-15 from the floor.
Xavier reached 20 victories for the 26th time, which extends its Louisiana men's basketball record.
The next Gold Rush game will start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against Belhaven -- the last team to beat Xavier -- at The Barn. SUNO will play host to William Carey at 7:30 p.m. Monday.



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  NBA   


Vogel named Pacers interim coach - by Eurobasket News
Frank Vogel never thought he would be an NBA head coach. He figured his best shot at a top job would be at the college level.

It turns out Vogel's first full game as a head coach will be tonight when the Indiana Pacers take on the Toronto Raptors at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Vogel will replace the fired Jim O'Brien on an interim basis for the rest of the season.

Vogel's previous head coaching experience consisted of the final three minutes of Saturday's loss to the Chicago Bulls after O'Brien was ejected.

'People with my background, the odds of being an NBA head coach are slim,' Vogel said. 'I've been blessed with an incredible relationship with coach O'Brien, who has shown such belief and confidence in me for this day to happen.'

Vogel comes from the same Rick Pitino pipeline as O'Brien.

Vogel was video coordinator for Pitino at the University of Kentucky. O'Brien was an assistant coach on Pitino's staff.

Vogel became video coordinator for Pitino with the Boston Celtics. O'Brien, who later took over for Pitino as coach of the Celtics, made Vogel an assistant coach. Vogel was also an assistant for O'Brien in Philadelphia. He has also scouted for the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards.

'This is my 14th year in the NBA,' said Vogel, who was promoted to lead assistant coach last summer. 'I prepared for over 1,400 games. I've been an assistant on bench for eight years. Moving over to that seat, is there a difference? So they tell me. We'll find that out. I'm not concerned about my experience.'

Vogel said he plans to hold every player from the best to the worst accountable for their actions on and off the court.

'If I'm an assistant coach or head coach and I see some bad plays happening out there or laziness, I'm going to get all over them,' he said. 'That's not going to change.'

Courtesy of www.indystar.com


Knicks hire former Denver Nuggets GM Mark Warkentien - by Eurobasket News
In a move that undoubtedly has roots in the pursuit of Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse), New York Knicks president Donnie Walsh has reached an agreement with former Denver Nuggets general manager Mark Warkentien to join the Knicks as a high-level consultant, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday.

The hiring of Warkentien is expected to be a prelude to a larger and more specific front-office role in the future, but thats still an issue to be worked out. As the Knicks work to acquire Anthony through a trade this season or in free agency this summer, theres no minimizing Warkentiens institutional knowledge of the Nuggets organization and ownership, as well as a strong relationship with Anthony.

Courtesy of http://empiresportsnow.com


Sunday's games review - by Eurobasket News
LA Lakers - Boston C. 96-109
The Los Angeles Lakers held a halftime lead, but the Boston Celtics ran away with the game in the third quarter, winning the first rematch of the 2010 NBA Finals, 109-96, in Los Angeles. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) netted 14 points in the first seven minutes of the third quarter to pull Boston back into the lead, and a Lakers offense that had been powered by Kobe Bryant simply couldn't keep pace, scoring just 18 points as a team in the third quarter. Down the stretch, Bryant pulled the Lakers back to within single digits -- 98-89 -- with a jumper with a little under four minutes to play, but the Celtics slammed the door convincingly, going on a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to ice the game. The story of the game was Boston's defense. Other than the 33 point explosion from Los Angeles in the second quarter, the Lakers scored 21 points in the first quarter, 18 points in the third quarter and 24 points in the final period. Bryant finished with an impressive 41 points, but his backcourt mates were virtual no-shows, as Steve Blake and Derek Fisher combined for just nine points on nine shots. Ron Artest was also a non-factor, scoring just three points on 1-10 shooting. Pierce carried most of the offensive load for the Celtics, finishing with 32 points, five rebounds and three assists. Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) finished with 21 points, Kevin Garnett added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo notched a double-double with 10 points and 16 assists. With the win, Boston improves to 36-11. The Lakers drop to 33-15, losing their second consecutive game. The Celtics continue their current road trip with a game against the Kings in Sacramento on Tuesday night. The Lakers next play against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday in Los Angeles. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Orlando M. - Cleveland C. 103-87
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) had 20 points and 20 rebounds in three quarters, Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) added 23 points and 16 rebounds, and Orlando handed visiting Cleveland its 20th straight loss and 30th in 31 games. Howard had his 36th double-double of the season by halftime. J.J. Redick added 17 points, and Brandon Bass and Jason Richardson had 12 apiece. Cleveland coach Byron Scott started guard Manny Harris in place of Daniel Gibson, but it had little effect. Harris led the Cavs with 20 points but was the only starter in double figures. *Courtesy of www.telegram.com

Golde State W. - Utah Jazz 96-81
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) sat stoically on the Golden State bench in the fourth quarter, a towel draped over his head and an emotionless expression. Even he looked stunned. The only thing perhaps more surprising than his performance was the outcome. Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88, college: Davidson) had 27 points, seven assists and six rebounds and the Warriors overcame Ellis' horrendous shooting performance to beat the undermanned Utah Jazz 96-81 on Sunday night to snap a four-game losing streak. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Philadelph.76 - Denver N. 110-99
Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) scored 24 points and Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) 21 for host Philadelphia. Elton Brand added 15 points as the 76ers swept the season series for the first time since 2002-03. Chauncey Billups led Denver with 27 points. Carmelo Anthony was 3 of 12 from the field and had 12 points. Anthony and the Nuggets will play tonight at New Jersey for the first time since Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov ended the drawn-out trade talks with Denver. *Courtesy of www.telegram.com

New York K. - Detroit P. 124-106
The Knicks, with the backdrop of legendary Madison Square Garden, play a seductive brand of basketball, and if teams aren't careful, they can fall prey to the stage. Well, the Pistons handled themselves for 36 minutes but couldn't sustain it, falling 124-106 on Sunday night, their third straight loss. Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) 's tip dunk to end the third quarter carried over to the final stanza, as the Knicks went on a 12-2 run to break open a game which had been tied at 91. Stoudemire (33 points, six rebounds) had been questionable because of a sore right knee. Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) had two 3-pointers during that run, on his way to 29 points, while also holding his own against Tayshaun Prince. It led to a 33-point fourth quarter, while the Pistons (17-31) mustered 15. The Pistons weren't going away quietly, though, at least early in the fourth. Ben Gordon had his strongest game since the home opener against Oklahoma City and kept the Pistons in contention with a season-high 35 points - 16 in the third quarter - and seven 3-pointers. *Courtesy of www.foxsportsdetroit.com

Phoenix Suns - N.Orleans H. 104-102
Backup center Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) scored a career-high 25 points and the Phoenix Suns beat a team with a winning record for the fourth straight time, surviving the New Orleans Hornets' frantic late rally for a 104-102 victory Sunday night. The Suns nearly blew an eight-point lead in the final 18 seconds, but Grant Hill blocked Marcus Thornton's inside attempt with 3.9 seconds left and Hornets guard Chris Paul's desperation 3-point attempt missed the rim as time expired. Paul led New Orleans with 26 points. The Hornets were coming off a loss Saturday night in Sacramento that snapped their winning streak at 10. Paul made a 3-pointer with 17.2 seconds left to cut it to 104-99, Trevor Ariza then stole Hill's errant pass and Paul made three free throws with 12 seconds left after he was fouled by Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona). The Hornets got the ball back with 10 seconds left when Steve Nash stepped out of bounds trying to control Hill's wild inbounds pass. Gortat was 9 of 10 from the field and had 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. Hill added 16 points, and Frye had 11, hitting three of the Suns' nine 3-pointers. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Oklah.City T. - Miami Heat 103-108
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 32 points and Eddie House hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 22.2 seconds left as visiting Miami got its Big Three back together and beat Oklahoma City. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) added 23 points and 13 rebounds. Chris Bosh scored 20 points in his first game back after a four-game absence, and the Heat snapped Oklahoma City's home winning streak at six. Kevin Durant scored 33 points but missed a contested jumper along the left baseline that would've tied it. Jeff Green had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook added 21 points and 10 assists. *Courtesy of www.telegram.com


Durant: Bosh among NBA's 'fake tough guys' - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) drew a rare technical foul for jawing with Miami's Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) in the first quarter of their game Sunday. And he wasn't done talking.

When asked about it after the game, Durant had more harsh words for Bosh.

''I was talking to my teammate and he decided he wanted to put his 2 cents into it. I'm a quiet guy, a laid-back guy, but I'm not going to let nobody talk trash to me. He's on a good team now, so he thinks he can talk a little bit,'' Durant said.

''There's a lot of fake tough guys in this league and he's one of them,'' Durant added.

Durant says he was upset because Bosh got involved in his conversation with a teammate. Bosh says Durant was telling James Harden that next time, he should dunk on Bosh. Bosh had fouled Harden on the previous play to prevent a fast-break layup.

''I think he was telling Harden to dunk on me, or dunk the next one,'' Bosh said before giving a cleaned-up version of the exchange. ''I expressed that, 'No, he's not going to dunk that.' And he expressed, 'Yes, he is.' It just kind of went back and forth.''

Both Durant and Bosh were called for technical fouls. It was Bosh's second of the season and the first that will count against Durant, who also had one rescinded earlier this season.

''I'm no punk. I wasn't even talking to him, first off. He decided to butt in and I'm not going to just let that slide, especially in our house,'' Durant said. ''Like I said, he's not one of those guys that I look at and say, 'Oh, he has a rap for talking back to guys or always getting into it.'

''No, he's a nice guy. He's not one of those guys, so I'm not going to let that type of person say something to me like that,'' he added.

Durant said he considers Bosh ''a cool dude'' off the floor, but ''once I step on the floor, all that stuff goes out the door.''

''I don't think it was anything to get a tech over,'' Bosh said. ''It was just talking. He stood his ground, and I respect that.''

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook got his third technical foul of the season for swinging his fist in the air after being whistled for a personal foul against Mario Chalmers in the final minute of the first half. Miami's Dwyane Wade picked up his sixth of the season in the fourth quarter while protesting after Serge Ibaka blocked his layup attempt.

''All of us, we're all so competitive, and when we get into circumstances in the fourth quarter, there's going to be tough calls on both sides,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Courtesy of www.vegasinsider.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.9 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.2 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.1 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers25.5 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.1 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.4 
 8. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 9. Anthony, Denver N.23.6 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.6 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.6 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.3 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.8 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.7 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Boozer, Chicago B.10.2 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.6 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.0 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.7 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.4 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.3 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 8. Calderon, Toron.8.5 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.6 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.9 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 7. Ginobili, San A.1.8 
 8. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 9. Evans, Sacramen.1.8 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.6 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.4 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.2.2 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 6. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 7. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.0 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers1.9 
 10. Camby, Portland TB1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 36-11 
 2. New York K. 25-22 
 3. Philadelph.76 21-26 
 4. New Jersey N. 14-34 
 5. Toronto R. 13-35 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 33-14 
 2. Milwaukee B. 19-26 
 3. Indiana P. 17-27 
 4. Detroit P. 17-31 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-39 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 33-14 
 2. Orlando M. 31-17 
 3. Atlanta H. 30-18 
 4. Charlotte B. 20-26 
 5. Washington W. 13-33 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 30-17 
 2. Denver N. 28-19 
 3. Utah Jazz 28-20 
 4. Portland TB 25-22 
 5. Minnesota T. 11-36 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 33-15 
 2. Phoenix Suns 22-24 
 3. Golde State W. 20-27 
 4. LA Clippers 18-28 
 5. Sacramento K. 12-33 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 40-7 
 2. Dallas M. 31-15 
 3. N.Orleans H. 31-18 
 4. Memphis G. 24-24 
 5. Houston R. 22-27 


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GNAC Results - by Sanjey Noriega
Chris Sprinker (6'9''-C/F) scored 11 points, including the game-deciding free throws with 70 seconds remaining, lifting Cent.Washington to a 52-50 road victory over Alaska-Anch. Saturday at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

The win enabled the nationally 14th ranked Wildcats to move 1 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Seawolves in the battle for home-court advantage throughout the GNAC playoffs.

It might also propel Central into the No.1 ranking in next week's NCAA Division II West Regional poll as top-ranked Cal State Dominguez was upset by unranked Cal State Stanislaus Saturday. CWU was second in the poll this week.

Elsewhere Saturday Parrish West (6'5''-F) continued his historic run scoring 31 points and Mason King had a breakout game with 17 points to lead Alaska-Fairb. to a 84-79 win over NW Nazarene at The Patty Center.

Meanwhile, Seattle Pacific ran its win streak to five with a 77-59 road win at W.Oregon, W.Washington edged Simon Fraser University 86-82 at Burnaby and Montana St. - Billin nipped St.Martin's 63-62 at Lacey.

Alaska-Anch. (16-5, 8-2) got 15 points and 10 rebounds from center Taylor Rohde, but Brandon Walker's straightaway three-pointer rimmed in and out at the buzzer as UAA suffered its first loss at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex this season.

The Wildcats (17-2, 10-1), who have won eight straight, also got 11 points and five rebounds from guard Drew Harris and 10 points from Jamar Berry to avenge a 98-93 double-overtime loss to UAA earlier this season in Ellensburg.

CWU, which scored the fewest number of points in a win since defeating St.Martin's 49-48 in the opening game of the 1981 District 1 championship series, also tied a conference record for most consecutive conference road victories with its seventh straight.

Saturday's contest was another epic battle between the league leaders, with neither team leading by more than five points all night. The game featured nine ties and 20 lead changes.

CWU took a 49-44 advantage with 5:23 to play on a pair of free throws by reserve forward Jody Johnson, but the Seawolves answered with the next six points, getting three-pointers from Casey Robinson and Mario Gill.

Gill finished with 12 points on five of 10 shooting, while Robinson tallied all nine of his points on treys.

After Gill's three-pointer at the 3:23 mark, the teams came up empty on their next eight possessions combined. With 1:13 to play, Gill missed a short tip-in off a Rohde miss, then was whistled for a foul as Sprinker grabbed the rebound.

After Sprinker made it 51-50 with his free throws, Rohde, who finished with 10 rebounds, missed a layup, but UAA got the ball back with 22 seconds remaining when Chris Scott misfired on a trey at the other end.

UAA point guard Drew Robinson drove the lane but missed from close range and CWU's Roby Clyde snagged the board. Gill quickly committed a foul to send Clyde to the line, and the Wildcats' starting power forward made the first charity.

Clyde's second attempt bounced off the rim and into the hands of Rohde, who fed the ball up the court.

Walker, who scored eight points on the night, had an open look from 21 feet on the final attempt but the ball rolled tantalizingly around the rim for a full rotation before coming out, and CWU's Cody Gibler secured the rebound just before the buzzer sounded.

The Seawolves were a perfect 12 of 12 from the free throw line, however CWU held UAA to its second-worst field-goal percentage of the season at 34.0 (17 of 50).

The Wildcats managed to shoot just 34.5 (19 of 55) from the field themselves, but CWU made seven three-pointers to UAA's four.

The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for UAA at the WFSC dating back to last March.

Alaska-Fairb. 84, NW Nazarene 79

Parrish West and Mason King carried the Nanooks (6-11, 3-7) to a five-point win at The Patty Center keeping UAF one-half game ahead of Montana St. - Billin for eighth place and setting up a key game Thursday in Billings between the two teams. Eight teams will advance to the GNAC playoffs.

West had 17 second-half points as he extended his GNAC record string of 30-point games to six, breaking that barrier for the 10th time this season and the 11th time in his career. The GNAC career record is 13.

Meanwhile, King, who had scored only 61 points in 33 previous career appearances, hit all three of his three-point attempts in the second half and finished with a career-high 17 points.

King, who is shooting 62.5 percent from the three-point line this season (10 of 16), made six of eight shots, including four of six treys.

One of those came with 11:48 remaining and gave UAF its biggest lead of the day at 64-50 after it led by just one (41-40) at halftime. The Nanooks started the second half with an 8-0 run - four by West - to build much of that lead.

The Crusaders (8-10, 4-7), however, came back to make it interesting. Two foul shots by Jaime Eisinger cut the gap to three points at 80-77 with 1:51 remaining.

Then a minute later, Drew Eisinger had a chance to tie the game at 80-80, but missed a trey from the top of the key.

The teams then traded free throws before Jarrett Miller made one of two to give UAF a four-point lead with 17 seconds left. Miller's miss was his first since early in the opening half of the Nanooks' season opener in November, snapping a string of 32 in a row.

Down by four, Drew Eisinger threw up a quick three, but missed and then West hit one of two free throws earning his 31st point of the night to establish the final five-point margin.

In addition to West and King, the Nanooks got 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds from Brett Barkman. West also led his team with five assists and Nico Matthews had four steals.

Brian Barkdoll led five players in double figures for NNU with 17 points, while Darious Walker added 15. Drew Eisinger had a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double.

Also in double figures were Anthony Golden with 12 points and Paul Egwuonwu with 11. Egwuonwu also had six assists. Barkdoll had eight rebounds.

Seattle Pacific 77, W.Oregon 59

Seattle Pacific got a career-high 25 points from Ryan Sweet sparking an offense that produced two stretches of 11 unanswered points as the Falcons (13-5, 7-3) rallied from a 35-26 halftime deficit to beat W.Oregon (11-10, 6-5).

Jeff Downs compiled all 17 of his points after halftime to help SPU rally from a deficit that reached 12 points early in the second period.

SPU coach Ryan Looney credited his defense for the comeback.

It was all a result of how we were defending, said Looney about the comeback that resulted in a 30-point swing during the final 17 minutes.

You look at the stats and we shot 64 percent in the second half. In all reality it was that one simple thing -- we defended much better which led to rebound situations where we could advance the ball up the floor into offense.

WOU extended a 35-26 halftime advantage to 42-30 on a three-pointer by Kyle Long with 17:06 left in the game.

Downs answered with his first points on a three-pointer with 16:51 to play. He tallied three consecutive baskets for SPU, getting a quick eight points in one-minute, 30-seconds after being blanked during the opening 23 minutes of the game.

The Falcons chipped away at the lead and then used an 11-point run to erase it altogether. Andy Poling converted two free throws with 10:37 on the clock to cap the run that put SPU ahead 51-48.

Long made a layup with 6:26 remaining to bring the Wolves within 62-57. But that was their last basket of the game.

Seattle Pacific closed the contest with a 15-2 spree as WOU's only points inside the final 6:25 came on a pair of Blair Wheadon free throws at 1:32.

Poling registered his fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. He helped SPU to a 32-25 edge on the boards.

Sweet hit 11 of 16 shots from the field and converted all three free throw attempts. He also distributed four assists.

Wheadon scored 14 points to pace the Wolves, who also got 11 from Tarance Glynn and 10 from Jamaal Veal.

The Falcons shot 55 percent for the game (29 of 53), including a sizzling 64 percent (18 of 28) in the second half. They limited Western to 45-percent accuracy (23 of 51) and just 10 of 24 shooting in the second half.

W.Washington 86, Simon Fraser University 82

Forward Michael Duty scored 23 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 2:27 left as W.Washington (11-7, 6-4) snapped a three-game losing streak with a four-point win at West Gymnasium on the SFU campus.

Freshman guard Derek Dickerson, making his first start of the season, and center Dan Young each had 19 points for the Vikings.

Guard Ricky Berry had a game-high 28 points and guard Justin Brown added 27 for the Clan (2-14, 1-9), which lost for the 11th time in a row. The duo entered the contest with a combined average of 44.1 points a game.

Simon Fraser University held a 75-73 lead after a layin by Peter Boateng with just under three minutes left, but the Vikings took over by scoring the next eight points.

Duty hit a basket and free throw to put Western up by one with 2:27 to go, then fed Zach Henifin for a layup to make the margin 78-75 with 1:23 left. Dickerson then hit a three-pointer with 45 seconds to play, putting the Vikings up by six.

Simon Fraser University closed the margin to two (84-82) on three Berry free throws with 12 seconds to go, but Duty made two free throws with seven seconds left to seal the victory.

Western shot 48.0 percent (24-50) from the field to just 37.8 percent (28-74) for Simon Fraser University, and hit 28 of 37 free throws (75.7 percent).

Western was 10 of 25 (40 percent) on three-pointers as Dickerson made five of 11 and John Allen was three of seven.

Montana St. - Billin 63, St.Martin's 62

Tyler Barnes (6'7''-F) putback of a missed shot by Jaxon Myaer as time expired earned Montana St. - Billin (5-13, 3-8) a one-point win over St.Martin's (11-9, 4-6) at Marcus Pavilion.

Barnes' game-winner came after Blake Poole (6'5''-C) had put the Saints ahead with two free throws with six seconds left.

MSUB which never trailed in the first half and led by as many as 10 (23-13), was behind 49-40 with nine minutes remaining, but later got back-to-back treys by DeAndre Chambers and Myaer to pull into a 51-51 tie with 5:17 left.

There were eight lead changes after that - five in the final minute - with each team going ahead four different times before it was settled.

Chambers put MSUB ahead 59-58 with 43 seconds remaining on a jumper only to have Jeremy Green reclaim the lead for the Saints 12 seconds later.

But, Myaer countered with two free throws with 13 seconds remaining to give MSUB a 61-60 lead. Poole, however, was then fouled with six seconds left and converted twice to set up Barnes' dramatic finish.

'We've played three games on the road in the past two weeks and easily the outcome could have come out either way in all three,' MSUB coach George Pfeifer said. (MSUB lost the first two 72-65 in overtime at Seattle Pacific and 73-69 at W.Oregon).

'During that stretch our guys have stayed the course and tonight was a defining moment in their character,' Pfeifer said. 'We've continued to talk about playing better basketball as a team and finding ways to win games, and our guys did that tonight.'

Myaer ended up as the game's top scorer with 17 and also led in assists with nine. Chambers had 13 points and Emery Henning scored 10,

Green paced the Saints with 14 points, while Poole had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

MSUB shot 59.6 percent (28-46) to overcome a 30-25 rebound deficit and a 13-10 turnover disadvantage. MSUB was also outscored 9-3 from the foul line.




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Nenad Vucinic will coach Forli - by Eurobasket News
Nenad Vucinic has agreed on terms of contract with Italian Forli. He will replace Giampaolo Di Lorenzo at the bridge of LegaDue team. Forli are currently at 4-14 record. They share the position at the bottom of the standings. Nenad Vucinic spent a great season leading the Tall Blacks to an outstanding performance at the World Championship in Turkey. Nenad Vucinic also worked with Darussafaka in Turkey lately. The Kiwi specialist also guided Kalev/Cramo in Estonia and the Nelson Giants in New Zealand.


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Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker 12-3 
 2. Tromso 11-4 
 3. Ulriken 11-4 
 4. Baerum 8-7 
 5. Froya 7-9 
 6. Gimle 4-10 
 7. Kristiansand 4-10 
 8. Ammerud 2-12 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Russell, Kristiansand26.6 
 2. Timus, Tromso24.7 
 3. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 4. Karlsen, Asker22.3 
 5. Diomande, Ammerud22.0 
 6. Kombat, Froya22.0 
 7. Bullock, Gimle21.2 
 8. January, Tromso20.5 
 9. Eskeland, Ulriken18.9 
 10. Fivelstad, Ulriken18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Bullock, Gimle11.9 
 2. Oatis, Baerum11.7 
 3. Mullenax, Ulriken11.7 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.1 
 5. Kombat, Froya9.7 
 6. Christensen, Tro.8.8 
 7. Fivelstad, Ulriken8.7 
 8. January, Tromso8.0 
 9. Djerman, Gimle7.4 
 10. Elsafadi, Froya7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Gabrans, Froya4.8 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso4.7 
 3. Bullock, Gimle4.5 
 4. Eskeland, Ulriken4.4 
 5. Mahnin, Asker4.3 
 6. Elgmork, Baerum4.0 
 7. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.7 
 8. Timus, Tromso3.6 
 9. Russell, Kristiansand3.6 
 10. Mihaylov, Tromso3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.9 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.5 
 3. Hinsch, Asker2.1 
 4. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.1 
 5. Russell, Kristiansand2.0 
 6. Eskeland, Ulriken1.9 
 7. January, Tromso1.7 
 8. Mullenax, Ulriken1.6 
 9. Elgmork, Baerum1.6 
 10. Mahnin, Asker1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.2 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.6 
 3. January, Tromso1.4 
 4. Bullock, Gimle1.2 
 5. Christensen, Tro.1.1 
 6. Mullenax, Ulriken1.0 
 7. Karlsen, Asker0.9 
 8. Nevjen, Baerum0.8 
 9. Nyborg, Asker0.7 
 10. Ndiaye, Gimle0.5 


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  PARAGUAY   


Marcelo Bedoya is re elected for another period. - by Santiago Maciel
Marcelo Luis Bedoya has been re elected as President of CPD for a new period of 4 years. Last 8th of January in annual assembly he and his movement were the only ones who attended electioon as candidates, for instance they won elections by unnanimous vote.

Marcelo Bedoya is now starting a 4 year period of government, a 4 year period of time with no precedent in our Paraguayan basketball administration. The assembly of 2010 changed the time for Presidency vigency to 4 years. It used to be an only 2 year period. When the previous president Carlos M. Ljubetich was at command of CPB the rule changed to a 3 year period. Bedoya was elected under this rule in 2007.

After being elected Bedoya said to the press that he is willing to give back to basketball the splendorous level of decades ago. For that his first objective i to get back th 'Estadio Comuneros' which was an ARENA owned by the CPB in the mid decades of last century which was taken off by military government from those years for being too close to the Government Palace and never returned to CPB hands.
Bedoya said 'conversations are in good terms with Samaniego', the new City of Asuncion's Lord, by which he is expecting to have the Comuneros back by the end of 2011.

When asked about the ammount of the City's debt with CPB he said, 'close to 7 million dollars' considering that it has taken more than 30 years to get it back.

The City wil have to consider to refund the 30 years of inactivity due to non profit damage.

Bedoya also mentioned to re inforced NATIONAL LEAGUES both for male and female, and also re announced the presence of Arturo Alvarez as Head Coach of National Team in an also estemmed 4 year deal.





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Round 8: Quebec Kebs hand first defeat to Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (6-1) recorded its first loss in Quebec City on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Quebec Kebs (6-2) 97-88. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Quebec Kebs led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Quebec Kebs forced 24 Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Royce Parran (5'9''-G-85, college: Chicago St.) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 21 points. Quebec Kebs' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Quebec Kebs have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Halifax R. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Quebec Kebs is looking forward to face Saint John Mill Rats (#5) in Manchester in the next round. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will play at home against Kentucky Stallions (#4) in Lexington and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Lexington. First ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry faced 4th ranked Kentucky Stallions. Guests from Lawton (6-1) defeated host Kentucky Stallions (4-5) 113-103. Guard Eddie Smith (188-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points. Jermaine Blackburn contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Bo Harris (201, college: Mountain St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for Kentucky Stallions. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have an impressive six-game winning streak. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first position with 6-1 record. Kentucky Stallions at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kentucky Stallions will play again on the road against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was played in Lexington where Dayton Air Strikers (#8) won against host Kentucky Stallions (#4) 118-112 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Quade Milum who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Bo Harris responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Kentucky Stallions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dayton Air Strikers maintains eighth position with 2-6 record. Loser Kentucky Stallions keep the fourth place with five games lost. Dayton Air Strikers will meet league's second-placed Halifax Rainmen on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kentucky Stallions will play against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Halifax. Local Halifax Rainmen (6-2) beat 6th ranked Rochester RazorSharks (2-5) 111-97. The winners were led by Mike Mercer who scored that evening 22 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Halifax Rainmen maintains second position with 6-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Lawton Ft.SC, which they share with Quebec K. Rochester RazorSharks lost third consecutive game. Rochester RazorSharks at the other side keep the sixth place with five games lost. Halifax Rainmen's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Dayton Air Strikers (#8) in Kettering where they are favorite.

In the last game of round 8 Saint John M.R. were defeated by Halifax R. in a road game 97-84.


Kentucky S. - Lawton Ft.SC 103-113

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Lexington. First ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry faced 4th ranked Kentucky Stallions. Guests from Lawton (6-1) defeated host Kentucky Stallions (4-5) 113-103. The game was mostly controlled by Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Kentucky Stallions was better in fourth quarter 30-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry dominated down low during the game scoring 90 of its points in the paint compared to Kentucky Stallions' 60. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry forced 19 Kentucky Stallions turnovers. Guard Eddie Smith (188-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points. Swingman Jermaine Blackburn (200-83, college: Boise St.) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Bo Harris (201, college: Mountain St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and guard Jason McLeish (183-80, college: E.Kentucky) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kentucky Stallions. Four Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry and five Kentucky Stallions players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have an impressive six-game winning streak. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first position with 6-1 record. Kentucky Stallions at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kentucky Stallions will play again on the road against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lawton Ft.SC: E.Smith 30+4reb+2ast, E.Mims 18+7reb+1ast, J.Blackburn 14+7reb+5ast, D.Thomas 11+2reb+2ast, B.Dean 9+3reb, J.Davis 9+4reb+2ast
Kentucky S.: B.Harris 22+10reb+3ast, J.McLeish 17+5reb+3ast, D.Guions 15+4reb+1ast, R.Delk 12+6reb+3ast, J.Taylor 10+3reb+3ast, J.Taylor 6+2reb
gschID: 116043


Halifax R. - Saint John M.R. 97-84

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Saint John Mill Rats (2-4) were defeated on the road by second ranked Halifax Rainmen (6-2) 97-84. Saint John Mill Rats were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Saint John Mill Rats 61-43 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Halifax Rainmen players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The winners were led by American forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) who scored that evening 20 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Even 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists by guard Anthony Anderson (180-81, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) did not help to save the game for Saint John Mill Rats. Guard Terry Martin (198-87, college: LSU, agency: The Black Agency, LLC) added 21 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Halifax Rainmen maintains second position with 6-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Lawton Ft.SC, which they share with Quebec K. Saint John Mill Rats at the other side keep the fifth place with four games lost. Halifax Rainmen's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Dayton Air Strikers (#8) in Kettering where they are favorite. Saint John Mill Rats will play at home against Vermont Frost Heaves in South Burlington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halifax R.: M.Brown 20+8reb+2ast, J.Dollard 16+7reb+2ast, T.Porter 14+2reb+3ast, T.Brown 13+2reb+8ast, K.Jones 12+8reb+3ast, E.Crookshank 9+13reb+2ast
Saint John M.R.: T.Martin 21+5reb+3ast, A.Anderson 14+7reb+9ast, R.Diggs 14+10reb+3ast, J.Ferguson 13+9reb, S.DeLuca 8+2reb, T.Blair 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 116044


Halifax R. - Rochester R. 111-97

The game with biggest result difference took place in Halifax. Local Halifax Rainmen (6-2) beat 6th ranked Rochester RazorSharks (2-5) 111-97. The game was mostly controlled by Halifax Rainmen. Rochester RazorSharks was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halifax Rainmen players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Rochester RazorSharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American guard Mike Mercer (193-86, college: S.Florida) who scored that evening 22 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) supported him with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by power forward Eric Walton (204-79, college: San Jose St.) did not help to save the game for Rochester RazorSharks. Guard Jerice Crouch (182-84, college: Chattanooga) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Halifax Rainmen maintains second position with 6-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Lawton Ft.SC, which they share with Quebec K. Rochester RazorSharks lost third consecutive game. Rochester RazorSharks at the other side keep the sixth place with five games lost. Halifax Rainmen's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Dayton Air Strikers (#8) in Kettering where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Halifax R.: M.Mercer 22+7reb+2ast, M.Brown 21+2reb+1ast, T.Brown 15+11ast, J.Jackson 13+6reb+3ast, J.Dollard 13+11reb+3ast, E.Crookshank 9+12reb+1ast
Rochester R.: E.Walton 17+10reb+1ast, J.Crouch 14+5reb+5ast, K.Friel 12+6reb+3ast, M.Council 11+1reb+3ast, J.Carter 9+5reb, F.Durr 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 116045


Kentucky S. - Dayton A. 112-118

An interesting game was played in Lexington where Dayton Air Strikers (#8) won against host Kentucky Stallions (#4) 118-112 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 63-49 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Dayton Air Strikers outrebounded Kentucky Stallions 42-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Quade Milum (201-86, college: Akron) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Forward Bo Harris (201, college: Mountain St.) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) scored 18 points. Five Dayton Air Strikers and four Kentucky Stallions players scored in double figures. Kentucky Stallions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dayton Air Strikers maintains eighth position with 2-6 record. Loser Kentucky Stallions keep the fourth place with five games lost. Dayton Air Strikers will meet league's second-placed Halifax Rainmen on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kentucky Stallions will play against the league's leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Dayton A.: Q.Milum 21+10reb, N.Miles 19+3reb+3ast, E.Spencer 18+6reb+3ast, T.Taylor 17+4reb+5ast, S.Ross 16+6reb+1ast, D.Grifin 12+3reb+1ast
Kentucky S.: K.Jones 18+4reb, M.Thompson 16+1reb+4ast, B.Harris 15+9reb+2ast, R.Delk 13+2reb+1ast, R.Logan 9+6reb+1ast, J.McLeish 9+2reb+5ast
gschID: 116046


Quebec K. - Lawton Ft.SC 97-88

Undefeated Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (6-1) recorded its first loss in Quebec City on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Quebec Kebs (6-2) 97-88. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Quebec Kebs led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Quebec Kebs forced 24 Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 21 points. Quebec Kebs' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Eddie Smith (188-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Quebec Kebs have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Halifax R. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Quebec Kebs is looking forward to face Saint John Mill Rats (#5) in Manchester in the next round. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will play at home against Kentucky Stallions (#4) in Lexington and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Quebec K.: Q.Brown 21+3reb+3ast, R.Parran 19+6reb+7ast, A.Spears 18+7reb, L.McCroskey 14+8reb+3ast, S.Audet-Sow 11+4reb+1ast, C.Jeanty 7+2reb
Lawton Ft.SC: E.Smith 16+3reb+4ast, E.Mims 15+10reb+1ast, D.Thomas 13+4reb+2ast, J.Davis 13+4reb+1ast, B.Dean 11+3reb+3ast, S.Daniels 10+10reb+1ast
gschID: 116047




Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.SC 6-1 
 2. Halifax R. 6-2 
 3. Quebec K. 6-2 
 4. Kentucky S. 4-5 
 5. Saint John M.R. 2-4 
 6. Rochester R. 2-5 
 7. Vermont FH 2-5 
 8. Dayton A. 2-6 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike WILLIAMS
  Rochester R.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Williams, Vermo.20.9 
 2. Brown, Quebec K.20.3 
 3. Crouch, Rocheste.18.6 
 4. Martin, Saint J.18.3 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.17.8 
 6. Jones, Kentucky S.17.7 
 7. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 8. Parran, Quebec K.16.9 
 9. Egerson, Saint J.16.8 
 10. Allen, Vermont FH16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Crookshank, Halif.11.8 
 2. Williams, Vermo.10.3 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC9.0 
 4. Jones, Halifax R.8.4 
 5. Walton, Rocheste.8.1 
 6. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 7. Harris, Kentucky S.7.9 
 8. Jackson, Halifax R.7.6 
 9. Dollard, Halifax R.7.4 
 10. Brown, Quebec K.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Vermont FH
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Rice, Vermont FH7.6 
 2. Egerson, Saint J.6.8 
 3. Brown, Halifax R.6.4 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.5.7 
 5. Parran, Quebec K.5.6 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.4.5 
 7. Fountain, Lawton F.4.1 
 8. Brown, Quebec K.4.1 
 9. Acker, Quebec K.3.8 
 10. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Parran, Quebec K.3.0 
 2. Rice, Vermont FH3.0 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.2.5 
 4. Brown, Quebec K.2.5 
 5. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.4 
 6. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 7. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 8. Perry, Dayton A.1.8 
 9. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 10. Martin, Saint J.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Perry STEVENSON
  Rochester R.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5