EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/10/2011

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  ABA   


Chicago defeats NW Indiana - by Gianni Pascucci
Another traditional ABA powerhouse is the Chicago Steam. This team improved its record to 12-3 over the past weekend by defeating the North West Indiana Magical Stars, 130-99. The Steam were led by veteran scorer Maurice Carter (6'3''-G-74, college: Brandon) with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Andre Muse (6'5''-G-86, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Quincy) added 25 points and 9 assist and Lavon Crawford (6'3''-G-85) 22 points

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  ARGENTINA   


TNA transactions - by Facundo Iatzky
San Martin Corrientes agreed terms with Mariano Ceruti (194-F-79), who had left Obera tc last month. Released Juan Ignacio Mateo and Andres Boni. Franco Balbi (184-G-89), released in Quimsa, will play in san martin for the rest of the season.
Asociacion Espanola signed Scott Rodgers (191-G, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel), who replaces Ira Brown.
Union Sunchales fired Alejandro Lotterio as head coach and hired Eduardo Cadillac. Their new foreigner is Alvin Mofunanya (203-F-87, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Fairleigh Dickinson).
Banda Norte signed Pablo Jaworski (184-G-80, agency: Players Group) and released Nicolas Lorenzo.
Ciclista Juninense added Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87, college: Penn St.) to their roster. He replaces Kevin Frey. They also have signed Sebastian Uranga (200-F/C-89).
Alvear cut Arturo Dubois. His replacement is veteran Jason Osborne (204-F-74, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville).
Adelante Reconquista released Mauro Abraham and signed Ariel Hillebrand (196-F-89).
Tucuman BB agreed terms with Andres Lopresti (175-G-76) and Jose Muruaga (198-G-84). They also signed Charles Bailey (203-F-82, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Detroit Mercy) as foreigner. Alberto Bono and Facundo Venturini were released.
Gimnasia villa del parque: Julian Aprea (208-C-87) returned to the club after play a couple of months in Obras sanitarias in Liga A.
San Martin Marcos Juarez signed Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV) and released Milton Bell.


TNA: Round Two (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in TNA.

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Ciclista as it allowed them to take a leadership position in TNA1. Ciclista edged bottom-ranked Bragado in Juninense 69-66. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Obera TC. Bragado at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with A.Italiana. Bragado will play next round against strong Obera TC trying to get back on the winning streak. Ciclista will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Alvear in Villa Angela.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Alvear (1-1) on the court of top-ranked Obera TC. Visitors were defeated by Obera TC 74-68. It was a key game for the top position in TNA1 as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. Obera TC (2-0) keeps a position of TNA1 leader, which they share with Ciclista. Newly promoted Alvear dropped to the third place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Obera TC will play against Bragado (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alvear will play against the league's leader Ciclista (#1) in Juninense and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Charata between Tucuman BB and Asociacion Espanola. Fourth ranked Tucuman BB (1-1) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Asociacion Espanola (1-1). Tucuman BB managed to escape with a 1-point win 83-82 in the game for the second place. Tucuman BB left bottom position moving up to second place in TNA2, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Asociacion Espanola. Tucuman BB will meet at home league's second-placed Union de Sunchales in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asociacion Espanola will play against San Martin Marcos Juarez.
The game in Santa Fe was also worth to mention about. First ranked Quilmes MP (1-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Firmat SF (1-1). Quilmes MP managed to secure a 9-point victory 87-78. Despite that victory Quilmes MP went down to third position (TNA1) due to points difference, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Firmat SF. Quilmes MP's next round opponent will be San Martin Corrientes (#6) at home. Firmat SF will play against Asociacion Italiana in Charata.
The game in Rio Cuarto was also quite interesting. Third ranked Gimnasia VP (1-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Banda Norte (1-1). Gimnasia VP defeated Banda Norte 89-78 on Sunday. Gimnasia VP left bottom position moving up to second place in TNA2, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Banda Norte. Gimnasia VP will face league's leader Union Progresista in Villa Angela in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Banda Norte will play on the road against Adelante in Reconquista.

Rest of the games of round 2 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In TNA1 winless A.Italiana was crushed by San Mart.C. in Corrientes 89-55.
In TNA2 Union Progr. smashed Adelante at home 79-53. San Mart.MJ won against Union S. on the opponent's court 98-92.


Group TNA1
Obera TC - Alvear 74-68

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Alvear (1-1) on the court of top-ranked Obera TC. Visitors were defeated by Obera TC 74-68. It was a key game for the top position in TNA1 as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. Obera TC (2-0) keeps a position of TNA1 leader, which they share with Ciclista. Newly promoted Alvear dropped to the third place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Obera TC will play against Bragado (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alvear will play against the league's leader Ciclista (#1) in Juninense and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121122


Ciclista - Bragado 69-66

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Ciclista as it allowed them to take a leadership position in TNA1. Ciclista edged bottom-ranked Bragado in Juninense 69-66. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Obera TC. Bragado at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with A.Italiana. Bragado will play next round against strong Obera TC trying to get back on the winning streak. Ciclista will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Alvear in Villa Angela.
gschID: 121119


San Mart.C. - A.Italiana 89-55

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both second ranked San Martin Corrientes and bottom-ranked Asociacion Italiana had identical 0-1 record. This time San Martin Corrientes used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Charata 89-55 on Sunday night. Despite that victory San Martin Corrientes went down to third position (TNA1) due to points difference, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Asociacion Italiana still closes the standings with two games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face Quilmes MP (#4) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Asociacion Italiana will play at home against Firmat SF in Santa Fe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121120


Firmat SF - Quilmes MP 78-87

The game in Santa Fe was also worth to mention about. First ranked Quilmes MP (1-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Firmat SF (1-1). Quilmes MP managed to secure a 9-point victory 87-78. Despite that victory Quilmes MP went down to third position (TNA1) due to points difference, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Firmat SF. Quilmes MP's next round opponent will be San Martin Corrientes (#6) at home. Firmat SF will play against Asociacion Italiana in Charata.
gschID: 121121


Group TNA2
Union Progr. - Adelante 79-53

No shocking result in a game in Villa Angela where top-ranked Union Progresista (2-0) smashed bottom-ranked Adelante (0-2) 79-53 on Sunday. Newly promoted Union Progresista maintains first position in TNA2 with 2-0 record. Adelante at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with two games lost. Union Progresista will face Gimnasia VP (#7) in Necochea in the next round where they are favorite. Adelante will play at home against Banda Norte in Rio Cuarto.
gschID: 121126


Banda Norte - Gimnasia VP 78-89

The game in Rio Cuarto was also quite interesting. Third ranked Gimnasia VP (1-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Banda Norte (1-1). Gimnasia VP defeated Banda Norte 89-78 on Sunday. Gimnasia VP left bottom position moving up to second place in TNA2, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Banda Norte. Gimnasia VP will face league's leader Union Progresista in Villa Angela in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Banda Norte will play on the road against Adelante in Reconquista.
gschID: 121123


A.Espanola - Tucuman BB 82-83

A very close game took place in Charata between Tucuman BB and Asociacion Espanola. Fourth ranked Tucuman BB (1-1) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Asociacion Espanola (1-1). Tucuman BB managed to escape with a 1-point win 83-82 in the game for the second place. Tucuman BB left bottom position moving up to second place in TNA2, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Asociacion Espanola. Tucuman BB will meet at home league's second-placed Union de Sunchales in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asociacion Espanola will play against San Martin Marcos Juarez.
gschID: 121124


Union S. - San Mart.MJ 92-98

Very expected game when 8th ranked Union de Sunchales (1-1) was defeated at home by second ranked San Martin Marcos Juarez (1-1) 98-92 on Sunday. San Martin Marcos Juarez maintains second position in TNA2 with 1-1 record behind leader Ciclista, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Union de Sunchales. San Martin Marcos Juarez will face Asociacion Espanola (#4) in Charata in the next round. Union de Sunchales will play on the road against Tucuman BB in Tandil and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121125




Joseph Bunn claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Joseph Bunn (198-F/C-75) had an amazing evening in the last round for Argentino and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14 (Second Stage).
The 35-year old power forward had the game-high 30 points adding eight rebounds for Argentino as his team lost the game against Atenas (#2, 10-4) 70-94. Argentino moved-up to the 12th position in the Argentinian LigaA. Argentino is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 8th lost game this season out of 14 games. Bunn turned to be Argentino's top player in his first season with the team. Phillips University, OK graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bunn is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.3ppg) and averages solid 58.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Nigerian power forward Reggie Okosa (206-F/C-80) of Gimnasia CR. Okosa impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Gimnasia CR lost that game 73-87 to the higher-ranked Lanus (#3, 10-4). Gimnasia CR managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Okosa is a newcomer at Gimnasia CR 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 Italian Damian Tintorelli (204-C-81, agency: Players Group) of Quimsa (#9). Tintorelli scored 18 points. He was a key player of Quimsa, leading his team to a 91-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Estudiantes (#14, 4-9). Quimsa needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Tintorelli has a very solid season. In 26 games in Argentina he scored 3.7ppg. Damian Tintorelli has also Argentinian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80) of Monte Hermoso - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80) of La Union - 16 points and 8 rebounds
6. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) of Regatas C. - 10 points and 15 rebounds
7. Christopher Hayes (206-F-87) of Sionista - 16 points and 6 rebounds
8. Hernando Salles (188-G-79) of Monte Hermoso - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Santiago Gonzalez (203-C-83) of Argentino - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83) of Lanus - 20 points

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


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
TNA1
 1. Ciclista 2-0 
 2. Obera TC 2-0 
 3. Alvear 1-1 
 4. Quilmes MP 1-1 
 5. Firmat SF 1-1 
 6. San Mart.C. 1-1 
 7. A.Italiana 0-2 
 8. Bragado 0-2 
TNA2
 1. Union Progr. 2-0 
 2. Union S. 1-1 
 3. Tucuman BB 1-1 
 4. A.Espanola 1-1 
 5. Banda Norte 1-1 
 6. San Mart.MJ 1-1 
 7. Gimnasia VP 1-1 
 8. Adelante 0-2 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Eric Devendorf cut by the Tigers - by Eurobasket News
Eric Devendorf (193-G-87, college: Syracuse) and Melbourne Tigers have parted ways. The team decided to cut of their top scorers. Eric Devendorf joined Melbourne at the start of the NBL season. He tallied 14.6 points, 2.7 boards and 1.8 assists per game. However his role on the team turned out to be slightly different from what the management had envisioned. Last season Eric Devendorf played in New Zealand. He first tipped off the season with the Waikato Pistons. The 23-year-old guard notched 24.3 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 boards per game. Later he moved to the Wellington Saints. There his stats read 23.1 points, 3.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals. Eric Devendorf was named the Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Import Player of the Year.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Levski 6-1 
 2. Zrinjski HT 4-2 
 3. Beograd 4-2 
 4. Ulcijn 2-4 
 5. Svjetlost 0-7 
Group B
 1. Feni Indistrija 5-2 
 2. Mornar Bar 4-2 
 3. Rilski Sportist 4-3 
 4. Mures 2-4 
 5. Balkan 1-5 


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  BOSNIA   


A1 Liga Herceg-Bosne Round 13: - by Joko Zuber
Vitez - Zrinjski II 85:80
Kiseljak - Rama 90:62
Busovaca - Lokomotiva 2:0 Lokomotiva withdrawn
Siroki II - Posusje 62:82
Livno - Grude 88:68
Tomislav free

Standings

1. Posusje 12 11 1 1008:782 23 (+226)
2. Vitez 12 10 2 1002:789 22 (+213)
3. Grude 11 8 3 909:830 19 (+79)
4. Siroki II 12 7 5 892:815 19 (+77)
5. Rama 12 6 6 893:913 18 (-20)
6. Kiseljak 10 6 4 674:652 16 (+22)
7. Zrinjski II 11 5 6 807:763 15 (-1) (+44)
8. Livno 12 3 9 792:877 15 (-85)
9. Tomislav 10 5 5 588:679 15 (-91)
10. Busovaca 12 2 10 838:964 14 (-126)
11. Lokomotiva 12 0 12 644:983 10 (-2) (-339)




Cup BiH Semifinals: Bosna, Capljina, Igokea & Siroki - by Sead Buljina
Favorites for the Cup BiH trophy have made it through the quarterfinals. Surprisingly, Igokea with 3 Americans escaped from Tuzla with a hard-fought win vs. Sloboda. Bosna beat Borac Nektar 94:82 with Muhamed Pasalic (190-PG-87) running the show with 22 pts, 6 asts & 6 rebs. Siroki & Capljina beat Mladost and Zrinjski, respectively. Semifinals and final will be played at Siroki Brijeg this weekend according to the following schedule:
Semifinals: Saturday, 12 February
Game 1. Siroki - Igokea (18:00)
Game 2. Capljina - Bosna (21:00)
Final: Sunday, 13 February at 17:00



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  BRAZIL   


Cabo Frio sign international PG - by Paulo Freire
The Cabo Frio team is close to annouced their new reinforcement for the Brazil Cup Southeast Region. This time the new player is international, a guard from Chile who has experiences around the Latin America and europe.

His name is
Rodrigo Espinoza (183-G-81, agency: Players Group) and is best known as el 'Rorro'. With 1.83 tall, Espinoza already been through several teams in Chile such as Universidad Catolica, Deportivo Espanol Talca, Prov. Llanquihue, Deportivo Comunal Ancud, Liceo Mixto and Boston College.

Holdin an Italian passport, Espinoza tried his luck in Europe at Cimberio Aironi Novara and Premiata Montegranaro both from Italy. His last club was in 2009 playing in Gatos de Monagas from Venezuela.

A new peace for Cabo Frio with a strengthening in international tournaments for FIBA. The athlete will arrive in Cabo Frio on Saturday (11/02). The board of directors of the team are running to regularize the papper work of the player until tomorrow so he can face Paraiso Basketball team, on the same day he arrive in town.


Macae sign young prospect from Fluminense - by Paulo Freire
After winning their first game on the Brazil Cup, Southeast Region against Cabo Frio (69 x 66) the head coach of Macae Basketball team Leonardo Costa got another boost for the championship:

'Another athlete was integrated into our group, the shootinguard
Victor Leal , 20 years old, who came from Fluminense. But there was no time to register him for that game against Cabo Frio. For the next games in Sao Paulo he should be available, ' added coach Leo Costa.

Victor have been a great player on the young teams from Fluminense, now he will have a chance to try his first professional season in a national competition.


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  CANADA   


Stats Leaders
CIS Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Haywood, SMU 28.5
2 Barrett, SAS 24.5
3 Ferguson, ALB 23.5
4 Chabot, SAS 22.8
5 Doerksen, TWU 22.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Stewart, TRU 13.3
2 Fidler, CGY 10.9
3 Klassen, ACA 10.2
4 Phillip, WSR 10.1
5 Baker, ALB 10.0
Assists Per Game
1 Barrett, SAS 6.5
2 Allin, WLU 6.5
3 Collins, WSR 5.1
4 Gray, UFV 5.0
5 Murphy, UBC 4.8
Steals Per Game
1 Dorsey, CBU 3.4
2 Adegboruwa, RYE 2.5
3 Boyle, QUE 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Stewart, TRU 2.3
2 Kravic, YRK 2.3
3 Haynes, YRK 2.3
2FGP
1 Lieffers, SAS 63.9
2 Doerksen, TWU 62.9
3 Thomas, StFX 59.4
3FGP
1 Quirion, UNB 51.1
2 Spurr, StFX 48.7
3 Collins, WSR 48.3
Free Throws
1 Pasquale, LAU 93.5
2 Ferguson, ALB 88.9
3 Searle, LAK 87.5


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 16-1 
 2. Dalhousie 10-5 
 3. St.Francis X. 10-5 
 4. New Brunsw. 7-8 
 5. UPEI 6-10 
 6. St.Mary's 6-11 
 7. Acadia 4-9 
 8. Memorial 3-13 
CanWest
 1. Trinity West. 19-3 
 2. UBC 18-2 
 3. Saskatchewan 16-4 
 4. Victoria 15-7 
 5. Alberta 14-8 
 6. Regina 12-8 
 7. Manitoba 9-11 
 8. Calgary 8-12 
 9. UCFV 7-13 
 10. Lethbridge 5-15 
 11. Brandon 4-16 
 12. Thompson R. 4-18 
 13. Winnipeg 3-17 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 19-0 
 2. Toronto Univ. 14-5 
 3. Ottawa 10-9 
 4. Ryerson 9-10 
 5. York 8-11 
 6. Laurentian 6-13 
 7. Queen's 3-16 
 8. RMC 0-19 
OUA West
 1. Lakehead 14-4 
 2. Laurier 12-6 
 3. Windsor 12-6 
 4. McMaster 9-9 
 5. Western 9-9 
 6. Waterloo 8-10 
 7. Brock 8-10 
 8. Guelph 7-11 
Quebec League
 1. Laval 9-3 
 2. Concordia 8-4 
 3. McGill 7-4 
 4. UQAM 4-7 
 5. Bishop's 1-11 


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  CHINA   


China Makes Semi-Finals of International U-16 Tournament - by Arthur Volbert
China finished with a 5-0 record in its group in the Turk Telecom International Tournament for Under-16 Players. This is our first glimpse of the players born in 1995 and 1995. Off their play in the preliminary round this team could be just as competitive, if not moreso, than the Under-17 team that finished 7th in the World last summer. Perhaps Chinese Basketball theory will eventually prove to be correct, albeit somewhat belatedly.

The following is the China U16 Roster:

#4 Zhao Jiwei, Liaoning, 1.85M, PG, 1995
#5 Aersilan, Bayi, 1.81M, PG, 1996
#6 Wang Zhengbo, Henan, 1.87M, PG, 1996
#7 Liu Kaiqi, Hebei, 1.96M, SF, 1995
#8 Zhang Zuming, Bayi, 2.02M, SG, 1995
#9 Guo Xiaopeng, Dongguan, 1.97M, SF, 1995
#10 Zou Yuchen, Bayi, 1.97M, PF, 1996
#11 Shi Deshuai, Tianjin, 2.0M, PF, 1995
#12 Zi Chunxiang, Jiangsu, 1.97M, PF, 1995
#13 Zhou Qi (215-C-96), Liaoning, 2.15M, C, 1996
#14 Pan Ning, Shandong, 2.10M, C, 1995
#15 Liu Bo, Dongguan, 2.04M, PF, 1996

Their Head Coach is Wu Qinglong.

The top three players appear to be Zhou Qi of Liaoning, Guo Xiaopeng of Dongguan and Zhao Jiwei of Liaoning. Zhou is a 215 cm center listed as born in 1995, who has sprouted 10 cm in the past two years. Guo is a high-scoring 197 cm small forward born in 1995. Zhou is a 185 cm point guard born in 1995 who can both pass and score.

There are 12 U-16 national teams taking part in this tournament.

Group A: Turkey, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Puerto Rico, Romania

Group B: France, China, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Iran, Georgia

China defeated Bulgaria 91-66, Georgia 108-35, France 69-67, Iran 74-51 and, today, Slovenia 84-62.

Back in 2005 the Chinese U16 team was crushed by Georgia 116-85 in a U16 tournament in Russia and also lost to Moldova by one point. This team included Zhang Bo, who was one year overage, Zheng Zhun, who was really born in 1989, not his listed 1992, and therefore eligible, and Sun Zhe. Six years later China crushed Georgia by 73 and defeated world-class France by two. There has definitely been some improvement.

DAY 5 RESULTS

GROUP A

Ukraine beat Romania 87-56
Turkey beat Russia 71-58
Puerto Rico beat Germany 85-64

GROUP B

China beat Slovenia 84-62
France beat Iran 64-42
Bulgaria beat Georgia 84-58

In today's game Zhao Jiwei controlled the play at point guard with 8 points, 2 rebounds, 11 assists, 5 steals and 1 blocked shot. Guo Xiaopeng was the top scorer with 32 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. Liu Bo, at power forward. had 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. Zhou Qi and Pan Ning split the minutes playing center. Zhou Qi had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 block shots in 19 minutes. Pan Ning had 10 points/6 rebounds and 1 blocked shot in 17 minutes.

FINAL STANDINGS OF PRELIMINARY

GROUP A

1. Turkey 5W 0L 10 points
2. Germany 3W 2L 8 points
3. Russia 3W 2L 8 points
4. Ukraine 2W 3L 7 points
5. Puerto Rico 2W 3L 7 points
6. Romania 0W 5L 5 points

GROUP B

1. China 5W 0L 10 points
2. France 4W 1L 9 points
3. Slovenia 3W 2L 8 points
4. Bulgaria 2W 3L 7 points
5. Iran 1W 4L 6 points
6. Georgia 0W 5L 5 points

Placings round:

Semi Finals
China vs Germany
Turkey vs France

Classification for 5th ~ 8th Place
Russia vs Bulgaria
Slovenia vs Ukraine

Classification for 9th ~ 12th place
Puerto Rico vs Georgia
Iran vs Romania

Thanks to pryuen at http://www.yaomingmania.com/forum/index.php for much of this data.



Chinese U16 National Team 2011 - by Emiliano
Starting five
#s#
Bo Liu
Liu
Xiaopeng Guo
Guo
Zuming Zhang
Zhang
Yuchen Zou
Zou
Jiwei Zhao
Zhao
#e#5
1 Liu Bo 204-F-96 DongGuan China
2 Guo Xiaopeng 197-F-95 DongGuan China
3
U Aersilan
4 Zhang Zuming 202-G-95 Bayi China
5 Zou Yuchen 197-F-96 Bayi China
6 Zhao Jiwei 185-G-95 Bayi China
7 Zhou Qi 215-C-96 Liaoning China
8 Zi Chunxiang 197-F-95 Jiangsu China
9 Pan Ning 210-C-95 Shandong China
10 Liu Kaiqi 196-F-95
11 Shi Deshuai 200-F-95 TianJin R. China
12 Wang Zhengbo 187-G-96



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Basketbal Brno Makes Changes at the Top - by Surujh Roopnarine
Basketbol Brno made their second coaching change of the season, parting ways with Head Coach Veronika Weidnerova, along with assistant Jiri Hofirka. The move comes on the heels of their most embarrassing loss of the season, a 76-56 defeat at the hands of 10th place Plzen, who notched only their second victory in 18 contests. Assistant Coach Libor Jerabek will assume head coaching responsibilities for the remainder of the season. At only 6-13, and currently 8th in the standings, Brno will not advance to the A1 level of play after two more games, and will instead be fighting for pride and a to finish among the bottom six teams. Despite sporting numerous import players, the teams performance has under whelmed on the season. The team will get its first chance under new direction tonight as they take on Novy Jicin in a Moravia Cup contest before squaring off against local rival Svitavy on Saturday in round 21 of NBL action.

Basketbol Brno (6-13)
Leading Scorer: Peter Sedmak (11.9ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Boris Meno (203-F-83, college: Davidson) (9.9rpg)
Leading Assists: Sebastien Maio (3.0apg)
Leading Steals: Emmanuel Holloway (1.7spg)
Leading Shooter (2FG): Michal Norwa (58.7%
Leading Shooter (3FG): Stepan Reinberger (31.3%)
Leading Free Throws: Stepan Reinberger (90.5%)



Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Chomutov 20-3 
 2. J.Hradec 17-6 
 3. Sokol Prazsky 14-8 
 4. Usti n/Labem 14-9 
 5. Proton Zlin 13-10 
 6. Vysehrad 13-10 
 7. Opava B 13-10 
 8. Sokol H.Kralove 12-11 
 9. Trutnov 11-12 
 10. Benesov 10-13 
 11. Litomerice 8-16 
 12. Sparta Praha 7-16 
 13. Prostejov B 5-18 
 14. Liberec 3-18 


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Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 14-2 
 2. Stevnsgade 13-3 
 3. Virum 11-5 
 4. Haderslev 11-6 
 5. Lemvig 10-6 
 6. Solrod 10-7 
 7. Glostrup 7-7 
 8. Skt. Klemens 5-11 
 9. Aarhus BF 5-11 
 10. Herlev 4-13 
 11. Hobas 3-12 
 12. ALBA 3-13 


1st Division Round 16: Glostrup defeats Aarhus BF in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 16 in the 1st Division took place in Aarhus. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Aarhus BF (5-11) to seventh ranked Glostrup (7-7) 79-77 in the game for the seventh place. Newly promoted Glostrup maintains seventh position with 7-7 record. Aarhus BF at the other side keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Skt. Klemens. Glostrup are looking forward to face Skt. Klemens (#8) in Odense in the next round. Aarhus BF will play on the road against Lemvig and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Virum. 3rd ranked host Virum (11-5) lost to first ranked Falcon (14-2) 95-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Virum. Falcon maintains first position with 14-2 record. Virum at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Falcon will play against Hobas (#11) in Horsholm in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Virum will play on the road against ALBA (#12) in Alleroed and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Herlev managed to get a fourth victory on Sunday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked Lemvig 84-82. Herlev (4-13) moved-up to tenth place. Loser Lemvig keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Herlev will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lemvig will play against Aarhus BF (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Second ranked Stevnsgade (13-3) crushed at home 10th ranked Hobas (3-12) by 32 points 91-59, which is the biggest margin this round. Stevnsgade have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-3 record behind leader Falcon. Hobas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Stevnsgade's next round opponent will be Solrod (#6) on the road. Hobas will play against the league's leader Falcon (#1).

In the last game of round 16 ALBA were destroyed by Skt. Klemens on the opponent's court 85-61.



Skt. Klemens - ALBA 85-61

Rather expected game in Odense where 11th ranked ALBA (3-13) was crushed by ninth ranked Skt. Klemens (5-11) 85-61. Skt. Klemens moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Aarhus BF. ALBA lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Skt. Klemens' next round opponent will be higher ranked Glostrup (#7) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. ALBA will play against Virum (#3).
gschID: 110394


Virum - Falcon 85-95

The game between Top Four teams took place in Virum. 3rd ranked host Virum (11-5) lost to first ranked Falcon (14-2) 95-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Virum. Falcon maintains first position with 14-2 record. Virum at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Falcon will play against Hobas (#11) in Horsholm in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Virum will play on the road against ALBA (#12) in Alleroed and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 110395


Stevnsgade - Hobas 91-59

Second ranked Stevnsgade (13-3) crushed at home 10th ranked Hobas (3-12) by 32 points 91-59, which is the biggest margin this round. Stevnsgade have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-3 record behind leader Falcon. Hobas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Stevnsgade's next round opponent will be Solrod (#6) on the road. Hobas will play against the league's leader Falcon (#1).
gschID: 110396


Herlev - Lemvig 84-82

Bottom-ranked Herlev managed to get a fourth victory on Sunday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked Lemvig 84-82. Herlev (4-13) moved-up to tenth place. Loser Lemvig keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Herlev will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lemvig will play against Aarhus BF (#9) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 110397


Aarhus BF - Glostrup 77-79

The most exciting game of round 16 in the 1st Division took place in Aarhus. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Aarhus BF (5-11) to seventh ranked Glostrup (7-7) 79-77 in the game for the seventh place. Newly promoted Glostrup maintains seventh position with 7-7 record. Aarhus BF at the other side keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Skt. Klemens. Glostrup are looking forward to face Skt. Klemens (#8) in Odense in the next round. Aarhus BF will play on the road against Lemvig and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
gschID: 110398




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Red Claws acquire Fall and Clinch, waive center James Cripe - by Eurobasket News
The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that they have acquired center Bamba Fall (7'1''-C-86, college: SMU) from the Reno Bighorns. Reno will receive Maine's 7th round selection in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft. In a separate transaction, the Red Claws have acquired Lewis Clinch (6'3''-G-87, college: Georgia Tech) from the Available Player Pool. Both players are expected to join the team in Springfield for the Red Claws' Thursday night game against the Armor.

Bamba Fall, 24, is 7-1 center out of Southern Methodist University. He played in Israel last season before being drafted in the 7th round of the 2010 NBA D-League Draft by the Bighorns. Due to visa issues, which have since been resolved, Fall has not played this season. A graduate of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, which has produced numerous NBA players and prospects including the Celtics' Rajon Rondo and the Red Claws' Tiny Gallon, Fall spent four seasons at SMU, starting his final two years, and was named to the C-USA All Defensive Team in 2007 and 2009. He was a member of the Senegalese National Team in 2007 and participated in the African Championships in Angola.

Lewis Clinch, 23, is a 6-3 guard out of Georgia Tech where he was a teammate of Red Claws veteran guard Mario West. Drafted by the Austin in the 3rd round of the 2009 NBA Development League Draft, Clinch has spent the past two seasons with the Toros before being waived this past weekend. In 29 games this season, he averaged 8.5 ppg and 2.2 rbg. Last season, he played in 52 games with Austin, including two playoff appearances, averaging 9.0 ppg and 1.6 rpg. To make room for Clinch on the roster, the Red Claws have waived center James Cripe (7'0''-C-84, college: N.Kentucky).

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


BayHawks acquire guard Reggie Holmes - by Eurobasket News
The Erie BayHawks on Monday plucked guard Reginald Holmes (6'4''-G-87, college: Morgan St.) from the D-League player pool.

The BayHawks' roster had been at nine players after guard Garrett Temple (6'6''-G-86, college: LSU) signed a second 10-day contract with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

Holmes, 6 feet 4 inches and 180 pounds, was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player of the year and an Associated Press honorable mention All-American as a senior at Morgan State in 2010. He averaged 21.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in his final college season.

Holmes recently returned from playing in Morocco.

Erie hosts to the New Mexico Thunderbirds Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., all at Tullio Arena.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Idaho Stampede win after game delayed; Skyforce top Maine, win second straight - by Eurobasket News
Dakota W. - Idaho S. 108-121
Travel woes delayed Idaho's game against the Dakota Wizards by about 3 hours. But once the teams took the floor, the Stampede showed no signs of travel fatigue. Idaho defeated Dakota 121-108 late Tuesday night in Bismarck, N.D. Armon Johnson (6'3''-G-89, college: Nevada), on assignment from the Portland Trail Blazers, led the Stampede with 22 points. Sean Banks (6'8''-F-85, college: Memphis), with 21 points, was one of six other Stampede players in double figures. It was the most points Idaho (11-19) has scored this season, and the win snapped a two-game losing streak. Jermareo Davidson had a team-high eight rebounds in the win, and Antoine Walker led Idaho with seven assists. *Courtesy of www.idahostatesman.com

Sioux Falls S. - Maine RC 107-98
The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Maine Red Claws 107-98 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Tuesday night. Six players scored in double figures for Sioux Falls as they won two straight games for the first time this season. After an even first quarter Sioux Falls (5-22) outscored Maine 29-24 in the second quarter to take a 58-53 lead into the locker room. Raymond Sykes (6'9''-F/C-86, college: Clemson) had a strong first half with 16 points on 7-of-9 field goals. The first half saw 12 lead changes and eight ties. Sioux Falls never trailed in the second half and led by as many as 14 points (95-81) with 8:24 to go in the contest. Maine (12-20) made one last push and got to within six points (101-95) with just over two minutes to go in the game but six straight points from Miami HEAT assignee Dexter Pittman (6'10''-C-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) down the stretch sent Maine to their third straight loss in the Dakotas. David Bailey (14 points, 12 assists), Pittman (16 points, 12 rebounds) and Patrick Ewing, Jr. (14 points, 11 rebounds) all finished with double-doubles for the Skyforce. Sykes scored a team-high 18 points to continue his strong play off the bench. Jamar Smith (6'3''-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) posted a team-high 23 points on 9-of-16 field goals (3-of-3 3-pointers). Mario West scored 16 points while Champ Oguchi added 12 points in a reserve role. Maine visits Springfield on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. Sioux Falls hosts Idaho in back-to-back meetings on Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT. *Courtesy of www.ksfy.com




Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 23-9 
 2. Erie Bay H. 20-9 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 14-17 
 4. Dakota W. 11-21 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 5-22 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 23-8 
 2. Rio Grande 22-9 
 3. Texas L. 16-15 
 4. New Mexico 14-18 
 5. Austin T. 12-17 
 6. Maine RC 12-20 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 20-12 
 2. Bakersfield J. 18-12 
 3. Utah F. 14-15 
 4. Idaho S. 11-19 
 5. Springfield A. 9-21 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Toronto R.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.0 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.20.0 
 4. Brackins, Spring.19.9 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.19.9 
 6. Adrien, Rio Grande19.6 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.19.2 
 8. Lin, Reno Bighorns18.5 
 9. McNeal, Rio Grande18.4 
 10. Edwards, New M.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Davidson, Idaho S.9.8 
 3. Alexander, Texas L.9.8 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.7 
 5. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.7 
 7. Williams, Texas L.9.4 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.2 
 9. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.3 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.6 
 4. Jackson, Idaho S.7.6 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.5 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.5 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.6.3 
 9. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Lofton, Iowa E.2.3 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.2.2 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 7. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 9. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 10. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.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.2.9 
 3. N''Diaye, Dakota W.2.6 
 4. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 5. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.3 
 7. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 8. Sykes, Sioux F.2.1 
 9. Adrien, Rio Grande1.8 
 10. Pittman, Sioux F.1.8 


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Power Electronics Valencia adds David Navarro - by Eurobasket News
Power Electronics Valencia improved its backcourt for the remainder of the Top 16 by adding scoring ace David Navarro (192-G/F-83) for the remainder of the season, the club announced Tuesday. Navarro arrives from Girona FC, where he averaged 14.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 21 Spanish second division (Adecco Oro) games this season. Navarro has also played for Caja Rioja, Gestiberica Vigo, Rosalia and Melilla in both the Spanish second and third divisions. As such, Navarro is ready to make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut - pending player registration - against Olympiacos next week. 'He is one of the best players in Adecco Oro and has shown he has the skills to play in this team. He can offer a lot of things and we can say he is a versatile player able to play at both guards in defense,' Valencia head coach Svetislav Pesic said. 'We have a lot of games coming up but we will have plenty of them after the King's Cup. Navarro can help us in the Euroleague Top 16.'

Courtesy of Euroleague


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Korisliiga Round 33: Kouvot defeats Torpan Pojat in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 33 in the Korisliiga took place in Helsinki. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Torpan Pojat (16-17) to sixth ranked Kouvot (18-15) 82-79 in the game for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Torpan Pojat. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and American guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan, agency: Beo Basket) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kouvot have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 18-15 record. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Kouvot are looking forward to face higher ranked Espoo Honka (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torpan Pojat will play against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Joensuu. Third ranked host Joensuun Kataja (22-11) smashed 4th placed UU-Korihait (21-12) 101-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of UU-Korihait. International guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) nailed 26 points for the winning side and Jared Newson accounted for 22 points and 6 rebounds. Joensuun Kataja's coach Jukka Toijala felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds for UU-Korihait in the defeat. Joensuun Kataja maintains third place with 22-11 record having six points less than leader Pyrinto. UU-Korihait at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will play against bottom-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UU-Korihait will play against Salon Vilpas (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Korisliiga top team - Tampereen Pyrinto (27-7) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat ninth ranked Namika Lahti (13-19) 87-82. The best player for the winners was Damon Williams who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Roope Suonio who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first place with 27-7 record. Namika Lahti lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 19 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet at home Torpan Pojat (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Namika Lahti will play against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 33 bottom-ranked Tarmo lost to Karhu on the opponent's court 80-95. Salon Vilpas unfortunately lost to LrNMKY in a home game 81-87.



ToPo - Kouvot 79-82

The most exciting game of round 33 in the Korisliiga took place in Helsinki. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Torpan Pojat (16-17) to sixth ranked Kouvot (18-15) 82-79 in the game for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Torpan Pojat. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and American guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan, agency: Beo Basket) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Frank Richards (188-82, college: Kansas St.) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. Kouvot have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 18-15 record. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Kouvot are looking forward to face higher ranked Espoo Honka (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torpan Pojat will play against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
ToPo: T.Heinonen 18+2reb, L.Blanchard 16+10reb+1ast, F.Richards 13+6reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 11+1reb+1ast, M.Pounds 7+6reb+1ast, E.Lehtinen 6+2reb+1ast
Kouvot: V.Kaunisto 25+12reb+3ast, J.Gonner 18+7reb, B.Walker 14+2reb+3ast, D.Vinson 8+13reb, A.Nikkarinen 6+5reb, L.Toivonen 6+2reb
gschID: 106581


Pyrinto - Namika Lahti 87-82

Korisliiga top team - Tampereen Pyrinto (27-7) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat ninth ranked Namika Lahti (13-19) 87-82. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-82. Tampereen Pyrinto made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Roope Suonio (176-82) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Todd Hendley (206-84, college: NC-Wilmington) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 27-7 record. Namika Lahti lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 19 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet at home Torpan Pojat (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Namika Lahti will play against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: R.Suonio 20+7reb+3ast, T.Hendley 17+8reb+1ast, A.Vereen 15+7reb+4ast, R.Ayers 15+3reb, V.Makalainen 7+1reb, V.Heinonen 5
Pyrinto: A.Williams 24+7reb+1ast, D.Williams 18+10reb+7ast, A.Lehto 16+1reb+3ast, J.Caven 7+2reb, A.Nikkila 6+12reb+3ast, K.Lowe 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 106582


Karhu - Tarmo 95-80

Rather expected game in Kauhajoki where 12th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (4-29) was defeated by ninth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (14-18) 95-80 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Kauhajoen Karhu's pressure prevailed and they won that period 28-15 extending their advantage to 15 points. Kauhajoen Karhu forced 24 Porvoon Tarmo turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field). International forward Vesa Makalainen (200-86) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Kauhajoen Karhu's coach Ari Tammivaara used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jerrah Young (202-85, college: Toledo) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to eighth place. Porvoon Tarmo lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo stay dead last with 29 lost games. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet at home Namika Lahti (#9) in the next round. Porvoon Tarmo will play against Joensuun Kataja and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tarmo: J.Young 25+13reb, L.Trice Little 14+6reb, J.Heard 12+6reb+3ast, E.Maki-Tulokas 12+1reb+1ast, A.Conerly 10+4reb+1ast, J.Kyllonen 7+3reb+7ast
Karhu: J.Wood 30+12reb+7ast, V.Makalainen 18+7reb+2ast, W.Baxley 16+4reb, E.Skamo 13+4reb+2ast, S.Johnson 7+7reb+7ast, H.Hirvikoski 6+1ast
gschID: 106583


Salon Vilpas - LrNMKY 81-87

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked LrNMKY (8-25) defeated on the road 10th ranked Salon Vilpas (11-22) 87-81 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 31-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. LrNMKY shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import guard James Lewis (191-86, college: Fresno Pacific) chipped in 24 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Matti Nuutinen (200-90) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-87, college: Chattanooga, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. LrNMKY maintains eleventh place with 8-25 record. Salon Vilpas lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 22 games lost. LrNMKY will meet league's second-placed KTP-Basket in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Salon Vilpas will play against UU-Korihait (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: M.Nuutinen 19+10reb+2ast, N.Okorie 15+5reb+2ast, N.Doaks 14+9reb, R.Ahonen 12+2reb+6ast, R.Douglas 8+6reb, S.Kaaresvirta 8+3reb+2ast
LrNMKY: J.Lewis 24+8reb+2ast, M.Moore 20+8reb+9ast, V.Vanjoki 19+4reb+2ast, H.Coleman 15+5reb+3ast, H.Valimaa 3, V.Pekkola 3+3reb
gschID: 106584


Kataja - Korihait 101-61

The game between Top Four teams took place in Joensuu. Third ranked host Joensuun Kataja (22-11) smashed 4th placed UU-Korihait (21-12) 101-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of UU-Korihait. Joensuun Kataja forced 20 UU-Korihait turnovers. Joensuun Kataja players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. International guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) nailed 26 points for the winning side and American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) accounted for 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja's coach Jukka Toijala felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) added 10 points respectively for UU-Korihait in the defeat. Joensuun Kataja maintains third place with 22-11 record having six points less than leader Pyrinto. UU-Korihait at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will play against bottom-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UU-Korihait will play against Salon Vilpas (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Korihait: J.Reaves 19+9reb, L.Wright 10+3reb+3ast, J.Kumpulainen 8+1reb+1ast, N.Moore 7+5reb+3ast, H.Saaristo 6, M.Jalonen 5+1reb+3ast
Kataja: P.Virtanen 26+3reb+3ast, J.Newson 22+6reb+3ast, A.Kanervo 16+1reb+3ast, D.Fells 14+6reb+6ast, J.Nenonen 6+9reb, S.Lehtoranta 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 106580




KORISLIIGA: Three quarters has been played - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 33: Three quarters = 33 rounds out of the regular season has been played, one quarter = 11 rounds is left. When Karhu (Kauhajoki) defeated tonight Tarmo (Porvoo) 95-80 and YMCA Lahti lost at the same time in Tampere vs Pyrinto 87-82, it means, that YMCA Lahti would possibly miss the play-off-games and Kauhajoki could make them as Team # 8. Coming Saturday these two teams will meet eachother at Kauhajoki new sporthall. If Kauhajoki wins, their chances will even grow, if Lahti wins, the race will continue untill the end of the regular season. The 'King of Kauhajoki' Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) is anyway back in action. Tonight's saldo 30pts/12/rbs/7assists and the efficiency index 45! Pyrinto (Tampere) is on the top and a miracle must happen last season Finnish Champion will not be on the top on March 26, when the regular season is over.
Kauhajoki - Tarmo 95-80 (44-41). (Jeremiah Wood 30/12/7a, Vesa Makalainen 18, Walt Baxley 16 - Jerrah Young 25/13, LaTrice Little 14, Jonathan Heard 12).
Pyrinto - YMCA Lahti 87-82 (51-43). (Antwine Williams 24, Damon Williams 18/10, Antero Lehto 16 - Roope Suonio 20, Todd Hendley 17, Anthony Vereen 15).
Torpan Pojat - Kouvot 79-82 (40-39). (Timo Heinonen 18, LaVell Blanchard 16/10, Frank Richards 13 - Ville Kaunisto 25/12, Josh Gonner 18, BA Walker 14).
Vilpas - YMCA Lappeenranta 81-87 (44-42). (Matti Nuutinen 19/10, Nick Okorie 15, Nicchaeus Doaks 14 - James Lewis 24, Malik Moore 20, Viljami Vanjoki 19).
Kataja - Korihait 101-61 (49-35). (Petri Virtanen 26 (treys 8/11), Jared Newson 22, Antti Kanervo 16 - James Reaves 19, Lawrence Wright 10).




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 27-7 
 2. KTP 23-9 
 3. Kataja 22-11 
 4. Korihait 21-12 
 5. Honka 19-12 
 6. Kouvot 18-15 
 7. ToPo 16-17 
 8. Karhu 14-18 
 9. Namika Lahti 13-19 
 10. Salon Vilpas 11-22 
 11. LrNMKY 8-25 
 12. Tarmo 4-29 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Wilson, Honka22.8 
 2. Heard, Tarmo21.1 
 3. Lewis, LrNM.20.7 
 4. Wood, Karhu19.7 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo19.5 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.3 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.0 
 9. Harris, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Wood, Karhu13.3 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.9 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas9.9 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Young, Tarmo9.8 
 6. Vinson, Kouvot9.7 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.6 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 9. Belser, Honka8.8 
 10. Coleman, LrNM.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Steffan JOHNSON
  Karhu
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Johnson, Karhu4.5 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.5 
 3. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 5. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.0 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.9 
 7. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.8 
 8. Virtanen, Kataja3.7 
 9. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 10. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wood, Karhu2.0 
 2. Fields, KTP2.0 
 3. Newson, Kataja1.9 
 4. Heard, Tarmo1.9 
 5. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 6. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.8 
 8. Moore, Korihait1.8 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
 10. Richards, ToPo1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 4. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 5. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 6. Gonner, Kouvot0.7 
 7. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 8. Belser, Honka0.6 
 9. Young, Tarmo0.6 
 10. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.6 


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Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.23.6 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.8 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.7 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.16.6 
 7. Morban, Lirija16.6 
 8. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.3 
 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. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.0 
 7. Knezevic, Feni I.7.3 
 8. Chappell, ABA S.7.2 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki7.1 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.5 
 2. Morban, Lirija5.1 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.4.9 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.4 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki4.0 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.2 
 9. Radojcic, Kumanovo.3.2 
 10. Neal, ABA Strumica3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Morban, Lirija1.7 
 3. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.6 
 4. Stimson, ABA S.1.5 
 5. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.4 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 7. Cvetkov, ABA S.1.4 
 8. Matic, Kumanovo.1.4 
 9. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.3 
 10. Buchberger, ABA 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.1.4 
 3. Krstevski, Torus S.1.4 
 4. Avramovski, MZT S.1.3 
 5. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 6. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 7. Frye, Feni Indistrija1.1 
 8. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Kurciev, Ultima.0.6 


Superleague Round 16: Top-ranked Feni Indistrija wins another game - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the first stage of Macedonian top division.

Superleague top team - Feni Indistrija (15-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Lirija (6-10) 107-85. The game was mostly controlled by Feni Indistrija. Lirija managed to win fourth quarter 26-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Feni Indistrija dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Lirija's 42. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Goran Samardziev (187-81) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Dominican guard Carlos Morban (187-82, college: Florida Intern., agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 21 points and 6 assists for Lirija. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Feni Indistrija have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-1 record. Newly promoted Lirija keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. They share the position with ABA Strumica. Feni Indistrija are looking forward to face Ovce Pole (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lirija will play against ABA Strumica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 16 were not that significant. Ovce Pole was beaten by Rabotnicki on the road 86-72. Torus Skopje won against ABA Strumica on its own court 76-66. Kumanovo 2009 managed to outperform Ultimate Basket in a road game 101-86.
The most impressive performance of 16th round was 22 points and 5 rebounds by Dimitar Mirakovski of Rabotnicki.


Rabotnicki - Ovce Pole 86-72

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (13-3) beat 7th ranked Ovce Pole (5-11) in Skopje 86-72 on Saturday. The game without a history. Fersped-Rabotnicki led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Fersped-Rabotnicki forced 21 Ovce Pole turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Ovce Pole helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Dimitar Mirakovski (180-81, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian power forward Dragan Simic (207-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and Serbian power forward Boban Bilbija (208-83) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ovce Pole. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fersped-Rabotnicki have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-3 record having just two points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Ovce Pole lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Pelister Bitola (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ovce Pole will play against the league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Ovce Pole: D.Simic 22+14reb, V.Filipovic 15+3reb+1ast, B.Bilbija 12+8reb, T.Ivkovic 10+1reb, E.Sinadinovic 8+3reb+4ast, R.Stojanov 3+4reb+1ast
Rabotnicki: D.Mirakovski 22+5reb+3ast, T.Simic 17+6reb+1ast, G.Dendra 15+5reb, E.Bogoev 13+1reb+5ast, S.Bozic 9+2reb, P.Blazevski 6+5reb+8ast
gschID: 111777


Lirija - Feni Indistrija 85-107

Superleague top team - Feni Indistrija (15-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Lirija (6-10) 107-85. The game was mostly controlled by Feni Indistrija. Lirija managed to win fourth quarter 26-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Feni Indistrija dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Lirija's 42. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Goran Samardziev (187-81) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Dominican guard Carlos Morban (187-82, college: Florida Intern., agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 21 points and 6 assists and center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Lirija. Five Feni Indistrija and four Lirija 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. Feni Indistrija have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-1 record. Newly promoted Lirija keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. They share the position with ABA Strumica. Feni Indistrija are looking forward to face Ovce Pole (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lirija will play against ABA Strumica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lirija: C.Morban 21+1reb+6ast, K.Pavlovski 16+10reb+1ast, M.Despotovic 15+7reb+2ast, S.Mavel Rejnerio 12+4reb, D.Palmer 8+2reb, D.Berat 5+4reb
Feni Indistrija: J.Frye 18+7reb+2ast, D.Sokolov 18+3reb+1ast, G.Samardziev 15+2reb+5ast, V.Stojanovski 15+2reb, D.Knezevic 12+4reb+4ast, B.Jovovic 9+2reb
gschID: 111778


Torus Skopje - ABA Strumica 76-66

Rather expected game when 6th ranked ABA Strumica (6-10) lost on the road to fourth ranked Torus Skopje (10-6) 76-66 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-66. Torus Skopje outrebounded ABA Strumica 40-28 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for Nemanja Jelisejevic who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Torus Skopje players scored in double figures. Power forward Zoran Stojanov (202-85) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American center John Chappell (208, college: S.Carolina) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for ABA Strumica. ABA Strumica's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Torus Skopje maintains fourth position with 10-6 record. Newly promoted ABA Strumica dropped to the fifth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Lirija. Torus Skopje are looking forward to face Kumanovo 2009 (#7) on the road in the next round. ABA Strumica will play against Lirija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ABA Strumica: Z.Stojanov 15+6reb, M.Neal 11+1reb+2ast, D.Buchberger 9+4reb+2ast, J.Chappell 8+8reb, J.Boswell 7+1reb+3ast, M.Hasanov 6+4reb
Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 19+7reb+1ast, N.Jelisejevic 19+8reb+4ast, N.Karakolev 15+9reb, A.Kostovski 10+3reb+8ast, I.Dimcevski 7+4reb+1ast, J.Markovski 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 111779


Ultimate Basket - Kumanovo 2009 86-101

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Kumanovo 2009's (5-10) road victory over 9th ranked Ultimate Basket (4-12) in Prilep 101-86 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Kumanovo 2009. Ultimate Basket managed to win fourth quarter 32-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Kumanovo 2009 especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. It was a very good performance for Serbian forward Dejan Mikic (201-86) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds. Kristijan Manevik contributed with 22 points for the winners. Kumanovo 2009's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Branko Janeski (203-87) replied with 26 points and forward Jove Kurciev (197-87) added 20 points in the effort for Ultimate Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009 moved-up to seventh place. Ultimate Basket lost tenth consecutive game. Ultimate Basket at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Kumanovo 2009 is looking forward to face higher ranked Torus Skopje (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ultimate Basket will play against MZT Skopje (#3) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Ultimate Basket: B.Janeski 26+2ast, J.Kurciev 20+3reb, N.Stankov 12+3reb, M.Mladenovic 10+3ast, B.Gorgievski 8+1reb, S.Mihajlovski 5
Kumanovo 2009: D.Mikic 23+6reb, K.Manevik 22+2reb+1ast, D.Matic 16+4reb+2ast, D.Stanimirovic 11+1reb, I.Vukotic 9+2ast, D.Kalov 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 111780




Mirakovski's 22 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old guard Dimitar Mirakovski (180-G-81, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Rabotnicki and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 22 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Rabotnicki in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ovce Pole (#8, 5-11) 86-72. Rabotnicki maintains the 2nd position in FYR Macedonian league. They are still close to the very top. Rabotnicki would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 13-3 record. Mirakovski turned to be Rabotnicki's top player in his first season with the team. Mirakovski has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.8ppg) and averages solid 65.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dragan Simic (207-F/C-81) of Ovce Pole. He is Serbian forward in his first season at Ovce Pole. In the last game Simic recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Ovce Pole lost that game 72-86 to the higher-ranked Rabotnicki (#2, 13-3). This loss caused Ovce Pole to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Simic is one of the most experienced players at Ovce Pole and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Nemanja Jelisejevic of Torus Skopje (#4). Jelisejevic showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Torus Skopje, leading his team to a 76-66 win against slightly lower-ranked ABA Strumica (#6, 6-10). Torus Skopje needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 6 lost games. Jelisejevic has a very solid season. In 2 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 12.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarrid Frye (194-G-85) of Feni Indistrija - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Toni Simic (210-C-76) of Rabotnicki - 17 points and 6 rebounds
6. Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88) of Torus Skopje - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Carlos Morban (187-G-82) of Lirija - 21 points and 6 assists
8. Goran Samardziev (187-G-81) of Feni Indistrija - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85) of Lirija - 16 points and 10 rebounds
10. Dejan Mikic (201-F-86) of Kumanovo 2009 - 23 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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Puerto Rico U16 came up with the loudest upset in Day 5 - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16-Puerto Rico U16 64:85

Puerto Rico U16 came up with the loudest upset in Day 5 of the International Tournament in Gaziantep, Turkey. The Latin American team overcame Germany U16 85:64. The latter fell at 3-2, while Puerto Rico finished the group with 2-3 record. The German side was the favorite of the game and started with 23-16 after the first 10 minutes. Puerto Rico however replied with 23-12 in the second period and 4-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover the second half belonged to the winners. Puerto Rico won the third quarter 23-21 and finished the game with 23-8 in the last frame.
Miguel A. Cartagena Reyes paced all the winners with 24 points and Eliel Josue Gonzalez Gomez (189-G-95) netted 21. Ismet Akpinar (184-G-95) answered with 16 points in the losing effort. Jan-niklas Wimberg scored 10, whilst Gavin Schilling (205-C-95) nailed 8.

Germany U16: Ismet Akpinar 16, Jan-niklas Wimberg 10, Gavin Schilling 8
Puerto Rico U16: Miguel A. Cartagena Reyes 24, Eliel Josue Gonzalez Gomez 21




Anthony Tolliver (Minnesota Timberwolves) In Germany I Was Successful Against Older And More Experienced Players Which Helped Me In Reaching The NBA. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Anthony Tolliver (206-C-85, college: Creighton) is a 25 year old 206cm center from Springfield, Missouri. He played at Creighton from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 13.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 21.1%, FT: 65.8%. In the 2007-2008 season which was his rookie year, he made opening day roster of the Cleveland Cavaliers but was released in first week by Cavaliers to make room for Sasha Pavlovic and Anderson Varejao. He then played for the Iowa Energy (D-League): 24 games: 11.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 66.2%, in Feb.'08 moved to Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 20 games: 14.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 64.7%. The last two years have been long and seemingly unending as he played for 10 teams. In the 2008-2009 season, he played for San Antonio Spurs (NBA), in Dec.'08 assigned to Austin Toros (D-League): 6 games: 17.8ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, later that month recalled to San Antonio Spurs (NBA): 19 games: 2.7ppg, 2.2rpg, in Jan.'09 was sent to Iowa Energy (D-League): 10 games: 12.4ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 78.6%; later that month called by New Orleans Hornets (NBA) for a 10-day contract before sending back to Iowa Energy (D-League), in Feb.'09 moved to Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul (Turkey-TBL): Turkish League: 15 games: 12.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 79.6%; EuroChallenge: 2 games: 18.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg. Last season, he played for the Miami Heat (NBA), only pre-season, in Nov.'09 joined Idaho Stampede (D-League, starting five): 14 games: 21.4ppg, 11.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 78.5%, in Dec.'09 signed at Portland Trail Blazers (NBA): 2 games: 0pts; later that month signed at Golden State Warriors (NBA, starting five): 44 games: 12.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 76.9%. This season, he is playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves and spoke with eurobasket.


Your first NBA game was almost two years ago with the San Antonio Spurs. Recently you played against Kobe Bryant. Are you still as excited to play an NBA as you were your first game?


Yes I am. The NBA is still new for me and I still have much fun playing against guys like Lebron James and Kobe Bryant.


You played 20 games for The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in 2008. Since then you have played for 10 teams. Has the last two years felt like an eternity?


Yes it has. Ever since I came out of college it has felt like I have had to move every three months moving to a new team. It is a great feeling knowing I am in Minnesota for the next two years.


You made the 2007-2008 opening roster of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but then had to make room for Sascha Pavlovic and Anderson Varejao. Looking back how much did that hurt having to go?


It hurt, but at the same time it was a big accomplishment for me making the team being undrafted. However I understood that I still had some things that I had to work on. I was able to develop my game further in Germany which helped me reach the NBA.



What did you learn on the court playing for The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven?


I learned a lot in Germany especially gaining self confidence to be able to play at the next level. In Germany I was successful against older and more experienced players which helped me in reaching the NBA.


What do you miss most about Germany?


I will never forget going to the Bremerhaven zoo and visiting the polar bears. Germany was my first time overseas and I learned a lot from that first time in Europe. I developed nice relationships and still have contact today.


In the last years, you played for many D-league teams and NBA teams like the Spurs, Hornets, Heat, Trailblazers and Golden State Warriors. How difficult were the last two years with the uncertainty of not knowing of what would come next?


It was a big challenge not knowing if I would play in the NBA again. However I just kept working hard and hoping for that chance. I had a few chances and took advantage of them and stayed in the NBA.


The Minnesota Timberwolves have had a slow start this season. What can we expect from the team this season?



We are the youngest team in the NBA. We came into the league with little expectations, but I feel that we exceeded them so far. Our goal is to grow and get better with time.

What is it like playing behind Kevin Love? Was his 31 points and 31 rebounds the best performance that you have seen on the court?


I would rate it at the top. When I was playing with the Spurs, I saw Tony Parker score 55 points in Minnesota. However what Love did was incredible. Each season, you will have aguy scoring a lot of points, but not what Love did. The last time, a player had a 30-30 game was Moses Malone in 1982. Wilt Chamberlain had 30-30 games 40 times in his career.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have some very skilled big men with Nikola Pekovic who played at Panathinaikos Athens and also Darko Millicic who is an NBA veteran. How competitive is the competition?


The competition is very strong. Each player bring different skills to the table. Pekovic is more a scorer and Millicic more a shot blocker. Love is the better post player, while i am the better shooter. Love is the better rebounder, while I am the better defender.

Are you looking back to playing more like you did last season with Golden State?


Last season, I averaged 30 minutes and started 33 games. This season, I come in and play 18-20 minutes and am not asked to score 15 points. I come in and give energy and just be active and hit the open jumper and just do what does the coach wants.


The legendary ex Detroit Piston Bill Lambeer is the assistant coach. How has he helped your game?


He has the tricks of the trade, but not dirty, but just smart moves that helps me take advantage of my defenders. He is a good coach that has different tricks up his sleeve.


What is a strength in your game that is not always noticed right away?



I think that it is my passing. My scoring gets noticed first and then my defending, but my passing gets overlooked. I am good at catching the ball and surveying the court looking for that open man and usually have high success finding him.



Who was the most difficult opponent that you have played against in the NBA?


Last season it was Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durrant and this season it has been Blake Griffin. He is really tough to guard.



Will Kevin Durrant be the best player on earth one day?



I think that he will take over in a few years. He has unbelievable talent and I think that he will continue to develop. Now he just needs to develop other areas of his game. Everybody knows that he can score. I think that the Thunder will be a team to reckon with in the next years.


Who wins a one on one, you or Kevin Love?


I would win and beat him with my quickness.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Godfather.



Thanks Anthony for the chat.








Pascal Roller Has The Right Aaron Rodgers Touch In His Release As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Defeat The Telekom Baskets Bonn 93-64 Reaching Their Third Consecutive BEKO BBL Top 4 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
In the last few years, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have been frequent visitors to the BEKO BBL Top 4 and have gotten used to playing basketball in early spring and not watching it on TV. Frankfurt wanted to book the Top 4 ticket to Bamberg and after getting rocked 4 days earlier in their own living room to the Brose Baskets Bamberg, the club was as concentrated on getting down to basketball business as winter weather was in the States preventing the Toronto Raptors from departing Indianapolis, firms showcasing the best ads for Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas and super duper actor Matt Damon cheering on his Boston Celtics bringing the team luck against The Los Angeles Lakers with a black hat and a big B on the front as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners didnt want to stink up their house a second time in a row taking apart the Telekom Baskets Bonn 93-64. Frankfurt will compete in the TOP 4 in Bamberg on the first April weekend against Bamberg, Braunschweig and Artland Dragons. The loss against Bamberg was a wakeup call as Frankfurt took care of business against Bonn. 'We had no choice, but to forget the loss against Bamberg fast. We had the choice to hang our heads or return and work hard and give a good effort against Bonn. We had a good practice Monday night and the team was pretty confident for the game. Bonn is a team where you never know what to expect. They won in Berlin, but lost at home before that. The whole team played together, there was a great distribution of the ball and in the third quarter where Bonn tried to come back, we always had an answer'., stressed Skyliner center Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). Bonn was on top of the world after the win in Berlin, but quickly came back down to earth on the Ballsporthalle floor. 'We werent focused. Each player should look in the mirror and ask what they did wrong. I am very disappointed. This was a big game, but we played very bad. We didnt bring any effort on defense. They shot very well, but we also gave them easy baskets. There was simply no effort from the first to the last guy in our rotation and we didnt try to change anything', said Bonn guard Folarin Campbell (193-G/F-86, college: George Mason). 'I think that everything that we did wrong against Bamberg, we did right tonight. We gave a good effort on offense and defense. We shared the ball, got a lot of assists and talked a lot. It was a complete win', stressed current BEKO BBL top scorer DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.). 'We didnt bring the same effort as in Berlin. We cant afford to be up and down', added ex Cologne guard Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis).

One player who has been strolling around in street clothes more than in uniform in the last years has been ex NBA player Vincent Yarbrough (201-F-81, college: Tennessee) who is still rehabilitating and coming back from an injury. The 29 year old 201cm forward who played 59 games for the Denver Nuggets in the 2002-2003 season has only been able to play 51 games for The Telekom Baskets Bonn since he arrived in 2008. Yarbrough who is a strong defender and has been missed in their rotation is hoping to return back to action in March. Before the game, Yarbrough had a long chat with injured Skyliner Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana), but also had diverse thoughts about the cup, strength of Campbell, Hunt and Wise, and notion that Frankfurt doesnt seem to be able to come to terms with the playing style of Bonn in recent years. 'The cup is different than the championship in that cup time is a good indication of who is playing well. I think that the teams that reach the Top 4 is a good preview of what we will see in the playoffs. The Frankfurt game has no special meaning to me and is just like another game. It is more fun to see how my teammates and former teammates do like Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) or Kennyetta Johnson (210-C-78, college: Ohio St.). I dont think that Campbell, Hunt and Wise are meant to do all the scoring. It just seems to happen a lot. Coach Koch wants a healthy distribution with scoring. Those three players are our best one on one players and if there is a missed communication or missed screen than it is usually they who get the ball in their hands, because they can make something happen, but all three are different type of players. In being successful against Frankfurt has a lot to do with the preparation. Former coach Murat Didin had a particular style of play that we came to terms with where you had to stop one or two players and you had the game won. It is the same with this team where if you control Wood, you have a good chance to win. With Moye and Powell out, Wood has had to take the load', stressed Vincent Yarbrough (201-F-81, college: Tennessee).

Before the game started, it is always interesting to observe what happens in warm ups. Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) took a few minutes to catch up with BEKO BBL top rebounder in the years 2001-2005 Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) as both guys had been teammates in the 2008-2009 season with The Paderborn Baskets. As the two veterans were chatting, Skyliner guard Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) showed some respect coming over and shaking the hand of Ensminger. With the game being on a Wednesday and also a German national football game against Italy happening, the crowd turnout was rather poor. Frankfurt had lost the seven games in a row to Bonn dating back to their game three win in the Ballsporthalle in the 2008 playoff semifinals. It was no secret that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners could not allow another slow start like against Bamberg. Both teams started carefully not letting the other team break away. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) started with a soft hook shot over Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia), but Frankfurt responded with a pretty basket by DaShaun Wood as he got Ensminger in the air. BEKO BBL rookie Nic Wise then made a nice hesitation step fake on Wood and scored with a fade away jumper as Bonn led 4-2. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) then tied the score at 4-4 with a bucket. Wise then scored again inside dancing to the hoop with quick steps. As even as the game seemed, it suddenly changed as Frankfurt exploded on a sudden 11-0 run to lead 15-6 and slowly take command. Frankfurt was scoring inside as Moss scored and Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). Mckinney drooped a three point bomb and Wood scored inside again. Frankfurt was taking advantage of the poor Bonn help defense and scoring on the transition.

The last few minutes of the first quarter was pretty even as Frankfurt outscored The telekom Baskets Bonn 9-8 to lead 24-14 after ten minutes. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) challenged his 17% three point percentage by nailing a bomb from downtown and captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) started where he left off in the Bamberg game keeping his touch from the parking lot with a three pointer. 'We scored a lot of points in the first quarter. We rebounded pretty well, we forced turnovers and began to shoot well. We showed early that our defense would control our offense', stressed DaShaun Wood. 'After our loss to Bamberg, we wanted to have a better start. The revenge factor against Bonn was also on our minds. We were aggressive and stayed together as a team early and carried it until the end', commented Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 83% from two point range and 50% from outside while The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 45% from two point range and 0% from outside. The Telekom Baskets Bonn had the slim 8-6 rebound edge and four turnovers while Frankfurt had only three turnovers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners quickly found their rhythm in the first quarter and were slowing getting into cruise control as they quickly raced out on a 12-4 run to lead 36-18. Frankfurt continued to play a very balanced offense and just kept Bonn guessing on defense as they mixed it up continuing to get a lot of help from two Roller three pointers, drawing fouls and getting baskets inside by Wood and Nolte. Frankfurt was able to lead by as much as 22 points down the stretch of the second quarter. Frankfurt was getting production from everybody from the bench like De Mello and Nolte. Nolte would end with 11 points and 11 rebounds (6 offensive rebounds) in 24 minutes and continue to show why he is such a valuable player and that he should rack up many points for BEKO BBL 2011 most improved player. 'I ma happy that I had a good game tonight. This afternoon when I was having coffee with my parents and wife I was extra nervous which isnt typical for me. However I was very focused and got off to a quick start getting some rebounds and then baskets. I was happy to do my part tonight', expressed Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) did a pretty solid job getting to the free throw line. Patrick Flomo scored as did Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis) with a three pointer as Frankfurt led 47-28 at halftime. Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert gave an early indication that he would not shy away at playing young 18 year Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) as he inserted him in the second quarter. Lindbom played 17 minutes with two points, three rebounds, two assists and a block and was content after the win with his performance. 'It felt good playing so much. I played with a lot of confidence, but have to make my shots', stressed Carl Lindbom (204-F-91). 'Frankfurt was playing very good team defense in the second quarter and not giving up any open shots. On offense they were playing their systems and getting out on the fast break', added injured Skyliner Filmore Beck (189-G-91). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 62% from the field and 54% from the three point line while The Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 33% from the field and 13% from the three point line. Both teams had 15 rebounds and eight turnovers a piece.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn had to get back into the game fast, because there is nothing more difficult than trailing by a lot in the Ballsporthalle and being successful coming back. Bonn came out of the locker room with more intensity going on a mini 4-0 run as Campbell made a steal and scored coast to coast and Ensminger scored inside getting a sweet dish from Nic Wise as Frankfurt led only 47-32. But that was as close as Bonn would get in the second half as The Deutsche bank Skyliner started to get their offense attack into full throttle again going on a 8-0 run to lead 55-32. Wood took control and played his game which no opponent likes to witness as the American did his thing penetrating and letting Bonn play roulette by guessing pass or layup. In this run, Wood found Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) three times for lay ups and Roller scored free throws. Bonn responded with a Hunt three pointer, but they were too inconsistent as they kept allowing Frankfurt to take new runs. Frankfurt now went on a 8-0 run to lead 63-35 as the game turned into a rout. Quantez Super Tez scored inside and from downtown and Wood also scored from the parking lot. 'Everything that Frankfurt was doing on offense was killing us. We couldnt stop their pick and roll or post play', explained ex Artland Dragon Folarian Campbell. Frankfurt got support from Kimmo Muurinen with a jumper and Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) continued to fight and claw his way through the zone with an offensive rebound and put back off a Wood miss as Frankfurt led 69-37 as the third quarter was winding down. Bonn closed out the third quarter with a 6-2 run as German national player Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) made a dunk, young 21 year old German Fabian Thuelig made an off balance jumper and 33 year old American Jacob Jaacks (208-F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa) a mini hook shot. Frankfurt led 71-43 after three quarters. 'We didnt focus on defense. We gave up too many wide open shots and two many second chance baskets', added Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 59% from the field and 53% from the parking lot and The Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 40% from the field and 18% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 24-18 rebound edge and 13 turnovers while Bonn had 14 turnovers.

The Telekom Baskets only had 10 minutes left to create a miracle, but Skyliner captain Pascal Roller quickly doused this dream as he nailed two consecutive three pointers as Frankfurt led 77-44. With a 33 point lead and 8 minutes to play, Bonn coach Michael Koch inserted little used Germans Sajmen Hauer (190-G-88), Fabian Thuelig (who had started and played 21 minutes) and 20 year old U-20 German national players Jonas Wohl
farth-Bottermann. Here and there, Bonn would find some daylight as Hauer and Jaacks hit consecutive three pointers to let Bonn creep back like an old and tired snail to 80-52, but the clock was running down and little hope in sight for any kind of a last quarter miracle. Frankfurt then went on a 8-0 run with a Mckinney three pointer and jumper and another Roller three pointer to completely ice the game and TOP 4 ticket in Bamberg to lead 88-55. Bonn closed out the game with a 10-5 run, but it didnt matter as most werent even paying attention anymore, but moreover dreaming about who Frankfurt might draw as a semi final opponent. Wohlfahrt-Botterman scored inside twice as did Thuelig and Mark Tyndale (196-G-86, college: Temple) scored a three pointer. De Mello fed Linbom for a nice two handed dunk. Frankfurt exited the Ballsporthalle floor after 40 minutes with a 93-64 win and nobody even remotely remembered the big win in Berlin three days earlier. 'We had a lack of execution. They played great defense and did a great job clogging the lane and making us take more jumpers. They denied us a lot and played harder than us. Frankfurt hit their shots. They got us collapsing and you can go down the list as Roller, Wood, Robertson, Mckinney and De Mello all hit their shots', stated Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis). 'We started off doing a good job on one on one defense which fueled our team defense. We did a good job rebounding a great job on help defense', stressed Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by captain Pascal Roller with 20 points. DaShaun Wood scored 18 points and dished out 6 assists. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) contributed 14 points. Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced 11 points and 11 rebounds. Jimmy McKinney added 10 points. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were led by Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) with 11 points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners shot a thunderous 57% from the field and 54% fromthe three point line Keeping The Telekom Baskets Bonn far behind in their rear view mirror as they were unable to match their shooting finishing with 41% from the field and 26% from downtown. Frankfurt won the rebounding duel 31-29 and Wood noticed a huge difference to the 92-89 loss in Bonn recently. 'We did a good job on their big men with boxing out and switching. Our little guys helped as well. In the first game in Bonn, there was a lack of effort and help. Tonight we had a lot of energy and everyone helped which was the difference', said DaShaun Wood. The Top 4 will be played in the first weekend of April in Bamberg and the first chance for Frankfurt to win a title this season. 'It is an achievement and honour to be able to play in the TOP 4. I am looking forward to it. There will be four great teams and it will be a dog fight. This is a great chance for a title and we will be ready', warned DaShaun Wood. With the last three games in February against playoff teams Bremerhaven, Braunschweig and Artland, will the Deutsche Bank Skyliners get active on the market and get a short term replacement for Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) until he returns for the Artland Dragons game on Fenruary 27th? Adam Waleskowski (203-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Florida St.) was let go by BG Goettingen and as a four man and a player with a German passport a player that could fit into the Frankfurt style? Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak was not lifting any secrets about a new player. 'I have 40 players names on my desk. We had Waleskowski in for a tryout a few years ago as Charles Barton was the coach. It always depends about the situation and timing. If we get a player than he will have to fit our team', stressed Kamil Novak. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners February 12th at 17:50.




German U16 National Team 2011 - by Emiliano
Starting five
#s#
Ismet Akpinar
Akpinar
Sebastian Heck
Heck
Daniel Mayr
Mayr
Robyn Missa
Missa
Niklas Ney
Ney
#e#5
1 Ismet Akpinar 184-G-95 Hamburg Germany
2 Sebastian Heck 196-G-95 Speyer Germany
3 Daniel Mayr 209-C-95 Jena II Germany
4 Robyn Missa 199-C-95 Charlottenb. Germany
5 Niklas Ney 198-C-95 ALBA Germany
6 Nicolas Oosterman 178-G-95 Rist Wedel 2 Germany
7 Gavin Schilling 205-C-95
8 Janis Stielow 189-G/F-95 Bad Bevensen Germany
9 David Taylor 186-G-95 NBC Germany
10 Terry Thomas 198-F-95 TSV Troester Germany
11 Maximilian Ugrai 195-F-95 Wuerzburg Germany
12 Jan Niklas Wimberg 200-F-96 Oldenburg Germany



Gray's 28 points and 6 rebounds give him ProA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old guard Kameron Gray (186-G-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Crailsheim Merlins and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had the game-high 28 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Crailsheim in his team's victory, helping them to beat Wuerzburg (#2, 15-4) 68-58. Crailsheim maintains the 7th position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Crailsheim will need more victories to improve their 11-8 record. Gray turned to be Crailsheim's top player in his first season with the team. Oklahoma City University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gray. Gray is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.5ppg) and averages solid 58.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side) of Kirchheim. He is American forward in his first season at Kirchheim. In the last game Smallwood recorded impressive 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Kirchheim lost that game 84-90 to the lower-ranked ETB Wohnbau (#14, 5-14). This loss caused Kirchheim to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Smallwood is a newcomer at Kirchheim and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Osnabrueck (#4). Fleetwood scored 17 points. He was a key player of Osnabrueck, leading his team to a 100-85 easy win against the lower-ranked Hannover (#11, 7-12). Osnabrueck needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 6 lost games. Fleetwood has a very solid season. In 18 games in Germany he scored 9.7ppg. He also has 5.8rpg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 57.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kendall Chones (201-F-84) of ETB Wohnbau - 21 points and 6 rebounds
5. Alexander Zyskunov (209-F/C-77) of Karlsruhe - 12 points and 12 rebounds
6. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) of Osnabrueck - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77) of Kirchheim - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Deilvez Yearby (198-F-87) of Cuxhaven - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86) of B.Muenchen - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81) of ETB Wohnbau - 24 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)


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Schwelm 15-4 
 2. Vechta 14-5 
 3. Stahnsdorf 13-6 
 4. Herten 13-6 
 5. Leipzig 10-9 
 6. ALBA Berlin II 9-10 
 7. Wulfen 9-10 
 8. SU Medien 8-11 
 9. Rist-Wedel 7-12 
 10. Bayer Giants 7-12 
 11. Wolfenbuettel 5-14 
 12. Bernau 4-15 
Group South
 1. Ehingen 18-1 
 2. NBC 14-5 
 3. Leitershofen 14-5 
 4. Licher Baeren 14-5 
 5. Langen 12-7 
 6. BG Illertal 9-10 
 7. TSV Troester 9-10 
 8. Gotha 6-13 
 9. Giessen 5-14 
 10. Dt.Bank SKY II 5-14 
 11. Schwenningen 5-14 
 12. Konstanz 3-16 


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Chris Hugaz to replace Kalafatakis at Iraklis - by George Fragkos
Chris Hugaz will be the head coach of Iraklis Thessaloniki as soon as some issues are arranged between the club and the present coach, Giorgos Kalafatakis (agency: Interperformances ). The heavy defeat by Ilysiakos was something that led the two parts to the conclusion that this cannot keep on like that and they should part ways. However, some misunderstandings between them put the whole thing back and Kalafatakis is typically still at Iraklis.

The official termination of their contract is a matter of time and his replacement will be Hugaz, who will make his first attempt as a head coach at a team. So far he has only worked as an assistant at Panionios and Kavala.

Hugaz is already in Thessaloniki and he has conducted a training session of his new team. After everything with Kalafatakis is arranged, he will sign his contract and become officially the new coach of Iraklis. This is expected to happen even today.

Moreover, the news for the club is not good at all. The main investor, Giorgos Galanos, decided to leave again and this may cause another financial struggle.



Olympiakos and Panathinaikos did it again - by Giorgos Diploidis
Panathinaikos will face Olympiakos in the Greek cup final for fourth time the last 4 years. Today (08/02) were the second semi finals were the two teams faced the teams of Thessaloniki, Aris and PAOK. The things were much clear after the first semi finals were the club of Dusan Ivkovic won 79-60 in Thessaloniki and the one of Zeljko Obradovic the team of Sharon Druker in Athens 87-58.
The difference today was that Aris at least took the win by 74-70 whereas Olympiakos won again 89-61.

Olympiakos PAOK 89-61

The two teams were tight until the 8 minute of the game (15-15), there a technical foul to Todor Gechevski game the chance to the home team to took the leadership (HT, 89-61).
In the second half the team of Piraeus played even better, made a lot of steals and fast breaks and the biggest gap between the two teams was 67-39 in the third period. 'Dikefalos tou Vorra' only succeed to decrease the final score to 89-61.

The best players of the winners were Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) who had 17 points and Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) who scored 16 (5 rebounds). For the team of Soulis Markopoulos, Rowle Marshall scored 16 and Lazaros Papadopoulos 12 (6 rebounds)

Aris - Panathinaikos 74-70

Aris took a big win without his two Americans (Bobby Brown and P. J.Tucker). Panathinaikos had the leadership in the most part of the game, (16-25, 13'), (46-50, 30'). However the 'Yellows' stayed in the match and they finally took the win (71-64, 39') even though they could win more easily in the end.
Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) was magnificent for another one game (21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) whereas Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) helped also in a lot parts of game (11 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals). For Panathinaikos, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) had 16 points (7 assists) and Mike Batiste 12 points and 7 rebounds.



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Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Dehoppers 16-2 
 2. Binnenland 14-3 
 3. Red Giants 13-4 
 4. Groene 12-5 
 5. Goba 12-6 
 6. Hoofddorp 11-6 
 7. Almonte 10-8 
 8. Leiden 2 8-8 
 9. Cangeroes 8-10 
 10. Amsterdam 2 6-11 
 11. Akrides 4-14 
 12. Punch 4-14 
 13. Wildcats 3-16 
 14. Black Eagles 2-16 


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 22-2 
 2. ZZ Leiden 20-5 
 3. Eiffel Towers 17-7 
 4. Magixx 16-9 
 5. DeFriesland 13-13 
 6. BS Weert 11-14 
 7. Giants 10-15 
 8. ABC 9-16 
 9. Landstede 6-19 
 10. Rotterdam 1-25 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.8 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants16.0 
 3. Laing, Magixx15.5 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.5 
 5. Borha, Landstede15.4 
 6. Blue, Giants15.2 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden15.1 
 8. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.6 
 9. Brown, DeFriesland14.6 
 10. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam9.9 
 2. McDermott, Magixx9.7 
 3. Haryasz, GasTerra9.6 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 5. Ellis, GasTerra8.8 
 6. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.8 
 7. Griffin, Giants8.7 
 8. de Randamie, ABC8.7 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert8.1 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.3 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.9 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.2 
 4. Bostain, GasTerra3.9 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants3.8 
 6. Williams, DeFriesland3.6 
 7. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 8. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.5 
 9. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.4 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.7 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.4 
 3. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 6. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 9. Kimbrough, Giants2.0 
 10. Stokes, BS Weert2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.5 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.4 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.0 
 6. Hulzebos, Landstede0.8 
 7. McDermott, Magixx0.8 
 8. Mullery, Landstede0.8 
 9. Boxley, ZZ Leiden0.8 
 10. Strong, Landstede0.8 


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  ICELAND   


Finishing Strong - by Inge Semaj
With only a few weeks remaining in the regular season, it is crucial that we finish up the regular season on a high note. The idea is to build momentum as we prepare for post season play. My young team has came a long way since the start of the season. We have had our ups and downs, good times and bad but what is most important we have learned a lot from every win and every loss.

For me personally, I have learned a lot as well. I am understanding my teammates strengths and weaknesses and finding more ways that I can make they better even if my individual statistics decline some. Because when it comes down to it, the most important static is the 'W'.


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Federation Cup Team roster IOB (Tamil Nadu Mens) - by M. Rajalingam
About the tournament:
25th IMG-Reliance Federation Cup Basketball Championship for Men and Women will be held at Raipur (Chhattisgarh) from 10th-15th February, 2011. Following is a look at the team roster of IOB, the team representing Tamil Nadu.
A quick word about the tournament:
The top ranked teams (8 Mens teams and 8 Womens teams), from the 60th National Basketball Championship (in Ludhiana) will be taking part in the Federation Cup this year.
The team details:
IOB will be representing Tamil Nadu in the 25th IMG-Reliance Federation Cup Basketball Championship for Men.
Coach: N.Ramamoorthy
Players:
5. Satheesh Kumar
6. S.Aravindh
7. Hareesh Korath
8. Abhilek Paul
9. Mihir Pandey
11. Vineeth Revi Mathew
13. Md.Arif Aftab
15. Pratham Singh




Interview with Suren, Treasurer-Tamil Nadu Basketball Association - by M. Rajalingam
I recently met Mr.Suren, Treasurer, Tamil Nadu Basketball Association. He talks about the administration aspects of the game in the country, and shares his views on the promotion and development of the game.

He started the conversation by describing the office bearers of the Association.
TNBA office bearers: President: Mr.K.N.Ramajayam, a notable Industrialist in Trichy and a basketball lover, and the Secretary: Mr.Ilango, a basketball player himself, having played for the junior and senior state levels.

The Association under the leadership of these two people had organized two major championships, the Youth National Championships at Trichy organized at Care School of Engineering, Trichy, and the FIBA-Asia Championships for women.
He is confident of the present administration team in performing the functions of the association.

Here comes the interview part of our conversation:
Tell about yourself?
I am currently the Treasurer of the Tamil Nadu Basketball Association. I have played at all levels of the game, right from the school games, to the university, state and the National teams.I have represented India for two years, in which one year being a captain of the team, in the Asian Basketball Championships held at China.

What do you think about the infrastructure available for basketball in the country?
Infrastructure is required in a very big way. It is really missing in India. In real, basketball is not an indoor game. Currently it is slowly graduating to the indoor level in our country.

How do you compare the growth of basketball in China to India?
The political scenario in China, helps in the continuous development of the game. They are concentrating more on clinics for every category of players. The training basics are fundamentally strong in China. And finally the talent scouting process in intense and only the fittest gets hand picked for the training. And moreover they plan on a long-term basis.

What is your opinion about the creation of league formats?
As of now, there is no revenue for the players who play the game. The only option available is the jobs through sports quota in Institutions like Indian Bank, IOB. The league format will play the players more, which in turn will keep the players motivated to play the game.

What is your view on sports marketing majors getting into the game in India?
Organizations like IMG and NBA who have launched their plans in India are commercial entities. These organizations are dedicated but it's not yet sure, what's in it for the game in India. They got into India looking at the recent success of IPL. If the plans are well and good, it's right and better for thew game.

What will you be suggesting for promoting the game in India?
There are several factors that have to be looked at, for promoting the game. Viewership has to be increased, Money should be availbale for th players,there should be more tournaments, the popularity of the game should be improved, there should be more continuous grassroots initiatives.

In your opinion, what are the things that have to be done, to make the game as a profession?
The players who play for the state or the national team, end up getting a job in Institutions like banks, Railways. Beyond that, there is nothing for them. There should be more money in the game, especially for the players. They should be paid regularly, which has been recently implemented by the Basketball Federation of India (BFI). Pension scheme should be formulated, on similar lines with what's happening in cricket in our country.


25th IMG-Reliance Federation Cup Basketball Championship from 10th February 2011 - by M. Rajalingam
The 25th IMG-Reliance Federation Cup Basketball Championship for Men and Women will be held Raipur (Chhattisgarh) from 10th-15th February, 2011. The championship will be conducted by the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) in association with the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Basketball Association.
The Federation Cup is a tournament that features the top eight teams in both the mens and womens divisions from the previous years Sr. National Basketball Championship. The top ranked womens teams from the 60th National Basketball Championship (in Ludhiana) which will be taking part in the Federation Cup this year are:

1. Indian Railways
2. Delhi
3. Chhattisgarh
4. Karnataka
5. Kerala
6. Tamil Nadu
7. Maharashtra
8. Andhra Pradesh



A chat with Michael Vino, FIBA referee - by M. Rajalingam
In this article, I am going to write about the views and opinions that I shared with V. Ceciline Michael Vino, FIBA referee, from Chennai. I met him in one of the local club tournaments in Chennai. We had a conversation about basketball in general, the role of referees, the need for the development of referees, and almost everything to do with the referees development in India.

Mr. Vino is of the opinion that the infrastructure of the city is not yet developed. 'There are no proper rest rooms and changing rooms in most of the grounds' complaints the FIBA referee. When asked about the development of referees, he said, 'fitness should be more emphasized among the referees, and communication barriers still exists among most of the referees. They have to be trained in communications and language'.

About considering the referee as a profession, 'here, the referees gets paid around Rs.100, per match in a local tournament. Whereas the payment is far more higher in foreign countries. The referees have to be paid, for them to consider refereeing as a serious profession.' told Vino, who has traveled abroad for many tournaments to referee international tournaments.

And when I asked his ideas about developing more referees from Chennai, he said, 'We have to catch them young. So that when they reach 30's, they will be certified to referee international tournaments. I started my career as a referee at the age of 19. Interested people should be identified and motivated to take up the certification, so that at the end of the day, we can have more internationally certified referees in our countries'

He also added, 'the awareness about the game is still lacking among the public. If their favourite local team doesn't score a point, the referee is being blamed. Which is not the case in western countries. The people should become aware of the basketball rules, so the referees can carry out their job, without hindrance, thereby making the game much more enjoyable.'

And with the current growth in the Indian basketball scenario in our country, I personally feel that the importance of the referees will be well understood, and efforts will be taken for people to consider Refereeing as a serious profession. Let's hope for the best.


IOB and Southern Railway emerges winners at Chennai - by M. Rajalingam
The finals of the SNJ No.1 All Star Trophy concluded today the 5th February 2011, here at Chennai.

Thiru R.Ilangovan, Honry Secretary, Tamil Nadu Basketball Association presided over the function, and Thiru.K.V.Rangaswami, member of Board & President-Construction, Larsen & Toubro Limited was the Chief guest.

The Prize money for the tournament was Rs.25,000 for Mens Winners and Rs.20,000 for runners-up. And Rs.15,000 for Womens winners and Rs.10,000 for womens runners-up.

The first match was the womens finals between Southern Railway and SRM Rising Star BC. Geethu Anna Jose, captain of Southern railway led her team to victory with her 17 points. The match was held tie at 18-18 during the half-break, but the southern Railway emerged winners at the end with 45 points.

In the Mens finals between IOB and Indian bank, Abilek Paul helped IOB in winning the match by scoring 20 points.

The Results:
Mens finals:
IOB 70 (Abilek paul 20, Hareesh Korath 15, Pratham Singh 15) bt Indian bank 47 (Puvaneshwaran 15, Senthil Murugan 17)

Womens finals:
Southern railway 45 (Geethu Anna Jose 17, Kokila 11) bt SRM Rising Star BC 25 (Sangeetha 10, Karpagam 10)



Troy Justice Inaugurated basketball court and tournament in Chennai - by M. Rajalingam
Troy Justice, Director, NBA - India Operation was at Hindustan University Campus, Kelambakam, Chennai to inaugurate the new basketball court at 3.30 PM on 7th February 2011.

Mr.Justice also inaugurated the inter-corporate and the inter-college basketball tournaments which started from 8th February.

1st Dr. K.C.G. Verghese Memorial Trophy Inter Corporate Basketball Tournament for men is organised by Hindustan Institute of Technology & Science. All Corporate teams in and around Chennai participated. Trophies and certificates will be awarded for winners and runners. The tournament will be conducted from 8 February - 11 February 2011.



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  IRAN   


Zob Ahan nip Champville in WABA League - by Eurobasket News
Zob Ahan - Champville 70:69

Zon Ahan victoriously opened their WABA League quarterfinal series. They nipped Champville at home court to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) knocked down 25 points to lead the winners. Game 2 is scheduled for February 22.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Zob Ahan posted a 33:32 lead at the interval. But Champville bounced back in the third term. The Lebanese team went on a 25:13 run to accumulate a comfortable lead at the final break. The visitors were still up by five points midway through the fourth quarter 62:57. But Zob Ahan reacted with a 13:7 run to snatch a narrow victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) and Carlos Powell (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) provided 13 points each for Zob Ahan. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) added 10 points in the victory. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) responded with 21 points for Champville. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) provided 19 points in the loss.

Zob Ahan: Ousmane Barro 25, Hamed Afagh 13, Carlos Powell 13
Champville: Fadi El Khatib 21, Jasmon Youngblood 19



Superleague Round 11: Zob Ahan hands first defeat to Mahram - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Mahram (7-1) in Tehran on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Zob Ahan (9-1) 78-74. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Mahram. Zob Ahan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-1 record, which they share with Petrochimi. Mahram at the other side keeps the fourth position with one game lost. Zob Ahan is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Pouya (#12) in Tehran in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mahram's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tehran Mahram.
Sixth-ranked Azad (4-7) made lots of trouble for third ranked Rah Tarabari (9-2) in Tehran. The visitors from Qom managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected easier game. Rah Tarabari have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain third place with 9-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Zob Ahan. Azad lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Caspian. Rah Tarabari will play against league's second-placed Petrochimi in Bandar Imam in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Azad will play on the road against Shahrdari Gorgan (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Pouya can celebrate finally their first win this season after ten consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they outplayed much higher ranked Caspian (4-7)on the road game in Qazvin 74-51 on Saturday. Pouya maintains twelfth place with 1-10 record. It was Caspian's fourth loss in a row. They keep the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Azad. Pouya will meet at home league's leader Zob Ahan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caspian will play against Shahrekord (#11) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Shiraz. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (3-7) to eighth ranked B.A. Shiraz (4-5) 83-82 on Saturday evening. B.A. Shiraz moved-up to sixth place. Shahrdari Gorgan at the other side keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. B.A. Shiraz's next round opponent will be higher ranked T.E.Kashan (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shahrdari Gorgan will play against Azad (#7) in Tehran and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bandar Imam. Local Petrochimi (9-1) outscored 10th ranked M.H.Ahvaz (3-8) 86-52 on Saturday night. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Petrochimi. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Zob Ahan. Loser M.H.Ahvaz keeps the tenth place with eight games lost. Petrochimi will face Rah Tarabari (#3) in Qom in the next round, which may be the game of the day.

In the last game of round 11 Shahrekord was defeated by T.E.Kashan in a road game 72-68.



Azad - Tarabari Qom 82-85

Sixth-ranked Azad (4-7) made lots of trouble for third ranked Rah Tarabari (9-2) in Tehran. The visitors from Qom managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected easier game. Rah Tarabari have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain third place with 9-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Zob Ahan. Azad lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Caspian. Rah Tarabari will play against league's second-placed Petrochimi in Bandar Imam in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Azad will play on the road against Shahrdari Gorgan (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Caspian - Pouya 51-74

Pouya can celebrate finally their first win this season after ten consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they outplayed much higher ranked Caspian (4-7)on the road game in Qazvin 74-51 on Saturday. Pouya maintains twelfth place with 1-10 record. It was Caspian's fourth loss in a row. They keep the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Azad. Pouya will meet at home league's leader Zob Ahan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caspian will play against Shahrekord (#11) and hope to secure a win.
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T.E.Kashan - Shahrekord 72-68

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Shahrekord (2-9) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked T.E.Kashan (7-4) 72-68 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. T.E.Kashan maintains fifth place with 7-4 record. Loser Shahrekord keeps the eleventh position with nine games lost. T.E.Kashan will face B.A. Shiraz (#6) at home in the next round. Shahrekord will play against Caspian (#8) in Qazvin.
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B.A. Shiraz - Gorgan 83-82

A very interesting game took place in Shiraz. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (3-7) to eighth ranked B.A. Shiraz (4-5) 83-82 on Saturday evening. B.A. Shiraz moved-up to sixth place. Shahrdari Gorgan at the other side keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. B.A. Shiraz's next round opponent will be higher ranked T.E.Kashan (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shahrdari Gorgan will play against Azad (#7) in Tehran and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Petrochimi - M.H.Ahvaz 86-52

The game with biggest result difference took place in Bandar Imam. Local Petrochimi (9-1) outscored 10th ranked M.H.Ahvaz (3-8) 86-52 on Saturday night. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Petrochimi. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Zob Ahan. Loser M.H.Ahvaz keeps the tenth place with eight games lost. Petrochimi will face Rah Tarabari (#3) in Qom in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
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Mahram - Zob Ahan 74-78

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Mahram (7-1) in Tehran on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Zob Ahan (9-1) 78-74. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Mahram. Zob Ahan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-1 record, which they share with Petrochimi. Mahram at the other side keeps the fourth position with one game lost. Zob Ahan is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Pouya (#12) in Tehran in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mahram's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tehran Mahram.
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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Zob Ahan 9-1 
 2. Petrochimi 9-1 
 3. Tarabari Qom 9-2 
 4. Mahram 7-1 
 5. T.E.Kashan 7-4 
 6. B.A. Shiraz 4-5 
 7. Azad 4-7 
 8. Caspian 4-7 
 9. Gorgan 3-7 
 10. M.H.Ahvaz 3-8 
 11. Shahrekord 2-9 
 12. Pouya 1-10 


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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 29.9
 1. Longmire, Belfast .29.9 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune27.8 
 3. Foley, Ulster Elks25.0 
 4. Mitchell, UL Ea.24.2 
 5. Van, UCC Demons24.0 
 6. Turner, Killester22.8 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.22.4 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.22.2 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen21.5 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.7 
 2. Van, UCC Demons13.8 
 3. Ambler, Moycullen13.1 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.7 
 5. Turner, Killester10.8 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.10.3 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.9.8 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune9.4 
 9. Longmire, Belfast .9.2 
 10. Trimmer, DCU S.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.4 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.7 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian5.2 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks5.0 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.3 
 6. Turner, Killester3.4 
 7. Westbrooks, Killester3.4 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.3.2 
 9. Foley, Ulster Elks3.2 
 10. Clarke, Killester3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  Neptune
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. McGinn, Neptune3.4 
 2. Noonan, Neptune2.8 
 3. Donnelly, DCU S.2.6 
 4. Kelly, Killester2.5 
 5. Westbrooks, Killester2.3 
 6. Nihill, Moycullen2.3 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.2.3 
 8. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 9. Lacey, DCU Saints2.2 
 10. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Van, UCC Demons2.5 
 2. Baynes, UCD Marian2.4 
 3. Turner, Killester2.2 
 4. Bonaparte, Neptune2.2 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 6. Longmire, Belfast .1.9 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.7 
 8. Ambler, Moycullen1.0 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.0.9 
 10. Mitchell, UL Ea.0.8 


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  ISRAEL   


Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 16-1 
 2. Maccabi HBK 14-4 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 11-7 
 4. Megido/Yokneam 10-7 
 5. Hapoel Tivon 10-8 
 6. Beer Yaakov 10-8 
 7. Hapoel Afula 9-9 
 8. Ironi Ramat Gan 8-10 
 9. Kohav Yair 8-10 
 10. Lev Hasharon 7-11 
 11. Elitzur Ramla 7-11 
 12. Hapoel Beeri 6-12 
 13. Hod Hasharon 6-12 
 14. Ironi Nahariya 3-15 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A26.8 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.4 
 3. Miller, Megido/Y.23.7 
 4. Webb, Hapoel Tivon22.7 
 5. Clemente, Megido.22.5 
 6. Gomez, Beer Yaakov22.3 
 7. Timberlake, Elitzu.21.5 
 8. Delaney, Maccabi .21.3 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon21.3 
 10. Dobie, Lev Hasharon21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.0 
 2. Strong, Hapoel T.10.9 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.10.7 
 4. Brandy, Hod H.10.6 
 5. Clemente, Megido.10.1 
 6. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 7. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 8. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
 10. Utter, Hapoel T-A8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yaron LAHAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A7.1 
 2. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.6.8 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.7 
 4. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.4 
 5. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.3 
 6. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri5.2 
 7. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.2 
 8. Housman, Hapoel T.5.2 
 9. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.7 
 10. Skverer, Maccabi .4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.0 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.9 
 3. Delaney, Maccabi .2.6 
 4. Markson, Hapoel A.2.4 
 5. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 6. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 7. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.1 
 8. Harush, Kohav Yair2.1 
 9. Stevens, Hapoel T.2.0 
 10. Shtarkman, Megido.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.4 
 2. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.1.9 
 4. Utter, Hapoel T-A1.8 
 5. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.7 
 6. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.7 
 7. Brandy, Hod H.1.4 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Clemente, Megido.1.3 
 10. Asbury, Hapoel T-A1.2 


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  ITALY   


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Evangelisti, Trapani18.8 
 2. Ricciardi, Palestrina17.9 
 3. Reati, Treviglio17.8 
 4. Tassinari, Moncalieri17.4 
 5. Vico, Matera17.2 
 6. Becerra, Rieti16.2 
 7. Masper, Moncalieri16.1 
 8. Rugolo, Molfetta16.1 
 9. Musso, Perugia15.7 
 10. Carrizo, Ferentino15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza11.0 
 2. Corral, Molfetta10.0 
 3. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.6 
 4. Basei, Ostuni9.2 
 5. Zambon, Rieti9.2 
 6. Capitanelli, Pales.8.7 
 7. Zerini, Ruvo8.5 
 8. De Min, Treviglio8.4 
 9. Facenda, Senigallia8.3 
 10. Chiaramello, Recanati8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Ferrarese, Trento5.2 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.5 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.0 
 4. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 5. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.5 
 6. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.5 
 7. Lenardon, Massafra3.3 
 8. Parente, Moncalieri3.1 
 9. Basanisi, Massafra3.1 
 10. Bolzonella, Piacenza3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.5 
 2. Marcante, ASD P.3.2 
 3. Bushati, Brescia3.2 
 4. Gullo, Patti3.1 
 5. De Nicolao, Castelle.3.0 
 6. Bonamente, Perugia3.0 
 7. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 8. Bonfiglio, Ruvo2.7 
 9. Scodavolpe, ASD P.2.7 
 10. Pozzi, Molfetta2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.9 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.7 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 4. Capitanelli, Pales.1.1 
 5. Candido, Ferentino1.1 
 6. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 7. Raminelli, Castelle.1.0 
 8. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 9. Pozzi, Molfetta0.9 
 10. Rossi, Omegna0.8 


Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Perugia 16-5 
 2. Trento 15-6 
 3. Brescia 15-6 
 4. Treviglio 14-7 
 5. Piacenza 14-7 
 6. Omegna 14-7 
 7. Trieste 11-10 
 8. Moncalieri 11-10 
 9. Castelletto 11-10 
 10. Comsum.it SI 9-11 
 11. Senigallia 9-12 
 12. ASD Pavia 8-13 
 13. Recanati 7-14 
 14. Ozzano 6-15 
 15. Riva del Garda 5-15 
 16. Osimo 2-19 
Group B
 1. Trapani 16-5 
 2. Ruvo 15-6 
 3. Ostuni 14-7 
 4. S.Antimo 12-9 
 5. Matera 12-9 
 6. Ferentino 11-10 
 7. Latina Basket 11-10 
 8. Potenza 10-11 
 9. Molfetta 10-11 
 10. Anagni 10-11 
 11. Rieti 9-11 
 12. Bisceglie 9-12 
 13. Massafra 9-12 
 14. Patti 8-13 
 15. Agrigento 6-15 
 16. Palestrina 5-15 


Best players of Italian A dilettanti round 21 - by Eurobasket News
Francesco Basei (207-C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Ostuni and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A dilettanti Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 27-year old center had the game-high 22 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Ostuni in his team's victory, helping them to beat S.Antimo (#4, 12-9) 88-82. Ostuni maintains the 3rd position in Italian A dilettanti. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ostuni will need more victories to improve their 14-7 record. Basei turned to be Ostuni's top player in his first season with the team. Basei has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.2rpg) and averages solid 53.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Nigerien power forward Precious Omoregie (195-F/C-91) of Palestrina. Omoregie impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 12 points and 18 rebounds. It was enough for Palestrina to edge slightly higher-ranked Patti (#14, 8-13) in overtime by 2 points 78-76. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in group B. Palestrina keeps 16th position. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Palestrina managed to get this year. Omoregie is a newcomer at Palestrina 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 Fabrizio Facenda (200-F/C-75) of Senigallia (#11). Facenda showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Facenda's great performance Senigallia lost 63-77 to the higher-ranked Omegna (#6, 14-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Senigallia ranking at the top of group A, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Facenda could help Senigallia to bring them higher in the standings. Facenda has a great season in Italy. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (9th best). He also has 2.1spg, FGP: 52.6% and 3PT: 42.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) of Trento - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. Federico Tassinari (194-G-77) of Moncalieri - 27 points and 9 rebounds
6. Silvio Gigena (200-F-75) of Ostuni - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) of Trapani - 30 points and 5 rebounds
8. Andrea De Nicolao (185-G-91) of Castelletto - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Manuel Carrizo (198-G/F-80) of Ferentino - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Simone Cotani (201-G/F-81) of Moncalieri - 10 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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  KUWAIT   


D1 Round 10: Derby game ends with Kazma's defeat of Al Arabi - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Kazma (#4) and Al Arabi (#6). Al Arabi was smashed at home by 23 points 69-92 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Kazma maintains fourth position with 4-6 record, which they share with Al Sahel. Al Arabi at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost.

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Kuwait City: Al Qadsia (#1) and Al Kuwait (#2). Al Qadsia (9-1) won against visiting Al Kuwait (8-2) 79-71. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Al Qadsia have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. Al Kuwait at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost.

The game in Al Jahraa supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Al Sahel (4-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Al Jahraa (5-5). Al Sahel smashed Al Jahraa 86-62 on Monday. Despite that victory Al Sahel went down to fourth position due to points difference, which they share with Kazma. Loser Al Jahraa dropped to the third place with five games lost.



Al Jahraa - Al Sahel 62-86

The game in Al Jahraa supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Al Sahel (4-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Al Jahraa (5-5). Al Sahel smashed Al Jahraa 86-62 on Monday. Despite that victory Al Sahel went down to fourth position due to points difference, which they share with Kazma. Loser Al Jahraa dropped to the third place with five games lost.


Al Arabi - Kazma 69-92

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Kazma (#4) and Al Arabi (#6). Al Arabi was smashed at home by 23 points 69-92 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Kazma maintains fourth position with 4-6 record, which they share with Al Sahel. Al Arabi at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost.



Al Qadsia - Al Kuwait 79-71

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Kuwait City: Al Qadsia (#1) and Al Kuwait (#2). Al Qadsia (9-1) won against visiting Al Kuwait (8-2) 79-71. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Al Qadsia have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. Al Kuwait at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost.

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Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Qadsia 9-1 
 2. Al Kuwait 8-2 
 3. Al Jahraa 5-5 
 4. Kazma 4-6 
 5. Al Sahel 4-6 
 6. Al Arabi 0-10 


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  LEBANON   


Zob Ahan nip Champville in WABA League - by Eurobasket News
Zob Ahan - Champville 70:69

Zon Ahan victoriously opened their WABA League quarterfinal series. They nipped Champville at home court to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) knocked down 25 points to lead the winners. Game 2 is scheduled for February 22.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Zob Ahan posted a 33:32 lead at the interval. But Champville bounced back in the third term. The Lebanese team went on a 25:13 run to accumulate a comfortable lead at the final break. The visitors were still up by five points midway through the fourth quarter 62:57. But Zob Ahan reacted with a 13:7 run to snatch a narrow victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) and Carlos Powell (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) provided 13 points each for Zob Ahan. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) added 10 points in the victory. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) responded with 21 points for Champville. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) provided 19 points in the loss.

Zob Ahan: Ousmane Barro 25, Hamed Afagh 13, Carlos Powell 13
Champville: Fadi El Khatib 21, Jasmon Youngblood 19



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian NKL round 32 best performance: Mindaugas Kupsas - by Eurobasket News
Center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-C-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 19-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Mazeikiai (#4, 19-11) in overtime 101-95. Zalgiris-Sabonio is placed at 5th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Zalgiris-Sabonio will need more victories to improve their 18-12 record. Kupsas has many years of experience at Zalgiris-Sabonio, through which he has constantly improved. Mindaugas Kupsas has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.2rpg) and averages impressive 1.8bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Perlas-MRU Vilnius. Brusokas had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds. Of course Perlas-MRU cruised to a 87-77 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Meresta (#3, 20-10). Perlas-MRU's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Brusokas is a newcomer at Perlas-MRU, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) of Delikatesas Joniskis (#12). Jucikas scored 17 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Jucikas' great performance Delikatesas lost 70-77 to slightly lower-ranked Akademija (#14, 8-22). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Delikatesas not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jucikas could try to bring Delikatesas' a little bit higher in the standings. Jucikas has a very solid season. In 21 games in Lithuania he scored 14.0ppg. He also has 7.0rpg and 1.8bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Saulius Raziulis (183-G-76) of Meresta - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Paulius Semaska (179-G-93) of Perlas-MRU - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 18 points and 10 rebounds
8. Karolis Pupinis (200-F-88) of Erelita - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Vytautas-Edvardas Pikalavicius (196-F/G-90) of Delikatesas - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tomas Urbonas (214-C-92) of LKKA-Atletas - 12 points and 13 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)


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Kieza, Juventus18.1 
 2. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis16.1 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis15.6 
 5. Viskontas, Perlas15.6 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.3 
 7. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.8 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 9. Ruikis, Neptunas14.6 
 10. Volkus, Techasas14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.3 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.8 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.5 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.6 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris7.0 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai6.9 
 7. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 8. Zelionis, Rudupis6.8 
 9. Valukonis, Techasas6.8 
 10. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.6 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.9 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.5 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.3 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.8 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.6 
 7. Janavicius, Siauliai4.5 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 9. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.3 
 10. Dainys, Rudupis4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.2 
 2. Vasylius, Neptunas2.1 
 3. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.1 
 4. Ruikis, Neptunas1.9 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis1.9 
 6. Valukonis, Techasas1.9 
 7. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.7 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.7 
 9. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.7 
 10. Viskontas, Perlas1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Techasas2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.9 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.3 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.2 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 
 8. Galdikas, Neptunas0.9 
 9. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 10. Kieza, Juventus0.9 


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  MEXICO   


Nate Sims reunited with Coach Benitez - by Chris Terrell
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico - Nathan Sims (191-G/F-86) has come to terms with Pioneros Los Mochis for the 2011 CIBACOPA season. Sims will be reunited with Coach Benitez whom he played for en route to an LNBP Showcase Tournament Championship in San Diego. Sims is an athletic player that sprints the floor and attacks the rim with a 40 inch verticle. Also possessing the ability to hit the 3 point shot, Sims is known as a lock down defender against opposing 1s, 2s, or 3s. With this acquisition, the Pioneros now have all of their imports in place for the season which will tip off March 11th against rival Frayles in Guasave.

Ricky is back! - by Chris Terrell
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico - Pioneros Los Mochis has hired Ricky Benitez as it's next Head Coach. Benitez is the winningest coach in WBA history and a veteran of International leagues in Mexico (LNBP, CIBACOPA) and Venezuela (LPB) as well as the head coach of tournament champions in Chile, Hungary, and in Mexico as the Head Coach of the Gold medal winner in the Tecate Light Tournament of Americas. Benitez came up through the minor league ranks heading teams in the CBA, WBA, USBL and ABA and returns to Mexico to head the Pioneros.

Joining Benitez in Mochis this season will be point guard Detrick White (184-G-76, college: Mississippi St.). White is no stranger to the Mexican leagues, previously starring for Dorados and Cimarrones in the LNBP. Also in the backcourt is US-MEX guard Mark Strom (193-G-82, college: Apprentice). The club elected to return Strom after a 2010 campaign that had him near the league leaders for dual nationality players. Big man Anthony Washington (206-F/C-83, college: Portland St.) will join the two guards as imports this season. Washington had a very good experience while in CIBACOPA playing for Guasave and this time will call Los Mochis home. Francisco Ibarra (210-C-84), an all-star last season, will return to man the middle for Pioneros. It is unknown at this time who the other import will be however it seems like the team has put together a very solid nucleus.


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  MOROCCO   


Sale International Tournament: Several Schools Invited - by Eurobasket News
The 2011 edition of the International basketball tournament of the Moroccan town Sale will be marked by the participation of several Arab and European schools.
From today Tuesday 8 until 13 February, the 4th edition of the basketball international tournament will take place at the room Fathallah El Bouazzaoui of Sal. This year the organizing committee has invited new Arab and Europeans schools. According to the manager of the tournament, Mountassir Guelzim, the presence of this diversity of schools reflects a desire to get the measure of Moroccan basketball and ensure a good show to fans. Perlas Vilnius (Latvia), Etoile Sahel (Tunisia), Paris Levallois (France), Feni Indistrija (Macedonia) and the Moroccan clubs Sports Plaza and AS Sal, winner of the previous editions are attending. Note also that clubs such as the Primeiro do Agusto (Angola) African champion, Ahly Benghazi (Libya) and TP Mazembe (DR Congo) have had to decline the invitation of the organizers for scheduling reasons
Courtesy of: www.starafrica.com


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  NBA   


Tuesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee B. - Toronto R. 92-74
John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami (FL)) returned to the starting lineup for the first time in three weeks and scored 17 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 92-74 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. Corey Maggette (6'6''-G-79, college: Duke) added 16 points and nine rebounds for Milwaukee, which snapped its four-game losing streak. Toronto lost its 10th straight road game. Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points and DeMar DeRozan Finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors, who were seeking consecutive victories for the first time since Dec. 3. Toronto, coming off a 111-100 victory over Minnesota on Friday that snapped a 13-game losing streak, got guard Leandro Barbosa back from a right hamstring strain. He played nearly 25 minutes and had eight points. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Oklah.City T. - Memphis G. 101-105 OT
On both ends of the court, Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) proved to be a more than capable replacement for Rudy Gay. Allen started in Gay's place and scored a season-high 27 while harassing NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas), and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 105-101 in overtime Tuesday night. Allen had five of the Grizzlies' 11 steals and prevented Durant from having much of an impact in overtime as Memphis won on the road in the second game of a back-to-back despite being without two key players. 'The guy was an all-pro all night on both ends of the floor - 27 points and he made Kevin work for every shot. I thought he won the game for them,' Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. 'Certain guys in this league compete every possession, and he's one of them. He competes every possession, and I love guys that hate getting scored on.' Durant still had 31 points and 11 rebounds, but got off just one shot in overtime and also had a key turnover in the final 20 seconds with the Thunder down by three. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Houston R. - Minnesota T. 108-112
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) set a Minnesota record with his 38th consecutive double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the Timberwolves' 112-108 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Love passed Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) (2006) for the team's double-double record. Love's streak is now the longest since Moses Malone had 44 in a row during the 1982-83 season with Philadelphia. Utah's John Stockton also had a 37-game streak of double-doubles in 1989. Wayne Ellington added 18 points for the Timberwolves, who snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Rockets dating to January 2007. Minnesota played without starters F Michael Beasley (sprained left ankle) and C Darko Milicic (strained left hip flexor). Kevin Martin and Courtney Lee scored 23 points apiece for the Rockets, who were outrebounded 51-31. *Couratesy www.sfgate.com

Atlanta H. - Philadelph.76 83-117
Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke) scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half and Philadelphia jumped out to a 20-point lead in the opening period and cruised to a 117-83 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Louis Williams (6'3''-G-86), from South Gwinnett High School near Atlanta, had 20 points to lead six Philadelphia scorers in double figures. Thaddeus Young and Jodie Meeks each had 16. Philadelphia shot 54.4 percent from the field and took a 50-35 advantage in rebounds. The 76ers, who had a three-game winning streak end with a loss at New York on Sunday, have won seven of nine. Josh Smith, the only Atlanta player to log at least 30 minutes, had 16 points. Damien Wilkins had 12 points and Marvin Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Hawks had won 14 of their last 16 at home, but this was not their first ugly loss at Philips Arena. The Hawks were held to the lowest-scoring game in Atlanta history in a 100-59 home loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Jan. 21. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Orlando M. - LA Clippers 101-85
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) had 22 points and 20 rebounds and Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) added 17 points, including going 4 for 5 from 3-point range, as Orlando used a second-half surge to get past the Los Angeles Clippers 101-85 Tuesday night. It was the Magic's ninth straight win over the Clippers and second of the season. The Clippers lost for the fourth straight time overall and seventh consecutive time on the road. Howard recorded his fifth 20-20 game this season. Baron Davis led the Clippers with a season-high 25 points, Ike Diogu added 18 and Blake Griffin had 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Magic shot poorly in the first half (37 percent overall and 18 from the 3-point line), but found their touch during a fourth-quarter spurt that included all five of their seven second-half 3s. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Detroit P. - San Antonio S. 89-100
After yet another victory -- by double digits, no less -- San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich insisted his team isn't ready for the playoffs. 'There are teams playing better than we are,' Popovich said. 'Just because we have the best record doesn't mean we have the best team. To be that we have to be better defensively.' Tony Parker had 19 points and seven assists, and the Spurs did take a small step toward becoming a tougher defensive team in the second half of a 100-89 victory against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. The Pistons scored only 15 points in the third quarter and never led in the fourth. DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) added 18 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which improved its NBA-best record to 43-8. Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points for the Spurs, and Tim Duncan contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds. Will Bynum scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for Detroit (19-33). The Pistons kept it close in the third quarter despite shooting 7 of 22 in the period, but San Antonio calmly held them at bay in the fourth. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Miami Heat - Indiana P. 117-112
With LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) on the bench, the Indiana Pacers quickly took command. Unfortunately for them, he returned. The league's two-time reigning MVP had 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) added 19 points and the Miami Heat rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 117-112 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory. Miami held Indiana to 28 percent shooting in the fourth quarter, giving up only 15 points after yielding a 97 in the first three periods, and saw Mario Chalmers force Dahntay Jones into a key 5-second violation with 8.9 seconds remaining. James took care of the rest, and Miami moved within a half-game of idle Boston for the Eastern Conference's best record. 'We figured it out in the fourth quarter,' James said. 'Held them to 15 points and we executed.' In his last 20 games, James is averaging 29.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists. Not coincidentally, the Heat are 17-3 in those contests. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 29
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.0 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.4 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.26.3 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers25.3 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat25.2 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.6 
 8. Anthony, Denver N.24.6 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.6 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.8 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.2 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.7 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.5 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 9. Boozer, Chicago B.10.3 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.4 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.1 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.5 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.1 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.9 
 7. Calderon, Toron.8.7 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.6 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.4 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.5 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Evans, Sacramen.1.8 
 5. Curry, Golde S.1.8 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Ginobili, San A.1.7 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.9 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.3 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.2.2 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 7. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 8. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Bynum, LA Lakers1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 38-13 
 2. New York K. 26-24 
 3. Philadelph.76 24-27 
 4. New Jersey N. 15-37 
 5. Toronto R. 14-38 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 34-16 
 2. Indiana P. 21-28 
 3. Milwaukee B. 20-30 
 4. Detroit P. 19-33 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-44 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 38-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 33-19 
 3. Orlando M. 33-20 
 4. Charlotte B. 22-29 
 5. Washington W. 13-37 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 33-18 
 2. Utah Jazz 31-22 
 3. Denver N. 30-22 
 4. Portland TB 28-24 
 5. Minnesota T. 13-39 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 36-16 
 2. Phoenix Suns 24-25 
 3. Golde State W. 22-28 
 4. LA Clippers 19-32 
 5. Sacramento K. 12-36 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 43-8 
 2. Dallas M. 36-15 
 3. N.Orleans H. 32-21 
 4. Memphis G. 28-26 
 5. Houston R. 25-29 


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No. 18 Kentucky rips Tennessee, 73-61 - by Eurobasket News
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl was back in his usual spot, roaming the sideline for the Volunteers on Tuesday night against No. 18 Kentucky in his trademark creamsicle blazer following an eight-game suspension for lying to the NCAA about the program's recruiting practices.

'It feels like normal, it's good to get yelled at,' Pearl said.

Getting beat? Not so much.

Deandre Liggins (6'6''-G-88) tied a career-high with 19 points and the Wildcats ruined Pearl's return to the bench with a 73-61 victory.

Josh Harrellson (6'10''-F-89) added 16 points as the Wildcats (17-6, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) broke a modest two-game losing streak by burying the Volunteers with a big run in each half.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the Wildcats were in 'crisis' after consecutive losses to Mississippi and No. 17 Florida last week, the first losing streak he's endured in six years. He stressed the need for his team, particularly the upperclassmen, to play with some urgency after slipping into a tie for last place in the competitive SEC East.

Hoping to instill some toughness he had the Wildcats don boxing gloves in practice, where they worked the heavy bag with regularity.

'I showed them how to jab,' Calipari said. 'You've got to be rough. You've got to be willing to fight. You can't let people take our stuff.'

Certainly not the Volunteers, who survived Pearl's eight-game reprimand by SEC commissioner Mike Slive just fine. They won five of their eight conference games with Pearl watching on TV. It was difficult being away from his players. Watching them get outmuscled by the Wildcats, however, wasn't much better.

Kentucky dominated the glass, outrebounding Tennessee 38-28, often ripping balls out of the hands of a Tennessee player who seemed to have it secured.

'In the area (Kentucky) had to win, which I thought was the area of toughness and rebounding, I thought they did win,' Pearl said.

Kentucky played arguably its best game against a quality opponent in over a month, thanks in part to the presence of former star John Wall, now playing for the Washington Wizards. Wall sat courtside during the game and joined the team in the locker room, providing words of wisdom.

Whatever he said, it seemed to have an effect on Liggins. The junior guard came in averaging 5.0 points on 29 percent shooting over the last five games, but dominated play on both ends of the floor. He made 5 of 6 field goals and 7 of 8 free throws while adding five rebounds and five steals.

Harrellson, chided by Calipari for inconsistent play after appearing to be on the verge of a breakthrough a month ago, scored 12 points in the second half including two big putbacks on offensive rebounds.

'Obviously if Josh, Darius (Miller) and DeAndre play like this, it's much easier,' Calipari said.

Melvin Goins led Tennessee (15-9, 5-4) with 16 points and Scotty Hopson had 11 after missing two games with a left ankle injury but the Volunteers never got going.

'I don't think everybody came to play today,' Tennessee center Brian Williams said. 'I don't think we were on the same page. We had a game plan and we didn't stick to it at all.'

Tennessee shot just 41 percent from the field, turned it over 14 times and never got closer than five points over the game's final 30 minutes.

It was more than enough to put a damper on Pearl's much-anticipated return to work.

Pearl said Monday he was ready to get back on the bus, joking Slive actually wanted to suspend him for 10 games but shortened it to eight after seeing Tennessee played at Kentucky and Florida this week.

Pearl was smiling when he said it. The smile faded quickly once he walked onto the Rupp Arena court, perhaps because of a well-prepared student section that featured a handful of signs hinting at Pearl's NCAA trouble.

Tennessee's play early in the first half did little to lift his mood. Kentucky overcame a slow start, making five of its first six 3-pointers build a 19-point lead even with point guard Brandon Knight spending the last 9:28 on the bench saddled with two fouls.

Hopson soon followed after collecting his second foul, but Pearl sent him back out to keep Tennessee in it. His presence seemed to calm down the Volunteers and they ended the half on a 14-2 run to get within 35-28.

While the students were giving Pearl an eyeful, the fans directly behind the Tennessee bench gave him an earful. Pearl asked security to get involved as he walked off the court at halftime and his assistants appeared to exchange words with several people in Kentucky gear moments before the second half started.

Pearl said he didn't mind the taunts. The language, however, was another issue.

The razzing, however, turned into a roar as Kentucky used a 16-3 surge early in the second half to grab a 51-33 lead and put the first oncourt turbulence of Calipari's short tenure firmly in the rearview mirror.

'I put on the board: refuse to lose,' Calipari said. 'Figure out a way. ... We played really smart down the stretch.'

Courtesy of www.ctpost.com


No. 6 SDSU beats Utah 85-53 - by Eurobasket News
The way No. 6 San Diego State blitzed Utah early, the only thing in doubt was whether the crowd was going to get curly fries.

It didn't, the only bummer on a night when SDSU raced past the hapless Utes 85-53 on Tuesday night behind 15 points apiece from D.J. Gay (6'0''-G-89) and Billy White (6'8''-F-89), and another double-double by Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91). Gay helped key a 21-3 run that propelled SDSU to a 48-21 halftime lead.

The Aztecs (24-1, 9-1 Mountain West) won their fourth straight game since their only loss, 71-58 at BYU on Jan. 26.

If SDSU holds opponents under 50 points, fans get curly fries from a fast-food chain.

'I remember a timeout with seven minutes left, and I said, 'They can't score seven points in seven minutes. We've got to get them these fries,'' said big man Brian Carlwell, who had 10 points and played to the crowd several times. 'It's been games where teams have had 53 and I go home and some of my boys call me and they're just mad. I told them, 'We tried our best.''

The Aztecs had their 10th sellout of 12,414 at Viejas Arena and set the school season attendance record at 137,785 after just 12 games. The old record was 126,420 in 18 games in 2008-09. SDSU has three home games left, which have been sold out for more than a month. Among them is a showdown against No. 7 BYU on Feb. 26.

'I probably should buy curly fries myself for all those students who were here,' coach Steve Fisher said. 'They have been so good for us. Either that or they should give them to them anyway. That might be even better.'

Leonard, a sophomore forward, had 12 points and 14 rebounds for his 17th double-double of the season and 34th of his career. Freshman reserve guard Jamaal Franklin had his first double-double, with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

'I think they are a Final Four team,' Utah coach Jim Boylen said. 'I thought they were awesome. You have to give them credit. They punched us in the mouth to start the game and we didn't respond.'

Will Clyburn (6'7''-G/F-90), the second-leading scorer in the conference at 18.3 points per game, had 18 for Utah (10-14, 3-7).

Gay, a senior guard, played in his 128th consecutive game, the most in school history. He came up big in the 21-3 run, which spanned 4 minutes and helped SDSU go from a 7-6 lead to a 28-9 advantage with 11:32 left before halftime.

Gay had a steal and a layup, and another steal and a pass to Carlwell for a fastbreak layup. Gay made a pretty left-handed reverse layup, and then, with the student section 'The Show' chanting 'Show no mercy,' hit a 3-point shot. Carlwell had six points during the run, nearly twice his average.

San Diego State made 9 of 11 shots during the run.

Utah's only points during that span came on a layup by Clyburn and a free throw by Josh Watkins.

'I was just so happy, because we came out with so much energy,' Carlwell said. 'We got the fans more into it. Coach always tells us before the game, 'You know the student section is going to cheer but let's get these old people out of their seats. Let's get them cheering.'

'If we go out and we put the pressure on people, especially here in this environment, a lot of people get down,' Carlwell said. 'They get down on themselves, they get down on each other. We want to try to make people quit. So we just get out there and we just run. We were able to do that today and we had a lot of success doing it.'

It worked.

'We looked a little scared, to be honest,' Boylen said. 'We got off to such a bad start, and then guys got tentative and a little reluctant. I thought we reacted to the crowd and struggled.'

SDSU guard Chase Tapley missed the game after spraining his left ankle in a 60-53 win over TCU on Saturday night. Reserve forward Tim Shelton also sat out with an injured right foot.

The Aztecs had a season-high 50 rebounds to Utah's 36. SDSU tied its season-low with only four turnovers while Utah had 15.

This is the first time the Aztecs have beaten the Utes four straight times.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


Kilpatrick leads Cincinnati over DePaul 71-68 - by Eurobasket News
The way the missed free throws and mental breakdowns were adding up, Cincinnati looked like it was doing all it could to give this one way.

DePaul just couldn't grab it.

Sean Kilpatrick (6'4''-G) scored 19 points, Ibrahima Thomas (6'11''-F-87) added 16 and struggling Cincinnati hung on to beat the Blue Demons 71-68 on Tuesday night.

'The way we played the last minute and a half, the basketball gods should have gotten us,' Bearcats coach Mick Cronin said.

The Bearcats (19-5, 6-5 Big East) had dropped five of eight after a 15-0 start and were coming off back-to-back losses to West Virginia and Pittsburgh. Nothing like playing a last-place team to break a slump, even if things got a little tense at the end.

Cincinnati led by 17 early in the second half only to see DePaul (6-18, 0-11) nearly whittle it all away down the stretch.

Things got particularly interesting when Moses Morgan (6'5''-F) converted a four-point play, burying the free throw after nailing a corner 3-pointer while getting fouled by Kilpatrick. That pulled DePaul within 69-65 with 1:34 left.

After a shot-clock violation with 58 seconds left, the Bearcats' Rashad Bishop (6'6''-F-88) blocked a 3 by Morgan. Cincinnati's Darnell Wilks missed a free throw, but with a chance to make it a two-point game, the Blue Demons' Tony Freeland missed two at the line with 14 seconds remaining.

Wilks then hit one foul shot to make it 70-65, but DePaul wasn't finished. Brandon Young (6'3''-G) nailed a 3 with 0.4 seconds left, and after Cincinnati threw away the inbounds pass, a shot by the Blue Demons' Jimmy Drew rolled off the rim as the buzzer sounded, preserving this one for the Bearcats.

'It was pretty much just a bang-bang play that we drew up at the timeout,' Drew said. 'I just kind of screened and slipped open. Got a little bit of an open look. Just didn't fall.'

Coach Oliver Purnell added: 'Jimmy did a good job of moving, and Brandon found him. So we got a clean look. I just wish it was on-balance a little bit more.'

Cronin 'couldn't believe' Wilks had let Drew catch the ball on the final play.

'He should have never even caught the inbounds pass,' Cronin said.

Cronin wasn't happy with the botched inbounds play that gave the Blue Demons that last chance either.

Bishop said the plan was to throw it long and have a DePaul player or Wilks tip it. One problem was that Wilks stopped short.

'I don't know why he stopped,' Bishop said.

That was one problem. Another was that he was looking deep rather than to pass it off to Larry Davis.

Cronin said Bishop's thought process 'was sound in base.'

'What he doesn't know is it's not worth the risk of the ball hitting the floor and going out of bounds and they get another (chance),' the coach said. 'Sometimes in life, it's dangerous to think too much.'

Despite their missteps at the end and 12-for-22 struggles at the foul line, the Bearcats matched last season's win total.

Along with the solid efforts from Kilpatrick and Thomas, Cincinnati got 10 points from Cashmere Wright. Yancy Gates came off the bench and added just five after serving a one-game suspension for violating team rules. The team's top rebounder and second-leading scorer, he blew up at an assistant in practice last week, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, and did not play against Pittsburgh.

Cleveland Melvin (6'8''-F) scored 20 and Young added 16 for DePaul, which is still searching for its first Big East victory under Purnell.

Not since a win at home over Marquette on Jan. 20, 2010, have they beaten a conference foe, and Cincinnati wasn't about to let that streak end.

'They're going to beat somebody,' Cronin said. 'You've just got to be glad it's not you.'

Courtesy of www.greenwichtime.com


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Standings - DStv Premier L.
DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conf.
 1. D.Warriors 1-0 
 2. Islanders 1-0 
 3. Royal Hoopers 1-0 
 4. Comets 1-1 
 5. Union Bank 0-0 
 6. Chariots 0-1 
 7. Delta Force 0-1 
 8. Police Baton 0-1 
Savannah Conf.
 1. Kada Stars 1-0 
 2. Kano Pillars 1-0 
 3. Niger Potters 1-0 
 4. Bauchi Nets 1-0 
 5. Immigration 0-1 
 6. Rockets 0-1 
 7. Yelwa Hawks 0-1 
 8. Plateau Peaks 0-1 


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Puerto Rico U16 came up with the loudest upset in Day 5 - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16-Puerto Rico U16 64:85

Puerto Rico U16 came up with the loudest upset in Day 5 of the International Tournament in Gaziantep, Turkey. The Latin American team overcame Germany U16 85:64. The latter fell at 3-2, while Puerto Rico finished the group with 2-3 record. The German side was the favorite of the game and started with 23-16 after the first 10 minutes. Puerto Rico however replied with 23-12 in the second period and 4-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover the second half belonged to the winners. Puerto Rico won the third quarter 23-21 and finished the game with 23-8 in the last frame.
Miguel A. Cartagena Reyes paced all the winners with 24 points and Eliel Josue Gonzalez Gomez (189-G-95) netted 21. Ismet Akpinar (184-G-95) answered with 16 points in the losing effort. Jan-niklas Wimberg scored 10, whilst Gavin Schilling (205-C-95) nailed 8.

Germany U16: Ismet Akpinar 16, Jan-niklas Wimberg 10, Gavin Schilling 8
Puerto Rico U16: Miguel A. Cartagena Reyes 24, Eliel Josue Gonzalez Gomez 21




Puerto Rican U16 National Team 2011 - by Emiliano
Starting five
#s#
Miguel Cartagena Reyes
Cartagena Reyes
Ariel Watson
Watson
Carlos Ortiz Colon
Colon
Eliel Josue Gonzalez Gomez
Gonzalez Gomez
Carlos Gabriel Resto
Resto
#e#5
1 Miguel Cartagena Reyes 186-G-95
2 Ariel Watson 95
3
William Rodriguez 180-G-95
4 Carlos Ortiz Colon 180-G-95
5 Eliel Josue Gonzalez Gomez 189-G-95
6 Carlos Gabriel Resto 191-F-95
7 Bryan David Moreno 186-G-95
8 Christian Rivera Reyes 198-C-95
9 Eduardo Mccormack Padial 194-F-95
10 Jorge Perez Laham 183-F-95
11 Josua Delgado Escalera 186-F-95
12 Ian Torres Medina 196-F-95



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Romanian U16 National Team 2011 - by Emiliano
Starting five
#s#
Vlad Popovici
Popovici
Dimitris Rasty
Rasty
Mehmet Hortoglu
Hortoglu
Catalin Staicu
Staicu
Casian Todorov
Todorov
#e#5
1 Vlad Popovici 200-F-94 Politehnica Iasi Romania
2 Dimitris Rasty 95
3 Mehmet Hortoglu 192-G-95
4 Catalin Staicu 199-C-95
5 Casian Todorov 177-G-95
6 Raul Covaciu 196-F-95
7 Caius Covrig 186-G-96
8 Vlad Cobzaru 199-F-95
9 Andrei Ciordas 202-C-95
10 Daniel Tudorache 187-G-96
11 Robert Lander 195-F-96
12 Norbert Steff 187-G-95 Mures Romania
13 Stefan Neagu 184-G-96



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Russian U16 National Team 2011 - by Emiliano
Starting five
#s#
Sergey Zhulkov
Zhulkov
Viacheslav Fedorchenko
Fedorchenko
Ilia Popov
Popov
Vasily Martynov
Martynov
Konstantin Olefirenko
Olefirenko
#e#5
1 Sergey Zhulkov 198-F-95
2 Viacheslav Fedorchenko 188-G-95 CSKA-Trinta Russia
3 Ilia Popov 204-C-95 Spartak SP Russia
4 Vasily Martynov 185-G-95 Khimky Russia
5 Konstantin Olefirenko 191-G-95 CSKA-Trinta Russia
6 Konstantin Kulikov 207-C-95 CSKA-Trinta Russia
7 Alexander Martynov 194-G/F-95 CSKA-Trinta Russia
8 Nikita Tiptsov 192-F-95 CSKA Russia
9 Artem Sokolov 204-C-95 CSKA-Trinta Russia
10 Roman Lagutin 190-G-95
11 Andrey Malkov 185-G-95
12 Ivan Victorov 191-G-95



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Red Claws acquire Fall and Clinch, waive center James Cripe - by Eurobasket News
The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that they have acquired center Bamba Fall (7'1''-C-86, college: SMU) from the Reno Bighorns. Reno will receive Maine's 7th round selection in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft. In a separate transaction, the Red Claws have acquired Lewis Clinch (6'3''-G-87, college: Georgia Tech) from the Available Player Pool. Both players are expected to join the team in Springfield for the Red Claws' Thursday night game against the Armor.

Bamba Fall, 24, is 7-1 center out of Southern Methodist University. He played in Israel last season before being drafted in the 7th round of the 2010 NBA D-League Draft by the Bighorns. Due to visa issues, which have since been resolved, Fall has not played this season. A graduate of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, which has produced numerous NBA players and prospects including the Celtics' Rajon Rondo and the Red Claws' Tiny Gallon, Fall spent four seasons at SMU, starting his final two years, and was named to the C-USA All Defensive Team in 2007 and 2009. He was a member of the Senegalese National Team in 2007 and participated in the African Championships in Angola.

Lewis Clinch, 23, is a 6-3 guard out of Georgia Tech where he was a teammate of Red Claws veteran guard Mario West. Drafted by the Austin in the 3rd round of the 2009 NBA Development League Draft, Clinch has spent the past two seasons with the Toros before being waived this past weekend. In 29 games this season, he averaged 8.5 ppg and 2.2 rbg. Last season, he played in 52 games with Austin, including two playoff appearances, averaging 9.0 ppg and 1.6 rpg. To make room for Clinch on the roster, the Red Claws have waived center James Cripe (7'0''-C-84, college: N.Kentucky).

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Uros Duvnjak on try out in Germany - by Zoran Popovic
Serbian guard Uros Duvnjak (190-G-86, agency: BeoExcell) will spent next three weeks on try out with Bundesleague team, Braunschweig. Uros Duvnjak spend last season in Polish team PBG Basket Poznan and on 26 games average scored 7.1 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals. In career Duvnjak played for Zemun, Partizan, Sloga Kraljevo, Vojvodina Srbija Gas, FMP Zeleznik and Radnicki Kragujevac. Uros Duvnjak was member of Serbia and Montenegro U18 National team and Serbian University National team

Bojan Popovic extends contract with Cajasol - by Zoran Popovic
Serbian guard Bojan Popovic (191-G-83) extends contract with Cajasol for one more month. Popovic came in Cajasol three months ago. On 12 games Spanish league Popovic average scored 2.9 points, 1.0 board, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals, in EuroCup on 7 games average scored 3.0 points, 1.1 boards, 1.4 assists and 0.9 steals. During the career Popovic played for FMP Zeleznik, Dynamo Moscow, Unicaja Malaga, Bruesa-Guipuzcoa, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, Efes Pilsen Istanbul and pre-season for Partizan Beograd. Bojan Popvic was member of Yugoslavian U20 National team, Serbia and Montenegro University National team, Serbian National team.

Andrija Ciric move to Iceland - by Zoran Popovic
Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: BeoExcell) will continue career on Iceland. Ciric signs contract with Keflavik. This season Ciric started in Proteas Danoi AEL and on four games average scored 10.3 points, 3.3 reboumds, 0.8 steals per game. During the career Ciric played for Hemofarm Vrsac, Ergonom Nis, TEC Spirou Charleroi, Prokom Trefl Sopot, KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac, SK Cherkassy Monkeys, Bosna Sarajevo, Deltalcon APOEL Nicosia, Falco KC-Szombathely and PBG Basket Poznan.

Partizan lands young Nikola Vujovic - by Zoran Popovic
Young prospect from Mega Vizura Nikola Vujovic (209-C-93) sings four year contract deal with Serbian champion. Vujovic is one of top scorers and most valuable players in Serbian Junior league. This season Vujovic average scored 15.7 points and 9.6 boards per game. Young Vujovic also had his role for senior team of Mega Vizura on four games this season. Nikola Vujovic was member of Serbian U16 and U17 National team.

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Flinder Boyd is going to AEK Athens - by Martin Bosko
The Brittish guard and AEK Athens have agreed on terms of contract. Flinder Boyd (180-G-80, college: Dartmouth) startd season in BC Prievidza in Slovakia and he is first player who has transfered directly from Slovakia to Greece. He averaged 10.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. BC Prievidza and Boyd have agreed on termination of contract by financial settlement.'It is big chance for him to play in Greece and we are satisfied with terms. We wish him Good Luck in his new club', told Mr. Pavlenda, the President of BC Prievidza

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KBL Round 38: KCC Egis beat LG Sakers by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Seventh-ranked LG Sakers (17-22) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked KCC Egis (23-17) in Changwon on Tuesday. The visitors from Jeonju managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected easier game. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for KCC Egis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. American forward Eric Dawson (208-84, college: Midwestern St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Byung-Hyun Kang (193-85) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for LG Sakers. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KCC Egis have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 23-17 record. LG Sakers at the other side keep the seventh place with 22 games lost. KCC Egis are looking forward to face Samsung Thunders (#5) in Seoul in the next round. LG Sakers will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Sonic Boom KT (29-11) which hosted in Busan second-ranked ET Land Elephants (27-12). First ranked Sonic Boom KT managed to get a 9-point victory 86-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of ET Land Elephants. Forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and Jasper Johnson chipped in 15 points and 5 steals during the contest. American forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds. ET Land Elephants' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sonic Boom KT maintains first position with 29-11 record. ET Land Elephants at the other side keep the second place with 12 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will play against Mobis Phoebus (#8) in Ulsan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ET Land Elephants will play at home against Dongbu Promy (#3) in Wonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between SK Knights (18-22) and Anyang KGC (12-28), which took place in Seoul. 6th ranked SK Knights lost at home to ninth ranked Anyang KGC 66-81 on Tuesday. Chan-Hee Park notched 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Even 24 points and 6 rebounds by Min-Soo Kim did not help to save the game for SK Knights. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Anyang KGC maintains ninth position with 12-28 record. SK Knights lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 22 games lost. Anyang KGC will meet at home bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) in the next round. SK Knights will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 38 Mobis Phoebus were beaten by Dongbu Promy on the road 76-67.



SK Knights - Anyang KGC 66-81

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between SK Knights (18-22) and Anyang KGC (12-28), which took place in Seoul. 6th ranked SK Knights lost at home to ninth ranked Anyang KGC 66-81 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-66. International guard Chan-Hee Park (191-87) notched 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and forward Jung-Hyun Lee (189) supported him with 17 points and 5 assists. Four Anyang KGC players scored in double figures. Even 24 points and 6 rebounds by the former international center Min-Soo Kim (200-82) did not help to save the game for SK Knights. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Anyang KGC maintains ninth position with 12-28 record. SK Knights lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 22 games lost. Anyang KGC will meet at home bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) in the next round. SK Knights will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: C.Park 18+4reb+5ast, J.Lee 17+3reb+5ast, S.Kim 16+1reb+1ast, D.Simon 14+9reb+1ast, J.Kim 5+4reb, B.Kim 4+1reb+1ast
SK Knights: M.Kim 24+6reb, T.Leather 16+10reb+2ast, K.Hoon Byun 13+3reb+1ast, H.Joo 5+4reb+6ast, G.Cline-Heard 4, S.Shin 2
gschID: 114232


Sonic Boom KT - Elephants 86-77

An interesting game for Sonic Boom KT (29-11) which hosted in Busan second-ranked ET Land Elephants (27-12). First ranked Sonic Boom KT managed to get a 9-point victory 86-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of ET Land Elephants. ET Land Elephants were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 28-17 charge of Sonic Boom KT, which allowed them to win the game. They made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game. ET Land Elephants were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and American center Jasper Johnson (201-83, college: Delta St.) chipped in 15 points and 5 steals during the contest. Four Sonic Boom KT players scored in double figures. American forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) scored 16 points and 4 assists. ET Land Elephants' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sonic Boom KT maintains first position with 29-11 record. ET Land Elephants at the other side keep the second place with 12 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will play against Mobis Phoebus (#8) in Ulsan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ET Land Elephants will play at home against Dongbu Promy (#3) in Wonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: S.Park 24+4reb+3ast, S.Cho 16+3ast, J.Johnson 15+3reb+2ast, C.Rhodes 11+2reb, Y.Song 10+3reb+2ast, S.Park 9+6reb+1ast
Elephants: H.Hill 16+4reb+4ast, J.Seo 16+3reb+2ast, J.Stevenson 12+9reb+3ast, H.Lim 9+2reb+1ast, 7+1reb, S.Park 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 114233


Dongbu Promy - Mobis Phoebus 76-67

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Dongbu Promy (24-16) beat 8th ranked Mobis Phoebus (15-25) in Wonju 76-67 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) notched 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international center Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) supported him with 22 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Laurence Ekperigin (201, college: Le Moyne) did not help to save the game for Mobis Phoebus. Swingman Kyoung-Suk No (189-83) added 12 points for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Dongbu Promy maintains third position with 24-16 record having five points less than leader Sonic Boom KT. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the eighth place with 25 games lost. Dongbu Promy will meet league's second-placed ET Land Elephants in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mobis Phoebus will play against the league's leader Sonic Boom KT (#1) in Busan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: H.Yoon 24+6reb+4ast, J.Kim 22+4reb+4ast, J.Hwang 10+2reb+3ast, V.Thomas 7+3reb+2ast, R.Benson 7+7reb, J.Park 4+3reb+4ast
Mobis Phoebus: L.Ekperigin 15+12reb+1ast, K.No 12+1ast, J.Ryu 8+4reb, J.Park 8+2reb+2ast, K.Gransberry 6+4reb, J.Kim 6+5ast
gschID: 114234


LG Sakers - KCC Egis 81-83

Seventh-ranked LG Sakers (17-22) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked KCC Egis (23-17) in Changwon on Tuesday. The visitors from Jeonju managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected easier game. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for KCC Egis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. American forward Eric Dawson (208-84, college: Midwestern St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Byung-Hyun Kang (193-85) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four KCC Egis players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Seung-Ho Ki (194-85) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for LG Sakers. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KCC Egis have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 23-17 record. LG Sakers at the other side keep the seventh place with 22 games lost. KCC Egis are looking forward to face Samsung Thunders (#5) in Seoul in the next round. LG Sakers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: B.Kang 21+4reb+1ast, S.Choo 17+1reb+5ast, E.Dawson 14+12reb+3ast, S.Ha 10+4reb, J.Lim 7+1reb+3ast, C.Daniels 6+9reb+3ast
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 24+14reb+4ast, S.Ki 17+9reb, H.Byun 14+2reb+2ast, S.Cho 10+3ast, H.Jeon 7+3reb+4ast, C.Alexander 4+11reb+2ast
gschID: 114231




Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Sonic Boom KT 29-11 
 2. Elephants 27-12 
 3. Dongbu Promy 24-16 
 4. KCC Egis 23-17 
 5. Samsung Th. 22-17 
 6. SK Knights 18-22 
 7. LG Sakers 17-22 
 8. Mobis Phoebus 15-25 
 9. Anyang KGC 12-28 
 10. Daegu Orions 11-28 


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  SPAIN   


Power Electronics Valencia adds David Navarro - by Eurobasket News
Power Electronics Valencia improved its backcourt for the remainder of the Top 16 by adding scoring ace David Navarro (192-G/F-83) for the remainder of the season, the club announced Tuesday. Navarro arrives from Girona FC, where he averaged 14.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 21 Spanish second division (Adecco Oro) games this season. Navarro has also played for Caja Rioja, Gestiberica Vigo, Rosalia and Melilla in both the Spanish second and third divisions. As such, Navarro is ready to make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut - pending player registration - against Olympiacos next week. 'He is one of the best players in Adecco Oro and has shown he has the skills to play in this team. He can offer a lot of things and we can say he is a versatile player able to play at both guards in defense,' Valencia head coach Svetislav Pesic said. 'We have a lot of games coming up but we will have plenty of them after the King's Cup. Navarro can help us in the Euroleague Top 16.'

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  SWEDEN   


Basketettan Round 17: Taby Basket beats Lulea Steelers by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin.

Sixth-ranked Lulea Steelers (8-9) were very close to win a game against second ranked Taby Basket (15-2) on Saturday. Taby Basket managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lulea Steelers. Newly promoted Taby Basket maintains second place in North with 15-2 record having just 1 point less than leader Eagles. Lulea Steelers at the other side keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Taby Basket are looking forward to face league's leader White Eagles in Stockholm in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lulea Steelers will play at home against Haga Haninge (#3) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
An interesting game for White Eagles (15-1) which played road game in Spanga against 4th placed Akropol (12-6). First ranked White Eagles managed to get a 10-point victory 86-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Akropol. White Eagles have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place in North with 15-1 record. Akropol at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. White Eagles will play against league's second-placed Taby Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Akropol will play against KFUM Blackebergs in Vallingby and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also a 19-point surprising road defeat of 5th ranked KFUM Blackebergs in a game versus KFUM Uppsala (#8) 81-62. KFUM Uppsala maintains eighth place in North with 6-11 record. Loser KFUM Blackebergs keep the fifth position with eight games lost. KFUM Uppsala will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KFUM Blackebergs will play against Akropol (#4) in Spanga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Basketettan top team - Srbija (12-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Brahe Basket (5-9) in Huskvarna 79-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Brahe Basket. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Srbija. They maintain first place in South with 12-2 record. Newly promoted Brahe Basket dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Srbija's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Nassjo at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brahe Basket's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Huskvarna to the arena Sanda Basket.
Important game to mention about took place in Lidingo. Seventh ranked Talje BK (7-9) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 11th ranked Lidingo (4-13) 71-70 on Saturday evening. Talje BK maintains seventh place in North with 7-9 record. Lidingo lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Talje BK will face Hallsta (#10) in Hallstahammar in the next round. Lidingo will play on the road against Orongo Dragons and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17:
In North Orongo was beaten by Haga Haninge on the road 76-73. Akropol won against Orongo on its own court 78-63. Lulea Steel managed to outperform Hallsta in a road game 97-94.
In South Helsingborg rolled over Solna Branten at home 89-61. Sanda was defeated by Fryshuset on the opponent's court 97-82. Nassjo beat Eos in a home game 78-72. Norrkoping BK lost to Malbas on the road 75-84.


Group North
Akropol - Eagles 76-86

An interesting game for White Eagles (15-1) which played road game in Spanga against 4th placed Akropol (12-6). First ranked White Eagles managed to get a 10-point victory 86-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Akropol. White Eagles have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place in North with 15-1 record. Akropol at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. White Eagles will play against league's second-placed Taby Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Akropol will play against KFUM Blackebergs in Vallingby and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108789


Haga Haninge - Orongo 76-73

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Haga Haninge (14-2) edged at home 9th ranked Orongo Dragons (5-13) 76-73 on Saturday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Haga Haninge. They maintain third place in North with 14-2 record behind leader Eagles. Orongo Dragons lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Haga Haninge will face BG Lulea (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Orongo Dragons will play against Lidingo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108790


Taby - Lulea Steel 81-79

Sixth-ranked Lulea Steelers (8-9) were very close to win a game against second ranked Taby Basket (15-2) on Saturday. Taby Basket managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lulea Steelers. Newly promoted Taby Basket maintains second place in North with 15-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Eagles. Lulea Steelers at the other side keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Taby Basket are looking forward to face league's leader White Eagles in Stockholm in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lulea Steelers will play at home against Haga Haninge (#3) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
gschID: 108791


Uppsala KFUM - Blackeberg 81-62

An interesting game was also a 19-point surprising road defeat of 5th ranked KFUM Blackebergs in a game versus KFUM Uppsala (#8) 81-62. KFUM Uppsala maintains eighth place in North with 6-11 record. Loser KFUM Blackebergs keep the fifth position with eight games lost. KFUM Uppsala will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KFUM Blackebergs will play against Akropol (#4) in Spanga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108792


Lidingo - Talje 70-71

Important game to mention about took place in Lidingo. Seventh ranked Talje BK (7-9) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 11th ranked Lidingo (4-13) 71-70 on Saturday evening. Talje BK maintains seventh place in North with 7-9 record. Lidingo lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Talje BK will face Hallsta (#10) in Hallstahammar in the next round. Lidingo will play on the road against Orongo Dragons and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108793


Akropol - Orongo 78-63

Very expected game when 9th ranked Orongo Dragons (5-13) lost to fourth ranked Akropol (12-6) in Spanga 63-78 on Sunday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Akropol. They maintain fourth place in North with 12-6 record. Orongo Dragons lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Akropol will face KFUM Blackebergs (#5) in Vallingby in the next round. Orongo Dragons will play at home against Lidingo (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108794


Hallsta - Lulea Steel 94-97

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Lulea Steelers (8-9) edged 10th ranked Hallsta (4-13) in Hallstahammar 97-94 on Sunday. Lulea Steelers maintains sixth place in North with 8-9 record. Loser Hallsta keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Lulea Steelers will face higher ranked Haga Haninge (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hallsta will play against Talje BK (#7).
gschID: 108795


Group South
Helsingborg - Solna Branten 89-61

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Solna Branten (5-8) was outscored on the road by fourth ranked Helsingborg (9-5) 89-61 on Saturday. Newly promoted Helsingborg maintains fourth place in South with 9-5 record. Solna Branten lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Helsingborg will face IK Eos (#11) in Lund in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Solna Branten will play on the road against Kvarnby (#12).
gschID: 108797


Fryshuset - Sanda 97-82

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Fryshuset (4-8) defeated 9th ranked Sanda Basket (5-10) in Stockholm 97-82 on Saturday. Fryshuset moved-up to tenth place in South. Sanda Basket lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Fryshuset will face higher ranked Norrkoping BK (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 108798


Nassjo - Eos 78-72

There was no surprise when 10th ranked IK Eos (4-11) lost on the road to third ranked Nassjo (11-4) 78-72 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Nassjo moved-up to second place in South. Loser IK Eos dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Nassjo will face league's leader Srbija in Malmo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. IK Eos will play at home against Helsingborg (#4).
gschID: 108799


Malbas - Norrkoping BK 84-75

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Malbas (8-6) beat 7th ranked Norrkoping BK (5-9) in Malmo 84-75 on Sunday. Newly promoted Malbas maintains fifth place in South with 8-6 record. Loser Norrkoping BK keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Malbas will face higher ranked Hoganas (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Norrkoping BK will play against Fryshuset (#10) in Stockholm.
gschID: 108800


Brahe Basket - Srbija 64-79

Basketettan top team - Srbija (12-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Brahe Basket (5-9) in Huskvarna 79-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Brahe Basket. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Srbija. They maintain first place in South with 12-2 record. Newly promoted Brahe Basket dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Srbija's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Nassjo at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brahe Basket's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Huskvarna to the arena Sanda Basket.
gschID: 108801




Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 22-5 
 2. LF Basket 19-8 
 3. Sodertalje 18-9 
 4. Norrkoping 17-8 
 5. Uppsala 13-12 
 6. Solna 13-15 
 7. Boras 11-16 
 8. Jamtland 8-19 
 9. 08 6-18 
 10. Eco Orebro 5-22 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland20.7 
 2. Smith, Uppsala20.4 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.0 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall20.0 
 5. Wesby, Sundsvall19.2 
 6. McCoy, Boras19.0 
 7. Gunnarsson, Solna18.6 
 8. Palm, Boras18.5 
 9. Klaric, Jamtland17.2 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.6 
 2. McKnight, Boras9.2 
 3. Palm, Boras9.1 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Constantine, Solna7.9 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.8 
 7. Walker, Solna7.5 
 8. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.3 
 9. Klaric, Jamtland7.0 
 10. Cipriano, Eco O.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.4 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.6 
 3. Beck, 084.9 
 4. Smith, Uppsala4.5 
 5. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.5 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland4.3 
 9. Chuk, Sodertalje4.3 
 10. Hargrove, Jamtland4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.7 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.4 
 3. Smith, Uppsala2.2 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall2.1 
 5. Hellgren, Jamtland2.0 
 6. McCoy, Boras1.9 
 7. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.8 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall1.8 
 9. Eriksson, Uppsala1.8 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Salaam, Jamtland1.9 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 3. Palm, Boras1.7 
 4. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.6 
 5. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.2 
 6. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 7. Cipriano, Eco O.1.1 
 8. Constantine, Solna1.1 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Galick, Sodertalje0.8 


Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 15-1 
 2. Taby 15-2 
 3. Haga Haninge 14-2 
 4. Akropol 12-6 
 5. Blackeberg 9-8 
 6. Lulea Steel 8-9 
 7. Talje 7-9 
 8. Uppsala KFUM 6-11 
 9. Orongo 5-13 
 10. Hallsta 4-13 
 11. Lidingo 4-13 
 12. BG Lulea 2-14 
South
 1. Srbija 12-2 
 2. Nassjo 11-4 
 3. Hoganas 10-4 
 4. Helsingborg 9-5 
 5. Malbas 8-6 
 6. Solna Branten 5-8 
 7. Norrkoping BK 5-9 
 8. Brahe Basket 5-9 
 9. Sanda 5-10 
 10. Fryshuset 4-8 
 11. Eos 4-11 
 12. Kvarnby 2-7 


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Ian Young rated #1 in Iran! - by Albert-Lee Young
TT Ian Young is the best point guard in the Iran Super League!

At least according to his agent who stated that as a person he is deep in this job, and can testify that the other players are not even comparable.

Young can do everything like in his game against Shahrekord. He tallied 28 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists in a losing 84-70 effort for Shahrdari Gorgan.

In his next game against B.A. Shiraz, Young led Gorgan with 36 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in a close loss, 83-82. For this season Gorgan has been rallying behind on Young scoring ability.

Hopefully when Gorgan new big name import joins the team in next few days, Young will get more support.

In spite of this, his agent remains optimistic that a new point guard will come to the league really soon to share the best PG title with Ian.

In the mean time Young, who led TT men's national team in scoring at both the 2009 Caribbean Championships and the 2010 Centrobasket Championships, will continue to display his amazing scoring ability on the international pro circuit.




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  TURKEY   


Aliaga inks Damon Jones - by Eurobasket News
Damon Jones (192-G-76, agency: Merit Sports, college: Houston) will move to Turkey. The 34-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contact with Aliaga Petkim. Damon Jones was last seen in Puerto Rico. He joined Quebradillas in May 2010. The guard averaged 13.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the Pirates. Damon Jones played in the NBA from 1999 through 2009. He also had stints in Venezuela, Italy, CBA and USBL. Damon Jones was named the CBA Newcomer of the Year in 2000. The sharpshooting guard made it to the USA National Team in 1999. Damon Jones played in the NBA Conference Final as well as NBA Finals.



Turkish U16 National Team 2011 - by Emiliano
Starting five
#s#
Kartal Ozmizrak
Ozmizrak
Hamit Baysal
Baysal
Mert Ciner
Ciner
Onur Baygur
Baygur
Dogukan Sanli
Sanli
#e#5
1 Kartal Ozmizrak 181-G-95 Besiktas Turkey
2 Hamit Baysal 192-F-95 Banvit Turkey
3 Mert Ciner 196-F-95 Darussafaka Turkey
4 Onur Baygur 203-C-95 Efes Pilsen Turkey
5 Dogukan Sanli 190-G-95 Besiktas Turkey
6 Ibrahim Sertan Sari 197-F-95 Darussafaka Turkey
7 Emircan Kosut 209-C-95
8 Cedi Osman 193-G-95 Efes Pilsen Turkey
9 Mehmet Firat Alemdaroglu 197-F-96 Fener.Ulker Turkey
10 James Birsen 201-F-95 Fener.Ulker Turkey
11 Goktug Yogurtcu 188-G-95
12 Adnan Mustafa 187-G-95 Tofas Turkey
13 Hakan Uykan 190-G-95
14 Ayberk Guleryuz 204-C-95 Fener.Ulker Turkey
15 Gokturk Gokalp Ural 194-F-95 Galatasaray Turkey
16 Kenan Sipahi 192-G-95 Tofas Turkey
17 Mehmet Sanli 201-F-95 Fener.Ulker Turkey



Spor Toto Turkish Cup - by Gurhan Ul
Spor Toto Turkish Cup quarter finals start with 4 matches today and tomorrow.The cup will be hold in Kayseri Kadir Has Dome.

09-02 Wednesday
18:00 Beikta Cola Turka-Efes Pilsen
20:30 Medical Park Trabzonspor-Aliaga Petkim

10-02 Thursday
18:00 Galatasaray Cafe Crown-Olin Edirne
20:30 Fenerbahce Ulker-Banvit
The matches will be broadcasted on Sports Tv
The Semi Finals
Winners of Wednesday
Winners of Thursday



Spor Toto Turkish Cup Day1 Overview - by Umut Akin
Turkish domestic cup started with a suprising result that kept one of the heavy favourites of the tournament, Efes Pilsen Istanbul out. In the opening match of the cup, Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul clinched a close win over Efes Pilsen Istanbul, 57 to 55. MVP of the match is named as Andrew Oglivy who scored 19 points along with 11 rebounds. Michal Ignerski and newcomer Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, college: Nevada) both scored 8 points and had an important effect in the victory of Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul. Best scorer of Efes Pilsen Istanbul was Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) with 12 points.

In the second meeting of the day Trabzonspor Basketbol took on Aliaga Petkim. After very close three quaters, the Trabzonspor Basketbol Medical Park was on top with only two points of gap (51-49) which widened in the last quarter to 10 points as the match ended 72 - 62 with victory of Trabzonspor Basketbol. Ali Karadeniz was the best scorer with 21 points and also named as the MVP of the match.

Consequently, Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul and Trabzonspor Basketbol qualified for the semi-finals which will be played on 11th of February.


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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Cleveland V. 5-2 
 2. Columbus C. 5-3 
 3. Southeast H. 4-1 
 4. Colonial F. 1-6 
 5. NE Air Soul 0-6 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 18-3 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 16-6 
 3. Atlanta A. 9-8 
 4. Georgia L. 8-8 
 5. St.Mountain H. 1-10 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 10-1 
 2. Tennessee D. 9-8 
 3. DFW Warriors 8-3 
 4. Norman E. 4-2 
 5. Austin K. 3-4 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 9-2 
 2. Dallas Star 5-9 
 3. Houston X. 1-0 
 4. Nashville B. 0-5 
 5. Oklahoma S. 0-10 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-14 


URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Barnes, GIE M.26.2 
 2. Sloan, S.Generals25.6 
 3. Holmes, Atlanta A.23.5 
 4. Kearse, Dallas S.22.8 
 5. Hill, DFW Warriors22.5 
 6. Perkins, Austin K.22.4 
 7. Grismore, C.Tex.21.6 
 8. James, DFW W.19.8 
 9. Clark, St.Mount.19.5 
 10. Cromartie, Atlan.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine DAILEY
  USA
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Dailey, GIE M.12.2 
 2. Hall, St.Mount.10.4 
 3. Hill, DFW Warriors10.2 
 4. Holmes, Atlanta A.10.0 
 5. Davis, Dallas Stars9.6 
 6. Akpele, S.Generals9.3 
 7. Wilson, Tennesse.9.3 
 8. Anderson, DFW W.9.3 
 9. Moore, S.Generals9.0 
 10. Stroud, GIE M.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bray, S.Generals10.3 
 2. De La Cruz, S.Gen.8.5 
 3. Haskins, C.Texas C.8.2 
 4. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 5. Williams, GIE M.7.9 
 6. Belton, Atlanta A.7.7 
 7. Douglas, DFW W.7.2 
 8. Beaulah, GIE M.7.1 
 9. Brown, Norman E.6.5 
 10. Taylor, Tennesse.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mychal KEARSE
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Kearse, Dallas S.3.5 
 2. Bray, S.Generals3.3 
 3. Williams, S.Generals3.2 
 4. Williams, GIE M.3.0 
 5. Taylor, Tennesse.2.9 
 6. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.8 
 7. Brown, Norman E.2.5 
 8. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 9. Barnes, GIE M.2.3 
 10. Sloan, S.Generals2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 2. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 3. Davis, Dallas Stars3.2 
 4. Wilson, Tennesse.2.8 
 5. Hall, St.Mount.2.7 
 6. Dailey, GIE M.2.5 
 7. Stokes, Dallas S.2.4 
 8. Hill, DFW Warriors2.4 
 9. Anderson, DFW W.1.9 
 10. Conway, Nashville B.1.8 


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 24-7 
 2. BC Donetsk 23-8 
 3. Azovmash 19-12 
 4. Hoverla 18-13 
 5. Dnipro 17-14 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 16-15 
 7. Kryvbasbasket 15-15 
 8. Mykolaiv 15-15 
 9. BC Odessa 13-19 
 10. DniproAzot 12-18 
 11. Halychyna 11-22 
 12. Khimik 10-21 
 13. BC Kyiv 8-22 


Standings - Higher League
Higher League Standings
Group A
 1. Dynamo DN 12-6 
 2. Avantazh-Pol. 11-7 
 3. Aviastar 11-7 
 4. Kremen-KNU 9-7 
 5. KTU Krivyi Rih 6-12 
 6. Koksokh-Stal 3-13 
Group B
 1. Cherkasy 21-1 
 2. U-VolinBasket 16-4 
 3. Vinnitsky Zubry 10-8 
 4. Sportlitsey 10-10 
 5. Pulsar 9-11 
 6. Striba 4-16 
 7. Ternopil 0-20 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.1 
 2. Burns, Fe.18.0 
 3. Curry, Azovmash17.4 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.9 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.6 
 6. Williams, Halychyna14.8 
 7. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna14.4 
 9. DeGroat, BC Odessa14.4 
 10. Karim, DniproAzot14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.7 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.0 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.4 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.7 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 6. Austin, Dnipro7.1 
 7. Owens, Azovmash7.1 
 8. Thomas, Azovmash6.8 
 9. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.3 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.2 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 5. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 6. Millage, Khimik4.6 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.3 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.2 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. Love, Mykolaiv1.6 
 3. House, Azovmash1.5 
 4. Greene, Mykolaiv1.5 
 5. Gliebov, BC Donetsk1.5 
 6. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 7. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 8. Swanson, Hoverla1.3 
 9. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.3 
 10. Rybalko, Fe.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Pettway, Dnipro1.4 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 7. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.4 
 8. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 9. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.2 


Superleague Round 33: Budivelnyk edges Kryvbasbasket by one point - by Eurobasket News
Seventh-ranked Kryvbasbasket (15-15) made lots of trouble for first ranked Budivelnyk (24-7) in Krivoy Rog on Wednesday. The visitors from Kyiv managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kryvbasbasket won fourth quarter 20-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Budivelnyk looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard William Keys (188-77, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 5 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Dmitry Korablev (198-77) who recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Budivelnyk maintains first place with 24-7 record. Kryvbasbasket at the other side keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Mykolaiv. Budivelnyk are looking forward to face DniproAzot (#10) in Dniprodzerzhynsk in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kryvbasbasket will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked BC Donetsk (23-8) against fifth ranked Dnipro (17-14) on Monday night. Host BC Donetsk was defeated by Dnipro in a tough game in Donetsk 78-86. It was a good game for American guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) who led his team to a victory with 36 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Aaron Pettway contributed with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for BC Donetsk. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dnipro maintains fifth place with 17-14 record. BC Donetsk lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the second position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kyiv. First ranked Budivelnyk faced 4th placed Hoverla. Host Budivelnyk (24-7) smashed guests from Frankivsk (18-13) 86-56. Lamayne Wilson stepped up and scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The best for the losing side was Derrick Zimmerman with 11 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Budivelnyk maintains first place with 24-7 record. Loser Hoverla keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Budivelnyk will meet DniproAzot (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hoverla will play against Khimik (#12) in Yuzhny and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked BC Kyiv managed to get a eighth victory. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Halychyna 76-66. Oleksandr Lypovyy nailed 23 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Halychyna's coach Andrei Podkovyrov tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BC Kyiv maintains thirteenth place with 8-22 record. Halychyna at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 22 games lost. BC Kyiv's next round opponent will be higher ranked Mykolaiv (#8) in Mykolaiv and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Odessa, where 4th placed Hoverla (18-13) lost to tenth ranked BC Odessa (13-19) in a road game 68-73 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Ejike Ugboaja who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Hoverla's coach Evgeni Murzin let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BC Odessa moved-up to ninth place. Loser Hoverla keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. BC Odessa will have a break next round. Hoverla will play on the road against Khimik (#12) in Yuzhny.

Other games of round 33 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Ferro-ZNTU defeated DniproAzot in Zaporozhye 83-78. Mykolaiv smashed Halychyna at home 93-72. Khimik lost to Azovmash on the opponent's court 62-74.



BC Odessa - Hoverla 73-68

We should mention about the upset which took place in Odessa, where 4th placed Hoverla (18-13) lost to tenth ranked BC Odessa (13-19) in a road game 68-73 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hoverla won fourth quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Nigerian power forward Ejike Ugboaja (204-85) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. American guard Andrew Washington (191-84, college: Delaware) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Washington 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 American guard Derrick Zimmerman (189-81, college: Mississippi St., agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 13 points respectively. Hoverla's coach Evgeni Murzin let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BC Odessa moved-up to ninth place. Loser Hoverla keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. BC Odessa will have a break next round. Hoverla will play on the road against Khimik (#12) in Yuzhny.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: E.Ugboaja 19+13reb, G.Buchanan 16+3reb+2ast, A.Washington 14+6reb+5ast, J.DeGroat 8+6reb+3ast, P.Sparks 6+3reb+5ast, R.Kryvych 6+4reb+2ast
Hoverla: D.Swanson 13+4reb+3ast, D.Zimmerman 12+5reb+4ast, E.Coleman 9+9reb+1ast, P.Ulyanko 8+2reb+1ast, A.Poltoratskiy 7, J.Chappell 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 120936


DniproAzot - Ferro-ZNTU 78-83

There was no surprise in Dniprodzerzhynsk where 9th ranked DniproAzot (12-18) was defeated by seventh ranked Ferro-ZNTU (16-15) 83-78 on Monday. DniproAzot was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 29-17 charge of Ferro-ZNTU, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Ricky Harris (188-87, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian power forward Michael Fraser (203-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Maxim Balashov (189-80) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively. Four Ferro-ZNTU and five DniproAzot players scored in double figures. Ferro-ZNTU moved-up to sixth place. Loser DniproAzot dropped to the tenth position with 18 games lost. Ferro-ZNTU will have a break next round. DniproAzot will play at home against the league's leader Budivelnyk (#1) in Kyiv.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: K.Mays 22+4reb+4ast, R.Harris 14+5reb+4ast, V.Hunter 13+8reb, A.Rybalko 13+2reb+7ast, A.Johnson 9+5reb, C.Burns 8+10reb+2ast
DniproAzot: M.Balashov 15+1reb+5ast, M.Fraser 13+12reb+1ast, G.Sirutavicius 11+4reb+2ast, S.Gorbenko 11+6reb+3ast, B.Merriex 10+5reb, L.Karim 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 120933


Mykolaiv - Halychyna 93-72

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Mykolaiv (15-15) smashed at home 11th ranked Halychyna (11-22) 93-72 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Mykolaiv. Halychyna was better in fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mykolaiv dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Halychyna's 30. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mykolaiv made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) who scored 17 points. Power forward Ivan Gilyevych (205-82) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Alan Wiggins (206-84, college: USF) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mykolaiv moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Kryvbasbasket. Loser Halychyna keeps the eleventh position with 22 games lost. Mykolaiv will face bottom-ranked BC Kyiv (#13) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: J.Love 17+2reb+2ast, O.Onufriyev 15+3reb+2ast, I.Gilyevych 14+6reb, A.Butskyy 12+1reb+1ast, J.Umbrasko 10+2reb+3ast, J.Hughes 8+3reb
Halychyna: N.Williams 14+1reb+1ast, A.Wiggins 13+9reb+1ast, M.Sroka 12+4reb, P.Revzin 11+3reb, S.Morrison 9+4reb+1ast, M.Andriukaitis 5+1reb
gschID: 120934


Kryvbasbasket - Budivelnyk 64-65

Seventh-ranked Kryvbasbasket (15-15) made lots of trouble for first ranked Budivelnyk (24-7) in Krivoy Rog on Wednesday. The visitors from Kyiv managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kryvbasbasket won fourth quarter 20-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Budivelnyk looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard William Keys (188-77, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 5 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Dmitry Korablev (198-77) who recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and international power forward Igor Zaitsev (211-89) added 17 points respectively. Budivelnyk maintains first place with 24-7 record. Kryvbasbasket at the other side keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Mykolaiv. Budivelnyk are looking forward to face DniproAzot (#10) in Dniprodzerzhynsk in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kryvbasbasket will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: L.Wilson 21+7reb+2ast, A.Betts 11+4reb, M.Anisimovas 7+6reb, D.Zabirchenko 6+1reb+5ast, D.Spencer 5+3reb+2ast, D.Ikovlev 5+2reb+2ast
Kryvbasbasket: I.Zaitsev 17+4reb, D.Korablev 12+6reb+4ast, V.Kondratovets 10+5reb+5ast, A.Slipenchuk 6+5reb+3ast, V.Malchevskiy 6+4reb+1ast, V.Anisimov 4+2reb
gschID: 120935


Budivelnyk - Hoverla 86-56

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kyiv. First ranked Budivelnyk faced 4th placed Hoverla. Host Budivelnyk (24-7) smashed guests from Frankivsk (18-13) 86-56. The game without a history. Budivelnyk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game, while Hoverla only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Hoverla 45-20 including a 36-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Budivelnyk looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Hoverla's players. American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) stepped up and scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and British center Andrew Betts (216-77, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 17 points. The best for the losing side was American guard Derrick Zimmerman (189-81, college: Mississippi St., agency: Pro One Sports) with 11 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 15 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. Budivelnyk maintains first place with 24-7 record. Loser Hoverla keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Budivelnyk will meet DniproAzot (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hoverla will play against Khimik (#12) in Yuzhny and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: A.Betts 17+3reb, M.Anisimovas 12+4reb+2ast, W.Keys 10+4reb+1ast, L.Wilson 9+8reb+4ast, D.Zabirchenko 8+2reb+4ast, D.Ikovlev 8+4reb+1ast
Hoverla: D.Swanson 15+3reb+1ast, J.Chappell 13+5reb, D.Zimmerman 11+6reb+3ast, P.Ulyanko 6+2ast, E.Coleman 6+2reb, A.Poltoratskiy 4+1reb
gschID: 120929


Azovmash - Khimik 74-62

Very expected game in Mariupol where 12th ranked Khimik (10-21) was defeated by fourth ranked Azovmash (19-12) 74-62 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Azovmash. Khimik was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Azovmash made 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Fred House (195-78, college: S.Utah, agency: Lanshire Group) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Alexander Kolchenko (198-88) who recorded 16 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Bosnian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Khimik's coach Zoran Martic gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Loser Khimik keeps the twelfth position with 21 games lost. Azovmash will have a break next round. Khimik will play at home against Hoverla (#4) in Frankivsk.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: R.Curry 19+7reb+5ast, F.House 17+5reb+5ast, D.Pasalic 11+10reb+2ast, M.Pustozvonov 7+3reb+2ast, V.Bobrov 6+2reb, D.Alexander 5+3reb+2ast
Khimik: A.Kolchenko 16+5reb+2ast, T.Bizaca 10+8reb+2ast, A.Pustoviy 9+7reb+1ast, C.Millage 6+2ast, N.Protic 6+1reb+2ast, A.Kalnichenko 5+6reb
gschID: 120930


BC Kyiv - Halychyna 76-66

Bottom-ranked BC Kyiv managed to get a eighth victory. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Halychyna 76-66. Halychyna was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 22-11 charge of BC Kyiv, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-91) nailed 23 points and 4 assists for the winning side and center Maksym Sandul (207-91) accounted for 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four BC Kyiv players scored in double figures. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-84, college: USF) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Todd Abernethy (185-84, college: Mississippi) added 14 points respectively for Halychyna in the defeat. Halychyna's coach Andrei Podkovyrov tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BC Kyiv maintains thirteenth place with 8-22 record. Halychyna at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 22 games lost. BC Kyiv's next round opponent will be higher ranked Mykolaiv (#8) in Mykolaiv and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
BC Kyiv: O.Lypovyy 23+2reb+4ast, P.Burenko 13+2reb+3ast, M.Sandul 10+10reb+2ast, O.Saltovets 10+9reb, R.Otverchenko 9+1reb+1ast, O.Tischenko 8+5reb
Halychyna: T.Abernethy 14+4reb+3ast, M.Andriukaitis 12+4reb+1ast, A.Wiggins 11+10reb+3ast, N.Williams 9+3reb+2ast, M.Sroka 7+1reb, S.Morrison 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 120931


BC Donetsk - Dnipro 78-86

Very important is a home loss of second ranked BC Donetsk (23-8) against fifth ranked Dnipro (17-14) on Monday night. Host BC Donetsk was defeated by Dnipro in a tough game in Donetsk 78-86. The game without a history. Dnipro led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Dnipro especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. It was a good game for American guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) who led his team to a victory with 36 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import center Aaron Pettway (211-80, college: Oklahoma St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and Dominican guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for BC Donetsk. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dnipro maintains fifth place with 17-14 record. BC Donetsk lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the second position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dnipro: S.Burtt 36+5reb+5ast, A.Pettway 15+10reb, D.Brown 13+8reb+4ast, D.Kozlov 9+3reb+2ast, M.Kornienko 4+4reb, O.Shchepkin 4+2reb+1ast
BC Donetsk: B.Cvetkovic 17+8reb+2ast, L.Flores 16+7reb+2ast, V.Kravtsov 13+6reb+3ast, D.Gliebov 8+5reb+1ast, Y.Zozulia 5+1reb, J.Hukic 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 120932




Ukrainian cup 1/4 finals - by Alexei Revenko
Results of the first games
Aviastar Zaporozhye - Cherkasy 74-77 (12-19, 26-15, 20-13, 16-30)
In winners most productive players was Zhurzhiy 16 points, Korotkov 12 pts and 6 rebounds, Maxim Parkhomenko (206-F/C-87) 11 points. In Aviastar Zaporozhye Vitaly Boyko (184-G-82) scored 26 points, Yuri Torop (203-F-83, agency: Promotex) 23 points.

Avantazh-Politekhnik Kharkov - Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk 80-64 (18-17, 30-11, 12-18, 20-18)
In Avantazh Timur Arabadzhi (192-G-81) scored 30 points.
In Dynamo Denisov scored 17 points and 8 rebounds, Dikiy 16 points and 6 rebounds.

Universitet-VolinBasket Lutsk - BC-93 Pulsar Rovno 83-65 (24-11, 20-16, 18-21, 21-17)
In winners Dmitry Vinogradov (204-C-80, agency: Promotex) 27 points and 7 rebounds, Karebin 19 points.
In BC-93 Pulsar Rovno Yuri Kuzminets (204-F-84) 17 points and 6 rebounds, Vecheslav Kurakin (191-F-86) 11 pts and added 5 rebounds


Ukrainian U16 National Team 2011 - by Emiliano
Starting five
#s#
Vladen Berezhnyi
Berezhnyi
Igor Bespalyuk
Bespalyuk
Danylo Isakov
Isakov
Stanislav Kudrya
Kudrya
Yevgeniy Belotsenko
Belotsenko
#e#5
1 Vladen Berezhnyi 196-F-95
2 Igor Bespalyuk 180-G-95
3 Danylo Isakov 189-G-95
4 Stanislav Kudrya 186-G-95 BC Kyiv Ukraine
5 Yevgeniy Belotsenko 190-F-95
6 Anton Belous 193-F-95
7 Yevgeniy Sakhnyuk 199-F-95
8 Pavel Riazantsev 201-F-95 Dnipro Ukraine
9 Anton Dzyuba 200-F-95
10 Vadim Prokopenko 204-C-95
11 Andrey Kharchinskiy 203-C-95 BC Kyiv Ukraine
12 Igor Boyarkin 95
13 Oleksadre Busha 95
14 Oleksandr Biella 95



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EBL Round 14: London Leopards hand first loss to undefeated Bristol Acadamy Flyers - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Bristol Acadamy Flyers (9-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by second ranked London Leopards (7-4) 80-51. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Bristol Acadamy Flyers. London Leopards have an impressive five-game winning streak. Despite that victory London Leopards went down to third position due to points difference. Bristol Acadamy Flyers at the other side still keep top place with one game lost. London Leopards are looking forward to face Coventry Crusaders (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bristol Acadamy Flyers will play against the league's second-placed Reading Rockets (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for Reading Rockets (8-3) which played on the court of second-ranked London Leopards (7-4). Third ranked Reading Rockets won 77-68. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of London Leopards. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Reading Rockets have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. London Leopards at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Reading Rockets will play against league's leader Bristol Acadamy Flyers on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. London Leopards will play against Coventry Crusaders and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Coventry Crusaders managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they edged eighth-ranked Leicester Warriors 78-77. Coventry Crusaders (3-7) moved-up to tenth place. Leicester Warriors lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. Coventry Crusaders will meet higher ranked London Leopards (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Leicester Warriors will have a break next round.
The game in Brixton was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Leeds Carnegie (7-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Brixton Topcats (5-6). Leeds Carnegie managed to secure a 4-point victory 78-74. Leeds Carnegie maintains fourth position with 7-6 record. Newly promoted Brixton Topcats dropped to the sixth place with six games lost. Leeds Carnegie's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Manchester Magic (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Brixton Topcats will play against Paws London Capitals (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Manchester. Tenth ranked Derby Trailblazers (4-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Manchester Magic (3-8) 89-86 on Sunday evening. Derby Trailblazers moved-up to ninth place. Loser Manchester Magic dropped to the bottom position with eight games lost. Derby Trailblazers will face higher ranked London Leopards (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Manchester Magic will play against Leeds Carnegie (#4).

In the last two games of round 14 Durham beat London Capitals on the road 70-58. Reading won against Manchester on its own court 73-67.



Brixton - Leeds 74-78

The game in Brixton was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Leeds Carnegie (7-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Brixton Topcats (5-6). Leeds Carnegie managed to secure a 4-point victory 78-74. Leeds Carnegie maintains fourth position with 7-6 record. Newly promoted Brixton Topcats dropped to the sixth place with six games lost. Leeds Carnegie's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Manchester Magic (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Brixton Topcats will play against Paws London Capitals (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 94940


Manchester - Derby 86-89

Important game to mention about took place in Manchester. Tenth ranked Derby Trailblazers (4-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Manchester Magic (3-8) 89-86 on Sunday evening. Derby Trailblazers moved-up to ninth place. Loser Manchester Magic dropped to the bottom position with eight games lost. Derby Trailblazers will face higher ranked London Leopards (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Manchester Magic will play against Leeds Carnegie (#4).
gschID: 94941


Leopards - Reading 68-77

Another interesting game for Reading Rockets (8-3) which played on the court of second-ranked London Leopards (7-4). Third ranked Reading Rockets won 77-68. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of London Leopards. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Reading Rockets have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. London Leopards at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Reading Rockets will play against league's leader Bristol Acadamy Flyers on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. London Leopards will play against Coventry Crusaders and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 94942


London Capitals - Durham 58-70

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked Durham Wildcats (6-6) beat on the road 6th ranked Paws London Capitals (5-6) 70-58 on Saturday. Durham Wildcats moved-up to fifth place. Loser Paws London Capitals keep the sixth position with six games lost. Durham Wildcats will face Coventry Crusaders (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Paws London Capitals will play against Brixton Topcats (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 94938


Bristol - Leopards 51-80

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Bristol Acadamy Flyers (9-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by second ranked London Leopards (7-4) 80-51. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Bristol Acadamy Flyers. London Leopards have an impressive five-game winning streak. Despite that victory London Leopards went down to third position due to points difference. Bristol Acadamy Flyers at the other side still keep top place with one game lost. London Leopards are looking forward to face Coventry Crusaders (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bristol Acadamy Flyers will play against the league's second-placed Reading Rockets (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 94935


Coventry - Leicester 78-77

Bottom-ranked Coventry Crusaders managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they edged eighth-ranked Leicester Warriors 78-77. Coventry Crusaders (3-7) moved-up to tenth place. Leicester Warriors lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. Coventry Crusaders will meet higher ranked London Leopards (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Leicester Warriors will have a break next round.
gschID: 94936


Reading - Manchester 73-67

Very expected game when 9th ranked Manchester Magic (3-8) lost on the road to third ranked Reading Rockets (8-3) 73-67 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Reading Rockets have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Loser Manchester Magic dropped to the bottom position with eight games lost. Reading Rockets will face league's leader Bristol Acadamy Flyers on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Manchester Magic will play against Leeds Carnegie (#4).
gschID: 94937




Standings - EBL Conf.
EBL Standings
 1. Bristol 9-1 
 2. Reading 8-3 
 3. Leopards 7-4 
 4. Leeds 7-6 
 5. Durham 6-6 
 6. Brixton 5-6 
 7. London Capitals 5-6 
 8. Leicester 5-8 
 9. Derby 4-7 
 10. Coventry 3-7 
 11. Manchester 3-8 


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Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Villegas, Olimpia27.4 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Hayes, Cordon23.3 
 7. Aguiar, Hebraica23.1 
 8. Taboada, Bigua22.6 
 9. Puckett, Aguada20.3 
 10. Coleman, Bohemios20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 4. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 5. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 6. Matthews, Defensor9.5 
 7. Dilligard, Olimpia9.5 
 8. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
 9. Kanis, Trouville9.3 
 10. Maxey, Un.Atletica9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.2 
 2. Martinez, Malvin5.7 
 3. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.4 
 5. Gonzalez, Defensor5.3 
 6. Pereyra, Bohemios5.2 
 7. Muro, Aguada4.9 
 8. Vidal, Bigua4.8 
 9. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 10. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville2.5 
 3. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 4. Latham, Anastasia2.2 
 5. Aguilera, Trouville2.1 
 6. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 7. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 8. Osimani, Montevideo1.9 
 9. Giacometti, Cader1.9 
 10. Woodward, Defensor1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia3.9 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Newsome, Malvin2.2 
 4. Wilborn, Bigua2.1 
 5. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 6. Bortz, Malvin1.9 
 7. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 8. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 9. Kanis, Trouville1.8 
 10. Reynolds, Hebraica1.6 


Defensor, the defending champions, are losing 1-2 - by Hector Lopez
Hebraica Macabi took a 2-1 lead over Defensor Sporting, the defending champions, winning 78-64 for the best of five LUB quarter finals. For Hebraica Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) and Daniel Rivero (182-G-77) scored 21 points each one, while Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) added 7 points and 12 rebounds and Matt Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) 16 points and 6 rebounds. For Defensor Sporting Brian Woodward netted 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, and Clerence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) scored 12 points with 14 rebounds. Aguada, after losing for 16 points with three minutes in the third quarter, defeated Trouville 65-61 after an overtime (54-54). Aguada is now 2-1. Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, college: Clayton St.) scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, and Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) netted 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. For Trouville Martin Aguilera (195-F-87) 15 points, Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC) 12 points and 12 rebounds and Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 10 points and 10 rebounds The next games will be played as follows:
February 10 - Olimpia 1 Malvin 2 and Welcome 2 - Bigua 1
February 11 Hebraica Macabi 2 Defensor Sporting 1 and Trouville 1 Aguada 0
Alle the games are played in a neutral stadium, Palacio Penarol.



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Standings
VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. CSKA 7-1 
 2. Unics 7-1 
 3. Lietuvos Rytas 4-4 
 4. Minsk-2006 4-4 
 5. Dnipro 1-6 
 6. Honka 0-7 
Group B
 1. Khimky 7-1 
 2. Zalgiris 6-2 
 3. Azovmash 4-3 
 4. VEF Riga 3-5 
 5. Asseco Prokom 3-6 
 6. Kalev/Cramo 1-7 


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Quarterfinals. First games - by Eurobasket News
Zob Ahan - Champville 70:69
Zon Ahan victoriously opened their WABA League quarterfinal series. They nipped Champville at home court to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) knocked down 25 points to lead the winners. Game 2 is scheduled for February 22.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. Zob Ahan posted a 33:32 lead at the interval. But Champville bounced back in the third term. The Lebanese team went on a 25:13 run to accumulate a comfortable lead at the final break. The visitors were still up by five points midway through the fourth quarter 62:57. But Zob Ahan reacted with a 13:7 run to snatch a narrow victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) and Carlos Powell (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) provided 13 points each for Zob Ahan. Oshin Sahakian added 10 points in the victory. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) responded with 21 points for Champville. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) provided 19 points in the loss.

Zob Ahan: Ousmane Barro 25, Hamed Afagh 13, Carlos Powell 13
Champville: Fadi El Khatib 21, Jasmon Youngblood 19

Jeish - Riyadi 87:94
Riyadi claimed the first win in the WABA League quarterfinal series. They knocked down Jeish in Damascus to surge ahead. Riyadi will now host Jeish in Beirut on February 21. Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) unleashed 30 points to lead the Lebanese team to the victory.
Riyadi spurred in front right from the beginning. They posted a 22:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Jeish managed to slow their opponents down in the second period. They trailed by three points at halftime. Riyadi however stepped on the gas once again in the third term. They knocked down 23 points to boost the lead to 7 points with ten minutes to go. Jeish could not recover in the final period as Jean Abed El Nour and Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) paced the visitors to the victory.
Nathanel Johnson delivered 25 points for Riyadi. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) and William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Arkansas) contributed 14 points each in the win. Nour Al Saman (188-G-78) responded with 23 points for Jeish. Christien Charles (213-F/C-81, college: Villanova) had 20 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Jeish: Nour Al Saman 23, Christien Charles 20
Riyadi: Jean Abed El Nour 30, Nathanel Johnson 25, Loren Woods 14, William Pharis 14

Riyadi Aramex - Mahram 63:95
WABA League reigning champions Mahram opened victoriously their quarterfinal series against Riaydi Aramex in Jordan. The Iranian powerhouse claimed a comfortable win to take 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Mahdi Kamrany stepped up with 25 points to lead the effort.
Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) closed the opening period with consecutive triples to give Mahram a 24:18 lead. Mahram kept on increasing the pressure in the second term. They registered a 43:21 lead at halftime. Aramex never recovered in the second half and had to yield at the end. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) provided 23 points and 7 rebounds for Mahram. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) added 13 points in the win. Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) responded with 21 points and 16 boards for Aramex. Issa Kamel (192-F-83) and Malek Khashan (185-G-85) added 12 points each in the loss.
The teams will meet again on February 14.

Riyadi Aramex: Sani Sakakini 21+16 boards, Issa Kamel 12, Malek Khashan 12
Mahram: Mahdi Kamrani 25, Marlon Garnett 23, Cheikh Samb 13

ASU - Jalaa 100:104 (2OT)
Jalaa endured two extra periods before celebrating a road win over ASU. The victory put Jalaa up 1-0 in the best-of-three WABA quarterfinal series. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) knocked down 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to pace the Syrian team.
Jalaa dominated the first half. They recorded a comfortable 46:29 lead at the interval. But ASU went on a desperate rescue rally that eventually tied the game at 80 at the end of regulation. The teams were still drawn at 89 after five minutes of action. Finally Jalaa pulled in front and eked out a tough win at the end. Michel Maadanli (195-G-81) added 22 points for Jalaa. Sari Papazian (194-G/F-82) contributed 16 points in the win. Mousa Alawadi (192-G/F-85) answered with 29 points for ASU. Norman Nolan (202-F/C-76, college: Virginia) netted 23 points in defeat.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for February 15.

ASU: Mousa Alawadi 29, Norman Nolan 23
Jalaa: Samaki Walker 26+16 boards, Michel Maadanli 22, Sari Papazian 16





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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Marina Mazic announces retirement due to injury - by Zeljko Zule
Marina Mazic (190-C-80) of Lupa promotion announced her retirement from basketeball because of persistent back injury.
During her domestic carrer she won 3 Championship titles with Croatia and 5 Cup Ruzica Meglaj-Rimac titles with Croatia and Gospic. Mazic also won Greek Cup. With the Croatian national team. she also won the gold medal at the 2001 Mediterannean Games and the silver medal at Mediterannean Games 2005. Mazic was named Croatian player of the year 1998.



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  BELGIUM - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Sint Kateline 12-2 
 2. Waregem 12-3 
 3. BBC Boom 11-3 
 4. Ieper 9-5 
 5. Dexia Namur 9-6 
 6. Houthalen 6-9 
 7. Willebroek 5-9 
 8. R.Spirou M. 5-9 
 9. Jeugd Gentson 5-10 
 10. Point Chaud 3-12 
 11. Deerlijk 3-12 


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  BOSNIA - Women  


D1 Round 13: Jedinstvo loses to Zeljeznicar in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Sarajevo. Leader host Zeljeznicar (13-0) smashed 3rd placed Jedinstvo (8-5) 87-57. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jedinstvo. The game without a history. Zeljeznicar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Undefeated Zeljeznicar have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-0 record. Jedinstvo at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Zeljeznicar are looking forward to face league's second-placed Mladi Krajisnik in Banja Luka in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jedinstvo will play at home against Banovici and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Trebinje (0-11) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to ninth ranked Rudar (3-10) 76-41. Newly promoted Rudar maintains ninth place with 3-10 record. Trebinje lost their eleventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Rudar will play against higher ranked Borac ML-IEFK (#8) in Banja Luka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trebinje will play at home against Tomislav in Tomislavgrad and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Tomislavgrad was also quite interesting. Second ranked Mladi Krajisnik (11-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Tomislav (5-8). Mladi Krajisnik did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 84-67 on Saturday. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Mladi Krajisnik. They maintain second place with 11-1 record having just three points less than leader Zeljeznicar. Tomislav lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Mladi Krajisnik will meet at home league's leader Zeljeznicar in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tomislav will play against Trebinje (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Fourth ranked Igman (8-4) crushed at home 7th ranked Banovici (4-9) by 37 points 95-58, which is the biggest margin this round. Igman moved-up to third place. Banovici lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Igman's next round opponent will be Sloboda (#5) in Novi Grad. Banovici will play on the road against Jedinstvo in Tuzla.

In the last game of round 13 Borac ML-IEFK was destroyed by Sloboda on the opponent's court 84-62.



Sloboda - Borac ML-IEFK 84-62

Rather expected game in Novi Grad where 8th ranked Borac ML-IEFK (4-9) was crushed by fifth ranked Sloboda (7-6) 84-62. Sloboda maintains fifth place with 7-6 record. Borac ML-IEFK at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Sloboda's next round opponent will be higher ranked Igman (#3) in Ilidza and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Borac ML-IEFK will play at home against Rudar (#9) in Ugljevik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 113618


Igman - Banovici 95-58

Fourth ranked Igman (8-4) crushed at home 7th ranked Banovici (4-9) by 37 points 95-58, which is the biggest margin this round. It looked good early as Banovici took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Igman had a 20-13 second period charge getting the lead and Banovici was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 58-95. Igman moved-up to third place. Banovici lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Igman's next round opponent will be Sloboda (#5) in Novi Grad. Banovici will play on the road against Jedinstvo in Tuzla.
gschID: 113619


Zeljeznicar - Jedinstvo 87-57

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sarajevo. Leader host Zeljeznicar (13-0) smashed 3rd placed Jedinstvo (8-5) 87-57. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jedinstvo. The game without a history. Zeljeznicar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Zeljeznicar have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-0 record. Jedinstvo at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Zeljeznicar are looking forward to face league's second-placed Mladi Krajisnik in Banja Luka in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jedinstvo will play at home against Banovici and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 113620


Tomislav - Mladi Krajisnik 67-84

The game in Tomislavgrad was also quite interesting. Second ranked Mladi Krajisnik (11-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Tomislav (5-8). Mladi Krajisnik did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 84-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Mladi Krajisnik. Tomislav managed to win third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Mladi Krajisnik. They maintain second place with 11-1 record having just three points less than leader Zeljeznicar. Tomislav lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Mladi Krajisnik will meet at home league's leader Zeljeznicar in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tomislav will play against Trebinje (#10) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 113621


Rudar - Trebinje 76-41

Bottom-ranked Trebinje (0-11) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to ninth ranked Rudar (3-10) 76-41. The game without a history. Rudar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Newly promoted Rudar maintains ninth place with 3-10 record. Trebinje lost their eleventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Rudar will play against higher ranked Borac ML-IEFK (#8) in Banja Luka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trebinje will play at home against Tomislav in Tomislavgrad and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 113622




Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Zeljeznicar 13-0 
 2. Mladi Krajisnik 11-1 
 3. Igman 8-4 
 4. Jedinstvo 8-5 
 5. Sloboda 7-6 
 6. Tomislav 5-8 
 7. Banovici 4-9 
 8. Borac ML-IEFK 4-9 
 9. Rudar 3-10 
 10. Trebinje 0-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Celik


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  CANADA - Women  


CIS Stats Leaders
CIS Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Colley, SMU 24.8
2 Sharpe, UNB 20.5
3 Duinker, ACA 19.9
4 Colborne, UNB 19.5
5 Clemencon, WSR 18.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Genois, LAV 11.1
2 Canvin, SMU 10.6
3 Sunley-Paisle, OTT 10.6
4 Kleysen, WPG 10.1
5 Haywood, CBU 10.0
Assists Per Game
1 Colley, SMU 4.8
2 Works, CBU 4.6
3 Humbert, SAS 4.5
4 Zalesiak, REG 4.3
5 Miyazaki, SAS 4.1
Steals Per Game
1 Miyazaki, SAS 3.7
2 Adamczyk, WLU 3.4
3 Goggins, LAU 3.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Douglas, GUE 2.5
2 Clemencon, WSR 1.7
3 Sunley-Paisle, OTT 1.7
2FGP
1 Young, StFX 58.2
2 Hutzler, UWO 58.0
3 Kiselyk, SAS 56.9
3FGP
1 Colborne, UNB 49.3
2 Tulloch, SAS 48.9
3 Hillier, ALB 48.0
Free Throws
1 Gooch, WPG 87.7
2 Larocque, MCG 86.2
3 Clarke, ALB 85.9


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


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Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Studenec O. 10-2 
 2. Biska Pula 9-2 
 3. Zadar 6-5 
 4. Croatia 2006 5-6 
 5. Agram 4-7 
 6. Pozega 3-8 
 7. Split 2-9 
Play in international cups:
 1. Gospic
 2. Jolly
 3. Lupa Promot.
 4. Medvescak


Marina Mazic announces retirement due to injury - by Zeljko Zule
Marina Mazic (190-C-80) of Lupa promotion announced her retirement from basketeball because of persistent back injury.
During her domestic carrer she won 3 Championship titles with Croatia and 5 Cup Ruzica Meglaj-Rimac titles with Croatia and Gospic. Mazic also won Greek Cup. With the Croatian national team. she also won the gold medal at the 2001 Mediterannean Games and the silver medal at Mediterannean Games 2005. Mazic was named Croatian player of the year 1998.



A1 Round 13: KK Zadar defeats ZKK Agram in overtime - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in A1.

ZKK Agram (#5) forced the game against KK Zadar (#4) into an overtime, but lost by four points 63-67 on Saturday night. KK Zadar (6-5) moved-up to third place. ZKK Agram lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. KK Zadar are looking forward to face bottom-ranked ZKK Split (#7) on the road in the next round. ZKK Agram will play against the league's second-placed Biska Pula and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
An interesting game for Biska Pula (9-2) which hosted in Pula 3rd placed Croatia 2006 (5-6). Second ranked Biska Pula had an easy win 61-46. Biska Pula maintains second place with 9-2 record behind leader Studenec O. Croatia 2006 at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Biska Pula will play against ZKK Agram (#5) in Zagreb in the next round. Croatia 2006 will play at home against Plamen Pozega and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A1 top team - Studenac Omis (10-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked ZKK Split (2-9) 82-71. Studenac Omis have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-2 record. Loser ZKK Split stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Studenac Omis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. ZKK Split will play against KK Zadar (#3) and hope to secure a win.



Biska Pula - Croatia 2006 61-46

An interesting game for Biska Pula (9-2) which hosted in Pula 3rd placed Croatia 2006 (5-6). Second ranked Biska Pula had an easy win 61-46. The game was mostly controlled by Biska Pula. Croatia 2006 was better in second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Croatia 2006 to just 6 points in first quarter. Biska Pula maintains second place with 9-2 record behind leader Studenec O. Croatia 2006 at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Biska Pula will play against ZKK Agram (#5) in Zagreb in the next round. Croatia 2006 will play at home against Plamen Pozega and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 115696


Zadar - Agram 67-63 OT

ZKK Agram (#5) forced the game against KK Zadar (#4) into an overtime, but lost by four points 63-67 on Saturday night. KK Zadar (6-5) moved-up to third place. ZKK Agram lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. KK Zadar are looking forward to face bottom-ranked ZKK Split (#7) on the road in the next round. ZKK Agram will play against the league's second-placed Biska Pula and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
gschID: 115697


Studenec O. - Split 82-71

A1 top team - Studenac Omis (10-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked ZKK Split (2-9) 82-71. Studenac Omis have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-2 record. Loser ZKK Split stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Studenac Omis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. ZKK Split will play against KK Zadar (#3) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 115698




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A1: Round 14 review - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game in Round 14 was a derby match between two local teams from Limassol: AEL Limassol (#4) and Anagennises (#8). Anagennises was smashed at home by 44 points 23-67 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. AEL Limassol maintains fourth position with 9-4 record. Anagennises lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. AEL Limassol are looking forward to face higher ranked Achilleas (#3) in Nicosia in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Anagennises will play on the road against the league's leader Keravnos (#1) in Nicosia and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
A1 top team - Keravnos (12-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked APOP Paphou (3-10) 84-41. Undefeated Keravnos have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-0 record. APOP Paphou lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Keravnos will play against Anagennises (#8) in Limassol in the next round and are hoping to win another game. APOP Paphou will play on the road against InterCollege Etha in Nicosia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 14 Olympos was beaten by Achilleas on the road 48-40.


Anagennises - AEL Limassol 23-67

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Limassol: AEL Limassol (#4) and Anagennises (#8). Anagennises was smashed at home by 44 points 23-67 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. AEL Limassol maintains fourth position with 9-4 record. Anagennises lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. AEL Limassol are looking forward to face higher ranked Achilleas (#3) in Nicosia in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Anagennises will play on the road against the league's leader Keravnos (#1) in Nicosia and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
gschID: 121013


Achilleas - Olympos 48-40

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Achilleas (9-3) beat 5th ranked Olympos (7-6) in Nicosia 48-40 on Sunday. Achilleas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-3 record having just three points less than leader Keravnos. Newly promoted Olympos keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Achilleas will meet AEL Limassol (#4) on the road in the next round. Olympos will play against Akademia in Nicosia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121014


AEK Larnaca - InterColl. Etha 20-0

Defending champion maintains second position with 11-2 record behind leader Keravnos. InterCollege Etha at the other side closes the standings with 12 games lost. AEK Larnaca will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
gschID: 121011


APOP Paphou - Keravnos 41-84

A1 top team - Keravnos (12-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked APOP Paphou (3-10) 84-41. Keravnos have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-0 record. APOP Paphou lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Keravnos will play against Anagennises (#8) in Limassol in the next round and are hoping to win another game. APOP Paphou will play on the road against InterCollege Etha in Nicosia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121012




Standings - women
A1 Standings
 1. Keravnos 12-0 
 2. AEK Larnaca 11-2 
 3. Achilleas 9-3 
 4. AEL Limassol 9-4 
 5. Olympos 7-6 
 6. Akademia 4-8 
 7. APOP Paphou 3-10 
 8. Anagennises 1-11 
 9. InterColl. Etha 0-12 


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Taranto trounce USK Praha en route to Euroleague quarterfinal - by Eurobasket News
Taranto - USK Praha 83:49

Taranto advanced into Euroleague quarterfinals. They stormed past USK Praha in the third decisive game of the eighth-final series. Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) scored 16 points each to lead the winners.
The lead changed hands for several times early in the encounter before Taranto went on a 9:0 run to post a 21:13 lead at the first break. Montagnino quickly unloaded 7 points in the second term to boost the margin to 11-point mark. Taranto recorded a 39:27 lead at the interval. The hosts triggered an 11:2 rally early in the second half to ensure a comfortable 50:29 lead. Taranto took over at the moment and rolled to a massive 25-point lead at the final break. Taranto had little problems keeping USK Praha at distance in the fourth term. Elodie Godin (190-C-85) tallied 12 points and 10 boards for Taranto. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) finished with 13 points, 9 boards and 6 assists in the victory. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) answered with 12 points for USK Praha. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) accounted for 10 points and 9 caroms in the losing case.

Taranto: Dubravka Dacic 16, Kathy Wambe 16, Megan Mahoney 13
USK Praha: Katerina Elhotova 12, Delisha Milton-Jones 10



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  EUROCUP - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (183-G/F-89)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Dabovic, Dy.20.3 
 2. Willingham, Elitzu.19.1 
 3. Carson, SEAT L.19.1 
 4. Sanni, Villeneuve19.0 
 5. Podesvova, MBK R.18.0 
 6. Mosch, Dy.17.7 
 7. Gaither, Dexia N.17.5 
 8. Williams, Olivais17.4 
 9. Givens, Minsk-200617.2 
 10. Dennett, Sint K.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simona PODESVOVA
  MBK Ruzomb.
  (186-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Podesvova, MBK R.11.9 
 2. Willingham, Elitzu.11.1 
 3. Stone, Partizan11.0 
 4. Thomas, Villeneuve10.8 
 5. Whitehead, Craiova10.0 
 6. Zarytska, Hatis Y.9.8 
 7. Sanni, Villeneuve9.4 
 8. Dennett, Sint K.9.3 
 9. Henry, Mann Filter8.8 
 10. Myasoedova, Dynam.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Michelle BRANDAO
  Olivais
  (171-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Brandao, Olivais6.0 
 2. Comtesse, Saarl.5.3 
 3. Bajic, Zeljeznicar5.2 
 4. Aubert, Nantes5.1 
 5. Marchanka, Dynamo M.4.8 
 6. Cherepanova, Cheva.4.8 
 7. Moore, Chevakata4.7 
 8. Kalentzou, Athinaikos4.6 
 9. Dabovic, Dy.4.6 
 10. Milanovich, Spart.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Johanne GOMIS
  Arras
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Gomis, Arras3.8 
 2. Chaney, Hatis Y.3.6 
 3. Wright, Elitzur Ramla3.4 
 4. Gaither, Dexia N.3.2 
 5. Moore, Chevakata3.0 
 6. Carpreaux, Villeneuve2.7 
 7. Meesseman, Young C.2.6 
 8. Tanqueray, Villeneuve2.6 
 9. Dabovic, Dy.2.6 
 10. Kalentzou, Athinaikos2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalya MYASOEDOVA
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Myasoedova, Dynam.2.3 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly2.0 
 3. Kuzina, Dynamo M.2.0 
 4. Meesseman, Young C.1.9 
 5. Khomenchuk, Goriz.1.7 
 6. Riley, Athinaikos1.7 
 7. Dennett, Sint K.1.5 
 8. Mills, Alges1.3 
 9. Hasper, Gorizont1.3 
 10. Skrba, Aris1.2 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Fenerbahce
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Taurasi, Fenerbahce24.6 
 2. McCoughtry, MKB E.22.0 
 3. Taylor, Fenerbahce19.2 
 4. Charles, Nadezhda.19.0 
 5. Bonner, Rivas E.18.8 
 6. Douglas, Ros C.17.6 
 7. Wright, Lotos G.17.4 
 8. Jackson, Spartak .17.3 
 9. Reid, Gospic17.1 
 10. Brunson, Ros C.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika14.2 
 2. Charles, Nadezhda.12.3 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.5 
 4. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli10.2 
 5. Lyttle, Perfumer.9.9 
 6. Brunson, Ros C.9.8 
 7. Fowles, Galatasa.9.5 
 8. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.2 
 9. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.8.8 
 10. Milton-Jones, USK P.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dalma IVANYI
  Pecs 2010
  (178-G-76)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Ivanyi, Pecs 20105.4 
 2. Reid, Gospic5.3 
 3. Skerovic, Frisco Sika4.7 
 4. Taurasi, Fenerbahce4.7 
 5. Whalen, USK Praha4.6 
 6. Zirkova, Dobri Anjeli4.2 
 7. Sharp, Mondeville4.1 
 8. Dominguez, Perfumer.4.1 
 9. Babkina, Lotos G.4.0 
 10. Wambe, Taranto3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Reid, Gospic3.8 
 2. McCoughtry, Fener.3.3 
 3. Phillips, Wisla C.2.4 
 4. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.3 
 5. McCoughtry, MKB E.2.3 
 6. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.3 
 7. Leedham, Gorzow2.1 
 8. Wambe, Taranto2.1 
 9. Wright, Lotos G.2.1 
 10. Bonner, Rivas E.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.3.6 
 2. Jackson, Spartak .1.6 
 3. Ndongue, Bourges1.6 
 4. Fowles, Galatasa.1.5 
 5. Stepanova, UMMC1.3 
 6. McWilliams-F., Spart.1.3 
 7. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.2 
 8. Charles, Nadezhda.1.2 
 9. Burse, Wisla C.1.1 
 10. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.1 


Euroleague Round: 3 (1/8 Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Taranto - USK Praha 83-49
Taranto advanced into Euroleague quarterfinals. They stormed past USK Praha in the third decisive game of the eighth-final series. Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) scored 16 points each to lead the winners. The lead changed hands for several times early in the encounter before Taranto went on a 9:0 run to post a 21:13 lead at the first break. Montagnino quickly unloaded 7 points in the second term to boost the margin to 11-point mark. Taranto recorded a 39:27 lead at the interval. The hosts triggered an 11:2 rally early in the second half to ensure a comfortable 50:29 lead. Taranto took over at the moment and rolled to a massive 25-point lead at the final break. Taranto had little problems keeping USK Praha at distance in the fourth term. Elodie Godin (190-C-85) tallied 12 points and 10 boards for Taranto. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) finished with 13 points, 9 boards and 6 assists in the victory. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) answered with 12 points for USK Praha. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) accounted for 10 points and 9 caroms in the losing case.

Bourges - Dobri Anjeli 79-68
Bourges secured their Euroleague quarterfinal birth. They held off visiting Dobri Anjeli in the decisive third game of the eighth-final series tonight. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) came up with 23 points, 5 boards and 3 assists to lead the French team. Bourges will now face the winner of Ros Casares vs. MKB Euroleasing clash in the next round. Bourges opened the game aggressively. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) gave the hosts a 14:6 lead midway through the opening term. Dobri Anjeli capped the starting quarter with five points in a row to get within 4 points 17:21. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland), Musovic, Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) ensured a 9:0 start for Dobri Anjeli in the second quarter. The Slovakian champions stayed in charge as they accumulated a 36:28 lead at halftime. Bourges were back in the drivers seat with a 15:2 run early in the second half. But a pair of three-pointers from Solopova gave the visitors a hopeful 52:49 lead at the final intermission. Crystal Langhorne stretched the margin to 5 points early in the fourth term but Bourges followed with a 9:0 rally to take back the lead. Styliani Kaltsidou, Miyem and Catherine Joens soon enlarged the gap to 10 points with under three minutes left. Bourges controlled the game in the reminder of the contest driving to the win. Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) provided 14 points and 8 rebounds for Bourges. Catherine Joens had 12 points in the victory. Crystal Langhorne netted 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Dobri Anjeli. Lucia Kupcikova netted 18 points in the loss.

Spartak V MR - Familia Schio 69-63
Spartak MR will continue to defend their Euroleague title as Pokey Chatman team reached the tournaments quarterfinal stage. The Russian powerhouse held off Schio in the decisive third game of the eighth-final best-of-three series. Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) stepped up with 18 points to lead the hosts. The teams stayed very close throughout the first period. Neither side could gain a serious advantage as Spartak led by just two points 19:17 at the first break. Milovanovic and Korstine gave the home team a 7-point lead early in the second term. Noelle Quinn (183-G-85, college: UCLA) soon opened a double-digit lead for Spartak MR 34:23. Schio did not allow the hosts to clear off any further as the Italian side cut the distance to 7 points at halftime 33:40. Schio went on a 10:0 run midway through the third term to surge in front 43:42. Spartak MR quickly regained the lead as they posted a 49:45 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) dragged Schio within one with under 7 minutes remaining. But the hosts stunned the visitors with an 8:0 run late in regulation to take a 67:58 lead with just over a minute to go. Schio never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Tay McWilliams-Franklin (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds for Spartak MR. Noelle Quinn contributed 10 points in the win. Schio answered with 18 points for Laura Macchi (187-F-79). Janel McCarville had 16 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.

Ros Casares - MKB Eurol. 86-63
Ros Casares qualified for Euroleague quarterfinals. They thumped MKB Euroleasing in the third game of the eighth-final series to set up the clash with Bourges. Kathryn Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) stepped up with 25 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Spanish champions. Marissa Coleman and Amber Holt helped MKB Euroleasing to a 4:0 start. The visitors maintained the lead for some time but Ros Casares capped the first term with five points in a row to take a 24:20 advantage. Sonia Borges dos Reis (189-C-84) scored 6 points in a 9:0 run from the hosts as they built a 43:31 lead at halftime. Kata Honti (175-G-87) tried to put MKB Euroleasing back in the game but Kathryn Douglas and Marta Fernandez gave the home team a 63:48 buffer with ten minutes to go. Ros Casares opened the fourth period with a 10:2 run and never looked back on the way to the victory. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown), Cindy Lima (192-C-81) and Sonia Borges dos Reis had 10 points each for Ros Casares. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) answered with 19 points and 12 rebounds for MKB Euroleasing. Kata Honti finished with 13 points in the loss.




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  FRANCE - Women  


LF2 Round 19: Top-ranked Lyon wins another game - by Eurobasket News
LF2 top team - Lyon (18-1) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked Dunkerque (7-11) 59-52. Dunkerque trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 15-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 52-59 at the end of the game. Lyon have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-1 record. Dunkerque at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Lyon are looking forward to face Pau Lacq Orthez (#15) in Pau in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Dunkerque will play at home against Angers (#14) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Rennes. Eleventh ranked Armentieres (8-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Rennes (7-12) 60-59 on Saturday evening. Armentieres moved-up to ninth place. Rennes lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Armentieres will play against higher ranked Nice (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rennes will play against Etoile de Voiron (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between fourth ranked Nice (13-6) and 5th ranked Pleyber Christ (10-9) in Nice on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Nice outscored guests from Pleyber-Christ 84-53. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Nice. They maintain fourth place with 13-6 record. Loser Pleyber Christ dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Voiron and Perpignan. Nice will meet Armentieres (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Pleyber Christ will play against CFBB in Paris and hope to secure a win.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Le Havre was beaten by Angers on the road 61-57. Reims won against Pau Orthez on its own court 82-69. Perpignan managed to outperform CFBB in a road game 66-53. Limoges managed to beat Voiron at home 81-66. SI Graffenstaden was defeated by Roche on the opponent's court 81-69.



Angers - Le Havre 61-57

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fourteenth ranked Angers (6-13) beat at home 13th ranked Le Havre (6-12) 61-57 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 14-10. But Le Havre won second period 11-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Angers maintains fourteenth place with 6-13 record. Le Havre lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Angers will meet higher ranked Dunkerque (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Le Havre will play against the league's second-placed Roche having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 110979


Lyon - Dunkerque 59-52

LF2 top team - Lyon (18-1) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked Dunkerque (7-11) 59-52. Dunkerque trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 15-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 52-59 at the end of the game. Lyon have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-1 record. Dunkerque at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Lyon are looking forward to face Pau Lacq Orthez (#15) in Pau in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Dunkerque will play at home against Angers (#14) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
gschID: 110980


Reims - Pau Orthez 82-69

Very expected game when 15th ranked Pau Lacq Orthez (4-14) lost on the road to third ranked Reims (15-4) 82-69 on Saturday. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Reims. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Roche. Newly promoted Pau Lacq Orthez keeps the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. Reims will meet Perpignan (#6) on the road in the next round. Pau Lacq Orthez will play against the league's leader Lyon (#1) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 110981


CFBB - Perpignan 53-66

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Perpignan (10-9) won against bottom-ranked CFBB (2-17) in Paris 66-53 on Saturday. The game without a history. Perpignan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Perpignan moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Voiron and Pleyber Christ. CFBB lost their twelfth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Perpignan will meet at home higher ranked Reims (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play against Pleyber Christ (#7) in Pleyber-Christ and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 110982


Nice - Pleyber Christ 84-53

The game between fourth ranked Nice (13-6) and 5th ranked Pleyber Christ (10-9) in Nice on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Nice outscored guests from Pleyber-Christ 84-53. The game without a history. Nice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Nice. They maintain fourth place with 13-6 record. Loser Pleyber Christ dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Voiron and Perpignan. Nice will meet Armentieres (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Pleyber Christ will play against CFBB in Paris and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 110983


Rennes - Armentieres 59-60

Important game to mention about took place in Rennes. Eleventh ranked Armentieres (8-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Rennes (7-12) 60-59 on Saturday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rennes won third quarter 10-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armentieres moved-up to ninth place. Rennes lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Armentieres will play against higher ranked Nice (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rennes will play against Etoile de Voiron (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 110976


Limoges - Voiron 81-66

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Limoges and 7th ranked Etoile de Voiron had identical 10-8 record. This time Limoges used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Voiron 81-66 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges. Etoile de Voiron managed to win third quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Limoges (11-8) moved-up to fifth place. Loser Etoile de Voiron dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Perpignan and Pleyber Christ. Limoges will meet SI Graffenstaden (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Etoile de Voiron will play against Rennes (#12) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 110977


Roche - SI Graffenstaden 81-69

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Roche (15-4) defeated 9th ranked SI Graffenstaden (8-11) in La Roche 81-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Roche. SI Graffenstaden managed to win fourth quarter 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Roche maintains second place with 15-4 record having just three points less than leader Lyon, which they share with Reims. Loser SI Graffenstaden dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Roche will meet Le Havre (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. SI Graffenstaden will play against Limoges and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 110978




Bourges silence Dobri Anjeli to reach Euroleague quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Bourges - Dobri Anjeli 79:68

Bourges secured their Euroleague quarterfinal birth. They held off visiting Dobri Anjeli in the decisive third game of the eighth-final series tonight. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) came up with 23 points, 5 boards and 3 assists to lead the French team. Bourges will now face the winner of Ros Casares vs. MKB Euroleasing clash in the next round.
Bourges opened the game aggressively. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) gave the hosts a 14:6 lead midway through the opening term. Dobri Anjeli capped the starting quarter with five points in a row to get within 4 points 17:21. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland), Musovic, Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) ensured a 9:0 start for Dobri Anjeli in the second quarter. The Slovakian champions stayed in charge as they accumulated a 36:28 lead at halftime. Bourges were back in the drivers seat with a 15:2 run early in the second half. But a pair of three-pointers from Solopova gave the visitors a hopeful 52:49 lead at the final intermission. Crystal Langhorne stretched the margin to 5 points early in the fourth term but Bourges followed with a 9:0 rally to take back the lead. Styliani Kaltsidou, Miyem and Catherine Joens soon enlarged the gap to 10 points with under three minutes left. Bourges controlled the game in the reminder of the contest driving to the win. Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) provided 14 points and 8 rebounds for Bourges. Catherine Joens had 12 points in the victory. Crystal Langhorne netted 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Dobri Anjeli. Lucia Kupcikova netted 18 points in the loss.

Bourges: Styliani Kaltsidou 23, Emmeline Ndongue 14, Catherine Joens 12
Dobri Anjeli: Crystal Langhorne 20, Lucia Kupcikova 18



Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
 1. Lyon 18-1 
 2. Roche 15-4 
 3. Reims 15-4 
 4. Nice 13-6 
 5. Limoges 11-8 
 6. Perpignan 10-9 
 7. Pleyber Christ 10-9 
 8. Voiron 10-9 
 9. Armentieres 8-10 
 10. SI Graffenstaden 8-11 
 11. Dunkerque 7-11 
 12. Rennes 7-12 
 13. Le Havre 6-12 
 14. Angers 6-13 
 15. Pau Orthez 4-14 
 16. CFBB 2-17 


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Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
 1. ProBuild Lions 17-0 
 2. CTO 11-6 
 3. Binnenland 11-6 
 4. Wereldtickets.nl 11-6 
 5. HLB Account. 11-6 
 6. Amazone 6-10 
 7. Grasshoppers 6-11 
 8. Eurosped 6-11 
 9. Batouwe 4-13 
 10. Celeritas-Donar 1-15 


Eredivisie Round 17: HLB Account. edges Binnenland by three points - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Eredivisie.

The most exciting game of round 17 in the Eredivisie took place in Barendrecht. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-ranked Binnenland (11-6) to third ranked HLB Account. (11-6) 97-94. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Binnenland. HLB Account. have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Binnenland. HLB Account. is looking forward to face Wereldtickets.nl (#4) in Leiderdorp in the next round. Binnenland will play at home against the league's leader ProBuild Lions in Landsmeer and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked HLB Account. (11-6) against fifth ranked CTO (11-6) on Saturday night. Visiting HLB Account. was defeated by CTO in a tough game in Amsterdam 57-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of HLB Account.. CTO moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated HLB Account. CTO will play against Eurosped (#8) in Tubbergen in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. HLB Account. will play at home against Wereldtickets.nl (#4) in Leiderdorp and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Binnenland (11-6) against fourth ranked Wereldtickets.nl (11-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Binnenland was defeated by Wereldtickets.nl in a tough game in Leiderdorp 77-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Binnenland. Wereldtickets.nl moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Binnenland. Wereldtickets.nl will meet HLB Account. (#5) in the next round. Binnenland will play against the league's leader ProBuild Lions in Landsmeer and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader ProBuild Lions delivered the seventeenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Celeritas-Donar (1-15) 71-52 in Landsmeer. Undefeated ProBuild Lions (17-0) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 17 victories in a row. Celeritas-Donar lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. ProBuild Lions' next round opponent will be Binnenland (#3) in Barendrecht, which may be the game of the day. Celeritas-Donar will play at home against Grasshoppers (#7) in Katwijk. ProBuild Lions already secured the first place before the next stage.
The game in Utrecht was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Eurosped (6-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Amazone (6-10). Amazone managed to secure a 5-point victory 94-89 on Saturday. Amazone moved-up to sixth place. Eurosped lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Amazone will face Batouwe (#9) in Bemmel in the next round. Eurosped will play on the road against the league's second-placed CTO in Amsterdam.

In the last game of round 17 Batouwe defeated Grasshoppers in Bemmel 82-75.


ProBuild Lions - Celeritas-Donar 71-52

Undefeated leader ProBuild Lions delivered the seventeenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Celeritas-Donar (1-15) 71-52 in Landsmeer. ProBuild Lions (17-0) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 17 victories in a row. Celeritas-Donar lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. ProBuild Lions' next round opponent will be Binnenland (#3) in Barendrecht, which may be the game of the day. Celeritas-Donar will play at home against Grasshoppers (#7) in Katwijk.
gschID: 108314


CTO - HLB Account. 62-57

Very important is a road loss of third ranked HLB Account. (11-6) against fifth ranked CTO (11-6) on Saturday night. Visiting HLB Account. was defeated by CTO in a tough game in Amsterdam 57-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of HLB Account.. CTO moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated HLB Account. CTO will play against Eurosped (#8) in Tubbergen in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. HLB Account. will play at home against Wereldtickets.nl (#4) in Leiderdorp and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108315


Grasshoppers - Batouwe 75-82

There was a minor upset in Katwijk where 6th ranked Grasshoppers (6-11) were defeated by ninth ranked Batouwe (4-13) 82-75 on Saturday. Newly promoted Batouwe maintains ninth place with 4-13 record. Grasshoppers at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Batouwe will face higher ranked Amazone (#6) in Utrecht in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 108316


Wereldtickets.nl - Binnenland 83-77

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Binnenland (11-6) against fourth ranked Wereldtickets.nl (11-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Binnenland was defeated by Wereldtickets.nl in a tough game in Leiderdorp 77-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Binnenland. Wereldtickets.nl moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Binnenland. Wereldtickets.nl will meet HLB Account. (#5) in the next round. Binnenland will play against the league's leader ProBuild Lions in Landsmeer and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108317


Amazone - Eurosped 94-89

The game in Utrecht was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Eurosped (6-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Amazone (6-10). Amazone managed to secure a 5-point victory 94-89 on Saturday. Amazone moved-up to sixth place. Eurosped lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Amazone will face Batouwe (#9) in Bemmel in the next round. Eurosped will play on the road against the league's second-placed CTO in Amsterdam.
gschID: 108323


Binnenland - HLB Account. 94-97

The most exciting game of round 17 in the Eredivisie took place in Barendrecht. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-ranked Binnenland (11-6) to third ranked HLB Account. (11-6) 97-94 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Binnenland. HLB Account. have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Binnenland. HLB Account. is looking forward to face Wereldtickets.nl (#4) in Leiderdorp in the next round. Binnenland will play at home against the league's leader ProBuild Lions in Landsmeer and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121692




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  HUNGARY - Women  


Ros Casares cruise past MKB Euroleasing - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - MKB Euroleasing 86:63

Ros Casares qualified for Euroleague quarterfinals. They thumped MKB Euroleasing in the third game of the eighth-final series to set up the clash with Bourges. Kathryn Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) stepped up with 25 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Spanish champions.
Marissa Coleman (185-G/F-87, college: Maryland) and Amber Holt (183-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) helped MKB Euroleasing to a 4:0 start. The visitors maintained the lead for some time but Ros Casares capped the first term with five points in a row to take a 24:20 advantage. Sonia Borges dos Reis (189-C-84) scored 6 points in a 9:0 run from the hosts as they built a 43:31 lead at halftime. Kata Honti (175-G-87) tried to put MKB Euroleasing back in the game but Kathryn Douglas and Marta Fernandez gave the home team a 63:48 buffer with ten minutes to go. Ros Casares opened the fourth period with a 10:2 run and never looked back on the way to the victory. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown), Cindy Lima (192-C-81) and Sonia Borges dos Reis had 10 points each for Ros Casares. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) answered with 19 points and 12 rebounds for MKB Euroleasing. Kata Honti finished with 13 points in the loss.

Ros Casares: Kathryn Douglas 25, Rebekkah Brunson 10, Cindy Lima 10, Sonia Borges dos Reis 10
MKB Euroleasing: Zane Tamane 19+12 boards, Kata Honti 13



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  ICELAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Express L. Standings
 1. Hamar 15-0 
 2. Keflavik 12-3 
 3. KR 9-6 
 4. Snaefell 7-8 
 5. Haukar 6-9 
 6. Njardvik 6-10 
 7. Grindavik 3-12 
 8. Fjolnir 3-13 


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Jacquline ADAMSHICK
  Keflavik
  (183-F-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Adamshick, Keflavik25.9 
 2. Harris, Fjolnir24.7 
 3. Snodgrass, Haukar24.1 
 4. Butler, Hamar23.5 
 5. Fields, Njardvik22.9 
 6. Boyd, Grindavik21.0 
 7. Sturludottir, KR19.5 
 8. Sigurjonsdot., Ham.17.2 
 9. Liepkalne, Njardvik16.9 
 10. Dimovska, Hamar16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacquline ADAMSHICK
  Keflavik
  (183-F-84)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Adamshick, Keflavik15.8 
 2. Butler, Hamar15.2 
 3. Buzoka, Fjolnir12.5 
 4. Liepkalne, Njardvik11.1 
 5. Hallgrimsdot., Grinda.10.3 
 6. Muciniece, Snaefell10.3 
 7. Brynjarsdott., Hau.9.5 
 8. Boyd, Grindavik9.1 
 9. Fields, Njardvik8.9 
 10. Guamundsdott., Kefla.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Harris, Fjolnir7.4 
 2. Dimovska, Hamar5.9 
 3. Reke, Grindavik5.0 
 4. Siguraardott., KR4.3 
 5. Clark, Grindavik4.0 
 6. Fields, Njardvik4.0 
 7. Snodgrass, Haukar3.8 
 8. Valgarasdott., Kefla.3.6 
 9. Liepkalne, Njardvik3.6 
 10. Sturludottir, KR3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Harris, Fjolnir5.6 
 2. Dimovska, Hamar3.7 
 3. Butler, Hamar3.2 
 4. Adamshick, Keflavik3.2 
 5. Sturludottir, KR3.1 
 6. Logan, Snaefell3.0 
 7. Boyd, Grindavik2.9 
 8. Reke, Grindavik2.8 
 9. Liepkalne, Njardvik2.6 
 10. Valgarasdott., Kefla.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Hamar
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Butler, Hamar3.0 
 2. Buzoka, Fjolnir2.7 
 3. Hermannsdott., KR2.5 
 4. Muciniece, Snaefell2.1 
 5. Logan, Snaefell1.7 
 6. Adamshick, Keflavik1.2 
 7. Valgarasdott., Kefla.1.1 
 8. Ragnarsdotti., KR1.0 
 9. Johannsdotti., Kefla.0.8 
 10. Brynjarsdott., Hau.0.7 


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  INDIA - Women  


Two womens teams from Tamil Nadu to Compete in 2011 Federation Cup - by M. Rajalingam
Two womens teams from Tamil Nadu have qualified to play in the federation cup basketball tournaments.
The 25th IMG-Reliance Federation Cup Basketball Championship for Men and Women will be held Raipur (Chhattisgarh) from 10th-15th February, 2011. The championship will be conducted by the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) in association with the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Basketball Association.
The Federation Cup is a tournament that features the top eight teams in both the mens and womens divisions from the previous years Sr. National Basketball Championship. The top ranked womens teams from the 60th National Basketball Championship (in Ludhiana) which will be taking part in the Federation Cup this year are:

1. Indian Railways
2. Delhi
3. Chhattisgarh
4. Karnataka
5. Kerala
6. Tamil Nadu
7. Maharashtra
8. Andhra Pradesh

In the recently concluded Tamil Nadu state championships, Southern Railway and SRM Rising Star BC have been the winners and the runners-up in the womens category respectively. As Southern Railway will be participating in the championships representing Indian Railways, Tamil Nadu will be represented by SRM Rising Star BC.


Interview with Prasanna Jayashankar-former Indian women's team captain - by M. Rajalingam
She has represented the Kerala state team in mini and youth nationals and played for the Indian team for 13 years. She is Mrs.Prasanna Jayshankar, the former captian of Indian womens basketball team.

Heres the interview I had with her.

Can you tell about your basketball career in brief?
I started playing for the Kerala state from 1982. I have represented the Kerala team in Mini nationals for 2 years, and also in junior nationals. I started playing senior nationals from 1983 onwards. I joined Southern Railway in 1985 and played for them till 1996. I have also played for the Indian senior team from 1984 to 1996. I have captained the Indian team in the Asian Basketball Championships held at Singapore in 1990.

Since you are based completely in Chennai, what do you think of basketball in Chennai?
There are lots of upcoming players in Chennai. There are lots of good players coming up in the school level. Almost all the schools have a basketball court and a full fledged basketball coach to coach their team.

What do you think about the coaching scenario in our place?
The coaching system in our country has to get systematic. The coaches should be strong with their basic fundamentals. Here, every coach has his own style of coaching. When you look at the US coaching system, more importance is emphasized on the coaching pattern. All the coaches there teach in a scientific and a similar way. There should be regular clinics conducted for the coaches, here.

What will be your suggestions for the grassroots basketball development?
The teaching methodology followed by the coaches should be with a more emphasis on kids. The coaches should be able to interact with the kids well, and make the kids comfortable to learn the game.

There are only Institutional teams right now in the basketball circuit, and very few club teams in India. Whats your opinion about this?
We event dont have many Institutional teams in India. When there are many mens teams, only Southern Railway has a full fledged womens team. Also the Institutional teams provide the job security for the players, which is not there with he club teams.

What do you think about the importance given to women players from all strata of the society?
The mindset of the people is changing. All the women have started working, and it gives them confidence. The educational opportunities and the changes in the current lifestyle make people accept womens players with much respect.

What are your plans with your basketball academy?
With PBA, we will be organizing summer camps. We are also organizing regular tournaments. My husband and I train the players on weekend. We are also planning to organize clinics for the coaches.

What in your idea will motivate more players to take up the game?
There should be more money coming into the game. Players have to be paid well so that they can focus on their game.

All the best for you plans with PBA, and hats off to your works in developing the basketball in the country.


Federation Cup Team roster Southern Railway (Indian Railways Womens) - by M. Rajalingam
About the tournament:
25th IMG-Reliance Federation Cup Basketball Championship for Men and Women will be held at Raipur (Chhattisgarh) from 10th-15th February, 2011. Following is a look at the team roster of IOB, the team representing Tamil Nadu.
A quick word about the tournament:
The top ranked teams (8 Mens teams and 8 Womens teams), from the 60th National Basketball Championship (in Ludhiana) will be taking part in the Federation Cup this year.
The team details:
Southern Railway will be representing Indian Railways in the 25th IMG-Reliance Federation Cup Basketball Championship for Women.
Coach: Prasanna Jayashankar
Assistant coach: Reenisa Rawoof
Players:
4.Nithya IP
5.Kokila S
6.Shamal Suguna Jothi
7.Meena Latha
8.Subha Lakshmi J
9.Deepa G
10.Adhirai
12.Neena Hareendran T
13.Renjini Peter
14.Geethu Anna Jose
15.Anitha P




Federation Cup Team roster SRM Rising Star BC (Tamil Nadu Womens) - by M. Rajalingam

About the tournament:
25th IMG-Reliance Federation Cup Basketball Championship for Men and Women will be held at Raipur (Chhattisgarh) from 10th-15th February, 2011. Following is a look at the team roster of IOB, the team representing Tamil Nadu.
A quick word about the tournament:
The top ranked teams (8 Mens teams and 8 Womens teams), from the 60th National Basketball Championship (in Ludhiana) will be taking part in the Federation Cup this year.
The team details:
SRM Rising Star BC will be representing Indian Railways in the 25th IMG-Reliance Federation Cup Basketball Championship for Women.
Coach: Mr.N.Sampath
Players:
4.V. Hemalatha
6.R.S.Karpagam
7.Veena
8.R.Alagutamil Mozhi
9.V.Sangeetha
10.N.Sowmya
11.K.Dhanwantari
12.V.Rajalakshmi
13.Sruti Anand
14.Appoorva
15.I.Chandra



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  ISRAEL - Women  


D1 Round 18: Electra Ramat defeats Maccabi Ramat Hen in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Electra Ramat (13-5) which hosted in Hasharon second-best Maccabi Ramat Hen (12-6). Second ranked Electra Ramat managed to get a 7-point victory 81-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Maccabi Ramat Hen. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Electra Ramat looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Ramat Hen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Shavonte Zellous (178-86, college: Pittsburgh) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Chante Black (196-85, college: Duke) contributed with 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ivory Latta (168-84, college: N.Carolina, agency: 540 Sports) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for Maccabi Ramat Hen. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-5 record having four points less than leader Elitzur Ramla. Maccabi Ramat Hen at the other side dropped to the third place with six games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Ashdod. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
D1 top team - Elitzur Ramla (17-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (11-7) 103-67. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion. American players dominated also this game. Center Kia Vaughn (193-87, college: Rutgers) scored 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Le'Coe Willingham chipped in 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Khadijah Whittington (186-86, college: N.Carolina St.) with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Elitzur Ramla have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-1 record. Newly promoted Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 16th consecutive match to eighth ranked Elitzur Holon (4-14) 100-62 on Monday evening. Kerri Gardin notched a double-double by scoring 22 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 29 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists by Rachel Jones did not help to save the game for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Elitzur Holon maintains eighth position with 4-14 record. Loser Hapoel Tel-Aviv still closes the standingsBoth teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Netanya was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (12-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Elitzur Netanya (7-10). Maccabi Ashdod defeated Elitzur Netanya 88-77. The best player for the winners was Ambrosia Anderson who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to third place, which they share with Ramat Hen. Elitzur Netanya at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 18 Elitzur R.Le-Zion was smashed by Raanana Her. on the road 81-55.



H.R. Le-Zion - Elitzur Ramla 67-103

D1 top team - Elitzur Ramla (17-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (11-7) 103-67. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion. It looked good early as Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Elitzur Ramla took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 36 points. They also forced 24 Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion turnovers. Elitzur Ramla players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion's players. American players dominated also this game. Center Kia Vaughn (193-87, college: Rutgers) scored 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Le'Coe Willingham (183-81, college: Auburn) chipped in 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Khadijah Whittington (186-86, college: N.Carolina St.) with 22 points and 9 rebounds and forward Alysha Clark (178-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Elitzur Ramla have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-1 record. Newly promoted Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: K.Vaughn 27+8reb+1ast, L.Willingham 18+9reb+6ast, Y.Eizenshtat 14+3reb+3ast, S.Doron 14+2reb+4ast, T.Wright 11+4reb+1ast, S.Zairy 8+1reb+6ast
H.R. Le-Zion: K.Whittington 22+9reb, D.McCray 19+6reb+2ast, A.Clark 18+11reb+2ast, R.Ross 4+2reb+5ast, K.Nechama 4+2reb+1ast, I.Mizrachi 0+2reb+3ast
gschID: 108068


Elitzur Holon - Hapoel T-A 100-62

Bottom-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 16th consecutive match to eighth ranked Elitzur Holon (4-14) 100-62 on Monday evening. The game without a history. Elitzur Holon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Tel-Aviv's 46. They outrebounded Hapoel Tel-Aviv 52-28 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Elitzur Holon looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Elitzur Holon made 7 blocks. American forward Kerri Gardin (186-84, college: Virginia Tech) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and international forward Bar Galinski (181-92) supported her with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Four Elitzur Holon players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 29 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists by American guard Rachel Jones (170-87, college: St.Mary's (TX)) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Her fellow American import power forward Sara Rabinovitch (178, college: New York U.) added 20 points. Elitzur Holon maintains eighth position with 4-14 record. Loser Hapoel Tel-Aviv still closes the standingsBoth teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Holon: B.Galinski 22+15reb+2ast, K.Gardin 22+20reb+2ast, C.Shtain 13+4reb+7ast, M.Shitrit 12+10reb+3ast, M.Ovadia 12, S.Bobbitt 11+2reb+1ast
Hapoel T-A: B.Ben-Moshe 29+12reb+6ast, R.Sara 20+4reb+2ast, B.Bela 8+7reb+1ast, A.Shachar 5, y.kokosharov 0+5reb+1ast,
gschID: 108069


Electra Ramat - Ramat Hen 81-74

An interesting game for Electra Ramat (13-5) which hosted in Hasharon second-best Maccabi Ramat Hen (12-6). Second ranked Electra Ramat managed to get a 7-point victory 81-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Maccabi Ramat Hen. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Electra Ramat looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Ramat Hen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Shavonte Zellous (178-86, college: Pittsburgh) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Chante Black (196-85, college: Duke) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Five Electra Ramat players scored in double figures. Guard Ivory Latta (168-84, college: N.Carolina, agency: 540 Sports) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Tiffany Jackson (191-85, college: Texas, agency: 540 Sports) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi Ramat Hen. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-5 record having four points less than leader Elitzur Ramla. Maccabi Ramat Hen at the other side dropped to the third place with six games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Ashdod. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Electra Ramat: S.Zellous 23+10reb+6ast, C.Little 16+7reb+5ast, C.Black 15+15reb+2ast, N.Ganor 10+2ast, E.Abramzon 10+2reb+2ast, Y.Aharonov 3+2ast
Ramat Hen: I.Latta 23+5reb+7ast, A.Walker 17+7reb+1ast, T.Jackson 15+11reb+2ast, L.Peleg 6+1reb+1ast, K.Agassi 6+1reb+1ast, S.Gigi 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 108070


Elitzur Netanya - Maccabi Ashdod 77-88

The game in Netanya was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (12-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Elitzur Netanya (7-10). Maccabi Ashdod defeated Elitzur Netanya 88-77. Elitzur Netanya was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 47-29 second half run of Maccabi Ashdod. They made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Ambrosia Anderson (186-84, college: BYU) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Naomi Kolodny (171-82, agency: Data Plus Group) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Ashley Shields (178-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) who recorded 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and her fellow American import guard Ashley Houts (168-87, college: Georgia) added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to third place, which they share with Ramat Hen. Elitzur Netanya at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: R.Montgomery 23+2reb+3ast, A.Anderson 21+11reb+2ast, N.Kolodny 15+8reb+7ast, T.James 13+8reb+1ast, K.Levitsky 11+4reb+1ast, N.Shalom 5+1reb
Elitzur Netanya: A.Shields 24+8reb+5ast, A.Houts 18+6reb+4ast, R.McCants 17+8reb+1ast, R.Galayda 9+3reb, T.Noy 6+2reb+2ast, R.Ben Nun 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 108071


Raanana Her. - Elitzur R.Le-Zion 81-55

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Raanana Hertzeliya (9-8) crushed at home 9th ranked Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion (3-15) 81-55. The game was mostly controlled by Raanana Hertzeliya. Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion was better in fourth quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Raanana Hertzeliya dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion's 36. Raanana Hertzeliya had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Briann January (173-87, college: Arizona St.) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Guard Jene Morris (175-87, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 24 points. Four Raanana Hertzeliya players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jillian Robbins (185-84, college: Tulsa, agency: LBM Management) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Ashley Barlow (175-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: Merit Sports) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Raanana Hertzeliya maintains sixth position with 9-8 record. Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Raanana Her.: J.Morris 24+2reb+2ast, B.January 17+9reb+4ast, H.Izhar 15+1reb+2ast, C.Thomas 11+8reb+5ast, B.Elohim 4+10reb+1ast, S.Levi 4+1reb+2ast
Elitzur R.Le-Zion: A.Barlow 17+7reb+3ast, J.Robbins 17+13reb+4ast, H.Haleli 8+1reb+5ast, L.Williams 5+8reb, S.Menashe 4+2reb+1ast, E.Yaari 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 112127




Standings (W)
D1 Standings
 1. Elitzur Ramla 17-1 
 2. Electra Ramat 13-5 
 3. Maccabi Ashdod 12-6 
 4. Ramat Hen 12-6 
 5. H.R. Le-Zion 11-7 
 6. Raanana Her. 10-8 
 7. Elitzur Netanya 8-10 
 8. Elitzur Holon 4-14 
 9. Elitzur R.Le-Zion 3-15 
 10. Hapoel T-A 0-18 


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A2 Round 20: #1 C.U.S. Chieti is defeated by Gea Magazzini Alcamo - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked C.U.S. Chieti (15-4) on the court of third ranked Gea Magazzini Alcamo on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Gea Magazzini Alcamo 57-39. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of C.U.S. Chieti. Gea Magazzini Alcamo maintains third position in South with 15-5 record having just -1 point less than leader Chieti. C.U.S. Chieti at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. They share the position with T. Spezia. Gea Magazzini Alcamo are looking forward to face College Italia (#15) in Roma in the next round which should be an easy win for them. C.U.S. Chieti will have a break next round.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from La Spezia: Termocarispe La Spezia (#2) and Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia (#6). Termocarispe La Spezia (15-4) won against visiting Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia (11-7) 71-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia. Termocarispe La Spezia used an opportunity after Chieti lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position in South. Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia at the other side dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Termocarispe La Spezia will play against SACES Napoli (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia will play against So.Se.Pharm Pomezia (#10) in Roma and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A2 top team - Meccanica Bologna (15-4) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Roby Profumi Borgotaro (9-10) 63-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Roby Profumi Borgotaro. Meccanica Bologna have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in North with 15-4 record. Loser Roby Profumi Borgotaro dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Meccanica Bologna will meet Virtus Cagliari (#5) on the road in the next round. Roby Profumi Borgotaro will play against Vassalli Vigarano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Twelfth-ranked Sma Ancona (5-15) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (14-6). The visitors from Orvieto managed to secure only one-point victory 63-62. However their fans expected much easier game. Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in South with 14-6 record. Sma Ancona lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto's next round opponent will be Passalacqua Ragusa (#5) at home. Sma Ancona will play against Consum.it Siena (#8).
The game in Battipaglia was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Consum.it Siena (11-8) played at the court of eighth ranked Carpedil Battipaglia (12-8). Carpedil Battipaglia managed to secure a 8-point victory 68-60 on Saturday. Carpedil Battipaglia moved-up to sixth place in South. Loser Consum.it Siena dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Carpedil Battipaglia will face Il Fotoamatore Firenze (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Consum.it Siena will play against Sma Ancona (#12).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20:
In North Cagliari V. lost to Bolzano on the opponent's court 52-68. Alghero managed to outperform Marghera in a home game 62-57. Udine managed to beat Vigarano on the road 80-68. Cagliari CUS crushed Cervia on its own court 76-48. Biassono beat San Martino in a road game 67-64. Crema won against Milano at home 83-65.
In South College Italia unfortunately lost to Rende on the opponent's court 46-54. Pomezia managed to beat Viterbo in a home game 64-46. Napoli was defeated by Ragusa on the road 64-68.


Group North
Bolzano - Cagliari V. 68-52

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Virtus Cagliari (12-7) was defeated on the road by second ranked Iveco Lenzi Bolzano (14-5) 68-52 on Saturday. Iveco Lenzi Bolzano maintains second position in North with 14-5 record behind leader Chieti. Loser Virtus Cagliari keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Iveco Lenzi Bolzano will face Mercede Alghero (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Virtus Cagliari will play against the league's leader Meccanica Bologna.
gschID: 118165


Alghero - Marghera 62-57

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Mercede Alghero (9-10) defeated at home 7th ranked Sernavimar Marghera (9-10) 62-57 on Saturday. Mercede Alghero moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Sernavimar Marghera. Sernavimar Marghera lost third consecutive game. Mercede Alghero will face league's second-placed Iveco Lenzi Bolzano on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
gschID: 118161


Vigarano - Udine 68-80

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Vassalli Vigarano (9-10) was defeated at home by third ranked Desler Udine (13-6) 80-68 on Saturday. Desler Udine maintains third position in North with 13-6 record having just two points less than leader Chieti, which they share with Cagliari CUS. Newly promoted Vassalli Vigarano dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Desler Udine will face Cellularmania Milano (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vassalli Vigarano will play against Roby Profumi Borgotaro (#10).
gschID: 118162


Bologna - Borgotaro 63-55

A2 top team - Meccanica Bologna (15-4) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Roby Profumi Borgotaro (9-10) 63-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Roby Profumi Borgotaro. Meccanica Bologna have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in North with 15-4 record. Loser Roby Profumi Borgotaro dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Meccanica Bologna will meet Virtus Cagliari (#5) on the road in the next round. Roby Profumi Borgotaro will play against Vassalli Vigarano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 118163


Cagliari CUS - Cervia 76-48

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked C.U.S. Cagliari (13-6) outscored at home 14th ranked Vis Basket Cervia (2-17) 76-48 on Saturday. C.U.S. Cagliari have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in North, which they share with Udine. Loser Vis Basket Cervia keeps the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. C.U.S. Cagliari will face Sernavimar Marghera (#7) in Venezia in the next round. Vis Basket Cervia will play on the road against Pilot Italia Biassono (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 118164


San Martino - Biassono 64-67

There was an upset in San Martino di L where higher ranked Fila San Martino (10-9) was edged by thirteenth ranked Pilot Italia Biassono (6-13) 67-64 on Saturday. Pilot Italia Biassono moved-up to twelfth place in North. Fila San Martino lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Pilot Italia Biassono will face Vis Basket Cervia (#14) at home in the next round.
gschID: 118159


Crema - Milano 83-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked TEC-MAR Crema's (7-12) home victory over 12th ranked Cellularmania Milano (5-14) 83-65 on Saturday. TEC-MAR Crema maintains eleventh position in North with 7-12 record. Loser Cellularmania Milano dropped to the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. TEC-MAR Crema will face higher ranked Fila San Martino (#6) in San Martino di L in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cellularmania Milano will play at home against Desler Udine (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
gschID: 118160


Group South
Ancona - Orvieto 62-63 OT

Twelfth-ranked Sma Ancona (5-15) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (14-6). The visitors from Orvieto managed to secure only one-point victory 63-62. However their fans expected much easier game. Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in South with 14-6 record. Sma Ancona lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto's next round opponent will be Passalacqua Ragusa (#5) at home. Sma Ancona will play against Consum.it Siena (#8).
gschID: 118172


T. Spezia - R. La Spezia 71-64

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from La Spezia: Termocarispe La Spezia (#2) and Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia (#6). Termocarispe La Spezia (15-4) won against visiting Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia (11-7) 71-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia. Termocarispe La Spezia used an opportunity after Chieti lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position in South. Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia at the other side dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Termocarispe La Spezia will play against SACES Napoli (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia will play against So.Se.Pharm Pomezia (#10) in Roma and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 118169


Battipaglia - Siena 68-60

The game in Battipaglia was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Consum.it Siena (11-8) played at the court of eighth ranked Carpedil Battipaglia (12-8). Carpedil Battipaglia managed to secure a 8-point victory 68-60 on Saturday. Carpedil Battipaglia moved-up to sixth place in South. Loser Consum.it Siena dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Carpedil Battipaglia will face Il Fotoamatore Firenze (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Consum.it Siena will play against Sma Ancona (#12).
gschID: 118170


Alcamo - Chieti 57-39

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked C.U.S. Chieti (15-4) on the court of third ranked Gea Magazzini Alcamo on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Gea Magazzini Alcamo 57-39. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of C.U.S. Chieti. Gea Magazzini Alcamo maintains third position in South with 15-5 record having just -1 point less than leader Chieti. C.U.S. Chieti at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. They share the position with T. Spezia. Gea Magazzini Alcamo are looking forward to face College Italia (#15) in Roma in the next round which should be an easy win for them. C.U.S. Chieti will have a break next round.
gschID: 118171


Rende - College Italia 54-46

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 15th ranked College Italia's (2-17) road loss to fourteenth ranked Calabra Rende (4-16) 46-54 on Saturday. College Italia was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 15-4 charge of Calabra Rende, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding College Italia to just 4 points in fourth quarter. Calabra Rende maintains fourteenth position in South with 4-16 record. Newly promoted College Italia keeps the fifteenth place with 17 games lost. Calabra Rende will face higher ranked ANTS Viterbo (#9) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. College Italia will play against Gea Magazzini Alcamo (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
gschID: 118166


Pomezia - Viterbo 64-46

There was a small surprise in Roma where eleventh ranked So.Se.Pharm Pomezia (8-12) defeated 9th ranked ANTS Viterbo (9-10) 64-46 on Saturday. So.Se.Pharm Pomezia have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place in South. Loser ANTS Viterbo keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. So.Se.Pharm Pomezia will face higher ranked Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia (#7) in La Spezia in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 118167


Ragusa - Napoli 68-64

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked SACES Napoli (7-12) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Passalacqua Ragusa (13-7) 68-64 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Passalacqua Ragusa maintains fifth position in South with 13-7 record. Loser SACES Napoli dropped to the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Passalacqua Ragusa will face higher ranked Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SACES Napoli will play against the league's second-placed Termocarispe La Spezia (#2).
gschID: 118168




Taranto trounce USK Praha en route to Euroleague quarterfinal - by Eurobasket News
Taranto - USK Praha 83:49

Taranto advanced into Euroleague quarterfinals. They stormed past USK Praha in the third decisive game of the eighth-final series. Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) scored 16 points each to lead the winners.
The lead changed hands for several times early in the encounter before Taranto went on a 9:0 run to post a 21:13 lead at the first break. Montagnino quickly unloaded 7 points in the second term to boost the margin to 11-point mark. Taranto recorded a 39:27 lead at the interval. The hosts triggered an 11:2 rally early in the second half to ensure a comfortable 50:29 lead. Taranto took over at the moment and rolled to a massive 25-point lead at the final break. Taranto had little problems keeping USK Praha at distance in the fourth term. Elodie Godin (190-C-85) tallied 12 points and 10 boards for Taranto. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) finished with 13 points, 9 boards and 6 assists in the victory. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) answered with 12 points for USK Praha. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) accounted for 10 points and 9 caroms in the losing case.

Taranto: Dubravka Dacic 16, Kathy Wambe 16, Megan Mahoney 13
USK Praha: Katerina Elhotova 12, Delisha Milton-Jones 10



Spartak MR seal Euroleague quarterfinal birth - by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR - Schio 69:63

Spartak MR will continue to defend their Euroleague title as Pokey Chatman team reached the tournaments quarterfinal stage. The Russian powerhouse held off Schio in the decisive third game of the eighth-final best-of-three series. Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) stepped up with 18 points to lead the hosts.
The teams stayed very close throughout the first period. Neither side could gain a serious advantage as Spartak led by just two points 19:17 at the first break. Milovanovic and Korstine gave the home team a 7-point lead early in the second term. Noelle Quinn (183-G-85, college: UCLA) soon opened a double-digit lead for Spartak MR 34:23. Schio did not allow the hosts to clear off any further as the Italian side cut the distance to 7 points at halftime 33:40. Schio went on a 10:0 run midway through the third term to surge in front 43:42. Spartak MR quickly regained the lead as they posted a 49:45 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) dragged Schio within one with under 7 minutes remaining. But the hosts stunned the visitors with an 8:0 run late in regulation to take a 67:58 lead with just over a minute to go. Schio never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Tay McWilliams-Franklin (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds for Spartak MR. Noelle Quinn contributed 10 points in the win. Schio answered with 18 points for Laura Macchi (187-F-79). Janel McCarville had 16 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.

Spartak MR: Sue Bird 18, Tay McWilliams-Franklin 14, Noelle Quinn 10
Schio: Laura Macchi 18, Janel McCarville 16+14 boards



Standings A2 Women - by Eurobasket News
A2 Standings
North
 1. Bologna 15-4 
 2. Bolzano 14-5 
 3. Udine 13-6 
 4. Cagliari CUS 13-6 
 5. Cagliari V. 12-7 
 6. San Martino 10-9 
 7. Marghera 9-10 
 8. Alghero 9-10 
 9. Vigarano 9-10 
 10. Borgotaro 9-10 
 11. Crema 7-12 
 12. Biassono 6-13 
 13. Milano 5-14 
 14. Cervia 2-17 
South
 1. Chieti 15-4 
 2. T. Spezia 15-4 
 3. Alcamo 15-5 
 4. Orvieto 14-6 
 5. Ragusa 13-7 
 6. Battipaglia 12-8 
 7. R. La Spezia 11-7 
 8. Siena 11-8 
 9. Viterbo 9-10 
 10. Pomezia 8-12 
 11. Napoli 7-12 
 12. Ancona 5-15 
 13. Firenze 4-15 
 14. Rende 4-16 
 15. College Italia 2-17 


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Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Santa OKOCKYTE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-G-92)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Okockyte, LK.18.4 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve18.4 
 3. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.