EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/11/2011

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  ABA   


The ABA is preparing its All-Star Game - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association (ABA) scheduled its 2011 All-Star Game for Saturday, February 26th, with the action taking place in Jacksonville, Florida. The game and other activities will take place at the Veterans Memorial Arena which is located in the city's Sports Complex, home of the Jacksonville Giants.
Each All-Star team roster will be formed by only 12 players, ABA President/COO Dick Packer is very confident in the level of talent that will be on display in the game on February 26th. Ive been around basketball for many years, he said. There will be an outstanding group of players. In my estimation, either of these teams would be NBA playoff teams if given the opportunity. But thats another story. Fans will be treated to fast-paced, exciting basketball played by players with extraordinary talent and skills. It will be a great game.
The first players named for the 2011 All-Star squads are Jersey Express forward Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY), San Diego Sol point guard Richard Williams (5'10''-G-87, college: San Diego St.) and Colorado Kings Center Rasean Dickey (6'10''-F/C-85). The other playerd will be announced shortly



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  ACPBL   


ACPBL Week 9 Recap: Telron Spell named Player of the Week - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League completed its ninth week in the leagues inaugural season, and the league from office announced that Telron Spell (6'4''-G/F-82, college: Bridgeport) of the Westchester Wildkatz has been named ACPBL player of the week. Spell netted 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a double-double performing on Saturday night in a 127-117 home upset win over the heavily favored New York Lions.
Below is the full recap of week #9 complete with scores and top performers, fans may visit www.acpbl.com and click on stats to view the box scores for each game.

BELTWAY BOMBERS (5-4) 156 - TRI-CITY SUNS (2-5) 118
Top performers: Beltway Bombers: Hugh Jones (6'3''-F-80) 29 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 1 block. Tri-City Suns: Myron Howe (5'11''-G) 36 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal.

NEW YORK LIONS (4-3) 117 - WESTCHESTER WILDKATZ (2-7) 127
Top performers: New York Lions: Anthony Cox (6'9''-C-83, college: Farmingdale St.) 22 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal. Westchester Wildkatz: Telron Spell 31 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals.

BUFFALO STAMPEDE (5-3) 78 - GARDEN STATE REBELS (6-2) 99
Top performers: Garden State Rebels: Antoinne Morgano (6'5''-G/F-86) 23 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks. Buffalo Stampede: Michael Dodd (6'4''-G/F-86, college: Hunter) 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists.



Standings
ACPBL Standings
1. Garden St. R. 6-2
2. Norfolk TB 5-2
3. Buffalo S. 5-3
4. Beltway B. 5-4
5. New York L. 4-3
6. Hudson Valley 2-5
7. Tri-City 2-5
8. Wildkatz 2-7


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Aco Petrovic steps down as Head Coach of Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Interperformances ) is no longer a Head Coach of Cedevita. The experienced Croatian specialist stepped down on his position yesterday. The reason was 82-83 shocking defeat against Zadar in the National Cup Semifinals. The visiting squad, who faced with many troubles this season, had just five players who managed to score in this game but it was enough for the victory and a spot in National Cup Finals. Cedevita will have to find a replacement for Petrovic in the coming days.
Aleksandar Petrovic took over Cedevita in April of 2010. He guided the team to Croatian League Semis. This season in Adriatic league Cedevita registered 11 wins in 20 games. They currently share the fifth place with Zagreb. In EuroCup Last 16 they have 1-2 score (Group I). Before Cedevita, Petrovic led Zadar to Croatian league title in 2008.


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Snatching sour defeat from jaws of victory - by Kristian Santiago
(By the Daily Monitor)

Friday
Men: Uganda v Tanzania (7pm)
Result (Tuesday)
Men: Rwanda 103-60 Tanzania

If collapse was to be miss-spelt, it may as well be written as Uganda national mens basketball team.

Tuesday nights performance at the Fiba Africa Zone V Nations Championship in Kigali brought pain that tears couldnt wash away.

Unimaginable, deplorable, shameful and unbelievable can best describe the mood within the team following a 72-70 loss to Burundi.

Knowing that Burundi are a running team, Uganda countered by playing a high tempo game from the start. It paid instant dividends with coach Gad Eteus team taking a 26-9 first quarter lead.

What happened thereafter is perhaps the biggest scandal. With 7.03 minutes on the clock, this lead had bludgeoned to 30 (40-10). Five Ugandans in the stands roared their voices hoarse to no avail as things went haywire. How? How did that happen? Seriously, there is no way in explaining this, vice-captain Ben Komakech told Daily Monitor. He was only echoing the thinking throughout the 34-man contingent.

Burundi retreated to zonal defence to limit Ugandas scoring options to clinch the subsequent three quarters 23-15, 26-14 and 15-12.

Keen to erase his non-scoring nightmare against Kenya on Monday, Norman Blick (201-F-83) shone with 16 points and five rebounds but his eight turnovers betrayed him greatly. Those eight were the biggest in the teams haul of 28 turnovers that gifted Burundi 21 steals. Having squandered the game, coach Eteu called a time-out with two seconds left as the latter led 72-70.

From the inbound, point guard Ben Komakech (17 points) passed the ball to Stephen Omony (198-G/F-79) (20). He made a desperate three-pointer that ended up as an air ball for the Burundians to make mission impossible possible. Yet to claim victory this time, Uganda face Tanzania tomorrow fighting a bad slice of history after failing to win a game at the last event two years ago. The event is also a qualifier for the Afrobasket and All Africa Games later this year.



Rwanda Zone V Qualifiers - The Current Standings - by Kristian Santiago
Current Standings of Zone V after three days of competition:

1. Rwanda -3 Games -3 Wins - 6 Points
2. Kenya - 2 Games - 2 Wins - 4 Points
3. Uganda - 3 games - 0 Wins - 3 Points (-30)
4. Burundi - 2 Games - 1 Win - 3 Points (-36)
5. Tanzania - 2 Games - 0 Wins - 2 Points

Top two teams qualify for the African Championships 2011.



Hoops Keep Winning Run Intact - by Kristian Santiago
(By New Times)

RWANDA took their winning streak in the on-going Zone V Basketball Championship to three games after yesterday's 89-76 victory over Uganda at Amahoro Indoor Stadium.

Compared to the first two games, Uganda proved a hard nut to crack. The first quarter ended 19-19 but the hosts recovered well to win the second quarter 23-13.

They increased the lead to 15 points after claiming the third quarter 22-17. Uganda fought back in the final quarter 27-25 but it was a little too late for a meaningful resurgence.

Matthew Miller (191-G) was by far Rwanda's best player with 23 points and five assists. Kami Kabange (F-84) scored 20 points while Hamza Ruhezamihigo (191-G-85) and Stanley Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) weighed in with 16 and 18 points respectively.

Uganda's Norman Blick (201-F-83) Billal scored a game high 30 points but it was a little too late for a meaningful resurgence.

In the other day's matches, Kenya's men side edged Tanzania 54-51.

In the women category, Rwanda maintained their 100 percent record after thrashing Burundi 83-53. Tanzania and Kenya were also on the winning end after trouncing Ethiopia (55-53) and Uganda (64-32) respectively

Today, two games are on cards.

Uganda entertains Tanzania in the men's category while Kenya clash with Tanzania in the women fray.

Results

Men

Tanzania 51-54 Kenya

Rwanda 89-76 Uganda

(19-19, 23-13, 22-17, 25-27)

Women

Kenya 64-32 Uganda

Ethiopia 53- 55 Tanzania

Rwanda 83-53 Burundi

Today's games

Men

Uganda vs Tanzania 3:30 (Amahoro Stadium)

Women

Kenya vs Tanzania 5:30 (Amahoro Stadium)


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  ARGENTINA   


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


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  AUSTRALIA   


Rolling Breakers sweep NBL monthly awards - by Eurobasket News
The New Zealand Breakers have swept the National Basketball Leagues monthly awards for January, with American import big man Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Utah St.) named the Player of the Month and Andrej Lemanis winning the Coach of the Month award.

Wilkinson and Lemanis helped the Breakers stay atop the iiNet NBL Championship by going a perfect 4-0 for the month of January.

Wilkinson received 28 votes, to narrowly beat Sydneys Julian Khazzouh (22 votes) for the monthly honour. Gold Coasts Mark Worthington received the third-highest score with 17 votes.

Between Rounds 13 and 16, Wilkinson averaged 20.3 points per game, shooting the ball at 61% from the field and 42% from the perimeter. He also made 82% of his freethrows and averaged 8.0 rebounds per game.

Lemanis was the clear winner of Coach of the Month for January with 54 votes, over Townsvilles Trevor Gleeson (29 votes) and Adelaides Marty Clarke (17 votes).

Lemanis guided the Breakers to two wins each over second-placed Cairns and playoff contender Adelaide during January.

Particularly impressive was New Zealands 77-74 Round 16 road win over the Taipans. The Breakers came from behind to hand the Taipans their first loss at home all season.

The NBLs Player and Coach of the Month for January took into account Rounds 13 to 16 of the iiNet NBL Championship inclusive. All NBL Head Coaches and accredited media were eligible to vote for the awards.



Player of the Month January 2011

28 - Gary Wilkinson (New Zealand)
22 - Julian Khazzouh (Sydney)
17 - Mark Worthington (Gold Coast)
16 -Kirk Penney (New Zealand)
10 - Adam Ballinger (Adelaide)
9 - Ira Clark (Gold Coast)
4 - Ronald Dorsey (Cairns)
4 - Ian Crosswhite (Cairns)
2 - Mark Dickel (Sydney)
1 - Kevin Braswell (New Zealand)
1 - Shawn Redhage (Perth)


Coach of the Month January 2011

54 - Andrej Lemanis (New Zealand)
29 - Trevor Gleeson (Townsville)
17 - Marty Clarke (Adelaide)
9 - Ian Robilliard (Sydney)
2 - Joey Wright (Gold Coast)
2 - Aaron Fearne (Cairns)
1 - Rob Beveridge (Perth)

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)




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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 3-4 
 5. Balkan 1-6 


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  BELGIUM   


Ethias League News - by Peter Buyse
VOO Verviers-Pepinster and Antoine Agudio agreed to his release on the 8th of Feb.

Charleroi Chris Hill looks to be out of action for about 2 to 3 weeks with a foot injury.

Okapi Aalstar forward Pablo Gonzales received his Belgian citizenship and the team hopes to have him play as a local player soon.

Still no Adam Hall at Optima Gent, Hall played his last game for Gent on the 22nd of Jan.

Ralph Biggs had a nice comeback in Belgium with his 14 pts in Antwerp's home cup win over Gent.
Trent Strickland was not on the teams roster for this game.


Liege Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
To make up for the loss of Jenkins and Matela, Liege Basket has added Belgian/Congolese forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-G/F-83, college: UAB) to the roster.
Mukubu played college ball in the US for UAB (Alabama-Birmingham) till the end of the 2006-2007 season. That year he averaged 14.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg.
His first European team was Le Havre of the French ProA league. He played 19 games there with averages of 11.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg. Played 9 games for Strasbourg during the 2009-2010 season.

This season he played 7 games in the Italian Lega2 for Ferrara and Pistoia and averaged 8.7 ppg and 4.3 rpg.
Strange as it may sound, this will be Wen's first time playing in the Belgian league.



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  BOSNIA   


D-1 Srpska Liga round 15 results - by Miljan Veskovic
Servicium - Derventa 78:60
Sutjeska - Radnik 75:66
Rudar - Bratunac 84:91
Glasinac - Wolf Security 74:68
Drina Birac - Prijedor 78:65
Gradjanski - Feniks 81:65
Standings: 1 Servicijum (12-3), 2 Sutjeska (12-3), 3 Gradjanski (11-4), 4 Radnik (9-6), 5 Rudar (9-6), 6 Bratunac (8-7), 7 Glasinac (8-7), 8 Wolf Security (6-9), 9 Feniks (5-10), 10
Prijedor (4-11), 11 Derventa (4-11), 12 Drina Birac (2-13).


Bosnian Junior NT draft candidates - Part 1 - Stefan Matic - by Nedzad Kladusak

1.Could you please introduce yourself?
- My name is Stefan Matic (192-G-91). I was born 05.04.1991 in Sarajevo, BIH. As the war began I moved with my family to Novi Sad.
When I turned eight I began playing basketball with KK Grbavica. When I was 13 years old I joined KK Vojvodina where I played with older kids. Later I practiced with the senior team of KK Hemofarm and the headcoach recommended me to Boro Dzakovic, headcoach of KK Borac form Banja Luka. I played a friendly match and they have been satisified with my performance since I scored 20 points and they wanted me to join them. However Vojvodina wanted me to to sign a professional 2yr-contract and I did so. During this period I didn play much since I ve been young and unexperienced. In summer 2010 I moved to KK Meridiana and that summer I played the summer league which meant a lot to me and I became the leading scorer and threepoint shooter of that league. After that summer I have received an offer of KK Capljina Lasta which I accepted and which is my present team

2.Currently you play for KK Capljina. Are you happy with your status and your role within the team?
- I am happy with my situation and with my role within the team. I am well accepted by my teammates and the coaching staff.

3.You had an invitation of KSS. However you didn t opt for Serbia. Why?
- While I played with Vojvodina I have been invited by the U16 Serb NT. Indeed it s been a preliminary roster and every week some of us has been cutted. I stayed on the shortlist rather long but suddenly I have been called and they told me that I am out.

4.Have you been later contacted by KSBIH?
- I have not been contacted yet by KSBIH.

5.Which are the assets you can add to the Bosnian U-20NT?
- I am a well-educated and versatile player. I think that I can contribute to every team including the BIH NT.
I ve got Bosnian roots, precisely from Sarajevo so I think my wish to play for BIH is justified.

6.Let s analyse our senior NT. Which teams dominate our group?
- I think the group is well-balanced. The teams know each other and it s hard to declare one of them to be dominant. All of them will try to make it in the second stage.

7.Have you ever attended a match of the NT?
- I ve never attended an NT game but I followed the team via public media.

8.Recently the draw for the U-20 EC has been completed. What do you think about our group and what do you expect?
- Concerning the U-20 NT I think we have really good chances since the other teams didn t have a big impact on the international stage.

9.KSBIH decided to help young domestic by forcing the clubs to give young Bosnian players under 21 years at least 40 minutes per match. What do you think about it?
- I do not know the modifications they want to implement so I can t tell you.

10.What are your career objectives?
- I practice over a long period with great devotion and passion.I f I stay healthy and if I am a little bit lucky I believe I can make my dream come true.
Euroleague is one of the most elite club competitions of the world and I hope I can get a shot in it.

Thank you very much for the interview and good luck!




KSBIH strenghtens the position of young bosnian basketball players - by Nedzad Kladusak
KSBIH decided that beginning from 2012 all teams in Liga 13 will have to guarantee young bosnian players 40 minutes per game.
It seems like a huge step ahead for young bosnian talents but after a second glance it is a concession to 'croatian' respectively 'serb' teams. Both Siroki and Igokea have only two
bosnian players in their rows who are mostly coming from the bench. Most of the season they play the NLB league and will not be affected very much by these changes. It might happen to bosnian talents that they will get their playtime in the domestic league but won t get a shot in the NLB league.
Main problem remains the status of croatian and serbian players who are treated like domestic players which is unique in Europe. It might also explain that Serbia and Croatia agreed to
accept the renaturalisation of former NT players who couldn t permanently get a spot on their rosters. Thus they secured the continuity of a regulation which largely harms bosnian basketball.


Standings - D2 Leagues
D2 Standings
A1 League - Group A
 1. Triland 2-0 
 2. Bihac 1-1 
 3. Igman 1-1 
 4. Orlovik 1-1 
 5. Play Off 1-1 
 6. Bosnjak 0-2 
A1 League - Group B
 1. Vogosca 2-0 
 2. Gradina 1-0 
 3. Limometal 1-0 
 4. Student 1-0 
 5. Brcko 0-2 
 6. Trica 0-2 
D1 Srpska Liga
 1. Servitium 12-3 
 2. Sutjeska 12-3 
 3. Plus Gradanski 11-4 
 4. Radnik B. 9-6 
 5. Rudar 9-6 
 6. Bratunac 8-7 
 7. Glasinac 8-7 
 8. Wolf Security 6-9 
 9. Feniks 5-10 
 10. Derventa 4-11 
 11. Prijedor 4-11 
 12. Drina 2-13 
Herceg-Bosna
 1. Posusje 4-0 
 2. Livno 4-1 
 3. Siroki II 4-1 
 4. Busovaca 3-1 
 5. Lokomotiva 2-1 
 6. Kiseljak 2-2 
 7. Rama 2-3 
 8. Vitez 2-3 
 9. Grude 1-4 
 10. Tomislav 0-4 
 11. Zrinjski II 0-4 


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  BOTSWANA   


Basketball side starts All Africa Games preps - by Thomas Fink
NELSON DIRENG
Correspondent

The Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) technical director, Mothusi Thipe says the national basketball team goes back into camp on Monday to start preparing for this year's All Africa Games qualifiers. However, the date and venue for the qualifiers have not been finalised. Thipe said they intend to start preparations early in order to avoid a situation similar to the one that happened early last month when the national team failed to participate in the qualifiers held in South Africa.

Thipe said the national team failed to travel because of the BBA received the invitation late and could not raise a team at short notice. He said as a result, they have decided to start training for the All Africa Games qualifiers even though the dates have not been announced. Twenty players will go into camp. 'We have increased the number of athletes to go into camp from 15 to 20 so that we are not faced with problems when the time for selecting the final squad comes,' he said.

The team is expected to train under three professional coaches in Thomas Raglin from the United States of America (USA), Roberto Frederick from Cuba and States Pifelo, a local coach. Meanwhile, BBA president Thulaganyo Jankey said they plan to lodge a formal complaint to the All Africa Championships regional organising committee over the short notice the Botswana team was given.

He said he is yet to meet with the BBA executive committee on how to structure the letter. 'We cannot be given a two-week notice during the festive season and be expected to be fully prepared for such an important tournament in a short space of time,' he said.


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  BRAZIL   


Pitagoras/Minas hand Flamengo fourth defeat in NBB season - by Eurobasket News
Pitagoras/Minas prevailed against ailing Flamengo 78:69 in postponed game of NBB Round 11. The victory allowed the hosts reach 9-7 record. Flamengo in the meantime suffered the fourth defeat of the season. The loss also came after inglorious performance of the Rio de Janeiro team in the Liga Americas second stage where they suffered three defeats in a row.
Flamengo got to a slightly better start. They recorded a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. But Pitagoras/Minas quickly stopped the rot and limited the visitors to only 11 points in the second stanza. Minas thus ensured a 40:33 halftime advantage. Flamengo came back to life in the third quarter. They erased the deficit and leveled things up at 56 with ten minutes to go. But Minas went on a strong rally in the fourth period and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Michel Nascimento (208-C-78) and Bernard Robinson (198-F-81, college: Michigan) provided 19 points each for Minas. Leandro Da Silva (203-F/C-81) knocked down 13 points in the victory. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) responded with game-high 27 points for Flamengo. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 20 points in the loss.



Paraiso Basketball add Dida - by Paulo Freire
Is already in the Olympic Arena (Arena Olmpica) in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, the new player of the Paraiso Basketball (MG). Head Coach Jefferson Teixeira can now count with the point guard / shootinguard Elinaldo de Araujo better known as Dida.

The athlete who was born on Jan 22,1985 had a passage at So Jose dos Campos (SP) in 2007 and unlike most of players who play in high level basketball in Brazil, Dida has spent most of his career in the north / northeast of Brazil. His last team was The Treze from Campina Grande, PB. He was voted MVP of the Paraiba Championship in 2009 as he was largely responsible for the team title at the Paraiba Cup in the first half of 2010, on that same year Dida was one of the highlights of the AABB / Joao Pessoa (PB) baskletball team in the Northeast Brazil Cup.

In his career, the athlete accumulates passages for the following teams: AABB (JP), Aeroclube, Sport (Recife-PE) e So Jos dos Campos (SP).


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 11-4 
 2. BRB/Brasilia 11-4 
 3. Unitri/Universo 11-5 
 4. Vivo/Franca 10-5 
 5. Araldite/Univille 10-6 
 6. Flamengo 9-4 
 7. Itabom/Bauru 9-6 
 8. Pitagoras/Minas 9-7 
 9. S.Jose/Vinac 8-7 
 10. Winner/Limeira 7-7 
 11. Paulistano 5-11 
 12. Araraquara 4-11 
 13. Vila Velha CETAF 4-12 
 14. Vitoria 4-12 
 15. Assis Basket 2-13 


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  BULGARIA   


Paris-Levallois adds Vasco Evtimov, releases Guillaume Yango - by Eurobasket News
Paris-Levallois came up with the new signing. The French outfit inked a deal with experienced center Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) for rest of the season. At the same time, Paris-Levallois parted ways with Guillaume Yango (205-F/C-82, college: Pacific).
Vassil Evtimov arrives to Paris-Levallois from the German team Mitteldeutscher. He appeared 11 times for them in Bundesleague averaging 5.3 points and 7 rebounds. Evtimov changed three teams last season. He started it with Levski Sophia, but in October moved to Panionios Athens. In January last year Evtimov agreed a deal with Cypriot AEL Limassol. Evtimov played for Khimik Yuzhny, Reggio Emilia, Valladolid, Climamio, Olimpija, Lottomatica and Caja San Fernando in the past. He also spent some time at the North Carolina University.


Bulgarian U16 National Team 2011 - by Emiliano
Starting five
#s#
Aleksandar Vezenkov
Vezenkov
Anguel Peychinov
Peychinov
Hristo Petkov
Petkov
Aleksandar Milov
Milov
Vasil Stoimenov
Stoimenov
#e#5
1 Aleksandar Vezenkov 203-F/G-95 APOEL Cyprus
2 Anguel Peychinov 196-F-95
3 Hristo Petkov 182-G-95 Cherno More Bulgaria
4 Aleksandar Milov 190-G-95
5 Vasil Stoimenov 195-F-95
6 Nikolai Georgiev 202-C-95 Lukoil Academik Bulgaria
7 Venelin Hristov 195-G-95 Cherno More U18 Bulgaria
8 Filip Kamenov 194-F-95 Balkan Bulgaria
9 Anguel Dinkov 187-F-95
10 Rahim Haliminski 180-G-96
11 Yuliyan Vladimirov 180-G-95
12 Vladimir Petrov 193-F-95



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  CANADA   


Undefeated Ravens sweep past Lions - by Eurobasket News
The No. 1 nationally-ranked Carleton University Ravens proved to be too much for the York University Lions men's basketball team, winning 111-71 at the Tait McKenzie Centre on Saturday evening (Feb. 5).

The Ravens (19-0) dominated play in the offensive zone, putting up 25 points in the first quarter and 36 in the second to lead 61-34 at the half. They continued that torrid streak in the third with another 31 points, before the Lions (8-11) finally found some traction and outscored the Ravens 24-19 in the final frame.

Despite the points different, several Lions players put up a great fighting effort while playing without leading rebounder Dejan Kravic (London, Ont.), who sat out the game with an injury.

Throughout the contest, Ostap Choliy (193-G) (Oakville, Ont.) showed the determination of the Lions even though they were well behind on the scoreboard. On a Lions turnover in the defensive zone, Choliy came out of no-where to block Ravens forward Tyson Hinz from making a dunk. Choliy finished the game with four blocks to go along with 13 points.

Third-year forward Justin Bell (Mississauga, Ont.) also had a great game. In the third quarter, Bell stopped a Ravens streak of 11 points with a basket and later in the frame earned the four-point play after being fouled while draining a three.

Bell finished the game with 14 points. Meanwhile, fifth-year veteran Stefan Haynes (North York, Ont.) topped all Lions with 15 points while making four blocks and capturing six rebounds.

The Ravens shot the lights out on this night, going a remarkable 17-of-29 from behind the arc (58.6 per cent) and sinking 20 of 22 free throws. They also turned the ball over fewer times than the Lions, just nine times compared to 24 by the home team.

Overall, six Ravens earned at least 11 points in the game. Ravens guard Philip Scrubb (191-G-93) was the top point-getter, scoring 17 points. Hinz followed with 16 points and four assists.

With just three games remaining in the season, the Lions sit fifth in the OUA East standings, just one win off cross-town rivals, the Ryerson Rams. The Lions currently have an 8-11 record. The team will be on the road next weekend in Kingston to face the RMC Paladins on Friday night (Feb. 11) and the Queen's Gaels on Saturday (Feb. 12). Tip off for both games is 8pm.

By Andrew Fletcher, sport writing assistant
Courtesy of: www.yorkulions.ca


BlackBerry CIS athletes of the week (#18): Calgarys Hill, Cape Bretons Carter honoured - by Eurobasket News
OTTAWA (CIS) Basketball players Ashley Hill of Calgary and Paris Carter (193-G, college: N.Mexico St.) of Cape Breton are the BlackBerry Canadian Interuniversity Sport female and male athletes of the week for the period ending Feb. 6, 2011.

Hill, a fifth-year kinesiology student from Airdrie, Alta., averaged 36 points per game last weekend to lead the Dinos to a pair of home victories over Manitoba. The 5-foot-10 forward, who is currently tied for second in the Canada West scoring race with 16.9 points per contest, opened the two-game series on Friday with a 38-point effort in a 93-79 win, and then added 34 points one night later in a close-fought 77-75 victory. Her 38-point performance was the best single-game tally in Canada West since two-time CIS MVP Sarah Crooks of Saskatchewan also put up 38 on Feb. 17, 2007, and ties her for 10th best in conference history.

UNB basketball player Amanda Sharpe (183-F), Laval volleyball player Marie-Christine Mondor and Lakehead basketball player Lindsay Druery were also nominated for the womens award.

Carter, a fifth-year student from Baltimore, Maryland, also averaged 36 points per outing to help the nationally fifth-ranked and AUS-leading Capers improve to 16-1 on the campaign thanks to back-to-back road wins over Saint Marys. In Saturdays 106-93 series opening victory, the 6-foot-4 guard, who ranks third in the AUS with 19.2 points per game, tallied 26 points, six rebounds and six assists. In Sundays rematch, he exploded for 46 points in a 101-97 victory including 30 on 10-of-20 shooting from beyond the arc, establishing single-game school records for most points and three-pointers made, as well as an AUS mark for three-point attempts.

Laval volleyball player Frdric Mondou, UOIT hockey player Jason Guy and Saskatchewan basketball player Jamelle Barrett (180-G) were the other male nominees.

Female nominees:
AUS: Amanda Sharpe, basketball, UNB
RSEQ: Marie-Christine Mondor, volleyball, Laval
OUA: Lindsay Druery, basketball, Lakehead
CWUAA: Ashley Hill, basketball, Calgary (recipient)

Male nominees:
AUS: Paris Carter, basketball, Cape Breton (recipient)
RSEQ: Frdric Mondou, volleyball, Laval
OUA: Jason Guy, hockey, UOIT
CWUAA: Jamelle Barrett, basketball, Saskatchewan
Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca




Ravens's fourth quarter burst runs down Lions - by Eurobasket News
The York University Lions women's basketball team held the lead late in their match against the OUA top-seeded Carleton Ravens but a strong fourth quarter by the Ravens led to a 54-40 victory at the Tait McKenzie Centre on Saturday night (Feb. 5).

The Lions (5-14) were ahead of the Ravens (17-2) after three quarters of play by a 34-32 score, but the Ravens opened the fourth with 10 straight points and cruised down the stretch for the victory.

The Lions played well in both the first and third quarters putting up 15 and 14 points, respectively.

York was helped in the first quarter by several Carleton turnovers. Kayla Pangos (165-G) (Holland Landing, Ont.) had two big stops at half court, one she brought back for an easy lay-up.

The Ravens were also handed five fouls in the first quarter, which allowed the Lions to hold onto a 15-13 lead.

In the second the Lions could not find the basket, earning just five points in the quarter, while the Ravens took the lead with 13 points. This gave the Ravens a six-point lead going into half time.

The Lions struggled throughout the game to get into the Ravens' key, forcing them to take many bad shots from long range. On several occasions the Lions could not get their passing game to work as the Ravens consistently forced the Lions to use up their 24 seconds without getting off a shot.

Following half time the Lions exploded offensively to earn nine consecutive points, giving them the lead once again.

The Lions were helped by the offensive rebounding of Llyandra Kerr (Markham, Ont.) saving the Lions on two occasions and helping keep the point streak going. The Ravens started closing the gap late in the quarter but the Lions held on for the two-point advantage going into the final frame.

In the last quarter the Ravens dominated the play, earning 22 points and playing strong defence to allow the Lions just six points.

Ravens guard Kendall Macleod (175-G) had a big game, scoring a double-double with 19 points 12 rebounds and two blocks.

Lions guards Brittany Szockyj (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.) and Emily Perras (Lindsay, Ont.) finished the game with a team-high 10 points each.

Despite the loss, the Lions remain in fifth place in the OUA East standings, two points ahead of the Laurentian Lady Vees. The squad will head out to Kingston next weekend to take on the RMC Paladins on Friday (Feb. 11) and the Queen's Gaels on Saturday (Feb. 12) before returning home to play their final match of the regular season against Laurentian. Start time for all three games is 6pm.

By Andrew Fletcher, sport writing assistant
Courtesy of: www.yorkulions.ca


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 16-1 
 2. Dalhousie 11-5 
 3. St.Francis X. 10-5 
 4. New Brunsw. 7-8 
 5. UPEI 6-10 
 6. St.Mary's 6-11 
 7. Acadia 4-10 
 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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Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 18-1 
 2. DongGuan 17-4 
 3. Guandong 14-6 
 4. Beijing 12-8 
 5. Jiangsu 12-8 
 6. Bayi 12-8 
 7. Zhejiang G.L. 11-9 
 8. Zhejiang C. 10-11 
 9. Shandong 9-10 
 10. Liaoning 9-11 
 11. Shanghai 8-12 
 12. Foshan 8-12 
 13. Qingdao DS 8-12 
 14. Jilin 7-13 
 15. Shanxi Zh. 6-14 
 16. Fujian 5-15 
 17. TianJin R. 4-16 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 32.1
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS32.1 
 2. Morris, Beijing28.9 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang28.6 
 4. James, Zhejiang C.27.9 
 5. Taggart, Shanxi Zh.27.5 
 6. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.26.4 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.26.3 
 8. Akognon, DongGuan26.0 
 9. Emmett, Fujian25.9 
 10. Lamizana, TianJ.25.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Jones, Fujian17.2 
 2. Harris, Shanghai15.2 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Gaines, Qingdao DS14.1 
 5. Watkins, Jilin13.8 
 6. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.6 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.4 
 8. Moiso, Jiangsu12.7 
 9. Morris, Beijing11.8 
 10. Taggart, Shanxi Zh.11.5 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.8.6 
 2. Marbury, Foshan6.6 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu6.0 
 4. Lu, Fujian5.3 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan5.1 
 6. Brown, Qingdao DS4.8 
 7. Green, Shanghai4.8 
 8. Douby, Xinjiang4.7 
 9. Allen, Shandong4.6 
 10. Jones, Guandong4.6 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Hu, Jiangsu3.9 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang3.6 
 3. Vroman, DongGuan3.0 
 4. James, Zhejiang C.2.6 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan2.5 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.5 
 7. Emmett, Fujian2.5 
 8. Smith, Liaoning2.5 
 9. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.2.3 
 10. Brown, Qingdao DS2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.9 
 2. Haislip, Guandong2.3 
 3. Jones, Fujian2.1 
 4. Watkins, Jilin2.1 
 5. Moiso, Jiangsu1.9 
 6. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 7. Wang, Bayi1.7 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan1.7 
 9. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.6 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


Anthony Myles joins Liaoning - by Eurobasket News
Liaoning decided to change one of their import players. The Hunters released Richard Chris (206-F/C-84, college: Florida). The 26-year-old forward tallied 12.8 points, 9.2 boards and 1.3 steals per game. In the meantime Liaoning signed a deal with Myles Anthony (208-F/C-82, college: Xavier). The 28-year-old forward started the season in Ilysiakos in Greece. He averaged 7.0 points and 5.0 boards per appearance. Later Myles Anthony moved to Crvena Zvezda in Serbia. His stats read 6.8 points and 4.3 boards per game in Adriatic League. Myles Anthony is not new to China. He played for DongGuan and Heilongiang Daquin. Myles Anthony was named the Asia-basket.com All-Chinese CBA Forward of the Year back in 2008.


China U16 became the winner of Group B - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16-China U16 62:84

China U16 became the winner of Group B of the International Tournament in Turkey. The team advanced to the Semifinals winning the group with 5-0 record after 84:62 win over Slovenia in Day 5. The latter finished with 3-2 record and will play for the 5th-8th places.
China started with 30:17 and never looked behind later in the game. Moreover 19-9 in the second frame allowed them to take 49:26 halftime advantage. In order not to slow down China added 24-19 in the third period for a more comfortable win. In the last frame Slovenia however produced 17-11 to reduce the gap in the game.
Xiaopeng Guo erupted with 32 points for the winners and Liu Bo (204-F-96) netted 12. Pan Ning (210-C-95) notched 10, whilst Wang Zhengbo (187-G-96) and Jiwei Zhao added 8 each. Matic Rebec (170-G-95) and Jure Ritlop (198-F-95) responded with 14 points for the European team and Luka Kokol (189-G-95) scored 12.

Slovenia U16: Matic Rebec 14, Jure Ritlop 14, Luka Kokol 12
China U16: Xiaopeng Guo 32, Liu Bo 12, Pan Ning 10, Wang Zhengbo 8, Jiwei Zhao 8


Dongguan Upset By Tianjin as CBA Resumes Play - by Arthur Volbert
Second place Dongguan, upset 111-104 by Tianjin, fell another game behind Xinjiang as CBA play resumed after the New Year's break. Dongguan trailed 89-69 after three quarters. Zhang Nan had 27 points and 9 rebounds for Tianjin. New import Hamilton Vernon (183-G-84, college: Clemson) had 23 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 steals, taking over at point guard. Herve Lamizana had 18 points and 16 rebounds. Xu Guijun scored 13. Zhang Ji had 11 points and 9 rebounds and Xu Lei had 11 points and 7 rebounds and the two young native big men replaced the departed and aging Lee Benson.

Jackson Vroman had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Dongguan. But he only hit 6 of 17 shots. Qiu Biao had 22 points and 5 rebounds. Josh Akognon had 17 points but hit only 5 of 19 shots. Meng Duo scored 11. Zhang Kai only played 11 minutes and had 4 points, 4 rebounds and 4 fouls. Chen Hsin-An scored 7 but hit only 1 of 10 shots. Young Sun Tonglin had 6 points but grabbed 11 rebounds in 25 minutes.

Zhejiang defeated Shanxi Zhongyu 136-109. Marcus Williams had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Josh Boone had 22 points and 11 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Cao Fei had 16 points and 7 assists. Zhang Chunjun had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Wang Dayong scored 10.

Leon Rogers scored 31 points for Shanxi Zhongyu. Duan Jianpeng scored 25 in one of his best games of this season which has not been as good as last season. Zhang Xuewen scored 13 and Wei Mingliang had 12. Osama Daghlas had 4 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Shawn Taggart did not play.

The remaining teams will play tomorrow.



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Aco Petrovic steps down as Head Coach of Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Interperformances ) is no longer a Head Coach of Cedevita. The experienced Croatian specialist stepped down on his position yesterday. The reason was 82-83 shocking defeat against Zadar in the National Cup Semifinals. The visiting squad, who faced with many troubles this season, had just five players who managed to score in this game but it was enough for the victory and a spot in National Cup Finals. Cedevita will have to find a replacement for Petrovic in the coming days.
Aleksandar Petrovic took over Cedevita in April of 2010. He guided the team to Croatian League Semis. This season in Adriatic league Cedevita registered 11 wins in 20 games. They currently share the fifth place with Zagreb. In EuroCup Last 16 they have 1-2 score (Group I). Before Cedevita, Petrovic led Zadar to Croatian league title in 2008.


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Sluggish Horsens Loses to Aalborg - by Armen Rhodes
A slow and sluggish Horsens team was upset today at home by relegation-bound Aalborg by a score of 87-73. The Vikings were led by a game-high 29 points from standout point guard Marquis Hall, and 18 points from Barkley Falkner. Meanwhile, Horsens was paced by five scorers in double figures in the loss. Aalborg is back in action next on February 20th at home against SISU, while Horsens will play host to Amager BK. WIth the victory Aalborg improved to 3-20, while Horsens dropped to 11-11.

Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 21-1 
 2. Svendborg 20-2 
 3. Naestved 15-7 
 4. Horsholm 13-9 
 5. Horsens IC 11-11 
 6. SISU 9-14 
 7. Vaerlose 8-14 
 8. Aabyhoj 8-15 
 9. Amager BK 4-19 
 10. Aalborg 3-20 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Brasas, Amager BK22.4 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj22.2 
 4. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 5. Hall, Aalborg20.4 
 6. Hall, Aalborg20.4 
 7. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 8. Roberts, Naestved19.1 
 9. Iversen, Svendborg19.1 
 10. Dennis, SISU17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.0 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.3 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.2 
 4. Falkner, Aalborg9.7 
 5. Falkner, Aalborg9.7 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC9.6 
 7. St.John, Horsens IC9.6 
 8. Johansen, Naestved9.6 
 9. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 10. Williams, Svendborg7.7 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.2 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.5 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.1 
 4. Hall, Aalborg5.1 
 5. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.2 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm3.9 
 8. Martin, Aabyhoj3.8 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg3.8 
 10. Jensen, Vaerlose3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Hall, Aalborg3.7 
 2. Hall, Aalborg3.7 
 3. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 4. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 5. Dennis, SISU2.1 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken1.9 
 8. Burgess, Bakken1.9 
 9. Roberts, Naestved1.9 
 10. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.3 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.7 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 8. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 9. Logan, Amager BK0.8 
 10. Johansen, Naestved0.7 


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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. Alexander, Texas L.9.8 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.9.8 
 4. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 5. Sims, Iowa E.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. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
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. Bailey, Sioux F.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. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.3 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.2.2 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 9. Johnson, Erie B.2.0 
 10. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.2 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.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. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.8 


J.R. Giddens to play for Thunderbirds - by Eurobasket News
It's been three and a half seasons since J.R. Giddens (6'5''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) last played for the New Mexico Lobos after transferring there following two rather tumultuous seasons as a Kansas Jayhawk, but he'll likely be donning a 'New Mexico' jersey again sometime soon.

No, Giddens isn't going back to college but rather will be joining the state's professional basketball team.

Giddens, a 6-foot-5 wing and the first-round pick of Boston in the 2008 NBA Draft, signed an NBA Development League contract on Tuesday and was officially claimed by the D-League's New Mexico Thunderbirds on Thursday afternoon. Giddens arrived in New Mexico on Sunday, but was unable to sign with the D-League until the league could get FIBA clearance.

It's unclear what exactly caused the holdup, but Giddens told a fan on Twitter '[E]urope was nice but if [you] don't pay me for my services [I] can't play, still waiting on money from teams over there no bueno,' presumably meaning that the issue stemmed from Giddens probably still being under contract -- despite not being paid -- from one of the European teams he's played for in the past.

Since Giddens was unable to make an impact in the NBA, appearing in just 38 games total over the past two seasons between the Celtics and New York Knicks and then failing to make good on a training camp invite from the Sacramento Kings this fall, he decided to take his talents to Europe this season.

His European vacation probably didn't work out quite as planned, however.

Giddens first signed to play with Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Poland where he'd average 9.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in 10 games of Euroleague action while playing alongside former NBA players Mike Wilks and Daniel Ewing. When the team failed to reach the Euroleague Top 16 competition, however, Giddens was released. He wasn't a free agent for long, however, as he was quickly picked up by Power Electronics Valencia in Spain.

With Spain, the Giddens-Europe saga got more interesting. Prior to even playing a game for the ACB league team, Giddens was reprimanded by his coach because the player posted pictures of every meal that he ate. Five days later, the team decided to release the former first-round NBA pick despite the fact that he never actually appeared in a game for Valencia.

Now that Giddens is back in America, hopefully the random issues that caused both of his European stints to end prematurely won't occur again because he's shown to be a very capable player in the D-League. During stints with the Utah Flash and Maine Red Claws while on assignment from Boston -- the NBA team switched affiliates when Maine joined the league -- he averaged 17.3 points while shooting 59 percent from the field. His 6.0 rebounds and solid defense only helped to make him a more interesting NBA prospect.

Giddens will make his debut with the team against the Erie BayHawks Thursday night in Pennsylvania. The Thunderbirds, coached by former NBA player Darvin Ham, don't play again in New Mexico until March 2 against the Bakersfield Jam.

Courtesy of http://nba.fanhouse.com


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Finnish Korisliiga round 33 best performance: Jeremiah Wood - by Eurobasket News
American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Karhu Kauhajoki, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Tarmo (#12, 4-29) 95-80. Karhu is placed at 8th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Karhu is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-18 record. It's Wood's second year at Karhu and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Jeremiah Wood has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.7ppg), assists (6th best: 3.9apg) and averages impressive 2.0spg and 68.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Kouvot Kouvola. Kaunisto had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Kouvot to edge slightly lower-ranked ToPo (#7, 16-17) 82-79. Kouvot's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kaunisto is well-known at Kouvot and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jerrah Young (202-F-85) of Tarmo (#12). Young scored 25 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Young's great performance Tarmo lost 80-95 to the higher-ranked Karhu (#8, 14-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tarmo can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-29 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Young he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Young has individually a great season in Finland. After 33 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.8rpg (5th best). Young attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Malik Moore (192-G-77) of LrNMKY - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Antwine Williams (192-F-75) of Pyrinto - 24 points and 7 rebounds
7. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) of Salon Vilpas - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) of Kataja - 16 points and 3 assists
9. James Lewis (191-G-86) of LrNMKY - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84) of Kataja - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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
 Jerald FIELDS
  KTP
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fields, KTP2.0 
 2. Wood, Karhu2.0 
 3. Newson, Kataja1.9 
 4. Heard, Tarmo1.9 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Moore, Korihait1.8 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.8 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
 10. Harris, Salon Vilpas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 4. Gonner, Kouvot0.7 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 6. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 7. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 8. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.6 
 9. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 10. Young, Tarmo0.6 


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  FRANCE   


Paris-Levallois adds Vasco Evtimov, releases Guillaume Yango - by Eurobasket News
Paris-Levallois came up with the new signing. The French outfit inked a deal with experienced center Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) for rest of the season. At the same time, Paris-Levallois parted ways with Guillaume Yango (205-F/C-82, college: Pacific).
Vassil Evtimov arrives to Paris-Levallois from the German team Mitteldeutscher. He appeared 11 times for them in Bundesleague averaging 5.3 points and 7 rebounds. Evtimov changed three teams last season. He started it with Levski Sophia, but in October moved to Panionios Athens. In January last year Evtimov agreed a deal with Cypriot AEL Limassol. Evtimov played for Khimik Yuzhny, Reggio Emilia, Valladolid, Climamio, Olimpija, Lottomatica and Caja San Fernando in the past. He also spent some time at the North Carolina University.


French U16 National Team 2011 - by Greg
Starting five
#s#
Arthur Rozenfeld
Rozenfeld
Olivier Yao-Delon
Yao-Delon
Lucas Paoletti
Paoletti
Damien Inglis
Inglis
Dylan David
David
#e#5
4 Arthur Rozenfeld 175-G-95 ASVEL France
5 Alexandre Karolak 189-G-95 Nancy France
6 Olivier Yao-Delon 193-G-95 CFBB France
7 Lucas Paoletti 200-F-95 CFBB France
8 Antoine Chevrier 194-G-95 Cholet France
9 Charly Pontens 178-G-95 CFBB France
10 Luidgy Laporal 201-C-95 CFBB France
11 Romuald Morency 197-G-95 CFBB France
12 Damien Inglis 198-F-95 CFBB France
13 Jean-Dieudonne Biog 202-C-95 CFBB France
14 Paul Rigot 199-G-95 CFBB France
15 Dylan David 198-F-95 Le Mans France



France U16 advanced to the Semifinals in Gaziantep - by Eurobasket News
Iran U16-France U16 42:64

France U16 advanced to the Semifinals in Gaziantep as the team finished second in Group B. The European team needed 64:42 win over Iran U16 to take 4-1 record on the second spot behind China. Iran meanwhile finished with 1-4 record on the fifth spot.
It was a slow start as both teams paid too much attention to defense. France managed to take 10-6 lead and then the European side produced a massive 23-15 in the second period. The second half also belonged to France that dominated the court. They won the third period 15-6 and then finished the game with 16-15.
Arthur Rozenfeld stepped up with 18 points for the winners to reach the semis. Alexandre Karolak and Olivier Yao-Delon followed him with 9 points apiece. Vahid Dalrizahan erupted with 27 points in the losing case and Hamed Beigi Arbatsafla added 6.
In the semifinal France will face Turkey U16 that stun Russia U16 in the the last of the Group Stage of the International Tournament. The hosts won Group A with perfect 5-0 record after 71:58 win.

Iran U16: Vahid Dalrizahan 27, Hamed Beigi Arbatsafla 6
France U16: Arthur Rozenfeld 18, Alexandre Karolak 9, Olivier Yao-Delon 9


Nate Fox on tryout with Le Havre - by Eurobasket News
Le Havre are looking for the player to replace injured Maxime Zianveni (198-F-79). They have recently invited Nate Fox (206-F/C-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) for tryouts. The 33-year-old centre was last seen in Germany. He played for Braunschweig in 1Bundesliga. Nate Fox tallied 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Previously Nate Fox had stints in Estonia, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, Portugal and Spain. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Centre of the Year back in 2009.


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


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. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
 10. Simic, Rabotnicki7.1 
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. Stojanovski, Feni I.3.2 
 9. Samardziev, Feni I.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. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 6. Matic, Kumanovo.1.4 
 7. Cvetkov, ABA S.1.4 
 8. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.4 
 9. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.3 
 10. Mirakovski, Rabot.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. Talevski, MZT S.0.6 


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  GEORGIA   


Georgian U16 National Team 2011 - by Emiliano
Starting five
#s#
Archil Puluzashvili
Puluzashvili
Nugzar Abuladze
Abuladze
Beka Darakhvelidze
Darakhvelidze
Nika Gurtskaia
Gurtskaia
Nika Amirkhanashvili
Amirkhanashvili
#e#5
1 Archil Puluzashvili 200-C-95
2 Nugzar Abuladze 186-G-95
3 Beka Darakhvelidze 188-F-95
4 Nika Gurtskaia 186-G-95
5 Nika Amirkhanashvili 185-G-95
6 Saba Jakeli 191-G-95
7 Zezva Liluashvili 182-G-95
8 Kakha Tomaradze 189-F-95
9 Edgar Lomtadze 198-C-95
10 Badri Chikhvaria 198-C-95
11 George Kobalava 196-F-95
12 Sandro Bolkvadze 194-F-95



Georgian U16 National Team 2011 - by Emiliano
1 Archil Puluzashvili
2 Nugzar Abuladze
3 Beka Darakhvelidze
4 Nika Gurtskaia
5 Nika Amirkhanashvili
6 Saba Jakeli
7 Zezva Liluashvili
8 Kakha Tomaradze
9 Edgar Lomtadze
10 Badri Chikhvaria
11 George Kobalava
12 Sandro Bolkvadze


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  GERMANY   


Sciene City Jena Pick Up Tyler Kepkay - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With a six game losing streak and having slipped to 12th place, Science City Jena have picked up Tyler Kepkay (183-G-87, college: Utah) for the stretch run. Kepkay is a 23 year old 183cm combo guard from Vancouver, Canada. This season, Kepkay has had expereince in the BEKO BBL having a try out with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and then getting a short term contract with the Giessen 46ers and geting into 15 games averaging 3,5ppg, 1,2rpg and 1,0apg in 14 minutes per game. 'I am awaiting a lot from Kepkay and hope he can bring the same effort as he showed last season in the PRO A', stressed Science City Jena CEO Lars Eberlein.

Kepkay started his basketball career at College of E. Utah (JUCO) in 2005 and played there until 2007. He then transfered to Utah (NCAA) in 2007. In his senior year in 2008-2009, he played 34 games: 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 40.9%, 3Pts: 34.6%, FT: 84.5%. In 2009-2010, he turned professional and came to germany and played for ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA, starting five): 26 games: Score-1 (21.5ppg), 4.7rpg, 4.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT-2 (89.8%). Some Awards/Achievements in his career so far have been , HS: league championship and a third-place finish at the Provincial Tournament, JUCO: First-Team Junior College All-America honors -07, MWC Tournament Semifinals -08, Canadian National Team -08-09, MWC Tournament Winner -09, MWC Regular Season Co-Champion -09, All-MWC Honorable Mention -09, Marchand Cup -09: 2 games: 1.5ppg, 3PT: 100.0%, FIBA Americas in San Juan (Puerto Rico) -09 (Semifinals): 10 games: 4.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -10.

Source: Science City Jena





Will Chavis (NBC) I Study The Game Of Basketball A Lot - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Will Chavis (181-G-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Texas Tech) is a 29 year old 181 cm guard who comes from Philadelphia and started his basketball learning at New Hampshire in 1998-1999 averaging 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg before going to Texas to play at Panola Junior College averaging 25 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals per game . This gained the interest of legendary coach Bobby Knight at Texas Tech. Knight had only the best to say about the guy he coached two years at Texas Tech. 'Will takes pride in taking good shots, and is a great shooter. He also takes very good care of the ball. He is aggressive and quick on defense, and can anticipate or put under pressure the opposite point guard', stressed Bobby Knight. At Texas Tech, Chavis played together with Artland Dragon Ronald Ross and in his senior year, played 33 games averaging 7.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.2apg. He started his professional basketball career in 2003 going to Iceland to play for UMFN Njardvikur playing 6 games and averaging 18.3ppg; 3.1rpg; 7.8apg ( 41 assists to 11 turnovers); 2.0spg; 3pts 45.6%; FT 85.6%. The next season, he was tested by Olimpia GE Larisa (Greece-A1), but was not signed and finished the season practicing with Climamio Fortitudo Bologna (Italy-SErieA). In 2005-2006, he started to make a name playing for Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin (Czech Republic-NBL, starting five) playing 5 EuroCup Challenge games averaging 15.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 50%, 3FGP: 50% and playing 44 games in the Czech Rep. League averaging 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, Assists-4 (5.2apg), 2FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 85.0%. The next season, he went to top Dutch team Demon Astronauts Amsterdam continuing to show who well he could perform in FIBA EuroCup playing 6 games and avergaing 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 55.2%, 3FGP: 15%, FT: 78.3% and playing 39 games in the Dutch League and averaging 14.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.3%, FT: 87.8%, 3Pts: 40.9%. In 2007-2008, he split time with Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus, but left after 7 games, where he averaged 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 36.6%, 3FGP: 27.8%, FT: 87.5%, and then moved to MBC in Jan 2008 playing 12 games and averaging 13.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 39.3%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT-1 ( 91.7%). In 2008-2009, he led MBC into the BBL averaging 10.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 86.5% in 29 games. Last season in his first season with NBC, he played 29 games: 19.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 47.1%, FT: 88.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

What was your impression of Fabian Franke of the Frankfurt sklyiners PRO B team this season? Does he have the ability to play an important role in the BEKO BBL?


He is a good player with good size for the guard position. I think that he can play at that level.


You are playing your second season with NBC. You have a long term contract with the team and have long term plans with the team. Explain why you chose to go down this path?


NBC showed a lot of loyalty to me and showed that they wanted me. The club has big plans and wants to reach the BEKO BBL. I feel very comfortable there and want to help the team achieve that goal.

NBC wants to get to the PRO A. Does the team have the ability to reach the goal this season?



I think that we do. It is weird, because we played many PRO A teams in preseason and were successful. There is more structure in the PRO A and we seem to do better against teams like that then teams in the PRO B where the style seems to be a bit more wild at times.

This season Bastian Doreth made the jump from PRO B to PRO A and joined Bayern Munich. Which of the young German NBC players have the skill to reach the next level?

I think that Juan Reile has the most potential to reach the next level. He has very long arms and is athletic. He needs to improve his ball handling and his guard play.

What makes coach Derrick Taylor so valuable?


He allows the player to be comfortable. He gives you freedom and that helps the player and team grow. He understands the play, because he was a player once to.

What is a strength in your game that isnt always seen right away?



I think that my leadership isnt noticed right away. I think that people dont realize that I study a lot of film. I study the game of basketball a lot.

In the 2008-2009 season, you were an important part of MBC moving up to the BEKO BBL. The club didnt keep you. This was a tough experience for you. How did this experience make you stronger?


I relied on management a bit too much. They kind of gave me the sense that I would be on that BEKO BBL team, but it didnt happen. I got a sense how business works and learned to protect myself more. I learned to work harder for that next situation which I got with NBC. Now I want to help them make next step.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?


Isah Thomas was my favourite player, but I also liked Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.

Was there any player you didnt like as a kid?


I didnt like the Boston Celtics, because they beat us so much.

If you had to compare your game to a NBA player today who would you choose?


I would take Chris Paul. He scores when he has to, runs the team, takes advantage of the defense and is intelligent.

You played together with Ronald Ross at Texas Tech. Has he made good use of the things that you taught him in the BEKO BBL in the last years?



Back at Texas Tech, we had lockers next to each other. We hung out a lot and he always worked hard. I told him when I was a senior and he was in his second year that he could be running the team in two years. He continued to work hard and I think that he has taken advantage of what I told him. One has to remember that he was a walk on at Texas Tech.

Do you think that the Brose Baskets Bamberg can be undefeated in the regular season?



If they lose it will be on the road. The BEKO BBL is so tight that it will be very hard to go undefeated. Coach Chris Fleming prepares them so well. Their ball movement is amazing.

Your coach at Texas Tech was the legendary coach Bobby Knight who was known as the chair tosser. How dangerous could his stare get when something went wrong?



I will never forget his look. He was a very particular person. He wanted only the best from his players and since he worked very hard for success, he wanted the same from his players. He always tried to teach us about life situations. If something wasnt going right in life that you still needed to go out and perform.

What was your funniest Bobby Knight story?



I have so many. Coach Knight hated to have the ball in the corner. My teammate Nick Valdez had the ball in the corner and Knight yelled stop, stop, stop!!! He said what are you doing with the ball in the corner? Then he said I will tell you what you are doing! You are there going to stick the ball up your butt and then kicked the ball into the 7th row of the stands and this was a man of 61 years. Everybody laughed after that.

You played Eurochallenge and Eurocup from 2005-2007 with teams Novi Jicin and Demon Astronauts Amsterdam and averaged double figures in scoring. Since 2007 you have played PRO and PRO B in Germany. What is wrong with this picture?



I think what really hurt me was that I changed agents. I think that a lot of it has to do with opportunity and timing. I cant really complain, because since 2007 I have had good seasons. I won the PRO A title with MBC in 2009. I try not to think about it too much or I think I would drive myself crazy. I had chances to play for division one teams in other countries, but in the last years I have always felt comfortable in Germany. I could still get a chance to play in the BEKO BBL one day if we move up with NBC. In the past I played against NBA players so I am happy how my career has turned out.

Martin Ides seems like a very gregarious man. Does Martin Ides ever get angry?


Yes he can get mad, but he is a good guy and is always cracking jokes. He is the funniest 7.2 man that I ever met. He is a good player that played for Treviso in Italy and in the first Greek league. He is one of the reasons why I came to Nurnberg.


What do you like most about Nurnberg?



I like that there more than one Mcdonalds and Burger King which wasnt the case in Weissenfels.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?



The Other Guys with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferril.

Thanks Will for the chat.




Can The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Feel The June 3 2010 Court Vibe Again As They Face Off Against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven February 12th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
June 3, 2010 might seem like any date in late spring, but for The Deutsche Bank, this date might not be plastered in their memory banks like June 17th which was their game 5 final loss in Bamberg, but that June 3 date should remain a sweet retrospective as Frankfurt had won an emotional tear jerking game five 56-52 in the semi finals of the 2010 BEKO BBL playoffs. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners return to the stadt halle this weekend for a regular season showdown as some Skyliners like Quantez Robertson, Pascal Roller, Domonic Bahiense De Mello or Jimmy Mckinney could have the memories of 7 lead changes in the fourth quarter, a gigantic mouth watering three point bomb from the Bremerhaven harbor from Super Tez or the two nail bitting clutch free throws from Alabama native Derrick Allen with five seconds to play to seal a final playoff ticket with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. Despite this monumental win last season in game five, June 3 will be far away as February 12th will be like any other regular season game with two teams just fighting for a win to help secure that playoff spot way down the long and winding BEKO BBL road as it will be a normal day at the office for both teams the same it is for actors Boston born and bred Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson going to work on the movie 'We bought a zoo, American author John Grisham putting pen to paper or fingers to key board on a new book or singer Jay Z taking his net worth over 450 million into the studio for work on a new track. Despite the memories of the game five win, the team should be focused 100% and it wasnt like Paris Hilton or Rihanna had interrupted the game with a squabble and cat fight on the floor which would probably never escape anyone had they witnessed that. 'I dont think that game 5 is in their mind at all, I think that they are just going out and trying to get a win. That was last season and they are just going to go out and try to solidify a good seed for the playoffs and play hard. Yes for sure you cant help but think about times that were successful for you as a player. I think about Bremerhaven still to this day but I'm here now and when you step on the court to represent your new team all of that is out the window', stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.)

Last season, two important figures in the success of the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Bremerhaven besides coach Doug Spradley were Americans Louis Campbell (190-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo) and little big man Mr Ulm/Incredible Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein). Gibbs departed for Japan and more money. Whereas Gibbs was important for the dirty work under the boards and just his never stop fighting mentality, it was probably Campbell that was really the most important piece as he was the playmaker, glue that kept the team together and guy that could decide a game in the last minutes. Last season, the New Jersey native Campbell played 43 games averaging 13.0ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.7apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 81.6%. I feel that Bremerhaven can be good without Campbell. I think this season could be a year of transition. Campbell was the leader last season. It might be tough for a while without Campbell, but it will take time and I hope everything works well, stated ex Bremerhaven guard Giordan Watson. It was no easy task for ex Paderborn coach Doug Spradley to find the adequate replacement for such an important player like Campbell. Spradley showed in preseason that he wouldnt settle for anything but the best as he brought in a few point guards with Americans Jamar Butler and Dominic Waters, but wasnt totally pleased or overwhelmed with their skills that he sent them away again. Shortly before the season started he got American Donald Copeland (177-G-84, college: Seton Hall) who seems to have struck the right Spradley taste buds and has taken over for Campbell. I think that Copeland is a solid point guard. Doug Spradley seems to always pick the right playmakers. He can shoot and organize the game, warned Gloria Giants Duesseldorf guard Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky).

Copeland is a 26 year old 177cm guard like Campbell from the State of New Jersey. He is a first-shot-then-look-to-teammates kind of player, with a so-so accuracy from long distance and good skills to score in penetration. He played at Seton Hall from 2002-2006 and has four years of valuable experience having played in countries like Poland, Bosnia and Puerto Rico. Recently he played for Atleticos de San German (Puerto Rico-BSN): 21 games: 14.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT-2 (87.6%). Currently Copeland is averaging 7,8ppg, 4,3apg and 1,7rpg. Copeland is good. He shoots well off the dribble and knows how to run the team and is a decent passer, said Duesseldorf guard Jamaal Tatum (188-G-84, college: S.Illinois). Ex Artland Dragons assistant coach Jamie Duncan observed Copeland this season and was impressed. Copeland is a different type of player than Campbell. He is small, but just as quick. He is a scoring point guard, but can organize the game. You cant leave him open, because he is a deadly three point shooter, said Jamie Duncan. For some reasons, the point guard taste buds of coach Doug Spradley continue to erode as he said farewell to American Jermaine Thomas. Spradley didnt waste much time bringing in Tyrone Brazelton (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) who is a 24 year old 185cm guard from Norcross, Georgia. He played at Western Kentucky from 2006-2008 and in his senior year played 36 games: 14.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3Pts: 42.9%, FT: 67.3%. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008. He turned professional in 2008 and played for Ventspils (Latvia-LBL, starting five): LBL: 9 games: 10.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 71.9%, Baltic League (Elite Group): 11 games 13.2ppg 2.8rpg 2.7apg 1.2spg; EuroChallenge: 4 games: 16.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, in Jan.'09 moved to Asseco Prokom Sopot (Poland-PLK): Polish League: 27 games: 4.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.9apg; Euroleague: 6 games: 3.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg. Last season, he played for Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK): Polish League: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 30.0%, 3PT: 47.1%, FT: 53.3%; Euroleague: 3 games: 4.7ppg, 1.0rpg, in Nov.'09 moved to Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-PLK, starting five): 21 games: 13.4ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-5 (4.8apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 80.8%. He won the Polish league in 2009. Despite all the point guards coming and going like the women in the life of actor George Clooney, saying that there is a point guard problem in Bremerhaven is not plausible. 'I'm not too familiar with Brazelton and I'm not sure if you would call it a point guard problem. I just think they had early injuries at that position but the guys in there are there for a reason and they will be okay at the point guard spot', warned John Bynum Can Bremerhaven make a run in the playoffs without a Louis Campbell? . I think they can go far with the point guards that they have. They have a talented team and I think they will be okay from the point guard position', stressed John Bynum Brazelton has played two games and is averaging 4,0ppg, 2,0apg and 1,5rpg.

Besides losing dangerous weapons and top players Louis Campbell and Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) the team also said goodbye to Americans Brandon Brooks, Kevin Lyde and Norman Richardson. Coach Doug Spradley Spradley was able to keep a core of guys together by keeping Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Winthrop), Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska), Phillip Schwethelm, Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side). The team enforced the team and added Craig Callahan (203-F-81, college: NC-Wilmington), Sean Denison, Richard Chaney (196-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Troy),Jermaine Thomas, Maksym Shtein (206-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Andy Buechert. Despite not having Campbell and Gibbs, The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have had a solid season so far with a record of 11-10 and resting in 8th place and securing a date with The Brose Baskets Bamberg if the playoffs started tomorrow. The record seems a bit deceiving since the team is loaded with talent, but have lost 10 games. 'They have been up and down this season, but they have a talented team that could compete with anyone in the league', stated John Bynum The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have been up and down this season having one four game winning streak and two three game losing streaks. The club seems to be one of those teams that can serve up a basketball masterpeice and the next day stink up the arena with rotten basketballs. 'I just think they have to find consistency like other teams in the league as well. They have a lot of talent on the team but they cant seem to put on a run but you cant underestimate a team of there caliber either', commented John Bynum Bremerhaven has had some big wins against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig, Artland Dragons and TBB Trier, but are unable to put a dent in the games of the top three teams Bamberg, Frankfurt and Berlin. 'I'm not sure what it is but I think it could be experience but at the same time, if a couple of balls bounce their way they could easily have a different record as well. They obviously miss guys like Campbell and Gibbs but I'm sure they miss other guys who helped them achieve there success last season as well', said John Bynum

It will be interesting how well the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven big men play and continue to mature on the boards throughout the season. With Drevo, Callahan and Denison, Spradley has picked a trio that could do damage inside on a regular basis. I think that Doug has done a good job with the inside players. Denison is a banger that grabs defense and can play good defense. With Drevo/Callahan, you have two guys that can score and play the five. Plus you have Shtein who is a good German player. They have a very strong rotation, warned Jamie Duncan. Callahan will make an impact not only with his game on the court, but also with the players. Callahan is a hard worker on the court and his teammates will respect that a lot, added ex Callahan teammate Giordan Watson. Ex Braunschweig guard Steve Wright is also confident that the Bremerhaven inside game will present headaches for teams. Drevo/Callahan can shoot from outside and post up under the rim. They can carry team inside and Denison is solid on the boards, said Steve Wright.

Torrell Martin is a 25 year old 196cm forward. He is from Columbia, South Carolina and played at Winthrop from 2003-2007. He is a very athletic competitor that brings a lot of energy to the court. He has a keen basketball I.Q, can shoot and defend well. In 2007-2008, he took part in the Orlando Magic preseason camp before playing in Poland. In 2009-2010, he played in Turkey for Antalya averaging 13,0ppg, 6,7rpg, 1,2apg, 1,9spg and shot 49% from the field. He finished the season in Greece with Kavala Panorama averaging 10,4ppg, 5,5rpg and 1,4apg. Last season for Bremerhaven, he played 41 games: 11.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 65.0%. Currently Martin is averaging 15,8ppg, 7,0rpg, 3,0 apg and 1,8spg. Bremerhaven was very fortunate that Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska) came back, because no one had really estimated that he would return, but did late in preseason. Drevo is a 29 year old 202cm power forward/center from Lincoln, Nebraska. He has good size and can run the floor while adding a solid presence in the paint. He is an all-around player, can pass well inside and has the ability to step outside the arc, which will create matchup problems for opposing defenses. He has played in Spain and France and will be playing his fourth season in Germany. He played for Braunschweig from 2007-2009. Last season for Bremerhaven, he played 24 games averaging 12.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT-3 (46.8%), FT: 72.3% after having started in Spain for Sant Josep Girona 20 games: 10.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 65.2%. This season, he is averaging 10,1ppg, 5,1rpg and 1,5apg.

21 year old 201cm forward Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Court Side) is playing his second season with Bremerhaven playing 44 games: 7.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 67.8%. This past summer he got further experience with the German national team playing at the World Championships in Turkey playing 5 games: 4.4ppg, 1.0apg. He played with Cologne from 2004-2009 and despite his youth, he brings a lot of experience playing three Fiba Europe Cup games as a 16 year old in 2005 and two Euroleague games as a 17 year old in 2006. He played 61 BBL games with Cologne winning the BBL title in 2006 with experienced guys like Michael Jordan and Titus Ivory. Schwethelm is averaging 8,6ppg, 3,4rpg and 2,2apg this season. 27 year old 193cm guard Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) is playing his fourth season in Bremerhaven and last season played 43 games averaging 2,9ppg. He is a very talented German player that might not necessarily be helping his chances for The German National team playing for the Eisbaeren, because playing time is sparse, but he can always be good for a big game as he poured in 18 points in a road win at Hagen. He played six years in Braunschweig and one season for Leuven in Belgium. Lipke is an athletic combo guard, who strives in the open floor and is aggressive going to the basket with either hand. He is a decent three point shooter, but he usually wants to get in the painted area and if he does he will hurt you. His favourite move is a cross over hesitation step to the basket. On defense, he has a tendency to lose his man. So whoever is being guarded has to move without the ball so he can get his open shot, warned Omari Westley. Thiss eason, he is averaging 3,4ppg.

The club welcomed back American Craig Callahan (203-F-81, college: NC-Wilmington) who is a 29 year old 203cm forward from Cascade, Iowa. He played NCAA ball at North Carolina Wilmington with Bamberg guard John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington). He has hat experience playing ball in the Czech Republic, Spain and Belgium. In 2008-2009, he had his first tour of duty for Bremerhaven playing 24 games: Score-4 (14.9ppg), 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 58.5%. Last season, he played for Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium-D1): EuroChallenge: 5 games: 9.0ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 64.3%; Belgian League: 32 games: 10.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 27.7%, FT: 64.6%. This season, he is averaging 14,9ppg and 4,4rpg. The team signed big man Sean Denison who is a 25 year old 210cm power forward/center from Nelson, British Columbia. He has a great post-up game, runs like a deer and has a tremendous shooting touch for a big man. He started his basketball carer at Santa Clara playing with players like Doran Perkins and Kyle Bailey. He is starting his fourth professional season after having played three seasons in Turkey for Tofas Bursa (Turkey-TBL). Last season, he played 30 games: 12.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, Blocks-5 (1.2bpg), FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 55.8%. This season, he is averaging 7,9ppg, 4,0rpg and 1,0apg

The club also brought in American Richard Chaney (196-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Troy) who is a distant cousin of Don Chaney and came for the injured Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Ohio). However after the short term contract of Chaney expired the club decided to bring in some added experience with John Allen (194-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Seton Hall) who is back in the BEKO BBL for the third time. Allen is a 28 year old 194cm shooting guard/small forward that is a swingman who can be a huge problem for lots of defenses; can deliver some driving dunks and also display a deft shooting touch from the perimeter; this double dimension make him a very tough player to guard. He played at Seton Hall from 2001-2005. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 11,5ppg 4.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 79.3%. He came to Europe and turned professional and played in Finland in 2005 and in Israel in 2006. In 2007-2008, he played in the BEKO BBL for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 34 games: 13.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 75.4%. In 2008-2009, he played in France for Strassburg IG (France-ProA, starting five): 31 games: 8.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 84.7%. Last season, Allen returned back to Germany to the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 32 games: 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 22.0%, FT: 67.9%. Currently Allen is averaging 13,3ppg, 4,3rpg and 2,5apg.

The team also signed reliable big man Maksym Shtein (206-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops) who is a 30 year old 206cm center who has the Ukrainian/German citizenship. This will be his 13th season playing in Germany as he has played for clubs like MTV Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg, Ratiopharm Ulm, Deutsche Bank Skyliners and TBB Trier. He is a big guy who runs the floor extremely well. He is able to play both inside positions defensively because of his mobility and speed. He likes to play physical and with contact. He has nice post-up moves underneath the basket and good hands cutting through the zone. His good shooting skills enable him to play also minutes offensively on Position four. He is a confident and fearless player who will produce at any level. Last season for TBB Trier he played 33 games: 5.9ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 62.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 47.6%. Currently he is averaging 2,8ppg and 2,2rpg.

Since The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven entered the BBL in 2005-2006, they have had some interesting battles with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Bremerhaven have had the number of Frankfurt in the last four season posting a 6-3 record. In the first two seasons, Bremerhaven totally dominated Frankfurt with a 4-0 record. Who could forget the stunning 89-88 Bremerhaven win in their first meeting ever in the fall of 2005 as Brian Jones (191-G-78, college: Santa Clara) won the game with a buzzer beater. The Eisbaeren won the return date in Bremerhaven 94-78 as ex Skyliner Nino Garris played one of his few good games for Frankfurt dropping 20 points. However in the 2007-2009 seasons, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have had a positive record of 3-2 and were 2-2 at home. The curious thing is that the two games at home were decided by one point. In the 2007-2008 season, Frankfurt lost 82-81 in the Ballsporthalle and last season Frankfurt nipped Bremerhaven 66-65 with 16 points and 11 rebounds from ex Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City). Last season, both clubs played seven games including five games in the playoffs. Frankfurt won the season series 4-3 last season posting a 2-1 record in the Ballsporthalle and posting a 2-2 record in Bremerhaven. The two wins at home remain unforgettable as Frankfurt won the season game 70-69 as Pascal Roller led the charge with 15 points and game two 84-83 as Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) poured in 18 points. Since the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven entered the BEKO BBL in 2005, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a negative 8-9 record. In the first meeting this season, between the two clubs, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had little problems getting past the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven dismantling them 81-66. Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) and DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) led all scorers with 19 points a piece while Bremerhaven was led by Torrell Martin with 15 points. Frankfurt outshined their opponents with 43 rebounds and only 9 turnovers despite shooting under 40%.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven are a team that like and know how to light up the scoreboard in BEKO BBL arenas, but at times take too many coffee breaks during games as they tend to give up many points as well. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have allowed 80 points or more in 9 games including 107 points to Phoenix Hagen and 100 points to Ratiopharm Ulm. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners should have no problem putting points on the board so if they can play the type of defense that they displayed in their first meeting where Bremerhaven only produced 66 points then they will have good chances to win. The two key players to stop with be Mr everything Torrell Martin and Craig Callahan (203-F-81, college: NC-Wilmington). It is no secret who the ex factor is and that this American is slowly getting more attention and very near the top ranks with guys like Julius Jenkins, Immanuel Mcelroy, Derrick Allen and Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford). 'I think the ex factor is obviously Torrell Martin. They need him to play big no matter what. He is one of the top players in the league easily. He can do it all and he is one of the key players for Bremerhaven. He is a MVP type player for sure. He is one of the most exciting players to watch in the BBL', warned John Bynum Everything in the offense evolves around DaShaun Wood and Bremerhaven knows it, but will they be able to stop him? DaShaun Wood has to do what he does best and create and make everyone better if he is not finishing himself', added John Bynum Besides keeping Wood in check, The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will need to pay attention to some details. 'Bremerhaven needs to control the tempo and make Frankfurt play defense for the whole shot clock and just play their game', warned John Bynum 'I think that if we can bring the same energy that we had on defense against Bonn, then we will have a good chnace to win in Bremerhaven. We have to watch Torrell Martin. If he scores 20-30 points then we could be in trouble. If we can control him then we will have a good chnace to win', warned current BEKO BBL top scorer DaShaun Wood. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on February 12th at 17:50.




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Kojadinovic was injured - by Giorgos Diploidis
Feliks Kojadinovic (197-G-79, agency: BeoExcell) was injured yesterday (9/02) during the training of his team (Marousi BC) in zygomatic by his teammate Dalibor Bagaric by mistake. The Serbian-Bosnian small forward is expected to be outside from courts even for two months. Giannis Vavatsikos had a similar type of injury some time ago and the problems for the coach of the team, Vangelis Alexandris don't stop there.

Nestor Kommatos may have to leave the team after the next game against Kavala, because the Turkish side Mersin has expressed interest for him and may give an amount of money to the team of Athens to let him go. Marousi BC so far is the big surprise of the Greek League because whereas it was predicted that it will be one of the favorites for the relegation, after 16 games is in the third position with 10 wins.


Peristeri sign Duane Woodward - by George Fragkos
DASH Peristeri GS Athens announced a new addition to their roster. Duane Woodward (191-G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Boston Coll.), who had been on trial by Argiris Pedoulakis for the past week, has signed a contract with the club from Athens and he will reinforce it up to the end of the season.

Woodward is an experienced guard whose help can be invaluable to Pedoulakis's team. The weak point of Persiteri was undoubtedly the position of the play maker and the 34-year-old American should be able to add more capability at the part of organizing the game. In his whole career he had a high average of assists per game and this may be something that can totally upgrade the level of performances of DASH Peristeri GS Athens and furthermore he is a good scorer and despite his height he is a great rebounder too.
Since he is already in Greece it is definite that he will participate in Sunday's game when DASH Peristeri GS Athens will travel to Thessaloniki to face almost relegated Iraklis.


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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 11-15 
 8. ABC 9-16 
 9. Landstede 6-20 
 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, Giants15.7 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.5 
 4. Laing, Magixx15.5 
 5. Blue, Giants15.4 
 6. McGhee, ZZ Leiden15.1 
 7. Borha, Landstede14.9 
 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. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.6 
 5. Ellis, GasTerra8.8 
 6. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.8 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.7 
 8. Griffin, Giants8.5 
 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, Giants3.9 
 6. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 7. Williams, DeFriesland3.6 
 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. Stokes, BS Weert2.0 
 10. Williams, DeFriesland1.9 
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. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.0 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 7. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 8. Strong, Landstede0.8 
 9. McDermott, Magixx0.8 
 10. Boxley, ZZ Leiden0.8 


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Edmonton enters 4th year of International Basketball League play - by Trask Frost
IBL news release February 10, 2011: the International Basketball League is heading into its seventh season after a very solid sixth season. The Edmonton Energy is now heading into a third year and the city's fourth year of involvement in the International Basketball League. IBL Founder and Commissioner Mikal Duilio- 'we are extremely excited about our seventh season- it should be another great one; as for the Edmonton Energy, they had 3 solid years of talented coaching, talented players and really solid records (13-9 in 2008, 17-4 in 2009 and 14-6 in 2010) and we are excited to have them back for a another great year.'

This year, the IBL held a Winter division (with games in November and December of 2010) with four teams participating but the IBL's big season is its traditional season (mid April through July 3rd, 2011); for this traditional Spring/Summer season, the IBL has 11 teams divided into the following two divisions:

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

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



The Energy re-upped with the IBL a month ago; the Energy has been scheduled for the following 20-games (the 2 games listed as Venue TBA will be games outside of the Edmonton area- satellite games):

Friday May 13th 7:00PM Edmonton Energy @Albany Legends-Christian Brothers Academy
Saturday May 14th 7:00PM Edmonton Energy @Albany Legends-Christian Brothers Academy
Sunday May 15th 6:00PM Edmonton Energy @Albany Legends-Christian Brothers Academy
Friday May 20th 7:30PM Bellingham Slam @Edmonton Energy-University of Alberta
Saturday May 21st 7:30PM Bellingham Slam @Edmonton Energy-University of Alberta
Sunday May 22nd 7:30PM Bellingham Slam @Edmonton Energy-University of Alberta
Friday May 27th 7:30PM USA All-Stars @Edmonton Energy-University of Alberta
Saturday May 28th 7:30PM USA All-Stars @Edmonton Energy-Red Deer College
Sunday May 29th 7:30PMU SA All-Stars @Edmonton Energy-Calgary Alberta
Thursday June 2nd 7:30PM Oregon Waves @Edmonton Energy-University of Alberta
Friday June 3rd 7:30PM Oregon Waves @Edmonton Energy-Venue TBA
Saturday June 4th 2:00PM Oregon Waves @Edmonton Energy-Venue TBA
Friday June 10th 7:30PM West Coast Hotshots @Edmonton Energy-University of Alberta
Saturday June 11th 7:30PM West Coast Hotshots @Edmonton Energy-University of Alberta
Sunday June 12th 3:00PM West Coast Hotshots @Edmonton Energy-Red Deer College
Friday June 24th 7:30PM Albany Legends @Edmonton Energy-University of Alberta
Saturday June 25th 7:30PM Albany Legends @Edmonton Energy-University of Alberta
Sunday June 26th 7:30PM Albany Legends @Edmonton Energy-University of Alberta
Tuesday June 28th 8:30PM Edmonton Energy @Vancouver Volcanoes-Portland Venue TBA
Wednesday June 29th 7:00PM Edmonton Energy @Oregon Waves-Venue in Oregon TBA

The Energy also has committed to the 2011 playoffs, July 1-3 at Clark College in Vancouver Washington.



ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
The International Basketball League is heading into its 7th year: the sixth IBL Championship was held in Albany New York on July 16th, 2010; in that game- the Albany Legends beat the visiting Bellingham Slam (from Washington State) 126 to 111.


The IBL is international: Shanxi China and Edmonton Canada competed in the IBL 2008 season. In the 2009 IBL season, a team from Japan- the Nippon Tornadoes and a second Canadian teamthe British Columbia Titans competed in the IBL. In addition to those teams from Asia and Canada playing in the IBL, the Central Oregon Hotshots and the Elkhart (Indiana) Express played five games apiece in China. In 2010, the Vancouver Volcanoes played 5 games in Japan.


An entertaining gameby allowing only one timeout per quarter, and reducing dead time with an immediate inbounds, International Basketball League games are always fast and entertaining and the contest only lasts 2 hours. The IBL believes that basketball was meant to be athletic and the game was meant to move; the IBL takes out the unnatural and unintended breaks in play (unintended by Naismith).


An arena league: IBL teams upgraded playing venues for the 2010 season and continue to do so moving forward. This reflects the progression of the league.


The dates of play appeal to high level players: the IBL season occurs from late April - the end of June with playoffs occurring on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The timing of the IBL season has led to great players wanting to play in the IBL. These are players who need to continue their development or maintain their development. This development league concept- started with the 2007 seasonwhen after the 2007 IBL season ended- 102 players went on from the IBL to then play overseas basketball.


Former NBA players that have played in the IBL: 25 former NBA players have appeared in the IBL (list can be found on IBL web site).


Highest attendance: An impressive attendance was garnered at an IBL game played in 2006 in Portland Oregon at the Rose Garden where 4,400 fans watched the Portland Chinooks beat the Vancouver Volcanoes (video of this game is available on the IBL web site, click on Vancouver Volcanoes). One year later, that attendance record was eclipsed when just under 6,000 fans saw the Elkhart Express (Indiana) beat the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Flight (video of this is also found on IBL web site, main page video player).


Key feature of the IBL for an owner: the IBL was designed around the concept of creating extremely low travel costs for the owners; in fact, the IBL has a one flight guarantee for teams. International Basketball League teams can play a variety of opponents from all over the country (or world) but team owners in the IBL only are required to fly one time (not counting playoffs which are optional, after the season).


The 2009 Championship team featured 6 ex-NBA players: the Los Angeles Lightning beat the Oregon Waves 2 games to 1 in a 3-game series. For the first time, there were six former NBA players on one IBL team Lamond Murray (Clippers) a 12-year NBA veteran who averaged 26.3 points in the finals and was named MVP, Fred Vinson (Seattle Supersonics), Toby Bailey (Suns), Bryon Russell (Jazz), Darrick Martin (Clippers) and Juaquin Hawkins (Rockets). Other solid performances turned in for the Lightning included the play of Trayvon Lathan- a slashing 6' 7' guard who plays above the rim, ex-UCLA star 6' 5' Billy Knight, 6' 11' Chris Ayer, and 7' 0' Adam Parada


About IBL founder Mikal Duilio: Duilio has operated sports leagues and events for 25 years. As a teenager from 1985 to 1992Duilio founded/directed the Indianola Jamball League (Iowa). In 1992, Duilio obtained a Masters Degree from Iowa State University and moved to Portland, Oregon where he founded and directed PortlandBasketball.Com (1993)for 18 years and runningPortlandBasketball.Com has been and is- the worlds largest basketball league with 7,500 amateur basketball games per year. Duilio founded PugetSoundBasketball.Com in Seattle in 2004 and sold the business within a year. In late 2003, Mikal Duilio founded the International Basketball League as a concept with ten test games in the Pacific NW (described in a video found on the IBL web site, main page, first video); the first official International Basketball League game occurred in April of 2005and on that opening night, former NBA All Star Tim Hardaway scored 45 points for a team in Waterloo, Iowa in a 129 to 131 overtime loss. The IBL is now heading into its 7th season of play.

For more info, photos & videos about the IBL or about IBL teams, visit www.iblhoopsonline.com











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  INDIA   


BFI launches Youtube channel - by Anil Kumar
Kudos to BFI for beiing innovative in thier own ways....

The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) has launched its official channel on YouTube where you can watch dozens of videos of the Indian national basketball teams. Already, several games from the Asian Games 2010 in Guangzhou (China) played by both the Indian Senior Mens and Womens teams have been uploaded onto this channel. In the future, there will be many more videos uploaded from the BFI.

This channel will be first and foremost a way to connect with the fans of basketball in India, who will get a chance to see some of the best Indian players in action. Fans and young basketball players will be able to see their idols play and learn from the best. It will also be a chance for players and coaches to study game tape to bring improvement to their own tactics, strategies, and playing styles. Finally, this channel will provide a platform for interested scouts to study the performances of Indias finest.




India has strong foundation in the sport - Akash Jain - by Anil Kumar
Basketball may not exactly be popular in India but the country has got enough talent and infrastructure to promote the sport, feels National Basketball Association's (NBA) director of international development, Akash Jain.

'India has got strong young talent which needs to be explored through right kind of coaching. There is a great passion for the game and kids are ready to learn,' Jain said.

'There is a solid foundation for the sport. Most schools and colleges have the courts but there is still scope for development, particularly with regards to indoor courts.

'We have five indoor courts in India and we are in discussion with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to build more courts,' Jain said.

Jain, who oversees the League's overall development in India, while emphasising the various initiatives taken by the NBA to promote the game said, 'Currently we are more focused at grass-root level. We are building ways to foster the participation which is important for the game to develop.'

The director stressed on the importance of technical know-how as a part of infrastructure development to propel the game.

'The NBA is committed to organise programmes for the kids and coaches for a sustained period of time, create clinics and impart hands-on knowledge to improve the skills of the coaches and players.'

Asked whether the NBA is looking to build any specialised academies in India to spur the growth of basketball, Jain said, 'We can explore the option in future.'

On whether the NBA is planning to hold more leagues in the future on the lines of the 'Mahindra NBA Challenge', Jain said, 'It is a community based programme and we are working with Federation to extend it to 10 cities in March.'

The tournament was held in five cites across India this year in comparison to the previous year's edition, which witnessed three cities hosting the event.

Expressing his pleasure at NBA's association with the BFI, Jain said, 'It has been a great partnership. The Federation (BFI) has been a core development partner and has been vital in the growth of the sport.'

'NBA will continue consult and advice BFI on different prospects to grow the basketball in India.'

Jain said basketball is an 'inclusive game' and India has got the right kind of atmosphere for its growth.

Jain NBA will instill 'passion and professionalism' among the budding prospects.

Jain said an exciting future awaits the game ahead. 'The future is extremely bright and exciting. There is a great passion for the game. Youth are tech savvy and keen to learn and there is a huge young population which is helpful in building a sound fan-base,' Jain insisted.

Courtesy - Times of India




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Iranian U16 National Team 2011 - by Emiliano
Starting five
#s#
Alireza Mortazavi
Mortazavi
Vahagan Gharibian
Gharibian
Hamed Beigi Arbatsafla
Arbatsafla
Amirali Kamgar
Kamgar
Ashkan Allahveysi
Allahveysi
#e#5
1 Alireza Mortazavi 95
2 Vahagan Gharibian 181-G-95
3 Hamed Beigi Arbatsafla 188-G-95
4 Amirali Kamgar 202-C-95
5 Ashkan Allahveysi 189-F-95
6 Vahid Dalrizahan 198-F-95
7 Mohammad Yazdanpanah 193-F-95
8 Ali Valamanesh 193-F-95
9 Navid Rezaeifar 185-G-96
10 Alireza Razaghi 182-G-95
11 Arian Namdar Ghashghaei 175-G-95
12 Vafa Sabetrasekhi 95



France U16 advanced to the Semifinals in Gaziantep - by Eurobasket News
Iran U16-France U16 42:64

France U16 advanced to the Semifinals in Gaziantep as the team finished second in Group B. The European team needed 64:42 win over Iran U16 to take 4-1 record on the second spot behind China. Iran meanwhile finished with 1-4 record on the fifth spot.
It was a slow start as both teams paid too much attention to defense. France managed to take 10-6 lead and then the European side produced a massive 23-15 in the second period. The second half also belonged to France that dominated the court. They won the third period 15-6 and then finished the game with 16-15.
Arthur Rozenfeld stepped up with 18 points for the winners to reach the semis. Alexandre Karolak and Olivier Yao-Delon followed him with 9 points apiece. Vahid Dalrizahan erupted with 27 points in the losing case and Hamed Beigi Arbatsafla added 6.
In the semifinal France will face Turkey U16 that stun Russia U16 in the the last of the Group Stage of the International Tournament. The hosts won Group A with perfect 5-0 record after 71:58 win.

Iran U16: Vahid Dalrizahan 27, Hamed Beigi Arbatsafla 6
France U16: Arthur Rozenfeld 18, Alexandre Karolak 9, Olivier Yao-Delon 9


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SuperLeague Round 15: Derby game ends with DCU Saints' defeat of UCD Marian - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Dublin: DCU Saints (#2) and UCD Marian (#3). UCD Marian was defeated at home 76-83 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. DCU Saints forced 23 UCD Marian turnovers and outrebounded them 54-22 including a 27-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Patrick Crean (193, college: Springfield) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Guard James Donnelly (191-84) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward James Crowder (201-86, college: Pfeiffer, agency: Agency No 10) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds for UCD Marian. UCD Marian's coach Fran Ryan rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. DCU Saints maintains second place with 8-7 record having three points less than leader UL Eagles. UCD Marian at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. DCU Saints are looking forward to face Moycullen (#4) at home in the next round. UCD Marian will play against Belfast Star and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Dublin: Dart Killester (#1) and UCD Marian (#3). Dart Killester (12-2) won against visiting UCD Marian (7-9) 87-74. It was a great evening for naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. Patrick Kelly helped adding 15 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward James Crowder (201-86, college: Pfeiffer, agency: Agency No 10) with 17 points and 7 rebounds. UCD Marian's coach Fran Ryan tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-2 record, which they share with UL Eagles. UCD Marian at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Dart Killester will play against Ulster Elks (#5) at home in the next round. UCD Marian will play against Belfast Star and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for UCC Demons (9-4) which hosted in Cork 4th placed Belfast Star (5-8). Second ranked UCC Demons managed to get a 10-point victory 98-88. It was an exceptional evening for Marcus Van who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds. Clayton Longmire came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Belfast Star in the defeat. Belfast Star's coach Danny Fulton let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. UCC Demons maintains second place with 9-4 record having four points less than leader UL Eagles. Loser Belfast Star keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. UCC Demons' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Cork to the arena Neptune.
An interesting game for UL Eagles (12-2) which hosted in Limerick 3rd placed Neptune (7-7). First ranked UL Eagles had an easy win 100-75. UL Eagles have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-2 record, which they share with Killester. Neptune at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. UL Eagles will have a break next round. Neptune's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Cork UCC Demons.
The game in Ulster was also quite interesting. 4th placed Moycullen (1-14) played at the court of fifth ranked Ulster Elks (3-11). Ulster Elks managed to secure a 4-point victory 83-79 on Sunday. It was a good game for Kevin Foley who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Ulster Elks maintains fifth place with 3-11 record. Moycullen lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost. Ulster Elks will face league's leader Dart Killester in Dublin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Moycullen will play on the road against the league's second-placed DCU Saints in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



UCC Demons - Belfast Star 98-88

An interesting game for UCC Demons (9-4) which hosted in Cork 4th placed Belfast Star (5-8). Second ranked UCC Demons managed to get a 10-point victory 98-88. UCC Demons outrebounded Belfast Star 50-26 including a 21-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds. The former international guard Shane Coughlan (188-79) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Five UCC Demons players scored in double figures. American forward Clayton Longmire (201-84, college: St.Rose (NY)) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds and Conor Johnston (-90) added 22 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for Belfast Star in the defeat. Belfast Star's coach Danny Fulton let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. UCC Demons maintains second place with 9-4 record having four points less than leader UL Eagles. Loser Belfast Star keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. UCC Demons' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Cork to the arena Neptune.
Top scorers:
UCC Demons: M.Van 36+22reb+1ast, S.Coughlan 17+8reb+3ast, S.Duggan 14+2reb, C.O'Sullivan 11+4reb+1ast, K.Hosford 11+9reb+3ast, N.Murphy 10+1reb+2ast
Belfast Star: C.Johnston 22+2reb+1ast, C.Longmire 22+6reb, S.Summersgill 12+2reb+1ast, J.Burns 7+6reb+1ast, F.Toner 7+2reb, S.Dawson 6+2reb
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UCD Marian - DCU Saints 76-83

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Dublin: DCU Saints (#2) and UCD Marian (#3). UCD Marian was defeated at home 76-83 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. DCU Saints forced 23 UCD Marian turnovers and outrebounded them 54-22 including a 27-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Patrick Crean (193, college: Springfield) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Guard James Donnelly (191-84) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five DCU Saints players scored in double figures. American forward James Crowder (201-86, college: Pfeiffer, agency: Agency No 10) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Conor Meany (185-86) added 16 points in the effort for UCD Marian. UCD Marian's coach Fran Ryan rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. DCU Saints maintains second place with 8-7 record having three points less than leader UL Eagles. UCD Marian at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. DCU Saints are looking forward to face Moycullen (#4) at home in the next round. UCD Marian will play against Belfast Star and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DCU Saints: P.Crean 20+13reb+3ast, K.Lacey 15+5reb+1ast, J.Donnelly 15+6reb+3ast, M.Provizors 12+8reb+1ast, E.Donnelly 10+6reb+7ast, E.Darling 6+3reb+2ast
UCD Marian: J.Crowder 19+6reb+3ast, C.Meany 16+2reb+3ast, M.Higgins 7+3reb, N.Baynes 6+3reb+1ast, D.James 4+1reb+2ast, M.Kelly 4+2reb
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UL Eagles - Neptune 100-75

An interesting game for UL Eagles (12-2) which hosted in Limerick 3rd placed Neptune (7-7). First ranked UL Eagles had an easy win 100-75. UL Eagles have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-2 record, which they share with Killester. Neptune at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. UL Eagles will have a break next round. Neptune's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Cork UCC Demons.
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Killester - UCD Marian 87-74

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Dublin: Dart Killester (#1) and UCD Marian (#3). Dart Killester (12-2) won against visiting UCD Marian (7-9) 87-74. Dart Killester dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to UCD Marian's 26. UCD Marian was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international guard Patrick Kelly (191-80) helped adding 15 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward James Crowder (201-86, college: Pfeiffer, agency: Agency No 10) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Daniel James (189-90) scored 19 points and 4 steals. UCD Marian's coach Fran Ryan tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-2 record, which they share with UL Eagles. UCD Marian at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Dart Killester will play against Ulster Elks (#5) at home in the next round. UCD Marian will play against Belfast Star and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Killester: J.Turner 26+15reb+7ast, J.Behan 20+1reb+1ast, P.Kelly 15+4reb+4ast, R.Clarke 8+4ast, P.Madsen 6+3reb, M.Westbrooks 6+1reb+2ast
UCD Marian: D.James 19+4reb+2ast, J.Crowder 17+7reb+3ast, N.Baynes 11+5reb+2ast, C.Meany 7+2reb+5ast, C.Finn 3+2reb+1ast, M.Kelly 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 107977


Ulster Elks - Moycullen 83-79

The game in Ulster was also quite interesting. 4th placed Moycullen (1-14) played at the court of fifth ranked Ulster Elks (3-11). Ulster Elks managed to secure a 4-point victory 83-79 on Sunday. Ulster Elks looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Moycullen's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ulster Elks made 8 blocks. It was a good game for swingman Kevin Foley (193-83) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Benjamin De La Cruz contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks for the winners. Four Ulster Elks players scored in double figures. American forward Mason Ambler (198-85, college: Coker, agency: R.H.Consultancy) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Stephen Tummon (197-90) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Moycullen. Ulster Elks maintains fifth place with 3-11 record. Moycullen lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost. Ulster Elks will face league's leader Dart Killester in Dublin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Moycullen will play on the road against the league's second-placed DCU Saints in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ulster Elks: K.Foley 33+7reb+3ast, B.De La Cruz 21+11reb+4ast, C.McEvilly 11+2reb+4ast, P.McGaharan 10+10reb+4ast, D.Gallagher 4+6reb+2ast, B.Drumm 4+4reb+11ast
Moycullen: M.Ambler 23+11reb+4ast, S.Tummon 18+6reb+1ast, D.Cunningham 14+7reb, J.Cunningham 9+4reb+1ast, M.Kurcenkovas 6+1reb+2ast, J.Loughnane 6+3ast
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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Longmire, Belfast .29.1 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune27.8 
 3. Foley, Ulster Elks25.0 
 4. Van, UCC Demons25.0 
 5. Mitchell, UL Ea.24.2 
 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 Demons14.5 
 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 .8.9 
 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. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.2.3 
 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 .1.8 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.7 
 8. Ambler, Moycullen1.0 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.0.9 
 10. Duggan, UCC Demons0.8 


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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. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 8. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 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. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 6. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 7. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.1 
 8. Harush, Kohav Yair2.1 
 9. Stevens, Hapoel T.2.0 
 10. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.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. Rugolo, Molfetta16.1 
 8. Masper, Moncalieri16.1 
 9. Musso, Perugia15.7 
 10. Marino, Treviglio15.6 
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. Cantone, S.Antimo3.1 
 9. Parente, Moncalieri3.1 
 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. Palombita, Castelle.2.7 
 9. Scodavolpe, ASD P.2.7 
 10. Ghersetti, Brescia2.7 
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. Candido, Ferentino1.1 
 5. Capitanelli, Pales.1.1 
 6. Raminelli, Castelle.1.0 
 7. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 8. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 9. Pozzi, Molfetta0.9 
 10. Spippoli, Palestrina0.8 


A Dilettanti, Round 21 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

In the round 21 Perugia wins without problems against Osimo for 90-65. For the Edilcost this is the defeat number 19 and, with only 2 wins, the team remains at the last place with 6 points to be recovered. Verri Damiano is the top scorer with 19 points, 9/13 at shoot, 7 rebounds and 3 steals while for the others there are 16 points for Rinaldi Giovanni, 12 points and 8 rebounds for Gaeta Enrico and 10 points of Bastoni Fabio. Important victory for the hosts, the MVP is the Argentinian Musso Bernardo that closes with 22 points, 9/15 at shoot and 3 steals, double-double for Pazzi Marco with 12 points and 11 rebounds, 11 points and 3 assist for Caroldi Mattia and 10 points for 3 players: Carenza Giovanni, Chiatti Giacomo (but 3/12 at shoot) and Baldi Rossi Filippo. Trento loses against Siena (68-72) and loses also the first place because of the contemporary victory of the Liomatic. For the Bitumcalor defeat number 6 while for Siena important victory on the court of the ex leaders of the group. Perfect match for the leader of the team Portannese Marco with 29 points (10/21 at shoot), 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assist helped by the 18 points of Casagrande Riccardo with 4 steals and by Tomasiello Gianluca that scores 11 points and adds 5 steals and 4 assist. For the hosts not enough the good performance of Benevelli Andrea with 20 points + 11 rebounds, 11 points and 5 assist for Ferrarese Simone, 10 points for Natali Nicola and 8 points with 8 fouls suffered of Conte Luca. Brescia wins at Trieste and reaches in standing the new seconds. In the 65-54 perfect last quarter of the visitors (18-7) and great performance of the bench, the top scorers are Rezzano Massimo and Bushati Franko with 16 points. For the first player there are 6 rebounds and 3 steals while for the Albanian 4 assist and 22 of ranking in only 25 minutes. For the starting five Gergati Lorenzo closes with 12 points and 3 assist, 9 points and 8 rebounds for Ghersetti Mario Jose. For the Acegas 12 points and 4 steals of Maiocco Federico, 10 points for Scutiero Alessandro and 8 total points for the couple Moruzzi Alfredo-Raspino Tommaso with 4/26 at shoot! The other results:

Cartiere Riva - Fortezza Recanati 93-80 (M.Filattiera 19 pts, E.Benini 19 pts & 3 ass, G.Pastori 10 reb, M.Bastoni 4 stl & 3 ass)
PentaG. Ozzano - SBS Castelletto 69-80 (A.DeNicolao 23 pts & 5 ass, P.Monzecchi 10 reb, D.Sandri 4 ass, L.Masieri 5 stl, M.Raminelli-D.Grillo 4 stl)
Goldengas Senigallia - Paffoni Omegna 63-77 (M.Gnaccarini 20 pts & 4 ass, F.Facenda 11 reb & 4 ass, G.Penserini 4 stl, M.Ammannato 11 reb)
Zerouno Moncalieri - P.Mitchell Pavia 72-66 (F.Tassinari 27 pts & 9 reb & 7 stl & 3 blk, S.Cotani 11 reb & 9 stl, D.Parente 3 ass, P.Biligha 7 stl)
Bakery Piacenza - Mark Treviglio 86-90 (M.Passera 24 pts & 6 stl & 4 ass, T.DeMin 12 reb, G.Scarone 5 ass, R.Cazzaniga 10 reb)

Group B

Also in the group B change the top of the standing: Trapani remains alone on top thanks the victory on the court of Latina for 67-77. Decisive the partial of the second quarter for the Shinelco (15-29), Evangelisti Marco make a display a great offensive game with 30 points + 5 rebounds and 11/15 at shoot. For the other winners 14 points of Santarossa Walter with 9 rebounds, 7 points for Guarino Francesco with 5 steals and 4 assist and 6 points with 6 rebounds (starting by bench) for Bisconti Luca. For the hosts there are 24 points of Ruini Fabio (9/17 at shoot) and 4 assist, 14 points and 8 rebounde for Soloperto Mattia, 9 points for Panzini Lorenzo and only 4 points of Rossetti Matteo but with 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assist. Ferentino wins at Ruvo (56-57) and get the victory number 11, for the Adriatica very important defeat that costs to the team the first place. The MVP of the match is Carrizo Manuel, crucial in the last minutes: first of the last 60 seconds the Argentinian scores 2 free throws for the 54-53 but the 3-points shoot of Provenzano allows Ruvo to start the last minute with 2 points of advantage. Carrizo realizes 3 free throws and recovers the ball in the decisive final seconds. For the forward, one step away from the triple-double, there are 16 points, 10 rebounds and 8 steals. The second scorer is Alessandri Filippo with 15 points, 9 fouls suffered and 3 assist, 8 points and 6 rebounds for Ochoa Ignacio and 8 points with 8 rebounds for Candido Fulvio. For the Adriatica 13 points for Ihedioha Francesco, 10 points of Pilotti Andrea, 8 points and 5 assist for Malamov Andrea, 7 points with 5 steals and 4 assist for Bonfiglio Simone, 9 points and 7 rebounds for Modica Francesco and 9 rebounds for Simeoli Stefano without points. In the big match (third against fourth) Ostuni exceeds S.Antimo for 88-82 and remains in third place chasing the first two teams. Very good start for the Assi Basket (34-19 in the first 10 minutes) and victory number 14 thanks the 22 points of Basei Francesco with 8 rebounds and 11/14 at shoot. For the others 17 points of Gigena Silvio with 7 rebounds and 4 assist, 12 points and 6 assist for Circosta Valerio, 11 points for Gigena Mario and Morena Domenico respectively with 4 assist and 8 rebounds and 10 points for Ruggiero Antonio. For the visitors 23 points for Gagliardo Filippo with 11/15 at shoot, 20 points of Valentini Jacopo, 7 points and 6 assist for Cantone Carlo but the MVP is the Italian-American Calabria Dante with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 steals and 6 assist. In the other matches:

Ambrosia Bisceglie - Publisys Potenza 73-76 (S.Bangoli 20 pts & 11 reb, D.Rosignoli 11 reb, M.Giuri 5 ass, A.Raschi 16 pts & 3 stl)
Cisa Massafra - Ford Molfetta 65-74 (S.Lenardon 23 pts, S.Plumari 7 reb & 3 stl & 2 ass, D.Corral-J.Pozzi 7 reb)
Romana Anagni - Bawer Matera 67-77 (F.Gilardi 20 pts & 3 ass, M.Caceres-R.Martone 8 reb, G.Bruni 3 stl)
Ircop Rieti - Moncada Agrigento 69-73 (P.Mossi 21 pts & 4 stl, D.Pennisi 8 reb, D.Virgilio 9 ass, D.Zambon 6 stl, M.Giovanatto 20 pts)
Itop Palestrina - Ascom Patti 78-76 (A.Fabi 28 pts & 4 stl, P.Omoregie 18 reb & 4 ass & 4 stl, A.Ancellotti 16 reb & 4 blk, M.Spippoli 14 reb, D.Ricciardi 24 pts)


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  JORDAN   


Abu Shamala : Jordan NT is an unbelievable experience that I will never Forget - by Omar Shafaamri

Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87, college: Minnesota) , Jordan National Team Ex-Player & Potros Club (Mexico) had an interview with TheDailyGopher.com Website .

Jamal talked about his Basketball experience in High School , NCAA League and Jordan National Team .

Here is a short quote regarding his big Experience with Jordan NT :

TDG - After your Gopher career you quickly became a member of the Jordanian National team. I'm not familiar with how you are eligible to play for Jordan, tell us about that process. How did you even express interest in playing at this level and what was the tryout process like ?

Jamal - After my Sophomore year I had the offer to play with the Jordanian National Team after some of the people that represented basketball in Jordan were watching a game on ESPN and saw me playing. They recognized my name and knew it was from Middle Eastern origin and contacted me about playing with the National Team the following season. I decided not to go that Summer because of the coaching change but stayed in contact with them and kept it as an option for my future.

My Father is Palestinian and was born and raised in Palestine so I was able to play for Jordan because roughly 65-75 percent of Jordan is Palestinian and there is no Palestinian state. After my Junior year I talked with the coaching staff about going to play with the national team and we decided that it was a great opportunity and it could do nothing but help my game and give me valuable experience playing on the international level. I went to play that Summer and had an unbelievable experience.

I learned a lot about the game of basketball and grew a lot as a person and a player. I went back the next Summer to help Jordan qualify for the World Championship but then there were some major political problems with sports in the country which ended up leaving me without any opportunities to play the following year.

I was forced to sit out the whole last season because Jordan's professional league collapsed but fortunately was able to continue playing this season after making the Sioux Falls Skyforce NBA Developmental League team.

TDG - What has been one or two of your favorite experiences playing for Jordan?

Jamal - There were so many experiences that I could list but I would have to say the most valuable to me were meeting family I had never met, learning about different cultures, making great relationships with teammates and being able to travel the world at such a young age.

I learned so much in just two Summers playing over there and met so many good people. I was able to travel to China, Taiwan, Turkey, France, Italy and Qatar and learn so much about the world. Qualifying for the World Championship and playing against some other great national teams were both unbelievable experiences that I will never forget.

Source : TheDailyGopher

Edited by : Omar Shafaamri


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  KENYA   


Tension as National basketball team threaten boycott in Rwanda - by Kristian Santiago
(By Michezo Afrika)

Tension and anxiety in the Kenya national basketball team camp in Kigali Rwanda remain high after the players threatened to boycott their remaining fixtures if their allowances are not settled.Michezoafrika.com has learnt.

It is also emerging that the team does not have official national jerseys and was forced to borrow training kit from their Rwanda counterparts let alone not having even a team doctor whom they have to share with their opposing teams.

The teams, both men and women were infuriated on Wednesday evening by the failure of the ministry official to honor their pledge and agreement of paying the players allowances of one thousand five hundred shillings each a day.

The disagreement started when the players were informed that the government official did not travel to Rwanda with enough money apart from that of settling the accommodation and meals bills for the 10 days the team will stay in Kigali.

Despite earlier assurances by the officials that the cash had been approved and processed by the ministry, this seemed to have been a duped case since only half of the alleged full amount was approved and released.

Last week before the teams departure to Kigali by road, Michezoafrika learnt that the federation officials, after delay by the government to release the funds, had struggled to raise 80 thousand Kenya shillings to purchase the teams traveling tickets to Rwanda by road using Kampala coach. This led to a delayed departure as the team left Nairobi on Saturday night at 8:00PM only to arrive in Kigali 26 hours later a few hours before their first match which they won.

Supposed to have traveled to Rwanda with all the needed delayed cash including players allowances totaling 15 thousand shillings each for the ten days the team will camp in Kigali, the ministry official arrived and told the players that they will only be paid 5 thousand shillings, translating to 500 shillings a day for the ten days. This did not go down well with the players who were expecting to receive at least 15 thousand shillings in total each from the government.

Why should the officials and the government always take us for granted, as much as we are defending our flag on national duty, they should try and be honest for Gods sake. Even the under 19 team that traveled to Egypt last year was paid 10 thousand shillings. What is wrong with them just honoring their end of the bargain and we do our work by giving the results they want on the pitch. We all have an obligation here, them to motivate us and us to play not for anyone but for Kenya and all our brothers and sisters. But when they resort to child play, what do we do? Said an incensed member of the team.

After a series of night meetings on Wednesday by the players and the ministry official, they finally accepted to put country first and take the 5 thousand shillings for the love of the flag but ALAS!

The money is not here with us in Kigali but safe in some bank in Nairobi and you will have to get it when you play all the matches and travel back home. Said the ministry official.

This is indeed what sparked the reaction and threat for boycott from the players who felt hoodwinked by the ministry official since the promise did not sound new to their ears.

The teams chaperon Wilkister Oduor has however clarified to Michezoafrika.com that the players have agreed to honor their fixtures.Oduor confirmed that there was an earlier concern from the players who expressed their dissatisfaction at the government for treating them badly.

The players were upset but have agreed to play after a series of meetings on Wednesday night. The government through the ministry has promised to send in more money to settle all the bills and allowances before we depart for Nairobi on Sunday. She said.

This however seems not to have changed as check by Michezoafrika suggest that the players are still on a go slow and the ladies who are meant to have a match at 1PM Rwandan time did not even hold their normal training stretch up.

Both teams had by Wednesday played and won their two fixtures each with the men beating Uganda and Tanzania and the ladies comfortably edging out Burundi and Uganda. The ladies team plays Tanzania later this afternoon as the Mens team have a day off.

Of most concern is the highly anticipated final match where Kenya has been drawn in both men and women categories to meet the other pre tournament favorites and hosts Rwanda on Saturday. The final matches slated for Saturday afternoon have attracted among others the countrys president Paul Kagame and a boycott will severely dent the face of Kenyan basketball.



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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 3. Willjam, Barons15.9 
 4. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs15.5 
 5. Veselovs, Valmiera15.4 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.4 
 7. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 8. Berzins, VEF R.14.9 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja14.8 
 10. Nelyubov, VEF R.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.4 
 2. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.6 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.2 
 6. Rozitis, Zemgale6.6 
 7. Selakovs, VEF R.6.5 
 8. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.4 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera5.9 
 10. Piternieks, LU5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Bertans, VEF R.4.5 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera4.3 
 4. Willjam, Barons4.1 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.8 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.8 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja3.4 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.4 
 10. Piternieks, LU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Jahovics, VEF R.2.1 
 3. Mitchell, Liepaja1.9 
 4. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 5. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 8. Slisans, LU1.6 
 9. Bergmanis, Zemgale1.5 
 10. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.9 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.1 
 3. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja1.0 
 7. Brunins, Zemgale0.9 
 8. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 9. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 10. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 14-2 
 2. Liepaja 13-7 
 3. VEF Riga jrs 11-6 
 4. Barons 11-8 
 5. Valmiera 9-7 
 6. Zemgale 6-9 
 7. Turiba 3-14 
 8. LU 2-16 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Jurmala 14-2 
 2. Ventspils Aug. 12-3 
 3. Ogre 12-3 
 4. Saldus 10-4 
 5. Zemgale/Jun. 9-7 
 6. Gulbene 8-6 
 7. Daugava 7-9 
 8. BAA Riga 6-7 
 9. Liepaja-2 5-9 
 10. Ridzene 3-13 
 11. Livani 1-12 
 12. VEF Kadeti 1-13 


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  LITHUANIA   


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 15-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 13-2 
 3. Rudupis 11-4 
 4. Siauliai 9-5 
 5. Juventus 9-6 
 6. Techasas 8-7 
 7. Naglis-Adakris 6-9 
 8. Aiscai Kaunas 6-10 
 9. Neptunas 5-9 
 10. Perlas 5-10 
 11. Nevezis 5-10 
 12. Sakalai 4-11 
 13. Alytus Alita 1-14 


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. Viskontas, Perlas15.6 
 5. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.3 
 6. Dimsa, Nevezis15.1 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 8. Ruikis, Neptunas14.6 
 9. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.5 
 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, Nevezis7.3 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris7.0 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 7. Matulis, Sakalai6.9 
 8. Valukonis, Techasas6.8 
 9. Zelionis, Rudupis6.8 
 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. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.7 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas1.7 
 9. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.7 
 10. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.7 
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, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.3 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.2 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 
 8. Kieza, Juventus0.9 
 9. Galdikas, Neptunas0.9 
 10. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 


LKL Round 20: Alytus Alita records their first victory - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Alytus Alita has finally registered their first victory this season after 14 consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Nevezis (5-10) 113-108 on Thursday. 30 personal fouls committed by Nevezis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 8 assists and center Marius Janisius (203-77) who added 23 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) during the contest. Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Alytus Alita maintains thirteenth position with 1-14 record. It was Nevezis' sixth loss in a row. They dropped to the tenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Perlas. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
LKL top team - Zalgiris (15-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Sakalai (4-11) in Kaunas 95-48. The winners were led by American guard DeJuan Collins (188-76, college: Tuskegee) who scored that evening 15 points and 7 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and Martynas Pocius supported him with 16 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Even 9 points by swingman Virginijus Sirvydis (196-73) did not help to save the game for Sakalai. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Zalgiris have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-0 record. Sakalai lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 11 games lost. Zalgiris will play against Neptunas (#9) in Klaipeda in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sakalai's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Vilnius to the arena Lietuvos Rytas.
A very close game took place in Kaunas between Aiscai Kaunas and Nevezis. Eleventh ranked Aiscai Kaunas (6-10) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked Nevezis (5-10). Aiscai Kaunas managed to escape with a 3-point win 79-76 on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was Sarunas Vasiliauskas who scored 22 points. Egidijus Dimsa produced 15 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Nevezis' coach Rimas Girskis tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Aiscai Kaunas moved-up to eighth place. Nevezis lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Perlas. Aiscai Kaunas will meet higher ranked Rudupis (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Nevezis will have a break next round.
An interesting game took place in Palanga where higher ranked Siauliai (9-5) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Naglis-Adakris (6-9) 97-91. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Siauliai. Gerald Inman orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Naglis-Adakris moved-up to seventh place. Siauliai at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Naglis-Adakris will have a break next round. Siauliai will play at home against Perlas (#10) in Vilnius.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: Techasas lost to Rudupis on the opponent's court 79-87. Juventus managed to outperform Alytus Alita in a home game 97-86. Neptunas was rolled over Lietuvos Rytas on the road 100-65.



Alytus Alita - Nevezis 113-108 OT

Alytus Alita has finally registered their first victory this season after 14 consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Nevezis (5-10) 113-108 on Thursday. 30 personal fouls committed by Nevezis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 8 assists and center Marius Janisius (203-77) who added 23 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) during the contest. Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and guard Paulius Belevicius (193-88) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Alytus Alita maintains thirteenth position with 1-14 record. It was Nevezis' sixth loss in a row. They dropped to the tenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Perlas. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Alytus Alita: A.Birgelis 29+4reb+8ast, I.Sinkevicius 25, M.Janisius 23+15reb, P.Kleiza 13+5reb+1ast, S.Dumbliauskas 11+2reb+2ast, S.Kazevicius 10+2reb+2ast
Nevezis: E.Kalve 23+8reb, P.Belevicius 19+4reb+4ast, V.Cizauskas 16+7reb+1ast, L.Mikalauskas 14+7reb, T.Rakauskas 14+4reb+3ast, E.Dimsa 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 120406


Rudupis - Techasas 87-79

Rather expected game in Prienai where 6th ranked Techasas (8-7) was defeated by third ranked Rudupis (11-4) 87-79. Techasas was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 41-33 second half run of Rudupis. Forward Justinas Sinica (203-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 4 steals. Swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and guard Andrius Aleksandrovas (197-86) added 18 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) in the effort for Techasas. Five Rudupis and four Techasas players scored in double figures. Rudupis maintains third position with 11-4 record having four points less than leader Zalgiris. Techasas at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Rudupis' next round opponent will be Aiscai Kaunas (#8) at home where they are favorite. Techasas will play against Juventus in Utena and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: J.Sinica 23+3reb+2ast, A.Juskevicius 13+6reb+4ast, G.Orelikas 13+5reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 13+6reb, G.Jankauskas 13+8reb+2ast, E.Dainys 7+2reb+4ast
Techasas: A.Aleksandrovas 18+2reb+1ast, G.Leonavicius 14+2reb+3ast, D.Silinskis 13+4reb+2ast, M.Valukonis 13+10reb+3ast, E.Ezerskis 8, V.Volkus 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 120403


Aiscai Kaunas - Nevezis 79-76

A very close game took place in Kaunas between Aiscai Kaunas and Nevezis. Eleventh ranked Aiscai Kaunas (6-10) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked Nevezis (5-10). Aiscai Kaunas managed to escape with a 3-point win 79-76 on Tuesday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Nevezis won fourth quarter 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aiscai Kaunas made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89) who scored 22 points. Forward Rokas Uzas (202-88) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Paulius Belevicius (193-88) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Nevezis' coach Rimas Girskis tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Aiscai Kaunas moved-up to eighth place. Nevezis lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Perlas. Aiscai Kaunas will meet higher ranked Rudupis (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Nevezis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Aiscai Kaunas: S.Vasiliauskas 22+3ast, V.Jasikevicius 15+5reb+2ast, R.Uzas 14+6reb+2ast, T.Barstys 7+3reb, K.Saage 5+3reb+4ast, A.Drungilas 5+1reb
Nevezis: P.Belevicius 16+4reb+1ast, E.Dimsa 15+8reb, E.Kalve 12+3reb+1ast, L.Lukosevicius 7+1reb, R.Alijevas 6+2reb+8ast, B.Cresnar 5+3reb
gschID: 120404


Juventus - Alytus Alita 97-86

Very predictable result in Utena where fifth ranked Juventus (9-6) defeated bottom-ranked Alytus Alita (1-14) 97-86. Alytus Alita was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 59-43 second half run of Juventus. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Alytus Alita's 54. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international forward Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward Marius Prekevicius (196-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Juventus' coach Robertas Giedraitis used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Paulius Kleiza (195-88) replied with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) added 15 points and 6 assists in the effort for Alytus Alita. Five Juventus and four Alytus Alita players scored in double figures. Juventus have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 9-6 record. Alytus Alita lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Juventus' next round opponent will be Techasas (#6) in Panevezys.
Top scorers:
Juventus: A.Kieza 17+10reb+6ast, A.Adomaitis 14+3reb, A.Vasiliauskas 14+2reb, V.Cepukaitis 13+4reb+1ast, M.Prekevicius 13+1reb+5ast, G.Maceina 10+4reb+4ast
Alytus Alita: S.Kazevicius 19+1reb+2ast, P.Kleiza 17+6reb+4ast, A.Birgelis 15+3reb+6ast, M.Janisius 14+8reb+1ast, I.Sinkevicius 9+1ast, M.Silale 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 120401


Naglis-Adakris - Siauliai 97-91

An interesting game took place in Palanga where higher ranked Siauliai (9-5) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Naglis-Adakris (6-9) 97-91. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Siauliai. It looked good early as Siauliai took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Naglis-Adakris had a 30-23 second period charge getting the lead and Siauliai was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 91-97. Naglis-Adakris made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Naglis-Adakris especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Siauliai helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Gerald Inman (206-87, college: Rutgers) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import guard Chris Lowe (183-87, college: Massachusetts) contributed with 18 points and 8 assists for the winners. Inman is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American-Samoan guard Rashaun Broadus (182-84, college: BYU) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Siauliai. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Naglis-Adakris moved-up to seventh place. Siauliai at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Naglis-Adakris will have a break next round. Siauliai will play at home against Perlas (#10) in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Naglis-Adakris: M.Reminas 20+3reb+1ast, V.Petkus 19+3reb, C.Lowe 18+4reb+8ast, G.Inman 18+13reb+1ast, R.Danys 16+7reb, R.Varanauskas 2
Siauliai: R.Broadus 18+5reb+4ast, Z.Janavicius 16+3reb+6ast, D.Weaver 16+5reb, R.Edvinas 11+2reb+3ast, M.Delas 10+11reb, O.Matulionis 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 120402


Zalgiris - Sakalai 95-48

LKL top team - Zalgiris (15-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Sakalai (4-11) in Kaunas 95-48. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Sakalai's 32 and made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Zalgiris forced 24 Sakalai turnovers and outrebounded them 31-19 including a 24-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The winners were led by American guard DeJuan Collins (188-76, college: Tuskegee) who scored that evening 15 points and 7 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and international guard Martynas Pocius (196-86, college: Duke, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 16 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Five Zalgiris players scored in double figures. Even 9 points by swingman Virginijus Sirvydis (196-73) did not help to save the game for Sakalai. Center Rolandas Matulis (199-73) added 7 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zalgiris have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-0 record. Sakalai lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 11 games lost. Zalgiris will play against Neptunas (#9) in Klaipeda in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sakalai's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Vilnius to the arena Lietuvos Rytas.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Pocius 16+2reb+2ast, D.Collins 15+2reb+7ast, T.Delininkaitis 14+2reb+1ast, A.Milaknis 12+1reb+1ast, T.Klimavicius 11+5reb+1ast, T.Pleisted 8+4reb
Sakalai: V.Sirvydis 9+3reb+2ast, E.Baniulis 7+1reb, R.Matulis 7+3reb+1ast, M.Kadzevicius 6+3ast, A.Kiausas 6+3reb+1ast, Z.Stankus 5
gschID: 120399


Lietuvos Rytas - Neptunas 100-65

Not a big story in a game in Vilnius where 8th ranked Neptunas (5-9) was rolled over by second ranked Lietuvos Rytas (13-2) 100-65. The game without a history. Lietuvos Rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Lietuvos Rytas had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Lietuvos Rytas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Neptunas' players. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). International guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Lietuvos Rytas players scored in double figures. The former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Mantas Ruikis (198-85) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Neptunas. 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. Lietuvos Rytas have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-2 record having just two points less than leader Zalgiris. Neptunas at the other side dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. Lietuvos Rytas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Vilnius Sakalai.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos Rytas: J.Valanciunas 19+4reb, M.Gecevicius 12+5reb+3ast, K.Bajramovic 11+4reb+4ast, K.El-Amin 11+1reb+6ast, S.Babrauskas 10+5reb+3ast, M.Bjelica 10+4reb+2ast
Neptunas: V.Vasylius 13+7reb+1ast, S.Galdikas 9+2reb, M.Ruikis 8+5reb+1ast, T.Vilkius 8+1ast, L.Bonner 7+3reb+1ast, M.Mazeika 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 120400




Perlas lose International Tournament opener - by Eurobasket News
Perlas are now in Morocco where they participate at the international tournament organized by AS Sale team. The Lithuanian team tipped off the action yesterday. They faced the Tunisian powerhouse ES Sahel. The African team opened the game aggressively. They quickly posted a 13:2 lead and dominated in the starting frame. ES Sahel recorded a 25:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Perlas gradually picked up the slack as they narrowed the margin to 9 points at halftime 31:40. But ES Sahel stayed aggressive defensively after the main break. They limited Perlas to just 14 points in the third term to enjoy a 12-point lead at the final break. The Vilnius team did not recover in the fourth quarter and suffered a 64:79 defeat at the end. Aidas Viskontas (185-G-86) delivered 12 points for Perlas. Tautvydas Slezas (207-C-90, agency: Interperformances), Vilmantas Dilys (208-F-87) and Arvydas Siksnius (196-F-87, college: Weatherford JC) added 10 points each in the loss. Perlas will take on Feni Industrija from FYR Macedonia later tonight.


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LNBP Semifinals: Toros jump to 3-1 against Halcones Xalapa - by Eurobasket News
Game Four: Toros - Halcones Xalapa 103-96 OT

Toros grabbed 3-1 lead against Halcones Xalapa in the LNPB Semifinals. They need just one more for the last stage. Halcones Xalapa was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 18-15 charge of Toros, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 18-11. Halcones Xalapa was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Ofoegbu (205-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: SMU) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Anthony Rougeau (198-G-86, college: UNLV) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) replied with 27 points and 5 assists. Italian-Uruguayan guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) added 27 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Halcones UV Xalapa. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.

Toros: I.Ofoegbu 31+5reb+3ast, Q.Joseph 20+10reb+2ast, A.Rougeau 19+15reb+4ast, A.Henning 16+5reb+1ast, A.Gomez 9+3reb+5ast, W.Pagan 8+3reb+4ast
Halc.Xalapa: O.Mendez-Valdez 27+4reb+5ast, L.Garcia Morales 27+5reb+1ast, C.McGowan 14+9reb+3ast, V.Mariscal 12+10reb, R.Traylor 7+7reb+4ast, R.Mata 6+3reb+1ast


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Montana Tech Signs Another Florence-Carlton High School Standout - by Emiliano
On the heels of two of the biggest wins in recent history, Montana Tech Mens Basketball would like to announce the signing of Adam Greger a 66 185llb. senior forward from Florence-Carlton High School in Florence, MT. Earlier this season the Diggers signed 69 Quinn Smith from Florence-Carlton High School and current redshirt Reid Baerlocher is an alum of Florence-Carlton High School. Florence-Carlton High School is currently 10-0 in conference and 13-3 overall.
Head Coach Aaron Woliczko quote about Adam Greger-
Adam is a great young man that comes from a great family. He is the type of young man we want to bring to Montana Tech on and off the court. He has high academics, he is a leader in his community, and he is a gym rat that loves working on his game.
Adam will bring a scoring mentality with great skills and shooting ability. I foresee Adam being able to play almost every position for us from the Point Guard to the Power Forward during his 4 years at Tech.
Coach Sam Baerlocher from Florence-Carlton High School has done an amazing job developing his players. We want young men that have been taught the fundamentals and coached hard; Coach Baerlocher does that day in and day out. Adam is just another fine example of that.
We look forward to working with Adam to help him develop into being the best player and person he can be. We believe he has a very bright future as a Digger.
Adam Greger quote about choosing Montana Tech-
The reason I chose to play basketball at Montana Tech is because I really like the coaching staff and I like the direction the program is headed. I feel that the best is yet to come for Montana Tech basketball and it would be really neat to be a part of the future success. Also, I really look forward to playing with Reid Baerlocher and Quinn Smith on the same team again.

This past weekend the Montana Tech Orediggers upset previously ranked Lewis-Clark State College 62-61 (Friday, February 4, 2011) and #23 ranked Westminster College 77-68 (Saturday, February 5, 2011). Tech beat Lewis-Clark State Friday night for the first time since February of 2006. The win over Westminster College completed Tech's first-ever season sweep of the Griffins, and also was part of a weekend in which the Orediggers scored wins over both Lewis-Clark State and Westminster for the first time ever in the same season. Before this season, the Orediggers lost 18 straight to Westminster dating back to 2002. The Diggers are currently 4-5 in the Frontier Conference under 1st year Head Coach Aaron Woliczko.


Martin Methodist College: McCrory Earns TranSouth Weekly Award - by Stephan Ditgens
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (2/7) Ree McCrory of Martin Methodist College is the TranSouth Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 6, 2011. This is the first time a player from the first-place RedHawks has been selected this season.



McCrory., led the newly-ranked No. 8 RedHawks to a pair of wins on the week. In Martin Methodist's 84-74 win over No. 14 Union McCrory scored 17 points and added three rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Against Atlanta Christian, McCrory added 11 points, six rebounds, six assists, a block, and a steal. On the week he hit 9-20 (45%) from the field and 8-11 (73%) from the foul line.



The junior has led MMC in scoring this season, averaging 16.4 points per game this far, alongside 5.0 rebounds per contest. McCrory, who averages a team-high 31.8 minutes per game, shoots 47.6 percent from the field.



The RedHawks are 22-1 on the season and are ranked No. 8 in the latest NAIA Men's Basketball Division 1 Top 25. They take to the road this week, facing Mid-Continent University and Lyon College.


source: goredhawks.com


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Knicks lead Carmelo Anthony hunt as Nuggets look to push trade deadline, Lakers keep Andrew Bynum - by Eurobasket News
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) a Laker? You can forget it, especially if Denver wants Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) in return.

The Knicks are still in the lead for Anthony, although sources close to the Nuggets say that Denver is going to continue to field offers for its scoring ace and might not move him until right before the Feb. 24 trading deadline.

'The plan is to wait until as close to the 24th as they can, and see what other teams are going to offer between now and then,' a person with knowledge of the Nuggets' plans said last night. 'They're in no rush.'

The Bulls are seen as a potential last-minute destination for Anthony, who has listed Chicago behind New York as a preferred destination and would sign long-term to play alongside Derrick Rose and Carlos Boozer. Luol Deng or Taj Gibson could be in a package for Anthony.

Dallas and Houston are also expected to make offers. They're willing to 'rent' Anthony, as his short list of teams he would sign with has never included the Mavs or Rockets.

The Lakers were linked to Anthony for the first time Wednesday, but a report of trade talks centering on the two-time defending champs sending Bynum to Denver was widely dismissed. A Laker source told the L.A. Times that the story was 'inaccurate.' Meanwhile, the Daily News reported that Jim Buss, the Laker VP of player personnel and son of team owner Jerry Buss, rejected the proposal.

Despite Bynum's inability to stay healthy during his six-year NBA career, the younger Buss still believes that the 23-year-old New Jersey product will mature into an elite center.

'Andrew is beloved by Jim Buss, and that's that,' said one source.

The Knicks had a chance to get Bynum in the 2005 draft, but passed on him because team president Isiah Thomas did not think that New York's fans would be patient with a player coming out of high school. Instead, Thomas drafted Channing Frye, now with Phoenix. Other than Bynum, the Lakers don't have the assets to land Anthony.

So where does that leave the Knicks and Anthony? With Garden chairman Jim Dolan negotiating directly with Denver owner Stan Kroenke, the Knicks are hopeful that they can get Anthony by the trading deadline and not wait until the summer to sign him as a free agent.

The Nuggets clearly want more than a package that would give them Wilson Chandler, Minnesota's Corey Brewer and a No.1 pick. At this stage, the Timberwolves are ready to make a deal. They want Knick forward Anthony Randolph, who rarely gets off Mike D'Antoni's bench, along with Eddy Curry and his expiring contract.

The Knicks and Nuggets have talked about other players changing uniforms, with one scenario having Raymond Felton going to Denver and Chauncey Billups ending up with Anthony in New York.

Team president Donnie Walsh watched practice Wednesday as the Knicks prepared for Wednesday night's game at the Garden against the Clippers. But he left the court before he could be asked about trade talks. Perhaps Walsh did not want to have to field questions pertaining to the role of Dolan and Thomas in the negotiations as he also tries to make in-roads with the Nuggets. There is no way of knowing if Walsh and Dolan/Thomas are on the same page.

At this stage, the Knicks will have to deal with the Anthony question as a major distraction. Counting the Clippers Wednesday night, they have five more games to play before the trading deadline.

'You always wonder what's going on, but you can't let it affect your game and your professionalism,' said Amar'e Stoudemire, who ran but sat out the contact portion of practice in Greenburgh. 'You still have a game to play. You have practice. You have teammates depending on you. So you have to continue to stay professional and continue to work.'

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


Jazz's Head Coach Jerry Sloan to resign - by Eurobasket News
After almost 23 seasons at the helm, Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan will resign at a news conference on Thursday, according to reports by the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune.

The news comes as a surprise after Sloan agreed to a one-year contract extension on Monday.

Assistant coach Phil Johnson will also resign from his position immediately.

Sloan and Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor became involved in a heated discussion following Wednesday night's loss to the Chicago Bulls as they spent more than 30 minutes behind closed doors before Sloan addressed the media.

'We just had something we had to discuss,' Sloan told the newspaper, 'and we'll talk to you all later on about that.'

Sloan usually talks to reporters about 10 minutes after the final buzzer. The loss was the team's 10th in the last 14 games.

According to the Deseret News report, a major part of their discussion was the possibility of a trade currently in the works.

But a report Thursday by Yahoo Sports said Sloan's relationship with star point guard Deron Williams had grown progressively worse as the season wore on. Sloan's frustration with Williams escalated at halftime of Wednesday's game, when the two clashed in the team's locker room.

He decided right there in halftime that he was done, a source told Yahoo Sports. He felt like ownership was listening more to Williams than they were to him anymore. He was done.

The Salt Lake Tribune also reported that the Jazz's practice scheduled for Thursday morning was abruptly canceled, while forward Andrei Kirilenko emerged from the coaches' room and not the locker room. The Tribune's report said multiple players acknowledged that there was a weird vibe after Wednesday's game, and Sloan vaguely hinted that an update would be provided in the future about his post-game talk with O'Connor.

Sloan first started with the Jazz as a scout for the 1983-84 season and one year later became an assistant coach under Frank Layden.

He was made the team's head coach on Dec. 9, 1988 before taking the Jazz to the playoffs in 16 consecutive seasons and to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Sacramento K. - Dallas M. 100-102
Overshadowed at times on a team stocked with scorers, Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-G-84, college: Northeastern) is rarely the offensive focus late in the game for the Dallas Mavericks. But it was Barea playing the biggest role late in Mavericks's 10th straight games. The backup guard had 15 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the Mavericks, who held off the Sacramento Kings in a 102-100 victory Wednesday night. With All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) nursing a sore wrist and having an off game, Barea was encouraged to make plays in the fourth. The 6-foot guard did just that, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and connecting on 6 of 8 shots overall in scoring over half of Dallas's 28 fourth-quarter points. It was Barea's fourth 20-plus point game of the season. 'They kept giving me the ball and it kept working out,' said Barea, who played 12 of his 21 minutes in the fourth quarter. 'I love it. I love having the ball in my hands and making things happen.' Samuel Dalembert had a season-high 20 points for Sacramento, including 12 in the fourth quarter. DeMarcus Cousins, who was ejected from the game with a pair of technicals, had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Tyreke Evans contributed 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Golde State W. - Denver N. 116-114
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 37 points, Dorell Wright (6'8''-G/F-85) had 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 116-114 on Wednesday night. David Lee had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Wright added eight assists and the Warriors closed out their longest home stretch of the season in style. They finished 8-6 during a stretch of 13 of 14 at home. Carmelo Anthony finished with 29 points, and Nene had 17 points for a Nuggets team playing without starting point guard Chauncey Billups. Billups sat out with a strained left knee but expects to play Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks in Denver. *Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com

Washington W. - Milwaukee B. 100-85
John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) took a jet-setter's trip to Lexington, Ky., and brought home some of that UK winning magic. Nick Young got all flashy with a pair of highlight dunks, and Javale McGee (6'11''-F-88, college: Nevada) got the better of his head-to-head with Andrew Bogut. The Washington Wizards were finally winners again Wednesday night, snapping an eight-game skid with a 100-85 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Wall had 15 points, six assists and seven rebounds one night after returning to his old school to watch Kentucky beat Tennessee. Wall left Washington after Tuesday's practice, sat courtside, got a standing ovation, spoke to the Wildcats in the locker room, flew back home and tucked himself in at his usual wee-hours time. 'Seeing them play hard and seeing them win might have brought some excitement for me today,' Wall said. 'I usually go to bed about 2 or 3 (a.m.). I know some people were probably concerned and saying I might be tired or I shouldn't have went to the game, but I think I got back at a reasonable time. That's the time I usually go to sleep. I took me a nap today. That's the thing I usually do.' Young scored 26 points, McGee had 16 points and 17 rebounds, and Cartier Martin hit a career-high five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points. The Wizards took the lead 5 minutes into the game and never lost it, leading by double digits for nearly the entire second half. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Toronto R. - San Antonio S. 100-111
DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) matched a career high by scoring 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, George Hill (6'2''-G-86, college: IUPUI) had 18 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their fourth straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 111-100 on Wednesday night. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan each had 16 points and Manu Ginobili 12 as San Antonio won for the 15th time in 17 games. Blair also had 11 rebounds for the Spurs, whose 44-8 record is the best in the NBA. His previous best was 22 points, set in a Jan. 19 home win over Toronto. He also scored 28 against Oklahoma City on Jan. 13, 2010. Andrea Bargnani scored 29 points and DeMar DeRozan had 25 for the Raptors, who have lost 15 of 16. Amir Johnson had 12 points and 13 rebounds, Leandro Barbosa scored 20 points and Jose Calderon had 11 assists for Toronto. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

New York K. - LA Clippers 108-116
Nothing too flashy or ferocious from Blake Griffin. The Los Angeles Clippers didn't need him to be spectacular when everyone else was so solid. 'I think we had one of our most, one of our best overall games, with everybody contributing and everybody playing extremely well,' Griffin said. Randy Foye (6'3''-G-83, college: Villanova) scored 17 of his season-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, Griffin added 21 and the Clippers snapped a seven-game road losing streak with a 116-108 victory against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. Baron Davis (6'2''-G-79, college: UCLA) had 16 points and a season-high 16 assists for the Clippers, who had dropped four straight overall, including the first three on their eight-game, 14-day trip. But a night after a 101-85 loss in Orlando, they had far more energy than the Knicks, building a 20-point lead in the third quarter and holding on down the stretch behind huge plays from Foye. Ryan Gomes scored 18 points, DeAndre Jordan 17 and Eric Bledsoe 16 for the Clippers. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Utah Jazz - Chicago B. 86-91
The boos came loud and hard and fast, cascading down on Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) as soon as he appeared from the Bulls' player tunnel at Energy Solutions Arena. They intensified when Boozer was introduced in the starting lineup and continued virtually every time he touched the ball, pent-up frustrations over Boozer's statistically successful yet injury-prone six seasons here finally released. There were spotty cheers too and, really, despite all the pregame hype surrounding the returns of Boozer, Kyle Korver (6'7''-F-81, college: Creighton) and Ronnie Brewer, all of it mattered little to the visitors. The Bulls had defensive issues to fix and an important game to win. The Bulls were the ones cheering at the end, avoiding their first three-game losing streak of the season with Wednesday's gritty 91-86 victory over the Jazz. Derrick Rose dominated his matchup with Deron Williams, scoring 29 points and hustling after missing a shot to steal the ball from Williams from behind with the Bulls up 87-86 and just 65 seconds left. *Courtesy of http://articles.chicagotribune.com

Indiana P. - Charlotte B. 104-103
Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) tied a career high with 29 points and Josh McRoberts (6'10''-F-87, college: Duke) converted a go-ahead follow shot with 1:21 left as the Indiana Pacers kept up their solid play under interim coach Frank Vogel with a 104-103 victory over the visiting Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday. Charlotte had a chance to tie, but Gerald Wallace split two free throws. After Darren Collison missed a runner in the lane with seven seconds left, Charlotte rebounded but didn't call timeout and former Pacer Stephen Jackson appeared to get fouled as he heaved a 35-footer at the buzzer, but no foul was called. Hibbert shot 12-of-19 and added 10 rebounds in notching his fourth 20-plus scoring game in his last eight contests. Danny Granger added 25 points for the Pacers, who improved to 5-1 under Vogel and 3-0 against Charlotte this season. Jackson scored 27 points and Wallace added 22 for the Bobcats, who entered the contest in a virtual tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East with the Pacers. Indiana led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter and seven with just three minutes left before Jackson scored five points during a 7-0 spurt that tied it. *Courtesy of www.fox59.com

New Jersey N. - N.Orleans H. 103-101 OT
There aren't many nights when Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) can take the blame for a New Orleans Hornets' loss. The Nets' 103-101 overtime victory that snapped a three-game New Jersey losing streak and extended the Hornets' slide to four was one of them. Paul struggled, hitting 4 of 15 shots from the field and turning the ball over seven times. The All-Star guard missed a shot late in regulation that gave New Jersey a chance to force the overtime. He also turned the ball over with 19 seconds left in the overtime and the Hornets down two, and finally he had a 3-pointer at the buzzer go in-and-out, ending a miserable night. 'I don't care what anybody says about a bunch of different things happening over the course of the game,' said Paul, who finished with nine points, 11 assists and five rebounds. 'I feel like this was my loss. The turnovers. The decision-making down the stretch. We have to impose our will.' The guys who imposed their will were Nets backup guard Sasha Vujacic (6'7''-G-84), point guard Devin Harris and center Brook Lopez. Vujacic regained his shooting touch and scored a career-high 25, hitting 5 of 7 3-pointers as the Nets made a season-high dozen long balls. Lopez hit two go-ahead free throws with 24.3 seconds to go to finish a 20-point effort and Harris spent most of the game hounding Paul and keeping him from going down the lane. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Philadelph.76 - Orlando M. 95-99
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) added the easiest shot to his repertoire Wednesday night: the free throw. Howard had 30 points and 17 rebounds and made 14 of 19 from the line to lead the Magic to a 99-95 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers. The All-Star center came in shooting 57.9 percent from the foul line. ''I will maintain until I'm put in my grave that he's capable of being a 70-percent free throw shooter,'' Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. In the team's previous two meetings, Howard was 20 of 39 from the foul line. ''The big difference is Howard stepped to the line and made his free throws,'' Sixers coach Doug Collins said. ''You have to give him credit.'' The Magic have won 14 of the last 16 against the Sixers, including five straight in Philadelphia. Louis Williams (6'3''-G-86) got 18 of his 23 in the fourth quarter, nearly rallying the Sixers to a comeback win himself. Andre Iguodala scored 21 and Jodie Meeks had 17 for the Sixers. Orlando has won two in a row after losing three of four. They're tied with Atlanta for fourth place in the East, 5 1/2 games behind conference-leading Boston. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Cleveland C. - Detroit P. 94-103
The Cavaliers' record-setting losing streak is intact. Byron Scott finally snapped. Cleveland's first-year coach unloaded on his team during and after a listless 103-94 loss on Wednesday night, extending the Cavs' NBA record skid to 26 and tying them with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers - the longtime national punchline for failure - for the longest stretch of incompetence in major American pro sports. 'I'm mad as hell,' said Scott, who kept the postgame locker room closed for more than 30 minutes. 'I can deal with losing, especially when our guys play as hard as they have in the last couple weeks, but I find it very hard to deal with when guys don't come out ready to play.' The Pistons were supposedly a beatable opponent for the cellar-dwelling Cavs (8-45), still winless since Dec. 18 and now losers of a hard-to-imagine 36 of 37. Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington) scored 22 to pace the Pistons, who didn't want to be remembered as the team that let the Cavs get off the mat. Detroit's players said they were motivated by ESPN analyst Tim Legler, who predicted Cleveland would end its streak against the Pistons. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.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.26.2 
 4. Ellis, Golde S.25.4 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.3 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat25.2 
 7. Anthony, Denver N.24.7 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.24.7 
 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.12.6 
 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.10.2 
 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. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Wall, Washington W.9.0 
 7. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.6 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 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.2.3 
 4. Evans, Sacramen.1.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 7. Curry, Golde S.1.8 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 10. Conley, 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.2.5 
 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. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 8. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 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. 26-25 
 3. Philadelph.76 24-28 
 4. New Jersey N. 16-37 
 5. Toronto R. 14-39 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 35-16 
 2. Indiana P. 22-28 
 3. Milwaukee B. 20-31 
 4. Detroit P. 20-33 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-45 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 38-14 
 2. Orlando M. 34-20 
 3. Atlanta H. 33-19 
 4. Charlotte B. 22-30 
 5. Washington W. 14-37 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 33-18 
 2. Utah Jazz 31-23 
 3. Denver N. 30-23 
 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. 23-28 
 4. LA Clippers 20-32 
 5. Sacramento K. 12-37 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 44-8 
 2. Dallas M. 37-15 
 3. N.Orleans H. 32-22 
 4. Memphis G. 28-26 
 5. Houston R. 25-29 


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Duke goes nuts, then trips Heels - by Eurobasket News
Dukes most hated rival was running the Blue Devils off their notorious home court, so Mike Krzyzewski gathered them around at halftime and gave them a locker-room speech.

Not to fire them up. To calm them down.

Nolan Smith (6'2''-G-88) scored 22 of his career-high 34 points after halftime, Seth Curry (6'1''-G-90) finished with a season-high 22 and No. 5 Duke rallied from 16 points down to beat No. 20 North Carolina 79-73 on Wednesday night.

The Blue Devils (22-2, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) were down 43-27 in the final minute of the first half and trailed by 14 at halftime before clamping down on the Tar Heels, outscoring them 50-30 in the final 20 minutes to match the second-best halftime rally in school history and keep hold of first place in the league.

It wasnt an X-and-O adjustment. ... They were too excited, Krzyzewski said. Nuts is the word. What are you guys doing? Its not like, You know, you guys arent playing hard. Theyre playing hard. ... When you go like that, youre not coordinated, and it was more to get a coordinated effort on the offensive and defensive ends.

Tyler Zeller (7'0''-F-90) had 24 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and John Henson added 14 points for North Carolina (17-6, 7-2), which had its five-game winning streak snapped and lost for the third straight time in college basketballs fiercest rivalry.

To say its extremely disappointing would be an understatement, North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.

Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) finished with 10 points on 3-of-17 shooting for Duke, but he hit three important free throws in the final minute including two with 25.2 seconds left to make it 75-70 after North Carolina had pulled within one possession.

Then, after Kendall Marshall hit a free throw to pull the Tar Heels within four with 17.2 seconds left, Smith beat everybody downcourt and soared for a breakaway dunk that sealed it, ensuring the Blue Devils would avoid their first loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium in almost two years.

Duke extended its NCAA-best winning streak at home to 33, and Smith called this one and not last Aprils victory over Butler for the programs fourth national championship the biggest of his career.

This comeback win, how tough we were, how together we were and how great it feels now, I dont think anything can be better than this, Smith said.

Smith finished 13-of-23 and surpassed his previous career high of 33 points. Duke hadnt erased a halftime deficit that big to win since 1959, when the Blue Devils beat Navy after trailing by 14 at the break.

The main thing was, Seth started to get hot and hit a lot of shots, Marshall said. We just werent getting around screens and on the shot fakes, they kept getting us up in the air. Its just little things like that, that when youre ahead, you cant forget about those things that got you ahead. And they jumped out on us.

Courtesy of www.registerguard.com


Rutgers tops Villanova on last-second 4-point play - by Eurobasket News
Jonathan Mitchell (6'7''-F-87) has a national championship ring from his freshman year at Florida. Now he has a game-winning shot in his senior season at Rutgers.

Mitchell's four-point play with less than a second remaining capped a career-high 25-point performance and gave Rutgers a 77-76 victory over No. 9 Villanova on Wednesday night.

'I always tell myself I want the ball at the end of the game. I want it on my shoulders,' Mitchell said. 'JB (James Beatty (6'2''-G-89)) made a great play, got it to me and I let fly and got fouled.'

Mitchell, who was coming off a career-best 24 points in a loss to Notre Dame, hit a 3-point shot from about 25 feet and was fouled by Corey Fisher (6'1''-G-88). After a Villanova timeout, Mitchell, a 74 percent free throw shooter, hit the tiebreaker.

'After I hit the shot I couldn't believe it went in,' the 6-foot-7 Mitchell said. 'They called the timeout and I decided to calm down, relax, breath. Coach asked me if I wanted to sit down. I'm in the gym shooting at 12, 1 a.m. and I said to myself it's just another night in the gym with the lights out. I stepped up like a senior and made it.'

Fisher's length-of-the-court inbounds pass was caught by Maurice Sutton as he fell out of bounds. The Rutgers students poured on the court nothing like the football fans did after a win over Cincinnati in 2006 and the celebration was on.

Mitchell, who won a championship ring with the Gators in 2006, had been in court stormings before.

'At Florida I was always on the court because when we lose Coach Donovan would sub for those guys and I knows how it feels to be on that side,' he said. 'This was great.'

He said this was one of the reasons he left Florida after his sophomore season.

'I wanted to play in the Big East,' said Mitchell, a native of Mount Vernon, N.Y. 'I wanted to come closer to home and to be part of something like this where I have a defined role. I want to be part of building this program.'

Fisher had 23 points, went 5 of 7 from 3-point range and had 10 assists and five steals, but he had a miserable final 7 seconds.

He made one of two free throws with 6.3 seconds left, leaving Villanova (19-5, 7-4 Big East) with only a three-point lead. He hit Mitchell as he shot with .8 seconds to go, giving the Scarlet Knights (13-11, 4-8) a chance at the win.

'I went to the line, missed the first. I went up there with confidence,' he said. 'I knew they were going for a 3 and me and Tone (Antonio Pena) pressured Beatty and we switched and my hand was in there. He made the tough shot, went to the free throw line and made the shot.

'I was hurt. I'm a captain on this team and we should have won the game. I made a mistake.'

Villanova coach Jay Wright didn't blame Fisher.

'They caught him right in the split second he was denying the pass and it went through his hands and he fouled him,' Wright said. 'It was perfect execution by them. It happens. He was making the right play.'

Rutgers came in on a four-game losing streak and two of those were to top-10 teams (Pittsburgh and Notre Dame). The Scarlet Knights had lost three straight and seven of eight to Villanova, including an 81-65 Wildcats win on Jan. 2.

'We've had improvement but in the Big East sometimes no one knows it because you keep on getting the 'Ls,'' Rice said.

'The single-most thing we've improved on this season as a program is the toughness and resolve this team has. It wasn't very pretty for a lot of the night but they did enough and a senior who is stepping up at the end of his career hit a shot to beat a top 10 team.'

Villanova had won two straight after a two-game losing streak.

The Wildcats, despite shooting 55.8 percent from the field (24 of 43) and 50 percent on 3s (8 of 16), just couldn't pull away from the Scarlet Knights, who turned in another gritty defensive effort.

'We knew coming in how well they play here,' Wright said. 'I thought we played well until there was about 1:35 left. The last four, five possessions of the game we didn't do anything right and they did everything right.'

Isaiah Armwood made one of two free throws with 2:52 to go to give the Wildcats a 70-60 lead.

Rutgers took advantage of two Villanova turnovers to go on an 8-0 run that featured 3-pointers by Mitchell and Beatty.

James Bell hit two free throws to end the run and give Villanova a 72-68 lead. Mitchell, who had six rebounds, scored on a tip-in with 46 seconds to go but Bell, who scored all seven of his points in the final 6:37, hit a 3 with 11 seconds to go.

Beatty, who finished with 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting from 3-point range, hit a 3 with 7.2 seconds left to bring the Scarlet Knights to 75-73, and Fisher missed the big free throw just under a second later.

Pena had 15 points and eight rebounds for Villanova, which finished with a 29-27 advantage on the boards.

Courtesy of www.greenwichtime.com


No. 3 Texas rolls 68-52 as Sooners honor Bradford - by Eurobasket News
Jordan Hamilton (6'7''-G/F) scored 20 points, Gary Johnson (6'6''-F-88) added 14 and No. 3 Texas continued its perfect run through Big 12 play by beating Oklahoma 68-52 on Wednesday night.

The Longhorns (21-3) are off to a 9-0 start in league play for the first time since doing it in the Southwest Conference 33 years ago. All nine of the wins have been by double figures, the first time Texas has been so dominant to start conference play since the 1921-22 season.

Dogus Balbay had 12 points to help the Longhorns take control from the start, and Tristan Thompson (6'8''-F-91) and Cory Joseph scored 11 apiece. Texas used its usual stiff defense to limit the Sooners (12-11, 4-5) to 32 percent shooting.

Andrew Fitzgerald (6'8''-F) led Oklahoma with 16 points, and Steven Pledger scored 13.

Courtesy of www.gatorsports.com


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  NIGERIA   


DStv PBL: Yelwa bounce back, beat Potters 68-50 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
After suffering a home lose to Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna, Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi bounces back to handed visiting Niger Potters basketball club of Minna 68-50 points defeat in a mid-week Savannah conference pairing of the DStv Premier Basketball League.

The Hawks who narrowly missed the final-8 playoffs looked good from the blast of the referees whistle against the visiting Potters who picked an away win last weekend when it defeated Immigration basketball club of Kano by 61-58 points.

The win for the Hawks thus bring their record to a 1-1 record to move to the second spot of the conference behind conference leader, Kada Stars basketball club who has won two away games (Vs Immigration 85-44 and Yelwa Hawks 73-70).

Yelwa Hawks will have its hands full this weekend when it pay a visit to the home court of defending champion, Kano Pillars basketball club in Kano, Potters will have a feel of its refurbished home court when it hosted Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos on Sunday in Minna.

Bauchi Nets basketball club will be at home to Immigration basketball club of Kano at the Multipurpose hall of the Bauchi Township Stadium on Saturday while the last week-3 pairing of the Savannah conference will be between conference leader, Kada Stars and Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos in Kaduna.

In the Atlantic conference, Union Bank basketball club of Lagos will host Delta Force basketball club of Asaba at the national stadium, Lagos; Dodan Warriors basketball club will do battle against the Delta Force side in their double road game to Lagos on Saturday.

There will be two local dernies to round off the week-3 games of the Atlantic conference as Police Baton takes on Chariots basketball club as both sides struggle to make an impact in the league, the game hold Sunday while two former champions of the league Islanders basketball club will engage Comets basketball club on Monday.




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


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  PBL   


Levingston may forfeit to Quebec - by Eurobasket News
Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said he is really disappointed with the PBL ruling and will take a couple of days to review his options.

'We might just tell Quebec they can have the win - well take the loss', he said.

Levingston said the ruling has let the air out for him and that the fun is getting taken out of being an owner.

'It's just coming to a head - enough is enough', he said.

'When you get to the point where youre not having fun doing something, you take a step back and make some decisions.'

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


Anthony Anderson Named PBL Player of the Week - by Allen White
The Premier Basketball League is pleased to announce that Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats has been named Player of the Week for the week ending February 6, 2011. This is the second time Anderson, a 5'11' guard from the University of Massachusetts, has earned this award; he won it last year as a member of the Manchester (N.H.) Millrats, the team that relocated to Saint John, N.B. this season. The Player of the Week award is voted on by a select PBL committee of owners, general managers and coaches.

In Thursday night's 108-92 victory over the Quebec Kebs, Anderson scored 24 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the floor, as well as a pair of 3-pointers. He also dished out nine team-high assists in the victory.

Other players receiving consideration for Player of the Week honors were Josh Dollard of the Halifax Rainmen, Kenny Jones of the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions, DeAndre Thomas of the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry, Carl Mitchell of the Quebec Kebs, and Eric Walton of the Rochester Razorsharks.


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1Liga Round 21: Rosasport edges Spojnia by one point - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

Eighth-ranked Spojnia (9-12) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Rosasport (15-6) in Radom on Wednesday. Rosasport managed to secure only one-point victory 52-51. However their fans expected much easier game. Spojnia was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Rosasport dominated on the defensive end, holding Spojnia to just 7 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was the former international center Hubert Radke (208-80, college: Loyola (IL), agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Jakub Zalewski (183-86) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jerzy Koszuta (191-82) who recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Rosasport maintains fourth place with 15-6 record. Spojnia lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Rosasport are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Polonia 2011 (#16) in Warszawa in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Spojnia will play at home against Astoria (#15) in Bydgoszcz and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Leader AZS Politechnika Warszawska delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 16th ranked Polonia 2011 (5-16) 86-66 in Warszawa. It was a good game for forward Michal Nowakowski (202-88) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Piotr Pamula contributed with 11 points and 10 assists for the winners. Forward Adam Linowski (200-87) answered with 17 points for Polonia 2011. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AZS Politechnika Warszawska have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-3 record. Polonia 2011 at the other side stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. They share it with Astoria. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will play against LKS Sphinx (#7) in Lodz in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Polonia 2011 will play at home against Rosasport (#4) in Radom and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Tychy, where 10th ranked AZS Szczecin (8-13) lost to thirteenth ranked GKS Tychy (6-12) in a road game 70-87 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AZS Szczecin. Jacek Jarecki stepped up and scored 23 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. The best for the losing side was Karol Pytys with 14 points and 6 rebounds. AZS Szczecin's coach Zbigniew Majcherek rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. GKS Tychy maintains thirteenth place with 6-12 record. Newly promoted AZS Szczecin keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. GKS Tychy will meet higher ranked ISS Sportino (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AZS Szczecin will play against Gornik (#14) in Walbrzych and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Lublin, where higher ranked Asecco Prokom 2 (13-7) lost to twelfth ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (7-14) in a road game 66-77. Przemyslaw Luszczewski nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Olimp MKS Start Lublin moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with SKK Siedlce. Asecco Prokom 2 at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Olimp MKS Start Lublin's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sokol Lancut on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Asecco Prokom 2 will play against SKK Siedlce.
An interesting game took place in Gdynia, where higher ranked Asecco Prokom 2 (13-7) was outleveled at home by tenth ranked AZS Szczecin (8-13) 90-69 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Lukasz Pacocha who scored 28 points. AZS Szczecin's coach Zbigniew Majcherek felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted AZS Szczecin maintains tenth place with 8-13 record. Loser Asecco Prokom 2 keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. AZS Szczecin will face Gornik (#14) in Walbrzych in the next round. Asecco Prokom 2 will play at home against SKK Siedlce (#11).

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
LKS Lodz defeated Gornik in a road game 84-72. Astoria was smashed by Sokol Lancut at home 52-71. SKK Siedlce was destroyed by Znicz Basket on the opponent's court 81-62.
The best stats of 21th round was 21 points and 8 rebounds by Marcin Sterenga of Gornik.



Gornik - LKS Lodz 72-84

There was no surprise in Walbrzych where 14th ranked Gornik (5-15) was defeated by seventh ranked LKS Sphinx (13-8) 84-72 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by LKS Sphinx. Gornik was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LKS Sphinx looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Bartlomiej Szczepaniak (187-81) who scored 23 points and 6 assists. Forward Marcin Salamonik (202-83) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four LKS Sphinx players scored in double figures. LKS Sphinx's coach Piotr Zych used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Marcin Sterenga (201-78) who recorded 21 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and swingman Marcin Wrobel (200-87) added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively. LKS Sphinx maintains seventh place with 13-8 record. Loser Gornik keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. LKS Sphinx will face league's leader AZS Politechnika Warszawska in Warszawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gornik will play on the road against AZS Szczecin (#10) and be promoted back to the PLK just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Gornik: M.Sterenga 21+8reb+2ast, M.Wrobel 18+6reb, M.Nitsche 14+7reb+1ast, L.Muszynski 8+6reb, M.Kowalski 5+4reb+6ast, B.Jozefowicz 3+3reb+2ast
LKS Lodz: B.Szczepaniak 23+3reb+6ast, M.Salamonik 13+7reb+4ast, D.Kalinowski 10+3reb+1ast, J.Dluski 10+5reb+2ast, K.Sulima 8+4reb, F.Kenig 8
gschID: 99211


GKS Tychy - AZS Szczecin 87-70

We should mention about the upset which took place in Tychy, where 10th ranked AZS Szczecin (8-13) lost to thirteenth ranked GKS Tychy (6-12) in a road game 70-87 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AZS Szczecin. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-70. GKS Tychy made 29-of-32 free shots (90.6 percent) during the game. Guard Jacek Jarecki (197-88) stepped up and scored 23 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners and power forward Mariusz Markowicz (198-86) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four GKS Tychy players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Karol Pytys (202-85) with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Michal Dudek (182-88) scored 11 points and 5 assists. AZS Szczecin's coach Zbigniew Majcherek rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. GKS Tychy maintains thirteenth place with 6-12 record. Newly promoted AZS Szczecin keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. GKS Tychy will meet higher ranked ISS Sportino (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AZS Szczecin will play against Gornik (#14) in Walbrzych and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
AZS Szczecin: K.Pytys 14+6reb+1ast, P.Podgalski 13+3reb, M.Dudek 11+1reb+5ast, L.Pacocha 9+2reb+4ast, S.Prus 8+3reb+3ast, K.Mielczarek 6+2reb+3ast
GKS Tychy: J.Jarecki 23+3reb+3ast, D.Witos 19+3reb+2ast, M.Markowicz 14+10reb+1ast, L.Kwiatkowski 12+8reb, P.Olczak 7+3reb, P.Halas 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 99212


Start Lublin - Asec.Prokom-2 77-66

An interesting game took place in Lublin, where higher ranked Asecco Prokom 2 (13-7) lost to twelfth ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (7-14) in a road game 66-77. It looked good early as Asecco Prokom 2 took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Olimp MKS Start Lublin had a 24-15 second period charge getting the lead and Asecco Prokom 2 was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-77. Forward Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-80, agency: Promotex) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and guard Michal Sikora (182-80) accounted for 15 points and 10 assists. Four Olimp MKS Start Lublin players scored in double figures. Power forward Tomasz Andrzejewski (204-79) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Marcin Malczyk (193-82) added 17 points and 4 steals respectively for Asecco Prokom 2 in the defeat. Olimp MKS Start Lublin moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with SKK Siedlce. Asecco Prokom 2 at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Olimp MKS Start Lublin's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sokol Lancut on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Asecco Prokom 2 will play against SKK Siedlce.
Top scorers:
Asec.Prokom-2: M.Malczyk 17+3reb+2ast, T.Andrzejewski 16+8reb, P.Smigielski 12+2reb+7ast, T.Wojdyla 8+10reb, A.Krauze 6+1ast, J.Jankowiak 3+1reb
Start Lublin: P.Luszczewski 18+10reb, M.Sikora 15+3reb+10ast, M.Aleksandrowicz 12+6reb+2ast, P.Kowalski 10+2reb, T.Prostak 8+1reb+3ast, S.Szymanski 6+2reb
gschID: 99207


Astoria - Sokol Lancut 52-71

No shocking result in a game in Bydgoszcz where second ranked Sokol Lancut (16-5) smashed 15th ranked Astoria (5-16) 71-52 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Sokol Lancut. Astoria was better in third quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sokol Lancut forced 23 Astoria turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Sokol Lancut players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) who recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Sebastian Laydych (203-87) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Sokol Lancut maintains second place with 16-5 record behind leader Tempcold AZS. Newly promoted Astoria keeps the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. Sokol Lancut will face Olimp MKS Start Lublin (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Astoria will play against Spojnia in Stargard.
Top scorers:
Astoria: D.Szyttenholm 13+5reb+2ast, S.Grzesinski 13+2reb, I.Trela 8+3reb, S.Laydych 8+9reb+3ast, M.Bierwagen 4+4reb+1ast, A.Szopinski 4+1reb
Sokol Lancut: M.Wilczek 16+10reb, W.Pisarczyk 14+5reb+2ast, R.Glapinski 12+2reb+4ast, B.Dubiel 12+3reb+2ast, P.Ucinek 8+1ast, T.Fortuna 7+7reb+5ast
gschID: 99208


Rosasport - Spojnia 52-51

Eighth-ranked Spojnia (9-12) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Rosasport (15-6) in Radom on Wednesday. Rosasport managed to secure only one-point victory 52-51. However their fans expected much easier game. Spojnia was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Rosasport dominated on the defensive end, holding Spojnia to just 7 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was the former international center Hubert Radke (208-80, college: Loyola (IL), agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Jakub Zalewski (183-86) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jerzy Koszuta (191-82) who recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Wiktor Grudzinski (208-78) added 5 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Rosasport maintains fourth place with 15-6 record. Spojnia lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Rosasport are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Polonia 2011 (#16) in Warszawa in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Spojnia will play at home against Astoria (#15) in Bydgoszcz and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: J.Koszuta 13+5reb+2ast, A.Parzych 13+1ast, L.Ulchurski 6+1reb, L.Bodych 5+4reb, W.Grudzinski 5+9reb+1ast, T.Stepien 3+3reb+2ast
Rosasport: J.Zalewski 13+5reb+1ast, H.Radke 10+9reb, P.Wiekiera 8+4reb+1ast, A.Donigiewicz 7+2reb+1ast, P.Kardas 7+1reb+5ast, M.Nikiel 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 99209


Tempcold AZS - Polonia 2011 86-66

Leader AZS Politechnika Warszawska delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 16th ranked Polonia 2011 (5-16) 86-66 in Warszawa. The game was mostly controlled by AZS Politechnika Warszawska. Polonia 2011 was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS Politechnika Warszawska forced 27 Polonia 2011 turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Polonia 2011's players. It was a good game for forward Michal Nowakowski (202-88) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Guard Piotr Pamula (195-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 assists for the winners. Forward Adam Linowski (200-87) answered with 17 points and power forward Wojciech Glabas (207-90) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Polonia 2011. Five AZS Politechnika Warszawska and four Polonia 2011 players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AZS Politechnika Warszawska have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-3 record. Polonia 2011 at the other side stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. They share it with Astoria. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will play against LKS Sphinx (#7) in Lodz in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Polonia 2011 will play at home against Rosasport (#4) in Radom and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Polonia 2011: A.Linowski 17+4reb, W.Glabas 14+5reb, M.Jankowski 12+3reb+2ast, M.Michalak 12+3ast, R.Szymanski 4+3reb, S.Kowalczyk 4+1reb+2ast
Tempcold AZS: M.Nowakowski 18+4reb+1ast, J.Mokros 13+8reb+1ast, L.Karwowski 12+3reb, P.Pamula 11+2reb+10ast, M.Popiolek 11+2reb+2ast, M.Kolowca 9+2reb
gschID: 99210


Znicz Basket - SKK Siedlce 81-62

Rather expected game in Pruszkow where 11th ranked SKK Siedlce (7-14) was rolled over by ninth ranked MKS Znicz Basket (10-11) 81-62 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 52-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. MKS Znicz Basket outrebounded SKK Siedlce 36-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (191-91, agency: Promotex) who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-84) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. MKS Znicz Basket's coach Pawel Czosnowski used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) who recorded 16 points and 4 assists and forward Maciej Ustarbowski (201-87, college: NW Missouri St.) added 14 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) respectively. MKS Znicz Basket moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted SKK Siedlce keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. MKS Znicz Basket will face higher ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKK Siedlce will play against Asecco Prokom 2 (#5) in Gdynia.
Top scorers:
SKK Siedlce: D.Brek 16+1reb+4ast, M.Ustarbowski 14+4reb+1ast, M.Nedzi 11+6reb, K.Sulima 9+5reb+3ast, J.Czyz 5+1reb+1ast, K.Debski 4+3reb
Znicz Basket: G.Malewski 16+2reb+3ast, P.Szymanski 15+5reb+1ast, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 13+6reb+7ast, A.Misiewicz 8+1reb+2ast, M.Sokolowski 7+7reb+1ast, J.Weatherspoon 7+3ast
gschID: 99206


Round 14
Asec.Prokom-2 - AZS Szczecin 69-90

An interesting game took place in Gdynia, where higher ranked Asecco Prokom 2 (13-7) was outleveled at home by tenth ranked AZS Szczecin (8-13) 90-69 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by AZS Szczecin. Asecco Prokom 2 was better in third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS Szczecin made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) who scored 28 points. The former international forward Stanislaw Prus (199-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. AZS Szczecin's coach Zbigniew Majcherek felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Tomasz Andrzejewski (204-79) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Jedrzej Jankowiak (183-83, agency: Promotex) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively. Newly promoted AZS Szczecin maintains tenth place with 8-13 record. Loser Asecco Prokom 2 keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. AZS Szczecin will face Gornik (#14) in Walbrzych in the next round. Asecco Prokom 2 will play at home against SKK Siedlce (#11).
Top scorers:
Asec.Prokom-2: T.Andrzejewski 20+11reb, J.Jankowiak 17+4reb+4ast, K.Krajniewski 12+2reb+3ast, T.Wojdyla 7+5reb+1ast, M.Malczyk 6+8reb+3ast, A.Krauze 4+1reb
AZS Szczecin: L.Pacocha 28+2reb+3ast, M.Majcherek 23+4reb+2ast, S.Prus 18+10reb+5ast, M.Sudowski 7+3reb, K.Pytys 6+6reb, K.Mielczarek 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 119158




Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Tempcold AZS 17-3 
 2. Sokol Lancut 16-5 
 3. ISS Sportino 15-5 
 4. Rosasport 15-6 
 5. Asec.Prokom-2 13-7 
 6. MMKS DG 13-7 
 7. LKS Lodz 13-8 
 8. Znicz Basket 10-11 
 9. Spojnia 9-12 
 10. AZS Szczecin 8-13 
 11. SKK Siedlce 7-14 
 12. Start Lublin 7-14 
 13. GKS Tychy 6-12 
 14. Gornik 5-15 
 15. Astoria 5-16 
 16. Polonia 2011 5-16 


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. MMKS SIDEn 17-2 
 2. AZS Kutno 16-3 
 3. SMS PZKosz 13-5 
 4. Norgips 13-6 
 5. Zuraw 12-7 
 6. Tur 11-8 
 7. KK Swiecie 9-10 
 8. Korsarz 8-10 
 9. OSSM PZKosz 7-11 
 10. AZS Olsztyn 7-12 
 11. Zyrardowianka 7-12 
 12. Basket Pila 4-15 
 13. Trefl II 4-15 
 14. MON-POL 3-15 
Group B
 1. Open Florentyna 19-3 
 2. Stal Ostrow 16-6 
 3. Sudety 16-6 
 4. Nysa Klodzko 15-7 
 5. MKS Osemka 14-8 
 6. GTK Gliwice 13-9 
 7. Obiekty 13-9 
 8. Alba 11-11 
 9. AZS PP Poznan 10-12 
 10. Ksiezak 9-13 
 11. AZS PO Opole 9-13 
 12. Pogon Prudnik 8-14 
 13. Slask Wroclaw 8-14 
 14. A-Bild Bytom 6-16 
 15. Pogon RS 5-17 
 16. AZS Pol.Cz-wa 4-18 
Group C
 1. MOSiR Krosno 21-1 
 2. Znicz Jaroslaw 19-3 
 3. Polonia 15-7 
 4. Unia Tarnow 13-8 
 5. AZS AWF K-ce 13-9 
 6. HK Zory 11-10 
 7. Wisla Krakow 10-10 
 8. MKS Limanowa 10-12 
 9. Staco 9-11 
 10. Novum Lublin 9-13 
 11. AZS PR Radom 9-13 
 12. UMKS 9-13 
 13. AZS Rzeszow 9-13 
 14. Mickiewicz 8-13 
 15. MCKiS 6-15 
 16. Cracovia 1-21 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS Szczecin
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.17.9 
 2. Jankowski, Polonia .17.1 
 3. Witos, GKS Tychy16.9 
 4. Michalak, Polonia .16.8 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce16.4 
 6. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 7. Lichodzijews., ISS S.15.7 
 8. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 9. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.15.3 
 10. Pamula, Tempcold.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.2 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.8.8 
 3. Mis, SKK Siedlce8.8 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.5 
 5. Klima, Sokol Lancut8.4 
 6. Mielczarek, GKS T.8.1 
 7. Andrzejewski, Asec.P.7.8 
 8. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.8 
 9. Wilczek, Sokol Lancut7.4 
 10. Ustarbowski, Gor.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.6 
 2. Stoklosa, Spojnia5.3 
 3. Wilczek, Tempcold.5.1 
 4. Sikora, Start Lublin5.1 
 5. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.9 
 6. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 7. Basinski, MMKS D.4.8 
 8. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.3 
 9. Glapinski, Sokol L.4.2 
 10. Szumelda-K., Znicz B.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Michalak, Polonia .3.0 
 3. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.9 
 4. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.9 
 5. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.8 
 6. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.7 
 7. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.4 
 8. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.3 
 9. Koszuta, Spojnia2.3 
 10. Muszynski, Gornik2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.4 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.8 
 3. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.7 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.6 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.4 
 6. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 7. Salamonik, LKS L.1.0 
 8. Pietras, Polonia 20110.9 
 9. Sudowski, AZS S.0.9 
 10. Bzdyra, GKS Tychy0.9 


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  PORTUGAL   


Youngster Championships in Lisboa and Porto - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Before the start of the youngsters National Championships, we check the District Championships in Lisbon.

The Men Under-18 Final Four was disputed by Benfica, Fisica de Torres, Alges and CA Queluz. Benfica grabbed the title, winning all the three games, with Fisica de Torres finishing second. CA Queluz got the third place, after beating Alges in the first day of competition.

The MVP was Artur Castela (202-C-93) (Benfica) and the best scorer was Goncalo Tavares (Fisica de Torres). The best team was composed by Goncalo Tavares (Fisica de Torres), Andre Miguens (184-F-94) (Benfica), Isaias Insaly (195-C-95) (CA Queluz), Aliu Djalo (Algs) and Artur Castela (Benfica).

In the Men Under-16 Final Four, Benfica also got the District title. In the Final, Benfica won against Estoril Basket, with CA Queluz getting the last ticket to the national championship, after beating Fisica de Torres.

The MVP was Diogo Gameiro (Benfica) and the best scorer was Andre Tocha (Benfica). The best team was composed by Diogo Gameiro (Benfica), Andre Valente (Estoril Basket), Miguel Benros (Fsica de Torres), Isaias Insaly (CA Queluz) and Andre Tocha (Benfica).




While in Porto...

In Porto, we start with the Men U20 Final Four, where FC Porto grabbed the title, using the same team that plays in Portuguese Division 3. In the second place, weve had Vasco da Gama, with the two other contestants being Guifoes and CD Povoa.

The MVP was Vitor Felix (190-G-91), from Guifoes, a 19 year old Guard that plays in their Proliga team. The best team was composed by Vitor Felix (Guifoes), Oscar Pedroso (Porto), Renato Azevedo (186-F-91) (Porto), Joao Torrie (200-C-91) (Vasco da Gama) and Andre Pereira (200-C-90) (Porto).

In the Men U18 Final Four, Vasco da Gama was the big winner. In second place rested Porto, as CD Povoa and Desp. Leca grabbed the two last places.

Carlos Barros (Desp. Leca) grabbed the MVP prize, as the best team was composed by Miguel Toreia (Vasco da Gama), Pedro Cruz (Vasco da Gama), Jose Miranda (Porto), Joao Coelho (CD Povoa) and Carlos Barros (Desp. Leca).

Vasco da Gama repetead their win in the Men U16 Final Four. Being one of the most prominent teams working with young players, this double title means a lot for them. Porto finished in second place, Guifoes in third and the last place went to Academico do Porto.

The MVP was Joao Guimaraes (Vasco da Gama), while the best team was composed by Joao Oliveira (Vasco da Gama), Guilherme Sequeira (Vasco da Gama), Nuno Ferreira (Porto), Rudi Silu (Acadmico) and Joao Guimaraes (Porto).


Source: www.thebasketballboard.blogspot.com






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  PUERTO RICO   


Christian Dalmau penalized by Basketball Federation - by Luis Ramirez
When Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) decided to leave the Puerto Rico National Team back in August 2010 while the team was preparing to participate in the Turkey 2010 World tournament he never imagined that he would be risking a stiff penalty from the local basketball Federation. Dalmau has just been slapped with a 3 game suspension in addition to paying a fine for the amount of $10,000.00 for his abandonment of the National Squad.

In addition Dalmau will have to serve 30 hours of community service. Along with Dalmau, player Larry Ayuso also abandoned the team back in August 2010, his case has not been decided as of yet, it is still under review by the Basketball Federation. It is assumed that Ayuso will also receive a stiff penalty if not a greater one than that given to Dalmau.



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  ROMANIA   


Ukraine U16 kept Romania U16 winless - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16 -Romania U16 87:56

Ukraine U16 kept Romania U16 winless at the International Tournament in Turkey. In the last game of the group stage Ukraine handed Romania their fifth 87:56 loss. Ukraine finished Group A with 2-3 record on the fourth place.
In order to prove the superiority in the game, Ukraine started it with 38-7 in the first period. It shocked the opponents that could hardly follow the favorites of the game. In the second period, Romania however managed to win 20-19 that brought 57:27 at the halftime. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the third frame, while Ukraine finished the campaign with 14-13 in the last stanza.
Igor Boyarkin (95) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Anton Dzyuba (200-F-95) nailed 14. Vadim Prokopenko ended up with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Igor Bespalyuk (180-G-95) and Berezhnyi Vladlen notched 11 apiece. Vlad Cobzaru (199-F-95) replied with 15 points in defeat and Mehmet Hortoglu (192-G-95) added 14.


Ukraine U16: Igor Boyarkin 16, Anton Dzyuba 14, Vadim Prokopenko 13+10 rebs, Igor Bespalyuk 11, Berezhnyi Vladlen 11
Romania U16: Vlad Cobzaru 15, Mehmet Hortoglu 14





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  RUSSIA   


Turkey U16 wins Group A - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16-Russia U16 71:58

Turkey U16 stun Russia U16 in the the last of the Group Stage of the International Tournament. The hosts won Group A with perfect 5-0 record after 71:58 win. Russia finished third with 3-2 record that was not enough to reach the semis.
Russia started strong and grabbed 19:14 after the first 10 minutes. Turkey however opened the second period with 7-0 run for 21:19 as Metecan Birsen made a jump shot. After 18-12 in the frame Turkey enjoyed 32:31 at the halftime. Another 11-2 burst allowed the hosts to take control of the game as they never looked behind after. Turkey won the third quarter 24-14 and finished the game with 15-13 in the last.
Kenan Sipahi (192-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Dogukan Sanli (190-G-95) added 13. Metecan Birsen collected 11 points and 15 rebounds, while Mert Ciner (196-F-95) posted 10. Alexander Martynov (194-G/F-95) ended up with 18 points in defeat and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) scored 17.

Turkey U16: Kenan Sipahi 14 points, Dogukan Sanli 13, Metecan Birsen 11 points and 15 rebounds, Mert Ciner 10
Russia U16: Alexander Martynov 18, Viacheslav Fedorchenko 17


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  RWANDA   


Hoops Keep Winning Run Intact - by Kristian Santiago
(By New Times)

RWANDA took their winning streak in the on-going Zone V Basketball Championship to three games after yesterday's 89-76 victory over Uganda at Amahoro Indoor Stadium.

Compared to the first two games, Uganda proved a hard nut to crack. The first quarter ended 19-19 but the hosts recovered well to win the second quarter 23-13.

They increased the lead to 15 points after claiming the third quarter 22-17. Uganda fought back in the final quarter 27-25 but it was a little too late for a meaningful resurgence.

Matthew Miller (191-G) was by far Rwanda's best player with 23 points and five assists. Kami Kabange (F-84) scored 20 points while Hamza Ruhezamihigo (191-G-85) and Stanley Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) weighed in with 16 and 18 points respectively.

Uganda's Norman Blick (201-F-83) Billal scored a game high 30 points but it was a little too late for a meaningful resurgence.

In the other day's matches, Kenya's men side edged Tanzania 54-51.

In the women category, Rwanda maintained their 100 percent record after thrashing Burundi 83-53. Tanzania and Kenya were also on the winning end after trouncing Ethiopia (55-53) and Uganda (64-32) respectively

Today, two games are on cards.

Uganda entertains Tanzania in the men's category while Kenya clash with Tanzania in the women fray.

Results

Men

Tanzania 51-54 Kenya

Rwanda 89-76 Uganda

(19-19, 23-13, 22-17, 25-27)

Women

Kenya 64-32 Uganda

Ethiopia 53- 55 Tanzania

Rwanda 83-53 Burundi

Today's games

Men

Uganda vs Tanzania 3:30 (Amahoro Stadium)

Women

Kenya vs Tanzania 5:30 (Amahoro Stadium)


Rwandan National Team 2011 - by Greg

Rwandan National Team 2011 for Zone V qualifiers

#s#
Andrew Francis
Francis
Darrius Brannon
Brannon
Kenny Wilson
Wilson
Josh Tarver
Tarver
Hamza Ruhezamihigo
Ruhezamihigo
#e#5
Andrew Francis 203-F-85 GIE Morrow D. USA
Aboubakar Barame 181-G-84 Marine Rwanda
Darrius Brannon 206-F-83 Houston R.S. USA
Edwin Mbanda
Kenny Wilson 193-G-84 Texas Fuel USA
Jean Louis Habineza Mogas Falcons Uganda
Josh Tarver 191-G-87 Yamhill H. USA
Kami Kabange F-84 APR BC Rwanda
Matthew Miller 191-G Texas Southern USA
Aristide Mugabe
Fiston Muhire 91 CSK Rwanda
Oliver Muhizi
Aime Nkusi 195-F-83 Mogas Falcons Uganda
Hamza Ruhezamihigo 191-G-85 Concordia Canada
Stanley Thomson 208-C-82 U.Mobitel.CN Romania






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Branko Jorovic explodes in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated excellent performance in the last round of the Greek top division. The 29-year-old player paced his Kavala to valuable road win against VAP Kolossos, 70-74. Jorovic scored 24 points in victory and was the MVP of his team with valuation 29. He made 4 of 5 attempts from behind the arc.
Branko Jorovic joined Kavala last summer. Season 2009/10 he spent with Serbian outfit Borac Cacak. For 29 games in the league he had 16.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 2 apg. Jorovic already had experience from Greece as a member of AEP Olimpias Patron. In the past, he played for Swisslions Takovo, Crvena Zvezda, Agasvayu Girona and FMP Zeleznik. Jorovic was a member of the Serbian National Team at the FIBA World Championship 2006 in Japan. He had 4.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.7 spg at this event.


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China U16 became the winner of Group B - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16-China U16 62:84

China U16 became the winner of Group B of the International Tournament in Turkey. The team advanced to the Semifinals winning the group with 5-0 record after 84:62 win over Slovenia in Day 5. The latter finished with 3-2 record and will play for the 5th-8th places.
China started with 30:17 and never looked behind later in the game. Moreover 19-9 in the second frame allowed them to take 49:26 halftime advantage. In order not to slow down China added 24-19 in the third period for a more comfortable win. In the last frame Slovenia however produced 17-11 to reduce the gap in the game.
Xiaopeng Guo erupted with 32 points for the winners and Liu Bo (204-F-96) netted 12. Pan Ning (210-C-95) notched 10, whilst Wang Zhengbo (187-G-96) and Jiwei Zhao added 8 each. Matic Rebec (170-G-95) and Jure Ritlop (198-F-95) responded with 14 points for the European team and Luka Kokol (189-G-95) scored 12.

Slovenia U16: Matic Rebec 14, Jure Ritlop 14, Luka Kokol 12
China U16: Xiaopeng Guo 32, Liu Bo 12, Pan Ning 10, Wang Zhengbo 8, Jiwei Zhao 8


Slovenian U16 National Team 2011 - by Emiliano
Starting five
#s#
Vid Puc
Puc
Domen Janc
Janc
Ziga Zatezic
Zatezic
Blaz Abram
Abram
Zan Petejan
Petejan
#e#5
1 Vid Puc 200-F-95 Elektra Slovenia
2 Domen Janc 180-G-96
3 Ziga Zatezic 195-F-95 Krka Slovenia
4 Blaz Abram 177-G-95 Nova Gorica Slovenia
5 Zan Petejan 196-C-95 Nova Gorica Slovenia
6 Jure Ritlop 198-F-95 Maribor Messer Slovenia
7 Jan Zatkovic 204-C-96 Parklji Slovenia
8 Matic Grusovnik 195-F-95 Primorac Branik Slovenia
9 Nejc Zupan 195-G-96
10 Jaka Letnik 195-F-95
11 Aleksej Nikolic 178-G-95 Zlatorog Slovenia
12 Luka Kokol 189-G-95 Parklji Slovenia
13 Matic Rebec 170-G-95 Helios Slovenia



Helios and Elektra advance to the semifinals of Cup - by Zeljko Zule
Helios and Elektra reached the semifinals of 2011 Slovenian Cup Spar on the first day of Final-Eight Tuornament at Skofja Loka. Helios never trailed in comfortable win over Sentjur, while Elektra need an overtime to beat local rival Hopsi in a close game where the largest lead for either team was 5 points.
Helios-Sentjur 83-62: Helios opened the game with on an impressive 16-2 run and rode that to a comfortable win. Grega Mali scored game-high 17 points on shooting 5-of-8 behind the 3-point line, Benjamin Raymond in his debut posted 13 points, Andreas Person had 10 points and 5 rebounds and Drazen Bubnic added 10 points. Helios hit 10 3-pointes, while Sentjur shot just 4-of-9 behind the arc and 10-of-19 from free throw line.Dejan Hohler finished with 15 points and Tadej Ferme came off the bench for 13 points.
Elektra-Hopsi 61-57 OT: There were 18 lead changes and 9 ties. A three pointer from Boris Jersin gave Elektra its largest lead of the game at 49-44 with 3:22 remaining, but they were held scoreless through the end of the game and Jersin missed a pair of free throws just 3 seconds into the game. Elektra opened overtime with a crucial 7-2 run. Salih Nuhanovic (209-C-82) scored 17 points and grabbed 12 points, Milos Miljkovic had 11 points and 9 rebounds and Boris Jersin netted 10 points. Elektra shot just 16-of-32 from free throw line. Hopsi was led by Igor Mijajlovic and his 17 points, Primoz Kobale added 12 and Gregg Thondique 10.



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DStv PBL: Yelwa bounce back, beat Potters 68-50 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
After suffering a home lose to Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna, Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi bounces back to handed visiting Niger Potters basketball club of Minna 68-50 points defeat in a mid-week Savannah conference pairing of the DStv Premier Basketball League.

The Hawks who narrowly missed the final-8 playoffs looked good from the blast of the referees whistle against the visiting Potters who picked an away win last weekend when it defeated Immigration basketball club of Kano by 61-58 points.

The win for the Hawks thus bring their record to a 1-1 record to move to the second spot of the conference behind conference leader, Kada Stars basketball club who has won two away games (Vs Immigration 85-44 and Yelwa Hawks 73-70).

Yelwa Hawks will have its hands full this weekend when it pay a visit to the home court of defending champion, Kano Pillars basketball club in Kano, Potters will have a feel of its refurbished home court when it hosted Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos on Sunday in Minna.

Bauchi Nets basketball club will be at home to Immigration basketball club of Kano at the Multipurpose hall of the Bauchi Township Stadium on Saturday while the last week-3 pairing of the Savannah conference will be between conference leader, Kada Stars and Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos in Kaduna.

In the Atlantic conference, Union Bank basketball club of Lagos will host Delta Force basketball club of Asaba at the national stadium, Lagos; Dodan Warriors basketball club will do battle against the Delta Force side in their double road game to Lagos on Saturday.

There will be two local dernies to round off the week-3 games of the Atlantic conference as Police Baton takes on Chariots basketball club as both sides struggle to make an impact in the league, the game hold Sunday while two former champions of the league Islanders basketball club will engage Comets basketball club on Monday.




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Stevenson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old forward Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent) put on an amazing game in the last round for LG Sakers and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 38.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds, while his team was edged out by KCC Egis (#4, 23-17) 83-81. LG Sakers maintains the 7th position in South Korean league. LG Sakers is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 22th lost game this season out of 39 games. In the team's last game Stevenson had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be LG Sakers' top player in his first season with the team. University of Richmond graduate has very impressive stats this year. Stevenson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.9ppg), rebounds (9th best: 8.4rpg) and averages solid 55.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ho-Young Yoon (198-F-84) of Dongbu Promy. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Dongbu Promy. In the last game Yoon recorded impressive 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Dongbu Promy cruised to a 76-67 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#8, 15-25). Dongbu Promy's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 24-16 record is not bad at all. Yoon is one of the most experienced players at Dongbu Promy and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Terrence Leather (204-C-81) of SK Knights (#6). Leather scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Leather's great performance SK Knights lost 66-81 to the lower-ranked Anyang KGC (#9, 12-28). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of SK Knights ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 22 games, recording just eighteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Leather could help SK Knights to bring them higher in the standings. Leather has a great season in South Korea. After 39 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.9ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 9.7rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joo-Sung Kim (205-C-79) of Dongbu Promy - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Sang-Oh Park (196-F-81) of Sonic Boom KT - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Eric Dawson (208-F-84) of KCC Egis - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Chan-Hee Park (191-G-87) of Anyang KGC - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Min-Soo Kim (200-C-82) of SK Knights - 24 points and 6 rebounds
9. Byung-Hyun Kang (193-G-85) of KCC Egis - 21 points and 4 rebounds
10. David Simon (207-C-82) of Anyang KGC - 14 points and 9 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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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 22-5 
 2. LF Basket 19-8 
 3. Norrkoping 18-8 
 4. Sodertalje 18-9 
 5. Uppsala 13-12 
 6. Solna 13-15 
 7. Boras 11-17 
 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. Rush, Sundsvall20.0 
 4. Smith, Sodertalje20.0 
 5. Wesby, Sundsvall19.2 
 6. McCoy, Boras18.8 
 7. Gunnarsson, Solna18.6 
 8. Palm, Boras18.5 
 9. Klaric, Jamtland17.2 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.6 
 2. Palm, Boras9.0 
 3. McKnight, Boras9.0 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.9 
 6. Constantine, Solna7.9 
 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. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 5. Smith, Uppsala4.5 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland4.3 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 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. Wesby, Sundsvall1.8 
 8. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.8 
 9. Eriksson, Uppsala1.8 
 10. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Salaam, Jamtland1.9 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 3. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.6 
 4. Palm, Boras1.6 
 5. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.2 
 6. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.2 
 7. Constantine, Solna1.1 
 8. Cipriano, Eco O.1.1 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Galick, Sodertalje0.8 


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Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 17-2 
 2. Fribourg 13-6 
 3. Geneve Lions 12-6 
 4. SAV Vacallo 12-7 
 5. Monthey 12-7 
 6. Boncourt 9-10 
 7. SAM Massagno 8-11 
 8. Starwings 8-11 
 9. BBC Nyon 2-17 
 10. Zurich Wildcats 1-17 


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  TURKEY   


Turkey U16 wins Group A - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16-Russia U16 71:58

Turkey U16 stun Russia U16 in the the last of the Group Stage of the International Tournament. The hosts won Group A with perfect 5-0 record after 71:58 win. Russia finished third with 3-2 record that was not enough to reach the semis.
Russia started strong and grabbed 19:14 after the first 10 minutes. Turkey however opened the second period with 7-0 run for 21:19 as Metecan Birsen made a jump shot. After 18-12 in the frame Turkey enjoyed 32:31 at the halftime. Another 11-2 burst allowed the hosts to take control of the game as they never looked behind after. Turkey won the third quarter 24-14 and finished the game with 15-13 in the last.
Kenan Sipahi (192-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Dogukan Sanli (190-G-95) added 13. Metecan Birsen collected 11 points and 15 rebounds, while Mert Ciner (196-F-95) posted 10. Alexander Martynov (194-G/F-95) ended up with 18 points in defeat and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) scored 17.

Turkey U16: Kenan Sipahi 14 points, Dogukan Sanli 13, Metecan Birsen 11 points and 15 rebounds, Mert Ciner 10
Russia U16: Alexander Martynov 18, Viacheslav Fedorchenko 17


Spor Toto Turkish Cup Day2 Overview - by Umut Akin
Second day of the Spor Toto Turkish Cup is finished with two expected results but the way the winners have been specified was not as expected.

In the first meeting of the day, Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul passed Olin Edirne Basketball with a balanced sharing of the points among the players. Despite entering the last period of the game with only one point gap, Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul clinched the win with the score 62 to 55. best scorers of the game were Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) with 11 points for Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul and Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) with 12 points for Olin Edirne Basketball.

In the second meeting of the day, the top teams of the league table, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and Banvit Basketbol Kulubu were on the court. After very close three quarters, Fenerbahce managed to capture the win with 69 to 68 and qualified for the semi finals round. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) (17 pts) is named as the MVP of the match and Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) (11 pts) and Marko Tomas (201-G-85) (10pts) were the other players playing an important role for Fenerbahce. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) was the most efficient player with 17 points for Banvit Basketbol Kulubu.

After the quarter finals, next round matches are shaped as follows,

Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul - Trabzonspor Basketbol
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul - Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul

The semi finals will be played tomorrow.


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HS abroad action from last night! - by David Edole
MERRITT ISLAND --Astronaut and Heritage will meet for the third time this season Friday night. But this time, a district boys basketball title is on the line.
The War Eagles and Panthers, who split during the regular season, each won Class 4A, District 13 semifinal games Wednesday night -- Astronaut beat Merritt Island 63-35 and Heritage defeated Eau Gallie 46-38.
'Our kids played very well on defense,' Astronaut coach Brett Gadapee said. 'We stressed that all week.
'We have to find something to do to counteract that size difference we face every game. So we try to play a little bit more up tempo and try to handle things that way.'
Jo Jo Carter was solid defensively and on the boards.
'Defense is the main factor in our win,' Carter said. 'We come out with in-your-face defense -- that tells people we're here and we're ready to play.'
Favian Upshaw scored a game-high 16 points for the War Eagles (13-5). Trey Simmons had nine points and Demario Strozier and Marquis White each scored eight. For Merritt Island, (8-17), Tyler Amburgey led the way with 10 points and Devonte Gordon scored nine.
In the earlier game, Heritage got 18 points from LeRon Smith and 10 points from his brother, LaRon Smith to improve to 15-11. Jeremy Davison led the Commodores (10-14) with 15 points.
Heritage and Astronaut play Friday at 7 p.m. at Merritt Island.

PIPER 42, MCARTHUR 37
McArthur (8-10): Shanel Caines 2-0-4, Salem 1-0-2, James 4-0-10, Rosario 1-0-2, Fernandez 3-0-6, Cartellese 1-7-9, Jose Santos 2-0-4.
Piper (9-12): Cason 2-1-6, Simmons 2-4-8, Kerr 2-0-4, Drummond 1-0-2, Gabriel 1-0-2, Smith 3-0-8, Treen 3-4-10, Robinson 1-0-2.
3-pointers: Smith 2, Cason, James 2. Rebounds: Treen 11. Half: P 20-14.

NEVADA
Green Valley 70, Liberty 60-- At Liberty, Earl Thompson and Kaika Pladera each scored 15 points as the Gators topped the Patriots.
Austin Tebbs added 14 points, Keiannte Wilkins scored 12, and Michael Thornton supplied 10 points for the Gators.
Aaron Navitsky had 22 points to lead Liberty. Jeremy Lagasca scored 11 and Kai Nacua 10 for the Patriots.
District 11-6A

DELAWARE
Sanford - Cooney (4 1-1 10) Jones (11 1-2 25) Khallid Hart (6 2-2 17) Thompson (2 0-0 4) Ford (3 2-2 8) Powell (1 0-0 3) Sanders (0 0-0 0) Blake (0 0-0 0) Anthony (0 0-0 0) Rose ( 1 0-0 2)
Totals: (27 6-7 67)

Caravel - Nichols-Taylor (5 0-0 10) Wiley (2 0-0 6) Ripanti (2 4-4 9) Murray (4 0-1 8) Kaste (1 0-0 2) Skibicki (2 0-0 6) Hickman (1 0-0 2)
McKinney (0-0 0 0) Washington (0 0-0 0) Clark (0 0-0 0)
Totals: (17 4-5 43)

3-Point Goals:S 7 (Hart 3, Jones 2, Cooney, Powell ) CA 5 ( Wiley 2, Skibicki 2, Ripanti

A.I. du PONT - Wright 0 0-0 0, Watson 2 1-3 7, Wynn 2 0-0 5, Long 2 6-6 11, Davis 2 0-0 4, Spencer 0 0-2 0, Sullivan 7 4-10 18, Winfield 3 5-6 12, Shannon 0 0-0 0, Jackson 2 0-1 4. Totals 20 16-28 61.

CONCORD - Burton 7 8-9 25, Chapman 0 0-0 0, Taylor 2 1-2 5, Lowman 1 0-1 2, Swift 9 1-2 21, Pettiford 4 3-4 11, Yancey 0 0-0 0, Gosa 0 0-0 0, Amadius Der-Weer 1 0-0 2, Kleiber 0 1-2 1, Stansbury 1 3-4 5. Totals: 25 17-24 72.

3-point goals: A.I. 5 (Watson 2, Wynn, Long, Winfield); C 5 (Burton 3, Swift 2).

NORTH CAROLlNA
The varsity boys came out hoping to make a statement. However, that statement was delayed as a technical was called prior to the start of the game for a dunk in warmups. No problem. Eastern's Lamont Robinson missed both free throws, then the Red Devils stormed to a 22-8 first quarter lead.
Graham went into the locker room up 38-23 at the half.
Eastern Alamance went on a 9-0 run to begin the third quarter before a free throw by Chris Richmond stopped the Eagle rally with 5:04 left. The Red Devils then outscored Eastern Alamance 16-2 the rest of the quarter to grab a 55-34 lead heading into the final period of play.
Graham won easily 68-48.
For Graham (15-7, 6-5), Justin Cousin and Chris Richmond shared high scoring honors with 18 points each. Richmond recorded 4 assists, while Cousin had 5 steals. Darion Williams added 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Quan Harris, after having his dunk called for a technical before the game, smashed home two monster dunks in the third quarter as part of his 8 point, 5 rebound night.
Lamont Robinson single-handedly kept the Eagles (14-8, 11-3) in the game as he scored 17 of the Eagle's 23 first half points. The Red Devils clamped down him him the second half, allowing him no more points. Jaylin Riley added 10 points for Eastern Alamance.
The Red Devils will host Jordan Matthews Friday evening February 11th, as they honor the Seniors for winter sports.



Hurricane League rumbles - by David Edole
Written by Gordon French
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 15:45

- Tortola teams start 1-1
Tortola Marred by controversy from its inception, the Hurricane Basketball League (HBL) finally started last Friday with games being played simultaneously on Tortola, St. Thomas and St. Croix. On Tortola, Soldiers demolished Dynasty 81-72. Lled by Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson) 17 points, 7 blocks and 16 rebounds, Soldiers overcame a 21-17 first quarter deficit to enter the half with a 39-35 lead. In the third quarter, tensions flared with technical fouls being handed out at both ends of the floor.

In the midst of the mayhem, Soldiers point guard, Trevorn Lewis, who ended with 12 points, kept his cool and found himself wide-open on the perimeter. He made Dynasty pay, hitting timely baskets to keep his team ahead.

Soldiers opened up a 66-59 lead with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and stretched the lead to 11 at one time, as Dynasty looked out of rhythm, hoisting up difficult three-pointer attempts rather than pound the ball inside the paint. For most of the fourth quarter, Dynasty seemed more worried about the officiating and the rules organizers were using than about getting back defensively. Dynasty's Halstead Chiverton (193-G-82, college: Clinton CC (NY)) played in foul trouble for most of the game and was eventually fouled out around the five-minute mark.

Following the game, Soldiers head coach, Morris Wattley, told his players that he was pleased with their performance, but they will need to improve defensively to stay competitive in the league. Jahmal Rabsatt added 16 points and Damion Ottley 12 points for the Soldiers. Douron Phillip dropped 15 points and snatched 10 rebounds to lead all scores for Dynasty. Steve Parillon (196-F-78, college: Henderson St.) finished with 15 points and eight rebounds; Avery Percival (198-F-85) Jr., scored 12 points and Devon Watty, 11 points for Dynasty. After the game, Coach Verne 'Vego' Turnbull told StandPoint that his team lost the game due to fatigue and the inconsistent decisions about the rules the league would adapt for the game.

He said that the HBL organizers needed to explain to the teams what rules they would adapt.

Bounce back
Dynasty was able to put Saturday's loss behind them when they challenged the St. Thomas Aces on Tortola. After trailing 57-35 at half-time, Dynasty found answers in the second half and out-scored Aces 37-22 in the third quarter. Dynasty was able to surge past Aces in the waning moments to secure a 104-103 come-back victory. Samuel came alive, scoring 30 points and cleaning up 11 rebounds for Dynasty. For the home team, Phillip added 27 points and nine rebounds, while Chiverton found his shooting range for 25 points.

Aces Akil Lewis (183-G-82, college: Lynn) led all scorers with 32 points, while Khalid Gerard (193-G) chipped in with 22 points. Shamal Caines and Tiba Francis scored 18 and 12, respectively, for Aces.

Other Games
On St. Croix Friday, STX Heat beat STX X-Men, 73 60. For the Heat, Zomari Swanston (193-G/F) scored 25 points and added 13 rebounds, while Glenroy Coggins added 16 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and five steals. The X-Mens Jerome Nathaniel scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Shane Hodge added 16 points.

On St. Thomas, the HBL League jumped to an exciting start as STT Legends scored a game-winning three-pointer to over-power Magic 69-68 on Friday evening. Legends received top scoring performance from Rasheem Richards (183-G-80, college: York (NB)), who finished with 17 points and Malik Hodge, who ended with 14 points. Calvert White (191-G/F-75, college: SE Missouri St.)s 18 points and Ricardo Oquendo 17 points was not enough to secure the win for Magic.

In the game on St. Croix played Saturday, STX Heat beat STX Lightning 67-61. Darnell Hendrickson of Heat dropped 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Karl John added15 points and eight rebounds. Lightnings Kurt John finished with a game high 21 points and 14 points. Joelfry Polanco finished with 12 points for Lightning.

After beating up on their home-town rivals, Tortola-based, Soldiers, travelled to St. Thomas on Saturday where they could not keep up with the STT Magic, who cruised to a 78-70 victory. Jeff Roberts and Calvert White each scored 17 points for Magic. Soldiers were led in battle by Trevon Lewis who scored 16 points. Eustance Freeman and Jahmal Rabsatt finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Soldiers.

Review
Coordinator of the league, Joey 'Money' Wallace, who was on hand for the Tortola opening game, said that he was pleased that the league had finally started. Wallace said he understood that there would be problems at the beginning, but that he and the rest of his organizing committee will meet and assess the problems and if they need fixing, then they will be fixed.
He told StandPoint that the league was delayed for two weeks due to problems acquiring the necessary approval from the BVI Basketball Federation and the United States Basketball Association. With permission now granted, Wallace appealed to fans and businesses to lend their support to the remainder of the league.




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  UGANDA   


Snatching sour defeat from jaws of victory - by Kristian Santiago
(By the Daily Monitor)

Friday
Men: Uganda v Tanzania (7pm)
Result (Tuesday)
Men: Rwanda 103-60 Tanzania

If collapse was to be miss-spelt, it may as well be written as Uganda national mens basketball team.

Tuesday nights performance at the Fiba Africa Zone V Nations Championship in Kigali brought pain that tears couldnt wash away.

Unimaginable, deplorable, shameful and unbelievable can best describe the mood within the team following a 72-70 loss to Burundi.

Knowing that Burundi are a running team, Uganda countered by playing a high tempo game from the start. It paid instant dividends with coach Gad Eteus team taking a 26-9 first quarter lead.

What happened thereafter is perhaps the biggest scandal. With 7.03 minutes on the clock, this lead had bludgeoned to 30 (40-10). Five Ugandans in the stands roared their voices hoarse to no avail as things went haywire. How? How did that happen? Seriously, there is no way in explaining this, vice-captain Ben Komakech told Daily Monitor. He was only echoing the thinking throughout the 34-man contingent.

Burundi retreated to zonal defence to limit Ugandas scoring options to clinch the subsequent three quarters 23-15, 26-14 and 15-12.

Keen to erase his non-scoring nightmare against Kenya on Monday, Norman Blick (201-F-83) shone with 16 points and five rebounds but his eight turnovers betrayed him greatly. Those eight were the biggest in the teams haul of 28 turnovers that gifted Burundi 21 steals. Having squandered the game, coach Eteu called a time-out with two seconds left as the latter led 72-70.

From the inbound, point guard Ben Komakech (17 points) passed the ball to Stephen Omony (198-G/F-79) (20). He made a desperate three-pointer that ended up as an air ball for the Burundians to make mission impossible possible. Yet to claim victory this time, Uganda face Tanzania tomorrow fighting a bad slice of history after failing to win a game at the last event two years ago. The event is also a qualifier for the Afrobasket and All Africa Games later this year.



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  UKRAINE   


Steve Burtt gets MVP of the Week award for Ukrainian Superleague - by Eurobasket News
American Steve Burtt (185-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 26-year old guard had the game-high 36 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Dnipro in his team's victory, helping them to beat BC Donetsk (#2, 23-8) 86-78. Dnipro maintains the 5th position in Ukrainian Superleague. Dnipro is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 17-14 record. In the team's last game Burtt had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Dnipro's top player in his first season with the team. Iona College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Burtt is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.1ppg. Burtt is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.9apg) and averages solid 51.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Nigerian power forward Ejike Ugboaja (204-F/C-85) of BC Odessa. Ugboaja impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for BC Odessa to edge the higher-ranked Hoverla (#4, 18-13) by 5 points 73-68. This victory allowed BC Odessa to move up to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-19 record. Ugboaja is one of the most experienced players at BC Odessa and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Maksym Sandul (207-C-91) of BC Kyiv (#13). Sandul scored 10 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of BC Kyiv, leading his team to a 76-66 win against slightly higher-ranked Halychyna (#11, 11-22). BC Kyiv can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 8-22 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sandul he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sandul has a very solid season. In 30 games in Ukraine he scored 7.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ramel Curry (191-G-80) of Azovmash - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Aaron Pettway (211-C-80) of Dnipro - 15 points and 10 rebounds
6. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80) of Budivelnyk - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84) of DniproAzot - 13 points and 12 rebounds
8. Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87) of BC Donetsk - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) of Budivelnyk - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) of Khimik - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Ukraine U16 kept Romania U16 winless - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16 -Romania U16 87:56

Ukraine U16 kept Romania U16 winless at the International Tournament in Turkey. In the last game of the group stage Ukraine handed Romania their fifth 87:56 loss. Ukraine finished Group A with 2-3 record on the fourth place.
In order to prove the superiority in the game, Ukraine started it with 38-7 in the first period. It shocked the opponents that could hardly follow the favorites of the game. In the second period, Romania however managed to win 20-19 that brought 57:27 at the halftime. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the third frame, while Ukraine finished the campaign with 14-13 in the last stanza.
Igor Boyarkin (95) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Anton Dzyuba (200-F-95) nailed 14. Vadim Prokopenko ended up with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Igor Bespalyuk (180-G-95) and Berezhnyi Vladlen notched 11 apiece. Vlad Cobzaru (199-F-95) replied with 15 points in defeat and Mehmet Hortoglu (192-G-95) added 14.


Ukraine U16: Igor Boyarkin 16, Anton Dzyuba 14, Vadim Prokopenko 13+10 rebs, Igor Bespalyuk 11, Berezhnyi Vladlen 11
Romania U16: Vlad Cobzaru 15, Mehmet Hortoglu 14





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. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 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. Mays, Fe.1.3 
 9. Swanson, Hoverla1.3 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla1.3 
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 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


A course in International Business - by Steve Dagostino
I recently listened to a well known Economics Professor speak about the Value of a College education. He claimed that most College students learn very little in their 4 years and that it would serve them better to become an entrepreneur and start their own business instead of attending college. He believed that after 4 years, you could learn exponentially more in real life situations and ultimately if you failed it would cost you less money then a 4 - year education.
I am not saying that I fully agree with this guy (In fact, I learned a great deal during my 4 years at THE College of Saint Rose) but it made me think of the opportunity that all of us playing overseas have. Not only are we hooping, but we basically are our own business entity doing business internationally. We have the opportunity to Promote and Market ourselves. We negotiate certain parts of our contracts. We deal with agents, Clubs (Business Owners), and Media on a daily basis. Not to mention we invest our time and money each summer to make sure that we as an entity is ready to contribute to a successful organization and hopefully make more money for ourselves and the Club.
In some cases all of this is done with people who may not speak the same language as us. Of course, different cultures do business different. They have different ideals and principles, different methods and standards. The opportunity to learn from great organizations and poor organizations can be infinitely beneficially to us in the future. I guess what I am trying to get at is that learning never stops, even if your not sitting in a lecture hall and if things aren't going the way you imagined, the things you learn from your situation can help you down the road.

On to basketball. We travel to Plymouth to play the raiders on saturday. I believe that they are currently undefeated at home and have a very solid team. They get a great crowd at their arena and are obviously one of the best home teams in the League. This will be one of the toughest games we have all year, so we have to stay focused.

On a Side note, shout out to Rob Gutierrez (182-G), Shea Bromirski (182-G), and Andre Pope (177-G) who are leading my alma mater St.Rose (NY) to another Solid Season in the NE-10 (one of the best NCAA D2 conferences in the countryand hopefully a nice run in the NCAA tournament.

My girlfriend just finished grilling some steaks and is going to kill me if I don't get off the computer, so I will be back after the weekend -Peace



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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. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 7. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 8. Osimani, Montevideo1.9 
 9. Viera, Anastasia1.9 
 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 


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  VENEZUELA   


Liga Especial (LEB) to begin on March 9th with 10 teams and U23 players - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The second edition of Liga Especial de Baloncesto (LEB), the secondary league of Liga Profesional, will begin on March 9th with 10 teams and a regulation for rosters to only include U23 Players born from June 1st, 1988, on.

The first edition was played with 6 teams of 10 possible franchises involved and was won by Saurios de Caracas, coached by Ibsen Castrillo and which represents Cocodrilos de Caracas, in a series played against Guardianes de Lara, coached by Manuel Alfonso and representing Guaros de Lara.

This time around, teams will play a total of 30 games and will be split into three conferences. The Central Conference will include Cocodrilos de Caracas, Bucaneros de La Guaira and Panteras de Miranda's affiliates, the Western Conference will involve Toros de Aragua, Trotamundos de Carabobo, Guaros de Lara and Gaiteros del Zulia's affiliates and the Eastern Conference will include Marinos de Anzoategui, Guaiqueries de Margarita and Gigantes de Guayana's affiliates.


LPB 2011 Latest Transactions - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Here's a complete update on Venezuela's latest roster moves, transactions, negotiations and additional info:

MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI
-The team hasn't reached an agreement with PG Diego Guevara (184-G-77) and SF Hector Romero (202-F/C-80)
-Released Richard Delk (193-G-86) and signed Maurice Carter (183-G-83) to join Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) and Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83) as imported players

COCODRILOS DE CARACAS
-Added Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) to its active roster
-Loaned Jader Fernandez (197-F-82) to Gigantes de Guayana for the 2011 season

GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA
-Has not made an announcement regarding their third imported player. Rogers Washington (198-F-77) and Christopher Jackson (208-C-81) are the confirmed imported players

TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO
-Signed Michael Sloan (196-G/F-84) and Ramon Harris (201-F-88) as imported players
-Have not reached an agreement with Richard Lugo (209-C-73) and could sell his rights to Bucaneros de La Guaira for 40.000$
-Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) left trainings because he hasn't reached an agreement with the general management regarding his salary
-Are willing to trade Pedro Brito (204-F/C-82) and Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) to other teams

GAITEROS DEL ZULIA
-Sent Elvis Burguillos (194-G/F-82) to Panteras de Miranda and got Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) from Guaros de Lara
-Are negotiating with Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) to bring him back as imported player for an 11th season

GUAROS DE LARA
-Signed Cordell Henry (178-G-80) as the replacement of Paul Stoll (178-G-85), who is still unavailable due to previous contract with Halcones Rojos de Veracruz in Mexico
-Sent Kervis Ramirez to Gaiteros del Zulia and got Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) from Panteras de Miranda
-Added Juan Manaure (188-G-79) to the active roster
-Have not reached an agreement with Carlos Morris (194-G-76), could trade him to another team

TOROS DE ARAGUA
-Signed Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) to join Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) and Cheyenne Moore (198-G-84) as imported players

BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA
-Signed Hiram Fuller (206-C-81) and Andres Sandoval (192-G-83) to join Jawan Bailey (203-F) as imported players
-Could buy Richard Lugo for 40.000$

GIGANTES DE GUAYANA
-Got Jader Fernandez from Cocodrilos de Caracas as a loan for the 2011 season
-Is still negotiating with Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) to bring him in during the 2011 regular season

PANTERAS DE MIRANDA
-Added Ludwing Irazabal (201-C/F-73), Richard Mejias (187-G-78) and Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) to their active roster
-Sent Deivis Ananguren to Guaros de Lara and got Elvis Burguillos from Gaiteros del Zulia


Venezuelans in USA - Michael Carrera unstoppable, Mustangs remain undefeated - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- A report by the digital magazine Basket Vinotinto showed that Michael Carrera (198-F-93), a Venezuelan SF-PF who plays for the Montrose Christian School Mustangs in Rockville, Maryland, has been unstoppable in the most recent matches as his team has extended its undefeated run to 18-0 under the command of coach Stu Vetter.

Carrera netted 8 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a victory against Friendship Collegiate, 82-64. In his previous matches, he netted 23 points with 8 rebounds against Oak Hill and followed that game with 14 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks against TC Williams.

'These 18 victories come because of the hard work we've been performing since we began the season and we also go out there playing with our hearts', said Carrera, who is being followed by NCAA Division I universities such as Maryland and North Carolina.


Venezuelans in USA - Jose Hernandez scored 33 against Tiftarea - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan Jose Hernandez (191-G-92) scored 33 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Southland Raiders to a victory over Tiftarea, 66-45, in the 3-AAA Quarter Finals on Tuesday at Darton College, according to a report by Americus Time Recorder's Chris Whitaker.

Hernandez, a Carabobo State born talent, was 12 of 17 from the field, including three shots scored from the long distance, helping his team improve its record to 13-10. Jose shot the ball extremely well, said coach Ernest Scott. Its well overdue. Its in him. Its just a matter of him coming out focused and concentrating on what he has to do as a player to make the team better and do it on the floor. Hes a solid basketball player when he wants to be. If we can repeat this type of performance through the rest of the tournament, well be OK., he added.



Venezuelans in the NCAA - Greg Echenique got into foul trouble against Drake - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF-C Gregory Echenique (205-C-90) got into foul trouble early in the match and could not avoid a defeat of his team, Creighton Blue Jays, in a clash against Drake, 67-64, at Knapp Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Echenique, a 20 year-old member of Venezuela's Senior NT and former player of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, played 18 minutes and finished up with 11 points, 5 rebounds an assist. He scored 5 of 7 from the two-point stance and 1-1 from the free-throw line, but Ben Simons (203-F-91) led Drake with 18 points and 8 rebounds, followed by Rayvonte Rice (193-G) with 16 and Seth Vandeest (210-C-91) with 12. Creighton's top scorer was Antoine Young (182-G-89) with 24.

Echenique averages 22.6 minutes, 10.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.9 blocks per match in 17 games, 11 as a starter, since he was activated last December. His next match will be against Southern Illinois on Sunday. Creighton has a 15-11 record with a 7-7 record against Missouri Valley Conference rivals.



Venezuelans in the NBA - Greivis Vasquez scored 4 against Oklahoma City - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Greivis Vasquez (198-G-87) scored 4 points, grabbed 2 rebounds and gave 3 assists in a victory of the Memphis Grizzlies against Oklahoma City Thunder as visitors, 105-101, in a match that went into extra time at Oklahoma City Arena.

Vasquez played 17:24 minutes, scored 1 of 4 from the two-point stance and 2 of 2 from the free throw line, while he did not attempt any three-point shots. Memphis improved to 28-26 despites the fact that they were playing without Rudy Gay (206-F/G-86) due to injury.

Zach Randolph (206-C-81) netted 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Tony Allen (193-G-82) shined with 27, Sam Young (198-F-85) added 14, Mike Conley (186-G-87) 13 and Marc Gasol (212-C-85) 12. Oklahoma City's top scorers were Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88) with 31 points and 10 rebounds, Russell Westbrook (191-G-88) added 21 points with 11 assists and James Harden (196-G-89) ended up with 13.

Vasquez averages 3.6 points, 2.4 assists and 1.2 rebounds after 48 matches, all of them as a reserve player. Memphis is at ninth place in the West Conference, a game away from the Portland Trail Blazers (28-24).

To be honored
Vasquez, a 24 year-old and 1.97m tall PG, will be honored by the University of Maryland next February 19th at Comcast Center in College Park as his former team, the Terrapins, will host NC State. His #21 jersey will be honored after becoming the first ACC player in the history of the Conference to surpass the 2.000 points, 700 assists and 600 rebounds mark. He also won ACC Player of the Year in 2010 and the Bob Cousy Award. He got drafted 28th in the first round of the NBA 2010-2011 Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.


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Day 8: Unics Kazan beats Minsk-2006 by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in VTB United League.

The most exciting game of round 8 in the VTB United League took place in Minsk. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 (4-4) to second ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-1) 80-78 on Wednesday evening. Minsk-2006 trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 25-22 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 78-80 at the end of the game. Unics Kazan forced 19 Minsk-2006 turnovers. American-Russian forward Kelly McCarty (201-75, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 assists. Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) contributed with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Unics Kazan's coach Evgeny Pashutin used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American-Georgian swingman Melvin Sanders (196-81, college: Oklahoma St.) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Minsk-2006. Unics Kazan maintains second position in Group A with 7-1 record having just 0 victories less than leader CSKA. Defending Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Unics Kazan are looking forward to face Dnipro (#5) in Dnepropetrovsk in the next round. Minsk-2006 will play at home against Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Russian CSKA Moscow (7-1) which played road game in Vilnius against 3rd ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas (4-4). First ranked CSKA Moscow managed to get a 10-point victory 73-63. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jamont Gordon (193-87, college: Mississippi St.) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds and Matjaz Smodis who added 17 points during the contest. Bosnian forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Russian champion maintains first position in Group A with 7-1 record. Defending Lithuanian champion Lietuvos Rytas keep the third place with four games lost. CSKA Moscow will play against bottom-ranked Espoo Honka (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Lietuvos Rytas will play against Minsk-2006 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Ukrainian Azovmash (5-3) which hosted in Mariupol 4th ranked Latvian VEF Riga (3-6). Third ranked Azovmash managed to get a 5-point victory 79-74. The winners were led by Ramel Curry who scored that evening 30 points and 6 steals. Even 19 points and 4 assists by Dairis Bertans did not help to save the game for VEF Riga. VEF Riga's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Ukrainian champion maintains third position in Group B with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader CSKA. VEF Riga at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. Azovmash will meet at home bottom-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#6) in the next round. VEF Riga will play against the league's leader Khimky in Khimki and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game for Russian Khimky (7-1) which played road game in Gdynia against 4th ranked Polish Asseco Prokom (3-6). First ranked Khimky had an easy win 86-57. The best player for the winners was Keith Langford who scored 17 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. Khimky maintains first position in Group B with 7-1 record. Defending Polish champion Asseco Prokom keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Khimky's next round opponent will be VEF Riga (#5) at home. Asseco Prokom will play against the league's second-placed Zalgiris in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Finnish Espoo Honka is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to fifth ranked Ukrainian Dnipro (2-6) 86-79 on Thursday evening. Steve Burtt orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 assists. Dnipro's coach Denys Zhuravlov used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Dnipro maintains fifth position in Group A with 2-6 record. Loser Espoo Honka still closes the standings with eight games lost. Dnipro will face league's second-placed Unics Kazan on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Espoo Honka will play against the league's leader CSKA Moscow (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 8
In Group B Zalgiris smashed Kalev/Cramo on the road 91-66.


Group A
Minsk-2006 - Unics 78-80

The most exciting game of round 8 in the VTB United League took place in Minsk. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 (4-4) to second ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-1) 80-78 on Wednesday evening. Minsk-2006 trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 25-22 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 78-80 at the end of the game. Unics Kazan forced 19 Minsk-2006 turnovers. American-Russian forward Kelly McCarty (201-75, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 assists. Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Unics Kazan's coach Evgeny Pashutin used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American-Georgian swingman Melvin Sanders (196-81, college: Oklahoma St.) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) added 18 points in the effort for Minsk-2006. Unics Kazan maintains second position in Group A with 7-1 record having just 0 victories less than leader CSKA. Defending Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Unics Kazan are looking forward to face Dnipro (#5) in Dnepropetrovsk in the next round. Minsk-2006 will play at home against Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006: M.Sanders 20+6reb, T.McKee 18+4reb+2ast, S.King 15+6reb, D.Korshuk 8+2reb, A.Kojenets 6+3reb+1ast, N.Pistoljevic 5+4reb+3ast
Unics: H.Rizvic 16+4reb, K.McCarty 15+3reb+5ast, Z.Pashutin 12+2ast, R.Minard 12+2reb+2ast, M.Lampe 11+10reb+1ast, T.Lyday 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 101949


Dnipro - Honka 86-79

Bottom-ranked Finnish Espoo Honka is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to fifth ranked Ukrainian Dnipro (2-6) 86-79 on Thursday evening. Espoo Honka was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dnipro made 7 blocks. American guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 assists. Forward Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-89) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Dnipro players scored in double figures. Dnipro's coach Denys Zhuravlov used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) replied with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Espoo Honka. Dnipro maintains fifth position in Group A with 2-6 record. Loser Espoo Honka still closes the standings with eight games lost. Dnipro will face league's second-placed Unics Kazan on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Espoo Honka will play against the league's leader CSKA Moscow (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Honka: J.Wilson 27+5reb+4ast, J.Williamson 18+8reb+1ast, T.Iisalo 16+5reb+3ast, C.Belser 8+10reb+4ast, V.Makalainen 5+3reb+5ast, J.Matinen 3+3reb
Dnipro: S.Burtt 17+4reb+7ast, A.Pettway 12+6reb, I.Bilytske 12+1reb+1ast, S.Tymofeyenko 10+9reb+1ast, M.Austin 7+7reb, D.Ivanov 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 101950


Lietuvos Rytas - CSKA 63-73

An interesting game for Russian CSKA Moscow (7-1) which played road game in Vilnius against 3rd ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas (4-4). First ranked CSKA Moscow managed to get a 10-point victory 73-63. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Lietuvos Rytas was better in third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietuvos Rytas were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jamont Gordon (193-87, college: Mississippi St.) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds and Slovenian forward Matjaz Smodis (205-79) who added 17 points during the contest. Bosnian forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 14 points and guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Russian champion maintains first position in Group A with 7-1 record. Defending Lithuanian champion Lietuvos Rytas keep the third place with four games lost. CSKA Moscow will play against bottom-ranked Espoo Honka (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Lietuvos Rytas will play against Minsk-2006 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos Rytas: K.Bajramovic 14, D.Strawberry 10+2reb+1ast, M.Gecevicius 10+1reb+2ast, S.Babrauskas 9+3reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 8+3reb, K.El-Amin 6+2reb+3ast
CSKA: J.Gordon 19+6reb, M.Smodis 17+4reb+1ast, T.Langdon 9+2reb+2ast, A.Zabelin 9+5reb+2ast, N.Kurbanov 7+5reb+1ast, S.Bykov 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 101948


Group B
Azovmash - VEF Riga 79-74

An interesting game for Ukrainian Azovmash (5-3) which hosted in Mariupol 4th ranked Latvian VEF Riga (3-6). Third ranked Azovmash managed to get a 5-point victory 79-74. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-11. But VEF Riga won second period 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Azovmash made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 VEF Riga turnovers. The winners were led by American guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) who scored that evening 30 points and 6 steals and the other American import forward Chris Owens (204-79, college: Texas, agency: Pro One Sports) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Even 19 points and 4 assists by swingman Dairis Bertans (192-89) did not help to save the game for VEF Riga. Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) added 15 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. VEF Riga's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Ukrainian champion maintains third position in Group B with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader CSKA. VEF Riga at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. Azovmash will meet at home bottom-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#6) in the next round. VEF Riga will play against the league's leader Khimky in Khimki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: D.Bertans 19+2reb+4ast, A.Parakhouski 15+9reb, K.Janicenoks 13+7reb+4ast, S.Valters 13+1reb+1ast, T.Hughes 10+2ast, K.Berzins 4+8reb
Azovmash: R.Curry 30+4reb+3ast, C.Owens 16+5reb+3ast, D.Alexander 10+6reb+1ast, D.Pasalic 9+4reb, F.House 9+7reb+2ast, M.Pustozvonov 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 101953


Asseco Prokom - Khimky 57-86

An interesting game for Russian Khimky (7-1) which played road game in Gdynia against 4th ranked Polish Asseco Prokom (3-6). First ranked Khimky had an easy win 86-57. The game without a history. Khimky led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Khimky outrebounded Asseco Prokom 38-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) who scored 17 points. Croatian-Bosnian guard Zoran Planinic (199-82) chipped in 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Ronnie Burrell (204-83, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 9 points and center Adam Hrycaniuk (208-84, college: Cincinnati) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimky maintains first position in Group B with 7-1 record. Defending Polish champion Asseco Prokom keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Khimky's next round opponent will be VEF Riga (#5) at home. Asseco Prokom will play against the league's second-placed Zalgiris in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prokom: F.Videnov 10+2reb, R.Burrell 9+3reb, T.Adams 7+3reb+1ast, A.Hrycaniuk 6+6reb, D.Ewing 6+1reb, M.Kostrzewski 4
Khimky: K.Langford 17+2reb+1ast, V.Fridzon 13+2reb+1ast, K.Loncar 11+4reb+1ast, T.Kelati 10+2reb+2ast, F.Dmitriev 8+6reb+1ast, S.Monya 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 101951


Kalev/Cramo - Zalgiris 66-91

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (6-2) crushed bottom-ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (1-7) in Tallinn 91-66 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Zalgiris's pressure prevailed and they won that period 32-14 extending their advantage to 25 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Kalev/Cramo's 32 and made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Kalev/Cramo 40-22 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Travis Watson (203-81, college: Virginia) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import power forward Trent Plaisted (211-86, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Coach Elias Zouros's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward Rait Keerles (201-80) added 16 points in the effort for Kalev/Cramo. Five Zalgiris and four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Zalgiris maintains second position in Group B with 6-2 record behind leader CSKA. Loser Kalev/Cramo stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. Zalgiris will face Asseco Prokom (#4) in Gdynia in the next round. Kalev/Cramo will play on the road against Azovmash in Mariupol.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: R.Keerles 16+4reb+1ast, R.Tamm 15+5reb+3ast, G.Dorbek 12+4reb, K.Kitsing 11+5reb+1ast, A.Skele 9+3reb+4ast, K.Saks 3
Zalgiris: T.Watson 17+8reb+2ast, M.Brown 16+2reb, T.Klimavicius 12+6reb+1ast, P.Jankunas 12+7reb, T.Plaisted 10+11reb+1ast, D.Collins 9+1reb+4ast
gschID: 101952




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 2-6 
 6. Honka 0-8 
Group B
 1. Khimky 7-1 
 2. Zalgiris 6-2 
 3. Azovmash 5-3 
 4. Asseco Prokom 3-6 
 5. VEF Riga 3-6 
 6. Kalev/Cramo 1-7 




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Korac defeates Vojvodina - by Zeljko Zule
Radivoj Korac defeated Vojvodina, 63-49, in the postponed game of Week 13. Korac led by as many as 10 points at the break and 52-35 before the final period. Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, picking up 7 offensive boards, and Nevena Jovanovic added 10 points. Vojvodina commited 23 turnovers. Milana Zivadinovic was the lone scorer to reach double digits with 11 points.

Sibenik inks Figueroa - by Zeljko Zule
Sibenik Jolly JBS added more scoring punch to backcourt by signing former Peruvian national team member Karina Figueroa (173-G-86, college: Long Beach St.) for the remainder of the season. She arrives after playing four seasons in the NCAA with Long Beach State. Last season she appeared in 30 games, averaging 17.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.8 steals. Fugueroa also spent 2010 preseason with WNBA team Los Angeles Sparks before she was released. She played a combined 25 minutes in the team's two preseason games.

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Storm signs Australian guards Belinda Snell and Erin Phillips - by Eurobasket News
The Storm took on more of an Australian flair Wednesday, announcing Belinda Snell (5'11''-F-81) and Erin Phillips (5'8''-G-85) signed training-camp contracts.

Both teamed with Australian star Lauren Jackson, the Storm's three-time MVP, to win silver in the 2008 Olympic Games. Aussie forward Abby Bishop, a rookie last season, is expected to return to Seattle while countrywoman Alison Lacey, the Storm's 2010 first-round draft pick, is questionable.

Coach Brian Agler, also the team's director of player personnel, needed to sign the experienced players in an attempt to replace Czech Republic star Jana Vesela and Russian Olympian Svetlana Abrosimova. That duo were part of the group of key reserves who helped the Storm win its 2010 WNBA championship.

Vesela, a forward, and Abrosimova, a versatile guard, aren't expected to return due to national-team commitments this summer.

'Erin and Belinda aren't like Jana and Svetlana identically, but they are, in their own right, exceptional players,' Agler said on the team's website. 'We're not going to have the exact same team we had a year ago, but our goal is to try and put the group of players that we have in training camp together (and) form as good a team as we possibly can.'

Snell, a 5-foot-11 guard, appeared in two games for San Antonio in 2010 before being cut May 21 by former coach Sandy Brondello. Phillips, 5-8, opted not to play last season, unhappy with a reduced role in Connecticut.

Phillips, who averaged 6.5 points and 2 assists in three seasons with the Sun, requested to be traded or released. But coach Mike Thibault was unwilling to let a talented player walk without something in return. Phillips became an unrestricted free agent this year.

With Seattle, Phillips and Snell will back up veterans Sue Bird and Tanisha Wright.

Snell, who helped Phoenix win its 2007 WNBA championship, is playing in Spain. Phillips is in Poland.

'We are excited to work with both players and expect them to have great opportunities to contribute,' Agler said.

Seattle opens training camp May 15, Agler anticipating with the later start that most players should arrive on time. The Storm begins its title defense June 4 against Phoenix at KeyArena.

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com


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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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Sibenik inks Figueroa - by Zeljko Zule
Sibenik Jolly JBS added more scoring punch to backcourt by signing former Peruvian national team member Karina Figueroa (173-G-86, college: Long Beach St.) for the remainder of the season. She arrives after playing four seasons in the NCAA with Long Beach State. Last season she appeared in 30 games, averaging 17.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.8 steals. Fugueroa also spent 2010 preseason with WNBA team Los Angeles Sparks before she was released. She played a combined 25 minutes in the team's two preseason games.

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Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 9-0 
 2. Tartu Ulikooli 6-3 
 3. TLU/Volta 4-3 
 4. NikeWomen 3-6 
 5. Audentes 0-10 


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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. Myasoedova, Dynam.8.8 
 10. Olajuwon, SEAT L.8.7 
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, Nantes4.9 
 5. Marchanka, Dynamo M.4.8 
 6. Dabovic, Dy.4.6 
 7. Milanovich, Spart.4.5 
 8. Kalentzou, Athinaikos4.4 
 9. Cherepanova, Cheva.4.4 
 10. Moore, Chevakata4.3 
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. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.2.8 
 6. Moore, Chevakata2.8 
 7. Carpreaux, Villeneuve2.7 
 8. Dabovic, Dy.2.6 
 9. Tanqueray, Villeneuve2.6 
 10. Meesseman, Young C.2.6 
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. Riley, Athinaikos1.8 
 6. Dennett, Sint K.1.5 
 7. Mills, Alges1.3 
 8. Hasper, Gorizont1.3 
 9. Skrba, Aris1.2 
 10. Snow, Dynamo K.1.2 


Quarterfinals: Second games - by Eurobasket News
Athinaikos - Mann Filter 74-62
Athinaikos advanced to EuroCup Semifinals. The defending champion was too strong for Mann Filter in the second game winning the battle with aggregate score of 127-115. Teams were tied to 53-53 in the first game. Marina Kress (192-C-80) top-scored in Athinaikos with 15 points. Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) helped with 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Ruth Riley (196-C-79, college: Notre Dame) added 10 pts for her team. In the loosing squad, Aneika Henry (191-C-86, college: Florida) collected 14 points and 6 rebs. Allison Feaster-Strong (181-F-76, college: Harvard) stopped to 10 pts. Mann Filter had nice beginning as they made 20-21 lead after ten minutes of play. The hosts woke up immediately after that and smashed their rival with 20-10. Marina Kress and her teammates continued in the same rhythm after that and with 10:00 to play they were already 16-points up. Mann Filter won the last period 18-22, but of course that was not enough. Athinaikos will meet Chevakata in the Semifinals.

Gran Canaria - Elitzur Ramla 72-76
Elitzur Ramla did a great job in the first meeting against Gran Canaria and they outplayed the same rival once again. This time it was 72-76 road victory for the Israeli squad. It means that Elitzur Ramla won this two-game series with 154-126. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) stepped up for her team once again collecting 16 points and 8 rebounds. Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) and Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) helped with 14 and 13 points respectively. The home side got 24 points and 6 rebs from Nicole Michael (188-G-87, college: Syracuse). Kathrin Ress had 18 pts and 9 boards. Elitzur Ramla had impressive first half. They made 14-24 in Q1 and continued with 13-18 in the second period. Thus, after 20 minutes of play visitors were 15-points up and they also had a big lead from the Game One. Rest of the game was just the formality as Granca was not able to mount a big comeback. Elitzur Ramla will play against Arras in the Semifinals.

Arras - Dynamo-GUVD 87-65
Arras demonstrated its power against Dynamo-GUVD on Wednesday evening. The French outfit celebrated 87-65 victory and advanced to EuroCup Semifinals. Arras won in Game One as well and it was a 67-76 road victory. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) (5 rebs) and Leilani Mitchell (165-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) scored 17 points each for the hosts and Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) had two less. Ksenia Bolsunovskaya answered with 17 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the guests. Ana Dabovic and Elena Gogiya netted 10 pts apiece. Arras destroyed their rival in the first twenty minutes. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo and her teammates exploded offensively in the first quarter scoring 29 points, while they limited Dynamo to 16. The hosts jumped to plus 16 until the halftime and they were already with one leg in the Semis. They played the second half with routine and had not troubles to increase their lead even more. Arras will meet Elitzur Ramla in the Semis.

Chevakata - Nantes 92-72
Chevakata booked a spot for the EuroCup Semifinals. The Russian outfit blasted Nantes 92-72 in Game Two winning the QFinals with 162-155. Jessica Davenport (196-C-85, college: Ohio St.) was a key player for the hosts. She spent 36 minutes on the court registering double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Davenport was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 33. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) had 18 points in this win, while Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) added 13. On the other side, Nantes got 21 points and 6 boards from Emilija Podrug (190-C-79). Yuliya Andreyeva (188-C-83) had 17 pts. Chevakata had impressive first half. The hosts made 29-19 in the Q1 and for the next ten minutes jumped to 59-39. Nantes replied after the breather with 14-22, but Jessica Davenport and her teammates had enough power to close this game with 19-11 for the final 92-72 victory. Chevakata will meet defending champion Athinaikos in the Semifinals.




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Ros Casares change head coach - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares management has decided to make a change at the bridge. They announced the signing of contract with Natalia Hejkova . She will replace Jordi Fernandez as a head coach. Natalia Hejkova signed a deal till the end of the season. The Slovakian specialist last worked in Russia. She led Dynamo Moscow to the EuroCup semifinals as well as Russian Superleague semis. Natalia Hejkova dominated the European basketball scene with Spartak MR in 2007 and 2008. She led the team to both Euroleague and Russian Superleague triumphs in two straight seasons. Natalia Hejkova was named Eurobasket.com European Coach of the Year in both 2007 and 2008. Natalia Hejkova also worked as assistant coach with Russian National Team in 2007 and 2008. Natalia Hejkova will debut with Ros Casares at the weekend when the Valencia outfit travels to Ibiza.


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Chevakata eliminates Nantes, goes to EuroCup Semis - by Eurobasket News
Chevakata - Nantes 92-72

Chevakata booked a spot for the EuroCup Semifinals. The Russian outfit blasted Nantes 92-72 in Game Two winning the QFinals with 162-155. Jessica Davenport (196-C-85, college: Ohio St.) was a key player for the hosts. She spent 36 minutes on the court registering double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Davenport was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 33. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) had 18 points in this win, while Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) added 13. On the other side, Nantes got 21 points and 6 boards from Emilija Podrug (190-C-79). Yuliya Andreyeva (188-C-83) had 17 pts.
Chevakata had impressive first half. The hosts made 29-19 in the Q1 and for the next ten minutes jumped to 59-39. Nantes replied after the breather with 14-22, but Jessica Davenport and her teammates had enough power to close this game with 19-11 for the final 92-72 victory. Chevakata will meet defending champion Athinaikos in the Semifinals.

Chevakata: Jessica Davenport 29+10 boards, Elena Danilochkina 18, Maria Cherepanova 13
Nantes: Emilija Podrug 21+6 boards, Yuliya Andreyeva 17


Arras cruises past Dynamo-GUVD once again - by Eurobasket News
Arras - Dynamo-GUVD 87-65

Arras demonstrated its power against Dynamo-GUVD on Wednesday evening. The French outfit celebrated 87-65 victory and advanced to EuroCup Semifinals. Arras won in Game One as well and it was a 67-76 road victory. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) (5 rebs) and Leilani Mitchell (165-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) scored 17 points each for the hosts and Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) had two less. Ksenia Bolsunovskaya (180-G-82) answered with 17 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the guests. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) and Elena Gogiya (191-F-87, agency: LBM Management) netted 10 pts apiece.
Arras destroyed their rival in the first twenty minutes. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo and her teammates exploded offensively in the first quarter scoring 29 points, while they limited Dynamo to 16. The hosts jumped to plus 16 until the halftime and they were already with one leg in the Semis. They played the second half with routine and had not troubles to increase their lead even more.
Arras will meet Elitzur Ramla in the Semis.

Arras: Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 17+5 boards, Leilani Mitchell 17, Johanne Gomis 15
Dynamo-GUVD: Ksenia Bolsunovskaya 17+6 boards+5 as, Ana Dabovic 10, Elena Gogiya 10


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Athinaikos too much for Mann Filter in EuroCup QFinals - by Eurobasket News
Athinaikos - Mann Filter 74-62

Athinaikos advanced to EuroCup Semifinals. The defending champion was too strong for Mann Filter in the second game winning the battle with aggregate score of 127-115. Teams were tied to 53-53 in the first game. Marina Kress (192-C-80) top-scored in Athinaikos with 15 points. Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) helped with 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Ruth Riley (196-C-79, college: Notre Dame) added 10 pts for her team. In the loosing squad, Aneika Henry (191-C-86, college: Florida) collected 14 points and 6 rebs. Allison Feaster-Strong (181-F-76, college: Harvard) stopped to 10 pts.
Mann Filter had nice beginning as they made 20-21 lead after ten minutes of play. The hosts woke up immediately after that and smashed their rival with 20-10. Marina Kress and her teammates continued in the same rhythm after that and with 10:00 to play they were already 16-points up. Mann Filter won the last period 18-22, but of course that was not enough.
Athinaikos will meet Chevakata in the Semifinals.

Athinaikos: Marina Kress 15, Olga Hatzinikolaou 14+6 boards, Ruth Riley 10
Mann Filter: Aneika Henry 14+6 boards, Allison Feaster-Strong 10


George Dikeoulakos head coach of Europe at the Euroleague All Star Game - by George Fragkos
FIBA Europe announced the coaches that will lead the two teams from Europe and the Rest of the World at the EuroLeague Women All Star Game which will be played in Gdynia, Poland on March 8th.

Europe will be led by Georgios Dikaioulakos , the Lotos Gdynia Head Coach.

Dikeoulakos led Sony Athinaikos to a much celebrated EuroCup Women title in 2010 and is also leading Latvia into EuroBasket Women 2011 as their head coach.

Dikeoulakos will be assisted by Jose I. Hernandez, the coach of Wisla Can-Pack Krakow.

Hungarian Coach Laszlo Ratgeber will be at the helm of the Rest of the World team.

The coach of Fenerbahce has the best record in the EuroLeague Women so far with 12 wins and no loss.

He is assisted by UMMC Ekaterinburg's Gundars Vetra.

The coaches will not only lead practice and coach during the game but also take part in a coaching clinic that is held in Gdynia on March 8th.

The hosting club, Lotos Gdynia also announced the medical staff for the event.

The responsible doctor will be Dr. Maciej Szubinski while Jaroslaw Popiolkiewicz will be the team physio for the Rest of the World and Europe will be supported by physio Seweryn Sroka.

Courtesy: FIBA Europe


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Express L. Round 16: Hamar defeats KR in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

An interesting game for Hamar (16-0) which played road game in Reykjavik against 3rd ranked KR (9-7). Top-ranked Hamar managed to get a 11-point victory 65-54. The game was mostly controlled by Hamar. KR managed to win second period 8-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamar forced 25 KR turnovers. Strangely KR outrebounded Hamar 48-35 including 34 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hamar made 11 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jaleesa Butler (183-F-87, college: Georgetown) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 blocks. The former international forward Fanney Guamundsdottir (178-89) contributed with 16 points and 4 blocks for the winners. The former international forward Margret Sturludottir (178-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for KR. KR's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated Hamar have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. Defending champion KR keeps the third place with seven games lost. Hamar are looking forward to face league's second-placed Keflavik at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KR will play against Haukar in Hafnarfjordur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Grindavik was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Snaefell (8-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Grindavik (3-13). Snaefell managed to secure a 5-point victory 82-77. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Monique Martin (180-83, college: Brewton Parker) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 4 blocks and Laura Audere who added 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Jaleesa Butler (183-87, college: Georgetown) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Snaefell have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 8-8 record. Grindavik lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Fjolnir. Snaefell will play against Njardvik (#6) at home in the next round. Grindavik will play against Fjolnir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Fjolnir was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Njardvik (6-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Fjolnir (3-13). Njardvik managed to secure a 9-point victory 88-79 on Tuesday. The winners were led by Dita Liepkalne who had that evening a double-double by scoring 31 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Njardvik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds by Inga Buzoka did not help to save the game for Fjolnir. Njardvik moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Haukar. Newly promoted Fjolnir keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Grindavik. Njardvik will meet higher ranked Snaefell (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fjolnir will play against Grindavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Hafnarfjordur supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Keflavik (13-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Haukar (6-10). Keflavik smashed Haukar 74-53. Jacquline Adamshick fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keflavik maintains second position with 13-3 record having just three points less than leader Hamar. Haukar lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with ten games lost. Keflavik's next round opponent will be league's leader Hamar on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Haukar will play against KR (#3) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Grindavik - Snaefell 77-82

The game in Grindavik was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Snaefell (8-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Grindavik (3-13). Snaefell managed to secure a 5-point victory 82-77. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 34-21. But Grindavik won second period 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Snaefell made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Snaefell had a 36-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Monique Martin (180-83, college: Brewton Parker) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 4 blocks and Latvian forward Laura Audere (180-84) who added 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Jaleesa Butler (183-87, college: Georgetown) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and center Helga Hallgrimsdottir (180-87) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. Snaefell have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 8-8 record. Grindavik lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Fjolnir. Snaefell will play against Njardvik (#6) at home in the next round. Grindavik will play against Fjolnir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: J.Banks 23+14reb+1ast, H.Hallgrimsdottir 16+11reb+5ast, B.Magnusdottir 15+3reb, A.Reke 13+6reb+5ast, I.Yrsa Ellertsdottir 5+2reb+1ast, E.Osp Ottosdottir 3
Snaefell: M.Martin 34+20reb+2ast, L.Audere 20+9reb+3ast, B.Gunnarsdottir 11+2reb+4ast, B.Einarsdottir 5+2reb+2ast, H.Kjartansdottir 4+8reb, E.Hoegnadottir 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 120974


Fjolnir - Njardvik 79-88

The game in Fjolnir was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Njardvik (6-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Fjolnir (3-13). Njardvik managed to secure a 9-point victory 88-79 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 58-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by Latvian forward Dita Liepkalne (185-87, college: Hawaii) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 31 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and American guard Shayla Fields (175-87, college: N.Carolina St., agency: 540 Sports) supported her with 17 points and 6 assists. Njardvik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds by Latvian center Inga Buzoka (191-81, college: Missouri Western) did not help to save the game for Fjolnir. American guard Natasha Harris (177-86, college: Boise St.) added 14 points and 6 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Njardvik moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Haukar. Newly promoted Fjolnir keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Grindavik. Njardvik will meet higher ranked Snaefell (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fjolnir will play against Grindavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: I.Buzoka 26+5reb+2ast, B.Eiriksdottir 15+6reb+2ast, N.Harris 14+4reb+6ast, B.Holton Tomasdottir 11+4ast, E.Kristinsdottir 6+2reb, A.Ragnarsdottir 4+3reb+1ast
Njardvik: D.Liepkalne 31+13reb+4ast, A.Helga Palsdottir 18+2reb+2ast, S.Fields 17+3reb+6ast, J.Demirer 10+11reb+2ast, A.Einarsdottir 6, E.Gretarsdottir 4+1reb
gschID: 120971


Haukar - Keflavik 53-74

The game in Hafnarfjordur supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Keflavik (13-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Haukar (6-10). Keflavik smashed Haukar 74-53. The game was mostly controlled by Keflavik. Haukar was better in third quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Keflavik forced 19 Haukar turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Haukar's players. American forward Jacquline Adamshick (183-84, college: Villanova) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-87) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. Four Keflavik players scored in double figures. The former international center Ragna Brynjarsdottir (188-90) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Kathleen Snodgrass (175-82) added 16 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keflavik maintains second position with 13-3 record having just three points less than leader Hamar. Haukar lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with ten games lost. Keflavik's next round opponent will be league's leader Hamar on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Haukar will play against KR (#3) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Haukar: R.Brynjarsdottir 19+13reb, K.Snodgrass 16+14reb+1ast, A.Sverrisdottir 6+4reb+3ast, G.ask Amundardottir 6+3reb+1ast, D.Samuelsdottir 4+1reb, M.Halfdanardotir 2+2reb+2ast
Keflavik: P.Gunnlaugsdottir 16+3reb+7ast, J.Adamshick 15+12reb+3ast, E.Guamundsdottir 15+4reb+3ast, B.Valgarasdottir 14+7reb+4ast, I.Jakobsdottir 5+1reb+1ast, M.Caran 4+6reb+4ast
gschID: 120972


KR - Hamar 54-65

An interesting game for Hamar (16-0) which played road game in Reykjavik against 3rd ranked KR (9-7). Top-ranked Hamar managed to get a 11-point victory 65-54. The game was mostly controlled by Hamar. KR managed to win second period 8-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamar forced 25 KR turnovers. Strangely KR outrebounded Hamar 48-35 including 34 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hamar made 11 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jaleesa Butler (183-87, college: Georgetown) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 blocks. The former international forward Fanney Guamundsdottir (178-89) contributed with 16 points and 4 blocks for the winners. The former international forward Margret Sturludottir (178-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Hildur Siguraardottir (178-81) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for KR. KR's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hamar have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. Defending champion KR keeps the third place with seven games lost. Hamar are looking forward to face league's second-placed Keflavik at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KR will play against Haukar in Hafnarfjordur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KR: M.Sturludottir 14+12reb+4ast, H.Siguraardottir 13+8reb+3ast, S.Hermannsdottir 11+5reb+1ast, G.Aorsteinsdottir 9+7reb+3ast, H.Einarsdottir 4+9reb+2ast, H.Halfdanardottir 2+2reb+2ast
Hamar: J.Butler 29+15reb+5ast, F.Guamundsdottir 16+3reb+1ast, K.Sigurjonsdottir 10+3reb+1ast, S.Dimovska 4+4reb+6ast, G.Sverrisdottir 3+5reb, A.Asgeirsdottir 3+2reb
gschID: 120973




Standings - Women
Express L. Standings
 1. Hamar 16-0 
 2. Keflavik 13-3 
 3. KR 9-7 
 4. Snaefell 8-8 
 5. Haukar 6-10 
 6. Njardvik 6-10 
 7. Fjolnir 3-13 
 8. Grindavik 3-13 


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Jacquline ADAMSHICK
  Keflavik
  (183-F-84)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Adamshick, Keflavik25.3 
 2. Harris, Fjolnir24.7 
 3. Butler, Hamar23.9 
 4. Snodgrass, Haukar23.4 
 5. Fields, Njardvik22.9 
 6. Boyd, Grindavik21.0 
 7. Sturludottir, KR19.1 
 8. Liepkalne, Njardvik16.9 
 9. Sigurjonsdot., Ham.16.8 
 10. Valgarasdott., Kefla.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacquline ADAMSHICK
  Keflavik
  (183-F-84)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Adamshick, Keflavik15.6 
 2. Butler, Hamar15.2 
 3. Buzoka, Fjolnir12.5 
 4. Liepkalne, Njardvik11.1 
 5. Hallgrimsdot., Grinda.10.4 
 6. Muciniece, Snaefell10.3 
 7. Brynjarsdott., Hau.9.8 
 8. Boyd, Grindavik9.1 
 9. Fields, Njardvik8.9 
 10. Harris, Fjolnir8.6 
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., KR4.2 
 5. Clark, Grindavik4.0 
 6. Fields, Njardvik4.0 
 7. Sturludottir, KR3.7 
 8. Liepkalne, Njardvik3.6 
 9. Valgarasdott., Kefla.3.6 
 10. Gunnlaugsdot., Kefla.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Harris, Fjolnir5.6 
 2. Dimovska, Hamar3.9 
 3. Reke, Grindavik3.5 
 4. Butler, Hamar3.3 
 5. Adamshick, Keflavik3.1 
 6. Logan, Snaefell3.0 
 7. Sturludottir, KR2.9 
 8. Boyd, Grindavik2.9 
 9. Valgarasdott., Kefla.2.7 
 10. Liepkalne, Njardvik2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Hamar
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Butler, Hamar3.2 
 2. Buzoka, Fjolnir2.7 
 3. Hermannsdott., KR2.3 
 4. Muciniece, Snaefell2.1 
 5. Logan, Snaefell1.7 
 6. Valgarasdott., Kefla.1.2 
 7. Adamshick, Keflavik1.1 
 8. Ragnarsdotti., KR1.0 
 9. Johannsdotti., Kefla.0.9 
 10. Brynjarsdott., Hau.0.8 


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Elitzur Ramla advances to EuroCup Semis - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Elitzur Ramla 72-76

Elitzur Ramla did a great job in the first meeting against Gran Canaria and they outplayed the same rival once again. This time it was 72-76 road victory for the Israeli squad. It means that Elitzur Ramla won this two-game series with 154-126. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) stepped up for her team once again collecting 16 points and 8 rebounds. Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) and Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) helped with 14 and 13 points respectively. The home side got 24 points and 6 rebs from Nicole Michael (188-G-87, college: Syracuse). Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) had 18 pts and 9 boards.
Elitzur Ramla had impressive first half. They made 14-24 in Q1 and continued with 13-18 in the second period. Thus, after 20 minutes of play visitors were 15-points up and they also had a big lead from the Game One. Rest of the game was just the formality as Granca was not able to mount a big comeback.
Elitzur Ramla will play against Arras in the Semifinals.

Gran Canaria: Nicole Michael 24+6 boards, Kathrin Ress 18+9 boards
Elitzur Ramla: Le'Coe Willingham 16+8 boards, Tanisha Wright 14, Shay Doron 13


Gardin's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward Kerri Gardin (186-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Elitzur Maclaren Holon and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
She had a double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds, while her team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Hapoel T-A (#10, 0-18) with 38-point margin 100-62. Elitzur Holon maintains the 8th position in Israeli D1. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 14 games and recorded just four victories. Gardin turned to be Elitzur Holon's top player in her first season with the team. Virginia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gardin leads league in rebounds with 12.7rpg. Gardin is in league's top in and averages solid 1.1bpg and 2.1spg.

Second best performed player last round was Briann January (173-G-87) of Raanana Her.. She is American guard in her first season at Raanana Her.. In the last game January recorded impressive double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds. Of course she lead Raanana Her. to another comfortable win outscoring Hapoel T-A (#10, 0-18) 83-43. Raanana Her.'s 6th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. January is a newcomer at Raanana Her. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jillian Robbins (185-F-84, agency: LBM Management) of Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion (#9). Robbins showcased her all-around game by recording 17 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Robbins' great performance Elitzur R.Le-Zion lost 55-81 to the higher-ranked Raanana Her. (#6, 10-8). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Elitzur R.Le-Zion can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Robbins she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Robbins has individually a great season in Israel. After 17 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.1rpg (5th best). She also has 2.9spg and FGP: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kia Vaughn (193-C-87) of Elitzur Ramla - 27 points and 8 rebounds
5. Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84) of Maccabi Ashdod - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Briann January (173-G-87) of Raanana Her. - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Chante Black (196-C-85) of Electra Ramat - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86) of Electra Ramat - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Bar Galinski (181-F-92) of Elitzur Holon - 22 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Moran Shitrit (175-G-89) of Elitzur Holon - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  LATVIA - Women  


LSBL Round 16 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
LSBL round 16 most important game was a victory of Cesis over 8th ranked Liepajas 50-35 on Sunday night. Liepajas were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Cesis dominated on the defensive end, holding Liepajas to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They held Liepajas to an opponent 17.1 percent shooting from the field compared to 26.3 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Liepajas 50-38 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cesis made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Lina Lisnere (192-86, college: Syracuse) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Linda Bebre (165-91) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Kristine Simanovica (178-89) replied with 7 points and 5 rebounds for Liepajas. Liepajas' coach Livija Alpe-Luka rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cesis (3-16) moved-up to seventh place. Liepajas lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Cesis are looking forward to face league's leader TTT Riga on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Liepajas will play against the league's second-placed Latvijas Universitate (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: TTT Juniores (#4) and RTU-Merks (#3). TTT Juniores (10-7) smashed visiting RTU-Merks (13-6) by 19 points 67-48. Worth to mention a great performance of center Guna Lagzdina (182-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and Liga Surkusa who added 13 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side power forward Ieva Vitola (187-85) responded with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. TTT Juniores have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-7 record. RTU-Merks lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with six games lost. TTT Juniores will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. RTU-Merks will play at home against TTT Kadetes in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Riga: TTT Riga (#1) and TTT Kadetes (#5). TTT Riga (18-0) smashed visiting TTT Kadetes (8-11) by 36 points 88-52. The winners were led by Anda Eibele who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by Asnate-Marianna Fomina did not help to save the game for TTT Kadetes. TTT Kadetes' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated TTT Riga have an impressive 18-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-0 record. TTT Kadetes lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. TTT Riga will meet Daugavpils Universitate (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. TTT Kadetes will play against RTU-Merks in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Liepaja was also worth to mention about. Third ranked RTU-Merks (13-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Liepajas (2-17). RTU-Merks managed to secure a 8-point victory 73-65. Kristina Cirsa fired 17 points and 5 rebounds (made all of her nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Liepajas' coach Livija Alpe-Luka tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. RTU-Merks maintains third position with 13-6 record having four points less than leader TTT Riga. Liepajas lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. RTU-Merks' next round opponent will be TTT Kadetes (#5) in Riga. Liepajas will play on the road against the league's second-placed Latvijas Universitate in Riga.
The game in Liepaja was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Daugavpils Universitate (5-14) played at the court of 8th ranked Liepajas (2-17). Daugavpils Universitate defeated Liepajas 52-40 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for Kristina Egle who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. Liepajas' coach Livija Alpe-Luka let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Daugavpils Universitate maintains sixth position with 5-14 record. Liepajas lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Daugavpils Universitate will face league's leader TTT Riga at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Liepajas will play against the league's second-placed Latvijas Universitate (#2) in Riga.



Liepajas - Cesis 35-50

LSBL round 16 most important game was a victory of Cesis over 8th ranked Liepajas 50-35 on Sunday night. Liepajas were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Cesis dominated on the defensive end, holding Liepajas to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They held Liepajas to an opponent 17.1 percent shooting from the field compared to 26.3 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Liepajas 50-38 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cesis made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Lina Lisnere (192-86, college: Syracuse) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Linda Bebre (165-91) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Kristine Simanovica (178-89) replied with 7 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Anete Pinstere (180-85) added 10 points in the effort for Liepajas. Liepajas' coach Livija Alpe-Luka rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cesis (3-16) moved-up to seventh place. Liepajas lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Cesis are looking forward to face league's leader TTT Riga on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Liepajas will play against the league's second-placed Latvijas Universitate (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Liepajas: A.Pinstere 10+2reb, K.Simanovica 7+5reb, M.Line 5+2reb, L.Zdanovska 5+6reb, D.Line 4+4reb+3ast, S.Egle 4+4reb+2ast
Cesis: L.Lisnere 17+18reb, L.Bebre 11+5reb+2ast, Z.Zeltina 8+1reb+1ast, K.Maca 6+4reb+2ast, I.Geistarde-Zaporozeca 4+5reb, I.Dukate 2+5reb
gschID: 119685


TTT Juniores - RTU-Merks 67-48

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: TTT Juniores (#4) and RTU-Merks (#3). TTT Juniores (10-7) smashed visiting RTU-Merks (13-6) by 19 points 67-48. The game was mostly controlled by TTT Juniores. RTU-Merks was better in fourth quarter 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TTT Juniores dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to RTU-Merks' 22. TTT Juniores had a 33-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of center Guna Lagzdina (182-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and center Liga Surkusa (192-91) who added 13 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side power forward Ieva Vitola (187-85) responded with 11 points and 5 rebounds and international forward Diana Ozolina (175-89) scored 3 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. TTT Juniores have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-7 record. RTU-Merks lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with six games lost. TTT Juniores will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. RTU-Merks will play at home against TTT Kadetes in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
RTU-Merks: I.Vitola 11+5reb, I.Malkevica 9+1reb, D.Lazdeniece 8+3reb+1ast, D.Rozenberga 6+5reb+1ast, A.Kirsteine 4+3reb+1ast, D.Poksane 3+6reb
TTT Juniores: G.Lagzdina 17+14reb, L.Surkusa 13+11reb+2ast, L.Sarja 10+1reb+3ast, L.Neimane 9+3reb+2ast, A.Geka 9+2reb+1ast, L.Paula Berga 3
gschID: 119686


Liepajas - RTU-Merks 65-73

The game in Liepaja was also worth to mention about. Third ranked RTU-Merks (13-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Liepajas (2-17). RTU-Merks managed to secure a 8-point victory 73-65. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. RTU-Merks made 23-of-24 charity shots (95.8 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Guard Kristina Cirsa (177-87) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds (made all of her nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Forward Ieva Malkevica (175-87) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four RTU-Merks players scored in double figures. Power forward Sabine Egle (179-91) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and British center Zane Alilujeva (185-87) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Liepajas' coach Livija Alpe-Luka tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. RTU-Merks maintains third position with 13-6 record having four points less than leader TTT Riga. Liepajas lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. RTU-Merks' next round opponent will be TTT Kadetes (#5) in Riga. Liepajas will play on the road against the league's second-placed Latvijas Universitate in Riga.
Top scorers:
Liepajas: Z.Alilujeva 21+2reb, S.Egle 17+6reb, D.Line 8+1ast, K.Simanovica 7+2reb, A.Pinstere 3+3reb+3ast, A.Kruga 3
RTU-Merks: K.Cirsa 17+5reb+3ast, I.Vitola 15+6reb, I.Malkevica 13+7reb+4ast, A.Kirsteine 10+5reb, S.Langenfelde 8+3reb+3ast, D.Lazdeniece 6+1reb
gschID: 119688


TTT Riga - TTT Kadetes 88-52

Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Riga: TTT Riga (#1) and TTT Kadetes (#5). TTT Riga (18-0) smashed visiting TTT Kadetes (8-11) by 36 points 88-52. The game without a history. TTT Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 33-of-43 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while TTT Kadetes only scored twelve points from the stripe. TTT Riga forced 20 TTT Kadetes turnovers and outrebounded them 58-38 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by the former international guard Anda Eibele (170-84) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and international forward Dita Krumberga (183-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) supported her with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by guard Asnate-Marianna Fomina (168-94) did not help to save the game for TTT Kadetes. Center Ruta Veidere (188-94) added 12 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. TTT Kadetes' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. TTT Riga have an impressive 18-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-0 record. TTT Kadetes lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. TTT Riga will meet Daugavpils Universitate (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. TTT Kadetes will play against RTU-Merks in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTT Kadetes: A.Fomina 14+6reb+3ast, K.Bridina 14+3reb+1ast, R.Veidere 12+6reb+1ast, E.Berzina 5+4reb, R.Reine 4+4reb, P.Pece 2+3reb+2ast
TTT Riga: D.Krumberga 22+9reb+3ast, A.Eibele 19+15reb+5ast, Z.Jakobsone 18+5reb, S.Dukate 9+4reb, K.Nimane 7+13reb+4ast, I.Veinberga 7+9reb
gschID: 119683


Liepajas - Daugavpils 40-52

The game in Liepaja was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Daugavpils Universitate (5-14) played at the court of 8th ranked Liepajas (2-17). Daugavpils Universitate defeated Liepajas 52-40 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Daugavpils Universitate. Liepajas was better in fourth quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Liepajas to just 6 points in first quarter and to 13 points in first half. Daugavpils Universitate held Liepajas to an opponent 22.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 28.8 percent accuracy of the winners. It was a very good performance for forward Kristina Egle (177-86) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Olga Kazakevica (165-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Daiga Line (173-90) replied with 14 points and center Liga Zdanovska (186-87) added 6 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Liepajas. Liepajas' coach Livija Alpe-Luka let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Daugavpils Universitate maintains sixth position with 5-14 record. Liepajas lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Daugavpils Universitate will face league's leader TTT Riga at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Liepajas will play against the league's second-placed Latvijas Universitate (#2) in Riga.
Top scorers:
Liepajas: D.Line 14+4reb+1ast, L.Zdanovska 6+8reb+2ast, K.Simanovica 5+7reb, A.Feldmane 5+4reb, M.Line 4+5reb+2ast, Z.Alilujeva 3+7reb
Daugavpils: K.Egle 17+9reb+3ast, O.Kazakevica 14+12reb+2ast, O.Jevsejeva 10+6reb+3ast, S.Baltace 6+7reb+1ast, M.Sirokova 5+4reb+1ast, S.Jevsejeva 0
gschID: 119684




Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 18-0 
 2. LU 15-3 
 3. RTU-Merks 13-6 
 4. TTT Juniores 10-7 
 5. TTT Kadetes 8-11 
 6. Daugavpils 5-14 
 7. Cesis 3-16 
 8. Liepajas 2-17 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Krastina, LU22.3 
 2. Krumberga, TTT R.18.9 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.18.4 
 4. Lisnere, Cesis18.1 
 5. Jakobsone, Cesis17.8 
 6. Eibele, TTT Riga15.8 
 7. Teilane, RTU-Merks15.4 
 8. Surkusa, TTT J.14.8 
 9. Butler, TTT Riga14.5 
 10. Egle, Daugavpils14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.12.1 
 2. Teilane, RTU-Merks11.3 
 3. Lisnere, Cesis10.6 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.2 
 5. Lagzdina, TTT J.10.0 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 7. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.5 
 8. Veidere, TTT K.8.4 
 9. Zarina, LU8.1 
 10. Zellous, TTT Riga7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga5.8 
 2. Zellous, TTT Riga4.7 
 3. Jevsejeva, Dauga.4.1 
 4. Krastina, LU3.9 
 5. Karklina, TTT Riga3.8 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 7. Neimane, TTT J.2.9 
 8. Staugaitiene, TTT R.2.8 
 9. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.7 
 10. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Krastina, LU4.3 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.4 
 3. Eibele, TTT Riga3.3 
 4. Zellous, TTT Riga3.0 
 5. Butler, TTT Riga2.9 
 6. Krumberga, TTT R.2.6 
 7. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.5 
 8. Bridina, TTT K.2.5 
 9. Zeltina, Cesis2.4 
 10. Nimane, TTT Riga2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.4 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.3.3 
 3. Surkusa, TTT J.2.1 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.7 
 5. Zellous, TTT Riga1.3 
 6. Lisnere, Cesis1.2 
 7. Nimane, TTT Riga1.2 
 8. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 
 9. Egle, Daugavpils0.8 
 10. Poksane, RTU-Merks0.8 


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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Laurie KOEHN
  Utex Row
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Koehn, Utex Row18.7 
 2. Champion, Inea AZS16.9 
 3. Harris, Utex Row14.9 
 4. Kobryn, Wisla C.14.7 
 5. Kobryn, Wisla C.14.7 
 6. Leuchanka, Gorzow14.4 
 7. Fox-Griffin, Super.14.3 
 8. Ross, Lider P.14.0 
 9. Szott, Artego14.0 
 10. Wright, Lotos G.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yelena LEUCHANKA
  Wisla Can-Pak
  (196-C-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.7 
 2. Oha, LKS Siemens9.2 
 3. Carter, CCC P.9.1 
 4. Cheek, Super-Pol8.2 
 5. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia8.2 
 6. Alexander, Odra B.7.9 
 7. Denson, Lider P.7.7 
 8. Crisman, Artego7.6 
 9. Jankowska, LKS S.7.5 
 10. Maksimovic, Energa T.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC Polkowice
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Zoll, CCC P.5.9 
 2. Phillips, Wisla C.4.3 
 3. Phillips, Wisla C.4.3 
 4. Richards, Gorzow4.1 
 5. Kulaga, Super-Pol3.8 
 6. Idczak, Inea AZS3.8 
 7. Raymond, Artego3.8 
 8. Gawronska, Odra B.3.6 
 9. Bortelova, Energa T.3.6 
 10. Swanier, Lotos G.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Naketia SWANIER
  Lotos Gdynia
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Swanier, Lotos G.2.5 
 2. Ross, Lider P.2.5 
 3. Carter, CCC P.2.4 
 4. Bednarek, Lider P.2.4 
 5. Phillips, Wisla C.2.3 
 6. Gajda, Energa Torun2.3 
 7. Jelavic, Wisla C.2.3 
 8. Jelavic, Wisla C.2.3 
 9. Phillips, Wisla C.2.3 
 10. Skobel, Gorzow2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brittany DENSON
  Lider Pruszkow
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Denson, Lider P.2.1 
 2. Majewska, CCC P.1.9 
 3. Perostiyska, Energa T.1.6 
 4. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia1.4 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.3 
 6. Burse, Wisla C.1.3 
 7. Jankowska, LKS S.1.1 
 8. Goff, Super-Pol1.0 
 9. Kobryn, Wisla C.0.9 
 10. Oha, LKS Siemens0.9 


Standings - PLKK
PLKK Standings
 1. Wisla Can-Pak 18-1 
 2. CCC Polkowice 18-2 
 3. Gorzow 15-4 
 4. Lider Pruszkow 14-7 
 5. Energa Torun 13-7 
 6. Lotos Gdynia 12-7 
 7. Artego 10-11 
 8. Super-Pol 9-12 
 9. Widzew 7-13 
 10. Inea AZS 5-15 
 11. Utex Row 4-16 
 12. Odra Brzeg 3-17 
 13. LKS Siemens 2-18 


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Youngster Championships in Lisboa and Porto - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
The Women Under-19 Final Four ended up with Alges getting the District title. Alges beat Escola M.A. Meneres in the final, while Benfica finished in 3rd place after beating SIMECQ.

The MVP was Paula Couto (180-F-93) (Escola M. A. Meneres) and the best scorer was Marcia Carvalho (170-G-92) (Alges). The best team was composed by Marcia Carvalho (Alges), Filipa Bernardeco (173-G-92) (E.M.A.M.), Simone Costa (Benfica), Paula Couto (E.M.A.M.) and Marcia Filipe (E.M.A.M.)

In the Women Under-16 Final Four, SIMECQ was the big winner. Alges finished in second place, Benfica in third and Escola M. A. Meneres in the last place.

The MVP and Best scorer prize went to Maria Kostourkova (SIMECQ), who is only 14 years old. The best team was composed by Catarina Cardoso (SIMECQ), Ines Ferreira (SIMECQ), Simone Costa (Benfica), Fatoumata Ba (Alges) and Maria Kostourkova (SIMECQ).




Academico and Coimbroes get the Porto titles

In the Women U19 Final Four, Academico reached the title after beating CPN in the final game. Coimbroes and Porto got the final two places in the competition.

The MVP award went to Joana Cruz (Academico). The best team was composed by Melissa Pereira (Coimbroes), Joana Jesus (169-G-93) (CPN), Catarina Vieira (167-G-93) (CPN), Joana Cruz (Academico) and Ines Pinto (174-F-93) (CPN).

In the Women U16 Final Four, it was time to Coimbroes to get back a title that they didnt got since 1993. Valongo finished in second, with Porto in the 3rd place and CPN in the last.

Ines Filipa (Valongo) grab the MVP award, while the best team was composed by Ana Cavalheiro (Valongo), Eduarda Umabano (Valongo), Fabiana Mendes (Coimbroes), Sofia Moniz (CPN) and Ines Filipa (Coimbroes).




Source: www.thebasketballboard.blogspot.com



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  ROMANIA - Women  


Walker's double-double lands her (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old center Andrea Walker (196-C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sf.Gheorghe and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
She had a double-double of 16 points and 21 rebounds, while her team outclassed Rapid (#7, 1-4) with 32-point margin 71-39. Sf.Gheorghe maintains the 4th position in Romanian D1. Sf.Gheorghe is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 6 games. Walker just recently signed at Sf.Gheorghe, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Ohio State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Walker is in league's top in points (2nd best: 11.7ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 13.0rpg) and averages solid 2.8bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Ildiko Vass (178-G-78). She is former international guard in her 4th season at Sf.Gheorghe. In the last game Vass recorded impressive 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course together with Walker she helped Sf.Gheorghe with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Rapid (#7, 1-4) 71-39. Sf.Gheorghe's 4th position in A1 has not changed. Her team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Vass is one of the most experienced players at Sf.Gheorghe and similarly like Andrea Walker has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#6). She also registered 4.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Gabriela Toma (192-C-74) of league's second-best ICIM Arad. Toma scored 13 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of ICIM Arad, leading her team to a 103-56 easy win against Olimpia (#8, 0-6). ICIM Arad is closer and closer to the top of the standings in A1. They will still need more victories. But 5-1 record is not that bad... Toma has a very solid season. In 13 games in Romania she scored 10.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anita Teilane (196-C-85) of Satu Mare - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) of ICIM Arad - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Tena Matthews (173-G-85) of Craiova - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Lori Bjork (180-G-86) of Satu Mare - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Cherrise Graham (171-G-82) of ICIM Arad - 24 points
9. Nevena Saponjic (186-C-85) of Alexandria - 18 points, 9 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)


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Chevakata eliminates Nantes, goes to EuroCup Semis - by Eurobasket News
Chevakata - Nantes 92-72

Chevakata booked a spot for the EuroCup Semifinals. The Russian outfit blasted Nantes 92-72 in Game Two winning the QFinals with 162-155. Jessica Davenport (196-C-85, college: Ohio St.) was a key player for the hosts. She spent 36 minutes on the court registering double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Davenport was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 33. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) had 18 points in this win, while Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) added 13. On the other side, Nantes got 21 points and 6 boards from Emilija Podrug (190-C-79). Yuliya Andreyeva (188-C-83) had 17 pts.
Chevakata had impressive first half. The hosts made 29-19 in the Q1 and for the next ten minutes jumped to 59-39. Nantes replied after the breather with 14-22, but Jessica Davenport and her teammates had enough power to close this game with 19-11 for the final 92-72 victory. Chevakata will meet defending champion Athinaikos in the Semifinals.

Chevakata: Jessica Davenport 29+10 boards, Elena Danilochkina 18, Maria Cherepanova 13
Nantes: Emilija Podrug 21+6 boards, Yuliya Andreyeva 17


Arras cruises past Dynamo-GUVD once again - by Eurobasket News
Arras - Dynamo-GUVD 87-65

Arras demonstrated its power against Dynamo-GUVD on Wednesday evening. The French outfit celebrated 87-65 victory and advanced to EuroCup Semifinals. Arras won in Game One as well and it was a 67-76 road victory. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) (5 rebs) and Leilani Mitchell (165-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) scored 17 points each for the hosts and Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) had two less. Ksenia Bolsunovskaya (180-G-82) answered with 17 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the guests. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) and Elena Gogiya (191-F-87, agency: LBM Management) netted 10 pts apiece.
Arras destroyed their rival in the first twenty minutes. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo and her teammates exploded offensively in the first quarter scoring 29 points, while they limited Dynamo to 16. The hosts jumped to plus 16 until the halftime and they were already with one leg in the Semis. They played the second half with routine and had not troubles to increase their lead even more.
Arras will meet Elitzur Ramla in the Semis.

Arras: Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 17+5 boards, Leilani Mitchell 17, Johanne Gomis 15
Dynamo-GUVD: Ksenia Bolsunovskaya 17+6 boards+5 as, Ana Dabovic 10, Elena Gogiya 10


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Standings - Women
SKL Standings
 1. Merkur Celje 17-2 
 2. Hit K.Gora 16-0 
 3. AJM Maribor 12-5 
 4. Ilrija 10-5 
 5. Triglav 9-7 
 6. Jezica 8-8 
 7. GVT Konjice 6-10 
 8. Grosuplje 6-12 
 9. Odeja KED 5-12 
 10. Kozmetika Afr. 2-15 
 11. Domzale 0-15 


New wins for Celje and Maribor - by Zeljko Zule
AJM Maribor-Grosuplje 99-69: The home team never trailed and led by as many as 23 points in the first quarter. Ljubica Kure socred 25 points, Maja Drozg came off the bench for 17 points and Kristina Baltic had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 asissts. Maribor outrebounded Grosuplje 39-22 and handed out 24 assists to Grosuplje's only one. Natasa Mikic and Anita Kastelic posted 12 points each for the visiting team and Alina Gjerkes added 10.
Odeja-Celje 37-53: Celje never trailed and in made a 13-2 run in the second half to go ahead 43-31. The lead that never dipped below double digits the rest of the way. Nika Baric scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half, Ana Turcinovic collected 16 points and 19 rebounds, picked up 8 offensive rebounds and Monika Bosilja had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Odeja was led by Ajda Gabrovsek with 13 points and 17 rebounds.


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit K.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Oblak, Hit K.Gora21.4 
 2. Kure, AJM Maribor19.2 
 3. Komplet, Hit K.19.0 
 4. Mikic, Grosuplje17.4 
 5. Turcinovic, Merkur C.17.4 
 6. Baric, Merkur C.16.9 
 7. Baltic, AJM M.14.7 
 8. Oblak, Odeja KED14.3 
 9. Dover, AJM Maribor14.3 
 10. Skof, Ilrija14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja KED
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 13
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.13.0 
 2. Turcinovic, Merkur C.11.9 
 3. Skof, Ilrija9.6 
 4. Macura, Jezica8.6 
 5. Ljubenovic, Triglav8.0 
 6. Zdolsek, Triglav7.7 
 7. Klancnik, GVT K.7.7 
 8. Baltic, AJM M.7.6 
 9. Vene, Ilrija7.6 
 10. Furman, AJM M.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  Merkur Celje
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Baric, Merkur C.5.8 
 2. Oberc, Ilrija4.4 
 3. Panic, Hit K.Gora4.3 
 4. Jurse, Kozmetik.3.9 
 5. Oblak, Hit K.Gora3.6 
 6. Kolman, Grosuplje3.2 
 7. Duric, Triglav3.1 
 8. Baltic, AJM M.3.0 
 9. Abramovic, Merkur C.2.9 
 10. Zdolsek, Triglav2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Klavdija OBLAK
  Odeja KED
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Oblak, Odeja KED4.0 
 2. Abramovic, Merkur C.3.2 
 3. Gabrovsek, Jezica2.9 
 4. Oberc, Ilrija2.6 
 5. Zalar, Ilrija2.6 
 6. Zupancic, Grosuplje2.5 
 7. Oblak, Hit K.Gora2.5 
 8. Rupnik, Jezica2.5 
 9. Dover, AJM Maribor2.5 
 10. Turcinovic, Merkur C.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja KED
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.1.3 
 2. Baltic, AJM M.0.7 
 3. Pavli, Jezica0.7 
 4. Klancnik, GVT K.0.7 
 5. Srot, GVT Konjice0.6