EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/12/2011

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  ABA   


20th win for the Mavericks - by Gianni Pascucci
The Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated the Houston Stallions 152-61 at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. The Mavericks won their 29th straight home victory with their dominating win on Thursday night. The Mavs opened the game on an 11-2 run led by early baskets by Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar), Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman), and Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville). SETX never looked back and led 29-10 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second period the Mavericks bench just wore down Houston. Frontline players Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) and DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) led a balanced Mavs attack to lead 68-26 at halftime.
In the second half the stifling Mavericks Defense continued led by Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) and Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.). Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.), Davis, White, and Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) controlled the paint and the Mavericks rolled to their 20th victory of the season.
Crain led eight Mavericks in double figure scoring with 23 points. White followed up with a near triple double with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assist. Davis had another double/double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Todd added 20 points. Lamar and Alex Sanders scored 12 points each. Cambridge and Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) chipped in 11 and 10 points respectively. Jonathan Simms (6'3''-G) led Houston with a game high 29 points. Jacobie Shivers (6'8''-F, college: Prairie View A&M) followed up with 15 points.
The Mavericks will be back at home next Thursday, February 17th against the Houston Red Storm. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.


Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 13-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. NY Prime Time 1-4 
 4. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 5. Texas RR 0-1 
 6. Shizuoka Gym. 0-3 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 20-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 5-4 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Louisiana U. 1-5 
 5. Cypress 0-0 
 6. Houston R.S. 0-5 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Seven Cities 11-0 
 2. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 3. Charlotte 0-0 
 4. College Park 0-0 
 5. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Georgia K. 0-0 
NoCal
 1. E.Bay Pitbulls 13-4 
 2. Bay Area M. 10-6 
 3. Sacramento H. 8-5 
 4. California SK 8-6 
 5. Modesto H. 8-7 
 6. S.Francisco R. 5-3 
 7. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 12-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 7-4 
 3. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 4. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 5. Indianapolis 0-0 
 6. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 7. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
 8. NWI M.Stars 0-3 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 3-1 
 2. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 3. NY Thunder 0-0 
 4. S.Jersey 0-0 
 5. Tri-City Suns 0-0 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 11-1 
SoCal
 1. San Diego Sol 10-3 
 2. Las Vegas A. 9-1 
 3. LA Slam 8-6 
 4. San Diego S. 7-6 
 5. Compton C. 0-0 
 6. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 7. Mid-Valley 0-1 
 8. Riverside R. 0-1 
 9. SoCal Swish 0-4 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 12-1 
 2. Columbus Diesel 5-3 
 3. St. Louis 2-1 
 4. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 5. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 6. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 14-0 
 2. Columbus Life 11-3 
 3. Savannah Storm 10-3 
 4. Bahama PS 0-0 
 5. Florida M. 0-0 
 6. Florida Th. 0-0 
 7. Heartland P. 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 12-4 
 2. North Dallas 10-6 
 3. Oklahoma 8-3 
 4. West Texas W. 8-5 
 5. N.Texas F. 1-4 
 6. Dallas Impact 0-0 


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Aco Petrovic stays with Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
Head Coach of Cedevita Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Interperformances ) changed his decision. The experienced coach decided to stay with the club, despite he stepped down on his position after shocking defeat against Zadar in the National Cup Semifinals. The club supported Petrovic to stay and they will continue together for rest of the season. Cedevita lost to Zadar 82-83, who played this game with only five players. It was a big embarrassment for Cedevita and Petrovic resigned just few minutes after the game.
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   


Kavedzija targets fourth straight win - by Kristian Santiago
(By The New Times)
RWANDAs national basketball coach Veceslav Kavedzija is looking to make it four wins on the trot in the on-going Zone 5 basketball championship when his sides return to action this afternoon.

The women side takes on Uganda at Green Hills before another show down between Rwanda and Tanzania at the same venue.

The two sides have yet to lose a game after winning their opening three games respectively. But what has been fascinating is the ease with which the wins have come. Uganda who lost out to Rwandas men side 76-89 presented the toughest test so far.

Yesterday

Men

Uganda 87-48 Tanzania

Women



Kenya 72-37 Tanzania

Today

Women


Ethiopia vs Kenya 2pm (Amahoro stadium)
Burundi vs Tanzania 4pm (Amahoro stadium)
Uganda vs Rwanda 4.30pm (Green Hills)

Men

Kenya vs Burundi 6pm (Amahoro stadium)
Tanzania vs Rwanda 6.30pm (Green Hills)




Kenya withdraws from All Africa Games basketball qualifiers - by Kristian Santiago
(By The Standard)

Kenya has unilaterally withdrawn her national teams from the ongoing All Africa Games qualifiers in Rwanda in addition to handing two senior players an indefinite ban over incitement claims.

Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) took the harsh decision on Thursday after persistent training boycotts by both men and women national teams over allowances.

KBF chair, Paul Otula, told local reporters the players were arm twisting the government that footed their expenses to Rwanda by staging sit-ins while on their Rwanda tour with federation officials said to have been pleading with the players to take to the court to contest places at the Pan African event that will be held in Mozambique later in the year.

Federation secretary general, Vitalis Gode has been consequently instructed to pen a withdrawal note to organisers.

'We have also immediately banned Anjeline Luchivya and Ben Oluoch (181-G-74) from national teams and all basketball activities for inciting players to reject the government's allowance forthwith,' Otula charged.

Each member of the team was entitled to 62.5 US dollars as daily allowance but it was not immediately established what the disgruntled players were seeking in their pay protest.

Kenya's Commissioner for Sports, Gordon Oluoch slammed the players for their alleged treachery and expressed the action would wreck the dreams of young players who had turned in good shifts despite the allowances rows.

'Our teams are doing very well in Rwanda and have good chances of qualifying for All Africa Games,' he said.

The men's team outscored Tanzania 61-56 in a match they reluctantly accepted to play after staging a boycott on Wednesday. They were seeking their first All Africa Games appearance since Cairo two decades ago.



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  ANGOLA   


Supertaca Compal Live - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Portuguese Champions and Cup Winners, Angolan Champions and Cup Winners, four teams, in Campo Pequeno Hall, Lisboa, 6000 places.

Sport Lisboa Benfica, FC Porto Ferpinta, Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda and Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo will fight to win the second edition of Supertaca Compal, after last year title went to Sport Lisboa Benfica.

Fantastic basketball between European and African teams, starting today at 7pm (Lisbon Time). Well be live on www.twitter.com/bballboard.

For those who cant come to Lisbon, well have it all prepared to give you the best information about Supertaca Compal.

Today:

7 pm: Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda vs Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo (Game 1)
9 pm: Sport Lisboa Benfica vs Porto (Game 2)

Tomorrow

3 pm: Winner Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
5pm: Winner Game 2 vs Loser Game 1

Sunday:

2 pm: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
4 pm: Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 16-3 
 2. Wildcats 13-8 
 3. Taipans 11-7 
 4. Crocodiles 11-8 
 5. Hawks 9-11 
 6. Blaze 9-11 
 7. 36ers 8-11 
 8. Tigers 7-13 
 9. Sydney K. 4-16 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Ervin, Hawks21.3 
 2. Penney, Breakers19.4 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.1 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 7. Clark, Blaze16.2 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers15.3 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.3 
 10. Ubaka, Taipans15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.6 
 2. Davidson, Hawks7.9 
 3. Holmes, 36ers7.5 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Vukona, Breakers7.3 
 6. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 7. Clark, Blaze6.9 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.9 
 9. Williams, Tigers6.9 
 10. Knight, Wildcats6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Williams, Tigers5.8 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Carter, 36ers4.7 
 4. Shannon, 36ers4.6 
 5. Saville, Hawks4.4 
 6. Ervin, Hawks4.3 
 7. Braswell, Breakers4.1 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans4.1 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Holmes, 36ers3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.6 
 3. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 4. Hill, 36ers1.4 
 5. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 6. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 7. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 8. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 9. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 10. Martin, Hawks1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Wildcats
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 2. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.9 
 3. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Gilder, Sydney K.1.1 
 7. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 8. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 9. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 10. Sanders, Sydney K.0.9 


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  AUSTRIA   


Kapfenberg adds firepower - by Stefan Heinrich
Before the start of the Hauptrunde 1 the Kapfenberg Bulls added some firepower with the signing of Mike Nelson (193-G-86, college: N.Dakota St.). Nelson arrived at the beginning of the week in Kapfenberg and he tested in the next 3 weeks and his debut will be this weekend against the Traiskirchen Lions. The former 'Mister Basketball of Wisconsin' started this season in Switzerland playing for Benetton Fribourg Olympic and in 14 games he averaged 8.9 Points and 2.4 Rebounds. Coach Schrittwieser is extremly positive that he found the right player after intensive scouting because Nelson was shooting over 40 % from 3 point range during his College time at North Dakota State and also last season in the D-League.

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  BELARUS   


Premier League Round 26: Borifsen edges Sozh Gomel by one point - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Premier League.

The most exciting game of round 26 in the Premier League took place in Gomel. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th ranked Sozh Gomel (15-13) to sixth ranked Borifsen (9-19) 84-83 on Saturday evening. Borifsen maintains sixth position with 9-19 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Borifsen are looking forward to face higher ranked OZAA Osipovichi (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sozh Gomel will play against Vitalyur-RGUOR in Minsk and is hoping to win this game.
Eighth-ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (1-27) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked BGUIR-RCOR (5-23) in Minsk. BGUIR-RCOR managed to secure only three-point victory 70-67. However their fans expected easier game. Newly promoted BGUIR-RCOR maintains seventh position with 5-23 record. Vitalyur-RGUOR lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. BGUIR-RCOR will play against higher ranked Lokomotiv (#5) in Vitebsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vitalyur-RGUOR will play at home against Sozh Gomel to get more than just one victory in their record.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Grodno-93 (21-7) against fifth ranked Lokomotiv (14-14) on Saturday night. Host Grodno-93 was defeated by Lokomotiv in a tough game in Grodno 82-91. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Grodno-93. Lokomotiv maintains fifth position with 14-14 record. Loser Grodno-93 keeps the second place with seven games lost. Lokomotiv will meet at home BGUIR-RCOR (#7) in the next round. Grodno-93 will play against the league's leader Minsk-2006 (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osipovichi. Top-ranked Minsk-2006 faced 3rd ranked OZAA Osipovichi. Guests from Minsk (28-0) defeated host OZAA Osipovichi (19-9) 79-73. Undefeated Minsk-2006 have an impressive 24-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 28-0 record. OZAA Osipovichi at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. Minsk-2006's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Grodno-93 at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. OZAA Osipovichi will play against Borifsen in Mogilev.



Grodno-93 - Lokomotiv 82-91

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Grodno-93 (21-7) against fifth ranked Lokomotiv (14-14) on Saturday night. Host Grodno-93 was defeated by Lokomotiv in a tough game in Grodno 82-91. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Grodno-93. Lokomotiv maintains fifth position with 14-14 record. Loser Grodno-93 keeps the second place with seven games lost. Lokomotiv will meet at home BGUIR-RCOR (#7) in the next round. Grodno-93 will play against the league's leader Minsk-2006 (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 115385


Sozh Gomel - Borifsen 83-84

The most exciting game of round 26 in the Premier League took place in Gomel. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th ranked Sozh Gomel (15-13) to sixth ranked Borifsen (9-19) 84-83 on Saturday evening. Borifsen maintains sixth position with 9-19 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Borifsen are looking forward to face higher ranked OZAA Osipovichi (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sozh Gomel will play against Vitalyur-RGUOR in Minsk and is hoping to win this game.
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BGUIR-RCOR - Vitalyur 70-67

Eighth-ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (1-27) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked BGUIR-RCOR (5-23) in Minsk. BGUIR-RCOR managed to secure only three-point victory 70-67. However their fans expected easier game. Newly promoted BGUIR-RCOR maintains seventh position with 5-23 record. Vitalyur-RGUOR lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. BGUIR-RCOR will play against higher ranked Lokomotiv (#5) in Vitebsk in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vitalyur-RGUOR will play at home against Sozh Gomel to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 115387


OZAA Osipov. - Minsk-2006 73-79

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osipovichi. Top-ranked Minsk-2006 faced 3rd ranked OZAA Osipovichi. Guests from Minsk (28-0) defeated host OZAA Osipovichi (19-9) 79-73. Minsk-2006 have an impressive 24-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 28-0 record. OZAA Osipovichi at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. Minsk-2006's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Grodno-93 at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. OZAA Osipovichi will play against Borifsen in Mogilev.
gschID: 115384




Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 28-0 
 2. Grodno-93 21-7 
 3. OZAA Osipov. 19-9 
 4. Sozh Gomel 15-13 
 5. Lokomotiv 14-14 
 6. Borifsen 9-19 
 7. BGUIR-RCOR 5-23 
 8. Vitalyur 1-27 


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  BELGIUM   


Verviers Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Just a couple of days after the release of Agudio, VOO Verviers-Pepinster has added American guard Domonic Jones (186-G-81, college: Va Commonwealth) to its roster.
Had a great college career finish when he was voted CAAC player of the year after his senior year when he had stats of 16.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg.
After leaving VCU at the end of the 2003-2004 season he played his whole career in Germany. From 2004 till 2007 he played for Karlsruhe. During the 2006-2007 season he was the 5th leading scorer in the Bundesliga with 15.6 ppg. Played for Braunschweig during the 07-08 season before heading to Ludwigsburg where he played 2 seasons (08-09 and 09-10). This season he played 9 games for the Artland Dragons with averages of 2.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg in 12.3 mpg.



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  BOSNIA   


First group of U-20 NT prospects to be tested - by Nedzad Kladusak
KSBIH released the names of first 29 U-20 players to be tested. It will be interesting whether Djoko Salic will appear in Sarajevo since he has been also invited by the serb basketball association. The shortlist includes only domestic candidates. Players who play abroad are expected to join the team later. There are some very interesting candidates like Jusuf Nurkic (204-C-94), Ismet Sejfic, Halil Kanacevic (203-F-91), Armin Mazic (198-G-93), Igor Nujic (203-F-91), Mladen Loncarevic (207-F-91) or Srdjan Pejicic who will be soon presented in an interview on Eurobasket.com.

1 Josip Gunjaca (196-G-91) Livno
2 Haris Canic (195-F-91) Sloboda
3 Enes Latifagic (200-F-92) Sloboda
4 Andrej Tomic (210-C-92) Borac Nektar
5 Muamer Karic (205-F-92) Magic
6 Nemanja Bratic (196-F/G-93) Hercegovac
7 Marko Miletic (198-F-92) Igokea
8 Adin Vrabac (203-F-94) Spars
9 Ranko Ivic (193-G-92) Borac Nektar
10 Goran Vucic (193-G/F-92) Borac Nektar
11 Rados Zelenovic (201-C-93) Gacko
12 Djoko Salic (205-C-95) Spars
13 Nino Balta (200-F-92) Celik
14 Eldar Merdanovic (191-G-93) Celik
15 Stefan Glogovac (201-F-94) Spars
16 Arijan Radan (188-G-91) Igman
17 Ivan Leko (196-F-82) Posuje
18 Ante Leko (200-F/C-92) Posuje
19 Ivan Nikolic (92) Rama
20 Filip Petrovic (202-F/C-92) Zrinjski
21 Goran Bodiroga (198-G-93) Zrinjski
22 Emir Demir (C-93) Spars
23 ZIVKOVIC, Marko Spars
24 Mirko Kovacevic (200-F-92) SL IAT Leotar
25 Obrad Vukovic (194-G-91) SL IAT Leotar
26 Marko Vukovic Bosna ASA BH Telecom
27 Edin Residovic (189-G-94) Bosna ASA BH Telecom
28 Aleksandar Radukic (206-F-91) Borac Nektar
29 Radovan Buha (204-C-92) Gacko



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  CANADA   


Tyler Kepkay signs in Germany - by Eurobasket News
The German Pro A team, Science City Jena, signed former Senior Canadian National team member, Tyler Kepkay (183-G-87, college: Utah).

The Vancouver native has spent the majority of the season with the LTi 46ers in the German Bundesliga, where he played in 15 games averaging 14.2 minutes a game and scoring 3.5 points.

Science City has lost 6 in a row and has fallen to 12th place in the German Pro A League, but CEO Lars Eberlein believes Kepkay can help to make a stretch run into the playoffs.

'I am awaiting a lot from Kepkay and hope he can bring the same effort as he showed last season in the PRO A'.

Kepkay makes his debut for Jena tomorrow against Webmoebel.

Courtesy of www.basketball.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 17-4 
 4. Victoria 15-7 
 5. Alberta 14-8 
 6. Regina 12-9 
 7. Manitoba 9-11 
 8. Calgary 8-12 
 9. UCFV 7-13 
 10. Lethbridge 5-15 
 11. Brandon 4-16 
 12. Thompson R. 4-18 
 13. Winnipeg 3-17 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 19-0 
 2. Toronto Univ. 14-5 
 3. Ottawa 10-9 
 4. Ryerson 9-10 
 5. York 8-11 
 6. Laurentian 6-13 
 7. Queen's 3-16 
 8. RMC 0-19 
OUA West
 1. Lakehead 14-4 
 2. Laurier 12-6 
 3. Windsor 12-6 
 4. McMaster 9-9 
 5. Western 9-9 
 6. Waterloo 8-10 
 7. Brock 8-10 
 8. Guelph 7-11 
Quebec League
 1. Laval 9-3 
 2. Concordia 8-4 
 3. McGill 7-4 
 4. UQAM 4-7 
 5. Bishop's 1-11 


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  CHINA   


Zhou Qi Scores 41 as China Beats Germany in 3 OT in U-16 Tourney - by Arthur Volbert
A star is born. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) scored 41 points, grabbed 28 rebounds and blocked 15 shots as China defeated Germany 94-90 in triple overtime in the semifinals of the Turk Telecom U-16 Tourney in Ankara. China rallied 27-13 in the fourth quarter to tie the game after falling behind by 14 at the end of the third quarter.

Zhao Jiwei had another outstanding performance at point guard with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 steals. Pan Ning had 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Guo Xiaopeng had 12 points and 6 rebounds. Zhang Zuming had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assissts. Wang Zhengbo played over 40 minutes and had 3 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. David Taylor led Germany with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Ismet Akpinar had 25 points and 6 rebounds. Gavin Schilling had 12 points and 11 rebounds. China outrebounded Germany 67-55. China had 26 turnovers to 18 for Germany.

Zhou Qi is averaging 19.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He is second in scoring and seventh in rebounding. He is leading in blocks with 5.0 per game. Zhao Jiwei is leading the tournament in assists with 6.7 per game and is leading in steals with 5.2 per game. Guo Xiaopeng is seventh in scoring with 17.3 per game.

Host Turkey defeated France 61-50 in the other semi-final and will face China in the final tomorrow. In other games, Puerto Rico defeated Georgia 75-48, Romania defeated Iran 71-65, Russia defeated Bulgaria 73-64, and Slovenia defeated Ukraine 69-64.



Xinjiang Wins Again to Open 3-Game Lead Over Dongguan - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang blasted Fujian 116-88 to attain a 19-1 record and a 3-game lead in the CBA. James Singleton had 33 points and 16 rebounds. Quincy Douby had 26 points and 6 assists. Zhang Qingpeng had 20 points and 7 assists. Xirelijiang (Co Tal) had 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Mengke Bateer had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Andre Emmett had 31 points and 7 rebounds for Fujian. Li Hang had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Gong Songlin had 12 points and 5 rebounds. Dwayne Jones did not play.

Led by it imports and veterans Guangdong edged Beijing 97-95. Marcus Haislip scored 26 points. Lester Hudson had 17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Wang Shipeng had 15 points and 5 rebounds. Du Feng had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Dong Hanlin, with 7 points and 8 rebounds, was the only young player with a big impact. Zhu Fangyu was quiet again with 6 points and 3 rebounds in 39 minutes. Randolph Morris led Beijing with 33 points and 8 rebounds. Joe Crawford scored 23. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Zaid Abbas had 8 points and 13 rebounds.

Liaoning outscored Bayi 29-11 in the fourth quarter to gain a 99-92 victory. Li Xiaoxu had 26 points and 11 rebounds. New import Anthony Myles had 25 points and 8 rebounds. Yang Ming had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists. Han Dejun had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Donta Smith scored 10. Wang Lei had 29 points and 8 rebounds for Bayi. Wang Zhizhi had 22 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Bo had 16 points and 6 assists.

Jilin defeated Jiangsu in overtime 106-100. Jameel Watkins had 32 points and 12 rebounds. Tim Pickett had 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Yu Shulong scored 14. Zhong Cheng had 9 points and 15 rebounds but hit only 1 of 7 three-pointers. If Zhong could only learn to shoot, or learn proper shot selection, he could be a star in this league. Hu Xuefeng had 23 points and 7 rebounds for Jiangsu. Antoint Wright had 19 points and 5 rebounds. Yi Li had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Jerome Moiso had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Meng Da scored 14.

Shandong defeated Qingdao 120-106. Rodney White had 31 points and 11 rebounds. Sun Jie (190-G-86) continued to look like this year's breakout star with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Myron Allen had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Wu Ke had 12 points and 9 rebounds. Tao Hanlin had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Charles Gaines had 30 points and 13 rebounds for Qingdao. Dee Brown had 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Liu Xiangtao scored 18. Chen Kai had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Zaid Al-Kas had 11 points and 7 rebounds.

The Zhejiang Lions defeated Shanghai 108-104. Rafer Alston had 31 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Peter John Ramos had 25 points and 16 rebounds. Xue Yuyang had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Wang Fei had 14 points and 6 assists. Wang Bo had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Mike Harris had 27 points and 16 rebounds for Shanghai. Liu Wei had 18 points and 5 assists. John Lucas scored 18. Peng Fei had 15 points and 9 rebounds. Wang Ligang scored 12.



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  CROATIA   


Aco Petrovic stays with Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
Head Coach of Cedevita Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Interperformances ) changed his decision. The experienced coach decided to stay with the club, despite he stepped down on his position after shocking defeat against Zadar in the National Cup Semifinals. The club supported Petrovic to stay and they will continue together for rest of the season. Cedevita lost to Zadar 82-83, who played this game with only five players. It was a big embarrassment for Cedevita and Petrovic resigned just few minutes after the game.
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.


Kresimir Cosic Cup: Zagreb defends the trophy, Kasun MVP - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb defended National Cup trophy. They had to work hard against Zadar in the Finals and managed to win it 91-85. Zagreb was down by five before the last quarter, but they exploded when it was the most important and won the last period 28-17. Mario Kasun (213-C-80) was a key player in Zagreb collecting 27 points and 9 rebounds. He was named MVP of the Final Tournament and also was the best scorer of this event. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) helped Zagreb with 14 points. In the loosing squad, Brandon Brown (202-F-81, college: Tulane) shined with 23 pts.
In the Semifinals, Zagreb eliminated Cibona 93-86. Zadar reached the Finals thanks to 83-82 win against Cedevita. This is third National Cup trophy for Zagreb in their history. They won it in 2008, 2010 and of course this year.


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  CYPRUS   


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. APOEL 11-3 
 2. Keravnos 9-4 
 3. Apollon 9-5 
 4. Etha 9-5 
 5. Achilleas 8-6 
 6. AEK 5-9 
 7. AEL 4-10 
 8. Omonia 4-10 
 9. ENAD 3-10 


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  DENMARK   


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


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 23-9 
 2. Erie Bay H. 21-9 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 14-17 
 4. Dakota W. 11-21 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 5-22 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 23-8 
 2. Rio Grande 23-9 
 3. Texas L. 16-15 
 4. New Mexico 14-19 
 5. Austin T. 12-18 
 6. Maine RC 12-21 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 20-12 
 2. Bakersfield J. 18-12 
 3. Utah F. 14-15 
 4. Idaho S. 11-19 
 5. Springfield A. 10-21 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Toronto R.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.0 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.20.5 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.19.9 
 5. Brackins, Spring.19.9 
 6. Adrien, Rio Grande19.5 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.19.2 
 8. Lin, Reno Bighorns18.5 
 9. McNeal, Rio Grande18.3 
 10. Tucker, New Mexico18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande11.9 
 2. Alexander, Texas L.9.8 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.9.8 
 4. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.7 
 6. Sims, Iowa E.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.6.4 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.6.3 
 9. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 10. Bailey, Sioux F.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Lofton, Iowa E.2.3 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 5. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 6. Jackson, Idaho S.2.2 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 9. Linhart, Erie B.2.0 
 10. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.2 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.9 
 3. N''Diaye, Dakota W.2.6 
 4. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 5. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.3 
 7. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 8. Sykes, Sioux F.2.1 
 9. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.8 
 10. Pittman, Sioux F.1.8 


RGV Vipers Waive Stanley Asumnu - by Surujh Roopnarine
Stanley Asumnu (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Tennessee), the Rio Grande Valley Vipers' all-time leader in games played (141), was waived on Thursday. This season, Asumnu was averaging 4.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 9.6 minutes in 17 games off the bench. He had missed the last six games with a high left ankle sprain. Because he was waived with an injury, the Vipers will retain his rights and may sign him aheaed of any other team once he is fully recovered.
Asumnu, a 6-5 guard/forward out of Tennessee owns career averages with the Vipers of 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 20.6 minutes while making 33 starts.


Mullens making quick impact with 66ers - by Eurobasket News
When Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) returned to the Tulsa 66ers roster last week, it was as if he had never left.

Since being reassigned by the Oklahoma City Thunder to its D-League affiliate, Mullens has started both of the team's games. Against Utah on Friday, he scored five of the team's first nine points and hit the winning shot. He also had a team-high 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in a loss to Texas on Saturday.

'A lot of times when guys are at the NBA level and they're not playing many minutes, when they get sent down, it's a change of pace just because it's game action,' Tulsa coach Nate Tibbetts said. 'Byron's had a good week of practice, and he's going to continue to get better in every game.'

Mullens and the 66ers play Utah again Friday and Saturday at the Tulsa Convention Center. Tulsa leads the Western Conference and has a league-best 23-8 record.

A 7-foot center who turns 22 on Monday, Mullens is tied for 10th in D-League scoring with an average of 19.3 points in three games, including one in December when he was briefly with Tulsa. His coach said Mullens improved during his time in Oklahoma City.

'He's playing with more physicality,' Tibbetts said. 'He's around the rim a lot more. His confidence is going to continue to grow with his experience, and I think you're seeing that.'

In the 12 games he played for the Thunder this season, Mullens was used sparingly. He spent most of last season in Tulsa, averaging 15.1 points. Because of the relationship between the teams, the transition was nearly seamless.

'It really helps that we have so many guys that are familiar with the Thunder,' Tibbetts said. 'We've probably got five or six guys that spent time in Oklahoma City this summer and got to know Byron personally, and also the guys we had here last year know Byron.'

Friday will feel like an Oklahoma City game for Mullens as the 66ers host the annual Thunder affiliate night. Rumble the Bison, the Thunder Girls and Thunder Drummers will be in attendance.

The 66ers will try to shut down the Flash after needing a late run to secure a 100-96 victory last week.

'They played a good game, and we had a good finish,' Tibbetts said. 'They probably wanted to finish a little better down the stretch. They're going to be ready to play, and we need to be ready to match their energy.'

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com




Thursday's games - by Eurobasket News
Austin T. - Rio Grande 97-117
The Austin Toros got off to a bad start on Thursday against Rio Grande Valley and could never fully recover, losing their fourth straight game, 117-97. In the first quarter, the Toros shot 21 percent while the Vipers were red-hot (65 percent). ' We just can't seem to get consistency as a group,' Toros coach Brad Jones said. ' I'm continually putting guys in the game to see who can be consistent and that's not a good thing.' Rio Grande Valley only had eight players travel with the team, and seven scored in double figures, led by Terrell Harris (6'5''-G-87, college: Oklahoma St.) with 19. Austin fell behind 45-32 midway through the second quarter before going on a 15-6 run to get back into the game. Kevin Palmer's three-pointer with 1:30 left in the first half brought the Toros within four points at 51-47. Rio Grande Valley started the second half on a 5-0 run and took control, keeping a double-digit lead the rest of the way. The Vipers shot 53 percent and outrebounded Austin 50-38. 'We've got to figure out how to put together stops, like two and three possessions at a time,' Austin's Squeaky Johnson said. Johnson had 15 points and six assists. Eric Boateng replaced leading scorer Marcus Cousin, who was out with mononucleosis. Boateng had four points and seven rebounds. Ex-Longhorn Connor Atchley (6'10''-F/C-85, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas), returning to the Austin area as a member of the Vipers, had 16 points and four rebounds. His three-pointer with three minutes left in the third quarter gave his team its biggest lead to that point, 82-64. ' I had a pretty good game, I hit some open shots and moved the ball a lot, the kind of stuff I like to do,' Atchley said. These teams play again on Saturday at noon at the Cedar Park Center. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com

Erie Bay H. - New Mexico 125-100
It doesn't look as if they're going to slow down anytime soon. The Erie BayHawks won a season-high sixth consecutive game in beating New Mexico 125-100 Thursday night before 3,286 fans at Tullio Arena. 'We're in our mode right now,' Erie rookie forward Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86, college: LSU) said. 'We're in our zone.' Ivan Johnson scored a game-high 37 in 31 minutes of play as Erie led by as many as 30 points en route to crushing the Thunderbirds (14-19). In his past 10 games, the 2011 D-League All-Star selection is averaging 26.6 points. 'You already know what it is,' Johnson said. 'I just play, man. I'm just glad I had another good night. Just feeling good.' Gannon graduate Kyle Goldcamp (6'10''-F-86, college: Gannon) added a career-high 19 points and six blocks for the BayHawks (21-9), who improved to 10-1 at Tullio Arena. Erie already has matched its win total from last season when it finished 21-29. 'It's a great feeling to have a winning record again,' Goldcamp said. 'It was a tough one last year. I think it was the first time I had a losing record since the third grade.' In early December, New Mexico swept Erie in a two-game series at home. With Orlando Magic rookie center Daniel Orton and 28-year-old Alan Anderson, the Thunderbirds were 4-1 and Erie was 4-3. The Thunderbirds have gone 10-18 since then. They no longer have Orton, who's back with Orlando, or Anderson, who went overseas to play in Europe, but the majority of Erie's team is still intact, with the main cog being Johnson. 'Ivan Johnson is a beast,' Erie guard Kyle Spain said. 'He's a beast.' The 6-foot 8-inch, 230-pound power forward had 22 points in the first half Thursday night. For the game, Johnson grabbed nine rebounds and had four assists. 'He's one of the best players in the league,' Erie first-year coach Jay Larranaga said. 'Maybe the best player in the league.' As well as he played, Johnson found excitement in watching Goldcamp have a career night. After a Goldcamp follow-up dunk that led New Mexico coach Darvin Ham to call a timeout with 9:34 left in the first half, Johnson gave the former Gannon star power forward a chest bump on the court. 'He plays with a lot of heart,' Johnson said. 'That's what I like to see.' In the first half, Goldcamp had 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, four rebounds and three blocks in 16:04. 'I was getting some lucky buckets,' a grinning Goldcamp said. 'Couple of rolls went my way. Easy transition buckets.' Forward J.R. Giddens, a former first-round draft pick of the Boston Celtics in 2008, had 12 points in his debut game with the Thunderbirds. Jamine Peterson led New Mexico with 22 points off the bench. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Springfield A. - Maine RC 96-86
The Maine Red Claws flexed their collective muscle out of halftime, but the Springfield Armor would not back down. Scottie Reynolds (6'2''-G-87, college: Villanova) wouldn't let them. Scottie Reynolds owned the second half with his disruptive defense, but still found time to add 20 points, seven assists and five rebounds to go with his seven steals. On his back, Springfield erased an early second-half deficit to rally for a 96-86 win Thursday night at the MassMutual Center, snapping a six-game losing streak. 'I told (Reynolds) this was the best game management second half he's ever had,' Armor coach Dee Brown said. 'Even the game where he had 18 assists, even the game where he had 30 points and eight assists, today's game management was his best. He had everybody where they were supposed to be, he got the ball to the right people, and when he felt he had to take the ball to the basket, he did. That's the balance that Scottie's figuring out.' With Jarvis Gunter, a long yet thin center, earning his first start of the season, Springfield lacked their opponent's girth. Tiny Gallon, a behemoth whose name belies his bulk, looked twice as wide as Gunter. Maine's DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88, college: Michigan), a D-League All-Star, looked like he could bench press Springfield's Gavin Edwards. Yet Gunter, Edwards and their teammates still owned the paint, helping Springfield to a 51-31 rebounding advantage. Gunter finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Edwards finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds of his own. Together, they counteracted Sims' 19 points and 13 rebounds and Gallon's 16 points and seven rebounds. 'We have keys we want to accomplish each night, and tonight (interior play) was our key. They're two of the best front court players (in the league),' said Brown. 'We tried to get the ball out of Tiny's hands. We got the ball out of DeShawn's hands.' He added, 'The key was, as much as we wanted to defend them, we wanted them to have to defend Gavin and Jarvis.' Jerry Smith ended a largely uneventful first quarter the right way, with two quick layups and a free throw during the final two minutes. His five points helped the Armor turn a 20-19 deficit into a 26-22 lead by intermission. JamesOn Curry led Springfield with six points during the period, hitting three contested, long-range jump shots. Gunter was active on both ends, pitching in four points and five rebounds. The Armor did not trail once during the second quarter, ending the frame with a 50-48 lead. But they missed an opportunity to enter halftime with a larger cushion. A Gerard Anderson three-pointer gave Springfield a 50-44 lead with one minute left in the half, and the Armor threatened to break the game open. But a defensive breakdown allowed Maine to answer with an easy bucket. When Reynolds missed an open layup with four seconds left in the half, Maine pushed the ball to the other end, closing the half with an Antonio Anderson slam dunk. Maine opened the second half with a bang. Gallon asserted himself in the paint and Maine quickly erased the two-point half-time deficit with a 14-4 run. The Red Claws fought to a 65-58 lead, and it looked like Springfield was in trouble. But Reynolds wouldn't let his crew go down easily. 'I gave us a little bit of a lift,' Reynolds said. 'It's easy for me to take the credit. But it was a full team effort.' *Courtesy of www.masslive.com




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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 21-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 21-3 
 3. TTU/Kalev 16-5 
 4. Rakvere 12-12 
 5. Valga/CKE 10-12 
 6. Rapla 9-13 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 8-15 
 8. Parnu 5-18 
 9. Voru KK 1-23 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Raap, Parnu16.7 
 4. Erm, Rapla16.7 
 5. Brown, Va.16.0 
 6. Raadik, Parnu15.3 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.1 
 8. Osby, TT.14.8 
 9. Tagamets, Va.14.6 
 10. Kuuba, Voru KK14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.12.0 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.3 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.6 
 5. Kuuba, Voru KK9.0 
 6. Osby, TT.8.9 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.7 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.7 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.6 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.2 
 4. Oja, Va.3.1 
 5. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
 6. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.7 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Karner, Parnu2.6 
 9. Archibald, TT.2.5 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Doronin, TU/Rock2.2 
 5. Raap, Parnu2.1 
 6. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 7. Karner, Parnu1.9 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere1.8 
 9. Oja, Va.1.8 
 10. Pilk, TT.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.0 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 3. Osby, TT.1.4 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.0 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 7. Raadik, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 9. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: The ball is round - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 34: Korihait (Uusikaupunki) suffered the loss # 2 this season at home court, when visitor Vilpas (Salo) upset tonight 73-75 (32-42). Quarters: 14-21, 18-21, 20-11, 21-22. The (basket)ball was really round. Vilpas had lost last Wednesday at home vs YMCA Lappeenranta 81-87 and now beating Korihait two days later on the road, when the hosts missed the last five shots + two FTs during the last 10 seconds! Korihait shooting 12% from behind the arc (2/16) didn't please Team Head Coach Tom Westerholm either. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) (Korihait) and Nick Okorie (185-G-88, college: Texas Tech) (Vilpas) netted both 23 points.
Korihait - Vilpas 73-75 (32-42). (Nigel Moore 23, Lawrence Wright 20, Petri Heinonen 14 - Nick Okorie 23, Roope Ahonen 18, Samu Kaaresvirta 11, Ronald Douglas 9 blocks).

In Division 1 tonight the top contest BC Jyvaskyla vs FoKoPo (Forssa). After 13 lead changes and four ties visitor FoKoPo winning the fourth quarter 18-33 and the game 81-88 (45-39). Tracy Robinson led the hosts with 23pts/11rbs and Jeremy McCulloch the visitors with 25pts/15rbs. FoKoPo (15-3) on the top after 18 rounds and BC Jyvaskyla second with 13-5 record.
BC Jyvaskyla - FoKoPo 81-88 (45-39). (Tracy Robinson 23/11, Jarno Nissinen 15, Reijo Ojanen 12 - Jeremy McCulloch 25/15, Heiko Rannula 18, Kwamena Brace 15).



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


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 15-3 
 2. Jyvaskyla 13-5 
 3. Lapua 11-6 
 4. LoKoKo 10-6 
 5. Honka 10-7 
 6. BC Nokia 9-8 
 7. Huima 9-8 
 8. SayRi 7-9 
 9. Kerava ET 6-11 
 10. TomPo II 6-11 
 11. Ura Basket 6-11 
 12. Namika II 0-17 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.5 
 2. Stamper, LoKoKo22.6 
 3. Manning, Huima22.4 
 4. Hall, SayRi20.3 
 5. Robinson, Jyvaskyla20.0 
 6. Bojang, BC Nokia19.6 
 7. Douglas, Huima18.7 
 8. Valentine, Lapua18.6 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET18.4 
 10. Ramey, Ura Basket17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Brown, Namika II14.9 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia14.3 
 3. Douglas, Huima13.8 
 4. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.8 
 7. Hall, SayRi11.8 
 8. Stamper, LoKoKo11.1 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Manning, Huima6.2 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.2 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket4.5 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo4.4 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.8 
 6. Valentine, Lapua3.1 
 7. Ahila, Jyvaskyla3.0 
 8. Silvonen, Honka2.5 
 9. Kivinen, LoKoKo2.4 
 10. Pasanen, SayRi2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Horton, LoKoKo2.9 
 2. Valentine, Lapua2.7 
 3. Bojang, BC Nokia2.1 
 4. Hall, SayRi2.1 
 5. Stamper, LoKoKo2.0 
 6. Still, Lapua1.9 
 7. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 8. Vanttaja, Honka1.6 
 9. Foreman, FoKoPo1.6 
 10. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Villematti KOPIO
  Honka
  (182-G-92)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Kopio, Honka0.8 
 2. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.8 
 3. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 4. Alanko, Ura Basket0.7 
 5. Alanen, Namika II0.6 
 6. Koskinen, Namika I.0.6 
 7. Setala, BC Nokia0.6 
 8. Nelson, Lapua0.6 
 9. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 10. Salminen, Ura B.0.5 


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. Moore, LrNM.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Wood, Karhu13.3 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.9 
 3. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 4. Doaks, Salon Vilpas9.8 
 5. Young, Tarmo9.8 
 6. Vinson, Kouvot9.7 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.6 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 9. Belser, Honka8.8 
 10. Coleman, LrNM.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Steffan JOHNSON
  Karhu
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Johnson, Karhu4.5 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.5 
 3. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 5. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.0 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.9 
 7. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.8 
 8. Virtanen, Kataja3.7 
 9. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 10. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wood, Karhu2.0 
 2. Fields, KTP2.0 
 3. Newson, Kataja1.9 
 4. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 5. Heard, Tarmo1.9 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.8 
 8. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 9. Richards, ToPo1.6 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1
 1. Reaves, Korihait1.0 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 6. Gonner, Kouvot0.7 
 7. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 8. Belser, Honka0.6 
 9. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 10. Wright, Korihait0.6 


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  FRANCE   


French Cup: Gravelines and Pau-Lacq-Orthez advance to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Gravelines and Pau-Lacq-Orthez are the first semifinalists of the French National Cup (Semaine des As 2011). They eliminated Roanne and Cholet yesterday.
Gravelines outplayed Roanne 82-64 mostly thanks to Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) and Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85), who scored 24 points each. They also had 6 and 4 rebounds respectively. In the loosing squad, Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) collected 20 points and 5 boards.
The host of Semaine des As tournament, Pau-Lacq-Orthez, eliminated French champion Cholet in very exciting game 78-76. Marko Maravic (201-F-79) was a key player for the hosts with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Antoine Mendy (198-F-83) followed him with 18 pts. In Cholet, Antywane Robinson (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Temple) shined with 16 pts and 7 rebs.
Gravelines and Pau-Lacq-Orthez will meet in the Semis. There will be two QFinals games today in Pau: Chalon - Toulon and Nancy - ASVEL.


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  GERMANY   


Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons) The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf Are The Only Team To Have Beaten Bamberg And We Wont Take Them Lightly - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, college: Bucknell) is a 30 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 9th professional basketball season playing his fourth with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17games averaging 18.1ppg,5.3rpg,2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. Last season, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. He sat down and spoke with Eurobasket before the game against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf February 12th.


Bryan congrats on the 84-80 win against Alba Berlin and reaching the Top 4 in Bamberg. Was winning this game the best feeling that you have had this season after a win?

Yes. It was definitely a good feeling, because we now have a chance to compete for one of the two trophies this season.

The Artland Dragons had the slim 46-42 lead at halftime. What was significant in the first half for the tight game?

Both teams shot well from the field in the first half and got easy fast break points. Staiger came off the bench for Alba and made some big three point shots in the first half.

Alba Berlin came back in the third quarter and led 68-65. Why was Alba Berlin able to come back?

They were very aggressive on offense and were attacking us. I think we were not as aggressive on defense, because our bigs were in foul trouble.

Alba Berlin led as much as by 8 points, but The Artland Dragons toughed it out and won at the end. Was point guard Tyrese Rice the silent hero in the fourth quarter?

Tyrese did a great job down the stretch of attacking Alba. They couldn't contain his penetration and that opened shots for others on our team.

Schaffartzik and Marniovic played a total of 13 minutes. Who was playing the point and does Alba Berlin have a problem at the point having to play other players that arent true point guards?

In the second half of the game Jenkins was playing a lot of point guard for Alba. I don't know why their other two point guards didn't play that much. Although Jenkins isn't a true point guard, he is able to run the offense for Alba.

The Artland Dragons dominated the paint 43-28. With Kurz, Fenn, Peavy, Boumtje Boumtje and Hess you have probably the most potent front court in the BEKO BBL. Will that pay dividends down the road?

I think it will be helpful to us down the stretch. Even during this game it was extremely helpful, because Fenn and Peavy were in foul trouble the first half. We are able to bring players off the bench without a drop in the level of play.

The next game is against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. What do you remember from the 91-68 win at home earlier in the season?

It was a pretty close game going into the fourth quarter. We were able to extend our lead in the fourth and get the win.

How carefull do the Artland Dragons have to be not take them to lightly and what will be key in winning the game?

We are definitely not going to take them lightly. They are the only team to beat Bamberg this season and almost beat Frankfurt at home. They are a dangerous team at home and we will have to control the boards to win this game.

Who will win the NBA three point shooting contest? Ray Allen, Boston, Daniel Gibson, Cleveland, James Jones, Miami, Dorell Wright, Golden State, Paul Pierce, Boston, or Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City

Im going to go with Ray Allen.

Would Juan Dixon fit into the Alba Berlin system? He is coming back to play after his year suspension.

He's a good player and could fit into their system.


Thanks Bryan for the chat.


Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Dru Joyce Has Done A Good Job Leading TBB Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his third season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game in Trier February 13th.

How are you doing again since your sickness? Will you be able to play Sunday in Trier?


I am doing good. Feeling a lot better. Yes I will be playing in Trier.

Is it difficult for you to find your groove again after being sick?

It actually helped me. I lost focus for a little bit and I haven't been playing like I'm expected to. I have regained focus.

What has been the focus in practice this week?

Improving on last week's win.

What has been your impression of TBB Trier this season?

Trier is a team that plays hard and locks in on the defensive side of the ball. Everyone fills their role and thats why they have had success this season.


What is your memory of the TBB Trier 77-70 victory earlier this season?


It was a game that we let slip away with mistakes down the stretch.

Who is the X factor in the team of TBB Trier?

Dru Joyce is the X-factor for them. He controls everything for them. He has done a good job leading them.

TBB Trier has a very strong defense. What will be key in winning the game?


We have to make sure we execute and get the most out of each possession.

Who will win the NBA three point shooting contest? Ray Allen, Boston, Daniel Gibson, Cleveland, James Jones, Miami, Dorell Wright, Golden State, Paul Pierce, Boston, or Kevin Durnant Oklahoma City?


We have to make sure we execute and get the most out of each possession.

Would Juan Dixon fit into the Alba Berlin system? He is coming back to play after his year suspension and is looking for a team.


I think he would. He can hit the three and drive.


Thanks Quentin for the chat.


Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen)Kenny Wiliams Has Helped Me Get Better In Practice And Games The Last Two Years - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. Lasts eason, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. He returns to Tuebingen for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. Watts sat down with eurobasket before the game against BBC Bayreuth February 12th.

What do you have to say to the Cup results? Frankfurt takes apart Bonn, Artland upsets Alba Berlin and Oldenburg loses in Braunschweig?

The home teams did what they were supposed to and win at home. I thought that the Frankfurt game might have been closer but they probably played with lots of emotion after the home loss to Bamberg.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen are on a two game winning streak and have had great support from the starters. What is always the toughest thing to do besides stay focused when you are playing good team basketball?

You have to continue to work through the week in practice to keep your rhythm and momentum carrying over to each weekend.

What has been the focus in practice this week?

We continue to focus on what we want to as a team, we are incorporating our new player Cliff Crawford in practice to get him acclimated with the team. We are scouting Bayreuth these next couple of days.

What is your memory of the 83-76 win against BBC Bayreuth earlier in the season?

I remember that it was our first win of the year, they played tough to the finish of that game.

Could the new players Drew Neitzel and Ebekwe be the difference from staying in the BEKO BBL and going back to the PRO A?

I think that new players can always provide a spark for a team that is struggling, they are both good players and have experience in this league. It seems like they already helped them in Gottingen the other night.

BBC bayreuth will be very motivated to win. Where will this game be decided for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen?

It will be a very competitive game; both teams are wanting to win. We need to carry over the emotion from the derby as well as the team mentality that we have played with since the break.

How happy are you that your teammate Kenny Wiliams chose basketball over football?

I am glad that he is on my time now, he has helped me get better in practice and games the last two years. I think I gave him some buckets at Lubu though hahah.

Who will win the NBA three point shooting contest? Ray Allen, Boston, Daniel Gibson, Cleveland, James Jones, Miami, Dorell Wright, Golden State, Paul Pierce, Boston, or Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City?

I want to see Ray Smooth vs Durantula in the finals, would be happy if either one of them won it.

Would Juan Dixon fit into the Alba Berlin system? He is coming back to play after his year suspension.

Im not as familiar with this new coach and the system he runs in Alba, I remember Juan from Maryland, he had a great career.

Thanks Dane for the chat.


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  HOLLAND   


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.9 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants15.7 
 3. Laing, Magixx15.5 
 4. Blue, Giants15.4 
 5. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.2 
 6. McGhee, ZZ Leiden15.0 
 7. Borha, Landstede14.9 
 8. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.8 
 9. Brown, DeFriesland14.6 
 10. Tiedeman, Giants14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam9.9 
 2. McDermott, Magixx9.7 
 3. Haryasz, GasTerra9.7 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.8 
 6. de Randamie, ABC8.7 
 7. Griffin, Giants8.5 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra8.5 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert8.1 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.4 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.9 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.2 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Bostain, GasTerra3.7 
 6. Williams, DeFriesland3.6 
 7. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 8. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.5 
 9. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.4 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.6 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.4 
 3. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 4. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 5. Bostain, GasTerra2.2 
 6. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 8. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 9. Stokes, BS Weert2.0 
 10. Kimbrough, Giants1.9 
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. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 7. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 8. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 
 9. McDermott, Magixx0.8 
 10. Minter, BS Weert0.8 


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 23-2 
 2. ZZ Leiden 20-6 
 3. Eiffel Towers 18-7 
 4. Magixx 17-9 
 5. DeFriesland 13-13 
 6. Giants 11-15 
 7. BS Weert 11-15 
 8. ABC 9-17 
 9. Landstede 6-20 
 10. Rotterdam 1-25 


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  HUNGARY   


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Szolnok 16-3 
 2. Albacomp 16-3 
 3. Kormend 14-5 
 4. Atomeromu 13-6 
 5. ZTE KK 13-6 
 6. Kecskemeti 11-7 
 7. Soproni 10-9 
 8. Falco-Szova 9-10 
 9. PVSK Pannon 8-10 
 10. Marso-Vagep 8-11 
 11. Kaposvari 6-13 
 12. Szedeak 6-13 
 13. FS Debrecen 1-18 
 14. Salgotarjani 1-18 


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Doyne, Falco-Szova22.0 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.1 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.9 
 5. El-Amin, PVSK P.20.4 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.9 
 7. Townes, Soproni19.7 
 8. Sales, Atomeromu19.5 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.19.1 
 10. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Townes, Soproni11.8 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu11.7 
 3. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.4 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari9.3 
 5. Jones, Albacomp9.2 
 6. Gosa, Falco-Szova9.1 
 7. Bell, Kormend8.7 
 8. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.8.4 
 10. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.4 
 3. Kelley, Soproni6.4 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok6.2 
 5. Simon, Albacomp6.2 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.0 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.6 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.2 
 9. Horvath, Szolnok4.3 
 10. LaGrange, Kecsk.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.1 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok2.7 
 5. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.7 
 6. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Singletary, FS Debre.2.4 
 8. Kaman, ZTE K.2.4 
 9. Sales, Atomeromu2.4 
 10. Clark, Szolnok2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.6 
 2. Townes, Soproni1.9 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.5 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.2 
 5. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.1 
 6. Langford, FS Debre.1.0 
 7. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 8. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.9 
 9. Sales, Atomeromu0.9 
 10. Davis, Kormend0.8 


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  ICELAND   


Grindavik add Mladen Soskic, Snaefell land Zeljko Bojovic - by Eurobasket News
Grindavik signed a deal with Mladen Soskic (202-F-84, agency: Beo Basket). The 26-year-old forward spent the previous season in Slovenia. He played for Zasavje Rudar in Telemach League. His stats read 10.5 points, 3.2 boards and 1.5 assists per game. Previously the Serbian player had stints in Poland, Greece and Austria.
In the meantime Snaefell have agreed on terms of contract with Zeljko Bojovic (200-F-81, agency: BeoExcell). The 29-year-old forward started the season in Romania. He averaged 5.6 points, 3.5 boards and 1.2 assists per game for Timisoara. Last season Zeljko Bojovic played for Pecs in Hungary. He tallied 9.9 points, 3.1 boards, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Hungarian A Dvivision.



Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Snaefell 14-3 
 2. KR 12-4 
 3. Grindavik 12-5 
 4. Keflavik 12-5 
 5. Haukar 8-8 
 6. Stjarnan 8-8 
 7. Tindastoll 7-9 
 8. IR 6-10 
 9. Njardvik 6-10 
 10. Hamar 5-11 
 11. Fjolnir 5-12 
 12. KFI 3-13 


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Keflavik
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Sanders, Keflavik26.3 
 2. Springer, Fjolnir24.2 
 3. Trifunovic, Keflavik23.0 
 4. Inge, Haukar22.9 
 5. Bartolotta, IR21.8 
 6. Smith, Grindavik21.6 
 7. Smith, Njardvik21.3 
 8. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 9. Fain, Tindastoll21.0 
 10. Biedler, IR20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Robinson, Haukar14.5 
 2. Biedler, IR12.5 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.7 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik11.2 
 5. Fain, Tindastoll10.4 
 6. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 7. Amoroso, Snaefell10.3 
 8. Springer, Fjolnir10.2 
 9. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.2 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.5 
 4. Smith, Grindavik7.0 
 5. Burton, Snaefell6.5 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Cunningham, Tinda.5.5 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan5.4 
 9. Schoen, KFI5.1 
 10. Inge, Haukar5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Hayward FAIN
  Tindastoll
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Fain, Tindastoll3.6 
 2. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 3. Schoen, KFI3.1 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.7 
 6. Milicevic, KFI2.6 
 7. Rivers, Tindastoll2.6 
 8. Biedler, IR2.5 
 9. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.5 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR1.9 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.7 
 5. Pettinella, Grindavik1.6 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.5 
 7. Sanders, Keflavik1.5 
 8. Aorsteinsson, Kefla.1.4 
 9. Hafsteinsson, Fjolnir1.3 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.2 


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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. Crowder, UCD M.2.3 
 7. Nihill, Moycullen2.3 
 8. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 9. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.2 
 10. Lacey, DCU Saints2.2 
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. Bonaparte, Neptune2.2 
 4. Turner, Killester2.2 
 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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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi T"A Wins Title And Sets Eyes On Barcelona - by David Pick
Work Ethics

'We worked very hard to get to where we are today and win the cup in such fashion but nothing is over yet, we still have a long way to go' said Maccabi's star forward guy Pnini (21 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists) after collecting his organizations 38th Israeli state cup in history and first finals MVP award, as his team ran all over Barak Netanya in the cup final 106:70 to overcome their first milestone of the season. 'Perfection' is the method that guides Coach David Blatt and his soldiers in battle. Box out, never give up, fight till the end, give it all your best, play hard, play for the team, continue fighting and we won't stop here, are all phrases you could hear coming out of Maccabi's locker room. This yellow and blue fighting machine claws its way all over Europe in search of the title - 'Euroleague Champs', and will stop at nothing only because they truly believe that they have what it takes to win it all. Built to perfection from inside out, Maccabi's players especially head coach Blatt set high demands on themselves, are still very hungry and have plenty of ink in their pens to cross off a few more W's on their game schedule as they set eyes to May 8th at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, where the last Euroleague game of the season will take place.

Just To Good

In the Israeli league there is no stopping the yellow machine, and in Europe the only thing that will stop them clearly is, themselves. Often when a team is leading by 20 or 30 points in a certain period of the game, coach allows the 'bench' players to get a feel of the fun and participate in the blowout. The 'problem' coach Blatt has is that his bench players could play for any top European team they desire, so instead of the victory draining down to 15 or 12 points, Maccabi makes it 35 and 41. One of Europe top point guards Doron Perking said: 'it doesnt matter who we have on the floor, we never take are foot of the pedal'. A good friend of mine once told me that an American coach said that a sign of respect you show your opponent is giving everything you got on the court, I assume coach Blatt made it crystal clear that his men were aware of this. Despite the 'crazy month' Pnini and his teammates went through, trashing opponents from all over Europe both in the Israeli league and in the Euroleague (99:58 over Roma and 104:67 triumph on Olimpija) the question that is asked is how do they do it? 'Why are teams so bad against maccabi', 'they just had a bad day in the office', 'we will win next time' and 'we werent focused enough' are false
statements that teams make after losing to Maccabi. 'But where's the credit?' asks Blatt - Maccabi is honestly just too good!!

Hustle Hard

Despite the first Top16 Euroleague lose in Barcelona (Jan 20th), Maccabi's players sent out a firm message to Sergio Scariolos players, even if we lose we won't go down without a fight because next game is going to be in our building and with an average of 23.4 points in favor playing at Nokia, no team wants to play in Israel. When Perkins fouled out of, he made sure he had a piece of his mans jersey so that player doesnt forget the nightmare he had when Perk was on him he leaves his opponents with a body full of scratches and bruises (Allen Anderson). If Jeremy Pargo is coming down the lane you better tell Terrance Morris that anytime he goes up he's going to put somebody on a poster, and when Pnini and David Blu hit a few shots from beyond the arc, they only gave you a teaser of the amount of threes they're going to pour down in Nokia. Thought I forgot about the Hulk? I'll simply let the most dominate center in Europe's game speak for itself Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Maccabi T'A in a battle for not only first place, but also pride and respect, Feb 24th.




National League Round 18: Elitzur Yavne is defeated by Elitzur Ramla - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Ramla between third ranked Elitzur Yavne (11-7) and eleventh ranked Elitzur Ramla (7-11) on Tuesday night. Elitzur Yavne was defeated by Elitzur Ramla in a tough game on the road 81-88. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-81. Elitzur Ramla made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game, while Elitzur Yavne only scored eight points from the stripe. Elitzur Ramla forced 20 Elitzur Yavne turnovers. Guard Dror Davidi (190-84) scored 25 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward David Paris (205-84, college: Bowie St.) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Lev Hasharon. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Elitzur Ramla is looking forward to face higher ranked Kohav Yair (#9) in Kohav Yair in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Elitzur Yavne will play at home against Hod Hasharon (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya managed to get a third victory, breaking the eleven-game losing streak. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Hod Hasharon 93-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hod Hasharon. The former international swingman Jeron Roberts (194-76, college: Wyoming, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) notched 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Adi Pereg supported him with 21 points and 10 assists. Even 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) by American guard Jitim Young (188-81, college: Northwestern, agency: Edge Sports) did not help to save the game for Hod Hasharon. Hod Hasharon's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ironi Nahariya maintains fourteenth position with 3-15 record. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Beeri. Ironi Nahariya will play against higher ranked Lev Hasharon (#10) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hod Hasharon will play against Elitzur Yavne where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Hapoel Beeri (6-12) outlasted Lev Hasharon (7-11) in overtime by three points 95-92 on Tuesday night. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Stacey Moragne who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. Hapoel Beeri's coach Hanoch Mints used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Antwan Henry Dobie who recorded 26 points and 5 assists. Hapoel Beeri have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Hod Hasharon. Loser Lev Hasharon keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Elitzur Ramla. Hapoel Beeri will meet higher ranked Hapoel Tivon (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lev Hasharon will play against Ironi Nahariya (#14) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Kiryat Tivon was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Beer Yaakov (10-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Hapoel Tivon (10-8). Hapoel Tivon defeated Beer Yaakov 94-84. It was a good game for Kobi Izik who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Hapoel Tivon moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Beer Yaakov. Hapoel Tivon's next round opponent will be Hapoel Beeri (#12) in Beer-Shev and are hoping to win another game. Beer Yaakov will play at home against the league's leader Hapoel T-A (#1) in Tel-Aviv.
Ninth ranked Hapoel Afula (9-9) crushed at home 7th ranked Kohav Yair (8-10) by 26 points 107-81, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. Avi Eliyahu had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 6 steals to lead the charge for the winners. Hapoel Afula moved-up to seventh place. Loser Kohav Yair dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Hapoel Afula will face Ironi Ramat Gan (#8) on the road in the next round. Kohav Yair will play against Elitzur Ramla.

In the last game of round 18 Ironi Ramat Gan lost to Maccabi HBK on the opponent's court 82-86.



Hapoel Tivon - Beer Yaakov 94-84

The game in Kiryat Tivon was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Beer Yaakov (10-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Hapoel Tivon (10-8). Hapoel Tivon defeated Beer Yaakov 94-84. It looked good early as Beer Yaakov took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel Tivon had a 25-16 second period charge getting the lead and Beer Yaakov was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 84-94. Hapoel Tivon made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Hapoel Tivon outrebounded Beer Yaakov 39-17 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. It was a good game for power forward Kobi Izik (204-83, agency: Avi Zilberman) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman Tramaine Stevens (200-87, college: Morehead St.) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) replied with 25 points and 4 assists and American-Cape Verdean guard Joshua Gomes (190-83, college: E.Illinois) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for Beer Yaakov. Five Hapoel Tivon and four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Hapoel Tivon moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Beer Yaakov. Hapoel Tivon's next round opponent will be Hapoel Beeri (#12) in Beer-Shev and are hoping to win another game. Beer Yaakov will play at home against the league's leader Hapoel T-A (#1) in Tel-Aviv.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Tivon: B.Timor 17+1reb+5ast, O.Shaashoua 16+1reb+8ast, Y.Shiran 16+3reb+1ast, T.Stevens 15+6reb+8ast, K.Izik 15+10reb+5ast, B.Strong 9+9reb
Beer Yaakov: Y.Bet-Yosef 25+2reb+4ast, Y.Liutrin 16+2reb, J.Gomes 14+3reb+5ast, O.Farhi 12+4reb+4ast, G.Karni 9+3reb+3ast, I.Bochman 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 105633


Hod Hasharon - Ironi Nahariya 82-93

Bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya managed to get a third victory, breaking the eleven-game losing streak. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Hod Hasharon 93-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hod Hasharon. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nahariya. Hod Hasharon was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hod Hasharon was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international swingman Jeron Roberts (194-76, college: Wyoming, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) notched 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Adi Pereg (186-79) supported him with 21 points and 10 assists. Even 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) by American guard Jitim Young (188-81, college: Northwestern, agency: Edge Sports) did not help to save the game for Hod Hasharon. His fellow American import forward Stanley Brandy (200-67, college: De Paul) added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Ironi Nahariya and five Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. Hod Hasharon's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ironi Nahariya maintains fourteenth position with 3-15 record. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Beeri. Ironi Nahariya will play against higher ranked Lev Hasharon (#10) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hod Hasharon will play against Elitzur Yavne where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: J.Roberts 22+9reb+2ast, A.Pereg 21+1reb+10ast, O.Ben Hemo 18+3reb+2ast, J.Johnson 12+5reb, M.Snir 9+4reb+2ast, E.Drayton 9+5reb+1ast
Hod Hasharon: J.Young 27+6reb+5ast, S.Brandy 14+11reb+2ast, K.Sharvit 14+1ast, B.Sharoni 11+4reb, O.Ron 11+2ast, E.Ventura 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 105628


Elitzur Ramla - Elitzur Yavne 88-81

The most important game in the last round took place in Ramla between third ranked Elitzur Yavne (11-7) and eleventh ranked Elitzur Ramla (7-11) on Tuesday night. Elitzur Yavne was defeated by Elitzur Ramla in a tough game on the road 81-88. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-81. Elitzur Ramla made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game, while Elitzur Yavne only scored eight points from the stripe. Elitzur Ramla forced 20 Elitzur Yavne turnovers. Guard Dror Davidi (190-84) scored 25 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward David Paris (205-84, college: Bowie St.) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Lev Hasharon. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Elitzur Ramla is looking forward to face higher ranked Kohav Yair (#9) in Kohav Yair in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Elitzur Yavne will play at home against Hod Hasharon (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: D.Davidi 25+3reb+6ast, K.Young 20+6reb, A.Sukar 18+5reb+3ast, D.Paris 16+9reb+3ast, I.Berkowitz 5+1reb+4ast, M.Badalov 4+3reb
Elitzur Yavne: C.Timberlake 30+11reb+2ast, E.Hofman 14+7reb+1ast, Z.Volfer 13+5reb+2ast, O.Brandwein 8+2ast, N.Golan 7+3reb+9ast, D.Tamir 6+2reb
gschID: 105629


Hapoel Afula - Kohav Yair 107-81

Ninth ranked Hapoel Afula (9-9) crushed at home 7th ranked Kohav Yair (8-10) by 26 points 107-81, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. Hapoel Afula dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Kohav Yair's 36. Hapoel Afula forced 26 Kohav Yair turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Kohav Yair's players. Guard Avi Eliyahu (175-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 6 steals to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Bryant Markson (198-83, college: Utah) chipped in 20 points, 5 assists and 6 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) with 22 points and 6 rebounds and guard Shlomi Harush (185-87) scored 20 points. Five Hapoel Afula and four Kohav Yair players scored in double figures. Hapoel Afula moved-up to seventh place. Loser Kohav Yair dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Hapoel Afula will face Ironi Ramat Gan (#8) on the road in the next round. Kohav Yair will play against Elitzur Ramla.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: B.Markson 20+4reb+5ast, O.Shmidt 19+5reb+4ast, A.Eliyahu 18+5reb+11ast, T.Michael Dunne 16+6reb+3ast, D.Hugee 15+3reb+2ast, E.Solomoviz 11+3reb
Kohav Yair: E.Traimel 22+6reb+1ast, S.Harush 20+3reb+3ast, O.Rub 14+1reb, S.Ibrahim 13+7reb+1ast, G.Amitai 6+3reb+2ast, A.Zelkovits 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 105630


Maccabi HBK - Ironi Ramat Gan 86-82

Very expected game in Habikaa where 8th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (8-10) was defeated by second ranked Maccabi HBK (14-4) 86-82 on Tuesday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-19. But Ironi Ramat Gan won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi HBK made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. Ironi Ramat Gan was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB, agency: Lanshire Group) scored 31 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Steffon Bradford (200-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 14 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Yariv Yatzkan (199-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi HBK have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-4 record having just one points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Loser Ironi Ramat Gan keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Maccabi HBK will face Megido/Yokneam (#4) on the road in the next round. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Hapoel Afula (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi HBK: P.Delaney 31+3reb+2ast, I.Grinboim 16+4reb+1ast, S.Bradford 14+13reb, I.Lev 10+6reb+1ast, E.Skverer 8+2reb+7ast, N.Matalon 5+2ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: Y.Yatzkan 22+2reb+2ast, I.Rosefelt 17+11reb+3ast, S.Colwell 15+6reb+1ast, A.Fisher 10+1reb+2ast, J.Thomas 5+5reb+1ast, E.Kohansky 5+3ast
gschID: 105631


Hapoel Beeri - Lev Hasharon 95-92 OT

Hapoel Beeri (6-12) outlasted Lev Hasharon (7-11) in overtime by three points 95-92 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 20-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in overtime. Hapoel Beeri outrebounded Lev Hasharon 44-24 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Raymond Canady Jr. (201-84, college: Valdosta St., agency: GOTathletes) chipped in a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Canady Jr. is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Hapoel Beeri's coach Hanoch Mints used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Antwan Henry Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) who recorded 26 points and 5 assists and forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) added 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Five Hapoel Beeri and four Lev Hasharon players scored in double figures. Hapoel Beeri have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Hod Hasharon. Loser Lev Hasharon keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Elitzur Ramla. Hapoel Beeri will meet higher ranked Hapoel Tivon (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lev Hasharon will play against Ironi Nahariya (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Beeri: R.Canady Jr. 25+12reb+1ast, S.Moragne 24+14reb+3ast, D.Aidan 16+9reb+1ast, H.Shifman 13+2ast, G.Dotan 11+4reb+2ast, H.Barbi 2+2reb
Lev Hasharon: A.Henry Dobie 26+2reb+5ast, L.Wade 22+6reb+5ast, I.Eiram 18+5reb+6ast, Y.Moshe 12+8reb, R.Pitshon 6, O.Hover 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 105627




Hapoel Holon release Robert Hite - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Holon decided to part ways with Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami (FL)). The 26-year-old guard joined the Israeli team at the start of the season. He tallied 15.9 points, 5.1 boards and 1.8 assists per game in Premier League. Last season Robert Hite played in Italy. He had stints with Montegranaro, Caserta and Trenkwalder. Earlier Robert Hite had spells in NBA, D-League, Spain, Belgium and Turkey.


Maccabi Tel Aviv clinch Israeli Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Tel Aviv - Elitzur Netanya 106:70

Maccabi Tel Aviv celebrated the Cup title yesterday. They overcame Netanya 106:70 in the Final to clinch the 38th Cup title in the teams history.
Maccabi held off Ashdod 98:61, while Netanya edged Hapoel Tel Aviv 78:77 in the semis to set up the Final.
Maccabi Tel Aviv did not give too many chances for Netanya in the championship game. They quickly jumped to a comfortable lead. Maccabi accumulated a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. Quick five points from Guy Pnini (201-G/F-83) gave Maccabi a 34:14 lead midway through the second term. Maccabi dominated every facet of the game as they recorded a 49:26 lead at the interval. Netanya struggled to get any close in the third term. Maccabi arrived at the final break up by 32 points 78:46. Netanya could not recover in the fourth quarter as Maccabi cruised to the victory at the end. Guy Pnini delivered 21 points to lead the effort. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) added 16 points, while Milan Macvan (205-F-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 13 points in the victory. Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) answered with 22 points for Netanya. Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Virginia) provided 15 points and 13 boards in the loss.

Maccabi Tel Aviv: Guy Pnini 21, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 16, Milan Macvan 13
Netanya: Adrian Banks 22, Elton Brown 15+13 boards



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  ITALY   


Montepaschi and Montegranaro open Cup Final Eight with victories - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi and Montegranaro claimed their Italian Cup semifinal tickets. They defeated Scavolini and Canadian Solar Bologna respectively in the quarterfinals yesterday.
Montepaschi rallied to an 81:68 win over Scavolini. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Montepaschi led by four points at the first break and maintained the lead throughout the second period. The Siena team arrived at halftime up by the same four points 38:34. But Scavolini erased the deficit in the third stanza. They leveled things up at 53 with ten minutes to go. Montepaschi however stepped on the gas in the fourth frame and rolled to an easy win at the end. Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) notched 15 points, while Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83) finished with 11 points for Montepaschi. Morris Almond (198-F-85, college: Rice) answered with 20 points for Scavolini. Daniel Hackett (196-G-87, college: USC) notched 13 points in defeat.
Montegranaro outgunned Bologna 82:73 behind 24 points from Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86). He also collected 9 rebounds and issued 2 assists. Montegranaro piled up an 11-point lead after the opening stanza. The margin grew at 13-point mark at halftime. Montegranaro stayed in charge throughout the second half and rallied to a well-deserved win at the end. Daniele Cavaliero (189-G-84) nailed 19 points for the winning team. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Bologna. Deividad Gailius (200-F-88) had 11 points in the loss.
Armani Jeans will take on Air Avellino and Bennet Cantu will face Angelico Biella in the remaining two games of the quarterfinal round tonight.



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  KENYA   


Kenya withdraws from All Africa Games basketball qualifiers - by Kristian Santiago
(By The Standard)

Kenya has unilaterally withdrawn her national teams from the ongoing All Africa Games qualifiers in Rwanda in addition to handing two senior players an indefinite ban over incitement claims.

Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) took the harsh decision on Thursday after persistent training boycotts by both men and women national teams over allowances.

KBF chair, Paul Otula, told local reporters the players were arm twisting the government that footed their expenses to Rwanda by staging sit-ins while on their Rwanda tour with federation officials said to have been pleading with the players to take to the court to contest places at the Pan African event that will be held in Mozambique later in the year.

Federation secretary general, Vitalis Gode has been consequently instructed to pen a withdrawal note to organisers.

'We have also immediately banned Anjeline Luchivya and Ben Oluoch (181-G-74) from national teams and all basketball activities for inciting players to reject the government's allowance forthwith,' Otula charged.

Each member of the team was entitled to 62.5 US dollars as daily allowance but it was not immediately established what the disgruntled players were seeking in their pay protest.

Kenya's Commissioner for Sports, Gordon Oluoch slammed the players for their alleged treachery and expressed the action would wreck the dreams of young players who had turned in good shifts despite the allowances rows.

'Our teams are doing very well in Rwanda and have good chances of qualifying for All Africa Games,' he said.

The men's team outscored Tanzania 61-56 in a match they reluctantly accepted to play after staging a boycott on Wednesday. They were seeking their first All Africa Games appearance since Cairo two decades ago.



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  KOSOVO   


The Tournament of Independence to be held on 17th February - by Onur Deqani
The Basketball Federation of Kosovo will be holding a tournament on the day of Independence of Kosovo , 17th February. In the tournament will participate the National Basketball Team of Kosovo, KK Zrinjevac Zagreb from Croatia, KK Lirija from Macedonia and KB Tirana from Albania .
Two matches will be held on the 16th, while the final match and the match for the third place will be held on the 17th. Semifinals will be played in Peja , while finals in Prishtina .

The participants of the national team chosen by coach Arben Krasniqi, will be :
Fahri Breca
Granit Rugova
Valentin Spaqi
Alban Veseli
Fisnik Rugova
Gazmend Sinani
Blerim Mazreku
Edmond Azemi
Gezim Morina
Gazmend Asllani
Vigan Radoni
Samir Shaptahu
Rron Grapci
Edis Kuraja


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  LATVIA   


LBL Round 18: Ventspils beat Liepaja by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 18 in the LBL took place in Liepaja. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-best Liepaja (13-7) to first ranked Ventspils (14-2) 77-76 in the game for the first place. Liepaja 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 Ventspils made 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Liepaja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) who saved his team from a defeat with 21 points. American swingman Rashad Anderson (195-83, college: Connecticut) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) replied with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Liepaja. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ventspils maintains first position with 14-2 record. Liepaja at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Liepaja will play at home against Turiba and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Valmiera. Fifth ranked Valmiera (10-7) saved a 1-point victory at home edging second-best Liepaja (13-7) 83-82 on Sunday evening. The former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (188-84) scored 21 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Arturas Valeika chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Valmiera have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 10-7 record. Liepaja at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Valmiera will play against higher ranked VEF Riga junior (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Liepaja will play against Turiba and hopes to get back on the winning track.
LBL top team - Ventspils (14-2) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Latvijas Universitate (2-16) in Riga 73-39. Lauris Blaus notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 5 points and 7 rebounds by Rudolfs Rozitis did not help to save the game for Latvijas Universitate. Ventspils maintains first position with 14-2 record. Latvijas Universitate lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Latvijas Universitate will play against Zemgale (#6) in Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Turiba were beaten by Valmiera on the road 74-65. Barons destroyed Zemgale on its own court 88-66. Valmiera outscored Barons in a road game 88-62.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 19 points and 9 assists by Derek Willjam of Barons.



Valmiera - Turiba 74-65

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Valmiera (10-7) beat at home 7th ranked Turiba (3-15) 74-65 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 9 points. Valmiera dominated on the defensive end, holding Turiba to just 7 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Turiba's 20 and made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Valmiera forced 19 Turiba turnovers. The former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (188-84) notched 19 points and 6 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and the former international power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83) supported him with 10 points. Even a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds by forward Janis Dilevka (198-88) did not help to save the game for Turiba. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) added 12 points. Turiba's coach Peteris Visnevics rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valmiera have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 10-7 record. Turiba lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Valmiera will meet at home higher ranked VEF Riga junior (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Turiba will play against the league's second-placed Liepaja and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Turiba: J.Dilevka 15+11reb, R.Mednis 12+4reb+3ast, A.Servuts 11+1reb+1ast, L.Mizis 10+1reb+2ast, E.Kikuts 9+5reb+2ast, J.Antrops 8+3reb+4ast
Valmiera: R.Gabrans 19+6reb+3ast, O.Virsis 11+1reb+2ast, P.Veselovs 10+2reb+2ast, J.Kaufmanis 9+2reb, J.Graudins 9+3reb, M.Ziedins 7+3reb
gschID: 119743


Barons - Zemgale 88-66

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Zemgale (6-10) was smashed by fourth ranked Barons (12-8) in Riga 88-66 on Friday. The game without a history. Barons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Zemgale's 30 and made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. American guard Derek Willjam (185-85, college: SMU) notched 19 points and 9 assists to lead the effort and the former international center Martins Skirmants (205-77, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Barons players scored in double figures. Even 13 points by the former international guard Ilmars Bergmanis (184-81) did not help to save the game for Zemgale. The former international forward Arturs Brunins (200-82) added 11 points. Zemgale's coach Varis Krumins gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Zemgale lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Barons' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena VEF Riga junior.
Top scorers:
Zemgale: I.Bergmanis 13+2reb+2ast, A.Brunins 11+4reb, S.Metra 8+2reb, E.Krumins 7+5reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 6+8reb, A.Justovics 5+2reb
Barons: D.Willjam 19+3reb+9ast, M.Skirmants 14+7reb+1ast, K.Pishchalnikov 13+6reb, I.Timermanis 11+4reb+3ast, A.Vitols 10+1reb+1ast, A.Cavars 8+4reb
gschID: 119744


Valmiera - Liepaja 83-82

Important game to mention about took place in Valmiera. Fifth ranked Valmiera (10-7) saved a 1-point victory at home edging second-best Liepaja (13-7) 83-82 on Sunday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Liepaja won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valmiera made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. The former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (188-84) scored 21 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian forward Arturas Valeika (206-85, college: Midland CC) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (203-85) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five Valmiera and four Liepaja players scored in double figures. Valmiera have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 10-7 record. Liepaja at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Valmiera will play against higher ranked VEF Riga junior (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Liepaja will play against Turiba and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: M.Kravcenko 19+1reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 16+7reb+4ast, J.Aleksejevs 14+5reb+3ast, P.Caldwell 12+6reb+3ast, A.Ate 8+3reb+3ast, J.Kosuskins 6+5reb
Valmiera: R.Gabrans 21+2reb+4ast, P.Veselovs 18+5reb, A.Valeika 13+7reb+4ast, O.Virsis 10+2reb+7ast, M.Ziedins 10+6reb, J.Kaufmanis 9+1reb
gschID: 121395


LU - Ventspils 39-73

LBL top team - Ventspils (14-2) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Latvijas Universitate (2-16) in Riga 73-39. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Latvijas Universitate to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Ventspils dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Latvijas Universitate's 20 and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Ventspils forced 21 Latvijas Universitate turnovers and outrebounded them 45-28 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Maris Gulbis (202-85) supported him with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Even 5 points and 7 rebounds by guard Rudolfs Rozitis (187-88) did not help to save the game for Latvijas Universitate. Forward Arturs Duselis (200-89) added 8 points and 5 rebounds. Ventspils maintains first position with 14-2 record. Latvijas Universitate lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Latvijas Universitate will play against Zemgale (#6) in Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LU: A.Duselis 8+5reb, K.Brigmanis 8+3reb+1ast, M.Dargis 6+3reb+1ast, K.Jaunzems 6+5reb+1ast, H.Rubenis 6+2reb, R.Rozitis 5+7reb+1ast
Ventspils: O.Efejuku 14+5reb+1ast, L.Blaus 14+13reb+2ast, M.Gulbis 10+10reb+1ast, I.Bankevics 9+1reb, A.Strelnieks 8+7reb+2ast, J.Strelnieks 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 119740


Barons - Valmiera 62-88

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Valmiera (10-7) rolled over 4th ranked Barons (12-8) in Riga 88-62 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Valmiera led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Barons to just 5 points in second quarter. Valmiera had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Valmiera especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83) notched 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (188-84) supported him with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Valmiera players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 5 rebounds by forward Agnis Cavars (198-86) did not help to save the game for Barons. Guard Raimonds Feldmanis (192-82) added 16 points. Valmiera have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 10-7 record. Defending champion Barons dropped to the third place with eight games lost. Valmiera will meet at home higher ranked VEF Riga junior (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Barons' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena VEF Riga junior.
Top scorers:
Barons: R.Feldmanis 16+1reb, A.Cavars 14+5reb+1ast, D.Willjam 10+1reb+6ast, A.Butjankovs 7+6reb, A.Vitols 5+1reb+1ast, K.Pishchalnikov 4+4reb+1ast
Valmiera: P.Veselovs 22+7reb+1ast, R.Gabrans 15+5reb+6ast, J.Graudins 11+8reb+5ast, J.Berzins 11+2reb+3ast, M.Ziedins 9+4reb+2ast, O.Virsis 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 119741


Liepaja - Ventspils 76-77

The most exciting game of round 18 in the LBL took place in Liepaja. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-best Liepaja (13-7) to first ranked Ventspils (14-2) 77-76 in the game for the first place. Liepaja 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 Ventspils made 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Liepaja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) who saved his team from a defeat with 21 points. American swingman Rashad Anderson (195-83, college: Connecticut) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) replied with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Liepaja. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ventspils maintains first position with 14-2 record. Liepaja at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Liepaja will play at home against Turiba and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: M.Kravcenko 17+1reb+1ast, P.Caldwell 13+6reb+3ast, A.Mitchell 12+7reb+4ast, M.Meiers 11+6reb, J.Aleksejevs 8+7reb+1ast, J.Kosuskins 4+3reb+1ast
Ventspils: J.Strelnieks 21+4reb, R.Anderson 13+5reb, S.Kuzminskas 11+4reb, A.Berzins 10+4reb, A.Strelnieks 9+5reb, M.Gulbis 5+2reb
gschID: 119742




LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 14-2 
 2. Liepaja 13-7 
 3. Barons 12-8 
 4. VEF Riga jrs 11-6 
 5. Valmiera 10-7 
 6. Zemgale 6-10 
 7. Turiba 3-15 
 8. LU 2-16 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


LBL D2 Round 16: Leader Jurmala gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Jurmala delivered the fourteenth win on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Daugava (7-9) 94-57 in Daugavapils. The game without a history. Jurmala led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Jurmala (14-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains first position. Daugava at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Jurmala are looking forward to face Liepaja-2 (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Daugava will play against Ridzene in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Liepaja, where higher ranked Saldus (10-5) were outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Liepaja-2 (6-9) 102-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Saldus. Newly promoted Liepaja-2 maintains ninth position with 6-9 record. Saldus at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Liepaja-2 will play against league's leader Jurmala on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saldus will play against Zemgale/Juniors in Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: BAA Riga (#8) and VEF Kadeti (#12). VEF Kadeti was smashed at home by 21 points 71-92 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. BAA Riga (7-7) moved-up to seventh place. VEF Kadeti lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. BAA Riga will meet at home higher ranked BS Ogre (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. VEF Kadeti will play against the league's second-placed Ventspils Augstskola (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.

In the last two games of round 16 Ridzene was crushed by Ogre in a road game 101-64. Zemgale/Jun. beat Livani at home 66-60.



Ogre - Ridzene 101-64

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Ridzene (3-13) was crushed on the road by third ranked BS Ogre (12-3) 101-64 on Wednesday. The game without a history. BS Ogre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BS Ogre moved-up to second place, which they share with Ventspils Aug. Loser Ridzene keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. BS Ogre will meet BAA Riga (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Ridzene will play against Daugava in Daugavapils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 120494


VEF Kadeti - BAA Riga 71-92

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: BAA Riga (#8) and VEF Kadeti (#12). VEF Kadeti was smashed at home by 21 points 71-92 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game without a history. BAA Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BAA Riga (7-7) moved-up to seventh place. VEF Kadeti lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. BAA Riga will meet at home higher ranked BS Ogre (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. VEF Kadeti will play against the league's second-placed Ventspils Augstskola (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 120495


Liepaja-2 - Saldus 102-64

We should mention about the upset which took place in Liepaja, where higher ranked Saldus (10-5) were outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Liepaja-2 (6-9) 102-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Saldus. The game was mostly controlled by Liepaja-2. Saldus was better in second period 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Newly promoted Liepaja-2 maintains ninth position with 6-9 record. Saldus at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Liepaja-2 will play against league's leader Jurmala on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saldus will play against Zemgale/Juniors in Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 120496


Zemgale/Jun. - Livani 66-60

No shocking result in a game in Jelgava where sixth ranked Zemgale/Juniors (9-7) defeated 11th ranked Livani (1-12) 66-60 on Tuesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 32-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zemgale/Juniors moved-up to fifth place. Livani lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Zemgale/Juniors will meet higher ranked Saldus (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Livani will play against Gulbene (#6).
gschID: 120492


Daugava - Jurmala 57-94

Leader Jurmala delivered the fourteenth win on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Daugava (7-9) 94-57 in Daugavapils. The game without a history. Jurmala led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Jurmala (14-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains first position. Daugava at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Jurmala are looking forward to face Liepaja-2 (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Daugava will play against Ridzene in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 120493




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Willjam, Barons16.3 
 3. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 4. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs15.5 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.3 
 6. Veselovs, Valmiera15.0 
 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: 8.1
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 2. Valeika, Valmiera7.8 
 3. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 4. Berzins, VEF R.7.6 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.2 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 7. Rozitis, Zemgale6.7 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.5 
 9. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.4 
 10. Piternieks, LU5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Willjam, Barons4.8 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.5 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.1 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 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. Bertans, VEF R.1.5 
 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, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja1.0 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 9. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 10. Brunins, Zemgale0.8 


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  LITHUANIA   


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 30-1 
 2. Radviliskis 22-9 
 3. Mazeikiai 20-11 
 4. Meresta 20-11 
 5. Zalgiris-Sabonio 19-12 
 6. LKKA-Atletas 17-14 
 7. Nafta Universitetas 17-14 
 8. Perlas-MRU 15-16 
 9. Silute 12-18 
 10. Triobet Malsta 12-18 
 11. Erelita 12-19 
 12. Delikatesas 10-20 
 13. ABRO-Univ. 10-22 
 14. Akademija 9-23 
 15. Puntukas 7-24 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.9 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.9 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.19.6 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.1 
 5. Jurkus, Silute18.0 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.17.4 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.4 
 8. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 9. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 10. Vileita, Pieno Z.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vytautas-Edvardas PIKALAVICIUS
  Delikatesas
  (196-F/G-90)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.6 
 2. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.5 
 3. Mockevicius, Akade.10.4 
 4. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.3 
 5. Brusokas, Perla.8.0 
 6. Nedzinskas, Silute7.9 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.6 
 8. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.4 
 9. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.2 
 10. Jucikas, Delikatesas7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.6 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.3 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.5.0 
 4. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.4.8 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Sapiega, Erelita4.6 
 7. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.5 
 8. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.5 
 9. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.1 
 10. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.9 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.2.6 
 3. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.6 
 4. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.5 
 5. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.5 
 6. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 7. Metelica, Erelita2.4 
 8. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 9. Sapiega, Erelita2.3 
 10. Radavicius, Meres.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.6 
 2. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.9 
 3. Urbonas, LK.1.9 
 4. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.8 
 5. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 6. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 7. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.3 
 8. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.2 
 9. Milinskas, Triobe.1.0 
 10. Zyle, Zalgiris.0.9 


Perlas lose second straight in Morocco - by Eurobasket News
Perlas suffered the second straight defeat at the international tournament in Morocco. They faced FYR Macedonian Feni Industrija and suffered a bitter 75:76 loss. Vilmantas Dilys (208-F-87) erupted for 28 points for Perlas but could not rescue the Lithuanian team from the loss. Perlas jumped to an early 15:3 lead but Feni Industrija quickly erased the deficit. Moreover the FYR Macedonian side ensured a 25:18 lead at the first break. Perlas got within 5 points at halftime 37:42. But Feni Industrija took over again in the third term and rolled to a comfortable 9-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Perlas almost caught up with Feni Industrija in the final seconds but stopped just short of victory at the end. Aidas Viskontas (185-G-86) nailed 10 points for Perlas. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) added 9 points in the loss.


NKL Round 33: Zalgiris-Sabonio beats LKKA-Atletas in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kaunas: Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5) and LKKA-Atletas (#6). LKKA-Atletas was crushed at home by 21 points 61-82 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris-Sabonio. LKKA-Atletas managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris-Sabonio dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to LKKA-Atletas' 36. They outrebounded LKKA-Atletas 47-30 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was swingman Paulius Sorokas (198-92) who scored 16 points and 4 assists. Forward Tauras Jogela (200-93) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) who recorded 20 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. Zalgiris-Sabonio maintains fifth place with 19-12 record. LKKA-Atletas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Nafta Universitetas. Zalgiris-Sabonio are looking forward to face league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LKKA-Atletas will play on the road against Nafta Universitetas (#7) in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pasvalys. First ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes faced 3rd placed Meresta. Host Pieno Zvaigzdes (30-1) defeated guests from Pakruojis (20-11) 73-69. It was a good game for American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Darius Griskenas contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Saulius Raziulis (183-76, agency: Court Side) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Meresta. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive series of twenty two victories in a row. They maintain first place with 30-1 record. Meresta lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with Mazeikiai. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5) in Kaunas in the next round. Meresta will play at home against the league's second-placed Radviliskis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Vilnius between Akademija and ABRO-Universitetas. Fourteenth ranked Akademija (9-23) got a very close home victory over 13th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (10-22). Akademija managed to escape with a 1-point win 83-82 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ABRO-Universitetas. Egidijus Mockevicius stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Akademija's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Vitali Liutych with 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Akademija maintains fourteenth place with 9-23 record. ABRO-Universitetas at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 22 games lost. Akademija will again meet at home higher ranked ABRO-Universitetas (#13) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ABRO-Universitetas will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kaunas. Local Erelita-KTU (12-19) outscored 14th ranked Akademija (9-23) 105-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Akademija. Matas Sapiega nailed 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. 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. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Erelita-KTU. They maintain eleventh place with 12-19 record. Akademija at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 23 games lost. Erelita-KTU will have a break next round. Akademija will play at home against ABRO-Universitetas (#13) in Siauliai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 33 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Puntukas was crushed by ABRO-Univ. in Siauliai 91-70. Mazeikiai smashed Nafta Universitetas at home 79-57. Triobet Malsta lost to Silute on the opponent's court 58-68. Radviliskis outscored Perlas-MRU in a home game 96-60.



ABRO-Univ. - Puntukas 91-70

There was no surprise in Siauliai where 15th ranked Puntukas (7-24) was crushed by thirteenth ranked ABRO-Universitetas (10-22) 91-70. The game was mostly controlled by ABRO-Universitetas. Puntukas was better in fourth quarter 31-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ABRO-Universitetas forced 20 Puntukas turnovers and had a 27-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Puntukas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Belarusian swingman Vitali Liutych (198-92) nailed 30 points for the winning side and guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) accounted for 18 points and 4 assists. Forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) came up with 13 points and 4 assists and swingman Tadas Rinkunas (196-91) added 15 points respectively for Puntukas in the defeat. Four Puntukas players scored in double figures. Puntukas' coach Gintautas Regina gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. ABRO-Universitetas maintains thirteenth place with 10-22 record. Puntukas lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 24 lost games. ABRO-Universitetas' next round opponent will be Akademija (#14) in Vilnius. Puntukas will play at home against Silute.
Top scorers:
ABRO-Univ.: V.Liutych 30+4reb+2ast, A.Kvedaravicius 18+4reb+4ast, A.Gurklys 13+7reb, T.Miezis 8+1reb+1ast, P.Rasamavicius 7+5reb+3ast, E.Vaupsas 5+5reb
Puntukas: T.Rinkunas 15+1reb+2ast, D.Tarvydas 13+4reb+4ast, M.Norkus 10+7reb+1ast, T.Galeckas 10+2reb+2ast, V.Volodko 6+5reb, L.Kazlauskas 5+1reb
gschID: 121310


Akademija - ABRO-Univ. 83-82

A very close game took place in Vilnius between Akademija and ABRO-Universitetas. Fourteenth ranked Akademija (9-23) got a very close home victory over 13th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (10-22). Akademija managed to escape with a 1-point win 83-82 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ABRO-Universitetas. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Akademija forced 23 ABRO-Universitetas turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Akademija made 7 blocks. Center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and forward Tomas Lekunas (195-93) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. Akademija's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Belarusian swingman Vitali Liutych (198-92) with 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Akademija and four ABRO-Universitetas players scored in double figures. Akademija maintains fourteenth place with 9-23 record. ABRO-Universitetas at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 22 games lost. Akademija will again meet at home higher ranked ABRO-Universitetas (#13) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ABRO-Universitetas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Akademija: M.Paliukenas 17+1reb+2ast, T.Lekunas 12+3reb+7ast, K.Alekna 12+4reb+2ast, E.Mockevicius 12+11reb+1ast, O.Olisevicius 11+5reb, A.Jankaitis 9+2reb+3ast
ABRO-Univ.: V.Liutych 34+6reb+1ast, A.Kvedaravicius 19+7reb+4ast, I.Ramasauskas 12+13reb+1ast, P.Rasamavicius 12+4reb+4ast, A.Kurauskas 5+3reb+4ast, A.Gurklys 0+2reb
gschID: 121718


Mazeikiai - Nafta Universitetas 79-57

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Mazeikiai (20-11) smashed at home 7th ranked Nafta Universitetas (17-14) 79-57. The game without a history. Mazeikiai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll.) nailed 18 points and 7 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Jason Warren (201-84, college: Missouri Western) accounted for 13 points and 12 rebounds. Warren is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Nafta Universitetas in the defeat. Mazeikiai moved-up to third place, which they share with Meresta. Nafta Universitetas at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Mazeikiai's next round opponent will be Perlas-MRU (#8) in Vilnius which should be theoretically another easy game. Nafta Universitetas will play at home against LKKA-Atletas in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: B.Harrison 18+4reb+7ast, M.Sidlauskas 14+2reb+4ast, J.Warren 13+12reb, V.Luksa 13+5reb+1ast, M.Norkus 12+9reb+3ast, M.Kumpys 6+4reb
Nafta Universitetas: V.Chodosovskis 15+6reb, J.Kazakauskas 13+10reb+1ast, M.Girdziunas 10+2reb+3ast, D.Anuzis 9+4reb+3ast, T.Klimas 6+5reb+2ast, T.Mazelis 3+3reb
gschID: 121307


Silute - Triobet Malsta 68-58

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked Triobet Malsta (12-18) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Silute (12-18) 68-58. Triobet Malsta was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 48-29 second half run of Silute. They made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Silute outrebounded Triobet Malsta 50-31 including a 37-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Triobet Malsta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Evaldas Jurkus (190-84) nailed 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-87) accounted for 14 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Forward Tomas Milinskas (202-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Triobet Malsta in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Silute moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Triobet Malsta. Silute's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Puntukas (#15) in Anyksciai which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Silute: E.Jurkus 30+8reb, V.Nedzinskas 14+11reb+8ast, E.Kaupaitis 9+8reb+1ast, A.Vaitiekus 6+2reb, J.Nausedas 6+1reb+3ast, F.Eshon 2+6reb+1ast
Triobet Malsta: T.Sebeziovas 15+5reb+1ast, T.Milinskas 12+10reb, V.Kruzikas 8+2reb+1ast, R.Juknevicius 7+1reb+2ast, A.Vasiliauskas 6+2reb+6ast, H.Vorotnikovas 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 121308


Erelita - Akademija 105-60

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kaunas. Local Erelita-KTU (12-19) outscored 14th ranked Akademija (9-23) 105-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Akademija. The game without a history. Erelita-KTU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Akademija's 36. Erelita-KTU forced 27 Akademija turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Guard Matas Sapiega (180-90) nailed 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and forward Karolis Pupinis (200-88) accounted for 16 points. Four Erelita-KTU players scored in double figures. Forward Tomas Lekunas (195-93) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-93) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for Akademija in the defeat. 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. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Erelita-KTU. They maintain eleventh place with 12-19 record. Akademija at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 23 games lost. Erelita-KTU will have a break next round. Akademija will play at home against ABRO-Universitetas (#13) in Siauliai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Erelita: K.Pupinis 16+3reb+1ast, M.Lisajevicius 13+4reb+1ast, R.Cepanonis 13+4reb+2ast, M.Sapiega 13+6reb+6ast, A.Pelss 12+1reb+2ast, V.Pliauga 9+2reb+1ast
Akademija: T.Lekunas 19+5reb+2ast, O.Olisevicius 12+2reb+5ast, T.Pipiras 7+4reb, P.Lescinskas 6+2reb+2ast, A.Jankaitis 5+8reb, E.Mockevicius 4+6reb
gschID: 121309


LKKA-Atletas - Zalgiris-Sabonio 61-82

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kaunas: Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5) and LKKA-Atletas (#6). LKKA-Atletas was crushed at home by 21 points 61-82 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris-Sabonio. LKKA-Atletas managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris-Sabonio dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to LKKA-Atletas' 36. They outrebounded LKKA-Atletas 47-30 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was swingman Paulius Sorokas (198-92) who scored 16 points and 4 assists. Forward Tauras Jogela (200-93) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) who recorded 20 points and guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) added 10 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zalgiris-Sabonio maintains fifth place with 19-12 record. LKKA-Atletas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Nafta Universitetas. Zalgiris-Sabonio are looking forward to face league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LKKA-Atletas will play on the road against Nafta Universitetas (#7) in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: T.Jogela 20+2reb+1ast, P.Sorokas 16+4reb+4ast, E.Ulanovas 11+8reb+2ast, G.Zyle 9+6reb+2ast, M.Kupsas 9+8reb, V.Kariniauskas 8+4reb+2ast
LKKA-Atletas: V.Sragauskis 20+4reb+1ast, A.Sakalauskas 11+4reb, S.Vingelis 10+3reb+2ast, T.Urbonas 4+4reb+1ast, D.Domarkas 4+2ast, P.Ceicys 4+1reb
gschID: 121304


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Meresta 73-69

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pasvalys. First ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes faced 3rd placed Meresta. Host Pieno Zvaigzdes (30-1) defeated guests from Pakruojis (20-11) 73-69. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 20-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Saulius Raziulis (183-76, agency: Court Side) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Liudas Radavicius (188-88) added 19 points in the effort for Meresta. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive series of twenty two victories in a row. They maintain first place with 30-1 record. Meresta lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with Mazeikiai. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5) in Kaunas in the next round. Meresta will play at home against the league's second-placed Radviliskis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: D.Leonard 19+11reb+4ast, D.Griskenas 15+7reb+2ast, A.Kazlauskas 11+5reb+2ast, G.Vileita 10+1ast, A.Masiulis 7+5reb, M.Virbalas 6+4reb
Meresta: L.Radavicius 19+4reb, S.Raziulis 14+5reb+6ast, T.Druktenis 13+3reb+1ast, A.Danusevicius 10+6reb, S.Slivka 8+3reb+3ast, V.Padgureckas 5+8reb+3ast
gschID: 121305


Radviliskis - Perlas-MRU 96-60

Very predictable result when second ranked Radviliskis (22-9) outscored at home 8th ranked Perlas-MRU (15-16) 96-60. The game was mostly controlled by Radviliskis. Perlas-MRU was better in second period 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Radviliskis dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Perlas-MRU's 26. Radviliskis forced 20 Perlas-MRU turnovers and outrebounded them 35-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) nailed 28 points and 8 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winning side and forward Audrius Mineikis (202-77) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Radviliskis players scored in double figures. Forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) came up with 9 points and 8 rebounds and forward Tadas Padegimas (201-90) added 15 points respectively for Perlas-MRU in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Radviliskis. They maintain second place with 22-9 record having eight points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Perlas-MRU at the other side keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost. Radviliskis' next round opponent will be Meresta (#4) in Pakruojis. Perlas-MRU will play at home against Mazeikiai (#3).
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: Z.Kuklierius 28+3reb+8ast, A.Mineikis 13+8reb+1ast, L.Valantinas 12+3ast, L.Pipiras 11+2reb+1ast, M.Binza 11+6reb, M.Pukinskas 8+6reb+2ast
Perlas-MRU: T.Padegimas 15+2reb, E.Seskus 10+3reb+4ast, P.Semaska 9+1reb+2ast, K.Brusokas 9+8reb+1ast, M.Kazonas 9+1reb+1ast, A.Gorskovas 4+3reb
gschID: 121306




Lithuanian LKL round 20 best performance: Aurimas Birgelis - by Eurobasket News
Guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Alytus Alita, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, four rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Nevezis (#11, 5-10) in overtime 113-108. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Alytus Alita maintains the 13th position in Lithuanian LKL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 14 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Birgelis had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Aurimas Birgelis averages this season 11.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was another Alytus Alita's star - 33-year old Marius Janisius (203-C-77). Janisius had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Alytus Alita to edge slightly higher-ranked Nevezis (#11, 5-10) in overtime 113-108. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Alytus Alita is still at the dead bottom 13th position. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Alytus Alita managed to get this year. Janisius is one of the most experienced players at Alytus Alita and similarly like Aurimas Birgelis has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) of Nevezis Kedainiai (#11). Kalve scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Kalve's great performance Nevezis lost 108-113in overtime to slightly lower-ranked Alytus Alita (#13, 1-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Nevezis not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kalve could try to bring Nevezis' a little bit higher in the standings. Kalve has a very solid season. In 10 games in Lithuania he scored 13.4ppg. He also has 4.1rpg and FGP: 61.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ignas Sinkevicius (192-G-92) of Alytus Alita - 25 points
5. Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82) of Juventus - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Chris Lowe (183-G-87) of Naglis-Adakris - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Gerald Inman (206-F-87) of Naglis-Adakris - 18 points and 13 rebounds
8. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lietuvos Rytas - 19 points and 4 rebounds
9. Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) of Techasas - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76) of Zalgiris - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 7 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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Michael Jones strengthens Arantia - by Eurobasket News
Arantia are now getting ready for N2 playdowns. They strengthened the roster with addition of an import player. His name is Michael Jones (206-F-82, college: Arkansas). The 28-year-old forward was last seen in Romania. He tallied 11.9 points and 4.6 boards per game for Otopeni in 2009/10 season. The forward started the previous season in Switzerland. He notched 14.2 points and 6.6 boards per game for Starwings. Michael Jones later moved to Syria to join Aleppo. Michael Jones is not new to Luxembourg. He was on the squad of Heffingen back in 2007/08 season.


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30th National BB Tournament - MENS Division-1 - by Mohamed Rishan
T-Rex BC has advanced to the Final of the 30th National Basketball Tournament Mens Division-1 by beating Hurricane BC by 93 points to 66 points in Game-2. Hurricane BC beat Red Line Club by 49 points to 78 points in Game-3 knock-out match and advanced to FINAL to play against T-Rex BC. The FINALS will be played on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 20:30. However, there will be a possible time change for the purpose of LIVE Coverage on MNBC One..

Haveeru Daily Basketball Player Award 2010 - by Mohamed Rishan
Ali Fazlee of T-Rex BC was awarded the Haveeru Basketball Player of the Year for the consecutive second time. Aminath Shiura of Hurricane BC was awarded the Womens Basketball Player of the Year 2010. Ahmed Afsan Rashad of T-Rex BC and Mohamed Muhusin of DSC were awarded the 2nd and 3rd place in Mens Category and Husna Mohamed of DBC and Fathmath Rishma of DSC achieved the 2nd and 3rd place in Womens Category.

DHIRAAGU National Basketball League 2011 - by Mohamed Rishan
T-Rex Basketball Club has achived the Champions of the DHIRAAGU National Basketball League for the 2nd time. T-Rex BC has won all the six League games of the 6th, DHIRAAGU National Basketball League and stands on top with 12 points. Hurricane BC has already confirmed the the second place. Dhivehi Sifainge Club and Red Line Club will remain in the third and fourth place. Ahmed Husham of T-Rex BC was awarded the Best player of their last match played against DSC.

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Matches cancelled - by Eurobasket News
The MBA mens league is temporary suspended following a decision by the Presidents Council late Friday.

The weekend matches, Siġġiewi vs Depiro and Tata Motors vs Luxol, were both cancelled as it emerged that the Appeals Board is currently dealing with a series of protests lodged by more than one club following a decision to reduce hefty bans on two players from another team.

The next matches in schedule are from cup competitions on Thursday and the upcoming league fixtures are pencilled for the weekend.

So far, the MBA has not an-nounced whether these matches will be played or not.
Courtesy of: www.timesofmalta.com/


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Frayles - Fuerza Guinda Trade - Draft News - by Chris Terrell
Frayles de Guasave and Fuerza Guinda Nogales have agreed to terms on an agreement that has Nogales sending Michael Strobbe (201-F-85) and Christian Estrada to Guasave in exchange for Brandon Heredia (180-G-85, college: Lon Morris JC) and Samuel Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana). Strobbe is strong and is a great rebounder with a nice touch on his jumper. He is a dual nationality player and was the starting power forward on the Mexican National team and played this past season for Monterrey in the LNBP. Also suiting up this season for Monterrey was Bowie, a veteran that holds multiple professional league records in Mexico. The former teammates are now involved in a deal that has them changing teams for the 2011 cibacopa season. Another key component to the trade for Fuerza Guinda was the acquisition of Heredia. Heredia was the starting point guard for Durango in the LNBP this season and starred for Nogales last season in the cibacopa. The rights for Heredia were acquired by Guasave during this year's draft but were coupled with those of Bowie in a draft day deal to acquire Strobbe and Estrada. Heredia has re-signed with the club where he shot 47% from the 3 point line last year and will join Omar Quintero (183-G-81, college: S.Nazarene) and Justin Griffin (193-G/F-83, college: Hawaii-Hilo) in a talented backcourt for Fuerza Guinda. During the draft, Fuerza Guinda was also able to acquire the rights to Marco Valenzuela (185-G-81) and Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech). Adding the signings of Quintero and Griffin to the foursome of Heredia, Bowie, Valenzuela, and Smith proved to be a strong day for Nogales as the draft unfolded. Guasave adds depth to their backcourt with Estrada who filled in admiralbly last season at the point guard position and Strobbe gives them a strong front court player capable of helping the team in many ways.

Imports announced for Fuerza Guinda - by Alex
Nogales, Sonora, Mexico - In a press conference held in downtown Nogales on Wednesday, Fuerza Guinda Nogales announced their import signings for the 2011 CIBACOPA season. The 3 American imports are Damone Brown (204-F-79, college: Syracuse), Bryant Matthews (201-G/F-82, college: Virginia Tech), and Rashaad Singleton (213-C-87, college: Florida Southern). Damone Brown is a 6'9 shooter with guard skills capable of playing 4 positions. Brown averaged 18ppg at Syracuse in the Big East and has suited up for four NBA teams during the regular season including the Philadelphia 76'rs, Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, and Utah Jazz as well as in the EuroLeague with Eiffel Towers. Another Guard/Forward announced by the Fuerza Guinda is Bryant Matthews. Matthews starred at Virginia Tech where he averaged 24ppg in a tough ACC conference which included Duke and North Carolina among others. In addition to starring in Italy, Croatia, Korea, and Puerto Rico, Matthews, also has spent time with the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors of the NBA. Featured in the NCAA slam dunk contest as a senior at Va Tech, Matthews can run the floor and finish and like Brown is capable of playing multiple positions. The big man in the middle for Nogales will be Rashaad Singleton. Singleton played his college ball at the U. of Georgia in the SEC. At 7'0 285lbs, Singleton holds the New York Knicks weight lifting records, pressing an amazing 300lbs a record 39 times. Singleton is very athletic and had games of 15 rebounds and 7 blocks this past season in Japan as well as a strong performance for the Knicks in the NBA Summer League. The 7 footer runs the floor very well and can get his hand near the top of the backboard. You can get more information on 'Mexico's Team' by visiting the team online at www.fuerzaguinda.com

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MNE CUP F4 - Buducnost and Lovcen in Final game - by Dragan Scepanovic
Semi - Final game 1
Lovcen - ABS Primorje 89:81 (28:16, 20:18, 13:22, 28:25)
Cetinje - SC 'Lovcen'. Spect: 700. Reff: Dragojevic, Sundic, Savovic (Podgorica).
Lovcen: Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90) 10, Latkovic, Boricic 12, Marko Milosevic (202-F-84), Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 10, Vucurovic 4, Martinic 2, Lopicic 4, Kandic 31, Koprivica, Todorovic 10, Popovic, Mijatovic 6.
ABS Primorje: Stefan Arapovic (191-G/F-90) 10, Djokovic 11, Ivan Misinezovic (188-G-93), Denis Arapovic (188-G-92), Milan Stojanovic (194-F/G-84) 14, Popovic 20, Bulatovic 13, Medic, Kovacevic, Ivan Zejak (203-F/C-87) 13, Brajovic, Torbica.

Semi- Final game 2
Buducnost - Mogren 85:41 (25:8, 16:15, 17:7, 27:11)
Cetinje - SC 'Lovcen'. Spect : 400. Reff: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Jokic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovid (Niksic).
Buducnost: Scekic 10, Mihailovic 7, Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 5, Filip Barovic (205-F-90) 9, Dragicevic 8, Simonovic 3, Kadziulis 6, Dubljevic 7, Milutin Djukanovic (188-G-91) 6, Mitrovic 7, Sead Sehovic (199-F-89) 6, Milosevic 11.
Mogren: Fatic 2, Igor Kunjic (199-F-87) 12, Marinov, Rajko Krivokapic (199-F-85), Aldin Kadic (208-C-86) 7, Dovadzija 9, Dejan Radulovic (186-G-85), Sekulovic, Zeljko Maricic (188-G-90) 7, Vladimir Osmajic (204-F/C-80) 2, Mazalica, Uros Ivanovic (189-G-93) 2.



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Thursday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Denver N. - Dallas M. 121-120
Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) went from understudy to star in an instant. With Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) fouled out, Afflalo took over the All-Star's role and came through. His 19-footer at the buzzer capped a furious rally and the Denver Nuggets beat the Dallas Mavericks 121-120 on Thursday, ending the Mavericks' 10-game win streak. ''I've hit some big shots before, but never have I made the game-winner at the buzzer,'' said Afflalo, who scored 19 of his 24 points in the fourth. ''I'm really, really happy for him,'' Chauncey Billups said. ''When I see the way he works on his game, day in and day out, and finally reap some of the benefits of that, it makes you proud.'' Afflalo became the star when Anthony fouled out with 19.6 seconds left and the score tied at 119. Dirk Nowitzki hit one free throw and the Nuggets went down for the final shot with Afflalo playing Anthony's role. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Boston C. - LA Lakers 86-92
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half, and the Los Angeles Lakers spoiled Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) 's record-setting night by beating the Boston Celtics 92-86 in an NBA finals rematch on Thursday night. Allen became the NBA's career leader in 3-pointers in the first quarter, but Bryant later put him on the bench in foul trouble during his big second half that rallied Los Angeles from an early 15-point deficit. Pau Gasol added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who split the regular season series with their biggest rivals and got a sorely needed victory against one of the league's top teams. Andrew Bynum, the subject of trade rumors in the never-ending Carmelo Anthony saga, finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Allen hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter to pass former Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller (2,560), who was sitting courtside calling the game for TNT. But he made only one more and had 20 points after scoring 12 in the first quarter. Paul Pierce had 15 points for the Celtics, who came in shooting an NBA-best 49.7 percent and shredded the Lakers for 60 percent shooting in their 109-96 victory at Los Angeles on Jan. 30, but went cold after a strong start in this one and finished at 40 percent. Bryant scored 41 points in that loss, but seemed headed nowhere near it after taking only three shots in the first half. He had a quick flurry out of halftime, then had eight points in the final 4:51 to help the Lakers hold on. Lamar Odom finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and one headache for the Lakers, who moved to 3-0 on their seven-game Grammys road trip that continues Friday in New York. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Phoenix Suns - Golde State W. 112-88
Three days after his 37th birthday, Steve Nash has the Phoenix Suns finally back at .500 for the season. He even got a little extra rest, too. The Suns' seemingly ageless playmaker had 18 points and 11 assists, then sat out the fourth quarter on Thursday night and watched Phoenix complete a 112-88 rout of the Golden State Warriors, the Suns' most one-sided victory this season. Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona) added 17 points and nine rebounds as the Suns beat the Warriors for the second time in four nights to climb to .500 (25-25) for the first time since Dec. 19. 'We'd like to be at about .650 but we have a lot of work to do,' Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry said. 'I thought we did a good job. We took care of business right from the start.' Ekpe Udoh and Brandan Wright scored 16 apiece for the Warriors. Monta Ellis, the fourth-leading scorer in the NBA at 25.4 points per game, managed only eight on 4-of-13 shooting. The Suns made it a blowout with a 20-0 run, the last 14 points of the first half and first six of the second, to go up 71-42, Phoenix's biggest lead against anyone this season -- up to that point. The Warriors missed 13 shots during that stretch. Phoenix led by as many as 33 in the fourth quarter. 'Our defense has been pretty good the last couple of weeks,' Nash said. 'That has given us an opportunity to take some pressure off the offense and build some leads.' Jared Dudley (6'7''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) scored 13 points, including his first dunk of the season, and Robin Lopez had 12 for Phoenix. Rookie Zabian Dowdell, signed to fill in for injured Goran Dragic, scored 10 -- six more than he had ever had in an NBA game. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com




Rashard Lewis says surgery is an option but plans to play through right knee pain - by Eurobasket News
Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) 's troubles with his right knee were evident early into his run with the Wizards, when he showed up with a bag of ice wrapped around it -- at halftime -- on Dec. 27, the second night of his first back-to-back set with the team in Houston. Lewis had problems with knee tendinitis in Orlando, which contributed to some of the decline in his play, but it has started to become unbearable with the Wizards' grueling schedule.

'It's been off and on the past couple of years. It's at the top of my knee, but this year it seems like it's been an ongoing problem for some reason. It started in Orlando early in the season, and it just seems like its been getting worse and worse as the season's been going on,' Lewis said. 'It's most definitely got worse since I've got here and especially this past month, we've been having a lot of games, so it's just been kind of battling that and just trying to get rid of it.'

Lewis had complained of some discomfort last Saturday, when the Wizards completed their fifth set of back-to-back games, with a loss to Atlanta. He scored just three points on 1 of 5 shooting in the Wizards' 100-85 win on Wednesday over Milwaukee and had his knee covered in bags of ice during his breaks in action. Afterward, Lewis said in the locker room that his knee 'doesn't look good.'

The Wizards had a voluntary workout day on Thursday, and Lewis used it as an opportunity to get some treatment and rest as the team prepares for a back-to-back set against the best team in the league (San Antonio) and the worst team in the league (Cleveland). He said 'surgery is an option' but added that he would like to at least play through the all-star break before seriously considering it.

'The plan is to play Saturday and Sunday,' Lewis said. 'I'll most definitely try to play Saturday. Depending on how it feels on Sunday, I'll see if I can go on Sunday. That's when I've been having problems, on back-to-back games.'

Coach Flip Saunders said the team plans to sit out Lewis for Friday's practice with the hope that the pain will subside. Lewis has been asked to play a different position with the Wizards, switching from power forward to small forward. The switch -- combined with a schedule that saw the Wizards play 10 games in 16 days -- has started to take its toll.

'We haven't had many days off,' Saunders said. 'He's been playing a lot of minutes. He went from playing the four, where basically, he's going to be around the basket a lot, to guarding a lot of threes, chasing, moving a lot more offensively, from one side to another. He's got a lot more wear and tear with how we've been using him recently. So we're going to give him a couple of days off and hopefully, he'll be ready to go Saturday.'

Lewis said more rest would help, but 'I don't feel like now is the time to be resting. We're trying to win ball games. That's the only thing that can help, rest and rehab, but I've talked about things we can do with the trainer. Surgery is an option, just to clean it out, a scope, but it's not something that I want to do right now. I think it'd be an option after the season, but we're going to see how it feels over these next couple of games leading up to the break, just to decide what we're going to do.'

Courtesy of http://voices.washingtonpost.com


Mo Williams rejoins record-losing Cleveland Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News
Point guard Maurice Williams (6'1''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) is returning from a hip injury to try to help the Cavaliers end their record 26-game losing streak.

Williams, a former Alabama star, will come off the bench and play Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. He has been slowed by injuries since training camp.

Williams hasn't played since Jan. 15. He received a cortisone shot last month and has been rehabbing his injury while the Cavs have set an NBA mark for consecutive losses and dropped 36 of 37.

Williams says he's feeling better than he has all season.

Ramon Sessions has been starting in place of Williams, who is averaging 13.6 points and 7.1 assists.

Courtesy of www.al.com


Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan resigns after 23 seasons - by Eurobasket News
Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan stepped down Thursday after 23 seasons and 1,127 wins at the helm of the Utah Jazz, saying he simply ran out of energy to coach anymore.

'I had a feeling this time was the time to move on,' an emotional Sloan said during a Thursday afternoon news conference. '[That's] a long time to be in one organization. Again, I've been blessed. Today is a new day. When I get this over with, I'll feel better. My time is up and it's time to move on.'

Longtime assistant Phil Johnson also resigned, surprising even Sloan during their postgame chat Wednesday night with general manager Kevin O'Connor.

'I came with him and I'll leave with him,' the 69-year-old Johnson said Thursday.

The two men agreed to sleep on their decisions Wednesday night at the request of team owners and O'Connor.

Nothing changed in the morning and Sloan reported sleeping better than he has in weeks. Asked what he'll do now, he didn't know, and said he expected to be a 'dizzy duck' for a while.

Jazz CEO Greg Miller said he tried to talk Sloan out of retiring.

'I want to make it clear that nobody pushed Jerry or Phil out,' Miller said. 'I loved and respected Jerry for as long as I can remember ... I will miss him but benefit from the things he taught me for the rest of my life.'

Jazz assistant Tyrone Corbin was named the new coach, and team officials made it clear there is no 'interim' tag next to his name.

The 48-year-old Corbin called it a 'bittersweet' moment.

'While it's a great opportunity for me, it's a bitter moment for me because I will miss these guys a lot.'

The moves came on the heels of an emotional 91-86 loss Wednesday night to the Chicago Bulls, Utah's 10th in the past 14 games.

Two sources close to the situation told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that Sloan reacted angrily during the home loss when guard Deron Williams called a play on the floor that was different from the one Sloan called from the sideline.

That led to an emotional dispute at halftime, sources said, which was followed by Sloan's closed-door meeting with O'Connor after the game.

Sloan, the longest-tenured coach in the four major professional sports, insisted that wasn't the final straw.

But one source stressed that the play-calling flap was just one incident among a number of flare-ups in recent weeks, indicating Sloan's relationship with Williams has been deteriorating.

O'Connor said reports that Williams had said it was either 'me or Sloan' were false and unfair to Williams.

Afterward, Sloan hinted that something was in the works after delaying his postgame news conference more than 30 minutes.

In an interview with 1320 KFAN-AM, Williams denied issuing any kind of ultimatum to the team.

'I don't want to say we've had a rocky relationship, but we've had our disagreements over the years, probably no more than any other coach and player have arguments,' Williams said. '... We're both very stubborn and I think that's where we clashed. But one thing we always agreed on is that we wanted to win.'

Sloan just recently signed a one-year contract extension to carry him through the 2011-12 season, but he also indicated that he would not make anything official until after the current season.

The team started 15-5 but fell to 31-23 after the loss to Chicago, the only other team Sloan has coached (he was 94-121 in nearly three seasons with the Bulls). The Chicago loss was the third straight at home, where the Jazz are only 17-11 this season.

Though Sloan has been with the Jazz since 1983, first as a scout, he knows how tenuous professional sports can be.

Even before Wednesday's game he made that clear.

He has made a habit of conducting his pregame news conferences next to a large plastic garbage receptacle in the concourse at EnergySolutions Arena rather than from behind a podium.

'You never know when you might be in it,' he quipped Wednesday. 'It's why I stand here. You take what you get.'

Lakers coach Phil Jackson was sad to see him depart.

'Well, I think we're all kind of saddened,' Jackson said. 'We're losing a big figure from our game, a guy that's really kept his team afloat for many years playing hard. He has a system. He wants to play ball the right way and he usually says it that way too.

'As a colleague, we'll miss him.'

Sloan began working for the Jazz as a scout in 1983, became assistant to coach Frank Layden on Nov. 19, 1984, and was named the sixth coach in franchise history on Dec. 9, 1988, when Layden resigned.

He is the only coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games with one team, a feat he accomplished Nov. 7 against Oklahoma City. Sloan's other wins came with the Chicago Bulls from 1979 to 1982.

'Few people have epitomized all the positives of team sports more than Jerry Sloan ,' NBA commissioner David Stern said in a written statement. 'A basketball lifer, Jerry was as relentless in his will to win on the sidelines for the Utah Jazz as he was as an All-Star guard for the Chicago Bulls. In over two decades as a coach, he taught his players that nothing was more important than the team. His most impressive qualities were his leadership and his extraordinary ability to encourage his players to subjugate their individual games for the benefit of the whole.'

While he has headed the Jazz, there have been 245 coaching changes around the league -- 13 alone by the Los Angeles Clippers, and five current NBA teams (Charlotte, Memphis, Toronto, Orlando and Minnesota) did not even exist when Sloan took the helm in Utah.

He ranks third all-time in NBA wins (1,221) behind Don Nelson (1,335) and Lenny Wilkens (1,332).

Sloan also is one of only three coaches in NBA history with 15-plus consecutive seasons with a winning record. Pat Riley and Phil Jackson, both with 19, are the others.

As a player with the Bulls, Sloan averaged 14.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 755 games played over 11 NBA seasons. Nicknamed 'The Original Bull' because he was selected in the 1966 expansion draft, Sloan was a two-time NBA All-Star (1967, 1969) known for his toughness and grit. He was the only player in NBA history to average 7-plus rebounds and 2-plus steals per game for his career.

Sloan recorded two triple-doubles in his career. A knee injury prematurely ended his career in 1976.

His resignation comes just two weeks after the second-longest tenured professional coach, Jeff Fisher, parted ways with the Tennessee Titans after a 6-10 season.

Courtesy of ESPN


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. Bryant, LA Lakers25.3 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat25.2 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.1 
 7. Anthony, Denver N.25.0 
 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 Lakers10.3 
 9. Boozer, Chicago B.10.2 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.3 
 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.8.2 
 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.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Evans, Sacramen.1.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 7. Curry, Golde S.1.8 
 8. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Ginobili, San A.1.7 
 10. Kidd, Dallas M.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. 38-14 
 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. Denver N. 31-23 
 3. Utah Jazz 31-23 
 4. Portland TB 28-24 
 5. Minnesota T. 13-39 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 37-16 
 2. Phoenix Suns 25-25 
 3. Golde State W. 23-29 
 4. LA Clippers 20-32 
 5. Sacramento K. 12-37 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 44-8 
 2. Dallas M. 37-16 
 3. N.Orleans H. 32-22 
 4. Memphis G. 28-26 
 5. Houston R. 25-29 


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Green has triple-double, Michigan State wins 75-57 - by Eurobasket News
Draymond Green (6'6''-F-90) had 15 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to become the third Michigan State player to have a triple-double in a 75-57 win over Penn State on Thursday night.

Green joined Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and Charlie Bell (6'3''-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) in school history, but it might've been costly. He threw a long pass to Delvon Roe with 21 seconds left for his 10th assist. Roe was fouled hard on the layup and limped off the court after the game.

Kalin Lucas (6'1''-G-89) scored 15 of his 24 points in the first half as Michigan State built a 20-point lead.

The Spartans (14-10, 6-6 Big Ten) avoided losing three straight for the second time in less than a month. The Nittany Lions (13-11, 5-7) have lost a season-high three straight.

Penn State's Talor Battle (6'0''-G-88) scored 19 points and Jeff Brooks had 15 points after missing a game with a dislocated right shoulder.

Courtesy of www.dailytribune.com


Butler takes Wright State 71-63 - by Eurobasket News
Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90) scored 20 points and Andrew Smith (6'11''-C) and Sean Vanzant added 15 each as Butler beat Wright State 71-63 on Thursday night.

The Bulldogs (17-9, 9-5 Horizon League) won their third straight despite playing without center and leading scorer Matt Howard, who sat out with a mild concussion he suffered against Illinois-Chicago on Monday.

Vaughn Duggins (6'3''-G-87) scored 19 points, Cooper Land (6'8''-F-88) 12 and N'Gai Evans 10 for the Raiders (17-10, 10-5).

After Zach Hahn (6'1''-G) 's 3-pointer with 2 minutes remaining in the first half, Butler never trailed.

Wright State got within 64-60 and had the ball with 50 seconds remaining, but Evans' missed jumper was its last gasp. With the Raiders forced to foul, the Bulldogs made 7 of 8 from the free-throw line down the stretch.

Butler starting guard Chase Stigall, who suffered a leg injury against UIC, started on Thursday and did not score. He went 0 for 6 from the floor.

Courtesy of www.wishtv.com


2011 McDonalds All American High School Basketball Team - by Eurobasket News
2011 McDonalds All American High School Basketball Team

Boys Alphabetical Roster

EAST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Bradley Beal (6'4''-F/G-93) G 6-5 Chaminade College Prep, MO (St. Louis, MO) Florida
Chane Behanan (6'8''-F) F 6-7 Bowling Green, KY (Bowling Green, KY) Louisville
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G 6-5 Greenville, GA (Greenville, GA) Georgia
Michael Carter-Williams G 6-5 St. Andrews, RI (Barrington, RI) Syracuse
Rakeem Christmas F 6-10 Academy of the New Church, PA (Bryn Athyn, PA) Syracuse
Quinn Cook G 6-0 Oak Hill Academy, VA (Mouth of Wilson, VA) Duke
Michael Gilchrist F 6-7 St. Patrick, NJ (Elizabeth, NJ) Kentucky
P.J. Hairston G/F 6-6 Hargrave Military Academy, VA (Chatham, VA) North Carolina
James McAdoo F 6-8 Norfolk Christian, VA (Norfolk, VA) North Carolina
Johnny OBryant III C 6-10 Eastside, MS (Cleveland, MS) LSU
Marshall Plumlee F/C 6-10 Christ School, NC (Arden, NC) Duke
Shannon Scott G 6-2 Milton, GA (Alpharetta, GA) Ohio State

Head Coach: Bob Cimino, Mt. Vernon, NY (Mt. Vernon High School)
Asst. Coach: Brian Pritchett, Mt. Vernon, NY (Mt. Vernon High School)



WEST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Khem Birch (6'9''-F) F/C 6-9 Notre Dame Prep, MA (Fitchburg, MA) Pittsburgh
Wayne Blackshear G/F 6-5 Morgan Park, IL (Chicago, IL) Louisville
Anthony Davis F/C 6-9 Perspectives Charter, IL (Chicago, IL) Kentucky
Branden Dawson G/F 6-5 Lew Wallace, IN (Gary, IN) Michigan State
Myck Kabongo G 6-1 Findlay Prep, NV (Henderson, NV) Texas
LeBryan Nash F 6-7 Lincoln, TX (Dallas, TX) Oklahoma State
Austin Rivers G 6-3 Winter Park, FL (Winter Park, FL) Duke
Marquis Teague G 6-1 Pike, IN (Indianapolis, IN) Kentucky
Adonis Thomas G/F 6-7 Melrose, TN (Memphis, TN) Memphis
Amir Williams C 6-10 Detroit Country Day, MI (Beverly Hills, MI) Ohio State
Kyle Wiltjer F 6-10 Jesuit, OR (Portland, OR) Kentucky
Cody Zeller F 6-10 Washington, IN (Washington, IN) Indiana

Head Coach: Gene Pingatore, Westchester, IL. (St. Joseph High School)
Asst. Coach: Bill Riley, Westchester, IL. (St. Joseph High School)
Asst. Coach: Daryl Thomas, Westchester, IL. (St. Joseph High School)




St. Johns blows past No. 10 Connecticut at Madison Square Garden - by Eurobasket News
If youre a ranked team and you have plans on visiting New York, avoid Madison Square Garden.

Dwight Hardy (6'2''-G) scored a career-high 33 points, and St. Johns took command in the second half in an 89-72 victory over No. 10 Connecticut on Thursday night, the Red Storms fourth win over a top-ranked team this season at the Garden.

Hardy, who was 10 of 17 from the field and five of eight from three-point range, was coming off a 32-point effort in a loss to UCLA on Saturday where he was 13 of 24 overall and three of six on threes.

I was in a zone, he said, and when Im in a zone, I kind of black out.

It was UConn that seemed to black out, especially in the second half when the Red Storm outscored the Huskies 54-41.

D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89) matched his season high with 20 points and had 11 rebounds for St. Johns, which added Connecticut to a list of victims that includes Georgetown, Notre Dame and Duke, all of whom are currently in the top 10. The Red Storm is 6-1 at the Garden, 14-9 overall and 6-5 in the Big East.

Hardy ranked this game even above the 93-78 rout of Duke in front of a sellout crowd.

This game was bigger because they were a Big East team, he said. You know the Big East is tight, and we moved up the ladder.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


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  PBL   


Cavalry parts ways with Haywood - by Eurobasket News
The Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry are making more changes, and that means a fan favorite is gone.

Curtis Haywood (6'6''-G-75, college: Oklahoma City) was cut from the Cavs on Wednesday night, making way for Ramon Dyer.

'I was looking for young legs and better defense,' said head coach Micheal Ray Richardson.

Haywood, who was a member of the Cavalry's first championship team, returned this year to make another run at a title.

That run ended eight games into the season.

'I just don't think he was doing a good job on defense,' Richardson said.

Haywood averaged 7.33 points a game in just over 20 minute per game average.

But it wasn't his scoring that did him in, it was the defense.

Haywood showed progress during the year, but more often then not a head fake and drive would put distance between an offensive player and the veteran.

And though Haywood was quickly becoming the fan favorite again with his antics to get the crowd and teammates involved, it was time to make the shift.

'He's a great guy,' Richardson said. 'He understood that it was professional. He took it well.'

Richardson said that if Dyer doesn't work out he will likely invite Haywood back to the team.

Dyer enters with NBA Developmental League experience, averaging 6.4 points a game with Albuquerque in the 2007-08 season.

Dyer, who played at the University of Houston, also averaged 4.8 rebounds a contest in the NBA Developmental League.

'He's a high jumper, and really active,' Richardson said.

Courtesy of http://swoknews.com


Quebec Kebs defeat Dayton Air Strikers - by Eurobasket News

Quebec K. - Dayton A. 104-102

Seventh-ranked Dayton Air Strikers (2-7) gave a tough game to third ranked Quebec Kebs (7-4) in Quebec City on Thursday. Quebec Kebs managed to secure only two-point victory 104-102. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 35-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Louie McCroskey (196-85, college: Marist, agency: GOTathletes) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 22 points during the contest. At the losing side swingman Everett Spencer (198-85, college: S.Carolina St.) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Philip Mickey Perry (188, college: Dayton) scored 21 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Dayton Air Strikers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quebec Kebs maintains third position with 7-4 record behind leader Lawton Ft.SC. Dayton Air Strikers at the other side dropped to the bottom place with seven games lost. Quebec Kebs will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dayton Air Strikers will play at home against Saint John Mill Rats (#5) in Manchester and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Quebec K.: Q.Brown 22+1reb+2ast, L.McCroskey 20+8reb+1ast, R.Parran 16+1reb+7ast, M.Acker 16+1reb+2ast, C.Mitchell 13+7reb+3ast, B.Callier 7+4reb
Dayton A.: P.Mickey Perry 21+3reb+3ast, E.Spencer 17+6reb+4ast, S.Ross 13+4reb+3ast, T.Taylor 12+1reb+3ast, K.Langhorne 11+5reb+3ast, R.George 10+7reb
gschID: 116053




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike WILLIAMS
  Rochester R.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Williams, Vermo.20.9 
 2. Brown, Quebec K.20.0 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.18.7 
 4. Jones, Kentucky S.18.3 
 5. Martin, Saint J.18.0 
 6. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 7. Crouch, Rocheste.17.4 
 8. Parran, Quebec K.17.1 
 9. Diggs, Saint J.17.0 
 10. Allen, Vermont FH16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Crookshank, Halif.11.6 
 2. Williams, Vermo.10.3 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC9.1 
 4. Diggs, Saint J.8.3 
 5. Jones, Halifax R.8.3 
 6. Walton, Rocheste.8.3 
 7. Harris, Kentucky S.8.2 
 8. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 9. Dollard, Halifax R.7.8 
 10. Daniels, Lawton F.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Rice, Vermont FH7.6 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.6.2 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.6.1 
 4. Brown, Halifax R.6.1 
 5. Egerson, Saint J.5.8 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.4.3 
 7. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
 8. Fountain, Lawton F.3.7 
 9. Acker, Quebec K.3.6 
 10. Brown, Quebec K.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rice, Vermont FH3.0 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.2.8 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.6 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.2.4 
 5. Brown, Quebec K.2.3 
 6. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 7. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 8. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 9. Martin, Saint J.1.6 
 10. Perry, Dayton A.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Perry STEVENSON
  Rochester R.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.2 
 3. Ocitti, Saint J.1.2 
 4. Daniels, Lawton F.1.2 
 5. George, Dayton A.1.1 
 6. Carter, Rocheste.1.1 
 7. Dollard, Halifax R.1.1 
 8. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 9. DeMasi, Vermont FH0.8 
 10. Smith, Vermont FH0.7 


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  POLAND   


Mariusz Markowicz gets MVP of the Week award for Polish 1Liga - by Eurobasket News
Mariusz Markowicz (198-F/C-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for GKS Tychy and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 14 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed AZS Szczecin (#10, 8-13) with 17-point margin 87-70. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings in . GKS Tychy maintains the 13th position in Polish 1Liga. GKS Tychy is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-12 record. Markowicz has many years of experience at GKS Tychy, through which he has constantly improved. Mariusz Markowicz averages this season 5.7ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old forward Marcin Sterenga (201-F-78) of JKKS Gornik Walbrzych. Sterenga impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Gornik lost that game 72-84 to the higher-ranked LKS Lodz (#7, 13-8). Gornik is still second from the bottom in . 15 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Gornik managed to get this year. Sterenga is well-known by Gornik fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Stanislaw Prus (199-F-82) of AZS Szczecin (#10). Prus showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of AZS Szczecin, leading his team to a 90-69 easy win against the higher-ranked Asec.Prokom-2 (#5, 13-7). The chances of AZS Szczecin not to end season at such low position in Round 14, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Prus could try to bring AZS Szczecin's a little bit higher in the standings. Prus has a very solid season. In 21 games in Poland he scored 9.9ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and FGP: 58.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lukasz Pacocha (182-G-82) of AZS Szczecin - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marcin Wrobel (200-G/F-87) of Gornik - 18 points and 6 rebounds
6. Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-F-80) of Start Lublin - 18 points and 10 rebounds
7. Tomasz Andrzejewski (204-F/C-79) of Asec.Prokom-2 - 20 points and 11 rebounds
8. Marcel Wilczek (200-G-86) of Sokol Lancut - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Jacek Jarecki (197-G-88) of GKS Tychy - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mateusz Nitsche (190-G-86) of Gornik - 14 points and 7 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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  PORTUGAL   


Supertaca Compal Live - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Portuguese Champions and Cup Winners, Angolan Champions and Cup Winners, four teams, in Campo Pequeno Hall, Lisboa, 6000 places.

Sport Lisboa Benfica, FC Porto Ferpinta, Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda and Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo will fight to win the second edition of Supertaca Compal, after last year title went to Sport Lisboa Benfica.

Fantastic basketball between European and African teams, starting today at 7pm (Lisbon Time). Well be live on www.twitter.com/bballboard.

For those who cant come to Lisbon, well have it all prepared to give you the best information about Supertaca Compal.

Today:

7 pm: Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda vs Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo (Game 1)
9 pm: Sport Lisboa Benfica vs Porto (Game 2)

Tomorrow

3 pm: Winner Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
5pm: Winner Game 2 vs Loser Game 1

Sunday:

2 pm: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
4 pm: Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2


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  RWANDA   


Kavedzija targets fourth straight win - by Kristian Santiago
(By The New Times)
RWANDAs national basketball coach Veceslav Kavedzija is looking to make it four wins on the trot in the on-going Zone 5 basketball championship when his sides return to action this afternoon.

The women side takes on Uganda at Green Hills before another show down between Rwanda and Tanzania at the same venue.

The two sides have yet to lose a game after winning their opening three games respectively. But what has been fascinating is the ease with which the wins have come. Uganda who lost out to Rwandas men side 76-89 presented the toughest test so far.

Yesterday

Men

Uganda 87-48 Tanzania

Women



Kenya 72-37 Tanzania

Today

Women


Ethiopia vs Kenya 2pm (Amahoro stadium)
Burundi vs Tanzania 4pm (Amahoro stadium)
Uganda vs Rwanda 4.30pm (Green Hills)

Men

Kenya vs Burundi 6pm (Amahoro stadium)
Tanzania vs Rwanda 6.30pm (Green Hills)




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  SCOTLAND   


National League Round 16: Stirling Knights edge Troon Tornadoes by two points - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in National League.

The most exciting game of round 16 in the National League took place in Troon. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Troon Tornadoes (7-8) to fifth ranked Stirling Knights (9-5) 84-82 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Troon Tornadoes. Stirling Knights have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Stirling Knights maintains fifth position with 9-5 record. Troon Tornadoes at the other side keep the sixth place with eight games lost. Stirling Knights are looking forward to face higher ranked St.Mirren (#3) in St Mirren in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Troon Tornadoes will play at home against the league's second-placed Clark Eriksson Fury in Falkirk and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Leader Edunburgh Kings delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Dunfermline Reign (1-15) 126-39. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-1 record. Dunfermline Reign lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Edunburgh Kings will play against Glasgow Rocks II (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Dunfermline Reign will play against East Lothian Buccaneers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Glasgow supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked St.Mirren (12-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Glasgow Rocks II (3-11). St.Mirren smashed Glasgow Rocks II 99-76 on Friday. St.Mirren have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 12-2 record behind leader Edinburgh K. Newly promoted Glasgow Rocks II keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. St.Mirren will meet Stirling Knights (#5) on the road in the next round. Glasgow Rocks II will play against the league's leader Edunburgh Kings and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 16 E.Lothian P. was crushed by Glasgow Univ. in a road game 93-42. C.Eriksson F. smashed Glasgow Storm at home 78-55.


Dunfermline - Edinburgh K. 39-126

Leader Edunburgh Kings delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Dunfermline Reign (1-15) 126-39. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-1 record. Dunfermline Reign lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Edunburgh Kings will play against Glasgow Rocks II (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Dunfermline Reign will play against East Lothian Buccaneers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 94516


Glasgow Univ. - E.Lothian P. 93-42

There was no surprise when 8th ranked East Lothian Buccaneers (2-11) were crushed on the road by fourth ranked Glasgow (10-5) 93-42 on Friday. Newly promoted Glasgow maintains fourth position with 10-5 record. East Lothian Buccaneers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. Glasgow's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Glasgow to the arena Glasgow Storm.
gschID: 94517


Troon Tornadoes - Stirling Knights 82-84

The most exciting game of round 16 in the National League took place in Troon. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Troon Tornadoes (7-8) to fifth ranked Stirling Knights (9-5) 84-82 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Troon Tornadoes. Stirling Knights have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Stirling Knights maintains fifth position with 9-5 record. Troon Tornadoes at the other side keep the sixth place with eight games lost. Stirling Knights are looking forward to face higher ranked St.Mirren (#3) in St Mirren in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Troon Tornadoes will play at home against the league's second-placed Clark Eriksson Fury in Falkirk and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
gschID: 94518


C.Eriksson F. - Glasgow Storm 78-55

No shocking result in a game in Falkirk where second ranked Clark Eriksson Fury (13-2) smashed 9th ranked Glasgow Storm (2-12) 78-55 on Friday. Clark Eriksson Fury have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Edinburgh K. Loser Glasgow Storm keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Clark Eriksson Fury will meet Troon Tornadoes (#6) on the road in the next round. Glasgow Storm's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Glasgow Glasgow.
gschID: 94514


Glasgow R. II - St.Mirren 76-99

The game in Glasgow supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked St.Mirren (12-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Glasgow Rocks II (3-11). St.Mirren smashed Glasgow Rocks II 99-76 on Friday. St.Mirren have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 12-2 record behind leader Edinburgh K. Newly promoted Glasgow Rocks II keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. St.Mirren will meet Stirling Knights (#5) on the road in the next round. Glasgow Rocks II will play against the league's leader Edunburgh Kings and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 94515




Standings
National League Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 13-1 
 2. C.Eriksson F. 13-2 
 3. St.Mirren 12-2 
 4. Glasgow Univ. 10-5 
 5. Stirling Knights 9-5 
 6. Troon Tornadoes 7-8 
 7. Glasgow R. II 3-11 
 8. E.Lothian B. 2-11 
 9. Glasgow Storm 2-12 
 10. Dunfermline 1-15 


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  SERBIA   


Radivoj Korac Cup: Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals of the Serbian Radivoj Korac Cup are set. Partizan will meet Radnicki Kragujevac, while Crvena Zvezda will take on FMP.
In the Quarterfinals, Partizan was better than Mega Vizura 80-65. Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) shined for the winners with 18 points. Nikola Nikolic (185-G-92) delivered 15 points in loss.
Radnicki Kragujevac escaped with 82-80 win against Beograd. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up for Radnicki with 19 points and 9 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87, agency: Interperformances) collected 21 pts and 9 boards.
The host of the final tournament, FMP handed 93-88 loss to Hemofarm. Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83) came up with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Milos Borisov (201-F-85) netted 20 pts in loss.
And finally, Crvena Zvezda was too strong for Radnicki Basket 81-69. Ricardo Marsh (202-F-81, college: ODU) stepped up for Crvena Zvezda with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Dejan Djokic (187-G-89) scored 13 in defeat.


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Sonic Boom KT 29-11 
 2. Elephants 27-12 
 3. Dongbu Promy 24-16 
 4. KCC Egis 24-17 
 5. Samsung Th. 22-18 
 6. SK Knights 18-22 
 7. LG Sakers 17-22 
 8. Mobis Phoebus 15-25 
 9. Anyang KGC 13-28 
 10. Daegu Orions 11-29 


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  SPAIN   


Lan Mobel adds Sergio de la Fuente - by JC Ruiz
Iraurgi Saski Baloia Lan Mobel improved its roster adding Sergio De La Fuente (198-C-89) for the remainder of the season, the club announced wednesday. Sergio De La Fuente arrives from Leche Rio Breogan Lugo, where he averaged 2,7 points and 1,9 rebounds per game in Spanish second division (Adecco Oro).
Sergio
De La Fuente has also played for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid in ACB League. He averaged 5,3 points and 2,5 rebounds in 28 ACB League games.



Copa del Rey: Real Madrid and Valencia to meet in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid and Valencia celebrated in Day One of the Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey 2011) and they will meet in the Semifinals.
Real Madrid handed 78-72 loss to Gran Canaria yesterday. Despite a bad start (14-21), the Whites had impressive second quarter (25-13) and they managed to keep their lead for rest of the game. Sergio Rodriguez (191-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Sergio Llull (190-G-87) helped his team with 14 pts. In defeat, Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) exploded with 30 points.
Valencia blasted Valladolid 83-60 mostly owing to Victor Claver (207-F/C-88), who came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) added 15 pts to this win. In Valladolid, Diego Garcia (190-G-79) delivered 15 points.
Today, Caja Laboral will meet Bilbao and Regal Barca will play against DKV Joventut. Semifinals are scheduled for tomorrow.


Breogan inks Mokongo - by Eurobasket News
Michael Mokongo (180-G-86, agency: ACMT) is a new member of Leche Rio Breogan. The French guard signed a deal for rest of the season. Mokongo started it with another LEB Gold team - Ourense. For 19 games in the league he averaged 12.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Michael Mokongo finished last season on Cyprus. He helped APOEL Nicosia to defend the championship title. Mokongo also appeared four times with them in EuroChallenge adding 11.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 3.8 apg. Before that, he was a member of Cholet, Gravelines, Banvit and Capo DOrlanso. Mokongo spent four years with Chalon in the past.
Broegan currently has 8-13 record in LEB Gold.


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  SWEDEN   


Basketligan Round 28: LF Basket loses to KFUM Jamtland - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Jamtland between second ranked LF Basket (19-9) and eighth ranked KFUM Jamtland (9-19) on Friday night. LF Basket was defeated by KFUM Jamtland in a tough game on the road 86-94. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 30-24. But LF Basket won second period 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KFUM Jamtland made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 LF Basket turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by LF Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agency: Strategic Sports) who helped to win the game recording 37 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. The other American import forward Bilal Salaam (201-81, college: Kutztown) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for LF Basket. KFUM Jamtland maintains eighth position with 9-19 record. LF Basket at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost. KFUM Jamtland are looking forward to face higher ranked Uppsala Basket (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LF Basket will play against Sodertalje Kings and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Basketligan top team - Sundsvall Dragons (23-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked 08 Stockholm (6-18) 100-67. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Jakob Sigurdarson who added 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international center Joakim Blom (211-76, agency: Court Side) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds. 08 Stockholm's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sundsvall Dragons have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-5 record. 08 Stockholm at the other side keeps the ninth place with 18 games lost. Sundsvall Dragons will play against Solna Vikings (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. 08 Stockholm will play against Boras Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Basketligan top team - Sundsvall Dragons (23-5) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Eco Orebro (5-23) 97-78. The winners were led by Hlynur Baeringsson who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Even 18 points by Jesper Andersson did not help to save the game for Eco Orebro. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sundsvall Dragons have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-5 record. Eco Orebro lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Sundsvall Dragons will meet at home Solna Vikings (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Eco Orebro will play against Norrkoping Dolphins (#3) in Norrkoping and hope to secure a win.
The game in Solna was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Uppsala Basket (13-12) played at the court of sixth ranked Solna Vikings (13-15). Solna Vikings managed to secure a 7-point victory 82-75. William Walker fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Solna Vikings' coach Torbjorn Gehrke allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Solna Vikings maintains sixth position with 13-15 record. Uppsala Basket at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Solna Vikings' next round opponent will be league's leader Sundsvall Dragons on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Uppsala Basket will play against KFUM Jamtland (#8).
The game in Boras was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (18-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Boras Basket (11-17). Norrkoping Dolphins managed to secure a 5-point victory 89-84 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Boras Basket. It was a very good performance for Joakim Kjellbom who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Loser Boras Basket keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins will face bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boras Basket will play against 08 Stockholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 28 bottom-ranked Eco Orebro was beaten by Norrkoping on the road 104-93. Sodertalje won against Jamtland on its own court 69-54.



Jamtland - LF Basket 94-86

The most important game in the last round took place in Jamtland between second ranked LF Basket (19-9) and eighth ranked KFUM Jamtland (9-19) on Friday night. LF Basket was defeated by KFUM Jamtland in a tough game on the road 86-94. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 30-24. But LF Basket won second period 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KFUM Jamtland made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 LF Basket turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by LF Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agency: Strategic Sports) who helped to win the game recording 37 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. The other American import forward Bilal Salaam (201-81, college: Kutztown) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international power forward John Rosendahl (203-77, college: Wyoming) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for LF Basket. Four LF Basket players scored in double figures. KFUM Jamtland maintains eighth position with 9-19 record. LF Basket at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost. KFUM Jamtland are looking forward to face higher ranked Uppsala Basket (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LF Basket will play against Sodertalje Kings and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: J.Rosendahl 18+5reb, R.Mbemba 13+10reb+9ast, T.Levett 11+4reb+2ast, E.Salon 11+1reb, M.Pahlmblad 11, T.Woodbury 10+4reb+1ast
Jamtland: D.Hargrove 37+8reb+1ast, B.Salaam 19+5reb, D.Klaric 10+1reb+1ast, J.Roenstrom 8+4reb, S.Mjos 7+5reb+1ast, A.Stien 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 94248


Solna - Uppsala 82-75

The game in Solna was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Uppsala Basket (13-12) played at the court of sixth ranked Solna Vikings (13-15). Solna Vikings managed to secure a 7-point victory 82-75. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 29-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. Solna Vikings made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Solna Vikings outrebounded Uppsala Basket 43-23 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward William Walker (201-87, college: Bethel (IN), agency: Warren Sports International) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) chipped in 19 points. Four Solna Vikings players scored in double figures. Solna Vikings' coach Torbjorn Gehrke allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) produced 19 points and 9 assists and Icelandic swingman Helgi Magnusson (198-82, college: Catawba) added 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Solna Vikings maintains sixth position with 13-15 record. Uppsala Basket at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Solna Vikings' next round opponent will be league's leader Sundsvall Dragons on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Uppsala Basket will play against KFUM Jamtland (#8).
Top scorers:
Uppsala: B.Smith 19+2reb+9ast, T.Whitworth 19+1reb, H.Magnusson 16+6reb+1ast, M.Kohlmaier 7+2reb+4ast, A.Nordstrom 7+4reb, F.Jonzen 4+3reb+2ast
Solna: L.Gunnarsson 19+3reb+1ast, W.Walker 17+10reb+3ast, O.Ilunga 11+6reb+6ast, A.Constantine 10+10reb+2ast, A.Lindqvist 7+1reb, L.Myrthil 6+7reb+4ast
gschID: 121382


Norrkoping - Eco Orebro 104-93

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (18-8) beat at home bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (5-23) 104-93 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Norrkoping Dolphins led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Eco Orebro's 40. Norrkoping Dolphins forced 21 Eco Orebro turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American-British power forward Randall Hanke (211-84, college: Providence) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. American guard George Gervin (189-76, college: Houston) contributed with 21 points and 6 assists for the winners. The former international guard Andrew Pleick (196-80, college: Lafayette) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Jesper Andersson (202-86) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Eco Orebro. Five Norrkoping Dolphins and four Eco Orebro players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Eco Orebro lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Norrkoping Dolphins will face again bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Eco Orebro: J.Andersson 22+3reb+4ast, S.Smith 19+3reb+1ast, A.Pleick 16+5reb+10ast, L.Mosley 14+7reb+7ast, O.Lindell 9+4reb, P.Hampton 6+1reb
Norrkoping: M.Lindqvist 21+3reb, G.Gervin 21+1reb+6ast, A.Saks 15+2reb+3ast, R.Hanke 15+11reb+2ast, O.Ayuba 13+6reb+1ast, F.Drains 6+4reb
gschID: 121383


Sodertalje - Jamtland 69-54

Very expected game when 8th ranked KFUM Jamtland (9-19) lost on the road to third ranked Sodertalje Kings (18-9) 69-54 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Sodertalje Kings. KFUM Jamtland was better in second period 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sodertalje Kings made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 KFUM Jamtland turnovers. It was a very good performance for Canadian forward Willie Galick (203-87, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds. Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (201-85, college: Wichita St.) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Sodertalje Kings' coach Vedran Bosnic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Bilal Salaam (201-81, college: Kutztown) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agency: Court Side) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for KFUM Jamtland. Despite that victory Sodertalje Kings went down to fourth position due to points difference. KFUM Jamtland lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 19 games lost. Sodertalje Kings will face league's second-placed LF Basket in Lulea in the next round and it may be the game of the week. KFUM Jamtland will play on the road against Uppsala Basket (#5).
Top scorers:
Jamtland: D.Klaric 17+7reb, L.Marolt 12+3reb, B.Salaam 11+13reb+3ast, D.Hargrove 8+3reb+1ast, S.Hellgren 4+2reb+3ast, S.Mjos 2+1ast
Sodertalje: D.Pita 20, W.Galick 15+8reb+3ast, M.Griskenas 13+9reb+1ast, J.Smith 9+6reb+4ast, A.Chuk 6+2reb+2ast, T.Skripkauskas 2+1reb
gschID: 121384


Sundsvall - 08 100-67

Basketligan top team - Sundsvall Dragons (23-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked 08 Stockholm (6-18) 100-67. Sundsvall Dragons dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to 08 Stockholm's 34. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birmingham Souther) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Sundsvall Dragons players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international center Joakim Blom (211-76, agency: Court Side) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Nils Hedstrom (190-83) scored 10 points and 4 assists. 08 Stockholm's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sundsvall Dragons have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-5 record. 08 Stockholm at the other side keeps the ninth place with 18 games lost. Sundsvall Dragons will play against Solna Vikings (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. 08 Stockholm will play against Boras Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
08: J.Blom 11+7reb+2ast, N.Hedstrom 10+3reb+4ast, F.Odada 10+2reb, K.Nagwere 9+3reb+2ast, O.Zaghdene 8+5reb+1ast, R.Rutkauskas 7+7reb
Sundsvall: A.Wesby 23+8reb+2ast, J.Sigurdarson 19+6reb+1ast, B.Barton 13+4reb+1ast, L.Rush 11+7reb+5ast, H.Baeringsson 9+2reb+2ast, T.Liden 8+3reb
gschID: 121682


Boras - Norrkoping 84-89

The game in Boras was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (18-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Boras Basket (11-17). Norrkoping Dolphins managed to secure a 5-point victory 89-84 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Boras Basket. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-84. Norrkoping Dolphins outrebounded Boras Basket 45-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Boras Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for international power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron) added 21 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Boras Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Loser Boras Basket keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins will face bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boras Basket will play against 08 Stockholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boras: C.McKnight 21+6reb+1ast, C.Ryan 20+1reb+3ast, M.Palm 19+7reb+3ast, K.McCoy 11+4reb+4ast, H.Carlsson 7+2reb+4ast, S.Andreasen 5+6reb+2ast
Norrkoping: J.Kjellbom 22+9reb+2ast, A.Mitchell 15+5reb+8ast, C.Grace 12+10reb+1ast, G.Gervin 11+3reb+3ast, O.Ayuba 11+1reb+1ast, A.Saks 9+8reb
gschID: 94245


Eco Orebro - Sundsvall 78-97

Basketligan top team - Sundsvall Dragons (23-5) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Eco Orebro (5-23) 97-78. The game without a history. Sundsvall Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The winners were led by Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and Irish-Australian swingman Liam Rush (202-82) supported him with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Sundsvall Dragons players scored in double figures. Even 18 points by forward Jesper Andersson (202-86) did not help to save the game for Eco Orebro. Forward Pierre Hampton (198-91) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sundsvall Dragons have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-5 record. Eco Orebro lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Sundsvall Dragons will meet at home Solna Vikings (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Eco Orebro will play against Norrkoping Dolphins (#3) in Norrkoping and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Eco Orebro: J.Andersson 18+3reb+3ast, P.Hampton 13+5reb+1ast, E.Saleman 9+2reb, O.Lindell 9+5reb+1ast, L.Mosley 8+3reb+3ast, A.Pleick 8+1reb+2ast
Sundsvall: H.Baeringsson 25+10reb+3ast, L.Rush 16+9reb+4ast, J.Jeansson 15+2reb+2ast, J.Sigurdarson 14+2reb+6ast, A.Wesby 9+4reb+4ast, J.Pierre 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 94247




Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 23-5 
 2. LF Basket 19-9 
 3. Norrkoping 18-8 
 4. Sodertalje 18-9 
 5. Uppsala 13-12 
 6. Solna 13-15 
 7. Boras 11-17 
 8. Jamtland 9-19 
 9. 08 6-18 
 10. Eco Orebro 5-23 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland21.4 
 2. Smith, Uppsala20.4 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.0 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall19.9 
 5. McCoy, Boras18.8 
 6. Wesby, Sundsvall18.8 
 7. Gunnarsson, Solna18.6 
 8. Palm, Boras18.5 
 9. Klaric, Jamtland17.0 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.6 
 2. McKnight, Boras9.0 
 3. Palm, Boras9.0 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.9 
 6. Constantine, Solna7.9 
 7. Walker, Solna7.5 
 8. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.3 
 9. Cipriano, Eco O.6.9 
 10. Klaric, Jamtland6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.5 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 084.9 
 4. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 5. Smith, Uppsala4.5 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland4.4 
 8. Chuk, Sodertalje4.3 
 9. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 10. Smith, Sodertalje4.2 
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. Eriksson, Uppsala1.8 
 8. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.8 
 9. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.7 
 10. Wesby, Sundsvall1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Salaam, Jamtland1.9 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 3. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.6 
 5. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.2 
 6. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.2 
 7. Constantine, Solna1.1 
 8. Cipriano, Eco O.1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro0.8 


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Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 17-2 
 2. Fribourg 13-6 
 3. Geneve Lions 13-6 
 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 1-18 


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Glover, Boncourt22.1 
 2. Reid, Monthey21.9 
 3. Abukar, Lugano T.21.2 
 4. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.20.8 
 5. Brown, Starwings20.7 
 6. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 7. Smith, Fribourg19.8 
 8. Popovich, SAV V.18.9 
 9. Byron, BBC Nyon18.8 
 10. Yates, Starwings18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.9 
 2. Yates, Starwings10.0 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.10.0 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt9.5 
 5. Reid, Monthey9.4 
 6. Thompson, Starw.9.3 
 7. Smith, Fribourg8.3 
 8. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.2 
 9. Sloan, Geneve Lions7.9 
 10. Sloan, Geneve Lions7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo6.9 
 2. Glover, Boncourt6.0 
 3. Brown, Starwings4.9 
 4. Draughan, Lugano T.4.7 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.4.6 
 6. Sharper, Monthey4.3 
 7. Hollins, Starwings4.3 
 8. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
 9. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
 10. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Glover, Boncourt4.1 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.5 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.3 
 4. Angley, Lugano T.2.8 
 5. Draughan, Lugano T.2.8 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt2.7 
 7. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.4 
 8. Sharper, Monthey2.3 
 9. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.2 
 10. Reid, Monthey2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.4 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.4 
 3. Toure, Geneve Lions2.4 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt1.6 
 5. Lukic, Zurich W.1.6 
 6. Lukic, Zurich W.1.6 
 7. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.3 
 8. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.3 
 9. Thompson, Starw.1.3 
 10. Moris, Monthey1.1 


LNA Round 19: No surprise as #1 Lugano Tigers defeat SAM Massagno - by Eurobasket News
The round 19 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

LNA top team - Lugano Tigers (17-2) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed seventh ranked SAM Massagno (8-11) 96-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SAM Massagno. The game without a history. Lugano Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to SAM Massagno's 24. They outrebounded SAM Massagno 43-20 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lugano Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by SAM Massagno's players. It was a great evening for American swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. The former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 21 points. At the losing side American forward Branden Johnson (206-86, college: Montana St.) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-2 record. SAM Massagno at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Starwings. Lugano Tigers are looking forward to face Monthey (#5) at home in the next round. SAM Massagno will play against Boncourt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: Starwings was destroyed by SAV Vacallo on the opponent's court 89-66. Monthey managed to outperform BBC Nyon in a home game 95-80. Geneve Lions rolled over Zurich Wildcats on the road 82-61. Fribourg defeated Boncourt on its own court 81-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds by Steve Smith of Fribourg.



SAV Vacallo - Starwings 89-66

Very expected game in Chiasso where 8th ranked Starwings (8-11) were crushed by fourth ranked SAV Vacallo (12-7) 89-66 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by SAV Vacallo. Starwings managed to win third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Starwings 37-26 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. SAV Vacallo looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Starwings' players. It was a great evening for naturalized Serbian swingman Nikola Dacevic (205-79) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Kevyn Popovich (196-85, college: SE Louisiana) helped adding 16 points and 6 assists. Four SAV Vacallo players scored in double figures. SAV Vacallo's coach Rodrigo Pastore felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) responded with 24 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St., agency: Warren Sports International) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. SAV Vacallo maintains fourth place with 12-7 record, which they share with Monthey. Starwings at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with SAM Massagno. SAV Vacallo is looking forward to face higher ranked Geneve Lions (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Starwings will play against the league's second-placed Fribourg (#2) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
SAV Vacallo: N.Dacevic 17+12reb+4ast, K.Popovich 16+2reb+6ast, M.Mihajlovic 16+2reb+2ast, J.Rahier 12+4reb+2ast, R.Gibson 8+2reb+7ast, P.Badji 7+12reb+1ast
Starwings: T.Brown 24+2reb+4ast, V.Hollins 13+6reb, A.Thompson 9+2reb+1ast, T.McCrory 8+5reb+3ast, R.Albrecht 5+8reb, M.Hett 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 121320


Monthey - BBC Nyon 95-80

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Monthey (12-7) defeated at home 9th ranked BBC Nyon (2-17) 95-80 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Monthey. BBC Nyon managed to win second period 27-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Monthey looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds. Guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) helped adding 22 points and 8 assists. Four Monthey players scored in double figures. Monthey's coach Thibaut Petit used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side swingman Lester Hunte (196-88, college: Northwood Fl.) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and guard Chad Byron (188-87, college: Cumberlands) scored 24 points. Monthey moved-up to fourth place, which they share with SAV Vacallo. BBC Nyon lost fourteenth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 17 games lost. Monthey is looking forward to face league's leader Lugano Tigers on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Nyon will play against Zurich Wildcats (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Monthey: A.Reid 31+10reb+1ast, J.Sharper 22+2reb+8ast, S.Moris 12+7reb+1ast, C.Mafuta 10+5reb, W.Molteni 8+9reb+2ast, F.Steinmann 5+2reb
BBC Nyon: C.Byron 24+4reb+1ast, L.Hunte 23+13reb+3ast, J.Senderos 8+3reb+1ast, C.Daniels 7+5reb+1ast, R.McAllister 6+2reb, L.Vallotton 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 121321


Zurich Wildcats - Geneve Lions 61-82

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Zurich Wildcats (1-18) were rolled over at home by third ranked Geneve Lions (13-6) 82-61 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Geneve Lions. Zurich Wildcats managed to win second period 12-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Congolese forward Max Kouguere (198-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) helped adding 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side Central African-French guard Lionel Bomayako (196-78, college: Fairleigh Dickinson, agency: Court Side) responded with 20 points and guard Leonard Marchand (180-91) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Zurich Wildcats' coach Riet Lareida gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Geneve Lions moved-up to second place, which they share with Fribourg. Zurich Wildcats lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 18 lost games. Geneve Lions is looking forward to face SAV Vacallo (#4) in Chiasso in the next round. Zurich Wildcats will play on the road against BBC Nyon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: M.Kouguere 29+5reb+3ast, M.Sloan 19+5reb+3ast, J.Almanson 18+12reb+5ast, J.Srzic 7+4reb+3ast, J.Aw 4+2reb, O.Edeki-Agbavwe 3+6reb+6ast
Zurich Wildcats: L.Bomayako 20+3reb+2ast, L.Marchand 9+6reb+5ast, L.Waldesbuehl 8+3reb+3ast, I.Castro 7+1reb+1ast, M.Lukic 6+4reb+1ast, Z.Zivanovic 6+5reb
gschID: 121322


SAM Massagno - Lugano Tigers 63-96

LNA top team - Lugano Tigers (17-2) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed seventh ranked SAM Massagno (8-11) 96-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SAM Massagno. The game without a history. Lugano Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to SAM Massagno's 24. They outrebounded SAM Massagno 43-20 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lugano Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by SAM Massagno's players. It was a great evening for American swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. The former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 21 points. Four Lugano Tigers players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Branden Johnson (206-86, college: Montana St.) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Vincenzo Faessler (198-82) scored 6 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-2 record. SAM Massagno at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Starwings. Lugano Tigers are looking forward to face Monthey (#5) at home in the next round. SAM Massagno will play against Boncourt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: D.Mladjan 21+2reb, E.Draughan 21+6reb+9ast, S.Finn 14+6reb, B.Sanders 11+5reb+1ast, M.Schneiderman 7+9reb+1ast, S.Pantic 6+6reb
SAM Massagno: B.Johnson 16+6reb, A.Hawkins 9+2reb, A.Farokhmanesh 7+4reb, Y.Rokitzky 6, V.Faessler 6+6reb, F.Fridel 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 121318


Fribourg - Boncourt 81-77

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Fribourg (13-6) beat at home 6th ranked Boncourt (9-10) 81-77 on Wednesday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Boncourt was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Fribourg made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Boncourt turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) helped adding 16 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Shorown Glover (180-87) responded with 23 points, 8 assists and 4 steals and Belgian forward Douglas Tshomba (201-83, college: Tusculum) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Boncourt's coach Antoine Petitjean rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fribourg maintains second place with 13-6 record having four points less than leader Lugano Tigers, which they share with Geneve Lions. Loser Boncourt keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Fribourg is looking forward to face Starwings (#8) in Basel in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Boncourt will play at home against SAM Massagno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: S.Smith 36+11reb+1ast, T.Williams 16+3reb+10ast, D.Esterkamp 16+12reb+3ast, Y.Holland 7+6reb, T.Quidome 3+3reb+3ast, O.Vogt 3+2reb+2ast
Boncourt: S.Glover 23+2reb+8ast, D.Tshomba 21+8reb+3ast, T.Gugino 15+11reb+3ast, N.Dos Santos 9+10reb+3ast, R.Schwaiger 5+3reb, J.Burkhalter 2+1reb
gschID: 121319




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  SYRIA   


Syrian League Last results .... - by Tarek Burhan
Round 10th results :
Jeish 90/59 Hurriya
Jalaa 100/78 Yarmouk
Nawaeer 73/58 Meharda
Wathba 83/78 Wehda
Talee'a 67/88 Karameh
Kasyoun 84/85 Ittihad

Round 11th results :
Wehda 100/66 Meharda
Ittihad 78/72 Nawaeer
Karameh 88/66 Yarmouk
Hurriya 71/72 Wathba
Talee'a 70/69 Kasyoun
Jeish 71/81 jalaa

The 1st round in the second half of the league :
Meharda 71/89 Jeish
Nawaeer 70/99 Jalaa
Kasyoun 81/75 Karameh
Hurriya 59/72 Talee'a
Wathba 79/73 Ittihad
Yarmouk 46/67 Wehda

The 2nd round :
Jeish / Nawaeer {late game}
Karameh 84/63 Hurriya
Jalaa 85/59 Wathba
Wehda 71/68 Kasyoun
Ittihad 79/69 Talee'a
Meharda 51/67 Yarmouk

the 3rd round :
Wehda 59/53 Hurriya
Yarmouk / Jeish {late game}
Nawaeer 64/89 Wathba
Kasyoun 56/80 Meharda
Karameh 60/70 Ittihad
Talee'a 76/93 Jalaa

the 4th round :
Wathba 76/80 Jeish
Yarmouk 62/94 Kasyoun
Meharda 71/75 Hurriya
Jalaa 87/68 Karameh
Talee'a 65/59 Nawaeer
Ittihad / Wehda {late game}

the 5th round games : (7&8 Feb)
Kasyoun / Jeish
Talee'a / Wathba
Hurriya / Yarmouk
Karameh / Nawaeer
Ittihad / Meharda
Wehda / Jalaa



Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Jalaa 17-0 
 2. Wathba 14-3 
 3. Jeish 12-2 
 4. Wehda 11-6 
 5. Karameh 10-6 
 6. Ittihad 10-6 
 7. Kasyoun 7-10 
 8. Hurriya 6-11 
 9. Yarmouk 5-12 
 10. Talee'a 4-13 
 11. Nawaeer 2-15 
 12. Meharda 1-15 


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  TURKEY   


Name of the Final:Besitas CT - Fenerbahce Ulker - by Umut Akin
In the third day of Spor Toto Turkish Cup, semi finals are completed and the finalists are determined.

First meeting of the day was between Trabzonspor Basketbol and Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul. Fitst two periods of the game is passed with a slight leading of Trabzonspor Basketbol and the score was 44-42 at the end of first half. Trabzonspor Basketbol also led the third quarter 66-63, thanks to the dominance shown by Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80, college: Arizona). But the winner of the game is determined in the last quarter and Serkan Erdoan was the most efficient player of last quarter with consecutive 5 points as the first finalist is named as Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul. Ali Karadeniz scored 22 on the day and Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) continued his good performance with 21 points for Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul.

The other team which was to qualify for the final is determined after Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul - Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul meeting. Despite a close first quarter, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul widened the gap to 24 in the second quarter with an incredible 3 point shooting percentage (8/12, 66% in the after the first half). Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul's late run provided a last chance when the gap was only 5 points with 1:05 left. But Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) said the last words and the match between arch rivals ended with 7 points, 77-70, writing Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul's name on the final day. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) of Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul was very effective under the rim with 30 points but was not enough for the win. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) was the leading scorer of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul with 18 points.

Final game wil be played between Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul.

The champion of the tournament will be determined sunday.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


UVI Bucs lose home opener to Carolina - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS - It was a homecoming game for Jonathan Dominiguez - and he shot the lights out.

The UPR-Carolina sophomore guard, who was actually born on St. Thomas, converted seven 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 29 points as his team held on for a 73-70 victory over the University of Virgin Islands men's basketball team on Thursday night.

It was the first Liga Athletica Interuniveritaria (LAI) game for both teams and UPR-Carolina coach Agustin Boissen Torres said he was happy to steal a win on the road.

'It was a great game and Jonathan really stepped up for us,' said Torres, whose team made only two field goals in the fourth quarter before the final minute.

Dominiguez exploded for 19 first-half points to give his team an early lead. He moved to Puerto Rico to live with his mother when he was 4 and has not really been back to the territory since.

'I saw my uncle in the stands tonight - that's about it,' said Dominiguez, who tweaked his right knee during the third quarter and still had a bloody lip after the game. 'It felt good to play this well and I'm glad we were able to hold on for the win.'

Capped by three straight 3-pointers, UVI went on a 15-2 scoring run midway through the final period to grab its first lead since the first quarter. Sophomore guard Ramon Castillo forced a turnover at midcourt and scored a layup with 4:01 left to give the Buccaneers a 67-66 lead.

The teams traded baskets until Juan Paris hit a baseline 3-pointer to put UPR-Carolina up by one with 27 seconds left. Down the stretch, UVI had two chances for the game-winner but fell short on each attempt.

'We have many plays in our repertoire for situations like this but we just couldn't convert,' Bucs coach Sean Georges said. 'It's early in the season and it's tough to lose like this but our guys learned a lot.'

Senior guard Alvaro DeLugo missed a jumper with 15 seconds remaining and the Bucs retained possession. Off an in-bounds play with 5.5 seconds left, Nahshon Jeffers had to beat the shot clock and his 8-footer from the baseline hit the side of the backboard.

'Because of the shot clock, we had only three seconds to work with, not the five that were on the game clock,' Georges said. 'We knew it was going to be a close game. It always comes down to the decisions we make in the last minute that will decide these games.'

UPR-Carolina hit two insurance free throws with 1.3 seconds left and then a 3-point attempt at the buzzer from UVI's Azamba Galloway hit the rim.

Sophomore forward Wilson Ferrence (193-F) led UVI with 20 points and 10 rebounds while junior forward Jerrick Amaro (185-F) chipped in with 16 points and a team-high 17 rebounds. Jeffers finished with 12 points for the Bucs.

Dominiguez was accurate from beyond the arc but UVI was not. He sank seven of his 10 attempts while the Bucs shot 25 percent (8-for-32) in the game.

'We have to do better with our 3-point shooting and free throws,' said Georges, whose team shot 3-for-13 from the charity stripe in the second half. 'That really made a difference tonight.'

By AARON GRAY (Daily News Staff)
Published: February 11, 2011


Rakeem Christmas selected to Mcdonald's All america game - by David Edole
Feb 10, 2011 - The Syracuse basketball program will not just have one McDonald's All American joining the 2011-12 roster, but two incoming freshmen, Michael Cater-Williams and Rakeem Christmas (206-C/F), earned roster invites, released Thursday, of the 34th Annual All-Star exhibition game that will be played March 30 in Chicago.

Both Carter-Williams, a 6-foot-5, guard from Barrington, RI, and Christmas, a 6-foot-10, forward from Bryn Athyn, PA, will play on the East Team for head coach Bob Cimino. The two will be the 15th and 16th SU commits to participate in the event, which raises money for Ronald McDonald of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Other former Orange recruits that made the McDonald's All-American roster were: Center Fab Melo ('10), guard Jonny Flynn ('07), forward Donte' Green ('07), guard Eric Devendorf ('05) and forward Carmelo Anthony ('02).

The Big East Conference will showcase three other players in the exhibition. Chane Behanan, a 6-foot-7, forward from Bowling Green, KY, and Wayne Blackshear, a 6-foot-5 guard from Morgan Park, IL, will each represent the Louisville Cardinals. Behanan will play for the East, while future teammate Blackshear will wear a West Team uniform. Also, playing for the West will be Pittsburgh Panthers recruit Khem Birch, a 6-foot-9 forward from Fitchburg, MA.

McDonald's All-American rosters

EAST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Brad Beal G 6-5 Chaminade College Prep, Mo. (St. Louis, Mo.) Florida
Chane Behanan F 6-7 Bowling Green, Ky. (Bowling Green, Ky.) Louisville
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G 6-5 Greenville, Ga. (Greenville, Ga.) Georgia
Michael Carter-Williams G 6-5 St. Andrew's, R.I. (Barrington, R.I.) Syracuse
Rakeem Christmas F 6-10 Academy of the New Church, Pa. (Bryn Athyn, Pa.) Syracuse
Quinn Cook G 6-0 Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) Duke
Michael Gilchrist F 6-7 St. Patrick, N.J. (Elizabeth, N.J.) Kentucky
P.J. Hairston G/F 6-6 Hargrave Military Academy, Va. (Chatham, Va.) North Carolina
James McAdoo F 6-8 Norfolk Christian, Va. (Norfolk, Va.) North Carolina
Johnny O'Bryant III C 6-10 Eastside, Miss. (Cleveland, Miss.) LSU
Marshall Plumlee F/C 6-10 Christ School, N.C. (Arden, N.C.) Duke
Shannon Scott G 6-2 Milton, Ga. (Alpharetta, Ga.) Ohio State
Head Coach: Bob Cimino, Mt. Vernon, N.Y. (Mt. Vernon High School)
Asst. Coach: Brian Pritchett, Mt. Vernon, N.Y. (Mt. Vernon High School)

WEST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Khem Birch F/C 6-9 Notre Dame Prep, Mass. (Fitchburg, Mas.) Pittsburgh
Wayne Blackshear G/F 6-5 Morgan Park, Ill. (Chicago) Louisville
Anthony Davis F/C 6-9 Perspectives Charter, Ill. (Chicago) Kentucky
Branden Dawson G/F 6-5 Lew Wallace (Gary, Ind.) Michigan State
Myck Kabongo G 6-1 Findlay Prep, Nev. (Henderson, Nev.) Texas
LeBryan Nash F 6-7 Lincoln, Texas (Dallas) Oklahoma State
Austin Rivers G 6-3 Winter Park, Fla. (Winter Park, Fla.) Duke
Marquis Teague G 6-1 Pike, Ind. (Indianapolis) Kentucky
Adonis Thomas G/F 6-7 Melrose, Tenn. (Memphis, Tenn.) Memphis
Amir Williams C 6-10 Detroit Country Day, Mich. (Beverly Hills, Mich.) Ohio State
Kyle Wiltjer F 6-10 Jesuit, Ore. (Portland, Ore.) Kentucky
Cody Zeller F 6-10 Washington, Ind. (Washington, Ind.) Indiana
Head Coach: Gene Pingatore, Westchester, Ill. (St. Joseph High School)
Asst. Coach: Bill Riley, Westchester, Ill. (St. Joseph High School)
Asst. Coach: Daryl Thomas, Westchester, Ill. (St. Joseph High School)




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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 25-7 
 2. BC Donetsk 23-8 
 3. Azovmash 19-12 
 4. Hoverla 19-13 
 5. Dnipro 17-14 
 6. Mykolaiv 16-15 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 16-15 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 15-15 
 9. BC Odessa 13-19 
 10. DniproAzot 12-19 
 11. Halychyna 11-22 
 12. Khimik 10-22 
 13. BC Kyiv 8-23 


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. DeGroat, BC Odessa14.4 
 9. Wiggins, Halychyna14.4 
 10. Karim, DniproAzot14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.4 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.0 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.4 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.8 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 6. Owens, Azovmash7.1 
 7. Austin, Dnipro7.1 
 8. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 9. Thomas, Azovmash6.8 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.3 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.2 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 5. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 6. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 7. Millage, Khimik4.5 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.3 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.2 
 10. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. Love, Mykolaiv1.6 
 3. Gliebov, BC Donetsk1.5 
 4. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 5. House, Azovmash1.5 
 6. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 7. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
 8. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
 9. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 10. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.4 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 7. Pettway, Dnipro1.4 
 8. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.3 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.2 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Testing Two Weeks For BBL Champions - by Paul Nilsen
Newcastle Eagles captain Andrew Bridge (193-F-79) has admitted crunch time is approaching for the club as they try to show their resolve in the wake of losing Fab Flournoy to illness.

At least boosted by the news he has been discharged from hospital, the players must now focus on a mouth-watering double-header against two fellow title rivals this weekend. They host Cheshire Jets tonight and then travel to arch rivals Glasgow Rocks on Sunday.

According to Bridge, things wont get any easier the following weekend either in what looks like a pivotal couple of weeks that could yet shape the Eagles season as well as the title race in general.

Its massive fortnight for us, with Sheffield and Leicester next weekend after weve played Jets and Rocks this week, and if we can come out of that with four wins, well be in a great position.

Having said that, were taking it one game at a time and Jets will be tough. Jeremy Bell looks to be their key guy and as he goes, so do they - but Gareth Murray and Colin OReilly are the unsung guys on that team.

They do all the dirty work, taking the toughest defensive assignments and if you ignore them, theyll make big shots as well. Greers important to them as well, and its difficult to stop everyone in one game, but we know what we have to do to limit them.

While Sterling Davis and his Rocks team can focus on this big game since its their only clash of the weekend, Paul Smith and his Jets side also have a doubler-header. They also host an unpredictable Worcester Wolves team at Northgate on Sunday.

Indeed after a couple of defeats last weekend, it is not inconceivable that Wolves will fancy their chances of making amends. They have a home game against Worthing Thunder tomorrow night ahead of their trip to Jets offering a great opportunity to get a victory and some confidence to start moving back up the standings.

When it comes to having an impact on the league table in recent weeks, look no further than Prestige Homes MK Lions who have really come alive in a big way. While they have not rocketed up in terms of actual positioning, they have bridged a significant gap that previously existed in the win column. They host UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders at Winterhill this evening and then head to Essex Pirates tomorrow knowing a win double would take them to an even keel with 8 wins and 8 losses.

The Raiders meanwhile have slowed down a little after setting a frantic pace in January to catapult themselves up to the fringe of the race for the top four but their away form means they also have to keep one eye over their shoulder. Especially if they dont come out on top when they host One Health Sharks Sheffield who will still be smarting from their last road trip when they lost at Riders last weekend. Raiders point guard Evaldas Zabas outlined the importance of the two match-ups.

This weekend is very important to us. We have beaten Milton Keynes twice already but we played both times at home. Tonight its going on their home turf and since its on Sky as they will come out ready as ever and we need to step up our game on the road and find a way to win on our travels.

We then have Sharks at home and we have lost three times to them already and we dont want to be beaten for a fourth time by the same team. We can take this opportunity to prove to people we can play with the top teams. These are two very big games.

Both Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and Guildford Heat are still chasing down Raiders and will be hoping Sharks can do them both a favour with a win at the Pavilions. However only one of them will be able to capitalise should that happen since the pair are due to lock horns at the John Sandford Sports Centre tomorrow evening.



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  URUGUAY   


Malvin reached the LUB semifinals - by Hector Lopez
Malvin reached the Uruguayan league semifinals after beating Olimpia 79-65 to take a 3-1 lead, while Bigua tied 2-2 the quarter final serie against Welcome, winning 104-79. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Malvin, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) added 19 points and 6 rebounds and Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) netted8 with 4 rebounds.For Olimpia Javier Alvarez (193-G-83) scored 16 points, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) netted 12 points with 9 rebounds and Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) scored 13 points with 6 rebounds. Malvin will played against the winner of Hebraica-Defensor Sporting. Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) scored 36 points leading Bigua to defeat Welcome and grabbed 16 rebounds and Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) adde 14 points and 10 rebounds. For Welcome Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) netted 26 points and Scott Cutley (196-F-85, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) added 10 and 5 rebounds.

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Curry's 30-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old guard Ramel Curry (191-G-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Azovmash Mariupol and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had the game-high 30 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Azovmash in his team's victory, helping them to beat VEF Riga (#5, 3-6) 79-74. Azovmash maintains the 3rd position in VTB United League group B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Azovmash will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. In the team's last game Curry had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Azovmash's top player in his first season with the team. Cal State - Bakersfield graduate has very impressive stats this year. Curry is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.6ppg) and averages solid 2.8spg,61.7% FGP and 52.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Travis Watson (203-F/C-81) of league's second-best Zalgiris. He is American forward in his second season at Zalgiris. In the last game Watson recorded impressive 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Zalgiris to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#6, 1-7) 91-66. Zalgiris' second position in group B has not changed. His team's 6-2 record is not bad at all. Watson is well-known at Zalgiris and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Zalgiris' star - forward Trent Plaisted (211-F/C-86, agency: Priority Sports). Plaisted scored 10 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Zalgiris, helping his team with a 91-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#6, 1-7). Zalgiris needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in group B. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 2 lost games. The season just started for Plaisted as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of VEF Riga - 15 points and 9 rebounds
5. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83) of Khimky - 17 points and 2 rebounds
6. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87) of CSKA - 19 points and 6 rebounds
7. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75) of Unics - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Steve Burtt (185-G-84) of Dnipro - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84) of Zalgiris - 12 points and 7 rebounds
10. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) of Unics - 11 points and 10 rebounds

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




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Gospic 17-2 
 2. Partizan 15-4 
 3. Merkur Celje 14-5 
 4. Jolly 13-5 
 5. Jedinstvo BP 11-6 
 6. Lupa Promot. 9-10 
 7. Radivoj Korac 9-10 
 8. Celik 7-12 
 9. Vozdovac 6-13 
 10. AJM Maribor 5-13 
 11. Vojvodina 5-14 
 12. Medvescak 1-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ljubica KURE
  AJM Maribor
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Kure, AJM Maribor20.3 
 2. Baric, Merkur C.18.8 
 3. Butulija, Partizan16.9 
 4. Miller, Lupa Promot.16.5 
 5. Bedalov, Medvescak16.1 
 6. Turcinovic, Merkur C.15.7 
 7. Bigovic, Jedinstv.15.1 
 8. Hadzovic, Jedinstv.15.0 
 9. Dover, AJM Maribor14.9 
 10. Vidovic, Celik14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ana TURCINOVIC
  Merkur Celje
  (190-C-93)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Turcinovic, Merkur C.11.9 
 2. Popovic, Jedinstv.9.7 
 3. Miller, Lupa Promot.9.0 
 4. Ivankovic, Jolly8.2 
 5. Stone, Partizan7.9 
 6. Matic, Lupa P.7.6 
 7. Bedalov, Medvescak7.5 
 8. Vrsaljko, Gospic7.5 
 9. Stjepanovic, Radivo.7.3 
 10. Radovic, Vozdovac6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  Merkur Celje
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Baric, Merkur C.5.2 
 2. Reid, Gospic4.9 
 3. Mehmedic, Celik3.9 
 4. Peric, Medvescak3.5 
 5. Prlja, Vozdovac3.5 
 6. Misura, Jolly3.4 
 7. Mandir, Gospic3.3 
 8. Butulija, Partizan3.2 
 9. Cakic, Jolly3.1 
 10. Cuncic, Lupa P.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Reid, Gospic2.9 
 2. Bigovic, Jedinstv.2.9 
 3. Butulija, Partizan2.8 
 4. Drozg, AJM Maribor2.5 
 5. Prlja, Vozdovac2.5 
 6. Dover, AJM Maribor2.5 
 7. Djuric, Vojvodina2.4 
 8. Mehmedic, Celik2.4 
 9. Dabovic, Partizan2.3 
 10. Bura, Vojvodina2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Natasa POPOVIC
  Jedinstvo BP
  (190-C-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Popovic, Jedinstv.3.2 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly1.8 
 3. Vrsaljko, Gospic1.6 
 4. Bedalov, Medvescak1.2 
 5. Tikvic, Medvescak1.1 
 6. Miller, Lupa Promot.0.9 
 7. Stone, Partizan0.7 
 8. Ajanovic, Radivoj .0.7 
 9. Mazic, Lupa P.0.5 
 10. Stjepanovic, Radivo.0.5 


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Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Bulleen B. 17-3 
 2. Canberra C. 17-4 
 3. Bendigo S. 13-7 
 4. Dandenong R. 11-9 
 5. Logan T. 11-10 
 6. Sydney UF 10-9 
 7. Townsville F. 9-9 
 8. Waves 7-14 
 9. AIS 3-18 
 10. Adelaide 2-17 


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Bulleen B.
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 22
 1. Cambage, Bulle.22.0 
 2. Denson, Sydney UF19.1 
 3. Madgen, Bendigo S.16.1 
 4. Ebzery, Sydney UF15.7 
 5. Macleod, Dandenon.15.6 
 6. Bishop, Dandenon.15.3 
 7. Batkovic-B., Canber.14.4 
 8. Graham, Logan T.14.2 
 9. Marsh, Waves14.1 
 10. Jarry, Bulleen B.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cayla FRANCIS
  Logan T.
  (192-C-89)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Francis, Logan T.9.3 
 2. Tolo, Canberra C.8.8 
 3. Cambage, Bulle.7.9 
 4. Gahan, Dandenong R.7.8 
 5. Bishop, Dandenon.7.3 
 6. Penaluna, Bulleen B.7.2 
 7. Denson, Sydney UF7.1 
 8. Richards, Bendi.7.1 
 9. Evans, Townsville F.7.0 
 10. Veal, Logan T.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kristen VEAL
  Logan T.
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 6
 1. Veal, Logan T.6.0 
 2. Macleod, Dandenon.5.2 
 3. O''Hea, Bulleen B.5.2 
 4. Harrower, Bendi.5.1 
 5. Flanagan, Townsvil.5.0 
 6. Bevilaqua, Waves4.7 
 7. Marino, Adelaide3.6 
 8. Walker, Adelaide2.9 
 9. Hunt, Canberra C.2.8 
 10. Milner, Bulleen B.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kristen VEAL
  Logan T.
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Veal, Logan T.2.5 
 2. Bevilaqua, Waves2.2 
 3. Batkovic-B., Canber.2.1 
 4. Walker, Adelaide1.9 
 5. Cole, AIS1.8 
 6. Cosier, Canberra C.1.5 
 7. Zavecz, Bulleen B.1.4 
 8. Hill, Townsville F.1.4 
 9. Allen, AIS1.3 
 10. Lavey, AIS1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Bulleen B.
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cambage, Bulle.2.8 
 2. Tolo, Canberra C.2.7 
 3. Walker, Adelaide2.0 
 4. Robinson, Dandenon.1.6 
 5. Newley, Adelaide1.4 
 6. Penaluna, Bulleen B.1.3 
 7. Francis, Logan T.1.3 
 8. Evans, Townsville F.1.1 
 9. Batkovic-B., Canber.1.1 
 10. Harper, Waves1.1 


Katie-Rae Ebzery awarded WNBL Player of the Month for January - by Eurobasket News
In her first season with the Flames, former AIS product Katie-Rae Ebzery (177-G-90) took what was already an impressive season to the next level in January, averaging over 20.6 points on 51 per cent shooting and 4.8 rebounds per game, over the five game stretch that followed the mid-season break.

In a month in which the Flames recorded three wins (Adelaide, Logan and Adelaide) and two losses (Bendigo and AIS), Ebzery was the standout for her team, highlighted by her back-to-back 27 point explosions to start the new year, and her ability to get to the free throw line and convert, putting in 30 of her 33 attempts for the month.

Liz Cambages two-month reign as WNBL Player of the Month came to a close, with Ebzery thrilled to take over the mantle.

Its a great feeling actually, she said when notified of the award.

Its kind of a surprise, but its good to see that your hard work pays off I guess. Its been a good month and hopefully we can continue it into the finals. Weve progressed together as a team, which makes it better individually.

Ebzery said she came back from the new-year break feeling good about her game.

The break was really good for everyone I think. I felt really refreshed and I knew that the break would do me some good, she said.

After taking a year off basketball, Ebzery said she has really enjoyed getting back amongst the WNBL.

Its been great. I was really glad to have that year off and to come back. Ive been really enthusiastic about the season and training and just improving as a player and playing with a great bunch of girls, that makes it a lot easier as well, she said.

Ebzery said that she has learned a lot from the variety of experienced players throughout the Flames roster.

Ive learned things to do with poise and running through different situations, what to look for on the floor. Its been really good playing with them because you do ask a lot of questions and its good to get that feedback during practice and games, so thats really awesome, she said.

One thing that Ebzery has starred at in recent times is her ability to get to the free throw line.

I think the driving game style has been a part of my game for a while now I guess, she said. Im just grateful that Ive been getting the calls from the referees to get me to the free throw line, but yeah, its something that Im working on.

Sydney now sit in sixth position on the ladder, with an overall win-loss record of 10-9. Due to a forced rescheduling of the fixture, thanks to Tropical Cyclone Yasi, they have three games left to force their way into the post-season, beginning with a game against the Bendigo Spirit on Saturday night.

Everyone is really looking forward to it; I guess we are all a little bit on edge, just because of the really important games that we have left, after having that week off. But everyone is really enthusiastic to get back out there and finish the season off on a high.


Other worthy performances:

Liz Cambage After two straight Player of the Month Awards, the Boomers centre once more did everything asked of her averaging 21.8 points, 7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per outing over six games.

Kristen Veal Veal was a threat to record a triple-double at all times throughout the month of January, with the Logan playmaker averaging 15 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3 steals per game.

Suzy Batkovic Batkovic helped the Canberra Capitals secure another trip to the finals last month, averaging 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3 steals per game.

Jenna OHea The Boomers forward was everywhere throughout her sides six game winning month averaging 15.6 points, 6.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.

Tess Madgen The young Spirit star was instrumental in her teams performance over five games last month averaging 17.8 points and 5 rebounds per game.

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


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Fourth-quarter charge falls short as Cougars downed 67-66 by No. 1 Saskatchewan - by Eurobasket News
The University of Reginas womens basketball team mounted a huge charge in the fourth quarter, but the No. 1-ranked Saskatchewan Huskies recovered to hang on for a 67-66 win in a wild Canada West game on Thursday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

Saskatchewan controlled most of the contest through the first three quarters, opening up a lead that reached as many as 16 points shortly after halftime. The tide changed in the fourth quarter, as Danielle Schmidt, Carly Graham, and Lindsay Ledingham (183-G/F-90) helped the Cougars go on a 17-4 run to take their first lead since the first quarter.

After two more lead changes, a jumper from the right baseline by Kim Tulloch gave the Huskies a one-point advantage. The Cougars had two chances to take the lead late, but a missed Ledingham turnaround jumper and a turnover meant that the home side had to foul. Jill Humbert missed both free throws for Saskatchewan, but the Huskies got possession of the offensive rebound to seal their 19th conference victory of the season.

Humbert led all players in points (19) and steals (5) and tied for the game high with five assists. Tulloch, who came in as Canada Wests leading scorer, had 10 points and 10 rebounds to score a double-double while Katie Miyazaki had 12 points despite missing a large portion of the second half while in foul trouble. Jana Spindler and Lauren Whyte both chipped in with eight points for Saskatchewan (19-2).

Schmidt had a career-high 18 points for the Cougars (17-4), 11 of which came in the fourth quarter alone. Ledingham tied Schmidt with 18 points, while Graham hit three three-pointers and ended up with 11 points off the bench. Joanna Zalesiak (174-G-88, college: UTEP) had six points and five assists before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.

The win gives Saskatchewan full control of the conference, as the Huskies need just one win in their final three games to claim first place in the Canada West standings.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday night in Saskatoon.

NOTES: Graham now has 46 three-pointers on the season and needs just two more to tie Bree Burgess school single-season record of 48 set during the 2000-01 campaign.
Courtesy of: www.reginacougars.com


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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Dameligaen All Star 2011 - by Kasper Lays
Saturday, February 12, will be playing the Dameligaen All Star Game 2011
in Horsholm at 5 p.m. in the Halle Fire /Arena
between the Danish national team vs a special selection of the best players of the Championship.

Also stops the Championship that for this event will be a turn off.
next games of the championship are:
19-02 13:30 LIVE Hrsholm 79'ers - Falcon
19-02 15:00 LIVE BK Amager - Lemvig
20-02 14:00 LIVE Vrlse - Horsens BC
20-02 17:15 LIVE SISU - byhj IF




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Meistriliiga Round 12: Tartu Ulikooli beats TLU/Volta - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game was played in Tallinn. Second ranked Tartu Ulikooli faced one of their biggest challengers TLU/Volta. Guests from Tartu (7-3) defeated host TLU/Volta (4-4) 58-54. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But TLU/Volta won third quarter 24-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Tartu Ulikooli won last quarter 13-10. Tartu Ulikooli have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record having just one points less than leader Eclex Tallinn. TLU/Volta at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Tartu Ulikooli are looking forward to face league's leader Eclex Tallinn at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TLU/Volta will play against Audentes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Audentes (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 68-60 loss to fourth ranked NikeWomen (3-6) in Audentes. Newly promoted NikeWomen maintains fourth position with 3-6 record. Audentes at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. NikeWomen's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Eclex Tallinn.



Audentes - NikeWomen 60-68

Bottom-ranked Audentes (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 68-60 loss to fourth ranked NikeWomen (3-6) in Audentes. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 15-11. But Audentes won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Newly promoted NikeWomen maintains fourth position with 3-6 record. Audentes at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. NikeWomen's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Eclex Tallinn.
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TLU/Volta - Tartu Ulikooli 54-58

An exciting game was played in Tallinn. Second ranked Tartu Ulikooli faced one of their biggest challengers TLU/Volta. Guests from Tartu (7-3) defeated host TLU/Volta (4-4) 58-54. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But TLU/Volta won third quarter 24-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Tartu Ulikooli won last quarter 13-10. Tartu Ulikooli have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record having just one points less than leader Eclex Tallinn. TLU/Volta at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Tartu Ulikooli are looking forward to face league's leader Eclex Tallinn at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TLU/Volta will play against Audentes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 9-0 
 2. Tartu Ulikooli 7-3 
 3. TLU/Volta 4-4 
 4. NikeWomen 3-6 
 5. Audentes 0-10 


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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Moss, ToPo24.2 
 2. Vaughn, PeKa24.1 
 3. Pounds, HoNsU23.7 
 4. Tuukkanen, ToPo19.6 
 5. Robinson, Huima18.8 
 6. Karcic, Kerava18.5 
 7. Laaksonen, Espoo T.18.2 
 8. Lassiter, PeKa18.1 
 9. Wright, FoA17.5 
 10. Lee, Catz15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Robinson, Huima15.9 
 2. Moss, ToPo12.7 
 3. Karcic, Kerava11.5 
 4. Laaksonen, Espoo T.11.5 
 5. Jones, Huima10.9 
 6. Lassiter, PeKa10.9 
 7. Vaughn, PeKa10.8 
 8. Kityzina, Catz9.5 
 9. Tuukkanen, ToPo9.3 
 10. Martin, PeKa9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dionne POUNDS
  HoNsU
  (174-F-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Pounds, HoNsU4.0 
 2. Wright, FoA3.6 
 3. Karcic, Kerava3.2 
 4. Moss, ToPo3.2 
 5. Piipari, Catz3.0 
 6. Lassiter, PeKa2.9 
 7. Robinson, Huima2.9 
 8. Lee, Catz2.7 
 9. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.2 
 10. Lehtoranta, PeKa2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa KARCIC
  Kerava
  (185-F/C-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Karcic, Kerava5.2 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU4.5 
 3. Wright, FoA3.0 
 4. Lassiter, PeKa2.9 
 5. Robinson, Huima2.9 
 6. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.8 
 7. Morris, Huima2.4 
 8. Lee, Catz2.3 
 9. Piipari, Catz2.1 
 10. Roundtree, HoNsU1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Moss, ToPo0.9 
 2. Laaksonen, Espoo T.0.7 
 3. Wright, FoA0.6 
 4. Holopainen, Espoo T.0.6 
 5. Kilponen, Kerava0.6 
 6. Robinson, Huima0.6 
 7. Kosunen, Kerava0.5 
 8. Pounds, HoNsU0.5 
 9. Pavlovskaya, ToPo0.5 
 10. Hietanen, ToPo0.5 


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. PeKa 14-6 
 2. Espoo Team 13-7 
 3. Catz 13-8 
 4. Huima 13-8 
 5. ToPo 12-10 
 6. FoA 11-9 
 7. HoNsU 6-14 
 8. Kerava 1-21 


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Butler's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old forward Jaleesa Butler (183-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Hamar and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
She had a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds, while her team beat KR (#3, 9-7) 65-54. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Hamar to consolidate first place in the Icelandic Express L.. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Hamar keeps perfect 16 -0 record. Butler turned to be Hamar's top player in her first season with the team. Georgetown University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Butler is in league's top in points (3rd best: 23.9ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 15.2rpg) and averages solid 3.2bpg,3.3spg and 53.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dita Liepkalne (185-F-87) of U.M.F. Njardvik. She is Latvian forward in her first season at Njardvik. In the last game Liepkalne recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Njardvik cruised to a 88-79 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Fjolnir (#7, 3-13). Njardvik's 6th position in the standings has not changed. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Liepkalne is a newcomer at Njardvik and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.9ppg (#8). Her other stats are also decent: 11.1rpg and 3.6apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Monique Martin (180-G-83) of Snaefell (#4). Martin got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. She went also for twenty rebounds . She was a key player of Snaefell, leading her team to a 82-77 win against the lower-ranked Grindavik (#8, 3-13). Snaefell needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 8 lost games. Martin has a very solid season. In 4 games in Iceland she scored 32.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Helga Hallgrimsdottir (180-C-87) of Grindavik - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Ragna Brynjarsdottir (188-C-90) of Haukar - 19 points and 13 rebounds
6. Inga Buzoka (191-C-81) of Fjolnir - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jacquline Adamshick (183-F-84) of Keflavik - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-G-87) of Keflavik - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Laura Audere (180-F-84) of Snaefell - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Birna Valgarasdottir (181-F-76) of Keflavik - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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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  LATVIA - Women  


Lagzdina's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
17-year old center Guna Lagzdina (182-C-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for TTT Riga - Juniores and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
She had a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds, while her team crushed RTU-Merks (#3, 13-6) with 19-point margin 67-48. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. TTT Juniores maintains the 4th position in Latvian LSBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TTT Juniores will need more victories to improve their 10-7 record. Lagzdina has many years of experience at TTT Juniores, through which he has constantly improved. Lagzdina has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 10.0rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Anda Eibele (170-G-84) of top-ranked TTT Riga. She is former international guard in her second season at TTT Riga. In the last game Eibele recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds. Of course she lead TTT Riga to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked TTT Kadetes (#5, 8-11) 88-52. Of course TTT Riga still keep the league's top spot. She plays for the best team in the league and TTT Riga managed to win all 18 games keeping perfect record. Eibele is well-known at TTT Riga and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#6). Her other stats are also decent: 5.8rpg and 5.8apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Lina Lisnere (192-F/C-86) of SK Cesis (#7). Lisnere scored 17 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Cesis, leading her team to a 50-35 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Liepajas (#8, 2-17). Cesis can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Lisnere she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Lisnere has individually a great season in Latvia. After 11 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 10.6rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Liga Surkusa (192-C-91) of TTT Juniores - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Olga Kazakevica (165-G-90) of Daugavpils - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Sabine Egle (179-F/C-91) of Liepajas - 17 points and 6 rebounds
7. Karline Nimane (188-F-90) of TTT Riga - 7 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ieva Malkevica (175-F-87) of RTU-Merks - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Zane Jakobsone (180-F-85) of TTT Riga - 18 points and 5 rebounds
10. Kristina Egle (177-F-86) of Daugavpils - 17 points, 9 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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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. VICI Kaunas 18-0 
 2. Lemminkainen 12-5 
 3. Laisve 10-8 
 4. LKKA-Aistes 7-10 
 5. MRU 7-11 
 6. Ruta Siauliai 4-14 
 7. Utena 4-14 


LMKL Round 21: LKKA-Aistes are defeated by VICI Kaunas in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kaunas: VICI Kaunas (#1) and LKKA-Aistes (#4). LKKA-Aistes was crushed at home by 21 points 56-77 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by VICI Kaunas. LKKA-Aistes managed to win fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VICI Kaunas made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Canadian guard Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-88, college: Vermont) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and international center Giedre Paugaite (192-90) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Santa Okockyte (176-92) with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. LKKA-Aistes' coach Aurimas Jasilionis gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated VICI Kaunas (18-0) have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 18 victories in a row. LKKA-Aistes lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. VICI Kaunas' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena Laisve.
Very significant was Lemminkainen's (#2, 12-5) victory against 3rd placed Laisve (10-8) 78-69. Forward Laura Povilonyte (185-86, college: Gardner-Webb) nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Rita Milieskiene accounted for 20 points. Guard Mante Kvederaviciute (180-90) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Laisve in the defeat. Laisve's coach Andrius Kuliesius rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lemminkainen maintains second place with 12-5 record having seven points less than leader VICI Kaunas. Laisve at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Lemminkainen will play against bottom-ranked Utena (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Laisve's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas VICI Kaunas.
Bottom-ranked Utena managed to get the second consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted Utena outleveled sixth-ranked Ruta Siauliai 80-61. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 19-point difference suggests that Utena is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The best player for the winners was Giedre Kirstukaite who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Sandra Baliutaviciute who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Utena (4-14) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Ruta Siauliai. Utena will meet at home league's second-placed Lemminkainen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ruta Siauliai will play against LKKA-Aistes (#4) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Utena - Ruta Siauliai 80-61

Bottom-ranked Utena managed to get the second consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted Utena outleveled sixth-ranked Ruta Siauliai 80-61. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 19-point difference suggests that Utena is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by Utena. Ruta Siauliai managed to win third quarter 27-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Utena forced 21 Ruta Siauliai turnovers. Strangely Ruta Siauliai outrebounded Utena 41-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was center Giedre Kirstukaite (190-86) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Agne Ziegyte (175-86) chipped in 19 points, 7 assists and 6 steals. Five Utena players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Sandra Baliutaviciute (182-81) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and forward Aiste Tamutyte (179-87) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Utena (4-14) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Ruta Siauliai. Utena will meet at home league's second-placed Lemminkainen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ruta Siauliai will play against LKKA-Aistes (#4) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Utena: E.Briedyte 21+3reb+4ast, A.Ziegyte 19+4reb+7ast, G.Kirstukaite 14+14reb+2ast, A.Daujadiene 12+2reb+6ast, E.Juceviciute 10+4reb+3ast, I.Stankeviciute 4
Ruta Siauliai: S.Baliutaviciute 22+11reb+3ast, A.Tamutyte 10+11reb+1ast, B.Dominauskaite 10+4reb+2ast, K.Maksimovaite 8+1reb+1ast, I.Kazlauskaite 6+9reb+1ast, S.Kuodiene 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 119644


LKKA-Aistes - VICI Kaunas 56-77

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kaunas: VICI Kaunas (#1) and LKKA-Aistes (#4). LKKA-Aistes was crushed at home by 21 points 56-77 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by VICI Kaunas. LKKA-Aistes managed to win fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VICI Kaunas made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Canadian guard Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-88, college: Vermont) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and international center Giedre Paugaite (192-90) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Santa Okockyte (176-92) with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jolanta Marmiene (181-79) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. LKKA-Aistes' coach Aurimas Jasilionis gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. VICI Kaunas (18-0) have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 18 victories in a row. LKKA-Aistes lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. VICI Kaunas' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena Laisve.
Top scorers:
VICI Kaunas: C.Pilypaitis 22+6reb+2ast, R.Valentiene 17+3reb+3ast, G.Paugaite 14+10reb+1ast, K.Vengryte 9+2reb+2ast, A.Kemezys 7+11reb, V.Kuktiene 6+3reb+1ast
LKKA-Aistes: S.Okockyte 16+6reb+4ast, J.Marmiene 15+5reb+2ast, L.Svaryte 8+3reb, K.Balciunaite 6+5reb, K.Druskyte 5+2reb+3ast, M.Petrauskaite 4+1reb
gschID: 119645


Lemminkainen - Laisve 78-69

Very significant was Lemminkainen's (#2, 12-5) victory against 3rd placed Laisve (10-8) 78-69. The game without a history. Lemminkainen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Laisve was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Laura Povilonyte (185-86, college: Gardner-Webb) nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and guard Rita Milieskiene (175-78) accounted for 20 points. Guard Mante Kvederaviciute (180-90) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jurga Budryte (187-81) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Laisve in the defeat. Four Laisve players scored in double figures. Laisve's coach Andrius Kuliesius rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lemminkainen maintains second place with 12-5 record having seven points less than leader VICI Kaunas. Laisve at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Lemminkainen will play against bottom-ranked Utena (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Laisve's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas VICI Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Lemminkainen: L.Povilonyte 21+7reb+2ast, R.Milieskiene 20+4reb+2ast, R.Margeviciute 14+7reb+1ast, M.Grigalauskyte 8+7reb+1ast, E.Zygelyte 7+3reb+7ast, G.Gutkauskaite 3+2reb
Laisve: M.Kvederaviciute 17+7reb+1ast, L.Aglinskaite 14+1reb, J.Budryte 11+12reb+1ast, L.Kinkeviciene 11+4reb+4ast, E.Taraseviciute 9+10reb, V.Tamuleviciute 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 119646




Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Santa OKOCKYTE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-G-92)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Okockyte, LK.18.3 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve17.9 
 3. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.16.5 
 4. Milieskiene, Lemmin.14.9 
 5. Daujadiene, Utena14.2 
 6. Aglinskaite, MRU13.8 
 7. Kirstukaite, Utena13.4 
 8. Budryte, Laisve13.1 
 9. Bimbaite, VICI K.13.0 
 10. Margeviciute, Lemmin.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sandra BALIUTAVICIUTE
  Ruta Siauliai
  (182-F-81)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.10.4 
 2. Balciunaite, LKKA-.9.9 
 3. Palaimaite, Utena9.4 
 4. Aleksaite, MRU9.1 
 5. Taraseviciut., Laisve9.1 
 6. Galdikaite, MRU8.6 
 7. Grigalauskyt., Lemmin.8.4 
 8. Budryte, Laisve8.3 
 9. Kirstukaite, Utena8.2 
 10. Margeviciute, Lemmin.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Milda SAULIUTE
  VICI Kaunas
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Sauliute, VICI K.5.9 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve5.6 
 3. Zygelyte, Lemminka.5.1 
 4. Daujadiene, Utena4.2 
 5. Pilypaitis, VICI K.3.7 
 6. Solopova, VICI K.3.6 
 7. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.6 
 8. Okockyte, LK.3.1 
 9. Valentiene, VICI K.3.0 
 10. Ziegyte, Utena2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ligita KINKEVICIENE
  Laisve
  (173-G-76)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Kinkeviciene, Laisve3.5 
 2. Balciunaite, LKKA-.3.1 
 3. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.6 
 4. Sauliute, VICI K.2.4 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmin.2.4 
 6. Daujadiene, Utena2.4 
 7. Solopova, VICI K.2.4 
 8. Briedyte, Ruta S.2.3 
 9. Okockyte, LK.2.0 
 10. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  VICI Kaunas
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Alminaite, VICI K.1.8 
 2. Paugaite, VICI K.1.3 
 3. Palaimaite, Utena1.3 
 4. Kirstukaite, Utena1.2 
 5. Juceviciute, Utena1.2 
 6. Kvederaviciu., Laisve1.1 
 7. Aleksaite, MRU1.1 
 8. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.0.9 
 9. Budryte, Laisve0.9 
 10. Pikciute, VICI K.0.8 


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  MALTA - Women  


Standings - Women
Div.1 Standings
 1. Depiro 9-1 
 2. Luxol 8-2 
 3. Hibs Medsea 8-2 
 4. Loyola 5-5 
 5. Athleta 5-5 
 6. St.Andrews 3-7 
 7. Starlites 3-7 
 8. Guzelpinar 0-10 


Hibs dash Loyolas hopes - by Eurobasket News
The top three teams in the womens league stayed on the winning track last weekend to move a step closer to a place in the Championship Pool.

Joint-leaders Depiro McDonalds and Luxol scored convincing victories over St Andrews and Athleta respectively while Hibs Medsea beat Alyssa Ashley Loyola who have now seen their hopes of a Championship Pool berth ended.

Hibs enjoyed the upperhand over Loyola right from the outset and surged into a 15-6 lead by the end of the first quarter. The champions continued to dictate matters till half-time changing ends 29-11 ahead.

Loyola produced a strong reaction after the interval but their efforts were still not enough to overwhelm Hibs who won 47-30.

Luxol pulled away from Athleta in the final quarter to register their ninth victory in the competition.

They opened strongly to hold a 10-2 lead but after finishing the first quarter 15-6 behind, Athleta managed to share the exchanges till half-time, 23-14.

Athleta had the better ideas in the third session and continued to reduce the gap until coming as close as a single basket 32-30.

They forged ahead in the opening minutes of the final session and a surprise result looked in the offing but Luxol regrouped to stun their opponents with a 16-point break, going on to win the match 52-36.

Depiro led St Andrews 31-17 at half-time. The league leaders looked more aggressive after the break to increase their lead to 53-23 before securing a reassuring 67-39 victory.

In another match, Starlites beat Mtarfa for the second time this season.

This was a balanced match between two teams languishing at the bottom end of the standings. At half-time, Starlites led 24-17. There was little to separate these two sides and in the end Starlites had to survive some anxious moments to secure victory 50-44.

Standings: Luxol 19 (9-1), Depiro 19 (9-1), Hibs 18 (8-2), Loyola 14 (5-4), Athleta 12 (3-6), Starlites 11 (2-7), Mtarfa 9 (0-9).

Top scorers: Kaila Agius (183-C-84) (Depiro) 199, L. Bezzina (Hibs) 177, L. Sciberras (Athleta) 166.

Next fixtures: (Friday Louis Borg Cup SF) 7.45 p.m. Luxol vs Depiro. (Sunday Louis Borg Cup SF) 2.30 p.m. Hibs vs St Andrews.
Courtesy of: www.timesofmalta.com



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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. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia8.2 
 5. Cheek, Super-Pol8.2 
 6. Alexander, Odra B.7.9 
 7. Denson, Lider P.7.7 
 8. Crisman, Artego7.6 
 9. Jankowska, LKS S.7.5 
 10. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia7.3 
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. Jelavic, Wisla C.2.3 
 6. Phillips, Wisla C.2.3 
 7. Phillips, Wisla C.2.3 
 8. Gajda, Energa Torun2.3 
 9. Jelavic, 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. Oha, LKS Siemens0.9 
 10. Kobryn, Wisla C.0.9 


Koehn's 39-point game gives her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old guard Laurie Koehn (173-G-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Utex Row Rybnik and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
She had the game-high 39 points adding three rebounds for Utex Row in her team's victory, helping them to beat Widzew (#9, 7-13) 74-64. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings in . Utex Row maintains the 11th position in Polish PLKK. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 16 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Koehn had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 15 attempts. She turned to be Utex Row's top player in her first season with the team. Kansas State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Koehn is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.7ppg. Koehn is in league's top in and averages solid 41.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) of Energa Torun. She is Serbian center in her first season at Energa Torun. In the last game Maksimovic recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Of course she lead Energa Torun to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked LKS Siemens (#13, 2-18) 121-70. This victory allowed Energa Torun to move up to 5th position in . Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Maksimovic is a newcomer at Energa Torun and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Adrianne Ross (173-G-84) of Lider Pruszkow (#4). Ross scored 26 points and passed four assists. She was a key player of Lider Pruszkow, leading her team to a 69-65 win against the lower-ranked Artego (#7, 10-11). Lider Pruszkow needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 14 victories and 7 lost games. Ross has a great season in Poland. After 14 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.0ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leona Jankowska (190-C-77) of LKS Siemens - 21 points and 9 rebounds
5. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82) of Energa Torun - 16 points and 3 rebounds
6. Ugochukwu Oha (193-C-82) of LKS Siemens - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Monika Krawiec (172-G-84) of Energa Torun - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Amisha Carter (188-F/C-82) of CCC Polkowice - 10 points and 9 rebounds
9. Rebecca Harris (176-G-86) of Utex Row - 24 points and 5 rebounds
10. Moniquee Alexander (198-C-87) of Odra Brzeg - 12 points and 13 rebounds

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


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National League Round 18: Polonia Phoenix defeats St.Mirren RKC in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

An interesting game for Polonia Phoenix (8-2) which played road game in St Mirren against 4th ranked St.Mirren RKC (2-7). Third ranked Polonia Phoenix managed to get a 10-point victory 61-51. Polonia Phoenix have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Edinburgh KK. St.Mirren RKC lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Polonia Phoenix's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Edinburgh Edinburgh Kool Kats.
National League top team - Glasgow Rocks (10-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Grampian Lady Flyers (0-9) 67-47. Glasgow Rocks maintains first position with 10-1 record. Grampian Lady Flyers at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Glasgow Rocks will play against St.Mirren RKC (#4) in St Mirren in the next round. Grampian Lady Flyers will play on the road against Clark Eriksson in Falkirk and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game between third ranked Edinburgh Kool Kats (8-2) and 5th ranked Clark Eriksson (1-8) in Edinburgh on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Edinburgh Kool Kats outscored guests from Falkirk 67-39. Edinburgh Kool Kats have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Polonia Phoenix. Clark Eriksson lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Edinburgh Kool Kats' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Edinburgh to the arena Polonia Phoenix.



Grampian LF - Glasgow Rocks 47-67

National League top team - Glasgow Rocks (10-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Grampian Lady Flyers (0-9) 67-47. Glasgow Rocks maintains first position with 10-1 record. Grampian Lady Flyers at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Glasgow Rocks will play against St.Mirren RKC (#4) in St Mirren in the next round. Grampian Lady Flyers will play on the road against Clark Eriksson in Falkirk and hope to get finally their first victory.
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St.Mirren RKC - Polonia Phoenix 51-61

An interesting game for Polonia Phoenix (8-2) which played road game in St Mirren against 4th ranked St.Mirren RKC (2-7). Third ranked Polonia Phoenix managed to get a 10-point victory 61-51. Polonia Phoenix have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Edinburgh KK. St.Mirren RKC lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Polonia Phoenix's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Edinburgh Edinburgh Kool Kats.
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Edinburgh KK - Clark Eriksson 67-39

The game between third ranked Edinburgh Kool Kats (8-2) and 5th ranked Clark Eriksson (1-8) in Edinburgh on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Edinburgh Kool Kats outscored guests from Falkirk 67-39. Edinburgh Kool Kats have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Polonia Phoenix. Clark Eriksson lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Edinburgh Kool Kats' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Edinburgh to the arena Polonia Phoenix.
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Standings - Women
National Standings
 1. Glasgow Rocks 10-1 
 2. Edinburgh KK 8-2 
 3. Polonia Phoenix 8-2 
 4. St.Mirren RKC 2-7 
 5. Clark Eriksson 1-8 
 6. Grampian LF 0-9 
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 1. St Maurice's R. 0-0 


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Stats Leaders - Damligan
Points Per Game
 Pamela ROSANIO
  Umea
  (178-G/F-86)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Rosanio, Umea26.4 
 2. Smart, Kvarnby24.5 
 3. Saunders, Visby22.7 
 4. Key, Marbo Basket18.8 
 5. Ferm, Eos17.9 
 6. Abdi, 0817.4 
 7. Glaser, Kvarnby17.3 
 8. Zahui, Telge16.6 
 9. Frieson, Kvarnby15.6 
 10. Tattersdill, Sallen15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amanda ZAHUI
  Telge
  (191-C-93)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Zahui, Telge10.6 
 2. Tattersdill, Sallen10.1 
 3. Frieson, Kvarnby9.7 
 4. Bacon, Solna Vikings8.8 
 5. Brown, Visby8.8 
 6. Forsman-Goga, Tel.8.7 
 7. Rosanio, Umea8.4 
 8. Scott, Lulea BBK8.4 
 9. Smart, Kvarnby8.4 
 10. Gustavsson, Brahe8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Anette JOHANSEN
  08
  (176-F-82)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Johansen, Sallen4.1 
 2. Smart, Kvarnby4.1 
 3. Metcalf, Telge4.0 
 4. Kucukkaya, Telge3.9 
 5. Kabengano, Telge3.9 
 6. Saunders, Visby3.6 
 7. Rivero, Kvarnby3.4 
 8. Persson, Brahe3.2 
 9. Key, Marbo Basket3.1 
 10. Gultekin, Solna V.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Anette JOHANSEN
  08
  (176-F-82)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Johansen, Sallen4.3 
 2. Metcalf, Telge3.6 
 3. Brooks, Solna Vikings3.2 
 4. Key, Marbo Basket2.9 
 5. Rivero, Kvarnby2.4 
 6. Otamiri, Eos2.3 
 7. Forsman-Goga, Tel.2.3 
 8. Abdi, 082.3 
 9. Nekmouche, Sallen2.3 
 10. Ausmann, Eos2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Katarina ANDERSSON
  Solna Vikings
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Andersson, Solna V.2.0 
 2. Cesnaviciute, Visby1.8 
 3. Zahui, Telge1.6 
 4. Frieson, Kvarnby1.6 
 5. Stjarnstroem, Norrko.0.9 
 6. Smart, Kvarnby0.9 
 7. Forsman-Goga, Tel.0.7 
 8. Hersler, Telge0.7 
 9. Scott, Lulea BBK0.7 
 10. Risto, 080.6 


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Carey scores 36 more! - by David Edole
Lady Wildcats 84, Lady Bobcats 62

The game was close for the first 30 minutes.

Pearl River took a 13-8 lead with 15:40 left in the first half when Kenyatta Epps scored. The Lady Bobcats tied the game at 17-17 with 12:33 left when Tierro Frost scored.

PRCC went up 25-19 with 7:22 left when Francheska Bowman scored, but Tanecka Carey (175-G-91) hit a 3-pointer and a layup to make it 25-24 with 5:56 showing.

The Lady Wildcats took their longest lead of the first half at 33-26 with 2:13 left when Branita Malone scored. JCJC then ended the half on a 7-1 run and cut the lead to 34-33 at halftime when Carey scored at the buzzer.

Tanecka Carey hit a 15-footer to start the second half, giving JCJC its final lead of the night at 35-34 with 19:10 left in the game.

But leading 43-41 with just less than 13 minutes to play, the Lady Wildcats scored 13 straight points, capped by a 3-pointer by Epps, and took a 56-41 lead with 9:30 left.

Carey scored four straight points for JCJC to make it 56-45, but Pearl River then went on an 18-5 spurt and took a 74-50 lead with 4:10 left on a Bowman basket. PRCCs longest lead was 84-59 in the final seconds.

Carey, a Southern Miss signee, led the Lady Bobcats with 36 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Malone had 18 points for PRCC, while Epps and Bowman had 17 each.

JCJC falls to 15-6 overall and 8-2 in division play. Pearl River is now 9-9 overall and 6-4 in the league.




Kean High girls cruise to win over Gifft Hill - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS - With leading scorer Akia Frett still nursing a foot injury, the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School girls basketball team looked to two seniors to pick up the scoring.

Charline Cypre and Alanah George each finished with 12 points to lead the Lady Devil Rays to a 48-21 victory over Gifft Hill in a St. Thomas-St. John IAA varsity game Thursday at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School gymnasium.

'This was the first game of the regular season, and I feel good about how we're playing,' said Kean High coach Akil Lewis, whose team doesn't play again until the Central High School Tournament on Feb. 19 and 20. 'Mookaz will be back by then. It's just her foot. I like how our seniors stepped up in her absence.'

Sabriela Rosado chipped in with 10 points for the Lady Rays, who opened a 22-6 halftime lead on the Lady Barracudas, who had only six girls in uniform.

Viriqua David knocked down a 3-pointer and followed with a steal and layup for Gifft Hill to trim the lead to 42-16 late in the third quarter, but that would be as close as Gifft Hill got. David finished with a team-high 14 points, while Sheniqua Davis added five points.

'We lost a lot of players from last year, so it's going to take some time,' Gifft Hill coach Angel Bolques said. 'We have a lot of new faces, but we're coming together.'

By AARON GRAY (Daily News Staff)
Published: February 11, 2011


UVI women collapse in 59-57 loss - by David Edole
Zoraida Cortez scored her team's finals six points as UPR-Carolina overcame a 15-point deficit with five minutes to play and pulled out a 59-57 victory over the University of Virgin Islands women's basketball team Thursday.

The Lady Bucs seemed to be in command after they went on a 10-1 scoring surge to open a 57-42 lead with 5:20 remaining.

'It was a total breakdown,' UVI coach Curtis Gilpin said. 'The ball was a hot potato and no one wanted it in their hands. Everyone wanted to get rid of it.'

Cortez finished with a game-high 34 points and made back-to-back layups to tie the game, 57-57, with 29 seconds left. She scored a go-ahead free throw with 23 seconds remaining and then a short jumper from UVI's Clemence Famen fell short.

Cortez grabbed the rebound, was fouled and stroked another free throw with 2.9 seconds left to ice the game.

'Incredible,' UPR-Carolina coach Yohao Lugo said. 'She is our team captain and that was her best performance ever.'

Famen scored 15 points in the first half and finished with a team-high 20 for the Lady Buccaneers, who fall to 1-2 on the season. Nicole Fleming added 14 for UVI.



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Semi-Pro Basketball comes to Columbus - by Willie McCray
Columbus Lady Wings: Columbus first semi-professional female basketball team announces signing day event.

COLUMBUS GA, February 11, 2011: On March 5, 2011, Columbus first semi-pro female basketball team, the Columbus Lady Wings of the Womens Blue Chip Basketball League, will hold its inaugural Opening Ceremony and Signing Day. The event will be held at the Pop Austin Recreation Center Gymnasium (1331 Alexander Street) at 4:00 p.m. This free event is open to the public.
The team roster will be announced, players will be introduced and they will sign their contracts with the Columbus Lady Wings. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will join team owner, Raymond Thorn; General Manager, Alton Hicks, Sr. and Head Coach, Mike Davis, Sr. in welcoming the team to Columbus. The public is invited to support and celebrate the newest addition to Columbus athletics and entertainment. For more information, contact Raymond Thorn at 706-243-7201 or Alton Hicks, Sr. at 706-562-3844. Columbus Lady Wings: Come Fly With Us!

Event Details:
Columbus Lady Wings Signing Day
March 5, 2011
4:00 P.M.
Pop Austin Recreation Center Gymnasium
FREE Open to the Public