EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/13/2011

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  ANGOLA   


1 De Agosto tame Libolo in Lisbon - by Eurobasket News
1 De Agosto - Libolo 77:76

1 De Agosto opened their Compal SuperCup campaign with victory. They bettered their Angolan rivals Libolo in Lisbon. Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) delivered 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners in an exciting clash. 1 De Agosto will next take on the Portuguese champions Benfica, while Libolo will look for the initial victory against Porto.
1 De Agosto jumped to an early lead. They arrived at the first break leading by 5 points 16:11. They stretched the margin in the second term before Libolo went on an 11:0 run to deny the deficit. 1 De Agosto still managed to eke out a 4-point lead at halftime. Libolo stayed persistent as they trimmed the gap to a single point 52:53 with one quarter remaining. Libolo pulled ahead in the fourth term but 1 De Agosto quickly reacted regained the lead and rolling to a tough win at the end. Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76) accounted for 14 points for 1 De Agosto. Karlton Mims (189-G-80, college: Washburn) added 12 points in the victory. Reggie Moore (203-F-81, college: ORU) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Libolo. Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) provided 18 points in defeat.

1 De Agosto: Felizardo Ambrosio 16+10 boards, Carlos Almeida 14, Karlton Mims 12
Libolo: Reggie Moore 22, Olimpio Cipriano 18



Ambrosio wants more - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Excelent basketball in Campo Pequeno Hall, with Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda beating Benfica (95-89) in overtime. Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) was the MVP, ranking 46.5 with 22 points, 20 rebounds and 11 fouls conquered.

In the end of the game, Ambrosio told me that Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda wants to win in all the games they play, showing the same desire in Lisbon, where he hopes to get the Compal Supercup tomorrow. As for his individual goals, Ambrosio announced his waiting for a proposal, as everybody wants to go far in basketball, and I am not different. I want the best.


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  ARGENTINA   


Regatas prevail against Quimsa in Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News
Regatas Corrientes - Quimsa 70:60

Regatas Corrientes entertained the home crowd with a confident win over Quimsa at the start of the second stage of Liga Americas. Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) fired 21 points to lead the hosts. Regatas will face Uniceub/BRB, while Quimsa will play against Halcones Xalapa later tonight.
Regatas stressed defense in the opening term. They limited Quimsa to 8 points to build a 16:8 lead after ten minutes. Regatas piled up a 20:8 lead early in the second stanza. But Quimsa slowly got back to life as they narrowed the deficit to just two points 25:27 at halftime. Diego Cavaco (200-F-79) helped Quimsa finally surge ahead in the third term but Regatas quickly gained back the lead and entered the fourth stanza up by 5 points 47:42. Regatas kept their opponents at bay in the final quarter and rallied to the win at the end. Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) delivered 16 points for Regatas. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) notched 15 points in the victory. Diego Cavaco answered with 15 points for Quimsa. Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) had 10 in the loss.

Regatas Corrientes: Javier Martinez 21, Ramzee Stanton 16, Federico Kammerichs 15
Quimsa: Diego Cavaco 15, Dionisio Gomez Camargo 10



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


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Jackson, La Union19.1 
 2. Bunn, Argentino18.3 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.8 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.2 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras15.9 
 7. Taylor, Lanus15.7 
 8. Galindo, Libertad S.15.7 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol15.1 
 10. Pittman, Obras14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Gutierrez, Obras9.9 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.9.3 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.0 
 4. Kante, Olimpico LB8.8 
 5. Williams, Atenas8.6 
 6. Battle, Libertad S.8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.1 
 8. Leiva, Penarol7.8 
 9. Mikulas, La Union7.7 
 10. Cantrell, La Union7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.3 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.7 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.0 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.6 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.3 
 7. Sartorelli, Argentino3.6 
 8. Franco, Sionista3.3 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.1 
 10. Laws, Olimpico LB3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.2 
 2. Lamonte, Penarol2.7 
 3. Cequeira, Obras2.6 
 4. Sciutto, Monte H.2.4 
 5. Williams, Atenas2.4 
 6. Salles, Monte H.2.3 
 7. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 8. Labaque, Atenas2.3 
 9. Funes, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 10. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Meyinsse, Club 91.5 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.1 
 7. Williams, Atenas1.0 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 9. Wolkowyski, Libertad.0.7 
 10. Levy, Lanus0.7 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Ervin, Hawks20.9 
 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, Hawks8.0 
 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, Hawks4.5 
 6. Ervin, Hawks4.2 
 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. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.5 
 3. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 4. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 5. Hill, 36ers1.4 
 6. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 7. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 8. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 9. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 10. Dorsey, Taipans1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Wildcats
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 2. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.9 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 5. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 7. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 8. Gilder, Sydney K.1.1 
 9. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 10. Freeman, Croco.0.9 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 16-3 
 2. Wildcats 13-9 
 3. Taipans 11-7 
 4. Crocodiles 11-8 
 5. Hawks 10-11 
 6. Blaze 9-11 
 7. 36ers 8-11 
 8. Tigers 7-13 
 9. Sydney K. 4-16 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 18-4 
 2. Arkadia 15-8 
 3. Furstenfeld 14-8 
 4. Oberwart 13-9 
 5. Klosterneub. 13-9 
 6. Kapfenberg 13-10 
Group B
 1. UBSC Graz 12-11 
 2. Wels 11-11 
 3. BC Vienna 9-14 
 4. Gussing 9-14 
 5. St.Polten 6-16 
 6. Worthersee 2-21 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.7 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.8 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.20.7 
 4. Houston, Arkadia19.5 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.19.0 
 6. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.5 
 7. Heard, Gussing17.5 
 8. Mayes, Gmunden17.4 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.2 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.9 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.4 
 4. Volcic, Oberwart8.1 
 5. Mayer, Gmunden7.9 
 6. Graham, UBSC G.7.8 
 7. Vay, Arkadia7.8 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna7.5 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden7.3 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.9 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.7 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.4 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.7 
 6. Parker, Oberwart4.6 
 7. Boylan, Gmunden4.5 
 8. Miletic, UBSC G.4.5 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.1 
 4. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 5. Parker, Oberwart2.1 
 6. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 7. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
 8. Fields, Wels1.8 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.8 
 10. Stazic, BC Vienna1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.7 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.4 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.3 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.0 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 
 10. Stazic, BC Vienna0.7 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 13-1 
 2. Aalstar 13-3 
 3. M.Hainaut 11-5 
 4. Oostende 9-8 
 5. Antwerp 7-8 
 6. Liege 5-9 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 5-10 
 8. Leuven 5-11 
 9. Gent 2-15 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt LOJESKI
  Oostende
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 17
 1. Lojeski, Oostende17.0 
 2. Copeland, Aalstar16.5 
 3. Miller, Leuven15.9 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.5 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi15.5 
 6. Waters, Verviers.15.2 
 7. Lewis, M.Hainaut15.0 
 8. Hilliard, Aalstar14.6 
 9. Jackson, Verviers.14.6 
 10. Stipanovic, Liege14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monwell RANDLE
  Gent
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Randle, Gent7.9 
 2. Hilliard, Aalstar7.8 
 3. Young, Aalstar7.8 
 4. Freeman, Verviers.7.7 
 5. Tofi, Leuven6.9 
 6. Jackson, Verviers.6.7 
 7. Stipanovic, Liege6.6 
 8. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.3 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar6.3 
 10. Riddick, Charleroi6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mitchell, Oostende5.0 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.1 
 3. Waters, Verviers.3.4 
 4. Dagunduro, Leuven3.3 
 5. Miller, Leuven3.1 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 7. Lewis, M.Hainaut3.0 
 8. Mallet, Charleroi3.0 
 9. Steinbach, Aalstar2.8 
 10. Moors, Antwerp2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.6 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mitchell, Oostende2.2 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi2.1 
 6. Dagunduro, Leuven1.9 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp1.8 
 8. McCauley, M.Hai.1.7 
 9. Faison, Oostende1.7 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.6 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.4 
 4. Santiago, Charleroi1.0 
 5. Randle, Gent0.9 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 7. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 9. Faison, Oostende0.4 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar0.4 


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  BRAZIL   


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


Uniceub/BRB steal win over Halcones Xalapa - by Eurobasket News
Uniceub/BRB - Halcones Xalapa 79:77

The Brazilian champions Uniceub/BRB celebrated the first win at the second stage of Liga Americas. They held off Halcones Xalapa in Group F opener in Corrientes. Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81) provided 22 points to lead the charge.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the starting period. Finally Uniceub/BRB pulled ahead to post a 25:21 lead. The Brazilian side maintained the advantage throughout the second term. They recorded a 43:40 lead at halftime. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) and Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) helped the Mexican team to erase the deficit in the third period. Xalapa entered the fourth quarter up by a single point 57:56. But Uniceub/BRB returned the lead and hung on in the final seconds to snatch a narrow victory. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) had 19 points for Uniceub/BRB. Marcio Cipriano (201-C-79) netted 15 points in the win. Leandro Garcia Morales replied with game-high 24 points. Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) produced 16 points in the losing effort.

Uniceub/BRB: Nezinho dos Santos 22, Alexandre Garcia 19, Marcio Cipriano 15
Halcones Xalapa: Leandro Garcia Morales 24, Orlando Mendez-Valdez 16



NBB Round 18: Bottom-ranked Assis Basket wins against Paulistano - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Bottom-ranked Assis Basket managed to get the second consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Paulistano 72-60. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-60. Assis Basket maintains fifteenth position with 3-13 record. Paulistano lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Assis Basket are looking forward to face league's leader Pinheiros/Sky in Sao Paolo in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Paulistano will play on the road against Itabom/Bauru (#8) in Sao Paulo and is hoping to win this game.
NBB top team - Pinheiros/Sky (12-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Itabom/Bauru (9-7) in Sao Paulo 94-89. Pinheiros/Sky have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-4 record. Itabom/Bauru at the other side dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. Pinheiros/Sky will play against Winner/Limeira (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Itabom/Bauru will play against Paulistano in Sao Paolo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Belo Horizonte was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Flamengo (10-4) played at the court of eighth ranked Pitagoras/Minas (10-7). Pitagoras/Minas managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69 on Wednesday. Pitagoras/Minas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Loser Flamengo dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Pitagoras/Minas will meet Vila Velha CETAF (#13) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Flamengo will play against Araraquara (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Fourteenth-ranked Vitoria (4-13) used its home court advantage to challenge eighth ranked Pitagoras/Minas (10-7) in Vitória. The visitors from Belo Horizonte managed to secure only three-point victory 71-68. However their fans expected much easier game. Pitagoras/Minas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Vitoria dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Pitagoras/Minas' next round opponent will be Vila Velha CETAF (#13) on the road where they are favorite. Vitoria will play against Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro.
The game between fifth ranked Araldite/Univille (11-6) and 10th ranked Winner/Limeira (7-8) in Joinville on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Araldite/Univille beat guests from Limeira 67-58. Araldite/Univille moved-up to fourth place. Loser Winner/Limeira keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Araldite/Univille will face Sao Jose/Vinac (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Winner/Limeira will play against the league's leader Pinheiros/Sky in Sao Paolo.

In the last two games of round 18 Unitri/Universo beat Araraquara on the road 87-82. Vila Velha CETAF lost to Flamengo on its own court 76-82.



Araldite/Univille - Winner/Limeira 67-58

The game between fifth ranked Araldite/Univille (11-6) and 10th ranked Winner/Limeira (7-8) in Joinville on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Araldite/Univille beat guests from Limeira 67-58. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 27-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Araldite/Univille moved-up to fourth place. Loser Winner/Limeira keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Araldite/Univille will face Sao Jose/Vinac (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Winner/Limeira will play against the league's leader Pinheiros/Sky in Sao Paolo.
gschID: 102754


Araraquara - Unitri/Universo 82-87

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Unitri/Universo (12-5) beat on the road 12th ranked Araraquara (4-12) 87-82 on Friday. Araraquara was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 22-14 charge of Unitri/Universo, which allowed them to win the game. Unitri/Universo have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Araraquara lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Unitri/Universo will face Vivo/Franca (#6) in Sao Paulo in the next round. Araraquara will play on the road against Flamengo (#5) in Rio de Janeiro.
gschID: 102755


Vitoria - Pitagoras/Minas 68-71

Fourteenth-ranked Vitoria (4-13) used its home court advantage to challenge eighth ranked Pitagoras/Minas (10-7) in Vitória. The visitors from Belo Horizonte managed to secure only three-point victory 71-68. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 22-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Pitagoras/Minas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Vitoria dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Pitagoras/Minas' next round opponent will be Vila Velha CETAF (#13) on the road where they are favorite. Vitoria will play against Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro.
gschID: 102757


Vila Velha CETAF - Flamengo 76-82

Very expected game when 13th ranked Vila Velha CETAF (4-13) lost at home to sixth ranked Flamengo (10-4) 82-76 on Friday. Vila Velha CETAF was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of Flamengo, which allowed them to win the game. Flamengo moved-up to fifth place. Loser Vila Velha CETAF keeps the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Flamengo will face Araraquara (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vila Velha CETAF will play against Pitagoras/Minas in Belo Horizonte.
gschID: 102758


Itabom/Bauru - Pinheiros/Sky 89-94

NBB top team - Pinheiros/Sky (12-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Itabom/Bauru (9-7) in Sao Paulo 94-89. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Pinheiros/Sky have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-4 record. Itabom/Bauru at the other side dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. Pinheiros/Sky will play against Winner/Limeira (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Itabom/Bauru will play against Paulistano in Sao Paolo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 102759


Assis Basket - Paulistano 72-60

Bottom-ranked Assis Basket managed to get the second consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Paulistano 72-60. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-60. Assis Basket maintains fifteenth position with 3-13 record. Paulistano lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Assis Basket are looking forward to face league's leader Pinheiros/Sky in Sao Paolo in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Paulistano will play on the road against Itabom/Bauru (#8) in Sao Paulo and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 102760


Round 11
Pitagoras/Minas - Flamengo 78-69

The game in Belo Horizonte was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Flamengo (10-4) played at the court of eighth ranked Pitagoras/Minas (10-7). Pitagoras/Minas managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69 on Wednesday. Flamengo was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Pitagoras/Minas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Loser Flamengo dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Pitagoras/Minas will meet Vila Velha CETAF (#13) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Flamengo will play against Araraquara (#12) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 120356




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  BULGARIA   


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 19-0 
 2. Levski 15-4 
 3. Balkan 11-7 
 4. Rilski Sportist 9-9 
 5. Cherno More 7-12 
 6. Tundja 7-12 
 7. Chernomorets 3-15 
 8. Spartak 3-15 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Rilski Sportist
  (196-F/G-88)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Lilov, Rilski S.25.5 
 2. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 3. Harper, Levski22.8 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak19.2 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.5 
 6. Naydenov, Chernomo.17.4 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja15.4 
 8. Davidov, Balkan15.1 
 9. Yanev, Cherno More14.8 
 10. Kambala, Lukoil A.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja11.2 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.6 
 4. Georgiev, Levski7.4 
 5. Peterson, Lukoil A.7.3 
 6. Dimitrov, Spartak7.2 
 7. Todorov, Spartak7.1 
 8. Kolev, Cherno More7.1 
 9. Morton, Balkan6.8 
 10. Cekovski, Levski6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Crowe, Levski5.6 
 2. Zahariev, Chernomo.4.4 
 3. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 4. Dyakovski, Spartak4.2 
 5. Govedarov, Tundja4.1 
 6. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.1 
 7. James, Lukoil A.4.1 
 8. Gruev, Rilski S.3.7 
 9. Heath, Lukoil A.3.7 
 10. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Crowe, Levski2.4 
 2. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 3. Dimitrov, Spartak2.0 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.1.9 
 5. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.8 
 6. Finzgar, Tundja1.7 
 7. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.6 
 8. Lilov, Rilski S.1.6 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.5 
 10. James, Lukoil A.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.3 
 3. Varbanov, Tundja1.1 
 4. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.8 
 5. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 6. Iliev, Cherno More0.7 
 7. Petkov, Tundja0.7 
 8. Cole, Levski0.7 
 9. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.6 
 10. Zahariev, Chernomo.0.5 


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  CHINA   


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 19-1 
 2. DongGuan 17-4 
 3. Guandong 15-6 
 4. Jiangsu 12-9 
 5. Beijing 12-9 
 6. Bayi 12-9 
 7. Zhejiang G.L. 12-9 
 8. Shandong 10-10 
 9. Liaoning 10-11 
 10. Zhejiang C. 10-11 
 11. Foshan 8-12 
 12. Jilin 8-13 
 13. Shanghai 8-13 
 14. Qingdao DS 8-13 
 15. Shanxi Zh. 6-14 
 16. Fujian 5-16 
 17. TianJin R. 4-16 


Chinese Players Excel In Tournament Statistics - by Arthur Volbert
Chinese players finished high in several statistical categories in the Turk Telecom International Under-16 Tournament in Ankara.

Zhou Qi, the outstanding young center who dominated this tournament, was second in scoring with 20.5 ppg. He was tied for fourth in rebounds per game with 10.3. He was first in blocks with 5.4 per game two blocks per game higher than the second-place finisher. Point guard Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) was first in assists with a 6.3 average, 1.3 per game ahead of his nearest rival. He was second in steals with 3.6 per game. Guo Xiaopeng was seventh in scoring with 16.1 per game.

China's junior players have shown a vast improvement starting with the players listed as born in 1993. There was a fallow period in the 1980's while China changed from its domestic way of playing basketball to the international way of playing basketball. China players actually seemed to decrease in basketball skill while China cast off the old ways and figured out how to play in the new way. But we now may be ready to see China keep rising in the basketball world.

Will it rise to where it is the equal of teams like Spain and Argentina, who continually finish near the top in international competitions? Will it be like the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union who were a half-level above everyone but the USA? Or will it one day rival or surpass the USA's national teams? Time will tell.

Today's Games:
Championship
China beat Turkey 67-66

Classification for 3rd and 4th
Germany beat France 53-51

Classification for 5th and 6th Place
Slovenia beat Russia 93-79

Classification for 7th and 8th Place
Ukraine beat Bulgaria 81-69

Classification for 9th qnd 10th Place
Puerto Rico beat Romania 59-51

Classification for 11th and 12th Place
Georgia beat Iran 80-66

Tournament Standings
1. China
2. Turkey
3. Germany
4. France
5. Slovenia
6. Russia
7. Ukraine
8. Bulgaria
9. Puerto Rico
10.Romania
11.Georgia
12.Iran




China Wins! China Wins! China Wins! - by Arthur Volbert
Zhou Qi (215-C-96) scored 30 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked 8 shots as China shocked host Turkey 67-66 to win the Turk Telecom Under-16 Tournament. Zhou hit 9 of 13 shots and 12 of 15 free throws. He certainly shows the promise of following Yao Ming and Wang Zhizhi as a dominant Chinese center.

Zhao Jiwei had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and looks like a very good point guard. Guo Xiaopeng had 9 points and 2 rebounds and is a third very promising player on this team. Dogukan Sanli had 19 points and 4 rebounds for Turkey. Cedi Osman had 12 points and 4 assists.

China led 18-13 after one quarter, 33-26 at the half and 51-38 after three quarters. Turkey rallied furiously in the fourth quarter but China held on for victory. This is China's first victory in basketball at any level in a major international tournament with teams from outside of Asia.




Three-overtime battle sends China U16 to the Final - by Eurobasket News
China U16-Germany U16 94:90 3 OT

No matter how tough and fascinating will be the Final game at the Youth International tournament in Turkey, the most interesting game was already played in the campaign. The game between China and Germany needed three extra periods as Asian team remained undefeated with 94:90 victory due to one player with the name Zhou Qi (215-C-96).
Germany opened the game with 18-14 and surprised one of the favorites for Gold medals. China however replied with 17-13 to tie the game at the halftime. It seemed that the game would be over after Germany erupted with 24-10 in the third period to shock Chinese squad. The latter needed to create a 27-13 burst for the equal numbers on the board after 4 quarters. The first extra period brought 4-4, while the teams nailed 9 points each in the second. Only in the third overtime Chinese team grabbed the important win.
Zhou Qi recorded 41 points, 28 rebounds, 15 blocks and 7 steals to shock all the fans, scouters, spectators. Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) collected 14 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 steals, while Pan Ning (210-C-95) added 13. David Taylor (186-G-95) ended up with 26 points in defeat and Ismet Akpinar (184-G-95) added 25.

China U16: Zhou Qi 41+28 rebs+15 blocks+7 steals, Zhao Jiwei 14+8 rebs+8 ast+8 steals, Pan Ning 13
Germany U16: David Taylor 26, Ismet Akpinar 25




Zhejiang Defeats Tianjin 104-97 - by Arthur Volbert
Zhejiang defeated Tianjin 104-97. Williams Marcus (201-F-86, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Arizona) had 38 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Ding Jinhui had 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks. Josh Boone had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Zhang Dayu had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Chunjun had 9 points and 4 rebounds.

Vernon Hamilton had 36 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Tianjin. Herve Lamizana had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Xu Lei had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Nan had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Zhang Ji had 8 points and 3 rebounds.


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  CYPRUS   


Apollon Gets Payback Against AEL at Home - by Nima Siar
Limassol, Cy

New coach Vasilis Frakias and his new team avenged a loss to AEL last week in the Cyprus Cup by hammering their cross town rivals 95-68. Dante Stiggers scored 18 off the bench going 9/9 shooting.

Joel Jones led all scorers with 19 points 6 reb 3 ast.

Game ball goes to Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83) who finished 10 pts 7 reb.

Game Analysis Coming Soon.

* Stats provided by the Cyprus Basketball Federation *


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  DENMARK   


ALBA and Virum Square off with Different Goals in Mind - by Armen Rhodes
Today's Division 1 game between ALBA and Virum takes on crucial significance, but for completely opposite reasons. Virum enters the game in third place at 11-5, and are hoping to make a late season push toward the first place spot, which is currently occupied by Falcon. Meanwhile, for ALBA, the game represents another crucial match-up to avoid last place in the relegation battle. ALBA currently occupies the last place spot at 3-13, just behind Hobas at 3-12. Making this game even more important for ALBA is the fact that their next game after this is against Herlev, who sits two spots ahead in the table at 4-13 overall.

Rumors of Coaching Sack Swirl in Aalborg as Relegation Series Nears - by Armen Rhodes
According to inside sources, the Aalborg Vikings are intent on sacking current head coach Thomas Quaade. With the team currently in last place with a 3-20 record, this season has been a nightmare for Vikings fans, with the reality of another relegation to 1st Division beginning to settle in.

While the rumour couldn't be confirmed nor denied, inside sources from the league are confident that it will happen in advance of the team's next game against SISU.

Eurobasket sources could not provide information on who the new coach will be, however a few of the names rumoured to be on the short list of candidates to replace Quaade include current assistant Carsten Hermansen; who has been away from the team since early this season; John Staudt; who is currently an assistant on the senior team, as well as being the head coach of the Vikings second division team and Under-20 team; as well as current Danish Under-20/21 national team coach Mads Christensen.

Neither officials from the Aalborg Vikings nor the representatives for any of the rumoured coaching candidates, could be reached for comment.

Eurobasket will be providing updates as the story evolves.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Friday's games - by Eurobasket News
Bakersfield J. - Texas L. 138-134
Stephen Davis (6'4''-F) scored 29 points and Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) added 23 as the Bakersfield Jam outlasted the Texas Legends 138-134 on Friday night at the Jam Events Center. Derrick Byars added 19 points, including four of Bakersfield's 17 3-pointers. The Jam finished 17 of 28 from beyond the arc. Bakersfield led 37-23 after the first quarter and 74-64 at halfime before Texas pulled to within 98-97 entering the fourth. The teams meet again at 7 p.m. today. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

Reno Bighorns - Ft.Wayne MA 102-91
Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina) had a game-high 28 points as the Reno Bighorns defeated the Mad Ants 102-91 Friday before 2,564 fans at the Reno Events Center. In a game with 10 lead changes and four ties, the Mad Ants closed to within 82-79 with 7:55 remaining, but the Bighorns slowly pulled away from there. Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) and D-League All-Star Walker Russell Jr. led Fort Wayne (14-18) with 21 points each. Huntington North and Purdue product Chris Kramer had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and 3 steals. Marvin Phillips had 9 points and 11 rebounds. The Bighorns (21-12) shot 46.3 percent (38 of 82) from the field and 37.5 percent (6 of 16) on three-pointers. The Mad Ants shot 34.7 from the field (33 of 95) and 16 from behind the arc (4 of 25). It was second straight loss for Fort Wayne which is 2-11 in its last 13 games. The teams play again at 10 p.m. today. *Courtesy of www.journalgazette.com

Sioux Falls S. - Idaho S. 115-125
The Idaho Stampede defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 125-115 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Friday night. Sioux Falls trailed by just one point (87-86) heading into the final quarter but surrendered a season-high 38 fourth-quarter points to end a modest two-game winning streak. Sioux Falls (5-23) led 28-23 after the first quarter behind 16 points from NBA D-League All-Star Patrick Ewing, Jr. Idaho (12-19) outscored Sioux Falls 36-26 in the second quarter to take a 59-54 halftime lead. Former Skyforce forward Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) had a strong first half for the Stampede with 14 points on 7-of-11 field goals. Idaho pushed the lead to double digits (66-56) early in the second half but Sioux Falls would not go away and only trailed by two points (76-74) following a dunk by Ewing, Jr. that brought the crowd to their feet. There were eight lead changes in the first five minutes of the final stanza but Idaho controlled the final seven minutes to pick up their second straight road win. Davidson finished with 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field to go along with eight rebounds. Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) scored 23 points while Portland Trail Blazers assignee Armon Johnson added 22 points and six assists off the bench. Ewing, Jr. recorded season-highs in points (29) and rebounds (16) to lead the Skyforce. David Bailey contributed 25 points and seven assists while Raymond Sykes posted 16 points off the bench. The same two teams tangle tomorrow night at the Sioux Falls Arena at 7 p.m. CT. *Courtesy of D-League

Iowa E. - Dakota W. 125-123
Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) exploded for 34 points as the Iowa Energy held off a late rally to defeat the Dakota Wizards 125-123 Friday night. Iowa jumped out to a 66-49 halftime lead and appeared to be in control of the game. Dakota cut the lead to 92-78 heading into the 4th, setting up their improbably comeback. Dakota, who was led by reserve Chris Ayer's 20 point effort, cut the Energy lead to two points several times late in the game. With 2.0 seconds left, and the Energy clinging to a 124-123 lead, Iowa forward Michael Haynes went to the free throw line for two shots. Haynes' first shot fell short. He made the second to put the Energy up two. After a Dakota timeout, the Wizards found big man Chris Johnson open near the top of the key. The 6'11' center, who recently returned from a stint with the Portland Trailblazers, missed an 18-footer. Neither team could corral the rebound, and the buzzer sounded giving the Energy the win. Iowa has now been in 1st place in their division for 133 consecutive games. Chicago Bulls assignee James Johnson and point guard Curtis Stinson each scored 26 points for Iowa, which improves to 24-9 on the year. Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan) added 21 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Javaris Crittenton registered a double-double (13 points, 10 assists) for the Wizards, who fall to 11-22 on the season. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Maine RC - Springfield A. 90-80
It should have been a night the Springfield Armor could savor. And it would have been, too, if they had been able to hang on to an 11-point lead. Not just one of them, but a pair. As it was, the Armor fell to the Maine Red Claws, 90-80, before a sellout crowd of 3,045 at the Portland Expo. Springfield is 0-9 in two seasons worth of trips here, although it will have another opportunity on Sunday to finally taste victory here. Leading by one point after three quarters, the Armor fell hard in the fourth quarter beneath the weight of a 13-2 Red Claw run. Maine's DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88, college: Michigan) led all scores with 25 points, and helped send the Armor to their seventh loss in their last eight tries, the exception being their 96-86 win over Maine on Thursday at the MassMutual Center. This one started far differently that it began. The Armor enjoyed a strong first half, and led 29-24 after the first quarter, then took a 51-41 advantage into halftime. After trailing in the early moments, Springfield seized the lead with an 11-0 run that put the Armor up 18-10 with 4:59 left in the first quarter. Newly signed small forward Tony Bobbitt, a former Red Claw, helped fuel the run with a long three-pointer after taking a no-look feed from JamesOn Curry (team high 18 points). Maine cut the margin to two points, 32-20, early in the second quarter, but the Armor promptly ran off a 13-4 skein that featured points contributions from five different players. Springfield fell apart in the third quarter, losing the lead altogether in the face of an 18-4 Red Claw run. The Armor managed to stop the bleeding, and by the end of the quarter, had eased back in front, 66-65. For the Armor, however, was as good as it would get. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Tulsa 66ers - Utah F. 88-96
A week ago, Tulsa needed a strong finish to hold off the Utah Flash. On Friday night at the Convention Center, it was the Flash who finished strong. Utah outscored Tulsa 28-19 in the final period, including a 10-2 run to open the quarter, on its way to a 96-88 victory over the 66ers in NBA Development League action. The loss was Tulsa's first at home since Dec. 17. After winning a team-record 14 consecutive games in December and January, the 66ers have now dropped three of their last four outings, including two of three February contests, to fall to 23-9 on the season. With Tulsa clinging to a one-point lead entering the final quarter, Utah's Tony Gaffney (6'9''-F-84, college: Massachusetts) began controlling the middle. The center scored four of the Flash's first six points in the quarter to set the tone and finished by hitting six of his 12 points in the quarter to lead Utah (15-15). The 66ers started slow, hitting just one of their first 11 shots. When Byron Mullens hit a turnaround jumper in the lane to pull Tulsa within 13-9 at the 3:00 mark, it was the 66ers' second field goal in the game's first nine minutes. Mullens would add a dunk near the end of the quarter to knot the game at 17 before Utah's Pape Sy, on assignment from the Atlanta Hawks, drained a 3-pointer to give the Flash the edge after one period. Tulsa would grab the lead early in the second quarter on a driving basket by Garrett Williamson before Utah went on a 13-2 to wrestle back control of the game. Thanks to a late 5-0 run by the 66ers, including a tip-in just before the buzzer by Marcus Lewis, Tulsa trailed Utah 47-42 at intermission. After trailing by as many as 10 points midway through the third quarter, Tulsa took a 69-68 edge heading into the fourth quarter thanks in part to an 8-1 run to end the period. Lewis led the charge, scoring eight of his 14 points in the quarter. Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, college: UAB) paced Tulsa with 21 points while Mullens added 12 points and 12 rebounds. Tulsa and Utah return to action on Saturday at the Convention Center with a rematch at 7 p.m. *Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com




Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 24-9 
 2. Erie Bay H. 21-9 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 14-18 
 4. Dakota W. 11-22 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 5-23 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 23-9 
 2. Tulsa 66ers 23-9 
 3. Texas L. 16-16 
 4. New Mexico 14-19 
 5. Maine RC 13-21 
 6. Austin T. 12-18 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 21-12 
 2. Bakersfield J. 19-12 
 3. Utah F. 15-15 
 4. Idaho S. 12-19 
 5. Springfield A. 10-22 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Toronto R.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.0 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.5 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.20.5 
 4. Brackins, Spring.19.9 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.19.6 
 6. Adrien, Rio Grande19.5 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.19.4 
 8. McNeal, Rio Grande18.3 
 9. Tucker, New Mexico18.3 
 10. Sims, Maine RC18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande11.9 
 2. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.8 
 3. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.7 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.9.6 
 6. Davidson, Idaho S.9.6 
 7. Williams, Texas L.9.4 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.2 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 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.6.2 
 9. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 10. Bailey, Sioux F.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Lofton, Iowa E.2.3 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 5. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 6. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.2.0 
 9. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 10. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.1 
 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. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 7. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 8. Sykes, Sioux F.2.0 
 9. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.8 
 10. Pittman, Sioux F.1.8 


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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 10-13 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 8-15 
 8. Parnu 5-19 
 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. Erm, Rapla17.1 
 4. Raap, Parnu16.5 
 5. Brown, Va.16.0 
 6. Raadik, Parnu15.3 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.1 
 8. Osby, TT.14.8 
 9. Kuuba, Voru KK14.6 
 10. Tagamets, Va.14.6 
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, Rapla9.8 
 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, Parnu6.7 
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. Ringmets, Rapla2.6 
 9. Karner, Parnu2.5 
 10. Archibald, TT.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 2. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 5. Doronin, TU/Rock2.2 
 6. Karner, Parnu2.0 
 7. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 8. Pilk, TT.1.8 
 9. Dorbek, Rakvere1.8 
 10. Erm, Rapla1.8 
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. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Raadik, TU/Rock0.8 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 


EMKL Round 24: TTU/Kalev II is defeated by Kalev/Cramo in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#2) and TTU/Kalev II (#7). TTU/Kalev II was defeated at home 66-75 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 44-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kalev/Cramo outrebounded TTU/Kalev II 45-30 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by TTU/Kalev II helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and power forward Kristjan Kitsing (201-90) who added 16 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Kalev/Cramo have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-3 record having just -1 point less than leader TU/Rock. TTU/Kalev II at the other side keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Kalev/Cramo are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Voru KK (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TTU/Kalev II will play against the league's leader TU/Rock in Tartu and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Rakvere. One of their biggest challengers host BC Rakvere (12-12) was smashed by third ranked TTU/Kalev (16-5) 101-70. The winners were led by American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) who scored that evening 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and Casey Archibald supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Even 19 points by American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) did not help to save the game for BC Rakvere. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TTU/Kalev have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-5 record having seven points less than leader TU/Rock. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
EMKL top team - TU/Rock (21-2) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Voru KK (1-23) in Tartu 116-43. The best player for the winners was Rain Veideman who scored 18 points. TU/Rock's coach Indrek Visnapuu felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Allar Velleramm who recorded 9 points and 6 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-2 record. Voru KK lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 23 lost games. TU/Rock will meet at home TTU/Kalev II (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Voru KK will play against KK Parnu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Parnu was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Rapla (10-13) played at the court of 8th ranked KK Parnu (5-19). Rapla defeated KK Parnu 88-74. It was a good game for Raido Ringmets who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Newly promoted Rapla maintains sixth position with 10-13 record. KK Parnu lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 19 games lost. Rapla will have a break next round. KK Parnu will play on the road against Voru KK (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



TTU/Kalev II - Kalev/Cramo 66-75

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#2) and TTU/Kalev II (#7). TTU/Kalev II was defeated at home 66-75 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 44-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kalev/Cramo outrebounded TTU/Kalev II 45-30 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by TTU/Kalev II helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and power forward Kristjan Kitsing (201-90) who added 16 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. Kalev/Cramo have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-3 record having just -1 point less than leader TU/Rock. TTU/Kalev II at the other side keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Kalev/Cramo are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Voru KK (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TTU/Kalev II will play against the league's leader TU/Rock in Tartu and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev II: A.Arnold 16+14reb, M.Kaja 12+1reb, M.Paiste 10, K.Keres 9+1reb, K.Akenparg 8+6reb+1ast, M.Kurg 7+2reb
Kalev/Cramo: K.Kitsing 16+12reb, R.Keerles 12+15reb+2ast, G.Dorbek 11+5reb, R.Tamm 11+3reb+3ast, G.Arbet 10, K.Orula 5+2reb
gschID: 119565


Rakvere - TTU/Kalev 70-101

The game between Top Four teams took place in Rakvere. One of their biggest challengers host BC Rakvere (12-12) was smashed by third ranked TTU/Kalev (16-5) 101-70. The game was mostly controlled by TTU/Kalev. BC Rakvere was better in second period 31-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TTU/Kalev dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to BC Rakvere's 38 and made 25-of-33 charity shots (75.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded BC Rakvere 42-31 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. BC Rakvere was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) who scored that evening 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and Canadian guard Casey Archibald (195-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five TTU/Kalev players scored in double figures. Even 19 points by American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) did not help to save the game for BC Rakvere. Canadian-Jamaican forward Richard Anderson (199-77, college: Simon Fraser) added 11 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TTU/Kalev have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-5 record having seven points less than leader TU/Rock. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rakvere: M.Hall 19+4reb+3ast, R.Anderson 11+6reb+1ast, R.Vaikulis 8+2reb+4ast, O.Metsalu 7+2reb, M.Dorbek 7+2reb, V.Viljar 6+3reb
TTU/Kalev: B.Osby 23+9reb+1ast, C.Archibald 16+5reb+3ast, K.Makke 14+1reb+1ast, M.Klementsov 12+6reb, E.Keedus 12+4reb+1ast, I.Pilk 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 119566


Parnu - Rapla 74-88

The game in Parnu was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Rapla (10-13) played at the court of 8th ranked KK Parnu (5-19). Rapla defeated KK Parnu 88-74. It looked good early as KK Parnu took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rapla had a 26-16 second period charge getting the lead and KK Parnu was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-88. Rapla made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded KK Parnu 53-29 including a 36-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for power forward Raido Ringmets (204-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Heigo Erm (190-80) contributed with 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Taavi Hamarsalu (199-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and guard Martin Paasoja (189-93) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for KK Parnu. Four Rapla and five KK Parnu players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Rapla maintains sixth position with 10-13 record. KK Parnu lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 19 games lost. Rapla will have a break next round. KK Parnu will play on the road against Voru KK (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Parnu: T.Hamarsalu 16+11reb, M.Paasoja 15+6reb+1ast, T.Raadik 14+3reb+4ast, R.Raap 13+4reb+4ast, R.Karner 12+2reb+1ast, K.Voolaid 4+3reb
Rapla: H.Erm 25+5reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 21+14reb+3ast, M.Parn 15+9reb+4ast, F.Talts 13+3reb, A.Antson 6+5reb, I.Kajupank 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 119567


TU/Rock - Voru KK 116-43

EMKL top team - TU/Rock (21-2) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Voru KK (1-23) in Tartu 116-43. The game without a history. TU/Rock led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Voru KK's 30. TU/Rock forced 35 Voru KK turnovers. The best player for the winners was international guard Rain Veideman (192-91) who scored 18 points. International forward Tanel Kurbas (197-88) chipped in 14 points. Five TU/Rock players scored in double figures. TU/Rock's coach Indrek Visnapuu felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Allar Velleramm (191-87) who recorded 9 points and 6 rebounds and forward Silver Kuuba (198-74) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-2 record. Voru KK lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 23 lost games. TU/Rock will meet at home TTU/Kalev II (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Voru KK will play against KK Parnu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Voru KK: T.Zupsman 11+3reb, A.Velleramm 9+6reb+1ast, T.Kimask 8+5reb+1ast, M.Niklus 8+3reb, S.Kuuba 6+8reb+2ast, E.Asi 1+4reb
TU/Rock: R.Veideman 18+2reb+3ast, T.Kurbas 14+2reb+1ast, G.Tsintsadze 13+1ast, S.Leppik 13+2reb+1ast, A.Paade 12+4reb, S.Sokk 12+1reb+4ast
gschID: 119564




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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Three times over 100 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 34: Four contests tonight and three teams scoring over 100 points when winning. Karhu (Kauhajoki) scored the most pts, that is 107 vs YMCA Lahti
and kept visitors in 80 pts. The victory means, Kauhajoki has now excellent chances to make the play-off-games and Lahti has it difficult to make it among the eight best.
Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) again game MVP (28pts/11rbs) and Walt Baxley (191-G-84, college: Mars Hill) adding 27 pts (treys 7/12). In Tampere local Pyrinto defeated Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 104-89. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) led the hosts with 26 pts and seven assists. In Joensuu Kataja beat Tarmo (Porvoo) 104-90. Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, agency: Court Side) led Kataja with 21 pts and Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) gave 10 assists. Aubrey Conerly (182-G-83, college: Jacksonville) (Tarmo) netted game high 26 pts. And Kouvot (Kouvola) lost at home vs Honka (Espoo) 91-94 after leading during the half time 56-40. Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) led Kouvot with 25 pts and Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) Honka with 23 pts.

Kauhajoki - YMCA Lahti 107-80 (48-40). (Jeremiah Wood 28/11, Walt Baxley 27, Vesa Makalainen 21 - Roope Suonio 23, Anthony Vereen 16, Ryan Ayers 13).
Pyrinto - Torpan Pojat 104-89 (49-47). (Kenneth Lowe 26/7a, Damon Williams 20, Anthony Williams 19 - LaVell Blanchard 27/15, Pyry Rainamaa 13, Michael Pounds 11).
Kataja - Tarmo 104-90 (56-43). (Darren Fells 21, Sami Lehtoranta 19/10, Jared Newson 19 - Aubrey Conerly 26/5a, Jonathan Heard 20, Jerrah Young 14).
Kouvot - Honka 91-94 (56-40). (Josh Gonner 25, Antto Nikkarinen 16, BA Walker 14 - Jamar Wilson 23/5a, John Williamson 20, Jukka Matinen 16).




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  FRANCE   


Semaine des As: ASVEL and Chalon join Gravelines and Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL and Chalon advanced to the French Cup Semifinals (Semaine des As 2011). The team from Lyon-Villeurbanne had to work very hard to beat Nancy 108-107 and they needed an overtime to do it. Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) was a key player for the winners collecting 26 points and 8 rebounds. Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) had 25 points and 6 boards, while Kim Tillie (211-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) added 21 pts and 5 rebs. In Nancy, Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) shined with 25 points and 7 rebs.
Chalon booked a spot for the Semifinals thanks to 80-67 win against Hyeres-Toulon. Chalon made 25-16 in the last period to take the victory. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Alade Aminu (208-F-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 13 points, plus 5 boards. In defeat, Rick Hughes (204-C/F-73, agency: Interperformances, college: Thomas More) netted 18 pts.
Both Semifinals are scheduled for today (Gravelines-Dunkerque - Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Chalon - ASVEL).


Turkey U16 reaches the Final - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16-France U16 61:50

Turkey U16 reaches the Final of the home tournament in Gaziantep. The hosts overcame France U16 61:50 in the European Semifinal game. It was a defensive start as both teams tried to pay more attention at their side of the court. Turkey started with 8-5 and then the game was tied at the halftime. France produced 17-14 in the second period for 32:32 on the board. The second half however belonged to only one. Turkey won the third period 14-11 and then finished the game with 25-17 in the last frame.
Cedi Osman (193-G-95) paced all the winners with 12 points for the Final birth. Dogukan Sanli and Kartal Ozmizrak (181-G-95) followed him with 11 points as Turkey will face China in the Final on Sunday. Arthur Rozenfeld (175-G-95) ended up with 10 points in the loisng effort as France will take on Germany U16 for the third place. Olivier Yao-Delon (193-G-95) and Paul Rigot (199-G-95) posted 9 each in defeat.

Turkey U16: Cedi Osman 12, Dogukan Sanli (190-G-95) 11, Kartal Ozmizrak 11
France U16: Arthur Rozenfeld 10, Olivier Yao-Delon 9, Paul Rigot 9



Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 24
 1. Blair, Denek24.0 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy18.5 
 3. Petrovic, St Et.18.2 
 4. Pridotkas, Brest17.7 
 5. Blot, Blois17.4 
 6. James, Challans16.6 
 7. Lesieu, St Quentin16.0 
 8. Ford, Bordeaux15.8 
 9. Disy, Roche15.4 
 10. Laroche, St Ch.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Simmons, St Et.9.4 
 2. Pasut, Sorgues8.4 
 3. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 4. Lesieu, St Quentin7.8 
 5. Kennedy, Orchy7.8 
 6. Alingue, Souffel7.8 
 7. Hoard, Lievin7.7 
 8. Brocheray, Denain7.7 
 9. Lopez, Brest7.5 
 10. Roberts, Brest7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre BROCHARD
  Blois
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Brochard, Blois6.4 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy5.8 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.4.8 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.3 
 5. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.2 
 6. Sauret, Denain4.1 
 7. Rambur, St Quentin4.0 
 8. Thomas, St Etienne3.9 
 9. Driss, Bordeaux3.7 
 10. Tillon, St Chamond3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Blair, Denek2.8 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.1 
 3. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 4. Neri, Roche2.0 
 5. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 6. Roberts, Brest1.7 
 7. Blot, Blois1.7 
 8. Calvez, Denek1.6 
 9. Driss, Bordeaux1.6 
 10. Hoard, Lievin1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 2. Ford, Bordeaux1.8 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 4. Traore, Angers B.1.6 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.4 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.3 
 7. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 
 8. Kennedy, Orchy1.0 
 9. Pourchot, CFBB0.9 
 10. Ipouck, Le Puy0.9 


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Bordeaux 19-3 
 2. Denain 16-5 
 3. Angers BC 49 14-8 
 4. Brest 13-8 
 5. Sorgues 12-9 
 6. St Quentin 12-9 
 7. St Etienne 12-10 
 8. Orchy 11-10 
 9. Denek 11-10 
 10. Blois 11-10 
 11. Souffel 10-11 
 12. Challans 10-11 
 13. Le Puy 10-12 
 14. St Chamond 8-13 
 15. Lievin 8-13 
 16. Get Vosges 7-14 
 17. Roche 5-17 
 18. CFBB 3-19 


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  GEORGIA   


Markoishvili and Shermadini are in the Cup Finals of their respective countries! - by Geo Basket
Cantu clinched the semi-final spot after beating Angelico Biella in the Q-final of the Coppa Italia 86:57. Tonight Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) team faced strong rival Air Avellino which was able eliminate AJ Milano from the competition. Cantu won 82:65 to qualify in the final which will be held tomorrow in the city of Torino against Mens Sana Siena di Montepaschi.

After a great win in the 3rd over time against Krka Novo Mesto (122:113), Giorgi Shermadini's Union Olimpija Ljubljana played against Zlatarog this evening. Thanks to Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) double-double, Olimpija qualified to the final of the Slovenian Cup. 17 rebounds, 10 rebounds, 1 block in 19:45 minutes and also 26 Rkg which appeared highest in both rosters. Olimpija will meet Helios in the final of the Slovenian Cup tomorrow.


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  GERMANY   


John Bynum (TBB Trier) Pregame Thoughts To Phoenix Hagen Game February 13th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket before the game against Phoenix Hagen February 13th.

How important is this next stretch of 4 games where three are at home? Getting wins will get the club on a good way for the playoff standings.

Each game is important especially for us and it is important that we protect our home court for sure. If we plan to make the playoffs each game is a must win for us and it sure feels good not having to travel.

What has been the focus in practice this week?

Transistion defense, pick and role, and just being patient and improving on our team. We just need to pick spots and make Hagen play defense for more than beating their pressure.



What are your memories of the TBB Trier 77-70 win in Hagen earlier this season?

It was a tough game on the road, they were clicking and were on a role at the beginning of the season. They have so many weapons and we were fortunate to get the victory on there home court earlier this season.

Who is the X-factor in the team so far this season?


I think our ex factor is George Evans. George does so many little things for us that go unnoticed. Dont let his old age fool you, he is a unsung hero for our team this season.


What will be key in winning the game? Hagen likes to run and have sharp shooters a dime a dozen?

They will make a couple of runs during the game because they can put points on the board, we just have to with stand the runs and play our game. They can put points on the board but the key will be controlling the tempo and make them play offense and take them out of there comfort zone.




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 and Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City?

Ray Allen has been on of my favorite players for years so I am going with Jesus Shuttlesworth.



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

I'm sure Juan Dixon can fit into any system he is in. He is a great player and has experience at a high level. He will help them out in a lot of ways.

What is up with your bowling? From what teammate should you get lessions from?lol


All I can say is that it was a rough night and yea no comment.. im sure the guys reading this are all laughing about this one... lmao.



Thanks John for the chat.



Three-overtime battle sends China U16 to the Final - by Eurobasket News
China U16-Germany U16 94:90 3 OT

No matter how tough and fascinating will be the Final game at the Youth International tournament in Turkey, the most interesting game was already played in the campaign. The game between China and Germany needed three extra periods as Asian team remained undefeated with 94:90 victory due to one player with the name Zhou Qi (215-C-96).
Germany opened the game with 18-14 and surprised one of the favorites for Gold medals. China however replied with 17-13 to tie the game at the halftime. It seemed that the game would be over after Germany erupted with 24-10 in the third period to shock Chinese squad. The latter needed to create a 27-13 burst for the equal numbers on the board after 4 quarters. The first extra period brought 4-4, while the teams nailed 9 points each in the second. Only in the third overtime Chinese team grabbed the important win.
Zhou Qi recorded 41 points, 28 rebounds, 15 blocks and 7 steals to shock all the fans, scouters, spectators. Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) collected 14 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 steals, while Pan Ning (210-C-95) added 13. David Taylor (186-G-95) ended up with 26 points in defeat and Ismet Akpinar (184-G-95) added 25.

China U16: Zhou Qi 41+28 rebs+15 blocks+7 steals, Zhao Jiwei 14+8 rebs+8 ast+8 steals, Pan Ning 13
Germany U16: David Taylor 26, Ismet Akpinar 25




Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 21-1 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 16-6 
 3. Art.Dragons 14-7 
 4. ALBA 14-8 
 5. NY Phantoms 13-8 
 6. EWE Baskets 13-9 
 7. Telekom Baskets 11-9 
 8. TBB Trier 11-10 
 9. Bremerhaven 11-11 
 10. EnBW L'burg 11-11 
 11. Goettingen 10-11 
 12. ratiopharm 10-12 
 13. Walter Tigers 10-12 
 14. Phoenix Hagen 9-13 
 15. MBC 6-15 
 16. LTi 46ers 6-17 
 17. Bayreuth 5-16 
 18. Duesseldorf 3-18 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 19-1 
 2. Wuerzburg 16-4 
 3. Osnabrueck 13-6 
 4. Chemnitz 13-7 
 5. Crailsheim 12-8 
 6. Braves 11-7 
 7. Kirchheim 11-8 
 8. Karlsruhe 10-10 
 9. Webmoebel 9-10 
 10. Heidelberg 8-10 
 11. Hannover 7-13 
 12. Jena 6-14 
 13. Dragons 6-14 
 14. Freiburg 5-14 
 15. Cuxhaven 5-15 
 16. ETB Wohnbau 5-15 


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Wood, Dt.17.8 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.2 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.7 
 4. Benzing, ratio.15.6 
 5. Allen, ALBA15.5 
 6. Harris, EnBW L.15.4 
 7. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.4 
 8. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.15.1 
 10. Hunt, Telekom .14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.8 
 2. Reiner, Bayreuth8.1 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.8.0 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.9 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.4 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 7. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.9 
 9. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.7 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.8.0 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.5 
 3. Rice, Art.Dragons4.8 
 4. Joyce, TBB Trier4.8 
 5. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.2 
 7. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.1 
 8. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 9. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.1 
 10. Copeland, Bremerha.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.8 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.6 
 5. Wise, Telekom .1.5 
 6. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 7. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 8. Dorris, Phoenix .1.3 
 9. Skinn, NY Phantoms1.3 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.5 
 5. Scott, Goettingen1.3 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 9. Denison, Bremerha.1.0 
 10. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 


Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To Brose Baskets Bamberg Game February 13th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Brose Baskets Bamberg February 13th.

Congrats on the 88-76 win against Oldenburg. You have reached your first BEKO BBL Top 4. How good does it feel and is this the best feeling that you have had this season after a victory?

Every game we win feels good so I am not sure but it is a good feeling to be advancing, hopefully we can keep it going.

At halftime the game was deadlocked at 45-45. What was giving Braunschweig the biggest problems in the first half?

Stoping their guards one on one and the pick and roll.

The third quarter remained tight as no team could break away? Why was no team able to break away?

I think we both had good offensive rhythms going on and we were just playing pretty evenly to that point.

In the fourth quarter, The New Yorker Phantoms were able to pull away and reach the TOP 4. What was key in the fourth quarter for you getting the win?

I think we just made some timely plays, we got some stops when we needed them and made some big shots.

The next game is against The Brose Baskets Bamberg. Are you a tad bit more excited for this game just because you will go there and see the arena where you will play again later in April at the TOP 4?

Every time you get a chance to play the champs you get excited so I just hope we find a way to pull off a victory.

What is your memory of the close 74-71 loss at home against Bamberg?


I just remember them being a good defensive team and Pleiss making a big play at the end.

Bamberg has the best ball movement in the league and one of best defenses. How important will smartness play in this game?

They are a very unselfish team, which I think is the reason they are as good as they are. If we don't play smart it is going to be a long night.

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 and Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City?

Ray Allen


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


I am not sure, they already have a lot of great guards,so it would be interesting to see how they fit him into the system. I am sure he would help though.


Thanks Kev for the chat.



Wayne Bernard (MBC) Pregame Thoughts To Telekom Baskets Bonn Game February 13th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) is a 29 year old 180 cm guard from San Diego that is playing his third season with MBC. He played at Davidson in North Carolina from 1999-2003. His best season was his senior year where he played 27 games averaging 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.4apg. In 2003, he became a professional coming to Europe to play for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan (Israel-Premier L.) playing 10 games and averaging 14.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.5apg, 2.4spg, but got waived and finished the season in Greece for Ilysiakos Athens playing 8 games and averaging 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg. In 2004-2005, he played for Norrkoping Dolphins in Sweden playing 30 games and averaging 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 40.7%, 3-Pts: 30.5%. In 2005-2006, he played for Etoile Charleville-Mezires (France-ProB) playing 34 games averaging 14.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 75.7%, and during the season moved to ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB). In 2006-2007, he played for ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB), French League playing 18 games and averaging 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.6%; , but left in January 2007 and then joined Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 11 games and averaging 14.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 84.4%. In 2007-2008, he stayed with Kouvot Kouvola playing 47 games and averaging 16.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2.2spg, FGP-3 (62.0%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 78.8%. In 2008-2009, he came to Germany to MBC playing 30 games and averaging 14.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 80.4%. He earned 2009 PRO A player of the year honours. Last season, he played 34 games averaging 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 80.8% Wayne spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Telekom Baskets Bonn February 13th.



How has the team digested the tough 73-71 loss against TBB Trier?

The team took the Trier loss pretty tough. We knew we could have won that game, especially since we had a nice lead. So to lose that game was pretty tough mentally but we will bounce back.

What did the team learn from this loss?

From this loss, our team learned that we must control and secure games, especially when we are ahead.

What memories do you have from the strong 73-56 win at home?

The memories I have from our earlier meeting against Bonn was our confidence through the game. We were making defense stops, and executing nicely on offense. Hopefully we can do the same on Sunday

What will MBC have to keep in mind most when playing this team? Will MBC have paid half the rent if they can control Hunt, Wise and Campbell?

When playing this team, we have to keep in mind that they have weapons on all 5 positions on the floor. So we can't lose focus on offense or defense throughout the whole game, because they will take advantage of it. Hunt, Wise, and Campbell are very important to Bonn's success. So containing them will play a vital role in the match.

Who is the X factor in the team of Bonn?

I'd say the X factor for Bonn is Wise.


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

My guess for the NBA 3-point contest winner is Kevin Durant

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

I have no idea. You might want to talk to Alba's management for that one.


Thanks wayne for the chat.


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  GREECE   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Smith, Panellinios18.2 
 2. Marshall, PAOK16.6 
 3. Palacio, Kavala16.2 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 5. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos15.1 
 6. Thompson, Ikaros14.6 
 7. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 8. Kalathis, VAP K.13.8 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris13.8 
 10. McAlarney, Ikaros13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.1 
 2. Smith, Panellinios9.1 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros9.1 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.6 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS7.8 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.5 
 8. Bagaric, Marousi7.4 
 9. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
 10. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos6.2 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.6 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.9 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.4.4 
 6. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 8. Palacio, Kavala3.9 
 9. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.9 
 10. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Marshall, PAOK2.0 
 3. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.9 
 5. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 6. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.8 
 7. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.7 
 8. Papamakarios, Panell.1.6 
 9. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
 10. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bagaric, Marousi2.4 
 2. Simmons, Kavala2.1 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.4 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 
 7. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.7 
 8. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 9. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 
 10. Scott, Peristeri GS0.6 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Andronikos GIZOGIANNIS
  AEK/Argous
  (200-F/C-83)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.17.2 
 2. Michalos, Pagrati17.1 
 3. Kaklamanos, Panele.17.1 
 4. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.9 
 5. Argyropoylos, Apollo.16.7 
 6. Vardavas, Amynta.16.4 
 7. Vasilopoulos, Pagrati16.2 
 8. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.1 
 9. Koupidis, Near East15.8 
 10. Koutroulias, Olimp.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fragiskos AMATO
  Near East
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Amato, Near East8.9 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.8.6 
 3. Koutroulias, Olimp.8.2 
 4. Kartelo, AE.8.1 
 5. Latovic, AGOR7.7 
 6. Macheras, Pagrati7.5 
 7. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.1 
 8. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.7.1 
 9. Jovanovic, KAOD7.0 
 10. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.6 
 2. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.8 
 3. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada4.4 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.4 
 5. Katsares, KAOD4.2 
 6. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR3.9 
 7. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.8 
 8. Apostolopoul., Koroi.3.7 
 9. Makris, Olimpiada3.6 
 10. Giannakopoul., Lavrio3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos MICHALOS
  Pagrati
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Michalos, Pagrati2.0 
 2. Katsares, KAOD1.9 
 3. Makris, Olimpiada1.7 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.7 
 5. Pettas, Koroivos1.6 
 6. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.6 
 7. Vukantinov, KAOD1.6 
 8. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
 9. Sourlis, KAOD1.3 
 10. Magounis, AGOR1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kartelo, AE.2.2 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.2.1 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.6 
 4. Kasabalis, AE.1.1 
 5. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 6. Psathas, Apollon .0.9 
 7. Papachristos, Periko.0.7 
 8. Kotrotsios, Pagrati0.7 
 9. Latovic, AGOR0.7 
 10. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. KAOD 13-1 
 2. AGOR 11-4 
 3. Ikaroi Serron 10-4 
 4. Panelefsiniakos 9-5 
 5. Lavrio 9-5 
 6. Arkadikos 8-6 
 7. Ermis Lagkada 7-7 
 8. Amyntas Dafnis 6-8 
 9. Olimpiada 6-8 
 10. AEK/Argous 6-8 
 11. Apollon Patras 6-8 
 12. Periko/Arhelaos 6-9 
 13. Pagrati 5-9 
 14. Koroivos 4-10 
 15. Panerythraikos 4-10 
 16. Near East 3-11 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 17-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 16-1 
 3. Marousi 10-6 
 4. PAOK 9-7 
 5. Kavala 9-7 
 6. Aris 9-8 
 7. VAP Kolossos 8-9 
 8. Panionios 8-9 
 9. Peristeri GS 7-9 
 10. Ikaros 7-10 
 11. Panellinios 5-12 
 12. AEK 4-12 
 13. Ilysiakos 4-13 
 14. Iraklis 3-13 


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  HOLLAND   


Aarts the Animal. - by Frank Turner
For some reason i knew i should've tweeted before last nights game against Weert that Aarts would have a good game for us; because he ended up playing very well for us last night and giving us a lift with big baskets at big moments. This blog is dedicated to this guy because of his greatness in our practice gym! MANNNNNNNNNNN this guy Aarts will give it to any player on this planet in our practice gym! When i say this, I AM NOT JOKING!!

You name him, Aarts will destroy them in any type of scrimmage scenario! Pau Gasol, Shaq, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, or any forward/center in Europe can not guard Aarts in our practice gym. I've seen Aarts score 8 out of 9 points in many different scenarios during practice. And he does it in many ways! For example, he has his signature move, 'the Aarts shuffle reverse layup'. Then he has the under-hand Aarts scoop shot! Also, he can step out and hit a contested free-throw line jumper. Oh and of course he steps out at times and shoots the three ball! He doesn't shoot it in the game because he keeps telling me he's saving it for the playoffs so its not on everyones scouting reports. But when you think of it, he's european so of course he would have a jumper, and he's part of the 'Dirty Dutch Crew' so people should already know this would be part of his game!

I think i should stop speaking about his moves so that everyone doesn't find out his ways of embarrassing his defenders! It really wouldn't matter if i did continue because YOU still wouldn't be able to guard him in this gym!

Just thought i would clear it up and send out a challenge to any players whop thought they were good and can defend well!

P.S For anyone apart of the Eiffel Towers committee or business club that reads this, i personally think he should have his jersey raised above the practice gym floor for the work he gives out to all defenders!

Follow me via twitter: @king_joffy_jo



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Express L. Round 17: Grindavik loses to Snaefell in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Grindavik. Second-ranked host Grindavik (12-5) lost to first ranked Snaefell (14-3) 90-86. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Grindavik won third quarter 29-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Snaefell won last quarter 22-19. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) stepped up and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and chipped in 22 points and 10 rebounds. American-Italian power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) responded with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 20 rebounds. Grindavik's coach Helgi Jonas Gudfinnsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-3 record. Grindavik lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Keflavik. Snaefell are looking forward to face IR (#7) in Reykjavik in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Grindavik will play on the road against Stjarnan (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Haukar (#5) was upset in Reykjavik by eighth ranked IR 104-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Haukar. American forward Kelly Biedler (196-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) nailed a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds for the winning side and James Bartolotta accounted for 19 points and 7 assists. American guard Semaj Inge (193-87, college: Temple) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for Haukar in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. IR (7-10) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tindastoll. Newly promoted Haukar dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. IR will play against league's leader Snaefell in Stykkisholmur in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Haukar will play at home against Keflavik (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Sauoarkrokur was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Stjarnan (9-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Tindastoll (7-10). Stjarnan defeated Tindastoll 90-78 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Justin Shouse who scored 27 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Sean Cunningham produced 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Stjarnan moved-up to fifth place. Tindastoll at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with IR. Stjarnan will meet at home higher ranked Grindavik (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tindastoll will play against Hamar (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Fourth ranked Keflavik (12-5) crushed at home 10th ranked Fjolnir (5-12) by 31 points 116-85, which is the biggest margin this round. Axel Vilhjalmsson orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keflavik moved-up to third place, which they share with Grindavik. Fjolnir lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Keflavik's next round opponent will be Haukar (#6) in Hafnarfjordur. Fjolnir will play at home against Njardvik (#9) in Njardvik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 17 KR destroyed Njardvik on the opponent's court 91-71.



IR - Haukar 104-86

Haukar (#5) was upset in Reykjavik by eighth ranked IR 104-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Haukar. The game was mostly controlled by IR. Haukar was better in fourth quarter 29-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Haukar outrebounded IR 41-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Kelly Biedler (196-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) nailed a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard James Bartolotta (193-86, college: MIT) accounted for 19 points and 7 assists. American guard Semaj Inge (193-87, college: Temple) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and Dutch-American forward Gerald Robinson (204-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Haukar in the defeat. Five IR and four Haukar players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. IR (7-10) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tindastoll. Newly promoted Haukar dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. IR will play against league's leader Snaefell in Stykkisholmur in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Haukar will play at home against Keflavik (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Haukar: S.Inge 20+10reb+5ast, G.Robinson 15+7reb+1ast, P.Hermannsson 11+2reb, O.Siguraarson 11+4reb, S.Sveinsson 8+5reb, H.Askarsson 8+3reb+1ast
IR: K.Biedler 34+13reb+2ast, N.Sovic 23+3reb, J.Bartolotta 19+2reb+7ast, S.Claesson 12+2reb+3ast, E.Onundarson 11+1reb+2ast, N.Dungal 3+3reb+5ast
gschID: 107881


Tindastoll - Stjarnan 78-90

The game in Sauoarkrokur was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Stjarnan (9-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Tindastoll (7-10). Stjarnan defeated Tindastoll 90-78 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 59-46 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Stjarnan made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) who scored 27 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). FYR Macedonian forward Jovan Zdravevski (197-80) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. American-Dutch guard Sean Cunningham (188-86, college: Cal-Riverside, agency: R.H.Consultancy) produced 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Helgi Viggosson (189-83) added 9 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Stjarnan moved-up to fifth place. Tindastoll at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with IR. Stjarnan will meet at home higher ranked Grindavik (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tindastoll will play against Hamar (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: F.Hreinsson 20+2reb+2ast, S.Cunningham 17+8reb+6ast, H.Fain 11+10reb+5ast, D.Kitanovic 10+6reb, S.Birgisson 9+4reb+1ast, H.Viggosson 9+17reb+4ast
Stjarnan: J.Shouse 27+3reb+3ast, R.Lindmets 14+3reb+2ast, J.Zdravevski 13+6reb+2ast, M.Valdimarsson 12+8reb, D.Guamundsson 9, F.Helgason 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 107882


Keflavik - Fjolnir 116-85

Fourth ranked Keflavik (12-5) crushed at home 10th ranked Fjolnir (5-12) by 31 points 116-85, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Keflavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Keflavik outrebounded Fjolnir 46-33 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Keflavik brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The former international guard Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. American guard Thomas Sanders (191-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Keflavik players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Springer (196-87, college: Cumberland) answered with 26 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Aegir Steinarsson (182-91) added 6 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Fjolnir. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keflavik moved-up to third place, which they share with Grindavik. Fjolnir lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Keflavik's next round opponent will be Haukar (#6) in Hafnarfjordur. Fjolnir will play at home against Njardvik (#9) in Njardvik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: B.Springer 26+6reb+1ast, T.Tomasson 16+1reb+1ast, J.Sverrisson 11+2reb+1ast, A.Guamundsson 9+1reb+3ast, A.Bennett 7+7reb+1ast, A.Steinarsson 6+9reb+11ast
Keflavik: T.Sanders 19+2reb+4ast, G.Einarsson 16+2reb+3ast, G.Aorsteinsson 14+6reb+2ast, M.Gunnarsson 14+3reb+5ast, J.Hafsteinsson 10+6reb+1ast, A.Vilhjalmsson 9+8reb+9ast
gschID: 107877


Grindavik - Snaefell 86-90

The game between Top Four teams took place in Grindavik. Second-ranked host Grindavik (12-5) lost to first ranked Snaefell (14-3) 90-86. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Grindavik won third quarter 29-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Snaefell won last quarter 22-19. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) stepped up and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and chipped in 22 points and 10 rebounds. Four Snaefell players scored in double figures. American-Italian power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) responded with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 20 rebounds and American guard Kevin Sims (178-88, college: Tulane, agency: Strategic Sports) scored 17 points and 7 assists. Grindavik's coach Helgi Jonas Gudfinnsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-3 record. Grindavik lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Keflavik. Snaefell are looking forward to face IR (#7) in Reykjavik in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Grindavik will play on the road against Stjarnan (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: R.Pettinella 35+20reb+3ast, K.Sims 17+1reb+7ast, O.Olafsson 9+4reb+6ast, T.Olafsson 8+4reb+6ast, O.Savarsson 7+8reb, M.Soskic 6+2reb+1ast
Snaefell: J.Olafur Jonsson 26+8reb+3ast, Z.Bojovic 22+10reb+2ast, S.Burton 16+6reb+9ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 15+5reb+3ast, A.Hreinsson 6+2reb+1ast, S.Daviasson 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 107878


Njardvik - KR 71-91

Very expected game when 9th ranked Njardvik (6-11) was crushed at home by second ranked KR (13-4) 91-71. The game was mostly controlled by KR. Njardvik was better in third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KR forced 25 Njardvik turnovers. The former international swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. American guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St.) contributed with 21 points for the winners. The former international guard Johann Alafsson (195-86) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and the former international forward Pall Kristinsson (201-76, college: USC Upstate) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Njardvik. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KR have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-4 record behind leader Snaefell. Njardvik at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. KR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Reykjavik KFI.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: J.Alafsson 19+4reb+4ast, J.Moore 15+3reb+3ast, P.Kristinsson 11+11reb+2ast, C.Smith 8+2reb+1ast, N.Tomasevic 7+4reb+1ast, H.Jonsson 5+8reb+2ast
KR: M.Walker 21+4reb+1ast, P.Ermolinskij 19+9reb+9ast, B.Bjoernsson 12+2reb+4ast, F.Alafsson 8+4reb, F.Magnusson 8+6reb+1ast, H.Magnusson 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 107880




Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Snaefell 14-3 
 2. KR 13-4 
 3. Grindavik 12-5 
 4. Keflavik 12-5 
 5. Stjarnan 9-8 
 6. Haukar 8-9 
 7. IR 7-10 
 8. Tindastoll 7-10 
 9. Njardvik 6-11 
 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, Haukar22.8 
 5. Biedler, IR21.8 
 6. Smith, Grindavik21.6 
 7. Bartolotta, IR21.3 
 8. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 9. Walker, KR20.8 
 10. Amoroso, Snaefell20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Robinson, Haukar14.1 
 2. Biedler, IR12.5 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.5 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik11.2 
 5. Amoroso, Snaefell10.3 
 6. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 7. Fain, Tindastoll10.3 
 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, KR8.3 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.5 
 4. Smith, Grindavik7.0 
 5. Burton, Snaefell6.5 
 6. Cunningham, Tinda.5.6 
 7. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan5.3 
 9. Inge, Haukar5.1 
 10. Schoen, KFI5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Inge, Haukar3.3 
 2. Fain, Tindastoll3.3 
 3. Schoen, KFI3.1 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.7 
 6. Rivers, Tindastoll2.6 
 7. Milicevic, KFI2.6 
 8. Biedler, IR2.6 
 9. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.5 
 10. Ermolinskij, KR2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.1 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR2.0 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.8 
 5. Pettinella, Grindavik1.6 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.5 
 7. Sanders, Keflavik1.5 
 8. Aorsteinsson, Kefla.1.4 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.3 
 10. Hafsteinsson, Fjolnir1.3 


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  INDIA   


Federation Cup results-Southern Railway proves its strength again - by M. Rajalingam

Southern Railway proved its strength under its captain, Geethu Anna Jose. She scored 19 points to take Southern Railway to a winning streak. Southern Railway will be playing against Kerala in the final match in the groupings in Pool A. Both Southern Railway and Kerala have both scored 2 wins each.

MATCH RESULTS

Mens pool A

K.S.E.B.- 86 (Ajeeth Sugunan 29, Albin Baby 18 ,Ajith V.G. 19 ) bt HYDERABAD DISTRICT-83 (S.T. Murali Krishna 26, Soumya Ranjan 21)

Mens pool B
O.N.G.C.-66 (Trideep Rai 20, Riyaz Uddin 16 ) bt BHILAI STEEL PLANT-61 (Ankit Panigarhi 17, Ajay Pratap Singh 14, Sameer Kumar Roy 13, Kiran Pal Singh 10 )

IOB,CHENNAI 72 (Mihir panday 23, Pratham Singh 13, Abhilekh Paul 12) bt VIJYA BANK-64 (Murali Mohan 20, Srimmas Nayak 14)

Womens pool A
SOUTHERN RAILWAY-77
(Geethu Anna Jose 19, Ranjini Peter 13) bt ANDHRA PRADESH-50 (Neethu Kr. 27, Manda Meshram 13)

Womens pool B
CHHATTISGARH-100 (Anju Lakra 30,Pushpa M. 24, Seema Singh 20 ) bt MAHARASHTRA-75 (Smriti 15, Shireen Limaye 14, Sneha Rajguru 12 )




KSE BOARD TRIVANDRUM MENS TEAM -FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - by M. Rajalingam

Here's the team roster of KSE BOARD TRIVANDRUM Men's team in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH

KSE BOARD TRIVANDRUM MENS TEAM

Coach: Antony Stephen
Manager: John mathai

Players:
4. Umesh Krishnan
5. Ajith.V.G
6. Ajeeth Sugunan
7. Renjith.M
8. Nikhil.K.R
9. Albin Baby
10.Shabu Kumar
11. Jomon Jose
12. Anoop Devassia
13. Francis Assissi
14. Abhilash.S.B
15. Ratheesh.C.V (captain)




WESTERN RAILWAY MENS TEAM -FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - by M. Rajalingam

Here's the team roster of WESTERN RAILWAY Men's team in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH

WESTERN RAILWAY MENS TEAM

Coach: Sanjay Vashistha
Manager: Satish Vajpai

Players:
4. Param Hans Singh
5. Arjun Singh
7. Prakash Mishra
8. Arvind Singh Rawat
9. Vishesh Braguvashi
10.Gagandep Singh
12. Rahul Dev Tyagi
13. P.Ethiraj
14. Yadwinder Singh
15. Jasjit Singh



HYDERABAD MENS TEAM -FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - by M. Rajalingam

Here's the team roster of HYDERABAD Men's team in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH

HYDERABAD MENS TEAM

Coach: K.Jagannatha Reddy
Assistant coach: G.Srinivas Rao
Manager: B.Satyanarayana

Players:
4. J.Krishna Kanna
5. M.Raghuveer
6. S.Thomas
7. S.Mallaiah
8. CH.Navven Kumar
9. M.Vijay Kumar
10. P.B.Srinath (captain)
11. Samson Xavier
12. M.V.Ranga Reddy
13. Sowmya Ranjan Rath
14. V.Srinath Raghunath
15. S.T.Murali Krishna



Team Groupings Federation Cup 2011 - by M. Rajalingam

The team groupings, that is followed in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH, are given below:

GROUPINGS
MEN
POOL A
Western Railway
Indian Army
Hyderabad Dist
K.S.E.B

POOL B
IOB Chennai
ONGC
Bhilai Steel Plant
Vijaya Bank, Bangalore

WOMEN
POOL A
Southern Railway
Karnataka
Kerala
Andhra Pradesh

POOL B
Delhi
Chhattisgarh
Tamil Nadu
Maharashtra

The matches will be played in the league format in the pool selections. The first two ranked teams in the polls will get qualified for the semi-finals.




ONGC MENS TEAM -FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - by M. Rajalingam

Here's the team roster of ONGC Men's team in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH

ONGC MENS TEAM

Coach: Rajendra Singh Rathore
Assistant coach: Dr.Rajkumar Dube
Manager: S.V.S.Shekawat

Players:
4. Dinesh Kumar
5. Suresh Kumar
6. Murali Krishna.R
7. S.Sridhar
8. Anoop.M
9. Desraj
10.Nishant Kumar
11. Mohit Bhandari
12. Trideep Rai
13. M.S.Shabeer Ahmed
14. Amit Kumar Singh
15. Riyazuddin




VIJAYA BANK MENS TEAM -FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - by M. Rajalingam

Here's the team roster of VIJAYA BANK Men's team in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH

VIJAYA BANK MENS TEAM

Manager: Rajkumar

Players:
4. Sstalin
5. Srinivas Nayak
6. Murali Mohan
7. Gawtham (captain)
8. Basavaraj
9. Srinivas Gowda
10.Roshan Tangachan
11. Ashraf Ali
12. Rajesh
13. Arvind
14. Austin Dalmeida
15. Rony Zacaria



INDIAN ARMY MENS TEAM -FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - by M. Rajalingam

Here's the team roster of INDIAN ARMY Men's team in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH

INDIAN ARMY MENS TEAM

Coach: Rajinder Singh
Assistant coach: Pawan Kumar
Manager: Y.Tripathi

Players:
4. Sambhaji Kadam
5. N.Kumar
6. Gopal Ram
7. Dalip Kumar
8. Navneet Singh
9. P.S.N.Raju
10.S.Subbaiah
11. Arockia Babu
12. S.K.Baruah
13. Jay Ram Jat
14. S.M.Settu
15. Abdul Jaleel




CHHATTISGARH MENS TEAM -FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - by M. Rajalingam

Here's the team roster of CHHATTISGARH Men's team in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH

CHHATTISGARH MENS TEAM

Coach: R.S.Gour
Assistant coach: D.Raju
Manager: C.K.Singh

Players:
4. Sushanth Mishra
5. Sevendra Nishada
6. Ankit Panigarhi
7. Pawan Tiwari
8. Nilin Sharma
9. Sameer Kumar Roy
10.Lumendra Sahu
11. Shyam Sunder
12. Manoj Singh
13. Janki Ramnath
14. Ajay Pratap Singh
15. Kiran Pal Singh



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  ITALY   


Bennet Cantu and Air Avellino complete Cup semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu and Air Avellino joined Montepaschi Siena and Montegranaro in the semifinal stage of the Italian Cup.
Bennet Cantu rallied past Angelico Biella 86:57 yesterday. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) fired 19 points to lead the winners. Bennet Cantu jumped to an early lead and maintained it throughout the opening stanza. Cantu were up by 6 points at the first break. Biella struggled to pick up slack in the second term. Cantu capitalized stretching the lead to as many as 16 points 45:29. Cantu dominated after the main break. They boosted the gap to 27 points with ten minutes remaining and never looked back en route to the victory. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) provided 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Mike Green (185-G-85, college: Butler) added 11 points for Cantu. A.J. Slaughter (191-G-88, college: W.Kentucky) answered with 15 points for Angelico Biella. Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) chipped in 12 points in defeat.
Air Avellino held off Armani Jeans 92:84. The winners were able to overcome a 2-point halftime deficit to eke out a tough win at the end. Armani Jeans led by 5 points at the first intermission and by two at halftime. But Air Avellino changed the complexion of the game in the second half. They pulled in front to enter the fourth stanza up by one 66:65. Taquan Dean (193-G-83, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Louisville) paced Air Avellino as they ran away for the win in the final minutes. The guard finished with 21 points. Omar Thomas (197-F-82, college: UTEP) added 18 points in the win. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) replied with 23 points for Armani Jeans. Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) provided 21 points in the loss.
Montepaschi will face Montegranaro, while Air Avellino will take on Bennet Cantu later tonight.



Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.6 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.2 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.6 
 4. Ebi, Aget Imola20.0 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer20.0 
 6. Gordon, Forli18.7 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco17.7 
 8. Roderick, Immobi.17.7 
 9. Slay, Umana Reyer17.4 
 10. Hunter, Sunrise .16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.3 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.1 
 3. Filloy, Immobili.8.6 
 4. Lollis, Immobili.8.4 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.1 
 6. Dickens, San Severo7.9 
 7. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.9 
 8. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 9. Waleskowski, Tezeni.7.8 
 10. Gordon, Forli7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Crispin, Barcellona5.2 
 2. Porta, Tezenis .4.7 
 3. Farabello, N.Fer.3.8 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer3.8 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.8 
 6. Mathis, Snaidero.3.7 
 7. Hickman, Fastw.3.6 
 8. Forte, Tuscany PT3.5 
 9. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
 10. Childress, San S.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.2 
 2. Hunter, Sunrise .3.0 
 3. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 4. Ebi, Aget Imola2.8 
 5. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 6. Ndoja, N.Ferrara2.5 
 7. Davis, Sunrise .2.5 
 8. Scarone, Immobili.2.4 
 9. Radulovic, Sunris.2.4 
 10. Farabello, N.Fer.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.9 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.8 
 6. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 7. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.7 
 8. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.7 
 9. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 10. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Umana Reyer 15-4 
 2. Fastweb CM 14-5 
 3. Snaidero UD 13-6 
 4. Barcellona 13-7 
 5. Sunrise Scafati 12-7 
 6. Immobiliare SR 12-8 
 7. Prima Veroli 11-8 
 8. Aget Imola 9-10 
 9. Tuscany PT 9-10 
 10. N.Ferrara 8-11 
 11. Fileni BPA 8-11 
 12. Assigeco 7-12 
 13. Tezenis Verona 7-12 
 14. Trenkwalder 6-13 
 15. San Severo 5-14 
 16. Forli 4-15 


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  JORDAN   


ASU clinch Cup title - by Eurobasket News
ASU - Riyadi Aramex 73:69

ASU clinched the Jordanian Cup title. They prevailed against Riyadi Aramex in the title game. It was a close battle from start to finish. ASU secured a 16:15 lead after a tough battle in the starting term. ASU stretched the margin in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 5 points 33:28. Mousa Alawadi (192-G/F-85) helped ASU surge in front in the third term. ASU rallied to a comfortable 14-point advantage 63:49. But Riyadi refused to surrender. Malek Khashan (185-G-85) and Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) dragged Aramex within 8 points midway through the frame. Riyadi got even closer in the final minutes but ASU stayed firm and escaped with a narrow win at the end.
Mousa Alawadi stepped up with 26 points to lead all scorers. Sani Sakakini responded with 21 points for Aramex.
Orthodox clinched the third position in the Cup as they overcame Arena 98:74.



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  LATVIA   


Willjam's 19 points and 9 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old guard Derek Willjam (185-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Barons and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 19 points adding three rebounds and nine assists for Barons in his team's victory, helping them to crush Zemgale (#6, 6-10) with 22-point margin 88-66. Barons is placed at 3rd position in Latvian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Barons will need more victories to improve their 12-8 record. In the team's last game Willjam had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Barons, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Southern Methodist University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Willjam is in league's top in points (2nd best: 16.3ppg) and assists (2nd best: 4.8apg).

Second best performed player last round was Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83) of Valmiera. He is former international forward in his first season at Valmiera. In the last game Veselovs recorded impressive 22 points and 7 rebounds. Of course he lead Valmiera to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Barons (#3, 12-8) 88-62. Valmiera's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Veselovs is a newcomer at Valmiera and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#6). He also registered 5.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Lauris Blaus (204-C-90, agency: FCM) of league's leader Ventspils. Blaus scored 14 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Ventspils, leading his team to a 73-39 easy win against the lower-ranked LU (#8, 2-16). Ventspils confirms their top position in the standings Blaus has a very solid season. In 16 games in Latvia he scored 7.7ppg. He also has 5.1rpg and FGP: 53.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84) of Valmiera - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84) of Valmiera - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Martins Skirmants (205-C-77) of Barons - 14 points and 7 rebounds
7. Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84) of Valmiera - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Janis Graudins (201-C-78) of Valmiera - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jurijs Aleksejevs (203-C-85) of Liepaja - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Janis Dilevka (198-F-88) of Turiba - 15 points and 11 rebounds

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


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  LEBANON   


Bank Med League : Round 21 : Wins for Sagesse & Antranik - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In what its turned to be one of the waited games in the season , Antranik managed to score its 6th win of the season after winning the battle against Anibal Zahle on the score of 73-66.
Center Demirdjian hosted this exciting game; Anibal who missed Terrence Shannon for the 2nd consecutive game tried in all its 40 minutes to impose its game but its was very difficult in the absence of Shannon. The home team had one of its best games of the season, Malcolm Battles Willie Bannister and Nadim Souaid had a great game , they helped their team to score a very important win , on the other side Alpha Bangoura and Charles Tabet were answering , Tabet had a second consecutive good game. Antranik imposed its game throughout all the 40 minutes due to an organized zone defense which was applied also by Anibal Zahle , the game was a real battle which resulted to a very prestigious win for Antranik in the end at the score of 73-66.



Best scorers ;
Antranik
; Willie Bannister (18)
Anibal : Alpha Bangoura (25)

In the other game of the round Sagesse who suffered a loss in the previous round in Tripoli against Moutahed , wanted to continue its good performance , Ghazir court welcomed Byblos for a game that had a title the revenge for Sagesse after the loss in the round 13 to Byblos at the score of 100-90.
Sagesse started the game very focused and took the lead from the first minutes and never looked back they cruised into a big win at the end on the score of 88-62.


Best scorers ;
Sagesse
: Darryl Watkins (21)
Byblos ; Calvin Warner (23)




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  LIGA AMERICAS   


Liga-Americas Round: 4 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Group F
Halc.Xalapa - BRB/Brasilia 77-79
The Brazilian champions Uniceub/BRB celebrated the first win at the second stage of Liga Americas. They held off Halcones Xalapa in Group F opener in Corrientes. Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81) provided 22 points to lead the charge. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the starting period. Finally Uniceub/BRB pulled ahead to post a 25:21 lead. The Brazilian side maintained the advantage throughout the second term. They recorded a 43:40 lead at halftime. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) and Louis Roe helped the Mexican team to erase the deficit in the third period. Xalapa entered the fourth quarter up by a single point 57:56. But Uniceub/BRB returned the lead and hung on in the final seconds to snatch a narrow victory. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) had 19 points for Uniceub/BRB. Marcio Cipriano (201-C-79) netted 15 points in the win. Leandro Garcia Morales replied with game-high 24 points. Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) produced 16 points in the losing effort.

Regatas C. - Quimsa 70-60
Regatas Corrientes entertained the home crowd with a confident win over Quimsa at the start of the second stage of Liga Americas. Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) fired 21 points to lead the hosts. Regatas will face Uniceub/BRB, while Quimsa will play against Halcones Xalapa later tonight. Regatas stressed defense in the opening term. They limited Quimsa to 8 points to build a 16:8 lead after ten minutes. Regatas piled up a 20:8 lead early in the second stanza. But Quimsa slowly got back to life as they narrowed the deficit to just two points 25:27 at halftime. Diego Cavaco (200-F-79) helped Quimsa finally surge ahead in the third term but Regatas quickly gained back the lead and entered the fourth stanza up by 5 points 47:42. Regatas kept their opponents at bay in the final quarter and rallied to the win at the end. Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) delivered 16 points for Regatas. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) notched 15 points in the victory. Diego Cavaco answered with 15 points for Quimsa. Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) had 10 in the loss.




Standings
Liga Americas Standings
Group E
 1. Halc.Rojos 3-0 
 2. Capitanes 2-1 
 3. Penarol 1-2 
 4. Flamengo 0-3 
Group F
 1. BRB/Brasilia 1-0 
 2. Regatas C. 1-0 
 3. Halc.Xalapa 0-1 
 4. Quimsa 0-1 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake WALKER
  Gigantes
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27
 1. Walker, Mavort27.0 
 2. Machado, Flamengo25.2 
 3. Matthews, Defensor21.0 
 4. Ayuso, Capitanes20.8 
 5. Giovannoni, BRB/B.20.8 
 6. Carter, Caneros20.7 
 7. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.20.0 
 8. Romero, Espartanos18.7 
 9. Henning, Toros18.3 
 10. Brown, Sionista18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Martinez, Cocodrilos14.7 
 2. Kvietek, Dep.Espa.13.0 
 3. Matthews, Defensor10.7 
 4. Jackson, Mavort10.3 
 5. Zilli, Sionista10.0 
 6. Henning, Toros9.3 
 7. Giovannoni, BRB/B.9.3 
 8. Araujo, Dep.Espanol9.0 
 9. Teichmann, Flame.9.0 
 10. Roe, Halc.Xalapa8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Nezinho DOS SANTOS
  BRB/Brasilia
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. dos Santos, BRB/B.6.5 
 2. Gonzalez, Defensor6.0 
 3. Garcia, BR.6.0 
 4. Franco, Sionista5.3 
 5. Mazzaro, Quimsa5.0 
 6. Pagan, Toros5.0 
 7. Mendez-V., Halc.Xal.4.3 
 8. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.0 
 9. Martinez, Regat.4.0 
 10. Treise, Quimsa3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Reinaldo GARCIA
  Mavort
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Garcia, Mavort3.0 
 2. Pagan, Toros3.0 
 3. Woodward, Defensor2.7 
 4. Montas, Caneros2.7 
 5. Mazzaro, Quimsa2.3 
 6. Garcia, BR.2.3 
 7. Teichmann, Flame.2.3 
 8. Campazzo, Penarol2.2 
 9. Machado, Flamengo2.2 
 10. Stanton, Regatas C.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian HENNING
  Toros
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Henning, Toros3.0 
 2. Hill, Halc.Rojos2.3 
 3. Jackson, Mavort2.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.2.0 
 5. Aubry, Capitanes1.7 
 6. Traylor, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 7. Mata, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 8. Robinson, Halc..1.7 
 9. Teichmann, Flame.1.5 
 10. Roe, Halc.Xalapa1.3 


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  LITHUANIA   


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 31-1 
 2. Radviliskis 23-9 
 3. Mazeikiai 21-11 
 4. Meresta 20-12 
 5. Zalgiris-Sabonio 19-13 
 6. LKKA-Atletas 18-14 
 7. Nafta Universitetas 17-15 
 8. Perlas-MRU 15-17 
 9. Triobet Malsta 13-18 
 10. Silute 12-19 
 11. Erelita 12-19 
 12. Delikatesas 10-21 
 13. ABRO-Univ. 10-22 
 14. Akademija 9-23 
 15. Puntukas 8-24 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 23
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.23.0 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.7 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.19.8 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.4 
 5. Jurkus, Silute17.8 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.17.6 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.3 
 9. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 10. Vileita, Pieno Z.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vaidas CEPUKAITIS
  Juventus
  (207-C-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.5 
 2. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.5 
 3. Mockevicius, Akade.10.4 
 4. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.4 
 5. Brusokas, Perla.8.3 
 6. Nedzinskas, Silute7.7 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.6 
 8. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.3 
 9. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.2 
 10. Jucikas, Delikatesas7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.7 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.3 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.5.0 
 4. Sapiega, Erelita4.6 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.4.5 
 7. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.4 
 8. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.1 
 9. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 10. Kutra, Delikatesas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.8 
 2. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.6 
 3. Petraitis, Delikate.2.6 
 4. Metelica, Erelita2.4 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.4 
 7. Sapiega, Erelita2.3 
 8. Radavicius, Meres.2.3 
 9. Kutra, Delikatesas2.1 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.2.1 
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. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.3 
 7. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 8. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.3 
 9. Zyle, Zalgiris.0.9 
 10. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.0.9 


Best players of Lithuanian NKL round 33 - by Eurobasket News
American Darrick Leonard (188-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 26-year old guard had a double-double of 19 points and eleven rebounds, while his team edged out Meresta (#4, 20-11) 73-69. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Pieno Zvaigzdes to consolidate first place in the Lithuanian NKL. Pieno Zvaigzdes has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 30-1. In the team's last game Leonard had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Pieno Zvaigzdes' top player in his first season with the team. Aurora University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Leonard is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.5apg) and averages solid 2.5spg and 55.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Belarusian swingman Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) of ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai. Liutych impressed basketball fans with 34 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai was edged by slightly lower-ranked Akademija (#14, 9-23) 83-82. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-22 record. Liutych is one of the most experienced players at ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai's star - Belarusian Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92). Liutych got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He was another key player of ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai, helping his team with a 91-70 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Puntukas (#15, 7-24). The chances of ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 22 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Liutych could try to bring ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai's a little bit higher in the standings. Liutych has a very solid season. In 28 games in Lithuania he scored 13.1ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and FGP: 56.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-G-85) of Radviliskis - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Evaldas Jurkus (190-G-84) of Silute - 30 points and 8 rebounds
6. Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-G/F-87) of Silute - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Matas Sapiega (180-G-90) of Erelita - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) of Akademija - 12 points and 11 rebounds
9. Ignas Ramasauskas (210-C-93) of ABRO-Univ. - 12 points and 13 rebounds
10. Bryan Harrison (188-G-84) of Mazeikiai - 18 points, 4 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)


NKL Round 34 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Round 34 most important game was a victory of LKKA-Atletas over 7th ranked Nafta Universitetas 84-68 on Saturday night. The game without a history. LKKA-Atletas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) contributed with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. LKKA-Atletas' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Tadas Klimas (197-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for Nafta Universitetas. LKKA-Atletas maintains sixth position with 18-14 record. Nafta Universitetas lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost.
An interesting game for Radviliskis (23-9) which played road game in Pakruojis against 4th ranked Meresta (20-12). Second ranked Radviliskis managed to get a 8-point victory 71-63. Nigerian forward Azeez Oladimeji (204-89) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Audrius Mineikis chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Simonas Slivka (194-86) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Radviliskis have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 23-9 record having eight points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Meresta lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 12 games lost.
Bottom-ranked Puntukas managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Puntukas outleveled ninth-ranked Silute in Anyksciai 79-56. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 23-point difference proves that Puntukas was well-prepared to that game. Darius Tarvydas notched 27 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds by Erikas Kaupaitis did not help to save the game for Silute. Silute's coach Mindaugas Budzinauskas gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Puntukas maintains fifteenth position with 8-24 record. Silute at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with Erelita.
NKL top team - Pieno Zvaigzdes (31-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (19-13) in Kaunas 85-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zalgiris-Sabonio. Darrick Leonard fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive 23-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 31-1 record. Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost.
The game in Vilnius was also quite interesting. Third ranked Mazeikiai (21-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Perlas-MRU (15-17). Mazeikiai defeated Perlas-MRU 70-58 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for Vitalijus Luksa who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Mazeikiai maintains third position with 21-11 record having ten points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Loser Perlas-MRU keeps the eighth place with 17 games lost.

In the last game of round 34 Delikatesas was smashed by Triobet Malsta on the road 94-71.
The most impressive performance of 34th round was 24 points and 8 rebounds by Julius Jucikas of Delikatesas.


Triobet Malsta - Delikatesas 94-71

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Triobet Malsta (13-18) crushed 12th ranked Delikatesas (10-21) in Jonava 94-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Triobet Malsta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Triobet Malsta outrebounded Delikatesas 40-29 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. It was a very good performance for guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Forward Tomas Milinskas (202-90) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Triobet Malsta players scored in double figures. Triobet Malsta's coach Kestutis Narusevicius felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. Center Julius Jucikas (205-89) replied with 24 points and 8 rebounds and forward Juotas Blazys (197-82) added 15 points in the effort for Delikatesas. Triobet Malsta moved-up to ninth place. Loser Delikatesas keeps the twelfth position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: J.Jucikas 24+8reb+1ast, Z.Petraitis 16+2ast, J.Blazys 15+4reb+1ast, N.Vashakidze 8+4reb+2ast, V.Pikalavicius 6+10reb+2ast, T.Mikalauskas 2+3reb
Triobet Malsta: T.Sebeziovas 22+3reb+2ast, T.Milinskas 16+8reb+2ast, A.Vasiliauskas 15+5reb+1ast, R.Juknevicius 13+1reb, H.Vorotnikovas 10+7reb+5ast, V.Kruzikas 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 121317


Meresta - Radviliskis 63-71

An interesting game for Radviliskis (23-9) which played road game in Pakruojis against 4th ranked Meresta (20-12). Second ranked Radviliskis managed to get a 8-point victory 71-63. The guests were already 12 points ahead at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 27-16 last quarter charge of Meresta cut the lead to 71-63 at the end of the game. Nigerian forward Azeez Oladimeji (204-89) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Audrius Mineikis (202-77) chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Radviliskis players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Simonas Slivka (194-86) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and guard Saulius Raziulis (183-76, agency: Court Side) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Radviliskis have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 23-9 record having eight points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Meresta lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Meresta: S.Slivka 13+5reb+1ast, A.Danusevicius 12+5reb, A.Andriusaitis 11, S.Raziulis 8+7reb+3ast, L.Radavicius 8+5reb+3ast, T.Druktenis 7+2reb+4ast
Radviliskis: L.Valantinas 15+3reb, Z.Kuklierius 14+4reb+5ast, R.Rauktys 13+7reb, A.Mineikis 13+9reb+4ast, A.Oladimeji 10+13reb+3ast, M.Pukinskas 4+1reb
gschID: 121314


Puntukas - Silute 79-56

Bottom-ranked Puntukas managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Puntukas outleveled ninth-ranked Silute in Anyksciai 79-56. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 23-point difference proves that Puntukas was well-prepared to that game. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-56. Forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) notched 27 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and power forward Mindaugas Norkus (200-85) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds by power forward Erikas Kaupaitis (202-84, college: USC Upstate) did not help to save the game for Silute. Guard Evaldas Jurkus (190-84) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Silute's coach Mindaugas Budzinauskas gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Puntukas maintains fifteenth position with 8-24 record. Silute at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with Erelita.
Top scorers:
Silute: E.Kaupaitis 16+11reb+2ast, E.Jurkus 12+6reb+4ast, V.Nedzinskas 12+2reb+3ast, J.Cesnavicius 7+10reb+1ast, F.Eshon 7+3reb+2ast, R.Dimiciukas 2+1ast
Puntukas: D.Tarvydas 27+5reb+3ast, M.Norkus 13+7reb, T.Rinkunas 13+2reb+3ast, T.Galeckas 7+2reb+1ast, V.Volodko 7+4reb, G.Butkus 4+8reb+4ast
gschID: 121315


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Pieno Zvaigzdes 68-85

NKL top team - Pieno Zvaigzdes (31-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (19-13) in Kaunas 85-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zalgiris-Sabonio. It looked good early as Zalgiris-Sabonio took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Pieno Zvaigzdes had a 22-8 second period charge getting the lead and Zalgiris-Sabonio was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-85. Pieno Zvaigzdes shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Zam Fredrick (183-86, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 13 points. Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Center Gediminas Zyle (209-88) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Paulius Sorokas (198-92) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive 23-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 31-1 record. Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: E.Ulanovas 15+2reb+1ast, G.Zyle 13+10reb+2ast, P.Sorokas 13+7reb+2ast, M.Kupsas 8+7reb, V.Kariniauskas 7+2reb+3ast, Z.Skucas 6+8reb
Pieno Zvaigzdes: D.Leonard 16+4reb+4ast, Z.Fredrick 13+2reb+3ast, A.Kazlauskas 11+2ast, M.Virbalas 10+4reb, G.Vileita 9+2reb+1ast, D.Griskenas 9+6reb+2ast
gschID: 121311


Nafta Universitetas - LKKA-Atletas 68-84

Round 34 most important game was a victory of LKKA-Atletas over 7th ranked Nafta Universitetas 84-68 on Saturday night. The game without a history. LKKA-Atletas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) contributed with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. LKKA-Atletas' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Tadas Klimas (197-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Nafta Universitetas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. LKKA-Atletas maintains sixth position with 18-14 record. Nafta Universitetas lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: M.Girdziunas 16+6reb+2ast, D.Zvinklys 16+3reb, D.Anuzis 13+5reb+2ast, T.Klimas 11+11reb+3ast, J.Kazakauskas 8+5reb+5ast, T.Mazelis 4+3reb+1ast
LKKA-Atletas: V.Sragauskis 26+8reb+2ast, S.Vingelis 23+6reb+5ast, Z.Krupskis 14+9reb+3ast, T.Urbonas 14+2reb, A.Sakalauskas 3+2reb+2ast, E.Tviraga 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 121312


Perlas-MRU - Mazeikiai 58-70

The game in Vilnius was also quite interesting. Third ranked Mazeikiai (21-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Perlas-MRU (15-17). Mazeikiai defeated Perlas-MRU 70-58 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Mazeikiai. Perlas-MRU was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll.) contributed with 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds and forward Mantas Kazonas (202-89) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Perlas-MRU. Mazeikiai maintains third position with 21-11 record having ten points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Loser Perlas-MRU keeps the eighth place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: M.Kazonas 17+8reb, K.Brusokas 12+17reb+2ast, T.Padegimas 11+8reb+1ast, G.Ramonas 9+1reb+1ast, P.Semaska 4+2reb+4ast, M.Sakalauskas 3+2reb
Mazeikiai: V.Luksa 20+12reb+1ast, B.Harrison 13+4reb+8ast, J.Warren 12+7reb+1ast, M.Kumpys 7+5reb, M.Norkus 5+1reb, M.Sidlauskas 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 121313




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  MEXICO   


Rayos Announce Roster - by Chris Terrell
Hermosillo, Sonora, MX - The Rayos de Hermosillo have been declared ready for the 2011 CIBACOPA season which tips off on Friday March 11th against rival Ostieneros in Guaymas. Presenting the team to the press were Roberto Laporte and Omar Villanueva, Team President and General Manager, along with the CIBACOPA League Manager Ruben Leyva. The roster for the coming season consists of three import players; Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87, college: Minnesota), Marquise Gray (206-C-86, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Michigan St.), and Chavis Holmes (193-G, college: VMI) coming from the team Clavijo of Spain. Jamal Abu-Shamala played this past season for Rayos Coach Dan Tacheny then with the Potros of the LNBP and is known as a very good perimeter shooter. Gray played this past season for Durango and his experience there was highlighted by a 28 point, 12 rebound performance against Xalapa that resulted in a Lobo Grieses win. Holmes is a big point guard at 6'4 that is strong, quick and athletic and will be heavily featured at the point of attack for Rayos. Also making up the team this season will be Juan Manuel Esteva (196-F/C-83), Roberto Durazo (196-F-85, college: S.Mountain CC), Jorge Camacho (201-F, college: E.Kentucky), and Steve Monreal (180-G, college: Cal.St.-Monterey). Esteva is an experienced player who won a championship with Trigueros in 07, Camacho did an excellent job as a junior player last season and will return to the team under the local category to make up a nice base of forwards, while Monreal will bring his consistent shooting to the backcourt as he returns for Rayos. Beto Durazo also suited up for Potros last season and will follow Tacheny to Rayos. Luis Camacho, brother of Jorge, will be one of the junior players on the team along with Rolando Rivera (183-G-90). The home opener for the Rayos will be on the 12th of March as the second part of a 2 game away/home set against rival Guaymas in Hermosillo.

Uniceub/BRB steal win over Halcones Xalapa - by Eurobasket News
Uniceub/BRB - Halcones Xalapa 79:77

The Brazilian champions Uniceub/BRB celebrated the first win at the second stage of Liga Americas. They held off Halcones Xalapa in Group F opener in Corrientes. Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81) provided 22 points to lead the charge.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the starting period. Finally Uniceub/BRB pulled ahead to post a 25:21 lead. The Brazilian side maintained the advantage throughout the second term. They recorded a 43:40 lead at halftime. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) and Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) helped the Mexican team to erase the deficit in the third period. Xalapa entered the fourth quarter up by a single point 57:56. But Uniceub/BRB returned the lead and hung on in the final seconds to snatch a narrow victory. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) had 19 points for Uniceub/BRB. Marcio Cipriano (201-C-79) netted 15 points in the win. Leandro Garcia Morales replied with game-high 24 points. Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) produced 16 points in the losing effort.

Uniceub/BRB: Nezinho dos Santos 22, Alexandre Garcia 19, Marcio Cipriano 15
Halcones Xalapa: Leandro Garcia Morales 24, Orlando Mendez-Valdez 16



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  NBA   


Friday's games (10) review - by Eurobasket News
New York K. - LA Lakers 96-113
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 33 points in another effortless night at Madison Square Garden, and the Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a 113-96 victory over the struggling New York Knicks on Friday night. Bryant scored 19 points in the first quarter, and perhaps only the lopsided score kept him from recording a sixth 40-point game at the arena. He raised his average at MSG to 30.5 points, edging past Carmelo Anthony and into the lead for tops among active players. Bryant also grabbed 10 rebounds. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) added 20 points for the Lakers, who beat the Knicks for the eighth straight time overall and fifth in a row at the Garden, where Bryant owns the scoring record of 61 points that might've been in jeopardy if he played more than 29 minutes. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Memphis G. - Milwaukee B. 89-86
Mike Conley (6'1''-G-87, college: Ohio St.) had 23 points, including a key 3-pointer with 1:12 left, and eight assists as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Milwaukee Bucks 89-86 on Friday night. Sam Young (6'6''-F-85, college: Pittsburgh) finished with 19 points and a career-high eight rebounds as Memphis gave coach Lionel Hollins his 100th victory. Rudy Gay had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Darrell Arthur added 12 points. Tony Allen scored 10. Corey Maggette led the Bucks with 22 points, including 20 in the third quarter to help Milwaukee erase a first-half deficit. John Salmons had 18 points and six assists, while Brandon Jennings finished with 16 points. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Utah Jazz - Phoenix Suns 83-95
Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) had 18 points and 10 assists to lift the Phoenix Suns over the Jazz 95-83 on Friday night in Utah's first game without Jerry Sloan as the head coach in more than 22 years. The Suns (26-25), who have won four straight against Utah, moved above .500 for the first time since Dec. 7 with their sixth win in seven games, spoiling the debut of new Jazz coach Ty Corbin. Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) and CJ Miles each scored 19 points, but the short-handed Jazz have dropped 11 of 15. Sloan was a fixture on the Utah bench for 26 years, 23 as a head coach - the longest active tenure in major American professional sports before he abruptly retired Thursday. The Hall of Famer is the third-winningest coach in NBA history with a record of 1,221-803. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

Charlotte B. - New Jersey N. 89-94
Desperate Nets coach Avery Johnson tweaked the travel schedule to create a spark, and big man Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) remembered how to rebound. Combine that with a brutal performance by the home team and New Jersey was able to celebrate a road victory for the first time in nearly two months. Lopez reached double figures in rebounds for the first time since Dec. 1, grabbing 11 to go along with 31 points, and the Nets never trailed in beating the sluggish Charlotte Bobcats 94-89 on Friday night to snap a 12-game road losing streak. Searching for answers with a 3-24 road record, Johnson had the team fly to Charlotte early Thursday to hold practice at Time Warner Cable Arena. 'I liked the way they looked (Thursday) in our little session. They got after it hard,' Johnson said. 'We totally changed up our routine. Nobody complained about it because we really didn't have another choice but to try something else.' Devin Harris (6'3''-G-83, college: Wisconsin) added 16 points and eight assists, and Kris Humphries had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets, who raced to a 12-2 lead and led by as many as 19 points in their second straight win. Courtesy of www.ctpost.com

Cleveland C. - LA Clippers 126-119 OT
Daniel Gibson (6'3''-G-86, college: Texas) grabbed his heavy gold chain and exhaled as he dropped it over his head. He looked up at the cameras around him and let out a grin he'd been storing for nearly two months. 'Whew,' he said. 'I can smile again.' The Cavaliers can breathe again, too. The misery, the losing streak and the humiliation that accompanied it all ended Friday in a blend of Mo Williams' grit, J.J. Hickson's desire and Antawn Jamison's shooting touch. The Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 126-119, in overtime, ending the longest losing streak in professional sports history at 26 games. They share that record with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but a loss to the Clippers would've given the Cavs the record all to themselves. 'When you go on a streak like that . . . you realize how precious it is to win games,' said Gibson, who had 10 points in overtime and finished with 17. 'To win is a precious feeling.' They squandered a lead late in regulation, but Jamison's 3-pointer with 22.1 seconds left in overtime gave the Cavs a 123-119 lead. The Clippers' last chance ended when Randy Foye's jumper rattled in and out. Hickson grabbed the rebound and the Clippers' Baron Davis was slapped with a technical foul and ejected. 'I didn't want to see them celebrate,' Davis said, 'so I got kicked out of the game.' Jamison tied a season high with 35 points and surpassed 18,000 points for his career. Hickson had the game of his life with 27 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks while defending the Clippers' Blake Griffin and Williams had 17 points and 14 assists in 31 sensational minutes off the bench. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Detroit P. - Miami Heat 92-106
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 24 points and LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) added 16 points and 10 assists, helping the streaking Miami Heat take over sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with a 106-92 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. James took a moment early on to ask a heckler to lay off his family, then helped Miami pull away for its eighth straight victory. A fan who said he was seated near the heckler said James was being taunted when he told the fan he could say whatever he wanted about James, but: 'Don't say anything about my family - be respectful or we're going to have a problem.' James finished with eight rebounds, narrowly missing a triple-double. Miami entered the night tied atop the conference with Boston, which was off after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. The Celtics host the Heat (39-14) on Sunday. Wade threw down an impressive alley-oop dunk from James in the first quarter to give his team a 16-7 lead. Although the Pistons trailed by only four after that quarter, Miami broke the game open with a 12-2 run to start the second. Austin Daye scored 18 points for Detroit. Chris Bosh had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, which had six players in double figures, including all five starters *Courtesy of www.sportingnews.com

Indiana P. - Minnesota T. 116-105
Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke) scored all 19 of his points in the fourth quarter, and the Indiana Pacers rallied to win for the sixth time in seven games under interim coach Frank Vogel with a 116-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) also had 19 points for Indiana, which trailed by nine points in the second half. Jones, who played sparingly under former coach Jim O'Brien, keyed the victory by making six of seven shots from the field - including 2 of 2 from 3-point range - as Indiana rallied from a seven-point deficit to start the fourth quarter. Kevin Love finished with 22 points to lead Minnesota, which entered having won its last two. Josh McRoberts had 12 points and rookie Paul George had 11 points and four assists for Indiana, which moved into the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a victory over Charlotte on Wednesday. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Orlando M. - N.Orleans H. 93-99
In the weeks since New Orleans finished a season-best 10-game winning streak last month, closing out games had become a burden for the slumping Hornets. They excelled down the stretch Friday night, though, rallying for a much-needed 99-93 road win over the Orlando Magic. Willie Green (6'4''-G-81, college: Detroit Mercy) had 24 points and David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) added 17 points and 17 rebounds for New Orleans, which snapped a four-game losing streak. The Magic are 5-6 since their last three-game winning streak last month. Chris Paul added 15 points, Jarrett Jack had 13 and Trevor Ariza 10 for the Hornets, who held an opponent under 100 points for the first time in four outings. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Philadelph.76 - San Antonio S. 77-71
Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90, college: UCLA) scored 27 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 77-71 victory over the league-best San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington) added 13 points and Elton Brand tied his season high with 17 rebounds for the Sixers, who defeated the Spurs for the fourth consecutive season in Philadelphia. Despite shooting poorly all night, the Sixers were able to fend off the Spurs and remain in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Sixers have won eight of their last 11 overall. Tim Duncan had 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Antonio McDyess added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Gary Neal scored 11 points and DeJuan Blair had 14 rebounds for San Antonio, which was trying to become the sixth team in NBA history to begin 45-8 or better and the first since the 1996-97 champion Chicago Bulls. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Toronto R. - Portland TB 96-102
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) insists he isn't motivated by an All-Star snub. But with each game, the Portland forward makes the decision to leave him off the Western Conference team look ever more foolish. Aldridge scored 14 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, Rudy Fernandez had 23 and the Trail Blazers won their third straight game, beating the skidding Toronto Raptors 102-96 on Friday night. 'He's an All-Star,' Fernandez said. 'The numbers say it. With all the injuries we have, LaMarcus takes responsibility on the court. Right now, he's an All-Star.' Coming off a career-high 42 points in Monday's win over Chicago, Aldridge shot 14 for 25 and grabbed 10 rebounds. He went 9 for 12 from the free throw line. But even after topping 35 points for the third time in six games, Aldridge said he's not worried about missing out on an All-Star trip. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com




Pistons plan to retire Rodman jersey - by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Pistons announced on Friday that they plan to retire Dennis Rodman (6'9''-F-61, college: SE Oklahoma) 's No. 10 jersey during a halftime ceremony on April 1 against the Chicago Bulls, the team where Rodman stood out the most during his career.

Rodman was a second-round pick by the Pistons, coming out of Southeastern Oklahoma State in 1986 and was a member of the Bad Boys, who won NBA titles in back-to-back years during the 1989 and 1990 campaigns. He was named the league's defensive player of the year in 1990 and 1991.

Im pleased that we are honoring Dennis for his accomplishments as a player and his contributions to the success of the organization, Pistons president of basketball operations and Rodman's former teammate, Joe Dumars told FOX Sports. His jersey retirement is well deserved.

During his tenure with the Pistons, Rodman averaged 8.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 549 games, before he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in 1993. Rodman would later go on to play for the Chicago Bulls, where he won three more NBA titles and was more well know for his off court antics such as dressing in a wedding dress and dying his hair, than for his solid play. He retired in 2000 after brief stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Pistons rookie Greg Monroe currently wears Rodman's No. 10 and sources say the team will allow him to continue to do so.

Rodman will now joing Dumars (No. 4), Isiah Thomas (No. 11), Vinnie Johnson (No. 15) and Bill Laimbeer (No. 40) on the list of 'Bad Boys' with retired Pistons numbers.

Individual accomplishments have never been a big deal for me as a player, but to be honored for my contributions in this way by the Detroit Pistons organization is truly humbling, Rodman said in a statement.

Courtesy of www.craveonline.com


Chris Paul fined $15,000 by NBA - by Eurobasket News
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) 's tough night just got a little worse.

The NBA announced on Friday that Paul, the All-Star point guard for the New Orleans Hornets, has been fined $15,000 for his treatment of an official following Wednesday night's overtime loss to the New Jersey Nets. Here's text of the announcement via the Times-Picayune.

New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul has been fined $15,000 for verbal abuse of a game official, it was announced Friday by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred following the Hornets 103-101 overtime loss to the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on February 9.

Paul, who played an eye-popping 51 minutes on Wednesday, had a potential game-winning three-pointer rim out at the buzzer in overtime, and the Hornets fell to the Nets, 103-101. Paul fell to the floor during the attempt in an attempt to draw a foul.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Mavericks guard Jones has surgery on foot; no timetable for his return - by Eurobasket News
Dallas Mavericks rookie guard Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida) has undergone surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot.

The surgery was done Friday, and the team said there is no timetable for his return.

In 18 games for the Mavericks, Jones averaged 2.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists while playing about 7 1/2 minutes per game.

Jones was the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. The Mavericks acquired his rights from Memphis in exchange for cash considerations in a draft day trade.

Courtesy of The Canadian Press


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 Heat26.2 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.26.2 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers25.4 
 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.13.9 
 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.9.7 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.6 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.0 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.9 
 7. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.6 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.8.2 
 10. Kidd, Dallas M.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. Curry, Golde S.1.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 7. Evans, Sacramen.1.8 
 8. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Ginobili, San A.1.7 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.9 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.3 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.2.2 
 5. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 6. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 8. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 38-14 
 2. New York K. 26-26 
 3. Philadelph.76 25-28 
 4. New Jersey N. 17-37 
 5. Toronto R. 14-40 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 35-16 
 2. Indiana P. 23-28 
 3. Milwaukee B. 20-32 
 4. Detroit P. 20-34 
 5. Cleveland C. 9-45 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 39-14 
 2. Orlando M. 34-21 
 3. Atlanta H. 33-19 
 4. Charlotte B. 22-31 
 5. Washington W. 14-37 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 33-18 
 2. Denver N. 31-23 
 3. Utah Jazz 31-24 
 4. Portland TB 29-24 
 5. Minnesota T. 13-40 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 38-16 
 2. Phoenix Suns 26-25 
 3. Golde State W. 23-29 
 4. LA Clippers 20-33 
 5. Sacramento K. 12-37 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 44-9 
 2. Dallas M. 37-16 
 3. N.Orleans H. 33-22 
 4. Memphis G. 29-26 
 5. Houston R. 25-29 


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  NCAA1   


Badger's success is Taylor-made - by Rick Ross
Courtesy Of SI.COM

MADISON, Wis. Jordan Taylor, the hero of Wisconsin's 71-67 dethroning of Ohio State,
the last undefeated team left in Division I, and the man at the eye of
a court-storming after scoring 27 points and dealing out seven assists
against one turnover, once took a visit to Madison as a high-school sophomore,
sat in assistant coach Greg Gard's office and asked a question:

What do I have to do to play here?
Taylor was then a lightly recruited point guard from St. Louis Park, Minn.,
who'd driven down to see a football game and hoped to make a positive impression on the Badgers' coaching staff. Gard was under the impression Taylor was merely asking about what he needed to do to play Division I basketball anywhere. The coach began to say to meet the standards of D-I point-guard play, Taylor would need to improve his shooting (he wasn't much of a marksman), his ball handling and his decision-making (which were just OK) -- at which point Taylor interrupted.

Coach, you don't understand,he said. What do I have to do to play here, at Wisconsin? I want to play at Wisconsin.
The Badgers had yet to offer Taylor a scholarship. The staff loved his personality they thought he was a soundly built leader who understood the big picture about being a college student and a point guard -- but they wanted to be sure his skill set would catch up with his moxie.
They mulled it over for the rest of Taylor's sophomore season at Benilde-St. Margaret's School. And the entire summer after that. Colleges weren't exactly banging down his doors -- he ended up as a three-star prospect -- and UW finally offered him in the fall of his junior year. There was little fanfare when he committed. Gard just said that he and coach Bo Ryan believed that if Taylor put in the work, he had a chance to be a good player.

We're always searching for turning points in games of this magnitude No. 1 Ohio State in its toughest road environment of the year, in a place where the 13th-ranked Badgers were 149-11 under Bo Ryan -- and usually those changes in momentum can be pinned on a dagger shot, a statement dunk, or a costly foul. Here, on Saturday, the game's first swing came on a mere substitution. Down 10-6 with 14:06 left in the first half, Buckeyes coach Thad Matta inserted his freshman point guard, Aaron Craft, into the lineup in place of senior power forward Dallas Lauderdale.
Taylor, who'd made clutch shots in an overtime win at Iowa on Wednesday, and scored 30 against Michigan State six days ago, appeared in control of the game early. He drilled a couple of jumpers -- a two and a three -- in the face of OSU's William Buford, and the Badgers, who came into the game with the most efficient offense in all of college basketball (at 1.22 points per possession), were off to a solid start, scoring 1.25 PPP on their first eight possessions.

Craft has gained a bit of a reputation during the Buckeyes' 11-0 run through the Big Ten. He has driven the likes of Illinois' Demetri McCamey, Purdue's E'Twaun Moore and Penn State's Talor Battle mad with his defense, and was second in the league in steals with 41. 'Aaron is like the secret service,' teammate Jared Sullinger said. 'He could guard the President.
Craft proceeded to lock down Taylor, who missed his next two three-pointers, committed a turnover -- something that he only does an absurd 1.2 times per game in conference play -- and only helped the Badgers put up three points in their next eight trips down the floor. UW only scored 0.842 PPP the rest of the half. They stood around, they took bad shots with the clock winding down; in Taylor's words, they 'stagnated.' Craft was the catalyst in taking the Badgers out of their flow.
The score was 28-26 in Ohio State's favor at halftime, and then got much worse. Craft, who was in the second half's starting five, assisted on four of the Buckeyes' first six baskets -- once to Sullinger and thrice to Buford -- as they surged to a 40-30 lead. With 13:21 left, they had extended it to 47-32.

What had the makings of a historic afternoon in Madison was falling apart. UW had some circumstantial things on its side: It had beaten No. 1 Ohio State in football, about a mile away at Camp Randall, in October; it was 1-18 all-time in basketball against No. 1 teams, but that one win had come against the Jerry Lucas-John Havlicek (and Bobby Knight) Buckeyes team in 1962. The coach who engineered that upset, John Erickson, was recognized on the court before the game as an 'honorary captain.' The scoreboard showed sepia-toned footage of the upset from the old UW Fieldhouse, and then a message, 'Let's Take Down #1 Again.'
There was a spirited, sold-out crowd ready to see it happen, and a pack of national-media buzzards who traveled to Madison to see it happen. But you do not fall behind the nation's best basketball team by 15 points in the second half and win. At best, the Badgers could hope to become a historical footnote, as one of the 40 teams the Buckeyes beat on their way to an undefeated season.

Taylor did not practice on Thursday after the Badgers returned from Iowa City, Iowa, where he'd played 44 of 45 minutes. But he made a point to clarify to the media that he'd been ordered to sit out by the sports medicine staff, because he didn't want anyone to think he wasn't willing to work. 'I never ask for a day off,' he said. Some credit, then, must be given to UW's sports medicine staff for what transpired here in the second half.

Just as some of us were formulating the conclusion that Taylor might be exhausted, that Craft (and his fresher legs) were getting the best of the Badgers' floor general, he came to life. Taylor ended the 19-6 OSU run with a floater in the paint, then drilled back-to-back three-pointers to make it 47-40, then hit Mike Bruesewitz with a bounce pass on the break, setting up two free throws that made it 47-42. Taylor hit another shot in the lane to cut the lead to three, and assisted on a Josh Gasser three-pointer that tied the game at 47-47 with 9:46 left.
Ryan had made the strong tactical move to switch a ball-screen-heavy offense in the second half, but it was Taylor who willed UW back in the game. Over the course of the next four-and-a-half minutes, he added two more threes, two more free throws and two more assists to give the Badgers a 62-55 lead. They'd gone on an improbable, 30-8 second-half run to stun a team that had yet to wilt in a close game.
Usually, on the quotesheets following an Ohio State game, an opposing coach or player will mention that they have never faced anyone like Sullinger, the 6-foot-9, highly-skilled beast of a freshman who has averaged 18 points and 10.3 rebounds and placed himself in contention for national player of the year awards. Unless the Buckeyes fold in the next few weeks, he'll run away with Big Ten Player of the Year honors. But it was Sullinger, standing dejected outside his locker room on Saturday afternoon, who would say the following about a Wisconsin junior who has been so underappreciated that he was somehow omitted from the Bob Cousy Award's list of 10 finalists:
We've never faced somebody like Jordan Taylor. He's a big, physical guard who can shoot, who can move the ball, who can do whatever you want to help your team win. He's a great basketball player.'

Sullinger had exceeded his averages -- 19 points, 12 rebounds -- but never took over the game, and didn't even score his first basket until the 13:03 mark of the first half. It was Taylor who stole the show with 21 second-half points, who was trending worldwide on Twitter afterward, and of whom Ryan said in his press conference:
What Jordan Taylor did, if people don't take that and frame it, for a one-game performance . I don't know if there are too many players in the country that have ever done that, not just this year, but at any time against the No. 1 team in the country.
It would be reasonable to say that Taylor has alleviated anyone's concerns -- other than, perhaps, the folks running the Cousy Award -- about him fitting in at this level. Shooting? He was 5-of-8 on threes on Saturday, and 8-of-13 from the field. Ballhandling? He had a 3.9-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in Big Ten games before this one ... and he had a 7-to-1 ratio against Ohio State. Decision-making? He let the Badgers stagnate for a while late in the first half, but then he picked apart the Buckeyes on pick-and-roll after pick-and-roll. As Ryan put it, in the second half, he read every opportunity almost flawlessly.

Jordan, said Gard, 'has become the poster child for how you develop as a player here.
They should, then, frame the image of Taylor from Saturday's postgame scene, standing at the center of a sea of students who'd mobbed the Kohl Center court. The biggest national story may have been that college basketball no longer has an undefeated team. Here, though, it was all about Taylor, who had offered proof: that he could pull off the most monumental of comebacks, that he could play near-perfectly against the country's last perfect team, and that in the fraternity of not just D-I point guards but the best D-I point guards, he certainly belongs.



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  NIGERIA   


DStv PBL: Igben double double earn Union Bank victory - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Union Bank basketball club of Lagos forward Godspower Igben was in superb form Friday when he posted a double double of 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assist to help his side ran ring round visiting Delta Force basketball club of Asaba in an Atlantic conference pairing of the Nigeria DStv Premier Basketball League.

Union Bank BC opened the week-3 pairing with a 25-10 points lead in the first quarter, the Delta Force players fought back spiritedly in the second quarter forcing their more experience and bigger opponent to make mistake but still went down to the Union Bank side 14-11 but it was the Coach Ayinla Johnson tutored side that dominated proceeding in the third quarter winning by 24-02 points, the fought quarter proved the most exciting of all the quarters as both side matched each other offensively and defensively but Union Bank BC against was the lucky side winning by a narrow margin of 24-23 points for a cumulative score-line of 87-46 points to join the likes of Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt and Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos as the only teams in the Atlantic conference to keep clean slate.

Joining Igben on the scorer sheet were guard, Seyi Ayodele who gave a splendid performance scoring 16 points giving 10 assists and 2 steal; forward Williams Ndounmbe added 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals while Francis Chris contributed 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steal.

Delta Force basketball club duo of Timi Ekiyegha and Ejovi Obukohwo recorded 14 and 11 points respectively.




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  PBL   


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. Jones, Kentucky S.18.3 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.17.8 
 5. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.17.4 
 7. Parran, Quebec K.17.1 
 8. Martin, Saint J.16.9 
 9. Allen, Vermont FH16.7 
 10. Egerson, Saint J.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Crookshank, Halif.11.3 
 2. Williams, Vermo.10.3 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC9.1 
 4. Walton, Rocheste.8.3 
 5. Dollard, Halifax R.8.2 
 6. Harris, Kentucky S.8.2 
 7. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 8. Jones, Halifax R.7.7 
 9. Daniels, Lawton F.7.6 
 10. Jones, Kentucky S.7.5 
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. Brown, Halifax R.6.1 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.6.0 
 5. Egerson, Saint J.5.3 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.4.3 
 7. Fountain, Lawton F.3.7 
 8. Hill, Dayton A.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. Brown, Quebec K.2.3 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.2.1 
 6. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 7. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 8. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 9. McCroskey, Quebec K.1.5 
 10. Martin, Saint J.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Perry STEVENSON
  Rochester R.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 2. Ocitti, Saint J.1.3 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.2 
 4. Daniels, Lawton F.1.2 
 5. Carter, Rocheste.1.1 
 6. George, Dayton A.1.1 
 7. Dollard, Halifax R.1.0 
 8. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 9. DeMasi, Vermont FH0.8 
 10. Delk, Kentucky S.0.7 


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


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  POLAND   


Anwil and Polpharma to square off in Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Anwil and Polpharma will fight for the Polish Cup title this season. They celebrated victories in respective semifinals yesterday.
Anwil held off Trefl Sopot 85:77 to advance into the championship game. Paul Miller (208-C/F-82, college: Wichita St.) stepped up with 23 points and 5 boards to pace the winners. Anwil started the game strongly. They piled up a 44:34 lead at halftime. The Wloclawek team maintained the lead throughout the third term. They arrived at the final break leading by 14 points. Trefl went on a desperate comeback rally in the fourth term but came up short of victory. Nikola Jovanovic (203-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) netted 15 points for Anwil. Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) added 10 points in the win. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 21 points and 12 rebounds for Trefl Sopot. Lorinza Harrington (193-G-80, agency: David Lee services, college: Wingate) had 14 points in defeat.
Polpharma came up with a loud sensation as they stopped Prokom 67:66. The game was decided in the dramatic final seconds. Thomas Adams (191-G-80, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Hampton) gave Prokom a 66:65 lead with just five seconds remaining in regulation. But Deonta Vaughn (185-G-86, college: Cincinnati) converted a layup and sealed a narrow win for Polpharma. Robert Skibniewski (182-G-83) produced 15 points to lead the charge. Deonta Vaughn added 14 points for Polpharma. Thomas Adams responded with 24 points for Prokom. Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79, agency: Alti Sport) and Courtney Eldridge (176-G-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: NC-Greensboro) had 8 points each in the losing case.



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  PORTUGAL   


Porto topple Benfica in Compal SuperCup opener - by Eurobasket News
Porto - Benfica 72:64

Porto claimed the first win at Compal SuperCup tournament. They held off archrivals Benfica in Lisbon. Sean Ogirri (188-G-86, college: Wyoming) came up with 18 points to lead Porto.
Porto got to a slightly better start in this one. They recorded a 22:20 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Benfica and Porto stayed close throughout the second term. Halftime scoreboard read 37:35 in favor of the Dragons. Porto started to clear off in the third term. They ensured a 57:50 lead with ten minutes remaining. Porto stayed calm and determined in the final stanza and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Gregory Stempin (203-F-79, agency: Duran International, college: Toledo) finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Miguel Miranda (205-F-78) and Julian Terrell (206-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Vanderbilt) added 10 points each for Porto. Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan) answered with 16 points for Benfica. Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) and Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) produced 10 points apiece in the losing effort.
Porto will face Libolo, while Benfica will take on 1 De Agosto tonight.

Porto: Sean Ogirri 18, Gregory Stempin 15, Miguel Miranda 10, Julian Terrell 10
Benfica: Ben Reed 16, Heshimu Evans 10, Sergio Ramos 10



Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Porto Ferpinta 13-1 
 2. Benfica 11-3 
 3. Academica 10-4 
 4. Vitoria SC 8-6 
 5. Ovarense 8-7 
 6. Ginasio 7-8 
 7. Sampaense 6-8 
 8. Penafiel 6-8 
 9. CAB 6-9 
 10. Illiabum 5-10 
 11. Lusitania 4-10 
 12. Barreirense 2-12 


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Barcelos 11-2 
 2. Galitos FC 11-3 
 3. Fisica 10-3 
 4. Sangalhos 9-4 
 5. Angra 9-5 
 6. Terceira Basket 8-6 
 7. Povoa 6-7 
 8. Electrico FC 6-8 
 9. Guifoes 4-9 
 10. Maia Basket 4-9 
 11. Alges 3-11 
 12. Seixal 0-14 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Curnell, Barreirense21.1 
 2. Oruche, Ginasio20.6 
 3. Jackson, Sampaense19.8 
 4. Luettgerodt, Sampa.19.2 
 5. Shaw, Academica18.9 
 6. Austin, Vitoria SC18.9 
 7. Goode, Penafiel18.3 
 8. Webster, Ovarense18.2 
 9. Eddie, Academica17.4 
 10. Brown, Vitoria SC17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Martin, Vitoria SC11.3 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense10.1 
 3. Brown, Vitoria SC9.8 
 4. Eddie, Academica9.0 
 5. Harris, Illiabum9.0 
 6. Terrell, Porto F.8.9 
 7. Shaw, Academica8.9 
 8. Nolen, Penafiel8.8 
 9. Momplasir, Lusitania8.8 
 10. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Joao REVELES
  Ginasio
  (187-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reveles, Ginasio6.3 
 2. Manarte, Ovarense6.1 
 3. Simoes, Academica5.7 
 4. Monteiro, Lusitania5.7 
 5. Sing, Sampaense5.4 
 6. Minhava, Benfica4.9 
 7. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 8. Andrade, Porto F.4.4 
 9. Felix, Illiabum3.9 
 10. Barroso, Ginasio3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Curnell, Barreirense3.3 
 2. Holland, Academica3.0 
 3. Goode, Penafiel3.0 
 4. Cortez, Ovarense3.0 
 5. Eddie, Academica2.3 
 6. Barroso, Ginasio2.2 
 7. Felix, Illiabum2.2 
 8. Johnson, Barreire.2.2 
 9. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.1 
 10. Terrell, Porto F.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitania3.8 
 2. Brown, Vitoria SC1.8 
 3. Gentry, CAB1.3 
 4. Jackson, Sampaense1.2 
 5. Nolen, Penafiel1.2 
 6. Coelho, CAB1.2 
 7. Stempin, Porto F.1.1 
 8. Harris, Illiabum1.1 
 9. Hartford, Ginasio1.1 
 10. Gray, Sampaense1.1 


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 10-3 
 2. CSKA 9-4 
 3. Lokomotiv 9-4 
 4. Khimky 8-4 
 5. Spartak SP 7-6 
 6. Enisey 6-7 
 7. Triumph 4-8 
 8. Dynamo 4-9 
 9. Krasnie Krilya 4-9 
 10. N.Novgorod 3-10 


Lazaros Papadopoulos expected to join Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Khimky have reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group). After the team parted ways with Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) Khimky were looking for a player to fill in the spot. Now everything indicates that Khimky found the replacement. The 30-year-old Papadopoulos started the season in PAOK. He tallied 16.0 points, 12.2 boards and 2.5 assists per game in EuroCup. In A1 his stats read 11.9 points, 7.5 boards and 2.0 assists per appearance. Lazaros Papadopoulos played in Russia in 2004/07 seasons. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Centre of the Year in 2005 while playing for Dynamo Moscow. Lazaros Papadopoulos played for Greek National Team in Olympic Games in Athens as well as 2005 and 2007 EuroBaskets and 2006 World Championships. The centre also had stints with Iraklis, Panathinaikos, Real Madrid and Bologna.


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Langford, Khimky18.8 
 2. Williams, Enisey16.3 
 3. Domercant, Spart.15.7 
 4. Popovic, Unics15.6 
 5. Lyday, Unics14.9 
 6. Baxter, Enisey14.7 
 7. Labovic, Enisey14.6 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv14.2 
 9. Voronov, Dynamo13.6 
 10. Lampe, Unics13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv7.8 
 2. Zhukanenko, Dynamo6.5 
 3. Monya, Khimky6.4 
 4. Brezec, Krasnie .6.2 
 5. Likhodey, Triumph6.2 
 6. Paunic, N.Novgorod6.0 
 7. Lampe, Unics5.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv5.8 
 9. Baxter, Enisey5.8 
 10. Labovic, Enisey5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anton PONKRASHOV
  Spartak SP
  (200-G-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Ponkrashov, Spart.6.8 
 2. Williams, Enisey6.0 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie .5.2 
 4. Khvostov, Dynamo4.5 
 5. Planinic, Khimky4.3 
 6. Samoylenko, Unics4.0 
 7. Popovic, Unics4.0 
 8. Vyaltsev, Triumph3.5 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.5 
 10. Chalmers, Lokom.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Dijon THOMPSON
  Spartak SP
  (201-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Thompson, Spart.2.1 
 2. Voronov, Dynamo1.8 
 3. Massey, Lokomotiv1.6 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.6 
 5. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.5 
 6. Lyday, Unics1.5 
 7. Green, Krasnie Krilya1.5 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.5 
 9. Likhodey, Triumph1.4 
 10. McCarty, Unics1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey MONYA
  Khimky
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Monya, Khimky1.3 
 2. Varlamov, Triumph1.3 
 3. Likhodey, Triumph1.2 
 4. Sokolov, CSKA1.1 
 5. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 6. Antonov, N.Novgorod1.0 
 7. Yakovenko, N.Nov.1.0 
 8. Vranes, Unics1.0 
 9. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 
 10. Lampe, Unics0.8 


PBL Round 13: CSKA Moscow is defeated by Dynamo Moscow in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Moscow: Dynamo Moscow (#8) and CSKA Moscow (#3). CSKA Moscow was defeated at home 64-70 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 25-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by CSKA Moscow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Nikita Shabalkin (205-86) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman Dmitry Domani (198-74, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 17 points. Dynamo Moscow's coach Sergey Bazarevich used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Lithuanian guard Ramunas Siskauskas (197-78) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Dynamo Moscow maintains eighth place with 4-9 record, which they share with Krasnie Krilya. Defending champion CSKA Moscow dropped to the second position with four games lost. They share it with Lokomotiv. Dynamo Moscow is looking forward to face Krasnie Krilya (#9) in Samara in the next round. CSKA Moscow will play on the road against Spartak St.Petersburg (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Lokomotiv (9-4) against ninth ranked Krasnie Krilya (4-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Lokomotiv was defeated by Krasnie Krilya in a tough game in Samara 72-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lokomotiv. American-Bosnian guard Ernest Bremer (195-80, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Higher Vision Sports) nailed 20 points and 5 assists for the winning side and Brion Rush accounted for 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds for Lokomotiv in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Krasnie Krilya moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dynamo. Lokomotiv at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with CSKA. Krasnie Krilya will play against Dynamo Moscow (#8) on the road in the next round. Lokomotiv will play against Khimky (#4) in Khimki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
PBL top team - Unics Kazan (10-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (3-10) 76-66. Vladimir Veremeenko fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Artem Yakovenko produced 18 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. BC Nizhny Novgorod's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Unics Kazan have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-3 record. BC Nizhny Novgorod lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Unics Kazan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against Triumph Lyubertsy (#7) in Lubertsy and hope to secure a win.
The game in Lubertsy supposed to be also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (6-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (4-8). Triumph Lyubertsy did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 92-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Egor Vyaltsev who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Triumph Lyubertsy maintains seventh place with 4-8 record. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Triumph Lyubertsy's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (#10) on the road.
The game in St.Petersburg was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Khimky (8-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (7-6). Khimky managed to secure a 8-point victory 77-69 on Saturday. Keith Langford stepped up and scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimky have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-4 record. Loser Spartak St.Petersburg keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Khimky will face higher ranked Lokomotiv (#3) in Kuban in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak St.Petersburg will play at home against the league's second-placed CSKA Moscow.



N.Novgorod - Unics 66-76

PBL top team - Unics Kazan (10-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (3-10) 76-66. The game was mostly controlled by Unics Kazan. BC Nizhny Novgorod managed to win fourth quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized Belarusian forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American guard Terrell Lyday (190-79, college: BYU) chipped in 22 points. Forward Artem Yakovenko (206-88) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Semen Antonov (202-89) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. BC Nizhny Novgorod's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Unics Kazan have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-3 record. BC Nizhny Novgorod lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Unics Kazan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against Triumph Lyubertsy (#7) in Lubertsy and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
N.Novgorod: A.Yakovenko 18+5reb+3ast, D.Kulagin 13+2reb+1ast, S.Antonov 12+5reb+1ast, I.Savelyev 7+1ast, A.Ivanov 6+3reb+3ast, I.Paunic 5+11reb+1ast
Unics: T.Lyday 22+2reb+3ast, V.Veremeenko 19+13reb+1ast, R.Minard 17+3reb+4ast, I.Zamanskiy 9+4reb, H.Rizvic 4+4reb+2ast, K.McCarty 3+6reb
gschID: 104006


Krasnie Krilya - Lokomotiv 80-72

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Lokomotiv (9-4) against ninth ranked Krasnie Krilya (4-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Lokomotiv was defeated by Krasnie Krilya in a tough game in Samara 72-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lokomotiv. Lokomotiv was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 29-17 charge of Krasnie Krilya, which allowed them to win the game. American-Bosnian guard Ernest Bremer (195-80, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Higher Vision Sports) nailed 20 points and 5 assists for the winning side and American guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Court Side) accounted for 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Goran Jeretin (192-79, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points respectively for Lokomotiv in the defeat. Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Krasnie Krilya moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dynamo. Lokomotiv at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with CSKA. Krasnie Krilya will play against Dynamo Moscow (#8) on the road in the next round. Lokomotiv will play against Khimky (#4) in Khimki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: G.Jeretin 16+2reb+1ast, J.Massey 13+6reb+1ast, L.Chalmers 12+4reb+1ast, M.Wilkinson 11+2reb, S.Toporov 6+7reb, G.Shukhovtsov 6+5reb
Krasnie Krilya: E.Bremer 20+2reb+5ast, A.Trushkin 12+7reb, P.Brezec 11+6reb, B.Rush 9+10reb+4ast, K.Nesterov 9+8reb, G.Green 6
gschID: 104007


Triumph - Enisey 92-74

The game in Lubertsy supposed to be also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (6-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (4-8). Triumph Lyubertsy did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 92-74. The game without a history. Triumph Lyubertsy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Triumph Lyubertsy forced 20 Enisey Krasnoyarsk turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Triumph Lyubertsy especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Enisey Krasnoyarsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Egor Vyaltsev (192-85) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Guard Andrey Mateyunas (180-88) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. American center Lonny Baxter (204-79, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 14 points and Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Enisey Krasnoyarsk. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Triumph Lyubertsy maintains seventh place with 4-8 record. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Triumph Lyubertsy's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (#10) on the road.
Top scorers:
Enisey: L.Baxter 14+3reb+3ast, S.Demeshkin 12+2reb, M.Williams 11+1reb+2ast, D.Labovic 9+5reb+1ast, P.Gromyko 6+3reb+1ast, A.Komarovskiy 6+2reb+1ast
Triumph: E.Vyaltsev 23+6reb+9ast, S.Karasev 14+1ast, A.Mateyunas 14+4reb+6ast, V.Likhodey 8+5reb+2ast, S.Varlamov 7+6reb+1ast, I.Syrovatko 7
gschID: 104008


Spartak SP - Khimky 69-77

The game in St.Petersburg was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Khimky (8-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (7-6). Khimky managed to secure a 8-point victory 77-69 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-69. American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) stepped up and scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and international forward Sergey Monya (203-83) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Khimky players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-83, college: UCLA) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian center Petar Popovic (211-79) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimky have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-4 record. Loser Spartak St.Petersburg keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Khimky will face higher ranked Lokomotiv (#3) in Kuban in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak St.Petersburg will play at home against the league's second-placed CSKA Moscow.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: D.Thompson 19+7reb+1ast, P.Popovic 15+8reb, H.Domercant 15+1reb, A.Ponkrashov 5+2reb+6ast, A.Kotishevskiy 5+2reb+1ast, N.Dragovic 4+1reb+1ast
Khimky: K.Langford 20+7reb+4ast, K.Loncar 12+1reb+1ast, S.Monya 10+8reb+4ast, A.Savrasenko 10+5reb, T.Kelati 8+2reb+3ast, V.Fridzon 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 104009


CSKA - Dynamo 64-70

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Moscow: Dynamo Moscow (#8) and CSKA Moscow (#3). CSKA Moscow was defeated at home 64-70 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 25-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by CSKA Moscow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Nikita Shabalkin (205-86) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman Dmitry Domani (198-74, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 17 points. Four Dynamo Moscow players scored in double figures. Dynamo Moscow's coach Sergey Bazarevich used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Lithuanian guard Ramunas Siskauskas (197-78) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Dmitry Sokolov (212-85, agency: Agency No 10) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Dynamo Moscow maintains eighth place with 4-9 record, which they share with Krasnie Krilya. Defending champion CSKA Moscow dropped to the second position with four games lost. They share it with Lokomotiv. Dynamo Moscow is looking forward to face Krasnie Krilya (#9) in Samara in the next round. CSKA Moscow will play on the road against Spartak St.Petersburg (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
CSKA: R.Siskauskas 17+5reb+2ast, D.Sokolov 9+7reb+1ast, S.Bykov 9+3reb+3ast, J.Gordon 8+5reb+2ast, M.Smodis 7+3reb, A.Vorontsevich 6+6reb
Dynamo: N.Shabalkin 21+7reb+2ast, D.Domani 17+3reb+1ast, A.Zhukanenko 11+3reb, E.Voronov 10+4reb+1ast, A.Urazmanov 5+2reb+1ast, P.Gubanov 3+5reb+3ast
gschID: 104010




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Giles to Al Ittihad - by Ali Ahmed
Al Ittihad Jeddah signed a deal with the American Center C.J. Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.).

Awards/Achievements:
Big 12 Regular Season Runner-Up -05, 06
Big 12 Tournament Semifinals -05
Big 12 Tournament Winner -06
WABA Club Championships -10 (Semifinals)
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Player of the Year -10
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Center of the Year -10
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Import of the Year -10
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team -10
Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Imports Team -10
Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Defensive Team -10
Arab Club Championships -10 (Winner)
Asia-Basket.com All-Arab Club Championships 2nd Team -10
Asian Club Championships -10 (Bronze)
Lebanese League Champion -10
Lebanese League Regular Season Champion -10



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Partizan wins fourth straight Cup - by Eurobasket News
FMP - Partizan 73-77

Partizan won the fourth straight Cup and at the same time 12th in their history. This evening Partizan outplayed FMP 77-73 in very exciting final game. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, James Gist (203-F-86) followed with 13 and Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) added 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) registered double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83) had 16 points and 9 rebs.
FMP opened the game much better, what resulted with 22-12 lead after ten minutes. Partizan improved in the second period, but they cut the margin for just one point until the halftime (38-29). Curtis Jerrells and his teammates took control on FMP after the breather and continued to melt their lead. However, with ten minutes to go FMP still had plus 6. Partizan demonstrated its power in the last ten minutes as they scored 26 points, while at the same time they limited FMP to 16. It was more than enough for 77-73 victory and fourth straight Cup title in Serbia. James Gist was named MVP of the final eight tournament.

FMP: Mile Ilic 17+11 boards, Vuk Radivojevic 16+9 boards
Partizan: Curtis Jerrells 20, James Gist 13, Nathan Jawai 10


Radivoj Korac Cup: Partizan and FMP to fight for the trophy - by Eurobasket News
Partizan and FMP outplayed their rivals in the Semifinals and they will fight for the Serbian Cup title. The game will start today at 20h. Partizan is the defending champion and also the winner of the last three tournaments.
Partizan handed 81-76 loss to Radnicki Kragujevac in the Semifinals. The Serbian powerhouse had impressive last quarter 20-8 and thanks to these ten minutes they advanced to the Finals. James Gist (203-F-86) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds in victory. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) followed him with 14 points and 5 assists. In Radnicki, Steven Markovic (190-G-85) delivered 21 pts and 7 assists.
FMP eliminated Crvena Zvezda after 90-79 win. The home squad had nice first and third quarter to secure this victory (28:14, 16:21, 25:17, 21:27). Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83) stepped up for FMP with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Filip Covic (180-G-89, agency: Interperformances) added 16 pts. Crvena Zvezda got 19 points and 12 rebs from Ricardo Marsh (202-F-81, college: ODU).


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 19-1 
 2. Beograd 15-5 
 3. Metalac 13-7 
 4. Mega Vizura 13-7 
 5. Tamis 11-9 
 6. Novi Sad 11-9 
 7. Sloga 10-11 
 8. Sloboda Uzice 10-11 
 9. Proleter Naftagas 9-12 
 10. Vojvodina 8-12 
 11. Borac 8-12 
 12. Napredak 8-13 
 13. Crnokosa 7-14 
 14. Superfund 1-20 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Dragan ZEKOVIC
  Beograd
  (210-F/C-87)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Zekovic, Beograd21.1 
 2. Milisavljevi., Mega V.20.8 
 3. Koprivica, Super.20.7 
 4. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 5. Micevic, Sloboda .17.8 
 6. Bunic, Novi Sad17.5 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 8. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 9. Sinovec, Metalac16.8 
 10. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.2 
 3. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 4. Jelovac, Mega V.6.7 
 5. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Dedijer, Borac6.3 
 10. Borovcanin, Sloga6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac5.7 
 4. Vlahovic, Sloga5.5 
 5. Vlahovic, Sloga5.5 
 6. Milisavljevi., Mega V.5.1 
 7. Radivojevic, FMP5.1 
 8. Covic, FMP4.6 
 9. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 10. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd2.6 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.6 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac2.4 
 4. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 5. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.1 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 8. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 9. Jovic, Sloga1.8 
 10. Jovic, Sloga1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.5 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.2 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.1.2 
 5. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 6. Cantekin, Mega V.1.1 
 7. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.1 
 8. Buric, Tamis1.0 
 9. Dedijer, Borac0.8 
 10. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 


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Triple-overtime Cup thriller: Olimpija outlast Krka, will meet Zlatorog - by Zeljko Zule
Defending champion Union Olimpija overcame a 19-point fourth quarter deficit to defeated Krka in triple overtime, 122-113, and promote to semifinals where will meet Zlatorog who beat Geoplin Slovan, 79-72.
Union Olimpija-Krka 122-113 3OT: Trailing 52-71 with 6:18 remaining, Olimpija tied at 76-76 with 15 seconds into the game. Smiljan Pavic made a pair of free thows for Krka and Saso Ozbolt was fouled on a 3-point attempt as time expired, but missed first free throw, sending the game to overtime. Dino Muric's (200-F-90) long shot for Olimpija in 1.4 seconds left send the game into new overtime with the score tied at 87. Krka opened the second overtime with a 8-0 run from the free throw line, but Olimpija go ahead 104-101 with 9 seconds remaining. Dusan Djordjevic, former Olimpija's player, had nailed a three with 3 seconds left to send the quarterfials into the third overtime. Olimpija opened that period with an amazing 15 straight points. Saso Ozbolt scored 29 points, Vlado Ilievski netted 28 points and made all 14 free throws, Goran Jagodnik added 17 points, Dino Muric came off the bench for 14 points and 8 rebounds and Kevin Pinkney added 10 points. Krka was led by Goran Ikonic and his 25 points, Dusan Djordjevic had 16, Chris Booker 15, Zoran Dragic 13, Smiljan Pavic and Edo Muric 11.
Zlatorog-Geoplin Slovan 79-72: After trailing by one point late in the third quarter, Zlatorog went on a crucial 9-2 run to take a lead 61-55 and never looked back from there. Zlatorog's bench players outsscored Slovan's reserves 27-14. Vladimir Panic led all scorers with 25 points, Jure Pelko came off the bench for 15 points and Slobodan Bozovic had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Slovan was outrebounded 18-27 and shot just 1-of-10 behind the 3-point line. Matej Krusic scored 22 points before he fouled out and Uros Zadnik and Miha Fon added 14 points apiece.



Olimpija, Helios reach Cup finals - by Zeljko Zule
Defending champion Union Olimpija and Helios have all made it through to the finals of the 2011 Slovenian Cup Spar. Olimpija never trailed and defeated Zlatorog 85-73 in a rematch of last year's final while Helios cruised to a comfortable 82-61 win over Elektra.
Union Olimpija-Zlatorog 85-73: Olimpija had built their double-digit lead early, leading by 12 in the first quarter. But the could not pull away, and Zlatorog opened the second period with a 16-5 run to tied at 32. Olimpija take a 53-43 lead in the third period and from that point on, Zlatorog never could get the deficit under five points. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) came off the bench for 17 points and 10 rebounds, Saso Ozbolt scored 16 points, Kenny Gregory 13 and Kevin Pinkney 12. Zlatorog never lead in the game which featured just one tie, that coming in the second quarter. Vladimir Panic scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half, Simo Atanackovic finished with 14 points and Jure Pelko posted 10 of his 12 points before the break.
Helios-Elektra 82-61: Helios took their first lead od the game at 8-7 and never looked back from there. They went on a 15-2 run to go ahead 25-11 late in the first quarter. Grega Mali and Drazen Bubnic scored 17 points each and Andreas Person added 15. Elektra was led by Salih Nuhanovic and his 22 points and 14 rebounds, Marjan Vidovic scored 11 points and Sinisa Bilic 10.



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DStv PBL: Igben double double earn Union Bank victory - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Union Bank basketball club of Lagos forward Godspower Igben was in superb form Friday when he posted a double double of 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assist to help his side ran ring round visiting Delta Force basketball club of Asaba in an Atlantic conference pairing of the Nigeria DStv Premier Basketball League.

Union Bank BC opened the week-3 pairing with a 25-10 points lead in the first quarter, the Delta Force players fought back spiritedly in the second quarter forcing their more experience and bigger opponent to make mistake but still went down to the Union Bank side 14-11 but it was the Coach Ayinla Johnson tutored side that dominated proceeding in the third quarter winning by 24-02 points, the fought quarter proved the most exciting of all the quarters as both side matched each other offensively and defensively but Union Bank BC against was the lucky side winning by a narrow margin of 24-23 points for a cumulative score-line of 87-46 points to join the likes of Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt and Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos as the only teams in the Atlantic conference to keep clean slate.

Joining Igben on the scorer sheet were guard, Seyi Ayodele who gave a splendid performance scoring 16 points giving 10 assists and 2 steal; forward Williams Ndounmbe added 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals while Francis Chris contributed 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steal.

Delta Force basketball club duo of Timi Ekiyegha and Ejovi Obukohwo recorded 14 and 11 points respectively.




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KBL Round 39: Dongbu Promy defeats ET Land Elephants in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 39 in the KBL took place in Inchon. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-best ET Land Elephants (27-13) to third ranked Dongbu Promy (25-16) 52-49 on Friday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ET Land Elephants won third quarter 13-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds. Forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Dongbu Promy have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 25-16 record having five points less than leader Sonic Boom KT. ET Land Elephants at the other side keep the second position with 13 games lost. Dongbu Promy are looking forward to face league's leader Sonic Boom KT in Busan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ET Land Elephants will play at home against LG Sakers in Changwon and are hoping to win this game.
KBL top team - Sonic Boom KT (30-11) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus (15-26) in Ulsan 87-81. It was a quality performance for American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. Sung-Min Cho accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds. American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: LSU) came up with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Mobis Phoebus in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sonic Boom KT maintains first place with 30-11 record. Mobis Phoebus lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keep the eighth position with 26 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will play against Dongbu Promy (#3) in Wonju in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mobis Phoebus will play at home against Daegu Orions (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Seoul was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked KCC Egis (24-17) played at the court of 5th ranked Samsung Thunders (22-18). KCC Egis defeated Samsung Thunders 73-60 on Thursday. The best player for the winners was Seung-Kyun Choo who scored 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Eric Sandrin who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KCC Egis have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 24-17 record. Loser Samsung Thunders keep the fifth position with 18 games lost. KCC Egis will meet at home SK Knights (#6) in the next round. Samsung Thunders will play against Daegu Orions and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 39 bottom-ranked Daegu Orions lost to Anyang KGC on the opponent's court 58-68.



Mobis Phoebus - Sonic Boom KT 81-87

KBL top team - Sonic Boom KT (30-11) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus (15-26) in Ulsan 87-81. Mobis Phoebus were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 47-39 second half run of Sonic Boom KT. They made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Mobis Phoebus were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: LSU) came up with 25 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively for Mobis Phoebus in the defeat. Four Mobis Phoebus players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sonic Boom KT maintains first place with 30-11 record. Mobis Phoebus lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keep the eighth position with 26 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will play against Dongbu Promy (#3) in Wonju in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mobis Phoebus will play at home against Daegu Orions (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: K.Gransberry 25+8reb+1ast, D.Yang 18+3reb+5ast, K.No 15+3reb+7ast, C.Song 12+4reb+2ast, L.Ekperigin 4+5reb, S.Hwa Hong 3+3reb+1ast
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 30+11reb, S.Cho 20+5reb+3ast, Y.Song 11+2reb+1ast, S.Park 8+3reb+1ast, Y.Kwon Yoon 6+1reb, W.Yaung 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 114237


Elephants - Dongbu Promy 49-52

The most exciting game of round 39 in the KBL took place in Inchon. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-best ET Land Elephants (27-13) to third ranked Dongbu Promy (25-16) 52-49 on Friday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ET Land Elephants won third quarter 13-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds. Forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) scored 13 points. Dongbu Promy have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 25-16 record having five points less than leader Sonic Boom KT. ET Land Elephants at the other side keep the second position with 13 games lost. Dongbu Promy are looking forward to face league's leader Sonic Boom KT in Busan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ET Land Elephants will play at home against LG Sakers in Changwon and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Elephants: H.Hill 18+12reb, J.Stevenson 13+3reb+3ast, Y.Jung 10+1ast, J.Seo 8+4reb+1ast, B.Lee 0, O.George 0+9reb
Dongbu Promy: H.Yoon 16+5reb+2ast, R.Benson 16+18reb, J.Hwang 8+3reb+2ast, J.Kim 8+3reb+2ast, J.Park 2+2reb, J.Wook Ahn 2
gschID: 114238


Anyang KGC - Daegu Orions 68-58

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Daegu Orions' (11-29) road loss to ninth ranked Anyang KGC (13-28) 58-68 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-58. The best player for the winners was American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) who scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Sung-Chul Kim (195-76) chipped in 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Dong Jun Lee (200-80) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) added 13 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Anyang KGC maintains ninth place with 13-28 record. Loser Daegu Orions stay dead last with 29 lost games. Anyang KGC will meet higher ranked LG Sakers (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Daegu Orions will play against Mobis Phoebus in Ulsan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Daegu Orions: D.Jun Lee 23+10reb, A.McCaskill 13+12reb+2ast, Y.Oh 7+1reb+2ast, I.Heo 5+2reb, B.Yoon 3+1reb+1ast, J.Park 3+2reb+1ast
Anyang KGC: S.Park 10+2ast, D.Simon 9+10reb+1ast, J.Lee 9+1reb+1ast, S.Kim 8+6reb+5ast, J.Varem 8+7reb+1ast, B.Kim 6+1reb
gschID: 114235


Samsung Th. - KCC Egis 60-73

The game in Seoul was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked KCC Egis (24-17) played at the court of 5th ranked Samsung Thunders (22-18). KCC Egis defeated Samsung Thunders 73-60 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by KCC Egis. Samsung Thunders managed to win fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KCC Egis dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Samsung Thunders' 28. The best player for the winners was forward Seung-Kyun Choo (190-74) who scored 19 points. International center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KCC Egis have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 24-17 record. Loser Samsung Thunders keep the fifth position with 18 games lost. KCC Egis will meet at home SK Knights (#6) in the next round. Samsung Thunders will play against Daegu Orions and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: E.Sandrin 18+7reb+3ast, K.Lee 11+1reb, A.Haynes 10+7reb+1ast, D.Kim 7+2reb, J.Lee 5+2reb+5ast, N.Dixon 5+7reb
KCC Egis: S.Choo 19+2reb+2ast, C.Daniels 12+4reb+1ast, S.Ha 12+7reb+1ast, J.Lim 8+4reb+6ast, E.Dawson 7+4reb+2ast, S.Jung 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 114236




Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Sonic Boom KT 30-11 
 2. Elephants 27-13 
 3. Dongbu Promy 25-16 
 4. KCC Egis 24-17 
 5. Samsung Th. 22-18 
 6. SK Knights 18-22 
 7. LG Sakers 17-22 
 8. Mobis Phoebus 15-26 
 9. Anyang KGC 13-28 
 10. Daegu Orions 11-29 


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Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Guillen, La Laguna18.8 
 2. Palacios, La Palma18.0 
 3. Detrick, Melilla16.8 
 4. Mohammed, Lleida16.7 
 5. Seawright, Leon15.6 
 6. Quezada, Leon15.1 
 7. Navarro, Girona14.9 
 8. Feldeine, Breogan14.7 
 9. Faverani, CB Mu.14.7 
 10. Narros, Navarra14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne CURTIS
  Lleida
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Curtis, Lleida8.7 
 2. Wachsmann, Alcazar8.7 
 3. Humphrey, Caceres7.8 
 4. Frost, Palencia7.7 
 5. Sinanovic, Clinic.7.6 
 6. Kale, Ourense7.5 
 7. Lima, Clinicas Rincon7.5 
 8. Arteaga, Breogan7.5 
 9. Franklin, CB Tarra.7.4 
 10. Seawright, Leon7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.6 
 2. Sabat, La Laguna4.2 
 3. Rodriguez, Obrad.3.8 
 4. Bernabe, Leon3.8 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.5 
 6. Rivero, CB Murcia3.5 
 7. Cherry, Caceres3.4 
 8. Quezada, Leon3.4 
 9. Garrido, Palencia3.3 
 10. Frutos, Alcazar3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obradoiro
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.7 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.8 
 3. Quezada, Leon1.6 
 4. Castro, Burgos1.6 
 5. Palacios, La Palma1.5 
 6. Xavier, Caceres1.5 
 7. Johnson, Huesca1.5 
 8. Jasen, CB Murcia1.4 
 9. Ventura, Huesca1.4 
 10. Calvo, Leon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff FOOTE
  Melilla
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Foote, Melilla2.2 
 2. Humphrey, Caceres1.9 
 3. Fontet, Leon1.5 
 4. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.4 
 5. Joseph, Navarra1.3 
 6. Faverani, CB Mu.1.2 
 7. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.1 
 8. Arteaga, Breogan0.9 
 9. Antelo, Caceres0.9 
 10. McCoy, Caceres0.9 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Obradoiro 19-3 
 2. CB Murcia 19-3 
 3. Burgos 17-5 
 4. Caceres 15-7 
 5. Leon 15-7 
 6. La Laguna 11-11 
 7. Girona 11-11 
 8. Lleida 11-11 
 9. Melilla 11-11 
 10. Navarra 10-12 
 11. La Palma 10-12 
 12. Breogan 9-13 
 13. Clinicas Rincon 9-13 
 14. Palencia 7-15 
 15. Alcazar 7-15 
 16. CB Tarragona 7-15 
 17. Huesca 6-16 
 18. Ourense 4-18 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Clavijo 15-3 
 2. Andorra 15-4 
 3. Mallorca 15-4 
 4. Promobys 12-6 
 5. Plasencia 11-8 
 6. ADT Tarragona 10-7 
 7. Prat Juventud 9-10 
 8. Oviedo Feve 8-11 
 9. Avila 7-11 
 10. Regal FC II 7-11 
 11. Santurtzi 7-12 
 12. Illescas 6-13 
 13. Lan Mobel ISB 6-13 
 14. Coruna 6-13 
 15. Guadalajara 5-13 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Witt, Clavijo16.4 
 2. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.15.6 
 3. Barcelo, Plasencia15.2 
 4. Bivia, Mallorca15.1 
 5. Bratton, Lan M.15.1 
 6. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.9 
 7. Ramsdell, Avila14.7 
 8. Justo, Avila14.6 
 9. O''Leary, Oviedo F.14.6 
 10. Garcia, Illescas14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.3 
 3. Chubrevich, Illescas8.3 
 4. De Santana, Clavijo7.8 
 5. Mortellaro, Lan M.7.8 
 6. Larry, Regal F.7.8 
 7. Mesa, Clavijo7.7 
 8. Howard, Andorra7.4 
 9. Ramsdell, Avila7.3 
 10. Todorovic, Prat J.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Witt, Clavijo5.9 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi5.2 
 3. Lopez, Coruna5.1 
 4. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.4 
 5. Marco, ADT T.4.2 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca4.0 
 7. Rufian, Promobys3.8 
 8. Bavosi, Promobys3.5 
 9. Machuca, Illescas3.3 
 10. Suarez, Oviedo Feve3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jonathan BARCELO
  Plasencia
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Barcelo, Plasencia2.1 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 3. Martinez, Plasencia1.9 
 4. Witt, Clavijo1.8 
 5. Guirao, ADT T.1.8 
 6. Ramsey, Promobys1.7 
 7. Larry, Regal F.1.7 
 8. Bratton, Lan M.1.7 
 9. Bataller, ADT T.1.6 
 10. Casado, Santurtzi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.3 
 4. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 5. Cage, ADT Tarragona1.2 
 6. De Santana, Clavijo1.2 
 7. Conde, Avila1.1 
 8. Johnson, Andorra0.9 
 9. Aramburu, ADT T.0.8 
 10. Hampl, Santurtzi0.8 


Copa del Rey: Regal Barca and Caja Laboral in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca and Caja Laboral completed the Semifinals picture of the Spanish Copa del Rey. Two teams will meet today at 20:30h.
Regal Barca outplayed DKV Joventut 86-66 in the Quarterfinals. The winner had impressive last period ending it 28-14. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) nailed 18 points for Barca and Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) had three less. In DKV Joventut, Will McDonald (206-C-79, college: S.Florida) and Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.) netted 13 points each.
The reigning Spanish champion Caja Laboral eliminated Bilbao in very exciting game 76-74. Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports) shined in victory with double-double of 18 points and 10 assists. Stanko Barac (217-C-86) also nailed 18 points, but to go with 6 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) drained 31 points.
In the other Semifinals, Real Madrid will play against Valencia.


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 23-5 
 2. LF Basket 19-9 
 3. Sodertalje 19-9 
 4. Norrkoping 18-8 
 5. Uppsala 13-12 
 6. Solna 13-15 
 7. Boras 11-17 
 8. Jamtland 9-19 
 9. 08 6-19 
 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, Sodertalje20.2 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall19.9 
 5. Wesby, Sundsvall18.8 
 6. McCoy, Boras18.8 
 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. Constantine, Solna7.9 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.9 
 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. Hellgren, Jamtland4.4 
 7. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 9. Chuk, Sodertalje4.3 
 10. Smith, Sodertalje4.1 
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. Walker, Solna1.0 
 9. Cipriano, Eco O.1.0 
 10. Hanke, Norrkoping0.8 


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Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 18-2 
 2. Geneve Lions 14-6 
 3. Fribourg 13-7 
 4. SAV Vacallo 12-8 
 5. Monthey 12-8 
 6. Boncourt 10-10 
 7. Starwings 9-11 
 8. SAM Massagno 8-12 
 9. BBC Nyon 3-17 
 10. Zurich Wildcats 1-19 


Smith number one in Switzerland for round 19 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Steve Smith (200-F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Fribourg, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 36 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Boncourt (#6, 9-10) 81-77. Fribourg maintains the 2nd position in Swiss LNA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fribourg will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Fribourg's top player in his first season with the team. Former Iona College star has very solid stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (7th best: 19.8ppg), rebounds (7th best: 8.3rpg) and averages impressive 62.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82) of league's leader Lugano Tigers. Draughan had a very good evening with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he lead Lugano Tigers to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked SAM Massagno (#7, 8-11) 96-63. Of course Lugano Tigers still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 17 matches. Draughan is a newcomer at Lugano Tigers, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of Monthey (#5). Reid got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . He was a key player of Monthey, leading his team to a 95-80 easy win against the lower-ranked BBC Nyon (#9, 2-17). Monthey needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 7 lost games. Reid has a great season in Switzerland. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.9ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 9.4rpg (5th best). He also has 2.1spg and and 3PT: 44.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikola Dacevic (205-G/F-79) of SAV Vacallo - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Max Kouguere (198-F-87) of Geneve Lions - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Josh Almanson (205-F-82) of Geneve Lions - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Tony Gugino (207-C-86) of Boncourt - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Lester Hunte (196-G/F-88) of BBC Nyon - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Chad Byron (188-G-87) of BBC Nyon - 24 points and 4 rebounds
10. Marcus Sloan (205-F-82) of Geneve Lions - 19 points, 5 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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Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Jalaa 15-0 
 2. Jeish 14-1 
 3. Wathba 11-4 
 4. Wehda 9-5 
 5. Karameh 9-6 
 6. Kasyoun 8-7 
 7. Ittihad 7-7 
 8. Hurriya 6-9 
 9. Yarmouk 4-11 
 10. Talee'a 4-11 
 11. Meharda 1-14 
 12. Nawaeer 1-14 


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Tseng to sign with BJ Leagues Osaka Evessa - by Chris Wang
Local media reported that former Yulon Luxgen center Tseng Wen-Ting (202-C/F-84) will sign with Osaka Evessa of Japans pro league BJ League next week.

Tseng is expected to receive more playing time in the BJ League, which allows teams to carry as many as five Western imports and one Asian import on their 15-man rosters.

The 204cm center chose the BJ League because Japan Basketball League (JBL), the other professional league in Japan, allows only two imports on each team.

BJ League adopts a 52-game regular season which ends in May. Top four teams in the Eastern and Western Division will advance to the playoffs. Osaka Evessa currently ranks second in the West with 19 wins and 11 losses.


Yulon keeps Jermaine Dailey - by Chris Wang
-- Yulon decided to keep Jermaine Dailey as its import until the end of the season, local media reported.
-- KKL import Shawn Hawkins exploded for 43 and 31 points respectively in the first two games after the Lunar New Year break and helped KKL to a upset win over Taiwan Beer.
- It seemed to me that KKL's Chen Ching-huan has been playing so much better since Hawkins' return.

Feb. 12
Yulon 84-67 BOT
Yulon: Chen Chih-chun 19p, Lu Cheng-ju 19p, J. Dailey 15p+25rb
BOT: Chen Shun-hsiang 21p, J. Vaudereuil 19p+10rb

PY 87-85 Dacin
PY: R. Jennings 17p+28rb, Hong Chih-shan 17p, James Mao 16p, Chien Chia-hung 16p+8rb
Dacin: Tien Lei 23p+10rb, A. Foyle 17p+11rb

TM 101-92 KKL
TM: M. Dove 27p+13rb+5s, Liu Sheng-yao 18p, Su Yi-chieh 15p
KKL: S. Hawkins 31p+20rb, Chen Ching-huan 18p+11rb, Chang Jun-hsuan 16p

Feb. 11
Dacin 78-71 BOT
Dacin: Tien Lei 24p+13rb, A.Foyle 22p+10rb
BOT: Chen Shun-hsiang 28p+10rb, J. Vaudereuil 15p, Hsu Chih-chang 13p+6rb

KKL 98-96 TB
KKL: S. Hawkins 43p+12rb, Chen Ching-huan 26p+8rb
TB: E. Jones 19p, Yang Ching-min 19p, Wu Tai-hao 14p

Standing:
1. Taiwan Beer 14-3
2. Pure Youth 12-5
3. Dacin Tigers 9-8
3. Yulon Luxgen 9-8
5. Taiwan Mobile 5-11
6. Bank of Taiwan 5-11
7. Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor 4-11


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Turkey U16 reaches the Final - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16-France U16 61:50

Turkey U16 reaches the Final of the home tournament in Gaziantep. The hosts overcame France U16 61:50 in the European Semifinal game. It was a defensive start as both teams tried to pay more attention at their side of the court. Turkey started with 8-5 and then the game was tied at the halftime. France produced 17-14 in the second period for 32:32 on the board. The second half however belonged to only one. Turkey won the third period 14-11 and then finished the game with 25-17 in the last frame.
Cedi Osman (193-G-95) paced all the winners with 12 points for the Final birth. Dogukan Sanli and Kartal Ozmizrak (181-G-95) followed him with 11 points as Turkey will face China in the Final on Sunday. Arthur Rozenfeld (175-G-95) ended up with 10 points in the loisng effort as France will take on Germany U16 for the third place. Olivier Yao-Delon (193-G-95) and Paul Rigot (199-G-95) posted 9 each in defeat.

Turkey U16: Cedi Osman 12, Dogukan Sanli (190-G-95) 11, Kartal Ozmizrak 11
France U16: Arthur Rozenfeld 10, Olivier Yao-Delon 9, Paul Rigot 9



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HS abroad results from last night - by David Edole
MERRITT ISLAND --Astronaut and Heritage battled for every inch on Friday night at Merritt Island High, but the War Eagles came out on top with a 53-50 boys basketball victory.
Neither team could pull away in the Class 4A, District 13 final, and both will move on to the regional tournament next Thursday. The War Eagles, however, will play on their own court.
'We're just proud of our kids,' said Astronaut coach Brett Gadapee. 'That's the first time since '76 we've gone back-to-back with district titles.'
The War Eagles (14-5), unexpected district winners over Merritt Island last season, were the top seed this year. Heritage (15-12), meanwhile, is the up-and-comer now, as a second-year school with no seniors.
'My ultimate goal for this season was to get a taste of state tournament play, and fortunately this team will do that,' Heritage High head coach Stephen Link said.
Heritage's Herly Ulysse stole the ball and drove for a layup with 58 seconds to play to put his team ahead, 50-49. Shion Brewer then forced a War Eagles turnover after the inbound pass, but the Panthers could not stretch their lead because of a double-dribble call.
Ulysse added to his late heroics by blocking an Astronaut shot on the other end, but the War Eagles eventually scored to go ahead following a steal.
Upshaw added two more points after an intentional foul call.
LaRon Smith of Heritage led all scorers with 22 points. Upshaw scored 15, while both Marquis White and Tevin Walker added 10 for Astronaut.
Neither team led by more than six points in the game.
The War Eagles will host the District 14 runner-up in the regional quarterfinal round, while Heritage will visit the District 14 champion.

GRAHAM --For the Graham boys basketball team, making it through the regular season meant theres more work to be done.
It didnt take much for coach Mike Williams to identify issues after the Red Devils lost 69-64 to visiting Jordan-Matthews to close Mid-State 2-A Conference play Friday night.
Not shooting well. Not shooting free throws, Williams said. Weve got a few things to work on with our backside defense.
Those elements added up to a disappointing end to the regular season for the fourth-place Red Devils (15-8 overall, 6-6 Mid-State 2-A Conference), wholl open the conference tournament Tuesday night at home against Eastern Randolph.
Jordan-Matthews (21-3, 9-3), which tied for second place in the league, held a 53-39 lead late in the third quarter.
Graham pieced together a gradual comeback, with Justin Cousins three-point play with 2:39 remaining in the game pulling the Red Devils to within 59-56. And when it looked bleak again for Graham, Kendall Patterson drained a 3-pointer to make it 66-62 with 17.5 seconds left.
Through this stretch, Jordan-Matthews James Milliken was clutch at the free-throw line, making 8 of 10 in the last couple of minutes. Milliken finished with 25 points.
We made free throws, Jordan-Matthews coach P.J. Lowman said. Late in the game, we did a good job. We didnt turn it over against their press.
Cousin, who was in and out of the lineup because of foul trouble, led Graham with 13 points. Darion Williams added 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Jereal Tate and Chris Richmond tallied 11 points apiece. Patterson chipped in with 10 points.
We need a little sense of urgency earlier in the game, Coach Williams said.



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Azovmash and Dnipro reach Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro made it into Superleague Cup Final. They overcame Donetsk in the first semifinal battle in Dnipropetrovsk tonight. Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) came up with 35 points to lead the hosts to an 89:84 victory. The teams got to a slow start in the game. Dnipro were up by one point after ten minutes of action 11:10. But things speeded up in the second term. Dnipro erupted for 34 points to build a 45:31 lead at halftime. But Donetsk answered right after the big break. They scored eleven unanswered points to narrow the deficit. Donetsk stayed close and trailed by only two points 57:59 at the final intermission. Dnipro hung on in the final period and with the help of accurate free throw shooting from Steve Burtt sealed the winning outcome at the end. Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi St.) delivered 22 points and 11 rebounds for Dnipro. Denis Ivanov (195-F-78) added 10 points in the victory. Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) answered with 22 points for Donetsk. J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, college: UNLV) chipped in 17 points and collected 8 boards in the loss.
Azovmash snatched a dramatic 82:81 win over the Cup reigning champions Ferro-ZNTU. Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) came up with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the Mariupol team. The teams stayed close throughout the whole clash. It all came down to the final seconds when Pustozvonov hit two free throws to gain an 82:81 lead for Azovmash. Christian Burns (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia) had a chance to win the battle for Ferro-ZNTU but missed a jumper. Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) tallied 19 points, while Alexander provided 20 points in the win. Keddric Mays (183-G-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) answered with 20 points for Ferro-ZNTU. Christian Burns had 16 points in the losing effort.



Chappell's 21 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old guard Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
He had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds for Hoverla in his team's victory, helping them to beat Khimik (#12, 10-22) 83-74. Hoverla maintains the 4th position in Ukrainian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hoverla will need more victories to improve their 19-13 record. In the team's last game Chappell had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hoverla's top player in his first season with the team. Jeremy Chappell averages this season 12.4ppg and 6.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was James Hughes (211-C-83) of Mykolaiv. He is American center in his first season at Mykolaiv. In the last game Hughes recorded impressive 14 points and 7 rebounds. Of course Mykolaiv cruised to a 68-59 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked BC Kyiv (#13, 8-23). This victory allowed Mykolaiv to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hughes is a newcomer at Mykolaiv and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Oleg Saltovets (202-F-77) of BC Kyiv (#13). Saltovets scored 11 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Saltovets' great performance BC Kyiv lost 59-68 to the higher-ranked Mykolaiv (#6, 16-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. BC Kyiv can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 8-23 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Saltovets he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Saltovets has individually a great season in Ukraine. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.8rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Denis Ikovlev (201-F-86) of Budivelnyk - 13 points and 7 rebounds
5. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84) of DniproAzot - 13 points and 8 rebounds
6. Brian Greene (196-G/F-83) of Mykolaiv - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80) of Budivelnyk - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Eric Coleman (200-C-85) of Hoverla - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Zach Morley (203-F-83) of Budivelnyk - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Andrius Mazutis (180-G-81) of Mykolaiv - 8 points, 5 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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BBL Friday 11 Feb Round Up - by Paul Nilsen
There were two important centurions on Friday night as the Newcastle Eagles extended their lead at the top of the BBL Championship table and the Prestige Homes MK Lions closed in on the playoffs with their fifth consecutive win.

The Eagles moved two points clear of the Glasgow Rocks at the top of the BBL Championship as they won their thirteenth consecutive game in beating fellow top-four contenders the Cheshire Jets by 100-81. Newcastle's winning run dates back to October, when they were defeated by the Jets. Cheshire have lost three of their last four, with crucial defeats against other top-four rivals Mersey and Glasgow.


After a tight first half, the Eagles made their decisive push in the third period with a 6-0 burst, including two big plays from Kadiri Richard, to push the lead out to double-digits at 54-40. In the fourth, Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) opened with a triple, and he hit a second soon after for his 31st point and a lead of almost twenty at 83-64. The lead went through the twenty point mark at 88-66 on another Smith triple and through the century on Andrew Bridges basket with 30 seconds remaining.


Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) led the Eagles with a haul of 36 points and 9 rebounds, while Trey Moore was close to another triple-double with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.


Elsewhere, the Prestige Homes MK Lions secured a hard fought 101-100 win over the UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders to make it five BBL Championship wins in a row.


Travis Nelson had a massive double-double of 33 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Lions, supported by 28 from Shawn Myers. Evaldas Zabas led the visitors with 30 of his own, but the Raiders have still only won twice on the road all season with a record of 2-11.


The Raiders controlled the first half, but the Lions opened the second immediately with a 12-0 surge to take the lead at 63-59. The teams remained close, as the lead was never more than 6 and a number of lead changes ensued. But the hosts headed into the final minute at 97-93 on a Nelson score and any hopes of a comeback were dashed when Chez Marks was called for a technical foul with 30 seconds to play and Nelson and Myers sent their team through the century mark from the free-throw line.


BBL Round Up Sat 12 Feb - by Paul Nilsen
One Health Sharks Sheffield kept the pressure on the top four with a hard-fought 78-95 win at UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders.

The scoreline may have looked relatively comfortable but the Sharks were made to work hard by Plymouth until Atiba Lyons team pulled away during the fourth quarter thanks to the guard pairing of Marcus Stout (pictured) and Steve Dagostino.

Worcester Wolves never trailed all match as they destroyed Worthing Thunder 98-59 to keep in touch with the play-off positions.

Paul James team increased their lead gradually throughout the match as they dominated a Worthing team who remain on just one win this season in the BBL Championship.

Prestige Homes MK Lions used a massive second quarter effort to see off Essex Pirates in Southend.

The Lions, who are steadily climbing the BBL Championship table, had Stefan Gill (173-G-83) in excellent form with 41 points. Gill drained seven three-pointers as part of a very efficient nights work.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders took full advantage of a woeful shooting night by Guildford Heat to record a comfortable 95-64 victory at the John Sandford Centre.

The Heat shot below 30 percent as a team and saw their big three of Mike Martin, Julius Joseph and Martel McLemore combine to go 14 of 48 from the field as Riders Ryan Zamroz turned on a shooting clinic to lead all scorers with 34 points from just 20 attempts.



Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle 14-3 
 2. Liverpool MT 13-4 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 13-4 
 4. Cheshire Jets 12-6 
 5. Sheffield Sharks 11-5 
 6. Leicester Riders 10-9 
 7. Plymouth 10-10 
 8. Guildford Heat 10-10 
 9. MK Lions 8-8 
 10. Worcester 8-13 
 11. Worthing 1-18 
 12. Essex Pirates 0-20 


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Jeremy BELL
  Cheshire Jets
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Bell, Cheshire Jets23.4 
 2. Moore, Newcastle21.8 
 3. Smith, Newcastle20.6 
 4. Dagostino, Sheffi.20.6 
 5. Zabas, Plymouth20.5 
 6. Nelson, MK Lions20.3 
 7. Gilbert, Worcester20.3 
 8. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
 9. Blount, Leices.19.6 
 10. Stout, Sheffiel.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun DURANT
  Worthing
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Durant, Worthing9.9 
 2. Rowe, Plymouth9.4 
 3. Nottley, Worthing9.3 
 4. Myers, MK Lions9.2 
 5. Missere, Leices.9.0 
 6. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.7 
 7. Polk, Plymouth8.6 
 8. Williams, Sheffi.8.5 
 9. Toney, Liverpoo.8.4 
 10. Greer, Cheshire.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.1 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.8 
 3. Zabas, Plymouth5.4 
 4. Bolds, MK Lions5.1 
 5. Middleton, Worce.4.5 
 6. Blount, Leices.4.4 
 7. Patton, Sheffi.4.3 
 8. Harrison, Glasgow .3.9 
 9. Missere, Leices.3.9 
 10. Bell, Cheshire Jets3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bolds, MK Lions3.1 
 2. Middleton, Worce.2.5 
 3. Moore, Newcastle2.2 
 4. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.2 
 5. Harrison, Glasgow .2.1 
 6. Clark, MK Lions2.1 
 7. Gumbs, Plymouth2.0 
 8. Livas, Glasgow .1.9 
 9. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.1.9 
 10. Greer, Cheshire.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Plymouth
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Polk, Plymouth2.0 
 2. Missere, Leices.1.8 
 3. Richard, Newcastle1.3 
 4. Potter, Leices.1.1 
 5. Sturt, Essex P.1.1 
 6. Williams, Sheffi.1.0 
 7. Dobbins, Worcester1.0 
 8. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 9. Nelson, MK Lions0.7 
 10. Greer, Cheshire.0.6 


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Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 27
 1. Villegas, Olimpia27.0 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Hayes, Cordon23.3 
 7. Aguiar, Hebraica23.1 
 8. Taboada, Bigua22.3 
 9. Feeley, Trouville22.2 
 10. Coleman, Bohemios20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Feeley, Trouville11.1 
 4. Sweetney, Bigua10.6 
 5. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 6. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 7. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 8. Dilligard, Olimpia9.5 
 9. Kanis, Trouville9.4 
 10. Matthews, Defensor9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.1 
 2. Martinez, Malvin5.6 
 3. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.4 
 5. Gonzalez, Defensor5.3 
 6. Pereyra, Bohemios5.2 
 7. Muro, Aguada4.9 
 8. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 9. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
 10. Vidal, Bigua4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville2.5 
 3. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 4. Latham, Anastasia2.2 
 5. Aguilera, Trouville2.1 
 6. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 7. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 8. Woodward, Defensor2.0 
 9. Giacometti, Cader1.9 
 10. Osimani, Montevideo1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia3.9 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Newsome, Malvin2.2 
 4. Wilborn, Bigua2.1 
 5. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 6. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 7. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 8. Bortz, Malvin1.8 
 9. Freije, Hebraica1.8 
 10. Kanis, Trouville1.7 


Dilligard, Feeley and Villegas say goodbye to LUB - by Sergio Palay
Eliminations of Club Atletico Olimpia and Club Trouville has left the Uruguayan League without three of their best foreign players.

In different roles Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International), Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) and Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC) highlighted in this edition of the LUB.

Dilligard was probably the best defensive player of the tournament. A wall under the basket, their numbers 14.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game supports to player who played his second season in Uruguay.

In his first year in Uruguay, Villegas was without doubt the best offensive player. His numbers indicate 27 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Meanwhile, Feeley was a combative player from start to finish. The power forward led Club Trouville with numbers led to average 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

The season is over for them but hope to see them again for Uruguayan lands.


Aguada advanced to the LUB semifinals - by Hector Lopez
Aguada scored a 30-9 during the last quarter defeating Trouville 80-66 winnnin 3-1 the LUB quarter final serie, while Defensor Sporting after taking a 23 points lead during the third quarter defeat Hebraica Macabi just for one point 90-89 to tie 2-2 and they will needd a ffth game. For Aguada Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group) netted 20 points, Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, college: Clayton St.) added 14 with 6 rebounds and Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) netted 9 with 5 rebounds. For Trouville Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC) scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) acored 13 points with 12 rebounds.The best scorer for Defensor was Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) with 27 and Clerence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) added 21 with 9 rebounds. Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) scored 24 for Hebraica, Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) added 12 with 11 rebounds, and Matt Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) scored 10.

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Lazaros Papadopoulos expected to join Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Khimky have reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group). After the team parted ways with Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) Khimky were looking for a player to fill in the spot. Now everything indicates that Khimky found the replacement. The 30-year-old Papadopoulos started the season in PAOK. He tallied 16.0 points, 12.2 boards and 2.5 assists per game in EuroCup. In A1 his stats read 11.9 points, 7.5 boards and 2.0 assists per appearance. Lazaros Papadopoulos played in Russia in 2004/07 seasons. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Centre of the Year in 2005 while playing for Dynamo Moscow. Lazaros Papadopoulos played for Greek National Team in Olympic Games in Athens as well as 2005 and 2007 EuroBaskets and 2006 World Championships. The centre also had stints with Iraklis, Panathinaikos, Real Madrid and Bologna.




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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Bulleen B. 18-3 
 2. Canberra C. 17-4 
 3. Bendigo S. 14-7 
 4. Dandenong R. 11-9 
 5. Logan T. 11-10 
 6. Sydney UF 10-10 
 7. Townsville F. 9-10 
 8. Waves 7-14 
 9. Adelaide 3-17 
 10. AIS 3-19 


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Bulleen B.
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Cambage, Bulle.22.1 
 2. Denson, Sydney UF18.9 
 3. Madgen, Bendigo S.15.7 
 4. Macleod, Dandenon.15.6 
 5. Ebzery, Sydney UF15.6 
 6. Bishop, Dandenon.15.3 
 7. Batkovic-B., Canber.14.4 
 8. Marino, Adelaide14.4 
 9. Graham, Logan T.14.2 
 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.8.1 
 4. Gahan, Dandenong R.7.8 
 5. Bishop, Dandenon.7.3 
 6. Penaluna, Bulleen B.7.2 
 7. Richards, Bendi.7.0 
 8. Denson, Sydney UF7.0 
 9. Evans, Townsville F.6.9 
 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. O''Hea, Bulleen B.5.2 
 3. Harrower, Bendi.5.2 
 4. Macleod, Dandenon.5.2 
 5. Bevilaqua, Waves4.7 
 6. Flanagan, Townsvil.4.7 
 7. Marino, Adelaide3.7 
 8. Walker, Adelaide3.3 
 9. Milner, Bulleen B.2.9 
 10. Hunt, Canberra C.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, Adelaide2.0 
 5. Cole, AIS1.8 
 6. Zavecz, Bulleen B.1.5 
 7. Cosier, Canberra C.1.5 
 8. Langford, Adelaide1.4 
 9. Hill, Townsville F.1.4 
 10. Allen, AIS1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Bulleen B.
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Cambage, Bulle.2.9 
 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. Harper, Waves1.1 
 10. Batkovic-B., Canber.1.1 


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Bulgaria lost the first two games abroad - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria lost the first two games in Turkey at the International Tournament. In Day 1 Turkey rolled over Bulgaria 65:43 taking the lead from the very beginning. The hosts opened the game with 22-10 and then added 16-7 in the second frame. Later in the game Bulgaria looked better and managed to stay tough in the rest of the game. Bulgaria won the third quarter 11-9, while Turkey finished the opener with 18-15 in the last stanza. Hulya Coklar (187-C-95) and Melis Gulcan stepped up with 14 points for the hosts and Tilbe Senyurek collected 12 points and 16 boards. Borislava Hristova (180-F-96) replied with 19 points in the losing effort.
Poland won over Bulgaria 85:69 in Day 2 of the Canik International Tournament. Poland needed the first win to tie their record at 1-1 and will face the hosts, Turkey in the last day of the tournament. Bulgaria however opened the game with 24-19 in the opening quarter and then added 15-14 in the second quarter. The second half however completely belonged to the Polish side. They produced 23-14 in the third period and then erupted 29-16 in the last stanza. Magdalena Pisera top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Dominika Duraj aded 12. Iva Georgieva had a great night for the Bukgarian side as she poured in 26 points. Borislava Hristova nailed 16 and Maria Kamburova collected 9 points and 13 boards.



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  FINLAND - Women  


D1 Round 22: HoNsU beats Forssan Alku by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 22 in the D1 took place in Jyvaskyla. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Forssan Alku (11-10) to seventh ranked HoNsU (7-14) 79-76 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 24-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. HoNsU made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while Forssan Alku only scored four points from the stripe. HoNsU forced 24 Forssan Alku turnovers. Strangely Forssan Alku outrebounded HoNsU 41-28 including a 30-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, college: Lamar) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) (made all of her fourteen free throws !!!). Power forward Titta-Riina Lepisto (183-90) contributed with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International forward Minna Sten (188-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for Forssan Alku. HoNsU maintains seventh position with 7-14 record. Forssan Alku at the other side keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. HoNsU are looking forward to face league's leader Peli-Karhut in Kotka in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Forssan Alku will play at home against the league's second-placed Catz Lappeenranta (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
An interesting game for Catz Lappeenranta (14-8) which hosted in Lappeenranta one of their biggest challengers Aanekosken (13-9). Third ranked Catz Lappeenranta had an easy win 79-40. Russian center Elizaveta Kityzina (195-80) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Kaisa Tuure chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Catz Lappeenranta's coach Mika Haakana felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Judie Lomax (180-88, college: Columbia) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Catz Lappeenranta have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Aanekosken at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Catz Lappeenranta will play against Forssan Alku (#6) on the road in the next round. Aanekosken will play against Espoo Team and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
D1 top team - Peli-Karhut (15-6) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Kerava Energia Team (1-22) 77-54. Krystal Vaughn notched a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds to lead the effort. Coach Seppo Kurki's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 19 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals by Lisa Karcic did not help to save the game for Kerava Energia Team. Peli-Karhut maintains first position with 15-6 record. Kerava Energia Team lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Peli-Karhut will meet HoNsU (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Kerava Energia Team will have a break next round.
The game between sixth ranked Torpan Pojat (12-10) and 8th ranked Kerava Energia Team (1-22) in Helsinki ended with biggest points difference. Torpan Pojat outscored guests from Kerava 85-46. Dandra Moss fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Torpan Pojat had such big advantage that coach Mikko Kurki felt comfortable to give the chance to play for 11 players saving starting five for next games. Torpan Pojat moved-up to fifth place. Kerava Energia Team lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



ToPo - Kerava 85-46

The game between sixth ranked Torpan Pojat (12-10) and 8th ranked Kerava Energia Team (1-22) in Helsinki ended with biggest points difference. Torpan Pojat outscored guests from Kerava 85-46. The game without a history. Torpan Pojat 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 Kerava Energia Team's 34. Torpan Pojat forced 27 Kerava Energia Team turnovers and outrebounded them 46-24 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Dandra Moss (183-88, college: Va Commonwealth) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international center Taru Tuukkanen (190-77, college: Xavier) chipped in 28 points and 7 rebounds. Torpan Pojat had such big advantage that coach Mikko Kurki felt comfortable to give the chance to play for 11 players saving starting five for next games. Cypriot power forward Lisa Karcic (185-86, college: Villanova) produced 15 points and 7 steals and center Silja Paavola (183-83) added 6 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Torpan Pojat moved-up to fifth place. Kerava Energia Team lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
ToPo: T.Tuukkanen 28+7reb+2ast, D.Moss 20+15reb+5ast, A.Juvonen 10+1reb+2ast, A.Arppe 7+7reb+1ast, E.Nurmi 4+5reb+1ast, J.Sundstrom 4+2reb+1ast
Kerava: L.Karcic 15+4reb+3ast, V.Koponen 8+4reb, K.Myllymaki 7+1reb, S.Paavola 6+5reb+1ast, M.Kilpijarvi 5, E.Punkkinen 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 106952


Kerava - PeKa 54-77

D1 top team - Peli-Karhut (15-6) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Kerava Energia Team (1-22) 77-54. The game was mostly controlled by Peli-Karhut. Kerava Energia Team managed to win second period 22-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Peli-Karhut dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kerava Energia Team's 26. Peli-Karhut forced 21 Kerava Energia Team turnovers and outrebounded them 53-33 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Krystal Vaughn (185-86, college: Va Commonwealth, agency: LBM Management) notched a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Amanda Lassiter (186-79, college: Missouri) supported her with 6 points and 12 rebounds. Coach Seppo Kurki's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 19 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals by Cypriot power forward Lisa Karcic (185-86, college: Villanova) did not help to save the game for Kerava Energia Team. Forward Evianna Sipila (172-95) added 10 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Peli-Karhut maintains first position with 15-6 record. Kerava Energia Team lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Peli-Karhut will meet HoNsU (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Kerava Energia Team will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
PeKa: K.Vaughn 35+22reb+1ast, L.Lehtoranta 10, A.Pounds 8+4reb+4ast, L.Richter 8+5reb, A.Lassiter 6+12reb+2ast, L.Lehtoranta 5+3reb
Kerava: L.Karcic 19+13reb+4ast, E.Sipila 10+6reb+1ast, S.Paavola 8+4reb+1ast, H.Kilponen 7+2reb+1ast, K.Myllymaki 5+3reb+1ast, E.Punkkinen 5+3reb
gschID: 106953


HoNsU - FoA 79-76

The most exciting game of round 22 in the D1 took place in Jyvaskyla. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Forssan Alku (11-10) to seventh ranked HoNsU (7-14) 79-76 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 24-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. HoNsU made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while Forssan Alku only scored four points from the stripe. HoNsU forced 24 Forssan Alku turnovers. Strangely Forssan Alku outrebounded HoNsU 41-28 including a 30-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Dionne Pounds (174-84, college: Lamar) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) (made all of her fourteen free throws !!!). Power forward Titta-Riina Lepisto (183-90) contributed with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International forward Minna Sten (188-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and American guard Judy Wright (172-84) added 8 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Forssan Alku. HoNsU maintains seventh position with 7-14 record. Forssan Alku at the other side keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. HoNsU are looking forward to face league's leader Peli-Karhut in Kotka in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Forssan Alku will play at home against the league's second-placed Catz Lappeenranta (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
HoNsU: D.Pounds 35+3reb+3ast, K.Summala 9+3reb+2ast, E.Nikula 9+6reb+1ast, K.Karkkainen 9+6reb+1ast, T.Lepisto 8+6reb+4ast, L.Lahtinen 7+1reb
FoA: M.Sten 24+12reb, J.Jahilo 10+2reb+3ast, K.Kojola 10+2reb+2ast, H.Rosenfeldt 9+4reb+1ast, J.Wright 8+10reb+6ast, M.Moua 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 106954


Catz - Huima 79-40

An interesting game for Catz Lappeenranta (14-8) which hosted in Lappeenranta one of their biggest challengers Aanekosken (13-9). Third ranked Catz Lappeenranta had an easy win 79-40. Catz Lappeenranta dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Aanekosken's 20. They outrebounded Aanekosken 45-31 including 18 on the offensive glass. Russian center Elizaveta Kityzina (195-80) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Kaisa Tuure (189-78) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Catz Lappeenranta's coach Mika Haakana felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Judie Lomax (180-88, college: Columbia) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and her fellow American import power forward Michele Jones (186-87, college: Cincinnati) scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. Catz Lappeenranta have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Aanekosken at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Catz Lappeenranta will play against Forssan Alku (#6) on the road in the next round. Aanekosken will play against Espoo Team and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Catz: E.Kityzina 14+10reb+1ast, H.Vapamaa 11+3reb+1ast, V.Kesanen 11+3reb+1ast, K.Tuure 10+8reb, L.Lee 9+6reb, K.Jallai 8+6reb+1ast
Huima: J.Lomax 10+10reb+1ast, M.Pekkarinen Bland 10+1reb, K.Robinson 9+7reb, M.Jones 8+10reb, S.Uecker 3+1reb+1ast, E.Nurmi 0
gschID: 106955




Topo knocked down Kerava Energia Team - by Elina Koskinen
Topo took an easy 85-46 win over Keravan Energia Team in Helsinki on Friday evening. Home team ruled the game from the beginning and didnt give any chance for the visitors as they won every quarter 24-13, 21-9, 22-13 and 18-11. However both teams struggled in three-point-shots and Topo shot with the accuracy of 18 % while Keravan Energia Team with 11 %. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) was the star of home team and led the game netting 28 points. One key to the victory was also the rebounds which ToPo won by numbers 50-29. Dandra Moss (183-F-88, college: Va Commonwealth) from ToPo ruled under the basket taking 15 rebounds. Moss assisted Tuukkanen also scoring 20 points. Lisa Karcic (185-F/C-86, college: Villanova) was lone to score over 10 points from Keravan Energia Team as she netted 15 points.

PeKa took an easy win over Keravan Energia Team - by Elina Koskinen
Keravan Energia Team lost two points for league leader PeKa in Kerava tonight. Visitors were better by clear numbers 54-77. However home team fight well especially in the second quarter which they won 22-13. And in the half-time numbers were 33-36. After the break PeKa started to run and added their lead in the third and the fourth quarters. PeKa's Krystal Vaughn (185-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Va Commonwealth) led the game and netted 35 points and gathered as much as 22 rebounds. Lisa Karcic (185-F/C-86, college: Villanova) finished the highest numbers 19 points and 13 rebounds for Keravan Energia Team.

Catz was a cruel host for Huima - by Elina Koskinen
Catz didnt give any chance for Huima who visited in Lappeenranta tonight. Final score 79-40 shows how overwhelmingly Catz ruled the game. After few minutes game was 11-0 for home team and after 3 minutes the visitors scored their first points. Catz added their lead evenly throughout the game and won also rebounds 48-34. Points were made quite evenly in both teams. The game highest score, 14 points, was netted by Elizaveta Kityzina (195-C-80) from Catz. Also Vilma Kesanen (173-G-88) and Hanna Vapamaa (180-F-90) both scored 11 points for Catz. Meanwhile Maiju Pekkarinen Bland (178-F-84) and Judie Lomax (180-F-88, college: Columbia) netted 10 points for Huima. The highest amount of rebounds was shared among three players. Kityzina from Cats along with Lomax and Michele Jones (186-F/C-87, college: Cincinnati) from Huima all gathered 10 rebounds.

HoNsU reached for a victory over FoA - by Elina Koskinen
Tonights most exciting match was played in Jyvaskyla. Honsu won the thriller against FoA by numbers 79-76. In the first quarter lead was changed for few times, but then in second and third quarter it seemed like FoA would go on and win the game. The visitors had already 49-35 lead in the half-time. In the last period HoNsU found more energy to fight for the victory and FoA started to loose the grip. Visitors lost their 64-74 lead which they had 6 minutes before the final whistle and home team made 15-2 run and won the match. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, college: Lamar) was the star of the game and of HoNsU finishing 35 points. Minna Sten (188-F-87) was the fighter for FoA as she netted 24 points and took the game highest 12 rebounds.

Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. PeKa 15-6 
 2. Catz 14-8 
 3. Espoo Team 13-7 
 4. Huima 13-9 
 5. ToPo 12-10 
 6. FoA 11-10 
 7. HoNsU 7-14 
 8. Kerava 1-22 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Krystal VAUGHN
  PeKa
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Vaughn, PeKa25.2 
 2. Moss, ToPo24.2 
 3. Pounds, HoNsU24.2 
 4. Tuukkanen, ToPo19.6 
 5. Karcic, Kerava18.5 
 6. Robinson, Huima18.3 
 7. Laaksonen, Espoo T.18.2 
 8. Lassiter, PeKa17.3 
 9. Wright, FoA17.0 
 10. Piipari, Catz15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Robinson, Huima15.5 
 2. Moss, ToPo12.7 
 3. Karcic, Kerava11.6 
 4. Laaksonen, Espoo T.11.5 
 5. Vaughn, PeKa11.4 
 6. Lassiter, PeKa11.1 
 7. Jones, Huima10.9 
 8. Kityzina, Catz9.5 
 9. Tuukkanen, ToPo9.3 
 10. Martin, PeKa9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dionne POUNDS
  HoNsU
  (174-F-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Pounds, HoNsU3.9 
 2. Wright, FoA3.7 
 3. Karcic, Kerava3.2 
 4. Moss, ToPo3.2 
 5. Lassiter, PeKa2.9 
 6. Piipari, Catz2.9 
 7. Robinson, Huima2.8 
 8. Lee, Catz2.4 
 9. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.2 
 10. Morris, Huima2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa KARCIC
  Kerava
  (185-F/C-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Karcic, Kerava5.2 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU4.3 
 3. Lassiter, PeKa3.1 
 4. Wright, FoA3.0 
 5. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.8 
 6. Robinson, Huima2.7 
 7. Morris, Huima2.4 
 8. Lee, Catz2.1 
 9. Piipari, Catz2.0 
 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. Kilponen, Kerava0.6 
 4. Karcic, Kerava0.6 
 5. Holopainen, Espoo T.0.6 
 6. Jahilo, FoA0.5 
 7. Robinson, Huima0.5 
 8. Pavlovskaya, ToPo0.5 
 9. Kosunen, Kerava0.5 
 10. Hietanen, ToPo0.5 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Marburg 15-2 
 2. Wasserburg 14-3 
 3. Saarlouis 14-3 
 4. Donau-Ries 11-6 
 5. Freiburg 9-8 
 6. Wolfenbuettel 8-9 
 7. Halle 8-10 
 8. Oberhausen 6-12 
 9. Leipzig 5-12 
 10. Rhein MB 5-12 
 11. Herner 4-13 
 12. Chemnitz 4-13 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ofa TULIKIHIHIFO
  Wolfenbuettel
  (180-G/F-84)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Tulikihihifo, Wolfen.17.8 
 2. Hayes, Freiburg17.7 
 3. Williams, Leipzig17.3 
 4. Turner, Freiburg16.7 
 5. Terzic, Herner16.4 
 6. Holmes, Wasserburg16.3 
 7. Hollinquest, Saarl.15.2 
 8. Bender, Oberhausen14.9 
 9. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.14.7 
 10. Smith, Saarlouis14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sequoia HOLMES
  Wasserburg
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Holmes, Wasserburg7.9 
 2. Haughian, Leipzig7.7 
 3. Landry, Marburg7.6 
 4. Williamson, Halle7.2 
 5. Rajecka, Donau-Ries7.1 
 6. Williams, Leipzig7.1 
 7. Tracey, Freiburg7.1 
 8. Hollinquest, Saarl.7.0 
 9. Greunke, Rhein MB6.8 
 10. Jeltema, Chemnitz6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries5.3 
 2. Comtesse, Saarl.4.8 
 3. Paige, Halle3.9 
 4. Pace, Leipzig3.6 
 5. O''Rourke, Chemnitz3.5 
 6. Mersch, Oberhausen3.4 
 7. Austmann, Oberh.3.2 
 8. Davidson, Marburg3.1 
 9. Barnert, Saarlouis2.8 
 10. Veselovski, Herner2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries3.6 
 2. Pace, Leipzig2.8 
 3. Hayes, Freiburg2.6 
 4. Hightower, Wasse.2.4 
 5. Austmann, Oberh.2.4 
 6. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.2.3 
 7. Tracey, Freiburg2.2 
 8. Holmes, Wasserburg2.2 
 9. Turner, Freiburg2.1 
 10. Porter-T., Wasse.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sequoia HOLMES
  Wasserburg
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Holmes, Wasserburg1.2 
 2. Landry, Marburg1.1 
 3. Greunke, Rhein MB0.8 
 4. Muurinen, Rhein MB0.7 
 5. Jeltema, Chemnitz0.7 
 6. Gohrke, Marburg0.7 
 7. Smith, Saarlouis0.7 
 8. Greinacher, Oberh.0.6 
 9. Saarinen, Rhein MB0.6 
 10. Tracey, Freiburg0.6 


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  GREECE - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 14-0 
 2. Esperides 10-4 
 3. DAS Ano Liosa 10-4 
 4. Aris 9-5 
 5. Panathinaikos 9-5 
 6. Apollon 8-7 
 7. Panionios 8-7 
 8. FEA Neas 8-7 
 9. PAOK 6-9 
 10. Proteas 3-12 
 11. Olympiakos 2-13 
 12. Amarillida 0-14 


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kaili MCLAREN
  Apollon
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. McLaren, Apollon18.2 
 2. Koch, Panionios16.7 
 3. Delva, DAS A.16.6 
 4. Frohlich, Proteas16.6 
 5. Marginean, Panath.16.0 
 6. Milkova, Esperides15.9 
 7. Mazic, Panionios15.7 
 8. Karadima, Apollon15.5 
 9. Kotsopoulos, DAS A.15.4 
 10. Henry, FEA Neas15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirna MAZIC
  Panionios
  (188-F-85)
  Avg: 14
 1. Mazic, Panionios14.0 
 2. McLaren, Apollon12.7 
 3. Delva, DAS A.11.5 
 4. Frohlich, Proteas11.0 
 5. Skibbe, DAS A.10.8 
 6. Tierny, Panionios10.2 
 7. Thompson, Olymp.9.4 
 8. Skrba, Aris9.2 
 9. Nkele, Apollon8.4 
 10. Ducker, Esperides8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Natali PLOUBI
  DAS Ano Liosa
  (169-G-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Ploubi, DAS A.6.5 
 2. Lymoura, Athin.4.7 
 3. LeNoir, Aris4.6 
 4. Axiopoulou, Esperides4.0 
 5. Koch, Panionios3.9 
 6. Kalogirou, Esperides3.6 
 7. Green, PAOK3.4 
 8. Fox, Proteas3.4 
 9. Hatzinikolao., Athina.3.4 
 10. Magaliou, Apollon3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Roula KALOGIROU
  Esperides
  (172-G-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Kalogirou, Esperides3.6 
 2. Derevjanik, Panath.2.9 
 3. Koch, Panionios2.8 
 4. Hatzinikolao., Athina.2.6 
 5. Green, PAOK2.4 
 6. Marginean, Panath.2.3 
 7. Skrba, Aris2.3 
 8. Fox, Proteas2.3 
 9. Axiopoulou, Esperides2.3 
 10. Halivera, FEA Neas2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Asimina KOUTSOUNOURI
  Olympiakos
  (190-C-)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Koutsounouri, Olympi.1.6 
 2. Skibbe, DAS A.1.4 
 3. Delva, DAS A.1.2 
 4. Rousou, Panionios1.1 
 5. Skrba, Aris1.1 
 6. Smirnaiou, DAS A.0.8 
 7. Mazic, Panionios0.7 
 8. McLaren, Apollon0.7 
 9. Tierny, Panionios0.7 
 10. Riley, Athinaikos0.7 


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  INDIA - Women  


KERALA WOMENS TEAM -FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - by M. Rajalingam

Here's the team roster of KERALA Women's team in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH

KERALA WOMENS TEAM

Coach: Mr.Antony Stephen
Assistant coach: Aevelyn Maria Jean
Manager: Iqbal Ahmed Khan

Players:
4. Lijimol.P
5. Athira.M
6. Rojamol.G
7. Neenumol.P.S
8. Litty Mathew (captain)
9. Suniya Joy
10.Lisha.M.D.
11.Anila Augustine
12.Rosmy Thomas
13.Lizy Mathew
14.Ashe Mathew
15.Seena joseph



DELHI WOMENS TEAM -FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - by M. Rajalingam

Here's the team roster of DELHI Women's team in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH

DELHI WOMENS TEAM

Coach: Ms.Nisha Soni
Assistant coach: Mr.Anwar Alam
Manager: Shiba Maggon

Players:
4. Akansha Singh
5. Somica Ohlyan
6. Raspreet Sidhu
7. Varsha
8. Manjul Prateeti
9. Harjeet Kaur
10.Bhawna Pachauri
11.Priya Dahiya
12.Ramandeep Kaur
13.Preeti Singh
14.Prashanti Singh
15.Asha Hegde



ANDHRA PRADESH WOMENS TEAM -FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - by M. Rajalingam


Here's the team roster of ANDHRA PRADESH Women's team in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH

ANDHRA PRADESH WOMENS TEAM

Coach: B.Ravinder
Assistant coach: Syed Shahabuddin
Manager: Raja Reddy

Players:
4. Aashna Ojwaney
5. Shilpa Suresh
6. D.Shravani Reddy
7. Likhitha Chekuri
8. Manda Meshram
9. Sneha Thakur
10.Noor Unisa
11.Dhanya.K
12.B.Ravalika
13.D.Priyanka
14.Kawaljit Kaur
15.Neethu.K.R




DELHI WOMENS TEAM -FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - by M. Rajalingam

Here's the team roster of DELHI Women's team in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH

DELHI WOMENS TEAM

Coach: Ms.Nisha Soni
Assistant coach: Mr.Anwar Alam
Manager: Shiba Maggon

Players:
4. Akansha Singh
5. Somica Ohlyan
6. Raspreet Sidhu
7. Varsha
8. Manjul Prateeti
9. Harjeet Kaur
10.Bhawna Pachauri
11.Priya Dahiya
12.Ramandeep Kaur
13.Preeti Singh
14.Prashanti Singh
15.Asha Hegde



MAHARASHTRA WOMENS TEAM -FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - by M. Rajalingam

Here's the team roster of MAHARASHTRA Women's team in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH

MAHARASHTRA WOMENS TEAM

Coach: Abdul Hameed Khan
Assistant coach: Abhay Chawan
Manager: Anup Rajurkar

Players:
4. Renu Maurya
5. Greesha Varghese
6. Amruta Bhuskute
7. Kushali Jethwa
8. Manisha Dange
9. Priyanka Panda
10. Smrithi
11. Sneha Rajguru
12. Prabha Vashikar
13. Shireen Limaye
14. Anamika
15. Renjusha Mathew


CHHATTISGARH WOMENS TEAM -FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - by M. Rajalingam
Here's the team roster of Chhattisgarh Women's team in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH

CHHATTISGARH WOMENS TEAM

Coach: Rajesh Patel
Assistant coach: Sarjeet Chakraborthy
Manager: Iqbal Ahmed Khan

Players:
4. Vinitha sharma
5. Aakansha singh
6. Jyoti singh
7. Bharti Nitam
8. L.Deepa
9. Aruna Kindo
10.Jilna Jose
11.Kavita
12.M.Pushpa
13.Shosan Tirkey
14.Anju Lakra
15.Seema Singh



KARNATAKA WOMENS TEAM -FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - by M. Rajalingam

Here's the team roster of KARNATAKA Women's team in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, From 10TH TO 15TH FEBRUARY, RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH

KARNATAKA WOMENS TEAM

Players:
4. Sandhya.M
5. Smitha.K
6. Nimisha.K.K
7. Savitha.L.S
8. Arati R.Kalburgi
9. Shijimol.K.Sunny
10. Reshma.G
11. Victoria Brijjit.A
12. Sushmitha.J
13. Snehapriya Tiwari
14. Kruthika Lakshman
15. Rajeshwari S.N



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  ITALY - Women  


Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Familia Schio 13-1 
 2. Umbertide 12-4 
 3. Taranto 11-4 
 4. Bracco Geas 11-4 
 5. Faenza 9-7 
 6. Umana Reyer 8-9 
 7. Comense 7-9 
 8. Lucca 6-9 
 9. Priolo 6-10 
 10. Basket Parma 5-11 
 11. Vomero NA 4-12 
 12. Pozzuoli 2-14 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Tanja CIROV
  Priolo
  (181-G/F-81)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Cirov, Priolo15.4 
 2. Antibe, Basket P.15.4 
 3. Summerton, Bracco G.14.8 
 4. Hicks, Comense14.3 
 5. Dixon, Pozzuoli13.8 
 6. Young, Taranto13.8 
 7. Pascalau, Priolo13.7 
 8. Moises Pinto, Fae.13.7 
 9. Sottana, Umana R.13.6 
 10. Walker, Pozzuoli13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petra UJHELYI
  Bracco Geas
  (192-C-80)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Ujhelyi, Bracco G.10.9 
 2. Ervin, Faenza10.9 
 3. Gidden, Vomero NA10.6 
 4. Walker, Pozzuoli10.0 
 5. Willis, Lucca9.1 
 6. Robert, Umbertide8.8 
 7. Ohlde, Umana Reyer7.9 
 8. McCarville, Famili.7.5 
 9. Antibe, Basket P.7.5 
 10. Stansbury, Umber.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Adriana MOISES PINTO
  Faenza
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Moises Pinto, Fae.3.8 
 2. Cohen, Familia Schio3.3 
 3. Andrade, Lucca3.3 
 4. Sottana, Umana R.3.2 
 5. Wambe, Taranto2.6 
 6. Zara, Umbertide2.5 
 7. Macchi, Familia Schio2.3 
 8. Ballardini, Umbertide2.3 
 9. Dixon, Pozzuoli2.3 
 10. Soli, Lucca2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nicole OHLDE
  Umana Reyer
  (193-F/C-82)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Ohlde, Umana Reyer4.4 
 2. Andrade, Lucca3.9 
 3. Sottana, Umana R.3.7 
 4. Ballardini, Umbertide3.7 
 5. Moises Pinto, Fae.3.6 
 6. Donvito, Comense3.5 
 7. Gidden, Vomero NA3.4 
 8. Soli, Lucca3.3 
 9. Antibe, Basket P.3.3 
 10. Hicks, Comense3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marte ALEXANDER
  Faenza
  (194-C-76)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Alexander, Faenza1.2 
 2. Godin, Taranto1.0 
 3. Zherzherunov., Fae.0.9 
 4. Ujhelyi, Bracco G.0.9 
 5. Sowinski, Comense0.8 
 6. Antibe, Basket P.0.8 
 7. Ogorodnikova, Umana R.0.6 
 8. McCarville, Famili.0.5 
 9. Robert, Umbertide0.5 
 10. Vilipic, Comense0.5 


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  JAPAN - Women  


Standings - JBL Women
WJBL Standings
 1. JX Sunflowers 24-1 
 2. Toyota A. 19-6 
 3. Denso 16-9 
 4. Fujitsu 15-10