EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/14/2011

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  ABI   


ABI finally at the start ? - by Gianni Pascucci
It seems that finally the Americas Basketball International league, launched almost two years ago by Anthony Toney will have its tipoff at the end of March... See here the official release sent yesterday by Mr Toney the same:
Finally The Wait is over for the ABI The Elite League to play says Commissioner Toney. ABI will have its Tip Off Classic with four of its teams from Liga Elite de Baloncesto de El Salvador and ABI. March 25-27, 2011 are the dates for the ABI Tip Off Classic which at that time the league will showcase four of the best team in it. SAN MARCOS, EX ALUMNOS COLEGIO SALESIANO, (ExSAL), Gladiators, Wolf Packs, we will play a 20 game season for about 21/2 months which would allow everyone to see the level of play and the talent in this league. The leaguewill consist of 10 to 12 teams from USA, Central and South America. Our Central America teams with their Commissioner Yamil Bukele has got the best talent and teams out of El Salvador and now the wait is over and everyone is ready to play in Birmingham, Alabama for the classic. For more imformation and up dates go to www.abibasket.com


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  ANGOLA   


1 De Agosto upset Portuguese champions - by Eurobasket News
1 De Agosto - Benfica 95:89 (OT)

1 De Agosto continued their winning run in Lisbon. They held off the Portuguese champions Benfica on the second day of Compal SuperCup. Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) came up with impressive 22 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Angolan powerhouse to the second straight win. 1 De Agosto will next take on Porto. Benfica will look for the initial win against Libolo tonight.
The first quarter was a close battle. The teams stayed tied at 15 after ten minutes. Benfica managed to pull in front in the second term to take a 34:32 halftime lead. The hosts extended the lead in the third term. They posted a 63:56 advantage at the third break. But 1 De Agosto quickly recovered in the fourth stanza. They erased the deficit and pulled ahead 70:67. Benfica managed to stay close and eventually Mike Williams knotted things up at 78 sending the game into overtime. Benfica lost Evora and Sergio Ramos who fouled out in overtime and 1 De Angola capitalized stealing a tough win at the end. Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76) provided 21 points, while Helder Ortet (201-C-82) had 13 points in the victory. Michael Williams (203-F-81, college: W.Michigan) responded with game-high 24 points for Benfica. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) delivered 21 points in defeat.

1 De Agosto: Felizardo Ambrosio 22+20 boards, Carlos Almeida 21, Helder Ortet 13
Benfica: Michael Williams 24, Antonio Tavares 21



Libolo surprise Porto in Lisbon - by Eurobasket News
Porto - Libolo 74:83

Libolo came up with a surprising win over Porto on the second day of Compal SuperCup in Lisbon. The Angolan team used the strong first half to stun the Dragons and eventually came out winners. Libolo and Porto are now at 1-1 record. Libolo will face Benfica, while Porto will take on undefeated 1 De Agosto on the final day of the tournament.
Libolo dominated right from the start. They outscored the Dragons 21:16 in the first quarter. More to come as Porto managed just 13 points in the second term. Libolo cleared off to a 13-point lead at the interval 41:29. Gregory Stempin tried to bring Porto back to life. He notched 7 points in the third quarter as the Portuguese team got as close as 7 points with one quarter to go 51:58. But Reggie Moore (203-F-81, college: ORU) boosted the lead back to 11 points and Libolo hung on to win the battle. Reggie Moore finished with solid 30 points and 8 rebounds for Libolo. Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) added 25 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Julian Terrell (206-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Vanderbilt) answered with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Porto. Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Porto: Julian Terrell 19, Nuno Marcal 17+10 boards
Libolo: Reggie Moore 30, Olimpio Cipriano 25, Milton Barros (184-G-84) 13



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Halcones Xalapa eke out win over Quimsa - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa - Quimsa 73:70

Halcones Xalapa stayed in the fight for the place in Liga Americas Final Four. They held off pesky Quimsa to improve at 1-1 record in Group F of the tournament. Halcones Xalapa will now take on Regatas Corrientes for a chance to qualify. Quimsa remained winless at 0-2 record and would now face Uniceub/BRB in the final round.
The Mexican champions earned a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Halcones recorded a 34:32 lead at halftime. Things hardly changed in the third term. Halcones rallied to a 53:49 lead with one quarter to go. Quimsa however spurred in front 59:58 in the fourth stanza. Halcones pulled back in front but Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) tied things up at 70. Mike Smith (201-G/F-76, college: La-Monroe) stepped up for Halcones Xalapa at the crucial moment. He drained a three-pointer and brought the Mexican side to the victory.
Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) delivered 23 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Halcones. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) added 15 points, while Mike Smith finished with 14 points in the win. Diego Lo Grippo responded with 18 points for Quimsa. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) had 13 points in the losing effort.

Halcones Xalapa: Louis Roe 23, Leandro Garcia Morales 15, Michael Mike Smith 14
Quimsa: Diego Lo Grippo 18, Julio Mazzaro 13



Hayes' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old forward Christopher Hayes (206-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sionista and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Olimpico LB (#15, 4-10) 83-74. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to the top of the standings in Round 10. Sionista maintains the 16th position in Argentinian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 11 games and recorded just three victories. Hayes just recently signed at Sionista, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Christopher Hayes averages this season 15.8ppg and 6.3rpg. Worth to mention Hayes played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances) of La Union. He is former international forward in his first season at La Union. In the last game Mikulas recorded impressive 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as La Union lost that game 73-83 to the lower-ranked Sionista (#16, 3-11). This loss caused La Union to drop to 5th position in . His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mikulas is a newcomer at La Union and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) of Quimsa (#7). Gonzalez scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Quimsa, leading his team to a 98-88 win against slightly lower-ranked Penarol (#9, 7-6). Quimsa needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Round 8. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Gonzalez has a very solid season. In 28 games in Argentina he scored 11.5ppg. Roman Gonzalez has also Argentinian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82) of Sionista - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Devin Davis (202-F-74) of Estudiantes - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Cedric Moodie (187-G-78) of Boca Jrs - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84) of Penarol - 20 points and 5 rebounds
8. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) of Quimsa - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Edward Nelson (203-F-82) of Estudiantes - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Roberto Gabini (198-F-75) of Atenas - 22 points and 3 rebounds

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


Regatas Corrientes tame Uniceub/BRB in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Regatas Corrientes - Uniceub/BRB 93:92

Regatas Corrientes celebrated the second straight win in Liga Americas Group F. They shot down Uniceub/BRB in overtime to stay on top of the ladder. Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) provided 22 points to pace the winners.
The hosts secured a narrow 24:22 lead after a tense first frame. Regatas continued to mount pressure in the second stanza. They built a 43:33 lead at the interval. However Uniceub/BRB went on a 14:4 run at the start of the second half to level things up. The teams traded baskets then and entered the fourth quarter knotted up at 55. The Brazilian champions jumped to a 72:66 lead with under a minute to go. But Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) knocked down a quick triple and Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) added two free throws to narrow the gap. Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81) nailed three free throws in the dying seconds but Carl Edwards answered with two baskets to send the game into overtime. The teams stayed close in the extra period. Eventually Eduardo Villares sealed the winning outcome for Regatas from the charity stripe.
Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) produced 17 points and 13 boards for Regatas Corrientes. Federico Kammerichs, Javier Martinez and Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) finished with 13 points each in the win. Nezinho dos Santos responded with 28 points and 7 assists for Uniceub/BRB. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) delivered 20 points in the loss.

Regatas Corrientes: Carl Edwards 22, Tyler Field 17+13 boards, Javier Martinez 13+10 assists
Uniceub/BRB: Nezinho dos Santos 28, Alexandre Garcia 20



LigaA Round 15: Derby game ends with Obras' defeat of Lanus - by Eurobasket News
LigaA is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 15 rounds left. Coincidentally all hosts won their games. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last 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 Buenos Aires: Obras (#1) and Lanus (#3). Obras (11-4) won against visiting Lanus (10-5) 76-69. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Lanus won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds for Lanus. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Obras have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-4 record. Lanus at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They share it with Atenas. Obras' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Boca Juniors.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Atenas (10-5) against fourteenth ranked Estudiantes (5-9) on Friday night. Visiting Atenas was defeated by Estudiantes in Bahia Blanca 88-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Atenas. It was a great evening for naturalized Italian guard Pablo Gil (188-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Devin Davis helped adding 19 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Roberto Gabini (198-75, agency: Interperformances) with 22 points. Atenas' coach Sebastian Gonzalez tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Estudiantes moved-up to thirteenth place. Atenas at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Lanus. Estudiantes will play against higher ranked Quimsa (#7) in Santiado Estero in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atenas will play on the road against Argentino (#12) in Junin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Sionista managed to get the second consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked La Union in Parana 83-73. It was an exceptional evening for Christopher Hayes who led the winners and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Gabriel Mikulas came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) for La Union in the defeat. La Union's coach Gabriel Picatto let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sionista maintains sixteenth place with 3-11 record. Loser La Union keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Gimnasia CR. Sionista will meet at home higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. La Union will play against Libertad Sunchales (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Monte Hermoso (8-8) and Club 9 (7-7), which took place in Rio Tercero. 8th ranked Monte Hermoso lost to eleventh ranked Club 9 in a road game 73-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Monte Hermoso. The best player for the winners was Martin Melo who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Club 9 moved-up to tenth place. Monte Hermoso at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Club 9's next round opponent will be higher ranked Penarol (#9) in Mar del Plata and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Another upset was a game between Penarol (7-6) and Olimpico de La Banda (4-10), which took place in La Banda. Higher ranked Penarol lost to fifteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda in a road game 72-77 on Friday. It was a good game for Djibril Kante who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Olimpico de La Banda maintains fifteenth place with 4-10 record. Defending champion Penarol keeps the ninth position with six games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face higher ranked Monte Hermoso (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 15: Boca Jrs was beaten by Gimnasia CR on the road 76-72. Bottom-ranked Sionista won against Olimpico LB on its own court 83-74. Penarol unfortunately lost to Quimsa in Santiado Estero 88-98.


Obras - Lanus 76-69

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Buenos Aires: Obras (#1) and Lanus (#3). Obras (11-4) won against visiting Lanus (10-5) 76-69. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Lanus won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Obras players scored in double figures. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Italian center Gabriel Fernandez (204-76) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Lanus. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Obras have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-4 record. Lanus at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They share it with Atenas. Obras' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Boca Juniors.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Pittman 17+5reb, L.Cequeira 16+4reb+1ast, J.Gutierrez 14+7reb+1ast, W.McFarlan 11+1reb+3ast, A.Alloatti 6+5reb, A.Elsener 6+1reb
Lanus: T.Taylor 13+5reb+1ast, R.Johns 10+1reb, L.Victoriano 8+3reb+2ast, N.Laprovittola 7+1reb+1ast, G.Fernandez 7+7reb, D.Prego 7
gschID: 117530


Estudiantes - Atenas 88-78

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Atenas (10-5) against fourteenth ranked Estudiantes (5-9) on Friday night. Visiting Atenas was defeated by Estudiantes in Bahia Blanca 88-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Atenas. The game was mostly controlled by Estudiantes. Atenas was better in third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for naturalized Italian guard Pablo Gil (188-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami (OH)) helped adding 19 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Roberto Gabini (198-75, agency: Interperformances) with 22 points and American power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Atenas' coach Sebastian Gonzalez tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Estudiantes moved-up to thirteenth place. Atenas at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Lanus. Estudiantes will play against higher ranked Quimsa (#7) in Santiado Estero in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atenas will play on the road against Argentino (#12) in Junin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes: P.Gil 25+5reb+1ast, E.Nelson 19+8reb+2ast, D.Davis 19+9reb+3ast, J.Espil 11+1reb+1ast, P.Sanchez 9+5reb+8ast, M.Gaynor 3+2reb
Atenas: R.Gabini 22+3reb+1ast, M.Lescano 11+3reb+2ast, G.Lewis 10+5reb, J.Williams 10+9reb+1ast, B.Labaque 9+2reb+8ast, M.Gerlero 8+4reb
gschID: 117525


Gimnasia CR - Boca Jrs 76-72

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Gimnasia CR (9-6) beat 13th ranked Boca Juniors (5-11) in Comodoro R. 76-72 on Friday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for Gimnasia CR especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. It was a good game for American guard Gerald Brown (193-75, college: Pepperdine) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Juan Brussino (185-91) answered with 17 points and American guard Cedric Moodie (187-78, college: Indianapolis) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Boca Juniors. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gimnasia CR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with La Union. Loser Boca Juniors dropped to the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Gimnasia CR will face higher ranked Lanus (#3) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Boca Juniors' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Obras.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia CR: G.Brown 20+3reb+5ast, F.Funes 13+4reb+2ast, H.Rollins 12+6reb+1ast, F.Mansilla 11+2reb, R.Okosa 8+3reb+1ast, M.Franco 5+1reb
Boca Jrs: J.Brussino 17+4reb+3ast, C.Moodie 16+3reb+4ast, D.Alston 12+2reb, M.Fierro 11+3reb, R.Elliott 8+8reb, F.Martina 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 117526


Sionista - La Union 83-73

Bottom-ranked Sionista managed to get the second consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked La Union in Parana 83-73. The game without a history. Sionista led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Sionista especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Christopher Hayes (206-87, college: Detroit Mercy) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Pedro Franco (187-81) accounted for 8 points and 11 assists for the winning side. Hayes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Sionista players scored in double figures. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) and American forward Damian Cantrell (200-76, college: USF) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively for La Union in the defeat. La Union's coach Gabriel Picatto let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sionista maintains sixteenth place with 3-11 record. Loser La Union keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Gimnasia CR. Sionista will meet at home higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. La Union will play against Libertad Sunchales (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sionista: C.Hayes 18+5reb+2ast, A.Zilli 15+5reb, D.Osella 14+6reb+1ast, M.Fioretti 13+4reb, P.Rodriguez 11+4reb+3ast, P.Franco 8+2reb+11ast
La Union: G.Mikulas 23+7reb+2ast, D.Jackson 15+4reb, N.Aguirre 10+1reb+1ast, D.Cantrell 8+12reb+1ast, A.Pau 6, L.Perez 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 117527


Club 9 - Monte Hermoso 80-73

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Monte Hermoso (8-8) and Club 9 (7-7), which took place in Rio Tercero. 8th ranked Monte Hermoso lost to eleventh ranked Club 9 in a road game 73-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Monte Hermoso. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 23-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Martin Melo (197-82) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Italian-Paraguayan forward Bruno Zanotti (197-82, college: Merrimack) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five Club 9 players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Chuck Robinson (201-72, college: E.Carolina, agency: Dream Team Management) who recorded 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Hernando Salles (188-79) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively. Club 9 moved-up to tenth place. Monte Hermoso at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Club 9's next round opponent will be higher ranked Penarol (#9) in Mar del Plata and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Club 9: B.Zanotti 14+5reb+1ast, M.Melo 13+8reb+1ast, E.Martina 13+4reb, J.Meyinsse 12+5reb+1ast, L.Barlasina 11+4reb, G.Luchino 6+5reb+4ast
Monte Hermoso: H.Salles 19+2reb+4ast, C.Robinson 18+6reb+1ast, B.Johnson 15+4reb+1ast, A.White 7+5reb+2ast, C.Paredes 5+2reb, G.Sciutto 4+3reb
gschID: 117528


Olimpico LB - Penarol 77-72

Another upset was a game between Penarol (7-6) and Olimpico de La Banda (4-10), which took place in La Banda. Higher ranked Penarol lost to fifteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda in a road game 72-77 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 36-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Olimpico de La Banda made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American center Djibril Kante (201-80, college: Indiana St.) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Andre Laws (186-80, college: San Diego, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey, agency: KMG Sports Management) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Penarol. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Olimpico de La Banda maintains fifteenth place with 4-10 record. Defending champion Penarol keeps the ninth position with six games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face higher ranked Monte Hermoso (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: A.Laws 17+4ast, D.Kante 14+6reb+1ast, C.Romero 14+3reb, E.Ruiz 10+7reb+1ast, N.De los Santos 9+4reb+3ast, C.Amicucci 5+4reb
Penarol: K.Lamonte 20+5reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 12+1reb+5ast, M.Leiva 11+3reb, L.Gutierrez 10+5reb, M.Mata 6+8reb+1ast, N.Lauria 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 117524


Round 10
Sionista - Olimpico LB 83-74

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 15th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (4-10) lost to bottom-ranked Sionista (3-11) in Parana 74-83 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olimpico de La Banda won fourth quarter 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sionista shot 60.9 percent from the field and made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Sionista had a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Olimpico de La Banda was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Christopher Hayes (206-87, college: Detroit Mercy) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Juan Manuel Locatelli (198-75) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Hayes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Sionista players scored in double figures. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Diego Guaita (204-83) answered with 22 points and guard Lucas Picarelli (184-81) added 9 points and 6 assists in the effort for Olimpico de La Banda. Sionista maintains sixteenth place with 3-11 record. Olimpico de La Banda lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with ten games lost. Sionista will face higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#11) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Sionista: C.Hayes 25+11reb+1ast, J.Manuel Locatelli 17+4reb+3ast, A.Zilli 14+5reb+2ast, P.Rodriguez 13+2reb+3ast, P.Franco 5+1reb+6ast, D.Hure 4+1reb
Olimpico LB: D.Guaita 22+2reb+2ast, D.Kante 11+5reb+1ast, L.Picarelli 9+3reb+6ast, C.Romero 9+6reb, A.Laws 8+3ast, N.De los Santos 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 121380


Round 8
Quimsa - Penarol 98-88

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Quimsa (8-7) won against 9th ranked Penarol (7-6) in Santiado Estero 98-88 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-88. Quimsa made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international center Roman Gonzalez (211-78) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Center Alejandro Diez (201-87) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Marcos Mata (202-86) added 12 points in the effort for Penarol. Four Quimsa and five Penarol players scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Quimsa moved-up to seventh place. Defending champion Penarol keeps the ninth position with six games lost. Quimsa will face Estudiantes (#13) in Bahia Blanca in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Penarol will play on the road against Club 9 (#10) in Rio Tercero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 22+4reb+2ast, R.Gonzalez 22+7reb+1ast, J.Treise 18+1reb+3ast, A.Marin 15+6reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 7+5reb+1ast, D.Cavaco 6+2reb+4ast
Penarol: A.Diez 15+5reb+1ast, K.Lamonte 14+2ast, M.Mata 12+3reb+3ast, M.Leiva 10+5reb, L.Gutierrez 10+3reb, S.Safar 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 120579




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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


ASEAN-League Round: 1 (Finals). Thailand Slammers take the lead - by Eurobasket News
Thailand S. - Philip.Patriots 66-58
The top-ranked Thailand Slammers drew first blood in the ASEAN League Finals. They held off Philippine Patriots in Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series. Chris Kuete (195-G/F-83) scored 18 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) opened the game with a three-pointer and the Patriots led for the bigger part of the starting quarter. But Chris Kuete came up with a pair of baskets late in the first term to put the Slammers in front 15:14. Chris Kuete and Ardy Larong (190-G/F-80) stretched the lead to 9 points late in the second term 29:20. The visitors got closer but still trailed by 6 points at halftime 28:34. Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) and Attaporn Attaporn Lertmalaiporn gave the home team a 10-point cushion midway through the third term. But the Patriots reacted with a 16:3 rally to ensure a 44:41 lead late in the quarter. Baguion Froilan nailed four points to level things up at 47. The hosts strongly entered the fourth quarter and boosted the margin to 11 points 60:49. The Patriots never recovered in the reminder of the clash and surrendered at the end. Jason Dixon notched 14 points and 13 boards for the Slammers. Ardy Larong netted 12 points in the victory. Gabe Freeman answered with 16 points and 11 boards for the Patriots. Erwin Santa Maria (196-F-77) and Steve Thomas (203-F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) registered 11 points each. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for February 19.




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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. Williams, Tigers17.1 
 5. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 7. Clark, Blaze16.6 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers15.7 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers15.3 
 10. Ubaka, Taipans15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.6 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.0 
 3. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 4. Vukona, Breakers7.3 
 5. Holmes, 36ers7.3 
 6. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 7. Williams, Tigers6.9 
 8. Knight, Wildcats6.8 
 9. Clark, Blaze6.7 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Williams, Tigers5.8 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.6 
 3. Saville, Hawks4.5 
 4. Carter, 36ers4.4 
 5. Shannon, 36ers4.3 
 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. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 7. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 8. Dorsey, Taipans1.2 
 9. Carter, 36ers1.2 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Wildcats
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 2. Ballinger, 36ers2.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.9 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 8. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 9. Gilder, Sydney K.1.1 
 10. Freeman, Croco.0.9 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 16-3 
 2. Wildcats 13-9 
 3. Crocodiles 12-8 
 4. Taipans 11-8 
 5. Hawks 10-11 
 6. Blaze 10-11 
 7. 36ers 8-12 
 8. Tigers 7-13 
 9. Sydney K. 4-16 


NBL Round 18: Perth Wildcats lose to Wollongong Hawks - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Gwynneville between second ranked Perth Wildcats (13-9) and fifth ranked Wollongong Hawks (10-11) on Saturday night. Perth Wildcats were crushed by Wollongong Hawks on the road 73-105. The game without a history. Wollongong Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Perth Wildcats helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international forward Oscar Forman (205-F-82) who led his team to a victory with 21 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Center Larry Davidson (207-83, college: Boise St.) contributed with 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Kevin Lisch (188, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) replied with 20 points for Perth Wildcats. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Wollongong Hawks maintains fifth position with 10-11 record, which they share with Blaze. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the second place with nine games lost. Wollongong Hawks is looking forward to face higher ranked Townsville Crocodiles (#3) in Wulguru in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Perth Wildcats will play at home against Adelaide 36ers in Findon and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Cairns Taipans (11-8) against fourth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (12-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Cairns Taipans were defeated by Townsville Crocodiles in a tough game in Wulguru 74-81. The former international guard Peter Crawford (193-79) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Michael Cedar chipped in 19 points during the contest. Townsville Crocodiles' coach Trevor Gleeson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Daniel Dillon (191-86, college: Arizona) with 17 points and 5 assists. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to third place. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play on the road against Melbourne Tigers and hope to get back on the winning track.
NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (16-3) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eighth ranked Melbourne Tigers (7-13) in Auckland 101-91. Kirk Penney notched 24 points to lead the effort. New Zealand Breakers' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 35 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by Cameron Tragardh did not help to save the game for Melbourne Tigers. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-3 record. Loser Melbourne Tigers keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will meet Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Melbourne Tigers will play against Cairns Taipans and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 18 36ers were beaten by Blaze on the road 95-79. Bottom-ranked Sydney K. lost to defending champion Wildcats on its own court 84-98.


Hawks - Wildcats 105-73

The most important game in the last round took place in Gwynneville between second ranked Perth Wildcats (13-9) and fifth ranked Wollongong Hawks (10-11) on Saturday night. Perth Wildcats were crushed by Wollongong Hawks on the road 73-105. The game without a history. Wollongong Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Perth Wildcats helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international forward Oscar Forman (205-82) who led his team to a victory with 21 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Center Larry Davidson (207-83, college: Boise St.) contributed with 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Kevin Lisch (188, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) replied with 20 points and guard Brad Robbins (186-85) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Perth Wildcats. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Wollongong Hawks maintains fifth position with 10-11 record, which they share with Blaze. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the second place with nine games lost. Wollongong Hawks is looking forward to face higher ranked Townsville Crocodiles (#3) in Wulguru in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Perth Wildcats will play at home against Adelaide 36ers in Findon and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: K.Lisch 20+4reb+3ast, J.Wagstaff 10+1reb+1ast, B.Robbins 9+5reb, S.Weigh 7+4reb+2ast, A.Brown 7+5reb, G.Hire 5+6reb+1ast
Hawks: O.Forman 21+4reb+1ast, G.Ervin 14+2reb+3ast, M.Campbell 14+2reb+2ast, T.Demos 11+3reb+2ast, T.Coenraad 11+3reb+1ast, L.Davidson 9+9reb+2ast
gschID: 94618


Blaze - 36ers 95-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Gold Coast Blaze's (10-11) home victory over 7th ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-12) in Broadbeach 95-79 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Gold Coast Blaze. Adelaide 36ers managed to win fourth quarter 26-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gold Coast Blaze looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) notched 24 points to lead the effort and the former international swingman James Harvey (196-79, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 18 points. Four Gold Coast Blaze players scored in double figures. Even 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks by the former international forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) did not help to save the game for Adelaide 36ers. Center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gold Coast Blaze have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hawks. Loser Adelaide 36ers keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will meet at home league's leader New Zealand Breakers in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Adelaide 36ers will play against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
36ers: A.Ballinger 22+6reb+3ast, D.Johnson 12+5reb+2ast, B.Hill 10+5reb+3ast, R.Howard 9+2reb+2ast, J.Dowdell 8+2reb, E.Shannon 7+3reb+1ast
Blaze: I.Clark 24+3reb+1ast, J.Harvey 18+4reb+3ast, C.Goulding 15+2reb+5ast, D.Hudson 10+2reb, A.Gibson 10+6reb+7ast, T.Garlepp 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 94619


Crocodiles - Taipans 81-74

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Cairns Taipans (11-8) against fourth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (12-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Cairns Taipans were defeated by Townsville Crocodiles in a tough game in Wulguru 74-81. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-19 Cairns Taipans' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 81-74 at the end of the game. The former international guard Peter Crawford (193-79) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Michael Cedar (195-86) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Townsville Crocodiles' coach Trevor Gleeson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Daniel Dillon (191-86, college: Arizona) with 17 points and 5 assists and American swingman Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese St.) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to third place. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play on the road against Melbourne Tigers and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Taipans: R.Dorsey 17+5reb+1ast, D.Dillon 17+4reb+5ast, A.Ubaka 13+4reb+4ast, D.Rychart 8+3reb+1ast, A.Loughton 7+4reb, I.Crosswhite 5+4reb+2ast
Crocodiles: M.Cedar 19+4reb+3ast, P.Crawford 16+7reb+3ast, L.Schenscher 10+4reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 8+6reb+1ast, R.Hinder 8+5reb+1ast, B.Williamson 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 94620


Breakers - Tigers 101-91

NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (16-3) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eighth ranked Melbourne Tigers (7-13) in Auckland 101-91. Melbourne Tigers were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 29-15 charge of New Zealand Breakers, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Strangely Melbourne Tigers outrebounded New Zealand Breakers 36-24 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) notched 24 points to lead the effort and American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) supported him with 22 points. New Zealand Breakers' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 35 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) did not help to save the game for Melbourne Tigers. Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-3 record. Loser Melbourne Tigers keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will meet Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Melbourne Tigers will play against Cairns Taipans and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tigers: C.Tragardh 35+10reb+1ast, C.Williams 18+5reb+6ast, D.Corletto 12+1reb+1ast, T.Greer 10+4reb+3ast, M.Burston 8+10reb+4ast, L.Walker 4+2reb
Breakers: K.Penney 24+2reb+3ast, G.Wilkinson 22+4reb+2ast, C.Bruton 16+1reb+1ast, T.Abercrombie 11+3reb, K.Braswell 11+1reb+5ast, D.Boucher 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 94616


Sydney K. - Wildcats 84-98

Very expected game when 9th ranked Kings (4-16) lost to second ranked Perth Wildcats (13-9) in Sydney 84-98 on Friday. The game without a history. Perth Wildcats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Perth Wildcats outrebounded Kings 44-31 including a 21-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Kevin Lisch (188, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) notched 18 points to lead the effort and guard Brad Robbins (186-85) supported him with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Even 21 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) by American forward Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) did not help to save the game for Kings. His fellow American import forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) added 20 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-9 record having just 0 points less than leader Breakers. Loser Kings stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. Perth Wildcats will meet at home Adelaide 36ers (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Kings will play against Cairns Taipans and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sydney K.: T.Gilder 21+4reb+4ast, P.Sanders 20+4reb+4ast, G.Dann 14+4reb+1ast, J.Khazzouh 12+11reb+1ast, B.Madgen 9+3reb+3ast, B.Knight 4+1ast
Wildcats: K.Lisch 18+4reb+2ast, C.Tovey 12+6reb+1ast, J.Wagstaff 12+3reb+2ast, B.Robbins 12+6reb+3ast, J.Trueman 10+2reb+1ast, S.Weigh 8+6reb+4ast
gschID: 94617




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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 19-4 
 2. Arkadia 15-8 
 3. Furstenfeld 14-8 
 4. Oberwart 13-9 
 5. Kapfenberg 13-10 
 6. Klosterneub. 13-10 
Group B
 1. UBSC Graz 12-11 
 2. Wels 12-11 
 3. BC Vienna 9-14 
 4. Gussing 9-14 
 5. St.Polten 6-17 
 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.18.2 
 7. Heard, Gussing17.5 
 8. Mayes, Gmunden17.4 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.2 
 10. Graham, UBSC G.16.2 
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. Graham, UBSC G.7.8 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.8 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden7.7 
 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, Wels6.8 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.4 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.6.0 
 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: 2.3
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.3 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.2 
 4. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 5. Parker, Oberwart2.1 
 6. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 7. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna1.8 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.8 
 10. Payton, Arkadia1.7 
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, Gmunden1.2 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.0 
 7. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 8. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna0.7 
 10. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale18.8 
 3. Osby, TT.18.6 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas16.7 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.16.0 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja15.8 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping15.7 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai15.5 
 10. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Osby, TT.11.5 
 2. Kieza, Juventus10.3 
 3. Valeika, Valmiera9.2 
 4. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.5 
 5. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.8.4 
 6. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.4 
 7. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.8.0 
 10. Cukinas, Aiscai K.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis6.0 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.3 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.2 
 4. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 5. Kriisa, TT.4.8 
 6. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.7 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.6 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.6 
 9. Alijevas, Nevezis4.6 
 10. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gintaras LEONAVICIUS
  Techasas
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Leonavicius, Techa.2.7 
 2. Hughes, VEF Riga2.2 
 3. Dorbek, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Dainys, Rudupis2.0 
 5. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 6. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 7. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 8. Anderson, Ventspils1.9 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
 10. Vasylius, Neptunas1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 4. Silinskis, Techasas1.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 6. Cresnar, Nevezis1.4 
 7. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.2 
 8. Osby, TT.1.1 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 
 10. Talts, TU/Rock1.0 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Challenge Cup
 1. Sakalai 0-0 
 2. Rakvere 0-0 
 3. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 4. Naglis-Adakris 0-0 
Elite Division
 1. VEF Riga 14-3 
 2. Ventspils 13-4 
 3. Nevezis 12-5 
 4. TU/Rock 12-6 
 5. Rudupis 11-7 
 6. Siauliai 10-8 
 7. Kalev/Cramo 9-8 
 8. Perlas 8-10 
 9. Norrkoping 7-10 
 10. Liepaja 5-12 
 11. TTU/Kalev 4-15 
 12. Valmiera 1-18 
Challenge Cup
 1. Aiscai Kaunas 6-2 
 2. Juventus 5-3 
 3. Techasas 5-3 
 4. Neptunas 4-4 
 5. Zemgale 3-5 
 6. Alytus Alita 1-7 


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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 8-8 
 6. Liege 5-10 
 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. Mallet, Charleroi15.5 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.5 
 6. Waters, Verviers.15.2 
 7. Lewis, M.Hainaut15.0 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.14.6 
 9. Hilliard, Aalstar14.6 
 10. Freeman, Verviers.14.4 
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, Liege6.7 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar6.3 
 9. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.3 
 10. Brown, Antwerp6.1 
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. Mallet, Charleroi3.0 
 8. Lewis, M.Hainaut3.0 
 9. Steinbach, Aalstar2.8 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende2.5 
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. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Dagunduro, Leuven1.9 
 8. Faison, Oostende1.7 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende1.7 
 10. McCauley, M.Hai.1.7 
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 


D1 Round 19: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
D1 round 19 was played this week-end. Third defeat of league's leader Okapi Aalstar (13-3) against third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (11-5) 94-91 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. Strangely Okapi Aalstar outrebounded Dexia Mons-Hainaut 48-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. His fellow American import guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for Okapi Aalstar. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains third place with 11-5 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. Okapi Aalstar will play next round against Antwerp Giants trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
The game between fourth ranked Base Oostende (9-8) and 8th ranked Leuven Bears (5-11) in Oostende ended with biggest points difference. Base Oostende outscored guests from Leuven 97-64. Worth to mention a quality performance of international guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, agency: Lanshire Group) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Will Thomas helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Base Oostende's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) responded with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Base Oostende maintains fourth place with 9-8 record. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. Base Oostende will play against Belgacom Liege (#6) on the road in the next round. Leuven Bears will play against Optima Gent and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 19 Liege was beaten by Antwerp on the road 71-61. Bottom-ranked Gent lost to defending champion Charleroi on its own court 60-72.


M.Hainaut - Aalstar 94-91

D1 round 19 was played this week-end. Third defeat of league's leader Okapi Aalstar (13-3) against third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (11-5) 94-91 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. Strangely Okapi Aalstar outrebounded Dexia Mons-Hainaut 48-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. His fellow American import guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for Okapi Aalstar. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains third place with 11-5 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. Okapi Aalstar will play next round against Antwerp Giants trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Young 17+13reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 16+6reb+3ast, C.Copeland 15+8reb, A.Ruoff 13+9reb+2ast, J.Steinbach 12+3reb+2ast, T.Johnson 11+7reb+2ast
M.Hainaut: M.Hatten 19+9reb+6ast, J.Cage 17+1reb+2ast, R.Lewis 16+6reb+4ast, A.Nivins 15+6reb+1ast, R.Taylor 14+6reb, S.Foster 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98635


Oostende - Leuven 97-64

The game between fourth ranked Base Oostende (9-8) and 8th ranked Leuven Bears (5-11) in Oostende ended with biggest points difference. Base Oostende outscored guests from Leuven 97-64. Base Oostende made 27-of-35 charity shots (77.1 percent) during the game, while Leuven Bears only scored eight points from the stripe. Base Oostende forced 24 Leuven Bears turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Leuven Bears' players. Leuven Bears were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of international guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, agency: Lanshire Group) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Will Thomas (200-86, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Base Oostende's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) responded with 9 points and 10 rebounds and American guard James J.J. Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 13 points. Base Oostende maintains fourth place with 9-8 record. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. Base Oostende will play against Belgacom Liege (#6) on the road in the next round. Leuven Bears will play against Optima Gent and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leuven: B.Freeman 15+1reb+1ast, J.J.J. Miller 13+2reb+2ast, J.Tofi 9+10reb+1ast, K.Melson 7+3reb+1ast, C.Matheus 6+5reb+1ast, D.Lowhorn 6+2reb
Oostende: M.Faison 17+5reb+5ast, W.Thomas 16+6reb+1ast, S.Pelle 14+5reb, C.Green 11+2reb+3ast, V.Petrovic 10+3reb, Q.Serron 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 98636


Antwerp - Liege 71-61

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Antwerp Giants' (8-8) home victory over 6th ranked Belgacom Liege (5-10) 71-61. Belgacom Liege was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Antwerp Giants made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton (NC), agency: Limelight Hoops) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points. Center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) responded with 16 points and forward Taylor Griffin (201-86, college: Oklahoma) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Antwerp Giants maintains fifth place with 8-8 record. Belgacom Liege lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Verviers-Pep.. Antwerp Giants will play against league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belgacom Liege will play against Base Oostende (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liege: C.Bozeman 16+3reb+2ast, P.Gillet 13+4reb, T.Griffin 13+5reb, G.Hockins 7+3reb, A.Stipanovic 7+7reb+1ast, G.Muya 4+1reb+2ast
Antwerp: T.Black 26+2reb+3ast, G.Brown 14+9reb, R.Moors 14+3reb+1ast, D.Wilson 6+5reb, R.BIGGS 5+4reb+3ast, S.Mejri 4+10reb+1ast
gschID: 98637


Gent - Charleroi 60-72

Very expected game when 9th ranked Optima Gent (2-15) lost at home to second ranked Spirou Charleroi (13-1) 72-60. The game was mostly controlled by Spirou Charleroi. Optima Gent was better in third quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spirou Charleroi dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Optima Gent's 20. Spirou Charleroi forced 19 Optima Gent turnovers. It was a great evening for French guard Joseph Gomis (180-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 steals. American guard Justin Hamilton (191-80, college: Florida) helped adding 10 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Daniel Emerson (206-86, college: Mercer) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and guard Senne Geukens (190-83) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Optima Gent lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Optima Gent will play against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gent: S.Geukens 14+6reb+2ast, L.Bosco 11+5ast, D.Emerson 10+14reb+2ast, M.Randle 10, W.Dobbelaere 7+2reb+1ast, O.Foucart 3+1reb
Charleroi: J.Gomis 18+2reb, D.Mallet 12+1reb, J.Hamilton 10+6reb+1ast, C.Beghin 10+5reb+2ast, B.Wright 10+6reb+1ast, D.Broyles 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 98634




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  BOSNIA   


Siroki TT Kabeli wins the Cup - by Eurobasket News
Siroki TT Kabeli - Bosna ASA BH Telecom 73-69

Siroki TT Kabeli is the new Cup winner. The reigning Bosnian champion did it last time in 2008. Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) was their leading player today with 21 points and Vedran Morovic (184-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Olney Central CC) secured a great help adding three points less. Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) followed them with 12 pts. Bosna ASA BHT, Muhamed Pasalic (192-G-87) responded with 17 points. Marko Batina (198-G-86) and Dzenan Rahimic (204-C/F-74) netted 11 points each.
Bosna ASA BH Telecom shined at the beginning and surprised the home team fans with 18-25 lead after 10 minutes. However, Sime Spralja and his teammates woke up immediately after that and they drained 30 more points until the halftime. They stopped Bosna to 13 and were up by 10. Visitors intensified defense after the breather and managed to win third period 10-16. Question about the winner is resolved in the finish as Siroki players managed to end the last period with 15-15 tie.
In the Semifinals of Bosnian Cup, Siroki TT Kabeli escaped with 104-100 OT win against Igokea. Before that, Siroki was better than Mladost 86-70.

Siroki TT Kabeli: Sinisa Stemberger 12, Planinic 1, Pilepic 11, Bilinovac 1, Naletilic, Ramljak, Persic 1, Sime Spralja 21, Novak, Barac, Morovic 18, Grgat 8
Bosna ASA BH Telecom: Radic 3, Hodzic 2, Hot, Marko Batina 11, Damjanovic 9, Djurasovic 9, Camdzic, Demic, Dzenan Rahimic 11, Kruslin 7, Mujic, Muhamed Pasalic 17


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  BRAZIL   


Regatas Corrientes tame Uniceub/BRB in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Regatas Corrientes - Uniceub/BRB 93:92

Regatas Corrientes celebrated the second straight win in Liga Americas Group F. They shot down Uniceub/BRB in overtime to stay on top of the ladder. Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) provided 22 points to pace the winners.
The hosts secured a narrow 24:22 lead after a tense first frame. Regatas continued to mount pressure in the second stanza. They built a 43:33 lead at the interval. However Uniceub/BRB went on a 14:4 run at the start of the second half to level things up. The teams traded baskets then and entered the fourth quarter knotted up at 55. The Brazilian champions jumped to a 72:66 lead with under a minute to go. But Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) knocked down a quick triple and Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) added two free throws to narrow the gap. Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81) nailed three free throws in the dying seconds but Carl Edwards answered with two baskets to send the game into overtime. The teams stayed close in the extra period. Eventually Eduardo Villares sealed the winning outcome for Regatas from the charity stripe.
Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) produced 17 points and 13 boards for Regatas Corrientes. Federico Kammerichs, Javier Martinez and Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) finished with 13 points each in the win. Nezinho dos Santos responded with 28 points and 7 assists for Uniceub/BRB. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) delivered 20 points in the loss.

Regatas Corrientes: Carl Edwards 22, Tyler Field 17+13 boards, Javier Martinez 13+10 assists
Uniceub/BRB: Nezinho dos Santos 28, Alexandre Garcia 20



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Delaware boys high school basketball: Carey's bucket helps Red Lion squeak out win - by David Edole
RED LION -- Deon Edwin got the ball with 8.9 seconds left, with Red Lion trailing by a point, and he knew what to do.

He raced up the court, the seconds ticking off as Appoquinimink's defense collapsed on him. He stopped at the top of the 3-point line with two defenders on him and passed the ball over to Norville Carey about 15 feet away from the basket.

'I just wanted to draw the defense,' Edwin said, 'then get it to the open guy.'

Carey knew there wasn't enough time to dribble or look for a teammate.

'I felt I needed to shoot it,' Carey said.

The shot went in with just more than a second left, and Red Lion came away with a 67-66 win over the Jaguars on Saturday.

The Lions players celebrated on the court with the fans, while the Appo players stood there, stunned that they had lost by a point to Red Lion for the second straight season.

'We didn't want to give them an easy shot,' Appo coach Spencer Dunkley said. 'We wanted them to take a long time to get up the court and make them take a tough shot.

'We got what we wanted. The guy just knocked it down.'

It was the second straight loss for the Jaguars (10-5) by a total of three points. They admitted they want another shot at Red Lion. If that happens this season, it will be in the state tournament.

For now, they said they'll use this as a lesson.

So will Red Lion (14-1).

'This was good for us because it was like a tournament atmosphere,' Lions coach Tom Purse said. 'It was very intense, and we haven't had a game like that.'

Appo tested the Lions from the start.

Senior A.J. English, with 23 points, and junior Ajen English, with 20, matched Red Lion basket for basket. They scored all but four of the Jaguars' 23 points in the third quarter.

The Jaguars took an eight-point lead with 2:54 left in the period after A.J. English dunked off a steal.

But Edwin, who had 27 points, started a 9-0 run that gave the Lions a one-point lead by the end of the quarter. Red Lion seemed to have the game in hand when Edwin converted a three-point play for a five-point lead with 2:07 left.

A.J. English responded by making four of six free throws over the next three Appo possessions to get the Jaguars to within a point with 25 seconds left.

Red Lion was still clinging to that lead when Edwin fouled Ajen English as he started dribbling, which sent him to the free-throw line for two shots.

He made both, giving Appo the lead with 8.9 seconds left.

Carey, who had 19 points, changed that a few seconds later.

'[Edwin] said he was going to give it to me,' Carey said. 'I knew I had to knock it down. It was a great feeling.'

Red Lion 67, Appoquinimink 66
Appoquinimink 15 11 23 17-66

Red Lion 12 17 21 17-67

APPOQUINIMINK-Holton 3 0-0 6, Kirk 1 0-0 2, Ajen English 7 4-10 20, Clark 0 2-2 2, A.J. English 7 6-10 23, James 1 0-0 2, Margis 0 0-2 0, Gaden 1 0-0 2, Chisholm 2 0-0 5, Hackett 2 0-0 4. Totals 24 12-24 66.

RED LION CHRISTIAN-Swanston 1 0-1 2, Wilson 2 0-0 4, Carey 8 3-4 19, Edwin 10 5-7 27, Blackson 3 2-5 8, Martinez 3 0-0 7. Totals 27 10-17 67.

3-point goals-A 6 (A.J. English 3, Ajen English 2, Chisolm), RLC 3 (Edwin 2, Martinez).

by Martin Frank



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria U16 selection ended up 8th at the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16 selection ended up 8th at the International Tournament in Turkey. The team lost the last two games but played well in two of them.
At first Russia overcame Bulgaria 73:64 for 5-8 places. In a defensive start Russia started with 12-9, while Bulgaria took the lead at the halftime after 16-12 in the second frame. Moreover Bulgaria won the third quarter 21-19, but Russia won the game due to 30-18 in the last stanza. Vasily Martynov (185-G-95) poured in 19 points to lead the charge and Alexander Martynov scored 16. Aleksandar Vezenkov (203-F/G-95) replied with 24 points and 13 rebounds in the losing case.
In the game for the 7th-8th places Ukraine overcame Bulgaria 81:69 in the start of the 5/8 places round. Trailing 19-21, Ukraine needed 24-12 in the second period for the comfortable lead in the game. The teams exchanged the wins again in the second half as Bulgaria erupted with 25-15 in the third quarter to be back on track. Ukraine however produced a 23-11 in the last stanza to win the game. Danylo Isakov (189-G-95) and Yevgeniy Sakhnyuk (199-F-95) scored 17 points each, while the latter also grabbed 17 points to lead the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov ended up with 23 points in the losing effort.







NBL Round 18: Tundja edges Levski by one point - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 18 in the NBL took place in Sofia. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-best Levski (15-4) to sixth ranked Tundja (7-12) 69-68 on Friday evening. Levski was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 17-9 charge of Tundja, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Levski's 26. Strangely Levski outrebounded Tundja 56-41 including a 24-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Martin Durchev (200-87) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was international power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tundja moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cherno More. Levski at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Tundja is looking forward to face league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Levski will play on the road against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Pleven. Eighth ranked Spartak (4-15) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Balkan (11-8) 95-93 on Sunday evening. It was quite embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Balkan. It was a good game for the former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Todor Todorov contributed with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) replied with 26 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for Balkan. Spartak moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chernomorets. Balkan at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Spartak will play against higher ranked Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Balkan will play at home against the league's second-placed Levski where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
An interesting game was played in Burgas where host Chernomorets (#7) won against 4th ranked Rilski Sportist 72-65 on Sunday evening. Hristo Zahariev scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Chernomorets' coach Detcho Koeshinov used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Vladimir Mijovic with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Chernomorets maintains seventh position with 4-15 record, which they share with Spartak. Loser Rilski Sportist keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Chernomorets will meet higher ranked Euroins Cherno More (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rilski Sportist will play against Spartak in Pleven and hope to secure a win.
Undefeated leader Lukoil Academik delivered the nineteenth consecutive victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (7-12) 87-78 in Sofia. Bruno Sundov notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated Lukoil Academik (19-0) have an impressive 19-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 19 victories in a row. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Lukoil Academik's next round opponent will be Tundja (#6) in Yambol where they are favorite. Euroins Cherno More will play at home against Chernomorets in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The best stats of 18th round was 28 points by Georgi Davidov of Balkan.


Levski - Tundja 68-69

The most exciting game of round 18 in the NBL took place in Sofia. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-best Levski (15-4) to sixth ranked Tundja (7-12) 69-68 on Friday evening. Levski was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 17-9 charge of Tundja, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Levski's 26. Strangely Levski outrebounded Tundja 56-41 including a 24-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Martin Durchev (200-87) chipped in 17 points. Four Tundja players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tundja moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cherno More. Levski at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Tundja is looking forward to face league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Levski will play on the road against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tundja: M.Durchev 17+4reb+3ast, P.Marinov 16+5reb+3ast, S.Finzgar 12+9reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 12+11reb+3ast, D.Sattler 5+2reb+6ast, N.Tmusic 4+2reb
Levski: A.Harper 19+9reb+1ast, S.Georgiev 15+17reb, D.Cole 9+4reb+1ast, J.Crowe 7+5reb+6ast, G.Cekovski 6+6reb, P.Ivanov 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98316


Chernomorets - Rilski Sportist 72-65

An interesting game was played in Burgas where host Chernomorets (#7) won against 4th ranked Rilski Sportist 72-65 on Sunday evening. Rilski Sportist was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-90) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American center Justin Neuhaus (211-88, college: Colorado Christian, agency: N.E.T.) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Chernomorets players scored in double figures. Chernomorets' coach Detcho Koeshinov used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Vladimir Mijovic (207-84, agency: Alti Sport) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and international swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Chernomorets maintains seventh position with 4-15 record, which they share with Spartak. Loser Rilski Sportist keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Chernomorets will meet higher ranked Euroins Cherno More (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rilski Sportist will play against Spartak in Pleven and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: H.Zahariev 18+8reb, J.Neuhaus 13+10reb+1ast, A.Saraliyski 10+6reb+1ast, A.Penev 10+2reb+3ast, D.Roshmanov 7+2reb+2ast, S.Naydenov 7+6reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: V.Mijovic 16+15reb+1ast, I.Lilov 15+4reb+4ast, D.Karadzovski 14+5reb, B.Boev 8+3reb+4ast, A.Radojevic 7+11reb+1ast, A.Gruev 5+2reb
gschID: 98317


Spartak - Balkan 95-93

Important game to mention about took place in Pleven. Eighth ranked Spartak (4-15) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Balkan (11-8) 95-93 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Balkan. Balkan was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Spartak shot 30 for 43 from the free-throw line, while Balkan only scored nine points from the stripe. Spartak forced 22 Balkan turnovers. Balkan was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Todor Todorov (198-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Spartak players scored in double figures. Guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) replied with 26 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and the former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) added 28 points in the effort for Balkan. Spartak moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chernomorets. Balkan at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Spartak will play against higher ranked Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Balkan will play at home against the league's second-placed Levski where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Spartak: I.Stankov 21+7reb+3ast, T.Todorov 19+12reb, N.Traykov 18+2reb+2ast, S.Tsenov 13+5reb, H.Dimitrov 12+5reb+2ast, A.Dyakovski 9+2reb+5ast
Balkan: G.Davidov 28+3reb, S.Marinov 26+3reb+5ast, E.Binev 11+2reb, T.Ivanov 9+3reb+1ast, D.Filipov 7+1reb+1ast, K.Doychinov 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 98318


Lukoil Academik - Cherno More 87-78

Undefeated leader Lukoil Academik delivered the nineteenth consecutive victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (7-12) 87-78 in Sofia. The hosts were already 14 points ahead at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 24-18 last quarter charge of Euroins Cherno More cut the lead to 87-78 at the end of the game. Lukoil Academik players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, college: High School, agency: Alti Sport) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) supported him with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists by guard Tihomir Zhelev (192-90) did not help to save the game for Euroins Cherno More. Forward Simeon Iliev (202-89, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Lukoil Academik and five Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lukoil Academik (19-0) have an impressive 19-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 19 victories in a row. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Lukoil Academik's next round opponent will be Tundja (#6) in Yambol where they are favorite. Euroins Cherno More will play at home against Chernomorets in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: B.Sundov 20+10reb+2ast, T.Peterson 13+4reb+1ast, D.Green 12+5reb+2ast, V.Veselinov 11+1reb+1ast, D.James 8+5reb+7ast, T.Banev 6+3reb
Cherno More: S.Iliev 14+7reb+2ast, T.Zhelev 12+5reb+8ast, M.Borisov 11+2reb+2ast, V.Kyosev 11+3reb, N.Kolev 10+4reb+1ast, I.Kasabov 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 98315




Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 19-0 
 2. Levski 15-4 
 3. Balkan 11-8 
 4. Rilski Sportist 9-10 
 5. Cherno More 7-12 
 6. Tundja 7-12 
 7. Chernomorets 4-15 
 8. Spartak 4-15 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Rilski Sportist
  (196-F/G-88)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Lilov, Rilski S.24.9 
 2. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 3. Harper, Levski22.8 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak18.6 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.5 
 6. Naydenov, Chernomo.16.8 
 7. Davidov, Balkan15.8 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja15.4 
 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. Radojevic, Rilski S.7.8 
 5. Georgiev, Levski7.4 
 6. Todorov, Spartak7.4 
 7. Peterson, Lukoil A.7.3 
 8. Kolev, Cherno More7.1 
 9. Dimitrov, Spartak7.1 
 10. Iliev, Cherno More6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Crowe, Levski5.6 
 2. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 3. Dyakovski, Spartak4.2 
 4. Zahariev, Chernomo.4.1 
 5. James, Lukoil A.4.1 
 6. Govedarov, Tundja4.1 
 7. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.1 
 8. Heath, Lukoil A.3.7 
 9. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
 10. Gruev, Rilski S.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Crowe, Levski2.4 
 2. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 3. Dimitrov, Spartak1.9 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.1.9 
 5. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.8 
 6. Lilov, Rilski S.1.7 
 7. Finzgar, Tundja1.7 
 8. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.6 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.6 
 10. Todorov, Spartak1.5 
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. Radojevic, Rilski S.1.0 
 5. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.9 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 7. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.8 
 8. Cole, Levski0.7 
 9. Iliev, Cherno More0.7 
 10. Petkov, Tundja0.7 


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  CANADA   


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 16-1 
 2. Dalhousie 11-5 
 3. St.Francis X. 11-5 
 4. New Brunsw. 8-9 
 5. UPEI 7-11 
 6. St.Mary's 6-11 
 7. Acadia 4-11 
 8. Memorial 3-13 
CanWest
 1. Trinity West. 21-3 
 2. UBC 20-2 
 3. Saskatchewan 18-4 
 4. Alberta 16-8 
 5. Victoria 15-7 
 6. Regina 12-10 
 7. Manitoba 9-13 
 8. UCFV 8-14 
 9. Calgary 8-14 
 10. Lethbridge 6-16 
 11. Winnipeg 5-17 
 12. Brandon 4-18 
 13. Thompson R. 4-20 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 20-0 
 2. Toronto Univ. 14-6 
 3. Ottawa 11-9 
 4. Ryerson 9-11 
 5. York 9-12 
 6. Laurentian 6-14 
 7. Queen's 5-16 
 8. RMC 0-20 
OUA West
 1. Lakehead 16-4 
 2. Windsor 13-6 
 3. Laurier 12-7 
 4. McMaster 10-9 
 5. Western 10-9 
 6. Waterloo 8-11 
 7. Brock 8-12 
 8. Guelph 7-12 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 10-4 
 2. Laval 9-4 
 3. McGill 8-5 
 4. UQAM 5-8 
 5. Bishop's 1-12 


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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. Zhejiang C. 11-11 
 9. Shandong 10-10 
 10. Liaoning 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. 4-17 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 32
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS32.0 
 2. Morris, Beijing29.1 
 3. Morris, Beijing29.1 
 4. Douby, Xinjiang28.5 
 5. James, Zhejiang C.27.9 
 6. Taggart, Shanxi Zh.27.5 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.27.1 
 8. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.26.4 
 9. Emmett, Fujian26.3 
 10. Akognon, DongGuan26.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Jones, Fujian17.2 
 2. Harris, Shanghai15.2 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Gaines, Qingdao DS14.0 
 5. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.8 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.7 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.4 
 8. Moiso, Jiangsu12.9 
 9. Morris, Beijing11.6 
 10. Morris, Beijing11.6 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.8.6 
 2. Marbury, Foshan6.6 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu5.9 
 4. Lu, Fujian5.1 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan5.1 
 6. Douby, Xinjiang4.8 
 7. Allen, Shandong4.8 
 8. Brown, Qingdao DS4.8 
 9. Green, Shanghai4.8 
 10. Jones, Guandong4.6 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.0 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang3.5 
 3. Vroman, DongGuan3.0 
 4. Emmett, Fujian2.5 
 5. Smith, Liaoning2.5 
 6. Akognon, DongGuan2.5 
 7. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.4 
 8. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.2.3 
 9. Zhong, Jilin2.2 
 10. Brown, Qingdao DS2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.7 
 2. Watkins, Jilin2.2 
 3. Haislip, Guandong2.1 
 4. Haislip, Guandong2.1 
 5. Jones, Fujian2.1 
 6. Moiso, Jiangsu2.0 
 7. Wang, Bayi1.7 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 9. Zhang, Shanghai1.7 
 10. Vroman, DongGuan1.7 


Singleton's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old forward James Singleton (203-F-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Xinjiang and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 33 points and 16 rebounds, while his team outclassed Fujian (#16, 5-16) with 28-point margin 116-88. It allowed Xinjiang to consolidate first place in the Chinese league. Xinjiang has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 19-1. Singleton turned to be Xinjiang's top player in his first season with the team. James Singleton averages this season 21.3ppg and 10.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Charles Gaines (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of Qingdao DS. He is American forward in his first season at Qingdao DS. In the last game Gaines recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Qingdao DS lost that game 106-120 to the higher-ranked Shandong (#8, 10-10). This loss caused Qingdao DS to drop to 14th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-13 record. Gaines is a newcomer at Qingdao DS and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.1ppg (#1). He also registered 14.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Jilin (#12). Watkins got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . He was a key player of Jilin, leading his team to a 106-100overtime win against the higher-ranked Jiangsu (#4, 12-9). The chances of Jilin not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Watkins could try to bring Jilin's a little bit higher in the standings. Watkins has individually a great season in China. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.8rpg (5th best). He also has 2.1bpg and FGP: 56.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rodney White (206-F-80) of Shandong - 31 points and 11 rebounds
5. Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) of Zhejiang C. - 22 points and 11 rebounds
6. Jinhui Ding (204-C-90) of Zhejiang C. - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Xiaoxu Li (207-C-90) of Liaoning - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tre Kelley (182-G-85) of Zhejiang G.L. - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai - 27 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Herve Lamizana (207-F/C-81) of TianJin R. - 18 points, 16 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)


Xinjiang Defeats Fading Champion Guangdong - by Arthur Volbert

Xinjiang defeated struggling defending champion Guangdong 86-70. Quincy Douby scored 21 points. James Singleton had 19 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks. Zhang Qingpeng scored 17. Xu Guozhong had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Mengke Bateer had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Chen Jianghua scored 15 points for Guangdong. But he had only 3 assists to 6 turnovers. Wang Shipeng scored 14. Marcus Haislip scored 13 but only had 1 rebound. Du Feng had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Zhu Fangyu scored 4 and appears to no longer be the player he used to be. Lester Hudson scored 5, hitting only 2 of 14 shots,

Liu Wei had 28 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists as Shanghai crushed Liaoning 113-95. John Lucas scored 26. Mike Harris had 25 points and 9 rebounds. Zhang Zhaoxu had 10 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks. Peng Fei had 9 points and 15 rebounds. Liu Ziqui had 9 points and 6 rebounds. He Tianju had 31 points and 9 rebounds for Liaoning. Yang Ming had 12 points and 4 assists. Guo Ailun had 12 poitns and 2 assists. New import Anthony Myles had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Old import Donta Smith had six points and no rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had 9 rebounds but only 2 points. Han Dejun had 9 points and 5 rebounds.

Jiangsu rallied 31-19 in the fourth quarter to defeat Beijing 107-101. Jerome Moiso had 22 points and 8 rebounds. Antoine Wright had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Hu Xuefeng had 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Meng Da had 15 points and 5 steals. Cai Lilong scored 12. Randolph Morris had 30 points and 18 rebounds for Beijing but also 11 turnovers. Zaid Abbaas had 26 points and 8 rebounds. Joe Crawford scored 16. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals.

Jilin edged Bayi 100-97. Jameel Watkins had 25 points and 13 rebounds. Zhong Cheng had 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals. Tim Pickett had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Lu Wei scored 14. Li Tao had 13 points and 6 steals. Wang Lei scored 30 for Bayi. Wang Zhizhi had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Han Shuo had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Mo Ke had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

Second place Dongguan defeated Foshan 113-105. Jackson Vroman had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Zhang Kai had 23 points and 6 rebounds. Josh Akognon scored 17. Qiu Biao scored 13 and Meng Duo had 12. Sun Tonglin had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 16 minutes. Chen Hsin-An had 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Stephon Marbury had 37 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists for Foshan. Zhao Yonggang had 28 points and 6 rebounds. Yang Wenbo had 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. He Ben had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Olumide Oyedeji had 8 points and 4 rebounds.

Wu Ke had 17 points and 10 rebounds as Shandong defeated Fujian 94-81. Myron Allen had 17 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Li Jingyu had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Rodney White had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Sun Jie scored 12. Andre Emmett had 35 points and 11 rebounds for Fujian but was the only player in double figures. Yang Genglin had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Zhao Tailong scored 8. Dwayne Jones was scoreless in 10 minutes.

Shanxi Zhongyu defeated the Zhejiang Lions in overtime 140-129. Rodgers Leon (199-F-80, college: N.Illinois) had 53 points and 11 rebounds. Duan Jiangpeng, apparently returning to last year's form, had 31 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Shang Ping had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Osama Daghlas had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. Zhang Xuewen and Wei Mingliang scored 12. Peter John Ramos had 38 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks for the Lions. Rafer Alston had 27 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Wang Bo had 21 points and 9 rebounds. Zhang Wei had 18 points and 5 rebounds. Xue Yuyang scored 12.



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  CROATIA   


Aris fires Drucker, names Subotic coach - by Eurobasket News
Aris BSA 2003 shook things up on its bench over the weekend by firing head coach Sharon Drucker (agency: Beo Basket ) and naming Slobodan Subotic (agency: Interperformances ) (Lefteris) as his replacement. Drucker was dismissed on Saturday night and the club immediately hired Piksi, who returns in Aris after 14 years and will sit on the bench on Wednesday in the Eurocup game at BG Goettingen. Subotic, 55, grew up with Olimpija Ljubljana and moved in Greece to play for Aris from 1986 to 1993. He helped the Yellows win five Green League championships an five Greek Cups and reach three consecutive Euroleague Final Fours. After his retirement from playing, Subotic went in to coaching and worked for Iraklis Thessalonii (1993-1995), AEK Athens (1995-96), Aris Thessaloniki (1996-97), Panathinaikos (1997-99), Panionios (2000-01), PAOK (2001), Olympiacos (2002-03), Aurora Jesi in Italy (2004, 2006) and KK Split (2007-08) in Croatia. He also served as head coach of the Slovenian national team. As a coach, Subotic won the 1996-97 Korac Cup with Aris, two consecutive Greek championships with Panathinaikos (1997-98, 1998-99) and a Greek Cup with Olympiacos (2002).

I feel very happy to coach Aris again. I feel here like at home. I watched a lot of games of Aris this season and I think that the team can improve a lot, Subotic said.

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com


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  CYPRUS   


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Joel CAMACHO
  Apollon
  (196-G/F-81)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Camacho, Apollon17.7 
 2. Diamantopoul., Achill.17.5 
 3. Dunovic, Omonia17.4 
 4. Aleksic, AEK16.4 
 5. Radunovic, ENAD16.1 
 6. Hanavan, AP.15.2 
 7. Davis, AP.15.0 
 8. King, Etha14.8 
 9. Djikanovic, Achilleas14.8 
 10. Kent, ENAD14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. King, Etha10.4 
 2. Djikanovic, Achilleas10.3 
 3. Radunovic, ENAD8.8 
 4. Aleksic, AEK7.8 
 5. Buljan, AP.6.8 
 6. McLain, Omonia6.8 
 7. Johnson, Keravnos6.7 
 8. Camacho, Apollon6.2 
 9. Biggs, Achilleas6.0 
 10. Radojevic, Omonia5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel Ali BERDIEL
  AEK
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Berdiel, AEK4.7 
 2. Stiggers, Apollon4.4 
 3. Kounounis, AEL3.8 
 4. Diamantopoul., Achill.3.5 
 5. Lee, AP.3.5 
 6. Dunovic, Omonia3.4 
 7. Cummings, Keravnos3.4 
 8. Razis, ENAD3.3 
 9. Aleksic, AEK3.2 
 10. Price, ENAD3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Tiggs, AP.2.4 
 3. Kent, ENAD1.8 
 4. Hanavan, AP.1.8 
 5. Dunovic, Omonia1.6 
 6. Radunovic, ENAD1.6 
 7. Berdiel, AEK1.6 
 8. Diamantopoul., Achill.1.6 
 9. Price, ENAD1.6 
 10. Johnson, Etha1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. King, Etha2.0 
 2. Wyatt, AEL2.0 
 3. Collins, ENAD1.7 
 4. Radojevic, Omonia1.4 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos1.2 
 6. Collins, AEK1.0 
 7. Dials, Apollon0.8 
 8. Fells, Keravnos0.8 
 9. Englicky, Apollon0.7 
 10. Camacho, Apollon0.6 


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


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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. BK Prostejov 16-3 
 2. BK Decin 15-4 
 3. Novy Jicin 14-5 
 4. BK Pardubice 14-5 
 5. NH Ostrava 13-6 
 6. B&W Opava 10-9 
 7. BC Kolin 8-11 
 8. Basketbol Brno 7-13 
 9. USK Praha 5-14 
 10. Plzen 2-17 
 11. Svitavy 1-18 
Play in international cups:
 1. CEZ Nymburk


NBL Round 21: BK Pardubice loses to NH Ostrava - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NBL.

The game between third ranked BK Pardubice (14-5) and fifth ranked NH Ostrava (13-6) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. BK Pardubice was defeated by NH Ostrava in a tough game in Pardubice 64-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by BK Pardubice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Alton Mason (190-77, college: Arizona St., agency: Stanley International) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International forward Petr Bohacik (202-85) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds for BK Pardubice. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. NH Ostrava have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 13-6 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Novy Jicin. NH Ostrava are looking forward to face league's leader BK Prostejov at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Pardubice will play against the league's second-placed BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - BK Prostejov (16-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked BC Kolin (8-11) 91-73. Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. BK Prostejov's coach Peter Balinth used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Brad Jones (186-85, college: Wyoming, agency: Stanley International) with 21 points and 5 rebounds. BK Prostejov maintains first place with 16-3 record. BC Kolin at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. BK Prostejov will play against NH Ostrava (#5) on the road in the next round. BC Kolin will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 11th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (1-18) and eighth ranked Basketbol Brno (7-13) in Svitavy on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Brno outscored Basketbal Svitavy 95-66. Boris Meno nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side. Ladislav Horak came up with 17 points for Basketbal Svitavy in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Basketbol Brno maintains eighth place with 7-13 record. Basketbal Svitavy lost fourteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 18 lost games. Basketbol Brno will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Novy Jicin (#3) in Novy Jicin.

In the last two games of round 21 Novy Jicin beat USK Praha on the road 76-69. B&W Opava destroyed Plzen on its own court 86-67.


Svitavy - Basketbol Brno 66-95

The game between 11th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (1-18) and eighth ranked Basketbol Brno (7-13) in Svitavy on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Brno outscored Basketbal Svitavy 95-66. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-66. Basketbol Brno dominated on the defensive end, holding Basketbal Svitavy to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Basketbal Svitavy's 30. They outrebounded Basketbal Svitavy 44-21 including a 32-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds. Four Basketbol Brno players scored in double figures. Power forward Ladislav Horak (205-86) came up with 17 points and center Radim Kramny (212-85) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Basketbal Svitavy in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Basketbol Brno maintains eighth place with 7-13 record. Basketbal Svitavy lost fourteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 18 lost games. Basketbol Brno will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Novy Jicin (#3) in Novy Jicin.
Top scorers:
Basketbol Brno: B.Meno 24+17reb+1ast, E.Holloway 20+7reb+1ast, S.Reinberger 20+1reb+4ast, P.Sedmak 13+8reb+1ast, D.Gajdosik 8+6reb+4ast, S.Castleberry 8+2reb+1ast
Svitavy: L.Horak 17+3reb, T.Teply 10+1reb+2ast, T.Macela 8+1ast, O.Petrovic 8+1reb+2ast, P.Harcar 6+3reb, R.Kramny 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 91988


USK Praha - Novy Jicin 69-76

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Novy Jicin (14-5) beat on the road 9th ranked USK Praha (5-14) 76-69 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 26-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Novy Jicin made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic (205-78) nailed 19 points for the winning side and American guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) accounted for 6 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. International forward Vojtech Hruban (200-89) came up with 27 points and 7 rebounds and center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for USK Praha in the defeat. Novy Jicin moved-up to third place, which they share with BK Pardubice. Loser USK Praha keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Novy Jicin will meet at home bottom-ranked Basketbal Svitavy (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USK Praha will play against BC Kolin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: R.Sarovic 19+4reb+2ast, R.Pelikan 13+3reb, V.Peciukas 13+2reb+1ast, L.Jurecka 9+1reb+1ast, D.Pandula 8+5reb+1ast, W.Channels 6+6reb+6ast
USK Praha: V.Hruban 27+7reb+2ast, T.Vyoral 14+2reb+1ast, M.Klimes 13+7reb+1ast, L.Moravec 7+2ast, M.Bjegovic 6+8reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 2+1reb+4ast
gschID: 91985


BK Prostejov - BC Kolin 91-73

NBL top team - BK Prostejov (16-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked BC Kolin (8-11) 91-73. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when BK Prostejov's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-15 extending their advantage to 18 points. They made 18-of-19 charity shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and American center Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Five BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. BK Prostejov's coach Peter Balinth used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Brad Jones (186-85, college: Wyoming, agency: Stanley International) with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward David Machac (204-80) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. BK Prostejov maintains first place with 16-3 record. BC Kolin at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. BK Prostejov will play against NH Ostrava (#5) on the road in the next round. BC Kolin will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: B.Cadri-Nicholson 19+6reb, Z.Zagorac 13+12reb+1ast, B.Veikalas 13+4ast, A.Slezas 12+4reb+1ast, K.Landry 10+6reb, D.Marek 8+3reb+2ast
BC Kolin: B.Jones 21+5reb+2ast, D.Machac 16+7reb, R.Field 10+9reb, T.Smith 8+3reb+2ast, P.Hemmy 6+2reb+1ast, J.Jelinek 6+3reb
gschID: 91986


BK Pardubice - NH Ostrava 64-73

The game between third ranked BK Pardubice (14-5) and fifth ranked NH Ostrava (13-6) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. BK Pardubice was defeated by NH Ostrava in a tough game in Pardubice 64-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by BK Pardubice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Alton Mason (190-77, college: Arizona St., agency: Stanley International) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. International forward Petr Bohacik (202-85) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Jiri Cernosek (200-81) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BK Pardubice. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. NH Ostrava have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 13-6 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Novy Jicin. NH Ostrava are looking forward to face league's leader BK Prostejov at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Pardubice will play against the league's second-placed BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: A.Spagrud 18+11reb, A.Mason 18+5reb+2ast, J.Gibson-Bascombe 15+4reb, C.Trybanski 11+12reb, J.Stehlik 6+5reb, L.Palyza 5
BK Pardubice: J.Cernosek 12+5reb, P.Bohacik 11+7reb+3ast, M.Hampton 10+2reb, D.Wright 8+7reb+1ast, M.Sykora 7+3reb, M.Arnold 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 91987


B&W Opava - Plzen 86-67

Very expected game when 10th ranked Lokomotiva Plzen (2-17) was smashed on the road by sixth ranked B&W Opava (10-9) 86-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by B&W Opava. Lokomotiva Plzen managed to win second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Jan Kratochvil (200-82) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) accounted for 22 points and 4 steals. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and center Pavel Frana (212-77) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Lokomotiva Plzen in the defeat. Lokomotiva Plzen's coach tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. B&W Opava maintains sixth place with 10-9 record. Newly promoted Lokomotiva Plzen keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. B&W Opava will meet higher ranked Novy Jicin (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lokomotiva Plzen will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Sirina 22+1reb+2ast, J.Kratochvil 20+10reb+1ast, O.Dygryn 15+2reb+4ast, M.Carnecky 8+1reb+2ast, M.Stec 7+4reb+3ast, B.Brlit 6+9reb+4ast
Plzen: L.Pecka 18+7reb+1ast, P.Frana 13+8reb+2ast, T.Kubiznak 10+2reb, S.Vrubl 8+6reb+8ast, M.Soukup 8+1reb+2ast, J.Kovanda 6+5reb
gschID: 91984




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Smith, BC Kolin16.7 
 2. Horak, Svitavy15.9 
 3. Burke, NH Ostrava15.7 
 4. Landry, BK Prost.15.5 
 5. Houska, BK Decin14.9 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin14.8 
 7. Kotas, USK Praha14.2 
 8. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.2 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava14.0 
 10. Hampton, BK Pardu.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbol Brno
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava9.4 
 3. Houska, BK Decin8.9 
 4. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.6 
 5. Kramny, Svitavy8.3 
 6. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.2 
 7. Landry, BK Prost.8.1 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.4 
 9. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.9 
 10. Blazek, B&W Opava6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Vrubl, Plzen5.2 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.6 
 3. Carnecky, B&W O.3.9 
 4. Kotas, USK Praha3.8 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.7 
 6. Jones, BC Kolin3.4 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.4 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin3.1 
 9. Maio, Basketbo.3.0 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  BK Pardubice
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Wright, BK Pardu.2.3 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha2.2 
 3. Gibson-B., NH Os.1.9 
 4. Smith, BC Kolin1.8 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava1.7 
 6. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 7. Macela, Svitavy1.6 
 8. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.6 
 9. Lawrence, BK Prost.1.6 
 10. Vrubl, Plzen1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.3 
 2. Kramny, Svitavy1.2 
 3. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 4. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.1 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.1.1 
 6. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 7. Spagrud, NH Ostrava0.9 
 8. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.8 
 10. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 25-9 
 2. Erie Bay H. 23-9 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 14-19 
 4. Dakota W. 11-23 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 5-24 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 23-10 
 2. Tulsa 66ers 23-10 
 3. Texas L. 16-17 
 4. Maine RC 14-21 
 5. New Mexico 14-21 
 6. Austin T. 13-18 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 22-12 
 2. Bakersfield J. 20-12 
 3. Utah F. 16-15 
 4. Idaho S. 13-19 
 5. Springfield A. 10-23 


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.20.8 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.19.7 
 5. Adrien, Rio Grande19.5 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.19.0 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande18.6 
 8. Sims, Maine RC18.0 
 9. Greene, Utah F.18.0 
 10. Tucker, New Mexico17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande11.9 
 2. Sims, Iowa E.9.7 
 3. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 4. Davidson, Idaho S.9.6 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.5 
 6. Alexander, Texas L.9.4 
 7. Williams, Texas L.9.4 
 8. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.0 
 10. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
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.8.5 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.7 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.6 
 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.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Lofton, Iowa E.2.3 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Linhart, Erie B.2.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.2.0 
 10. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.0 
 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.2.1 
 8. Sykes, Sioux F.2.0 
 9. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.7 
 10. Adrien, Rio Grande1.7 


Saturday's games - by Eurobasket News
Iowa E. - Dakota W. 111-103
The Iowa Energy defeated the Dakota Wizards 111-103 Monday night to 'sweep' the three-game series. Center Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan), named NBA D-League Player of the Week earlier in the day, had another big game for the winners as he finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Iowa jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the 1st quarter as Sims scored seven points in the first 4:30 of the game. Dakota responded as a Brandon Johnson 3-pointer closed the quarter to cut the Energy lead to 26-23. The Energy outscored the visitors 27-14 in the 2nd quarter to take a commanding 53-37 lead at the halftime break. Iowa remained in control throughout the second half. Dakota cut the lead to six with 0:44 left in the game, but a Shyron Ely 3-pointer from the corner put the game away for Iowa. Guard Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) added 20 points and 13 assists for Iowa, while guard Kyle Weaver scored 22 points on the night. Renaldo Major scored 28 points for Dakota while Chris Johnson added 23 points and 9 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Bakersfield J. - Texas L. 129-90
Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) scored a game-high 25 points to lead seven Bakersfield players in double figures scoring in the Jam's 129-90 victory Saturday over the Texas Legends at the Jam Events Center. Warren was 7-for-12 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and also dished out six assists. Derrick Byars (6'8''-G/F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) also had a big night with 21 points, while Drew Naymick and Stephen Dennis each had a double-double for Bakersfield. Naymick had 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Dennnis added 12 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. The Jam (20-12) hosts Texas again Monday at 7 p.m. before playing at Idaho on Wednesday. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

Reno Bighorns - Ft.Wayne MA 109-106
The Mad Ants pulled within a point of the lead in the final seconds Saturday night, but they couldn't get over the hump in their second loss in as many nights to the Reno Bighorns. Reno iced its 109-106 victory with a pair of free throws by Danny Green with 1.5 seconds to play in Reno, Nevada. Corey Allmond (6'2''-G-88, college: Howard Col. (TX)) hit a three-pointer with 2.1 seconds to play to cut the Bighorns lead to 107-106, but the Ants were forced to foul to put Green on the line. Walker Russell Jr., the Ants' lone D-League All-Star, scored 20, and Allmond finished with 18 for Fort Wayne (14-19), which fell 102-91 to Reno on Friday. Salim Stoudamire (6'1''-G-82, college: Arizona) scored 25 for the Bighorns (22-12), and Green added 24. *Courtesy of www.journalgazette.com

Tulsa 66ers - Utah F. 95-113
Center Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) notched 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots for the Tulsa 66ers (23-10) and guard Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85, college: UAB) added 12 points but the 66ers fell to the Utah Flash (16-15) Saturday evening, 113-95, inside the Tulsa Convention Center. Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Jerome Dyson with 10 points. Brandon Brooks led the team with five assists. 'I think we have to get back to the basics and learn from this weekend,' 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. 'We're a young team that has to continue to improve. We need to bounce back from a tough stretch. I thought our effort was good tonight but we need to work on our execution.' Leading the Flash was guard Kevin Kruger with a game-high 21 points. Nkem Ojougboh notched the only double-double of the game with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Offensively, Tulsa held a 56-38 advantage in points in the paint. The 66ers also recorded a 23-15 advantage in second chance points. The 66ers will return to the court on Wednesday, Feb. 16, when they travel to South Dakota to take on the Sioux Falls Skyforce at 7 p.m. CT. The game was originally scheduled for Dec. 11 but was postponed due to inclement weather. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Sioux Falls S. - Idaho S. 104-118
The Idaho Stampede defeated the Skyforce for the second day in a row Saturday at the Arena, 118-104. Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) led Idaho (13-19) with 21 points. Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) had 19. For Sioux Falls (5-24), Patrick Ewing Jr. scored 23 points and had 11 rebounds. Maureece Rice scored 19 points, Anthony Harris 15 and Keaton Grant 13. Idaho trailed 60-55 at halftime but outscored the Skyforce 28-18 in the third quarter. *Courtesy of www.argusleader.com

Erie Bay H. - New Mexico 123-105
Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) led the BayHawks to another victory over the New Mexico Thunderbirds with his eighth double-double of the season scoring 29 points and pulling down 12 boards, as Erie extended their win streak to seven games and improved to 22-9. The BayHawks' first quarter proved to be a rocky one and the Thunderbirds kept the game close through the first frame. After 13 lead changes in the game's first 15 minutes the BayHawks grabbed the reigns and outscored the Thunderbirds 31-21 in the second and never looked back. Johnson scored 14 third quarter points as Erie held a six-point margin heading in to the final frame. But Erie's lead only grew as the final margin of 18 points was their largest lead of the game. Seven BayHawks scored in double-figures. In addition to Johnson, Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86, college: LSU) finished with 28, Blake Ahearn added 19, Derek Raivio had 14, and Kyle Goldcamp and Tasheed Carr notched 10 apiece. Ahearn snapped his consecutive free throw mark at 57 straight when his fifth attempt of the game rolled out in the third quarter. He is now 60-of-61 from the stripe on the season. The Thunderbirds, who dropped to 14-20, were led by Jamine Peterson who had 22, Abdulai Jalloh added 20, Walter Sharpe chipped in 18, Marcus Hubbard had 16, and J.R. Giddens notched 12. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Austin T. - Rio Grande 105-99
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers saw their four-game winning streak come to a close in a 105-99 loss to Austin Toros on Saturday at Cedar Park Center. The Vipers (23-10) were led by Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette), who had a game-high 28 points with eight rebounds and six assists. Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) recorded his 18th double-double in 24 games with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The Toros (13-18) were led by Lance Thomas, who scored 17 points. James Anderson also finished with 17 while Kevin Palmer and Aubrey Coleman each scored 15 points. The Vipers and Toros meet again at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com




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  ESTONIA   


Estonian EMKL round 24 best performance: Bambale Osby - by Eurobasket News
American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for TTU/Kalev Tallinn, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Rakvere (#4, 12-12) with 31-point margin 101-70. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. TTU/Kalev maintains the 3rd position in Estonian EMKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TTU/Kalev will need more victories to improve their 16-5 record. Osby turned to be TTU/Kalev's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Maryland star has very solid stats this year. Osby is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.8ppg), rebounds (6th best: 8.9rpg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg and 56.5% FGP. Worth to mention Osby played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Raido Ringmets (204-C/F-83) of Rapla. Ringmets had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Rapla to another comfortable win 88-74 over slightly lower-ranked Parnu (#8, 5-19) being unquestionably team leader. Rapla's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-13 record. Ringmets is a newcomer at Rapla, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Rapla's star - forward Madis Parn (192-F-91). Parn showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Rapla, helping his team with a 88-74 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Parnu (#8, 5-19). The chances of Rapla ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Parn could help Rapla to bring them higher in the standings. Parn has a very solid season. In 18 games in Estonia he scored 3.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rait Keerles (201-F-80) of Kalev/Cramo - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev II - 16 points and 14 rebounds
6. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) of TU/Rock - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kristjan Kitsing (201-F/C-90) of Kalev/Cramo - 16 points and 12 rebounds
8. Rannar Raap (187-G/F-92) of Parnu - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) of TU/Rock - 7 points and 6 rebounds
10. Taavi Hamarsalu (199-C/F-89) of Parnu - 16 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)


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 22-3 
 2. TU/Rock 21-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 16-5 
 4. Rakvere 12-12 
 5. Valga/CKE 10-13 
 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. Brown, Va.16.6 
 5. Raap, Parnu16.5 
 6. Raadik, Parnu15.3 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.1 
 8. Osby, TT.14.8 
 9. Kuuba, Voru KK14.6 
 10. Pilk, TT.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.9 
 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.7.9 
 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/Cramo3.4 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.2 
 4. Oja, Va.3.0 
 5. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
 6. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.7 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla2.6 
 9. Archibald, TT.2.5 
 10. Karner, Parnu2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 2. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 3. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 4. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 5. Doronin, TU/Rock2.2 
 6. Karner, Parnu2.0 
 7. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 8. Oja, Va.1.9 
 9. Pilk, TT.1.8 
 10. Erm, Rapla1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.0 
 2. Osby, TT.1.4 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.0 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 7. Raadik, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 


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  EUROCUP   


Panellinios drops Udrih, gets Scepanovic - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios released Samo Udrih (195-G-79) and signed guard Vlado Scepanovic (198-G-75) in his place over the weekend. Udrih who averaged 8.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in nine Eurocup games this season, asked to be released to play for another team. Scepanovic returns to Greece to where he previously played for Panathinaikos (2004-2006) and PAOK (2006-07). He started his career with Buducnost Podgorica and has also played for Efes Pilsen in Turkey, Partizan Belgrade in Serbia, Skipper Bologna in Italy, Panathinaikos and PAOK in Greece and Granada and Murcia in Spain. Among his career highlights are winning four league championships and three cups in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia, two Greek League and Cup double with Panathinaikos and the Turkish Cup once. As a member of the Yugoslavian national team, Scepanovic won the gold medal at the 1998 FIBA World Championships and at the 2001 European Championships and the bronze medal at the 1999 European Championships.

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com


Aris fires Drucker, names Subotic coach - by Eurobasket News
Aris BSA 2003 shook things up on its bench over the weekend by firing head coach Sharon Drucker (agency: Beo Basket ) and naming Slobodan Subotic (agency: Interperformances ) (Lefteris) as his replacement. Drucker was dismissed on Saturday night and the club immediately hired Piksi, who returns in Aris after 14 years and will sit on the bench on Wednesday in the Eurocup game at BG Goettingen. Subotic, 55, grew up with Olimpija Ljubljana and moved in Greece to play for Aris from 1986 to 1993. He helped the Yellows win five Green League championships an five Greek Cups and reach three consecutive Euroleague Final Fours. After his retirement from playing, Subotic went in to coaching and worked for Iraklis Thessalonii (1993-1995), AEK Athens (1995-96), Aris Thessaloniki (1996-97), Panathinaikos (1997-99), Panionios (2000-01), PAOK (2001), Olympiacos (2002-03), Aurora Jesi in Italy (2004, 2006) and KK Split (2007-08) in Croatia. He also served as head coach of the Slovenian national team. As a coach, Subotic won the 1996-97 Korac Cup with Aris, two consecutive Greek championships with Panathinaikos (1997-98, 1998-99) and a Greek Cup with Olympiacos (2002).

I feel very happy to coach Aris again. I feel here like at home. I watched a lot of games of Aris this season and I think that the team can improve a lot, Subotic said.

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com


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Papadopoulos to Khimky - by Giorgos Diploidis
Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) today after the win of PAOK Thessaloniki away against AEK (80-73) has announced that he will continue his career to Khimky. The team from Russia was looking for a center for to replace Benjamin Eze and he finally concluded to the Greek player.

Papadopoulos for a lot time was not taking part to the most of the trainings because the team of Thessaloniki owe him a lot of money. The board convinced him a lot of times that he will take his money but he didn't. The player talk about the Greek basketball before to go :

'I don't need to talk about the current situation of Greek basketball because I don't want to end up a joke for being always negative. The league is the mirror of everything going on. There is uncertainty, deterioration, violence in the arenas. I don't let my children go to the games because the only thing they learn in there is swearing, throwing objects and chants promoting drugs'.

Now PAOK Thessaloniki will have to look for a continental player to replace Papadopoulos because it has three Americans (Gray, Dozier, Marshall) except if one of the Americans leave the team, Robert Dozier is not satisfied and he asked also to leave. The financial is a big problem for the team of Soulis Markopoulos who is in the fourth place of the league and has three wins in the row (two against his town rivals).




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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 28-7 
 2. KTP 23-9 
 3. Kataja 23-11 
 4. Korihait 21-13 
 5. Honka 20-12 
 6. Kouvot 18-16 
 7. ToPo 16-18 
 8. Karhu 15-18 
 9. Namika Lahti 13-20 
 10. Salon Vilpas 12-22 
 11. LrNMKY 8-25 
 12. Tarmo 4-30 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Wilson, Honka22.8 
 2. Heard, Tarmo21.1 
 3. Lewis, LrNM.20.7 
 4. Wood, Karhu19.9 
 5. Blanchard, ToPo19.9 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.1 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.1 
 9. Harris, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 10. Moore, LrNM.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Wood, Karhu13.2 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.9 
 3. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 4. Blanchard, ToPo9.9 
 5. Doaks, Salon Vilpas9.8 
 6. Young, Tarmo9.8 
 7. Vinson, Kouvot9.6 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.7 
 10. Belser, Honka8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steffan JOHNSON
  Karhu
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Johnson, Karhu4.8 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.5 
 3. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 5. Wood, Karhu4.0 
 6. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.9 
 7. Virtanen, Kataja3.9 
 8. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.8 
 9. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 10. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wood, Karhu2.0 
 2. Fields, KTP2.0 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Newson, Kataja1.8 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.8 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 9. Wilson, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 10. Harris, Salon Vilpas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1
 1. Reaves, Korihait1.0 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Blanchard, ToPo0.8 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 6. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 8. Belser, Honka0.6 
 9. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 10. Gonner, Kouvot0.6 


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  FRANCE   


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


Limoges land Ronnie Taylor and Robert Hite - by Eurobasket News
Limoges brought in two new players. They have agreed on terms of contract with Ronnie Taylor (188-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro) and Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami (FL)).
Ronnie Taylor started the season with Rouen Basket in ProB. The 29-year-old guard averaged 11.4 points, 5.0 assists and 2.6 boards per game. In January Ronnie Taylor moved to Pau-Lacq-Orthez. There his stats read 7.0 points, 3.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds per appearance. Ronnie Taylor made it into All-French ProB 1st Team last year when playing for Le Portel Cote dOpale.
Robert Hite was released by Hapoel Holon just days ago. The 26-year-old guard joined the Israeli team at the start of the season. He tallied 15.9 points, 5.1 boards and 1.8 assists per game in Premier League. Last season Robert Hite played in Italy. He had stints with Montegranaro, Caserta and Trenkwalder. Earlier Robert Hite had spells in NBA, D-League, Spain, Belgium and Turkey.




Gravelines and Chalon advance to Semaine des As Finals - by Eurobasket News
Gravelines and Chalon will play in the French Cup Finals (Semaine des As 2011).
Gravelines destroyed Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the Semis 96-64. They exploded in the first half ending it with impressive 58-29. Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami (OH)) came up with 23 points for the winners and Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) added 19 points, plus 6 rebounds. Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) helped his team with 13 points and 7 boards. On the other side, Chinemelu Elonu (208-F/C-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas A&M) had double-double of 20 points and 12 rebs.
Chalon eliminated ASVEL thanks to 82-63 win. Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in this victory. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) followed with 14 points and 7 rebs. In the loosing squad, Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) netted 17 points. Chalon made 42-21 in the first half and later had no troubles to keep the lead.
The Big Final is scheduled for today at 17:15h.


Gravelines wins first Cup ever, Yannick Bokolo MVP - by Eurobasket News
Gravelines - Chalon 79-71

Gravelines is the French Cup winner. It is the first Semain des As trophy in the clubs history. Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) was a key player for Gravelines today with 23 points and 5 rebounds. He was also named MVP of this event. Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) scored 19 and Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) added 17 points, plus 9 boards in this win. Blake Schilb (201-G-83, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Loyola (IL)) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Adolphe Michel Jean-Baptiste (205-C-79) and Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) had 14 and 13 pts.
Gravelines shined offensively in the first ten minutes as they scored 23 points, while Chalon on the other side stopped to 17. Totally different picture on the court was seen in Q2. Chalon took control on their rival and managed to take 39-41 lead until the halftime. Yannick Bokolo and his teammates were better in third period grabbing back the lead (59-57), but there was still 10:00 to go and everything was open. The last years Cup finalist shined when it was the most important and thanks to nice last period registered 79-71 victory. Gravelines had 41.7% for 3-pts today, while Chalon had only 16.7% (4 of 24).

Gravelines: Yannick Bokolo 23+5 boards, Cyril Akpomedah 19, Ben Woodside 17+9 boards
Chalon: Blake Schilb 16+5 boards, Adolphe Michel Jean-Baptiste 14+7 boards, Steed Tchicamboud 13


NM1 Round 22: Bordeaux beats Angers BC 49 in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Angers. First ranked Bordeaux faced 3rd ranked Angers BC 49. Guests from Bordeaux (19-3) defeated host Angers BC 49 (14-8) 79-67. The game was mostly controlled by Bordeaux. Angers BC 49 managed to win second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. American center John Ford (207-C-78, college: Colorado St.) fired 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Romain Dardaine (200-88) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Guard Tony Ramphort (176-82) produced 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Bordeaux have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-3 record. Angers BC 49 at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Brest. Bordeaux are looking forward to face Orchesien BC (#9) in Orchies in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angers BC 49 will play on the road against Saint-Quentin (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game in Orchies was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Denain Voltaire (17-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Orchesien BC (11-11). Denain Voltaire defeated Orchesien BC 84-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Orchesien BC. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-85, college: Pace, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Frederic Minet contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman David Cilly (196-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for Orchesien BC. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Denain Voltaire maintains second position with 17-5 record having just two points less than leader Bordeaux. Newly promoted Orchesien BC dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Denek and Challans. Denain Voltaire will play against Denek (#11) in Bidart in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Orchesien BC will play on the road against the league's leader Bordeaux and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Fourteenth-ranked Saint Chamond (8-14) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Etendard de Brest (14-8) on Saturday. Etendard de Brest managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Rafael Lopez had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Alain Laroche responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Etendard de Brest have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Angers BC 49. Saint Chamond lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Get Vosges. Etendard de Brest will meet Souffelweyersheim (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saint Chamond will play against CFBB in Paris and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Lievin, where higher ranked Sorgues (12-10) lost to fifteenth ranked Lievin Basket (9-13) in a road game 51-64. Antwon Hoard notched a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort. Lievin Basket moved-up to fourteenth place. Newly promoted Sorgues keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Lievin Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Saint-Etienne (#6) at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sorgues will play against Roche.
An interesting game took place in Challans, where higher ranked Saint-Quentin (12-10) lost to twelfth ranked Vendee Challans (11-11) in a road game 85-92 on Saturday. Juwann James fired 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Vendee Challans moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Orchy and Denek. Saint-Quentin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Vendee Challans will face Le Puy ASMB (#13) in Le Puy en Velay in the next round. Saint-Quentin will play at home against Angers BC 49 (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Le Puy crushed Roche in Le Puy en Velay 101-77. Denek was beaten by Get Vosges at home 81-91. Souffel lost to Blois on the opponent's court 73-79. St Etienne managed to outperform CFBB in a home game 92-79.


Lievin - Sorgues 64-51

We should mention about the upset which took place in Lievin, where higher ranked Sorgues (12-10) lost to fifteenth ranked Lievin Basket (9-13) in a road game 51-64. Sorgues was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 20-5 charge of Lievin Basket, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sorgues to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) notched a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and Lithuanian center Petras Balocka (205-86, college: Hawaii) supported him with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Four Lievin Basket players scored in double figures. Even 19 points by guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) did not help to save the game for Sorgues. Center Xavier Pasut (200-84) added 8 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Lievin Basket moved-up to fourteenth place. Newly promoted Sorgues keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Lievin Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Saint-Etienne (#6) at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sorgues will play against Roche.
Top scorers:
Lievin: A.Pierre-Joseph 14+3reb+2ast, S.Cretaux 12+3reb+1ast, P.Balocka 10+7reb+2ast, A.Hoard 10+14reb+2ast, G.Clerc 6+3reb+2ast, J.Dessart 5+2reb+4ast
Sorgues: A.Thinon 19+2ast, S.Ocokoljic 10+5reb, X.Pasut 8+9reb+2ast, F.Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi 6+3reb+1ast, S.Mekad 4+7reb+2ast, V.Ateba 2+1reb
gschID: 100820


Challans - St Quentin 92-85

An interesting game took place in Challans, where higher ranked Saint-Quentin (12-10) lost to twelfth ranked Vendee Challans (11-11) in a road game 85-92 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 30-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vendee Challans shot 60.7 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Vendee Challans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) fired 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Benjamin Boutry (198-80) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Guard Alexis Rambur (195-83) produced 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) added 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Five Vendee Challans and four Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Vendee Challans moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Orchy and Denek. Saint-Quentin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Vendee Challans will face Le Puy ASMB (#13) in Le Puy en Velay in the next round. Saint-Quentin will play at home against Angers BC 49 (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Challans: J.James 26+8reb+1ast, Y.Robert 14+4reb+3ast, B.Boutry 13+8reb+3ast, R.Boissie 13+4ast, F.Herard 10+4reb+4ast, M.Boutry 7+2reb+1ast
St Quentin: M.Diallo 21+1reb+4ast, A.Rambur 19+6reb+4ast, K.Howell 18+2reb+1ast, J.Lesieu 16+6reb+4ast, O.Romain 8+2reb+4ast, J.Jones 3
gschID: 100816


Orchy - Denain 68-84

The game in Orchies was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Denain Voltaire (17-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Orchesien BC (11-11). Denain Voltaire defeated Orchesien BC 84-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Orchesien BC. It looked good early as Orchesien BC took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Denain Voltaire had a 23-14 second period charge getting the lead and Orchesien BC was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-84. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-85, college: Pace, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Frederic Minet (187-81) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman David Cilly (196-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and guard Joffrey Verbeke (195-88) added 16 points in the effort for Orchesien BC. Four Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Denain Voltaire maintains second position with 17-5 record having just two points less than leader Bordeaux. Newly promoted Orchesien BC dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Denek and Challans. Denain Voltaire will play against Denek (#11) in Bidart in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Orchesien BC will play on the road against the league's leader Bordeaux and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Denain: D.Quincy-Jones 19+8reb+2ast, F.Minet 16+5reb+3ast, A.Belkessa 16+2ast, R.Brocheray 9+6reb+1ast, J.Sauret 9+2reb+4ast, B.Lalugba 8+6reb+1ast
Orchy: J.Verbeke 16+3reb+1ast, M.Niakate 14+1ast, D.Cilly 12+12reb, R.Randle 10+3reb, O.Soeria 6, E.Barbry 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 100817


Roche - Le Puy 77-101

There was no surprise when 17th ranked Roche (5-17) was crushed at home by thirteenth ranked Le Puy ASMB (10-12) 101-77 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Le Puy ASMB. Roche was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Roche 35-20 including 25 on the defensive glass. Guard Damien Pistre (190-83) fired 19 points for the winners. Center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) chipped in 19 points. Le Puy ASMB's coach Olivier Hirsch felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Francisco Bateko (185-84, college: Robert Morris) produced 17 points and forward Benjamin Boutry (198-80) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Four Le Puy ASMB and five Roche players scored in double figures. Le Puy ASMB moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Souffel. Newly promoted Roche keeps the seventeenth position with 17 games lost. Le Puy ASMB will face higher ranked Vendee Challans (#10) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Roche will play against Sorgues (#5).
Top scorers:
Le Puy: C.Guillarme 19+4reb+1ast, D.Pistre 19+3reb+2ast, W.Gueye 16+2reb, M.Ipouck 16+6reb+1ast, J.Cortey 10+2reb+2ast, G.Sene 9+6reb+2ast
Roche: F.Bateko 17+4reb+2ast, M.Franck 13+3reb+1ast, H.Disy 12+5reb, L.Tony 10+2reb+2ast, S.Neri 10+2reb+2ast, W.Morris 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 100818


Denek - Get Vosges 81-91

There was a surprise result in Bidart where sixteenth ranked Get Vosges (8-14) defeated higher ranked Denek (11-11) 91-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-81. Swingman A'Nsi Lema (197-84) fired 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Serbian guard Svetozar Popovic (195-87) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Get Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: JEMsports) produced 27 points and forward Cedric Mansare (196-85) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Five Get Vosges and four Denek players scored in double figures. Get Vosges moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with St Chamond. Loser Denek keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Get Vosges will face higher ranked Blois (#8) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Get Vosges: Z.Gourde 17+8reb, S.Popovic 16+6reb+3ast, A.Lema 15+9reb+5ast, D.Strong 12+5reb+3ast, T.Sani 12+4reb, M.Gotagni 11+2reb+1ast
Denek: L.Blair 27+4reb+1ast, C.Mansare 16+2reb+1ast, L.Konate 14+4reb, C.Clemmons 11+3reb, S.Baykam 4+5reb, W.Berquier 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100819


Angers BC 49 - Bordeaux 67-79

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Angers. First ranked Bordeaux faced 3rd ranked Angers BC 49. Guests from Bordeaux (19-3) defeated host Angers BC 49 (14-8) 79-67. The game was mostly controlled by Bordeaux. Angers BC 49 managed to win second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) fired 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Romain Dardaine (200-88) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Guard Tony Ramphort (176-82) produced 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Five Bordeaux and four Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. Bordeaux have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-3 record. Angers BC 49 at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Brest. Bordeaux are looking forward to face Orchesien BC (#9) in Orchies in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angers BC 49 will play on the road against Saint-Quentin (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: J.Ford 24+9reb+3ast, G.Darrigand 13+1reb+4ast, A.Caille 11+1reb+1ast, R.Dardaine 11+4reb+4ast, S.Driss 10+5reb+1ast, M.Doubal 5+2reb+3ast
Angers BC 49: T.Ramphort 15+7reb+7ast, S.Cherasse 15+2reb+2ast, D.Hayes 14+2reb, J.Traore 10+8reb, O.Sulpice 7+5reb+2ast, D.Griffin 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100813


Brest - St Chamond 81-79

Fourteenth-ranked Saint Chamond (8-14) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Etendard de Brest (14-8) on Saturday. Etendard de Brest managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 25-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Etendard de Brest forced 19 Saint Chamond turnovers. Center Rafael Lopez (204-86) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Alain Laroche (198-83, college: N.Florida) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jonathan Beugnot (201-83, college: Clayton St.) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Four Saint Chamond players scored in double figures. Etendard de Brest have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Angers BC 49. Saint Chamond lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Get Vosges. Etendard de Brest will meet Souffelweyersheim (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saint Chamond will play against CFBB in Paris and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brest: R.Lopez 18+12reb+1ast, V.Pridotkas 18+7reb+6ast, G.Staelens 17+2reb+2ast, J.Doreau 9+4reb, R.Roberts 8+6reb+3ast, J.Liorel 7+1reb
St Chamond: A.Laroche 23+7reb+1ast, J.LanduBongo 14+3reb+1ast, J.Beugnot 13+12reb+3ast, R.Tillon 11+1reb+1ast, M.Bole 7+4reb+1ast, J.Rinna 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 100814


Blois - Souffel 79-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Souffelweyersheim's (10-12) road loss to tenth ranked Blois (12-10) 73-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Souffelweyersheim outrebounded Blois 35-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Souffelweyersheim's players. Souffelweyersheim was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Zaka Alao (187-81) fired 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Johan Blot (198-75) chipped in 23 points. Serbian forward Jovan Stefanov (205-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Souffelweyersheim's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Blois have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Souffelweyersheim dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Blois will face Get Vosges (#15) in Golbey in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Souffelweyersheim will play at home against Etendard de Brest.
Top scorers:
Blois: J.Blot 23+1reb+1ast, Z.Alao 19+2reb+5ast, B.Recoura 10+1reb+2ast, P.Brochard 10+2reb+6ast, K.Williams 9+1reb+1ast, O.Kolb 5+12reb+5ast
Souffel: J.Stefanov 17+8reb, A.N'Kembe 15+1reb+1ast, J.Tschamber 13+4reb+1ast, J.Alingue 10+9reb, F.Broliron 7+1reb+1ast, D.Weber 5+1ast
gschID: 100815


St Etienne - CFBB 92-79

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Saint-Etienne (12-10) beat at home bottom-ranked CFBB (3-19) 92-79 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Saint-Etienne. CFBB was better in third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint-Etienne shot 61.4 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Saint-Etienne especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) fired 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) chipped in 28 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman Hugo Invernizzi (196-93) produced 17 points and guard Anthony Racine (188-94) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saint-Etienne moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. CFBB lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Saint-Etienne will face Lievin Basket (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CFBB will play against Saint Chamond (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St Etienne: B.Thomas 28+2reb+3ast, D.Petrovic 27+6reb+1ast, L.Simmons 16+12reb+4ast, X.Gaillou 9+5ast, R.El Amrani 8+1reb+4ast, R.Pegon 3+4reb+1ast
CFBB: H.Invernizzi 17+1reb+2ast, A.Racine 13+5reb+1ast, W.Howard 9+2reb+2ast, U.Adjagba 9+1reb+1ast, B.John 7+1reb+4ast, V.Pourchot 6+5reb
gschID: 100812




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. Hoard, Lievin8.0 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin7.8 
 6. Kennedy, Orchy7.8 
 7. Alingue, Souffel7.8 
 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. Neri, Roche2.0 
 4. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 5. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 6. Roberts, Brest1.7 
 7. Blot, Blois1.7 
 8. Ramphort, Angers B.1.6 
 9. Driss, Bordeaux1.6 
 10. Calvez, Denek1.6 
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, Sorgues1.2 
 7. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 
 8. Kennedy, Orchy1.0 
 9. Pourchot, CFBB0.9 
 10. Mendy, Angers B.0.9 


*****************************************************
  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 15-1 
 2. Rabotnicki 13-3 
 3. MZT Skopje 13-3 
 4. Torus Skopje 10-7 
 5. ABA Strumica 7-10 
 6. Kumanovo 2009 6-10 
 7. Lirija 6-11 
 8. Ovce Pole 5-11 
 9. Ultimate Basket 4-13 
 10. Pelister Bitola 2-12 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.23.4 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.8 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus S.16.9 
 5. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 6. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.7 
 7. Morban, Lirija16.6 
 8. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.3 
 9. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 10. Nikolovski, MZT S.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultimate Basket
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Pavlovski, Lirija10.2 
 3. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.7 
 5. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.7.9 
 7. Knezevic, Feni I.7.3 
 8. Chappell, ABA S.7.2 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki7.1 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.5 
 2. Morban, Lirija5.1 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.4.8 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.4 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki4.0 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Stojanovski, Feni I.3.2 
 9. Neal, ABA Strumica3.2 
 10. Samardziev, Feni I.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Morban, Lirija1.7 
 3. Stimson, ABA S.1.5 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.1.5 
 5. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.5 
 6. Cvetkov, ABA S.1.4 
 7. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 8. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.3 
 9. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.3 
 10. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.2.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.4 
 3. Avramovski, MZT S.1.3 
 4. Krstevski, Torus S.1.3 
 5. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 6. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 7. Frye, Feni Indistrija1.1 
 8. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Talevski, MZT S.0.6 


*****************************************************
  GEORGIA   


Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Army 11-1 
 2. MIA Tbilisi 10-3 
 3. Kutaisi 9-4 
 4. TSU Tbilisi 9-4 
 5. Sokhumi 8-5 
 6. Energy Rustavi 7-5 
 7. Batumi 4-8 
 8. GTU Tbilisi 4-9 
 9. Samedicino 4-9 
 10. GSAU Tbilisi 3-10 
 11. Dinamo Tbilisi 1-12 


Superleague Round 13 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most interesting game of round 13 in the Superleague was a home defeat of 5th ranked Sokhumi (8-5) to fourth ranked TSU (9-4) 71-59. The game was mostly controlled by TSU. Sokhumi managed to win third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) chipped in 19 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Sokhumi's coach Vazha Kvaratskhelia rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TSU moved-up to third place, which they share with Kutaisi. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kutaisi. 3rd placed host Kutaisi (9-4) lost to first ranked Army Sport Klub (11-1) 65-48. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kutaisi. The former international forward Zviad Babiashvili (199-78) nailed 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Kote Tugushi accounted for 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Center Viktor Koguashvili (204-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for Kutaisi in the defeat. Army Sport Klub have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub maintains first place with 11-1 record. Kutaisi at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with TSU Tbilisi. Army Sport Klub's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi GTU.
GSAU (3-10) outlasted Samedicino-Academia (4-9) in overtime by three points 81-78 on Saturday night. The game took place in Tbilisi. But the guests were better at the end. George Khaniashvili fired 28 points for the winners. Akaki Dvalishvili produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds for lost side. Samedicino-Academia's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. GSAU maintains tenth place with 3-10 record. Loser Samedicino-Academia dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with GTU Tbilisi. GSAU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
An interesting game took place in Tbilisi where 6th ranked Energy Invest (7-5) was upset on the court of ninth ranked GTU (4-9) 83-51. Worth to mention a great performance of Beqa Chikviladze who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 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. GTU moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Samedicino. Energy Invest lost their third game in a row. Defending champion keeps the sixth position with five games lost. GTU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Army Sport Klub.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#2) and Dinamo Tbilisi (#11). Dinamo Tbilisi was crushed at home by 28 points 68-96. Soso Shermadini stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for MIA. They maintain second place with 10-3 record behind leader Army. Dinamo Tbilisi lost their twelfth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. MIA will face Batumi (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena GSAU.



Dinamo Tbilisi - MIA Tbilisi 68-96

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#2) and Dinamo Tbilisi (#11). Dinamo Tbilisi was crushed at home by 28 points 68-96. The game was mostly controlled by MIA. Dinamo Tbilisi was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Dinamo Tbilisi to just 4 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Dinamo Tbilisi 50-33 including 35 on the defensive glass. MIA looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Forward Soso Shermadini (208-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and guard Beka Tsivtsivadze (190-89) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side forward Irakli Alkhanaidze (202-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and guard Guga Pataraia (180-89) scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for MIA. They maintain second place with 10-3 record behind leader Army. Dinamo Tbilisi lost their twelfth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. MIA will face Batumi (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena GSAU.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: I.Alkhanaidze 17+12reb+1ast, G.Pataraia 15+7reb+6ast, I.Ivaneishvili 12+4reb+1ast, N.Chavelashvili 10+1reb, G.Tvauri 6+5reb+1ast, N.Guldedava 4+2reb+2ast
MIA Tbilisi: S.Shermadini 18+14reb+2ast, K.Tomaradze 16+6reb+1ast, G.Nikoladze 14+3reb+4ast, B.Lezhava 10+2reb+2ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 10+8reb+7ast, G.Markoishvili 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 114882


Sokhumi - TSU Tbilisi 59-71

The most interesting game of round 13 in the Superleague was a home defeat of 5th ranked Sokhumi (8-5) to fourth ranked TSU (9-4) 71-59. The game was mostly controlled by TSU. Sokhumi managed to win third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) chipped in 19 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Richard Damus (198-83, college: Troy) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Sokhumi's coach Vazha Kvaratskhelia rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TSU moved-up to third place, which they share with Kutaisi. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: L.Parghalava 19+5reb+1ast, R.Damus 10+12reb+1ast, I.Shanidze 8+3reb+1ast, I.Sordia 6+5reb+3ast, E.Harris 5+2reb+6ast, G.Kvetenadze 4+4reb
TSU Tbilisi: R.Matiashvili 22+14reb+1ast, M.Berishvili 19+11reb+1ast, M.Chitashvili 11+5reb+2ast, G.Gaprindashvili 9+6reb+9ast, I.Londaridze 5+7reb, Z.Korkotadze 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 114883


GTU Tbilisi - Energy Rustavi 83-51

An interesting game took place in Tbilisi where 6th ranked Energy Invest (7-5) was upset on the court of ninth ranked GTU (4-9) 83-51. The game without a history. GTU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 24 Energy Invest turnovers and outrebounded them 52-41 including 37 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Guliver Akhalkatsi (205-76) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four GTU players scored in double figures. Guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and guard Malkhazi Abaishvili (183-91) added 9 points, 7 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Energy Invest. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. GTU moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Samedicino. Energy Invest lost their third game in a row. Defending champion keeps the sixth position with five games lost. GTU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Army Sport Klub.
Top scorers:
Energy Rustavi: L.Khmelidze 15+12reb, M.Abaishvili 9+2reb+7ast, 7+1reb, J.Arabic 7+8reb, Z.Machavariani 5+3ast, D.Gugava 4+5reb
GTU Tbilisi: B.Chikviladze 20+5reb+4ast, A.Lomouri 18+6reb, G.Akhalkatsi 15+7reb+2ast, V.Beruashvili 10+11reb+1ast, Z.Machaladze 7+8reb, V.Tevzadze 4+3reb
gschID: 114884


Samedicino - GSAU Tbilisi 78-81 OT

GSAU (3-10) outlasted Samedicino-Academia (4-9) in overtime by three points 81-78 on Saturday night. The game took place in Tbilisi. But the guests were better at the end. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 20-17 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in overtime. GSAU made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Samedicino-Academia turnovers. Strangely Samedicino-Academia outrebounded GSAU 53-28 including a 21-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard George Khaniashvili (194-89) fired 28 points for the winners. Guard Davit Artsividze (178-83) chipped in 21 points and 6 assists. Center Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds and the former international forward Irakli Keidia (203-83) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Samedicino-Academia players scored in double figures. Samedicino-Academia's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. GSAU maintains tenth place with 3-10 record. Loser Samedicino-Academia dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with GTU Tbilisi. GSAU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: I.Keidia 20+7reb+3ast, I.Lezhava 16+5reb, A.Dvalishvili 14+18reb, M.Chochua 10+6reb+2ast, G.Gulisabedashvili 6+2reb+5ast, O.Paikridze 5+2reb
GSAU Tbilisi: G.Khaniashvili 28+4reb+2ast, D.Artsividze 21+6ast, R.Chachanidze 10+6reb, G.Javakhshvili 8+10reb+1ast, K.Mumladze 6+6reb+1ast, N.Sigua 6+2reb
gschID: 114885


Kutaisi - Army 48-65

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kutaisi. 3rd placed host Kutaisi (9-4) lost to first ranked Army Sport Klub (11-1) 65-48. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kutaisi. The game without a history. Army Sport Klub led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kutaisi to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Army Sport Klub forced 21 Kutaisi turnovers. The former international forward Zviad Babiashvili (199-78) nailed 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Kote Tugushi (192-84) accounted for 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Center Viktor Koguashvili (204-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Kutaisi in the defeat. Army Sport Klub have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub maintains first place with 11-1 record. Kutaisi at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with TSU Tbilisi. Army Sport Klub's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi GTU.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: G.Barbakadze 12+6reb+1ast, V.Koguashvili 12+10reb+1ast, T.Babunashvili 10+1reb+2ast, A.Lominashvili 7+3reb+1ast, L.Tsekvava 4+9reb+3ast, M.Bolkvadze 2+6reb+1ast
Army: Z.Babiashvili 16+7reb, 10+2reb, K.Tugushi 10+5reb+7ast, I.Sakvarelidze 7+4reb+3ast, A.Boisa 7+6reb+2ast, R.Atanelishvili 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 114881




Georgia U16 escapes the last spot in Gaziantep - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U16 escapes the last spot in Gaziantep beating Irain in the last game. At first Puerto Rico U16 edged Georgia U16 75:48. The Latin American team started the game with 21-14 and had those 7-point advantage at the halftime. Puerto Rico U16 won the third and the last quarters to seal the victory. Josua R. Delgado Escalera top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Ariel Watson (95) added 12. Nugzar Abuladze (186-G-95) ended up with 17 points in defeat and Badri Chikhvaria (198-C-95) posted 9.
In the game for 11/12 places Georgia U16 won over Iran U16 80:66. Georgia started with 18-11 and added 22-20 in the second period. Iran tried hard but could win only the last quarter 18-16. Sandro Bolkvadze led the winners with 26 points, while Zezva Liluashvili netted 17. Vahid Dalrizahan (198-F-95) replied with 26 points in the losing case and Alireza Razaghi notched 13.




Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Beqa CHIKVILADZE
  GTU Tbilisi
  (195-G-91)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Chikviladze, GTU T.23.2 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.2 
 3. Panchulidze, TSU T.19.6 
 4. Keshelava, Batumi18.7 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.17.9 
 6. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi16.9 
 7. Babiashvili, Army16.7 
 8. Tugushi, Army16.7 
 9. Maisuradze, Batumi16.1 
 10. Tsekvava, Energy R.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard DAMUS
  Sokhumi
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Damus, Sokhumi11.9 
 2. Keshelava, Batumi11.7 
 3. Matiashvili, TSU T.10.9 
 4. Imnadze, MIA T.9.6 
 5. Damus, Sokhumi8.9 
 6. Beruashvili, GTU T.8.8 
 7. Ugrekhelidze, Army8.7 
 8. Tugushi, Army8.6 
 9. Toudjani, Energy R.8.6 
 10. Antadze, GTU T.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAPRINDASHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.6.5 
 2. Tugushi, Army5.6 
 3. Tetelashvili, GSAU T.5.0 
 4. Mikeladze, Batumi4.7 
 5. Tavartkiladz., Samedi.4.6 
 6. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.6 
 7. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.4 
 8. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi4.4 
 9. Antadze, GTU T.4.1 
 10. Berishvili, MIA T.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Giorgi GULISABEDASHVILI
  Samedicino
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Gulisabedash., Samedi.3.3 
 2. Beruashvili, GTU T.3.2 
 3. Tsekvava, Energy R.2.8 
 4. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.7 
 5. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 6. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.5 
 8. Sanadze, Energy R.2.3 
 9. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.2 
 10. Markhvashvil., TSU T.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy Rustavi
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lamu, Energy R.1.8 
 2. Damus, Sokhumi1.6 
 3. Imnadze, MIA T.1.4 
 4. Bekauri, Samedicino1.4 
 5. Beruashvili, GTU T.1.2 
 6. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.2 
 7. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 8. Damus, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Kobidze, GTU T.1.1 
 10. Tenieshvili, Batumi1.0 


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  GERMANY   


Germany U16 wins Bronze in Gaziantep - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16-France U16 53:51

Germany U16 wins Bronze in Gaziantep beating France U16 last night for the third place. In the last European battle of two sides in the tournament Germany grabbed 53:51 win to taste bronze.
France opened the game with 21-9 in the first period and looked better in the court. Germany meanwhile responded with 18-12 in the second frame to reduce the gap to 33:27 at the halftime. Moreover the second half belonged to the German side as well. Due to the great defense Germany won the third period 13-6 and then finished the game with 13-12 in the last stanza.
Janis Stielow (189-G/F-95) and Maximillian Ugrai stepped up with 10 points each for the winners. Niklas Ney, David Taylor (186-G-95) and Nicolas Oosterman (178-G-95) each contributed with 9 points apiece. Charly Pontens (178-G-95) poured in 10 points in the losing effort, while Paul Rigot (199-G-95) added 8. Arthur Rozenfeld (175-G-95) and Damien Inglis (198-F-95) ended up with 7 points each for the French side.

Germany U16: Janis Stielow 10, Maximillian Ugrai 10, Niklas Ney 9, David Taylor 9, Nicolas Oosterman 9
France U16: Charly Pontens 10, Paul Rigot 8, Arthur Rozenfeld 7, Damien Inglis 7



1.Bundesliga Round 22: ALBA Berlin is upset by EnBW Ludwigsburg - by Eurobasket News
Very exciting round. It does not happen too often that three games need overtime in just one round. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Ludwigsburg between third ranked ALBA Berlin (14-8) and eleventh ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (11-11) on Saturday night. ALBA Berlin was defeated by EnBW Ludwigsburg in a tough game on the road in overtime84-89. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime then ALBA Berlin managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was EnBW Ludwigsburg who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-6. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. EnBW Ludwigsburg looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) fired 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward John Bowler (206-84, college: E.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. ALBA Berlin's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. EnBW Ludwigsburg moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Bremerhaven. ALBA Berlin at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg is looking forward to face Mitteldeutscher BC (#15) in Weissenfels in the next round where they are favorite. ALBA Berlin will play at home against BBC Bayreuth (#17) and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Brose Baskets delivered the twentieth second victory. This time they beat 5th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (13-9) 68-55 in Bamberg. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who helped to win the game recording 12 points. Casey Jacobsen contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for New Yorker Phantoms. Brose Baskets have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-1 record. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side keep the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with EWE Baskets. Brose Baskets will play against Artland Dragons (#3) in Quakenbrueck in the next round, which may be the game of the day. New Yorker Phantoms will play at home against Gloria Giants in Duesseldorf and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Bremerhaven was also quite interesting. Second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (16-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (11-11). Deutsche Bank Skyliners defeated Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 71-56 on Saturday. DaShaun Wood scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Torrell Martin responded with 7 points and 11 rebounds. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains second position with 16-6 record having seven points less than leader Brose Baskets. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with EnBW L'burg. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will meet New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in the next round. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against TBB Trier (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifteenth-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (6-16) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Telekom Baskets (12-9) in Bonn. Telekom Baskets managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected much easier game. Folarin Campbell notched 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Telekom Baskets maintains seventh position with 12-9 record. Mitteldeutscher BC at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 16 games lost. Telekom Baskets' next round opponent will be Phoenix Hagen (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg.
Important game to mention about took place in Trier. Eighth ranked TBB Trier (12-10) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 14th ranked Phoenix Hagen (9-14) 81-80 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Philip Zwiener fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Phoenix Hagen's coach Ingo Freyer let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TBB Trier maintains eighth position with 12-10 record. Loser Phoenix Hagen keeps the fourteenth place with 14 games lost. TBB Trier will face Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#9) at home in the next round. Phoenix Hagen will play against Telekom Baskets (#7) in Bonn.

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Art.Dragons crushed Duesseldorf in Quakenbrueck 91-65. EWE Baskets beat Goettingen at home 74-70. Walter Tigers won against Bayreuth on the opponent's court 70-68. ratiopharm outscored LTi 46ers in a home game 100-80.



Brose Baskets - NY Phantoms 68-55

Leader Brose Baskets delivered the twentieth second victory. This time they beat 5th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (13-9) 68-55 in Bamberg. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms was better in third quarter 16-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who helped to win the game recording 12 points. American swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and American-Nigerian guard Tony Skinn (185-83, college: George Mason) added 12 points in the effort for New Yorker Phantoms. Brose Baskets have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-1 record. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side keep the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with EWE Baskets. Brose Baskets will play against Artland Dragons (#3) in Quakenbrueck in the next round, which may be the game of the day. New Yorker Phantoms will play at home against Gloria Giants in Duesseldorf and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: B.Roberts 14+1reb+1ast, T.Pleiss 12+4reb+2ast, R.Terry 11+4reb, C.Jacobsen 10+7reb, P.Suput 8+4reb+2ast, K.Hines 6+3reb+1ast
NY Phantoms: M.Goree 17+10reb, T.Skinn 12+4reb+3ast, J.Cain 7+2reb, K.Hamilton 6+6reb+1ast, K.Visser 6+8reb, B.Thomas 4+5reb
gschID: 93072


TBB Trier - Phoenix Hagen 81-80

Important game to mention about took place in Trier. Eighth ranked TBB Trier (12-10) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 14th ranked Phoenix Hagen (9-14) 81-80 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Phoenix Hagen cut a 15-point first quarter deficit to one at the end of the game. TBB Trier made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. The former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85, agency: Court Side) fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Maik Zirbes (205-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American guard David Bell (186-81, college: Montana, agency: Impact Basketball) produced 22 points and his fellow American import forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five TBB Trier and four Phoenix Hagen players scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen's coach Ingo Freyer let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TBB Trier maintains eighth position with 12-10 record. Loser Phoenix Hagen keeps the fourteenth place with 14 games lost. TBB Trier will face Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#9) at home in the next round. Phoenix Hagen will play against Telekom Baskets (#7) in Bonn.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 19+8reb+1ast, M.Zirbes 16+10reb, D.Joyce 13+4reb+8ast, D.Dojcin 10+7reb+4ast, J.Bynum 10+5reb, O.Clay 9+3reb
Phoenix Hagen: D.Bell 22+4reb+3ast, J.Burtschi 18+6reb+3ast, M.Dorris 16+4reb+2ast, Q.Pryor 10+6reb+3ast, Z.Jonusas 9+1reb+1ast, E.Seward 3+7reb
gschID: 93073


Duesseldorf - Art.Dragons 65-91

There was no surprise in Duesseldorf where 18th ranked Gloria Giants (3-18) were crushed by fourth ranked Artland Dragons (14-7) 91-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Artland Dragons. Gloria Giants was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Artland Dragons dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Gloria Giants' 24. They outrebounded Gloria Giants 44-23 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) fired 27 points and 5 assists for the winners. The other American import center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St.) produced 19 points and 4 assists and Lithuanian forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Artland Dragons moved-up to third place. Gloria Giants lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Artland Dragons will face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gloria Giants will play on the road against New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: T.Rice 27+4reb+5ast, A.Seggelke 12+1reb, D.Fenn 12+12reb+3ast, N.Peavy 11+3reb, R.Kurz 9+10reb+1ast, A.Hess 7+4reb+1ast
Duesseldorf: D.Haynes 19+4reb+4ast, L.Kisielius 16+4reb+4ast, S.Wright 13+4reb+2ast, P.Pope 5+1ast, J.Buck 4+8reb+2ast, M.Petric 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93069


EWE Baskets - Goettingen 74-70

No shocking result in a game in Oldenburg where sixth ranked EWE Baskets (13-9) defeated 10th ranked BG Goettingen (10-11) 74-70 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. EWE Baskets outrebounded BG Goettingen 38-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) chipped in 18 points. American guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois, agency: Warren Sports International) produced 20 points and his fellow American import power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) added 12 points respectively for lost side. BG Goettingen's coach gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. EWE Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with NY Phantoms. BG Goettingen lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. EWE Baskets will face Walter Tigers (#13) in Tuebingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Goettingen will play at home against ratiopharm Ulm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 21+5reb+6ast, M.Lukauskis 18+3reb+3ast, L.Bogdanovic 13+3reb, L.Campbell 8+5reb+3ast, O.Stevic 6+9reb+2ast, A.Baynes 6+8reb+1ast
Goettingen: T.Meacham 20+3reb+2ast, J.Boone 12+4reb+1ast, M.Scott 9+3reb, A.Jordan 9+6reb, R.Kulawick 7+2reb+1ast, D.Anderson 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93070


Bremerhaven - Dt.Bank SKY 56-71

The game in Bremerhaven was also quite interesting. Second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (16-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (11-11). Deutsche Bank Skyliners defeated Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 71-56 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven managed to win fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Finnish forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-81, college: UALR) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop, agency: 540 Sports) responded with 7 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington) scored 17 points. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains second position with 16-6 record having seven points less than leader Brose Baskets. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with EnBW L'burg. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will meet New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in the next round. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against TBB Trier (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY: D.Wood 25+8reb+7ast, K.Muurinen 14+5reb, J.McKinney 7+1reb+3ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 6+1reb, C.Moss 5+8reb+1ast, Q.Robertson 5+3reb+1ast
Bremerhaven: C.Callahan 17+1reb+1ast, A.Drevo 10+5reb+1ast, T.Martin 7+11reb+2ast, S.Denison 5+2reb+3ast, P.Schwethelm 5+2reb, A.Canty 5+3ast
gschID: 93071


Bayreuth - Walter Tigers 68-70

Very expected game when 17th ranked BBC Bayreuth (5-16) was edged at home by thirteenth ranked Walter Tigers (10-12) 70-68 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-18. But BBC Bayreuth won second period 15-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BBC Bayreuth was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica (193-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. American center Jared Reiner (211-82, college: Iowa, agency: Priority Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and Nigerian-American forward Ekene Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Walter Tigers have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with ratiopharm. Newly promoted BBC Bayreuth keeps the seventeenth position with 16 games lost. Walter Tigers will face higher ranked EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against ALBA Berlin (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: D.Watts 25+10reb+1ast, A.Kashirov 11+7reb, B.Ratkovica 8+5reb+9ast, R.Markovic 8+2reb, J.Herber 7+2ast, K.Wiliams 6+2reb
Bayreuth: J.Reiner 18+13reb, E.Ibekwe 11+9reb, M.Ginyard 10+5reb+1ast, S.Wachalski 10+2reb, P.Campbell 9+5reb+1ast, D.Gibson 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 93066


EnBW L'burg - ALBA 89-84 OT

The most important game in the last round took place in Ludwigsburg between third ranked ALBA Berlin (14-8) and eleventh ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (11-11) on Saturday night. ALBA Berlin was defeated by EnBW Ludwigsburg in a tough game on the road in overtime84-89. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime then ALBA Berlin managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was EnBW Ludwigsburg who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-6. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. EnBW Ludwigsburg looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) fired 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward John Bowler (206-84, college: E.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. EnBW Ludwigsburg moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Bremerhaven. ALBA Berlin at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg is looking forward to face Mitteldeutscher BC (#15) in Weissenfels in the next round where they are favorite. ALBA Berlin will play at home against BBC Bayreuth (#17) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: A.Harris 19+5reb+3ast, J.Green 16+1reb+2ast, J.Bowler 14+5reb+5ast, D.Zavackas 14+4reb+4ast, R.Rickert 11+5reb, T.Bailey 6+8reb+2ast
ALBA: I.McElroy 16+5reb+2ast, D.Allen 14+5reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 12+1reb+2ast, B.Taylor 10+10reb+2ast, L.Staiger 8+3reb+2ast, M.Marinovic 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 93067


Telekom Baskets - MBC 73-72

Fifteenth-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (6-16) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Telekom Baskets (12-9) in Bonn. Telekom Baskets managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected much easier game. Mitteldeutscher BC was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Telekom Baskets, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Telekom Baskets outrebounded Mitteldeutscher BC 35-20 including 21 on the defensive glass. American swingman Folarin Campbell (193-86, college: George Mason) notched 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the other American import center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Even 23 points by American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: World Sport Agency) did not help to save the game for Mitteldeutscher BC. Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Telekom Baskets maintains seventh position with 12-9 record. Mitteldeutscher BC at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 16 games lost. Telekom Baskets' next round opponent will be Phoenix Hagen (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: F.Campbell 18+6reb+4ast, C.Ensminger 14+9reb+1ast, J.Hunt 11+3reb+1ast, M.Tyndale 8+6reb, N.Wise 7+1reb+2ast, J.Jaacks 7+2reb
MBC: R.Ross 23+4reb+1ast, R.Dramicanin 13+6reb, W.Bernard 8+2reb+3ast, J.Gilbert 8+3reb+2ast, R.Pilcevic 6+1ast, V.Radinovic 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93068


ratiopharm - LTi 46ers 100-80

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked ratiopharm Ulm (10-12) outscored at home 16th ranked LTi 46ers (6-17) 100-80 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by ratiopharm Ulm. LTi 46ers was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ratiopharm Ulm shot 66.0 percent from the field. ratiopharm Ulm had a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 68.4 percentage. LTi 46ers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89) chipped in 19 points. Five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. American forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Michael Jordan (183-77, college: Pennsylvania) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ratiopharm Ulm maintains twelfth position with 10-12 record, which they share with Walter Tigers. Loser LTi 46ers keep the sixteenth place with 17 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will face higher ranked BG Goettingen (#11) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LTi 46ers will play against Gloria Giants (#18) in Duesseldorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ratiopharm: R.Benzing 19+3reb+1ast, J.Bryant 13+10reb+2ast, C.Collins 11+6reb+2ast, S.Betz 11+3reb, P.Guenther 10+6ast, L.Humphrey 10+1reb
LTi 46ers: Z.Peacock 14+5reb, E.Ovcina 12+4reb+1ast, M.Jordan 10+2reb+5ast, D.Madrich 10, A.Smith 9+1reb, R.Brooks 7+2reb
gschID: 93065




Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) I Am Looking Forward To Playing In My First Top 4 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 26 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his second season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. In 2008-2009, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Last season, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Brandon took some time to talk 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?


It is the best feeling so far this season because it meant a lot for us as a team and for the organization. Im looking forward to playing in my first Top 4

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

We were missing our 2nd and 3rd rotation on defense and we made small mistakes that we mostly get right but a few times we didnt and they made us pay.

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


Both teams were playing very hard and didnt want to let the game slip away.

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

We were able to hold them to one shot after tough defense and we made some big shots that helped us pull away just enough to get the win.

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?

Im excited about the game because a win will help us in a tight race for the playoffs. Even though I cant wait for the Top 4, it seems so far away with so many other obstacles we must face in the mean time.

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

They got off to a great start and we were able to battle back but a couple offensive rebounds sealed the game for them.

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

Extremely important and in order to beat a tough Bamberg team on the road we have to play with intensity and still remain focused to make the smartest decisions on offense and defense

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?


Ray Allen, the best pure shooter in the game!

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

I would think at the least his shooting ability could fit into most systems and Alba seems to find ways to make things work but I dont really know.

Thanks Brandon for the chat.


Dashaun Wood Straps On The Turbo And Sweeps Away The Snow And Eisbaeren Bremerhaven As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Win 71-56 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With Valentines Day only 48 hours away and some of the thoughts of the players surely contemplating roses, a box of tasty chocolate or a special off weekend trip to Paris with their significant other, however The Deutsche Bank Skyliners still had to focus on the matter at hand getting a win in the always tough Eisbaeren den and showed another top performance on defense bringing back memories to the outstanding win against The Telekom Baskets Bonn three days earlier in the cup game. 'We went into this game in Bremerhaven wanting to take the defense intensity from the last game. We want to keep it up in the next game splaying defense like this, because we know when we defend like that, that we will always have good chnaces to win', stressed Skyliner shooting guard Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri). 'Frankfurt was able to get their offense going off their defense while we were unable to let our defense control our offense. Frankfurt slowed down the game and we played into their hands. We simply did not play the way that we should of', stated Eisbaeren American Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Winthrop)

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners probably still had fond memories of their June 3rd, 2010 game 5 semi final win in the back of their heads while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven didnt have sweet memories, but most players werent admiting it except Jimmy McKinney a bit. 'Game five was a great win last season, but its a new season with a new system and new play how we play. I didnt think too much on that game from last season', explained Jimmy McKinney. 'I didnt think about that game five loss one bit', stressed German national player Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Court Side). 'I didnt think of game five one bit', added Torrell Martin 'Nobody had game 5 on their mind', stated Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak . The current BEKO BBL top scorer DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) didnt let any past successful experiences by his team get him out of his rhythm. 'I heard about the game five game from last season. These two teams seem to have a great rivalry and there seems to be tension. It was important that we got a jump early and was able to set the tone. We got the momentum early and it carried us', warned DaShaun Wood.

After losing their last BEKO BBL regular season game to The Brose Baskets Bamberg in a kind of poor fashion that would of been equivalent as if Paris Hilton would have found out shortly before an important PR appointment that her shoes didnt match her Prada suit which kind of brought Frankfurt back to earth, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners wanted to return with a super smackdown performance the same kind that 2011 Super Bowl champions Green bay Packers players Donald Lee, Donald Driver and Scot Wells experienced at a WWE event in Green bay following their big win. Ever since the loss to three time BEKO BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg, Frankfurt has played 80 minutes of extremly strong and tough play on offense and defense. 'Ever since the loss against Bamberg where we did everything wrong, we have done just about everything right against Bonn and Bremerhaven. I always say that we wont reach our best potential until we have every player healthy, but we played the way Skyliner basketball should look like. We executed well on offense and defense', stated Detroit native DaShaun Wood. The Eisaberen Bremerhaven continue to be up and down this season showing that they are very beatable at home with a 6-6 record losing their third game in a row. 'This was one of the harder loses of the season. We are hurting at the moment. We have been losing too many games that we should of won. We had a very good chance to beat a team that had some injuries. Frankfurt showed how to play team basketball. They played very physical tonight and I feel very beat up', added Craig Callahan (203-F-81, college: NC-Wilmington). Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak rarely doesnt have something to criticize, but after the 71-56 win, he was at a loss of words for finding any kind of flaws in the play of the team. 'We played very concentrated basketball from the start until the end. We fought very much and played well on offense. We played with a lot of enthusiasm on defense. Then good things come on offense as a result. The key was our strong defense and controlling the rebounds', added Kamil Novak . 'We never found our rhythm. Our biggest problem is that we are unable to produce good shots. We are able to score a lot against weaker teams, but against stronger teams we are unable to score consistently', added Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Court Side).

Current BEKO BBL top scorer DaShaun Wood had another top game deserving the grade of A as he produced 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. As always Wood was the head of the team and the whole offense evolved around his play. Wood was unstoppable penetrating either scoring or dishing the ball out to the open man. Wood is already dangerous with his penetration and road runner quickness, but when he combines that with his three pointer that is cooking, then he is beyond unstoppable. Torrell Martin who is challenging Wood for the scoring title spoke in amazement of the quick guard. 'Wood has been good all year. He is one of the most consistent players in the league', commented Torrell Martin Bremerhaven American guard Tyrone Brazelton (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) who sat out the game with an injury had enough time to scruitnize the play of Wood and might of even gotten some tips from just seeing him play. 'Wood has all the tools of a great point guard. He and his teammates are on the same page. He got 8 rebounds which is incredible for a guard. he is the quickest point guard that I have ever seen. I am sure that he could play in the NBA. It always depends on the situation and what a team needs', added Tyrone Brazelton (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky). German national player Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Court Side) is known as one of the better defenders in the BEKO BBL, but seemed clueless at how to contain the American also. 'He is the fastest player that I have ever played against', said Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Court Side). With Wood getting high stats in points, rebounds and assists, the question remains, is he capable of getting a triple double in the BEKO BBL? 'I have not had one as a professional, but had one in college. Every player wants a triple double, but I dont worry about stats, but just about winning. If I had 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in the fourth quarter, I wouldnt even know I was that close', warned DaShaun Wood.

With snow and sleet playing havoc about 170 kilometers away in the Artland, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven might of secretly hoped for the chill to come up north, but the white stuff stayed away and might of effected the team not getting into their comfort zone on the court. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners started the game slowly missing their first four shots and Bremerhaven took the lead on a Torrell Martin pull up jumper. However Frankfurt then quickly found their touch hitting their next three shots to take a 6-2 lead. Muurinen scored twice inside getting set up nicely each time by Wood and then the American scored himself on a floater. However the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven then went on a 7-2 run to retake the lead 9-8 getting some help with costly Frankfurt turnovers as Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) and captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) coughed up the ball twice. Andrew Drevo was able to score twice giving the Eisbaeren the lead. The end of the first quarter was very exciting as the fans witnessed five lead changes. Wood got the play of the game with a nifty reverse lay up where he seemingly went around half the team making it look so easy. Drevo continued to score inside and Frankfurt got a timely three point bomb from Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports). Callahan then hit a jumper and Skyliner forward closed out the first quarter with a buzzer beater tip in as Frankfurt led 15-14. 'After we missed our first four shots, we slowly found our rhythm and we stood well on defense', stated Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak . The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 20% from outside while The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 56% from the field and 0% form outside. Both teams had six rebounds and Bremerhaven five turnovers and Frankfurt four turnovers.

Despite a Callahan tip in off a Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska) miss to start the second quarter with Bremerhaven regaining the lead 16-15, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners stormed out on a 11-2 run to lead 26-18. The Frankfurt offense was flowing efficiently as Frankfurt was spreading the ball around well and finding different scorers. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) started the run with a rainbow that seemed to go as high as the top of the Sael City hotel in downtown Bremerhaven, De Mello nailed another three pointer, Wood making a lay up and beating the Eisbaeren defense with his lightening first step and Mckinney drooped a three pointer as Frankfurt led 26-28. Frankfurt was able to extend their lead a bit, but most importantly showed toughness and hustle as a team getting loose balls. This was a strength that Frankfurt was doing all night long. 'We were unable to get any loose balls against Bamberg, but we did against Bremerhaven. When you get a majority of hustle plays against a eam that playing hard, you seem to suck the life out of them. We did that tonight and that hurt them', stressed DaShaun Wood. Even though Eisbaeren American Craig Callahan (203-F-81, college: NC-Wilmington) finished with only one rebound, he did a lot of damage inside scoring once in traffic and once all alone as the help defense was no where to be seen. At halftime, the fans had the score of a high scoring NBA type of quarter as Frankfurt led 32-23. 'We tried to limit the offense of Frankfurt and DaShaun Wood with a zone. Giving up 32 points is ok, but scoring only 23 points was unacceptable', added Eisbaeren Bremerhaven manager Jan Rathjen . The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 46% from the field and 29% from the three point line as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 39% from the field and 0% from the three point line. Frankfurt was slowly getting a grip on the boards at 16-13 and had only 8 turnovers while Bremerhaven had 9 turnovers.

One might of expected to see the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven come out of halftime after managing only a paltry 23 points to come out with more intensity, but Frankfurt jumped out on a 7-2 run to lead 40-25. Muurinen started the run with 5 consecutive points with a three pointer and jumper from the wing which was filtrated by a Wood hustle play getting a loose ball. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) finished the run with a jumper as Frankfurt led 40-25. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven tried to cut down the big Frankfurt lead getting production from Canadian Sean Denison (210-F/C-85, college: Santa Clara) who made a nice spin move around Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) and a jumper from Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Court Side), but the Eisbaeren continued to have no resistance on defense allowing Wood to nail a three pointer and Mckinney show his penetration talent making a floater over Denison as Frankfurt still led 45-33. Frankfurt closed out the third quarter with 7-0 run to close out the third quarter with a very comfortable 52-33 lead. Wood made a floater and two free throws and Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) scored inside. 'We wanted to come out with a lot of energy in the third quarter the same way that we did against Bonn and we did', stressed Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak . The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 33% from the parking lot while the Eisaberen Bremerhaven were shooting 40% from the field and still 0% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the overwhelming 28-18 rebound edge and only nine turnovers while Bremerhaven had 12.

With 10 minutes to play, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven had to make a move sometime and did coming out on a 12-5 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 57-45 and get some new life into the Bremerhaven Stadthalle. Eisbaeren coach Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ) brought in American swing man John Allen who scored inside twice. Bremerhaven also took advantage of the Frankfurt foul trouble inside as experienced American Craig Callahan (203-F-81, college: NC-Wilmington) beat young 18 year old Carl Lindbom inside. Young German Anthony Canty (183-G-91) struck back with a huge three pointer as the Eisbaeren were starting to feel more at home with some frost somehow having slipped in as the snow was coming down hard outside the arena. However as is so often the case, it was DaShaun Wood who came up with a clutch basket subbing his penetration with this second three pointer. However this didnt faze Bremerhaven as they struck on a mini 5-0 run as Canty scored inside and Martin nailed a three pointer. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners led only 60-50 with three minutes to play as Skyliner skipper Gordon Herbert took a timeout. The timeout did wonders as Frankfurt went on a 6-0 run to lead 66-50 putting the game as well as out of reach with two minutes to play. Wood scored on a floater, nailed two free throws and Super Tez also scored twice from the free throw line. Bremerhaven then went on a mini 5-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 66-55 as Denison scored a nice hook shot over Mckinney and Callahan scored inside, but time was running out as there was under a minute to play. Wood wasnt done yet on the offensive end hitting another three pointer and scoring inside. Callahan closed out the scoring with a hoop inside as Frankfurt won the game 71-56. 'The key to winning this game was our defense. We pressured the ball well, not get easy post touches and stopped their transition', added Jimmy McKinney. 'It wasnt so much what Frankfurt did, but more what we did. We tried to make the right plays to much which led us to hold the ball longer which made us stagnant', added Tyrone Brazelton (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by DaShaun Wood with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) added 14 points and five rebounds. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Craig Callahan (203-F-81, college: NC-Wilmington) with 17 points. American Andrew Drevo chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won the rebounding duel 35-24 and there has been criticism that at times Bremerhaven has problems not playing with a true center when they play with two four players Drevo and Callahan. 'You dont really see any centers in the BEKO BBL with 20/10 stats. Drevo and Callahan can shoot and open up the floor. We prepared well for them and we just played with a lot of effort for 40 minutes in the zone', commented DaShaun Wood. 'I think that you have your advantages and disadvantages playing our style with the four position players. We just didnt play with any energy. I hardly got any rebounds. Nolte did a good job in the zone', stressed Craig Callahan (203-F-81, college: NC-Wilmington). It wasnt only Wood who did a lot of damage, but Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) who was the foundation on the court. 'Frankfurt exploited things on our defense. Tez didnt score much, but he is the glue of that team. He did the little things that you didnt see on the stats sheet like taping balls, getting rebounds or clearing space', added Tyrone Brazelton (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will need DaShaun Wood and the glue Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) as well as every other member of the team as they go on the road again and meet The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig on February 20th at 17:00.




Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 22-1 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 16-6 
 3. Art.Dragons 14-7 
 4. ALBA 14-8 
 5. NY Phantoms 13-9 
 6. EWE Baskets 13-9 
 7. Telekom Baskets 12-9 
 8. TBB Trier 12-10 
 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 9-14 
 15. MBC 6-16 
 16. LTi 46ers 6-17 
 17. Bayreuth 5-16 
 18. Duesseldorf 3-18 


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 Hagen16.0 
 4. Benzing, ratio.15.6 
 5. Allen, ALBA15.5 
 6. Harris, EnBW L.15.4 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 8. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.4 
 9. Ross, MBC15.3 
 10. Callahan, Bremerha.15.1 
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.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.8.0 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.5 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.0 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons4.8 
 5. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 6. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.2 
 7. Green, EnBW L.4.2 
 8. Copeland, Bremerha.4.1 
 9. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 10. Campbell, EWE B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.7 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.6 
 5. Wise, Telekom .1.5 
 6. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.4 
 8. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 9. Stevic, EWE B.1.3 
 10. Oliver, Walter Tigers1.3 
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. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 10. Denison, Bremerha.1.0 


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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, PAOK16.7 
 3. Palacio, Kavala16.5 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 5. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos15.1 
 6. Thompson, Ikaros14.6 
 7. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris13.8 
 9. Kalathis, VAP K.13.8 
 10. McAlarney, Ikaros13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.2 
 2. Smith, Panellinios9.1 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros9.1 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.6 
 5. Bagaric, Marousi8.1 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Looby, Peristeri GS7.5 
 8. Tucker, Aris7.5 
 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. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.4.4 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.9 
 9. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 10. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Marshall, PAOK1.9 
 3. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.9 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.8 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 7. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.7 
 8. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
 9. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.6 
 10. Papamakarios, Panell.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bagaric, Marousi2.2 
 2. Simmons, Kavala2.0 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.4 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Cohadarevic, AEK0.8 
 7. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 
 9. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.7 
 10. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 


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


A2 Round 14: Top-ranked KAOD wins another game - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round.

A2 top team - KAOD (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked AEK/Argous (6-8) in Dramas 85-68. The game was mostly controlled by KAOD. AEK/Argous managed to win fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 28-of-31 free shots (90.3 percent) during the game. KAOD forced 20 AEK/Argous turnovers. Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-G-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points. Forward Alexis Tsamatos (196-77, agency: FCM) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Dimitris Papantoniou (190-83) replied with 21 points for AEK/Argous. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KAOD have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Newly promoted AEK/Argous dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. KAOD are looking forward to face Panelefsiniakos (#4) in Eleusina in the next round. AEK/Argous will play at home against the league's second-placed AGOR (#2) in Rethymno and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Athens. Eleventh ranked Amyntas Dafnis (6-8) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Lavrio (9-5) 68-65 on Saturday evening. Guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Babis Samothrakis chipped in 19 points during the contest. Swingman Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-82) responded with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Lavrio dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Panelefsiniakos. Amyntas Dafnis will play against bottom-ranked Near East (#16) in Kesariani in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lavrio will play at home against Periko/Arhelaos (#12) in Perikos and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Olimpiada (6-8) and Periko/Arhelaos (6-9), which took place in Perikos. Higher ranked Olimpiada lost to twelfth ranked Periko/Arhelaos in a road game 74-87 on Saturday. Edgard Jeromanovs notched 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Even 16 points and 8 rebounds by Apost Koutroulias did not help to save the game for Olimpiada. Newly promoted Periko/Arhelaos maintains twelfth position with 6-9 record. Olimpiada at the other side dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Periko/Arhelaos will meet higher ranked Lavrio (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Olimpiada will play against Apollon Patras and hope to secure a win.
Another upset was a game between Panelefsiniakos (9-5) and Apollon Patras (6-8), which took place in Patra. Higher ranked Panelefsiniakos lost to tenth ranked Apollon Patras in a road game 59-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Panelefsiniakos. The best player for the winners was Djordje Pantelic who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Apollon Patras moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Panelefsiniakos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Apollon Patras' next round opponent will be Olimpiada (#9) in Patras. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against the league's leader KAOD (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game between fourteenth ranked Pagrati (5-9) and 16th ranked Near East (3-11) in Athens on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Pagrati beat guests from Kesariani 73-55. Fotis Vasilopoulos orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pagrati moved-up to thirteenth place. Near East lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Pagrati will face Koroivos (#14) on the road in the next round. Near East will play against Amyntas Dafnis in Athens.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: Koroivos was beaten by Ikaroi Serron on the road 76-67. AGOR won against Panerythraikos on its own court 80-73. Ermis Lagkada managed to outperform Arkadikos in Lagadas 75-71.


Pagrati - Near East 73-55

The game between fourteenth ranked Pagrati (5-9) and 16th ranked Near East (3-11) in Athens on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Pagrati beat guests from Kesariani 73-55. The game was mostly controlled by Pagrati. Near East was better in third quarter 12-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Dimitris Lolas (203-86, agency: FCM) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Pagrati players scored in double figures. The former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) replied with 13 points and power forward Fragiskos Amato (205-78, agency: FCM) added 3 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Near East. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pagrati moved-up to thirteenth place. Near East lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Pagrati will face Koroivos (#14) on the road in the next round. Near East will play against Amyntas Dafnis in Athens.
Top scorers:
Near East: F.Moschovitis 13+3reb+2ast, E.Tomaras 9+1reb, A.Pappas 8+2ast, A.Psaropoulos 7+2reb, A.Gribaviotis 6+2reb+1ast, N.Tsoutsos 5+1reb+2ast
Pagrati: F.Vasilopoulos 18+6reb+8ast, G.Dimakos 15+1reb, D.Lolas 14+6reb+2ast, K.Macheras 11+5reb+1ast, T.Vardianos 8+6reb, N.Voulgaris 2
gschID: 98821


Ikaroi Serron - Koroivos 76-67

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Ikaroi Serron (10-4) beat 13th ranked Koroivos (4-10) in Serres 76-67 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-67. Ikaroi Serron forced 19 Koroivos turnovers. Guard Savvas Kaberidis (187-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian forward Predrag Kosanovic (203-76, agency: BeoExcell) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Koroivos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Ikaroi Serron have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader KAOD. Newly promoted Koroivos dropped to the fourteenth place with ten games lost. Ikaroi Serron will face Ermis Lagkada (#7) in Lagadas in the next round. Koroivos will play at home against Pagrati (#13) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: N.Pettas 16+7reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 15+1reb, P.Kosanovic 14+7reb+1ast, M.Matalon 10+2ast, T.Dimitriadis 6+2reb, D.Apostolopoulos 4+5reb+2ast
Ikaroi Serron: K.Kakaroudis 17+5reb, S.Kaberidis 15+5reb+4ast, K.Totsios 14+2reb+4ast, K.Pehlivanis 10+3reb+1ast, F.Simeonidis 8+7reb+3ast, G.Koukas 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 98822


Periko/Arhelaos - Olimpiada 87-74

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Olimpiada (6-8) and Periko/Arhelaos (6-9), which took place in Perikos. Higher ranked Olimpiada lost to twelfth ranked Periko/Arhelaos in a road game 74-87 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Periko/Arhelaos's pressure prevailed and they won that period 28-21 extending their advantage to 13 points. Latvian guard Edgard Jeromanovs (186-86) notched 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and forward Antonis Sivorotka (203-85) supported him with 15 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 16 points and 8 rebounds by center Apost Koutroulias (206-76) did not help to save the game for Olimpiada. Guard Sakis Veskoukis (195-80) added 13 points and 4 assists for the guests. Four Olimpiada players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Periko/Arhelaos maintains twelfth position with 6-9 record. Olimpiada at the other side dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Periko/Arhelaos will meet higher ranked Lavrio (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Olimpiada will play against Apollon Patras and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Olimpiada: A.Koutroulias 16+8reb+1ast, D.Makris 14+3reb+1ast, S.Veskoukis 13+1reb+4ast, K.Tsotsos 13+2reb+1ast, M.Sakota 10, K.Aktipis 4+3reb+1ast
Periko/Arhelaos: E.Jeromanovs 25+3reb+3ast, A.Sivorotka 15+3reb+4ast, N.Tsouk 12+5reb, P.Nanis 9+5reb+1ast, G.Rodostoglou 8+2reb, G.Papachristos 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98819


Amyntas Dafnis - Lavrio 68-65

Important game to mention about took place in Athens. Eleventh ranked Amyntas Dafnis (6-8) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Lavrio (9-5) 68-65 on Saturday evening. It looked good early as Lavrio took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Amyntas Dafnis had a 17-6 second period charge getting the lead and Lavrio was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-68. Amyntas Dafnis dominated on the defensive end, holding Lavrio to just 6 points in second quarter. They also forced 20 Lavrio turnovers. Guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Babis Samothrakis (189-83) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Swingman Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-82) responded with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Pavlos Karvounis (180-72) scored 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Lavrio dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Panelefsiniakos. Amyntas Dafnis will play against bottom-ranked Near East (#16) in Kesariani in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lavrio will play at home against Periko/Arhelaos (#12) in Perikos and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: P.Karvounis 17+1reb+2ast, D.Giannakopoulos 11+9reb+5ast, K.Paschalis 10+5reb+2ast, G.Bakas 7+4reb+1ast, G.Kakiouzis 7+8reb, N.Psileas 6+5reb+2ast
Amyntas Dafnis: B.Samothrakis 19+1reb+1ast, K.Vardavas 13+11reb+4ast, K.Boutros 10+3reb+2ast, S.Dorkofikis 9+7reb+1ast, P.Papargiropoulos 6+1reb+1ast, P.Koukounias 4+2reb
gschID: 98820


AGOR - Panerythraikos 80-73

Very expected game when 15th ranked Panerythraikos (4-10) lost to second ranked AGOR (11-4) in Rethymno 73-80 on Saturday. Panerythraikos trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 20-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-80 at the end of the game. AGOR made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Spyridon Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four AGOR players scored in double figures. Cypriot guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83) replied with 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Thanasis Straganiotis (180-83) added 8 points and 7 assists in the effort for Panerythraikos. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. AGOR have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-4 record having just one points less than leader KAOD. Panerythraikos lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourteenth place with ten games lost. AGOR will face AEK/Argous (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panerythraikos will play against Arkadikos (#6) in Arkadia.
Top scorers:
Panerythraikos: A.Sizopoulos 20+3reb+2ast, M.Laksa 11+2reb+1ast, T.Straganiotis 8+2reb+7ast, N.Kourtis 7+2reb+2ast, N.Pritsos 7+2reb+2ast, G.Stamatis 6+3reb+1ast
AGOR: G.Kiriakopoulos 20+2reb+3ast, D.Latovic 17+11reb+3ast, S.Magounis 16+8reb+3ast, G.Koumoulos 12+1reb+2ast, S.Grundberg 9+5reb, T.Charismidis 4+2reb
gschID: 98815


Arkadikos - Ermis Lagkada 71-75

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Ermis Lagkada (7-7) won against 6th ranked Arkadikos (8-6) in Arkadia 75-71 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Arkadikos won third quarter 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Nikos Gamouras (202-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. Center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Miron Papadakis (183-88) replied with 14 points and 5 assists and Giorgos Mprozos added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Arkadikos. Four Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Arkadikos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ermis Lagkada moved-up to seventh place. Arkadikos lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. Ermis Lagkada will face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#3) in Serres in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: D.Katiakos 15+2reb, M.Papadakis 14+3reb+5ast, N.Kokkalis 11+4reb+3ast, G.Mprozos 11+4reb+4ast, T.Tsiotras 8+8reb+3ast, V.Giannoulakos 6+1reb
Ermis Lagkada: N.Gamouras 15+8reb+1ast, S.Nisiotis 12+3reb+1ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 12+10reb+2ast, K.Troulialis 11+1reb, A.Panagiotopoulos 8+7reb+4ast, D.Rallis 7+2reb+7ast
gschID: 98816


KAOD - AEK/Argous 85-68

A2 top team - KAOD (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked AEK/Argous (6-8) in Dramas 85-68. The game was mostly controlled by KAOD. AEK/Argous managed to win fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 28-of-31 free shots (90.3 percent) during the game. KAOD forced 20 AEK/Argous turnovers. Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points. Forward Alexis Tsamatos (196-77, agency: FCM) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five KAOD players scored in double figures. Guard Dimitris Papantoniou (190-83) replied with 21 points and American-Icelandic guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln (MO)) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for AEK/Argous. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KAOD have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Newly promoted AEK/Argous dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. KAOD are looking forward to face Panelefsiniakos (#4) in Eleusina in the next round. AEK/Argous will play at home against the league's second-placed AGOR (#2) in Rethymno and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
AEK/Argous: D.Papantoniou 21+2reb, A.Gizogiannis 12+6reb+1ast, D.Lewis 12+8reb+1ast, T.Kasabalis 7+6reb+1ast, I.Kartelo 4+1reb, D.Vasilis 4+1reb
KAOD: I.Vukantinov 17+4reb+2ast, L.Jovanovic 13+3reb, V.Margaritis 12+5reb+2ast, N.Katsares 12+4reb+3ast, A.Tsamatos 10+5reb+5ast, T.Panaras 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98817


Apollon Patras - Panelefsiniakos 76-59

Another upset was a game between Panelefsiniakos (9-5) and Apollon Patras (6-8), which took place in Patra. Higher ranked Panelefsiniakos lost to tenth ranked Apollon Patras in a road game 59-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Panelefsiniakos. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Apollon Patras's pressure prevailed and they won that period 27-17 extending their advantage to 17 points. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Four Apollon Patras players scored in double figures. Guard Nikos Kaklamanos (189-81, agency: FCM) produced 19 points and 4 assists and guard Thomas Nikou (185-79) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Apollon Patras moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Panelefsiniakos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Apollon Patras' next round opponent will be Olimpiada (#9) in Patras. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against the league's leader KAOD (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: N.Kaklamanos 19+4reb+4ast, M.Theos 10+5reb, T.Nikou 9+6reb+7ast, C.Deligiannis 7+2reb, S.Manavopoulos 5+1reb, M.Dioletis 4+1reb
Apollon Patras: G.Petropoulos 18+4reb, N.Argyropoylos 16+3reb+5ast, D.Pantelic 16+13reb+2ast, S.Daniil 14+5reb, T.Zafiris 3, D.Liberis 3+2reb
gschID: 98818




A1 Round 17: Leader Olympiakos gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated leader Olympiakos delivered the seventeenth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Ikaros (7-10) 102-56 in Kalitheas. The game without a history. Olympiakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ikaros' 34. They outrebounded Ikaros 36-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. Olympiakos shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Ikaros' players. The best player for the winners was Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) who scored 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists. American guard Lans Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) produced 11 points for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 17 victories in a row. Ikaros lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Olympiakos are looking forward to face Marousi (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ikaros will play against Panellinios (#11) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Thirteenth-ranked Ilysiakos (4-13) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Aris (9-8) in Thessaloniki. Aris managed to secure only five-point victory 84-79. However their fans expected much easier game. John Thomas orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds. Christos Tapoutos contributed with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for Ilysiakos. Ilysiakos' coach Kostas Flevarakis tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Aris moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kavala. Ilysiakos at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. They share it with AEK. Aris will play against Peristeri GS (#8) in Athens in the next round. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens AEK.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Panionios (#9) and Panellinios (#11). Panionios (8-9) crushed visiting Panellinios (5-12) by 17 points 86-69. Nikos Barlos stepped up and scored 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Steven Smith responded with 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panionios moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Peristeri GS and VAP Kolossos. Loser Panellinios keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Panionios will meet higher ranked PAOK (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panellinios will play against Ikaros (#10) in Kalitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 17 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Peristeri GS defeated Iraklis in Athens 72-57. Panathinaikos smashed VAP Kolossos at home 92-56. Kavala lost to Marousi on the opponent's court 63-76. AEK unfortunately lost to PAOK in a home game 73-80.
The best stats of 17th round was 26 points and 9 rebounds by Nestor Kommatos of Marousi.


Aris - Ilysiakos 84-79 OT

Thirteenth-ranked Ilysiakos (4-13) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Aris (9-8) in Thessaloniki. Aris managed to secure only five-point victory 84-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ilysiakos won third quarter 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Ilysiakos used huge pressure winning it 25-15 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 14-19. Ilysiakos was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. John Thomas orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds. The former international forward Christos Tapoutos (208-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and guard Athanasios Karydas (182-78) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Ilysiakos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ilysiakos' coach Kostas Flevarakis tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Aris moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kavala. Ilysiakos at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. They share it with AEK. Aris will play against Peristeri GS (#8) in Athens in the next round. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens AEK.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: A.Kiritsis 18+1reb, 14+11reb, A.Karydas 14+5reb+6ast, J.Baxter 13+4reb+1ast, M.Koukoulas 6+4reb, L.Kaselakis 6+6reb
Aris: C.Tapoutos 16+12reb+1ast, 16+17reb+1ast, K.Charalampidis 15+3ast, B.Brown 11+1reb+2ast, D.Borovnjak 8+4reb, N.Hatzivrettas 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 103831


Iraklis - Peristeri GS 57-72

There was no surprise in Thessaloniki where 14th ranked Iraklis (3-14) was defeated by ninth ranked Peristeri GS (8-9) 72-57 on Sunday. Iraklis was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Peristeri GS, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Evangelos Mantzaris (190-90) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Dimitris Papanikolaou (202-77) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian forward Nikola Koprivica (199-88, college: Washington St.) responded with 13 points and the former international guard Savvas Iliadis (192-79) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Peristeri GS moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Panionios and VAP Kolossos. Iraklis lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Peristeri GS will meet at home higher ranked Aris (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Iraklis will play against VAP Kolossos (#7) in Rodou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: S.Iliadis 14+2ast, N.Koprivica 13+3reb+1ast, F.Lambropoulos 8+3reb+1ast, S.Parker 6+2reb+2ast, 5+2reb+3ast, A.Eitutavicius 5+2reb+1ast
Peristeri GS: E.Mantzaris 21+5reb+2ast, D.Papanikolaou 16+6reb+1ast, G.Tsiakos 7+8reb+1ast, K.Looby 6+3reb, E.Scott 6+5reb+1ast, J.Mocnik 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 103832


Panathinaikos - VAP Kolossos 92-56

No shocking result in a game in Athens where second ranked Panathinaikos (16-1) smashed 6th ranked VAP Kolossos (8-9) 92-56 on Saturday. The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. International swingman Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) stepped up and scored 12 points for the winners and American guard Drew Nicholas (191-81, college: Maryland) chipped in 14 points. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Naturalized American center Steve Panos (203-88, college: Weber St.) responded with 10 points and American guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) scored 4 points and 7 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Panathinaikos. Defending champion maintains second place with 16-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. Loser VAP Kolossos dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Peristeri GS and Panionios. Panathinaikos will meet Kavala (#6) on the road in the next round. VAP Kolossos will play against Iraklis in Thessaloniki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
VAP Kolossos: J.Golemac 11+1reb+1ast, S.Panos 10+4reb+1ast, G.Georgalis 6+1reb, P.Kalathis 6+3reb+2ast, A.Tsamis 4+2reb+2ast, K.Charissis 4+2reb+1ast
Panathinaikos: D.Nicholas 14+2reb+1ast, S.Perperoglou 12+3reb+2ast, K.Tsartsaris 11+5reb, D.Diamantidis 10+1reb+3ast, A.Fotsis 9+3reb+1ast, M.Tepic 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 103833


Marousi - Kavala 76-63

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Kavala (9-8) was defeated on the road by third ranked Marousi (11-6) 76-63 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Marousi. Kavala managed to win third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kavala 46-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. The former international forward Nestor Kommatos (203-77) stepped up and scored 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Croatian center Dalibor Bagaric (217-80) chipped in 15 points and 15 rebounds. Marousi's coach Vangelis Alexandris used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Marousi maintains third place with 11-6 record having six points less than leader Olympiakos. Loser Kavala keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Aris. Marousi will meet league's leader Olympiakos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kavala will play against the league's second-placed Panathinaikos (#2) in Athens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kavala: M.Palacio 21+3reb+3ast, B.Jorovic 19+6reb+2ast, C.Simmons 17+12reb, 2+1reb, S.Karapostolou 2+2reb+5ast, S.Huff 1+1ast
Marousi: N.Kommatos 26+9reb+1ast, Y.Gagaloudis 18+4reb+7ast, D.Bagaric 15+15reb+1ast, D.Huertas 9+5reb+1ast, D.Haritopoulos 4+5reb, P.Noeas 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 103834


Ikaros - Olympiakos 56-102

Undefeated leader Olympiakos delivered the seventeenth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Ikaros (7-10) 102-56 in Kalitheas. The game without a history. Olympiakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ikaros' 34. They outrebounded Ikaros 36-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. Olympiakos shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Ikaros' players. The best player for the winners was Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) who scored 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists. Four Olympiakos players scored in double figures. American guard Lans Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) produced 11 points and the other American import guard Kyle McAlarney (183-87, college: Notre Dame) added 9 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olympiakos (17-0) have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 17 victories in a row. Ikaros lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Olympiakos are looking forward to face Marousi (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ikaros will play against Panellinios (#11) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ikaros: L.Harris 11+3reb, G.Kalambokis 10+2reb+1ast, K.McAlarney 9+2reb+3ast, S.Tountziarakis 7+1reb, L.Agadakos 6+4reb, V.Karaboulas 6+4reb+2ast
Olympiakos: Y.Halperin 22+4reb+2ast, V.Spanoulis 18+1reb+8ast, M.Teodosic 13+2reb+6ast, M.Nielsen 11+3reb+1ast, M.Pelekanos 10+1reb, R.Nesterovic 9+2reb+4ast
gschID: 103835


Panionios - Panellinios 86-69

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Panionios (#9) and Panellinios (#11). Panionios (8-9) crushed visiting Panellinios (5-12) by 17 points 86-69. The game was mostly controlled by Panionios. Panellinios managed to win third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Panellinios to just 5 points in second quarter. Panionios made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Panellinios 33-16 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Nikos Barlos (202-79) stepped up and scored 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) responded with 13 points and the other American import swingman Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: N.E.T.) scored 12 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panionios moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Peristeri GS and VAP Kolossos. Loser Panellinios keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Panionios will meet higher ranked PAOK (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panellinios will play against Ikaros (#10) in Kalitheas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panellinios: S.Smith 13+4reb, V.Sklavos 12+1reb+1ast, J.Krabbenhoft 12+3reb+1ast, E.Papamakarios 11+1reb+3ast, T.Francis 10+5reb, V.Xanthopoulos 7+2reb+6ast
Panionios: R.Covile 18+3reb, 14+2reb+5ast, N.Barlos 13+6reb+3ast, 11+8reb, S.Ioannou 9+3reb+1ast, M.Batis 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 103829


AEK - PAOK 73-80

Very predictable result in Athens where fourth ranked PAOK (10-7) beat 12th ranked AEK (4-13) 80-73 on Sunday. AEK trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 28-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-80 at the end of the game. PAOK made 28-of-33 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game. American guard Justin Gray (188-84, college: Wake Forest) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) chipped in 18 points. Four PAOK players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Darko Cohadarevic (206-86, college: Texas Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Cypriot forward Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-78) scored 20 points. AEK's coach Angelos Koronios let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for PAOK. They maintain fourth place with 10-7 record. AEK lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Ilysiakos. PAOK will meet at home Panionios (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. AEK's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Ilysiakos.
Top scorers:
AEK: P.Nikolaidis 20+1ast, D.Cohadarevic 15+10reb, D.Dikoudis 11+8reb+1ast, V.Mandic 8+3reb, T.Castle 8+2reb+4ast, P.Dorkofikis 6+1reb
PAOK: R.Marshall 18+4reb+3ast, J.Gray 17+6reb+3ast, T.Gechevski 13+7reb, G.Dedas 12+2reb+1ast, R.Dozier 12+6reb, L.Papadopoulos 6+7reb+5ast
gschID: 103830




Papadopoulos to Khimky - by Giorgos Diploidis
Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) today after the win of PAOK Thessaloniki away against AEK (80-73) has announced that he will continue his career to Khimky. The team from Russia was looking for a center for to replace Benjamin Eze and he finally concluded to the Greek player.

Papadopoulos for a lot time was not taking part to the most of the trainings because the team of Thessaloniki owe him a lot of money. The board convinced him a lot of times that he will take his money but he didn't. The player talk about the Greek basketball before to go :

'I don't need to talk about the current situation of Greek basketball because I don't want to end up a joke for being always negative. The league is the mirror of everything going on. There is uncertainty, deterioration, violence in the arenas. I don't let my children go to the games because the only thing they learn in there is swearing, throwing objects and chants promoting drugs'.

Now PAOK Thessaloniki will have to look for a continental player to replace Papadopoulos because it has three Americans (Gray, Dozier, Marshall) except if one of the Americans leave the team, Robert Dozier is not satisfied and he asked also to leave. The financial is a big problem for the team of Soulis Markopoulos who is in the fourth place of the league and has three wins in the row (two against his town rivals).




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DBL Round 27: Top-ranked GasTerra wins another game - by Eurobasket News
The round 27 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

DBL top team - GasTerra (24-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked DeFriesland (13-14) in Groningen 104-61. The game without a history. GasTerra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to DeFriesland's 30. GasTerra forced 20 DeFriesland turnovers and outrebounded them 48-29 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by DeFriesland's players. It was a good game for American guard Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). His fellow American import power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) contributed with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St.) answered with 19 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for DeFriesland. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. GasTerra have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-2 record. DeFriesland at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. GasTerra are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. DeFriesland will play against Giants (#7) in Bergen op Zoom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Bergen op Zoom was also worth to mention about. Second ranked ZZ Leiden (21-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Giants (11-16). ZZ Leiden defeated Giants 86-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Giants. It was a great evening for American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Worthy de Jong helped adding 16 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ZZ Leiden maintains second place with 21-6 record having just two points less than leader GasTerra. Giants at the other side keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. ZZ Leiden will play against Magixx (#4) in Nijmegen in the next round. Giants will play at home against DeFriesland in Leeuwarden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27: ABC was beaten by BS Weert on the road 74-65. Magixx won against Landstede on its own court 78-66. Bottom-ranked Rotterdam was outscored by Eiffel Towers in Den Bosch 81-62.



Giants - ZZ Leiden 72-86

The game in Bergen op Zoom was also worth to mention about. Second ranked ZZ Leiden (21-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Giants (11-16). ZZ Leiden defeated Giants 86-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Giants. The game was mostly controlled by ZZ Leiden. Giants was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 32-of-42 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game, while Giants only scored sixteen points from the stripe. Giants were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) helped adding 16 points. Four ZZ Leiden players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) scored 21 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ZZ Leiden maintains second place with 21-6 record having just two points less than leader GasTerra. Giants at the other side keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. ZZ Leiden will play against Magixx (#4) in Nijmegen in the next round. Giants will play at home against DeFriesland in Leeuwarden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ZZ Leiden: S.Boxley 21+8reb+3ast, T.Jackson 17+1reb+4ast, W.de Jong 16+3reb+3ast, R.Bekkering 11+7reb+1ast, A.Slagter 9+3reb+1ast, M.McGhee 7+6reb+2ast
Giants: T.Tiedeman 21+1reb+2ast, T.Blue 17+6reb+3ast, Q.Treffers 12+5reb, J.Kimbrough 8+4reb+3ast, B.Griffin 5+6reb, M.Hak 4+1reb
gschID: 107174


GasTerra - DeFriesland 104-61

DBL top team - GasTerra (24-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked DeFriesland (13-14) in Groningen 104-61. The game without a history. GasTerra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to DeFriesland's 30. GasTerra forced 20 DeFriesland turnovers and outrebounded them 48-29 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by DeFriesland's players. It was a good game for American guard Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). His fellow American import power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five GasTerra players scored in double figures. American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St.) answered with 19 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American swingman Gerad Punch (193-84, college: Furman, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for DeFriesland. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. GasTerra have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-2 record. DeFriesland at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. GasTerra are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. DeFriesland will play against Giants (#7) in Bergen op Zoom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GasTerra: J.Dourisseau 18+7reb+2ast, M.Bauscher 12+2reb+9ast, M.Otten 12+2reb, S.Ross 12+4reb+5ast, J.Ellis 11+7reb, J.Turek 10+12reb+3ast
DeFriesland: M.Sanchez 19+4reb+3ast, G.Punch 12+6reb, T.Brown 8+6reb+3ast, B.Rozendaal 5+3reb, J.Williams 4+1reb+3ast, M.Adako 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 107170


BS Weert - ABC 74-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked BS Weert's (12-15) home victory over 8th ranked ABC (9-18) 74-65. It looked good early as ABC took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BS Weert had a 16-9 second period charge getting the lead and ABC was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-74. It was a great evening for American power forward Donte Minter (203-84, college: Virginia) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) helped adding 12 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was naturalized Moroccan forward Mohammed Kherrazi (200-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Jessey Voorn (193-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 14 points. BS Weert moved-up to sixth place. ABC lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost. BS Weert will play against Landstede (#9) in Zwolle in the next round. ABC will play on the road against Eiffel Towers in Den Bosch and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BS Weert: D.Minter 26+9reb+2ast, L.Hamm 12+8reb+2ast, M.Kouwijzer 9+1reb+2ast, N.Vorenhout 9+6reb+2ast, G.Stokes 8+6reb+6ast, K.van Kempen 6+5reb
ABC: J.Voorn 14+3reb+3ast, M.Kherrazi 12+9reb+1ast, R.de Pagter 10+4reb, R.Siljade 9+5reb, D.Van Der Horst 8+4reb+4ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwam 8+4reb
gschID: 107171


Magixx - Landstede 78-66

Very expected game when 9th ranked Landstede (6-21) lost to fourth ranked Magixx (18-9) in Nijmegen 66-78. The game was mostly controlled by Magixx. Landstede was better in fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Magixx dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Landstede's 34. It was a great evening for American forward Geoff McDermott (203-87, college: Providence, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Nick Oudendag (210-87) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Magixx players scored in double figures. Magixx's coach Michael Schuurs allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Nate Rohnert (196-87, college: Denver) with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Matthew Mullery (203-87, college: Brown, agency: Stanley International) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Magixx. They maintain fourth place with 18-9 record. Landstede lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 21 games lost. Magixx will play against league's second-placed ZZ Leiden at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Landstede will play against BS Weert (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Magixx: Z.Taylor 17+1reb+1ast, G.McDermott 16+9reb+6ast, N.Oudendag 14+6reb+3ast, B.Laing 13+1reb+1ast, T.Vermeulen 6+7reb, E.Bish 5+2reb
Landstede: N.Hulzebos 13+1reb+3ast, N.Rohnert 12+13reb+4ast, M.Mullery 10+8reb, A.Sa 9+3reb, R.Van der Kamp 9+2reb+1ast, L.Borha 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 107172


Eiffel Towers - Rotterdam 81-62

Very predictable result when third ranked Eiffel Towers (19-7) rolled over bottom-ranked Rotterdam (1-26) in Den Bosch 81-62. The game was mostly controlled by Eiffel Towers. Rotterdam was better in third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Eiffel Towers dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Rotterdam's 20. Eiffel Towers forced 19 Rotterdam turnovers and outrebounded them 40-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St., agency: Warren Sports International) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) helped adding 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Eiffel Towers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Daniel Jones (200-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) with 21 points and 5 rebounds and Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Eiffel Towers maintains third place with 19-7 record having five points less than leader GasTerra. Rotterdam lost their thirteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Eiffel Towers will play against ABC (#8) in Amsterdam in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rotterdam will play at home against the league's leader GasTerra in Groningen to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Eiffel Towers: J.Mills 20+8reb+2ast, F.Turner 19+5reb+5ast, C.Jackson 11+7reb+2ast, M.Aarts 10+6reb+1ast, J.Touw 9, S.Wessels 5+1reb+2ast
Rotterdam: D.Jones 21+5reb+1ast, S.Mladenovic 13+5reb+3ast, R.Sihota 11+12reb+1ast, G.Slagter 8+1reb, O.Ivanovic 5+1ast, J.Ormskerk 4+3reb+8ast
gschID: 107173




Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 24-2 
 2. ZZ Leiden 21-6 
 3. Eiffel Towers 19-7 
 4. Magixx 18-9 
 5. DeFriesland 13-14 
 6. BS Weert 12-15 
 7. Giants 11-16 
 8. ABC 9-18 
 9. Landstede 6-21 
 10. Rotterdam 1-26 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.6 
 2. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.6 
 3. Laing, Magixx15.4 
 4. Blue, Giants15.4 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants15.4 
 6. Mills, Eiffel Towers15.0 
 7. Tiedeman, Giants14.8 
 8. Borha, Landstede14.7 
 9. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.7 
 10. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.0 
 2. McDermott, Magixx9.7 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.5 
 5. de Randamie, ABC8.7 
 6. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.6 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra8.5 
 8. Griffin, Giants8.4 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert8.1 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.4 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra5.1 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.3 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Bostain, GasTerra3.7 
 6. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 7. Williams, DeFriesland3.5 
 8. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.4 
 9. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.4 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.6 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.3 
 3. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 4. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 5. Bostain, GasTerra2.2 
 6. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 7. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 8. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 9. Ellis, GasTerra1.9 
 10. Kimbrough, Giants1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.4 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.0 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 7. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 8. Mullery, Landstede0.8 
 9. Strong, Landstede0.8 
 10. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 


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Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Szolnok 17-3 
 2. Albacomp 17-3 
 3. Kormend 14-6 
 4. Atomeromu 14-6 
 5. ZTE KK 13-7 
 6. Kecskemeti 12-7 
 7. Soproni 11-9 
 8. Falco-Szova 10-10 
 9. PVSK Pannon 8-11 
 10. Marso-Vagep 8-12 
 11. Szedeak 7-13 
 12. Kaposvari 6-14 
 13. FS Debrecen 1-19 
 14. Salgotarjani 1-19 


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Doyne, Falco-Szova22.1 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.1 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.6 
 5. El-Amin, PVSK P.20.5 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.9 
 7. Townes, Soproni19.7 
 8. Rubin, Szedeak19.3 
 9. Sales, Atomeromu19.1 
 10. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Townes, Soproni11.8 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu11.5 
 3. Jones, Albacomp9.3 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari9.2 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.0 
 6. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.9 
 7. Bell, Kormend8.7 
 8. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 9. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.2 
 10. McKenzie, Szedeak8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Kelley, Soproni6.6 
 3. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok6.2 
 5. Simon, Albacomp6.2 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.6 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.2 
 9. Horvath, Szolnok4.3 
 10. Singletary, FS Debre.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.7 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.0 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.7 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.6 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 6. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Singletary, FS Debre.2.4 
 8. Sales, Atomeromu2.4 
 9. Kaman, ZTE K.2.4 
 10. Clark, Szolnok2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.6 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.1 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.5 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 5. Keller, Albacomp1.1 
 6. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.0 
 7. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.0.9 
 8. Langford, FS Debre.0.9 
 9. Sales, Atomeromu0.9 
 10. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.9 


A Division Round 20: Kormend is defeated by Szedeak - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Kormend between third ranked Kormend (14-6) and twelfth ranked Szedeak (7-13) on Saturday night. Kormend was defeated by Szedeak at home 80-66. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 14 points. Szedeak dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kormend's 32. They outrebounded Kormend 36-17 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and the other American import center Bryson McKenzie (211-83, college: N.Illinois) who added 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. American guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) responded with 38 points (!!!), 5 assists and 5 steals. Kormend's coach Balazs Sabali rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Szedeak moved-up to eleventh place in Division. Kormend at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Szedeak are looking forward to face FS Debrecen (#13) at home in the next round. Kormend will play against PVSK Pannon (#9) in Pecs and is hoping to win this game.
A Division top team - Szolnok (17-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Salgotarjani (1-19) 119-71. The winners were led by American forward Ivory Clark (198-85) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Marton Fodor supported him with 15 points and 5 assists. Szolnok's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 21 points and 5 rebounds by forward Tamas Hartvich (200-74) did not help to save the game for Salgotarjani. Szolnok maintains first position in Division with 17-3 record. Salgotarjani at the other side stay dead last with 19 lost games. Szolnok will play against Marso-Vagep (#10) in Nyiregyhaza in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Salgotarjani will play at home against Atomeromu (#4) in Paks to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Sopron supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked ZTE KK (13-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Soproni (11-9). Soproni smashed ZTE KK 85-64 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Zsolt Szabo who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!). Lorenzo Williams produced 14 points and 7 assists for the guests. Soproni maintains seventh position in Division with 11-9 record. Defending champion ZTE KK keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Soproni will meet at home Falco-Szova (#8) in the next round. ZTE KK will play against Kecskemeti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
14th ranked Salgotarjani (1-19) was outscored at home by third ranked Kormend (14-6) with the biggest margin this round 127-52. Gergely David orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Kormend's coach Balazs Sabali felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Kormend maintains third position in Division with 14-6 record having just three points less than leader Szolnok. Salgotarjani at the other side stay dead last with 19 lost games. Kormend's next round opponent will be PVSK Pannon (#9) in Pecs where they are favorite. Salgotarjani will play at home against Atomeromu (#4) in Paks.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20:
In Division FS Debrecen was destroyed by Atomeromu on the opponent's court 101-75. Kecskemeti outscored Kaposvari in a home game 89-64. Marso-Vagep recorded a loss to Falco-Szova on the road 95-82. Albacomp crushed PVSK Pannon on its own court 97-77.



Kormend - Szedeak 66-80

The most important game in the last round took place in Kormend between third ranked Kormend (14-6) and twelfth ranked Szedeak (7-13) on Saturday night. Kormend was defeated by Szedeak at home 80-66. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 14 points. Szedeak dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kormend's 32. They outrebounded Kormend 36-17 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and the other American import center Bryson McKenzie (211-83, college: N.Illinois) who added 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. American guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) responded with 38 points (!!!), 5 assists and 5 steals and the former international guard Istvan Nemeth (190-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) scored 8 points. Kormend's coach Balazs Sabali rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Szedeak moved-up to eleventh place in Division. Kormend at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Szedeak are looking forward to face FS Debrecen (#13) at home in the next round. Kormend will play against PVSK Pannon (#9) in Pecs and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kormend: M.Moore 38+2reb+5ast, I.Nemeth 8+2reb+3ast, C.Ferencz 7+3reb+2ast, F.Boldizsar 7+4reb+1ast, G.David 2+1reb, G.Fodor 2+1reb+2ast
Szedeak: J.Rubin 33+8reb+2ast, B.McKenzie 21+10reb, N.Dukic 7+8reb+3ast, G.Drahos 7+4reb+3ast, I.Nyilas 7+3reb+1ast, A.Tanacs 3+1reb
gschID: 109620


Atomeromu - FS Debrecen 101-75

Very expected game in Paks where 13th ranked FS Debrecen (1-19) was crushed by fourth ranked Atomeromu (14-6) 101-75. The game was mostly controlled by Atomeromu. FS Debrecen was better in fourth quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atomeromu dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to FS Debrecen's 30 and made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. They outrebounded FS Debrecen 35-24 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Atomeromu players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by FS Debrecen's players. 24 personal fouls committed by FS Debrecen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Gergely Koertelyesi (203-83, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Cameroonian forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, college: La Salle) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Chris Singletary (194-88, college: Kent St.) added 17 points, 7 assists and 4 steals in the effort for FS Debrecen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Atomeromu maintains fourth position in Division with 14-6 record. FS Debrecen at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 19 games lost. Atomeromu's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. FS Debrecen will play against Szedeak in Szeged and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: Y.Mekongo 21+7reb+1ast, C.Singletary 17+2reb+7ast, K.Langford 11+4reb+1ast, M.Mondzinger 9+2reb+1ast, A.Balogh 4+1reb+1ast, G.Toth 3+2reb+1ast
Atomeromu: G.Koertelyesi 19+9reb+2ast, J.Hodges 15+1reb+6ast, I.Johnson 15+6reb+1ast, B.Sales 12+6reb+2ast, A.Farkas 10+1reb+2ast, F.Morgen 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 109621


Soproni - ZTE KK 85-64

The game in Sopron supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked ZTE KK (13-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Soproni (11-9). Soproni smashed ZTE KK 85-64 on Sunday. The game without a history. Soproni led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Soproni outrebounded ZTE KK 42-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!). American guard Thomas Kelley (188-77, college: Michigan St., agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists. Four Soproni players scored in double figures. American guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) produced 14 points and 7 assists and his fellow American import forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Soproni maintains seventh position in Division with 11-9 record. Defending champion ZTE KK keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Soproni will meet at home Falco-Szova (#8) in the next round. ZTE KK will play against Kecskemeti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: L.Williams 14+4reb+7ast, K.Wilson 13+3reb, D.Gaspar 10+2reb+1ast, A.Toth 8+6reb, D.Vojvoda 8+3reb+1ast, G.Toth 6+3reb+1ast
Soproni: Z.Szabo 24+16reb+1ast, T.Kelley 19+2reb+10ast, D.Townes 18+11reb, R.Jarvis 11+3reb+1ast, A.Molnar 8+6reb+1ast, M.Ugaros 3+2reb
gschID: 109622


Kecskemeti - Kaposvari 89-64

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Kecskemeti (12-7) smashed at home 11th ranked Kaposvari (6-14) 89-64. The game was mostly controlled by Kecskemeti. Kaposvari was better in second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kecskemeti dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kaposvari's 26. Kecskemeti forced 19 Kaposvari turnovers and outrebounded them 38-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Croatian swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. International power forward Milan Csorvasi (209-88, college: High School, agency: FCM) contributed with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Kecskemeti players scored in double figures. Kecskemeti's coach Stojan Ivkovic felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. American guard Josh Wilson (188-87, college: N.Arizona, agency: Beggs and Lane) replied with 20 points and his fellow American import forward Daniel Werner (203-87, college: Florida) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kaposvari. Kecskemeti maintains sixth position in Division with 12-7 record. Kaposvari at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Kecskemeti's next round opponent will be higher ranked ZTE KK (#5) in Zalaegerszeg and it may be quite challenging game. Kaposvari will play at home against the league's second-placed Albacomp (#2) in Szekesfehervar.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: J.Wilson 20+1reb, G.Soos 13+1reb+1ast, D.Werner 11+8reb+1ast, M.Medve 6+3reb+1ast, K.Cunningham 5+2reb+1ast, T.Markus 4
Kecskemeti: I.Siriscevic 19+7reb+2ast, K.Wittmann 16+5reb+4ast, M.Csorvasi 14+9reb+4ast, G.Denes 12+3reb+1ast, G.Cseh 11+2reb+1ast, J.LaGrange 7+5reb+4ast
gschID: 109616


Falco-Szova - Marso-Vagep 95-82

Not a big story in a game in Szombathely where 10th ranked Marso-Vagep (8-12) was defeated by eighth ranked Falco-Szova (10-10) 95-82. The game was mostly controlled by Falco-Szova. Marso-Vagep was better in fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Falco-Szova dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Marso-Vagep's 42. They outrebounded Marso-Vagep 33-14 including a 25-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Falco-Szova players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Belarusian center Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-78, college: Buffalo) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Falco-Szova's coach Nikola Lazic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Slovenian guard Brane Savic (181-79) replied with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 7 steals and Serbian guard Bosko Stojakovic (196-84) added 20 points in the effort for Marso-Vagep. Four Marso-Vagep players scored in double figures. Falco-Szova maintains eighth position in Division with 10-10 record. Marso-Vagep at the other side keeps the tenth place with 12 games lost. Falco-Szova's next round opponent will be higher ranked Soproni (#7) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Marso-Vagep will play against the league's leader Szolnok and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Marso-Vagep: M.Mohacsi 20+1ast, B.Stojakovic 20+1reb+2ast, C.Marshall 15+3reb+1ast, B.Savic 13+5reb+9ast, J.Siska 6+2reb+1ast, L.Czigler 4+3reb+1ast
Falco-Szova: J.Doyne 23+6reb+4ast, C.Gosa 20+5reb+2ast, M.Aliakseyeu 20+8reb+1ast, M.Szanati 6+1reb+4ast, L.Kalman 6+5reb+7ast, T.Harazin 6+3reb
gschID: 109617


Albacomp - PVSK Pannon 97-77

Everything went according to plan in Szekesfehervar where second ranked Albacomp (17-3) outscored 9th ranked PVSK Pannon (8-11) 97-77. The game without a history. Albacomp led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to PVSK Pannon's 42 and made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded PVSK Pannon 43-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by PVSK Pannon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. International guard Adam Hanga (201-89, agency: FCM) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. Croatian guard Josip Glavinic (192-82) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and the former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for PVSK Pannon. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Albacomp maintains second position in Division with 17-3 record having just 0 victories less than leader Szolnok. PVSK Pannon at the other side keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. Albacomp's next round opponent will be Kaposvari (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. PVSK Pannon will play against Kormend.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: M.El-Amin 22+2reb+1ast, J.Glavinic 20+5reb+5ast, N.Toth 19+8reb, A.Lepsenyi 4+2reb, G.Hosszu 3+1ast, A.Deak 3+1reb
Albacomp: J.Jones 26+12reb+1ast, T.Crocker 20+3reb+3ast, A.Hanga 20+5reb+3ast, B.Simon 13+2reb+7ast, D.Hollis 9+8reb+1ast, A.Madar 5
gschID: 109618


Szolnok - Salgotarjani 119-71

A Division top team - Szolnok (17-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Salgotarjani (1-19) 119-71. The game without a history. Szolnok led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 69.4 percent from the field. Szolnok outrebounded Salgotarjani 35-18 including a 24-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 61.5 percentage. Szolnok players were unselfish on offense dishing 38 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Salgotarjani's players. The winners were led by American forward Ivory Clark (198-85) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Marton Fodor (191-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) supported him with 15 points and 5 assists. Five Szolnok players scored in double figures. Szolnok's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 21 points and 5 rebounds by forward Tamas Hartvich (200-74) did not help to save the game for Salgotarjani. American guard Chris Rodgers (193-84, college: Arizona) added 17 points and 6 assists for the guests. Szolnok maintains first position in Division with 17-3 record. Salgotarjani at the other side stay dead last with 19 lost games. Szolnok will play against Marso-Vagep (#10) in Nyiregyhaza in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Salgotarjani will play at home against Atomeromu (#4) in Paks to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Salgotarjani: T.Hartvich 21+5reb+1ast, C.Rodgers 17+2reb+6ast, K.Kiss 10+2reb+2ast, T.Sebok 9+2reb+2ast, T.Kocsis 5+1reb+3ast, D.Koma 5+1reb+4ast
Szolnok: V.Budimir 16+1reb+4ast, I.Clark 16+10reb+4ast, A.Horvath 15+1reb+3ast, M.Fodor 15+1reb+5ast, O.Trotter 13+2reb+5ast, Z.Vesztergom 12+3reb+3ast
gschID: 109619


Group Roud 14
Salgotarjani - Kormend 52-127

14th ranked Salgotarjani (1-19) was outscored at home by third ranked Kormend (14-6) with the biggest margin this round 127-52. The game without a history. Kormend led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Salgotarjani's 28. Kormend forced 29 Salgotarjani turnovers and outrebounded them 51-22 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Salgotarjani's players. Forward Gergely David (206-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Kormend players scored in double figures. Kormend's coach Balazs Sabali felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Forward Daniel Koma (202-79) replied with 14 points and guard Zoltan Szabo (185-83) added 13 points in the effort for Salgotarjani. Kormend maintains third position in Division with 14-6 record having just three points less than leader Szolnok. Salgotarjani at the other side stay dead last with 19 lost games. Kormend's next round opponent will be PVSK Pannon (#9) in Pecs where they are favorite. Salgotarjani will play at home against Atomeromu (#4) in Paks.
Top scorers:
Salgotarjani: D.Koma 14+4reb, Z.Szabo 13+3reb+2ast, T.Hartvich 9+6reb, T.Kocsis 9+3reb+3ast, K.Kiss 7+4reb+1ast, T.Sebok 0
Kormend: G.David 20+10reb, R.Bell 19+9reb+1ast, G.Hegedus 19+4reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 19+2reb+4ast, M.Moore 12+5reb+5ast, R.Trummer 12+4reb+3ast
gschID: 119967




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Icelandic Express L. round 17 best performance: Kelly Biedler - by Eurobasket News
American forward Kelly Biedler (196-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for IR Reykjavik, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Haukar (#6, 8-9) with 18-point margin 104-86. IR is placed at 7th position in Icelandic Express L.. IR is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-10 record. In the team's last game Biedler had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be IR's top player in his first season with the team. Former Mt.St.Mary's College, MD star has very solid stats this year. Biedler is in league's top in points (5th best: 21.8ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.5rpg) and averages impressive 2.0bpg,2.6spg and 53.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Ryan Pettinella (206-F/C-84) of U.M.F. Grindavik. Pettinella had a very good evening with a double-double of 35 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Grindavik was edged by slightly higher-ranked Snaefell (#1, 14-3) 90-86. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Grindavik still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 12-5 record is not bad at all. Pettinella is a newcomer at Grindavik, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Semaj Inge (193-G-87) of Haukar (#6). Inge showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Inge's great performance Haukar lost 86-104 to slightly lower-ranked IR (#7, 7-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Haukar ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Inge could help Haukar to bring them higher in the standings. Inge has a great season in Iceland. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.8ppg (4th best) and assists with 5.1apg (9th best). He also has 3.3spg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 56.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G/F-87) of KR - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Brandon Springer (196-F-87) of Fjolnir - 26 points and 6 rebounds
6. James Bartolotta (193-G-86) of IR - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Helgi Viggosson (189-F/G-83) of Tindastoll - 9 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Thomas Sanders (191-G-85) of Keflavik - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Sean Burton (175-G-86) of Snaefell - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Johann Alafsson (195-G-86) of Njardvik - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 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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13th February 2011: Federation Cup results - by M. Rajalingam
The Indian Basketball Star Geethu Anna Jose, again proved herself, by taking her team to the semi-finals of the 25th IMG Reliance Federation Cup National Basketball Championship, Raipur.
In their final league match within the Pool A, against Kerala, Geethu Anna Jose scored 28 points to give the Southern Railway a lead and a comfortable entry into the semi-finals of the Federation Cup championships.
The Southern railway team scored wins in all the three league matches they played in the Pool A groupings.

In the Pool B of the Mens categoty, ONGC defeated Vijaya Bank 74-40. The points scored by the players are as follows: Trideep Rai 22, S. Sridhar 18, Riyazuddin 17 (O.N.G.C.) Arvind 10 (Vijaya Bank)

The Results:
Pool A-Womens
SOUTHERN RAILWAY-82
(Geethu Anna Jose 28, Anitha P. 16, Renjini Peter 16) bt KERALA-56 (Seena Joseph 12, Lizy Mathew 10)

Pool B Mens
ONGC-74 (Trideep Rai 22, S. Sridhar 18, Riyazuddin 17) bt Vijaya Bank-40 (Arvind 10)



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Iran U16 completed the Turkish tourney - by Eurobasket News
Iran U16 completed the Turkish tourney unfortunately with one win. At first Romania U16 rolled over Iran U16 71:65 in overtime. It was a tough start and both teams exchanged 14-13 in the first two quarters. As a result the board showed the same numbers at the halftime, while Iran grabbed 1-point advantage after 30 minutes due to 17-16 in the third quarter. Romania needed 16-15 to tie the score after fourth period and created a 12-6 in overtime to win the game. Casian Todorov, Mehmet Hortoglu (192-G-95) and Vlad Cobzaru poured in 19 points each to lead the charge. Vahagan Gharibian (181-G-95) replied with 29 points for the Asian team and Vahid Dalrizahan (198-F-95) collected 18 points and 13 boards.
In the game for 11/12 places Georgia U16 won over Iran U16 80:66. Georgia started with 18-11 and added 22-20 in the second period. Iran tried hard but could win only the last quarter 18-16. Sandro Bolkvadze led the winners with 26 points, while Zezva Liluashvili netted 17. Vahid Dalrizahan replied with 26 points in the losing case and Alireza Razaghi notched 13.




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Searching for a big man and NBA trade rumors - by Chad Timberlake
We played our first game without our big man DeVon Hardin (211-C-86). Devon and the team mutually parted ways Feb. 5th. We didn't get time to get a new player before the game so we played down a man. We played Elitzur Ramla and knowing the new additions they've added we knew it would be tough. We didn't get to see Paris vs. Hardin. Now all of us had to step up and try to replace Devons numbers. He was averaging 15 and 9 so that's a tough hole to fill. We started the game out on a roll and led by 8 early. After the first quarter we had a small lead. That's when things went down hill from there. by halftime we went from being up 8 to down 12. It was frustrating because we all seemed to not know what we needed to do to stop their run. For the rest of the game we were in a battle. Something our team should be use to by now because we always find ourselves in this situation. This time we cut the lead to 4 with a minute to go. We felt we were right back in the game. After playing great defense and forcing a steal Oded got the ball and we were ready to start our fast break but after a Elitzur Ramla player dove on the ground and took Oded's legs out recovers the ball and try to hold it. Our coach went off on the ref because how can he not call that foul and for it being such an important part of the game made the effects devastating for our team. So our coach gets two very quick techs and tossed form the game. Elitzur Ramla got to shoot 6 free throws and get the ball back. Making 5 and putting them up 9. We would lose the game by 7 and all of us left with a nasty taste in our mouths. Elitzur Ramla had 4 players in double figures. We had 3 players. I tried to make up form my big fella being out. I had 30 points and 11 rebounds. But that wasn't enough. Luckily for us we are still in 3rd place. We need to find a big but the problem is finding the right one for this league. We need a big to play defense and be a rebounding machine! We have a few options out there but we are waiting for the perfect fit.

Today is Devons first game in Turkey and I'm dying to see how he does out there. I wish him the best. From what I heard from him already his new team is like boot camp, where his whole day is planned out and he only has about 2 hours free time before he has to be up on the move. That would be torture for me because some days i just want to chill. haha Hopefully the next time I blog I will be telling you about a new teammate.

My super bowl pick was close. Now for my next prediction is on this Carmelo Anthony (203-F-84, college: Syracuse) trade. I'm a Knicks fan so I hope to see him wearing the orange and blue but I feel like that would be to good to be true this year. Then the rumors started this week about him joining the Lakers. That's a tough one. I think if LA beats Orlando then The front office will feel comfortable with their team since that would be three wins in a row over Boston, New York and Orlando. Making them satisfied in their team for another title push. So I'm predicting the Lakers to beat Orlando and then silence the Carmelo talks. That then focuses all the attention on New York. I would be happy to see them on either of the two teams. Either trade would be good for the NBA. Let's see

Your favorite blogger,

Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)


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Lega2 Round 20: Fastweb CM loses to Umana Venezia in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Venezia. First ranked host Umana Venezia (16-4) defeated second-ranked Fastweb CM (14-6) 81-75. Fastweb CM was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 32 personal fouls committed by Fastweb CM helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized French center Sylvere Bryan (208-81, college: Tampa, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) who added 14 points during the contest. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American power forward David Chiotti (206-84, college: N.Mexico, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Umana Venezia maintains first position with 16-4 record. Fastweb CM at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. They share the position with Snaidero UD. Umana Venezia are looking forward to face Fileni BPA (#10) in Jesi in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fastweb CM will play at home against Sunrise Scafati (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Assigeco BPL (8-12) outlasted Tuscany Pistoia (9-11) in overtime by seven points 97-90. The winners were led by American forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and Bruno Cerella supported him with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) did not help to save the game for Tuscany Pistoia. Assigeco BPL moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Tezenis Verona and N.Ferrara. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Fileni BPA. Assigeco BPL will play against higher ranked Snaidero Udine (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Tuscany Pistoia will have a break next round.
The game in Barcellona was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Immobiliare SR (12-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Sigma Barcellona (13-7). Sigma Barcellona managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Joseph Crispin who scored 29 points, 9 assists and 5 steals (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). Sigma Barcellona's coach Cesare Pancotto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Demian Filloy produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sunrise Scafati. Loser Immobiliare SR dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Sigma Barcellona will meet at home Trenkwalder RE (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Immobiliare SR will play against Tezenis Verona (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Fifteenth-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (5-15) gave a tough game to third ranked Snaidero Udine (14-6). The visitors from Udine managed to secure only three-point victory 58-55. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mazzeo San Severo. Gerald Lee orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Snaidero Udine moved-up to second place, which they share with Fastweb CM. Newly promoted Mazzeo San Severo keeps the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. Snaidero Udine's next round opponent will be Assigeco BPL (#12) in Lodi and are hoping to win another game. Mazzeo San Severo will play on the road against Naturhouse Ferrara.
An interesting game took place in Veroli where higher ranked Prima Veroli (11-9) was upset on its own court by eleventh ranked Fileni BPA (9-11) 84-78 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Prima Veroli. Worth to mention a great performance of Barry Elder who helped to win the game recording 27 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Fileni BPA moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Tuscany PT. Loser Prima Veroli keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Fileni BPA will face league's leader Umana Venezia at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: Forli lost to Sunrise Scafati on the opponent's court 73-77. Trenkwalder unfortunately lost to Aget Imola in a home game 72-76. N.Ferrara recorded a loss to Tezenis Verona on the road 63-73.



Prima Veroli - Fileni BPA 78-84

An interesting game took place in Veroli where higher ranked Prima Veroli (11-9) was upset on its own court by eleventh ranked Fileni BPA (9-11) 84-78 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Prima Veroli. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Prima Veroli won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fileni BPA made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Prima Veroli was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Barry Elder (193-82, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 27 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who added 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The former international guard Guido Rosselli (196-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, college: Texas A&M) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Fileni BPA and five Prima Veroli players scored in double figures. Fileni BPA moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Tuscany PT. Loser Prima Veroli keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Fileni BPA will face league's leader Umana Venezia at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Fileni BPA: B.Elder 27+3reb, M.Maggioli 13+5reb+2ast, M.Tusek 12+1reb, M.Nocedal 12+5reb+2ast, A.Pecile 10+1reb, F.Migliori 8+10reb
Prima Veroli: G.Rosselli 16+10reb+4ast, A.Kavaliauskas 16+5reb, D.Brkic 14+5reb, J.Penn 14+1reb+2ast, J.Jackson 12+2reb+1ast, I.Gatto 4+3reb
gschID: 95937


Sunrise Scafati - Forli 77-73

Very expected game when 15th ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (4-16) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Sunrise Scafati (13-7) 77-73 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely MarcoPoloShop.it outrebounded Sunrise Scafati 43-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Swedish guard Mats Levin (188-77) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Nikola Radulovic (207-73) who added 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Sunrise Scafati players scored in double figures. American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Sunrise Scafati have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Barcellona. MarcoPoloShop.it lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. Sunrise Scafati will face league's second-placed Fastweb CM in Casale in the next round and it may be the game of the week. MarcoPoloShop.it will play at home against Prima Veroli (#7).
Top scorers:
Sunrise Scafati: N.Radulovic 16+3reb+4ast, J.Hunter 15+2reb+2ast, R.Davis 14+5reb+3ast, M.Levin 14+8reb+3ast, P.Baldassarre 12+7reb, M.Casini 4+1reb+2ast
Forli: L.Gordon 26+11reb+1ast, M.Poletti 14+9reb+1ast, M.Nardi 7+5reb+3ast, L.Campani 6+3reb+1ast, S.Borsato 6+6reb, A.Ranuzzi 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 95938


Assigeco - Tuscany PT 97-90 OT

Assigeco BPL (8-12) outlasted Tuscany Pistoia (9-11) in overtime by seven points 97-90. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tuscany Pistoia won third quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Tuscany Pistoia used huge pressure winning it 22-18 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 8-15. Assigeco BPL players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Tuscany Pistoia's players. The winners were led by American forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Argentinian swingman Bruno Cerella (194-86, agency: Players Group) supported him with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) did not help to save the game for Tuscany Pistoia. His fellow American import guard Joseph Forte (193-81, college: N.Carolina, agency: JEMsports) added 28 points for the guests. Four Assigeco BPL and five Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. Assigeco BPL moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Tezenis Verona and N.Ferrara. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Fileni BPA. Assigeco BPL will play against higher ranked Snaidero Udine (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Tuscany Pistoia will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Assigeco: B.Cerella 26+8reb+2ast, R.Boykin 22+13reb+5ast, P.Marigney 17+4reb+10ast, P.Ezugwu 13+9reb+1ast, M.Bertolazzi 9+4ast, A.Chiumenti 6+2reb
Tuscany PT: J.Forte 28+3reb+3ast, J.Varnado 25+11reb+2ast, A.Filloy 12+4reb+2ast, G.Fucka 11+2reb+2ast, F.Toppo 10+8reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 2
gschID: 95934


Barcellona - Immobiliare SR 84-77

The game in Barcellona was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Immobiliare SR (12-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Sigma Barcellona (13-7). Sigma Barcellona managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77 on Friday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-20. But Immobiliare SR won second period 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sigma Barcellona forced 21 Immobiliare SR turnovers. Strangely Immobiliare SR outrebounded Sigma Barcellona 41-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Joseph Crispin (186-79, college: Penn St., agency: Interperformances) who scored 29 points, 9 assists and 5 steals (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). The former international swingman Andrea Ghiacci (200-81) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona's coach Cesare Pancotto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and American swingman Terrence Roderick (195-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sunrise Scafati. Loser Immobiliare SR dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Sigma Barcellona will meet at home Trenkwalder RE (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Immobiliare SR will play against Tezenis Verona (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: J.Crispin 29+2reb+9ast, A.Ghiacci 14+5reb+1ast, M.Cardinali 13+1reb+1ast, M.Hicks 12+4reb, K.Achara 8+6reb+1ast, R.Bucci 4+3reb
Immobiliare SR: T.Roderick 19+8reb+1ast, D.Filloy 18+14reb+3ast, D.Vukcevic 15+1reb+3ast, Q.Lollis 11+10reb+1ast, G.Gurini 8+5reb+1ast, G.Tomassini 4+1ast
gschID: 95935


Trenkwalder - Aget Imola 72-76

Very predictable result in Reggio Emilia where eighth ranked Aget Imola (10-10) defeated 14th ranked Trenkwalder RE (6-14) 76-72 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 28-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Trenkwalder RE was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Swedish forward Martin Ringstrom (206-81) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) who added 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Aget Imola players scored in double figures. American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the former international forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Aget Imola maintains eighth position with 10-10 record. Trenkwalder RE lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 14 games lost. Aget Imola will face higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Trenkwalder RE will play against Sigma Barcellona (#4).
Top scorers:
Aget Imola: T.Whiting 21+6reb+1ast, M.Ringstrom 16+12reb, D.Bruttini 14+3reb, A.Amici 11+2reb, N.Ebi 6+9reb+1ast, P.Prato 4+2reb
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 22+9reb, R.Valenti 14+5reb+1ast, J.Smith 14+1reb+2ast, R.Chiacig 9+9reb+1ast, D.Slanina 8+2reb, J.Salvi 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 95936


Tezenis Verona - N.Ferrara 73-63

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (8-12) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Tezenis Verona (8-12) 73-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Tezenis Verona. Naturhouse Ferrara was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Naturhouse Ferrara 41-26 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Andrea Renzi (208-89, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds and American-German power forward Keith Waleskowski (204-80, college: Dayton) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Tezenis Verona players scored in double figures. Power forward Valerio Mazzola (205-88, agency: Interperformances) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (190-90) scored 15 points. Tezenis Verona have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with N.Ferrara and Assigeco. Tezenis Verona will face higher ranked Immobiliare SR (#6) in Rimini in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: K.Waleskowski 17+9reb+2ast, A.Renzi 14+15reb+1ast, A.Porta 11+5reb+5ast, F.Bellina 10+1reb, M.Jurevicus 8+7reb+2ast, J.Trepagnier 6+4reb
N.Ferrara: D.Cournooh 15+2reb+1ast, J.Boyette 12+2reb+1ast, V.Mazzola 11+9reb, K.Ndoja 9+2reb+1ast, T.Kotti 7+5reb+2ast, D.Farabello 5+1reb
gschID: 95931


Umana Reyer - Fastweb CM 81-75

The game between Top Four teams took place in Venezia. First ranked host Umana Venezia (16-4) defeated second-ranked Fastweb CM (14-6) 81-75. Fastweb CM was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 32 personal fouls committed by Fastweb CM helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized French center Sylvere Bryan (208-81, college: Tampa, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) who added 14 points during the contest. Four Umana Venezia players scored in double figures. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American power forward David Chiotti (206-84, college: N.Mexico, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) scored 13 points. Umana Venezia maintains first position with 16-4 record. Fastweb CM at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. They share the position with Snaidero UD. Umana Venezia are looking forward to face Fileni BPA (#10) in Jesi in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fastweb CM will play at home against Sunrise Scafati (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Umana Reyer: K.Clark 14+4reb+3ast, A.Young 14+3reb+2ast, T.Slay 13+7reb, S.Bryan 12+10reb, G.Meini 8+5reb+1ast, M.Maestrello 6+3reb+1ast
Fastweb CM: D.Taylor 14+2reb+2ast, M.Malaventura 13, R.Hickman 13+3reb+3ast, D.Chiotti 12+10reb+1ast, T.Fantoni 9+5reb+2ast, G.Ferrero 7+6reb
gschID: 95932


San Severo - Snaidero UD 55-58

Fifteenth-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (5-15) gave a tough game to third ranked Snaidero Udine (14-6). The visitors from Udine managed to secure only three-point victory 58-55. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mazzeo San Severo. Mazzeo San Severo was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 28-22 second half run of Snaidero Udine. Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American forward Kaniel Dickens (203-78, college: Idaho) replied with 6 points and 9 rebounds and Bulgarian-FYR Macedonian guard Riste Stefanov (198-81, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points in the effort for Mazzeo San Severo. Snaidero Udine moved-up to second place, which they share with Fastweb CM. Newly promoted Mazzeo San Severo keeps the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. Snaidero Udine's next round opponent will be Assigeco BPL (#12) in Lodi and are hoping to win another game. Mazzeo San Severo will play on the road against Naturhouse Ferrara.
Top scorers:
Snaidero UD: G.Lee 20+10reb, C.Cotis Harrison 14+4reb+2ast, L.Dordei 13+7reb, R.Truccolo 5+2reb+2ast, R.Prandin 3, T.Rinaldi 2+2reb
San Severo: R.Stefanov 12+4reb, M.Ferri 11+1reb+1ast, F.Zanelli 7+1reb, K.Dickens 6+9reb+1ast, J.Kudlacek 6+2reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 4
gschID: 95933




Montepaschi Siena retain Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena - Bennet Cantu 79:72

Montepaschi Siena celebrated the Coppa title tonight. They held off ambitious Bennet Cantu in a tight title game. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) stepped up with 21 points and 6 boards to lead the Siena outfit to yet another Cup trophy.
The defending champions strongly started the game. They posted a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. But Bennet Cantu stopped the rot in the second quarter. They went on a 10:2 run to level things up at 22. Soon Cantu went on a 9:0 rally to take a 31:26 advantage. Cantu maintained the lead as they entered the second half up by two points 36:34. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) stretched the margin to 5 points early in the third frame. However Montepaschi triggered a 12:2 spurt to take back the lead. The Siena team ensured a 58:55 lead with ten minutes to go in the game. Mike Green (185-G-85, college: Butler) dragged Cantu within one early in the final quarter but Montepaschi responded with 10 points in a row and never looked back en route to the win. Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83) provided 16 points for Siena. Marco Carraretto (196-G-77, agency: Players Group) and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) had 11 points apiece in the win. Maarten Leunen replied with 16 points and 6 boards for Cantu. Mike Green delivered 15 points in the loss.

Montepaschi Siena: Ksistof Lavrinovic 21, Nikolaos Zisis 16, Marco Carraretto 11, Rimantas Kaukenas 11
Bennet Cantu: Maarten Leunen 16, Mike Green 15



A Campanaro is back in Pistoia - by Gianni Pascucci
Lega 2 team Tuscany Tissue Pistoia announced the agreement with USA-ITA player Chauncey Campanaro (201-F-89). He will make the official debut today, in the game on the road vs. Assigeco. And will be the second time to wear a Pistoia playing shirt for a member of the Campanaro family. In fact, eighteen years ago, Mark Campanaro, the father of Chauncey, had played three seasons and a half in Kleenex Pistoia.

Cremona wins San Martino di Lupari Tournment - by Gianni Pascucci
Vanoli Braga Cremona won the 4th edition of 'San Martino di Lupari International Tournment' yesterday, defeating in the second day Slovenian team KK Messer Maribor, 92-83. With 17 points, Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) led th way in Cremona, being also named the Tournment MVP at the end. Matteo Formenti (194-G-82) added 13 pts, Marko Milic (202-F-77) and Jasmin Perkovic (203-F-80, agency: Court Side) 13 apiece at the winning side. Serbian player Ilija Zolotic (207-F/C-86, agency: BeoExcell) shined in Maribor and was the top scorer of the game with 24 pts. Elvis Kadic (201-F-80) followed him with 19 uin another losing effort. In Day 1 of the Tournment, Cremona had defeated Croatian team KK Zabok, 112-81.

Montepaschi and Bennet Cantu advance into Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi and Bennet Cantu will fight for the Italian Cup tonight.
Montepaschi Siena overcame Montegranaro 80:67 in the first semifinal yesterday. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) delivered 18 points to lead the charge. Montepaschi quickly proved their dominance. They used the strong the second frame to post a 39:27 halftime lead. Montegranaro tried to stay within striking distance in the third term. They trailed by 8 points at the final break. But Montepaschi wisely kept their opponents at distance in the final minutes and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) provided 14 points, while Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) and Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) added 12 points each in the victory. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) answered with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Montegranaro. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) had 14 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.
Bennet Cantu prevailed against Air Avellino 82:65 in another semifinal clash yesterday. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) unloaded 21 points to lead the effort. Air Avellino were up 16:15 after the starting period. But Cantu stunned their opponents with a 29:11 run in the second term and never looked back en route to the victory. Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 18 points, while Ortner had 17 points for Cantu. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) replied with 22 points and 11 boards for Air Avellino. Taquan Dean (193-G-83, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Louisville) delivered 11 points.



Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.5 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.2 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.2 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer19.7 
 5. Ebi, Aget Imola19.3 
 6. Gordon, Forli19.1 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco17.7 
 8. Roderick, Immobi.17.7 
 9. Forte, Tuscany PT17.3 
 10. Slay, Umana Reyer17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.3 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.2 
 3. Filloy, Immobili.8.6 
 4. Lollis, Immobili.8.4 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.3 
 6. Dickens, San Severo8.0 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezeni.7.9 
 8. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.8 
 9. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 10. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leemire GOLDWIRE
  Forli
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Goldwire, Forli5.5 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona5.2 
 3. Porta, Tezenis .4.7 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer3.8 
 5. Mathis, Snaidero.3.7 
 6. Whiting, Aget Imola3.7 
 7. Farabello, N.Fer.3.6 
 8. Marigney, Assigeco3.6 
 9. Hickman, Fastw.3.6 
 10. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.2 
 2. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 3. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 4. Hunter, Sunrise .2.8 
 5. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 6. Radulovic, Sunris.2.5 
 7. Davis, Sunrise .2.5 
 8. Cerella, Assigeco2.5 
 9. Scarone, Immobili.2.4 
 10. Ndoja, N.Ferrara2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT3.0 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.5 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco0.9 
 6. Ezugwu, Assigeco0.8 
 7. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.8 
 8. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 10. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.7 


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


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Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 22-7 
 2. Toyota 19-10 
 3. Panasonic 19-10 
 4. Toshiba 15-14 
 5. Hitachi S. 13-16 
 6. Tochigi Brex 11-18 
 7. Mitsubishi 9-20 
 8. Hokkaido 8-21 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 26-4 
 2. Sendai 89ers 19-11 
 3. Niigata Albirex 15-14 
 4. Tokyo Apache 13-11 
 5. Saitama Bron. 13-18 
 6. Toyama Grouses 10-19 
 7. Akita 10-20 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 20-11 
 2. Shiga Lakestars 19-12 
 3. Okinawa GK 18-13 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 18-15 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 15-16 
 6. Oita H.Devils 15-18 
 7. Shimane 13-18 
 8. Miyazaki 10-21 
 9. Takamatsu FA 9-23 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .19.9 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido18.6 
 3. Orimo, Hokkaido17.5 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin16.4 
 5. Takeuchi, Aishin16.2 
 6. Forehan-K., Aishin15.8 
 7. Kinoshita, Panasonic15.0 
 8. O''Bannon, Toshiba15.0 
 9. Hale, Mitsubishi14.7 
 10. Smith, Hitachi S.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.12.2 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.3 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido9.8 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota8.6 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin8.2 
 6. O''Bannon, Toshiba7.6 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi7.3 
 8. Ricci, Toyota7.2 
 9. Violette, Toshiba7.0 
 10. Custis, Panasonic6.9 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin3.9 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.8 
 3. Kinoshita, Panasonic3.8 
 4. Kashiwakura, Hokka.3.8 
 5. Igarashi, Mitsubishi3.7 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.3 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido3.1 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.1 
 9. Miyanga, Toshiba2.9 
 10. Nishimura, Hitachi S.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.2 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido1.8 
 3. Forehan-K., Aishin1.5 
 4. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.4 
 5. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 6. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.2 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.2 
 8. Frahm, Aishin1.1 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubishi1.1 
 10. Custis, Panasonic1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.6 
 2. Ricci, Toyota1.3 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.0 
 4. Lett, Mitsubishi0.9 
 5. Aono, Panasonic0.8 
 6. Lewis, Hokkaido0.8 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido0.7 
 8. Hale, Mitsubishi0.6 
 9. Takahashi, Toyota0.6 
 10. Merritt, Tochigi Brex0.6 


BJ League Round 32: Shiga Lakestars lose the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the BJ League leadership position after last games. Round 32 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Shiga Lakestars (19-12). They were defeated by eighth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (10-21) 102-84 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 102-84. Miyazaki Shining Suns forced 26 Shiga Lakestars turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Jackie Manuel (196-83, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds and forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who added 22 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach Tohyama Kouto used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains eighth position with 10-21 record. Shiga Lakestars at the other side dropped to the second place with 12 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Osaka Evessa. Shiga Lakestars will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Miyazaki Shining Suns will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Shiga Lakestars at home.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Osaka Evessa as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Osaka Evessa defeated 3rd ranked Niigata Albirex at home 72-67. The winners were led by American forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and Wayne Marshall supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 10 points and 21 rebounds by American power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) did not help to save the game for Niigata Albirex. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the third place with 14 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Osaka Evessa will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Niigata Albirex at home.
Leading Hamamatsu Phoenix (26-4) recorded its fourth loss in Mikawa on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Oita Heat Devils (15-18) 88-86. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Cyrus Tate who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds. Jeffrey Parmer produced 26 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Oita Heat Devils maintains sixth position with 15-18 record. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix still keeps top place with four games lost. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play again against Oita Heat Devils and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Toyama. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (18-15) to seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (10-19) 74-72 on Saturday evening. Jerrell Smith orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Toyama Grouses moved-up to sixth place. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost. Toyama Grouses' next round opponent will be again higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#4) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Important game to mention about took place in Shimane. Seventh ranked Shimane Magic (13-18) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (15-16) 82-80 in the fight for the fifth place. Worth to mention a great performance of Reggie Golson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Shimane Magic moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Saitama Bron. Loser Kyoto Hannaryz keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Shimane Magic will face again Kyoto Hannaryz (#5) at home in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 32: Saitama Bron. won against Okinawa GK on the opponent's court 94-89. Takamatsu FA was outscored by Sendai 89ers in a home game 50-71. Sendai 89ers managed to beat Takamatsu FA on the road 72-60.



Shimane - Kyoto Hannaryz 82-80

Important game to mention about took place in Shimane. Seventh ranked Shimane Magic (13-18) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (15-16) 82-80 in the fight for the fifth place. Kyoto Hannaryz was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 24-20 charge of Shimane Magic, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and the former international guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) who added 7 points, 12 assists and 4 steals during the contest. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-69, college: LSU) scored 19 points. Four Kyoto Hannaryz players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Saitama Bron. Loser Kyoto Hannaryz keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Shimane Magic will face again Kyoto Hannaryz (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannaryz: W.White 26+12reb+2ast, M.Abdul-Rauf 19+4reb+3ast, M.Fey 14+3reb, K.Trim 13+7reb+2ast, T.Kawabe 6+1reb, Y.Inoue 2
Shimane: R.Golson 33+14reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 8+2reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 8+1reb+2ast, J.Davis 8+6reb, F.Fisher 8+1ast, T.Ishizaki 7+12ast
gschID: 105967


Miyazaki - Shiga Lakestars 102-84

There was a change at the BJ League leadership position after last games. Round 32 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Shiga Lakestars (19-12). They were defeated by eighth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (10-21) 102-84 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 102-84. Miyazaki Shining Suns forced 26 Shiga Lakestars turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Jackie Manuel (196-83, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds and forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who added 22 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach Tohyama Kouto used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains eighth position with 10-21 record. Shiga Lakestars at the other side dropped to the second place with 12 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Osaka Evessa. Shiga Lakestars will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Miyazaki Shining Suns will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Shiga Lakestars at home.
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: J.Peppers 21+5reb+1ast, G.Hamilton 16+18reb+7ast, L.Rice 13+14reb+2ast, M.Joho 9+1reb+4ast, S.Ogawa 7+1reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 5+1reb
Miyazaki: J.Manuel 27+8reb+3ast, B.Cole 22+11reb+1ast, E.Palmer 18+10reb+5ast, T.Shimizu 12+7reb+7ast, O.Shinnosuke 7+1reb, H.Fujita 6+1ast
gschID: 105968


Okinawa GK - Saitama Bron. 89-94

There was a minor upset when 3rd ranked Okinawa GK (18-13) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Saitama Broncos (13-18) 94-89 on Saturday. Okinawa GK trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 31-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 89-94 at the end of the game. Strangely Okinawa GK outrebounded Saitama Broncos 53-31 including a 22-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Saitama Broncos made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) who added 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Anthony McHenry (201-83, college: Georgia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Five Saitama Broncos and four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Saitama Broncos maintains fifth position with 13-18 record, which they share with Shimane. Loser Okinawa GK keeps the third place with 13 games lost. Saitama Broncos will have a break next round. Okinawa GK will play again at home against Saitama Broncos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 21+10reb+2ast, J.Newton 20+14reb+3ast, C.Dixon 19+11reb+2ast, S.Kinjo 12+1ast, 8+11reb, N.Kosuge 5+2reb+3ast
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 23+12reb+5ast, Y.Kitamuki 20+6reb+3ast, G.Klaiber 15+5reb+3ast, G.Leach 15+6reb+1ast, D.Terashita 14+3ast, H.Shishito 4+1reb
gschID: 105969


Takamatsu FA - Sendai 89ers 50-71

Very predictable result when second ranked Sendai 89ers (19-11) smashed on the road 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (9-23) 71-50 on Friday. The game without a history. Sendai 89ers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Takamatsu FA to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Takamatsu FA 49-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 23 rebounds and the other American import forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Sendai 89ers maintains second position with 19-11 record having seven points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the ninth place with 23 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: S.Takada 16+1reb, J.Price 15+11reb+1ast, 12+6reb, R.Sparks 3+9reb, T.Farley 2+4reb, M.Suzuki 2+1reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: M.Bell 17+9reb+1ast, M.Hopson 16+3reb+6ast, L.Hechon 10+1reb, C.Holm 10+23reb+1ast, T.Komoda 8+2reb+1ast, T.Woodyard 3+6reb
gschID: 105962


Takamatsu FA - Sendai 89ers 60-72

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (9-23) was defeated at home by second ranked Sendai 89ers (19-11) 72-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Sendai 89ers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds and forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and guard Rasheed Sparks (190-77, college: Morgan St.) scored 10 points. Four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers maintains second position with 19-11 record having seven points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the ninth place with 23 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: 13+13reb+1ast, S.Takada 11+3reb, R.Sparks 10+3reb+2ast, J.Price 10+5reb, M.Kita 8+2reb, T.Farley 6+6reb
Sendai 89ers: M.Hopson 24+7reb+2ast, M.Bell 16+5reb+2ast, K.Takahashi 9+1ast, H.Kusaka 6, C.Holm 6+15reb+2ast, T.Woodyard 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 105963


Toyama Grouses - Fukuoka Rizing 74-72

A very interesting game took place in Toyama. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (18-15) to seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (10-19) 74-72 on Saturday evening. It looked good early as Fukuoka Rizing took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Toyama Grouses had a 18-10 second period charge getting the lead and Fukuoka Rizing was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-74. They outrebounded Fukuoka Rizing 48-37 including 16 on the offensive glass. American forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import forward John Davis (198-84, college: Tarleton St.) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds and guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Fukuoka Rizing. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Toyama Grouses moved-up to sixth place. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost. Toyama Grouses' next round opponent will be again higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#4) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: N.Murry 23+8reb+3ast, 14+9reb, M.Parker 13+7reb+3ast, J.Nakanishi 11+3reb+2ast, A.Takeno 7+3reb+4ast, T.Cordeiro 2+5reb
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 22+13reb+2ast, B.Harper 14+7reb, J.Davis 11+9reb+1ast, H.Johnson 9+4reb+1ast, T.Mito 8+7reb+5ast, M.Kato 5+4reb
gschID: 105964


Hamamatsu P. - Oita H.Devils 86-88

Leading Hamamatsu Phoenix (26-4) recorded its fourth loss in Mikawa on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Oita Heat Devils (15-18) 88-86. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 32-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Oita Heat Devils outrebounded Hamamatsu Phoenix 38-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) chipped in 22 points. Four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) produced 26 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Oita Heat Devils maintains sixth position with 15-18 record. Loser Hamamatsu Phoenix still keeps top place with four games lost. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play again against Oita Heat Devils and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 26+9reb+3ast, J.Dixon 20+5reb+4ast, R.Nixon 15+4reb, D.Larkai 6+1reb, S.Okada 5+1reb+4ast, W.Arnold 5+2reb+4ast
Oita H.Devils: C.Tate 25+18reb+1ast, M.Lottich 22+4reb+3ast, K.Sato 18+2reb+1ast, K.Mitomo 10+2reb+3ast, D.Johnson 7+2reb+3ast, T.Finger 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 105965


Osaka Evessa - Niigata Albirex 72-67

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Osaka Evessa as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Osaka Evessa defeated 3rd ranked Niigata Albirex at home 72-67. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 32-23 Niigata Albirex's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 72-67 at the end of the game. The winners were led by American forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 10 points and 21 rebounds by American power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) did not help to save the game for Niigata Albirex. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the third place with 14 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Osaka Evessa will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Niigata Albirex at home.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: J.Ashby 14+11reb+3ast, Z.Andrews 10+21reb+1ast, S.Komatsu 9+1reb, N.Takushi 7+1reb+6ast, Y.Ikeda 6+3reb, H.Kondo 6+2reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: W.Marshall 19+6reb, L.Blackledge 16+15reb+1ast, W.Knight 14+8reb+1ast, D.Tamura 13+2reb+2ast, 7+3reb+4ast, H.Katsumata 3+3ast
gschID: 105966




JBL Round 29: Aishin Sea Horses beat Panasonic Trians in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osaka. First ranked Aishin Sea Horses faced second-ranked Panasonic Trians. Guests from Kariya (22-7) defeated host Panasonic Trians (19-10) 79-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panasonic Trians. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Panasonic Trians managed to win second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international center J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Jerald Honeycutt (205-74, college: Tulane) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Panasonic Trians' coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first place with 22-7 record. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the second position with ten games lost. They share it with Toyota. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Panasonic Trians will play again at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Nagoya was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Toshiba Thunders (15-14) played at the court of 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (9-20). Toshiba Thunders managed to secure a 4-point victory 79-75. American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Cory Violette contributed with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains fourth place with 15-14 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 20 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play again at home against Toshiba Thunders (#4) in Kanagawa and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Saporro was also quite interesting. Third ranked Toyota Alvark (19-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Hokkaido (8-21). Toyota Alvark managed to secure a 8-point victory 72-64 on Saturday. Philip Ricci stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Toyota Alvark's coach Don Beck used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Christian Maraker responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Toyota Alvark moved-up to second place, which they share with Panasonic. Hokkaido lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 21 games lost. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hokkaido will play again against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark (#2) in Fuchu and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 29 Tochigi Brex defeated Hitachi S. in a road game 65-61.



Mitsubishi - Toshiba 75-79

The game in Nagoya was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Toshiba Thunders (15-14) played at the court of 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (9-20). Toshiba Thunders managed to secure a 4-point victory 79-75. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-14. But Mitsubishi Dolphins won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mitsubishi Dolphins were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Cory Violette (203-82, college: Gonzaga) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Jun Uzawa (197-81) added 20 points in the effort for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains fourth place with 15-14 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 20 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play again at home against Toshiba Thunders (#4) in Kanagawa and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi: K.Igarashi 20+6reb+3ast, J.Uzawa 20+3reb, O.Lett 8+6reb+2ast, Y.Ueta 6+3reb+1ast, R.Hale 6+8reb+2ast, K.Nakagawa 4+1reb
Toshiba: C.O'Bannon 20+11reb+2ast, C.Violette 10+10reb, Y.Uda 9+4reb+2ast, K.Sato 9+2ast, Y.Kuwahara 6+5reb+3ast, S.Kikuchi 6
gschID: 119811


Panasonic - Aishin 63-79

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osaka. First ranked Aishin Sea Horses faced second-ranked Panasonic Trians. Guests from Kariya (22-7) defeated host Panasonic Trians (19-10) 79-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panasonic Trians. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Panasonic Trians managed to win second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international center J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. American forward Jerald Honeycutt (205-74, college: Tulane) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Panasonic Trians' coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first place with 22-7 record. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the second position with ten games lost. They share it with Toyota. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Panasonic Trians will play again at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panasonic: J.Honeycutt 16+9reb+2ast, K.Hirose 14+3reb+2ast, H.Kinoshita 12+1reb+2ast, A.Custis 7+8reb, F.Aono 4+4reb+1ast, M.Nagayama 4+2reb+2ast
Aishin: K.Takeuchi 22+10reb+2ast, J.Sakuragi 16+7reb+7ast, S.Kashiwagi 14+2reb+3ast, S.Asayama 11+1ast, R.Forehan-Kelly 8+9reb+4ast, T.Amino 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 119812


Hokkaido - Toyota 64-72

The game in Saporro was also quite interesting. Third ranked Toyota Alvark (19-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Hokkaido (8-21). Toyota Alvark managed to secure a 8-point victory 72-64 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 45-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Toyota Alvark's coach Don Beck used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) scored 21 points. Toyota Alvark moved-up to second place, which they share with Panasonic. Hokkaido lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 21 games lost. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hokkaido will play again against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark (#2) in Fuchu and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido: T.Orimo 21+1ast, C.Maraker 10+11reb+5ast, D.Yamada 9, R.Sakurai 7+2reb+1ast, T.Abe 5+3reb+2ast, D.Noguchi 4
Toyota: P.Ricci 15+12reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 12+8reb+2ast, T.Watanabe 12+1reb+2ast, Y.Okada 12+1ast, T.Shonaka 9+3reb+2ast, M.Takahashi 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 119809


Hitachi S. - Tochigi Brex 61-65

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Osaka where 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (13-16) were defeated by sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (11-18) 65-61 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 27-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Tyler Smith (203-80, college: Penn St.) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 11-18 record. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. Tochigi Brex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play again against Tochigi Brex (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi S.: T.Smith 18+5reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 13+12reb+4ast, F.Nishimura 9+2reb+1ast, D.Kobayashi 7+3reb+2ast, T.Sato 6+6reb, A.Aboya 4+7reb
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 18+7reb, S.Merritt 13+17reb+1ast, K.Tanaka 8+3reb, K.Takeda 6+1reb+2ast, S.Ito 6+4reb+2ast, Y.Tabuse 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 119810




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Liga-Americas Round: 5 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Group F
Quimsa - Halc.Xalapa 70-73
Halcones Xalapa stayed in the fight for the place in Liga Americas Final Four. They held off pesky Quimsa to improve at 1-1 record in Group F of the tournament. Halcones Xalapa will now take on Regatas Corrientes for a chance to qualify. Quimsa remained winless at 0-2 record and would now face Uniceub/BRB in the final round. The Mexican champions earned a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Halcones recorded a 34:32 lead at halftime. Things hardly changed in the third term. Halcones rallied to a 53:49 lead with one quarter to go. Quimsa however spurred in front 59:58 in the fourth stanza. Halcones pulled back in front but Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) tied things up at 70. Mike Smith (201-G/F-76, college: La-Monroe) stepped up for Halcones Xalapa at the crucial moment. He drained a three-pointer and brought the Mexican side to the victory. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) delivered 23 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Halcones. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) added 15 points, while Mike Smith finished with 14 points in the win. Diego Lo Grippo responded with 18 points for Quimsa. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) had 13 points in the losing effort.

BRB/Brasilia - Regatas C. 92-93 OT
Regatas Corrientes celebrated the second straight win in Liga Americas Group F. They shot down Uniceub/BRB in overtime to stay on top of the ladder. Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) provided 22 points to pace the winners. The hosts secured a narrow 24:22 lead after a tense first frame. Regatas continued to mount pressure in the second stanza. They built a 43:33 lead at the interval. However Uniceub/BRB went on a 14:4 run at the start of the second half to level things up. The teams traded baskets then and entered the fourth quarter knotted up at 55. The Brazilian champions jumped to a 72:66 lead with under a minute to go. But Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) knocked down a quick triple and Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) added two free throws to narrow the gap. Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81) nailed three free throws in the dying seconds but Carl Edwards answered with two baskets to send the game into overtime. The teams stayed close in the extra period. Eventually Eduardo Villares sealed the winning outcome for Regatas from the charity stripe. Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) produced 17 points and 13 boards for Regatas Corrientes. Federico Kammerichs, Javier Martinez and Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) finished with 13 points each in the win. Nezinho dos Santos responded with 28 points and 7 assists for Uniceub/BRB. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) delivered 20 points in the loss.




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. Carter, Caneros20.7 
 6. Giovannoni, BRB/B.20.2 
 7. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.19.0 
 8. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.19.0 
 9. Romero, Espartanos18.7 
 10. Roe, Halc.Xalapa18.3 
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. Giovannoni, BRB/B.9.6 
 7. Henning, Toros9.3 
 8. Teichmann, Flame.9.0 
 9. Araujo, Dep.Espanol9.0 
 10. Roe, Halc.Xalapa8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Nezinho DOS SANTOS
  BRB/Brasilia
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. dos Santos, BRB/B.6.6 
 2. Gonzalez, Defensor6.0 
 3. Garcia, BR.5.6 
 4. Martinez, Regat.5.5 
 5. Franco, Sionista5.3 
 6. Mazzaro, Quimsa5.2 
 7. Mazzaro, Quimsa5.2 
 8. Pagan, Toros5.0 
 9. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.0 
 10. Machado, Flamengo3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Wilfredo PAGAN
  Toros
  (184-G-76)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pagan, Toros3.0 
 2. Garcia, Mavort3.0 
 3. Woodward, Defensor2.7 
 4. Montas, Caneros2.7 
 5. Teichmann, Flame.2.3 
 6. Campazzo, Penarol2.2 
 7. Machado, Flamengo2.2 
 8. Morales, Dep.Espa.2.0 
 9. Mazzaro, Quimsa2.0 
 10. Hill, Halc.Rojos2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian HENNING
  Toros
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Henning, Toros3.0 
 2. Jackson, Mavort2.3 
 3. Hill, Halc.Rojos2.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.2.2 
 5. Traylor, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 6. Mata, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 7. Aubry, Capitanes1.7 
 8. Robinson, Halc..1.7 
 9. Traylor, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 10. Mata, Halc.Xalapa1.7 


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. Regatas C. 2-0 
 2. Halc.Xalapa 1-1 
 3. BRB/Brasilia 1-1 
 4. Quimsa 0-2 


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Zalgiris celebrate Lithuanian Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Lietuvos Rytas 81:69

Zalgiris returned the Cup trophy to Kaunas. They toppled Lietuvos Rytas and gained the Cup title after a two year pause. Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) delivered 13 points to lead the winners.
Lietuvos Rytas and Zalgiris opened the game in an aggressive manner. The teams exchanged baskets as the Vilnius team gained an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Lietuvos Rytas stayed in charge in the second term. They posted a 2-point lead at halftime 34:32. Zalgiris pulled ahead in the third term. They went on a 9:0 run to take a 50:43 lead. However Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) helped Lietuvos Rytas got within just one point at the final intermission 49:50. Marcus Brown and Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) teamed up midway through the fourth quarter to give Zalgiris a 66:58 lead. Lietuvos Rytas could not respond this time allowing their opponents to rally to the victory. Paulius Jankunas and Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) contributed 12 points each for the Kaunas team. Kenan Bajramovic replied with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Lietuvos Rytas. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) and Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 11 points apiece in defeat.

Zalgiris: Travis Watson 16, Paulius Jankunas 12, Tadas Klimavicius 12
Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 21, D.J. Strawberry 11, Milko Bjelica 11



Luksa's double-double lands him NKL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old center Vitalijus Luksa (206-C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mazeikiai and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 34.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Perlas-MRU (#8, 15-17) 70-58. Mazeikiai maintains the 3rd position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mazeikiai will need more victories to improve their 21-11 record. Luksa just recently signed at Mazeikiai, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Vitalijus Luksa averages this season 8.0ppg and 5.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) of Delikatesas Joniskis. He is a center in his first season at Delikatesas. In the last game Jucikas recorded impressive 24 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Delikatesas lost that game 71-94 to the higher-ranked Triobet Malsta (#9, 13-18). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Delikatesas keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-21 record. Jucikas is a newcomer at Delikatesas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Erikas Kaupaitis (202-F/C-84) of Silute (#10). Kaupaitis scored 16 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Kaupaitis' great performance Silute lost 56-79 to the lower-ranked Puntukas (#15, 8-24). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Silute not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kaupaitis could try to bring Silute's a little bit higher in the standings. Kaupaitis has a very solid season. In 31 games in Lithuania he scored 15.1ppg. He also has 6.7rpg and FGP: 55.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Azeez Oladimeji (204-F-89) of Radviliskis - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Darius Tarvydas (200-F-91) of Puntukas - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gediminas Zyle (209-C-88) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) of LKKA-Atletas - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Perlas-MRU - 12 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Zygimantas Krupskis (192-G-92) of LKKA-Atletas - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tomas Milinskas (202-F-90) of Triobet Malsta - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Kieza, Juventus18.1 
 2. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis16.1 
 4. Viskontas, Perlas15.6 
 5. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.3 
 6. Dimsa, Nevezis15.1 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 8. Ruikis, Neptunas14.6 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.14.6 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.3 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.8 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.5 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.3 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris7.0 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai6.9 
 7. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 8. Zelionis, Rudupis6.8 
 9. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 10. Vasylius, Neptunas6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.6 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas6.0 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.5 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.3 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.8 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.6 
 7. Janavicius, Siauliai4.5 
 8. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.3 
 9. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 10. Dainys, Rudupis4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.3 
 2. Vasylius, Neptunas2.1 
 3. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.1 
 4. Alijevas, Nevezis1.9 
 5. Ruikis, Neptunas1.9 
 6. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 7. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.7 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.7 
 9. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.7 
 10. Viskontas, Perlas1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Techasas2.2 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.9 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.3 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.3 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 
 8. Kieza, Juventus0.9 
 9. Galdikas, Neptunas0.9 
 10. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Etzella and Amicale reach Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Etzella and Amicale will play for Cup trophy. They overcame Heffingen and T71 Dudelange respectively in the semifinals.
Etzella shot down Heffingen 99:62 to reach the title game. Nelson Delgado (186-G/F-80) stepped up with 25 points, 7 assists and 5 boards to lead the charge. Etzella erupted for 31 points in the opening frame but Heffingen nearly matched the effort scoring 30 points of their own. But the second term proved the difference. Etzella went on a decisive run outgunning their opponents 27:10 to take a crucial lead. Heffingen failed to recover in the second part of the encounter as Etzella cruised to the win at the end. Tim Giver (184-G-80) and Karim Shabazz (218-C-78, college: Providence) contributed 17 points each for the winners. Chris Kellermann (203-F-86, college: Cent.Michigan) answered with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Heffingen. Claude Weyrich (185-G-86) finished with 11 points in the loss.
Amicale toppled T71 Dudelange 65:64 in an exciting battle. Christian Schartz (180-G-86) knocked down three points in the final 10 seconds of regulation to bring victory to Amicale. T71 Dudelange entered the fourth period up by 8 points but could not capitalize losing the battle in the final seconds. Louis Birdsong (198-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: George Mason) tallied 19 points and 15 boards to pace the winners. Raul Birenbaum (182-G-89) added 17 points in the victory. Tom Schumacher (190-G-87, college: Cal.Baptist) replied with 28 points for T71 Dudelange. Gilles Ruffato (181-G-85) accounted for 10 points in defeat.



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  MEXICO   


Halcones Xalapa eke out win over Quimsa - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa - Quimsa 73:70

Halcones Xalapa stayed in the fight for the place in Liga Americas Final Four. They held off pesky Quimsa to improve at 1-1 record in Group F of the tournament. Halcones Xalapa will now take on Regatas Corrientes for a chance to qualify. Quimsa remained winless at 0-2 record and would now face Uniceub/BRB in the final round.
The Mexican champions earned a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Halcones recorded a 34:32 lead at halftime. Things hardly changed in the third term. Halcones rallied to a 53:49 lead with one quarter to go. Quimsa however spurred in front 59:58 in the fourth stanza. Halcones pulled back in front but Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) tied things up at 70. Mike Smith (201-G/F-76, college: La-Monroe) stepped up for Halcones Xalapa at the crucial moment. He drained a three-pointer and brought the Mexican side to the victory.
Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) delivered 23 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Halcones. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) added 15 points, while Mike Smith finished with 14 points in the win. Diego Lo Grippo responded with 18 points for Quimsa. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) had 13 points in the losing effort.

Halcones Xalapa: Louis Roe 23, Leandro Garcia Morales 15, Michael Mike Smith 14
Quimsa: Diego Lo Grippo 18, Julio Mazzaro 13



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MNE CUP - FINAL Game : Buducnost win against Lovcen - by Dragan Scepanovic
LOVCEN Cetinje - BUDUCNOST Podgorica 43:68 (6:12, 14:16, 8:20, 15:20)
Cetinje - SC 'Lovcen'. Spect: 1000. Reff: Sutulovic (Podgorica), Rutesic, Vojinovic (Niksic).
LOVCEN : Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90) 1 (2-1), Latkovic, Boricic 7, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 5 (2-1), Vucurovic 6 (2-1), Martinic 2, Lopicic, Kandic 6, Koprivica, Todorovic 9 (4-3), Popovic, Mijatovic 7 (1-1).
BUDUCNOST: Scekic 11 (4-1), Mihailovic 6, Popovic 6 (4-2), Otasevic 4 (4-2), Dragicevic 18, Simonovic 4, Kadzulis 2, Dubljevic 7 (1-1), Milutin Djukanovic (188-G-91) 2, Mitrovic, Sead Sehovic (199-F-89) 8, Milosevic.




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  NBA   


Saturday's games - by Eurobasket News
Sacramento K. - Oklah.City T. 97-99
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 10 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Sacramento Kings 99-97 on Saturday night. The victory was fourth in five games for the Thunder. Oklahoma City took the lead on Eric Maynor's 3-pointer to end the first quarter and led the rest of the way in winning their fourth straight road game. Tyreke Evans (6'6''-G-89, college: Memphis) had 30 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who have lost five straight. DeMarcus Cousins had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Omri Casspi scored 14 points and Beno Udrih added 13 points and seven assists. The Kings have the second-worst home record (7-22) in the NBA behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and went 1-5 in a homestand that ended against the Thunder. Russell Westbrook had 22 points and seven assists, and James Harden had 11 points for the Thunder. Durant, the NBA's leading scorer, made 13 of 22 shots, but only hit eight of 13 free throws, and added six rebounds. Evans had 10 fourth-quarter points, but missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that would have given Sacramento the victory. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Minnesota T. - Philadelph.76 87-107
Doug Collins was concerned about how his Philadelphia 76ers were going to respond against the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves one night after slugging out a victory over the mighty San Antonio Spurs. All they did was deliver the kind of beautiful, unselfish performance that makes other coaches jealous, particularly Minnesota's Kurt Rambis. Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) led seven 76ers in double figures with 18 points and Philadelphia cruised to a 107-87 victory over the Timberwolves on Saturday night. 'I said, 'You know, we're coming in here and we've had some success and we'll see now how we handle it. We know we've bounced back when we've got our hearts broken, so let's see how we do this,'' Collins said. Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) had 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds, and Louis Williams had 13 points and five assists for the 76ers (26-28), who have won nine of their last 12 games to creep into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Kevin Love had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves, his 40th consecutive double-double. But the Wolves shot just 36 percent to lose their second straight after surprising road wins against New Orleans and Houston. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Washington W. - San Antonio S. 94-118
Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) scored 10 of his 18 points in less than 2 minutes during the first quarter to jump-start the San Antonio Spurs to a 118-94 rout of the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. A day after losing 77-71 at Philadelphia, San Antonio bettered that points total before halftime. The Spurs shot better than 60 percent from the field for most of the game, finishing at 58.4 percent, including 13 of 25 from 3-point range, and led by as many as 41 points. Every available San Antonio player had scored midway through the third quarter. George Hill (6'2''-G-86, college: IUPUI) also scored 18 points and was 4 for 4 on 3-pointers for San Antonio, which has won 10 consecutive games against the Wizards, including five straight in Washington. Gary Neal added 16 points as six Spurs finished in double digits. Cartier Martin and Andray Blatche each scored 16 points to lead Washington. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Houston R. - Dallas M. 102-106
Predrag Stojakovic (6'10''-F-77) scored 22 points and broke a tie with Dale Ellis for fourth place in career 3-pointers as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Houston Rockets 106-102 on Saturday night. Stojakovic, who was 1 for 11 from 3-point range in his previous three games, went 4 for 6 from beyond the arc. He has 1,723 career 3s and trails only teammate Jason Kidd (1,756), Reggie Miller (2,560) and Ray Allen (2,562) in NBA history. Allen passed Miller for the lead Thursday. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) also scored 22 points and Shawn Marion had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won 12 of their last 14 and eight of their past 11 games in Houston. Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and Kevin Martin added 17 for the Rockets, who have dropped 17 of the last 23 meetings with Dallas. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Atlanta H. - Charlotte B. 86-88
Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) hit a last-second jumper over two Atlanta defenders and the Charlotte Bobcats rallied after trailing by 22 points to beat the Hawks 88-86 on Saturday night. Jackson, a former Atlanta player, scored 32 points, including the winning shot over Maurice Evans and Al Horford. Jackson hopped onto the scorer's table before running off the court yelling, 'That's what I do!' Shaun Livingston (6'7''-G-85) scored a season-high 22 points as Charlotte earned its first win in Atlanta since 2007. Gerald Wallace had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Bobcats. Josh Smith had 28 points for Atlanta, which led by 22 in the second quarter and 18 in the third period. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New Jersey N. - New York K. 95-105
Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) replaced the injured Amare Stoudemire in the lineup and scored 21 points, and the New York Knicks beat the New Jersey Nets 105-95 on Saturday night to avoid falling below .500. Reserve Toney Douglas (6'1''-G-86, college: Florida St.) added 19 points and Landry Fields had 14, making three big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Knicks won for just the second time in six games and improved to 27-26. Stoudemire missed his first game of the season with a sprained right big toe, but the Knicks overcame their All-Star's absence by making 16 3-pointers, including Chandler's that gave them the lead for good with 4:08 left. New York hasn't had a losing record since falling to 8-9 after a loss to Atlanta on Nov. 27. The Knicks were 22-15 on Jan. 11 but have stumbled since, with Stoudemire and fellow captain Raymond Felton hinting after Friday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers that the Carmelo Anthony trade speculation was partially behind their slump. Devin Harris scored 22 for the Nets, who were bidding for their first three-game winning streak in two years. Brook Lopez added 19 and Sasha Vujacic chipped in 15, but New Jersey shot just 42 percent from the field. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

N.Orleans H. - Chicago B. 88-97
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 23 points and the Chicago Bulls methodically turned a 12-point third-quarter deficit into a comfortable 97-88 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 17 points and Luol Deng 14 for the Bulls, who outscored the Hornets 25-14 in the fourth quarter to close out a five-game road trip at 3-2. One game after outdoing Utah's Derron Williams in Chicago's win over the Jazz on Wednesday night, Rose got the better of the Hornets' Chris Paul, who had 15 points. Marcus Thornton had a season-high 24 points and David West added 17 for the New Orleans, which missed 13 of 39 free throws in losing for the seventh time in nine games. *Courtesy of www.charlotteobserver.com

Milwaukee B. - Indiana P. 97-103
A new approach has the Indiana Pacers playing their best basketball of the season. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter to help the Indiana Pacers snap a six-game losing streak to the Milwaukee Bucks with a 103-97 victory on Saturday night. Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87, college: UCLA) added 22 points as the Pacers improved to 7-1 since Frank Vogel took over as the interim coach on Jan. 30, replacing the fired Jim O'Brien. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.1 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.2 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.1 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers25.2 
 5. Ellis, Golde S.25.1 
 6. Anthony, Denver N.25.0 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat25.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.24.7 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.5 
 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. Boozer, Chicago B.10.1 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
 10. Gasol, LA Lakers10.1 
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. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Wall, Washington W.9.0 
 7. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.6 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.2 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.1 
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. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 6. Curry, Golde S.1.8 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 8. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Ginobili, San A.1.7 
 10. Wall, Washington W.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.3 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.2.2 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 10. Gasol, LA Lakers1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C.