EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/15/2011

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 15-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. NY Prime Time 1-4 
 4. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 5. Texas RR 0-1 
 6. Shizuoka Gym. 0-3 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 20-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 5-4 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Louisiana U. 1-5 
 5. Cypress 0-0 
 6. Houston R.S. 0-5 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Seven Cities 13-2 
 2. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 3. Charlotte 0-0 
 4. College Park 0-0 
 5. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Georgia K. 0-0 
NoCal
 1. E.Bay Pitbulls 14-4 
 2. Bay Area M. 10-6 
 3. Modesto H. 9-8 
 4. California SK 8-6 
 5. Sacramento H. 8-6 
 6. S.Francisco R. 5-3 
 7. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 12-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 8-4 
 3. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 4. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 5. Indianapolis 0-0 
 6. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 7. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
 8. NWI M.Stars 0-3 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 3-1 
 2. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 3. NY Thunder 0-0 
 4. S.Jersey 0-0 
 5. Tri-City Suns 0-0 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 11-1 
SoCal
 1. San Diego Sol 12-3 
 2. Las Vegas A. 8-1 
 3. LA Slam 8-6 
 4. San Diego S. 7-6 
 5. Compton C. 0-0 
 6. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 7. Mid-Valley 0-1 
 8. Riverside R. 0-1 
 9. SoCal Swish 0-4 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 14-1 
 2. Columbus Diesel 7-4 
 3. St. Louis 2-1 
 4. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 5. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 6. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 17-0 
 2. Columbus Life 11-2 
 3. Savannah Storm 10-5 
 4. Bahama PS 0-0 
 5. Florida M. 0-0 
 6. Florida Th. 0-0 
 7. Heartland P. 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 13-4 
 2. North Dallas 10-6 
 3. Oklahoma 8-3 
 4. West Texas W. 8-6 
 5. N.Texas F. 1-4 
 6. Dallas Impact 0-0 


Mavericks hold on to #1 ranking for week 15 - by Gianni Pascucci
As the American Basketball Association moves into the final weeks of the regular season, the 20-1 SETX Mavericks held onto the #1 position over the Jacksonville Giants (17-0) by a slight margin. These two teams were followed closely by the still undefeated Colorado Kings (15-0). 'The playoffs are really going to be something else,' stated ABA COO Dick Packer . 'We have some remarkable talent in the ABA and fans will get a chance to see it both in the All Star Game and as the playoffs unfold.'
The rankings:

1. SETX Mavericks (20-1)
2. Jacksonville Giants (17-0)
3. Colorado Kings (15-0)
4. East Kentucky Energy (14-1)
5. 7-City Knights (13-2)
6. Seattle Mountaineers (11-1)
7. East Bay Pitbulls (14-4)
8. San Diego Sol (12-3)
9. Columbus Riverballers (11-2)
10. Chicago Steam (12-3)
11. Texas Fuel (13-4)
12. Savannah Storm (10-5)
13. Las Vegas Aces (8-1)
14. Oklahoma Stallions (8-3)
15. Lake Michigan Admirals (8-4)
16. North Dallas Vandals (10-6)
17. Bay Area Matrix (10-6)
18. Sacramento Heatwave (8-6)
19. California Seakings (8-6)
20. West Texas Whirlwinds (8-6)
21. Indiana Diesels (7-4)
22. Los Angeles Slam (8-6)
23. San Diego Surf (7-6)
24. Modesto Hawks (9-8)

'The power rankings are determined by multiple factors,' added Packer. 'Won-loss, number of games, quality of opponents, closeness of games, etc.' There are five teams on the cusp of breaking into the rankings. The last three weeks of the season should be really interesting.'
For more information, visit www.abalive.com


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  ACPBL   


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


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Nymburk add Dionte Christmas - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk have agreed on terms of contract with Dionte Christmas (196-G, college: Temple). The guard will join the Czech team during this weeks practices. Dionte Christmas started the season in Turkey. He played for Mersin and averaged 12.6 points, 3.0 boards and 1.4 assists per game. Last season Dionte Christmas spent in Israel. He tallied 19.5 points, 3.2 boards and 2.9 assists for Hapoel Afula.


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Kenyan teams fall to hosts in Kigali finals - by Kristian Santiago
(By The Daily Nation)
Kenyas mens and womens national basketball teams were locked out of the Africa Nations Cup and All Africa Games competitions after they lost to hosts Rwanda in decisive matches of the Zone Five qualifiers in Kigali on Saturday night.

After 17 years of waiting, Kenyas mens side will have to wait longer for continental action after the much improved Rwanda clobbered them 74-46.

Both teams had tied on six points in the five-team tournament, leaving their closing game to determine the winner.

Strongman Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian) and Ancette Wafula (198-F/C-70) were restricted to 11 points and 10 respectively.

The victory earned Rwanda a ticket to both the Nations Cup and All Africa Games.

In the womens decisive match, Kenyas chances also went up in smoke when Rwanda beat them 57-54 in a hard-fought tie.

The teams had locked on eight points each and their last fixture of the six-team tournament was to separate them.

With 46 seconds left, the score stood at 54-54 with Rwanda winning on a tie breaking three-pointer shot.

Unbeaten Rwanda amassed 10 points while Kenya were runners-up on nine points.

But Kenya had already qualified for the All Africa Games after having finished among the five top teams at the last games in Algiers.

But Kenya will now miss out of the Nations Cup in which they finished second to hosts Senegal in 1992 to qualify for the World Championships for the first time.




Is local basketball a lost cause? - by Kristian Santiago
(By The Observer)

After a string of disappointing performances at the Zone 5 FIBA Africa Championship, Felix Eupal wonders what Uganda needs to do to overcome the regional adversity

Size matters
If a team cant defend, then they can never win and to do that, they have to rebound both offensively and defensively. This would call for big men, an aspect devoid in the mens team.

Only Robert Mubiru (196-F) and Brian Ssentongo brought a physical presence but compared to opponents like Rwanda and Kenya, they looked diminutive. In fact, it was the single most telling factor in Ugandas three losses to Kenya and Rwanda.

Experience
Ssentongo, Mubiru, Jimmy Enabu and Edwin Kateregga travelled as key players for the team yet they were all making debuts. As a result, it came as no surprise when they crumbled under the weight of expectation.

Only skipper Stephen Omony (198-G/F-79) and Norman Blick (201-F-83) rose to the occasion but the rest of the squad just made up numbers. Its perhaps time for Fuba, the local basketball body, to arrange more friendly matches to help players gain the much needed exposure.

Patriotism
Despite being selected for the national team, Warriors pair of Ronnie Kasewu (199-F) and Stephen Okias (193-C/F) didnt turn up for any training session. They later informed Fuba of some mythical injures. In fact, they took part in the two warm-up games against the national team. Its said they turned down the national team on grounds that there is little or no pay.

Coaching
Critics doubted whether Gad Eteu was the right man to lead the team considering the fact that he only has a Fiba level one coaching certificate. However, a look at the coaches available paints a terrible picture; Uganda has no qualified coaches and the few around only have coaching clinic certificates.

Choosing Eteu was backing the wrong horse; he struggled in the league against the big teams, and failed to register a win when Warriors went for the All Africa Games and Zonal games in Bujumbura.

Some of the players even doubted his tactics and their fears were proved right in the second game against Burundi when Uganda gave away a 30-point lead in the third quarter to lose the game by two points. While Uganda led by six points with a minute to play, Eteu still couldnt find the winning formula. A more qualified coach is needed if Uganda is to make progress on the region.

Preparation
This has been a perennial hiccup to our national team; the federation always seems to wake up at the last minute. This year wasnt any different; the team had less than 14 days of practice and yet teams like Rwanda and Kenya had been in camp for over a month.

The team also didnt get time to train with the refs so they would be acquitted with the current Fiba rules. Consequently, the players suffered when it came to the no-charge zone rule and the travelling rule while other teams used the opportunity of Ugandas ignorance to win games.

The federation still sings the chorus of building for the future; if they are to do that, preparation has to be top on the list.

Nationalising foreign players
Rugby has followed this path by nationalizing Kenyas Scot Olouch and Denis Mugambe and the move has paid off. Unfortunately, the basketball fraternity has failed to embrace the same path.

While Geoffrey Omondi and Robert Mugabe (200-F) have studied here since 2003 and now ply their trade at UCU Canons, they dont feature for Kenya because they are always here. They have the experience and what it takes.

The same applies to Brenda Mbone and Lorraine Akinyi who need assessment about what they can do; if these players were nationalized they would be more than willing to play for Uganda.


Rwanda sweeps Zone V Basketball trophies - by Kristian Santiago
(By The New Times)

Rwandas Men and Women basketball teams yesterday emerged winners in the Zone V tournament which kicked off on February 7, 2011 in Kigali.

The six- day tournament saw both teams win all their games till the finals that were played yesterday.

It was the Rwandan women side that first sealed their win against the hard fighting Kenyan team with a three point margin (54-57) thus accomplishing the unbeaten run.

The Rwandan mens side emulated the women team and thoroughly cluttered the Kenyan defensive arrangement hence thumping them 46-74.

With the impressive passes and ballistic rebounds, the Rwandan mens side kept the crowd on their feet.

The senior Coach for both Rwandan teams (men and women) Vaceslav Kavedzija was short of words after being awarded both trophies.

It was not an easy task but I attribute both wins to team work and determination, he said.

In the women category, the Ethiopian side lost to Burundi 49-101 and Uganda thumped Tanzania 64-33 while the Tanzanian mens side lost to Burundi with a two point difference.

Both the Rwandan women and mens teams thus qualify for the 10th All Africa Games slated for September in Maputo, Mozambique.

Results
Men
Tanzania 56-58 Burundi
Kenya 46-74 Rwanda

Women
Ethiopia 49-101 Burundi
Uganda 64-33 Tanzania
Kenya 54-57 Rwanda


Lack of Exposure Leaves Basketball Team Reeling in Pain - by Kristian Santiago
(By The Monitor)
One of Team Uganda's biggest fears prior to the Fiba Africa Zone V Nations Championship in Kigali over the past seven days, was size. With Henry Malinga, Uganda's most experienced centre player skipping the showpiece through injury, there were fears that the men's team would find difficulty in the paint against much bigger opponents.

Sunday Monitor's Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo covered the tournament and found out that size was not Uganda's undoing at all. Players and coaches take a share of carrot and stick as the team recorded only one win in four games. Below, Kigongo dishes out marks to all the team members.

Norman Blick (201-F-83) (6/10)

He can be loved and loathed in equal measure in just one transition due to inconsistency. It was tough to explain why Norman Blick failed to trouble the scoreboard against Kenya and then exploded with 30 points in the 76-89 loss to hosts Rwanda. Playing with a wound on one of his knees, Blick ran the wings impressively and instigated good fast breaks whenever he picked a rebound. However, whenever the lane was shut down, Blick struggled to score and turned the ball on more occasions than any other player.

Jimmy Enabu (183-G-88) (2/10) and Boniface Okello (3/10)

The duo of Jimmy Enabu and Boniface Okello hardly lasted on the floor. The latter brought intensity in defence in spite of not offering much in offense. Jimmy must have been on the team as part of his learning process. Even for the few minutes he got, Jimmy was timid and missed too many shots that he would ordinarily convert against any team here. Sitting on the bench too long rendered him cold.

Isaac Afridra (193-G/F) (4/10)

When will the real Isaac Afridra, who was the league's top scorer two years ago, return? Afidra failed to convert so many of his shots from downtown and ended up with only two figures above 10 points in two games. Even the astute defensive play for which is known was missing. It's surprising that this is the first time Afidra played for the national team because private engagements have always kept him away. He owes this team from now.

Ben Komakech (6/10)

Aristide Mugabe, a point guard with the Rwandan national team, didn't like what he saw in Ben Komakech in the 61-75 defeat to Kenya. Mugabe was right though he stretched it too far in saying that the play-offs MVP is poor at managing the ball. Appointed assistant captain, Komakech is supposed to act as a bridge between the present and the future.

This wasn't one of those dominant weeks for the two-time MVP but he did his job gracefully though. Just like the entire team, he struggled to drive the ball into the heart of the opposition's defensive wall.

Eric Malinga (186-G) (4/10)

Hats off for you Eric Malinga. He decided to endure 13 hours of travel for the event just after his mother was laid to rest. Only joined the team in time for the second game against Burundi but was ready to play. When asked about his physical shape, he responded: 'there is not time to feel tired.' The exhaustion told as he only came to life in scoring 13 points and eight rebounds in the final game against Tanzania. He actually endured a headache and fever to play for his country.

Edwin Kateregga (6/10)

Perhaps, the next big thing for Ugandan basketball will be found in Edwin Kateregga. Faced with experienced Kenyan centre Peter Kiganya, Kateregga's attitude showed in standing straight up and not folding. He won the trust of coach Gad Eteu and in the process started each and every game. Despite being a rookie, only Stephen Omony (198-G/F-79) and Norman Blick played more minutes. The next step for Kateregga will be the most important.

Ivan Enabu (182-G) (2/10)

Renowned for dazzling opponents in the local league, Ivan Enabu barely showed up. It took him three games to dribble past an opponent. There was every reason to think that the technical team requested the 2005 Zone V MVP to play for the team which curtailed him though management denies such a thing happened. But every good team is built on individuals using their natural abilities.

Stephen Omony (7/10)

For over a decade now, Stephen Omony remains the country's most reliable source of not only points but inspiration.

When everyone folded, Omony stood tall to threaten the Kenyans with 29 points. His appointment as captain is not debatable. Even when Omony had a bad shooting game like against Rwanda, he still managed 13 points. If consistency had a synonym, it would Omony. You cannot stop imagining what would have happened if only Komakech, Joseph Ikong (193) and Blick had shared only 20 points against Kenya.

Joseph Ikong (3/10)

Being the national league top scorer, Joseph Ikong was widely expected to dominate the statistics sheets. Spending most of his time on the bench hindered his contribution but there is no place to hide for scoring only 11 points in four games. At some point, he looked to be suffering from stage fright. Ikong looked good in the transitions and even made two dunks for his first points in the tournament. However, the guard's shooting is still as suspect as ever.

Robert Mubiru (196-F) (5/10) and Brian Ssentongo (6/10)

Despite both being enigmatic ball handlers, Robert Mubiru and Brian Ssentongo are every bit developing quite nicely into their roles as big men. The centres showed immense aggression in defence but lacked the bite to contribute offensively when the team desperately needed them. Mubiru and Ssentogo also missed several free throws that could have made some of the losing margins smaller. Their biggest undoing was getting too excited in key moments.

Coaches (5/10)

The old adage goes; players win games while coaches lose them. This episode left men's coaches Eteu and Timothy Odeke with no place to hide at all especially as the team squandered a 30-point lead to lose 72-70 to Burundi. For this game, the rotation of players was wanting when Uganda established a huge lead. The crux upon which the lead was built stayed on the court too long without being given a breather and ran out of lungs for the final kick. In a tournament where coaches select 12 players, they all ought to get the benefit of the doubt. Uganda relied on quick transition basketball thanks to six of the players featuring for national basketball league champions DMark Power.

On most occasions, the coaches lacked a plan B when the opposition opted for a zonal defence. Similarly, throughout the four games, the coaches found it hard to give everyone a chance. It almost emerged that there was a chosen group of eight to carry Uganda's cross.

It was too heavy at times and they needed support. Nonetheless, before there is mad rush to apportion blame, it's also imperative to understand that the coaches were only given a few weeks to do their work. In a country with limited facilities and even less coaches, players often find themselves not learning so much about the game beyond dribbling. Physicality, shooting and the game reading of individual players remain the biggest Achilles heel.

Team Uganda's results

Uganda 87-48 Tanzania

Burundi 72-70 Uganda

Uganda 76-89 Rwanda

Uganda 61-76 Kenya



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  ALBANIA   


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
1. Studenti 9-0
2. SK Tirana 7-2
3. Valbona 6-3
4. U.A.T. 3-6
5. Vllaznia Shk. 2-7
6. Skenderbeu 0-9


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1 De Agosto clinch Compal SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News
1 De Agosto - Porto 96:87

1 De Agosto added another trophy to their collection. They rallied past Porto to claim Compal SuperCup trophy. Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) was the MVP of the tournament as he came up with another sizzling performance. The forward tallied 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead 1 De Agosto to the victory.
Porto led by one 26:25 after a close first term. But 1 De Agosto stunned the Dragons with a 31:12 rally in the second quarter. They recorded a 56:38 lead at the interval. Porto tried to get back into the game. They outscored the Angolan side to cut the deficit to 11 points at the final break. But even 26 points from the Portuguese team did not rescue them from falling at the end. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) scored 22 points and collected 14 rebounds for 1 De Agosto. Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76) added 14 points in the victory. Gregory Stempin (203-F-79, agency: Duran International, college: Toledo) answered with 25 points for the Dragons. Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) finished with 18 points in defeat.

1 De Agosto: Felizardo Ambrosio 31+12 boards, Joaquim Gomes 22+14 boards, Carlos Almeida 14
Porto: Gregory Stempin 25, Nuno Marcal 18



Libolo defeat Benfica in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Libolo - Benfica 109:107 (OT)

Libolo finished Compal SuperCup in the second position. They defeated Benfica in overtime to improve at 2-1 record. Benfica in the meantime suffered the third straight defeat. Reggie Moore (203-F-81, college: ORU) fired 41 points to lead the winners.
Benfica got to a slightly better start as they registered a 25:24 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Portuguese champions cleared off to a 5-point lead at halftime 47:42. Benfica maintained the lead as they arrived at the third break up by 8 points 76:68. However Libolo did not surrender as they erupted for 32 points in the fourth period and levelled things up at 100. The Angolan team opened the extra period with six consecutive points to surge ahead. But Benfica answered with seven straight points of their own to take a 107:106 lead. But Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) exploded with a late triple to bring Libolo to the victory. Cipriano finished with 30 points, while Milton Barros (184-G-84) added 16 points for Libolo. Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) answered with 25 points for Benfica. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) delivered 22 points in defeat.

Libolo: Reggie Moore 41, Olimpio Cipriano 30, Milton Barros 16
Benfica: Heshimu Evans 25, Antonio Tavares 22



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  ARGENTINA   


Quimsa hold off Uniceub/BRB in Corrientes - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa - Uniceub/BRB 73:62

Quimsa finished their Liga Americas campaign on a high note. The Argentineans toppled Uniceub/BRB to improve at 1-2 record in Group F. Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) and Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) scored 17 points each to lead Quimsa to the initial win in Corrientes. Uniceub/BRB fell at 1-2 record and failed to advance into Final Four.
Quimsa opened the game with a stifling defense. They held the Brazilian champions to only 7 points in the starting quarter to record a 4-point lead. Quimsa continued to stay in charge in the second term. They posted a 26:20 lead at halftime. Uniceub/BRB cut the deficit but Quimsa capped the third term with a 10:2 run to take a 43:33 after three quarters of action. Uniceub/BRB pulled as close as three points in the fourth quarter but Quimsa scored several crucial baskets and ran away for the win at the end. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) provided 12 points for Quimsa. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Uniceub/BRB. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points in the loss.

Quimsa: Dionisio Gomez Camargo 17, Julio Mazzaro 17, Diego Lo Grippo 12
Uniceub/BRB: Guilherme Giovannoni 17, Alexandre Garcia 12



Halcones Xalapa thump Regatas, advance into Liga Americas Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa - Regatas Corrientes 98:60

Halcones Xalapa thrashed Regatas Corrientes on the final day of action in Liga Americas Group F. The victory allowed the Mexican team clinch the top position in the standings. Regatas Corrientes finished at 2-1 record and also reached the Final Four stage of the tournament. Mike Smith (201-G/F-76, college: La-Monroe) came up with 22 points to lead Halcones Xalapa in this one.
The teams stayed tied after ten minutes of action 16:16. But then Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) and Mike Smith took the floor as they piloted the visitors to a comfortable 45:28 lead at halftime. Halcones dominated the third period. They registered a 72:45 advantage with one quarter to go. Regatas failed to recover in the remaining minutes and surrendered at the end. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) delivered 20 points and 9 boards for Xalapa. Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) added 14 points in the winning effort. Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 15 points for Regatas. Eduardo Villares (188-G-79) had 13 points in the loss.

Halcones Xalapa: Mike Smith 22, Louis Roe 20, Victor Mariscal 14
Regatas Corrientes: Javier Martinez 15, Eduardo Villares 13



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


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Jackson, La Union19.6 
 2. Bunn, Argentino18.6 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.8 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.1 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras15.9 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.5 
 8. Taylor, Lanus15.5 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol15.0 
 10. Pittman, Obras14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Gutierrez, Obras9.7 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.9.3 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.8.9 
 4. Kante, Olimpico LB8.8 
 5. Williams, Atenas8.5 
 6. Battle, Libertad S.8.2 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.1 
 8. Leiva, Penarol7.8 
 9. Mikulas, La Union7.6 
 10. Martina, Boca Jrs7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.3 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.7 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.1 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.6 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.5 
 7. Sartorelli, Argentino3.5 
 8. Franco, Sionista3.3 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.1 
 10. Laws, Olimpico LB3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.2 
 2. Lamonte, Penarol2.6 
 3. Cequeira, Obras2.6 
 4. Sciutto, Monte H.2.4 
 5. Labaque, Atenas2.4 
 6. Williams, Atenas2.4 
 7. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 8. Martinez, Regat.2.3 
 9. Salles, Monte H.2.3 
 10. Funes, Gimnasia CR2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Meyinsse, Club 91.4 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas1.0 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 9. Wolkowyski, Libertad.0.7 
 10. Levy, Lanus0.7 


Rollin Right Along!!! - by Joshua Pittman
Through God's blessings, I must say we are in a very nice place right now. We have won 6 in a row and have complete control of first place with 14 games left in the regular season. The team is working hard every day in practice trying to improve on every aspect of our game. We are a true example of 'how you play the way you practice.' Peace and Love to all and stay tuned because i feel like we have much more to give!!!! Gone.........

The teams for the FIBA Americas League Final Four are set, the bidding process begins - by Eurobasket
The teams that will play in the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League are set after finishing Group F of the FIBA Americas League in Corrientes, Argentina. Now the bidding process to host the finals begins.

Halcones UV Xalapa (MEX) and Regatas Corrientes (ARG) were the two best teams in Group F that ended on Sunday in Corrientes, Argentina and join Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (MEX) and Capitanes de Arecibo (PUR) who qualified in Group E that was played in Veracruz.

By finishing the semifinal phase and knowing the four teams that qualified, the bidding process to host the Final Four has started.

The four teams that qualified already organized a group in this continental club competition. Halcones UV Xalapa organized Group B and Capitanes Group D, both in the first round and Halcones Rojos Group E and Regatas Group F in the second round. The host city can be determined with the best economic proposal since all of the groups were well organized and complied with all the requirements imposed by FIBA Americas. The bidding starts at $150,000 (USD).

FIBA Americas will announce the host of the Final Four this week after looking at the proposals sent by the teams interested.

There will be a new champion in the FIBA Americas League after Pearol Mar del Plata and Uniceub/BRB were eliminated in the second round. Pearol won the 2007/2008 and 2009/2010 editions and Uniceub won the 2008/2009 tournament.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Blaze sign young big man Ater Majok for rest of season - by Eurobasket News
The Gold Coast Blaze are pleased to announce the signing of promising Australian big man Ater Majok (208-F-87, college: Connecticut) for the rest of the season.

Majok will provide a big body to replace the loss of Mark Worthington, who on Friday underwent surgery to repair a broken scaphoid in his wrist. Worthington had courageously played through the pain of the injury for the past three weeks but what was thought to be a sprain was later diagnosed as a break, necessitating surgery. He will miss the next 6 weeks, or all of the regular season.

Majok is an exciting young player with a unique background. Born in Sudan, he spent much of his youth in an Egyptian refugee camp. He later emigrated to Sydney where he was an excellent junior representative player. Majok started last year for the storied University of Connecticut college basketball program. He turned pro this season and after enjoying success in Turkey, moved to the Perth Wildcats on a short term contract as injury cover. His contract ended Friday and we are now able to confirm his signing.

Majok is a super athletic 610 centre (208cm) with a gigantic 75 (221cm) wingspan. His ability inside means he already leads the league in blocked shots, despite only playing limited minutes in Perth. His energy and enthusiasm means he is sure to become a cult favourite on the Glitter Strip.

Majok has been cleared to play by Perth and a he is expected to play some minutes in todays vital matchup with Adelaide.

Majok will combine with fellow newcomer Luke Kendall to provide much needed depth, as the Blaze look to reach the final four and experience playoff basketball for the second consecutive year.

Courtesy of The Gold Coast Blaze


Abercrombie focused on title - by Eurobasket News
Big things are expected of Kiwi Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) in future, both at home and abroad, but the boy from the North Shore is staying grounded on the matter.

For starters, there is an elusive iiNet NBL Championship to try and win for the New Zealand Breakers.

Despite sitting pretty at the top of the ladder, the club has yet to win an NBL title in its seven seasons.

Should they clinch the title, it could really help the team including Abercrombie, Kirk Penney and Mika Vukona to advance their own futures in the sport in both playing and profiling the game in New Zealand.

Abercrombie started the season well, scoring 72 points in the opening five games, including a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds in his first match against Sydney.

But since then he has developed into a more flexible role by focusing on assisting other players' shooting abilities, through putting up more rebounds and more assists.

It's through this service that he has made the biggest contribution to the team, and while it has meant a decline in the points he's been scoring, it has also enhanced his reputation as an all-round player.

What isn't in doubt, however, are how emphatic his dunking abilities are.

That dunking has led to Abercrombie picking up some respect from his peers through an NBL players' poll in which he was voted best dunker as well as best athlete.

He was also placed second in the 'Would pay money to see' category, behind none other than team-mate Penney.

Abercrombie's talent was recognised further when he played in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey last year, highlighted by his 23-point haul against Lebanon. Rumours then emerged about scouts from Houston being interested in signing the Kiwi although they proved to be untrue.

With a swag of talent and such respect from his peers, many would think Abercrombie has captured his best form.

But the former Michigan State University swingman knows he has a lot to work on before cracking the lucrative leagues abroad.

'I think I have a lot of room for improvement which is a good thing,' Abercrombie said.

'I certainly don't think I've played my best basketball yet.'

'There are a lot more areas that I can contribute to, such as putting up some more shots, getting up more offensively and being more aggressive.'

The aggression is becoming more evident as he scraps for more offensive and defensive rebounds than ever before, with that opportunity to hustle for ball due in large parts to the abilities of his team-mates.

'I think so, with the amount of guys who can score and shoot the ball,' he said.

'I'm just trying to do whatever I can to get wins and the main thing is we are winning games and I feel I am contributing towards that.'

While Abercrombie insists the team haven't been playing their best basketball, he says they are relishing the fact they are now being chased, rather than having to do the chasing.

'It's a good position to be in. It makes it tough, you get every team's best shot every night,' Abercrombie said.

'You come out with a target on your back and they really come after you. In that respect, it's tough but it's good.'

'You want to take every team's best shot and want to beat them.'

And it will take a huge shot to down the Breakers, who play five home and four away games in the remainder of the regular season.

Despite acknowledging he still has plenty of areas to improve on, Abercrombie's development and desire to continue improving could make him a key asset to any club both in New Zealand and offshore.

But first, there's business to finish.

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


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  BAHRAIN   


BBA AllStar Night - by Yousef Ahmed
The Bahrain Basketball Association held the All-Star exhibition last night at the Zain Arena to conclude the first half of the Season. The exhibition was full of fans to witness the game of all imports vs. Bahrain stars and the Dunk Contest.

Rosters:
The all imports team: Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami (FL)) from Manama, Marquin Chandler (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) from Al Ahli, Lamond Murray (201-F-73, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: California) from Muharraq, Donald Little (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) from Sitra, Waki Williams (206-F-82, college: Memphis) from Nuwaidrat, Boris Siakam (201-F-85, college: W.Kentucky) from Issa Town, Patrick Simpson (206-F-83, college: SMU) from Al Hala, and Vrcelj Ljubica from Bahrain Club.

The Bahrain Star team: Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, agency: Low Country Sports, college: Broward CC), Mahmud Gholum, Bader MAlabes, Ahmed Abdulaziz and **Mohamed Hassan from Cup Champions Manama, Mohamed Qurban, **Hussain Sharker, Maytham Jameel and **Sayed Hashim from Al Ahli, Mohamed Quwayed from Sitra, Issa Ibrahim and Mohamed Abdulmajeed

The Game was a dunk showdown by the imports and a three points exhibition by the Bahraini Stars, But the MVP of the game was Donald Little scoring 40 points in the game he dazzled the fans with a display of power dunks and for the Bahrainis Manama duo Ahmed Almutawa and Ahmed Abdulaziz ran the show for the locals with 15 points a piece.

But the show of the night was the dunk contest with 8 players participating in the showdown.
Lamond Murray, Darius Rice, Donald Little, Boris Siakam, Waki Williams, Vrcelj Ljubica, Mohamed Quwayed and Ahmed Almutawa.


The contest first round was that all players had to complete 3 dunks in 4 attempts for a complete score. Most players showed an amazing array of dunks but failed to complete all three dunks. The final showdown was between Donald Little and Ahmed Al Mutawa.
Ahmed Al Mutawa won the Dunk contest and received the prize given by the secretary General of the Olympic committee.


Also the Olympic committee gave each player a Bonus of BD 50 for participating and held a raffle for the fans giving out various prizes like LCD TVs and Blackberry phones.





**did not participate due to injury





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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.6 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.6 
 9. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.6 
 10. Alijevas, Nevezis4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gintaras LEONAVICIUS
  Techasas
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Leonavicius, Techa.2.7 
 2. Dorbek, Rakvere2.2 
 3. Hughes, VEF Riga2.2 
 4. Dainys, Rudupis2.0 
 5. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 6. Anderson, Ventspils1.9 
 7. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 8. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
 10. Sirvydis, Sakalai1.8 
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. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 
 9. Osby, TT.1.1 
 10. Beard, Liepaja1.0 


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D2 Round 20: Sint-Jans Antwerpen edges Belgacom Liege II by three points - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round.

Fourteenth-ranked Belgacom Liege II (4-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked Sint-Jans Antwerpen (12-5) on Saturday. The visitors from Antwerp managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. Sint-Jans Antwerpen maintains second position with 12-5 record having just three points less than leader Kangar.-Boom, which they share with Pitzemburg. Belgacom Liege II lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Sint-Jans Antwerpen is looking forward to face BC Carnieres (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Belgacom Liege II will play against BBC De Westhoek in Zwevezele and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Leader BBC Kangaroes-Boom delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 12th ranked BC Carnieres (4-12) 68-60. BBC Kangaroes-Boom (15-2) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position. BC Carnieres lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 12 games lost. BBC Kangaroes-Boom will play against Dexia Mons Hainaut II (#12) in Quaregnon in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BC Carnieres will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sint-Jans Antwerpen and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Oostkamp was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Essor Charleroi (9-8) played at the court of eighth ranked KBBC Oostkamp (8-9). KBBC Oostkamp managed to secure a 8-point victory 83-75 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Essor Charleroi. Newly promoted KBBC Oostkamp maintains eighth position with 8-9 record. Essor Charleroi at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. KBBC Oostkamp will meet higher ranked Jako Pitzemburg (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Essor Charleroi will play against Waregem (#5) in Waregem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth-ranked Gembo BBC (6-11) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Royal Aera Excelsior (11-6) in Borgerhout. The visitors from Brussels managed to secure only three-point victory 59-56. However their fans expected much easier game. Royal Aera Excelsior have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 11-6 record. Gembo BBC lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. Royal Aera Excelsior's next round opponent will be Zolder (#11) in Zolder and are hoping to win another game. Gembo BBC will play on the road against CEP Fleurus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Waregem, where higher ranked Waregem (10-7) lost at home to eleventh ranked CEP Fleurus (6-10) 63-81 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Waregem. CEP Fleurus moved-up to ninth place. Loser Waregem dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. CEP Fleurus will face Gembo BBC (#10) in Borgerhout in the next round. Waregem will play on the road against Essor Charleroi (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 20 Pitzemburg defeated Zolder in Mechelen 90-86. M.Hainaut II beat De Westhoek at home 71-63.


Waregem - Fleurus 63-81

We should mention about the upset which took place in Waregem, where higher ranked Waregem (10-7) lost at home to eleventh ranked CEP Fleurus (6-10) 63-81 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Waregem. CEP Fleurus moved-up to ninth place. Loser Waregem dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. CEP Fleurus will face Gembo BBC (#10) in Borgerhout in the next round. Waregem will play on the road against Essor Charleroi (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 101720


Oostkamp - Essor Charleroi 83-75

The game in Oostkamp was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Essor Charleroi (9-8) played at the court of eighth ranked KBBC Oostkamp (8-9). KBBC Oostkamp managed to secure a 8-point victory 83-75 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Essor Charleroi. Newly promoted KBBC Oostkamp maintains eighth position with 8-9 record. Essor Charleroi at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. KBBC Oostkamp will meet higher ranked Jako Pitzemburg (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Essor Charleroi will play against Waregem (#5) in Waregem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 101721


Gembo - Excelsior 56-59

Ninth-ranked Gembo BBC (6-11) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Royal Aera Excelsior (11-6) in Borgerhout. The visitors from Brussels managed to secure only three-point victory 59-56. However their fans expected much easier game. Royal Aera Excelsior have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 11-6 record. Gembo BBC lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. Royal Aera Excelsior's next round opponent will be Zolder (#11) in Zolder and are hoping to win another game. Gembo BBC will play on the road against CEP Fleurus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 101722


Zolder - Pitzemburg 86-90

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Zolder (6-12) was defeated at home by third ranked Jako Pitzemburg (12-5) 90-86 on Saturday. Jako Pitzemburg have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Sint-Jan Ant. Loser Zolder dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Jako Pitzemburg will face KBBC Oostkamp (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Zolder will play against Royal Aera Excelsior in Brussels.
gschID: 101717


Liege II - Sint-Jan Ant. 65-68

Fourteenth-ranked Belgacom Liege II (4-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked Sint-Jans Antwerpen (12-5) on Saturday. The visitors from Antwerp managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. Sint-Jans Antwerpen maintains second position with 12-5 record having just three points less than leader Kangar.-Boom, which they share with Pitzemburg. Belgacom Liege II lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Sint-Jans Antwerpen is looking forward to face BC Carnieres (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Belgacom Liege II will play against BBC De Westhoek in Zwevezele and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
gschID: 101718


Carnieres - Kangar.-Boom 60-68

Leader BBC Kangaroes-Boom delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 12th ranked BC Carnieres (4-12) 68-60. BBC Kangaroes-Boom (15-2) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position. BC Carnieres lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 12 games lost. BBC Kangaroes-Boom will play against Dexia Mons Hainaut II (#12) in Quaregnon in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BC Carnieres will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sint-Jans Antwerpen and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 101719


M.Hainaut II - De Westhoek 71-63

There was a surprise result in Quaregnon where thirteenth ranked Dexia Mons Hainaut II (5-11) defeated higher ranked BBC De Westhoek (10-7) 71-63 on Friday. Dexia Mons Hainaut II moved-up to twelfth place. Loser BBC De Westhoek keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Dexia Mons Hainaut II will face league's leader BBC Kangaroes-Boom on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BBC De Westhoek will play against Belgacom Liege II (#14).
gschID: 101716




Hatten's 19 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old guard Marcus Hatten (186-G-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for M.Hainaut and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had the game-high 19 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for M.Hainaut in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Aalstar (#2, 13-3) 94-91. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. M.Hainaut maintains the 3rd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. M.Hainaut will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. In the team's last game Hatten had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. St.John's University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hatten is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 4.1apg) and averages solid 2.6spg.

Second best performed player last round was Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side) of league's second-best Generali Okapi Aalstar. He is American-Lithuanian forward in his first season at Aalstar. In the last game Young recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Aalstar was edged by slightly lower-ranked M.Hainaut (#3, 11-5) 94-91. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Aalstar still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 3rd loss this season, while they won 13 other games. Young is a newcomer at Aalstar and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Antwerp Giants (#5). Black scored 26 points. He was a key player of Antwerp, leading his team to a 71-61 win against slightly lower-ranked Liege (#6, 5-10). Antwerp needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 8 lost games. Black has a very solid season. In 12 games in Belgium he scored 13.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Faison (196-G-78) of Oostende - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Daniel Emerson (206-F-86) of Gent - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Will Thomas (200-F-86) of Oostende - 16 points and 6 rebounds
7. Joseph Gomis (180-G-78) of Charleroi - 18 points and 2 rebounds
8. Cedric Bozeman (198-G-83) of Liege - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stephane Pelle (205-C/F-80) of Oostende - 14 points and 5 rebounds
10. Ron Lewis (193-G-84) of M.Hainaut - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Kangar.-Boom 15-2 
 2. Sint-Jan Ant. 12-5 
 3. Pitzemburg 12-5 
 4. Excelsior 11-6 
 5. Waregem 10-7 
 6. De Westhoek 10-7 
 7. Essor Charleroi 9-8 
 8. Oostkamp 8-9 
 9. Fleurus 6-10 
 10. Gembo 6-11 
 11. Zolder 6-12 
 12. M.Hainaut II 5-11 
 13. Carnieres 4-12 
 14. Liege II 4-13 


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  BRAZIL   


Quimsa hold off Uniceub/BRB in Corrientes - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa - Uniceub/BRB 73:62

Quimsa finished their Liga Americas campaign on a high note. The Argentineans toppled Uniceub/BRB to improve at 1-2 record in Group F. Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) and Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) scored 17 points each to lead Quimsa to the initial win in Corrientes. Uniceub/BRB fell at 1-2 record and failed to advance into Final Four.
Quimsa opened the game with a stifling defense. They held the Brazilian champions to only 7 points in the starting quarter to record a 4-point lead. Quimsa continued to stay in charge in the second term. They posted a 26:20 lead at halftime. Uniceub/BRB cut the deficit but Quimsa capped the third term with a 10:2 run to take a 43:33 after three quarters of action. Uniceub/BRB pulled as close as three points in the fourth quarter but Quimsa scored several crucial baskets and ran away for the win at the end. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) provided 12 points for Quimsa. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Uniceub/BRB. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points in the loss.

Quimsa: Dionisio Gomez Camargo 17, Julio Mazzaro 17, Diego Lo Grippo 12
Uniceub/BRB: Guilherme Giovannoni 17, Alexandre Garcia 12



Campo Mourao new team - by Paulo Freire
One of the newest basketball teams of Brazil,Campo Mourao, has been working in recent years to develop a strong team in the Parana State area.

Since the main team in the state, Londrina folded at the end of last season, Campo Mourao became the best team in the Parana State.

The team will play the second phase of the Brazil Cup, therefore the head coach Emerson Souza (former Rio Pardo and Sao Jose dos Pinhais/Keltek), is working to improve his roster.

The team has already sign:


Thiago Mathias (206-F-89, college: N.Mexico JC)
Felipe Rosa (196-F-87)
Nilo Jr Rodrigues (198-F/C-83)

WILLIAN ALBERTO PESSOA FERREIRA (Born: April, 15/1986 - Heigh: 2.02cm)
ROBSON NOGUEIRA DA SILVA (Born: Jun, 28/1982)
CLEITON HENRIQUE MACEDO (Born: Oct, 12/1988)
WILLIAN CESAR OLIVEIRA DOS SANTOS (Born: Sept, 03/1989 - Position: Smallforward)
GLEDMAN FERREIRA LIMA (Nickname: Borracha - Born: Dec, 03/1982 - Heigh: 2m02cm - Position: Powerforward)


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


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  BULGARIA   


Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Dunav 2007 12-0 
 2. Beroe 10-3 
 3. Academik PL 9-3 
 4. Vidabasket 7-5 
 5. Rilski 2 7-5 
 6. NSA 7-6 
 7. Balkan 2 7-6 
 8. Cherno More U18 6-8 
 9. Chavdar 3-10 
 10. Sportist Svoge 3-11 
 11. Academik BL 0-14 


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  CHINA   


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 20-1 
 2. DongGuan 18-4 
 3. Guandong 15-7 
 4. Beijing 12-9 
 5. Jiangsu 12-9 
 6. Bayi 12-10 
 7. Zhejiang G.L. 12-10 
 8. Shandong 11-10 
 9. Zhejiang C. 11-11 
 10. Liaoning 10-12 
 11. Shanghai 9-13 
 12. Jilin 9-13 
 13. Foshan 8-13 
 14. Qingdao DS 8-13 
 15. Shanxi Zh. 7-14 
 16. Fujian 5-17 
 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. Douby, Xinjiang28.1 
 4. James, Zhejiang C.27.9 
 5. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.8 
 6. Taggart, Shanxi Zh.27.5 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.27.1 
 8. Emmett, Fujian26.9 
 9. Akognon, DongGuan25.6 
 10. Lamizana, TianJ.25.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Jones, Fujian16.4 
 2. Harris, Shanghai14.9 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Gaines, Qingdao DS14.0 
 5. Ramos, Zhejiang.14.0 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.7 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan12.9 
 8. Moiso, Jiangsu12.6 
 9. Morris, Beijing11.9 
 10. Taggart, Shanxi Zh.11.5 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.8.7 
 2. Marbury, Foshan6.5 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu5.8 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan5.2 
 5. Lu, Fujian5.1 
 6. Allen, Shandong4.9 
 7. Douby, Xinjiang4.8 
 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
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 2. Hudson, Guandong3.4 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.4 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan2.9 
 5. Emmett, Fujian2.7 
 6. James, Zhejiang C.2.6 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan2.5 
 8. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.4 
 9. Zhong, Jilin2.4 
 10. Smith, Liaoning2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.7 
 2. Watkins, Jilin2.1 
 3. Haislip, Guandong2.0 
 4. Jones, Fujian2.0 
 5. Moiso, Jiangsu1.9 
 6. Wang, Bayi1.8 
 7. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 8. Zhang, Shanghai1.7 
 9. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


CBA Round 23: Guandong Tigers lose to Xinjiang in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Dongguan. 3rd placed host Guandong Tigers (15-7) lost to first ranked Xinjiang (20-1) 86-70. The game without a history. Xinjiang Flying Tige 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 Guandong Tigers' 38. Xinjiang Flying Tige forced 19 Guandong Tigers turnovers and outrebounded them 43-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) helped adding 21 points and 4 assists. International swingman ShiPeng Wang (197-83) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Guandong Tigers' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Xinjiang Flying Tige have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-1 record. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the third position with seven games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige are looking forward to face Jiangsu Dragons (#4) in Nanjing in the next round. Guandong Tigers will play on the road against Shandong Bulls in Jinan and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Shanxi Zhongyu (7-14) outlasted Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (12-10) in overtime by eleven points 140-129. The game took place in Hangzhou. But the guests from Taiyuan were better at the end. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Leon Rodgers (199-80, college: N.Illinois) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 53 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. JiangPeng Duan accounted for 31 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 19 rebounds and 4 blocks for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in the defeat. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Shanxi Zhongyu maintains fifteenth place with 7-14 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with Bayi. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#9) in Yingkou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play at home against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Changchun between Jilin Tigers and Bayi Fubang. Fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (9-13) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Bayi Fubang (12-10). Jilin Tigers managed to escape with a 3-point win 100-97 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Jameel Watkins who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Lei Wang produced 30 points for the guests. Bayi Fubang's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Jilin Tigers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Shanghai. Loser Bayi Fubang dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with Zhejiang G.L.. Jilin Tigers will meet at home Shanghai Sharks (#14) in the next round. Bayi Fubang will play against Beijing Ducks (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Shanghai where 10th ranked Liaoning Hunters (10-12) were upseton the court of thirteenth ranked Shanghai Sharks (9-13) 113-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Liaoning Hunters. Wei LiuWei orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jilin. Liaoning Hunters at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Shanghai Sharks' next round opponent will be Jilin Tigers (#11) in Changchun.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Foshan lost to DongGuan on the opponent's court 105-113. Shandong managed to outperform Fujian in a home game 94-81. Beijing recorded a loss to Jiangsu on the road 107-101. Bottom-ranked TianJin R. was defeated by Zhejiang C. on its own court 97-104.


DongGuan - Foshan 113-105

Very expected game when 11th ranked Foshan (8-13) was defeated on the road by second ranked DongGuan Leopards (18-4) 113-105. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Foshan won third quarter 37-28. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when DongGuan Leopards won last quarter 37-30. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Foshan's 36. 29 personal fouls committed by Foshan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The former international center Kai Zhang (211-82) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. DongGuan Leopards' coach Brian Goorjian allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 37 points (!!!) and 5 assists and forward Yong-gang Zhao (200-82) added 28 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Foshan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. DongGuan Leopards maintains second place with 18-4 record having just one points less than leader Xinjiang. Foshan at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. DongGuan Leopards will have a break next round. Foshan will play at home against Zhejiang Cyclones (#10) in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Foshan: M.Stephon 37+4reb+5ast, Z.Yong-gang 28+6reb+1ast, Y.Wenbo 12+3reb+3ast, H.Ben 10+9reb+4ast, Z.Zhun 8+10reb+1ast, O.Olumide 8+4reb+2ast
DongGuan: V.Jackson 27+10reb+7ast, Z.Kai 23+6reb+1ast, A.Josh-Emmanuel 17+3reb, Q.Biao 13+3reb+1ast, P.Duo 12+1reb+1ast, S.TongLin 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 118502


Shandong - Fujian 94-81

Very predictable result in Jinan where ninth ranked Shandong Bulls (11-10) defeated 16th ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (5-17) 94-81. The game was mostly controlled by Shandong Bulls. Fujian SBS XunXin was better in second period 31-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Fujian SBS XunXin 46-34 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Center Ke Wu (209-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. American swingman Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and center GengLin Yang (208-88) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Fujian SBS XunXin. Fujian SBS XunXin's coach gave the chance to play for eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shandong Bulls have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. Fujian SBS XunXin lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. Shandong Bulls' next round opponent will be higher ranked Guandong Tigers (#3) in Dongguan and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fujian SBS XunXin will play at home against Qingdao Double Star (#13).
Top scorers:
Fujian: E.Andre 35+11reb, Z.TaiLong 8+1reb+3ast, Y.GengLin 8+7reb+1ast, G.Lei 6+3reb, Y.Qin 6, X.Yacai 5+1reb+2ast
Shandong: W.Ke 17+10reb+1ast, A.Myron 17+13reb+7ast, L.JingYu 16+6reb+1ast, W.Gang 16, W.Rodney 13+9reb+3ast, S.Jie 12+2reb+3ast
gschID: 118503


Zhejiang G.L. - Shanxi Zh. 129-140 OT

Shanxi Zhongyu (7-14) outlasted Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (12-10) in overtime by eleven points 140-129. The game took place in Hangzhou. But the guests from Taiyuan were better at the end. The game was mostly controlled by Shanxi Zhongyu. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions was better in second period 29-24. But 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 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions used huge pressure winning it 39-22 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 8-19. Shanxi Zhongyu made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 21 long-distance shots on high 56.8 percentage. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Leon Rodgers (199-80, college: N.Illinois) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 53 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Forward JiangPeng Duan (197-90) accounted for 31 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winning side. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 19 rebounds and 4 blocks and American guard Tre Kelley (182-85, college: S.Carolina) added 27 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Shanxi Zhongyu maintains fifteenth place with 7-14 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with Bayi. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#9) in Yingkou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play at home against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang G.L.: R.Peter John 38+19reb, K.Tre 27+5reb+7ast, W.Bo 21+9reb+3ast, Z.Wei 18+5reb, X.YuYang 12+2reb+2ast, W.Fei 8+4reb+2ast
Shanxi Zh.: R.Leon 53+11reb, D.JiangPeng 31+7reb+4ast, P.Shang 14+12reb+2ast, D.Osama 12+8reb+11ast, W.MingLiang 12+4reb, Z.XueWen 12+3reb
gschID: 118504


Shanghai - Liaoning 113-95

An interesting game took place in Shanghai where 10th ranked Liaoning Hunters (10-12) were upseton the court of thirteenth ranked Shanghai Sharks (9-13) 113-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Liaoning Hunters. The game was mostly controlled by Shanghai Sharks. Liaoning Hunters was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanghai Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Liaoning Hunters' 44. They outrebounded Liaoning Hunters 57-36 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. International guard Wei LiuWei (190-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) contributed with 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Tian-ju He (203-90) answered with 31 points and 9 rebounds and guard Ming Yang (193-85) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Liaoning Hunters. 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. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jilin. Liaoning Hunters at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Shanghai Sharks' next round opponent will be Jilin Tigers (#11) in Changchun.
Top scorers:
Liaoning: H.Tian-ju 31+9reb, Y.Ming 12+2reb+4ast, G.Ailun 12+1reb+2ast, M.Anthony 10+7reb, H.Dejun 9+5reb, B.Qiang 7+1ast
Shanghai: L.Wei 28+6reb+7ast, L.John 26+3reb+2ast, H.Mike 25+9reb+2ast, Z.ZhaoXu 10+14reb, L.Ziqui 9+6reb+2ast, P.Fei 9+15reb+1ast
gschID: 118499


Jiangsu - Beijing 107-101

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Beijing Ducks' (12-9) road loss to fourth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (12-9) 101-107. Jiangsu Dragons forced 24 Beijing Ducks turnovers. American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbaas (203-83) added 26 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Beijing Ducks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jiangsu Dragons maintains fourth place with 12-9 record, which they share with Beijing. Jiangsu Dragons' next round opponent will be league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Beijing Ducks will play on the road against Bayi Fubang in Ningbo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beijing: M.Randolph 30+18reb+3ast, A.Zaid 26+8reb+2ast, C.Joe 16+2reb+2ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 10+6reb+7ast, J.Zhe 8+1reb, C.Lei 6+1reb+3ast
Jiangsu: W.Antoine 22+7reb+6ast, M.Jerome 22+8reb+2ast, H.XueFeng 18+9reb+4ast, M.Da 15+1reb, L.Cai 12+1reb, Y.Li 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 118500


Jilin - Bayi 100-97

A very close game took place in Changchun between Jilin Tigers and Bayi Fubang. Fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (9-13) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Bayi Fubang (12-10). Jilin Tigers managed to escape with a 3-point win 100-97 on Sunday evening. Bayi Fubang trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 32-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 97-100 at the end of the game. Jilin Tigers forced 22 Bayi Fubang turnovers. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Cheng Zhong (206-89) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. International forward Lei Wang (203-86) produced 30 points and the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Five Jilin Tigers and four Bayi Fubang players scored in double figures. Bayi Fubang's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Jilin Tigers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Shanghai. Loser Bayi Fubang dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with Zhejiang G.L.. Jilin Tigers will meet at home Shanghai Sharks (#14) in the next round. Bayi Fubang will play against Beijing Ducks (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayi: W.Lei 30+2reb+1ast, W.ZhiZhi 17+7reb+4ast, H.Shuo 14+6reb+2ast, M.Ke 11+8reb+6ast, L.Ke 8+2reb, X.ZhongHao 6+2reb
Jilin: W.Jameel 25+13reb+3ast, Z.Cheng 18+9reb+2ast, P.Tim 18+6reb+3ast, L.Wei 14+2reb+1ast, L.Tao 13+1reb+2ast, L.Wei 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 118501


TianJin R. - Zhejiang C. 97-104

Everything went according to plan in Tianjin where tenth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (11-11) beat bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng (4-17) 104-97. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-17. But TianJin Rongcheng won second period 33-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zhejiang Cyclones shot 22 for 31 from the free-throw line, while TianJin Rongcheng only scored six points from the stripe. Zhejiang Cyclones brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. 29 personal fouls committed by TianJin Rongcheng helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: ZAG Advocates) orchestrated the victory by scoring 38 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 9 assists. International center Jinhui Ding (204-90) contributed with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American guard Vernon Hamilton (183-84, college: Clemson) answered with 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers) added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for TianJin Rongcheng. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zhejiang Cyclones have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain tenth place with 11-11 record. TianJin Rongcheng at the other side stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones' next round opponent will be Foshan (#12) on the road. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#7) in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
TianJin R.: H.Vernon 36+6reb+4ast, L.Herve 18+10reb+2ast, X.Lei 10+7reb, Z.Nan 10+4reb+1ast, Z.Ji 8+3reb, X.GuiJun 7+7reb
Zhejiang C.: W.Marcus 38+8reb+9ast, D.Jinhui 23+8reb+3ast, B.Josh 16+12reb, Z.Dayu 12+7reb, Z.Chunjun 9+4reb, J.Peng 4+1reb
gschID: 118497


Guandong - Xinjiang 70-86

The game between Top Four teams took place in Dongguan. 3rd placed host Guandong Tigers (15-7) lost to first ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (20-1) 86-70. The game without a history. Xinjiang Flying Tige 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 Guandong Tigers' 38. Xinjiang Flying Tige forced 19 Guandong Tigers turnovers and outrebounded them 43-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) helped adding 21 points and 4 assists. International swingman ShiPeng Wang (197-83) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Jianghua Chen (188-89) scored 15 points. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige and four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Xinjiang Flying Tige have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-1 record. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the third position with seven games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige are looking forward to face Jiangsu Dragons (#4) in Nanjing in the next round. Guandong Tigers will play on the road against Shandong Bulls in Jinan and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Guandong: C.Jianghua 15+2reb+3ast, W.ShiPeng 14+5reb+1ast, H.Marcus 13+1reb, D.Feng 10+4reb, S.Wei 6+3reb+1ast, H.Lester 5+7reb+1ast
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 21+2reb+4ast, S.James 19+17reb, Z.QingPeng 17+1reb+2ast, X.GuoChong 11+5reb, M.Bateer 10+12reb+2ast, S.WeiBo 3
gschID: 118498




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COLOMBIAN NATIONAL FEDERATION RELEASES SCHEDULE - by Victor Garcia
The Colombian Basketball Federation releases the National Schedulle of Competitions.

The national activity will begin on April with the National Men U-17 Championship to be played in Riohacha.
The National women U-17 will be played on April in Tunja.
The National men U-23 will be played in Manizales in the month of May
The National women U-23 will be played in May also, but not a place has been named.
The National men Championship will be played in July, Quidbo - Choco will be the host
The National women Champioship will be played in July also, at Cali.
The National men U-15 Championship will be played in Medellin in the month of September
The National women U-15 Championship will be played in Popayan in the month of October.
The National men U-13 Championship will be played in Neiva in the month of November
The National women U-13 Championship will be played in Cucuta in the month of December

The National Coaches clinic for the level II will be in Bogota in the month of June
The FIBA Americas clinic will be in Medellin in the month of May.



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Stipcevic and Cibona part ways - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Croatian media, BC Cibona has decided to part ways with its point guard Rok Stipcevic (188-G-86). Reportedly, Stipcevic had tough time settling in since his move to Cibona at the start of this season. It remains to be seen what the next step is for Cibona who is down to one point guard in Karlo Vragovic (192-G-89).
Rok Stipcevic made his professional debut during 2003-2004 season as member of BC Zadar as he appeared in 8 league matches. In 2005, he moved to Borik Zadar where he averaged 17.2 points and 2.1 assists per game in 14 matches. Following season, Stipcevic returned to Zadar where he has established himself as a valuable member of the team. He made 26 Adriatic league appearances averaging 11.0 points and 2.2 assists. In Croatian league he posted averages of 8.6 points and 2.1 assists. He continued to improve from season to season becoming one of the teams leaders. Last season, Stipcevic played in 25 Adriatic league games registering 13.0 points and 3.9 assists per contest. In Croatian league, he averaged 16.1 points and 4.0 assists per game in 22 matches. As member of BC Zadar, Stipcevic has won one National Cup in 2005 as well as two championship titles in 2005 and 2008.


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Nymburk add Dionte Christmas - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk have agreed on terms of contract with Dionte Christmas (196-G, college: Temple). The guard will join the Czech team during this weeks practices. Dionte Christmas started the season in Turkey. He played for Mersin and averaged 12.6 points, 3.0 boards and 1.4 assists per game. Last season Dionte Christmas spent in Israel. He tallied 19.5 points, 3.2 boards and 2.9 assists for Hapoel Afula.


Jan Vesely voted Young Men's Player of the Year - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Europe announced on Monday that Jan Vesely (211-F-90) of the Czech Republic is the winner of the Young Men's Player of the Year award for 2010.

Vesely edged out three-time winner Ricky Rubio of Spain in both the public and an expert panel vote, in what turned out to be the closest race ever in this category. Players born in 1990 or later were eligible for the award.

The versatility of the all-around 2.10m forward, reminiscent of Toni Kukoc, made him stand out in the impressive Partizan side that reached last year's Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. He averaged 8.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in that competition and posted almost identical numbers with the Belgrade team in the Adriatic League, 8.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Vesely first featured in the senior national team in EuroBasket 2009 Division A. His exceptional talent became immediately apparent, as the 19-year-old at the time Czech finished the tournament with 11 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

'I have been following Jan Vesely's progress in the last years and I have the feeling he'll give us all plenty of reasons to keep a close eye on him for many years to come. He is that rare kind of player that can play in any position, a natural basketball talent' said FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.

FIBA Europe will announce the winner of the Women's Player of the Year Award for 2010 on Wednesday and the Men's Player of the Year on Friday.

Courtesy of FIBA Europe


Novy Jicin Edges USK Praha 69-76 in OT - by Spencer McIntosh
Although there was no surprising result on this night in Prague, it very well could have been and the outcome should not undermine the effort by the home team. On the weekend where USH Praha's Milan Bjegovic celebrated his 30th birthday, Praha fought valiantly in an effort that pushed Novy Jicin to their limits and nearly sent them back east with their sixth loss all season. USK Praha captain Lukas Kotas was sidelined with an illness and they missed his presence immensely, being that he is a spirited defender and able to facilitate the offense. Robert Sarovic led Novy Kicin with 19 points, and Wesley Channels put his stamp on the game with 13 points 6 assists, and 4 steals. Hruban Vojtech lead USK Praha with a stellar performance of his own, finishing with 27 points and 7 rebounds.

The game started close and went back and forth throughout the first half until the final minutes of the 2nd Qtr which saw Praha break away. They finished on a 10-0 run capped off by Martin Klimes' jumper from the key that made it 35-24 with 1;30 remaining in the half. Soon after, Praha Coach Ken Scalabroniu called a trap at mid-court on Wesley Channels, leading to a turnover and a strong overall first half for USK Praha.

'.We were able to force turnovers and give them a different look at times to keep them off balance' Bjegovic said about the end of the half.

Praha was quick to the loose balls, and kept rebounds alive on the offensive end to give them second chances and rode into halftime with a 37-27 lead.

Novy Jicin got serious in the 3rd Qtr and the American guards started asserting themselves. Jicin's Wesley Channels demonstrated he could get anywhere on the court. He was able to score with relative ease, draw attention in the lane, and kick to open shooters on the perimeter. One of his creations was to Robert Sarovic in the corner, drilling a three to bring Jicin within 9 at 41-32. On the next possession, a Praha turnover led to a breakout on the other end which closed the margin again to 7.

After the timeout, Channels ran the pick-and-roll beautifully, and fed teammate Rostislav Pelikan down low which lead to an easy lay-in and a foul to bring Jicin within 43-40 at the 5:15 mark. All of a sudden, the commanding 1st half grip Praha held on Jicin was gone, and the next possession Channels again got to the rim to bring them within 1 point at 43-42. It wasn't until Praha's Lubos Moravec stopped the run with a jumper of his own that pushed the lead back to 47-44. But not to worry for Novy Jicin. Whenever he was needed, Wesley Channels was in the building. Channels probed the paint, then found Vaidotas Peciukas for a wide open 3 that knotted the contest at 47 completing the 3rd Qtr comeback. Jicin skipped back to the bench at the end of the quarter holding a 53-52 advantage. This was a familiar tune for USK Praha, and although they put together great stretches of basketball in the 1st half, they've had trouble in past games maintaining leads.

'We had difficulty taking care of the ball in the third quarter, and were a step slow on rotations and closing out on shooters' Praha's Hruban Vojtech would later remark.

As the 4th Quarter began, it seemed as if Novy Jicin was going to pull away permanently, and their lead ballooned to the highest margin at 64-56 with 3:35 remaining. But Praha still had fight in them and felt this game was theirs. They pulled off 8 straight points, and Martin Klimes sank two FT's to tie the game again at 64-64 with just 1 minute left. On the final play, Praha tightened up their defense and did not let Wesly Channels turn the corner or get to his spots, forcing him to give up the ball early. This lead to an empty possession and a trip into Overtime.

In the extra period, Milan Bjegovic got to the free throw line to break the tie, connecting on a pair to put Praha ahead 66-64. Two more FT's by Hruban Vojtech gave Praha its largest margin since the 1st half at 68-64. All that was needed was 3:00 minutes of sound basketball to secure this upset. Novy Jicin was just too tough, as Pelikan tied the game moments later on a jump hook across the lane with 1:40 remaining. Afterwards, Praha was unable to put together a good possession in the final moments, settling for deep contested jumpers with no looks around the rim. Jicin's Emanuel Ubilla sank a pair of FT's to put them ahead 76-69 and they would never look back, sailing to a final score of 76-69.

With the loss USK Praha falls to 5-14 in the conference and look to shake this one off next week against BC Kolin who sits closely above them in the standings. Novy Kicin improves to 14-5 which is good for 3rd place in the NBL Standings. They will put their talents up against B&W Opava next weekend.

'I guess Jicin didn't have any birthday presents for me this year' was Bjegovic's final words on the last day of his 20's.


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Chomutov 21-3 
 2. J.Hradec 18-6 
 3. Sokol Prazsky 15-8 
 4. Vysehrad 14-10 
 5. Opava B 14-10 
 6. Usti n/Labem 14-10 
 7. Proton Zlin 13-11 
 8. Sokol H.Kralove 12-12 
 9. Trutnov 12-12 
 10. Benesov 10-14 
 11. Litomerice 9-16 
 12. Sparta Praha 7-17 
 13. Prostejov B 5-19 
 14. Liberec 3-19 


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Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 15-2 
 2. Stevnsgade 14-3 
 3. Virum 11-6 
 4. Lemvig 11-6 
 5. Haderslev 11-6 
 6. Solrod 10-8 
 7. Glostrup 8-7 
 8. Skt. Klemens 5-12 
 9. Aarhus BF 5-12 
 10. Herlev 4-13 
 11. ALBA 4-13 
 12. Hobas 3-13 


1st Division Round 17: Virum Vipers are defeated by ALBA - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Virum Vipers (11-6) and twelfth ranked ALBA (4-13) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Virum Vipers were defeated by ALBA in Alleroed 77-64. ALBA moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Herlev. Virum Vipers at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. They share it with Lemvig and Haderslev. ALBA is looking forward to face Herlev (#10) on the road in the next round. Virum Vipers will play against Glostrup (#7) and are hoping to win this game.
1st Division top team - Falcon (15-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Hobas (3-13) 121-74. Falcon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-2 record. Hobas lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Falcon will play against Solrod (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Hobas will play against Lemvig (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Solrod supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Stevnsgade (14-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Solrod (10-8). Stevnsgade smashed Solrod 99-73 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Solrod. Stevnsgade have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-3 record behind leader Falcon. Loser Solrod keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Stevnsgade will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Solrod will play against the league's leader Falcon (#1) and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 17 Skt.Klemens lost to Glostrup on the opponent's court 90-100. Lemvig outscored Aarhus BF in a home game 89-68.



Glostrup - Skt.Klemens 100-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Skt.Klemens' (5-12) road loss to seventh ranked Glostrup (8-7) 90-100 on Saturday. Glostrup have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Glostrup maintains seventh place with 8-7 record. Loser Skt.Klemens keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Aarhus BF. Glostrup will meet higher ranked Virum Vipers (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Skt.Klemens will play against Aarhus BF (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Solrod - Stevnsgade 73-99

The game in Solrod supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Stevnsgade (14-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Solrod (10-8). Stevnsgade smashed Solrod 99-73 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Solrod. Stevnsgade have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-3 record behind leader Falcon. Loser Solrod keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Stevnsgade will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Solrod will play against the league's leader Falcon (#1) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 110403


Lemvig - Aarhus BF 89-68

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Lemvig (11-6) smashed at home 9th ranked Aarhus BF (5-12) 89-68 on Thursday. Lemvig moved-up to third place, which they share with Virum and Haderslev. Aarhus BF lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Skt.Klemens. Lemvig will meet bottom-ranked Hobas (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aarhus BF will play against Skt.Klemens (#8) in Odense and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Falcon - Hobas 121-74

1st Division top team - Falcon (15-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Hobas (3-13) 121-74. Falcon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-2 record. Hobas lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Falcon will play against Solrod (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Hobas will play against Lemvig (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 110400


ALBA - Virum 77-64

The game between third ranked Virum Vipers (11-6) and twelfth ranked ALBA (4-13) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Virum Vipers were defeated by ALBA in Alleroed 77-64. ALBA moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Herlev. Virum Vipers at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. They share it with Lemvig and Haderslev. ALBA is looking forward to face Herlev (#10) on the road in the next round. Virum Vipers will play against Glostrup (#7) and are hoping to win this game.
gschID: 110401




West Captures CDL All-Star Game - by Armen Rhodes
In a highly entertaining game in front of a packed house at the Haderslev Sports Center, the West captured the 2011 CDL All-Star game yesterday. The squad was paced by Lee Roberts, who also managed to capture the Dunk Contest championship in the pre-game festivities. Meanwhile, Bakken Bears' sharpshooting guard Andreas Jakobsen captured the 3-point contest. CDL regular season competition will resume this week, with four games scheduled for Wednesday, including the big match between Aabyhoj and Bakken, which could be a preview of the quarterfinal match-up for both teams.

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D-League Round: 76 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Maine RC - Springfield A. 97-96
Mario West (6'5''-G-84, college: Georgia Tech) slammed in a rebound with 15.1 seconds to play, knocked out a handspring in celebration and the Maine Red Claws hung on to best rival Springfield 97-96 Sunday afternoon. The Claws, now 14-21, head into the All-Star break off one of the team's most dramatic wins of the season. 'We made a couple of big plays down the stretch when we needed to,' said Maine coach Austin Ainge. 'To end on a win going into this break saves me some gray hairs and ulcers.' West's acrobatic feat came with 1.4 seconds on the clock in front of the Springfield bench and drew a technical foul. James Curry hit the free throw, but Maine got the ball on the next possession and time expired. 'Mario apologized to me. It's disrespectful,' said Springfield coach Dee Brown, an NBA veteran. 'This ain't rec league. . .' Just seconds earlier the winning basket developed off a drive to the basket by Tiny Gallon that bounced off the rim. West came up for the put-back and slammed it in with two hands to make it 97-95. Maine had been in the lead for much of the game until Springfield went on a 10-2 run to open the fourth quarter and pull ahead. Gallon went on a six-point spree in the last three minutes to keep pace, scoring twice inside, drawing fouls, and turning both into three point plays. Maine regained the lead with just 1:16 to play, 95-94. Former Red Claw Tony Bobbitt missed a jumper on the Armor's next possession, Maine took the ball over but hit one off the rim. Springfield drove back and Jerry Smith (6'2''-G-84, college: Samford) drew a foul. He hit just one of the two free throws, making it a tie game leading into the winning score. The win wrapped up a three-game series against the Armor, with Maine going 2-1. Maine had 23 turnovers and hit just 26-of-43 free throws. 'It was sloppy. I think we all know how each other plays,' said Ainge. 'We had way too many turnovers out there. But we made enough to win and come through when it mattered.' The game was back and forth out of the gate before West went on a 6-0 run to make it 20-16 Maine with 2:56 to go in the first quarter. He dunked the first, hit 2-of-2 at the free throw line, then stole the ball at half court to drive for a one-armed dunk. Maine held the lead to end the quarter 28-22. A couple of back and forth runs cut Maine's lead to as few as one point before ending the half up by 10. Smith finished with 20 points, Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85, college: Memphis) with 14, DeShawn Sims with 13, West with 12. Maine now has a week off for the All-Star break, and returns home for a 1 p.m. Feb. 24 game against Rio Grande. *Courtesy of www.kjonline.com

Erie Bay H. - New Mexico 120-115
Despite a big third quarter, in which the New Mexico Thunderbirds (14-21) outscored the Erie Bayhawks (23-9) 36-21, the T-Birds dropped their sixth consecutive game, 120-115. Led by Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.), who scored the first five points of the game, the Bayhawks jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead. The Thunderbirds would cut the lead to one point with 8:25 to go in the quarter, but then Erie went on 13-2 run to take a 24-12 lead. They would hold a 14 point advantage after one quarter. In the second quarter, the Thunderbirds cut the lead to eight on a Nik Raivio 3-pointer. The Bayhawks would respond with a 16-8 run to take their largest lead of the game, 60-44. Ivan Johnson had another big half for the Bayhawks leading all scorers with 19 points and Erie led 65-50 at the break. The Bayhawks still led by 12 points with 8:20 to go in the third quarter, but then the Thunderbirds went on a 24-7 run to take their first lead of the game, 86-81. The Bayhawks closed the quarter by scoring five straight points and the teams were tied at 86 heading into the fourth. The two teams traded baskets to start the fourth quarter, but after a Raivio 3-pointer gave the T-Birds a one point lead, the Bayhawks went on an 8-0 run to take a 99-92 lead. With 2:40 to go in the game, Abdulai Jalloh hit three straight free throws that cut the lead to just one point. With the T-Birds still trailing by one point Tasmin Mitchell hit a jumper with 1:01 to go in the game to push the lead back to three points. Marcus Hubbard answered with a layup that once again put the T-Birds within one point. Ahearn would then hit four straight free throws in the final seconds for the Bayhawks that would clinch the victory. Ahearn finished with a game high 39 points that included a perfect 18-for-18 from the free throw line. Shane Edwards (6'7''-F-87, college: UALR) led the T-Birds in scoring with 20 points, all of which came in the second half. The Thunderbirds will be off until Feb. 24 when they visit the Austin Toros at 6:30 p.m. The T-Birds will return home for March Giveaway Madness beginning on March 2 for Defined Fitness Night with a T-Bird Magnet giveaway. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Armor trade with rival Red Claws - by Eurobasket News
The Springfield Armor announced today that they have acquired forward Eugene Spates (6'8''-F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) from the Maine Red Claws in exchange for Vernon Goodridge (6'9''-F-84, college: La Salle).

Spates was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NBA D-League Draft after playing for BC Mess in Luxembourg.

With Maine, Spates was the only player on the roster to appear in all 35 games, starting five. Spates has averaged 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game and has scored in double figures nine times during the 2010-11 season. Spates exploded for a season-high 21 points in a Dec. 30th victory over Erie.

Spates, a native of Dallas, TX, began his collegiate career at Dallas Collin County CC and transferred to Northeastern to complete his final three years of eligibility (2006-09). While at Northeastern, Spates averaged 7.5 points per game in 95 games played.

'We are excited to add Eugene to our roster,' Armor head coach Dee Brown said. ' (Spates) is a great locker room guy and gives us flexibility at the 4 and 5 positions because of his ability to score and shoot the basketball.'

Goodridge, whom the Armor traded to the Red Claws, played in 33 games for the Armor this season, starting 28.

Goodridge averaged 9.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 23.2 minutes per game.

'We appreciate the contributions Vernon brought to the team during the first half of the season,' Brown said. 'Going into the second half of the season, we needed to make a roster change to evaluate and develop more talent at the post position. We wish (Vernon) luck.'

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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. Tucker, New Mexico17.9 
 10. Edwards, New M.17.7 
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. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.2.0 
 10. Linhart, Erie B.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. Adrien, Rio Grande1.7 
 10. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 


Ahearn, Ivan Johnson named D-League Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.) and Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) of the Erie Bayhawks were today named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played during the week of Feb. 7.

Ahearn and Johnson led the Bayhawks to a 3-0 record on the week. Ahearn, a 6-2, 190-pound guard out of Missouri State who has played with the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, averaged 25.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists. Johnson, a 6-8, 230-pound forward out of Cal State San Bernardino who has worked out with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks, averaged 28.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

In a three-game sweep of New Mexico this week, Ahearn scored 18, 19 and 39 points, shooting 18-of-18 from the free-throw line in Eries 120-115 win on Sunday. Johnson, meanwhile, scored 37 points in Eries 125-100 win over the Thunderbirds on Thursday, and followed with a 29-point, 12-rebound performance in the Bayhawks 123-105 win on Saturday.

Courtesy of www.basketball.realgm.com


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Panellinios release Samo Udrih, add Vlado Scepanovic - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios made some roster changes. The Greek team decided to part ways with Samo Udrih (195-G-79). The 31-year-old guard joined Panellinios back in November. He tallied 8.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per EuroCup game. In A1 his stats read 9.9 points, 1.9 boards and 1.5 assists per appearance. In the meantime Panellinios inked a deal with Vlado Scepanovic (198-G-75). The 35-year-old Montenegrin guard played in CB Murcia last season. He averaged 7.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in ACB. Vlado Scepanovic played for Montenegrin National Team in 2009 European Championship in Division B. He tallied 12.8 points, 3.6 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals at the tournament.


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  FINLAND   


1st Division Round 18: Lapuan Korikobrat is upset by Loimaan Korikonkarit - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in 1st Division is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

The most important game in the last round took place in Loimaa between third ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (11-7) and fourth ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (11-6) on Sunday night. Lapuan Korikobrat was crushed by Loimaan Korikonkarit on the road 107-81. The game without a history. Loimaan Korikonkarit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Lapuan Korikobrat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Maurice Horton (183-84, college: Mount Olive) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Greg Gibson felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agency: ACMT) who recorded 25 points and 8 rebounds. Loimaan Korikonkarit have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Lapuan Korikobrat at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit are looking forward to face league's leader Forssan Koripojat on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Jyvaskyla. First ranked Forssan Koripojat faced second-best BC Jyvaskyla. Guests from Forssa (15-3) defeated host BC Jyvaskyla (13-5) 88-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Jyvaskyla. It was a good game for Canadian center Jeremy McCulloch (212-82, college: E.Washington) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds. Heiko Rannula contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola (IL)) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for BC Jyvaskyla. BC Jyvaskyla's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Forssan Koripojat have an impressive five-game winning streak. Forssan Koripojat maintains first position with 15-3 record. BC Jyvaskyla at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Forssan Koripojat will play against Loimaan Korikonkarit (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BC Jyvaskyla will play against Tapiolan Honka and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (0-18) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 83-68 loss to seventh ranked Aanekosken Huima (10-8) in Lahti on Sunday evening. Jamal Douglas had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Aanekosken Huima's coach Petter Karvonen used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Valtteri Makalainen with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Aanekosken Huima have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BC Nokia and Honka. Loser Lahden NMKY still closes the standingsAanekosken Huima will meet at home Ura Basket (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Lahden NMKY will play against BC Nokia and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Jyvaskyla was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked BC Nokia (10-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (7-10). BC Nokia managed to secure a 4-point victory 76-72. Timo Riihela notched 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. BC Nokia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Huima and Honka. Newly promoted Saynatsalon Riento keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. BC Nokia's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (#12) in Lahti and are hoping to win another game. Saynatsalon Riento will play on the road against Kerava Energia Team (#11).
We should mention about the upset which took place in Kaarina, where higher ranked Tapiolan Honka (10-8) was outleveled in a road game by eleventh ranked Ura Basket (7-11) 99-79 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Carlton Brown who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Ura Basket moved-up to ninth place, which they share with TomPo II. Loser Tapiolan Honka keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Ura Basket will face higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (#5) in Aanekoski in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tapiolan Honka will play at home against the league's second-placed BC Jyvaskyla where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last game of round 18 Kerava ET was defeated by TomPo II in Helsinki 85-71.



Jyvaskyla - FoKoPo 81-88

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Jyvaskyla. First ranked Forssan Koripojat faced second-best BC Jyvaskyla. Guests from Forssa (15-3) defeated host BC Jyvaskyla (13-5) 88-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Jyvaskyla. BC Jyvaskyla was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 33-18 charge of Forssan Koripojat, which allowed them to win the game. BC Jyvaskyla was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Canadian center Jeremy McCulloch (212-82, college: E.Washington) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds. Estonian guard Heiko Rannula (186-83) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola (IL)) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and forward Jarno Nissinen (194-77) added 15 points in the effort for BC Jyvaskyla. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Jyvaskyla's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Forssan Koripojat have an impressive five-game winning streak. Forssan Koripojat maintains first position with 15-3 record. BC Jyvaskyla at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Forssan Koripojat will play against Loimaan Korikonkarit (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BC Jyvaskyla will play against Tapiolan Honka and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: J.McCulloch 25+15reb, H.Rannula 18+8reb+1ast, O.Kaunomaki 15+3reb+1ast, K.Brace 15+8reb+1ast, S.Ikavalko 7+2reb+1ast, M.Suokas 4+2reb
Jyvaskyla: T.Robinson 23+11reb, J.Nissinen 15+3reb+1ast, R.Ojanen 12+2reb, A.Siimes 10+5reb+1ast, T.Naukkarinen 7+2reb, T.Kuukkanen 6+3reb
gschID: 106837


LoKoKo - Lapua 107-81

The most important game in the last round took place in Loimaa between third ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (11-7) and fourth ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (11-6) on Sunday night. Lapuan Korikobrat was crushed by Loimaan Korikonkarit on the road 107-81. The game without a history. Loimaan Korikonkarit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Lapuan Korikobrat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Maurice Horton (183-84, college: Mount Olive) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Five Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Greg Gibson felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agency: ACMT) who recorded 25 points and 8 rebounds and guard Benny Valentine (170-87, college: E.Washington) added 25 points respectively. Loimaan Korikonkarit have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Lapuan Korikobrat at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit are looking forward to face league's leader Forssan Koripojat on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
LoKoKo: M.Horton 27+11reb+3ast, J.Stamper 18+11reb+2ast, J.Kivinen 16+2reb+2ast, C.Toney 15+6reb+3ast, E.Aaltonen 13+1reb+2ast, J.Kinnunen 7+1reb+2ast
Lapua: D.Nelson 25+8reb, B.Valentine 25+3reb+2ast, K.Siven 14+11reb, T.Still 6+10reb+1ast, V.Turja 6+5reb+2ast, A.Keski-Koukkari 3+1reb
gschID: 106838


Ura Basket - Honka 99-79

We should mention about the upset which took place in Kaarina, where higher ranked Tapiolan Honka (10-8) was outleveled in a road game by eleventh ranked Ura Basket (7-11) 99-79 on Sunday. The game without a history. Ura Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Tapiolan Honka's 42. They outrebounded Tapiolan Honka 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Carlton Brown (198-79, college: Texas A&M) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Guard Niilo Lehtila (195-83) chipped in 26 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Samuli Vanttaja (210-91) who recorded 24 points and 9 rebounds and guard Sauli Silvonen (186-83) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ura Basket moved-up to ninth place, which they share with TomPo II. Loser Tapiolan Honka keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Ura Basket will face higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (#5) in Aanekoski in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tapiolan Honka will play at home against the league's second-placed BC Jyvaskyla where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: C.Brown 27+10reb, N.Lehtila 26+4reb+2ast, M.Ahokas 17+6reb+1ast, Z.Ramey 15+3reb+5ast, J.Mattila 8+4reb+1ast, P.Lammi 2+3reb+2ast
Honka: S.Vanttaja 24+9reb, S.Silvonen 18+4reb+4ast, D.Dolenc 10+3reb, J.Helenius 10+4reb, K.Naapi 8+1reb+1ast, O.Holst 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 106839


Namika II - Huima 68-83

Bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (0-18) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 83-68 loss to seventh ranked Aanekosken Huima (10-8) in Lahti on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 43-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Aanekosken Huima dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Lahden NMKY's 32. Bahamas forward Jamal Douglas (201-85, college: E.Kentucky) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Treylon Manning (178, college: Texas Coll.) chipped in 20 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Aanekosken Huima players scored in double figures. Aanekosken Huima's coach Petter Karvonen used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was guard Valtteri Makalainen (192-92) with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and swingman Jimi Koskinen (194-88) scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. Aanekosken Huima have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BC Nokia and Honka. Loser Lahden NMKY still closes the standingsAanekosken Huima will meet at home Ura Basket (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Lahden NMKY will play against BC Nokia and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Huima: T.Manning 20+2reb+6ast, L.Roberson 20+3reb+1ast, J.Douglas 18+11reb+3ast, S.Mantymaa 10+5reb, J.Kaihlamaki 7+7reb, L.Paanala 6+5reb+2ast
Namika II: V.Makalainen 21+5reb+2ast, A.Alanen 14+2reb+4ast, O.Aalto 10+3reb+2ast, V.Kuusela 9+3reb+3ast, J.Koskinen 8+10reb+2ast, S.Booker 3+2reb
gschID: 106840


SayRi - BC Nokia 72-76

The game in Jyvaskyla was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked BC Nokia (10-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (7-10). BC Nokia managed to secure a 4-point victory 76-72. Saynatsalon Riento was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 18-9 third quarter run of BC Nokia. Guard Timo Riihela (193-80) notched 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) supported him with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by American forward De Marcus Hall (201-85, college: CSU Bakersfield) did not help to save the game for Saynatsalon Riento. Forward Tatu Viitamaki (197-86) added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Saynatsalon Riento players scored in double figures. BC Nokia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Huima and Honka. Newly promoted Saynatsalon Riento keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. BC Nokia's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (#12) in Lahti and are hoping to win another game. Saynatsalon Riento will play on the road against Kerava Energia Team (#11).
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: T.Riihela 23+7reb, B.Bojang 15+11reb, O.Heinonen 11+3reb, H.Jokinen 9+2reb+2ast, V.Tuominen 7+3reb+1ast, S.Kajander 5
SayRi: D.Marcus Hall 16+9reb, E.Nieminen 12+5reb+1ast, T.Viitamaki 12+10reb+2ast, J.Hiekkavirta 11+3reb+1ast, V.Pylkkanen 9+3reb+1ast, J.Lehto 6+1reb
gschID: 106841


TomPo II - Kerava ET 85-71

Everything could happen in Helsinki at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Torpan Pojat and 9th ranked Kerava Energia Team had identical 6-11 record. This time Torpan Pojat used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Kerava 85-71 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Torpan Pojat. Kerava Energia Team was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Torpan Pojat forced 20 Kerava Energia Team turnovers. Kerava Energia Team was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Mikael Sandberg (209-91) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds. Five Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Justice Graham (195-79, college: Glenville St.) who recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds and guard Stefan Beatovic (182-90) added 16 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Torpan Pojat (7-11) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ura Basket. Kerava Energia Team lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Torpan Pojat will face higher ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kerava Energia Team will play against Saynatsalon Riento (#8) in Jyvaskyla.
Top scorers:
TomPo II: P.Rainamaa 24+6reb, M.Sandberg 19+11reb, K.Rinaldo 13, V.Linturi 13+3reb, O.Lindqvist 10+9reb+3ast, V.Nummelin 2+3reb
Kerava ET: J.Graham 23+7reb+3ast, S.Beatovic 16+4reb, J.Aho 9+5reb+1ast, H.Alatyppo 7+1reb, M.Tuunanen 6+3reb, P.Drockila 4+3reb
gschID: 106842




KORISLIIGA: KTP Basket won after 2 OT - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 34: One contest tonight. Actually it was a thriller. YMCA Lappeenranta visiting Kotka with seven players, but KTP didn't get anything free. Two OTs were needed before KTP players were able to take a deep sigh. The victory stayed at Kotka and the hero was a 19-year-old Robert Juvonen (185-G-91), who is playing his first season and minutes on top level. Juvonen made a 2-pointer at the buzzer and KTP had won 110-109 (104) (92) (46-46). The hero could have been also Viljami Vanjoki (194-G/F-86), a real fighter, who kept YMCA LPR in the game with his treys and FTs. First Vanjoki made a 3-pointer (39:58) and OT # 1 was needed. Then Vanjoki made another 3-pointer (44:52) and OT # 2 was clear as Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) missed his shot after the time out. There were 21 seconds left (49:39), when Vanjoki made his two FTs and visitor YMCA LPR was leading 108-109. Vanjoki and all his team mates had played for a while already with four fouls and then Robert Juvonen, replacing Jeb Ivey, who fouled out of the game, hitting his 2-pointer at the time 49:59 and KTP had won 110-109 after 17 ties and 17 lead changes! It was victory # 1000 for KTP ever. The sport club is playing season # 54 on top level, this contest was # 1748, which means KTP has won 57,2 % of the games between the years 1957-2011.
KTP - YMCA Lappeenranta 110-109 (104) (92) (46-46). Quarters: 22-22, 24-24, 24-24, 22-22, 12-12, 6-5. (Jeb Ivey 30, Clifton Jones 17/13, Sefton Barrett 15/10 - James Lewis 30, Malik Moore 27, Viljami Vanjoki 18).




KTP-Basket beats LrNMKY in double-overtime - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Eleventh-ranked LrNMKY (8-26) made lots of trouble for second ranked KTP-Basket (24-9) in Kotka on Monday. KTP-Basket managed to secure only one-point victory 110-109. However their fans expected much easier game. LrNMKY was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in double-overtime 17-18. KTP-Basket forced 23 LrNMKY turnovers and had a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by LrNMKY helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) fired 30 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Naturalized American forward Clifton Jones (201-78, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 17 points and 13 rebounds. KTP-Basket's coach Ray Ailus used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) produced 27 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for lost side. KTP-Basket maintains second position with 24-9 record having six points less than leader Pyrinto. LrNMKY at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 26 games lost. KTP-Basket are looking forward to face UU-Korihait (#4) in Uusikaupunki in the next round. LrNMKY will play at home against Espoo Honka (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Kouvola. Fifth ranked Espoo Honka (20-12) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Kouvot (18-16) 94-91 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kouvot. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. John Williamson contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) replied with 25 points for Kouvot. Espoo Honka have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 20-12 record. Kouvot at the other side keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. Espoo Honka will play against LrNMKY (#11) in Lappeenranta in the next round where they are favorite. Kouvot will play at home against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Tampereen Pyrinto delivered the twentieth eighth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Torpan Pojat (16-18) 104-89. Kenneth Lowe scored 26 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side LaVell Blanchard responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first position with 28-7 record. Loser Torpan Pojat keeps the seventh place with 18 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet Kouvot (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Torpan Pojat will play against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Uusikaupunki. It ended with only two-point home defeat of higher ranked UU-Korihait (21-13) to tenth ranked Salon Vilpas (12-22) 75-73 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. Nick Okorie notched 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Salon Vilpas maintains tenth position with 12-22 record. UU-Korihait at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Salon Vilpas' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (#12) on the road. UU-Korihait will play against the league's second-placed KTP-Basket (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kauhajoki. Local Kauhajoen Karhu (15-18) outscored 9th ranked Namika Lahti (13-20) 107-80 on Saturday night. Jeremiah Wood fired a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains eighth position with 15-18 record. Namika Lahti lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 20 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will face higher ranked Torpan Pojat (#7) in Helsinki in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Namika Lahti will play at home against Joensuun Kataja.

In the last game of round 34 bottom-ranked Tarmo was defeated by Kataja in Joensuu 104-90.



Karhu - Namika Lahti 107-80

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kauhajoki. Local Kauhajoen Karhu (15-18) outscored 9th ranked Namika Lahti (13-20) 107-80 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 107-80. Kauhajoen Karhu shot 63.6 percent from the field. They also forced 19 Namika Lahti turnovers. American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import guard Walt Baxley (191-84, college: Mars Hill) chipped in 27 points. Guard Roope Suonio (176-82) produced 23 points and American forward Anthony Vereen (201-86, college: Texas Arlington) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains eighth position with 15-18 record. Namika Lahti lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 20 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will face higher ranked Torpan Pojat (#7) in Helsinki in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Namika Lahti will play at home against Joensuun Kataja.
Top scorers:
Karhu: J.Wood 28+11reb+6ast, W.Baxley 27+2reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 21+7reb+1ast, S.Johnson 10+5reb+8ast, A.Huuskonen 6+1reb, E.Skamo 6+2reb+3ast
Namika Lahti: R.Suonio 23+4reb+2ast, A.Vereen 16+4reb+1ast, R.Ayers 13+4reb+3ast, T.Hendley 10+6reb, P.Pekkola 8+3reb, V.Makalainen 6+2reb
gschID: 106589


Kataja - Tarmo 104-90

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (4-30) was defeated on the road by third ranked Joensuun Kataja (23-11) 104-90 on Saturday. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Joensuun Kataja outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 35-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners (made all of his seven free throws). International guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists. American guard Aubrey Conerly (182-83, college: Jacksonville) produced 26 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Joensuun Kataja and four Porvoon Tarmo players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja have a solid three-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains third position with 23-11 record having six points less than leader Pyrinto. Porvoon Tarmo lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo stay dead last with 30 lost games. Joensuun Kataja will face Namika Lahti (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Porvoon Tarmo will play against Salon Vilpas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kataja: D.Fells 21+5reb, J.Newson 19+5reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 19+10reb+3ast, P.Virtanen 17+1reb+10ast, J.Conley 15+2reb+2ast, J.Nenonen 9+8reb
Tarmo: A.Conerly 26+3reb+5ast, J.Heard 20+6reb+2ast, J.Young 14+7reb+2ast, E.Maki-Tulokas 11+2reb+2ast, L.Trice Little 5, J.Petteri Mantyla 5+1ast
gschID: 106590


KTP - LrNMKY 110-109 2OT

Eleventh-ranked LrNMKY (8-26) made lots of trouble for second ranked KTP-Basket (24-9) in Kotka on Monday. KTP-Basket managed to secure only one-point victory 110-109. However their fans expected much easier game. LrNMKY was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in double-overtime 17-18. KTP-Basket forced 23 LrNMKY turnovers and had a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by LrNMKY helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) fired 30 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Naturalized American forward Clifton Jones (201-78, college: Oregon St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. KTP-Basket's coach Ray Ailus used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) produced 27 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and his fellow American import guard James Lewis (191-86, college: Fresno Pacific) added 30 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. KTP-Basket maintains second position with 24-9 record having six points less than leader Pyrinto. LrNMKY at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 26 games lost. KTP-Basket are looking forward to face UU-Korihait (#4) in Uusikaupunki in the next round. LrNMKY will play at home against Espoo Honka (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
KTP: J.Ivey 30+1reb+5ast, C.Jones 17+13reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 15+6reb+2ast, S.Barrett 15+10reb, J.Fields 12+12reb+5ast, J.Eskola 9+1reb
LrNMKY: J.Lewis 30+6reb+1ast, M.Moore 27+5reb+9ast, V.Vanjoki 18+1reb+1ast, T.Kulha 15+6reb+1ast, H.Coleman 14+15reb+1ast, V.Pekkola 3+5reb
gschID: 106591


Korihait - Salon Vilpas 73-75

A very interesting game took place in Uusikaupunki. It ended with only two-point home defeat of higher ranked UU-Korihait (21-13) to tenth ranked Salon Vilpas (12-22) 75-73 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But UU-Korihait won third quarter 20-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Salon Vilpas won last quarter 22-21. Nigerian guard Nick Okorie (185-88, college: Texas Tech) notched 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Roope Ahonen (187-90) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Even 23 points and 9 rebounds by American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) did not help to save the game for UU-Korihait. His fellow American import forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) added 20 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Salon Vilpas maintains tenth position with 12-22 record. UU-Korihait at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Salon Vilpas' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (#12) on the road. UU-Korihait will play against the league's second-placed KTP-Basket (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: N.Okorie 23+6reb+3ast, R.Ahonen 18+5reb+3ast, S.Kaaresvirta 11+4reb+3ast, M.Nuutinen 10+5reb, N.Doaks 8+7reb, R.Douglas 5+9reb+2ast
Korihait: N.Moore 23+9reb+2ast, L.Wright 20+10reb+2ast, P.Heinonen 14+11reb, B.Sarcevic 6+1reb+2ast, M.Jalonen 5+2reb, J.Reaves 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 106586


Pyrinto - ToPo 104-89

Leader Tampereen Pyrinto delivered the twentieth eighth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Torpan Pojat (16-18) 104-89. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 104-89. American guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue, agency: Warren Sports International) scored 26 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan, agency: Beo Basket) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) scored 8 points and 11 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first position with 28-7 record. Loser Torpan Pojat keeps the seventh place with 18 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet Kouvot (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Torpan Pojat will play against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 26+3reb+7ast, D.Williams 20+7reb+5ast, A.Williams 19+7reb+1ast, A.Lehto 16+1reb+2ast, A.Nikkila 15+13reb+2ast, J.Niemi 3+2reb+2ast
ToPo: L.Blanchard 27+15reb+1ast, P.Rainamaa 13+2reb+1ast, M.Pounds 11+2reb, M.Koivisto 9+1reb+4ast, T.Heinonen 8+11reb+2ast, F.Richards 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 106587


Kouvot - Honka 91-94

Important game to mention about took place in Kouvola. Fifth ranked Espoo Honka (20-12) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Kouvot (18-16) 94-91 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kouvot. It looked good early as Kouvot took an 20-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Espoo Honka took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 3 points. They outrebounded Kouvot 37-24 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws). The other American import center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) replied with 25 points and the former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) added 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Kouvot. Four Espoo Honka and five Kouvot players scored in double figures. Espoo Honka have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 20-12 record. Kouvot at the other side keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. Espoo Honka will play against LrNMKY (#11) in Lappeenranta in the next round where they are favorite. Kouvot will play at home against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Honka: J.Wilson 23+6reb+5ast, J.Williamson 20+8reb+2ast, J.Matinen 16+8reb, T.Iisalo 12+2reb, A.Vanjoki 9+1ast, V.Makalainen 9+7reb+3ast
Kouvot: J.Gonner 25+3reb+3ast, A.Nikkarinen 16+4reb+2ast, B.Walker 14+2reb+4ast, D.Vinson 12+4reb+2ast, V.Kaunisto 11+11reb+5ast, I.Seppala 6
gschID: 106588




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 28-7 
 2. KTP 24-9 
 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 8-26 
 12. Tarmo 4-30 


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 15-3 
 2. Jyvaskyla 13-5 
 3. LoKoKo 11-6 
 4. Lapua 11-7 
 5. Huima 10-8 
 6. BC Nokia 10-8 
 7. Honka 10-8 
 8. SayRi 7-10 
 9. TomPo II 7-11 
 10. Ura Basket 7-11 
 11. Kerava ET 6-12 
 12. Namika II 0-18 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.5 
 2. Manning, Huima22.3 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo22.3 
 4. Hall, SayRi20.1 
 5. Robinson, Jyvaskyla20.0 
 6. Bojang, BC Nokia19.3 
 7. Valentine, Lapua18.9 
 8. Douglas, Huima18.6 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET18.4 
 10. Graham, Kerava ET18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Brown, Namika II14.9 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia14.1 
 3. Douglas, Huima13.6 
 4. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.6 
 7. Hall, SayRi11.6 
 8. Stamper, LoKoKo11.1 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Manning, Huima6.2 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia4.8 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket4.6 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo4.3 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.8 
 6. Ahila, Jyvaskyla3.0 
 7. Valentine, Lapua3.0 
 8. Silvonen, Honka2.6 
 9. Kivinen, LoKoKo2.3 
 10. Pasanen, SayRi2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Horton, LoKoKo2.8 
 2. Valentine, Lapua2.6 
 3. Bojang, BC Nokia2.1 
 4. Hall, SayRi2.1 
 5. Stamper, LoKoKo1.9 
 6. Still, Lapua1.9 
 7. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 8. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.7 
 9. Foreman, FoKoPo1.6 
 10. Vertio, Honka1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 2. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.8 
 3. Kopio, Honka0.8 
 4. Alanko, Ura Basket0.7 
 5. Alanen, Namika II0.6 
 6. Koskinen, Namika I.0.6 
 7. Setala, BC Nokia0.6 
 8. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 9. Nelson, Lapua0.6 
 10. Salminen, Ura B.0.5 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Wilson, Honka22.8 
 2. Lewis, LrNM.21.3 
 3. Heard, Tarmo21.1 
 4. Blanchard, ToPo19.9 
 5. Wood, Karhu19.9 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Williamson, Honka19.1 
 8. Walker, Kouvot19.1 
 9. Harris, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 10. Moore, LrNM.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Wood, Karhu13.2 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.9 
 3. Blanchard, ToPo9.9 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Doaks, Salon Vilpas9.8 
 6. Young, Tarmo9.8 
 7. Vinson, Kouvot9.6 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.9 
 10. Belser, Honka8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steffan JOHNSON
  Karhu
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Johnson, Karhu4.8 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.6 
 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. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
 10. Ivey, KTP3.5 
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. Harris, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 10. Wilson, Salon Vilpas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1
 1. Reaves, Korihait1.0 
 2. Blanchard, ToPo0.8 
 3. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 4. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 8. Belser, Honka0.6 
 9. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 10. Young, Tarmo0.6 


INTERNATIONAL: Mika Turunen coaching in Hungary - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish Basketball Coach Mika Turunen (agency: SportsList Inc. ), 45, has started with a new job in international basketball business. Turunen has joined Factum Sport Debrecen roster in Hungary being Team's new Head Coach. FS Debrecen has had difficulties this season by now on top level in Hungary as Team's record is 1-19 right now. Turunen has been coaching earlier in Finland and in Luxembourg. Turunen has won twice Finnish Championship (2005, 2006), when coaching YMCA Lappeenranta in Finland.

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Joakim Noah one step closer to return - by Eurobasket News
Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) cleared another hurdle in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. The 6-11 center has begun participating in half-court contact drills during practice and remains on schedule to return to the active roster immediately following the All-Star break.

'He hasn't been cleared yet to do the (full-court) scrimmaging part, which will be the next step for him,' Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. 'What (trainer) Fred (Tedeschi) has laid out is a plan for progression. (Noah) is cleared for contact and the next phase will be total contact.'

That final phase could come as early as Monday when the Bulls return to the Berto Center for their first practice following the nearly two-week road trip that wraps up tonight against the New Orleans Hornets.

When he's cleared for total contact, Noah could conceivably play in a game immediately, but the Bulls have decided that he won't see game action until Feb. 23 when they play at Toronto. Coincidentally, Toronto was the last place he played on Dec. 15 before having surgery the next day.

'I'm very excited,' Noah said. 'I'm working out, I've got some tape on my hand instead of a little cast, I can shoot a little bit and I'll get back on the court as soon as I can.

'It's been good just getting use to the contact again. Obviously, I'm still not where I want to be, but I'm working hard at it every day.'

Courtesy of www.suntimes.com


Le Havre signs Nate Fox for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Nate Fox (206-F/C-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) passed the try-out period in Le Havre. The player showed enough to secure a deal for rest of the season. Fox arrived to Le Havre last week.
Nate Fox spent last season in Germany as a member of New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He played 18 games for them averaging 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Due to injury Fox was forced to miss some time during the season. In 2008/09, Fox played in Estonia for BC Kalev/Kramo. He helped them to win the Estonian league title and was named Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Center of the Year -09. For 15 games he had 12.2 ppg and 7.1 rpg. Fox had even better numbers in Baltic league and EuroChallenge. In the past, he played for Leverkusen, Groningen, Hapoel Haifa, Leuven and Aieiro.


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

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


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


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Wood, Dt.17.8 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.2 
 3. Bell, Phoenix 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. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.7 
 4. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.6 
 5. Wise, Telekom .1.5 
 6. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.4 
 7. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 8. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 9. Stevic, EWE B.1.3 
 10. Dorris, Phoenix .1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.5 
 5. Scott, Goettingen1.3 
 6. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 7. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 9. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 
 10. Denison, Bremerha.1.0 


ProA Round 20: BV Chemnitz 99 loses to Bayern Muenchen in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Chemnitz. 3rd ranked host BV Chemnitz 99 (13-7) lost to first ranked Bayern Muenchen (19-1) 79-67. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 27-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-76) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and guard Bastian Doreth (183-89) who added 13 points during the contest. American guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-1 record. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Bayern Muenchen are looking forward to face league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BV Chemnitz 99 will play on the road against GiroLive-Ballers in Osnabrueck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Hannover Tigers 94-87. The winners were led by American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds and Aaron Cook supported him with 22 points and 6 assists. Cuxhaven BasCats' coach Vilmantas Matkevicius allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists by center David Arigbabu (203-75, college: Rhode Island, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Hannover Tigers. Cuxhaven BasCats (5-15) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Freiburg. Hannover Tigers lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against higher ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (#13) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hannover Tigers will play against Webmoebel Baskets in Paderborn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kirchheim was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (11-8) played at the court of seventh ranked Kirchheim Knights (12-8). Kirchheim Knights managed to secure a 8-point victory 92-84 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Saar-Pfalz Braves. The best player for the winners was Ryan De Michael who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Rob Lowery produced 15 points and 4 assists for the guests. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Crailsheim. Loser Saar-Pfalz Braves dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Kirchheim Knights will meet Crailsheim Merlins (#6) on the road in the next round. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against USC Heidelberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Tenth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (9-10) crushed at home 12th ranked Science City Jena (6-14) by 17 points 90-73, which is the biggest margin this round. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Heidelberg. Science City Jena lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Webmoebel Baskets' next round opponent will be Hannover Tigers (#11) in Hannover. Science City Jena will play on the road against USC Freiburg.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: Freiburg lost to Heidelberg on the opponent's court 77-87. ETB Wohnbau unfortunately lost to Crailsheim in a home game 66-71. Osnabrueck managed to beat Dragons on the road 79-75. Wuerzburg defeated Karlsruhe on its own court 55-44.



Heidelberg - Freiburg 87-77

Very expected game when 14th ranked USC Freiburg (5-15) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked USC Heidelberg (9-10) 87-77. USC Freiburg was ahead by 13 points at the halftime before a 50-27 second half run of USC Heidelberg. USC Heidelberg shot 34 for 49 from the free-throw line, while USC Freiburg only scored eleven points from the stripe. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. 30 personal fouls committed by USC Freiburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international power forward Bjorn Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 blocks. Power forward Oliver Komarek (210-86) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four USC Heidelberg players scored in double figures. USC Heidelberg's coach Torsten Daume used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Janis Heindel (199-83) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Russian forward Nikita Khartchenkov (201-87) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for USC Freiburg. USC Heidelberg moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Webmoebel. USC Freiburg at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. USC Heidelberg's next round opponent will be higher ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (#7) in Homburg and it may be quite challenging game. USC Freiburg will play at home against Science City Jena (#12).
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: B.Schoo 20+8reb+3ast, J.Wright 18+3reb+3ast, O.Komarek 18+9reb+1ast, L.Mendez 11+7reb+2ast, Rudolph 8+2reb+1ast, J.Prasuhn 6+4reb+3ast
Freiburg: N.Khartchenkov 16+6reb, J.Heindel 12+9reb+3ast, M.Jost 10+8reb, X.Hansbro 8+4reb, P.Gause 8+3ast, J.Nutter 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 93522


ETB Wohnbau - Crailsheim 66-71

Very predictable result in Essen where seventh ranked Crailsheim Merlins (12-8) defeated 14th ranked ETB Wohnbau (5-15) 71-66. ETB Wohnbau was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Sean Brooks (196-82, college: Drexel, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points and 5 assists. Forward Reggie Fuller (198-86, college: Binghamton) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Steven Esterkamp (198-81, college: Ohio, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for ETB Wohnbau. Crailsheim Merlins moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kirchheim. ETB Wohnbau at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Crailsheim Merlins' next round opponent will be Kirchheim Knights (#5) at home. ETB Wohnbau will play against BG Karlsruhe (#8).
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: R.Fuller 13+6reb, F.Young 12+3reb, S.Brooks 11+3reb+5ast, K.Schwarz 8+2reb, F.Oladipo 8+10reb, D.Dorr 6+4reb+1ast
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 17+6reb+1ast, S.Esterkamp 14+6reb+3ast, K.Chones 12+4reb+1ast, D.Fiorentino 7+8reb, M.Buljevic 7+2reb+1ast, S.Schroter 5+8reb
gschID: 93519


Webmoebel - Jena 90-73

Tenth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (9-10) crushed at home 12th ranked Science City Jena (6-14) by 17 points 90-73, which is the biggest margin this round. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Heidelberg. Science City Jena lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Webmoebel Baskets' next round opponent will be Hannover Tigers (#11) in Hannover. Science City Jena will play on the road against USC Freiburg.
gschID: 93520


Kirchheim - Braves 92-84

The game in Kirchheim was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (11-8) played at the court of seventh ranked Kirchheim Knights (12-8). Kirchheim Knights managed to secure a 8-point victory 92-84 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Saar-Pfalz Braves. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kirchheim Knights looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Saar-Pfalz Braves' players. The best player for the winners was naturalized American power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) produced 15 points and 4 assists and swingman Max Weber (201-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Four Kirchheim Knights and five Saar-Pfalz Braves players scored in double figures. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Crailsheim. Loser Saar-Pfalz Braves dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Kirchheim Knights will meet Crailsheim Merlins (#6) on the road in the next round. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against USC Heidelberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: M.Smallwood 24+11reb, R.Tomasevic 21+4reb+3ast, R.De Michael 17+10reb+8ast, C.Brooks 13+5reb+9ast, N.Menck 7+3reb+1ast, T.Koch 6+2ast
Braves: M.Weber 17+3reb+1ast, R.Lowery 15+3reb+4ast, M.Buse 15+3reb+1ast, J.Jamerson 15+1reb+2ast, T.Tarver 10+4reb+1ast, S.Cramer 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 93521


Dragons - Osnabrueck 75-79

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (6-14) was defeated at home by fourth ranked GiroLive-Ballers (13-6) 79-75. Dragons Rhoendorf was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 26-14 third quarter run of GiroLive-Ballers. Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Timothy Burnette (188-82, college: Tarleton St.) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four GiroLive-Ballers players scored in double figures. GiroLive-Ballers' coach Thorsten Leibenath used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Ryan Howard (198-84, college: Sacred Heart) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Dragons Rhoendorf. GiroLive-Ballers have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Dragons Rhoendorf dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. GiroLive-Ballers' next round opponent will be BV Chemnitz 99 (#4) at home. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osnabrueck: J.Shepherd 23+5reb+1ast, A.Fleetwood 15+4reb+1ast, T.Burnette 15+3reb+6ast, P.Friedel 11+1reb+1ast, S.Greene 5+4reb, J.Lange 4+1reb
Dragons: S.Watts 23+6reb+3ast, R.Howard 16+6reb+1ast, D.Watson 12+2reb+4ast, K.Moore 9+2reb+3ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 6+6reb, N.Larsen 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 93515


Wuerzburg - Karlsruhe 55-44

Everything went according to plan in Wuerzburg where second ranked s Oliver Baskets (16-4) beat 8th ranked BG Karlsruhe (10-10) 55-44. BG Karlsruhe was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded BG Karlsruhe 44-33 including 17 on the offensive glass. Center Sascha Kesselring (209-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points and 10 rebounds. British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Promotex) contributed with 14 points for the winners. s Oliver Baskets' coach Marcel Schroeder used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) replied with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for BG Karlsruhe. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains second position with 16-4 record having just three points less than leader B.Muenchen. BG Karlsruhe at the other side keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. s Oliver Baskets' next round opponent will be league's leader Bayern Muenchen on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. BG Karlsruhe will play against ETB Wohnbau (#15) in Essen.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: L.Jeka 14+4reb+1ast, P.Paelay 11+5reb, S.Kesselring 8+10reb+2ast, J.Levy 8+8reb, C.Henneberger 6+2reb+1ast, T.Baker 4+5reb
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 13+5reb+4ast, J.Black 10+7reb, J.Jones 9+7reb+1ast, F.Stuckemann 5+5reb+1ast, D.Thorne 4+2reb, M.Hurst 3+5reb
gschID: 93516


Hannover - Cuxhaven 87-94 OT

Bottom-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Hannover Tigers 94-87. Hannover Tigers were ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 18-14 charge of Cuxhaven BasCats, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-6. Hannover Tigers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds and the other American import guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford) supported him with 22 points and 6 assists. Cuxhaven BasCats' coach Vilmantas Matkevicius allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists by center David Arigbabu (203-75, college: Rhode Island, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Hannover Tigers. Canadian guard Stuart Turnbull (188-84) added 20 points for the hosts. Five Cuxhaven BasCats and four Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. Cuxhaven BasCats (5-15) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Freiburg. Hannover Tigers lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against higher ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (#13) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hannover Tigers will play against Webmoebel Baskets in Paderborn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: D.Yearby 32+17reb+2ast, A.Cook 22+2reb+6ast, A.Hasenkamm 12+4ast, J.Capel 11+3reb, J.Schaffrath 10+5reb+1ast, R.Huelsewede 3+2reb
Hannover: S.Turnbull 20+4reb+3ast, C.Henry 16+4reb+2ast, D.Arigbabu 14+7reb+6ast, S.Janzen 12+3reb+2ast, L.Phillips 11+1reb+1ast, M.Nunnally 9+7reb
gschID: 93517


Chemnitz - B.Muenchen 67-79

The game between Top Four teams took place in Chemnitz. 3rd ranked host BV Chemnitz 99 (13-7) lost to first ranked Bayern Muenchen (19-1) 79-67. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 27-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-76) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and guard Bastian Doreth (183-89) who added 13 points during the contest. American guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Ty Shaw (202-79, college: Albertson, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-1 record. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Bayern Muenchen are looking forward to face league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BV Chemnitz 99 will play on the road against GiroLive-Ballers in Osnabrueck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: C.Prewitt 15+2reb+1ast, A.Nadjfeji 15+3reb+3ast, B.Doreth 13+3reb+2ast, B.Wyrick 12+3reb, J.Wallace 8+3reb+5ast, R.Maras 6+6reb+1ast
Chemnitz: G.Johnson 20+8reb+2ast, T.Shaw 17+10reb+1ast, T.Harbut 11+4reb, A.Zazai 10+2reb+7ast, A.Rosenthal 4+1reb, D.Lawson 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93518




ProB Round 20: Leader Ehingen/Urspringschule loses to NBC - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in ProB. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (18-2) recorded its second loss in Nurnberg on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked NBC (15-5) 85-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Ehingen/Urspringschule. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group South. The game was mostly controlled by NBC. Ehingen/Urspringschule managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. NBC made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) produced 12 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. NBC maintains second position in Group South with 15-5 record behind leader Schwelm, which they share with Licher Baeren and Leitershofen. Ehingen/Urspringschule at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. NBC is looking forward to face BV Villingen-Schwenningen (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against Baskets Konstanz (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Schwelm. First ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets faced 3rd ranked RSV Eintracht. Host SG Schwelmer Baskets (16-4) defeated guests from Stahnsdorf (13-7) 90-82. Center Julius Ducker (205-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). David Bunts contributed with 22 points for the winners. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Raphael Wilder allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Tim Modersitzki (197-85) replied with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for RSV Eintracht. SG Schwelmer Baskets have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Newly promoted SG Schwelmer Baskets maintains first position in Group North with 16-4 record. RSV Eintracht lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. RSV Eintracht will play against Hertener Loewen (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Wulfen was also quite interesting. 6th ranked ALBA Berlin II (9-11) played at the court of seventh ranked BSV Wulfen (10-10). BSV Wulfen managed to secure a 8-point victory 67-59 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Joseph Henley who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). Joshiko Saibou responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds. BSV Wulfen moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with Leipzig. ALBA Berlin II at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with SU Medien. BSV Wulfen will meet league's second-placed SC Rasta Vechta on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ALBA Berlin II will play against Bayer Giants (#9) in Leverkusen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Breitenguessbach supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Leitershofen (15-5) played at the court of 7th ranked TSV Troester (9-11). Leitershofen smashed TSV Troester 87-63. The winners were led by Devin Uskoski who scored that evening 20 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Leitershofen have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Licher Baeren and NBC. TSV Troester at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Leitershofen's next round opponent will be Licher Baeren (#4) at home. TSV Troester will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Konstanz, where higher ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (6-14) lost to twelfth ranked Baskets Konstanz (4-16) in a road game 76-94 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Michael Lay who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Baskets Konstanz maintains twelfth position in Group South with 4-16 record. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost fifth consecutive game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Baskets Konstanz will face league's leader Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 20 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group North Wolfenbuettel was defeated by SU Medien in Braunschweig 77-59. Herten smashed Leipzig at home 98-79. Rist-Wedel was destroyed by Bayer Giants on the opponent's court 85-62. Bernau unfortunately lost to Vechta in a home game 72-83.
In Group South Giessen recorded a loss to Licher Baeren on the road 58-73. Dt.Bank SKY II defeated BG Illertal on its own court 81-72. Schwenningen was beaten by Langen in a road game 83-67.
The best stats of 20th round was 25 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals by Marcus Monk of Herten.



Group North
SU Medien - Wolfenbuettel 77-59

There was no surprise in Braunschweig where 11th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (5-15) was defeated by eighth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (9-11) 77-59 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Spot Up Medien Baskets. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel was better in fourth quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spot Up Medien Baskets forced 19 Herzoege Wolfenbuettel turnovers. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Daniel Theis (205-92) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Center Frank Theis (200-82) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Spot Up Medien Baskets players scored in double figures. American forward Justin Sexton (203-88, college: Pomona-Pitzer) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Brandon Giles (198-88, college: W.Carolina) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spot Up Medien Baskets moved-up to seventh place in Group North, which they share with ALBA Berlin II. Loser Herzoege Wolfenbuettel keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Spot Up Medien Baskets will face SC Rist Wedel (#10) on the road in the next round. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play against the league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
SU Medien: F.Theis 16+9reb+1ast, D.Theis 15+10reb+1ast, P.Noch 15+6reb+3ast, N.Nnadili 13+3reb+2ast, D.Schroeder 7+1reb+3ast, J.El Domiaty 6+2reb+5ast
Wolfenbuettel: J.Sexton 16+7reb+1ast, B.Giles 15+1reb+1ast, M.Kemp 8+2reb+1ast, S.Schubert 7+2reb, M.Schwarz 6+3reb, H.Knopke 5+3reb+6ast
gschID: 94062


Herten - Leipzig 98-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Hertener Loewen's (14-6) home victory over 5th ranked USC Leipzig (10-10) 98-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 19 points. Hertener Loewen made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Hertener Loewen outrebounded USC Leipzig 37-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. USC Leipzig was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Swingman Blake Schultz (191-87, college: Williams) chipped in 19 points. Guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-Northern) produced 31 points and forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Five Hertener Loewen and four USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. Hertener Loewen moved-up to third place in Group North. Newly promoted USC Leipzig keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Hertener Loewen will face RSV Eintracht (#4) in Stahnsdorf in the next round. USC Leipzig will play at home against SSV Lok Bernau.
Top scorers:
Herten: M.Monk 25+13reb+4ast, B.Schultz 19+4reb+3ast, V.Kittmann 13+6reb+2ast, C.Hackenesch 12+10reb, C.Marquardt 11+5ast, M.Berger 10+1reb+3ast
Leipzig: L.Morinia 31+1reb+3ast, K.Kranz 17+1reb, M.Pratt 13+8reb+4ast, R.Schirmer 12+4reb+2ast, A.Spalke 4+2reb+2ast, M.Scholz 2+4reb
gschID: 94059


Bayer Giants - Rist-Wedel 85-62

Everything could happen in Leverkusen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Bayer Giants and 9th ranked SC Rist Wedel had identical 7-12 record. This time Bayer Giants used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Wedel 85-62 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Bayer Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bayer Giants outrebounded SC Rist Wedel 44-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. SC Rist Wedel was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Josh Young (185-88, college: Drake) who scored 32 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import center Justin Eller (203-87, college: Sacramento St.) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Five Bayer Giants players scored in double figures. Center Peter Huber-Saffer (208-80, agency: Court Side) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Florian Moysich (183-80) added 9 points respectively for the guests. SC Rist Wedel's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Bayer Giants (8-12) moved-up to ninth place in Group North. Loser SC Rist Wedel dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Bayer Giants will face higher ranked ALBA Berlin II (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SC Rist Wedel will play against Spot Up Medien Baskets in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: J.Young 32+8reb+1ast, J.Eller 18+9reb, F.Engel 12+3reb+1ast, T.Joenke 11+5reb+1ast, N.Michael 10+7reb+1ast, M.Thimm 2+2reb
Rist-Wedel: P.Huber-Saffer 11+8reb+2ast, F.Moysich 9+2reb+2ast, M.Pompey 8+5reb, D.Gomez 8+2reb, M.Duah 7+1reb+2ast, M.Leger 4+2reb
gschID: 94060


Wulfen - ALBA Berlin II 67-59

The game in Wulfen was also quite interesting. 6th ranked ALBA Berlin II (9-11) played at the court of seventh ranked BSV Wulfen (10-10). BSV Wulfen managed to secure a 8-point victory 67-59 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ALBA Berlin II won fourth quarter 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!) and forward Steffen Hummelt (196-84) who added 10 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Guard Joshiko Saibou (188-90) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Friedrich Lotze (205-91) scored 18 points. BSV Wulfen moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with Leipzig. ALBA Berlin II at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with SU Medien. BSV Wulfen will meet league's second-placed SC Rasta Vechta on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ALBA Berlin II will play against Bayer Giants (#9) in Leverkusen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wulfen: J.Henley 28+7reb+3ast, S.Briggs 13+2reb+2ast, S.Hummelt 10+9reb+2ast, N.Janoschek 6+1reb, T.Reuter 5+1reb+1ast, J.Sprunken 3+5reb+2ast
ALBA Berlin II: J.Saibou 18+5reb+2ast, F.Lotze 18+3reb+1ast, S.Fulle 9+2reb, K.Klein 5+5reb+1ast, J.Ney 5+5reb, M.Ziegenhagen 2+1reb
gschID: 94061


Bernau - Vechta 72-83

Very predictable result when second ranked SC Rasta Vechta (15-5) beat on the road 12th ranked SSV Lok Bernau (4-16) 83-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by SC Rasta Vechta. SSV Lok Bernau was better in fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SC Rasta Vechta made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. SC Rasta Vechta had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. SSV Lok Bernau was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Marvin Boadu (193-89, college: High School) who scored 26 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) chipped in 21 points and 8 assists. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Dreshawn Vance (203-85, college: Cal Poly - SLO, agency: Rasmussen Services) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Calvin Brock (196-86, college: Illinois) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta maintains second position in Group North with 15-5 record behind leader Schwelm. Loser SSV Lok Bernau keeps the twelfth place with 16 games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will face BSV Wulfen (#5) at home in the next round. SSV Lok Bernau will play against USC Leipzig (#6).
Top scorers:
Vechta: M.Boadu 26+6reb+2ast, M.Reid 21+3reb+8ast, C.Thompson 10+6reb, M.King-Stockton 10+8reb, D.Krause 6+1reb, A.Kronhardt 5+7reb+1ast
Bernau: D.Vance 22+10reb, S.Trzcionka 14+2reb+5ast, C.Brock 11+7reb+3ast, F.Schekauski 10+5reb+2ast, M.Bogdanov 6+4reb+2ast, M.Imamovic 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 94057


Schwelm - Stahnsdorf 90-82

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Schwelm. First ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets faced 3rd ranked RSV Eintracht. Host SG Schwelmer Baskets (16-4) defeated guests from Stahnsdorf (13-7) 90-82. It looked good early as RSV Eintracht took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then SG Schwelmer Baskets had a 31-20 second period charge getting the lead and RSV Eintracht was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-90. SG Schwelmer Baskets shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Center Julius Ducker (205-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American guard David Bunts (189-79, college: Pacific) contributed with 22 points for the winners. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Raphael Wilder allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Tim Modersitzki (197-85) replied with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Kellen Williams (193-84, college: E.Washington) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for RSV Eintracht. Four SG Schwelmer Baskets and five RSV Eintracht players scored in double figures. SG Schwelmer Baskets have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Newly promoted SG Schwelmer Baskets maintains first position in Group North with 16-4 record. RSV Eintracht lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. RSV Eintracht will play against Hertener Loewen (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: D.Bunts 22+2reb+1ast, J.Ducker 18+6reb+1ast, K.Speier 16+4reb+1ast, M.Dohmen 11+5reb, T.Doll 10+2ast, J.Holmes 5+5reb+9ast
Stahnsdorf: T.Modersitzki 18+8reb+4ast, K.Williams 17+8reb+1ast, Y.Evans 16+4reb+2ast, A.Moosmann 14+3reb+1ast, M.Haucke 12+6reb, M.Marin 3
gschID: 94058


Group South
TSV Troester - Leitershofen 63-87

The game in Breitenguessbach supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Leitershofen (15-5) played at the court of 7th ranked TSV Troester (9-11). Leitershofen smashed TSV Troester 87-63. The game without a history. Leitershofen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The winners were led by American center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) who scored that evening 20 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Michael Mathey (188-87, college: W.Liberty St.) supported him with 23 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds by center Philipp Neumann (210-92) did not help to save the game for TSV Troester. Forward Felix Hoffmann (195-89) added 9 points and 8 rebounds 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. Leitershofen have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Licher Baeren and NBC. TSV Troester at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Leitershofen's next round opponent will be Licher Baeren (#4) at home. TSV Troester will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: M.Mathey 23+3reb+4ast, D.Uskoski 20+8reb+2ast, J.Genck 16+2reb+7ast, V.Zenk 6+4reb, C.Kemmer 6+1reb, S.Montag 6+2reb
TSV Troester: P.Neumann 26+12reb+1ast, I.Pavic 9+4reb, F.Hoffmann 9+8reb, P.Zeis 6+3reb+1ast, D.Schmidt 6+1reb+4ast, Richter 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 94066


Licher Baeren - Giessen 73-58

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Giessen Pointers (5-15) were defeated on the road by fourth ranked Licher Baeren (15-5) 73-58 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Licher Baeren. Giessen Pointers was better in third quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Giessen Pointers were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was power forward Peer Wente (203-77) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Willis Gardner (185-86, college: Colorado St., agency: Stanley International) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Jamaican-American forward Kimmani Barrett (198-87, college: La Salle) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Marcus Johnson (191-87, college: Dayton) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Giessen Pointers' coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Licher Baeren have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Leitershofen and NBC. Giessen Pointers lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Licher Baeren will face Leitershofen (#3) in Diedorf in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Giessen Pointers will play on the road against Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (#8) in Frankfurt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: P.Wente 24+9reb+1ast, W.Gardner 18+1reb+4ast, V.Klassen 12+6reb+2ast, A.Willemsen 9+9reb+2ast, J.Schlafer 5+2reb+1ast, T.Fairley 4+3reb
Giessen: K.Barrett 20+11reb+1ast, M.Johnson 12+6reb+1ast, F.Rotaru 10+5reb+1ast, V.Zabel 7+1reb+1ast, P.Unger 4+3reb, T.Wosnitza 3+1reb+5ast
gschID: 94067


Konstanz - Gotha 94-76

We should mention about the upset which took place in Konstanz, where higher ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (6-14) lost to twelfth ranked Baskets Konstanz (4-16) in a road game 76-94 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 51-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Baskets Konstanz dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Oettinger Rockets Gotha's 38 and had 22 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Oettinger Rockets Gotha only scored five points from the stripe. Baskets Konstanz had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Oettinger Rockets Gotha was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Michael Lay (175-83, college: Concordia (OR)) who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The other American import power forward Robinson Louisme (201-84, college: Tulane) chipped in 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) produced 13 points and guard Dmitrj Kreis (185-88) added 8 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Baskets Konstanz maintains twelfth position in Group South with 4-16 record. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost fifth consecutive game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Baskets Konstanz will face league's leader Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Konstanz: M.Lay 28+5reb+5ast, R.Louisme 26+8reb, M.Radulovic 14+3reb+4ast, C.McKnight 8+2reb+3ast, F.Coellen 8+1reb+1ast, E.Foth 7+8reb+1ast
Gotha: J.Boucher 13+1reb+2ast, J.Cadmus 12+1reb+1ast, A.Kuppe 9+2reb, M.Virijevic 8+4reb+2ast, D.Kreis 8+4reb+4ast, N.Valentic 6+4reb
gschID: 94068


Dt.Bank SKY II - BG Illertal 81-72

There was a small surprise in Frankfurt where ninth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (6-14) won against 6th ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (9-11) 81-72 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BG Illertal/Weissenhorn won third quarter 23-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II forced 19 BG Illertal/Weissenhorn turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Falko Theilig (180-92) who scored 19 points and 9 assists. American forward Christopher Rojik (200-74, college: Holy Cross) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. American guard DeUndrae Spraggins (191-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and center Michael Wenzl (209-91) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Deutsche Bank Skyliners II and four BG Illertal/Weissenhorn players scored in double figures. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II moved-up to eighth place in Group South, which they share with Gotha. Newly promoted BG Illertal/Weissenhorn keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II will face Giessen Pointers (#10) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY II: F.Theilig 19+1reb+9ast, C.Rojik 17+8reb+2ast, R.Staudacher 14+1reb+4ast, J.Otshumbe 13+2reb+1ast, F.Franke 11+10reb+4ast, T.Oldenburg 4+2reb+1ast
BG Illertal: D.Spraggins 19+10reb+5ast, F.Mobius 14+3reb+2ast, B.Butler 11+5reb, M.Wenzl 11+9reb+1ast, P.Vojkovic 6+1ast, HEBERLEIN 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 94063


Langen - Schwenningen 83-67

There was no surprise when 11th ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen (5-15) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked TV 1862 Langen (13-7) 83-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by TV 1862 Langen. BV Villingen-Schwenningen was better in fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TV 1862 Langen dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BV Villingen-Schwenningen's 36. TV 1862 Langen looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by BV Villingen-Schwenningen's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Nathan Drury (188-85, college: Carroll) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. Forward Marco Voeller (201-89) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. TV 1862 Langen's coach Fabian Villmeter used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American guard Blake Young (188-85, college: Kansas St.) produced 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Polish forward Jan Fikiel (208-83, college: Pennsylvania) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. TV 1862 Langen maintains fifth position in Group South with 13-7 record. Newly promoted BV Villingen-Schwenningen dropped to the tenth place with 15 games lost. TV 1862 Langen will face BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#6) on the road in the next round. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will play against the league's second-placed NBC (#2) in Nurnberg.
Top scorers:
Langen: N.Drury 21+4reb+4ast, M.Voeller 20+6reb+1ast, A.MacMillan 14+6reb+1ast, N.Butz 7+5reb+1ast, P.Heckmann 7+4reb+5ast, N.Barth 5+2ast
Schwenningen: B.Young 20+8reb+4ast, J.Fikiel 13+6reb, M.Schlafke 13, B.Brooks 7+9reb, M.Hallgrimson 7+1reb+1ast, C.Gundlach 5
gschID: 94064


NBC - Ehingen 85-71

Top ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (18-2) recorded its second loss in Nurnberg on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked NBC (15-5) 85-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Ehingen/Urspringschule. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group South. The game was mostly controlled by NBC. Ehingen/Urspringschule managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. NBC made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four NBC players scored in double figures. American guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) produced 12 points and center Kristian Kuhn (208-87, college: N.Arizona) added 7 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. NBC maintains second position in Group South with 15-5 record behind leader Schwelm, which they share with Licher Baeren and Leitershofen. Ehingen/Urspringschule at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. NBC is looking forward to face BV Villingen-Schwenningen (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against Baskets Konstanz (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
NBC: W.Chavis 17+2ast, D.Yates 14+2reb+2ast, C.Adler 14+5reb+2ast, A.Smith 11+2reb+11ast, D.Schneider 9+2reb+2ast, M.Ides 9+9reb+1ast
Ehingen: V.Matthews 12+3reb+2ast, R.Spoden 9+2reb, F.Boeke 8+3reb, T.Korndoerfer 7+1reb, K.Bright 7+5reb+1ast, K.Kuhn 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 94065




DaShaun Wood claims German 1.Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Dt.Bank SKY and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 25 points adding eight rebounds and seven assists for Dt.Bank SKY in his team's victory, helping them to beat Bremerhaven (#9, 11-11) 71-56. Dt.Bank SKY maintains the 2nd position in German 1.Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dt.Bank SKY will need more victories to improve their 16-6 record. Wood turned to be Dt.Bank SKY's top player in his first season with the team. Wright State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wood is league's best scorer averaging so far 17.8ppg. Wood is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 5.5apg) and averages solid 52.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) of Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Watts impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Walter Tigers to edge the lower-ranked Bayreuth (#17, 5-16) by 2 points 70-68. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Walter Tigers keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-12 record. Watts is well-known by Walter Tigers fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports) of Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (#3). Rice scored 27 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Art.Dragons, leading his team to a 91-65 easy win against the lower-ranked Duesseldorf (#18, 3-18). Art.Dragons needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 7 lost games. Rice has a great season in Germany. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.2ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.8apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Bryant (208-C-87) of ratiopharm - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Darren Fenn (208-C-80) of Art.Dragons - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jared Reiner (211-C-82) of Bayreuth - 18 points and 13 rebounds
7. Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of MBC - 23 points and 4 rebounds
8. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82) of EWE Baskets - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Marcus Goree (201-F-77) of NY Phantoms - 17 points and 10 rebounds
10. Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) of TBB Trier - 16 points and 10 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.8 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.3 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim19.5 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.3 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 6. Watts, Dragons17.7 
 7. Gause, Freiburg17.7 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim17.7 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.16.6 
 10. Johnson, Chemnitz16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.6 
 3. Smallwood, Kirchheim9.2 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe9.1 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Schoo, Heidelberg8.3 
 7. Watts, Dragons8.2 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim7.9 
 9. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.5 
 10. Fuller, Crailsheim7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim5.8 
 2. Gray, Crailsheim5.8 
 3. Zazai, Chemnitz5.6 
 4. Cook, Cuxhaven5.5 
 5. Jeka, Wuerzburg4.8 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel4.7 
 7. Barth, Heidelberg4.6 
 8. Lowery, Braves4.4 
 9. Burnette, Osnab.4.4 
 10. Larsen, Dragons4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.3 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.9 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz2.3 
 5. Brooks, Kirchheim2.1 
 6. Zazai, Chemnitz2.1 
 7. Mendez, Heidelberg1.8 
 8. Alexander, ETB W.1.8 
 9. Gray, Crailsheim1.8 
 10. Shaw, Chemnitz1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Smallwood, Kirchheim2.1 
 2. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.2.0 
 3. Schoo, Heidelberg2.0 
 4. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 5. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.6 
 6. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.5 
 7. Hill, Jena1.3 
 8. Fuller, Crailsheim1.2 
 9. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 10. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.2 


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. '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.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners probbaly 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 anew season with a new system and new play how we play. I didnt think too much on that game last season', explained Jimmy Mckinney. 'I didnt think about that game five loss one bit', stressed German national player Philipp Schwethelm. '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 ha splayed 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. Weare 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. Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak rarely doesnt have some 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.

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 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. German national player Philipp Schwethelm 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. 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 and captain Pascal Roller 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. 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% from outside. Both teams had six rebounds and Bremerhaven five turnovers and Frankfurt four turnovers.

Despite a Callahan tip in off a Andre Drevo 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 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 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 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 who made a nice spin move around Chris Moss and a jumper from Philipp Schwethelm, 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 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 Doug Spradley 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 beat young 18 year old Carl Lindbom inside. Young German Anthony Canty 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.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by DaShaun Wood with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Kimmo Muurinen added 14 points and five rebounds. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Craig Callahan 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. It wasnt only Wood who did a lot of damage, but Quantez Robertson 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. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will need DaShaun Wood and the glue Quantez Robertson 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.




John Bynum (TBB Trier) Maik Zirbes Is A Beast And Is Playing With More and More Confidence Each Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket after the 81-80 win against Phoenix Hagen.

Congrats on the 81-80 win at home against Phoenix Hagen. Was this the most exciting game for you this season?



I can tell you that it was a nail biter especially the last 2 minutes. It was a crazy ending and it is too bad it had to end that way, but at the end of the day, I'm happy we came out on top and we got a key win on our home court after blowing a big lead.

TBB Trier scored 30 points in the first quarter. Were you surprised that Phoenix hagen let TBB Trier score so much in the first 10 minutes?


Offensively we played good basketball, and we had a great first quarter. It was one of our best offensive games scoring wise in a quarter but we gave up 23, which isnt a good defensive quarter but it was a good quarter for us.

TBB Trier had the comfortable 53-43 lead at halftime. What did coach Hendrik Rodl want the team to do better in the second half?


Well we let them back in the game in the last 4-5 minutes of the 2nd quarter. We had a 22 point lead at one time and we let them get back into it by turnovers. We gave up too many offensive rebounds and 2nd chance points and we tried to adjust that in the 2nd half.

Phoenix Hagen never let up and came back. Why was TBB Trier unable to keep the big lead in the second half?


We couldnt score in the 2nd half and struggled offensively and got down when they made a run. Hagen can score and we played their game in the 2nd half and tried to play too fast and got away from what worked for us in the 1st quarter.

The fourth quarter was very exciting. Describe the play where Jacob Burtschi hit the three pointer?

Actually the only thing I saw was the ball going in the net. I was denying Bell the ball and when i looked up the ball was in the net but all I know is that he was pretty far back from the 3 point line.

Barry Stewart then won the game with a buzzer beater. Explain the last play and what was key for getting the win?

Well we didnt have any time outs left and we got the ball to Phil and he drove full court was able to get up the ball at the rim and Barry was there for the put back and win the game for us.

You said George Evans is your x factor, but another big man Maik Zirbes who came up big with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Was he just a beast or a big beast on this day?


Maik is constantly improving and he played extremely well for us. He is a beast and is playing with more and more confidence each game. We missed George tonight but he will be with us next week and in my eyes he is always our ex factor.

When you think of Dennis Rodman was he more a Piston or Bull in your mind?


I think of him more as a Bull, because I liked him then. I hated him when he was a Piston but then he was still normal.... lol.

Why was Jerry Sloan unable to win a NBA title in 23 years with the Utah Jazz?

Well like most teams and players in the 90's where he did have his great teams, he played in the Jordan era and MJ made a lot of great players go without championships. Jerry Sloan made the most of his years in Utah and he had a great coaching career, it is too bad that it ended the way it did.

What do you like most about movie Blindside?

It is a great story and it shows generosity and the good side of the south. Many people have a bad thought of interracial relations in the south but it was a great story and a great movie.

Thanks John for the chat.



Travis Walton (Ratiopharm Ulm) Postgame Thoughts To 100-80 Win Against The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) is a 23 year old 187cm point guard from Lima, Ohio. He is playing his first season with Ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Michigan State from 2005-2009 where he served as team captain for three consecutive years, being the 3rd in history of Michigan State school to do that. Led the Big 10 in assist to turnover ratio 2.4 to 1 and broke Magic Johnson's career assist record at Michigan State. Walton possesses great toughness, strength and leadership skills and is an exceptional defender. Last season he played shortly for Lugano Tigers (Switzerland-LNA, starting five), left in Dec.'09: 13 games: 8.9ppg, 1.2rpg, Assists-5 (4.9apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7% before returning back to Michigan State to help the coaching staff. Some achievements that he has received were Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -06, 08, 09, Big Ten All-Defensive Team -07, 09, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, Big Ten Regular Season Champion -09, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year -09. He spoke to eurobasket after the 100-80 win against The Giessen 46ers.

Where is it easier to score 100 points for ratiopharm Ulm or when you were at Michigan State and why?


I think here because the shot clock makes you play a faster game.

Contrats on the 100-80 win against the Giessen 46ers. Ratiopharm Ulm scored 100 points, but let up 80 points. How pleased were you with the defensive effort in the game?


We did a good job on the defensive end this game, Despite them scoring 80 points.

Ratiopharm Ulm had the huge 56-37 lead at halftime. How was Ulm exploiting the Giessen defense?


I think we shot the ball very well and played team ball.

What was key in the second half for Ratiopharm Ulm for buckling down and getting the win?


We just continued to play together and made plays.

You had five points and five assists. What was your highlight assist of the night?


I dont know what my highlight assist was. But that was the most minutes I played in a long time. Second most of the year.

What was it like playing against Michael Jordan? what was touhest in defending him?


It was good. He is a veteran in this league and a very good player.

When you hear the name Dennis Rodman, do you associate him more to the Pistons or Bulls?


Bulls

Why were the Utah Jazz unable to win an NBA title for coach Jerry Sloan in 23 years?


Maybe because there was always a team better than them.

Thanks Travis for the chat.


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Panellinios release Samo Udrih, add Vlado Scepanovic - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios made some roster changes. The Greek team decided to part ways with Samo Udrih (195-G-79). The 31-year-old guard joined Panellinios back in November. He tallied 8.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per EuroCup game. In A1 his stats read 9.9 points, 1.9 boards and 1.5 assists per appearance. In the meantime Panellinios inked a deal with Vlado Scepanovic (198-G-75). The 35-year-old Montenegrin guard played in CB Murcia last season. He averaged 7.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in ACB. Vlado Scepanovic played for Montenegrin National Team in 2009 European Championship in Division B. He tallied 12.8 points, 3.6 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals at the tournament.


Div.B Stats Leaders
Greek B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Liakopoulos, Peram 26
2. Dimas, M.Alexand 19
3. Bardas, OFI 18.5
4.Ioakimidis, MENT 18
5.Georgoulas, AIAS 17
6.Asimakis, AIAS 16
7.Lepeniotis, Aiolos, 15.8
8.Fountas, Aiolos 15
9.Nikitakis, N. Kifisia 14
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2. Dimas
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4. Ioakimidis
5.Michaloglou


B Division: Last week of the First Round Liakopoulos is the MAN! - by Chris Mammides
The end of first round in Second division is now a fact! After 15 weeks the team of GS Ermis Peramatos is the winters champion (record of 12-3)and is among the top favorite teams to return to the A2 league just after one year from its relegation. In the other results it is worth mentioning the great road win of Coach Tsakiris's, Diagoras Rodou and the great road win of Coach Baxevanis of Kalamaria in Veroias's court while the dramatic road win of Anagennisi Floga over AIAS Evosmou and finally the derby in Maroussi between the teams of Doukas and Doxa Lefkadas which found the home team of Head Coach Giannopoulos succeeding over Coach Vournass, Doxa Lefkadas in the final second while the game between N. Kifisia and Stratoni didnt have any special interest as the home team thrashed Coach Mythous troops without having any serious problem.

GS Ermis Peramatos - OFI 92-84
Coach Kalabakos saw his top performer and top scorer of the league being unstoppable and basically beating the whole team of OFI by himself. Liakospouloss 46 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals are amazing numbers and are proving once more that in the fight for the top scorer there is no competition.
Quarters: 25-21, 44-43, 64-68, 92-84.
Perama: Nikos Liakopoulos (191-G-83) 46, Vasilis Emmanouilidis (185-G-77) 18
OFI: Alexis Bardas (189-F-81) 26, Karadolamis 13 and Panagakis 12

Megas Alexandros - Diagoras Rodou 73-79
A very important road win took place in Thessaloniki where the home team of M. Alexandros lost another game and many hopes to remain in the division have been disappeared. The first quarter was quite a derby but after the 12th minute the visiting site took an important difference and never lost it. The deficit went up to 12 points before Tassos Dimas (195-F/C-88) and Stafilas cut it to the final six points
Quarters: 18-20, 37-49, 57-69, 73-79.
M. Alexandros: Tassos Dimas 25, Stafilas 18, Kelesidis 16
Diagoras: Stavros Pardakas (201-F-84) 16, Dinopoulos 13, Lazaridis 10

Filippos Veroias - Apollon Kalamarias 65-66
The poors derby took place in Veroia where Coach Baxevanis team overcome a 12 points deficit to finally win the game with one point and basically throw the team of Head Coach Gimas in the darkness of the Third division.
Quarters: 26-20, 39-31, 59-49, 65-66.
Filippos: Makis Iosifidis (192-G-80) 14, Mavridis and Tsakiris 10 each
Apollon: Antonis Moumoglou (192-F-80) 10

N. Kifisia - Stratoni 78-56
Only the first quarter was interesting for the basketball fans as right after that Phillip Hopson (195-G/F-74, college: Barton County CC) and his team-mates took over and they finally succeed an easy win over a team which is losing most of its power in the road games.
Quarters: 24-19, 43-30, 59-44, 78-56.
N. Kifisia: Phillip Hopson 21, Tsiakas 13, Limperopoulos 12
Stratoni: Panagiotis Kigmetoglou (200-F-85) and Kountouratzoglou 14 points per head, Darakis 11

AIAS Evosmou - Anegennisi Floga 85-92
AIS has many problems with the men in gray and that was the reason why there was a serious press release right after the game against the referees. In regards to the game now, the home team took the lead in the first quarter and the score had a deficit between 6-10 points while before the end of the first half the game became a derby when the visiting site scored 5 unanswered points to cut the deficit to the basket. That was it really as after the 32nd minute Anagennisi took the lead and with Sfeikos in a very good shape and with Sakis Spiropoulos (204-C-75) being the top performer succeeded an important road win
Quarters: 24-17, 36- 34, 61-65, 85-92.
AIAS: Thanos Tsimpis (190-G-89, agency: Sfera Sports Association) 17, Asimakis 16, Marousits and Georgoulas 12 per head
Anagennisi: Sakis Spiropoulos 26, Sfeikos 21, Onasoglou 18 and Kotras 11

Aiolos Trikallon - Egaleo 74-65
A derby in the three quarters of the game took place in Trikalla as after the 23rd minute the home team took the initiatives and finally succeeded a pretty easy win over Egaleo. Giorgos Fountas (184-G-77) and Lepeniotis were once again a very strong duet while Siristatidis on behalf of Egaleo was in a medium shape.
Quarters: 14-17, 34-36, 53-49, 74-65.
Aiolos: Giorgos Fountas 21, Lepeniotis 14, Perrotis 13
Egaleo: Giannis Mitropoulos (194-G-83) 18, Siristatidis 14

Doukas Doxa - Lefkadas 63-61
The best game in the last week of the first round took place in Marousi where Coach Giannopoulos team return back in the game upon scoring in the fourth and final quarter a total of 26 points to overcome Doxass players with 26-16 and finally win the game at the end
Quarters: 16-18, 23-34, 37-45, 63-61.
Doukas: Panteleimon Kakkavas (186-G-88) 22, Mihaloglou 15, Barbaris 15, Prokos 11
Doxa: Vagenas 13, Nikos Douvitsas (190-G-84) 14



Last minute transfer news - by Chris Mammides
Nestor Kommatos (203-F-77) after claiming his first MVP award this seazon in his amazing performance over Kavala he joined forces with the Turkish Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi which is currently at the last spot of the Turkish league. The reason of this transfer is to assist the Turks to remain in the division, a month ago the Turkish team offered to Komatos a contract but the Greek forward didn't accept their offer, a month after the offer is much better and the Greek forward said yes to the Turks.

Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81) is officially replacing Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) in PAOK Thessalonikis. The Greek Serbian center knows very well the Greek league and is expected to join forces with the Thessaloniki team in the next couple of days. In the mean time Lazaros allready is on his way to the Russian league


Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77, agency: BeoExcell) is most probably spliting ways with Iraklis after nearly two years in the Thessaloniki's team. Furthermore, Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) is retiring officially after only 2 weeks in Irakli Thessalonikis.

Fanis Koumpouras (185-G-83) is returning to Aris after the new cochign team of Subotic and Papahatzis decided to bring the experience guard back to the Thessaloniki team, the two coaches is expected to give some preciosu time in the court to palyers such as Chrisikopoulos, Tsairelis and of course Koumpouras.





Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Ermis Perama 12-3 
 2. OFI 12-3 
 3. Nea Kifisia 11-4 
 4. MENT 11-4 
 5. Anagennisi 11-4 
 6. Stratoni 9-6 
 7. Doxa Lefkadas 8-6 
 8. Aias Evosmou 8-7 
 9. Egaleo 6-8 
 10. Aiolos Trik. 6-9 
 11. Diagoras 6-9 
 12. Doukas 5-10 
 13. Apollon KL 4-11 
 14. Filippos Veroias 4-11 
 15. M.Alexandros 4-11 


Nestor Kommatos claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Greek forward Nestor Kommatos (203-F-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for Marousi BC and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 33-year old forward had the game-high 26 points adding nine rebounds for Marousi in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kavala (#6, 9-8) 76-63. Marousi maintains the 3rd position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Marousi will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. In the team's last game Kommatos had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Marousi's top player in his first season with the team. Nestor Kommatos averages this season 13.5ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old former international forward Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) of Aris Thessaloniki. Tapoutos impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Aris to edge the lower-ranked Ilysiakos (#13, 4-13) in overtime by 5 points 84-79. This victory allowed Aris to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tapoutos is a newcomer at Aris and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.8ppg (#8). He also registered 6.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Marousi BC's star - Croatian Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80). Bagaric scored 15 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Marousi, helping his team with a 76-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Kavala (#6, 9-8). Marousi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 6 lost games. Bagaric has a great season in Greece. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.1rpg (5th best). He also has 2.2bpg and FGP: 66.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) of Olympiakos - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Milton Palacio (190-G-78) of Kavala - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Evangelos Mantzaris (190-G-90) of Peristeri GS - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Branko Jorovic (205-F-81) of Kavala - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Justin Gray (188-G-84) of PAOK - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Kavala - 17 points and 12 rebounds
10. Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78) of Marousi - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists

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


Magounis' 16 points and 8 rebounds give him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old guard Spyridon Magounis (200-G-85, agency: FCM) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked AGOR and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had the game-high 16 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for AGOR in his team's victory, helping them to beat Panerythraikos (#15, 4-10) 80-73. AGOR maintains the 2nd position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AGOR will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. It's Magounis' second year at AGOR and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Spyridon Magounis averages this season 13.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) of Apollon Patras. He is Serbian forward in his first season at Apollon Patras. In the last game Pantelic recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Apollon Patras to another comfortable win 76-59 over the higher-ranked Panelefsiniakos (#4, 9-5) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory Apollon Patras slide down in the standings to 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Pantelic is a newcomer at Apollon Patras and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another AGOR's star - center Damir Latovic (204-C-80). Latovic scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of AGOR, helping his team with a 80-73 win against the lower-ranked Panerythraikos (#15, 4-10). AGOR needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Latovic has a great season in Greece. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antonis Sivorotka (203-F-85) of Periko/Arhelaos - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Savvas Kaberidis (187-G-78) of Ikaroi Serron - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) of Koroivos - 16 points and 7 rebounds
7. Edgard Jeromanovs (186-G-86) of Periko/Arhelaos - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Nikos Gamouras (202-F-86) of Ermis Lagkada - 15 points and 8 rebounds
9. Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-G-86) of Pagrati - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Nikos Argyropoylos (188-G-78) of Apollon Patras - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Dehoppers 17-2 
 2. Binnenland 15-3 
 3. Groene 13-5 
 4. Red Giants 13-5 
 5. Goba 13-6 
 6. Hoofddorp 12-6 
 7. Almonte 10-9 
 8. Leiden 2 9-8 
 9. Cangeroes 9-10 
 10. Amsterdam 2 6-12 
 11. Akrides 4-15 
 12. Punch 4-15 
 13. Wildcats 3-17 
 14. Black Eagles 2-17 


STOL-Grasshoppers DS1 win their last competition match of the season in Groningen - by Eurobasket
STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk won their last match of the regular competition in Groningen from Celeritas-Donar Groningen by 85-74. Two matches to be played on Sunday will determine the final standings in the league (Uball-Celeritas-Donar Groningen and HLBA-Wereldtickets.nl).
Next week, the play-offs begin for the Katwijks team with an away game. When, what time, and against who will be known late Sunday evening. STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk have shown definite improvement since last season and are demonstrating better results. Maybe theyre not too stable yet, but thats their next target. Hopefully during the pay-offs? That would be a fantastic reward for the team.
Missy Mitidiero was sharp in Groningen with 26 points (6 of 9 3-pointers). Heather Stec is still a bit sick, but nevertheless was good for 19 points and 13 rebounds (scoring 13 of 16 free throws). Karin Kuijt and Anouk Breel both scored 12 points, to which Karin added 6 assists and Anouk 7 rebounds.
The match itself was not one of the best that STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk played this season. It was also not a match with the best shot percentage and most luck. As many as 24 lay-ups and open shots under the board were missed by the Katwijks formation. That demonstrated that the offensive plays were in order, but the shots were not falling, and that made the match look sloppy.
After Celeritas-Donar Groningen opened the scoring, STOL answered with a 2-10 stand on the scoreboard. The game continues to a 7-15 stand in the 7th minute of the first quarter. Then Celeritas-Donar Groningen comes back to 15-17 at the end of the first quarter, when a series of lay-ups are missed by STOL. And that gives an image of the entire match. STOL takes a small lead (max. 14 points), and Celeritas-Donar Groningen fights their way back (to max. 1 point). The Katwijks formation again gives gas to take a similar lead, and Groningen comes to within a couple of points again. The second quarter is a copy of the first. The first half ends with 44-36 on the score board. Missy shoots 4 of her 6 bombs through the net in this quarter, which was very positive for the ladies from Katwijk.
Not our best match, especially by not rewarding ourselves with well-played attacks. explained coach Bo Melis after the match. We played good offensive plays, but that only counts when you throw the ball in, and we neglected to do that during the whole game.
In the third quarter, Shawna Nickols demonstrated that she can do what Missy can. She scores 13 points this quarter (including 3 3-pointers), and brings Groningen back in the match. STOL manages to keep the lead, and hope of a win in Groningen. Celeritas-Donar Groningen wins this period by 24-19, and the teams start the last quarter at 60-63 for STOL.
Heather Stec plays an important role in the 4th quarter. Celeritas-Donar Groningen can only stop her via fouls. This means that from the beginning until the end of the quarter shes standing at the free throw line. Via 8 of 12 free throws and one field score, she makes 10 of the 22 points. STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk come to 85 points (which is pretty good considering they missed 24 lay-ups), and Celeritas-Donar Groningen manages 74 points.
And now the play-offs. says Bo Melis after the game. We had two goals, to win and to play a good match. We reached goal 1, but goal 2 only partially. Next week we have to make the lay-ups and score the points. We have to show every opponent that we can score more than them, and that will be a challenge for any opponent.
Period stands: 15-17; 21-27; 24-19; 14-22;
Scores & rebounds: Missy 24pts; Heather 19pts and 13 rebounds; Karin 12pts and 6 ass; Anouk 12 pts and 7 rebs; Julia 5 pts and 7 rebs; Rianne 5 pts; Eline 4pts and 7 rebs (6 offensive); Ingrid 2pts and Charley no score, but 6 steals, 4 rebs and 3 ass.



Results Dutch Basketball League - by Sanders Jackson
This weekend in Dutch basketball action, Saturday in the Martiniplaza it was a one-sided affair in the northern derby between the defending Dutch champions Gas Terra Flames and De Friesland Aris, with the defending champs closing off a spectacular week, moping the floor with the guests in a blowout win. Meanwhile Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen continued on their ascent in the Dutch standings, cruising to a win over struggling Landstede. In Weert, BS Weert bounced back from a tough Thursday loss vs. Eiffel Towers to defeat ABC Amsterdam and keep pace in the standings.

In the Martiniplaza, GasTerra Flames Groningen went on a 22-0 run between the end of the 1st quarter and the 2nd to seize the momentum, and from there it snowballed, delivering the knockout punch in the 1st half, resulting in an 104-61 blowout win. The Flames led 60-35 at the half and it was from there showtime, with impressive play from Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska), who led seven Donar players in double figures with 18 pts. The Flames also dominated the glass at a 48-32 advantage, shot 62.2% FG, made 10 three-pointers and held their opponents to 40.5% FG with 23 turnovers. Mark Sanchez led the guests with a game-high 19 pts. The team of head coach Marco van den Berg continues to further distant themselves from the rest of the Dutch competition, as witnessed in Thursday's impressive win over other title contender Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden. Personally I don't see a team that has what it takes to pose a challenge to the Flames this season, much less even have illusions of winning vs. them. The way the Flames have been playing as of late, my question is this: why bother searching for another coach next season?

In the Horstacker, Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen also closed off a good week, averting Landstede runs through periods in the game, making a strong case for at least home court advantage in at least the 1st round of the playoffs, winning comfortably over reeling Landstede 78-66. The team of Magixx head coach Michael Schuurs led 48-34 at the half and had Landstede on its heels throughout the game, forcing the guests to exert too much energy in making a comeback. Landstede would eventually cut it close in crunchtime to 66-60, but Magixx answered with timely stops, better usage in its rotations, and had more gas in the tank at the win to seal the deal. Zaire Taylor led the way with 17 pts. Nikki Hulzebos led Landstede with 13 pts. and recent signee Nate Rohnert had a double-double of 12 pts. and 13 rebounds. Magixx are kncking on the door for 3rd place, improved its record to 18-9 while Landstede's chances for a playoff spot worsens by the day, falling to 6-21 and losers of 5 in a row and 13 of the last 14.

In Weert, despite being without the services of best inside player Sergio de Randamie and Robert Krabbendam (213-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia Tech), and head coach Hakim Salem (suspension), ABC Amsterdam kept it within striking distance until the last two minutes of the game, but the points stayed in Weert, with the Limburgers winning 74-65. Donta Minter had his best game of the season, scoring 26 pts. with 9 rebounds. Jessey Voorn led the guests with 14 pts. BS Weert had a 42-35 rebounding advantage and only committed 9 turnovers. With the win, BS Weert stay within striking range of 5th place De Friesland Aris, being one game behind.



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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. Cunningham, Kapos.8.1 
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. LaGrange, Kecsk.4.3 
 10. Horvath, Szolnok4.3 
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 


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  ICELAND   


Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Snaefell 15-3 
 2. KR 14-4 
 3. Grindavik 12-5 
 4. Keflavik 12-5 
 5. Stjarnan 9-8 
 6. Haukar 8-9 
 7. IR 7-11 
 8. Tindastoll 7-11 
 9. Hamar 6-11 
 10. Njardvik 6-11 
 11. Fjolnir 5-12 
 12. KFI 3-14 


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Keflavik
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Sanders, Keflavik26.3 
 2. Springer, Fjolnir24.2 
 3. Trifunovic, Keflavik23.0 
 4. Inge, Haukar22.8 
 5. Biedler, IR21.5 
 6. Walker, KR21.3 
 7. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 8. Sovic, IR21.1 
 9. Bartolotta, IR21.0 
 10. Amoroso, Snaefell20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Robinson, Haukar14.1 
 2. Biedler, IR12.4 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.5 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik11.2 
 5. Amoroso, Snaefell10.3 
 6. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 7. Springer, Fjolnir10.2 
 8. Fain, Tindastoll9.9 
 9. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.3 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.5 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.6 
 5. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan5.3 
 7. Cunningham, Tinda.5.2 
 8. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 9. Inge, Haukar5.1 
 10. Arnarson, Hamar5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Inge, Haukar3.3 
 2. Fain, Tindastoll3.2 
 3. Schoen, KFI3.0 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Milicevic, KFI2.8 
 6. Biedler, IR2.8 
 7. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.8 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.5 
 9. Ermolinskij, KR2.3 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.1 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.6 
 3. Biedler, IR2.0 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.8 
 5. Pettinella, Grindavik1.6 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.5 
 7. Sanders, Keflavik1.5 
 8. Aorsteinsson, Kefla.1.4 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.4 
 10. Hafsteinsson, Fjolnir1.3 


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  INDIA   


Federation Cup-Semi-finals showdown on Monday, February 14th - by M. Rajalingam
The semi-finals show down of the mens and womens basketball teams will be happening on 14th February, 2011 from 3 pm onwards. Home Favorite Chhattisgarh womens team will be lead by Anju Lakra, who will be playing to protect her home turf.

In the Mens section, all time favorite IOB Chennai will be playing against Indian army in the second semi-finals.

Semi-Finals Schedule : 25th IMG Reliance Federation Cup National Basketball Championship, Raipur


Women: Southern Railway vs Delhi 3:00 PM

Men: ONGC vs. Western Railway 4:30 PM

Women: Chhattisgarh vs. Kerala 6:00 PM

Men: Indian Army vs IOB (Chennai) 7:30 PM




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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. Killester 13-2 
 2. DCU Saints 9-7 
 3. UCD Marian 8-9 
 4. Belfast Star 5-9 
 5. Ulster Elks 3-12 
South Conference
 1. UL Eagles 12-2 
 2. UCC Demons 9-5 
 3. Neptune 8-7 
 4. Moycullen 1-15 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Longmire, Belfast .29.1 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune27.8 
 3. Van, UCC Demons25.0 
 4. Mitchell, UL Ea.24.2 
 5. Foley, Ulster Elks23.8 
 6. Turner, Killester23.5 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.23.2 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.22.2 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen20.8 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.7 
 2. Van, UCC Demons14.5 
 3. Ambler, Moycullen13.1 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.2 
 5. Turner, Killester10.9 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.10.3 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.10.1 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune9.4 
 9. Longmire, Belfast .8.9 
 10. Trimmer, DCU S.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.4 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.8 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian5.2 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.9 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.3 
 6. Westbrooks, Killester3.4 
 7. Turner, Killester3.3 
 8. Clarke, Killester3.3 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.3.2 
 10. Foley, Ulster Elks3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  Neptune
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. McGinn, Neptune3.4 
 2. Noonan, Neptune2.8 
 3. Donnelly, DCU S.2.6 
 4. Turner, Killester2.5 
 5. Kelly, Killester2.4 
 6. Dowd, Moycullen2.3 
 7. Westbrooks, Killester2.3 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.2.3 
 9. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 10. Nihill, Moycullen2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Van, UCC Demons2.5 
 2. Baynes, UCD Marian2.4 
 3. Bonaparte, Neptune2.2 
 4. Turner, Killester2.1 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 6. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.9 
 7. Longmire, Belfast .1.8 
 8. Ambler, Moycullen0.9 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.0.9 
 10. Duggan, UCC Demons0.8 


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  ITALY   


Italian Lega2 round 20 best performance: Joseph Crispin - by Eurobasket News
American guard Joseph Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sigma Barcellona, receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, two rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Immobiliare SR (#6, 12-8) 84-77. Barcellona is placed at 4th position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Barcellona will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. In the team's last game Crispin had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Barcellona's top player in his first season with the team. Former The Pennsylvania State University star has very solid stats this year. Crispin is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.2ppg), assists (2nd best: 5.2apg) and averages impressive 57.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Ruben Boykin (201-F-85) of Assigeco Banca Popolare di Lodi. Boykin had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Assigeco cruised to a 97-90 overtime win over the higher-ranked Tuscany PT (#9, 9-11). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Assigeco keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-12 record. Boykin is a newcomer at Assigeco, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88) of Tuscany PT (#9). Varnado scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Varnado's great performance Tuscany PT lost 90-97in overtime to the lower-ranked Assigeco (#12, 8-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Tuscany PT ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Varnado could help Tuscany PT to bring them higher in the standings. Varnado has a great season in Italy. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.2rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.1spg, 3.0bpg and FGP: 56.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83) of Forli - 26 points and 11 rebounds
5. Gerald Lee (208-F-87) of Snaidero UD - 20 points and 10 rebounds
6. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86) of Assigeco - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Demian Filloy (198-F-82) of Immobiliare SR - 18 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Paul Marigney (192-G-82) of Assigeco - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Barry Elder (193-G-82) of Fileni BPA - 27 points and 3 rebounds
10. Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81) of Aget Imola - 16 points and 12 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)


A Dilettanti, Round 22 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

The first 3 teams Perugia, Brescia and Trento lose their matches in this round, take advantage the others to shorten the standing. Piacenza wins on the court of Brescia for 73-67 and reaches the second place with 30 points, shared with other 3 teams (including the Centrale del latte). For the visitors Marco Passera (180-G-82) is the MVP with 20 points, 8/20 at shoot, 6 steals, 5 assist and 10 fouls suffered. 19 points of Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81) with 7/10 by 2 and 7 rebounds, 14 points for Nelson Rizzitiello (198-G/F-84) and 13 points with 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assist for German Scarone (190-G-75). Only 2 points for Roberto Cazzaniga (205-F/C-78) and Mirko Trapella (206-F-88) that close respectively with 9 and 8 rebounds. For the hosts top scorer, from the bench, is Franko Bushati (188-G-85) with 17 points, 4 assist and 7/9 at shoot. In the starting five there are 14 points for Massimo Rezzano (204-F/C-82) and Lorenzo Gergati (188-G-84) (for the first 8 rebounds, for the second 3 assist) and 13 points for Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-F-81) with 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Important victory for Omenga against Trieste (74-63) that get the victory number 15 of the season, decisive the partial of the third quarter (22-14 for the Paffoni). Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) led the team with 16 points adding 7 rebounds and 3 steals, 16 points also for Marco Carra (185-G-80) with 7/8 in the free throws, 12 points and 3 assist for Marco Ammannato (202-F/C-88, agency: Players Group) and 10 points of Andrea Saccaggi (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances). For the Acegas 13 points of the ex Biella Tommaso Raspino (196-G-89, agency: Players Group) with 5 steals and 2 blocks, 12 points for Michele Benfatto (205-F/C-85) (with 5 rebounds) and Daniele Magro (207-F-87) (that adds 3 steals in 18 minutes) and 8 points in only 14 minutes for Andrea Coronica (188-G-93). The other results:

Consum.it Siena - Goldengas Senigallia 77-52 (D.Casadei 18 pts & 9 reb, G.Tomasiello 16 pts & 7 ass, D.Perini 2 blk, D.Bozzetto 9 reb)
P.Mitchell Pavia - Co.Mark Treviglio 77-59 (S.Borgna 21 pts & 6 stl, P.Biligha 20 pts & 16 reb, T.Marino 9 ass)
Cartiere Riva - PentaG. Ozzano 91-71 (M.Negri 20 pts, G.Gazzotti 8 reb, A.Scanzi 18 pts & 5 ass, M.Filattiera 5 ass, G.Pastori 5 stl)
SBS Castelletto - Bitumcalor Trento 86-70 (A.Benevelli 23 pts, L.Gandini 10 reb, G.Palombita-L.Conte 5 ass, A.DeNicolao 4 stl & 4 ass, L.Masieri 20 pts)
La Fortezza Recanati - Liomatic Perugia 67-59 (D.Parente 15 pts, O.Chiaramello 16 reb, R.Fossati 4 ass, M.Caroldi-G.Chiatti 5 stl)
Edilcost Osimo - Zerouno Moncalieri 60-86 (G.Rinaldi 26 pts, E.Gaeta 10 reb, A.Ghedini 6 ass, F.Giusto 5 stl & 4 ass, C.Masper 18 pts)

Group B

Another victory for Trapani that taking advantage of the the negative moment of Rieti. With this win (89-80 with a third quarter win for 24-14) the Shinelco confirms the first place, great game for Walter Santarossa (200-F-78) that scores 23 points with 8/13 at shoot, 16 points of Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84), 14 points for Francesco Guarino (182-G-79) with 7 rebounds and 5 assist, double-double for Luca Bisconti (206-F/C-82) with 12 points + 11 rebounds adding also 4 blocks and 9 points with 4 steals for Ariel Svoboda (192-G-85, agency: Players Group). For the Sebastiani fourth consecutive defeat, not enough the 25 points of Davide Virgilio (175-G-72) with 11/14 at shoot, 4 assist but 9 turnovers. For the others 14 points of 3 players: Gints Antrops (202-F-82, agency: Interperformances) (with 3 blocks), Gennaro Tessitore (193-G-82) and Davide Zambon (203-F-78, college: American) (7/11 by 2, 5 rebounds and 3 steals). Ruvo, with the net victory at Agrigento for 56-73, remains with only 2 points be recovered at the second place. The hosts confirm the second lowest place with the defeat number 16 and with a very bad start in the first 20 minutes (20-40), too alone Michele Giovanatto (202-F-81) that closes with 22 points (40% of the entire team) and 10 rebounds (9/14 at shoot). For the others only Andrea Casella (197-G-90, agency: Interperformances) in double digit with 11 points and 6 rebounds. For the Adriatica very good performance of Stefano Simeoli (200-F-86) (starting by the bench) with 21 points, 9/10 at shoot and 4 rebounds (26 of ranking in only 22 minutes). For the others 11 points and 6 rebounds of Andrea Zerini (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) and 8 points for Davide Bonacini (190-G-90, agency: Interperformances) and Simone Bonfiglio (181-G-88) (with 3 steals). In the other matches:

Bawer Matera - Itop Palestrina 70-59 (D.Ricciardi 22 pts & 3 stl, R.Coviello 13 reb, F.Lovatti 4 ass, M.Spippoli 11 reb, F.Gilardi 19 pts)
FMC Ferentino - Ambrosia Bisceglie 80-61 (I.Ochoa 16 pts & 8 reb, A.Iannuzzi-D.Rosignoli 8 reb, G.Coronini 6 ass, M.Carrizo-F.Alessandri 4 ass)
Ascom Patti - Assi Ostuni 69-79 (F.Basei 22 pts & 15 reb, S.Gigena 10 reb, T.Gullo 5 ass & 4 stl, G.Sereni 4 stl, C.Contaldo 19 pts)
AD S.Antimo - Cisa Massafra 76-50 (D.Calabria 17 pts & 7 reb & 5 stl, F.Quaglia-S.Plumari 8 reb, C.Cantone 6 ass, A.Iardella 6 stl & 6 ass)
Ford Molfetta - Romana Anagni 72-91 (A.Giampaoli 24 pts, S.Orlando 11 reb, A.Maggi 7 ass, D.Corral 6 ass, M.Soave 4 stl, G.Bruni 5 stl)
Publisys Potenza - Benacquista Latina 72-70 (M.Giuri 23 pts & 3 stl, S.Scrocco-M.Soloperto 9 reb, S.Bagnoli 9 reb & 4 ass, F.Ruini 6 ass)


Enel Brindisi adds Maurice Taylor - by Eurobasket News
Maurice Taylor (206-F-76, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Michigan) is a new member of Enel Brindisi. The American forward signed a deal for rest of the season. Taylor also has Italian passport so he will not play in Brindisi as import.
Maurice Taylor finished last season with Benetton Treviso. He joined them in January averaging 5.7 points and 1.9 rebounds for 11 SerieA games. Taylor started last season in China. He was a member of Shanxi Zhongyu registering 18.8 ppg and 7 rpg for 29 games in IBL. On season 2008/09, Taylor played for AJ Milano. He joined them in January of 2009 collecting 8.5 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 17 games in Italy.
Maurice Taylor is a player with NBA experience. From 1997 to 2000 he played for the Clippers and after that he spent five years with the Rockets. Later, Taylor joined Knicks and finally ended his NBA career with the Sacramento Kings.
Enel Brindisi currently has 5-13 record in SerieA.


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. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 9. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.8 
 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. Marigney, Assigeco3.6 
 8. Farabello, N.Fer.3.6 
 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. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 4. Hunter, Sunrise .2.8 
 5. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 6. Cerella, Assigeco2.5 
 7. Radulovic, Sunris.2.5 
 8. Davis, Sunrise .2.5 
 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. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.7 


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  JAPAN   


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .19.6 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido18.4 
 3. Orimo, Hokkaido17.3 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin16.4 
 5. Takeuchi, Aishin16.2 
 6. Forehan-K., Aishin15.7 
 7. O''Bannon, Toshiba15.2 
 8. Kinoshita, Panasonic14.9 
 9. Smith, Hitachi S.14.3 
 10. Hale, Mitsubishi14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.12.2 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.2 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido9.6 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota8.6 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin8.1 
 6. O''Bannon, Toshiba7.6 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi7.2 
 8. Violette, Toshiba7.1 
 9. Ricci, Toyota7.0 
 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. Kashiwakura, Hokka.3.8 
 4. Kinoshita, Panasonic3.7 
 5. Igarashi, Mitsubishi3.6 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido3.1 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.0 
 9. Miyanga, Toshiba2.9 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.1 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido1.7 
 3. Forehan-K., Aishin1.4 
 4. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.4 
 5. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 6. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.2 
 7. Custis, Panasonic1.2 
 8. Igarashi, Mitsubishi1.1 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.1 
 10. Frahm, Aishin1.1 
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.1.1 
 4. Lett, Mitsubishi0.9 
 5. Aono, Panasonic0.9 
 6. Lewis, Hokkaido0.8 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido0.7 
 8. Takahashi, Toyota0.6 
 9. Gross, Aishin0.6 
 10. Forehan-K., Aishin0.6 


JBL Round 30: Panasonic Trians defeat leader Aishin Sea Horses - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Aishin Sea Horses (22-8) in Osaka on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by third ranked Panasonic Trians (20-10) 80-77. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-77. It was a good game for the former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Jerald Honeycutt (205-74, college: Tulane) contributed with 13 points for the winners. The former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for Aishin Sea Horses. Panasonic Trians moved-up to second place, which they share with Toyota. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side still keep top position with eight games lost. Panasonic Trians is looking forward to face league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aishin Sea Horses will play at home against Hokkaido in Saporro and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Nagoya. Seventh ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (10-20) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th ranked Toshiba Thunders (15-15) 72-70 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. The former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) scored 27 points to lead the charge for the winners and Ontario Lett chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Yatsutoshi Uda (190-86) with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mitsubishi Dolphins maintains seventh position with 10-20 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the fourth place with 15 games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against higher ranked Tochigi Brex (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Toshiba Thunders will play against Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Saporro was also quite interesting. Second ranked Toyota Alvark (20-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Hokkaido (8-22). Toyota Alvark defeated Hokkaido 84-74 on Sunday. Jeff Gibbs notched 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by Jai Lewis did not help to save the game for Hokkaido. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-10 record having just two points less than leader Aishin, which they share with Panasonic. Hokkaido lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 22 games lost. Toyota Alvark will meet at home Panasonic Trians (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hokkaido will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses (#1) in Kariya and hope to secure a win.
The game between fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (14-16) and 6th ranked Tochigi Brex (11-19) in Osaka ended with biggest points difference. Hitachi Sunrockers outscored guests from Tochigi 84-58. The best player for the winners was Joji Takeuchi who scored 9 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 blocks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains fifth position with 14-16 record. Defending champion Tochigi Brex keeps the sixth place with 19 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers' next round opponent will be higher ranked Toshiba Thunders (#4) in Kanagawa and it may be quite challenging game. Tochigi Brex will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Panasonic - Aishin 80-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Aishin Sea Horses (22-8) in Osaka on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by third ranked Panasonic Trians (20-10) 80-77. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-77. It was a good game for the former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Jerald Honeycutt (205-74, college: Tulane) contributed with 13 points for the winners. The former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and the former international center J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Aishin Sea Horses. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Panasonic Trians moved-up to second place, which they share with Toyota. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side still keep top position with eight games lost. Panasonic Trians is looking forward to face league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aishin Sea Horses will play at home against Hokkaido in Saporro and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Panasonic: F.Aono 13+13reb+5ast, M.Nagayama 13+4ast, J.Honeycutt 13+3reb+2ast, T.Onishi 13+3reb+2ast, H.Kinoshita 10+3ast, K.Hirose 9+2reb
Aishin: K.Takeuchi 17+10reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 16+6reb+4ast, R.Frahm 11+4reb+2ast, R.Forehan-Kelly 11+6reb+2ast, T.Amino 8+2reb, T.Furukawa 8+1reb
gschID: 119816


Hokkaido - Toyota 74-84

The game in Saporro was also quite interesting. Second ranked Toyota Alvark (20-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Hokkaido (8-22). Toyota Alvark defeated Hokkaido 84-74 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota Alvark. Hokkaido managed to win third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toyota Alvark dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Hokkaido's 36. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) notched 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) supported him with 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) did not help to save the game for Hokkaido. The former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) added 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Toyota Alvark have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-10 record having just two points less than leader Aishin, which they share with Panasonic. Hokkaido lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 22 games lost. Toyota Alvark will meet at home Panasonic Trians (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hokkaido will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses (#1) in Kariya and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Toyota: J.Gibbs 15+7reb+4ast, P.Ricci 15+2reb, T.Watanabe 11+4reb+1ast, M.Takahashi 10+4reb+2ast, T.Kumagai 8+4reb+2ast, T.Shonaka 8+2reb+1ast
Hokkaido: J.Lewis 16+7reb, R.Sakurai 14+5reb+2ast, D.Yamada 14+5reb+3ast, T.Orimo 13+2reb+1ast, D.Noguchi 7+1reb, H.Kashiwakura 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 119813


Hitachi S. - Tochigi Brex 84-58

The game between fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (14-16) and 6th ranked Tochigi Brex (11-19) in Osaka ended with biggest points difference. Hitachi Sunrockers outscored guests from Tochigi 84-58. The game without a history. Hitachi Sunrockers 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 Tochigi Brex's 38. The best player for the winners was the former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-85) who scored 9 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 blocks. American power forward Tyler Smith (203-80, college: Penn St.) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who recorded 14 points and the former international guard Yuta Tabuse (173-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) added 7 points and 6 assists respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains fifth position with 14-16 record. Defending champion Tochigi Brex keeps the sixth place with 19 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers' next round opponent will be higher ranked Toshiba Thunders (#4) in Kanagawa and it may be quite challenging game. Tochigi Brex will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi S.: T.Smith 18+6reb+1ast, D.Kobayashi 13+2ast, F.Nishimura 11+2ast, K.Matsui 11+2reb, A.Aboya 10+2reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 9+12reb+10ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 14+3reb+1ast, M.Kataoka 12+3reb, Y.Tabuse 7+2reb+6ast, S.Merritt 6+6reb+1ast, N.Namizato 6+2reb+1ast, H.Omiya 4
gschID: 119814


Mitsubishi - Toshiba 72-70

Important game to mention about took place in Nagoya. Seventh ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (10-20) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th ranked Toshiba Thunders (15-15) 72-70 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders were ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 27-17 charge of Mitsubishi Dolphins, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Toshiba Thunders outrebounded Mitsubishi Dolphins 43-31 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) scored 27 points to lead the charge for the winners and American-Spanish forward Ontario Lett (198-79, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Yatsutoshi Uda (190-86) with 21 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mitsubishi Dolphins maintains seventh position with 10-20 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the fourth place with 15 games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against higher ranked Tochigi Brex (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Toshiba Thunders will play against Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi: K.Igarashi 27+1reb+1ast, O.Lett 10+12reb+3ast, K.Nakagawa 9+2reb+3ast, Y.Ueta 7+2reb, R.Hale 5+5reb, S.Kajimaya 5
Toshiba: Y.Uda 21+8reb+3ast, C.O'Bannon 19+7reb+1ast, Y.Kagami 12+1reb+2ast, C.Violette 8+8reb, K.Sato 4+1reb+4ast, Y.Miyanga 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 119815




Japanese BJ League round 32 best performance: Cyrus Tate - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85, agency: Edge Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Oita H.Devils, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 18 rebounds, while his team edged out Hamamatsu P. (#1, 26-4) 88-86. Oita H.Devils maintains the 6th position in Japanese BJ League. Oita H.Devils 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 15-18 record. Tate just recently signed at Oita H.Devils, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Cyrus Tate averages this season 8.8ppg and 7.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Reggie Golson (201-F-81, agency: Court Side) of Shimane Susanoo Magic. Golson had a very good evening with a double-double of 33 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Shimane to edge slightly higher-ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (#5, 15-16) 82-80. Shimane's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-18 record. Golson is a newcomer at Shimane, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Jeff Newton (205-C-81) of Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (#3). Newton scored 20 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Newton's great performance Okinawa GK lost 89-94 to slightly lower-ranked Saitama Bron. (#5, 13-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Okinawa GK needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 18 victories and 13 lost games. Newton has a great season in Japan. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.2rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wendell White (198-G-84) of Kyoto Hannaryz - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jerrell Smith (206-F-85) of Toyama Grouses - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84) of Shiga Lakestars - 16 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Anthony McHenry (201-G/F-83) of Okinawa GK - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Zachary Andrews (203-F/C-85) of Niigata Albirex - 10 points and 21 rebounds
9. Chris Holm (212-C/F-84) of Sendai 89ers - 10 points and 23 rebounds
10. Elijah Palmer (201-F-81) of Miyazaki - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 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)


Best players of Japanese JBL round 29 - by Eurobasket News
Former international Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Aishin Sea Horses and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 25-year old had a double-double of 22 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Panasonic (#3, 19-10) with 16-point margin 79-63. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Aishin to consolidate first place in the Japanese JBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aishin has a very solid 22-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Takeuchi has many years of experience at Aishin, through which he has constantly improved. Takeuchi has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.2ppg) and averages solid 1.6bpg and 58.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75) of Toshiba Brave Thunders. O'Bannon impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Toshiba to edge the lower-ranked Mitsubishi (#7, 9-20) by 4 points 79-75. Toshiba's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-14 record is not bad at all. O'Bannon is a newcomer at Toshiba and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#8). He also registered 7.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of second-ranked Toyota Alvark. Ricci scored 15 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Toyota, leading his team to a 72-64 win against the lower-ranked Hokkaido (#8, 8-21). Toyota needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 10 lost games. Ricci has a great season in Japan. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.2rpg (8th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 61.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christian Maraker (206-F-82) of Hokkaido - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Scott Merritt (208-C-82) of Tochigi Brex - 13 points and 17 rebounds
6. Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85) of Hitachi S. - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kei Igarashi (180-G-80) of Mitsubishi - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76) of Aishin - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of Toyota - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80) of Hitachi S. - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


JBA Introduces new merger plan - by John Scribe
The Daily Asahi Newspaper today reported that the Japan Basketball Association (JBA) sent its proposal for a new basketball to the Basketball Japan (BJ) League.

For the last couple of year, the JBLand BJ have stated that each league were in talks with the other to discuss a merger starting in 2013.
At the time, there was speculation that not all teams would be able to merge. There were rumors that certain JBL teams would not join the new league because
it insisted that it would not be a 100% percent entity. On the other hand, the rumor on the BJ side was the fact that there weren't enough financially solvent
teams that could withstand the financial impact of paying players and be self-sustaining; this allowing only the financially strong teams to merge.

The new proposal had a different characteristic compared to the aforementioned rumors.

The highlight of the official proposal mentions that a whole new league will be formed as a 'Pro' League and start play in 2013.
A total of 36 teams vying for a championship. The 36 teams will include current
JBL and BJ Teams, along with the cities that are currently applying for expansion in the BJ League.
Participating teams will be free to name their teams with company name or the name of its home city. Pro and amateur teams will initially be allowed to compete.

The Daily Asahi made notice that the proposal did not stipulate when corporate teams will have to complete its transition to become a full-fledged professional team.
This leaves doubt that the BJ League will swallow the conditions of this proposal since the BJ is adamant about playing in a league that relies on basketball-related
revenue to be successful, and not function as a corporate team.


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


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  KENYA   


Kenyan teams fall to hosts in Kigali finals - by Kristian Santiago
(By The Daily Nation)
Kenyas mens and womens national basketball teams were locked out of the Africa Nations Cup and All Africa Games competitions after they lost to hosts Rwanda in decisive matches of the Zone Five qualifiers in Kigali on Saturday night.

After 17 years of waiting, Kenyas mens side will have to wait longer for continental action after the much improved Rwanda clobbered them 74-46.

Both teams had tied on six points in the five-team tournament, leaving their closing game to determine the winner.

Strongman Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian) and Ancette Wafula (198-F/C-70) were restricted to 11 points and 10 respectively.

The victory earned Rwanda a ticket to both the Nations Cup and All Africa Games.

In the womens decisive match, Kenyas chances also went up in smoke when Rwanda beat them 57-54 in a hard-fought tie.

The teams had locked on eight points each and their last fixture of the six-team tournament was to separate them.

With 46 seconds left, the score stood at 54-54 with Rwanda winning on a tie breaking three-pointer shot.

Unbeaten Rwanda amassed 10 points while Kenya were runners-up on nine points.

But Kenya had already qualified for the All Africa Games after having finished among the five top teams at the last games in Algiers.

But Kenya will now miss out of the Nations Cup in which they finished second to hosts Senegal in 1992 to qualify for the World Championships for the first time.




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  KOSOVO   


Kosovan National Team 2011 - by Greg
Kosovan National Team For The Tournament of Independence of Kosovo
#s#
Fahri Breca
Breca
Granit Rugova
Rugova
Blerim Mazreku
Mazreku
Edmond Azemi
Azemi
Gazmend Asllani
Asllani
#e#5
Fahri Breca 190-G-85 Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
Granit Rugova 196-F-86 Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
Valentin Spaqi 194-G-79 Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
Alban Veseli 200-F-90 Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
Fisnik Rugova 206-G/F-89 Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
Gazmend Sinani 203-F-92 Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
Blerim Mazreku 206-F/C-81 Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
Edmond Azemi 201-G/F-80 Lirija FYR Macedonia
Gezim Morina 204-C/F-92 LTHcast Mercator Slovenia
Gazmend Asllani 200-F-86 Trepca Kosovo
Vigan Radoni 89 Peja Kosovo
Samir Shaptahovic 174-G-81 Peja Kosovo
Rron Grapci Peja Kosovo
Edis Kuraja 201-F-82 Peja Kosovo

Arben Krasniqi Head Coach Sigal Prishtina Kosovo


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Willjam, Barons16.3 
 3. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 4. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs15.5 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 6. Veselovs, Valmiera15.0 
 7. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 8. Berzins, VEF R.14.9 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja14.8 
 10. Nelyubov, VEF R.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 2. Valeika, Valmiera7.8 
 3. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 4. Berzins, VEF R.7.6 
 5. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.2 
 7. Rozitis, Zemgale6.8 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.5 
 9. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.4 
 10. Piternieks, LU5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Willjam, Barons4.8 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.5 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.1 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja3.4 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.4 
 10. Piternieks, LU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Jahovics, VEF R.2.1 
 3. Mitchell, Liepaja1.9 
 4. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 5. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Slisans, LU1.6 
 8. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 9. Berzins, VEF R.1.5 
 10. Bertans, VEF R.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.9 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja1.0 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 9. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 10. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.7 


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


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Halcones and Regatas reach Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Group F
Regatas C. - Halc.Xalapa 60-98
Halcones Xalapa thrashed Regatas Corrientes on the final day of action in Liga Americas Group F. The victory allowed the Mexican team clinch the top position in the standings. Regatas Corrientes finished at 2-1 record and also reached the Final Four stage of the tournament. Mike Smith (201-G/F-76, college: La-Monroe) came up with 22 points to lead Halcones Xalapa in this one. The teams stayed tied after ten minutes of action 16:16. But then Leandro Garcia Morales and Mike Smith took the floor as they piloted the visitors to a comfortable 45:28 lead at halftime. Halcones dominated the third period. They registered a 72:45 advantage with one quarter to go. Regatas failed to recover in the remaining minutes and surrendered at the end. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) delivered 20 points and 9 boards for Xalapa. Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) added 14 points in the winning effort. Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 15 points for Regatas. Eduardo Villares (188-G-79) had 13 points in the loss.

Quimsa - BRB/Brasilia 73-62
Quimsa finished their Liga Americas campaign on a high note. The Argentineans toppled Uniceub/BRB to improve at 1-2 record in Group F. Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) and Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) scored 17 points each to lead Quimsa to the initial win in Corrientes. Uniceub/BRB fell at 1-2 record and failed to advance into Final Four. Quimsa opened the game with a stifling defense. They held the Brazilian champions to only 7 points in the starting quarter to record a 4-point lead. Quimsa continued to stay in charge in the second term. They posted a 26:20 lead at halftime. Uniceub/BRB cut the deficit but Quimsa capped the third term with a 10:2 run to take a 43:33 after three quarters of action. Uniceub/BRB pulled as close as three points in the fourth quarter but Quimsa scored several crucial baskets and ran away for the win at the end. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) provided 12 points for Quimsa. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Uniceub/BRB. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points in the loss.




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


The teams for the FIBA Americas League Final Four are set, the bidding process begins - by Eurobasket
The teams that will play in the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League are set after finishing Group F of the FIBA Americas League in Corrientes, Argentina. Now the bidding process to host the finals begins.

Halcones UV Xalapa (MEX) and Regatas Corrientes (ARG) were the two best teams in Group F that ended on Sunday in Corrientes, Argentina and join Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (MEX) and Capitanes de Arecibo (PUR) who qualified in Group E that was played in Veracruz.

By finishing the semifinal phase and knowing the four teams that qualified, the bidding process to host the Final Four has started.

The four teams that qualified already organized a group in this continental club competition. Halcones UV Xalapa organized Group B and Capitanes Group D, both in the first round and Halcones Rojos Group E and Regatas Group F in the second round. The host city can be determined with the best economic proposal since all of the groups were well organized and complied with all the requirements imposed by FIBA Americas. The bidding starts at $150,000 (USD).

FIBA Americas will announce the host of the Final Four this week after looking at the proposals sent by the teams interested.

There will be a new champion in the FIBA Americas League after Pearol Mar del Plata and Uniceub/BRB were eliminated in the second round. Pearol won the 2007/2008 and 2009/2010 editions and Uniceub won the 2008/2009 tournament.



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.19.7 
 7. Roe, Halc.Xalapa18.8 
 8. Romero, Espartanos18.7 
 9. Brown, Sionista18.3 
 10. Henning, Toros18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Martinez, Cocodrilos14.7 
 2. Kvietek, Dep.Espa.13.0 
 3. Matthews, Defensor10.7 
 4. Jackson, Mavort10.3 
 5. Zilli, Sionista10.0 
 6. Henning, Toros9.3 
 7. Giovannoni, BRB/B.9.2 
 8. Teichmann, Flame.9.0 
 9. Araujo, Dep.Espanol9.0 
 10. Roe, Halc.Xalapa8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nezinho DOS SANTOS
  BRB/Brasilia
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. dos Santos, BRB/B.6.3 
 2. Gonzalez, Defensor6.0 
 3. Franco, Sionista5.3 
 4. Garcia, BR.5.2 
 5. Pagan, Toros5.0 
 6. Mazzaro, Quimsa4.5 
 7. Martinez, Regat.4.4 
 8. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.4.2 
 9. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.0 
 10. Machado, Flamengo3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Reinaldo GARCIA
  Mavort
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Garcia, Mavort3.0 
 2. Pagan, Toros3.0 
 3. Montas, Caneros2.7 
 4. Woodward, Defensor2.7 
 5. Teichmann, Flame.2.3 
 6. Campazzo, Penarol2.2 
 7. Machado, Flamengo2.2 
 8. Garcia, BR.2.0 
 9. Mazzaro, Quimsa2.0 
 10. Morales, Dep.Espa.2.0 
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. Roe, Halc.Xalapa1.8 
 6. Robinson, Halc..1.7 
 7. Mata, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 8. Traylor, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 9. Aubry, Capitanes1.7 
 10. Teichmann, Flame.1.5 


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 23
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.23.0 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.7 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.19.8 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.4 
 5. Jurkus, Silute17.8 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.17.6 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.3 
 9. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 10. Vileita, Pieno Z.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vytautas-Edvardas PIKALAVICIUS
  Delikatesas
  (196-F/G-90)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.5 
 2. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.5 
 3. Mockevicius, Akade.10.4 
 4. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.4 
 5. Brusokas, Perla.8.3 
 6. Nedzinskas, Silute7.7 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.6 
 8. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.3 
 9. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.2 
 10. Jucikas, Delikatesas7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.7 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.3 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.5.0 
 4. Sapiega, Erelita4.6 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.4.5 
 7. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.4 
 8. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.1 
 9. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 10. Kutra, Delikatesas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.8 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.2.6 
 3. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.6 
 4. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.4 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 6. Metelica, Erelita2.4 
 7. Radavicius, Meres.2.3 
 8. Sapiega, Erelita2.3 
 9. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.1 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.6 
 2. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.9 
 3. Urbonas, LK.1.9 
 4. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.8 
 5. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 6. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.3 
 7. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 8. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.3 
 9. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.0.9 
 10. Milinskas, Triobe.0.9 


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  MEXICO   


Halcones Xalapa thump Regatas, advance into Liga Americas Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa - Regatas Corrientes 98:60

Halcones Xalapa thrashed Regatas Corrientes on the final day of action in Liga Americas Group F. The victory allowed the Mexican team clinch the top position in the standings. Regatas Corrientes finished at 2-1 record and also reached the Final Four stage of the tournament. Mike Smith (201-G/F-76, college: La-Monroe) came up with 22 points to lead Halcones Xalapa in this one.
The teams stayed tied after ten minutes of action 16:16. But then Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) and Mike Smith took the floor as they piloted the visitors to a comfortable 45:28 lead at halftime. Halcones dominated the third period. They registered a 72:45 advantage with one quarter to go. Regatas failed to recover in the remaining minutes and surrendered at the end. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) delivered 20 points and 9 boards for Xalapa. Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) added 14 points in the winning effort. Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 15 points for Regatas. Eduardo Villares (188-G-79) had 13 points in the loss.

Halcones Xalapa: Mike Smith 22, Louis Roe 20, Victor Mariscal 14
Regatas Corrientes: Javier Martinez 15, Eduardo Villares 13



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  MONTENEGRO   


Nikola Pekovic shines in NBA - by Eurobasket News
It's been a long, at times difficult transition for Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket).

The Timberwolves rookie backup center has been dealing with a double whammy. He is still trying to make the change from playing basketball in Europe to the NBA. At the same time, he is learning to live in a new country a long, long way from his Montenegro home.

But things are starting to click.

With Darko Milicic nursing a sore hip -- the Wolves' starting center missed his third consecutive game Saturday -- Pekovic has gotten a taste of starting, working with the first unit and getting steady, significant minutes.

It suits him. Friday at Indiana, Pekovic started, played 22 minutes, 44 seconds, hit six of nine shots for 15 points and also grabbed six rebounds. Saturday's totals included nine rebounds and three blocks in 28:31. Scoring was limited to six points, but it came on 2-for-2 shooting.

Perhaps more impressive was how well he played 7-2 Pacers center Roy Hibbert, who had scored 49 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the previous two games. But Pekovic and the Wolves limited him to six points and five rebounds.

'It's really nice, when you play more minutes,' Pekovic said. 'You have more time to show what you know. ... I feel much better, more confident even than I was a month ago.'

On the court there were many things to learn. Pekovic faces taller and more athletic players than he did in Europe, so he's had to learn to get his shot off against that type of player. He's also had to learn to play within the NBA rules, which don't permit the amount of pushing and shoving that goes on between big men in Europe.

'He's still learning about the NBA game,' Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said. 'He's always asking questions about situations, what he should be doing at both ends of the floor. We're expecting his offensive game to blossom. ... I like what he did [Friday]. Physically, on defense, he's a hard man to move. And he actually does a pretty good job of moving his feet for someone his size. I like his progress.'

For Pekovic, the transition has been hard off the court, too. He said it was difficult, at first, to be so far away from home. Milicic has helped the transition, taking Pekovic under his wing. Having someone around who speaks his home language has been wonderful, Pekovic said. Milicic introduced Pekovic to some friends from Serbia living in the Twin Cities.

'I was alone here. Now I have some friends,' Pekovic said. 'It would have been really hard without [Milicic]. But now I'm feeling better, I know more of the city.'

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Vlado Scepanovic signs with Panelinios - by Eurobasket News
Vlado Scepanovic (198-G-75) has agreed a deal with Panelinios. This will mark a return to Greek basketball for Scepanovic who has previously played for the likes of Panathanaikos and PAOK. Scepanovic has been without a club since his contract with Murcia expired at the end of last season. He is coming to Panelinios as replacement for Samo Udrih who was allowed to look for new club. Scepanovic is expected to make his debut for Panelinios next weekend.
Vlado Scepanovic started his career with Buducnost Podgorica where he played for 7 seasons. Afterwards, his career took him to Efes Pilsen, BC Partizan Belgrade, Skipper Bologna, Panathanaikos, PAOK, Granada and Murcia. In his career, Scepanovic has won many titles with the teams he has played for. He won 4 National Titles with BC Partizan, Turkish Cup in 2001 as well as Turkish title same year, two consecutive Greek Cups and titles with Panathanaikos in 2005 and 2006. He was also a member of Yugoslavian National Team from 1998 to 2005. Since 2008, Scepanovic has been a member of Montenegro National Team and has helped them qualify for EuroBasket 2011.


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  NBA   


Kings remove DeMarcus Cousins from team plane following altercation - by Eurobasket News
Kings rookie forward DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) was removed from team plane bound for Phoenix after an altercation with teammate Donte Greene (6'9''-F-88, college: Syracuse) on Saturday night, according to two sources close to the organization.

The incident, which was first reported by FanHouse, immediately followed a loss to Oklahoma City. Cousins, who had overcome early-season struggles of the performance and personality variety recently, is expected to be suspended for at least one game. Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie did not immediately return a call for comment.

According to the sources, Cousins (whose postgame interview can be seen here) was furious at the last play in which Tyreke Evans missed a three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation that would have won the game. Cousins, who had been calling for the ball in the post in the final possession, watched angrily as Greene in-bounded the ball to Evans for the final shot.

After the buzzer, Cousins let his opinion be known to Greene as he blew by him in the tunnel leading into the locker room. According to the sources, Greene and Cousins began exchanging words inside the locker room. The situation then escalated when Cousins accused Greene of being too 'scared' of making what Cousins thought was the right play and with both players taking swings at each other before they were separated.

Petrie, according to the sources, made the decision to remove Cousins from the plane and decided to wait until Sunday to determine how to proceed. It was a decision that was not popular with at least one member of the team, as one of the sources said veteran swingman Francisco Garcia argued vehemently for Cousins to remain on the plane before relenting when he was told his fight was futile.

The team announced on Sunday afternoon that Cousins would not be with the team to face the Suns and the organization was reviewing the incident. Sources told FanHouse that Cousins is expected to meet with Petrie on Monday morning at the team's practice facility as part of the investigation. Despite Cousins being told repeatedly that he was being suspended during the time of the incident, the Kings - who had so quickly decided that only Cousins deserved to be removed from the plane even thought Greene had also thrown at least one punch as well - are clearly taking a measured approach to reviewing the facts in the aftermath before making a final decision.

There is certainly a bigger picture to consider for the Kings, though, as their volatile 20-year-old who was taken fifth overall in the June draft clearly has no plans to keep quiet about what ails the team. The situation has become nothing short of a power struggle between the rookie and the reigning Rookie of the Year, with Cousins' improved play of late giving him the gumption to question the way in which Evans is so often given carte blanche control of scenarios such as these.

As first reported by FanHouse, Kings coach Paul Westphal had voiced his frustrations with Evans in a postgame locker room scene on Monday for the way in which he handled Utah's zone defense late in a loss. Yet Westphal and Evans met the following day, according to Evans, at which time the player said Westphal smoothed the matter over and they came to an unofficial agreement regarding the team's late-game approach.

'We're on the same page,' Evans told FanHouse on Wednesday. ' (Westphal) knows when it's time, when the game is on the line, give me the ball and (I'll) try to make a play.'

Evans fell short against Dallas on Wednesday, though, driving into the teeth of the Mavericks' defense before his shot was blocked by Tyson Chandler with 12 second remaining and the Kings trailing by two points. Cousins, as he has now made clear, is of the opinion that he should receive strong consideration for such crucial moments.

Still, his latest blow-up is a significant setback to a season that had an inauspicious start. Cousins was fined $5,000 by the team in October for exchanging words with strength and conditioning coach Daniel Shapiro. The run-in took place just days after he and assistant coach Truck Robinson had a heated disagreement during practice that earned Cousins Petrie's ire.

Then on Nov. 29, Cousins was kicked out of practice by Westphal after exchanging words with the head coach. On Dec. 23, he lost his starting job temporarily after making a choking gesture to Golden State's Reggie Williams while he was at the free throw line late in a Dec. 21 game. Westphal deemed the behavior unprofessional, and said Cousins wouldn't start again until he raised his standards of conduct.

Cousins had been on good behavior since then, however, and his production saw a spike from November to December that had continued right on into January. In the 22 games since Dec. 29, Cousins has averaged 17.3 points (46.1 percent shooting) and nine rebounds.

*Courtesy of http://nba.fanhouse.com


Sunday's games - by Eurobasket News
Toronto R. - LA Clippers 98-93
Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) scored 27 points, Ed Davis (6'10''-F-89, college: N.Carolina) had 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 98-93 on Sunday night. DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points, Leandro Barbosa had 11 and Sonny Weems 10 for the Raptors, who had lost 16 of their previous 17. Jose Calderon had 10 points and 11 assists as Toronto won its fifth straight over the Clippers. Blake Griffin had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Baron Davis scored 20 points as Los Angeles lost for the sixth time in seven games. Brian Cook scored 17 points and Ryan Gomes had 14 for the Clippers, who lost their second straight to a slumping Eastern Conference opponent. Los Angeles lost 126-119 in overtime at Cleveland on Friday, a game that snapped the Cavaliers' NBA-record 26-game losing streak. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Memphis G. - Denver N. 116-108
Darrell Arthur (6'9''-F-88, college: Kansas) scored a career-high 24 points and Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) led a late rally that helped the Memphis Grizzlies erase a 17-point third-quarter deficit for a 116-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Rudy Gay had 23 points for Memphis, which used defensive pressure in the final period to outscore Denver 34-18. Tony Allen, who added 17 points, energized the defense while Randolph scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth. Mike Conley also had 17 points for Memphis and Marc Gasol added 15 - all in the first half. Carmelo Anthony, who entered averaging 32.8 points per game in February, finished with 28 - his sixth game in the last seven with at least 25 points. Nene, Ty Lawson and J.R. Smith scored 14 points each for Denver. Chauncey Billups had 13 points and seven assists. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Golde State W. - Oklah.City T. 100-94
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) had 32 points, David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) added 23 points and a season-high 19 rebounds and Golden State led the entire fourth quarter on its way to a 100-94 win over Oklahoma City on Sunday night. Stephen Curry scored 23 points and had a season-high 13 assists to lead the Warriors to their sixth win in seven games. Kevin Durant had 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 21 as Oklahoma City lost for the second time in its last three games. The Thunder failed to score 100 points for the second consecutive night after reaching that mark in seven straight games. *Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com

Phoenix Suns - Sacramento K. 108-113
Donte Greene (6'9''-F-88, college: Syracuse) scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Sacramento Kings, playing without DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky), ended a five-game losing streak with a 113-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. Carl Landry added 20 points for the Kings, all but two in the second half. Samuel Dalembert, starting in place of Cousins, had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Steve Nash had 22 points and 18 assists but the Suns lost for just the second time in eight games. The rookie Cousins, averaging just under 14 points a game, did not make the trip because of an altercation in the locker room with Greene after the Kings' 99-97 home loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday night. Tyreke Evans scored 21 for Sacramento. Marcin Gortat had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Boston C. - Miami Heat 85-82
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and the Miami Heat couldn't win in Boston in the regular season. And now they might have to do it in the playoffs. Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) had a triple-double, and James missed a crucial free throw with 12.5 seconds left in the Celtics' 85-82 victory over Miami on Sunday. Boston improved to 3-0 against the Heat this season, taking back the top spot in the East and clinching the potential tiebreaker for home-court advantage in the playoffs. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Orlando M. - LA Lakers 89-75
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) had 31 points and 13 rebounds as the Orlando Magic earned their first victory over a winning team in more than a month, downing the Los Angeles Lakers 89-75 on Sunday. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) and Andrew Bynum each had 17 points to lead the Lakers. Lamar Odom added 15 and Pau Gasol 11. Jason Richardson chipped in 12 points for the Magic. Orlando rebounded from a six-point home loss to New Orleans on Friday and a snapped a string of eight straight losses to teams with winning records. Orlando's previous win against a team above .500 was Jan. 8 at Dallas. *Courtesy of www.desertnews.com

Cleveland C. - Washington W. 100-115
They carried on like kids and joked about spraying champagne in the locker room. Maybe some bubbly would have been appropriate. It's been a long time between road wins for the Washington Wizards. Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) scored 31 points and rookie John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) had 19 points and 14 assists as the Wizards snapped their 25-game road winless streak to start this season with a 115-100 win Sunday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who reverted to their losing ways one game after ending their record 26-game skid. The Wizards opened a 25-point lead in the third quarter, survived a frantic Cleveland comeback and got their first road win since last season, April 9 at Boston. Back then, LeBron James was still winning games for the Cavs and Wall was enrolled at Kentucky. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Detroit P. - Portland TB 100-105
The Pistons had seen Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) before, in another incarnation. Aldridge entered Sunday on a tear, averaging nearly 30 points and 10 rebounds this month and having a legit case to make the All-Star team. The Pistons didn't have an answer for him, and his 18-foot jumper helped put them away Sunday with a 105-100 win at the Palace. Even with Aldridge (36 points, four rebounds) dominating, the Pistons had a chance to tie the game with 36 seconds left. A botched play ended up with Austin Daye taking a contested 3-pointer that came up short, sending the Pistons to their second straight loss. Pistons coach John Kuester said Aldridge was the only player to remind him of a young and agile Rasheed Wallace. Like Wallace did at times for the Pistons and Blazers, Aldridge dominated offensively. He beat the Pistons downcourt multiple times for easy layups and in the set offense, hit everything in sight. With only Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) (26 points) having a good night, it was all the Trail Blazers needed. Yet the Pistons trailed by four entering the fourth quarter, ending the third on a 9-0 run. Tracy McGrady (16 points) and Tayshaun Prince (14 points) took the bulk of the shots through three quarters Sunday, while shooting guards Ben Gordon and Rodney Stuckey struggled. Gordon didn't hit his first field goal until a minute into the fourth quarter, but it ignited his team. *Courtesy of www.foxsportsdetroit.com


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Joakim Noah one step closer to return - by Eurobasket News
Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) cleared another hurdle in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. The 6-11 center has begun participating in half-court contact drills during practice and remains on schedule to return to the active roster immediately following the All-Star break.

'He hasn't been cleared yet to do the (full-court) scrimmaging part, which will be the next step for him,' Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. 'What (trainer) Fred (Tedeschi) has laid out is a plan for progression. (Noah) is cleared for contact and the next phase will be total contact.'

That final phase could come as early as Monday when the Bulls return to the Berto Center for their first practice following the nearly two-week road trip that wraps up tonight against the New Orleans Hornets.

When he's cleared for total contact, Noah could conceivably play in a game immediately, but the Bulls have decided that he won't see game action until Feb. 23 when they play at Toronto. Coincidentally, Toronto was the last place he played on Dec. 15 before having surgery the next day.

'I'm very excited,' Noah said. 'I'm working out, I've got some tape on my hand instead of a little cast, I can shoot a little bit and I'll get back on the court as soon as I can.

'It's been good just getting use to the contact again. Obviously, I'm still not where I want to be, but I'm working hard at it every day.'

Courtesy of www.suntimes.com


Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge named NBA Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) and Portland Trail Blazers' power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) have been named NBA Players of the Week for the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively.

Howard, 25, took home the Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor after leading the Magic to a successful 3-1 record during the week (Feb. 7 - 13) averaging a dominating 25.8 points, 16.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per outing.

At home against the defending World Champion Los Angeles Lakers this past Sunday, Howard dominated the powerful duo of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum to the tune of 31 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks on 13 of 16 shooting from the field while marshaling the Magic (35-21) to a much-needed 89-75 victory from Amway Center in downtown Orlando, Florida.

In each of his previous three starts he tallied at least 20 points and 17 rebounds and shot an incredible 67% from the field during his strong week of work.

Not to be outdone or silenced by his recent Western Conference All-Star 'snub', Portland Trail Blazers' big man LaMarcus Aldridge had himself a week to remember.

The 6-11, 240-pound Dallas, Texas native led the surging Blazers (30-24) to an undefeated 3-0 record during the week of play with key victories over Chicago, Toronto and Detroit while averaging 38.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks on an extremely efficient 63% shooting from the floor.

Against the Derrick Rose-led Bulls this past Monday night Aldridge notched a game-high 42 points on 15 of 23 shooting from the field and 12 of 14 from the free throw line in a huge 109-103 win from the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

Maybe being left out off the All-Star team wasn't such a bad thing after all for Aldridge and the Trail Blazers.

Courtesy of www.examiner.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. Ellis, Golde S.25.2 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.2 
 6. Anthony, Denver N.25.1 
 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.13.3 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.7 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.5 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.1 
 9. Boozer, Chicago B.10.1 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.3 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.2 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.7 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.6 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.1 
 6. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 7. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 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. Curry, Golde S.1.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 7. Ginobili, San A.1.7 
 8. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.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. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 39-14 
 2. New York K. 27-26 
 3. Philadelph.76 26-28 
 4. New Jersey N. 17-38 
 5. Toronto R. 15-40 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 36-16 
 2. Indiana P. 24-28 
 3. Milwaukee B. 20-33 
 4. Detroit P. 20-35 
 5. Cleveland C. 9-46 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 39-15 
 2. Orlando M. 35-21 
 3. Atlanta H. 33-20 
 4. Charlotte B. 23-31 
 5. Washington W. 15-38 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 34-19 
 2. Denver N. 31-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 31-24 
 4. Portland TB 30-24 
 5. Minnesota T. 13-41 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 38-17 
 2. Phoenix Suns 26-26 
 3. Golde State W. 24-29 
 4. LA Clippers 20-34 
 5. Sacramento K. 13-38 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 45-9 
 2. Dallas M. 38-16 
 3. N.Orleans H. 33-23 
 4. Memphis G. 30-26 
 5. Houston R. 25-30 


Celtics F Paul Pierce to undergo MRI on left foot - by Eurobasket News
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) had a tough game on Sunday, shooting 0 for 10 and scoring one point in 40 minutes in Boston's 85-82 win over the Miami Heat. After the game, Pierce brought up two health concerns as explanations for his play.

First, Pierce told the Boston Globe that he would undergo an MRI on his left foot on Monday. WEEI reported that Pierce first injured his left foot 'a few weeks ago.'

WEEI.com also reported that Pierce told reporters that he 'sprained his hand yesterday at practice.' ESPN Boston noted that it is Pierce's right wrist, which is his shooting hand.

Sunday was a historically bad performance for Pierce. CBSSports.com's Ken Berger noted that the last time Pierce didn't make a field goal while playing more than 10 minutes was in March 1999, nearly 12 years ago. ESPN Stats also noted that it was only the fourth time in a career that has spanned 937 regular season games that Pierce didn't make a field goal.

Additional updates on Pierce as soon as they become available.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Wizards sign Mustafa Shakur to second 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guard Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, college: Arizona) to a second 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.

Shakur originally signed with Washington on January 22.

In four games for the Wizards, Shakur averaged 3.5 points and 3.0 assists per game.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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  NCAA1   


Smith, Curry pace No. 5 Duke in victory over Miami - by Eurobasket News
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski looked down his bench midway through the first half, trying to check on Nolan Smith (6'2''-G-88).

Small problem: Smith wasn't there.

'That's not a good thing,' Krzyzewski said.

Fortunately for No. 5 Duke, Smith returned in plenty of time.

Playing with a scratched left eye, the senior guard scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, Seth Curry (6'1''-G-90) added 16 points and five steals and Duke extended its Atlantic Coast Conference lead by holding off Miami 81-71 on Sunday night.

'It was closed for a while,' Smith said. 'I really didn't know what was going on at the time. They just numbed it up a bit at halftime. Now I feel fine.'

His teammates more than helped the cause.

Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) scored 14 and Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F-90) 12 for the Blue Devils (23-2, 10-1). Duke's record after 25 games matches its best since the 2005-06 season.

It turned out to be a nifty gift for Krzyzewski, on his 64th birthday.

'It's unbelievable being 52,' Krzyzewski said. 'I know I look a lot older.'

Reggie Johnson scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting for Miami (15-10, 4-7), which was bidding for its first four-game ACC winning streak since February 2008. The Hurricanes fell to 1-17 since 2000 against teams ranked No. 5 or higher, the lone win coming against Duke three seasons ago.

The Blue Devils didn't let that happen again, building a double-digit lead midway through the second half and controlling the game from there.

'I thought our guys competed,' Miami coach Frank Haith said. 'Obviously, we had some breakdowns defensively and gave them some open looks. ... A lot of broken plays.'

Miami got within six points twice in the final minute, only to have Tyler Thornton hit two free throws on ensuing Duke possessions to keep the Hurricanes out of reach. Duke finished 17 of 21 at the foul line, compared with 5 of 6 by Miami.

'We've got to figure out a way to get to that free throw line,' Haith said.

Malcolm Grant also scored 16 and Durand Scott added 10 points and a game-high eight assists for the Hurricanes, who play four of their last six regular-season games on the road.

In short, when Smith got rolling, everything started to click for Duke.

He went to the bench with two fouls and a bigger problem with 13:08 left in the opening half.

After fouling Johnson, Smith was inadvertently poked in the eye, and that was Duke's bigger concern. It turned out to be a missed opportunity for Miami.

The Hurricanes were down 16-15 when Smith left the game, and the deficit was 31-27 when he returned, in part because Miami's best scorer was on the bench as well. Grant scored 12 points and hit three three-pointers in the first 6:53 of the game, then sat out the final 9:32 until halftime after getting his second foul.

'Frustrating,' Grant said. 'I'm not out there able to help my team in every way possible.'

Smith didn't make his first field goal until 15:16 remained in the game, a pull-up in transition. Once he started, the scores came in bunches. He made three more shots in the next 3 minutes, capped by a driving layup after Julian Gamble missed a dunk at the other end to give Duke what was then its biggest lead, 61-51 with 11:34 remaining.

Curry carried Duke in the first half with 13 points. Smith assumed the workload from there.

'We came up with big stops,' Curry said. 'At times, they were getting whatever they wanted, with open shots and Johnson inside. When we needed them the most, we came up with the stops.'

Duke hadn't played since Wednesday's 79-73 home win over North Carolina, a game in which the Blue Devils fought their way back from an early 16-point deficit.

They started slowly Sunday as well. Miami made its first four shots, capped by Grant connecting on a three-pointer while getting fouled by Smith for a quick 10-4 lead.

Things calmed down quickly.

Duke scored the next seven points, and although Miami reclaimed the lead six more times during a back-and-forth first half, the Hurricanes' biggest edge came at 37-33 after Rion Brown made a three-pointer with 2:46 left.

Duke closed the half on a 9-0 run, and after Miami got within one early in the second half, another 9-0 burst fueled when Smith finally found his scoring groove pushed the Blue Devils' lead back to double digits.

'Difference in the game,' Haith said.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Ohio State falls out of top spot on AP poll - by Eurobasket News
Marcus Morris (6'8''-F) got his wish. Kansas is No. 1 once again.

After Ohio State's first defeat, the one-loss Jayhawks moved up from No. 2 on Monday to the top spot in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, a familiar place for Bill Self's program.

When they beat Iowa State on Saturday, a couple of hours after the Buckeyes lost at Wisconsin, the Jayhawks were ready to ascend.

'I want to be No. 1. I was waiting for somebody to ask me,' said Morris, Kansas' leading scorer.

The Jayhawks (24-1, 9-1 Big 12) were ranked No. 1 for 15 weeks last season but lost to Northern Iowa in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

'It's great in February to be ranked this high, but we know in order to stay up there and have a chance to do what we hope to do, we've got to keep trying to get better,' Self said.

The Jayhawks, with forward Thomas Robinson and guard Josh Selby out with injury, were set to play at preseason Big 12 favorite Kansas State on Monday night.

'Our focus is to get better and not on the rankings,' Self said.

The poll is crowded at the top.

Kansas received 22 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel, while Ohio State received 14 first-place votes and trailed the Jayhawks by only 13 points. In third place is Texas, the only team to beat Kansas. But the Longhorns did collect the most first-place votes: 23. No. 4 Pittsburgh was No. 1 on six ballots.

Duke, which was No. 1 the first nine weeks, is No. 5. Completing the top 10 are: San Diego State, BYU, Notre Dame, Georgetown and Wisconsin.

Ohio State's first game as No. 2 will be Tuesday night against Michigan State, which may have played the toughest non-conference schedule while facing Texas, Duke, Connecticut and Syracuse.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said the top four were tightly bunched because there was no clear-cut No. 1.

'We've seen Kansas a lot on film. I've talked to Bill Self,' Izzo said. 'He's not enamored with them yet. Some of that was the Selby kid, but there's a lot of depth on that team. Texas, I told you all along, was the best team we played. Pittsburgh is definitely the toughest team of that four as far as being physically tough. I don't think there's a North Carolina, Kentucky or Kansas of last year. Maybe I'll find out it is Ohio State.'

Xavier enters the Top 25, replacing West Virginia.

Purdue is No. 11 followed by Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Villanova, Louisville, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Missouri. No. 21 Texas A&M is followed by Kentucky, Temple, Xavier and Utah State.

With Baylor ranked No. 1 in the AP women's poll, the Big 12 owns the top spot in both sports for the first time.

Since Self became coach in 2003, Kansas has been ranked in the top 10 in 95 AP polls.

'I think it is something that they fully recognize that we have a nice team,' he said. 'But there are a lot of other teams that could make just as strong a case for being ranked No. 1 like we can.'

Courtesy of www.middletownjournal.com


Fogg's 26 points lead Arizona past Arizona State - by Eurobasket News
Derrick Williams (6'8''-F) found himself in a labyrinth of arms for the second straight game, unable to get the ball at times, often surrounded by three or four defenders when he finally did.

Lamont Jones (6'0''-G-72, college: Bridgeport) and Kevin Parrom (6'6''-G/F) made up for their star teammate's quiet offensive night the first time around. This time it was Kyle Fogg (6'3''-G), a defensive specialist who spent the week working on his shot just for this chance.

Fogg hit six 3-pointers and matched a career high with 26 points as Arizona State collapsed on Williams, helping the 15th-ranked Wildcats pull out a not-always-pretty 67-52 win over the Sun Devils on Sunday night.

'With them collapsing around on me, I had to find my open teammates and that's what I did,' Williams said. 'Luckily, Fogg hit a lot of great shots tonight.'

Arizona (21-4, 10-2 Pac-10) didn't shoot particularly well against Arizona State's zone 40 percent and Williams took just five shots on his way to 11 points.

The Wildcats made up for it with a hounding defense and big contributions from Fogg, a 7.9-point scorer on the season, and Jesse Perry, who scored all of his 10 points in the second half after a rough opening 20 minutes.

' Derrick Williams deserves a lot of credit and part of the credit he deserves is when teams try to collapse on him, sometimes his presence alone opens up some shots for his teammates,' Arizona coach Sean Miller said. 'But it's up to them to make them and Kyle did take advantage of those.'

Arizona State (9-15, 1-11) played gritty defense, blocking a season-high nine shots, but couldn't find many seams in Arizona's man-to-man defense.

The Sun Devils shot 37 percent, including 4 of 15 from 3-point range, and didn't get much production from leading scorers Trent Lockett and Ty Abbott. Those two combined for 17 points on 6-of-23 shooting, while 3-point specialist Rihards Kuksiks was 1 for 6 during an empty shooting night that led to Arizona State's 10th straight conference loss.

'A lot of it was because of their defense,' said Jamelle McMillan (6'2''-G-88), who led the Sun Devils with 12 points and five assists. 'They do a great job helping. They play above the rim most of the time in the paint, altering shots and stuff.'

Arizona State had gotten the better of this in-state rivalry in recent years, winning six of seven before this season, and was supposed to be the team on the rise after finishing second in the Pac-10 a year ago.

How quickly things change.

Arizona turned it around faster than anyone thought to climb back to its familiar place atop the Pac-10 and the Sun Devils went on a downward spiral to the bottom of the standings.

Arizona State has been hampered by injuries and illness, making it hard sometimes to practice, much less play games. The Sun Devils entered Sunday's rivalry with one win since New Year's Day, though four of their losses have been by four points or less.

The Wildcats, after missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in 26 years last season, have become the team to beat in the Pac-10. Arizona won the first meeting with Arizona State by 11 on Jan. 15 in Tucson behind Williams' career-high 31 points, and had eight days to rest up after needing three overtimes to beat California in its last game.

Williams had just 12 points with 18 rebounds against the Bears, but Jones had a career-high 27 points and hit big shots at the end of regulation and during the final two overtime periods. Parrom also set a career high with 25 points.

This time it was Fogg's turn to give Arizona a lift.

The junior guard, who spent extra time after practice shooting this week, hit a pair of 3-pointers to score 10 points in the first 6 minutes and added another late to put the Wildcats up 33-24 by halftime. Fogg followed six quick points by Perry early in the second half with another 3, putting the Wildcats up 43-24.

'It felt like every shot I put up was going to go in,' said Fogg, who was 6 for 9 from beyond the arc.

Arizona State wasn't quite done, following with a 10-0 run that had the unusually raucous crowd at Wells Fargo Arena on its feet.

It turned out to be the last gasp, though.

Williams powered his way to a couple of hoops and Fogg hit a couple more as Arizona used its balance to gradually pull away over the final 7 minutes, sweeping the season series and sending the Sun Devils to another disappointing loss.

'I thought Arizona was the better team,' Arizona State coach Herb Sendek said. 'They have been all year. They're having a great year. I said a long time ago, I think they're one of the best teams in the country, and they seem to be proving me right.'

Courtesy of http://arizonasports.com


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  NCAA3   


CUNYAC Playoff picture. - by Joan Manuel Sanchez


CUNYAC Playoff picture. - by Joan Manuel Sanchez
The top 8 teams in the CUNYAC Confirm it's playoff spots this past weekend.

In the South there is a first place tie with a game reminding.

South Division

Medgar Evers
Staten Island
Brooklyn
York

North Division

Baruch
Hunter
Lehman
John Jay


Teams will be seeded 1 through 8, we will update you as soon as this is confirm.
The top 4 teams will have the oportunity to face their foe's with a home game, while the Semi's and Championship will be played at the Famous Nat Holzman Gym at the City College of New York Campus.


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Abercrombie focused on title - by Eurobasket News
Big things are expected of Kiwi Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) in future, both at home and abroad, but the boy from the North Shore is staying grounded on the matter.

For starters, there is an elusive iiNet NBL Championship to try and win for the New Zealand Breakers.

Despite sitting pretty at the top of the ladder, the club has yet to win an NBL title in its seven seasons.

Should they clinch the title, it could really help the team including Abercrombie, Kirk Penney and Mika Vukona to advance their own futures in the sport in both playing and profiling the game in New Zealand.

Abercrombie started the season well, scoring 72 points in the opening five games, including a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds in his first match against Sydney.

But since then he has developed into a more flexible role by focusing on assisting other players' shooting abilities, through putting up more rebounds and more assists.

It's through this service that he has made the biggest contribution to the team, and while it has meant a decline in the points he's been scoring, it has also enhanced his reputation as an all-round player.

What isn't in doubt, however, are how emphatic his dunking abilities are.

That dunking has led to Abercrombie picking up some respect from his peers through an NBL players' poll in which he was voted best dunker as well as best athlete.

He was also placed second in the 'Would pay money to see' category, behind none other than team-mate Penney.

Abercrombie's talent was recognised further when he played in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey last year, highlighted by his 23-point haul against Lebanon. Rumours then emerged about scouts from Houston being interested in signing the Kiwi although they proved to be untrue.

With a swag of talent and such respect from his peers, many would think Abercrombie has captured his best form.

But the former Michigan State University swingman knows he has a lot to work on before cracking the lucrative leagues abroad.

'I think I have a lot of room for improvement which is a good thing,' Abercrombie said.

'I certainly don't think I've played my best basketball yet.'

'There are a lot more areas that I can contribute to, such as putting up some more shots, getting up more offensively and being more aggressive.'

The aggression is becoming more evident as he scraps for more offensive and defensive rebounds than ever before, with that opportunity to hustle for ball due in large parts to the abilities of his team-mates.

'I think so, with the amount of guys who can score and shoot the ball,' he said.

'I'm just trying to do whatever I can to get wins and the main thing is we are winning games and I feel I am contributing towards that.'

While Abercrombie insists the team haven't been playing their best basketball, he says they are relishing the fact they are now being chased, rather than having to do the chasing.

'It's a good position to be in. It makes it tough, you get every team's best shot every night,' Abercrombie said.

'You come out with a target on your back and they really come after you. In that respect, it's tough but it's good.'

'You want to take every team's best shot and want to beat them.'

And it will take a huge shot to down the Breakers, who play five home and four away games in the remainder of the regular season.

Despite acknowledging he still has plenty of areas to improve on, Abercrombie's development and desire to continue improving could make him a key asset to any club both in New Zealand and offshore.

But first, there's business to finish.

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


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  NIGERIA   


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


DStv PBL: Police record first win, beat Chariots 71-59 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Police Baton basketball club on Sunday ended its winless form in the three weeks old Nigeria DStv Premier Basketball League with a 71-59 points win over Chariots basketball club in a local derby in Lagos.

The Baton opened the game with a 20-15 points win in the first quarter but the Chariots side fought back in the second quarter forcing the Coach Mark Balogun and his Police Baton side to drop the quarter by 12-17 but thereafter the Baton did not look back winning the third and fourth quarters by 24-19 and 15-08 points to pick the game.

Police Baton Kelvin Dandison led the floor with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, forward Williams Malu added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals. Chariots veteran forward Anthony Fela-Thomas led his team with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 block-shots. Cameroonian import Yannick Yvon contributed 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals while Ibrahim Apata added 13 points and 6 rebounds.

Four games were decided in the Savannah conference over the weekend with red-hot Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna making mince meat of Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos.

The week-3 pairing which was decided Sunday at the sports hall of the Murtala Muhammed Sports Complex, Kaduna saw the Coach Sani Turi tutored Kada Stars posting a centenary points of 109-66 points to remain top of the conference.

Defending champion, Kano Pillars basketball club defeated Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi by 70-54 points, Bauchi Nets basketball club humble Immigration basketball club of Kano by 56-49 points while Niger Potters basketball club of Minna lost at home to visitor Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos by 61-65 points

Week-3 fixtures will be rounded off with a game between two former champions, Islanders basketball club and Comets basketball club at the sports hall of the national stadium, Lagos.



NBBF president commission NAVTRAC court - by Olusegun Ikuesan
President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Tijjani Umar last Wednesday commissioned the newly build basketball court of the Nigerian Navy Training Command (NAVTRAC) in Apapa, Lagos.

The NAVTRAC basketball court according to the Flag Officer Commanding NAVTRAC, Rear Admiral J.B Oladimeji is to help Officers and Men of the NAVTRAC in particular and the Navy in general build a formidable basketball team ahead any competition involving the military.

After the epoch making event the NBBF president urge the NAVTRAC to allow maximum use of the facility by its officers and pledge the NBBF support to the Navy in its quest to revive it basketball team.

Umar thanked the NAVTRAC FOC for the honour in inviting him to commission the facility and went ahead to donate five size-6 balls on behalf of the NBBF as part of the federations contribution to the development of basketball in Nigeria.

Western Naval Command defeated their host NAVTRAC by 16-07 points in a ten minutes exhibition game to mark the ocassion.

Flag Officer Cammanding the Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral E.O Ogbor while giving out gift to players of both sides (Western Naval Command and NAVTRAC) urged them to see the sport as part of their developmental training as an officer of the Nigerian Navy.



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Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. Al Ahli 0-0 
 2. Al Fara 0-0 
 3. Berzeit Club 0-0 
 4. Bethlehem 0-0 
 5. De La Salle 0-0 
 6. Ebal 0-0 
 7. Hiteen 0-0 
 8. Ibdaa D. 0-0 
 9. Islami 0-0 
 10. Orth. Thaq. BS 0-0 
 11. Orthodox R. 0-0 
 12. Qalandia 0-0 
 13. Sarriyet 0-0 


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Erick Barkley Makes His Return to the Court with Quebec Kebs of Premier Basketball League - by Surujh Roopnarine
Former NBA First Round Draft Pick Erick Barkley (6'1''-G-78, college: St.John's) made his return to the professional ranks this past week with the Quebec Kebs of the Premier Basketball League (PBL). The 28th selection of the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft by Portland was activated for the Kebs game against rival Halifax Rainmen, which they lost 94-102 in overtime. Barkley joined the Kebs in December, but had not suited up until this past weekend, rounding himself back into game condition and assisting Head Coach Rob Spon after not playing since the 08-09 season in Poland. The 32-year old former St. Johns star point guard appeared in 25 games with Banks BPS Basket Kwidzyn that season, averaging 11.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting 42.2% from the field. Barkleys NBA career never panned out after two uneventful seasons in Portland. In 27 career NBA games he averaged 2.9 points and 1.5 assists. Besides Poland, Barkely has experience playing in several European countries as well as stints in the CBA and NBA D-League domestically. He reached the D-League Finals during the 2003-04 season with the Huntsville Flight, averaging 12.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 42 games.
In his season debut in Halifax last week, Barkley went scoreless in 18 minutes, finishing 0-3 from the field while handing out one assist.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike WILLIAMS
  Rochester R.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Williams, Vermo.20.9 
 2. Brown, Quebec K.19.8 
 3. Jones, Kentucky S.18.3 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.17.8 
 5. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 6. Parran, Quebec K.17.2 
 7. Crouch, Rocheste.17.0 
 8. Martin, Saint J.16.9 
 9. Allen, Vermont FH16.7 
 10. Grifin, Dayton A.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Crookshank, Halif.11.3 
 2. Williams, Vermo.10.3 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC9.1 
 4. Walton, Rocheste.8.4 
 5. Dollard, Halifax R.8.2 
 6. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 7. Harris, Kentucky S.7.8 
 8. Jones, Kentucky S.7.7 
 9. Jones, Halifax R.7.7 
 10. Daniels, Lawton F.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Rice, Vermont FH7.6 
 2. Brown, Halifax R.6.1 
 3. Parran, Quebec K.6.1 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.6.0 
 5. Egerson, Saint J.5.3 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.4.3 
 7. Acker, Quebec K.3.8 
 8. Brown, Quebec K.3.7 
 9. Fountain, Lawton F.3.7 
 10. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rice, Vermont FH3.0 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.2.9 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.6 
 4. Brown, Quebec K.2.3 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.2.1 
 6. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 7. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 8. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 9. Perry, Dayton A.1.8 
 10. Martin, Saint J.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Perry STEVENSON
  Rochester R.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 2. Ocitti, Saint J.1.3 
 3. George, Dayton A.1.3 
 4. Carter, Rocheste.1.3 
 5. Daniels, Lawton F.1.2 
 6. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.2 
 7. Dollard, Halifax R.1.0 
 8. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 9. DeMasi, Vermont FH0.8 
 10. Austin, Vermont FH0.7 


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Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. MMKS SIDEn 18-2 
 2. AZS Kutno 17-3 
 3. SMS PZKosz 13-6 
 4. Zuraw 13-7 
 5. Norgips 13-7 
 6. Tur 11-9 
 7. KK Swiecie 10-10 
 8. Korsarz 8-11 
 9. OSSM PZKosz 8-11 
 10. Zyrardowianka 8-12 
 11. AZS Olsztyn 7-13 
 12. Trefl II 5-15 
 13. Basket Pila 4-16 
 14. MON-POL 3-16 
Group B
 1. Open Florentyna 20-3 
 2. Stal Ostrow 17-6 
 3. Sudety 16-7 
 4. Nysa Klodzko 16-7 
 5. MKS Osemka 15-8 
 6. Obiekty 14-9 
 7. GTK Gliwice 13-10 
 8. Alba 11-12 
 9. AZS PP Poznan 10-13 
 10. AZS PO Opole 10-13 
 11. Ksiezak 9-14 
 12. Pogon Prudnik 8-15 
 13. Slask Wroclaw 8-15 
 14. A-Bild Bytom 7-16 
 15. Pogon RS 5-18 
 16. AZS Pol.Cz-wa 5-18 
Group C
 1. MOSiR Krosno 22-1 
 2. Znicz Jaroslaw 20-3 
 3. Polonia 15-8 
 4. AZS AWF K-ce 14-9 
 5. Unia Tarnow 13-9 
 6. Wisla Krakow 11-10 
 7. HK Zory 11-11 
 8. MKS Limanowa 11-12 
 9. Staco 10-12 
 10. Novum Lublin 10-13 
 11. UMKS 9-14 
 12. AZS Rzeszow 9-14 
 13. AZS PR Radom 9-14 
 14. Mickiewicz 8-14 
 15. MCKiS 8-15 
 16. Cracovia 1-22 


Lisewski's double-double lands him 1Liga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old power forward Adam Lisewski (206-F/C-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for MMKS DG and receives a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Znicz Basket (#9, 10-12) 78-64. MMKS DG maintains the 6th position in Polish 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. MMKS DG will need more victories to improve their 14-7 record. It's Lisewski's second year at MMKS DG and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Adam Lisewski averages this season 9.6ppg and 7.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Marcin Malczyk (193-G-82) of Asecco Prokom 2 Gdynia. He is a guard in his first season at Asec.Prokom-2. In the last game Malczyk recorded impressive 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Asec.Prokom-2 cruised to a 82-70 overtime win over the lower-ranked SKK Siedlce (#12, 7-15). Asec.Prokom-2's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Malczyk is a newcomer at Asec.Prokom-2 and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-F-80, agency: Promotex) of Start Lublin (#11). Luszczewski scored 17 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Start Lublin, leading his team to a 72-71overtime win against the higher-ranked Sokol Lancut (#3, 16-6). The chances of Start Lublin not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Luszczewski could try to bring Start Lublin's a little bit higher in the standings. Luszczewski has a very solid season. In 17 games in Poland he scored 11.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-G/F-81) of AZS Szczecin - 9 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) of ISS Sportino - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Wojciech Zurawski (199-F/C-76) of ISS Sportino - 14 points and 13 rebounds
7. Michal Przybylski (194-G-84) of Rosasport - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Marcin Salamonik (202-F-83) of LKS Lodz - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marek Piechowicz (203-G/F-88) of MMKS DG - 21 points and 3 rebounds
10. Lukasz Grzegorzewski (192-G-84) of Spojnia - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 5 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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1 De Agosto clinch Compal SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News
1 De Agosto - Porto 96:87

1 De Agosto added another trophy to their collection. They rallied past Porto to claim Compal SuperCup trophy. Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) was the MVP of the tournament as he came up with another sizzling performance. The forward tallied 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead 1 De Agosto to the victory.
Porto led by one 26:25 after a close first term. But 1 De Agosto stunned the Dragons with a 31:12 rally in the second quarter. They recorded a 56:38 lead at the interval. Porto tried to get back into the game. They outscored the Angolan side to cut the deficit to 11 points at the final break. But even 26 points from the Portuguese team did not rescue them from falling at the end. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) scored 22 points and collected 14 rebounds for 1 De Agosto. Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76) added 14 points in the victory. Gregory Stempin (203-F-79, agency: Duran International, college: Toledo) answered with 25 points for the Dragons. Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) finished with 18 points in defeat.

1 De Agosto: Felizardo Ambrosio 31+12 boards, Joaquim Gomes 22+14 boards, Carlos Almeida 14
Porto: Gregory Stempin 25, Nuno Marcal 18



LPB Round 15: Penafiel beats higher ranked Vitoria SC - by Eurobasket News
The game with biggest difference of round 15 in LPB was host Penafiel's (7-8) victory at home over 4th placed Vitoria SC (8-7) 74-67 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vitoria SC won fourth quarter 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Londrick Nolen (198-83, college: Mississippi) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Jeremy Goode (175-87, college: Mt.St.Mary's) chipped in 21 points and 6 assists. Penafiel's coach Manuel Povea used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) who recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Penafiel have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ginasio and Sampaense. Vitoria SC at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Ovarense. Penafiel is looking forward to face Lusitania (#11) in Angra in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vitoria SC will play at home against Ginasio (#8) in Figueira da Foz and is hoping to win this game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Figueira da Foz, where 6th ranked CAB (6-9) lost to ninth ranked Ginasio (7-8) in a road game 71-77. It was a good game for American power forward Jason Hartford (206-85) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Tomas Barroso contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Frederick Gentry (201-77, college: McNeese St., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for CAB. Ginasio moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sampaense and Penafiel. CAB at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Ginasio will play against higher ranked Vitoria SC (#4) in Guimaraes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CAB will play at home against Ovarense (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ovarense. Local Ovarense (8-7) outscored 10th ranked Illiabum (5-10) 85-61 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Nuno Cortez who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Daniel Felix with 10 points and 5 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. Ovarense moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Vitoria SC. Loser Illiabum keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Ovarense will meet CAB (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Illiabum will play against Academica in Coimbra and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 15 Lusitania was defeated by Sampaense in Coimbra 102-95. Bottom-ranked Barreirense was beaten by Academica at home 83-91.
The best stats of 15th round was 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Riley Luettgerodt of Sampaense.



Penafiel - Vitoria SC 74-67

The game with biggest difference of round 15 in LPB was host Penafiel's (7-8) victory at home over 4th placed Vitoria SC (8-7) 74-67 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vitoria SC won fourth quarter 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Londrick Nolen (198-83, college: Mississippi) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Jeremy Goode (175-87, college: Mt.St.Mary's) chipped in 21 points and 6 assists. Nolen is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Penafiel's coach Manuel Povea used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) who recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and center Kevin Martin (208-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) added 9 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Penafiel have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ginasio and Sampaense. Vitoria SC at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Ovarense. Penafiel is looking forward to face Lusitania (#11) in Angra in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vitoria SC will play at home against Ginasio (#8) in Figueira da Foz and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Penafiel: J.Goode 21+3reb+6ast, L.Nolen 19+15reb+2ast, R.Mota 15+5reb, F.Fernandes 6+3reb+1ast, A.Thornton 4+4reb+2ast, A.Monteiro 3+1reb
Vitoria SC: K.Austin 19+9reb+6ast, A.Bessa 18+4reb, P.Cunha 13+6reb+2ast, K.Martin 9+13reb+2ast, N.Richardson 6+3reb+1ast, P.Tavares 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 101198


Sampaense - Lusitania 102-95

There was no surprise in Coimbra where 11th ranked Lusitania (4-11) was defeated by seventh ranked Sampaense (7-8) 102-95 on Sunday. Lusitania trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 29-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 95-102 at the end of the game. Sampaense shot 60.9 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Forward Pedro Azevedo (193-81) helped adding 21 points and 5 assists. Worth to mention Luettgerodt played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. The best for the losing side was American power forward James Robert (203-86, college: Dowling) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import guard Terrence Hundley (191-85, college: W.Georgia) scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Sampaense and five Lusitania players scored in double figures. Sampaense moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ginasio and Penafiel. Lusitania lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Sampaense will meet league's leader FC Porto Ferpinta on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lusitania will play against Penafiel (#7) in Penafiel and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sampaense: R.Luettgerodt 33+8reb, P.Azevedo 21+4reb+5ast, J.Gray 18+6reb+4ast, J.Sing 14+4reb+12ast, D.Furtado 8+3reb, H.Carvalho 6+5reb
Lusitania: M.Camara 19+4reb+2ast, C.Little 17+6reb+1ast, D.Monteiro 16+2reb+5ast, T.Hundley 16+6reb+4ast, J.Robert 16+15reb, R.Cardoso 11+3reb
gschID: 101199


Barreirense - Academica 83-91

No shocking result in a game in Barreiro where third ranked Academica (11-4) defeated bottom-ranked Barreirense (2-13) 91-83 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 49-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Academica shot 60.4 percent from the field. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Matthew Shaw (201-86, college: S.Illinois) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Power forward Tommie Eddie (201-82, college: Mississippi) helped adding 25 points and 4 steals. Four Academica players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Tyrone Curnell (201-88, college: Valdosta St., agency: Strategic Sports) with 21 points and 7 rebounds and guard Garrison Johnson (196-88, college: Jackson St., agency: Strategic Sports) scored 23 points. Barreirense's coach Arturo Alvarez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Academica have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-4 record having just one points less than leader Porto Ferpinta. Loser Barreirense stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Academica will meet Illiabum (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Barreirense will play against the league's second-placed Benfica and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Academica: T.Eddie 25+4reb+1ast, M.Shaw 18+13reb+7ast, W.Holland 17+3reb+3ast, F.Sousa 11+6reb+5ast, D.Simoes 10, T.Pinto 6+1reb+3ast
Barreirense: G.Johnson 23+2ast, T.Curnell 21+7reb+1ast, M.Queiroz 9+6reb+2ast, T.Raimundo 7+4reb, P.Pereira 7+2reb+2ast, J.Wilson 6+5reb
gschID: 101200


Ovarense - Illiabum 85-61

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ovarense. Local Ovarense (8-7) outscored 10th ranked Illiabum (5-10) 85-61 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Ovarense. Illiabum managed to win fourth quarter 21-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ovarense forced 19 Illiabum turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Jose Miguel Barbosa (176-90) helped adding 17 points and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was the former international guard Daniel Felix (183-82) with 10 points and 5 assists and American power forward Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ovarense moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Vitoria SC. Loser Illiabum keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Ovarense will meet CAB (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Illiabum will play against Academica in Coimbra and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ovarense: N.Cortez 19+14reb+2ast, J.Miguel Barbosa 17+2reb+2ast, M.Webster 15+2reb, J.Bradford Spencer 13+1reb+2ast, J.WALLER 11+3reb+3ast, A.Pinto 5+2reb+1ast
Illiabum: E.Willis 12+3reb, J.Balseiro 10+2reb, D.Felix 10+3reb+5ast, E.Harris 10+6reb+1ast, V.Estevao 10+3reb, C.Cordeiro 4+2reb
gschID: 101195


Ginasio - CAB 77-71

We should mention about the upset which took place in Figueira da Foz, where 6th ranked CAB (6-9) lost to ninth ranked Ginasio (7-8) in a road game 71-77. CAB was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 23-14 third quarter run of Ginasio. It was a good game for American power forward Jason Hartford (206-85) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Tomas Barroso (180-90) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Frederick Gentry (201-77, college: McNeese St., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Nathan Menefee (182-85, college: Evergreen St.) added 20 points in the effort for CAB. Ginasio moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sampaense and Penafiel. CAB at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Ginasio will play against higher ranked Vitoria SC (#4) in Guimaraes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CAB will play at home against Ovarense (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ginasio: J.Hartford 24+9reb+2ast, T.Barroso 21+3reb+4ast, J.Reveles 11+3reb+5ast, A.Swift 9+9reb, Y.Chia-Kur 8+4reb+3ast, M.Goncalves 4+3reb+2ast
CAB: F.Gentry 20+13reb+2ast, N.Menefee 20+2reb+1ast, J.Coelho 8+4reb+1ast, S.Jackson 8+2reb, J.Silva 6+1reb+3ast, F.Fernandes 5+2ast
gschID: 101196




Proliga Round 14: Fisica is defeated by Sangalhos - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Sangalhos between third ranked Fisica (10-4) and fourth ranked Sangalhos (10-4) on Sunday night. Fisica was defeated by Sangalhos in a tough game on the road 51-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fisica. Fisica was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Forward Nuno Bizarro (192-80) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Mauro Santos (186-84) chipped in 6 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Jason Underwood (206-84, college: Centenary) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Sangalhos moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Fisica. Sangalhos is looking forward to face Alges (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fisica will play against Electrico FC (#7) in Ponte de Sor and is hoping to win this game.
Proliga top team - Barcelos (12-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Povoa (6-8) 82-74. Guard Nuno Pedroso (187-79) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and Joao Moreira supported him with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 20 points and 5 assists by guard Nuno Oliveira (186-89) did not help to save the game for Povoa. Barcelos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-2 record. Povoa at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Electrico FC. Barcelos will play against Guifoes (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Povoa will play against Maia Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Seixal (0-14) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 14th consecutive match to sixth ranked Terceira Basket (8-6) 81-79 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Durrell Nevels who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Tomas Lopez produced 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Terceira Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 8-6 record. Loser Seixal still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Terceira Basket will meet league's second-placed Galitos FC in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Seixal will play against Angrabasket (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Second ranked Galitos FC (11-3) crushed at home 5th ranked Angrabasket (9-5) by 19 points 83-64, which is the biggest margin this round. Angelo Brito orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Galitos FC maintains second position with 11-3 record behind leader Barcelos. Angrabasket at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Galitos FC's next round opponent will be Terceira Basket (#6) in Angra Heroismo. Angrabasket will play on the road against Seixal.

In the last two games of round 14 Alges lost to Electrico FC on the opponent's court 63-70. Guifoes managed to outperform Maia Basket in a home game 68-54.



Sangalhos - Fisica 59-51

The most important game in the last round took place in Sangalhos between third ranked Fisica (10-4) and fourth ranked Sangalhos (10-4) on Sunday night. Fisica was defeated by Sangalhos in a tough game on the road 51-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fisica. Fisica was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Forward Nuno Bizarro (192-80) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Mauro Santos (186-84) chipped in 6 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Jason Underwood (206-84, college: Centenary) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Carlos Dias (197-79) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Sangalhos moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Fisica. Sangalhos is looking forward to face Alges (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fisica will play against Electrico FC (#7) in Ponte de Sor and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Sangalhos: N.Bizarro 17+2reb, F.Martins 10+2reb+1ast, J.Seabra 7+1reb+6ast, A.Duarte 6+2reb+2ast, M.Santos 6+7reb+2ast, J.Carmo 5+2reb
Fisica: J.Underwood 19+8reb, A.Sami 11+3reb+2ast, C.Dias 9+7reb+4ast, R.Junior 5+3reb, A.Catarino 3+1reb+1ast, M.Salvador 2+3reb+4ast
gschID: 101325


Povoa - Barcelos 74-82

Proliga top team - Barcelos (12-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Povoa (6-8) 82-74. Povoa was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 31-18 charge of Barcelos, which allowed them to win the game. Povoa was plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Nuno Pedroso (187-79) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and center Joao Moreira (200-85) supported him with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Barcelos players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 5 assists by guard Nuno Oliveira (186-89) did not help to save the game for Povoa. Guard Rui Coelho (191-89) added 20 points and 4 steals for the hosts. Barcelos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-2 record. Povoa at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Electrico FC. Barcelos will play against Guifoes (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Povoa will play against Maia Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Barcelos: N.Pedroso 23+12reb+1ast, C.Fechas 16+5reb+3ast, J.Moreira 15+8reb+4ast, P.Silva 13+10reb+4ast, I.Goncalves 7+2reb+2ast, P.Antonio 7+5reb
Povoa: N.Oliveira 20+3reb+5ast, R.Coelho 20+3reb+1ast, G.Ehiagwina 11+8reb+1ast, A.Silva 9+5reb+1ast, A.jr. Oha 8+13reb+1ast, A.Gomes 2+1reb
gschID: 101326


Electrico FC - Alges 70-63

Rather expected game in Ponte de Sor where 11th ranked Alges (3-11) were defeated by eighth ranked Electrico FC (6-8) 70-63. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Alges won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Electrico FC forced 22 Alges turnovers. Forward Aylton Medeiros (194-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Jorge Afonso (192-79) contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Electrico FC players scored in double figures. American forward Silvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds and Angolan forward Sergio Correia (197-85) added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Alges. Alges' coach Flavio Nascimento rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Electrico FC moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Povoa. Newly promoted Alges keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Electrico FC's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fisica (#3) in Torres Vedras and it may be quite challenging game. Alges will play on the road against Sangalhos (#4).
Top scorers:
Electrico FC: J.Afonso 13+1reb+6ast, A.Medeiros 13+7reb+3ast, T.Brito 13+3reb+4ast, E.Ferreira 11+3reb+2ast, J.Lanzinha 10+4reb+2ast, D.Neves 8+3reb
Alges: S.Spicer 22+15reb+2ast, S.Correia 13+11reb+2ast, R.Ferreira 11+2ast, R.Robalo 8+2reb+1ast, N.Monteiro 6+3ast, A.Joaquim 2+1reb
gschID: 101322


Seixal - Terceira Basket 79-81

Bottom-ranked Seixal (0-14) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 14th consecutive match to sixth ranked Terceira Basket (8-6) 81-79 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Terceira Basket shot 23 for 38 from the free-throw line, while Seixal only scored six points from the stripe. Terceira Basket forced 21 Seixal turnovers. The best player for the winners was American power forward Durrell Nevels (198-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. The other American import guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Four Terceira Basket players scored in double figures. Spanish forward Tomas Lopez (198-78) produced 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and swingman Daniel Machado (190-90) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Terceira Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 8-6 record. Loser Seixal still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Terceira Basket will meet league's second-placed Galitos FC in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Seixal will play against Angrabasket (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Terceira Basket: D.Nevels 27+17reb, D.Goncalves 18+1reb+2ast, F.Tavares 14+2reb+2ast, N.Bowie 11+11reb+4ast, A.Pontes 8+2reb+1ast, D.Enes 3+2reb+1ast
Seixal: T.Lopez 35+8reb+1ast, D.Machado 13+9reb+2ast, A.Clerigo 12+4reb+1ast, M.Gomes 9+3reb+3ast, T.Magalhaes 7+6reb+1ast, E.Ferreira 3+3reb
gschID: 101323


Guifoes - Maia Basket 68-54

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Guifoes and 10th ranked Maia Basket had identical 4-9 record. This time Guifoes used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Maia 68-54. Guifoes players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Naturalized Cape Verdean forward Odair Conceicao (197-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Angolan forward Joao Gaspar (196-89) contributed with 8 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guifoes' coach Rui Gomes allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Andre Dara (180-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Jose Gomes (188-78) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Maia Basket. Newly promoted Guifoes maintains ninth position with 5-9 record. Maia Basket at the other side keeps the tenth place with ten games lost. Guifoes' next round opponent will be league's leader Barcelos at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Maia Basket will play against Povoa (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guifoes: O.Conceicao 17+7reb+3ast, A.Libanio 11+9reb+1ast, P.Silva 10+2reb+5ast, J.Gaspar 8+13reb+4ast, M.Faria 8+2reb, M.Bertani 6+2reb+1ast
Maia Basket: J.Gomes 11+6reb+2ast, A.Dara 11+11reb+5ast, J.Diamantino 11+8reb, R.Monteiro 7+1reb+3ast, J.Oliveira 6+5reb, D.Correia 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 101324


Galitos FC - Angra 83-64

Second ranked Galitos FC (11-3) crushed at home 5th ranked Angrabasket (9-5) by 19 points 83-64, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Galitos FC. Angrabasket was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Angrabasket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Angelo Brito (205-84) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Antonio Pires (185-86) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Kevin Jolley (197-82, college: Quinnipiac, agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Angrabasket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Galitos FC maintains second position with 11-3 record behind leader Barcelos. Angrabasket at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Galitos FC's next round opponent will be Terceira Basket (#6) in Angra Heroismo. Angrabasket will play on the road against Seixal.
Top scorers:
Galitos FC: A.Pires 16+4reb+4ast, A.Brito 14+12reb+3ast, R.Quintino 11+8reb, M.Pilgrim 11+6reb+1ast, A.Almeida 10+2reb+1ast, D.Leiria 9+4reb+5ast
Angra: T.Mack 17+10reb+3ast, J.Pereira 12+3reb+6ast, K.Jolley 12+7reb+4ast, O.Viera 11+4reb+2ast, P.Magalhaes 5+1reb+2ast, A.Kravtsov 5+2reb
gschID: 101321




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


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


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Curnell, Barreirense21.1 
 2. Oruche, Ginasio20.6 
 3. Luettgerodt, Sampa.20.1 
 4. Jackson, Sampaense19.8 
 5. Shaw, Academica18.9 
 6. Austin, Vitoria SC18.9 
 7. Goode, Penafiel18.5 
 8. Johnson, Barreire.18.3 
 9. Webster, Ovarense18.2 
 10. Eddie, Academica17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Martin, Vitoria SC11.4 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense10.1 
 3. Brown, Vitoria SC9.8 
 4. Nolen, Penafiel9.2 
 5. Shaw, Academica9.2 
 6. Harris, Illiabum9.0 
 7. Terrell, Porto F.8.9 
 8. Momplasir, Lusitania8.8 
 9. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
 10. Eddie, Academica8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Joao REVELES
  Ginasio
  (187-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reveles, Ginasio6.3 
 2. Manarte, Ovarense6.1 
 3. Sing, Sampaense5.8 
 4. Monteiro, Lusitania5.7 
 5. Simoes, Academica5.3 
 6. Minhava, Benfica4.9 
 7. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 8. Andrade, Porto F.4.4 
 9. Felix, Illiabum3.9 
 10. Barroso, Ginasio3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Curnell, Barreirense3.4 
 2. Holland, Academica3.4 
 3. Cortez, Ovarense3.0 
 4. Goode, Penafiel2.8 
 5. Eddie, Academica2.4 
 6. Felix, Illiabum2.2 
 7. Barroso, Ginasio2.2 
 8. Terrell, Porto F.2.1 
 9. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.0 
 10. Johnson, Barreire.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitania3.8 
 2. Brown, Vitoria SC1.8 
 3. Nolen, Penafiel1.3 
 4. Gentry, CAB1.3 
 5. Jackson, Sampaense1.2 
 6. Coelho, CAB1.2 
 7. Stempin, Porto F.1.1 
 8. Harris, Illiabum1.1 
 9. Hartford, Ginasio1.1 
 10. Gray, Sampaense1.1 


Libolo defeat Benfica in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Libolo - Benfica 109:107 (OT)

Libolo finished Compal SuperCup in the second position. They defeated Benfica in overtime to improve at 2-1 record. Benfica in the meantime suffered the third straight defeat. Reggie Moore (203-F-81, college: ORU) fired 41 points to lead the winners.
Benfica got to a slightly better start as they registered a 25:24 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Portuguese champions cleared off to a 5-point lead at halftime 47:42. Benfica maintained the lead as they arrived at the third break up by 8 points 76:68. However Libolo did not surrender as they erupted for 32 points in the fourth period and levelled things up at 100. The Angolan team opened the extra period with six consecutive points to surge ahead. But Benfica answered with seven straight points of their own to take a 107:106 lead. But Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) exploded with a late triple to bring Libolo to the victory. Cipriano finished with 30 points, while Milton Barros (184-G-84) added 16 points for Libolo. Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) answered with 25 points for Benfica. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) delivered 22 points in defeat.

Libolo: Reggie Moore 41, Olimpio Cipriano 30, Milton Barros 16
Benfica: Heshimu Evans 25, Antonio Tavares 22



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  ROMANIA   


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Ploiesti 18-3 
 2. Gaz Metan 16-4 
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 16-5 
 4. Steaua Turabo 15-5 
 5. Mures 14-6 
 6. Oradea 12-9 
 7. CSU Sibiu 11-9 
 8. CSM Bucuresti 11-9 
 9. Pitesti 11-10 
 10. Otopeni 11-10 
 11. Timisoara 9-12 
 12. Rovinari 9-12 
 13. Craiova 5-15 
 14. Politehnica Iasi 4-16 
 15. Miercurea 1-19 
 16. Brasov 1-20 


Div.B Round 21: Ploiesti defeats Otopeni in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Eighth-ranked Otopeni (11-10) gave a tough game to first ranked Ploiesti (18-3) on Saturday. The visitors from Ploiesti managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Otopeni. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 39-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The former international guard Adrian Blidaru (182-85) stepped up and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) chipped in 20 points. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Slobodan Popovic (198-80, agency: BeoExcell) with 28 points and 9 rebounds. Ploiesti have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-3 record. Otopeni at the other side dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Pitesti. Ploiesti are looking forward to face Craiova (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Otopeni will play against CSM Bucuresti (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Medias. Third ranked host Gaz Metan (16-4) defeated second-best Steaua Turabo (15-5) 76-65. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Steaua Turabo. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The former international forward Titus Nicoara (200-88, agency: Interperformances) nailed 18 points and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and Jarrett Howell accounted for 13 points and 8 assists. The former international center Virgil Carutasu (204-76) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Steaua Turabo in the defeat. Gaz Metan moved-up to second place. Steaua Turabo at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Gaz Metan will play against Pitesti (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Steaua Turabo will play against Brasov (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Oradea was also quite interesting. Third ranked U-Mobitelco (16-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Oradea (12-9). U-Mobitelco managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Zoran Krstanovic who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Nemanja Maric who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. The victory was the third consecutive win for U-Mobitelco. They maintain third place with 16-5 record having just two points less than leader Ploiesti. Loser Oradea keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. U-Mobitelco will meet at home Rovinari (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oradea will play against Miercurea (#15) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Rovinari. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 11th ranked Rovinari (9-12) to tenth ranked CSU Sibiu (11-9) 74-72 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for Cristian Craciun who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for CSU Sibiu. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with CSM Bucuresti. Rovinari lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. CSU Sibiu's next round opponent will be higher ranked Mures (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rovinari will play against U-Mobitelco (#3) in Cluj Napoca.
Important game to mention about took place in Brasov. Fourteenth ranked Politehnica Iasi (4-16) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 15th ranked Brasov (1-20) 77-75 on Saturday evening. LeRoy Dawson stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Newly promoted Politehnica Iasi maintains fourteenth place with 4-16 record. Brasov lost their tenth game in a row. They dropped to the bottomPolitehnica Iasi will face higher ranked Timisoara (#11) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brasov will play against Steaua Turabo (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last two games of round 21 Pitesti lost to Mures on the opponent's court 104-107. Timisoara managed to outperform CSM Bucuresti in a home game 79-66.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 12 rebounds by Jason Forte of Mures.



Gaz Metan - Steaua Turabo 76-65

The game between Top Four teams took place in Medias. Third ranked host Gaz Metan (16-4) defeated second-best Steaua Turabo (15-5) 76-65. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Steaua Turabo. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Steaua Turabo was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Gaz Metan made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Steaua Turabo was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Titus Nicoara (200-88, agency: Interperformances) nailed 18 points and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and American guard Jarrett Howell (188-84, college: Texas Arlington, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 13 points and 8 assists. Four Gaz Metan players scored in double figures. The former international center Virgil Carutasu (204-76) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Maltese-American guard Joshua Jackson (188-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 16 points respectively for Steaua Turabo in the defeat. Gaz Metan moved-up to second place. Steaua Turabo at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Gaz Metan will play against Pitesti (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Steaua Turabo will play against Brasov (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Steaua Turabo: J.Jackson 16+4reb+2ast, V.Carutasu 13+7reb+3ast, H.Nikolov 8+3reb, I.Tomeljak 8+1reb+2ast, A.Mandache 6+3reb+2ast, V.Stanescu 5+4reb+2ast
Gaz Metan: T.Nicoara 18+7reb+1ast, J.Howell 13+4reb+8ast, D.Mitchell 11+3reb+2ast, I.Dragusin 10+7reb, U.Velickovic 9+2reb, I.Ivanovic 8+2reb
gschID: 119080


Mures - Pitesti 107-104

Very expected game when 10th ranked Pitesti (11-10) was edged on the road by fifth ranked Mures (14-6) 107-104 on Sunday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Mures looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Pitesti was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard JuJuan Cooley (175-82, college: Indiana Tech, agency: Agency No 10) chipped in 19 points and 16 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Donte Gennie (185-83, college: Georgia Southern) with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 assists and Montenegrin guard Darko Vujacic (201-79) scored 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Mures and four Pitesti players scored in double figures. Mures maintains fifth place with 14-6 record. Loser Pitesti dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Mures will face CSU Sibiu (#7) on the road in the next round. Pitesti will play against the league's second-placed Gaz Metan in Medias.
Top scorers:
Pitesti: D.Vujacic 32+5reb+4ast, D.Gennie 27+4reb+10ast, C.Eichelberger 20+10reb+2ast, S.Isleam 13+8reb+1ast, A.Voinescu 5+3reb+1ast, B.Grubisic 4+9reb+1ast
Mures: J.Forte 29+12reb+1ast, J.Cooley 19+4reb+16ast, L.Dumitru 18+5reb+1ast, A.Mladenovic 15+7reb+1ast, D.Lewis 14+6reb+2ast, F.Lapuste 10+1reb
gschID: 119081


Rovinari - CSU Sibiu 72-74

A very interesting game took place in Rovinari. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 11th ranked Rovinari (9-12) to tenth ranked CSU Sibiu (11-9) 74-72 on Saturday evening. Rovinari was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 19-15 charge of CSU Sibiu, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 22 Rovinari turnovers. Strangely Rovinari outrebounded CSU Sibiu 41-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Rovinari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international forward Cristian Craciun (203-79) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Polish center Rafal Bigus (215-76, college: Villanova) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian guard Stefan Nikolic (192-87) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Rovinari. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for CSU Sibiu. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with CSM Bucuresti. Rovinari lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. CSU Sibiu's next round opponent will be higher ranked Mures (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rovinari will play against U-Mobitelco (#3) in Cluj Napoca.
Top scorers:
Rovinari: S.Nikolic 19+6reb+4ast, R.Bigus 17+18reb+4ast, L.Darby 11+5reb+4ast, M.Oluic 10+3reb, V.Mocanu 8+7reb+2ast, P.Troupe 4+1reb
CSU Sibiu: M.Markovic 20+6reb, C.Craciun 18+13reb+1ast, O.Calota 11+1ast, S.Atanackovic 10+3reb+3ast, E.Brown 6, M.Haiduc 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 119082


Oradea - U.Mobitel.CN 73-80

The game in Oradea was also quite interesting. Third ranked U-Mobitelco (16-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Oradea (12-9). U-Mobitelco managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73 on Sunday. Oradea was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 30-19 charge of U-Mobitelco, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-82) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American forward Kyndall Dykes (191-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 30 points and 9 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian guard Nemanja Maric (196-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists and Bosnian center Sasa Topcov (206-80) added 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) respectively. The victory was the third consecutive win for U-Mobitelco. They maintain third place with 16-5 record having just two points less than leader Ploiesti. Loser Oradea keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. U-Mobitelco will meet at home Rovinari (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oradea will play against Miercurea (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Oradea: S.Topcov 28+5reb+1ast, M.Schachtner 14+2reb+1ast, N.Maric 14+9reb+11ast, A.Mandic 9+4reb+5ast, R.Pasca 5+3reb+1ast, T.Mitchell 3+3reb+1ast
U.Mobitel.CN: K.Dykes 30+9reb, Z.Krstanovic 28+10reb+1ast, M.Silvasan 8+1reb+1ast, B.Cuic 7+8reb+4ast, C.Fometescu 5, D.Lawrence 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 119083


Otopeni - Ploiesti 78-81

Eighth-ranked Otopeni (11-10) gave a tough game to first ranked Ploiesti (18-3) on Saturday. The visitors from Ploiesti managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Otopeni. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 39-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The former international guard Adrian Blidaru (182-85) stepped up and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) chipped in 20 points. Four Ploiesti players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Slobodan Popovic (198-80, agency: BeoExcell) with 28 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Cortney Scott (196-82, college: Oakland) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Ploiesti have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-3 record. Otopeni at the other side dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Pitesti. Ploiesti are looking forward to face Craiova (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Otopeni will play against CSM Bucuresti (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Otopeni: S.Popovic 28+9reb+1ast, C.Scott 21+5reb+7ast, A.Belanovic 14+5reb+2ast, M.Medvedj 7+3reb+5ast, D.Popescu 6+4reb+2ast, B.Burell 2+3reb
Ploiesti: C.Burlacu 20+2reb+1ast, A.Blidaru 19+5reb+4ast, J.Westrol 18+5reb, L.Szijarto 13+3reb, Q.Calhoun 5+6reb+2ast, I.Okoye 4+3reb
gschID: 119077


Timisoara - CSM Bucuresti 79-66

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Timisoara (9-12) defeated at home higher ranked CSM Bucuresti (11-9) 79-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Timisoara. CSM Bucuresti was better in second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international center Dan Paltinisanu (208-79, agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Serbian forward