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Argentinian LigaA round 16 (Second Stage) best performance: David Jackson - by Eurobasket News
American guard David Jackson (196-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for La Union, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, five rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Libertad S. (#7, 8-7) 72-65. La Union is placed at 4th position in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. La Union will need more victories to improve their 10-6 record. In the team's last game Jackson had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's his second year at La Union and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former The Pennsylvania State University star has very solid stats this year. Jackson is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.6ppg. Jackson is in league's top in and averages impressive 61.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old American Joseph Bunn (198-F/C-75) of Argentino. Bunn had a very good evening with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Argentino lost that game 77-87 to the higher-ranked Atenas (#2, 11-5). Argentino is still in a red zone at 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-9 record. Bunn is a newcomer at Argentino, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#2). He also registered 5.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management) of league's second-best Atenas. Lewis scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Atenas, leading his team to a 87-77 win against the lower-ranked Argentino (#12, 6-9). Atenas 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 5 lost games. Lewis has a very solid season. In 16 games in Argentina he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 6.3rpg and FGP: 52.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerome Meyinsse (206-F/C-88) of Club 9 - 14 points and 12 rebounds
5. Rodney Elliott (202-F-76) of Boca Jrs - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81) of Boca Jrs - 16 points and 7 rebounds
7. Bruno Labaque (183-G-77) of Atenas - 17 points and 6 assists
8. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76) of Libertad S. - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Cedric Moodie (187-G-78) of Boca Jrs - 17 points and 2 rebounds
10. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 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)


LigaA Round 16: Lanus is defeated by Gimnasia CR - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Comodoro R. between third ranked Lanus (10-6) and fourth ranked Gimnasia CR (10-6) on Sunday night. Lanus was defeated by Gimnasia CR in a tough game on the road 60-66. The hosts trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Gimnasia CR made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Diego Romero (209-C-82, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) who added 9 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gimnasia CR moved-up to third place, which they share with La Union and Lanus. Gimnasia CR is looking forward to face Argentino (#12) in Junin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lanus will play at home against La Union (#4) in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LigaA top team - Obras (12-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Boca Juniors (5-12) in Buenos Aires 89-78. The winners were led by international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who scored that evening 14 points and Alexis Elsener supported him with 17 points. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Rodney Elliott (202-76, college: Maryland) did not help to save the game for Boca Juniors. Obras have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-4 record. Boca Juniors at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. Obras will play against Argentino (#12) in Junin in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boca Juniors will play at home against Regatas Corrientes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Sunchales was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked La Union (10-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Libertad Sunchales (8-7). La Union managed to secure a 7-point victory 72-65 on Sunday. David Jackson fired 31 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Ronald Selleaze produced 16 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. La Union moved-up to third place, which they share with Gimnasia CR and Lanus. Loser Libertad Sunchales dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Quimsa. La Union will meet Lanus (#5) in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play against Penarol in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 16 Penarol won against Club 9 on the opponent's court 69-64. Argentino unfortunately lost to Atenas in a home game 77-87.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 6 rebounds by Joseph Bunn of Argentino.


Gimnasia CR - Lanus 66-60

The most important game in the last round took place in Comodoro R. between third ranked Lanus (10-6) and fourth ranked Gimnasia CR (10-6) on Sunday night. Lanus was defeated by Gimnasia CR in a tough game on the road 60-66. The hosts trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Gimnasia CR made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Diego Romero (209-82, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) who added 9 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Mariano Byro (195-82) scored 13 points. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gimnasia CR moved-up to third place, which they share with La Union and Lanus. Gimnasia CR is looking forward to face Argentino (#12) in Junin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lanus will play at home against La Union (#4) in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lanus: M.Byro 13+3reb+1ast, T.Taylor 11+9reb, J.Levy 10+5reb, G.Fernandez 8+7reb+2ast, N.Laprovittola 6+2reb, L.Victoriano 5+3reb+1ast
Gimnasia CR: D.Romero 17+4reb+1ast, F.Funes 12+3reb, R.Okosa 9+10reb+2ast, G.Brown 9+6reb+1ast, M.Franco 7+1reb+2ast, A.Carabajal 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 117538


Club 9 - Penarol 64-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Club 9's (7-8) home loss to ninth ranked Penarol (8-6) 64-69 on Sunday. Club 9 was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Penarol, which allowed them to win the game. Penarol had a 36-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey, agency: KMG Sports Management) fired 21 points for the winners. International forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Lamonte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and guard Gaston Luchino (184-82) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Club 9 keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with Regatas C.. Penarol will meet at home Libertad Sunchales (#7) in the next round. Club 9 will play again against Penarol in Mar del Plata and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Club 9: M.Melo 17+4reb, G.Luchino 15+5reb+4ast, J.Meyinsse 14+12reb+1ast, B.Zanotti 7+1reb+2ast, E.Martina 4+1reb, T.Gabbidon 3+5reb+1ast
Penarol: K.Lamonte 21+3reb+1ast, N.Lauria 14+6reb, L.Gutierrez 13+7reb+3ast, F.Campazzo 7+4reb+3ast, A.Diez 7+3reb, M.Mata 5+7reb
gschID: 117532


Argentino - Atenas 77-87

Very predictable result in Junin where second ranked Atenas (11-5) defeated 12th ranked Argentino (6-9) 87-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. Argentino managed to win fourth quarter 21-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atenas dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Argentino's 28. American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Bruno Labaque (183-77, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points, 6 assists and 6 steals. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips (OK)) produced 27 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Italian guard Juan Cangelosi (195-81) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Atenas maintains second position with 11-5 record behind leader Obras. Newly promoted Argentino keeps the twelfth place with nine games lost. Atenas will meet at home Olimpico de La Banda (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Argentino will play against Gimnasia CR in Comodoro R. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Argentino: J.Bunn 27+6reb+2ast, J.Cangelosi 15+3reb+2ast, S.Scala 9+1reb+3ast, T.Braggs 8+5reb, L.Martina 6+4reb, L.Stukes 5
Atenas: B.Labaque 17+6ast, M.Gerlero 16+1reb+1ast, G.Lewis 14+12reb, D.Gerbaudo 12+2reb+4ast, M.Lescano 11+5reb, J.Williams 9+7reb
gschID: 117533


Obras - Boca Jrs 89-78

LigaA top team - Obras (12-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Boca Juniors (5-12) in Buenos Aires 89-78. The game was mostly controlled by Obras. Boca Juniors was better in fourth quarter 26-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Obras players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Boca Juniors was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who scored that evening 14 points and guard Alexis Elsener (196-88) supported him with 17 points. Five Obras players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Rodney Elliott (202-76, college: Maryland) did not help to save the game for Boca Juniors. Power forward Fernando Martina (202-81) added 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for lost side. Obras have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-4 record. Boca Juniors at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. Obras will play against Argentino (#12) in Junin in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boca Juniors will play at home against Regatas Corrientes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: R.Elliott 21+9reb+1ast, C.Moodie 17+2reb+1ast, F.Martina 16+7reb+1ast, D.Alston 8+5reb+1ast, M.Fierro 7+4reb+1ast, S.Vega 5+2reb+3ast
Obras: A.Elsener 17+3reb+1ast, C.Schattmann 16+2reb+1ast, J.Gutierrez 14+4reb+3ast, W.McFarlan 11+5reb+4ast, L.Cequeira 10+9ast, L.Gonzalez 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 117534


Libertad S. - La Union 65-72

The game in Sunchales was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked La Union (10-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Libertad Sunchales (8-7). La Union managed to secure a 7-point victory 72-65 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-65. La Union made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) fired 31 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Guard Nicolas Aguirre (182-88) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and Puerto Rican forward Alex Galindo (198-85, college: Florida Intern.) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. La Union moved-up to third place, which they share with Gimnasia CR and Lanus. Loser Libertad Sunchales dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Quimsa. La Union will meet Lanus (#5) in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play against Penarol in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: R.Selleaze 16+5reb+3ast, A.Galindo 11+5reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 9+2reb, R.Battle 8+5reb+3ast, M.Ibarra 8+5reb, E.Correa 6+1reb
La Union: D.Jackson 31+5reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 10+6reb, L.Perez 7+1ast, G.Mikulas 6+6reb, F.Ferrini 4+3reb, P.Barrios 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 117535




TNA Round 4: Union Progresista loses the game and top position in their group - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

There was a change at the TNA leadership position after last games. Round 4 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Union Progresista (3-1). They were defeated by third ranked San Martin Marcos Juarez (3-1) 67-62 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Union Progresista. It was a key game for the top position in TNA2. San Martin Marcos Juarez keeps a position of TNA2 leader, which they share with Union Progr. Union Progresista will play next round against strong Union de Sunchales trying to make it back to the top of the standings. San Martin Marcos Juarez will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Adelante in Reconquista.
Very significant was Asociacion Espanola's (#5) just 1-point road victory against 8th ranked Gimnasia VP in TNA2 82-81. Asociacion Espanola (2-2) moved-up to third place in TNA2, which they share with 3 other teams. Gimnasia VP lost third consecutive game. Gimnasia VP at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Banda Norte. Asociacion Espanola will play against Banda Norte (#7) in Rio Cuarto in the next round. Gimnasia VP will play on the road against Tucuman BB in Tandil and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Reconquista between Adelante and Union de Sunchales. Sixth ranked Adelante (2-2) got a very close home victory over much higher ranked Union de Sunchales (2-2). Adelante managed to escape with a 3-point win 71-68 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Union de Sunchales. Adelante moved-up to third place in TNA2, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Union de Sunchales. Adelante will meet at home league's leader San Martin Marcos Juarez in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Union de Sunchales will play against the league's second-placed Union Progresista in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Tandil. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Banda Norte (1-3) to fourth ranked Tucuman BB (2-2) 78-76 on Sunday evening. Tucuman BB moved-up to third place in TNA2, which they share with 3 other teams. Banda Norte at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Tucuman BB's next round opponent will be Gimnasia VP (#8) in Necochea where they are favorite. Banda Norte will play at home against Asociacion Espanola in Charata.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ciclista (2-2) against sixth ranked Asociacion Italiana (2-2) on Sunday night. Visiting Ciclista was defeated by Asociacion Italiana in a tough game in Charata 88-94. Asociacion Italiana moved-up to second place in TNA1, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Ciclista. Asociacion Italiana will face Bragado (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ciclista will play against the league's second-placed San Martin Corrientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 4:
In TNA1 Firmat SF lost to Alvear on the opponent's court 64-72. Bragado managed to outperform San Mart.C. in a home game 84-74. Obera TC recorded a loss to Quilmes MP on the road 79-61.


TNA1
Alvear - Firmat SF 72-64

Very expected game in Villa Angela where 7th ranked Firmat SF (1-3) was defeated by first ranked Alvear (3-1) 72-64 on Sunday. Alvear have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Alvear maintains first position in TNA1 with 3-1 record. Loser Firmat SF dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. Alvear will face Quilmes MP (#4) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Firmat SF will play at home against Obera TC (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121136


Bragado - San Mart.C. 84-74

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Bragado (2-2) defeated at home one of their biggest challengers San Martin Corrientes (2-2) 84-74 on Sunday. Bragado moved-up to second place in TNA1, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated San Martin Corrientes. Bragado will face Asociacion Italiana (#7) in Charata in the next round where they are favorite. San Martin Corrientes will play on the road against Ciclista (#5) in Juninense.
gschID: 121137


A.Italiana - Ciclista 94-88

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ciclista (2-2) against sixth ranked Asociacion Italiana (2-2) on Sunday night. Visiting Ciclista was defeated by Asociacion Italiana in a tough game in Charata 88-94. Asociacion Italiana moved-up to second place in TNA1, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Ciclista. Asociacion Italiana will face Bragado (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ciclista will play against the league's second-placed San Martin Corrientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121138


Quilmes MP - Obera TC 79-61

There was a minor upset in Mar del Plata where one of their biggest challengers Obera TC (2-2) was defeated by eighth ranked Quilmes MP (2-2) 79-61 on Sunday. Quilmes MP moved-up to second place in TNA1, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Obera TC. Quilmes MP will face league's leader Alvear in Villa Angela in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Obera TC will play on the road against Firmat SF in Santa Fe.
gschID: 121135


TNA2
Adelante - Union S. 71-68

A very close game took place in Reconquista between Adelante and Union de Sunchales. Sixth ranked Adelante (2-2) got a very close home victory over much higher ranked Union de Sunchales (2-2). Adelante managed to escape with a 3-point win 71-68 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Union de Sunchales. Adelante moved-up to third place in TNA2, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Union de Sunchales. Adelante will meet at home league's leader San Martin Marcos Juarez in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Union de Sunchales will play against the league's second-placed Union Progresista in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121140


Gimnasia VP - A.Espanola 81-82

Very significant was Asociacion Espanola's (#5) just 1-point road victory against 8th ranked Gimnasia VP in TNA2 82-81. Asociacion Espanola (2-2) moved-up to third place in TNA2, which they share with 3 other teams. Gimnasia VP lost third consecutive game. Gimnasia VP at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Banda Norte. Asociacion Espanola will play against Banda Norte (#7) in Rio Cuarto in the next round. Gimnasia VP will play on the road against Tucuman BB in Tandil and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121141


Tucuman BB - Banda Norte 78-76

A very interesting game took place in Tandil. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Banda Norte (1-3) to fourth ranked Tucuman BB (2-2) 78-76 on Sunday evening. Tucuman BB moved-up to third place in TNA2, which they share with 3 other teams. Banda Norte at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Tucuman BB's next round opponent will be Gimnasia VP (#8) in Necochea where they are favorite. Banda Norte will play at home against Asociacion Espanola in Charata.
gschID: 121142


San Mart.MJ - Union Progr. 67-62

There was a change at the TNA leadership position after last games. Round 4 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Union Progresista (3-1). They were defeated by third ranked San Martin Marcos Juarez (3-1) 67-62 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Union Progresista. It was a key game for the top position in TNA2. San Martin Marcos Juarez keeps a position of TNA2 leader, which they share with Union Progr. Union Progresista will play next round against strong Union de Sunchales trying to make it back to the top of the standings. San Martin Marcos Juarez will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Adelante in Reconquista.
gschID: 121139




Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
TNA1
 1. Alvear 3-1 
 2. San Mart.C. 2-2 
 3. Bragado 2-2 
 4. Quilmes MP 2-2 
 5. Ciclista 2-2 
 6. Obera TC 2-2 
 7. A.Italiana 2-2 
 8. Firmat SF 1-3 
TNA2
 1. San Mart.MJ 3-1 
 2. Union Progr. 3-1 
 3. A.Espanola 2-2 
 4. Union S. 2-2 
 5. Tucuman BB 2-2 
 6. Adelante 2-2 
 7. Banda Norte 1-3 
 8. Gimnasia VP 1-3 


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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Ervin, Hawks20.9 
 2. Penney, Breakers19.4 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.1 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 7. Clark, Blaze16.6 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers15.7 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers15.3 
 10. Ubaka, Taipans15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.6 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.0 
 3. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 4. Vukona, Breakers7.3 
 5. Holmes, 36ers7.3 
 6. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 7. Williams, Tigers6.9 
 8. Knight, Wildcats6.8 
 9. Clark, Blaze6.7 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Williams, Tigers5.8 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.6 
 3. Saville, Hawks4.5 
 4. Carter, 36ers4.4 
 5. Shannon, 36ers4.3 
 6. Ervin, Hawks4.2 
 7. Braswell, Breakers4.1 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans4.1 
 9. Holmes, 36ers3.4 
 10. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.5 
 3. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 4. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 5. Hill, 36ers1.4 
 6. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 7. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 8. Carter, 36ers1.2 
 9. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 10. Dorsey, Taipans1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam BALLINGER
  36ers
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ballinger, 36ers2.0 
 2. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.9 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 8. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 9. Gilder, Sydney K.1.1 
 10. Freeman, Croco.0.9 


Tragardh's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Tigers and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 35 points and 10 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Breakers (#1, 16-3) 91-101. Tigers maintains the 8th position in Australian league. Tigers is currently ranked second from the bottom. But it was their 13th lost game this season out of 20 games. Tragardh turned to be Tigers' top player in his first season with the team. Cameron Tragardh averages this season 12.6ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Trey Gilder (206-F-85) of Sydney K.. He is American forward in his first season at Sydney K.. In the last game Gilder recorded impressive 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Sydney K. lost that game 84-98 to the higher-ranked Wildcats (#2, 13-9). Sydney K. are still at the very bottom. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Sydney K. managed to get this year. Gilder is a newcomer at Sydney K. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82) of league's leader New Zealand Breakers. Wilkinson scored 22 points. He was a key player of Breakers, leading his team to a 101-91 win against the lower-ranked Tigers (#8, 7-13). Breakers confirms their top position in the standings Wilkinson has a great season in Australia. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.3ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ira Clark (203-C/F-75) of Blaze - 24 points and 3 rebounds
5. Adam Ballinger (205-F-79) of 36ers - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Oscar Forman (205-F-82) of Hawks - 21 points and 4 rebounds
7. Kevin Lisch (188-G) of Wildcats - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85) of Taipans - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Kirk Penney (196-G-80) of Breakers - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. James Harvey (196-G/F-79) of Blaze - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 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 - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 19-4 
 2. Arkadia 15-8 
 3. Furstenfeld 14-9 
 4. Oberwart 14-9 
 5. Kapfenberg 13-10 
 6. Klosterneub. 13-10 
Group B
 1. UBSC Graz 12-11 
 2. Wels 12-11 
 3. BC Vienna 9-14 
 4. Gussing 9-14 
 5. St.Polten 6-17 
 6. Worthersee 2-21 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.7 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.8 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.20.7 
 4. Houston, Arkadia19.5 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.18.7 
 6. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.2 
 7. Heard, Gussing17.5 
 8. Mayes, Gmunden17.4 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.2 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.9 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.3 
 4. Volcic, Oberwart8.1 
 5. Vay, Arkadia7.8 
 6. Graham, UBSC G.7.8 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden7.7 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna7.5 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden7.3 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.9 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.8 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.4 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.6.0 
 6. Parker, Oberwart4.7 
 7. Miletic, UBSC G.4.5 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.5 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.3 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.2 
 4. Parker, Oberwart2.2 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 6. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 7. Artner, Oberwart1.9 
 8. Danek, Arkadia1.8 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna1.8 
 10. Payton, Arkadia1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.7 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.2 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.0 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 
 10. Stazic, BC Vienna0.7 


Second stage: Round One review - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games in Round One of the second stage.

Group A - Very important was a road loss of third ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (14-9) against fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners (14-9) on Monday night. Visiting Furstenfeld Panthers were defeated by Oberwart Gunners in Oberwart 97-84. Americans were the main players on the court. Tyrone Sally (201-F-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: W.Virginia) fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Shawn Ray produced 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for lost side. Oberwart Gunners maintains fourth place in Bundesliga with 14-9 record. Oberwart Gunners will meet league's second-placed Arkadia Lions in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and hope to secure a win.
Group A - The game between Top Four teams took place in Kapfenberg. 4th placed host Kapfenberg Bulls (13-10) lost to second ranked Arkadia Lions (15-8) 91-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Djordje Drenovac who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds. Arkadia Lions maintains second place in Bundesliga with 15-8 record having four points less than leader Gmunden. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Arkadia Lions' next round opponent will be Oberwart Gunners (#4) at home. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against the league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden.
Group A - The game in Klosterneuburg supposed to be also quite interesting. First ranked Gmunden Swans (19-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Xion Dukes (13-10). Gmunden Swans smashed Xion Dukes 77-56 on Sunday. Dan Oppland stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Xion Dukes' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first place in Bundesliga with 19-4 record. Loser Xion Dukes dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans will face Kapfenberg Bulls (#5) at home in the next round. Xion Dukes will play against Furstenfeld Panthers.
The most surprising game was a loss of Group B top-ranked team UBSC Graz (12-11) in Klagenfurt on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Worthersee Piraten (2-21) 80-71. Worthersee Piraten dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 22. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by UBSC Graz's players. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) stepped up and scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Bosnian forward Selmir Husanovic (200-78) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the losing side American forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Worthersee Piraten maintains sixth place in Bundesliga Group B with 2-21 record. UBSC Graz at the other side still keeps top position with 11 games lost. Worthersee Piraten are looking forward to face higher ranked BC Vienna (#3) in Wien in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UBSC Graz will play at home against St.Polten and is hoping to win this game.
Group B - Important game to mention about took place in Gussing. Third ranked Gussing Knights (9-14) saved a 1-point victory at home edging their biggest opponent BC Vienna (9-14) 91-90 on Saturday evening. American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and Thomas Klepeisz accounted for 14 points and 11 assists. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) came up with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for BC Vienna in the defeat. Despite that victory Gussing Knights went down to fourth position (Bundesliga) due to points difference. Gussing Knights will play against league's second-placed Raiffeisen Wels on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Vienna will play against Worthersee Piraten in Klagenfurt and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 1
In Bundesliga Wels won against St.Polten on the opponent's court 71-67.


Group A
Klosterneub. - Gmunden 56-77

The game in Klosterneuburg supposed to be also quite interesting. First ranked Gmunden Swans (19-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Xion Dukes (13-10). Gmunden Swans smashed Xion Dukes 77-56 on Sunday. The game without a history. Gmunden Swans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Xion Dukes to just 7 points in fourth quarter. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Anthony Slack (202-84, college: Illinois St.) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. At the losing side Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Jason Chappell (206-83, college: Wisconsin) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Xion Dukes' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first place in Bundesliga with 19-4 record. Loser Xion Dukes dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans will face Kapfenberg Bulls (#5) at home in the next round. Xion Dukes will play against Furstenfeld Panthers.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 16+6reb+1ast, J.Chappell 14+8reb+1ast, C.Nagler 8+5reb+2ast, C.Bobb 5+2reb+3ast, M.Rachar 4+1reb, A.Maresch 4+2reb+1ast
Gmunden: D.Mayes 18, D.Oppland 18+7reb+1ast, A.Slack 14+7reb+1ast, I.Boylan 10+4reb+5ast, F.Schoeninger 9+1reb+1ast, T.Stelzer 4+4ast
gschID: 121393


Oberwart - Furstenfeld 97-84

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (14-9) against fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners (14-9) on Monday night. Visiting Furstenfeld Panthers were defeated by Oberwart Gunners in Oberwart 97-84. The game was mostly controlled by Oberwart Gunners. Furstenfeld Panthers managed to win third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oberwart Gunners forced 19 Furstenfeld Panthers turnovers. Strangely Furstenfeld Panthers outrebounded Oberwart Gunners 38-19 including a 19-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Tyrone Sally (201-82, college: W.Virginia, agency: 540 Sports) fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) chipped in 18 points. Forward Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central, agency: Court Side) produced 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Court Side) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Oberwart Gunners maintains fourth place in Bundesliga with 14-9 record. Oberwart Gunners will meet league's second-placed Arkadia Lions in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: S.Ray 30+8reb+4ast, T.Pearson 15+6reb+2ast, A.Shavies 11+8reb+9ast, D.Carr 10+2reb, R.Hicks 10+8reb+2ast, L.O'Neal 8+2reb+2ast
Oberwart: T.Sally 21+7reb, H.Ochsenhofer 18+4ast, J.Dean Shawn 18+4reb+2ast, K.Parker 14+1reb+7ast, J.Johnson 12+6reb+4ast, H.Artner 9+1ast
gschID: 121394


Kapfenberg - Arkadia 74-91

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kapfenberg. 4th placed host Kapfenberg Bulls (13-10) lost to second ranked Arkadia Lions (15-8) 91-74. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Arkadia Lions's pressure prevailed and they won that period 33-23 extending their advantage to 17 points. They made 38-of-50 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game, while Kapfenberg Bulls only scored twelve points from the stripe. 27 personal fouls committed by Kapfenberg Bulls helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (201-92, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Daniel Horace (200-83, college: Miami (OH)) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls. Arkadia Lions maintains second place in Bundesliga with 15-8 record having four points less than leader Gmunden. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Arkadia Lions' next round opponent will be Oberwart Gunners (#4) at home. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against the league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: D.Horace 20+6reb, L.Gordon 16+8reb+3ast, S.Knabl 9+6reb+1ast, M.Nelson 9+6reb+1ast, A.Woschank 9+4reb+2ast, D.Nelson 7+3reb
Arkadia: D.Drenovac 32+12reb+1ast, F.Vay 27+6reb+3ast, B.Danek 19+2reb+5ast, K.Payton 8+2reb+2ast, P.Skurdauskas 5+7reb, M.Bralovic 0
gschID: 121389


Group B
Worthersee - UBSC Graz 80-71

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked UBSC Graz (12-11) in Klagenfurt on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Worthersee Piraten (2-21) 80-71. Worthersee Piraten dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 22. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by UBSC Graz's players. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) stepped up and scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Bosnian forward Selmir Husanovic (200-78) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the losing side American forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and Slovenian guard Dragan Miletic (195-82) scored 13 points and 7 assists. Worthersee Piraten maintains sixth place in Bundesliga with 2-21 record. UBSC Graz at the other side still keeps top position with 11 games lost. Worthersee Piraten are looking forward to face higher ranked BC Vienna (#3) in Wien in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UBSC Graz will play at home against St.Polten and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: L.Graham 19+10reb+2ast, S.Grum 16+3reb+1ast, D.Miletic 13+3reb+7ast, C.Knor 9+4reb, S.Schaal 6+1reb, M.Stegnjaic 6+4reb
Worthersee: T.Kennedy 25+7reb+5ast, S.Husanovic 16+6reb+2ast, E.Rhinehart 9+8reb+4ast, G.Zajic 8+1reb+2ast, B.Weber 6+2reb+2ast, A.Kuttnig 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 121390


Gussing - BC Vienna 91-90

Important game to mention about took place in Gussing. Third ranked Gussing Knights (9-14) saved a 1-point victory at home edging their biggest opponent BC Vienna (9-14) 91-90 on Saturday evening. It looked good early as BC Vienna took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gussing Knights had a 29-13 second period charge getting the lead and BC Vienna was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 90-91. Gussing Knights players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91) accounted for 14 points and 11 assists. Heard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) came up with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Bosnian-Croatian center Alen Trepalovac (214-85, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for BC Vienna in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Gussing Knights went down to fourth position (Bundesliga) due to points difference. Gussing Knights will play against league's second-placed Raiffeisen Wels on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Vienna will play against Worthersee Piraten in Klagenfurt and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 30+8reb+4ast, A.Trepalovac 18+12reb, S.Pekovic 17+7reb+1ast, S.Rhynes 16+5reb, M.Carr 5+4reb+6ast, M.Graf 4+5reb
Gussing: M.Heard 22+13reb+3ast, M.Klepeisz 21+2reb+3ast, T.Klepeisz 14+2reb+11ast, A.Djuric 14+3reb+2ast, M.Jandrasits 8+2reb, S.Koch 7+5reb
gschID: 121391


St.Polten - Wels 67-71

Rather expected game when 5th ranked St.Polten (6-17) was defeated at home by second ranked Raiffeisen Wels (12-11) 71-67 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The former international forward Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American forward Bruce Fields (197-80, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Rasmussen Services) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side forward Tomislav Gaspar (198-83) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and international forward Richard Poiger (201-87) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels maintains second place in Bundesliga with 12-11 record having seven points less than leader Gmunden. Loser St.Polten keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will face Gussing Knights (#4) at home in the next round. St.Polten will play against the league's leader UBSC Graz.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: T.Gaspar 17+6reb+1ast, R.Poiger 16+4reb+2ast, A.Worenz 14+4reb, M.Speiser 12+4reb, N.Kapic 6+4reb+2ast, M.Gunka 2+1ast
Wels: B.Fields 15+1reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 11+8reb+2ast, R.Brokenborough 11+3reb+1ast, T.Klette 10+3reb+1ast, J.Smith 10+5reb, R.Holcomb Faye 7+2reb+7ast
gschID: 121392




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Premier League Round 28: Grodno-93 loses to Minsk-2006 in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Premier League is almost over. Almost everything is clear. There are only 0 rounds left.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Minsk. Top-ranked host Minsk-2006 (30-0) smashed their biggest opponent Grodno-93 (21-9) 85-63. The game was mostly controlled by Minsk-2006. Grodno-93 managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Undefeated Minsk-2006 have an impressive 26-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 30-0 record. Grodno-93 lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with nine games lost. They share the position with OZAA Osipov.


The game in Mogilev was also worth to mention about. Third ranked OZAA Osipovichi (21-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Borifsen (9-21). OZAA Osipovichi managed to secure a 4-point victory 83-79. OZAA Osipovichi moved-up to second place, which they share with Grodno-93. Borifsen at the other side keeps the sixth position with 21 games lost. The game in Minsk was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Sozh Gomel (17-13) played at the court of 8th ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (1-29). Sozh Gomel managed to secure a 7-point victory 81-74 on Saturday. Sozh Gomel maintains fourth position with 17-13 record. Vitalyur-RGUOR lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 29 lost games. Fifth ranked Lokomotiv (16-14) crushed at home 7th ranked BGUIR-RCOR (5-25) by 31 points 86-55, which is the biggest margin this round. Lokomotiv have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 16-14 record. Newly promoted BGUIR-RCOR keeps the seventh place with 25 games lost.

Borifsen - OZAA Osipov. 79-83

The game in Mogilev was also worth to mention about. Third ranked OZAA Osipovichi (21-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Borifsen (9-21). OZAA Osipovichi managed to secure a 4-point victory 83-79. Borifsen was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 33-18 third quarter run of OZAA Osipovichi. OZAA Osipovichi moved-up to second place, which they share with Grodno-93. Borifsen at the other side keeps the sixth position with 21 games lost.
gschID: 115393


Lokomotiv - BGUIR-RCOR 86-55

Fifth ranked Lokomotiv (16-14) crushed at home 7th ranked BGUIR-RCOR (5-25) by 31 points 86-55, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lokomotiv have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 16-14 record. Newly promoted BGUIR-RCOR keeps the seventh place with 25 games lost.
Vitalyur - Sozh Gomel 74-81

The game in Minsk was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Sozh Gomel (17-13) played at the court of 8th ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (1-29). Sozh Gomel managed to secure a 7-point victory 81-74 on Saturday. Vitalyur-RGUOR was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 22-8 charge of Sozh Gomel, which allowed them to win the game. Sozh Gomel maintains fourth position with 17-13 record. Vitalyur-RGUOR lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 29 lost games.
gschID: 115395


Minsk-2006 - Grodno-93 85-63

The game between Top Four teams took place in Minsk. Top-ranked host Minsk-2006 (30-0) smashed their biggest opponent Grodno-93 (21-9) 85-63. The game was mostly controlled by Minsk-2006. Grodno-93 managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Minsk-2006 have an impressive 26-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 30-0 record. Grodno-93 lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with nine games lost. They share the position with OZAA Osipov.
gschID: 115392





Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 30-0 
 2. Grodno-93 21-9 
 3. OZAA Osipov. 21-9 
 4. Sozh Gomel 17-13 
 5. Lokomotiv 16-14 
 6. Borifsen 9-21 
 7. BGUIR-RCOR 5-25 
 8. Vitalyur 1-29 


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Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Matt LOJESKI
  Oostende
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 17
 1. Lojeski, Oostende17.0 
 2. Copeland, Aalstar16.5 
 3. Miller, Leuven15.9 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi15.5 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.5 
 6. Waters, Verviers.15.2 
 7. Lewis, M.Hainaut15.0 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.14.6 
 9. Hilliard, Aalstar14.6 
 10. Freeman, Verviers.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monwell RANDLE
  Gent
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Randle, Gent7.9 
 2. Hilliard, Aalstar7.8 
 3. Young, Aalstar7.8 
 4. Freeman, Verviers.7.7 
 5. Tofi, Leuven6.9 
 6. Stipanovic, Liege6.7 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.7 
 8. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.3 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar6.3 
 10. Brown, Antwerp6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mitchell, Oostende5.0 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.1 
 3. Waters, Verviers.3.4 
 4. Dagunduro, Leuven3.3 
 5. Miller, Leuven3.1 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 7. Mallet, Charleroi3.0 
 8. Lewis, M.Hainaut3.0 
 9. Steinbach, Aalstar2.8 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.6 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mitchell, Oostende2.2 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi2.1 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Dagunduro, Leuven1.9 
 8. Faison, Oostende1.7 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende1.7 
 10. McCauley, M.Hai.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.6 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.4 
 4. Santiago, Charleroi1.0 
 5. Randle, Gent0.9 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 7. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 9. Faison, Oostende0.4 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar0.4 


BC Telenet Oostende conquer EuroChallange Group L - by Eurobasket News
BC Oostende-BK Prostejov 87:85

BC Telenet Oostende conquer EuroChallange Group L with 4-0 record after a thriller over BK Prostejov. The group leaders overcame Czech Republic representative 87:85 to remain undefeated.
Ebong drove a lay-up to open the game, while Bohack replied for the guests. In the first period the teams exchanged the leads as well as the baskets for 23:20 at the end of it. Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) increased the lead to 10 points at 38:28 and he even made plus 11 later in the quarter. BC Telenet Oostende meanwhile did not panic and Petrovic cut it to 42:46 at the halftime. Moreover Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) tied it all at 46:46 and Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) made the same at 60:60. The latter also brought his side 65:62 lead after 30 minutes in the game. The hosts led for the whole time in the last stanza and only Marek nailed three at the very end to reduce to 87:85.
Caleb Green led the way with 27 points for the hosts and Will Thomas netted 19. Mitchell posted 17, while Dusan Katnic (194-G-89, agency: Beo Basket) notched 8. Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) had 17. Kyle Landry and Gadri followed them with 14 points in the losing effort.

BC Oostende: Caleb Green 27, Will Thomas 19, Mitchell 17, Dusan Katnic 8
BK Prostejov: Eugene Lawrence 18, Benas Veikalas 17, Kyle Landry 14, Gadri 14




Antwerp Giants upset Group J favorites - by Eurobasket News
Pinar Karsiyaka-Antwerp Giants 80:86

Antwerp Giants upset Group J favorites of EuroChallenge as the Belgian team handed the Turkish side their first defeat. Moreover Antwerp Giants celebrated the initial 86:80 win on Tuesday night in Turkey.
The Giants proved the ambitions from the first seconds when they opened the game with four consecutive points. The Turkish team however won the period 24-14, but could not keep the score for good. Wilson made it 35:33, while Eldridge and Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) closed the period at 42:36. In the third quarter the guests produced 26-20 to tie the game before the final period. Moors and David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) made it 62:62, while Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton (NC)) gave the Giants 73:67 deficit. David Holston reduced to 77:73, but Mejri last points brought the final win for the visiting team.
Graham Brown (205-C-84, college: Michigan) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Timothy Black netted 20. Wilson finished the game with 17 points and Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) notched 11. Andre Smith collected 26 points and 15 rebounds for the home side. David Holston responded with 18 and Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 12.

Pinar Karsiyaka: Andre Smith 26+15 rebs, David Holston 18, Jovo Stanojevic 12
Antwerp Giants: Graham Brown 22, Timothy Black 20, Wilson 17, Ralph Biggs 11



Krka celebrates another victory in EuroChallange - by Eurobasket News
Dexia Mons-Hainaut-Krka 75:84

Krka celebrates another victory in EuroChallange and this time won over Dexia Mons-Hainaut. The Slovenian underdogs grabbed 84:75 win in Mons for 3-1 record in Group J.
Dexia Mons-Hainaut started stronger and took the lead in the strat of the game. The Belgian team won the first period 22-18 and had 6-point advantage in the start of the second. A 15-0 run however shocked them until the end of the game as they trailed 33:24 right after that. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) sent the teams to the lockers for 42:34 and Krivec scored for 52:38. Dragic made a jump shot at the end of the third for 64:58 advantage. Krka also won the last period 20-17 that gave them the bigger victory. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) was perfect from the free throw line at the very end to bring 84:75 final win.
Dusan Djordjevic led the winners with 19 points and Goran Ikonic nailed 14. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) also scored 14 and even grabbed 13 rebounds. Taylor answered with 14 points in defeat, Ron Lewis (193-G-84, college: Ohio St.) netted 12 and Alexandre Libert (194-G-90) added 11.

Dexia Mons-Hainaut: Taylor 14, Ron Lewis 12, Alexandre Libert 11
Krka: Dusan Djordjevic 19, Goran Ikonic 14, Christopher Booker 14+13 rebs






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  BELIZE   


Holy Redeemer girls and St. Martins De Porres boys are city primary schools basketball champions!!! - by David Magana
he 2010-2011 Belize City Primary Schools Basketball Championship came to an end on Monday, February 7, 2011, at the Belize City Centre. In the female championship game, Holy Redeemer School proved too much for Queen Square Anglican School and easily upended it by the score of 20 to 2. The top scorer for Holy Redeemer was Shanice Neal with 8 points, while Shenique Medle scored the 2 points for Queen Square Anglican School.

In the male championship game, St. Martins De Porres School squeezed by St. Ignatius School in a nail biter by the score of 38 to 37. The top scorer for St. Martins De Porres was Clency Lopez with 22 points and the top scorer for St. Ignatius School was Akeem Baptist with 26 points.

On Friday, February 4, in the female semi-final round in game one, Holy Redeemer School eliminated St. Luke Methodist by the score of 16 to 0. The top scorer for Holy Redeemer was Indie Dixon with 8 points.

In the second female game, Queen Square Anglican School eliminated its sister school St. Johns Primary School by the score of 10 to 8. The top scorer for Queen Square Anglican School was Tyra Bradley with 4 points and the top scorer for St. Johns Primary School was Monique Smith also with 4 points.

In the male semi-final game one, St. Martins De Porres School pulled off the first upset of the afternoon when it eliminated All Saints Anglican School by the score of 37 to 28. The top scorer for St. Martins De Porres was Ashton Pitts with 14 points, while the top scorer for All Saints Anglican was Keyvon Evans with 14 points.

In the second male game, St. Ignatius School pulled off the biggest upset in this years primary schools basketball competition, when it eliminated the competitions favourite and undefeated school Wesley Upper by the score of 55 to 49. The top scorer for St. Ignatius School was Akeem Baptist with 26 points and the top scorer for Wesley Upper was Shaquile Crawford with 23 points. The Belize District Primary Schools Basketball Championship is scheduled for Wednesday, February 9, at the Belize City Centre.

The Belize City representatives in the female competition are Holy Redeemer School and Queen Square Anglican School, while the Belize Rural representatives are St. Agnes Anglican of La Democracia and St. Thomas Anglican from Double Head Cabbage. In the male competition, the Belize City representatives are St. Martins De Porres School and St. Ignatius School while the Belize Rural representatives are Our Lady of the Way RC from Ladyville and Burrell Boom Methodist School.

Courtey of Guardian


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  BOSNIA   


Emir Preldzic leads Fenerbahce Ulker to Turkish Cup title, scores 35 pts in the final - by Eurobasket News
Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated impressive performance in the Turkish Cup Final. His team Fenerbahce Ulker managed to defend the trophy thanks to 81-72 win against Besiktas. Preldzic was totally the best player in this game as he nailed 35 points. He also added 3 rebounds and 4 assists to pace his team to another trophy.

Game report:
In the final meeting of Spor Toto Turkish Cup, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul outclassed Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul to win the second consecutive crown, 81-72.
The first two periods of the game was balanced between two teams as the half ended 37-37. In the third period of the game, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul managed to widen to gap to 7 points, thanks to the effective game of Emir Preldzic. While Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul tried to achieve the balance in the game with Mire Chatman and Marcelus Kemp, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul managed to keep the gap and won the game with 9 points, 81 - 72.
The most effective player of the game was Emir Preldzic with 35 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds, Kaya Peker just missed a double double with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Andrew Oglivy was the best scorer of Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul with 24 points who also had 14 rebounds. Mire Chatman also had a significant performance with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
The bad news for Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul was the injury of Mirsad Turkcan, who left the game on the sedan. *by Umut Akin


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  BRAZIL   


XV Piracicaba present their roster - by Paulo Freire
The basketball team of Piracicaba - XV / Cosan / Bom Peixe officially presented their roster and coach staff on Monday (February 14), in their gym name Waldemar Blatkauskas in Piracicaba city (SP). The coach staff committee will be formed by Head Coach Carlos Alberto Felipe Soares, the Baiano, and Assistant Coach and player Telmo Santos Oliveira, trainer Leonardo de Camargo.

So far the Piracicaba 2011 roster has:

Feliz Baeta (195-G/F-84)
Mauro Savani (190-G-85)
Caio Ranches (192-F-87)
Marcao Vinicius (205-C-84)
Luciano Machado (198-F-85)
Diogo Augusto (183-G-82)
Telmo Oliveira (200-C-71)
Julio Cesar Alves dos Santos (forward, former Banespa e Sao Paulo),
Pablo Juan Aparecido Duarte (shootinguard former Campinas, Sao Paulo e Corinthians)
Adyb Natan Millomen Fernandes (smallfoward former Comary, Macae e Goias)
Daniel Makita (point guard from junior team)

Their first challenge in 2011 will be the New Millennium Tournament.



Brazilian players on the free agency - by Paulo Freire
In the 2010-2011 season, the brazilian basketball got the level up. It was about 18 new brazilians players that came back from Europe and U.S. to play on the NBB. We also had a few americans that came here to play the Brazil Cup.

Therefore we still have some nice brazilian players looking for a spot on the market on the 2011 season.

Some of them have international experience in the U.S. College basketball, others with latin american expirience playing around some other countrys.

Here is a few of them on the 'free agency':


Gilson de Jesus (195-F/G-79, college: Kansas St.)

Jorge Seraphim (196-G/F-80, college: Furman)

Douglas Viegas (197-G/F-79, agency: Agency No 10, college: Wagner)

Leandro Buboltz (198-F-83)

Tiago Negrizoli (205-C-88)

Victor Galleti (206-F/C-84)

Gustavo Ferreira (201-G-82)

Tiago De Souza (187-G-83, college: South Plains JC)

Marcelo Da Silva (215-C-85, college: Arizona W. CC)

Bernardo Rocha (205-F/C-85, college: Lubbock Christian)

Lucas Costa (203-C/F-80)

Rodrigo Martins (190-F-81)

David Teles (204-F/C-83)

Di Galvao (193-G-80)

Ildes Henrique (198-F-80)

Rodrigo Sant'Anna (195-F-75)

Luis Fernando de Souza (210-C-78)




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 Pessoa (202-F-96)
Gledman Lima (202-F-82)


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Bruno Sundov claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Croatian Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Lukoil Academik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 30-year old center had a double-double of 20 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Cherno More (#5, 7-12) 87-78. It allowed Lukoil Academik to consolidate first place in the Bulgarian NBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Lukoil Academik still have not lost a single game, getting all 19 victories. Sundov just recently signed at Lukoil Academik, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Bruno Sundov averages this season 11.4ppg and 6.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-F/C-76) of Balkan Botevgrad. Davidov impressed basketball fans with 28 points and 3 rebounds. Bad luck as Balkan was edged by the lower-ranked Spartak (#8, 4-15) 95-93. Balkan managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 11-8 record is not bad at all. Davidov is a newcomer at Balkan 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 15.8ppg (#7). He also registered 5.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Todor Todorov (198-F-82) of Spartak (#8). Todorov scored 19 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Spartak, leading his team to a 95-93 win against the higher-ranked Balkan (#3, 11-8). Spartak can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-15 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Todorov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Todorov has individually a great season in Bulgaria. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.4rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stanimir Marinov (191-G-91) of Balkan - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) of Levski - 15 points and 17 rebounds
6. Ilia Stankov (198-F-76) of Spartak - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Vladimir Mijovic (207-F-84) of Rilski Sportist - 16 points and 15 rebounds
8. Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of Tundja - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Justin Neuhaus (211-C-88) of Chernomorets - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. Simon Finzgar (196-F-80) of Tundja - 12 points, 9 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)


Division A Round 15: Leader Dunav 2007 gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated leader Dunav 2007 delivered the thirteenth consecutive win on Monday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Rilski 2 (7-6) 75-63 in Samokov. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rilski 2. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Dunav 2007 dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski 2's 24. They outrebounded Rilski 2 45-33 including 31 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Lyuben Paskov (198-90) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Vladimir Nikolov (205-88, college: Garrett JC) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Darin Ivanov (181-91) who recorded 26 points and 7 rebounds. Undefeated Dunav 2007 (13-0) have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 13 victories in a row. Newly promoted Rilski 2 keeps the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with NSA and Balkan 2. Dunav 2007 are looking forward to face Vidabasket (#4) at home in the next round. Rilski 2 will play against Balkan 2 in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 95-67 loss to second ranked Beroe (10-3) in Stara Zagora. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. It was a good game for forward Petar Zagorov (202-86) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Martin Radnev contributed with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Beroe's coach Konstantin Boev felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Yavor Ivanov (195-84) answered with 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Academic Blagoevgrad. Beroe maintains second place with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Dunav 2007. Academic Blagoevgrad lost their fourteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Beroe will play against Sportist Svoge (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Chavdar in Troyan and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Varna was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Balkan 2 (7-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Cherno More U18 (6-8). Balkan 2 managed to secure a 8-point victory 83-75 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Georgi Boyanov who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Nikolay Stoyanov with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Balkan 2 moved-up to fifth place, which they share with NSA and Rilski 2. Cherno More U18 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Balkan 2 will meet at home Rilski 2 (#5) in the next round. Cherno More U18 will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Troyan. Local Chavdar (3-10) was outscored by third ranked Academik Plovdiv (9-3) 111-72. It was a quality performance for Martin Horozov who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Academik Plovdiv. Newly promoted Academik Plovdiv maintains third place with 9-3 record having five points less than leader Dunav 2007. Chavdar lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Academik Plovdiv's next round opponent will be NSA (#6) in Sofia. Chavdar will play on the road against Academic Blagoevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 15 Sportist Svoge was defeated by Vidabasket in a road game 82-76.



Vidabasket - Sportist Svoge 82-76

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Sportist Svoge (3-11) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Vidabasket (7-5) 82-76. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-18. But Sportist Svoge won third quarter 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vidabasket forced 33 Sportist Svoge turnovers. Strangely Sportist Svoge outrebounded Vidabasket 45-28 including a 22-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Sportist Svoge's players. It was an exceptional evening for forward Julian Kolev (194-80) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 5 assists. Guard Boyko Pangarov (183-88) accounted for 15 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Four Vidabasket players scored in double figures. Vidabasket's coach Nikolay Kolev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Georgi Kunov (205-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and forward Emil Goranov (195-83) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Sportist Svoge in the defeat. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Vidabasket. They moved-up to fourth place. Sportist Svoge lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Vidabasket's next round opponent will be league's leader Dunav 2007 in Ruse and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sportist Svoge will play at home against the league's second-placed Beroe (#2) in Stara Zagora.
Top scorers:
Sportist Svoge: G.Kunov 22+12reb+1ast, M.Vutov 18+5reb, E.Goranov 13+11reb+3ast, D.Stanislavov 9+10reb+7ast, R.Bogdanov 6+4reb+2ast, I.Ivanov 4+1reb+1ast
Vidabasket: J.Kolev 20+3reb+5ast, A.Ivanov 17, T.Kolev 16+3reb+4ast, B.Pangarov 15+2reb+8ast, A.Mihaylov 10+9reb, T.Kirov 4+9reb+11ast
gschID: 113113


Rilski 2 - Dunav 2007 63-75

Undefeated leader Dunav 2007 delivered the thirteenth consecutive win on Monday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Rilski 2 (7-6) 75-63 in Samokov. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rilski 2. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Dunav 2007 dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski 2's 24. They outrebounded Rilski 2 45-33 including 31 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Lyuben Paskov (198-90) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Vladimir Nikolov (205-88, college: Garrett JC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Four Dunav 2007 players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Darin Ivanov (181-91) who recorded 26 points and 7 rebounds and guard Lubomir Kirov (195-89) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Dunav 2007 (13-0) have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 13 victories in a row. Newly promoted Rilski 2 keeps the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with NSA and Balkan 2. Dunav 2007 are looking forward to face Vidabasket (#4) at home in the next round. Rilski 2 will play against Balkan 2 in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski 2: D.Ivanov 26+7reb+2ast, L.Kirov 13+5reb+2ast, K.Georgiev 7+6reb, M.Dimitar 5+5reb+2ast, I.Tsenov 4+2reb+6ast, M.Karailiev 4+4reb+1ast
Dunav 2007: L.Paskov 24+6reb+4ast, V.Nikolov 14+12reb+2ast, M.Tanev 13+6reb+1ast, V.Petkov 11+8reb+9ast, H.Gospodinov 9+7reb+1ast, K.Kostov 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 113114


Cherno More U18 - Balkan 2 75-83

The game in Varna was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Balkan 2 (7-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Cherno More U18 (6-8). Balkan 2 managed to secure a 8-point victory 83-75 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 48-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Balkan 2 forced 20 Cherno More U18 turnovers. It was a great evening for forward Georgi Boyanov (195-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Forward Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-90) helped adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Angel Natskin (182-93) scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Cherno More U18 players scored in double figures. Balkan 2 moved-up to fifth place, which they share with NSA and Rilski 2. Cherno More U18 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Balkan 2 will meet at home Rilski 2 (#5) in the next round. Cherno More U18 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cherno More U18: N.Stoyanov 22+9reb+5ast, A.Natskin 19+8reb+5ast, D.Vutev 16+5reb+2ast, A.Dikov 11+5reb+4ast, Z.Marinov 7+8reb+3ast, A.Harizanov 0
Balkan 2: G.Boyanov 36+11reb+2ast, I.Vuchkov 13+10reb+2ast, N.Marinov 9+6reb+6ast, P.Donchev 8+4reb, R.Dundalov 8+5reb+2ast, P.Petkov 5+3reb
gschID: 113115


Chavdar - Academik PL 72-111

The game with biggest result difference took place in Troyan. Local Chavdar (3-10) was outscored by third ranked Academik Plovdiv (9-3) 111-72. The game without a history. Academik Plovdiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Chavdar's 48 and had 26 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Chavdar only scored nine points from the stripe. Academik Plovdiv players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Chavdar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a quality performance for forward Martin Horozov (200-86) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Dimitar Horozov (198-82) accounted for 26 points for the winning side. Four Academik Plovdiv players scored in double figures. Power forward Krasimir Koev (202-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Jordan Tsarov (183-82) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for Chavdar in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Academik Plovdiv. Newly promoted Academik Plovdiv maintains third place with 9-3 record having five points less than leader Dunav 2007. Chavdar lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Academik Plovdiv's next round opponent will be NSA (#6) in Sofia. Chavdar will play on the road against Academic Blagoevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chavdar: K.Koev 17+18reb+4ast, J.Tsarov 12+5ast, D.Denchev 10+3reb+2ast, P.Lalev 8+1reb, I.Pavlov 7+3reb+1ast, P.Ignatovski 6+3reb
Academik PL: M.Horozov 32+14reb+3ast, D.Horozov 26+4reb+2ast, M.Penev 15+5reb+2ast, A.Nikolov 14+3reb+7ast, J.Novachev 8+4reb+1ast, N.Paskalev 5
gschID: 113111


Beroe - Academik BL 95-67

Bottom-ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 95-67 loss to second ranked Beroe (10-3) in Stara Zagora. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game was mostly controlled by Beroe. Academic Blagoevgrad was better in fourth quarter 29-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Academic Blagoevgrad to just 7 points in third quarter. Beroe dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Academic Blagoevgrad's 42. Beroe forced 22 Academic Blagoevgrad turnovers and outrebounded them 55-38 including 21 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Academic Blagoevgrad's players. It was a good game for forward Petar Zagorov (202-86) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Martin Radnev (190-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. Beroe's coach Konstantin Boev felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Yavor Ivanov (195-84) answered with 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Aleksandar Anguelov (195-91) added 23 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Academic Blagoevgrad. Beroe maintains second place with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Dunav 2007. Academic Blagoevgrad lost their fourteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Beroe will play against Sportist Svoge (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Chavdar in Troyan and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Academik BL: Y.Ivanov 35+5reb+4ast, A.Anguelov 23+7reb+1ast, K.Kostov 4+6reb+2ast, I.Mirchev 3+5reb+1ast, A.Aleksandrov 2+4reb, G.Sotirov 0+3reb+1ast
Beroe: O.Kisimov 18+4reb+2ast, P.Zagorov 16+9reb+5ast, M.Radnev 13+10reb+6ast, B.Milenkov 13+8reb+4ast, B.Marinov 9+3reb+1ast, M.Vanchev 7+2reb
gschID: 113112




Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Dunav 2007 13-0 
 2. Beroe 10-3 
 3. Academik PL 9-3 
 4. Vidabasket 7-5 
 5. Rilski 2 7-6 
 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 


Lukoil Academic won the opener of Day 4 in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil Academic-Maccabi Haifa 87:69

Lukoil Academic won the opener of Day 4 of the EuroChallenge on February 15th as they rolled over Maccabi Haifa. The Bulgarian side improved to 3-1 record in Group A after 87:69 win.
It was a tough start for both teams but the guests did not mind taking the lead away from home. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) managed only to reduce to 24:27, while the hosts needed 5-0 run in the start of the second period to take the lead and never looked behind. Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) made it 53:35 as his side was stronger in the second period with 29-10. The intrigue however was not over as Maccabi Haifa reduced to 62:56 with Ben Chimol shot. James meanwhile nailed three in the start of the last stanza for 72:60 and Avramov followed him for 81:64. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) was the last to score in the game bringing them another victory.
Devin Green paced all the winners with 21 points and James netted 15. Bruno Sundov ended up with 14 points, while Todor Stoykov and Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) added 9 each.

Lukoil Academic: Devin Green 21, James 15, Bruno Sundov 14, Todor Stoykov 9, Travis Peterson 9
Maccabi Haifa: Killingsworth 20+11 rebs, Franklin Robinson 19



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Cedevita earn important victory in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria 2014 - Cedevita 86:89

Cedevita posted an important road win in Round 4 of EuroCup Last 16 stage. They surprised Gran Canaria to improve at 2-2 record in Group I. Gran Canaria in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record after the loss.
Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) helped Cedevita to a quick start as the visitors grabbed a 10:4 lead. The Croats maintained the lead and posted a 28:24 advantage at the first break. Cedevita opened the second term with four points in a row to boost the margin. Soon Bazdaric gave the visitors a double-digit advantage 40:30. The hosts reacted with eight consecutive points to trim the deficit. Nelson Spencer finally put Gran Canaria in front but Bracey Wright capped the half with a lay up to knot things up at 44. Vukusic and Bracey Wright exploded with triples early in the third term as Cedevita were back in charge. The Croatian team maintained the advantage as they entered the fourth quarter up by 6 points 67:61. Vedran Princ made it 77:69 for Cedevita midway through the fourth term but Gran Canaria refused to give up. The hosts went on a 9:0 run to spur in front 84:82 with under two minutes remaining. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) immediately answered with a lay up and Bracey Wright connected from downtown to restore the lead for the visitors. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) and Bracey Wright exchanged free throws and then Neslon Spencer had a chance to win the game for Gran Canaria. However his shot was rejected and Cedevita celebrated the victory. Bracey Wright and Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) delivered 23 points each for Cedevita. Dontaye Draper and Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) produced 11 points each in the win. Jaycee Carroll replied with 27 points for Gran Canaria. Xavier Rey (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) finished with 15 points in the losing effort.

Gran Canaria: Jaycee Carroll 27, Xavier Rey 15
Cedevita: Bracey Wright 23, Damjan Rudez 23, Dontaye Draper 11, Corsley Edwards 11



Kuban needed 10-0 run at the end to beat Zadar - by Eurobasket News
Zadar-Lokomotiv Kuban 71:81

Lokomotiv Kuban tied their record at 2-2 after the road trip to Croatia. The Russian squad grabbed 81:71 win over Zadar in EuroChallenge Day 4.
Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) scored the first points in the game for the guests, while Zadar replied with 7-0 run in the start of the game. The teams remained close and tough later in the period and Surovtsev closed the frame at 24:23. Trailing 32:33 midway through the second period, Lokomotiv scored some important baskets in the end of the half and took 46:40 halftime advantage. Moreover Jeremiah Massey made it 54:43 and Alando Tucker (198-F-84, college: Wisconsin) increased to 57:44. Batur remained the hosts alive and reduce to 57:59, while Dundovic tied the game at 63:63. Brown also tied it all at 71:71, while those points were the last for the Croatian team. Kuban finished the game with 10-0 run to seal the victory.
Jeremiah Massey stepped up with 22 points and Alando Tucker nailed 21. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) ended up with 20 points, while Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 6. Marko Car (188-G/F-85) answered with 20 points for the home side and Pavle Marcinkovic (197-G-89) scored 11.

Zadar: Marko Car 20, Pavle Marcinkovic 11
Lokomotiv Kuban: Jeremiah Massey 22, Alando Tucker 21, Michael Wilkinson 20, Goran Jeretin 6





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Division A: Round 16 review - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game last weekend was a derby match between two local teams from Limassol: Apollon (#4) and AEL (#7). Apollon (9-5) smashed visiting AEL (4-10) by 27 points 95-68. The game without a history. Apollon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Apollon outrebounded AEL 40-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Terence Dials (206-83, college: Ohio St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican swingman Joel Camacho (196-81, college: Sacramento St.) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Brandon Ewing (187-86, college: Wyoming, agency: Interperformances) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds for AEL. AEL's coach Linos Gavriel gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Apollon moved-up to third place, which they share with Etha. AEL lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with ENAD. Apollon is looking forward to face league's leader APOEL in Nicosia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. AEL will play at home against ENAD (#7) in Nicosia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Nicosia: APOEL (#1) and Etha (#3). Etha was defeated at home 58-66 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Etha. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 rebounds and Arthur Lee who added 13 points during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami (FL), agency: Interperformances) responded with 6 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. APOEL have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-3 record. Etha at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Apollon. APOEL will play against Apollon (#3) in Limassol in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Etha will play on the road against the league's second-placed Keravnos in Strovolos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked ENAD managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Omonia in Nicosia 62-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Omonia. The winners were led by Tyrone Kent who scored that evening 16 points and 8 rebounds. Even 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by Akida McLain did not help to save the game for Omonia. ENAD (4-10) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with AEL. Loser Omonia dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. ENAD will meet AEL (#8) in the next round. Omonia will play against Achilleas in Kaimakli and hope to secure a win.
The game in Larnaca was also quite interesting. Second ranked Keravnos (10-4) played at the court of 6th ranked AEK (5-10). Keravnos managed to secure a 6-point victory 82-76 on Sunday. It was a very good performance for Slavko Stefanovic who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 6 rebounds. Keravnos' coach Memos Ioannou used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Keravnos maintains second position with 10-4 record behind leader APOEL. Loser AEK keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. Keravnos will face Etha (#4) in Nicosia in the next round.



AEK - Keravnos 76-82

The game in Larnaca was also quite interesting. Second ranked Keravnos (10-4) played at the court of 6th ranked AEK (5-10). Keravnos managed to secure a 6-point victory 82-76 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a very good performance for Serbian center Slavko Stefanovic (206-81, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard Vonteego Cummings (192-76, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Keravnos' coach Memos Ioannou used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Puerto Rican guard Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso, agency: Paris Global Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and American forward Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) added 23 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for AEK. Four AEK players scored in double figures. Keravnos maintains second position with 10-4 record behind leader APOEL. Loser AEK keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. Keravnos will face Etha (#4) in Nicosia in the next round.
Top scorers:
AEK: J.Collins 23+6reb+1ast, M.Ali Berdiel 18+10reb+8ast, S.Bratic 14+7reb+4ast, N.Stylianou 12+1reb, F.Vukosavljevic 4+2reb, N.Papadopoulos 3+1ast
Keravnos: S.Stefanovic 27+6reb+1ast, V.Cummings 20+3reb+4ast, K.Taylor 16+4reb+2ast, M.Pekovic 7+4reb, K.Johnson 5+9reb+2ast, S.Djordjevic 3+2ast
gschID: 120908


ENAD - Omonia 62-58

Bottom-ranked ENAD managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Omonia in Nicosia 62-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Omonia. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 14-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. ENAD forced 19 Omonia turnovers. The winners were led by American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) who scored that evening 16 points and 8 rebounds and Montenegrin forward Balsa Radunovic (206-80) supported him with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Kent is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by American forward Akida McLain (206-86, college: Indiana (PA)) did not help to save the game for Omonia. His fellow American import forward Dennis Horner (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) added 10 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. ENAD (4-10) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with AEL. Loser Omonia dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. ENAD will meet AEL (#8) in the next round. Omonia will play against Achilleas in Kaimakli and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Omonia: A.McLain 26+9reb, D.Horner 10+7reb+3ast, D.Bostick 10+4reb+2ast, V.Zaric 7+2ast, M.Cubrilo 2+3reb, L.Juknevicius 2+3reb+2ast
ENAD: T.Kent 16+8reb, B.Radunovic 13+9reb+2ast, C.Razis 11+3reb+1ast, A.Smiljanic 7+1reb, D.Collins 6+5reb+1ast, P.Serdaris 4+2reb
gschID: 120909


Apollon - AEL 95-68

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Limassol: Apollon (#4) and AEL (#7). Apollon (9-5) smashed visiting AEL (4-10) by 27 points 95-68. The game without a history. Apollon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Apollon outrebounded AEL 40-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Terence Dials (206-83, college: Ohio St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican swingman Joel Camacho (196-81, college: Sacramento St.) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Apollon players scored in double figures. American guard Brandon Ewing (187-86, college: Wyoming, agency: Interperformances) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian forward Dragoslav Papic (205-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 14 points in the effort for AEL. AEL's coach Linos Gavriel gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Apollon moved-up to third place, which they share with Etha. AEL lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with ENAD. Apollon is looking forward to face league's leader APOEL in Nicosia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. AEL will play at home against ENAD (#7) in Nicosia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AEL: D.Papic 14+3reb, B.Ewing 14+5reb, A.Liatsos 10+4reb, A.Wyatt 9+3reb+1ast, M.Georgiou 7+1reb+4ast, R.Buford 6+2reb
Apollon: J.Camacho 19+6reb+3ast, D.Stiggers 18+3reb+1ast, T.Dials 18+13reb+1ast, C.Carr 12+3reb+3ast, P.Englicky 10+7reb+1ast, I.Pittakas 9+3reb+5ast
gschID: 120906


Etha - APOEL 58-66

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Nicosia: APOEL (#1) and Etha (#3). Etha was defeated at home 58-66 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Etha. It looked good early as Etha took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then APOEL had a 17-11 second period charge getting the lead and Etha was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 58-66. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Arthur Lee (185-77, college: Stanford, agency: Avi Zilberman) who added 13 points during the contest. Four APOEL players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami (FL), agency: Interperformances) responded with 6 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and his fellow American import guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) scored 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. APOEL have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-3 record. Etha at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Apollon. APOEL will play against Apollon (#3) in Limassol in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Etha will play on the road against the league's second-placed Keravnos in Strovolos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Etha: K.Tutt 14+2reb+2ast, D.Cup 12+6reb, V.Dabkus 9+4reb, R.Redding 8+5reb+5ast, T.Johnson 7+3reb, A.King 6+12reb+1ast
APOEL: Z.Buljan 13+8reb, A.Lee 13+1reb+3ast, K.Tiggs 11+4reb+2ast, I.Hanavan 11+4reb+2ast, J.Davis 8+5reb+2ast, A.Vitas 6+4reb


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Joel CAMACHO
  Apollon
  (196-G/F-81)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Camacho, Apollon17.7 
 2. Diamantopoul., Achill.17.5 
 3. Dunovic, Omonia17.4 
 4. Aleksic, AEK16.4 
 5. Radunovic, ENAD16.1 
 6. McLain, Omonia15.8 
 7. Hanavan, AP.15.2 
 8. Davis, AP.15.0 
 9. Djikanovic, Achilleas14.8 
 10. King, Etha14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. King, Etha10.4 
 2. Djikanovic, Achilleas10.3 
 3. Radunovic, ENAD8.8 
 4. Aleksic, AEK7.8 
 5. McLain, Omonia7.0 
 6. Buljan, AP.6.8 
 7. Johnson, Keravnos6.7 
 8. Camacho, Apollon6.2 
 9. Biggs, Achilleas6.0 
 10. Radojevic, Omonia5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel Ali BERDIEL
  AEK
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Berdiel, AEK4.7 
 2. Stiggers, Apollon4.4 
 3. Kounounis, AEL3.8 
 4. Diamantopoul., Achill.3.5 
 5. Lee, AP.3.5 
 6. Dunovic, Omonia3.4 
 7. Cummings, Keravnos3.4 
 8. Razis, ENAD3.3 
 9. Aleksic, AEK3.2 
 10. Price, ENAD3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Tiggs, AP.2.4 
 3. Kent, ENAD1.8 
 4. Hanavan, AP.1.8 
 5. Diamantopoul., Achill.1.6 
 6. Radunovic, ENAD1.6 
 7. Berdiel, AEK1.6 
 8. Dunovic, Omonia1.6 
 9. Price, ENAD1.6 
 10. Johnson, Etha1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. King, Etha2.0 
 2. Wyatt, AEL2.0 
 3. Collins, ENAD1.7 
 4. Radojevic, Omonia1.4 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos1.2 
 6. Collins, AEK1.0 
 7. Dials, Apollon0.8 
 8. Fells, Keravnos0.8 
 9. Englicky, Apollon0.7 
 10. Camacho, Apollon0.6 


Stefanovic's 27 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old center Slavko Stefanovic (206-C-81, agency: BeoExcell) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Keravnos Strovolou and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds for Keravnos in his team's victory, helping them to beat AEK (#6, 5-10) 82-76. Keravnos maintains the 2nd position in Cypriot league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Keravnos will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. In the team's last game Stefanovic had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Keravnos' top player in his first season with the team. Slavko Stefanovic averages this season 13.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Akida McLain (206-F-86) of Omonia. He is American forward in his first season at Omonia. In the last game McLain recorded impressive 26 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Omonia was edged by slightly higher-ranked ENAD (#7, 4-10) 62-58. This loss caused Omonia to slide to the very bottom (9) position in . 11 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Omonia managed to get this year. McLain is a newcomer at Omonia and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#6). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-G-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) of B.M.C. AEK Larnacas (#6). Berdiel showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, ten rebounds and eight assists in the last round. Despite Berdiel's great performance AEK lost 76-82 to the higher-ranked Keravnos (#2, 10-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of AEK not to end season at such low position in , however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Berdiel could try to bring AEK's a little bit higher in the standings. Berdiel has individually a great season in Cyprus. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.7apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terence Dials (206-F/C-83) of Apollon - 18 points and 13 rebounds
5. Jordan Collins (208-F-82) of AEK - 23 points and 6 rebounds
6. Vonteego Cummings (192-G-76) of Keravnos - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dante Stiggers (187-G-82) of Apollon - 18 points and 3 rebounds
8. Joel Camacho (196-G/F-81) of Apollon - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Balsa Radunovic (206-F-80) of ENAD - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dennis Horner (206-F-86) of Omonia - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 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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BC Telenet Oostende conquer EuroChallange Group L - by Eurobasket News
BC Oostende-BK Prostejov 87:85

BC Telenet Oostende conquer EuroChallange Group L with 4-0 record after a thriller over BK Prostejov. The group leaders overcame Czech Republic representative 87:85 to remain undefeated.
Ebong drove a lay-up to open the game, while Bohack replied for the guests. In the first period the teams exchanged the leads as well as the baskets for 23:20 at the end of it. Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) increased the lead to 10 points at 38:28 and he even made plus 11 later in the quarter. BC Telenet Oostende meanwhile did not panic and Petrovic cut it to 42:46 at the halftime. Moreover Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) tied it all at 46:46 and Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) made the same at 60:60. The latter also brought his side 65:62 lead after 30 minutes in the game. The hosts led for the whole time in the last stanza and only Marek nailed three at the very end to reduce to 87:85.
Caleb Green led the way with 27 points for the hosts and Will Thomas netted 19. Mitchell posted 17, while Dusan Katnic (194-G-89, agency: Beo Basket) notched 8. Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) had 17. Kyle Landry and Gadri followed them with 14 points in the losing effort.

BC Oostende: Caleb Green 27, Will Thomas 19, Mitchell 17, Dusan Katnic 8
BK Prostejov: Eugene Lawrence 18, Benas Veikalas 17, Kyle Landry 14, Gadri 14




Galatasaray deny Nymburk EuroCup ambitions - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Galatasaray 62:77

Galatasaray returned into the fight for EuroCup quarterfinal qualification. They upset Nymburk in Czech Republic to improve at 2-2 record in Group K. Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored 22 points off the bench to lead the visitors. Nymburk in the meantime slipped at 0-4 record and got eliminated from the title contention.
The visitors jumped into the lead early in the encounter. Galatasaray posted a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. The gap kept on growing in the second frame. Galatasaray stretched the margin to 9 points at the interval 41:32. Nymburk did not change the complexion of the game in the second half. Galatasaray recorded an 11-point buffer at the final break 57:46. The Turkish team did not loosen the grasp in the fourth quarter and drove to the victory at the end. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points for the winning side. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) provided 14 points for Galatasaray. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) top-scored with 18 points for Nymburk. Michal Kremen (200-F-81) and Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 11 points apiece in defeat.

Nymburk: Chester Simmons 18, Michal Kremen 11, Afik Nissim 11
Galatasaray: Ermal Kurtoglu 22, Luksa Andric 17, Preston Shumpert 14



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Staudt Era Underway in Aalborg as Vikings Seek to Avoid Relegation - by Armen Rhodes
To say it has been a challenging season in Aalborg would be the mother of all understatements. The team has been faced with its worst regular season in the Basketligaen since 2004, and is currently sitting in last place with a 3-21 record.

But the signals from management over the past few months have been heard loud and clear around the northeast Danish city, and their message is very strong: relegation will not come without a fight.

Two months ago the team brought in rookie American point guard Marquis Hall, which began to signal a turning point for the franchise. Hall's superior play has made an immediate impact on the Vikings, leading the team to two victories since his arrival, and landing him a spot in the CDL All-Star game this year. Hall currently sits 5th in the CDL in scoring with 20.4 points per game, as well as 3rd in assists and 1st in steals.

Now with the relegation playoffs just a few weeks away, Vikings management has made yet an even more drastic move to try to maintain their position in the top flight of Danish basketball. They have brought in a new head coach.

According to a press release on the team's site, the Vikings board announced the dismissal of head coach Thomas Quaade earlier today. Quaade had been with the team since 2008, and guided the Vikings back up from Division I to the Basketligaen that same season.

Replacing Quaade will be 28-year old American head coach John Staudt, who now becomes the youngest American head coach in any top division European league. Staudt arrived in Aalborg as an assistant during the winter transfer period after a stint with the MK Lions of the British Basketball League (BBL).

Staudts tenure thus far on the Vikings staff has been met with satisfaction, and the decision made by management to call on him as the head coach for the final stretch of the season has been generally endorsed by the Aalborg fans. Since his arrival in Denmark, Staudt has had a positive impact on the Vikings club, guiding their Division II team to an undefeated record, and serving as lead assistant to Quaade on the senior team. Staudt also made two head coaching appearances for the senior team while Quaade was out sick with the flu, including an impressive performance in a close loss on the road against defending champion Svendborg.

According to the team's website, sports director Christian Rom issued a statement acknowledging that they are viewing the final stretch of the season as a test period for Staudt, who will be considered as a strong candidate for the permanent head coaching position next season if the team can avoid relegation to Division I.

But Aalborgs road to recovery under Staudt will be far from easy. The team has games remaining against playoff-bound Aabyhoj, SISU and Naestved as well as a David vs. Goliath road match-up against Bakken, who currently sit in first place with a 21-1 overall record. These games are crucial for Aalborg, as they will likely determine who holds home court advantage in their relegation playoff series against Amager BK, which will get underway in early March.

So, with the regular season coming to a close in just a few weeks, and with a fierce relegation battle on the horizon, there are still many uncertainties surrounding the new look Vikings under coach Staudt. However, one message being delivered by management and the fans is for certain in Aalborg: relegation will not come without a fight.



Coaching change in Aalborg - by Thomas Soltau
The Aalborg Vikings recently announced their intention to make a coaching change. Head coach Thomas Quaade , have been head of the team for many years. Quaade led the team back into the CDL twice.

The teams lack of success this season is now the reason behind the move. Recently added assistant coach John Staudt will take over the position.

The Vikings will have to fight very hard to stay in the league, and Staudt will have his work cut out for him the next months.



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Monday: Flash and Jam celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Utah F. - Austin T. 99-93
The Utah Flash (17-15) earned their third consecutive win, and their fifth win this season against the Austin Toros (13-19), with Monday's 99-93 victory. The Flash opened up the game on a quick 6-0 run, but the Toros battled back to take a two point lead into the quarter break. Both teams scored 14 points from the free throw line in a physical first quarter. The Flash took the lead in the first minute of the second quarter (25-23). Although the lead changed three more times, the Flash outscored the Toros 30-20 during the second quarter. The Flash had 19 assists on 19 made baskets in the first half, a franchise record. At the end of the third quarter the Flash lead had been cut to four (73-69). Gaffney began the third quarter with a layup shot giving the Flash a ten-point lead (53-43). The Toro's James Anderson answered back with a three pointer, but the Toros never could regain the lead. The Flash used five made free throws late in the fourth to seal the win. Aubrey Coleman (6'4''-G-87, college: Houston) led the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Five Flash players scored in double digits. Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) led Utah with 18 points, followed by Brian Hamilton with 16 and Kevin Kruger with 13. Sy led in rebounds with eight. The Flash had a season-high 27 assists on 30 made baskets. The Flash play again at home Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the UCCU Events Center. *Courtesy of www.desertnews.com

Bakersfield J. - Texas L. 107-100
Jeremy Wise (6'3''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi) scored 13 of team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to help rally the Bakersfield Jam to a 107-100 victory Monday over the Texas Legends at the Jam Events Center. Bakersfield opened the fourth quarter with an 18-4 run and took the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Wise that made it 93-92 with 4:03 to play. Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) had 14 points, and Derrick Byars and Stephen Dennis added 13 apiece for the Jam, which has won five straight. CSUB men's golf Chase Goodvin shot s 3-under par 141 over 36 holes to help lift the Roadrunners to fifth place after the first day of the CSUB Invitational at Seven Oaks Country Club. Goodvin posted a 72 in the first round and a 69 for his tally which tied with two other players for fourth overall, two shots behind Point Loma Nazarene's Oscar Casillas. In team competition, CSUB trails leader College of the Canyons by 15 strokes. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Toronto R.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.0 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.5 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.20.8 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.19.7 
 5. Adrien, Rio Grande19.5 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.19.1 
 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.9.5 
 7. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 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. Daniels, Texas L.8.9 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 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.5.9 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.3 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Greene, Utah F.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
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.1 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.9 
 3. N''Diaye, Dakota W.2.6 
 4. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 5. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 7. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 8. Sykes, Sioux F.2.0 
 9. Adrien, Rio Grande1.7 
 10. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.7 


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Team latest roster for Santiago - by Oscar Peralta
CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago
Coach: Nelson Urena
ROSTER:
Dustin Salisbery (196-G-84, college: Temple)
Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington)
Franklin Matos (190-G-82)
Johnny Garcia (206-F/C-87, college: Seton Hall)
Rome Sanders (203-F/C-84, college: Florida A&M)
Roberto Asencio
Edsel Vila
Bernardo Martinez (190-G-77)
Jayson Pena
Jose Ramon Paulino (178-G-76)


Vctor Cruz

CPN
Coach: N/A
ROSTER:
Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.)
Luis Martinez (198-F-84, college: William Pater.)
Victor Liz (188-C-88)
Alberto Bueno
Ronald Tineo
Eddy Rosario (183-G-79)
Luis Cesar Polanco (G)
Miguel Tolentino
Eugenio Suarez
Danny Marte
Vctor Taveras
Gabriel Martnez
Ameth Gil

Plaza Fernando Valerio
Coach:Jose Dominguez
ROSTER:
Edward Santana (203-F-80)
Juan Pablo Montas (198-F-84)
Jose Olivero (186-G-85, college: Lehigh)
Luis Cabrera (180-G-80)
Carlos Rodriguez (202-F/C-78)
Dagoberto Pea
Melvin Pimentel
Nedison Belliard
Jnior Santana
Dalky Melendez (203-F-86, college: La-Monroe)
Juan Carlos Santana (196-F-78)

Sameji
Coach: Moncho Monsalve
ROSTER:
Mendez Juan (202-F-81, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Niagara)
Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, college: Southeastern CC)
Daniel Tavares (206-F-84, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.)
Amaury Filion (206-C/F-81)
Junior Bernal (196-G-85)
Joerickson Duvarsier (182-G-81)
Marcos Villafana (193-F-76)
Marcel Giron
Homero Osorio
Miguel Angel Martinez
Carlos Ramirez

Cupes de los Pepines
Coach: Jose Santos Ceballos
ROSTER:
Georffri Silvestre (202-F/C-79)
DeLuis Ramrez
Jonathan Rodriguez (196-F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Campbell)
Osvaldo Lopez (189-G/F-83)
Carlos Orlando Paulino
Hugo Rodriguez (195-F-81)
Noel Estvez
Leandro Bonilla (206-C/F-85)
Ramon Reyes
Ernesto Rodriguez (190-G-83)

Gregorio Urbano Gilbert
Coach: Vicente Contreras
ROSTER:
Benjamin Colon (201-F-84, college: Florida CCJ)
Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74, college: St.John's)
Darnell Miller (195-G-82, college: W.Georgia)
Jesus Martinez (195-F-73)
Alejandro Liriano (197-F-81)
Antonio Burgos
Ramon Miranda (197-F/C-76)
Winston Munoz (180-G-83)
Erick Peralta
Raul Mercedes Alvarez
Franklyn Sabater





DOMINICANS ABROAD: Willi Estrella Posts Another Double-Double - by Ozell Wells
Willi Estrella (200-C-86) led IUP with 16 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Darryl Webb (198-F-88) entered the game needing just 10 points to become the all-time leading scorer in school history but was held to seven on 3 of 11 shooting.

Webb did grab 11 rebounds, his eighth straight game in double figures in that department. He came close to breaking the scoring record and sending the game into overtime when he hit a 3-pointer from around 30 feet out, but his shot came after the final buzzer.

Mercyhurst held IUP to just one point over the final 2:48 and wiped out an eight-point deficit over that span in a 64-61 victory Saturday in Erie, dropping the Crimson Hawks two games behind the Lakers in the PSAC West standings.

Julian Sanders was the only other IUP player to score in double digits, finishing with 14, including four 3-pointers.

Ashton Smith gave IUP a 61-60 lead when he made 1 of 2 from the free throw line with 13 seconds left for the Crimson Hawks lone point since Estrella made it 60-52 with a pair of charity tosses at the 2:48 mark.

Shelton Jackson was fouled with 4.7 seconds left and drained both to give Mercyhurst the lead for good. Smith stepped out of bounds on IUPs final possession, and Jackson added two more free throws with 0.6 ticks left on the clock.

Luis Leao led Mercyhurst with 18 points and Jackson scored 14. Heiden Ratner, who entered the game leading the PSAC in scoring, was held to 2 for 10 shooting and scored only eight points.

The Crimson Hawks led for most of the game and were ahead by as many as 12 during the second half. The margin was still 56-45 after a jumper by Scooter Renkin with 5:38 to play before IUP went ice cold, missing seven of its final eight field goal attempts.

IUP shot only 33.9 percent overall but stayed in the game with its work on the boards, holding a 43-28 rebounding advantage and scoring 16 second chance points to only four for Mercyhurst.

courtesy iup crimson hawks


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EuroChallenge Round: 4 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Elitzur Netanya - Spartak SP 70-80
Spartak Saint-Petersburg keeps the perfect record in EuroChallange Group I as the team won another game. The Russian team improved to 4-0 record beating Barak Netanya 80:70. The hard start allowed the margin not to be increased in the first period. Travis closed the first period at 17:18, while Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) tied it all at 20:20. The rest of the quarter belonged to the hosts as they enjoyed 39:36 halftime advantage. Moreover Adrian Banks and Washam made it 46:38, while Popovic tied the game at 48:48. Spartak Saint-Petersburg grabbed 63:47 lead after 30 minutes as they won the third quarter 27-18. Due to 17-13 in the last frame the Russian team won the game. Beverley paced all the winners with 21 points, while Popovic and Ponkrashov added 11 each. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) followed them with 10 points in a win. Adrian Banks replied with 24 points in the losing effort as the team from Israeli dropped to 0-4. Elton Brown collected 19 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Travis nailed 10.

Lukoil Academik - Maccabi Haifa 87-69
Lukoil Academic won the opener of Day 4 of the EuroChallenge on February 15th as they rolled over Maccabi Haifa. The Bulgarian side improved to 3-1 record in Group A after 87:69 win. It was a tough start for both teams but the guests did not mind taking the lead away from home. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) managed only to reduce to 24:27, while the hosts needed 5-0 run in the start of the second period to take the lead and never looked behind. Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) made it 53:35 as his side was stronger in the second period with 29-10. The intrigue however was not over as Maccabi Haifa reduced to 62:56 with Ben Chimol shot. James meanwhile nailed three in the start of the last stanza for 72:60 and Avramov followed him for 81:64. Sundov was the last to score in the game bringing them another victory. Devin Green paced all the winners with 21 points and James netted 15. Sundov ended up with 14 points, while Todor Stoykov and Peterson added 9 each.

Group J
M.Hainaut - Krka 75-84
Krka celebrates another victory in EuroChallange and this time won over Dexia Mons-Hainaut. The Slovenian underdogs grabbed 84:75 win in Mons for 3-1 record in Group J. Dexia Mons-Hainaut started stronger and took the lead in the strat of the game. The Belgian team won the first period 22-18 and had 6-point advantage in the start of the second. A 15-0 run however shocked them until the end of the game as they trailed 33:24 right after that. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) sent the teams to the lockers for 42:34 and Bojan Krivec (188-G-87) scored for 52:38. Dragic made a jump shot at the end of the third for 64:58 advantage. Krka also won the last period 20-17 that gave them the bigger victory. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) was perfect from the free throw line at the very end to bring 84:75 final win. Dusan Djordjevic led the winners with 19 points and Goran Ikonic nailed 14. Booker also scored 14 and even grabbed 13 rebounds. Taylor answered with 14 points in defeat, Lewis netted 12 and Libert added 11.

Karsiyaka - Antwerp 80-86
Antwerp Giants upset Group J favorites of EuroChallenge as the Belgian team handed the Turkish side their first defeat. Moreover Antwerp Giants celebrated the initial 86:80 win on Tuesday night in Turkey. The Giants proved the ambitions from the first seconds when they opened the game with four consecutive points. The Turkish team however won the period 24-14, but could not keep the score for good. Wilson made it 35:33, while Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) and Andre Smith closed the period at 42:36. In the third quarter the guests produced 26-20 to tie the game before the final period. Moors and Holston made it 62:62, while Black gave the Giants 73:67 deficit. Holston reduced to 77:73, but Mejri last points brought the final win for the visiting team. Graham Brown top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Black netted 20. Wilson finished the game with 17 points and Biggs notched 11. Andre Smith collected 26 points and 15 rebounds for the home side. Holston responded with 18 and Stanojevic added 12.

Group K
Norrkoping - Gravelines 87-94
BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque remained unbeaten in the EuroChallenge Last 16 after the trip to Sweden. The French Powerhouse took 4-0 record on top of Group K after 94:87 win over Norrkoping Dolphins. The hosts surprised the group leaders with 6-0 run and then had only 22-21 after the 10 minutes in the court. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) scored for 26:21, but Akpomedah tied the game at 32:32. BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque enjoyed the lead for few minutes in the game, while the board showed 45:41. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the guests made the final push with 26-16. Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) scored the last six points in the third quarter for 67:61 advantage after three periods. Issa made it 81:73 but Kjellbom reduced to 81:82 with less than 3 minutes in the game. BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque however remained in front for the whole time and won the game. Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) scored the last five free throws to seal the win. Akpomedah top-scored for the winners with 24 points, whilst Ben Woodside netted 21. Yannick Bokolo nailed 12 and Greer scored 11. Kjellbom erupted with 27 points and 11 rebouns and Mitchell posted 18. Saks followed them with 11 points as the Dolphins dropped to 1-3 record.

Group L
Oostende - BK Prostejov 87-85
BC Telenet Oostende conquer EuroChallange Group L with 4-0 record after a thriller over BK Prostejov. The group leaders overcame Czech Republic representative 87:85 to remain undefeated. Ebong drove a lay-up to open the game, while Bohacik replied for the guests. In the first period the teams exchanged the leads as well as the baskets for 23:20 at the end of it. Landry increased the lead to 10 points at 38:28 and he even made plus 11 later in the quarter. BC Telenet Oostende meanwhile did not panic and Petrovic cut it to 42:46 at the halftime. Moreover Thomas tied it all at 46:46 and Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) made the same at 60:60. The latter also brought his side 65:62 lead after 30 minutes in the game. The hosts led for the whole time in the last stanza and only Marek nailed three at the very end to reduce to 87:85. Caleb Green led the way with 27 points for the hosts and Thomas netted 19. Mitchell posted 17, while Katnic notched 8. Lawrence ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, while Veikalas had 17. Landry and Gadri followed them with 14 points in the losing effort.

Zadar - Lokomotiv 71-81
Lokomotiv Kuban tied their record at 2-2 after the road trip to Croatia. The Russian squad grabbed 81:71 win over Zadar in EuroChallenge Day 4. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) scored the first points in the game for the guests, while Zadar replied with 7-0 run in the start of the game. The teams remained close and tough later in the period and Surovtsev closed the frame at 24:23. Trailing 32:33 midway through the second period, Lokomotiv scored some important baskets in the end of the half and took 46:40 halftime advantage. Moreover Jeremiah Massey made it 54:43 and Tucker increased to 57:44. Batur remained the hosts alive and reduce to 57:59, while Dundovic tied the game at 63:63. Brown also tied it all at 71:71, while those points were the last for the Croatian team. Kuban finished the game with 10-0 run to seal the victory. Jeremiah Massey stepped up with 22 points and Tucker nailed 21. Wilkinson ended up with 20 points, while Jeretin followed them with 6. Car answered with 20 points for the home side and Marcinkovic scored 11.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.20.8 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok19.4 
 3. Banks, Elitzur .18.1 
 4. Woodside, Gravelines17.7 
 5. Anderson, Ventspils17.6 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp17.4 
 7. Shabalkin, Dynamo17.3 
 8. King, Etha17.0 
 9. Stanescu, Steaua T.16.8 
 10. Zoric, KK.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock10.5 
 2. Aldemir, Karsiyaka10.4 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.10.3 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping9.4 
 5. Clark, Szolnok9.1 
 6. Smith, Karsiyaka9.0 
 7. Zoric, KK.8.8 
 8. Massey, Lokomotiv8.5 
 9. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 10. King, Etha8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Millage, Khimik5.9 
 2. Linehan, Nancy5.9 
 3. Brener, Elitzur .5.6 
 4. Jackson, Maccabi .5.5 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok5.3 
 6. Wood, Dt.5.2 
 7. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.1 
 8. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.1 
 9. Woodside, Gravelines5.0 
 10. Draughan, Lugano T.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.0 
 2. Millage, Khimik2.9 
 3. Vladovic, Zadar2.4 
 4. Dabkus, Etha2.3 
 5. Renfroe, KK.2.3 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp2.3 
 7. Holston, Karsiyaka2.2 
 8. Eldridge, Karsiyaka2.1 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok2.1 
 10. Robinson, Maccabi .2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.2.1 
 2. Sene, Gravelines2.0 
 3. King, Etha2.0 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 5. Mejri, Antwerp1.9 
 6. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 7. Clark, Szolnok1.6 
 8. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.5 
 9. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.5 
 10. Bader, Szolnok1.4 


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group I
 1. Spartak SP 4-0 
 2. Lukoil Academik 3-1 
 3. Maccabi Haifa 1-3 
 4. Elitzur Netanya 0-4 
Group J
 1. Karsiyaka 3-1 
 2. Krka 3-1 
 3. M.Hainaut 1-3 
 4. Antwerp 1-3 
Group K
 1. Gravelines 4-0 
 2. Ventspils 1-2 
 3. Benfica 1-2 
 4. Norrkoping 1-3 
Group L
 1. Oostende 4-0 
 2. Lokomotiv 2-2 
 3. BK Prostejov 1-3 
 4. Zadar 1-3 


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Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. Unics 4-0 
 2. Cedevita 2-2 
 3. Gran Canaria 1-3 
 4. Hemofarm 1-3 
Group J
 1. Budivelnyk 3-1 
 2. Goettingen 2-1 
 3. Aris 1-2 
 4. Le Mans 1-3 
Group K
 1. Estudiantes 3-1 
 2. Pepsi Caserta 3-1 
 3. Galatasaray 2-2 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 0-4 
Group L
 1. Cajasol 4-0 
 2. Benetton TV 3-1 
 3. ALBA 1-3 
 4. Panellinios 0-4 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Primoz BREZEC
  Krasnie Krilya
  (216-F/C-79)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Brezec, Krasnie .20.8 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.20.3 
 3. Carroll, Gran Canaria19.2 
 4. Solomon, Hapoel J.18.0 
 5. Walsh, AS.17.7 
 6. Tucker, Aris17.1 
 7. Simmons, CEZ N.16.8 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas16.8 
 9. Papadopoulos, PAOK16.0 
 10. Lyday, Unics15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lazaros PAPADOPOULOS
  Khimky
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Papadopoulos, PAOK12.2 
 2. Brezec, Krasnie .9.7 
 3. Walsh, AS.8.3 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm8.0 
 5. Tucker, Aris7.9 
 6. Jones, Pepsi C.7.8 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra7.7 
 8. Owens, Azovmash7.5 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.5 
 10. Lampe, Unics7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Draper, Cedevita7.0 
 2. Popovic, Unics6.4 
 3. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.3 
 4. Walsh, AS.6.0 
 5. Meacham, Goett.5.8 
 6. Thomas, Anwil5.3 
 7. Markovic, Benetton.5.1 
 8. Lukauskis, EWE B.4.7 
 9. Bauscher, GasTerra4.5 
 10. Granger, Estudian.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Azovmash
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. House, Azovmash2.5 
 2. Lukauskis, EWE B.2.5 
 3. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.5 
 4. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 5. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 6. Draper, Cedevita2.3 
 7. Jasen, Estudiantes2.3 
 8. Kirksay, Cajasol2.2 
 9. Popovic, Unics2.2 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian RANDLE
  Hapoel J-M
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.1 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.8 
 3. Dunston, Aris1.6 
 4. Francis, Panellinios1.5 
 5. Chan, CEZ Nymburk1.2 
 6. Edwards, Cedevita1.1 
 7. Stevic, EWE B.1.0 
 8. Carter, Galil Gilboa1.0 
 9. Fofana, AS.1.0 
 10. Haryasz, GasTerra1.0 


Eurocup Round: 4 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Gran Canaria - Cedevita 86-89
Cedevita posted an important road win in Round 4 of EuroCup Last 16 stage. They surprised Gran Canaria to improve at 2-2 record in Group I. Gran Canaria in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record after the loss. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) helped Cedevita to a quick start as the visitors grabbed a 10:4 lead. The Croats maintained the lead and posted a 28:24 advantage at the first break. Cedevita opened the second term with four points in a row to boost the margin. Soon Bazdaric gave the visitors a double-digit advantage 40:30. The hosts reacted with eight consecutive points to trim the deficit. Nelson Spencer finally put Gran Canaria in front but Bracey Wright capped the half with a lay up to knot things up at 44. Vukusic and Bracey Wright exploded with triples early in the third term as Cedevita were back in charge. The Croatian team maintained the advantage as they entered the fourth quarter up by 6 points 67:61. Vedran Princ made it 77:69 for Cedevita midway through the fourth term but Gran Canaria refused to give up. The hosts went on a 9:0 run to spur in front 84:82 with under two minutes remaining. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) immediately answered with a lay up and Bracey Wright connected from downtown to restore the lead for the visitors. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) and Bracey Wright exchanged free throws and then Neslon Spencer had a chance to win the game for Gran Canaria. However his shot was rejected and Cedevita celebrated the victory. Bracey Wright and Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) delivered 23 points each for Cedevita. Dontaye Draper and Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) produced 11 points each in the win. Jaycee Carroll replied with 27 points for Gran Canaria. Xavier Rey (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) finished with 15 points in the losing effort.

Unics - Hemofarm 90-72
Unics is the first EuroCup quartefinalists. The Kazan team cruised past Hemofarm at home court tonight to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group I. Hemofarm in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record in the standings. Unics got to a flying start in this one. They erupted for 32 points in the starting period and posted a 15-point lead at the first break. Unics stiffened defense in the second term and limited Hemofarm to just 14 points and earned a 52:31 halftime advantage. Hemofarm stopped the bleeding in the third stanza. The visitors outscored Unics but still trailed by 20 points with ten minutes remaining. Unics wisely kept their opponents at distance in the final term and rolled to the victory at the end. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) scored 19 points for Unics. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) added 12 points in the victory. Milos Borisov (201-F-85) replied with 16 points for Hemofarm. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 12 points in the losing case.

Group J
Le Mans - Budivelnyk 72-77
Budivelnyk proved their highest EuroCup ambitions with the third win in EuroCup Last 16 Group J victory. The Ukrainian vice-champions toppled Le Mans in France tonight. The win propelled the visitors to 3-1 record on top of the group. Le Mans on the other hand fell at 1-3 record. Budivelnyk dominated the first quarter. Zach Morley led the visitors as they posted a 23:14 lead at the first break. Le Mans got back to life in the second term. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) dragged the hosts within three points at halftime 37:40. Things changed drastically in the third quarter. Le Mans quickly denied the deficit and pulled in front. Moreover the home team entered the fourth quarter up by as many as six points. But Budivelnyk found their hero. Former Le Mans player Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) reminded the local fans of himself. The guard erupted for 18 points in the second half, the bigger part of those in the fourth quarter and helped Budivelnyk turn the tables. The visiting team retained the advantage late in regulation and rolled to a hard-fought win. Dewarick Spencer finished with 20 points for Budivelnyk. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) added 12 points in the victory. Alex Acker replied with game-high 24 points for Le Mans. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) banked 11 points in the loss.

Group K
CEZ Nymburk - Galatasaray 62-77
Galatasaray returned into the fight for EuroCup quarterfinal qualification. They upset Nymburk in Czech Republic to improve at 2-2 record in Group K. Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored 22 points off the bench to lead the visitors. Nymburk in the meantime slipped at 0-4 record and got eliminated from the title contention. The visitors jumped into the lead early in the encounter. Galatasaray posted a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. The gap kept on growing in the second frame. Galatasaray stretched the margin to 9 points at the interval 41:32. Nymburk did not change the complexion of the game in the second half. Galatasaray recorded an 11-point buffer at the final break 57:46. The Turkish team did not loosen the grasp in the fourth quarter and drove to the victory at the end. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points for the winning side. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) provided 14 points for Galatasaray. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) top-scored with 18 points for Nymburk. Michal Kremen (200-F-81) and Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 11 points apiece in defeat.

Estudiantes - Pepsi Caserta 90-80
Estudiantes snapped Pepsi Casertas EuroCup Last 16 winning streak. The Spanish team celebrated a home win to catch up with their opponents at 3-1 record on top of Group K. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) stepped up with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Pepsi Caserta looked good in the opening frame. The visitors nailed 28 points in the high-flying first quarter to spur ahead. Caserta enjoyed a 5-point lead after ten minutes of action. Estudiantes made necessary defensive arrangements in the second term to slow the visitors down. The Spaniards limited Caserta to just 12 points to narrow the margin to only one point at the interval 39:40. The hosts finally pulled in front in the third term. Balanced offensive effort saw Estudiantes take a 64:62 advantage with one quarter to go. Estudiantes gradually took over this one as they did not give too many chances for Pepsi Caserta in the final term. A well-deserved win for Luis Casimiro Palomo team at the end. Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points, while Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) contributed 12 points for the winners. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) answered with 22 points for Pepsi Caserta. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) accounted for 18 points in the loss.

Group L
ALBA - Cajasol 81-95
Cajasol posted the fourth straight win in EuroCup Group L. The Spanish team surprised ALBA in Berlin to seal their quarterfinal birth. ALBA fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. The first half defensive sloppiness doomed ALBA. Cajasol surged ahead right from the start orchestrated by Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan). The visitors erupted for 32 points in the opening stanza to take a 14-point lead after ten minutes. The visitors did not slow down in the second period. Cajasol accounted for 30 points in the term to record a massive 62:37 halftime lead. Muli Katzurin found the right words for his players in the dressing room. ALBA entered the second half at full throttle. The hosts fired 27 points in the third period but Cajasol did not allow their opponents to take over. The Seville team stayed in charge as they led by 21 points at the final break. ALBA outscored their opponents in the final quarter but just sweetened the pill at the end. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) tallied 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Cajasol. Louis Bullock provided 18 points in the victory. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) answered with 21 points for ALBA. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) chipped in 16 points, issued 5 assists and collected 4 boards in the loss.

Benetton TV - Panellinios 82-72
Benetton registered the third win in EuroCup Last 16 Group L. They held off visiting Panellinios. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) scored 24 points to pace the Treviso team. The loss dropped Panellinios to 0-4 record as the Hellenes fell out of title contention. The Italian side started to work for overall success in the opening period. They limited Panellinios to 9 points to build an 8-point lead after ten minutes. But the visitors gradually adjusted their offense. Panellinios fired 25 points in the second quarter and cut the distance to 6 points. Panellinios continued to get closer in the third frame. The Greek team narrowed the margin to only 4 points at the final intermission 54:58. But Panellinios obviously ran out of steam in the fourth stanza. Benetton regained full control and marched to a comfortable win in the dying minutes. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) netted 12 points for the hosts. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) provided 11 points each in the victory. Panellinios answered with 16 points from Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart). Vangelis Sklavos (202-F-77) and Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 13 points each.




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Olimpija brings Udrih back home - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija bolstered its backcourt for the stretch run in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 by signing veteran guard Samo Udrih (195-G-79), who last played for the team in 2003. Udrih arrives from Greek side Panellinios, with whom he averaged 8.3 points and 2.4 assists in nine Eurocup games this season. Udrih joins a Euroleague team midseason for the second season in a row after signing for Cibona in time for last seasons Top 16. The well-travelled guard has played professionally for teams in six different countries. He has played mostly in his native Slovenia for KK Polzela, Lasko, Geoplin Slovan and Olimpija and in Spain for Girona, Granada and Estudiantes. He has also made stops in France, Israel, Croatia and Greece. Udrih is a member of the Slovenian national team and took part in the 2010 FIBA World Championships over the summer.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Caja Laboral keeps Pape Sow for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) will finish this season with Caja Laboral. The Senegalese big guy joined the Spanish champion in December and it seems his performance was good enough to get a contract extension. Sow appeared three times for Caja Laboral in Euroleague averaging 5.3 points and 4 rebounds. In ACB he added 3.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 8 games.
Pape Sow started this season with Meridiano Alicante. He had 9.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg for them in 10 league games. He joined Alicante in March last year from Asseco Prokom. Season 2008/09, Sow spent with Armani Jeans Milano. He had 8.3 ppg and 4.9 rpg for them in 12 Euroleague games. In the past, Sow played for Prokom, Rieti and Toronto Raptors. On season 2005/06 he had 3.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 42 NBA games.


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Maurice Horton claims Finnish 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Maurice Horton (183-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for LoKoKo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 26-year old guard had a double-double of 27 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed Lapua (#4, 11-7) with 26-point margin 107-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. LoKoKo is placed at 3rd position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. LoKoKo will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. In the team's last game Horton had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be LoKoKo's top player in his first season with the team. Mount Olive College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Horton is in league's top in assists (4th best: 4.3apg) and averages solid 2.8spg and 56.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American forward Carlton Brown (198-F-79) of Ura Basket. Brown impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Ura Basket to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Honka (#7, 10-8) 99-79. This victory allowed Ura Basket to move up to 10th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Ura Basket and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Canadian Jeremy McCulloch (212-C-82) of top-ranked Forssan Koripojat. McCulloch scored 25 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of FoKoPo, leading his team to a 88-81 win against #2 ranked Jyvaskyla in a game of the week. FoKoPo confirms their top position in the standings McCulloch has a very solid season. In 18 games in Finland he scored 14.3ppg. He also has 9.3rpg and FGP: 70.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justice Graham (195-G-79) of Kerava ET - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85) of LoKoKo - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jamal Douglas (201-F-85) of Huima - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Pyry Rainamaa (194-G-90) of TomPo II - 24 points and 6 rebounds
8. Niilo Lehtila (195-G-83) of Ura Basket - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tracy Robinson (201-F-86) of Jyvaskyla - 23 points and 11 rebounds
10. Derick Nelson (196-F-86) of Lapua - 25 points and 8 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)


Jeremiah Wood claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Karhu Kauhajoki and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed Namika Lahti (#9, 13-20) with 27-point margin 107-80. Karhu maintains the 8th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Karhu is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-18 record. It's Wood's second year at Karhu and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wood has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.9ppg), assists (5th best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 2.0spg and 68.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American forward LaVell Blanchard (201-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) of ToPo. Blanchard impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as ToPo lost that game 89-104 to the higher-ranked Pyrinto (#1, 28-7). ToPo managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-18 record. Blanchard is a newcomer at ToPo 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 19.9ppg (#4). He also registered 9.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Malik Moore (192-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management) of LrNMKY (#11). Moore showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, five rebounds and nine assists in the last round. Despite Moore's great performance LrNMKY lost 109-110in overtime to the higher-ranked KTP (#2, 24-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. LrNMKY can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 8-26 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Moore he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Moore has individually a great season in Finland. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.6apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80) of Pyrinto - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Aubrey Conerly (182-G-83) of Tarmo - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Lawrence Wright (195-F-84) of Korihait - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. John Williamson (198-C-86) of Honka - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Clifton Jones (201-F-78) of KTP - 17 points and 13 rebounds
9. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) of Kataja - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78) of Pyrinto - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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John Ford claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American John Ford (207-C-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader JSA Bordeaux Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 32-year old center had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Bordeaux in his team's victory, helping them to beat Angers BC 49 (#4, 14-8) 79-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Bordeaux to consolidate first place in the French NM1. Bordeaux have a solid 19-3 record. Ford turned to be Bordeaux's top player in his first season with the team. Colorado State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ford is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.8ppg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 55.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Juwann James (198-F-87) of Vendee Challans Basket. James impressed basketball fans with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Challans cruised to a 92-85 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked St Quentin (#7, 12-10). This victory allowed Challans to move up to 10th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. James is a newcomer at Challans 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 16.6ppg (#6). He also registered 5.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Bahamas Lavar Simmons (201-F/C-83) of St Etienne (#6). Simmons showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of St Etienne, leading his team to a 92-79 easy win against the lower-ranked CFBB (#18, 3-19). St Etienne needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 10 lost games. Simmons has a great season in France. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.4rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Benjamin Thomas (181-G-82) of St Etienne - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. A'Nsi Lema (197-G/F-84) of Get Vosges - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-F-85) of Denain - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Rafael Lopez (204-C-86) of Brest - 18 points and 12 rebounds
8. Jonathan Beugnot (201-F-83) of St Chamond - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) of Brest - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Djordje Petrovic (202-F-84) of St Etienne - 27 points and 6 rebounds

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


ProB Round 21: JSF Nanterre loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. It ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 21 in ProB means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Quimper where host Quimper UJAP (7-14) beat league's leader JSF Nanterre (15-6) 72-66 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-66. 25 personal fouls committed by JSF Nanterre helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian guard Marius Runkaukas (189-G-86) who scored 17 points. Guard Vincent Mouillard (187-87) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was center Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-85) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds. JSF Nanterre's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quimper UJAP moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with St Vallier. JSF Nanterre lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second position with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Rouen. JSF Nanterre will play next round against Stade Clermont trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Quimper UJAP will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked SPO Rouen as it allowed them to take a leadership position. SPO Rouen defeated 3rd placed ALM Evreux at home 89-79. It was a good game for American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 6 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Cheikhou Thioune contributed with 20 points and 11 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for ALM Evreux. SPO Rouen (16-5) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. ALM Evreux at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Fos Ouest. ALM Evreux will play next round against Olympique Antibes trying to get back on the winning streak. SPO Rouen will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked JL Bourg on the road.
Seventh ranked Chalons-Reims won a double-overtime thriller against 4th placed Boulazac Basket by three points 83-80 on Tuesday night. Chris Daniels stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Malick Badiane with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Chalons-Reims (13-8) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Boulazac. Chalons-Reims will meet Saint Vallier (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boulazac Basket will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#18) and hope to secure a win.
Seventeenth-ranked Stade Clermont (5-16) made lots of trouble for eleventh ranked JL Bourg (10-11). The visitors from Bourg managed to secure only one-point victory 89-88. However their fans expected much easier game. David Monds nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. JL Bourg's coach Fabrice Courcier allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. JL Bourg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Boulogne. Stade Clermont lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 16 games lost. JL Bourg's next round opponent will be league's leader SPO Rouen at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against the league's second-placed JSF Nanterre (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Important game to mention about took place in Nantes. Thirteenth ranked Nantes (9-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (12-9) 95-93 on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was Taron Downey who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 assists. The victory was the third consecutive win for Nantes. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Lille. Loser Aix-Maurienne dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Nantes will face Lille Metropole (#12) on the road in the next round.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Fos Ouest crushed Charleville in a road game 85-61. Antibes smashed St Vallier at home 81-55. Le Portel won against Dijon on the opponent's court 75-68. Boulogne managed to outperform Lille in a home game 81-79.


Rouen - Evreux 89-79

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked SPO Rouen as it allowed them to take a leadership position. SPO Rouen defeated 3rd placed ALM Evreux at home 89-79. ALM Evreux was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 49-37 second half run of SPO Rouen. They made 30-of-39 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game, while ALM Evreux only scored eleven points from the stripe. ALM Evreux was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 6 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Naturalized Senegalese swingman Cheikhou Thioune (194-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and guard Ludovic Chelle (185-83) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for ALM Evreux. SPO Rouen (16-5) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. ALM Evreux at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Fos Ouest. ALM Evreux will play next round against Olympique Antibes trying to get back on the winning streak. SPO Rouen will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked JL Bourg on the road.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Siggers 30+4reb+6ast, C.Thioune 20+11reb+1ast, P.Poupet 16+6reb+5ast, D.Williams 13+1reb+1ast, S.Traore 5+9reb+2ast, P.Okafor 4+2reb
Evreux: L.Chelle 15+1reb+4ast, D.Davis 14+8reb+3ast, C.Watson 13+1reb, T.Maizeroi 11+4reb+2ast, M.Correa 9+5reb+1ast, P.Da Silva 8+4reb+7ast
gschID: 100512


Charleville - Fos Ouest 61-85

There was no surprise when 18th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (3-18) was crushed at home by fifth ranked Fos Ouest (14-7) 85-61 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Fos Ouest led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Fos Ouest forced 20 Charleville-Mezieres turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) who scored 20 points. Naturalized Senegalese forward Mamadou Dia (202-78) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds and center Garry Florimont (202-87) added 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively. The victory was the third consecutive win for Fos Ouest. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Evreux. Charleville-Mezieres lost their fourteenth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Fos Ouest will face Le Portel (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Boulazac Basket (#5).
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: L.Cummard 20+4reb+1ast, M.Dia 18+5reb+1ast, S.Gay 10+9reb, Z.Bah 10+2reb+3ast, M.Hachad 10+5reb+2ast, P.Haquet 10+5reb+3ast
Charleville: C.Rouse 16+9reb+1ast, G.Florimont 14+8reb, T.Peterson 8+4reb+4ast, J.McClark 7+6reb+1ast, D.Kaba 6+1reb+1ast, D.Jean-Joseph 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 100513


Nantes - Maurienne 95-93

Important game to mention about took place in Nantes. Thirteenth ranked Nantes (9-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (12-9) 95-93 on Tuesday evening. Aix-Maurienne was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Nantes forced 19 Aix-Maurienne turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Aix-Maurienne was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Taron Downey (186-83, college: Wake Forest) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 assists. His fellow American import forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina) who recorded 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Christopher Dunn (191-83, college: W.Virginia St.) added 25 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) respectively. Five Nantes and four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Nantes. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Lille. Loser Aix-Maurienne dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Nantes will face Lille Metropole (#12) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Nantes: T.Downey 32+2reb+11ast, K.Barber 22+10reb+1ast, A.Cel 16+3reb+1ast, N.Gayon 10+3reb+3ast, O.Bardet 10+3reb+1ast, A.Charles 5+2reb+3ast
Maurienne: C.Dunn 25+1reb+2ast, M.Sonko 24+5reb+4ast, J.Mathis 12+12reb+4ast, E.Joldersma 12+2reb, T.Yvrande 7+3reb, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 100514


Clermont - Bourg 88-89

Seventeenth-ranked Stade Clermont (5-16) made lots of trouble for eleventh ranked JL Bourg (10-11). The visitors from Bourg managed to secure only one-point victory 89-88. However their fans expected much easier game. Stade Clermont was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 25-23 charge of JL Bourg, which allowed them to win the game. 34 personal fouls committed by Stade Clermont helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized Greek guard Angelo Tsagarakis (190-84) accounted for 20 points and 5 assists. JL Bourg's coach Fabrice Courcier allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Naturalized Mali swingman Souarata Cisse (197-86) came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds and American guard O'Darien Bassett (188-86, college: Troy) added 16 points and 6 assists respectively for Stade Clermont in the defeat. Five JL Bourg and four Stade Clermont players scored in double figures. JL Bourg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Boulogne. Stade Clermont lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 16 games lost. JL Bourg's next round opponent will be league's leader SPO Rouen at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against the league's second-placed JSF Nanterre (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Bourg: A.Tsagarakis 20+1reb+5ast, D.Monds 16+9reb+2ast, K.Corre 12+9reb, I.Koma 11+3reb, D.Oliver 10+1reb+3ast, C.Ferchaud 9+3reb+1ast
Clermont: S.Cisse 22+5reb+2ast, D.Bouldin 16+4reb+1ast, O.Bassett 16+2reb+6ast, M.Drame 11+2reb+1ast, T.Ford 11+11reb, X.Delarue 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 100508


Antibes - St Vallier 81-55

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked Olympique Antibes and 14th ranked Saint Vallier had identical 7-13 record. This time Olympique Antibes used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Saint Vallier 81-55 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Olympique Antibes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Saint Vallier was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agency: LBM Management) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Swiss forward David Ramseyer (200-87) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Mathieu Tensorer (198-83) who recorded 12 points and guard David Denave (195-85) added 7 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Saint Vallier's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Olympique Antibes (8-13) moved-up to fourteenth place. Loser Saint Vallier dropped to the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. Olympique Antibes will face higher ranked ALM Evreux (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saint Vallier will play against Chalons-Reims (#6).
Top scorers:
Antibes: D.Ramseyer 20+5reb+2ast, S.Massot 14+11reb+4ast, L.Bengaber 11+7reb+7ast, L.Sambe 11+1reb+2ast, M.Bojovic 9+1reb+1ast, M.Courby 7+6reb+1ast
St Vallier: M.Tensorer 12+4reb, A.Dill 10+3reb+1ast, B.Vounang 8+3reb, D.Denave 7+5reb+3ast, Y.Zonnet 5+1reb, F.Tortosa 4+2reb
gschID: 100509


Quimper - Nanterre 72-66

Round 21 in ProB means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Quimper where host Quimper UJAP (7-14) beat league's leader JSF Nanterre (15-6) 72-66 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-66. 25 personal fouls committed by JSF Nanterre helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian guard Marius Runkaukas (189-86) who scored 17 points. Guard Vincent Mouillard (187-87) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was center Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-85) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds and American forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quimper UJAP moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with St Vallier. JSF Nanterre lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second position with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Rouen. JSF Nanterre will play next round against Stade Clermont trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Quimper UJAP will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains.
Top scorers:
Quimper: M.Runkaukas 17+2reb+2ast, V.Mouillard 11+3reb+6ast, A.Rigaux 11+3reb+2ast, F.Thibedore 10+5reb+1ast, M.Jefferson 9+5reb, J.Volcy 7+1reb+1ast
Nanterre: J.Passave-Ducteil 14+8reb+2ast, N.Carter 13+1ast, W.Daniels 11+9reb+2ast, M.Riley 11+4reb+3ast, X.Corosine 8+5reb+1ast, G.Pons 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100510


Chalons-Reims - Boulazac 83-80 OT2

Seventh ranked Chalons-Reims won a double-overtime thriller against 4th placed Boulazac Basket by three points 83-80 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-21 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in double-overtime. Chalons-Reims forced 20 Boulazac Basket turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Chalons-Reims made 7 blocks. American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners and American-Irish guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) chipped in 10 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) scored 21 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chalons-Reims (13-8) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Boulazac. Chalons-Reims will meet Saint Vallier (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boulazac Basket will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#18) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: C.Daniels 19+12reb+1ast, D.Wilson 13+4reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 11+9reb+1ast, B.Mullins 10+4reb+10ast, K.Joss-Rauze 8+1ast, G.Radonjic 6+3reb+3ast
Boulazac: T.Dubiez 21+2reb, B.Jacobson 21+2reb+3ast, Y.Gaillou 16+5reb+1ast, M.Badiane 11+14reb+2ast, C.Melicie 7+15reb+1ast, A.McKenzie 4+3reb
gschID: 100511


Dijon - Le Portel 68-75

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked JDA Dijon (12-9) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Le Portel (12-9) 75-68 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Le Portel made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Le Portel outrebounded JDA Dijon 40-28 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Le Portel especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. JDA Dijon was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import swingman Chris Davis (196-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) who recorded 18 points and American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) added 16 points and 6 steals respectively. Le Portel moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Dijon and Maurienne. Le Portel will face higher ranked Fos Ouest (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: A.Rowland 17+6reb+6ast, C.Davis 15+12reb+1ast, N.Wyatte 12+4reb, E.Choquet 12+4reb+4ast, F.N'Kembe 6+6reb+1ast, M.Labeyrie 6+6reb+2ast
Dijon: J.Leloup 18+2reb+2ast, E.Craven 16+3ast, S.Dia 10+8reb, D.Melody 8+4reb+4ast, E.Mendy 6+1reb+1ast, F.Prenom 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 100506


Boulogne - Lille 81-79

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne and 10th ranked Lille Metropole had identical 9-11 record. This time SO Maritime Boulogne used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Lille 81-79 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 13 points at the halftime before their 50-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SO Maritime Boulogne forced 20 Lille Metropole turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Etienne Plateau (187-86) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) who recorded 26 points and 8 rebounds and guard Rochel Chery (194-82) added 17 points respectively. SO Maritime Boulogne (10-11) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Bourg. Loser Lille Metropole dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face higher ranked JDA Dijon (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lille Metropole will play against Nantes (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: L.Milbourne 16+6reb+2ast, L.Kante 14+2reb, M.N'Diaye 13+1reb, E.Plateau 10+8reb+2ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 10+7reb, K.Patiejunas 9+2reb+8ast
Lille: A.Harris 26+8reb+2ast, R.Chery 17+4reb, S.Barnette 14+6reb+1ast, N.Taccoen 9+5reb+3ast, K.Bradley 7+1ast, O.Gouez 4+3reb
gschID: 100507




Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 24
 1. Blair, Denek24.0 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy18.5 
 3. Petrovic, St Et.18.2 
 4. Pridotkas, Brest17.7 
 5. Blot, Blois17.4 
 6. James, Challans16.6 
 7. Lesieu, St Quentin16.0 
 8. Ford, Bordeaux15.8 
 9. Disy, Roche15.4 
 10. Laroche, St Ch.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Simmons, St Et.9.4 
 2. Pasut, Sorgues8.4 
 3. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 4. Hoard, Lievin8.0 
 5. Lesieu, St Quentin7.8 
 6. Kennedy, Orchy7.8 
 7. Alingue, Souffel7.8 
 8. Brocheray, Denain7.7 
 9. Roberts, Brest7.5 
 10. Lopez, Brest7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre BROCHARD
  Blois
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Brochard, Blois6.4 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy5.8 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.4.8 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.3 
 5. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.2 
 6. Sauret, Denain4.1 
 7. Rambur, St Quentin4.0 
 8. Thomas, St Etienne3.9 
 9. Driss, Bordeaux3.7 
 10. Tillon, St Chamond3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Blair, Denek2.8 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.1 
 3. Neri, Roche2.0 
 4. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 5. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 6. Blot, Blois1.7 
 7. Roberts, Brest1.7 
 8. Schmieder, Challans1.6 
 9. James, Challans1.6 
 10. Driss, Bordeaux1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 2. Ford, Bordeaux1.8 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 4. Traore, Angers B.1.6 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.4 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.2 
 7. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 
 8. Kennedy, Orchy1.0 
 9. Diallo, Roche0.9 
 10. Mendy, Angers B.0.9 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Rouen 16-5 
 2. Nanterre 15-6 
 3. Fos Ouest 14-7 
 4. Evreux 14-7 
 5. Boulazac 13-8 
 6. Chalons-Reims 13-8 
 7. Dijon 12-9 
 8. Le Portel 12-9 
 9. Maurienne 12-9 
 10. Bourg 10-11 
 11. Boulogne 10-11 
 12. Lille 9-12 
 13. Nantes 9-12 
 14. Antibes 8-13 
 15. St Vallier 7-14 
 16. Quimper 7-14 
 17. Clermont 5-16 
 18. Charleville 3-18 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Sonko, Maurienne18.8 
 2. Siggers, Rouen18.2 
 3. Harris, Lille18.0 
 4. Gay, Fos Ouest17.5 
 5. Carter, Nanterre17.1 
 6. Watson, Evreux15.8 
 7. Dunn, Maurienne15.6 
 8. Davis, Le Portel15.5 
 9. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.4 
 10. Runkaukas, Quimper15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris DANIELS
  Chalons-Reims
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Daniels, Chalons-.10.6 
 2. Mathis, Maurienne10.5 
 3. Barber, Nantes10.1 
 4. Monds, Bourg8.7 
 5. Bing, Dijon8.7 
 6. Monroe, Boulogne8.7 
 7. Giles, Rouen8.3 
 8. Rouse, Charleville7.9 
 9. Badiane, Boulazac7.7 
 10. Massot, Antibes7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.0 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.7 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.8 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.3 
 5. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 6. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 7. Craven, Dijon4.9 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.8 
 9. Akono, Nanterre4.6 
 10. Mullins, Chalons-.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.8 
 2. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.5 
 4. Daniels, Chalons-.2.5 
 5. Craven, Dijon2.4 
 6. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 7. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.3 
 8. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
 10. Melody, Dijon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.1 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.5 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.1 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 6. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 7. Diakite, Chalons-.0.8 
 8. Taccoen, Lille0.8 
 9. Daniels, Nanterre0.8 
 10. Davis, Evreux0.8 


Budivelnyk edge Le Mans in France - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans - Budivelnyk 72:77

Budivelnyk proved their highest EuroCup ambitions with the third win in EuroCup Last 16 Group J victory. The Ukrainian vice-champions toppled Le Mans in France tonight. The win propelled the visitors to 3-1 record on top of the group. Le Mans on the other hand fell at 1-3 record.
Budivelnyk dominated the first quarter. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) led the visitors as they posted a 23:14 lead at the first break. Le Mans got back to life in the second term. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) dragged the hosts within three points at halftime 37:40. Things changed drastically in the third quarter. Le Mans quickly denied the deficit and pulled in front. Moreover the home team entered the fourth quarter up by as many as six points. But Budivelnyk found their hero. Former Le Mans player Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) reminded the local fans of himself. The guard erupted for 18 points in the second half, the bigger part of those in the fourth quarter and helped Budivelnyk turn the tables. The visiting team retained the advantage late in regulation and rolled to a hard-fought win. Dewarick Spencer finished with 20 points for Budivelnyk. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) added 12 points in the victory. Alex Acker replied with game-high 24 points for Le Mans. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) banked 11 points in the loss.

Le Mans: Alex Acker 24, Joao Paulo Batista 11
Budivelnyk: Dewarick Spencer 20, Michailis Anisimovas 12, Zach Morley 11, Denis Ikovlev (201-F-86, college: Nevada) 11



Paris-Levallois wins International Tournament of Sale 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Paris-Levallois wins International Tournament of Sale 2011 as the French representative was stronger that any other team at the tournament. The start however was not so sweat. AS Sale from Morocco surprised Paris-Levallois 65:64 in the opener.
In Day 2 Paris-Levallois overcame Sport Plazza Casa from Morocco 85:55. The European team started with 14-11 and added 30-15 in the second period for the total win.
In the Semifinal Paris-Levallois rolled over E.S.Sahel from Tunisia at the Hall Fathallah El Bouazzaoui 80:68.
In the Final Game Paris-Levallois outscored Feni Indistrija 77:70. The French side opened the game with 25-21, but the Macedonian team replied with 15-11 in the second frame. Only due to the third period Paris-Levallois ensured the win after 24-16. Lamont Hamilton (208-F-84, college: St.John's) stepped up with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners, while Vasco Evtimov added 17 points and 11 boards.




BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque remained unbeaten in the EuroChallenge Last 16 - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping Dolphins-BCM Gravelines Dunkerque 87:94

BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque remained unbeaten in the EuroChallenge Last 16 after the trip to Sweden. The French Powerhouse took 4-0 record on top of Group K after 94:87 win over Norrkoping Dolphins.
The hosts surprised the group leaders with 6-0 run and then had only 22-21 after the 10 minutes in the court. Ayuba scored for 26:21, but Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) tied the game at 32:32. BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque enjoyed the lead for few minutes in the game, while the board showed 45:41. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the guests made the final push with 26-16. Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) scored the last six points in the third quarter for 67:61 advantage after three periods. Issa made it 81:73 but Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) reduced to 81:82 with less than 3 minutes in the game. BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque however remained in front for the whole time and won the game. Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) scored the last five free throws to seal the win.
Cyril Akpomedah top-scored for the winners with 24 points, whilst Ben Woodside netted 21. Yannick Bokolo nailed 12 and Greer scored 11. Joakim Kjellbom erupted with 27 points and 11 rebouns and Mitchell posted 18. Sara Saks (186-F/C-87) followed them with 11 points as the Dolphins dropped to 1-3 record.

Norrkoping Dolphins: Joakim Kjellbom 27+11 rebs, Mitchell 18, Sara Saks 11
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Cyril Akpomedah 24, Ben Woodside 21, Yannick Bokolo 12, Greer 11



Terrance Johnson joins Nancy - by Eurobasket News
Nancy strengthened their backcourt. After the team lost John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) to injury Nancy entered the market and found the replacement. They have agreed on terms of contract with Terrance Johnson (196-G-82, college: Cal.Baptist). The 28-year-old guard played for the Dallas Impact in ABA this season. Last season Terrance Johnson spent in France. He played for Boulazac Basket in ProB. The guard tallied 14.9 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Earlier Terrance Johnson had stints with Besancon, Bourg and Dijon in France. The guard also played in Italy, Portugal and USBL. Terrance Johnson was named into NAIA D1 All-America 3rd Team back in 2005 while playing for Cal-Baptist.



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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 16-1 
 2. Rabotnicki 14-3 
 3. MZT Skopje 13-3 
 4. Torus Skopje 10-7 
 5. ABA Strumica 7-10 
 6. Kumanovo 2009 6-10 
 7. Lirija 6-11 
 8. Ovce Pole 5-12 
 9. Ultimate Basket 4-13 
 10. Pelister Bitola 2-13 


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


Superleague: Round 17 - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round in the first stage. Feni Industri already secured the first place as they have almost perfect 16-1 record.

Superleague top team - Feni Indistrija (16-1) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Ovce Pole (5-12) in Kavadarci
88-53. The best player for the winners was Slobodan Mihajloski (202-F/C-82) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vladimir Filipovic produced 12 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Feni Indistrija have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-1 record. Ovce Pole lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Feni Indistrija will meet league's second-placed Fersped-Rabotnicki in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ovce Pole will play against ABA Strumica (#5) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Strumica was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Lirija (6-11) played at the court of sixth ranked ABA Strumica (7-10). ABA Strumica defeated Lirija 72-60. ABA Strumica moved-up to fifth place. Lirija at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. ABA Strumica's next round opponent will be Ovce Pole (#8) on the road. Lirija will play against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked MZT Skopje (13-3) crushed at home 9th ranked Ultimate Basket (4-13) by 54 points
123-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Kiril Nikolovski stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. MZT Skopje maintains third place with 13-3 record having four points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Ultimate Basket lost their eleventh game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Torus Skopje.
Torus Skopje (#4) was upset in Kumanovo by seventh ranked Kumanovo 2009 83-78. Serbian forward Dejan Mikic (201-86) nailed 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Darko Matic accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Torus Skopje in the defeat. Kumanovo 2009 (6-10) moved-up to sixth place. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Kumanovo 2009 will play against Lirija (#7) on the road in the next round. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje MZT Skopje.
chID: 111782


MZT Skopje - Ultimate Basket 123-69

Third ranked MZT Skopje (13-3) crushed at home 9th ranked Ultimate Basket (4-13) by 54 points 123-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. MZT Skopje led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Ultimate Basket's 36. MZT Skopje forced 28 Ultimate Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 40-23 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. MZT Skopje looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Ultimate Basket's players. Center Kiril Nikolovski (210-88, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Five MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Jove Kurciev (197-87) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and forward Branko Janeski (203-87) scored 24 points and 4 steals. MZT Skopje maintains third place with 13-3 record having four points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Ultimate Basket lost their eleventh game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Torus Skopje.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: K.Nikolovski 28+15reb+3ast, N.Zivcevic 18+1reb+4ast, V.Georgievski 16+2reb, J.Petrovski 13+5reb+5ast, S.Avramovski 12+7reb, T.Grncarov 12+4reb+1ast
Ultimate Basket: J.Kurciev 24+6reb+2ast, B.Janeski 24+3reb+1ast, T.Nikoloski 9+5reb, B.Gorgievski 5+5reb+1ast, M.Mladenovski 4+3reb+8ast, F.Stojceski 3+1reb
gschID: 111783


Kumanovo 2009 - Torus Skopje 83-78

Torus Skopje (#4) was upset in Kumanovo by seventh ranked Kumanovo 2009 83-78. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-22. But Torus Skopje won second period 27-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian forward Dejan Mikic (201-86) nailed 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Serbian center Darko Matic (-84, agency: 011 Sports) accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-79, agency: World Sport Agency) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Torus Skopje in the defeat. Five Kumanovo 2009 and four Torus Skopje players scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009 (6-10) moved-up to sixth place. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Kumanovo 2009 will play against Lirija (#7) on the road in the next round. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje MZT Skopje.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo 2009: D.Mikic 22+8reb+1ast, D.Matic 20+5reb, M.Janjusevic 16+5reb+3ast, I.Vukotic 13+3reb, D.Kalov 12+8reb+3ast, S.Serafimovski 0
Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 20+7reb+1ast, N.Jelesijevic 10+6reb+1ast, B.Krstevski 10+3reb, M.Miljkovic 10+4reb+1ast, N.Karakolev 9+2reb, A.Kostovski 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 111784


ABA Strumica - Lirija 72-60

The game in Strumica was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Lirija (6-11) played at the court of sixth ranked ABA Strumica (7-10). ABA Strumica defeated Lirija 72-60. ABA Strumica moved-up to fifth place. Lirija at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. ABA Strumica's next round opponent will be Ovce Pole (#8) on the road. Lirija will play against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 111785


Feni Indistrija - Ovce Pole 88-53

Superleague top team - Feni Indistrija (16-1) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Ovce Pole (5-12) in Kavadarci 88-53. The game was mostly controlled by Feni Indistrija. Ovce Pole managed to win fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ovce Pole to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Ovce Pole 31-18 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Feni Indistrija looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Ovce Pole's players. The best player for the winners was power forward Slobodan Mihajloski (202-82) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Goran Samardziev (187-81) chipped in 14 points. Four Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Edi Sinadinovic (190-88) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Feni Indistrija have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-1 record. Ovce Pole lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Feni Indistrija will meet league's second-placed Fersped-Rabotnicki in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ovce Pole will play against ABA Strumica (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: S.Mihajloski 20+5reb, G.Samardziev 14+4reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 12+2reb+2ast, J.Frye 10+4reb+3ast, V.Stojanovski 10+4reb+3ast, D.Knezevic 8+7reb+2ast
Ovce Pole: E.Sinadinovic 12+2reb+1ast, V.Filipovic 12+6reb+1ast, B.Bilbija 10+1reb, D.Zaharievski 8, D.Savovic 5+2reb+2ast, T.Stojcevski 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 111786


Pelister Bitola - Rabotnicki 0-2


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Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Beqa CHIKVILADZE
  GTU Tbilisi
  (195-G-91)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Chikviladze, GTU T.23.2 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.2 
 3. Panchulidze, TSU T.19.6 
 4. Keshelava, Batumi18.7 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.17.9 
 6. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi16.9 
 7. Tugushi, Army16.7 
 8. Babiashvili, Army16.7 
 9. Maisuradze, Batumi16.1 
 10. Tsekvava, Energy R.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard DAMUS
  Sokhumi
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Damus, Sokhumi11.9 
 2. Keshelava, Batumi11.7 
 3. Matiashvili, TSU T.10.9 
 4. Imnadze, MIA T.9.6 
 5. Damus, Sokhumi8.9 
 6. Beruashvili, GTU T.8.8 
 7. Ugrekhelidze, Army8.7 
 8. Antadze, GTU T.8.6 
 9. Tugushi, Army8.6 
 10. Toudjani, Energy R.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAPRINDASHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.6.5 
 2. Tugushi, Army5.6 
 3. Tetelashvili, GSAU T.5.0 
 4. Mikeladze, Batumi4.7 
 5. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.6 
 6. Tavartkiladz., Samedi.4.6 
 7. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi4.4 
 8. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.4 
 9. Antadze, GTU T.4.1 
 10. Berishvili, MIA T.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Giorgi GULISABEDASHVILI
  Samedicino
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Gulisabedash., Samedi.3.3 
 2. Beruashvili, GTU T.3.2 
 3. Tsekvava, Energy R.2.8 
 4. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.7 
 5. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 6. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.5 
 8. Sanadze, Energy R.2.3 
 9. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.2 
 10. Markhvashvil., TSU T.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy Rustavi
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lamu, Energy R.1.8 
 2. Damus, Sokhumi1.6 
 3. Imnadze, MIA T.1.4 
 4. Bekauri, Samedicino1.4 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.2 
 6. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 7. Beruashvili, GTU T.1.2 
 8. Damus, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Kobidze, GTU T.1.1 
 10. Boisa, Army1.0 


Georgian Superleague round 13 best performance: Soso Shermadini - by Eurobasket News
Forward Soso Shermadini (208-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Ministry of Internal Affairs Tbilisi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Dinamo Tbilisi (#11, 1-12) with 28-point margin 96-68. MIA Tbilisi maintains the 2nd position in Georgian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. MIA Tbilisi will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. It's Shermadini's second year at MIA Tbilisi and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Soso Shermadini averages this season 5.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Richard Matiashvili (209-C-89) of TSU Tbilisi. Matiashvili had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Of course TSU Tbilisi cruised to a 71-59 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Sokhumi (#5, 8-5). TSU Tbilisi's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 9-4 record is not bad at all. Matiashvili is a newcomer at TSU Tbilisi, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.9ppg (#5). He also registered 10.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another TSU Tbilisi's star - former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-F-87). Berishvili scored 19 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of TSU Tbilisi, helping his team with a 71-59 win against slightly lower-ranked Sokhumi (#5, 8-5). TSU Tbilisi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 4 lost games. Berishvili has a very solid season. In 2 games in Georgia he scored 22.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Richard Damus (198-F-83) of Sokhumi - 10 points and 12 rebounds
5. Guliver Akhalkatsi (205-C/F-76) of GTU Tbilisi - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. George Khaniashvili (194-G-89) of GSAU Tbilisi - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Irakli Alkhanaidze (202-F-92) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 17 points and 12 rebounds
8. Konstantine Tomaradze (197-G-90) of MIA Tbilisi - 16 points and 6 rebounds
9. Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C-90) of Samedicino - 14 points and 18 rebounds
10. Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) of GTU Tbilisi - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Marcus Monk claims German ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Marcus Monk (198-G/F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hertener Loewen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 24-year old swingman had a double-double of 25 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed Leipzig (#6, 10-10) with 19-point margin 98-79. Herten is placed at 3rd position in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Herten will need more victories to improve their 14-6 record. In the team's last game Monk had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Herten's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Arkansas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Monk is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.7ppg), rebounds (4th best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg,3.1spg and 62.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young center Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) of TSV Troester Breitenguessbach. Neumann impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as TSV Troester lost that game 63-87 to the higher-ranked Leitershofen (#3, 15-5). TSV Troester managed to keep the same 7th spot in South. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Neumann is well-known by TSV Troester fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Joseph Henley (196-F-85) of Wulfen (#5). Henley scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Wulfen, leading his team to a 67-59 win against the lower-ranked ALBA Berlin II (#8, 9-11). Wulfen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in North. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Henley has a great season in Germany. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 9.6rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robinson Louisme (201-F/C-84) of Konstanz - 26 points and 8 rebounds
5. Michael Lay (175-G-83) of Konstanz - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. DeUndrae Spraggins (191-G-83) of BG Illertal - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Ahmad Smith (194-G-84) of NBC - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Marco Voeller (201-F-89) of Langen - 20 points and 6 rebounds
9. Peer Wente (203-F/C-77) of Licher Baeren - 24 points and 9 rebounds
10. Marvin Boadu (193-G-89) of Vechta - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) I Remember Lamarr Greer Making A Lot Of Tough Shots Against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 68-55loss in Bamberg

A tough 68-55 loss in Bamberg. Is there a louder arena in the BEKO BBL than the Stechert arena in Bamberg?

Nope

Braunschweig managed only 26 points in the first half. Why is it so hard to score against the Bamberg defense?

They rotate very well and they do a good job of taking away your favorite options on plays.

In the third quarter, Bamberg kept their lead and Braunschweig was unable to cut the lead down much. Did Braunschweig make any adjustments to try to counter against the Bamberg defense?

A couple but we couldn't execute.

Braunschweig allowed only 68 points. How content were you with the team defense of Braunschweig?

We can always do better.

The next game is against the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. What are your memories of the 76-68 win against Duesseldorf at the start of the season?

I remember Lamarr Greer making a lot of tough shots and us just being able to pull away at the end of the game.

Which player do you have to watch most and what will be key in winning at home against Duesseldorf?

They have a bunch of talented players, I am going to be concentrating on the guards though.

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

Piston

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


Not sure, I don't think he ever had enough players.

What do you like most about movie Blindside?


didn't see it !

Thanks for the chat Kev.


The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf Give Gordon Watt Try Out - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With the 2010-2011 season ending player signing deadline coming closer, The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf have to began to make decisions about which players will help in the stretch run to save the team from moving down to the PRO A and according to www.derwesten.de, the team has brought in Gordon Watt (198-F-86, college: Houston Baptist) for a try out. The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf face off tonight against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and will be without Canadian Ransford Brempong again. In the mean time the club needs much help under the boards and might found that Person in Watt who is a 24 year old 198cm power forward from Evanston, Illinois. Last season, he started with JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (France-ProA), French League: 9 games: 5.7ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 54.5%; in Dec.'09 moved to Uppsala Basket (Sweden-Basketligan, starting five): 21 games: Score-1 (20.1ppg), Reb-5 (8.7rpg), 1.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 47.6%. He played NCAA ball for three schools starting in 2004 with Boston College. (NCAA): 6 games: 1.3ppg, 0.8rpg, 0.7apg, FGP: 30.0%, 3PT: 28.6%. He then played at Purduefrom 2005-2007. In 2006-2007,he played 34 games: 7.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 53.9%: He then transfered to Houston Baptist. In 2008-2009, he played 30 games: 17.2ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 44.6%, 3Pts: 31.9%, FT: 61.9%. Some awards/achievements in his career have been Big East Regular Season Champion -05, Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -07, Big Ten Regular Season Runner-Up -08, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Forward of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 1st Team -10, Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Imports Team -10, and Swedish Basketligan Semifinals -10. He is expected in Duesseldorfon Thursday for his first practice.


Source: www.derwesten.de


Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) Postgame Thoughts To 81-80 Loss Against TBB Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is a rookie this season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07.He spoke to eurobasket after the 81-80 loss against TBB Trier.

A very very bitter 81-80 loss in Trier. TBB Trier got off to a hot start scoring 30 points in the first quarter. What was giving Phoenix Hagen the most problems on defense?

We played horrible defense and they picked us apart and they came up with every loose ball and offensive rebound. Lack of effort on our part and great execution on Trier's part.

TBB Trier led 53-43 at halftime. What did coach Ingo Freyer tell the team to do better in the second half?

A lot of it was hustle. We were getting worked on the offensive glass and effort plays. We changed that in the last 5 mins of the 2nd quarter and were able to make a ball game of it.

In the second half Phoenix Hagen began to nip at the TBB Trier lead and fought back. What adjustments did Phoenix Hagen make to get back into the game?

We didnt let them beat us to loose balls and we crashed the offensive glass ourselves more. Plus hitting more shots helped too.

Take us through your three point shot that you hit with 5 seconds to play to give Phoenix Hagen the 80-79 lead?

Well the play was designed for David Bell to get the ball back on the inbounds pass. Joyce covered him well so I tried to take Dojcin off the dribble and for some reason I took a 30 footer and thought it was a good shot. It was a terrible shot on my part but somehow it went in.

What happened on the last play where Barry Stewart won the game with a shot? Apparently there was still more time on the clock then what Phoenix Hagen had at the end?


Tough situation to replay. Had to be there to understand everything that unfolded.

What was your impression of TBB Trier big man Maik Zirbes who had a double double filling in for George Evans?

He played a heck of a game. He showed his potential. Very long and athletic. Tough cover for any big man to guard.

When you hear the name Dennis Rodman, do you associate him more to being a Piston or a Bull?

Well when he was with the Pistons I was too young to appreciate what he did so by heart I always associate him as a Bull.

Why were the Utah jazz and coach jerry Sloan unable to win an NBA title in his 23 years there?

It shows how difficult it is to win a championship on any level. But they were a consistant contender in the west. Any team can win on any year. Unfortunately coach Sloan wasnt able to win one.

Thanks Jacob for the chat


Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) I Think That Joe Dabbert And Antoine Walker Can Have A Good Inside Outside Punch - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. Last season, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. He returns to Tuebingen for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. Watts sat down with eurobasket after the 70-68 win against BBC Bayreuth.

You played your first time in Bayreuth. How did you like the atmosphere and was there anything that stood out on your mind about the arena?

I thought it was a great BBL arena, the fans were close and they supported their team very well the whole game.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen led 32-18 after one quarter. Were you surprised about the early scoring onslaught? What was key for this lightening start?

I think we took advantage of mismatches and that led to other people being open when they tried to help, our team stepped up and made some shots early to give us a lead.

BBC Bayreuth came back in the third quarter always staying in range. What made BBC Bayreuth so strong on this day that they didnt allow you to get a big lead?


They fought hard the whole time, We knew that it would be a tough game, they have quality players and are hard to beat despite their low standings.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen kept their cool in the fourth quarter winning the game with a shot by you. What was key down the stretch for getting the win?

Nico Simon came in to a tough spot when Bane had to sit out in the 4th quarter, he did a great job handling the ball pressure and keeping us organized. We were able to get some offensive rebounds after some misses to keep the game in control as well.

Describe your game winning shot in the fourth quarter?

It wasn't anything special, Bane drove and kicked it out to me at the elbow and I was able to knock it down before the shot clock expired.

What was it like playing against Ebekwe? What was toughest playing against him?

He is really athletic and you always have to be aware around the basket for his shot blocking.

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?

Mostly because of Jordan and the Bulls, he had great success despite never winning the title.

Joe Dabbert signed with the Idaho Stampede and is a teammate of ex Celtic Antoine Walker. How would the perfect Walker to Dabbert connection look like on the court

Im glad to see Joe with another team this year, I think they could have a good 1-2 inside outside punch.

Thanks Dane for the chat.


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. Gause, Freiburg17.7 
 7. Watts, Dragons17.7 
 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. Shaw, Chemnitz7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kameron GRAY
  Crailsheim
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Gray, Crailsheim5.8 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim5.8 
 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. Gray, Crailsheim1.8 
 8. Alexander, ETB W.1.8 
 9. Mendez, Heidelberg1.8 
 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. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.2 
 10. Henry, Hannover1.2 


Cajasol shock ALBA in Berlin - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Cajasol 81:95

Cajasol posted the fourth straight win in EuroCup Group L. The Spanish team surprised ALBA in Berlin to seal their quarterfinal birth. ALBA fell at 1-3 record after the defeat.
The first half defensive sloppiness doomed ALBA. Cajasol surged ahead right from the start orchestrated by Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan). The visitors erupted for 32 points in the opening stanza to take a 14-point lead after ten minutes. The visitors did not slow down in the second period. Cajasol accounted for 30 points in the term to record a massive 62:37 halftime lead. Muli Katzurin found the right words for his players in the dressing room. ALBA entered the second half at full throttle. The hosts fired 27 points in the third period but Cajasol did not allow their opponents to take over. The Seville team stayed in charge as they led by 21 points at the final break. ALBA outscored their opponents in the final quarter but just sweetened the pill at the end. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) tallied 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Cajasol. Louis Bullock provided 18 points in the victory. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) answered with 21 points for ALBA. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) chipped in 16 points, issued 5 assists and collected 4 boards in the loss.

ALBA: Derrick Allen 21, Julius Jenkins 16
Cajasol: Paul Davis 21, Louis Bullock 18, Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) 14



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Benetton too good for Panellinios - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Panellinios 82:72

Benetton registered the third win in EuroCup Last 16 Group L. They held off visiting Panellinios. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) scored 24 points to pace the Treviso team. The loss dropped Panellinios to 0-4 record as the Hellenes fell out of title contention.
The Italian side started to work for overall success in the opening period. They limited Panellinios to 9 points to build an 8-point lead after ten minutes. But the visitors gradually adjusted their offense. Panellinios fired 25 points in the second quarter and cut the distance to 6 points. Panellinios continued to get closer in the third frame. The Greek team narrowed the margin to only 4 points at the final intermission 54:58. But Panellinios obviously ran out of steam in the fourth stanza. Benetton regained full control and marched to a comfortable win in the dying minutes. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) netted 12 points for the hosts. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) provided 11 points each in the victory. Panellinios answered with 16 points from Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart). Vangelis Sklavos (202-F-77) and Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 13 points each.

Benetton: Devin Smith 24, Alessandro Gentile 12, Donatas Motiejunas 11, Stefan Markovic 11
Panellinios: Maurice Bailey 16, Vangelis Sklavos 13, Djuro Ostojic 13



Ikaros gets bigger with Savo Djikanovic - by Eurobasket News
Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) is a new player of Ikaros. The experienced big guy signed a deal for rest of the season. Djikanovic started it on Cyprus as a member of Achilleas Kaimakliou. For 12 games in the league he averaged 14.8 points and 10.3 rebounds.
Savo Djikanovic is not a new face in Greece. He played for AS Trikalla from 2008 until March of 2010. In their second season together he had 8.5 ppg and 5 rpg for 17 games. In 2007/08, Djikanovic played for AO Kolossos Rodou. A year before that, the Montenegrin center registered 10.9 ppg and 6.5 rpg for 26 games with Olimpia GE Larisa. In the past, he was a member of Hemofarm, Lovcen and Buducnost. He also played few games for Olympiakos on season 2002/03.


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Smith, Panellinios18.2 
 2. Marshall, PAOK16.7 
 3. Palacio, Kavala16.5 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 5. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos15.1 
 6. Thompson, Ikaros14.6 
 7. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris13.8 
 9. Kalathis, VAP K.13.8 
 10. McAlarney, Ikaros13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.2 
 2. Smith, Panellinios9.1 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros9.1 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.6 
 5. Bagaric, Marousi8.1 
 6. Tucker, Aris7.5 
 7. Looby, Peristeri GS7.5 
 8. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 9. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
 10. Kommatos, Marousi6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos6.2 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.6 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.9 
 5. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.4.4 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.9 
 9. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 10. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Marshall, PAOK1.9 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.9 
 5. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 6. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.8 
 7. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.7 
 8. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.6 
 9. Papamakarios, Panell.1.6 
 10. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bagaric, Marousi2.2 
 2. Simmons, Kavala2.0 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.4 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Cohadarevic, AEK0.8 
 7. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.7 
 8. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 9. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 
 10. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Andronikos GIZOGIANNIS
  AEK/Argous
  (200-F/C-83)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.17.2 
 2. Michalos, Pagrati17.1 
 3. Kaklamanos, Panele.17.1 
 4. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.9 
 5. Argyropoylos, Apollo.16.7 
 6. Vardavas, Amynta.16.4 
 7. Vasilopoulos, Pagrati16.2 
 8. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.1 
 9. Koupidis, Near East15.8 
 10. Koutroulias, Olimp.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fragiskos AMATO
  Near East
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Amato, Near East8.9 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.8.6 
 3. Koutroulias, Olimp.8.2 
 4. Kartelo, AE.8.1 
 5. Latovic, AGOR7.7 
 6. Macheras, Pagrati7.5 
 7. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.1 
 8. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.7.1 
 9. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.7.0 
 10. Jovanovic, KAOD7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.6 
 2. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.8 
 3. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada4.4 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.4 
 5. Katsares, KAOD4.2 
 6. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR3.9 
 7. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.8 
 8. Apostolopoul., Koroi.3.7 
 9. Makris, Olimpiada3.6 
 10. Vasilopoulos, Pagrati3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos MICHALOS
  Pagrati
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Michalos, Pagrati2.0 
 2. Katsares, KAOD1.9 
 3. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.7 
 4. Makris, Olimpiada1.7 
 5. Vukantinov, KAOD1.6 
 6. Pettas, Koroivos1.6 
 7. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.6 
 8. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
 9. Nikou, Panelefs.1.3 
 10. Margaritis, KAOD1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kartelo, AE.2.2 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.2.1 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.6 
 4. Kasabalis, AE.1.1 
 5. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 6. Psathas, Apollon .0.9 
 7. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 
 8. Kotrotsios, Pagrati0.7 
 9. Latovic, AGOR0.7 
 10. Papachristos, Periko.0.7 


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Boxley's 21 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked ZZ Leiden and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for ZZ Leiden in his team's victory, helping them to beat Giants (#7, 11-16) 86-72. ZZ Leiden maintains the 2nd position in Dutch league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ZZ Leiden will need more victories to improve their 21-6 record. In the team's last game Boxley had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at ZZ Leiden, through which he has constantly improved. Portland State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Boxley is in league's top in points (2nd best: 15.6ppg) and averages solid 57.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Donte Minter (203-F/C-84) of Upstairs Weert. He is American forward in his first season at BS Weert. In the last game Minter recorded impressive 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course BS Weert cruised to a 74-65 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked ABC (#8, 9-18). This victory allowed BS Weert to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-15 record. Minter is a newcomer at BS Weert and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Frank Turner (178-G-88, agency: Court Side) of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (#3). Turner showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Eiffel Towers, leading his team to a 81-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Rotterdam (#10, 1-26). Eiffel Towers needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 7 lost games. Turner has a great season in Holland. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.4apg (best passer). He also has 2.6spg and FGP: 59.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Julien Mills (193-G/F-85) of Eiffel Towers - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83) of GasTerra - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Geoff McDermott (203-F-87) of Magixx - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. John Turek (205-F/C-83) of GasTerra - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Steve Ross (201-G/F-80) of GasTerra - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Nate Rohnert (196-G-87) of Landstede - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Daniel Jones (200-F-79) of Rotterdam - 21 points and 5 rebounds

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


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


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  HUNGARY   


Hungarian A Division round 20 best performance: Jonathan Jones - by Eurobasket News
American center Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed PVSK Pannon (#9, 8-11) with 20-point margin 97-77. Albacomp maintains the 2nd position in Hungarian A Division. They are still close to the very top. Albacomp would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 17-3 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Albacomp's top player in his first season with the team. Jonathan Jones has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.3rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Marcus Moore (198-G-80) of MJUS-Fortress Kormend. Moore had a very good evening with 38 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Kormend lost that game 66-80 to the lower-ranked Szedeak (#11, 7-13). Kormend managed to keep the same 3rd spot in . His team's 14-6 record is not bad at all. Moore is a newcomer at Kormend, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) of Soproni (#7). Szabo scored 24 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Soproni, leading his team to a 85-64 easy win against slightly higher-ranked ZTE KK (#5, 13-7). Soproni needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Szabo has a very solid season. In 20 games in Hungary he scored 12.4ppg. He also has 8.0rpg and and 3PT: 45.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivory Clark (198-F-85) of Szolnok - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84) of Falco-Szova - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Gergely Koertelyesi (203-C-83) of Atomeromu - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Bryson McKenzie (211-C-83) of Szedeak - 21 points and 10 rebounds
8. Janou Rubin (193-G-82) of Szedeak - 33 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gergely David (206-F-83) of Kormend - 20 points and 10 rebounds
10. Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) of Soproni - 18 points and 11 rebounds

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


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


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  ICELAND   


Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Snaefell 15-3 
 2. KR 14-4 
 3. Keflavik 13-5 
 4. Grindavik 12-6 
 5. Stjarnan 10-8 
 6. Haukar 8-10 
 7. IR 7-11 
 8. Tindastoll 7-11 
 9. Njardvik 7-11 
 10. Hamar 6-11 
 11. Fjolnir 5-13 
 12. KFI 3-14 


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Keflavik
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Sanders, Keflavik26.1 
 2. Inge, Haukar23.3 
 3. Trifunovic, Keflavik23.0 
 4. Springer, Fjolnir22.7 
 5. Biedler, IR21.5 
 6. Walker, KR21.3 
 7. Sovic, IR21.1 
 8. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 9. Bartolotta, IR21.0 
 10. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.9 
 2. Biedler, IR12.4 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.5 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik11.2 
 5. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 6. Amoroso, Snaefell10.3 
 7. Springer, Fjolnir10.0 
 8. Fain, Tindastoll9.9 
 9. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.3 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.5 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.6 
 5. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 6. Gunnarsson, Kefla.5.3 
 7. Cunningham, Tinda.5.2 
 8. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 9. Inge, Haukar5.2 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan5.2 
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. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.8 
 6. Milicevic, KFI2.8 
 7. Biedler, IR2.8 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.6 
 9. Ermolinskij, KR2.3 
 10. Steinarsson, Fjolnir2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.6 
 3. Biedler, IR2.0 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.8 
 5. Pettinella, Grindavik1.5 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.5 
 7. Magnusson, KR1.4 
 8. Sanders, Keflavik1.4 
 9. Inge, Haukar1.4 
 10. Aorsteinsson, Kefla.1.4 


Express L. Round 18: Keflavik beats Haukar in overtime - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Sixth-ranked Haukar (8-10) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Keflavik (13-5) in Hafnarfjordur on Monday. The visitors from Keflavik managed to secure only seven-point victory 106-99. However their fans expected easier game. Haukar trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 30-13 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 14-21. Keflavik forced 24 Haukar turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Keflavik made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international center Gunnar Aorsteinsson (204-88) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. American guard Thomas Sanders (191-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) chipped in 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Keflavik's coach Gudjon Skulason used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Semaj Inge (193-87, college: Temple) who recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 blocks (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Keflavik moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Haukar keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Keflavik are looking forward to face Njardvik (#9) in Njardvik in the next round where they are favorite. Haukar will play on the road against the league's leader Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Grindavik (12-6) against fifth ranked Stjarnan (10-8) on Monday night. Visiting Grindavik was defeated by Stjarnan in a tough game in Stjarnan 70-79. It was a good game for American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St., agency: Tank Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Daniel Guamundsson contributed with 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Italian power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for Grindavik. Grindavik's coach Helgi Jonas Gudfinnsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Stjarnan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 10-8 record. Grindavik lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. Stjarnan will play against IR (#7) in Reykjavik in the next round. Grindavik will play at home against Hamar and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Snaefell delivered the fifteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 7th ranked IR (7-11) 98-84 in Stykkisholmur. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of IR. Jon Olafur Jonsson had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Nemanja Sovic with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Snaefell have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-3 record. IR at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Njardvik and Tindastoll. Snaefell will meet at home Haukar (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. IR will play against Stjarnan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Hamar. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Tindastoll (7-11) to tenth ranked Hamar (6-11) 83-81 on Sunday evening. Devin Sweetney notched 38 points (!!!) to lead the effort. Hamar maintains tenth position with 6-11 record. Tindastoll lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. Hamar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Grindavik (#4) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Reykjavik: KR (#2) and KFI (#12). KR (14-4) won against visiting KFI (3-14) 100-86. The best player for the winners was Marcus Walker who scored 30 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KR have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-4 record behind leader Snaefell. Newly promoted KFI stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. KR will face Tindastoll (#8) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round where they are favorite. KFI will play at home against Fjolnir (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 18 Njardvik defeated Fjolnir in Njardvik 94-82.
The best stats of 18th round was 27 points and 8 rebounds by Marko Milicevic of KFI.



Hamar - Tindastoll 83-81

A very interesting game took place in Hamar. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Tindastoll (7-11) to tenth ranked Hamar (6-11) 83-81 on Sunday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tindastoll won fourth quarter 16-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamar made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Tindastoll turnovers. American swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA, agency: Strategic Sports) notched 38 points (!!!) to lead the effort and the former international center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91) supported him with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. Even 22 points by guard Friarik Hreinsson (184-81) did not help to save the game for Tindastoll. Swingman Helgi Viggosson (189-83) added 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Tindastoll players scored in double figures. Hamar maintains tenth position with 6-11 record. Tindastoll lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. Hamar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Grindavik (#4) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Hamar: D.Sweetney 38+4reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 15+5reb, R.Nathanaelsson 9+11reb+1ast, K.Karason 7+2reb+1ast, L.Jonsson 6+1reb+7ast, E.Arnarson 6+3reb+5ast
Tindastoll: F.Hreinsson 22+2reb+2ast, S.Cunningham 15+4reb+1ast, H.Fain 13+5reb+4ast, H.Viggosson 12+9reb+2ast, D.Kitanovic 7+3reb+2ast, S.Birgisson 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 107884


Snaefell - IR 98-84

Leader Snaefell delivered the fifteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 7th ranked IR (7-11) 98-84 in Stykkisholmur. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of IR. The game was mostly controlled by Snaefell. IR managed to win fourth quarter 35-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by IR's players. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Sveinn Daviasson (192-86) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Snaefell players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Serbian-Canadian forward Nemanja Sovic (198-77, college: Pfeiffer) with 29 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Kelly Biedler (196-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Snaefell have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-3 record. IR at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Njardvik and Tindastoll. Snaefell will meet at home Haukar (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. IR will play against Stjarnan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: S.Daviasson 21+7reb+6ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 20+13reb+2ast, S.Burton 19+5reb+8ast, Z.Bojovic 15+7reb+3ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 9+4reb+7ast, E.Egilsson 7+2reb+1ast
IR: N.Sovic 29+8reb, J.Bartolotta 19+5reb+3ast, K.Biedler 18+11reb+5ast, S.Claesson 5+2reb+6ast, N.Dungal 5+6reb, E.Onundarson 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 107885


Fjolnir - Njardvik 82-94

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Fjolnir's (5-13) home loss to tenth ranked Njardvik (7-11) 82-94 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Njardvik. Fjolnir was better in second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Njardvik had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Christopher Smith (198-82, college: St.Edward's) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. American-German swingman Jonathan Moore (203-82, college: N.C.Central, agency: 540 Sports) chipped in 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Njardvik's coach Sigurour Ingimundarson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Ingvaldur Hafsteinsson (200-81) who recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Aegir Steinarsson (182-91) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Njardvik moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tindastoll and IR. Fjolnir lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Njardvik will face higher ranked Keflavik (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fjolnir will play against KFI (#12) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: C.Smith 28+15reb, J.Moore 23+8reb+6ast, J.Alafsson 15+3reb+2ast, N.Tomasevic 11+3reb+3ast, P.Kristinsson 7+3reb+2ast, R.Erlingsson 4+2reb+1ast
Fjolnir: I.Hafsteinsson 23+7reb+1ast, A.Steinarsson 19+5reb+6ast, B.Springer 14+9reb+1ast, T.Tomasson 11+2reb, J.Sverrisson 6+2reb, A.Guamundsson 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 107886


Stjarnan - Grindavik 79-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Grindavik (12-6) against fifth ranked Stjarnan (10-8) on Monday night. Visiting Grindavik was defeated by Stjarnan in a tough game in Stjarnan 70-79. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-14. But Grindavik won second period 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stjarnan made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St., agency: Tank Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Daniel Guamundsson (186-86) contributed with 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Italian power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Kevin Sims (178-88, college: Tulane, agency: Strategic Sports) added 12 points in the effort for Grindavik. Five Stjarnan and four Grindavik players scored in double figures. Grindavik's coach Helgi Jonas Gudfinnsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Stjarnan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 10-8 record. Grindavik lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. Stjarnan will play against IR (#7) in Reykjavik in the next round. Grindavik will play at home against Hamar and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: D.Guamundsson 22+1ast, J.Shouse 13+5reb+4ast, J.Zdravevski 12+4reb+4ast, R.Lindmets 11+14reb+3ast, G.Larusson 11+10reb, M.Valdimarsson 7+5reb
Grindavik: T.Olafsson 13+3reb+1ast, K.Sims 12+3reb+3ast, R.Pettinella 12+11reb+2ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 11+5reb+1ast, O.Olafsson 9+5reb+4ast, O.Savarsson 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 107887


Haukar - Keflavik 99-106 OT

Sixth-ranked Haukar (8-10) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Keflavik (13-5) in Hafnarfjordur on Monday. The visitors from Keflavik managed to secure only seven-point victory 106-99. However their fans expected easier game. Haukar trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 30-13 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 14-21. Keflavik forced 24 Haukar turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Keflavik made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international center Gunnar Aorsteinsson (204-88) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. American guard Thomas Sanders (191-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) chipped in 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Keflavik's coach Gudjon Skulason used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Semaj Inge (193-87, college: Temple) who recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 blocks (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Dutch-American forward Gerald Robinson (204-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Five Keflavik and four Haukar players scored in double figures. Keflavik moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Haukar keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Keflavik are looking forward to face Njardvik (#9) in Njardvik in the next round where they are favorite. Haukar will play on the road against the league's leader Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: T.Sanders 25+7reb+4ast, G.Aorsteinsson 24+13reb+1ast, G.Einarsson 20+1reb+2ast, A.Vilhjalmsson 15+3reb+7ast, A.Ciric 14+5reb+1ast, M.Gunnarsson 6+5reb+7ast
Haukar: S.Inge 32+15reb+8ast, G.Robinson 20+11reb+2ast, H.Askarsson 13+1reb+4ast, P.Hermannsson 10+1reb, S.Sveinsson 8+6reb+1ast, I.Magnusson 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 107888


KR - KFI 100-86

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Reykjavik: KR (#2) and KFI (#12). KR (14-4) won against visiting KFI (3-14) 100-86. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 53-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. KR made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when KR made 7 blocks. KFI was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St., agency: 011 Sports) who scored 30 points and 4 assists. The other American import center Finnur Magnusson (206, college: Catawba) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian-Slovenian forward Marko Milicevic (204-82) who recorded 27 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian swingman Nebojsa Knezevic (196-87) added 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Five KR and four KFI players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KR have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-4 record behind leader Snaefell. Newly promoted KFI stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. KR will face Tindastoll (#8) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round where they are favorite. KFI will play at home against Fjolnir (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KR: M.Walker 30+4reb+4ast, B.Bjoernsson 17+5reb+5ast, F.Magnusson 16+11reb+2ast, H.Magnusson 16+8reb, J.Kristjansson 12+7reb+3ast, M.Agisson 4+2ast
KFI: M.Milicevic 27+8reb+3ast, C.Schoen 17+7ast, P.Ilievski 13+2reb+1ast, N.Knezevic 12+13reb+4ast, C.Josey 8+7reb+2ast, D.Milosevic 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 107883




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Federation cup - Semi Finals Results - by M. Rajalingam


Crowd favorites IOB Chennai, Southern Railways and the home team Chhattisgarh entered the finals of the federation cup in the mens and womens section. Western railway also entered the finals beating ONGc in the other Mens semi-finals.

The results are below:

Womens Semi-finals:
SOUTHERN RAILWAY-71 (Geethu Anna Jose 19,Renjini Peter 17, Kokila S. 16) bt DELHI-65 (Prashanti Singh 27, Raspreet Sidhu 16, Akanksha Singh 11)

CHHATTISGARH-72 (Bharti Netam 22, M. Pushpa 18, Anju Lakra 16) bt KERALA-53 ( Litty Mathew 14, Likimol P 11)

Mens Semi-finals:
WESTERN RAILWAY-71
(Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 27, Gagandeep Singh 16, Arjun Singh 14) bt O.N.G.C. 48 (Murali Krishna R 17 )

I.O.B. (CHENNAI) 59 (Gopal Ram 18, Jai Ram Jaat 17, N. Kumar 13 ) bt INDIAN ARMY-58 (A. Paul 14, H. Karoth 14 )


Western Railway and Chhattisgarh emerges winners in Federation Cup Finals - by M. Rajalingam
Western Railway and Chhattisgarh emerges winners in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, RAIPUR

In the women's finals between Chhattisgarh and SOuthern Railway, Anju Lakra scored 22 points in the finals aginst Southern Railway in the women's category in the 25th IMG RELIANCE FEDERATION CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, RAIPUR.

The finals was held on 15th February 2011. Chhattisgarh thus proved to be the best in the basketball map of India. Already with a world class stadium, and also by winning the Federation Cup championship in Women's category, Anju Lakra proved upto the expectations that her home fans had on her.
In the Men's finals, Western Railway defetaed the Mighty IOB Chennai team in a close match, by 75-74.

The 3rd and 4th places in the Men's and women's categories were occupied by Indian Army and ONGC (Men's) and Delhi and Kerala (Women's)

The Results are:
Women's finals:

CHHATTISGARH-76 (M. Pushpa 21, Anju Lakra 22,Seema Singh 13 ) bt SOUTHERN RAILWAY-71 (Renjini Peter 15, Geethu Anna Jose 22 )

Men's finals:
WESTERN RAILWAY-75 (Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 28, Yadwinder Singh 15) bt I.O.B. (CHENNAI)-74 (H. Kharoth 20, V Mathwe Rewi 16, Mihir Panday 12, P. Singh 12)



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Mahram knock down Aramex in WABA League - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Aramex 95:62

Mahram advanced into WABA League semis. They swept quarterfinal series against Aramex winning two games in a row. Mahram cruised past their Jordanian opponents at home court yesterday. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) came up with 34 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Iranian powerhouse.
Mahram stormed into the game. They built a 26:13 lead after ten minutes. Aramex and Mahram traded baskets throughout the next two periods. The hosts entered the fourth quarter up by 12 points with one quarter to go. Mahram increased the tempo in the final stanza and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Williams Chris (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) accounted for 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals for Mahram. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) netted 11 points and issued 9 assists in the victory. Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) answered with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Aramex. Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) chipped in 11 points in the losing effort.

Mahram: Marlon Garnett 34, Williams Chris 28+11 boards, Mahdi Kamrani 11
Aramex: Sani Sakakini 17+11 boards, Ali Zaghab 11




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Spartak Saint-Petersburg keeps the perfect record - by Eurobasket News
Barak Netanya-Spartak Saint-Petersburg 70:80

Spartak Saint-Petersburg keeps the perfect record in EuroChallange Group I as the team won another game. The Russian team improved to 4-0 record beating Barak Netanya 80:70.
The hard start allowed the margin not to be increased in the first period. Travis closed the first period at 17:18, while Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) tied it all at 20:20. The rest of the quarter belonged to the hosts as they enjoyed 39:36 halftime advantage. Moreover Adrian Banks and Washam made it 46:38, while Petar Popovic (211-C-79) tied the game at 48:48. Spartak Saint-Petersburg grabbed 63:47 lead after 30 minutes as they won the third quarter 27-18. Due to 17-13 in the last frame the Russian team won the game.
Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) paced all the winners with 21 points, while Petar Popovic and Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) added 11 each. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) followed them with 10 points in a win. Adrian Banks replied with 24 points in the losing effort as the team from Israeli dropped to 0-4. Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Virginia) collected 19 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Travis nailed 10.

Barak Netanya: Adrian Banks 24, Elton Brown 19+11 rebs, Travis 10
Spartak Saint-Petersburg: Patrick Beverley 21, Petar Popovic 11, Anton Ponkrashov 11, Henry Domercant 10



Lukoil Academic won the opener of Day 4 in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil Academic-Maccabi Haifa 87:69

Lukoil Academic won the opener of Day 4 of the EuroChallenge on February 15th as they rolled over Maccabi Haifa. The Bulgarian side improved to 3-1 record in Group A after 87:69 win.
It was a tough start for both teams but the guests did not mind taking the lead away from home. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) managed only to reduce to 24:27, while the hosts needed 5-0 run in the start of the second period to take the lead and never looked behind. Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) made it 53:35 as his side was stronger in the second period with 29-10. The intrigue however was not over as Maccabi Haifa reduced to 62:56 with Ben Chimol shot. James meanwhile nailed three in the start of the last stanza for 72:60 and Avramov followed him for 81:64. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) was the last to score in the game bringing them another victory.
Devin Green paced all the winners with 21 points and James netted 15. Bruno Sundov ended up with 14 points, while Todor Stoykov and Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) added 9 each.

Lukoil Academic: Devin Green 21, James 15, Bruno Sundov 14, Todor Stoykov 9, Travis Peterson 9
Maccabi Haifa: Killingsworth 20+11 rebs, Franklin Robinson 19



Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 16-1 
 2. Hapoel J-M 10-7 
 3. Bnei Hasharon 10-7 
 4. Maccabi Rishon 9-7 
 5. Galil Gilboa 9-8 
 6. Maccabi Ashdod 8-9 
 7. Hapoel Holon 8-9 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 6-11 
 9. Maccabi Haifa 4-12 
 10. Ironi Ashkelon 4-13 


Premier League Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Premier League.

The biggest surprise of round 17 was guest Bnei Hasharon's (10-7) easy road victory over 3rd placed Galil Gilboa (9-8) 69-48 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Bnei Hasharon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Galil Gilboa to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Galil Gilboa 42-30 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Lee Nailon (204-75, college: TCU) who scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American-Romanian swingman Dan Grunfeld (198-84, college: Stanford) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Tyler Wilkerson (203-88, college: Marshall) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 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. Bnei Hasharon moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Defending champion Galil Gilboa dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Bnei Hasharon is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Ashdod (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Hapoel J-M (10-7) against seventh ranked Hapoel Holon (8-9) on Sunday night. Host Hapoel J-M was defeated by Hapoel Holon in a tough game in Jerusalem 80-86. Hapoel Holon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Hapoel J-M at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Bnei Hasharon. Hapoel Holon will play against higher ranked Maccabi Rishon (#4) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel J-M will play on the road against Elitzur Netanya and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Maccabi T-A delivered the sixteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (8-9) 99-82 in Tel-Aviv. Sofoklis Schortsanitis stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Josh Duncan responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Maccabi T-A (16-1) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place. Maccabi Ashdod lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Hapoel Holon. Maccabi T-A will meet Maccabi Haifa (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Ashdod will play against Galil Gilboa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Ashkelon. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 10th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (4-13) to eighth ranked Elitzur Netanya (6-11) 76-74 on Sunday evening. Romeo Travis nailed 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Elitzur Netanya maintains eighth place with 6-11 record. Ironi Ashkelon lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Elitzur Netanya's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Ashkelon will play on the road against Bnei Hasharon (#3) in Hod Hasharon.

In the last game of round 17 Maccabi Haifa was defeated by Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion 96-85.
The best stats of 17th round was 15 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists by Germaine Jackson of Maccabi Haifa.



Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Ashdod 99-82

Leader Maccabi T-A delivered the sixteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (8-9) 99-82 in Tel-Aviv. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 62-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi T-A made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Maccabi T-A outrebounded Maccabi Ashdod 33-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Greek center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and international forward Lior Eliyahu (207-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. American power forward Josh Duncan (204-86) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Meir Tapiro (194-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists. Maccabi T-A (16-1) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place. Maccabi Ashdod lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Hapoel Holon. Maccabi T-A will meet Maccabi Haifa (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Ashdod will play against Galil Gilboa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Duncan 19+7reb+2ast, M.Tapiro 16+1reb+10ast, R.Bradley 13+1reb+5ast, J.Martin 11+2reb+1ast, J.Carter 9+3reb+2ast, N.Berkowitz 6
Maccabi T-A: S.Schortsanitis 18+7reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 17+5reb+2ast, C.Eidson 14+2reb+4ast, D.Blu 14+3reb+1ast, D.Perkins 12+7reb+4ast, R.Hendrix 10+3reb
gschID: 105502


Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi Haifa 96-85

There was no surprise in Rishon Le-Zion where 9th ranked Maccabi Haifa (4-12) was defeated by fifth ranked Maccabi Rishon (9-7) 96-85. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi Haifa was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Rishon made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Maccabi Haifa turnovers. Strangely Maccabi Haifa outrebounded Maccabi Rishon 40-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Dwayne Mitchell (194-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) nailed 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) accounted for 18 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and guard Germaine Jackson (195-76, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists respectively for Maccabi Haifa in the defeat. Four Maccabi Rishon and five Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Maccabi Rishon. They moved-up to fourth place. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Maccabi Rishon's next round opponent will be Hapoel Holon (#7) on the road. Maccabi Haifa will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: M.Killingsworth 27+10reb+1ast, G.Jackson 15+5reb+10ast, S.Landesberg 13+5reb+6ast, E.Kadir 11+9reb+3ast, B.Rothbart 10+3reb, A.Ben-Chimol 6+3reb+1ast
Maccabi Rishon: D.Mitchell 18+7reb+1ast, R.Morgan 18+5reb+3ast, A.McGhee 14+5reb+1ast, Y.Orland 13+1reb, I.Swann 12+3reb+8ast, N.Hanochi 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 105498


Ironi Ashkelon - Elitzur Netanya 74-76

A very interesting game took place in Ashkelon. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 10th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (4-13) to eighth ranked Elitzur Netanya (6-11) 76-74 on Sunday evening. Ironi Ashkelon was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 26-17 charge of Elitzur Netanya, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Ironi Ashkelon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) nailed 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) accounted for 19 points and 4 assists. Four Elitzur Netanya players scored in double figures. American forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fairleigh Dickinson, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Dror Hagag (178-78, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Ironi Ashkelon in the defeat. Elitzur Netanya maintains eighth place with 6-11 record. Ironi Ashkelon lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Elitzur Netanya's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Ashkelon will play on the road against Bnei Hasharon (#3) in Hod Hasharon.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ashkelon: R.Turner 19+12reb+1ast, D.Hagag 11+6reb+7ast, T.Terrell 11+6reb+2ast, E.Marckovich 9+5reb, J.Gibson 8, D.Farmer 8+2reb+4ast
Elitzur Netanya: R.Travis 24+9reb+2ast, A.Banks 19+1reb+4ast, E.Brown 11+3reb+2ast, L.Segev 10+3reb+3ast, C.Watson 6+2reb, E.McCollum 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 105499


Galil Gilboa - Bnei Hasharon 48-69

The biggest surprise of round 17 was guest Bnei Hasharon's (10-7) easy road victory over 3rd placed Galil Gilboa (9-8) 69-48 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Bnei Hasharon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Galil Gilboa to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Galil Gilboa 42-30 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Lee Nailon (204-75, college: TCU) who scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American-Romanian swingman Dan Grunfeld (198-84, college: Stanford) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. American forward Tyler Wilkerson (203-88, college: Marshall) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and international guard Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) added 10 points and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bnei Hasharon moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Defending champion Galil Gilboa dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Bnei Hasharon is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Ashdod (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: T.Wilkerson 16+10reb, D.Yavzuri 10+4reb+2ast, W.Carter 7+2reb, G.Israeli 5+2ast, G.Mekel 4+1reb+7ast, I.Kozikaro 2+4reb+1ast
Bnei Hasharon: B.Rice 13+4reb+2ast, L.Nailon 12+5reb+7ast, D.Grunfeld 11+7reb+2ast, R.Steele 11+3reb+2ast, B.Dunston 9+7reb, S.James 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 105500


Hapoel J-M - Hapoel Holon 80-86

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Hapoel J-M (10-7) against seventh ranked Hapoel Holon (8-9) on Sunday night. Host Hapoel J-M was defeated by Hapoel Holon in a tough game in Jerusalem 80-86. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-11. But Hapoel J-M won third quarter 23-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Holon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Hapoel J-M at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Bnei Hasharon. Hapoel Holon will play against higher ranked Maccabi Rishon (#4) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel J-M will play on the road against Elitzur Netanya and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 105501




Israeli National League round 18 best performance: Paul Delaney - by Eurobasket News
American guard Paul Delaney (188-G-86, agency: Lanshire Group) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Maccabi HBK, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, three rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Ironi Ramat Gan (#8, 8-10) 86-82. Maccabi HBK maintains the 2nd position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maccabi HBK will need more victories to improve their 14-4 record. In the team's last game Delaney had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Maccabi HBK's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Alabama at Birmingham star has very solid stats this year. Delaney is in league's top in points (8th best: 21.3ppg) and averages impressive 2.6spg and 60.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Chad Timberlake (194-G-84) of Elitzur Yavne. Timberlake had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Elitzur Yavne lost that game 81-88 to the lower-ranked Elitzur Ramla (#11, 7-11). Elitzur Yavne managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 11-7 record is not bad at all. Timberlake is a newcomer at Elitzur Yavne, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.5ppg (#7). He also registered 4.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Avi Eliyahu (175-G-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of Hapoel Afula (#7). Eliyahu showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, five rebounds and eleven assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Hapoel Afula, leading his team to a 107-81 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Kohav Yair (#9, 8-10). Hapoel Afula needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Eliyahu has a great season in Israel. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.7apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jitim Young (188-G-81) of Hod Hasharon - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Raymond Canady Jr. (201-F-84) of Hapoel Beeri - 25 points and 12 rebounds
6. Isaac Rosefelt (205-C/F-85) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Stacey Moragne (195-F-83) of Hapoel Beeri - 24 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Omer Shmidt (193-G-87) of Hapoel Afula - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Bryant Markson (198-F-83) of Hapoel Afula - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Antwan Henry Dobie (183-G-78) of Lev Hasharon - 26 points, 2 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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Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Perugia 16-6 
 2. Piacenza 15-7 
 3. Trento 15-7 
 4. Brescia 15-7 
 5. Omegna 15-7 
 6. Treviglio 14-8 
 7. Moncalieri 12-10 
 8. Castelletto 12-10 
 9. Trieste 11-11 
 10. Comsum.it SI 10-11 
 11. ASD Pavia 9-13 
 12. Senigallia 9-13 
 13. Recanati 8-14 
 14. Riva del Garda 6-15 
 15. Ozzano 6-16 
 16. Osimo 2-20 
Group B
 1. Trapani 17-5 
 2. Ruvo 16-6 
 3. Ostuni 15-7 
 4. S.Antimo 13-9 
 5. Matera 13-9 
 6. Ferentino 12-10 
 7. Potenza 11-11 
 8. Anagni 11-11 
 9. Latina Basket 11-11 
 10. Molfetta 10-12 
 11. Rieti 9-12 
 12. Bisceglie 9-13 
 13. Massafra 9-13 
 14. Patti 8-14 
 15. Agrigento 6-16 
 16. Palestrina 5-16 


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Evangelisti, Trapani18.6 
 2. Ricciardi, Palestrina18.0 
 3. Tassinari, Moncalieri17.2 
 4. Reati, Treviglio17.2 
 5. Vico, Matera17.2 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.2 
 7. Rugolo, Molfetta15.8 
 8. Becerra, Rieti15.6 
 9. Musso, Perugia15.5 
 10. Casadei, Comsum.i.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza10.9 
 2. Corral, Molfetta9.9 
 3. Basei, Ostuni9.5 
 4. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.5 
 5. Zambon, Rieti9.0 
 6. Capitanelli, Pales.8.7 
 7. Zerini, Ruvo8.4 
 8. Chiaramello, Recanati8.4 
 9. De Min, Treviglio8.3 
 10. Facenda, Senigallia8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ferrarese, Trento5.1 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.7 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.0 
 4. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 5. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.6 
 6. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.4 
 7. Cantone, S.Antimo3.3 
 8. Parente, Moncalieri3.1 
 9. Bolzonella, Piacenza3.1 
 10. Basanisi, Massafra3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.5 
 2. Marcante, ASD P.3.2 
 3. Gullo, Patti3.2 
 4. Bushati, Brescia3.2 
 5. De Nicolao, Castelle.3.0 
 6. Bonamente, Perugia2.9 
 7. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 8. Casadei, Comsum.i.2.7 
 9. Ghersetti, Brescia2.7 
 10. Bonfiglio, Ruvo2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.8 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.6 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.4 
 4. Capitanelli, Pales.1.1 
 5. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 6. Candido, Ferentino1.0 
 7. Raminelli, Castelle.1.0 
 8. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 9. Pozzi, Molfetta0.9 
 10. Spippoli, Palestrina0.9 


Estudiantes hand Pepsi Caserta first Last 16 defeat - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes - Pepsi Caserta 90:80

Estudiantes snapped Pepsi Casertas EuroCup Last 16 winning streak. The Spanish team celebrated a home win to catch up with their opponents at 3-1 record on top of Group K. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) stepped up with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners.
Pepsi Caserta looked good in the opening frame. The visitors nailed 28 points in the high-flying first quarter to spur ahead. Caserta enjoyed a 5-point lead after ten minutes of action. Estudiantes made necessary defensive arrangements in the second term to slow the visitors down. The Spaniards limited Caserta to just 12 points to narrow the margin to only one point at the interval 39:40. The hosts finally pulled in front in the third term. Balanced offensive effort saw Estudiantes take a 64:62 advantage with one quarter to go. Estudiantes gradually took over this one as they did not give too many chances for Pepsi Caserta in the final term. A well-deserved win for Luis Casimiro Palomo team at the end. Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points, while Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) contributed 12 points for the winners. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) answered with 22 points for Pepsi Caserta. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) accounted for 18 points in the loss.

Estudiantes: Nik Caner-Medley 14+13 boards, Daniel Clark 13, Pancho Jasen 12
Pepsi Caserta: Timothy Bowers 22, Eric Williams 18



Benetton too good for Panellinios - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Panellinios 82:72

Benetton registered the third win in EuroCup Last 16 Group L. They held off visiting Panellinios. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) scored 24 points to pace the Treviso team. The loss dropped Panellinios to 0-4 record as the Hellenes fell out of title contention.
The Italian side started to work for overall success in the opening period. They limited Panellinios to 9 points to build an 8-point lead after ten minutes. But the visitors gradually adjusted their offense. Panellinios fired 25 points in the second quarter and cut the distance to 6 points. Panellinios continued to get closer in the third frame. The Greek team narrowed the margin to only 4 points at the final intermission 54:58. But Panellinios obviously ran out of steam in the fourth stanza. Benetton regained full control and marched to a comfortable win in the dying minutes. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) netted 12 points for the hosts. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) provided 11 points each in the victory. Panellinios answered with 16 points from Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart). Vangelis Sklavos (202-F-77) and Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 13 points each.

Benetton: Devin Smith 24, Alessandro Gentile 12, Donatas Motiejunas 11, Stefan Markovic 11
Panellinios: Maurice Bailey 16, Vangelis Sklavos 13, Djuro Ostojic 13



Cimberio Varese adds Rok Stipcevic - by Antonello Varallo
Pallacanestro Cimberio Varese announced the agreement with Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (188-G-86). The player from Maribor has spent the main part of his career with KK Zada, club he left at the end of the last season to join KK Cibona Zagreb. During the current season, he has played 9 Euroleague games (10.3 ppg and 4.1 apg, with a season high of 14 points scored against Montepaschi Siena) and 19 Adriatic League games (9.8 ppg and 3.2 apg, with a season high of 19 points scored against Igokea).

Basei's double-double lands him A dilettanti Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old center Francesco Basei (207-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ostuni and receives a Eurobasket.com A dilettanti Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Patti (#14, 8-14) 79-69. Ostuni maintains the 3rd position in Italian A dilettanti. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ostuni will need more victories to improve their 15-7 record. Basei turned to be Ostuni's top player in his first season with the team. Basei has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 54.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Paul Biligha (200-C-90) of Pallacanestro Pavia. He is naturalized Cameroonian center in his first season at ASD Pavia. In the last game Biligha recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead ASD Pavia to another comfortable win 77-59 over the higher-ranked Treviglio (#6, 14-8) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed ASD Pavia to move up to 11th position in group A. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 record. Biligha is a newcomer at ASD Pavia and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Pallacanestro Pavia's star - guard Stefano Borgna (193-G-79). Borgna scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of ASD Pavia, helping his team with a 77-59 easy win against the higher-ranked Treviglio (#6, 14-8). The chances of ASD Pavia ranking at the top of group A, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Borgna could help ASD Pavia to bring them higher in the standings. Borgna has a very solid season. In 22 games in Italy he scored 13.1ppg. He also has 2.5spg and and 3PT: 40.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) of Trento - 23 points and 8 rebounds
5. Marco Giuri (192-G-88) of Potenza - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Stefano Simeoli (200-F-86) of Ruvo - 21 points and 4 rebounds
7. Davide Virgilio (175-G-72) of Rieti - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Dante Calabria (194-G-73) of S.Antimo - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marco Passera (180-G-82) of Piacenza - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Walter Santarossa (200-F-78) of Trapani - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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FINALLY!!! - by Brandon Cole
Wats good out there world!? I know its been awhile but ya boy is back for his latest Blog entry. Special shout out to the good people at AsiaBasket/Eurobasket for inviting me to sare my thoughts and experiences with my family, friends, and fans from all over, much appreciated. Hope everyone had an enjoyable Valentines day with their loved ones.... Now on to business!

Its taken awhile....well lets be honest...its been more than awhile, lol, (32 games to be exact) The Miyazaki Shining Suns FINALLY got the weekend sweep that we've been so thirsty for! Its been a long time coming and it feels good, I cant even lie to yall. Out here in Japan we play 2 games a week and all of our games are played on back to back days (most of the time its on Saturday and Sunday) and since the beginning of the season my team and I have been scratching and clawing for that elusive weekend sweep. Since the season began back in October, it has always been something that has gotten in our way, and a lot of the time its been our own selves. We usually play on Saturday night at 6 pm and then have to turn right back around and play the EXACT SAME TEAM again on Sunday at 1 pm...BRUTAL!!! Not only is it hard enough to play constant back2backs every weekend, but its even harder to beat the same team twice in a row! If u win that first one on Saturday, the losing team is always gonna come out with a renewed focus and energy like never before. Add that to the fact that we got 5 guys playing over 32 minutes a game (compared to most of the other teams in our league, who have 4-5 Americans compared to our 3) and you can somewhat see how difficult it has been for us to get over that hump so far in our inaugural season. We had 2 good home victories over one of the most talented teams in the league, the Shiga Lakestars. We actually defeated them at the beginning of the season for our first victory, so it was definitely a good feeling to sweep such a quality team who has been atop the Western Conference for most of the season. Add that to the fact that we won a huge road game against the deep and dangerous Oita Heat Devils the week before (and actually blew the first game of that series in Overtime) and we are on a nice 3 game winning streak. I always enjoy playing against Oita because they're so well coached and play so damn hard every possession. Our 5 battles this year (1 in pre-season and 4 in the regular season) have all been extremely physical and challenging and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I can tell you guys right now, that the reason we are 4-2 since the All Star break is MAINLY due to our Japanese players. They have always had the talent, shooting ability, and speed to play at a high level, but for whatever reason we just couldn't get our guys to play with that swagger and confidence every single game. Since the All Star break though, its been a different story and it's definitely starting to show in the win/loss column. From our starting back court to our sharpshooting bench players, they have all stepped up and played incredibly well for us over the last 6 games and it's paying huge dividends. They've done a great job of pushing the tempo, crashing the boards, playing smothering defense, and knocking down huge shots for us.

Myself and my other 2 American teammates, Elijah Palmer (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Duquesne) and Jackie Manuel (196-G/F-83, college: N.Carolina) are also finding a great rhythm together over the last few weeks as well. Our chemistry has always been great with each other on and off the court from day 1, but it seemed like through out the whole season, and we've talked about this constantly, that for whatever reason, we all could never seem to have a great game both offensively and defensively on the same night. It always seemed that at least 2 of us would go off for a solid game, and the third guy would have a bit of an off night for whatever reason (foul trouble, bad shooting night, playing hurt etc). Well we've finally shaken that curse as well and over these last 3 games have been clicking together like never before. In this league, regardless of how many Americans you have on your roster, you can only play 3 of them on the court at the same time. And we've all said to each other since day 1, that we like our odds against ANY other 3 man combination of foreign players that the BJ League has to offer and that still holds true. Now that we've got our Japanese players in a great consistent rhythm, our goal of reaching the playoffs in our First ever season is looking more and more realistic by the day. We've only got 20 games left and we're currently 4 games out of the final playoff, so if we're gonna make the push...we gotta make it NOW!

Off the court, its been straight chill mode for the most part. Spending time with the fam and watching some of my favorite shows online is a typical day for me away from the practice court. I know all my fellow International hoopers can relate to how how important it is to watch your favorite TV series every night after practice, lol! Makes the days go by so much faster and once you watch one episode, it just draws you into the next one and before you know it, its 3 o'clock in the morning. I just finished all 5 seasons of 'Dexter' and now i'm heavy into the 3rd season of CALIFORNICATION. Some of my other favorites that i'm already caught up on include The Wire, 24 ( Jack Bauer is DAT DUDE!), Entourage, NIP/TUCK, Weeds, Prison Break, Its Always Sunny, Sopranos, Boondocks, and Eastbound and Down. I'm looking for a few more shows to get into, so if anybody has some good ideas, feel free to let me know and i might check em out. Well back to the grind this week and got 2 tough road games against Saitama Broncos to get ready for. So until next time everybody, be safe, be blessed and be easy!



BJ League Round 33: Shiga Lakestars are upset by Miyazaki Shining Suns - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked Shiga Lakestars (19-13) and eighth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (11-21) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Shiga Lakestars were defeated by Miyazaki Shining Suns in a tough game in Miyazaki 88-94. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shiga Lakestars won third quarter 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Miyazaki Shining Suns won last quarter 25-20. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Elijah Palmer (201-81, college: Duquesne, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 21 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Miyazaki Shining Suns have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 11-21 record. Shiga Lakestars lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with 13 games lost. They share it with Okinawa GK. Miyazaki Shining Suns are looking forward to face higher ranked Saitama Broncos (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shiga Lakestars will play against Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osaka. First ranked Osaka Evessa faced 3rd placed Niigata Albirex. Host Osaka Evessa (21-11) defeated guests from Niigata (15-15) 70-60. It was a good game for American swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Lawrence Blackledge contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for Niigata Albirex. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Osaka Evessa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-11 record. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the third position with 15 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Niigata Albirex will play on the road against Kyoto Hannaryz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Hamamatsu Phoenix delivered the twentieth seventh victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Oita Heat Devils (15-19) 72-67 in Mikawa. The game was also dominated by American players. Jermaine Dixon stepped up and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Kazuo Nakamura used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Cyrus Tate with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix maintains first place with 27-4 record. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the sixth position with 19 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will meet Akita Happinets (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round.
The game in Toyama supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (19-15) played at the court of 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (10-20). Fukuoka Rizing smashed Toyama Grouses 89-67. American players dominated the game. Michael Parker nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fukuoka Rizing maintains fourth place with 19-15 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side keep the sixth position with 20 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Toyama Grouses will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers (#2).
The game in Shimane was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (16-16) played at the court of 7th ranked Shimane Magic (13-19). Kyoto Hannaryz defeated Shimane Magic 93-81 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Wendell White who scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Shimane Magic's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth place with 16-16 record which they share with defeated Shimane Magic. Loser Shimane Magic dropped to the fifth position with 19 games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz will face higher ranked Niigata Albirex (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shimane Magic will play against Takamatsu FA.

In the last game of round 33 Saitama Bron. was defeated by Okinawa GK in a road game 87-82.
The best stats of 33th round was 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists by Gary Hamilton of Shiga Lakestars.



Miyazaki - Shiga Lakestars 94-88

The game between second ranked Shiga Lakestars (19-13) and eighth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (11-21) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Shiga Lakestars were defeated by Miyazaki Shining Suns in a tough game in Miyazaki 88-94. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shiga Lakestars won third quarter 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Miyazaki Shining Suns won last quarter 25-20. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Elijah Palmer (201-81, college: Duquesne, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) added 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Five Miyazaki Shining Suns and four Shiga Lakestars players scored in double figures. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Miyazaki Shining Suns have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 11-21 record. Shiga Lakestars lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with 13 games lost. They share it with Okinawa GK. Miyazaki Shining Suns are looking forward to face higher ranked Saitama Broncos (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shiga Lakestars will play against Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: L.Rice 20+16reb+4ast, G.Hamilton 16+12reb+10ast, J.Peppers 15+7reb+3ast, Y.Okada 11+1reb+3ast, S.Ogawa 9, R.Schafer 9+5reb
Miyazaki: J.Manuel 23+4reb+3ast, B.Cole 21+13reb+1ast, E.Palmer 19+11reb+6ast, T.Shimizu 17+2reb+6ast, T.Ito 13+2reb+6ast, O.Shinnosuke 1
gschID: 105974


Okinawa GK - Saitama Bron. 87-82

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Saitama Broncos (13-19) were defeated on the road by third ranked Okinawa GK (19-13) 87-82 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Okinawa GK shot 23 for 38 from the free-throw line, while Saitama Broncos only scored seven points from the stripe. Saitama Broncos were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) who recorded 25 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Okinawa GK moved-up to second place, which they share with Shiga Lakestars. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the fifth position with 19 games lost. Okinawa GK will face league's second-placed Shiga Lakestars on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saitama Broncos will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 25+6reb+7ast, Y.Kitamuki 17+5reb+2ast, G.Klaiber 12+5reb, B.Brown 11+4reb, G.Leach 6+14reb, D.Terashita 6+5reb+1ast
Okinawa GK: C.Dixon 25+7reb+2ast, J.Newton 17+9reb+2ast, D.Sneed 15+10reb, A.McHenry 10+5reb+5ast, N.Kosuge 7+3reb, T.Yonamine 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 105975


Toyama Grouses - Fukuoka Rizing 67-89

The game in Toyama supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (19-15) played at the court of 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (10-20). Fukuoka Rizing smashed Toyama Grouses 89-67. The game was mostly controlled by Fukuoka Rizing. Toyama Grouses was better in fourth quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fukuoka Rizing forced 20 Toyama Grouses turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Toyama Grouses helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) accounted for 21 points and 4 assists. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Toyama Grouses in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fukuoka Rizing maintains fourth place with 19-15 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side keep the sixth position with 20 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Toyama Grouses will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers (#2).
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 20+9reb+1ast, B.Harper 18+9reb+2ast, H.Johnson 10+4reb+4ast, T.Yamashiro 8+3reb+1ast, T.Mito 7+5reb+1ast, H.Shirata 2+1reb
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 21+12reb+2ast, N.Murry 21+4reb+4ast, A.Takeno 17+1reb+4ast, A.Kuso 12+11reb+2ast, T.Cordeiro 9+7reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 105970


Hamamatsu P. - Oita H.Devils 72-67

Leader Hamamatsu Phoenix delivered the twentieth seventh victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Oita Heat Devils (15-19) 72-67 in Mikawa. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-67. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) stepped up and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners and forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Kazuo Nakamura used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agency: Edge Sports) scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Hamamatsu Phoenix maintains first place with 27-4 record. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the sixth position with 19 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will meet Akita Happinets (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: C.Tate 18+14reb, M.Lottich 14+5reb+4ast, D.Johnson 13+9reb+1ast, K.Mitomo 8+3reb+6ast, K.Sato 7+2reb, T.Finger 5+6reb+2ast
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 15+4reb+1ast, J.Dixon 15+5reb+6ast, R.Nixon 14+6reb, J.Parmer 12+7reb+2ast, A.Ohta 9+9reb+1ast, M.Ohguchi 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 105971


Osaka Evessa - Niigata Albirex 70-60

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osaka. First ranked Osaka Evessa faced 3rd placed Niigata Albirex. Host Osaka Evessa (21-11) defeated guests from Niigata (15-15) 70-60. Niigata Albirex was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 39-21 second half run of Osaka Evessa. They made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Nick DeWitz (203-82, college: Oregon St.) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Niigata Albirex. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Osaka Evessa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-11 record. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the third position with 15 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Niigata Albirex will play on the road against Kyoto Hannaryz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: J.Ashby 13+12reb, Y.Ikeda 12+2reb, N.DeWitz 11+5reb+2ast, W.Veasley 8+2ast, Z.Andrews 8+4reb+1ast, H.Kondo 3
Osaka Evessa: L.Blackledge 16+7reb+3ast, W.Marshall 15+6reb+2ast, W.Knight 12+11reb+4ast, H.Takada 10+6reb, K.Tyner 7+5reb+4ast, D.Tamura 7+1reb
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Shimane - Kyoto Hannaryz 81-93

The game in Shimane was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (16-16) played at the court of 7th ranked Shimane Magic (13-19). Kyoto Hannaryz defeated Shimane Magic 93-81 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. The game was mostly controlled by Kyoto Hannaryz. Shimane Magic was better in third quarter 24-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kyoto Hannaryz won last quarter 36-24. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Shimane Magic to just 5 points in second quarter. Kyoto Hannaryz dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Shimane Magic's 38 and made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) who scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Will Caudle (206-82, college: Xavier) who recorded 21 points and 6 rebounds and forward Terry Evans (196-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Five Kyoto Hannaryz and four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth place with 16-16 record which they share with defeated Shimane Magic. Loser Shimane Magic dropped to the fifth position with 19 games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz will face higher ranked Niigata Albirex (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shimane Magic will play against Takamatsu FA.
Top scorers:
Shimane: W.Caudle 21+6reb+2ast, T.Evans 18+8reb+3ast, T.Yokoo 14+1reb+2ast, F.Fisher 10+4reb+4ast, R.Golson 9+5reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 7+1reb+2ast
Kyoto Hannaryz: W.White 19+8reb+4ast, T.Kawabe 17+1reb+1ast, M.Abdul-Rauf 16+3reb+3ast, R.Warren 15+11reb, K.Trim 11+7reb+1ast, K.Setoyama 9+4reb+2ast
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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 27-4 
 2. Sendai 89ers 19-11 
 3. Niigata Albirex 15-15 
 4. Tokyo Apache 13-11 
 5. Saitama Bron. 13-19 
 6. Toyama Grouses 10-20 
 7. Akita 10-20 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 21-11 
 2. Shiga Lakestars 19-13 
 3. Okinawa GK 19-13 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 19-15 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 16-16 
 6. Oita H.Devils 15-19 
 7. Shimane 13-19 
 8. Miyazaki 11-21 
 9. Takamatsu FA 9-23 


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  JORDAN   


Mahram knock down Aramex in WABA League - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Aramex 95:62

Mahram advanced into WABA League semis. They swept quarterfinal series against Aramex winning two games in a row. Mahram cruised past their Jordanian opponents at home court yesterday. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) came up with 34 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Iranian powerhouse.
Mahram stormed into the game. They built a 26:13 lead after ten minutes. Aramex and Mahram traded baskets throughout the next two periods. The hosts entered the fourth quarter up by 12 points with one quarter to go. Mahram increased the tempo in the final stanza and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Williams Chris (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) accounted for 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals for Mahram. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) netted 11 points and issued 9 assists in the victory. Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) answered with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Aramex. Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) chipped in 11 points in the losing effort.

Mahram: Marlon Garnett 34, Williams Chris 28+11 boards, Mahdi Kamrani 11
Aramex: Sani Sakakini 17+11 boards, Ali Zaghab 11




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  JUCO   


Connors State JC State College to extend their winning streak vs in state rivalry Western Oklahoma State College. - by Rangi Gescheit
Connors State JC State College to extend their winning streak vs in state rivalry Western Oklahoma State College.

Connors State JC lead by its sophomores Robert Crawford (6'6''-G), Corey Wilford (6'1''-G) and Jarvis Garner (6'7''-F) extended the team's winning streak to 15. Freshman PG Harrison brought his quickness and floor vision to put all the pieces together scoring 11 points and passing 5 assists. Robert Crawford added 22 points and 12 rebounds, G Corey Wilford 11 points and 2 rebounds. Jarvis Garner had a monstrous game with 14 points 15 rebounds (second best score for the Sophomore this season).
Connors State JC which are region 2 champions back to back 2009 & 2010 are ranked 2nd in the nation. Next time out they will face another in-state rival in Eastern Oklahoma St College. Eastern Oklahoma won in a buzzer beater on Thursday when they faced Carl Albert St College.


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  LATVIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 5. Veselovs, Valmiera15.0 
 6. Willjam, Barons14.9 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja14.8 
 8. Berzins, VEF R.14.7 
 9. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs14.6 
 10. Peiners, LU14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 2. Berzins, VEF R.7.9 
 3. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 4. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.2 
 5. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Rozitis, Zemgale6.8 
 7. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 8. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.1 
 9. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Willjam, Barons4.7 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.3 
 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. Cavars, Barons1.9 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Berzins, VEF R.1.6 
 8. Slisans, LU1.6 
 9. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 10. Bertans, VEF R.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.7 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja1.0 
 7. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 9. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 10. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.7 


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  LEBANON   


Thomas baldwin in few lines ! - by Malek Bachir
Who is Thomas 'Antony' Baldwin ?
Born in May 16, 1958 in Jacksonville, Florida, United states of america.
Starting his career as a coach at the year 1983 in the NCAA Div 2 back home before moving to New Zealand in the early 90s.
He received the New Zealand Passport for coaching the National team and reaching the top 4 in World Cup 2002.
But this that year, Thomas Baldwin couldn't finish any season with one team, for ' Unknown ' reasons.
At the year 2010 The lebanese basketball Federation Hired Tab to coach the Lebanese National Team before the World cup that took place is Turkey.
The Lebanese Team won William Jones Cup Tournament and headed to the WC , with a very high Aim, Reaching the Second round.
On the First Game, Lebanon met with Canada, Thats when the ' TIGER ' Fadi el khatib Stood for his Country and scored 31 points along with 8 rebounds 1 steal and 1 blockshot to be named the MVP of that day .
the NBA, EuroBasket, EuroNews and every single news paper or website talked about the Lebanese phenomena Fadi el khatib, who Gave the lebanese fans huge hope to reach the second round.
After losing to France , Lebanon met with New Zealand in a very decisive game, who will secure the second round's ticket for the lebanese Team.
According to many Players in the lebanese National team, including Fadi el khatib, Coach Baldwin ( holding the New Zealand's passport ) modified all the team's systems in less that 24 hours to the most important game .
Lebanon Lost to New Zealand 108-76, in a game that none of the lebanese will ever forget.
After the World cup, a few weeks after the lebanese league started, Sagesse Club , hired Coach Thomas to head the coaching staff.
Sagesse is standing is the 4th place in the league with 10 wins along with 6 loses, where Fadi el khatib is leading the league in score with 28.3PPG .
Sagesse represented Lebanon in Dubai Friendly cup, and ended in the 4th place.
Just to note, that sagesse participated in dubai with 3 imports (only 2 are allowed in the lebanese league ), along with Danial Fares who is not participating in the lebanese league.

Is Coach Thomas ' TAB ' baldwin, what the lebanese national Team is really Missing?



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Standings
Diekirch League Stage Two Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 14-4 
 2. Etzella 13-5 
 3. Basket Esch 12-6 
 4. Amicale 11-7 
 5. Sparta 10-8 
 6. Residence 9-9 
7-10 places
 1. Musel Pikes 8-10 
 2. Contern 7-11 
 3. Soleuvre 5-13 
 4. Black Star 1-17 
Stage One Standings


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  MEXICO   


Guasave unveils roster for 2011 CIBACOPA Season - by Chris Terrell
Guasave, Sinaloa, MX - Frayles de Guasave has announced their roster for the upcoming CIBACOPA season. William Funn (188-G-82, college: Portland St.) and Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian) will be the imports this season. Funn played for Coach Marcelo Elusich in the LNBP and will rejoin the coach this season in CIBACOPA. Known as a playmaker with quickness and athleticism, Funn will be handling the ball for the Frayles. Barnes is known as a scorer, accumulating scoring titles in various leagues. The club has also come to agreements with Alonso Izaguirre (200-G/F-76), Jorge Acosta (190-G-79), Christian Estrada, and Antonio Valenzuela (195-F-81). The National player this season will be Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) and Michael Strobbe (201-F-85) plays with dual nationality. The club will carry four Junior team players; Irwing Baez, Luis Reinhold, Omar Gonzalez (180-G-89), and Rogelio Acosta. Head Coach Marcelo Elusich will be entering his 7th season with Guasave, a CIBACOPA record for longevity with a club as their Coach.


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  MONTENEGRO   


Ikaros gets bigger with Savo Djikanovic - by Eurobasket News
Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) is a new player of Ikaros. The experienced big guy signed a deal for rest of the season. Djikanovic started it on Cyprus as a member of Achilleas Kaimakliou. For 12 games in the league he averaged 14.8 points and 10.3 rebounds.
Savo Djikanovic is not a new face in Greece. He played for AS Trikalla from 2008 until March of 2010. In their second season together he had 8.5 ppg and 5 rpg for 17 games. In 2007/08, Djikanovic played for AO Kolossos Rodou. A year before that, the Montenegrin center registered 10.9 ppg and 6.5 rpg for 26 games with Olimpia GE Larisa. In the past, he was a member of Hemofarm, Lovcen and Buducnost. He also played few games for Olympiakos on season 2002/03.


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  NAIA   


Gold Rush drop three spots to 13th in NAIA coaches poll - by Emiliano
A loss to another ranked team from the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference caused Xavier (LA) to drop from 10th to 13th in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 announced Monday.
The Gold Rush, a 91-77 loser Saturday at Tougaloo, lost ground in the rankings for the first time in five weeks. Tougaloo took advantage of the victory, its 12th in 13 games, and climbed to its highest position of the season, 19th.
Xavier's other game last week was a 65-54 victory at Spring Hill.
Xavier's ranking is its lowest since Jan. 10, but the Gold Rush have not been any lower in the eight regular-season polls. XU was 20th in the preseason.
The XU men (23-3) will play their final regular-season road game Thursday at Mobile, then close with three straight games at The Barn, beginning with GCAC, HBCU and city rival SUNO at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Robert Morris (Chicago) is No. 1 for the fourth straight week, again edging Concordia (Calif.) by three points for the top spot. There are four teams in the top 25 that weren't there last week: McKendree, Emmanuel (Ga.), Westminster (Utah) and St. Catharine. McKendree is in the top 25 for the first time since being No. 8 in the preseason, and the other three were there in January.



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  NBA   


Monday's games - by Eurobasket News
Houston R. - Denver N. 121-102
Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, college: W.Kentucky) scored 22 points, Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) added 17 and the Houston Rockets shot well from 3-point range and controlled Carmelo Anthony in a 121-102 win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. Aaron Brooks had 18 points off the bench and Luis Scola added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets, who shook off a bad offensive start to go 14-for-32 from 3-point range (44 percent) and beat the Nuggets for the second time in a week. Houston won 108-103 in Denver last Monday, despite Anthony's 50 points. Anthony scored 16 points on 4-for-14 shooting in this one and didn't leave the bench in the fourth quarter, with the Rockets comfortably ahead. Anthony was held under 20 points for the first time in nine games. *Courtesy of www.kktv.com

Milwaukee B. - LA Clippers 102-78
Carlos Delfino (6'6''-G-82) scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half and made a career-high seven 3-pointers to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 102-78 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. Everyone pitched in for the short-handed Bucks, who came in losers of seven of the last eight. John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami (FL)) added 16 points and tied a career-high with 12 assists for Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 20 points to match his best performance since returning from surgery and Luc Mbah a Moute finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Mbah a Moute did an admirable job trying to slow Clippers' star Blake Griffin, who still finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. The Clippers are 1-6 on this marathon 11-game, 21-day road trip that encompasses the Grammys and the All-Star break. *Courtesy of www.wisn.com

Minnesota T. - Portland TB 81-95
Making his first All-Star team has put a big ol' target on Kevin Love's back. A motivated LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) and the Portland Trail Blazers were hitting it hard all night long. Aldridge had 21 points, six boards and five assists and the Blazers stifled Love on both ends of the court in a 95-81 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) scored 23 points and Dante Cunningham had career highs with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who were out to show that their guy Aldridge should be going to Los Angeles instead of Love. The Blazers have now won 16 straight games against the Timberwolves and five in a row overall, their longest winning streak of the season. ''I think people put more emphasis on it than I did,'' Aldridge said. ''I think this was just another game. I don't think I tried to do more than I've done all season, what I've done lately. I think I played within myself, passed up shots for better shots. It's just me.'' Love finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, just barely extending his double-double streak to 41 games, the longest since Moses Malone had 44 in a row in the 1982-83 season. He only attempted seven shots and was outworked all night by Cunningham and Aldridge. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

New Jersey N. - San Antonio S. 85-102
Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 of his 22 points in a game-breaking second-half run and the San Antonio Spurs put in another dominant performance with a 102-85 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Monday night. Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) added 15 points and 11 rebounds, Tony Parker had 13 points, six rebounds and seven assists and DeJuan Blair had 10 points and 11 rebounds as the Spurs won for the ninth time in 11 games and 17th in 20. San Antonio's 46-9 record is tops in the NBA and the best 55-game mark since the Avery Johnson-coached Dallas Mavericks had the same mark in 2006-07 en route to a franchise-best, 67-win season. Brook Lopez had 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Nets, who never led in the final roughly 30 minutes. Travis Outlaw also had 11 points and Devin Harris and Jordan Farmar added 10 apiece for the Nets, who were held to 35 percent shooting from the field. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Charlotte B. - LA Lakers 109-89
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson was so upset he spoke to reporters for 5 seconds and then walked away. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) sneaked out of the locker room before addressing the press at all. A once promising road trip has quickly turned sour for the two-time defending champions, although they probably should have seen their most lopsided loss of the season coming. The Charlotte Bobcats somehow own them. Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Gerald Henderson added 18 points and helped slow Bryant, and the Bobcats cruised to a 109-89 victory on Monday night to extend one of the more unusual one-sided matchups in the NBA. The Bobcats have won eight of the past 10 meetings. The Lakers, 5-8 all-time against the NBA's newest team, hold a losing record against only one other club - the Boston Celtics. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Detroit P. - Atlanta H. 79-94
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) had 27 points and 14 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks rallied for a 94-79 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Atlanta trailed by as many as 15 points in the second quarter but held the Pistons to 28 percent shooting in the second half as they pulled away to win. Michael Bibby (6'2''-G-78, college: Arizona) added 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Hawks, while Marvin Williams had 15 points. Detroit had five players score in double figures, but Tracy McGrady led the Pistons with just 14. Detroit scored only 28 points in the second half as it lost for the fourth time in five games. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.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 Lakers25.1 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat25.0 
 7. Anthony, Denver N.24.9 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.24.7 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.4 
 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.11.4 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.1 
 10. Boozer, Chicago B.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. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 8. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
 9. Wall, Washington W.1.7 
 10. Allen, 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. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 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. 17-39 
 5. Toronto R. 15-40 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 36-16 
 2. Indiana P. 24-28 
 3. Milwaukee B. 21-33 
 4. Detroit P. 20-36 
 5. Cleveland C. 9-46 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 39-15 
 2. Orlando M. 35-21 
 3. Atlanta H. 34-20 
 4. Charlotte B. 24-31 
 5. Washington W. 15-38 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 34-19 
 2. Portland TB 31-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 31-24 
 4. Denver N. 31-25 
 5. Minnesota T. 13-42 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 38-18 
 2. Phoenix Suns 26-26 
 3. Golde State W. 24-29 
 4. LA Clippers 20-35 
 5. Sacramento K. 13-38 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 46-9 
 2. Dallas M. 38-16 
 3. N.Orleans H. 33-23 
 4. Memphis G. 30-26 
 5. Houston R. 26-30 


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  NORWAY   


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker 15-3 
 2. Tromso 13-4 
 3. Ulriken 13-5 
 4. Baerum 10-8 
 5. Froya 8-11 
 6. Gimle 5-12 
 7. Kristiansand 4-13 
 8. Ammerud 3-15 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Russell, Kristiansand27.4 
 2. Timus, Tromso25.1 
 3. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 4. Karlsen, Asker21.9 
 5. Kombat, Froya21.7 
 6. Bullock, Gimle21.7 
 7. Diomande, Ammerud21.6 
 8. January, Tromso19.5 
 9. Eskeland, Ulriken18.8 
 10. Fivelstad, Ulriken18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Bullock, Gimle12.6 
 2. Mullenax, Ulriken12.2 
 3. Oatis, Baerum11.9 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.2 
 5. Kombat, Froya9.1 
 6. Christensen, Tro.9.0 
 7. Fivelstad, Ulriken8.9 
 8. January, Tromso8.2 
 9. Elsafadi, Froya7.8 
 10. Djerman, Gimle7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Gabrans, Froya5.3 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso4.6 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken4.5 
 4. Bullock, Gimle4.3 
 5. Elgmork, Baerum4.2 
 6. Mahnin, Asker4.2 
 7. Russell, Kristiansand3.8 
 8. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.7 
 9. Mihaylov, Tromso3.4 
 10. Timus, Tromso3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.7 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.6 
 3. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.3 
 4. Russell, Kristiansand2.2 
 5. Eskeland, Ulriken1.9 
 6. Hinsch, Asker1.9 
 7. Mahnin, Asker1.7 
 8. January, Tromso1.6 
 9. Mullenax, Ulriken1.6 
 10. Gabrans, Froya1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.2 
 2. January, Tromso1.5 
 3. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.4 
 4. Christensen, Tro.1.2 
 5. Bullock, Gimle1.0 
 6. Karlsen, Asker1.0 
 7. Nyborg, Asker0.9 
 8. Mullenax, Ulriken0.9 
 9. Hagen, Ammerud0.7 
 10. Nevjen, Baerum0.7 


Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Miners 13-0 
 2. Hop 9-4 
 3. Persbraaten 8-4 
 4. OSI 8-5 
 5. Centrum 7-6 
 6. Sandefjord 5-6 
 7. Varden 5-8 
 8. Langhus 4-10 
 9. NTNUI 2-10 
 10. Trondheim 2-10 


1Div. Round 13: Centrum beats OSI in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Oslo: Centrum (#5) and OSI (#3). OSI was crushed at home by 26 points 68-94 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Centrum maintains fifth place with 7-6 record. OSI at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Centrum's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Oslo to the arena Persbraaten.
Undefeated leader Miners delivered the thirteenth consecutive win. This time they crushed 9th ranked NTNUI (2-10) 99-48 in Trondheim. Undefeated Miners (13-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 13 victories in a row. NTNUI lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Trondheim. Miners will play against bottom-ranked Trondheim (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NTNUI will play against the league's second-placed Hop BBK in Bergen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Undefeated leader Miners recorded the thirteenth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Trondheim (2-10) 85-53. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Trondheim. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Miners. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Loser Trondheim stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with NTNUI. Miners will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trondheim will play again against the league's leader Miners (#1) in Kongsberg and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 13 Sandefjord was defeated by Persbraaten in Oslo 77-67. Hop beat Varden at home 80-62.



NTNUI - Miners 48-99

Undefeated leader Miners delivered the thirteenth consecutive win. This time they crushed 9th ranked NTNUI (2-10) 99-48 in Trondheim. Miners (13-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 13 victories in a row. NTNUI lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Trondheim. Miners will play against bottom-ranked Trondheim (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NTNUI will play against the league's second-placed Hop BBK in Bergen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 108538


Persbraaten - Sandefjord 77-67

There was no surprise in Oslo where 6th ranked Sandefjord (5-6) was defeated by fourth ranked Persbraaten (8-4) 77-67 on Saturday. Persbraaten moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Sandefjord keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Persbraaten's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Centrum.
gschID: 108539


Trondheim - Miners 53-85

Undefeated leader Miners recorded the thirteenth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Trondheim (2-10) 85-53. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Trondheim. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Miners. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Loser Trondheim stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with NTNUI. Miners will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trondheim will play again against the league's leader Miners (#1) in Kongsberg and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 108540


OSI - Centrum 68-94

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Oslo: Centrum (#5) and OSI (#3). OSI was crushed at home by 26 points 68-94 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Centrum maintains fifth place with 7-6 record. OSI at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Centrum's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Oslo to the arena Persbraaten.
gschID: 108541


Hop - Varden 80-62

No shocking result in a game in Bergen where second ranked Hop BBK (9-4) defeated 7th ranked Varden (5-8) 80-62 on Sunday. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Hop BBK. Newly promoted Hop BBK maintains second place with 9-4 record having four points less than leader Miners. Varden lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Hop BBK will meet at home NTNUI (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Varden will play against Langhus IL and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108542




BLNO Round 19: Baerum loses to Asker in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Asker. First ranked host Asker (15-3) smashed 4th placed Baerum (10-8) 95-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Baerum. The game was mostly controlled by Asker. Baerum managed to win second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Asker forced 19 Baerum turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for the former international forward Frank Nyborg (197-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). The former international guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) helped adding 19 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American forward Vincent Hamilton (196-80, college: Wilberforce) responded with 12 points and 9 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. Asker have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-3 record. Baerum at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Asker are looking forward to face Ulriken (#3) in Bergen in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Baerum will play at home against Gimle in Bergen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kristiansand was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Ulriken (13-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Kristiansand (4-13). Ulriken defeated Kristiansand 89-78. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Taylor Mullenax (201-86, college: St.Edward's) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field). Ali Ouakkaha accounted for 22 points and 5 assists. American guard Antonio Russell (183-84, college: W.Carolina) came up with 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for Kristiansand in the defeat. Ulriken maintains third place with 13-5 record having just two points less than leader Asker. Kristiansand lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Ulriken will play against league's leader Asker on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kristiansand will play against the league's second-placed Tromso (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Fifth ranked Froya (8-11) crushed at home 8th ranked Ammerud (3-15) by 49 points 111-62, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Marco Elsafadi fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Froya's coach Ron Billingslea felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thor Hagen produced 8 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Froya maintains fifth place with 8-11 record. Ammerud lost their ninth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Froya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud will play against the league's second-placed Tromso (#2) and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 19 bottom-ranked Ammerud was destroyed by Gimle on the opponent's court 99-78. Tromso managed to outperform Froya in a home game 106-102.



Gimle - Ammerud 99-78

Rather expected game in Bergen where 8th ranked Ammerud (3-15) was crushed by sixth ranked Gimle (5-12) 99-78 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-78. Gimle dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Ammerud's 46. Gimle forced 19 Ammerud turnovers and had a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Croatian-Austrian power forward Ivan Djerman (202-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Gimle's coach DuRell Sanford felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Samuel Diomande (191-88, agency: Promotex) produced 32 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Orji Okoroafor (187-80) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Gimle and four Ammerud players scored in double figures. Gimle maintains sixth place with 5-12 record. Ammerud lost their ninth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Gimle will meet higher ranked Baerum (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ammerud will play against the league's second-placed Tromso (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gimle: I.Djerman 19+12reb, B.Ndiaye 18+3reb+4ast, S.Enge 15+2reb+1ast, P.Bullock 12+12reb+3ast, S.Rakneberg 12+8reb+3ast, E.Fjrestad 8
Ammerud: S.Diomande 32+8reb+3ast, V.Cairo 10+8reb, M.Molvaer 10+3reb+2ast, O.Okoroafor 10+7reb+2ast, T.Hagen 9+2reb+1ast, J.Hellerstrom 6
gschID: 99024


Tromso - Froya 106-102

Rather predictable result when second ranked Tromso (13-4) defeated at home 5th ranked Froya (8-11) 106-102 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Froya won fourth quarter 32-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tromso looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international guard Bendik Myhrer (190-85) fired 39 points (!!!) and 5 assists for the winners. American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) chipped in 31 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) produced 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tromso maintains second place with 13-4 record having just three points less than leader Asker. Loser Froya keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Tromso will meet Kristiansand (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Froya will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tromso: B.Myhrer 39+3reb+5ast, R.Timus 31+8reb+1ast, G.January 13+8reb+2ast, D.Christensen 10+14reb+1ast, H.Issalhi 7+4reb+6ast, G.Mihaylov 6+3reb+8ast
Froya: M.Kombat 35+8reb+3ast, R.Silavs 19+3reb+2ast, E.Gabrans 14+6reb+9ast, M.Elsafadi 12+10reb+3ast, Harder 10+3reb, N.Phillip 9+4reb
gschID: 121812


Froya - Ammerud 111-62

Fifth ranked Froya (8-11) crushed at home 8th ranked Ammerud (3-15) by 49 points 111-62, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. Froya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Ammerud's 28. Froya forced 21 Ammerud turnovers and outrebounded them 41-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. The former international swingman Marco Elsafadi (193-76) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Four Froya players scored in double figures. Froya's coach Ron Billingslea felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Thor Hagen (196-80) produced 8 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Kenyan guard Michael Molvaer (190-90) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Froya maintains fifth place with 8-11 record. Ammerud lost their ninth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Froya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud will play against the league's second-placed Tromso (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Froya: M.Elsafadi 19+11reb, R.Silavs 18+5reb, M.Kombat 17+3reb+4ast, V.Schonning 12+4reb+1ast, E.Gabrans 9+4reb+7ast, A.Ingebrigtsen 9+2reb
Ammerud: M.Molvaer 10+3reb, A.Inagaki 10+1ast, O.Okoroafor 8+3reb+1ast, V.Cairo 8+1reb+1ast, T.Hagen 8+9reb, S.Diomande 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 99021


Kristiansand - Ulriken 78-89

The game in Kristiansand was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Ulriken (13-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Kristiansand (4-13). Ulriken defeated Kristiansand 89-78. Kristiansand was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 51-36 second half run of Ulriken. Ulriken shot 29 for 39 from the free-throw line, while Kristiansand only scored ten points from the stripe. Kristiansand was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Taylor Mullenax (201-86, college: St.Edward's) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field). Guard Ali Ouakkaha (185-90) accounted for 22 points and 5 assists for the winning side. American guard Antonio Russell (183-84, college: W.Carolina) came up with 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and naturalized Bosnian swingman Toni Tomic (195-82, college: Kaskaskia JC) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Kristiansand in the defeat. Ulriken maintains third place with 13-5 record having just two points less than leader Asker. Kristiansand lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Ulriken will play against league's leader Asker on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kristiansand will play against the league's second-placed Tromso (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ulriken: T.Mullenax 37+15reb+1ast, A.Ouakkaha 22+3reb+5ast, M.Fivelstad 19+8reb+1ast, D.Hammer 6+4reb, B.Morken 3+3reb, J.Solbakken 2+5reb+1ast
Kristiansand: A.Russell 34+5reb+7ast, A.Danielsen 16+3reb+1ast, T.Tomic 14+6reb+4ast, R.Beqiri 8+10reb, B.Mariampillar 2, K.Krasniqi 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 99022


Asker - Baerum 95-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Asker. First ranked host Asker (15-3) smashed 4th placed Baerum (10-8) 95-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Baerum. The game was mostly controlled by Asker. Baerum managed to win second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Asker forced 19 Baerum turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for the former international forward Frank Nyborg (197-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). The former international guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) helped adding 19 points and 7 assists. Four Asker players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Vincent Hamilton (196-80, college: Wilberforce) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agency: Prossin Sports Management) scored 9 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. Asker have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-3 record. Baerum at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Asker are looking forward to face Ulriken (#3) in Bergen in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Baerum will play at home against Gimle in Bergen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Asker: F.Nyborg 26+5reb+1ast, R.Karlsen 19+4reb+2ast, M.Mahnin 19+4reb+7ast, M.Midtvedt 11+2reb+1ast, L.Jaeger Torkildsen 9+5reb+5ast, P.Muren 6
Baerum: S.Berg 13+1reb+1ast, V.Hamilton 12+9reb+2ast, N.Skara 12+2reb+3ast, D.Oatis 9+8reb+1ast, C.Elgmork 8+3reb+2ast, E.Holtnaes 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 99023




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  PALESTINE   


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


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  PORTUGAL   


Riley Luettgerodt gets MVP of the Week award for Portuguese LPB - by Eurobasket News
American Riley Luettgerodt (196-G/F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sampaense Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 25-year old swingman had the game-high 33 points adding eight rebounds for Sampaense in his team's victory, helping them to beat Lusitania (#11, 4-11) 102-95. Sampaense is placed at 6th position in Portuguese LPB. Sampaense is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-8 record. In the team's last game Luettgerodt had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sampaense's top player in his first season with the team. University of Hawaii graduate has very impressive stats this year. Luettgerodt is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.1ppg) and averages solid 51.0% FGP and 43.9% from behind 3-point line. Worth to mention Luettgerodt played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American power forward Jason Hartford (206-F/C-85) of Ginasio. Hartford impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Ginasio to edge slightly lower-ranked CAB (#9, 6-9) by 6 points 77-71. This victory allowed Ginasio to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-8 record. Hartford is a newcomer at Ginasio and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international center Nuno Cortez (205-C-82) of Ovarense Dolce Vita (#5). Cortez scored 19 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Ovarense, leading his team to a 85-61 easy win against the lower-ranked Illiabum (#10, 5-10). Ovarense needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Cortez has a great season in Portugal. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.1rpg (2nd best). He also has 3.0spg and FGP: 53.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matthew Shaw (201-F-86) of Academica - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Frederick Gentry (201-F-77) of CAB - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Londrick Nolen (198-F/G-83) of Penafiel - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jorge Sing (192-G/F-77) of Sampaense - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Tyrone Curnell (201-F-88) of Barreirense - 21 points and 7 rebounds
9. Jeremy Goode (175-G-87) of Penafiel - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Kyle Austin (203-F-88) of Vitoria SC - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 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)


Nevels number one in Portuguese Proliga for round 14 - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Durrell Nevels (198-F/C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Terceira Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 17 rebounds, while his team edged out Seixal (#12, 0-14), the league's bottom-ranked team 81-79. Terceira Basket maintains the 6th position in Portuguese Proliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Terceira Basket will need more victories to improve their 8-6 record. Nevels turned to be Terceira Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Former Central Arkansas star has very solid stats this year. Nevels. Nevels is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.5ppg) and averages impressive 2.5bpg and 52.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Spanish Tomas Lopez (198-F-78) of Seixal. Lopez had a very good evening with 35 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Seixal was edged by the higher-ranked Terceira Basket (#6, 8-6) 81-79. Seixal are still at the very bottom. 14 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Lopez is a newcomer at Seixal, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Silvester Spicer (198-F-86) of Alges (#11). Spicer scored 22 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Spicer's great performance Alges lost 63-70 to the higher-ranked Electrico FC (#7, 6-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Alges can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Spicer he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Spicer has a very solid season. In 3 games in Portugal he scored 20.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nuno Pedroso (187-G-79) of Barcelos - 23 points and 12 rebounds
5. Terrence Mack (198-F/C-84) of Angra - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Angelo Brito (205-C-84) of Galitos FC - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Nuno Oliveira (186-G-89) of Povoa - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Odair Conceicao (197-F-84) of Guifoes - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Andre Dara (180-G-83) of Maia Basket - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Sergio Correia (197-F-85) of Alges - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  ROMANIA   


Forte number one in Romania for round 21 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Jason Forte (196-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Mures, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Pitesti (#9, 11-10) 107-104. Mures maintains the 5th position in Romanian Div.A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mures will need more victories to improve their 14-6 record. In the team's last game Forte had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Mures' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Southern Mississippi star has very solid stats this year. Forte is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 9.3rpg) and averages impressive 57.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old Polish Rafal Bigus (215-C-76) of Rovinari. Bigus had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Rovinari was edged by the higher-ranked CSU Sibiu (#7, 11-9) 74-72. This loss caused Rovinari to drop to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-12 record. Bigus is a newcomer at Rovinari and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Mures' star - American guard JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, agency: Agency No 10). Cooley scored 19 points and passed sixteen assists (!!!). He was another key player of Mures, helping his team with a 107-104 win against the lower-ranked Pitesti (#9, 11-10). Mures needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 6 lost games. Cooley has a great season in Romania. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 8.0apg (best passer). He also has 2.6spg and FGP: 52.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) of U.Mobitel.CN - 28 points and 10 rebounds
5. Kyndall Dykes (191-F-87) of U.Mobitel.CN - 30 points and 9 rebounds
6. Sasa Topcov (206-C-80) of Oradea - 28 points and 5 rebounds
7. Dan Paltinisanu (208-C-79) of Timisoara - 22 points and 10 rebounds
8. Nemanja Maric (196-G-83) of Oradea - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Chad Eichelberger (206-F-82) of Pitesti - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Cristian Craciun (203-F-79) of CSU Sibiu - 18 points and 13 rebounds

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


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Unics edge Hemofarm to seal EuroCup quarterfinal birth - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Hemofarm 90:72

Unics is the first EuroCup quartefinalists. The Kazan team cruised past Hemofarm at home court tonight to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group I. Hemofarm in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record in the standings.
Unics got to a flying start in this one. They erupted for 32 points in the starting period and posted a 15-point lead at the first break. Unics stiffened defense in the second term and limited Hemofarm to just 14 points and earned a 52:31 halftime advantage. Hemofarm stopped the bleeding in the third stanza. The visitors outscored Unics but still trailed by 20 points with ten minutes remaining. Unics wisely kept their opponents at distance in the final term and rolled to the victory at the end. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) scored 19 points for Unics. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) added 12 points in the victory. Milos Borisov (201-F-85) replied with 16 points for Hemofarm. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 12 points in the losing case.

Unics: Maciej Lampe 19, Ricky Minard 12, Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) 11
Hemofarm: Milos Borisov 16, Mladen Jeremic 12




Kuban needed 10-0 run at the end to beat Zadar - by Eurobasket News
Zadar-Lokomotiv Kuban 71:81

Lokomotiv Kuban tied their record at 2-2 after the road trip to Croatia. The Russian squad grabbed 81:71 win over Zadar in EuroChallenge Day 4.
Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) scored the first points in the game for the guests, while Zadar replied with 7-0 run in the start of the game. The teams remained close and tough later in the period and Surovtsev closed the frame at 24:23. Trailing 32:33 midway through the second period, Lokomotiv scored some important baskets in the end of the half and took 46:40 halftime advantage. Moreover Jeremiah Massey made it 54:43 and Alando Tucker (198-F-84, college: Wisconsin) increased to 57:44. Batur remained the hosts alive and reduce to 57:59, while Dundovic tied the game at 63:63. Brown also tied it all at 71:71, while those points were the last for the Croatian team. Kuban finished the game with 10-0 run to seal the victory.
Jeremiah Massey stepped up with 22 points and Alando Tucker nailed 21. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) ended up with 20 points, while Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 6. Marko Car (188-G/F-85) answered with 20 points for the home side and Pavle Marcinkovic (197-G-89) scored 11.

Zadar: Marko Car 20, Pavle Marcinkovic 11
Lokomotiv Kuban: Jeremiah Massey 22, Alando Tucker 21, Michael Wilkinson 20, Goran Jeretin 6





Spartak Saint-Petersburg keeps the perfect record - by Eurobasket News
Barak Netanya-Spartak Saint-Petersburg 70:80

Spartak Saint-Petersburg keeps the perfect record in EuroChallange Group I as the team won another game. The Russian team improved to 4-0 record beating Barak Netanya 80:70.
The hard start allowed the margin not to be increased in the first period. Travis closed the first period at 17:18, while Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) tied it all at 20:20. The rest of the quarter belonged to the hosts as they enjoyed 39:36 halftime advantage. Moreover Adrian Banks and Washam made it 46:38, while Petar Popovic (211-C-79) tied the game at 48:48. Spartak Saint-Petersburg grabbed 63:47 lead after 30 minutes as they won the third quarter 27-18. Due to 17-13 in the last frame the Russian team won the game.
Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) paced all the winners with 21 points, while Petar Popovic and Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) added 11 each. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) followed them with 10 points in a win. Adrian Banks replied with 24 points in the losing effort as the team from Israeli dropped to 0-4. Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Virginia) collected 19 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Travis nailed 10.

Barak Netanya: Adrian Banks 24, Elton Brown 19+11 rebs, Travis 10
Spartak Saint-Petersburg: Patrick Beverley 21, Petar Popovic 11, Anton Ponkrashov 11, Henry Domercant 10



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THUMBS UP - by Ryan Holmes
Whats up asia-basket? It's been a while since my Ryan Holmes (197-F/G-82, college: Philander Smith) last blog, So i I figured I would update you guys on whats going on with me on and off the court. The last time we spoke I informed you guys about my 55pt game and the loss of my little sister.....now a days I just find myself trying to cope with the fact that she's no longer phyically here. Howerver i'm well aware of the fact that she's in a better place. My family and I use to tell NeNe when she would seize to give us the THUMBS UP signal to let us knw that she was ok, because we knew it was hard for her to talk at times because the seizures took so much of her energy. I remember like yesterday NeNe giving me the THUMBS UP after seizures, so when i returned back to Saudi Arabia I told myself that would be the way i communicated with her during my games. After just about every basket since NeNe's death I give my little sister the THUMBS UP!

Last Thursday we played a tough road game against last years champion Ohud Medina. A lot of people said that Al Fateh Al Hasa first win against them was luck so of course we set out to prove everybody wrong! We found ourselves in overtime with 11 seconds left down 100-102 with the ball. My pg drove to the basket but missed the lay up. We got the rebound, my teammate kicked the ball out to me. I stepped behind the 3pt line and let it go.......the shot went in all net! Ohud Medina and there fans were in shock, my team went crazy, and all I could do is give NeNe the THUMBS UP! Four days later NeNe's energy had me riding high again as I scored 50 points in a blow out win against Safa! I've also been fasting and i'm certain that has a lot to do with my focus and performance. I'm grateful that God is keeping me healthy, energized, and is giving me peace about my sister passing.....I still have some tough days but it's slowly getting better thanks to him! Until next time....**THUMBS UP NENE** I LOVE YOU!!!!




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Unics edge Hemofarm to seal EuroCup quarterfinal birth - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Hemofarm 90:72

Unics is the first EuroCup quartefinalists. The Kazan team cruised past Hemofarm at home court tonight to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group I. Hemofarm in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record in the standings.
Unics got to a flying start in this one. They erupted for 32 points in the starting period and posted a 15-point lead at the first break. Unics stiffened defense in the second term and limited Hemofarm to just 14 points and earned a 52:31 halftime advantage. Hemofarm stopped the bleeding in the third stanza. The visitors outscored Unics but still trailed by 20 points with ten minutes remaining. Unics wisely kept their opponents at distance in the final term and rolled to the victory at the end. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) scored 19 points for Unics. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) added 12 points in the victory. Milos Borisov (201-F-85) replied with 16 points for Hemofarm. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 12 points in the losing case.

Unics: Maciej Lampe 19, Ricky Minard 12, Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) 11
Hemofarm: Milos Borisov 16, Mladen Jeremic 12




Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket27.1 
 2. Svilar, Smederevo20.1 
 3. Dukanac, Mladost .20.1 
 4. Radic, Spartak18.4 
 5. Trailovic, Sindje.17.6 
 6. Blagojevic, KG 0617.4 
 7. Samailovic, Student16.7 
 8. Tesanovic, KK Nis16.6 
 9. Ivosev, Vojvodina16.4 
 10. Vranic, Smederevo16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (203-F/C-)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Vuletic, Viva Basket9.4 
 2. Knezevic, Vojvodina9.2 
 3. Ivosev, Vojvodina8.1 
 4. Petrovic, Viva B.7.5 
 5. Despotovic, KG 067.2 
 6. Koprivica, Radnicki.7.0 
 7. Glisovic, Student6.9 
 8. Gugleta, Zeleznicar6.7 
 9. Dukanac, Mladost .6.7 
 10. Zivanovic, Smede.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket6.4 
 2. Karic, Radnicki BG6.1 
 3. Kasabasic, Zeleznicar5.2 
 4. Boltic, Radnicki BG5.1 
 5. Tanasijevic, Stude.4.5 
 6. Dinic, Spartak4.3 
 7. Mijovic, Radnicki.4.2 
 8. Vukasovic, Radnic.4.2 
 9. Sparovic, Smede.3.9 
 10. Stanisavljev., Jagod.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  Radnicki BG
  (--)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Gacic, Radnicki BG2.8 
 2. Karic, Radnicki BG2.6 
 3. Kuntic, Spartak2.4 
 4. Ivosev, Vojvodina2.2 
 5. Zivanovic, Smede.2.1 
 6. Sparovic, Smede.2.0 
 7. Tomasevic, Vojvo.2.0 
 8. Kasabasic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 9. Tanasijevic, Stude.2.0 
 10. Radic, Spartak1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (--83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.5 
 2. Knezevic, Vojvodina1.4 
 3. Karahodzic, Spartak1.3 
 4. Marelja, KG 061.0 
 5. Vasilic, Radnic.1.0 
 6. Markovic, Sindjeli.1.0 
 7. Mirkovic, KG 060.9 
 8. Kovac, Zeleznicar0.9 
 9. Blagojevic, KG 060.9 
 10. Petrovic, Viva B.0.9 


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


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Radnicki BG 15-2 
 2. Radnicki Basket 13-4 
 3. Zeleznicar 12-5 
 4. Spartak 11-6 
 5. Smederevo 9-8 
 6. Viva Basket 9-8 
 7. Vojvodina 9-8 
 8. Student 9-8 
 9. Sindjelic Nis 9-8 
 10. Radnicki OB 7-10 
 11. Mladost Cacak 7-10 
 12. Jagodina 5-12 
 13. KK Nis 4-13 
 14. KG 06 0-17 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.20.8 
 2. Koprivica, Super.20.7 
 3. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 4. Zekovic, Beograd18.8 
 5. Micevic, Sloboda .17.8 
 6. Sinovec, Metalac17.7 
 7. Bunic, Novi Sad17.4 
 8. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 9. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 10. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.4 
 3. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 4. Jelovac, Mega V.6.6 
 5. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Dedijer, Borac6.3 
 10. Majkic, Prolet.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac5.7 
 4. Vlahovic, Sloga5.5 
 5. Vlahovic, Sloga5.5 
 6. Radivojevic, FMP5.1 
 7. Milisavljevi., Mega V.5.1 
 8. Covic, FMP4.6 
 9. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 10. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ognjen KUZETA
  Novi Sad
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.6 
 2. Dundjerski, Beograd2.5 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.3 
 5. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.2 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 8. Jovic, Sloga1.8 
 9. Tresac, Borac1.8 
 10. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.5 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.2 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.1.2 
 5. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.0 
 7. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 8. Buric, Tamis0.9 
 9. Dedijer, Borac0.8 
 10. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 


B League: Round 17 - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked BKK Radnicki (15-2) in Beograd on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by second ranked Radnicki Basket (13-4) 95-65. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of BKK Radnicki. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Radnicki Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to BKK Radnicki's 32. Radnicki Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by BKK Radnicki's players. Andrej Dzakovic orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Montenegrin power forward Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Dragan Petronic (206-82) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for BKK Radnicki. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Radnicki Basket maintains second place with 13-4 record having just two points less than leader Radnicki BG. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki still keeps top position with two games lost. Radnicki Basket are looking forward to face Vojvodina (#7) in Novi Sad in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BKK Radnicki will play at home against Zeleznicar (#3) in Indija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 17th consecutive match to eleventh ranked Radnicki OB (7-10) 97-76. Center Marjan Tasic (205-80, agency: 011 Sports) stepped up and scored 15 points and 5 assists for the winners and Dragan Boricic chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Petar Jovanovic (192-80) responded with 28 points and 5 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Radnicki OB moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Mladost Cacak. Radnicki KG 06 at the other side still closes the standingsRadnicki OB will play against higher ranked Sindjelic Nis (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnicki KG 06 will play against Smederevo Vizura (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Student UK (9-8) and KK Jagodina (5-12), which took place in Jagodina. Higher ranked Student UK lost to thirteenth ranked KK Jagodina in a road game 72-78 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Student UK. Bojan Gladanac nailed 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Nikola Glisovic came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for Student UK in the defeat. Student UK's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Jagodina moved-up to twelfth place. Newly promoted Student UK dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. KK Jagodina will meet higher ranked Viva Basket (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Student UK will play against Spartak and will have a slim chance for a victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: Sindjelic Nis was beaten by Zeleznicar on the road 87-78. KK Nis were destroyed by Vojvodina on its own court 86-107. Mladost Cacak unfortunately lost to Spartak in Subotica 73-89. Smederevo managed to beat Viva Basket at home 87-77.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 29 points by Dragan Bjelica of Viva Basket.


Zeleznicar - Sindjelic Nis 87-78

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Zeleznicar (12-5) beat 6th ranked Sindjelic Nis (9-8) in Indija 87-78 on Saturday. Sindjelic Nis trailed by 16 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 28-17 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 78-87 at the end of the game. Zeleznicar outrebounded Sindjelic Nis 37-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Zeleznicar made 7 blocks. Guard Nenad Kasabasic (190-84) nailed 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Vukan Zivkovic (-91) accounted for 15 points. Five Zeleznicar players scored in double figures. Zeleznicar's coach Ivan Smiljanic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Mladen Vitkovic (200-90) came up with 19 points and forward Stevan Ivetic (193-89) added 15 points respectively for Sindjelic Nis in the defeat. Zeleznicar have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 12-5 record having just three points less than leader Radnicki BG. Loser Sindjelic Nis dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Zeleznicar will meet league's leader BKK Radnicki in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sindjelic Nis will play against Radnicki OB (#10) in Obrenovac and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the A League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Zeleznicar: V.Zivkovic 15+4reb+1ast, B.Mihajlovic 13+6reb, N.Kasabasic 11+5reb+5ast, V.Jojic 11+4reb+2ast, S.Gugleta 10+7reb, B.Bakic 10+3reb+1ast
Sindjelic Nis: M.Vitkovic 19+4reb+2ast, S.Ivetic 15+2reb+1ast, D.Markovic 12+4reb+1ast, M.Cvetkovic 9+2reb+2ast, N.Djurdjevic 7+1ast, V.Virijevic 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 104565


Radnicki Basket - Radnicki BG 95-65

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked BKK Radnicki (15-2) in Beograd on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by second ranked Radnicki Basket (13-4) 95-65. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of BKK Radnicki. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Radnicki Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to BKK Radnicki's 32. Radnicki Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by BKK Radnicki's players. Andrej Dzakovic orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Montenegrin power forward Bojan Subotic (206-90) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Dragan Petronic (206-82) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard Zarko Karic (191-84) added 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for BKK Radnicki. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Radnicki Basket maintains second place with 13-4 record having just two points less than leader Radnicki BG. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki still keeps top position with two games lost. Radnicki Basket are looking forward to face Vojvodina (#7) in Novi Sad in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BKK Radnicki will play at home against Zeleznicar (#3) in Indija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: A.Zaric 17+2reb, B.Subotic 14+6reb, A.Dzakovic 13+7reb+5ast, M.Vasilic 11+1reb+1ast, F.Djuran 9+1reb+1ast, D.Djokic 8+1reb+1ast
Radnicki BG: D.Petronic 19+8reb+1ast, M.Tomic 12, Z.Karic 9+2reb+5ast, S.Lalic 8+2reb, N.Rakonjac 6+1ast, M.Boltic 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 104566


KK Nis - Vojvodina 86-107

Very expected game when 12th ranked KK Nis (4-13) were smashed at home by eighth ranked Vojvodina (9-8) 107-86 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 107-86. Vojvodina made 28-of-33 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game, while KK Nis only scored twelve points from the stripe. Power forward Aleksandar Drakulic (198-85) nailed 29 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Tomislav Ivosev accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Ivan Pendic came up with 14 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) and Nikola Stanojevic added 14 points respectively for KK Nis in the defeat. Four Vojvodina and five KK Nis players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Vojvodina moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. KK Nis lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Vojvodina will meet at home league's second-placed Radnicki Basket in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Nis will play against Mladost Cacak (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: A.Drakulic 29+6reb+1ast, T.Ivosev 20+5reb+1ast, M.Grubor 18+4reb+1ast, N.Knezevic 15+6reb+2ast, B.Tomasevic 9+1reb+5ast, S.Pastornjicki 8+4reb+1ast
KK Nis: I.Pendic 14+4reb+2ast, N.Stanojevic 14+3reb, M.Markovic 12+4reb, M.Tesanovic 12+1reb+3ast, D.Trickovic 10+4reb+1ast, I.Kostic 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 104567


Spartak - Mladost Cacak 89-73

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Spartak (11-6) won against 10th ranked Mladost Cacak (7-10) in Subotica 89-73 on Saturday. Newly promoted Spartak maintains fourth place with 11-6 record. Loser Mladost Cacak keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Radnicki OB. Spartak will meet Student UK (#8) in the next round. Mladost Cacak will play against KK Nis and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 104568


Jagodina - Student 78-72

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Student UK (9-8) and KK Jagodina (5-12), which took place in Jagodina. Higher ranked Student UK lost to thirteenth ranked KK Jagodina in a road game 72-78 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Student UK. Student UK trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 20-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-78 at the end of the game. Guard Bojan Gladanac (-88) nailed 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Damjan Stojkanovic (203-91) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds. Center Nikola Glisovic (209-73) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and forward Marko Draskovic (195-85) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Student UK in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Student UK's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Jagodina moved-up to twelfth place. Newly promoted Student UK dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. KK Jagodina will meet higher ranked Viva Basket (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Student UK will play against Spartak and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Jagodina: B.Gladanac 27+5reb+1ast, D.Stojkanovic 16+8reb, V.Stanisavljevic 12+2reb+6ast, N.Vujicic 11+7reb+2ast, M.Gambiroza 8+4reb+2ast, N.Acimovic 2+3reb+4ast
Student: N.Glisovic 17+12reb+1ast, F.Lalovic 14+2reb, M.Draskovic 12+7reb, N.Vucic 11+6reb, N.Tanasijevic 9+1reb+6ast, L.Igrutinovic 4
gschID: 104569


Smederevo - Viva Basket 87-77

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Viva Basket (9-8) lost on the road to ninth ranked Smederevo Vizura (9-8) 87-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Smederevo Vizura. Viva Basket managed to win fourth quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Vojin Svilar (188-86, college: W.Georgia) nailed 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Vladimir Vranic accounted for 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Smederevo Vizura players scored in double figures. Guard Dragan Bjelica (198-81) came up with 29 points and center Aleksandar Petrovic (206-72) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Viva Basket in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Smederevo Vizura moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Viva Basket. Smederevo Vizura will meet bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Viva Basket will play against KK Jagodina (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Smederevo: V.Vranic 18+4reb, V.Svilar 15+6reb+3ast, D.Rnic 13+2reb+2ast, U.Zivanovic 13+4reb+1ast, M.Antic 10+1reb+2ast, A.Nastic 6+2reb+1ast
Viva Basket: D.Bjelica 29+2reb, A.Petrovic 11+11reb, A.Vuletic 11+4reb+1ast, N.Dukic 8+7reb, M.Drekalovic 8+2reb, D.Jevtic 3
gschID: 104570


Radnicki OB - KG 06 97-76

Bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 17th consecutive match to eleventh ranked Radnicki OB (7-10) 97-76. The game was mostly controlled by Radnicki OB. Radnicki KG 06 was better in second period 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Radnicki OB shot 61.2 percent from the field. They also forced 27 Radnicki KG 06 turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Radnicki KG 06's players. Radnicki KG 06 was plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Marjan Tasic (205-80, agency: 011 Sports) stepped up and scored 15 points and 5 assists for the winners and forward Dragan Boricic (201-77) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Petar Jovanovic (192-80) responded with 28 points and 5 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and swingman Adam Mirkovic (199-91) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Five Radnicki OB and four Radnicki KG 06 players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Radnicki OB moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Mladost Cacak. Radnicki KG 06 at the other side still closes the standingsRadnicki OB will play against higher ranked Sindjelic Nis (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnicki KG 06 will play against Smederevo Vizura (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Radnicki OB: D.Boricic 15+6reb+1ast, M.Tasic 15+4reb+5ast, A.Raickovic 15+5reb+1ast, U.Baltic 14+2reb+4ast, M.Jevtic 14+3reb+2ast, G.Huskic 11+4reb+3ast
KG 06: P.Jovanovic 28+2reb+5ast, S.Gavrilovic 14+1reb, A.Mirkovic 13+10reb, I.Nedeljkovic 10+1reb, A.Marelja 4+3reb, N.Despotovic 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 104571




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McCoy goes to Zilina! - by Tomas Kottra
Best scoring player has signed contract with BK Vahostav-SK Zilina, as rumored earlier today.
'They've been courting Adam McCoy (193-G-86, college: N.Texas) because they knew the team had lots of financial issues. Adam also had offers in Russia,Austria & China but decided to finish the final month in Slovakia because he likes the country & feels safe with the team,' said one of his agents from 610 Sports agency.
McCoy decided to leave BK Iskra Svit because of payment problems just few days before chef executive Peter Beck left the club. Now they will have tough time to deal with other teams in competition without their leader.


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Olimpija brings Udrih back home - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija bolstered its backcourt for the stretch run in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 by signing veteran guard Samo Udrih (195-G-79), who last played for the team in 2003. Udrih arrives from Greek side Panellinios, with whom he averaged 8.3 points and 2.4 assists in nine Eurocup games this season. Udrih joins a Euroleague team midseason for the second season in a row after signing for Cibona in time for last seasons Top 16. The well-travelled guard has played professionally for teams in six different countries. He has played mostly in his native Slovenia for KK Polzela, Lasko, Geoplin Slovan and Olimpija and in Spain for Girona, Granada and Estudiantes. He has also made stops in France, Israel, Croatia and Greece. Udrih is a member of the Slovenian national team and took part in the 2010 FIBA World Championships over the summer.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Krka celebrates another victory in EuroChallange - by Eurobasket News
Dexia Mons-Hainaut-Krka 75:84

Krka celebrates another victory in EuroChallange and this time won over Dexia Mons-Hainaut. The Slovenian underdogs grabbed 84:75 win in Mons for 3-1 record in Group J.
Dexia Mons-Hainaut started stronger and took the lead in the strat of the game. The Belgian team won the first period 22-18 and had 6-point advantage in the start of the second. A 15-0 run however shocked them until the end of the game as they trailed 33:24 right after that. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) sent the teams to the lockers for 42:34 and Krivec scored for 52:38. Dragic made a jump shot at the end of the third for 64:58 advantage. Krka also won the last period 20-17 that gave them the bigger victory. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) was perfect from the free throw line at the very end to bring 84:75 final win.
Dusan Djordjevic led the winners with 19 points and Goran Ikonic nailed 14. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) also scored 14 and even grabbed 13 rebounds. Taylor answered with 14 points in defeat, Ron Lewis (193-G-84, college: Ohio St.) netted 12 and Alexandre Libert (194-G-90) added 11.

Dexia Mons-Hainaut: Taylor 14, Ron Lewis 12, Alexandre Libert 11
Krka: Dusan Djordjevic 19, Goran Ikonic 14, Christopher Booker 14+13 rebs






Sentjur part ways with Harmason, inks Ivanovic - by Zeljko Zule
Sentjur have parted ways with Dwayne Harmason (178-G-86, agency: Promotex, college: Miss.Valley St.) and replaced him with Nikola Ivanovic (192-G-84). The American landed in the team from Sentjur in the summer and was averaging 15.1 points (2P 45%, 3P 33%, FT 78%), 2.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 32.3 minutes in his 13 Championship games played so far.
Ivanovic started last season with Hopsi and later move to Krka, where he averaged 4.7 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23 Slovenian League Telemach games.



Emir Preldzic leads Fenerbahce Ulker to Turkish Cup title, scores 35 pts in the final - by Eurobasket News
Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated impressive performance in the Turkish Cup Final. His team Fenerbahce Ulker managed to defend the trophy thanks to 81-72 win against Besiktas. Preldzic was totally the best player in this game as he nailed 35 points. He also added 3 rebounds and 4 assists to pace his team to another trophy.

Game report:
In the final meeting of Spor Toto Turkish Cup, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul outclassed Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul to win the second consecutive crown, 81-72.
The first two periods of the game was balanced between two teams as the half ended 37-37. In the third period of the game, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul managed to widen to gap to 7 points, thanks to the effective game of Emir Preldzic. While Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul tried to achieve the balance in the game with Mire Chatman and Marcelus Kemp, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul managed to keep the gap and won the game with 9 points, 81 - 72.
The most effective player of the game was Emir Preldzic with 35 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds, Kaya Peker just missed a double double with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Andrew Oglivy was the best scorer of Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul with 24 points who also had 14 rebounds. Mire Chatman also had a significant performance with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
The bad news for Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul was the injury of Mirsad Turkcan, who left the game on the sedan. *by Umut Akin


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Cajasol shock ALBA in Berlin - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Cajasol 81:95

Cajasol posted the fourth straight win in EuroCup Group L. The Spanish team surprised ALBA in Berlin to seal their quarterfinal birth. ALBA fell at 1-3 record after the defeat.
The first half defensive sloppiness doomed ALBA. Cajasol surged ahead right from the start orchestrated by Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan). The visitors erupted for 32 points in the opening stanza to take a 14-point lead after ten minutes. The visitors did not slow down in the second period. Cajasol accounted for 30 points in the term to record a massive 62:37 halftime lead. Muli Katzurin found the right words for his players in the dressing room. ALBA entered the secon