EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/17/2011

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  ALGERIA   


D1 Round 18: WA Boufarik defeats CRB Dar El-B. in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for WA Boufarik (16-2) which played road game in El-Beida against 4th ranked CRB Dar El-B. (13-5). Second ranked WA Boufarik managed to get a 7-point victory 101-94. WA Boufarik have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-2 record having just two points less than leader GS Petroliers. CRB Dar El-B. at the other side dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. D1 top team - GS Petroliers (18-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Skikda (4-12) 99-68. Undefeated GS Petroliers have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-0 record. Skikda at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 12 games lost. The game between 16th ranked USMM Hadjout (1-18) and fifth ranked Blida (14-4) in Alger on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Blida outscored USMM Hadjout 84-51. Blida moved-up to fourth place. USMM Hadjout lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games.
There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: ASPTT was beaten by Arreridj on the road 87-78. CRB Temouch. lost to Staoueli on its own court 69-80. Annaba unfortunately lost to NAH Dey in Alger 70-85. Bottom-ranked USMM Hadjout was rolled over Sidi-bel-Abbes at home 51-84.


Arreridj - ASPTT 87-78

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Arreridj (9-8) beat 15th ranked ASPTT (2-16) in B.B. Arreridj 87-78 on Tuesday. Arreridj maintains eighth position with 9-8 record. ASPTT lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 16 games lost.
gschID: 121917


USMM Hadjout - Blida 51-84

The game between 16th ranked USMM Hadjout (1-18) and fifth ranked Blida (14-4) in Alger on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Blida outscored USMM Hadjout 84-51. Blida moved-up to fourth place. USMM Hadjout lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games.
CRB Dar El-B. - WA Boufarik 94-101

An interesting game for WA Boufarik (16-2) which played road game in El-Beida against 4th ranked CRB Dar El-B. (13-5). Second ranked WA Boufarik managed to get a 7-point victory 101-94. WA Boufarik have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-2 record having just two points less than leader GS Petroliers. CRB Dar El-B. at the other side dropped to the fifth place with five games lost.
Skikda - GS Petroliers 68-99

D1 top team - GS Petroliers (18-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Skikda (4-12) 99-68. GS Petroliers have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-0 record. Skikda at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 12 games lost.
gschID: 121914


CRB Temouch. - Staoueli 69-80

Very expected game when 14th ranked CRB Temouch. (3-13) lost to third ranked Staoueli (14-3) in Temouchent 69-80 on Tuesday. Staoueli have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-3 record having five points less than leader GS Petroliers. Loser CRB Temouch. keeps the fourteenth place with 13 games lost.
gschID: 121915


NAH Dey - Annaba 85-70

Everything could happen in Alger at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked NAH Dey and 11th ranked Annaba had identical 6-11 record. This time NAH Dey used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Annaba 85-70 on Tuesday night. NAH Dey maintains tenth position with 7-11 record. Loser Annaba keeps the eleventh place with 12 games lost.


USMM Hadjout - Sidi-bel-Abbes 51-84

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked USMM Hadjout (1-18) was outscored by ninth ranked Sidi-bel-Abbes (9-9) in Alger 84-51 on Tuesday. Sidi-bel-Abbes maintains ninth position with 9-9 record. USMM Hadjout lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games.
gschID: 121913





D1 Round 17: Top-ranked GS Petroliers win another game - by Eurobasket News
D1 top team - GS Petroliers (17-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked CRB Temouch. (3-12) in Alger 100-49. Undefeated GS Petroliers have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-0 record. CRB Temouch. at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. GS Petroliers are looking forward to face Skikda (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. CRB Temouch. will play against Staoueli and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: Arreridj was smashed by Blida on the road 83-58. Staoueli destroyed NAH Dey on its own court 84-65. CRB Dar El-B. outscored ASPTT in El-Beida 92-72. Annaba managed to beat U.S.M. at home 84-67. Bottom-ranked USMM Hadjout was defeated by Sidi-bel-Abbes on the opponent's court 66-50.


GS Petroliers - CRB Temouch. 100-49

D1 top team - GS Petroliers (17-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked CRB Temouch. (3-12) in Alger 100-49. GS Petroliers have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-0 record. CRB Temouch. at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. GS Petroliers are looking forward to face Skikda (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. CRB Temouch. will play against Staoueli and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 120329


Blida - Arreridj 83-58

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Blida (13-4) crushed at home 6th ranked Arreridj (8-8) 83-58 on Friday. Despite that victory Blida went down to fourth position due to points difference, which they share with CRB Dar El-B. Loser Arreridj dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. Blida is looking forward to face bottom-ranked USMM Hadjout (#16) in Alger in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Arreridj will play at home against ASPTT (#15) in Alger and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 120330


Staoueli - NAH Dey 84-65

Very expected game when 10th ranked NAH Dey (6-11) was smashed on the road by fourth ranked Staoueli (13-3) 84-65 on Friday. Staoueli moved-up to third place. Loser NAH Dey keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Annaba. Staoueli are looking forward to face CRB Temouch. (#14) in Temouchent in the next round which should be an easy win for them. NAH Dey will play at home against Annaba (#11) in Annaba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 120331


ASPTT - CRB Dar El-B. 72-92

Very predictable result when fifth ranked CRB Dar El-B. (13-4) rolled over 15th ranked ASPTT (2-15) in Alger 92-72 on Friday. CRB Dar El-B. moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Blida. ASPTT lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. CRB Dar El-B. is looking forward to face league's second-placed WA Boufarik at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ASPTT will play against Arreridj (#8) in B.B. Arreridj and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
gschID: 120326


Annaba - U.S.M. 84-67

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 11th ranked U.S.M. (4-13) lost on the road to twelfth ranked Annaba (6-11) 84-67 on Friday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Annaba. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with NAH Dey. Loser U.S.M. dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Annaba is looking forward to face NAH Dey (#10) in Alger in the next round. U.S.M. will have a break next round.
gschID: 120327


Sidi-bel-Abbes - USMM Hadjout 66-50

Everything went according to plan when ninth ranked Sidi-bel-Abbes (8-9) defeated at home bottom-ranked USMM Hadjout (1-16) 66-50 on Friday. Sidi-bel-Abbes maintains ninth place with 8-9 record. USMM Hadjout lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Sidi-bel-Abbes are again looking forward to face bottom-ranked USMM Hadjout (#16) in Alger in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USMM Hadjout will play at home against Blida in Blida and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
gschID: 120328




Standings
D1 Standings
 1. GS Petroliers 18-0 
 2. WA Boufarik 16-2 
 3. Staoueli 14-3 
 4. Blida 14-4 
 5. CRB Dar El-B. 13-5 
 6. CSMC 9-5 
 7. O Batna 9-7 
 8. Arreridj 9-8 
 9. Sidi-bel-Abbes 9-9 
 10. NAH Dey 7-11 
 11. Annaba 6-12 
 12. Skikda 4-12 
 13. U.S.M. 4-13 
 14. CRB Temouch. 3-13 
 15. ASPTT 2-16 
 16. USMM Hadjout 1-18 


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  ARGENTINA   


Club 9 tab Jermaine Bucknor - by Eurobasket News
Club 9 added Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) to the roster. The 27-year-old forward will replace Travis Gabbidon (201-F, college: UTSA). Travis Gabbidon tallied 7.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for Club 9. Jermaine Bucknor started the season in Germany. The forward tallied 14 points, 4 boards and 2 assists per only EuroCup appearance for Skyliners. In EuroChallenge his stats read 4.5 points, 3.5 boards per game. In German Bundesliga Jermaine Bucknor averaged 7.5 points and 3.3 rebounds. Jermaine Bucknor played at the 2010 World Championships with Canada. The forward posted 4.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in Turkey. Earlier Jermaine Bucknor had stints in France and Poland.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Playoff Picture - by Duncan Matheson
New Zealand Breakers (16-3)

Remaining Games: Perth (H), Gold Coast (A), Gold Coast (H), Wollongong (A), Townsville (H), Townsville (A), Sydney (H), Adelaide (H), Melbourne (A)

Outlook: With 9 games remaining and only 3 against teams currently in the top four, the Breakers look almost certain to finish on top of the ladder. Their up-tempo style that allows them to get the most of their superior depth has seen them be unbeatable of late and red hot favourites to win the NBL title.

Predicted finish: 23-5 (1st)

Townsville Crocodiles (12-8)

Remaining Games: Wollongong (H), Sydney (H), New Zealand (A), Wollongong (A), New Zealand (H), Perth (H), Melbourne (A), Cairns (A)

Outlook: Despite a slow start to the season and question marks over the balance and chemistry of the team, the Crocs now find themselves in second place. Although Townsville dont have a proven superstar or leader, consistent performances across the board and solid depth have seen Trevor Gleesons mob again on track to play finals.

Predicted finish: 16-12 (2nd)

Perth Wildcats (13-9)

Remaining Games: New Zealand (A), Adelaide (H), Cairns (H), Gold Coast (H), Townsville (A), Cairns (A)

Outlook: The Wildcats looked right on pace to contend for back-to-back titles, until the season ended injury to superstar captain Shawn Redhage. The Wildcats have been hampered by injuries and roster changes, and now despite currently sitting third will have to battle to retain their position in the top four.

Predicted finish: 15-13 (5th)

Skytrans Cairns Taipans (11-8)

Remaining Games: Sydney (A), Melbourne (A), Sydney (H), Adelaide (A), Perth (A), Melbourne (H), Wollongong (A), Perth (H), Townsville (H)

Outlook: The Taipans have had an outstanding season thus far, being almost unbeatable at home at 9-1. But with five tough road games remaining including two tough double headers, they still have a lot of work to do to secure a playoff spot.

Predicted finish: 16-12 (3rd)

Wollongong Hawks (10-11)

Remaining Games: Townsville (A), New Zealand (H), Townsville (H), Gold Coast (A), Adelaide (H), Cairns (H), Sydney (H)

Outlook: What a rollercoaster season for the Hawks! Starting the season 9-2 and on top of the NBL ladder, then losing nine straight before their blowout of the Wildcats. Injuries have hampered this team, but with good chemistry and veteran leadership if they can stay healthy the rest of the way may push for a finals spot.

Predicted finish: 15-13 (6th)

Gold Coast Blaze (10-11)

Remaining Games: New Zealand (H), New Zealand (A), Wollongong (H), Perth (A), Melbourne (A), Adelaide (H), Sydney (A)

Outlook: The Blaze have gone through massive roster changes, but with Ira Clark really settling in and being a dominate force and their chemistry improving, as well as a somewhat favourable schedule, the Blaze are a legitimate chance of playing playoff basketball. The Blaze are exciting to watch pushing the tempo and having an explosive offence and will be a handful for all teams on the run home.

Predicted finish: 15-13 (4th)



NBL dismisses complaint against Hinder - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League has decided not to charge Townsville Crocodiles forward Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.) following a formal complaint made by the Cairns Taipans against the player.

The NBL office received a formal complaint from the Taipans on Tuesday afternoon regarding an alleged elbow by Hinder to Cairns player Alex Loughton during the second quarter of the Taipans 81-74 loss to the Crocodiles at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre on Sunday afternoon.

Upon receipt of the complaint, the NBL subsequently reviewed the incident to determine if it should be referred to the NBL Tribunal.

After viewing footage of the incident and speaking to match officials, it was determined that there were insufficient grounds to charge Hinder and he therefore had no case to answer.

Hinder is therefore free to play in Townsvilles next match.

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


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  AUSTRIA   


Austrian A Bundesliga round 1 (Second Stage) best performance: Djordje Drenovac - by Eurobasket News
Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (201-F-92, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 18-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Kapfenberg (#5, 13-10) with 17-point margin 91-74. Arkadia maintains the 2nd position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Arkadia will need more victories to improve their 15-8 record. In the team's last game Drenovac had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Arkadia, through which he has constantly improved.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Shawn Ray (194-F-80, agency: Court Side) of Furstenfeld. Ray had a very good evening with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Furstenfeld lost that game 84-97 to Oberwart (14-9). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Ray is one of the most experienced players at Furstenfeld and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Marcus Heard (201-F-84) of UBC okoStadt Gussing Knights (#-2). Heard scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Gussing, leading his team to a 91-90 win against #-3 ranked BC Vienna in a game of the week. The chances of Gussing not to end season at such low position in group B, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Heard could try to bring Gussing's a little bit higher in the standings. Heard has individually a great season in Austria. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.9rpg (2nd best). Heard attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fabricio Vay (206-F-86) of Arkadia - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Alen Trepalovac (214-C-85) of BC Vienna - 18 points and 12 rebounds
6. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) of BC Vienna - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Thomas Kennedy (201-F-87) of Worthersee - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Tyrone Sally (201-F-82) of Oberwart - 21 points and 7 rebounds
9. Thomas Klepeisz (185-G-91) of Gussing - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Dan Oppland (203-F-84) of Gmunden - 18 points and 7 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)


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Round 19: VEF Riga defeats Liepaja in the closest game of the week - 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. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Tenth-ranked Liepaja (5-12) gave a tough game to first ranked VEF Riga (14-3) on Sunday. VEF Riga managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Liepaja was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-22 charge of VEF Riga, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja's 24 and made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Liepaja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. Latvian power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) responded with 24 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. VEF Riga maintains first place in Elite with 14-3 record. Liepaja at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. VEF Riga are looking forward to face Rudupis (#5) in Prienai in the next round. Liepaja will play on the road against Kalev/Cramo (#7) in Tallinn and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
One of the most interesting games of round 19 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Prienai where fifth ranked Rudupis won against visiting Perlas (8-11) 80-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Perlas. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Gediminas Orelikas accounted for 22 points and 5 rebounds. Center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, agency: Interperformances) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for Perlas in the defeat. Perlas' coach Roberts Stelmahers rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Rudupis maintains fifth place in Elite with 12-7 record. Perlas at the other side keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. Rudupis will play against Siauliai (#6) on the road in the next round. Perlas will play against Nevezis in Kedainiai and hope to get back on the winning track.
One of the most interesting games of round 19 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Kedainiai where sixth ranked Siauliai won against host Nevezis (12-6) 85-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Nevezis. Vytautas Sarakauskas fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Egidijus Dimsa produced 20 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Nevezis' coach Rimas Girskis tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Siauliai maintains sixth place in Elite with 11-8 record. Loser Nevezis keep the third position with six games lost. They share it with TU/Rock. Siauliai will meet at home higher ranked Rudupis (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nevezis will play against Perlas in Vilnius and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ventspils. Second ranked Latvian host Ventspils (13-4) defeated 3rd placed Estonian TU/Rock (12-6) 81-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of TU/Rock. Worth to mention a great performance of Oritseweyinmi Efejuku who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds. Ventspils have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place in Elite with 13-4 record behind leader VEF Riga. Defending Estonian champion TU/Rock keeps the third position with six games lost. Ventspils' next round opponent will be Nevezis (#3) in Kedainiai, which may be the game of the day. TU/Rock will play at home against Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping.
Leading Aiscai Kaunas (6-3) recorded its third loss at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were rolled over by fourth ranked Neptunas (5-4) 100-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aiscai Kaunas. It was a great evening for Mantas Ruikis who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Aiscai Kaunas' coach Mindaugas Lukosius gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Neptunas moved-up to third place in 2, which they share with Techasas. Loser Aiscai Kaunas still keep top position with three games lost. Neptunas will face Techasas (#3) in Panevezys in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Aiscai Kaunas will play on the road against Alytus Alita.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19:
In 2 Techasas lost to Zemgale on the opponent's court 92-95. Juventus outscored Alytus Alita in a home game 97-65.
In Elite Norrkoping was rolled over Nevezis on the road 93-72.


Challenge
Aiscai Kaunas - Neptunas 71-100

Leading Aiscai Kaunas (6-3) recorded its third loss at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were rolled over by fourth ranked Neptunas (5-4) 100-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aiscai Kaunas. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. Aiscai Kaunas was better in second period 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Neptunas forced 23 Aiscai Kaunas turnovers and outrebounded them 32-21 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Neptunas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for swingman Mantas Ruikis (198-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) helped adding 19 points and 8 rebounds. Five Neptunas players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Tautvydas Barstys (198-86) responded with 21 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) and forward Rokas Uzas (202-88) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Aiscai Kaunas' coach Mindaugas Lukosius gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Neptunas moved-up to third place in 2, which they share with Techasas. Loser Aiscai Kaunas still keep top position with three games lost. Neptunas will face Techasas (#3) in Panevezys in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Aiscai Kaunas will play on the road against Alytus Alita.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: V.Vasylius 19+8reb+2ast, M.Ruikis 19+6reb+6ast, L.Bonner 18+4reb, J.Zurna 13+2reb+3ast, S.Galdikas 12+6reb, M.Mazeika 10+1reb+6ast
Aiscai Kaunas: T.Barstys 21+3ast, R.Uzas 13+4reb+5ast, S.Vasiliauskas 12+1reb+1ast, P.Cukinas 8+2reb+1ast, A.Drungilas 6+5reb+2ast, V.Jasikevicius 4+1reb+5ast
gschID: 120107


Zemgale - Techasas 95-92 2OT

There was a minor upset in Jelgava where 3rd placed Lithuanian Techasas (5-4) were edged by fifth ranked Latvian Zemgale (4-5) 95-92 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-19. But Techasas won second period 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Techasas used huge pressure winning it 17-13 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually double-overtime period 12-15. They outrebounded Techasas 42-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for guard Ilmars Bergmanis (184-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) helped adding 17 points and 16 rebounds. At the losing side guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) responded with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) scored 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Techasas' coach Gintaras Leonavicius let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Zemgale maintains fifth place in 2 with 4-5 record. Loser Techasas keep the third position with four games lost. Zemgale will face league's second-placed Juventus in Utena in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Techasas will play on the road against Neptunas in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zemgale: I.Bergmanis 23+9reb+4ast, E.Krumins 19+4reb, J.Rozitis 17+16reb+1ast, A.Brunins 11+2reb+3ast, S.Metra 9+4reb+2ast, A.Justovics 8+1reb
Techasas: M.Valukonis 24+2reb, D.Silinskis 16+3reb+2ast, G.Leonavicius 14+8reb+6ast, T.Rinkevicius 11+2reb+4ast, A.Aleksandrovas 9+4reb, V.Volkus 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 120108


Juventus - Alytus Alita 97-65

Rather predictable result in Utena where second ranked Juventus (6-3) smashed 6th ranked Alytus Alita (1-8) 97-65 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Juventus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Alytus Alita's 30. Juventus forced 23 Alytus Alita turnovers and outrebounded them 41-26 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Juventus looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Alytus Alita's players. It was a great evening for forward Marius Prekevicius (196-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. Forward Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra, agency: Players Group) helped adding 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Juventus' coach Robertas Giedraitis felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side center Marius Janisius (203-77) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) scored 17 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Juventus keep a position of 2 leader, which they share with Aiscai Kaunas. Alytus Alita lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with eight games lost. Juventus will face Zemgale (#5) in Jelgava in the next round. Alytus Alita will play at home against the league's leader Aiscai Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Juventus: M.Prekevicius 18+4reb+3ast, V.Cepukaitis 12+6reb+3ast, M.Pociukonis 11+4reb+4ast, G.Matulis 10+2reb, A.Kieza 9+9reb+5ast, Z.Urbonas 8+3reb+1ast
Alytus Alita: A.Birgelis 17+1reb+5ast, S.Kazevicius 15+3ast, M.Janisius 14+6reb+3ast, M.Silale 7+6reb, S.Dumbliauskas 7+8reb+1ast, I.Sinkevicius 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 120109


Elite
Nevezis - Norrkoping 93-72

Not a big story in a game in Kedainiai where 9th ranked Swedish Norrkoping Dolphins (7-10) were rolled over by third ranked Lithuanian Nevezis (12-6) 93-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Nevezis. Norrkoping Dolphins was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nevezis made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Nevezis outrebounded Norrkoping Dolphins 39-27 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Nevezis made 7 blocks. Norrkoping Dolphins were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) helped adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Nevezis players scored in double figures. At the losing side Lithuanian forward Povilas Sakinis (199-80) responded with 17 points and power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Nevezis have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place in Elite with 12-6 record having just one points less than leader VEF Riga, which they share with TU/Rock. Defending Swedish champion Norrkoping Dolphins keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Nevezis will face Perlas (#8) in Vilnius in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Norrkoping Dolphins will play on the road against Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: E.Dimsa 19+9reb+1ast, E.Kalve 18+5reb, B.Cresnar 12+8reb+2ast, T.Rakauskas 12+2reb+4ast, V.Cizauskas 8+2reb, L.Brazdauskis 8+3reb+2ast
Norrkoping: P.Sakinis 17+2reb+2ast, R.Hanke 14+4reb, J.Kjellbom 11+5reb+3ast, F.Drains 9+4reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 9+1reb+2ast, C.Grace 8+6reb
gschID: 121770


Ventspils - TU/Rock 81-77

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ventspils. Second ranked Latvian host Ventspils (13-4) defeated 3rd placed Estonian TU/Rock (12-6) 81-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of TU/Rock. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 24-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Ventspils made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Rashad Anderson (195-83, college: Connecticut) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Georgian guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86) answered with 14 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Rain Veideman (192-91) added 14 points in the effort for TU/Rock. Four TU/Rock players scored in double figures. Ventspils have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place in Elite with 13-4 record behind leader VEF Riga. Defending Estonian champion TU/Rock keeps the third position with six games lost. Ventspils' next round opponent will be Nevezis (#3) in Kedainiai, which may be the game of the day. TU/Rock will play at home against Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: R.Anderson 26+4reb, O.Efejuku 19+9reb+2ast, J.Strelnieks 14+4reb+4ast, L.Blaus 8+5reb, A.Strelnieks 4+1reb, M.Gulbis 4+3reb
TU/Rock: R.Veideman 14+4reb+1ast, G.Tsintsadze 14+3reb+3ast, V.Allingu 13+6reb, C.Eziukwu 11+6reb+1ast, A.Paade 7+3reb+1ast, M.Doronin 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 117276


VEF Riga - Liepaja 80-79

Tenth-ranked Liepaja (5-12) gave a tough game to first ranked VEF Riga (14-3) on Sunday. VEF Riga managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Liepaja was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-22 charge of VEF Riga, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja's 24 and made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Liepaja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. Latvian power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) responded with 24 points and the other American import guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) scored 9 points and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. VEF Riga maintains first place in Elite with 14-3 record. Liepaja at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. VEF Riga are looking forward to face Rudupis (#5) in Prienai in the next round. Liepaja will play on the road against Kalev/Cramo (#7) in Tallinn and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: A.Parakhouski 22+6reb, K.Berzins 13+7reb+2ast, A.Selakovs 9+5reb, K.Janicenoks 8+3reb+3ast, D.Bertans 7+2reb+5ast, T.Hughes 6+2reb+5ast
Liepaja: P.Caldwell 24+2reb+2ast, M.Mejeris 16+2reb+2ast, A.Mitchell 9+3reb+8ast, A.Ozols 8+3reb, J.Aleksejevs 7+5reb+2ast, M.Kravcenko 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 117277


Rudupis - Perlas 80-68

One of the most interesting games of round 19 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Prienai where fifth ranked Rudupis won against visiting Perlas (8-11) 80-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Perlas. Rudupis made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (197-90) accounted for 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, agency: Interperformances) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and center Evaldas Kairys (207-90) added 11 points respectively for Perlas in the defeat. Perlas' coach Roberts Stelmahers rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Rudupis maintains fifth place in Elite with 12-7 record. Perlas at the other side keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. Rudupis will play against Siauliai (#6) on the road in the next round. Perlas will play against Nevezis in Kedainiai and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 22+5reb+2ast, A.Juskevicius 16+9reb+6ast, P.Butkevicius 10+1reb+2ast, V.Lipkevicius 9+2reb+1ast, G.Jankauskas 8+5reb, J.Sinica 7+1reb
Perlas: T.Slezas 16+5reb+1ast, E.Kairys 11+4reb, L.Samenas 8+2reb+2ast, A.Viskontas 7+2ast, D.Redikas 6+1reb, V.Dilys 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 117278


Nevezis - Siauliai 69-85

One of the most interesting games of round 19 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Kedainiai where sixth ranked Siauliai won against host Nevezis (12-6) 85-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Nevezis. The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. Nevezis managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-82) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nevezis' coach Rimas Girskis tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Siauliai maintains sixth place in Elite with 11-8 record. Loser Nevezis keep the third position with six games lost. They share it with TU/Rock. Siauliai will meet at home higher ranked Rudupis (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nevezis will play against Perlas in Vilnius and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: V.Sarakauskas 19+11reb, R.Edvinas 16+2reb, D.Gvezdauskas 16+1reb+2ast, Z.Janavicius 11+5reb+6ast, R.Broadus 8+1reb+3ast, D.Weaver 6+3reb
Nevezis: E.Dimsa 20+9reb, M.Simonavicius 14+3reb, E.Kalve 12+6reb, V.Cizauskas 11+1reb+1ast, L.Mikalauskas 4+3reb+1ast, T.Rakauskas 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 117279




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ilmars BERGMANIS
  Zemgale
  (184-G-81)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.1 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 3. Osby, TT.18.6 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas16.8 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.16.0 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja15.8 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping15.7 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 10. Sirvydis, Sakalai15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Osby, TT.11.5 
 2. Kieza, Juventus10.2 
 3. Valeika, Valmiera9.2 
 4. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.5 
 5. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.8.4 
 6. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.4 
 7. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.7.8 
 10. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.6 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.3 
 3. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai4.9 
 5. Kriisa, TT.4.8 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis4.6 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.6 
 8. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 9. Viskontas, Perlas4.4 
 10. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Broadus, Siauliai2.4 
 2. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 3. Hughes, VEF Riga2.2 
 4. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 5. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 6. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 7. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 8. Anderson, Ventspils1.9 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas1.8 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 4. Silinskis, Techasas1.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 6. Cresnar, Nevezis1.4 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.2 
 8. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.2 
 9. Osby, TT.1.1 
 10. Cipruss, Valmiera1.0 


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


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


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)

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


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  CANADA   


Canadians make history with 2011 Jordan Brand Classic - by Eurobasket News
Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc., announced Tuesday that three members of Canada's Junior Men's Team and top-ranked ESPNU 100 players will participate in the 10th Annual Jordan Brand Classic. Myck Kabongo (188-G-93) (Toronto), Kyle Wiltjer (206-C) (West Linn, Ore.), and Khem Birch (206-F) (Montreal) will all take to the court on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET at the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic, presented by Foot Locker, at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

On behalf of Canada Basketball first Id like to congratulate Kyle, Mike and Khem for this historic achievement, said Rowan Barrett, Director of Youth Player Development for Canada Basketball.

For the first time in the events 10-year history, three Canadians will be participating in the Jordan Brand Classic. It shows that our nation continues to make its mark with our young up-and-coming talent on the world stage.



About Canada's Young Hoop Stars

Myck Kabongo is the second ranked guard for ESPNU and ninth ranked player overall. He has led the Findlay Prep Pilots (Henderson, Nev.) to a 24-2 record so far this reason and they are the fifth best team in the U.S., according to ESPNU. The 6-foot-2 guard was a major force for Canada with the JMNT at the 2010 U18 FIBA Americas Championship, scoring 15 points in the bronze medal match. With the win, Canada earned a berth in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia.

Kyle Wiltjer is ESPNs 15th best prospect in the class of 2011, and he has led the Jesuit Crusaders (Portland, Ore.) to a 17-2 record (18th best team in U.S.). A 6-foot-9 post player, Wiltjer also suited up for Canadas JMNT in 2010, scoring a team-high 27 points in the bronze medal match against Argentina.

Khem Birch of Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass.) is the top prospect coming out of the New England area, according to the New England Recruiting Report. ESPNU ranks Birch as the best centre and 11th best overall prospect in the class of 2011. He leads Notre Dame as one of the top teams in the Northeast area. This 6-foot-9 post player was one of the top rebounders at the 2010 FIBA Americas Championship.

It is a clear indication that the future of Canadian basketball is in good hands, stated George Raveling, Nikes Director of International Basketball. In the coming years we will continue to see more development from young players in Canada.

Kabongo, Wiltjer and Birch also made history earlier this month after being named to the 34th McDonalds All American Game, becoming the largest class of players to represent Canada in a single event.

Barrett added, The Jordan Brand Classic is one of the premier events for high school players across the U.S. and internationally, and should provide another great experience for young players in their development.



More about the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic

This years Jordan Brand Classic will also include a regional game, showcasing the top prep players from the state of North Carolina in an East vs. West showdown. In its fourth year of the event, an international game will feature 16 of the top 17-and-under players from around the world.

The tripleheader will begin with the International Game at 3:30 p.m. followed by the Regional Game at 5:30 p.m., and the All-American Game at 8 p.m. The international and regional rosters will be announced at a later date.

As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Jordan Brand Classic, our goal remains to provide the student-athletes with a platform that will enhance their skills on and off the court, said Keith Houlemard, President of Jordan Brand. Charlottes Time Warner Cable Arena is the perfect venue for capturing the talent and energy of these elite players.

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the Jordan Brand Classic alumni roster boasts some of basketballs most recognizable names, including Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose.

Tickets for the Jordan Brand Classic are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, the Time Warner Cable box office, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information and the team rosters, visit the official web site, www.JordanBrandClassic.com or follow the JBC on Twitter @JordanClassic.

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca





National Team player Jermaine Bucknor Bucknor moves to Argentina - by Eurobasket News
Senior Men's National Team member Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) has signed to play with Club 9 de Julio Ro Tercero (7-8) in Liga A in Argentina.

The Edmonton native will replace Travis Gabbidon on Club 9's roster and is expected to make his debut this Thursday at home versus Quimsa (8-7).

Bucknor previously played this season with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt, Germany, signing two short-term contracts with the club. He played only one game in Eurocup competition, playing 25 minutes and scoring 14 points and adding 3 steals in a loss to Besiktas. In Eurochallenge play for the Skyliners, he averaged 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in four games.

Bucknor also played in 12 games for the Skyliners in the Bundesliga, averaging 7.5 points and 3.3 rebounds a game.

This past summer, Bucknor was a member of the Canadian National Senior Team that competed in the FIBA World Championship in Turkey. He played in all five matches, averaging 4.2 points in 13.4 minutes for Canada.

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


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  CHINA   


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 21-1 
 2. DongGuan 18-4 
 3. Guandong 16-7 
 4. Bayi 13-10 
 5. Zhejiang G.L. 13-10 
 6. Beijing 12-10 
 7. Jiangsu 12-10 
 8. Zhejiang C. 12-11 
 9. Shandong 11-11 
 10. Shanghai 10-13 
 11. Liaoning 10-13 
 12. Qingdao DS 9-13 
 13. Jilin 9-14 
 14. Foshan 8-14 
 15. Shanxi Zh. 8-14 
 16. Fujian 5-18 
 17. TianJin R. 4-18 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 32.5
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS32.5 
 2. Morris, Beijing29.3 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang29.1 
 4. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.28.3 
 5. James, Zhejiang C.27.9 
 6. Emmett, Fujian27.6 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.27.3 
 8. Akognon, DongGuan25.6 
 9. Harris, Shanghai25.1 
 10. Marbury, Foshan24.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Jones, Fujian16.3 
 2. Harris, Shanghai14.8 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Gaines, Qingdao DS14.3 
 5. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.8 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.7 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan12.7 
 8. Moiso, Jiangsu12.6 
 9. Morris, Beijing11.5 
 10. Taggart, Shanxi Zh.11.5 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.1 
 2. Marbury, Foshan6.5 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu5.7 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan5.2 
 5. Lu, Fujian5.2 
 6. Brown, Qingdao DS5.1 
 7. Green, Shanghai4.8 
 8. LiuWei, Shanghai4.8 
 9. Allen, Shandong4.8 
 10. Jones, Guandong4.6 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang3.4 
 3. Hudson, Guandong3.3 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan2.9 
 5. James, Zhejiang C.2.6 
 6. Emmett, Fujian2.6 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan2.5 
 8. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.3 
 9. Brown, Qingdao DS2.3 
 10. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Watkins, Jilin2.1 
 3. Jones, Fujian1.9 
 4. Moiso, Jiangsu1.9 
 5. Haislip, Guandong1.8 
 6. Wang, Bayi1.7 
 7. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 8. Zhang, Shanghai1.7 
 9. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 10. Singleton, Xinjiang1.5 


Shanxi sign contract with Alexander Johnson - by Eurobasket News
Shanxi have agreed on terms of contract with Alexander Johnson (208-F-83, college: Florida St.). The forward is meant to replace Taggart Shawn (207-F-85, college: Memphis). The latter got injured and expected to miss the reminder of the season. Alexander Johnson spent pre-season with the Houston Rockets. In January the forward inked a deal with the Idaho Stampede. He tallied 16.3 points, 4.3 boards and 3.0 assists per game in D-League. Last season Alexander Johnson also signed in China. He appeared in just one game for DongGuan. Alexander Johnson also played in D-League, NBA and Germany. The forward made it into USBasket All-D-League 2nd Team in 2010.


CBA Round 24: Bayi Fubang defeats Beijing Ducks in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game of round 24 in the CBA took place in Ningbo. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Beijing Ducks (12-10) to fifth ranked Bayi Fubang (13-10) 107-104 on Wednesday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 35-29. But Beijing Ducks won second period 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Bayi Fubang won last quarter 29-27. They made 35-of-40 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game, while Beijing Ducks only scored eighteen points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by Beijing Ducks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and the former international center Ke Mo (210-82) who added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Bayi Fubang's coach Chang Bin Adijan used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) with 33 points (!!!). Bayi Fubang moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zhejiang G.L. Beijing Ducks lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Jiangsu. Bayi Fubang is looking forward to face league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Beijing Ducks will play at home against Shanghai Sharks (#10) and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Urumqi. First ranked host Xinjiang Flying Tige (21-1) defeated 4th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (12-10) 113-103. The winners were led by American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) who scored that evening 49 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and James Singleton supported him with 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds by French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) did not help to save the game for Jiangsu Dragons. Jiangsu Dragons' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Xinjiang Flying Tige have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-1 record. Jiangsu Dragons lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Beijing. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play against Bayi Fubang (#4) in Ningbo in the next round. Jiangsu Dragons will play at home against Shandong Bulls in Jinan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Sixteenth-ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (5-18) gave a tough game to thirteenth ranked Qingdao Double Star (9-13) on Wednesday. Qingdao Double Star managed to secure only one-point victory 110-109. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Charles Gaines who had a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Andre Emmett who recorded 38 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Qingdao Double Star moved-up to twelfth place. Fujian SBS XunXin lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. Qingdao Double Star will meet at home higher ranked Guandong Tigers (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fujian SBS XunXin will have a break next round.
An interesting game took place in Yingkou where higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (10-13) were upseton its own court by fifteenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (8-14) 114-100. It was a good game for Leon Rodgers who led his team to a victory with 39 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Foshan. Liaoning Hunters at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu's next round opponent will be higher ranked Jilin Tigers (#13) in Changchun and it may be quite challenging game.
An interesting game took place in Shanghai where 11th ranked Jilin Tigers (9-14) were upseton the court of fourteenth ranked Shanghai Sharks (10-13) 107-98 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jilin Tigers. Worth to mention a great performance of Mike Harris who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Shanghai Sharks' coach Bob Jr. Donewald allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Liaoning. Loser Jilin Tigers dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Shanghai Sharks will face higher ranked Beijing Ducks (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jilin Tigers will play against Shanxi Zhongyu (#15) in Taiyuan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: Shandong were destroyed by Guandong on the opponent's court 129-92. Zhejiang G.L. managed to outperform TianJin R. in a home game 123-105. Zhejiang C. managed to beat Foshan on the road 108-99.



Guandong - Shandong 129-92

Very expected game in Dongguan where 8th ranked Shandong Bulls (11-11) were crushed by third ranked Guandong Tigers (16-7) 129-92 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Guandong Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Shandong Bulls' 46 and made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Shandong Bulls 61-36 including a 45-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guandong Tigers shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Shandong Bulls were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Marcus Haislip (207-80, college: Tennessee) who added 23 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Guandong Tigers and four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guandong Tigers maintains third position with 16-7 record having four points less than leader Xinjiang. Loser Shandong Bulls dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. Guandong Tigers will face Qingdao Double Star (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shandong Bulls will play against Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guandong: H.Marcus 23+7reb, H.Lester 23+9reb+5ast, Z.Peng 20+2reb+1ast, W.ShiPeng 18+6reb+2ast, C.Jianghua 15+6reb+5ast, H.Dong 9+8reb+1ast
Shandong: A.Myron 19+5reb+3ast, S.Jie 15+4reb+3ast, W.Rodney 13+8reb+1ast, L.Li 10+3reb, W.Ke 8+7reb+2ast, W.Gang 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 118510


Qingdao DS - Fujian 110-109 OT

Sixteenth-ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (5-18) gave a tough game to thirteenth ranked Qingdao Double Star (9-13) on Wednesday. Qingdao Double Star managed to secure only one-point victory 110-109. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game in overtime by 1 point. Qingdao Double Star looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Fujian SBS XunXin's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who had a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds. The other American import guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) who recorded 38 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and the former international guard XiaoMing Lu (176-79) added 15 points and 8 assists respectively. Four Fujian SBS XunXin players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Qingdao Double Star moved-up to twelfth place. Fujian SBS XunXin lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. Qingdao Double Star will meet at home higher ranked Guandong Tigers (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fujian SBS XunXin will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Qingdao DS: G.Charles 42+19reb+1ast, B.Dee 24+5reb+12ast, C.Liang 18+5reb+5ast, L.Yan 7+4reb+4ast, A.Zaid 7+8reb+3ast, C.Kai 7+2reb
Fujian: E.Andre 38+9reb+2ast, Y.Qin 19+4reb, L.XiaoMing 15+3reb+8ast, G.Lei 15+5reb, L.Hang 8+2reb, Z.TaiLong 4+1reb
gschID: 118511


Zhejiang G.L. - TianJin R. 123-105

Very predictable result in Hangzhou where seventh ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (13-10) defeated bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng (4-18) 123-105 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 34-of-41 free shots (82.9 percent) during the game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. TianJin Rongcheng was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and Taiwanese swingman Chih-Chieh Lin (192-82) who added 22 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Vernon Hamilton (183-84, college: Clemson) with 29 points and 8 rebounds and Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers) scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Zhejiang Guangsha Lions and four TianJin Rongcheng players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bayi. Loser TianJin Rongcheng stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will face Foshan (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Liaoning Hunters in Yingkou.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang G.L.: R.Peter John 35+9reb+3ast, L.Chih-Chieh 22+2reb+3ast, W.Bo 15+3reb+7ast, W.Fei 14+3reb+3ast, Z.Wei 14+4reb+1ast, K.Tre 12+5reb+2ast
TianJin R.: H.Vernon 29+8reb+2ast, L.Herve 21+8reb+7ast, Z.Nan 15+4reb+1ast, W.Hao 14+3reb, X.GuiJun 6+5reb, S.Chun 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 118512


Xinjiang - Jiangsu 113-103

The game between Top Four teams took place in Urumqi. First ranked host Xinjiang Flying Tige (21-1) defeated 4th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (12-10) 113-103. The game was mostly controlled by Xinjiang Flying Tige. Jiangsu Dragons was better in fourth quarter 32-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xinjiang Flying Tige made 26-of-32 charity shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Jiangsu Dragons were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) who scored that evening 49 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) supported him with 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds by French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) did not help to save the game for Jiangsu Dragons. The former international guard XueFeng Hu (185-80) added 22 points and 4 assists. Five Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. Jiangsu Dragons' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Xinjiang Flying Tige have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-1 record. Jiangsu Dragons lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Beijing. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play against Bayi Fubang (#4) in Ningbo in the next round. Jiangsu Dragons will play at home against Shandong Bulls in Jinan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 49+6reb+1ast, S.James 22+9reb, X.GuoChong 8+3reb, C.Tal 8+1reb+1ast, Z.QingPeng 8+5reb+3ast, M.WuLan 7
Jiangsu: M.Jerome 24+12reb, H.XueFeng 22+3reb+4ast, Y.Li 16+2reb+2ast, M.Da 14+2reb+3ast, L.Yahui 12+1ast, L.Cai 11+1reb
gschID: 118507


Bayi - Beijing 107-104

The most exciting game of round 24 in the CBA took place in Ningbo. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Beijing Ducks (12-10) to fifth ranked Bayi Fubang (13-10) 107-104 on Wednesday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 35-29. But Beijing Ducks won second period 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Bayi Fubang won last quarter 29-27. They made 35-of-40 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game, while Beijing Ducks only scored eighteen points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by Beijing Ducks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and the former international center Ke Mo (210-82) who added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Bayi Fubang's coach Chang Bin Adijan used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) with 33 points (!!!) and forward Zhe Ji (202-89) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Five Bayi Fubang and four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. Bayi Fubang moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zhejiang G.L. Beijing Ducks lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Jiangsu. Bayi Fubang is looking forward to face league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Beijing Ducks will play at home against Shanghai Sharks (#10) and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Bayi: W.ZhiZhi 38+15reb+2ast, L.Ke 17+3reb+1ast, H.Shuo 15+6reb+2ast, M.Ke 14+6reb+6ast, W.Lei 11+2reb+3ast, X.ZhongHao 4+9reb+2ast
Beijing: M.Randolph 33+4reb+1ast, J.Zhe 22+7reb+1ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 17+4reb+6ast, A.Zaid 14+9reb+1ast, X.LiBin 10+3reb+2ast, C.Lei 6+4reb+5ast
gschID: 118508


Foshan - Zhejiang C. 99-108

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Foshan (8-14) was defeated at home by tenth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (12-11) 108-99 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 108-99. Zhejiang Cyclones forced 19 Foshan turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: ZAG Advocates) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and international center Jinhui Ding (204-90) who added 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Zhejiang Cyclones have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Loser Foshan dropped to the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones will face league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Foshan will play against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5) in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: W.Marcus 30+5reb+5ast, B.Josh 20+5reb+1ast, D.Jinhui 15+10reb+5ast, C.Fei 14+3reb, Z.Chunjun 10+2reb+2ast, J.Peng 8+1reb+1ast
Foshan: M.Stephon 25+7reb+7ast, O.Olumide 20+9reb+1ast, Z.Zhun 16+8reb, Y.Wenbo 16+3reb+3ast, Z.Yong-gang 12+3reb, H.Ben 10+5reb+1ast
gschID: 118509


Liaoning - Shanxi Zh. 100-114

An interesting game took place in Yingkou where higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (10-13) were upseton its own court by fifteenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (8-14) 114-100. The game was mostly controlled by Shanxi Zhongyu. Liaoning Hunters was better in fourth quarter 31-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanxi Zhongyu players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Liaoning Hunters helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Leon Rodgers (199-80, college: N.Illinois) who led his team to a victory with 39 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Jordanian guard Osama Daghlas (199-79, college: Midwestern St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 19 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. American power forward Anthony Myles (208-82, college: Xavier) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and center Dejun Han (215-89) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Liaoning Hunters. Four Shanxi Zhongyu and five Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Foshan. Liaoning Hunters at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu's next round opponent will be higher ranked Jilin Tigers (#13) in Changchun and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: R.Leon 39+9reb+2ast, Z.XueWen 22+2reb+2ast, D.JiangPeng 21+4reb+1ast, D.Osama 17+6reb+19ast, P.Shang 9+9reb, Y.Changdong 4+4reb
Liaoning: M.Anthony 25+12reb+2ast, H.Dejun 18+5reb, H.Tian-ju 16+6reb, G.Ailun 13+2reb+4ast, Y.Ming 12+4reb+2ast, L.Shunan 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 118505


Shanghai - Jilin 107-98

An interesting game took place in Shanghai where 11th ranked Jilin Tigers (9-14) were upseton the court of fourteenth ranked Shanghai Sharks (10-13) 107-98 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jilin Tigers. The game without a history. Shanghai Sharks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Jilin Tigers' 42. Shanghai Sharks had a 35-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Jilin Tigers' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and center Fei Peng (203-87) who added 24 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. Shanghai Sharks' coach Bob Jr. Donewald allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) with 30 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Shulong Yu (185-90) scored 22 points. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Liaoning. Loser Jilin Tigers dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Shanghai Sharks will face higher ranked Beijing Ducks (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jilin Tigers will play against Shanxi Zhongyu (#15) in Taiyuan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shanghai: H.Mike 26+12reb, P.Fei 24+7reb+2ast, L.John 12+3reb+4ast, L.Wei 11+4reb+13ast, L.Ziqui 10+7reb+4ast, M.Lingyuan 7+1reb+2ast
Jilin: P.Tim 30+9reb+3ast, Y.Shulong 22+3reb+3ast, L.Xudong 13+5reb, L.Ang 9+7reb+1ast, Z.Cheng 6+2reb, L.Wei 6+2ast
gschID: 118506




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ROUND 16- STATISTICS - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Categories

League's Total
League's top scorer= Jones -Apollon= 257 pts
League's top 2pt shooter= Dials -Apollon= 65%
League's top 3pt shooter= Bratic -Aek= 50%
League's top rebounder= King-Etha= 146 rebounds
League's top assist man= Stiggers-Apollon= 53 assists
League's top stealer= Tiggs-Apoel= 26 steals
League's top blocker= King-Etha 28= blocks
League's most turnovers= Tutt-Etha= 58 turnovers

Round 16
Top scorer - Stefanovic -Keravnos = 27 points
Top rebounder - Dials- Apollon=13 rebounds
Top assist man Berdier Aek = 8 assists
Top stealer Zaric+Bostick -Omonoia = 4 steals
Top blocker King -Etha = 4 blocks
Most turnovers Razis-Enad = 6 turnovers

Situationals

Shooting

Best shooting team in round 16= FT= Keravnos (86%)
Best shooting team in round 16= 2-pointers=Omonoia (61%)
Best shooting team in round 16= 3-pointers=Apollon (47%)

Scoring >70 in round 16

Aek (scored 76)
Apollon (scored 95)
Keravnos (scored 82)





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. Lee, AP.3.5 
 5. Diamantopoul., Achill.3.5 
 6. Dunovic, Omonia3.4 
 7. Cummings, Keravnos3.4 
 8. Razis, ENAD3.3 
 9. Aleksic, AEK3.2 
 10. Price, ENAD3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Tiggs, AP.2.4 
 3. Kent, ENAD1.8 
 4. Hanavan, AP.1.8 
 5. Dunovic, Omonia1.6 
 6. Berdiel, AEK1.6 
 7. Diamantopoul., Achill.1.6 
 8. Price, ENAD1.6 
 9. Radunovic, 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 


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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 22-1 
 2. Svendborg 21-2 
 3. Naestved 16-7 
 4. Horsholm 14-9 
 5. Horsens IC 11-11 
 6. SISU 9-15 
 7. Vaerlose 8-14 
 8. Aabyhoj 8-16 
 9. Amager BK 4-20 
 10. Aalborg 3-21 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Brasas, Amager BK22.4 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj22.3 
 4. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 5. Hall, Aalborg21.1 
 6. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 7. Roberts, Naestved19.2 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg18.8 
 9. Dennis, SISU17.7 
 10. Claitt, Horsens IC17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.0 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.3 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.2 
 4. St.John, Horsens IC9.6 
 5. St.John, Horsens IC9.6 
 6. Johansen, Naestved9.5 
 7. Falkner, Aalborg9.5 
 8. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 9. Williams, Svendborg7.7 
 10. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.3 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.5 
 3. Hall, Aalborg4.9 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.1 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.0 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj3.8 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.8 
 9. Jensen, Vaerlose3.6 
 10. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hall, Aalborg4.0 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 3. Dennis, SISU2.1 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 5. Jakobsen, Bakken2.0 
 6. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 7. Roberts, Naestved1.9 
 8. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 9. Iversen, Svendborg1.8 
 10. Burgess, Bakken1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.3 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.2 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 8. Logan, Amager BK0.8 
 9. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 10. Johansen, Naestved0.7 


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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 25-10 
 2. Erie Bay H. 23-9 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 14-19 
 4. Dakota W. 11-23 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 6-24 
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.21.4 
 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. Stinson, Iowa E.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande11.9 
 2. Sims, Iowa E.9.8 
 3. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 4. Davidson, Idaho S.9.6 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.9.5 
 6. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 7. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.5 
 8. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.8.9 
 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. Lofton, Iowa E.2.3 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 5. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 7. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.1 
 8. Linhart, Erie B.2.0 
 9. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.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. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 
 10. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.7 


Tuesday: Skyforce stun Iowa 129-128 - by Eurobasket News
Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E. 129-128
Midweek game, down one injured all-star and 15 points against the best team in the NBA D-League - nobody would have faulted the last-place Skyforce for packing it in for the final quarter-and-a-half Tuesday night. Instead, they created the unequivocal highlight of a difficult season. Down by as many as 15 in the third quarter, Sioux Falls got a contested 3-pointer from Patrick Ewing (6'8''-F-84, college: Georgetown) Jr. with 5.8 seconds remaining to stun Iowa 129-128 at the Arena. Yes, a forward not known for his touch hit a deep shot to propel the Skyforce to a comeback win, their sixth victory in 30 tries coming against an Energy club that came in at 25-9. There haven't been many nights like this at the Arena of late. 'We stayed with the fight tonight,' said Force guard David Bailey (5'8''-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Loyola (IL)), who became the franchise leader in games played (188) and moved into second-place in career scoring by putting up 27 points. 'We all scrapped on defense, we helped each other out defensively in the second half and we made shots.' That last part of that statement was more evident. Sioux Falls scored 71 in the second half en route to setting a season high for points. Every last one was necessary against the highest-scoring - and best rebounding - team in the league. Iowa tallied 73 in the first half. Two 10-0 runs - one late in the third, the next to start the fourth - carried the hosts from an 87-72 hole to a 105-98 advantage. Iowa recovered to regain the lead and Sioux Falls followed suit - there were nine lead changes and five ties in the frantic fourth quarter. The Energy took a 128-126 edge with 18 seconds remaining on a baseline bankshot by standout guard Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris), but Ewing answered with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. It went down as the game winner after Iowa guard Curtis Stinson - who finished with a team-high 29 points - slipped and fell, committing a traveling violation on the ensuing possession. 'For coach, the big thing was (when) it comes down to close games against good teams, we're going to go for the win,' said Ewing Jr., who finished with 27 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists. 'Once I caught the ball I knew I was going to shoot it - it was just a matter of when I was going to shoot it.' He tried to get the defender in the air to draw a foul, but couldn't and then shot the ball anyway just his 11th 3-point try in eight games with the team. Six Skyforce players scored in double figures, including three subs, and the squad went 26 of 28 from the line. The contributions of forward Raymond Sykes (6'9''-F/C-86, college: Clemson) were as important as any, according to coach Mo McHone. He put up 19 points - nine in the pivotal third quarter - with seven rebounds, filling in for injured all-star center Dexter Pittman. The 6-foot-11, 300-pound Pittman, on loan from the Miami Heat, underwent successful right knee surgery on Tuesday in Florida to repair damage done Saturday in a loss to Idaho. He's expected to miss 5-6 weeks, meaning Sioux Falls will have to made due without him for much of the rest of the season. 'When you lose a guy like Dexter, it's time for somebody else to step up,' McHone said. 'This is Ray's opportunity to show what he can do.' Sioux Falls won't have to wait long for an opportunity to show its stuff again, hosting Tulsa - situated atop the West Conference at 23-10 and led by former Skyforce coach Nate Tibbetts - at 7 tonight. Whatever happens, it'll be hard-pressed to top Tuesday. 'It reminded me of the old CBA days,' McHone said, 'because you look up in the third quarter and the score's 98-95 - and we're doing everything we can defensively to stop them.' *Courtesy of www.argusleader.com




Temple rejoins BayHawks from NBA - by Eurobasket News
Now the Erie BayHawks have to make a decision.

With the Milwaukee Bucks waiving guard Garrett Temple (6'6''-G-86, college: LSU) on Tuesday after his second 10-day contract with the NBA team expired Monday, Erie must release a player to reacquire him.

'We haven't made any decisions yet,' BayHawks first-year coach Jay Larranaga said.

Erie (23-9) currently has a full 10-man roster.

'We'll have to release somebody, but we're still not sure who that's going to be,' Larranaga later said. 'Still talking to some teams about ways to make moves so that at the end of the day, everyone has got a team.'

Erie doesn't play its next game until Feb. 24 at Tulsa, but in order for Temple, 24, to play in the Saturday's D-League All-Star game in Los Angeles, he has to be added to the roster by Friday.

Erie power forward Ivan Johnson, 26, and Temple were picked to play in the all-star game.

A 6-foot 6-inch, 195-pound shooting guard out of LSU, Temple averaged 14.4 points for the BayHawks in nine games. Temple started eight games.

'We have to add Garrett to our team in order for him to participate in the all-star game,' Larranaga said. 'So that needs to get done by Friday.'

Point guard Loren Stokes, 27, and shooting guard Reggie Holmes, 23, were the last two players Erie added to its roster.

The BayHawks acquired them out of the D-League player pool. Stokes joined them Jan. 25 and Holmes was added last week.

'The difficult part is if you have to release someone without them having a place to go,' Larranaga said. 'It's more of the personal side of it. I like every guy on our team and I think they're all very good basketball players that have helped us win.'

Temple played his last game on the final day of his 10-day contract with the Bucks on Monday when they beat the Los Angeles Clippers at home.

Playing nine games for Milwaukee, Temple averaged just 1.8 points. He shot just 33.3 percent from the field.

'I think I've played pretty well,' Temple said before Monday's game. 'Defended well. Just haven't shot as well as I've wanted to, but I've played pretty well all around.'

Temple had played for three NBA teams -- Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs -- last season while with the 2010 D-League champions, the Rio Grande Vipers.

Temple ended last season with the Spurs. So he's familiar with how 10-day contracts work.

'Sometimes you play well and they just don't need you,' Temple said. 'They just try to save money or sometimes you don't play as well as you think you could have, but they still want you.'

Players make about $44,000 for a 10-day contract.

'I didn't play at all in Sacramento, but they wanted me to sign a second 10-day,' Temple continued. 'I didn't play much in San Antonio, but they signed me for the rest of the year. With Houston, I played every game, played pretty well, but I didn't stay so you really have no idea.'

Temple started this season with the Spurs and played three games with them before they released him in November.

He returned to the Vipers in December and averaged 12.4 points in nine games before they traded him to Erie for rookie power forward Jeff Adrien.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Johnson to compete in 2011 NBA D-League All-Star Slam Dunk Contest - by Eurobasket News
The Dakota Wizards announced today that Wizards big man Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU) will be one of four participants in the NBA Development League All-Star Slam Dunk Competition during NBA Development League Dream Factory Friday Night presented by Haier on February 18 at 10 p.m. CT at Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Johnson competed in the first ever NBA Development League Showcase Slam Dunk Competition in January at South Padre Island advancing to the finals. Dar Tucker (New Mexico Thunderbirds), the 2010 NBA D-League All-Star Slam Dunk winner, Marques Blakely (Iowa Energy) and Latavious Williams round out the competition.

The Slam Dunk Contest will be a two-round competition. The four players may complete two dunks in each round, with five judges each awarding between six and 10 points for every made dunk. The two dunkers with the highest composite score after Round 1 move on to Round 2, and the player with the highest composite score of the possible two dunks in Round 2 wins.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Destroyer Stopped Before Starting - by EBA Media
By: Gloria D. Rock

On, Saturday, February 12, 2011 at around 12:30 pm 65 Forward Mike Keyes of The Destroyers sustained season ending injuries, when he was struck by a drunk driver. Keyes a native of Philadelphia, PA played high school basketball at DeLasalle High School and went on to Wilmington College/University where he continued on playing the game he loves. Last season with the Destroyers he averaged 18 points per game, and was an instrumental part of their 2010 championship. Keyes was side-lined with a previous shoulder injury and was anxious to reunite with his team-mates and get back into the game he loves so dearly

As the news about Keyes flowed through the gym, his team-mates while shocked by the news came onto the court, with focus and determination against the New York Wizards. The Destroyers came away with a victory and a final score of 122-101.

At the conclusion of the game you could sense the care and genuine concern from the fans, the opposing team (New York Wizard), the Destroyers players and staff. While Keyes wont be on the court as a Destroyer this season, as they work toward going after another championship title, a speedy recovery, and get well soon is wished for you from your team-mates, coaching staff and fans. We all look forward to seeing you back in action next season.



EBA Races Tighten - by EBA Media
Competition continues keen among the teams in both divisions of the EBA.

The Maryland Marvels (5-1) moved into a first place tie with the Metropolitan All-Stars (5-1) in the Southern Division. This past weekend, with a 110 to 88 win over the Portsmouth Cavaliers. Metro All-Stars fell from the unbeatens in an intra-league battle, when they were handed an over-time loss 98-92 by The Destroyers. The Destroyers (5-3) now hold 2nd place in the North behind league leading N.Y. Wizards (7-1). These two teams (Wizards and Destroyers) collide Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

Showing the balance that exists in the EBA, Harrisburg Horizon (2-2) went down in over-time to the South Jersey Enterprise (2-4) 135-131. Washington Madness (5-2), won 120-118 in a buzzer beater over the Nova Hawks (2-5).

Seven Games will be played this coming weekend and more positions are sure to change hands as the teams fight to receive their play-off positions.



First Place Races Tighten - by EBA Media
With the EBA season past the half-way point the race to the finish begins to take shape. Teams continue to jockey for play-off positions and all spots are tight in each division.

With a resounding 140 to 116 win over the Washington Madness, the Metro All-Stars (6-1) regained first place over the Maryland Marvels (5-1) who were idle. Washington Madness (5-3), Old Dominion Mustangs (3-2), and Winchester Storm (3-3) are in a battle for the remaining two play-off spots.

The defending EBA Champions, The Destroyers (6-3), inched closer to first place with a 122 to 101 pounding of the N.Y. Wizards (7-2). Harrisburg Horizon (3-2) holds a three game advantage in the loss column over the fourth place North Jersey Pros (3-5) with South Jersey (3-4) closing the gaps for a play-off spot with a 117 to 105 win over the Nova Hawks.



Wizards Loose To Destroyers Remain In First Place - by EBA Media
Wizards Loose To Destroyers Remain In First Place in the Northern Division at 7-2

The two time defending champion Destroyers handed the Wizards their second loss of the season with a 122-101 victory on Saturday 2/12/2011 at the Gustine Recreation Center in Philadelphia PA.

The Destroyer game plan inclusive of fast breaking at every opportunity, quick transition to offense, shooting 3s, and an aggressive man to man switching defense, inclusive of traps and post double teams limited the Wizards size advantage and inside game.

'Saturdays game was a perfect example of why this team (the Destroyers) is the two time defending champions' Stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo

'The Destroyers controlled the tempo of the game from the opening tip' Continued Cerillo 'We seemed somewhat uncomfortable to take advantage of what got us to this point in the season, ball control and playing a physical inside game.'

The Wizards were led by Aubin Scotts 28 points and 7 assists. Newly acquired Big Man Shagari Alleyne posted 16 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 blocked shots. Benoit Bekono continued his consistent play with 18 points.

The Destroyers received outstanding performances from Fahreed Cheatham with 26 points and 14 rebounds and Anthony Frazier with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

'This has been a long stretch of road games for us' Stated Wizards GM Terence Blake 'We have not played at home since 12/18 and wont see a home game until 3/19. With 3 games left in the regular season, we are still in charge of our own destiny. Yet other teams are always ready to play us. We need to roll out a great performance in South jersey on 2/26'!



Stats Leaders
EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 , Johnson, Hudson Valley Hype, 37
2 , Parker, Harrisburg Horizon, 31
3 , Crawford, Winchester Storm, 30.5
4 , Hankins, Old Dominion Mustangs, 29.7
5 , Scott, New York Wizards, 28.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 , Witcher, Old Dominion Mustangs, 13.5
2 , Cheatham, The Destroyers, 13.1
3 , Frazier, The Destroyers, 12.7
4 , Brown, Metropolitan All-Stars, 10.7
5 , Onunaku, Winchester Storm, 10.6
Assists Per Game
1 , Scott, New York Wizards, 7.9
2 , Gill, Washington Madness, 7
3 , Trent, New York Wizards, 5.8
4 , Reynolds, Old Dominion Mustangs, 5.3
5 , Jeffries, Washington Madness, 5.2
Steals Per Game
1 , Hankins, Old Dominion Mustangs, 4.7
2 , Hawkins, Metropolitan All-Stars, 4.6
3 , Hankins, Old Dominion Mustangs, 4.3
4 , Jeffries, Washington Madness, 4.2
5 , Randolph, Carolina Gladiators, 4
Blocks Per Game
1 , Reynolds, Old Dominion Mustangs, 2.3
2 , Ndiaye, New York Wizards, 2.1
3 , Palmer, Harrisburg Horizon, 1.7
4 , Onunaku, Winchester Storm, 1.6
5 , Wilson, South Jersey Enterprise, 1.5


Standings
EBA Standings
Div.
 1. New York W. 7-2 
 2. Destroyers 6-3 
 3. Harrisburg H. 3-2 
 4. South Jersey E. 3-4 
 5. North Jersey P. 3-5 
 6. Hudson V.H. 1-7 
 7. M. All-Stars 6-1 
 8. Washington M. 5-1 
 9. Old Domin. M. 3-2 
 10. Winchester S. 3-3 
 11. Carolina G. 2-4 
 12. NoVa H. 2-6 
 13. Portsmouth C. 1-7 


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 23-3 
 2. TU/Rock 21-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 16-5 
 4. Rakvere 12-12 
 5. Valga/CKE 10-13 
 6. Rapla 10-13 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 8-15 
 8. Parnu 5-19 
 9. Voru KK 1-24 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Erm, Rapla17.1 
 4. Brown, Va.16.6 
 5. Raap, Parnu16.5 
 6. Raadik, Parnu15.3 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.1 
 8. Osby, TT.14.8 
 9. Kuuba, Voru KK14.3 
 10. Pilk, TT.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.9 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.3 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.8 
 5. Kuuba, Voru KK9.1 
 6. Osby, TT.8.9 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.7 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.5 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.7 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.7 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.2 
 4. Oja, Va.3.0 
 5. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
 6. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 7. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.7 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla2.6 
 9. Karner, Parnu2.5 
 10. Archibald, TT.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 2. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 3. Doronin, TU/Rock2.2 
 4. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 6. Karner, Parnu2.0 
 7. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 8. Oja, Va.1.9 
 9. Erm, Rapla1.8 
 10. Pilk, TT.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.0 
 2. Osby, TT.1.4 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.0 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Raadik, TU/Rock0.8 
 7. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 10. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 


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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. Hopkins, Antwerp17.4 
 6. Shabalkin, Dynamo17.3 
 7. Anderson, Ventspils17.2 
 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, Ventspils5.0 
 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. Wilson, Antwerp2.3 
 5. Renfroe, KK.2.3 
 6. Dabkus, Etha2.3 
 7. Holston, Karsiyaka2.2 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok2.1 
 9. Eldridge, Karsiyaka2.1 
 10. Domercant, Spart.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.2.1 
 2. Sene, Gravelines2.0 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 4. King, Etha2.0 
 5. Mejri, Antwerp1.9 
 6. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 7. Clark, Szolnok1.6 
 8. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.5 
 9. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.5 
 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 2-2 
 3. Benfica 1-3 
 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 3-1 
 3. Le Mans 1-3 
 4. Aris 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. Chatman, Besiktas16.8 
 8. Simmons, CEZ N.16.8 
 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. Jones, Pepsi C.7.8 
 6. Tucker, Aris7.8 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra7.7 
 8. Owens, Azovmash7.5 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.5 
 10. Jefferson, AS.7.3 
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.5.4 
 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
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  EWE Baskets
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lukauskis, EWE B.2.5 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.5 
 3. House, Azovmash2.5 
 4. Jasen, Estudiantes2.3 
 5. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 6. Draper, Cedevita2.3 
 7. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 8. Kirksay, Cajasol2.2 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.2 
 10. Popovic, Unics2.2 
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. Wright, Cedevita1.0 
 8. Carter, Galil Gilboa1.0 
 9. Vranes, Unics1.0 
 10. Fofana, AS.1.0 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. Caja Laboral 2-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 2-1 
 3. Unicaja 1-2 
 4. Lietuvos Rytas 1-2 
Group F
 1. Regal Barca 3-0 
 2. Maccabi T-A 2-1 
 3. Union Olimpija 1-2 
 4. Lottomatica 0-3 
Group G
 1. Real Madrid 3-0 
 2. Efes Pilsen 2-1 
 3. Montepaschi 2-2 
 4. Partizan 0-4 
Group H
 1. Fener.Ulker 3-1 
 2. Olympiakos 2-1 
 3. Valencia 1-2 
 4. Zalgiris 1-3 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.0 
 2. Langford, Khimky17.8 
 3. Teletovic, Caja L.16.8 
 4. Rakocevic, Efes P.16.5 
 5. McCalebb, Montepas.15.5 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympiakos15.3 
 7. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 8. Navarro, Regal B.14.1 
 9. Gregory, Union O.14.0 
 10. San Emeterio, Caja L.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirsad TURKCAN
  Fener.Ulker
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.7.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid7.2 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.0 
 4. Gist, Partizan7.0 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.5 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 7. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 8. Freeland, Unicaja6.3 
 9. Gregory, Union O.6.2 
 10. Gonlum, Efes Pilsen6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.6.1 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.8 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.7 
 4. Eidson, Maccabi .4.5 
 5. Cook, Valencia4.4 
 6. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 7. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 8. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.2 
 9. Rodriguez, Unicaja4.1 
 10. Rubio, Regal Barca4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .2.8 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.4 
 3. Perkins, Maccabi .2.2 
 4. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca1.9 
 6. Ozbolt, Union O.1.9 
 7. Stonerook, Montepas.1.9 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 9. Ilievski, Union O.1.8 
 10. Diamantidis, Panath.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid1.9 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 
 6. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 7. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 8. Barac, Caja Laboral1.2 
 9. Gist, Partizan1.1 
 10. Hines, Brose B.1.1 


Panathinaikos without Kaimakoglou - by Giorgos Diploidis
Tomorrow the team of Panathinaikos Athens will have to face Caja Laboral in home area. The team of Zelimir Obradovic is looking for a win bigger in points than their lost in Vitoria (77-70) that will give him the chance to the favorite for the first place in group E.

The 'Greens' will not have with them for another one game , Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) (206-C/F-83) who is suffering from an injury and the doctors decided to not start trainings yet. The Greek forward was excellent in the match of the team of Athens in Vilnius, against Lietuvos but since then is very unlucky.



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Another OT for KTP Basket - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 35: KTP Basket (Kotka) had won on Monday after 2 OTs over YMCA Lappeenranta, but tonight they were not as lucky, when hosting Korihait (Uusikaupunki) beat KTP by three after OT 103-100. Lawrence Wright (195-F-84, college: Bradley) made the winning basket at 44:38 minutes. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) had saved Korihait at 39:57 minutes by hitting his both FTs (88-88). KTP will play this week's third game on Friday vs Tarmo (Porvoo). That contest will be also a TV-game. Tarmo defeated tonight Vilpas (Salo) 82-65, when Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) scored game high 26 pts and Jerrah Young (202-F-85, college: Toledo) had a double-double 17pts/17rbs. Then there were four wins on the road: Top Team Pyrinto (Tampere) (29-7) defeated Kouvot at Kouvola 83-88. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) netted 31 pts for the visitors. Honka (Espoo) was winning at Lappeenranta 69-83 and Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) (30pts) was the game MVP there. Torpan Pojat lost in Helsinki vs Karhu (Kauhajoki) 89-91 and no team can stop Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) (Kauhajoki). This time Wood had 25pts/14rbs. YMCA Lahti lost at home vs Kataja (Joensuu) 67-100. Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, agency: Court Side) (23) and Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) (18) led Kataja in points.
Korihait - KTP Basket OT 103-100 (88) (52-36). (Lawrence Wright 30, Nigel Moore 22, Petri Heinonen 18 - Jerald Fields 24/11, Mikael Holme 18, Jeb Ivey 17).
Tarmo - Vilpas 82-65 (38-36). (Jonathan Heard 26, Jerrah Young 17/17, Esa Maki-Tulokas 11 - Nicchaeus Doaks 23/10, Roope Ahonen 15, Samu Kaaresvirta 8).
Kouvot - Pyrinto 83-88 (34-42). (BA Walker 26, Antto Nikkarinen 19, Ville Kaunisto 15 - Damon Williams 31, Kenneth Lowe 24, Antero Lehto 11).
YMCA Lappeenranta - Honka 69-83 (40-42). (James Lewis 22, Malik Moore 15, Viljami Vanjoki 11 - Jamar Wilson 30/5a, John Williamson 18/12, Corey Belser 14).
Torpan Pojat - Kauhajoki 89-91 (39-49). (LaVell Blanchard 26, Timo Heinonen 15/13, Mikko Koivisto 12 - Jeremiah Wood 25/14, Walt Baxley 20, Vesa Makalainen 15).
YMCA Lahti - Kataja 67-100 (39-54). (Anthony Vereen 28, Roope Suonio 10 - Darren Fells 23, Jared Newson 18, Petri Virtanen 13).




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  FRANCE   


Jason Siggers claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jason Siggers (187-G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader SPO Rouen Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding four rebounds and six assists for Rouen in his team's victory, helping them to beat Evreux (#4, 14-7) 89-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Rouen to jump to the first place in the French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rouen has a very solid 16-5 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Siggers had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Rouen's top player in his first season with the team. University at Albany graduate has very impressive stats this year. Siggers is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.2ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Taron Downey (186-G-83) of Nantes. Downey impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 11 assists. It was enough for Nantes to edge the higher-ranked Maurienne (#9, 12-9) by 2 points 95-93. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Nantes keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-12 record. Downey is well-known by Nantes fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Chris Daniels (200-F-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Chalons-Reims (#6). Daniels scored 19 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Chalons-Reims, leading his team to a 83-80overtime win against Boulazac (13-8). Chalons-Reims needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Daniels has a great season in France. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.6rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 53.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sacha Massot (204-F/C-83) of Antibes - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Cheikhou Thioune (194-G/F-83) of Rouen - 20 points and 11 rebounds
6. Andre Harris (201-F/C-85) of Lille - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Bryan Mullins (185-G-87) of Chalons-Reims - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Moses Sonko (196-F-83) of Maurienne - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Korvotney Barber (201-F-87) of Nantes - 22 points and 10 rebounds
10. Austen Rowland (186-G-81) of Le Portel - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 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)


Eric Campbell replaces Zach Moss in Orleans - by Eurobasket News
Eric Campbell (199-F-76, agency: SportsTalent, college: Spring Hill) is a new player of Orleans. He signed a deal for rest of the season replacing his countrymate Zach Moss (201-F-81, college: Mountain St.).
Eric Campbell heads to Orleans from Israeli team Hapoel Holon. He played five games for them in Premier League averaging 9.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. Campbell won the French Cup title last season with ASVEL. He did the same with Le Mans in 2006 and was named MVP of the Final Tournament. That same season Le Mans was the ProA champion and Campbell won it also in 2009 with ASVEL. That season he had 8.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.2 apg for 32 games. In the past, Campbell played for Hapoel Holon, Hapoel Ironi Nahariya and Elitzur Qiryat Ata. He graduated at the Spring Hill University in 1999.


Nancy adds Terrance Johnson - by Eurobasket News
Terrance Johnson (196-G-82, college: Cal.Baptist) joined Nancy for rest of the season. The player will replace injured John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence), who will be out at least six weeks.
Terrance Johnson arrives to France from Dallas Impact (ABA). He is not a new face in the country as he spent last season with Boulazac. Johnson joined them in December of 2009 averaging 14.9 points, 3 rebounds and 1.2 assists for 23 ProB games. He also played for Bourg on season 2008/09. At that time Johnson had 12.7 ppg and 3 rpg for 37 games in ProB. In the past, Johnson was a member of Besancon, Dijon and Italian Ticino. He is a product of the Pepperdine and Cal-Baptist Universities.
Nancy currently has 12-5 record in ProA.


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. Bouldin, Clermont15.4 
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. Daniels, Chalons-.2.5 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.5 
 5. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 6. Craven, Dijon2.4 
 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. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 6. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 7. Daniels, Nanterre0.8 
 8. Davis, Evreux0.8 
 9. Diakite, Chalons-.0.8 
 10. Taccoen, Lille0.8 


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  GERMANY   


John Fowler (BC Energie Zwickau) I'm A Defense First Guy, But I Can Score. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Fowler (193-F-86, college: UALR) is a 24 year old 193cm forward that was born in Osceloa, Arkansas. He played at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In his senior year, he played 31games averaging 10.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 42.5%, 3Pts: 35.6%, FT: 71.3%. Some awards and achievements in his young career so far have been , Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals -08, 09, Sun Belt West Division Regular Season Champion -08, 09, and Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year -09. He is a rookie playing in Germany in the Regionaliga for BC Energie Zwickau. He took some time to talk to eurobasket about basketball.


1. John thanks for taking some time to talk to eurobasket. You are playing your first season in Germany for Regionaliga team BC Energie Zwickau. How do you like living in Germany?

I like living in Germany it is a good country the people are nice and friendly.



2. Was it a difficult transition coming to Germany and then especially to the former East Germany?

It really wasn't a difficult transition for me. I was just excited about the opportunity to come play professional basketball in Germany, I didn't care what part of Germany it was!



3. How difficult was it coming out of college and finding a professional team?

It was very difficult you think a team would want you right off the back but its not like that. So I just stayed working hard and prayed that I get a opportunity.


4. How did you go about getting through this process? Did you have an agent or did you do it yourself?

I tried a lot of things, but an agent helped me to get over here to Germany I'm thankful for that.



5. How do you like playing in the Regionaliga despite a few steps back from the competition of the NCAA?

Its ok but I love to compete and its not that much competition in the Regionaliga so hopefully I'll be competing with other players in the higher leagues next season.



6. Where will the journey of BC Zwickau end this season?

I hope our journey ends with us on top winning the Regionaliga league.



7. Is life on and off the court easier with a few more Americans around you?

It would be the same whether I have Americans on the team or none at all because I get along good with anybody.



8. What is your role in the team?

My role I really cant say because I do a number of things for our team.





9. What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away?

I would say scoring. Because I'm well known for defense I'm a defense first guy, but I can score.



10. How is your relationship to coach Stephan Wolf? What have you learned from him?

My relationship with Coach Wolf is great! I've learned how to stay calm on the court after a ref makes a bad call! Lol. I've also learned the game a little over here from him compared to how it's played in the U.S.


11. How is it playing for a German coach? Is it a big culture shock compared to what your used to from American coaches?

Its no culture shock at all, coaches are pretty much the same to me they teach and show you how to play the game.



12. What is your basketball goal? I am sure you would like to reach the next level right?

My basketball goal is making to the next level. Whether it be back in the U.S. or here in Europe I want to be able to play at the highest levels.



13. Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?

I grew up in Arkansas, I had a good childhood that was based all around sports. I was always playing some type of sport, but I loved basketball the most.



14. Who were your basketball idols?

Steve Francis, Tony Allen, Stephen Jackson, Caron Butler, and Latrell Spreewell just to name a few.



15. Was there ever a player in the NBA that you didnt like?

No not at all I liked all the players.



16. You played at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. What was your nicest experience on and off the court?

I didnt have too many nice experiences on the court because I played with a chip on my shoulder. Lol. Off the court I was the nicest guy in the world! Talk to everyone signed autographs, took pictures, and etc.


17. Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?

Courtney Lee



18. Your favorite team are the Boston Celtics team. What do you like most about them?

Yes they are! What I like about them the most is that they play hard, play smart and they play together.


19. What do you like most about Derrick Rose?

He gives it his all every time he's on the floor he wants to win and he is exciting to watch.



20. What do you like about Blue Hill Avenue?

Man it is a classic movie I think if people watched this movie they'll have a different look on life.



21.What made Martin such a famous TV show?

Martin himself because he is hilarious!



22. How did you get the nickname The Real Reason?

I have a lot of nicknames, but my homeboy came up with it back home. He said since Paul Pierce is The Truth I'm The Real Reason. I'm The Real Reason why little kids back home want to be a basketball player it goes on a list of other things.



23. What was your most crazy shot that you made in a practice or game?

The most crazy shot I made was the game winner in the Sun-Belt Conference quarter final game to beat Denver.



24. What were the most free throws that you made in a row in practice?

The most I made was 20.


25. What do you miss most from the States?

I miss my family and friends but I'm not home sick and some of the food back in the States.



26. What has been your most crazy experience in Germany off the court?

It has to be the club life its is wild and crazy I like it!



27. You have a lot of free time in Germany. What do you do in your free time?

In my free time I like to go workout and go to the shopping mall.


28. What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Kings of Comedy


Thanks John for the chat.




Kamil Novak (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Dashaun Wood Has The Right Players Around Him Which Makes Him Better - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kamil Novak has been sport director of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners since 2005. He also was coach for one game in 2006 after Ivan Sunara was fired. In the 90s, he played in the BBL for Rhondorf. He also played in his native Czech Republic for NH Ostrava with his best statistical season being 1997-1998 where he averaged 18,7ppg and 8,2rpg. He also played in Austria and Luxemberg before ending his basketball career with MTV Kronberg from 2002-2005. He took some time to talk with eurobasket after the 71-56 win against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.



You were very content after the 71-56 win in Bremerhaven. Are The Deutsche bank Skyliners now finally playing the right way that they should?


It was very obvious in this game that we controlled the game and I was very impressed by the guys. I was impressed how well the team played again without Powell and Moye. The team was very concentrated and it was just a very good game by us.


What did the training team do better since the Bamberg loss? Current top scorer of the BEKO BBL Dashaun wood said that the team did every thing wrong in the Bamberg game, but have done everything right in the last two wins against Bonn and Bremerhaven.


We let Bamberg control the game too quickly in the first quarter which they carried over until the end. I dont know why this was, but maybe we had to much respect for them or were to motivated. We turned it around against Bonn not going stiff into the game, but playing concentrated defense for 40 minutes which was similar to how we played in Bremerhaven as well. I hope that the team learned their lesson against Bamberg. We have shown in the last games that we dont have to hide from anyone. I hope that we have to play against Bamberg a few more times and then that we will have better chances when Powell is back.


How difficult is to consistently play strong defense when you always have to face new opponents?



The principle on defense is always the same for us. There are small differences how we play depending on the opponent, but the defensive rules are always the same for us. The guys have shown that they are very motivated and concentrated on defense and it has shown in the results.


How happy were you with the offense of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Bremerhaven?


Our goal on offense is always to find the open man and make the extra pass. We gave a good team performance on offense.


Bremerhaven guard Tyrone Brazelton told me after game that Quantez Robertson is the glue that keeps the team together. Tez didnt have the strongest stat game, but he helped the team. How did he help the team the best?



I think the remark from Brazelton is correct that Tez holds the team together. We never worry about who makes the most points and rebounds, but our focus is always on defense. Tez did the small dirty things that you dont see in the stats.



How happy were you with the performance of young 18 year old Carl Lindbom who had to come off the bench and help as some players were in foul trouble?



Calle did his job well. He made some points which helped his self confidence. We have some problems on the position four with Powell out so we had to play him, but he did a good job.



Is DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) the most dominating player at the moment in The BEKO BBL?



That is a hard question, but Wood is very important for us, because he can do so many things well like control the tempo, score, rebound and get assists. But you have to remember that he has the right players around him which makes him better.


Who had DaShaun Wood on their radar? You, Gordon Herbert or Klaus Perwass?


I will only say that Wood was on the radar of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.


What can The Deutsche Bank Skyliners still improve on?


We can always get better on offense and defense and crack down on turnovers. We also can get better rebounding. It would be nice if we could have a full team in practice. If we have a complete team in practice, we can practice with more intensity the way it is games.


How much respect do you have for a Jimmy Mckinney who has had three short term contracts this season, but continues to play well and not complain about his tough situation?


The situation for Jimmy is not easy, but we talk a lot with him. He never complains. This is his 5th season with us and he knows how the team works. he is simply a professional and acts like it.


The next game is against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig on Sunday. What can we await from this game?


The Phantoms are a team that have been in the upper part of the standings all season long. They will be very motivated to play against us since they are only two wins behind us and with a win could make some ground on us. They are very strong at home not having lost so much this season. They are a very talented team with experience with Marcus Goree. They have fresh guys with Tony Skinn and Lamarr Greer and strong in the paint with Kyle Visser.


What will be key in getting a win in Braunschweig?


The focus will be defense. We will try to get into the game with our defense which will carry over into our offense ad try to control the game from there.

Ex Skyliner Joe Dabbert got a job in the D League with the Idaho Stampde. His teammate is ex Celtic Antoine walker. How would the perfect combination be from Walker to Dabbert for a score?'


That is hard to say. I dont think that it would be a good idea for Joe to go coast to coast. I think the best combination would be for Joe to get open inside and get fed with a nice pass from walker for the dunk.

Why didnt Jerry Sloan and the Utah Jazz ever win a NBA title in 23 years?


Perhaps it had to do with missed luck and some money. The Utah Jazz and San Antonio were always my favorite teams. The Spurs won some titles in the past and perhaps this will happen for the Jazz. I hope that the Jazz will in the future.


When you hear the name Dennis Rodman, would you say he was more a Piston or more a Bull?


I would say that he was more a Bull. I think that Rodman was a very important reason why the team was so successful. The same that Wood needs good players to be successful was the same way with Michael Jordan. Rodman did not need the ball, but just did the dirty work.



What would be the perfect Kamil Novak Wetten Das bet?


I think the perfect bet would be some kind of beer bet, but not one where I have to drink a lot. The perfect basketball bet would be making hook shots from the foul line.



What wa sthe last DVD movie that you saw?



I saw Twilight with my daughter.



Thanks Kamil for the chat.






Deilvez Yearby claims German ProA honor - by Juliane Hoehne
Deilvez Yearby (198-F-87, college: IPFW) received the title Player of the Day on the 20th game day 2010/11 (Source: diejungeliga.de). The 24-year old American, who is playing for Cuxhaven BasCats, led his team to a 94-87 overtime-victory over Hannover scoring 32points and grabbing incredible 17rebounds. He also added two assists, two steals, and a blocked shot. The win was crucial for Cuxhaven, who is fighting for the stay in ProA.
Yearby is putting up great stats this season, which is his first professional after graduating from IPFW in 2010. He is currently ranked 11th in points with 16.3ppg, 1st in rebounds with 9.6rpg, and 6th in blocked shots with 1.5bpg.


Alba Berlin Nabs Taylor Rochestie - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL player signing deadline coming nearer and nearer to an end, Alba Berlin decided to get active to help their guard rotation and compensate for the release of American Hollis Price and have grabbed Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.). Rochestie is a 25 year old 185cm combo guard that was born in Houston, Texas and went to high school in Santa Barabra, California. He started this season in Turkey for Galatasaray Istanbul where he played 16 games averaging 7,9ppg, 3,5rpg and 3,1apg. 'I am happy about getting Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.). He will give our game added quality and further options. We will working very intensively with him so he quickly gets used to Berlin and can help us', stressed Alba Berlin coach Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ). Last season, Rochestie was a BEKO BBL rookie helping BG Goettingen win the Eurochallenge and reach the BEKO BBL playoffs. He played 38 BEKO BBL games averaging 15,1ppg, 2,8rpg and 3,2apg. Who could forget the BG Goettingen win in Berlin last season where the American steered his team to the win with a brilliant shooting clinic or him winning the 2010 BEKO BBL three point shooting contest at the All Star gae in Bonn. In the Eurochallenge, he averaged14,7ppg, 2,9rpg and 2,7apg. 'It is an honour to play for Alba Berlin. Since I played a year in Germany, I know what kind of an outstanding program that Alba Berlin has. I hope that I can do my part for the success of the team', added Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.). Rochestie played at Tulane (NCAA) from 2004-2005 and then transfered to Washington State where he played from 2006-2009. In his senior year, he averaged 13,2ppg, 3,6rpg and 4,5apg and helped the school reach the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2009.



Goettingen defeat Aris at home court - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen - Aris 74:55

Goettingen celebrated the third win in EuroCup Last 16. They held off Aris to improve at 3-1 record on top of Group J. Aris in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record after the loss. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) led the effort with 18 points.
Goettingen stunned Aris in the opening frame. The hosts went on a 13:0 run to tip off the action. The German side dominated every facet of the game to pile up a 21:6 advantage at the first intermission. Goettingen used a 7:0 run early in the second quarter to ensure a 28:8 lead. They did not slow down in the reminder of the first half to ensure a 45:20 advantage. Tapoutos and Bobby Brown tried to inject life in Aris with a pair of three-pointer in the third term but Goettingen quickly responded and posted a 64:38 lead at the final intermission. Aris got closer in the final term but never close enough for any sort of hope in this one. Louis Dale (180-G-88, college: Cornell) netted 16 points, while Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) and Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) had 14 points each in the win. P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) responded with 17 points for Aris. John Thomas (206-F/C-75, college: Minnesota) finished with 9 points in the loss.

Goettingen: Dwayne Anderson 18, Louis Dale 16, Jason Boone 14, Mike Scott 14
Aris: P.J. Tucker 17, John Thomas 9




The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf Finally Find A Big Man With Esmir Rizvic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With all the players that have come and gone in the last months for try outs with The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf, it sometimes seemed like the total number of players that had been tested could of equaedl the number of record touch down passes that New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady amassed in the 2007-2008 NFL season with 50, but Giants skipper Murat Didin finally found a big man with Esmir Rizvic (213-C-82, college: Texas Tech). Rizvic is a 29 year old 213cm center from Bosnia and Herzegovina. This season he played shortly in his home country for KK Kakanj playing three games averaging 1,3ppg and 1,3rpg in 8 minutes time. He started his professional basketball career in 1999 for Celik Zenica until 2004. He then went to the States and played for Gulf Coast CC (NJCAA) from 2004-2006. He then transfered to Texas Tech where Americans Ronald Ross and Will Chavis played from 2006-2009. In his senior year, he played 13 games: 1.1ppg, 1.5rpg. Last season, he played for Zlatorog Lasko (Slovenia-Telemach League): 35 games: 8.2ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 53.3%, FT: 75.2%. Some Awards/Achievements in his career have been Adidas Summer Camp in Germany -99, Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team -01, 09, Bosnian League Finalist -01, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Semifinals -03, Bosnian League All-Stars Game -04, Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team -09, and Slovenian Cup Finalist -10.

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Goettingen defeat Aris at home court - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen - Aris 74:55

Goettingen celebrated the third win in EuroCup Last 16. They held off Aris to improve at 3-1 record on top of Group J. Aris in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record after the loss. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) led the effort with 18 points.
Goettingen stunned Aris in the opening frame. The hosts went on a 13:0 run to tip off the action. The German side dominated every facet of the game to pile up a 21:6 advantage at the first intermission. Goettingen used a 7:0 run early in the second quarter to ensure a 28:8 lead. They did not slow down in the reminder of the first half to ensure a 45:20 advantage. Tapoutos and Bobby Brown tried to inject life in Aris with a pair of three-pointer in the third term but Goettingen quickly responded and posted a 64:38 lead at the final intermission. Aris got closer in the final term but never close enough for any sort of hope in this one. Louis Dale (180-G-88, college: Cornell) netted 16 points, while Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) and Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) had 14 points each in the win. P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) responded with 17 points for Aris. John Thomas (206-F/C-75, college: Minnesota) finished with 9 points in the loss.

Goettingen: Dwayne Anderson 18, Louis Dale 16, Jason Boone 14, Mike Scott 14
Aris: P.J. Tucker 17, John Thomas 9




Panathinaikos without Kaimakoglou - by Giorgos Diploidis
Tomorrow the team of Panathinaikos Athens will have to face Caja Laboral in home area. The team of Zelimir Obradovic is looking for a win bigger in points than their lost in Vitoria (77-70) that will give him the chance to the favorite for the first place in group E.

The 'Greens' will not have with them for another one game , Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) (206-C/F-83) who is suffering from an injury and the doctors decided to not start trainings yet. The Greek forward was excellent in the match of the team of Athens in Vilnius, against Lietuvos but since then is very unlucky.



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Powerade bikarinn - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Next Saturday is the biggest game of the season when Powerade Cup finals is.
Played in National Arena Laugardalsholl.
The two teams in the finals are Grindavik vs. KR.
KR has been on a good run after Christmas in the league and are now in second place, only one win less than top team Snaefell.
Grindavik has been loosing in last 4 games and are on fourth place in the league.
KR has not made any changes on the roster this season when all other teams have done so. Grindavik for example are now with their third American + a new European player.
All these changes has not worked out well for Grindavik in same time KR import player Marcus Walker (186-G-86, agency: 011 Sports, college: Colorado St.) has been playing better and better and is one of the best player in the league.
KR coach can use more players from the bench.
Exciting Saturday coming up


Icelanders in Swedish All Star game - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Next weekend is the All Star weekend in Sweden.
It will be held in Sundsvall, the home of the number one team in Sweden at the moment.
Three Icelandic players will play in the game.
Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) from Solna Vikings will be on the South team.
Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) ( Agency Icebasket) and Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) ( Agency Icebasket) from Sundsvall Dragons will represent the North team.
Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) and Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) will both participate in the three point shooting contest


Best players of Icelandic Express L. round 18 - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Gunnar Aorsteinsson (204-C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Keflavik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 22-year old center had a double-double of 24 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Haukar (#6, 8-10) in overtime 106-99. Keflavik is placed at 3rd position in Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Keflavik will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. Aorsteinsson has many years of experience at Keflavik, through which he has constantly improved. Gunnar Aorsteinsson averages this season 14.9ppg and 8.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Semaj Inge (193-G-87) of Haukar. Inge impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Haukar lost that overtime game 99-106 to the higher-ranked Keflavik (#3, 13-5). Haukar managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Inge is a newcomer at Haukar 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 23.3ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 8.0rpg and 5.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Marko Milicevic (204-F-82) of KFI (#12). Milicevic scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Milicevic's great performance KFI lost 86-100 to the higher-ranked KR (#2, 14-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. KFI can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-14 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Milicevic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Milicevic has a very solid season. In 6 games in Iceland he scored 16.2ppg. He also has 5.3rpg, 2.8spg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 67.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Smith (198-F-82) of Njardvik - 28 points and 15 rebounds
5. Devin Sweetney (198-G/F-87) of Hamar - 38 points and 4 rebounds
6. Marcus Walker (186-G-86) of KR - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Finnur Magnusson (206-C) of KR - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nemanja Sovic (198-F-77) of IR - 29 points and 8 rebounds
9. Kelly Biedler (196-F-88) of IR - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jonathan Moore (203-F/G-82) of Njardvik - 23 points, 8 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)


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Longmire, Belfast .28.1 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune27.4 
 3. Van, UCC Demons24.3 
 4. Mitchell, UL Ea.24.2 
 5. Foley, Ulster Elks23.8 
 6. Turner, Killester23.5 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.23.2 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.22.1 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen20.8 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.7 
 2. Van, UCC Demons14.3 
 3. Ambler, Moycullen13.1 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.2 
 5. Turner, Killester10.9 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.10.3 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.10.1 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune9.8 
 9. Trimmer, DCU S.8.8 
 10. Longmire, Belfast .8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.4 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.8 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian5.2 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.9 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.2 
 6. Westbrooks, Killester3.4 
 7. Turner, Killester3.3 
 8. Clarke, Killester3.3 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.3.2 
 10. Foley, Ulster Elks3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  Neptune
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. McGinn, Neptune3.3 
 2. Noonan, Neptune2.8 
 3. Donnelly, DCU S.2.6 
 4. Turner, Killester2.5 
 5. Kelly, Killester2.4 
 6. Dowd, Moycullen2.3 
 7. Nihill, Moycullen2.3 
 8. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 9. Westbrooks, Killester2.3 
 10. Crowder, UCD M.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Van, UCC Demons2.5 
 2. Baynes, UCD Marian2.4 
 3. Bonaparte, Neptune2.3 
 4. Turner, Killester2.1 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 6. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.9 
 7. Longmire, Belfast .1.6 
 8. Kamara, Neptune0.9 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen0.9 
 10. Crowder, UCD M.0.9 


SuperLeague Round 16: Derby game ends with Neptune's defeat of UCC Demons - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Cork: Neptune (#3) and UCC Demons (#2). Neptune (8-7) won against visiting UCC Demons (9-5) 73-62. They outrebounded UCC Demons 49-30 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Neptune made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Grenadian forward Michael Bonaparte (196-82, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Philip Taylor (196-86, college: Genesee CC) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for UCC Demons. Neptune maintains third position with 8-7 record having five points less than leader UL Eagles. UCC Demons at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. Neptune are looking forward to face UCD Marian (#3) in Dublin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. UCC Demons will play on the road against the league's leader UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for DCU Saints (9-7) which hosted in Dublin 4th ranked Moycullen (1-15). Second ranked DCU Saints managed to get a 10-point victory 78-68. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and James Donnelly who added 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Mason Ambler (198-85, college: Coker, agency: R.H.Consultancy) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. DCU Saints have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-7 record having three points less than leader UL Eagles. Moycullen lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 15 games lost. DCU Saints will play against Ulster Elks (#5) on the road in the next round. Moycullen will play against Belfast Star and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for UCD Marian (8-9) which played road game in Belfast against one of their biggest challengers Belfast Star (5-9). Third ranked UCD Marian managed to get a 6-point victory 83-77. The winners were led by James Crowder who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by Clayton Longmire did not help to save the game for Belfast Star. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. UCD Marian maintains third position with 8-9 record having three points less than leader UL Eagles. Loser Belfast Star keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. UCD Marian will meet at home Neptune (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belfast Star will play against Moycullen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
SuperLeague top team - Dart Killester (13-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Ulster Elks (3-12) in Dublin 91-67. Jermaine Turner fired a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds for the winners. Dart Killester's coach Mark Keenan felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dart Killester have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-2 record. Ulster Elks at the other side keep the fifth place with 12 games lost. Dart Killester's next round opponent will be league's leader UL Eagles in Limerick and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ulster Elks will play at home against the league's second-placed DCU Saints (#2) in Dublin.



DCU Saints - Moycullen 78-68

An interesting game for DCU Saints (9-7) which hosted in Dublin 4th ranked Moycullen (1-15). Second ranked DCU Saints managed to get a 10-point victory 78-68. DCU Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Moycullen's 32. DCU Saints forced 24 Moycullen turnovers and outrebounded them 58-42 including a 29-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard James Donnelly (191-84) who added 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Mason Ambler (198-85, college: Coker, agency: R.H.Consultancy) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Dylan Cunningham (195-91) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. DCU Saints have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-7 record having three points less than leader UL Eagles. Moycullen lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 15 games lost. DCU Saints will play against Ulster Elks (#5) on the road in the next round. Moycullen will play against Belfast Star and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DCU Saints: J.Donnelly 20+6reb, M.Provizors 18+15reb+3ast, P.Glover 12+7reb+1ast, P.Crean 12+8reb+4ast, E.Donnelly 8+6reb+6ast, K.Lacey 5+6reb
Moycullen: D.Cunningham 16+8reb, J.Loughnane 12+2reb+2ast, M.Ambler 11+12reb+4ast, P.O'Brien 10+6reb, M.Kurcenkovas 8+4reb+1ast, M.Dowd 5+3reb+1ast
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Neptune - UCC Demons 73-62

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Cork: Neptune (#3) and UCC Demons (#2). Neptune (8-7) won against visiting UCC Demons (9-5) 73-62. They outrebounded UCC Demons 49-30 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Neptune made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Grenadian forward Michael Bonaparte (196-82, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Philip Taylor (196-86, college: Genesee CC) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Kyle Hosford (-89) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for UCC Demons. Four UCC Demons players scored in double figures. Neptune maintains third position with 8-7 record having five points less than leader UL Eagles. UCC Demons at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. Neptune are looking forward to face UCD Marian (#3) in Dublin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. UCC Demons will play on the road against the league's leader UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Neptune: M.Bonaparte 24+13reb+1ast, P.Taylor 17+9reb, M.McGinn 11+4reb+1ast, G.Noonan 9+5reb+3ast, G.Walsh 7+2reb+1ast, J.Kamara 3+16reb
UCC Demons: C.O'Sullivan 18+2ast, M.Van 16+12reb+1ast, K.Hosford 13+7reb+2ast, S.Coughlan 10+5reb, D.O'Sullivan 3+1reb, S.Duggan 2+3reb
gschID: 107980


Belfast Star - UCD Marian 77-83

An interesting game for UCD Marian (8-9) which played road game in Belfast against one of their biggest challengers Belfast Star (5-9). Third ranked UCD Marian managed to get a 6-point victory 83-77. UCD Marian made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by American forward James Crowder (201-86, college: Pfeiffer, agency: Agency No 10) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Daniel James (189-90) supported him with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Five UCD Marian players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by American forward Clayton Longmire (201-84, college: St.Rose (NY)) did not help to save the game for Belfast Star. His fellow American import guard Matthew Jackson (191-90, college: Humboldt St.) added 16 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. UCD Marian maintains third position with 8-9 record having three points less than leader UL Eagles. Loser Belfast Star keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. UCD Marian will meet at home Neptune (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belfast Star will play against Moycullen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UCD Marian: J.Crowder 21+10reb+3ast, D.James 21+6reb+6ast, N.Meany 13+6reb+3ast, C.Meany 12+1reb+5ast, N.Baynes 10+5reb+2ast, B.Glover 6+6reb+2ast
Belfast Star: C.Longmire 18+5reb+3ast, M.Jackson 16+6reb+3ast, M.McKillop 11+9reb+1ast, C.McVeigh 8+1reb+3ast, S.Summersgill 6+1reb, F.Toner 6+4reb+2ast
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Killester - Ulster Elks 91-67

SuperLeague top team - Dart Killester (13-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Ulster Elks (3-12) in Dublin 91-67. Dart Killester forced 24 Ulster Elks turnovers. Naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) fired a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard John Behan (193-85) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Dart Killester's coach Mark Keenan felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Benjamin De La Cruz produced 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and guard Barry Drumm (186-87) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Dart Killester have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-2 record. Ulster Elks at the other side keep the fifth place with 12 games lost. Dart Killester's next round opponent will be league's leader UL Eagles in Limerick and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ulster Elks will play at home against the league's second-placed DCU Saints (#2) in Dublin.
Top scorers:
Killester: J.Turner 33+12reb+2ast, J.Behan 19+8reb+3ast, P.Kelly 13+3ast, M.Westbrooks 6+1reb+2ast, P.Madsen 6, D.Sealy 5+4reb+1ast
Ulster Elks: B.De La Cruz 34+6reb+4ast, B.Drumm 12+5reb+4ast, K.Foley 10+5reb+3ast, P.McGaharan 7+4ast, C.McEvilly 4+4reb+1ast, A.Hickey 0
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  ISRAEL   


Loto League: Solomon and Labanowski added to the rosters - by Eurobasket News
Or Solomon (194-F-93) debuted for in Maccabi Rishon as the player joined the team recently. The 1993 year born Israeli Forward is an Israeli U18 National Team -10. Last year at the European Championships U16 in Kaunas (Lithuania) after 6 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 6.5rpg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 75.0%. In his debut game his only three-pointer was successful as his Maccabi Rishon beat Maccabi Haifa 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.
Sean Labanowski (203-F-92) meanwhile appeared in Maccabi T-A. The 1992 year born Forward is an Israeli U18 National Team player -09-10. At the European Championships U18 in Metz (France) -09 after 4 games he averaged 2.3ppg, 1.3rpg. At the European Championships U18 Division B in Israel -10 (Semifinals) after 8 games he increased to 10.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.8spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 9.1%, FT: 69.2%.



National League Round 19: Hapoel T-A edges Beer Yaakov by one point - by Eurobasket News
Sixth-ranked Beer Yaakov (10-9) made lots of trouble for first ranked Hapoel T-A (17-1) on Tuesday. The visitors from Tel-Aviv managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Beer Yaakov won third quarter 30-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hapoel T-A won last quarter 13-14. Hapoel T-A outrebounded Beer Yaakov 33-18 including 22 on the defensive glass. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) fired 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Matan Naor (194-80) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American-Cape Verdean guard Joshua Gomes (190-83, college: E.Illinois) produced 27 points for lost side. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first place with 17-1 record. Beer Yaakov lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Hapoel Tivon. Hapoel T-A are looking forward to face Megido/Yokneam (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Beer Yaakov will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi HBK in Habikaa and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Yokneam. Fourth ranked Megido/Yokneam (11-7) saved a 2-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Maccabi HBK (14-5) 88-86 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Maccabi HBK. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Ramon Clemente contributed with 24 points for the winners. Megido/Yokneam's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Steffon Bradford (200-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Maccabi HBK. Megido/Yokneam moved-up to third place. Maccabi HBK at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Megido/Yokneam will play against league's leader Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi HBK will play at home against Beer Yaakov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Elitzur Yavne (11-8) against thirteenth ranked Hod Hasharon (7-12) on Tuesday night. Host Elitzur Yavne was defeated by Hod Hasharon in Yavne 101-89. Hod Hasharon moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Lev Hasharon and Hapoel Beeri. Loser Elitzur Yavne dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Hod Hasharon will meet at home higher ranked Kohav Yair (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Elitzur Yavne will play against Lev Hasharon (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against tenth-ranked Lev Hasharon 92-82. It was an exceptional evening for Jeron Roberts who led the winners and scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Ironi Nahariya maintains fourteenth place with 4-15 record. Lev Hasharon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Ironi Nahariya's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Beeri (#11) in Beer-Shev and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game in Ramat Gan was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Hapoel Afula (9-10) played at the court of eighth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (9-10). Ironi Ramat Gan defeated Hapoel Afula 90-74 on Tuesday. Shelton Colwell fired 26 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Hapoel Afula. Ironi Ramat Gan will face Elitzur Ramla (#10) on the road in the next round.

In the last two games of round 19 Elitzur Ramla defeated Kohav Yair in a road game 99-90. Hapoel Tivon was beaten by Hapoel Beeri at home 86-99.



Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel Afula 90-74

The game in Ramat Gan was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Hapoel Afula (9-10) played at the court of eighth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (9-10). Ironi Ramat Gan defeated Hapoel Afula 90-74 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Ramat Gan. Hapoel Afula was better in second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Ramat Gan shot 60.8 percent from the field and made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Ironi Ramat Gan outrebounded Hapoel Afula 47-14 including a 37-8 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ironi Ramat Gan made 9 blocks. American power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) fired 26 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. His fellow American import guard Albert Fisher (184-86, college: Kent St.) chipped in 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Bryant Markson (198-83, college: Utah) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Avi Eliyahu (175-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Hapoel Afula. Ironi Ramat Gan will face Elitzur Ramla (#10) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: A.Eliyahu 19+1reb+2ast, B.Markson 19+5reb+1ast, O.Shmidt 9+1reb+1ast, E.Solomoviz 8+1reb, T.Michael Dunne 7+2reb+1ast, G.Aud 6+1reb
Ironi Ramat Gan: S.Colwell 26+9reb+2ast, A.Fisher 25+5reb+7ast, Y.Yatzkan 18+9reb+6ast, C.Zigdon 7, I.Rosefelt 6+19reb+2ast, I.Ohanon 4+3reb
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Kohav Yair - Elitzur Ramla 90-99

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Kohav Yair (8-11) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Elitzur Ramla (8-11) 99-90 on Tuesday. Elitzur Ramla looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Guard Dror Davidi (190-84) fired 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Ilan Berkowitz (186-75) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Aviram Zelkovits (191-89) added 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Five Elitzur Ramla and four Kohav Yair players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Kohav Yair. Kohav Yair lost third consecutive game. Elitzur Ramla will face higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Kohav Yair: O.Rub 20+1reb+2ast, E.Traimel 20+11reb+3ast, A.Zelkovits 20+2reb+1ast, S.Harush 11+2reb+5ast, T.Atlas 8+2reb, G.Amitai 6+1reb+1ast
Elitzur Ramla: D.Davidi 25+5reb+7ast, K.Young 15+6reb+2ast, I.Berkowitz 15+8reb+5ast, A.Sukar 15+1reb+3ast, L.Levi 14+3reb+5ast, D.Paris 13+5reb+1ast
gschID: 105638


Elitzur Yavne - Hod Hasharon 89-101

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Elitzur Yavne (11-8) against thirteenth ranked Hod Hasharon (7-12) on Tuesday night. Host Elitzur Yavne was defeated by Hod Hasharon in Yavne 101-89. Hod Hasharon moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Lev Hasharon and Hapoel Beeri. Loser Elitzur Yavne dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Hod Hasharon will meet at home higher ranked Kohav Yair (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Elitzur Yavne will play against Lev Hasharon (#13) and hope to secure a win.
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Ironi Nahariya - Lev Hasharon 92-82

Bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against tenth-ranked Lev Hasharon 92-82. Lev Hasharon was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 51-33 second half run of Ironi Nahariya. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for the former international swingman Jeron Roberts (194-76, college: Wyoming, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who led the winners and scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Jason Johnson (203-86, college: S.Carolina St.) accounted for 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side. Four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Inam Eiram (194-88, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 21 points respectively for Lev Hasharon in the defeat. Ironi Nahariya maintains fourteenth place with 4-15 record. Lev Hasharon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Ironi Nahariya's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Beeri (#11) in Beer-Shev and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Lev Hasharon: I.Eiram 21+2reb+2ast, L.Wade 18+8reb+2ast, Lavi 14+2reb+8ast, O.Hover 8+3reb+1ast, Y.Moshe 8+11reb+2ast, R.Pitshon 7+3reb
Ironi Nahariya: J.Roberts 25+5reb+7ast, J.Johnson 20+14reb+1ast, A.Pereg 20+3reb+1ast, A.Ohana 11+5reb+7ast, E.Drayton 9+4reb+1ast, O.Ben Hemo 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 105640


Hapoel Tivon - Hapoel Beeri 86-99

There was a surprise result in Kiryat Tivon where twelfth ranked Hapoel Beeri (7-12) defeated higher ranked Hapoel Tivon (10-9) 99-86 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 17-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-86. Hapoel Beeri dominated on the defensive end, holding Hapoel Tivon to just 6 points in second quarter. They made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Hapoel Beeri had a 34-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Hapoel Tivon was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Raymond Canady Jr. (201-84, college: Valdosta St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Canady Jr. is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Hapoel Beeri players scored in double figures. American swingman Tramaine Stevens (200-87, college: Morehead St.) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and guard Oded Shaashoua (187-82, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 20 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Hapoel Beeri have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Lev Hasharon and Hod Hasharon. Loser Hapoel Tivon keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Hapoel Beeri will face bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya (#14) at home in the next round. Hapoel Tivon will play against the league's leader Hapoel T-A (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Tivon: T.Stevens 22+5reb+3ast, O.Shaashoua 20+3reb+6ast, B.Timor 13+2reb+1ast, J.Horovitz 9+12reb+1ast, B.Strong 7+6reb+1ast, K.Izik 6+9reb+2ast
Hapoel Beeri: R.Canady Jr. 26+10reb+2ast, S.Moragne 25+14reb+2ast, D.Aidan 14+9reb+2ast, A.Borsuk 12+5reb+2ast, H.Shifman 10+4reb+7ast, H.Barbi 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 105634


Beer Yaakov - Hapoel T-A 84-85

Sixth-ranked Beer Yaakov (10-9) made lots of trouble for first ranked Hapoel T-A (17-1) on Tuesday. The visitors from Tel-Aviv managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Beer Yaakov won third quarter 30-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hapoel T-A won last quarter 13-14. Hapoel T-A outrebounded Beer Yaakov 33-18 including 22 on the defensive glass. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) fired 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Matan Naor (194-80) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American-Cape Verdean guard Joshua Gomes (190-83, college: E.Illinois) produced 27 points and American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first place with 17-1 record. Beer Yaakov lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Hapoel Tivon. Hapoel T-A are looking forward to face Megido/Yokneam (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Beer Yaakov will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi HBK in Habikaa and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Beer Yaakov: J.Gomes 27+1reb+2ast, J.Hall 17+5reb+4ast, G.Karni 10+5reb+1ast, Y.Liutrin 10+1reb, I.Bochman 8+3reb+1ast, O.Farhi 7+3reb+7ast
Hapoel T-A: A.Uter 24+8reb+2ast, M.Naor 21+8reb+3ast, B.Asbury 11+5reb, G.Eytan 9+4reb+3ast, E.Eliyah 8+3reb+2ast, Y.Lahat 8+1reb+8ast
gschID: 105635


Megido/Yokneam - Maccabi HBK 88-86

Important game to mention about took place in Yokneam. Fourth ranked Megido/Yokneam (11-7) saved a 2-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Maccabi HBK (14-5) 88-86 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Maccabi HBK. It looked good early as Maccabi HBK took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Megido/Yokneam had a 28-14 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi HBK was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 86-88. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Megido/Yokneam's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Steffon Bradford (200-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB, agency: Lanshire Group) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi HBK. Five Maccabi HBK players scored in double figures. Megido/Yokneam moved-up to third place. Maccabi HBK at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Megido/Yokneam will play against league's leader Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi HBK will play at home against Beer Yaakov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi HBK: P.Delaney 21+5reb+2ast, S.Bradford 18+9reb+3ast, N.Matalon 15+1reb, I.Lev 13+7reb+3ast, I.Grinboim 11+3reb+3ast, O.Shaltiel 4+3reb
Megido/Yokneam: N.Miller 32+11reb+5ast, R.Clemente 24+3reb, L.Shvarzvald 8+1reb+2ast, J.Shtarkman 8+2reb+3ast, N.Levi 5+3ast, N.Tishman 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 105636




Best players of Israeli Premier League round 17 - by Eurobasket News
American Romeo Travis (201-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Elitzur Netanya and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 26-year old forward had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Elitzur Netanya in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Ironi Ashkelon (#10, 4-13) 76-74. Elitzur Netanya maintains the 8th position in Israeli Premier League. Elitzur Netanya is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-11 record. Travis turned to be Elitzur Netanya's top player in his first season with the team. Romeo Travis averages this season 14.2ppg and 6.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American guard Willie Solomon (187-G-78) of second-ranked Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. Solomon impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Hapoel J-M lost that game 80-86 to the lower-ranked Hapoel Holon (#7, 8-9). Hapoel J-M managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 10-7 record is not bad at all. Solomon is a newcomer at Hapoel J-M 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 American Germaine Jackson (195-G-76, agency: Interperformances) of Maccabi Haifa (#9). Jackson showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, five rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. Despite Jackson's great performance Maccabi Haifa lost 85-96 to the higher-ranked Maccabi Rishon (#4, 9-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Maccabi Haifa can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jackson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jackson has a very solid season. In 4 games in Israel he scored 13.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marco Killingsworth (203-F-82) of Maccabi Haifa - 27 points and 10 rebounds
5. Meir Tapiro (194-G-75) of Maccabi Ashdod - 16 points and 10 assists
6. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of Maccabi T-A - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dwayne Mitchell (194-G-82) of Maccabi Rishon - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Raymar Morgan (203-F-88) of Maccabi Rishon - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Rahshon Turner (201-F-75) of Ironi Ashkelon - 19 points and 12 rebounds
10. Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85) of Maccabi T-A - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 17-1 
 2. Maccabi HBK 14-5 
 3. Megido/Yokneam 11-7 
 4. Elitzur Yavne 11-8 
 5. Hapoel Tivon 10-9 
 6. Beer Yaakov 10-9 
 7. Ironi Ramat Gan 9-10 
 8. Hapoel Afula 9-10 
 9. Kohav Yair 8-11 
 10. Elitzur Ramla 8-11 
 11. Hapoel Beeri 7-12 
 12. Hod Hasharon 7-12 
 13. Lev Hasharon 7-12 
 14. Ironi Nahariya 4-15 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Stacey MORAGNE
  Hapoel Beeri
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Moragne, Hapoel B.27.7 
 2. Asbury, Hapoel T-A25.9 
 3. Miller, Megido/Y.24.2 
 4. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.0 
 5. Gomez, Beer Yaakov22.7 
 6. Webb, Hapoel Tivon22.7 
 7. Clemente, Megido.22.6 
 8. Timberlake, Elitzu.21.5 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon21.3 
 10. Delaney, Maccabi .21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.1 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.2 
 3. Brandy, Hod H.10.6 
 4. Strong, Hapoel T.10.3 
 5. Moragne, Hapoel B.9.8 
 6. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 7. Clemente, Megido.9.7 
 8. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 9. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 10. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yaron LAHAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A7.1 
 2. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.5 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.4 
 4. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.6.3 
 5. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri5.4 
 6. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.3 
 7. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.3 
 8. Housman, Hapoel T.5.2 
 9. Fisher, Ironi R.4.7 
 10. Skverer, Maccabi .4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Iftach BOCHMAN
  Beer Yaakov
  (196-G/F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bochman, Beer Y.3.0 
 2. Miller, Megido/Y.2.9 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.9 
 4. Delaney, Maccabi .2.6 
 5. Markson, Hapoel A.2.6 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.2 
 7. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
 9. Harush, Kohav Yair2.0 
 10. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.6 
 2. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.1.9 
 4. Utter, Hapoel T-A1.8 
 5. Wade, Lev Hasharon1.7 
 6. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.7 
 7. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.7 
 8. Brandy, Hod H.1.4 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 10. Johnson, Ironi N.1.4 


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  ITALY   


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Evangelisti, Trapani18.6 
 2. Ricciardi, Palestrina18.0 
 3. Vico, Matera17.2 
 4. Reati, Treviglio17.2 
 5. Tassinari, Moncalieri17.2 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.2 
 7. Rugolo, Molfetta15.8 
 8. Becerra, Rieti15.6 
 9. Casadei, Comsum.i.15.5 
 10. Musso, Perugia15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza10.9 
 2. Corral, Molfetta9.9 
 3. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.5 
 4. Basei, Ostuni9.5 
 5. Zambon, Rieti9.0 
 6. Capitanelli, Pales.8.7 
 7. Chiaramello, Recanati8.4 
 8. Zerini, Ruvo8.4 
 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. Lenardon, Massafra3.1 
 9. Parente, Moncalieri3.1 
 10. Bolzonella, Piacenza3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.5 
 2. Marcante, ASD P.3.2 
 3. Bushati, Brescia3.2 
 4. Gullo, Patti3.2 
 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. Candido, Ferentino1.0 
 6. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 7. Raminelli, Castelle.1.0 
 8. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 9. Pozzi, Molfetta0.9 
 10. Spippoli, Palestrina0.9 


Teramo add Robert Fultz - by Eurobasket News
Teramo have agreed on terms of contract with Robert Fultz (190-G-82, agency: Interperformances). The 28-year-old guard spent the last three seasons in Reggio Emilia. Last season Robert Fultz averaged 11.4 points, 2.8 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. This season his stats read 9.2 points, 3.1 assists and 2.4 rebounds per appearance. Earlier Robert Fultz played for Bologna, Livorno and Pesaro. Robert Fultz attended Italian National Team Camp in 2006 and 2007.


Edgar Sosa Coming of Age in Italy - by Carl Berman
When Edgar Sosa (188-G-88, college: Louisville) was running down the hard-top surfaces of Dyckman Park he had no idea how far basketball would take him. First to an solid four-year career at the University of Louisville, then to a stint with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. But no one could have told him he would he playing 3,957 miles from New York at the foothills of the Alps in Biella, Italy.

Sosa is playing for Angelico Biella in the top Italian basketball league. The team has been around the .500 mark this season, currently 8-10, and will struggle to make the playoffs. Sosa is doing well, averaging 14.5 points and 4.2 assists in 30 minutes of action. Hes shooting over 50% from the field and 38% from outside the arc and is adapting well to the European professional game.

NetScouts Basketballs top Italian scout, Demetrius Laffitte caught up with Edgar after a recent game. Edgar enjoys Italy and the European style of play. Coach Massimo is like Coach Pitino in that he allows me to have some freedom when I play, this keeps the game fun for me. The game is more physical here. In the States we are thought to use our feet on defense not our hands. Here they let you hold, bump and grab so I had to spend extra time in the weight room to be able to deal with the physical play. Here Coach is teaching me to play without the ball and utilize my speed to get open off screens or back door cuts. Its more of a team game here

Edgar feels that playing at Rice and Dyckman Park prepared him well. First thing every New York guard must know how to handle and take their man off the dribble. This is what we are taught at an early age to use during Streetball games. Coach Massimo allows me to do it at times, so we have many pick and roll plays which allow me to have options off of the pick. Edgar continues ,Because at UL we played an uptempo / open court type of game but we also ran our sets when needed. Streetball is all open court. The Pro game here fast paced but under control (team play), Edgar explained. My style is open court. I get very excited when I get the ball on the break to make something happen. If nothing is there then we go to our half court.

Edgar believes that a structured environment helps his play. Our offense gives everyone a role and we all know what to do and when to do it. Sosa is enjoying his time in Italy but says hes working my tail off hoping to get an NBA opportunity. At some point well hopefully see Edgar not only in Dyckman Park but also on an NBA floor. In the meantime, the foothills of the Alps doesn't sound so bad to a New Yorker.

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball, the largest basketball scouting service in the world. Information on NetScouts Basketball, their daily blog and their International Recruiting Service can be found at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.


Montepaschi hands 77-74 loss to Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Partizan 77-74

Montepaschi had to work very hard tonight to beat Partizan 77-74. Two teams defended Cup titles in their countries last weekend and today they met in very important Euroleague game. Montepaschi celebrated and moved up to 2-2 in Group G. On the other side, Partizan dropped to 0-4 and its slim playoff hopes come to an end. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) stepped up for the hosts with 17 points. Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) helped with 10 points apiece. For the guests, Jan Vesely (211-F-90) had 17 points and 7 rebounds. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) collected 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, but he had poor 0-6 from behind the arc.
Partizan opened the game in style making 12-20 lead after ten minutes. However, it was a sign for the home players to wake up, what they immediately did and created 38-37 turn until the halftime. Partizan was up by 8 after the breather, but Rakovic, Stonerook and Hairston saved Montepaschi tying the score to 53-53 before the last period. Montepaschi made 9-1 run at the halfway of Q4, but Partizan came to 69-68 with something more than a minute to go. Moss scored twice from the line and Jawai answered with a layup. David Moss was sent to the line once again and outcome was the same. The game came down to the closing minute and Partizan had the ball down three, but after Curtis Jerrells missed a 3-pointer and Jan Vesely made just 1 free throw, Nikos Zisis iced the victory with 4 free throws in the final 12.4 seconds.
In the next round, Montepaschi will host Efes Pilsen. Partizan waits Real Madrid.

Montepaschi: Rimantas Kaukenas 17, Shaun Stonerook 10, David Moss 10
Partizan: Jan Vesely 17+7 boards, Curtis Jerrells 16+5 boarsd+5 as


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Gary Hamilton's triple-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
American Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Shiga Lakestars and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 26-year old power forward recorded a triple-double of 16 points and addedtwelve rebounds and ten assists, while his team lost the game against Miyazaki (#8, 11-21) 88-94. Shiga Lakestars maintains the 2nd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Shiga Lakestars will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 19-13 record. It's Hamilton's second year at Shiga Lakestars and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Miami, Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hamilton leads league in rebounds with 15.2rpg. Hamilton is in league's top in assists (8th best: 4.4apg) and averages solid 56.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American forward Elijah Palmer (201-F-81, agency: Court Side) of Miyazaki Shining Suns. Palmer impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Miyazaki to edge the higher-ranked Shiga Lakestars (#2, 19-13) by 6 points 94-88. Miyazaki's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-21 record. Palmer is a newcomer at Miyazaki 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 American Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85, agency: Edge Sports) of Oita H.Devils (#6). Tate scored 18 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Tate's great performance Oita H.Devils lost 67-72 to the higher-ranked Hamamatsu P. (#1, 27-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Oita H.Devils ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tate could help Oita H.Devils to bring them higher in the standings. Tate has a very solid season. In 7 games in Japan he scored 10.1ppg. He also has 8.3rpg and FGP: 52.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lamar Rice (203-F-82) of Shiga Lakestars - 20 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jeff Newton (205-C-81) of Okinawa GK - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Brandon Cole (203-F-84) of Miyazaki - 21 points and 13 rebounds
7. Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Terry Evans (196-F-86) of Shimane - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jerrell Smith (206-F-85) of Toyama Grouses - 20 points and 9 rebounds
10. Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Kyoto Hannaryz - 15 points and 11 rebounds

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


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Jalaa hold off ASU to reach WABA League semis - by Eurobasket News
Jalaa - ASU 87:74

Jalaa joined Mahram in the WABA League semifinal stage. The Syrian side overcame ASU of Jordan to sweep the quarterfinal series. Michel Maadanli (195-G-81) scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
Jalaa set the tone early as they opened the game with a 9:1 rally. Jalaa built a 26:18 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. They arrived at halftime up by 15 points 50:35. ASU went on a strong rally in the third period. The visitors cut the distance to 5 points with one quarter remaining. But Jalaa did not allow their opponents to deliver the decisive blow as they picked up the right tempo and coasted to the victory at the end. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for Jalaa. Sari Papazian (194-G/F-82) added 10 points in the win.



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D1 Round 12: Al Jahraa edges Al Kuwait by two points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 12 in the D1 took place in Kuwait City. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-best Al Kuwait (9-3) to third ranked Al Jahraa (6-6) 77-75 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Kuwait. Al Jahraa maintains third position with 6-6 record having five points less than leader Al Qadsia. Al Kuwait at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Al Jahraa are looking forward to face Kazma (#4) in Kuwait City in the next round. Al Kuwait will play at home against Al Sahel in Abu Halifa and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Kuwait City: Al Qadsia (#1) and Kazma (#4). Kazma was defeated at home 65-73 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Al Qadsia (11-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Kazma at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Al Sahel. Al Qadsia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kuwait City to the arena Al Arabi.
Bottom-ranked Al Arabi (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 84-78 loss to fifth ranked Al Sahel (5-7) in Kuwait City on Monday evening. Al Sahel moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kazma. Loser Al Arabi still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Al Sahel will meet league's second-placed Al Kuwait in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Al Arabi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kuwait City Al Qadsia.



Al Kuwait - Al Jahraa 75-77

The most exciting game of round 12 in the D1 took place in Kuwait City. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-best Al Kuwait (9-3) to third ranked Al Jahraa (6-6) 77-75 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Kuwait. Al Jahraa maintains third position with 6-6 record having five points less than leader Al Qadsia. Al Kuwait at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Al Jahraa are looking forward to face Kazma (#4) in Kuwait City in the next round. Al Kuwait will play at home against Al Sahel in Abu Halifa and is hoping to win this game.
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Al Arabi - Al Sahel 78-84

Bottom-ranked Al Arabi (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 84-78 loss to fifth ranked Al Sahel (5-7) in Kuwait City on Monday evening. Al Sahel moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kazma. Loser Al Arabi still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Al Sahel will meet league's second-placed Al Kuwait in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Al Arabi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kuwait City Al Qadsia.
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Kazma - Al Qadsia 65-73

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Kuwait City: Al Qadsia (#1) and Kazma (#4). Kazma was defeated at home 65-73 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Al Qadsia (11-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Kazma at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Al Sahel. Al Qadsia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kuwait City to the arena Al Arabi.
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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Qadsia 11-1 
 2. Al Kuwait 9-3 
 3. Al Jahraa 6-6 
 4. Kazma 5-7 
 5. Al Sahel 5-7 
 6. Al Arabi 0-12 


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


Efejuku paces the Baltic State over Benfica - by Eurobasket News
Lisboa e Benfica- BK Ventspils 71:74

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) paces the Baltic State over Benfica in the last game of Day 4 in EuroChallenge. BK Ventspils took 74:71 win over the Portuguese team in Lisbon as the player erupted with 27 points.
The Latvian team went on a lead from the first minutes and had 22:14 lead as Oritseweyinmi Efejuku closed the first period. He also made it 24:14, while Carreira brought he first lead in the quarter for the hosts at 29:28. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku however sent the teams to the lockers for 40:39 halftime advantage. Due to 19-17 in the third period the guests managed to take 59:56 lead after Gulbis closed the quarter with a three-pointer. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku made it 67:62 midway through the period and Strelnieks added two for 71:66. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku was the last to score in the game bringing his side to 2-2 record.
Anderson nailed 14 points for the winners and Lauris Blaus (204-C-90, agency: FCM) added 9. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) responded with 15 points in the losing effort, while Jenkins and Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) notched 12 apiece.

Lisboa e Benfica: Antonio Tavares 15, Jenkins 12, Sergio Ramos 12
BK Ventspils: Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 27, Anderson 14, Lauris Blaus 9, Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) 7




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D1 Round 11: Shabab is defeated by Ahli Tripoli in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tripoli: Ahli Tripoli (#2) and Shabab (#5). Ahli Tripoli (9-2) won against visiting Shabab (4-7) 68-64. Ahli Tripoli maintains second place with 9-2 record behind leader Ahli Benghazi. Shabab at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Morog. Ahli Tripoli are looking forward to face Nasr (#4) in Benghazi in the next round. Shabab will play at home against the league's leader Ahli Benghazi and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
D1 top team - Ahli Benghazi (10-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Jazeera (2-11) 76-70. Ahli Benghazi have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Jazeera lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Ahli Benghazi will play against Shabab (#7) in Tripoli in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Jazeera will play at home against Ittihad in Tripoli and hopes to get back on the winning track.
10th ranked Yarmook (1-10) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Hilal (5-6) with the biggest margin this round 67-54 on Friday night. Hilal moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Madina. Yarmook lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Hilal will meet Madina (#5) in the next round. Yarmook will play against Morog (#8) in Almarj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 11 Morog lost to Ittihad on the opponent's court 53-60. Madina managed to outperform Jazeera in a home game 82-78.


Ahli Tripoli - Shabab 68-64

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tripoli: Ahli Tripoli (#2) and Shabab (#5). Ahli Tripoli (9-2) won against visiting Shabab (4-7) 68-64. Ahli Tripoli maintains second place with 9-2 record behind leader Ahli Benghazi. Shabab at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Morog. Ahli Tripoli are looking forward to face Nasr (#4) in Benghazi in the next round. Shabab will play at home against the league's leader Ahli Benghazi and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
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Ittihad - Morog 60-53

Rather expected game in Tripoli where 7th ranked Morog (4-7) was defeated by fourth ranked Ittihad (8-3) 60-53 on Sunday. Ittihad moved-up to third place. Morog lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Shabab. Ittihad will meet Jazeera (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Morog will play against Yarmook in Tripoli and hope to secure a win.
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Ahli Benghazi - Jazeera 76-70

D1 top team - Ahli Benghazi (10-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Jazeera (2-11) 76-70. Ahli Benghazi have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Jazeera lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Ahli Benghazi will play against Shabab (#7) in Tripoli in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Jazeera will play at home against Ittihad in Tripoli and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Yarmook - Hilal 54-67

10th ranked Yarmook (1-10) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Hilal (5-6) with the biggest margin this round 67-54 on Friday night. Hilal moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Madina. Yarmook lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Hilal will meet Madina (#5) in the next round. Yarmook will play against Morog (#8) in Almarj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Madina - Jazeera 82-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Madina's (5-6) home victory over 9th ranked Jazeera (2-11) 82-78 on Saturday. Madina moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hilal. Jazeera lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Madina will meet at home Hilal (#6) in the next round. Jazeera will play against Ittihad in Tripoli and hope to secure a win.
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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Ahli Benghazi 10-1 
 2. Ahli Tripoli 9-2 
 3. Ittihad 8-3 
 4. Nasr 7-2 
 5. Madina 5-6 
 6. Hilal 5-6 
 7. Shabab 4-7 
 8. Morog 4-7 
 9. Jazeera 2-11 
 10. Yarmook 1-10 


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Zalgiris grabs OT win against Fenerbahce Ulker - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Fenerbahce Ulker 85-84 OT

Zalgiris (1-3) grabbed the first victory in Top 16, Group H. At the same time, it was the first loss for Fenerbahce Ulker who has 3-1 record now. The home squad managed to beat Fener 85-84 in OT. A three-pointer by Tadas Klimavicius and free throws by Kalnietis, Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) allowed Zalgiris to seal an unbelievable win down the stretch. Delininkaitis and Pocius were the leading scorers in Zalgiris with 13 points each. Trent Plaisted (211-F/C-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: BYU) helped with one less. In the loosing squad, Omer Onan (194-G-78) shined with 23 points. Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, while Oguz Savas (208-C-87) stopped to 10 pts and 6 rebs.
Zalgiris made 15-11 after opening ten minutes and Fenerbahce Ulker replied with 15-20 in the next quarter. Teams exchanged in lead after the breather and later were tied to 49-49 with 10:00 to go. Zalgiris was down by six in the last quarter, but they managed to make a comeback. Jankunas completed it for 67-66, with 57 seconds to go. May stepped up with a key three-point play, but a driving basket by Kalnietis tied it at 69-69. Zalgiris collected a steal, but Jankunas missed from downtown at the end of regulation. In overtime, Zalgiris jumped to 81-78 with 1:09 to go. Omer Onan hit a jumper and Pocius split free throws, but Preldzic missed a critical shot for the guests. In the finish, Delininkaitis and Kalnietis were solid from the line making 3 of 4 attempts, but Preldzic responded in transition twice. There was 1.8 second left and Delininkaitis was sent to the line. He intentionally missed his second free throw and there was not enough time for Fener to respond.
In the next round, Zalgiris will host Valencia. Fenerbahce Ulker will play at home against Olympiakos.

Zalgiris: Tomas Delininkaitis 13, Martynas Pocius 13, Trent Plaisted 12
Fenerbahce Ulker: Omer Onan 23, Emir Preldzic 19+6 boards+6 as, Oguz Savas 10+6 boards


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Los Mochis adds National Zack Rodriquez - by Chris Terrell
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, MX - The Pioneros Los Mochis have agreed on terms and invited Zack Rodriguez (185 - G - Univ. of Dallas) to training camp as their National player this season. Zack is a sharp shooting combo guard that holds the record at the University of Dallas for 3 pointers made. Born in Mexico, Rodriquez is able to compete as a Mexican National and will provide another strong option at guard for Coach Ricky Benitez in Mochis. Training camp will open on February 28th and the Pioneros will be hard at work in preperation for their season opener March 11th.

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D1 Round 10: Derby game ends with RCA Casabl.'s defeat of PCS Plazza C. - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Casablanca: RCA Casabl. (#4) and PCS Plazza C. (#7). PCS Plazza C. was defeated at home 54-69 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. RCA Casabl. (6-4) moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. PCS Plazza C. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost.

Very important is a road loss of third ranked CRA Hoceima (6-4) against eighth ranked MAF Fez (4-6) on Saturday night. Visiting CRA Hoceima was defeated by MAF Fez in Fes 60-47. MAF Fez maintains eighth position with 4-6 record. CRA Hoceima at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.

An interesting game for ASS Sale (8-0) which hosted in Sale their biggest opponent WAC Casabl. (6-4). Top-ranked ASS Sale had an easy win 87-65. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of WAC Casabl.. Undefeated ASS Sale have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-0 record. Loser WAC Casabl. keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.

Bottom-ranked IRT Tanger managed to get a second victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they won against fifth-ranked FUS Rabat 76-65. IRT Tanger (2-8) moved-up to ninth place. FUS Rabat at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Ninth-ranked ASE Essaou. (1-8) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked RSB Berkane (6-4) in Essaouira on Saturday. The visitors from Berkane managed to secure only three-point victory 63-60. However their fans expected easier game. RSB Berkane have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser ASE Essaou. dropped to the bottom position with eight games lost.


PCS Plazza C. - RCA Casabl. 54-69

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Casablanca: RCA Casabl. (#4) and PCS Plazza C. (#7). PCS Plazza C. was defeated at home 54-69 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. RCA Casabl. (6-4) moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. PCS Plazza C. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost.

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ASS Sale - WAC Casabl. 87-65

An interesting game for ASS Sale (8-0) which hosted in Sale their biggest opponent WAC Casabl. (6-4). Top-ranked ASS Sale had an easy win 87-65. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of WAC Casabl.. ASS Sale have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-0 record. Loser WAC Casabl. keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.
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IRT Tanger - FUS Rabat 76-65

Bottom-ranked IRT Tanger managed to get a second victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they won against fifth-ranked FUS Rabat 76-65. IRT Tanger (2-8) moved-up to ninth place. FUS Rabat at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost.
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MAF Fez - CRA Hoceima 60-47

Very important is a road loss of third ranked CRA Hoceima (6-4) against eighth ranked MAF Fez (4-6) on Saturday night. Visiting CRA Hoceima was defeated by MAF Fez in Fes 60-47. MAF Fez maintains eighth position with 4-6 record. CRA Hoceima at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.
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ASE Essaou. - RSB Berkane 60-63

Ninth-ranked ASE Essaou. (1-8) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked RSB Berkane (6-4) in Essaouira on Saturday. The visitors from Berkane managed to secure only three-point victory 63-60. However their fans expected easier game. RSB Berkane have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser ASE Essaou. dropped to the bottom position with eight games lost.
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Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. ASS Sale 8-0 
 2. RCA Casabl. 6-4 
 3. CRA Hoceima 6-4 
 4. WAC Casabl. 6-4 
 5. RSB Berkane 6-4 
 6. FUS Rabat 5-5 
 7. PCS Plazza C. 4-5 
 8. MAF Fez 4-6 
 9. IRT Tanger 2-8 
 10. ASE Essaou. 1-8 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.9 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.2 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.1 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.3 
 5. Ellis, Golde S.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Anthony, Denver N.24.9 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.24.5 
 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.13.2 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.7 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.4 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.1 
 9. Boozer, Chicago B.10.1 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.3 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.3 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.7 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.1 
 6. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 7. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.6 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.2 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.5 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 6. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 9. Curry, Golde S.1.7 
 10. Gay, 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 26-29 
 4. New Jersey N. 17-39 
 5. Toronto R. 15-40 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 37-16 
 2. Indiana P. 24-29 
 3. Milwaukee B. 21-33 
 4. Detroit P. 20-36 
 5. Cleveland C. 9-46 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 40-15 
 2. Orlando M. 35-21 
 3. Atlanta H. 34-20 
 4. Charlotte B. 24-32 
 5. Washington W. 15-38 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 35-19 
 2. Portland TB 31-24 
 3. Denver N. 31-25 
 4. Utah Jazz 31-25 
 5. Minnesota T. 13-42 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 38-18 
 2. Phoenix Suns 27-26 
 3. Golde State W. 25-29 
 4. LA Clippers 20-35 
 5. Sacramento K. 13-39 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 46-9 
 2. Dallas M. 38-16 
 3. N.Orleans H. 33-24 
 4. Memphis G. 31-26 
 5. Houston R. 26-30 


Michael Redd returns - by Giorgos Diploidis
After 13 months of injury Michael Redd (6'6''-G-79, college: Ohio St.) will try to get back to the courts. The player of Milwaukee Bucks on Monday will try to start again trainings along with the coaching stuff of his team. Redd has suffered so far from a lot of knee injuries which prevented him from having an excellent career in NBA. In 2005 he has signed a new contract for six years but he didn't succeed to play a lot.

In his career so far he had 20.2 ppg and he took part at Olympics of 2008 with the USA national team.



Dexter Pittman has knee surgery, out 5-6 weeks - by Eurobasket News
Miami Heat rookie center Dexter Pittman (6'10''-C-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) is expected to miss 5-6 weeks after having surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee.

The Heat announced the surgery Tuesday, saying Pittman will begin rehabilitation immediately.

He has yet to appear for Miami this season, instead spending time with the team's NBA Development League affiliate in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Since being last assigned there Jan. 6, Pittman averaged 13.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in 14 games. Pittman led the NBDL team in blocks seven times, rebounds five times and points on four occasions.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Bucks release Garrett Temple - by Eurobasket News
Erie BayHawks shooting guard Garrett Temple (6'6''-G-86, college: LSU) told the Erie Times-News today the Milwaukee Bucks released him after Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Monday was the final day of Temple's second 10-day contract with the National Basketball Association team. The Bucks were required to return him to his D-League team or sign him for the remainder of the season.

The BayHawks (23-9) have a full 10-man roster and will have to release a player to make room for Temple. The NBA Development League is heading into its all-star break and will resume play next week.

Temple now is eligible to play in the D-League All-Star game Saturday in Los Angeles. Temple and Erie forward Ivan Johnson were selected to play for the East squad.

A 6-foot 6-inch, 195-pound guard, Temple, 24, was signed by the Bucks after averaging 14.4 points in nine games with the BayHawks. He averaged 1.8 points in nine games with Milwaukee.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Bucks' Michael Redd to return to team Monday - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks are about to get a welcome return: Michael Redd (6'6''-G-79, college: Ohio St.).

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Redd, who has been out since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for the second straight season 13 months ago, will return to practice with the team on Monday, though on a limited basis. The paper notes that the team isn't expecting Redd to have any kind of huge impact on the team.

'Just as he did last off-season, he has worked so very hard to get himself in a position where he can return,' Bucks general manager John Hammond said, according to the paper. 'When he arrives Monday he'll go through the next step in the process. He will continue to do his rehab. He will be on the floor with some individual skill work. From that point, then how soon can he progress to doing more basketball-related movements? And from that point, how soon can he progress to actually being able to practice?'

The 31-year-old Redd has been with the Bucks for his entire 10-year career and is in the final year of his six-year, $91 million deal. Now he wants to show he can still play so he can get a new contract this summer.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Wolves have called Suns about Nash - by Eurobasket News
The Timberwolves are one of the teams that have called the Suns to check on the availability of Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara), reports Marc Stein.

Minnesota is well aware that Nash has only one year left on his contract and would likely leave after the 2011-12 season.

Phoenix isn't inclined to trading Nash and blowing up their entire roster.

The Wolves won't offer Ricky Rubio to the Suns as part of any package for Nash because their ideal scenario would be to acquire Nash as a mentor to the Spanish point guard.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


Tuesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix Suns - Utah Jazz 102-101
Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona) scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns kept Utah winless in the post-Jerry Sloan era with a 102-101 victory over the short-handed Jazz on Tuesday night. Al Jefferson (6'10''-F-85) scored 32 and C.J. Miles 19 for the Jazz, who led by eight in the fourth quarter before an 11-0 run put the Suns ahead for good. Steve Nash had 20 points and 14 assists for Phoenix, which has won seven of its last nine. The Suns playmaker passed Gary Payton for seventh on the NBA's career assists list. With three 3-pointers, Nash also tied Eddie Jones for 10th on the career list. The Jazz, with four players out with injuries, has lost 12 of 16 and fell to 0-2 since Sloan resigned and was replaced by Tyrone Corbin, both losses to the Suns. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Golde State W. - N.Orleans H. 102-89
With Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) and Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88, college: Davidson) mired in foul trouble early in the second quarter, coach Keith Smart hoped his bench could keep the Warriors in the game. They did much more than that, helping erase a 15-point deficit and sent the Warriors on their way to another win. Ellis scored 21 points and Golden State held All-Star Chris Paul scoreless for the final 39 minutes of a 102-89 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night. Dorell Wright and David Lee added 16 points apiece, and Curry had 14 and eight assists for the Warriors, who have won six of eight games. While the bulk of the points came from the starters it was the defense and energy from the bench players that turned the game around for Golden State. *Courtesy of www.csnbayarea.com

Chicago B. - Charlotte B. 106-94
Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) scored 24 points, Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) had 18 points and 13 assists after a slow start, and the Chicago Bulls beat the pesky Charlotte Bobcats 106-94 on Tuesday night for their ninth win in 11 games. In a game of momentum swings, the Bulls needed a strong finish to pull this one out and put away a team that blew out the Lakers the previous night. Chicago opened the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run to take control on a night when Bobcats owner Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen sat next to each other at courtside. Deng hit 10 of 19 shots. Rose, who outscored Deron Williams and Chris Paul by a combined 52-26 in wins at Utah and New Orleans, shot just 5 of 14 but came up big down the stretch. Gerald Henderson led Charlotte with 22 points. Stephen Jackson added 20, Boris Diaw added 18, but the Bobcats came up short trying to take down their second division leader in as many nights. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Oklah.City T. - Sacramento K. 126-96
It was pretty obvious from the tip that this was going to be a good night for the Thunder. Tyreke Evans was a late scratch for the Kings, the first play of the game was a dunk for Russell Westbrook and within minutes, Oklahoma City led 17-4. They were trying to wash their hands of Sunday's game against the Warriors. I don't know if all the dirt is off, but I certainly feel a bit cleaner. The Thunder completely dominated from the start, blowing past the undermanned Kings 126-96. And what was kind of neat but at the same time sad, was that this was despite a horrid shooting night for Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas). KD was just 5-18 from the field for 17 points and don't think for a second the Kings played some kind of fantastic defense on him. He just missed shots that he makes, well, almost all the time. I'm sure if you had told the Kings that Durant and Westbrook would combine for just 27 points total - this being the highest scoring duo in the league - that they'd feel pretty good about at least hanging in. But the Thunder's role players stepped up in a big way. Jeff Green had a fantastic first half and finished with 16 on 7-9 shooting. Daequan Cook hit five 3s off the bench and had a game-high 20. Nenad Krstic played a great third quarter, finishing with 16 on 7-10. Thabo had nine, James Harden 12, Serge Ibaka 15 and Eric Mayor seven. Across the board there was production. Every single player finished as a plus. *Courtesy of www.dailythunder.com

Memphis G. - Philadelph.76 102-91
The Memphis Grizzlies aren't ready to take a break right now. The way they're playing lately, it's hard to blame them for wanting to keep things going when the NBA pauses the regular season for the All-Star break. Mike Conley (6'1''-G-87, college: Ohio St.) scored all 22 of his points in the second half, helping the Grizzlies hold off the Philadelphia 76ers for a 102-91 victory Tuesday night and their fourth straight win. 'Guys almost don't want to go,' Conley said. 'They want to stay in Memphis. The first thing Tony [Allen] said was: 'When you having open gym? Who's coming in Saturday? Who's coming in Monday?' Guys are really set on coming in and getting better.' Memphis built an 18-point lead in the first half, and Conley took over after halftime by shooting 9 of 14 from the field, including 4 of 5 outside the arc. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis, along with a season-high seven assists. Sam Young added 12 points and Rudy Gay had 11 before leaving in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. He did not return. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Indiana P. - Miami Heat 103-110
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) dominated the first half, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Chris Bosh took over in the fourth quarter and the Miami Heat's star power overcame Indiana's youth and determination. Wade tied a franchise record for most points in a first half with 31, and he finished with 41 to help the Heat defeat the Pacers 110-103 on Tuesday night. James scored 27 points and Bosh added 22 points and eight rebounds for Miami. They combined for 19 of Miami's 28 points in the final 12 minutes to help the Heat recover after squandering a 24-point lead. 'We're one of the best fourth-quarter teams in the league,' Wade said. 'With the caliber players that we have, especially myself and Chris and LeBron, we're able to run the full-court offense, get good shots, high percentage shots.' Wade also finished with 12 rebounds for the Heat. *Courtesy of www.wishtv.com




Jazz name Jeff Hornacek assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
The Utah Jazz announced today that Jeff Hornacek (6'4''-G-63, college: Iowa St.) has been named an assistant coach for the remainder of the 2010-11 season. Hornacek joins lead assistant Scott Layden on head coach Tyrone Corbins coaching staff. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

Hornacek becomes a full-time assistant coach after having begun working for the Jazz as a shooting coach prior to the 2007 NBA Playoffs. In addition to that time working together, Hornacek and Corbin also were teammates twice as players covering parts of three seasons, first in Phoenix during the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons, and again in Utah in 1993-94.

I am excited to have Jeff on board and to have him expand his role and become more involved with the team, said Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin. He has a great history with basketball, especially with the Jazz, and I think the players are excited about him being around more. I think he will bring a lot of positive energy and knowledge to the team.

Hornacek becomes only the seventh different assistant coach for the Jazz since Jerry Sloan was promoted to head coach in December 1988, joining Phil Johnson, Gordon Chiesa, David Fredman, Kenny Natt, Corbin and Layden.

I am thankful that Ty has offered me the opportunity to serve as an assistant coach for the rest of the year, said Hornacek. I am excited at the possibility to increase my involvement with the team in a coaching capacity, and to be a part of this staff, and look forward to working more closely with the coaches and players on a day-to-day basis.

A native of Elmhurst, Ill., Hornacek played for three teams during a 14-year NBA playing career (1986-2000), including seven seasons with the Jazz from 1993-2000, where he averaged 14.4 points, 4.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 477 games. He was originally selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round (46th overall pick) of the 1986 NBA Draft out of Iowa State University. Hornacek appeared in a total of 1,077 career games, which included time with Phoenix and Philadelphia in addition to Utah.

Considered one of the premier shooters in NBA history, Hornacek connected on .496 percent from the field (5,929-11,957), including .403 percent from three-point range (828-2,055) and .877 percent from the free throw line (2,973-3,390). He still ranks eighth in league history in free throw percentage, 11 seasons following his retirement from the NBA following the 1999-2000 season. Hornacek was selected an NBA All-Star in 1992, and twice won the Three-Point Shootout during All-Star Weekend (1998 and 2000). His No. 14 jersey was retired by the Jazz on November 19, 2002.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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No. 3 Ohio State uses balanced attack to beat Michigan State - by Eurobasket News
Ohio State did its best to forget its only loss.

Michigan State served notice that, as is annually the case, it may just be a force to be reckoned with in the postseason.

William Buford (6'5''-G) scored 23 points and Aaron Craft had a hand in two critical plays down the stretch to lead the No. 3 Buckeyes to a 71-61 win over the Spartans on Tuesday night.

It was a hard-fought struggle for Ohio State (25-1, 12-1 Big Ten), playing for the first time since having their unbeaten season ended with a 61-57 loss at Wisconsin on Saturday.

'One loss doesn't make or break a season,' said freshman center Jared Sullinger, who came in averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds and was limited to 11 and two. 'We just wanted to come out and get the win.'

Jon Diebler (6'6''-G) and David Lighty (6'5''-G/F-88) each had 12 points. Craft, a freshman substitute point guard, had seven points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds and a hustle play that was the talk of both head coaches.

Kalin Lucas (6'1''-G-89) led the Spartans (14-11, 6-7) with 14 points, while Adreian Payne and Draymond Green each had 10. They've lost six of their last eight but fought hard throughout.

'I wouldn't count us dead yet,' an emotional coach Tom Izzo said. 'This is a pretty good team if we can regroup down the stretch and get three guys to play together instead of just two.'

As he left the postgame interview room, he repeated, 'We ain't dead yet.'

The Buckeyes finished the game on an 18-10 run to pull away on a night when nothing came easily for either team.

The game turned on two quick defensive stops.

With the Buckeyes hanging on to a 45-44 second-half lead, Buford stepped in front of a bad pass by Lucas and went coast to coast for the basket. The next time down the floor, Craft forced Lucas to give the ball up in the backcourt, leading to two free throws by Diebler. After the Spartans scored a second-chance bucket, Diebler flipped in a line-drive 3 from the top of the key for a 52-46 lead.

A capacity crowd of 18,809 roared its approval.

Diebler hit two three-pointers to move into a tie for second with Michigan State's Shawn Respert, one back of Big Ten career three-point leader Pete Lisicky of Penn State, with 332.

Asked the turning point of the game, Matta pointed to the defensive pressure.

'It was some of the defensive plays we made,' he said. 'Will had a steal and Aaron had a steal. ... We weren't defending as well as we need to and those gave us the lead.'

Now on top, the Buckeyes relied on Buford.

After Michigan State had cut it to 53-51, Buford hit consecutive jumpers the first a 3 from the left wing and the second a stop-and-pop jumper from 15 feet to make it 58-51.

'Every shot I take I think it's going to go down,' the junior said.

Craft came up with a big effort play soon after.

As the ball was going out of bounds under the Michigan State basket, center Garrick Sherman turned and fired it down the court. For an instant no one reacted. But then Craft sped the length of the floor, corralled the ball and hit a twisting reverse layup while being fouled. He completed the three-point play.

Craft also figured in another pivotal play. With the Buckeyes on top 66-59, he had a steal and was fouled by Green at the other end with 1:42 left. Green was then assessed a technical foul. Craft stepped to the line and hit three of the four shots to swell the lead to 69-59, the biggest of the game for either team to that point.

Izzo twice referred to Craft's big plays during his postgame remarks.

Of Green's technical, he said, 'He blew up at himself. It was probably deserved. I don't have any problems with that. I have more problems with us not chasing down a loose ball.'

Near the end, Ohio State fans taunted the Spartans who have made it to the Final Four in six of the last 12 seasons with a cheer of 'N-I-T! N-I-T!'

The Buckeyes were 23-of-29 at the free-throw line to the Spartans' 5-of-6, another aspect of the game that rankled Izzo.

'It just seemed like they walked to the line every freakin' time,' he said.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


George Mason shreds VCU, grabs 1st in Colonial - by Eurobasket News
Ryan Pearson (6'6''-F-90) scored 18 points and George Mason turned a battle for first place in the Colonial Athletic Association into a 71-51 rout of Virginia Commonwealth on Tuesday night.

The Patriots (22-5, 14-2) won their 12th in a row, while the Rams (20-8, 12-4) lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Cam Long (6'4''-G-88) added 14 points and Vertrail Vaughns (6'2''-G) had 12 for George Mason, which took command of the game after allowing the Rams to score the first basket. The Patriots reeled off the next 11 points and never looked back.

Mike Morrison (6'9''-F-89) and Luke Hancock each added 10 points for George Mason, and Hancock's came on 10-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line.

Virginia Commonwealth, which sputtered to only 19 first-half points, shot 37 percent from the field (20 of 54) and never found its rhythm. Rob Brandenberg was the only Ram in double figures with 12 points.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


No. 22 Kentucky runs by Mississippi State 85-79 - by Eurobasket News
John Calipari had seen enough. The Kentucky coach watched the Wildcats jog through 25 mostly uninspired minutes against Mississippi State on Tuesday night when he ordered his team to go to a fullcourt press.

The goal wasn't necessarily to turn the heat up on the Bulldogs, but on Calipari's own players.

'We just had no fire, no fight,' Calipari said. 'I told them, 'We're pressing man to man and if you choose to go back, I'm subbing you.''

Message received.

Brandon Knight (6'3''-G) scored 24 points and Doron Lamb (6'4''-G) added 20 in his first start in nearly a month as No. 22 Kentucky held on for an 85-79 victory.

The Wildcats (18-7, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) took charge when they pressed the Bulldogs (13-12, 5-6) into a series of careless mistakes before narrowly avoiding a late-game collapse to improve to 30-0 under Calipari at Rupp Arena.

' (The press) got us going,' said Knight, who extended his school freshman record with his 11th 20-point game of the season. 'We started forcing them to start rushing and used it to our advantage.'

Kentucky shot 56 percent from the floor, including 67 percent in the second half.

Mississippi State nearly matched the Wildcats shot for shot. Ravern Johnson (6'7''-G-88) led the Bulldogs with 21 points and Jalen Steele added a career-high 17 but the Bulldogs let an 11-point lead get away late in the first half thanks to a bizarre meltdown.

The Bulldogs went up 40-35 on a pair of free throws by Johnson with 5 seconds left in the half. Kentucky inbounded and Mississippi State, with a couple of fouls to give, immediately fouled Knight. The Wildcats inbounded near midcourt with 3 seconds remaining and got the ball to Knight, who was fouled by Brian Bryant.

Knight, on Calipari's orders, threw the ball meekly toward the rim after the contact. The referees awarded him three free throws, saying he was in the act of shooting.

Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury momentarily lost it, earning a technical foul after storming after the officials.

Knight made four of the five free throws to pull Kentucky within 40-39 at the break and change the game.

'It was big because instead of being down five we're only down one and when you see one on the scoreboard instead of five, you're like, 'OK,' ... I thought the coach wouldn't agree with it obviously,' Knight said.

Obviously.

Stansbury declined to talk about the incident and instead placed blame on his team's porous second-half defense.

'We're choosing our poison a bit with that zone (defense) and you can't guard them all,' he said.

Kentucky took its first lead of the game early in the second half on a layup by Josh Harrellson but Mississippi State momentarily righted itself, going in front 50-47 on a jumper by Steele.

Calipari then went to the press, and Kentucky responded with an 11-0 burst. Terrence Jones got the Wildcats going with a layup then using his long arms to grab a pair of steals on Mississippi State's next two possessions, leading to easy baskets at the other end of the floor.

The lead grew to 58-50 before the Bulldogs snapped out of it, getting within 65-63 before another surge by the Wildcats pushed the margin to 83-70 with 3:49 to play.

Kentucky, as it has done all season, struggled to put it away. A series of turnovers and missed shots helped Mississippi State get as close as 83-79 with 49 seconds remaining before Kentucky could finish the Bulldogs off.

The Wildcats held on despite allowing the Bulldogs to make 12 of 22 3-pointers. It's a statistic Calipari can live with if his team plays as effectively in the open floor. Kentucky outscored Mississippi State 12-0 on the fast break.

Lamb started in place of Darius Miller, who was questionable suffering a leg injury against the Commodores. Calipari has repeatedly asked Lamb to play with more energy, and he responded with his best performance since dropping 32 in a victory over Winthrop in December.

Lamb knocked down 7 of 8 shots, including all three of his 3-pointers while winning a game-long duel with Mississippi State's Dee Bost. Bost finished with 16 points but it was Lamb who had the flair for the dramatic. He drilled a couple of big jumpers in the second half to help give Kentucky some breathing room, holding three fingers over his right eye after both shots.

'We just turned the ball over when we should have taken care of the ball,' Bost said. 'They knocked down some shots in transition.'

The chippy atmosphere at Rupp has become commonplace in has become an increasingly fractious rivalry.

The two teams fought a pair of classics last season, with Kentucky prevailing in taut affairs, including an overtime win in the SEC title game.

The stakes weren't quite so high this time, but for a Kentucky team exposed on the road - where the Wildcats are just 1-5 in conference - the victory was nearly as important.

Miller looked just fine when he saw the floor, finishing with 13 points. Terrence Jones had 17 points and 10 rebounds and senior center Josh Harrellson held his own with Mississippi State sophomore forward Renardo Sidney.

Harrellson had nine points and six rebounds compared to 11 points and eight boards for Sidney, who was completely gassed at times and failed to shine in front of more than a dozen NBA scouts on hand.

Stansbury defended Sidney's effort, claiming the harassing phone calls Sidney claims he received before the game played only a small factor in his performance.

'I thought Sid played hard, does that mean every minute he's on that floor he's fresh? No,' Stansbury said. 'That's just where he is in his game right now.'

Courtesy of www.kold.com


Edgar Sosa Coming of Age in Italy - by Carl Berman
When Edgar Sosa (188-G-88, college: Louisville) was running down the hard-top surfaces of Dyckman Park he had no idea how far basketball would take him. First to an solid four-year career at the University of Louisville, then to a stint with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. But no one could have told him he would he playing 3,957 miles from New York at the foothills of the Alps in Biella, Italy.

Sosa is playing for Angelico Biella in the top Italian basketball league. The team has been around the .500 mark this season, currently 8-10, and will struggle to make the playoffs. Sosa is doing well, averaging 14.5 points and 4.2 assists in 30 minutes of action. Hes shooting over 50% from the field and 38% from outside the arc and is adapting well to the European professional game.

NetScouts Basketballs top Italian scout, Demetrius Laffitte caught up with Edgar after a recent game. Edgar enjoys Italy and the European style of play. Coach Massimo is like Coach Pitino in that he allows me to have some freedom when I play, this keeps the game fun for me. The game is more physical here. In the States we are thought to use our feet on defense not our hands. Here they let you hold, bump and grab so I had to spend extra time in the weight room to be able to deal with the physical play. Here Coach is teaching me to play without the ball and utilize my speed to get open off screens or back door cuts. Its more of a team game here

Edgar feels that playing at Rice and Dyckman Park prepared him well. First thing every New York guard must know how to handle and take their man off the dribble. This is what we are taught at an early age to use during Streetball games. Coach Massimo allows me to do it at times, so we have many pick and roll plays which allow me to have options off of the pick. Edgar continues ,Because at UL we played an uptempo / open court type of game but we also ran our sets when needed. Streetball is all open court. The Pro game here fast paced but under control (team play), Edgar explained. My style is open court. I get very excited when I get the ball on the break to make something happen. If nothing is there then we go to our half court.

Edgar believes that a structured environment helps his play. Our offense gives everyone a role and we all know what to do and when to do it. Sosa is enjoying his time in Italy but says hes working my tail off hoping to get an NBA opportunity. At some point well hopefully see Edgar not only in Dyckman Park but also on an NBA floor. In the meantime, the foothills of the Alps doesn't sound so bad to a New Yorker.

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball, the largest basketball scouting service in the world. Information on NetScouts Basketball, their daily blog and their International Recruiting Service can be found at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.


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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. Karlsen, Asker1.0 
 6. Bullock, Gimle1.0 
 7. Nyborg, Asker0.9 
 8. Mullenax, Ulriken0.9 
 9. Nevjen, Baerum0.7 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud0.7 


Mullenax number one in Norway for round 19 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Taylor Mullenax (201-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ulriken Eagles, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 37 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Kristiansand (#7, 4-13) 89-78. Ulriken maintains the 3rd position in Norwegian BLNO. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ulriken will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. In the team's last game Mullenax had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Ulriken and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former St.Edward's, TX star has very solid stats this year. Mullenax is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.2rpg) and averages impressive 59.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-F-88) of Froya Ambassadors. Kombat had a very good evening with 35 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Froya was edged by the higher-ranked Tromso (#2, 13-4) 106-102. Froya managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Kombat is well-known at Froya and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.7ppg (#5). He also registered 9.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Bendik Myhrer (190-G-85) of league's second-best Tromso Storm. Myhrer got into 30-points club by scoring 39 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. He was a key player of Tromso, leading his team to a 106-102 win against the lower-ranked Froya (#5, 8-11). Tromso needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 4 lost games. Myhrer has a very solid season. In 17 games in Norway he scored 12.9ppg. He also has FGP: 54.5% and 3PT: 40.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antonio Russell (183-G-84) of Kristiansand - 34 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Marco Elsafadi (193-G/F-76) of Froya - 19 points and 11 rebounds
6. Frank Nyborg (197-F-83) of Asker - 26 points and 5 rebounds
7. Mustafa Mahnin (182-G-80) of Asker - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Samuel Diomande (191-G-88) of Ammerud - 32 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ronald Timus (197-G/F-84) of Tromso - 31 points and 8 rebounds
10. Peter Bullock (198-F/C-82) of Gimle - 12 points, 12 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
PBL Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.SC 9-1 
 2. Halifax R. 7-3 
 3. Quebec K. 7-4 
 4. Saint John M.R. 4-4 
 5. Kentucky S. 4-7 
 6. Rochester R. 3-6 
 7. Vermont FH 2-5 
 8. Dayton A. 2-8 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike WILLIAMS
  Rochester R.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Williams, Vermo.20.9 
 2. Brown, Quebec K.19.8 
 3. Jones, Kentucky S.18.3 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.17.8 
 5. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 6. Parran, Quebec K.17.2 
 7. Crouch, Rocheste.17.0 
 8. Martin, Saint J.16.9 
 9. Allen, Vermont FH16.7 
 10. Egerson, Saint J.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Crookshank, Halif.11.3 
 2. Williams, Vermo.10.3 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC9.2 
 4. Walton, Rocheste.8.4 
 5. Dollard, Halifax R.8.2 
 6. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 7. Harris, Kentucky S.7.8 
 8. Jones, Kentucky S.7.7 
 9. Jones, Halifax R.7.7 
 10. Daniels, Lawton F.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Rice, Vermont FH7.6 
 2. Brown, Halifax R.6.1 
 3. Parran, Quebec K.6.1 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.6.0 
 5. Egerson, Saint J.5.3 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.4.1 
 7. Acker, Quebec K.3.8 
 8. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
 9. Brown, Quebec K.3.7 
 10. Fountain, Lawton F.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rice, Vermont FH3.0 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.2.9 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.4 
 4. Brown, Quebec K.2.3 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.2.1 
 6. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 7. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 8. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 9. Martin, Saint J.1.5 
 10. Taylor, Kentucky S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Perry STEVENSON
  Rochester R.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 2. George, Dayton A.1.3 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 4. Daniels, Lawton F.1.3 
 5. Carter, Rocheste.1.3 
 6. Ocitti, Saint J.1.3 
 7. Dollard, Halifax R.1.0 
 8. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 9. DeMasi, Vermont FH0.8 
 10. Pierre, Quebec K.0.7 


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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA stint to give nationals toughness needed for FIBA-Asia joust - by Eurobasket News
Their brief stint in the Philippine Basketball Association last season hardly made an impact. Nor did they impress the few who cared to watch their games.

Two years of continued battles overseas, though, did Smart-Gilas Pilipinas a lot.

Serbian coach Rajko Toroman (agency: Agency No 10 ) said competitive games in Australia, Serbia, United States, Lebanon and Qatar had provided Smart-Gilas Pilipinas the experience it need so he is convinced the Nationals can stand up against the pros.

They learned a lot the last two years. I really think so and its time to show them, proclaimed Toroman, who guaranteed his young team of former collegiate standouts will be a force to reckon with in the import-laced Commissioners Cup.

The PBA granted the request of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to accommodate the Nationals a guest team in preparation for the FIBA-Asia Championship which serves as qualifying tournament for the 2012 London Olympics.

With a strong field to contend with, Toroman said the Nationals need to develop mental and defensive toughness to be competitive in the Sept. 15-25 tournament to be held in China.

Certainly, the Serbian coach knows best. Four years ago he coached Irans National Team to victory in the FIBA-Asia Championship that earned the Iranians a spot in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Toroman said the PBA is the perfect playground where the Nationals could sharpen their skills.

I think they [Nationals] have to compete with PBA players because I think they can get some toughness that PBA can give them and this is the most important thing, he said.

For added motivation, PBA Commissioner Chito Salud challenged the Nationals to prove they deserve to don the national colors during an orientation last Thursday at the PBA Headquarters.

Its a big challenge for them. They have to show they are competitive. That they deserve to play for Smart Gilas, Toroman said of the challenge.

He said their participation in the PBA brings some excitement for him because he feels Smart-Gilas Pilipinas can give something back to the league in terms of excitement, good players and good basketballI.

I think for both [PBA and Smart-Gilas Pilipinas] its a win-win situation, Toroman said.

Toroman readily admitted that its tough to play PBA teams, specifically the likes of Talk N Text, San Miguel Beer, Ginebra, Alaska and B-Meg Derby Ace. But he is also qualified the potentials
of those teams depend on the imports they will choose.

The imports will make a difference. Remember Diamon Simpson? He made the difference for Alaska last season, Toroman noted.

Many observers as well as coaches believe Smart Gilas Pilipinas will figure prominently in the conference and possibly match the feat by the Northern Cement Consolidated sponsored Philippine Team which bagged the 1985 Reinforced Conference championship as a guest team.

That team coached by American Ron Jacobs and beefed up by naturalized players Dennis Still, Jeff Moore and Chip Engelland swept Manila Beer in four games.

Smart-Gilas Pilipinas doesnt necessarily enjoy that kind of privilege but observers claim the Nationals could be tough to beat with a 6-foot-10 Marcus Douthit patrolling the lanes.

Toroman doesnt think so.

While he believes Douthit will make an impact, Toroman emphasized that Douthit will not be as dominating as the imports.

At the end of the day he will not be the first rebounder and not the first scorer. He will not be like some of the coaches are thinking. He will be a big impact but not the way they are talking about, The Serbian coach said of Douthit.

And while he considers Douthits size an advantage, Toroman emphasized his troops doesnt have the years of experience enjoyed by the likes of Asi Taulava and Jimmy Alapag.

In last years Philippine Cup, Smart-Gilas Pilipinas played 10 games in the elimination round and won against Coca-Cola, SMB and Rain or Shine. The results of their games, however, were not reflected in the standings.

Toroman maintains the team under his disposal this time is vastly improved compared from the one he had last year.

I hope we can reach the playoffs, Toroman said. I strongly believe this team is a very good team. It learned a lot over the last two years. (DBC)

Courtesy of www.pba.ph


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  POLAND   


Anwil sign Scott Morrison - by Eurobasket News
Anwil bolstered their frontcourt. After releasing Eric Hicks (198-F-83, college: Cincinnati) several days ago the Wloclawek team signed a deal with Scott Morrison (212-C-86, college: Portland St.). The 24-year-old centre started the season in Ukraine. Scott Morrison averaged 13.3 points, 7.2 boards and 1.4 blocks per game for Halychyna. Last season Scott Morrison played in Estonia. The centre tallied 11.6 points, 6.6 boards and 1.2 blocks per game with TU/Rock in EMKL. In Baltic League his stats read 14.8 points, 8.0 boards per appearance. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Centre of the Year. Morrison was also named into All-Baltic League 2nd Team. Scott Morrison played for Canadian University Team at 2007 World Universiade in Bangkok.


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  PORTUGAL   


Efejuku paces the Baltic State over Benfica - by Eurobasket News
Lisboa e Benfica- BK Ventspils 71:74

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) paces the Baltic State over Benfica in the last game of Day 4 in EuroChallenge. BK Ventspils took 74:71 win over the Portuguese team in Lisbon as the player erupted with 27 points.
The Latvian team went on a lead from the first minutes and had 22:14 lead as Oritseweyinmi Efejuku closed the first period. He also made it 24:14, while Carreira brought he first lead in the quarter for the hosts at 29:28. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku however sent the teams to the lockers for 40:39 halftime advantage. Due to 19-17 in the third period the guests managed to take 59:56 lead after Gulbis closed the quarter with a three-pointer. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku made it 67:62 midway through the period and Strelnieks added two for 71:66. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku was the last to score in the game bringing his side to 2-2 record.
Anderson nailed 14 points for the winners and Lauris Blaus (204-C-90, agency: FCM) added 9. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) responded with 15 points in the losing effort, while Jenkins and Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) notched 12 apiece.

Lisboa e Benfica: Antonio Tavares 15, Jenkins 12, Sergio Ramos 12
BK Ventspils: Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 27, Anderson 14, Lauris Blaus 9, Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) 7




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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Saransk 20-6 
 2. Univ.Surgut 19-7 
 3. Severstal 18-7 
 4. Spartak-Primorie 17-7 
 5. Ural Ekaterinb. 15-8 
 6. Metallurg-Univ. 11-15 
 7. Revda 10-12 
 8. Rjazan 9-14 
 9. Irkutsk 8-16 
 10. Zaretchny 4-22 
 11. Lokomotiv 3-20 


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  SAUDI ARABIA   


D1 Round 14: Leader Al Ittihad gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated leader Al Ittihad delivered the twelfth consecutive win on Monday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Al Jubail (4-8) 106-57. Undefeated Al Ittihad (12-0) have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 12 victories in a row. Al Jubail at the other side keeps the ninth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Jeddah was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Al Ansar (11-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Al Ahli (5-7). Al Ansar defeated Al Ahli 57-47. Al Ansar have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-3 record behind leader Al Ittihad, which they share with Al Fateh. Al Ahli at the other side dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Al Wahda. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Rest of the games of round 14 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Al Nahda defeated Al Shrooq in Al Khobar 93-79. Al Hilal smashed Al Maseerah at home 95-72. Al Safwa was destroyed by Al Fateh on the opponent's court 92-66.


Al Shrooq - Al Nahda 79-93

There was no surprise in Riyadh where 12th ranked Al Shrooq (1-13) was defeated by seventh ranked Al Nahda (6-7) 93-79. Al Nahda moved-up to sixth place. Al Shrooq lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 121943


Al Hilal - Al Maseerah 95-72

No shocking result in a game in Riyadh where fourth ranked Al Hilal (10-3) smashed 11th ranked Al Maseerah (1-12) 95-72. Al Hilal have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-3 record. Al Maseerah lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 121940


Al Ahli - Al Ansar 47-57

The game in Jeddah was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Al Ansar (11-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Al Ahli (5-7). Al Ansar defeated Al Ahli 57-47. Al Ansar have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-3 record behind leader Al Ittihad, which they share with Al Fateh. Al Ahli at the other side dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Al Wahda. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 121941


Al Jubail - Al Ittihad 57-106

Undefeated leader Al Ittihad delivered the twelfth consecutive win on Monday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Al Jubail (4-8) 106-57. Al Ittihad (12-0) have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 12 victories in a row. Al Jubail at the other side keeps the ninth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 121942


Al Fateh - Al Safwa 92-66

Very expected game in Al Hasa where 10th ranked Al Safwa (3-10) was rolled over by third ranked Al Fateh (11-3) 92-66. Al Fateh moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Ansar. Al Safwa at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 121939




D1 Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Ittihad 12-0 
 2. Al Ansar 11-3 
 3. Al Fateh 11-3 
 4. Al Hilal 10-3 
 5. Ohud 8-4 
 6. Al Nahda 6-7 
 7. Al Wahda 5-7 
 8. Al Ahli 5-7 
 9. Al Jubail 4-8 
 10. Al Safwa 3-10 
 11. Al Maseerah 1-12 
 12. Al Shrooq 1-13 


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Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 19-2 
 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. Borac 9-12 
 11. Proleter Naftagas 9-12 
 12. Napredak 8-13 
 13. Crnokosa 7-14 
 14. Superfund 1-20 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.20.8 
 2. Koprivica, Super.20.7 
 3. Zekovic, Beograd18.8 
 4. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 5. Micevic, Sloboda .17.8 
 6. Sinovec, Metalac17.7 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 8. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 9. Bunic, Novi Sad17.4 
 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. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 7. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Dedijer, Borac6.4 
 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. Milisavljevi., Mega V.5.1 
 7. Radivojevic, FMP5.0 
 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. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 5. Ljubicic, Metalac2.3 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.2 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 8. Jovic, Sloga1.8 
 9. Tresac, Borac1.8 
 10. Mukanovic, Crnok.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.4 
 3. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.1.2 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.1.2 
 6. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 7. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.0 
 8. Buric, Tamis0.9 
 9. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 10. Dedijer, Borac0.7 


Montepaschi hands 77-74 loss to Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Partizan 77-74

Montepaschi had to work very hard tonight to beat Partizan 77-74. Two teams defended Cup titles in their countries last weekend and today they met in very important Euroleague game. Montepaschi celebrated and moved up to 2-2 in Group G. On the other side, Partizan dropped to 0-4 and its slim playoff hopes come to an end. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) stepped up for the hosts with 17 points. Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) helped with 10 points apiece. For the guests, Jan Vesely (211-F-90) had 17 points and 7 rebounds. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) collected 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, but he had poor 0-6 from behind the arc.
Partizan opened the game in style making 12-20 lead after ten minutes. However, it was a sign for the home players to wake up, what they immediately did and created 38-37 turn until the halftime. Partizan was up by 8 after the breather, but Rakovic, Stonerook and Hairston saved Montepaschi tying the score to 53-53 before the last period. Montepaschi made 9-1 run at the halfway of Q4, but Partizan came to 69-68 with something more than a minute to go. Moss scored twice from the line and Jawai answered with a layup. David Moss was sent to the line once again and outcome was the same. The game came down to the closing minute and Partizan had the ball down three, but after Curtis Jerrells missed a 3-pointer and Jan Vesely made just 1 free throw, Nikos Zisis iced the victory with 4 free throws in the final 12.4 seconds.
In the next round, Montepaschi will host Efes Pilsen. Partizan waits Real Madrid.

Montepaschi: Rimantas Kaukenas 17, Shaun Stonerook 10, David Moss 10
Partizan: Jan Vesely 17+7 boards, Curtis Jerrells 16+5 boarsd+5 as


A League Round 21: #1 FMP Zeleznik is defeated by Borac - 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. There was no lack of interesting games this round. It ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked FMP Zeleznik (19-2) in Cacak on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by eleventh ranked Borac (9-12) 85-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of FMP Zeleznik. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-83. Borac made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by FMP Zeleznik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Nikola Pesakovic (193-G-91) stepped up and scored 28 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners and power forward Filip Dedijer (206-88) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Vuk Radivojevic (197-83) with 22 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). FMP Zeleznik's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Borac moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Vojvodina and Proleter Naftagas. FMP Zeleznik at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Borac is looking forward to face league's second-placed OKK Beograd on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. FMP Zeleznik will play against Sloga in Kraljevo and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Novi Sad. Third ranked Metalac (14-7) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Novi Sad (11-10) 80-78 on Sunday evening. Guard Stefan Sinovec (195-88) nailed 32 points for the winning side and Marko Ljubicic accounted for 9 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Dusko Bunic (207-89) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds for Novi Sad in the defeat. Novi Sad's coach Nemanja Matic let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Metalac have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 14-7 record having five points less than leader FMP. Novi Sad at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Metalac will play against Sloboda (#8) in Uzice in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Novi Sad will play on the road against Napredak Rubin in Krusevac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Kraljevo between Sloga and Proleter Naftagas. Seventh ranked Sloga (10-11) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked Proleter Naftagas (9-12). Sloga managed to escape with a 3-point win 77-74 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Sasa Mijajlovic who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Vuksan Gagovic who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sloga. They maintain seventh place with 10-11 record, which they share with Sloboda Uzice. Loser Proleter Naftagas dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Vojvodina and Borac. Sloga will meet league's leader FMP Zeleznik in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Proleter Naftagas will play against Mega Vizura (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked OKK Beograd (15-6) against fifth ranked Tamis (12-9) on Tuesday night. Visiting OKK Beograd was defeated by Tamis in Pancevo 83-70. It was a good game for Branko Jereminov who led his team to a victory with 22 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Tamis. They maintain fifth place with 12-9 record. OKK Beograd at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Tamis' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Superfund BP (#14) in Beograd and are hoping to win another game. OKK Beograd will play at home against Borac (#10) in Cacak.
An interesting game took place in Kosjeric where 10th ranked Napredak Rubin (8-13) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Crnokosa (7-14) 89-75 on Saturday. Milijan Bocka stepped up and scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Napredak Rubin's coach gave the chance to play for ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Crnokosa maintains thirteenth place with 7-14 record. Napredak Rubin lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Crnokosa will face higher ranked Vojvodina Srbijagas (#9) in Novi Sad in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 21 bottom-ranked Superfund lost to Sloboda Uzice on the opponent's court 72-81. Mega Vizura unfortunately lost to Vojvodina in a home game 70-75.


Sloga - Proleter Naftagas 77-74

A very close game took place in Kraljevo between Sloga and Proleter Naftagas. Seventh ranked Sloga (10-11) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked Proleter Naftagas (9-12). Sloga managed to escape with a 3-point win 77-74 on Saturday evening. Proleter Naftagas trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 30-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-77 at the end of the game. Sloga forced 21 Proleter Naftagas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was center Sasa Mijajlovic (211-80, college: Hutchinson CC) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Bosnian forward Vedran Borovcanin (201-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Four Sloga players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Vuksan Gagovic (202-84) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds and guard Vladimir Vlaskovic (197-77) added 5 points and 8 rebounds respectively. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sloga. They maintain seventh place with 10-11 record, which they share with Sloboda Uzice. Loser Proleter Naftagas dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Vojvodina and Borac. Sloga will meet league's leader FMP Zeleznik in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Proleter Naftagas will play against Mega Vizura (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Proleter Naftagas: V.Gagovic 17+5reb+2ast, B.Barac 10+4reb, M.Prodanovic 9+3reb+3ast, P.Lambic 9+3reb+2ast, M.Vulin 9+4reb, N.Djoric 8+2reb+3ast
Sloga: S.Mijajlovic 24+10reb+1ast, V.Borovcanin 20+10reb+3ast, M.Trivunovic 11+4reb+2ast, F.Gavranovic 10+3reb, S.Jovic 5+2reb+3ast, A.Vlahovic 4+2reb+9ast
gschID: 109873


Borac - FMP 85-83

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked FMP Zeleznik (19-2) in Cacak on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by eleventh ranked Borac (9-12) 85-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of FMP Zeleznik. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-83. Borac made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by FMP Zeleznik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Nikola Pesakovic (193-91) stepped up and scored 28 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners and power forward Filip Dedijer (206-88) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Vuk Radivojevic (197-83) with 22 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Ivan Smiljanic (198-89) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. FMP Zeleznik's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Borac moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Vojvodina and Proleter Naftagas. FMP Zeleznik at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Borac is looking forward to face league's second-placed OKK Beograd on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. FMP Zeleznik will play against Sloga in Kraljevo and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
FMP: V.Radivojevic 22+2reb+4ast, M.Milovanovic 13+3reb, M.Ilic 10+3reb, A.Milutinovic 8+5reb+2ast, I.Smiljanic 8+9reb+1ast, M.Dimic 8+4reb
Borac: N.Pesakovic 28+4reb+4ast, F.Dedijer 20+8reb, N.Vasojevic 17+2ast, F.Pajevic 8+5reb, D.Tresac 8+6reb+4ast, N.Dasic 3+1ast
gschID: 109874


Tamis - Beograd 83-70

Very important is a road loss of second ranked OKK Beograd (15-6) against fifth ranked Tamis (12-9) on Tuesday night. Visiting OKK Beograd was defeated by Tamis in Pancevo 83-70. OKK Beograd was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 51-37 second half run of Tamis. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 OKK Beograd turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by OKK Beograd helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Branko Jereminov (187-87) who led his team to a victory with 22 points. Center Dejan Buric (204-81) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Tamis players scored in double figures. Guard Slobodan Dundjerski (190-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points and swingman Srdjan Zivkovic (200-86, agency: 011 Sports) added 10 points in the effort for OKK Beograd. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Tamis. They maintain fifth place with 12-9 record. OKK Beograd at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Tamis' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Superfund BP (#14) in Beograd and are hoping to win another game. OKK Beograd will play at home against Borac (#10) in Cacak.
Top scorers:
Beograd: S.Dundjerski 17+4reb+2ast, S.Zivkovic 10+1reb, M.Milovanovic 9+1ast, D.Mitrovic 8+1reb+1ast, U.Lucic 6+1reb, A.Vasic 5+4ast
Tamis: B.Jereminov 22+1reb+1ast, R.Mihajlovic 14+2reb+2ast, D.Perak 10+2reb, B.Stajic 10+3reb+2ast, D.Buric 10+9reb+1ast, M.Radenkovic 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 109868


Sloboda Uzice - Superfund 81-72

Very expected game in Uzice where 14th ranked Superfund BP (1-20) was defeated by ninth ranked Sloboda (10-11) 81-72 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-17. But Superfund BP won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Superfund BP 41-24 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Nikola Micevic (196-82) stepped up and scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners and Nemanja Marinkovic chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Sloboda players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Maksim Kovacevic (199-87) with 27 points and forward Aleksandar Zivkovic (200-88) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sloboda moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sloga. Superfund BP lost their thirteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 20 lost games. Sloboda will face higher ranked Metalac (#3) in Valjevo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Superfund BP will play at home against Tamis (#5) in Pancevo.
Top scorers:
Superfund: M.Kovacevic 27+2reb+3ast, A.Zivkovic 13+8reb, S.Tapuskovic 8+3reb+3ast, K.Janjuz 7+1ast, D.Hukic 6, P.Koprivica 4+4reb
Sloboda Uzice: N.Micevic 17+9reb+5ast, N.Marinkovic 14+7reb+2ast, N.Arsic 11+3reb, S.Fekete 11+1reb+6ast, N.Popovic 10+5reb, N.Jevtovic 8+3reb
gschID: 109869


Novi Sad - Metalac 78-80

Important game to mention about took place in Novi Sad. Third ranked Metalac (14-7) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Novi Sad (11-10) 80-78 on Sunday evening. Novi Sad was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 42-37 second half run of Metalac. They made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Novi Sad was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Stefan Sinovec (195-88) nailed 32 points for the winning side and forward Marko Ljubicic (197-87) accounted for 9 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Dusko Bunic (207-89) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds and guard Bogic Vujosevic (189-92) added 17 points respectively for Novi Sad in the defeat. Four Novi Sad players scored in double figures. Novi Sad's coach Nemanja Matic let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Metalac have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 14-7 record having five points less than leader FMP. Novi Sad at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Metalac will play against Sloboda (#8) in Uzice in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Novi Sad will play on the road against Napredak Rubin in Krusevac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Novi Sad: D.Bunic 17+5reb, B.Vujosevic 17+3reb+2ast, N.Kovacevic 12+3ast, F.Sepa 10+2reb+1ast, O.Kuzeta 9+6reb+2ast, N.Kalinic 4+1reb
Metalac: S.Sinovec 32+3reb+3ast, S.Bircevic 11+6reb, R.Marojevic 10+3reb, M.Ljubicic 9+11reb+6ast, D.Kruscic 6+1reb, M.Trtic 6+1reb
gschID: 109870


Crnokosa - Napredak 89-75

An interesting game took place in Kosjeric where 10th ranked Napredak Rubin (8-13) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Crnokosa (7-14) 89-75 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Crnokosa shot 63.6 percent from the field. Guard Milijan Bocka (186-82, agency: 011 Sports) stepped up and scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Sanel Mukanovic (192-83) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Crnokosa players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Nenad Sulovic (202-85) with 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward Slaven Cupkovic (206-88) scored 18 points. Napredak Rubin's coach gave the chance to play for ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Crnokosa maintains thirteenth place with 7-14 record. Napredak Rubin lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Crnokosa will face higher ranked Vojvodina Srbijagas (#9) in Novi Sad in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Napredak: S.Cupkovic 18+2reb+3ast, N.Sulovic 15+5reb+3ast, M.Puzic 11+5reb, P.Beader 9+1reb, S.Mihajlovic 8+1reb, L.Milojevic 8+1reb
Crnokosa: M.Bocka 23+5reb+5ast, N.Karalic 20+5reb, S.Mukanovic 19+5reb+4ast, M.Masalusic 13+1reb+1ast, B.Djurovic 12+5reb+2ast, G.Ignjatovic 2+1ast
gschID: 109871


Mega Vizura - Vojvodina 70-75

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Vojvodina Srbijagas (9-12) defeated on the road 4th placed Mega Vizura (13-8) 75-70 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Center Aleksandar Jevdjic (203-82, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Dejan Kovacevic (195-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was center Dusan Cvetkovic (205-89, agency: Beo Basket) with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Turkish center Dusan Cantekin (222-90, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Vojvodina Srbijagas moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Borac and Proleter Naftagas. Loser Mega Vizura keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Vojvodina Srbijagas will face Crnokosa (#13) in Kosjeric in the next round. Mega Vizura will play on the road against Proleter Naftagas (#11) in Zrenjanin.
Top scorers:
Mega Vizura: D.Cvetkovic 14+7reb+2ast, D.Cantekin 13+8reb+1ast, S.Matovic 12+2reb+1ast, N.Nikolic 10+1ast, P.Reljic 6+3reb+2ast, V.Micic 5+5reb+5ast
Vojvodina: D.Kovacevic 15+5reb+4ast, A.Jevdjic 14+10reb+2ast, M.Marjanovic 14+6reb+1ast, M.Popovic 9+1reb+6ast, B.Riznic 8+3reb, G.Pobric 5+4reb
gschID: 109872




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  SLOVENIA   


Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Zlatorog 13-1 
 2. Helios 9-4 
 3. Geoplin Slovan 9-5 
 4. Elektra 9-5 
 5. Polzela 9-5 
 6. Sentjur 6-7 
 7. Maribor Messer 4-10 
 8. LTHcast Mercator 2-11 
 9. Parklji 0-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Krka
 2. Union Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Panic, Zlatorog20.7 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur17.3 
 3. Bubnic, Helios17.2 
 4. Thondique, Polzela15.9 
 5. Erzen, Parklji15.7 
 6. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan15.6 
 7. Harmason, Sentjur15.1 
 8. Miljkovic, Elektra14.4 
 9. Nuhanovic, Elektra13.9 
 10. Mali, Helios13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Thondique, Polzela11.6 
 2. Miljkovic, Elektra8.8 
 3. Simovic, Sentjur8.4 
 4. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.3 
 5. Zolotic, Maribor .6.6 
 6. Krusic, Geoplin .6.5 
 7. Dimec, Zlatorog6.1 
 8. Paravinja, Parklji5.9 
 9. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan5.9 
 10. Rucigaj, Sentjur5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Boris JERSIN
  Elektra
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jersin, Elektra5.0 
 2. Vujasinovic, Zlatorog4.8 
 3. Brolih, Maribor .4.5 
 4. Hohler, Sentjur4.2 
 5. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 6. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.3 
 7. Pelko, Zlatorog3.3 
 8. Rupnik, Geoplin .2.7 
 9. Mezek, LTHcast .2.5 
 10. Zagorc, Helios2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.7 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast .2.2 
 3. Vranjkovic, Helios1.9 
 4. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.8 
 5. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 6. Zagorc, Helios1.6 
 7. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.6 
 8. Jovanovic, Maribo.1.5 
 9. Zadnik, Geoplin .1.5 
 10. Krejic, Parklji1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra2.1 
 2. Dimec, Zlatorog1.4 
 3. Thondique, Polzela1.1 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela0.7 
 5. Bubnic, Helios0.7 
 6. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan0.6 
 7. Mijajlovic, Zlatorog0.6 
 8. Miljkovic, Elektra0.6 
 9. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 10. Morina, LTHcas.0.5 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Sonic Boom KT 30-12 
 2. Elephants 29-13 
 3. Dongbu Promy 27-16 
 4. KCC Egis 25-17 
 5. Samsung Th. 23-19 
 6. SK Knights 19-23 
 7. LG Sakers 18-24 
 8. Mobis Phoebus 15-28 
 9. Anyang KGC 14-29 
 10. Daegu Orions 12-31 


KBL Round 41: ET Land Elephants beat Daegu Orions by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Tenth-ranked Daegu Orions (12-31) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked ET Land Elephants (29-13) on Tuesday. The visitors from Inchon managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. ET Land Elephants outrebounded Daegu Orions 39-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Dong Jun Lee (200-80) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Daegu Orions. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. ET Land Elephants maintains second place with 29-13 record behind leader Sonic Boom KT. Daegu Orions at the other side stay dead last with 31 lost games. ET Land Elephants are looking forward to face KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju in the next round. Daegu Orions will play on the road against Dongbu Promy (#3) in Wonju and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game in Ulsan was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked SK Knights (19-23) played at the court of 8th ranked Mobis Phoebus (15-28). SK Knights defeated Mobis Phoebus 78-63. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Hyo-Bum Kim chipped in 22 points. Guard Sang-Yoon Ha (180-76) responded with 19 points. Mobis Phoebus' coach JaeHak Yoo rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SK Knights moved-up to sixth place. Mobis Phoebus lost fifth consecutive game. Defending champion keep the eighth position with 28 games lost. SK Knights will play against LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon in the next round. Mobis Phoebus will have a break next round.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Samsung Thunders (23-19) and Anyang KGC (14-29), which took place in Anyang. Higher ranked Samsung Thunders lost to ninth ranked Anyang KGC in a road game 63-77 on Wednesday. David Simon nailed 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Aaron Haynes came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Samsung Thunders in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Anyang KGC maintains ninth place with 14-29 record. Loser Samsung Thunders keep the fifth position with 19 games lost. Anyang KGC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Samsung Thunders will play against the league's leader Sonic Boom KT (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

In the last game of round 41 LG Sakers were beaten by Dongbu Promy on the road 76-64.
The most impressive performance of 41th round was 24 points and 14 rebounds by Rod Benson of Dongbu Promy.



Dongbu Promy - LG Sakers 76-64

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Dongbu Promy (27-16) beat 6th ranked LG Sakers (18-24) in Wonju 76-64 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Dongbu Promy. LG Sakers managed to win second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dongbu Promy made 8 blocks. American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) accounted for 17 points and 4 blocks. Naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds and American forward T.J. Cummings (204-81, college: UCLA) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for LG Sakers in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dongbu Promy have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 27-16 record having just two points less than leader Sonic Boom KT. Loser LG Sakers dropped to the seventh position with 24 games lost. Dongbu Promy will meet at home bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LG Sakers will play against SK Knights in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 24+14reb+3ast, J.Kim 17+2reb+3ast, H.Yoon 12+1reb+2ast, J.Hwang 9+4reb+1ast, J.Wook Ahn 3+1reb, K.Jin 3
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 22+8reb, H.Park 16+2ast, T.Cummings 11+5reb+2ast, H.Byun 9+1reb+3ast, H.Jeon 4+1reb, C.Lee 2+4reb
gschID: 114246


Mobis Phoebus - SK Knights 63-78

The game in Ulsan was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked SK Knights (19-23) played at the court of 8th ranked Mobis Phoebus (15-28). SK Knights defeated Mobis Phoebus 78-63. The game was mostly controlled by SK Knights. Mobis Phoebus was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SK Knights dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Mobis Phoebus' 24. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and guard Hyo-Bum Kim (195-83) chipped in 22 points. Guard Sang-Yoon Ha (180-76) responded with 19 points and the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Mobis Phoebus' coach JaeHak Yoo rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SK Knights moved-up to sixth place. Mobis Phoebus lost fifth consecutive game. Defending champion keep the eighth position with 28 games lost. SK Knights will play against LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon in the next round. Mobis Phoebus will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: T.Leather 27+15reb+1ast, H.Kim 22+4reb+3ast, M.Kim 13+1ast, K.Hoon Byun 9+3reb, S.Hwang 3+2reb+3ast, J.Son 2+1ast
Mobis Phoebus: S.Ha 19+2reb+3ast, D.Yang 15+3reb+4ast, Y.Choi 15+2reb, K.Gransberry 7+8reb+3ast, J.Park 7+3reb, J.Kim 0
gschID: 114247


Anyang KGC - Samsung Th. 77-63

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Samsung Thunders (23-19) and Anyang KGC (14-29), which took place in Anyang. Higher ranked Samsung Thunders lost to ninth ranked Anyang KGC in a road game 63-77 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Anyang KGC. Samsung Thunders managed to win second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Anyang KGC made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) nailed 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and forward Jung-Hyun Lee (189) accounted for 14 points and 4 assists. Four Anyang KGC players scored in double figures. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Samsung Thunders in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Anyang KGC maintains ninth place with 14-29 record. Loser Samsung Thunders keep the fifth position with 19 games lost. Anyang KGC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Samsung Thunders will play against the league's leader Sonic Boom KT (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: D.Simon 16+6reb+1ast, J.Lee 14+2reb+4ast, S.Park 12+2reb+1ast, J.Kim 10+1reb, C.Park 8+6reb+5ast, S.Kim 4+3reb+3ast
Samsung Th.: A.Haynes 20+8reb+2ast, E.Sandrin 16+10reb+1ast, J.Cha 8+5reb, J.Lee 7+3reb+4ast, D.Kim 6, W.Lee 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 114248


Daegu Orions - Elephants 75-78

Tenth-ranked Daegu Orions (12-31) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked ET Land Elephants (29-13) on Tuesday. The visitors from Inchon managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. ET Land Elephants outrebounded Daegu Orions 39-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Dong Jun Lee (200-80) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds and forward Yong-Jun Oh (193-80) added 14 points and 4 steals in the effort for Daegu Orions. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. ET Land Elephants maintains second place with 29-13 record behind leader Sonic Boom KT. Daegu Orions at the other side stay dead last with 31 lost games. ET Land Elephants are looking forward to face KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju in the next round. Daegu Orions will play on the road against Dongbu Promy (#3) in Wonju and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Elephants: J.Stevenson 20+7reb+3ast, H.Hill 18+15reb, J.Seo 14+3reb, Y.Jung 14+1reb, S.Park 4+4ast, H.Lee 4+5reb
Daegu Orions: D.Jun Lee 18+6reb+3ast, Y.Oh 14+3reb+2ast, I.Heo 13+2reb+2ast, A.McCaskill 10+4reb+4ast, 9+2reb+1ast, M.Suk 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 114245




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Breogan add Eric Hicks - by Eurobasket News
Breogan strengthened their frontcourt. They landed Eric Hicks (198-F-83, college: Cincinnati). The forward was released by Anwil Wloclawek just days ago. The Polish team quoted disciplinary reasons for the decision. Eric Hicks averaged 10.3 points and 5.3 boards per game in PLK season. In EuroCup the forward tallied 8.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per appearance. Eric Hicks played in Belgium, Poland and Russia before joining Anwil. Eric Hicks participated in PLK All-Star Game in 2008. The forward took part in World University Games in Izmir in 2005. While sudying in Cincinnati Eric Hicks was named into All-Big East 1st Team.




LEB Gold Round 23: Last-ranked Ourense beats Lleida Basquet - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. It ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Bottom-ranked Ourense managed to get the second consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time they outleveled eighth-ranked Lleida Basquet 92-54. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 38-point difference suggests that Ourense is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. Ourense led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Ourense especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was Czech center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Jose Salvador Arco (194-84) chipped in 16 points. American center Dwayne Curtis (203-85, college: Mississippi, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced a double-double by scoring 10 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. Ourense maintains eighteenth place with 5-18 record. Lleida Basquet at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with La Laguna. Ourense are looking forward to face higher ranked Ford Burgos (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lleida Basquet will play against Palencia Baloncesto (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Obradoiro CAB delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 15th ranked Fundacion Adepal (7-16) 81-49 in Santoago de Comp. The former international center Oriol Junyent (207-76) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Alberto Corbacho contributed with 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Duane Virgil (205-74, college: Murray St.) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds for Fundacion Adepal. 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. Obradoiro CAB have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-3 record, which they share with CB Murcia. Fundacion Adepal lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Huesca. Obradoiro CAB will play against La Laguna (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fundacion Adepal will play against Lobe Huesca (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Twelfth-ranked Leche Rio Breogan (9-14) made lots of trouble for third ranked Ford Burgos (18-5) on Wednesday. Ford Burgos managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for Jerome Tillman who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. James Feldeine responded with 29 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ford Burgos have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Ford Burgos maintains third place with 18-5 record having just two points less than leader Obradoiro. Loser Leche Rio Breogan keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Clinicas Rincon. Ford Burgos will meet bottom-ranked Ourense (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Leche Rio Breogan will play against Girona FC (#6) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Leon was also worth to mention about. Second ranked CB Murcia (20-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Baloncesto Leon (15-8). CB Murcia did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 102-83. It was an exceptional evening for Vitor Faverani who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). CB Murcia's coach Luis Guil allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for CB Murcia. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Obradoiro. Baloncesto Leon lost their third game in a row. Baloncesto Leon at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. CB Murcia's next round opponent will be CB Tarragona 2017 (#15) at home which should be an easy win for them. Baloncesto Leon will play against Melilla Baloncesto (#7).
The game in Girona was also quite interesting. 6th ranked La Laguna (11-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Girona FC (12-11). Girona FC defeated La Laguna 83-71 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Levi Rost who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Girona FC. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Melilla. La Laguna lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Girona FC will face Leche Rio Breogan (#12) in Lugo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. La Laguna will play at home against the league's leader Obradoiro CAB (#1) in Santoago de Comp.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Palencia defeated La Palma in a road game 86-82. CB Tarragona beat Clinicas Rincon at home 80-78. Caceres lost to Melilla on the opponent's court 73-91. Huesca managed to outperform Navarra in a home game 85-71.


Leon - CB Murcia 83-102

The game in Leon was also worth to mention about. Second ranked CB Murcia (20-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Baloncesto Leon (15-8). CB Murcia did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 102-83. It looked good early as Baloncesto Leon took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then CB Murcia had a 30-19 second period charge getting the lead and Baloncesto Leon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-102. CB Murcia shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (211-88) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Pedro Robles (192-77, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 19 points for the winning side. CB Murcia's coach Luis Guil allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Julio Alberto Gonzalez (196-81) came up with 16 points and American forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Impact Basketball) added 18 points respectively for Baloncesto Leon in the defeat. Four Baloncesto Leon players scored in double figures. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for CB Murcia. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Obradoiro. Baloncesto Leon lost their third game in a row. Baloncesto Leon at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. CB Murcia's next round opponent will be CB Tarragona 2017 (#15) at home which should be an easy win for them. Baloncesto Leon will play against Melilla Baloncesto (#7).
Top scorers:
CB Murcia: V.Faverani 23+5reb+2ast, P.Robles 19+2reb+2ast, R.Morentin 16+4reb+3ast, J.Ignacio Jasen 9+3reb+4ast, M.Umeh 8+1reb+1ast, T.Coppenrath 8+4reb+1ast
Leon: K.Seawright 18+3reb+1ast, J.Alberto Gonzalez 16+4reb+3ast, E.Quezada 11+2reb+2ast, A.Fontet 10+8reb, J.Garcia 9+4reb+1ast, J.Jose Bernabe 8+3ast
gschID: 92775


Lleida - Ourense 54-92

Bottom-ranked Ourense managed to get the second consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time they outleveled eighth-ranked Lleida Basquet 92-54. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 38-point difference suggests that Ourense is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. Ourense led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Ourense especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was Czech center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Jose Salvador Arco (194-84) chipped in 16 points. American center Dwayne Curtis (203-85, college: Mississippi, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import swingman Mildon Ambres (198-84, college: S.Nazarene, agency: Impact Basketball) added 11 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ourense maintains eighteenth place with 5-18 record. Lleida Basquet at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with La Laguna. Ourense are looking forward to face higher ranked Ford Burgos (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lleida Basquet will play against Palencia Baloncesto (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ourense: O.Starosta 17+8reb, J.Salvador Arco 16+4reb+1ast, A.Ruiz de Galarreta 10+3reb+4ast, U.Onyekwe 10+6reb+1ast, J.Manuel Coego 10+1reb, F.Cardenas 9+1ast
Lleida: M.Ambres 11+3reb, M.Rubio 10+2ast, A.Mohammed 10+1reb+3ast, D.Curtis 10+10reb, J.Maria Guzman 4+1ast, D.Martin 4+3reb
gschID: 92772


La Palma - Palencia 82-86

There was an upset when higher ranked UB La Palma (10-13) was defeated at home by fifteenth ranked Palencia Baloncesto (8-15) 86-82 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 28-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Palencia Baloncesto made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. UB La Palma was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was swingman Carles Bravo (192-79) who scored 23 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American power forward Adrian Moss (204-81, college: Florida) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Sebastian Arrocha (180-76) produced 25 points and 4 assists and Colombian forward Juan Palacios (203-85) added 17 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. UB La Palma's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Palencia Baloncesto. Palencia Baloncesto moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with CB Tarragona. Loser UB La Palma keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Palencia Baloncesto will face higher ranked Lleida Basquet (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Palencia: C.Bravo 23+4reb+2ast, A.Moss 20+7reb+1ast, T.Frost 12+4reb, E.Garrido 10+1reb+3ast, R.Clark 9+3reb+1ast, S.Haanpaa 8+6reb+3ast
La Palma: S.Arrocha 25+1reb+4ast, J.Palacios 17+4reb+6ast, J.Bonhome 15+1reb+1ast, D.Rodriguez 10+2reb+7ast, J.Orfila 4+4reb+1ast, C.Odiakosa 3+5reb
gschID: 92773


CB Tarragona - Clinicas Rincon 80-78

There was a small surprise when sixteenth ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (8-15) edged at home 13th ranked Clinicas Rincon (9-14) 80-78 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-78. CB Tarragona 2017 made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Roger Fornas (202-82) who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Alexander Franklin (196-88, college: Siena) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Center Maodo Nguirane (209-93) produced 10 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and Venezuelan forward Jhornan Zamora (194-89) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. CB Tarragona 2017 moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Palencia. Loser Clinicas Rincon dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. CB Tarragona 2017 will face league's second-placed CB Murcia on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
CB Tarragona: R.Fornas 21+9reb+4ast, A.Franklin 19+6reb+2ast, J.Aguilar 13+2reb+4ast, M.Diouf 8+6reb, R.Schraeder 7+3reb+1ast, A.Alba 7+5reb
Clinicas Rincon: J.Zamora 14+3reb+2ast, R.Freire 13+3reb+2ast, M.Nguirane 10+9reb+1ast, J.Pozas 9+2reb+2ast, A.Garcia 9+7reb+1ast, I.Martinez 7+1ast
gschID: 92774


Obradoiro - Alcazar 81-49

Leader Obradoiro CAB delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 15th ranked Fundacion Adepal (7-16) 81-49 in Santoago de Comp. The game was mostly controlled by Obradoiro CAB. Fundacion Adepal was better in second period 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Obradoiro CAB had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Obradoiro CAB especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The former international center Oriol Junyent (207-76) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Alberto Corbacho (201-84) contributed with 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Obradoiro CAB players scored in double figures. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Duane Virgil (205-74, college: Murray St.) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and German forward Kiril Wachsmann (203-83, college: Iona, agency: Edge Sports) added 4 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Fundacion Adepal. 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. Obradoiro CAB have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-3 record, which they share with CB Murcia. Fundacion Adepal lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Huesca. Obradoiro CAB will play against La Laguna (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fundacion Adepal will play against Lobe Huesca (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obradoiro: A.Corbacho 21+2reb+2ast, O.Junyent 19+7reb+2ast, D.Washington 15+6reb+2ast, J.Bulfoni 12+2reb, R.Nguema 4+1reb+5ast, L.Kendall 4+7reb+1ast
Alcazar: D.Virgil 15+5reb, D.Brown 11+2reb, A.Frutos 6+1reb+2ast, J.Ward 5, K.Wachsmann 4+12reb, J.Alonso 3+1reb
gschID: 92769


Girona - La Laguna 83-71

The game in Girona was also quite interesting. 6th ranked La Laguna (11-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Girona FC (12-11). Girona FC defeated La Laguna 83-71 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Girona FC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Girona FC outrebounded La Laguna 39-21 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Levi Rost (201-83, college: W.Michigan) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Croatian power forward Mateo Kedzo (207-84) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Ricardo Guillen (205-76) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Jesus Chagoyen (200-78) added 12 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Four La Laguna players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Girona FC. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Melilla. La Laguna lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Girona FC will face Leche Rio Breogan (#12) in Lugo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. La Laguna will play at home against the league's leader Obradoiro CAB (#1) in Santoago de Comp.
Top scorers:
Girona: J.Ortega 16+3reb+1ast, L.Rost 16+9reb+1ast, M.Kedzo 16+5reb+2ast, S.Pino 10+1reb, D.Middleton 8+5reb+2ast, I.Ordin 8+3reb+2ast
La Laguna: R.Guillen 15+8reb, N.Richotti 15+3reb, A.Sabat 13+2reb+2ast, J.Chagoyen 12+5reb+1ast, I.Yanez 6, R.DAVID CHRISTOPHER 4+2reb
gschID: 92770


Burgos - Breogan 83-82 OT

Twelfth-ranked Leche Rio Breogan (9-14) made lots of trouble for third ranked Ford Burgos (18-5) on Wednesday. Ford Burgos managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Leche Rio Breogan won fourth quarter 23-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Leche Rio Breogan used huge pressure winning it 23-15 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 7-8. It was a great evening for American forward Jerome Tillman (198-87, college: Ohio) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Jesus Castro (190-83) helped adding 11 points and 4 assists. Dominican-American guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) responded with 29 points and center Oliver Arteaga (211-83) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Four Leche Rio Breogan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ford Burgos have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Ford Burgos maintains third place with 18-5 record having just two points less than leader Obradoiro. Loser Leche Rio Breogan keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Clinicas Rincon. Ford Burgos will meet bottom-ranked Ourense (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Leche Rio Breogan will play against Girona FC (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Burgos: J.Tillman 21+8reb, P.Lorant 13+6reb, J.Castro 11+4reb+4ast, A.Miguel 8+2reb+1ast, V.Baldo 8+4reb+1ast, M.Gomez 7+5reb+1ast
Breogan: J.Feldeine 29+2reb, O.Arteaga 18+11reb+1ast, W.Brown 11+5reb, J.Vallmajo 10+1reb+2ast, M.Mokongo 9+5reb+5ast, J.Camilo Riveiro 5+3reb
gschID: 92771


Melilla - Caceres 91-73

There was an upset when 4th placed Caceres 2016 (15-8) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Melilla Baloncesto (12-11) 91-73 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 18 points. Melilla Baloncesto shot 61.7 percent from the field. Melilla Baloncesto looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward Miguel Montanana (206-80) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. American center Jeff Foote (213-88, college: Cornell) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward Ryan Humphrey (203-79, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Jose Angel Antelo (203-87) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Caceres 2016 players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Melilla Baloncesto moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Girona. Loser Caceres 2016 keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Melilla Baloncesto will face higher ranked Baloncesto Leon (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caceres 2016 will play against Grupo Iruna Navarra in Pamplona.
Top scorers:
Melilla: M.Montanana 18+6reb+1ast, J.Foote 16+7reb+1ast, J.Detrick 11+1reb+1ast, J.Jimenez 9+3ast, O.Yebra 9+6reb+2ast, J.Vega 7+2reb+1ast
Caceres: R.Humphrey 15+10reb, F.Sanchez 11+1reb+1ast, J.Angel Antelo 10+6reb+3ast, J.McCoy 10+2reb+1ast, C.Cherry 10+2reb+4ast, J.Xavier 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 92767


Huesca - Navarra 85-71

There was a surprise result when seventeenth ranked Lobe Huesca (7-16) beat at home higher ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra (10-13) 85-71 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Lobe Huesca. Grupo Iruna Navarra was better in third quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lobe Huesca forced 20 Grupo Iruna Navarra turnovers. The best player for the winners was French power forward Guillaume Yango (205-82, college: Pacific) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-88) chipped in 18 points. Lobe Huesca's coach Angel Navarro used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Christopher Lee (206, college: S.Carolina St.) produced 27 points and 8 rebounds and guard Inaki Sanz (190-84) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Lobe Huesca moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Alcazar. Grupo Iruna Navarra lost their fifth game in a row. Grupo Iruna Navarra at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Lobe Huesca will face Fundacion Adepal (#17) in Alcazar in the next round.
Top scorers:
Huesca: A.Zengotitabengoa 18+2reb+3ast, J.Salson 16+2reb+2ast, G.Yango 16+9reb, S.Johnson 8+4reb+3ast, J.Bonds 6+2reb+3ast, X.Ventura 5+2reb
Navarra: C.Lee 27+8reb, I.Sanz 13+5reb+6ast, I.Narros 10+1reb+2ast, A.Garcia 6+1ast, R.Joseph 6+4reb+1ast, R.Bas 5
gschID: 92768




Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Obradoiro 20-3 
 2. CB Murcia 20-3 
 3. Burgos 18-5 
 4. Caceres 15-8 
 5. Leon 15-8 
 6. Girona 12-11 
 7. Melilla 12-11 
 8. La Laguna 11-12 
 9. Lleida 11-12 
 10. Navarra 10-13 
 11. La Palma 10-13 
 12. Breogan 9-14 
 13. Clinicas Rincon 9-14 
 14. Palencia 8-15 
 15. CB Tarragona 8-15 
 16. Huesca 7-16 
 17. Alcazar 7-16 
 18. Ourense 5-18 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Guillen, La Laguna18.6 
 2. Palacios, La Palma17.9 
 3. Detrick, Melilla16.5 
 4. Mohammed, Lleida16.4 
 5. Seawright, Leon15.7 
 6. Feldeine, Breogan15.3 
 7. Faverani, CB Mu.15.1 
 8. Quezada, Leon15.0 
 9. Navarro, Girona14.9 
 10. Franklin, CB Tarra.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne CURTIS
  Lleida
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Curtis, Lleida8.8 
 2. Wachsmann, Alcazar8.8 
 3. Humphrey, Caceres7.9 
 4. Arteaga, Breogan7.7 
 5. Sinanovic, Clinic.7.6 
 6. Frost, Palencia7.6 
 7. Lima, Clinicas Rincon7.5 
 8. Franklin, CB Tarra.7.4 
 9. Kale, Ourense7.3 
 10. Guillen, La Laguna7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.6 
 2. Sabat, La Laguna4.1 
 3. Rodriguez, Obrad.3.8 
 4. Bernabe, Leon3.8 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.5 
 6. Cherry, Caceres3.5 
 7. Rivero, CB Murcia3.5 
 8. Garrido, Palencia3.3 
 9. Quezada, Leon3.3 
 10. Frutos, Alcazar3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obradoiro
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.7 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.8 
 3. Castro, Burgos1.6 
 4. Ventura, Huesca1.5 
 5. Johnson, Huesca1.5 
 6. Quezada, Leon1.5 
 7. Palacios, La Palma1.5 
 8. Jasen, CB Murcia1.4 
 9. Calvo, Leon1.4 
 10. Xavier, Caceres1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff FOOTE
  Melilla
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Foote, Melilla2.1 
 2. Humphrey, Caceres1.9 
 3. Fontet, Leon1.5 
 4. Joseph, Navarra1.3 
 5. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.3 
 6. Faverani, CB Mu.1.2 
 7. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.1 
 8. Arteaga, Breogan0.9 
 9. Antelo, Caceres0.9 
 10. Starosta, Ourense0.9 


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Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Demetrius BROWN
  08
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Brown, 0821.8 
 2. Hargrove, Jamtland21.7 
 3. Smith, Uppsala20.2 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall19.9 
 5. Smith, Sodertalje19.9 
 6. Wesby, Sundsvall18.8 
 7. McCoy, Boras18.8 
 8. Palm, Boras18.4 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna18.1 
 10. Klaric, Jamtland16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.6 
 2. Brown, 089.2 
 3. McKnight, Boras9.1 
 4. Palm, Boras9.1 
 5. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 6. Constantine, Solna8.1 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.9 
 8. Walker, Solna7.5 
 9. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.2 
 10. Cipriano, Eco O.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.5 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 084.9 
 4. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 5. Smith, Uppsala4.5 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland4.4 
 7. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 9. Chuk, Sodertalje4.2 
 10. Smith, Sodertalje4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.7 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.3 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall2.1 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland2.0 
 5. Smith, Uppsala2.0 
 6. Brown, 081.9 
 7. McCoy, Boras1.9 
 8. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.7 
 9. Wesby, Sundsvall1.7 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.0 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 3. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.6 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.2 
 6. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.2 
 7. Constantine, Solna1.1 
 8. Cipriano, Eco O.1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Brown, 080.9 


Brown number one in Sweden for round 29 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Demetrius Brown (201-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for 08, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 37 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out Boras (#7, 11-18) 86-84. 08 maintains the 9th position in Swedish Basketligan. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 20 games and recorded just seven victories. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 68.4% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at 08, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former San Jose State University star has very solid stats this year. Brown is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.8ppg. Brown is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.2rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports) of KFUM Jamtland Basket. Hargrove had a very good evening with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Of course he lead Jamtland to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Uppsala (#5, 14-13) 95-71. Jamtland's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-19 record. Hargrove is a newcomer at Jamtland, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.7ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 6.0rpg and 3.9apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Adam Constantine (206-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports) of Solna (#6). Constantine scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Constantine's great performance Solna lost 82-96 to the higher-ranked Sundsvall (#1, 24-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Solna ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Constantine could help Solna to bring them higher in the standings. Constantine has a great season in Sweden. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.1rpg (6th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 65.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Demetrius Brown (201-F-83) of 08 - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Johnell Smith (186-G-80) of Sodertalje - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Mantas Griskenas (201-F-85) of Sodertalje - 16 points and 11 rebounds
7. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) of Sundsvall - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Johan Jeansson (197-G-85) of Sundsvall - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tyrone Levett (195-G/F-80) of LF Basket - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) of Boras - 18 points, 5 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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LNA Round 20: Starwings edge Fribourg by two points - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 20 in the LNA took place in Basel. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Fribourg (13-7) to eighth ranked Starwings (9-11) 72-70 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 19-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Starwings made 8 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St., agency: Warren Sports International) who scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) chipped in 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Starwings moved-up to seventh place. Fribourg at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Starwings are looking forward to face higher ranked Monthey (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fribourg will play against Zurich Wildcats and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Geneve. Third ranked Geneve Lions faced 4th ranked SAV Vacallo. Host Geneve Lions (14-6) defeated guests from Chiasso (12-8) 78-63. Congolese forward Max Kouguere (198-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Marcus Sloan contributed with 16 points for the winners. American forward Kevyn Popovich (196-85, college: SE Louisiana) replied with 21 points for SAV Vacallo. Geneve Lions have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. SAV Vacallo at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Monthey. Geneve Lions will play against SAM Massagno (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. SAV Vacallo will play against BBC Nyon (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Lugano Tigers delivered the eighteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Monthey (12-8) 106-89. Worth to mention a quality performance of Mohammed Abukar who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Stephane Moris responded with 22 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lugano Tigers have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-2 record. Loser Monthey dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with SAV Vacallo. Lugano Tigers will meet at home Boncourt (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Monthey will play against Starwings in Basel and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 20 bottom-ranked Zurich Wildcats was defeated by BBC Nyon in a road game 83-73. Boncourt beat SAM Massagno at home 89-78.
The best stats of 20th round was 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists by Shorown Glover of Boncourt.



BBC Nyon - Zurich Wildcats 83-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Zurich Wildcats' (1-19) road loss to ninth ranked BBC Nyon (3-17) 73-83 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BBC Nyon. Zurich Wildcats managed to win fourth quarter 31-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BBC Nyon dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Zurich Wildcats' 34. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BBC Nyon made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chad Byron (188-87, college: Cumberlands) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 assists and the other American import swingman Lester Hunte (196-88, college: Northwood Fl.) who added 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Hunte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Serbian center Mladen Lukic (207-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Spanish guard Ivan Castro (195-88) scored 18 points and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BBC Nyon maintains ninth position with 3-17 record. Zurich Wildcats lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 19 lost games. BBC Nyon will meet higher ranked SAV Vacallo (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Zurich Wildcats will play against Fribourg (#3).
Top scorers:
BBC Nyon: C.Byron 23+3reb+6ast, L.Hunte 15+8reb+3ast, C.Daniels 10+11reb+2ast, J.Meylan 9+1reb+1ast, X.Paredes 8+7reb+1ast, J.Senderos 8+2reb+3ast
Zurich Wildcats: M.Lukic 19+13reb+2ast, I.Castro 18+3reb, L.Waldesbuehl 9+3reb, L.Bomayako 7+3reb+1ast, R.Devcic 5+2reb+2ast, E.Fongue 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 121342


Geneve Lions - SAV Vacallo 78-63

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Geneve. Third ranked Geneve Lions faced 4th ranked SAV Vacallo. Host Geneve Lions (14-6) defeated guests from Chiasso (12-8) 78-63. It looked good early as SAV Vacallo took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Geneve Lions had a 22-17 second period charge getting the lead and SAV Vacallo was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 63-78. Congolese forward Max Kouguere (198-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Marcus Sloan (205-82, college: TCU) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American forward Kevyn Popovich (196-85, college: SE Louisiana) replied with 21 points and his fellow American import guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for SAV Vacallo. Geneve Lions have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. SAV Vacallo at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Monthey. Geneve Lions will play against SAM Massagno (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. SAV Vacallo will play against BBC Nyon (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: M.Kouguere 22+8reb+1ast, M.Sloan 16+4reb+3ast, J.Aw 15+7reb+1ast, J.Almanson 8+4reb+1ast, J.Srzic 8+1reb+3ast, B.Toure 7+2reb+2ast
SAV Vacallo: K.Popovich 21+1reb+1ast, N.Dacevic 11+6reb+1ast, R.Gibson 10+7reb+4ast, M.Mihajlovic 8+4reb+2ast, J.Rahier 7+2reb+3ast, S.Smiljanic 5+1ast
gschID: 121343


Starwings - Fribourg 72-70

The most exciting game of round 20 in the LNA took place in Basel. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Fribourg (13-7) to eighth ranked Starwings (9-11) 72-70 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 19-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Starwings made 8 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St., agency: Warren Sports International) who scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) chipped in 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Terry Williams (192-83, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Fribourg players scored in double figures. Starwings moved-up to seventh place. Fribourg at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Starwings are looking forward to face higher ranked Monthey (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fribourg will play against Zurich Wildcats and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Starwings: T.Brown 21+5reb+4ast, V.Hollins 20+6reb+4ast, T.McCrory 17+6reb+1ast, A.Thompson 4+8reb, M.Petkovic 4+2reb+1ast, M.Hett 4+1reb
Fribourg: S.Smith 17+3reb+1ast, T.Williams 14+4reb+4ast, D.Esterkamp 12+15reb+5ast, T.Quidome 10+3reb+3ast, Y.Holland 9+6reb+1ast, O.Vogt 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 121339


Lugano Tigers - Monthey 106-89

Leader Lugano Tigers delivered the eighteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Monthey (12-8) 106-89. The game was mostly controlled by Lugano Tigers. Monthey managed to win fourth quarter 30-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lugano Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Monthey's 34 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Monthey 35-16 including a 30-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lugano Tigers shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 70.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import power forward Matt Schneiderman (205-81, college: N.Iowa) who added 19 points and 4 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Lugano Tigers players scored in double figures. Belgian power forward Stephane Moris (207-86, agency: Promotex) responded with 22 points and American guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) scored 23 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lugano Tigers have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-2 record. Loser Monthey dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with SAV Vacallo. Lugano Tigers will meet at home Boncourt (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Monthey will play against Starwings in Basel and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: M.Abukar 25+10reb+5ast, M.Schneiderman 19+4reb+3ast, E.Draughan 17+1reb+4ast, D.Mladjan 15+2reb+1ast, S.Finn 15+8reb+1ast, S.Pantic 6+2reb+1ast
Monthey: J.Sharper 23+2ast, S.Moris 22+4reb, F.Steinmann 7+1ast, J.Dubas 5, G.Louissaint 5+1reb, S.Louissaint 4+3reb+6ast
gschID: 121340


Boncourt - SAM Massagno 89-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Boncourt's (10-10) home victory over 7th ranked SAM Massagno (8-12) 89-78 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Boncourt. SAM Massagno managed to win second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Shorown Glover (180-87) who helped to win the game recording 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Belgian forward Douglas Tshomba (201-83, college: Tusculum) who added 14 points during the contest. American guard Ali Farokhmanesh (183-88, college: N.Iowa, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 29 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import forward A.J. Hawkins (198-85, college: Oklahoma Baptist) scored 21 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Boncourt and four SAM Massagno players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Boncourt maintains sixth position with 10-10 record. Loser SAM Massagno dropped to the eighth place with 12 games lost. Boncourt will meet league's leader Lugano Tigers on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. SAM Massagno will play against the league's second-placed Geneve Lions (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Boncourt: S.Glover 37+5reb+7ast, D.Tshomba 14+4reb+3ast, T.Gugino 12+4reb+2ast, R.Schwaiger 11+3reb+2ast, N.Dos Santos 10+7reb+1ast, J.Stucheli 5+2reb+2ast
SAM Massagno: A.Farokhmanesh 29+1reb+2ast, A.Hawkins 21+2reb, B.Johnson 12+3reb, J.Ofoegbu 12+9reb, F.Fridel 2+3reb, M.Magnani 1+2ast
gschID: 121341




Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Glover, Boncourt22.8 
 2. Reid, Monthey21.9 
 3. Abukar, Lugano T.21.5 
 4. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.21.2 
 5. Brown, Starwings20.8 
 6. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 7. Smith, Fribourg19.6 
 8. Popovich, SAV V.19.1 
 9. Byron, BBC Nyon19.0 
 10. Yates, Starwings18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.8 
 2. Yates, Starwings10.0 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.9.9 
 4. Reid, Monthey9.4 
 5. Thompson, Starw.9.3 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt9.2 
 7. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.2 
 8. Smith, Fribourg8.0 
 9. Sloan, Geneve Lions7.7 
 10. Hunte, BBC Nyon7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo6.8 
 2. Glover, Boncourt6.1 
 3. Brown, Starwings4.9 
 4. Draughan, Lugano T.4.7 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.4.7 
 6. Hollins, Starwings4.3 
 7. Sharper, Monthey4.2 
 8. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
 9. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Glover, Boncourt4.0 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.5 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.4 
 4. Draughan, Lugano T.2.8 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.2.7 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt2.6 
 7. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.4 
 8. Sharper, Monthey2.3 
 9. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.2 
 10. Hawkins, SAM M.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.5 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.4 
 3. Gugino, Boncourt1.6 
 4. Thompson, Starw.1.6 
 5. Lukic, Zurich W.1.6 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.3 
 7. Moris, Monthey1.1 
 8. Ferguson, Zurich W.0.9 
 9. Vogt, Fribourg0.9 
 10. Sanders, Lugano T.0.9 


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Jalaa hold off ASU to reach WABA League semis - by Eurobasket News
Jalaa - ASU 87:74

Jalaa joined Mahram in the WABA League semifinal stage. The Syrian side overcame ASU of Jordan to sweep the quarterfinal series. Michel Maadanli (195-G-81) scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
Jalaa set the tone early as they opened the game with a 9:1 rally. Jalaa built a 26:18 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. They arrived at halftime up by 15 points 50:35. ASU went on a strong rally in the third period. The visitors cut the distance to 5 points with one quarter remaining. But Jalaa did not allow their opponents to deliver the decisive blow as they picked up the right tempo and coasted to the victory at the end. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for Jalaa. Sari Papazian (194-G/F-82) added 10 points in the win.



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Dove number one in Taiwan for round 7 - by Eurobasket News
American swingman Marcus Dove (206-G/F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Taiwan Mobile, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 37 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat KKL (#7, 5-12) 101-92. Taiwan Mobile is placed at 5th position in Taiwanese SBL. Taiwan Mobile is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-11 record. Dove turned to be Taiwan Mobile's top player in his first season with the team. Former Oklahoma State University star has very solid stats this year. Dove is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.9ppg), rebounds (5th best: 11.4rpg) and averages impressive 2.0bpg,2.6spg and 52.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Shawn Hawkins (198-G/F-82) of KKL. Hawkins had a very good evening with a double-double of 63 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as KKL lost that overtime game 106-116 to the higher-ranked Yulon Luxgen (#3, 10-8). This loss caused KKL to slide to the very bottom (7) position in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories KKL managed to get this year. Hawkins is a newcomer at KKL, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.1ppg (#1). He also registered 12.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jermaine Dailey (203-F-86, agency: SportsList Inc.) of Yulon Luxgen (#3). Dailey scored 19 points and grabbed twenty four rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Yulon Luxgen, leading his team to a 116-106overtime win against the lower-ranked KKL (#7, 5-12). Yulon Luxgen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Dailey has a very solid season. In 4 games in Taiwan he scored 17.5ppg. Dailey attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rashad Jennings (203-F-84) of Pure Youth - 17 points and 28 rebounds
5. Jermaine Dailey (203-F-86) of Yulon Luxgen - 15 points and 25 rebounds
6. Shawn Hawkins (198-G/F-82) of KKL - 43 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Shawn Hawkins (198-G/F-82) of KKL - 31 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Rashad Jennings (203-F-84) of Pure Youth - 9 points and 33 rebounds
9. Marcus Dove (206-G/F-85) of Taiwan Mobile - 23 points and 12 rebounds
10. Lei Tien (203-F-83) of Dacin Tigers - 24 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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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Solid showing by TT pros! - by Albert-Lee Young
Several TT professional basketball players had solid performances on the international pro circuit.

Heading the list is 6-9 power forward Devougn Lamont who posted up 27 points and 9 rebounds as San Francisco Rumble defeated Shizouka Gymrats 107-96 in the American Basketball Association (ABA) league.

With the win Rumble improved to an 8-8 record. The next few weeks will be critical for Lamont and the Rumble if they are to secure a playoff spot.

Over in Euro, Marlon Pompey posted up 19 points, 6 rebounds & 2 assists for Rist Wedel on February 5 in a surprising 83-73 home win over Wulfen in the Bundesliga Pro B League (Germany)

SC Rist Wedel dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to BSV Wulfen's 28. Four players scored double figures for the winners. American guard Steve Briggs led with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

With the home win SC Rist Wedel maintains ninth place in Group North with a 7-12 record, which they share with Bayer Giants. BSV Wulfen lost their third game in a row dropping to the sixth position with ten games lost.


And in France, 6-6 guard Leo Westermann contributed 10pts, 2reb & 2ast in a losing 77-92 effort for seventh ranked ASVEL against Hyeres-Toulon in a round 17 game in the Pro A League. With the win Hyeres-Toulon remains in sixth position with ASVEL in seventh.

In Spain, 6-9 Duane Virgil had 7points & 6 rebounds as Alcazar (7-15) was defeated by tenth ranked Girona FC (11-11) 91-73 on Friday 11. With the loss Alcazar dropped to a 7-15 record and 14th ranked.

Across the continent in Japan, 6-9 Julius Ashby posted up 14pts,11rebs & 3asts for Niigata Albirex but second-ranked Osaka Evessa stiil went on to score a very important 72-67 win at home on February 12. With the win they secured a leadership position while Albirex remains in 3rd.

In another critical BJ League game, seventh ranked Shimane Magic (13-18) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (15-16) 82-80 in the fight for the fifth place.

6-10 Kibwe Trim contributed 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists for Kyoto Hannaryz in a losing effort. Shimane Magic moved-up to fifth place while Kyoto Hannaryz keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost.

Meanwhile down under, 6-3 guard Daniel Dillon had 17points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in the Australian National Basketball League on February 13.

But despite his solid all round performance 3rd ranked Cairns Taipans (11-8) suffered a very important 74-81 road loss against fourth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (12-8) in a tough game.




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  TURKEY   


The crash of 2 domestic cup champions in Turkish Airlines Euroleague - by Ege Ozcan
Last weekend Fenerbace Ulker and Zalgris Kaunas won domestic cup in their countries. But FBU lost his rebounder Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) . He injured very serious and he is out for rest of the season. The bad news continues; FBU shocked Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) had the flu and he cant play. Neven Spahija's squad become narrow. But FBU want to continue his unbeaten title and a victory could advance to the playoffs this week. The possibility of playoff is too far for ZK thats why they will play without stress.

At the beginning of the match the Lithuanians of FBU made turnovers but first period FBU balanced the score with Omer Onan (194-G-78). The 2.22 centre Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) dominated the paint and dont give permission to Sean May (203-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina) and Oguz Savas (208-C-87).Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket); who scored 35 points in Turkish cup final against Besiktas Cola Turka, came from bench and FBU get back in the last seconds of the first half. The first half finished 31-30 FBU lead.

The third period both teams scored hardly until Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Omer Onan (194-G-78)'s scores but the new transfer of ZK 'Trent Plaisted (211-F/C-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: BYU)'contributed with his critical 8 points. The third period finished 49-49.

Last period FBU made zone defense and it worked. They lead by 6 points but ZK didnt give up and match didnt finish in fourth quarter. The score was 69-69 and overtime begins.

In Overtime started by a three point shoot by Omer Onan (194-G-78) but Martynas Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) scored a strange three point shoot with and one. In the last minute Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) also scored a strange three point shoot and ZK lead by three points. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland)played badly but still had a chance to return the match. By the missing of his 3 point shoot, the last hopes were exhausted and Zalgris Kaunas won85-84.

Zalgris kept their hopes and won a critical match. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points. In Fenerbahce Ulker Omer Onan (194-G-78) and Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) s 41 points didnt be enough. However they still have a big chance for playoffs.




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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Chritmas to play in Jordan Brand Classic game - by David Edole
Rakeem Christmas (206-C/F) hasalready been named McDonald's All-Americans and will play in that game on March 30th in Chicago. After that, it's off to Charlotte, N.C. where he'll be taking part in the Jordan Brand Classic, which is April 16th.

Rakeem Christmas
6-9 222 C Academy of New Church Bryn Athyn, PA Hometown: Philadelphia, PA College: Syracuse
Considered one of the top post players in the class of 2011, Christmas is best known for his ability to block and alter shots. He is a monster on the boards and does a great job finding his open teammates from the post. Christmas does an excellent job running the floor scores a majority of his points in transition. He is tough to stop when his back is to the basket and has a nice jump hook that he will use to extend over his defenders. Christmas will join Michael Carter-Williams at Syracuse University next season.


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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Cleveland V. 6-2 
 2. Southeast H. 5-1 
 3. Columbus C. 5-4 
 4. Colonial F. 1-6 
 5. NE Air Soul 0-7 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 18-4 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 17-6 
 3. Atlanta A. 10-8 
 4. Georgia L. 8-8 
 5. St.Mountain H. 1-11 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 12-1 
 2. Tennessee D. 10-8 
 3. DFW Warriors 8-5 
 4. Norman E. 5-2 
 5. Austin K. 4-5 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 9-2 
 2. Dallas Star 5-10 
 3. Houston X. 2-0 
 4. Nashville B. 0-6 
 5. Oklahoma S. 0-11 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-14 


URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Barnes, GIE M.26.1 
 2. Sloan, S.Generals25.6 
 3. Perkins, Austin K.23.0 
 4. Kearse, Dallas S.22.9 
 5. Holmes, Atlanta A.22.7 
 6. Barrett, S.Generals21.8 
 7. Grismore, C.Tex.21.2 
 8. Hill, DFW Warriors20.8 
 9. Hill, DFW Warriors20.8 
 10. Clark, St.Mount.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Williams, Norman E.12.8 
 2. Morgan, GIE M.12.4 
 3. Dailey, GIE M.12.2 
 4. Hall, St.Mount.10.5 
 5. Hill, DFW Warriors10.3 
 6. Hill, DFW Warriors10.3 
 7. Holmes, Atlanta A.10.0 
 8. Shewmake, Tennesse.10.0 
 9. Davis, Dallas Stars9.6 
 10. Akpele, S.Generals9.6 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Bray, S.Generals9.6 
 2. De La Cruz, S.Gen.8.5 
 3. Haskins, C.Texas C.8.1 
 4. Haskins, C.Texas C.8.1 
 5. Belton, Atlanta A.8.1 
 6. Williams, GIE M.7.9 
 7. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 8. Douglas, DFW W.7.0 
 9. Douglas, DFW W.7.0 
 10. Beaulah, GIE M.7.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mychal KEARSE
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Kearse, Dallas S.3.4 
 2. Williams, S.Generals3.3 
 3. Bray, S.Generals3.1 
 4. Williams, GIE M.3.0 
 5. Taylor, Tennesse.2.9 
 6. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.8 
 7. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.8 
 8. Brown, Norman E.2.7 
 9. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 10. Barnes, GIE M.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Williams, Norman E.6.8 
 2. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 3. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 4. Morgan, GIE M.4.6 
 5. Davis, Dallas Stars3.2 
 6. Hall, St.Mount.3.0 
 7. Wilson, Tennesse.2.8 
 8. Hill, DFW Warriors2.6 
 9. Hill, DFW Warriors2.6 
 10. Dailey, GIE M.2.5 


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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 25-7 
 2. BC Donetsk 23-8 
 3. Azovmash 20-12 
 4. Hoverla 19-13 
 5. Dnipro 17-15 
 6. Mykolaiv 16-15 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 16-15 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 15-15 
 9. BC Odessa 13-19 
 10. DniproAzot 12-19 
 11. Halychyna 11-22 
 12. Khimik 10-22 
 13. BC Kyiv 8-23 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.0 
 2. Burns, Fe.18.0 
 3. Curry, Azovmash16.9 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.9 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.6 
 6. Williams, Halychyna14.8 
 7. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 8. DeGroat, BC Odessa14.4 
 9. Wiggins, Halychyna14.4 
 10. Karim, DniproAzot14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.4 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.0 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.4 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.8 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 6. Austin, Dnipro7.1 
 7. Owens, Azovmash7.0 
 8. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 9. Thomas, Azovmash6.8 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.3 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.2 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 7. Millage, Khimik4.5 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.3 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.2 
 10. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. House, Azovmash1.6 
 3. Love, Mykolaiv1.6 
 4. Gliebov, BC Donetsk1.5 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 7. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
 8. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 9. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Rybalko, Fe.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.4 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 7. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.3 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 9. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.2 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Foxy from HALFCOURT!!! - by Steve Dagostino
Whats up?!?!? Since my last blog our squad traveled down to Plymouth (which is 6 hrs away) for a pretty important game. The game itself was pretty entertaining and close the whole way. We ended up pulling away in the 4th quarter and got a great win. Plymouth's arena was pretty packed and as exciting as the game was, their mascot (Foxy) stole the show. This guy is amazing. Right before the 4th quarter, Dressed in his all out Fox costume from head to toe he sprints the length of the court, jumps off a trampoline placed at the Foul Line and dunks the ball as fireworks shoot from behind the backboard. Let me remind you, he has a Huge fox head on lol. Now we all might have seen something like that before, a mascot dunking, no big deal. Well i bet that you haven't seen a mascot, with oversized paws on lol, hit a halfcourt shot on his first attempt. Foxy drained the half courter right before starting lineups were called. CRAZZZYY!! Anyway, good thing he didn't suit up for the game, because he would have been tough to guard.

Going forward in the season we have alot of games to play in a short period of time. Alot of teams in the league will be playing two games in a weekend so I imagine that teams will be shifting all over the standings until the end of the season. It is looking like 5 or 6 teams will contend for the title, which makes this year's BBL very interesting!!

Before I go, I want to send a shout out to my Dad who is the head coach at Mohonasen High School in Schenectady, NY. His team locked up the Suburban Council south division championship last night, and hopefully can get a sectional championship as well.

Also, my teammates and I send our love to Joe Chapman (193-G-84, college: Marquette) of Newcastle who suffered an achilles injury last week. You never want to see a player get hurt like that, especially one as talented as Joe.

Talk to you soon - DAGS


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  URUGUAY   


The Semifinals begin - by Sergio Palay
LUB semifinals will start on Thursday night.
Curiously, Atletico Bigua, Malvin, Defensor Sporting Club y Atletico Aguada were the four best teams of the regular season.

Atletico Aguada and Bigua will face in one of the series. Bigu is a favorite and has the responsibility to win. Atletico Aguada will try to surprise and make feel the weight of his fans who are much more. The key for Atletico Aguada, will be the level of players like Morales or Muro.

On friday night will start the another serie.
The serie between Defensor and Malvin is interesting. Malvin seems to be better but Defensor, the defending champion, in recent times has dominated the history between both.



We hope exhilarating matches.




Defensor Sporting will play the LUB semifinal games - by Hector Lopez
Federico Alvarez (194-F-88) netted two free throws, with 4.4 seconds to play, for Defensor Sporting, the defending champions, to beat Hebraica Macabi 63-62 winning 3-2 the LUB quarter final serie. Alvarez and Diego Castrillon (199-F-75) with 16 points each one were the main scorers for the winner. Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) scored 6 points, with 4 rebounds, and Clerence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) netted 4 with 6 rebounds. For Hebraica Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) 27 points, Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Matt Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) 2 points and 7 rebounds. Defensor Sporting will face now Malvin fior the best-of-five semifinal games. The three first games will be played Feb.18, Feb. 22 and Feb. 25. The other semifinal will be played by Bigu and Aguada (Feb 17, Feb. 21 and Feb. 24)

Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 27
 1. Villegas, Olimpia27.0 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Hayes, Cordon23.3 
 7. Aguiar, Hebraica23.2 
 8. Feeley, Trouville22.2 
 9. Taboada, Bigua21.9 
 10. Coleman, Bohemios20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Feeley, Trouville11.1 
 4. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 5. Sweetney, Bigua10.5 
 6. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 7. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 8. Dilligard, Olimpia9.5 
 9. Kanis, Trouville9.4 
 10. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.1 
 2. Martinez, Malvin5.6 
 3. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 4. Gonzalez, Defensor5.3 
 5. Cambon, Bigua5.3 
 6. Pereyra, Bohemios5.2 
 7. Muro, Aguada4.9 
 8. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 9. Vidal, Bigua4.7 
 10. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville2.5 
 3. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 4. Latham, Anastasia2.2 
 5. Aguilera, Trouville2.1 
 6. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 7. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 8. Woodward, Defensor1.9 
 9. Viera, Anastasia1.9 
 10. Osimani, Montevideo1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia3.9 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Newsome, Malvin2.2 
 4. Wilborn, Bigua2.1 
 5. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 6. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 7. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 8. Bortz, Malvin1.8 
 9. Freije, Hebraica1.8 
 10. Kanis, Trouville1.7 




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Sibenik and Jedinstvo stays in race for F4 spot - by Zeljko Zule
Sibenik Jolly JBS and Jedinstvo stayed in the thick of the Final-Four race with a victories ii the opening games of the last but one Round 21 of the season.
AJM Maribor-Sibenik Jolly JBS 71-87: Ahead by 3 points at the break, 46-43, Sibenik outscored the Slovenian team 26-12 in the third period. Neda Lokas (182-F-85) had 24 points and 9 rebounds, Petra Stampalija collected 20 points and 10 rebounds, Ana Semren scored 11 and Luca Ivankovic 10. Maribor was outrebounded 32-48. Ljubica Kure finished with 30 points and Maja Drozg and Katarina Baltic had 13 points and 7 rebounds each.
Jedinstvo-Medvescak 52-48: The home team had 8 more offensive rebounds than Medvescak. Natasa Djrodjevic was the lone scorer to reach double digits with 17 points. Medvescak had just four scorers. Gordana Bedalov scored 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds and Iva Borovic scored 15 points.



Turcinovic's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
17-year old center Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for ZKK Merkur Celje and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
She had a double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds, while her team lost the game against Partizan (#2, 17-4) 57-62. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Merkur Celje maintains the 3rd position in Adriatic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Merkur Celje will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 15-6 record. It's Turcinovic's second year at Merkur Celje and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Turcinovic has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (6th best: 15.6ppg) and averages solid 53.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) of ZKK Sibenik Jolly JBS. She is a center in her first season at Jolly. In the last game Stampalija recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Of course she lead Jolly to another comfortable win 87-71 over the lower-ranked AJM Maribor (#11, 5-15) being unquestionably team leader. Jolly's 4th position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 14-6 record is not bad at all. Stampalija is a newcomer at Jolly and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ivona Matic (188-F/C-86) of Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb (#6). Matic scored 17 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb, leading her team to a 71-54 easy win against the lower-ranked Vojvodina (#9, 6-15). The chances of Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Matic could help Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb to bring them higher in the standings. Matic has a great season in Adriatic League. After 15 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.8rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ljubica Kure (178-G-81) of AJM Maribor - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Maja Milutinovic (177-G-87) of Vozdovac - 35 points and 4 rebounds
6. Neda Lokas (182-F-85) of Jolly - 24 points and 9 rebounds
7. Biljana Stjepanovic (189-C-87) of Radivoj Korac - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Gordana Bedalov (193-F-84) of Medvescak - 22 points and 7 rebounds
9. Maja Drozg (179-F/C-81) of AJM Maribor - 13 points and 7 rebounds
10. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists

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


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Gospic 19-2 
 2. Partizan 17-4 
 3. Merkur Celje 15-6 
 4. Jolly 14-6 
 5. Jedinstvo BP 13-6 
 6. Lupa Promot. 10-11 
 7. Radivoj Korac 10-11 
 8. Celik 8-13 
 9. Vojvodina 6-15 
 10. Vozdovac 6-15 
 11. AJM Maribor 5-15 
 12. Medvescak 1-20 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ljubica KURE
  AJM Maribor
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Kure, AJM Maribor20.5 
 2. Baric, Merkur C.18.5 
 3. Butulija, Partizan17.0 
 4. Bedalov, Medvescak16.6 
 5. Miller, Lupa Promot.16.3 
 6. Turcinovic, Merkur C.15.9 
 7. Ivezic, Gospic15.1 
 8. Bigovic, Jedinstv.15.1 
 9. Hadzovic, Jedinstv.14.4 
 10. Pilav, Celik14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ana TURCINOVIC
  Merkur Celje
  (190-C-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Turcinovic, Merkur C.12.0 
 2. Popovic, Jedinstv.9.9 
 3. Miller, Lupa Promot.8.7 
 4. Matic, Lupa P.8.2 
 5. Stone, Partizan8.2 
 6. Ivankovic, Jolly7.8 
 7. Bedalov, Medvescak7.8 
 8. Vrsaljko, Gospic7.5 
 9. Jovanovic, Radivo.7.2 
 10. Stjepanovic, Radivo.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  Merkur Celje
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Baric, Merkur C.5.2 
 2. Reid, Gospic4.9 
 3. Mehmedic, Celik3.9 
 4. Peric, Medvescak3.6 
 5. Prlja, Vozdovac3.6 
 6. Mandir, Gospic3.6 
 7. Misura, Jolly3.4 
 8. Butulija, Partizan3.3 
 9. Cuncic, Lupa P.3.2 
 10. Cakic, Jolly2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Reid, Gospic3.0 
 2. Bigovic, Jedinstv.2.9 
 3. Butulija, Partizan2.8 
 4. Dover, AJM Maribor2.5 
 5. Djuric, Vojvodina2.4 
 6. Mehmedic, Celik2.4 
 7. Bura, Vojvodina2.3 
 8. Prlja, Vozdovac2.3 
 9. Drozg, AJM Maribor2.3 
 10. Dabovic, Partizan2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Natasa POPOVIC
  Jedinstvo BP
  (190-C-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Popovic, Jedinstv.3.3 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly1.7 
 3. Vrsaljko, Gospic1.6 
 4. Bedalov, Medvescak1.2 
 5. Tikvic, Medvescak1.1 
 6. Miller, Lupa Promot.0.9 
 7. Ajanovic, Radivoj .0.7 
 8. Stone, Partizan0.7 
 9. Pilav, Celik0.6 
 10. Mazic, Lupa P.0.5 


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Flames Porter to retire at season's end - by Eurobasket News
Former Womens National Basketball League Most Valuable Player and Athens Olympian Natalie Porter (185-F-80) has announced her retirement and will finish a distinguished career with her final regular season game against Canberra in Sydney on Saturday.

Former Womens National Basketball League Most Valuable Player and Athens Olympian Natalie Porter has announced her retirement and will finish a distinguished career with her final regular season game against Canberra in Sydney on Saturday.

Fittingly, the Sydney Uni Flames skippers final regular season game will be against traditional rival Canberra and will be televised nationally at 1pm as the Flames look to sneak into the play-offs with victory over the reigning champions.

Porter will wind up her WNBL career as one of Sydneys most decorated players, having claimed a league MVP gong, represented her country on the biggest stage and captained the club.

The versatile forward started her career with Dandenong and enjoyed successful stints with the Bulleen and Townsville before linking with Sydney, where she combined playing at the elite level with furthering her education through Sydney University.

Porter recently completed her Master of Business through the university and has managed to juggle the demands of tertiary study with the rigours of captaining a team in the Womens National Basketball League.

With Saturdays blockbuster clash with Canberra being so important to the chances of extending her career for an extra game or two in the play-offs, the Flames skipper will be out to produce a vintage performance against the premiers.

The long-time Opal and Athens Olympic silver medalist said she had devoted basically a lifetime to the sport of basketball and would leave with many fond memories.

My life for the last 25 years has been all about the game of basketball, she said.

Growing up I lived for the game, and wanted to spend all of my time at the stadium. I have very fond memories of my time on court at the Nunawading Basketball Stadium and the friends that I made there.

Junior basketball to me looking back was the best fun, spending a week with your mates, decorating your bus, playing against players that had styles you never knew existed.

Porter said she had enjoyed a wonderful ride in more than 270 games in the WNBL and had the opportunity to play alongside and compete with some terrific athletes.

I remember being a rookie at Dandenong and looking forward to training just so I could hang out with WNBL & Australian legends like Lucille Hamilton & Sally Phillips, she said.

I have learnt so much over my time in the league. I am a huge supporter of Australian basketball and have always felt very loyal to this league, even though it doesnt pay the huge bucks and it has been challenging.

I love playing in front of a home crowd week in, week out and seeing the smiles on the little girls and boys faces when they get to watch you play; and like I did at that age, dream of some day being in your shoes.

Now running a successful business of her own, Porter said she had been fortunate to have the support of Sydney University and Sydney Uni Sports and Fitness in preparing for a life after basketball.

I am especially thankful to the University of Sydney for allowing me the chance to complete my Master of Business, and to the Flames program for giving me great memories and experiences over the last 5 years.

I am looking forward to what my future holds, running my business NPIRE and trying my hand as Head Coach of the Maitland Mustangs Womens ABA team.

This is definitely not a goodbye to the League; I will just be enjoying the WNBL from the sidelines next season.

Sydney Uni Flames coach Karen Dalton paid tribute to her captain and her contribution to the club over five seasons.

Nat has been a leader for our team and has shown what can be achieved in terms of achieving on and off the court, Dalton said.

She has been an Olympian, a league MVP and managed to complete a Masters, which is a terrific achievement in itself.

Nat has been a great ambassador for the Flames and the WNBL and no doubt will continue to have an involvement in the league for years to come.

Porters final game against Canberra will tip-off at 1pm at the Sydney Uni Sports and Aquatic Centre on Saturday, February 19 and will be televised live through ABC-TV.

The captain said she was looking forward to the game and the chance to thank and acknowledge her many friends and supporters around the league.

To all of the people, and there have been a lot over the years I am very grateful for the lessons you taught me, both in life and in basketball, she said.

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


Dee Butler's Milestone to be bittersweet - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Southern Design Sydney Uni Flames point guard Deanne Butler (169-G-81) will celebrate a bitter-sweet milestone on Saturday when she is acknowledged for 250 WNBL games in what will be her final regular season game before retiring.

Butler played her 250th WNBL game in the loss to Townsville on Tuesday and will be recognized by the league and the Flames prior to Saturdays blockbuster against the Capitals, which will be shown live on ABC-Television at 1pm.

After a stellar career starting at the AIS and included stints with Dandenong, Bulleen, Bendigo and Sydney, Butler will move into the next stage of her life after confirming she will be hanging the boots up at the end of the 2010/2011 season.

A WNBL championship player with an all-star Australian Institute of Sport team in 1999, Butler has combined a successful career in the Victorian police force with more than a decade in the league, as well as playing Euro Cup basketball with Schio in Italy.

Originally from Wangaratta Basketball Association in Victorias north-east, Butler played at Kilsyth in the strong Victorian Junior Basketball League before taking up a scholarship at the AIS.

Butler said that time spent learning the game at both Wangaratta and Kilsyth Basketball Associations had been crucial in setting up a long and successful year in the WNBL.

I was very fortunate to have some terrific junior coaches coming through the Wangaratta association and Vic Country program and those people have been very supportive throughout my career, she said.

Like most players, Butler said the support of her mum Lin was crucial in allowing her to progress from a small local basketball association to Australias elite womens competition.

When I was in juniors, we had state camps all over Victorian and plenty of trips to Melbourne and Mum made plenty of sacrifices to make sure I had the chance to improve and learn from various coaches, she said.

We spent a lot of time in the car driving from Oxley to stadiums all over the state and that led to being offered a scholarship at the AIS and starting my WNBL career.

Rounding a full circle, Lin will be on hand on Saturday as her daughter runs out for her final regular season WNBL game, looking to help the Flames record a win and extend her career by moving into the 2010/2011 play-offs.

The Flames need to win and hope Townsville record a victory over Logan for Sydney to sneak into the play-offs and set up an elimination final with Dandenong the following Wednesday.

Flames coach Karen Dalton paid tribute to