EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/18/2011

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  ABA   


N.W.Indiana Magical Stars defeat Admirals - by Gianni Pascucci
The North West Indiana Magical Stars returned to St. Josephs, Michigan the past weekend to avenge a January 22nd loss, and they did just that by defeating the Lake Michigan Admirals, 117-111. The Stars opened the game on a 28-11 run, but found themselves trailing 62-48 at halftime. They fought back in the 3rd quarter to close the gap to nine, and outscored the Admirals 44-29 in the 4th quarter to complete the amazing comeback.
The Stars were led by Elliot Engelmann (6'6''-F-87, college: Mercyhurst), whose 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists paced the squad. Newly acquired forward Andrew Zimmer (6'6''-F/C-85, college: Wabash) dominated the paint with 31 points and 9 rebounds. The Stars leading scorer on the season, Marcus Hammonds (6'5''-F, college: Texas A&M - C.C.), had a well-rounded game with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Rob Broughton (6'5''-F, college: St.Xavier) added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and former Villanova point guard Bobby Smith chipped in 14 points and 10 assists. 'We played with a lot of heart', stated Hammonds 'To come up here and beat a playoff-caliber team, this win feels good'
While the game was high scoring, it was the Stars second-half defense that got them the victory. 'We really picked up our defensive intensity in the second half', said Engelmann, 'and thats how we were able to get back into this game'.


The Stars road win was even more impressive, as they only dressed eight players. 'We came up here with only eight guys', said Associate Head Coach A.J. McLinn. 'But those eight showed a lot of heart and fought hard to get the win. Im very proud of them'.
The Stars will look to build on this performance next weekend as they travel to St. Louis to take on the Pioneers. 'St. Louis will be another tough road test for us', stated Co-Owner and General Manager Derrick Smith. 'Weve been traveling all over the Midwest this season, playing games in Chicago, Indianapolis, as well as many other cities. Our squad is getting stronger each day, and the future is looking bright'.




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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Ervin, Hawks20.9 
 2. Penney, Breakers19.5 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.1 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 7. Clark, Blaze16.6 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers15.7 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers15.2 
 10. Ubaka, Taipans15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.6 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.5 
 4. Brown, Wildcats7.4 
 5. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 6. Holmes, 36ers7.3 
 7. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 8. Williams, Tigers6.9 
 9. Knight, Wildcats6.8 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Williams, Tigers5.8 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.6 
 3. Saville, Hawks4.5 
 4. Carter, 36ers4.4 
 5. Shannon, 36ers4.3 
 6. Ervin, Hawks4.2 
 7. Braswell, Breakers4.1 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans4.1 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Holmes, 36ers3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 2. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 3. Saville, Hawks1.5 
 4. Hill, 36ers1.4 
 5. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 6. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 7. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 8. Dorsey, Taipans1.2 
 9. Carter, 36ers1.2 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Blaze
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 2. Ballinger, 36ers2.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.9 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 8. Gilder, Sydney K.1.1 
 9. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 10. Sanders, Sydney K.0.9 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 17-3 
 2. Wildcats 13-10 
 3. Crocodiles 12-8 
 4. Taipans 11-8 
 5. Hawks 10-11 
 6. Blaze 10-11 
 7. 36ers 8-12 
 8. Tigers 7-13 
 9. Sydney K. 4-16 


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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Nuwaidrat 1-0 
 2. Al Ahli 0-0 
 3. Al Hala 0-0 
 4. Al Ittihad 0-0 
 5. Al Manama 0-0 
 6. Issa Town 0-0 
 7. Muharraq 0-0 
 8. Sitra 0-1 


Muharraq edge Isa Town - by Yousef Ahmed
MUHARRAQ overcame Isa Town's challenge with a comprehensive 87-78 victory in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League yesterday.
In their first match in the second round of the competition, which took place at Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam, both clubs were looking for a morale-boosting victory to remain on track. But it was Muharraq who proved the stronger side yesterday, thanks to Mohammed Abdulmajeed who topped scored yesterday with 25 points. Managed by Argentinean coach Guillermo Vecchio , Muharraq were also spearheaded by former NBA veteran Lamond Murray (201-F-73, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: California) (19 points), who made several defensive rebounds, besides veterans - captain Ahmed Al Doy, Yasser Bunaffoor and group of young players. Among those are Ahmed Al Durazi (19), Jassim Mohammed (10), Essa Ebrahim (11) and Ali Abbas (3).

Under their coach Ahmed Salman, Isa Town were heavily relying on their giant Boris Siakam of the US who made the bulk of scoring with 27 points. Isa Town were comprised besides local talents Ebrahim Al Khabbaz (10), Jehad Ahmed and Ahmed Qahiri (11 each), Sayed Hadi Habib (8), Aziz Qahiri and Ahmed Janahi (3).

League action continues tonight with one match between Manama and Al Hala, which is set to begin at 7.45pm at the same venue. Manama will head into this game with confidence after, having recently won the Bahrain Basketball Cup following a 2-0 victory over bitter rivals Al Ahli in the best-of-three finals. Under their coach Jason Rabedeaux of the US, Manama will be led by American professional Darius Rice who inspired his club to win the Cup for a record 14 times.

Rabiedeaux will also rely on Bahrain's national team trio - Mahmood Ghuloom, Ahmed Al Mutawa and Mohammed Hassan, besides a group of young talents like Hassan Naorooz, Ahmed Abdulaziz, Bader Abdulla and Ahmed Najaf. Al Hala, on the other hand, hope to end their string of poor results in the competition and move back on track in bid to finish in the top six and qualify for the main round. Coached by Saleh Al Haddad, Al Hala are presently seventh among 10 clubs with 13 points, just two ahead of bottom club Al Najma. The team in organise and white jerseys will have big ghopes on their American import Patrick Simpson besides veteran Bahraini Ahmed Malalla. Having back prominent playmaker Ahmed Ali, who recovered recently from injury, Al Hala also comprises a group of juniors playing their first season for the senior team like Hussain Murtada, Abbas Jawadi, Ahmed Hajji and Ali Abbas.

Source GDN By RAMI HULAYYEL , Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011




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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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, Norrkoping15.6 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 10. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.3 
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. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.8.4 
 5. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.4 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 7. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.2 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.7.8 
 10. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.6 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.3 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 5. Kriisa, TT.4.8 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis4.6 
 7. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.4 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.4 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.4 
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. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 7. Sirvydis, Sakalai1.8 
 8. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
 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.1.8 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 4. Silinskis, Techasas1.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 6. Cresnar, Nevezis1.4 
 7. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.2 
 8. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.2 
 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 14-4 
 3. TU/Rock 12-6 
 4. Nevezis 12-7 
 5. Rudupis 12-8 
 6. Siauliai 12-8 
 7. Kalev/Cramo 10-8 
 8. Perlas 8-11 
 9. Norrkoping 7-11 
 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 


Baltic League round 19 best performance: Valdas Vasylius - by Eurobasket News
Forward Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Neptunas Klaipeda, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (19 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Aiscai Kaunas (#1, 6-3) with 29-point margin 100-71. Neptunas maintains the 4th position in Baltic League Challenge. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Neptunas will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. Vasylius turned to be Neptunas' top player in his first season with the team. Former Old Dominion University star has very solid stats this year. Vasylius is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.8ppg) and averages impressive 59.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-C-82) of Siauliai. Sarakauskas had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Siauliai to another comfortable win 85-69 over the higher-ranked Nevezis (#3, 12-6) being unquestionably team leader. Siauliai's 6th position in Elite has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sarakauskas is well-known at Siauliai and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) of Nevezis Kedainiai (#3). Dimsa scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Dimsa's great performance Nevezis lost 69-85 to the lower-ranked Siauliai (#6, 11-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Nevezis needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Elite. Their record is 12 victories and 6 lost games. Dimsa has a very solid season. In 18 games in Baltic League he scored 14.8ppg. He also has 6.6rpg and FGP: 59.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) of Nevezis - 19 points and 9 rebounds
5. Ilmars Bergmanis (184-G-81) of Zemgale - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of Ventspils - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) of Rudupis - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of VEF Riga - 22 points and 6 rebounds
9. Mantas Ruikis (198-G/F-85) of Neptunas - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) of Techasas - 24 points and 2 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)


Ventspils land Rob Lewin - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils signed deal with Rob Lewin (201-F-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Troy). The 30-year-old forward started the season in France. He tallied 11.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game for Vichy. In January Rob Lewin moved to Germany. The forward joined Artland Dragons. He appeared in two games notching 6.0 points, 5.0 boards and 1.5 assists per game. Last season Rob Lewin played in France for Gravelines. His stats read 11.0 points and 6.7 boards in EuroChallenge. In ProA Rob Lewin produced 5.9 points and 4.5 boards with Gravelines. Rob Lewis also played in Canada, Sweden, Spain and USBL.



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  BRAZIL   


NBB Round 19: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

NBB round 19 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Pinheiros/Sky (13-5) against tenth ranked Winner/Limeira (8-8) 71-67 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Pinheiros/Sky. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 27-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Winner/Limeira moved-up to ninth place, which they share with S.Jose/Vinac. Pinheiros/Sky at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Unitri/Universo who have the same record. Pinheiros/Sky will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Winner/Limeira will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo.
NBB top team - Pinheiros/Sky (13-5) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Assis Basket (3-14) 94-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Assis Basket. Pinheiros/Sky have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-5 record, which they share with Unitri/Universo. Assis Basket at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Pinheiros/Sky will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Assis Basket will play on the road against Flamengo (#3) in Rio de Janeiro and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Sao Paulo was also quite interesting. Second ranked Unitri/Universo (13-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Vivo/Franca (10-6). Unitri/Universo defeated Vivo/Franca 93-83 on Sunday. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Unitri/Universo. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Pinheiros/Sky. Loser Vivo/Franca dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. Unitri/Universo will meet at home Vitoria (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Vivo/Franca will play against Winner/Limeira (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Ninth-ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (8-8) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Araldite/Univille (12-6) in Joinville. Araldite/Univille managed to secure only one-point victory 68-67. However their fans expected much easier game. Araldite/Univille maintains fourth place with 12-6 record. Sao Jose/Vinac lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with eight games lost. Araldite/Univille's next round opponent will be Paulistano (#11) in Sao Paolo and are hoping to win another game. Sao Jose/Vinac will play at home against Araraquara.
Thirteenth-ranked Vila Velha CETAF (4-14) used its home court advantage to challenge seventh ranked Pitagoras/Minas (11-7) on Sunday. The visitors from Belo Horizonte managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Pitagoras/Minas. They moved-up to sixth place. Vila Velha CETAF lost their third game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Pitagoras/Minas will face Itabom/Bauru (#8) in Sao Paulo in the next round. Vila Velha CETAF will play on the road against BRB/Brasilia (#5).

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Flamengo beat Vitoria on the road 71-62. Itabom/Bauru won against Paulistano on its own court 77-66. Araraquara was outscored by Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro 97-72.



Vila Velha CETAF - Pitagoras/Minas 71-73

Thirteenth-ranked Vila Velha CETAF (4-14) used its home court advantage to challenge seventh ranked Pitagoras/Minas (11-7) on Sunday. The visitors from Belo Horizonte managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 19-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Pitagoras/Minas. They moved-up to sixth place. Vila Velha CETAF lost their third game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Pitagoras/Minas will face Itabom/Bauru (#8) in Sao Paulo in the next round. Vila Velha CETAF will play on the road against BRB/Brasilia (#5).
gschID: 102764


Vitoria - Flamengo 62-71

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Flamengo (12-4) beat 14th ranked Vitoria (4-14) in Vitória 71-62 on Sunday. Vitoria trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 24-18 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 62-71 at the end of the game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Flamengo. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Vitoria dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Flamengo will face bottom-ranked Assis Basket (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Vitoria will play against the league's leader Unitri/Universo in Uberlandia.
gschID: 102765


Assis Basket - Pinheiros/Sky 81-94

NBB top team - Pinheiros/Sky (13-5) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Assis Basket (3-14) 94-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Assis Basket. Assis Basket was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 32-16 charge of Pinheiros/Sky, which allowed them to win the game. Pinheiros/Sky have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-5 record, which they share with Unitri/Universo. Assis Basket at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Pinheiros/Sky will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Assis Basket will play on the road against Flamengo (#3) in Rio de Janeiro and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 102766


Itabom/Bauru - Paulistano 77-66

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Paulistano (5-13) lost to eighth ranked Itabom/Bauru (10-7) in Sao Paulo 66-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Itabom/Bauru. Paulistano was better in fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Itabom/Bauru maintains eighth place with 10-7 record. Paulistano lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Itabom/Bauru will face higher ranked Pitagoras/Minas (#6) in Belo Horizonte in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Paulistano will play at home against Araldite/Univille (#4) in Joinville.
gschID: 102767


Araldite/Univille - S.Jose/Vinac 68-67

Ninth-ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (8-8) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Araldite/Univille (12-6) in Joinville. Araldite/Univille managed to secure only one-point victory 68-67. However their fans expected much easier game. Sao Jose/Vinac cut a 13-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. Araldite/Univille maintains fourth place with 12-6 record. Sao Jose/Vinac lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with eight games lost. Araldite/Univille's next round opponent will be Paulistano (#11) in Sao Paolo and are hoping to win another game. Sao Jose/Vinac will play at home against Araraquara.
gschID: 102761


Vivo/Franca - Unitri/Universo 83-93

The game in Sao Paulo was also quite interesting. Second ranked Unitri/Universo (13-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Vivo/Franca (10-6). Unitri/Universo defeated Vivo/Franca 93-83 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 34-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Unitri/Universo. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Pinheiros/Sky. Loser Vivo/Franca dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. Unitri/Universo will meet at home Vitoria (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Vivo/Franca will play against Winner/Limeira (#10) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 102762


Round 12
Winner/Limeira - Pinheiros/Sky 71-67

NBB round 19 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Pinheiros/Sky (13-5) against tenth ranked Winner/Limeira (8-8) 71-67 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Pinheiros/Sky. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 27-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Winner/Limeira moved-up to ninth place, which they share with S.Jose/Vinac. Pinheiros/Sky at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Unitri/Universo who have the same record. Pinheiros/Sky will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Winner/Limeira will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo.
gschID: 120666


Round 17
Flamengo - Araraquara 97-72

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Flamengo (12-4) rolled over 12th ranked Araraquara (4-13) in Rio de Janeiro 97-72 on Wednesday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Flamengo. They moved-up to third place. Araraquara lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Flamengo will face bottom-ranked Assis Basket (#15) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Araraquara will play against Sao Jose/Vinac.
gschID: 121398




Paraiso Basketball sign PF Wanderson Muniz - by Paulo Freire
In order to qualify for the next phase of the Brazil Cup, Paraiso Basketball will debut the new signing player on the next round of the competition.
Wanderson Muniz, best known as
B.A. Muniz (202-C-75) a former player of the Metodista/Sao Bernardo, one athlete with a lot of strength in the post and reconize by his hustle.
The 6'8 powerfoward has played for team from Sao Paulo State and from the south of Brazil.
The player arrives at a crunch time in the competition for the team who are now at the sixth place so far and is looking for a better ranking among the four teams to reach the playoffs for this phase of the Brazil Cup.

B.A. only played 17 games for Sao Bernardo on the last Paulista State Championship averaging 1.5 ppg and 0.5 rpg


Sorocaba sign young prospect back - by Paulo Freire
The Sorocaba L.S.B. / Objetivo / Flextronics sign on Wednesday (Feb. 16), the return of shootinguard Alex Marques, 17 years old and 1m98 heigh, who began his career on the club of Sorocaba city, and then moved to S.E. Palmeiras, where he remained for three years and took the Paulista State Championship U-15.

The new reinforcement will play in the Brazil Cup - 2011 and also in the Youth U-18 Championships.

'We are proud to rescue an athlete from the city and most important with a great level to play. I'll use him much, both in the Pro team and in youth basics teams, ' said Head Coach Rinaldo Rodrigues.

'I am very happy that our players who are playing outside in other clubs, want to return, this means that they are seeing a promising future in the Sorocaba Basketball team,' added the coach.


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Unitri/Universo 13-5 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 13-5 
 3. Flamengo 12-4 
 4. Araldite/Univille 12-6 
 5. BRB/Brasilia 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 4-13 
 13. Vila Velha CETAF 4-14 
 14. Vitoria 4-14 
 15. Assis Basket 3-14 


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  BULGARIA   


Rosen Barchovski is the new head coach of Rilski Sportist - by Christomir Rackov
Rosen Barchovski (agency: Interperformances ) is the new head coach of Rilski Sportist. He will replace Aleksandar Todorov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) who is leaving the team.
For two and a half years under Todorov Rilski had the best success in its history. The team won the first edition of EUROHOLD Balkan league in 2009 and in 2010 finished second for the Cup of Bulgaria.
Barchovski is currently head coach of Bulgaria Men NT. He will continue to be and also will lead Rilski Sportist until the end of the season. His first game in charge of Rilski will be on tuesday when the team will play Mornar in its last game in Group B of EUROHOLD Balkan league.
Interesting fact is that at the moment Barchovski is in Pravets for a training camp with a few players projected for the national team this summer and on Saturday this players will have a friendly game against Rilski Sportist.



Rilski Sportist and Aleksandar Todorov split up - by Valentin Anguelov
Aleksandar Todorov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) and Rilski Sportist split up as Macedonian coach will not seat at the bench of Bulgarian team anymore. National team coach Rosen Barchovski replaces Todorov until the end of 2010/11 season. Both, club and coach Todorov agreed on that earlier today as Macedonian will travel for specialization in United States.

Todorov arrived in Samokov in the summer of 2008 and began the most successful era in the history of the Rilski Sportist. In his first season the club won the first edition of Balkan League and in the tournament for the cup of Bulgaria Rilski Sportist completed fourth spot. Past season team from Samokov played for the first time in the final of the Cup, where they finished second behind Levski Sofia.

Under guidance of Todorov Rilski Sportist achieved several victories against Lukoil Academic and Levski, something unthinkable before.

This coming Saturday Rilski Sportist will play against Bulgarian National Team in friendly game and they will be lead by Todorov assistants Bozhidar Gyorev and Borislav Trifonov. On Monday, the team will travell to Montenegro where on Tuesday (February 22) will play against Mornar in very important game from Balkan League.



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  CANADA   


Third quarter rally not enough for the Bisons as they fall 103-76 to #4 Trinity Western in men's basketball - by Eurobasket News
Written by: Sean Angus
Despite a valiant third quarter comeback attempt by the Manitoba Bisons mens basketball team, the Bisons still fell to the Trinity Western Spartans 103-76 on Saturday, February 12 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre.

After the loss, the Bisons record falls to 9-13 on the season, still good enough for seventh place in the Canada West conference. Trinity Western, who came into this game first ranked fourth in the country, had their way with the Bisons on Saturday night and move to 21-3, in their final game of the season. They are now first place in the Canada West conference.

These two teams met Friday night in a game that did not go much better for the Bisons. They fell 101-68 to the powerhouse from southern British Columbia.

The first quarter did not treat the Bisons well at all. The Spartans came out storming, grabbing the early lead and never letting go. The Spartans excelled in all facets of the game and by the end of the first quarter, they led 38-9.

The Bisons offense finally got something going in the second quarter. Both teams went stride for stride and each ended up scoring 22 points in the quarter. Even with the surge of offense, the Bisons still trailed by a considerable margin.

While the Spartans were in the midst of wiping out their opponent, Sean Maxwell (197-F) of the Bisons was putting together an incredible performance. The senior forward had an astounding 33 points on the game and did his part in the trenches as well, recording five total rebounds, tied for the most out of any Bisons player. Maxwell was named player of the game.

The third quarter saw shades of a possible comeback. The Bisons, who trailed by 29 going into clawed their way back and cut the Spartan lead to nine at one point in the third quarter. However, the Spartans finished the quarter strong and came out of it with a 78-64 lead.

In the fourth quarter the Bisons watched their comeback hopes dwindle away as the Spartans regained their offensive spark and ended up winning the game 103-76.

After the game Bisons head coach, Kirby Schepp, blamed Saturdays loss on a poor start. The atmosphere on the bench was dead in the first quarter, we didnt come out to play and they blew us out of the water, Shepp said. In the second half we played a lot tougher but against a team like this, we have to put in a full 40 minutes.

For the Spartans, Calvin Westbrook (193-G-88, college: Cal.St.-Stanislaus) and Tristan Smith led the way, each scoring 24 points. The key for Trinity Western was their shooting percentage. They made over half their attempts, going 55.4 per cent.

The Bisons will try to redeem themselves and secure a post-season berth next weekend when they travel to Regina to take on the Cougars in the final regular season games of the 2010-11 season on Feb. 18-19.
Courtesy of: http://gobisons.ca




Brock men's basketball drops 83-80 decision to Guelph - by Eurobasket News
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University men's basketball team (8-13 OUA West) lost for the sixth straight time Wednesday night dropping an 83-80 decision to the Guelph Gryphons.

Brock trailed by five points at the half 40-35.

In the opening five minutes of the third quarter, the Badgers put together a 20-5 run leading 55-45 with 4:27 left. Over the next four minutes, Brock's defense would fall asleep as the Gryphons would answer with a 14-8 run, including back-to-back three pointers in the final 38 seconds, to cut the lead to just four points after thirty minutes 63-59.

In the opening two and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, the Gryphons would go on a 7-2 run to regain the lead 66-65 with 8:34 left in regulation.

With the score tied 69-69, with 7:10 remaining in the final quarter, both teams would go cold from the field as the Gryphons shot a dismal (27.3%) 3-for-11 while Brock was even worse at 23.1% (3-for-13) including 0-for-5 from beyond the arc.

Brock's Andrew Kraus (188-G-86) (Markham, Ont.) would tie the game 80-80 knocking down two free throws with 34 seconds left on the clock. Guelph's Dan McCarthy would answer right back getting the easy lay in at the other end to take an 82-80 lead with 22 seconds left.

With a chance to tie it and send it to overtime, Brock would go for the win, but Kraus' three would fall short right into the hands of McCarthy with 5.3 seconds left.

McCarthy would miss the first free throw and drain the second to make it a three-point game 83-80. Once again with a chance to tie it, Kraus would miss a three-pointer at the buzzer giving the Badgers just one last life left of a possible playoff spot.

Guelph was led by Jonathan Moscatelli (193-G-86) (24 points) and McCarthy (23 points) who combined for 47 of the Gryphons 83 points including the final 19. McCarthy also registered 13 rebounds for the double-double. Kareem Malcolm and Kevin Cameron added 13 and 11 points respectively.

Brock had four players in double figures led by Kraus who recorded 20 points, five rebounds and five assists despite going 0-for-5 from downtown and collecting eight turnovers. Freshman Cedric Kasongo (Welland, Ont.) contributed with 17 points including 5-for-9 from beyond the arc. Senior Mike Cruickshank (Toronto, Ont.) and junior Mark Gibson (Toronto, Ont.) chipped in with 13 and 12 points respectively in the loss.

Brock shot 46.0% (29-for-63) from the field including 37.5% (9-for-24) from three-point range. The Gryphons connected on 41.3% (26-for-63) which included 42.3% (11-for-26) from downtown. Guelph was also 80.0% (20-for-25) from the charity stripe to the Badgers 65.0% (13-for-20).
Courtesy of: http://gobadgers.ca


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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. Allen, Shandong4.8 
 9. LiuWei, Shanghai4.8 
 10. Douby, Xinjiang4.6 
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. Emmett, Fujian2.6 
 6. James, Zhejiang C.2.6 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan2.5 
 8. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 9. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.3 
 10. Brown, Qingdao DS2.3 
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 


Chinese CBA round 24 best performance: Charles Gaines - by Eurobasket News
American forward Charles Gaines (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Qingdao DS, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 42 points and 19 rebounds, while his team edged out Fujian (#16, 5-18) in overtime 110-109. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Qingdao DS is placed at 12th position in Chinese CBA. Qingdao DS is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-13 record. Gaines turned to be Qingdao DS's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Southern Mississippi star has very solid stats this year. Gaines is league's best scorer averaging so far 32.5ppg. Gaines is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 14.3rpg) and averages impressive 2.3spg and 60.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Quincy Douby (191-G-84) of league's leader Xinjiang. Douby had a very good evening with 49 points and 6 rebounds. Of course Xinjiang cruised to a 113-103 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Jiangsu (#7, 12-10). Of course Xinjiang still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 21-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Douby is a newcomer at Xinjiang, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.1ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 4.3rpg and 4.6apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-C-79) of Bayi (#4). Wang got into 30-points club by scoring 38 points in the last round. He went also for fifteen rebounds . He was a key player of Bayi, leading his team to a 107-104 win against slightly lower-ranked Beijing (#6, 12-10). Bayi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 10 lost games. Wang has a very solid season. In 22 games in China he scored 22.1ppg. He also has 9.0rpg, 1.7bpg and FGP: 54.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Zhejiang G.L. - 35 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79) of Shanxi Zh. - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 19 assists
6. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Fujian - 38 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Leon Rodgers (199-F-80) of Shanxi Zh. - 39 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82) of Liaoning - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stephon Marbury (187-G-77) of Foshan - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai - 26 points and 12 rebounds

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


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  DENMARK   


Naestved Beats Aalborg to Maintain Position in Table - by Armen Rhodes
Team FOG Naestved knocked off the Aalborg Vikings at home today 88-73 to improve their record to 16-7 overall, and maintain their position in third place in the CDL table this year.

Naestved was led by 20 points from top scorer Lee Roberts.

Meanwhile, Aalborg drops to 3-21 on the year, and 0-1 under new head coach John Staudt.

The Vikings were led by a valiant performance from point guard Marquis Hall, who poured in 26 points in a losing effort.

Both teams are back in action this weekend, with Naestved set to clash with Horsholm and Aalborg playing host to SISU Copenhagen.



Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 22-1 
 2. Svendborg 21-2 
 3. Naestved 16-7 
 4. Horsholm 14-9 
 5. Horsens IC 12-11 
 6. SISU 9-15 
 7. Vaerlose 8-15 
 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, Vaerlose19.6 
 7. Roberts, Naestved19.2 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg18.8 
 9. Dennis, SISU17.7 
 10. Claitt, Horsens IC16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.0 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.4 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.2 
 4. Falkner, Aalborg9.5 
 5. Johansen, Naestved9.5 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC9.5 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.7 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
 10. Burgess, Bakken7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.3 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.6 
 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.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hall, Aalborg4.0 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 3. Dennis, SISU2.1 
 4. Jakobsen, Bakken2.0 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 6. Roberts, Naestved1.9 
 7. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 8. Smedley, Naestved1.8 
 9. Burgess, Bakken1.8 
 10. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.3 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 3. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.5 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.2 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 8. Logan, Amager BK0.8 
 9. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 


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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. 11-24 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 6-25 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 24-10 
 2. Rio Grande 23-11 
 3. Texas L. 16-18 
 4. Austin T. 14-19 
 5. Maine RC 14-21 
 6. New Mexico 14-21 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 22-12 
 2. Bakersfield J. 21-13 
 3. Utah F. 18-15 
 4. Idaho S. 14-19 
 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 Grande19.4 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.19.1 
 7. Byars, Bakersfi.18.9 
 8. McNeal, Rio Grande18.8 
 9. Sims, Maine RC18.0 
 10. Tucker, New Mexico17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 3. Sims, Iowa E.9.8 
 4. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.5 
 6. Alexander, Texas L.9.5 
 7. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 8. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.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.7.5 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.4 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.6.2 
 9. Johnson, Austin T.5.8 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.3 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.2.0 
 9. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 10. Linhart, Erie B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.1 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. N''Diaye, Dakota W.2.6 
 4. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 5. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 6. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 7. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 8. Sykes, Sioux F.1.9 
 9. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 
 10. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.7 


Wednesday's games - by Eurobasket News
Idaho S. - Bakersfield J. 113-102
Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) had 19 points, 20 rebounds and three blocked shots as the Idaho Stampede won their fourth game in a row in a 113-102 victory against the Bakersfield Jam (21-13) on Wednesday night at Qwest Arena. It was the team's fourth straight game notching 113 points or more and brings Idaho to within five games of a .500 record (14-19). The Stampede shot 50.0 percent from the field and collected 53 rebounds in the win. Idaho held the Jam to just 38.6 percent (17-of-44) shooting in the second half, as the home team won the last two quarters 60-51. Armon Johnson (6'3''-G-89, college: Nevada) scored a game-high 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting, while Antoine Walker delivered with 21 points, eight rebounds and two blocks and Sean Banks contributed 19 points and five rebounds. Jeremy Wise led Bakersfield with 25 points, while Willie Warren (eight rebounds, six assists) and Brandon Wallace (7-8 FG) each had 18 points off the bench. Bakersfield made 12-of-27 (44.4 percent) three-pointers, but committed 15 turnovers that led to 26 Stampede points. Tonight's game was the first of five home games in a row against the Jam. They return to Qwest Arena on Feb. 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. Idaho plays in Utah on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in their first action after the All-Star break. *Courtesy of www.kboi2.com

Utah F. - Dakota W. 103-93
So this is how Utah Flash coach Kevin Young imagined it would be like. Kevin Kruger running the point, knocking down clutch free throws. Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) slicing and dicing his way inside. Brandon Costner doing a little of everything. It's taken awhile, but the Utah Flash are starting to come together. The Flash extended their winning streak to four games with a 103-93, win over the Dakota Wizards on Wednesday night in Orem. Between injuries and NBA call-ups, the Flash have written their lineup in pencil, but now that Utah begins the stretch run for the season, the Flash are clicking at the right time. Costner matched his season-high with 23 points and Kruger made four straight free throws in the final minute and Greene capped off the win with a breakaway dunk that finished off Dakota. Kruger had been out for 14 games with an ankle injury and Greene was called up by the New Jersey Nets, but since both players returned, the Flash haven't lost. 'The last four games is the first time we've had the first time we've had this group that we've had in its entirety,' said Flash coach Kevin Young. 'We had two huge road wins at Tulsa, who was at the time was the No.1 team in the league and now winning these two at home. I do like this group a lot as we move forward.' Utah led just 76-72 early in the fourth quarter when Andre Ingram sank a 3-pointer. Mike Anderson spun down the key and hammered down a dunk for Dakota the keep the Wizards close. Costner answered for Utah. He hit a 3-pointer and Ingram knocked down another three to give Utah a 92-80 lead with 4:30 left in the game, but Dakota rallied behind Javaris Crittenton (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) 's 25 points. Dakota cut the lead to 96-93 with 1:15 left in the game. But that's when Kruger stepped up to make four straight free throws to help Utah's winning streak continue. Kruger and Ingram each finished with 16 points. Greene had 13 and Brian Hamilton added 10 points. Jordan Brady scored eight points in 15 minutes of work. Utah is on 18-15 on the year. 'This is the team that we thought we would have. The funny thing about our league is we're content with the team we have right now, but someone could get a call-up tomorrow and that could change that dynamics,' Young said. 'If we can keep this team and keep improving and keep our chemistry, I like our chances down the stretch.' The Flash will be back in action again on Monday against Idaho in the UCCU Center. *Courtesy of www.heraldextra.com

Sioux Falls S. - Tulsa 66ers 98-121
The Tulsa 66ers defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 121-98 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Wednesday night. Tulsa shot 56.1 percent (46-of-82) from the field and had eight players in double figures in a game that was rescheduled from Dec. 11 due to inclement weather. Sioux Falls (6-25) held a one-point lead (29-28) after the opening quarter but Tulsa outscored Sioux Falls 37-20 in the second quarter to take a 65-49 halftime lead. Latavious Williams (6'8''-F-91) and Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) came of the bench to score 11 and 10 points, respectively. Tulsa (24-10) pushed the lead to as many as 22 points in the third quarter and Sioux Falls would get no closer than 18 points (103-85) in the final quarter to remain winless against the 66ers in three tries. Robert Vaden scored 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting (3-of-4 3-pointers) to pace the 66ers. He was joined in double figures by Tweety Carter (15), Williams (15), Elijah Millsap (14), Dyson (12), Marcus Lewis (12), Byron Mullens (12) and NBA Development League All-Star Larry Owens (10). NBA D-League All-Star Patrick Ewing, Jr. posted his sixth straight double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Sean Marshall scored 19 points while Maureece Rice added 18. Both teams are off this weekend for the 2011 NBA D-League All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Saturday at 4 p.m. CT on NBA TV. Sioux Falls visits Iowa on Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. CT. Tulsa hosts Erie on the same night at 7 p.m. CT. *Courtesy of www.keloland.com

Rio Grande - Austin T. 99-111
James Anderson (6'6''-G-89, college: Oklahoma St.) scored 23 points and the Austin Toros downed the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 111-99 on Wednesday night. The Vipers (23-11) lost a second straight game for the first time since Dec. 26-27, despite Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) 's 25 points and Jeff Adrien's 16 points and career-high 18 rebounds. The Toros (14-19) led by as many as 12 points in the second quarter, but the Vipers closed the second quarter on a 16-7 run. The Vipers took a 90-89 lead when Adrien hit a jumper with 7:10 to go in the fourth quarter, but an Anderson basket gave the lead back to the Toros, then Carldell Johnson hit a pair of free throws to make it 93-90. Adrien brought the Vipers within one with a slam, but Lance Thomas and Anderson hit jumpers to make it 97-92. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com




Bighorns trade Alton Ford to Erie for 2011 draft pick - by Eurobasket News
The Reno Bighorns signed and traded Alton Ford (6'10''-C-81, college: Houston) to the Erie Bayhawks yesterday for a 2011 7th round draft pick.

Ford, a 6-9, 275-pound forward from the University of Houston, last played for Reno during the 2008-09 season. In 36 games between Reno and Rio Grande Valley that season, Ford averaged 9.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

The draft pick now gives Reno a full complement of eight picks in the 2011 D-League Draft.

The Bighorns are currently enjoying the All-Star break. Fans can watch Bighorns forward Marcus Landry compete in the Three-Point Contest during the 2011 Dream Factory Friday Night presented by Haier, which will stream live online at 8 p.m. PT this Friday night at nba.com/dleague.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Juan Wyatt travels to Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Voru KK decided to strengthen their frontcourt. The Estonian team signed a deal with Juan Wyatt (203-F-84, college: Alcorn St.). The 26-year-old forward spent pre-season with Wolk Pack in ABI. He never signed a deal. In 2008/09 season Juan Wyatt played in Portugal. The forward averaged 10.8 points and 1.6 assists per game for Sampaense. Juan Wyatt participated in Portuguese All-Star Game. Juan Wyatt was named Post Player of the Year in 2005 and 2007 when playing for Alcorn State University basketball team. Juan Wyatt has already debuted for Voru KK. He grabbed 2 rebounds in just three minutes of action against Parnu.


EMKL Round 25: Leader Kalev/Cramo gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Kalev/Cramo delivered the twentieth third win on Sunday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Valga/CKE (10-13) 92-83. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Valga/CKE. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Valga/CKE won third quarter 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Valga/CKE's 34. Kalev/Cramo forced 19 Valga/CKE turnovers. American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) fired 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. International forward Kaido Saks (205-86) chipped in 14 points. American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St.) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kalev/Cramo (23-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Valga/CKE at the other side keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Rapla. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn TTU/Kalev II.
Leader Kalev/Cramo recorded the twentieth third victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Voru KK (1-25) 102-67. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Kaido Saks (205-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Mihkel Schleicher contributed with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Curtis Allen (193-85, college: ORU) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for Voru KK. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Kalev/Cramo. They maintain first place with 23-3 record. Voru KK lost their twelfth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 25 lost games. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn TTU/Kalev II.

In the last two games of round 25 Parnu defeated Voru KK in a road game 84-75. TU/Rock smashed TTU/Kalev II at home 100-74.



Voru KK - Parnu 75-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Voru KK's (1-25) home loss to eighth ranked KK Parnu (6-19) 75-84. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Voru KK won third quarter 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Parnu forced 25 Voru KK turnovers. Strangely Voru KK outrebounded KK Parnu 48-28 including a 22-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Voru KK was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Toomas Raadik (198-90) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. Swingman Rannar Raap (187-92) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Curtis Allen (193-85, college: ORU) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Silver Kuuba (198-74) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Voru KK. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KK Parnu maintains eighth place with 6-19 record. Voru KK lost their twelfth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 25 lost games. KK Parnu will play against higher ranked TTU/Kalev (#3) in Tallinn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Voru KK will play at home against TTU/Kalev (#3) in Tallinn to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Parnu: T.Raadik 27+3reb+1ast, R.Raap 20+7reb+3ast, R.Karner 17+3reb, T.Hamarsalu 13+5reb+1ast, M.Paasoja 6+4reb, J.Larionov 1+1reb
Voru KK: C.Allen 24+12reb+4ast, S.Kuuba 12+6reb+1ast, A.Velleramm 12+7reb, T.Kimask 10+5reb, M.Niklus 9+6reb+1ast, R.Raudsepp 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 119571


Valga/CKE - Kalev/Cramo 83-92

Leader Kalev/Cramo delivered the twentieth third win on Sunday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Valga/CKE (10-13) 92-83. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Valga/CKE. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Valga/CKE won third quarter 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Valga/CKE's 34. Kalev/Cramo forced 19 Valga/CKE turnovers. American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) fired 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. International forward Kaido Saks (205-86) chipped in 14 points. American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St.) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and guard Timo Oja (182-87) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kalev/Cramo (23-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Valga/CKE at the other side keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Rapla. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn TTU/Kalev II.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: M.Dunigan 15+7reb, M.Riis 14+5reb, K.Saks 14+4reb+1ast, A.Skele 11+1reb+3ast, G.Arbet 8+2reb+2ast, K.Orula 8
Valga/CKE: A.Brown 30+10reb+2ast, T.Oja 10+6reb+1ast, R.Petersonig 10+1reb+3ast, K.Koolman 10+4reb, D.Winston 8+2ast, A.Vasar 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 119568


Voru KK - Kalev/Cramo 67-102

Leader Kalev/Cramo recorded the twentieth third victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Voru KK (1-25) 102-67. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kalev/Cramo forced 27 Voru KK turnovers and had a 22-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Voru KK was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Kaido Saks (205-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Center Mihkel Schleicher (201-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Curtis Allen (193-85, college: ORU) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Silver Kuuba (198-74) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Voru KK. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Kalev/Cramo. They maintain first place with 23-3 record. Voru KK lost their twelfth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 25 lost games. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn TTU/Kalev II.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: K.Saks 26+14reb, K.Kitsing 17+3reb, K.Orula 12+2reb+1ast, M.Schleicher 11+13reb, A.Skele 8+2reb, T.Sokk 8+2reb+8ast
Voru KK: C.Allen 22+13reb+4ast, M.Niklus 12+4reb, T.Kimask 10+2reb+1ast, V.Feliks 8+3reb+1ast, S.Kuuba 8+10reb, A.Velleramm 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 119569


TU/Rock - TTU/Kalev II 100-74

No shocking result in a game in Tartu where second ranked TU/Rock (22-2) smashed 7th ranked TTU/Kalev II (8-16) 100-74. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. TTU/Kalev II was better in third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TU/Rock forced 22 TTU/Kalev II turnovers. It was a very good performance for naturalized Greek guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 assists. Forward Timo Eichfuss (200-88) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Mihkel Kurg (191-87) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for TTU/Kalev II. Five TU/Rock and four TTU/Kalev II 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. Defending champion maintains second place with 22-2 record behind leader Kalev/Cramo. TTU/Kalev II lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. TU/Rock will play against Valga/CKE (#5) on the road in the next round. TTU/Kalev II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena Kalev/Cramo.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: S.Leppik 16+4reb, T.Eichfuss 15+7reb+1ast, S.Sokk 14+4reb+6ast, R.Veideman 10+1reb+2ast, T.Kurbas 10+3reb+2ast, V.Allingu 8+1reb
TTU/Kalev II: A.Arnold 16+6reb+1ast, M.Kurg 14+8reb+3ast, M.Kaja 13+6reb+1ast, S.Raudla 10+3reb+1ast, K.Akenparg 8+3reb+2ast, K.Keres 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 119570




Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 23-3 
 2. TU/Rock 22-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 16-5 
 4. Rakvere 12-12 
 5. Valga/CKE 10-13 
 6. Rapla 10-13 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 8-16 
 8. Parnu 6-19 
 9. Voru KK 1-25 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Erm, Rapla17.1 
 4. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 5. Brown, Va.16.6 
 6. Raadik, Parnu15.7 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.1 
 8. Osby, TT.14.8 
 9. Tagamets, Va.14.2 
 10. Kuuba, Voru KK14.2 
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.11.1 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.8 
 5. Kuuba, Voru KK9.0 
 6. Osby, TT.8.9 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.5 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.5 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.5 
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/Rock3.3 
 4. Oja, Va.3.0 
 5. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
 6. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.8 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla2.6 
 9. Archibald, TT.2.5 
 10. Laane, Rapla2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 2. Doronin, TU/Rock2.3 
 3. Karner, Parnu2.2 
 4. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 5. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 6. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 7. Oja, Va.1.9 
 8. Erm, Rapla1.8 
 9. Pilk, TT.1.8 
 10. Dorbek, Rakvere1.8 
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, Parnu1.1 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Raadik, TU/Rock0.8 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 9. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 10. Arnold, TT.0.7 


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Massey's 22 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Lokomotiv Kuban and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 22 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Lokomotiv in his team's victory, helping them to beat Zadar (#4, 1-3) 81-71. Lokomotiv is placed at 2nd position in EuroChallenge group L. Lokomotiv is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 4 games. In the team's last game Massey had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lokomotiv's top player in his first season with the team. Kansas State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Massey is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.5rpg) and averages solid 53.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) of Norrkoping Dolphins. He is a in his 3rd season at Norrkoping. In the last game Kjellbom recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Norrkoping lost that game 87-94 to group K's leader Gravelines (#1, 4-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group K. Norrkoping still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Norrkoping managed to get this Top 16. Kjellbom is one of the most experienced players at Norrkoping and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Andre Smith (203-F-85) of league's leader Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir. Smith scored 26 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Smith's great performance Karsiyaka lost 80-86 to #4 ranked Antwerp. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Karsiyaka needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in group J. Their record is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Smith has a great season in EuroChallenge. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of Ventspils - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Antwerp - 22 points and 5 rebounds
6. Elton Brown (206-F/C-83) of Elitzur Netanya - 19 points and 11 rebounds
7. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81) of Krka - 14 points and 13 rebounds
8. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81) of Lokomotiv - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Marco Killingsworth (203-F-82) of Maccabi Haifa - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Devin Green (201-G/F-82) of Lukoil Academik - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Rudez's 23 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Cedevita Zagreb and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 23 points adding four rebounds and five assists for Cedevita in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Gran Canaria (#3, 1-3) 89-86. Cedevita maintains the 2nd position in Eurocup group I. Cedevita is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 4 games. In the team's last game Rudez had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Cedevita and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Damjan Rudez averages this season 13.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Paul Davis (211-C-84) of top-ranked Cajasol Sevilla. He is American center in his first season at Cajasol. In the last game Davis recorded impressive 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Cajasol to another comfortable win 95-81 over slightly lower-ranked ALBA (#3, 1-3) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group L. Cajasol consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the Top 16 for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Davis is a newcomer at Cajasol and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Alex Acker (196-G-83) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket (#3). Acker scored 24 points and passed five assists. Despite Acker's great performance Le Mans lost 72-77 to #1 ranked Budivelnyk. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Le Mans can only dream about fighting for top spots in group J. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Acker he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Acker has a very solid season. In 10 games in Eurocup he scored 13.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) of Unics - 19 points and 6 rebounds
5. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83) of Gran Canaria - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85) of Goettingen - 14 points and 11 rebounds
7. Bracey Wright (191-G-84) of Cedevita - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82) of Pepsi Caserta - 22 points and 4 rebounds
9. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81) of Benetton TV - 24 points and 4 rebounds
10. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80) of ALBA - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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


ALBA Berlin brings in Taylor Rochestie - by Eurobasket News
Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) is a new member of ALBA Berlin. The American guard signed a deal for rest of the season. Rochestie was released by Galatasaray few days ago. He played 16 games for them in TBL collecting 7.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists. In EuroCup he added 6 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.5 apg for 11 games.
Taylor Rochestie is not a new face in Germany as he spent last season with MEG Goettingen. He ended as third best scorer of the league with 15.1 ppg for 38 games. Rochestie also added 2.8 rpg and 3.2 apg. In EuroChallenge he had 14.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.7 apg for 16 appearances. It was his first season as a pro. Rochestie is a product of the Washington State University, where he graduated in 2009. He had 13.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 4.5 apg for 33 games as a senior.


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Top 16: Round Four review - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Lietuvos Rytas - Unicaja 70-65
Valuable home win for Lietuvos Rytas, who jumped to 2-2 in Group E sharing the second place with Caja Laboral. The good thing for Rytas is that they outplayed the Spanish champion in their first meeting so the second game in Vilnius will most probably be crucial for both teams. Unicaja dropped to 1-3 and closes the standings in this group. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) had 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points and 7 rebs. In Unicaja, Joel Freeland (208-F-87) collected 19 points and 8 boards. Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) (8 rebs) and Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) added 12 points each. Teams were tied to 17-17 after one quarter and Rytas managed to take 39-35 for the next ten minutes. The hosts dominated after the breather and after triple by Newley they grabbed 10-points lead. Berni Rodriguez and Joel Freeland saved Unicaja in the finish of Q3 closing the gap to 53-48. With five minutes left Rytas jumped to 64-56 and Unicaja was in trouble. All they managed to do until the end was 68-65, but Khalid El-Amin had no mercy from the line securing the valuable victory for his team. Rytas will travel next week to play Panathinaikos in Athens, while Unicaja will face a tough challenge in their visit of Caja Laboral's Fernando Buesa Arena.

Panathinaikos - Caja Laboral 76-74
Panathinaikos managed to beat Caja Laboral in Athens 76-74 improving to 3-1 record. Thanks to this win, the Greens are alone on top of Group E again. Caja Laboral dropped to 2-2 and they share the second place with Lietuvos Rytas, who beat them in Vitoria earlier in Top 16. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) was a key player in PAO with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He reached valuation 40 with just two missed shots for 34 minutes. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) (6 rebs) and Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) netted 12 points each. In the loosing squad, David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) delivered 21 points and Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) had two less. Question about the winner is resolved in the finish. Before that, PAO made 21-18 in the first quarter and Caja Laboral cut the margin to 40-39 in the second period. Visitors grabbed 45-46 lead after the breather, but the hosts replied with quick 10-0 run. Fernando San Emeterio hit a jumper in the paint but free throws by Diamantidis and Antonis Fotsis made it a double-digit game, 59-48. Sow scored down low to get the guests within 59-50 after 30 minutes. Caja Laboral completed 0-10 run at the beginning of Q4 and everything was open again. PAO jumped to plus six, but Teletovic and Batiste made two bombs for 72-72 tie with 38 seconds to go. Mike Batiste scored inside the paint and Huertas tied the game once again. Batiste was sent to the line and he made both attempts to give the hosts a 76-74 edge with 4.2 seconds left. Fernando San Emeterio drew a foul with 0.2 seconds remaining but missed both free throws and PAO grabbed valuable home win. In the next round, PAO will host Lietuvos Rytas, Caja Laboral waits Unicaja.

Group F
Lottomatica - Regal Barca 65-74
Regal Barca booked a spot for the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Despite there is two more rounds to go in Top 16, the reigning Euroleague champion already secured the ticket for the next stage. They have perfect 4-0 record staying the top-ranked team in Group F. Lottomatica Roma closes the standings with 0-4 and they have no chance to advance. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) came up with 19 points for the winners. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) helped with 15, while Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) (8 rebs) and Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) netted 9 points each. Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) scored 15 points for the hosts and Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) had 12. Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 10 pts. First period ended with 14-14 tie and Lottomatica Roma grabbed 27-25 lead for the next ten minutes. The hosts scored six three-pointers in the third period and managed to build a 13-point lead, 43-30. Visitors finally replied and cut the margin to 51-46 until the end of Q3. Barca took control on Roma in the last period. Led by Ricky Rubio, they stepped up in defense and as such, offense started to work as well to the point of completing the comeback and winning the game in the last two minutes. Barca had 7-22 run during the period. Barca goes to Tel-Aviv next week. Lottomatica will meet Union Olimpija also on the road.

Union Olimpija - Maccabi T-A 65-83
Maccabi Electra did a great job at Stozice Arena tonight. The Israeli powerhouse managed to beat Union Olimpija 65-83 jumping to 3-1 record in Group F. With this victory Maccabi already booked a ticked for the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Olimpija on the other side lost all chances to do the same. They dropped to 1-3. Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) was the leading player in victory with valuation 28 (16 pts, 7 as). Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) (5 rebs, 7 as) and Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) also scored 16 points each. David Blu (202-F-80, college: USC) helped with one less. For the hosts, Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) collected 13 points and 7 rebounds. Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) had 11 pts and 5 rebs. Despite nice 14-9 beginning by Union Olimpija, Maccabi managed to take 19-22 lead after first ten minutes. The hosts replied with 10-0 run after that and they later made 33-24. Lior Eliyahu sank an off-balance shot and David Blu nailed a corner triple to give Maccabi some fresh air at 33-29. Jeremy Pargo downed a step-back jumper and matched Shermadini's dunk with free throws for a 35-33 Maccabi deficit. Gergory and Shermadini saved Olimpija in the finish of this period setting the score to 41-33. Visitors exploded in Q3 and thanks to 0-13 run during it, they made 49-56 lead with 10:00 to go. Maccabi smashed Olimpija in the last quarter, including impressive 0-16 run for 23-point lead (51-74). Everything was said and done so the last moments were just the formality. In the next round, Maccabi will host Regal Barca. Union Olimpija will play another home game and this time against Lottomatica.

Group G
Efes Pilsen - Real Madrid 60-77
Real Madrid is the second Spanish team who already booked a spot for the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Regal Barca also did it today. After four rounds in Top 16, the Whites have perfect 4-0 record and of course they stay No.1 of Group G. Efes Pilsen dropped to 2-2 but still has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals as there is two more rounds to go. Sergio Llull (190-G-87) had 17 points and 5 assists for the guests, while Ante Tomic (217-C-87) scored 14 pts and grabbed 6 rebounds. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) helped with 10 points. In Efes Pilsen, Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) delivered 14 points. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) had 10 pts and 7 rebs. The Whites had minimum lead (12-13) after first ten minutes and they jumped to 24-35 until the halftime. That includes 2-11 run in the finish of the second quarter. Nothing has changed after the breather as there was only one team playing on the court and it was Real Madrid. Visitors reached 25-40 and few moments later they were already 20-points up. The game winner was known and last quarter was just the formality. In Round Five, Real Madrid will travel to Belgrade. Efes Pilsen will go to Siena and it will be crucial game for both teams.

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.

Group H
Zalgiris - Fener.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 (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) 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 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.

Valencia - Olympiakos 79-85
Excellent performance by Olympiakos in Valencia. The Reds managed to win 79-85 for 3-1 record in Group H, so they are just one step away from the Quarterfinals. On the other side, Valencia dropped to 1-3 and now faces an uphill battle to make it to the Playoffs. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) shined for the Greeks with 18 points, while Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) added 16 points and 6 rebounds. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) (6 rebs) and Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) secured a great help with 12 points each. For the hosts, Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) (6 rebs) and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16 points apiece. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) scored 12. Valencia grabbed 12-9 lead at the beginning, but Olympiakos replied with 5-11 for rest of the first quarter. Teams exchanged in lead in the second period, including the 8-0 run by the home squad. Visitors didn't panic and set the score to 37-37 at the HT. Neither of two teams was able to take a serious lead after the breather. Thanks to free throws by Augustine, Valencia held 55-53 with one quarter left. They were still ahead by two with three minutes left and it was 69-67. Radoslav Nesterovic made 0-4 run on his own and Victor Claver scored on the other side. Erceg and Nesterovic made baskets for 73-77 with 90 seconds left. As the game went down to the wire, Cook and Vassilis Spanoulis traded big-time triples to set the table for a Game-of-the-Week-worthy finish at 76-80 with 31 seconds to go. Victor Claver was sent to the line, but he made just one, while on the other side Erceg had no mercy scoring both of his free throws. The victory was sealed and Olympiakos came very close to Euroleague Quarterfinals. In Round Five, Olympiakos will meet Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul. Valencia goes to Kaunas.



Antonis Fotsis claims Euroleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Panathinaikos Athens and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Top 16).
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and eleven rebounds, while his team edged out Caja Laboral (2-2) 76-74. It allowed Panathinaikos to keep the first place in Group E. They have almost perfect 3-1 record. Fotsis has many years of experience at Panathinaikos, through which he has constantly improved. Antonis Fotsis averages 8.7ppg and 5.3rpg this season.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) of Maccabi T-A. Pargo impressed basketball fans with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he lead Maccabi T-A (3-1) to another comfortable win 83-65 over Union Olimpija (1-3) being unquestionably team leader. Pargo is a newcomer at Maccabi T-A and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. Maccabi already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals.

The third best performed player last round was British Joel Freeland (208-F-87) of Unicaja Malaga. Freeland scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Freeland's great performance Unicaja lost 65-70 to Lietuvos Rytas. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Unicaja can only dream about fighting for top spots in group E. They have 1-3 record and closes the standings in Group E. Freeland has individually a great season in Euroleague. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.4rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) of Lietuvos Rytas - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) of Olympiakos - 16 points and 6 rebounds
6. Omer Onan (194-G-78) of Fener.Ulker - 23 points and 2 rebounds
7. Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) of Valencia - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) of Union Olimpija - 13 points and 7 rebounds
9. Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80) of Unicaja - 12 points and 8 rebounds
10. Doron Perkins (188-G-83) of Maccabi T-A - 16 points, 5 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
Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. Panathinaikos 3-1 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 2-2 
 3. Caja Laboral 2-2 
 4. Unicaja 1-3 
Group F
 1. Regal Barca 4-0 
 2. Maccabi T-A 3-1 
 3. Union Olimpija 1-3 
 4. Lottomatica 0-4 
Group G
 1. Real Madrid 4-0 
 2. Efes Pilsen 2-2 
 3. Montepaschi 2-2 
 4. Partizan 0-4 
Group H
 1. Fener.Ulker 3-1 
 2. Olympiakos 3-1 
 3. Valencia 1-3 
 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. Rakocevic, Efes P.16.5 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.16.1 
 5. McCalebb, Montepas.15.5 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympiakos15.5 
 7. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 8. Navarro, Regal B.14.6 
 9. San Emeterio, Caja L.14.3 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirsad TURKCAN
  Fener.Ulker
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.7.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid7.1 
 3. Gist, Partizan7.0 
 4. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.0 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.5 
 6. Freeland, Unicaja6.4 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 8. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 9. Gregory, Union O.6.1 
 10. Wright, Charleroi5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.6.0 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.6 
 3. Eidson, Maccabi .4.4 
 4. Cook, Valencia4.4 
 5. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.4 
 6. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 7. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 8. Rubio, Regal Barca4.1 
 9. Stipcevic, Cibona4.1 
 10. Ilievski, Union O.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .3.1 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.4 
 3. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 4. Perkins, Maccabi .2.1 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.1.9 
 6. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 7. Stonerook, Montepas.1.9 
 8. Smith, Lottomatica1.9 
 9. Rubio, Regal Barca1.9 
 10. Ozbolt, Union O.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. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 
 7. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 8. Barac, Caja Laboral1.2 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 10. Lishchuk, Valencia1.1 


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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 29-7 
 2. KTP 24-10 
 3. Kataja 24-11 
 4. Korihait 22-13 
 5. Honka 21-12 
 6. Kouvot 18-17 
 7. Karhu 16-18 
 8. ToPo 16-19 
 9. Namika Lahti 13-21 
 10. Salon Vilpas 12-23 
 11. LrNMKY 8-27 
 12. Tarmo 5-30 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Wilson, Honka23.1 
 2. Lewis, LrNM.21.4 
 3. Heard, Tarmo21.2 
 4. Blanchard, ToPo20.3 
 5. Wood, Karhu20.1 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.3 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.0 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto19.0 
 10. Moore, LrNM.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Wood, Karhu13.2 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.9 
 3. Young, Tarmo10.0 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Doaks, Salon Vilpas9.8 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo9.8 
 7. Vinson, Kouvot9.5 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto9.4 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.9 
 10. Belser, Honka8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steffan JOHNSON
  Karhu
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Johnson, Karhu4.8 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.5 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.2 
 4. Wood, Karhu4.1 
 5. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.9 
 6. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.8 
 7. Virtanen, Kataja3.8 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.6 
 9. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 10. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 2. Fields, KTP2.0 
 3. Newson, Kataja1.9 
 4. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 5. Heard, Tarmo1.9 
 6. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 8. Fells, Kataja1.7 
 9. Richards, ToPo1.6 
 10. Wilson, Salon Vilpas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1
 1. Reaves, Korihait1.0 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 4. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 5. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo0.7 
 7. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 8. Belser, Honka0.6 
 9. Young, Tarmo0.6 
 10. Wood, Karhu0.6 


@Basketball and Beyond - by Corey Belser
It's about that time for a another blog! Even though I am starting think nobody really reads these. I guess what I am trying to say is leave a reply good or bad, or even better give me some questions to talk about in my next blog! Things here in Finland are really starting to heat up, on the Basketball Court that is! God knows it's not getting any warmer outside! It's currently -15 degrees celsius and rumor has it, that it's been close to -40c in some places! It's odd, because this past week it's been really sunny and it's been getting colder! I think it has something to do with the lack of moisture in the air, but what do I know? I just hope it starts to heat up off the court soon, summer's almost here!

There's currently 9 games left in the regular season and we are currently on a 5 game winning streak! We have a tough and important match this Saturday, and with these last 9 games we have a great opportunity to move into the 2nd place in league so ever game is crucial. 2nd place would mean that we would play vs the 7th seed in the first round of the playoffs and have home court advantage. As for the VTB League, our first year in the league has been a learning experience. Last week we lost in Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk Ukraine. In a match we should won. We still have two more games left against very good clubs in CSKA Moscow and Unics Kazan. We are still looking to capture our first win in the league, even though these next two matches we will be huge underdogs, I have hope we will.
Speaking of the UNDERDOGS! I am a proud University of San Diego alumni today, we upset the Nations 23rd ranked Saint Mary's Gales! We have a young team and it's been a tough year for the team, but last night we showed our potential against a solid SMC squad! I hope that this win will give us the confidence and hunger to work even harder. Congrats to the entire SD organization especially the two seniors, Devin Ginty (187-G-89)y and Matt Dorr (193-G-88) make it a special senior year fellas! Fight On Toreros!!!

I want encourage all the professional athletes out there, to give back to the youth in your communities! I feel like there a lot of youth today who could use a mentor, role model, or friend!
John Wooden said it best 'Young people need models not critics.' There are so many distractions now days. I can't imagine the stress parents have raising children in a world where, any and everything is right at their fingertips! I have started The Academy of Future College Athletes
www.afcathletes.org. AFCA is a non-profit organization that strives to help athletes not just be better players but better people. As an organization we are still young, less then a year old but it's been going well and have been getting a lot of positive feedback. I am really excited for AFCA's future and the lives it will change along the way. It's always great to speak with other professional athletes giving back and working with youth in their off time. I feel it's our obligation to give back and provide the same support and assistance we received, if not more!
Please check us out, on our website
www.afcathletes.org, you can even support us on Facebook www.facebook.com/afcathletes, Youtube www.youtube.com/afcabasketball or Twitter twitter.com/afcathletes. As a non-profit organization we need all the support and exposure we can get. It truly never goes unnoticed, so thank you for your needed support!

Life always seems to throw a curve ball when we least expect, it can really put things into perspective. I want to send my condolences to a great friend Nick Lewis (207-F/C-83, agency: Impact Basketball, college: San Diego) and his family. They recently lost an incredible woman and beautiful spirit, to a long battle with Cancer! RIP Melodie Lewis!! It's been over 5 years since college, when Melodie's Cancer first surfaced. It was her battle then, that gave us the courage and motivation to overcome anything that we experienced in basketball or life. I remember how we all shaved our heads in support of her fight, and how she helped to unite our team! We went from a team of individuals, to a family of brothers! She will be truly missed but always remembered!

Before I close this out, I just want to send an alley oop pass to my cousin the sexy7footer as he tells it aka Michael Fey (213-F/C-83, college: UCLA) and his Wife Gia out in Japan balling!! Kon'nichiwa fam!

Life is short! Enjoy every second of it...............Corey Belser (200-F-82, college: San Diego) singing out!


Korisliiga Round 35: UU-Korihait defeats KTP-Basket in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Second-ranked KTP-Basket (24-10) fell to fourth ranked UU-Korihait (22-13) in overtime by three points 100-103 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KTP-Basket. KTP-Basket cut a 16-point halftime deficit to tie the game at the end of regular time. But they lost overtime period 12-15. UU-Korihait made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by KTP-Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) contributed with 30 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for KTP-Basket. UU-Korihait maintains fourth place with 22-13 record. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the second position with ten games lost. UU-Korihait are looking forward to face Espoo Honka (#5) on the road in the next round. KTP-Basket will play against Porvoon Tarmo and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Helsinki. Eighth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (16-18) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Torpan Pojat (16-19) 91-89 in the game for the seventh place. It was a great evening for American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Walt Baxley helped adding 20 points and 4 steals. American forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Kauhajoen Karhu have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Torpan Pojat lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 19 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torpan Pojat will play against Joensuun Kataja (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Porvoon Tarmo managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of eleven consecutive loses on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo won against tenth-ranked Salon Vilpas 82-65. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 17-point difference suggests that Porvoon Tarmo is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It was an exceptional evening for Jerrah Young who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. Nicchaeus Doaks came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds for Salon Vilpas in the defeat. Newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo maintains twelfth place with 5-30 record. Loser Salon Vilpas keeps the tenth position with 23 games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will meet league's second-placed KTP-Basket in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Salon Vilpas will play against Namika Lahti (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Korisliiga top team - Tampereen Pyrinto (29-7) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Kouvot (18-17) in Kouvola 88-83. The best player for the winners was Damon Williams who scored 31 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line !!!). Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 29-7 record. Kouvot at the other side keeps the sixth position with 17 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto's next round opponent will be Kauhajoen Karhu (#7) in Kauhajoki which should be theoretically an easy game. Kouvot will play on the road against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta.
The game between 9th ranked Namika Lahti (13-21) and third ranked Joensuun Kataja (24-11) in Lahti on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Joensuu outscored Namika Lahti 100-67. Darren Fells orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Joensuun Kataja have a solid series of four victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains third place with 24-11 record having six points less than leader Pyrinto. Namika Lahti lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 21 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will face Torpan Pojat (#8) in Helsinki in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Namika Lahti will play on the road against Salon Vilpas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 35 Honka beat LrNMKY on the road 83-69.



Kouvot - Pyrinto 83-88

Korisliiga top team - Tampereen Pyrinto (29-7) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Kouvot (18-17) in Kouvola 88-83. It looked good early as Kouvot took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tampereen Pyrinto had a 20-11 second period charge getting the lead and Kouvot was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-88. Tampereen Pyrinto made 27-of-31 charity shots (87.1 percent) during the game, while Kouvot only scored nine points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who scored 31 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue, agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: Va Commonwealth, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 26 points and 4 steals and the former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Tampereen Pyrinto and four Kouvot players scored in double figures. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 29-7 record. Kouvot at the other side keeps the sixth position with 17 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto's next round opponent will be Kauhajoen Karhu (#7) in Kauhajoki which should be theoretically an easy game. Kouvot will play on the road against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: B.Walker 26+2reb+3ast, A.Nikkarinen 19+3reb+4ast, V.Kaunisto 15+11reb+1ast, L.Toivonen 11+8reb, I.Seppala 6+2reb+1ast, E.Johansson 4+1reb
Pyrinto: D.Williams 31+6reb, K.Lowe 24+5reb+1ast, A.Lehto 11+2reb, A.Nikkila 10+7reb+2ast, A.Williams 10+4reb+3ast, J.Harjula 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 106593


Namika Lahti - Kataja 67-100

The game between 9th ranked Namika Lahti (13-21) and third ranked Joensuun Kataja (24-11) in Lahti on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Joensuu outscored Namika Lahti 100-67. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Namika Lahti's 40 and made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Namika Lahti 35-23 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Darren Fells (201-86, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). His fellow American import swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. American forward Anthony Vereen (201-86, college: Texas Arlington) answered with 28 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Roope Suonio (176-82) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Namika Lahti. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Joensuun Kataja have a solid series of four victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains third place with 24-11 record having six points less than leader Pyrinto. Namika Lahti lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 21 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will face Torpan Pojat (#8) in Helsinki in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Namika Lahti will play on the road against Salon Vilpas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: A.Vereen 28+4reb+1ast, R.Suonio 10+1reb+4ast, R.Ayers 7+3reb+2ast, J.Korhonen 7, P.Pekkola 5+1reb+1ast, J.Rekola 3
Kataja: D.Fells 23+9reb, J.Newson 18+8reb+3ast, P.Virtanen 13+3reb+2ast, A.Kanervo 12+2reb+2ast, M.Ojala 9+4reb+1ast, J.Nenonen 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 106594


Tarmo - Salon Vilpas 82-65

Bottom-ranked Porvoon Tarmo managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of eleven consecutive loses on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo won against tenth-ranked Salon Vilpas 82-65. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 17-point difference suggests that Porvoon Tarmo is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-65. Porvoon Tarmo outrebounded Salon Vilpas 34-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Jerrah Young (202-85, college: Toledo) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) accounted for 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Young is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-87, college: Chattanooga, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and guard Roope Ahonen (187-90) added 15 points respectively for Salon Vilpas in the defeat. Newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo maintains twelfth place with 5-30 record. Loser Salon Vilpas keeps the tenth position with 23 games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will meet league's second-placed KTP-Basket in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Salon Vilpas will play against Namika Lahti (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: N.Doaks 23+10reb+1ast, R.Ahonen 15+4reb+2ast, S.Kaaresvirta 8, T.Tenkanen 7+1reb+1ast, M.Nuutinen 5+3reb, S.Himberg 3
Tarmo: J.Heard 26+5reb+3ast, J.Young 17+17reb+2ast, E.Maki-Tulokas 11+5reb, A.Conerly 9+3reb+2ast, L.Trice Little 8+2reb, J.Petteri Mantyla 7
gschID: 106595


Korihait - KTP 103-100 OT

Second-ranked KTP-Basket (24-10) fell to fourth ranked UU-Korihait (22-13) in overtime by three points 100-103 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KTP-Basket. KTP-Basket cut a 16-point halftime deficit to tie the game at the end of regular time. But they lost overtime period 12-15. UU-Korihait made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by KTP-Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) contributed with 30 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for KTP-Basket. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. UU-Korihait maintains fourth place with 22-13 record. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the second position with ten games lost. UU-Korihait are looking forward to face Espoo Honka (#5) on the road in the next round. KTP-Basket will play against Porvoon Tarmo and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
KTP: J.Fields 24+11reb+3ast, M.Holme 18+4reb+2ast, J.Ivey 17+7reb+4ast, V.Lind 14+4reb, S.Barrett 13+6reb+2ast, C.Jones 11+12reb
Korihait: L.Wright 30+6reb, N.Moore 22+10reb+5ast, P.Heinonen 18+9reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 13+1reb+9ast, J.Reaves 10+11reb+1ast, M.Jalonen 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 106596


LrNMKY - Honka 69-83

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Espoo Honka (21-12) beat 11th ranked LrNMKY (8-27) in Lappeenranta 83-69 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Espoo Honka's pressure prevailed and they won that period 21-10 extending their advantage to 14 points. American guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Espoo Honka's coach Pekka Salminen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard James Lewis (191-86, college: Fresno Pacific) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Viljami Vanjoki (194-86) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for LrNMKY. Four LrNMKY players scored in double figures. Espoo Honka have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 21-12 record. Loser LrNMKY keeps the eleventh position with 27 games lost. Espoo Honka will face higher ranked UU-Korihait (#4) in Uusikaupunki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LrNMKY will play at home against Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: J.Lewis 22+5reb+2ast, M.Moore 15+4reb+2ast, V.Vanjoki 11+8reb+2ast, T.Kulha 10+1reb+1ast, V.Pekkola 6+2reb, H.Coleman 5+8reb+1ast
Honka: J.Wilson 30+5reb+5ast, J.Williamson 18+12reb+2ast, C.Belser 14+9reb, T.Iisalo 9+2reb+1ast, J.Matinen 7+4reb+3ast, S.Vanttaja 3+1reb
gschID: 106597


ToPo - Karhu 89-91

Important game to mention about took place in Helsinki. Eighth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (16-18) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Torpan Pojat (16-19) 91-89 in the game for the seventh place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Torpan Pojat won third quarter 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import guard Walt Baxley (191-84, college: Mars Hill) helped adding 20 points and 4 steals. American forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds and forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Torpan Pojat lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 19 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torpan Pojat will play against Joensuun Kataja (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ToPo: L.Blanchard 26+8reb, T.Heinonen 15+13reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 12+3reb+2ast, E.Lehtinen 12+3reb, M.Pounds 9+1reb+1ast, F.Richards 7+5reb+4ast
Karhu: J.Wood 25+14reb+6ast, W.Baxley 20+4reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 15+4reb, S.Johnson 10+11reb+5ast, E.Skamo 9+4reb+2ast, S.Niskanen 6+1reb
gschID: 106592




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ASVEL signs Pops Mensah-Bonsu - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL came up with important signing today. The French outfit inked a deal for rest of the season with British PF Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington). He arrives as a free agent, after he parted ways with the New Orleans Hornets last month. Mensah-Bonsu appeared 7 times for the Hornets averaging less than a point and 1.6 rebounds. The player spent the pre-season with Caja Laboral.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu played for the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors last season. With the Canadian squad he had 2.3 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 15 games, but they split ways in January. Than, Mensah-Bonsu moved to CSKA Moscow where he stayed until the end of the season. For 9 Euroleague games he had 4.1 ppg and 1.3 rpg. In the past, Mensah-Bonsu played for the San Antonio Spurs, Austin Toros, DKV Joventut, Dallas Mavs, Benetton and Fort Worth Flyers.


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Will Dashaun Wood Unearth His Own Cape And Scare Away The Phantom As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Meet Braunschweig February 20th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There is always that one team that an opponent like The Deutsche Bank Skyliners dont want to meet like The Brose Baskets Bamberg who they would rather meet in the dark to avoid a Suput or Jacobsen or meet them on ice where they are stranded on thin ice with slick oil that is specially attracted to their sneakers. However then again there are teams like The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig who Frankfurt would love to meet on a Sunday rather than your mother in law for lunchand a DVD afternoon watching A big fat Greek wedding. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have had the number of The New Yorker Phantoms for 59 months straight now not losing since April 2006 and winning the last 10 games in a row including the last 5 games in a row in the dark, mysterious and Phantom prone Volkswagon Halle in Braunschweig. Frankfurt has shown that they adore to have the Phantoms on their extensive basketball menu, the same way that actor Alex Baldwin has Paparazzi on his menu, LeBron James (203-F-84) having the Orlando Magic for lunch netting 51 points and Green Bay Packer Aaron Rodgers having the Eagles, Falcons and Bears all on his menu as he beat them all on the road which led to his first Super Bowl recently. The Deutsche bank Skyliners travel to Braunschweig on February 20th and want to keep their long unbeaten streak alive in the Volkswagon Halle seeking their sixth win in a row. 'I just think it is about match ups and sometimes teams get on a run that like against certain teams. It is unfortunate for Braunschwieg but at the same time, streaks dont last forever so that could be another way to look at it. Yes in the back of your mind the streak is in your mind about beating a team consecutive times. It is also tough to beat a team when that teams knows that as well, because they are bringing there best game to end the streak as well', added TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Bynum isnt sure if Wood will scare the Phantom, but he will get the better of him some way. 'Half of The BEKO BBL doesnt even know what the Braunschweig Phantom really is. I think though that Wood has a good chance of out smarting the Phantom or whatever it is', joked John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

One guy that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will not have to deal with will be Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84). The German National player fled to Turkey, but had little chance to unleash his three point bombs from the beach of Antalyaas he now is trying to do it from the Spree river for Alba Berlin. Schaffartzik has a knack for hitting the big shot and showed it enough last season. Schaffartzik was an important part of the club last season and the question will be if the Phantoms can roam the German basketball arenas and be successful without him? 'The loss of Heiko will be big. They have lost another good ball handler and a player that makes the big shot. He was their main outside threat last season', stressed Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) However, the team does have some other scoring punch and might be able to compensate the loss. 'Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is more than capable of being the main ball handler. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) was their leading scorer last season and should fill the shooting and scoring role', warned Quentin Pryor. Despite what was said early in the season by these BEKO BBL players, The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have shown that they have enough scoring punch to compensate the loss of Schaffartzik.

After the more than satisfactory 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season where The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig reached the semi finals, coach Sebastian Machowski kept a core of important players like Americans Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross), Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts), Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia), and captain and Mr everything on the court Nils Mittmann (201-F/C-79, agency: Agency No 10). The most important player that was kept was American Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) who might be 34, but can still have big games on a consistent rate and pour in a double double here and there The team bode farewell to German big man Yassin Idbihi who escaped to more dough on the Spree in Berlin, Americans Nate Fox, Michael Hicks and John Allen. The biggest loss was German National player Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) who finally made the jump to a top European club Turk Telekom Antalya after showing his increasing talent for seven years in Germany, but was unable to male an impact in Turkey.. The team was strengthened by basketball world traveler LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.), American Kyle Visser who returns for a second tour of duty in Braunschweig, experienced American combo guard Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason) and German Nick Schneiders (221-C-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: USC Upstate).

Currently The New Yorker Phantoms are in fifth place with a record of 14-9 and are proving that last seasons semi final appearance wasnt a fluke. After a slo start where they went 3-5 including a four game losing streak, the club has rebounded nicely positing a 11-4 record since November 13th. With a current fifth place in the standings and a date in the BEKO BBL Cup Final 4 in Bamberg in early April, The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig will be motivated in the next weeks to be ready for the chance of that first title in 2011 and could even have the strength to reach the final in the playoffs. 'I do think that Braunschweig is stronger this season. They have a lot of weapons at the offensive end and are playing really good basketball right now, they are a contender and one of the top teams in the BBL. I think they are a team that could scare people in the playoffs and be capable of beating top teams as well. They are getting better and better each week and will do damage in the playoffs', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Their three biggest wins this season all came at home and show that they arent scared of any top teams as they defeated Alba Berlin, The Telekom Baskets Bonn and The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will have enough time to watch film this week and may find some difficulty finding weaknesses since the team is stocked with talent and strength. 'I think their strength is that they have a lot of guys that can score the ball and they play really good team basketball. They have great guard play and guys on the perimeter that can play multiple positions. Weaknesses that is a tough one, but if I would say anything it would be depth down low', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). TBB Trier did beat Braunschweig 74-65, but Bynum remembers the game well. 'They really have good guard play and that stood out the most. The guards are always attacking and making plays and Visser and Cain as well as Goree play solid underneath the basket', stressed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

The team is led by 34 year old 201cm 106 kilo Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia). He played at West Virginia and since 2001 has been playing for some of the top teams in Europe. He is a typical European league PF, a little undersized to play the four, but very effective in low post game, thanks to strength and good fundamentals; runs very well the court, can defend well and even press on the perimeter; has great instincts for the game, and is also a good rebounder and shot blocker. He played for teams like Macabbi Tel Aviv (2003 cup winner), Benetton Trviso (Italy cup winner 2005 & 2007) or CSKA Moscow where he helped win the Euroleague in 2008. He has played 105 Euroleague games. Last season, he averaged 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 72.9%. This season, he is averaging 12,4ppg and 5,7rpg. He returns back to Frankfurt where he started his career in 2001-2002. 'Goree is a very experienced player and knows exactly how the game is played. I think with the numbers that he is putting up that he plays younger than his age is', stated Quentin Pryor The main guy to shut down will be Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia). 'The guy to stop is Goree. He is a strong post presence and they use him in many different ways to set up other players as well. He still plays very strong and does not play like he is 34', expressed Brose Baskets Bamberg American Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). 'Goree is very strong and just knows how to get great position and score in low post', said ex Braunschweig guard Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky). The experience of Goree will be bolstered by basketball globe trotter LaMarr Greer. 'They give the team added leadership and will keep the team level headed. I think that they will be big for the team having success', warned Quentin Pryor A big surprise last season was known scorer Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) from San Antonio, Texas who quickly showed that he could continue to score at the next level in the BEKO BBL. He is a 25 year old 198 cm shooting guard/small forward who started last season with MEG Goettingen, but left, because he was supposed to play a position that he was not used to playing. Even though, he only played sparingly at UMASS in his senior year averaging 4,0ppg and 1,1rpg in the 2006-2007 season, he came to Europe in 2007 and exploded in the leagues in Norway and Austria. In Norway, he led the league in scoring with Fog Naestved averaging 24,5ppg, 4,6rpg, 3,2apf, 2,0spg and 1,0bpg. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was MVP of the 2008 Allstar game. In 2008-2009, in Austria, he played for Kraftwerk Wels averaging 20,2ppg, 3,2rpg, 2,5apg. He has a great basketball IQ, can defend anyone and likes to finish around the rim. Last season for Braunschweig, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%.Currently he is averaging 13,9ppg, 4,4rpg and 1,7apg. He got a double double in the 74-71 loss to Bamberg. 'I do believe my game is progressing and hopefully will continue to get better', stressed Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts).

The team also added some experience which will go hand in hand with Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) by welcoming LaMarr Greer who is a 34 year old 196cm guard from New Jersey. Already in high school, he was a known player as he grew up in Cape May Court House and played his high school ball at Middle Township. He was the New Jersey High School Player of the Year in 1994 and led Middle Township to two Group II state titles. As a second team Parade All-American, he scored 13 points in the McDonald's All-Star game and had 16 points and 10 assists in Magic's Roundball Classic. He played at Florida State from 1994-1998. Since turning professional in 1998, he has played in countries like Italy (3 years with teams like Record Napoli (Italy-A2, Media Broker Messina (Italy-Lega2), and Pompea Napoli (Italy-LegaA). He also played in Russia for Uniks Kazan and three years for BC Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague) from 2004-2007. In the last three years, he played in Greece, Cyprus, Jordan and Israel. Last season, he played for ASU Sports Club (Jordan-Premier League, starting five), in Dec.'09 moved to Ironi Nahariya (Israel-Premier League): 14 games: 14.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 64.5%. He has played 44 Eurocup games in his career. This season, he is averaging 10,2ppg, 1,8rpg and 2,0apg. The team also brought back Kyle Visser who is a 25 year old 211cm center from Grand Rapids, Michigan and played for The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig from 2007-2009. Last season, he played for EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 10.7ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 55.7%. He played at Wake Forest from 2003-2007 and was a teammate with NBA top point guard Chris Paul (183-G-85, college: Wake Forest). He is a center who still hasnt reached his fullest potential and could have his breakthrough year this season. Currently he is averaging 8,8ppg, 5,1rpg and 1,0apg.

The club also brought back 25 year old 208cm forward Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia) from Philadelphia who has the most experience in a Phantoms jersey. This is his fourth season in Braunschweig after coming from the University of Virginia. Jason has played extremely well. He played great in college and now he is in his fourth season in Braunschweig and he always plays hard on each play. He can rebound and play defense and just does his role, commented Gloria Giants Duesseldorf guard Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky). Last season, he played 40 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 62.9%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 72.6%. Currently he is averaging 10,1ppg, 4,5rpg and 1,5apg The team might have landed one of the bigger steals last season landing 25 year old 193 combo guard Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) from New York. He played at Holy Cross with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons from 2002-2006. He played in Poland the last few years and in the summers in Puerto Rico. He played under coach Sebastian Machowski in Poland and was made into a point guard even though he has been a shooting guard most of his career. He scored 17,9ppg in his last season at Holy Cross and last season he led the Polish league in assists. What makes him so dangerous is his scoring and his potential and ability to score are limitless. In college, I averaged almost 18 points per game. I have been a shooting guard for most of my career. Two seasons ago, I had to play point guard in Poland. I always thought that I was a good passer. I think passing has come naturally to me. I have enjoyed playing point guard, stressed Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross). The best thing that teams can do is to keep the ball out of Hamiltons hands, but that is about as impossible as doing the same to LeBron James. We tried to keep the ball out of his hands. We didnt want him to make plays. He is a true point guard. He is a great passer and makes things happen for them. When he gets going, it is hard to stop the team, warned ex Braunschweig guard Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky). Last season, Hamilton played 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He is one of those rare players that has triple double potential. Currently he is averaging 7,5ppg, 4,4rpg, 4,0apg and 2,1spg. Hamilton always looks so cool and calm on offense and defense and looks as if he is going at half speed, but he has very quick hands and before a player knows it, its too late as Hamilton already has a steal. Wood will have to be extra aware when Hamilton is guarding him.

Braunschweig also brought in Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason) who is a 27 year old 185cm guard from Washington DC that has the Nigerian/American citizenship. He is a combo guard with great leaping ability, who can run an offense at the point or excel at the scoring department. He played at George Mason from 2002-2006 and was a teammate with Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Folarin Campbell. He reached the NCAA Final 4 in 2006. After finishing at George Mason, he took part in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg, 0.3bpg, 2FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 37.5%. He played his first three seasons in France and last season for Pistoia (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 34 games: 15.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 67.0%. For Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProA) and BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA), he averaged 16ppg. Opponents will have to get used to his leaping ability. 'I am usually the smallest on the court. I can do a bit of everything. I can play defense and shot. I think that my athletcism gets overlooked. I can jump. Its seems like that isnt noticed, but check my videos at you tube as you can see I can jump', stressed Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason). Currently he is averaging 11,2ppg, 3,2rpg and 3,6apg. 30 year old 201cm German Nils Mittmann (201-F/C-79, agency: Agency No 10)n is playing his sixth season in Braunschweig after having played there from 1998-2001. He is the ultimate team player that will do anything to win. He played two years in Ulm, two years in Wurzburg and three seasons in Ludwigsburg. Currently, he is averaging 3,3ppg and 1,8rpg. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig also added 26 year old 221cm German giant Nick Schneiders (221-C-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: USC Upstate) that was born in Bielefeld and grew up in Rietberg. he has experience having played in the States for S.Carol.Upstate (NCAA2) from 2005-2008 and then transferring to USC Upstate (NCAA) and playing there from 2008-2010. In his senior year, he played 29 games: 12.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.0bpg, FGP: 46.3%, FT: 57.6%. Currently he is averaging 1,8ppg and 2,2rpg.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have very very fond memories of The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig as they have won the last ten games. The last loss was on March 11th, 2006 as Braunschweig won 81-76. The two most memorable games were from the 2008-2009 season. Who could forget the 68-58 win in the cup game which brought Frankfurt to the TOP 4 in Hamburg. That game displayed the best performance by guard Adam Emmenecker (185-G-85, college: Drake) who came out of his shell and proved he has no nervous shooting hand as he left captain Pascal Roller on the bench as he had the hot hand leading the team with 13 points. However in the regular season game in Braunschweig, Roller got his revenge as he led the team to a 55-53 win as his last minute clutch jumper paved the way to the win. Last season, Frankfurt swept the series winning 81-77 as Frankfurt came from behind to win as Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) poured in 21 points and prevailed at home 71-62 as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) steered 18 points to the triumph. In teh first game this season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners pulled out a thrilling 94-91 win at home. Frankfurt fought back in the fourth quarter as they came back from being behind 90-87 and close out the game on a 7-0 run as Skyliner captain Pascal Roller hit a huge three pointer and DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) a shot. Frankfurt did a fantastic job distributing the ball as seven players scored in double figures led by Pascal Roller and Kimmo Muurinen with 13 points a piece. Frankfurt dominated the boards 38-24.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig average 76 points per game and grab 33 rebounds per game. This will be no cake walk for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as they will have some things to keep an eye on including every move of the Phantom. An interesting duel will be the Braunschweig guards against DaShaun Wood and Frankfurt should not forget who the x factor is for Braunschweig. I think Wood will see a lot of different guys, I think you have to give him different looks, because he is such a great offensive player, he will adjust. You just have to find different ways to try and slow him down. Frankfurt also has to keep an eye on their x factor Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason)', stressed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'It will come down to how Frankfurt defends the low post. Braunschweig will have edge on blocks. I am sure Braunschweig will try to pound it down low', warned Quentin Pryor Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) and running is something that Frankfurt cant allow Braunschweig to get going. 'Frankfurt has to limit the touches of Goree and dont give him a lot of space to make moves and set up his teammates. They should also keep them in the half court and slow down the game. Frankfurt should run a good offense and take good shots. They are really strong at spreading the floor and it is difficult to guard them. Every guy can shoot it from long range', warned Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). 'Frankfurt has to use their quickness and get their bigs involved in the pick and roll to get them away from the basket or in foul trouble', said Quentin Pryor 'Frankfurt should attack on transition. Braunschweig isnt as good defensively as last season. They should also use the ball screen a lot and continue the drive and kick with Wood. He is very talented and knows the game', stressed Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky). Frankfurt will have to do their usual thing to win and shoot the ball well and let Wood do his thing. Braunschwieg has to control the tempo and boards and make Frankfurt play defense', stressed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'Braunschweig is a very explosive offensive team. This will be a very tough game and we will have to be evry focused. We will have to bring the same energy as we had against Bonn and Bremerhaven', stressed DaShaun Wood. 'We will have to execute on defense and key will be our defense and stop their transition', added Skyliner guard Jimmy Mckinney. Frankfurt will need extra effort from each player as the team continues to loose people. With Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) and German Fabian Franke (198-F-88) still unable to play, the club lost shooting guard Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) for three weeks as he is suffered a rupture of a muscle fiber. Perhaps Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) will be able to play on Sunday as his support under the basket would be heavily needed. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners February


Alex King (Telekom Baskets Bonn) I Think My Help Side Defense Is A Strength That Isnt Always Seen Right Away - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 200cm shooting guard/small forward that is playing his third season for the Telekom Baskets Bonn. He started his career for Eintracht Frankfurt (2Bundesliga, starting five): 27 games: 8.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg - Frankfurt Opel Skyliners (1Bundesliga): 4 games, 0 ppg, 0,3 rpg; ULEB Cup: 2 games: 1.0ppg, 2reb. He played for the Opel Skyliners/Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2003-2008 winning the 2004 BEKO BBL title and reaching the final in 2005. In his time in Frankfurt, he played 129 BEKO BBL games, 21 ULEB Cup games and 9 Euroleague games. He has been playing for The Telekom Baskets Bonn since 2008. Last season, he played EuroCup: 6 games: 4.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg; German League: 36 games: 4.4ppg, 1.9rpg. He took some time to talk to eurobasket about basketball recently.

The Telekom Baskets started up and down this season. What have been the reasons for this?


Every team will always have a bad day and that is only normal. Coach Koch has to build a structure for the new team. This takes time and confidence is always getting more and more with the team.

How is the team chemistry growing with the Telekom Baskets Bonn so far this season?


We started the season a step backward with our injuries and mistakes on defense. But as the Eurochallenge season started, we have been learning more and getting more experience and thus building more self confidence. Coach Koch has stressed that we take open shots, attack the zone and play fast break basketball. The team chemistry is growing more and more and that grows as we push each other.

In what areas does the team still need to improve on?



We can improve in many areas, but the most important is defense and getting more fluid in the offense.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn failed to get to the next round of the Eurochallenge. I am sure the club had high goals of reaching the next round?



Yes we did hope for more. We had very talented opponents that were playing very well not only in their country leagues, but also in the Eurochallenge. You never really know what can happen in a competition like this. If you arent totally serious, you will have harder chances to do well. The teams had more experience than us at each position.

Coach Michael Koch has been known for getting talented point guards. You played together with EJ Rowland who was a scorer and Jared Jordan who was a pass first point guard. Does Nic Wise bring a little of both to the table?



Yes Wise brings a little of both. He can score and pass, but one cant forget that he is a rookie just out from college. He needs to learn more how European basketball works, but that will come with time. Coach Koch is teaching him more how to create more and get team more into game.

Have the Bonn injuries gotten on your nerves as much as the snow in Germany?



The snow isnt that bad, it is just the roads. The injuries hurt the team, but gave me extra minutes.


What is the status of the injuries to Vincent Yarbrough and Patrik Flomo?


I am not really sure when Yarbrough can play again. He is off his crutches and is always in the arena. He is walking up stairs. I hope he can play again soon. Patrick Flomo is fit and is playing again and has been doing individual work the last month and a half.

How have you grown to love Chris Ensminger on and off the court?


He is one of the best centers in the league and can do it all under the hoop, pass, and use both hands. He is just a complete player. Of the court he is a quiet player, but one that you can talk to. I have a lot of respect for him.

You are playing your third season in Bonn. How have you developed as a player?


I think that I have developed in Bonn and I am continuing to. I have learned a lot from coach Michael Koch with my shooting, ball handling and post play. I am allowed to mistakes and wont be taken off the court right away. He has a lot of confidence in my defense.

Do you think that you have the ability to be a starter in the BEKO BBL?


Yes I think that I can be. I am coachable and always want to get better.

What is a strength in your game that isnt always noticeable?



I think my help side defense is a strength that isnt always seen right away. I also think my communication with players and being positive is something that people dont see right away as a strength in my game.

How important has Folarin Campbell been for The Telekom Baskets this season?



He helps us a lot. He didnt have a good year in Artland last year, but this season one is seeing his qualities. He can shoot, penetrate and play very good defense.

You are only 25, but could you imagine ending your basketball career in Bonn?



I love to play in Bonn. They care very much for me and there is a big respect between player and management.

What do you miss the most from Frankfurt?



I miss the fans a lot and they always were very faithful to me. I also miss the city and training facilities. I have a lot of friends there and always felt comfortable there.

How were your nerves during game 5 Bamberg-Frankfurt in 2010 BEKO BBL final?


I actually didnt see the game as I was on vacation.

How well can The Deutsche Bank Skyliners compete with The Brose Baskets Bamberg in a five game playoff series?


I am not sure, but I am sure Bonn can take them. Lol I am not sure, but Bamberg is very consistent this season.

What is your favourite place in Bonn?


I like the down town area. I also like how Cologne, Duesseldorf and Leverkusen is around the corner.

Can Murat Didin save the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf from going to the PRO A?


He could make it. They had a bad start, but presented themselves well against us. They have a big man problem, but it is no surprise that Murat plays without big men.

What were the most free throws that you hit in a row?


10

Who wins a one on one, you or Folarin Campbell?


We play before every game. We play twice from the top of the key and in the zone. He has the advantage at the top of the key and me in the zone. The games are even.

Will The Los Angeles Lakers win the 2011 NBA title?


You have to wait until June to see. I think that the Lakers have the ability to win again.

If Dirk Bauermann called you next summer and invite you to play for Bayern Munich, what would you say?



If I had the chance, then I would like to play there, but only if I were to get minutes. I would not go to Munich and just sit on the bench. That would not help the team or me.

Thanks Alex for the chat.




Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 22-1 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 16-6 
 3. Art.Dragons 14-7 
 4. ALBA 14-8 
 5. NY Phantoms 14-9 
 6. EWE Baskets 13-9 
 7. Telekom Baskets 12-9 
 8. TBB Trier 12-10 
 9. Bremerhaven 11-11 
 10. EnBW L'burg 11-11 
 11. Goettingen 10-11 
 12. ratiopharm 10-12 
 13. Walter Tigers 10-12 
 14. Phoenix Hagen 9-14 
 15. MBC 6-16 
 16. LTi 46ers 6-17 
 17. Bayreuth 5-16 
 18. Duesseldorf 3-19 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Wood, Dt.17.8 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.2 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.0 
 4. Benzing, ratio.15.6 
 5. Allen, ALBA15.5 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.4 
 8. Harris, EnBW L.15.4 
 9. Ross, MBC15.3 
 10. Callahan, Bremerha.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.8 
 2. Reiner, Bayreuth8.1 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.8.0 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.9 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.4 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 7. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.9 
 9. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.7 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.8.0 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.5 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.0 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons4.8 
 5. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 6. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.2 
 7. Green, EnBW L.4.2 
 8. Copeland, Bremerha.4.1 
 9. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 10. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.7 
 4. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.6 
 5. Wise, Telekom .1.5 
 6. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.4 
 8. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 9. Wood, Dt.1.3 
 10. Skinn, NY Phantoms1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.5 
 5. Scott, Goettingen1.3 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 9. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 
 10. Denison, Bremerha.1.0 


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Olympiakos shines in Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Valencia - Olympiakos 79-85

Excellent performance by Olympiakos in Valencia. The Reds managed to win 79-85 for 3-1 record in Group H, so they are just one step away from the Quarterfinals. On the other side, Valencia dropped to 1-3 and now faces an uphill battle to make it to the Playoffs. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) shined for the Greeks with 18 points, while Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) added 16 points and 6 rebounds. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) (6 rebs) and Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) secured a great help with 12 points each. For the hosts, Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) (6 rebs) and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16 points apiece. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) scored 12.
Valencia grabbed 12-9 lead at the beginning, but Olympiakos replied with 5-11 for rest of the first quarter. Teams exchanged in lead in the second period, including the 8-0 run by the home squad. Visitors didnt panic and set the score to 37-37 at the HT. Neither of two teams was able to take a serious lead after the breather. Thanks to free throws by Augustine, Valencia held 55-53 with one quarter left. They were still ahead by two with three minutes left and it was 69-67. Radoslav Nesterovic made 0-4 run on his own and Victor Claver scored on the other side. Erceg and Nesterovic made baskets for 73-77 with 90 seconds left. As the game went down to the wire, Cook and Vassilis Spanoulis traded big-time triples to set the table for a Game-of-the-Week-worthy finish at 76-80 with 31 seconds to go. Victor Claver was sent to the line, but he made just one, while on the other side Erceg had no mercy scoring both of his free throws. The victory was sealed and Olympiakos came very close to Euroleague Quarterfinals.
In Round Five, Olympiakos will meet Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul. Valencia goes to Kaunas.

Valencia: Victor Claver 16+6 boards, Dusko Savanovic 16, Rafael Martinez 12
Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis 18, Radoslav Nesterovic 16+6 boards, Ioannis Bourousis 12+6 boards, Zoran Erceg 12


AEK about to sign Flinder Boyd - by George Fragkos
AEK Athens add more options to their line of guards. The American-English play maker, Flinder Boyd (180-G-80, college: Dartmouth) has agreed terms with the club of Athens and he will become a part of the team till the end of the season. Angelos Koronios (185-G-69) believes a lot in him and despite that he has been recently injured he insisted on acquiring him, after a few days of trial.

The 30-year-old guard seems to have got over his injury and coach Koronios is confident that he can contribute a lot in the efforts of AEK to avoid relegation. In fact, the medical staff has given the permission to the player to attend Saturday's game against Ilysiakos. This can be considered the most important game in the season for Koronios's team as Ilysiakos is in exactly the same position with AEK and the team that wins can be considered as the favorite to stay in A1.



PAO beats Caja Laboral 76-74, San Emeterio misses two FTs at the end - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Caja Laboral 76-74

Panathinaikos managed to beat Caja Laboral in Athens 76-74 improving its record to 3-1. Thanks to this win, the Greens are alone on top of Group E again. Caja Laboral dropped to 2-2 and they share the second place with Lietuvos Rytas, who beat them in Vitoria earlier in Top 16. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) was a key player in PAO with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He reached valuation 40 with just two missed shots for 34 minutes. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) (6 rebs) and Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) netted 12 points each. In the loosing squad, David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) delivered 21 points and Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) had two less.
Question about the winner is resolved in the finish. Before that, PAO made 21-18 in the first quarter and Caja Laboral cut the margin to 40-39 in the second period. Visitors grabbed 45-46 lead after the breather, but the hosts replied with quick 10-0 run. Fernando San Emeterio hit a jumper in the paint but free throws by Diamantidis and Antonis Fotsis made it a double-digit game, 59-48. Sow scored down low to get the guests within 59-50 after 30 minutes. Caja Laboral completed 0-10 run at the beginning of Q4 and everything was open again. PAO jumped to plus six, but Teletovic and Batiste made two bombs for 72-72 tie with 38 seconds to go. Mike Batiste scored inside the paint and Huertas tied the game once again. Batiste was sent to the line and he made both attempts to give the hosts a 76-74 edge with 4.2 seconds left. Fernando San Emeterio drew a foul with 0.2 seconds remaining but missed both free throws and PAO grabbed valuable home win.
In the next round, PAO will host Lietuvos Rytas, Caja Laboral waits Unicaja.

Panathinaikos: Antonis Fotsis 22+11 boards, Mike Batiste 12+6 boards, Drew Nicholas 12
Caja Laboral: David Logan 21, Fernando San Emeterio 19


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  HOLLAND   


STOL-Grasshoppers against Wereldtickets 0-1 - by Eurobasket
In a well filled sport hall, De Bloemerd in Leiderdorp, STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk played their first match in the final of the play-offs for the Netherlands championship against Wereldtickets. After a nervous start for both teams, its STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk who take the initiative in the first quarter (16-23). In the second quarter, the team from Leiderdorp quickly ties the score (25-25) and goes to the halftime rest with an eight point lead (44-36). Wereldtickets come energized out of the lockerroom and score easily, while the Grasshoppers scoring machine is failing. Halfway through the third period, despite 2 time-outs from coach Melis, the match is played and theres a 64-40 score on the board. The fourth period is a formaility and the match ends at 95-63.

Period stands: 18-23, 26-13, 29-6, 22-21.
Top scorers:
Heather Stec 16points , Missy Mitidiero 12 points, Ingrid vd Plas 10 points.
STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk have a new chance to win next Saturday. They really need your support! The match begins at 20:00 in Cleijn Duin.



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  IBL   


Volcanoes 2011 Schedule released - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The IBL has released the Vancouver Volcanoes 2011 schedule today. The Volcanoes will have 10 home games and 9 away games starting in April and ending in June. One of the first games of the season will be against the rival Bellingham Slam. The Schedule will also feature a road trip to play the NBA filled roster of ex-Los Angles Lightning players.Home games will be at the Oconnell SPorts Complex located at Clark College and season tickets go on sale today.

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  INDIA   


National Games basketball from 18th February - by M. Rajalingam
At the 34th National Games in Ranchi, Jharkhand. the schedule for the Basketball tournament is from February 18-22. The venue will be the Mega Sports Complex in Ranchi.
As intimated by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), The participating teams have arrived at Ranchi, Jharkhand, by 16th February 2011.

The top ranked teams from the 60th National Basketball Championship (Ludhiana) that will take part in this years tournament. Hosts Jharkhand qualify automatically as the eight seed in both divisions.

Men
1. Punjab
2. Tamil Nadu
3. Uttarakhand
4. Services
5. Andhra Pradesh
6. Chhattisgarh
7. Karnataka
8. Jharkhand

Women
1. Delhi
2. Chhattisgarh
3. Karnataka
4. Kerala
5. Tamil Nadu
6. Punjab
7. Maharashtra
8. Jharkhand


NBA stars George Gervin, Katie Smith to visit India - by M. Rajalingam
NBA Hall of Famer George'The Iceman'Gervin and two-time WNBA Champion Katie Smith will visit Mumbai and New Delhi from February 22 to March 2.

Both the stars will be conducting basketball clinics for the players, meet the university students, and also take part in the community events.

They will also attend the finals of the Mahindra NBA Challenge, the multicity basketball league which the NBA conducts in collaboration with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI).

Their visit is a part of the 2011 sports envoy program jointly organized by the U.S. Department of State and the NBA. They will make their first joint trip to India as part of their program.



Jharkhand State Basketball Team for 34th National Games 2011 - by M. Rajalingam
The Jharkhand State basketball team for men and women for 34th National Games have been announced. Below, you can find the names of the players of the Jharkhand State Basketball team of men and women for the 34th National Games 2011, Jharkhand.

Jharkhand State Basketball Men's Team Players for 34th National Games 2011 Jharkhand

Following are the players in the Jharkhand State Basketball Men's Team for 34th National Games 2011 Jharkhand -

1. Nishant Kumar
2. V. Bharigvanshi
3. Yaduvinder Singh
4. Prakash Mishra
5. Gagandeep Singh
6. Jasjot Singh
7. Arjun Singh
8. Ramashray Yadav
9. Hanuman Singh
10. Binod Choudhary
11. Ram Kumar Upadhyay
12. Rohit Yadav

Coach for Jharkhand State Basketball Men's Team for 34th National Games 2011 - J. P. Singh, Pradeek Mukherjee
Manager for Jharkhand State Basketball Men's Team for 34th National Games 2011 - Nandu Patel
Jharkhand State Basketball Women's Team Players for 34th National Games 2011 Jharkhand

Following are the players in the Jharkhand State Basketball Women's Team for 34th National Games 2011 Jharkhand -

1. Monika Bhagwar
2. Deepa Kumari Kimla
3. Ashtami Hembrom
4. Parmeela Kumari
5. Anima Tirkey
6. Shashibala Bhengra
7. Jacklinue Barla
8. Khushbu Kumari
9. Baneeta Munda
10. Swati Kujoor
11. Sweeti Kumar
12. Shweta Singh

Coach for Jharkhand State Basketball Women's Team for 34th National Games 2011 - J. Raghvendra, Jasbir Singh
Manager for Jharkhand State Basketball Women's Team for 34th National Games 2011 - Suchita Anita Kerketta


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  IRELAND   


Turner's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
36-year old forward Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Killester and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 33 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Ulster Elks (#5, 3-12) with 24-point margin 91-67. It allowed Killester to consolidate first place in the Irish league. Killester have a solid 13-2 record. In the team's last game Turner had a remarkable 63.2% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Killester and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Dowling College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Turner is in league's top in points (6th best: 23.5ppg), rebounds (5th best: 10.9rpg), assists (7th best: 3.3apg) and averages solid 2.1bpg,2.5spg and 54.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Benjamin De La Cruz of Ulster Elks. He is a in his first season at Ulster Elks. In the last game De La Cruz recorded impressive 34 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Ulster Elks lost that game 67-91 to the higher-ranked Killester (#1, 13-2). Ulster Elks managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Ulster Elks managed to get this year. De La Cruz is a newcomer at Ulster Elks and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.2ppg (#7). He also registered 12.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) of Neptune Cork (#3). Bonaparte scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Neptune, leading his team to a 73-62 win against #2 ranked UCC Demons in a game of the week. Neptune needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Bonaparte has a great season in Ireland. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.4ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 9.8rpg (8th best). He also has 2.3bpg and FGP: 62.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. James Crowder (201-F-86) of UCD Marian - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of UCC Demons - 16 points and 12 rebounds
7. Matthew Jackson (191-G-90) of Belfast Star - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Philip Taylor (196-G/F-86) of Neptune - 17 points and 9 rebounds
9. Patrick Crean (193-F) of DCU Saints - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Daniel James (189-F/G-90) of UCD Marian - 21 points, 6 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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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Electra blasts Union Olimpija, qualifies for the QFinals - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Maccabi Electra 65-83

Maccabi Electra did a great job at Stozice Arena tonight. The Israeli powerhouse managed to beat Union Olimpija 65-83 jumping to 3-1 record in Group F. With this victory Maccabi already booked a ticked for the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Olimpija on the other side lost all chances to do the same. They dropped to 1-3. Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) was the leading player in victory with valuation 28 (16 pts, 7 as). Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) (5 rebs, 7 as) and Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) also scored 16 points each. David Blu (202-F-80, college: USC) helped with one less. For the hosts, Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) collected 13 points and 7 rebounds. Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) had 11 pts and 5 rebs.
Despite nice 14-9 beginning by Union Olimpija, Maccabi managed to take 19-22 lead after first ten minutes. The hosts replied with 10-0 run after that and they later made 33-24. Lior Eliyahu sank an off-balance shot and David Blu nailed a corner triple to give Maccabi some fresh air at 33-29. Jeremy Pargo downed a step-back jumper and matched Shermadini's dunk with free throws for a 35-33 Maccabi deficit. Gergory and Shermadini saved Olimpija in the finish of this period setting the score to 41-33. Visitors exploded in Q3 and thanks to 0-13 run during it, they made 49-56 lead with 10:00 to go. Maccabi smashed Olimpija in the last quarter, including impressive 0-16 run for 23-point lead (51-74). Everything was said and done so the last moments were just the formality.
In the next round, Maccabi will host Regal Barca. Union Olimpija will play another home game and this time against Lottomatica.

Union Olimpija: Giorgi Shermadini 13+7 boards, Kenny Gregory 11+5 boards
Maccabi Electra: Doron Perkins 16+5 boards+7 as, Jeremy Pargo 16+7 as, Lior Eliyahu 16, David Blu 15


Maccabi Waives Ljubljana. Next Week - Barcelona - by David Pick
WHAT A WEEK!! It was only last Thursday when Maccabi Tel-Aviv clinched its first meaningful Israeli title of the season winning the state cup. Tonight, David Blatt 's men secured their spot in the Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs round after demolishing Olimpija Ljubljana 83:62 (Jeremy Pargo 16 points, 7 assists and 4 rebound was named MVP) on the road in front of 13,000 Slovenian fans, who at one point, after booing the yellow and blue troops, wouldn't stop clapping their hand in sight of the beautiful basketball the Israeli team
displayed.

In a tragic manner of un sportsmanship, Slovenian fans attacked Maccabi's Head Coach David Blatt's wife, family members and several other Maccabi fans on their way back to the hotel, as one Maccabi supporter suffers from head injuries.

Maccabi improved its record to a 3-1 and will host the Euroleague raining champs, Regal FC Barcelona, next week in Tel Aviv, Israel, for a battle for first.
Doron Perkins, Jeremy Pargo and Lior Eliyahu led the winners with 16 points each. David Blu (202-F-80, college: USC) added 15 points to the stat sheet on 5-of-8 three-point shooting from way out. Giorgi Shermadini led the hosts with 13 points. Kenny Gregory added 11 while Vlado Ilievski and Goran Jagodnik each had 10 for Olimpija.

David Blatt: 'This was a superb win for us. Our players put on a show in the second half and left it all on the floor. It was a very important game for our team and that's how we treated it. I'm proud that at this point we secured our place in the next round. Tonight was a good warm up for next week's huge game against Barcelona'.

MVP of the game, Jeremy Pargo said after his team's victory: 'We didn't play our best in the first half but to the second we showed up like men who were focused, and we didn't lose our confidence. I tried to stay aggressive and positive throughout the entire game and never give up. It was a big team effort and I'm glad we came out with the impressive W'.

American/Israeli sharp shooter, David Blu added: 'At half time we told each other that we can play much better than we did in the first half. I'm glad my shots went in and I feel that I got my stroke back'. Blu, who also added 4 rebounds and 1 steal, and is aiming for the Euroleague Defensive Player of the Year award concluded: 'we have confidence in ourselves for next week's game against Barcelona, and we know it will be a battle for first. All we have to do is play our game and I'm sure good things will happen'.

Israeli forward, Lior Eliyahu said after the game: 'We had a huge second half, I don't think there is another team this season that played like we did tonight in Ljubljana, in a very hostile environment. I'm happy and excited that we qualified to the next round but we are still looking forward to our next Euroleague challenge, next week, of course, Barcelona. At our home court with our fans we can make anything possible'.

Kenny Gregory commented for the losing squad: 'We played well for the first 20 minutes but couldn't pull it off in the second half and I don't know why. I only know Maccabi ran over us once again just like they did in Israel. We need to get back on our feet because there are two more games ahead of us'.





Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem inks NBA player Jawad Williams - by Eurobasket News
Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) is a new player of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. The American forward signed a deal for rest of the season. Williams started it with the Cleveland Cavaliers averaging 4 points and 1.8 rebounds for 26 games. They parted ways in December. Williams also played for the Cavs last season registering 4.3 ppg and 1.6 rpg for 52 games.
Jawad Williams already has experience from Europe as he played for Fuenlabrada on season 2005/06. He had 5.2 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 19 games. Williams also played in Israel and it was in 2008, when he joined Hapoel Galil Elyon. He had 9.6 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 10 Premier League games. Meanwhile, Williams also played in Japan and D-League. With the Cavs he reached NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals last season.


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


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. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 6. Moragne, Hapoel B.9.8 
 7. Clemente, Megido.9.7 
 8. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 9. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 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. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.3 
 7. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.3 
 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. Markson, Hapoel A.2.6 
 5. Delaney, Maccabi .2.6 
 6. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 7. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.2 
 8. Housman, Hapoel T.2.0 
 9. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 10. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
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. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Johnson, Ironi N.1.4 
 10. Brandy, Hod H.1.4 


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  ITALY   


Regal Barca jumps to 4-0, secures the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica - Regal Barca 65-74

Regal Barca booked a spot for the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Despite there is two more rounds to go in Top 16, the reigning Euroleague champion already secured the ticket for the next stage. They have perfect 4-0 record staying the top-ranked team in Group F. Lottomatica Roma closes the standings with 0-4 and they have no chance to advance. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) came up with 19 points for the winners. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) helped with 15, while Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) (8 rebs) and Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) netted 9 points each. Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) scored 15 points for the hosts and Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) had 12. Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 10 pts.
First period ended with 14-14 tie and Lottomatica Roma grabbed 27-25 lead for the next ten minutes. The hosts scored six three-pointers in the third period and managed to build a 13-point lead, 43-30. Visitors finally replied and cut the margin to 51-46 until the end of Q3. Barca took control on Roma in the last period. Led by Ricky Rubio, they stepped up in defense and as such, offense started to work as well to the point of completing the comeback and winning the game in the last two minutes. Barca had 7-22 run during the period.
Barca goes to Tel-Aviv next week. Lottomatica will meet Union Olimpija also on the road.

Lottomatica: Luigi Datome 15, Nemanja Gordic 12, Vladimir Dasic 10
Regal Barca: Juan Carlos Navarro 19, Alan Anderson 15, Ricky Rubio 9+8 boards, Boniface Ndong 9


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  JAPAN   


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 27-4 
 2. Sendai 89ers 19-11 
 3. Tokyo Apache 15-11 
 4. Niigata Albirex 15-15 
 5. Saitama Bron. 13-19 
 6. Toyama Grouses 10-20 
 7. Akita 10-22 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 21-11 
 2. Shiga Lakestars 19-13 
 3. Okinawa GK 19-13 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 19-15 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 16-16 
 6. Oita H.Devils 15-19 
 7. Shimane 13-19 
 8. Miyazaki 11-21 
 9. Takamatsu FA 9-23 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 5. Willjam, Barons14.9 
 6. Mitchell, Liepaja14.6 
 7. Veselovs, Valmiera14.5 
 8. Berzins, VEF R.14.5 
 9. Peiners, LU14.0 
 10. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Valmiera
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Valeika, Valmiera8.7 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.2 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.8.1 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 5. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 7. Rozitis, Zemgale6.8 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 9. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Willjam, Barons4.7 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.5 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.2 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja3.5 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.4 
 10. Piternieks, LU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Jahovics, VEF R.2.1 
 3. Cavars, Barons1.9 
 4. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.9 
 6. Gabrans, Valmiera1.7 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 8. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 9. Slisans, LU1.6 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.4 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 5. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja1.0 
 7. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 9. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 10. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.7 


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


Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Jurmala 15-2 
 2. Ventspils Aug. 13-3 
 3. Ogre 13-3 
 4. Saldus 10-5 
 5. Zemgale/Jun. 9-7 
 6. Gulbene 8-6 
 7. Daugava 8-9 
 8. BAA Riga 7-8 
 9. Liepaja-2 6-10 
 10. Ridzene 3-14 
 11. Livani 1-12 
 12. VEF Kadeti 1-15 


Ventspils land Rob Lewin - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils signed deal with Rob Lewin (201-F-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Troy). The 30-year-old forward started the season in France. He tallied 11.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game for Vichy. In January Rob Lewin moved to Germany. The forward joined Artland Dragons. He appeared in two games notching 6.0 points, 5.0 boards and 1.5 assists per game. Last season Rob Lewin played in France for Gravelines. His stats read 11.0 points and 6.7 boards in EuroChallenge. In ProA Rob Lewin produced 5.9 points and 4.5 boards with Gravelines. Rob Lewis also played in Canada, Sweden, Spain and USBL.



LBL Round 19: Latvijas Universitate defeats Zemgale in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 19 in the LBL took place in Riga. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Zemgale (6-11) to eighth ranked Latvijas Universitate (3-16) 81-79 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 49-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Latvijas Universitate made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Strangely Zemgale outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 38-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Zemgale helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Zanis Peiners (203-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 4 assists. Guard Rudolfs Rozitis (187-88) helped adding 17 points. At the losing side swingman Salvis Metra (194-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Zemgale's coach Varis Krumins rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Latvijas Universitate moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Turiba. Zemgale lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Latvijas Universitate is looking forward to face higher ranked Valmiera (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zemgale will play against Turiba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: Barons (#3) and VEF Riga junior (#4). VEF Riga junior was defeated at home 72-77 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It was an exceptional evening for guard Sandis Silavs (194-88) who led the winners and scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Agnis Cavars accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds. Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds for VEF Riga junior in the defeat. VEF Riga junior's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains third place with 13-8 record behind leader Ventspils. Newly promoted VEF Riga junior dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Barons will play against league's second-placed Liepaja at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. VEF Riga junior will play against Turiba and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Valmiera was also quite interesting. 4th placed VEF Riga junior (11-8) played at the court of fifth ranked Valmiera (11-7). Valmiera defeated VEF Riga junior 72-62 on Wednesday. Arturas Valeika fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Kaspars Berzins produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Valmiera have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted VEF Riga junior dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Valmiera will meet at home Latvijas Universitate (#7) in the next round. VEF Riga junior will play against Turiba and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 19 Turiba lost to Liepaja on the opponent's court 67-76.



Liepaja - Turiba 76-67

Very expected game when 7th ranked Turiba (3-16) was defeated on the road by second ranked Liepaja (14-7) 76-67 on Wednesday. Turiba trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 19-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-76 at the end of the game. Liepaja forced 21 Turiba turnovers. Strangely Turiba outrebounded Liepaja 44-32 including 29 on the defensive glass. American guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) fired 12 points and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) chipped in 13 points. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward Janis Dilevka (198-88) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Turiba players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Liepaja maintains second place with 14-7 record having just -5 points less than leader Ventspils. Turiba lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. They share it with LU. Liepaja will meet Barons (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Turiba will play against Zemgale (#6) in Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: P.Caldwell 13+4reb, A.Mitchell 12+4reb+6ast, M.Kravcenko 10+2reb+2ast, M.Meiers 9+5reb, M.Mejeris 8+2reb, J.Aleksejevs 7+4reb+1ast
Turiba: R.Mednis 17+10reb, J.Dilevka 12+9reb+1ast, A.Strelis 10+2reb+1ast, L.Mizis 10+2reb, M.Steinbergs 9+1reb, A.Servuts 5+1reb
gschID: 119748


LU - Zemgale 81-79

The most exciting game of round 19 in the LBL took place in Riga. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Zemgale (6-11) to eighth ranked Latvijas Universitate (3-16) 81-79 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 49-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Latvijas Universitate made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Strangely Zemgale outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 38-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Zemgale helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Zanis Peiners (203-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 4 assists. Guard Rudolfs Rozitis (187-88) helped adding 17 points. At the losing side swingman Salvis Metra (194-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international forward Arturs Brunins (200-82) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zemgale's coach Varis Krumins rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Latvijas Universitate moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Turiba. Zemgale lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Latvijas Universitate is looking forward to face higher ranked Valmiera (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zemgale will play against Turiba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 27+2reb+4ast, R.Rozitis 17+4reb, D.Arturs 12+5reb+2ast, H.Rubenis 12+4reb+2ast, A.Slisans 5+1reb+2ast, M.Dargis 4+2reb
Zemgale: A.Brunins 23+6reb+2ast, E.Krumins 16+4reb, S.Metra 16+12reb+7ast, I.Bergmanis 12+2reb+4ast, A.Duselis 12+5reb+2ast, J.Rozitis 8+8reb+3ast
gschID: 119745


VEF Riga jrs - Barons 72-77

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: Barons (#3) and VEF Riga junior (#4). VEF Riga junior was defeated at home 72-77 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But VEF Riga junior won third quarter 20-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barons forced 20 VEF Riga junior turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for guard Sandis Silavs (194-88) who led the winners and scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Agnis Cavars (198-86) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for VEF Riga junior in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. VEF Riga junior's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains third place with 13-8 record behind leader Ventspils. Newly promoted VEF Riga junior dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Barons will play against league's second-placed Liepaja at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. VEF Riga junior will play against Turiba and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Barons: S.Silavs 17+5reb+4ast, A.Cavars 14+8reb, I.Timermanis 12+2reb+1ast, A.Vitols 11+3reb+4ast, M.Skirmants 9+3reb+2ast, K.Pishchalnikov 6+4reb+1ast
VEF Riga jrs: A.Parakhouski 18+8reb, T.Hughes 13+3reb+3ast, K.Berzins 13+10reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 12+3reb, S.Valters 9+2reb, G.Jahovics 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 119746


Valmiera - VEF Riga jrs 72-62

The game in Valmiera was also quite interesting. 4th placed VEF Riga junior (11-8) played at the court of fifth ranked Valmiera (11-7). Valmiera defeated VEF Riga junior 72-62 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-62. Lithuanian forward Arturas Valeika (206-85, college: Midland CC) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Guard Oskars Virsis (191-89) chipped in 18 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). The former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Gatis Jahovics (200-84) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four VEF Riga junior players scored in double figures. Valmiera have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted VEF Riga junior dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Valmiera will meet at home Latvijas Universitate (#7) in the next round. VEF Riga junior will play against Turiba and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: O.Virsis 18+2reb, A.Valeika 16+14reb+3ast, R.Gabrans 11+1reb+5ast, J.Kaufmanis 8+4reb+1ast, P.Veselovs 7+4reb, J.Graudins 6+5reb+3ast
VEF Riga jrs: K.Berzins 13+10reb+2ast, D.Bertans 10+1reb+6ast, A.Parakhouski 10+8reb, S.Valters 10+3reb+2ast, G.Jahovics 8+8reb+2ast, T.Hughes 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 119747




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El-Amin and Gecevicius lead Lietuvos Rytas to 70-65 win against Unicaja - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Unicaja 70-65

Valuable home win for Lietuvos Rytas, who jumped to 2-2 in Group E sharing the second place with Caja Laboral. The good thing for Rytas is that they outplayed the Spanish champion in their first meeting so the second game in Vilnius will most probably be crucial for both teams. Unicaja dropped to 1-3 and closes the standings in this group. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) had 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points and 7 rebs. In Unicaja, Joel Freeland (208-F-87) collected 19 points and 8 boards. Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) (8 rebs) and Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) added 12 points each.
Teams were tied to 17-17 after one quarter and Rytas managed to take 39-35 for the next ten minutes. The hosts dominated after the breather and after triple by Newley they grabbed 10-points lead. Berni Rodriguez and Joel Freeland saved Unicaja in the finish of Q3 closing the gap to 53-48. With five minutes left Rytas jumped to 64-56 and Unicaja was in trouble. All they managed to do until the end was 68-65, but Khalid El-Amin had no mercy from the line securing the valuable victory for his team.
Rytas will travel next week to play Panathinaikos in Athens, while Unicaja will face a tough challenge in their visit of Caja Laborals Fernando Buesa Arena.

Lietuvos Rytas: Khalid El-Amin 18, Martynas Gecevicius 17+6 boards, Kenan Bajramovic 12+7 boards
Unicaja: Joel Freeland 19+8 boards, Robert Archibald 12+8 boards, Berni Rodriguez 12


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MNE1B : Today start MNE1B Super League - by Dragan Scepanovic
From February 18 , 2011 start MNE super B league.Member of MNE super B League are : BC Podgorica, BC Rudar Pljevlja, BC Buducnost 2 Podgorica and BC Centar B.Polje ( first 4 clubs from Group A ) , BC Univ. Mediteran Podgorica, BC Sutjeska Niksic , BC Stud. Centar Podgorica and BC Ibar Rozaje ( first 4 clubs from Group B ).Clubs in MNE super B League will play 8 round , first will automatically play next season in MNE1A League , second will play in MNE play-out League.
I Round , 19 / 20. 02. 2011 : Podgorica Ibar , Centar Stud. Centar , Buducnost II Unive. Mediteran, Rudar - Sutjeska
II Round , 22 / 23. 02. 2011 : Stud. Centar Podgorica, Sutjeska - Buducnost II , Ibar Centar, Unive. Mediteran - Rudar
III Round , 26 / 27. 02. 2011 : Podgorica Unive. Mediteran, Centar Sutjeska, Buducnost II Ibar, Rudar Stud. Centar
IV Round , 01 / 02. 03. 2011: Sutjeska Podgorica, Unive. Mediteran Centar, Stud. Centar - Buducnost II, Ibar - Rudar
V Round , 05 / 06. 03. 2011: Ibar Podgorica, Stud. Centar Centar, Unive. Mediteran - Buducnost II, Sutjeska - Rudar
VI Round , 08 / 09. 03. 2011: Podgorica Stud. Centar, Buducnost II Sutjeska, Centar Ibar, Rudar Unive. Mediteran
VII Round , 12 / 13 . 03. 2011: Unive. Mediteran Podgorica, Sutjeska Centar, Ibar - Buducnost II, Stud. Centar - Rudar
VIII Round , 15 / 16. 03. 2011: Podgorica Sutjeska, Centar Unive. Mediteran, Buducnost II Stud. Centar , Rudar - Ibar


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Ulcijn 11-3 
 2. Mornar Bar 11-3 
 3. Lovcen 10-4 
 4. Jedinstvo 9-5 
 5. Teodo Tivat 8-6 
 6. Mogren 6-8 
 7. ABS Primorje 5-9 
 8. Danilovgrad 4-10 
 9. Gorstak 3-11 
 10. Ljubovic 3-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


Standings - 1B
1B regular season Standings
Group A
 1. KK Podgorica 11-1 
 2. Centar BP 8-4 
 3. Buducnost II 7-5 
 4. Rudar 6-6 
 5. Bonus 6-6 
 6. Novljanin 4-8 
 7. LIM 0-12 
Group B
 1. Sutjeska 10-2 
 2. Un.Mediteran 9-3 
 3. S.Centar 8-4 
 4. Ibar Rozaje 7-5 
 5. Zeta 5-7 
 6. Kotor 2-10 
 7. KK Cetinje 1-11 


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  NBA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.9 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.1 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.26.1 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.4 
 5. Ellis, Golde S.25.3 
 6. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 7. Bryant, LA Lakers25.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.24.5 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 10. Martin, Houston R.22.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.5 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.8 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.2 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.6 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.5 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 9. Boozer, Chicago B.10.1 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.2 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.3 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.9.0 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.9 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.6 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.8.2 
 10. Kidd, Dallas M.8.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 7. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Curry, Golde S.1.7 
 9. Wall, Washington W.1.7 
 10. Evans, Sacramen.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. 40-14 
 2. New York K. 28-26 
 3. Philadelph.76 27-29 
 4. New Jersey N. 17-40 
 5. Toronto R. 15-41 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 37-16 
 2. Indiana P. 24-30 
 3. Milwaukee B. 21-34 
 4. Detroit P. 21-36 
 5. Cleveland C. 10-46 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 41-15 
 2. Orlando M. 36-21 
 3. Atlanta H. 34-21 
 4. Charlotte B. 24-32 
 5. Washington W. 15-39 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 35-19 
 2. Portland TB 32-24 
 3. Denver N. 32-25 
 4. Utah Jazz 31-26 
 5. Minnesota T. 13-43 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 38-19 
 2. Phoenix Suns 27-26 
 3. Golde State W. 26-29 
 4. LA Clippers 21-35 
 5. Sacramento K. 13-40 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 46-9 
 2. Dallas M. 39-16 
 3. N.Orleans H. 33-25 
 4. Memphis G. 31-26 
 5. Houston R. 26-31 


All-Star: Harden replaces Evans for Sophomores - by Eurobasket News
The NBA announced today that James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) will replace Tyreke Evans (6'6''-G-89, college: Memphis) in the Rookies-Sophomores game (the 'T-Mobile Rookie Challenge') on Friday. The announcement is no big surprise considering Evans' injury history this season. He's suffering with plantar fasciitis, which doesn't really heal except with time and rest, two things not afforded franchise point guards. Evans has missed the past two games for the Kings with the injury, and realized he needed the time off to try and get a leg-up, so to speak, on rest for the second half of the season.

For Harden, he should have probably been on the squad in the first place. Harden's numbers are pedestrian (10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), but he's the composite role player, who defends, hits from the perimeter and helps the Oklahoma City offense function to the best of its ability. Plus, he's got that sweet beard.

The advantage was thought to lie with the rookies regardless, due to, well... Blake Griffin. But with Evans out, the weight shifts even more significantly to the Rookies' advantage. But on the flip side, this is a huge opportunity for Stephen Curry to step up, or, please, Lord, Brandon Jennings to show something comparable to the potential he showed in the first half of last season.

This game gets almost no play, but it also always features one player taking over in a spectacular way. Chances are it won't be Harden, but he'll still be a worthy representative.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Timberwolves shut down PG Flynn for a week - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Timberwolves are shutting down point guard Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89, college: Syracuse) for the next week, hoping it will help his recovery from major hip surgery.

Flynn was inactive against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. He also will likely miss back-to-back games coming out of the All-Star break on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Flynn had hip surgery last summer and missed all of training camp and the first two months of the season. He has struggled to work his way back into the lineup since his return in December.

He is averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 assists. Flynn says the recovery process has been frustrating and he is hoping this rest will help speed up the process.

Luke Ridnour got the start at point guard.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Bobcats extend coach Paul Silas' contract - by Eurobasket News
Having had some of his best coaching success with the Hornets in Charlotte during his tenure there from 1999 until the team left for New Orleans in 2002, and having settled in the Charlotte area after he was fired by the Cavaliers in 05, its little wonder Paul Silas calls coaching the Bobcats his, dream job. He was installed as an interim coach on December 22, after the messy departure of Larry Brown, but Silas told Sporting News that he really wanted to chance to take over in Charlotte on a more permanent basis.

Today, his wish comes true. The Bobcats announced that Silas has had the interim tag removed from his title, and he will be back as coach next year. Silas signed a one-year deal.

This team has made great strides in the eight weeks since Paul has taken over, Bobcats GM Rod Higgins said in a news release. Under his leadership we have seen our team play with confidence, enthusiasm and pride. He and his staff have helped make our young players better and have gotten positive contributions out of every player on our roster.

'Just as we were confident eight weeks ago that he was the right choice to lead this team for the remainder of this season, we are confident that he is the right choice to lead this club into the future.'

Since putting Silas in charge, the Bobcats have turned their season around. The team has gone to a more uptempo style, and players have appreciated the increased freedom Silas has given them, which was lacking under Brown. Charlotte is 15-13 with Silas at the helm (they were 9-19 with Brown), and in the span of a week came up with their two most impressive wins of the season, beating the Celtics last Monday and the Lakers this Monday.

The Bobcats had a breakthrough last year, making the postseason for the first time in franchise history, and were afraid of backsliding this season. But Silas has them within a game-and-a-half of the final spot in the East playoffs.

This will be the fourth coaching go-round for the 67-year-old Silas, who started as a coach back when he was 37, when he went from playing in Seattle to coaching the Clippers. Much has changed, he says.

'Well, my hair was black at the time', Silas told Sporting News. 'I came right from Seattle as a player into coaching the Clippers, which was difficult and, I shouldnt have done it. But I learned a lot. I think it benefited me because I knew I had to then become an assistant coach and gain a knowledge of coaching, because it was hard. Dealing with the players and that kind of thingI thought you just had to throw the ball up and do some Xs and Os, and that was it. But dealing with players is awfully tough, and I had to learn. But it was interesting, I will put it that way.'

'We did well, the first year, and we went downhill from there and I mean downhill. The last year I think we won 17 games. And they wanted to fire me after that, I don't know why.'

Courtesy of www.sportingnews.com


Wednesday's games - by Eurobasket News
Portland TB - N.Orleans H. 103-96
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) scored 34 points and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the New Orleans Hornets 103-96 Wednesday night for their season-high sixth straight victory. Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) added 24 points for Portland, which has been able to win despite injuries to three-time All-Star Brandon Roy and starting center Marcus Camby. David West had 27 points and Willie Green added 24 for the Hornets, who have lost three straight and nine of their last 11. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Dallas M. - Sacramento K. 116-100
As Rodrigue Beaubois (6'1''-G-88, agency: Court Side) sat out the first 54 games recovering from a foot injury, his potential grew exponentially to Dallas Mavericks fans. The season debut of the young, energetic guard belovedly dubbed 'Roddy B' was so ridiculously anticipated that team owner Mark Cuban joked Beaubois would enter wearing Superman's cape, accompanied by the Mighty Mouse theme. Well, maybe it wasn't all that overblown. Beaubois had 13 points, six assists, three steals and all sorts of highlights in his first 21 minutes, providing a spark that sent the Mavericks to a 116-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. *Courtesy of www.wfaa.com

Houston R. - Philadelph.76 105-114
The Philadelphia 76ers seemed unaware -- and unconcerned -- that they equaled last season's win total in their 114-105 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. The Sixers are starting to set higher goals. Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90, college: UCLA) scored 20 points, Andre Iguodala earned his fifth career triple-double and Philadelphia rallied from an early 12-point deficit to go into the All-Star break with a 27-29 record. Philly was 27-55 last year. 'We have to start believing that we're a really good team,' said Iguodala, who had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. 'The last 40 games, we've shown that we can compete with anybody. We've just got to stay consistent and beat the teams we're supposed to [beat]. That's the biggest thing.' Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) scored 19 points apiece, and Spencer Hawes had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Sixers, who shot 55 percent (48 of 87) from the field and had a 50-40 rebounding edge. Philly is 24-16 since a 3-13 start under first-year coach Doug Collins. The Sixers have the seventh-best record in the Eastern Conference heading into All-Star weekend. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Milwaukee B. - Denver N. 87-94
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 38 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets over the Milwaukee Bucks 94-87 on Wednesday night in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break. Anthony shook off a sore right shoulder after being hit in Monday night's loss to Houston to go 16 of 30 from the field and leave a lasting impression before heading to Los Angeles. Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Nuggets got a much needed win after coming in with four losses in five games. John Salmons scored a season-high 33 points and Andrew Bogut grabbed 20 rebounds, but the Bucks lost for the eighth time in 10 games as they continue to be the worst-shooting and lowest-scoring team in the NBA. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.net

Utah Jazz - Golde State W. 100-107
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 35 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 107-100 victory Wednesday night over Utah to keep new Jazz head coach Ty Corbin winless since Jerry Sloan retired. The Jazz (31-26) will go into the All-Star break without any momentum having lost 13 of their last 17, still dealing with injuries and trying to find their way under a new coach. The Warriors (26-29) have won three straight. They did it despite an off night for star guard Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88, college: Davidson), who was 1 of 7 on the night. His only basket came on a reverse layup that helped seal the win for Golden State. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Detroit P. - Indiana P. 115-109
The Detroit Pistons reaped the benefits of playing hard. Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) had 25 points and 11 rebounds to help Detroit beat the Indiana Pacers 115-109 in overtime Wednesday night. The Pistons had lost three straight and eight of 11, including their previous four games at home. 'Our energy was great and the players took ownership,' coach John Kuester said. 'When they play with that type of effort I'm not saying we'll win the championship, but we'll be very tough to beat.' Detroit was almost defeated despite controlling the game from start and leading by 10 midway through the fourth quarter, letting Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87, college: UCLA) tie the game with 15.4 seconds left. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

New York K. - Atlanta H. 102-90
Even after a decade of futility, the New York Knicks aren't satisfied with a winning record at the All-Star break. They're already focused on playing second-half games that matter. Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) scored 23 points, leading the Knicks into the All-Star break above .500 with a 102-90 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. 'It was a great win for us,' Stoudemire said of his return after missing a game with a sprained right big toe. 'We'll take something into the All-Star break, that confidence that we needed and now we just use that motivation for the second half of the year.' Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) added 20 points and Danilo Gallinari had 17 for the Knicks, who at 28-26 matched their average victory total for the last five full seasons. They didn't even earn their 28th victory last season until April 6 and haven't been above .500 this late in a season since they finished 48-34 in 2000-01. But Mike D'Antoni believes they will need to reach the 40-win plateau to end a postseason drought that dates to 2004, so there's plenty of work left. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Minnesota T. - LA Clippers 90-98
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) appeared to be starting his first All-Star weekend in style, with a 29-point, eight-rebound, five-assist thrashing of Western Conference teammate Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) in the Los Angeles Clippers' 98-90 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. When reporters entered the locker room after the game, Griffin was anything but jubilant. His head was in his hands after receiving a phone call and he was sobbing. Griffin, who is scheduled to compete in the slam dunk contest on Saturday in Los Angeles, did not speak to reporters after the game, with a team spokesman calling it an unspecified personal issue. Former Timberwolves Randy Foye scored 21 points and Ryan Gomes added 18 to help the Clippers to just their second win of an eight-game road trip. 'Considering where we're at healthwise, considering the length of the trip, considering everything thrown at us, we'll take the win tonight and focus on the improvements we made tonight,' Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. Love had 18 points and 18 rebounds for his 42nd double-double in a row. But he was slowed in the second quarter after briefly leaving with a right shoulder injury and didn't have near the impact of Griffin, who will play with Love on Sunday in Los Angeles. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Orlando M. - Washington W. 101-76
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) had 32 points and 10 rebounds for his 45th double-double of the season and the Orlando Magic beat the Washington Wizards 101-76 Wednesday night. The Magic won their second straight game and head into the All-Star break winners of four of their last five. They are 10-1 in their last 11 games against teams with records below .500. Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) added 16 points and Ryan Anderson chipped in 14 for Orlando, which led by as many as 27 points. The Wizards have lost six of their last seven games and haven't won two consecutive since mid-January. John Wall scored 27 points and Andray Blatche had 15 points and nine rebounds for Washington. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Toronto R. - Miami Heat 95-103
The Miami Heat banded together to get Chris Bosh a win against his former team. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 28 points, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) had 23 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists and the Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 103-95 Wednesday night. Bosh finished with 25 points and the Heat went into the All-Star break having won 10 of 11. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Boston C. - New Jersey N. 94-80
It took Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) 19 seconds to top his scoring output from his previous game. He spent the bulk of the next 48 minutes putting any concerns about his sore right hand and left foot to rest. Coming off his 0-for-10 display on Sunday, in which he scored one point in 40 minutes against Miami, the captain knocked down 10-of-18 shots for 31 points in 33 minutes last night in Boston's 94-80 victory against the Nets at TD Garden. Pierce underwent an MRI on Monday and missed two days of practice, but was on the mark last night as he heads into the 3-point shot contest and the NBA All-Star game this weekend. *Courtesy of www.metrowestdailynews.com

Cleveland C. - LA Lakers 104-99
The Cavs stunned the Los Angeles Lakers in Cleveland 104-99 Wednesday night. Ramon Sessions (6'3''-G-86, college: Nevada) had 32 points off the bench. It was a game that was a joke on paper. Just ask the folks that write the promotions on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles. They ran a promo talking about the Lakers having an organized practice in Cleveland, before the all-star break. The last laugh is on them. But, they had a reason to feel confident. One month ago the Lakers beat the Cavs by 55 in Los Angeles. Even Cavs guard Anthony Parker told FSN Ohio's Jeff Phelps after the game the players knew about talk that the Lakers were having an organized practice tonight in Cleveland. The Cavs played as hard as they have all season long. They are the last NBA team to reach the 10-win plateau. Cleveland is now 10-46 The Lakers have been away from home for the past week because of The Grammys. The last three games of the road trip, L.A. suffered losses to Orlando, Charlotte, and Cleveland. The Cavs held the Lakers to 42 percent shooting. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) lead the Lakers with 30 points and 20 rebounds. Antawn Jamison had 19 points and Anthony Parker 18 points. *Courtesy of www.newsnet5.com


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Antonio McDyess plans to play next season - by Eurobasket News
Antonio McDyess (6'9''-F-74, college: Alabama), the 36-year-old Spurs forward who as recently as last month had been leaning toward retirement at the end of the season, said Thursday he plans to return for a 15th season.

My mind is pretty much made up, McDyess said. I feel like Ill be able to lace em up and go again.

When McDyess joined the Spurs as a free agent in July 2009, his plan was to play two more seasons and call it quits. As an incentive, the Spurs built into McDyess contract a third season in 2011-12, of which only $2.64 million is guaranteed - sort of an early retirement present.

The way coach Gregg Popovich has used McDyess this season - sparingly and situationally - has convinced McDyess that he could survive another season. McDyess is playing a career-low 18:06 per game this season, and has missed five games for rest purposes. He is averaging career lows in scoring (5.1 points) and rebounding (5.2 per game), but his shooting percentage (50.2) is up nearly three points from last season.

Courtesy of The San Antonio Express News


Grizzlies lose Rudy Gay for four weeks with shoulder injury - by Eurobasket News
Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) will miss at least four weeks with a left shoulder injury, a potentially serious blow to Memphis' playoff chances.

Gay suffered the injury in the second quarter of Tuesday night's 102-91 win against the Philadelphia 76ers.

An MRI on Wednesday showed a partial dislocation of the shoulder.

The 6-8 forward will begin rehabilitation in a week and be re-evaluated in four weeks, the team said Wednesday in a statement.

Gay is averaging 19.8 points and 6.0 rebounds a game.

His loss is troublesome for the Grizzlies because they are in the middle of a four-game winning streak and are currently vying with the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Memphis is trying to reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-2006 season. The team is off for the All-Star break.

Gay has been a reliable scorer late in games for the Grizzlies, hitting several important shots.

He dropped in a tie-breaking jump shot with less than a second to play in a Jan. 24 victory against the Toronto Raptors, and his high-arching basket over LeBron James (FSY) gave the Grizzlies a win at home against the Miami Heat on Nov. 20.

Gay, a five-year veteran who played at Connecticut, signed a five-year, $82 million contract this past offseason.

Gay was injured with 5:29 left in the second quarter as he drove across the lane during Tuesday's game. He was fouled by Evan Turner (FSY), and was on the court in pain after the foul.

Memphis called timeout, and Gay returned to the game only long enough to shoot one-handed free throws because he could not lift his left arm. He made one of two to give Memphis a 41-26 lead before play was stopped on a foul by Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (FSY) to get Gay out of the game.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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Smith leads No.5 Duke past Virginia 56-41 - by Eurobasket News
Sputtering offensively, Duke relied on its defense and Nolan Smith (6'2''-G-88) to beat Virginia for the seventh straight time.

Smith had 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead the fifth-ranked Blue Devils to a 56-41 victory Wednesday night.

The Blue Devils (24-2, 11-1) won their fifth straight overall, despite getting only two points from second-leading scorer Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) and being held to their lowest scoring output of the season.

'You know, points were hard to come by,' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. 'Their defense was good. I thought ours was a little bit better.

'Again, Nolan was a huge difference in the game. To get 22 points in a game like this is a lot of points. It's a lot of points.'

Singler was in foul trouble for much of the game and didn't score his first bucket until the 16-minute mark of the second half.

Krzyzewski lauded the defensive performance of sophomore big man Ryan Kelly, who also chipped in with 11 points.

'They started the four perimeter guys and could really shoot the 3, and we had to have one of our big guys guard (Joe) Harris,' he said. 'And Ryan was on him most of the time, and I thought did a really, really nice job because he's a very good player, and our defense of the 3 was good.'

Virginia was 3 of 12 from behind the arc and Mustapha Farrakhan (6'4''-G-88) led the Cavaliers with 11 points.

Duke took command early in the second half, building on an eight-point halftime lead by holding Virginia to one field goal over the first eight minutes.

The Blue Devils' Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F-90) drew an offensive foul on Harris on one end, then dunked on the other to put Duke up 41-30.

Duke held Virginia to 15 second-half points.

Virginia (12-13, 3-8), which dropped under .500 for the first time this season, has lost three straight.

'I'm frustrated because I feel like we're better than this,' Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. 'Let's call it what it is you got to be able to make some baskets and hit some shots.

'I thought there was a large stretch in the second half where we got some pretty good looks and the ball just wouldn't go in. You can't be in a game if you're shooting that percentage and struggling offensively like that.'

The teams combined for seven turnovers before the first television timeout and Virginia took a 12-7 lead on Farrakhan's fast-break layup.

Duke answered with a 15-5 run over the next six minutes.

Just before the half, Smith raced out in transition and converted a layup as he was being fouled by Sammy Zeglinski. While standing over Zeglinski, Smith did a little dance.

Duke was in control the rest of the way.

The Blue Devils led 34-26 lead at the break and clamped down on the Cavaliers in the second half.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


No.4 Pitt pulls away from USF 67-55 - by Eurobasket News
Leading by two points at home with eight minutes to play against a Big East bottom-feeder, former Pittsburgh guard and current assistant Brandin Knight (6'0''-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) ripped his team during a timeout.

When the Panthers took the floor, they took out their aggression on South Florida.

Nasir Robinson (6'5''-F-89) and Brad Wanamaker (6'4''-G-89) each scored 13 points and No. 4 Pittsburgh pulled away late for a 67-55 victory Wednesday night.

'We went into the huddle and Brandin Knight ... told us we weren't playing our hardest but he said it in different words,' guard Travon Woodall said. 'I just went out there and tried to make a hustle play.'

Woodall sprinted back to alter a Shaun Noriega (6'4''-G) layup after a steal that would have tied the game at 46 with 7:41 to play. Gary McGhee (6'10''-C-88) converted a three-point play at the other end seconds later, and Wanamaker hit a 3-pointer after a USF turnover a half-minute later.

All of a sudden, the Panthers (24-2, 12-1) were off an running on 14-2 spurt that would ensure they would win for the 14th time in 15 games and take a two-game lead in the Big East.

'You never know what the turning point of a game is going to be,' Bulls coach Stan Heath said. 'You're going to miss a layup, that happens sometimes. He got challenged, and I think he got a little surprised. But that was a big swing. We missed out on those two right here, we didn't do a good job of having a couple guys back to protect our end and we ended up giving up a three-point play. I thought that five-point swing right there happened, and it didn't seem like we recovered.'

The Bulls (8-19, 2-12) lost their fifth consecutive game and fell to 0-9 against ranked teams. Noriega had 11 points to lead the Bulls, who were blown out by Notre Dame in their most recent game Saturday but lost by nine points or less in 14 of their previous 17 defeats.

USF played close with the highest-ranked team they have played yet, a Pitt team it beat in Tampa last season.

USF went out to a 14-10 lead Wednesday and led for the final time at 16-14 with about 11 minutes left in the first half. The Panthers immediately went on a 16-4 run to take a 10-point lead and lead by as many as 13 before halftime.

But Noriega hit two 3s in the final minute of the first half, and the Bulls scored eight consecutive points early in the second half to pull within two.

'We were pumped,' Noriega said. 'We were energetic and ready to go out in the second half and get the W.'

Playing without leading scorer Ashton Gibbs (left knee) for the third consecutive game, Pitt got at least nine points from five players in a game for the second time in that stretch in winning its fifth straight.

The Panthers held a 26-9 edge in rebounds in the second half.

'That's something coach definitely stressed at halftime,' said McGhee, who had nine points and seven rebounds. 'We had to come out and be more aggressive, myself and the rest of the guys on the glass. We pretty much pounded them in the second half.'

Talib Zanna, who had scored a total of three points in the previous six games, scored eight Pitt points in a row midway through the first half. He had all 11 of his points at halftime the third-most of his career for a game.

Gilbert Brown also had 11 points for the Panthers.

'We're a very balanced team,' Wanamaker said. 'Everyone can step up and make plays, and that's what we showed tonight.'

Gibbs is practicing with the team and could play in Pitt's next game, at St. John's on Saturday. He leads the Panthers in scoring (16.3 ppg), but where he has been missed most is from 3-point range. Pitt made only two 3-pointers after making only one in each of the first two games wins at West Virginia and Villanova without him. Gibbs averages more than three per game.

'He's a good shooter, and ... there's no free agent or no waiver wire pick-up of a guy who does what he does,' Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. 'Nobody had to change how they played; we just had to do what we do, and do it right.

Noriega's missed layup was the third straight possession in which USF could have tied the score. The Bulls were called for offensive fouls on each of the first two such possessions.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


Eurobasket Interview Marcus Stout - by Ozell Wells
Eurobasket had the pleasure of speaking with Marcus Stout, currently at the halfway point of is best year professionally. Playing with the Sheffield Sharks in the English BBL, he is 18.6 points per game with 3.7 rebpunds and 2.5 assist per game i only 20 minutes played. Very effective numbers as he is sitting in 5th place in the table of the BBL.
EU: Marcus, how have you found playing in the United Kingdom?
MS: Playing in the UK has been a great experience. It is a very competitive league with alot of good teams and players.
EU: How would you compare the level of play with Austria, the site of your previous pro experiences?
MS: Here in the UK, there are alot more Americans on each team. The style of the game in the UK is more wide open where as in Austria it was more of a halfcourt and physical game. Both places have had very good competition and levels of play.
EU: What to date, are your thoughts on the season thus far? We see that you are only 1-2 games behind the top 4 teams, and have experienced a few close losses thus far in the competition. What are your thoughts?
MS: We have had a good but not great season thus far. We accomplished one of our goals by winning the BBL Cup and are in a good position in the league standings currently. We have had some close losses that could have went either way, but have learned from our mistakes and plan on finishing the season strong.
EU: With the crucial games looming where do u see the Sharks headed as you prepare for the postseason?
MS: As I said before the league is very competitive but if we stay focused and continue to work hard we have as good a chance as anyone to finish at the top of the standings.
EU: How did you come about signing with the Sharks after such a strong season in Austria? Was it a place where you always wanted to play?
MS: I played in Austria in 2008-09 and took last season off due to certain circumstances. I attended the Eurobasket Camp in Las Vegas this past summer and made first team all tournament. Our coach, Atiba Lyons saw me there and liked my game and I was blessed with this opportunity. The UK is a place where I always wanted to visit and I am grateful to be in this position.
EU: It appears that your versatility is posing match-up problems for opponents, is this something that you have worked on and perfected?
MS: Yes, I pride myself on being an all around player and giving my all on both ends of the court. I have worked hard and continue to work to improve each day so whatever the team needs me to do I can step into that role and deliver for my team.
EU: At the rate things are going, I would say it is safe to say that you may be in line for some post season awards. Although it is early to say so, but if you continue doing the work you are doing, and the team holds par and pulls through the tough games to come, you will be in the drivers' seat come playoff time.
MS: Right now Im just focused on us as a team improving each day. I have won awards before but I know that only comes along with winning. If we continue to progress as a team then the individual awards will take care of themselves.
EU: What do you think on your future prospects after the stint in the UK?
MS: I play this game to get to the highest level. I believe in my abilities and Im not sure where my career will take me from this point. Hopefully teams can see how I can help them win and I can work my way to playing at the highest level that I can possibly get to while winning many championships along the way.
EU: Any thing to share or say to your family or fans back home in Michigan and/or on the Fordham campus on the east coast?
MS: First I want to thank God because without Him I would not be in this great situation. For all my people back home in Detroit and at Fordham just know that I am representing you all well and I appreciate all the love and support.
WE AT EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO WISH MARCUS A STRONG FINISH TO THE SEASON & WE LOOK TO HEAR MANY MORE GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.
BEST SWISHES MARCUS!



No.3 Texas blows out OK State 73-55 - by Eurobasket News
The secret to Texas' winning streak is simple: don't fall behind.

Not for a minute, not even for a second.

For the sixth straight game, the No. 3 Longhorns never trailed in cruising to a 73-55 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night that tightened their grip on first place in the Big 12.

Texas hasn't fallen behind any opponent since the last time the Longhorns and Cowboys played back on Jan. 26. And that came in the first half of what ended up being a 15-point Texas win.

'Our biggest concern is trying to keep the foot on the pedal,' said senior forward Gary Johnson (6'6''-F-88), who had 17 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday night. 'We haven't been in a situation where we've been behind. We don't want to start it now.'

The Cowboys had their split-second chance to grab a lead when they won the opening tip, but Markel Brown's shot was blocked by Texas freshman Tristan Thompson (6'8''-F-91).

Oklahoma State made it 2-all a minute later, but Texas' Jordan Hamilton (6'7''-G/F) answered with a 3-pointer and the Longhorns were off and running.

Texas (23-3, 11-0 Big 12) has won 11 in a row overall and holds a two-game conference lead over No. 1 Kansas with five games left in the regular season.

Hamilton finished with 15 points and Thompson scored 14 for Texas, which has won 10 of the last 11 meetings with Oklahoma State (16-9, 4-7). The Longhorns have seldom been challenged in conference play, winning 10 of their 11 league games by 10 or more points.

Brown scored 14 points to lead Oklahoma State.

The Texas winning streak has followed a typical pattern: The Longhorns race to a big early lead and then set the game on cruise control in the second half.

Hamilton scored all of his points in the first, hitting his first three 3-point shots before his shooting touch mostly disappeared. Thompson's block on Oklahoma State's first shot started another stellar defensive effort by the Longhorns. Texas forced the Cowboys into 12 first-half turnovers.

Thompson had an alley-oop dunk on a feed from Hamilton to start a 13-4 Texas run. The Longhorns built the lead as high as 33-19 when Hamilton made a short jumper in the lane. Texas held a double-digit halftime lead, 36-25, for the fifth straight game.

'We just dug ourselves a hole and were fortunate to just be down by 11,' Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. 'We were allowing too many points in transition. You just can't do that against Texas.'

Texas has sometimes struggled to keep up the pressure in the opening minutes of the second half and let opponents rally. The previous three opponents had either outscored or stayed even with Texas in the second half. Baylor cut a 19-point Texas lead to three in the final minutes.

Not this time. Johnson wouldn't allow it.

'When you play with as much energy and passion as he does, good things happen,' Ford said.

Johnson dominated the first 7 minutes by scoring 11 of Texas' first 15 points in the second half. In one three-basket sequence, he stepped out for a long fadeaway jumper, posted up Oklahoma State's Roger Franklin for a three-point play, then got an easy tip-in after Hamilton's miss to put Texas up 51-34.

'I was just all over the court tonight, trying to take advantage of the mismatches we had,' Johnson said.

Texas guard Cory Joseph put the game away with about 12 minutes left. Joseph swished a 3-pointer when left all alone in the right corner, then finished a fast break with a layup off his own steal to put Texas ahead 56-35.

Texas shot just 44 percent and continued to struggle from the free throw line (16 of 28), but defensively held the Cowboys to 38 percent shooting. Texas has allowed an opponent to shoot better than 40 percent just once during the winning streak.

Big 12 teams are averaging only 55 points against the Longhorns.

'In the second half of every game we kind of let up our lead,' Hamilton said. 'This time, we came out with an edge and played good defense.'

Courtesy of www.kolotv.com


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Wellington Saints re-sign Casey Frank - by Eurobasket News
The NBL defending champions are getting ready for the upcoming season. The Saints ensured the services of one of the key players from the last seasons roster. Wellington have agreed on terms of contract with Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona). The 33-year-old forward was pivotal for the Saints in the triumphant 2010 NBL season. He tallied 10.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Casey Frank was named Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Defensive Player of the Year. Casey Frank traveled to the 2010 World Championship with the Tall Blacks. The forward averaged 7.2 points, 3.6 boards and 1.6 assists per game in Turkey. Casey Frank also participated at 2006 World Championship in Japan. Casey Frank graduated from the University of Northern Arizona in 1999. He then played in France, Sweden, CBA, Australia and New Zealand.



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


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America beats 1 de Mayo in Pilar's Tournament. - by Santiago Maciel

After having lost first game against 1 de Mayo, America returned to winning path by tying the best of 5 series 1-1. The American team won 90-73 last Tuesday due to an extraordinady work in defense. The internal game of Mayenses did not exist due to great job of Mario Gonzalez, Aldo Acosta and Victor Brizuela (195-F-76).
Eulalio Ramoa (175-G-74) was unstoppable in ofensse. The small but quick and strong point guard shot at a very high % from long range, opening the court for his internal men.
28 points netted Ramoa, the other score leader for America was Sergio Aceval (180-G-78) (former Felix Perez) with 21 points.

The A.P.B (Pilar's Basketball Association) is very glad with teams level demonstrated across the tournament. Most teams re enforced their team with Metropolitan players which gave the tournament class and technical competition level.

Also played for America Sergio Aceval (180-G-78) 21, Victor Brizuela (195-F-76) 8, Claudio Gomez 2 , Mario Gonzalez 16, Aldo Acosta 9, Marcos Ortiz 2, Lucas Arrua 2 , Ruben Fretes 2.



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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. Diggs, Saint J.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Rice, Vermont FH7.6 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.6.1 
 3. Brown, Halifax R.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. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 8. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 9. Martin, Saint J.1.5 
 10. McCroskey, Quebec K.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Perry STEVENSON
  Rochester R.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 3. George, Dayton A.1.3 
 4. Carter, Rocheste.1.3 
 5. Ocitti, Saint J.1.3 
 6. Daniels, Lawton F.1.3 
 7. Dollard, Halifax R.1.0 
 8. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 9. DeMasi, Vermont FH0.8 
 10. Austin, Vermont FH0.7 


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Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS Szczecin
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.1 
 2. Witos, GKS Tychy17.4 
 3. Jankowski, Polonia .17.2 
 4. Mis, SKK Siedlce16.4 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .16.3 
 7. Lichodzijews., ISS S.16.1 
 8. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 9. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.15.4 
 10. Pamula, Tempcold.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.4 
 2. Mis, SKK Siedlce8.8 
 3. Lichodzijews., ISS S.8.8 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.5 
 5. Mielczarek, GKS T.8.1 
 6. Klima, Sokol Lancut8.1 
 7. Andrzejewski, Asec.P.7.7 
 8. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.6 
 9. Ustarbowski, Gor.7.4 
 10. Wilczek, Sokol Lancut7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.6 
 2. Stoklosa, Spojnia5.3 
 3. Wilczek, Tempcold.5.2 
 4. Sikora, Start Lublin5.1 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 6. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.9 
 7. Basinski, MMKS D.4.7 
 8. Brek, SKK Siedlce4.6 
 9. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.3 
 10. Glapinski, Sokol L.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Michalak, Polonia .2.9 
 3. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.9 
 4. Mielczarek, AZS S.2.8 
 5. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.8 
 6. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.7 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.7 
 8. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.6 
 9. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.3 
 10. Muszynski, Gornik2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.7 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.8 
 3. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.6 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.6 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.4 
 6. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 7. Salamonik, LKS L.1.0 
 8. Sudowski, AZS S.0.9 
 9. Markowicz, GKS T.0.9 
 10. Grzywa, Gornik0.9 


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Energa Czarni 11-5 
 2. Asseco Prokom 10-3 
 3. PGE Turow 10-5 
 4. Polpharma 10-6 
 5. Trefl Sopot 9-7 
 6. AZS Koszalin 7-8 
 7. Polonia Azbud 7-9 
 8. Anwil 7-9 
 9. Zastal 7-9 
 10. PBG Basket 7-9 
 11. SKK Kotwica 5-10 
 12. Siarka 3-13 


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Tempcold AZS 17-4 
 2. ISS Sportino 16-5 
 3. Sokol Lancut 16-6 
 4. Rosasport 16-6 
 5. Asec.Prokom-2 15-7 
 6. MMKS DG 14-7 
 7. LKS Lodz 14-8 
 8. Spojnia 10-12 
 9. Znicz Basket 10-12 
 10. AZS Szczecin 9-13 
 11. Start Lublin 8-14 
 12. SKK Siedlce 7-15 
 13. GKS Tychy 6-14 
 14. Gornik 5-16 
 15. Astoria 5-17 
 16. Polonia 2011 5-17 


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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica26.7 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud17.5 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.4 
 4. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.4 
 5. Hodge, Zastal16.1 
 6. Miller, PBG Basket15.7 
 7. Burgess, Zastal15.5 
 8. Bennerman, Energa C.15.4 
 9. Jovanovic, Anwil14.5 
 10. Goffney, Siarka14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harris, SKK K.10.9 
 2. Truscott, Siarka10.9 
 3. Burgess, Zastal10.5 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.7 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.3 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.3 
 7. Palmer, Polonia Azbud6.5 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot6.4 
 9. Kinloch, AZS K.6.4 
 10. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa Czarni
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.6.5 
 2. Milicic, AZS K.6.1 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.1 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.5.0 
 5. Hodge, Zastal4.6 
 6. Hawkins, PBG B.4.5 
 7. Ewing, Asseco P.3.7 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.4 
 9. Thompson, Anwil3.2 
 10. Reese, AZS Koszalin3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hodge, Zastal2.8 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.4 
 3. Ewing, Asseco P.2.2 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.2.1 
 5. Blassingame, Energa C.2.1 
 6. Pringle, Siarka2.1 
 7. Thomas, PGE Turow1.9 
 8. Milicic, AZS K.1.8 
 9. Hawkins, PBG B.1.8 
 10. Bialek, Energa Czarni1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harris, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.5 
 3. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.5 
 4. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 5. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszalin1.0 
 7. Davis, Energa C.0.9 
 8. Frazier, AZS K.0.8 
 9. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 
 10. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 


PBG Basket Poznan returns Sasa Ocokoljic - by Eurobasket News
Sasa Ocokoljic (183-G-76, agency: BeoExcell) returned to PBG Basket Poznan. The Polish outfit signed him for rest of the season. Ocokoljic finished last season with Poznan. He joined them in January averaging 10.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists for 8 PLK games. Before Poznan, Ocokoljic spent few months with Keravnos Nicosia.
Sasa Ocokoljic is a very experienced player. He started basketball career with Serbian team Borac Cacak and later played for Beograd, Amsterdam, Banvit, Asesoft, Benfica, Hapoel Ironi Naharya and Swisslions Takovo Vrsac. With Swisslions Takovo he had 15.3 ppg, 2.4 pg and 3.3 apg for 8 games in Balkan league. It was two years ago. Ocokoljic also added 14.9 ppg, 3 rpg and 2.9 apg in Serbian league that season.


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Superleague Round 28: Severstal wins overtime game against Rjazan - 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.

Eighth-ranked Rjazan (9-15) gave a tough game to third ranked Severstal (19-7) on Wednesday. The visitors from Cherepovec managed to secure only one-point victory 84-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 32-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period -. Severstal have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Univ.Surgut. Rjazan lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Severstal will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rjazan will play at home against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Spartak-Primorie (17-7) against fifth ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (15-8) on Tuesday night. Visiting Spartak-Primorie was defeated by Ural Ekaterinburg in Ekaterinburg 91-80. Ural Ekaterinburg have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 15-8 record. Spartak-Primorie at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will play against Irkut Irkutsk (#9) at home in the next round. Spartak-Primorie will play against Metallurg-University (#6) in Magnitogorsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Superlaegue top team - Ruskon-Mordovia (20-6) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Lokomotiv (3-20) in Novosybirsk 95-69. Ruskon-Mordovia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-6 record. Lokomotiv lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Ruskon-Mordovia will meet league's second-placed Universitet-Yugra in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lokomotiv will play against Sojuz Zaretchny (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Rjazan was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Severstal (19-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Rjazan (9-15). Severstal managed to secure a 8-point victory 63-55. Severstal have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Univ.Surgut. Rjazan lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Severstal will have a break next round. Rjazan will play at home against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Second ranked Universitet-Yugra (19-7) crushed at home 10th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (4-22) by 27 points 101-74, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. Universitet-Yugra have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Universitet-Yugra maintains second position with 19-7 record having just -15 point less than leader Saransk, which they share with Severstal. Sojuz Zaretchny lost fifth consecutive game. Sojuz Zaretchny at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth place with 22 games lost. Universitet-Yugra will face league's leader Ruskon-Mordovia in Saransk in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sojuz Zaretchny will play on the road against Lokomotiv (#11) in Novosybirsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 28 Irkutsk was destroyed by Metallurg-Univ. on the opponent's court 94-73.



Univ.Surgut - Zaretchny 101-74

Second ranked Universitet-Yugra (19-7) crushed at home 10th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (4-22) by 27 points 101-74, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. Universitet-Yugra have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Universitet-Yugra maintains second position with 19-7 record having just -15 point less than leader Saransk, which they share with Severstal. Sojuz Zaretchny lost fifth consecutive game. Sojuz Zaretchny at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth place with 22 games lost. Universitet-Yugra will face league's leader Ruskon-Mordovia in Saransk in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sojuz Zaretchny will play on the road against Lokomotiv (#11) in Novosybirsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Ural Ekaterinb. - Spartak-Primorie 91-80

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Spartak-Primorie (17-7) against fifth ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (15-8) on Tuesday night. Visiting Spartak-Primorie was defeated by Ural Ekaterinburg in Ekaterinburg 91-80. Spartak-Primorie was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 47-35 second half run of Ural Ekaterinburg. Ural Ekaterinburg have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 15-8 record. Spartak-Primorie at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will play against Irkut Irkutsk (#9) at home in the next round. Spartak-Primorie will play against Metallurg-University (#6) in Magnitogorsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Metallurg-Univ. - Irkutsk 94-73

Rather expected game in Magnitogorsk where 9th ranked Irkut Irkutsk (8-16) was crushed by seventh ranked Metallurg-University (11-15) 94-73 on Tuesday. Metallurg-University moved-up to sixth place. Loser Irkut Irkutsk keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. Metallurg-University will face higher ranked Spartak-Primorie (#4) in Vladivostok in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Irkut Irkutsk will play on the road against Ural Ekaterinburg (#5).
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Rjazan - Severstal 55-63

The game in Rjazan was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Severstal (19-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Rjazan (9-15). Severstal managed to secure a 8-point victory 63-55. Rjazan was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 32-22 second half run of Severstal. Severstal have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Univ.Surgut. Rjazan lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Severstal will have a break next round. Rjazan will play at home against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Rjazan - Severstal 83-84 2OT

Eighth-ranked Rjazan (9-15) gave a tough game to third ranked Severstal (19-7) on Wednesday. The visitors from Cherepovec managed to secure only one-point victory 84-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 32-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period -. Severstal have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Univ.Surgut. Rjazan lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Severstal will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rjazan will play at home against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Lokomotiv - Saransk 69-95

Superlaegue top team - Ruskon-Mordovia (20-6) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Lokomotiv (3-20) in Novosybirsk 95-69. The game was mostly controlled by Ruskon-Mordovia. Lokomotiv managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ruskon-Mordovia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-6 record. Lokomotiv lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Ruskon-Mordovia will meet league's second-placed Universitet-Yugra in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lokomotiv will play against Sojuz Zaretchny (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Saransk 20-6 
 2. Univ.Surgut 19-7 
 3. Severstal 19-7 
 4. Spartak-Primorie 17-7 
 5. Ural Ekaterinb. 15-8 
 6. Metallurg-Univ. 11-15 
 7. Revda 10-12 
 8. Rjazan 9-15 
 9. Irkutsk 8-16 
 10. Zaretchny 4-22 
 11. Lokomotiv 3-20 


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PBG Basket Poznan returns Sasa Ocokoljic - by Eurobasket News
Sasa Ocokoljic (183-G-76, agency: BeoExcell) returned to PBG Basket Poznan. The Polish outfit signed him for rest of the season. Ocokoljic finished last season with Poznan. He joined them in January averaging 10.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists for 8 PLK games. Before Poznan, Ocokoljic spent few months with Keravnos Nicosia.
Sasa Ocokoljic is a very experienced player. He started basketball career with Serbian team Borac Cacak and later played for Beograd, Amsterdam, Banvit, Asesoft, Benfica, Hapoel Ironi Naharya and Swisslions Takovo Vrsac. With Swisslions Takovo he had 15.3 ppg, 2.4 pg and 3.3 apg for 8 games in Balkan league. It was two years ago. Ocokoljic also added 14.9 ppg, 3 rpg and 2.9 apg in Serbian league that season.


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Zlatorog win the first stage of the Championship - by Zeljko Zule
Zlatorog have clinched the first stage of Telemach League Championship as defeated Geoiplin Slovan 73-69 in the opening game of Week 16. Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) scored 16 points and Vladimir Panic neeted 10 of his 14 points in the final three minutes. Trailing by 64-65 with 1:55 remaining, Zlatorog posted six straight points, but missed three of its four free throws in the final 19 second. Slobodan Bozovic stole the ball from Uros Zadnik with 5 seconds left to preserve Zlatorog's lead 71-69. Slovan was led by Dalibor Djapa with 17 points, Matej Krusic added 16 without a miss and Miha Fon scored 12 points.

Maccabi Electra blasts Union Olimpija, qualifies for the QFinals - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Maccabi Electra 65-83

Maccabi Electra did a great job at Stozice Arena tonight. The Israeli powerhouse managed to beat Union Olimpija 65-83 jumping to 3-1 record in Group F. With this victory Maccabi already booked a ticked for the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Olimpija on the other side lost all chances to do the same. They dropped to 1-3. Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) was the leading player in victory with valuation 28 (16 pts, 7 as). Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) (5 rebs, 7 as) and Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) also scored 16 points each. David Blu (202-F-80, college: USC) helped with one less. For the hosts, Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) collected 13 points and 7 rebounds. Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) had 11 pts and 5 rebs.
Despite nice 14-9 beginning by Union Olimpija, Maccabi managed to take 19-22 lead after first ten minutes. The hosts replied with 10-0 run after that and they later made 33-24. Lior Eliyahu sank an off-balance shot and David Blu nailed a corner triple to give Maccabi some fresh air at 33-29. Jeremy Pargo downed a step-back jumper and matched Shermadini's dunk with free throws for a 35-33 Maccabi deficit. Gergory and Shermadini saved Olimpija in the finish of this period setting the score to 41-33. Visitors exploded in Q3 and thanks to 0-13 run during it, they made 49-56 lead with 10:00 to go. Maccabi smashed Olimpija in the last quarter, including impressive 0-16 run for 23-point lead (51-74). Everything was said and done so the last moments were just the formality.
In the next round, Maccabi will host Regal Barca. Union Olimpija will play another home game and this time against Lottomatica.

Union Olimpija: Giorgi Shermadini 13+7 boards, Kenny Gregory 11+5 boards
Maccabi Electra: Doron Perkins 16+5 boards+7 as, Jeremy Pargo 16+7 as, Lior Eliyahu 16, David Blu 15


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Benson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old power forward Rod Benson (208-F/C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Dongbu Promy and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 41.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat LG Sakers (#7, 18-24) 76-64. Dongbu Promy maintains the 3rd position in South Korean league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dongbu Promy will need more victories to improve their 27-16 record. Benson turned to be Dongbu Promy's top player in his first season with the team. University of California graduate has very impressive stats this year. Benson is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.9ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 10.1rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 59.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Terrence Leather (204-C-81) of SK Knights. He is American center in his first season at SK Knights. In the last game Leather recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead SK Knights to another comfortable win 78-63 over slightly lower-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#8, 15-28) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed SK Knights to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 19-23 record. Leather is a newcomer at SK Knights and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#3). He also registered 9.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Herbert Hill (203-F-84) of league's second-best Inchon ET Land Elephants. Hill scored 18 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Elephants, leading his team to a 78-75 win against the lower-ranked Daegu Orions (#10, 12-31). Elephants needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 29 victories and 13 lost games. Hill has a great season in South Korea. After 41 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 9.1rpg (5th best). He also has 2.5bpg and FGP: 68.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75) of Elephants - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of Seoul Samsung Thunders - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Greg Stevenson (198-F-78) of LG Sakers - 22 points and 8 rebounds
7. Joo-Sung Kim (205-C-79) of Dongbu Promy - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Hyo-Bum Kim (195-G-83) of SK Knights - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sang-Yoon Ha (180-G-76) of Mobis Phoebus - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Dong Jun Lee (200-F-80) of Daegu Orions - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Oh Se-geun is 1st overall pick in KBL draft - by Jerry Lee
Collegiate star center Oh SeKeun (201-C-87) of Chung-Ang University was selected first overall by the KGC Egis in the 2011 KBL Amateur Draft yesterday afternoon. The Chung-Ang basketball program, which won the national title late last year, was the only school to produce multiple first-rounders with guard Kim Sun-hyung going second overall to the SK Knights and forward Ham Nu-ri selected fourth overall by the ET Land Elephants.

Oh is considered the most polished big man to enter the KBL since Kim Joo-sung was drafted first overall by the Dongbu Promy in 2002. Listed at two meters (6 feet, 6 inches) and 106 kilograms (234 pounds), Oh is capable of playing both center and power forward.

Oh has been a member of the national basketball team since his sophomore season in 2008 and led the Chung-Ang to a 25-0 record and a national title in his senior season last year.

The 24-year-old center also had a quadruple-double in points, assists, rebounds and blocks, in a game against Sangmyung University last September, becoming the first Korean collegiate player to achieve the feat.

KGC currently sits ninth in the 10-team league with an 11-25 record as of Monday, but boasts plenty of young talent on its roster, having selected Park Chan-hee and Lee Jung-hyun first and second overall in last years draft.

I felt a lot of pressure coming into the draft, Oh said in an interview yesterday. I usually dont get nervous easily but with everyone projecting me to go first overall, I lost some sleep yesterday.

I always looked up to players like Kim Joo-sung, Hyun Joo-hyup and Seo Jang-hoon. Its my goal to establish myself in the pros as a better player than the aforementioned players.

Forward Choi Jin-soo, who played two seasons with the University of Maryland Terrapins, was selected third overall by the Daegu Orions. Choi has the distinction of being the first Korean to play NCAA Division I basketball but parted ways with the Terrapins in January 2010 after failing to keep up with his classes.

The offensively gifted forward will be coached by his estranged biological father and Orions head coach Kim Uyoo-tak. Chois parents divorced when he was an infant and he changed his last name from Kim to Choi in May of 2009 to acknowledge his stepfather.

Im not in game shape just yet but Ill prepare for my professional debut one step at a time, said Choi. I dont feel uncomfortable about playing for my father. Im concerned that it might affect other players on the team but my priority is to perform my absolute best.

A total of four half-Korean players were available this year but went undrafted.




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Santurzi adds Nate Higgs - by JC Ruiz


Nate Higgs (200-F-70, college: Elizabeth City) is a new player of Adreilu Santurtzi. The American forward signed a deal for rest of the season. Higgs started it with DKV Joventut Badalona and Sant Josep Girona, but he did not play official competition with them. Last season, Higgs played with Torrons Vicens - C.B. L'Hospitalet.
Nate Higgs (200-F-70, college: Elizabeth City) has also played for Assignia Manresa in ACB League. He averaged 13,4 points and 5,4 rebounds.
Higgs will replace David Reichel (203-F-84, agency: Duran International, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.), who will play with La Laguna Socas Canarias.





El-Amin and Gecevicius lead Lietuvos Rytas to 70-65 win against Unicaja - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Unicaja 70-65

Valuable home win for Lietuvos Rytas, who jumped to 2-2 in Group E sharing the second place with Caja Laboral. The good thing for Rytas is that they outplayed the Spanish champion in their first meeting so the second game in Vilnius will most probably be crucial for both teams. Unicaja dropped to 1-3 and closes the standings in this group. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) had 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points and 7 rebs. In Unicaja, Joel Freeland (208-F-87) collected 19 points and 8 boards. Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) (8 rebs) and Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) added 12 points each.
Teams were tied to 17-17 after one quarter and Rytas managed to take 39-35 for the next ten minutes. The hosts dominated after the breather and after triple by Newley they grabbed 10-points lead. Berni Rodriguez and Joel Freeland saved Unicaja in the finish of Q3 closing the gap to 53-48. With five minutes left Rytas jumped to 64-56 and Unicaja was in trouble. All they managed to do until the end was 68-65, but Khalid El-Amin had no mercy from the line securing the valuable victory for his team.
Rytas will travel next week to play Panathinaikos in Athens, while Unicaja will face a tough challenge in their visit of Caja Laborals Fernando Buesa Arena.

Lietuvos Rytas: Khalid El-Amin 18, Martynas Gecevicius 17+6 boards, Kenan Bajramovic 12+7 boards
Unicaja: Joel Freeland 19+8 boards, Robert Archibald 12+8 boards, Berni Rodriguez 12


Olympiakos shines in Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Valencia - Olympiakos 79-85

Excellent performance by Olympiakos in Valencia. The Reds managed to win 79-85 for 3-1 record in Group H, so they are just one step away from the Quarterfinals. On the other side, Valencia dropped to 1-3 and now faces an uphill battle to make it to the Playoffs. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) shined for the Greeks with 18 points, while Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) added 16 points and 6 rebounds. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) (6 rebs) and Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) secured a great help with 12 points each. For the hosts, Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) (6 rebs) and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16 points apiece. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) scored 12.
Valencia grabbed 12-9 lead at the beginning, but Olympiakos replied with 5-11 for rest of the first quarter. Teams exchanged in lead in the second period, including the 8-0 run by the home squad. Visitors didnt panic and set the score to 37-37 at the HT. Neither of two teams was able to take a serious lead after the breather. Thanks to free throws by Augustine, Valencia held 55-53 with one quarter left. They were still ahead by two with three minutes left and it was 69-67. Radoslav Nesterovic made 0-4 run on his own and Victor Claver scored on the other side. Erceg and Nesterovic made baskets for 73-77 with 90 seconds left. As the game went down to the wire, Cook and Vassilis Spanoulis traded big-time triples to set the table for a Game-of-the-Week-worthy finish at 76-80 with 31 seconds to go. Victor Claver was sent to the line, but he made just one, while on the other side Erceg had no mercy scoring both of his free throws. The victory was sealed and Olympiakos came very close to Euroleague Quarterfinals.
In Round Five, Olympiakos will meet Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul. Valencia goes to Kaunas.

Valencia: Victor Claver 16+6 boards, Dusko Savanovic 16, Rafael Martinez 12
Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis 18, Radoslav Nesterovic 16+6 boards, Ioannis Bourousis 12+6 boards, Zoran Erceg 12


Regal Barca jumps to 4-0, secures the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica - Regal Barca 65-74

Regal Barca booked a spot for the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Despite there is two more rounds to go in Top 16, the reigning Euroleague champion already secured the ticket for the next stage. They have perfect 4-0 record staying the top-ranked team in Group F. Lottomatica Roma closes the standings with 0-4 and they have no chance to advance. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) came up with 19 points for the winners. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) helped with 15, while Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) (8 rebs) and Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) netted 9 points each. Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) scored 15 points for the hosts and Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) had 12. Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 10 pts.
First period ended with 14-14 tie and Lottomatica Roma grabbed 27-25 lead for the next ten minutes. The hosts scored six three-pointers in the third period and managed to build a 13-point lead, 43-30. Visitors finally replied and cut the margin to 51-46 until the end of Q3. Barca took control on Roma in the last period. Led by Ricky Rubio, they stepped up in defense and as such, offense started to work as well to the point of completing the comeback and winning the game in the last two minutes. Barca had 7-22 run during the period.
Barca goes to Tel-Aviv next week. Lottomatica will meet Union Olimpija also on the road.

Lottomatica: Luigi Datome 15, Nemanja Gordic 12, Vladimir Dasic 10
Regal Barca: Juan Carlos Navarro 19, Alan Anderson 15, Ricky Rubio 9+8 boards, Boniface Ndong 9


Real Madrid cruises past Efes Pilsen to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - Real Madrid 60-77

Real Madrid is the second Spanish team who already booked a spot for the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Regal Barca also did it today. After four rounds in Top 16, the Whites have perfect 4-0 record and of course they stay No.1 of Group G. Efes Pilsen dropped to 2-2 but still has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals as there is two more rounds to go. Sergio Llull (190-G-87) had 17 points and 5 assists for the guests, while Ante Tomic (217-C-87) scored 14 pts and grabbed 6 rebounds. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) helped with 10 points. In Efes Pilsen, Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) delivered 14 points. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) had 10 pts and 7 rebs.
The Whites had minimum lead (12-13) after first ten minutes and they jumped to 24-35 until the halftime. That includes 2-11 run in the finish of the second quarter. Nothing has changed after the breather as there was only one team playing on the court and it was Real Madrid. Visitors reached 25-40 and few moments later they were already 20-points up. The game winner was known and last quarter was just the formality.
In Round Five, Real Madrid will travel to Belgrade. Efes Pilsen will go to Siena and it will be crucial game for both teams.

Efes Pilsen: Kerem Tunceri 14, Marvis Thornton 10+7 boards
Real Madrid: Sergio Llull 17+5 as, Ante Tomic 14+6 boards, Felipe Reyes 10


PAO beats Caja Laboral 76-74, San Emeterio misses two FTs at the end - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Caja Laboral 76-74

Panathinaikos managed to beat Caja Laboral in Athens 76-74 improving its record to 3-1. Thanks to this win, the Greens are alone on top of Group E again. Caja Laboral dropped to 2-2 and they share the second place with Lietuvos Rytas, who beat them in Vitoria earlier in Top 16. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) was a key player in PAO with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He reached valuation 40 with just two missed shots for 34 minutes. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) (6 rebs) and Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) netted 12 points each. In the loosing squad, David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) delivered 21 points and Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) had two less.
Question about the winner is resolved in the finish. Before that, PAO made 21-18 in the first quarter and Caja Laboral cut the margin to 40-39 in the second period. Visitors grabbed 45-46 lead after the breather, but the hosts replied with quick 10-0 run. Fernando San Emeterio hit a jumper in the paint but free throws by Diamantidis and Antonis Fotsis made it a double-digit game, 59-48. Sow scored down low to get the guests within 59-50 after 30 minutes. Caja Laboral completed 0-10 run at the beginning of Q4 and everything was open again. PAO jumped to plus six, but Teletovic and Batiste made two bombs for 72-72 tie with 38 seconds to go. Mike Batiste scored inside the paint and Huertas tied the game once again. Batiste was sent to the line and he made both attempts to give the hosts a 76-74 edge with 4.2 seconds left. Fernando San Emeterio drew a foul with 0.2 seconds remaining but missed both free throws and PAO grabbed valuable home win.
In the next round, PAO will host Lietuvos Rytas, Caja Laboral waits Unicaja.

Panathinaikos: Antonis Fotsis 22+11 boards, Mike Batiste 12+6 boards, Drew Nicholas 12
Caja Laboral: David Logan 21, Fernando San Emeterio 19


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. Palacios, La Palma1.5 
 5. Quezada, Leon1.5 
 6. Ventura, Huesca1.5 
 7. Johnson, Huesca1.5 
 8. Xavier, Caceres1.4 
 9. Jasen, CB Murcia1.4 
 10. Calvo, Leon1.4 
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. Starosta, Ourense0.9 
 9. Antelo, Caceres0.9 
 10. Arteaga, Breogan0.9 


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Shorown Glover gets MVP of the Week award for Swiss LNA - by Eurobasket News
American Shorown Glover (180-G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Boncourt and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 37 points adding five rebounds and seven assists for Boncourt in his team's victory, helping them to beat SAM Massagno (#8, 8-12) 89-78. Boncourt maintains the 6th position in Swiss LNA. Boncourt is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-10 record. In the team's last game Glover had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Boncourt's top player in his first season with the team. Glover has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.8ppg. Glover is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.1apg) and averages solid 4.0spg and 62.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances) of league's best team Lugano Tigers. Abukar impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Lugano Tigers to another comfortable win 106-89 over the lower-ranked Monthey (#5, 12-8) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Lugano Tigers still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 18-2 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Abukar is well-known by Lugano Tigers fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.5ppg (#3). He also registered 5.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Mladen Lukic (207-C-92) of Zurich Wildcats (#10). Lukic scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Lukic's great performance Zurich Wildcats lost 73-83 to slightly higher-ranked BBC Nyon (#9, 3-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Zurich Wildcats can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-19 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Lukic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Lukic has a very solid season. In 20 games in Switzerland he scored 8.9ppg. He also has 7.1rpg, 1.6bpg and FGP: 52.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sean Finn (212-C-82) of Lugano Tigers - 15 points and 8 rebounds
5. Cruz Daniels (211-C-85) of BBC Nyon - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tony Brown (193-G-79) of Starwings - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Matt Schneiderman (205-F/C-81) of Lugano Tigers - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dave Esterkamp (200-F-78) of Fribourg - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jules Aw (200-F-86) of Geneve Lions - 15 points and 7 rebounds
10. Chad Byron (188-G-87) of BBC Nyon - 23 points, 3 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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Real Madrid cruises past Efes Pilsen to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - Real Madrid 60-77

Real Madrid is the second Spanish team who already booked a spot for the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Regal Barca also did it today. After four rounds in Top 16, the Whites have perfect 4-0 record and of course they stay No.1 of Group G. Efes Pilsen dropped to 2-2 but still has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals as there is two more rounds to go. Sergio Llull (190-G-87) had 17 points and 5 assists for the guests, while Ante Tomic (217-C-87) scored 14 pts and grabbed 6 rebounds. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) helped with 10 points. In Efes Pilsen, Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) delivered 14 points. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) had 10 pts and 7 rebs.
The Whites had minimum lead (12-13) after first ten minutes and they jumped to 24-35 until the halftime. That includes 2-11 run in the finish of the second quarter. Nothing has changed after the breather as there was only one team playing on the court and it was Real Madrid. Visitors reached 25-40 and few moments later they were already 20-points up. The game winner was known and last quarter was just the formality.
In Round Five, Real Madrid will travel to Belgrade. Efes Pilsen will go to Siena and it will be crucial game for both teams.

Efes Pilsen: Kerem Tunceri 14, Marvis Thornton 10+7 boards
Real Madrid: Sergio Llull 17+5 as, Ante Tomic 14+6 boards, Felipe Reyes 10


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  UBA   


Three-Point and Dunk Contest Field Announced - by UBA media
Atlanta, Feb. 16, 2011 -- Reigning champion Geoff Harner (6'1''-G-83) of the Austin Knights will defend his title in this year's UBA Three-Point Contest, which will be held on Saturday, Apr. 30, at Westlake HS in Atlanta as part of UBA All-Star Saturday Night. Rounding out the field are All-Stars Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian) (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian) of the Generals and Warren Beaulah (6'5''-G-84, college: Brewton Parker)ahal of the GIE Morrow Disciples, Chris Cromartie (6'3''-G-88, college: Gordon) of the Atlanta Assault, Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma) of the Norman Express, and Christian Sonier (6'0''-G, college: Prairie View A&M) of the Houston Xperience.

The Slam Dunk field is also very high. Reigning champion Ricky James (6'3''-G-84, college: Trevecca Naz.) of the DFW Warriros will be in attendance. Heavy favorite to win the contest is Houston Xperience' under dog Tony Hooper (5'11''-G-87, college: La-Monroe) who stands at 5'9''. It will be an exciting All-Star weekend for sure.

2011 UBA 3Point Shootout Participants:
Geoff Harner (6'1''-G-83) of Austin Knights: (3PT%: 47.4)
Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80) of Southern Generals: (3PT%: 44.2)
Christian Sonier (6'0''-G) of Houston Xperience: (3PT%: 55.6)
Chris Cromartie (6'3''-G-88) of Atlanta Assault: (3PT%: 42.4)
Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86) of Norman Express: (3PT%: 41.5)
Warren Beaulah (6'5''-G-84) of GIE Morrow Disciples: (3PT%: 43.3)
Jaime Crawford (6'5''-G) of Tennessee Dragons: (3PT%: 50.0)

2011 UBA Slam Dunk Contest Participants:
Ricky James (6'3''-G-84) of DFW Warriors
Dominique Holmes (6'7''-F-84) of Atlanta Assault
DMond Grismore (6'6''-F-86) of Central Texas Cyclones
Tony Hooper (5'11''-G-87) of Houston Xperience
Shawn Morgan (6'6''-F) of Southern Generals
Freddie Williams (6'1''-G-87) of Southern Generals
Rasheem Barrett (6'5''-G-87) of Southern Generals
Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of GIE Morrow Disciples
Jaime Crawford (6'5''-G) of Tennessee Dragons


2011 UBA All-Star Team unveiled - by UBA media
The starting lineups for the 2011 UBA All-Star Game have been revealed. The game will be played on April 30, 2011 at Westlake HS in Atlanta, GA. The UBA All-Stars were selected by a share vote of all the UBA's owners and coaches.

Players Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.), Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian), Dailey Jermaine (6'8''-F-86, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Ill.-Chicago), Sylvester Morgan (6'10''-C-83, college: Georgia St.) (6'10''-C-83, college: Georgia St.) and Thomas Shewmake (6'10''-C-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) were voted in as the Southern Conference starters, but they will miss the game due to overseas contracts. There replacements were announced by Darryl Reshaw Monday night. Disciples' Jermaine Barnes and Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian) of the Generals will be the South guards, while Morrow's Dailey Jermaine and General's Michael Sloan will be the starting forwards. Sylvester Morgan was named starting center for the South.

Jermaine Barnes was the top vote-getter in the UBA All-Star balloting with 50 out of 50 votes.

The Western Conference starters feature Cyclones' DMond Grismore (6'6''-F-86, college: Huston-Tillotson) and Warriors' Tedric Hill (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Gulf Coast CC) at forward, Warriors' Ricky James (6'3''-G-84, college: Trevecca Naz.) and Cyclones' Gabe Haskins, college: Huston-Tillotson) at guard and Express star Demario Williams (7'1''-C-85, college: Miles) at center.

Below you will find the complete UBA All-Star Rosters:



Western Conference Starting Five
#s#
Tedric Hill
Hill
DMond Grismore
Grismore
Demario Williams
Williams
T.J. Taylor
Taylor
Ricky James
James
#e#5

Western Conference All-Stars:

Tedric Hill (6'10''-F/C-84) of DFW Warriors: 20.8ppg, 10.1rpg
DMond Grismore (6'6''-F-86) of Central Texas Cyclones: 21.2ppg, 8.3rpg
Demario Williams (7'1''-C-85): 11.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 6.1bpg
T.J. Taylor (6'1''-G-86) of Tennessee Dragons: 16.0ppg, 5.9apg
Ricky James (6'3''-G-84) of DFW Warriors: 19.9ppg, 5.6rpg
Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86) of Norman Express: 17.9ppg, 6.1apg
Daniel Thomas (6'7''-F-85) of Central Texas Cyclones: 17.8ppg, 8.9rpg
Thomas Shewmake (6'10''-C-84) of Tennessee Dragons: 19.0ppg, 10.0rpg*
Gabe Haskins (6'2''-G-86) of Central Texas Cyclones: 17.0ppg, 8.3apg
Pat Perkins (6'1''-G-82) of Austin Knights: 22.9ppg, 2.6rpg
Antonio Webb (5'10''-G-84) of Tennessee Dragons: 19.9ppg, 5.9apg
Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G-83) of Dallas Stars: 23.0ppg, 6.0apg (Will replace Thomas Shewmake)

Coach: Steve Dolan, of Tennesee Dragons, Shannon Williams of Cleveland Vipers


Southern Conference Starting Five
#s#
Michael Sloan
Sloan
Jermaine Dailey
Dailey
Sylvester Morgan
Morgan
Jermaine Barnes
Barnes
Will De La Cruz
De La Cruz
#e#5
Southern Conference All-Stars:

Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84) of Southern Generals: 25.4ppg, 4.3rpg*
Dailey Jermaine (6'8''-F-86) of GIE Morrow Disciples: 16.2ppg, 12.5rpg*
Sylvester Morgan (6'10''-C-83) of GIE Morrow Disciples: 12.3ppg, 13.0rpg*
Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of GIE Morrow Disciples: 26.2ppg, 6.3rpg*
Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80) of Southern Generals: 14.0ppg, 8.9apg
Norman Plummer (6'7''-F-84) of Columbus Crusher: 22.8ppg, 14.1apg
Chris Miller-Williams (6'5''-F-87) of Georgia Lions: 18.0ppg, 9.0rpg
Dexter Hall (6'10''-F-78) of Stone Mountain VOF Hawks: 18.0ppg, 10.0rpg
William Belton (6'1''-G-84) of Atlanta Assault: 18.9ppg, 7.9apg
Derrick Stroud (6'8''-F/C-75) of GIE Morrow Disciples: 19.0ppg, 9.8rpg
Rasheem Barrett (6'5''-G-87) of Southern Generals: 21.3ppg, 8.3apg (Will replace Michael Sloan)
Travis Snell (6'4''-G-79) of GIE Morrow Disciples: 16.9ppg, 5.6rpg (Will replace Jermaine Barnes)
Dominique Holmes (6'7''-F-84) of Atlanta Assault: 18.8ppg, 9.0apg (Will Replace Dailey Jermaine)
Nick Clark (6'5''-G/F-84) of Stone Mountain VOF Hawks: 19.5ppg, 6.8rpg (Will Replace Sylvester Morgan)

Coach: Michael Davis of GIE Morrow Disciples, John White of Southern Generals

* Player that will not attend game due to overseas contracts.






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Zoran Martic: 'You need good discipline and team play to win' - by Oleksandr Muzyka
According to Zoran Martic , the head coach of Khimik, his team can withstand stronger rivals. The key to success of the upcoming away games the head coach sees in a discipline, dedication and winning motivation of the players. On the eve of departure to Kryvyi Rih, Martic gave an interview to the press-service of Khimik.

- How do you assess the play of the team for now - is there any progress, in which components precisely? What components does team still need to work over?
- Certainly, we have made much progress, especially in defense. If you have noticed, we let our opponent score much less. But still there are many things to work on. I'm not happy with the defense in the last games.

- Can we say the team is formed, or changes are still possible?
- I hope that the roster will be strengthened. There is a lack of players for the rotation, and we are looking for those we need. But now there is a problem with the players on the market. We spoke with many agents, the players, but have not found the one we need yet.

- There was Kemani Ffriend on try-out not too long ago, but the contract was not concluded. What was the reason?
- Kemani Ffriend - is a good player, I have not had issues on his condition, his professionalism. I had a choice: to replace one or two players. But it's hard to find player who fits into the established team, will complement the missing qualities and become part of the team. I can say Kemani was good for pictures of games in general, but his defense had a little limp. If we took him, we would have had to take a player who'd worked with him. If you have such a player as Kemani on the team, you need to build up a team up to him. So I think that with his coming, we would lose more than gain: we have had neither the time nor the opportunity to make a major restructuring of the team.

- You can say that in this case, the statement 'each player should find his team' remains true?
- Yes, there are many different teams, and there is no one right way, how to build a team. But many of these methods. And every time you need to consider how to help the players to show their good sides and compensate weak sides with maximum effect.

- Who of the young Ukrainian players most successfully entered the team?
- Many of the guys have talent. But the talent - it's not all. You can be a very talented player, but it is impossible to achieve a high level if not accompanied by hard work. It's obligatory to try to prove that they are ready to play, make mistakes, correct them and work very hard on theirselves. I won't name the players, except to say that all of them need to work very hard.

- What are the chances of Khimik to qualify in the playoffs this season?
- The most revealing to us, I think, the games we had against the best teams in the league in which we lost no more than 10 points. Based on this, I can say that if we find players that will help us in defense, will assist in the picture of the whole game, then I hope we have a chance to get into the playoffs.

- What do you consider most important in the training process? What do you demand from players during practices?
- It depends on the team. In such teams, as Azovmash, you can give a tasks to players, explain what exactly you want from them in a particular game. The quality of players makes it work. In our team we need to work on so many aspects - physical, technique, tactics, and, above all, the psychology of the players. We have work to do in all aspects. But psychology is far more important than anything else. If psychology is not enough stable, then in a difficult situation, the player will make the wrong decisions, and this may lead to the loss.

- There is an expression in basketball that the team loses the match before the start - in the case of meetings with a very strong contender. Can these factors be overcomed?
- Of course, your opponent should be respected. But you shouldn't be afraid of him. Everything is interconnected: if there are no right conditions, there is no chance of winning. But if there are athleticism and technique, but there is no psychological stability, it will not succeed, will not bring result. Therefore, I repeat: be ready to play, going to court, you need to respect the opponent very seriously, but not to be afraid. You can change a lot, but the most difficult to change is a person's character. If someone is a tiger by nature, he will always be a tiger, in any situation, no matter how good he is in a different capacity. You know, I once had a very good impression of Russian circus - I saw how you can teach a bear to dance. Yet even in the circus you cannot teach the rabbit to become a tiger.

- How it is working environment for you in Ukraine?
- On the first day when I came here, I said that there are excellent conditions created in the town of Yuzhnyi. This is one of the best sports complexes among all that I have ever seen. I want to thank all those who created the FSC Olympus, factory and club management, for those conditions that are established for the development of basketball here. I think the population of Yuzhnyi should be proud that the city has a sports facility like FSC Olympus.

- Tell us about your understanding of basketball? What should be the path to success of the player and of the coach?
- Speaking of coaching, it depends on the thousands of little things, all of which are important. Every coach has good and bad seasons. Even such a recognized authority, as Ettore Messina, along with the brilliant successes and victories, has a disastrous season with Real Madrid, where he had all the best players and all conditions and his own coaching talent, but something was missing. This does not mean that he has become a bad coach. A lot of small details make the big picture in basketball. And for the player - as for the young, and for the one who already has reached a certain professional level, I think the main credo of the professionalism should be there is 'no enough effort in this profession ever'. If you have succeeded at some stage, it does not guarantee your success in the future. You need to constantly work on yourself and improve your skills. One famous musician said: 'If I do not play one day, it will be noticeable only to me. If I do not play for two days - my teacher will notice. Miss three days of lessons - critics will pay attention to it. Four days - audience will see. This is a recipe for failure'. The same way is in sports. You've got to give 100 percent every day, doing the best that you can today and strive to become better tomorrow when you were today. You must be able to work in a team and work for the team result. But if there is no motivation, no hard work - there will be no success in any sphere of activity.

- Khimik has many children and youth teams. Could you give advice to young guys who have just started to play basketball: how to grow up to professional level, so in the future they can play in the Superleague?
- For young children I recommend doing more than they are required by coach during practices. It is impossible to think that after you finished practice with the team and can go home, lie on the couch and watch television - and expect that you can succeed in basketball. You always need to do more and work on your skills. We must strive to become excellent, exceptional player.

- What are you hobbies besides basketball?
- Here I have no free time for some hobbies as the schedule is quite heavy. In addition to working with the team, games and trips there are always a lot of work in the office like watching games, as we are preparing for our next opponent. I can say that I like many things - I love the variety of sports, I like to travel, love music, and books. But I can not devote too much time for it.

- What do you think about questions of our fans, comments on the basketball sites on those or other coaching decisions, on the results of games and players performance during it?
- I do not know whether this is good or bad, but I do not understand much of what they write about us. I can say that I respect all opinions, which express the fans. I criticize my players, as they are criticized by the fans, and I'm very grateful to fans for their support and faith in us, for their energy to travel with us in such a long trip, as Mariupol, in any weather - rain and snow. It is very nice, I appreciate it very much, as well as players. I can say that I strive to do everything for victories, to help the team to play successfully. First of all, because I love to win myself!

- We've got a few away games (Kryvbasbasket, Ferro, Dnipro). What are the challenges facing the team?
- I don't look if we're playing at home or on the road. In my opinion, if we play well, smoothly, we can beat all these teams. I want to say that we have pretty heavy championship, and it is impossible to predict results of games. Teams of the bottom of the table can defeat the championship leaders - and we have already seen it more than once. Therefore, with good discipline and cohesive team work we can win, and we long for it.

Due to Khimik official site


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 15-16 
 9. BC Odessa 14-19 
 10. DniproAzot 12-20 
 11. Khimik 11-22 
 12. Halychyna 11-22 
 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. Flores, BC Donetsk16.9 
 4. Curry, Azovmash16.9 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.7 
 6. Williams, Halychyna14.8 
 7. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna14.4 
 9. Karim, DniproAzot14.3 
 10. DeGroat, BC Odessa14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.3 
 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, Azovmash6.6 
 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. Millage, Khimik4.8 
 5. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 6. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Curry, Azovmash4.2 
 9. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.2 
 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. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 6. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 7. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
 8. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
 9. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 10. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.3 
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. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.3 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.3 
 9. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.2 


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Eurobasket Interview Marcus Stout - by Ozell Wells
Eurobasket had the pleasure of speaking with Marcus Stout, currently at the halfway point of is best year professionally. Playing with the Sheffield Sharks in the English BBL, he is 18.6 points per game with 3.7 rebpunds and 2.5 assist per game i only 20 minutes played. Very effective numbers as he is sitting in 5th place in the table of the BBL.
EU: Marcus, how have you found playing in the United Kingdom?
MS: Playing in the UK has been a great experience. It is a very competitive league with alot of good teams and players.
EU: How would you compare the level of play with Austria, the site of your previous pro experiences?
MS: Here in the UK, there are alot more Americans on each team. The style of the game in the UK is more wide open where as in Austria it was more of a halfcourt and physical game. Both places have had very good competition and levels of play.
EU: What to date, are your thoughts on the season thus far? We see that you are only 1-2 games behind the top 4 teams, and have experienced a few close losses thus far in the competition. What are your thoughts?
MS: We have had a good but not great season thus far. We accomplished one of our goals by winning the BBL Cup and are in a good position in the league standings currently. We have had some close losses that could have went either way, but have learned from our mistakes and plan on finishing the season strong.
EU: With the crucial games looming where do u see the Sharks headed as you prepare for the postseason?
MS: As I said before the league is very competitive but if we stay focused and continue to work hard we have as good a chance as anyone to finish at the top of the standings.
EU: How did you come about signing with the Sharks after such a strong season in Austria? Was it a place where you always wanted to play?
MS: I played in Austria in 2008-09 and took last season off due to certain circumstances. I attended the Eurobasket Camp in Las Vegas this past summer and made first team all tournament. Our coach, Atiba Lyons saw me there and liked my game and I was blessed with this opportunity. The UK is a place where I always wanted to visit and I am grateful to be in this position.
EU: It appears that your versatility is posing match-up problems for opponents, is this something that you have worked on and perfected?
MS: Yes, I pride myself on being an all around player and giving my all on both ends of the court. I have worked hard and continue to work to improve each day so whatever the team needs me to do I can step into that role and deliver for my team.
EU: At the rate things are going, I would say it is safe to say that you may be in line for some post season awards. Although it is early to say so, but if you continue doing the work you are doing, and the team holds par and pulls through the tough games to come, you will be in the drivers' seat come playoff time.
MS: Right now Im just focused on us as a team improving each day. I have won awards before but I know that only comes along with winning. If we continue to progress as a team then the individual awards will take care of themselves.
EU: What do you think on your future prospects after the stint in the UK?
MS: I play this game to get to the highest level. I believe in my abilities and Im not sure where my career will take me from this point. Hopefully teams can see how I can help them win and I can work my way to playing at the highest level that I can possibly get to while winning many championships along the way.
EU: Any thing to share or say to your family or fans back home in Michigan and/or on the Fordham campus on the east coast?
MS: First I want to thank God because without Him I would not be in this great situation. For all my people back home in Detroit and at Fordham just know that I am representing you all well and I appreciate all the love and support.
WE AT EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO WISH MARCUS A STRONG FINISH TO THE SEASON & WE LOOK TO HEAR MANY MORE GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.
BEST SWISHES MARCUS!



ASVEL signs Pops Mensah-Bonsu - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL came up with important signing today. The French outfit inked a deal for rest of the season with British PF Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington). He arrives as a free agent, after he parted ways with the New Orleans Hornets last month. Mensah-Bonsu appeared 7 times for the Hornets averaging less than a point and 1.6 rebounds. The player spent the pre-season with Caja Laboral.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu played for the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors last season. With the Canadian squad he had 2.3 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 15 games, but they split ways in January. Than, Mensah-Bonsu moved to CSKA Moscow where he stayed until the end of the season. For 9 Euroleague games he had 4.1 ppg and 1.3 rpg. In the past, Mensah-Bonsu played for the San Antonio Spurs, Austin Toros, DKV Joventut, Dallas Mavs, Benetton and Fort Worth Flyers.


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


2011 World Championship Draw takes place in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
U19 World Championship Draw was held in Riga, Latvia tonight. The 10th Edition of the tournament will be held in Latvia from 30 June through 10 July 2011.
Here are the preliminary Groups:

Group A: Tunisia, Russia, Brazil, Poland
Group B: Argentina, Taiwan, Australia, Latvia
Group C: Croatia, South Korea, Canada, Lithuania
Group D: USA, Egypt, Serbia and China.

The best three teams from each group will advance into the next round and will make up two groups with six teams in each. Best four teams from the groups of the second stage will qualify into the quarterfinals. The USA team are the reigning champions as they defeated Greece in 2009 tournament Final.



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  ZIMBABWE   


Five teams return to HBA - by Thomas Fink
Sunday Mail Sports Reporter

FIVE teams have rejoined the Harare Basketball League, ending a six-month stalemate between the leagues two warring factions. It would appear the prospect of playing international basketball and a rumoured ban on the rebel faction by the Basketball Union of Zimbabwe was the push the five teams Cavaliers, Varsity Leopards, Real Returners, Lakers and Richwood needed to jump ship.

HBA chairman Gilchrist Mageza confirmed the move, highlighting that the return of the teams was a welcome development for basketball. I can now safely confirm that five teams have taken our offer for reunification, he said. Contrary to our previous stipulations the teams have not been asked to pay any penalty fees but have merely been asked to adhere to the rules of the league and simply register.

Despite maintaining an open-door policy, it is highly unlikely that other teams who will come after these five will get the same treatment. The decision on how to handle teams that will rejoin us is now in the hands of congress and we will be guided by its ruling. However, I must say that as HBA we stand ready to welcome any of the so- called rebel teams. The return of Cavaliers, Varsity Leopards, Real Returners, Lakers and Richwood has seen seven new posts being created to accommodate their representatives on the HBA board.

Varsity Leopards Hamilton Mudawarima will now act as women and youth president, while the likes of Abby Govere, Martin Mukwava, Samuel Mutsanga, Charmaine Chamboko, Eric Banda and Philemon Mamvura will act as committee members. Mageza will remain at the helm of the new leadership with Godfrey Chakurangeyi (secretary-general); Tendai Zhakata (competitions commissioner), Tendai Nyagumbo (technical commissioner) and Stewart Charamba (committee member) completing the executive.

Only Beauty Masenda, who resigned from her post in women and youth, has been replaced. The raging HBA dispute erupted in early 2009 when the then outgoing executive led by Roderick Takawira conducted elections, which the Basketball Union of Zimbabwe refused to recognise. BUZ maintained that the HBA executive was supposed to hold the elections only after they had redrafted their constitution to align it with the basketball governing bodys constitution.

BUZ redrafted their constitution and registered it with the Sport and Recreation Commission later that year and all the provinces were supposed to have their constitutions aligned to the mother bodys document. However, the Takawira-led executive ignored the directive and went ahead to hold elections that retained the status quo. Unfazed, BUZ held separate elections that gave birth to the committee led by Mageza.


Kings take on Christian Centre - by Thomas Fink
NEWSDAY SPORTS REPORTER - Feb 10 2011 18:39

Abundant Life Christian Centre (ALCC) have a tough tie ahead of them when they take on high riding Kings Basketball Club in a Bulawayo Basketball Association (BBA) league match at Bulawayo Club for the Disabled on Saturday. Kings top the log standings with 19 points from 10 matches while ALCC are sixth with 14 points from the same number of matches. Kings were lucky to escape with a victory after a tight contest against Oilers whom they eventually beat 34-31 in their last league match.

Garikai Gumbo, Kevin Manyengere and Benjamin Jani are some of the players ALCC are advised to watch. ALCC has Honest Nguruve, Moses Tigere and Cravin Mathonisa amongst other players to rely on. In another match lined up for the day, second-placed Giants take on fourth-placed Oilers. Mpumelelo Hlabangana will be seeking to continue from where he left off after he scored a crucial 36 points for Giants against Stars. William Muchuchuti and Lionel Wolfeden are some of the players Oilers will bank on.

BBA spokesperson Charles Ndlovu said the match between Giants and Oilers is likely to be very exciting. In the womens category, log leaders Lakers Seniors take on Highlanders





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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Three teams fighting for two spots - by Zeljko Zule
Celje, Sibenik Jolly JBS and Jedinstvo are vying for two Final-Four spots on what may not turn out to be the final week of the regular season.
Partizan Galenika-Celje 62-57: Partizan cut 12-point deficit and had more offensive rebounds (19) than defensive (18). Milica Dabovic finished with 11 points and Jasmine Stone grabbed 11 rebounds. Celje was outscored by 8 in the final quarter. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) had 23 points and 17 rebounds, Monika Bosilj scored 11 points and Nika Baric 10.
Gospic CO-Vozdovac 98-70: The home team put six scorers in double figures for an easy win. Ana Vrsaljko and Michele Maslowski had 16 points, Martina Gambiraza 13, Sandra Mandir collected 12 points and 7 rebounds and Jelena Ivezic scored 11 points. Vozdovac was led by Maja Milutinovic with 35 points on shooting 15-of-26 from the field, Ana Krstovic added 12 points.
Lupa promotion-Vojvodina 71-54: Lupa outrebounded the visiting team 41-26, picking up 14 offensive boards. Ivona Matic had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Irena Cuncic scored 16 points and Britany Miller 15. Aleksandra Cabarkapa and Dunja Lukac posted 12 points each for Vojvodina, Vladinka Erak added 10.
Celik-Radivoj Korac 74-70: Celik was outrebounded 27-38 and shot 39 percent (23-of-59) to Korac's 51 percent (27-of-51), but forced the Serbian team into 25 turnovers. Aldijana Iriskic and Aida Pilav scored 16 points apiece and Rada Vidovic 14. Korac was whistled to 32 fouls and 18 free throws to Celik's 41. Biljana Stjepanovic finished with 16 points, Tina Jovanovic had 12 points and 11 rebounds.



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. Bedalov, Medvescak7.8 
 7. Ivankovic, Jolly7.8 
 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. Mandir, Gospic3.6 
 6. Prlja, Vozdovac3.6 
 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. Mehmedic, Celik2.4 
 6. Djuric, Vojvodina2.4 
 7. Prlja, Vozdovac2.3 
 8. Drozg, AJM Maribor2.3 
 9. Bura, Vojvodina2.3 
 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. Stone, Partizan0.7 
 8. Ajanovic, Radivoj .0.7 
 9. Pilav, Celik0.6 
 10. Stjepanovic, Radivo.0.5 


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ariadna FELIPE
  Santo Andre
  (179-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Felipe, Santo Andre18.2 
 2. Oliveira, Basque.16.7 
 3. Silvestre, Sao C.15.0 
 4. Martins, Americana14.8 
 5. Da Costa, Basque.14.8 
 6. Santos, Acucar14.4 
 7. Crepaldi, Basque.13.9 
 8. Jacintho, Santo A.13.5 
 9. Marcal, Acucar13.1 
 10. de Sousa, Joinville12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clarissa SANTOS
  Acucar
  (182-C-88)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Santos, Acucar11.5 
 2. Da Costa, Basque.11.0 
 3. Nascimiento, Basque.10.4 
 4. Gomes, Sao Caetano9.0 
 5. Ferreira, Sao C.8.4 
 6. Lima, Santo Andre7.9 
 7. Plutin, Ourinhos7.3 
 8. Garvao, Santo Andre7.0 
 9. da Silva, Joinville6.5 
 10. Dantas, Americana6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Bethania VASCONCELOS
  Ourinhos
  (178-G/F-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Vasconcelos, Ourin.5.3 
 2. Mares Burian, Acu.5.1 
 3. Honorio, Americana3.8 
 4. de Souza, Ourinhos3.7 
 5. de Oliveira, Santo A.3.3 
 6. Veneza, Basquete.3.2 
 7. Garvao, Santo Andre3.2 
 8. da Silva, M.Petrob.3.0 
 9. Santos Luz, Ameri.2.9 
 10. Gattei, Acucar2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Renatinha OLIVEIRA
  Basquete Clube
  (182-F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Oliveira, Basque.2.7 
 2. de Souza, Ourinhos2.5 
 3. Martins, Americana2.5 
 4. de Sousa, Joinville2.5 
 5. Jacintho, Santo A.2.3 
 6. De Oliveira, Ourinhos2.1 
 7. Lacerda, M.Petrob.2.0 
 8. Duarte, M.Petrob.2.0 
 9. Dantas, Americana1.9 
 10. Marcal, Acucar1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Isis NASCIMIENTO
  Basquete Clube
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Nascimiento, Basque.2.4 
 2. Lima, Santo Andre1.2 
 3. Gomes, Sao Caetano1.1 
 4. Garvao, Santo Andre0.9 
 5. de Souza, Joinville0.8 
 6. Caetano De S., Americ.0.7 
 7. Jacintho, Santo A.0.6 
 8. Da Costa, Basque.0.5 
 9. Andrade, Sao C.0.5 
 10. Santos, M.Petrob.0.5 


Ourinhos and Santo Andre take semifinal leads - by Eurobasket News
Ourinhos claimed the second straight win in the semifinal series against Americana. Yakelyn Plutin (186-F-79) scored 15 points, banked 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Ourinhos to a 66:61 home win in Game 3 of best-of-five series. The series will now move to Americana for the fourth and if needed fifth game of the series. Americana used a 24:11 run in the second term to build a 9-point lead at halftime. But Ourinhos recovered right after the big break. They stormed to a 3-point advantage at the final break and never loosened the grasp to ensure the winning outcome at the end. Chuca De Oliveira (180-F/G-79) provided 14 points, while Tatiana Conceicao (188-C-81, college: SE Missouri St.) had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Mama Dantas (193-C-78) answered with 15 points for Americana. Karen Gustavo (177-G-84) finished with 10 points in the loss.
In the meantime Santo Andre stepped closer the Final as they stormed past Acucar 87:58 for the second win in the series. Ariadna Felipe (179-G/F-83) poured in 34 points to lead the visitors. Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) added 20 points in the winning effort. Santo Andre piled up a 45:27 lead at halftime and never looked back en route to the victory. Clarissa Santos (182-C-88) top-scored with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Acucar.




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  CANADA - Women  


Klassen nets 26 points in 60-54 triumph over the Spartans in women's basketball - by Eurobasket News
Written by: Sean Angus
The Manitoba Bisons women's basketball team finished off their two game sweep of the Trinity Western Spartans with a 60-54 win on Saturday, February 12 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre.

With Saturday nights win, the Bisons move to 8-14, still tenth place in the Canada West conference. The loss marks the final game of the season for the Spartans, a season which saw them go 3-21 and finish second last in the Canada West conference.

These two teams went head-to-head on Friday night as well, a game that ended as a 66-61 win for the Bisons.

Saturday was a monumental night for guard Kayla Klassen of the Bisons. Not only did she score 26 points in the contest, the most out of any player on the court, but it was also her last home game with the Bisons. Klassen, who is in her fifth year with the team, will see her tenure come to an end at the end of the season. Klassen was named player of the game.

While Klassen made a definite mark on this game for the Bisons, the Spartans received great performances from Tiffany Olsen and Corina Reimer, who had 18 and 16 points respectively. Reimer finished the game with a double-double, also recording 19 total rebounds.

After Fridays tough loss, the Spartans came out Saturday night with something to prove. They stormed out to a 9-0 lead, a lead that would not even last a quarter. An offensive surge by the Bisons got them right back in the thick of things. Before they knew it they had a 16-15 lead late in the first quarter. However, a last minute field goal for the Spartans gave them their lead back, 17-16 at the end of the first.

The score remained tight throughout the second quarter. Neither team was able to take control, making for some exciting end-to-end action. For the Bisons, it was Kayla Klassen pulling most of the load. She tallied 12 points, the most out of any player at that point. The Bisons led 30-27 at the half.

In the second half the Bisons did a good job of maintaining their lead. The game remained close throughout the third quarter, as both teams kept their competitive level of play going. The Bisons led 46-43 going into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter saw some great play by both defences. Neither team was able to take too big a lead until the final couple minutes, when the Bisons offense took over. The Bisons broke loose and ended up winning the game 60-54.

The Bisons, who are hanging on to their playoff hopes at this point, play again on Friday against the fourth-ranked Regina Cougars.
Courtesy of: http://gobisons.ca


Brock Women's Basketball rolls past Gryphons 84-55 - by Eurobasket News
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University women's basketball team (14-7 OUA West) defeated the visiting Guelph Gryphons by the score of 84-55 Wednesday night at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.

Brock led by two just points, 9-7, with just over four minutes left in the first quarter, before putting together a 24-7 run over the next nine minutes leading 33-14 with 5:32 left in the second quarter. The Badgers would extend their lead to 42-23 after 20 minutes, which they would never surrender.

The Badgers had five players in double figures led by senior Whitney Gorges (Welland, Ont.) who led all players with a game high 24 points including four three-pointers. Junior Emily McKay (170-G) (Toronto, Ont.) contributed with 18 points and six assists. Sophomore Samantha deJong (St. Catharines, Ont.) recorded her fifth straight double-double adding 12 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Jessica Del Signore (Brantford, Ont.) and Tara Giallonardo (168-G) (Fonthill, Ont.) rounded out the Brock leaders chipping in with 13 and 10 points respectively.

Guelph's Jasmine Douglas was one rebound shy of a double-double finishing with 14 points and nine boards. Kara Muhlhausen (173-G) added 10 points and six rebounds in the loss.

Brock shot 45.7% (32-for-70) from the field including 9-for-20 (45.0%) from beyond the arc. Guelph shot just 33.9% (21-for-62) for the game. The Badgers also forced Guelph to 25 turnovers leading to a 23-6 margin in points of turnnovers.

The Badgers end the 2010-10 OUA regular season at home on Saturday, February 19th at 1pm when they host the Laurier Golden Hawks at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.
Courtesy of: http://gobadgers.ca


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WCBA Round 21: Leader Shenyang Golden Lions get another victory - by Eurobasket
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in WCBA.

Leader Shenyang Golden Lions delivered the eighteenth win on Tuesday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Qujing Yunnan (10-11) 100-85. Shenyang Golden Lions maintains first place with 18-3 record. Qujing Yunnan at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Shenyang Golden Lions are looking forward to face Henan Elephants (#9) in Jiyuan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Qujing Yunnan will play on the road against Heilongjiang Chenneng in Harbin and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan (0-21) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 95-69 loss to eighth ranked Beijing Great Wall (9-12) in Beijing. Beijing Great Wall maintains eighth place with 9-12 record. Fujian Nanan at the other side still closes the standingsBeijing Great Wall will play against higher ranked Bayi Kylin (#3) in Yinzhou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fujian Nanan will play at home against the league's second-placed Guangdong Dolphins (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in Anshan was also quite interesting. 4th placed Jiangsu Phoenix (13-8) played at the court of fifth ranked Liaoning Hengye (13-8). Liaoning Hengye managed to secure a 6-point victory 91-85 on Tuesday. Liaoning Hengye moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Jiangsu. Liaoning Hengye will meet at home Shanghai Octopus (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu Phoenix will play against Zhejiang Far East (#6) in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Hangzhou was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Bayi Kylin (15-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Zhejiang Far East (10-10). Bayi Kylin did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 81-64. Bayi Kylin have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-6 record having just three points less than leader Shenyang. Zhejiang Far East at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Bayi Kylin's next round opponent will be Beijing Great Wall (#8) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Zhejiang Far East will play against Jiangsu Phoenix in Yixing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Jiyuan. Tenth ranked Henan Elephants (8-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Shanghai Octopus (6-15) 95-92 on Tuesday evening. Henan Elephants moved-up to ninth place. Shanghai Octopus lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Henan Elephants will face league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions in Dandong in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shanghai Octopus will play on the road against Liaoning Hengye (#4) in Anshan.

In the last game of round 21 Heilongjiang was defeated by Guangdong in Dongguan 83-66.


Henan - Shanghai 95-92

Important game to mention about took place in Jiyuan. Tenth ranked Henan Elephants (8-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Shanghai Octopus (6-15) 95-92 on Tuesday evening. Henan Elephants moved-up to ninth place. Shanghai Octopus lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Henan Elephants will face league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions in Dandong in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shanghai Octopus will play on the road against Liaoning Hengye (#4) in Anshan.
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Liaoning - Jiangsu 91-85

The game in Anshan was also quite interesting. 4th placed Jiangsu Phoenix (13-8) played at the court of fifth ranked Liaoning Hengye (13-8). Liaoning Hengye managed to secure a 6-point victory 91-85 on Tuesday. Liaoning Hengye moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Jiangsu. Liaoning Hengye will meet at home Shanghai Octopus (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jiangsu Phoenix will play against Zhejiang Far East (#6) in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Guangdong - Heilongjiang 83-66

There was no surprise in Dongguan where 9th ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (7-13) was defeated by second ranked Guangdong Dolphins (16-5) 83-66 on Tuesday. Guangdong Dolphins have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-5 record having just two points less than leader Shenyang. Loser Heilongjiang Chenneng dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Guangdong Dolphins will face bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan (#12) in Putian in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play at home against Qujing Yunnan.
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Yunnan - Shenyang 85-100

Leader Shenyang Golden Lions delivered the eighteenth win on Tuesday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Qujing Yunnan (10-11) 100-85. Shenyang Golden Lions maintains first place with 18-3 record. Qujing Yunnan at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Shenyang Golden Lions are looking forward to face Henan Elephants (#9) in Jiyuan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Qujing Yunnan will play on the road against Heilongjiang Chenneng in Harbin and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 118980


Zhejiang - Bayi 64-81

The game in Hangzhou was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Bayi Kylin (15-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Zhejiang Far East (10-10). Bayi Kylin did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 81-64. Bayi Kylin have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-6 record having just three points less than leader Shenyang. Zhejiang Far East at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Bayi Kylin's next round opponent will be Beijing Great Wall (#8) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Zhejiang Far East will play against Jiangsu Phoenix in Yixing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 118981


Beijing - Fujian 95-69

Bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan (0-21) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 95-69 loss to eighth ranked Beijing Great Wall (9-12) in Beijing. Beijing Great Wall maintains eighth place with 9-12 record. Fujian Nanan at the other side still closes the standingsBeijing Great Wall will play against higher ranked Bayi Kylin (#3) in Yinzhou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fujian Nanan will play at home against the league's second-placed Guangdong Dolphins (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 118978




Standings - WCBA
WCBA Standings
 1. Shenyang 18-3 
 2. Guangdong 16-5 
 3. Bayi 15-6 
 4. Liaoning 13-8 
 5. Jiangsu 13-8 
 6. Zhejiang 10-10 
 7. Yunnan 10-11 
 8. Beijing 9-12 
 9. Henan 8-13 
 10. Heilongjiang 7-13 
 11. Shanghai 6-15 
 12. Fujian 0-21 


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Elhotova's 35-point game gives her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
21-year old guard Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team ZVVZ USK Praha and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
She had the game-high 35 points adding two assists for USK Praha in her team's victory, helping them to outclass Slovanka MB (#3, 12-6) with 38-point margin 102-64. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed USK Praha to consolidate first place in the Czech Republic ZBL. USK Praha has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 17-1. In the team's last game Elhotova had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. It's her second year at USK Praha and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Katerina Elhotova averages this season 14.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Petra Reisingerova (196-C-73) of Strakonice. She is a center in her 4th season at Strakonice. In the last game Reisingerova recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Strakonice lost that game 71-90 to slightly higher-ranked Trutnov (#4, 10-8). Strakonice managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Reisingerova is one of the most experienced players at Strakonice and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.2ppg (#3). She also registered 10.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Hana Snajdrova-Ziklova (182-F-80) of Trutnov (#4). Snajdrova-Ziklova scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She was a key player of Trutnov, leading her team to a 90-71 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Strakonice (#5, 8-10). Trutnov 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. Snajdrova-Ziklova has a very solid season. In 18 games in Czech Republic she scored 15.7ppg. She also has 7.9rpg and FGP: 52.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hana Nezdarilova-Stankova (170-G-84) of Slovanka MB - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Klara Pochobradska (187-C-89) of Hradec Kralove - 19 points and 6 rebounds
6. Tereza Brantlova (172-G-82) of VS Praha - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Zora Skrabalova (196-C-81) of Strakonice - 13 points and 6 rebounds
8. Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) of VS Praha - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82) of USK Praha - 8 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Yolanda Paige (168-G-83) of Karlovy Vary - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 10-0 
 2. Tartu Ulikooli 7-4 
 3. TLU/Volta 4-4 
 4. NikeWomen 3-6 
 5. Audentes 0-10 


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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Krastina, LU21.9 
 2. Krumberga, TTT R.19.0 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.18.4 
 4. Lisnere, Cesis18.3 
 5. Jakobsone, Cesis17.8 
 6. Eibele, TTT Riga15.7 
 7. Teilane, RTU-Merks15.4 
 8. Surkusa, TTT J.15.3 
 9. Egle, Daugavpils14.5 
 10. Butler, TTT Riga14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.12.0 
 2. Teilane, RTU-Merks11.3 
 3. Lisnere, Cesis10.7 
 4. Lagzdina, TTT J.10.5 
 5. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.2 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 7. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.5 
 8. Veidere, TTT K.8.3 
 9. Zarina, LU8.1 
 10. Zellous, TTT Riga7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga5.8 
 2. Zellous, TTT Riga4.7 
 3. Krastina, LU4.0 
 4. Jevsejeva, Dauga.4.0 
 5. Karklina, TTT Riga3.8 
 6. Neimane, TTT J.3.1 
 7. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 8. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.8 
 9. Staugaitiene, TTT R.2.8 
 10. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Krastina, LU4.2 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.4 
 3. Eibele, TTT Riga3.2 
 4. Zellous, TTT Riga3.0 
 5. Butler, TTT Riga2.9 
 6. Krumberga, TTT R.2.6 
 7. Bridina, TTT K.2.5 
 8. Zeltina, Cesis2.4 
 9. Nimane, TTT Riga2.4 
 10. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.4 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.3.2 
 3. Borodavko, TTT Riga2.5 
 4. Surkusa, TTT J.2.2 
 5. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.7 
 6. Nimane, TTT Riga1.4 
 7. Zellous, TTT Riga1.3 
 8. Lisnere, Cesis1.2 
 9. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 
 10. Egle, Daugavpils0.9 


TTT Riga land young talent - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga added another talented Latvian player to their roster. The Latvian champions have agreed on terms of contract with Eva Pavlovska (176-G/F-89). The 21-year-old guard/forward started the season with RTU-Merks. She tallied 8.8 points, 8.5 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game in LSBL. Previously Eva Pavlovska had stints with Ventspils and Turiba. She played for Latvian U18 selection in 2006. Eva Pavlovska has already debuted for TTT Riga. She notched 8 points, 7 assists, 5 boards, 3 steals and 2 blocks helping TTT Riga outgun DU.



LSBL Round 17: RTU-Merks win overtime game against TTT Kadetes - by Eurobasket News
Fifth-ranked TTT Kadetes (8-12) gave a tough game to third ranked RTU-Merks (14-6) in Riga on Tuesday. RTU-Merks managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected easier game. TTT Kadetes were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-20 charge of RTU-Merks, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 9-6. Center Daina Lazdeniece (187-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and guard Signe Langenfelde (177-88) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Asnate-Marianna Fomina (168-94) responded with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. TTT Kadetes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. RTU-Merks maintains third place with 14-6 record having six points less than leader TTT Riga. TTT Kadetes lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. RTU-Merks are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Liepajas (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. TTT Kadetes will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Latvijas Universitate (15-4) against fourth ranked TTT Juniores (11-7) on Monday night. Host Latvijas Universitate was defeated by TTT Juniores in Riga 69-59. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Latvijas Universitate. Center Guna Lagzdina (182-93) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds for the winning side and Liga Surkusa accounted for 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agency: LBM Management) came up with 16 points and 6 assists for Latvijas Universitate in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TTT Juniores have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 11-7 record. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. TTT Juniores will play against league's leader TTT Riga at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Latvijas Universitate will play again against TTT Juniores in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LSBL top team - TTT Riga (20-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Daugavpils Universitate (5-15) 94-31. The best player for the winners was Karline Nimane who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Kristina Egle produced 18 points for the hosts. The victory was the twentiethth consecutive win for TTT Riga. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-0 record. Loser Daugavpils Universitate keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. TTT Riga will meet TTT Juniores (#4) in the next round. Daugavpils Universitate will play against Liepajas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LSBL top team - TTT Riga (20-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Cesis (3-17) 94-49. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cesis. Anda Eibele orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. The victory was the twentiethth consecutive win for TTT Riga. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-0 record. Cesis at the other side keep the seventh position with 17 games lost. TTT Riga's next round opponent will be TTT Juniores (#4) in Riga.



LU - TTT Juniores 59-69

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Latvijas Universitate (15-4) against fourth ranked TTT Juniores (11-7) on Monday night. Host Latvijas Universitate was defeated by TTT Juniores in Riga 69-59. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Latvijas Universitate. Latvijas Universitate was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 51-21 including a 22-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. TTT Juniores brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Center Guna Lagzdina (182-93) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds for the winning side and center Liga Surkusa (192-91) accounted for 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agency: LBM Management) came up with 16 points and 6 assists and guard Laura Purina (171-90, college: Northwestern (WY)) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Latvijas Universitate in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TTT Juniores have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 11-7 record. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. TTT Juniores will play against league's leader TTT Riga at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Latvijas Universitate will play again against TTT Juniores in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTT Juniores: L.Surkusa 22+11reb+1ast, G.Lagzdina 21+19reb+3ast, L.Neimane 9+4reb+6ast, A.Geka 8+1reb, L.Sarja 5+4reb+5ast, L.Vilde 2+1reb+1ast
LU: I.Krastina 16+4reb+6ast, L.Purina 15+5reb+1ast, R.Putnina 8+1reb+2ast, L.Pagrode 8+2reb+1ast, L.Jansona 4+1reb, M.Knekse 4
gschID: 119691


RTU-Merks - TTT Kadetes 83-80 OT

Fifth-ranked TTT Kadetes (8-12) gave a tough game to third ranked RTU-Merks (14-6) in Riga on Tuesday. RTU-Merks managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected easier game. TTT Kadetes were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-20 charge of RTU-Merks, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 9-6. Center Daina Lazdeniece (187-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and guard Signe Langenfelde (177-88) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Asnate-Marianna Fomina (168-94) responded with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Renate Reine (176-94) scored 19 points and 4 steals. Five RTU-Merks and four TTT Kadetes players scored in double figures. TTT Kadetes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. RTU-Merks maintains third place with 14-6 record having six points less than leader TTT Riga. TTT Kadetes lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. RTU-Merks are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Liepajas (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. TTT Kadetes will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
RTU-Merks: D.Lazdeniece 16+13reb+3ast, S.Langenfelde 13+6reb+1ast, I.Malkevica 13+1reb, A.Kirsteine 13+5reb+2ast, D.Rozenberga 10+5reb, D.Ozolina 8+1reb+1ast
TTT Kadetes: R.Reine 19+4reb+2ast, R.Veidere 17+6reb, K.Bridina 14+4reb, A.Fomina 13+8reb+5ast, S.Dzarcane 5+4reb+1ast, A.Aizsila 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 119692


Daugavpils - TTT Riga 31-94

LSBL top team - TTT Riga (20-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Daugavpils Universitate (5-15) 94-31. The game without a history. TTT Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Daugavpils Universitate to just 6 points in first quarter and to 14 points in first half. TTT Riga held Daugavpils Universitate to an opponent 20.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 52.0 percent accuracy of the winners. TTT Riga forced 21 Daugavpils Universitate turnovers and outrebounded them 48-20 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. TTT Riga looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Daugavpils Universitate's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when TTT Riga made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Karline Nimane (188-90) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. International forward Dita Krumberga (183-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four TTT Riga players scored in double figures. Forward Kristina Egle (177-86) produced 18 points and forward Olesja Jevsejeva (174-86) added 2 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The victory was the twentiethth consecutive win for TTT Riga. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-0 record. Loser Daugavpils Universitate keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. TTT Riga will meet TTT Juniores (#4) in the next round. Daugavpils Universitate will play against Liepajas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTT Riga: K.Nimane 22+14reb+4ast, D.Krumberga 20+5reb+2ast, A.Eibele 12+5reb+6ast, I.Veinberga 12+4reb+3ast, Z.Jakobsone 11+7reb, S.Dukate 9+2reb+1ast
Daugavpils: K.Egle 18+4reb+1ast, O.Lakomko 6+3reb, M.Sirokova 3+4reb+1ast, O.Jevsejeva 2+5reb+3ast, S.Baltace 2, S.Jevsejeva 0+1reb
gschID: 119693


TTT Riga - Cesis 94-49

LSBL top team - TTT Riga (20-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Cesis (3-17) 94-49. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cesis. The game without a history. TTT Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. TTT Riga forced 25 Cesis turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. The former international guard Anda Eibele (170-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. International forward Dita Krumberga (183-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five TTT Riga players scored in double figures. Power forward Lina Lisnere (192-86, college: Syracuse) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and forward Inga Geistarde-Zaporozeca (178-78) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Cesis. The victory was the twentiethth consecutive win for TTT Riga. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-0 record. Cesis at the other side keep the seventh position with 17 games lost. TTT Riga's next round opponent will be TTT Juniores (#4) in Riga.
Top scorers:
TTT Riga: K.Nimane 20+7reb+1ast, D.Krumberga 19+7reb+3ast, A.Eibele 18+9reb+6ast, I.Veinberga 18+5reb+1ast, Z.Jakobsone 16+5reb+1ast, S.Dukate 3+1ast
Cesis: L.Lisnere 21+11reb, I.Geistarde-Zaporozeca 8+7reb+1ast, A.Piterniece 5+4reb, I.Dukate 4+4reb+3ast, K.Maca 4+1reb, L.Bebre 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 119690




Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 20-0 
 2. LU 15-4 
 3. RTU-Merks 14-6 
 4. TTT Juniores 11-7 
 5. TTT Kadetes 8-12 
 6. Daugavpils 5-15 
 7. Cesis 3-17 
 8. Liepajas 2-17 


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Standings - Women League
Superleague Standings
 1. Buducnost 7-1 
 2. Heceg Novi 7-2 
 3. Jedinstvo II 5-3 
 4. Rudar 4-5 
 5. Roling Niksic 2-7 
 6. Primorje 1-8 
Play in international cups:
 1. Jedinstvo BP


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  NCAA1 - Women  


UALR loses the unbeaten streak by Western Kentucky - by George Fragkos
The W.Kentucky women's basketball team shot 53.6 percent in the second half, and held off a late charge by Arkansas-Little Rock to pick up a 66-64 victory over the Trojans Wednesday night at the Jack Stephens Center.

The loss snapped a 14-game win streak for UALR, and was also the first Sun Belt Conference defeat and first home loss for the Trojans during the 2010-11 season.

'Considering everything we have been up against, this was an unbelievable effort,' said Lady Topper head coach Mary Taylor-Cowles . 'I never saw a look of panic from our basketball team tonight. This was the most focus and determination I've seen from this group all season.'

After leading by two at intermission, the Lady Toppers (11-14, 8-5 SBC East) saw seven ties and six lead changes in the final 20 minutes of action. In a back-and-forth contest over the final three minutes, Chastity Reed (6'1''-F-89) gave UALR (17-6, 11-1 SBC West) a 64-63 lead with just 40 seconds remaining. Playing the shot clock as far down as possible, WKU ran its offensive set, and was able to get a 15-foot jumper by Amy McNear (5'8''-G-90) to go down, giving it back a 65-64 advantage with 18.5 ticks remaining.

Following a timeout, the Trojans got a look for Reed that fell off as Teranie Thomas (6'0''-F-88) collected her 13th rebound of the game - tying a career high - and was fouled with four seconds left. Thomas was able to hit one of two free throws to make it a 66-64 score, and UALR was able to inbound the ball to half court and get a timeout with 3.6 left. Reed took the inbounds and pulled up from almost 15 feet, but her jumper fell off the rim as WKU was able to hang on for the victory.

The game was tied three times in the first two minutes of the second half, but each time the Lady Toppers were able to fend off UALR, getting a three-point play by Lateira Owens (6'1''-F) to spark a 7-0 run as they opened up a 37-30 lead with 17 minutes to go. Again the Trojans fought back, pulling within one on a Asriel Rolfe (5'6''-G-89) three, and tying the game three minutes later at 46-46 on another Rolfe triple with 10:45 to go.

A McNear layup and three straight Keisha Mosley (6'1''-F) points pushed the lead back to five, but again UALR was able to pull even and eventually take its first lead of the half on a Reed three-point play with 5:42 remaining. The advantage was short-lived, however, as Vanessa Obafemi (5'10''-F) buried a three on the next possession to move WKU back in front 58-56, but a pair of Shanika Butler (5'7''-G-89) free throws evened the score with 4:19 remaining.

Both teams were held scoreless for the next minute and a half before Obafemi was fouled beyond the arc, and knocked down all three charity shots to push the Lady Topper advantage back to three. Consecutive baskets by Butler and Reed put UALR back in front, but a basket by Arnika Brown (6'2''-F-87, college: Kentucky) with 1:16 to go gave WKU a 62-61 lead, setting up the events of the final 40 seconds.

The Lady Toppers trailed just one time in the first half, opening the game strong offensively, while holding UALR to just 1-of-10 shooting to start the contest. Leading 5-4 six minutes into the contest, a Hope Brown (5'8''-G-88) layup sparked a 10-2 WKU run as it was able to open up the biggest lead of the half at 15-6 on a pair of Owens free throws at the 9:18 mark.

Reed - who was held to just six first-half points - scored her first bucket of the contest at the 8:21 mark to spark an 11-2 Trojan run that tied the game at 17-17 on a Butler layup with 6:28 to go before halftime. That run by UALR included a stretch of nine unanswered points.

Owens ended the WKU drought with a three at the 5:03 mark, but the Trojans scored five unanswered to take their first lead of the contest when a Janette Merriex (5'10''-G/F-91) three with 2:08 to go in the period made it a 24-22 game. That would be UALR last points of the half, however, as Jasmine Johnson (6'3''-C-90) tied the game with a basket, and McNear drove for a layup in the closing seconds to send WKU to the locker room with a 26-24 lead.

WKU shot 43.5 percent in the half, compared to 33.3-percent shooting for the Trojans. Owens led WKU with nine points at intermission, while Butler led all players with 11 points for UALR.

For the game, Arnika Brown led WKU with 18 points, while Owens finished with 16. Both Obafemi and McNear tossed in 11 points. Butler led all scorers for UALR with 21 points, while Reed finished with 17.

WKU remains out on the road, visiting Louisiana-Lafayette for a 2 p.m. (CST) contest on Saturday at Earl K. Long Gym.


Courtesy: Western Kentucky University


Marion's 3-pointer wins it for Stephen F. Austin - by George Fragkos
Junior Tammara Marion (5'6''-G-90) hit a three-point bucket from the right corner with 20 seconds remaining in regulation and Texas Arlington's Briana Walker (6'0''-F) missed a game-tying free throw with just 2.5 seconds left as the Ladyjacks held on for a 68-67 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The win snapped a three-game losing skid for SFA (9-15, 6-5), but was far from easy as the Mavs (7-16, 4-7) erased a 16-point halftime deficit to take the lead in the final minute of play before Marion's triple. It was her fourth three of the night, giving her a game-high 19 points.

Walker drew even with Marion with her 19th point coming on the front end of a two-shot foul after her game-tying layup wouldn't stay down with under three seconds to play. But it was the point that got away from her that loomed largest as the second shot hit off the back iron and Amina Sawyer (6'2''-C) pulled down her sixth board of the night to help Stephen F. Austin hang on for the one-point edge.

SFA had dropped 12 of its last 13 games to the Mavs entering this season, but own victories in both meetings this year, including a 67-63 win in Arlington on January 15.

For the second straight meeting with the Mavs, SFA held a distinct advantage at the free throw line, hitting 17-of-22 foul shots to just 9-of-13 for UTA. SFA was also outrebounded on the night, but did finish with five more offensive boards than did the Mavs while also forcing 26 turnovers.

The Ladyjacks did most of their damage in the first half, using an energized defense to force 17 turnovers on the defensive end and using a smooth shooting hand to hit seven treys in the first period on their way to a comfortable 40-24 halftime edge. Marion hit for 12 of her 19 points in the first period, while Decreasha Goodner (5'7''-G-89) added all 10 of her points in the first half, mainly on canning 7-of-8 from the free throw line.

It took SFA less than nine minutes to build a double-digit lead, one which stayed as such for the majority of the half, but it was an 8-0 run in the final 1:48 behind threes from Marion and Cheyenne Berry that doubled the margin in sending SFA to the locker room.

Still, for the second consecutive home game it took the Ladyjacks a few minutes to warm up coming out of the locker room as UTA scored the first six points of the half, unanswered, over the first three minutes before Sawyer ended the early drought with a jumper from the free throw line.

From there SFA managed to answer every UTA burst with one of its own, seeing the lead shrink to as little as four points with just over eight minutes remaining before going on an 8-2 run over the next three minutes to push the lead back to 61-51 after a three from Courtney Conwright (5'6''-G-90) and a free throw from Ebony Alexander (5'6''-G-89).

But that is when the Mavs began their final run, drawing to within a point at 65-64 when Tamara Simmons (5'7''-G-89) splashed in a step-back three from the right wing with just 1:33 remaining. Then, after the team's traded empty trips down the court, the Mavs took their first lead since the 18:33 mark of the first half when Kiara Parker (5'8''-G) took advantage of an offensive rebound to put UTA up 66-65 with only 40 seconds remaining.

SFA then took a timeout and etched out a play for Marion, who found herself open on the right side of the floor and calmly hit what proved to be the game-winning shot with just 20 seconds left in the ballgame.

The Ladyjacks next host Texas State at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at William R. Johnson Coliseum. The game will be SFA's annual Pink Zone game and will be aired live on the Southland Conference Television Network.

Courtesy: Southland.org


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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Laurie KOEHN
  Utex Row
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Koehn, Utex Row18.7 
 2. Champion, Inea AZS16.9 
 3. Kobryn, Wisla C.15.1 
 4. Harris, Utex Row14.9 
 5. Leuchanka, Gorzow14.4 
 6. Fox-Griffin, Super.14.3 
 7. Ross, Lider P.14.0 
 8. Szott, Artego14.0 
 9. Swanier, Lotos G.13.8 
 10. Jankowska, LKS S.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yelena LEUCHANKA
  Wisla Can-Pak
  (196-C-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.7 
 2. Oha, LKS Siemens9.2 
 3. Carter, CCC P.9.1 
 4. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia8.3 
 5. Cheek, Super-Pol8.2 
 6. Alexander, Odra B.7.9 
 7. Denson, Lider P.7.7 
 8. Crisman, Artego7.6 
 9. Jankowska, LKS S.7.5 
 10. Maksimovic, Energa T.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC Polkowice
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Zoll, CCC P.5.9 
 2. Phillips, Wisla C.4.4 
 3. Richards, Gorzow4.1 
 4. Kulaga, Super-Pol3.8 
 5. Idczak, Inea AZS3.8 
 6. Raymond, Artego3.8 
 7. Bortelova, Energa T.3.6 
 8. Gawronska, Odra B.3.6 
 9. Swanier, Lotos G.3.4 
 10. Jelavic, Wisla C.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Adrianne ROSS
  Lider Pruszkow
  (173-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ross, Lider P.2.5 
 2. Phillips, Wisla C.2.5 
 3. Carter, CCC P.2.4 
 4. Bednarek, Lider P.2.4 
 5. Swanier, Lotos G.2.4 
 6. Gajda, Energa Torun2.3 
 7. Wright, Lotos G.2.2 
 8. Skobel, Gorzow2.2 
 9. Leedham, Gorzow2.2 
 10. Jelavic, Wisla C.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brittany DENSON
  Lider Pruszkow
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Denson, Lider P.2.1 
 2. Majewska, CCC P.1.9 
 3. Perostiyska, Energa T.1.6 
 4. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia1.4 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.3 
 6. Jankowska, LKS S.1.1 
 7. Goff, Super-Pol1.0 
 8. Kobryn, Wisla C.0.9 
 9. Oha, LKS Siemens0.9 
 10. Carter, CCC P.0.8 


Standings - PLKK
PLKK Standings
 1. Wisla Can-Pak 18-2 
 2. CCC Polkowice 18-2 
 3. Gorzow 15-4 
 4. Lider Pruszkow 14-7 
 5. Lotos Gdynia 13-7 
 6. Energa Torun 13-7 
 7. Artego 10-11 
 8. Super-Pol 9-12 
 9. Widzew 7-13