EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/20/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Krka 14-7 
 2. Partizan 13-7 
 3. Union Olimpija 13-8 
 4. Buducnost 13-8 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 11-9 
 6. Cedevita 11-10 
 7. Radnicki 11-10 
 8. Igokea 10-11 
 9. Hemofarm 10-11 
 10. Siroki TT 9-11 
 11. CEZ Nymburk 9-12 
 12. Cibona 9-12 
 13. Crvena Zvezda 6-14 
 14. Zadar 6-15 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 20
 1. Lee, Radnicki20.0 
 2. Zoric, KK.19.5 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 4. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.7 
 5. Draper, Cedevita18.0 
 6. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 7. Marsh, Crvena Z.17.4 
 8. Car, Zadar16.4 
 9. Chase, Igokea16.3 
 10. Dragicevic, Buduc.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Zoric, KK.8.4 
 2. Harvey, Igokea7.6 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.1 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 5. Gist, Partizan6.7 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.4 
 7. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.1 
 8. Milosevic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 9. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.8 
 10. Markota, Union O.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.5 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki5.0 
 3. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.6 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.5 
 5. Renfroe, KK.3.9 
 6. Nissim, CEZ N.3.7 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.3.7 
 8. Chase, Igokea3.5 
 9. Car, Zadar3.5 
 10. Rakic, Radnicki3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.5 
 2. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.2 
 3. Lee, Radnicki2.1 
 4. Car, Zadar2.0 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 6. Dragic, Krka1.8 
 7. Radosevic, Cibona1.7 
 8. Renfroe, KK.1.7 
 9. Cakarevic, Radnicki1.6 
 10. Ozbolt, Union O.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Zoric, KK.1.2 
 2. Radosevic, Cibona1.0 
 3. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 4. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 5. Jawai, Partizan0.8 
 6. Shermadini, Union O.0.8 
 7. Vesely, Partizan0.7 
 8. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.7 
 9. Booker, Krka0.7 
 10. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 


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  ARGENTINA   


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


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Thailand Slammers win ASEAN League second season - by Eurobasket News
Philip.Patriots - Thailand S. 68-75
Thailand Slammers are new ASEAN League champions. They dethroned the Philippine Patriots to clinch the title. The Slammers overcame the Patriots on the road tonight to sweep the Final series. Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) came up with 19 points to lead the winners. The Slammers looked the better side in the opening frame. They opened the game with four straight points and maintained the lead throughout the opening term. Froilan Baguion gave the visitors an 18:13 lead after ten minutes. However the Patriots used a 12:2 run midway through the second term to gain a 27:21 lead. The teams traded baskets before Warren Ibanez made it 32:30 for Philippine Patriots at halftime. The hosts stayed in charge in the third term. Steve Thomas (203-F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) ensured a 13-point lead for the Patriots 49;36. However Froilan Baguion and Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) trimmed the margin at 5 points with one quarter remaining 47:52. Chris Kuete helped the visitors erase the deficit with under four minutes remaining 63:63. The teams were still tied at 66 with two minutes to go when the Slammers went on a deadly 9:0 spurt and sealed the winning outcome. Ardy Larong (190-G/F-80) nailed 15 points, while Jason Dixon added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Benedict Fernandez (183-G-84) and Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) accounted for 16 points each, while Freeman added 13 rebounds. Steve Thomas had 14 points and 15 boards in the loss.




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  AUSTRALIA   


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


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Ervin, Hawks20.5 
 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, 36ers16.0 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers15.2 
 10. Ubaka, Taipans14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.4 
 2. Davidson, Hawks7.7 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.5 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Brown, Wildcats7.4 
 6. Holmes, 36ers7.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.9 
 9. Knight, Wildcats6.8 
 10. Williams, Tigers6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Williams, Tigers5.9 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.6 
 3. Carter, 36ers4.6 
 4. Shannon, 36ers4.3 
 5. Saville, Hawks4.2 
 6. Ervin, Hawks4.2 
 7. Braswell, Breakers4.1 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.8 
 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. Saville, Hawks1.6 
 3. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 4. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 5. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 6. Hill, 36ers1.3 
 7. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 8. Ervin, Hawks1.2 
 9. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 10. Shannon, 36ers1.2 
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. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 8. Gilder, Sydney K.1.1 
 9. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 10. Sanders, Sydney K.0.9 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 19-4 
 2. Arkadia 15-8 
 3. Furstenfeld 15-9 
 4. Oberwart 14-9 
 5. Kapfenberg 13-10 
 6. Klosterneub. 13-11 
Group B
 1. UBSC Graz 12-11 
 2. Wels 12-11 
 3. BC Vienna 10-14 
 4. Gussing 9-14 
 5. St.Polten 6-17 
 6. Worthersee 2-22 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.0 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.8 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.20.3 
 4. Houston, Arkadia19.5 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.19.1 
 6. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.2 
 7. Heard, Gussing17.5 
 8. Mayes, Gmunden17.4 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.2 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.9 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.3 
 4. Volcic, Oberwart8.1 
 5. Graham, UBSC G.7.8 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.8 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden7.7 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna7.6 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden7.3 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.7 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.8 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.4 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.6.0 
 6. Parker, Oberwart4.7 
 7. Boylan, Gmunden4.5 
 8. Miletic, UBSC G.4.5 
 9. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.3 
 10. Stazic, BC Vienna4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.2.4 
 2. Schreiner, St.Po.2.3 
 3. Parker, Oberwart2.2 
 4. Boylan, Gmunden2.2 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 6. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 7. Artner, Oberwart1.9 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna1.8 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.8 
 10. Vay, Arkadia1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.7 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.2 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.0 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 
 10. Koch, Gussing0.6 


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  BAHRAIN   


Al Ahli cruise past Ettihad - by Yousef Ahmed
TWO-time defending champions Al Ahli rolled past Al Ettihad 93-67 last night in their Zain Bahrain Basketball League contest, played at Zain Arena in Um Al Hassam, Despite taking to the hardwood with a depleted squad due to the country unrest, Ahli were off and running from the opening tip. They enjoyed an early lead against their overmatched rivals and never looked back.

The win helped Ahli register a winning start to the second round of the league. It also helped them bounce back from a disappointing two-game sweep in the finals of the Zain Bahrain Basketball Cup last week, where they bowed to bitter rivals Manama. Ahli were spearheaded in the contest by their recently signed American professional Marquin Chandler. They also got strong play from guards Hesham Sarhan and Mahmood Akhbar, while relying on the strong interior presence of Mahmood Abdulnabi, Mahdi Ashoor and Chandler. Ahli were playing once again without the injured pairing of court general Hussain Shaker and do-it-all forward Sayed Hashim. They also were missing the services of lightning-quick guard Maytham Jameel and bruiser Mohammed Qurban. Still, they headed into the contest the clear favourites, and lived up to their tag against their struggling rivals.

Ettihad, meanwhile, were missing two key team members and were also playing for the first time with their newly signed import Nashid Beard, who is also from the US. Beard had a solid debut, but he alone could not help his squad overcome the major Ahli hurdle. Ahli began the game strong and at the end of the opening quarter, held a 26-19 lead. The victors then blew the game wide open with a fine effort in the second period, when they stretched their advantage and moved comfortably ahead 48-32 heading into the half-time interval. Despite already being miles ahead, the back-to-back defending league champions continued to pile on the pressure, and they added to their advantage to make it 68-49 after three. Ahli cruised in the final canto while never running out of steam. They eventually closed out the big 26-point victory that forged a three-way tie atop the league standings with their fiercest title challengers, Manama and Muharraq.

All three clubs have identical 8-2 win-loss records, ahead of joint fourth-placed squads Sitra and Nuwaidrat, who both enjoy 6-4 marks. Ahli, Manama and Muharraq are all on course to secure direct berths to this year's six-team league play-offs. Ettihad, on the other hand, dropped their sixth game after 10 tries and remained in the bottom half of the league table. They are still in the hunt for a play-off berth, along with Sitra, Nuwaidrat, Isa Town and Al Hala. Bahrain Club and Al Najma are the league's two cellar-dwelling clubs.

League action continues tomorrow when Sitra will be looking to bounce back from a loss last week against Muharraq, who will be looking to maintain their winning ways.




Source GDN by PATRICK SALOMON.Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011



Al Ahli cruise past Ettihad - by Yousef Ahmed
TWO-time defending champions Al Ahli rolled past Al Ettihad 93-67 last night in their Zain Bahrain Basketball League contest, played at Zain Arena in Um Al Hassam, Despite taking to the hardwood with a depleted squad due to the country unrest, Ahli were off and running from the opening tip. They enjoyed an early lead against their overmatched rivals and never looked back.

The win helped Ahli register a winning start to the second round of the league. It also helped them bounce back from a disappointing two-game sweep in the finals of the Zain Bahrain Basketball Cup last week, where they bowed to bitter rivals Manama. Ahli were spearheaded in the contest by their recently signed American professional Marquin Chandler (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.). They also got strong play from guards Hesham Sarhan and Mahmood Akhbar, while relying on the strong interior presence of Mahmood Abdulnabi, Mahdi Ashoor and Chandler. Ahli were playing once again without the injured pairing of court general Hussain Shaker and do-it-all forward Sayed Hashim. They also were missing the services of lightning-quick guard Maytham Jameel and bruiser Mohammed Qurban. Still, they headed into the contest the clear favourites, and lived up to their tag against their struggling rivals.

Ettihad, meanwhile, were missing two key team members and were also playing for the first time with their newly signed import Nashid Beard (208-F-83, college: Lamar), who is also from the US. Beard had a solid debut, but he alone could not help his squad overcome the major Ahli hurdle. Ahli began the game strong and at the end of the opening quarter, held a 26-19 lead. The victors then blew the game wide open with a fine effort in the second period, when they stretched their advantage and moved comfortably ahead 48-32 heading into the half-time interval. Despite already being miles ahead, the back-to-back defending league champions continued to pile on the pressure, and they added to their advantage to make it 68-49 after three. Ahli cruised in the final canto while never running out of steam. They eventually closed out the big 26-point victory that forged a three-way tie atop the league standings with their fiercest title challengers, Manama and Muharraq.

All three clubs have identical 8-2 win-loss records, ahead of joint fourth-placed squads Sitra and Nuwaidrat, who both enjoy 6-4 marks. Ahli, Manama and Muharraq are all on course to secure direct berths to this year's six-team league play-offs. Ettihad, on the other hand, dropped their sixth game after 10 tries and remained in the bottom half of the league table. They are still in the hunt for a play-off berth, along with Sitra, Nuwaidrat, Isa Town and Al Hala. Bahrain Club and Al Najma are the league's two cellar-dwelling clubs.

League action continues tomorrow when Sitra will be looking to bounce back from a loss last week against Muharraq, who will be looking to maintain their winning ways.


Source GDN by PATRICK SALOMON.Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011




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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ilmars BERGMANIS
  Zemgale
  (184-G-81)
  Avg: 19
 1. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.0 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 3. Osby, TT.18.9 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas16.9 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.15.8 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.6 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja15.1 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Osby, TT.11.7 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.8 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.4 
 4. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 6. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 7. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.9 
 8. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.7 
 9. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
 10. Kuzminskas, Ventspils7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.6 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Kriisa, TT.4.9 
 5. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis4.6 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.5 
 8. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 9. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 10. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Broadus, Siauliai2.4 
 2. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 3. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 5. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 7. Anderson, Ventspils1.8 
 8. Sirvydis, Sakalai1.8 
 9. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
 10. Mitchell, Liepaja1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.3 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 6. Cresnar, Nevezis1.4 
 7. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.2 
 8. Osby, TT.1.2 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.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. Ventspils 15-4 
 2. VEF Riga 14-4 
 3. TU/Rock 13-6 
 4. Rudupis 13-8 
 5. Nevezis 12-7 
 6. Siauliai 12-8 
 7. Kalev/Cramo 10-9 
 8. Perlas 8-12 
 9. Norrkoping 7-12 
 10. Liepaja 6-13 
 11. TTU/Kalev 5-15 
 12. Valmiera 1-18 
Challenge Cup
 1. Juventus 7-3 
 2. Aiscai Kaunas 6-4 
 3. Techasas 6-4 
 4. Neptunas 5-5 
 5. Zemgale 4-6 
 6. Alytus Alita 2-8 


Round 20: Leader VEF Riga loses to Rudupis - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Latvian VEF Riga (14-4) recorded its fourth loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Lithuanian Rudupis (13-8) 87-77. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Rudupis made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by VEF Riga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (197-90) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) produced 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Rudupis moved-up to fourth place in Elite. VEF Riga at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. Rudupis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. VEF Riga will play on the road against Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn and is hoping to win this game.
One of the most interesting games of round 20 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Sixth ranked Siauliai won against visiting Rudupis (13-8) 92-86. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. Rashaun Broadus contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (197-90) replied with 25 points and 7 rebounds for Rudupis. Siauliai have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position in Elite with 12-8 record. Rudupis at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ventspils. First ranked Latvian Ventspils faced 3rd ranked Lithuanian Nevezis. Host Ventspils (15-4) defeated guests from Kedainiai (12-7) 73-58. Worth to mention a great performance of Oritseweyinmi Efejuku who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Ventspils' coach Algirdas Brazys used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ernests Kalve responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Ventspils have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Elite with 15-4 record. Loser Nevezis dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Nevezis will play against the league's second-placed VEF Riga (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Latvian leader Ventspils delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Lithuanian Perlas (8-12) 65-61. The winners were led by Rashad Anderson who scored that evening 21 points. Perlas' coach Roberts Stelmahers tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ventspils (15-4) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Elite. Perlas at the other side keep the eighth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Tallinn. Eleventh ranked Estonian TTU/Kalev (5-15) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 10th ranked Latvian Liepaja (6-13) 74-72 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Bambale Osby who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. TTU/Kalev maintains eleventh position in Elite with 5-15 record. Liepaja lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Rest of the games of round 20 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In 2 Aiscai Kaunas was defeated by Alytus Alita in a road game 83-82. Neptunas were beaten by Techasas at home 75-85. Juventus won against Zemgale on the opponent's court 93-85.
In Elite Kalev/Cramo unfortunately lost to Liepaja in a home game 79-90. Norrkoping was rolled over TU/Rock on the road 68-94. Kalev/Cramo crushed Norrkoping on its own court 114-95.


Challenge
Alytus Alita - Aiscai Kaunas 83-82

There was an upset when top-ranked Aiscai Kaunas (6-4) were edged on the road by sixth ranked Alytus Alita (2-8) 83-82 on Friday. Aiscai Kaunas were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-20 charge of Alytus Alita, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Aiscai Kaunas turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Paulius Kleiza (195-88) who scored 22 points. Guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89) produced 29 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Alytus Alita maintains sixth position in 2 with 2-8 record. Loser Aiscai Kaunas dropped to the second place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Alytus Alita: P.Kleiza 22+4reb+2ast, A.Birgelis 19+3reb+5ast, S.Dumbliauskas 17+2reb+4ast, S.Kazevicius 10+3reb+1ast, M.Janisius 9+7reb+2ast, M.Silale 3+3reb+1ast
Aiscai Kaunas: S.Vasiliauskas 29+2reb+2ast, A.Drungilas 14+4reb+1ast, V.Jasikevicius 14+7reb+3ast, C.Motnii 10+6reb+1ast, P.Cukinas 8+5reb+2ast, K.Saage 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 120110


Neptunas - Techasas 75-85

Everything could happen in Klaipeda at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Techasas and one of their biggest challengers Neptunas had identical 5-4 record. But Neptunas were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Panevezys 85-75 on Friday night. Neptunas were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Neptunas were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Tomas Rinkevicius (178-78) who scored 19 points and 4 assists. Forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Techasas players scored in double figures. Forward Simas Galdikas (203-87) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Techasas maintains third position in 2 with 6-4 record having just -16 point less than leader Ventspils. Loser Neptunas keep the fourth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Techasas: T.Rinkevicius 19+2reb+4ast, T.Cerneckis 18+3reb, M.Valukonis 15+7reb+1ast, G.Leonavicius 15+4reb, D.Silinskis 7+2reb+3ast, V.Volkus 6+3reb+2ast
Neptunas: S.Galdikas 22+5reb+1ast, V.Vasylius 18+5reb+2ast, M.Ruikis 11+5reb+5ast, L.Bonner 7+10reb, R.Bitinas 6, J.Zurna 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 120111


Zemgale - Juventus 85-93

Rather expected game in Jelgava where 5th ranked Latvian Zemgale (4-6) was defeated by second ranked Lithuanian Juventus (7-3) 93-85 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-85. Juventus dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Zemgale's 24. They outrebounded Zemgale 42-25 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Gediminas Maceina (188-84) who scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Zydrunas Urbonas (198-76) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) produced 18 points and guard Ilmars Bergmanis (184-81) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Juventus keep a position of 2 leader. Loser Zemgale keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Juventus: A.Vasiliauskas 15+2reb+1ast, J.Elvikis 13+3reb+3ast, V.Cepukaitis 13+4reb+2ast, G.Maceina 12+7reb+2ast, Z.Urbonas 12+7reb+1ast, A.Adomaitis 11+7reb
Zemgale: E.Krumins 18+4reb+2ast, I.Bergmanis 18+2reb+3ast, R.Strupovics 14+1reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 10+7reb+1ast, A.Brunins 10+5reb+4ast, J.Bambis 6+1reb
gschID: 120112


Elite
Kalev/Cramo - Liepaja 79-90

There was a small surprise in Tallinn where tenth ranked Latvian Liepaja (6-13) beat 7th ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (10-9) 90-79 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-79. Kalev/Cramo was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) who scored 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Jurijs Aleksejevs (203-85) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Rait Keerles (201-80) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) added 11 points respectively for the hosts. Five Liepaja and four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Liepaja maintains tenth position in Elite with 6-13 record. Loser Kalev/Cramo keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Liepaja will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: P.Caldwell 27+9reb+4ast, J.Aleksejevs 14+6reb+1ast, A.Ate 12+3ast, M.Meiers 10+4reb, M.Kravcenko 10+5reb+2ast, A.Ozols 7+2reb
Kalev/Cramo: R.Keerles 15+9reb+2ast, T.Sokk 12+2reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 12+2reb+2ast, M.Dunigan 11+4reb+2ast, R.Tamm 9+6reb+2ast, G.Arbet 7+4reb
gschID: 117285


Ventspils - Perlas 65-61

Latvian leader Ventspils delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Lithuanian Perlas (8-12) 65-61. The hosts were already 22 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 33-15 Perlas' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 65-61 at the end of the game. Ventspils dominated on the defensive end, holding Perlas to just 4 points in first quarter. The winners were led by American swingman Rashad Anderson (195-83, college: Connecticut) who scored that evening 21 points and Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Even 23 points by forward Vilmantas Dilys (208-87) did not help to save the game for Perlas. Guard Aidas Viskontas (185-86) added 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the guests. Perlas' coach Roberts Stelmahers tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ventspils (15-4) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Elite. Perlas at the other side keep the eighth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: R.Anderson 21+4reb, O.Efejuku 16+6reb+1ast, A.Strelnieks 8+5reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 8+2reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 5+3reb, L.Blaus 4+5reb+1ast
Perlas: V.Dilys 23+2reb+1ast, A.Viskontas 9+4reb+5ast, Z.Kelys 7+1reb, S.Kulvietis 6+2reb, D.Redikas 6+1reb+4ast, E.Bendzius 4+2reb
gschID: 117286


VEF Riga - Rudupis 77-87

Top ranked Latvian VEF Riga (14-4) recorded its fourth loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Lithuanian Rudupis (13-8) 87-77. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Rudupis made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by VEF Riga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (197-90) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) produced 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) added 12 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Rudupis and five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Rudupis moved-up to fourth place in Elite. VEF Riga at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. Rudupis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. VEF Riga will play on the road against Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Juskevicius 21+8reb+6ast, J.Sinica 18+6reb+2ast, G.Orelikas 17+9reb+1ast, V.Lipkevicius 16+5reb+4ast, P.Butkevicius 6+1reb, P.Parachomikas 3+1reb
VEF Riga: T.Hughes 18+5reb+5ast, S.Valters 14+2reb+3ast, M.Laksa 13+8reb+1ast, G.Jahovics 12+7reb+2ast, A.Parakhouski 12+14reb, D.Bertans 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 117287


TU/Rock - Norrkoping 94-68

Not a big story in a game in Tartu where 9th ranked Swedish Norrkoping Dolphins (7-12) were outplayed by fourth ranked Estonian TU/Rock (13-6) 94-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Norrkoping Dolphins was better in fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TU/Rock forced 21 Norrkoping Dolphins turnovers. The best player for the winners was American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Guard Rain Veideman (192-91) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Five TU/Rock players scored in double figures. TU/Rock's coach Indrek Visnapuu felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Anton Saks (200-89) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and American-British power forward Randall Hanke (211-84, college: Providence) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Defending Estonian champion moved-up to third place in Elite. Norrkoping Dolphins lost third consecutive game. Defending Swedish champion keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. TU/Rock will face Kalev/Cramo (#7) in Tallinn in the next round.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: C.Eziukwu 17+9reb+4ast, A.Paade 12+3reb, R.Veideman 12+6reb+3ast, G.Tsintsadze 11+3reb+6ast, S.Leppik 10+3reb+3ast, V.Allingu 10+3reb
Norrkoping: A.Saks 17+6reb+2ast, R.Hanke 16+8reb, O.Ayuba 8+6reb, J.Kjellbom 7+4reb+1ast, M.Lindqvist 7+2reb+2ast, T.Gaidamavicius 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 117288


Siauliai - Rudupis 92-86

One of the most interesting games of round 20 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Sixth ranked Siauliai won against visiting Rudupis (13-8) 92-86. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-20 Rudupis' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 92-86 at the end of the game. Siauliai players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. American-Samoan guard Rashaun Broadus (182-84, college: BYU) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (197-90) replied with 25 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) added 25 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Rudupis. Five Siauliai and four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Siauliai have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position in Elite with 12-8 record. Rudupis at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: V.Sarakauskas 18+8reb+3ast, R.Broadus 17+3reb+6ast, D.Gvezdauskas 13+3reb+3ast, D.Weaver 11+4reb, Z.Janavicius 11+2reb+3ast, R.Gumenyuk 8+5reb+1ast
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 25+7reb+1ast, A.Juskevicius 25+1reb+2ast, J.Sinica 13+6ast, E.Zelionis 11+6reb, V.Lipkevicius 8+1reb+2ast, P.Parachomikas 3+1reb
gschID: 117281


Ventspils - Nevezis 73-58

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ventspils. First ranked Latvian Ventspils faced 3rd ranked Lithuanian Nevezis. Host Ventspils (15-4) defeated guests from Kedainiai (12-7) 73-58. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Nevezis managed to win fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and who added 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Ventspils' coach Algirdas Brazys used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ventspils have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Elite with 15-4 record. Loser Nevezis dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Nevezis will play against the league's second-placed VEF Riga (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: O.Efejuku 15+5reb+4ast, R.Lewin 10+8reb, A.Strelnieks 9+3reb, M.Gulbis 9+6reb+2ast, A.Berzins 9+3reb, R.Anderson 8+6reb+3ast
Nevezis: E.Kalve 19+6reb+1ast, L.Brazdauskis 13+5reb, E.Dimsa 13+10reb, L.Mikalauskas 5+3reb, R.Grinius 3+1reb+1ast, T.Rakauskas 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 117282


Kalev/Cramo - Norrkoping 114-95

Everything went according to plan in Tallinn where seventh ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (10-9) outleveled 9th ranked Swedish Norrkoping Dolphins (7-12) 114-95 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. Norrkoping Dolphins was better in fourth quarter 33-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Norrkoping Dolphins' 38. Kalev/Cramo forced 24 Norrkoping Dolphins turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Kalev/Cramo looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Norrkoping Dolphins' players. The best player for the winners was American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) who scored 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). American-British power forward Randall Hanke (211-84, college: Providence) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) added 16 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) respectively for the guests. Four Norrkoping Dolphins players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kalev/Cramo maintains seventh position in Elite with 10-9 record. Norrkoping Dolphins lost third consecutive game. Defending Swedish champion keep the ninth place with 12 games lost. Kalev/Cramo will face higher ranked TU/Rock (#3) in Tartu in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: M.Dunigan 18+4reb+1ast, R.Keerles 15+3reb+2ast, A.Skele 14+3reb+4ast, K.Saks 12+1reb+1ast, T.Sokk 10+2reb+2ast, J.Toome 10+2reb+1ast
Norrkoping: O.Ayuba 16+6reb, R.Hanke 14+8reb+1ast, M.Lindqvist 14, J.Kjellbom 13+5reb, P.Sakinis 10+2reb, G.Gervin 9+3ast
gschID: 117283


TTU/Kalev - Liepaja 74-72

Important game to mention about took place in Tallinn. Eleventh ranked Estonian TTU/Kalev (5-15) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 10th ranked Latvian Liepaja (6-13) 74-72 on Friday evening. Liepaja trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 28-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-74 at the end of the game. TTU/Kalev dominated on the defensive end, holding Liepaja to just 7 points in second quarter. Liepaja was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Jurijs Aleksejevs (203-85) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) added 16 points respectively for the guests. TTU/Kalev maintains eleventh position in Elite with 5-15 record. Liepaja lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: B.Osby 24+16reb+1ast, I.Pilk 19+5reb+3ast, V.Kriisa 8+10reb+8ast, C.Archibald 5+7reb+2ast, E.Keedus 4+2reb+1ast, K.Makke 4+1ast
Liepaja: J.Aleksejevs 19+7reb, P.Caldwell 16+2reb+1ast, M.Kravcenko 13+4reb+1ast, M.Meiers 9+10reb, A.Ate 7+2reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 117284




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D1 Round 20: No surprise as #1 Spirou Charleroi defeats VOO Verviers-Pepinster - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

D1 top team - Spirou Charleroi (14-1) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (5-11) 75-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of VOO Verviers-Pepinster. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 22-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Charleroi forced 21 Pepinster turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU) who added 9 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Spirou Charleroi have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-1 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. Spirou Charleroi are looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Belgacom Liege and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Liege was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Base Oostende (9-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Belgacom Liege (6-10). Belgacom Liege defeated Base Oostende 83-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Base Oostende. The winners were led by naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) who scored that evening 25 points and Guy Muya supported him with 10 points and 4 steals. Even 21 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) did not help to save the game for Base Oostende. Belgacom Liege maintains sixth position with 6-10 record. Base Oostende at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Belgacom Liege will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) on the road in the next round. Base Oostende will play against the league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Second ranked Okapi Aalstar (14-3) crushed at home 5th ranked Antwerp Giants (8-9) by 28 points 89-61, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Christopher Copeland who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Timothy Black produced 22 points for the guests. Okapi Aalstar maintains second position with 14-3 record having just -2 point less than leader Charleroi. Loser Antwerp Giants keep the fifth place with nine games lost. Okapi Aalstar will meet Base Oostende (#4) on the road in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play against Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 20 bottom-ranked Gent was destroyed by Leuven on the opponent's court 74-52.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 9 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks by John Tofi of Leuven.


Aalstar - Antwerp 89-61

Second ranked Okapi Aalstar (14-3) crushed at home 5th ranked Antwerp Giants (8-9) by 28 points 89-61, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Okapi Aalstar looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Antwerp Giants' players. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado, agency: 540 Sports) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton (NC), agency: Limelight Hoops) produced 22 points and forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Okapi Aalstar maintains second position with 14-3 record having just -2 point less than leader Charleroi. Loser Antwerp Giants keep the fifth place with nine games lost. Okapi Aalstar will meet Base Oostende (#4) on the road in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play against Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Copeland 22+7reb+2ast, C.Young 13+7reb, A.Hilliard 13+12reb+2ast, T.Johnson 10+6reb+2ast, A.Ruoff 8+4reb+2ast, H.VanLangenhove 7+1reb+1ast
Antwerp: T.Black 22+3reb, R.Moors 9+2ast, D.Wilson 8+8reb+2ast, G.Brown 8+3reb, S.Mejri 6+10reb+1ast, J.Mwema 4+5reb
gschID: 98639


Charleroi - Verviers-Pep. 75-67

D1 top team - Spirou Charleroi (14-1) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (5-11) 75-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of VOO Verviers-Pepinster. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 22-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Spirou Charleroi forced 21 VOO Verviers-Pepinster turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU) who added 9 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. Spirou Charleroi have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-1 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. Spirou Charleroi are looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Belgacom Liege and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: D.Mallet 16+1ast, B.Wright 14+6reb+1ast, J.Hamilton 10+1reb+3ast, D.Broyles 9+6reb+2ast, C.Beghin 9+5reb, B.Greene 7+3reb+1ast
Verviers-Pep.: S.Jackson 23+6reb, R.Freeman 20+12reb+1ast, D.Jones 10+4reb+1ast, T.Shengelia 7+6reb+1ast, D.Jorssen 4+3reb, A.Chada 3+3reb
gschID: 98640


Leuven - Gent 74-52

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Optima Gent's (2-16) road loss to eighth ranked Leuven Bears (6-11) 52-74 on Saturday. The game without a history. Leuven Bears led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Leuven Bears made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) who scored 20 points and 4 assists. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) chipped in 9 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. International guard Lionel Bosco (176-81, agency: Court Side) produced 11 points and American power forward Monwell Randle (203-83, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Leuven Bears moved-up to seventh place. Optima Gent lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Leuven Bears will meet league's leader Spirou Charleroi on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Optima Gent will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Leuven: A.Dagunduro 20+3reb+4ast, B.Freeman 15+1ast, N.Marnegrave 13+8reb+1ast, J.Tofi 9+12reb+4ast, D.Lowhorn 5+2reb, K.Melson 5+2reb+1ast
Gent: L.Bosco 11+2reb+3ast, M.Randle 10+5reb, S.Geukens 10+5reb, A.Hall 5+2ast, M.De Zeeuw 5+4reb, W.Dobbelaere 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98641


Liege - Oostende 83-73

The game in Liege was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Base Oostende (9-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Belgacom Liege (6-10). Belgacom Liege defeated Base Oostende 83-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Base Oostende. The game without a history. Belgacom Liege led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Base Oostende's 30. The winners were led by naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) who scored that evening 25 points and the former international guard Guy Muya (190-83, agency: LBM Management) supported him with 10 points and 4 steals. Even 21 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) did not help to save the game for Base Oostende. His fellow American import forward Will Thomas (200-86, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Belgacom Liege maintains sixth position with 6-10 record. Base Oostende at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Belgacom Liege will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) on the road in the next round. Base Oostende will play against the league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liege: W.Boss Mukubu 25+3reb+2ast, T.Griffin 14+3reb, G.Muya 10+4reb+3ast, A.Stipanovic 9+7reb, P.Gillet 8+6reb, G.Hockins 6+2reb
Oostende: C.Green 21+8reb, D.Katnic 15, W.Thomas 11+9reb+4ast, M.Faison 10+5reb, V.Petrovic 8+2reb, B.Ebong 4+7reb
gschID: 98638




Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 14-1 
 2. Aalstar 14-3 
 3. M.Hainaut 11-5 
 4. Oostende 9-9 
 5. Antwerp 8-9 
 6. Liege 6-10 
 7. Leuven 6-11 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 5-11 
 9. Gent 2-16 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Matt LOJESKI
  Oostende
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 17
 1. Lojeski, Oostende17.0 
 2. Copeland, Aalstar16.9 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi15.6 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.5 
 5. Waters, Verviers.15.2 
 6. Jackson, Verviers.15.1 
 7. Lewis, M.Hainaut15.0 
 8. Miller, Leuven14.9 
 9. Freeman, Verviers.14.8 
 10. Hilliard, Aalstar14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Freeman, Verviers.8.0 
 2. Hilliard, Aalstar8.0 
 3. Young, Aalstar7.8 
 4. Randle, Gent7.7 
 5. Tofi, Leuven7.2 
 6. Stipanovic, Liege6.7 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.7 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar6.3 
 9. Thomas, Oostende6.1 
 10. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.1 
 3. Waters, Verviers.3.4 
 4. Dagunduro, Leuven3.3 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Miller, Leuven3.0 
 7. Lewis, M.Hainaut3.0 
 8. Mallet, Charleroi2.9 
 9. Steinbach, Aalstar2.6 
 10. Jenkins, Liege2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.6 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.1 
 5. Mitchell, Oostende2.1 
 6. Dagunduro, Leuven1.9 
 7. McCauley, M.Hai.1.7 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende1.7 
 9. Bosco, Gent1.7 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.7 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.4 
 4. Randle, Gent0.9 
 5. Tofi, Leuven0.9 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 7. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 8. Faison, Oostende0.4 
 9. Freeman, Verviers.0.3 
 10. Van Paassen, M.Hai.0.3 


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Bosna 15-3 
 2. Borac Nektar 14-5 
 3. Capljina 13-6 
 4. Mladost 13-6 
 5. Sloboda Dita 11-8 
 6. SL IAT Leotar 11-9 
 7. Zrinjski HT 11-9 
 8. Hercegovac 10-9 
 9. Celik 7-13 
 10. Kakanj 6-13 
 11. Varda HE 6-13 
 12. Brotnjo 6-14 
 13. Slavija 2-17 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki TT


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.7 
 2. Kahrimanovic, Kak.19.0 
 3. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.9 
 4. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 5. Zdravkovic, Capljina16.4 
 6. Sakic, Zrinjski HT16.4 
 7. Rahimic, Bosna16.4 
 8. Gajovic, Hercegovac16.3 
 9. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
 10. Opacak, Celik15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac7.8 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.6 
 3. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik6.9 
 5. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.5 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.5 
 7. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.3 
 8. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 9. Markovic, Varda HE6.1 
 10. Jocovic, Borac N.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Pasalic, Bosna4.6 
 3. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 4. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.8 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 6. Markovic, Varda HE3.4 
 7. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 8. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.2 
 9. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
 10. Simonovic, Zrinjski.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Adamovic, Borac N.2.6 
 3. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 4. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.2 
 5. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 6. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.8 
 7. Vranjes, Borac N.1.8 
 8. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 9. Komatina, Mladost1.7 
 10. Mulic, Kakanj1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kuzmic, Celik2.0 
 2. Zimic, Bosna1.9 
 3. Brkic, Capljina0.8 
 4. Duranovic, Mladost0.8 
 5. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 6. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.8 
 7. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 8. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 
 9. Radulovic, Slavija0.6 
 10. Pelkic, SL IAT L.0.6 


Bosnian Junior NT draft candidates - Part 2 - Srdjan Pejicic - by Nedzad Kladusak
In the second part of the Bosnian U-20 NT draft I want to present you Srdjan Pejicic. Pejicic has received already offers of KK Partizan and Rutgers University (NCAA1).

1.Could you please introduce yourself first?
I am 6 foot 6 and play the shooting guard position. I was born in Sarajevo and lived in former Yugoslavia until the age of 4. Since it was time of war our family had to move and we decided to move to Canada. We moved to Kitchener, Ontario and lived there until I was 10 years old. After we moved for Basketball reasons to Waterloo, Ontario, where I reside today. I started playing basketball at the age of 7 with my dad outside my apartments. I really fell in love with the game around the age of 11 when I started playing different positions and expanding my game.

2.Do you come often to BIH and how are you linked with it?
I try to come every summer to Bosna. The only time that I would not come is because if I have schoolwork over the summer. I love coming as often as possible. Since I was born in Sarajevo I have a lot of family in Bosna; from Grandparents, to Uncles and Aunts. I also have developed a lot of friends because of all the camps I have traveled to (Kopaonik, Zlatibor, Trebinje).

3.How did you hear of the Eurobasket NT draft?
I found out about the action through general discovery. When I was younger I always wanted to play back where I was born but didnt know what league it was. When I found out my dad played professionally, along with most of his friends, I was interested right away to play.

4.You had offers of KK Triland and KK Partizan (!). How would you describe the differences between European and Canadian basketball?
There is a huge difference between basketball here, in Canada, and basketball overseas, in Europe. A major difference is the level of basketball IQ. No matter who you are, if you live in Europe you have played a game of basketball or watch a game, and understand how it should be played. Players in Canada can be very athletic but arent very basketball smart. The physical play can be found everywhere, as well as, the exciting over the rim plays.

5.Have you been contacted by the Bosnian basketball association or basketball associations? Do you know some bosnian basketball coaches?
I did not have any official contact with anybody from Bosnian basketball federation or any other federation from Europe.
I have kept a connection with almost all of the coaches, especially the coach from KK Triland, and I still talk to KK Partizan friends and coaches. I know many coaches from Bosna but ones that I talk often is Tim Wells (KK Triland) and Bane Pejicic (KK Samac). Out of Bosna I have formed a connection in different countries. Obviously I have many connections with Canadians coaches, but I also have formed a connection with the Jr. Roma Coach (Italy). This was formed when I went to Trebinje Camp and was asked to
come back and play over the year with them.

6.How can you strenghthen the Bosnian U-20 NT?
I believe I bring a wide range of skills to the U-20 team. Im a great scorer, and excel at shooting. I can catch and shoot, off the dribble, and coming off the screens. I believe I can finish down the lane, but at the same time I can create open shots for my teammates. Defensively I am long and am good at help defense.

7.What do you think of our group? Do you know some of the candidates for the U20-NT?
I believe that BIH is 100% going to go past round play and has a very good chance at achieving the championship. They have a good coaching staff and could have the right pieces that can carry BIH to the championship.

8.Have you ever been on a match of the senior BIH NT? Do you know some NT players?
Ya, while I was practicing with KK Triland, the BIH national team was playing preliminary games in its group. I watched them play Ukraine and England. I have met Henry Domercant and talked to him. We met in the change room one day and we connected due to we both speak English. He let me know how it is to play here vs. North America, helped a lot with the learning process.

9.After the draw for EC 2011 in Lithuania has been completed what do you expect of our NT?
The groups looks solid at all ends, with Croatia as the slight favorite. I believe that BIH can really make a mark on the tournament when advancing through to the second round.

10.What are your personal career aims?
I would love to play at the highest level possible, no matter where I am. I first want an education that I am proud of, and at the same time I want to play basketball. Playing in the Euroleague is a great start for my future and I would love to represent my country one day.

Thank you very much and hopefully we will see you soon in the golden-blue jersey!


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  BRAZIL   


NBB Round 20: Leader Unitri/Universo gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
The round 20 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Leader Unitri/Universo delivered the fourteenth win on Friday night. This time they crushed 14th ranked Vitoria (4-15) 94-64 in Uberlandia. The game without a history. Unitri/Universo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Vitoria to just 6 points in first quarter. Unitri/Universo (14-5) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Vitoria lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Vila Velha CETAF. Unitri/Universo are looking forward to face Vila Velha CETAF (#13) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Vitoria will play against BRB/Brasilia and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Brasilia. Local BRB/Brasilia (12-4) outscored 13th ranked Vila Velha CETAF (4-15) 106-69. Defending champion maintains fifth position with 12-4 record. Vila Velha CETAF lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Vitoria. BRB/Brasilia will play against league's second-placed Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vila Velha CETAF will play on the road against the league's leader Unitri/Universo (#1) in Uberlandia and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Rest of the games of round 20 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Vivo/Franca crushed Winner/Limeira in Sao Paulo 79-58. S.Jose/Vinac beat Araraquara at home 78-72. Araldite/Univille won against Paulistano on the opponent's court 92-85. Flamengo outscored Assis Basket in a home game 100-75. Itabom/Bauru rolled over Pitagoras/Minas on the road 86-67.



Winner/Limeira - Vivo/Franca 58-79

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Winner/Limeira (8-9) was crushed at home by seventh ranked Vivo/Franca (11-6) 79-58. The game without a history. Vivo/Franca led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vivo/Franca moved-up to sixth place. Winner/Limeira at the other side keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. Vivo/Franca will play against Sao Jose/Vinac (#9) on the road in the next round. Winner/Limeira will play against Sao Jose/Vinac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 102773


S.Jose/Vinac - Araraquara 78-72

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (9-8) defeated at home 12th ranked Araraquara (4-14) 78-72. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-21 Araraquara's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-72 at the end of the game. Sao Jose/Vinac maintains ninth position with 9-8 record. Araraquara lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac will play against Winner/Limeira (#10) at home in the next round. Araraquara will play against Winner/Limeira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 102774


Paulistano - Araldite/Univille 85-92

Very expected game in Sao Paolo where 11th ranked Paulistano (5-14) was defeated by fourth ranked Araldite/Univille (13-6) 92-85. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-18. But Paulistano won third quarter 29-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Araldite/Univille won last quarter 26-20. Araldite/Univille have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 13-6 record. Paulistano lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Araldite/Univille will play against higher ranked Pinheiros/Sky (#3) in Sao Paolo in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Paulistano will have a break next round.
gschID: 102768


Flamengo - Assis Basket 100-75

Very predictable result in Rio de Janeiro where third ranked Flamengo (13-4) outscored bottom-ranked Assis Basket (3-15) 100-75. The game was mostly controlled by Flamengo. Assis Basket was better in third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Flamengo have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Assis Basket at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Flamengo will play against BRB/Brasilia (#5) on the road in the next round. Assis Basket will play against Pitagoras/Minas (#8) in Belo Horizonte and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 102769


Pitagoras/Minas - Itabom/Bauru 67-86

There was a minor upset in Belo Horizonte where 6th ranked Pitagoras/Minas (11-8) was outplayed by eighth ranked Itabom/Bauru (11-7) 86-67. The game was mostly controlled by Itabom/Bauru. Pitagoras/Minas was better in third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Itabom/Bauru moved-up to seventh place. Pitagoras/Minas at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Itabom/Bauru will play against league's second-placed Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pitagoras/Minas will play at home against Assis Basket (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 102770


BRB/Brasilia - Vila Velha CETAF 106-69

The game with biggest result difference took place in Brasilia. Local BRB/Brasilia (12-4) outscored 13th ranked Vila Velha CETAF (4-15) 106-69. It looked good early as Vila Velha CETAF took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BRB/Brasilia had a 24-15 second period charge getting the lead and Vila Velha CETAF was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-106. Defending champion maintains fifth position with 12-4 record. Vila Velha CETAF lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Vitoria. BRB/Brasilia will play against league's second-placed Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vila Velha CETAF will play on the road against the league's leader Unitri/Universo (#1) in Uberlandia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 102771


Unitri/Universo - Vitoria 94-64

Leader Unitri/Universo delivered the fourteenth win on Friday night. This time they crushed 14th ranked Vitoria (4-15) 94-64 in Uberlandia. The game without a history. Unitri/Universo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Vitoria to just 6 points in first quarter. Unitri/Universo (14-5) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Vitoria lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Vila Velha CETAF. Unitri/Universo are looking forward to face Vila Velha CETAF (#13) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Vitoria will play against BRB/Brasilia and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
gschID: 102772




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


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  CHINA   


Charles Gaines claims Chinese CBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Charles Gaines (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) had an amazing evening in the last round for Qingdao DS and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 52 points and ten rebounds, while his team lost the game against Guandong (#3, 17-7) 100-132. Qingdao DS maintains the 12th position in Chinese CBA. Qingdao DS is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 14th lost game this season out of 23 games. Gaines turned to be Qingdao DS's top player in his first season with the team. University of Southern Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gaines is league's best scorer averaging so far 33.3ppg. Gaines is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 14.1rpg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 61.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American power forward Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) of Beijing. Morris impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Beijing to another comfortable win 111-98 over the lower-ranked Shanghai (#11, 10-14) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Beijing to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Morris is a newcomer at Beijing and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.4ppg (#2). He also registered 11.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai (#11). Harris scored 29 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Harris' great performance Shanghai lost 98-111 to the higher-ranked Beijing (#5, 13-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Shanghai ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harris could help Shanghai to bring them higher in the standings. Harris has a great season in China. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.3ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 14.7rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 59.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83) of Beijing - 23 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79) of Shanxi Zh. - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 15 assists
6. Lester Hudson (191-G-84) of Guandong - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Marcus Haislip (207-F-80) of Guandong - 20 points and 17 rebounds
8. Marcus Williams (201-F-86) of Zhejiang C. - 31 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Herve Lamizana (207-F/C-81) of TianJin R. - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dejun Han (215-C-89) of Liaoning - 22 points and 13 rebounds

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


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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner 2010
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Puljko, Kvarner .21.8 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost21.8 
 3. Zitko, Trogir18.0 
 4. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 5. Mimica, KK Split17.1 
 6. Krolo, Darda16.1 
 7. Sobin, KK Split16.0 
 8. Bakovic, Darda16.0 
 9. Saric, Dubrava15.8 
 10. Ridl, Darda15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava11.6 
 2. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 3. Krolo, Darda8.7 
 4. Saric, Dubrava8.6 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj8.5 
 6. Sobin, KK Split8.1 
 7. Ruzic, Borik6.8 
 8. Ridl, Darda6.5 
 9. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Josip BLAJIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Blajic, Alkar Sinj5.2 
 2. Karakas, Trogir5.2 
 3. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 4. Petkovic, Svjetlost4.2 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.8 
 7. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.6 
 8. Sarac, Svjetlost3.3 
 9. Primorac, Dubrava3.3 
 10. Katic, KK Split3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner 2010
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Puljko, Kvarner .2.4 
 2. Petani, Borik2.4 
 3. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.1 
 4. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 5. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 6. Swift, Darda1.8 
 7. Saric, Dubrava1.8 
 8. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 9. Skific, Borik1.8 
 10. Karakas, Trogir1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava1.6 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.5 
 3. Kraljevic, Zabok1.2 
 4. Sobin, KK Split1.2 
 5. Krolo, Darda1.2 
 6. Sarlija, Borik1.1 
 7. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.0 
 8. Ridl, Darda0.9 
 9. Saric, Dubrava0.8 
 10. Vladovic, Trogir0.8 


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 12-3 
 2. Alkar Sinj 9-6 
 3. Borik 8-6 
 4. Dubrovnik 8-7 
 5. Kvarner 2010 8-7 
 6. Zabok 7-7 
 7. Darda 7-8 
 8. Svjetlost 6-9 
 9. Dubrava 5-10 
 10. Trogir 4-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO
 4. Zadar


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  CYPRUS   


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. APOEL 12-3 
 2. Keravnos 11-4 
 3. Apollon 9-6 
 4. Etha 9-6 
 5. Achilleas 8-7 
 6. AEK 5-10 
 7. Omonia 5-11 
 8. AEL 4-10 
 9. ENAD 4-10 


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 22-1 
 2. Svendborg 21-2 
 3. Naestved 17-7 
 4. Horsholm 14-10 
 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, Naestved18.9 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg18.8 
 9. Dennis, SISU17.7 
 10. Claitt, Horsens IC16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.8 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.4 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.2 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.7 
 5. St.John, Horsens IC9.5 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.5 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.7 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.2 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg4.9 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.3 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.0 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj3.8 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.8 
 9. Jensen, Vaerlose3.6 
 10. Simonsen, Amager B.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hall, Aalborg4.0 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 3. Nielsen, Horsholm2.1 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.1 
 5. Jakobsen, Bakken2.0 
 6. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 7. Roberts, Naestved1.8 
 8. Burgess, Bakken1.8 
 9. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 10. Smedley, Naestved1.8 
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. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 
 10. Johansen, Naestved0.7 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


NIJT Belgrade: Semifinals pairs are set - by Eurobasket News
The semifinals pairs are set in the NIJT Belgrade tournament after the morning games on Saturday. FMP and INSEP will meet and the hosts will get a chance to revenge the loss in the NIJT title game from 2010. In the other semifinals Crvena Zvezda will take on Partizan Belgrade fighting for a spot in the title game. In the 5-8 classification games USK Future Stars will face Beovuk while Union Olimpija will face Alba Berlin. FMP beat USK 87-56 to win Group A with a 3-0 record, Partizan secured its spot in the semifinals with an 87-51 win over Alba Berlin, INSEP won the ticket to the semifinals after beating and Crvena Zevezda loss Beovuk 69-85 in the last morning game. For game stats please visit Euroleague web site.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Vernon Goodridge NBA Call up Candidate - by Allen Waters
In a move that flew under the radar during All-star week-end in Los Angeles, The Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League acquired Call-up Candidate Vernon Goodridge (6'10 240 PF/C LaSalle) from the Springfield Armor.

After a solid NBA Summer league with the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers and after excelling at Veterans Camp with the Golden State Warriors, Vernon was selected by the Springfield Armor with the 5th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Development League draft.

Vernon began this season averaging 10 points, 6 rebounds & 1.75 blocks per game, in 20 minutes of playing time per contest, shooting 57% from the field and 75% from the free throw line.

Vernon ranks in the top 10 in the NBA Development league in both blocks and field goal percentage and he has anchored an Armor defense that has improved their overall record significantly from last season.

Vernon's offensive game has also developed since his college days at LaSalle, with consistent baseline & turn-around Jumps and a lethal Jump Hook, that has been compared to Hakeem Olajuwon's.

At 6'10 240, Goodridge runs the floor like a Guard and he is a renowned leaper, who finishes with tremendous strength, way above the rim. He is a freakish athlete and prototypical NBA Power Forward.

The NY Post's Marc Berman reported that NY Knicks President & GM Donnie Walsh likes Goodridge's defense, leaping ability and athleticism.

Vernon impressed at both NY Knicks and NJ Nets free agent camps this summer and is now on the radar of both GM Danny Ainge in Boston and Rod Higgins in Charlotte.

Goodridge has also drawn interest from the Cavaliers, Clippers, Pistons, Bucks, Wizards and Timberwolves, among others.

Don't be surprised if you see one of these teams snatch Goodridge up right after the trade deadline, when roster spots are expected to become available.

Goodridge is a top of the draft board talent that flew under the radar and in the right situation, he could definitely help an NBA front-court this season and beyond.
Vernon Goodridge (6'9''-F-84, college: La Salle)


Muric out for three months - by Zeljko Zule
Dino Muric (200-F-90) of Union Olimpija will be sidelined for at least three months after tearing collateral ligaments in his right knee during a Thursday's game aganist Maccabi. Muric averaged 1.0 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 0.2 steals 6 Euroleague games and 2.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.3 steals in 18 games of Adriatic League. He landed in the team from Ljubljana in the summer and was named the Slovenian Young Player of the 2009-10 season.
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Season ends for Pete Mickeal - by Eurobasket News
Regal FC Barcelona must try to defend the Euroleague title without one of the signature stars who led last season's championship effort after it was announced Saturday that Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) will be unable to play for at least four months due to a new health problem, pulmonary embolism. Mickeal, who turns 33 on Tuesday, was due back from an earlier knee injury and had been practicing with the team before doctors discovered an arterial blockage of the lung this week. Team doctors indicated that Mickeal will need four months' worth of treatment to overcome the condition. Mickeal, a 1.97-meter, do-it-all small forward, starred in Barcelona's preseason win against the Los Angeles Lakers and proceeded to lead the team in scoring (14.5 ppg.), rebounds (4.5 rpg.) and minutes (32.1 mpg.) during the first four games of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. A knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery first interrupted his season for three months starting mid-November. With his knee having recovered, Mickeal was due to see game action again last week before symptoms of this new health concern surfaced. Mickeal made the Final Four in his first Euroleague season, with Tau Ceramica in 2008, and two years later, returned with Barcelona to win the title, his first, last spring in Paris. Mickeal led the champions last season in minutes played and rebounds, while ranking second in scoring.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: OT thriller at Kauhajoki - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 36: Four tough and close games also tonight. At Kauhajoki even OT was needed, when local Karhu lost vs Pyrinto, Tampere (30-7) after OT 107-112 (91).
When the last minute got started visitor Pyrinto was ahead by seven points (84-91). Walt Baxley (191-G-84, college: Mars Hill) made a 3-pointer (39:20) and Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) another 3-pointer (39:28) and it was a one-point-game (90-91). Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) fouled against Makalainen with five seconds to go, but Makalainen made only his first FT and OT was fact. Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) got fouled out of the game during the first minute of the OT and Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) (Pyrinto) became the hero of this game. When scoring 26 pts and blocking four shots Williams went over 5000 points (5026) and over 300 blocks (303) during the six seasons he has played in Finland.

Kataja (Joensuu) defeated Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 87-85 after 14 lead changes and seven ties. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) led Kataja with 20 pts. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) scored 18 pts for ToPo. In Espoo Honka lost after a good start vs Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 86-100. Korihait had only seven players on the roster and five of them were in double digits between 14-22 pts. Lawrence Wright (195-F-84, college: Bradley) and James Reaves (203-F-82, college: Niagara) netted 22 pts both for Korihait. John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) led Honka with 25 pts. And Vilpas (Salo) beat YMCA Lahti 79-71, when Nick Okorie (185-G-88, college: Texas Tech) was back in action and scored game high 24 pts.
Kauhajoki - Pyrinto 107-112 (91) (46-46). (Walt Baxley 26, Jeremiah Wood 25/12, Vesa Makalainen 22/5a - Damon Williams 26/13/6a/4b (FTs 11/17), Antwine Williams 24, Antero Lehto 17).
Kataja - Torpan Pojat 87-85 (54-52). (Jared Newson 20, Juho Nenonen 18, Petri Virtanen 12 - Timo Heinonen 18, Elias Kajander 17, LaVell Blanchard 14).
Honka - Korihait 86-100 (49-51). (John Williamson 25/10, Jamar Wilson 22, Corey Belser 13 - Lawrence Wright 22, James Reaves 22, Nigel Moore 21).
Vilpas - YMCA Lahti 79-71 (35-35). (Nick Okorie 24, Nicchaeus Doaks 19/18, Roope Ahonen 18 - Anthony Vereen 17, Ryan Ayers 15, Roope Suonio 13).



Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 29-7 
 2. KTP 25-10 
 3. Kataja 24-11 
 4. Korihait 22-13 
 5. Honka 21-12 
 6. Kouvot 19-17 
 7. Karhu 16-18 
 8. ToPo 16-19 
 9. Namika Lahti 13-21 
 10. Salon Vilpas 12-23 
 11. LrNMKY 8-28 
 12. Tarmo 5-31 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Wilson, Honka23.1 
 2. Lewis, LrNM.21.0 
 3. Heard, Tarmo21.0 
 4. Blanchard, ToPo20.3 
 5. Wood, Karhu20.1 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.4 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.0 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto19.0 
 10. Moore, LrNM.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Wood, Karhu13.2 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.8 
 3. Young, Tarmo10.0 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Doaks, Salon Vilpas9.8 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo9.8 
 7. Vinson, Kouvot9.4 
 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.4.6 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.2 
 4. Wood, Karhu4.1 
 5. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.9 
 6. Virtanen, Kataja3.8 
 7. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.8 
 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. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Heard, 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. Blanchard, ToPo0.7 
 4. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 5. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Gonner, Kouvot0.6 
 8. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto0.6 
 10. Wright, Korihait0.6 


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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 24
 1. Blair, Denek24.0 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy18.5 
 3. Petrovic, St Et.18.2 
 4. Pridotkas, Brest17.9 
 5. Blot, Blois17.5 
 6. James, Challans16.6 
 7. Ford, Bordeaux16.3 
 8. Lalugba, Denain15.8 
 9. Lesieu, St Quentin15.8 
 10. Disy, Roche15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Simmons, St Et.9.4 
 2. Pasut, Sorgues8.6 
 3. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 4. Hoard, Lievin8.1 
 5. Kennedy, Orchy7.8 
 6. Lopez, Brest7.7 
 7. Brocheray, Denain7.7 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin7.6 
 9. Alingue, Souffel7.6 
 10. Boutry, Challans7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre BROCHARD
  Blois
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Brochard, Blois6.6 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy5.8 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.4.7 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.2 
 5. Sauret, Denain4.2 
 6. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.2 
 7. Rambur, St Quentin4.0 
 8. Driss, Bordeaux3.7 
 9. Thomas, St Etienne3.7 
 10. Tillon, St Chamond3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Blair, Denek2.9 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.1 
 3. Neri, Roche2.0 
 4. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 5. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 6. Blot, Blois1.8 
 7. El Amrani, St Et.1.7 
 8. Roberts, Brest1.7 
 9. James, Challans1.6 
 10. Schmieder, Challans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 2. Ford, Bordeaux1.7 
 3. Traore, Angers B.1.6 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.3 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.2 
 7. Kolb, Blois1.1 
 8. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 
 9. Kennedy, Orchy1.0 
 10. Diallo, Roche0.9 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Cholet 14-4 
 2. Roanne 13-5 
 3. Chalon 13-5 
 4. Nancy 12-6 
 5. Gravelines 12-6 
 6. Hyeres-Toulon 11-7 
 7. ASVEL 9-9 
 8. Le Mans 8-10 
 9. Strasbourg 8-10 
 10. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 8-10 
 11. Le Havre 7-11 
 12. Poitierarleys 7-11 
 13. Paris-Levallois 7-11 
 14. Orleans 6-12 
 15. Limoges 5-13 
 16. Vichy 4-14 


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


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Bordeaux 20-3 
 2. Denain 18-5 
 3. Angers BC 49 15-8 
 4. Brest 14-9 
 5. Sorgues 13-10 
 6. St Etienne 13-10 
 7. Blois 13-10 
 8. St Quentin 12-11 
 9. Challans 11-11 
 10. Orchy 11-12 
 11. Souffel 11-12 
 12. Denek 11-12 
 13. Le Puy 10-12 
 14. St Chamond 9-14 
 15. Lievin 9-14 
 16. Get Vosges 8-15 
 17. Roche 5-18 
 18. CFBB 3-20 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  ASVEL
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Jefferson, AS.17.8 
 2. Nichols, Vichy17.6 
 3. Darden, Nancy17.6 
 4. Mejia, Cholet17.5 
 5. Massie, Limoges17.1 
 6. King, Le Havre15.8 
 7. Bennett, Pau-La.15.6 
 8. Woodside, Gravelines15.6 
 9. Haynes, Chalon15.5 
 10. Hamilton, Paris-.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rob LEWIN
  Art.Dragons
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Lewin, Vichy9.8 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.2 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.9.0 
 4. Issa, Gravelines8.9 
 5. Jones, Le Havre8.7 
 6. Elegar, Vichy8.2 
 7. Akingbala, Nancy8.1 
 8. Jefferson, AS.7.9 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 10. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. Linehan, Nancy6.2 
 3. King, Le Havre6.2 
 4. Wright, Limoges6.1 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines5.7 
 6. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.9 
 7. Diabate, Roanne4.7 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 9. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.2 
 10. Bokolo, Gravelines4.2 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.7 
 2. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.5 
 3. Darden, Nancy2.3 
 4. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 5. Walsh, AS.2.0 
 6. Bennett, Pau-La.1.8 
 7. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 8. Diabate, Roanne1.7 
 9. Greer, Strasbourg1.6 
 10. Elegar, Vichy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.8 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.5 
 3. Sene, Gravelines1.4 
 4. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 5. Jefferson, AS.1.3 
 6. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.2 
 7. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 9. Akingbala, Nancy1.1 
 10. Badiane, Poitiera.1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Sonko, Maurienne18.8 
 2. Harris, Lille18.5 
 3. Siggers, Rouen18.4 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.2 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest17.1 
 6. Dunn, Maurienne16.1 
 7. Runkaukas, Quimper15.8 
 8. Rouse, Charleville15.5 
 9. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.5 
 10. Watson, Evreux15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 James MATHIS
  Maurienne
  (199-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Mathis, Maurienne10.4 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.10.4 
 3. Barber, Nantes10.1 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.0 
 5. Monroe, Boulogne8.7 
 6. Monroe, Boulogne8.7 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.7 
 8. Giles, Rouen8.3 
 9. Rouse, Charleville8.1 
 10. Massot, Antibes7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.2 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.6 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.7 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.4 
 5. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.4 
 6. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 7. Denave, St Vallier5.0 
 8. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 9. Craven, Dijon4.9 
 10. Akono, Nanterre4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.7 
 2. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 3. Sonko, Maurienne2.5 
 4. Daniels, Chalons-.2.5 
 5. Riley, Nanterre2.4 
 6. Craven, Dijon2.4 
 7. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.3 
 8. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.3 
 9. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.2 
 10. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.0 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.4 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.1 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 6. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 7. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 8. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 9. Diakite, Chalons-.0.8 
 10. Bouldin, Clermont0.7 


ProB Round 22: 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 and favorites losing the games.

ProB round 22 caused change at the leadership position. Sixth defeat of league's leader SPO Rouen (16-6) against tenth ranked JL Bourg (11-11) 87-71 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of SPO Rouen. The hosts trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 51-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Greek guard Angelo Tsagarakis (190-84) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. JL Bourg's coach Fabrice Courcier used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) replied with 22 points for SPO Rouen. JL Bourg have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 11-11 record. SPO Rouen at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Nanterre who have the same record. SPO Rouen will play next round against league's leader JSF Nanterre trying to make it back to the top of the standings. JL Bourg will try to continue on its current victory against thirteenth ranked Olympique Antibes on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked JSF Nanterre as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (SPO Rouen) loss. JSF Nanterre smashed 17th ranked Stade Clermont at home 87-62. American power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Johan Passave-Ducteil chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. JSF Nanterre's coach Pascal Donadieu felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American forward Tremaine Ford (207-86, college: Cal.St. Northridge) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Rouen. Stade Clermont lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 17 games lost. Stade Clermont will play next round against Aix-Maurienne trying to get back on the winning streak. JSF Nanterre will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked SPO Rouen on the road.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked ALM Evreux (14-8) against fourteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (9-13) on Saturday night. Host ALM Evreux was defeated by Olympique Antibes in a tough game in Evreux 62-69. Sacha Massot notched 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 5 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists by Philippe Da Silva did not help to save the game for ALM Evreux. Olympique Antibes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Nantes. Loser ALM Evreux keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Fos Ouest. Olympique Antibes will meet at home higher ranked JL Bourg (#10) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ALM Evreux will play against Chalons-Reims (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Fos Ouest (14-8) against eighth ranked Le Portel (13-9) on Friday night. Host Fos Ouest was defeated by Le Portel in a tough game in Fos 69-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fos Ouest. Mehdi Labeyrie fired 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Le Portel have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Fos Ouest at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Le Portel's next round opponent will be Boulazac Basket (#5) at home. Fos Ouest will play against JDA Dijon.
Bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the fourteen-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against fifth-ranked Boulazac Basket 83-71. It was a very good performance for Corey Rouse who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. Charleville-Mezieres maintains eighteenth position with 4-18 record. Loser Boulazac Basket keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Charleville-Mezieres will face higher ranked Saint Vallier (#15) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Boulazac Basket will play against Le Portel (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Chalons-Reims was beaten by St Vallier on the road 93-87. Boulogne lost to Dijon on its own court 64-78. Nantes was outscored by Lille in a road game 62-86. Maurienne recorded a loss to Quimper at home 79-94.



St Vallier - Chalons-Reims 93-87

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Saint Vallier (8-14) beat at home higher ranked Chalons-Reims (13-9) 93-87 on Saturday. Chalons-Reims trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 37-31 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 87-93 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Saint Vallier especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Chalons-Reims was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Cameroonian power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Mathieu Tensorer (198-83) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Gary Chathuant (196-83) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Chalons-Reims. Five Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. Saint Vallier maintains fifteenth position with 8-14 record, which they share with Quimper. Newly promoted Chalons-Reims dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Saint Vallier will face bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) on the road in the next round. Chalons-Reims will play against ALM Evreux (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: K.Joss-Rauze 14+1reb+2ast, C.Daniels 14+6reb+1ast, H.Jalce 13+2reb, D.Wilson 13+1reb+4ast, G.Radonjic 11+4reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 10+8reb+2ast
St Vallier: B.Vounang 23+11reb+4ast, M.Tensorer 21+3reb+3ast, K.Bichard 13+2ast, C.Bronchard 10+4reb+1ast, D.Denave 9+2reb+8ast, K.Shiloh 8+6reb+6ast
gschID: 100522


Boulazac - Charleville 71-83

Bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the fourteen-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against fifth-ranked Boulazac Basket 83-71. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-71. Charleville-Mezieres made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Boulazac Basket turnovers. Boulazac Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import forward Jonathan McClark (200-77, college: Rider) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Yannick Gaillou (198-79) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Boulazac Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Charleville-Mezieres maintains eighteenth position with 4-18 record. Loser Boulazac Basket keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Charleville-Mezieres will face higher ranked Saint Vallier (#15) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Boulazac Basket will play against Le Portel (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: Y.Gaillou 15+6reb+3ast, B.Jacobson 14+5reb+2ast, A.McKenzie 12+4reb+1ast, C.Melicie 10+7reb+1ast, T.Dubiez 9+3reb+7ast, I.Soumahoro 6+1reb+2ast
Charleville: C.Rouse 26+13reb+2ast, G.Florimont 13+2ast, K.Morlende 12+4reb+4ast, J.McClark 11+11reb+1ast, T.Peterson 9+3reb+1ast, D.Kaba 6+1ast
gschID: 100523


Boulogne - Dijon 64-78

Rather expected game when 11th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (10-12) lost at home to eighth ranked JDA Dijon (13-9) 78-64 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. JDA Dijon forced 20 SO Maritime Boulogne turnovers and outrebounded them 38-21 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for American power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Portuguese power forward Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-89) added 13 points in the effort for SO Maritime Boulogne. JDA Dijon moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted SO Maritime Boulogne keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. JDA Dijon will face higher ranked Fos Ouest (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against Nantes (#14).
Top scorers:
Boulogne: L.Milbourne 17+7reb+1ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 13+3reb, L.Kante 12+2reb, T.Stanley 5+3reb+2ast, E.Plateau 5+2reb+2ast, M.N'Diaye 4+2reb
Dijon: E.Craven 17+5reb+5ast, E.Bing 16+16reb, J.Leloup 13+4reb+4ast, E.Mendy 12+6reb, D.Melody 7+2reb+1ast, S.Dia 5+1reb
gschID: 100518


Nanterre - Clermont 87-62

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked JSF Nanterre as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (SPO Rouen) loss. JSF Nanterre smashed 17th ranked Stade Clermont at home 87-62. The game was mostly controlled by JSF Nanterre. Stade Clermont was better in second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JSF Nanterre forced 20 Stade Clermont turnovers. American power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-85) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Five JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre's coach Pascal Donadieu felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American forward Tremaine Ford (207-86, college: Cal.St. Northridge) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard O'Darien Bassett (188-86, college: Troy) scored 14 points. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Rouen. Stade Clermont lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 17 games lost. Stade Clermont will play next round against Aix-Maurienne trying to get back on the winning streak. JSF Nanterre will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked SPO Rouen on the road.
Top scorers:
Clermont: O.Bassett 14+4reb+2ast, D.Bouldin 12+3reb+3ast, T.Ford 11+10reb, S.Cisse 7+2reb+1ast, K.Ouattara 6+4reb, X.Delarue 6+3reb+1ast
Nanterre: N.Carter 18+9reb+2ast, W.Daniels 16+8reb, L.Akono 14+5reb+5ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 14+9reb+4ast, M.Judith 11+3reb+3ast, A.Gomis 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100519


Lille - Nantes 86-62

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Lille Metropole and 13th ranked Nantes had identical 9-12 record. This time Lille Metropole used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Nantes 86-62 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Lille Metropole. Nantes was better in second period 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nantes to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Lille Metropole dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Nantes' 32. Lille Metropole forced 19 Nantes turnovers. Quite impressive performance for American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) who helped to win the game recording 30 points. Forward Nicolas Taccoen (202-86) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Lille Metropole players scored in double figures. Forward Aaron Cel (203-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Nantes. Nantes' coach Antoine Michon gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Lille Metropole (10-12) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Boulogne. Loser Nantes keeps the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Lille Metropole will face Quimper UJAP (#16) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Nantes will play against SO Maritime Boulogne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nantes: T.Downey 13+2reb+5ast, A.Cel 13+10reb+3ast, K.Barber 12+11reb+2ast, O.Bardet 9+4reb+4ast, F.Sahraoui 7+1reb, N.Gayon 4+1reb
Lille: A.Harris 30+4reb+1ast, S.Barnette 14+6reb+3ast, N.Taccoen 13+6reb+5ast, R.Chery 10+4reb+2ast, R.Malet 6+3reb+4ast, A.Defoe 5+5reb
gschID: 100520


Bourg - Rouen 87-71

ProB round 22 caused change at the leadership position. Sixth defeat of league's leader SPO Rouen (16-6) against tenth ranked JL Bourg (11-11) 87-71 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of SPO Rouen. The hosts trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 51-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Greek guard Angelo Tsagarakis (190-84) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. JL Bourg's coach Fabrice Courcier used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) replied with 22 points and his fellow American import guard Kareem Reid (178-75, college: Arkansas) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for SPO Rouen. JL Bourg have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 11-11 record. SPO Rouen at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Nanterre who have the same record. SPO Rouen will play next round against league's leader JSF Nanterre trying to make it back to the top of the standings. JL Bourg will try to continue on its current victory against thirteenth ranked Olympique Antibes on the road.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Siggers 22+4reb+2ast, C.Thioune 13+1reb+2ast, K.Reid 11+5reb+4ast, W.Soliman 9+5reb, D.Williams 8+3reb+1ast, P.Poupet 4+3reb+4ast
Bourg: D.Monds 27+9reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 17+3reb+4ast, D.Oliver 15+3reb+4ast, C.Ferchaud 12+3reb+1ast, J.Delhomme 6+3reb+1ast, K.Corre 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 100521


Evreux - Antibes 62-69

Very important is a home loss of third ranked ALM Evreux (14-8) against fourteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (9-13) on Saturday night. Host ALM Evreux was defeated by Olympique Antibes in a tough game in Evreux 62-69. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 20-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Olympique Antibes dominated on the defensive end, holding ALM Evreux to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agency: LBM Management) notched 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) supported him with 12 points and 6 assists. Even 5 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists by naturalized Portuguese guard Philippe Da Silva (192-79) did not help to save the game for ALM Evreux. American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) added 14 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Olympique Antibes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Nantes. Loser ALM Evreux keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Fos Ouest. Olympique Antibes will meet at home higher ranked JL Bourg (#10) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ALM Evreux will play against Chalons-Reims (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Evreux: D.Davis 14+5reb, L.Chelle 10+1reb, C.Watson 10+1reb+1ast, P.LaQuan 9+4reb+1ast, T.Maizeroi 6+5reb, B.Toffin 6+4reb
Antibes: S.Massot 23+9reb+2ast, J.Ingram 12+1reb+6ast, S.Ho You Fat 9+2reb, M.Bojovic 9+6reb+2ast, D.Ramseyer 6+5reb+2ast, L.Bengaber 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 100515


Maurienne - Quimper 79-94

There was an upset when higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (12-10) lost to sixteenth ranked Quimper UJAP (8-14) in Aix-les-Bains 79-94 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Quimper UJAP. Aix-Maurienne was better in second period 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quimper UJAP shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Quimper UJAP forced 23 Aix-Maurienne turnovers. Aix-Maurienne was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Lithuanian guard Marius Runkaukas (189-86) contributed with 24 points for the winners. American guard Christopher Dunn (191-83, college: W.Virginia St.) replied with 23 points (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) and Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina) added 19 points in the effort for Aix-Maurienne. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Quimper UJAP moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with St Vallier. Loser Aix-Maurienne keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Quimper UJAP will face higher ranked Lille Metropole (#11) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: C.Dunn 23+1reb+3ast, M.Sonko 19+4reb+2ast, J.Mathis 14+10reb, E.Joldersma 10+3reb, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 9+1reb+2ast, S.Darnauzan 4+2reb+4ast
Quimper: M.Runkaukas 24+3reb+2ast, J.Volcy 21+5reb+3ast, M.Jefferson 12+4reb+1ast, F.Thibedore 11+4reb+2ast, G.Lessort 9+5reb+2ast, V.Mouillard 8+3ast
gschID: 100516


Fos Ouest - Le Portel 69-76

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Fos Ouest (14-8) against eighth ranked Le Portel (13-9) on Friday night. Host Fos Ouest was defeated by Le Portel in a tough game in Fos 69-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fos Ouest. Fos Ouest was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 36-24 second half run of Le Portel. Forward Mehdi Labeyrie (202-78) fired 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Frederic N'Kembe (192-75) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists and American guard Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. Le Portel have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Fos Ouest at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Le Portel's next round opponent will be Boulazac Basket (#5) at home. Fos Ouest will play against JDA Dijon.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: L.Cummard 16+8reb+2ast, M.Hachad 16+11reb+8ast, P.Haquet 12+11reb+1ast, M.Dia 10+3reb+2ast, S.Gay 9+2reb, B.Cisse 6+2reb+2ast
Le Portel: M.Labeyrie 18+6reb+4ast, F.N'Kembe 15+7reb+2ast, N.Wyatte 10+9reb+2ast, J.Ludon 9+3reb, A.Rowland 8+4reb+6ast, I.Sy 8+2reb
gschID: 100517




ProA Round 18: Cholet on top alone - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

ProA round 18 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Chorale de Roanne (13-5) against thirteenth ranked Paris-Levallois (7-11) 84-68 was the most important game of the last round. The game was mostly controlled by Paris-Levallois. Chorale de Roanne managed to win second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Paris-Levallois looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Michel Morandais (197-79, college: Colorado) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Naturalized Ivorian guard Souleyman Diabate (180-87) replied with 21 points and 4 assists for Chorale de Roanne. Chorale de Roanne's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Paris-Levallois moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Le Havre and Poitierarleys. Chorale de Roanne at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They share it with Chalon. They were replaced at the leadership position by Cholet. Chorale de Roanne will play next round against strong Sluc Nancy trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Paris-Levallois will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Le Mans on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Cholet as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Cholet defeated 16th ranked JA Vichy at home 81-65. Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) scored 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Antywane Robinson chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was U.S. Virgin Isl. Center Frank Elegar (206-86, college: Drexel) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cholet have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. JA Vichy at the other side stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. JA Vichy will play next round against Entente Orleans 45 trying to get back on the winning streak. Cholet will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked ASVEL at Villeurbanne.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Sluc Nancy (12-6) against eighth ranked ASVEL (9-9) on Saturday night. Host Sluc Nancy was defeated by ASVEL in Nancy 91-77. Davon Jefferson notched 26 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by Akinlolu Akingbala did not help to save the game for Sluc Nancy. Sluc Nancy's coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. ASVEL moved-up to seventh place. Loser Sluc Nancy dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Gravelines. ASVEL will meet at home league's leader Cholet in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sluc Nancy will play against the league's second-placed Chorale de Roanne where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Fourteenth-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (6-12) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (12-6). Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to secure only two-point victory 57-55. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Mouhamed Sene who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Gravelines-Dunkerque moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nancy. Entente Orleans 45 lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque's next round opponent will be Poitiers (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Entente Orleans 45 will play against JA Vichy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked Chalon/Saor (13-5) and 7th ranked Le Mans (8-10) in Chalon on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Chalon/Saor outscored guests from Le Mans 91-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Le Mans. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for Marquez Haynes who led his team to a victory with 21 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chalon/Saor moved-up to second place, which they share with Roanne. Loser Le Mans dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Chalon/Saor will face Strasbourg IG (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Mans will play against Paris-Levallois.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Pau-Lacq-Orthez was beaten by Strasbourg on the road 76-65. Limoges lost to Poitierarleys on its own court 76-85. Le Havre was outscored by Hyeres-Toulon in a road game 56-77.


Paris-Levallois - Roanne 84-68

ProA round 18 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Chorale de Roanne (13-5) against thirteenth ranked Paris-Levallois (7-11) 84-68 was the most important game of the last round. The game was mostly controlled by Paris-Levallois. Chorale de Roanne managed to win second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Paris-Levallois looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Michel Morandais (197-79, college: Colorado) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Naturalized Ivorian guard Souleyman Diabate (180-87) replied with 21 points and 4 assists and Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Chorale de Roanne. Four Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Paris-Levallois moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Le Havre and Poitierarleys. Chorale de Roanne at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They share it with Chalon. They were replaced at the leadership position by Cholet. Chorale de Roanne will play next round against strong Sluc Nancy trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Paris-Levallois will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Le Mans on the road.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: M.Morandais 21+3reb, L.Hamilton 18+6reb+1ast, M.Sommerville 17+4reb+3ast, A.Albicy 9+1reb+5ast, J.Ball 8+5reb+7ast, E.Chatfield 4+1reb+5ast
Roanne: S.Diabate 21+4reb+4ast, P.Amagou 16+2reb, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 15+6reb, D.Page 10+8reb+1ast, A.Dunn 3+2reb, J.Mipoka 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 100232


Cholet - Vichy 81-65

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Cholet as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Cholet defeated 16th ranked JA Vichy at home 81-65. After very bad start, JA Vichy stormed back in the second period cutting the deficit to 3 points 34-31. But it was not enough and Cholet took back the control in second half. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to JA Vichy's 30. Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) scored 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was U.S. Virgin Isl. Center Frank Elegar (206-86, college: Drexel) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cholet have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. JA Vichy at the other side stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. JA Vichy will play next round against Entente Orleans 45 trying to get back on the winning streak. Cholet will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked ASVEL at Villeurbanne.
Top scorers:
Cholet: S.Mejia 20+9reb+6ast, A.Robinson 15+7reb, D.Nelson 12+4reb+5ast, W.Gradit 9+3reb+1ast, R.Falker 7+10reb+3ast, C.Leonard 7+4reb+1ast
Vichy: J.Shuler 18+3reb+1ast, D.Nichols 16+6reb+3ast, F.Elegar 14+11reb, T.Larrouquis 7+8reb+1ast, T.Thompson 5+1reb+1ast, N.de Jong 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100233


Chalon - Le Mans 91-69

The game between fourth ranked Chalon/Saor (13-5) and 7th ranked Le Mans (8-10) in Chalon on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Chalon/Saor outscored guests from Le Mans 91-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Le Mans. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Le Mans was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Le Mans' 26 and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Chalon/Saor forced 19 Le Mans turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Chalon/Saor especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. Guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola (IL), agency: ZAG Advocates) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Swingman Benjamin Dewar (196-81, college: L.Superior) replied with 24 points and guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) added 7 points and 8 assists in the effort for Le Mans. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chalon/Saor moved-up to second place, which they share with Roanne. Loser Le Mans dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Chalon/Saor will face Strasbourg IG (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Mans will play against Paris-Levallois.
Top scorers:
Chalon: M.Haynes 21+4reb+3ast, B.Schilb 18+3reb+5ast, A.Aminu 17+7reb, I.Evtimov 15+3reb+1ast, S.Tchicamboud 10+1reb+4ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 5+3reb
Le Mans: B.Dewar 24+2reb, M.Kakiouzis 9+5reb, A.Diot 8+4ast, J.Paulo Batista 7+4reb+1ast, A.Acker 7+4reb+8ast, T.Rupert 6+5reb
gschID: 100228


Gravelines - Orleans 57-55

Fourteenth-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (6-12) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (12-6). Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to secure only two-point victory 57-55. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 14-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Senegalese center Mouhamed Sene (213-86) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international guard Yannick Bokolo (191-85) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Aldo Curti (180-87) who recorded 11 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Gravelines-Dunkerque moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nancy. Entente Orleans 45 lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque's next round opponent will be Poitiers (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Entente Orleans 45 will play against JA Vichy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: M.Sene 20+16reb, Y.Bokolo 11+7reb+6ast, F.Zerbo 7+4reb+2ast, C.Akpomedah 6+9reb+2ast, J.Greer 5, B.Woodside 3+2reb+1ast
Orleans: A.Curti 11+6reb+3ast, L.Vaty 10+8reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 9+1reb+6ast, A.Sy 8+2reb+2ast, J.Smith 6+5reb, E.Campbell 5+3reb
gschID: 100229


Strasbourg - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 76-65

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when tenth ranked Strasbourg IG (8-10) beat at home 9th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (8-10) 76-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was better in third quarter 17-3. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian forward Marko Maravic (201-79) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian guard Slaven Rimac (195-74) added 15 points in the effort for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Didier Dobbels let to play ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Strasbourg IG moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Le Mans and Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Strasbourg IG will face higher ranked Chalon/Saor (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: R.Greer 21+6reb+4ast, J.Hawkins 17+6reb+1ast, N.Lewis 8+3reb, A.MBaye 7+1reb+1ast, P.Pasco 6+3reb, S.Essart 6+1reb+2ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: S.Rimac 15+1ast, M.Maravic 13+6reb+2ast, D.Bennett 12+1reb+2ast, A.Mendy 7+7reb+2ast, T.Gipson 7+3reb+3ast, C.Elonu 4+7reb
gschID: 100230


Limoges - Poitierarleys 76-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 15th ranked Limoges CSP Elite's (5-13) home loss to fourteenth ranked Poitiers (7-11) 76-85 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Limoges CSP Elite won third quarter 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Poitiers made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Poitiers outrebounded Limoges CSP Elite 42-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Rasheed Wright (196-80, college: ODU) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Carl Ona-Embo (186-89) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) replied with 16 points and 8 assists and his fellow American import power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Limoges CSP Elite. Five Poitiers and four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Poitiers moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Le Havre. Limoges CSP Elite lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Poitiers will face higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against STB Le Havre (#11).
Top scorers:
Poitierarleys: T.Gunn 18+2reb, R.Wright 16+5reb+2ast, C.Ona-Embo 15+2reb+3ast, E.Fournier 11+5reb+1ast, K.Younger 10+8reb+2ast, P.Badiane 6+7reb
Limoges: R.Hite 16+5reb, R.Taylor 16+4reb+8ast, C.Massie 15+7reb+5ast, R.Guinn 10+4reb+1ast, R.Desroses 10+1reb+1ast, C.Banks 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 100231


Nancy - ASVEL 77-91

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Sluc Nancy (12-6) against eighth ranked ASVEL (9-9) on Saturday night. Host Sluc Nancy was defeated by ASVEL in Nancy 91-77. The game without a history. ASVEL led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. ASVEL forced 19 Sluc Nancy turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) notched 26 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) supported him with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by Nigerian forward Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) did not help to save the game for Sluc Nancy. American-Bulgarian guard Willie Deane (186-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 18 points. Five ASVEL and four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. Sluc Nancy's coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. ASVEL moved-up to seventh place. Loser Sluc Nancy dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Gravelines. ASVEL will meet at home league's leader Cholet in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sluc Nancy will play against the league's second-placed Chorale de Roanne where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: D.Jefferson 26+8reb+4ast, M.Walsh 19+5reb+6ast, M.Gelabale 13+7reb+4ast, K.Tillie 13+6reb+2ast, C.Hammonds 11+3reb+5ast, A.Zizic 6+2reb
Nancy: W.Deane 18+1reb+1ast, A.Akingbala 16+5reb+1ast, T.Darden 12+2reb+3ast, V.Samnick 11+6reb, K.Grant 7+2reb+5ast, S.Brun 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100226


Hyeres-Toulon - Le Havre 77-56

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (11-7) rolled over at home 11th ranked STB Le Havre (7-11) 77-56 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Hyeres-Toulon. STB Le Havre was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding STB Le Havre to just 5 points in first quarter. Hyeres-Toulon dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to STB Le Havre's 32. Hyeres-Toulon forced 19 STB Le Havre turnovers. It was a good game for American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Bosnian power forward Damir Krupalija (205-79, college: Illinois) contributed with 9 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Alain Weisz felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Naturalized American swingman Nicholas Pope (196-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Yohann Sangare (193-83) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for STB Le Havre. Four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 11-7 record. Loser STB Le Havre keeps the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon will face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#10) on the road in the next round. STB Le Havre will play against Limoges CSP Elite.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 15+11reb+4ast, P.Morlende 12+2reb+3ast, N.Boungou Colo 12+4reb+1ast, D.Krupalija 9+13reb+7ast, K.Houston 8+1reb+1ast, A.Dobbins 8+1reb
Le Havre: N.Pope 16+5reb, W.Wilkinson 12+6reb, Y.Sangare 11+5reb+2ast, M.King 11+2reb, J.Jones 2+8reb+2ast, N.Fox 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 100227




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  FYR MACEDONIA   


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


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.23.4 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.8 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Morban, Lirija16.6 
 6. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 7. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.3 
 8. Trajkovski, Torus S.16.2 
 9. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 10. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultimate Basket
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Pavlovski, Lirija10.2 
 3. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.6 
 5. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.7.7 
 7. Chappell, ABA S.7.2 
 8. Knezevic, Feni I.7.2 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki7.1 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.5 
 2. Morban, Lirija5.1 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.4.7 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.3 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki4.0 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Stojanovski, Feni I.3.2 
 9. Neal, ABA Strumica3.2 
 10. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Morban, Lirija1.7 
 3. Petrovski, MZT S.1.5 
 4. Stimson, ABA S.1.5 
 5. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.5 
 6. Cvetkov, ABA S.1.4 
 7. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 8. Grncarov, MZT S.1.3 
 9. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.3 
 10. Matic, Kumanovo.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.2.3 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.4 
 3. Avramovski, MZT S.1.2 
 4. Krstevski, Torus S.1.2 
 5. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 6. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 7. Frye, Feni Indistrija1.1 
 8. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Talevski, MZT S.0.6 


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Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 23-1 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 16-6 
 3. ALBA 15-8 
 4. Art.Dragons 14-8 
 5. NY Phantoms 14-9 
 6. EWE Baskets 13-10 
 7. Telekom Baskets 12-10 
 8. Bremerhaven 12-11 
 9. TBB Trier 12-11 
 10. EnBW L'burg 12-11 
 11. Walter Tigers 11-12 
 12. Goettingen 10-11 
 13. ratiopharm 10-12 
 14. Phoenix Hagen 10-14 
 15. LTi 46ers 7-17 
 16. MBC 6-17 
 17. Bayreuth 5-17 
 18. Duesseldorf 3-20 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Wood, Dt.17.8 
 2. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.2 
 3. Allen, ALBA16.0 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons15.9 
 5. Ross, MBC15.6 
 6. Benzing, ratio.15.6 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 8. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.3 
 9. Harris, EnBW L.15.3 
 10. Callahan, Bremerha.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.8 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.5 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.4 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.8 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.3 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 8. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 9. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.7 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.9 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.5 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.0 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons4.9 
 5. Green, EnBW L.4.3 
 6. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.2 
 8. Campbell, EWE B.4.2 
 9. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 10. Copeland, Bremerha.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.7 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.6 
 5. Wise, Telekom .1.5 
 6. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.5 
 7. Pryor, Phoenix .1.5 
 8. Oliver, Walter Tigers1.3 
 9. Lukauskis, EWE B.1.3 
 10. Bernard, MBC1.3 
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. Seward, Phoenix .1.3 
 7. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 9. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 
 10. Hines, Brose B.1.0 


Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Pregame Thoughts To Telekom Baskets Bonn Game February 19th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
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7Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn.

You are a guy that hates to loose so I can imagine digesting the loss in trier was extremly difficult. Was this the toughest loss since you have been in the BEKO BBL?


It was a tough loss especially the way it happened but it doesn't surpass the loss in the Bonn this season.

What has been the focus in practice this week leading up to the early Saturday afternoon duel with Bonn?

The only focus we have is finding a way to come out of this game with a win.

What is your memory of the tough 103-102 loss in Bonn earlier this season?


Thats a game that I try to forgot because of how we collapsed in the 2nd half.

How much does Bonn rely on the scoring of Wise, Hunt and Campbell? If you shut them down well, the chnace sof winning increase.

They rely on them because they are their main decision makers and have the ball in their hands a lot. I think that if you can control two of them then you have a better chance at beating them.

If you have the choice who do you rather guard Jeremy Hunt or Folarin Campbell?

They are both having good seasons and are tough match ups. Its a challenge guarding either on of them because they are both aggressive on the offensive end.

What will be key in winning this game?

The will be not to dig a hole for ourselves and have to battle back out of it. We have to come out aggressive from the tip.


How much will Taylor Rochestie help Alba Berlin?


It will be interesting to see because they have a lot of guards. But he can help them.

Can The Chicago Bulls reach the eastern Conference final with a healthy Joakim Noah?


I think they can. Rose is the best pg in the league and Boozer gives them a threat on the blocks. With Noah as their defensive anchor they will get better.

Thanks Quentin for the chat.


Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) Playing With Emotion And Heart For 40 Minutes Is The Key Against The Telekom Baskets Bonn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who will be a rookie this season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Telekom Baskets Bonn February 19th.

You are a guy that hates to loose so I can imagine digesting the loss in trier was extremly difficult. Was this the toughest loss since you have been in the BEKO BBL?

The loss at Bonn in the beginning of the year and the Trier loss are both up there but the Bonn loss definitely left a more sour taste in my mouth.

What has been the focus in practice this week leading up to the early Saturday afternoon duel with Bonn?

We have to play our style. Full court, up and down. we need to wear down their bigs.

What is your memory of the tough 103-102 loss in Bonn earlier this season?

We had them on the ropes at the end of the 1st half. We could have came out and finished em off but bonn came out with a chip on their shoulder and flat out whipped us.

How much does Bonn rely on the scoring of Wise, Hunt and Campbell? If you shut them down well, the chance sof winning increase.

Their guards are the keys to the game. but their big men do a lot of unnoticed work, but if we can keep their guards in check, our chances definitely improve.

Do you rather guard a Tim Ohlbrecht or a Jacob Jaacks?

I think Tim is a couple pounds lighter so I would rather guard him, but both are a tough match up for me because of my size.

What will be key to winning this game?

Getting up and down the court and playing with emotion and heart for 40 minutes. Something we have only done once, maybe twice this year.

How much will Taylor Rochestie help Alba Berlin?

I dont know much about Taylor except he is a great shooter/scorer. From the way Alba likes to play now with the new coach, Im sure he is a great asset to the team now.

Can The Chicago Bulls reach the eastern Conference final with a healthy Joakim Noah?

The east is deep, but Chicago is definitely a team you can't sleep on. They are too good to be considered a 'sleeper' team, but they are the best team to knock off the big dogs in the east.

Thanks Jacob for the chat.



Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Dashaun Wood Has Tons Of Confidence From His Coach and Team Which Is Huge - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners February 20th.

Congrats on the 66-51 win against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. How happy were you with how the team followed the game plan from Sebastian Machowski?

I think we all thought we could have played better.

Braunschweig had the tight 27-26 lead at halftime. Why was this game more of a defensive effort than an offensive onlaught by both teams?

It was, Our offense is very stagnate right now. Hopefully we can make some changes.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig closed the door quickly on Duesseldorf in the fourth quarter winning the quarter 22-7 and game. What was key in the fourth quarter for getting the win?


I think we finally started playing with the energy needed to pull away.

What was your impression of Esmir Rizvic. Will he be able to help Duesseldorf quickly?

I think he will definitely help them as the season goes on.

UROS DUVNJAK has been in a try out with The New Yorker Phantoms and played against Duesseldorf. What has been your impression of him and what does he do best as a guard?

Uros is a good player and a really good guy as well. He sees the floor well and makes good decisions, I think he will help the team very much.

The next game is against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. What is your memory of the 94-91 loss in Frankfurt? Frankfurt closed out the game with a 7-0 run?

I remember us giving up a key rebound and Roller hitting a big three to take the lead. It was a tough loss.

Is Dashaun Wood one of the best guards you have ever played against? I suspect you will be very motivated to defend him?

He is definitely one of the best guards in the league this year. He has tons of confidence from his coach and team which is huge , but he has done a great job of taking advantage of the opportunity and handling his business on the court. I respect his game.

What will be key in getting the win against Frankfurt?


Trying to contain Wood, and getting our guards involved offensively so we can get a rhythm.


The Chicago Bulls are playing well, but have missed Joakim Noah since 2 months. Can this team reach the Eastern Conference final with Noah?


No way the Bulls are coming out the East Miles !

Thanks Kev for the chat.



Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Game February 20th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 26 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his second season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. In 2008-2009, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Last season, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Brandon took some time to talk to eurobasket before the game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on February 20th.

Congrats on the 66-51 win against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. How happy were you with how the team followed the game plan from Sebastian Machowski?



I was very happy with the win but I thought we could have executed better. It was an ugly game.

Braunschweig had the tight 27-26 lead at halftime. Why was this game more of a defensive effort than an offensive onlaught by both teams?

Not sure if it was intentional but it probably looks that way from the stats.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig closed the door quickly on Duesseldorf in the fourth quarter winning the quarter 22-7 and game. What was key in the fourth quarter for getting the win?

We mostly held them to one shot, Kevin got some key steals and Tony made some clutch threes. I think they missed some free throws that could have helped them as well.

What was your impression of Esmir Rizvic. Will he be able to help Duesseldorf quickly?


He is skilled and should help them a lot with their inside game.

UROS DUVNJAK has been in a try out with The New Yorker Phantoms and played against Duesseldorf. What has been your impression of him and what does he do best as a guard?

He is a good guy and it has been nice having him on the team so far. He seems to have a high basketball IQ and makes very good decisions with the basketball.

The next game is against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. What is your memory of the 94-91 loss in Frankfurt? Frankfurt closed out the game with a 7-0 run?

I remember getting stitches and missing the second quarter! I think we let that game really slip away.

Is Dashaun Wood one of the best guards you have ever played against? How vital will it be stopping him?

I have only played against him once so its hard to say but he is doing great things this year in the league and it will be key if we can make the game difficult for him.

What will be key in getting the win against Frankfurt?

Defense

The Chicago Bulls are playing well, but have missed Joakim Noah since 2 months. Can this team reach the Eastern Conference final with Noah?


Yes.

Thanks Brandon for the chat


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A2 Round 15: KAOD defeats Panelefsiniakos in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
A2 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 15 rounds left.

Fourth-ranked Panelefsiniakos (9-6) gave a tough game to first ranked KAOD (14-1) in Eleusina on Saturday. The visitors from Dramas managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Panelefsiniakos won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KAOD made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. KAOD outrebounded Panelefsiniakos 37-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-G-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Montenegrin center Ljubo Jovanovic (206-87) helped adding 21 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was guard Nikos Kaklamanos (189-81, agency: FCM) with 25 points. Panelefsiniakos' coach Giorgos Skarafingas tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. KAOD have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-1 record. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. KAOD are looking forward to face Olimpiada (#11) in Patras in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against AGOR (#3) in Rethymno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked AGOR (11-5) against tenth ranked AEK/Argous (7-8) on Saturday night. Visiting AGOR was defeated by AEK/Argous in Argous 78-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of AGOR. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Tasos Kasabalis accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Giorgos Koumoulos (185-78) came up with 13 points and 6 assists for AGOR in the defeat. AEK/Argous moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Apollon Patras and Ermis Lagkada. AGOR at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. AEK/Argous will play against higher ranked Arkadikos (#6) in Arkadia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AGOR will play on the road against Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Near East managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time they edged eighth-ranked Amyntas Dafnis in Kesariani 59-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Amyntas Dafnis. The best player for the winners was Fragiskos Amato who scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Kostas Vardavas who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Amyntas Dafnis' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Near East maintains sixteenth place with 4-11 record. Loser Amyntas Dafnis dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Olimpiada. Near East will meet at home higher ranked Periko/Arhelaos (#12) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amyntas Dafnis will play against Koroivos and hope to secure a win.
The game in Lagadas was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Ikaroi Serron (11-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ermis Lagkada (7-8). Ikaroi Serron defeated Ermis Lagkada 78-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ermis Lagkada. It was a good game for Kostas Totsios who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Ikaroi Serron. They moved-up to second place. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Ikaroi Serron's next round opponent will be Pagrati (#14) in Athens which should be an easy win for them. Ermis Lagkada will play at home against Panerythraikos (#15) in New Eritrea.
An interesting game took place in New Eritrea where higher ranked Arkadikos (8-7) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Panerythraikos (5-10) 81-76 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Thanasis Straganiotis who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Panerythraikos moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Pagrati and Koroivos. Arkadikos lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Panerythraikos will face higher ranked Ermis Lagkada (#7) in Lagadas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: Pagrati lost to Koroivos on the opponent's court 73-77. Olimpiada unfortunately lost to Apollon Patras in a home game 63-71. Periko/Arhelaos recorded a loss to Lavrio on the road 68-78.


Koroivos - Pagrati 77-73

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 13th ranked Pagrati (5-10) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Koroivos (5-10) 77-73 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 45-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Predrag Kosanovic (203-76, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian guard Marko Pekovic (193-81, agency: BeoExcell) helped adding 20 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Thodoris Vardianos (193-78) with 28 points and 6 rebounds and center Kostas Macheras (205-85, agency: FCM) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Koroivos moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Panerythraikos and Pagrati. Koroivos will face higher ranked Amyntas Dafnis (#10) in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: P.Kosanovic 20+9reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 20+1reb+4ast, N.Pettas 17+7reb+1ast, T.Ifantis 9+8reb+1ast, S.Tsabis 6+1reb+3ast, T.Dimitriadis 3+1reb
Pagrati: T.Vardianos 28+6reb, K.Macheras 21+10reb+1ast, F.Vasilopoulos 7, C.Skouzis 6+2reb, G.Dimakos 5+5reb, N.Michalos 4+2reb+8ast
gschID: 98830


Panelefsiniakos - KAOD 65-67

Fourth-ranked Panelefsiniakos (9-6) gave a tough game to first ranked KAOD (14-1) in Eleusina on Saturday. The visitors from Dramas managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Panelefsiniakos won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KAOD made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. KAOD outrebounded Panelefsiniakos 37-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Montenegrin center Ljubo Jovanovic (206-87) helped adding 21 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was guard Nikos Kaklamanos (189-81, agency: FCM) with 25 points and forward Christos Deligiannis (204-84, agency: FCM) scored 11 points. Panelefsiniakos' coach Giorgos Skarafingas tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. KAOD have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-1 record. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. KAOD are looking forward to face Olimpiada (#11) in Patras in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against AGOR (#3) in Rethymno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KAOD: L.Jovanovic 21+8reb, I.Vukantinov 21+11reb+1ast, A.Tsamatos 9+7reb+2ast, V.Kitsoulis 6+2reb+1ast, N.Katsares 4+2reb+8ast, G.Stamboulis 3+2reb
Panelefsiniakos: N.Kaklamanos 25+2reb+3ast, C.Deligiannis 11+4reb+3ast, V.Koukouravas 10+2reb+4ast, M.Theos 6+8reb+2ast, V.Balafas 3+3reb, T.Konstantakopoulos 3+1reb
gschID: 98826


Olimpiada - Apollon Patras 63-71

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Apollon Patras and 9th ranked Olimpiada had identical 6-8 record. But Olimpiada was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Patra 71-63 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-63. Strangely Olimpiada outrebounded Apollon Patras 41-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 assists. Serbian power forward Zoran Milovic (204-77) helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was center Apost Koutroulias (206-76) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and guard Sakis Veskoukis (195-80) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Apollon Patras (7-8) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with AEK/Argous and Ermis Lagkada. Olimpiada lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. Apollon Patras will face higher ranked Lavrio (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpiada will play against the league's leader KAOD (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 21+3reb+6ast, Z.Milovic 17+4reb+1ast, D.Pantelic 12+3reb+2ast, S.Daniil 7+3reb, G.Petropoulos 6+2reb, A.Koronidis 5+2reb+3ast
Olimpiada: A.Koutroulias 21+13reb+1ast, N.Makris 14+4reb, S.Veskoukis 11+5reb+2ast, D.Makris 7+2reb, M.Sakota 5+6reb, K.Aktipis 4+8reb
gschID: 98827


Lavrio - Periko/Arhelaos 78-68

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (6-10) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Lavrio (10-5) 78-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Lavrio. Periko/Arhelaos was better in second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Lavrio outrebounded Periko/Arhelaos 38-26 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for swingman Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) helped adding 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was swingman Panagiotis Nanis (195-80) with 21 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and guard Giannis Rodostoglou (197-83) scored 15 points and 4 steals. Lavrio moved-up to fourth place. Periko/Arhelaos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the twelfth position with ten games lost. Lavrio will face Apollon Patras (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Periko/Arhelaos will play against Near East in Kesariani.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: D.Giannakopoulos 25+9reb+2ast, N.Psileas 16+5reb+1ast, G.Kakiouzis 15+5reb+4ast, P.Karvounis 8+2reb+6ast, C.Likogiannis 6+5reb+1ast, K.Paschalis 4+2reb
Periko/Arhelaos: P.Nanis 21+4reb, G.Rodostoglou 15+3reb+1ast, E.Jeromanovs 8+4reb+5ast, A.Sivorotka 6+3reb+1ast, K.Behlivanis 6+1reb+3ast, N.Tsouk 4+2reb
gschID: 98828


Near East - Amyntas Dafnis 59-56

Bottom-ranked Near East managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time they edged eighth-ranked Amyntas Dafnis in Kesariani 59-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Amyntas Dafnis. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Amyntas Dafnis won third quarter 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was power forward Fragiskos Amato (205-78, agency: FCM) who scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Christos Gavanopoulos (198-85) chipped in 6 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) added 8 points and 6 assists respectively. Amyntas Dafnis' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Near East maintains sixteenth place with 4-11 record. Loser Amyntas Dafnis dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Olimpiada. Near East will meet at home higher ranked Periko/Arhelaos (#12) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amyntas Dafnis will play against Koroivos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Near East: E.Tomaras 10+1ast, F.Amato 10+9reb+3ast, F.Moschovitis 8+6reb+2ast, A.Pappas 7+4reb+3ast, A.Psaropoulos 6+6reb+2ast, C.Gavanopoulos 6+12reb+1ast
Amyntas Dafnis: K.Vardavas 12+10reb, S.Dorkofikis 8+3reb+2ast, L.Zoupas 8+3reb+6ast, K.Boutros 8+5reb+1ast, P.Papargiropoulos 8+9reb, F.Pagonis 5+4reb
gschID: 98829


Panerythraikos - Arkadikos 81-76

An interesting game took place in New Eritrea where higher ranked Arkadikos (8-7) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Panerythraikos (5-10) 81-76 on Saturday. Arkadikos was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Panerythraikos made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Arkadikos turnovers. Arkadikos was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Thanasis Straganiotis (180-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Tasos Kallianotis (193-83) helped adding 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was swingman Nikos Kokkalis (198-85) with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Giannis Prodromou (196-87) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five Panerythraikos and four Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Panerythraikos moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Pagrati and Koroivos. Arkadikos lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Panerythraikos will face higher ranked Ermis Lagkada (#7) in Lagadas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Panerythraikos: M.Laksa 14+2reb, A.Sizopoulos 13+3reb+1ast, T.Straganiotis 13+5reb+6ast, N.Pritsos 12+2reb+1ast, T.Kallianotis 11+6reb+4ast, N.Kourtis 5
Arkadikos: N.Kokkalis 19+5reb+1ast, D.Katiakos 15+3reb, V.Morfis 14+1reb+3ast, G.Prodromou 14+5reb, M.Papadakis 4+3ast, G.Mprozos 4+3reb
gschID: 98823


Ermis Lagkada - Ikaroi Serron 65-78

The game in Lagadas was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Ikaroi Serron (11-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ermis Lagkada (7-8). Ikaroi Serron defeated Ermis Lagkada 78-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ermis Lagkada. The game was mostly controlled by Ikaroi Serron. Ermis Lagkada was better in third quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ermis Lagkada to just 7 points in second quarter. Ikaroi Serron had a 32-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Ikaroi Serron especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 assists. Forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-80, agency: FCM) answered with 14 points and forward Stratos Nisiotis (203-78) added 10 points in the effort for Ermis Lagkada. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Ikaroi Serron. They moved-up to second place. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Ikaroi Serron's next round opponent will be Pagrati (#14) in Athens which should be an easy win for them. Ermis Lagkada will play at home against Panerythraikos (#15) in New Eritrea.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 17+3reb+8ast, M.Pavlisevic 16+3reb+1ast, F.Simeonidis 15+7reb+1ast, K.Kakaroudis 8+6reb+3ast, S.Kaberidis 7+4reb+6ast, K.Pehlivanis 6+3reb
Ermis Lagkada: A.Panagiotopoulos 14+4reb+1ast, H.Plioukas 11+4reb, S.Nisiotis 10+4reb+1ast, D.Rallis 9+1reb+5ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 7+3reb+2ast, N.Gamouras 7+8reb
gschID: 98824


AEK/Argous - AGOR 78-68

Very important is a road loss of second ranked AGOR (11-5) against tenth ranked AEK/Argous (7-8) on Saturday night. Visiting AGOR was defeated by AEK/Argous in Argous 78-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of AGOR. The game was mostly controlled by AEK/Argous. AGOR was better in third quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded AGOR 39-25 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Center Tasos Kasabalis (207-84) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Giorgos Koumoulos (185-78) came up with 13 points and 6 assists and Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) added 12 points respectively for AGOR in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. AEK/Argous moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Apollon Patras and Ermis Lagkada. AGOR at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. AEK/Argous will play against higher ranked Arkadikos (#6) in Arkadia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AGOR will play on the road against Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AEK/Argous: A.Gizogiannis 20+12reb+3ast, T.Kasabalis 14+7reb, D.Papantoniou 10+2reb+4ast, G.Lappas 10+4reb+2ast, A.Raptis 8+4reb, D.Lewis 8+6reb+3ast
AGOR: G.Koumoulos 13+2reb+6ast, S.Magounis 12+5reb, D.Latovic 12+4reb+1ast, G.Kiriakopoulos 10+1reb+3ast, S.Grundberg 9+2reb, T.Charismidis 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 98825




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Smith, Panellinios18.3 
 2. Marshall, PAOK16.9 
 3. Palacio, Kavala16.4 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.7 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.15.1 
 6. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.9 
 7. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 8. Thompson, Ikaros14.4 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris14.1 
 10. King, Peristeri GS13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Simmons, Kavala9.8 
 2. Kalathis, VAP K.8.7 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros8.7 
 4. Smith, Panellinios8.6 
 5. Bagaric, Marousi8.1 
 6. Tucker, Aris7.6 
 7. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.3 
 9. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
 10. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos6.2 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.5 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.9 
 5. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.4.4 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.4.1 
 9. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 10. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.9 
 4. Marshall, PAOK1.8 
 5. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 6. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.7 
 7. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.7 
 8. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
 9. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.6 
 10. Diamantidis, Panath.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bagaric, Marousi2.2 
 2. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 
 7. Bogris, Panathinaikos0.7 
 8. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 9. Cohadarevic, AEK0.7 
 10. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos KAKLAMANOS
  Panelefsiniakos
  (189-G-81)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Kaklamanos, Panele.17.6 
 2. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.17.4 
 3. Argyropoylos, Apollo.17.0 
 4. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.8 
 5. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.2 
 6. Vardavas, Amynta.16.1 
 7. Michalos, Pagrati16.1 
 8. Koutroulias, Olimp.15.9 
 9. Koupidis, Near East15.8 
 10. Giannakopoul., Lavrio15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fragiskos AMATO
  Near East
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Amato, Near East8.9 
 2. Koutroulias, Olimp.8.5 
 3. Pantelic, Apollo.8.3 
 4. Kartelo, AE.8.1 
 5. Macheras, Pagrati7.7 
 6. Latovic, AGOR7.5 
 7. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.3 
 8. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.7.3 
 9. Jovanovic, KAOD7.1 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaroi S.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.3 
 2. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.9 
 3. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada4.5 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.5 
 5. Katsares, KAOD4.5 
 6. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.9 
 7. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR3.9 
 8. Karvounis, Lavrio3.5 
 9. Apostolopoul., Koroi.3.5 
 10. Makris, Olimpiada3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos MICHALOS
  Pagrati
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Michalos, Pagrati1.9 
 2. Katsares, KAOD1.8 
 3. Pettas, Koroivos1.7 
 4. Makris, Olimpiada1.7 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.7 
 6. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.6 
 7. Vukantinov, KAOD1.5 
 8. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
 9. Papantoniou, AEK/A.1.3 
 10. Sivorotka, Periko.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kartelo, AE.2.2 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.2.1 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.7 
 4. Kasabalis, AE.1.1 
 5. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 6. Psathas, Apollon .0.9 
 7. Latovic, AGOR0.7 
 8. Papachristos, Periko.0.7 
 9. Voiatopoulos, Ikaroi S.0.7 
 10. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. KAOD 14-1 
 2. Ikaroi Serron 11-4 
 3. AGOR 11-5 
 4. Lavrio 10-5 
 5. Panelefsiniakos 9-6 
 6. Arkadikos 8-7 
 7. Ermis Lagkada 7-8 
 8. AEK/Argous 7-8 
 9. Apollon Patras 7-8 
 10. Amyntas Dafnis 6-9 
 11. Olimpiada 6-9 
 12. Periko/Arhelaos 6-10 
 13. Koroivos 5-10 
 14. Pagrati 5-10 
 15. Panerythraikos 5-10 
 16. Near East 4-11 


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


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Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 25-2 
 2. ZZ Leiden 22-6 
 3. Eiffel Towers 19-7 
 4. Magixx 18-10 
 5. DeFriesland 13-14 
 6. BS Weert 12-16 
 7. Giants 11-16 
 8. ABC 9-18 
 9. Landstede 7-21 
 10. Rotterdam 1-27 


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IBL tryouts start in one month; IBL will have tryouts in Orlando- Edmonton- DC- Chicago and Portland - by Trask Frost
International Basketball League tryouts for 2011 are set up on the following dates:

Saturday March 19 & Sunday March 20 in Orlando Florida ($165) - two full days of workouts, scrimmages, instructions and testing

Saturday March 26 & March 27 in Edmonton & Calgary Canada ($75) two separate single day tryouts for the Edmonton Energy

Saturday April 16 & Sunday April 17 in Toronto Canada ($165) - two full days of workouts, scrimmages, instructions and testing

Thursday April 21 (1 day only) in Washington DC ($90) four hours of workouts and scrimmages

Friday April 22 & Saturday April 23 in Kankakee Illinois ($110) you will play two official IBL games in Kankakee Illinois

Saturday April 30 & Sunday May 1st in Portland Oregon ($165) 3 official games all in Portland Oregon (over 2 days)

For more information on any of these tryouts, contact tryout coordinator Terrance Dickens at (ph) 503-805-3311

For more information on the IBL, visit the IBL web site at www.IBLhoopsonline.com


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Superleague Round 13: Rah Tarabari is upset by M.H.Ahvaz - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The game between third ranked Rah Tarabari (10-3) and tenth ranked M.H.Ahvaz (4-8) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Rah Tarabari was edged by M.H.Ahvaz in a tough game in Ahvaz 62-64. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Rah Tarabari. M.H.Ahvaz moved-up to ninth place. Rah Tarabari at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. M.H.Ahvaz are looking forward to face Shahrdari Gorgan (#10) on the road in the next round. Rah Tarabari will play against Mahram (#4) in Tehran and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Zob Ahan delivered the twelfth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Shahrekord (3-10) 98-65 in Esfahan. Zob Ahan (12-1) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Shahrekord at the other side keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Zob Ahan will play against B.A. Shiraz (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shahrekord will play against Pouya in Tehran and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Qazvin was also quite interesting. 6th ranked B.A. Shiraz (4-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Caspian (5-8). Caspian did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 69-50 on Thursday. Caspian moved-up to seventh place. Loser B.A. Shiraz dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Caspian will meet higher ranked Azad (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B.A. Shiraz will play against the league's leader Zob Ahan having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game in Tehran supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked T.E.Kashan (8-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Azad (6-7). Azad smashed T.E.Kashan 83-51. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of T.E.Kashan. Azad maintains sixth place with 6-7 record. T.E.Kashan at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Azad's next round opponent will be Caspian (#7) in Qazvin. T.E.Kashan will play at home against the league's second-placed Petrochimi in Bandar Imam.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tehran. Local Mahram (9-2) outscored 12th ranked Pouya (1-12) 106-70 on Thursday night. Mahram maintains fourth place with 9-2 record. Loser Pouya stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Mahram will face higher ranked Rah Tarabari (#3) in Qom in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pouya will play on the road against Shahrekord (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 13 Gorgan was crushed by Petrochimi in Bandar Imam 81-54.


Caspian - B.A. Shiraz 69-50

The game in Qazvin was also quite interesting. 6th ranked B.A. Shiraz (4-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Caspian (5-8). Caspian did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 69-50 on Thursday. Caspian moved-up to seventh place. Loser B.A. Shiraz dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Caspian will meet higher ranked Azad (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B.A. Shiraz will play against the league's leader Zob Ahan having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 122086


Azad - T.E.Kashan 83-51

The game in Tehran supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked T.E.Kashan (8-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Azad (6-7). Azad smashed T.E.Kashan 83-51. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of T.E.Kashan. Azad maintains sixth place with 6-7 record. T.E.Kashan at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Azad's next round opponent will be Caspian (#7) in Qazvin. T.E.Kashan will play at home against the league's second-placed Petrochimi in Bandar Imam.
gschID: 122087


Petrochimi - Gorgan 81-54

There was no surprise in Bandar Imam where 9th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (3-9) was crushed by second ranked Petrochimi (11-2) 81-54 on Thursday. Petrochimi maintains second place with 11-2 record behind leader Zob Ahan. Shahrdari Gorgan lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. Petrochimi will face T.E.Kashan (#5) on the road in the next round. Shahrdari Gorgan will play against M.H.Ahvaz (#9) in Ahvaz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 122088


Zob Ahan - Shahrekord 98-65

Leader Zob Ahan delivered the twelfth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Shahrekord (3-10) 98-65 in Esfahan. Zob Ahan (12-1) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Shahrekord at the other side keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Zob Ahan will play against B.A. Shiraz (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shahrekord will play against Pouya in Tehran and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 122084


M.H.Ahvaz - Tarabari Qom 64-62

The game between third ranked Rah Tarabari (10-3) and tenth ranked M.H.Ahvaz (4-8) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Rah Tarabari was edged by M.H.Ahvaz in a tough game in Ahvaz 62-64. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Rah Tarabari. M.H.Ahvaz moved-up to ninth place. Rah Tarabari at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. M.H.Ahvaz are looking forward to face Shahrdari Gorgan (#10) on the road in the next round. Rah Tarabari will play against Mahram (#4) in Tehran and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 122085


Mahram - Pouya 106-70

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tehran. Local Mahram (9-2) outscored 12th ranked Pouya (1-12) 106-70 on Thursday night. Mahram maintains fourth place with 9-2 record. Loser Pouya stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Mahram will face higher ranked Rah Tarabari (#3) in Qom in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pouya will play on the road against Shahrekord (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 122083




Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Zob Ahan 12-1 
 2. Petrochimi 11-2 
 3. Tarabari Qom 10-3 
 4. Mahram 9-2 
 5. T.E.Kashan 8-5 
 6. Azad 6-7 
 7. Caspian 5-8 
 8. M.H.Ahvaz 4-8 
 9. B.A. Shiraz 4-9 
 10. Gorgan 3-9 
 11. Shahrekord 3-10 
 12. Pouya 1-12 


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


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.5 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.2 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.2 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer19.7 
 5. Ebi, Aget Imola19.3 
 6. Gordon, Forli19.1 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco17.7 
 8. Roderick, Immobi.17.7 
 9. Forte, Tuscany PT17.3 
 10. Slay, Umana Reyer17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.3 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.2 
 3. Filloy, Immobili.8.6 
 4. Lollis, Immobili.8.4 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.3 
 6. Dickens, San Severo8.0 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezeni.7.9 
 8. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 9. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.8 
 10. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Crispin, Barcellona5.2 
 2. Porta, Tezenis .4.7 
 3. Clark, Umana Reyer3.8 
 4. Whiting, Aget Imola3.7 
 5. Mathis, Snaidero.3.7 
 6. Marigney, Assigeco3.6 
 7. Hickman, Fastw.3.6 
 8. Farabello, N.Fer.3.6 
 9. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
 10. Childress, San S.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.2 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 4. Hunter, Sunrise .2.7 
 5. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 6. Cerella, Assigeco2.5 
 7. Radulovic, Sunris.2.4 
 8. Davis, Sunrise .2.4 
 9. Ndoja, N.Ferrara2.4 
 10. Scarone, Immobili.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT3.0 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.5 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco0.9 
 6. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.8 
 7. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 8. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 9. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.7 
 10. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 


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  JAPAN   


JBL Round 31 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Round 31 most important game was a victory of Panasonic Trians over their biggest opponent Toyota Alvark 76-62 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Panasonic Trians. Toyota Alvark managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Toyota Alvark to just 7 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) contributed with 12 points and 6 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Panasonic Trians' coach Yoshiaki Shimizu used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians (21-10) moved-up to second place. Toyota Alvark at the other side dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. Panasonic Trians will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyota Alvark will play again at home against the league's second-placed Panasonic Trians in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Kanagawa. Fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (15-16) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Toshiba Thunders (15-16) 64-63 in the fight for the fourth place. It was a great evening for the former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Tyler Smith helped adding 16 points. At the losing side American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hitachi Sunrockers moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Toshiba. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toshiba Thunders will play again at home against Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
JBL top team - Aishin Sea Horses (23-8) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Hokkaido (8-23) in Kariya 84-62. It was a quality performance for Kosuke Takeuchi who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. Christian Maraker came up with 9 points and 11 rebounds for Hokkaido in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first place with 23-8 record. Hokkaido lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 23 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will again meet at home bottom-ranked Hokkaido (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hokkaido will have a break next round.
The game between sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (12-19) and 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (10-21) in Tochigi ended with biggest points difference. Tochigi Brex outscored guests from Nagoya 85-54. Takuya Kawamura fired 25 points for the winners. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 12-19 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side keep the seventh position with 21 games lost. Tochigi Brex's next round opponent will be again Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya.



Toshiba - Hitachi S. 63-64

Important game to mention about took place in Kanagawa. Fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (15-16) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Toshiba Thunders (15-16) 64-63 in the fight for the fourth place. Toshiba Thunders were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Hitachi Sunrockers dominated on the defensive end, holding Toshiba Thunders to just 7 points in second quarter. It was a great evening for the former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Tyler Smith (203-80, college: Penn St.) helped adding 16 points. At the losing side American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hitachi Sunrockers moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Toshiba. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toshiba Thunders will play again at home against Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi S.: J.Takeuchi 24+13reb+4ast, T.Smith 16+4reb, D.Kobayashi 8+4reb+2ast, F.Nishimura 8+1reb+2ast, S.Oya 3+1reb+1ast, A.Aboya 3+4reb
Toshiba: S.Kikuchi 11+1ast, C.O'Bannon 10+6reb+2ast, H.Ono 8+1ast, Y.Kagami 8+3reb, Y.Kuwahara 7+5reb, Y.Uda 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 119819


Aishin - Hokkaido 84-62

JBL top team - Aishin Sea Horses (23-8) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Hokkaido (8-23) in Kariya 84-62. The game without a history. Aishin Sea Horses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Hokkaido's 40. It was a quality performance for the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. The former international center J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) accounted for 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) came up with 9 points and 11 rebounds and the former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Hokkaido in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first place with 23-8 record. Hokkaido lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 23 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will again meet at home bottom-ranked Hokkaido (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hokkaido will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Aishin: K.Takeuchi 22+15reb+3ast, J.Sakuragi 18+6reb+6ast, R.Frahm 10+6reb+1ast, R.Forehan-Kelly 10+1reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 8+2reb+4ast, T.Amino 5+4reb
Hokkaido: T.Orimo 14+1reb, D.Noguchi 9+2reb, C.Maraker 9+11reb, T.Abe 8+2reb+4ast, R.Sakurai 8+1reb+1ast, J.Lewis 8+6reb
gschID: 119820


Tochigi Brex - Mitsubishi 85-54

The game between sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (12-19) and 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (10-21) in Tochigi ended with biggest points difference. Tochigi Brex outscored guests from Nagoya 85-54. The game was mostly controlled by Tochigi Brex. Mitsubishi Dolphins was better in fourth quarter 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mitsubishi Dolphins to just 3 points in first quarter. Tochigi Brex dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Mitsubishi Dolphins' 36. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) fired 25 points for the winners. American power forward Tyler Newton (208-82, college: Pacific) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) produced 8 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Shingo Utsumi (188-84) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 12-19 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side keep the seventh position with 21 games lost. Tochigi Brex's next round opponent will be again Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 25+2reb+1ast, T.Newton 10+8reb+3ast, M.Kataoka 9+1reb+3ast, S.Merritt 9+5reb, Y.Tabuse 9+2reb+4ast, S.Hinkley 6+3reb
Mitsubishi: S.Utsumi 13+2reb+1ast, J.Kurino-Dews 11+4reb, R.Hale 8+7reb+2ast, Z.Abe 8+3reb, O.Lett 5+5reb+1ast, S.Kajimaya 4+4reb
gschID: 119817


Toyota - Panasonic 62-76

Round 31 most important game was a victory of Panasonic Trians over their biggest opponent Toyota Alvark 76-62 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Panasonic Trians. Toyota Alvark managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Toyota Alvark to just 7 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) contributed with 12 points and 6 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Panasonic Trians' coach Yoshiaki Shimizu used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Michael Takahashi (198-74, college: Cal.St. Northridge) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians (21-10) moved-up to second place. Toyota Alvark at the other side dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. Panasonic Trians will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyota Alvark will play again at home against the league's second-placed Panasonic Trians in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panasonic: F.Aono 18+11reb+1ast, H.Kinoshita 12+1reb+6ast, M.Nagayama 11+1ast, J.Honeycutt 8+7reb+1ast, A.Custis 8+9reb, H.Watanabe 6
Toyota: P.Ricci 18+9reb+1ast, T.Shonaka 11+3reb, M.Takahashi 11+7reb+2ast, T.Kumagai 8+1reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 6+11reb+1ast, T.Ito 3+1ast
gschID: 119818




Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .19.9 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido17.6 
 3. Orimo, Hokkaido17.2 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin16.5 
 5. Takeuchi, Aishin16.4 
 6. Forehan-K., Aishin15.5 
 7. O''Bannon, Toshiba15.0 
 8. Kinoshita, Panasonic14.8 
 9. Smith, Hitachi S.14.4 
 10. Hale, Mitsubishi14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.12.2 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.4 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido9.4 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota8.6 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin8.1 
 6. O''Bannon, Toshiba7.5 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi7.2 
 8. Ricci, Toyota7.1 
 9. Custis, Panasonic7.0 
 10. Violette, Toshiba7.0 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 4
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin4.0 
 2. Kashiwakura, Hokka.3.9 
 3. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.8 
 4. Kinoshita, Panasonic3.8 
 5. Igarashi, Mitsubishi3.6 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.0 
 8. Yamada, Hokkaido3.0 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.2.8 
 10. Miyanga, Toshiba2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.1 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido1.6 
 3. Forehan-K., Aishin1.4 
 4. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 5. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.3 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.2 
 7. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.2 
 8. Custis, Panasonic1.2 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubishi1.1 
 10. Sakuragi, Aishin1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.6 
 2. Ricci, Toyota1.3 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.2 
 4. Aono, Panasonic0.9 
 5. Lett, Mitsubishi0.8 
 6. Yamada, Hokkaido0.7 
 7. Lewis, Hokkaido0.7 
 8. Takahashi, Toyota0.6 
 9. Gross, Aishin0.6 
 10. Merritt, Tochigi Brex0.6 


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 23-8 
 2. Panasonic 21-10 
 3. Toyota 20-11 
 4. Toshiba 15-16 
 5. Hitachi S. 15-16 
 6. Tochigi Brex 12-19 
 7. Mitsubishi 10-21 
 8. Hokkaido 8-23 


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  JORDAN   


Jamal Abu Shamala continues in Mexico - by Omar Shafaamri

Jordan National Team Shooting Guard Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87, college: Minnesota) will continue his Mission in Mexico , After Potros Club in LNBP League (Second Division) Abu Shamala Signed a Contract for the Next Season with 2010 Regular Season Runner-Up Rayos de Hermosillo in CIBACOPA League (First Division) .

CIBACOPA season tips off on Friday March 11th in a game between Rayos de Hermosillo (Abu Shamala's Team) against rival Ostieneros .

Jamal Abu Shamala who was the First Jordanian to make it to the NBA D-League with Sioux Falls is known in Mexico as a very good perimeter shooter .


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  KOSOVO   


The second half of season starts with a win of KB Peja over K.Eurosport - by Onur Deqani
The second half of the season of BKT Superleague of Kosovo has now started, as the first match was played today in Peja. KB Peja (3rd) hosted Kol.EuroSport (5th) from the capital Prishtina and showed no mercy for them while creating a 57-points of advantage over them (133-76).
The game started at 2:00 PM, in the front of a low attendance. The hosts where definitely better in every part of the game, giving no chance to visitors to recover. All of the host players had their chance to show something in this game, the youngsters of Peja got more minutes too. All the players contributed in the scoring, while Vigan Radoni (89) was most affective along the 35-year old captain Valdet Grapci (204-C-74) who was right there doing his job like he did always.
The derby match of the week is going to be played tomorrow, where KB Bambi (2nd) from Mitrovica will be hosting the leaders Sigal Prishtine .


Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 13-1 
 2. Bambi 13-1 
 3. Peja 11-4 
 4. Trepca 7-7 
 5. K.EuroSporti 5-10 
 6. Kosova 4-10 
 7. Bashkimi 4-10 
 8. Mitrovica 0-14 


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  KUWAIT   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Qadsia 12-1 
 2. Al Kuwait 10-3 
 3. Kazma 6-7 
 4. Al Jahraa 6-7 
 5. Al Sahel 5-8 
 6. Al Arabi 0-13 


D1 Round 13: Derby game ends with Al Qadsia's defeat of Al Arabi - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Al Qadsia (#1) and Al Arabi (#6). Al Arabi was defeated at home 97-105 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Al Qadsia (12-1) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place. Al Arabi at the other side still closes the standings with 13 games lost.

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Al Jahraa (6-7) against fourth ranked Kazma (6-7) on Friday night. Visiting Al Jahraa was defeated by Kazma in Kuwait City 94-83. Kazma moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Al Jahraa.

The game between second ranked Al Kuwait (10-3) and 5th ranked Al Sahel (5-8) in Kuwait City on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Al Kuwait beat guests from Abu Halifa 82-71. Al Kuwait maintains second place with 10-3 record having just two points less than leader Al Qadsia. Loser Al Sahel keeps the fifth position with eight games lost.

Al Kuwait - Al Sahel 82-71

The game between second ranked Al Kuwait (10-3) and 5th ranked Al Sahel (5-8) in Kuwait City on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Al Kuwait beat guests from Abu Halifa 82-71. Al Kuwait maintains second place with 10-3 record having just two points less than leader Al Qadsia. Loser Al Sahel keeps the fifth position with eight games lost.

gschID: 121934


Kazma - Al Jahraa 94-83

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Al Jahraa (6-7) against fourth ranked Kazma (6-7) on Friday night. Visiting Al Jahraa was defeated by Kazma in Kuwait City 94-83. Kazma moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Al Jahraa.
gschID: 121932


Al Arabi - Al Qadsia 97-105

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Al Qadsia (#1) and Al Arabi (#6). Al Arabi was defeated at home 97-105 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Al Qadsia (12-1) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place. Al Arabi at the other side still closes the standings with 13 games lost.


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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 8-7 
 7. Daugava 8-9 
 8. BAA Riga 7-8 
 9. Liepaja-2 6-10 
 10. Ridzene 3-14 
 11. Livani 2-12 
 12. VEF Kadeti 1-15 


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  LITHUANIA   


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 32-1 
 2. Radviliskis 23-10 
 3. Mazeikiai 22-11 
 4. Meresta 20-13 
 5. Zalgiris-Sabonio 19-14 
 6. LKKA-Atletas 19-14 
 7. Nafta Universitetas 18-15 
 8. Perlas-MRU 15-18 
 9. Silute 13-19 
 10. Erelita 13-19 
 11. Triobet Malsta 13-19 
 12. Delikatesas 10-22 
 13. ABRO-Univ. 10-22 
 14. Akademija 9-24 
 15. Puntukas 9-24 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.7 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.5 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.2 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.2 
 5. Jurkus, Silute17.8 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.17.3 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.3 
 9. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 10. Vileita, Pieno Z.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.10.7 
 2. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.5 
 3. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.3 
 4. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.4 
 5. Brusokas, Perla.8.2 
 6. Nedzinskas, Silute7.9 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.6 
 8. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.5 
 9. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.1 
 10. Jucikas, Delikatesas6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.6 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.2 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.9 
 4. Sapiega, Erelita4.7 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.4.5 
 7. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.4 
 8. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.1 
 9. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 10. Kutra, Delikatesas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.8 
 2. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.6 
 3. Petraitis, Delikate.2.6 
 4. Metelica, Erelita2.4 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 6. Sapiega, Erelita2.3 
 7. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.3 
 8. Radavicius, Meres.2.2 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.2.2 
 10. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.6 
 2. Urbonas, LK.2.0 
 3. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.9 
 4. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.8 
 5. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 6. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 7. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.3 
 8. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.2 
 9. Zyle, Zalgiris.0.9 
 10. Milinskas, Triobe.0.9 


Lithuanian NKL round 35 best performance: Julius Kazakauskas - by Eurobasket News
Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-F-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Nafta/Universitetas Klaipeda, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 35.
The 20-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5, 19-14) 101-89. Nafta Universitetas maintains the 7th position in Lithuanian NKL. Nafta Universitetas 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 18-15 record. Kazakauskas has many years of experience at Nafta Universitetas, through which he has constantly improved. Julius Kazakauskas has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.5rpg) and averages impressive 51.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas Kaunas. Vingelis had a very good evening with 33 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead LKKA-Atletas to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Perlas-MRU (#8, 15-18) 95-68. LKKA-Atletas' 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 19-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Vingelis is well-known at LKKA-Atletas and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.2ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 4.1rpg and 5.2apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-G/F-87) of Silute (#9). Nedzinskas showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Silute, leading his team to a 95-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Delikatesas (#12, 10-22). The chances of Silute ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Nedzinskas could help Silute to bring them higher in the standings. Nedzinskas has a great season in Lithuania. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.9rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matas Sapiega (180-G-90) of Erelita - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) of Akademija - 10 points and 17 rebounds
6. Tauras Jogela (200-F-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 24 points and 4 rebounds
7. Azeez Oladimeji (204-F-89) of Radviliskis - 18 points and 9 rebounds
8. Jason Warren (201-F/G-84) of Mazeikiai - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Justas Cesnavicius (211-C-79) of Silute - 22 points and 7 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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  LUXEMBOURG   


Billy Arre: Topscorer in Luxemburg N2 with 35.6ppg - by Daniel Poerschke
After topping all scorers in the Nationale 2 after the first seven games, the US-import from Nitia Bettembourg even extended his lead to the rest by playing an incredible 2nd part of the regular season. The former player of Lock Heaven (NCAA D2) and Black Star Mersch averaged 31.1 points per game in the first half of the season, Billy Arre (196-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Lock Haven) finished the regular games with an incredible 35.6ppg which means that he had an unbelievable 40.1 points per contest in the second half of his stay in Bettembourg. He was also responsible for the highest individual score of the year with 57 points against Grengewald Hostert.



While Arre had the company of his team mate Stephane Ribeiro on the top of the Ranking concerning the Luxembourgish players, the athletic forward from Bettembourg had a slower second part of the season and it was the Racing guard Andy Schammo who took over the lead. Schammo finished the regular season with 17.7ppg and had 21.0ppg in the last seven games despite a poor scoring effort in Larochette. Check out the Top 10 of scorers together with our individual trophies of the regular season:


Luxembourg Players

  1. Andy Schammo (Racing Luxembourg) 17.71ppg
  2. Stephane Ribeiro (Nitia Bettembourg) 15.77ppg
  3. Dan Weyrich (US Heffingen) 14.93ppg
  4. Yves Braun (Avanti Mondorf) 14.50ppg
  5. Yannick Julien (Grengewlad Hostert) 14.21ppg
  6. Christian Schreiner (BC Mess) 14.00ppg
  7. Luc Kirpach (Arantia Larochette) 13.71ppg
  8. Jean de Marchi (Avanti Mondorf) 12.73ppg
  9. Pedro Nunes (Arantia Larochette) 11.64ppg
  10. Jacques Bintz (Nitia Bettembourg) 11.23ppg
Foreign Players

  1. Billy Arre (Nitia Bettembourg) 35.64ppg
  2. Eric Breland (BC Mess) 24.79ppg
  3. Devin Peal (Avanti Mondorf) 24.17ppg
  4. Nick Harrington (Grengewald Hostert) 24.14ppg
  5. John Grotberg (Red Miners Kayldall) 23.57ppg
  6. Chris Kellermann (US Heffingen) 22.79ppg
  7. Brett Spiker (201-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) (Racing Luxembourg) 21.64ppg
  8. Keith Lambkin (Arantia Larochette) 19.07ppg
  9. Arpad Buzasi (Red Miners Kayldall) 15.83ppg
  10. Patrick Kalenga (Avanti Mondorf) 3.00ppg
Individual Trophies

Basketnews.lu decided to hand out some individual trophies for the regular season. This exercise will be done again after the Play-offs for the full season.

Best Import Player: Billy Arre (Nitia Bettembourg)

Best Luxembourgish Guard: Andy Schammo (Racing Luxembourg)

Best Luembourgish Forward: Yves Braun (Avanti Mondorf)

Best Luxembourgish Center: Jacques Bintz (Nitia Bettembourg)

Best Rookie: Jo Hoeser (BC Mess)

Best Coach: Serge Logelin (Nitia Bettembourg)


Source: www.basketnews.lu




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  MEXICO   


Caballeros announce signings - by Chris Terrell
Culiacan, Sinaloa, MX - The Caballeros de Culiacan will begin their title defense this season with three confirmed signings for the 2011 season. Victor Avila (210-C-77, college: Oklahoma) Froylan Verdugo (196-F-79) and Jesus Angel Reatiga (183-G-81) will once again don the Cabs yellow and black this season in Culiacan. The 2010 CIBACOPA champions will have players reporting as the FIBA Americas League concludes in Xalapa on March 4th-6th. Culiacan is expected to go with a format of 2 foreigners on the wings along with 3 nationals and a dual nationality player. So far the club has decided to return with the same players that helped them win the title last year. Tip off with be March 11 against Tepic.

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  NBA   


NBA 2011 All Star Weekend - Saturday - by Darryl Reshaw
The NBA ALL Star 2011 Weekend - Saturday:

The NBA global brand raided the city of angels and promoted their marquee event like no other league in the world.
The city of LA knows how to put on the best show in the world and this weekend the NBA is on display in full effect.
The Staples Center was full of NBA stars, entertainers, athletes and television personalities.
The All Star Weekend is an exciting event full of a variety of entertainment.
The Foot locker Three-Point shooting contest featured some of the best shooters in the NBA but James Jones (6'8''-F-80, college: Miami (FL)) from the Miami heat stole the show while defeating Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) the defending champion and his Boston Celtic teammate Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) in the final round.
After the first round the crowd thought Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) would finally win the NBA Three-Point shooting contest after scoring 20 in the first round.
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) had an outstanding final round scoring 18 points and in the first round he needed to make the last money ball to advance to the championship round.
However in the final round James Jones (6'8''-F-80, college: Miami (FL)) took his time and knock down the highest score of the day to capture three point shooting contest.

The NBA Dunk contest was the best one in many years featuring Dr J, Dominique Wilkins, Clyde Drexler, Brent Barry and Darryl Dawkins as the contest judges.
All of these former judges were spectacular dunkers back in the day.
There was a display of big time dunks from Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F-89, college: USC), Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89), Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) and Javale McGee (6'11''-F-88, college: Nevada).
There NBA Dunk competition over the past few years has lost its luster but this years event was a different story.
There were a few perfect scores and the dunkers were very creative to say the least.
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) did not disappoint the LA crowd and blaze the spectators at the Staples Center by dunking over a car in his final dunk and won the dunk contest.
Javale McGee had put on a dunk show until his final dunk when he ran out of ideas.
His first two dunks featured an amazing two ball dunk on separate baskets and the three ball dunk which is totally the first one of its kind.
Serge Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) had a couple of interesting dunks but got low scores from the expert judges even though he actually jump from the free throw line on one dunk.
Demar DeRozan had a spectacular one hand curl type of dunk which was very creative and landed a perfect score.
Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88, college: Davidson) won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge earlier in the day representing the Golden State Warriors in supreme fashion.



Rookies rally to beat sophomores - by Eurobasket News
When John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) turned the Rookie Challenge into a personal playmaking clinic, his former Kentucky teammate and his fellow No. 1 pick eagerly soaked up everything he had to give.

Wall racked up a record 22 assists to win the MVP award, Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) had 33 points and 14 rebounds, and the rookies rallied to beat the sophomores 148-140 at the NBA's All-Star weekend Friday night.

Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 14 points for the rookies in front of the high-flying Clippers forward's ecstatic home crowd, sticking to his commitment to play in the game even after making the West team for Sunday's All-Star game.

All three rookie stars were determined to give a little something extra, and they were rewarded with a win.

'Most people that have a good game here, it gives them confidence going into the second half of the season,' Wall said.

Before the game, the Washington guard looked up the Rookie Challenge's assists record -- 17, by Chris Paul in 2007 -- and told Cousins he planned to beat it. Wall scored 12 points when he wasn't repeatedly setting up his fellow rookies for acrobatic dunks and wide-open jumpers.

With relentless offense from Wall and Cousins, who teamed up for one season at Kentucky, the newcomers won the lighthearted contest between the NBA's best rookies and second-year players for the second straight year.

'We were trying to work together,' Cousins said. 'He wanted to break the assist record, and I wanted to be MVP.'

To the accompaniment of supersonic screams from thousands of children crammed into Staples Center's lower bowl, both teams went through the usual array of alley-oops, breakaway jams and matador defense before the rookies pulled away in the final minutes.

Wall created the game's biggest highlight with a jaw-dropping bounce pass to Griffin for an electrifying dunk.

'Whenever you see 32 in a Clippers uniform out of the side, you basically throw it anywhere in the gym,' Wall said. 'I knew if I bounced it high enough, he will just attack the play.'

Although Griffin was the top pick out of Oklahoma in the sophomores' 2009 draft class, he's still a rookie after missing last season with a broken kneecap. Mindful of his workload during the busiest All-Star weekend for any player in recent memory, Griffin then watched his team's late surge from the bench despite thousands of children chanting, 'We want Blake!'

'I didn't get to go to practice today, so that was all on the fly,' said Griffin, also the strong favorite in Saturday's slam dunk contest. '[Wall] is a great passer, so he made it easy for me. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I'm making the best out of it. Being home for the All-Star weekend is a lot of fun.'

Wall and Cousins switched roles for the rookies' final basket with 12.8 seconds left, with Cousins lofting a pass off the backboard for an emphatic two-handed dunk by Wall, who hung on the rim for emphasis.

Cousins went 15 for 24 in the fourth highest-scoring performance in Rookie Challenge history, matching LeBron James' 33 points in 2004. Catching passes from Wall was a welcome respite for Cousins during a rocky rookie season in Sacramento, most recently including a suspension for fighting with teammate Donte Greene after a game last week.

'I had some flashbacks [to Kentucky],' Cousins said. 'It was fun being out there with John. That year didn't last long enough, but it's over now.'

Los Angeles native James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) scored 30 points for the sophomores, and San Antonio's DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) had 28 points and 15 rebounds.

Griffin was hit in the nose by an accidental elbow from Blair while playing defense in the opening minutes but kept playing. He left the game wincing a few possessions later but didn't appear limited when he returned later.

In the final minutes of a tight game, the kids began chanting insistently for Griffin -- with rookies coach Kevin McHale egging them on. With a towel draped on his head, Griffin responded with a sheepish grin, but sat out the final 12:25.

'I wish I could have gone back out there,' said Griffin, the first rookie All-Star in eight years. 'But they kind of put a limit on it, so that was that.'

Sacramento's Tyreke Evans, last season's MVP with 26 points for the rookies, sat out of the sophomores' lineup with an injured left foot. Harden replaced him.

Courtesy of ESPN


Carmelo Anthony trade now exclusively in the hands of Knicks owner James Dolan - by Eurobasket News
Carmelo Anthony's (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) future is now in James Dolan's hands.

Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, could decide as early as Saturday whether to agree to a blockbuster deal with the Denver Nuggets or risk losing the All-Star forward to the Nets.

The Daily News has learned that Dolan met with Anthony and Josh Kroenke, the Nuggets' president and son of team owner Stan Kroenke, on Thursday in Los Angeles. The meeting took place after the Nuggets and Nets had tentatively agreed in principle to a deal that would require Anthony to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with New Jersey.

The Knicks, however, are Anthony's preferred destination, and he requested the face-to-face meeting with Dolan to get a sense of where the Knicks stood. The News reported on Tuesday that the Knicks felt the Nuggets' request for three starters, including Raymond Felton, plus a first-round pick and Eddy Curry's expiring contract was too steep.

The Knicks have been reluctant to part with both Danilo Gallinari and rookie Landry Fields, but late Friday Yahoo! Sports reported that the club had included Gallinari in its latest proposal.

A source close to the negotiations remained hopeful that a deal would be agreed upon but added that 'both sides refuse to budge,' which indicates that Denver may want Fields or rookie center Timofey Mozgov included in the deal. The Knicks would also acquire point guard Chauncey Billups as well as other players, including Anthony Carter, to satisfy salary-cap guidelines.

Denver feels it has leverage because of its proposed deal with the Nets. In the nine-player trade, Anthony, Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman would go to the Nets. Denver would receive Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round picks.

Knicks president Donnie Walsh and head coach Mike D'Antoni are reportedly not in favor of making the trade with Denver. The News reported Thursday on its website that Dolan, Stan Kroenke, Walsh and Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri had had a conference call to discuss the deal. It was during that conversation that the Knicks agreed to trade Gallinari.

A Knicks source said Friday that with Dolan assuming control of the negotiations and being the lone Knicks official to meet with Anthony on Thursday, ultimately the decision to make the deal will be his.

'The Knicks are giving up a lot, but I can't imagine Jim's ego allowing himself not to do the deal,' the source said. 'Denver wanted to deal directly with Jim because they feel he'll be more willing to make the trade.'

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was expected to arrive in Los Angeles late Friday and is still hopeful of meeting privately with Anthony. Prokhorov, minority owner Jay-Z and GM Billy King would all be part of the meeting.

Anthony said Friday that there was no scheduled meeting with the Nets and that he was growing impatient with the process. He was supposed to meet with the Nets in January, before Prokhorov temporarily pulled the plug on negotiations.

According to one rival executive, it 'looks like the Nets have been used for leverage.'

As for Anthony: 'I haven't got any sleep in a week. I want to get it done,' he said. 'Before I leave (Los Angeles), I would love to have something on the table. I would love to have a legit offer on the table where we can sit down and they can say, ' 'Melo, this is what we have, let's try to figure it out.'

'The Nuggets have to weigh their options,' Anthony added. 'If it's a deal with somebody else that's legit, then we all have to sit there and talk about it. But time is ticking and time is money.'

Anthony said he'd have to 'deeply consider' signing an extension with the Nets if he was presented with a trade. His good friend and former wedding guest, Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire, was skeptical.

'I'd be surprised,' he said. 'It's hard to picture him in a Nets jersey.'

Barring a trade, Anthony is slated to become a free agent this summer, but the uncertainty of a new collective bargaining agreement is a major factor in his decision. If Anthony doesn't sign the extension with the Nets and enters free agency he could risk losing up to $20 million.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


Pierce and Allen bring own styles to 3-point contest - by Eurobasket News
Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) will have plenty of company at this year's NBA All-Star weekend.

Allen and Boston teammate Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) will compete in the 3-point shootout on Saturday, and then they'll join fellow Celtics Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo on the bench for the Eastern Conference All-Stars.

Allen refused to handicap the shootout, but Pierce smiled and nodded confidently when asked for a prediction. He's the defending champion, but Allen is the NBA's career leader from beyond the arc and the 2001 shootout winner.

Among the others in the contest are NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City and Golden State's Dorell Wright, who leads the league with 135 3-pointers this season.

Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com


Lakers GM Kupchak says trade unlikely - by Eurobasket News
Mitch Kupchak wanted a little advice from his predecessor as the Los Angeles Lakers' general manager after his two-time NBA champions lost to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers.

'That handbook you left me on how to be a great general manager doesn't include a chapter on what to do after a game like last night,' Kupchak said to Jerry West.

West was as silent as a statue Thursday night, leaving Kupchak to figure out the confounding champs on his own during the All-Star break.

After attending the unveiling of West's statue outside Staples Center on Thursday night, Kupchak said he's unlikely to make a trade before the Feb. 24 deadline, even while their fans are abuzz with rumors claiming the Lakers have shown interest in acquiring disgruntled Denver superstar Carmelo Anthony, or getting rid of struggling forward Ron Artest.

'I think it's unlikely,' Kupchak said. 'But there's eight days to go. All of the general managers are here in Los Angeles this weekend, and there will be a lot of yapping. There will be a lot of guys moving off to the side, and there will be a lot of phone calls. ... I stand by what I said, that it's unlikely, but I don't think any general manager can stand here and say there will be absolutely no changes in eight days, in particular at this time of year.'

The Lakers headed into the break with three straight road losses, including Wednesday's lifeless effort against the NBA's worst team in Cleveland.

Yet Los Angeles (38-19), which won the first four games of its lengthy trip, still has the league's sixth-best record at the break and a nine-game lead in the Pacific Division.

Although Kupchak says the loss to Cleveland is the Lakers' rock-bottom worst moment of the season 'to date,' he's determined not to make a panic move.

'There's a tendency to overreact, and I get it,' Kupchak said. 'This team is not that different than the team we had last year, and in some ways, it's been improved. We have guys that didn't forget overnight how to practice and play.'

The Lakers returned home for the break after back-to-back losses to Charlotte and Cleveland during a season that already included home losses to Sacramento, Milwaukee and Memphis. They've also struggled against the NBA's best teams despite beating the Boston Celtics earlier in the road trip.

The Lakers' overstuffed $91 million payroll limits their flexibility in deals, although owner Jerry Buss hasn't objected to paying a hefty luxury tax as long as his team is a title contender.

'Dr. Buss wants to win now,' Kupchak said. 'I don't think that's a question. It's my job to look to the future a little bit, but we have a coach that wants to win now, too. I don't think that's going to change.'

Coach Phil Jackson repeatedly has said he'll retire after the season. Although the Lakers' core is mostly still in its prime, Los Angeles has eight regulars who are at least 30 years old.

The Lakers reportedly kicked the tires earlier this month on a potential trade for Anthony, the NBA's sixth-leading scorer, although other reports claimed the rumor was nonsense. Another report claimed the Lakers have attempted to trade Artest, whose statistical averages and defensive performances are both near the lowest points of the wild-card forward's career.

After Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol represent the Lakers in Sunday's All-Star game at Staples Center, the Lakers return at home against Atlanta on Tuesday night. Kupchak hopes they won't shake off the embarrassment of losing in Cleveland during their long weekend off.

'A lot of times, maybe it's the way it's supposed to be,' Kupchak said. 'We have five days to think about it, and maybe that turns out to be a rallying point. ... Let's see where it leads. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can climb up.'

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


Spurs' Duncan to replace Yao as All-Star Game starter - by Eurobasket News
Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) will start this weekend's NBA All-Star Game in place of injured Houston Rockets center Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80), San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said on Thursday.

The 34-year-old Duncan, who is averaging a career-low in points and rebounds this season with the Spurs, was selected as a reserve by coaches two weeks ago and will make his 12th consecutive start in an All-Star game.

Yao, who missed all of last season after fracturing a bone in his left foot, has not played since November 10 and has a stress fracture in his left ankle that could end his career.

The All-Star Game will be played February 20 in Los Angeles.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Vernon Goodridge NBA Call up Candidate - by Allen Waters
In a move that flew under the radar during All-star week-end in Los Angeles, The Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League acquired Call-up Candidate Vernon Goodridge (6'10 240 PF/C LaSalle) from the Springfield Armor.

After a solid NBA Summer league with the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers and after excelling at Veterans Camp with the Golden State Warriors, Vernon was selected by the Springfield Armor with the 5th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Development League draft.

Vernon began this season averaging 10 points, 6 rebounds & 1.75 blocks per game, in 20 minutes of playing time per contest, shooting 57% from the field and 75% from the free throw line.

Vernon ranks in the top 10 in the NBA Development league in both blocks and field goal percentage and he has anchored an Armor defense that has improved their overall record significantly from last season.

Vernon's offensive game has also developed since his college days at LaSalle, with consistent baseline & turn-around Jumps and a lethal Jump Hook, that has been compared to Hakeem Olajuwon's.

At 6'10 240, Goodridge runs the floor like a Guard and he is a renowned leaper, who finishes with tremendous strength, way above the rim. He is a freakish athlete and prototypical NBA Power Forward.

The NY Post's Marc Berman reported that NY Knicks President & GM Donnie Walsh likes Goodridge's defense, leaping ability and athleticism.

Vernon impressed at both NY Knicks and NJ Nets free agent camps this summer and is now on the radar of both GM Danny Ainge in Boston and Rod Higgins in Charlotte.

Goodridge has also drawn interest from the Cavaliers, Clippers, Pistons, Bucks, Wizards and Timberwolves, among others.

Don't be surprised if you see one of these teams snatch Goodridge up right after the trade deadline, when roster spots are expected to become available.

Goodridge is a top of the draft board talent that flew under the radar and in the right situation, he could definitely help an NBA front-court this season and beyond.
Vernon Goodridge (6'9''-F-84, college: La Salle)


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  PHILIPPINES   


Thailand Slammers clinch ASEAN League title - by Eurobasket News
Philippine Patriots - Thailand Slammers 68:75

Thailand Slammers are new ASEAN League champions. They dethroned the Philippine Patriots to clinch the title. The Slammers overcame the Patriots on the road tonight to sweep the Final series. Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) came up with 19 points to lead the winners.
The Slammers looked the better side in the opening frame. They opened the game with four straight points and maintained the lead throughout the opening term. Froilan Baguion gave the visitors an 18:13 lead after ten minutes. However the Patriots used a 12:2 run midway through the second term to gain a 27:21 lead. The teams traded baskets before Warren Ibanez made it 32:30 for Philippine Patriots at halftime. The hosts stayed in charge in the third term. Steve Thomas (203-F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) ensured a 13-point lead for the Patriots 49;36. However Froilan Baguion and Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) trimmed the margin at 5 points with one quarter remaining 47:52. Chris Kuete helped the visitors erase the deficit with under four minutes remaining 63:63. The teams were still tied at 66 with two minutes to go when the Slammers went on a deadly 9:0 spurt and sealed the winning outcome. Ardy Larong (190-G/F-80) nailed 15 points, while Jason Dixon added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Benedict Fernandez (183-G-84) and Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) accounted for 16 points each, while Freeman added 13 rebounds. Steve Thomas had 14 points and 15 boards in the loss.

Philippine Patriots: Benedict Fernandez 16, Gabe Freeman 16+13 boards
Thailand Slammers: Froilan Baguion 19, Ardy Larong 15, Jason Dixon 13+10 boards



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  POLAND   


Trefl Sopt add Monty Mack - by Eurobasket News
Trefl Sopot managed to strengthen the roster just before the end of the PLK transfer period. They landed Monty Mack (191-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Massachusetts). The 33-year-old guard played in Romania in the previous season. He tallied 17.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds in Romanian League with Steaua Turabo. In Balkan League his stats read 18.8 points, 4.3 boards and 2.8 assists per appearance. Monty Mack was named into Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Imports Team. Previously Monty Mack played in Italy, Czech Republic, Belgium and Turkey. He was All-Italian LegaDue Guard of the Year back in 2003. Monty Mack was Czech Cup winner and champion together with Nymburk in 2007 and 2008 seasons. The guard can start for Trefl Sopot as soon as Round 17 against PBG Basket.


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. Anwil 8-9 
 7. AZS Koszalin 7-8 
 8. Polonia Azbud 7-9 
 9. PBG Basket 7-9 
 10. Zastal 7-10 
 11. SKK Kotwica 5-10 
 12. Siarka 3-13 


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, Zastal16.0 
 6. Miller, PBG Basket15.7 
 7. Bennerman, Energa C.15.4 
 8. Burgess, Zastal15.2 
 9. Goffney, Siarka14.5 
 10. Bogavac, AZS K.14.4 
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, Zastal10.2 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.7 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.3 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.3 
 7. Miller, Anwil6.5 
 8. Palmer, Polonia Azbud6.5 
 9. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.4 
 10. Kinloch, AZS K.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, Zastal4.7 
 6. Hawkins, PBG B.4.5 
 7. Ewing, Asseco P.3.7 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.4 
 9. Thompson, Anwil3.2 
 10. Thomas, Anwil3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hodge, Zastal2.7 
 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. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 
 10. Kinnard, Trefl S.0.8 


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Saransk 20-7 
 2. Univ.Surgut 20-7 
 3. Severstal 19-7 
 4. Spartak-Primorie 17-8 
 5. Ural Ekaterinb. 16-8 
 6. Metallurg-Univ. 12-15 
 7. Revda 10-12 
 8. Rjazan 9-15 
 9. Irkutsk 8-17 
 10. Lokomotiv 4-20 
 11. Zaretchny 4-23 


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  SERBIA   


Euroleague Top 16: Partizan's Rasko Katic the best rebounder of Round 4 - by Eurobasket News
Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) grabbed the most rebounds in Round Four of the Euroleague Top 16. The Serbian big guy registered 12 boards for his Partizan Belgrade against Montepaschi in Siena.

Game report:
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 stepped up for the hosts with 17 points. Shaun Stonerook and David Moss helped with 10 points apiece. For the guests, Jan Vesely (211-F-90) had 17 points and 7 rebounds. Curtis Jerrells collected 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, but he had poor 0-6 from behind the arc. Rasko Katic scored 5 points, but pulled down 12 reboudns. 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.


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 19-2 
 2. Beograd 16-6 
 3. Metalac 15-7 
 4. Mega Vizura 14-8 
 5. Tamis 13-9 
 6. Novi Sad 11-11 
 7. Sloga 10-11 
 8. Sloboda Uzice 10-12 
 9. Napredak 9-13 
 10. Proleter Naftagas 9-13 
 11. Vojvodina 9-13 
 12. Borac 9-13 
 13. Crnokosa 8-14 
 14. Superfund 1-21 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.21.4 
 2. Koprivica, Super.20.7 
 3. Zekovic, Beograd20.0 
 4. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 5. Micevic, Sloboda .17.6 
 6. Bunic, Novi Sad17.6 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 8. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 9. Sinovec, Metalac17.3 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.6 
 3. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 4. Jelovac, Mega V.6.9 
 5. Zekovic, Beograd6.7 
 6. Cantekin, Mega V.6.4 
 7. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 10. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac5.8 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.5 
 4. Vlahovic, Sloga5.5 
 5. Radivojevic, FMP5.0 
 6. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.9 
 7. Covic, FMP4.6 
 8. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 9. Mitrovic, Beograd4.2 
 10. Kocergin, Superfund4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ognjen KUZETA
  Novi Sad
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.5 
 2. Dundjerski, Beograd2.5 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.2 
 6. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad2.0 
 8. Bocka, Crnokosa1.9 
 9. Jovic, Sloga1.8 
 10. Jovic, Sloga1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.4 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.2 
 4. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.1.1 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.0 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.9 
 8. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 9. Dedijer, Borac0.7 
 10. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 


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Muric out for three months - by Zeljko Zule
Dino Muric (200-F-90) of Union Olimpija will be sidelined for at least three months after tearing collateral ligaments in his right knee during a Thursday's game aganist Maccabi. Muric averaged 1.0 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 0.2 steals 6 Euroleague games and 2.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.3 steals in 18 games of Adriatic League. He landed in the team from Ljubljana in the summer and was named the Slovenian Young Player of the 2009-10 season.
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Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Zlatorog 13-1 
 2. Helios 10-4 
 3. Polzela 10-5 
 4. Geoplin Slovan 9-5 
 5. Elektra 9-5 
 6. Sentjur 6-8 
 7. Maribor Messer 5-10 
 8. LTHcast Mercator 2-12 
 9. Parklji 0-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Krka
 2. Union Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Panic, Zlatorog20.7 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur17.4 
 3. Bubnic, Helios17.2 
 4. Erzen, Parklji15.8 
 5. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan15.6 
 6. Thondique, Polzela15.4 
 7. Harmason, Sentjur15.1 
 8. Miljkovic, Elektra14.4 
 9. Nuhanovic, Elektra13.9 
 10. Mali, Helios13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Thondique, Polzela11.1 
 2. Miljkovic, Elektra8.8 
 3. Simovic, Sentjur8.7 
 4. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.3 
 5. Zolotic, Maribor .6.6 
 6. Krusic, Geoplin .6.5 
 7. Dimec, Zlatorog6.1 
 8. Paravinja, Parklji5.9 
 9. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan5.9 
 10. Erzen, Parklji5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Boris JERSIN
  Elektra
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jersin, Elektra5.0 
 2. Vujasinovic, Zlatorog4.8 
 3. Brolih, Maribor .4.3 
 4. Hohler, Sentjur3.9 
 5. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 6. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.3 
 7. Pelko, Zlatorog3.3 
 8. Zagorc, Helios2.9 
 9. Rupnik, Geoplin .2.7 
 10. Mezek, LTHcast .2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.6 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast .2.0 
 3. Vranjkovic, Helios1.9 
 4. Zagorc, Helios1.8 
 5. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.8 
 6. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.6 
 7. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 8. Krejic, Parklji1.5 
 9. Zadnik, Geoplin .1.5 
 10. Erzen, Parklji1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra2.1 
 2. Dimec, Zlatorog1.4 
 3. Thondique, Polzela1.1 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela0.9 
 5. Bubnic, Helios0.7 
 6. Mijajlovic, Zlatorog0.6 
 7. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan0.6 
 8. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 9. Miljkovic, Elektra0.6 
 10. Pasalic, Helios0.5 


Sebic hits game-winning jumper off former team - by Zeljko Zule
Stanko Sebic (204-F/C-84) had a strong game against his former team in Round 16 of Telemach League. He had 18 points and 7 rebounds and made a game winning lay-up with the buzzer, lifting Hopsi to a 76-75 win over Sentjur. Maribor limited LTH to just one 3-pointer and and Helios crushed Parklji by 45 points.
Hopsi-Sentjur 76-75: Despite erasing a 17-point second quarter deficit and even taking the 75-74 lead with just 10 seconds into the game, Sentjur couldn't hold off Hopsi. Ivan Drzic gave Sentjur their first and only lead, 75-74. Stanko Sebic, who grow up with Sentjur, answered with a game winning lay-up with the buzzer. He finished with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Igor Mijajlovic had 22 points and 7 assists and Denis Vrsaljko added 10 points. Sentjur was led by Teo Simovic with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Dejan Hohler scored 16 points, Ivan Drzic 12 and Nikola Ivanovic netted 11 points in his debut for Sentjur.
Maribor-LTHcast Mercator 77-64: Maribor made a 12-2 run in the second quarter toi go ahead 33-21 and had a 66-44 lead goding into the final quarter. Elvis Kadic had 26 points and 13 rebounds and Ilija Zolotic added 11 points. LTH made just one of its 21 3-point attempts. Andrij Lebedincev finished with 15 points, Blaz Mahkovic scored 14 and Tomasz Nowakowski 10.
Helios-Parklji 98-53: Helios opened the game with 10 consecutive points and led by as many 20 points in the first quarter. All 12 players scored at least 2 points and grabbed at least one rebounds. Domen Zerak came of the bench for 16 points and Grega Mali and Klemen Prepelic scored 14 points each. Helios' bench players outscored its straters 64-34. Parklji commited 24 turnovers. Jakob Cebasek netted 17 points and Jure Erzen 16.




Kadic number one in Slovenia for round 16 - by Eurobasket News
Forward Elvis Kadic (201-F-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Maribor Messer, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat LTHcast Mercator (#8, 2-12) 77-64. Maribor Messer maintains the 7th position in Slovenian Telemach League. Maribor Messer is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-10 record. In the team's last game Kadic had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Elvis Kadic averages this season 11.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina Teo Simovic (205-C-84) of Sentjur. Simovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Sentjur was edged by the higher-ranked Polzela (#3, 10-5) 76-75. Sentjur managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Simovic is well-known at Sentjur and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#2). He also registered 8.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-G-84, agency: BeoExcell) of Polzela (#3). Mijajlovic scored 22 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of Polzela, leading his team to a 76-75 win against the lower-ranked Sentjur (#6, 6-8). Polzela needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 5 lost games. Mijajlovic has a very solid season. In 3 games in Slovenia he scored 13.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) of Zlatorog - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Klemen Prepelic (190-G-92) of Helios - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Matej Krusic (211-C-87) of Geoplin Slovan - 16 points and 8 rebounds
7. Jure Erzen (203-C-75) of Parklji - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Andriy Lebedincev (194-G-91) of LTHcast Mercator - 15 points and 5 rebounds
9. Stanko Sebic (204-F/C-84) of Polzela - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dalibor Djapa (204-F/C-84) of Geoplin Slovan - 17 points and 7 rebounds

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


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KBL Round 42: KCC Egis lose to ET Land Elephants in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Jeonju. 4th ranked host KCC Egis (25-18) were smashed by second ranked ET Land Elephants (30-13) 94-75. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of KCC Egis. The game without a history. ET Land Elephants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Center Jang-Hoon Seo (207-74) scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Eric Dawson (208-84, college: Midwestern St.) with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ET Land Elephants have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Sonic Boom KT. KCC Egis at the other side keep the fourth place with 18 games lost. ET Land Elephants is looking forward to face Mobis Phoebus (#8) in Ulsan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KCC Egis will play on the road against Mobis Phoebus (#8) in Ulsan and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
KBL top team - Sonic Boom KT (30-13) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Samsung Thunders (24-19) in Busan 99-75. The former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) notched 16 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and Dong-Hyun Cho supported him with 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) did not help to save the game for Samsung Thunders. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sonic Boom KT maintains first position with 30-13 record, which they share with Elephants. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the fifth place with 19 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will play against LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon in the next round where they are favorite. Samsung Thunders' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Seoul SK Knights.

In the last two games of round 42 LG Sakers won against SK Knights on the opponent's court 89-80. Dongbu Promy managed to outperform Daegu Orions in a home game 73-67.



SK Knights - LG Sakers 80-89

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Seoul where 6th ranked SK Knights (20-23) were defeated by seventh ranked LG Sakers (18-25) 89-80. SK Knights were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 43-32 second half run of LG Sakers. They shot 62.0 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for LG Sakers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Seung-Ho Ki (194-85) supported him with 11 points and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds by American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) did not help to save the game for SK Knights. Guard Hyo-Bum Kim (195-83) added 14 points. Five LG Sakers and four SK Knights players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. LG Sakers maintains seventh position with 18-25 record. SK Knights at the other side keep the sixth place with 23 games lost. LG Sakers will play against league's leader Sonic Boom KT in Busan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. SK Knights' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Seoul to the arena Samsung Thunders.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 25+12reb+1ast, H.Park 13+1reb+2ast, S.Ki 11+3reb+5ast, C.Alexander 10+6reb+2ast, Y.Kim 10+1reb+2ast, D.Kang 7+2reb
SK Knights: T.Leather 25+10reb+3ast, H.Kim 14+3ast, S.Hwang 13+1reb, M.Kim 10+3reb+2ast, K.Hoon Byun 6+2reb+1ast, H.Joo 5+2reb
gschID: 114251


Sonic Boom KT - Samsung Th. 99-75

KBL top team - Sonic Boom KT (30-13) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Samsung Thunders (24-19) in Busan 99-75. The game without a history. Sonic Boom KT led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.3 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Sonic Boom KT especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) notched 16 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and guard Dong-Hyun Cho (188-76) supported him with 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) did not help to save the game for Samsung Thunders. The former international forward Kyu-Sup Lee (198-77) added 19 points. Five Sonic Boom KT and four Samsung Thunders 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. Sonic Boom KT maintains first position with 30-13 record, which they share with Elephants. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the fifth place with 19 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will play against LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon in the next round where they are favorite. Samsung Thunders' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Seoul SK Knights.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: D.Cho 20+5reb, S.Park 16+3reb+3ast, S.Cho 16+4reb+6ast, Y.Song 14+2reb+3ast, J.Johnson 10+2reb, C.Rhodes 10+7reb
Samsung Th.: K.Lee 19+3reb, N.Dixon 15+6reb, D.Kim 12+5reb+2ast, A.Haynes 10+11reb+4ast, J.Cha 8+3reb, H.Kang 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 114252


KCC Egis - Elephants 75-94

The game between Top Four teams took place in Jeonju. 4th ranked host KCC Egis (25-18) were smashed by second ranked ET Land Elephants (30-13) 94-75. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of KCC Egis. The game without a history. ET Land Elephants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Center Jang-Hoon Seo (207-74) scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Five ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Eric Dawson (208-84, college: Midwestern St.) with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Byung-Hyun Kang (193-85) scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ET Land Elephants have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Sonic Boom KT. KCC Egis at the other side keep the fourth place with 18 games lost. ET Land Elephants is looking forward to face Mobis Phoebus (#8) in Ulsan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KCC Egis will play on the road against Mobis Phoebus (#8) in Ulsan and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Elephants: J.Seo 28+5reb+5ast, O.George 13+5reb, J.Stevenson 11+3reb+4ast, H.Hill 11+11reb+3ast, K.Shin 10+2reb+5ast, H.Lee 9+1reb
KCC Egis: E.Dawson 18+8reb+3ast, B.Kang 18+2reb+3ast, S.Ha 14+5reb+1ast, E.Kang 7+1ast, C.Daniels 7+4reb, T.Chon 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 114249


Dongbu Promy - Daegu Orions 73-67

Very predictable result in Wonju where third ranked Dongbu Promy (28-16) defeated bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (12-32) 73-67. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Daegu Orions were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 41-31 second half run of Dongbu Promy. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Daegu Orions were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international center Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) notched 18 points to lead the effort and guard Jin-Won Hwang (189-78) supported him with 16 points and 4 assists. Even 14 points and 9 rebounds by the former international forward Dong Jun Lee (200-80) did not help to save the game for Daegu Orions. American power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dongbu Promy have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 28-16 record having just one points less than leader Sonic Boom KT. Daegu Orions at the other side stay dead last with 32 lost games. Dongbu Promy will play against Anyang KGC (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Daegu Orions will play against KCC Egis in Jeonju and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: H.Yoon 19+3reb, J.Kim 18+4reb+2ast, J.Hwang 16+4reb+4ast, R.Benson 11+7reb, V.Thomas 5, J.Park 4+3ast
Daegu Orions: D.Jun Lee 14+9reb+3ast, J.Park 12, B.Yoon 12+3reb+2ast, A.McCaskill 10+7reb+5ast, M.Suk 9+3reb+4ast, K.Kim 5
gschID: 114250




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Season ends for Pete Mickeal - by Eurobasket News
Regal FC Barcelona must try to defend the Euroleague title without one of the signature stars who led last season's championship effort after it was announced Saturday that Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) will be unable to play for at least four months due to a new health problem, pulmonary embolism. Mickeal, who turns 33 on Tuesday, was due back from an earlier knee injury and had been practicing with the team before doctors discovered an arterial blockage of the lung this week. Team doctors indicated that Mickeal will need four months' worth of treatment to overcome the condition. Mickeal, a 1.97-meter, do-it-all small forward, starred in Barcelona's preseason win against the Los Angeles Lakers and proceeded to lead the team in scoring (14.5 ppg.), rebounds (4.5 rpg.) and minutes (32.1 mpg.) during the first four games of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. A knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery first interrupted his season for three months starting mid-November. With his knee having recovered, Mickeal was due to see game action again last week before symptoms of this new health concern surfaced. Mickeal made the Final Four in his first Euroleague season, with Tau Ceramica in 2008, and two years later, returned with Barcelona to win the title, his first, last spring in Paris. Mickeal led the champions last season in minutes played and rebounds, while ranking second in scoring.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Clavijo 16-3 
 2. Andorra 16-4 
 3. Mallorca 15-4 
 4. Promobys 12-6 
 5. Plasencia 12-8 
 6. ADT Tarragona 10-9 
 7. Prat Juventud 10-10 
 8. Oviedo Feve 8-11 
 9. Regal FC II 7-11 
 10. Avila 7-12 
 11. Illescas 7-13 
 12. Santurtzi 7-13 
 13. Guadalajara 6-13 
 14. Coruna 6-14 
 15. Lan Mobel ISB 6-14 


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria17.9 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.2 
 3. English, DKV J.15.1 
 4. McDonald, DKV J.15.0 
 5. Martinez, Valencia15.0 
 6. Baron, Lagun A.14.8 
 7. Kurz, Granada13.9 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.13.9 
 9. Bullock, Cajasol13.2 
 10. San Emeterio, Caja L.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Art.Dragons
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kurz, Granada9.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Donaldson, Menorca7.0 
 4. Caner-Medley, Estudi.6.8 
 5. Trias, DKV Joventut6.6 
 6. Doellman, Meridiano6.4 
 7. Barac, Caja Laboral6.4 
 8. Wallace, Gran Canaria6.2 
 9. Slokar, Manresa6.2 
 10. Miralles, Lagun A.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.6 
 2. Rubio, Regal Barca5.0 
 3. Cook, Valencia4.9 
 4. Ciorciari, Menorca4.6 
 5. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.6 
 6. Uriz, Lagun A.4.0 
 7. Colom, Fuenlabrada4.0 
 8. Ingles, Granada3.9 
 9. Dumas, Valladolid3.9 
 10. McIntyre, Unicaja3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Joe INGLES
  Regal Barca
  (203-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ingles, Granada2.3 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol2.2 
 3. Mickeal, Regal Barca2.0 
 4. Victor, Menorca1.9 
 5. Davis, Cajasol1.9 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca1.9 
 7. San Miguel, Manre.1.8 
 8. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 9. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 10. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.1 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid1.7 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 4. Barnes, Valladolid1.4 
 5. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 6. Majstorovic, Manre.1.3 
 7. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.2 
 8. Andriuskevic., Meridi.1.1 
 9. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 10. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Witt, Clavijo16.4 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia16.0 
 3. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.15.6 
 4. Mortellaro, Lan M.15.2 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca15.1 
 6. Justo, Avila14.8 
 7. Bratton, Lan M.14.7 
 8. Ramsdell, Avila14.6 
 9. O''Leary, Oviedo F.14.6 
 10. Garcia, Illescas14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.3 
 3. Chubrevich, Illescas8.5 
 4. Larry, Regal F.7.8 
 5. De Santana, Clavijo7.8 
 6. Mortellaro, Lan M.7.7 
 7. Mesa, Clavijo7.6 
 8. Ramsdell, Avila7.3 
 9. Howard, Andorra7.2 
 10. McDade, Promobys6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Witt, Clavijo5.7 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi5.1 
 3. Lopez, Coruna4.9 
 4. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.4 
 5. Marco, ADT T.4.2 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca4.0 
 7. Rufian, Promobys3.8 
 8. Bavosi, Promobys3.5 
 9. Suarez, Oviedo Feve3.2 
 10. Machuca, Illescas3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jonathan BARCELO
  Plasencia
  (192-F/G-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Barcelo, Plasencia2.2 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi2.1 
 3. Martinez, Plasencia2.0 
 4. Guirao, ADT T.1.8 
 5. Larry, Regal F.1.7 
 6. Ramsey, Promobys1.7 
 7. Witt, Clavijo1.7 
 8. Bratton, Lan M.1.6 
 9. Rueda, Plasencia1.6 
 10. Smith, Guadalajara1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.3 
 4. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 5. Adams, Coruna1.2 
 6. Conde, Avila1.2 
 7. De Santana, Clavijo1.1 
 8. Cage, ADT Tarragona1.1 
 9. Marti, Prat J.0.9 
 10. Johnson, Andorra0.9 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 17-3 
 2. Real Madrid 17-4 
 3. Valladolid 13-7 
 4. Valencia 13-8 
 5. Caja Laboral 12-8 
 6. Fuenlabrada 12-9 
 7. DKV Joventut 11-9 
 8. Bizkaia Bilbao 11-9 
 9. Unicaja 10-10 
 10. Cajasol 10-10 
 11. Gran Canaria 10-11 
 12. CAI Zaragoza 9-11 
 13. Estudiantes 9-11 
 14. Lagun Aro GBC 8-12 
 15. Manresa 6-14 
 16. Meridiano 6-14 
 17. Menorca 5-15 
 18. Granada 3-17 


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 24-5 
 2. LF Basket 21-9 
 3. Sodertalje 19-11 
 4. Norrkoping 18-8 
 5. Uppsala 14-13 
 6. Solna 13-16 
 7. Boras 11-19 
 8. Jamtland 11-19 
 9. 08 8-20 
 10. Eco Orebro 5-24 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Brown, 0821.7 
 3. Smith, Uppsala20.2 
 4. Smith, Sodertalje20.0 
 5. Rush, Sundsvall19.9 
 6. McCoy, Boras19.1 
 7. Wesby, Sundsvall18.8 
 8. Palm, Boras18.7 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna18.1 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.6 
 2. Palm, Boras9.4 
 3. McKnight, Boras9.1 
 4. Brown, 088.8 
 5. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 6. Constantine, Solna8.1 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.9 
 8. Walker, Solna7.5 
 9. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.2 
 10. Cipriano, Eco O.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.5 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.6 
 3. Beck, 085.0 
 4. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 5. Smith, Uppsala4.5 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.5 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland4.4 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 9. Chuk, Sodertalje4.1 
 10. Smith, Sodertalje4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.6 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.3 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall2.1 
 4. Smith, Uppsala2.0 
 5. Hellgren, Jamtland1.9 
 6. McCoy, Boras1.9 
 7. Brown, 081.7 
 8. Hargrove, Jamtland1.7 
 9. Eriksson, Uppsala1.7 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.0 
 2. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.6 
 5. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.2 
 6. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.2 
 7. Constantine, Solna1.1 
 8. Cipriano, Eco O.1.1 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro0.9 


All-Star weekend - by Andreas Eriksson
All-Star Weekend Participants:

Skills Challenge
Willy Beck, 08 Stockholm.
Christopher Ryan, Bors Basket.
Ben Smith, Uppsala Basket.
Johnell Smith, Sdertlje Kings.
Alex Wesby, Sundsvall Dragons.

Threepoint shootout
Jesper Andersson, ecorebro Basket.
Logi Gunnarsson, Solna Vikings.
Kellen McCoy, Bors Basket.
Dino Pita, Sdertlje Kings.
Jakob Sigurdarson, Sundsvall Dragons.
Tim Whitworth, Uppsala Basket (regerande mstare)


Dunk competition
Brandon Barton, Sundsvall Dragons.
Demetrius Brown, 08 Stockholm.
Pontus Holmstrm, Uppsala Basket.
Bilal Salaam, Jmtland Basket.
Rudy Mbemba, LF Basket.
William Walker, Solna Vikings.


Kentta and Bosnic leads All-Star Game! - by Johan Anderson
STARTERS North

Liam Rush (202-F/G-82), Sundsvall Dragons.
Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple)y, Sundsvall Dragons.
Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82), Sundsvall Dragons.
Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87), LF Basket.
Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther), Sundsvall Dragons.

Head Coach Mattias Kentta

Tim Kearney (200-F-86), LF Basket
Drazen Klaric (205-F-80, agency: Court Side), Jamtland Basket
Bilal Salaam (201-F-81, college: Kutztown), Jamtland Basket
Benjamin Smith (178-G-87, college: Jacksonville), Uppsala Basket
Timothy Whitworth Uppsala Basket

STARTERS South

Dino Pita (192-G-88) Sodertalje Kings.
Demetrius Brown (201-F-83, college: San Jose St.), 08 Stockholm.
William Walker (201-F-87, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Bethel (IN)), Solna Vikings.
Johnell Smith (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: New Orleans), Sodertalje Kings.
Kellen McCoy, Boras Basket.

Head Coach Vedran Bosnic

Jesper Andersson (202-F-86), ecoOrebro Basket
Willy Beck (186-G-87, college: Santa Barbara CC), 08 Stockholm
Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81)n, Solna Vikings
Andrew Pleick (196-G-80, college: Lafayette), ecoOrebro Basket
Christopher Ryan (196-G-90), Boras Basket



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  THAILAND   


Thailand Slammers clinch ASEAN League title - by Eurobasket News
Philippine Patriots - Thailand Slammers 68:75

Thailand Slammers are new ASEAN League champions. They dethroned the Philippine Patriots to clinch the title. The Slammers overcame the Patriots on the road tonight to sweep the Final series. Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) came up with 19 points to lead the winners.
The Slammers looked the better side in the opening frame. They opened the game with four straight points and maintained the lead throughout the opening term. Froilan Baguion gave the visitors an 18:13 lead after ten minutes. However the Patriots used a 12:2 run midway through the second term to gain a 27:21 lead. The teams traded baskets before Warren Ibanez made it 32:30 for Philippine Patriots at halftime. The hosts stayed in charge in the third term. Steve Thomas (203-F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) ensured a 13-point lead for the Patriots 49;36. However Froilan Baguion and Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) trimmed the margin at 5 points with one quarter remaining 47:52. Chris Kuete helped the visitors erase the deficit with under four minutes remaining 63:63. The teams were still tied at 66 with two minutes to go when the Slammers went on a deadly 9:0 spurt and sealed the winning outcome. Ardy Larong (190-G/F-80) nailed 15 points, while Jason Dixon added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Benedict Fernandez (183-G-84) and Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) accounted for 16 points each, while Freeman added 13 rebounds. Steve Thomas had 14 points and 15 boards in the loss.

Philippine Patriots: Benedict Fernandez 16, Gabe Freeman 16+13 boards
Thailand Slammers: Froilan Baguion 19, Ardy Larong 15, Jason Dixon 13+10 boards



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  TURKEY   


Bornova signed Sensley - by Sinan Can
BORNOVA Belediyespor found the replacement of Lithuanian big man Tomas Nagys very soon as Turkish side signed Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Hawaii) until the end of the season. Julian Sensley has a German passport which allows him to play as a bosman player in Turkish League. American power forward started the season at Peristeri where he averaged 8.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals for 22 minutes per game. Sensley has experienc in some European Leagues suc as Italy, Spain, Belgium, Cyprus and also played at D League as well. Sensley will play his first official game against Fenerbahce Ulker this saturday.

Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzonspor
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzons.21.1 
 2. Smith, Karsiyaka18.7 
 3. Scales, Mersin18.2 
 4. Mays, Oyak Renault18.1 
 5. Seibutis, Olin Edirne18.1 
 6. Gibson, Oyak R.18.1 
 7. Randle, Aliaga17.5 
 8. Smith, Bornova17.2 
 9. Barbour, Erdemir16.9 
 10. Holston, Karsiyaka16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Erdemir
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Thomas, Erdemir11.2 
 2. Yucel, Mersin11.2 
 3. Mays, Oyak Renault10.2 
 4. Samardjiski, Olin E.10.0 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka9.1 
 6. Wesson, Turk T.8.7 
 7. Smith, Bornova8.5 
 8. Smith, Karsiyaka8.3 
 9. Ruzic, Tofas8.1 
 10. Karadeniz, Trabzons.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 David HOLSTON
  Karsiyaka
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Holston, Karsiyaka5.8 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas5.3 
 3. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.2 
 4. Ermis, Banvit4.8 
 5. Iverson, Besiktas4.7 
 6. Rowe, Tofas4.7 
 7. Acik, Galatasaray4.6 
 8. Seibutis, Olin Edirne4.5 
 9. Smith, Bornova4.3 
 10. Akin, Olin Edirne4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Austin T.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Coleman, Aliaga3.1 
 2. Holston, Karsiyaka2.5 
 3. Mays, Oyak Renault2.5 
 4. Waller, Oyak Renault2.2 
 5. Gibson, Oyak R.2.0 
 6. Chatman, Besiktas1.9 
 7. Rowe, Tofas1.9 
 8. Prince, Antalya1.9 
 9. Grier, Mersin1.8 
 10. Guler, Antalya1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Predrag SAMARDJISKI
  Olin Edirne
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Samardjiski, Olin E.2.0 
 2. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 3. Simpsons, Turk T.1.5 
 4. Likholitov, Besiktas1.4 
 5. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 6. Johnson, Erdemir1.3 
 7. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.2 
 8. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.2 
 9. Mays, Oyak Renault1.1 
 10. Ruzic, Tofas1.0 


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Fener.Ulker 16-2 
 2. Galatasaray 14-4 
 3. Banvit 14-4 
 4. Efes Pilsen 13-5 
 5. Karsiyaka 11-7 
 6. Besiktas 10-7 
 7. Olin Edirne 10-8 
 8. Antalya 9-9 
 9. Trabzonspor 8-10 
 10. Turk Telekom 8-10 
 11. Bornova 6-12 
 12. Erdemir 6-12 
 13. Tofas 6-12 
 14. Aliaga 5-12 
 15. Mersin 4-14 
 16. Oyak Renault 3-15 


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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.0 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.8 
 3. Washington, BC Od.17.0 
 4. Curry, Azovmash16.9 
 5. Flores, BC Donetsk16.9 
 6. Williams, Halychyna14.9 
 7. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna14.4 
 9. Karim, DniproAzot14.3 
 10. Fraser, DniproAzot14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.3 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.2 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.7 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 6. Austin, Dnipro7.2 
 7. Owens, Azovmash7.0 
 8. Hunter, Fe.6.9 
 9. Thomas, Azovmash6.6 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.2 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.8 
 5. Millage, Khimik4.8 
 6. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.2 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.2 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. Love, Mykolaiv1.6 
 3. House, Azovmash1.6 
 4. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 5. Greene, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 7. Gliebov, BC Donetsk1.5 
 8. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.4 
 9. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
 10. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.2 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.3 
 9. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 
 10. Balashov, BC Odessa1.2 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 26-7 
 2. BC Donetsk 24-8 
 3. Azovmash 20-12 
 4. Hoverla 20-13 
 5. Dnipro 17-16 
 6. Mykolaiv 16-16 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 16-16 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 16-16 
 9. BC Odessa 15-19 
 10. DniproAzot 12-20 
 11. Khimik 11-22 
 12. Halychyna 11-23 
 13. BC Kyiv 8-24 


Superleague Round 35: No surprise as #1 Budivelnyk defeats Dnipro - by Eurobasket News
 Superleague top team - Budivelnyk (26-7) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Dnipro (17-16) in Dnepropetrovsk 68-49. The game was mostly controlled by Budivelnyk. Dnipro managed to win second period 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Dnipro to just 4 points in third quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Budivelnyk made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American guard William Keys (188-77, college: N.Mexico St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) helped adding 14 points. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut, agency: Edge Sports) responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Budivelnyk have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-7 record. Dnipro at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Budivelnyk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dnipro will play on the road against DniproAzot (#10) in Dniprodzerzhynsk and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Odessa. Ninth ranked BC Odessa (15-19) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Mykolaiv (16-16) 74-71 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mykolaiv. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Andrew Washington (191-84, college: Delaware) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. Ejike Ugboaja accounted for 6 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) came up with 25 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for Mykolaiv in the defeat. Mykolaiv's coach Valentin Berestnev rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Odessa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain ninth place with 15-19 record. Mykolaiv at the other side keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Ferro-ZNTU and Kryvbasbasket. BC Odessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mykolaiv will play on the road against Azovmash (#3) in Mariupol and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Krivoy Rog where higher ranked Kryvbasbasket (16-16) was upset on its own court by twelfth ranked Khimik (11-22) 82-58 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Curtis Millage who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 assists. Victor Kondratovets produced 13 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimik moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Kryvbasbasket dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Mykolaiv and Ferro-ZNTU. Khimik will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kryvbasbasket will play against Hoverla (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Third ranked Azovmash (20-12) crushed at home 5th ranked Dnipro (17-16) by 25 points 87-62, which is the biggest margin this round. Fred House orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Azovmash's coach Ramunas Butautas felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Azovmash have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 20-12 record having seven points less than leader Budivelnyk. Dnipro at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Azovmash's next round opponent will be Mykolaiv (#6) in Mykolaiv. Dnipro will play on the road against DniproAzot in Dniprodzerzhynsk.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 35: BC Donetsk destroyed BC Kyiv on the opponent's court 87-65. Hoverla managed to outperform Ferro-ZNTU in a home game 87-77. Kryvbasbasket managed to beat Halychyna on the road 80-68. BC Odessa defeated DniproAzot on its own court 93-86.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points and 9 rebounds by Vincent Hunter of Ferro-ZNTU.



BC Odessa - Mykolaiv 74-71

Important game to mention about took place in Odessa. Ninth ranked BC Odessa (15-19) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Mykolaiv (16-16) 74-71 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mykolaiv. It looked good early as Mykolaiv took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Odessa had a 30-13 second period charge getting the lead and Mykolaiv was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-74. BC Odessa made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Andrew Washington (191-84, college: Delaware) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. Nigerian power forward Ejike Ugboaja (204-85) accounted for 6 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Washington is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) came up with 25 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the other American import center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Mykolaiv in the defeat. Four Mykolaiv players scored in double figures. Mykolaiv's coach Valentin Berestnev rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Odessa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain ninth place with 15-19 record. Mykolaiv at the other side keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Ferro-ZNTU and Kryvbasbasket. BC Odessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mykolaiv will play on the road against Azovmash (#3) in Mariupol and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: A.Washington 26+8reb+3ast, R.Kryvych 11+1reb, G.Buchanan 8+3reb+2ast, P.Sparks 8+1reb+2ast, J.DeGroat 7+5reb+1ast, E.Ugboaja 6+8reb
Mykolaiv: J.Love 25+3reb+4ast, B.Greene 15+6reb+1ast, J.Hughes 13+10reb, A.Mazutis 10+4reb+5ast, L.Iailo 3+4reb+1ast, I.Gilyevych 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 120946


BC Kyiv - BC Donetsk 65-87

Very expected game when 13th ranked BC Kyiv (8-24) was crushed at home by second ranked BC Donetsk (24-8) 87-65. The game without a history. BC Donetsk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kyiv's 28. BC Donetsk brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Bosnian swingman Jasmin Hukic (204-79, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points. International center Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-87, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 14 points and 6 blocks (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Five BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. Guard Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-91) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Oleg Saltovets (202-77) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BC Kyiv. BC Kyiv's coach Vitaliy Cherniy gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted BC Donetsk maintains second place with 24-8 record having just three points less than leader Budivelnyk. BC Kyiv at the other side stay dead last with 24 lost games. BC Donetsk's next round opponent will be Mykolaiv (#6) in Mykolaiv.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: V.Kravtsov 14+3reb+1ast, J.Edwards 12+3reb, J.Hukic 12+4reb+3ast, B.Cvetkovic 11+3reb+2ast, S.Vasiljevic 10+1reb+6ast, D.Gliebov 10+7reb+1ast
BC Kyiv: O.Lypovyy 14+5reb, V.Kovalenko 9+2reb, P.Burenko 9+2reb+1ast, M.Sandul 7+5reb+1ast, O.Saltovets 7+6reb+2ast, A.Riabchuk 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 120947


Kryvbasbasket - Khimik 58-82

An interesting game took place in Krivoy Rog where higher ranked Kryvbasbasket (16-16) was upset on its own court by twelfth ranked Khimik (11-22) 82-58 on Wednesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Khimik had a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Curtis Millage (185-81, college: Arizona St.) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 assists. Serbian guard Nemanja Protic (182-86) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Khimik players scored in double figures. Guard Victor Kondratovets (187-76) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Dmitry Korablev (198-77) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimik moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Kryvbasbasket dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Mykolaiv and Ferro-ZNTU. Khimik will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kryvbasbasket will play against Hoverla (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Khimik: C.Millage 15+1reb+15ast, A.Kalnichenko 13+2reb+1ast, N.Protic 13+5reb+5ast, S.Zavadsky 12+5reb+1ast, A.Kolchenko 8, E.Bavcic 7+5reb
Kryvbasbasket: D.Korablev 13+3reb+1ast, V.Kondratovets 13+5reb+1ast, I.Zaitsev 9+5reb+3ast, I.Krivtsov 8+3reb+1ast, V.Malchevskiy 4+4reb, A.Savostin 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 120942


Dnipro - Budivelnyk 49-68

Superleague top team - Budivelnyk (26-7) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Dnipro (17-16) in Dnepropetrovsk 68-49. The game was mostly controlled by Budivelnyk. Dnipro managed to win second period 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Dnipro to just 4 points in third quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Budivelnyk made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American guard William Keys (188-77, college: N.Mexico St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) helped adding 14 points. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut, agency: Edge Sports) responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Mario Austin (206-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Strategic Sports) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Budivelnyk have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-7 record. Dnipro at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Budivelnyk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dnipro will play on the road against DniproAzot (#10) in Dniprodzerzhynsk and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: W.Keys 20+6reb+3ast, D.Spencer 14+4reb+1ast, L.Wilson 10+7reb, A.Betts 8+5reb, Z.Morley 8+6reb, A.Agafonov 5+5reb+1ast
Dnipro: D.Brown 22+7reb+4ast, M.Austin 11+8reb+2ast, M.Vilkhovetskyi 6+2reb, C.Glazyrin 2+6reb, A.Pettway 2+5reb, S.Tymofeyenko 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 120943


Hoverla - Ferro-ZNTU 87-77

Rather predictable result in Frankivsk where fourth ranked Hoverla (20-13) defeated 7th ranked Ferro-ZNTU (16-16) 87-77. The game was mostly controlled by Hoverla. Ferro-ZNTU was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hoverla dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Ferro-ZNTU's 28. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with 15 points and 8 assists for the winners. Hoverla's coach Evgeni Murzin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Vincent Hunter (208-84, college: Arkansas) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Ferro-ZNTU. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hoverla maintains fourth place with 20-13 record. Ferro-ZNTU at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. Hoverla's next round opponent will be Kryvbasbasket (#8) in Krivoy Rog. Ferro-ZNTU will play on the road against Halychyna in Lviv.
Top scorers:
Hoverla: E.Coleman 21+5reb+5ast, D.Zimmerman 18+2reb+3ast, D.Swanson 15+4reb+8ast, J.Chappell 11+7reb+3ast, I.Kryvych 7+6reb, A.Poltoratskiy 5+2reb+1ast
Ferro-ZNTU: V.Hunter 22+9reb+2ast, R.Harris 15+2reb+1ast, K.Mays 13+2reb+3ast, C.Burns 10+7reb+4ast, S.Alferov 7+2reb+2ast, A.Rybalko 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 120944


Halychyna - Kryvbasbasket 68-80

Not a big story in a game in Lviv where 12th ranked Halychyna (11-23) was defeated by eighth ranked Kryvbasbasket (16-16) 80-68. The game was mostly controlled by Kryvbasbasket. Halychyna was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Halychyna to just 6 points in first quarter. Kryvbasbasket made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Halychyna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Dmitry Korablev (198-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Forward Igor Krivtsov (202-86) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-84, college: USF) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import guard Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Halychyna. Four Halychyna players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kryvbasbasket moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Mykolaiv and Ferro-ZNTU. Halychyna lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 23 games lost. Kryvbasbasket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hoverla (#4) in Frankivsk and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halychyna will play at home against Ferro-ZNTU (#7) in Zaporozhye.
Top scorers:
Kryvbasbasket: D.Korablev 22+3reb+3ast, I.Krivtsov 20+6reb, V.Kondratovets 18+4reb+1ast, I.Zaitsev 9+8reb, A.Slipenchuk 7+3reb+2ast, E.Annenkov 2+7reb+2ast
Halychyna: N.Williams 17+5reb+4ast, A.Wiggins 15+15reb, Y.Zubrytskyi 14+6reb+1ast, M.Sroka 13+1reb+2ast, T.Abernethy 4+6reb+3ast, N.Polyulyak 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 120945


Azovmash - Dnipro 87-62

Third ranked Azovmash (20-12) crushed at home 5th ranked Dnipro (17-16) by 25 points 87-62, which is the biggest margin this round. It looked good early as Dnipro took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Azovmash had a 28-11 second period charge getting the lead and Dnipro was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-87. They outrebounded Dnipro 49-34 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Fred House (195-78, college: S.Utah, agency: Lanshire Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Demetrius Alexander (204-75, college: Alabama) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Azovmash players scored in double figures. Azovmash's coach Ramunas Butautas felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) answered with 20 points and 6 assists and Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut, agency: Edge Sports) added 11 points in the effort for Dnipro. Azovmash have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 20-12 record having seven points less than leader Budivelnyk. Dnipro at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Azovmash's next round opponent will be Mykolaiv (#6) in Mykolaiv. Dnipro will play on the road against DniproAzot in Dniprodzerzhynsk.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: F.House 20+9reb+2ast, M.Pustozvonov 18+8reb+1ast, D.Alexander 17+11reb+2ast, D.Pasalic 13+6reb+6ast, C.Thomas 9+4reb, R.Curry 3+7reb+4ast
Dnipro: S.Burtt 20+4reb+6ast, D.Brown 11+3reb+2ast, C.Glazyrin 8+2reb, D.Ivanov 7+3reb+1ast, M.Kornienko 6+9reb, M.Austin 5+8reb
gschID: 120940


BC Odessa - DniproAzot 93-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked BC Odessa's (15-19) home victory over 10th ranked DniproAzot (12-20) 93-86. The hosts were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 30-20 last quarter charge of DniproAzot cut the lead to 93-86 at the end of the game. American guard Andrew Washington (191-84, college: Delaware) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Patrick Sparks (184-83, college: Kentucky, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Washington is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Canadian power forward Michael Fraser (203-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Maxim Balashov (189-80) added 18 points in the effort for DniproAzot. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. DniproAzot's coach Igor Chigrinov tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BC Odessa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain ninth place with 15-19 record. DniproAzot lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 20 games lost. BC Odessa will have a break next round. DniproAzot will play at home against Dnipro (#5) in Dnepropetrovsk.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: A.Washington 20+4reb+5ast, P.Sparks 16+4reb+4ast, R.Kryvych 13+4reb+2ast, E.Ugboaja 11+5reb, J.DeGroat 10+2reb, S.Balashov 8+6reb+1ast
DniproAzot: M.Balashov 18+2reb+3ast, M.Fraser 15+10reb, L.Karim 14+3reb+3ast, G.Sirutavicius 13+4reb+3ast, S.Sokur 9+1reb+1ast, R.Sirsnins 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 120941




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BBL Round Up Sat 19 Feb - by Paul Nilsen

After a barren five months of 20 league losses in a row, a triumphant Essex Pirates finally landed their first BBL Championship win of the season after coming back from a double-digit deficit to win a 94-90 overtime thriller at the home of fellow strugglers Worthing Thunder.

Led by Tanner Adu (193-F-84) and Zac Gachette who combined for 49 points, Essex produced a fantastic fourth quarter to force the extra period and then found the belief to get the win one which left coach Tim Lewis understandably delighted for his players.

He said, Although there was lots of hype surrounding this match it was just another game for us.

We did a great team job tonight and although we have come close on a number of occasions we deserved to win.

Lewis added, We are a young and inexperienced team but tonight we showed a lot of commitment and dedication to get the victory.

Elsewhere, there was just as much excitement at the opposite end of the table as both One Health Sharks Sheffield and Newcastle Eagles crashed to losses as the title race roller-coaster continued to excite.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders survived a late wobble against Newcastle Eagles but clung on for a 102-99 home win after being led by guard JR Blount who poured in a majestic 40 points.

Worcester Wolves meanwhile continue their renaissance with a similarly impressive home-floor success. Much to the delight of Paul James, they dented the title hopes of Sharks with a hard fought 71-67 victory which left the play-caller thrilled with the outcome.

We were always confident. explained James.

I said to the guys we needed a 40 minute performance and that was exactly what we got.



BBL Round Up Friday 18 Feb - by Paul Nilsen
One Health Sharks Sheffield blew the BBL title race wide open at Newcastle Eagles with a nailbiting 98-102 victory over the reigning champions.

Needing a win to give themselves a realistic hope of keeping pace with the Eagles, Atiba Lyons (198-F-82, college: Pace) team fought back from a 12-point third quarter deficit to stun the Geordies.

Mersey Tigers showed theyre back to their very best with a resounding 59-83 victory at title rivals Glasgow Rocks.

The win moves Tony Garbelottos team to within two points of the Eagles at the top of the BBL while the Rocks are now two behind in the loss column to the leading pair.

Cheshire Jets rediscovered their winning touch at the in-form Prestige Homes MK Lions with an excellent 98-115 victory.

After a couple of defeats last weekend the Jets were desperate to get a positive result and they did so in some style with Gareth Murray sinking seven three point shots on his way to a game high 33 points.



Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle 15-5 
 2. Liverpool MT 14-4 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 13-6 
 4. Cheshire Jets 13-7 
 5. Sheffield Sharks 12-6 
 6. Leicester Riders 11-9 
 7. Plymouth 10-10 
 8. Guildford Heat 10-10 
 9. Worcester 10-13 
 10. MK Lions 8-9 
 11. Worthing 1-19 
 12. Essex Pirates 1-20 


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Jeremy BELL
  Cheshire Jets
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Bell, Cheshire Jets23.4 
 2. Moore, Newcastle22.8 
 3. Smith, Newcastle21.1 
 4. Blount, Leices.20.5 
 5. Zabas, Plymouth20.5 
 6. Nelson, MK Lions20.3 
 7. Dagostino, Sheffi.20.2 
 8. Gilbert, Worcester20.2 
 9. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
 10. Greer, Cheshire.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun DURANT
  Worthing
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Durant, Worthing9.5 
 2. Rowe, Plymouth9.4 
 3. Nottley, Worthing9.3 
 4. Myers, MK Lions9.2 
 5. Missere, Leices.9.0 
 6. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.9 
 7. Polk, Plymouth8.6 
 8. Williams, Sheffi.8.4 
 9. Greer, Cheshire.8.4 
 10. Toney, Liverpoo.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.2 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.8 
 3. Zabas, Plymouth5.4 
 4. Bolds, MK Lions5.1 
 5. Middleton, Worce.4.4 
 6. Blount, Leices.4.3 
 7. Patton, Sheffi.4.0 
 8. Bell, Cheshire Jets3.9 
 9. Missere, Leices.3.9 
 10. Chapman, Newcastle3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bolds, MK Lions3.1 
 2. Middleton, Worce.2.4 
 3. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.2 
 4. Clark, MK Lions2.1 
 5. Moore, Newcastle2.1 
 6. Gumbs, Plymouth2.0 
 7. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.1.9 
 8. Greer, Cheshire.1.9 
 9. Harrison, Glasgow .1.9 
 10. Adu, Essex Pirates1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Plymouth
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Polk, Plymouth2.0 
 2. Missere, Leices.1.8 
 3. Richard, Newcastle1.6 
 4. Sturt, Essex P.1.1 
 5. Potter, Leices.1.1 
 6. Dobbins, Worcester1.0 
 7. Williams, Sheffi.0.9 
 8. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 9. Nelson, MK Lions0.7 
 10. Janusauskas, Guildf.0.6 


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Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 27
 1. Villegas, Olimpia27.0 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Hayes, Cordon23.3 
 7. Aguiar, Hebraica23.2 
 8. Taboada, Bigua21.9 
 9. Coleman, Bohemios20.3 
 10. Puckett, Aguada19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 4. Sweetney, Bigua10.6 
 5. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 6. Matthews, Defensor9.7 
 7. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 8. Dilligard, Olimpia9.5 
 9. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
 10. Kanis, Trouville9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.1 
 2. Martinez, Malvin5.5 
 3. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.5 
 5. Gonzalez, Defensor5.3 
 6. Muro, Aguada4.9 
 7. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 8. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
 9. Vidal, Bigua4.5 
 10. Osimani, Montevideo4.1 
Steals Per Game