EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/21/2011

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  ABA   


Another win for the Mavericks - by Gianni Pascucci
The Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated the Houston Red Storm for the second consecutive time yesterday night, 157-67 at the League of America Arena in Houston, TX.
The was no slow start for the Mavericks as they jumped out to an 11-0 lead. P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) and Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) set to tone early with baskets to put SETX out in front and in control. The Mavericks led after one period of play 38-15. The second quarter belonged to Couisnard as he scored 17 points with a wide arsenal of shots. Cousinard and the Mavs defense showed its full form as the Mavericks cruised to a 86-33 halftime lead.
In the second half the Mavericks played like a well oiled machine as they dominated every phase of the game. SETX dismantled Houston with a 157-67 win.
Couisnard led the way with 36 points and 12 rebounds. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) regained his form with 20 points. DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) recorded another double/double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) scored 17 points. Darrell Bogany (6'4''-G) led Houston with 25 points. Floyd Baats chipped in 14 points and Zo Nonso Ebede followed up with 13 points.
The Mavericks will be back in action at home Tuesday night vs the North Texas Fresh. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.


Admirals are back on winning track - by Gianni Pascucci
The Lake Michigan Admirals got back on track with a 140-112 victory of the Michiana Monarchs of South Bend. Thanks to this win, Admirals are now 8-5 and have qualified for the playoffs. Five players scored over 20 points, including Gordon Chase (6'2''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) who led all scores with 31pts and 13 rebounds. Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) added 24 pts, Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) 23 and Brandon Ball (5'11''-G-86, college: Michigan Tech) 22 at the winning side. Associate Pastor Corey Kugle brought 120+ fans from The Chapel to see him play in his very first professional basketball game. 'I was so amazed at the speed of the game and I had a blast. The Admirals have brought so much to southwest Michigan and everyone in the community is better for it,' stated Pastor Corey. The Knezic family, members at The Chapel, have been through so much with their son Noah, who has gone through many operations and trips to Baltimore, MD. 'Tonight was a blessing to be able to help raise money to offset some of their expenses as they go through these tough times'' stated Chris Glisson .
The Admirals next game is Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm at Michigan Lutheran against the Monarchs.


North Dallas Vandals defeat Dallas Impact 113-98 - by Tyler Gatlin
The North Dallas Vandals outscored the Dallas Impact 70-48 in the second half and secured their 11th win this season. The Vandals were led by ABA All-Star Devon Pearson (6'6''-F-84, agency: Farris Sports, college: SMU), who scored 30pts on 10-20 shooting. Four other Vandals scored in double figures. Dallas Impact forward Tommy Moffitt (6'5''-F-86) broke out with 41pts and 12 rebounds, but the shorthanded Impact could not keep pace with their cross-town rivals.

Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 15-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. NY Prime Time 1-4 
 4. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 5. Texas RR 0-1 
 6. Shizuoka Gym. 0-3 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 22-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 5-4 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Louisiana U. 1-5 
 5. Cypress 0-0 
 6. Houston R.S. 0-9 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Seven Cities 13-2 
 2. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 3. Charlotte 0-0 
 4. College Park 0-0 
 5. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Georgia K. 0-0 
NoCal
 1. E.Bay Pitbulls 14-4 
 2. Bay Area M. 10-6 
 3. Modesto H. 9-8 
 4. California SK 8-6 
 5. Sacramento H. 8-6 
 6. S.Francisco R. 5-3 
 7. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 12-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 8-5 
 3. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 4. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 5. Indianapolis 0-0 
 6. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 7. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
 8. NWI M.Stars 0-3 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 3-1 
 2. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 3. NY Thunder 0-0 
 4. S.Jersey 0-0 
 5. Tri-City Suns 0-0 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 11-1 
SoCal
 1. San Diego Sol 12-3 
 2. Las Vegas A. 8-1 
 3. LA Slam 8-6 
 4. San Diego S. 7-6 
 5. Compton C. 0-0 
 6. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 7. Mid-Valley 0-1 
 8. Riverside R. 0-1 
 9. SoCal Swish 0-4 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 14-1 
 2. Columbus Diesel 7-4 
 3. St. Louis 2-1 
 4. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 5. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 6. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 17-0 
 2. Columbus Life 11-2 
 3. Savannah Storm 10-5 
 4. Bahama PS 0-0 
 5. Florida M. 0-0 
 6. Florida Th. 0-0 
 7. Heartland P. 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 13-4 
 2. North Dallas 10-6 
 3. Oklahoma 8-3 
 4. West Texas W. 8-6 
 5. N.Texas F. 1-4 
 6. Dallas Impact 0-0 


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 20
 1. Lee, Radnicki20.0 
 2. Zoric, KK.19.6 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 4. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.7 
 5. Draper, Cedevita18.0 
 6. Marsh, Crvena Z.18.0 
 7. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 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: 8.5
 1. Zoric, KK.8.5 
 2. Harvey, Igokea7.6 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.1 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 5. Gist, Partizan6.6 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.5 
 7. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.1 
 8. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.8 
 9. Savovic, Hemofarm5.7 
 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 TT4.4 
 5. Renfroe, KK.3.9 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.3.7 
 7. Nissim, CEZ N.3.7 
 8. Chase, Igokea3.5 
 9. Car, Zadar3.5 
 10. Vladovic, Zadar3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.5 
 2. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.1 
 3. Lee, Radnicki2.1 
 4. Car, Zadar2.0 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 6. Renfroe, KK.1.8 
 7. Dragic, Krka1.8 
 8. Radosevic, Cibona1.7 
 9. Cakarevic, Radnicki1.6 
 10. Ozbolt, Union O.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zoric, KK.1.3 
 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. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.7 
 8. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 
 9. Booker, Krka0.7 
 10. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 


Round 21: Partizan beats Crvena Zvezda in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Adriatic League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

The most interesting game of round 21 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Belgrade where Partizan won against host Crvena Zvezda (6-15) 76-68. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 21-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Partizan outrebounded Crvena Zvezda 38-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Czech forward Jan Vesely (211-90) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Ricardo Marsh (202-81, college: ODU) who recorded 27 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Partizan have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion (14-7) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Krka. Crvena Zvezda lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Zadar. Partizan is looking forward to face Radnicki (#7) in Kragujevac in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Crvena Zvezda will play on the road against Hemofarm (#9) in Vrsac and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
The game in Aleksandrovac was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Slovenian Krka (14-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Bosnian Igokea (10-11). Krka defeated Igokea 78-66. It was a good game for guard Zoran Dragic (196-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Dusan Djordjevic contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 20 points for Igokea. Krka have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending Slovenian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Partizan. Igokea at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Hemofarm. Krka will play against bottom-ranked Zadar (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Igokea will play against Cibona (#10) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Siroki TT was defeated by KK Zagreb CO in a road game 86-80. Union Olimpija beat Cedevita at home 75-67. Cibona lost to Radnicki on the opponent's court 79-89. CEZ Nymburk unfortunately lost to Hemofarm in a home game 66-71. Buducnost managed to beat Zadar on the road 78-74.
The best stats of 21th round was 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Luka Zoric of KK Zagreb CO.


KK Zagreb CO - Siroki TT 86-80

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Bosnian Siroki TT Kabeli (9-12) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (12-9) 86-80. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-10. But Siroki TT Kabeli won second period 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when KK Zagreb CO won last quarter 25-21. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Bosnian-Croatian guard Damir Mulaomerovic (195-74, agency: FCM) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Croatian guard Vedran Morovic (184-83, college: Olney Central CC, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Boris Barac (205-92) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Siroki TT Kabeli. Five KK Zagreb CO and four Siroki TT Kabeli players scored in double figures. KK Zagreb CO maintains fifth place with 12-9 record. Defending Bosnian champion Siroki TT Kabeli keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Cibona and CEZ Nymburk. KK Zagreb CO's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cedevita.
Top scorers:
Siroki TT: V.Morovic 18+5reb+3ast, F.Pilepic 12+1reb+3ast, B.Barac 12+6reb, I.Grgat 11+3reb, D.Persic 10+6reb+2ast, D.Planinic 9+9reb
KK Zagreb CO: L.Zoric 22+11reb+4ast, D.Mulaomerovic 15+2reb+4ast, M.Kasun 11+8reb, K.Simon 10+1reb+5ast, J.Heytvelt 10+5reb, D.Rancic 8+1ast
gschID: 92584


Union Olimpija - Cedevita 75-67

No shocking result in a game in Ljubljana where third ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (13-8) defeated 6th ranked Croatian Cedevita (11-10) 75-67. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cedevita won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for guard Saso Ozbolt (188-81, agency: World Sport Agency) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Bosnian-Croatian power forward Damir Markota (210-85) contributed with 8 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Union Olimpija's coach Jurij Zdovc allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) answered with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Impact Basketball) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Cedevita. Union Olimpija maintains third place with 13-8 record having just -2 point less than leader Partizan, which they share with Buducnost. Cedevita at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Radnicki. Union Olimpija will play against Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica in the next round. Cedevita's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb KK Zagreb CO.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: D.Draper 17+6reb+4ast, C.Edwards 16+5reb, V.Princ 9+1reb, V.Vukusic 7+6reb+1ast, D.Rudez 7+5reb+2ast, M.Bazdaric 6+6reb+2ast
Union Olimpija: S.Ozbolt 20+2ast, S.Udrih 14+2reb, K.Gregory 11+5reb+1ast, V.Ilievski 8+3reb+4ast, D.Markota 8+7reb+2ast, G.Shermadini 6+8reb
gschID: 92585


Igokea - Krka 66-78

The game in Aleksandrovac was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Slovenian Krka (14-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Bosnian Igokea (10-11). Krka defeated Igokea 78-66. The game was mostly controlled by Krka. Igokea was better in second period 25-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Igokea was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Zoran Dragic (196-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 20 points and Serbian forward Stevan Nadjfeji (202-79) added 14 points in the effort for Igokea. Krka have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending Slovenian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Partizan. Igokea at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Hemofarm. Krka will play against bottom-ranked Zadar (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Igokea will play against Cibona (#10) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Igokea: B.Chase 20+2reb+2ast, S.Nadjfeji 14+3reb+1ast, C.Vitkovac 10+5reb, M.Pantic 9, J.Florence 7+1reb+1ast, B.Djurica 4+5reb+1ast
Krka: D.Djordjevic 15+5reb+3ast, Z.Dragic 14+10reb+1ast, G.Ikonic 10+4reb+4ast, D.Drobnjak 9+2reb+1ast, C.Booker 8+2reb+1ast, J.Balazic 7
gschID: 92580


Radnicki - Cibona 89-79

Rather expected game in Kragujevac where 11th ranked Croatian Cibona (9-12) was defeated by eighth ranked Serbian Radnicki (11-10) 89-79. Cibona was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Radnicki forced 20 Cibona turnovers. It was a good game for Australian-Serbian guard Steven Markovic (190-85) who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. American forward Michael Lee (207-86) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Radnicki's coach Miroslav Nikolic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Bosnian-Croatian swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) answered with 28 points and 6 rebounds and guard Gordan Giricek (197-77) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Cibona. Radnicki moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cedevita. Defending Croatian champion Cibona dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Siroki TT and CEZ Nymburk. Radnicki will play against league's leader Partizan in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cibona will play at home against Igokea (#8) in Aleksandrovac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cibona: B.Bogdanovic 28+6reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 12+3reb+2ast, G.Giricek 11+5reb+6ast, T.Zubcic 9+4reb+1ast, A.Krapic 8+3reb, M.Rozic 5+4reb+3ast
Radnicki: S.Markovic 29+3reb+5ast, M.Lee 22+4reb+3ast, P.Miletic 13+6reb+2ast, V.Vukosavljevic 9+4reb+2ast, M.Cakarevic 7+4reb, V.Aleksic 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 92581


Crvena Zvezda - Partizan 68-76

The most interesting game of round 21 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Beograd where second ranked Partizan won against host Crvena Zvezda (6-15) 76-68. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 21-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Partizan outrebounded Crvena Zvezda 38-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Czech forward Jan Vesely (211-90) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Ricardo Marsh (202-81, college: ODU) who recorded 27 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and guard Nemanja Nedovic (192-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 19 points and 4 steals respectively. Partizan have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending Serbian champion (14-7) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Krka. Crvena Zvezda lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Zadar. Partizan is looking forward to face Radnicki (#7) in Kragujevac in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Crvena Zvezda will play on the road against Hemofarm (#9) in Vrsac and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: R.Marsh 27+9reb+2ast, N.Nedovic 19+2reb, J.Young 8+2reb+3ast, S.Lesic 6+3reb, V.Subotic 5+7reb, S.Milosevic 3+2reb
Partizan: J.Vesely 15+5reb+1ast, D.Milosavljevic 11+4reb+2ast, R.Katic 9+6reb+2ast, N.Jawai 8+6reb+1ast, C.Jerrells 8+5reb+2ast, D.Kecman 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 92582


CEZ Nymburk - Hemofarm 66-71

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Serbian Hemofarm and 10th ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk had identical 9-11 record. But CEZ Nymburk was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Vrsac 71-66. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Hemofarm made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while CEZ Nymburk only scored three points from the stripe. Hemofarm had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) answered with 9 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington, agency: ZAG Advocates) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for CEZ Nymburk. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hemofarm (10-11) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Igokea. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Cibona and Siroki TT. Hemofarm will play against Crvena Zvezda (#13) in Beograd in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CEZ Nymburk will play on the road against Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: R.Necas 15+3reb+1ast, P.Slezak 14+2reb+1ast, A.Nissim 11+4reb+5ast, P.Benda 9+10reb+2ast, C.Simmons 8+5reb+8ast, V.Stimac 4
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 16+6reb+3ast, B.Krstovic 15+9reb+1ast, M.Pavkovic 10+5reb+2ast, M.Sutalo 8+2ast, M.Bozovic 7+4reb, I.Maras 6+2reb
gschID: 92583


Zadar - Buducnost 74-78

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Croatian Zadar (6-15) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (13-8) 78-74. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 21-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. Buducnost made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Zadar was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (202-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina) answered with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and center Ive Ivanov (201-85) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Zadar. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Union Olimpija. Zadar at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. They share it with Crvena Zvezda. Buducnost will play against Union Olimpija (#3) in Ljubljana in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Zadar will play on the road against the league's second-placed Krka (#2) in Novo Mesto and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zadar: D.Downey 16+5reb+4ast, I.Batur 12+2reb+1ast, B.Brown 12+4reb, M.Car 10+2reb+3ast, I.Ivanov 9+8reb+1ast, P.Marcinkovic 9+4reb
Buducnost: V.Dragicevic 23+8reb+1ast, M.Scekic 16+4reb, M.Simonovic 12+7reb+2ast, D.Milutin 10+2reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 8+8reb+2ast, A.Mitrovic 5+2reb
gschID: 92579




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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 17 (second stage): Olimpico de La Banda edges Atenas by three points - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 17 in the LigaA took place in Cordoba. This game ended with three-point home defeat of second-ranked Atenas (11-6) to fifteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (5-10) 78-75 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 46-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American center Djibril Kante (201-80, college: Indiana St.) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Andre Laws (186-80, college: San Diego, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 23 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Atenas' coach Sebastian Gonzalez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Estudiantes. Atenas at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. They share it with Lanus. Olimpico de La Banda is looking forward to face higher ranked Quimsa (#7) in Santiado Estero in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atenas will play at home against Club 9 (#10) in Rio Tercero and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Mar del Plata. Sixth ranked Penarol (10-6) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Libertad Sunchales (8-8) 61-59 on Friday evening. American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey, agency: KMG Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Martin Leiva contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Libertad Sunchales. Penarol have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Libertad Sunchales lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. Penarol will play against bottom-ranked Sionista (#16) in Parana in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against Monte Hermoso (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Sionista managed to get the third consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Regatas Corrientes in Parana 97-91. Alejandro Zilli stepped up and scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Federico Kammerichs responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Sionista have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixteenth place with 4-12 record. Loser Regatas Corrientes dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Club 9. Sionista will meet higher ranked Penarol (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Regatas Corrientes will play against Lanus (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Leader Obras delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 12th ranked Argentino (6-11) 87-69 in Buenos Aires. Juan Gutierrez nailed a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Obras (13-4) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Argentino lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Obras' next round opponent will be Estudiantes (#15) in Bahia Blanca which should be an easy win for them. Argentino will play on the road against the league's second-placed Gimnasia CR in Comodoro R..
The game in Buenos Aires was also quite interesting. 5th ranked La Union (10-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Lanus (11-6). Lanus managed to secure a 7-point victory 73-66 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Mariano Byro who scored 17 points. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lanus moved-up to third place, which they share with Atenas. Loser La Union dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Lanus will face Regatas Corrientes (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. La Union will play against Boca Juniors (#13) in Buenos Aires.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Club 9 was defeated by Quimsa in Santiado Estero 82-72. Monte Hermoso beat Sionista at home 72-61. Estudiantes lost to Gimnasia CR on the opponent's court 68-80. Boca Jrs managed to outperform Regatas C. in a home game 84-80. Club 9 recorded a loss to Penarol on the road 80-73. Gimnasia CR defeated Argentino on its own court 84-82.


Obras - Argentino 87-69

Leader Obras delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 12th ranked Argentino (6-11) 87-69 in Buenos Aires. It looked good early as Argentino took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Obras had a 25-11 second period charge getting the lead and Argentino was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-87. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) nailed a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips (OK)) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import power forward Torraye Braggs (203-76, college: Xavier) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Argentino in the defeat. Four Argentino players scored in double figures. Obras (13-4) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Argentino lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Obras' next round opponent will be Estudiantes (#15) in Bahia Blanca which should be an easy win for them. Argentino will play on the road against the league's second-placed Gimnasia CR in Comodoro R..
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Gutierrez 32+12reb+2ast, W.McFarlan 12+6reb, J.Pittman 10+1reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 10+3reb+3ast, A.Alloatti 7+2reb, C.Schattmann 6+3reb+3ast
Argentino: T.Braggs 20+7reb+2ast, J.Bunn 20+8reb+2ast, J.Cangelosi 13+3reb, J.Sartorelli 10+5reb+4ast, S.Gonzalez 5+2reb, P.Espinoza 1+4reb
gschID: 117543


Quimsa - Club 9 82-72

There was no surprise in Santiado Estero where 10th ranked Club 9 (7-10) was defeated by eighth ranked Quimsa (9-7) 82-72 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Quimsa. Club 9 was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game. Club 9 was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was international center Roman Gonzalez (211-78) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Italian center Damian Tintorelli (204-81, agency: Players Group) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) produced 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Gaston Luchino (184-82) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The victory was the third consecutive win for Quimsa. They moved-up to seventh place. Club 9 lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Quimsa will face Olimpico de La Banda (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Club 9 will play against Atenas (#3) in Cordoba.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Tintorelli 20+6reb, J.Mazzaro 18+2reb+3ast, D.Lo Grippo 17+3reb+1ast, R.Gonzalez 16+11reb, A.Marin 5+4reb+1ast, D.Gomez Camargo 4+1reb
Club 9: J.Meyinsse 25+6reb, G.Luchino 13+5reb+3ast, M.Melo 9+7reb+1ast, E.Martina 9+1reb, J.Bucknor 7+5reb+2ast, L.Barlasina 4+2reb
gschID: 117544


Monte Hermoso - Sionista 72-61

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Monte Hermoso (9-8) defeated at home bottom-ranked Sionista (4-12) 72-61 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-61. Monte Hermoso dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Sionista's 22. They outrebounded Sionista 42-23 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Byron Johnson (201-80, college: Belm.Abbey, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Chuck Robinson (201-72, college: E.Carolina, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Monte Hermoso players scored in double figures. Guard Pedro Franco (187-81) produced 17 points and 5 assists and naturalized Italian swingman Matias Fioretti (199-84) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Monte Hermoso moved-up to eighth place. Loser Sionista stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Monte Hermoso will face Libertad Sunchales (#9) at home in the next round. Sionista will play against Penarol (#5) in Mar del Plata.
Top scorers:
Monte Hermoso: H.Salles 18+3reb+3ast, B.Johnson 18+7reb+3ast, C.Robinson 13+10reb+3ast, F.Sahdi 10+4reb+2ast, A.White 7+8reb, S.Cabello 6+6reb
Sionista: P.Franco 17+1reb+5ast, M.Fioretti 13+4reb+2ast, P.Rodriguez 12+1reb, A.Zilli 8+7reb+1ast, R.Iglesias 4+2reb+1ast, D.Hure 3
gschID: 117545


Lanus - La Union 73-66

The game in Buenos Aires was also quite interesting. 5th ranked La Union (10-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Lanus (11-6). Lanus managed to secure a 7-point victory 73-66 on Friday. La Union was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of Lanus, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Mariano Byro (195-82) who scored 17 points. Naturalized Spanish guard Lucas Victoriano (190-77, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Byron Johnson (201-80, college: Belm.Abbey, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Lanus moved-up to third place, which they share with Atenas. Loser La Union dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Lanus will face Regatas Corrientes (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. La Union will play against Boca Juniors (#13) in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Lanus: M.Byro 17+4reb+3ast, L.Victoriano 11+1reb+4ast, T.Taylor 10+3reb+1ast, A.Boccia 8+4reb, R.Johns 8+1ast, D.Prego 7+2reb+3ast
La Union: D.Jackson 16+4reb, G.RIQUELME Ruben Santiago 14+9reb, G.Mikulas 13+4reb+1ast, L.Perez 6+2reb+2ast, P.Barrios 6+4reb+1ast, N.Aguirre 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 117546


Gimnasia CR - Estudiantes 80-68

Very expected game in Comodoro R. where 13th ranked Estudiantes (5-10) was defeated by third ranked Gimnasia CR (12-6) 80-68 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Gimnasia CR made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Gimnasia CR players scored in double figures. Gimnasia CR's coach Nicolas Casalanguida used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) added 11 points respectively for the guests. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Gimnasia CR. They moved-up to second place. Loser Estudiantes dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Gimnasia CR will face Argentino (#12) in Junin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Estudiantes will play on the road against the league's leader Obras in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia CR: R.Okosa 18+9reb, F.Funes 17+3reb, H.Rollins 12+13reb+3ast, M.Maciel 11+1reb+1ast, M.Franco 8+2reb+3ast, G.Brown 8+6reb+2ast
Estudiantes: E.Nelson 19+11reb, P.Sanchez 11+4reb+3ast, D.Davis 10+5reb+2ast, P.Gil 9+1ast, A.Eslava 6+4reb, J.Espil 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 117539


Atenas - Olimpico LB 75-78

The most exciting game of round 17 in the LigaA took place in Cordoba. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-ranked Atenas (11-6) to fifteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (5-10) 78-75 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 46-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American center Djibril Kante (201-80, college: Indiana St.) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Andre Laws (186-80, college: San Diego, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 23 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Juan Manuel Rivero (191-85) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Atenas' coach Sebastian Gonzalez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Estudiantes. Atenas at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. They share it with Lanus. Olimpico de La Banda is looking forward to face higher ranked Quimsa (#7) in Santiado Estero in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atenas will play at home against Club 9 (#10) in Rio Tercero and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: A.Laws 23+1reb+1ast, D.Kante 21+9reb, E.Ruiz 13+7reb+2ast, N.De los Santos 9+5reb, D.Guaita 6+2reb+2ast, C.Romero 6+2reb+1ast
Atenas: J.Manuel Rivero 15+3reb+2ast, G.Lewis 12+7reb+1ast, J.Williams 10+8reb, R.Gabini 10+1ast, B.Labaque 9+3reb+6ast, M.Garcia 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 117540


Penarol - Libertad S. 61-59

Important game to mention about took place in Mar del Plata. Sixth ranked Penarol (10-6) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Libertad Sunchales (8-8) 61-59 on Friday evening. It looked good early as Libertad Sunchales took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Penarol had a 15-10 second period charge getting the lead and Libertad Sunchales was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 59-61. American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey, agency: KMG Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Lamonte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) added 6 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Libertad Sunchales. Penarol have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Libertad Sunchales lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. Penarol will play against bottom-ranked Sionista (#16) in Parana in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against Monte Hermoso (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Penarol: K.Lamonte 15+5reb+4ast, M.Leiva 8+9reb, L.Gutierrez 8+4reb+3ast, N.Lauria 7+6reb+1ast, P.Sebastian Rodriguez 6+2reb+1ast, M.Mata 5+5reb
Libertad S.: R.Selleaze 20+8reb+2ast, M.Ibarra 11+3reb+1ast, A.Galindo 8+2reb, R.Wolkowyski 7+5reb, R.Battle 6+13reb, E.Correa 5+4reb
gschID: 117541


Boca Jrs - Regatas C. 84-80

There was a small surprise in Buenos Aires where fourteenth ranked Boca Juniors (6-12) beat 11th ranked Regatas Corrientes (7-10) 84-80 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 26-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Derrick Alston (208-72, college: Duquesne, agency: Priority Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Rodney Elliott (202-76, college: Maryland) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Boca Juniors moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Regatas Corrientes dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. Boca Juniors will face higher ranked La Union (#6) in Formosa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: R.Elliott 19+5reb+4ast, J.Brussino 17+1reb+2ast, D.Alston 17+15reb+1ast, C.Moodie 16+3reb+1ast, F.Titarelli 13+2reb+6ast, F.Martina 2+2reb+1ast
Regatas C.: F.Kammerichs 21+13reb+2ast, J.Martinez 18+5reb+1ast, R.Stanton 9+6reb, O.Legaria 9+3reb+1ast, C.Edwards 8+1reb, E.Villares 6+2ast
gschID: 117542


Round 14
Penarol - Club 9 80-73

Not a big story in a game in Mar del Plata where 10th ranked Club 9 (7-10) was defeated by sixth ranked Penarol (10-6) 80-73 on Wednesday. Club 9 trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 24-11 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 73-80 at the end of the game. Penarol outrebounded Club 9 49-33 including 36 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. The former international forward Marcos Mata (202-86) chipped in 14 points. Power forward Emiliano Martina (201-83) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Gaston Luchino (184-82) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Penarol. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Club 9 lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Penarol will face bottom-ranked Sionista (#16) in Parana in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Club 9 will play on the road against Atenas (#3) in Cordoba.
Top scorers:
Penarol: M.Leiva 17+13reb+1ast, M.Mata 14+4reb+3ast, K.Lamonte 11+3reb+2ast, N.Lauria 10+6reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 9+7reb+3ast, L.Gutierrez 5+2ast
Club 9: G.Luchino 21+1reb+2ast, E.Martina 19+7reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 12+6reb, L.Barlasina 11+2reb, M.Melo 4+6reb+2ast, J.Bucknor 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 121783


Round 16
Sionista - Regatas C. 97-91 OT

Bottom-ranked Sionista managed to get the third consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Regatas Corrientes in Parana 97-91. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-11. But Regatas Corrientes won second period 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Regatas Corrientes used huge pressure winning it 23-18 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 7-13. Sionista looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) stepped up and scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American forward Christopher Hayes (206-87, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 28 points and 8 rebounds. Hayes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 17 points and 6 assists. Five Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Sionista have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixteenth place with 4-12 record. Loser Regatas Corrientes dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Club 9. Sionista will meet higher ranked Penarol (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Regatas Corrientes will play against Lanus (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Sionista: C.Hayes 28+8reb+1ast, A.Zilli 25+8reb+5ast, P.Franco 8+2reb+8ast, D.Hure 7+2reb+1ast, M.Fioretti 7+4reb+2ast, R.Iglesias 7+5reb+3ast
Regatas C.: J.Martinez 17+1reb+6ast, F.Kammerichs 16+15reb+2ast, N.Romano 15+2reb+1ast, R.Stanton 13+6reb+1ast, C.Edwards 12+4reb+1ast, O.Legaria 12+3reb+6ast
gschID: 121784


Round 18
Gimnasia CR - Argentino 84-82

Everything went according to plan in Comodoro R. where third ranked Gimnasia CR (12-6) edged 12th ranked Argentino (6-11) 84-82 on Wednesday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-18. But Argentino won second period 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Argentino outrebounded Gimnasia CR 41-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five Gimnasia CR players scored in double figures. American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips (OK)) produced 27 points and 6 steals and the other American import power forward Torraye Braggs (203-76, college: Xavier) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Gimnasia CR. They moved-up to second place. Argentino lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Gimnasia CR will face again Argentino (#12) in Junin in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia CR: H.Rollins 17+10reb, R.Okosa 16+6reb, F.Funes 16+3reb, G.Brown 12+2reb+5ast, A.Carabajal 10+2reb+2ast, M.Franco 6+1ast
Argentino: J.Bunn 27+4reb, L.Stukes 16+6reb+1ast, T.Braggs 15+7reb+2ast, P.Espinoza 8+7reb, S.Scala 6+2reb+1ast, S.Gonzalez 4+5reb
gschID: 121785




Juan Gutierrez claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Italian power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Obras and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 32 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Argentino (#12, 6-11) with 18-point margin 87-69. It allowed Obras to consolidate first place in the Italian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Obras has a very solid 13-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Gutierrez had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Obras' top player in his first season with the team. Gutierrez has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.4ppg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 59.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-F/C-75) of Argentino. Bunn impressed basketball fans with 27 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as Argentino was edged by the higher-ranked Gimnasia CR (#2, 12-6) 84-82. Argentino is still in a red zone at 12th spot in Round 18. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-11 record. Bunn is a newcomer at Argentino 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 18.9ppg (#2). He also registered 5.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82) of Sionista (#16). Zilli showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Sionista, leading his team to a 97-91overtime win against the higher-ranked Regatas C. (#11, 7-10). Sionista can only dream about fighting for top spots in Round 16. They have extremely bad season and 4-12 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Zilli he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Zilli has a very solid season. In 30 games in Argentina he scored 13.5ppg. He also has 6.0rpg and FGP: 66.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damian Tintorelli (204-C-81) of Quimsa - 20 points and 6 rebounds
5. Christopher Hayes (206-F-87) of Sionista - 28 points and 8 rebounds
6. Martin Leiva (208-F/C-80) of Penarol - 17 points and 13 rebounds
7. Djibril Kante (201-C-80) of Olimpico LB - 21 points and 9 rebounds
8. Jerome Meyinsse (206-F/C-88) of Club 9 - 25 points and 6 rebounds
9. Reggie Okosa (206-F/C-80) of Gimnasia CR - 18 points and 9 rebounds
10. Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) of Quimsa - 16 points and 11 rebounds

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


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 13-4 
 2. Gimnasia CR 12-6 
 3. Atenas 11-6 
 4. Lanus 11-6 
 5. Penarol 10-6 
 6. La Union 10-7 
 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 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Jackson, La Union19.4 
 2. Bunn, Argentino18.9 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.8 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.1 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras16.4 
 6. Meyinsse, Club 916.3 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.3 
 8. Taylor, Lanus15.2 
 9. Pittman, Obras14.6 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Gutierrez, Obras9.8 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.9.6 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.0 
 4. Kante, Olimpico LB8.8 
 5. Williams, Atenas8.5 
 6. Battle, Libertad S.8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.1 
 8. Leiva, Penarol8.0 
 9. Alston, Boca Jrs7.8 
 10. Mikulas, La Union7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.2 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.5 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.1 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.7 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.6 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.4 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.5 
 8. Sartorelli, Argentino3.4 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.1 
 10. Treise, Quimsa3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.2 
 2. Cequeira, Obras2.6 
 3. Sciutto, Monte H.2.4 
 4. Williams, Atenas2.4 
 5. Lamonte, Penarol2.4 
 6. Labaque, Atenas2.4 
 7. Martinez, Regat.2.3 
 8. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.3 
 9. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 10. Salles, Monte H.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.4 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 6. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 7. Alston, Boca Jrs0.9 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 9. Wolkowyski, Libertad.0.7 
 10. Levy, Lanus0.7 


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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 18-3 
 2. Wildcats 14-10 
 3. Crocodiles 13-8 
 4. Taipans 11-10 
 5. Hawks 10-12 
 6. Blaze 10-12 
 7. Tigers 9-13 
 8. 36ers 8-14 
 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, Breakers20.4 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Williams, Tigers17.1 
 5. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.1 
 6. Clark, Blaze17.0 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers16.0 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers15.4 
 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. Brown, Wildcats7.6 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Vukona, Breakers7.3 
 6. Holmes, 36ers7.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.9 
 9. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 10. Schenscher, Croco.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Williams, Tigers5.9 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Carter, 36ers4.6 
 4. Braswell, Breakers4.5 
 5. Shannon, 36ers4.3 
 6. Ervin, Hawks4.2 
 7. Saville, Hawks4.2 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.8 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Holmes, 36ers3.3 
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. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 6. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 7. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 8. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 9. Ervin, Hawks1.2 
 10. Hill, 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. Gilder, Sydney K.1.1 
 6. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 8. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 9. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 10. Sanders, Sydney K.0.9 


NBL Round 19: Melbourne Tigers win overtime game against Adelaide 36ers - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Adelaide 36ers (#8) forced the game against Melbourne Tigers (#7) into an overtime, but lost by three points 83-86 on Friday night. The game took place in Findon. But the guests from Melbourne were better at the end. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 22-10 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in overtime. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Matthew Burston (210-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) helped adding 19 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. At the losing side the former international forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Adelaide 36ers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Melbourne Tigers maintains seventh place with 9-13 record. Adelaide 36ers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Third-ranked Perth Wildcats (14-10) gave a tough game to first ranked New Zealand Breakers (18-3) in Auckland. New Zealand Breakers managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected easier game. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard CJ Bruton (188-75, college: Indian Hills CC) who led the winners and scored 20 points. Kirk Penney accounted for 21 points. American guard Kevin Lisch (188, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) came up with 17 points and 4 assists for Perth Wildcats in the defeat. Perth Wildcats' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Defending champion Perth Wildcats dropped to the second position with ten games lost. New Zealand Breakers will play against Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville in the next round. Perth Wildcats will have a break next round.
Cairns Taipans (#4) were upset in Melbourne by seventh ranked Melbourne Tigers 70-63. Corey Williams fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Alexander Loughton produced 14 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Melbourne Tigers maintains seventh place with 9-13 record. Cairns Taipans lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Melbourne Tigers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cairns Taipans will play against Kings (#9) in Sydney and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Kings managed to get a fifth victory. This time they won against fourth-ranked Cairns Taipans in Sydney 81-69. Worth to mention a great performance of Julian Khazzouh who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kings maintains ninth place with 5-16 record. Cairns Taipans lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Kings' next round opponent will be higher ranked Townsville Crocodiles (#3) in Wulguru and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (18-3) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Gold Coast Blaze (10-12) in Broadbeach 123-115. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gold Coast Blaze. It was a great evening for Kirk Penney who led his team to a victory scoring 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for New Zealand Breakers. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Gold Coast Blaze at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will face Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville in the next round. Gold Coast Blaze will play again on the road against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland.

In the last two games of round 19 36ers were destroyed by Wildcats on the opponent's court 82-62. Crocodiles outscored Hawks in a home game 75-56.



Wildcats - 36ers 82-62

Very expected game when 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-14) were crushed on the road by third ranked Perth Wildcats (14-10) 82-62 on Sunday. The game without a history. Perth Wildcats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Perth Wildcats forced 23 Adelaide 36ers turnovers. Adelaide 36ers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American power forward Andre Brown (205-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Jesse Wagstaff (203-86, college: Metro St.) helped adding 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Rhys Carter (190-84) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Adelaide 36ers lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: A.Brown 15+9reb+1ast, J.Wagstaff 12+6reb+1ast, K.Lisch 12+3reb+1ast, S.Weigh 10+5reb+1ast, D.Martin 9+2reb, B.Robbins 7+6reb+2ast
36ers: A.Ballinger 17+7reb, R.Carter 14+1reb+5ast, E.Shannon 10+1reb+5ast, B.Hill 8+6reb+1ast, D.Johnson 6+1reb+1ast, J.Dowdell 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 94627


Sydney K. - Taipans 81-69

Bottom-ranked Kings managed to get a fifth victory. This time they won against fourth-ranked Cairns Taipans in Sydney 81-69. Cairns Taipans were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 39-25 second half run of Kings. 25 personal fouls committed by Cairns Taipans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Kings players scored in double figures. Center Ian Crosswhite (212-82, college: Oregon) answered with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) added 17 points in the effort for Cairns Taipans. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kings maintains ninth place with 5-16 record. Cairns Taipans lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Kings' next round opponent will be higher ranked Townsville Crocodiles (#3) in Wulguru and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Sydney K.: J.Khazzouh 19+8reb+1ast, P.Sanders 14+6reb+1ast, B.Madgen 13+4reb+3ast, T.Gilder 11+5reb+3ast, G.Dann 10+6reb+2ast, B.Knight 10+4reb+2ast
Taipans: A.Ubaka 17+2reb+2ast, I.Crosswhite 16+9reb+4ast, R.Dorsey 13+4reb+1ast, A.Loughton 9+4reb, D.Rychart 6+11reb+2ast, L.Tait 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 94623


36ers - Tigers 83-86 OT

Adelaide 36ers (#8) forced the game against Melbourne Tigers (#7) into an overtime, but lost by three points 83-86 on Friday night. The game took place in Findon. But the guests from Melbourne were better at the end. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 22-10 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in overtime. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Matthew Burston (210-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) helped adding 19 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. At the losing side the former international forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Adelaide 36ers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Melbourne Tigers maintains seventh place with 9-13 record. Adelaide 36ers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tigers: M.Burston 24+13reb+1ast, C.Williams 19+9reb+10ast, C.Tragardh 14+6reb+7ast, D.Corletto 14, T.Greer 7+9reb, W.Helliwell 4+1reb
36ers: A.Ballinger 23+8reb, D.Johnson 16+8reb+2ast, R.Carter 15+1reb+7ast, M.Creek 10+5reb, B.Hill 8+4reb+1ast, A.Bruce 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 94624


Tigers - Taipans 70-63

Cairns Taipans (#4) were upset in Melbourne by seventh ranked Melbourne Tigers 70-63. Cairns Taipans trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 20-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-70 at the end of the game. Melbourne Tigers forced 19 Cairns Taipans turnovers. Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Matthew Burston (210-82) chipped in 19 points and 4 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Daniel Dillon (191-86, college: Arizona) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Melbourne Tigers maintains seventh place with 9-13 record. Cairns Taipans lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Melbourne Tigers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cairns Taipans will play against Kings (#9) in Sydney and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tigers: M.Burston 19+3reb+1ast, C.Williams 16+4reb+4ast, D.Corletto 11+3reb, T.Greer 8+10reb+1ast, C.Tragardh 6+9reb+5ast, L.Walker 5+2reb
Taipans: A.Loughton 14+9reb+2ast, D.Dillon 12+6reb+5ast, P.Jones 10+2reb, I.Crosswhite 9+8reb+2ast, A.Ubaka 8+4reb, D.Rychart 6+5reb
gschID: 94625


Blaze - Breakers 115-123

NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (18-3) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Gold Coast Blaze (10-12) in Broadbeach 123-115. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gold Coast Blaze. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 34-25. But Gold Coast Blaze won third quarter 27-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. New Zealand Breakers shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Gold Coast Blaze was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) who led his team to a victory scoring 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) helped adding 21 points. At the losing side the former international swingman James Harvey (196-79, agency: Interperformances) responded with 27 points and American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) scored 23 points. Four New Zealand Breakers and five Gold Coast Blaze players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for New Zealand Breakers. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Gold Coast Blaze at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will face Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville in the next round. Gold Coast Blaze will play again on the road against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland.
Top scorers:
Breakers: K.Penney 35+7reb+1ast, G.Wilkinson 21+3reb+2ast, C.Bruton 20+2reb+1ast, T.Abercrombie 17+8reb+1ast, K.Braswell 9+2reb+13ast, M.Vukona 8+4reb+2ast
Blaze: J.Harvey 27+3reb+1ast, I.Clark 23+3reb+2ast, A.Gibson 19+2reb+5ast, S.Hoare 16+8reb+2ast, D.Hudson 15+4reb, C.Goulding 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 94626


Breakers - Wildcats 82-79

Third-ranked Perth Wildcats (14-10) gave a tough game to first ranked New Zealand Breakers (18-3) in Auckland. New Zealand Breakers managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 20-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. New Zealand Breakers made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard CJ Bruton (188-75, college: Indian Hills CC) who led the winners and scored 20 points. Guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) accounted for 21 points for the winning side. American guard Kevin Lisch (188, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) came up with 17 points and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Andre Brown (205-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Perth Wildcats in the defeat. Perth Wildcats' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Defending champion Perth Wildcats dropped to the second position with ten games lost. New Zealand Breakers will play against Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville in the next round. Perth Wildcats will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Breakers: K.Penney 21+1reb+1ast, C.Bruton 20+3reb+2ast, G.Wilkinson 12+6reb, T.Abercrombie 9+4reb+2ast, B.Anthony 9+2reb, M.Vukona 4+10reb+4ast
Wildcats: K.Lisch 17+4reb+4ast, A.Brown 14+10reb, D.Martin 10+8reb+4ast, D.Williamson 10, C.Tovey 9+6reb+2ast, B.Robbins 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 94621


Crocodiles - Hawks 75-56

Rather predictable result in Wulguru where third ranked Townsville Crocodiles (13-8) smashed 5th ranked Wollongong Hawks (10-12) 75-56 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-56. Townsville Crocodiles forced 21 Wollongong Hawks turnovers. It was a great evening for the former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Michael Cedar (195-86) helped adding 14 points. At the losing side American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) responded with 13 points and 4 assists and the former international swingman Glen Saville (197-76) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Townsville Crocodiles. They maintain third place with 13-8 record having five points less than leader Breakers. Loser Wollongong Hawks keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will face bottom-ranked Kings (#9) in Sydney in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Wollongong Hawks will play at home against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers (#1) in Auckland.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: L.Schenscher 16+9reb+1ast, M.Cedar 14+3reb+2ast, R.Hinder 11+5reb, T.Blanchfield 9, P.Crawford 9+3reb, W.Blalock 8+2reb+7ast
Hawks: G.Ervin 13+4reb+4ast, G.Saville 9+5reb, O.Forman 6+5reb, L.Davidson 5+1reb+2ast, T.Demos 5+1reb+1ast, R.Martin 5+3ast
gschID: 94622




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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 19-4 
 2. Arkadia 16-8 
 3. Furstenfeld 15-9 
 4. Oberwart 14-10 
 5. Kapfenberg 13-10 
 6. Klosterneub. 13-11 
Group B
 1. UBSC Graz 13-11 
 2. Wels 12-11 
 3. BC Vienna 10-14 
 4. Gussing 9-14 
 5. St.Polten 6-18 
 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, Arkadia20.9 
 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, Oberwart8.8 
 4. Volcic, Oberwart8.1 
 5. Vay, Arkadia7.9 
 6. Mayer, Gmunden7.7 
 7. Graham, UBSC G.7.6 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna7.6 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden7.3 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.3 
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, Arkadia6.3 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.6.0 
 6. Parker, Oberwart4.7 
 7. Miletic, UBSC G.4.6 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.5 
 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. Boylan, Gmunden2.2 
 4. Parker, Oberwart2.2 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 6. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 7. Danek, Arkadia1.9 
 8. Artner, Oberwart1.9 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna1.8 
 10. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.2 
 5. Vay, Arkadia1.1 
 6. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 
 10. Carr, Furstenfeld0.6 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Bambale Osby claims Baltic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American-DR Congolese Bambale Osby (203-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for TTU/Kalev Tallinn and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team edged out Liepaja (#10, 6-13) 74-72. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings in Elite. TTU/Kalev maintains the 11th position in Baltic League Elite. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. TTU/Kalev have already lost 15 games and recorded just five victories. Osby turned to be TTU/Kalev's top player in his first season with the team. University of Maryland graduate has very impressive stats this year. Osby. Osby is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.9ppg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 54.0% FGP. Worth to mention Osby played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of TU/Rock. Eziukwu impressed basketball fans with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead TU/Rock to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Norrkoping (#9, 7-12) 94-68. This victory allowed TU/Rock to move up to 3rd position in Elite. His team's 13-6 record is not bad at all. Eziukwu is a newcomer at TU/Rock and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Latvian Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) of Nevezis Kedainiai (#5). Kalve scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Kalve's great performance Nevezis lost 58-73 to the higher-ranked Ventspils (#1, 15-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Nevezis needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Elite. Their record is 12 victories and 7 lost games. Kalve has a very solid season. In 12 games in Baltic League he scored 12.9ppg. He also has 4.9rpg, FGP: 61.0% and 3PT: 41.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) of Rudupis - 25 points and 2 assists
5. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89) of Aiscai Kaunas - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Simas Galdikas (203-F-87) of Neptunas - 22 points and 5 rebounds
7. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) of Rudupis - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Pierce Caldwell (191-G-88) of Liepaja - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Tomas Rinkevicius (178-G-78) of Techasas - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of VEF Riga - 12 points and 14 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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  BELGIUM   


Belgian D1 round 20 best performance: John Tofi - by Eurobasket News
Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-F/C-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Stella Artois Leuven Bears, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (9 points, twelve rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Gent (#9, 2-16) with 22-point margin 74-52. Leuven is placed at 7th position in Belgian D1. Leuven is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-11 record. Tofi turned to be Leuven's top player in his first season with the team. Former The Univ.of Texas at El Paso star has very solid stats this year. Tofi is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.2rpg) and averages impressive 53.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Stella Artois Leuven Bears' star - 24-year old Nigerian Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86). Dagunduro had a very good evening with 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course together with Tofi he helped Leuven with another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Gent (#9, 2-16) 74-52. This victory allowed Leuven to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-11 record. Dagunduro is a newcomer at Leuven, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) of VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8). Freeman scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Freeman's great performance VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost 67-75 to the higher-ranked Charleroi (#1, 14-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of VOO Verviers-Pepinster not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Freeman could try to bring VOO Verviers-Pepinster's a little bit higher in the standings. Freeman has individually a great season in Belgium. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.8ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 8.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) of Aalstar - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86) of Aalstar - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Wen Boss Mukubu (198-G/F-83) of Liege - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Caleb Green (203-F-85) of Oostende - 21 points and 8 rebounds
8. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Aalstar - 13 points and 7 rebounds
9. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78) of Charleroi - 14 points and 6 rebounds
10. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Verviers-Pep. - 23 points and 6 rebounds

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


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  BOSNIA   


D1 Round 21: Bosna ASA BHT defeats Sloboda Dita in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

Fifth-ranked Sloboda Dita (11-9) gave a tough game to first ranked Bosna ASA BHT (16-3) in Sarajevo on Sunday. Bosna ASA BHT managed to secure only three-point victory 93-90. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sloboda Dita. Sloboda Dita trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 31-21 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 90-93 at the end of the game. Bosna ASA BHT looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Sloboda Dita helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Croatian power forward Dzenan Rahimic (204-74) stepped up and scored 32 points and 7 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners and international forward Bozo Durasovic (200-87) chipped in 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Bosna ASA BHT's coach Dejan Parezanin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was swingman Miodrag Tanasilovic (197-84) with 30 points and 5 rebounds. Bosna ASA BHT maintains first place with 16-3 record. Sloboda Dita at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with SL IAT Leotar and Zrinjski HT. Bosna ASA BHT are looking forward to face SL IAT Leotar (#7) in Trebinje in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sloboda Dita will play at home against the league's second-placed Borac Nektar in Banja Luka and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Capljina Lasta (13-6) against seventh ranked Zrinjski HT (11-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Capljina Lasta was defeated by Zrinjski HT in Mostar 95-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Capljina Lasta. Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-88) nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and Lazar Simonovic accounted for 19 points and 8 assists. Serbian guard Jovan Zdravkovic (178-78, agency: Interperformances) came up with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Capljina Lasta in the defeat. Zrinjski HT have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sloboda Dita and SL IAT Leotar. Capljina Lasta at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Mladost. Zrinjski HT will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Capljina Lasta will play at home against Brotnjo in Citluk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Varda where higher ranked SL IAT Leotar (11-9) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Varda HE (6-13) 97-88 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Sasa Crnobrnja who scored 26 points and 5 assists. Varda HE's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Bojan Pelkic who recorded 22 points and 5 assists. Varda HE moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Kakanj. Loser SL IAT Leotar dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Sloboda Dita and Zrinjski HT. Varda HE will meet higher ranked Mladost (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SL IAT Leotar will play against the league's leader Bosna ASA BHT where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
10th ranked Kakanj (6-13) was outscored at home by fourth ranked Mladost (13-6) with the biggest margin this round 96-74. It was a good game for Ranko Velimirovic who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Kakanj's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Mladost moved-up to third place, which they share with Capljina. Kakanj lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Mladost's next round opponent will be Varda HE (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Kakanj will play against Hercegovac in Bileca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 21 Hercegovac won against Celik on the opponent's court 83-76. Brotnjo outscored Slavija in a home game 20-0.



Kakanj - Mladost 74-96

10th ranked Kakanj (6-13) was outscored at home by fourth ranked Mladost (13-6) with the biggest margin this round 96-74. The game without a history. Mladost led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 65.5 percent from the field. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Ranko Velimirovic (203-72, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Milan Kezic (194-86) contributed with 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Mladost players scored in double figures. Guard Abdurahman Kahrimanovic (197-75, agency: Court Side) answered with 24 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Narcis Begovac (204-79) added 21 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kakanj. Kakanj's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Mladost moved-up to third place, which they share with Capljina. Kakanj lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Mladost's next round opponent will be Varda HE (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Kakanj will play against Hercegovac in Bileca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mladost: R.Velimirovic 21+6reb+5ast, M.Kezic 16+4reb, P.Ivanic 11+1ast, N.Milosevic 11+2reb+1ast, M.Komatina 10+4reb+1ast, A.Avdibegovic 9+3reb+1ast
Kakanj: A.Kahrimanovic 24+6reb+3ast, N.Begovac 21+6reb, E.Suljic 7+1reb, N.Mulic 6+2ast, M.Ahmetbasic 5+1ast, A.Dedic 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 113539


Celik - Hercegovac 76-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Celik's (7-13) home loss to eighth ranked Hercegovac (10-9) 76-83. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 23-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Hercegovac forced 19 Celik turnovers. It was a good game for Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (206-81) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field). Guard Marko Vukovic (188-84) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Hercegovac players scored in double figures. The former international forward Ivan Opacak (202-80) answered with 31 points and center Ognjen Kuzmic (215-90) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Celik. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hercegovac maintains eighth place with 10-9 record. Celik at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Hercegovac's next round opponent will be Kakanj (#10) at home. Celik will play against Slavija in Sarajevo.
Top scorers:
Hercegovac: B.Lalovic 34+7reb+2ast, M.Vukovic 16+1reb, N.Lalic 10+4ast, G.Gajovic 10+3reb, A.Pejovic 4+5reb, S.Vukovic 4+4reb+1ast
Celik: I.Opacak 31+2reb+1ast, D.Begagic 11+2ast, R.Rizvic 9+2reb+3ast, O.Kuzmic 7+6reb+1ast, K.Jezildzic 6+3reb, H.Jahic 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 113540


Brotnjo - Slavija 20-0

The game between closely ranked teams ended with twelfth ranked Brotnjo's (6-14) home victory over bottom-ranked Slavija (2-17) 20-0. Newly promoted Brotnjo maintains twelfth place with 6-14 record. Slavija lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Brotnjo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Capljina Lasta (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Slavija will play against Celik (#9) in Zenica.
gschID: 113541


Zrinjski HT - Capljina 95-77

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Capljina Lasta (13-6) against seventh ranked Zrinjski HT (11-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Capljina Lasta was defeated by Zrinjski HT in Mostar 95-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Capljina Lasta. Capljina Lasta was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 46-27 second half run of Zrinjski HT. Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-88) nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and Montenegrin guard Lazar Simonovic (185-82) accounted for 19 points and 8 assists. Five Zrinjski HT players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Jovan Zdravkovic (178-78, agency: Interperformances) came up with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Croatian power forward Mladen Gligora (204-82, agency: Court Side) added 19 points respectively for Capljina Lasta in the defeat. Zrinjski HT have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sloboda Dita and SL IAT Leotar. Capljina Lasta at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Mladost. Zrinjski HT will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Capljina Lasta will play at home against Brotnjo in Citluk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: Z.Sakic 28+13reb+1ast, L.Simonovic 19+3reb+8ast, M.Peraica 15+11reb+1ast, M.Han 12+4reb, A.Hasandic 12+1reb+2ast, T.Ramljak 5+6reb+1ast
Capljina: J.Zdravkovic 22+5reb+6ast, M.Gligora 19+3reb+1ast, J.Brkic 14+9reb, K.Rimac 9+3ast, M.Galic 7+5reb+1ast, S.Matic 4+1reb
gschID: 113542


Bosna - Sloboda Dita 93-90

Fifth-ranked Sloboda Dita (11-9) gave a tough game to first ranked Bosna ASA BHT (16-3) in Sarajevo on Sunday. Bosna ASA BHT managed to secure only three-point victory 93-90. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sloboda Dita. Sloboda Dita trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 31-21 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 90-93 at the end of the game. Bosna ASA BHT looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Sloboda Dita helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Croatian power forward Dzenan Rahimic (204-74) stepped up and scored 32 points and 7 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners and international forward Bozo Durasovic (200-87) chipped in 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Bosna ASA BHT's coach Dejan Parezanin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was swingman Miodrag Tanasilovic (197-84) with 30 points and 5 rebounds and guard Zlatan Halilbegovic (187-87) scored 22 points. Bosna ASA BHT maintains first place with 16-3 record. Sloboda Dita at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with SL IAT Leotar and Zrinjski HT. Bosna ASA BHT are looking forward to face SL IAT Leotar (#7) in Trebinje in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sloboda Dita will play at home against the league's second-placed Borac Nektar in Banja Luka and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Bosna: D.Rahimic 32+7reb, B.Durasovic 18+14reb+4ast, D.Hodzic 14+5reb+2ast, M.Pasalic 9+2reb+6ast, F.Kruslin 7+2reb+3ast, A.Damjanovic 7+1ast
Sloboda Dita: M.Tanasilovic 30+5reb+1ast, Z.Halilbegovic 22+4reb+2ast, D.Kastratovic 15+2reb+10ast, B.Jovanovic 8+10reb, D.Albijanic 6+6reb+2ast, M.Hrncic 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 113537


Varda HE - SL IAT Leotar 97-88

An interesting game took place in Varda where higher ranked SL IAT Leotar (11-9) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Varda HE (6-13) 97-88 on Saturday. SL IAT Leotar trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 33-29 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 88-97 at the end of the game. Varda HE made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Sasa Crnobrnja (203-83) who scored 26 points and 5 assists. Serbian forward Miroslav Markovic (201-75, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Varda HE's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (206-83, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 22 points and 5 assists and guard Branko Zotovic (198-79) added 21 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Varda HE moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Kakanj. Loser SL IAT Leotar dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Sloboda Dita and Zrinjski HT. Varda HE will meet higher ranked Mladost (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SL IAT Leotar will play against the league's leader Bosna ASA BHT where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Varda HE: S.Crnobrnja 26+4reb+5ast, J.Bajic 20+2ast, M.Markovic 18+7reb+7ast, V.Krstojevic 14+2ast, M.Kandic 8+5reb, M.Mirkovic 3
SL IAT Leotar: B.Pelkic 22+3reb+5ast, B.Zotovic 21+1reb+4ast, I.Josipovic 16+5reb, N.Durasovic 13+6reb+2ast, V.Aleksic 8+1ast, B.Gnjato 6+5reb
gschID: 113538




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!


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac20.5 
 2. Kahrimanovic, Kak.18.4 
 3. Rahimic, Bosna17.4 
 4. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.3 
 5. Opacak, Celik16.6 
 6. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 7. Sakic, Zrinjski HT16.4 
 8. Zdravkovic, Capljina16.4 
 9. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
 10. Gajovic, Hercegovac15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zeljko SAKIC
  Zrinjski HT
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.6 
 2. Pejovic, Hercegovac7.6 
 3. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik6.8 
 5. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.5 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.5 
 7. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.4 
 8. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 9. Markovic, Varda HE6.1 
 10. Durasovic, Bosna5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Pasalic, Bosna4.7 
 3. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 4. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.8 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 6. Markovic, Varda HE3.4 
 7. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 8. Kastratovic, Slobod.3.3 
 9. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.2 
 10. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
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, Hercegovac2.3 
 5. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 6. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.8 
 7. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 8. Vranjes, Borac N.1.8 
 9. Komatina, Mladost1.6 
 10. Crnobrnja, Varda HE1.5 
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 .0.7 
 7. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 8. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.6 
 9. Vukovic, Slavija0.6 
 10. Pelkic, SL IAT L.0.6 


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Bosna 16-3 
 2. Borac Nektar 14-5 
 3. Capljina 13-6 
 4. Mladost 13-6 
 5. Sloboda Dita 11-9 
 6. Zrinjski HT 11-9 
 7. SL IAT Leotar 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


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  CHINA   


Xinjiang, Dongguan, Guangdong Keep Winning as Three Best Teams in CBA - by Arthur Volbert
Douby Quincy (191-G-84, college: Rutgers) scored 40 points as league-leading Xinjiang blew out Shanghai 108-87. Mengke Bateer had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. James Singleton had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Xu Guozhong scored 10 and Sun Weibo had 8. Xirelijiang scored only 2 points but had 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Peng Fei scored 24 for Shanghai and Liu Xiqui scored 17. Zhang Zhaoxu had 12 points and 9 rebounds. Mike Harris had 9 points and 8 rebounds. John Lucas had 6 points and 11 rebounds.

Second-place Dongguan defeated the Zhejiang Lions 110-100. Josh Akognon had 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Qiu Biao scored 19. Jackson Vroman had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Meng Duo had 14 points and 4 assists. Gu Quan had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Peter John Ramos had 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Lions. Wang Bo scored 19 and Rafer Alston had 18. Lin Chih-Chieh had 15 points and 6 rebounds.

Without Du Feng and Zhu Fangyu, utilizing its imports and its younger players, Guangdong scored its third straight blowout victory by defeating Fujian 116-85. Marcus Haislip had 31 points and 10 rebounds. Lester Hudson had 28 points and 8 rebounds. Zhou Peng and Su Wei each scored 13 and Wang Zheng scored 12. Liu Xiaoyu had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Andre Emmett had 38 points and 9 rebounds for Fujian. Dwayne Jones had 14 points and 17 rebounds. Yang Genglin scored 13 and Zhao Tailong had 10.

Liaoning edged Foshan 67-66. Guo Ailun scored 21. Yang Ming had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Anthony Myles had 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Li Xiaoxu had 9 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. He Tianju missed all 8 of his shots as Liaoning shot 23 of 82. Stephon Marbury scored 23 for Foshan. Olumide Oyedeji had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Leon Rodgers had 43 points and 15 rebounds as Shanxi Zhongyu defeated Beijing 109-104. Alexander Johnson had 26 points and 16 rebounds. Osama Daghlas had 23 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists. Zhang Biao scored 10. Randolph Morris had 33 points and 16 rebounds for Beijing. Joe Crawford had 22 points and 6 rebounds. Zaid Abbaas had 18 points and 14 rebounds. Xie Libin scored 11.

Tianjin edged Jilin 82-80. Herve Lamizana had 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Vernon Hamilton had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhang Nan and Xu Lei each scored 12. Jameel Watkins had 26 points and 24 rebounds for Jilin. Tim Pickett had 18 points and 6 rebounds. Li Tao scored 10 and Lu Wei had 8.

Hu Xuefeng had 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists as Jiangsu crushed Qingdao 117-98. Yi Li had 22 points and 7 rebounds. Antoine Wright also scored 22. Meng Da had 17 and Liu Yahui scored 13. Jerome Moiso had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Charles Gaines had 31 points and 11 rebounds for Qingdao. Dee Brown and Li Gen each scored 21. Cai Liang had 11 points and 6 rebounds.

Shandong defeated Bayi 109-103. Myron Allen had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Sun Jie had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Rodney White scored 18. Wu Ke had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Li Jingyu had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Li Lin had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi had 27 points and 9 rebounds for Bayi. Mo Ke had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Wang Lei had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Li Ke had 12 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Bo did not play.



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  CROATIA   


A1 Round 15 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

Round 15 most important game was a victory of Dubrovnik over 7th ranked Vrijednosnice OS 99-88 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Vrijednosnice OS. The game was mostly controlled by Dubrovnik. Vrijednosnice OS managed to win fourth quarter 32-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dubrovnik shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. It was a good game for forward Frano Karac (207-F-79) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Ivan Krolo (217-83) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Vrijednosnice OS. Dubrovnik (8-7) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kvarner 2010. Vrijednosnice OS at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Zabok. Dubrovnik is looking forward to face Dubrava (#9) in Zagreb in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vrijednosnice OS will play on the road against Zabok in Zabok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Sinj. First ranked KK Split (12-3) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging second-best Alkar Sinj (9-6) 88-85 in the game for the first place. It was a great evening for guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points. Srdan Subotic helped adding 22 points. The best for the losing side was guard Josip Blajic (192-87) with 20 points and 7 assists. Alkar Sinj's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-3 record. Newly promoted Alkar Sinj keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Borik. KK Split will play against Kvarner 2010 (#5) in Rijeka in the next round. Alkar Sinj will play on the road against Trogir in Trogir and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between ninth ranked Dubrava (5-10) and 10th ranked Trogir (4-11) in Zagreb on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Dubrava outscored guests from Trogir 92-70. It was a quality performance for Dario Saric who led the winners and scored 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Milan Karakas came up with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Trogir in the defeat. Dubrava maintains ninth place with 5-10 record. Trogir lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Dubrava will meet higher ranked Dubrovnik (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trogir will play against Alkar Sinj (#3) and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 15 Zabok was beaten by Borik on the road 74-61. Kvarner 2010 won against Svjetlost on its own court 88-75.


Alkar Sinj - KK Split 85-88

Important game to mention about took place in Sinj. First ranked KK Split (12-3) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging second-best Alkar Sinj (9-6) 88-85 in the game for the first place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Alkar Sinj won third quarter 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alkar Sinj was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points. The former international guard Srdan Subotic (193-80) helped adding 22 points. Four KK Split players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Josip Blajic (192-87) with 20 points and 7 assists and forward Dino Erceg (203-85) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Alkar Sinj's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-3 record. Newly promoted Alkar Sinj keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Borik. KK Split will play against Kvarner 2010 (#5) in Rijeka in the next round. Alkar Sinj will play on the road against Trogir in Trogir and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KK Split: I.Mimica 23+4reb+1ast, S.Subotic 22+2reb+1ast, T.Katic 15+1ast, J.Sobin 13+12reb, A.Grgurevic 4+6reb+1ast, J.Matic 4+2reb
Alkar Sinj: J.Blajic 20+4reb+7ast, D.Erceg 15+7reb, J.Curkovic 10+5reb, A.Bilobrk 8+4reb+2ast, S.Modric 7+2reb, M.Modric 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 107761


Dubrava - Trogir 92-70

The game between ninth ranked Dubrava (5-10) and 10th ranked Trogir (4-11) in Zagreb on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Dubrava outscored guests from Trogir 92-70. The game without a history. Dubrava led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Trogir's 28. Dubrava looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a quality performance for power forward Dario Saric (205-94) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Naturalized Bosnian center Robert Rikic (218-90) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Four Dubrava players scored in double figures. Guard Milan Karakas (190-80) came up with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Toni Vitali (201-91) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Trogir in the defeat. Dubrava maintains ninth place with 5-10 record. Trogir lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Dubrava will meet higher ranked Dubrovnik (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trogir will play against Alkar Sinj (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dubrava: D.Saric 20+9reb+4ast, D.Basic 20+2reb+2ast, R.Rikic 16+8reb+1ast, N.Primorac 13+2reb+3ast, N.Garma 7+6reb+1ast, S.Cubric 6+4ast
Trogir: A.Bilic 16+1reb+1ast, M.Karakas 12+5reb+6ast, T.Vitali 10+8reb+2ast, L.Zitko 9+2reb+1ast, N.Vladovic 6+6reb, M.Diminic 6+2reb
gschID: 107762


Darda - Dubrovnik 88-99

Round 15 most important game was a victory of Dubrovnik over 7th ranked Vrijednosnice OS 99-88 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Vrijednosnice OS. The game was mostly controlled by Dubrovnik. Vrijednosnice OS managed to win fourth quarter 32-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dubrovnik shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. It was a good game for forward Frano Karac (207-79) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Ivan Krolo (217-83) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds and forward Zvonimir Ridl (204-73) added 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in the effort for Vrijednosnice OS. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Dubrovnik (8-7) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kvarner 2010. Vrijednosnice OS at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Zabok. Dubrovnik is looking forward to face Dubrava (#9) in Zagreb in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vrijednosnice OS will play on the road against Zabok in Zabok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: F.Karac 26+6reb, N.Dosen 24+5reb+1ast, M.Peric 20+3reb+5ast, A.Blesic 15+9reb+6ast, M.Hajdic 10+6reb+1ast, M.Lucic 3+4reb
Darda: I.Krolo 25+9reb+1ast, A.Bicvic 18+4reb+2ast, I.Bakovic 15+3reb+1ast, Z.Ridl 13+8reb+4ast, D.Meznaric 10+1reb, M.Rakitic 3+2ast
gschID: 107763


Borik - Zabok 74-61

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Borik Puntamika (9-6) beat 6th ranked Zabok (7-8) in Zadar 74-61 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-61. Borik Puntamika forced 23 Zabok turnovers. Strangely Zabok outrebounded Borik Puntamika 31-18 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for guard Ivan Mikulic (194-91) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. Four Borik Puntamika players scored in double figures. Center Jure Lozancic (211-83, college: Jacksonville) came up with 8 points and 12 rebounds and forward Ivan Perincic (208-77, agency: Agency No 10) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Zabok in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Borik Puntamika moved-up to second place, which they share with Alkar Sinj. Loser Zabok keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Darda. Borik Puntamika will meet Svjetlost (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Zabok will play against Vrijednosnice OS in Darda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borik: J.Skific 20+4reb, I.Mikulic 17+7reb+3ast, P.Maric 12+2reb, M.Jurjevic 11+2reb+1ast, J.Ruzic 4+5reb+2ast, T.Petani 3+4reb+4ast
Zabok: I.Perincic 13+6reb, R.Lez 12+2reb+3ast, R.Rogic 9+1reb+1ast, J.Lozancic 8+12reb, S.Smajlagic 6+1reb, I.Peklaric 4+4reb
gschID: 107764


Kvarner 2010 - Svjetlost 88-75

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Svjetlost (6-9) lost to sixth ranked Kvarner 2010 (8-7) in Rijeka 75-88 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Kvarner 2010. Svjetlost managed to win fourth quarter 29-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 30-of-38 free shots (78.9 percent) during the game. Kvarner 2010 outrebounded Svjetlost 32-20 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for center Matija Poscic (207-85, college: De Paul) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Four Kvarner 2010 players scored in double figures. Forward Igor Maric (196-85) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and power forward Srdan Helbich (205-76) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Svjetlost in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kvarner 2010 moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Dubrovnik. Svjetlost lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Kvarner 2010 will meet league's leader KK Split on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Svjetlost will play against the league's second-placed Borik Puntamika (#2) in Zadar and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: H.Puljko 18+4reb+1ast, M.Poscic 14+12reb+1ast, J.Wisseh 11+4reb+3ast, H.Pervan 10+8reb, F.Filipovic 10+1reb, N.Mazar 8+4reb+2ast
Svjetlost: I.Maric 21+6reb, S.Helbich 13+7reb+3ast, L.Panduric 9, L.Petkovic 9+4reb+1ast, F.Vukicevic 9+5reb, M.Matasovic 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 107765




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, Borik6.5 
 8. Lozancic, Zabok6.5 
 9. Ridl, Darda6.5 
 10. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Karakas, Trogir5.2 
 2. Blajic, Alkar Sinj5.2 
 3. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 4. Petkovic, Svjetlost4.2 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.8 
 7. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.6 
 8. Primorac, Dubrava3.3 
 9. Sarac, Svjetlost3.3 
 10. Katic, KK Split3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Teo PETANI
  Borik
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Petani, Borik2.5 
 2. Puljko, Kvarner .2.4 
 3. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.1 
 4. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 5. Skific, Borik1.8 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 7. Saric, Dubrava1.8 
 8. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 9. Swift, Darda1.8 
 10. Zitko, Trogir1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava1.6 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.5 
 3. Sobin, KK Split1.2 
 4. Krolo, Darda1.2 
 5. Kraljevic, Zabok1.1 
 6. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.0 
 7. Sarlija, Borik1.0 
 8. Ridl, Darda0.9 
 9. Saric, Dubrava0.8 
 10. Vladovic, Trogir0.8 


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 12-3 
 2. Borik 9-6 
 3. Alkar Sinj 9-6 
 4. Dubrovnik 8-7 
 5. Kvarner 2010 8-7 
 6. Zabok 7-8 
 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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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. AEL 5-10 
 8. Omonia 5-11 
 9. ENAD 4-11 


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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. BK Prostejov 17-3 
 2. BK Decin 16-4 
 3. Novy Jicin 15-5 
 4. BK Pardubice 14-6 
 5. NH Ostrava 13-7 
 6. B&W Opava 10-10 
 7. BC Kolin 9-11 
 8. Basketbol Brno 7-13 
 9. USK Praha 5-15 
 10. Plzen 2-18 
 11. Svitavy 2-18 
Play in international cups:
 1. CEZ Nymburk


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.0 
 2. Horak, Svitavy15.9 
 3. Burke, NH Ostrava15.7 
 4. Landry, BK Prost.15.5 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin15.1 
 6. Houska, BK Decin14.7 
 7. Kotas, USK Praha14.4 
 8. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.1 
 9. Hampton, BK Pardu.13.9 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava9.4 
 3. Houska, BK Decin8.7 
 4. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.6 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.2 
 6. Landry, BK Prost.8.0 
 7. Kramny, Svitavy8.0 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.2 
 9. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.9 
 10. Bjegovic, USK Praha6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Vrubl, Plzen5.5 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.7 
 3. Kotas, USK Praha3.9 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.8 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.7 
 6. Jones, BC Kolin3.4 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.3 
 8. Maio, Basketbo.3.0 
 9. Sanders, BK Decin3.0 
 10. Macela, Svitavy2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  BK Pardubice
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Wright, BK Pardu.2.2 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha2.1 
 3. Smith, BC Kolin1.9 
 4. Gibson-B., NH Os.1.8 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava1.7 
 6. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 7. Lawrence, BK Prost.1.6 
 8. Muirhead, Novy Jicin1.6 
 9. Channels, Novy Jicin1.6 
 10. Macela, Svitavy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.3 
 2. Kramny, Svitavy1.2 
 3. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 4. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.1 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.0 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 8. Spagrud, NH Ostrava0.8 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.8 
 10. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 


NBL Round 22: The End of the First Stage - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for BK Decin (16-4) which hosted in Decin 4th ranked BK Pardubice (14-6). Second ranked BK Decin managed to get a 6-point victory 82-76. BK Pardubice trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-82 at the end of the game. BK Decin made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Strangely BK Pardubice outrebounded BK Decin 36-23 including 22 on the offensive glass. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami (OH), agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording 19 points (made all of his seven free throws). Guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) replied with 20 points for BK Pardubice. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Decin have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-4 record behind leader BK Prostejov. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Basketbal Svitavy managed to get a second victory, breaking the fourteen-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Basketbal Svitavy won against tenth-ranked Lokomotiva Plzen 83-73. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ladislav Horak chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Basketbal Svitavy's coach Jindrich Svojanovsky allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side the former international guard Stepan Vrubl (186-76) responded with 10 points and 9 assists. Basketbal Svitavy (2-18) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Plzen. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
NBL top team - BK Prostejov (17-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked NH Ostrava (13-7) 77-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of NH Ostrava. Benas Veikalas notched 20 points to lead the effort. BK Prostejov's coach Peter Balinth used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds by Cezary Trybanski did not help to save the game for NH Ostrava. BK Prostejov maintains first position with 17-3 record. Loser NH Ostrava keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Ninth-ranked USK Praha (5-15) was very close to win a game against seventh ranked BC Kolin (9-11). BC Kolin managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected easier game. Terry Smith fired 22 points for the winners. BC Kolin maintains seventh position with 9-11 record. USK Praha lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between third ranked Novy Jicin (15-5) and 6th ranked B&W Opava (10-10) in Novy Jicin on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Novy Jicin beat guests from Opava 71-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of B&W Opava. It was a very good performance for Wesley Channels who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds. Novy Jicin's coach Zbynek Choleva used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Novy Jicin have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-5 record having just two points less than leader BK Prostejov. Loser B&W Opava keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Novy Jicin - B&W Opava 71-63

The game between third ranked Novy Jicin (15-5) and 6th ranked B&W Opava (10-10) in Novy Jicin on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Novy Jicin beat guests from Opava 71-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of B&W Opava. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 35-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic (205-78) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Novy Jicin's coach Zbynek Choleva used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Ondrej Dygryn (190-84) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) added 12 points in the effort for B&W Opava. Novy Jicin have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-5 record having just two points less than leader BK Prostejov. Loser B&W Opava keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: W.Channels 16+5reb+1ast, R.Sarovic 13+5reb, C.Muirhead 12+3reb, E.Ubilla 9+1reb, D.Pandula 8+3reb+1ast, V.Peciukas 6+3reb+3ast
B&W Opava: O.Dygryn 15+7reb, J.Sirina 12+4reb+1ast, M.Stec 9+4reb, M.Vanak 7+7reb, M.Miklosik 7+3reb, J.Blazek 7+5reb
gschID: 91993


BK Decin - BK Pardubice 82-76

An interesting game for BK Decin (16-4) which hosted in Decin 4th ranked BK Pardubice (14-6). Second ranked BK Decin managed to get a 6-point victory 82-76. BK Pardubice trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-82 at the end of the game. BK Decin made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Strangely BK Pardubice outrebounded BK Decin 36-23 including 22 on the offensive glass. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami (OH), agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording 19 points (made all of his seven free throws). Guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Five BK Decin players scored in double figures. Guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) replied with 20 points and power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for BK Pardubice. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Decin have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-4 record behind leader BK Prostejov. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: W.Hatcher 19+2reb+3ast, L.Sanders 15+3reb, A.Alic 13+1reb+3ast, P.Houska 11+4reb+1ast, M.Soukup 10+7reb, T.Pomikalek 9+1reb
BK Pardubice: M.Hampton 20+3reb+3ast, M.Arnold 12+8reb+2ast, M.Marek 10+5reb, L.Kraus 9+7reb+1ast, Z.Pospisil 8+3reb+1ast, J.Cernosek 6
gschID: 91990


NH Ostrava - BK Prostejov 73-77

NBL top team - BK Prostejov (17-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked NH Ostrava (13-7) 77-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of NH Ostrava. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 17-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) notched 20 points to lead the effort and Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. BK Prostejov's coach Peter Balinth used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds by Polish center Cezary Trybanski (218-79) did not help to save the game for NH Ostrava. Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) added 14 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. BK Prostejov maintains first position with 17-3 record. Loser NH Ostrava keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: B.Veikalas 20+3reb+1ast, K.Landry 16+6reb, E.Lawrence 10+1reb+5ast, B.Cadri-Nicholson 10+7reb, P.Dokoupil 7, Z.Zagorac 7+6reb
NH Ostrava: C.Trybanski 20+13reb, A.Spagrud 14+8reb+2ast, A.Mason 11+4reb+3ast, J.Gibson-Bascombe 8+2reb+1ast, L.Palyza 7+5reb+2ast, J.Stehlik 6
gschID: 91991


BC Kolin - USK Praha 76-74

Ninth-ranked USK Praha (5-15) was very close to win a game against seventh ranked BC Kolin (9-11). BC Kolin managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts were ahead by 10 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 19-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) fired 22 points for the winners. Forward Richard Field (196-85, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Lukas Kotas (194-84) produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and international forward Vojtech Hruban (200-89) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. BC Kolin maintains seventh position with 9-11 record. USK Praha lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: T.Smith 22+2reb+2ast, B.Jones 17+2reb+2ast, R.Field 12+7reb+3ast, D.Machac 9+5reb, S.Zuzak 6+4reb, R.Marko 6+2reb+4ast
USK Praha: V.Hruban 21+6reb+1ast, L.Kotas 18+6reb+5ast, M.Bjegovic 10+10reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 7+1reb+1ast, M.Klimes 5+5reb, T.Vyoral 5
gschID: 91992


Plzen - Svitavy 73-83

Bottom-ranked Basketbal Svitavy managed to get a second victory, breaking the fourteen-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Basketbal Svitavy won against tenth-ranked Lokomotiva Plzen 83-73. Lokomotiva Plzen was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 21-10 charge of Basketbal Svitavy, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Lokomotiva Plzen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Ladislav Horak (205-86) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds during the contest (made all of his seven free throws). Basketbal Svitavy's coach Jindrich Svojanovsky allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side the former international guard Stepan Vrubl (186-76) responded with 10 points and 9 assists and power forward Jaroslav Kovanda (204-82) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Basketbal Svitavy (2-18) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Plzen. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: B.Meno 28+10reb+1ast, L.Horak 15+10reb+1ast, T.Teply 13+2reb, J.Spacek 9+2reb+2ast, P.Harcar 8+1reb, R.Kramny 5+3reb
Plzen: J.Kovanda 14+7reb+1ast, T.Kubiznak 11+2reb, S.Vrubl 10+4reb+9ast, P.Novak 9+2reb, M.Soukup 9+2reb, L.Pecka 8+5reb
gschID: 91989




CEZ Nymburk Fall to Hemofarm 66-71 in Round 21 of Adriatic League - by Surujh Roopnarine
CEZ Basketball Nymburk dropped their second consecutive game, falling to visiting KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac 66-71 yesterday. CEZ Basketball Nymburk falls to 10th place in the standings (9-12) while KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac edges head to ninth (10-11). A close game throughout, the two sides were tied at 54 heading into the final quarter before the visitors pulled out the five point victory. KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac was led by Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) who scored a game-high 16 points, going three-for three from behind the arc and making all five of his free-throw attempts. Veteran forward Radek Necas (204-F-80) led CEZ Basketball Nymburk with a team-high 15 points on 7-12 shooting. KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac took advantage of their opportunities at the free-throw line, making 20-24 attempts while surprisingly the hosts managed only seven attempts the entire game, making just three. Additionally, CEZ Basketball Nymburk shot well off the mark from three-point range, making just seven of 31 attempts (22.6%). Newcomer Dionte Christmas (196-G, college: Temple), a big-time scoring guard from Temple University, made his debut with CEZ Basketball Nymburk, logging only five minutes of the bench.
NYMBURK: Radek Necas (15pts), Pavel Slezak (14pts), Afik Nissim (11pts+5ast), Petr benda (9pts+10reb)
HEMOFARM: Mladen Jeremic (16pts+6reb), Bojan Krstovic (15pts+9reb), MiljanPavkovic (10pts+5reb), Boris Savovic (4pts+9reb+5to)



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  DENMARK   


Naestved Beats Horsholm in Dramatic Game - by Armen Rhodes
In the clash of two top table teams, third placed Naestved pulled out a 1 point win over fourth placed placed Horsholm, 58-57. Making the win even more impressive was the fact that Naestved earned the victory on the road. After trailing by 12 points at halftime, Naestved made a phenomenal comeback, narrowing the gap to just a 5-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Then the final quarter was filled with emotion and quality play, as Naestved made a late charge to close out the game with a 1-point victory. The win improves Naestved's record to 17-7 overall, and drops Horsholm to 14-10 on the season. WIth the win, Naestved clinch a 3 seed in the CDL playoffs, and look to be in top form to challenge perennial powers Bakken and Svendborg for the league title.

Staudt Captures First Win as Head Coach of Aalborg as Vikings Triumph Over SISU Behind Stellar Performance from Falsvig - by Armen Rhodes
The new era in Aalborg is officially underway and off to a flying start, as the underdog Vikings knocked off playoff-bound SISU Copenhagen at home today by a final score of 98 to 93. The win gives new head coach John Staudt his first victory at the helm of Aalborg in only his second game on the bench, and moves the team into a tie for 9th place in the table with BK Amager.

Making the victory even more impressive was the fact that the Vikings dropped both of their games against SISU earlier this year by an average of more than 20 points.

The game was close throughout, with Aalborg leading most of the way until SISU took a slight advantage mid-way through the second half. However, SISUs lead didnt last long, as the Staudts team countered with a 16 to 4 run, and went on to close the game out with a five point victory, thanks to clutch foul shooting and a cerebral offensive scheme that saw the Vikings commit just 1 turnover in the entire 4th period of play.

The Vikings were led by a magnificent 33 point performance from young Dane Henrik Falsvig, who managed to shoot better than 50 percent from the three-point line. Rookie American point guard Marquis Hall continued his dominant play, as well, pouring in 28 points and 8 assists to propel the Vikings to victory.

Meanwhile SISU was led by a 32 point performance by Mickey Dennis and 25 points from Donald Rutherford.

The game was well played by both sides, and the intensity level was impressive. The Vikings were aggressive but well-disciplined under Staudts new system, committing just 10 turnovers and forcing 21 from the Copenhagen side.

Both teams have two remaining games left before the postseason gets underway. Aalborgs remaining two games are of crucial importance, as they will determine who earns the right to home court advantage in their relegation series against BK Amager. Meanwhile, SISU currently sits in 6th place in the table, but could potentially drop all the way down to 8th place if they lose their remaining two games.

Aalborg is back in action next Sunday against 1st place Bakken, while SISU travels to Amager before ending the season at home against Horsens.



Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 22-1 
 2. Svendborg 21-2 
 3. Naestved 17-7 
 4. Horsholm 14-10 
 5. Horsens IC 13-11 
 6. SISU 9-16 
 7. Aabyhoj 9-16 
 8. Vaerlose 8-16 
 9. Aalborg 4-21 
 10. Amager BK 4-21 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.4 
 3. Brasas, Amager BK22.0 
 4. Hall, Aalborg21.9 
 5. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 6. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 7. Roberts, Naestved18.9 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg18.8 
 9. Dennis, SISU18.3 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.8 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.1 
 4. St.John, Horsens IC9.8 
 5. Johansen, Naestved9.7 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.2 
 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, Aalborg5.2 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.3 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.0 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj3.9 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.8 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg3.8 
 10. Simonsen, Amager B.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hall, Aalborg4.0 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 3. Nielsen, Horsholm2.1 
 4. Jakobsen, Bakken2.0 
 5. Dennis, SISU2.0 
 6. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
 7. Burgess, Bakken1.8 
 8. Roberts, Naestved1.8 
 9. Smedley, Naestved1.8 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.2 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 3. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.2 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 8. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 9. Logan, Amager BK0.7 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 


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Iowa's Courtney Sims captures MVP honors in 2011 NBA D-League All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan) of the Iowa Energy, who previously captured Co-MVP honors in the 2009 NBA Development League All-Star Game in Phoenix, doubled his pleasure in Los Angeles, scoring 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting on his way to hoisting his second NBA D-League All-Star MVP Trophy at the 2011 NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by SonoSite.

Maine's DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88, college: Michigan) added 20 points for the East All-Stars, who used a late run in the second half to post a 115-108 victory over the West All-Stars in front of a packed house on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas.

'I like competing against the best competition, and this league has a ton of good players, many who could or should be in the NBA,' said Sims, who's appeared in five NBA games with the Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks since graduating from Michigan in 2007. 'Everyone says I'm very close to making it, and some people feel that I'm an NBA player. Not everyone gets the chance, and you just have to make the most of the opportunity if and when it comes.'

Sims had company in Los Angeles, with Iowa teammates Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) and Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) joining him the East starting lineup. Jeffers finished with 14 points, while Stinson dished out seven assists. Fort Wayne's Walker Russell had a game-high 10 assists for the East squad, which used a 23-11 run with under 10 minutes left in the second half to take a commanding lead it never relinquished.

Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86, college: Boston Coll.) of the Texas legends, the 17th overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft, led the West with 21 points. Austin's Marcus Cousin (6'11''-C-86, college: Houston) added 19 points, while Reno's Marcus Landry, who spent the 2009-10 season with the Knicks and Boston Celtics, finished with 18 points. Tulsa's Larry Owens, who earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the San Antonio Spurs this season, had a solid all-around game with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. Texas' Joe Alexander, the eighth overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 23-3 
 2. TU/Rock 22-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 17-5 
 4. Rakvere 13-12 
 5. Valga/CKE 10-13 
 6. Rapla 10-14 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 8-16 
 8. Parnu 6-20 
 9. Voru KK 1-25 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Erm, Rapla17.3 
 4. Raap, Parnu16.7 
 5. Brown, Va.16.6 
 6. Raadik, Parnu16.3 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.1 
 8. Osby, TT.14.7 
 9. Pilk, TT.14.5 
 10. Tagamets, Va.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.9 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.1 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.8 
 5. Kuuba, Voru KK9.0 
 6. Osby, TT.8.9 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.5 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.5 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.7 
 2. Kriisa, TT.3.7 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.3 
 4. Oja, Va.3.0 
 5. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
 6. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.8 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Archibald, TT.2.6 
 9. Karner, Parnu2.5 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marek DORONIN
  TU/Rock
  (200-F/G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Doronin, TU/Rock2.3 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Karner, Parnu2.2 
 4. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 6. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 7. Oja, Va.1.9 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 9. Veideman, TU/Rock1.8 
 10. Pilk, TT.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.0 
 2. Osby, TT.1.4 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.1 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Raadik, TU/Rock0.8 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Arnold, TT.0.7 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 10. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 


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  FINLAND   


1.DIVISION: 71 fouls and 85 FTs in one game - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 19: When Honka (Tapiola) and BC Jyvaskyla met eachother tonight, referees called altogether 71 fouls. Honka had 31 fouls and BC JKL got 40 fouls. There were 85 Free Throws; Honka had 47 and BC JKL 38 FTs. Honka lost two players and visitors six players during the contest. Which Team won? BC Jyvaskyla won 89-94 after OT. OT was needed, when BC JKL lost 13-point-lead during the last 3:48 minutes of the regular time. Kilian Cato (201-F/C-92) (Honka) scored game high 24 pts. Tracy Robinson (201-F-86, college: Loyola (IL)) led BC JKL with 23 pts. Division 1. Top Team FoKoPo (Forssa) lost at home vs LoKoKo (Loimaa) 60-84. The rebounds were one factor for this kind of result. LoKoKo won the boards 33-59.
Honka (Tapiola) - BC Jyvaskyla OT 89-94 (79) (38-43). (Kilian Cato 24, Villematti Kopio 15, Juho Helenius 11 - Tracy Robinson 23, Jarno Nissinen 17, Antti Siimes 11).
FoKoPo - LoKoKo 60-84 (29-38). (Olli Kaunomaki 19, Jeremy McCulloch 13, Sami Ikavalko 12 - JaSon Stamper 22/16, Jani Kivinen 19, Channing Toney 18/12).
Lapua - Tompan Pojat 114-76 (64-40). (Derick Nelson 24/11, Tyrwone Still 22, Benny Valentine 22 - Vesa Linturi 22, Oscar Lindqvist 16, Kristijan Rinaldi 12).

Kerava - SayRi 88-95 (39-41). (Justice Graham 22/6a, Jarkko Aho 19, Pierre Jallow 18/11 - Eetu Nieminen 22, DeMarcus Hall 16, Erkko Pasanen 14/6a).
BC Nokia - YMCA Lahti II 86-47 (42-26). (Timo Riihela 22/11, Baboucarr Bojang 21/16, Sami Kajander 16 - Valtteri Makalainen 13, Alexi Alanen 9).



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  FRANCE   


Ford's 27 points give him NM1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old center John Ford (207-C-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team JSA Bordeaux Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had the game-high 27 points adding three rebounds for Bordeaux in his team's victory, helping them to crush Orchy (#10, 11-12) with 23-point margin 86-63. It allowed Bordeaux to consolidate first place in the French NM1. Bordeaux have a solid 20-3 record. Ford turned to be Bordeaux's top player in his first season with the team. Colorado State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ford is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.3ppg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 57.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Pierre Brochard (185-G-80) of Blois. He is a guard in his 4th season at Blois. In the last game Brochard recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 assists. Of course Blois cruised to a 92-80 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Get Vosges (#16, 8-15). This victory allowed Blois to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Brochard is one of the most experienced players at Blois and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Boakai Lalugba (200-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) of league's second-best Denain ASC Voltaire. Lalugba scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Denain, leading his team to a 98-87 win against the lower-ranked Denek (#12, 11-12). Denain needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 5 lost games. Lalugba has a great season in France. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (8th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 62.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Xavier Pasut (200-C-84) of Sorgues - 19 points and 13 rebounds
5. Sami Driss (196-G-82) of Bordeaux - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Rida El Amrani (180-G-86) of St Etienne - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80) of Sorgues - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Harry Disy (201-F-84) of Roche - 18 points and 11 rebounds
9. Larry Blair (183-G-84) of Denek - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Zach Gourde (205-C-80) of Get Vosges - 22 points and 8 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)


Mejia's 20 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old guard Sammy Mejia (198-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Cholet Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for Cholet in his team's victory, helping them to crush Vichy (#16, 4-14) with 16-point margin 81-65. It allowed Cholet to take over top position in the French league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cholet has a very solid 14-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Mejia's second year at Cholet and it's hard to imagine this team without him. De Paul University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mejia is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.5ppg) and averages solid 55.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) of Gravelines. He is Senegalese center in his first season at Gravelines. In the last game Sene recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for Gravelines to edge the lower-ranked Orleans (#14, 6-12) by 2 points 57-55. Gravelines' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sene is a newcomer at Gravelines and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Davon Jefferson (203-F-86) of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#7). Jefferson showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of ASVEL, leading his team to a 91-77 easy win against the higher-ranked Nancy (#4, 12-6). ASVEL needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Jefferson has a great season in France. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 7.9rpg (8th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 55.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christophe Massie (206-F/C-77) of Limoges - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Blake Schilb (201-G-83) of Chalon - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Alade Aminu (208-F-87) of Chalon - 17 points and 7 rebounds
7. Rick Hughes (204-C/F-73) of Hyeres-Toulon - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ronnie Taylor (188-G-81) of Limoges - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81) of Le Mans - 24 points and 2 rebounds
10. Michel Morandais (197-G/F-79) of Paris-Levallois - 21 points and 3 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)


Vounang's double-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old power forward Brice Vounang (202-F/C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for St Vallier and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Chalons-Reims (#8, 13-9) 93-87. St Vallier maintains the 15th position in French ProB. St Vallier is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-14 record. Vounang turned to be St Vallier's top player in his first season with the team. Brice Vounang averages this season 13.8ppg and 6.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Corey Rouse (203-F-84, agency: Court Side) of Etoile Charleville-Mezieres. He is American forward in his first season at Charleville. In the last game Rouse recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Charleville cruised to a 83-71 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Boulazac (#5, 13-9). Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Charleville managed to get this year. Rouse is a newcomer at Charleville and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.5ppg (#8). He also registered 8.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Andre Harris (201-F/C-85) of Lille Metropole Basket Clubs (#11). Harris got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He was a key player of Lille, leading his team to a 86-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Nantes (#14, 9-13). The chances of Lille ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harris could help Lille to bring them higher in the standings. Harris has a great season in France. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Monds (205-F-83) of Bourg - 27 points and 9 rebounds
5. Christopher Dunn (191-G-83) of Maurienne - 23 points and 3 assists
6. Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-C-85) of Nanterre - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Erroyl Bing (198-F/C-82) of Dijon - 16 points and 16 rebounds
8. Errick Craven (188-G-83) of Dijon - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Nicolas Taccoen (202-F-86) of Lille - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Dean Oliver (180-G-78) of Bourg - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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


NM1 Round 23: Etendard de Brest loses to Souffelweyersheim - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Etendard de Brest (14-9) and twelfth ranked Souffelweyersheim (11-12) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Etendard de Brest was edged by Souffelweyersheim in a tough game in Souffel. 82-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Etendard de Brest. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-82. Souffelweyersheim outrebounded Etendard de Brest 45-28 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Etendard de Brest helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian forward Jovan Stefanov (205-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points and 9 rebounds. Center Sebastien Kancel (205-80) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) answered with 22 points for Etendard de Brest. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Denek and Orchy. Etendard de Brest at the other side dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Souffelweyersheim is looking forward to face bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Etendard de Brest will play at home against Get Vosges (#16) in Golbey and is hoping to win this game.
NM1 top team - Bordeaux (20-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Orchesien BC (11-12) 86-63. It was a great evening for naturalized Tunisian guard Sami Driss (196-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. John Ford helped adding 27 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Bosnian-Croatian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81, agency: Court Side) responded with 16 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. Bordeaux have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-3 record. Newly promoted Orchesien BC dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Denek and Souffel. Bordeaux will play against Denek (#12) in Bidart in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Orchesien BC will play at home against Saint-Quentin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Saint-Quentin was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Angers BC 49 (15-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Saint-Quentin (12-11). Angers BC 49 defeated Saint-Quentin 82-69 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for Damien Griffin who led the winners and scored 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Keonta Howell came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds for Saint-Quentin in the defeat. Angers BC 49 moved-up to third place. Saint-Quentin lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Angers BC 49 will meet at home Le Puy ASMB (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saint-Quentin will play against Orchesien BC (#10) in Orchies and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 23: Roche was beaten by Sorgues on the road 95-82. St Chamond won against CFBB on its own court 79-62. Denek unfortunately lost to Denain in a road game 87-98. Lievin recorded a loss to St Etienne at home 67-83. Blois defeated Get Vosges on the opponent's court 92-80.


Sorgues - Roche 95-82

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Sorgues (13-10) beat at home 17th ranked Roche (5-18) 95-82 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sorgues. Roche managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for center Xavier Pasut (200-84) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winning side. Guard Francisco Bateko (185-84, college: Robert Morris) came up with 27 points and forward Harry Disy (201-84, college: Louisiana Tech) added 18 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Roche in the defeat. Five Sorgues and four Roche players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Sorgues maintains fifth place with 13-10 record, which they share with Blois and St Etienne. Roche at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventeenth position with 18 games lost. Sorgues will meet Vendee Challans (#9) on the road in the next round. Roche will play against Lievin Basket (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roche: F.Bateko 27+2reb+3ast, H.Disy 18+11reb+1ast, F.Monpounga 17+5reb+3ast, W.Morris 10+2ast, C.Audouard 7+1reb, G.Lance 3+2reb
Sorgues: S.Ocokoljic 19+5reb+2ast, A.Thinon 19+1reb+4ast, X.Pasut 19+13reb+1ast, F.Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi 15+1reb+3ast, C.Dos Santos 13+2reb+2ast, Y.Bassine 8+1reb+6ast
gschID: 100828


Souffel - Brest 85-82

The game between third ranked Etendard de Brest (14-9) and twelfth ranked Souffelweyersheim (11-12) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Etendard de Brest was edged by Souffelweyersheim in a tough game in Souffel. 82-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Etendard de Brest. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-82. Souffelweyersheim outrebounded Etendard de Brest 45-28 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Etendard de Brest helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian forward Jovan Stefanov (205-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points and 9 rebounds. Center Sebastien Kancel (205-80) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) answered with 22 points and center Rafael Lopez (204-86) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Etendard de Brest. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Denek and Orchy. Etendard de Brest at the other side dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Souffelweyersheim is looking forward to face bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Etendard de Brest will play at home against Get Vosges (#16) in Golbey and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Brest: V.Pridotkas 22+3reb+1ast, J.Zahoui 15+3reb, G.Staelens 13+2reb+4ast, J.Doreau 9+7reb, R.Lopez 9+10reb+3ast, R.Roberts 8+1ast
Souffel: S.Kancel 14+5reb+1ast, A.N'Kembe 12+6reb+1ast, J.Tschamber 11+1reb+1ast, J.Stefanov 11+9reb+3ast, J.Alingue 10+5reb+1ast, F.Broliron 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 100824


St Chamond - CFBB 79-62

Rather expected game when 18th ranked CFBB (3-20) lost on the road to sixteenth ranked Saint Chamond (9-14) 79-62 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Saint Chamond. CFBB managed to win fourth quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint Chamond forced 23 CFBB turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for forward Regis Aubry (199-82) who led the winners and scored 16 points. Forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) accounted for 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (204-94) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and guard Ulysse Adjagba (184-93) added 15 points respectively for CFBB in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saint Chamond moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Lievin. CFBB lost their seventh game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Saint Chamond will meet higher ranked Saint-Etienne (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play against Souffelweyersheim (#11) in Souffel. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
CFBB: U.Adjagba 15+3reb, H.Invernizzi 13+2reb+2ast, M.Jaiteh 10+11reb+1ast, B.John 9+1reb+1ast, B.Dallo 7+3reb, V.Pourchot 4+6reb
St Chamond: R.Aubry 16+4reb+1ast, R.Jacon 10+1reb+1ast, T.Viglianco 10+4reb+3ast, R.Tillon 10+2ast, J.Beugnot 9+3reb+1ast, J.Rinna 8+8reb+3ast
gschID: 100825


Denain - Denek 98-87

Very predictable result when second ranked Denain Voltaire (18-5) won against at home 10th ranked Denek (11-12) 98-87 on Saturday. Denain Voltaire shot 61.9 percent from the field. They also forced 24 Denek turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American-Liberian power forward Boakai Lalugba (200-81, college: Bucknell, agency: Court Side) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Center Renaud Brocheray (203-80) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: JEMsports) came up with 25 points and 4 steals and center Benjamin Rey (210-79) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Denek in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Denain Voltaire. They maintain second place with 18-5 record having just two points less than leader Bordeaux. Denek lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Souffel and Orchy. Denain Voltaire will meet Blois (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Denek will play against the league's leader Bordeaux and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Denek: L.Blair 25+4reb+2ast, B.Rey 13+10reb+2ast, F.Calvez 13+1reb+4ast, C.Mansare 13+2reb+2ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 9+7reb+2ast, S.Baykam 7+2reb+1ast
Denain: B.Lalugba 26+6reb+1ast, R.Brocheray 14+9reb+2ast, J.Mihalic 14+4reb+1ast, A.Belkessa 11+1reb+2ast, D.Quincy-Jones 11+3reb+5ast, J.Sauret 9+2reb+6ast
gschID: 100826


St Quentin - Angers BC 49 69-82

The game in Saint-Quentin was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Angers BC 49 (15-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Saint-Quentin (12-11). Angers BC 49 defeated Saint-Quentin 82-69 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Angers BC 49's pressure prevailed and they won that period 20-11 extending their advantage to 13 points. They shot 63.3 percent from the field. Angers BC 49 forced 21 Saint-Quentin turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Damien Griffin (203-80, college: Mountain St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who led the winners and scored 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Five Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds and center Jason Jones (203-86, college: Northeastern St.) added 16 points respectively for Saint-Quentin in the defeat. Angers BC 49 moved-up to third place. Saint-Quentin lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Angers BC 49 will meet at home Le Puy ASMB (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saint-Quentin will play against Orchesien BC (#10) in Orchies and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: K.Howell 16+5reb+2ast, J.Jones 16+4reb, J.Lesieu 12+4reb+1ast, A.Rambur 7+1reb+4ast, O.Romain 6+3reb+3ast, D.Sencanski 5+2reb
Angers BC 49: D.Griffin 20+4reb, J.Traore 16+7reb, T.Ramphort 14+4reb+4ast, S.Cherasse 13+2reb+4ast, O.Sulpice 10+4reb+1ast, T.Lonzieme 4+2reb
gschID: 100827


Lievin - St Etienne 67-83

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Lievin Basket (9-14) lost at home to sixth ranked Saint-Etienne (13-10) 83-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Saint-Etienne. Lievin Basket managed to win fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for guard Rida El Amrani (180-86) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 5 assists and 7 steals. Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Lithuanian center Petras Balocka (205-86, college: Hawaii) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Lievin Basket in the defeat. Five Saint-Etienne and four Lievin Basket players scored in double figures. Lievin Basket's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Saint-Etienne. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Blois and Sorgues. Loser Lievin Basket keeps the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with St Chamond. Saint-Etienne will meet at home Saint Chamond (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lievin Basket will play against Roche and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lievin: A.Hoard 18+10reb+2ast, P.Balocka 12+8reb+3ast, S.Cretaux 11+3reb+2ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 10+2reb, V.Lehut 6+2reb+2ast, J.Dessart 4+5reb+4ast
St Etienne: R.El Amrani 19+3reb+5ast, D.Petrovic 19+5reb+1ast, L.Simmons 14+10reb+2ast, S.Hermenier 13+3reb+1ast, B.Thomas 11+3reb+1ast, X.Gaillou 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 100821


Bordeaux - Orchy 86-63

NM1 top team - Bordeaux (20-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Orchesien BC (11-12) 86-63. The game without a history. Bordeaux led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Orchesien BC's 34. They outrebounded Orchesien BC 38-23 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for naturalized Tunisian guard Sami Driss (196-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) helped adding 27 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Bosnian-Croatian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81, agency: Court Side) responded with 16 points and naturalized Mali guard Modibo Niakate (185-81, college: Cleveland St.) scored 13 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. Bordeaux have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-3 record. Newly promoted Orchesien BC dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Denek and Souffel. Bordeaux will play against Denek (#12) in Bidart in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Orchesien BC will play at home against Saint-Quentin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orchy: M.Ceskovic 16+1reb+2ast, M.Niakate 13+3reb+1ast, T.Parker 8+1reb+1ast, R.Randle 7+3reb, O.Vivies 7+4reb, E.Barbry 5+2reb+2ast
Bordeaux: J.Ford 27+3reb, S.Driss 24+13reb+4ast, R.Dardaine 11+5reb+1ast, M.Diaw 9+4reb, G.Darrigand 6+2reb+3ast, A.Caille 4+2reb
gschID: 100822


Get Vosges - Blois 80-92

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Blois (13-10) defeated 16th ranked Get Vosges (8-15) in Golbey 92-80 on Saturday. The game without a history. Blois 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 Blois made 8 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for guard Pierre Brochard (185-80) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 assists. Forward Johan Blot (198-75) accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American center Zach Gourde (205-80, college: Gonzaga) came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American forward Danny Strong (199-75, college: N.Carolina St.) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Get Vosges in the defeat. Five Blois and four Get Vosges players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Blois. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with St Etienne and Sorgues. Loser Get Vosges keeps the sixteenth position with 15 games lost. Blois will meet at home league's second-placed Denain Voltaire in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Get Vosges will play against Etendard de Brest (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Get Vosges: Z.Gourde 22+8reb+1ast, D.Strong 14+10reb+1ast, S.Popovic 11+5reb+4ast, T.Sani 10+8reb, M.Nelaton 9+1ast, M.Gotagni 6+3reb
Blois: P.Brochard 20+4reb+10ast, J.Blot 19+7reb+2ast, O.Kolb 14+4reb+1ast, G.Jelani 12+2reb+1ast, K.Williams 12+4reb, Z.Alao 10+4reb
gschID: 100823


Le Puy- Challans PPD


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 17-1 
 2. MZT Skopje 14-3 
 3. Rabotnicki 14-4 
 4. Torus Skopje 10-8 
 5. ABA Strumica 7-10 
 6. Lirija 7-11 
 7. Kumanovo 2009 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: 22.9
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.22.9 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.1 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Morban, Lirija16.6 
 6. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.6 
 7. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 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. Knezevic, Feni I.7.3 
 8. Chappell, ABA S.7.2 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki7.1 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.4 
 2. Morban, Lirija5.1 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.4.7 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.3 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki3.8 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.2 
 9. Neal, ABA Strumica3.2 
 10. Stojanovski, 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. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.5 
 5. Stimson, ABA S.1.5 
 6. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 7. Cvetkov, ABA S.1.4 
 8. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 9. Buchberger, ABA S.1.3 
 10. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 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 Indistrija1.0 
 8. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Pavlovski, Lirija0.6 


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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.9 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.2 
 3. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.4 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim18.7 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 6. Gause, Freiburg17.5 
 7. Watts, Dragons17.5 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim17.4 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.16.9 
 10. Samarco, Webmoebel16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchheim9.8 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.7 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe9.1 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Schoo, Heidelberg8.4 
 7. Watts, Dragons8.4 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim7.9 
 9. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.6 
 10. Shaw, Chemnitz7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kameron GRAY
  Crailsheim
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Gray, Crailsheim6.1 
 2. Cook, Cuxhaven5.9 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim5.9 
 4. Zazai, Chemnitz5.4 
 5. Johnson, Webmoebel4.9 
 6. Jeka, Wuerzburg4.8 
 7. Burnette, Osnab.4.5 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 9. Barth, Heidelberg4.4 
 10. Lowery, Braves4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.2 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.9 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz2.2 
 5. Brooks, Kirchheim2.1 
 6. Zazai, Chemnitz2.0 
 7. Burns, Webmoebel1.9 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim1.8 
 9. Shaw, Chemnitz1.8 
 10. Mendez, Heidelberg1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Smallwood, Kirchheim2.1 
 2. Schoo, Heidelberg2.1 
 3. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.2.0 
 4. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 5. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.6 
 6. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.5 
 7. Hill, Jena1.2 
 8. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.2 
 9. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 10. Fuller, Crailsheim1.1 


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


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 20-1 
 2. Wuerzburg 16-5 
 3. Chemnitz 14-7 
 4. Osnabrueck 13-7 
 5. Crailsheim 13-8 
 6. Braves 12-8 
 7. Kirchheim 12-9 
 8. Webmoebel 10-10 
 9. Karlsruhe 10-11 
 10. Heidelberg 9-11 
 11. Hannover 7-14 
 12. Cuxhaven 6-15 
 13. Dragons 6-15 
 14. ETB Wohnbau 6-15 
 15. Freiburg 6-15 
 16. Jena 6-15 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Schwelm 17-4 
 2. Vechta 16-5 
 3. Herten 15-6 
 4. Stahnsdorf 13-8 
 5. Leipzig 11-10 
 6. Wulfen 10-11 
 7. SU Medien 9-12 
 8. ALBA Berlin II 9-12 
 9. Bayer Giants 9-12 
 10. Rist-Wedel 8-13 
 11. Wolfenbuettel 5-16 
 12. Bernau 4-17 
Group South
 1. Ehingen 19-2 
 2. Leitershofen 16-5 
 3. NBC 16-5 
 4. Licher Baeren 15-6 
 5. Langen 13-8 
 6. BG Illertal 10-11 
 7. TSV Troester 10-11 
 8. Giessen 6-15 
 9. Gotha 6-15 
 10. Dt.Bank SKY II 6-15 
 11. Schwenningen 5-16 
 12. Konstanz 4-17 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Wood, Dt.17.7 
 2. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.2 
 3. Allen, ALBA16.0 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons15.9 
 5. Benzing, ratio.15.7 
 6. Ross, MBC15.6 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 8. Harris, EnBW L.15.3 
 9. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.3 
 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. Campbell, EWE B.4.2 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose 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. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.7 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.6 
 5. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.5 
 6. Pryor, Phoenix .1.5 
 7. Wise, Telekom .1.5 
 8. Watts, Walter T.1.3 
 9. Oliver, Walter Tigers1.3 
 10. Campbell, Teleko.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.4 
 5. Seward, Phoenix .1.3 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Scott, Goettingen1.2 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 9. Trice, ratiopharm1.0 
 10. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 


ProA Round 21: BV Chemnitz 99 beats GiroLive-Ballers in overtime - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Fourth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 won an overtime thriller against 3rd placed GiroLive-Ballers by one point 77-76 on Saturday night. The game took place in Osnabrueck. But the guests from Chemnitz were better at the end. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of GiroLive-Ballers. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 20-14 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 1-point victory in overtime. BV Chemnitz 99 made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by GiroLive-Ballers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Terren Harbut (198-83, college: Ohio) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Timothy Burnette (188-82, college: Tarleton St.) who recorded 21 points and 6 assists. BV Chemnitz 99 (14-7) moved-up to third place. GiroLive-Ballers at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 are looking forward to face Cuxhaven BasCats (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. GiroLive-Ballers will play against the league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets (#2) in Wuerzburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Crailsheim. Sixth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (13-8) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Kirchheim Knights (12-9) 82-79 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for American guard Kameron Gray (186-82, college: Oklahoma City) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists. Frank Young contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for Kirchheim Knights. Crailsheim Merlins have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Kirchheim Knights at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#6) in Homburg in the next round. Kirchheim Knights will play at home against BG Karlsruhe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Muenchen. First ranked Bayern Muenchen faced second-best s Oliver Baskets. Host Bayern Muenchen (20-1) defeated guests from Wuerzburg (16-5) 82-75. Jonathan Wallace stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners. The best for the losing side was Lee Jeka with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. s Oliver Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-1 record. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the second position with five games lost. Bayern Muenchen will meet ETB Wohnbau (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. s Oliver Baskets will play against GiroLive-Ballers (#4) in Osnabrueck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked USC Freiburg managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Science City Jena 81-68. Brian McKenzie nailed 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. USC Freiburg's coach Toni Radic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. USC Freiburg (6-15) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Science City Jena. Science City Jena lost their eighth game in a row. USC Freiburg's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hannover Tigers (#11) in Hannover and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Science City Jena will play at home against USC Heidelberg (#10).
Important game to mention about took place in Homburg. Seventh ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (12-8) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 9th ranked USC Heidelberg (9-11) 78-75 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USC Heidelberg. The best player for the winners was Stephen Cramer who scored 19 points. Saar-Pfalz Braves moved-up to sixth place. Loser USC Heidelberg dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Saar-Pfalz Braves will face higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. USC Heidelberg will play against Science City Jena (#16).

Other games of round 21 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Dragons were crushed by Cuxhaven in a road game 84-65. Karlsruhe were beaten by ETB Wohnbau at home 66-73. Hannover lost to Webmoebel on the opponent's court 87-101.
The best stats of 21th round was 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists by Deilvez Yearby of Cuxhaven.



Braves - Heidelberg 78-75

Important game to mention about took place in Homburg. Seventh ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (12-8) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 9th ranked USC Heidelberg (9-11) 78-75 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USC Heidelberg. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Stephen Cramer (188-84, college: Hope (MI)) who scored 19 points. His fellow American import guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Oliver Komarek (210-86) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Bjorn Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four USC Heidelberg players scored in double figures. Saar-Pfalz Braves moved-up to sixth place. Loser USC Heidelberg dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Saar-Pfalz Braves will face higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. USC Heidelberg will play against Science City Jena (#16).
Top scorers:
Braves: S.Cramer 19+3reb+2ast, J.Jamerson 13+6reb+2ast, R.Lowery 11+2reb+3ast, M.Damjanovic 10+3reb, R.Oehle 9+6reb+3ast, M.Buse 7+3reb
Heidelberg: O.Komarek 17+6reb+2ast, J.Wright 14+1reb+5ast, G.Baker 13+2reb+1ast, B.Schoo 10+10reb, L.Mendez 7+9reb+4ast, J.Bohannon 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93530


Freiburg - Jena 81-68

Bottom-ranked USC Freiburg managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Science City Jena 81-68. The game was mostly controlled by USC Freiburg. Science City Jena was better in fourth quarter 28-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. USC Freiburg made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Science City Jena turnovers. American guard Brian McKenzie (193-88, college: Providence) nailed 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized Russian forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87) accounted for 15 points and 4 assists. USC Freiburg's coach Toni Radic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Christoph Roquette (203-82) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Adrian Hill (203-84, college: Rutgers) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Science City Jena in the defeat. Four Science City Jena players scored in double figures. USC Freiburg (6-15) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Science City Jena. Science City Jena lost their eighth game in a row. USC Freiburg's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hannover Tigers (#11) in Hannover and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Science City Jena will play at home against USC Heidelberg (#10).
Top scorers:
Freiburg: B.McKenzie 21+6reb+1ast, N.Khartchenkov 15+4reb+4ast, P.Gause 14+4reb+5ast, A.Shoutvin 8+1reb, M.Jost 7+6reb+2ast, J.Nutter 7+3reb+2ast
Jena: C.Roquette 16+8reb, T.Kepkay 14+3reb+1ast, M.Hall 13+3reb+1ast, A.Hill 12+6reb, L.Cunningham 4+3reb+3ast, E.Vierneisel 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 93527


B.Muenchen - Wuerzburg 82-75

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Muenchen. First ranked Bayern Muenchen faced second-best s Oliver Baskets. Host Bayern Muenchen (20-1) defeated guests from Wuerzburg (16-5) 82-75. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-14. But s Oliver Baskets won third quarter 23-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. American guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and international guard Steffen Hamann (194-81) chipped in 16 points and 9 assists. The best for the losing side was British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Promotex) with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and center Sascha Kesselring (209-85) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. s Oliver Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-1 record. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the second position with five games lost. Bayern Muenchen will meet ETB Wohnbau (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. s Oliver Baskets will play against GiroLive-Ballers (#4) in Osnabrueck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: J.Wallace 22+4reb+2ast, S.Hamann 16+1reb+9ast, A.Nadjfeji 14+2reb, B.Doreth 8+2reb+4ast, C.Prewitt 6+2reb, R.Garrett 5+1reb
Wuerzburg: L.Jeka 25+6reb+4ast, S.Kesselring 16+7reb, I.Elliott 12+4reb, P.Paelay 6+2reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 6+2reb+2ast, C.Heinrich 5+3reb
gschID: 93528


Crailsheim - Kirchheim 82-79

Important game to mention about took place in Crailsheim. Sixth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (13-8) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Kirchheim Knights (12-9) 82-79 on Saturday evening. Kirchheim Knights were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was a good game for American guard Kameron Gray (186-82, college: Oklahoma City) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists. His fellow American import forward Frank Young (196-84, college: W.Virginia) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and naturalized American power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kirchheim Knights. Crailsheim Merlins have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Kirchheim Knights at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#6) in Homburg in the next round. Kirchheim Knights will play at home against BG Karlsruhe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: F.Young 18+5reb+1ast, R.Fuller 16+5reb, K.Gray 12+3reb+12ast, F.Oladipo 9+9reb+1ast, R.Ferguson 8+3reb, K.Schwarz 6+2ast
Kirchheim: M.Smallwood 25+16reb, R.Tomasevic 18+4reb+1ast, R.De Michael 18+8reb+2ast, B.Lischka 9+5reb+3ast, N.Menck 5, C.Brooks 4+5reb+7ast
gschID: 93529


Cuxhaven - Dragons 84-65

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 13th ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (6-15) was crushed on the road by fourteenth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (6-15) 84-65 on Saturday. The game without a history. Cuxhaven BasCats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Cuxhaven BasCats players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-90) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 15 points and 13 rebounds respectively. The victory was the third consecutive win for Cuxhaven BasCats. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Dragons Rhoendorf. Dragons Rhoendorf lost their third game in a row. Cuxhaven BasCats will face higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: D.Yearby 25+12reb+5ast, J.Capel 17+3reb+3ast, A.Cook 15+7reb+8ast, J.Schaffrath 10+4reb+2ast, A.Hasenkamm 6+5reb+2ast, B.Knox 5
Dragons: J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 27+10reb+1ast, S.Watts 15+13reb+2ast, K.Moore 10+3reb, R.Howard 8+8reb+3ast, N.Larsen 5+1reb+1ast, T.Kasper 0
gschID: 93523


Karlsruhe - ETB Wohnbau 66-73

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (6-15) defeated on the road higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (10-11) 73-66 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. ETB Wohnbau forced 21 BG Karlsruhe turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) who had a triple-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. His fellow American import forward Steven Esterkamp (198-81, college: Ohio, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) who recorded 22 points and 4 assists and American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 6 points and 9 rebounds respectively. ETB Wohnbau moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser BG Karlsruhe dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. ETB Wohnbau will face league's leader Bayern Muenchen at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: K.Chones 16+5reb+1ast, S.Esterkamp 14+5reb+5ast, C.Alexander 13+10reb+11ast, K.Kern 9+1ast, M.Buljevic 8+2ast, S.Schroter 8+7reb+2ast
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 22+4reb+4ast, D.Thorne 13+1reb+1ast, B.Johnson 9+6reb+2ast, F.Stuckemann 7+1reb+1ast, J.Jones 7+7reb, J.Black 6+9reb+3ast
gschID: 93524


Osnabrueck - Chemnitz 76-77 OT

Fourth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 won an overtime thriller against 3rd placed GiroLive-Ballers by one point 77-76 on Saturday night. The game took place in Osnabrueck. But the guests from Chemnitz were better at the end. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of GiroLive-Ballers. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 20-14 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 1-point victory in overtime. BV Chemnitz 99 made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by GiroLive-Ballers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Terren Harbut (198-83, college: Ohio) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Four BV Chemnitz 99 players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Timothy Burnette (188-82, college: Tarleton St.) who recorded 21 points and 6 assists and Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively. BV Chemnitz 99 (14-7) moved-up to third place. GiroLive-Ballers at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 are looking forward to face Cuxhaven BasCats (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. GiroLive-Ballers will play against the league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets (#2) in Wuerzburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: T.Harbut 23+6reb+1ast, G.Johnson 19+11reb+6ast, A.Zazai 17+1ast, T.Shaw 11+9reb, D.Lawson 6+3reb, P.Stachula 1+1reb+1ast
Osnabrueck: T.Burnette 21+4reb+6ast, J.Shepherd 18+9reb+3ast, T.Spoeler 12+7reb+2ast, J.Tesfaldet 6+2reb+4ast, I.Simin 6+1ast, A.Hird 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93525


Webmoebel - Hannover 101-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Hannover Tigers' (7-14) road loss to tenth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (10-10) 87-101 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Webmoebel Baskets. Hannover Tigers was better in third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Webmoebel Baskets forced 22 Hannover Tigers turnovers. Hannover Tigers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St.) who scored 25 points and 4 assists. Guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Calvin Henry (198-86, college: Mercer) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Michael Nunnally (203, college: Pacific) added 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Five Webmoebel Baskets and four Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to eighth place. Hannover Tigers lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Webmoebel Baskets will face Dragons Rhoendorf (#13) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hannover Tigers will play against USC Freiburg.
Top scorers:
Webmoebel: K.Johnson 25+3reb+4ast, D.Burns 24+7reb+1ast, M.Samarco 14+2reb+2ast, B.Spoeler 13+10reb, T.Hampton 11+3reb+1ast, O.Wendt 8+2ast
Hannover: S.Turnbull 18+3reb+3ast, C.Henry 17+8reb+1ast, M.Nunnally 16+9reb, D.Arigbabu 12+5reb+3ast, S.Janzen 9+2reb+2ast, L.Phillips 9+2reb+4ast
gschID: 93526




1.Bundesliga Round 23: Deutsche Bank Skyliners beat New Yorker Phantoms by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game of round 23 in the 1.Bundesliga took place in Braunschweig. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (14-10) to second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (17-6) 68-67 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) saved the victory by scoring 17 points and 5 assists. Finnish forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-81, college: UALR) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard LaMarr Greer (196-76, college: Florida St.) answered with 25 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for New Yorker Phantoms. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains second place with 17-6 record having seven points less than leader Brose Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners are looking forward to face Artland Dragons (#4) in Quakenbrueck in the next round. New Yorker Phantoms will play on the road against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
An interesting game for Brose Baskets (23-1) which played road game in Quakenbrueck against 4th placed Artland Dragons (14-8). First ranked Brose Baskets managed to get a 6-point victory 75-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Kyle Hines helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. Center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-1 record. Artland Dragons at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Brose Baskets will play against LTi 46ers (#15) in Giessen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Artland Dragons will play on the road against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#2) in Frankfurt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ratiopharm Ulm (#13) forced the game against BG Goettingen (#12) into an overtime, but lost by twelve points 91-103 on Sunday night. It was an exceptional evening for Dwayne Anderson who led the winners and scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Per Guenther came up with 27 points and 6 assists for ratiopharm Ulm in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BG Goettingen (11-11) moved-up to eleventh place. Loser ratiopharm Ulm keeps the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. BG Goettingen will meet bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Trier. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked TBB Trier (12-11) to ninth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (12-11) 73-71 in the game for the eighth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TBB Trier. The best player for the winners was John Allen who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to eighth place, which they share with EnBW L'burg and TBB Trier. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in Braunschweig and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between EWE Baskets (13-10) and Walter Tigers (11-12), which took place in Tuebingen. Higher ranked EWE Baskets lost to thirteenth ranked Walter Tigers in a road game 89-93 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of EWE Baskets. Chris Oliver orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. EWE Baskets' coach Predrag Krunic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Walter Tigers. They moved-up to twelfth place. Loser EWE Baskets keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Walter Tigers will face ratiopharm Ulm (#13) on the road in the next round.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 23: bottom-ranked Duesseldorf were beaten by LTi 46ers on the road 66-50. ALBA won against Bayreuth on its own court 94-79. Telekom Baskets unfortunately lost to Phoenix Hagen in a road game 78-87. MBC recorded a loss to EnBW L'burg at home 77-81. Bottom-ranked Duesseldorf was defeated by NY Phantoms on the opponent's court 66-51.
The most impressive performance of 23th round was 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists by Tadija Dragicevic of ALBA.



Goettingen - ratiopharm 103-91 OT

ratiopharm Ulm (#13) forced the game against BG Goettingen (#12) into an overtime, but lost by twelve points 91-103 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by BG Goettingen. ratiopharm Ulm managed to win third quarter 27-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where ratiopharm Ulm used huge pressure winning it 23-21 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-18. BG Goettingen forced 19 ratiopharm Ulm turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. International guard Per Guenther (185-88) came up with 27 points and 6 assists and American forward Roderick Trice (191-84, college: S.Carolina, agency: Lanshire Group) added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for ratiopharm Ulm in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BG Goettingen (11-11) moved-up to eleventh place. Loser ratiopharm Ulm keeps the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. BG Goettingen will meet bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: A.Jordan 25+1reb+1ast, J.Boone 20+8reb+1ast, D.Anderson 19+9reb+5ast, J.Little 13+1reb+1ast, T.Meacham 10+3reb+3ast, M.Scott 9+5reb+2ast
ratiopharm: P.Guenther 27+6ast, R.Trice 19+7reb+3ast, R.Benzing 16+8reb, J.Bryant 12+10reb, C.Collins 6+7reb+2ast, S.Sonderleiter 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93079


LTi 46ers - Duesseldorf 66-50

No shocking result in a game when sixteenth ranked LTi 46ers (7-17) beat bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (3-20) in Giessen 66-50 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by LTi 46ers. Gloria Giants was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LTi 46ers forced 19 Gloria Giants turnovers. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (211-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. LTi 46ers' coach Steven Key used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lithuanian forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) answered with 9 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American forward Dorian McDaniel (198-87, college: Prairie View A&M) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gloria Giants. LTi 46ers moved-up to fifteenth place. Gloria Giants lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. LTi 46ers will face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gloria Giants will play at home against BG Goettingen (#11).
Top scorers:
LTi 46ers: Z.Peacock 12+5reb, A.Smith 12+2reb+1ast, M.Jeffers 10+2reb, E.Ovcina 8+11reb+3ast, M.Jordan 6+1reb+6ast, C.Griffin 6+1reb
Duesseldorf: D.McDaniel 9+5reb+1ast, L.Kisielius 9+8reb+1ast, P.Pope 7+6reb+1ast, R.Brempong 6+4reb+1ast, D.Haynes 6+2reb+3ast, S.Wright 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93080


Art.Dragons - Brose Baskets 69-75

An interesting game for Brose Baskets (23-1) which played road game in Quakenbrueck against 4th placed Artland Dragons (14-8). First ranked Brose Baskets managed to get a 6-point victory 75-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. It looked good early as Artland Dragons took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Brose Baskets had a 21-15 second period charge getting the lead and Artland Dragons were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-75. Brose Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Artland Dragons' 22. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Kyle Hines (198-86) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) scored 11 points and 7 assists. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-1 record. Artland Dragons at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Brose Baskets will play against LTi 46ers (#15) in Giessen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Artland Dragons will play on the road against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#2) in Frankfurt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: C.Jacobsen 16+5reb+4ast, K.Hines 15+6reb, A.Gavel 12+2reb+2ast, R.Terry 11+2reb+1ast, P.Suput 8+6reb, T.Pleiss 5+4reb+3ast
Art.Dragons: D.Fenn 19+11reb+1ast, B.Bailey 13+2reb+1ast, T.Rice 11+7ast, N.Peavy 9+6reb+1ast, J.Strasser 5+2ast, A.Seggelke 5+2reb
gschID: 93081


NY Phantoms - Dt.Bank SKY 67-68

The most exciting game of round 23 in the 1.Bundesliga took place in Braunschweig. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (14-10) to second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (17-6) 68-67 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) saved the victory by scoring 17 points and 5 assists. Finnish forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-81, college: UALR) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard LaMarr Greer (196-76, college: Florida St.) answered with 25 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for New Yorker Phantoms. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains second place with 17-6 record having seven points less than leader Brose Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners are looking forward to face Artland Dragons (#4) in Quakenbrueck in the next round. New Yorker Phantoms will play on the road against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY: K.Muurinen 20+5reb, D.Wood 17+4reb+5ast, J.McKinney 16+4reb, Q.Robertson 8+6reb+3ast, M.Nolte 4+5reb, F.Franke 2
NY Phantoms: L.Greer 25+1reb+1ast, K.Visser 10+4reb+2ast, B.Thomas 9+5reb+2ast, M.Goree 9+5reb+3ast, T.Skinn 7+1reb+3ast, K.Hamilton 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 93082


ALBA - Bayreuth 94-79

Very expected game when 17th ranked BBC Bayreuth (5-17) lost on the road to fourth ranked ALBA Berlin (15-8) 94-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by ALBA Berlin. BBC Bayreuth was better in second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALBA Berlin looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by BBC Bayreuth's players. Serbian forward Tadija Dragicevic (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. American center Jared Reiner (211-82, college: Iowa, agency: Priority Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for BBC Bayreuth. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ALBA Berlin moved-up to third place. Newly promoted BBC Bayreuth keeps the seventeenth position with 17 games lost. ALBA Berlin will face EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg in the next round. BBC Bayreuth will play at home against Mitteldeutscher BC (#16) in Weissenfels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Allen 25+9reb+1ast, T.Dragicevic 24+9reb+6ast, I.McElroy 18+3reb+3ast, J.Jenkins 11+1reb+6ast, T.Rochestie 6+2reb+7ast, S.Schultze 5+2reb+2ast
Bayreuth: J.Reiner 19+14reb+3ast, S.Wachalski 12+3reb, D.Gibson 9+3reb+4ast, M.Ginyard 9+2reb, D.Neitzel 9+1reb+4ast, P.Campbell 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 93076


TBB Trier - Bremerhaven 71-73

A very interesting game took place in Trier. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked TBB Trier (12-11) to ninth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (12-11) 73-71 in the game for the eighth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TBB Trier. TBB Trier was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 18-11 third quarter run of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. 26 personal fouls committed by TBB Trier helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American swingman John Allen (194-82, college: Seton Hall, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Tyrone Brazelton (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. American guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian forward Dragan Dojcin (205-76, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to eighth place, which they share with EnBW L'burg and TBB Trier. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in Braunschweig and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: T.Brazelton 15+3reb+4ast, P.Schwethelm 13+2reb+3ast, C.Callahan 13+4reb, J.Allen 11+10reb+4ast, M.Shtein 9+4reb, S.Denison 6+5reb
TBB Trier: J.Bynum 15+3reb+1ast, D.Dojcin 14+4reb+1ast, B.Stewart 14+8reb, D.Joyce 8+4reb+7ast, P.Zwiener 7+5reb, G.Evans 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 93077


Walter Tigers - EWE Baskets 93-89

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between EWE Baskets (13-10) and Walter Tigers (11-12), which took place in Tuebingen. Higher ranked EWE Baskets lost to thirteenth ranked Walter Tigers in a road game 89-93 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of EWE Baskets. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-89. EWE Baskets were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and Serbian forward Luka Bogdanovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for EWE Baskets. Five Walter Tigers and four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. EWE Baskets' coach Predrag Krunic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Walter Tigers. They moved-up to twelfth place. Loser EWE Baskets keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Walter Tigers will face ratiopharm Ulm (#13) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: D.Watts 20+7reb, C.Oliver 17+14reb, R.Markovic 13+2reb+2ast, A.Kashirov 12+5reb+1ast, B.Ratkovica 12+3reb+6ast, J.Herber 10+4reb+5ast
EWE Baskets: L.Campbell 18+6reb+8ast, M.Lukauskis 17+2reb+1ast, R.Paulding 12+4reb, L.Bogdanovic 12+8reb+2ast, A.Baynes 11+2reb+1ast, E.Gill 9+1reb+4ast
gschID: 93078


Phoenix Hagen - Telekom Baskets 87-78

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Phoenix Hagen (10-14) won against at home higher ranked Telekom Baskets (12-10) 87-78 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-78. Phoenix Hagen forced 22 Telekom Baskets turnovers. Strangely Telekom Baskets outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 42-30 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Telekom Baskets were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard David Bell (186-81, college: Montana, agency: Impact Basketball) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 20 rebounds and international power forward Tim Ohlbrecht (211-88) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen maintains fourteenth place with 10-14 record. Loser Telekom Baskets keep the seventh position with ten games lost. Phoenix Hagen will face higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: D.Bell 22+2reb+6ast, M.Dorris 14+1reb+1ast, J.Burtschi 13+6reb+6ast, M.Terwilliger 10+4reb, Q.Pryor 10+1reb+3ast, Z.Jonusas 7+3reb+3ast
Telekom Baskets: C.Ensminger 21+20reb, T.Ohlbrecht 14+8reb, N.Wise 13+2reb+2ast, F.Campbell 11+1reb+1ast, P.Flomo 7+3reb, J.Hunt 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 93074


MBC - EnBW L'burg 77-81

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (6-17) lost to tenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (12-11) in Weissenfels 77-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 19-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. EnBW Ludwigsburg made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. American forward John Bowler (206-84, college: E.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: World Sport Agency) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Richard Shields (193-82, college: Rutgers) added 23 points and 4 steals in the effort for Mitteldeutscher BC. EnBW Ludwigsburg moved-up to eighth place, which they share with TBB Trier and Bremerhaven. Mitteldeutscher BC lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face Phoenix Hagen (#14) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against BBC Bayreuth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: D.Zavackas 18+7reb+3ast, J.Bowler 16+8reb+1ast, A.Harris 13+2reb+4ast, T.Bailey 13+2reb+3ast, J.Green 10+1reb+7ast, R.Rickert 6+2reb
MBC: R.Shields 23+2reb+1ast, R.Ross 19+8reb+2ast, V.Radinovic 12+2reb, R.Pilcevic 5+2reb, G.Grunheid 5+1reb+1ast, J.Gilbert 4+5reb
gschID: 93075


Round 21
NY Phantoms - Duesseldorf 66-51

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (14-10) defeated bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (3-20) in Braunschweig 66-51 on Wednesday. American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. American-Nigerian guard Tony Skinn (185-83, college: George Mason) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. New Yorker Phantoms' coach Sebastian Machowski used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St.) answered with 20 points and Bosnian center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Gloria Giants. New Yorker Phantoms maintains fifth place with 14-10 record. Gloria Giants lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. New Yorker Phantoms will face Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#8) on the road in the next round. Gloria Giants will play against BG Goettingen (#11).
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: M.Goree 15+9reb+1ast, N.Schneiders 12+4reb, T.Skinn 11+5reb+3ast, J.Cain 8+6reb+1ast, L.Greer 7+2reb+4ast, K.Hamilton 5+3reb+5ast
Duesseldorf: D.Haynes 20+3reb+2ast, S.Wright 10+6reb+1ast, E.Rizvic 9+9reb+1ast, L.Kisielius 6+7reb+3ast, J.Buck 6+3reb, D.McDaniel 0
gschID: 121335




The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Dont Need An Oxygen Mask Playing With A Limited Rotation As Dashaun Wood Brushes Away The Annoying Phantom With A Game Winning Hoop In Braunschweig 68-67 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After not allowing any brittle air or unwanted snow to enter the Eisbaeren arena last weekend to somehow get Bremerhaven on track, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners not only had to put up with the Braunschweig basketball team, but also had to keep an eye on the mysterious phantom who is always lurking in the Volkswagon arena shadows and has that unpredictable aura in his movement, but the club was able to block all this out and withstand any hardships as they were as focused in their game as 20 year old Sacremento King American DeMarcus Cousins (211-F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) was as he showed how unpleased he was not getting the ball at the end of a loss which got him ejected off the team plane because of tensions with a teammate or legendary American actor Mickey Rooney showing astern face and not letting his stepson rob him off his earnings and keeping him 100 yards away as Frankfurt won their third game in a row 68-67 against The New Yorker Phantoms. 'The Braunschweig phantom mascot isnt dangerous looking at all, but moreover just looks funny. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) used his cape tonight to fly all over the place hitting jump shots and getting rebounds. He set the tempo and without him we would have been in trouble', stressed 2011 BEKO BBL MVP candidate DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) 'I have to thank our own fans, because I feel that they took the fear away from the Phantom with their cheering', added Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). 'I think that our Phantom has the possibility to scare little kids, but if he is as scary as Toby the dragon, I dont know since we travel to Artland in two weeks', joked Nick Schneiders (221-C-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: USC Upstate). ' The Phantom looked funny and really should pull up his pants. Our Dunky Kong is a animal and the Phantom a half man', laughed Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). It is never easy loosing on a last play especially when it happened twice in both games against Frankfurt. Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason) looked as serious and sad after the loss as his X box had been banned from him for life. 'This is a game that we should of won. We were up by 7 points in the fourth and lost which shouldnt happen. Frankfurt didnt beat us, but we beat ourselves', commented Braunschweig guard Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason). 'Frankfurt dug down harder and maybe found something at the end, that we didnt have', added Braunschweig guard Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners also demonstrated that the Volkswagen arena in Braunschweig is a suitable cozy living room far from home as the club has been unbeaten for 59 months dating back to their last loss in March 2006. Frankfurt has won their last 11 games in a row and their sixth in a row in Braunschweig in this time and have had a nice combination of luck and skill in the last years. Teams in the BEKO BBL grow and fall apart with the coming and going of players each season, but no matter if Charles Barton, Keith Simmons, Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.), Jemeil Rich (176-G-75, college: SMU), Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton), Koko Archibong or Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi), all players have won against Braunschweig in a Skyliners uniform. 'I had heard that Frankfurt has a long winning streak against Braunschweig which is hard to believe considering the talent that this team has. I would never have bet my life that Braunschwieg had won 10 games in a row. Braunschweig is a type of team that yu never want to play. This is a big accomplishment for Frankfurt', warned DaShaun Wood 'It is very hard to believe that we have won so many games the last years considering the success that coach Sebastian Machowski (agency: Limelight Hoops ) has brought this team and also because of the so many thrilling games in the last years that have gone the way of Frankfurt', added Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). I never look at how many games a team has beaten another team in a row. teams change each season and the only important game is the current game', warned Nick Schneiders (221-C-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: USC Upstate).

One player who was really missed by The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig was 26 year old German 221cm giant Nick Schneiders (221-C-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: USC Upstate) who had a ligament problem in his knee and sat out. The German big man who saw very little minutes in the first three months has been finding his rhythm in the last month with increased minutes. 'I had to get used to the European style of basketball. I had to get used to more pick and role play in the BEKO BBL and the play is also more physical. I feel like that I am at the level where I can help the team', added Braunschweig center Nick Schneiders (221-C-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: USC Upstate). Schneiders who played at the University of South Carolina at Upstate started with basketball at a very late age as some how nobody encouraged him earlier to start the game on account of his size. 'I come froma very small town where basketball wasnt important. I started to play when I was 13, but then quit and played soccer until 14. I played Oberliga until going to Upstate at age 20', added Nick Schneiders (221-C-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: USC Upstate). Schneiders will probably continue to find minutes in the stretch run and be a factor in the playoffs coming from the bench and even surprise some teams with a hidden strength? 'I think that my defense is a strength that isnt always noticed. I think that I can be the intimidation factor on the court. I also am always positive and can bring my teammates to laugh', added Nick Schneiders (221-C-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: USC Upstate).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners went into the game looking like a wounded World War 2 vessel as the list of the walking wounded was increased to four players as captain PPascal Roller (180-G-76), Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) and Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) all were unavailable to play. Frankfurt played with a shortened rotation of 8 players even though one could of easily described it as being a 6 man rotation as 10:37 minutes were shared by PRO B license players Fabian Franke (198-F-88) and Carl Lindbom. The tight and precarious situation seemed not to gnaw at the Deutsche Bank Skyliners as they exploded on a 16-2 run to start the game similar to what John Wall did in the Freshman-Sophmore 2011 Allstar game getting 22 assists. Frankfurt was motivated and running their plays very well as Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) hit his first two shots and Dashaun Wood scored inside and with a pull up jumper. The team also got production from a Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) three pointer and a Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) lay up as he continued to penetrate strongly. However Braunschweig kept their cool and composure and basketball is a game of runs, closed out the first quarter with a 11-4 run to close out the first quarter trailing only 20-13 and getting back into the game. Kyle Visser (211-C-85, college: Wake Forest) scored twice inside including once on a nice head fake past Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops), LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) scored inside and Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) drooped a big bomb form down town. 'We had a big lead at the start and that is usually the time when PPPascal Roller (180-G-76) and Roger Powell come in to keep it going, but we got a little tired letting them come back', added DaShaun Wood 'We slept at the start, but we then made better decisions and hit our shots', stressed Nick Schneiders (221-C-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: USC Upstate). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 53% from the field and 50% from outside while The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were shooting 36% from the field and 20% from outside. Braunschweig had the narrow 9-7 rebound edge and two turnovers while Frankfurt had one turnover.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig got out of the gates quickly in the second quarter going on a 6-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 22-19. Braunschweig heightened their defense adding more pressure as they twice forced two turnovers where Frankfurt was unable to get a shot off in the allowed 24 seconds. Braunschweig scored on the fast break once as Greer scored retrieving a touchdown pass from Hamilton and Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) who had been held scoreless in the first quarter got on the board with a lay in. Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia) then scored on a reverse lay up beating Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). However Muurinen did take long to grieve about his error, but returned the favor on the next play easily beating Cain on a reverse lay up as Braunschweig trailed 24-19. Goree and Muurinen then traded buckets as Frankfurt still led 26-21. Braunschweig was getting that desired groove on offense and were threatening to take their first lead of the game as they went on a mini 5-0 run to dead lock the game at 26. Skinn nailed a three pointer and Greer a jumper. Runs seemed to be controlling the game now as two more followed with a 4-0 mini Frankfurt runas Super Tez scored over Greer and Muurinen also got into the action penetrating past Cain as Frankfurt led 30-26. Then it was time for a mini 4-0 Braunschweig Greer run as he scored on a nice spin move inside and then grabbed an offensive rebound and got a put back. Wood and Hamilton closed out teh scoring with free throws as both teams went into the break with the tie even at 32-32. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 29% from the three point line while The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were shooting 43% from the field and 22% from the three point line. Braunschweig still had the slim 17-15 rebound edge and both teams had five turnovers a piece.

The third quarter remained very tight as there were four lead changes as no team led by more than five points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners got the jump on The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig with a 5-0 run as Muurinen nailed another three pointer and Wood hit a pull up pop jumper. Frankfurt then slept a bit allowing Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) to score twice in the penetration and it seemed like they underestimated his first step as once he started, he was quick in the lane and quickly scored as Frankfurt led only 37-36. Frankfurt then got an early TOP 4 gift as Goree tipped in a ball accidentally in the hoop giving Frankfurt the points. Thomas then got tired of penetrating and showed that he should never be left nailing a bomb from the corner as the score as tied at 39-39. Goree who ha splayed in 105 Euroleague games gave Braunschweig their first lead of the game 42-40 with a three pointer. Braunschweig was able to hold the lead as Greer continued to stay hot hitting jumpers, but Frankfurt stayed alert and always had answers as Mckinney nailed a three pointer and Wood scored on a tough penetration move with the shot clock down as Frankfurt trailed only 48-47. Then both teams exchanged leads as Robertson scored inside and center Kyle Visser (211-C-85, college: Wake Forest) who was teammates with NBA star Chris Paul (183-G-85, college: Wake Forest) at Wake Forest for scored a pretty fade away jumper over Nolte as Braunschweig led 50-49. However Jimmy McKinney then with two seconds took a page out of Ratiopharm Ulms Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida) by netting a fast line drive jumper giving Frankfurt the close 52-51 lead after three quarters. 'The game had a certain tempo at this point. It was going back and fourth and both teams had some runs. It was like a boxing match as both teams really wanted to win'; expressed DaShaun Wood The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 45% from the parking lot and The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were shooting 49% from the field and 31% from the parking lot. Braunschweig did a better job rebounding in the third quarter having the 25-20 rebound edge, but they had nine turnovers and Frankfurt only six turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, it was The New Yorker Phantoms again who got the better start going on a 10-2 run to lead 61-54 and it seemed like they had the momentum as the crowd was getting louder and Frankfurt knew that the would have to react quickly. It really didnt matter where Greer was on the floor, because he hit just about everything and there was simply nothing anyone could do. Greer nailed two consecutive three pointers and then made a steal feeding Skinn for two quick points. Skinn then scored again on a lay up as he read a nice shot fake by Visser who found the American scooting in form the wing for the easy lay up as Frankfurt trailed 61-54. However Frankfurt had their own special Greer version in Mckinney who once again showed his slick and suave play drooping two bombs from the parking lot as Frankfurt crept back 63-57. Muurinen playing with four fouls then tried the penetration again and was successful with a lay up cutting the Braunschweig lead to 63-61. One could of had a blindfold on and guessed that the next big three pointer had to have been from Greer and it was. He made a seemingly impossible rainbow jumper from the arc that was well defended as Braunschweig kept on the pressure leading 66-61.

Even though Wood had not had his best shooting night, one knew that in crunch time he would be commanding the ball the same way Boston Celtic Larry Bird did in the day and if the jumper wasnt sitting there was still his biggest weapon of all his penetration which sometimes seems like he has a switch which controls exactly what he wants to be done. Wood scored on a lay up and Muurinen followed with a big tip in in traffic as the blond Forward from Finland showed once again that he is the invisible man that does the dirty work as Braunschweig led only 66-65. Visser then only made one of two free throws. With time running out, Wood made another one of his spectacular penetration drives tying the score at 67-67. Wood then made the winning free throw for the 68-67 win. An interesting stat to both games this season is that Frankfurt closed out the 94-91 win in Frankfurt with a 7-0 run and tonight with a 7-1 run. 'I had made some mistakes earlier, but a basketball game has 40 minutes. I played a lot missing shots and making mistakes, but I wanted the ball at the end and felt like I made up for the past mistakes', added DaShaun Wood 'You always have to be point on against a team like Frankfurt. We made bad team decisions down the stretch. Wood is so quick and you always want to try to take him out of his game, but he made a tough shot at the end and I dont know how we could of stopped him any better', stressed Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason). 'We switched on the last play and they made a good play screening the big guy which caught us by surprise', said Braunschweig American Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts). 'We dug down at the end getting big stops and Jimmy McKinney made big shots', added Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) with 20 points and five rebonnds. Dashaun Wood added 17 points, four rebounds and five assists. Jimmy McKinney poured in 16 points. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were led by LaMarr Greer with 25 points. Kyle Visser (211-C-85, college: Wake Forest) chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds. As was the case in Bremerhaven, not shooting to quick and waiting was a huge plus for Frankfurt in Braunschweig. 'Frankfurt did a great job finding the open man on the drive and hitting their shots', stressed Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts). It was apparent that getting a win in Braunschweig would be a cake walk considering the many missing Deutsche Bank Skyliners, but what is the secret of Frankfurt being able to be so successful despite the injury and sickness pains that have plagued the team so often this season? 'I think it has to do with the character of the team. It starts with the coach and he makes us believe that we can win every game no matter what the circumstances are. I may be the floor leader, but Herbert is our true leader and just makes us believe', warned DaShaun Wood 'I dont know where our great team spirit comes from, but I hope that it stays', smiled Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak . 'Frankfurt showed how strong they really are coming on the road with injuries and winning. They deserved to win', added Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts). Wood and Muurinen might of scored the most points for Frankfurt, but he saw another player with the biggest stat of the night. 'Tez played 40 minutes. I have never seen a guy like him who kept his speed same despite playing the whole game', added DaShaun Wood

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won the warm up game in Braunschweig, but the real test will arrive on April 3rd in Bamberg as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will clash against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig again for a trip to the 2011 BEKO BBL Cup final. 'It was weird how the teams that were drawn this weekend for the TOP 4 pairings also played against each other this weekend. This will be a great weekend. Both teams are very strong and have good weapons. Braunschweig will want revenge, but honestly this game is still in the future as we have to focus on other games first', added Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). The Braunschweig players were so sad coming out of the locker room after the game that even though they might not admit it, they will have that upcoming game on their mind very much in the next few weeks. 'You know what I totally forget about the cup game. This loss was still in my head. Now I feel better knowing that we can make up for the two close loses to Frankfurt. We will be very motivated to win', added Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Artland Dragons February 27th at 15:00.


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A1 Round 18: Olympiakos defeat Marousi in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

An interesting game for Olympiakos (18-0) which hosted in Athens 3rd ranked Marousi (11-7). Top-ranked Olympiakos had an easy win 92-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Marousi. The game without a history. Olympiakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Marousi's 34 and made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Marousi 39-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Olympiakos looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Marousi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international swingman Kostas Papanikolaou (204-90, agency: Sfera Sports Association) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian power forward Zoran Erceg (210-85) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (191-78) replied with 18 points and 5 assists for Marousi. Marousi's coach Vangelis Alexandris rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Olympiakos have an impressive 18-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-0 record. Marousi at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panellinios.
Bottom-ranked Iraklis managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Iraklis won against seventh-ranked VAP Kolossos in Rodou 87-82. American guard Jerome Coleman (185-81, college: Rutgers) scored 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Vasilis Angelakopoulos chipped in 11 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). VAP Kolossos' coach Giannis Sferopoulos tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Iraklis (4-14) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with AEK. VAP Kolossos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Iraklis will play against higher ranked Kavala (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. VAP Kolossos will play against Aris in Thessaloniki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of their biggest challengers PAOK (10-8) fell to ninth ranked Panionios (9-9) in overtime by eight points 84-92 on Saturday night. The game took place in Thessaloniki. But the guests from Athens were better at the end. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of PAOK. Milutin Aleksic notched 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Panionios' coach Giorgos Bartzokas used entire bench in such tough game. Even 21 points by Rawle Marshall did not help to save the game for PAOK. Panionios moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser PAOK keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Ilysiakos.
The game in Athens was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Aris (9-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Peristeri GS (9-9). Peristeri GS did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 84-66. The best player for the winners was who scored 24 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Peristeri GS moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Aris. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena AEK.
The game in Kavala supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Panathinaikos (17-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Kavala (9-9). Panathinaikos smashed Kavala 89-64 on Saturday. It was a good game for Romain Sato who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panathinaikos have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. Loser Kavala dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Panathinaikos will face Marousi (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kavala will play against Iraklis in Thessaloniki.

In the last two games of round 18 AEK was beaten by Ilysiakos on the road 75-63. Panellinios destroyed Ikaros on its own court 95-75.


PAOK - Panionios 84-92 OT

One of their biggest challengers PAOK (10-8) fell to ninth ranked Panionios (9-9) in overtime by eight points 84-92 on Saturday night. The game took place in Thessaloniki. But the guests from Athens were better at the end. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of PAOK. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But PAOK won second period 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where PAOK used huge pressure winning it 22-17 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 7-15. Panionios forced 23 PAOK turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Panionios especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic (203-82) notched 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Canadian guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham) supported him with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Panionios' coach Giorgos Bartzokas used entire bench in such tough game. Even 21 points by American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) did not help to save the game for PAOK. FYR Macedonian center Todor Gechevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Panionios moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser PAOK keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Ilysiakos.
Top scorers:
Panionios: M.Aleksic 22+9reb+4ast, J.Anderson 21+5reb+4ast, G.Tsiaras 16+4reb+2ast, N.Barlos 11+7reb, R.Covile 9+5reb+1ast, M.Batis 5+1reb
PAOK: R.Marshall 21+3reb+3ast, T.Gechevski 18+7reb, J.Gray 15+5reb, R.Dozier 14+6reb+1ast, G.Apostolidis 5+1reb+3ast, G.Dedas 5+1reb
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Ilysiakos - AEK 75-63

Everything could happen in Athens at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Ilysiakos and 12th ranked AEK had identical 4-13 record. This time Ilysiakos used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Athens 75-63 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-63. Ilysiakos made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. AEK was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Ilysiakos players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Darko Cohadarevic (206-86, college: Texas Tech) replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds and the former international power forward Dimos Dikoudis (207-77) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for AEK. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ilysiakos (5-13) moved-up to twelfth place. AEK lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panionios.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: A.Karydas 14+1reb+5ast, A.Kiritsis 12+6reb+2ast, J.Baxter 11+7reb+2ast, M.Todic 11+7reb+1ast, M.Koukoulas 9, N.Chatzis 7+3reb
AEK: D.Cohadarevic 23+9reb, D.Dikoudis 12+9reb+3ast, P.Nikolaidis 11+5reb, T.Castle 6+4reb+3ast, J.Hart 5+1reb+2ast, E.Tzolos 3+1reb+2ast
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Peristeri GS - Aris 84-66

The game in Athens was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Aris (9-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Peristeri GS (9-9). Peristeri GS did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 84-66. The game was mostly controlled by Peristeri GS. Aris was better in third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was who scored 24 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). American forward Ernest Scott (201-82, college: Valdosta St., agency: Impact Basketball) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Peristeri GS players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Christos Tapoutos (208-82) who recorded 19 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) added 18 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Peristeri GS moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Aris. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena AEK.
Top scorers:
Peristeri GS: 24+4reb+2ast, E.Scott 13+5reb+4ast, E.Mantzaris 11+2reb+5ast, D.Papanikolaou 10+3reb+1ast, G.Tsiakos 10+6reb, A.Petroulas 8+3reb+1ast
Aris: C.Tapoutos 19+6reb, B.Brown 18+2reb+3ast, 8+5reb+1ast, K.Sloukas 6+4reb+4ast, P.Tucker 6+10reb+1ast, D.Borovnjak 5+1reb
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VAP Kolossos - Iraklis 82-87

Bottom-ranked Iraklis managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Iraklis won against seventh-ranked VAP Kolossos in Rodou 87-82. The guests were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 38-27 VAP Kolossos' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-82 at the end of the game. Iraklis made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. VAP Kolossos was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jerome Coleman (185-81, college: Rutgers) scored 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-79) chipped in 11 points during the contest. Four Iraklis players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and forward Antonis Asimakopoulos (204-76) scored 13 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. VAP Kolossos' coach Giannis Sferopoulos tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Iraklis (4-14) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with AEK. VAP Kolossos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Iraklis will play against higher ranked Kavala (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. VAP Kolossos will play against Aris in Thessaloniki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: J.Coleman 34+6reb, A.Eitutavicius 11+1reb+1ast, V.Angelakopoulos 11+4reb, S.Parker 11+3reb+1ast, N.Koprivica 9+1reb+1ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 6+4reb
VAP Kolossos: P.Kalathis 36+10reb+2ast, N.Pappas 16+1reb+1ast, A.Asimakopoulos 13+9reb+5ast, J.Golemac 7+2reb+2ast, G.Georgalis 4+1reb, A.Tsamis 3+1ast
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Kavala - Panathinaikos 64-89

The game in Kavala supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Panathinaikos (17-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Kavala (9-9). Panathinaikos smashed Kavala 89-64 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Panathinaikos. Kavala was better in fourth quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kavala 32-20 including 20 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Panathinaikos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was a good game for Central African swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) contributed with 8 points and 6 assists for the winners. Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 14 points in the effort for Kavala. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panathinaikos have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. Loser Kavala dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Panathinaikos will face Marousi (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kavala will play against Iraklis in Thessaloniki.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: R.Sato 14+9reb+1ast, D.Nicholas 12+1reb, S.Perperoglou 10+1reb+2ast, M.Batiste 9+4reb, I.Vougioukas 9+3reb, M.Tepic 8+3reb
Kavala: M.Palacio 15+5reb+3ast, C.Simmons 14+4reb+2ast, S.Karapostolou 9+1reb+2ast, N.Angelopoulos 6+4reb+2ast, G.Georgakis 5+2reb, C.Stefanidis 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 103840


Olympiakos - Marousi 92-76

An interesting game for Olympiakos (18-0) which hosted in Athens 3rd ranked Marousi (11-7). Top-ranked Olympiakos had an easy win 92-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Marousi. The game without a history. Olympiakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Marousi's 34 and made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Marousi 39-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Olympiakos looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Marousi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international swingman Kostas Papanikolaou (204-90, agency: Sfera Sports Association) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian power forward Zoran Erceg (210-85) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (191-78) replied with 18 points and 5 assists and Puerto Rican guard David Huertas (196-87, college: Mississippi) added 13 points in the effort for Marousi. Five Olympiakos and four Marousi players scored in double figures. Marousi's coach Vangelis Alexandris rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Olympiakos have an impressive 18-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-0 record. Marousi at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panellinios.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: K.Papanikolaou 19+9reb, Z.Erceg 17+8reb+2ast, T.Papaloukas 11+8ast, M.Pelekanos 10+6reb+5ast, L.Mavrokefalides 10+5reb+2ast, V.Spanoulis 9+1reb+1ast
Marousi: Y.Gagaloudis 18+5ast, D.Clemente 15+2reb, D.Huertas 13+3reb+3ast, D.Bagaric 13+3reb, A.Bojic 7+8reb, L.Akepsemaidis 6+1reb+2ast
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Panellinios - Ikaros 95-75

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 10th ranked Ikaros (7-11) was smashed by eleventh ranked Panellinios (6-12) in Athens 95-75 on Saturday. The game without a history. Panellinios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Ikaros was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Panellinios players scored in double figures. Guard Lans Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) replied with 25 points and 7 rebounds and forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) added 10 points in the effort for Ikaros. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Panellinios maintains eleventh position with 6-12 record. Ikaros lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. Panellinios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Olympiakos.
Top scorers:
Panellinios: T.Francis 21+8reb, S.Smith 19+4reb+2ast, M.Bailey 18+1reb, E.Papamakarios 13+2reb, G.Kalaitzis 6+2reb+3ast, D.Ostojic 5+3reb+1ast
Ikaros: L.Harris 25+7reb+1ast, D.Thompson 10+2reb+1ast, G.Kalambokis 8+1reb, B.Krasic 7+1reb, L.Agadakos 6+3reb, K.McAlarney 5+1reb+4ast
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Greek A2 round 15 best performance: Ljubo Jovanovic - by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin center Ljubo Jovanovic (206-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked KAOD, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Panelefsiniakos (#5, 9-6) 67-65. It allowed KAOD to consolidate first place in the Greek A2. KAOD has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 14-1. Jovanovic turned to be KAOD's top player in his first season with the team. Ljubo Jovanovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.1rpg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 64.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old Apost Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Olimpiada. Koutroulias had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Olimpiada lost that game 63-71 to slightly higher-ranked Apollon Patras (#9, 7-8). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Olimpiada dropped in the standings to 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-9 record. Koutroulias is a newcomer at Olimpiada, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.9ppg (#8). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83, agency: FCM) of AEK/Argous (#8). Gizogiannis scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of AEK/Argous, leading his team to a 78-68 win against the higher-ranked AGOR (#3, 11-5). The chances of AEK/Argous ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gizogiannis could help AEK/Argous to bring them higher in the standings. Gizogiannis has a great season in Greece. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 7.3rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) of Lavrio - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kostas Macheras (205-C-85) of Pagrati - 21 points and 10 rebounds
6. Nikos Argyropoylos (188-G-78) of Apollon Patras - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Ivan Vukantinov (193-G-81) of KAOD - 21 points and 11 rebounds
8. Thodoris Vardianos (193-G-78) of Pagrati - 28 points and 6 rebounds
9. Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) of Ikaroi Serron - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) of Koroivos - 20 points and 9 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)


Changes difficult to happen - by Giorgos Diploidis
The departure of Lazaros Papadopoulos from the team of PAOK to Khimky had an immediate influence to the team of Thessaloniki which in a very close game in the after time was defeated by Panionios 84-92. There is not only Papadopoulos who is missing but also Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Providence)

The continental guard has not played since December and he will probably miss the rest of the season. So the club is looking for two players but the financial problems make the effort very difficult even one player to be found. One combo guard and one center.


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, Marousi7.7 
 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: 5.9
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.9 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.5 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.8 
 5. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.4.4 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.4.1 
 9. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 10. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Marshall, PAOK1.9 
 3. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.9 
 5. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.7 
 6. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.7 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.7 
 8. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
 9. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.6 
 10. Papamakarios, Panell.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bagaric, Marousi2.0 
 2. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Dozier, PAOK0.7 
 7. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 8. Cohadarevic, AEK0.7 
 9. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 
 10. Bogris, Panathinaikos0.7 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 18-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 17-1 
 3. Marousi 11-7 
 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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PromotieDivisie Scores Week 16, 17, 18 & Make ups - by Terry Cooper
Week 16 Scores:

BV Hoofddorp - Punch 92-51
Black Eagles - Amsterdam2 52-75
De Groene Uilen - Cangeroes 53-81
De Hoppers - VBC Akrides 96-64
Binnenland - Red Giants 91-61
BV Hoofddorp - Wildcats 94-77
Wildcats - ZZ Leiden2 69-92
Goba - Almonte 67-80
Punch - Amsterdam2 62-51
De Hoppers - Goba 98-89

Week 17 Scores:

Punch - Binnenland 54-62
VBC Akrides - De Groene Uilen 71-88
Cangeroes - Wildcats 77-64
ZZ Leiden2 - Black Eagles 82-46
De Hoppers - Red Giants 101-73
Almonte - BV Hoofddorp 79-85
Amsterdam2 - Goba 74-79

Week 18 Scores:

BV Hoofddorp - Amsterdam2 88-70
Black Eagles - Cangeroes 74-76
De Groene Uilen - Red Giants 64-60
De Hoppers - Punch 86-75
Binnenland - Almonte 71-59
Amsterdam2 - ZZ Leiden2 64-80
Wildcats - VBC Akrides 78-106
Goba - BV Hoofddorp 57-78



Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Dehoppers 15-2 
 2. Binnenland 14-3 
 3. Groene 12-5 
 4. Hoofddorp 12-6 
 5. Red Giants 11-6 
 6. Goba 11-7 
 7. Leiden 2 10-6 
 8. Cangeroes 10-8 
 9. Almonte 9-9 
 10. Amsterdam 2 6-12 
 11. Akrides 5-13 
 12. Punch 4-14 
 13. Black Eagles 2-16 
 14. Wildcats 2-16 


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 25-2 
 2. ZZ Leiden 22-6 
 3. Eiffel Towers 20-7 
 4. Magixx 18-10 
 5. DeFriesland 13-15 
 6. Giants 12-16 
 7. BS Weert 12-16 
 8. ABC 9-19 
 9. Landstede 7-21 
 10. Rotterdam 1-27 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.4 
 2. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.5 
 3. Blue, Giants15.4 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants15.4 
 5. Borha, Landstede15.3 
 6. Laing, Magixx15.2 
 7. Mills, Eiffel Towers15.0 
 8. Tiedeman, Giants14.8 
 9. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.8 
 10. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.1 
 2. McDermott, Magixx9.9 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.4 
 5. de Randamie, ABC8.7 
 6. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.6 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra8.4 
 8. Griffin, Giants8.4 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert8.0 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.4 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra5.1 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.2 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Bostain, GasTerra3.6 
 6. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 7. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.5 
 8. Williams, DeFriesland3.5 
 9. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.4 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.6 
 2. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.5 
 3. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 4. McDermott, Magixx2.3 
 5. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 7. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 9. Stokes, BS Weert2.0 
 10. Kimbrough, Giants1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.4 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. McDermott, Magixx1.0 
 6. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.0 
 7. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 8. Mullery, Landstede0.8 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 
 10. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 


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Bad news from Zalaegerszeg - by Tamas Deri
The management of ZTE KK published on the 15th of February, that the club has financial problems and for this reason decided to allow the players to get out from their valid contracts and finish the season with other clubs in or outside of Hungary.

It was a very hard bad fair decision from the club which lost three very important players in the last couple of days.
American power forward Kyle Wilson (206-F-83, college: Wichita St.) signed with the 2nd division club Elitzur Yavne, where he will play together again with Chad Timberlake who was also the member of the all-in-one team of the last season. After helping the team to win the Hungarian Championship and Hungarian Cup he decided to come back for one more season and played 20 games averaging 14.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in 31.3 minutes on the court.
The other import of the team, Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice). He played 19 games in the regular season and scored 15.6 points, added also 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 7.3 asissts per game. He made 65,2% field goals and 35,6% long distance shots. During his career in Europe Lorenzo also played in Germany (LTi 46ers, BG Illertal) and Slovakia (Pezinok).
Also one Hungarian, David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) decided to leave the club and signed for 1,5 seasons with Atomeromu SE. The 21 years old, Hungarian NT member moved this summer for the wishes of the coaching staff to Zalaegerszeg. He had an injury during the season and missed some games, but got healthy in December again. In 17 games he helped the team with 12.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 26.9 minutes on the court.




All-Star Game, 19th of February 2011 - by Tamas Deri
Yesterday in Budapest our National Team played against the best foreigners of the Hungarian First Division in the anniversary All-Star Game.

The first attraction of the afternoon was the battle between EX-NBA Star Vladimir Divac (212-C-68) and the only one Hungarian EX-NBA player Kornel David (207-F-71) team. On the roster of Divacs team played players from the Ex-Yugoslavia who spent several seasons in Hungary as Branislav Dzunic now the head coach of Albacomp and the Hungarian National Team -, Bojan Lapov (211-C-68), Boris Maljkovic, Dragan Aleksic (196-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) now the assistant coach of Szolnok -, Zoran Kmezic, Dragoljub Krivacevic and Gordan Filipovic now assistant coach of Kaposvar -. The members of the David team were the players of the Hungarian National Team attending on the European Championship in 1999: Laszlo Czigler (215-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) - NYKK - , Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) - MJUS-Fortress Kormend - , Tamas Bencze - head coach of Falco KC -, Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Tibor Pankar (195-F-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) - both playing for Falco KC -, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74), Csaba Meresz, Kornel David and Ronald Halm (193-G-69) - all four retired!

In the main game of the event our National Team won by two points lead by the MVP of the game Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM). The best import player was Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Oklahoma), who also won the Slam Dunk Contest! An other Import All Star, Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) won the 3pts Shooting Contest with an amazing round of 23 points!

David Kornel Team - Vlade Divac Team 92-92
(29-23, 24-25, 22-20, 17-24)
David Kornel Team: Czigler 7, Nemeth 4, Bencze 6/6, KALMAN 15/9, GOBI 10/9, Meresz 5, Kornel David 20/6, Robert Gulyas 18/12, Pankar 7/3
Divac Team: MALJKOVIC 18, ALEKSIC 13/9, Filipovic 16, Divac 2, Lapov 11/6, Kmezic 2, DZUNIC 28/9, Krivacevic 2

Hungary - Import ALL STARS 169-167
(43-39, 47-42, 42-44, 37-42)
Hungary: Adam Hanga 29/15, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 18/9, Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) 23/9, Szabo 7/6, Bader 11/3, Csorvasi 7, Soos 14/6, Fodor M. 8, Wittmann 8/6, Adam Toth (208-F/C-89, agency: FCM) 20, Keller 14, Toth G. 10/6, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
Import All-Stars: Trotter 12, Tony Crocker 29/21, Winters 5, Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) 19/3, Brooks Sales (208-C/F-80, college: Villanova) 21/9, Kelley 10/9, Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) 19/3, Aliakseyeu 11/3, Savic 8, Hodges 13/3, Werner -, Joshua Wilson 16/12




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KR is the Powerade Cup Champions - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
KR won the Powerade Cup yesterday when they beat Grindavik in the finals 94-72
Last time KR won this main Cup in Iceland it was 20 years ago 1991. About time for one the biggest Club in Iceland to win this trophy again.
First half was a close game with a lot of mistakes and hard battle. Nobody really shooting well.
Third quarter has been KR favorite this year and was that yesterday when the team got into running game and their outside shooters got hot.
Grindavik team did give up to easily and game was over after third quarter.
KR team shooting better in all area of the game 53%-41% in two pointers 35%-23% in three pointers and 76%-62% in freethrow shooting
Brynjar Bjornsson 23 points for KR was leading scorer in the game.
Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G/F-87) with triple/double 21 points. 11 boards & 11 assist was MVP of the game. Other scorers for KR. Hreggvidur Magnusson 13. Fannar Olafsson 11 Marcus Walker 9 Jon Orri Kristjansson 5. Finnur Magnusson 8. Agust Angantysson 3 Olafur Aegisson 1.
For Grindavik. Kevin Sims 18. 2/16 in shooting. Olafur Olafsson 17 Ryan Pettinella 12. Pall Vilbergsson 8. Omar Saevarsson 10. Bjorn Brynjolfsson 3. Mladen Soskic 2. Helgi Einarsson 2


UMFN Njardvik sign Giordan Watson - by Eurobasket
UMFN Njardvik signed 26-year old American guard Giordan Watson (178-G-85, college: Cent.Michigan). Watson played most recently at Giants Noerdlingen (Germany). While playing 17 games for Noerdlingen last season his stats were: 15.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.2apg (4th best in the league) and 1.4spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Lega2 Round 21: Leader Umana Venezia loses to Fileni BPA - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Umana Venezia (16-5) recorded its fifth loss in Jesi on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by eleventh ranked Fileni BPA (10-11) 88-61. The game was mostly controlled by Fileni BPA. Umana Venezia managed to win third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fileni BPA made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Fileni BPA outrebounded Umana Venezia 41-25 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Umana Venezia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Franco Migliori (197-82) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) who recorded 17 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. Fileni BPA have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Tuscany PT and Aget Imola. Umana Venezia at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Fileni BPA is looking forward to face higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Umana Venezia will play against Immobiliare SR in Rimini and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Imola was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Sigma Barcellona (14-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Aget Imola (10-11). Sigma Barcellona defeated Aget Imola 90-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aget Imola. It was a good game for American guard Joseph Crispin (186-79, college: Penn St.) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Andrea Ghiacci contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) answered with 23 points and 6 assists for Aget Imola. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to fourth place. Aget Imola at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Tuscany PT and Fileni BPA. Sigma Barcellona will play against Fileni BPA (#8) in Jesi in the next round. Aget Imola will play on the road against Tezenis Verona and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Assigeco was defeated by Snaidero UD in Udine 81-67. N.Ferrara smashed San Severo at home 80-61. Trenkwalder lost to Tuscany PT on the opponent's court 67-84. Fastweb CM managed to outperform Sunrise Scafati in a home game 67-60. Tezenis Verona recorded a loss to Immobiliare SR on the road 79-70. Forli was defeated by Prima Veroli on its own court 88-98.
The best stats of 21th round was 23 points and 10 rebounds by Clint Cotis Harrison of Snaidero UD.



Snaidero UD - Assigeco 81-67

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Assigeco BPL (8-13) was defeated on the road by third ranked Snaidero Udine (15-6) 81-67. The game was mostly controlled by Snaidero Udine. Assigeco BPL was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Snaidero Udine made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Assigeco BPL turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 19 points and 5 assists in the effort for Assigeco BPL. Assigeco BPL's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Snaidero Udine moved-up to second place, which they share with Fastweb CM. Assigeco BPL at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Tezenis Verona. Snaidero Udine will play against Trenkwalder RE (#14) in Reggio Emilia in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Assigeco BPL will play at home against MarcoPoloShop.it in Forli and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Assigeco: P.Marigney 19+2reb+5ast, R.Boykin 18+11reb, P.Ezugwu 9+10reb, A.Simoncelli 6, M.Bertolazzi 5+2reb+5ast, B.Cerella 3+10reb+1ast
Snaidero UD: C.Cotis Harrison 23+10reb+1ast, D.Mathis 21+6reb+2ast, G.Lee 15+12reb+2ast, L.Dordei 8+2reb+1ast, T.Rinaldi 6+10reb+1ast, R.Prandin 5
gschID: 95944


Aget Imola - Barcellona 79-90

The game in Imola was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Sigma Barcellona (14-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Aget Imola (10-11). Sigma Barcellona defeated Aget Imola 90-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aget Imola. Sigma Barcellona made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Aget Imola 37-26 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Sigma Barcellona especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. It was a good game for American guard Joseph Crispin (186-79, college: Penn St.) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Andrea Ghiacci (200-81) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) answered with 23 points and 6 assists and Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, college: Arizona, agency: Priority Sports) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Aget Imola. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to fourth place. Aget Imola at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Tuscany PT and Fileni BPA. Sigma Barcellona will play against Fileni BPA (#8) in Jesi in the next round. Aget Imola will play on the road against Tezenis Verona and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Aget Imola: T.Whiting 23+4reb+6ast, N.Ebi 17+8reb+1ast, M.Ringstrom 10+9reb, F.Masoni 9, M.Ferrara 8+1reb+1ast, A.Amici 6+1reb
Barcellona: J.Crispin 20+5reb+4ast, A.Ghiacci 17+6reb+3ast, M.Mocavero 14+7reb, M.Hicks 14+8reb+2ast, R.Bucci 10+2reb, M.Cardinali 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 95945


N.Ferrara - San Severo 80-61

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (9-12) smashed at home 15th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (5-16) 80-61. It looked good early as Mazzeo San Severo took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Naturhouse Ferrara took control winning next two quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 19 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mazzeo San Severo to just 5 points in second quarter. Naturhouse Ferrara forced 21 Mazzeo San Severo turnovers. It was a good game for naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (198-85) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (190-90) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Naturhouse Ferrara players scored in double figures. Naturhouse Ferrara's coach Alberto Martelossi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Kaniel Dickens (203-78, college: Idaho) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Luca Ianes (202-80) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Mazzeo San Severo. Despite that victory Naturhouse Ferrara went down to eleventh position due to points difference. Newly promoted Mazzeo San Severo keeps the fifteenth place with 16 games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against higher ranked Sunrise Scafati (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Tuscany Pistoia (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
San Severo: K.Dickens 14+13reb+1ast, F.Zanelli 13, L.Ianes 10+7reb+1ast, R.Childress 9+1reb+1ast, R.Stefanov 8+4reb+2ast, M.Ferri 4+3reb
N.Ferrara: K.Ndoja 19+8reb, D.Cournooh 18+2reb+3ast, J.Boyette 15, V.Mazzola 11+7reb+2ast, T.Kotti 9+13reb+1ast, R.Hoover 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 95946


Tuscany PT - Trenkwalder 84-67

Very expected game when 14th ranked Trenkwalder RE (6-15) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Tuscany Pistoia (10-11) 84-67. It looked good early as Trenkwalder RE took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tuscany Pistoia had a 26-8 second period charge getting the lead and Trenkwalder RE was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-84. Tuscany Pistoia forced 20 Trenkwalder RE turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Joseph Forte (193-81, college: N.Carolina, agency: JEMsports) who led his team to a victory with 32 points and 4 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Tuscany Pistoia's coach Paolo Moretti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) added 17 points, 8 assists and 7 steals in the effort for Trenkwalder RE. Tuscany Pistoia moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Aget Imola and Fileni BPA. Trenkwalder RE lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Trenkwalder RE will play against Snaidero Udine and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: R.Valenti 22+9reb, D.Robinson 17+2reb+8ast, D.Slanina 13+2reb+2ast, R.Chiacig 6+7reb+1ast, J.Smith 5+1reb+5ast, A.Frosini 4+1reb
Tuscany PT: J.Forte 32+3reb+4ast, J.Varnado 15+5reb+2ast, G.Fucka 15+2reb+1ast, J.Porzingis 9+8reb+2ast, F.Toppo 6+10reb+2ast, S.Berti 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 95940


Fastweb CM - Sunrise Scafati 67-60

Rather predictable result in Casale where second ranked Fastweb CM (15-6) beat 5th ranked Sunrise Scafati (13-8) 67-60. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sunrise Scafati won third quarter 18-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 4 assists. Guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ronald Davis (190-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) answered with 19 points and guard Jimmie Hunter (196-77, college: Life) added 17 points in the effort for Sunrise Scafati. Fastweb CM maintains second place with 15-6 record behind leader Umana Reyer, which they share with Snaidero UD. Sunrise Scafati at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Immobiliare SR. Fastweb CM will play against Prima Veroli (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sunrise Scafati will play against Naturhouse Ferrara and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sunrise Scafati: R.Davis 19+4reb, J.Hunter 17+2reb+1ast, F.Amoni 8+5reb, N.Radulovic 7+8reb+1ast, P.Baldassarre 6+5reb, M.Levin 3+3reb+4ast
Fastweb CM: R.Hickman 18+2reb+4ast, D.Taylor 15+5reb+2ast, M.Malaventura 13+3reb+1ast, T.Fantoni 8+6reb, G.Ferrero 5+5reb, S.Pierich 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 95941


Immobiliare SR - Tezenis Verona 79-70

Not a big story in a game in Rimini where 13th ranked Tezenis Verona (8-13) was defeated by fourth ranked Immobiliare SR (13-8) 79-70. Tezenis Verona was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 44-32 second half run of Immobiliare SR. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Tezenis Verona turnovers. It was a good game for the former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Serbian-Greek forward Dusan Vukcevic (201-75, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 23 points and 4 steals for the winners. Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (198-85) answered with 18 points and 4 steals and naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) added 13 points and 5 assists in the effort for Tezenis Verona. Despite that victory Immobiliare SR went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with Sunrise Scafati. Newly promoted Tezenis Verona dropped to the twelfth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Assigeco. Immobiliare SR will play against league's leader Umana Venezia on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tezenis Verona will play against Aget Imola (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: M.Jurevicus 18+4reb+1ast, A.Porta 13+3reb+5ast, J.Trepagnier 11+3reb, O.Gueye 10+1ast, A.Renzi 8+6reb+1ast, K.Waleskowski 7+5reb
Immobiliare SR: D.Vukcevic 23+3reb+1ast, D.Filloy 17+14reb, T.Roderick 16+4reb+1ast, A.Piazza 9+3reb+6ast, F.Foiera 5+2reb, G.Tomassini 5
gschID: 95942


Fileni BPA - Umana Reyer 88-61

Top ranked Umana Venezia (16-5) recorded its fifth loss in Jesi on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by eleventh ranked Fileni BPA (10-11) 88-61. The game was mostly controlled by Fileni BPA. Umana Venezia managed to win third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fileni BPA made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Fileni BPA outrebounded Umana Venezia 41-25 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Umana Venezia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Franco Migliori (197-82) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals. Five Fileni BPA players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) who recorded 17 points and the former international swingman Matteo Maestrello (198-81) added 11 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fileni BPA have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Tuscany PT and Aget Imola. Umana Venezia at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Fileni BPA is looking forward to face higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Umana Venezia will play against Immobiliare SR in Rimini and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Umana Reyer: K.Clark 17+4reb+1ast, M.Maestrello 11+1reb, A.Young 7+2reb+1ast, C.Di Giuliomaria 6+4reb+1ast, T.Slay 6+4reb, S.Bryan 5+3reb
Fileni BPA: F.Migliori 18+3reb+2ast, B.Elder 15+6reb, M.Maggioli 15+14reb+1ast, A.Pecile 13+3reb+4ast, M.Tusek 11+6reb, M.Nocedal 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 95943


Forli - Prima Veroli 88-98

Everything went according to plan in Forli where seventh ranked Prima Veroli (12-9) won against bottom-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (4-17) 98-88. Prima Veroli made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Strangely MarcoPoloShop.it outrebounded Prima Veroli 40-27 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. MarcoPoloShop.it was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with 36 points (!!!) (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). The former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-84, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) answered with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and the other American import forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 28 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for MarcoPoloShop.it. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Prima Veroli maintains seventh place with 12-9 record. MarcoPoloShop.it lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Prima Veroli will play against league's second-placed Fastweb CM in Casale in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MarcoPoloShop.it will play on the road against Assigeco BPL (#12) in Lodi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Forli: L.Gordon 28+8reb, L.Goldwire 19+9reb+8ast, M.Nardi 14+3reb+5ast, A.Ranuzzi 10+7reb+1ast, L.Campani 7+5reb, M.Poletti 4+4reb+1ast
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 36+1reb+2ast, D.Brkic 20+7reb+2ast, J.Penn 16+4ast, G.Rosselli 10+5reb+5ast, I.Gatto 8+5reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 95939




SerieA Round 19: #1 Montepaschi Siena is defeated by Pepsi Caserta - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Montepaschi Siena (17-2) on the court of eighth ranked Pepsi Caserta on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Pepsi Caserta 89-84. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Montepaschi Siena. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 28-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pepsi Caserta made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Pepsi Caserta especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Montepaschi Siena helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Jumaine Jones (202-79, college: Georgia) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Fabio Di Bella (187-78) helped adding 16 points. At the losing side American forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) responded with 16 points. Montepaschi Siena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pepsi Caserta (9-10) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena still keeps top position with two games lost. Pepsi Caserta is looking forward to face higher ranked CS Bologna (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montepaschi Siena will play against the league's second-placed Bennet Cantu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixteenth-ranked Enel Brindisi (5-14) gave a tough game to third ranked Armani Milano (14-5). The visitors from Milano managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) who led the winners and scored 19 points. Oleksiy Pecherov accounted for 16 points. American guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Enel Brindisi in the defeat. Armani Milano moved-up to second place, which they share with Bennet Cantu. Enel Brindisi lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. They share it with Banca Tercas. Armani Milano will play against Dinamo Sassari (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Enel Brindisi will play against Cimberio Varese (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Roma was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Air Avellino (10-9) played at the court of seventh ranked Lottomatica Roma (9-10). Lottomatica Roma defeated Air Avellino 80-70 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Air Avellino. Vladimir Dasic fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Marques Green produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Air Avellino at the other side dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with CS Bologna. Lottomatica Roma will meet Benetton Treviso (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Air Avellino will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Bologna. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Scavolini Pesaro (9-10) to fourth ranked CS Bologna (10-9) 71-70 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Worth to mention a great performance of K.C. Rivers who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. CS Bologna maintains fourth place with 10-9 record, which they share with Air AV. Scavolini Pesaro at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. CS Bologna's next round opponent will be Pepsi Caserta (#9) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Banca Tercas in Teramo.
An interesting game took place in Montegranaro where higher ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (9-10) was upset on its own court by fourteenth ranked Vanoli-Braga (8-11) 89-67 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Artur Drozdov who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Vanoli-Braga's coach Tomo Mahoric felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vanoli-Braga moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Vanoli-Braga will face Angelico Biella (#13) at home in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: Dinamo Sassari destroyed Angelico BI on the opponent's court 94-74. Banca Tercas was outscored by Bennet Cantu in a home game 69-96. Benetton TV recorded a loss to Cimberio VA on the road 74-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 5 rebounds by Ronald Slay of Cimberio VA.



CS Bologna - Scavolini PS 71-70

A very interesting game took place in Bologna. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Scavolini Pesaro (9-10) to fourth ranked CS Bologna (10-9) 71-70 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Scavolini Pesaro was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. CS Bologna forced 22 Scavolini Pesaro turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Scavolini Pesaro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson, agency: Lanshire Group) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (193-88) contributed with 15 points for the winners. The former international guard Daniel Hackett (196-87, college: USC) answered with 15 points and Lithuanian power forward Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83) added 6 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Scavolini Pesaro. Five CS Bologna and four Scavolini Pesaro players scored in double figures. CS Bologna maintains fourth place with 10-9 record, which they share with Air AV. Scavolini Pesaro at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. CS Bologna's next round opponent will be Pepsi Caserta (#9) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Banca Tercas in Teramo.
Top scorers:
CS Bologna: P.Koponen 15+2reb+2ast, J.Homan 12+6reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 12+2reb+1ast, K.Winston 11+3reb+1ast, K.Rivers 11+4reb+5ast, V.Amoroso 4+4reb+3ast
Scavolini PS: D.Hackett 15+4reb+3ast, A.Collins 11+1reb+6ast, G.Diaz 11+3reb, M.Almond 10+4reb+2ast, M.Cusin 8+3reb, T.Lydeka 6+12reb+1ast
gschID: 96175


Fabi Shoes - Vanoli CR 67-89

An interesting game took place in Montegranaro where higher ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (9-10) was upset on its own court by fourteenth ranked Vanoli-Braga (8-11) 89-67 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Vanoli-Braga. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vanoli-Braga shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. It was a great evening for British-Ukrainian guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Je'Kel Foster (191-83, college: Ohio St., agency: Lanshire Group) helped adding 16 points. Four Vanoli-Braga players scored in double figures. Vanoli-Braga's coach Tomo Mahoric felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and international guard Daniele Cavaliero (189-84) scored 18 points. Vanoli-Braga moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Vanoli-Braga will face Angelico Biella (#13) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: J.Foster 16+2reb+2ast, E.Rowland 14+1reb+1ast, A.Drozdov 14+7reb, L.D'Ercole 13+1reb+1ast, C.Daniele 8+2reb+1ast, M.Formenti 6+1reb+1ast
Fabi Shoes: D.Cavaliero 18+4reb+3ast, S.Ford 17+13reb, A.Cinciarini 9+2reb+2ast, A.Ray 7+1reb+3ast, D.Ivanov 6+6reb, M.Antonutti 5
gschID: 96176


Angelico BI - Dinamo Sassari 74-94

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Dinamo Sassari and 11th ranked Angelico Biella had identical 8-10 record. But Angelico Biella was not able to use a home court advantage and was crushed by the opponent from Sassari 94-74 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Dinamo Sassari. Angelico Biella was better in fourth quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dinamo Sassari made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Dinamo Sassari had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Dinamo Sassari looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Angelico Biella was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Travis Diener (183-82, college: Marquette) helped adding 9 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Four Dinamo Sassari players scored in double figures. Dinamo Sassari's coach Romeo Sacchetti used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Dominican guard Edgar Sosa (188-88, college: Louisville) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and American forward Marc Salyers (205-79, college: Samford) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Dinamo Sassari have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Angelico Biella keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Dinamo Sassari will face higher ranked Armani Milano (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Angelico Biella will play against Vanoli-Braga (#11) in Cremona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Sassari: J.White 25+8reb+2ast, D.Tsaldaris 17+1reb+2ast, O.Hunter 14+3reb+1ast, M.Vanuzzo 10+2reb, V.Plisnic 10+12reb+3ast, T.Diener 9+5reb+12ast
Angelico BI: E.Sosa 19+1reb+4ast, M.Salyers 14+5reb+2ast, M.Soragna 14+3reb+2ast, G.Jurak 9+5reb+1ast, R.Moraschini 7+2reb+3ast, G.Suton 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 96177


Banca Tercas - Bennet Cantu 69-96

Very predictable result in Teramo where third ranked Bennet Cantu (14-5) smashed 15th ranked Banca Tercas (5-14) 96-69 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Bennet Cantu shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. It was a great evening for naturalized Uruguayan guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 4 assists. American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) helped adding 12 points and 10 rebounds. Coach Andrea Trinchieri's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) responded with 20 points and American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bennet Cantu have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Armani MI. Loser Banca Tercas keep the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. Bennet Cantu will face league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Banca Tercas will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#10).
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: N.Mazzarino 26+1reb+4ast, J.Tabu 17, M.Markoishvili 16+1reb+2ast, B.Ortner 12+6reb+1ast, M.Leunen 12+10reb+2ast, V.Micov 8+6reb+5ast
Banca Tercas: I.Zoroski 20+4reb+1ast, K.Fletcher 16+7reb, D.Diener 14+6reb+5ast, G.Boscagin 10+1reb, R.Rullo 3, J.Davis 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 96172


Cimberio VA - Benetton TV 74-68

There was a minor upset when 12th ranked Benetton Treviso (8-11) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Cimberio Varese (8-11) 74-68 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-68. Cimberio Varese forced 28 Benetton Treviso turnovers. Strangely Benetton Treviso outrebounded Cimberio Varese 39-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. Estonian forward Kristjan Kangur (202-82) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Devin Smith (196-81, college: Virginia) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and American-Swiss forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Benetton Treviso players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Benetton Treviso. Cimberio Varese will face bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi (#16) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: R.Slay 25+5reb+1ast, K.Kangur 13+6reb+1ast, D.Fajardo 8+1reb+1ast, D.Ryan 8+3reb, R.Stipcevic 7+2reb+5ast, T.Rannikko 6+1reb+3ast
Benetton TV: D.Smith 20+6reb+2ast, G.Brunner 16+8reb+1ast, D.Motiejunas 12+4reb+1ast, A.Gentile 11+3reb, H.Peric 7+1reb+2ast, S.Markovic 2+8reb+5ast
gschID: 96173


Lottomatica - Air AV 80-70

The game in Roma was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Air Avellino (10-9) played at the court of seventh ranked Lottomatica Roma (9-10). Lottomatica Roma defeated Air Avellino 80-70 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Air Avellino. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 33-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Air Avellino 46-27 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (207-88, agency: Beo Basket) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Luigi Datome (202-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. American-FYR Macedonian guard Marques Green (170-82, college: St.Bonaventure) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 assists and 4 steals and American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Air Avellino at the other side dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with CS Bologna. Lottomatica Roma will meet Benetton Treviso (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Air Avellino will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lottomatica: C.Smith 22+2reb, V.Dasic 15+12reb, L.Datome 13+10reb+1ast, A.Traore 10+10reb+2ast, N.Gordic 9+2reb+5ast, N.Dedovic 7+6reb
Air AV: O.Thomas 17+5reb, D.Lauwers 16+4reb, M.Green 15+4reb+10ast, A.Infanti 7, R.Cortese 5+5reb+1ast, R.Casoli 5+7reb
gschID: 96174


Pepsi Caserta - Montepaschi 89-84

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Montepaschi Siena (17-2) on the court of eighth ranked Pepsi Caserta on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Pepsi Caserta 89-84. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Montepaschi Siena. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 28-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pepsi Caserta made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Pepsi Caserta especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Montepaschi Siena helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Jumaine Jones (202-79, college: Georgia) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Fabio Di Bella (187-78) helped adding 16 points. At the losing side American forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) responded with 16 points and Lithuanian guard Rimantas Kaukenas (193-77, college: Seton Hall) scored 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Pepsi Caserta and four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. Montepaschi Siena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pepsi Caserta (9-10) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena still keeps top position with two games lost. Pepsi Caserta is looking forward to face higher ranked CS Bologna (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montepaschi Siena will play against the league's second-placed Bennet Cantu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pepsi Caserta: F.Di Bella 16+4reb+3ast, J.Jones 16+7reb+1ast, T.Bowers 12+6reb+3ast, E.Ere 12+3reb, L.Koszarek 11+2ast, E.Williams 10+5reb+1ast
Montepaschi: R.Kaukenas 18+3reb+1ast, D.Moss 16+4reb+3ast, K.Lavrinovic 10+3reb+1ast, M.Rakovic 10+1reb+1ast, M.Jaric 8+3ast, N.Zisis 7
gschID: 96170


Enel Brindisi - Armani MI 74-76 OT

Sixteenth-ranked Enel Brindisi (5-14) gave a tough game to third ranked Armani Milano (14-5). The visitors from Milano managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. It looked good early as Enel Brindisi took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Armani Milano had a 17-10 second period charge getting the lead. Then Enel Brindisi managed to tie the game at the end of regular time, but lost overtime period 6-8. Armani Milano made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Enel Brindisi turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) who led the winners and scored 19 points. Ukrainian center Oleksiy Pecherov (212-85) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. American guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) added 20 points respectively for Enel Brindisi in the defeat. Four Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. Armani Milano moved-up to second place, which they share with Bennet Cantu. Enel Brindisi lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. They share it with Banca Tercas. Armani Milano will play against Dinamo Sassari (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Enel Brindisi will play against Cimberio Varese (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: L.Greer 19+2reb+3ast, O.Pecherov 16+4reb, I.Jaaber 9+2reb+1ast, D.Hawkins 9+7reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 7+4reb, J.Maciulis 7+4reb+1ast
Enel Brindisi: A.Roberson 20+4reb, Y.Diawara 18+3reb+2ast, B.Dixon 16+9reb+4ast, H.Toure 12+7reb, L.Infante 4+6reb, M.Taylor 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 96171




Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Umana Reyer 16-5 
 2. Snaidero UD 15-6 
 3. Fastweb CM 15-6 
 4. Barcellona 14-7 
 5. Immobiliare SR 13-8 
 6. Sunrise Scafati 13-8 
 7. Prima Veroli 12-9 
 8. Aget Imola 10-11 
 9. Fileni BPA 10-11 
 10. Tuscany PT 10-11 
 11. N.Ferrara 9-12 
 12. Assigeco 8-13 
 13. Tezenis Verona 8-13 
 14. Trenkwalder 6-15 
 15. San Severo 5-16 
 16. Forli 4-17 


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 17-2 
 2. Bennet Cantu 14-5 
 3. Armani MI 14-5 
 4. CS Bologna 10-9 
 5. Air AV 10-9 
 6. Lottomatica 9-10 
 7. Fabi Shoes 9-10 
 8. Pepsi Caserta 9-10 
 9. Scavolini PS 9-10 
 10. Dinamo Sassari 9-10 
 11. Vanoli CR 8-11 
 12. Angelico BI 8-11 
 13. Cimberio VA 8-11 
 14. Benetton TV 8-11 
 15. Banca Tercas 5-14 
 16. Enel Brindisi 5-14 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari21.1 
 2. Roberson, Enel B.16.7 
 3. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.6 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.16.4 
 5. Thomas, Air AV16.2 
 6. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 7. Winston, CS Bo.15.4 
 8. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.2 
 9. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.9 
 10. Milic, Vanoli CR14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes11.2 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.6 
 3. Homan, CS Bologna8.5 
 4. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 5. Davis, Banca Tercas8.3 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.1 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Suton, Angelico BI7.3 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.1 
 10. Toure, Enel Brindisi6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Green, Air AV6.9 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.9 
 3. Goss, Cimberio VA4.4 
 4. Sosa, Angelico BI4.2 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.4.1 
 6. Collins, Scavolin.4.1 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.9 
 8. Markovic, Benetton.3.7 
 9. Green, Bennet Cantu3.5 
 10. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.2 
Steals Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari2.8 
 2. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 3. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.7 
 4. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.6 
 5. Green, Air AV2.6 
 6. Thomas, Air AV2.6 
 7. Hackett, Scavolin.2.6 
 8. Collins, Scavolin.2.5 
 9. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 10. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 2. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 3. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 4. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.2 
 5. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 6. Drozdov, Vanoli CR1.0 
 7. Smith, Benetton TV1.0 
 8. Homan, CS Bologna0.9 
 9. Polonara, Banca T.0.9 
 10. Szewczyk, Air AV0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.5 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.1 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli21.0 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer19.6 
 5. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 6. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 7. Forte, Tuscany PT18.1 
 8. Marigney, Assigeco17.8 
 9. Roderick, Immobi.17.6 
 10. Vukcevic, Immobi.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.0 
 3. Filloy, Immobili.8.8 
 4. Dickens, San Severo8.5 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.4 
 6. Lollis, Immobili.8.2 
 7. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 8. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 9. Waleskowski, Tezeni.7.8 
 10. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Leemire GOLDWIRE
  Forli
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Goldwire, Forli5.9 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona5.1 
 3. Porta, Tezenis .4.7 
 4. Whiting, Aget Imola3.8 
 5. Farabello, N.Fer.3.7 
 6. Clark, Umana Reyer3.7 
 7. Mathis, Snaidero.3.7 
 8. Hickman, Fastw.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Assigeco3.6 
 10. Forte, Tuscany PT3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.2 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Hunter, Sunrise .2.7 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.7 
 5. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 6. Scarone, Immobili.2.4 
 7. Cerella, Assigeco2.4 
 8. Davis, Sunrise .2.4 
 9. Radulovic, Sunris.2.4 
 10. Filloy, Immobili.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.9 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 6. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 7. Cutolo, San Severo0.8 
 8. Ezugwu, Assigeco0.7 
 9. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 10. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.7 


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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 28-4 
 2. Sendai 89ers 20-11 
 3. Niigata Albirex 16-15 
 4. Tokyo Apache 15-11 
 5. Saitama Bron. 14-19 
 6. Toyama Grouses 10-21 
 7. Akita 10-23 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 21-11 
 2. Okinawa GK 20-13 
 3. Shiga Lakestars 19-14 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 19-15 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 16-17 
 6. Oita H.Devils 15-19 
 7. Shimane 14-19 
 8. Miyazaki 11-22 
 9. Takamatsu FA 9-24 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .19.7 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido17.9 
 3. Orimo, Hokkaido17.6 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin16.4 
 5. Takeuchi, Aishin16.4 
 6. Forehan-K., Aishin15.4 
 7. O''Bannon, Toshiba15.0 
 8. Kinoshita, Panasonic14.7 
 9. Hale, Mitsubishi14.4 
 10. Smith, Hitachi S.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.12.4 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.5 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido9.5 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota8.8 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin8.0 
 6. O''Bannon, Toshiba7.6 
 7. Custis, Panasonic7.2 
 8. Hale, Mitsubishi7.2 
 9. Ricci, Toyota7.0 
 10. Violette, Toshiba7.0 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin3.9 
 2. Kinoshita, Panasonic3.9 
 3. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.8 
 4. Kashiwakura, Hokka.3.8 
 5. Igarashi, Mitsubishi3.6 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.5 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.0 
 8. Yamada, Hokkaido3.0 
 9. Miyanga, Toshiba2.9 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.1 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido1.7 
 3. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 4. Forehan-K., Aishin1.3 
 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, Toyota1.4 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.2 
 4. Aono, Panasonic0.9 
 5. Lett, Mitsubishi0.8 
 6. Yamada, Hokkaido0.7 
 7. Lewis, Hokkaido0.7 
 8. Custis, Panasonic0.6 
 9. Merritt, Tochigi Brex0.6 
 10. Gross, Aishin0.6 


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 24-8 
 2. Panasonic 22-10 
 3. Toyota 20-12 
 4. Toshiba 16-16 
 5. Hitachi S. 15-17 
 6. Tochigi Brex 13-19 
 7. Mitsubishi 10-22 
 8. Hokkaido 8-24 


JBL Round 32: Aishin Sea Horses win double overtime game against Hokkaido - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked Hokkaido (8-24) gave a tough game to first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (24-8) in Kariya on Sunday. Aishin Sea Horses managed to secure only one-point victory 99-98. However their fans expected much easier game. Hokkaido cut a 19-point halftime deficit to tie the game at the end of regular time. But they lost double-overtime period 19-20. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Aishin Sea Horses made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) who added 14 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first position with 24-8 record. Hokkaido lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Aishin Sea Horses are looking forward to face Tochigi Brex (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Hokkaido will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Kanagawa. Fourth ranked Toshiba Thunders (16-16) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (15-17) 56-53 in the fight for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. The winners were led by American power forward Cory Violette (203-82, college: Gonzaga) who scored that evening 20 points and 9 rebounds and Charles O'Bannon supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 14 points and 20 rebounds by the former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-85) did not help to save the game for Hitachi Sunrockers. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains fourth position with 16-16 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the fifth place with 17 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will play against higher ranked Toyota Alvark (#3) in Fuchu in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Osaka Panasonic Trians.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Fuchu. One of their biggest challengers host Toyota Alvark (20-12) lost to second ranked Panasonic Trians (22-10) 71-57. The best player for the winners was Ace Custis who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Jeff Gibbs produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts. Toyota Alvark's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panasonic Trians have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-10 record having just two points less than leader Aishin. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Panasonic Trians' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Osaka to the arena Hitachi Sunrockers.
Sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (13-19) beat at home 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (10-22) by 14 points 90-76, which is the biggest margin this round. Scott Merritt orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Tochigi Brex's coach Bruce Palmer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 13-19 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side keep the seventh place with 22 games lost. Tochigi Brex's next round opponent will be league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play at home against Hokkaido (#8) in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Tochigi Brex - Mitsubishi 90-76

Sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (13-19) beat at home 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (10-22) by 14 points 90-76, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Tochigi Brex led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Tochigi Brex outrebounded Mitsubishi Dolphins 43-29 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex's coach Bruce Palmer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Kazuyuki Nakagawa (180-82) replied with 26 points and American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) added 22 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 13-19 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side keep the seventh place with 22 games lost. Tochigi Brex's next round opponent will be league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play at home against Hokkaido (#8) in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: S.Merritt 25+13reb+2ast, Y.Tabuse 19+4reb+5ast, T.Kawamura 15+10reb+3ast, K.Takeda 11+1reb+2ast, S.Ito 10+7reb+1ast, M.Kataoka 6+1ast
Mitsubishi: K.Nakagawa 26+3reb+3ast, R.Hale 22+6reb+2ast, S.Kajimaya 7+1ast, W.Brown-Matsushima 4+6reb+1ast, S.Utsumi 4+4reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 4+3reb
gschID: 119821


Toyota - Panasonic 57-71

The game between Top Four teams took place in Fuchu. One of their biggest challengers host Toyota Alvark (20-12) lost to second ranked Panasonic Trians (22-10) 71-57. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 46-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Panasonic Trians made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Ace Custis (202-74, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. International guard Makoto Nagayama (184-77) chipped in 20 points. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Michael Takahashi (198-74, college: Cal.St. Northridge) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Toyota Alvark's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panasonic Trians have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-10 record having just two points less than leader Aishin. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Panasonic Trians' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Osaka to the arena Hitachi Sunrockers.
Top scorers:
Panasonic: M.Nagayama 20+1reb+2ast, A.Custis 15+14reb+3ast, H.Kinoshita 13+1reb+6ast, K.Hirose 8+5reb+2ast, T.Onishi 5+2reb, T.Nakatsuka 5
Toyota: M.Takahashi 12+7reb+4ast, J.Gibbs 11+13reb, P.Ricci 10+5reb, Y.Okada 7+1reb+1ast, T.Kumagai 7+9reb, T.Watanabe 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 119822


Toshiba - Hitachi S. 56-53

Important game to mention about took place in Kanagawa. Fourth ranked Toshiba Thunders (16-16) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (15-17) 56-53 in the fight for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. Hitachi Sunrockers cut a 14-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Toshiba Thunders dominated on the defensive end, holding Hitachi Sunrockers to just 7 points in first quarter. The winners were led by American power forward Cory Violette (203-82, college: Gonzaga) who scored that evening 20 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 14 points and 20 rebounds by the former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-85) did not help to save the game for Hitachi Sunrockers. Cameroonian power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA) added 8 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains fourth position with 16-16 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the fifth place with 17 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will play against higher ranked Toyota Alvark (#3) in Fuchu in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Osaka Panasonic Trians.
Top scorers:
Toshiba: C.Violette 20+9reb, C.O'Bannon 14+9reb, Y.Kuwahara 7+5reb, Y.Uda 7+4reb+3ast, Y.Miyanga 5+3reb+4ast, Y.Kagami 2+2reb
Hitachi S.: J.Takeuchi 14+20reb+1ast, A.Aboya 8+8reb, T.Sato 8+4reb, T.Smith 7+5reb+1ast, F.Nishimura 6+1reb, D.Kobayashi 4+2reb
gschID: 119823


Aishin - Hokkaido 99-98 2OT

Eighth-ranked Hokkaido (8-24) gave a tough game to first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (24-8) in Kariya on Sunday. Aishin Sea Horses managed to secure only one-point victory 99-98. However their fans expected much easier game. Hokkaido cut a 19-point halftime deficit to tie the game at the end of regular time. But they lost double-overtime period 19-20. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Aishin Sea Horses made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) who added 14 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) scored 30 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first position with 24-8 record. Hokkaido lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Aishin Sea Horses are looking forward to face Tochigi Brex (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Hokkaido will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aishin: T.Furukawa 19+1reb, K.Takeuchi 17+15reb+4ast, J.Sakuragi 16+7reb+2ast, R.Forehan-Kelly 15+6reb+3ast, S.Kashiwagi 14+10reb+2ast, S.Asayama 14+1reb
Hokkaido: T.Orimo 30+3reb+3ast, J.Lewis 21+12reb+3ast, R.Sakurai 13+6reb+3ast, C.Maraker 13+7reb, D.Yamada 10+6reb+1ast, T.Abe 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 119824




Takeuchi's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Aishin Sea Horses and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Hokkaido (#8, 8-23) with 22-point margin 84-62. It allowed Aishin to consolidate first place in the Japanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aishin has a very solid 23-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Takeuchi had a remarkable 53.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Aishin, through which he has constantly improved. Takeuchi has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.4ppg), assists (9th best: 1.6apg) and averages solid 1.6bpg and 58.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85) of Hitachi Sunrockers. He is former international center in his 4th season at Hitachi Sunrockers. In the last game Takeuchi recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Hitachi Sunrockers to edge slightly higher-ranked Toshiba (15-16) by 1 point 64-63. Hitachi Sunrockers' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-16 record. Takeuchi is one of the most experienced players at Hitachi Sunrockers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.8ppg (#5). He also registered 12.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Aishin Sea Horses' star - center J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76). Sakuragi showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Aishin, helping his team with a 84-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Hokkaido (#8, 8-23). Aishin confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 23 victories and 8 lost games. Sakuragi has a great season in Japan. After 31 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (4th best), rebounds with 8.1rpg (5th best) and assists with 4.0apg (best passer). J.R. Sakuragi has also Japanese passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fumihiko Aono (210-C-78) of Panasonic - 18 points and 11 rebounds
5. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex - 25 points and 2 rebounds
6. Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of Toyota - 18 points and 9 rebounds
7. Ace Custis (202-F-74) of Panasonic - 8 points and 9 rebounds
8. Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) of Panasonic - 12 points and 6 assists
9. Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80) of Hitachi S. - 16 points and 4 rebounds
10. Yuta Tabuse (173-G-80) of Tochigi Brex - 9 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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


BJ League Round 34 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
BJ League round 34 most important game was a victory of Okinawa GK over their biggest opponent Shiga Lakestars 91-84 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Shiga Lakestars trailed by 17 points at halftime and as many as 21 after three quarters before a 37-23 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 84-91 at the end of the game. Okinawa GK forced 21 Shiga Lakestars turnovers. Strangely Shiga Lakestars outrebounded Okinawa GK 52-35 including 22 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. Power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists for Shiga Lakestars. Okinawa GK (20-13) moved-up to second place. Shiga Lakestars lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with 14 games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga Lakestars will play again at home against the league's second-placed Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (28-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Akita Happinets (10-23) 101-80. scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Jermaine Dixon chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds. Akita Happinets' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hamamatsu Phoenix maintains first position with 28-4 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the seventh place with 23 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Akita Happinets will play again at home against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kyoto was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (16-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (16-17). Niigata Albirex defeated Kyoto Hannaryz 80-66 on Saturday. Zachary Andrews notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds by Wendell White did not help to save the game for Kyoto Hannaryz. Niigata Albirex moved-up to third place. Loser Kyoto Hannaryz keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kyoto Hannaryz will play again against Niigata Albirex (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked Tokyo Apache (15-11) and 7th ranked Akita Happinets (10-23) in Tokyo ended with biggest points difference. Tokyo Apache outscored guests from Akita 91-65. Robert Swift fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tokyo Apache have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-11 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the seventh place with 23 games lost. Tokyo Apache's next round opponent will be league's leader Osaka Evessa at home and it may be the game of the week. Akita Happinets will play against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa.

Other games in round 34 were not that significant. Takamatsu FA were beaten by Shimane on the road 79-64. Tokyo Apache won against Akita on its own court 81-72. Toyama Grouses unfortunately lost to Sendai 89ers in a road game 74-81. Saitama Bron. managed to beat Miyazaki at home 94-79.
The most impressive performance of 34th round was 28 points and 14 rebounds by Elijah Palmer of Miyazaki.



Shiga Lakestars - Okinawa GK 84-91

BJ League round 34 most important game was a victory of Okinawa GK over their biggest opponent Shiga Lakestars 91-84 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Shiga Lakestars trailed by 17 points at halftime and as many as 21 after three quarters before a 37-23 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 84-91 at the end of the game. Okinawa GK forced 21 Shiga Lakestars turnovers. Strangely Shiga Lakestars outrebounded Okinawa GK 52-35 including 22 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. Power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) added 23 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Shiga Lakestars. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Okinawa GK (20-13) moved-up to second place. Shiga Lakestars lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with 14 games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga Lakestars will play again at home against the league's second-placed Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: C.Dixon 22+4reb+5ast, J.Newton 22+10reb+3ast, N.Kosuge 13+2reb, D.Sneed 12+10reb, Y.Takushi 9+1reb+2ast, A.McHenry 6+4reb+4ast
Shiga Lakestars: J.Peppers 23+9reb+3ast, G.Hamilton 18+19reb+4ast, M.Joho 15+3reb+3ast, T.Fujiwara 12+6reb+2ast, R.Schafer 6+7reb+1ast, L.Rice 6+4reb
gschID: 105981


Kyoto Hannaryz - Niigata Albirex 66-80

The game in Kyoto was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (16-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (16-17). Niigata Albirex defeated Kyoto Hannaryz 80-66 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Niigata Albirex's pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-13 extending their advantage to 14 points. American power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Shuhei Komatsu (185-85) supported him with 24 points. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds by American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) did not help to save the game for Kyoto Hannaryz. His fellow American import power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) added 9 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Niigata Albirex moved-up to third place. Loser Kyoto Hannaryz keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kyoto Hannaryz will play again against Niigata Albirex (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: S.Komatsu 24+2reb+1ast, W.Veasley 15+3reb+2ast, Z.Andrews 15+11reb+2ast, J.Ashby 11+9reb+1ast, I.Konare 6+3reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 3+2reb
Kyoto Hannaryz: W.White 22+14reb+3ast, M.Abdul-Rauf 13+2reb+1ast, M.Fey 9+10reb, N.Nakamura 7+1reb, K.Setoyama 7+3reb+5ast, R.Warren 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 105982


Shimane - Takamatsu FA 79-64

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Shimane Magic (14-19) beat at home 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (9-24) 79-64. The game without a history. Shimane Magic led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American forward Terry Evans (196-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Shimane Magic's coach Zeljko Pavlicevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Rasheed Sparks (190-77, college: Morgan St.) added 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Five Shimane Magic and four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Saitama Bron. Takamatsu FA at the other side keeps the ninth position with 24 games lost. Shimane Magic's next round opponent will be again Takamatsu FA (#9) at home.
Top scorers:
Shimane: T.Evans 17+10reb+2ast, T.Ishizaki 14+6reb+7ast, T.Yokoo 14+1ast, F.Fisher 11+7reb+2ast, R.Golson 10+6reb+1ast, J.Davis 6+3reb+2ast
Takamatsu FA: J.Price 16+9reb+1ast, R.Sparks 15+6reb+4ast, S.Takada 10+7reb, H.Kikuchi 10+1reb, K.Lemons 6+6reb+2ast, M.Kita 5+1ast
gschID: 105983


Tokyo Apache - Akita 81-72

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Akita Happinets (10-23) lost on the road to fourth ranked Tokyo Apache (15-11) 81-72. Akita Happinets were ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 31-15 charge of Tokyo Apache, which allowed them to win the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The other American import guard Byron Eaton (180-86, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 27 points and 4 steals. American forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tokyo Apache have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-11 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the seventh place with 23 games lost. Tokyo Apache's next round opponent will be league's leader Osaka Evessa at home and it may be the game of the week. Akita Happinets will play against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Apache: B.Eaton 27+4reb+1ast, R.Swift 16+14reb+2ast, J.Tyler 12+10reb, J.Nakama 10+6reb+1ast, C.Aoki 8+2ast, M.Chappell 5+4reb+2ast
Akita: P.Butorac 18+12reb+1ast, S.Henry 15+5reb+5ast, M.Hasegawa 14+2reb+2ast, A.Akingbade 12+12reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 6+1ast, A.Burks 4+3reb
gschID: 105976


Tokyo Apache - Akita 91-65

The game between fourth ranked Tokyo Apache (15-11) and 7th ranked Akita Happinets (10-23) in Tokyo ended with biggest points difference. Tokyo Apache outscored guests from Akita 91-65. The game without a history. Tokyo Apache led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import forward Jeremy Tyler (209-91, college: High School) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Five Tokyo Apache players scored in double figures. American forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) added 8 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tokyo Apache have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-11 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the seventh place with 23 games lost. Tokyo Apache's next round opponent will be league's leader Osaka Evessa at home and it may be the game of the week. Akita Happinets will play against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Apache: R.Swift 19+15reb+1ast, J.Nakama 17+3reb+3ast, J.Tyler 16+12reb, B.Eaton 14+5reb+4ast, C.Aoki 12+2reb+4ast, M.Chappell 6+3reb+2ast
Akita: P.Butorac 17+7reb+1ast, S.Henry 15+2reb+4ast, A.Burks 10+4reb+4ast, A.Akingbade 8+14reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 6+6reb+3ast, M.Hasegawa 4+1reb
gschID: 105977


Akita - Hamamatsu P. 80-101

BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (28-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Akita Happinets (10-23) 101-80. The game was mostly controlled by Hamamatsu Phoenix. Akita Happinets was better in fourth quarter 33-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamamatsu Phoenix forced 19 Akita Happinets turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hamamatsu Phoenix maintains first position with 28-4 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the seventh place with 23 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Akita Happinets will play again at home against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix: J.Dixon 20+9reb, H.Sek 19+5reb+9ast, B.Paul 16+3reb+1ast, N.Yuki 7+1reb+2ast, S.Kazuhiro 7+3reb+1ast, A.Ayodokun 6+9reb+1ast
Akita: P.Jeffrey 30+12reb+1ast, A.Wayne 23+6reb+11ast, L.Dzaflo 16+6reb+3ast, O.Masahiro 12+4reb+2ast, N.Ray 9+6reb+2ast, O.Shingo 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 105978


Sendai 89ers - Toyama Grouses 81-74

Rather predictable result when second ranked Sendai 89ers (20-11) won against at home 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (10-21) 81-74. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 28-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. Sendai 89ers shot 28 for 46 from the free-throw line, while Toyama Grouses only scored eleven points from the stripe. 35 personal fouls committed by Toyama Grouses helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) fired 32 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The other American import power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Haakim Johnson (201, college: Pikeville) produced 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Sendai 89ers maintains second position with 20-11 record having nine points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Toyama Grouses at the other side keep the sixth place with 21 games lost. Sendai 89ers' next round opponent will be again Toyama Grouses (#6) at home.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: M.Hopson 32+9reb+3ast, C.Holm 18+13reb+2ast, M.Bell 17+13reb+2ast, L.Hechon 5+1reb+1ast, D.Takaoka 5+2reb+1ast, H.Kusaka 2+2ast
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 14+9reb+1ast, T.Mito 14+6reb+4ast, H.Johnson 12+8reb+5ast, J.Smith 11+6reb, M.Kyle 8+10reb, J.Davis 7+9reb+3ast
gschID: 105979


Saitama Bron. - Miyazaki 94-79

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (11-22) lost on the road to fifth ranked Saitama Broncos (14-19) 94-79. The game was mostly controlled by Saitama Broncos. Miyazaki Shining Suns was better in third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saitama Broncos players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Miyazaki Shining Suns helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) fired 27 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Daiki Terashita (190-80) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Elijah Palmer (201-81, college: Duquesne, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 17 points and 13 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saitama Broncos maintains fifth position with 14-19 record, which they share with Shimane. Miyazaki Shining Suns at the other side keep the eighth place with 22 games lost. Saitama Broncos' next round opponent will be again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) at home.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 27+7reb+9ast, D.Terashita 17+5reb+4ast, Y.Kitamuki 14+5reb+2ast, G.Leach 12+9reb+2ast, B.Nash 9+11reb+3ast, H.Shishito 8+1reb+1ast
Miyazaki: E.Palmer 28+14reb+3ast, J.Manuel 19+5reb+5ast, B.Cole 17+13reb, T.Shimizu 10+3reb+3ast, O.Shinnosuke 3+1reb+2ast, T.Ito 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 105980




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  LEBANON   


Champville and Riyadi on the good track in the League waiting for the WAL games - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The round 5 of the Final 8 from Bank Med League turned down to be a very exciting one. In Manara, Riyadi whos playing a good basketball for a while had continued its performance and this time against Hoops , Riyadi had a big win at the score of 81-59. Amir Saoud had a big game he led all scorers with 23 points , Calvin Cage and William Byrd from Hoops finished with 17 points each,

In other games Zahle welcomed Moutahed , the battle is continuing between these two teams , the venue was the court of the school of Freres Zahle , the home team had always the small lead at the end of each quarter. Alpha Bangoura continued his leadership with 21 points , Rodrigue Akl had a season high with 20 points which helped his team to secure a very important win after the loss in the previous round. Austin Johnson led Moutahed with 22 points. The game finished at the score of 79-73.

In Ghazir , Sagesse welcomed Champville , the two teams meetings were full of excitement throughout the season , Sagesse had a rocket start d they led the end of the first quarter 24 12, the 2nd quarter saw the dominance of Sagesse again despite the comeback made by Champville which reduced the score to 40 32 at the half. The 2nd half saw the dominance of Champville especially through Jasmon Youngblood carried his team and managed the score another very important win in the end at the score of 72-67. He finished the game with 29 points.

In the last game of the round, Center Demirdjian welcomed the game between Antranik and Byblos , The me had one title Heroic performance of Calvin Warner. The two teams met for the 3rd time this season , Antranik won the previous two games but in this game Byblos had different thoughts especially with the presence of Calvin Warner who had a terrific start with 17 points in the first quarter which gave his team bigger ambitions to try to win the game, Antranik was answering in the game through Willie BANNISTER and Nadim Souaid but Calvin Warner was too strong in this night , he finished the game with a the season best performance with 43 points and 21 rebounds. Byblos imposed its game in the 2nd half despite small comebacks from the home team but Byblos knew how to dominate the game and to secure very important moral win at the score of 91-80.




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  LITHUANIA   


NKL Round 36: Radviliskis edge Mazeikiai by two points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 36 in the NKL took place in Radviliskis. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Mazeikiai (22-12) to second ranked Radviliskis (24-10) 75-73 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mazeikiai. Mazeikiai cut a 16-point first quarter deficit to two at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-G-85) who scored 16 points and 8 assists. Nigerian forward Azeez Oladimeji (204-89) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Jason Warren (201-84, college: Missouri Western) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Radviliskis maintains second position with 24-10 record having nine points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Mazeikiai at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Radviliskis are looking forward to face LKKA-Atletas (#6) in Kaunas in the next round. Mazeikiai will play on the road against the league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was played in Vilnius between eighth ranked Perlas-MRU and 5th ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio where host Perlas-MRU (16-18) won against Zalgiris-Sabonio (19-15) 76-71. It was a good game for forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 20 rebounds. E. Lengvinas contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Edgaras Ulanovas (198-92) replied with 20 points for Zalgiris-Sabonio. Perlas-MRU maintains eighth position with 16-18 record. Zalgiris-Sabonio lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with LKKA-Atletas. Perlas-MRU will play against higher ranked Nafta Universitetas (#7) in Klaipeda in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play at home against Meresta in Pakruojis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Pieno Zvaigzdes delivered the 33th victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Nafta Universitetas (18-16) 93-85 in Klaipeda. Worth to mention a quality performance of Darrick Leonard who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 assists. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Rimantas Endrijaitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Viktoras Chodosovskis with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Pieno Zvaigzdes (33-1) have an impressive 25-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser Nafta Universitetas keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes will meet at home Mazeikiai (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nafta Universitetas will play against Perlas-MRU (#8) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Thirteenth-ranked ABRO-Universitetas (10-23) made lots of trouble for eleventh ranked Triobet Malsta (14-19) in Jonava. Triobet Malsta managed to secure only two-point victory 63-61. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ABRO-Universitetas. The winners were led by Henrikas Vorotnikovas who scored that evening 19 points. Triobet Malsta moved-up to ninth place. ABRO-Universitetas at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 23 games lost. Triobet Malsta's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Puntukas (#15) in Anyksciai where they are favorite. ABRO-Universitetas will play at home against Delikatesas in Joniskis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Vilnius, where higher ranked Silute (13-20) lost to fourteenth ranked Akademija (10-24) in a road game 90-95 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Egidijus Mockevicius who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Akademija's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Akademija maintains fourteenth position with 10-24 record. Loser Silute dropped to the tenth place with 20 games lost. Akademija will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 36 LKKA-Atletas was defeated by Meresta in Pakruojis 82-74. Delikatesas beat Erelita at home 81-74.


Meresta - LKKA-Atletas 82-74

There was no surprise in Pakruojis where 6th ranked LKKA-Atletas (19-15) was defeated by fourth ranked Meresta (21-13) 82-74 on Saturday. LKKA-Atletas trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 24-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-82 at the end of the game. Meresta dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to LKKA-Atletas' 36 and made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. Meresta forced 19 LKKA-Atletas turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Saulius Raziulis (183-76, agency: Court Side) who scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Vytautas Padgureckas (186-85) chipped in 18 points. Five Meresta players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) who recorded 25 points and 6 rebounds and guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) added 29 points respectively. Meresta maintains fourth position with 21-13 record. Loser LKKA-Atletas dropped to the fifth place with 15 games lost. Meresta will face Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5) in Kaunas in the next round. LKKA-Atletas will play at home against the league's second-placed Radviliskis.
Top scorers:
Meresta: V.Padgureckas 18+3reb+2ast, S.Raziulis 14+6reb+7ast, M.Kumpis 12+1reb, L.Radavicius 12+8reb+1ast, A.Danusevicius 12+7reb, S.Slivka 10+5reb+2ast
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 29+3reb+1ast, V.Sragauskis 25+6reb+3ast, D.Gricius 7+4reb, P.Ceicys 5+2reb+1ast, E.Tviraga 4+6reb, A.Sakalauskas 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 122109


Akademija - Silute 95-90

We should mention about the upset which took place in Vilnius, where higher ranked Silute (13-20) lost to fourteenth ranked Akademija (10-24) in a road game 90-95 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-16. But Silute won third quarter 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Akademija dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Silute's 34. Silute was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-92) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. chipped in 29 points. Akademija's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Evaldas Jurkus (190-84) who recorded 37 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and swingman Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-87) added 20 points and 17 rebounds respectively. Four Silute players scored in double figures. Akademija maintains fourteenth position with 10-24 record. Loser Silute dropped to the tenth place with 20 games lost. Akademija will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Akademija: J.Jurgo 29+4reb+1ast, E.Mockevicius 23+12reb+2ast, K.Alekna 17+3reb+1ast, L.Kirlys 8+4reb+2ast, T.Lekunas 7+4reb+2ast, T.Purlys 6+1reb+6ast
Silute: E.Jurkus 37+6reb+1ast, V.Nedzinskas 20+17reb+1ast, R.Dimiciukas 12+3reb+2ast, J.Cesnavicius 10+9reb+3ast, E.Ramanauskas 4+4reb, J.Nausedas 4+2ast
gschID: 122106


Triobet Malsta - ABRO-Univ. 63-61

Thirteenth-ranked ABRO-Universitetas (10-23) made lots of trouble for eleventh ranked Triobet Malsta (14-19) in Jonava. Triobet Malsta managed to secure only two-point victory 63-61. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ABRO-Universitetas. ABRO-Universitetas was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 22-14 charge of Triobet Malsta, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 24 ABRO-Universitetas turnovers. The winners were led by forward Henrikas Vorotnikovas (202-90) who scored that evening 19 points and guard Audrius Vasiliauskas (185-82) supported him with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Triobet Malsta players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 8 rebounds by guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) did not help to save the game for ABRO-Universitetas. Belarusian swingman Vitali Liutych (198-92) added 17 points. Triobet Malsta moved-up to ninth place. ABRO-Universitetas at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 23 games lost. Triobet Malsta's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Puntukas (#15) in Anyksciai where they are favorite. ABRO-Universitetas will play at home against Delikatesas in Joniskis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Triobet Malsta: H.Vorotnikovas 19+3reb+1ast, T.Milinskas 11+7reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 11+8reb+3ast, V.Kruzikas 10+5reb+3ast, G.Maciulevicius 4+3reb+1ast, R.Juknevicius 4+2reb
ABRO-Univ.: V.Liutych 17+3reb+1ast, A.Kvedaravicius 14+8reb+2ast, P.Knyza 10+4reb, T.Miezis 6+2reb+3ast, E.Vaupsas 6+2reb+2ast, I.Ramasauskas 4+11reb
gschID: 122107


Delikatesas - Erelita 81-74

There was a small surprise in Joniskis where twelfth ranked Delikatesas (11-22) defeated 10th ranked Erelita-KTU (13-20) 81-74 on Saturday. Erelita-KTU was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of Delikatesas, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) who scored 30 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Juotas Blazys (197-82) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Rokas Cepanonis (207-89) who recorded 21 points and 9 rebounds and guard Matas Sapiega (180-90) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Delikatesas maintains twelfth position with 11-22 record. Loser Erelita-KTU keeps the tenth place with 20 games lost. Delikatesas will face ABRO-Universitetas (#13) in Siauliai in the next round.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: Z.Petraitis 30+6reb+2ast, J.Blazys 17+6reb+6ast, V.Pikalavicius 16+8reb+1ast, J.Jucikas 10+10reb+2ast, L.Kutra 5+2reb+6ast, N.Vashakidze 3+1reb+1ast
Erelita: R.Cepanonis 21+9reb+1ast, M.Sapiega 15+2reb+6ast, M.Lisajevicius 11, A.Pelss 11+5reb+5ast, K.Pupinis 8+13reb, M.Mackevicius 5+3reb
gschID: 122108


Nafta Universitetas - Pieno Zvaigzdes 85-93

Leader Pieno Zvaigzdes delivered the 33th victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Nafta Universitetas (18-16) 93-85 in Klaipeda. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 54-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Pieno Zvaigzdes looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 assists and guard Gintautas Vileita (194-75, college: Monmouth) who added 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Rimantas Endrijaitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) scored 22 points and 6 assists. Five Pieno Zvaigzdes and four Nafta Universitetas players scored in double figures. Pieno Zvaigzdes (33-1) have an impressive 25-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser Nafta Universitetas keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes will meet at home Mazeikiai (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nafta Universitetas will play against Perlas-MRU (#8) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: D.Leonard 18+4reb+6ast, G.Vileita 18+4reb+4ast, A.Kazlauskas 15+7reb+4ast, R.Trakimas 13+4reb, M.Virbalas 12+8reb+2ast, R.Sugintas 6+7reb+3ast
Nafta Universitetas: M.Girdziunas 22+2reb+6ast, V.Chodosovskis 19+7reb+4ast, T.Klimas 18+3reb+2ast, J.Kazakauskas 16+10reb+1ast, H.Venskus 8+3reb+2ast, D.Zvinklys 2+5reb
gschID: 122103


Perlas-MRU - Zalgiris-Sabonio 76-71

Another exciting game was played in Vilnius between eighth ranked Perlas-MRU and 5th ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio where host Perlas-MRU (16-18) won against Zalgiris-Sabonio (19-15) 76-71. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Zalgiris-Sabonio was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 20 rebounds. contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Perlas-MRU players scored in double figures. Forward Edgaras Ulanovas (198-92) replied with 20 points and center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Zalgiris-Sabonio. Perlas-MRU maintains eighth position with 16-18 record. Zalgiris-Sabonio lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with LKKA-Atletas. Perlas-MRU will play against higher ranked Nafta Universitetas (#7) in Klaipeda in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play at home against Meresta in Pakruojis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: K.Brusokas 20+20reb, E.Lengvinas 19+4ast, A.Udras 10+4reb, P.Semaska 10+2reb+10ast, M.Kazonas 8+11reb+2ast, T.Padegimas 7+1reb+1ast
Zalgiris-Sabonio: E.Ulanovas 20+4reb+3ast, M.Kupsas 19+7reb, T.Jogela 11+9reb, G.Zyle 9+4reb+2ast, K.Vecvagars 6+2reb+2ast, T.Dimsa 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 122104


Radviliskis - Mazeikiai 75-73

The most exciting game of round 36 in the NKL took place in Radviliskis. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Mazeikiai (22-12) to second ranked Radviliskis (24-10) 75-73 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mazeikiai. Mazeikiai cut a 16-point first quarter deficit to two at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) who scored 16 points and 8 assists. Nigerian forward Azeez Oladimeji (204-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Jason Warren (201-84, college: Missouri Western) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll.) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Radviliskis maintains second position with 24-10 record having nine points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Mazeikiai at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Radviliskis are looking forward to face LKKA-Atletas (#6) in Kaunas in the next round. Mazeikiai will play on the road against the league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: L.Pipiras 18+5reb, Z.Kuklierius 16+3reb+8ast, A.Oladimeji 14+10reb, M.Pukinskas 14+6reb+1ast, R.Rauktys 6+4reb+2ast, D.Rekasius 5+3reb+1ast
Mazeikiai: J.Warren 20+13reb, M.Norkus 19+3reb+1ast, B.Harrison 15+5reb+8ast, M.Kumpys 10+6reb, V.Luksa 4+3reb, V.Kazlauskas 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 122105




Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 16-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 14-2 
 3. Rudupis 11-4 
 4. Siauliai 9-5 
 5. Juventus 9-6 
 6. Techasas 9-7 
 7. Naglis-Adakris 6-9 
 8. Aiscai Kaunas 6-11 
 9. Nevezis 5-10 
 10. Perlas 5-10 
 11. Neptunas 5-10 
 12. Sakalai 4-12 
 13. Alytus Alita 1-14 


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 33-1 
 2. Radviliskis 24-10 
 3. Mazeikiai 22-12 
 4. Meresta 21-13 
 5. Zalgiris-Sabonio 19-15 
 6. LKKA-Atletas 19-15 
 7. Nafta Universitetas 18-16 
 8. Perlas-MRU 16-18 
 9. Triobet Malsta 14-19 
 10. Silute 13-20 
 11. Erelita 13-20 
 12. Delikatesas 11-22 
 13. ABRO-Univ. 10-23 
 14. Akademija 10-24 
 15. Puntukas 9-24 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Kieza, Juventus18.1 
 2. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis16.1 
 4. Ruikis, Neptunas15.7 
 5. Viskontas, Perlas15.6 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.3 
 7. Dimsa, Nevezis15.1 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.14.6 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.3 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.8 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.5 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.3 
 5. Matulis, Sakalai6.9 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.9 
 7. Zelionis, Rudupis6.8 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.7 
 10. Valukonis, Techasas6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.6 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas6.0 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.5 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.3 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.8 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.6 
 7. Janavicius, Siauliai4.5 
 8. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.3 
 9. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.3 
 10. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.3 
 2. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.1 
 3. Vasylius, Neptunas2.0 
 4. Ruikis, Neptunas1.9 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis1.9 
 6. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 7. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.7 
 8. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.7 
 9. Viskontas, Perlas1.7 
 10. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Techasas2.2 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.1 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Volkus, Techasas1.3 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.2 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 
 8. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Kieza, Juventus0.9 
 10. Gumenyuk, Siauliai0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.8 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.8 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.5 
 4. Jurkus, Silute18.4 
 5. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.2 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.16.8 
 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.10.2 
 4. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.4 
 5. Warren, Mazeikiai8.9 
 6. Brusokas, Perla.8.6 
 7. Nedzinskas, Silute8.2 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.6 
 9. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.6 
 10. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.6 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.1 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.5.0 
 4. Sapiega, Erelita4.7 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.4 
 7. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.4.4 
 8. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 9. Kutra, Delikatesas4.1 
 10. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.7 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.2.6 
 3. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.6 
 4. Metelica, Erelita2.4 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.3 
 7. Sapiega, Erelita2.3 
 8. Radavicius, Meres.2.2 
 9. Kutra, Delikatesas2.1 
 10. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.6 
 2. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.9 
 3. Urbonas, LK.1.9 
 4. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.8 
 5. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 6. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 7. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.3 
 8. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.2 
 9. Milinskas, Triobe.1.0 
 10. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.1.0 


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Slammers to End the ABL as a Champions - by Abdallah Omari
Thailand Chang Slammers, playing their first ABL season showed character, quality and most importantly composure at the pivotal moment in front of an away crowd to wrap up the ABL Season 2 Finals series with a 75-68 win against defending champions Philippine Patriots at the Philsports Arena on Saturday. The Patriots having lost the Game 1 of the series 58-66 at Bangkok last Sunday did make an energetic attempt to force the Game 3, but fell short pitted against the solid end-game play of the Slammers. Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) led the scoring for Slammers, and the game, with a 19-point game in a 5/8 shooting show, including converting four of his seven three-pointer attempts. Ardy Larong (190-G/F-80) had 15 points and 5 steals. American center Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) and Cameroonian guard Chris Kuete (195-G/F-83) played their roles to perfection as the Slammers turned around a 14-point third quarter deficit with some solid end-game play. Dixon, who incidentally averaged 15.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game steering the Patriots last year, had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kuete accounted for a dozen points, all of them coming in the decisive fourth quarter. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) and Benedict Fernandez (183-G-84) scored 16 points each for the Patriots the former also collecting 13 rebounds. Steve Thomas (203-F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had a game-high 15 rebounds to go with his 13 points.

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Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Ulcijn 12-3 
 2. Mornar Bar 11-3 
 3. Lovcen 11-4 
 4. Jedinstvo 9-5 
 5. Teodo Tivat 9-6 
 6. ABS Primorje 6-9 
 7. Mogren 6-9 
 8. Danilovgrad 4-11 
 9. Gorstak 3-12 
 10. Ljubovic 3-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


Standings - 1B
1B Stage Two Standings
 1. KK Podgorica 5-1 
 2. Sutjeska 4-2 
 3. Un.Mediteran 4-3 
 4. Centar BP 3-3 
 5. S.Centar 3-3 
 6. Buducnost II 3-4 
 7. Rudar 2-4 
 8. Ibar Rozaje 1-5 
regular season Standings


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Miami Heat's James Jones wins 3-point competition - by Eurobasket News
Heat forward James Jones (6'8''-F-80, college: Miami (FL)) defeated the Celtics Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) and Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) in the three-point competition on Saturday at Staples Center.

A graduate of the University of Miami, Jones is the fourth Heat player to win the competition, joining Glen Rice, Jason Kapono and Daequan Cook. Jones scored 20 points in the finals, making 4 of 5 shots on every rack. Pierce scored 18 in the final while Allen had 15 points.

Weve had our struggles with the Celtics in the past but the Heat came out on top [Saturday], Jones said.

Jones practiced little for the competition before arriving in Los Angeles. The Heat had a four-game road trip before the All-Star break. Jones also has been suffering from a minor hip injury after taking a charge against Celtics center Kendrick Perkins last Sunday. Jones advanced to the finals by scoring 15 points in the first round. Allen scored 20 in the first round while Pierce had 12, making his final three shots to advance.

It was an easy transition for me and I think playing and shooting against some of the best competition in the league kind of brought the best out of me, Jones said.

Jones ruptured a tendon in his right wrist in 2008. The injury required surgery and nearly ended his career. He said Saturdays victory in the three-point competition provided personal redemption.

That was the low point of my professional career, Jones said. As a shooter, I felt like I was really starting to find my niche in this league. To have that injury, my walls came crumbling down.

I always wanted to prove to myself that I could be labeled one of the best shooters in this game. I think I proved it here today.

Jones is shooting 42.3 percent from three-point range. Hes also taken 25 charges, a team-high.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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Temple 66, St. Joseph's 52 - by Milord Nikolic
Ramone Moore scored 17 points and Lavoy Allen collected 14 points and 12 rebounds as No. 25 Temple toppled visiting Big 5-rival St. Josephs, 66-52. Juan Fernandez added 12 points and six assists for the Owls, who have won eight straight to move one-half game behind Xavier for first place in the Atlantic 10. Moore and Fernandez each drained 3-pointers in the first two minutes of the second half to keep the double-digit edge. The Hawks did not get closer than eight points the rest of the way. Moores jumper with 4:48 left pushed it to 62-44 and put the game away.




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DStv PBL: Ikyaator 20 points rally Comets over Dodan Warriors - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Comets basketball club continue its impressive run in the Atlantic conference of the DStv Premier Basketball League crowning a glorious outing against Dodan Warriors basketball club in a local derby in Lagos on Saturday.

Comets and Nigeria national team point guard, Orseer Ikyaator led the former Nigeria league champion challenge with 20 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds as the Coach Ayo Bakare tutored side went past the Warriors in a week-4 pairing of the league with an 83-81 points victory.

The exciting game saw the Comets winning the first and third quarters by 21-20 and 20-17 while it lost the fourth quarter by 24-26 points and even scores in the second quarter by 18 points apiece.

Comets combo-guard Obum Darlington added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, Dike Madina recorded a double double figure of 13 points and 11 rebounds, Comets and Nigeria national team forward Dennis Ebikoro had 13 points and 4 rebounda while former Union Bank basketball centre Michael Udoh contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds for the Comets win over the Warriors to maintain its leadership of the Atlantic conference with a 4-1 record.

Dodan Warriors and Nigeria national team guard, Mohammed Bukar led the floor with 22 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds teammates Oladipupo Oshunnubi and Benin Republic import Romaric added 15 and 12 points respectively.

In other games played at the weekend Delta Force basketball club of Asaba recorded its first win of the season with a 73-63 points victory over Chariots basketball club of Lagos at the sports hall of the Asaba Township stadium.

Union Bank basketball club picked an away win over city rival Islanders basketball club in Lagos by 67-47 points. Defending champion, Kano Pillars basketball club defeated visiting Bauchi Nets basketball club by 67-31 points in Kano as Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi continue its search for a place in the final-8 playoffs of the 2010/2011 season of the DStv league with a 98-55 points victory over Immigration basketball club of Kano thus pushing the Immigration side further down the ladder of the Savannah conference.

Two more away wins were recorded by Kada Stars basketball club and Plateau Peaks basketball club.

Kada Stars defeated its host Niger Potters basketball club of Minna by 77-72 points to stay top of the Savannah conference just as Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos recorded a 63-59 points win over city rival Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos at the sports hall of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to reknew its final-8 hope.



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


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Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.SC 10-1 
 2. Halifax R. 7-4 
 3. Quebec K. 7-4 
 4. Saint John M.R. 5-4 
 5. Rochester R. 4-6 
 6. Kentucky S. 4-8 
 7. Vermont FH 2-5 
 8. Dayton A. 2-9 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike WILLIAMS
  Rochester R.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Williams, Vermo.20.9 
 2. Brown, Quebec K.19.8 
 3. Jones, Kentucky S.18.5 
 4. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.17.3 
 6. Parran, Quebec K.17.2 
 7. Martin, Saint J.17.2 
 8. Allen, Vermont FH16.7 
 9. Crouch, Rocheste.16.7 
 10. Egerson, Saint J.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Crookshank, Halif.11.2 
 2. Williams, Vermo.10.3 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC9.2 
 4. Walton, Rocheste.8.5 
 5. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 6. Dollard, Halifax R.8.0 
 7. Jones, Kentucky S.7.8 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.7.7 
 9. Jones, Halifax R.7.7 
 10. Ocitti, Saint J.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Rice, Vermont FH7.6 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.6.1 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.5.7 
 4. Brown, Halifax R.5.5 
 5. Egerson, Saint J.5.1 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.4.0 
 7. Acker, Quebec K.3.8 
 8. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
 9. Brown, Quebec K.3.7 
 10. Fountain, Lawton F.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rice, Vermont FH3.0 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.2.9 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.5 
 4. Brown, Quebec K.2.3 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.2.2 
 6. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 7. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 8. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 9. Martin, Saint J.1.6 
 10. Perry, Dayton A.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared CARTER
  Rochester R.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Carter, Rocheste.1.5 
 2. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.4 
 4. George, Dayton A.1.3 
 5. Ocitti, Saint J.1.3 
 6. Daniels, Lawton F.1.2 
 7. Williams, Rocheste.1.0 
 8. Dollard, Halifax R.0.9 
 9. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 10. Delk, Kentucky S.0.8 


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Stats Leaders - 1Liga
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Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS Szczecin
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.3