EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/23/2011

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 17-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. NY Prime Time 1-4 
 4. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 5. Texas RR 0-1 
 6. Shizuoka Gym. 0-4 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 22-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 7-4 
 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 15-2 
 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 14-5 
 2. Bay Area M. 13-7 
 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 13-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 9-5 
 3. NWI M.Stars 4-6 
 4. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 5. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 6. Indianapolis 0-0 
 7. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 8. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
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. 13-1 
SoCal
 1. San Diego Sol 14-3 
 2. Las Vegas A. 9-1 
 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. 16-1 
 2. St. Louis 8-3 
 3. Columbus Diesel 8-4 
 4. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 5. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 6. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 19-0 
 2. Columbus Life 11-2 
 3. Savannah Storm 10-6 
 4. Heartland P. 8-3 
 5. Bahama PS 0-0 
 6. Florida M. 0-0 
 7. Florida Th. 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 15-4 
 2. North Dallas 11-6 
 3. Oklahoma 8-5 
 4. West Texas W. 8-6 
 5. N.Texas F. 1-4 
 6. Dallas Impact 0-0 


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Crvena Zvezda locks young Ivan Saicic until 2015 - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda made important signing for the future. The Serbian outfit signed a four-year deal with young prospect Ivan Saicic. The 18-year-old Saicic plays for Crvena Zvezda junior team. He was one of their best players at the latest Nike International Junior Tournament, where he averaged 15.4 points and 5.4 rebounds for five games. Crvena Zvezda won the trophy by beating FMP in the Big Final 102-93.

Game report:
IJT Crvena Zvezda clinched Belgrade Tournament title. They held off IJT FMP in the championship game. Aleksandar Cvetkovic came up with 35 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the winners. He was trumped the MVP of the tournament. IJT Crvena Zvezda have booked their spot at the Nike International Junior Tournament that will take place during Euroleague Final Four.
Aleksandar Cvetkovic unloaded 14 points in the opening frame to set the tone for Crvena Zvezda. They grabbed a 27:18 lead at the first break. Crvena Zvezda continued to dominate in the second term. They recorded a 55:44 lead at the interval. Nenad Miljenovic paced FMP as they narrowed the gap early in the third term. FMP got within 6 points late in the period but Crvena Zvezda quickly reacted. They restored an 82:70 lead at the final intermission. Aleksandar Cvetkovic continued to deliver regularly in the fourth period helping Crvena Zvezda celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Ivan Marinkovic scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Ivan Saicic chipped in 16 points in the win. Nenad Miljenovic answered with 29 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds for FMP. Popovic-Turanjanin had 21 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.


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  ARGENTINA   


La Union adds veteran Ruben Garces - by Eurobasket News
Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) is a new member of La Union. The Panamanian big guy signed a deal for rest of the season. He arrives from Mexico, where he started 2010/11. First, Garces was a member of Algodoneros and in November he moved to Soles de Mexicali. For 18 games in LNBP Garces had 13.6 ppg and 10.4 rebounds.
Before Mexico, Ruben Garces played for CAI Zaragoza. It was on season 2008/09. He appeared 32 times for them in Spanish league averaging 4.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. From 2005 to 2008, Garces played for Pamesa Valencia. He was one of their best players. In the past, the veteran PF/C also was a member of Estudiantes, Breogan, Valladolid and ASVEL. He also has some experience from the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors.


TNA Round 6: San Martin Marcos Juarez loses the game and top position in their group - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the TNA2 leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader San Martin Marcos Juarez (4-2). They were defeated by fourth ranked Tucuman BB (4-2) 77-73 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of San Martin Marcos Juarez. It was a key game for the top position in TNA2. Tucuman BB have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of TNA2 leader, which they share with Union S. and San Mart.MJ. San Martin Marcos Juarez will play next round against Adelante trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Tucuman BB will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Gimnasia VP in Necochea.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Union de Sunchales as it allowed them to take a leadership position in TNA2. Union de Sunchales smashed 7th ranked Asociacion Espanola at home 103-83. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Tucuman BB and San Mart.MJ. Newly promoted Asociacion Espanola keeps the seventh place with four games lost. Asociacion Espanola will play next round against Banda Norte trying to get back on the winning streak. Union de Sunchales will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Union Progresista at Villa Angela.
Quite upsetting was Firmat SF's home defeat in a game versus San Martin Corrientes 84-80. San Martin Corrientes (3-3) moved-up to third place in TNA1, which they share with Quilmes MP and Bragado. Firmat SF at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with A.Italiana and Obera TC. San Martin Corrientes will meet at home league's second-placed Ciclista in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Firmat SF will play against Obera TC (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And what about another game where Quilmes MP (#5) beat Asociacion Italiana by 23 points 86-63 on the road. Quilmes MP (3-3) moved-up to third place in TNA1, which they share with San Mart.C. and Bragado. Asociacion Italiana at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Quilmes MP's next round opponent will be league's leader Alvear in Villa Angela and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asociacion Italiana will play on the road against Bragado (#3).
Important game to mention about took place in Juninense. Second ranked Ciclista (4-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Obera TC (2-4) 68-65 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Ciclista maintains second position in TNA1 with 4-2 record behind leader Alvear. Obera TC lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. Ciclista will face San Martin Corrientes (#4) on the road in the next round. Obera TC will play against Firmat SF in Santa Fe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6:
In TNA1 Bragado lost to Alvear on the opponent's court 70-74.
In TNA2 Adelante managed to outperform Gimnasia VP in a home game 94-86. Union Progr. recorded a loss to Banda Norte on the road 98-92.


Group TNA1
Firmat SF - San Mart.C. 80-84

Quite upsetting was Firmat SF's home defeat in a game versus San Martin Corrientes 84-80. San Martin Corrientes (3-3) moved-up to third place in TNA1, which they share with Quilmes MP and Bragado. Firmat SF at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with A.Italiana and Obera TC. San Martin Corrientes will meet at home league's second-placed Ciclista in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Firmat SF will play against Obera TC (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121153


A.Italiana - Quilmes MP 63-86

And what about another game where Quilmes MP (#5) beat Asociacion Italiana by 23 points 86-63 on the road. Quilmes MP (3-3) moved-up to third place in TNA1, which they share with San Mart.C. and Bragado. Asociacion Italiana at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Quilmes MP's next round opponent will be league's leader Alvear in Villa Angela and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asociacion Italiana will play on the road against Bragado (#3).
gschID: 121154


Ciclista - Obera TC 68-65

Important game to mention about took place in Juninense. Second ranked Ciclista (4-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Obera TC (2-4) 68-65 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Ciclista maintains second position in TNA1 with 4-2 record behind leader Alvear. Obera TC lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. Ciclista will face San Martin Corrientes (#4) on the road in the next round. Obera TC will play against Firmat SF in Santa Fe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121151


Alvear - Bragado 74-70

Rather expected game in Villa Angela where 3rd ranked Bragado (3-3) was defeated by first ranked Alvear (5-1) 74-70 on Sunday. Alvear have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Alvear maintains first position in TNA1 with 5-1 record. Loser Bragado keeps the third place with three games lost. Alvear will face Quilmes MP (#5) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Bragado will play at home against Asociacion Italiana in Charata.
gschID: 121152


Group TNA2
Adelante - Gimnasia VP 94-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Adelante's (3-3) home victory over 8th ranked Gimnasia VP (1-5) 94-86 on Sunday. Adelante moved-up to fourth place in TNA2, which they share with Union Progr. and Banda Norte. Gimnasia VP lost fifth consecutive game. Gimnasia VP at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with five games lost. Adelante will face higher ranked San Martin Marcos Juarez (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Gimnasia VP will play against the league's second-placed Tucuman BB (#2) in Tandil.
gschID: 121156


Union S. - A.Espanola 103-83

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Union de Sunchales as it allowed them to take a leadership position in TNA2. Union de Sunchales smashed 7th ranked Asociacion Espanola at home 103-83. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Tucuman BB and San Mart.MJ. Newly promoted Asociacion Espanola keeps the seventh place with four games lost. Asociacion Espanola will play next round against Banda Norte trying to get back on the winning streak. Union de Sunchales will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Union Progresista at Villa Angela.
gschID: 121157


Tucuman BB - San Mart.MJ 77-73

There was a change at the TNA leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader San Martin Marcos Juarez (4-2). They were defeated by fourth ranked Tucuman BB (4-2) 77-73 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of San Martin Marcos Juarez. It was a key game for the top position in TNA2. Tucuman BB have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of TNA2 leader, which they share with Union S. and San Mart.MJ. San Martin Marcos Juarez will play next round against Adelante trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Tucuman BB will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Gimnasia VP in Necochea.
gschID: 121158


Banda Norte - Union Progr. 98-92

There was a minor upset in Rio Cuarto where one of their biggest challengers Union Progresista (3-3) was defeated by sixth ranked Banda Norte (3-3) 98-92 on Monday. Banda Norte moved-up to fourth place in TNA2, which they share with Union Progr. and Adelante. Union Progresista lost third consecutive game. Banda Norte will face Asociacion Espanola (#7) in Charata in the next round. Union Progresista will play at home against the league's leader Union de Sunchales.
gschID: 121155



Battle's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old center Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for Libertad S. and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 22 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Monte Hermoso (#9, 9-9) 84-74. Libertad S. is placed at 8th position in Argentinian league. Libertad S. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 8th lost game this season out of 17 games. Battle turned to be Libertad S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Drexel University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Battle is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 2.0bpg and 59.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of top-ranked Obras. He is naturalized Italian forward in his first season at Obras. In the last game Gutierrez recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Obras lost that game 59-64 to the lower-ranked Estudiantes (#13, 6-10). Obras managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team has currently 13-5 record. Gutierrez is a newcomer at Obras and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.3ppg (#6). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-F/C-88) of Club 9 (#10). Meyinsse scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Club 9, leading his team to a 92-81 win against the higher-ranked Atenas (#5, 11-7). The chances of Club 9 ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Meyinsse could help Club 9 to bring them higher in the standings. Meyinsse has a great season in Argentina. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (5th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 56.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81) of Boca Jrs - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83) of Club 9 - 21 points and 7 rebounds
6. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) of Regatas C. - 12 points and 13 rebounds
7. Andre Laws (186-G-80) of Olimpico LB - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. David Jackson (196-G-82) of La Union - 23 points and 5 rebounds
9. Hernando Salles (188-G-79) of Monte Hermoso - 18 points and 7 assists
10. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) of La Union - 15 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 - TNA
TNA Standings
TNA1
 1. Alvear 5-1 
 2. Ciclista 4-2 
 3. Bragado 3-3 
 4. San Mart.C. 3-3 
 5. Quilmes MP 3-3 
 6. Firmat SF 2-4 
 7. Obera TC 2-4 
 8. A.Italiana 2-4 
TNA2
 1. Union S. 4-2 
 2. Tucuman BB 4-2 
 3. San Mart.MJ 4-2 
 4. Union Progr. 3-3 
 5. Banda Norte 3-3 
 6. Adelante 3-3 
 7. A.Espanola 2-4 
 8. Gimnasia VP 1-5 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Jackson, La Union19.5 
 2. Bunn, Argentino18.9 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.7 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.4 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.3 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.5 
 8. Taylor, Lanus15.2 
 9. Pittman, Obras14.5 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.0 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.9.7 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.0 
 4. Kante, Olimpico LB8.9 
 5. Battle, Libertad S.8.6 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.2 
 8. Leiva, Penarol8.0 
 9. Mikulas, La Union7.5 
 10. Alston, Boca Jrs7.4 
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.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.6 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.4 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.4 
 8. Sartorelli, Argentino3.4 
 9. Laws, Olimpico LB3.1 
 10. Victoriano, Lanus3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.2 
 2. Cequeira, Obras2.6 
 3. Lamonte, Penarol2.4 
 4. Salles, Monte H.2.4 
 5. Sciutto, Monte H.2.4 
 6. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 7. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 8. Martinez, Regat.2.3 
 9. Labaque, Atenas2.3 
 10. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Battle, Libertad S.2.0 
 2. Meyinsse, Club 91.4 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs0.9 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 9. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.8 
 10. Levy, Lanus0.8 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Worthington, Tragardh fined by NBL - by Eurobasket News
Gold Coast Blaze senior player Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) and Melbourne Tigers Captain Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU) have both been fined by the National Basketball League for comments made on their Twitter accounts during the ONE HD televised game between the Gold Coast Blaze and the New Zealand Breakers on Sunday night.

The league has found both players guilty of publicly criticising the referees during the game on the social networking site, Twitter.

Worthington has been fined $1,000, however half of the fine ($500) has been suspended pending any further infraction of the rules between now and the end of the NBL season.

Tragardh has been fined $500 which was suspended, again pending any further infraction of the rules between now and the end of the NBL season.

The ever expanding use in social media amongst our clubs, players and coaches is a valuable way to engage directly and immediately with our fans and is encouraged by the league office, however it is important that we ensure our rules are upheld and respect for our game officials is maintained.

'We will treat public criticism on social media sites the same way we would in the mainstream media,' said Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer, Larry Sengstock.

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


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Levski 6-1 
 2. Beograd 5-2 
 3. Zrinjski HT 4-3 
 4. Ulcijn 2-4 
 5. Svjetlost 0-7 
Group B
 1. Feni Indistrija 5-2 
 2. Mornar Bar 5-2 
 3. Rilski Sportist 4-4 
 4. Mures 3-4 
 5. Balkan 1-6 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ilmars BERGMANIS
  Zemgale
  (184-G-81)
  Avg: 19
 1. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.0 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 3. Osby, TT.18.9 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas16.9 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.15.8 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.6 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja15.1 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Osby, TT.11.7 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.8 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.4 
 4. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 6. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.9 
 7. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 8. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.7 
 9. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
 10. Kuzminskas, Ventspils7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.6 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 5. Kriisa, TT.4.9 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis4.6 
 7. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.5 
 9. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 10. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Broadus, Siauliai2.4 
 2. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 3. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 4. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 5. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 7. Anderson, Ventspils1.8 
 8. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai1.8 
 10. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.3 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Cresnar, Nevezis1.4 
 6. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 7. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.2 
 8. Osby, TT.1.2 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 
 10. Talts, TU/Rock1.0 


Ventspils release Rob Lewin after two games - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils have decided not sign a long-term contract with Rob Lewin (201-F-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Troy). The forward has joined Ventspils for two Baltic League games. He tallied 6.0 points, 6.5 boards in those appearances. His performance did not satisfy the Latvian powerhouse and they released the player. Rob Lewin started the season in France. He notched 11.5 points and 9.8 boards for Vichy. Later the forward joined Artland Dragons and posted 6.0 points and 5.0 boards per game in Bundesliga.


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  BELGIUM   


Dexia Mons-Hainaut remain alive for EuroChallenge Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp Giants-Dexia Mons-Hainaut 58:65

Dexia Mons-Hainaut remain alive for EuroChallenge Quarterfinals as they overcame another Belgian representative in Group J. Dexia improved to 2-3 record after 65:58 win over Antwerp Giants.
Nivins and Roel Moors (190-G-78, agency: Agency No 10) exchanged the baskets early in the game. The guests later went on a lead and kept 17:15 after the first 10 minutes. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) tied it at 17:17 and Mejri already gave the hosts 26:19 lead midway through the second quarter. After defensive 17-6 in it, Antwerp Giants grabbed 32:23 lead at the halftime. Dexia Mons-Hainaut however desired the win more and reduced to 45:40 winning the third frame 17-13. Quincy Ronell Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) scored for 50:47, while van Paassen added two for 55:53. Ronell Taylor also scored the last four free throws for his team to celebrate the victory.
Ronell Taylor led the way with 16 points and van Paassen nailed 10. Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton (NC)) answered with 19 points in defeat as the Giants fell at 1-4 record. Darnell Wilson netted 12 and Roel Moors scored 9.

Antwerp Giants: Timothy Black 19, Darnell Wilson 12, Roel Moors 9
Dexia Mons-Hainaut: Ronell Taylor 16, van Paassen 10



Lokomotiv Kuban hand BC Oostende the first loss in Group L - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban-BC Oostende 70:62

Lokomotiv Kuban hand BC Oostende the first loss in Group L of EuroChallenge. The Russian team grabbed 3-2 record on the second place after 70:62 home win.
Kuban started the game with 10-0 run and dominated the first period. After 22-6, the guests however closed the quarter at 22:10 as Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) made a jump shot. In the second period the hosts added 20-19 to take 42:29 halftime advantage when Lionel Chalmers (184-G-80, college: Xavier) sent the teams to the lockers. Trailing 40:50 in the end of the third frame, BC Oostende scored the last four points to go to the last period trailing just 6. Moreover Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) nailed three for 50:49 and Caleb Green kept the guests alive at 53:51. Lokomotiv Kuban however did not allo the opponents to win and due to 20-18 in the last stanza won the game.
Lionel Chalmers paced all the winners with 22 points and Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) added 17. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) finished the game with 11 points and Aleksei Surovtsev (202-G-84) scored 8. Caleb Green responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case as the Belgian team dropped to 4-1 record. Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) notched 14, whilst Marcus Faison netted 12.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Lionel Chalmers 22, Jeremiah Massey 17, Michael Wilkinson 11, Aleksei Surovtsev 8
BC Oostende: Caleb Green 21+10 rebs, Darrel Mitchell 14, Marcus Faison 12




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Bosnian Junior NT draft candidates - Part 3 - Ismet Velaga Sejfic - by Nedzad Kladusak
In the third part of my Junior NT draft I want to present Ismet Velaga Sejfic, a kid with fantastic physical prerequisites who will make his pro debut in TBL with only 17.

1.Could you please introduce yourself?
My name is Ismet Sejfic I am born in 07 sep 1993 in Kute Village in Prozor. 210 cm height, 111 kg weight. I played for Server Gazi High School and now I am playing for Bornova Belediye Spor.

2.How did you got in touch with turkish scouts and did KSBIH took notice of your departure?
In 2007 I came to Denizli and started at Server Gazi High School with full scholarship. Simultaneously I played for school team and studied there. I think that nobody from our basketball federation knew for my coming here.

3.You are practicing with a Turkish highschool. How would you describe the level of competition?
As Server Gazi High School we won championship in Denizli even though we have great team we couldnt pass from our group in championship of Turkey. In that tournament I played with few very good teams and I can say that level is pretty high.

4.How did you establish a first with KSBIH?
First they contact me trough my manager.

5.Will you play for BIH this summer?
I hope so (laughing).

6.What are your assets and which segments have tob e improved?
(about quality)I leave that to my coaches to decide. I try to listen and do everything that I have been told to do.

7.You are playing on center position.Do you prefer back-to-basket game or do you like to play on high post?
I think that I play in both position equally but I prefer high post position.

8.Have you been contacted by the Turkish basketball federation?
No they didnt.

9.Do you follow the Bosnian league and do you know some of the players you would play with?
As much as I can. Mostly trough the web. I know few players from our national team.

10.There are many Turks with Bosnian roots. Do you know other talented players with Bosnian/Sandzak roots?
Again I personally know few players here in Turkey.

11.Many young players leave BIH for various reasons. Later they decide to play for other NT. What do you think about it?
I respect everybodys decision. Everybody has right to play for team that he wants.

12.Who is your favourite basketball player and what are your professional goals?
I dont have any particularly idol in basketball but as everyone I also like some players more than others, one of them is Mirsad Turkcan (Jahovic). This year my goal is to play for Bosnian national team in Litvania.



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Nuggets talking extension for Nene - by Eurobasket News
The Denver Nuggets bid goodbye to Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) (and a few others) Monday night, but one player they would like to keep around for a while is center Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82), according to ESPN.

The Nuggets, according to sources close to the situation, are already pitching a contract extension to Hilario Nene.

The site reports that 'more than half the league' has contacted the Nuggets recently to express an interest to trade for Hilario Nene. The 6-11 center is averaging 15 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2 assists and .9 blocks per game.

But teams are being informed that a key element of the Nuggets' post-Melo plan is trying to convince Hilario Nene to stay, ESPN reports.

Courtesy of Yahoo


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THAILAND WINS ASEAN LEAGUE TITLE - by Ozell Wells
Thailand Slammers clinch ASEAN League title - Feb 19, 2011
Philippine Patriots - Thailand Slammers 68:75

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

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


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Spartak Saint-Petersburg win EuroChallenge Group A - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Saint-Petersburg -Lukoil Academic 86:80

Spartak Saint-Petersburg win EuroChallenge Group A due to unbelievable comeback in the last minutes of the game versus Lukoil Academic. The Russian Powerhouse needed 11-0 run at the every end for 86:80 total success.
It was one of the most interesting and unpredictable games probably of the whole tournament so far. Lukoil Academic started the game with 7-0 run and had 14-3 in the middle of the quarter. Spartak Saint-Petersburg managed somehow to reduce to 21:17 after 10 minutes. The second quarter belonged to the Russian team as they needed 27-20 for 44:41 lead at the halftime. Moreover another 23-15 allowed them to taste 67:56 lead after three quarters. Whatever happened later in the game, the hosts could make guilty themselves. Kolesnikov gave his side 69:56, but then Lukoil Academic erupted with 20-0 run! Dominic James (180-G-86, college: Marquette) made it 76:69, but his team could not keep the win. Trailing 7 points with 3 minutes Spartak responded with 11-0 run and then Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances), Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) and Korchagin brought the win from the free throw line.
Patrick Beverley top-scored for the winners with 24 points for 5-0 record. Pero Antic nailed 13, while Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) and Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) added 12 each. Dominic James shined in defeat with 25 points, whilst Green and Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) supported him with 10 each.

Spartak Saint-Petersburg: Patrick Beverley 24, Pero Antic 13, Anton Ponkrashov 12, Henry Domercant 12
Lukoil Academic: Dominic James 25, Green 10, Damjan Stojanovski 10




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CIS men's basketball Saturday roundup: Cascades, Bisons take final Canada West playoff spots - by Eurobasket News
Waterloo 95 McMaster 94 Final Boxscore
The Warriors mens basketball team earned a buzzer beater victory on Saturday afternoon as they edged the McMaster Marauders 95-94 in their final game of the 2010-11 season.

With the win the Warriors moved into a three-way tie with Guelph and Brock for the sixth and final playoff spot with Guelph winning the tie-breaker with a 3-1 record in the games played between the three teams.
The first quarter was evenly matched as the lead changed hands several times before the Warriors would take a slight lead of five points, 21-16, going into the second quarter. Scott Laws (193-G) (Gormley, Ont.) would continue to draw fouls for the Marauders and the home team would take a lead of just one point at halftime.

In the third, the Marauders came out flying as they scored 30 points and at one point had a twelve point lead. Matthew Wilusz (Hamilton, Ont.) was big on the boards for McMaster with 12 and Victor Raso (Hamilton, Ont.) contributed 15 points off the bench.

The Marauders built a ten point lead to start the fourth quarter and looked like they might pull away, but the Warriors stayed in it. Waterloo's Jordan Hannah (Kitchener, Ont.) had a game-high 24 points for the Warriors and would lead the charge in the final minutes of the game.

After Waterloo tied it up at 77, the Marauders would go on a 11-0 run to move ahead 88-77 with a little over three minutes to play.

With McMaster up by nine, 91-82, with two and a half minutes to go the Warriors kept cutting into the Marauder lead and would get to within four. After McMaster made a free throw to make it 94-88, Alan Goodhoofd (Oakville, Ont.) would hit a jumper, and Luke Kieswetter (Waterloo, Ont.) would grab the steal on the ensuing possession setting up a Hannah three pointer that cut the McMaster lead to just one, 94-93.

Waterloo would then foul Jordan Tew (185-G) (Greensville, Ont.) who would miss both free throws with 11 seconds to go. Waterloo would grab the rebound and scramble to the other end to get a shot off. Wayne Bridge (North York, Ont.) would pick up the ball and hit a jumper with less than two seconds left on the clock to give Waterloo the 95-94 victory.

Laws scored double digits in the loss with 15 points as well as Nathan Pelech (Mississauga, Ont.) with ten.

Goodhoofd was a big factor in Waterloo's win a 22 points and 17 rebounds double-double performance.

Source: Waterloo Sports Info

Laurier 73 Brock 78 Final Boxscore
The Brock University men's basketball team (9-13 OUA West) ended the 2010-11 season with a 78-73 victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.

Despite the victory, the Badgers miss the OUA playoffs for the third consecutive season since winning the CIS National Championship in 2007-08.

Brock had four players in double figures led by junior Mark Gibson (198-F) (Toronto, Ont.) who recorded a season high 32 points going 9-for-19 from the field and 14-for-16 from the charity stripe. He also pulled down seven boards. Senior Mike Cruickshank (Toronto, Ont.) contributed with 14 points and six assists with senior Andrew Kraus (Markham, Ont.) and freshman Cedric Kasongo (Welland, Ont.) chipping in with 11 and 10 points respectively in the victory.

The Golden Hawks also had four players reach double digits led by Kale Harrison who registered 19 points, six rebounds and five assists. Sharif Wanas collected 18 points and seven rebounds while Jamar Forde and Maxwell Allin added 17 and 13 points respectively.

Prior to the game, the Badgers honoured graduating seniors Mike Cruickshank and Jordan Johnson (Greensville, Ont.).

Cruickshank, who joined the Badgers in 2009, finished his Brock regular season career with 475 points, 149 rebounds, 134 assists, 69 steals in 35 OUA games. At Brock, he had a career 36.3 FG% (153-for-421), 33.5 3PT% (65-for-194) and 77.0 FT% (104-for-135).

Johnson, who was part of the CIS National Championship team as rookie in 2007-08, played in 82 career OUA regular season contests adding 230 points, 200 rebounds, 67 steals and 41 assists. He finished with a career 39.2 FG% (89-for-227) and 62.0 FT% (44-for-71).

Source: Brock Sports Info

Windsor 92 Guelph 85 Final Boxscore
The No. 9 Lancer men's basketball team ended the regular season with their fifth straight win as they defeated the Guelph Gryphons 92-85 on Saturday afternoon in Guelph. The Lancers finished the regular season second overall in the OUA West with a 16-6 record, and a bye to the OUA semi-finals next Saturday night at the St. Denis Centre.
Isaac Kuon led all scorers with 23 points, while Josh Collins contributed 21 points on impressive 60% shooting.

The Gryphon's stormed out to a 10-0 lead early, but the Lancers were able to chip away to trail 23-22 after the first. The Gryphons saw balanced scoring from their starters, while the Lancers relied heavily on Kuon and Collins.

The second was equally close, with Guelph using an 8-1 run to take an 11 point lead halfway through the quarter. Again, Windsor chipped away, cutting the deficit to five heading into halftime.

The third quarter was all Windsor as they did most of their damage inside and at the charity stripe. With the Gryphons utilizing a guard heavy lineup, the Lancers were able to get to the line and get a number of easy looks inside. The Lancers outscored the Gryphon's 27-18 in the quarter to take a 71-67 lead.

Windsor kept the pressure on in the fourth, extending their lead to as many as 10 points before the Gryphon's answered with back to narrow the margin to 87-83 with four minutes remaining. The Lancers were able to keep the Gryphons at bay and secure the win.

The Lancers will now have a bye in the quarter-finals, and will await Wednesday's results to learn their semi-final opponent. The OUA semi-finals will take place next Saturday, February 26th at 7:00pm at the St. Denis Centre.

Source: Windsor Sports Info


StFX 105 Memorial 87 Final Boxscore

Cape Breton 88 UNB 68 Final Boxscore
Cape Breton scored early and often as the top team in the AUS defeated the UNB Varsity Reds 88-68.
The hometown Reds fell behind early, allowing CBU to open the match on a 12-0 run. It wasn't the outcome UNB desired in their final match at the Lady Beaverbrook Gym, as the closest the Reds came to CBU was a six-point margin.

As the regular season is drawing to a close, the loss could have detrimental effects to the Reds' playoffs hopes. However, losses from Saint Mary's and Acadia added some insurance to their postseason bid.

After 18 games played, UNB remains in fourth place with 20 points. Saint Mary's and UPEI sit fifth and sixth respectively with 18 points apiece. Acadia, the seventh seed, have two games in hand on the three squads they're chasing, but continue to sit six points out of the final playoff spot.

Despite having their playoffs hopes still very alive, UNB head coach Brent Baker was displeased with his team's offensive performance against the country's fifth-ranked club.

'You can't come out and miss as many shots as we missed in the first quarter. It was the telltale tape of the game. They're not ranked in the top of five because they're poor,' said Baker.

'You can't spot this type of team that kind of lead.'

The Reds were caught flat-footed in the first quarter, dropping the frame 19-6. The home team began to fight back in the match, but couldn't contain CBU guard Paris Carter (193-G, college: N.Mexico St.).

The 6'4'' Baltimore, Maryland native nailed three daggers from beyond the arc that squashed any attempt at a comeback. Carter led his squad into the half with 46-33 lead.

'We didn't have an answer to him,' said Baker simply.

The offensive onslaught continued into the second half as the Capers opened up an 80-51 lead at one point in the fourth quarter. Even a pair of threes from Dustin Anthony was not enough to spark the Reds and CBU coasted to their fifteenth win.

Baker did see some positives in the defeat. Colton Wilson recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Daniel Quirion scored the team high with 13 points.

The Reds did keep pace with the Capers' high-octane offence during the match. The teams squared off the second quarter 27-27 and only loss the fourth frame by one point. They just couldn't overcome their poor start.

'It's the not the fact that you can't compete with this team,' explained Baker. 'It's the fact that you can't dig yourself a hole against this type of team.'

According to the UNB coach, their early offensive woes leaked into their defensive game and the Capers capitalized.

'Those have to separate entities and we didn't do that. We came down and missed shots and we let that affect what we do defensively. That snowballs on you sometimes,' said Baker.

'We hurt ourselves. We didn't play our game.'

UNB will get another shot at the Capers and a chance to lock up a playoff spot next weekend when they travel to CBU and StFX in the final weekend of the regular season.

Source: UNB Sports Info


Dalhousie 81 Acadia 73 Final Boxscore

Concordia 86 McGill 83 Final Boxscore

Laval 75 Bishop's 82 Final Boxscore
LENNOXVILLE, Que. - A 21-point performance by Tim Hunter (Baie d'Urf, Que.) led the Bishop's Gaiters over the No. 10-ranked Laval Rouge et Or, 82-75, Saturday night in Quebec University Basketball League Men's play in front of a boisterous crowd of 1,173 at the Mitchell Gym. Hunter went 7-for-9 from the field, including going 4-for-5 on three-point attempts.
The teams battled throughout the first 30 minutes, with Laval holding one-point leads after the first quarter (20-19), halftime (40-39) and after the third quarter (57-56), each time thanks to points just before the buzzer. Altogether, the contest featured seven ties and 19 lead changes.

The Gaiters took control of the game with an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter, capped by a Mike Andrews (Oakville, Ont.) jumper at 7:25 to push the lead to 64-57. Laval pulled back to within one as Jean-Francois Beaulieu-Maheux hit a three to make the score 73-72 with 1:15 to go, but the Gaiters responded with a three of their own by Alex Audette-Gnier (Montreal, Que) to restore their four-point cushion. Three free throws down the stretch sealed the deal for the Gaiters.

Along with Hunter's 21, the Gaiters were helped by Audette-Gnier, who added 15 points. The other Gaiters in double digits were Sean Monplaisir (Toronto, Ont.), who scored 11 points and four assists, while Antoine Ct-Caouette (Quebec, Que.) scored ten and added five boards.

Laval was led by Beaulieu-Maheux, who scored a game-high 30 points and added a team-high three assists. The Rouge et Or were also helped by Etienne Labrecque, who scored 13 and added eight rebounds as well as Jrme Turcotte-Routhier, who scored 11 and added six rebounds.

The Gaiters shot a season-high 51% from the field (28-for-55), while holding Laval to 41% shooting (28-for-69). The Gaiters hit a season-high ten three-pointers, going 10-for-16 from long range, while Laval went 7-for-25. The Gaiters committed only 13 turnovers, while Laval made only ten.

With the loss Laval (20-12, 16-9 CIS, 10-5 QUBL) dropped into second in the QUBL standings, one game behind Concordia.

The Gaiters (3-27, 3-24 CIS, 2-11 QUBL) end their 2010-11 season next Saturday as they take on Concordia in Montreal. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

Source: Bishop's Sports Info


Lakehead 59 Western 73 Final Boxscore
The Mustangs honoured their seniors with a 73-59 win over the Lakehead Thunderwolves on Saturday night at Alumni Hall.

Andy Wedemire, Brett Lawrence and Marcus Barnett (188-G, college: William & Mary) were honoured as the graduating seniors for the Mustangs. Wedemire had a monster game for Western with 24 points and 15 rebounds, Lawrence had four points and one steal and Barnett had 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Mustangs finish the regular season with a 11-11 record tied for fourth place in the OUA West with McMaster. McMaster holds the tiebreaker and the Mustangs will have to head on the road for their quarter-final playoff game.
Source: Western Sports Info


Manitoba 82 Regina 93 Final Boxscore
REGINA, Sask. With four fifth-year players playing their final home games of their careers, the University of Regina's men's basketball team came up with a 93-82 win over Manitoba on Saturday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
The teams were close through three quarters, and a pair of Eric Garcia free throws brought Manitoba to within five points early in the fourth. Cue the theatrics from downtown, as the Cougars hit back-to-back-to-back three-pointers two from Jeff Lukomski and the final one by Brendan Hebert to push the lead up to 14.

The Cougars maintained a double-digit lead down the stretch, and a vintage Marek Downarowicz three-pointer from the corner essentially sealed the victory with just under three minutes left in the game.

Regina's fifth-year players were led by Lukomski, who went 5-for-9 from three-point land and ended up with a team-high 24 points for the Cougars. Downarowicz ended up with 13 points and 14 rebounds to secure his second double-double in as many nights and his fourth of the season, while Kris Heshka ended up with nine rebounds, five steals, and four points in his final home game as a Cougar. Lynn Gee made his third career start and ended up with three points, all of which came on a second-quarter three-pointer.

Third-year forward Paul Gareau scored 21 and pulled down nine rebounds for the U of R.

Garcia tied Lukomski for the game high with 24 points, while Richard Reimer scored 17 and added 12 rebounds for a big double-double. Kevin Oliver had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bisons.

The Bisons end the Canada West schedule with a 9-15 record. Despite the loss, Manitoba clinches a spot in the postseason thanks to Saskatchewan's win over Calgary. With Fraser Valley's win over Brandon on Saturday night, the Bisons finish in eighth place in the Canada West standings and will meet No. 2-ranked UBC in the Canada West quarterfinals next weekend.

The Cougars (14-10) have known since last weekend that they'll be heading to Saskatoon next weekend for the Canada West quarterfinals. The best-of-three series against the University of Saskatchewan gets underway on Friday night.

NOTES: Lukomski finishes his career ranked No. 19 on Canada West's all-time list with 1504 points ... Lukomski ends with 308 three-pointers in his career, a total which ranks first in conference history and 69 ahead of second-place Casey Archibald (UBC, 2002-07) ... Heshka finishes as one of just 10 players in U of R history to score at least 1100 career points ... Heshka is also ranked third in the school record book with 656 career rebounds ... Gareau ends the year ranked second in the U of R's single-season record book in points (448), free throws made (128), and free throws attempted (167).

Source: Regina Sports Info


Saskatchewan 95 Calgary 76 Final Boxscore
CALGARY Led by another sparkling effort by Canada West scoring champion Jamelle Barrett, the No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies wrapped up a 20-4 season in conference play with a 95-76 win over the Calgary Dinos, eliminating the Dinos from playoff contention in the process.
Barrett finished two rebounds away from a triple-double, posting 27 points and 14 assists in 39 minutes on the floor to lead the Huskies to the win.

Calgary needed a victory coming into the night to claim the eighth and final playoff spot in Canada West. The Dinos finish the year 8-16 and finish ninth in the conference standings, missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2001-02 season.

While Calgary was able to keep the Huskies away from the century mark on the night, it was a dominant performance by Saskatchewan on the glass early that sent the visitors out to a sizable early lead. The Huskies held a monstrous 20-4 edge in rebounding after the first quarter and, while Calgary did pick it up on the glass from that point forward, the 10-point lead the Dinos spotted their opponents after 10 minutes turned out to be insurmountable.

'That's the difference in the game,' said Calgary coach Dan Vanhooren, who took the Dinos to back-to-back national semi-finals in 2009 and 2010. 'Our young guys will learn the importance of hitting somebody and keeping guys away from the glass. Our physical strength is going to improve, and we'll be back.'

Barrett had another slow start for the Huskies, doing most of his damage in the even quarters with eight and 10 in the second and fourth, respectively. Without question, however, his biggest hoop of the night was a ridiculous buzzer-beater off the window from five feet beyond the arc to end the third quarter. It quelled the momentum that Calgary had built up in the late stages of the frame the Dinos had cut the Huskies' lead to just six points, but Barrett's magic made it a nine-point game for Saskatchewan heading into the final 10 minutes.

Duncan Jones added 16 while Rejean Chabot put up 15 and Michael Lieffers 14 for Saskatchewan. The visitors had an uncharacteristically poor night from the free throw line, however, connecting on just nine of their 23 opportunities.

But the free throw shooting didn't matter as the Huskies dominated on the glass, out-boarding Calgary by a 51-37 margin.

To their credit, Calgary stayed with the Huskies and didn't back down, even with the game out of hand which made things interesting down the stretch as affairs got a little physical. The officials whistled 19 fouls between the two sides in the fourth quarter.

Tyler Fidler (206-G-89) led the way for the Calgary Dinos with 17 points, while Keenan Milburn and Andrew McGuinness added 13 apiece for the Dinos. Dustin Reding and Matt Letkeman scored nine each.

It closes the book on a tough season for a young Dinos squad that lost the services of its top two point guards to injury with Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson seeing action in just three games while Andy Rochon had shoulder surgery in the off-season.

'I'm proud of our guys' efforts,' Vanhooren said. 'They worked hard all year, and of all the teams fighting to make the playoffs we showed we're a competitive team and that's a testament to their effort. And there are some memories we're going to bring back from this season, like the way this game ended. This group is going to get older, and we'll have our turn.'

The Huskies finish third in Canada West and host their provincial rivals, the Regina Cougars, in a best-of-three conference quarterfinal series next weekend with the winner advancing to the Final Four.

Source: Calgary Sports Info


Winnipeg 94 Lethbridge 86 Final Boxscore

UBC 86 Victoria 74 Final Boxscore
VICTORIA - The University of Victoria dropped their second straight game to the No. 2 nationally ranked UBC Thunderbirds, falling 86-74 on Saturday night in front of a full house at McKinnon Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Vikes fall to 15-9 and finish fifth in the Canada West standings. They will face the Alberta Golden Bears (16-8) in the best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series beginning Thursday in Edmonton (6 p.m. PST). The Bears were forced to bump the start-date of the series back to Thursday as they are also hosting women's basketball and men's and women's volleyball playoffs the same weekend. Game 2 goes Friday afternoon and Game 3, if necessary, Saturday afternoon (both games 2 p.m. PST).

The Vikes were 9-3 on the road in the regular season and split the season series with the Bears.

On Saturday, the Vikes trailed 41-35 at the half but allowed 25 third-quarter UBC points. The size and depth of the Thunderbirds outmatched the Vikes, with UBC's bench outscoring UVic's 31-20.

Nathan Yu led the Thunderbirds with 17 points while Doug Plumb added 16. Mike Berg was terrific in the post for UVic, scoring a game-high 20 points and adding six rebounds. Ryan MacKinnon continued his strong play with 18 points and five rebounds.

UVic honoured four graduating seniors - Jeff Cullen, Jeff Spoor, Wendell Thomas and Marco Dolcetti in a pre-game ceremony to thank the foursome for their contributions to the program.

Source: Victoria Sports Info


Brandon 67 UFV 102 Final Boxscore

ABBOTSFORD, BC - The he Fraser Valley Cascades defeated the Brandon University Bobcats 102-67 to clinch a Canada West post-season playoff berth.

The Cascades finish the regular season at 10-14 good for seventh place and a trip to Langley, BC to face Trinity Western, in a quarter-final series.

The Cascades were led by Ryan Fahandeg, with 20 points. Nathan Kendall (196-G/F) had 17 points. William Caesar scored 13 poiints for Brandon.
Courtesy of CIS



Rainmen go big at point guard, gets Trayvon Lathan - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen gained almost a foot in height at the point guard position yesterday.

Backup point guard Tajuan Porter (5'6''-G-88, college: Oregon), just five foot seven, left the team for a more lucrative pro contract in France, and the Rainmen replaced him with six-foot-six floor general Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan Univ.).

Lathan finished third in International Basketball League scoring and rebounding last season with 26.3 points and 11.5 boards per game with the Los Angeles Lightning.

He definitely gives us a lot of length, said owner Andre Levingston. He reminds me a lot of (ex-NBA players) Brian Shaw (six foot six) with a little bit of Penny Hardaway (six foot seven) with the athleticism. He can play, man.

Porter came to the Rainmen with a reputation as a three-point shooter, but hit just 25.5 per cent of his team-high 47 attempts. He was averaging 6.5 points through 11 games.

Lathan joined the Rainmen yesterday. Starting point guard Taliek Brown, meanwhile, is expected to return to practice tomorrow after missing most of last Saturdays game with a hamstring injury.

Levingston said the injury is not as bad as we thought.

The Rainmen, 6-4, visit the Saint John Mill Rats, 5-4, on Friday at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 17-1 
 2. St.Francis X. 13-5 
 3. Dalhousie 13-6 
 4. New Brunsw. 8-10 
 5. UPEI 7-11 
 6. St.Mary's 6-12 
 7. Acadia 5-12 
 8. Memorial 3-15 
CanWest
 1. UBC 22-2 
 2. Trinity West. 21-3 
 3. Saskatchewan 20-4 
 4. Alberta 16-8 
 5. Victoria 15-9 
 6. Regina 14-10 
 7. UCFV 10-14 
 8. Manitoba 9-15 
 9. Calgary 8-16 
 10. Lethbridge 7-17 
 11. Winnipeg 6-18 
 12. Brandon 4-20 
 13. Thompson R. 4-20 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 21-0 
 2. Toronto Univ. 14-7 
 3. Ottawa 11-10 
 4. Ryerson 10-11 
 5. York 10-12 
 6. Laurentian 6-15 
 7. Queen's 6-16 
 8. RMC 0-21 
OUA West
 1. Lakehead 17-4 
 2. Windsor 15-6 
 3. Laurier 13-8 
 4. Western 10-10 
 5. McMaster 10-11 
 6. Waterloo 9-12 
 7. Brock 9-13 
 8. Guelph 8-13 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 11-4 
 2. Laval 10-5 
 3. McGill 9-6 
 4. UQAM 5-9 
 5. Bishop's 2-13 


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Rodgers' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old forward Leon Rodgers (199-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Shanxi Zh. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had a double-double of 43 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Beijing (#6, 13-11) in overtime 109-104. Shanxi Zh. is placed at 11th position in Chinese league. Shanxi Zh. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-14 record. In the team's last game Rodgers had a remarkable 53.3% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 14 attempts. He turned to be Shanxi Zh.'s top player in his first season with the team. Northern Illinois University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rodgers is in league's top in points (4th best: 28.7ppg) and averages solid 53.5% FGP and 40.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Marcus Haislip (207-F-80) of Guandong. He is American forward in his first season at Guandong. In the last game Haislip recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Guandong to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Fujian (#16, 5-19) 116-85. Guandong's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 18-7 record is not bad at all. Haislip is one of the most experienced players at Guandong and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Zhejiang G.L. (#5). Ramos scored 27 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Ramos' great performance Zhejiang G.L. lost 100-110 to the higher-ranked DongGuan (#2, 20-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Zhejiang G.L. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 11 lost games. Ramos has a great season in China. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.8rpg (6th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 66.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Fujian - 38 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Quincy Douby (191-G-84) of Xinjiang - 40 points and 3 rebounds
6. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Jilin - 26 points and 24 rebounds
7. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79) of Shanxi Zh. - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists
8. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Qingdao DS - 32 points and 11 rebounds
9. Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) of Beijing - 33 points and 16 rebounds
10. Bateer Mengke (210-C-75) of Xinjiang - 18 points, 14 rebounds and 8 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)


The Chinese Basketball season is nearly complete - by Alex Yam
The Chinese Basketball season is nearly complete, as teams jostle for playoff positioning. Leading the pack is The Xinjiang Flying Tigers with a 23-1 record, with their only loss coming to Shangdong. Led by 2 MVP candidates in high flying Singleton James (203-F-81, college: Murray St.) and sharp shooting Douby Quincy (191-G-84, college: Rutgers), the Tigers have virtually been unchallenged this season.
Dongguan New Century, has surprised many this season, by moving into the 2nd place, but still are not mentioned as a championship threat.

Defending champions the Guangdong Southern Tigers are in somewhat unfamiliar territory as they have lost 7 games already, more then then the past 2 seasons combined. Still, a very dangerous team, as they are led by super talented Marcus Haislip and scoring threat Lester Hudson, along with the best local talent in the CBA.

The playoffs will be a very exciting time, as the top 8 currently all can be difficult outs. This season has been dominated by the imports since a number of teams have spent a large amount of there budget on higher level, former NBA players.



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  CROATIA   


Cedevita reach EuroCup quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita - Hemofarm 73:71

Cedevita became another team to reach EuroCup quarterfinals. They held off Hemofarm at home court to improve at 3-2 record in Group I. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) nailed 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Hemofarm fell at 1-4 record after the loss.
Cedevita stormed into this one scoring 9 points in a row. But Hemofarm answered with seven quick points to stay close. The Serbian team trailed by a single point 24:25 at the first break. Bozovic put Hemofarm in front early in the second quarter. The visitors used an 8:0 spurt to ensure a 34:27 advantage midway through the second period. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) and Rudez capped the half with consecutive triples to narrow the deficit at 2 points 42:44. Cedevita went on a 10:2 run in the third quarter to pull back in front 53:49. Dontaye Draper soon boosted the lead to an 8-point mark before Borisov crowned the period with two free throws and dragged Hemofarm within 6 points. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) helped Hemofarm to cut the deficit to 3 points 69:72 with under a minute remaining. Mustafa Abdul-Hamid (188-G-88, college: UCLA) narrowed the distance to a single point before Bazdaric hit a free throw and gave Cedevita a 73:71 lead. Mustafa Abdul-Hamid missed a three-pointer and Cedevita escaped with important win at the end.
Dontaye Draper nailed 15 points and issued 7 assists for Cedevita. Vedran Princ (192-G-82) contributed 14 points in the winning case. Mladen Jeremic answered with 15 points for Hemofarm. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 14 points in defeat.

Cedevita: Corsley Edwards 17, Dontaye Draper 15, Vedran Princ 14
Hemofarm: Mladen Jeremic 15, Miljan Pavkovic 14



BK Prostejov and Zadar open Day 5 of EuroChallenge Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
BK Prostejov-Zadar 99:82

BK Prostejov and Zadar opened Day 5 of EuroChallenge Top 16 on Tuesday night. The Czech Republic team won 99:82 for 2-3 record in Group L.
The hosts started with 4-0 run and Landry later made 18:11. Ivanov reduced for 23:22, while BK Prostejov won the first period 28:26. It was not sweet start of the second period for the home side that lost control and the guests took their first lead at 30:28. Moreover Miro Bilan (212-F-89) closed the run at 36:28 and Marko Car (188-G/F-85) posted two for 38:33. Lawrence reduced to 42:45 at the halftime. The third quarter was the most productive for the home side that nailed 35 points in it. The board showed 77:64 after 30 minutes of the game ans then BK Prostejov added 22-18 in the last frame.
Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81) stepped up with 18 points for the hosts and Lawrence collected 16 points and 12 assists. Landry netted 15, while Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) and Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) had 13 each. Miro Bilan replied with 23 points in the losing effort as Zadar dropped to 1-4 record. Marko Car nailed 18 and Ivan Batur (203-F-91) posted 12.

BK Prostejov: Zeljko Zagorac 18, Lawrence 16+12 ast, Landry 15, Andrius Slezas 13, Benas Veikalas 13
Zadar: Miro Bilan 23, Marko Car 18, Ivan Batur 12



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  CYPRUS   


Cypriot Division A round 17 best performance: Zvonko Buljan - by Eurobasket News
Croatian forward Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Cytavision Apoel Nicosia, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Apollon (#3, 9-6) 100-95. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed APOEL to consolidate first place in the Cypriot Division A. APOEL have a solid 12-3 record. In the team's last game Buljan had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former Texas Christian University star has very solid stats this year. Buljan is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.3rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 37-year old American Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, agency: Strategic Sports) of Pizza Express Primetel Apollon. Sims had a very good evening with 31 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as Apollon lost that game 95-100 to slightly higher-ranked APOEL (#1, 12-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Apollon still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 9-6 record is not bad at all. Sims is a newcomer at Apollon, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Canadian center David Collins (213-C-85) of Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios (#9). Collins scored 13 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Collins' great performance ENAD lost 72-81 to slightly higher-ranked AEL (#7, 5-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. ENAD can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-11 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Collins he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Collins has individually a great season in Cyprus. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.3rpg (8th best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 50.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michalis Kounounis (194-F/G-81) of AEL - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Andreas Pantziaros (187-G-90) of Achilleas - 18 points and 5 rebounds
6. Anthony King (206-F/C-85) of Etha - 17 points and 9 rebounds
7. Ian Hanavan (202-F-80) of APOEL - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Balsa Radunovic (206-F-80) of ENAD - 24 points and 8 rebounds
9. Joel Camacho (196-G/F-81) of Apollon - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Akida McLain (206-F-86) of Omonia - 18 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)


Apoel finishes 1st at regular season - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
In an effort to avenge its elimination from the cup, Apoel rolled past Apollon 100-95 on Saturday night and has secured the 1st position at the regular season. Apoel did not have much of a difficulty in winning the game as it had even taken the lead up to 15 pts at the 3rd quarter.

For the winners, Zvonko Buljan had 24 pts with Tiggs adding another 19, Lee adding 18, Davis had 17 and Hanavan 13. In the loosing squad, Sims had 31 pts and Jones added another 18.

Apoel was more effective behind the FT line (had 22 out of 29 attempts - Apollon had 18 in 26 attempts) as well as behind the 3- pt line (47% as opposed to 35% of Apollon). On the other hand Apollon was better behind the 2-pt line (65% as opposed to 55% of Apoel).


In addition, Apoel was more effective in all other statistical categories. It grabbed more rebounds (35 to 33) and had more assists (19 to 14) and steals (14 to 11).

Quarters: 30-20, 51-47, 73-58, 100-95




A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Joel CAMACHO
  Apollon
  (196-G/F-81)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Camacho, Apollon17.7 
 2. Diamantopoul., Achill.17.5 
 3. Dunovic, Omonia17.4 
 4. Radunovic, ENAD16.6 
 5. Aleksic, AEK16.4 
 6. McLain, Omonia16.0 
 7. Ewing, AEL15.3 
 8. Davis, AP.15.1 
 9. Hanavan, AP.15.1 
 10. King, Etha14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. King, Etha10.3 
 2. Djikanovic, Achilleas10.3 
 3. Radunovic, ENAD8.7 
 4. Aleksic, AEK7.8 
 5. Buljan, AP.7.3 
 6. McLain, Omonia6.9 
 7. Johnson, Keravnos6.5 
 8. Collins, ENAD6.3 
 9. Camacho, Apollon6.2 
 10. Radojevic, Omonia5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel Ali BERDIEL
  AEK
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Berdiel, AEK4.7 
 2. Kounounis, AEL4.2 
 3. Stiggers, Apollon4.1 
 4. Lee, AP.3.6 
 5. Diamantopoul., Achill.3.5 
 6. Dunovic, Omonia3.4 
 7. Avalic, Omonia3.4 
 8. Aleksic, AEK3.2 
 9. Price, ENAD3.1 
 10. Cummings, Keravnos3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin TIGGS
  APOEL
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tiggs, AP.2.5 
 2. Hanavan, AP.1.9 
 3. Kent, ENAD1.7 
 4. Diamantopoul., Achill.1.6 
 5. Berdiel, AEK1.6 
 6. Dunovic, Omonia1.6 
 7. Price, ENAD1.6 
 8. Radunovic, ENAD1.5 
 9. Kounounis, AEL1.5 
 10. Pantziaros, Achilleas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  AEL
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wyatt, AEL2.1 
 2. King, Etha1.9 
 3. Collins, ENAD1.8 
 4. Radojevic, Omonia1.4 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos1.2 
 6. Collins, AEK1.0 
 7. Dials, Apollon0.8 
 8. Fells, Keravnos0.8 
 9. Englicky, Apollon0.7 
 10. Camacho, Apollon0.6 


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Standings - NBL
NBL Stage Two Standings
A1
 1. BK Decin 0-0 
 2. BK Pardubice 0-0 
 3. BK Prostejov 0-0 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 5. NH Ostrava 0-0 
 6. Novy Jicin 0-0 
A2
 1. B&W Opava 10-10 
 2. BC Kolin 9-11 
 3. Basketbol Brno 7-13 
 4. USK Praha 5-15 
 5. Plzen 2-18 
 6. Svitavy 2-18 
Stage One Standings


BK Prostejov and Zadar open Day 5 of EuroChallenge Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
BK Prostejov-Zadar 99:82

BK Prostejov and Zadar opened Day 5 of EuroChallenge Top 16 on Tuesday night. The Czech Republic team won 99:82 for 2-3 record in Group L.
The hosts started with 4-0 run and Landry later made 18:11. Ivanov reduced for 23:22, while BK Prostejov won the first period 28:26. It was not sweet start of the second period for the home side that lost control and the guests took their first lead at 30:28. Moreover Miro Bilan (212-F-89) closed the run at 36:28 and Marko Car (188-G/F-85) posted two for 38:33. Lawrence reduced to 42:45 at the halftime. The third quarter was the most productive for the home side that nailed 35 points in it. The board showed 77:64 after 30 minutes of the game ans then BK Prostejov added 22-18 in the last frame.
Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81) stepped up with 18 points for the hosts and Lawrence collected 16 points and 12 assists. Landry netted 15, while Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) and Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) had 13 each. Miro Bilan replied with 23 points in the losing effort as Zadar dropped to 1-4 record. Marko Car nailed 18 and Ivan Batur (203-F-91) posted 12.

BK Prostejov: Zeljko Zagorac 18, Lawrence 16+12 ast, Landry 15, Andrius Slezas 13, Benas Veikalas 13
Zadar: Miro Bilan 23, Marko Car 18, Ivan Batur 12



BK Prostejov Cruises to 99-82 Victory over Visiting BC Zadar - by Surujh Roopnarine
BK Prostejov moved one step closer to earning a berth in the EuroChallenge Final 8 with an impressive home victory over BC Zadar of Croatia. Both teams entered the game at 1-3, but Prostejov knew that a win today plus a win in their final group game next week in Russia against Lokomotiv Kuban would move them to the Final 8. The home team started off quickly, opening up a 12-6 advantage after four minutes of play, however Zadar climbed back and closed the first quarter down 28-26. Zadar took their first lead of the game on a break-away dunk by Pavle Marcinkovic at the 9:28 mark of the second and then went on to maintain a 45-42 lead heading into the half. At the break Marko Car was the leading scorer for both sides with 15 points, while Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) had 13 for the hosts. Prostejov, fresh off securing the top spot in the first part of the Czech Regular Season, came out with a renewed determination in the third, picking up the defensive intensity and scoring more efficiently. They outscored Zadar by 17 points in the quarter and then cruised in the fourth to the comfortable 99-82 victory. Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81) led the way for the winners with 18 points, though six Prostejov players in all tallied double figures in points. Zadar, which played without America imports Brandon Brown or Devan Downey, was led by the superb performance of Miro Bilan (212-F-89) who notched game highs of 23 points and 9 rebounds.
PROSTEJOV: Zeljko Zagorac (18pts), Eugene Lawrence (16pts+12ast+5to), Kyle Landry (15pts+5reb), Yemi Nicholson (12pts+8reb)
ZADAR: Miro Bilan (23pts+9reb), Marko Car (18pts), Ivan Batur (12pts+5reb), Mario Dundovic (10pts)



Estudiantes nip Nymburk in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Estudiantes 86:88

Estudiantes completed their EuroCup Last 16 goal reaching the quarterfinal stage. They escaped with a narrow road win over Nymburk today to improve at 4-1 record on top of Group K. Estudiantes came from behind to claim a valuable win in this one. Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) provided 18 points to lead the charge. Nymburk suffered the fifth loss in a row.
Nymburk dominated the first period. They opened the game with an 8:0 surge and stayed in front throughout the quarter. Nymburk led 23:12 before Estudiantes got within five after ten minutes 18:23. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) bolstered Nymburk lead back to double digits 39:29 midway through the second term. Nymburk marched on as they registered a 51:42 lead at halftime. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) and Josh Asselin connected from beyond the arc in the third period to pull Estudiantes closer. However Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) and Lenzly soothed things for the hosts as Nymburk arrived at the final intermission up by 7 points 69:62. The visitors surprised the Czech champions with a 10;0 rally early in the fourth term. Estudiantes led for some time before Chester Simmons leveled things up at 79 with three minutes to go. The teams remained tied at 84 within the last minute before Oliver gave the visitors an 86:84 lead. Chester Simmons knotted things up but Sergio Sanchez sank both free throws to put Estudiantes back in front. Lenzly had a chance to save the game for Nymburk but missed a jumper.
Nik Caner-Medley fired 14 points and collected 9 rebounds for Estudiantes. Jayson Granger (186-G-89) had 10 points in the win. Vladimir Stimac answered with 22 points for Nymburk. Chester Simmons netted 15 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Vladimir Stimac 22, Chester Simmons 15
Estudiantes: Pancho Jasen 18, Nik Caner-Medley 14, Jayson Granger 10



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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 25-10 
 2. Erie Bay H. 23-9 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 14-19 
 4. Dakota W. 11-24 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 6-25 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 24-10 
 2. Rio Grande 23-11 
 3. Texas L. 17-18 
 4. Austin T. 14-20 
 5. Maine RC 14-21 
 6. New Mexico 14-21 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 22-12 
 2. Bakersfield J. 21-13 
 3. Utah F. 19-15 
 4. Idaho S. 14-20 
 5. Springfield A. 10-23 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Toronto R.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.0 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.4 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.20.8 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.19.8 
 5. Adrien, Rio Grande19.4 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.18.9 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande18.8 
 8. Sims, Maine RC18.0 
 9. Tucker, New Mexico17.9 
 10. Edwards, New M.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Davidson, Idaho S.10.2 
 3. Sims, Iowa E.9.8 
 4. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 5. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.5 
 7. Alexander, Texas L.9.3 
 8. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.8.9 
 10. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.2 
 2. Daniels, Texas L.8.8 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.7 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.4 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.4 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.6.2 
 9. Johnson, Austin T.5.9 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.3 
 5. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 7. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 8. Linhart, Erie B.2.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.2.0 
 10. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.1 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. N''Diaye, Dakota W.2.6 
 4. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 5. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 7. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 8. Sykes, Sioux F.1.9 
 9. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 
 10. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.7 


Vipers Head Coach Chris Finch suspended - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande Valley Vipers head coach Chris Finch has been suspended for two games without pay and fined $1000 for failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection and for verbal abuse of officials following the Vipers' 111-99 loss to the Austin Toros on Feb. 16. The suspension will begin immediately and cover Rio Grande Valley's games at Texas tonight and at Maine on Thursday, Feb. 24.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Mad Ants - Armor game rescheduled - by Eurobasket News
Due to travel complications the Mad Ants game tonight scheduled for 7:00pm against the Springfield Armor has been rescheduled for tomorrow night, Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00pm. All tickets for tonights game will be honored at the game tomorrow night at the Memorial Coliseum at 7:00pm. The Mad Ants will take on the Armor on back-to-back days, as the two teams will meet again on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

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Anthony Thomas is a newcomer at Gregorio Urbano Gilbert - by Eurobasket
Gregorio Urbano Gilbert (SRT) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Anthony Thomas (183-G, college: Boise St.). Thomas played most recently at Hebraica Macabi (Uruguay). His best years were at the university. In his first year at Boise State he was named All-WAC Freshman of the Year. And last spring he was named to WAC All-Defensive Team. It will be his second year in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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


Horizon Stay Perfect at Home - by EBA Media
By: Greg Jensen

Harrisburg, PA -- The Harrisburg Horizon came into Sundays game with a 3-2 record which was good enough for 3rd-place in the division while the North Jersey Pros visited the Horizon with a 3-4 mark. The Horizon also came into Sundays game with a perfect (3-0) home record. The Horizon were able to extend their home winning-streak by topping the Pros by a count of 117-98.

From the start, both squads were very sloppy on shooting, ball handling, and rebounding. This inconsistent play by both teams led to the close score at the start of the game. Both teams had missed an unusual amount of shots by the end of the first, but they were both able to notch 26 points through the 1st. It was clear that the energetic environment that was created by the crowd was helping to push the players on both teams to score more, faster.

Throughout the 2ndquarter both teams exchanged the lead more than a few times, but the Horizon were able to take a three-point lead heading into halftime with a score of 51-48. Josh Robinson of the Pros as well as Charles Paker of the Horizon were both able to keep their teams close by dominating both inside and outside shooting in the first half.

It wasnt until about midway through the 3rdquarter that the Horizon began to pull away from the Pros. Solid defense as well as high-percentage shooting led to the Horizon outscoring the Pros 32-13 in the third. By the 4thquarter, the Horizon made it clear that they not only controlled all of the shooting in the paint but the entire game as a whole. Even with four of their players in foul trouble all throughout the final quarter, the Horizon managed to pull away from the Pros even further and by the end of the game, the result was clear.

Charles Parker was impressive yet again by dropping 33 points which led all scorers on both teams. Parker was second in the league coming into today with 31.0 ppg. Parker was followed by Trey Sharpe and Marcus Tullis who posted 20 and 19 points respectively.

North Jersey Pros Josh Robinson led all Pros scorers with 27 points with forward Gary Nunez following with 20 points.

The Horizon will take their 4-2 record on the road for the next two weeks. They will face the Washington Madness next Sunday at 2 p.m. The Horizon and the Pros will meet each other again on March 5thas the Horizontravel to the Pros home gym for a rematch.



Metro All-Stars Expand Lead - by EBA Media
With a 131 to 107 win over the Nova Hawks the Metro All-Stars stretched their lead in the EBA Southern Conference to two games in the win column. The 2nd and 3rd place teams, Maryland Marvels and Washington Madness were idle. Winchester Storm moved into 4th place with a hard fought 118 to 114 win over in-state rivals Old Dominion Mustangs.

In the Northern Conference Harrisburg Horizon (4-2) pulled into a second place tie with The Destroyers (6-3) as they topped the North Jersey Pros 117-98. South Jersey Enterprise (4-4) evened their record and strengthened their hold on 4th place with a 135-124 victory over Hudson Valley Hype.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.20.8 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok19.4 
 3. Banks, Elitzur .18.6 
 4. Woodside, Gravelines18.5 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp17.4 
 6. Shabalkin, Dynamo17.3 
 7. Anderson, Ventspils17.2 
 8. King, Etha17.0 
 9. Stanescu, Steaua T.16.8 
 10. Darden, Nancy16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock10.5 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.9.8 
 3. Aldemir, Karsiyaka9.3 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping9.1 
 5. Clark, Szolnok9.1 
 6. Zoric, KK.8.8 
 7. Smith, Karsiyaka8.8 
 8. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 9. Massey, Lokomotiv8.5 
 10. King, Etha8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Millage, Khimik5.9 
 2. Linehan, Nancy5.9 
 3. Brener, Elitzur .5.4 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok5.3 
 5. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.2 
 6. Wood, Dt.5.2 
 7. Jackson, Maccabi .5.2 
 8. Woodside, Gravelines5.0 
 9. Draughan, Lugano T.4.9 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.6 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.0 
 2. Millage, Khimik2.9 
 3. Vladovic, Zadar2.4 
 4. Dabkus, Etha2.3 
 5. Renfroe, KK.2.3 
 6. Holston, Karsiyaka2.2 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok2.1 
 9. Domercant, Spart.2.0 
 10. Eldridge, Karsiyaka2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.1 
 2. King, Etha2.0 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.9 
 4. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 5. Sene, Gravelines1.8 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 7. Clark, Szolnok1.6 
 8. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.5 
 9. Zavadsky, Khimik1.4 
 10. Bader, Szolnok1.4 


EuroChallenge Round: 5 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Maccabi Haifa - Elitzur Netanya 74-77
Barak Netanya wins Israeli clash in Day 5 of EuroChallenge as they beat Maccabi Haifa 77:74 away from home. Both teams stay at the bottom of the group with 1-4 records. The first quarter was a great example of the great battle from both sides. Maccabi Haifa and Barak Netanya exchanged the baskets and leads several times as Haifa took 21:20 after 10 minutes. Moreover they added 22-16 in the second frame for 43:36 at the halftime. The third quarter however completely belonged to the guests. Guetta first tied it all at 45:45 and then Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) gave them 54:53 deficit. Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, college: St.Vincent) nailed three to close the frame at 57:56. In the last period again the teams exchanged the lead several times as Jackson gave the hosts 74:70 lead. Those points however were the last for his side as Barak Netanya finished the game with 7-0 run for the final success. Adrian Banks stepped up with 24 points and Tony Washam followed him with 14. Brown netted 13, whilst Travis scored 12. Boris Rothbart (218-C-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) ended up with 15 points in defeat. Low was responsible for 14 and Killingsworth added 13.

Spartak SP - Lukoil Academik 86-80
Spartak Saint-Petersburg win EuroChallenge Group A due to unbelievable comeback in the last minutes of the game versus Lukoil Academic. The Russian Powerhouse needed 11-0 run at the every end for 86:80 total success. It was one of the most interesting and unpredictable games probably of the whole tournament so far. Lukoil Academic started the game with 7-0 run and had 14-3 in the middle of the quarter. Spartak Saint-Petersburg managed somehow to reduce to 21:17 after 10 minutes. The second quarter belonged to the Russian team as they needed 27-20 for 44:41 lead at the halftime. Moreover another 23-15 allowed them to taste 67:56 lead after three quarters. Whatever happened later in the game, the hosts could make guilty themselves. Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) gave his side 69:56, but then Lukoil Academic erupted with 20-0 run! Dominic James (180-G-86, college: Marquette) made it 76:69, but his team could not keep the win. Trailing 7 points with 3 minutes Spartak responded with 11-0 run and then Antic, Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) and Korchagin brought the win from the free throw line. Patrick Beverley top-scored for the winners with 24 points for 5-0 record. Antic nailed 13, while Ponkrashov and Domercant added 12 each. Dominic James shined in defeat with 25 points, whilst Green and Stojanovski supported him with 10 each.

Group J
Krka - Karsiyaka 86-81
Krka registers a place in the EuroChallenge Quarterfinals even with one game remaining in Group J. Novo Mesto saw another win of the Slovenian team as they rout Pinar Karsiyaka 86:81. Balazic opened the game for the hosts and Rojc later gave them 14:12. Bojan Krivec (188-G-87) closed the first period at 24:19, while Pavic later increased to 35:23. After 28-21 in the frame the hosts enjoyed 52:40 halftime advantage. Moreover Bojan Krivec made it 63:48 midway through the third period. Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) added another two for 67:51 and it seemed the victory would be easy for the hosts. Pinar Karsiyaka was too far to give up and dominated the last period. They nailed 30 points against 19 from the guests, but lost the game shortly. Bojan Krivec made the last three free throws for the final victory. Pavic and Balazic top-scored for the Slovenian team with 13 points each for 4-1 record. Booker netted 12, while Ikonic posted 11. Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) ended up with 18 points in defeat as Turkish side dropped to 3-2 record. Holston notched 16 and Eldridge finished the game with 15.

Antwerp - M.Hainaut 58-65
Dexia Mons-Hainaut remain alive for EuroChallenge Quarterfinals as they overcame another Belgian representative in Group J. Dexia improved to 2-3 record after 65:58 win over Antwerp Giants. Nivins and Moors exchanged the baskets early in the game. The guests later went on a lead and kept 17:15 after the first 10 minutes. Wilson tied it at 17:17 and Mejri already gave the hosts 26:19 lead midway through the second quarter. After defensive 17-6 in it, Antwerp Giants grabbed 32:23 lead at the halftime. Dexia Mons-Hainaut however desired the win more and reduced to 45:40 winning the third frame 17-13. Ronell Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) scored for 50:47, while van Paassen added two for 55:53. Ronell Taylor also scored the last four free throws for his team to celebrate the victory. Ronell Taylor led the way with 16 points and van Paassen nailed 10. Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton (NC)) answered with 19 points in defeat as the Giants fell at 1-4 record. Wilson netted 12 and Moors scored 9.

Group K
Ventspils - Norrkoping 104-69
BK Ventspils destroyed Norrkoping Dolphins and secured 1/4 Finals of EuroChallenge. The Latvian Powerhoude reached three digits after 104:69 win. The beginning of the game did not predict such a big difference as Mitchell brought the guests 7:2. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) however delivered the last points of the first quarter for the home side as they got 31:19. In the second quarter the hosts produced another 31 points and enjoyed 26-point deficit at the halftime. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) nailed three to send the teams to the lockers at 62:36. Norrkoping Dolphins looked better in the second half and tried hard not to fall apart. They lost the third period only by two points as Gervin closed it at 80:52. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku meanwhile gave the home side three-digit number with 1 minute to go. His another lay-up brought 104:69 on the board. Arturs Berzins erupted with 27 points and 9 rebounds, while Oritseweyinmi Efejuku followed him with 26 points and 8 assists. Anderson scored 17 and Strelnieks ended up with 9. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) responded with 17 points in the losing effort and Mitchell netted 13.

Gravelines - Benfica 91-82
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque win EuroChallenge Group K although there is one more game remaining. The French outfit rolled over Lisboa e Benfica 91:82 for 5-0 record on top. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque opened the game with five consecutive points, but Evans gave the guests 14:11. Carreira made the last free throws in the quarter for 28:22 lead as Lisboa e Benfica surprised the home side. The things got better for the latter as they saw 45:45 on the board after the first half. Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) made a jump shot to tie the game as the French team won the second period 23-17. Benfica, managed to stay with their hosts until the end of the third quarter, when back-to-back three pointers from Cyril Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) and Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) made it 68:60, and began an 18-2 run. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) and Cyril Akpomedah were the last players to score for their teams as the board showed 91:82 at the end. Ben Woodside paced all the winners with 26 points, while Sene collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Cyril Akpomedah and Jomby followed them with 11 points each. Jenkins netted 18 points for the guests as they dropped to 1-4 record. Evans posted 16, while Ramos and Antonio Tavares notched 13 points apiece.

Group L
BK Prostejov - Zadar 99-82
BK Prostejov and Zadar opened Day 5 of EuroChallenge Top 16 on Tuesday night. The Czech Republic team won 99:82 for 2-3 record in Group L. The hosts started with 4-0 run and Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) later made 18:11. Ivanov reduced for 23:22, while BK Prostejov won the first period 28:26. It was not sweet start of the second period for the home side that lost control and the guests took their first lead at 30:28. Moreover Miro Bilan (212-F-89) closed the run at 36:28 and Car posted two for 38:33. Lawrence reduced to 42:45 at the halftime. The third quarter was the most productive for the home side that nailed 35 points in it. The board showed 77:64 after 30 minutes of the game ans then BK Prostejov added 22-18 in the last frame. Zagorac stepped up with 18 points for the hosts and Lawrence collected 16 points and 12 assists. Kyle Landry netted 15, while Slezas and Veikalas had 13 each. Miro Bilan replied with 23 points in the losing effort as Zadar dropped to 1-4 record. Car nailed 18 and Batur posted 12.

Lokomotiv - Oostende 70-62
Lokomotiv Kuban hand BC Oostende the first loss in Group L of EuroChallenge. The Russian team grabbed 3-2 record on the second place after 70:62 home win. Kuban started the game with 10-0 run and dominated the first period. After 22-6, the guests however closed the quarter at 22:10 as Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) made a jump shot. In the second period the hosts added 20-19 to take 42:29 halftime advantage when Chalmers sent the teams to the lockers. Trailing 40:50 in the end of the third frame, BC Oostende scored the last four points to go to the last period trailing just 6. Moreover Faison nailed three for 50:49 and Caleb Green kept the guests alive at 53:51. Lokomotiv Kuban however did not allo the opponents to win and due to 20-18 in the last stanza won the game. Chalmers paced all the winners with 22 points and Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) added 17. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) finished the game with 11 points and Surovtsev scored 8. Caleb Green responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case as the Belgian team dropped to 4-1 record. Mitchell notched 14, whilst Faison netted 12.




Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group I
 1. Spartak SP 5-0 
 2. Lukoil Academik 3-2 
 3. Maccabi Haifa 1-4 
 4. Elitzur Netanya 1-4 
Group J
 1. Krka 4-1 
 2. Karsiyaka 3-2 
 3. M.Hainaut 2-3 
 4. Antwerp 1-4 
Group K
 1. Gravelines 5-0 
 2. Ventspils 3-2 
 3. Benfica 1-4 
 4. Norrkoping 1-4 
Group L
 1. Oostende 4-1 
 2. Lokomotiv 3-2 
 3. BK Prostejov 2-3 
 4. Zadar 1-4 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Primoz BREZEC
  Krasnie Krilya
  (216-F/C-79)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Brezec, Krasnie .20.8 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.20.3 
 3. Carroll, Gran Canaria18.9 
 4. Solomon, Hapoel J.18.0 
 5. Walsh, AS.17.7 
 6. Tucker, Aris16.9 
 7. Chatman, Besiktas16.8 
 8. Simmons, CEZ N.16.6 
 9. Smith, Benetton TV15.8 
 10. Rich, Hapoel J-M15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lazaros PAPADOPOULOS
  Khimky
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Papadopoulos, PAOK12.2 
 2. Brezec, Krasnie .9.7 
 3. Francis, Panellinios8.6 
 4. Walsh, AS.8.3 
 5. Tucker, Aris8.3 
 6. Macvan, Hemofarm8.0 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra7.7 
 8. Jones, Pepsi C.7.7 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.5 
 10. Owens, Azovmash7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Draper, Cedevita7.0 
 2. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.3 
 3. Walsh, AS.6.0 
 4. Popovic, Unics5.5 
 5. Thomas, Anwil5.3 
 6. Meacham, Goett.5.2 
 7. Markovic, Benetton.5.2 
 8. Lukauskis, EWE B.4.7 
 9. Bauscher, GasTerra4.5 
 10. Granger, Estudian.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  EWE Baskets
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lukauskis, EWE B.2.5 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.5 
 3. House, Azovmash2.5 
 4. Kirksay, Cajasol2.4 
 5. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 6. Jasen, Estudiantes2.3 
 7. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.2 
 9. Draper, Cedevita2.2 
 10. Curry, Azovmash2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian RANDLE
  Hapoel J-M
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.1 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.8 
 3. Dunston, Aris1.6 
 4. Skinner, Benetton.1.4 
 5. Francis, Panellinios1.4 
 6. Chan, CEZ Nymburk1.2 
 7. Owens, Azovmash1.0 
 8. Carter, Galil Gilboa1.0 
 9. Edwards, Cedevita1.0 
 10. Fofana, AS.1.0 


Eurocup Round: 5 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Cedevita - Hemofarm 73-71
Cedevita became another team to reach EuroCup quarterfinals. They held off Hemofarm at home court to improve at 3-2 record in Group I. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) nailed 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Hemofarm fell at 1-4 record after the loss. Cedevita stormed into this one scoring 9 points in a row. But Hemofarm answered with seven quick points to stay close. The Serbian team trailed by a single point 24:25 at the first break. Bozovic put Hemofarm in front early in the second quarter. The visitors used an 8:0 spurt to ensure a 34:27 advantage midway through the second period. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) and Rudez capped the half with consecutive triples to narrow the deficit at 2 points 42:44. Cedevita went on a 10:2 run in the third quarter to pull back in front 53:49. Dontaye Draper soon boosted the lead to an 8-point mark before Borisov crowned the period with two free throws and dragged Hemofarm within 6 points. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) helped Hemofarm to cut the deficit to 3 points 69:72 with under a minute remaining. Mustafa Abdul-Hamid narrowed the distance to a single point before Bazdaric hit a free throw and gave Cedevita a 73:71 lead. Mustafa Abdul-Hamid missed a three-pointer and Cedevita escaped with important win at the end. Dontaye Draper nailed 15 points and issued 7 assists for Cedevita. Vedran Princ (192-G-82) contributed 14 points in the winning case. Mladen Jeremic answered with 15 points for Hemofarm. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 14 points in defeat.

Gran Canaria - Unics 76-73
Gran Canaria celebrated a home win over Unics in EuroCup Last 16 round. The victory propelled the hosts to 2-3 record in Group I. Already qualified for quarterfinals Unics fell at 4-1 record on top of the standings. The teams got to a low-scoring start. They teamed up for just 26 points in the opening period with Unics claiming a 14:12 advantage. Gran Canaria adjusted their offense in the second quarter. The hosts erupted for 31 points in the period to take a 43:38 halftime advantage. Gran Canaria stayed dominant in the third quarter. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) was the usual contributor as the hosts kept on piling up the lead. Gran Canaria arrived at the final break up by 11 points 62:51. Unics refused to give that easily. The visitors erased the bigger part of the difference. Terrell Lyday pulled Unics within three points but Gran Canaria held on to come out winners. Jaycee Carroll provided 16 points to lead the effort. Taurean Green (185-G-85, college: Florida) added 13 points, while Javier Beiran (200-F-87) had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) responded with 19 points for Unics. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) accounted for 11 points in the loss.

Group J
Le Mans - Goettingen 77-83
Goettingen grabbed a key EuroCup win today. The German team upset Le Mans in France to seal their quarterfinal birth. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) delivered 20 points to pace the visitors. Goettingen climbed at 4-1 record on top of Group J. Le Mans slipped at 1-4 record after the loss. Le Mans had their backs against the wall entering the game. They had to win and surged ahead right from the start. The hosts built a narrow 22:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But Goettingen quickly adjusted away from home and started to dictate the tempo in the second quarter. The visitors unloaded 26 points in the period to arrive at halftime up by 5 points 45:40. Goettingen maintained the leading margin throughout the third quarter. The visitors entered the fourth frame up by five points 62:57. Led by Mike Scott and Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) Goettingen raced to a crucial win at the end. Dwayne Anderson finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Trenton Meacham fired 14 points in the victory. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) answered with 18 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for Le Mans. Charles Lombahe-Kahudi (197-F-86) and Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) chipped in 12 points apiece in defeat.

Budivelnyk - Aris 73-78
Aris stayed alive in the hunt for EuroCup quarterfinal birth. They surprised Budivelnyk in Kyiv today to improve at 2-3 record in Group J. Budivelnyk in the meantime fell at 3-2 record and failed to seal their next round birth. Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) delivered 24 points to lead the winners. Bobby Brown opened the game with a three-pointer but the hosts quickly gained the lead. Lamayne Wilson and Dewarick Spencer gave Budivelnyk an 18:11 lead late in the period. The home team secured a 20:14 lead at the first break. The Kyiv team used an 8:1 run midway through the second term to take a 30:20 advantage. William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) opened a double-digit lead for the home side. Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) capped the half with two free throws as Budivelnyk recorded a 42:27 lead. The visitors opened the second half with 12 points in a row to narrow the gap. Christos Tapoutos completed a three-point play to give Aris a 44:43 lead midway through the third term. Billy William Keys notched a bunch of points late in the quarter as the hosts regained the lead at 53:50. Aris went on an 11:0 rally early in the fourth period to grab a 65:58 lead. Budivelnyk narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark with a minute remaining but Charalampidis and P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) went deadly from the stripe and sealed the winning outcome. Christos Tapoutos notched 16 points, while P.J. Tucker contributed 15 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. William Keys answered with 17 points for Budivelnyk. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) and Andriy Agafonov netted 12 points apiece in defeat.

Group K
Galatasaray - Pepsi Caserta 54-64
Pepsi Caserta punched their EuroCup quarterfinal ticket. The Italian team improved at 4-1 record in Group K after the success in Istanbul. The victory also meant Pepsi Caserta will play in the quarterfinals. Galatasaray in the meantime fell at 2-3 record in the group with no chance left to qualify. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) produced 13 points to pace Pepsi Caserta to the victory. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense first quarter. Eric Williams went on a 5-point solo late in the period to put Pepsi Caserta in charge. Aaron Doornekamp (198-F-85, agency: Interperformances) capped the term with a layup as the Italian team earned a 22:14 lead. The visitors opened the second term with six points in a row to boost the advantage. Back-to-back three-pointers from Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) gave Caserta a massive 37:18 lead midway through the second term. Caserta arrived at halftime with a comfortable 41:20 advantage. But Galatasaray turned things around at the start of the second half. The hosts went on a 13:0 rally to narrow the gap. Eric Williams stopped the rot for Caserta. They capped the third term with an 8:2 run to take a 52:40 lead with one quarter remaining. Galatasaray never got closer than eight points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Lukasz Koszarek delivered 10 points for Caserta. Aaron Doornekamp and Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) finished with 8 points each. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) was the only Galatasaray player to score in double digits as he banked 15 points.

CEZ Nymburk - Estudiantes 86-88
Estudiantes completed their EuroCup Last 16 goal reaching the quarterfinal stage. They escaped with a narrow road win over Nymburk today to improve at 4-1 record on top of Group K. Estudiantes came from behind to claim a valuable win in this one. Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) provided 18 points to lead the charge. Nymburk suffered the fifth loss in a row. Nymburk dominated the first period. They opened the game with an 8:0 surge and stayed in front throughout the quarter. Nymburk led 23:12 before Estudiantes got within five after ten minutes 18:23. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) bolstered Nymburk lead back to double digits 39:29 midway through the second term. Nymburk marched on as they registered a 51:42 lead at halftime. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) and Josh Asselin connected from beyond the arc in the third period to pull Estudiantes closer. However Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) and Lenzly soothed things for the hosts as Nymburk arrived at the final intermission up by 7 points 69:62. The visitors surprised the Czech champions with a 10;0 rally early in the fourth term. Estudiantes led for some time before Chester Simmons leveled things up at 79 with three minutes to go. The teams remained tied at 84 within the last minute before Oliver gave the visitors an 86:84 lead. Chester Simmons knotted things up but Sergio Sanchez sank both free throws to put Estudiantes back in front. Lenzly had a chance to save the game for Nymburk but missed a jumper. Nik Caner-Medley fired 14 points and collected 9 rebounds for Estudiantes. Jayson Granger (186-G-89) had 10 points in the win. Vladimir Stimac answered with 22 points for Nymburk. Chester Simmons netted 15 points in the loss.

Group L
ALBA - Benetton TV 74-82
Benetton have qualified into EuroCup quarterfinal stage. They knocked down ALBA in Berlin today to reach the next stage of the tournament. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) erupted for 35 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Treviso team. Beneton stay in the second position in Group L at 4-1 record, while ALBA fell at 1-4 record. Benetton set the tone early taking an 8:2 lead. McElroy dragged the hosts closer but Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Devin Smith ensured an 18:15 lead for Benetton at the first break. The visitors cleared off to an 8-point distance early in the second quarter Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) triggered a 7:0 run that kept ALBA within striking distance. Bryce Taylor finally put ALBA in front and the hosts secured a 39:38 halftime advantage. Benetton took over again with a 13:0 start to the second half. The visitors maintained the lead posting a 63:59 advantage at the final pause. Julius Jenkins leveled things up at 65 and then gave ALBA a 67:65 lead midway through the fourth quarter. However the Italian side answered with 11 unanswered points and never looked back en route to the victory. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) provided 14 points and 6 assists, while Donatas Motiejunas added 13 points for Benetton. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) answered with 18 points for ALBA. Derrick Allen delivered 17 points in the loss.

Cajasol - Panellinios 84-71
Cajasol recorded the fifth straight win at EuroCup Last 16 stage. They held off visiting Panellinios behind 13 points from Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances). Cajasol have booked their quarterfinal birth in the previous round and they cruised to the victory tonight. Cajasol now need to win or lose by less than 11 points against Benetton to clinch the top spot in Group L. Panellinios on the other hand fell at 0-5 record after the defeat. Cajasol used an 8:2 run midway through the opening term to take a 17:10 lead. They stayed in front to register a 21:17 lead after the starting quarter. The hosts went on a 13:0 rally in the second frame to boost the margin at 16-point mark. Panellinios however finished the half strongly and cut the distance at 5 points 37:42. Krabbenhoft and Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) triggered a 9:0 run from the visitors as Panellinios grabbed a 46:44 lead early in the third term. Txemi Urtasun, Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) and Kirksay had to step up for Cajasol to ensure a 68:59 lead after thirty minutes of action. Panellinios were able to narrow the deficit at 5 points but Cajasol went on a deadly 8:0 rally and ran away for good in this one. Kaloyan Ivanov and Juan Triguero (208-C-83) netted 12 points for Cajasol. Steven Smith answered with 16 points for Panellinios.




Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. Unics 4-1 
 2. Cedevita 3-2 
 3. Gran Canaria 2-3 
 4. Hemofarm 1-4 
Group J
 1. Goettingen 4-1 
 2. Budivelnyk 3-2 
 3. Aris 2-3 
 4. Le Mans 1-4 
Group K
 1. Estudiantes 4-1 
 2. Pepsi Caserta 4-1 
 3. Galatasaray 2-3 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 0-5 
Group L
 1. Cajasol 5-0 
 2. Benetton TV 4-1 
 3. ALBA 1-4 
 4. Panellinios 0-5 


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Victor Claver injures right foot, two months out - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Power Electronics Valencia. One of their best players Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) got injured during the practice on Monday night. After further tests, his broken right foot is confirmed today and Claver is set to miss two months.
Victor Claver appeared 14 times this season in Euroleague averaging 10.9 points and 4.8 rebounds. In ACB, Claver added 11.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, and 2.3 apg for 21 games. He also shined in Copa del Rey recently. Claver joined Pamesa Valencia as a teenager and he always was one of their top prospects. This season he exploded in some games and became one of their key players. Claver is also a member of the Spanish National Team. He helped them to win the Gold at the 2009 EuroBasket in Poland registering 2 ppg for 7 games. Last summer in Turkey, he had 2.4 ppg for 5 games.


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KORISLIIGA: Honka lost at home - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 36: After 11 lead changes and eight ties Honka (Espoo) lost tonight at home vs YMCA Lahti 85-88 (43-37). Quarters: 22-25, 21-12, 22-21, 20-28.
Honka (22-14) has now lost two home games in a row. YMCA Lahti (14-22) had lost six away games in a row before tonight's upset in Espoo. Anthony Vereen (201-F-86, college: Texas Arlington) (20pts/12rbs) saved the visitors at the end by making his all four FTs during the last 22 seconds. YMCA Lahti had 31 FTs in the game and made 24 of them. Ryan Ayers (201-G-86, college: Notre Dame) led Lahti with 21 pts. Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) (Honka) netted 21 pts as well.

Honka - YMCA Lahti 85-88 (43-37). (Jamar Wilson 21, John Williamson 20, Jukka Matinen 12 - Ryan Ayers 21, Anthony Vereen 20/12, Roope Suonio 19/6a).




Finnish Korisliiga round 36 best performance: Damon Williams - by Eurobasket News
American forward Damon Williams (201-F-73) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Pyrinto Tampere, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 37-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Karhu (#7, 16-19) in overtime 112-107. It allowed Pyrinto to consolidate first place in the Finnish Korisliiga. Pyrinto have a solid 30-7 record. It's Williams' second year at Pyrinto and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Colorado State-Pueblo star has very solid stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (8th best: 19.2ppg), rebounds (7th best: 9.5rpg), assists (3rd best: 4.3apg) and averages impressive 50.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American John Williamson (198-C-86) of Honka Espoo Playboys. Williamson had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Honka lost that game 86-100 to slightly higher-ranked Korihait (#4, 23-13). Honka managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 21-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Williamson is a newcomer at Honka, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.2ppg (#8). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) of Karhu Kauhajoki (#7). Wood showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Wood's great performance Karhu lost 107-112in overtime to the higher-ranked Pyrinto (#1, 30-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Karhu ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wood could help Karhu to bring them higher in the standings. Wood has a great season in Finland. After 35 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.2ppg (4th best), rebounds with 13.2rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 4.1apg (4th best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 68.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sefton Barrett (196-F-83) of KTP - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jerrah Young (202-F-85) of Tarmo - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Kouvot - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87) of Salon Vilpas - 19 points and 18 rebounds
8. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81) of Korihait - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Malik Moore (192-G-77) of LrNMKY - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Walt Baxley (191-G-84) of Karhu - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Bojang's double-double lands him 1st Division Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for BC Nokia and receives a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Namika II (#12, 0-19) with 39-point margin 86-47. BC Nokia is placed at 5th position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BC Nokia will need more victories to improve their 11-8 record. Bojang turned to be BC Nokia's top player in his first season with the team. Illinois State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bojang is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.4ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 14.2rpg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 62.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Treylon Manning (178-G) of Huima. He is American guard in his first season at Huima. In the last game Manning recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Huima to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Ura Basket (#10, 7-12) 109-89. Despite this victory Huima slide down in the standings to 6th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Manning is a newcomer at Huima and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.5ppg (#2). He also recorded 6.4 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Huima's star - forward Jamal Douglas (201-F-85). Douglas scored 24 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Huima, helping his team with a 109-89 easy win against the lower-ranked Ura Basket (#10, 7-12). Huima needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 8 lost games. Douglas has a great season in Finland. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 13.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Timo Riihela (193-G-80) of BC Nokia - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Lamar Roberson (203-F-86) of Huima - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Derick Nelson (196-F-86) of Lapua - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85) of LoKoKo - 22 points and 16 rebounds
8. Channing Toney (196-G-86) of LoKoKo - 18 points and 12 rebounds
9. Kim Siven (197-G-88) of Lapua - 21 points and 10 rebounds
10. Kilian Cato (201-F/C-92) of Honka - 24 points and 8 rebounds

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


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Goettingen advance into EuroCup quarterfinal stage - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans - Goettingen 77:83

Goettingen grabbed a key EuroCup win today. The German team upset Le Mans in France to seal their quarterfinal birth. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) delivered 20 points to pace the visitors. Goettingen climbed at 4-1 record on top of Group J. Le Mans slipped at 1-4 record after the loss.
Le Mans had their backs against the wall entering the game. They had to win and surged ahead right from the start. The hosts built a narrow 22:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But Goettingen quickly adjusted away from home and started to dictate the tempo in the second quarter. The visitors unloaded 26 points in the period to arrive at halftime up by 5 points 45:40. Goettingen maintained the leading margin throughout the third quarter. The visitors entered the fourth frame up by five points 62:57. Led by Mike Scott and Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) Goettingen raced to a crucial win at the end. Dwayne Anderson finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) fired 14 points in the victory. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) answered with 18 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for Le Mans. Charles Lombahe-Kahudi (197-F-86) and Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) chipped in 12 points apiece in defeat.

Le Mans: Alex Acker 18, Charles Lombahe-Kahudi 12, Benjamin Dewar 12
Goettingen: Mike Scott 20, Dwayne Anderson 17, Trenton Meacham 14



BCM Gravelines Dunkerque win EuroChallenge Group K - by Eurobasket News
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque-Lisboa e Benfica 91:82

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque win EuroChallenge Group K although there is one more game remaining. The French outfit rolled over Lisboa e Benfica 91:82 for 5-0 record on top.
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque opened the game with five consecutive points, but Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) gave the guests 14:11. Carreira made the last free throws in the quarter for 28:22 lead as Lisboa e Benfica surprised the home side. The things got better for the latter as they saw 45:45 on the board after the first half. Bokolo made a jump shot to tie the game as the French team won the second period 23-17. Benfica, managed to stay with their hosts until the end of the third quarter, when back-to-back three pointers from Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) and Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) made it 68:60, and began an 18-2 run. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) and Cyril Akpomedah were the last players to score for their teams as the board showed 91:82 at the end.
Ben Woodside paced all the winners with 26 points, while Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Cyril Akpomedah and Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) followed them with 11 points each. Gregory Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) netted 18 points for the guests as they dropped to 1-4 record. Heshimu Evans posted 16, while Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) and Antonio Tavares notched 13 points apiece.

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Ben Woodside 26, Mouhamed Sene 16+12 rebs, Cyril Akpomedah 11, Rudy Jomby 11
Lisboa e Benfica: Gregory Jenkins 18, Heshimu Evans 16, Sergio Ramos 13+10 rebs, Antonio Tavares 13



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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. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.6 
 6. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus S.16.2 
 8. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 9. Morban, Lirija15.9 
 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. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 3. Pavlovski, Lirija9.6 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.6 
 5. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.7.7 
 7. Knezevic, Feni I.7.3 
 8. Simic, Rabotnicki7.1 
 9. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
 10. Chappell, ABA S.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.4 
 2. Morban, Lirija4.9 
 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. Stojanovski, Feni I.3.1 
 10. Sokolov, Feni I.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Morban, Lirija1.6 
 3. Petrovski, MZT S.1.5 
 4. Stimson, ABA S.1.5 
 5. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.5 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 7. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 8. Cvetkov, ABA S.1.3 
 9. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.3 
 10. Grncarov, MZT 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. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 6. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 7. Frye, Feni Indistrija1.0 
 8. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Talevski, MZT S.0.6 


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Ilia Londaridze claims Georgian Superleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented Ilia Londaridze (205-C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for TSU Tbilisi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 21-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team crushed Samedicino (#10, 4-10) with 16-point margin 87-71. TSU Tbilisi is placed at 3rd position in Georgian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TSU Tbilisi will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Londaridze as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ilia Londaridze averages this season 9.5ppg and 8.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old former international forward Zviad Babiashvili (199-F-78) of league's best team Army Sport Klub Tbilisi. Babiashvili impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Army to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked GTU Tbilisi (#8, 4-10) 82-54. Of course Army still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 12-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Babiashvili is a newcomer at Army 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 17.2ppg (#6). He also registered 8.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Army Sport Klub Tbilisi's star - former international guard Kote Tugushi (192-G-84). Tugushi showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and eight assists in the last round. He was another key player of Army, helping his team with a 82-54 easy win against the lower-ranked GTU Tbilisi (#8, 4-10). Many experts and fans count Army as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 12 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Tugushi has a great season in Georgia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.6ppg (8th best), rebounds with 8.8rpg (6th best) and assists with 5.8apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Beka Tsivtsivadze (190-G-89) of MIA Tbilisi - 8 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Samuel Lamu (204-C-81) of Energy Rustavi - 15 points and 11 rebounds
6. Giorgi Kvelashvili (206-C-81) of Batumi - 15 points and 9 rebounds
7. Richard Damus (198-F-83) of Sokhumi - 10 points and 15 rebounds
8. Duda Sanadze (196-G-92) of Batumi - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Davit Barbakadze (203-F-82) of MIA Tbilisi - 17 points and 4 rebounds
10. Irakli Alkhanaidze (202-F-92) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Goettingen advance into EuroCup quarterfinal stage - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans - Goettingen 77:83

Goettingen grabbed a key EuroCup win today. The German team upset Le Mans in France to seal their quarterfinal birth. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) delivered 20 points to pace the visitors. Goettingen climbed at 4-1 record on top of Group J. Le Mans slipped at 1-4 record after the loss.
Le Mans had their backs against the wall entering the game. They had to win and surged ahead right from the start. The hosts built a narrow 22:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But Goettingen quickly adjusted away from home and started to dictate the tempo in the second quarter. The visitors unloaded 26 points in the period to arrive at halftime up by 5 points 45:40. Goettingen maintained the leading margin throughout the third quarter. The visitors entered the fourth frame up by five points 62:57. Led by Mike Scott and Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) Goettingen raced to a crucial win at the end. Dwayne Anderson finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) fired 14 points in the victory. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) answered with 18 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for Le Mans. Charles Lombahe-Kahudi (197-F-86) and Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) chipped in 12 points apiece in defeat.

Le Mans: Alex Acker 18, Charles Lombahe-Kahudi 12, Benjamin Dewar 12
Goettingen: Mike Scott 20, Dwayne Anderson 17, Trenton Meacham 14



Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) All The Cards Would Have To Fall Right In My Favor For A Triple Double To Happen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

Congrats on the 87-78 against The Telekom Baskets Bonn. Phoenix Hagen won their second game out of their last three games. This was a very tight game for three quarters. How tiring mentally did the game get as it got late into the game?

Thank you. It was a very physical game and it took everything wqe had to finish Bonn off in the last 5 minutes of the game.

In the fourth quarter, Phoenix Hagen went on a 9-0 run to win the game. What was key in this run besides the 6 points by American Mark Dorris?

Our defensive stops. Eddie Seward was a beast on the glass and blocking shots in that second half. He was the real key to our win yesterday.

What was the most important thing that Phoenix Hagen took out of this game besides getting the win?

That we put last weeks tough loss behind us and came out and got a huge road victory as we try and seperate ourselves from the bottom group and try to work our way into the middle tier of teams.

Have you ever seen a more dominating center in the BEKO BBL in one game then Chris Ensminger on this night? What makes this guy still so strong at 37?

Chris was tough to stop this game. He is 37 but he is experienced, not really athletic, but he knows where to be and how to position himself and he never gives up on a rebound. I mean he is almost averaging a double double at 37.

You had a strong game with 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. Are you aguy that could get a triple double one day in the BEKO BBL?

All the cards would have to fall right in my favor for that to happen but it sure is nice to think I could pull ff that feat.

What memories do you have from the NBA Allstar game as a kid? What did you usually like the most from this 48 minute game?

Just seeing all the guys out there having fun. I guess the younger you are the more points you want to see scored.

John Wall had 22 assists in the 2011 NBA Allstar game freshmen vs sophmores.Where do you see him amoung NBA points guards in about three years?

He has a little ways to go before he is in the elite category with some of the other PGs but he is well on his way for making a name for himself.

Who is an NBA player that never won a NBA ring but really should of?

John Stockton

Thanks Jacob for the chat.


Tyrone Brazelton (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) I Feel Very Comfortable In The BEKO BBL After 3 Games - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Tyrone Brazelton (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) is a 24 year 185 guard that is currently playing with The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. He grew up in Norcross, Georgia and played at Western Kentucky from 2006-2008 and in his senior year played 36 games: 14.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3Pts: 42.9%, FT: 67.3%. In 2008-2009, he started his professional basketball with BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL, starting five): LBL: 9 games: 10.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 71.9%, Baltic League (Elite Group): 11 games 13.2ppg 2.8rpg 2.7apg 1.2spg; EuroChallenge: 4 games: 16.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, in Jan.'09 moved to Asseco Prokom Sopot (Poland-PLK): Polish League: 27 games: 4.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.9apg; Euroleague: 6 games: 3.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg. Last season, he played for Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK): Polish League: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 30.0%, 3PT: 47.1%, FT: 53.3%; Euroleague: 3 games: 4.7ppg, 1.0rpg, in Nov.'09 moved to Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-PLK, starting five): 21 games: 13.4ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-5 (4.8apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 80.8%. Some awards and achievements in his career have been All-NJCAA D1 1st Team -06, NJCAA D1 All-Star Game -06, Sun Belt East Division Regular Season Runner-Up -07, 08, Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals -07, All-Sun Belt 2nd Team -08, Sun Belt All-Tournament Team -08, Sun Belt Tournament Winner -08, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, Polish Cup Finalist -09, Polish League Regular Season Champion -09, and Polish League Champion -09. Tyrone spoke with eurobasket after the 73-71 win against TBB Trier.

Congrats on the 73-71 win in Trier. Bremerhaven snapped their two game losing streak. What did the team want to improve from their loss against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners last weekend?

We really wanted to improve on our communication and team defense. Offensively this past week in practice we focused on offensive excution and moving the ball and making the right reads on offense.

TBB Trier had the 36-32 lead at halftime. What was key for TBB Trier having the lead at halftime?

The key for TBB Trier having the lead at halftime was because of how hard they played. We had some foul trouble and they kept attacking us.

In the third quarter Bremerhaven got stronger and took the lead. What was key for getting on track in the third quarter?


We regained the lead in the third because we did a good job of defending, which gave us a chance to get out and run, which is one of our strong points.

In the fourth quarter TBB Trier retook the lead and led by six points with four minutes to play. Bremerhaven stayed strong and got the win from a Phillip Schwethelm shot. What was key down the stretch for getting the win?

In the Fourth, after being down six points we got a couple key stops and got easy buckets in transtion. After that it was a matter of us making free throws down the stretch to hold on to the lead.


You led Bremerhaven with 15 points. How comfortable do you feel in the BEKO BBL? Will we see more performances like this in the future?

I feel very comfortable in the BEKO BBL. Now that I have three games under my belt I have a better feel for the teams in the league. I personally dont think my performance was great, but I think my performance will get better, as well as my team performance.

What was it like playing against Lebron James friend Dru Joyce. What is his best asset at point guard?

I enjoy playing against Dru Joyce! Last year we played against each other in Poland. He's really quick and competitive with a high basketball IQ. I think his best asset is getting his teammates open shots and keeping pressure on the defense with his quickness.

What memories do you have from the NBA Allstar game as a kid? What did you usually like the most from this 48 minute game?


My memories from watching the All Star game as a kid was watching the dunks. I also liked watching Allen Iverson put on a show and get buckets.

John Wall had 22 assists in the 2011 NBA Allstar game freshmen vs sophmores.Where do you see him amoung NBA points guards in about three years?

I easily see John Wall developing into one of the better point guards in the league within three years. The crazy thing is, he's still really young and has a lot to learn. Once he gets better players around him the better he will be.

Who is an NBA player that never won a NBA ring but really should of?

I think Karl Malone should have won a ring before he retired. I learned alot about how hard he worked throughout his career and its dissapointing to know that he went out without a ring.

Thanks Tyrone for the chat.


Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) When We Play With Confidence And Unselfishness Then We Are A Dangerous Group. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. Lasts eason, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. He returns to Tuebingen for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. Watts sat down with eurobasket afte rthe 93-89 win against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

Congrats on the 93-89 win at home against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. The club swept the season series with Oldenburg for the first time in their team history. How happy are you and do you remember of sweeping a season series with Creighton that was really special like this with Oldenburg?

The club and the team is very happy with the sweep, anytime you can pick up 2 wins against a team in the BBL it is good, to do it with a top team like Oldenburg is special for us. Beating top 15 Southern Illinois in the Conf. Championship to go to the NCAA tourney when we had not beat them in 3 years was pretty special.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen are on a four game winning streak. Is the word Playoffs quietly and carefully more and more in the back of the minds of the players?

That has always been our goal, I think that we are playing better together now and starting to play into our potential as a team. If we continue in that way we will definitely be in the mix.

Tuebingen had the slim 47-42 lead at halftime. What was key for having the lead at halftime?

I think that we had everyone on the court contributing. Nico Simon started the game off hot for us, Markovic and Crawford came in and gave us big minutes as well.

Tuebingen held the nerves in crunch time withstanding a 7-0 Oldenburg run to cut the Tuebingen lead to 85-82. Describe the Clifford Crawford three pointer which carried the team to the win?

It was just a read that the team made, and extra pass to the corner and Cliff stepped up and hit a big shot to keep the lead and seal the victory.

It seems that Tuebingen has learned to spread around the scoring 100% in this four game winning streak. How do you describe this great ball sharing by the team?

I think that the team is getting more comfortable in what each person can do to help the team when they are on the floor. We have guys coming off the bench keeping the level of play high and giving the team confidence. When we play with confidence and unselfishness we are a dangerous group.

Chris OLiver had a hot game with 17 points and 13 rebounds. He has had an up and down season but came on strong against Oldenburg. Will the BEKO BBL see a stronger Chris Oliver now in the stretch run?

I hope so. He stepped up big for us like he has in numerous games this season, with Williams being out we need him to be Chris AllOver!

What memories do you have from the NBA Allstar game as a kid? What did you usually like the most from this 48 minute game?


I remember TMac throwing it off the backboard in the game and everybody trying to do it pick up games after that.

John Wall had 22 assists in the 2011 NBA Allstar game freshmen vs sophmores.Where do you see him amoung NBA points guards in about three years?

I think he will get better, its tough to get the exposure of the some of the others being in DC, winning some games would help. He would have to make a big leap like D Rose did this past season to be up with the very best.

Who is an NBA player that never won a NBA ring but really should of?

Dominique Wilkins comes to mind and hopefully Nash gets one before its all over.

Thanks Dane for the chat.


Life Now for Mike Scott - by Mike Scott
Hello Eurobasket! As the BG Goettingen Violets and I travel to France in our quest for Eurocup advancement I would like to share a little bit of LIFE NOW for Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.). Very briefly, I grew up in inner city Indianapolis and graduated from Kent State University making two NCAA appearances during my four collegiate years. My first professional season began in 2008 with Trabzonspor, a 2nd division team located in Turkey on the coast of the Black Sea. Kormend, Hungary was the next stop for this young guy. The city was very small, not even sure I should call it a city. Yet, it had all I needed to focus on myself and ball.

Currently, I am happily in Germany on a team that is, at this moment, somewhat underachieving in the BBL, I feel. Our team is stacked from top to bottom. The talent is comparable to the top teams in the league but occasionally we do not play as such. Its mid-season and we are mid-pack still optimistically searching to make a run to sustain a spot in the playoffs. I truly believe in our team and I have no doubt that we will make it happen for ourselves and the faithful folks of BG Goettingen. In contrast, I think many people believe we have overachieved in the Eurocup circuit. 3-1 in a group of powerhouses! We cruised through the first round and are in great position to get to the third! We will see what happens.

Anyway, enough about basketball but then again this is EuroBASKET so maybe that is why you are here in the first place. Regardless, bare with me because this is MY BLOG.

Germany! I never thought I would see so many well trained dogs! I mean these dogs are smarter than some humans I know. I have lost count of how many times I have walked into a grocery store or restaurant and saw a dog sit outside of the door quietly and calmly waiting for its owner to reappear from the vicinity. Impressive. This may seem normal for Europeans but back home the moment you let a dog off its leash, you might as well go to the dog pound a few days later to see if it was caught.

This is completely off subject but did I mention I am starving right now? We played last night at home in our factory stadium (its literally a factory with a portable court inside. Oddly enough its the best place I have ever played) and are on the road at 6:30 a.m. the next morning to catch a flight from Hannover which is about 1 hour from our home city. Exhausting? Ummm, you have no idea! Or maybe you do, I dont know.

Back to the topic of Germany. So, this is somewhat of a funny story. I was driving on the autobahn to Frankfurt airport a few days ago and reached some pretty decent speeds. Nothing reckless but I was making good time. Navigating through the city, you would probably never hit 6th gear. Well on the highway; different story. So I am learning on-the-go the timing of shifts in the higher gears. A few times I grinded out the transmission and the car revved and herky jerked. [Dont tell management. Please & Thank You]
So as I make this more and more difficult for myself and become increasingly frustrated with every kilometer I drive, I finally get it down to a decent rhythm. After more whip flashes and smoky fumes I realize the darn car tells me when to shift up and down! A HUGE GREEN ARROW POINTS EITHER UP OR DOWN WITH THE WORDS UP AND DOWN in bold white letters just in case the fluorescent arrows are not enough! This is all happening right in front of my face on the dashboard. I have had this car about..well...THE WHOLE SEASON and never got the memo! Smart, right? No, not at all.

I guess these German dogs are smarter than me, too. Well at least they see better.

'We cannot see the wind, but we can see the evidences of the wind'...Faith

Mike Scott is an American pro player who is actually in German Bundesliga with BG Goettingen


The UBC Tigers Hannover Bring In Tyree Evans And Brad Byerson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After sustaining a current 1-9 record, the UBC Tigers Hannover have reacted to the current drought by bringing into two Americans with Tyree Evans (191-G) and Brad Byerson (201-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union). 'We are confident that Brad and Tyree will help us get the necessary wins to help us stay in the league and will help give the team their identity back', stressed UBC sport director Michael Goch. Evans is a 26 year old 192cm guard that was born in Richmond, Virgina and played at Kent State.Last season in his senior year, he played Kent State playing 34 games: 9.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 34.7%, 3PT: 30.5%, FT: 70.6%. 'I want to help the team by bring more communication on the court and bringing ahigher intensity to the defense', warned Tyree Evans (191-G). He was a MAC East Division Regular Season Champion -10. The club also brought in Brad Byerson (201-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union) is a 26 year old 201cm power forward that can also play the small forward position. He grew up in Colonial Heights, Virginia and played at west Virginia from 2003-2005. He then transfered to Virginia Union (NCAA2) where he played from 2005-2008. In his senior year he played 30 games: 16.8ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3bpg, 1.3spg, FG: 57.1%, FT: 59.9%. He started his professional basketball career in 2008-2009 playing for CS Otopeni Bucuresti (Romania-Div.A): 27 games: 7.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 64.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 50.0%.Last season he played for Hapoel Natzrath Elite (Israel-National League, starting five): 24 games: Score-4 (21.5ppg), Reb-3 (11.8rpg), 1.8apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-2 (1.7bpg), FGP-3 (67.5%), FT: 59.6%. This season he played for Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) playing five games averaging 4,6ppg and 2,0rpg. Awards/Achievements in his career have been, Big East Tournament Finalist -05, NCAA Tournament Elite Eight -05, CIAA All-Tournament Team -06, 07, 08, All-CIAA Team -06, 08, CIAA Eastern Division Regular Season Champion -06, 07, 08, CIAA Tournament Winner -06, NCAA D2 Finalist -06, All-CIAA 1st Team -07, CIAA Tournament Finalist -07, South Atlantic Regional Championship Finalist -07, CIAA Tournament Semifinals -08, All-CIAA Defensive Player of the Year -08, Daktronics NCAA Division II All-South Atlantic Region 1st Team -08, NCAA Division II All-Star Game -08, NCAA D2 All-America Honorable Mention (by Division II Bulletin) -08, Romanian Cup Finalist -09, Romanian League Semifinals -09
, and Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention -10.

Source: UBC Tigers Hannover





Devin Smith carries Benetton past ALBA - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Benetton 74:82

Benetton have qualified into EuroCup quarterfinal stage. They knocked down ALBA in Berlin today to reach the next stage of the tournament. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) erupted for 35 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Treviso team. Beneton stay in the second position in Group L at 4-1 record, while ALBA fell at 1-4 record.
Benetton set the tone early taking an 8:2 lead. McElroy dragged the hosts closer but Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Devin Smith ensured an 18:15 lead for Benetton at the first break. The visitors cleared off to an 8-point distance early in the second quarter Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) triggered a7:0 run that kept ALBA within striking distance. Bryce Taylor finally put ALBA in front and the hosts secured a 39:38 halftime advantage. Benetton took over again with a 13:0 start to the second half. The visitors maintained the lead posting a 63:59 advantage at the final pause. Julius Jenkins leveled things up at 65 and then gave ALBA a 67:65 lead midway through the fourth quarter. However the Italian side answered with 11 unanswered points and never looked back en route to the victory. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) provided 14 points and 6 assists, while Donatas Motiejunas added 13 points for Benetton. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) answered with 18 points for ALBA. Derrick Allen delivered 17 points in the loss.

ALBA: Heiko Schaffartzik 18, Derrick Allen 17
Benetton: Devin Smith 35, Stefan Markovic 14, Donatas Motiejunas 13



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Aris avoid elimination in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News
Budivelnyk - Aris 73:78

Aris stayed alive in the hunt for EuroCup quarterfinal birth. They surprised Budivelnyk in Kyiv today to improve at 2-3 record in Group J. Budivelnyk in the meantime fell at 3-2 record and failed to seal their next round birth. Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) delivered 24 points to lead the winners.
Bobby Brown opened the game with a three-pointer but the hosts quickly gained the lead. Lamayne Wilson and Dewarick Spencer gave Budivelnyk an 18:11 lead late in the period. The home team secured a 20:14 lead at the first break. The Kyiv team used an 8:1 run midway through the second term to take a 30:20 advantage. William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) opened a double-digit lead for the home side. Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) capped the half with two free throws as Budivelnyk recorded a 42:27 lead. The visitors opened the second half with 12 points in a row to narrow the gap. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) completed a three-point play to give Aris a 44:43 lead midway through the third term. Billy William Keys notched a bunch of points late in the quarter as the hosts regained the lead at 53:50. Aris went on an 11:0 rally early in the fourth period to grab a 65:58 lead. Budivelnyk narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark with a minute remaining but Charalampidis and P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) went deadly from the stripe and sealed the winning outcome. Christos Tapoutos notched 16 points, while P.J. Tucker contributed 15 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. William Keys answered with 17 points for Budivelnyk. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) and Andriy Agafonov netted 12 points apiece in defeat.

Budivelnyk: William Keys 17, Zach Morley 12, Andriy Agafonov 12
Aris: Bobby Brown 24, Christos Tapoutos 16, P.J. Tucker 15+15 boards



Kalathis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old swingman Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for VAP Kolossos Rodou and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 36 points and 10 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Iraklis (#14, 4-14) 82-87. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. VAP Kolossos moved-up to the 9th position in the Greek league. VAP Kolossos is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 10th lost game this season out of 18 games. In the team's last game Kalathis had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be VAP Kolossos' top player in his first season with the team. Saint Joseph's University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Kalathis is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.1ppg) and rebounds (2nd best: 8.7rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) of Panionios. He is Serbian forward in his first season at Panionios. In the last game Aleksic recorded impressive 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Panionios cruised to a 92-84 overtime win over the higher-ranked PAOK (#4, 10-8). This victory allowed Panionios to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Aleksic is one of the most experienced players at Panionios and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jerome Coleman (185-G-81) of Iraklis (#14). Coleman got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . He was a key player of Iraklis, leading his team to a 87-82 win against the higher-ranked VAP Kolossos (#9, 8-10). Iraklis can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-14 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Coleman he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Coleman has a very solid season. In 5 games in Greece he scored 8.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zoran Vrkic (200-G-87) of Peristeri GS - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Torin Francis (210-F-83) of Panellinios - 21 points and 8 rebounds
6. Darko Cohadarevic (206-F-86) of AEK - 23 points and 9 rebounds
7. Antonis Asimakopoulos (204-F-76) of VAP Kolossos - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F/G-90) of Olympiakos - 19 points and 9 rebounds
9. Lans Harris (195-G-83) of Ikaros - 25 points and 7 rebounds
10. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) of Olympiakos - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Marmarinos officially to Iraklis - by Giorgos Diploidis
Iraklis was looking for a new player to replace Fotis Lambropoulos who didn't continue in the club. One of the names heard was of the experienced center, Dimitrios Marmarinos (205-C-76, college: Nevada).

Marmarinos was playing in Cyprus and he started the conversations this morning with the team of Thessaloniki (22/02). The two sides had finally reached an agreement and the player is expected to be in the twon of Macedonia on Wednesday (23/02) to start trainings with his new club.In his 35 he has played in many teams in Greece between else in Maroussi, Panionios, PAOK and he had been abroad where it was needed mainly in Italy.


Cajasol stay unbeaten in EuroCup Last 16 - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol - Panellinios 84:71

Cajasol recorded the fifth straight win at EuroCup Last 16 stage. They held off visiting Panellinios behind 13 points from Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances). Cajasol have booked their quarterfinal birth in the previous round and they cruised to the victory tonight. Cajasol now need to win or lose by less than 11 points against Benetton to clinch the top spot in Group L. Panellinios on the other hand fell at 0-5 record after the defeat.
Cajasol used an 8:2 run midway through the opening term to take a 17:10 lead. They stayed in front to register a 21:17 lead after the starting quarter. The hosts went on a 13:0 rally in the second frame to boost the margin at 16-point mark. Panellinios however finished the half strongly and cut the distance at 5 points 37:42. Krabbenhoft and Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) triggered a 9:0 run from the visitors as Panellinios grabbed a 46:44 lead early in the third term. Txemi Urtasun, Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) and Kirksay had to step up for Cajasol to ensure a 68:59 lead after thirty minutes of action. Panellinios were able to narrow the deficit at 5 points but Cajasol went on a deadly 8:0 rally and ran away for good in this one. Kaloyan Ivanov and Juan Triguero (208-C-83) netted 12 points for Cajasol. Steven Smith answered with 16 points for Panellinios.

Cajasol: Txemi Urtasun 13, Kaloyan Ivanov 12, Juan Triguero 12
Panellinios: Steven Smith 16, Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) 14



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PromotieDivisie News: C'mon NBB. Step it up for the league - by Terry Cooper
For years I have been writing about the potential of the second highest league in Holland and how the players could benefit from more exposure with little demands from both the bond and the teams. I have played in many leagues (still playing by the way) and what I have seen in other leagues and not in the Promoite is that the bond makes it happen whether they lose teams or not while the NBB has concern but not enough to make changes for the benefit of the divsion and the players they represent. There are alot of players in the Promotie that could play in other leagues on the same level and be the difference maker on other teams. Not dissing other leagues but when I played in Finland's 1st Divison (same as PromotieDivisie) I felt that it was a cake walk playing against some Finnish players as well as imports (yes, they can have 3 imports per team) compared to the Promotie players where every night I had to work to get my points/rebs/assists/steals and hope to come out with a win. The Finnish, Icelandic, UK, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, and other leagues not mentioned have over the DBL and the Promoite is that from top to bottom they have: Something to play for other than wins and losses, (Relegation/Promotion), Have imports at an affordable price (I know some players in the 1st Div make 500/mo), Faster season (September-April), Statistics (long overdue), 6 team playoffs structure (time to expand on teams), and most important EXPOSURE. I see players every week that could have the opportunity to make moves and for some when they have tried to take it into their own hands to show their potiential, most have been pushed to the side because if they have game film (most record their own games) they have no stats to back up their performance. Over the past 5 seasons the league decided to have a playoff to prepare players for the next level and I take my hat off to the NBB for doing this however, it's time to take another step forward. Due to the snow storms in December all teams had to make up games during the week (all on training nights) to catch up which all teams have did a great job and proved that it CAN be done. I propose that teams have to play 2 games in one week each quarter to finish the season 1 month early so teams will have to use a practice night as a game night. There are several teams that can and will go along with this format if it speeds up the season and allow players doing double duty with top teams to give their bodies a much needed rest. Statistics are MANDATORY! If teams can't do it, then they cannot participate in the league. As I said earlier so many players get pushed to the side because the top teams here or abroad cannot see games of the PromotieDivisie when they have games on their own to focus on. However, if they can see stats from the website (NBB) then coaches and take a deeper look into the potiental of a player whether young or old. The only thing I can do is hope that a change is in the near future so that players will feel that their hard work is for something to take them to higher levels in Holland or elsewhere. The countries I mentioned above are not basketball first countries, just like Holland, FOOTBALL is first and then everything else but they find a way to make it a known sport maybe by saying, 'if we are going to have the sport, then we might as well give it all that it needs to gain exposure.' I can respect that to all the leagues that are thinking like that. For all teams currenlty in the league this is not just a NBB problem or situation, if you want change then you have to demand it and stick to your guns with it. This league is not for everybody and if you have not played at high level or equivalent to Promoite, then this is not for you because ALL the players take this level seriously. Nothing should be 'just for fun'as I have heard from players in the league and it shows big time when they are playing teams that will embarrass you and your team. The level from Eerste Divisie and Promotie is big and this season, a couple of new teams have realized that 'if'they are able to stay in the league, it will be a whole new format when it comes to players. The loyalty factor is out the window. Some teams need to drop because they have no interest in trying to make the playoffs nor win the cup and they have been able to stay in the league for a few years. Hopefully things will change soon and when things are written for the division Eurobasket can have player of the week for PromotieDivisie teams/players just like it's done for the DBL. It has been proven it can work everywhere else in the European basketball region, NBB it's time to step up and get PromotieDivisie teams involved for the new decade.

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  HUNGARY   


Armaghani's team succed at WABA - by Balazs Radics
Hungarian/Iranian coach Saeed Armaghani is close to reach international succes again, after advanced to the semi-final of WABA with his current club Zob Ahan Esfahan!
After winning last week the first game of best of 3 series 70-69 against lebanese league leader Champville in Esfahan, today Zob won again in Beirut 80-76 and reached the semi-final of the competition! Former Szolnok player Ousmane Barro led all players with 28pts, 13rebs, while ex D-League 1/1 draft pick Carlos Powell added 19pts 8 rebs for the winners - Fady El-Khatib and Jay Youngblood had each 19 pts and Larry Cox scored 17 pts with 10 rebs in the loss.
Armaghani's team Zob Ahan, where he works as a coach and adviser for the 2nd year, is still in competition and one of the favourites for WABA, Asian Club Championsip and the Iranian Superleague.


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  INDIA   


Punjab and Tamil Nadu wins gold at National Games Basketball - by M. Rajalingam
Punjab men's and Tamil Nadu women's team won gold on Tuesday, in the 34th National Games at Ranchi.

Punjab men proved too strong for Uttarakhand as they beat them 97-57 in the summit clash. Reigning champions Services settled for the bronze.

Tamil Nadu defeated Chhattisgarh 79-48 in the final of the basketball women's event of the 34th National Games.

Tamil Nadu outclassed Chhattisgarh challenge in the final two quarters by firing 28-8 and 19-8 points. V Sangeetha and Anita excelled for Tamil Nadu while Chhattisgarh Pushpa played well.

Delhi took the bronze medal defeating Maharashtra 79-59 in the tie between the losing semifinalists.




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  IRAN   


MISA-JOVA Helped HAJIAN to Crash Petrochimi ... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
14th round of Iran Superleague Basketball had interesting results. 4th ranked Towzin Electric Kashan beated 2nd ranked Petrochimi with all their big names and Mahram scaped of lose in last seconds.

In one of the most important games, Petrochimi was playing against Towzin Electric Kashan and they didn't know that Towzin Electric Kashan Players were going to show what a big TEAM they are and they don't care of Names. Towzin Electric Kashan players knew everything about petrochimi after analysis sessions of coaches and didn't let petrochimi to do anything special.
They started the game by good 3pts shots of Captain Vahid Hajian and rebounds of Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) and Ali Doraghi and won the first quarter 18-15. They continued their good game by good leader named Zlatko Jovanovic (181-G-84) and good defence of Vahid Hajian and Saeid Davarpanah and finished first half 39-25.
Petrochimi came back to court to win the game but Good shots of Zlatko Jovanovic and Nenad Misanovic and assists of Vahid Hajian and Saeid Davarpanah with rebounds of Mohammad Hassanzadeh and Ali Doraghi didn't let them to play easy and Towzin made the score and the end of 3rd quarter on 58-40. Misa-Jova (nickname of the combination of Misanovic and Jovanovic between fans) continued good performance with their double-double and great defence of Towzin players helped them to make the final score 73-65 for Towzin Electric Kashan and show they are a TEAM.
Nenad Misanovic : 23 points - 12 boards - 3assists
Zlatko Jovanovic : 17 points - 10 assists - 5 steals
Vahid Hajian : 17 points - 3 assists - 4 steals

The other important game was between Mahram and Qom and Mahram scaped in last seconds of another lose and could make the result equal on 74-74 and won the game easily in overtime 91-81.
Waitari Marsh was the best player with 23 points and 6 assists.

In other games, Azad University beated Qazvin Caspian 78-71; Gorgan won Melli Haffarin at home in last seconds 67-66 and Shahrekord won the game against Saman Bank 69-53.



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  IRELAND   


SuperLeague Round 17: #1 UL Eagles are defeated by UCC Demons - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked UL Eagles (12-4) in Limerick on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked UCC Demons (11-5) 85-78. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of UL Eagles. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. UCC Demons shot 69.4 percent from the field. They outrebounded UL Eagles 37-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. American power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Ciaran O'Sullivan (193-90) chipped in 25 points. The former international guard Scott Kinevane (175-87) responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. UCC Demons maintains second place with 11-5 record having just three points less than leader UL Eagles. UL Eagles at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. UCC Demons are looking forward to face league's leader Dart Killester in Dublin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UL Eagles will play at home against Ulster Elks and are hoping to win this game.
Fourth-ranked Moycullen (1-16) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Belfast Star (7-9). The visitors from Belfast managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected easier game. American forward Clayton Longmire (201-84, college: St.Rose (NY)) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and Ferghal Toner accounted for 23 points. American forward Mason Ambler (198-85, college: Coker, agency: R.H.Consultancy) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for Moycullen in the defeat. Moycullen's coach Enda Byrt rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Belfast Star maintains fourth place with 7-9 record which they share with defeated Moycullen. Moycullen lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 16 games lost. Belfast Star will play against league's second-placed DCU Saints in Dublin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Moycullen will play on the road against Neptune in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked UCD Marian (8-11) against fourth ranked Belfast Star (7-9) on Sunday night. Visiting UCD Marian was defeated by Belfast Star in Belfast 86-72. The best player for the winners was Clayton Longmire who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Daniel James produced 21 points and 4 assists for the guests. Belfast Star maintains fourth place with 7-9 record. Loser UCD Marian keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Belfast Star will meet at home league's second-placed DCU Saints in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UCD Marian will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Dublin. 3rd placed host UCD Marian (8-11) lost to third ranked Neptune (9-7) 103-91. Neptune maintains third place with 9-7 record having five points less than leader UL Eagles which they share with defeated UCD Marian. UCD Marian at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Neptune's next round opponent will be Moycullen (#4) at home.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Limerick. Leader host UL Eagles (12-4) were smashed by first ranked Dart Killester (14-2) 83-51. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of UL Eagles. Jermaine Turner stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Dart Killester have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-2 record which they share with defeated UL Eagles. Loser UL Eagles still keep top position with four games lost. Dart Killester will face league's second-placed UCC Demons in Cork in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UL Eagles will play at home against Ulster Elks.

In the last two games of round 17 DCU Saints won against Ulster Elks on the opponent's court 91-76. Ulster Elks were outscored by UCC Demons in a home game 71-93.


Moycullen - Belfast Star 82-85 OT

Fourth-ranked Moycullen (1-16) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Belfast Star (7-9). The visitors from Belfast managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected easier game. Belfast Star made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Belfast Star especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. Moycullen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Clayton Longmire (201-84, college: St.Rose (NY)) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and forward Ferghal Toner (192-83) accounted for 23 points. American forward Mason Ambler (198-85, college: Coker, agency: R.H.Consultancy) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and guard Cian Nihill (193-88) added 22 points respectively for Moycullen in the defeat. Five Moycullen players scored in double figures. Moycullen's coach Enda Byrt rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Belfast Star maintains fourth place with 7-9 record which they share with defeated Moycullen. Moycullen lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 16 games lost. Belfast Star will play against league's second-placed DCU Saints in Dublin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Moycullen will play on the road against Neptune in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Moycullen: C.Nihill 22+3reb+2ast, M.Ambler 20+14reb+1ast, D.Cunningham 16+7reb+2ast, M.Dowd 11+1reb, P.O'Brien 11+6reb, M.Kurcenkovas 2
Belfast Star: C.Longmire 27+16reb+4ast, F.Toner 23+4reb, S.Dawson 9+4reb+2ast, S.Summersgill 8+6reb+4ast, C.Johnston 8+5reb+2ast, C.McVeigh 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 107987


Ulster Elks - DCU Saints 76-91

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Ulster Elks (3-14) were defeated at home by second ranked DCU Saints (10-7) 91-76 on Sunday. DCU Saints forced 24 Ulster Elks turnovers and outrebounded them 58-35 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. DCU Saints looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when DCU Saints made 7 blocks. The former international guard Emmett Donnelly (186-78) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners and Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) chipped in 12 points and 17 rebounds. Five DCU Saints players scored in double figures. Benjamin De La Cruz responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and swingman Kevin Foley (193-83) scored 30 points and 5 rebounds. Ulster Elks' coach Deirdre Brennan tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. DCU Saints have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-7 record having three points less than leader UL Eagles. Loser Ulster Elks keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. DCU Saints will face Belfast Star (#4) on the road in the next round. Ulster Elks will play against the league's leader UL Eagles in Limerick.
Top scorers:
Ulster Elks: K.Foley 30+5reb+2ast, B.De La Cruz 22+16reb+3ast, C.McEvilly 12+3reb+2ast, P.McGaharan 4+1reb+3ast, S.Crothers 3+2reb+1ast, C.O'Dornan 3+2reb+1ast
DCU Saints: E.Darling 16+4reb+3ast, K.Lacey 15+5reb+1ast, E.Donnelly 14+8reb+10ast, J.Donnelly 13+7reb+3ast, P.Crean 12+10reb+3ast, M.Provizors 12+17reb+2ast
gschID: 107988


Belfast Star - UCD Marian 86-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked UCD Marian (8-11) against fourth ranked Belfast Star (7-9) on Sunday night. Visiting UCD Marian was defeated by Belfast Star in Belfast 86-72. Belfast Star forced 19 UCD Marian turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Clayton Longmire (201-84, college: St.Rose (NY)) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. British guard Scott Summersgill (173-71) chipped in 15 points. Four Belfast Star players scored in double figures. Swingman Daniel James (189-90) produced 21 points and 4 assists and American forward James Crowder (201-86, college: Pfeiffer, agency: Agency No 10) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Belfast Star maintains fourth place with 7-9 record. Loser UCD Marian keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Belfast Star will meet at home league's second-placed DCU Saints in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UCD Marian will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
UCD Marian: D.James 21+4reb+4ast, J.Crowder 16+7reb+6ast, C.Meany 8+1reb+1ast, N.Baynes 8+11reb+3ast, B.Glover 7+4reb+5ast, N.Meany 7+4reb+2ast
Belfast Star: C.Longmire 30+13reb+4ast, S.Summersgill 15+4reb+3ast, S.Dawson 12+4reb+4ast, M.McKillop 10+3reb, F.Toner 9+7reb+3ast, C.Johnston 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 122171


Ulster Elks - UCC Demons 71-93

Rather predictable result when second ranked UCC Demons (11-5) smashed on the road 5th ranked Ulster Elks (3-14) 93-71 on Saturday. UCC Demons forced 19 Ulster Elks turnovers. The former international guard Shane Coughlan (188-79) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and American power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) chipped in 19 points and 16 rebounds. Four UCC Demons players scored in double figures. Benjamin De La Cruz responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Kevin Foley (193-83) scored 24 points. UCC Demons maintains second place with 11-5 record having just three points less than leader UL Eagles. Loser Ulster Elks keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. UCC Demons will face league's leader Dart Killester in Dublin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ulster Elks will play on the road against the league's leader UL Eagles (#1) in Limerick.
Top scorers:
Ulster Elks: K.Foley 24+4reb+3ast, B.De La Cruz 20+12reb, P.McGaharan 12+2reb+3ast, B.Drumm 9+4reb+4ast, C.McEvilly 6+2reb, A.Hickey 0+1reb
UCC Demons: S.Coughlan 31+10reb+2ast, M.Van 19+16reb, C.O'Sullivan 14+4reb+2ast, S.Duggan 14+3reb+1ast, K.Hosford 7+4reb+3ast, D.O'Sullivan 6+3ast
gschID: 122172


UL Eagles - UCC Demons 78-85

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked UL Eagles (12-4) in Limerick on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked UCC Demons (11-5) 85-78. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of UL Eagles. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. UCC Demons shot 69.4 percent from the field. They outrebounded UL Eagles 37-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. American power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Ciaran O'Sullivan (193-90) chipped in 25 points. Four UCC Demons players scored in double figures. The former international guard Scott Kinevane (175-87) responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and American-Welsh guard Matthew Hall (186-75, college: Earlham) scored 19 points. UCC Demons maintains second place with 11-5 record having just three points less than leader UL Eagles. UL Eagles at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. UCC Demons are looking forward to face league's leader Dart Killester in Dublin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UL Eagles will play at home against Ulster Elks and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
UL Eagles: S.Kinevane 20+7reb+9ast, M.Hall 19+1reb+2ast, R.Lynch 12+1reb+1ast, C.White 8+3reb, C.Cuffe 8+2reb+2ast, C.Mitchell 6+5reb+2ast
UCC Demons: C.O'Sullivan 25+3reb+3ast, M.Van 18+19reb, S.Coughlan 16+4reb+7ast, S.Duggan 13+4reb+1ast, K.Hosford 9+5reb+5ast, D.O'Sullivan 4+1reb
gschID: 107984


UCD Marian - Neptune 91-103

The game between Top Four teams took place in Dublin. 3rd placed host UCD Marian (8-11) lost to third ranked Neptune (9-7) 103-91. Neptune maintains third place with 9-7 record having five points less than leader UL Eagles which they share with defeated UCD Marian. UCD Marian at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Neptune's next round opponent will be Moycullen (#4) at home.
gschID: 107985


UL Eagles - Killester 51-83

The game between Top Four teams took place in Limerick. Leader host UL Eagles (12-4) were smashed by first ranked Dart Killester (14-2) 83-51. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of UL Eagles. Dart Killester made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded UL Eagles 30-19 including a 24-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dart Killester looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and guard John Behan (193-85) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Scott Kinevane (175-87) responded with 18 points, 8 assists and 6 steals and guard Neil Campbell (193-83) scored 12 points. Dart Killester have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-2 record which they share with defeated UL Eagles. Loser UL Eagles still keep top position with four games lost. Dart Killester will face league's second-placed UCC Demons in Cork in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UL Eagles will play at home against Ulster Elks.
Top scorers:
UL Eagles: S.Kinevane 18+3reb+8ast, N.Campbell 12+2reb, M.Hall 6+2ast, C.Cuffe 6+6reb, C.White 4+3reb, R.Lynch 3
Killester: J.Behan 25+5reb+2ast, J.Turner 23+11reb+2ast, I.Westbrooks 14+4reb+3ast, M.Westbrooks 7+3reb+3ast, R.Clarke 5+4ast, P.Kelly 4+2reb+5ast
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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Longmire, Belfast .28.2 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune27.4 
 3. Foley, Ulster Elks24.3 
 4. Van, UCC Demons23.5 
 5. Turner, Killester23.4 
 6. Mitchell, UL Ea.22.9 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.22.9 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.21.8 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen20.8 
 10. Nihill, Moycullen16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Van, UCC Demons14.7 
 2. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.0 
 3. Ambler, Moycullen13.1 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.4 
 5. Turner, Killester10.9 
 6. Provizors, DCU S.10.6 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.10.1 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune9.8 
 9. Longmire, Belfast .9.5 
 10. Trimmer, DCU S.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.6 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.6.0 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian4.9 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.8 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.2 
 6. Westbrooks, Killester3.4 
 7. Clarke, Killester3.3 
 8. Turner, Killester3.3 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.3.3 
 10. Foley, Ulster Elks3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  Neptune
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. McGinn, Neptune3.3 
 2. Noonan, Neptune2.8 
 3. Donnelly, DCU S.2.5 
 4. Turner, Killester2.4 
 5. Westbrooks, Killester2.2 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.2.2 
 7. Darling, DCU Saints2.2 
 8. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.1 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.2.1 
 10. Kelly, Killester2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Van, UCC Demons2.4 
 2. Baynes, UCD Marian2.3 
 3. Bonaparte, Neptune2.3 
 4. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 5. Turner, Killester2.0 
 6. Longmire, Belfast .1.9 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.8 
 8. Kamara, Neptune0.9 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen0.9 
 10. Crowder, UCD M.0.9 


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  ISRAEL   


Barak Netanya wins Israeli clash in Day 5 of EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa-Barak Netanya 74:77

Barak Netanya wins Israeli clash in Day 5 of EuroChallenge as they beat Maccabi Haifa 77:74 away from home. Both teams stay at the bottom of the group with 1-4 records.
The first quarter was a great example of the great battle from both sides. Maccabi Haifa and Barak Netanya exchanged the baskets and leads several times as Haifa took 21:20 after 10 minutes. Moreover they added 22-16 in the second frame for 43:36 at the halftime. The third quarter however completely belonged to the guests. Guetta first tied it all at 45:45 and then Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) gave them 54:53 deficit. Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, college: St.Vincent) nailed three to close the frame at 57:56. In the last period again the teams exchanged the lead several times as Jackson gave the hosts 74:70 lead. Those points however were the last for his side as Barak Netanya finished the game with 7-0 run for the final success.
Adrian Banks stepped up with 24 points and Tony Washam followed him with 14. Brown netted 13, whilst Romeo Travis (201-F-84, college: Akron) scored 12. Boris Rothbart (218-C-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) ended up with 15 points in defeat. Derrick Low (188-G-86, college: Washington St.) was responsible for 14 and Killingsworth added 13.

Maccabi Haifa: Boris Rothbart 15, Derrick Low 14, Killingsworth 13
Barak Netanya: Adrian Banks 24, Tony Washam 14, Brown 13, Romeo Travis 12



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  ITALY   


Pepsi Caserta edge Galatasaray in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Pepsi Caserta 54:64

Pepsi Caserta punched their EuroCup quarterfinal ticket. The Italian team improved at 4-1 record in Group K after the success in Istanbul. The victory also meant Pepsi Caserta will play in the quarterfinals. Galatasaray in the meantime fell at 2-3 record in the group with no chance left to qualify. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) produced 13 points to pace Pepsi Caserta to the victory.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense first quarter. Eric Williams went on a 5-point solo late in the period to put Pepsi Caserta in charge. Aaron Doornekamp (198-F-85, agency: Interperformances) capped the term with a layup as the Italian team earned a 22:14 lead. The visitors opened the second term with six points in a row to boost the advantage. Back-to-back three-pointers from Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) gave Caserta a massive 37:18 lead midway through the second term. Caserta arrived at halftime with a comfortable 41:20 advantage. But Galatasaray turned things around at the start of the second half. The hosts went on a 13:0 rally to narrow the gap. Eric Williams stopped the rot for Caserta. They capped the third term with an 8:2 run to take a 52:40 lead with one quarter remaining. Galatasaray never got closer than eight points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end.
Lukasz Koszarek delivered 10 points for Caserta. Aaron Doornekamp and Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) finished with 8 points each. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) was the only Galatasaray player to score in double digits as he banked 15 points.

Galatasaray: Preston Shumpert 15, Tutku Acik (194-G-80) 9
Pepsi Caserta: Eric Williams 13, Lukasz Koszarek 10, Ebi Ere 8, Aaron Doornekamp 8



Devin Smith carries Benetton past ALBA - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Benetton 74:82

Benetton have qualified into EuroCup quarterfinal stage. They knocked down ALBA in Berlin today to reach the next stage of the tournament. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) erupted for 35 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Treviso team. Beneton stay in the second position in Group L at 4-1 record, while ALBA fell at 1-4 record.
Benetton set the tone early taking an 8:2 lead. McElroy dragged the hosts closer but Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Devin Smith ensured an 18:15 lead for Benetton at the first break. The visitors cleared off to an 8-point distance early in the second quarter Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) triggered a7:0 run that kept ALBA within striking distance. Bryce Taylor finally put ALBA in front and the hosts secured a 39:38 halftime advantage. Benetton took over again with a 13:0 start to the second half. The visitors maintained the lead posting a 63:59 advantage at the final pause. Julius Jenkins leveled things up at 65 and then gave ALBA a 67:65 lead midway through the fourth quarter. However the Italian side answered with 11 unanswered points and never looked back en route to the victory. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) provided 14 points and 6 assists, while Donatas Motiejunas added 13 points for Benetton. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) answered with 18 points for ALBA. Derrick Allen delivered 17 points in the loss.

ALBA: Heiko Schaffartzik 18, Derrick Allen 17
Benetton: Devin Smith 35, Stefan Markovic 14, Donatas Motiejunas 13



Changes in Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia - by Eurobasket News
Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia announced that Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville) and Joel Salvi (199-F-78, college: Rutgers) are no longer members of the team. Also, Sports Director Pier Francesco Betti and the club parted ways.
Joel Salvi joined Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia last summer. He appeared 17 times in LegaDue averaging 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds. It seems it was not enough to secure a deal for rest of the season. Salvi split last season between Carife Ferrara and MiroRadici Finance Vigevano. With Ferrara in SerieA he had 6 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 16 games. Later with Vigevano Salvi added 15.5 ppg and 5 rpg for two LegaDue appearances.
Joe Smith also joined the club last summer. He was one of their best players this season registering 15.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.6 apg for 17 games. From 2008 until the last summer, Smith was a member of Angelico Biela. In their first season together his numbers in SerieA were 15.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.7apg and 2.1spg. Last season, he had 15.2ppg, 1.0rpg, 3.8apg, 1.2spg for five EuroCup games and 13.6ppg, 2.2rpg, Assists-5 (4.1apg), 1.2spg for 28 SerieA games.


Fulgor Libertas Forl adds Shawn Huff - by Antonello Varallo
Former Marousi shooting guard Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) agreed terms with Fulgor Libertas Forl. The finnish player began this season with Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (Greece-A1), averaging 5.4 ppg (with only 39.6% 2fgp and 22% 3fgp) and a season high of 13 points. Huff is a member of Finnish national team that faced Italy during last qualifications to European Championships: in 8 games, he averaged 10.8 ppg.

stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Evangelisti, Trapani18.6 
 2. Ricciardi, Palestrina17.6 
 3. Reati, Treviglio17.3 
 4. Tassinari, Moncalieri17.0 
 5. Vico, Matera16.8 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.1 
 7. Marino, Treviglio15.5 
 8. Musso, Perugia15.5 
 9. Casadei, Comsum.i.15.4 
 10. Carrizo, Ferentino15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza10.9 
 2. Corral, Molfetta9.5 
 3. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.4 
 4. Basei, Ostuni9.3 
 5. Zambon, Rieti8.9 
 6. Chiaramello, Recanati8.6 
 7. Capitanelli, Pales.8.5 
 8. Facenda, Senigallia8.4 
 9. De Min, Treviglio8.3 
 10. Zerini, Ruvo8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.9 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti3.8 
 4. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 5. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.5 
 6. Parente, Moncalieri3.4 
 7. Lenardon, Massafra3.3 
 8. Paparella, Potenza3.3 
 9. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.3 
 10. Cantone, S.Antimo3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.5 
 2. Marcante, ASD P.3.2 
 3. De Nicolao, Castelle.3.1 
 4. Bushati, Brescia3.1 
 5. Gullo, Patti3.1 
 6. Bonamente, Perugia3.1 
 7. Bonfiglio, Ruvo2.8 
 8. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 9. Ghersetti, Brescia2.7 
 10. Valentini, S.Antimo2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.8 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.6 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 4. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 5. Capitanelli, Pales.1.0 
 6. Candido, Ferentino1.0 
 7. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 8. Raminelli, Castelle.1.0 
 9. Fattori, Latina B.0.9 
 10. Spippoli, Palestrina0.8 


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BK Ventspils destroy Norrkoping Dolphins, secure 1/4 Finals - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-Norrkoping Dolphins 104:69

BK Ventspils destroyed Norrkoping Dolphins and secured 1/4 Finals of EuroChallenge. The Latvian Powerhoude reached three digits after 104:69 win.
The beginning of the game did not predict such a big difference as Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) brought the guests 7:2. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) however delivered the last points of the first quarter for the home side as they got 31:19. In the second quarter the hosts produced another 31 points and enjoyed 26-point deficit at the halftime. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) nailed three to send the teams to the lockers at 62:36. Norrkoping Dolphins looked better in the second half and tried hard not to fall apart. They lost the third period only by two points as Gervin closed it at 80:52. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku meanwhile gave the home side three-digit number with 1 minute to go. His another lay-up brought 104:69 on the board.
Arturs Berzins erupted with 27 points and 9 rebounds, while Oritseweyinmi Efejuku followed him with 26 points and 8 assists. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) scored 17 and Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) ended up with 9. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) responded with 17 points in the losing effort and Andrew Mitchell netted 13.

BK Ventspils: Arturs Berzins 27+9 rebs, Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 26+8 ast, Rashad Anderson 17, Arturs Strelnieks 9
Norrkoping Dolphins: Oladapo Ayuba 17, Andrew Mitchell 13



Ventspils release Rob Lewin after two games - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils have decided not sign a long-term contract with Rob Lewin (201-F-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Troy). The forward has joined Ventspils for two Baltic League games. He tallied 6.0 points, 6.5 boards in those appearances. His performance did not satisfy the Latvian powerhouse and they released the player. Rob Lewin started the season in France. He notched 11.5 points and 9.8 boards for Vichy. Later the forward joined Artland Dragons and posted 6.0 points and 5.0 boards per game in Bundesliga.


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Riyadi Beirut reach WABA League semis - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi Beirut - Jeish 84:63

Riyadi Beirut experienced little problems reaching WABA League semifinals. They swept their quarterfinal series against Syrian Jeish. After a road success Riyadi claimed an 84:63 victory in Beirut yesterday. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) came up with 19 points and 19 rebounds to pace the hosts to the victory.
The home team opened the game with an 11:5 run to surge in front. They recorded a 24:11 lead after ten minutes. Jeish stopped the rot in the second term and cut the deficit at 7-point mark at halftime. But Riyadi went on a decisive 25:5 surge in the third term and never looked back en route to the victory. Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) produced 16 points, while Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) and Ali Kanaan (206-F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Mass.-Lowell) contributed 13 points each for Riyadi. Christien Charles (213-F/C-81, college: Villanova) answered with 27 points and 11 rebounds for Jeish. Anthony Jones (196-G-77, college: Ohio) provided 14 points in the losing effort.
Riyadi will take on Mahram of Iran in the semis.

Riyadi: Loren Woods 19+19 boards, Jean Abed El Nour 16, Nathanel Johnson 13, Ali Kanaan 13
Jeish: Christien Charles 27+11 boards, Anthony Jones 14



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5th MBA Invitational Championship - by Mohamed Rishan
The Club Champions of Sri Lanka, Carlton beat the Maldives National Champions T-Rex BC by 76 points to 67 points in the ongoing 5th MBA Invitational Championship. Asanka Suwaris [J/no. 14] of Carlton was delared the best player of the match. Carlton is now leading on top with 4 points. T-Rex BC and Red Line Club stands with 3 points each and Hurricane with 2 points in 4th place. The Club Champions of Sri Lanka Carlton Sports Club and the National Club Champions of Maldives T-Rex BC will meet in the FINALS of the 5th, MBA Invitational Championship on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 21:30. Carlton Sports Club reached the finals with 6 points. they won all three games played in the 1st round. T-Rex got through with 5 points. The FINALS will be shown LIVE on MNBC ONE.

5th MBA Invitational Championship - by Mohamed Rishan
5th MBA Invitational Championship started on[Monday, February 14, 2011The recent National Champions T-Rex BC 2nd Place Team Hurricane Bc and 3rd Place Team Red Line Club the invited Sri Lanka Club Champions Carlton Sports Club will be competing in the tournament, The finals of this championship is scheduled for Tuesday, February 22, 2010. All the matches are scheduled at Youth Center Indoor.
T-Rex BC beat Red Line Club by 73 points to 61 points in the opening match of the 5th MBA Invitational Championship held at youth Center Indoor Hall. Ali Fazlee was declared the Best Player of the Match.
The Club Champions of Sri Lanka, Carlton beat the Maldives National Champions T-Rex BC by 76 points to 67 points in the ongoing 5th MBA Invitational Championship. Asanka Suwaris [J/no. 14] of Carlton was delared the best player of the match. Carlton is now leading on top with 4 points. T-Rex BC and Red Line Club stands with 3 points each and Hurricane with 2 points in 4th place.


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  MALTA   


Maltese basketball is at a crossroads - by Eurobasket News
Edmund Farrugia, Kappara

The senior mens basketball fixtures have been postponed (the right word is suspended) for the third time in a week.

The public relations officer of the local association has remained silent throughout this period, which is doing more harm than good as rumours circulating among the basket-ball fraternity are harming the integrity of some members of the council.

There is a compilation of decisions that needs to be investigated by an independent body as the statute and policies of the association protect the interests of all parties, the association, the clubs and the players.

The policy regarding non-Maltese players has always been a hot topic and the recent non-approval of a Cuban female basketball player by the association and the protest lodged with the EU by an EU national for the same reason will have a ripple effect.

Unless we find a consensus between all parties, I cannot envisage a smooth end to the present season. This could also compromise some valuable sponsorship of our top teams and the repercussions of any legal action if some is lost due to this conflict.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com


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  MOLDOVA   


Moldova. D1, 2010-2011. Round 10 update. - by Huge
05.02.2011. BC ASEM, Chisinau - BC Donduseni, Donduseni. 84-77.

Unexpectedly it was a hard game for Chisinau team where they won by 7 points only. But the win is the win, and ASEM continues at the second place loosing just to UASM. It needs
to be mentioned that ASEM forward Vitalii Crasnoscioc (86), who was injured during cup semifinals, is recovering and very soon will join the team. It will be a big help for ASEM. Come back, Vitalii - the team needs you.

05.02.2011. BC Soroca, Soroca - BC UASM, Chisinau. 44-106.

Probably the only question that was unanswered before the game was: can UASM score more then 100. After 40 minutes of the game this one was answered positivly. Yes, they
can. 106 points. Needs to be mentioned nice last second of the quarter shot of Vladimir Priscepnii (200-F/G-88) at the end of first quarter. Nothing else to mention about the game. UASM run to the second title in its history and first double in one year: Cup and Championship. Good luck!

06.02.2011. BC Ribnita, Ribnita - BC Patriot, Tiraspol. 69-63.

In the very equal game players of Evgeniy Abaza (192-F/G-78)i were able to win and continue the fight for play-off. Not a very clear win, just 6 points difference against last place holders. Work hard guys, the game needs to be improved.

06.02.2011. BC Fire Ball, Bender - BC UTM, Chisinau. 84-59.

Clear third place league holder, Fire Ball have an easy game with UTM team. Bender team lost just 2 games this year, and you probably can guess who were whose. Of course
UASM and ASEM. So, we can say it is a good team with big surprise expectation in play-off. What we can say: Knock and it will be opened to you.




Moldova. D1, 2010-2011. Round 11 update. - by Huge
12.02.2011. BC UTM, Chisinau - BC ASEM, Chisinau. 65-74.

It was a game where UTM desparatly wanted to be presented as a team that wants and knows how to fight. Thinking of play-off they needed to give a good fight and try to win.
After winning first quarter 27-17 ASEM players thought that the game is done, UTM can not resist, and we can continue develpoing our succes with the same speed. But it was not
the case. After winning second quarter by just points, 18-20 and having 12-12 in the third, it could've been a big problem for ASEM having just 12 points lead before last 10 minutes.
But UTM was able to come back with just 2 points win in the last quarter. Not an easy game for ASEM, where Anton Rulevschii (194-G/F-88) was on fire scoring 34 points.

13.02.2011. BC Patriot, Tiraspol - BC Soroca, Soroca. 67-60.

It was a derby game between teams that are sharing last two places in the league. And as it was expected it was a tight game. More them that 2 quarters were finished tight: 13-13
in the second, 16-16 in the last. Third was one point difference for Soroca:18-19. So, all was decided by better scoring of Tiraspol team from the first quarter, which they won 20-12. Very equal scoring for Patriot palyers, Tocarev and Simion Dumbrava (87) scored 40 together for Soroca team, but it was not enough - they wish they can change it for a win, but it does not always happen in basketball.

13.02.2011. BC UASM, Chisinau - BC Fire Ball, Bender. 84-54.

As it was expected Bender team could not resist the leader and lost 30 points in difference. It was nice game for UASM forward Eugeniu Melnic (196-F/G-79) who scored 20 points. As you can notice UASM has lost of players in the team who can score and best shooters change from one game to another. It means that probably there is no clear leader, and that anyone in the tean can take a lead in one game or another.

13.02.2011. BC Gamma, Cahul - BC Ribnita, Ribnita. 101-76.

Game after game last year champions are coming back proclaming: 'it is not over'. In the game against Ribnita Cahul played very offensivly and succeded. One of brother's Maxim Rusu (196-G-88), was on fire scoring 26 points. Good job, Gamma. Welcome back and we hope you can add color to the championship.




Moldova. D1, 2010-2011. Round 12 update. - by Huge
19.02.2011. BC UTM, Chisinau - BC Soroca, Soroca. 70-66.

The game of the round. No questions about it. NBA scenario. It was tight to the very end, almost last few second. But too many foults are not good. Last 3 points in last 20 seconds
where scored by Chisinau team, and scored from a free through. Nice win, UTM. Very strong game by Serghei Mascoulic (86), who was able to add to the team's score 25 points.

19.02.2011. BC Patriot, Tiraspol - BC Gamma, Cahul. 59-94.

Well what can we say. Tiraspol team had some hope after first quarter, which ended 18-21. But followed by 11-24 and the second and 13-28 in the third it was all over. It is good to
mention Dmitri Pogorelov (197-G/F-83) in Patriot, scoring 21 points, 22 were added to the score by Petr Skutelnik (190-G-85), playing for Cahul.

20.02.2011. BC UASM, Chisinau - BC Ribnita, Ribnita. 101-58.

It was not expected for UASM to do it again, in this game, but they did. Another century, using snooker terminology, was recorded by UASM in the this game. Ivan Cropotov (208-F-88, college: SW Baptist) added 24 points to the win, being most resultative today in Chisnau team. Igor Caraja, socred 19 for Ribnita - nice scoring for forward.

20.02.2011. BC Donduseni, Donduseni - BC Fire Ball, Bender.

Due to mutual agreement the game was transferd to the later date.




Standings
D1 Standings
 1. UASM 11-0 
 2. ASEM 9-1 
 3. Fire Ball 7-3 
 4. Ribnita 5-6 
 5. Gamma 5-6 
 6. UTM 4-6 
 7. Donduseni 2-7 
 8. Patriot 2-9 
 9. Soroca 2-9 


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


BC Red Star is negotiating with Mijuskovic Rasa - by Dragan Scepanovic
Management of Basketball club Red Star from Belgrade negotiating whit Rasa Mijuskovic for the workplace representative and general scout for Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.Eurobasket came to information that the talks in final stages and that the nomination of Mr. Mijuskovic expected soon.Rasa Mijuskovic has worked successfully in several basketball clubs in Montenegro in the place of the Sports Director.
In a statement to Eurobasket Montenegro General Manager of BC Red Star from Belgrade , Mr. Mirko Pavlovic , says : ' Basketball Club Red Star is in final negotiations with the agency, of Mr. Mijuskovic, principled agreement on cooperation was reached but not yet signed an official agreement.'


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  NAIA   


Gold Rush 17th, Tougaloo 13th in NAIA coaches poll - by Emiliano
For the first time this season, Xavier (LA) is not the highest ranked team from the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25.
GCAC rival Tougaloo took the No. 13 position Xavier held last week, and the Gold Rush dropped four places to 17th Monday. Xavier has fallen seven places in the last two polls.
Xavier (24-4) won 66-57 at Mobile on Thursday and lost 55-54 at home to SUNO on Saturday. The Gold Rush have lost two of three games since a nine-game win streak.
Xavier will close the regular season with 7 p.m. home games against St. Thomas (Texas) on Tuesday and Dillard on Saturday in the Crosstown Classic. The Gold Rush won at St. Thomas and Dillard earlier this season. Xavier will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament next week, and the Rush will play in the first round March 3 or draw a first-round bye and play in the semifinals March 4. Seedings and pairings will be announced next week.
Tougaloo, which climbed six spots, has won eight straight and 15 of its last 16 games. Robert Morris (Chicago) is No. 1 for the fifth straight week and received all 12 first-place votes.



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  NBA   


All-Star Weekend recap - by Carlos Chapa
The 2011 All-Star Weekend left behind a trail of emotions, high-flying dunks and the natural glamour from the city of Los Angeles.

The activities from the All-Star Weekend kicked off with the opening of the traditional Jam Session, which featured 41,000 square meters of basketball fun for all the family, the Jam Session also included appearances by NBA players, legends and celebrities, such as former San Antonio Spur George Gervin, rookie sensations Blake Griffin and DeMarcus Cousins and actors Michael Rapaport and Joel Moore. The Jam Session, which was located in L.A.s Convention Center, also had an official sized basketball court complete with stands, Center Court witnessed this years edition of the Celebrity Game and practices from the D-Leagues All-Stars, Rookie Challenge participants and the All-Stars.

The Rookie Challenge developed as it usually does, with little to no defense at all and leaving the lane open for spectacular dunks, while DeJuan Blair proved that having no ACLs on either knee was not an excuse to fly for a self-served alley-oop, Saturdays Dunk Contest participants Blake Griffin, Demar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and Javale McGee showed a preview of their dunks.

On Saturday the 19th, the All-Star practice caught the attention of a full crowd gathered in Center Court, the highlight of the event was the Guinness Record attempt broken by Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, who performed the most three-pointers made by a duo in sixty seconds, little did they know that their record would by broken by Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant some minutes later, they managed to nail fifteen jumpers in a minute. Later that evening, Team Atlanta (Alfred Horford, Steve Smith and Coco Miller) won the Shooting Stars competition after beating reigning champs Team Texas. Stephen Curry demonstrated that he is not only a sharp-shooter but also a quick and precise point guard, he won the Skills Challenge. Miami Heat forward James Jones proved that there is enough talent outside Miamis big three raising the trophy from the 3-Point Contest. To end the evening, four young players made history in the Slam Dunk Contest with a combination of creativity, leaping ability and athleticism, and perhaps making history as one of the best Dunk Contests in recent memory. Blake Griffin ended with the most fan votes to take home the honors after jumping over the hood of a car, but in the mind of many basketball fans and attendees, it could have gone to either contestant, Serge Ibaka reminisced Dr. J. and Michael Jordan with a free throw line dunk, a rare occurrence for a 7 footer, Demar DeRozan innovated with a one-handed reverse windmill, and Javale McGee was just spectacular dunking simultaneously in two baskets and completing a dunk with three balls.

Sundays main event, the All-Star Game, was just the perfect ending for a historical weekend, coach Gregg Popovich wisely gave more playing time to Kobe Bryant, who earned his 4th All-Star Game MVP, surpassing Michael Jordan and tying Bob Petit in this category. Out of the eastern conference team, Amare Stoudemire and LeBron James tried to keep the game competitive but could not prevent the 148-143 lost against the West.

The All-Star Weekend left fans wanting more show time and hoping that Orlando is as great as a host city as Los Angeles was.



Carmelo Anthony traded to New York Knicks in blockbuster deal - by Eurobasket News
The Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) trade saga is finally over.

The Nuggets traded Melo to the New York Knicks last night, a league source said. Denver gets Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul), Raymond Felton (6'5''-G-84, college: N.Carolina), Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group), Timofey Mozgov (7'1''-C-86), the Knicks 2014 first-round draft pick, the Warriors' 2012 second-round pick, the Warriors' 2013 second-round pick and $3 million in cash.

Anthony will go to New York, along with Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado), Shelden Williams (6'9''-F-83, college: Duke), Anthony Carter (6'2''-G-75, college: Hawaii) and Renaldo Balkman (6'7''-F-84, college: S.Carolina).

Anthony was not at the Nuggets' practice as the team resumed workouts following the All-Star break. Billups left the team's Monday practice without speaking to reporters.

Nuggets coach George Karl, after learning of the trade, said:

'I'm glad its over. I'm glad it's an opportunity to reinvent. I think everybody handled it as classy as you could handle it. There's some sadness to it, there always will be.'

A source said the Knicks will send Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to Minnesota as part of the deal.

As part of the trade, Denver will lose a veteran point guard and hometown favorite in Billups.

'I think Chauncey will go down as one of the greatest winners,' Karl said.' His record of what, eight, seven, eight conference finals? That's incredible. That's who he is and what he stands for.

'I think there are many people, including myself, that will be sad for Chauncey. I know he loves Denver and we love him.

'But things happen and decisions have to be made, and I'm 100 percent behind the decision that we made, even though it will be dangerous and won't be the veteran point guard back there.'

When asked about the players from New York he will soon have on his roster, Karl said:

'I think they play exciting basketball. They are exciting young players.

'How we rebuild our team and construct it, there are going to be some tough moments,' Karl said. 'But I think it will be fun to see how fast this team will come together, how it will grow up and how fast it can prove itself to be a playoff caliber team.

'My hope and desire is to continue to be a playoff team.'

Nuggets guard J.R. Smith said Monday after practice, after learning of the trade:

'I mean, it's just rebuilding first. We gotta go forward with what we got. And try to do the best we can in the playoffs.'

When asked if there's time this season to salvage a Nuggets playoff run, Smith said:

'I think there is. Our backs have been up against the wall many times before.'

The trade will not be made official until the team's conduct a conference call with league officials Tuesday morning.

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com


Anthony Randolph trade to Timberwolves sounds familiar - by Eurobasket News
Anthony Randolph (6'11''-F-89, college: LSU) was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as a part of Monday's wondrous Carmelo Anthony blockbuster. The New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets needed help from a team under the cap to facilitate the 'Melo swap, and as a thank you for their service to Spike Lee and country, the Wolves earned Randolph, the enigmatic third-year forward who alternately looks like a player poised to win the MVP and break down crying at midcourt.

Of course, the Wolves also gave up a disappointing lottery pick, Corey Brewer, and took on the massive expiring contract of Eddy Curry. (And, well, the massive Eddy Curry, too.) Canis Hoopus has done the math, and it comes out a wash; the Wolves paid about $300,000 in the deal when you consider that the Knicks sent Minnesota $3 million cash (the maximum allowable under league rules) and that we're 50 games or so into the season. The trade does hurt the Wolves' ability to make additional moves, though Minnesota has a large trade exception available thanks (thanks?) to the Al Jefferson trade.

Either way, the Wolves expect something out of Randolph. Data from A.R.'s start-and-stop career indicates Minnesota could be in luck. Stop-n-Pop of Canis Hoopus is hopeful.

It could also be a good example of what types of players actually possess high-level (and here's that word again) potential. Think of player development like evolution and natural selection. Players at this level are only able to develop with the skills and tools they already have. Wanting Wes Johnson to develop into a slashing, high-usage modern shooting guard is like wishing for a turtle to develop a 5th leg. Sorry, he just doesn't have the existing systems to make that dream happen. On the other hand, Anthony Randolph has the types of tools that could make for an extremely high level player. Elite size, athleticism, handle, an ability to get to the line, rebounding, and shot blocking. These are things that can evolve into the upper levels of the NBA while giving the Wolves a player type they don't currently have. This evolution is highly dependent on two things: Randolph's head (he's had some drive/motivation/whatever issues over his 3 years in the league) and the Wolves' player development. You know, his environment.

Will Randolph become anything more than another cast member in David Kahn's Island of Misfit Lottery Picks? The evidence is surprisingly positive, but the narrative is left to be played out.

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


Melo trade means Knicks now target Chris Paul, Dwight Howard - by Eurobasket News
Dont even think about exhaling.

The trade of Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks does not, finally, put the focus back on the court.

Not in todays NBA, or, more specifically, in tomorrows NBA.

Think these past months were lessons in abject cruelty in Denver?

Then consider what now follows in Orlando and New Orleans.

While pundits no doubt will offer their instant analysis on this mega-Melo monstrosity (well offer our kudos here to Denver for maximizing the possibilities), this deal, at least from a Knicks outlook, deserves an incomplete, nothing more.

The make-or-break portion of this trade from a New York perspective comes down the road, with the potential 2012 free agency of both Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) and Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85). Through this latest machination, and through a Chauncey Billups contract that has one remaining year, the Knicks should be positioned to make runs at Paul and Howard just over a year from now.

Where the Anthony trade now most resonates is in New Orleans and Orlando. The Knicks are coming for their stars next.

And when Paul and Howard reflect on what currently is alongside, and then look at the possibilities with Stoudemire and Anthony, how can their wanderlust clocks not start ticking a bit faster?

Perhaps the Knicks capitulated to such a severe degree with their trade package because they feared the introduction of a franchise tag in a new NBA collective-bargaining agreement, one that could have kept Carmelo out of their free agency clutches.

But such a franchise tag ultimately could cost the opportunity for a follow-up move for Paul and Howard.

No, for the Knicks after absolutely ravaging a playoff roster to make sense of this move, it means starting to put the moves on Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. (And who is to say the two werent having dinner at Isiah Thomas South Beach place on Monday night?)

For Denver, the nightmare is over.

For Orlando and New Orleans, it seemingly only is beginning.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


Nuggets talking extension for Nene - by Eurobasket News
The Denver Nuggets bid goodbye to Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) (and a few others) Monday night, but one player they would like to keep around for a while is center Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82), according to ESPN.

The Nuggets, according to sources close to the situation, are already pitching a contract extension to Hilario Nene.

The site reports that 'more than half the league' has contacted the Nuggets recently to express an interest to trade for Hilario Nene. The 6-11 center is averaging 15 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2 assists and .9 blocks per game.

But teams are being informed that a key element of the Nuggets' post-Melo plan is trying to convince Hilario Nene to stay, ESPN reports.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Spurs sign F Steve Novak to second 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Spurs have signed forward Steve Novak (6'10''-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Marquette) to a second 10-day contract.

The deal announced Tuesday keeps Novak with San Antonio after he played in five of six Spurs games since signing out of the NBA Development League on Feb. 8. He is averaging 2.6 points and 4.3 minutes per game.

Novak played in seven games for the Dallas Mavericks earlier this season. He has appeared in 207 games in a career that also included stints with Houston and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Courtesy of www.thescore.com


Tyreke Evans out at least three weeks - by Eurobasket News
The Kings will be without Tyreke Evans (6'6''-G-89, college: Memphis) for at least three weeks because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot, the team announced this afternoon.

Evans underwent the first of three extra corporeal shockwave treatments on his left foot after being re-examined by Dr. Richard Ferkel in Los Angeles following Monday's MRI. Evans will wear a walking boot and be re-examined after the treatments.

Evans leads the Kings in scoring, assists and steals. The Kings are just 1-6 in games that Evans has missed this season.

The injury has bothered Evans most of the season but became too much to deal with Feb. 13 in Phoenix. Evans finished that game but hasn't played since.

With Francisco Garcia still out with a calf injury the Kings are thin in the backcourt. Jermaine Taylor started for Evans last week. Pooh Jeter and Luther Head are the only other guards along with starter Beno Udrih.

The Kings are expected to make a deal by Thursday's trade deadline and have been looking for a shooter and a point guard.

Acquiring another guard might be a priority considering there's no timetable for Evans to return.

Courtesy of http://blogs.sacbee.com


Matt Barnes back in practice with Lakers, but MVP Kobe knows long road still ahead - by Eurobasket News
Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) returned to practice with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, shooting free throws and doing non-contact drills just six weeks after tearing cartilage in his right knee.

Kobe Bryant realizes the veteran swingman is probably the only reinforcement he'll get for the Lakers' run at a third straight title.

Just like everything else that happens to the Lakers these days, that prospect doesn't seem to bother the two-time champions.

'It's a marathon, but you see the finish line,' Bryant said while going back to work at the Lakers' training complex after winning his record-tying fourth MVP award at Sunday's All-Star game in Staples Center.

'I'm concerned, (but) it's no different than last season,' Bryant added. 'There's always a level of concern. Every team is concerned at this point.'

General manager Mitch Kupchak said last week he thinks a trade is unlikely before Thursday's deadline, and coach Phil Jackson has said the Lakers have the ingredients to win another title.

With 25 games to go, the Lakers (38-19) would seem to have plenty of reason to be concerned about whether they can compete with the NBA's elite but after reaching three straight NBA finals and winning two titles, there's apparently little doubt in their collective minds.

After a practice stretching nearly three hours on Monday, the Lakers will return to Staples Center to host Atlanta on Tuesday night. Los Angeles spent the last seven games on its longest road trip of the season, limping into the break with three straight losses after winning the first four.

The Lakers lost to NBA-worst Cleveland last Wednesday night, leaving the players with a long weekend to think about the most embarrassing defeat in a season already including home losses to Sacramento, Milwaukee and Memphis.

But did the Lakers stew? Not a chance.

'We're more annoyed than worried,' said Lamar Odom, who spent the weekend ignoring the All-Star festivities after not getting chosen for the West squad. 'We know what we have left to do in the regular season. It's a test we need, and a test we're looking forward to. We just need to improve our focus and play more like we're used to playing.'

While Odom and Ron Artest spent the long weekend with family when they weren't working on their innumerable side projects and business ventures, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he didn't even watch film until Monday, sitting at home and 'soaking up the sun' when girlfriend Jeanie Buss wasn't dragging him to Bryant's enshrinement in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theater.

The Lakers just don't panic, even at this low point in an up-and-down season. They're still looking forward to a boost from Barnes, who is averaging 7.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in his first season with the Lakers.

'He brings a great deal of energy in his shooting and his defensive intensity,' Bryant said. 'We're looking forward to having him back.'

Barnes has missed 20 games since getting hurt Jan. 7 while going after a rebound against New Orleans. He underwent surgery two days later, and his return to practice was ahead of the two-month projected recovery time.

Barnes is expected to go through perhaps three more practices before returning to uniform, likely next week.

The long weekend also was beneficial to center Andrew Bynum, who got ample rest for his surgically repaired knees. He missed a game against Houston three weeks ago with a bone bruise in his knee, and he's still struggling to return to top form after missing the first 24 games of the season.

'It's getting better, but it doesn't feel the same since before the surgery,' Bynum said. 'It will come back. I just need time.'

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Injured guard Redd joins practice with Bucks - by Eurobasket News
Michael Redd (6'6''-G-79, college: Ohio St.) rejoined the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday with a new perspective for the game.

Redd last played 13 months ago when he tore both the anterior cruciate ligament and the medial collateral ligament in his left knee on Jan. 10 against the Lakers in Los Angeles. He was away from Milwaukee with the club's permission, opting to rehabilitate back home in Columbus, Ohio.

Redd's first step will be to work out with team trainers to determine his next step.

Redd, a shooting guard who has made 427 starts in 568 games. He has averaged 20.2 points in his 10-year career and was a gold-medal winning member of Team USA at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship and at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but has appeared in just 51 NBA games since.

Courtesy of www.wkbt.com


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No. 17 Syracuse finishes off No. 15 Villanova 69-64 - by Eurobasket News
For one night, free-throw shooting in the Big East turned upside down.

No. 17 Syracuse, last in the 16-team league in that stat at 65.5 percent, made the free throws that counted Monday night in a 69-64 victory against No. 15 Villanova, the conferences best team at 76.8 percent.

Scoop Jardine (6'2''-G-88) and Rick Jackson (6'9''-F-89) - a couple of Philly kids - combined for 38 points, and freshman Dion Waiters (6'4''-G), another Philadelphia product, and Jackson made the final free throws that sealed the victory.

Weve been pretty good at the end of games, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. Weve been pretty good when we need them, and tonight we needed them.

Jardine had 20 points and six assists for the Orange, 23-6 overall and 10-6 in the Big East, while Jackson had 18 points, five rebounds and four blocks.

The victory was the sixth this season over a ranked team for Syracuse.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun suspended 3 games by NCAA - by Eurobasket News
UConn coach Jim Calhoun was suspended by the NCAA for three games next season for recruiting violations committed under his watch, though the program dodged a major sanction when it was spared a postseason ban.

Calhoun was cited by the NCAA on Tuesday for failing to create an atmosphere of compliance within his program and was suspended for the first three Big East games during the 2011-12 season.

The NCAA also hit UConn with scholarship reductions for three academic years, recruiting restrictions, permanent disassociation of a booster and three years probation.

As a part of the disassociation of the booster, not named in the report, the university will not be able to accept financial contributions, recruiting assistance or provide him with any benefit and privileges.

We think the penalty is appropriate, said Dennis Thomas, chairman of the Committee on Infractions. The head coach should be aware, but, also in the same frame, the head coach obviously cannot be aware of everything that goes on within the program. However, the head coach bears that responsibility.

Thomas said Calhoun will serve the suspension next year because UConn can appeal the decision.

The NCAA and the school have been investigating the program since shortly after a report by Yahoo! Sports in March 2009 that former team manager Josh Nochimson helped guide recruit Nate Miles to Connecticut, giving him lodging, transportation, meals and representation.

As a former team manager, Nochimson is considered a representative of UConns athletic interests by the NCAA and prohibited from giving Miles anything of value.

We cited the head coach for not being on top of these issues with the agent, the booster, Thomas said. The head coach stated that the booster was a member of the family during his days as team manager.

The school said it found that the basketball staff exchanged more than 1,400 calls and 1,100 text messages with Nochimson between June 2005 and December 2008.

Members of the coaching staff also provided 32 impermissible complimentary tickets to individuals responsible for teaching or directing activities with prospective student-athletes.

Miles was expelled from UConn in October 2008 without ever playing for the Huskies.

Nochimson was attempting to become an NBA agent.

The school imposed sanctions on itself, including reducing scholarships from 13 to 12 for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. It also put itself on probation for two years.

The NCAA also tacked on scholarship reductions from 13 to 12 for 2012-13.

Two members of last years basketball staff, Beau Archibald, the director of basketball operations, and assistant coach Patrick Sellers lost their jobs after allegations they provided false and misleading information to NCAA investigators.

The Division I Committee on Infractions levied a two-year show-cause penalty on Archibald.

The report states UConn athletic director Jeffrey Hathaway said Calhouns pursuit of Miles was the most intense he has ever seen him recruit a player.

Calhoun had admitted mistakes were made, but insisted he was not a cheater.

This was the first time the program has received a letter from the NCAA accusing the school of major violations. Calhoun turned sleepy UConn into an elite program, winning two national championships and 575 games in 24 years.

Thomas said a postseason ban was considered, but the committee was not swayed because the case involved a high-profile coach and program.

UConn will be on probation from Feb. 22, 2011 through Feb. 21, 2014.

Calhoun cant be present in the arena during his suspension where the games are played, nor have contact with the coaching staff or athletes during the games.

The program is banned from recruiting calls during the 2011-12 academic year until 30 days after the first day that phone calls are allowed. The number of mens basketball coaches allowed to make phone calls was cut from three to two, not including the head basketball coach, for six months after the universitys response to the notice of allegations.

UConn also faces a reduction of the number of mens basketball off-campus recruiting days by 40, from 130 to 90, for the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 recruiting periods.

Courtesy of www.masslive.com


Without Taylor, No.2 Kansas blows past Oklahoma State - by Eurobasket News
Elijah Johnson (6'2''-G) got a chance Monday night to show he can play point guard for No. 2 Kansas because two teammates slipped up.

First, Tyshawn Taylor was suspended earlier in the day for violating team rules, leaving the position wide open. Then, heralded freshman Josh Selby, coach Bill Self's first choice to run the point, left the little orthotic device he wears in his left shoe at home.

So Self gave Johnson the nod, and the little-used sophomore responded with a head-turning 15 points, three assists and solid defense in a 92-65 romp over Oklahoma State.

'It was a good decision because I thought Elijah played great,' Self said. 'Hopefully, this will be a confidence boost for him. I'm not going to make any brash statements on who is going to be our starter for the rest of the year. But the ball's definitely in his court.'

Marcus Morris (6'8''-F) had 27 points for the Jayhawks (26-2, 11-2 Big 12), who hit eight of their first 10 shots and pulled away from the outmanned Cowboys with an 18-2 spree that produced a 52-28 halftime bulge.

Marshall Moses (6'6''-F-89), who spent Saturday night in the hospital, had 27 points for Oklahoma State (16-11, 4-9), 13 above his season average. He scored 16 in the first half, but the Cowboys never got closer than 19 after halftime.

Taylor, a 6-foot-3 junior who has struggled at times to replace Sherron Collins (5'11''-G-87, college: Kansas) at the point, was suspended indefinitely Monday for violating unspecified team rules. Self declined to say what rule was broken. But he hinted that someone else might have Taylor's job when he gets back.

'I am disappointed. I like him and all that,' Self said. 'But it's time for somebody else to get an opportunity.'

Johnson was 4-for-4 from behind the three-point arc. He also had three assists while alternating with other guards bringing the ball up the floor as the Jayhawks shot 56% in a sizzling first half and 54% for the game.

'I think I did well,' Johnson said. 'Some stuff I can still improve on. I threw the ball away two times.'

Perhaps just as impressive was his defense. He held Keiton Page to eight points on 2-for-11 shooting.

'We haven't had good point guard defensive play consistently like I think we could,' Self said. 'And this was by far, in recent memory, the best job that anybody's done as far as being sound on a guy. I thought he played really smart.'

Markieff Morris, who had a career-high 26 points in the previous game against Colorado, had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Jayhawks, whose loss to Kansas State last Monday dropped them from No. 1 to No. 3 in this week's Associated Press poll.

During the decisive stretch in the early going, the Cowboys went more than 6 minutes without a field goal. Moses' fadeaway jumper at the 11:49 mark made it 24-19, then Johnson hit a jumper and the Jayhawks were off and running to their 15th consecutive victory over Oklahoma State in Allen Fieldhouse.

Marcus Morris hit his second straight three-pointer, then Page, hounded by Johnson, turned the ball over and Marcus Morris made a basket.

Thomas Robinson, who got a big hand when he came into the game after missing three outings with a knee injury, got a bucket and then Selby fed Marcus Morris, who blew right past a flat-footed Cowboys defender and slammed the ball home for a 35-19 lead.

Moses, a 6-7 senior, was 8-for-11 from the floor and made 10 of 13 free throws. He played only a few minutes Saturday against Texas A&M before heading for the hospital.

'That word makes it sound worse than it was,' Moses said. 'I was just really dehydrated. The doctor told me I had some kind of virus, just a cold or something which makes it hard for me to breathe. I knew I was sick going into the A&M game, but I didn't know I was dehydrated.'

He said he still has a cough and a headache but during the game felt 'way better than I felt two days ago.'

Kansas outrebounded the Cowboys 38-25 and made 20 of 27 foul shots.

In the second half, Moses' two free throws sliced the lead to 74-55 before Johnson answered with a three-pointer and ignited another Jayhawks push that quickly built the lead to 83-58 on another three by Johnson.

Reger Dowell had 10 points for Oklahoma State.

'They're the best offensive team I've seen, no question,' Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. 'I don't think there's any question you can talk about them as one of the best teams, easily. It doesn't take a genius to figure that one out.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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Best players of Norwegian BLNO round 20 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Donald Oatis (206-F/C-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for Baerum Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 31-year old power forward had a double-double of 22 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Gimle (#6, 5-13) 94-85. Baerum maintains the 4th position in Norwegian BLNO. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Baerum will need more victories to improve their 11-8 record. It's Oatis' second year at Baerum and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wilberforce University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Oatis is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 11.9rpg) and averages solid 3.5bpg and 61.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old power forward Dag Christensen (201-F/C-80) of second-ranked Tromso Storm. Christensen impressed basketball fans with 8 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Tromso to another comfortable win 89-72 over the lower-ranked Kristiansand (#7, 4-14) being unquestionably team leader. Tromso's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-4 record is not bad at all. Christensen is one of the most experienced players at Tromso and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Tromso Storm's star - American Ronald Timus (197-G/F-84). Timus scored 23 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Tromso, helping his team with a 83-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Ammerud (#8, 3-16). Tromso needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 4 lost games. Timus has a great season in Norway. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.7ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Peter Bullock (198-F/C-82) of Gimle - 24 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ronald Timus (197-G/F-84) of Tromso - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Antonio Russell (183-G-84) of Kristiansand - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Roy Nwachukwu (192-F-90) of Ammerud - 14 points and 16 rebounds
8. Ivan Djerman (202-F/C-83) of Gimle - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Magne Fivelstad (196-G/F-89) of Ulriken - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Taylor Mullenax (201-F-86) of Ulriken - 22 points and 11 rebounds

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


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La Union adds veteran Ruben Garces - by Eurobasket News
Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) is a new member of La Union. The Panamanian big guy signed a deal for rest of the season. He arrives from Mexico, where he started 2010/11. First, Garces was a member of Algodoneros and in November he moved to Soles de Mexicali. For 18 games in LNBP Garces had 13.6 ppg and 10.4 rebounds.
Before Mexico, Ruben Garces played for CAI Zaragoza. It was on season 2008/09. He appeared 32 times for them in Spanish league averaging 4.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. From 2005 to 2008, Garces played for Pamesa Valencia. He was one of their best players. In the past, the veteran PF/C also was a member of Estudiantes, Breogan, Valladolid and ASVEL. He also has some experience from the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors.


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Dayton Air Strikers add Antonio Meeking - by Eurobasket News
Dayton Air Strikers announced signing of Antonio Meeking (6'8''-F-81, college: Louisiana Tech) for rest of the season. Meeking already made his debut in PBL scoring six points against Kentucky.
Antonio Meeking arrived to Dayton from Mexican team Potros Itson, where he started this season. He joined them in November, but appeared only twice before they parted ways. He had 7 ppg and 5.5 rpg in Mexican LNBP. Season 2009/10, Meeking spent in Turkey. He played for the second division team Selcuk and was one their best players. For 28 games in the league Meeking had 14.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 1.8 apg. In the past, Meeking also played in Puerto Rico, D-League, Italy, Israel, Germany and Serbia. He is a product of the Louisiana Tech, where he graduated in 2003.


Rainmen go big at point guard, gets Trayvon Lathan - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen gained almost a foot in height at the point guard position yesterday.

Backup point guard Tajuan Porter (5'6''-G-88, college: Oregon), just five foot seven, left the team for a more lucrative pro contract in France, and the Rainmen replaced him with six-foot-six floor general Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan Univ.).

Lathan finished third in International Basketball League scoring and rebounding last season with 26.3 points and 11.5 boards per game with the Los Angeles Lightning.

He definitely gives us a lot of length, said owner Andre Levingston. He reminds me a lot of (ex-NBA players) Brian Shaw (six foot six) with a little bit of Penny Hardaway (six foot seven) with the athleticism. He can play, man.

Porter came to the Rainmen with a reputation as a three-point shooter, but hit just 25.5 per cent of his team-high 47 attempts. He was averaging 6.5 points through 11 games.

Lathan joined the Rainmen yesterday. Starting point guard Taliek Brown, meanwhile, is expected to return to practice tomorrow after missing most of last Saturdays game with a hamstring injury.

Levingston said the injury is not as bad as we thought.

The Rainmen, 6-4, visit the Saint John Mill Rats, 5-4, on Friday at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.SC 11-1 
 2. Halifax R. 7-4 
 3. Quebec K. 7-4 
 4. Saint John M.R. 5-4 
 5. Kentucky S. 5-8 
 6. Rochester R. 4-7 
 7. Vermont FH 2-5 
 8. Dayton A. 2-10 


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.18.8 
 4. Monroe, Rocheste.18.5 
 5. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 6. Anderson, Saint J.17.3 
 7. Martin, Saint J.17.2 
 8. Parran, Quebec K.17.2 
 9. Allen, Vermont FH16.7 
 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.8.4 
 5. Dollard, Halifax R.8.0 
 6. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 7. Harris, Kentucky S.7.7 
 8. Jones, Halifax R.7.7 
 9. Jones, Kentucky S.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. Brown, Quebec K.3.7 
 9. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
 10. Crouch, Rocheste.3.4 
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.SC2.3 
 4. Brown, Quebec K.2.3 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.2.2 
 6. Monroe, Rocheste.2.0 
 7. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 8. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 9. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 10. Martin, Saint J.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared CARTER
  Rochester R.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Carter, Rocheste.1.5 
 2. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 3. George, Dayton A.1.3 
 4. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 5. Ocitti, Saint J.1.3 
 6. Daniels, Lawton F.1.1 
 7. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 8. Dollard, Halifax R.0.9 
 9. DeMasi, Vermont FH0.8 
 10. Williams, Rocheste.0.8 


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DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica26.7 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud16.9 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.6 
 4. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.2 
 5. Hodge, Zastal15.9 
 6. Burgess, Zastal15.2 
 7. Bennerman, Energa C.15.1 
 8. Miller, PBG Basket14.9 
 9. Jovanovic, Anwil14.4 
 10. Kinloch, AZS K.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Harris, SKK K.10.7 
 2. Truscott, Siarka10.4 
 3. Burgess, Zastal10.2 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.4 
 5. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.1 
 6. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.0 
 7. Miller, Anwil6.5 
 8. Palmer, Polonia Azbud6.5 
 9. Kinloch, AZS K.6.4 
 10. Archibeque, Polph.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa Czarni
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.6.7 
 2. Milicic, AZS K.6.3 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.1 
 4. Hodge, Zastal4.9 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.4.9 
 6. Hawkins, PBG B.4.4 
 7. Ewing, Asseco P.3.7 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.5 
 9. Thompson, Anwil3.2 
 10. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.5 
 3. Pringle, Siarka2.3 
 4. Ewing, Asseco P.2.3 
 5. Milicic, AZS K.2.2 
 6. Blassingame, Energa C.2.2 
 7. Skibniewski, Polph.2.2 
 8. Reese, AZS Koszalin2.1 
 9. Hawkins, PBG B.2.1 
 10. Thomas, PGE Turow1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harris, SKK K.1.9 
 2. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.4 
 3. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 6. Davis, Energa C.0.9 
 7. Reese, AZS Koszalin0.9 
 8. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 
 9. Frazier, AZS K.0.8 
 10. Kinnard, Trefl S.0.8 


Miller number one in Poland for round 17 - by Eurobasket News
American guard Eddie Miller (191-G-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for PBG Basket Poznan, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, three rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Zastal (7-10) 82-78. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings in Round 14. Thanks to this victory PBG Basket moved-up to the 10th position in the Polish PLK. PBG Basket is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-10 record. In the team's last game Miller had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be PBG Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Former Fresno State University star has very solid stats this year. Miller is in league's top in points (6th best: 15.7ppg) and rebounds (8th best: 3.1rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Jerel Blassingame (177-G-81) of league's leader Energa Czarni Slupsk. Blassingame had a very good evening with a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Energa Czarni to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Siarka (#12, 3-14) 96-66. Of course Energa Czarni still keep 's top spot. His team has currently 12-5 record. Blassingame is a newcomer at Energa Czarni, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was German forward Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81) of PGE Turow Zgorzelec (#3). Tomaszek scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of PGE Turow, leading his team to a 89-80 win against the lower-ranked SKK Kotwica (#11, 5-11). PGE Turow needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 11 victories and 5 lost games. Tomaszek has a very solid season. In 15 games in Poland he scored 6.6ppg. He also has 4.1rpg and FGP: 59.7%. Robert Tomaszek has also Polish passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Miller (208-C/F-82) of Anwil - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ted Scott (188-G-85) of SKK Kotwica - 26 points and 5 rebounds
6. Walter Hodge (183-G-86) of Zastal - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Chris Burgess (209-C-79) of Zastal - 12 points and 11 rebounds
8. Kirk Archibeque (205-C-84) of Polpharma - 13 points and 10 rebounds
9. Tomasz Snieg (190-G-89) of AZS Koszalin - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Grady Reynolds (198-F-80) of AZS Koszalin - 15 points and 7 rebounds

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


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Kevin Jolley gets MVP of the Week award for Portuguese Proliga - by Eurobasket News
American Kevin Jolley (197-F-82, agency: Prossin Sports Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for Angrabasket/Palmeiraspark and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 21 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out Seixal (#12, 0-15), the league's bottom-ranked team 82-81. Angra maintains the 5th position in Portuguese Proliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Angra will need more victories to improve their 10-5 record. In the team's last game Jolley had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Angra's top player in his first season with the team. Quinnipiac College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jolley is in league's top in assists (9th best: 3.7apg) and averages solid 55.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Silvester Spicer (198-F-86) of Alges. Spicer impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Alges cruised to a 60-53 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Sangalhos (#4, 10-5). This victory allowed Alges to move up to 10th position in the standings. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Alges managed to get this year. Spicer is one of the most experienced players at Alges and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Jason Underwood (206-F/C-84) of Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras (#3). Underwood scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Fisica, leading his team to a 81-78 win against the lower-ranked Electrico FC (#8, 6-9). Fisica needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Underwood has a very solid season. In 15 games in Portugal he scored 11.6ppg. He also has 7.6rpg and 1.1bpg. Underwood attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pedro Silva (198-F-79) of Barcelos - 11 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Tiago Magalhaes (192-F-76) of Seixal - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. George Ehiagwina (206-F-89) of Povoa - 11 points and 17 rebounds
7. Nuno Pedroso (187-G-79) of Barcelos - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Daniel Machado (190-G/F-90) of Seixal - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Terrence Mack (198-F/C-84) of Angra - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Terceira Basket - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 12 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)


BCM Gravelines Dunkerque win EuroChallenge Group K - by Eurobasket News
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque-Lisboa e Benfica 91:82

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque win EuroChallenge Group K although there is one more game remaining. The French outfit rolled over Lisboa e Benfica 91:82 for 5-0 record on top.
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque opened the game with five consecutive points, but Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) gave the guests 14:11. Carreira made the last free throws in the quarter for 28:22 lead as Lisboa e Benfica surprised the home side. The things got better for the latter as they saw 45:45 on the board after the first half. Bokolo made a jump shot to tie the game as the French team won the second period 23-17. Benfica, managed to stay with their hosts until the end of the third quarter, when back-to-back three pointers from Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) and Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) made it 68:60, and began an 18-2 run. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) and Cyril Akpomedah were the last players to score for their teams as the board showed 91:82 at the end.
Ben Woodside paced all the winners with 26 points, while Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Cyril Akpomedah and Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) followed them with 11 points each. Gregory Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) netted 18 points for the guests as they dropped to 1-4 record. Heshimu Evans posted 16, while Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) and Antonio Tavares notched 13 points apiece.

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Ben Woodside 26, Mouhamed Sene 16+12 rebs, Cyril Akpomedah 11, Rudy Jomby 11
Lisboa e Benfica: Gregory Jenkins 18, Heshimu Evans 16, Sergio Ramos 13+10 rebs, Antonio Tavares 13



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  ROMANIA   


Audrius Prakuratis resign from CSU Atlassib Sibiu - by Sebastian Umbrich
Coach Audrius Prakuraitis and CSU Atlassib Sibiu parted ways on Monday, February 21st. According to sources, the Lithuanian coach left the club of his own, this not being requested by any of the club boards members.
The justification of this resignation was the teams poor results during the last matches, but seen as a whole, the entire season looks like to be compromised for the team which made a habit in playing in the higher stages of the play-offs. After 22 matches played, Sibiu is ranked only 10th (11 wins and 11 losses), and as known, only the first 8 teams qualify for the play-offs. As a consequence, it is possible that the first time since 1991 Sibiu will not play in the play-offs of the Romanian championship. It is not sure who will replace Prakuraitis, but rumors say that either Mircea Vulc (who had won 2 championships with Sibiu in 1995 and 1999) or his son, Catalin Vulc will be named Head Coach.
Another coach was dismissed this weekend. Mladen Osotjic has been dismissed from CSM Bucharest after the teams loss against CS Otopeni last round. There still are chances for Bucharest to compete in the play-offs, but a win against Otopeni would have raised the chances for them to play for the first time in the seasons upper level. Same situation like at Sibiu, there is no name confirmed for taking the Head Coach position yet. After 21 matches played, Bucharest is ranked 10th, with a 11-10 record, and a match less played than the other teams.



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  RUSSIA   


Lokomotiv Kuban hand BC Oostende the first loss in Group L - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban-BC Oostende 70:62

Lokomotiv Kuban hand BC Oostende the first loss in Group L of EuroChallenge. The Russian team grabbed 3-2 record on the second place after 70:62 home win.
Kuban started the game with 10-0 run and dominated the first period. After 22-6, the guests however closed the quarter at 22:10 as Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) made a jump shot. In the second period the hosts added 20-19 to take 42:29 halftime advantage when Lionel Chalmers (184-G-80, college: Xavier) sent the teams to the lockers. Trailing 40:50 in the end of the third frame, BC Oostende scored the last four points to go to the last period trailing just 6. Moreover Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) nailed three for 50:49 and Caleb Green kept the guests alive at 53:51. Lokomotiv Kuban however did not allo the opponents to win and due to 20-18 in the last stanza won the game.
Lionel Chalmers paced all the winners with 22 points and Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) added 17. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) finished the game with 11 points and Aleksei Surovtsev (202-G-84) scored 8. Caleb Green responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case as the Belgian team dropped to 4-1 record. Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) notched 14, whilst Marcus Faison netted 12.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Lionel Chalmers 22, Jeremiah Massey 17, Michael Wilkinson 11, Aleksei Surovtsev 8
BC Oostende: Caleb Green 21+10 rebs, Darrel Mitchell 14, Marcus Faison 12




Gran Canaria edge Unics in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Unics 76:73

Gran Canaria celebrated a home win over Unics in EuroCup Last 16 round. The victory propelled the hosts to 2-3 record in Group I. Already qualified for quarterfinals Unics fell at 4-1 record on top of the standings.
The teams got to a low-scoring start. They teamed up for just 26 points in the opening period with Unics claiming a 14:12 advantage. Gran Canaria adjusted their offense in the second quarter. The hosts erupted for 31 points in the period to take a 43:38 halftime advantage. Gran Canaria stayed dominant in the third quarter. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) was the usual contributor as the hosts kept on piling up the lead. Gran Canaria arrived at the final break up by 11 points 62:51. Unics refused to give that easily. The visitors erased the bigger part of the difference. Terrell Lyday pulled Unics within three points but Gran Canaria held on to come out winners. Jaycee Carroll provided 16 points to lead the effort. Taurean Green (185-G-85, college: Florida) added 13 points, while Javier Beiran (200-F-87) had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) responded with 19 points for Unics. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) accounted for 11 points in the loss.

Gran Canaria: Jaycee Carroll 16, Taurean Green 13, Javier Beiran 11+11 boards
Unics: Ricky Minard 19, Maciej Lampe 11



Spartak Saint-Petersburg win EuroChallenge Group A - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Saint-Petersburg -Lukoil Academic 86:80

Spartak Saint-Petersburg win EuroChallenge Group A due to unbelievable comeback in the last minutes of the game versus Lukoil Academic. The Russian Powerhouse needed 11-0 run at the every end for 86:80 total success.
It was one of the most interesting and unpredictable games probably of the whole tournament so far. Lukoil Academic started the game with 7-0 run and had 14-3 in the middle of the quarter. Spartak Saint-Petersburg managed somehow to reduce to 21:17 after 10 minutes. The second quarter belonged to the Russian team as they needed 27-20 for 44:41 lead at the halftime. Moreover another 23-15 allowed them to taste 67:56 lead after three quarters. Whatever happened later in the game, the hosts could make guilty themselves. Kolesnikov gave his side 69:56, but then Lukoil Academic erupted with 20-0 run! Dominic James (180-G-86, college: Marquette) made it 76:69, but his team could not keep the win. Trailing 7 points with 3 minutes Spartak responded with 11-0 run and then Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances), Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) and Korchagin brought the win from the free throw line.
Patrick Beverley top-scored for the winners with 24 points for 5-0 record. Pero Antic nailed 13, while Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) and Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) added 12 each. Dominic James shined in defeat with 25 points, whilst Green and Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) supported him with 10 each.

Spartak Saint-Petersburg: Patrick Beverley 24, Pero Antic 13, Anton Ponkrashov 12, Henry Domercant 12
Lukoil Academic: Dominic James 25, Green 10, Damjan Stojanovski 10




Matjaz Smodis is diagnosed with heart problems - by Eurobasket News
Slovenian international power forward Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) has been diagnosed with a heart problem and will abstain from any team activity until further notice.

The full announcement by CSKA Moscow reads as following:

'Our teams forward Matjaz Smodis is out because of recently diagnosed heart problems. The player is advised to take full rest for a week, then he will undergo detailed examination which will allow to talk about the perspectives of his return on the floor.

Thus one more team leader is added to CSKA injured list army men hospital still hosts Alexander Kaun (back), Victor Khryapa (ankle) and JR Holden (leg).'

Courtesy of www.cskabasket.com


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  SAINT VINCENT   


Biabou Basketball Tournament concludes - by Eurobasket News
The curtains were drawn on the Biabou Invitational Basketball Tournament, Saturday 5th February, with the staging of the finals between KFC Calliaqua and Khashe Angels. Calliaqua, buoyed by their followers who had journeyed in relatively large numbers to the Biabou hard court, emerged the winners with a 92-46 flogging of their opponents. Calliaquas scoring was led by Lezlo McKenzie (G-79) with 40 points. He was also the Player of the Final and the overall top goal scorer in the Tournament. Calliaqua earned themselves $1000 and Khashe Angels had to settle for $500. Calliaqua was the top team after the first round of competition. But it was Korean Divine Designs Biabou All Stars which collected the most accolades. Other than being adjudged the Most Disciplined Team in the Tournament, the Biabou All Stars also provided the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament in Kareem Grant. Grant recorded the highest number of three point shots for the Tournament. He was obviously Biabou All Stars Most Valuable Player. Keon Charles, also of Biabou All Stars, recorded the most blocks; Biabou Outlaws Nkosi Woodley the most rebounds and most steals on his way to being his teams Most Valuable Player. The youngest player in the tournament was ten-year-old Lucian John of Biabou All Stars. Prizes and trophies won in the Tournament were donated by several corporations, businesses and individuals, with the National Lotteries Authority being the major contributor.
Courtesy of: thevincentian.com


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  SCOTLAND   


FLOCKHART IN DUAL SUCCESS - by Sandy Sutherland
Scotland's international centre Simon Flockhart is enjoying a dual
role this season as both coach and player - but not of the same
team.
Flockhart steers the B squad, City of Edinburgh men who turned in a great
defensive second half to overcome Grampian Grizzlies 57-46 in the
Scottish Chairman's Cup quarter-final at Portobello on Feb 19.
City now meet Paisley SG in the semi-final.
Flockhart had dropped in 26 points, one behind Latvian star Ed Rekis for the'big
team' Edinburgh Kings in their 104-58 win over Glasgow Rocks in the men's
Scottish League the previous night.
Paddy Campbell and Mike Kirkpatrick both with 14, Lee Reilly with
13 and Garreth Lodge with 10 helped lift six-man Kings from a
27-21 first quarter and 51-34 half-time lead.
Kings now have two vital clashes with fellow title contenders St
Mirren at Paisley's Lagoon Centre on Friday February 25 and at
Portobello eight days later.
But Kings' last regular season game will be at home to East
Lothian Peregrines a week on Sunday, a game which could decide the
league.
Peregrines served notice that they will be no push-overs with a
90-77 home romp over table-propping Dunfermline Reign at
Musselburgh on March 17, Grant Gibson netting 27 and Mike McGregor 23.


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  SERBIA   


Crvena Zvezda locks young Ivan Saicic until 2015 - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda made important signing for the future. The Serbian outfit signed a four-year deal with young prospect Ivan Saicic. The 18-year-old Saicic plays for Crvena Zvezda junior team. He was one of their best players at the latest Nike International Junior Tournament, where he averaged 15.4 points and 5.4 rebounds for five games. Crvena Zvezda won the trophy by beating FMP in the Big Final 102-93.

Game report:
IJT Crvena Zvezda clinched Belgrade Tournament title. They held off IJT FMP in the championship game. Aleksandar Cvetkovic came up with 35 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the winners. He was trumped the MVP of the tournament. IJT Crvena Zvezda have booked their spot at the Nike International Junior Tournament that will take place during Euroleague Final Four.
Aleksandar Cvetkovic unloaded 14 points in the opening frame to set the tone for Crvena Zvezda. They grabbed a 27:18 lead at the first break. Crvena Zvezda continued to dominate in the second term. They recorded a 55:44 lead at the interval. Nenad Miljenovic paced FMP as they narrowed the gap early in the third term. FMP got within 6 points late in the period but Crvena Zvezda quickly reacted. They restored an 82:70 lead at the final intermission. Aleksandar Cvetkovic continued to deliver regularly in the fourth period helping Crvena Zvezda celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Ivan Marinkovic scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Ivan Saicic chipped in 16 points in the win. Nenad Miljenovic answered with 29 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds for FMP. Popovic-Turanjanin had 21 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.


Cedevita reach EuroCup quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita - Hemofarm 73:71

Cedevita became another team to reach EuroCup quarterfinals. They held off Hemofarm at home court to improve at 3-2 record in Group I. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) nailed 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Hemofarm fell at 1-4 record after the loss.
Cedevita stormed into this one scoring 9 points in a row. But Hemofarm answered with seven quick points to stay close. The Serbian team trailed by a single point 24:25 at the first break. Bozovic put Hemofarm in front early in the second quarter. The visitors used an 8:0 spurt to ensure a 34:27 advantage midway through the second period. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) and Rudez capped the half with consecutive triples to narrow the deficit at 2 points 42:44. Cedevita went on a 10:2 run in the third quarter to pull back in front 53:49. Dontaye Draper soon boosted the lead to an 8-point mark before Borisov crowned the period with two free throws and dragged Hemofarm within 6 points. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) helped Hemofarm to cut the deficit to 3 points 69:72 with under a minute remaining. Mustafa Abdul-Hamid (188-G-88, college: UCLA) narrowed the distance to a single point before Bazdaric hit a free throw and gave Cedevita a 73:71 lead. Mustafa Abdul-Hamid missed a three-pointer and Cedevita escaped with important win at the end.
Dontaye Draper nailed 15 points and issued 7 assists for Cedevita. Vedran Princ (192-G-82) contributed 14 points in the winning case. Mladen Jeremic answered with 15 points for Hemofarm. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 14 points in defeat.

Cedevita: Corsley Edwards 17, Dontaye Draper 15, Vedran Princ 14
Hemofarm: Mladen Jeremic 15, Miljan Pavkovic 14



Serbian Tadija Dragicevic grabs Player of the Week in Germany - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) put on an amazing game in the last round for ALBA Berlin and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for ALBA in his team's victory, helping them to beat Bayreuth (#17, 5-17) 94-79. ALBA is placed at 3rd position in German league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ALBA will need more victories to improve their 15-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Dragicevic. He averages this season 10.7ppg and 5.4rpg.


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Krka registers a place in the EuroChallenge Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Krka-Pinar Karsiyaka 86:81

Krka registers a place in the EuroChallenge Quarterfinals even with one game remaining in Group J. Novo Mesto saw another win of the Slovenian team as they rout Pinar Karsiyaka 86:81.
Jure Balazic (204-F-80) opened the game for the hosts and Rojc later gave them 14:12. Krivec closed the first period at 24:19, while Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) later increased to 35:23. After 28-21 in the frame the hosts enjoyed 52:40 halftime advantage. Moreover Krivec made it 63:48 midway through the third period. Dragic added another two for 67:51 and it seemed the victory would be easy for the hosts. Pinar Karsiyaka was too far to give up and dominated the last period. They nailed 30 points against 19 from the guests, but lost the game shortly. Krivec made the last three free throws for the final victory.
Smiljan Pavic and Jure Balazic top-scored for the Slovenian team with 13 points each for 4-1 record. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) netted 12, while Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) posted 11. Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) ended up with 18 points in defeat as Turkish side dropped to 3-2 record. David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) notched 16 and Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) finished the game with 15.

Krka: Smiljan Pavic 13, Jure Balazic 13, Christopher Booker 12, Goran Ikonic 11
Pinar Karsiyaka: Andre Smith 18, David Holston 16, Osiris Eldridge 15



Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Uros IVANOVIC
  Radovljica
  (204-F/C-74)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Ivanovic, Radovljica20.8 
 2. Lobe, Grosuplje17.9 
 3. Petrovic, Nova G.17.7 
 4. Husic, Kraski Zidar17.5 
 5. Gavric, Primorac.17.5 
 6. Pusic, Litija17.3 
 7. Blazevic, Litija16.7 
 8. Primc, Radovljica16.6 
 9. Moro, Splosna .16.2 
 10. Marcetic, Nova G.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna9.8 
 2. Husic, Kraski Zidar9.8 
 3. Ivanovic, Radovljica8.7 
 4. Spesic, Rogaska8.4 
 5. Barovic, Primor.8.3 
 6. Hocevar, Triglav .7.5 
 7. Buda, Kraski Zidar7.4 
 8. Klepo, Radovljica7.3 
 9. Sivka, Konjice7.3 
 10. Lobe, Grosuplje6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Tomic, Rogaska6.4 
 2. Perko, Splosna .5.6 
 3. Tratnik, Primor.5.6 
 4. Glavas, KD Postojna4.2 
 5. Ucman, Radovljica4.1 
 6. Milasinovic, Sencur C.3.9 
 7. Zalar, Kraski Zidar3.9 
 8. Blazevic, Litija3.7 
 9. Jereb, Konjice3.4 
 10. Milovic, Splosna .3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Tomic, Rogaska2.7 
 2. Lobe, Grosuplje2.5 
 3. Jereb, Konjice2.2 
 4. Milovic, Splosna .2.1 
 5. Bratina, Primor.1.9 
 6. Gavric, Primorac.1.8 
 7. Jotic, Rogaska1.8 
 8. Zalar, Kraski Zidar1.7 
 9. Erculj, Grosuplje1.7 
 10. Glavas, KD Postojna1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna2.1 
 2. Husic, Kraski Zidar1.2 
 3. Hren, Litija1.1 
 4. Trampus, Grosuplje1.1 
 5. Lobe, Grosuplje1.0 
 6. Barovic, Primor.1.0 
 7. Kosec, Sencur CP0.9 
 8. Ilic, KD Postojna0.8 
 9. Klepo, Radovljica0.7 
 10. Buda, Kraski Zidar0.6 


Matjaz Smodis is diagnosed with heart problems - by Eurobasket News
Slovenian international power forward Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) has been diagnosed with a heart problem and will abstain from any team activity until further notice.

The full announcement by CSKA Moscow reads as following:

'Our teams forward Matjaz Smodis is out because of recently diagnosed heart problems. The player is advised to take full rest for a week, then he will undergo detailed examination which will allow to talk about the perspectives of his return on the floor.

Thus one more team leader is added to CSKA injured list army men hospital still hosts Alexander Kaun (back), Victor Khryapa (ankle) and JR Holden (leg).'

Courtesy of www.cskabasket.com


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Thunders coach is all worries as team falters - by Jerry Lee
The Samsung Thunders have all but secured a spot in the postseason but head coach Ahn Joon-ho is all worries these days.

Samsung sits fifth overall in the 10-team KBL at 23-20, but it has showed mere flashes of its offensive capability and has been struggling of late.

Its tough. Its really tough, said Ahn after losing to the SK Knights, 75-69, on Sunday.

It was Samsungs third consecutive loss but more importantly, Samsung led the game in the first three quarters before falling behind and losing in the fourth. The biggest problem for Samsung is on offense. While Samsung had averaged 82.3 points per game this season until seven games ago, the teams scoring average has dipped to 66.7 points per game since then. Thats lower than the Dongbu Promys stagnant offense, which averages 74 points per game, the lowest in the league.

Samsungs offense is based on speed and two-on-two plays instead of post-up plays in the paint, said SK head coach Shin Sun-woo. Such style of play is prone to inconsistencies.

Teams like the ET Land Elephants, KCC Egis and Dongbu Promy feature talented centers and forwards and have offenses based on strong front-court play. With their offenses less dependent on perimeter shots, such teams tend to have steady offenses and have not had any significant losing streaks this season.

One Samsung player who has been struggling the most lately is Aaron Haynes. The 29-year-old forward is averaging 24.2 points and 8.6 rebounds this season but has averaged a mere 13.3 points in the past six games.

With Lee Seung-joon and the big men failing to provide strong play in the low post, Samsungs guards and forwards are forcing shots from the perimeter. But its hard to win when any team connects on 40 percent of its shots, as Samsung has done in its past three games.

To add to the Thunders offensive woes, the team is dealing with less than favorable team chemistry. Captain Lee Kyu-sup has been disgruntled with fewer minutes and veteran guard Kang Hyuk has been dealing with injuries and fatigue and has not been able to provide veteran leadership on the court. Its one of the reasons why the entire team, and more specifically its offense, has been shaky of late.

I want more energy from our players and we need spirited plays but all our players are fatigued, said Ahn. We need a floor leader to encourage and push the younger players.

Said a Thunders official: Although were no longer in the fight for the top spot in the league standings, we have pretty much secured a spot in the playoffs and I think that has resulted in some sloppy plays of late.

Samsung holds a comfortable lead for the one of the six playoff spots but in a worst case scenario, Samsung can still miss the postseason. They currently sit in fifth place and as of Monday hold a three-game lead over the sixth-place LG Sakers and five games ahead of seventh-place SK. The top six teams in the KBL make the playoffs and with 11 games remaining, it is technically possible for the Thunders to fall out of the picture. And with a tough schedule ahead, Samsung faces the possibility of extending its losing skid when it faces top-ranked ET Land and KCC later this week.




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Cajasol stay unbeaten in EuroCup Last 16 - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol - Panellinios 84:71

Cajasol recorded the fifth straight win at EuroCup Last 16 stage. They held off visiting Panellinios behind 13 points from Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances). Cajasol have booked their quarterfinal birth in the previous round and they cruised to the victory tonight. Cajasol now need to win or lose by less than 11 points against Benetton to clinch the top spot in Group L. Panellinios on the other hand fell at 0-5 record after the defeat.
Cajasol used an 8:2 run midway through the opening term to take a 17:10 lead. They stayed in front to register a 21:17 lead after the starting quarter. The hosts went on a 13:0 rally in the second frame to boost the margin at 16-point mark. Panellinios however finished the half strongly and cut the distance at 5 points 37:42. Krabbenhoft and Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) triggered a 9:0 run from the visitors as Panellinios grabbed a 46:44 lead early in the third term. Txemi Urtasun, Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) and Kirksay had to step up for Cajasol to ensure a 68:59 lead after thirty minutes of action. Panellinios were able to narrow the deficit at 5 points but Cajasol went on a deadly 8:0 rally and ran away for good in this one. Kaloyan Ivanov and Juan Triguero (208-C-83) netted 12 points for Cajasol. Steven Smith answered with 16 points for Panellinios.

Cajasol: Txemi Urtasun 13, Kaloyan Ivanov 12, Juan Triguero 12
Panellinios: Steven Smith 16, Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) 14



Gran Canaria edge Unics in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Unics 76:73

Gran Canaria celebrated a home win over Unics in EuroCup Last 16 round. The victory propelled the hosts to 2-3 record in Group I. Already qualified for quarterfinals Unics fell at 4-1 record on top of the standings.
The teams got to a low-scoring start. They teamed up for just 26 points in the opening period with Unics claiming a 14:12 advantage. Gran Canaria adjusted their offense in the second quarter. The hosts erupted for 31 points in the period to take a 43:38 halftime advantage. Gran Canaria stayed dominant in the third quarter. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) was the usual contributor as the hosts kept on piling up the lead. Gran Canaria arrived at the final break up by 11 points 62:51. Unics refused to give that easily. The visitors erased the bigger part of the difference. Terrell Lyday pulled Unics within three points but Gran Canaria held on to come out winners. Jaycee Carroll provided 16 points to lead the effort. Taurean Green (185-G-85, college: Florida) added 13 points, while Javier Beiran (200-F-87) had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) responded with 19 points for Unics. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) accounted for 11 points in the loss.

Gran Canaria: Jaycee Carroll 16, Taurean Green 13, Javier Beiran 11+11 boards
Unics: Ricky Minard 19, Maciej Lampe 11



Estudiantes nip Nymburk in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Estudiantes 86:88

Estudiantes completed their EuroCup Last 16 goal reaching the quarterfinal stage. They escaped with a narrow road win over Nymburk today to improve at 4-1 record on top of Group K. Estudiantes came from behind to claim a valuable win in this one. Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) provided 18 points to lead the charge. Nymburk suffered the fifth loss in a row.
Nymburk dominated the first period. They opened the game with an 8:0 surge and stayed in front throughout the quarter. Nymburk led 23:12 before Estudiantes got within five after ten minutes 18:23. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) bolstered Nymburk lead back to double digits 39:29 midway through the second term. Nymburk marched on as they registered a 51:42 lead at halftime. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) and Josh Asselin connected from beyond the arc in the third period to pull Estudiantes closer. However Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) and Lenzly soothed things for the hosts as Nymburk arrived at the final intermission up by 7 points 69:62. The visitors surprised the Czech champions with a 10;0 rally early in the fourth term. Estudiantes led for some time before Chester Simmons leveled things up at 79 with three minutes to go. The teams remained tied at 84 within the last minute before Oliver gave the visitors an 86:84 lead. Chester Simmons knotted things up but Sergio Sanchez sank both free throws to put Estudiantes back in front. Lenzly had a chance to save the game for Nymburk but missed a jumper.
Nik Caner-Medley fired 14 points and collected 9 rebounds for Estudiantes. Jayson Granger (186-G-89) had 10 points in the win. Vladimir Stimac answered with 22 points for Nymburk. Chester Simmons netted 15 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Vladimir Stimac 22, Chester Simmons 15
Estudiantes: Pancho Jasen 18, Nik Caner-Medley 14, Jayson Granger 10



Victor Claver, two months KO - by Natxo Mendaza
Power Electronics Valencia head coach Svetislav Pesic announced, during the press conference before the Euroleague game against Zalgiris Kaunas, that forward Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) will be sidelined for the next two month because of an injury. Claver had to retire from monday practices after feeling pain on his right foot, as further medical examination revealed a broken metatarsus on his right foot. Claver won't undergo surgery, doctors said, but will need around two months to be able to be back on the court.

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Michael Palm gets MVP of the Week award for Swedish Basketligan - by Eurobasket News
Experienced naturalized American center Michael Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) had an amazing evening in the last round for Boras Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 31-year old center had a double-double of 26 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team was edged out by LF Basket (#2, 21-9) 92-90. Boras maintains the 7th position in American Basketligan. Boras is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 19th lost game this season out of 30 games. In the team's last game Palm had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Boras and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Western Washington graduate has very impressive stats this year. Palm is in league's top in points (8th best: 18.7ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 1.6bpg and 57.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Boras Basket's star - 23-year old American guard Kellen McCoy (168-G-87). McCoy impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Boras was edged by the higher-ranked LF Basket (#2, 21-9) 92-90. Boras managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-19 record. McCoy is a newcomer at Boras and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.1ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 4.4rpg and 4.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) of second-ranked LF Basket. Mbemba showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of LF Basket, leading his team to a 92-90 win against the lower-ranked Boras (#7, 11-19). LF Basket needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 9 lost games. Mbemba has a great season in Sweden. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.5apg (best passer). He also has 3.3spg and FGP: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Wesby (196-G-80) of Sundsvall - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Joakim Blom (211-C-76) of 08 - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Bilal Salaam (201-F-81) of Jamtland - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Christopher McKnight (201-F-87) of Boras - 22 points and 10 rebounds
8. Darius Hargrove (193-G-82) of Jamtland - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Willie Galick (203-F-87) of Sodertalje - 17 points and 9 rebounds
10. Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-86) of LF Basket - 15 points and 7 rebounds

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


BK Ventspils destroy Norrkoping Dolphins, secure 1/4 Finals - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-Norrkoping Dolphins 104:69

BK Ventspils destroyed Norrkoping Dolphins and secured 1/4 Finals of EuroChallenge. The Latvian Powerhoude reached three digits after 104:69 win.
The beginning of the game did not predict such a big difference as Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) brought the guests 7:2. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) however delivered the last points of the first quarter for the home side as they got 31:19. In the second quarter the hosts produced another 31 points and enjoyed 26-point deficit at the halftime. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) nailed three to send the teams to the lockers at 62:36. Norrkoping Dolphins looked better in the second half and tried hard not to fall apart. They lost the third period only by two points as Gervin closed it at 80:52. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku meanwhile gave the home side three-digit number with 1 minute to go. His another lay-up brought 104:69 on the board.
Arturs Berzins erupted with 27 points and 9 rebounds, while Oritseweyinmi Efejuku followed him with 26 points and 8 assists. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) scored 17 and Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) ended up with 9. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) responded with 17 points in the losing effort and Andrew Mitchell netted 13.

BK Ventspils: Arturs Berzins 27+9 rebs, Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 26+8 ast, Rashad Anderson 17, Arturs Strelnieks 9
Norrkoping Dolphins: Oladapo Ayuba 17, Andrew Mitchell 13



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Esterkamp's 16 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old forward Dave Esterkamp (200-F-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for Fribourg and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 16 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for Fribourg in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Zurich Wildcats (#10, 1-20) with 72-point margin 116-44. Fribourg maintains the 3rd position in Swiss league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fribourg will need more victories to improve their 14-7 record. Esterkamp has many years of experience at Fribourg, through which he has constantly improved. Dave Esterkamp averages this season 13.2ppg, 7.6rpg and 4.1apg.

Second best performed player last round was Marcus Sloan (205-F-82) of league's second-best Lions de Geneve. He is American forward in his first season at Geneve Lions. In the last game Sloan recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Geneve Lions to another comfortable win 85-66 over the lower-ranked SAM Massagno (#8, 8-13) being unquestionably team leader. Geneve Lions' second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-6 record is not bad at all. Sloan is a newcomer at Geneve Lions 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 another Fribourg's star - forward Steve Smith (200-F-81). Smith scored 21 points. He was another key player of Fribourg, helping his team with a 116-44 easy win against the lower-ranked Zurich Wildcats (#10, 1-20). Fribourg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 7 lost games. Smith has a great season in Switzerland. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (7th best). He also has 2.2spg and FGP: 63.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martin Mihajlovic (208-C-81) of SAV Vacallo - 24 points and 11 rebounds
5. Vernard Hollins (190-G-80) of Starwings - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Yuanta Holland (202-F/C-78) of Fribourg - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) of Fribourg - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Terry Williams (192-G-83) of Fribourg - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Matt Schneiderman (205-F/C-81) of Lugano Tigers - 18 points
10. Cruz Daniels (211-C-85) of BBC Nyon - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Glover, Boncourt22.8 
 2. Reid, Monthey22.2 
 3. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.21.1 
 4. Abukar, Lugano T.20.8 
 5. Brown, Starwings20.6 
 6. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 7. Smith, Fribourg19.7 
 8. Byron, BBC Nyon19.2 
 9. Martin, BBC Nyon18.6 
 10. Yates, Starwings18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.6 
 2. Yates, Starwings10.0 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.9.9 
 4. Thompson, Starw.9.4 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt9.1 
 6. Reid, Monthey9.0 
 7. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.3 
 8. Yates, Monthey8.0 
 9. Sloan, Geneve Lions7.9 
 10. Smith, Fribourg7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.0 
 2. Glover, Boncourt6.1 
 3. Angley, Lugano T.4.8 
 4. Brown, Starwings4.8 
 5. Draughan, Lugano T.4.7 
 6. Sharper, Monthey4.4 
 7. Hollins, Starwings4.2 
 8. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
 9. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Glover, Boncourt4.0 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.7 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.6 
 4. Angley, Lugano T.2.9 
 5. Draughan, Lugano T.2.8 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt2.5 
 7. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.4 
 8. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.2 
 9. Sharper, Monthey2.2 
 10. Smith, Fribourg2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.6 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.2 
 3. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt1.5 
 5. Thompson, Starw.1.5 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.3 
 7. Moris, Monthey1.0 
 8. Ferguson, Zurich W.0.9 
 9. Sanders, Lugano T.0.9 
 10. Vogt, Fribourg0.9 


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Riyadi Beirut reach WABA League semis - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi Beirut - Jeish 84:63

Riyadi Beirut experienced little problems reaching WABA League semifinals. They swept their quarterfinal series against Syrian Jeish. After a road success Riyadi claimed an 84:63 victory in Beirut yesterday. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) came up with 19 points and 19 rebounds to pace the hosts to the victory.
The home team opened the game with an 11:5 run to surge in front. They recorded a 24:11 lead after ten minutes. Jeish stopped the rot in the second term and cut the deficit at 7-point mark at halftime. But Riyadi went on a decisive 25:5 surge in the third term and never looked back en route to the victory. Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) produced 16 points, while Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) and Ali Kanaan (206-F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Mass.-Lowell) contributed 13 points each for Riyadi. Christien Charles (213-F/C-81, college: Villanova) answered with 27 points and 11 rebounds for Jeish. Anthony Jones (196-G-77, college: Ohio) provided 14 points in the losing effort.
Riyadi will take on Mahram of Iran in the semis.

Riyadi: Loren Woods 19+19 boards, Jean Abed El Nour 16, Nathanel Johnson 13, Ali Kanaan 13
Jeish: Christien Charles 27+11 boards, Anthony Jones 14



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Rashad Jennings gets MVP of the Week award for Taiwanese SBL - by Eurobasket News
American Rashad Jennings (203-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Pure Youth and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and twenty two rebounds, while his team crushed Taiwan Mobile (#6, 6-14) with 24-point margin 87-63. Pure Youth maintains the 2nd position in Taiwanese SBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pure Youth will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. Jennings turned to be Pure Youth's top player in his first season with the team. University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jennings. Jennings is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.8ppg) and averages solid 1.2bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old Vincentian forward Alexus Foyle (198-F-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management) of Dacin Tigers. Foyle impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Dacin Tigers cruised to a 103-91 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked KKL (#7, 5-14). This victory allowed Dacin Tigers to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 11-9 record is not bad at all. Foyle is one of the most experienced players at Dacin Tigers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#3). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Shawn Hawkins (198-G/F-82) of KKL (#7). Hawkins got into 30-points club by scoring 40 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds . Despite Hawkins' great performance KKL lost 91-103 to the higher-ranked Dacin Tigers (#3, 11-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. KKL can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 5-14 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hawkins he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hawkins has individually a great season in Taiwan. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.4ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 12.0rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Dove (206-G/F-85) of Taiwan Mobile - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Emmanuel Jones (200-F-85) of Taiwan Beer - 20 points and 12 rebounds
6. Shawn Hawkins (198-G/F-82) of KKL - 32 points and 11 rebounds
7. John Vaudreuil (203-F/C-85) of Bank of Taiwan - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. John Vaudreuil (203-F/C-85) of Bank of Taiwan - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Chih-Chung Chen (185-G-77) of Yulon Luxgen - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Lei Tien (203-F-83) of Dacin Tigers - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  TURKEY   


Pepsi Caserta edge Galatasaray in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Pepsi Caserta 54:64

Pepsi Caserta punched their EuroCup quarterfinal ticket. The Italian team improved at 4-1 record in Group K after the success in Istanbul. The victory also meant Pepsi Caserta will play in the quarterfinals. Galatasaray in the meantime fell at 2-3 record in the group with no chance left to qualify. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) produced 13 points to pace Pepsi Caserta to the victory.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense first quarter. Eric Williams went on a 5-point solo late in the period to put Pepsi Caserta in charge. Aaron Doornekamp (198-F-85, agency: Interperformances) capped the term with a layup as the Italian team earned a 22:14 lead. The visitors opened the second term with six points in a row to boost the advantage. Back-to-back three-pointers from Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) gave Caserta a massive 37:18 lead midway through the second term. Caserta arrived at halftime with a comfortable 41:20 advantage. But Galatasaray turned things around at the start of the second half. The hosts went on a 13:0 rally to narrow the gap. Eric Williams stopped the rot for Caserta. They capped the third term with an 8:2 run to take a 52:40 lead with one quarter remaining. Galatasaray never got closer than eight points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end.
Lukasz Koszarek delivered 10 points for Caserta. Aaron Doornekamp and Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) finished with 8 points each. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) was the only Galatasaray player to score in double digits as he banked 15 points.

Galatasaray: Preston Shumpert 15, Tutku Acik (194-G-80) 9
Pepsi Caserta: Eric Williams 13, Lukasz Koszarek 10, Ebi Ere 8, Aaron Doornekamp 8



Krka registers a place in the EuroChallenge Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Krka-Pinar Karsiyaka 86:81

Krka registers a place in the EuroChallenge Quarterfinals even with one game remaining in Group J. Novo Mesto saw another win of the Slovenian team as they rout Pinar Karsiyaka 86:81.
Jure Balazic (204-F-80) opened the game for the hosts and Rojc later gave them 14:12. Krivec closed the first period at 24:19, while Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) later increased to 35:23. After 28-21 in the frame the hosts enjoyed 52:40 halftime advantage. Moreover Krivec made it 63:48 midway through the third period. Dragic added another two for 67:51 and it seemed the victory would be easy for the hosts. Pinar Karsiyaka was too far to give up and dominated the last period. They nailed 30 points against 19 from the guests, but lost the game shortly. Krivec made the last three free throws for the final victory.
Smiljan Pavic and Jure Balazic top-scored for the Slovenian team with 13 points each for 4-1 record. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) netted 12, while Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) posted 11. Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) ended up with 18 points in defeat as Turkish side dropped to 3-2 record. David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) notched 16 and Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) finished the game with 15.

Krka: Smiljan Pavic 13, Jure Balazic 13, Christopher Booker 12, Goran Ikonic 11
Pinar Karsiyaka: Andre Smith 18, David Holston 16, Osiris Eldridge 15



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Generals roll over the Hawks: Barrett scores 42 - by UBA media
Rasheem Barrett (6'5''-G-87, college: Auburn) turned the VOF Hawks into a personal scoring clinic, as the Generals roll pass the VOF Hawks 119-90.

Barrett racked up a Generals record 42 points and 10 rebounds, Shawn Morgan (6'6''-F, college: Arkansas St.) had 32 points and 10 rebounds, and the speedy guard DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, college: Jacksonville St.) set a UBA record with 20 assist to go along with his 16 points.

Dexter Hall (6'10''-F-78, college: S.Carolina St.) scored 25 points for the Hawks and Nick Clark (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Albany St.) added 20. Eric Duggans (6'0''-G-81) score 20 points also in a losing effort. The Generals now move to 21-4 on the season.


Dallas Stars add Trevon Bryant - by Griselle Martis
The GIE Morrow Disciples agree to send Trevon Bryant (6'10''-F-84, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) to the Dallas Stars. He will play for the traveling Stars until the 2011 UBA playoffs, then he will rejoin the the Disciples. Bryant already made his debut in the UBA scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks vs. against Oklahoma Monday night.

Trevon Bryant arrived in Dallas from Atlanta (GIE Morrow Disciples), where he started this season. He joined them in November, he has yet to appear in a Disciples jersey. 'Trevon is a great player', said coach Mike Davis. We sent him there to get back in overseas shape and rejoin us for the post season. There in no doubt in my mind he wont play in Europe next season. In the past, Bryant has played in Japan, D-League, Uruguay, Chile and Bulgaria. He is a product of the Cal State Dom. Hills, where he was the conferences top shot blocker.



KB Big Brother Bashkimi (Kosovo) add Sam Liggins - by Griselle Martis

Sam Liggins (5'10''-G, college: Alders.-Broad.) will continue his professional career in Europe (Kosovo). The 25-year-old guard signed a deal with KB Big Brother Bashkimi Prizren. Liggins graduated from Alderson-Broaddus in 2009. He tallied 17.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in the senior season. Following a great season Liggins was named 1st Team All-Conference and team Player of the Year.

Sam Liggins was the starting guard for the Southeast Hoopstars on the Universal Basketball Association. He current averaging 16.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 8.1apg.


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UBL News - by Ozzie Denson
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(UBL) What a Day! What a Day! The UALR Fieldhouse was the place to be Saturday in Little Rock AR. When the UBL kick-off its 4th season of Semi-Pro Basketball. The Arkansas Classic future the UBL Northern Division vs Southern Division. The Springfield Thrill got thing rolling at high noon for the North by defeating the Mississippi Tornadoes of the Southern Division. The host team the Arkansas Warriors kept thing going for the North by defeating the Texas Wranglers in the night cap. Giving the Northern Division a 2-0 edge over the Southern Division in non-conference action. By: Pastor Eugene Udell




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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 26-7 
 2. BC Donetsk 25-8 
 3. Azovmash 21-12 
 4. Hoverla 21-13 
 5. Dnipro 17-16 
 6. Mykolaiv 16-17 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 16-17 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 16-17 
 9. BC Odessa 15-19 
 10. DniproAzot 12-21 
 11. Halychyna 12-23 
 12. Khimik 11-22 
 13. BC Kyiv 8-24 


Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
Group A
 1. Avantazh-Pol. 13-7 
 2. Aviastar 13-7 
 3. Dynamo DN 12-6 
 4. Kremen-KNU 9-9 
 5. KTU Krivyi Rih 6-12 
 6. Koksokh-Stal 3-15 
Group B
 1. Cherkasy 21-1 
 2. U-VolinBasket 17-5 
 3. Vinnitsky Zubry 12-8 
 4. Sportlitsey 11-11 
 5. Pulsar 9-11 
 6. Striba 4-16 
 7. Ternopil 0-22 


Higher League Round 26: Avantazh-Politekhnik keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Avantazh-Politekhnik as it allowed them to take a leadership position in League. Avantazh-Politekhnik smashed 6th ranked Koksokh-Stal in Kharkov 95-68. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Koksokh-Stal at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Koksokh-Stal will play next round against KTU Krivyi Rih trying to get back on the winning streak. Avantazh-Politekhnik will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
An interesting game for Aviastar (13-7) which hosted in Zaporozhye 4th ranked Kremen-KNU (9-9). Third ranked Aviastar had an easy win 92-62. Aviastar moved-up to second place in League. Kremen-KNU at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Aviastar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kremen-KNU will play at home against Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for U-VolinBasket (17-5) which played road game in against 4th ranked Sportlitsey (11-11). Second ranked U-VolinBasket had an easy win 85-61. U-VolinBasket maintains second position in League with 17-5 record having just -6 point less than leader Avantazh-Pol. Loser Sportlitsey keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. U-VolinBasket will meet at home Vinnitsky Zubry (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sportlitsey will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Ternopil-TNEU is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 22th consecutive match to third ranked Vinnitsky Zubry (12-8) 90-75. Vinnitsky Zubry maintains third position in League with 12-8 record behind leader Avantazh-Pol. Ternopil-TNEU at the other side still closes the standings with 22 games lost. Vinnitsky Zubry's next round opponent will be league's second-placed U-VolinBasket in Lutsk and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ternopil-TNEU will play at home against Striba (#6) in Chernivchi and hopes to get finally their first victory.



Group A
Aviastar - Kremen-KNU 92-62

An interesting game for Aviastar (13-7) which hosted in Zaporozhye 4th ranked Kremen-KNU (9-9). Third ranked Aviastar had an easy win 92-62. The game without a history. Aviastar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Aviastar moved-up to second place in League. Kremen-KNU at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Aviastar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kremen-KNU will play at home against Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 113847


Avantazh-Pol. - Koksokh-Stal 95-68

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Avantazh-Politekhnik as it allowed them to take a leadership position in League. Avantazh-Politekhnik smashed 6th ranked Koksokh-Stal in Kharkov 95-68. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Koksokh-Stal at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Koksokh-Stal will play next round against KTU Krivyi Rih trying to get back on the winning streak. Avantazh-Politekhnik will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
gschID: 113845


Group B
Vinnitsky Zubry - Ternopil 90-75

Bottom-ranked Ternopil-TNEU is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 22th consecutive match to third ranked Vinnitsky Zubry (12-8) 90-75. Vinnitsky Zubry maintains third position in League with 12-8 record behind leader Avantazh-Pol. Ternopil-TNEU at the other side still closes the standings with 22 games lost. Vinnitsky Zubry's next round opponent will be league's second-placed U-VolinBasket in Lutsk and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ternopil-TNEU will play at home against Striba (#6) in Chernivchi and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 113849


Sportlitsey - U-VolinBasket 61-85

An interesting game for U-VolinBasket (17-5) which played road game in against 4th ranked Sportlitsey (11-11). Second ranked U-VolinBasket had an easy win 85-61. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. U-VolinBasket dominated on the defensive end, holding Sportlitsey to just 7 points in third quarter. U-VolinBasket maintains second position in League with 17-5 record having just -6 point less than leader Avantazh-Pol. Loser Sportlitsey keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. U-VolinBasket will meet at home Vinnitsky Zubry (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sportlitsey will have a break next round.
gschID: 113850




Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.0 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.8 
 3. Washington, BC Od.17.0 
 4. Curry, Azovmash16.9 
 5. Flores, BC Donetsk16.9 
 6. Williams, Halychyna15.0 
 7. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna14.4 
 9. Fraser, DniproAzot14.4 
 10. Karim, DniproAzot14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.2 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.4 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.7 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.2 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Owens, Azovmash7.0 
 8. Hunter, Fe.6.9 
 9. Thomas, Azovmash6.5 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.3 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.1 
 3. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.9 
 4. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 5. Millage, Khimik4.8 
 6. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.3 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.3 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. House, Azovmash1.7 
 3. Love, Mykolaiv1.6 
 4. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Gliebov, BC Donetsk1.4 
 7. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.4 
 8. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
 9. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.2 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.3 
 9. Balashov, BC Odessa1.2 
 10. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 


Harold Jamison join Halychyna - by Alexei Revenko
Today Politekhnika-Halychyna sign a 34 years old american center Harold Jamison (204-C-76, college: Clemson). This season he played in Trabzonspor Basketbol where played 6 games, scored 9.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. During nhis career in Europe he played in Italy, Poland. In 2001 he was Polish League Champion. Last three seasons he played in Carife Ferrara. Early, Harold played in NBA in Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers. Scouts wrote about Harold: 'Many rebounds. Good defender, who likes fast breaks. A dynamic front court player who fills the paint thanks to his massive body, defends very well and grabs a lot of rebounds.'

Aris avoid elimination in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News
Budivelnyk - Aris 73:78

Aris stayed alive in the hunt for EuroCup quarterfinal birth. They surprised Budivelnyk in Kyiv today to improve at 2-3 record in Group J. Budivelnyk in the meantime fell at 3-2 record and failed to seal their next round birth. Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) delivered 24 points to lead the winners.
Bobby Brown opened the game with a three-pointer but the hosts quickly gained the lead. Lamayne Wilson and Dewarick Spencer gave Budivelnyk an 18:11 lead late in the period. The home team secured a 20:14 lead at the first break. The Kyiv team used an 8:1 run midway through the second term to take a 30:20 advantage. William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) opened a double-digit lead for the home side. Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) capped the half with two free throws as Budivelnyk recorded a 42:27 lead. The visitors opened the second half with 12 points in a row to narrow the gap. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) completed a three-point play to give Aris a 44:43 lead midway through the third term. Billy William Keys notched a bunch of points late in the quarter as the hosts regained the lead at 53:50. Aris went on an 11:0 rally early in the fourth period to grab a 65:58 lead. Budivelnyk narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark with a minute remaining but Charalampidis and P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) went deadly from the stripe and sealed the winning outcome. Christos Tapoutos notched 16 points, while P.J. Tucker contributed 15 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. William Keys answered with 17 points for Budivelnyk. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) and Andriy Agafonov netted 12 points apiece in defeat.

Budivelnyk: William Keys 17, Zach Morley 12, Andriy Agafonov 12
Aris: Bobby Brown 24, Christos Tapoutos 16, P.J. Tucker 15+15 boards



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BBL Team Of The Week - Week 22 - by Paul Nilsen
BBL Team Of The Week Week 22

There has probably never been a bigger nor more powerful BBL Team Of The Week during the season than the one drawn up from the array of sparkling performances last weekend. Evoking memories for BBL fans of the Jet-Wash era when John Mookie Thomas was at point and with size to look for all over the court, its rather fitting Cheshire have two players in our line-up this week.

JR Blount (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

It was one of the most impressive results of the weekend and much of the success gained from Riders beating Newcastle Eagles was derived from a truly stellar offensive performance by Blount. He amassed one of the highest scores of the season as he exploded for 40 points after landing 14 of 17 from the field against the title challengers. It wasnt only scoring which the guard excelled at since he also pulled down seven rebounds and dished up 7 assists to complete a terrific all-round display. It meant he accrued a substantial performance valuation of 39 although surprisingly it wasnt the best of the week!

Andrew Sullivan (Mersey Tigers)

The Mersey Tigers are right back at the forefront of the title race after they ripped the Rocks to shreds at Kelvin Hall and much of that was down to Andrew Sullivan who is back in our line-up once again. He grabbed 21 points and showed his versatility offensively by underlining his range with three of four from the arc as well as doing damage inside. While Sullivan has undoubted class, he never allows his work rate to drop and still did the dirty work on the glass to end up with seven boards.

Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) (Cheshire Jets)

Arguably one of the most underrated players in the league, Murray has been an instrumental figure for Jets in several games this season and he produced his best performance of the campaign in the win at Prestige Homes MK Lions. In fact, it was the best display of the weekend as the forward conjured up a magical performance valuation of 41 thanks to some epic three-point shooting. Murray was an eye popping 8 of 9 from downtown on his way to 32 points while he also completed a sparkling double-double by claiming 14 rebounds. In one of the best lines of any player this season, he also added to his good work with 5 assists and 3 steals.

Anthony Rowe (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)

Another player to land a double-double over the weekend, Rowe finished the game against Essex Pirates with 26 points and 10 rebounds. His scoring was an efficient 11 of 14 while he also registered three blocked shots as Raiders ran out comfortable 98-72 winners at the Pavilions. Rowe finally makes the starting five for the first time this season having been named on the bench on several occasions.

Matt Schneck (Cheshire Jets)

It must have seemed like an eternity for Schneck since he last ran out with Jets. It is even longer since he last featured in our line-up way back during week three of the season. Well, he certainly made a big impression and made up for lost time when he finally returned to action with an excellent performance against Guildford Heat to help his team wrap up a weekend win double on the road. The centre finished with 25 points and 8 rebounds.

BBL Team Of The Week

JR Blount (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)
Andrew Sullivan (Mersey Tigers)
Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) (Cheshire Jets)
Anthony Rowe (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)
Matt Schneck (Cheshire Jets)

Off The Bench

Jerome Gumbs (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Quemont Greer (Cheshire Jets), Trey Moore (Newcastle Eagles), Shawn Myers (Prestige Homes MK Lions), Demarius Bolds (Prestige Homes MK Lions), Taner Adu (Essex Pirates)



FLOCKHART IN DUAL SUCCESS - by Sandy Sutherland
Scotland's international centre Simon Flockhart is enjoying a dual
role this season as both coach and player - but not of the same
team.
Flockhart steers the B squad, City of Edinburgh men who turned in a great
defensive second half to overcome Grampian Grizzlies 57-46 in the
Scottish Chairman's Cup quarter-final at Portobello on Feb 19.
City now meet Paisley SG in the semi-final.
Flockhart had dropped in 26 points, one behind Latvian star Ed Rekis for the'big
team' Edinburgh Kings in their 104-58 win over Glasgow Rocks in the men's
Scottish League the previous night.
Paddy Campbell and Mike Kirkpatrick both with 14, Lee Reilly with
13 and Garreth Lodge with 10 helped lift six-man Kings from a
27-21 first quarter and 51-34 half-time lead.
Kings now have two vital clashes with fellow title contenders St
Mirren at Paisley's Lagoon Centre on Friday February 25 and at
Portobello eight days later.
But Kings' last regular season game will be at home to East
Lothian Peregrines a week on Sunday, a game which could decide the
league.
Peregrines served notice that they will be no push-overs with a
90-77 home romp over table-propping Dunfermline Reign at
Musselburgh on March 17, Grant Gibson netting 27 and Mike McGregor 23.


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Jeremy BELL
  Cheshire Jets
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.9 
 2. Moore, Newcastle22.8 
 3. Smith, Newcastle21.1 
 4. Blount, Leices.20.5 
 5. Greer, Cheshire.20.4 
 6. Zabas, Plymouth20.3 
 7. Dagostino, Sheffi.20.2 
 8. Nelson, MK Lions20.0 
 9. Gilbert, Worcester20.0 
 10. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn MYERS
  MK Lions
  (198-G/F-69)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Myers, MK Lions10.1 
 2. Durant, Worthing9.5 
 3. Rowe, Plymouth9.4 
 4. Nottley, Worthing9.3 
 5. Missere, Leices.9.0 
 6. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.9 
 7. Polk, Plymouth8.7 
 8. Greer, Cheshire.8.7 
 9. Williams, Sheffi.8.4 
 10. Toney, Liverpoo.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.2 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.6 
 3. Zabas, Plymouth5.3 
 4. Bolds, MK Lions4.8 
 5. Middleton, Worce.4.4 
 6. Blount, Leices.4.3 
 7. Patton, Sheffi.4.0 
 8. Bell, Cheshire Jets4.0 
 9. Missere, Leices.3.9 
 10. Chapman, Newcastle3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bolds, MK Lions3.0 
 2. Middleton, Worce.2.4 
 3. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.3 
 4. Gumbs, Plymouth2.2 
 5. Moore, Newcastle2.1 
 6. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.1.9 
 7. Clark, MK Lions1.9 
 8. Greer, Cheshire.1.9 
 9. Harrison, Glasgow .1.9 
 10. Murray, Cheshire.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Plymouth
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Polk, Plymouth2.0 
 2. Missere, Leices.1.8 
 3. Richard, Newcastle1.6 
 4. Potter, Leices.1.1 
 5. Sturt, Essex P.1.1 
 6. Williams, Sheffi.0.9 
 7. Dobbins, Worcester0.9 
 8. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 9. Rowe, Plymouth0.7 
 10. Janusauskas, Guildf.0.6 


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Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 27
 1. Villegas, Olimpia27.0 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Hayes, Cordon23.3 
 7. Aguiar, Hebraica23.2 
 8. Taboada, Bigua21.7 
 9. Coleman, Bohemios20.3 
 10. Puckett, Aguada19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 4. Sweetney, Bigua10.6 
 5. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 6. Matthews, Defensor9.7 
 7. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 8. Dilligard, Olimpia9.5 
 9. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
 10. Kanis, Trouville9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.1 
 2. Martinez, Malvin5.5 
 3. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.5 
 5. Gonzalez, Defensor5.3 
 6. Muro, Aguada5.0 
 7. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 8. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
 9. Vidal, Bigua4.4 
 10. Osimani, Montevideo4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville2.5 
 3. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 4. Latham, Anastasia2.2 
 5. Aguilera, Trouville2.1 
 6. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 7. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 8. Giacometti, Cader1.9 
 9. Viera, Anastasia1.9 
 10. Woodward, Defensor1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia3.9 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Newsome, Malvin2.2 
 4. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 5. Wilborn, Bigua2.0 
 6. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 7. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 8. Freije, Hebraica1.8 
 9. Bortz, Malvin1.8 
 10. Kanis, Trouville1.7 


Bigua took a 2-0 lead for the LUB semifinal games - by Hector Lopez
Bigua, number 1 during the regular season, took a 2-0 lead over Aguada after winning 73-58 a semifinal game for the best of five. Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) scored 17 points for the winner, while Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) netted 14 with 12 rebounds. For Aguada Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, college: Clayton St.) scorted 17 points with 12 rebounds and Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) added 4 points with 6 rebounds and Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group) scored 8 points with 9 assists. Bigua took a 21 points lead (40-19) with dos minutes to play during the second quarter. Aguada after a 29-15 points was just seven points behind (48-55) after two minutes played for the last quarter, but Bigua netted 12/14 free throws to recover a clear lead.



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Women News

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  BELGIUM - Women  


Alisha Tatham claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Canadian Alisha Tatham (180-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Point Chaud and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 24-year old guard had a double-double of 31 points and eleven rebounds, while her team beat Ieper (#5, 9-8) in overtime 73-68. Point Chaud is placed at 10th position in Belgian D1. 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. Point Chaud have already lost 12 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Tatham had a remarkable 63.2% from 2-point range. She turned to be Point Chaud's top player in her first season with the team.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old Hungarian center Katalin Kurtozi (193-C-81, agency: LBM Management) of R.Spirou M.. Kurtozi impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Of course R.Spirou M. cruised to a 72-65 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Willebroek (#9, 5-12). R.Spirou M.'s 6th position in the standings has not changed. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Kurtozi is one of the most experienced players at R.Spirou M. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was international center Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) of Ieper (#5). Meesseman scored 26 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Meesseman's great performance Ieper lost 68-73in overtime to the lower-ranked Point Chaud (#10, 5-12). But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Ieper needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 8 lost games.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Melissa Dennett (188-F-83) of Sint Kateline - 18 points and 10 rebounds
5. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) of Sint Kateline - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) of Waregem - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Noemie Mayombo (171-G-91) of Point Chaud - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vreny Van Driel (176-G-88) of BBC Boom - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Antonia Delaere (174-G-94) of BBC Boom - 21 points and 4 assists
10. Lien Lentacker (184-F/C-90) of Jeugd Gentson - 14 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)


D1 Round 19: Sint Kateline Waver loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in D1 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. It ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Round 19 in D1 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Waregem where host Declercq Stortbeton (14-3) beat league's leader Sint Kateline Waver (13-3) 65-57 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sint Kateline Waver. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 22-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The former international forward Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) fired 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International guard Julie Vanloo (172-93) chipped in 17 points. International swingman Sara Leemans (178-88) produced 24 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Declercq Stortbeton have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Sint Kateline Waver dropped to the second place with three games lost. They share the position with BBC Boom. They were replaced at the leadership position by Waregem. Sint Kateline Waver will play next round against Jeugd Gentson trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Declercq Stortbeton will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Bottom-ranked Point Chaud managed to get the third consecutive victory. This time they won against fourth-ranked Blue Cats in Sprimont 73-68. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian guard Alisha Tatham (180-86, college: Massachusetts) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. Noemie Mayombo contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International center Emma Meesseman (188-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks for Blue Cats. The victory was the third consecutive win for Point Chaud. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Willebroek. Blue Cats lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Point Chaud will play against higher ranked BBC Boom (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Blue Cats will play against Tulikivi in Deerlijk and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Houthalen supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked BBC Boom (13-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Houthalen (6-11). BBC Boom smashed Houthalen 83-61 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Antonia Delaere who led her team to a victory scoring 21 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Annelies Blommaers responded with 21 points. BBC Boom moved-up to second place, which they share with Sint Kateline. Houthalen at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Jeugd Gentson. BBC Boom will meet at home Point Chaud (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Houthalen will play against R.Spirou Monceau in Charleroi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Willebroek was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked R.Spirou Monceau (7-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Basket Groot (5-12). R.Spirou Monceau managed to secure a 7-point victory 72-65. It was an exceptional evening for Katalin Kurtozi who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Basket Groot's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. R.Spirou Monceau maintains sixth place with 7-9 record. Basket Groot lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. R.Spirou Monceau's next round opponent will be Houthalen (#7) at home. Basket Groot will play against Dexia Namur.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Gent. Local Jeugd Gentson (6-11) outscored 10th ranked Tulikivi (4-13) 69-47 on Saturday night. Lien Lentacker fired 14 points and 8 rebounds 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. Jeugd Gentson moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Houthalen. Newly promoted Tulikivi dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Jeugd Gentson will face league's second-placed Sint Kateline Waver on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tulikivi will play against Blue Cats (#5) in Ieper.


Jeugd Gentson - Deerlijk 69-47

The game with biggest result difference took place in Gent. Local Jeugd Gentson (6-11) outscored 10th ranked Tulikivi (4-13) 69-47 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Jeugd Gentson led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Power forward Lien Lentacker (184-90) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Lieselot Malfait (190-87, college: IPFW) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Ann-Sofie Boucherie (175-81) produced 18 points and center Evelien Maes (184-80) added 6 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. Jeugd Gentson moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Houthalen. Newly promoted Tulikivi dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Jeugd Gentson will face league's second-placed Sint Kateline Waver on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tulikivi will play against Blue Cats (#5) in Ieper.
Top scorers:
Jeugd Gentson: L.Lentacker 14+8reb+1ast, L.Malfait 12+7reb+2ast, E.VanHonacker 9+2reb+2ast, E.De Stoop 9+9reb+1ast, J.Vermeire 8+1reb+2ast, L.Platteau 8+1reb
Deerlijk: A.Boucherie 18+3reb+2ast, E.Maes 6+14reb, E.Verbeest 6+3reb+1ast, C.Mortier 4, M.Remmerie 4+3reb, S.Storme 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 101489


Houthalen - BBC Boom 61-83

The game in Houthalen supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked BBC Boom (13-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Houthalen (6-11). BBC Boom smashed Houthalen 83-61 on Sunday. The game without a history. BBC Boom led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for guard Antonia Delaere (174-94) who led her team to a victory scoring 21 points and 4 assists. Guard Vreny Van Driel (176-88) helped adding 15 points and 6 assists (made all of her eight free throws). Four BBC Boom players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Annelies Blommaers (176-83) responded with 21 points and Dutch power forward Emmelie Geraedts (190-85, college: California) scored 11 points. BBC Boom moved-up to second place, which they share with Sint Kateline. Houthalen at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Jeugd Gentson. BBC Boom will meet at home Point Chaud (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Houthalen will play against R.Spirou Monceau in Charleroi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BBC Boom: A.Delaere 21+1reb+4ast, D.Boonen 16, V.Van Driel 15+2reb+6ast, C.Arts 14, E.Lauwers 7, I.Van den Vonder 5+1reb
Houthalen: A.Blommaers 21+2ast, S.Bas 12, E.Geraedts 11+1reb, C.Custermans 8+2reb, N.Crelot 5+1reb, K.Bartholomeeus 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 101490


Waregem - Sint Kateline 65-57

Round 19 in D1 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Waregem where host Declercq Stortbeton (14-3) beat league's leader Sint Kateline Waver (13-3) 65-57 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sint Kateline Waver. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 22-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The former international forward Nele Deyaert (186-79) fired 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International guard Julie Vanloo (172-93) chipped in 17 points. International swingman Sara Leemans (178-88) produced 24 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Melissa Dennett (188-83, college: Colorado St.) added 18 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Declercq Stortbeton have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Sint Kateline Waver dropped to the second place with three games lost. They share the position with BBC Boom. They were replaced at the leadership position by Waregem. Sint Kateline Waver will play next round against Jeugd Gentson trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Declercq Stortbeton will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Waregem: N.Deyaert 18+9reb+3ast, J.Vanloo 17+1reb+2ast, L.Delmulle 10+2reb+1ast, J.Raman 8+4reb+2ast, H.Ben Abdelkader 6+3reb, T.Van Respaille 4+7reb+1ast
Sint Kateline: S.Leemans 24+5reb+2ast, M.Dennett 18+10reb+1ast, D.Van Dessel 7+1reb+1ast, M.Celus 5+2reb, H.Mestdagh 3+4reb, J.Goyvaerts 0
gschID: 101486


Willebroek - R.Spirou M. 65-72

The game in Willebroek was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked R.Spirou Monceau (7-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Basket Groot (5-12). R.Spirou Monceau managed to secure a 7-point victory 72-65. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Basket Groot won third quarter 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Basket Groot 38-21 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Hungarian center Katalin Kurtozi (193-81, college: St.John's, agency: LBM Management) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. International forward Virginie Michiels (182-87) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. Four R.Spirou Monceau players scored in double figures. Guard Heleen Adams (173-94) came up with 17 points and center Kristien Callebaut (182-80) added 12 points respectively for Basket Groot in the defeat. Basket Groot's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. R.Spirou Monceau maintains sixth place with 7-9 record. Basket Groot lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. R.Spirou Monceau's next round opponent will be Houthalen (#7) at home. Basket Groot will play against Dexia Namur.
Top scorers:
R.Spirou M.: K.Kurtozi 18+14reb+1ast, S.Signore 14+4reb, V.Michiels 14+4reb+1ast, M.Hamaide 13+1reb, P.Frassanito 4+1reb, V.Kara 4+2reb+1ast
Willebroek: H.Adams 17+2reb, K.Hendrickx 13, K.Callebaut 12+3reb, L.Roebben 9+3reb, I.Beaurang 5, H.Hedebouw 5+6reb
gschID: 101487


Point Chaud - Ieper 73-68 OT

Bottom-ranked Point Chaud managed to get the third consecutive victory. This time they won against fourth-ranked Blue Cats in Sprimont 73-68. The hosts were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 13-8. Point Chaud forced 19 Blue Cats turnovers and outrebounded them 54-41 including 23 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian guard Alisha Tatham (180-86, college: Massachusetts) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Noemie Mayombo (171-91, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International center Emma Meesseman (188-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Valerie Boydens (175-84) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Blue Cats. The victory was the third consecutive win for Point Chaud. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Willebroek. Blue Cats lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Point Chaud will play against higher ranked BBC Boom (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Blue Cats will play against Tulikivi in Deerlijk and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Point Chaud: A.Tatham 31+11reb+2ast, N.Mayombo 23+5reb+2ast, C.Ibekwe 11+16reb, X.Smeets 5+8reb+1ast, H.Kreemers 3+7reb+1ast, L.Lonay 0
Ieper: E.Meesseman 26+15reb+1ast, V.Boydens 19+6reb+1ast, M.Versavel 7+5reb, S.Devliegher 6+6reb+3ast, A.Plasman 4+2reb+1ast, N.Surgeloose 3
gschID: 101488




D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alisha TATHAM
  Point Chaud
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Tatham, Point C.21.4 
 2. Leemans, Sint K.21.3 
 3. Meesseman, Ieper19.5 
 4. Mayombo, Point C.16.7 
 5. Decroos, BBC Boom16.5 
 6. VanMalderen, Dexia N.16.1 
 7. Dennett, Sint K.16.0 
 8. Gaither, Dexia N.15.0 
 9. Wilkins, Point Chaud14.5 
 10. Boonen, BBC Boom14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Meesseman, Ieper11.5 
 2. Dennett, Sint K.10.6 
 3. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.5 
 4. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.8.8 
 5. Van Respaill., Wareg.8.5 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.8.3 
 7. Tatham, Point C.8.0 
 8. Malfait, Jeugd G.8.0 
 9. Ibekwe, Point C.7.3 
 10. Deyaert, Waregem7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Leemans, Sint K.3.0 
 2. Devliegher, Ieper2.3 
 3. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 4. Vanloo, Waregem2.0 
 5. Degels, Jeugd G.2.0 
 6. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.0 
 7. Boonen, BBC Boom1.9 
 8. Van Dessel, Sint K.1.8 
 9. Dubuc, Dexia Namur1.7 
 10. Boucquey, Waregem1.7 
Steals Per Game
 Irina MEDVEDEVA
  Waregem
  (190-F/C-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Medvedeva, Waregem2.3 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper2.2 
 3. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 4. Gaither, Dexia N.2.2 
 5. Van De Bruae., Deerl.2.2 
 6. Deneil, Dexia Namur2.1 
 7. De Bondt, Deerlijk2.0 
 8. Ballau, R.Spirou.1.9 
 9. Versavel, Ieper1.9 
 10. Degels, Jeugd G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Meesseman, Ieper3.4 
 2. Boonen, BBC Boom2.0 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.1.4 
 4. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.1.4 
 5. Gaither, Dexia N.1.2 
 6. Malfait, Jeugd G.1.0 
 7. Lentacker, Jeugd G.1.0 
 8. Raman, Waregem0.8 
 9. Medvedeva, Waregem0.6 
 10. Arts, BBC Boom0.6 


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Waregem 14-3 
 2. Sint Kateline 13-3 
 3. BBC Boom 13-3 
 4. Dexia Namur 11-7 
 5. Ieper 9-9 
 6. R.Spirou M. 7-9 
 7. Houthalen 6-11 
 8. Jeugd Gentson 6-11 
 9. Point Chaud 5-12 
 10. Willebroek 5-12 
 11. Deerlijk 4-13 


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  BOSNIA - Women  


15-th round of the BiH Championship for women - by Senad Sadikovic
At the 15-th round of the BiH Championship for women, season 2010/2011, there were scored the next results:
In Sarajevo the leading team had no troubles, KK ELJEZNICAR - KK TREBINJE 92 - 48
In East Sarajevo former champion of BiH has suffered a heavy defeat and stayed in the last part of the score table, KK IGMAN - KK BORAC 88 - 65
Second-placed team KK Mladi Krajinik didn't come to Banovici, so the board will concider this situation.
There was a bit thightnes in Tomislav Grad, KK TOMISLAV - KK RUDAR SPORT 69 - 55


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Santo Andre and Ourinhos to fight in the Final - by Eurobasket News
Santo Andre and Ourinhis reached Liga Feminino Final. They celebrated victories in decisive fifth game of their respective semifinal series yesterday.
Santo Andre held off Acucar 62:59 to win the series. Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) fired 28 points to lead the winning effort. Acucar led by one point after a close first quarter 17:16. But Santo Andre gradually took over. The hosts secured a narrow 51:49 lead with one quarter to go. The teams stayed close in the final minutes but Micaela Jacintho proved the difference piloting the hosts to the valuable victory. Ega Garvao (186-C-77) nailed 15 points for Santo Andre. Silvia Gustavo (182-F-82) answered with 21 points for Acucar. Palmira Marcal (178-G-84) notched 18 points in defeat.
Ourinhos tamed Americana on the road 66:63 to clinch the birth in the championship series. Chuca De Oliveira (180-F/G-79) produced 19 points and 9 caroms for Ourinhos. Yakelyn Plutin (186-F-79) netted 16 points in the victory. Ourinhos surprised Americana early on. The visitors grabbed a 37:28 lead at the interval. Americana failed to get any closer in the third term. The hosts went on a desperate rally in the final term but came up short of victory at the end. Mama Dantas (193-C-78) chipped in 13 points for Americana.



Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ariadna FELIPE
  Santo Andre
  (179-G/F-83)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Felipe, Santo Andre17.9 
 2. Silvestre, Sao C.15.0 
 3. Da Costa, Basque.14.8 
 4. Martins, Americana14.3 
 5. Jacintho, Santo A.14.3 
 6. Santos, Acucar14.0 
 7. Crepaldi, Basque.13.9 
 8. Marcal, Acucar13.8 
 9. de Sousa, Joinville12.7 
 10. Santos Luz, Acucar12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clarissa SANTOS
  Acucar
  (182-C-88)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Santos, Acucar11.3 
 2. Da Costa, Basque.11.0 
 3. Nascimiento, Basque.10.4 
 4. Gomes, Sao Caetano9.0 
 5. Ferreira, Sao C.8.4 
 6. Lima, Santo Andre7.6 
 7. Plutin, Ourinhos7.0 
 8. Garvao, Santo Andre6.7 
 9. da Silva, Joinville6.5 
 10. Felipe, Santo Andre6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bethania VASCONCELOS
  Ourinhos
  (178-G/F-81)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Vasconcelos, Ourin.4.9 
 2. Mares Burian, Acu.4.7 
 3. de Souza, Ourinhos4.0 
 4. Honorio, Americana3.8 
 5. de Oliveira, Santo A.3.2 
 6. Veneza, Basquete.3.2 
 7. Santos Luz, Acucar3.0 
 8. da Silva, M.Petrob.3.0 
 9. Garvao, Santo Andre2.9 
 10. Santos Luz, Ameri.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lais DE SOUSA
  Joinville
  (176-F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. de Sousa, Joinville2.5 
 2. Martins, Americana2.5 
 3. de Souza, Ourinhos2.4 
 4. Jacintho, Santo A.2.4 
 5. Duarte, M.Petrob.2.0 
 6. Lacerda, M.Petrob.2.0 
 7. De Oliveira, Ourinhos2.0 
 8. Marcal, Acucar1.8 
 9. Mares Burian, Acu.1.8 
 10. Felipe, Santo Andre1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Isis NASCIMIENTO
  Basquete Clube
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Nascimiento, Basque.2.4 
 2. Gomes, Sao Caetano1.1 
 3. Lima, Santo Andre1.1 
 4. Garvao, Santo Andre0.9 
 5. Caetano De S., Americ.0.8 
 6. de Souza, Joinville0.8 
 7. Jacintho, Santo A.0.6 
 8. Santos, Acucar0.5 
 9. Da Costa, Basque.0.5 
 10. Andrade, Sao C.0.5 


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  CANADA - Women  


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
AUS
 1. Cape Breton 11-3 
 2. New Brunsw. 8-3 
 3. St.Francis X. 7-4 
 4. Memorial 7-5 
 5. St.Mary's 7-7 
 6. Acadia 5-6 
 7. Dalhousie 3-8 
 8. UPEI 0-12 
Canada West
 1. Saskatchewan 14-2 
 2. Alberta 14-4 
 3. Regina 13-3 
 4. Winnipeg 13-3 
 5. UBC 13-5 
 6. Victoria 13-5 
 7. UFV 8-8 
 8. Thompson R. 7-11 
 9. Calgary 6-10 
 10. Manitoba 4-12 
 11. Lethbridge 4-14 
 12. Trinity West. 1-17 
 13. Brandon 0-16 
QSSF
 1. McGill 8-1 
 2. UQAM 5-4 
 3. Concordia 5-5 
 4. Laval 3-6 
 5. Bishop's 2-7 
UOA East
 1. Carleton 12-2 
 2. Toronto Univ. 11-4 
 3. Ottawa 9-5 
 4. Ryerson 6-9 
 5. York 5-10 
 6. Laurentian 4-11 
 7. Queen's 3-12 
 8. RMC 1-14 
UOA West
 1. Western 12-2 
 2. Windsor 11-2 
 3. Lakehead 10-4 
 4. Laurier 10-4 
 5. Brock 9-5 
 6. Guelph 8-6 
 7. McMaster 3-10 
 8. Waterloo 0-14 


Lions clinch sixth in OUA East with Friday win - by Eurobasket News
In a critical final game of the regular season, the York University Lions women's basketball team held off the Laurentian Lady Vees in a heart-stopping 70-68 victory to lock down the sixth seed in the OUA East Division.

As the sixth seeds, the Lions (7-15) have advanced to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. The Lady Vees (5-17) were eliminated from the post-season with the loss.

The Lions earned the two-point win thanks to a strong third quarter in which they outscored the Lady Vees 27-9 to open up a 60-47 lead before the final frame. It was the only quarter the Lions topped the Lady Vees, but in the end it proved to be enough.

York did not get off to the best of starts as Laurentian took the early lead, putting up eight points in the first few minutes of the game.

Laurentian's run was finally stopped by Nadia Qahwash (170-G) (Kitchener, Ont.) who drove hard to the basket, giving the Lions their first points of the contest.

The Lions closed within three points after the first quarter when Emily Perras (175-G) (Lindsay, Ont.) made a pair of critical three-point throws as time wound down.

The Lady Vees got off to another quick start in the second when guard Katie Goggins stole the ball off the opening pass and took it back for an easy lay-up. Throughout the first half the Lady Vees controlled the game, but the Lions managed to stay close and were down by just five at the half, 38-33.

It was in the third quarter that the Lions really started to light things up, finally passing the Lady Vees for the lead.

Guards Brittany Szockyj (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.) and Qahwash made several quick passes to each other to push the ball up the court and into the net, giving the Lions a number of baskets.

Just when it looked as though the Lady Vees were out of the game, they came back strong in the final quarter. With two minutes remaining they closed to within four point, and with 30 seconds on the clock they narrowed that gap to two. The Lady Vees then drove hard to the basket with second remaining in an attempt to send the game to overtime, but they could not sink the lay-up as time expired.

York's Llyandra Kerr (175-F) (Markham, Ont.) jumped up to recover the ball and held on for the final seconds to give York the playoff spot.

A key element to the Lions' victory was Laurentian's low shooting percentage. The team went just 26-for-71 from the floor to shoot just 36.6 per cent, while the Lions countered with a shooting percentage of 47.5 per cent. Forward Lisa Furchner led all players in the game with 24 points.

Meanwhile, Szockyj had another consistent scoring effort, leading the Lions with 17 points while adding four rebounds and four assists. Kerr recorded a game-high 13 rebounds and added 12 points.

Also scoring in double digits for the Lions were Qahwash and Perras, who each contributed 14 points.

The Lions will begin post-season play on the road in Ottawa against the Gee-Gees, who finished third in the OUA East with a 13-8 record. The first-round game will be played on Wednesday (Feb. 23).

By Andrew Fletcher, sport writing assistant
Courtesy of: http://www.yorkulions.ca


CIS women's basketball Saturday roundup: Gee-Gees upset rival No. 4 Ravens in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Waterloo 39 McMaster 80
Hamilton, Ont. - The McMaster women's basketball team handily defeated the Waterloo Warriors in their last game of the 2010-11 season at the Burridge Gym Saturday afternoon. The Marauders began the game leading and never looked back as they defeated the Warriors 80-39.
Alyska Lukan (185-F-89) (Barrie, Ont.) had a game-high 19 points in the blow-out win.

McMaster took an early lead in the first five minutes of the quarter, 10-5, and continually dominated in the paint. By the end of the first the Marauders were up an astounding 22-8.

In the second, the Warriors found a scoring touch as they scored 14 points but McMaster was relentless as they scored another 21. The score going into halftime was 43-22.

The 21 point lead continued to grow as McMaster's defence combined with their stellar offence allowed the gap to grow to 30 points. Elizabeth Burns (Hamilton, Ont.) scored 17 points for the Marauders. In the fourth, the Warriors scored a measly four points to McMaster's 20 and the game would end with a 40+ point spread.

Joining Lukan and Burns on the high scoring list was forward Taylor Chiarot (Hamilton, Ont.) with 13 points and eight rebounds. Point guard Vanessa Bonomo (Dundas, Ont.) scored another 12 for the Marauders and Jaklynn Nimec (Binbrook, Ont.) grabbed nine rebounds in the win.

No Warriors reached double digits in the blowout but Sabrina Brathwaite recorded a game-high 11 rebounds.

Source: Lindsay Franco, Athletic Communications Assistant


Laurier 68 Brock 55

Windsor 75 Guelph 54
Guelph, Ont. - The Windsor Lancers showed why they are the number two team in the country Saturday afternoon, defeating the Guelph Gryphons 75-54 in Alexa Yallin's and Kara Muhlhausen (173-G)s's final home games as Gryphons.
With the loss, the Gryphon's finish the season with a record of 9-13, while Windsor improves to 20-2 on the year.

The Gryphons were led by Ali Dzikowski's (Brantford, Ont.) 16 points. Meanwhile Kara Muhlhausen (Belleville, Ont.) and Jasmine Douglas (Guelph, Ont.) netted nine apiece. Alex Yallin (Port Colborne, Ont.) scored six in her final game.

For the Lancers, Jessica Clemencon led all scorers with 20 points to go with 10 rebounds. Bojana Kovacevic scored 16, while Miah Maria Langlois added 15 to go with six assists.

The Gryphon's were able to keep up with the talented Lancers in the first quarter thanks to timely three-point shooting. While the Gryphon's were unable to get anything going inside against the much larger Lancers, they kept close trailing by four after the first quarter.

Unfortunately, Windor's size advantage forced the Gryphon's into foul trouble, and they were unable to keep the gap close for very long. After tying the game up at 23 apiece midway through the second quarter, the Lancers closed the quarter on a 19-4, putting the Gryphon's into a sizable hole which they could not recover from.

Both teams traded baskets in the third, but Guelph was unable to cut the deficit to single digits, and the Lancers held on in the fourth with the game very much decided.

The Gryphon's would like to thank Alexandra Yallin and Kara Muhlhausen for all of their accomplishments over their careers. Each has worn the Guelph name with pride, and both will be truly missed.

The Gryphons finish the regular season sixth in the OUA and will now travel to play the third place Laurier Golden Hawks in an OUA West playoff game. The game will take place this Wednesday (Feb. 23) at 6:00 pm in Waterloo. Stay tuned in to gryphons.ca for the most up-to-date information.

Source: Guelph Sports Info


Cape Breton 68 UNB 71
As the UNB women's basketball team entered the LB Gym for their final regular season game of the season, it was also the final game for the program in the gym after 70 years before moving to the new Richard J. Currie Center next season.
Up against a tough opponent in the Cape Breton Capers in a statement game concerning who is the top dog in women's basketball for the AUS, the hometown UNB Varsity Reds opened the scoring on a 6-0 run with Amanda Sharpe sinking the first two baskets.

CBU tightened the score with their own 4-0 run, before both teams traded baskets for the remainder of the quarter with UNB taking a lead out of the first 20-16.

After an even start both teams kept the offence coming in the second quarter with the Varsity Reds coming out on top at the end of the second quarter 40-27 after a handful of runs, including a 9-0 run to end the half.

Unlike last week where the Varsity Reds came out of both halftime breaks on fire, in the third quarter it was the Capers time to bounce back and close in on the hot UNB squad. With little offence coming from UNB it was all CBU's Jahlica Kimon on offence.

There were no big runs for the Capers, but by the end of the quarter UNB's lead had been chipped away at from the 13 points to only five points going into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter was more offence power from Kimon and Kari Everett of CBU as they kept creeping closer to UNB closing to within two at 66-64 with just under four minutes remaining in the game.

Both teams traded baskets with UNB eventually getting two back-to-back to put a final lock on the win. CBU would get to within two again with just under five seconds left, but that is as close as they would get as the Varsity Reds took the game 71-68.

Leading the Varsity Reds in scoring was Sharpe, with 23 points, but that was no easy task being matched up against the 6'2 Haywood. Sharpe gave credit to her team getting her the ball to put herself in a good position.

It was my teammates, she said. I've said it so much. I don't know how they get me the ball sometimes. I'm really undersized compared to Cape Breton's posts. They (teammates) do such a great job getting me the ball as soon as I'm open.

I don't think I've played against someone that has blocked me that much so lots of props to her. They are really good defenders so I had to use all my moves tonight.

This was also Sharpe's last game to be played in the LB Gym with a Varsity Reds jersey and although that is a big moment in itself she says getting the win is just as huge.

It is bittersweet that this is the last time I will play here and it's kind of cool to go out here with the pit, she said. It was a great win and we're going to use this great energy to get us through playoffs.

With this win the Varsity Reds have now jumped four points ahead of Cape Breton, but UNB head coach Jeff Speedy is not too concerned as to if his team finishes first or second, so long as they get the bye.

I would like to finish first or second to be honest with you 'cause that gets you a first round bye through the playoffs, said Speedy. Our league doesn't give you a banner for winning the league in conference play. They only give you a banner in March. It would be like to finish in first or second and this win gives us a chance to do that.

This weekend was also huge for UNB, welcoming back to the lineup Megan Corby (162-G). Speedy couldn't say enough about how important it is to have her healthy and on the court.

Oh my gosh. She is one of the best point guards in the country, he said. She does so many things that a lot of people don't even notice. Our confidence goes through the roof when she's back there.

The two-headed monster we have with Leah and Megan playing the point is pretty hard to stop. If either one of them is hurt it puts so much pressure on the other to have a perfect game. Leah had a great weekend last weekend, but I'd sooner go to battle with both of them.

Next weekend UNB will travel to Antigonish and Sydney for their final games of the regular season.

Source: UNB Sports Info


StFX 61 Memorial 58

Dalhousie 63 Acadia 83

Concordia 56 McGill 77

Laval 69 Bishop's 68
LENNOXVILLE, Que. Marie-Michelle Genois scored 29 points to lead the Laval Rouge et Or over the Bishop's Gaiters, 69-68, in Quebec University Basketball League women's action on Saturday night at the Mitchell Gym. The fifth-year centre added nine rebounds and three blocks as Laval scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to edge the Gaiters and clinch a playoff spot.
The Gaiters grabbed the lead early, ending the first quarter with a 20-11 lead. The Gaiters stretched that lead to as many as 15 points at 6:30 in the second-quarter and took a 36-27 lead into halftime. The Gaiters held onto that lead until Laval went on an 8-0 run which was capped off by a Genois jumper at 4:22 to tie the game at 57-57.

Sandrine Ducruc (183-F-88) put the Rouge et Or ahead 64-63 with 1:20 left with the score 64-63, giving Laval their first lead since their 2-0 first-quarter lead. Laval pushed the lead to 69-65 in the last minute, but a Bailey Trafford (Centreville, N.B.) converted a three-point play to pull the Gaiters to within one at 69-68 with 25 seconds to go. After Laval bled the clock on their last possession, the Gaiters had one second left to keep their playoff hopes alive. However, their inbounds pass was deflected and the home side could not get a shot off.

The Gaiters were led by Jessy Roy (Val-d'Or, Que.) who scored 15 points while adding four assists. Fifth year guards Mlanie Ouellet-Godcharles (Gatineau, Que.) and Katy Germain (Val d'Or, Que.) scored 11 and eight points respectively in their final home games as Gaiters. Trafford and Gabrielle Ct-Caouette (Quebec City, Que.) were the only other Gaiters with double figures with ten points each.

Laval was also helped by Ducruc who came off the bench to score 17, while Elyse Jobin who scored 13 while grabbing eight rebounds.

The Gaiters went 7-for-16 on three-pointers with Laval going 2-for-14. The Rouge et Or outrebounded Bishop's 39-27, and the Gaiters were troubled by poor free-throw shooting hitting 53% (9-17) of their attempts.

With the win Laval (8-15, 8-15 CIS, 5-10 QUBL) knocked Bishop's (8-17, 8-16 CIS, 3-12 QUBL) out of the playoffs as they clinched fourth place in the QUBL standings.

Bishop's will close out their 2010-2011 season next Saturday as they visit Concordia. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

Source: Bishop's Sports Info


Lakehead 38 Western 58

Manitoba 60 Regina 71
REGINA Regina scored 18 consecutive points during a furious six-minute run that spanned the third and fourth quarters and went on to claim a 71-60 win over Manitoba on Saturday at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
Lindsay Ledingham (183-G/F-90) scored a team-high 20 points for the Cougars and added 11 rebounds to register her fourth double-double of the season. Joanna Zalesiak wasn't too far off a triple-double, ending up with 14 rebounds, nine points, and eight assists.

Mubo Ilelaboye led all players with 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds for Manitoba (8-16), while Allison Balasko and Vanessa De Vries both chipped in with nine. DeVries added a team-leading nine rebounds.

The Cougars will now prepare to host a best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series against the Victoria. The first game of the series is scheduled for Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the CKHS.

Source: Regina Sports Info


Carleton 68 Ottawa 72
After losing in double overtime to the Ravens at the Capital Hoops Classic less than a month ago, the Gee-Gees were out to exact revenge tonight at home. And despite a dreary beginning and being forced to overtime once again, the Gee-Gees triumphed over their cross-town rivals in a 72-68 win.
Three-pointers were on fire for the Ravens in the first quarter, and four treys in the first ten minutes did much to account for Carleton's 27-11 lead after the frame.

But it was early in the second frame when second-year guard Kayte Chase, Cornwall, Ont., lit the spark with her aggressive play that began the Gee-Gees turnaround. The Gee-Gees matched the Ravens throughout the second frame, but were still down by 14 at half.

The second half belonged to the garnet and grey as they tore into the Ravens lead with a 19-point run. With the crowd chanting 'defense' in encouragement of the comeback, the Gee-Gees took control of the boards and tripped up the Ravens with their full court press pressure.

The Ravens weren't going to go down without a fight though, as first place in the OUA East was on the line in this game for them. Forced into overtime, it would be free throws and a timed three-pointer by third-year centre Jenna Gilbert, Ottawa, Ont., that would seal the win for uOttawa.

Leading the charge for the Gee-Gees was fourth-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley, Toronto, Ont., who finished the night with 25 points and an astounding 22 boards. At Capital Hoops Sunley-Paisley fouled out early due to trouble taking fouls and tonight she only drew fouls and punished the Ravens with her accuracy at the free throw line, going 15 for 17.

'Boxing out [and rebounding] has been a focus all week and it really showed and really paid off [tonight],' said Sunley-Paisley. With tonight being the first time Sunley-Paisley has ever beaten Carleton in the regular season, she noted this win is 'huge for the team and such a big coming together moment.'

'First quarter, we just weren't ready to play,' noted head coach Andy Sparks after the game, 'Our pressure when we starting doing what we wanted to do, starting to put [Carleton] into more of a defensive mode [was key]. In the first quarter, [Carleton] did what they wanted; we didn't get on them hard enough.'

As their final regular season game, tonight was also graduating players night and Sparks honoured the one-year commitment of fifth-year guard Alexandra Roy, Montreal, Qu., while she completed her education degree.

The Gee-Gees will be hosting York (7-15 OUA) for a first-round playoff game on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. at Montpetit Hall. (Rogers, SSN Canada)

Source: Ottawa Sports info


Saskatchewan 83 Calgary 72
CALGARY The University of Calgary Dinos played the No. 1 Saskatchewan Huskies much tighter on Saturday night, but ultimately couldn't pull off the upset in losing 83-72 at the Jack Simpson Gym.
The top-ranked and first-place Huskies will now return to Saskatoon only to prepare their gymnasium for the return of the Dinos, who solidified eighth place and the final playoff position. The teams will battle in the best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal, with the winner advancing to the conference Final Four. By virtue of their first place finish, the Huskies have an automatic berth to the CIS regionals.

The Huskies ultimately won the game with their field goal efficiency, where they were 12% better than Calgary. The Huskies went 30 for 61 from the field, including eight for 22 from beyond the arc. Calgary hit five long-range shots, with three of them going to graduating senior Ashley Hill, who finished with 17 points.

Saskatchewan looked like they were going to run away with the game early on, running out to a 14 point lead in the first quarter. Calgary was not about to end their regular season at home in blowout fashion however, reigning the score back to a more respectable 22-16 margin by the end of the first, and keeping it close from there on out.

Tamara Jarrett was exceptional in the losing effort for the Dinos, notching 20 gritty points, while Hill was her normal dependable self. Both earned the praise of their coach, Shawnee Harle.

'I thought we played harder, battled harder, and were a little more organized offensively tonight,' said Harle. 'Tamara was absolutely outstanding, and Ashley had a solid game in her last home game here, which was great to see.'

Rookie Kiersten Hilton had nine points and five rebounds, while Megan Lang had six assists to round out the Dinos' effort, but the night, like so many others this season, belonged to Saskatchewan (22-2).

Once again, the Huskies got scoring from everywhere, with four different Huskies getting past the 10 mark in scoring, with Marci Kiselyk leading the way with 20. Katie Miyazaki had 12 points and eight rebounds, while Jill Humbert was one assist away from a double-double with 16 points and nine helpers.

Harle knows that while the task is daunting next weekend to upend the 22-2 Huskies just a week after playing them, Calgary (10-14) can certainly make their lives easier.

'I thought that our lapses just really hurt us tonight, against a really good team,' said Harle. 'Next week we have to be better for longer. We can't lull. We can't rest. We can't forget what we're doing.'

'They're deep, they're experienced and they're well coached,' continued Harle. 'But if we can execute more consistently and play good defence, you just never know what can happen.'

Calgary and Saskatchewan will face-off next weekend for the best-of-three series in Saskatoon, with tip-off for the first game going at 7:15 MT on Friday, while the second and third games will go Saturday and Sunday (if necessary) with the same start times.

Source: Calgary Sports Info


Winnipeg 91 Lethbridge 63
LETHBRIDGE, AB - The CIS #9-ranked Winnipeg Wesmen defeated the Lethbridge Pronghorns 91-63 on Saturday night.
With the loss the Horns finish with a 4-20 record, while the Wesmen finish second in the conference, with a 20-4 record and will host the Fraser Valley Cascades in the opening round of the post-season next weekend.

Becky Heninger finished her Pronghorn career with a solid performance hitting 7-11 from the field and finishing with 17 points. Stephanie Inman chipped in with 12 and Kenzie Sheen added 10 in her final game for the Horns. The Wesmen had a balanced attack with four players in double figures with Caitlin Gooch and Yael Kaplan leading the charge with 15 points apiece.

Source: Lethbridge Sports Info


UBC 71 Victoria 61 Final Boxscore
VICTORIA - The University of Victoria Vikes women's basketball team dropped their final regular season game of the 2010-11 schedule, 71-61, to the UBC Thunderbirds.
Next the Vikes (15-9) travel to play the best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series in Saskatchewan against the Regina Cougars (19-5) beginning on Feb. 25. The Thunderbirds will face the Alberta Pandas in their Canada West quarter-final series.

Appropriately on graduating players night, it was senior Vanessa Forstbauer who led the Vikes with a terrific performance with a game-high 16 points along with nine rebounds and four steals.

'We learned we have to play a full 40 minutes especially as we get into the playoffs,' she said. 'We let them go on runs, I think at one point they had a 10-0 run, and we cannot do that.'

The Vikes honoured three graduating seniors - Forstbauer, Jane Anholt and Kayla Dykstra - in a post-game ceremony. Forstbauer was aggressive, going up for every missed shot she could fight for on the offensive glass.

'I just see a ball and I contest for it,' she said. 'They're anyone's to win.'

UVic led several times, up four points after the opening quarter, 16-14, but gave up 27 second-quarter points.

Back-to-back threes from UBC's sophomore guard Chloee St. Amour in the final minute of the first half stretched the lead to 37-25. UBC led 39-28 at the half.

The Vikes put together several runs to try to mount a comeback but were unable to get within more than eight points.

Four Thunderbirds players posted double-digit totals in points led by Zara Huntley who had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Lia St. Pierre added 13 points and five boards, while Kris Young scored 12 and Alex Vieweg (183-F) 10 points respectively.

Source: Victoria Sports Info


Brandon 49 UFV 87

The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades women's basketball team defeated the Brandon University Bobcats, 87-49, to finish the 2011 Canada West with 12 wins, a 10 win improvement from the 2009-2010 regular season. The Cascades finish in 7th place and will participate in the Canada west post season playoffs next weekend. The Canada West post season series are 2 out of 3 at the higher seed's venue. UFV will be traveling to the face the team that finishes second overall in Canada West. The Canada West league office will release all pairings, game days and game times on Monday, February 21st.

Tonight's game was very similar to last night's game as the UFV Cascades led from opening whistle to closing, handing the visiting Brandon Bobcats their 24th straight league loss. UFV quickly built up a double digit lead and led by 19 points after the first quarter. In the second quarter, UFV built up a 25 point lead and then held the visitors to 6 third quarter points as they wrapped up the Canada West regular season with a 38 point victory.

'Thought tonight was a game of quarters. Started out well with a lot of energy, let that slip a bit in the second. And then got our defensive focus back in the third,' said UFV Head Coach Al Tuchscherer. 'I like our mind set right now. Although we have definitely made some strides this year, the team is not satisfied. We are excited about our core making our first playoff appearance. At this point Winnipeg has to be heavily favoured, with two victories a couple of weeks ago, but we will go and compete as we have all year. This experience is going to be very valuable to our squad.'

Tessa Klassen (173-G-88), Winnipeg, Manitoba led the Cascades with 17 points and 3 assists. Alyssa Gaukel, Chilliwack, BC playing in her final home game at Envision Athletic Centre chipped in with 15 points, while Sarah Wierks, Chilliwack, BC added 11 and Nicole Wierks, Chilliwack, BC 10 points in the victory over Brandon. Nicole Wierks led UFV with 8 total rebounds as they pulled down 32 for the game.

Source: UFV Sports Info



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Jessica Fuller claims Danish Dameligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jessica Fuller (193-C-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Falcon and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 16 points and seventeen rebounds, while her team edged out Horsholm (#3, 10-6) 70-66. Falcon is placed at 6th position in Danish Dameligaen. Falcon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-11 record. Fuller turned to be Falcon's top player in her first season with the team. Hofstra University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fuller leads league in rebounds with 12.8rpg. Fuller is in league's top in and averages solid 3.1bpg and 54.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American center Jessica Smith (191-C-86) of Horsens BC. Smith impressed basketball fans with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Horsens cruised to a 61-52 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Vaerlose (#8, 1-16). Horsens' 5th position in the standings has not changed. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Smith is well-known by Horsens fans and she already established her position as one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#5). She also registered 8.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Horsens BC's star - Australian Charmaine Furgeson (176-G-86). Furgeson scored 15 points and grabbed ten rebounds. She was another key player of Horsens, helping her team with a 61-52 win against the lower-ranked Vaerlose (#8, 1-16). The chances of Horsens ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Furgeson could help Horsens to bring them higher in the standings. Furgeson has a great season in Denmark. After 16 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (2nd best), rebounds with 10.1rpg (3rd best) and assists with 3.3apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kiki Lund (178-G-83) of SISU - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Emilie Hesseldal (185-F/C-90) of Aabyhoj - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tea Jorgensen (177-G-87) of SISU - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Sussie Kruuse (192-C-83) of Amager - 20 points and 9 rebounds
8. Anna Nedovic (193-F-83) of Amager - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mette Haven (170-F) of Vaerlose - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Sofie Vincents (172-G-87) of Falcon - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Euroleague Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - Bourges 65-58
Ros Casares earned the first win in Euroleague quarterfinal series against Bourges. The Spanish team celebrated the victory in todays opener in Valencia. The teams stayed close in the starting period before Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) and Kathryn Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) triggered a 6:2 run that put Ros Casares in charge 14:8 after ten minutes. The hosts opened the second period with six straight points to clear off. Kathryn Douglas and Vesela provided the home team with a comfortable 30;14 lead midway through the quarter. Ros Casares posted a 34:20 advantage at halftime. But Bourges went off the dressing room a different team. Ndongue and Catherine Joens (180-G-82) ignited a 12:2 run to bring Bourges back to life. Soon Catherine Joens and Miyem cut the deficit to a single point 37:38. Kathryn Douglas stepped up for Ros Casares once again as she nailed 7 quick points and gave the hosts a 47:41 breathing room with one quarter remaining. Vesela and Rebekkah Brunson quickly restored a double-digit advantage for Ros Casares at the start of the final term. The gap grew at 17-point mark soon before Bourges capped the regulation on a 10:2 run to sweeten the pill. Kathryn Douglas notched 27 points to pace the winners. Rebekkah Brunson added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Bourges answered with 18 points from Catherine Joens. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: SJMR) delivered 10 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort.

Perfumerias - Wisla Can-Pak 87-70
Halcon Avenida made the first step towards reaching Euroleague Final Four. They held off Wisla in Game 1 of the quarterfinal series. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) nailed 19 points to lead the hosts. Wisla started the game strongly. They quickly surged ahead and maintained the lead for the bigger part of the opening term. Wisla posted a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. Halcon Avenida went on a 19:2 run to open the second frame. They grabbed a 36:23 advantage and took control over the game. The hosts rallied to a 51:35 halftime advantage. Erin Phillips (173-G-85) tried to bring Wisla back to life early in the second half. She scored 5 points to narrow the gap. The hosts however kept Wisla at safe distance posting a comfortable 68:52 lead with ten minutes to go. The teams traded baskets through the fourth quarter. Wisla got as close as 13 points with under three minutes remaining but Lyttle and Alba Torrens quickly silenced the visitors and got Halcon Avenida rolling to the victory. Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) nailed 17 points and Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) had 14 in the win. Erin Phillips responded with 15 points for Wisla. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) finished with 13 points in defeat.

UMMC - Taranto 68-51
UMMC claimed the first win in Euroleague Quarterfinal series against Taranto. The Russian champions prevailed at home court to jump to 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) tallied 19 points and 6 rebounds to ensure the winning outcome for the hosts. The teams traded baskets early in the encounter before Olga Arteshina (184-F-82), Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) and Dumerc gave the hosts a 16:11 lead. Sandrine Gruda and Candace Parker stretched the lead to 9 points 21:12 early in the second period. But Taranto immediately answered with an 8:0 run of their own to trim the deficit. Olga Arteshina completed her 12-point tally in the first half to secure a 34:29 lead for UMMC. Sophia Young and Elodie Godin (190-C-85) provided Taranto with a 5:0 start of the second half as the visitors leveled things up. UMMC went on a 13:2 rally to take a 49:38 advantage late in the third term. Taranto refused to surrender as they entered the fourth quarter down by just seven points 43:50. Olga Arteshina triggered an 8:2 run from the home team at the start of the fourth quarter as UMMC posted a 58:45 advantage. Dumerc soon gave the hosts a 63:47 lead and they never looked back en route to the win. Olga Arteshina provided 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Cappie Pondexter finished with 13 points for UMMC. Elodie Godin answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Taranto. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) tallied 13 points in the loss. The second game of the series is scheduled for Friday.

Fenerbahce - Spartak V MR 78-86
Spartak MR victoriously opened their Euroleague quarterfinal series. They stunned previously undefeated Fenerbahce in Istanbul to take 1-0 lead in best-of-three series. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) came up with 19 points to lead the tournament defending champions. Fenerbahce bravely opened the game. They went on a 10:0 run midway through the starting period to take a 19:7 lead. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) scored six straight points to ensure a 25:10 lead for the home team. Fenerbahce maintained the lead in the second quarter. The Turkish powerhouse rallied comfortably as they secured a 47:31 advantage at the interval. Epiphanny Prince and Sue Bird scored eight unanswered points at the start of the second half as Spartak MR showed some signs of recovery. Noelle Quinn dragged the visitors within 4 points late in the period 53:57. McCoughtry and Nevriye Yilmaz gave some breathing space but Spartak entered the fourth quarter down by just five points 59:64. Petrovic and Korstine scored six points in a row as the visitors finally surged ahead 65:64 early in the fourth term. The teams traded baskets before Tay McWilliams-Franklin (189-F/C-70, agency: SJMR, college: St.Edward's) and Epiphanny Prince ensured a 75:68 lead for the visiting side. Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) pulled Fenerbahce as close as three points but Sue Bird unloaded a three-pointer to keep the Russian team in charge. Irina Osipova (196-F-81) and Tay McWilliams-Franklin gave Spartak an 82:74 lead with under a minute to go and the visitors hung on to win the battle. Irina Osipova and Tay McWilliams-Franklin finished with 16 points each in the victory. Nevriye Yilmaz answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Ivana Matovic had 20 points in the losing effort.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Fenerbahce
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Taurasi, Fenerbahce24.6 
 2. McCoughtry, MKB E.22.0 
 3. Taylor, Fenerbahce19.2 
 4. Charles, Nadezhda.19.0 
 5. Bonner, Rivas E.18.8 
 6. Douglas, Ros C.18.3 
 7. Wright, Lotos G.17.4 
 8. Jackson, Spartak .17.3 
 9. Yilmaz, Fenerbahce17.2 
 10. Reid, Gospic17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika14.2 
 2. Charles, Nadezhda.12.3 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.5 
 4. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli10.2 
 5. Brunson, Ros C.9.9 
 6. Fowles, Galatasa.9.5 
 7. Lyttle, Perfumer.9.5 
 8. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.2 
 9. Milton-Jones, USK P.8.8 
 10. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dalma IVANYI
  Pecs 2010
  (178-G-76)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Ivanyi, Pecs 20105.4 
 2. Reid, Gospic5.3 
 3. Skerovic, Frisco Sika4.7 
 4. Taurasi, Fenerbahce4.7 
 5. Whalen, USK Praha4.6 
 6. Zirkova, Dobri Anjeli4.2 
 7. Dominguez, Perfumer.4.2 
 8. Sharp, Mondeville4.1 
 9. Babkina, Lotos G.4.0 
 10. Wambe, Taranto4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Reid, Gospic3.8 
 2. McCoughtry, Fener.2.8 
 3. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.4 
 4. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.3 
 5. McCoughtry, MKB E.2.3 
 6. Phillips, Wisla C.2.3 
 7. Dumerc, UMMC2.2 
 8. Leedham, Gorzow2.1 
 9. Wright, Lotos G.2.1 
 10. Bonner, Rivas E.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.3.6 
 2. Ndongue, Bourges1.7 
 3. Jackson, Spartak .1.6 
 4. Fowles, Galatasa.1.5 
 5. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.2 
 6. Stepanova, UMMC1.2 
 7. Charles, Nadezhda.1.2 
 8. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.1 
 9. Burse, Wisla C.1.1 
 10. McWilliams-F., Spart.1.0 


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  FINLAND - Women  


Taru Tuukkanen claims Finnish D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international center Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for Torpan Pojat Helsinki and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 33-year old center had a double-double of 26 points and thirteen rebounds, while her team beat HoNsU (#7, 7-16) 88-76. ToPo is placed at 5th position in Finnish D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ToPo will need more victories to improve their 13-10 record. Tuukkanen turned to be ToPo's top player in her first season with the team. Xavier University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tuukkanen is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.9ppg), rebounds (8th best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 53.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Torpan Pojat Helsinki's star - 22-year old American forward Dandra Moss (183-F-88). Moss impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds. Of course ToPo cruised to a 88-76 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked HoNsU (#7, 7-16). This victory allowed ToPo to move up to 5th position in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Moss is a newcomer at ToPo and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.3ppg (#3). Her other stats are also decent: 12.8rpg and 3.3apg.

The third best performed player last round was Cypriot Lisa Karcic (185-F/C-86) of Kerava Energia Team (#8). Karcic showcased her all-around game by recording 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. She was a key player of Kerava, leading her team to a 72-63 win against the higher-ranked Huima (#3, 14-10). Kerava can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-22 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Karcic she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Karcic has individually a great season in Finland. After 18 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.9ppg (5th best), rebounds with 11.4rpg (4th best) and assists with 3.3apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83) of PeKa - 13 points and 13 rebounds
5. Kenya Robinson (182-C-70) of Huima - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84) of HoNsU - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Judie Lomax (180-F-88) of Huima - 11 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79) of PeKa - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michele Jones (186-F/C-87) of Huima - 15 points and 13 rebounds
10. Krystal Vaughn (185-G-86) of PeKa - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. PeKa 18-6 
 2. Catz 15-9 
 3. Huima 14-10 
 4. Espoo Team 13-9 
 5. ToPo 13-10 
 6. FoA 12-11 
 7. HoNsU 7-17 
 8. Kerava 2-22 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Krystal VAUGHN
  PeKa
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 25
 1. Vaughn, PeKa25.0 
 2. Moss, ToPo24.3 
 3. Pounds, HoNsU24.3 
 4. Tuukkanen, ToPo19.9 
 5. Karcic, Kerava18.9 
 6. Robinson, Huima18.5 
 7. Laaksonen, Espoo T.17.1 
 8. Lassiter, PeKa16.7 
 9. Wright, FoA16.4 
 10. Roundtree, HoNsU15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 15
 1. Robinson, Huima15.0 
 2. Moss, ToPo12.8 
 3. Vaughn, PeKa11.5 
 4. Karcic, Kerava11.4 
 5. Laaksonen, Espoo T.11.1 
 6. Lassiter, PeKa11.1 
 7. Jones, Huima10.7 
 8. Tuukkanen, ToPo9.5 
 9. Kityzina, Catz9.4 
 10. Martin, PeKa9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dionne POUNDS
  HoNsU
  (174-F-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Pounds, HoNsU3.7 
 2. Wright, FoA3.5 
 3. Moss, ToPo3.3 
 4. Karcic, Kerava3.3 
 5. Lassiter, PeKa2.9 
 6. Piipari, Catz2.8 
 7. Robinson, Huima2.8 
 8. Lehtoranta, PeKa2.1 
 9. Morris, Huima2.1 
 10. Lee, Catz2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa KARCIC
  Kerava
  (185-F/C-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Karcic, Kerava5.2 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU4.0 
 3. Lassiter, PeKa3.3 
 4. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.9 
 5. Wright, FoA2.8 
 6. Robinson, Huima2.7 
 7. Lee, Catz2.4 
 8. Morris, Huima2.4 
 9. Roundtree, HoNsU1.9 
 10. Piipari, Catz1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Moss, ToPo0.9 
 2. Kilponen, Kerava0.6 
 3. Laaksonen, Espoo T.0.6 
 4. Wilson, Espoo Team0.6 
 5. Pounds, HoNsU0.6 
 6. Holopainen, Espoo T.0.6 
 7. Karcic, Kerava0.6 
 8. Kosunen, Kerava0.5 
 9. Iiskola, Espoo T.0.5 
 10. Hietanen, ToPo0.5 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Ros Casares prevail against Bourges in Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - Bourges 65:58

Ros Casares earned the first win in Euroleague quarterfinal series against Bourges. The Spanish team celebrated the victory in todays opener in Valencia.
The teams stayed close in the starting period before Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) and Kathryn Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) triggered a 6:2 run that put Ros Casares in charge 14:8 after ten minutes. The hosts opened the second period with six straight points to clear off. Kathryn Douglas and Vesela provided the home team with a comfortable 30;14 lead midway through the quarter. Ros Casares posted a 34:20 advantage at halftime. But Bourges went off the dressing room a different team. Ndongue and Catherine Joens (180-G-82) ignited a 12:2 run to bring Bourges back to life. Soon Catherine Joens and Miyem cut the deficit to a single point 37:38. Kathryn Douglas stepped up for Ros Casares once again as she nailed 7 quick points and gave the hosts a 47:41 breathing room with one quarter remaining. Vesela and Rebekkah Brunson quickly restored a double-digit advantage for Ros Casares at the start of the final term. The gap grew at 17-point mark soon before Bourges capped the regulation on a 10:2 run to sweeten the pill.
Kathryn Douglas notched 27 points to pace the winners. Rebekkah Brunson added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Bourges answered with 18 points from Catherine Joens. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: SJMR) delivered 10 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort.

Ros Casares: Kathryn Douglas 27, Rebekkah Brunson 11+10 boards, Sonia Borges dos Reis (189-C-84) 8
Bourges: Catherine Joens 18, Styliani Kaltsidou 10



LF2 Round 21: Leader Lyon gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Lyon delivered the twentiethth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Perpignan (11-10) 71-50. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Perpignan. The game was mostly controlled by Lyon. Perpignan managed to win third quarter 14-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lyon (20-1) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place. Newly promoted Perpignan keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Voiron and Pleyber Christ. Lyon are looking forward to face Pleyber Christ (#7) in Pleyber-Christ in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Perpignan will play at home against Angers and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Limoges. Twelfth ranked Le Havre (8-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Limoges (12-9) 55-54 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Limoges. Le Havre moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Dunkerque and SI Graffenstaden. Limoges at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Le Havre will play against Rennes (#13) at home in the next round. Limoges will play against Dunkerque (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Reims. Local Reims (16-5) outscored 7th ranked Pleyber Christ (11-10) 88-63 on Saturday night. Reims moved-up to second place, which they share with Roche. Loser Pleyber Christ dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Voiron and Perpignan. Reims will meet Armentieres (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pleyber Christ will play against the league's leader Lyon and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Armentieres defeated CFBB in a road game 73-60. Nice beat Voiron at home 89-79. Dunkerque lost to Roche on the opponent's court 74-79. Angers managed to outperform Pau Orthez in a home game 59-51.


Lyon - Perpignan 71-50

Leader Lyon delivered the twentiethth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Perpignan (11-10) 71-50. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Perpignan. The game was mostly controlled by Lyon. Perpignan managed to win third quarter 14-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lyon (20-1) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place. Newly promoted Perpignan keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Voiron and Pleyber Christ. Lyon are looking forward to face Pleyber Christ (#7) in Pleyber-Christ in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Perpignan will play at home against Angers and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
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Reims - Pleyber Christ 88-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Reims. Local Reims (16-5) outscored 7th ranked Pleyber Christ (11-10) 88-63 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Reims. Pleyber Christ managed to win fourth quarter 29-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Reims moved-up to second place, which they share with Roche. Loser Pleyber Christ dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Voiron and Perpignan. Reims will meet Armentieres (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pleyber Christ will play against the league's leader Lyon and hope to secure a win.
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CFBB - Armentieres 60-73

There was no surprise in Paris where 16th ranked CFBB (2-19) was defeated by ninth ranked Armentieres (10-10) 73-60 on Saturday. CFBB was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 23-7 charge of Armentieres, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CFBB to just 7 points in fourth quarter. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Armentieres. They maintain ninth place with 10-10 record. CFBB lost their fourteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Armentieres will meet at home higher ranked Reims (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play against Etoile de Voiron (#8) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 110998


Nice - Voiron 89-79

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Nice (14-7) defeated at home 8th ranked Etoile de Voiron (11-10) 89-79 on Saturday. Etoile de Voiron trailed 45-42 at halftime, rallying from a 32-15 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Nice maintains fourth place with 14-7 record. Loser Etoile de Voiron dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Perpignan and Pleyber Christ. Nice will meet SI Graffenstaden (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Etoile de Voiron will play against CFBB (#16) in Paris and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 110999


Limoges - Le Havre 54-55

Important game to mention about took place in Limoges. Twelfth ranked Le Havre (8-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Limoges (12-9) 55-54 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Limoges. Limoges was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 20-10 charge of Le Havre, which allowed them to win the game. Le Havre moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Dunkerque and SI Graffenstaden. Limoges at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Le Havre will play against Rennes (#13) at home in the next round. Limoges will play against Dunkerque (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 110993


Roche - Dunkerque 79-74

Very expected game in La Roche where 10th ranked Dunkerque (8-12) was defeated by second ranked Roche (16-5) 79-74 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Dunkerque trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 17-8 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-79 at the end of the game. Roche maintains second place with 16-5 record having four points less than leader Lyon, which they share with Reims. Loser Dunkerque keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with SI Graffenstaden and Le Havre. Roche will meet Pau Lacq Orthez (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Dunkerque will play against Limoges (#5) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 110994


Angers - Pau Orthez 59-51

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourteenth ranked Angers' (7-14) home victory over 15th ranked Pau Lacq Orthez (4-16) 59-51 on Saturday. Pau Lacq Orthez trailed 35-34 at halftime, rallying from a 22-9 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Angers dominated on the defensive end, holding Pau Lacq Orthez to just 7 points in third quarter. Angers maintains fourteenth place with 7-14 record. Pau Lacq Orthez lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. Angers will meet higher ranked Perpignan (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pau Lacq Orthez will play against the league's second-placed Roche (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 110995

Rennes - Graffenstaden PPD



Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
 1. Lyon 20-1 
 2. Roche 16-5 
 3. Reims 16-5 
 4. Nice 14-7 
 5. Limoges 12-9 
 6. Perpignan 11-10 
 7. Pleyber Christ 11-10 
 8. Voiron 11-10 
 9. Armentieres 10-10 
 10. Dunkerque 8-12 
 11. Le Havre 8-12 
 12. SI Graffenstaden 8-12 
 13. Rennes 7-13 
 14. Angers 7-14 
 15. Pau Orthez 4-16 
 16. CFBB 2-19 


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mistie BASS-WILLIAMS
  Challes
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Bass-W., Challes18.5 
 2. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.16.4 
 3. Humphrey, Landes16.2 
 4. Grima, Aix-en-P.15.9 
 5. Mann, Charleville15.6 
 6. Sharp, Mondeville15.3 
 7. Dubljevic, Tarbes15.2 
 8. Covington, Union H.14.8 
 9. Sanni, Villeneuve14.6 
 10. Hurst, Aix-en-P.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurelie BONNAN
  Mondeville
  (187-F-83)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Bonnan, Mondeville11.1 
 2. Diawara, Charleville10.2 
 3. Neaves, Aix-en-P.9.9 
 4. Humphrey, Landes9.4 
 5. Bass-W., Challes9.2 
 6. Sanni, Villeneuve9.1 
 7. Bales, Union Hainaut8.9 
 8. Kamba, Union H.8.5 
 9. Matic, Tarbes7.4 
 10. Thomas, Villeneuve6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Natalie HURST
  Aix-en-Provence
  (163-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Hurst, Aix-en-P.5.0 
 2. Aubert, Nantes4.8 
 3. Lepron, Tarbes4.6 
 4. Manic, Landes4.1 
 5. Mitchell, Arras4.0 
 6. Bar, Challes3.9 
 7. Tanqueray, Villeneuve3.9 
 8. Sharp, Mondeville3.6 
 9. Aubert, Toulouse3.6 
 10. Dubljevic, Tarbes3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Johanne GOMIS
  Arras
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gomis, Arras2.7 
 2. Bar, Challes2.7 
 3. Milovanovic, Toulouse2.1 
 4. Skrela, Lattes M.2.1 
 5. Poto, Lattes M.2.0 
 6. Bonnan, Mondeville1.9 
 7. Lepron, Tarbes1.9 
 8. Aubert, Toulouse1.8 
 9. Cibert, COB Calais1.8 
 10. Manic, Landes1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Alison BALES
  Union Hainaut
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Bales, Union Hainaut2.3 
 2. Ndongue, Bourges1.8 
 3. Neaves, Aix-en-P.1.4 
 4. Gay, Aix-en-P.0.9 
 5. Dowdell, Toulouse0.8 
 6. Smith, Tarbes0.7 
 7. Bass-W., Challes0.7 
 8. Sy-Diop, Nantes0.7 
 9. Jones, Toulouse0.7 
 10. Bar, Challes0.6 


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  INDIA - Women  


Tamil Nadu women win gold at National Games Basketball - by M. Rajalingam
Tamil Nadu women's team won gold on Tuesday, in the 34th National Games at Ranchi.

Tamil Nadu defeated Chhattisgarh 79-48 in the final of the basketball women's event of the 34th National Games.

Tamil Nadu outclassed Chhattisgarh challenge in the final two quarters by firing 28-8 and 19-8 points. V Sangeetha and Anita excelled for Tamil Nadu while Chhattisgarh Pushpa played well.

Delhi took the bronze medal defeating Maharashtra 79-59 in the tie between the losing semifinalists.


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  ISRAEL - Women  


D1 Round 2 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion lost to Maccabi Ramat Hen 66:86. Maccabi Ramat Hen dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion's 28. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Tiffany Jackson (191-85, college: Texas, agency: 540 Sports) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Ivory Latta (168-84, college: N.Carolina, agency: 540 Sports) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists during the contest. Maccabi Ramat Hen's coach Shiki Falah used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Alysha Clark (178-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds.
Elitzur Ramla played at the court of Elitzur Holon (4-14). Elitzur Ramla defeated Elitzur Holon 85-71. American forward Charde Houston (185-86, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) notched 29 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Shay Doron supported her with 24 points and 6 assists. Even 24 points and 8 rebounds by American swingman Sheri Lynette Sam (183-74, college: Vanderbilt) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Holon.

The game in Hertzeliya was also quite interesting. Maccabi Ashdod played at the court of Raanana Hertzeliya. Maccabi Ashdod managed to secure a 5-point victory 65-60 on Monday. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Tamara James who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Christi Thomas produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts.

The game in Netanya was also worth to mention about. Electra Ramat played at the court of Elitzur Netanya. Electra Ramat defeated Elitzur Netanya 93-80. The game was dominated by American players. Erika White orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists. Electra Ramat's coach Orna Ostfeld allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games.


Elitzur Holon - Elitzur Ramla 71-85

Elitzur Ramla played at the court of Elitzur Holon (4-14). Elitzur Ramla defeated Elitzur Holon 85-71. American forward Charde Houston (185-86, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) notched 29 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Shay Doron supported her with 24 points and 6 assists. Even 24 points and 8 rebounds by American swingman Sheri Lynette Sam (183-74, college: Vanderbilt) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Holon.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Holon: S.Lynette Sam 24+8reb+2ast, S.Bobbitt 19+3reb+6ast, K.Gardin 15+15reb+4ast, M.Ovadia 6+1ast, M.Shitrit 4+1reb, B.Galinski 3+8reb
Elitzur Ramla: C.Houston 29+5reb+3ast, S.Doron 24+2reb+6ast, T.Wright 12+5reb+2ast, K.Vaughn 11+10reb+1ast, R.Grinboym 3+2reb+6ast, Y.Eizenshtat 3


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Raanana Her. - Maccabi Ashdod 60-65

The game in Hertzeliya was also quite interesting. Maccabi Ashdod played at the court of Raanana Hertzeliya. Maccabi Ashdod managed to secure a 5-point victory 65-60 on Monday. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Tamara James who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Christi Thomas produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Raanana Her.: C.Thomas 18+10reb+2ast, J.Morris 14+5reb+1ast, B.Elohim 14+5reb, B.January 5+4reb+7ast, E.Katz 3+1reb, H.Izhar 3
Maccabi Ashdod: T.James 21+7reb+3ast, A.Anderson 13+4reb+1ast, K.Levitsky 13+2reb+2ast, N.Kolodny 10+4reb+4ast, R.Montgomery 8+9reb+3ast, O.Amsalem 0
gschID: 121807


H.R. Le-Zion - Ramat Hen 66-86

Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion lost to Maccabi Ramat Hen 66:86. Maccabi Ramat Hen dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion's 28. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Tiffany Jackson (191-85, college: Texas, agency: