EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/24/2011

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  ABA   


Mavericks beat Fresh - by Gianni Pascucci
The Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated the North Texas Fresh on tuesday night, 131-74 at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. Rookie sensation P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) and point guard Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) got the Mavericks going early by jumping out on the Fresh 5-0. The Fresh battled back to take a 6-5 lead when Roy Whitley hit a Jumper at the 7:56 mark in the first quarter. SETX went on an 8-0 run to take control of the first period. The Mavs led 25-20 after one period of play.
The second period belonged to the Mavericks as super sub Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) came off the Mavericks bench to heat up the Mavericks famed Defense! SETX led at halftime 59-37.
In the second half it was all Mavericks. Everyone got involved as SETX took total control of the game as the Mavericks went on to win by 57 points.
P.J. Couisnard led six Mavericks in double figure scoring with 24 points. Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) and Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) each put in 16 points. Myles Thrash added 13 points. A'Daeron Duncan (6'5''-F-87, college: N.Kentucky) led North Texas with 22 points. Roy Whitley added 20 points. Tobias 'TJ' Gibson (6'5''-F) chipped in 17 points.
The Mavericks will be back in action at home Thursday night vs the Dallas Stars. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.


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. 23-1 
 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. 1-5 
 6. Dallas Impact 0-0 


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  ACPBL   


Standings
ACPBL Standings
 1. Garden St. R. 7-2 
 2. Norfolk TB 7-2 
 3. New York L. 6-3 
 4. Buffalo S. 6-4 
 5. Beltway B. 5-5 
 6. Tri-City Suns 2-6 
 7. Hudson Valley 2-7 
 8. Wildkatz 2-8 


Anthony Cox named Player of the Week - by Gianni Pascucci
At the end of its 11th week of operations, the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League named Anthony Cox (6'9''-C-83, college: Farmingdale St.) of the New York Lions the ACPBL player of the week. Cox completed and impressive performing on saturday night in a 122-113 overtime win on the road against the Buffalo Stampede. The other scheduled week 11 game between the Westchester WildKatz and Beltway Bombers was switched to a double header to be played on Saturday March 5th. Both teams mutually agreed to play the games as a double header rather then have Westchester make the six hour trip twice over their next three games, stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz .
Below is the full recap of week #11 complete with scores and top performers, fans may visit www.acpbl.com and click on stats to view the box scores for each game. Also, the ACPBL has released league wide stats, league leaders and team and single game record holders on www.acpbl.com

NEW YORK LIONS (6-3) 122 - BUFFALO STAMPEDE (6-4) 113
Top performers: New York Lions: Anthony Cox 28 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks. Buffalo Stampede: Charles Walker (6'4''-G/F, college: D'Youville) 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block.


ACPBL announces All-Star Game/Playoff schedule - by Gianni Pascucci
One lucky city will be awarded the rights for hosting the 2011 Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League All-Star Game and playoff tournament set for March 25-27.
The top six teams in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League standings will qualify for the playoffs. The Tru Hope Trailblazers, Garden State Rebels, Buffalo Stampede, New York Lions and Beltway Bombers have all clinched playoff berths at this time. The Tri-City Suns, Hudson Valley Kingz and Westchester Wildkatz are the remaining ACPBL teams, with each currently tied for two wins on the season. These bottom three teams will spend the last month of the season battling it out for the final Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League playoff spot. As of right now Buffalo, NY is the leading contender for the hosting rights for what is sure to be the most spectacular one weekend event in professional minor league basketball history, stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz .
Below is a complete schedule for the March 25-27 All-Star Game/Playoff weekend:

All-Star Game:
ACPBL Slam Dunk Contest Friday March 25th @ 7:30pm
ACPBL All-Star Game Friday March 25th @ 8:00pm

Quarterfinals:
Team #3 vs Team #6 Saturday March 26th @ 12:15pm
Team #4 vs Team #5 Saturday March 26th @ 2:45 pm

Semifinals:
Winner of #3/#6 vs. #2 Saturday March 26th @ 5:30pm
Winner of #4/#5 vs. #1 Saturday March 26th @ 8:00pm

3rd place game:
Losers of Semifinals games Sunday March 27th @ 12:15pm

2011 ACPBL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:
Winners of Semifinals games Sunday March 27th @ 2:45pm


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  ALGERIA   


D1 Round 20: Top-ranked GS Petroliers win another game - by Eurobasket News
D1 top team - GS Petroliers (20-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked U.S.M. (5-14) in Alger 79-51. Undefeated GS Petroliers have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-0 record. U.S.M. at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with CRB Temouch.. GS Petroliers are looking forward to face Annaba (#11) in Annaba in the next round and are hoping to win another game. U.S.M. will play at home against Staoueli and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Eleventh-ranked Annaba (6-14) was very close to win a game against eighth ranked CSMC (10-6) in Constantine. CSMC managed to secure only three-point victory 71-68. However their fans expected easier game. CSMC moved-up to seventh place. Annaba lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 14 games lost. CSMC will play against Sidi-bel-Abbes (#8) on the road in the next round. Annaba will play against the league's leader GS Petroliers and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Arreridj (9-10) and CRB Temouch. (5-14), which took place in Temouchent. Higher ranked Arreridj lost to fourteenth ranked CRB Temouch. in a road game 72-85 on Tuesday. CRB Temouch. moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with U.S.M. Loser Arreridj keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. CRB Temouch. will meet bottom-ranked USMM Hadjout (#16) in the next round. Arreridj will play against Skikda (#14) and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: CRB Temouch. beat Skikda on the road 84-78. Staoueli destroyed USMM Hadjout on its own court 100-72. Blida outscored ASPTT in Blida 85-60. WA Boufarik managed to beat Sidi-bel-Abbes at home 62-52. NAH Dey were defeated by O Batna on the opponent's court 66-51.


GS Petroliers - U.S.M. 79-51

D1 top team - GS Petroliers (20-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked U.S.M. (5-14) in Alger 79-51. GS Petroliers have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-0 record. U.S.M. at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with CRB Temouch.. GS Petroliers are looking forward to face Annaba (#11) in Annaba in the next round and are hoping to win another game. U.S.M. will play at home against Staoueli and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 122313


CRB Temouch. - Arreridj 85-72

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Arreridj (9-10) and CRB Temouch. (5-14), which took place in Temouchent. Higher ranked Arreridj lost to fourteenth ranked CRB Temouch. in a road game 72-85 on Tuesday. CRB Temouch. moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with U.S.M. Loser Arreridj keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. CRB Temouch. will meet bottom-ranked USMM Hadjout (#16) in the next round. Arreridj will play against Skikda (#14) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 122310


Skikda - CRB Temouch. 78-84

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fourteenth ranked CRB Temouch. (5-14) beat on the road 13th ranked Skikda (4-14) 84-78 on Tuesday. CRB Temouch. moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with U.S.M. Skikda lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. CRB Temouch. will meet bottom-ranked USMM Hadjout (#16) in the next round. Skikda will play against Arreridj in B.B. Arreridj and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 122311


Staoueli - USMM Hadjout 100-72

Very expected game when 16th ranked USMM Hadjout (1-20) was smashed on the road by third ranked Staoueli (16-3) 100-72 on Tuesday. Staoueli have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-3 record having five points less than leader GS Petroliers. USMM Hadjout lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Staoueli will meet U.S.M. (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USMM Hadjout will play against CRB Temouch. (#13) in Temouchent.
gschID: 122312


ASPTT - Blida 60-85

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Blida (16-4) rolled over 15th ranked ASPTT (2-18) in Alger 85-60 on Tuesday. Blida have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 16-4 record. ASPTT lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 18 games lost. Blida will meet at home league's second-placed WA Boufarik in the next round and it may be the game of the week. ASPTT will play against NAH Dey (#10) in Alger and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 122307


WA Boufarik - Sidi-bel-Abbes 62-52

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Sidi-bel-Abbes (10-10) lost on the road to second ranked WA Boufarik (18-2) 62-52 on Tuesday. WA Boufarik have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-2 record having just two points less than leader GS Petroliers. Loser Sidi-bel-Abbes dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost. WA Boufarik will meet Blida (#4) in the next round. Sidi-bel-Abbes will play against CSMC (#7) in Constantine and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 122308


CSMC - Annaba 71-68

Eleventh-ranked Annaba (6-14) was very close to win a game against eighth ranked CSMC (10-6) in Constantine. CSMC managed to secure only three-point victory 71-68. However their fans expected easier game. CSMC moved-up to seventh place. Annaba lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 14 games lost. CSMC will play against Sidi-bel-Abbes (#8) on the road in the next round. Annaba will play against the league's leader GS Petroliers and will have a slim chance for a victory.
gschID: 122309


O Batna - NAH Dey 66-51

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked O Batna (11-7) defeated at home 10th ranked NAH Dey (7-13) 66-51 on Tuesday. O Batna maintains sixth position with 11-7 record. Loser NAH Dey keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. O Batna will meet higher ranked CRB Dar El-B. (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. NAH Dey's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Alger ASPTT.
gschID: 122306




Standings
D1 Standings
 1. GS Petroliers 20-0 
 2. WA Boufarik 18-2 
 3. Staoueli 16-3 
 4. Blida 16-4 
 5. CRB Dar El-B. 14-5 
 6. O Batna 11-7 
 7. CSMC 10-6 
 8. Sidi-bel-Abbes 10-10 
 9. Arreridj 9-10 
 10. NAH Dey 7-13 
 11. Annaba 6-14 
 12. U.S.M. 5-14 
 13. CRB Temouch. 5-14 
 14. Skikda 4-14 
 15. ASPTT 2-18 
 16. USMM Hadjout 1-20 


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  ARGENTINA   


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


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. Gutierrez, Penarol14.5 
 10. Pittman, Obras14.5 
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, Penarol7.9 
 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, Sionista3.5 
 8. Sartorelli, Argentino3.4 
 9. Laws, Olimpico LB3.1 
 10. Victoriano, Lanus3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Cequeira, Obras2.6 
 3. Salles, Monte H.2.4 
 4. Sciutto, Monte H.2.4 
 5. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 6. Lamonte, Penarol2.3 
 7. Labaque, Atenas2.3 
 8. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 9. Martinez, Regat.2.3 
 10. Funes, Gimnasia CR2.2 
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. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 7. Alston, Boca Jrs0.9 
 8. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.8 


Trento inks Andres Forray - by Eurobasket News
Andres Forray (188-G-86) is a new member of Trento. The Argentinean/Italian guard signed a deal for rest of the season. Trento currently has 15-8 record in A dilettanti.
Andres Forray arrives to his new club from MarcoPoloShop.it Forli. He played 17 games for them in LegaDue averaging 4.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Few days ago he moved to Banca Tercas Teramo for try-out, but didnt get a contract. Forray was a member of Forli since 2008. Last season he had 10.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.2 apg and 3.1 spg for 18 games. Forli won the promotion from A dilettanti to LegaDue and Forray was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian A Dilettanti 1st Team -10. Before Forli, he spent two years with Jesolo-San Dona.


Ricardo Busciglio returns to Argentina - by Facundo Iatzky
Estudiantes Concordia (liga B) agreed terms with guard Ricardo Busciglio (185-G-86). he comes from Caja Roja (Spain). Ricardo played in liga A a couple of seasons in Libertad Sunchales, when he was very young and a promising player. Then he moved to europe to play in Italy and Spain. Estudiantes expect with this great signing start to climb in the positions of liga b. He is expected to play next weekend.

Changes in Obera TC - by Facundo Iatzky
Obera Tc is not in a good moment. They were the best team of the first stage in TNA, but now they have lost four straight games, and most of them by a big difference. That is why they have made some changes. First they signed Juan Ignacio Mateo (195-G-85), who had played in San martin Corrientes this season. Then they released Alex Carcamo and signed Ije Nwankwo (201-F-85, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Cleveland St.).

Atenas de Cordoba release Roberto Gabini - by Eurobasket News
Atenas have decided to part ways with Roberto Gabini (198-F-75, agency: Interperformances). The 35-year-old forward tallied 10.4 points, 2.6 boards and 1.1 assists per game in Liga A. Last season Roberto Gabini spent in Italy. He started the season in Angelico Biella averaging 8.6 points and 3.6 boards per game. Later the forward moved to Fileni Jesi in LegaDue. His stats read 14.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals there.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League Awards 2011 - by Emiliano
1st Team
#s#
Jason Dixon
Dixon
Rudy Lingganay
Lingganay
Chris Kuete
Kuete
Marcus Skinner
Skinner
Steve Thomas
Thomas
#e#5

Player of the Year: Jason Dixon (205-C-73) of Thailand S. Thailand
Best Guard: Chris Kuete (195-G/F-83) of Thailand S. Thailand
Best Forward: Steve Thomas (203-F-81) of Philip.Patriots Philippines
Best Center: Jason Dixon (205-C-73) of Thailand S. Thailand
Best Defensive Player: Jason Dixon (205-C-73) of Thailand S. Thailand

1st Team
G: Rudy Lingganay (173) of KL Dragons Malaysia
G/F: Chris Kuete (195-83) of Thailand S. Thailand
F: Skinner Marcus (201-86) of Singapore S. Singapore
F: Steve Thomas (203-81) of Philip.Patriots Philippines
C: Jason Dixon (205-73) of Thailand S. Thailand

2nd Team
G: Avenido Leonidez (186) of Singapore S. Singapore
G/F: Marcus Morrison (198-84) of Satria Muda Indonesia
F: Francis Adriano (188-75) of Satria Muda Indonesia
F: Antoine Broxsie (209-79) of Satria Muda Indonesia
C: Nakiea Miller (205-79) of KL Dragons Malaysia

Honorable Mention
Jeffers Kyle (206-C-85) of Singapore S. Singapore
Christopher Garnett (211-C-80) of TED Istanbul Turkey
Vergara Al (173-G-79) of Singapore S. Singapore
Mario Wuysang (177-G-79) of Satria Muda Indonesia
Chris Commons (204-F-84) of Barracudas Brunei




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  AUSTRALIA   


Brad Newley shines in Euroleague Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Australian guard Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated impressive performance tonight for his Lietuvos Rytas. They played on the court of Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos Athens and managed to come up with 67-68 win. Newly was the MVP of this game and its top scorer with 16 points. He also had 5 rebounds beside that. Thanks to this win, Rytas joined PAO on top of Group E with 3-2 record. The Lithuanian outfit has a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals now. They will host Caja Laboral in the last round and in case of victory they will reach the next stage.
Brad Newley joined Lietuvos Rytas last summer from Besiktas Istanbul. He played 14 Euroleague games so far with Rytas averaging 7.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. In Lithuanian league, Newley added 8.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.9 apg. Brad Newley is active member of the Australian National Team.


Adelaide 36ers Release Injured Ron Howard - by Eurobasket News
The Adelaide 36ers have made a decision today to release injured import guard Ron Howard (196-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso).

Ron injured his ankle in Adelaides clash with the Melbourne Tigers last Friday night. The club's medical staff confirmed that Ron could miss up to 3 weeks, ruling him out of 4 of the last 6 games.

The club will not be seeking a replacement for Ron, instead choosing to use his absence as an opportunity to further develop the young playing group.

'Ron has been a valuable and popular member of our playing group and we wish him well with his recovery and look forward to following his career with interest' Adelaide's basketball operations manager Richard Hill said.

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


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Ervin, Hawks20.5 
 2. Penney, Breakers20.5 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Clark, Blaze17.3 
 5. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.1 
 6. Williams, Tigers17.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers16.0 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers15.5 
 10. Ubaka, Taipans14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.4 
 2. Davidson, Hawks7.7 
 3. Brown, Wildcats7.6 
 4. Vukona, Breakers7.5 
 5. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 6. Holmes, 36ers7.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.9 
 9. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 10. Schenscher, Croco.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Williams, Tigers5.9 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Carter, 36ers4.6 
 4. Braswell, Breakers4.4 
 5. Shannon, 36ers4.3 
 6. Saville, Hawks4.2 
 7. Ervin, Hawks4.2 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.8 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Blalock, Crocodiles3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.6 
 3. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 4. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 5. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 6. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 7. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 8. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 9. Hill, 36ers1.2 
 10. Ervin, Hawks1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam BALLINGER
  36ers
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ballinger, 36ers2.0 
 2. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.9 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 7. Gilder, Sydney K.1.1 
 8. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 9. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 10. Freeman, Croco.0.9 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 18-4 
 2. Wildcats 14-10 
 3. Crocodiles 13-8 
 4. Taipans 11-10 
 5. Blaze 11-12 
 6. Hawks 10-12 
 7. Tigers 9-13 
 8. 36ers 8-14 
 9. Sydney K. 5-16 


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  AUSTRIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.6 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.9 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.20.3 
 4. Houston, Arkadia19.5 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.19.1 
 6. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.2 
 7. Heard, Gussing17.5 
 8. Mayes, Gmunden17.4 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.2 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.9 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.8 
 4. Volcic, Oberwart8.1 
 5. Vay, Arkadia7.9 
 6. Mayer, Gmunden7.7 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna7.7 
 8. Graham, UBSC G.7.6 
 9. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.3 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.8 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.8 
 4. Schreiner, St.Po.6.3 
 5. Danek, Arkadia6.3 
 6. Parker, Oberwart4.7 
 7. Boylan, Gmunden4.6 
 8. Miletic, UBSC G.4.6 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.2.4 
 2. Schreiner, St.Po.2.3 
 3. Parker, Oberwart2.2 
 4. Boylan, Gmunden2.2 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten2.1 
 6. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 7. Danek, Arkadia1.9 
 8. Artner, Oberwart1.9 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna1.8 
 10. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.1 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.1.0 
 8. N''Diaye, BC.0.8 
 9. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 10. Koch, Gussing0.6 


Gunners strengthen their roster with David Gonzalvez - by Stefan Prager
With the trade deadline coming up the Oberwart Gunners strengthed their roster with guard/forward David Gonzalvez (193-G-87, college: Richmond). The 23 year Gonzalvez is comming from Nantes where he played this season. In the French second league he managed to put up 10.5ppg while shooting 50% from beyond the arc. Before that Gonzalvez had a four year career at Richmond being a starter in his last two seasons in the NCAA. He was selected to the Atlantic 10 All Defensive Team in 2010.
Meanwhile the Gunners also managed to keep forward Tyrone Sally (201-F-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: W.Virginia) on their roster while Marko Moric (207-F-81) is in talks with the UBSC Graz.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Round 9 review - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Balkan League.

The most exciting game of round 9 in the Balkan League took place in Beograd. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-best Bosnian Zrinjski HT (4-3) to third ranked Serbian OKK Beograd (5-2) 75-72 on Tuesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 16 points after three quarters before their 30-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. OKK Beograd looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Zrinjski HT's players. 24 personal fouls committed by Zrinjski HT helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Uros Lucic (207-83) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-88) who recorded 23 points and 9 rebounds. OKK Beograd keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Mornar Bar and Feni Indistrija. Zrinjski HT at the other side dropped to the third place with three games lost. OKK Beograd is looking forward to face Ulcijn (#4) on the road in the next round. Zrinjski HT will play against the league's leader Levski in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Slavonski Brod between Montenegrin Ulcijn and Croatian Svjetlost. Fourth ranked Ulcijn (3-4) got a very close victory on the road over bottom-ranked Svjetlost (0-8). Ulcijn managed to escape with a 3-point win 67-64 in the fight for the fourth place. Aleksandar Radulovic stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Ulcijn's coach Vladimir Tausan used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Srdan Helbich with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Ulcijn maintains fourth place with 3-4 record, which they share with Mures. Loser Svjetlost still closes the standings with eight games lost. Ulcijn will meet at home league's second-placed OKK Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Svjetlost will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bar. Second ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar faced 3rd placed Bulgarian Rilski Sportist. Host Mornar Bar (5-2) defeated guests from Samokov (4-4) 83-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rilski Sportist. Nemanja Radovic nailed 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Mornar Bar's coach Djordje Pavicevic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mornar Bar keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Beograd and Feni Indistrija. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Mornar Bar's next round opponent will be Mures (#4) on the road.
The game in Botevgrad was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Romanian Mures (3-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Bulgarian Balkan (1-6). Mures defeated Balkan 95-79 on Thursday. The best player for the winners was Aleksandar Mladenovic who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds. Mures' coach Csaba Deri allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Mures maintains fourth place with 3-4 record, which they share with Ulcijn. Balkan lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. Mures will face league's second-placed Mornar Bar at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Balkan will play against the league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci.


Group A
Beograd - Zrinjski HT 75-72

The most exciting game of round 9 in the Balkan League took place in Beograd. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-best Bosnian Zrinjski HT (4-3) to third ranked Serbian OKK Beograd (5-2) 75-72 on Tuesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 16 points after three quarters before their 30-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. OKK Beograd looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Zrinjski HT's players. 24 personal fouls committed by Zrinjski HT helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Uros Lucic (207-83) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-88) who recorded 23 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Lazar Simonovic (185-82) added 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively. Four Zrinjski HT players scored in double figures. OKK Beograd keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Mornar Bar and Feni Indistrija. Zrinjski HT at the other side dropped to the third place with three games lost. OKK Beograd is looking forward to face Ulcijn (#4) on the road in the next round. Zrinjski HT will play against the league's leader Levski in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: Z.Sakic 23+9reb+1ast, M.Han 11+3reb, M.Perajica 11+6reb+2ast, L.Simonovic 10+6reb+4ast, A.Hasandic 9+1reb+1ast, T.Ramljak 5+1ast
Beograd: D.Zekovic 17+7reb+1ast, U.Lucic 15+9reb+1ast, A.Tanaskovic 9+1reb+1ast, A.Vasic 8+2reb+3ast, S.Zivkovic 7+3reb+4ast, D.Mitrovic 6+3reb+9ast
gschID: 102629


Svjetlost - Ulcijn 64-67

A very close game took place in Slavonski Brod between Montenegrin Ulcijn and Croatian Svjetlost. Fourth ranked Ulcijn (3-4) got a very close victory on the road over bottom-ranked Svjetlost (0-8). Ulcijn managed to escape with a 3-point win 67-64 in the fight for the fourth place. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ulcijn made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Svjetlost turnovers. Serbian guard Aleksandar Radulovic (190-88, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Serbian forward Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-84) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Ulcijn players scored in double figures. Ulcijn's coach Vladimir Tausan used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was power forward Srdan Helbich (205-76) with 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) scored 5 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Ulcijn maintains fourth place with 3-4 record, which they share with Mures. Loser Svjetlost still closes the standings with eight games lost. Ulcijn will meet at home league's second-placed OKK Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Svjetlost will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Svjetlost: S.Helbich 21+8reb+3ast, F.Vukicevic 10+5reb+1ast, O.Misic 8+1reb+3ast, I.Maric 8+2reb, M.Matasovic 6+3reb+2ast, L.Petkovic 5+10reb+4ast
Ulcijn: A.Radulovic 14+13reb+1ast, S.Tepavcevic 14+7reb+1ast, N.Jeftic 11+4reb, M.Djurisic 10+4reb+2ast, D.Milosevic 6+3reb, M.Mijovic 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 120797


Group B
Balkan - Mures 79-95

The game in Botevgrad was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Romanian Mures (3-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Bulgarian Balkan (1-6). Mures defeated Balkan 95-79 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 53-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Mures dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Balkan's 50. Mures forced 20 Balkan turnovers. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds. American guard JuJuan Cooley (175-82, college: Indiana Tech, agency: Agency No 10) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists. Mures' coach Csaba Deri allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Mures and four Balkan players scored in double figures. Mures maintains fourth place with 3-4 record, which they share with Ulcijn. Balkan lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. Mures will face league's second-placed Mornar Bar at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Balkan will play against the league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci.
Top scorers:
Balkan: K.Doychinov 20+11reb+4ast, G.Davidov 18+5reb+3ast, E.Binev 14+4reb+3ast, T.Ivanov 14+4reb+6ast, D.Filipov 9+4ast, I.Vuchkov 4+2reb+3ast
Mures: A.Mladenovic 27+5reb+2ast, D.Lewis 20+3reb+3ast, J.Cooley 14+6reb+13ast, A.Capusan 10+4reb+1ast, L.Dumitru 10+4reb, N.Covington 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 120798


Mornar Bar - Rilski Sportist 83-74

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bar. Second ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar faced 3rd placed Bulgarian Rilski Sportist. Host Mornar Bar (5-2) defeated guests from Samokov (4-4) 83-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rilski Sportist. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 23-16 last quarter charge of Rilski Sportist cut the lead to 83-74 at the end of the game. Mornar Bar forced 20 Rilski Sportist turnovers. Power forward Nemanja Radovic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian forward Bojan Ljubojevic (205-78, agency: BeoExcell) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Mornar Bar's coach Djordje Pavicevic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88, agency: 011 Sports) came up with 19 points and FYR Macedonian guard Dimitar Karadzovski (189-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 20 points respectively for Rilski Sportist in the defeat. Mornar Bar keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Beograd and Feni Indistrija. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Mornar Bar's next round opponent will be Mures (#4) on the road.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: D.Karadzovski 20+2reb+2ast, I.Lilov 19+3reb+3ast, V.Mijovic 13+9reb, B.Boev 8+1ast, A.Radojevic 7+6reb, D.Marojevic 5+4reb
Mornar Bar: N.Radovic 18+7reb+1ast, B.Ljubojevic 16+6reb+2ast, N.Ivanovic 14+4reb+2ast, M.Damjanovic 8+1reb, M.Sarajlija 7+3reb, N.Ljujic 6+1ast
gschID: 102630


Round 6
Rilski Sportist - Mures 85-83

Important game to mention about took place in Samokov. Third ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (4-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th placed Romanian Mures (3-4) 85-83 in the fight for the third place. Mures were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 35-21 third quarter run of Rilski Sportist. It was a good game for swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88, agency: 011 Sports) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 4 assists. Guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Nicholas Covington (188-85, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Warren Sports International) answered with 30 points and Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Mures. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mures' coach Csaba Deri rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rilski Sportist maintains third place with 4-4 record having just one points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Mures at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Ulcijn. Rilski Sportist will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mures will play at home against the league's second-placed Mornar Bar (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mures: N.Covington 30+3reb+2ast, D.Lewis 16+7reb+1ast, A.Mladenovic 15+12reb+2ast, L.Dumitru 11+1reb, J.Forte 9+8reb+1ast, F.Lapuste 2+1reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 21+4reb+4ast, A.Gruev 19+5reb+3ast, V.Mijovic 15+2reb+3ast, B.Boev 10+3reb+1ast, D.Marojevic 8+5reb, A.Radojevic 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 119018




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


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.15.9 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.6 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja15.1 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Osby, TT.11.7 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.8 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.4 
 4. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 6. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 7. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.9 
 8. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.7 
 9. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
 10. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
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. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 4. Hughes, VEF Riga1.9 
 5. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 7. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 8. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai1.8 
 10. Anderson, Ventspils1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.3 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.4 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 8. Osby, TT.1.2 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 
 10. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 


Neptunas sign Eric Hayes - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas brought in talented point guard. They signed a deal with Eric Hayes (193-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland). The 23-year-old started the season in Spain. Eric Hayes averaged 8.9 points, 2.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game for Breogan in LEB Gold. Eric Hayes graduated from the University of Maryland in 2010. The point guard notched 11.3 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per appearance in his senior season with the Terps.


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 15-1 
 2. Aalstar 14-4 
 3. M.Hainaut 11-5 
 4. Oostende 9-9 
 5. Antwerp 8-9 
 6. Liege 6-10 
 7. Leuven 6-11 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 5-11 
 9. Gent 2-16 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Matt LOJESKI
  Oostende
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 17
 1. Lojeski, Oostende17.0 
 2. Copeland, Aalstar16.8 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi15.7 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.5 
 5. Waters, Verviers.15.2 
 6. Jackson, Verviers.15.1 
 7. Lewis, M.Hainaut15.0 
 8. Miller, Leuven14.9 
 9. Freeman, Verviers.14.8 
 10. Hilliard, Aalstar14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Freeman, Verviers.8.0 
 2. Randle, Gent7.7 
 3. Hilliard, Aalstar7.7 
 4. Young, Aalstar7.7 
 5. Tofi, Leuven7.2 
 6. Stipanovic, Liege6.7 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.7 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar6.3 
 9. Thomas, Oostende6.1 
 10. Riddick, Charleroi6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.1 
 3. Waters, Verviers.3.4 
 4. Dagunduro, Leuven3.3 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Mallet, Charleroi3.1 
 7. Miller, Leuven3.0 
 8. Lewis, M.Hainaut3.0 
 9. Jenkins, Liege2.5 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.6 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.1 
 5. Mitchell, Oostende2.1 
 6. Dagunduro, Leuven1.9 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende1.7 
 8. Bosco, Gent1.7 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.7 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.7 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.4 
 4. Randle, Gent0.9 
 5. Tofi, Leuven0.9 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 7. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 8. Faison, Oostende0.4 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar0.4 
 10. Gay, Verviers-Pep.0.3 


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Unitri/Universo 15-5 
 2. Flamengo 14-4 
 3. Pinheiros/Sky 14-5 
 4. BRB/Brasilia 13-4 
 5. Araldite/Univille 13-7 
 6. Vivo/Franca 12-6 
 7. Pitagoras/Minas 12-8 
 8. Itabom/Bauru 11-8 
 9. S.Jose/Vinac 10-9 
 10. Winner/Limeira 9-10 
 11. Paulistano 5-14 
 12. Araraquara 4-15 
 13. Vila Velha CETAF 4-16 
 14. Vitoria 4-16 
 15. Assis Basket 3-16 


Brasilia top Flamengo in NBB Nationally televised game - by Mel Devonne
Two of the best teams in the NBB, and the two teams who have been in the NBB finals the last two years
squared off Wednesday night in Brasilia. Hot shooting Brasilia broke open a close game late in the 3rd quarter
to cruise to a 85-70 win over Flamengo.
Brasilia shot 14-33 from 3 point land which was the difference in the game.
Brasilia was led by Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) with 21, while Flamengo was led by Marcelino Muchado with 25 points.
Game was nationally televised on SportTV and it was a packed house as well.
Last season these two teams had a ugly fight and near riot. There were a couple oif hard fouls and
minor scrapes, but nothing serious.
Flamengo and Brasilia are one of the leagues top rivalries, and they will meet later in the season.


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  BULGARIA   


Rilski Sportist ended third in Balkan League, will face OKK Belgrade - by Valentin Anguelov
Rilski Sportist ended at the third place in their group of Balkan League as they lost the visit to Mornar in Bar by the score 74-83. Home team led throughout the whole game as they took double digit advantage in the first half. However Rilski Sportist, coached for the first time by Rosen Barchovski since he took over the club managed to cut it to only 2 points. Despite that Rilski Sportist couldnt do more than that and failed in the second half to put the game in their favor. The final score brought Mornar to second place and home court advantage in the elimination round of this edition of Balkan League. Rilski Sportist with their third place in the group will face OKK Belgrade but Serbian team will hold third game if necessary at home.

Nemanja Radovic was the most efficient for winners with 18 points and he added 7 rebounds. Boyan Ljubojevic completed 16 points and 6 rebounds, and Nikola Ivanovic finished with 14 points.

Dimitar Karadzovski (189-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored most points for Rilski Sportist 20 points. Ivan Lilov added 19 while Serbian Vladimir Mijovic ended with 13 points and 9 boards.

Levski is the other Bulgarian team that qualified for the next round. However they finished first at the other group and gained direct place in the Final Four of the competition.


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  CANADA   


Bulls trade James Johnson to Raptors - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Bulls have sent James Johnson (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) to the Toronto Raptors for a draft pick, the team announced Tuesday.

The pick is the Miami Heat's first-round selection this year, which is owned by the Raptors.

Johnson was selected in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Bulls out of Wake Forest, but the 6-foot-9 small forward has averaged career totals of just 3.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.

'It [stinks],' Bulls center Joakim Noah said. 'I consider J.J. a little brother. But he wasn't playing a lot, and I wish him nothing but the best. And I hope that he gets an opportunity to get out there on the court and show what kind of player he is.'

The Bulls face the Raptors on Wednesday.

ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher first reported the move.

With the cap space created by dealing Johnson to Toronto, Chicago could now absorb the $2.9 million contract of Cleveland's Anthony Parker -- one of their top trade targets for weeks -- without having to part with any players. It's believed that the Cavaliers would expect at least one future first-round pick in such a swap, but the Bulls are armed with an extra first-rounder thanks to the Johnson deal.

Houston's Courtney Lee, who's making a mere $1.4 million, is another longstanding Bulls target.

But sources briefed on Chicago's thinking told ESPN.com's Marc Stein on Tuesday night that the Bulls have not yet abandoned hope of striking a deal for Memphis' O.J. Mayo, even though Mayo's $4.5 million salary would not fit into that cap space.

The Bulls appear to be trying to stockpile assets, such as the first-rounder acquired from the Raptors, for at least one more deal before Thursday's 3 p.m. trading deadline. Yet ESPN.com reported earlier this month that the Grizzlies are reluctant to trade Mayo now in the midst of his troubled season, knowing that Mayo's recent 10-game drug suspension and a fight on the team plane with teammate Tony Allen would make it hard for them to get good value for the No. 3 overall pick from the 2008 draft.

Another potential roadblock for any team interested in Mayo is the recent shoulder injury suffered by Grizzlies swingman Rudy Gay, who is expected to miss up to a month and could thus prompt Memphis to reject offers for Mayo that might have been accepted before the injury.

Courtesy of ESPN


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  CHINA   


Xinjiang, Dongguan, Jiangsu Win - by Arthur Volbert
First-place Xinjiang defeated Shanxi Zhongyu 124-100. Quincy Douby had 34 points and 7 assists. James Singleton had 30 points and 6 rebounds. Xu Guozhong scored 17. Mengke Bateer had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bu Yang had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Alexander Johnson had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Shanxi. Duan Jiangpeng scored 15. Osama Daghlas had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Leon Rodgers had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Zhang Biao scored 10 and Shang Ping scored 9.

Second-place Dongguan outplayed Liaoning 107-101. Josh Akognon scored 36. Jackson Vroman had 28 points and 11 rebounds. Gu Quan had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Meng Duo scored 9 and Qiu Biao had 8. #20, a new import, scored 27 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Liaoning. Guo Ailun had 15 points and 4 assists. Liu Shunan and Anthony Myles scored 13. Li Xiaoxu had 11 points and 18 rebounds. Han Dejun had 10 points and 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. Yang Ming had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.

Shanghai defeated Shandong 113-103. Liu Wei had 28 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Mike Harris had 26 points and 18 rebounds. John Lucas had 17 points and 5 assists. Zhang Xiaoxu had 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Peng Fei had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Rodney White had 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Shandong. Zhai Jinshuai had 26 points and 5 rebounds. Myron Allen had 18 points and 5 assists. Li Jingyu scored 9. Sun Jie did not play.

Jiangsu blew out Fujian 105-83. Meng Da scored 26. Antoine Wright had 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Jerome Moiso had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng scored 16 and Yi Li had 12. Andre Emmett had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Fujian. Yang Qin scored 16. Li Hang had 15 points and 9 rebounds. Yang Genglin had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Dwayne Jones had 9 points and 13 rebounds.

Randolph Morris had 27 points and 8 rebounds as Beijing beat Tianjin 96-84. Joe Crawford scored 17 and Chen Lei and Xie Libin each scored 13. Zaid Abbaas had 15 points and 18 rebounds. Herve Lamizana had 31 points and 11 rebounds for Tianjin. Vernon Hamilton had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Zhang Nan, Shen Tujun and Xu Guijun each scored 10.

Bayi defeated Qingdao 118-99. Wang Zhizhi had 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Lei had 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Delehei had 20 points and 5 rebounds. Han Shuo had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Xu Zhonghao had 12 points and 5 rebounds. Mo Ke scored 10. Charles Gaines had 45 points and 8 rebounds for Qingdao. Li Gen scored 17 and Cai Liang had 12. Dee Brown scored 9.

Jilin outscored Foshan 90-75. Lu Wei scored 20. Jameel Watkins had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Tim Pickett had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Zhong Cheng had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Lu Yao scored 9. He Ben had 15 points and 8 rebounds for Foshan. Zheng Zhun had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Olumide Oyedeji had 11 points and 17 rebounds. Stephon Marbury had 9 points, 4 assists and 6 turnovers.

Zhejiang edged Zhejiang Guangsha 102-97. Williams Marcus (201-F-86, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Arizona) had 53 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Chunjun had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 11 points and 13 rebounds. Josh Boone had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Peter John Ramos had 40 points and 16 rebounds for Guangsha. Wang Bo had 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Rafer Alston scored 14 and Zhang Wei had 10.




CBA Round 27: Zhejiang Guangsha Lions are defeated by Zhejiang Cyclones in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Hangzhou: Zhejiang Cyclones (#8) and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5). Zhejiang Cyclones (13-12) won against visiting Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (14-12) 102-97. The hosts trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Zhejiang Cyclones outrebounded Zhejiang Guangsha Lions 47-36 including 17 on the offensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Zhejiang Guangsha Lions helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: ZAG Advocates) who led his team to a victory scoring 53 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. International center Jinhui Ding (204-90) helped adding 11 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Zhejiang Cyclones maintains eighth place with 13-12 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Bayi. Zhejiang Cyclones are looking forward to face Liaoning Hunters (#10) in Yingkou in the next round. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will have a break next round.
CBA top team - Xinjiang Flying Tige (24-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (10-15) in Taiyuan 124-100. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Shanxi Zhongyu. It was a quality performance for American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!) and 7 assists. James Singleton accounted for 30 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for Shanxi Zhongyu in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-1 record. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play against bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Shanxi Zhongyu will play on the road against Shandong Bulls (#9) in Jinan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Jinan where 9th ranked Shandong Bulls (12-13) were upseton its own court by twelfth ranked Shanghai Sharks (11-15) 113-103 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Mike Harris who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Rodney White who recorded 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Shandong Bulls keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Shanghai Sharks will meet at home Qingdao Double Star (#14) in the next round. Shandong Bulls will play against Shanxi Zhongyu (#12) in Taiyuan and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 27: Foshan lost to Jilin on the opponent's court 75-90. Liaoning unfortunately lost to DongGuan in a home game 101-107. Bayi rolled over Qingdao DS on the road 118-99. Fujian was crushed by Jiangsu on its own court 83-105. Bottom-ranked TianJin R. was beaten by Beijing in a road game 96-84.


Jilin - Foshan 90-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 15th ranked Foshan's (8-17) road loss to fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (10-16) 75-90 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Jilin Tigers. Foshan managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jilin Tigers forced 20 Foshan turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Wei Lu (194-85) chipped in 20 points. Four Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds and guard Ben He (202-89) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jilin Tigers moved-up to thirteenth place. Foshan lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Jilin Tigers will meet at home league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Foshan will play against Beijing Ducks (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jilin: L.Wei 20+3reb, W.Jameel 15+13reb+4ast, P.Tim 13+6reb+3ast, Z.Cheng 10+6reb+4ast, L.Yao 9+3reb+2ast, L.Wei 8+2reb+1ast
Foshan: H.Ben 15+8reb+2ast, Z.Zhun 14+5reb, O.Olumide 11+17reb+1ast, M.Stephon 9+3reb+4ast, Y.Wenbo 6+1reb, Z.Yong-gang 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 118535


Zhejiang C. - Zhejiang G.L. 102-97

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Hangzhou: Zhejiang Cyclones (#8) and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5). Zhejiang Cyclones (13-12) won against visiting Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (14-12) 102-97. The hosts trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Zhejiang Cyclones outrebounded Zhejiang Guangsha Lions 47-36 including 17 on the offensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Zhejiang Guangsha Lions helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: ZAG Advocates) who led his team to a victory scoring 53 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. International center Jinhui Ding (204-90) helped adding 11 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and the former international forward Bo Wang (202-82) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Zhejiang Cyclones maintains eighth place with 13-12 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Bayi. Zhejiang Cyclones are looking forward to face Liaoning Hunters (#10) in Yingkou in the next round. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: W.Marcus 53+8reb+4ast, B.Josh 13+12reb, Z.Chunjun 12+7reb+1ast, D.Jinhui 11+13reb+3ast, C.Fei 5+3reb+2ast, J.Lipeng 3+2reb+2ast
Zhejiang G.L.: R.Peter John 40+16reb+2ast, W.Bo 16+4reb+4ast, K.Tre 14+1ast, Z.Wei 10+2reb+1ast, L.Chih-Chieh 8+3reb+6ast, D.Li 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 118536


Shandong - Shanghai 103-113

An interesting game took place in Jinan where 9th ranked Shandong Bulls (12-13) were upseton its own court by twelfth ranked Shanghai Sharks (11-15) 113-103 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Shanghai Sharks. Shandong Bulls managed to win fourth quarter 30-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Shandong Bulls 53-39 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds. International guard Wei LiuWei (190-80) chipped in 28 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Five Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) who recorded 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Jinshuai Zhai (205-86) added 26 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Shandong Bulls keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Shanghai Sharks will meet at home Qingdao Double Star (#14) in the next round. Shandong Bulls will play against Shanxi Zhongyu (#12) in Taiyuan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shanghai: L.Wei 28+6reb+9ast, H.Mike 26+18reb+2ast, L.John 17+3reb+5ast, Z.ZhaoXu 14+9reb, P.Fei 11+6reb, L.Ziqui 9+7reb+1ast
Shandong: W.Rodney 29+9reb+5ast, Z.Jinshuai 26+5reb, A.Myron 18+2reb+5ast, L.JingYu 9+4reb+1ast, S.Ran 7+3reb, W.Gang 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 118531


Liaoning - DongGuan 101-107

Very predictable result in Yingkou where second ranked DongGuan Leopards (21-4) defeated 10th ranked Liaoning Hunters (12-14) 107-101 on Wednesday. Liaoning Hunters trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 29-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 101-107 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) who scored 36 points (!!!). American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was new import who recorded 27 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Xiaoxu Li (207-90) added 11 points and 18 rebounds respectively. Four Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures. Liaoning Hunters' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for DongGuan Leopards. They maintain second place with 21-4 record having just three points less than leader Xinjiang. Loser Liaoning Hunters keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. DongGuan Leopards will meet Jilin Tigers (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Liaoning Hunters will play against Zhejiang Cyclones in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DongGuan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 36+1reb+3ast, V.Jackson 28+11reb, P.Duo 9+2reb+1ast, G.QuAn 9+4reb+1ast, Q.Biao 8+1reb, Z.Kai 7+7reb
Liaoning: New import 27+9reb+1ast, G.Ailun 15+3reb+4ast, M.Anthony 13+5reb, L.Shunan 13+3reb+1ast, L.Xiaoxu 11+18reb+1ast, H.Dejun 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 118532


Qingdao DS - Bayi 99-118

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Qingdao Double Star (9-16) was rolled over at home by seventh ranked Bayi Fubang (14-12) 118-99 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Bayi Fubang. Qingdao Double Star managed to win second period 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Qingdao Double Star 39-24 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) who scored 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. International forward Lei Wang (203-86) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Bayi Fubang players scored in double figures. Bayi Fubang's coach Chang Bin Adijan used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who recorded 45 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Gen Li (196-88) added 17 points respectively. Bayi Fubang moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zhejiang G.L. Qingdao Double Star lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Bayi Fubang will meet at home Fujian SBS XunXin (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Qingdao Double Star will play against Shanghai Sharks and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bayi: W.ZhiZhi 32+8reb+4ast, W.Lei 22+5reb+5ast, D.Lehei 20+5reb+1ast, H.Shuo 16+8reb+4ast, X.ZhongHao 12+7reb, M.Ke 10+4reb
Qingdao DS: G.Charles 45+8reb+4ast, L.Gen 17+2reb+1ast, C.Liang 12+2reb+2ast, B.Dee 9+3reb+1ast, L.Yan 6+4reb, L.Guang 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 118533


Fujian - Jiangsu 83-105

Everything went according to plan in Jinjiang where fourth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (15-10) outscored 16th ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (5-20) 105-83 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Jiangsu Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Jiangsu Dragons forced 19 Fujian SBS XunXin turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. The former international swingman Da Meng (196-82) chipped in 26 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and center Hang Li (204-86) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Five Jiangsu Dragons and four Fujian SBS XunXin players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Jiangsu Dragons. They maintain fourth place with 15-10 record. Fujian SBS XunXin lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the sixteenth position with 20 games lost. They share it with TianJin R.. Jiangsu Dragons will meet higher ranked Guandong Tigers (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fujian SBS XunXin will play against Bayi Fubang (#6) in Ningbo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: M.Da 26+3reb+3ast, W.Antoine 20+5reb+5ast, M.Jerome 18+12reb+2ast, H.XueFeng 16+3reb+3ast, Y.Li 12+4reb+4ast, W.Junjie 6+4reb+2ast
Fujian: E.Andre 25+11reb+3ast, Y.Qin 16+2reb+2ast, L.Hang 15+9reb, Y.GengLin 10+8reb+2ast, J.Dwayne 9+13reb+2ast, X.Yacai 6+4reb
gschID: 118534


Beijing - TianJin R. 96-84

There was no surprise when 17th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (5-20) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Beijing Ducks (14-11) 96-84 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Beijing Ducks. TianJin Rongcheng managed to win third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beijing Ducks shot 32 for 46 from the free-throw line, while TianJin Rongcheng only scored fourteen points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbaas (203-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Vernon Hamilton (183-84, college: Clemson) added 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Beijing Ducks moved-up to fifth place. Loser TianJin Rongcheng stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. They share it with Fujian. Beijing Ducks will meet Foshan (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TianJin Rongcheng will play against the league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beijing: M.Randolph 27+8reb+2ast, C.Joe 17+4reb+1ast, A.Zaid 15+18reb+1ast, X.LiBin 13+1ast, C.Lei 13+3reb, L.Hsueh-Lin 5+2reb+1ast
TianJin R.: L.Herve 31+11reb+1ast, H.Vernon 15+12reb+7ast, X.GuiJun 10+4reb+2ast, S.Chun 10, Z.Nan 10+2reb, Z.Ji 6+1reb
gschID: 118529


Shanxi Zh. - Xinjiang 100-124

CBA top team - Xinjiang Flying Tige (24-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (10-15) in Taiyuan 124-100. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Shanxi Zhongyu. The game was mostly controlled by Xinjiang Flying Tige. Shanxi Zhongyu was better in second period 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xinjiang Flying Tige made 26-of-30 charity shots (86.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Shanxi Zhongyu turnovers. Shanxi Zhongyu was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!) and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) accounted for 30 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and Jordanian guard Osama Daghlas (199-79, college: Midwestern St.) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Shanxi Zhongyu in the defeat. Four Xinjiang Flying Tige and five Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-1 record. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play against bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Shanxi Zhongyu will play on the road against Shandong Bulls (#9) in Jinan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 34+2reb+7ast, S.James 30+6reb, X.GuoChong 17+2reb, M.Bateer 15+6reb+4ast, B.Yang 9+5reb+1ast, M.Lati 6+2reb+2ast
Shanxi Zh.: J.Alexander 22+10reb+1ast, D.JiangPeng 15+1ast, D.Osama 14+7reb+8ast, R.Leon 13+10reb+5ast, Z.Biao 10+3reb, P.Shang 9+1reb
gschID: 118530




Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 24-1 
 2. DongGuan 21-4 
 3. Guandong 18-7 
 4. Jiangsu 15-10 
 5. Beijing 14-11 
 6. Bayi 14-12 
 7. Zhejiang G.L. 14-12 
 8. Zhejiang C. 13-12 
 9. Shandong 12-13 
 10. Liaoning 12-14 
 11. Shanghai 11-15 
 12. Shanxi Zh. 10-15 
 13. Jilin 10-16 
 14. Qingdao DS 9-16 
 15. Foshan 8-17 
 16. Fujian 5-20 
 17. TianJin R. 5-20 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.7 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang29.6 
 3. Morris, Beijing29.4 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.29.1 
 5. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.28.1 
 6. Emmett, Fujian28.0 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan26.4 
 8. Ramos, Zhejiang.25.2 
 9. Lamizana, TianJ.25.0 
 10. Harris, Shanghai24.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Jones, Fujian16.2 
 2. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 3. Harris, Shanghai14.5 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.8 
 5. Watkins, Jilin13.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.7 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan12.9 
 8. Moiso, Jiangsu12.5 
 9. Abbaas, Beijing11.8 
 10. Morris, Beijing11.6 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.5 
 2. Marbury, Foshan6.2 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu5.5 
 4. LiuWei, Shanghai5.1 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan5.1 
 6. Brown, Qingdao DS5.0 
 7. Lu, Fujian4.8 
 8. Green, Shanghai4.8 
 9. Allen, Shandong4.8 
 10. Jones, Guandong4.6 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.2 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang3.4 
 3. Hudson, Guandong3.0 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan2.5 
 6. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 7. Emmett, Fujian2.3 
 8. Smith, Liaoning2.2 
 9. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.2 
 10. Pickett, Jilin2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.7 
 2. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 3. Jones, Fujian1.8 
 4. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 5. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 6. Haislip, Guandong1.7 
 7. Wang, Bayi1.6 
 8. Zhang, Shanghai1.6 
 9. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 22-1 
 2. Svendborg 21-2 
 3. Naestved 18-7 
 4. Horsholm 15-10 
 5. Horsens IC 13-12 
 6. SISU 9-16 
 7. Aabyhoj 9-16 
 8. Vaerlose 8-17 
 9. Aalborg 4-21 
 10. Amager BK 4-21 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.4 
 3. Brasas, Amager BK22.0 
 4. Hall, Aalborg21.9 
 5. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 6. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 7. Roberts, Naestved19.0 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg18.8 
 9. Dennis, SISU18.3 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.9 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.1 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.6 
 5. St.John, Horsens IC9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.2 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.7 
 9. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.2 
 10. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.5 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.2 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.2 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.0 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj3.9 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.8 
 9. Jensen, Vaerlose3.8 
 10. Simonsen, Amager B.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hall, Aalborg4.0 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 3. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 4. Jakobsen, Bakken2.0 
 5. Dennis, SISU2.0 
 6. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
 7. Smedley, Naestved1.8 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg1.8 
 9. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 10. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.2 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 3. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 8. Johansen, Naestved0.8 
 9. Logan, Amager BK0.7 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 


Ligaen Round 24 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Ligaen.

The biggest surprise of round 24 was guest Aabyhoj's (9-16) road victory over Vaerlose (8-17) 84-77 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 26-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Edward Morris (203-F-84, college: Pittsburg St.) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Darko Jukic (199-90) chipped in 21 points and 5 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Aabyhoj moved-up to sixth place, which they share with SISU. Vaerlose lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. Aabyhoj is looking forward to face higher ranked Horsholm (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vaerlose will play against Naestved (#3) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Horsholm. Third ranked Naestved (18-7) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Horsholm (15-10) 58-57 in the fight for the third place. It was a good game for the former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Lee Roberts contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Jens Hakanowitz (204-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Horsholm. Horsholm's coach Milan Skobalj rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Naestved have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-7 record having two points less than leader Bakken. Horsholm at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Naestved will play against Vaerlose (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Horsholm will play against Aabyhoj (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Eighth-ranked Vaerlose (8-17) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Horsholm (15-10) on Wednesday. Horsholm managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Frederik Nielsen who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Pape Ba with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Horsholm maintains fourth position with 15-10 record. Vaerlose lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with 17 games lost. Horsholm will meet Aabyhoj (#7) on the road in the next round. Vaerlose will play against Naestved and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Aalborg managed to get a fourth victory. This time they won against sixth-ranked SISU 98-93. The winners were led by Henrik Falsvig who scored that evening 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists. Aalborg (4-21) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Amager BK. SISU lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Aalborg's next round opponent will be league's leader Bakken in Aarhus and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Horsens. Local Horsens IC (13-12) outscored 9th ranked Amager BK (4-21) 89-61 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Mike St.John who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Horsens IC's coach Kenneth Webb felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Horsens IC maintains fifth position with 13-12 record. Amager BK lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottomHorsens IC will face league's second-placed Svendborg at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Amager BK will play against SISU (#6) in Copenhagen.

In the last game of round 24 Horsens IC was defeated by Naestved in a road game 94-89.


Naestved - Horsens IC 94-89

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Horsens IC (13-12) was defeated on the road by third ranked Naestved (18-7) 94-89 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 31-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Naestved outrebounded Horsens IC 39-23 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Naestved especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay (OH)) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. The former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) who recorded 31 points and international forward Morten Sahlertz (198-89) added 19 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Naestved have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-7 record having two points less than leader Bakken. Loser Horsens IC keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Naestved will face Vaerlose (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Horsens IC will play against the league's second-placed Svendborg.
Top scorers:
Naestved: L.Roberts 23+14reb+3ast, P.Johansen 18+7reb+2ast, L.Hoirup 15+2reb+1ast, M.Kasiulevicius 13+4reb+1ast, D.Smedley 9+6reb+12ast, N.Christensen 9+3reb+1ast
Horsens IC: A.Voskuil 31+4reb+1ast, M.Sahlertz 19+3reb+1ast, M.St.John 12+7reb, R.Claitt 11+2reb+7ast, H.Schur 7+4reb+1ast, C.Lindberg 6+1reb
gschID: 95202


Horsholm - Vaerlose 77-75

Eighth-ranked Vaerlose (8-17) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Horsholm (15-10) on Wednesday. Horsholm managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 25-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Frederik Nielsen (180-88) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international power forward Jens Hakanowitz (204-80) who added 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was Senegalese power forward Pape Ba (207-80, college: Bethune-Cookman) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and forward Mads Rasmussen (191-86) scored 21 points. Four Vaerlose players scored in double figures. Horsholm maintains fourth position with 15-10 record. Vaerlose lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with 17 games lost. Horsholm will meet Aabyhoj (#7) on the road in the next round. Vaerlose will play against Naestved and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: J.Hakanowitz 18+10reb, F.Nielsen 18+7reb+4ast, A.Bak 17+2reb+3ast, B.Blackmon 8+5reb+2ast, P.Franck 5+2reb, P.Hertz 4+5reb+1ast
Vaerlose: M.Rasmussen 21+2reb+1ast, J.McFarlane 15+4reb+2ast, A.Karason 14+1reb, P.Ba 10+13reb+2ast, S.Jensen 7+7reb+5ast, O.Sedoc-Moller 6+1reb
gschID: 122347


Horsens IC - Amager BK 89-61

The game with biggest result difference took place in Horsens. Local Horsens IC (13-12) outscored 9th ranked Amager BK (4-21) 89-61 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Horsens IC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Amager BK to just 6 points in second quarter. Horsens IC dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Amager BK's 30. They outrebounded Amager BK 41-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. The former international swingman Alan Madsen (189-78) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. St.John is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. Horsens IC's coach Kenneth Webb felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian forward Nerijus Brasas (200-85) who recorded 15 points and guard Marc Pedersen (183-91) added 15 points respectively. Horsens IC maintains fifth position with 13-12 record. Amager BK lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottomHorsens IC will face league's second-placed Svendborg at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Amager BK will play against SISU (#6) in Copenhagen.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: M.St.John 26+14reb+1ast, A.Voskuil 13+2reb+3ast, H.Schur 12+3reb+1ast, A.Madsen 10+5reb+5ast, C.Lindberg 8+4reb, R.Claitt 8+4reb+5ast
Amager BK: M.Pedersen 15+1reb+1ast, N.Brasas 15+3reb+1ast, R.Larsen 8+2reb+2ast, B.Logan 6+8reb+1ast, P.Simonsen 6+1reb+1ast, S.Larsen 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 95199


Aalborg - SISU 98-93

Bottom-ranked Aalborg managed to get a fourth victory. This time they won against sixth-ranked SISU 98-93. SISU was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Aalborg forced 20 SISU turnovers. The winners were led by swingman Henrik Falsvig (192-89) who scored that evening 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists and American guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) supported him with 28 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Even 32 points and 5 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) by American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) did not help to save the game for SISU. His fellow American import forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) added 25 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aalborg (4-21) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Amager BK. SISU lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Aalborg's next round opponent will be league's leader Bakken in Aarhus and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: H.Falsvig 33+3reb+7ast, M.Hall 28+2reb+8ast, L.Kristiansen 14+5reb+2ast, B.Falkner 12+4reb+1ast, S.Sorensen 5+3reb, S.Eleraky 4+4reb
SISU: M.Dennis 32+2reb+5ast, D.Rutherford 25+10reb+2ast, D.Harder 12+4reb+5ast, M.Nielsen 11+3reb+7ast, M.Brown 8+6reb+1ast, M.Christensen 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 95200


Vaerlose - Aabyhoj 77-84

The biggest surprise of round 24 was guest Aabyhoj's (9-16) road victory over Vaerlose (8-17) 84-77 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 26-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Edward Morris (203-84, college: Pittsburg St.) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Darko Jukic (199-90) chipped in 21 points and 5 steals. Four Aabyhoj players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Soren Jensen (188-80) added 13 points and 8 assists respectively. Aabyhoj moved-up to sixth place, which they share with SISU. Vaerlose lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. Aabyhoj is looking forward to face higher ranked Horsholm (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vaerlose will play against Naestved (#3) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Aabyhoj: E.Morris 25+9reb+2ast, D.Jukic 21+4reb+3ast, A.Martin 14+5reb+6ast, R.Dalboge 14+2reb+2ast, R.Laier 6+4reb+1ast, M.Frandsen 4+7reb
Vaerlose: B.Colas 23+12reb+2ast, J.McFarlane 19, S.Jensen 13+3reb+8ast, P.Ba 8+4reb, M.Rasmussen 8+1reb+4ast, A.Karason 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 95201


Horsholm - Naestved 57-58

Important game to mention about took place in Horsholm. Third ranked Naestved (18-7) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Horsholm (15-10) 58-57 in the fight for the third place. Horsholm was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 17-11 charge of Naestved, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay (OH)) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Jens Hakanowitz (204-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and forward Alexander Bak (193-91) added 15 points in the effort for Horsholm. Horsholm's coach Milan Skobalj rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Naestved have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-7 record having two points less than leader Bakken. Horsholm at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Naestved will play against Vaerlose (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Horsholm will play against Aabyhoj (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Naestved: P.Johansen 18+13reb+1ast, L.Roberts 12+8reb+2ast, N.Christensen 8+4reb+2ast, P.Christensen 7+2reb, N.Andreasen 6+1reb, D.Smedley 3+8reb+5ast
Horsholm: J.Hakanowitz 20+10reb, A.Bak 15+4reb+1ast, J.Gilling 8+8reb, F.Nielsen 5+3reb+7ast, P.Franck 5+1reb+1ast, D.Balaton 2+1ast
gschID: 95198




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Dakota Wizards waive Lawrence Westbrook - by Eurobasket News
The Dakota Wizards announced today that they have waived guard Lawrence Westbrook (6'0''-G-88, agency: Edge Sports, college: Minnesota) due to injury and have re-acquired guard Brandon Johnson (6'0''-G-86, agency: Impact Basketball, college: San Diego). Johnson will be in uniform this weekend as the Wizards play host to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Saturday and Sunday.

Johnson was the second round pick, 24th overall, of the Wizards in the 2010 NBA Development League Draft. He appeared in 10 games (2 starts) and averaged 10.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He scored a season high 26 points against the Iowa Energy on November 20, 2010.

Westbrook was acquired on January 19, 2011 and appeared in 8 games with Dakota averaging 9.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

Courtesy of www.boxscorenews.com


Vipers record 100th franchise victory - by Eurobasket News
Texas L. - Rio Grande 112-122
The Vipers recorded their 100th franchise victory Tuesday night and their first win at Dr. Pepper Arena by beating the Texas Legends 122-112. Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) led the Vipers (24-12) with 24 points and 15 rebounds to record his NBA Development League-leading 20th double-double of the season. Richard Roby (6'6''-G-85) added 22 points in the victory while Mouhammad Faye (6'9''-F-85, college: SMU) netted a career-high 20. The Vipers were playing without coach Chris Finch, who was suspended Tuesday by the NBA Development League for two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection and for verbal abuse of officials following a Feb. 16 game against Austin. RGV opened the game on a 7-0 run and led by as many as 14 when Jerel McNeal hit a 3-pointer to make it 28-14 Vipers at the 4:06 mark of the first quarter. The Legends (17-19), however, outscored the Vipers 23-8 over the next 7:19 to take their first lead at 37-36 when Justin Dentmon (5'11''-G-85, college: Washington) hit a three-pointer. Jon Scheyer followed with his first basket as a Viper 11 seconds later to bring the Vipers back within one. The Vipers trailed by as many as eight at 54-46 with 3:24 remaining in the second quarter after Antonio Daniels hit a technical free throw and again at 58-50 after Kelvin Lewis hit a lay-up. The Vipers closed the quarter on a 6-0 run to pull within 58-56. Faye gave the Vipers the lead back twice in the third quarter, with a three-pointer to make it 68-67 at the 8:09 mark, and a three-point play to make it 80-79 at the 3:43 mark. Both times the Legends took the lead right back, but Patrick Sullivan connected on a transition slam dunk and Terrel Harris hit a driving lay-up as the Vipers took an 84-81 lead with 2:43 remaining in the third quarter. The Legends tied the game at 91-91 after a Lewis jumper early in the fourth, but the Vipers went on a 13-5 run capped by a Terrel Harris dunk to take a 104-96 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The Legends scored the next six points to get back within two, but that was as close as they got. The Legends were led by Dominique Johnson (6'3''-G-87, college: Azusa Pacific), who scored 24 points with a season-high 10 rebounds. The Vipers outrebounded the Legends 53-to-30 and 23-to-10 on the offensive glass. The Vipers return to action at noon on Thursday when they face the Maine Red Claws at the Portland Exposition Center. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com


Spurs recall James Anderson from Austin Toros - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled rookie James Anderson (6'6''-G-89, college: Oklahoma St.) from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. He will be available to play in San Antonio's game tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Anderson, a 6-6, 215-pound guard, was originally assigned to the Toros on January 26 for a rehab assignment after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot on November 11. He was recalled by the Spurs on January 29 and appeared in three games before being re-assigned to the Toros on February 7. Anderson played in seven games with Austin, averaging 14.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 25.1 minutes per game. He shot .447 (42-94) from the field, .346 (9-26) from three-point territory and .714 (10-14) from the free throw line.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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 24-11 
 3. Texas L. 17-19 
 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. Adrien, Rio Grande19.6 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.19.5 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.18.9 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande18.9 
 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: 12.3
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.3 
 2. Davidson, Idaho S.10.2 
 3. Sims, Iowa E.9.8 
 4. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.5 
 7. Alexander, Texas L.9.2 
 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. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 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. Lofton, Iowa E.2.3 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 7. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.1 
 8. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.2.0 
 10. Linhart, Erie B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.0 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 6. Sykes, Sioux F.1.9 
 7. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 
 8. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.7 
 9. Adrien, Rio Grande1.6 
 10. Goodridge, Spring.1.6 


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Standings - LIDOBA
SRT Standings
 1. CDP 0-0 
 2. CPN 0-0 
 3. Cupes 0-0 
 4. GUG 0-0 
 5. Plaza 0-0 
 6. Sameji 0-0 


Roster changes in Santiago - by Oscar Peralta
Santiago is set to start Feb. 24 rather than the 23rd after league and team officials agreed to the change. As we get closer to tip off teams have made little adjustments and some alterations have been made to some of the rosters.

CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago signed Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79), Juan Coronado (196-G-83) and Andy Genao (191-G/F-85, college: E.Washington) rejoin the team. Dustin Salisbery (196-G-84, college: Temple) and Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington) will not be part of the roster. The team decided not to go with salisbury and deleon is playing for palencia in the Leb gold.

CPN Pueblo Nuevo signed Dallas Logan (193-G-82, college: Northwood) to be there new point guard.

Cupes de los Pepines signed Ricardo Soliver (191-G-84, college: Iona).



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EMKL Round 26: Kalev/Cramo keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Kalev/Cramo as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Kalev/Cramo defeated 7th ranked TTU/Kalev II in Tallinn 92-76. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. TTU/Kalev II managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo forced 23 TTU/Kalev II turnovers. International guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. International forward Joosep Toome (202-85) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) replied with 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) for TTU/Kalev II. Kalev/Cramo (24-3) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. TTU/Kalev II lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 17 games lost. TTU/Kalev II will play next round against KK Parnu trying to get back on the winning streak. Kalev/Cramo will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Valga/CKE at home.
The game in Parnu supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked TTU/Kalev (18-5) played at the court of 8th ranked KK Parnu (6-20). TTU/Kalev smashed KK Parnu 104-80. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) scored 21 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Margus Klementsov chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. Forward Toomas Raadik (198-90) responded with 32 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TTU/Kalev have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-5 record having ten points less than leader Kalev/Cramo. KK Parnu at the other side keeps the eighth place with 20 games lost. TTU/Kalev will play against Valga/CKE (#5) on the road in the next round. KK Parnu will play against the league's second-placed TU/Rock in Tartu and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Valga was also quite interesting. Second ranked TU/Rock (23-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Valga/CKE (10-14). TU/Rock defeated Valga/CKE 84-72 on Monday. Callistus Eziukwu notched a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. TU/Rock's coach Indrek Visnapuu used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds by Ando Tagamets did not help to save the game for Valga/CKE. TU/Rock have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 23-2 record behind leader Kalev/Cramo. Loser Valga/CKE keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Rapla. TU/Rock will meet at home KK Parnu (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Valga/CKE will play against the league's leader Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn and hope to secure a win.
The game in Rapla was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked BC Rakvere (13-12) played at the court of 6th ranked Rapla (10-14). BC Rakvere defeated Rapla 89-78. The best player for the winners was Raimonds Vaikulis who scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. BC Rakvere maintains fourth position with 13-12 record. Newly promoted Rapla dropped to the fifth place with 14 games lost. BC Rakvere's next round opponent will be TTU/Kalev II (#7) in Tallinn. Rapla will play on the road against the league's second-placed TU/Rock in Tartu.

In the last game of round 26 TTU/Kalev smashed Voru KK on the road 102-82.
The most impressive performance of 26th round was 25 points and 13 rebounds by Silver Kuuba of Voru KK.



Voru KK - TTU/Kalev 82-102

No shocking result in a game when third ranked TTU/Kalev (18-5) crushed on the road bottom-ranked Voru KK (1-26) 102-82. The game was mostly controlled by TTU/Kalev. Voru KK was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TTU/Kalev forced 24 Voru KK turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Voru KK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Erik Keedus (194-90) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Silver Kuuba (198-74) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American guard Curtis Allen (193-85, college: ORU) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Voru KK players scored in double figures. TTU/Kalev have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-5 record having ten points less than leader Kalev/Cramo. Voru KK lost thirteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 26 lost games. TTU/Kalev's next round opponent will be Valga/CKE (#5) on the road.
Top scorers:
Voru KK: S.Kuuba 25+13reb+1ast, C.Allen 18+9reb+3ast, T.Kimask 16+2reb+1ast, M.Niklus 13+6reb+2ast, J.Wyatt 4+3reb, A.Velleramm 4+4reb+1ast
TTU/Kalev: B.Osby 17+8reb+2ast, E.Keedus 16+8reb+2ast, I.Pilk 14+2reb+2ast, R.Roos 14+1reb, C.Archibald 10+2ast, K.Makke 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 119576


Parnu - TTU/Kalev 80-104

The game in Parnu supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked TTU/Kalev (18-5) played at the court of 8th ranked KK Parnu (6-20). TTU/Kalev smashed KK Parnu 104-80. The game without a history. TTU/Kalev led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to KK Parnu's 42. TTU/Kalev forced 20 KK Parnu turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by KK Parnu's players. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) scored 21 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Margus Klementsov (169-89) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. Four TTU/Kalev players scored in double figures. Forward Toomas Raadik (198-90) responded with 32 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Rannar Raap (187-92) scored 17 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TTU/Kalev have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-5 record having ten points less than leader Kalev/Cramo. KK Parnu at the other side keeps the eighth place with 20 games lost. TTU/Kalev will play against Valga/CKE (#5) on the road in the next round. KK Parnu will play against the league's second-placed TU/Rock in Tartu and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Parnu: T.Raadik 32+8reb, R.Raap 17+1reb+2ast, R.Karner 14+1reb+3ast, M.Paasoja 8+4reb+1ast, T.Hamarsalu 5+6reb+1ast, K.Voolaid 2+5reb
TTU/Kalev: I.Pilk 21+1reb+4ast, M.Klementsov 17+5reb+2ast, E.Keedus 14+3reb+4ast, B.Osby 13+9reb+1ast, K.Makke 12+2reb, C.Archibald 9+9reb+4ast
gschID: 119573


Valga/CKE - TU/Rock 72-84

The game in Valga was also quite interesting. Second ranked TU/Rock (23-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Valga/CKE (10-14). TU/Rock defeated Valga/CKE 84-72 on Monday. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 31-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and international guard Rain Veideman (192-91) supported him with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four TU/Rock players scored in double figures. TU/Rock's coach Indrek Visnapuu used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds by the former international forward Ando Tagamets (200-79) did not help to save the game for Valga/CKE. The former international swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) added 16 points for the hosts. TU/Rock have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 23-2 record behind leader Kalev/Cramo. Loser Valga/CKE keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Rapla. TU/Rock will meet at home KK Parnu (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Valga/CKE will play against the league's leader Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Valga/CKE: A.Tagamets 18+10reb+2ast, V.Vares 16+4reb+2ast, A.Brown 14+6reb+1ast, D.Winston 9+3reb+4ast, A.Vasar 9+1reb+1ast, T.Oja 4+1reb+1ast
TU/Rock: R.Veideman 13+5reb, A.Paade 12+2reb+1ast, V.Allingu 11+3reb, C.Eziukwu 11+11reb+2ast, M.Doronin 11+3reb+3ast, S.Leppik 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 119574


Kalev/Cramo - TTU/Kalev II 92-76

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Kalev/Cramo as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Kalev/Cramo defeated 7th ranked TTU/Kalev II in Tallinn 92-76. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. TTU/Kalev II managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo forced 23 TTU/Kalev II turnovers. International guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. International forward Joosep Toome (202-85) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) replied with 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) and American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for TTU/Kalev II. Kalev/Cramo (24-3) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. TTU/Kalev II lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 17 games lost. TTU/Kalev II will play next round against KK Parnu trying to get back on the winning streak. Kalev/Cramo will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Valga/CKE at home.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev II: K.Akenparg 36+6reb+2ast, A.Arnold 15+6reb+2ast, M.Kaja 7+6reb+1ast, S.Raudla 6+5reb+4ast, M.Saarmets 4+4reb, K.Keres 4+3reb
Kalev/Cramo: G.Dorbek 15+2reb+3ast, J.Toome 14+4reb+1ast, T.Sokk 12+1reb+2ast, K.Kitsing 10+2reb, K.Saks 10+4reb, R.Keerles 9+6reb
gschID: 119575


Rapla - Rakvere 78-89

The game in Rapla was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked BC Rakvere (13-12) played at the court of 6th ranked Rapla (10-14). BC Rakvere defeated Rapla 89-78. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. Rapla was better in third quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-28 charity shots (89.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Latvian guard Raimonds Vaikulis (191-80) who scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Hall is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. Power forward Raido Ringmets (204-83) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Heigo Erm (190-80) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. BC Rakvere maintains fourth position with 13-12 record. Newly promoted Rapla dropped to the fifth place with 14 games lost. BC Rakvere's next round opponent will be TTU/Kalev II (#7) in Tallinn. Rapla will play on the road against the league's second-placed TU/Rock in Tartu.
Top scorers:
Rapla: H.Erm 22+6reb+2ast, R.Ringmets 21+9reb+2ast, A.Antson 13+3reb+1ast, S.Kaldre 7+2reb+4ast, I.Kajupank 7+1reb+1ast, R.Laane 6+1reb+3ast
Rakvere: R.Vaikulis 23+9reb+5ast, M.Hall 21+7reb+5ast, J.Vahter 13+8reb+2ast, M.Dorbek 13+1reb+2ast, J.Hiiuvain 9+2ast, V.Viljar 6+2reb
gschID: 119572




Vaikulis' 23 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old guard Raimonds Vaikulis (191-G-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Rakvere and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 23 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Rakvere in his team's victory, helping them to beat Rapla (#6, 10-14) 89-78. Rakvere maintains the 4th position in Estonian league. Rakvere 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 13-12 record. In the team's last game Vaikulis had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Rakvere, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Raimonds Vaikulis averages just after three games 16.7ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Silver Kuuba (198-F-74) of Voru KK. He is a forward in his 4th season at Voru KK. In the last game Kuuba recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Voru KK lost that game 82-102 to the higher-ranked TTU/Kalev (#3, 18-5). Voru KK are still at the very bottom. 26 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Voru KK managed to get this year. Kuuba is one of the most experienced players at Voru KK and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.7ppg (#9). He also registered 9.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kiur Akenparg (190-F-88) of TTU/Kalev II Tallinn (#7). Akenparg got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . Despite Akenparg's great performance TTU/Kalev II lost 76-92 to the higher-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#1, 24-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of TTU/Kalev II not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Akenparg could try to bring TTU/Kalev II's a little bit higher in the standings. Akenparg has a very solid season. In 25 games in Estonia he scored 12.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Raido Ringmets (204-C/F-83) of Rapla - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Bambale Osby (203-F-86) of TTU/Kalev - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Margus Klementsov (169-G-89) of TTU/Kalev - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Toomas Raadik (198-F-90) of Parnu - 32 points and 8 rebounds
8. Matthew Hall (191-G-86) of Rakvere - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of TU/Rock - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Erik Keedus (194-F-90) of TTU/Kalev - 16 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)


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 24-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 24-3 
 3. TTU/Kalev 19-5 
 4. Rakvere 13-12 
 5. Valga/CKE 10-15 
 6. Rapla 10-15 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 8-17 
 8. Parnu 6-20 
 9. Voru KK 1-26 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Erm, Rapla17.5 
 4. Raap, Parnu16.7 
 5. Brown, Va.16.4 
 6. Raadik, Parnu16.3 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.1 
 8. Osby, TT.14.8 
 9. Pilk, TT.14.8 
 10. Kuuba, Voru KK14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.4 
 3. Arnold, TT.10.9 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.9 
 5. Kuuba, Voru KK9.1 
 6. Osby, TT.8.9 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.4 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.5 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.6 
 2. Kriisa, TT.3.6 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 4. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.9 
 5. Oja, Va.2.8 
 6. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla2.6 
 9. Archibald, TT.2.6 
 10. Karner, Parnu2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 2. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 3. Karner, Parnu2.2 
 4. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 5. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 6. Doronin, TU/Rock2.1 
 7. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 9. Oja, Va.1.9 
 10. Erm, Rapla1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.9 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 3. Osby, TT.1.3 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.1 
 5. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 6. Brown, Va.0.8 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 8. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 9. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.20.8 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok19.4 
 3. Banks, Elitzur .18.6 
 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. Massey, Lokomotiv8.5 
 9. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 10. King, Etha8.4 
Assists Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Linehan, Nancy5.9 
 2. Millage, Khimik5.9 
 3. Brener, Elitzur .5.4 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok5.3 
 5. Wood, Dt.5.2 
 6. Ponkrashov, Spart.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. Renfroe, KK.2.3 
 5. Dabkus, Etha2.3 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 7. Holston, Karsiyaka2.2 
 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. Sene, Gravelines1.8 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 6. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 7. Clark, Szolnok1.6 
 8. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.5 
 9. Zavadsky, Khimik1.4 
 10. Bader, Szolnok1.4 


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  EUROCUP   


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. Owens, Azovmash7.5 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.5 
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
 Kristaps JANICENOKS
  VEF Riga
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.5 
 2. House, Azovmash2.5 
 3. Lukauskis, EWE B.2.5 
 4. Kirksay, Cajasol2.4 
 5. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 6. Jasen, Estudiantes2.3 
 7. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 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 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.0 
 2. Langford, Khimky17.8 
 3. Rakocevic, Efes P.16.5 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.16.1 
 5. McCalebb, Montepas.15.5 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympiakos15.5 
 7. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 8. Navarro, Regal B.14.6 
 9. San Emeterio, Caja L.14.3 
 10. Gregory, Union O.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirsad TURKCAN
  Fener.Ulker
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.7.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid7.1 
 3. Gist, Partizan7.0 
 4. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.0 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.5 
 6. Freeland, Unicaja6.4 
 7. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 9. Gregory, Union O.6.0 
 10. Wright, Charleroi5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.6.1 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.6 
 3. Eidson, Maccabi .4.4 
 4. Cook, Valencia4.4 
 5. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.4 
 6. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 7. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 8. Stipcevic, Cibona4.1 
 9. Rubio, Regal Barca4.1 
 10. Ilievski, Union O.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .3.1 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.4 
 3. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 4. Perkins, Maccabi .2.1 
 5. Smith, Lottomatica1.9 
 6. Stonerook, Montepas.1.9 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 8. Rubio, Regal Barca1.9 
 9. Ozbolt, Union O.1.7 
 10. Diamantidis, Panath.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid1.9 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 6. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 7. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 
 8. Barac, Caja Laboral1.2 
 9. Gist, Partizan1.1 
 10. Hines, Brose B.1.1 


A shocking defeat for Panathinaikos: 67-68 against Lietuvos Ritas - by Kostas Papadopoulos
A shocking defeat for Panathinaikos tonight at OAKA Arena at its game against Lietuvos Ritas (67-68). The Greens never persuaded their fans with their appearance, having a lot of problems both in defense (Lietuvos took 16 offensive rebounds) and in offense (having 2/16 at three-point shots). Lietuvos managed to enforce its rthythym and although its bad total percentages (18/42 at 2p, 5/15 at 3p), it came out of the game with aprecious win that gives the team a lot of chances to qylify at top-8.
The game did not start as the Greens could initially imagine since their defense was not strong enough and let the Lithuanians score 16 points in the first five minutes (11-16). This bad beginning seemed to press the Greek team, however, though the defense got much tougher, the difference in the score was increased (14-20, 2:32 before the end of the first period), to be shaped by the end at 3 points (20-23).
From the second periods start the pressing of the Green team was even bigger. That fact let the Greens pass ahead 2:35 after this beginning (26-25) and then even with three (28-25), completing a 8-2 serie, mainly due to Kaimakoglou defense and the consecutive offensive rebounds (3). However, Panathinaikos percentages on shooting (12/25) were not good and that gave Lietuvos the chance to draw (30-30). The final score was 39-34, in a game that Lietuvos enforced its tempo, without allowing the Greek team to run at an open court. Certainly, the 16 fouls of the Lithuanian team at this time led to this tempo (especially since Panathinaikos shot only 13 free throws). Perperoglou (8 points 4 rebs) and Batiste (7p-3reb) were the leaders from the Panathinaikos at this half, while Kaimakoglou offered a lot as well and Diamantidis with his 4 assists. From Lietuvos, El-Amin scored 7 points and Bjelica 6.
The second half began more intensively for the Greek team after its leading with 8 points (42-34) with a successful three point shot from Diamantidis. However, its next offensive choices were not good and gave Lietuvos the chance to decrease the difference up to the point (47-46). Kaimakoglou's entrance at that time (three minutes before the end of the period) gave the Green team the rhythm needed to end the period at 53-48.
However, the rhythm of the game was such as to give Lietuvos many hopes that it could win. And this feeling was even more strengthened at the draw of 55-55, 6:30 minutes before the end. The draw was kept (61-61) even at 3:21, after a three-pointer from Nweley, and mainly due to Lietuvos' offensive rebounds (13 until then - 9 in the second half). Another draw (63-63) after another offensive rebound from Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), and especially a successful free throw from Strawberry that brought Lietuvos ahead (63-64), made Green fans very anxious. An anxiety which got even bigger after consecutive missed three-point shots and another basket from Brad Newley (63-66) with 80 seconds remaining. A 2p shot from Batiste diminished the difference to a point (65-66), but another offensive rebound after a missed shot from El-Amin, gave Lietuvos another chance with 40 seconds remaining. Lietuvos though made the mistake, Diamantidis took the foul with 7.7 seconds remaining and his two successful free throws brought Panathinaikos ahead (67-66). El-Amin took the foul from Tepic, to suceed at his free throws as well (67-68) with 3.1 seconds remaining. Nicholas though missed the last three-point attempt and Lietuvos took the precious win.




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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto is rolling - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 37-38: Last season Finnish Champion Pyrinto (Tampere) is rolling into regular season 2010-11 victory. Tonight Pyrinto (31-7) defeated Kataja (Joensuu) 70-59 (30-25) and needs only a couple of more wins and the regular season win is clear. Quarters at Pyynikki sporthall today: 17-10, 13-15, 23-19, 17-15. Pyrinto's 'D' was tough and the hosts had only seven turnovers. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) led the 'reds' with 20 pts. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) added 17 pts. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) played only 24:47 minutes and was fouled out, but however he led Kataja with 16 pts. Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, agency: Court Side) had a double-double 13pts/12rbs.
Pyrinto - Kataja 70-59 (30-25). (Kenneth Lowe 20, Damon Williams 17, Antero Lehto 9 - Sami Lehtoranta 16, Darren Fells 13/12, Jared Newson 11).




INTERNATIONAL: Shawn Huff now in Italy - by Rauno Hurmalainen
After almost three seasons (2008 - by now) in Greece-A1 (Marousi and Kavala) Finnish NT Forward Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) has transfered and signed with Fulgor Libertas Forli (Italy-Lega2) for the rest of this season. Huff played this season 17 games on Kavala roster averaging 5,4 ppg - 3,2 rpg. Huff will be the third Finnish NT player in Italy Lega2 (2010-11) as Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) (N.Ferrara) and Gerald Lee Jr (208-F-87, college: ODU) (Snaidero Udine) have been the key players on their own rosters all season. The other two Finland NT players Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) (CS Bologna) and Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80) (Cimberio Varese) are playing in Italy Serie-A.

Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 31-7 
 2. KTP 25-10 
 3. Kataja 25-12 
 4. Korihait 23-13 
 5. Honka 21-13 
 6. Kouvot 19-17 
 7. Karhu 16-19 
 8. ToPo 16-20 
 9. Namika Lahti 13-22 
 10. Salon Vilpas 13-23 
 11. LrNMKY 8-28 
 12. Tarmo 5-31 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23
 1. Wilson, Honka23.0 
 2. Lewis, LrNM.21.0 
 3. Heard, Tarmo21.0 
 4. Wood, Karhu20.2 
 5. Blanchard, ToPo19.9 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.4 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.2 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto19.1 
 10. Moore, LrNM.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Wood, Karhu13.2 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.8 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 4. Young, Tarmo10.0 
 5. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo9.6 
 7. Vinson, Kouvot9.4 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto9.4 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.9 
 10. Belser, Honka8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steffan JOHNSON
  Karhu
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Johnson, Karhu4.6 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.6 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 4. Wood, Karhu4.1 
 5. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait3.8 
 7. Virtanen, Kataja3.8 
 8. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.7 
 9. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 10. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 2. Fields, KTP2.0 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Newson, Kataja1.8 
 6. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.7 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 9. Ayers, Namika L.1.6 
 10. Richards, ToPo1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1
 1. Reaves, Korihait1.0 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.9 
 3. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 4. Blanchard, ToPo0.7 
 5. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Moore, LrNM.0.6 
 8. Gonner, Kouvot0.6 
 9. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 10. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.6 


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  GERMANY   


Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Eddie Seward Controlled Everything On The Defensive End In The 4th Against Bonn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 87-78 win against The Telekom Baskets Bonn.

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?


It wasn't tiring but we just had to stay patient and work on putting the game away this time.

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?

Eddie Seward was big for us. He controlled everything on the defensive end for us in the fourth quarter.

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


We have learned how to close out games now.

Have you ever seen a more dominating center in the BEKO BBL in one game then Chris Ensminger on this night getting 20 points and 20 rebounds?


I honestly did not know he had a game like that. That was a very quiet 20-20 game.

Jacob Burtschi had a strong game with 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. Is he a guy where you could imagine seeing him get a triple double in the BEKO BBL?



He is capable of getting one. He is a good all round player that plays with a lot of energy.

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?


It was just a showcase on the offensive end. I loved watching the activities that go on the night before the game.

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?

If he develops a jumper he will be in the discussion with the other pgs about who is the best.

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


I would say Charles Barkley. He done everything imagainable but just couldn't get a ring.

Thanks for the chat Quentin.


Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Play For Each Other And That Makes Them Hard To Beat - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket following the 68-67 loss against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.

You are now 0-4 against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. How much more frustrating does it get with every new loss to Frankfurt?


Pretty frustrating


The game was tied 32-32 at halftime. What did Braunschweig do the best in the first half?

Contain their guards.

In the fourth quarter Dashaun Wood won the game with a last shot. Was there anything Braunschweig could of done better to defend the American on that play?


We could of fouled him earlier or not fouled him at all, but its easy to say what we should have done when the game is over.


Frankfurt ended the 94-91 win in Frankfurt with a 7-0 run and on a 7-1 run in the 68-67 win in Braunschweig. How strange is that?


Pretty strange


What do you think makes Frankfurt so strong as a team even when they have many injuries?


I just think they are a team. They understand their roles, they are content with their roles , they play for each other and it makes them hard to beat.



Braunschweig seemed to do a pretty good job containing Wood at times, but let him score twice in the last two minutes inside. Is it just about impossible to shut him down on shooting and penetration combined? Braunschweig did stop his shooting.

I think we did a decent job on him, he is going to score at some points but you just have to make it as tough as possible.

Have you ever had such a big revenge feeling in your basketball career for the cup game against Frankfurt in April?


Yes I have

What did you enjoy most about the NBA Allstar games growing up?


Just being around family and eating good food.

Thanks Kev for the chat.


Dashaun Wood (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) I Will Watch Film And Just Say Wow, I Cant Believe I Made That Shot - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) is a 25 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his first season in Germany for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. This past summer he played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (LA Clippers). Dashaun took time to talk to Eurobasket before the game against The Artland Dragons February 20th.


Congrats on the 68-67 win against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. I guess this wasnt a game for weak nerves?

No it wasnt. The game went back and fourth and came down to a shot at the end. It was a great win despite being shorthanded and getting it against such a good team like Braunschweig.


What is the status of captain Pascal Roller?


He has a twisted ankle. He might be out a week or two.


What is the status on Dominic Bahiense De Mello?



He is doing well. He has nothing serious. He got a knee in the thigh. It isnt a bad injury.


How did you mentally prepare for the Braunschweig game knowing that the team was badly shorthanded?


I just took the game as a big challenge. Coach told us it was a challenge and made us believe that we could win. We had six strong veteran players, but only five players can play. We were lucky that we had our starting five.


You lauded Quantez Robertson very much after the game. How importnat was he for the win?


Tez always does the important things that are not seen on the stats. His biggest job was playing 40 minutes and defending the Braunschweig guards. He had the same energy and intensity for 40 minutes. I strongly believe that we would not have won without Tez.



Another player that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners could not have won without was Kimmo Muurinen. He seems to have made big strides this season.


Kimmo is probably the most improved player this season. He started the season very defense minded, but in the last games has really been outstanding on offense. he is penetrating and shooting very well. When a team has 3-4 guys that can score on a regular basis always makes them more dangerous.


I had no idea how well Kimmo Muurinen could penetrate.


Kimmo can penetrate. He came to me during the game in Braunschweig and told me that he felt very comfortable penetrating and I told him go for it. He made big plays as a result.


How do you know if you will score or be more the playmaker?


Each game and each team is different. Before every game we get a system from the coach and that is what we have to follow. Some games I will get 12 assists like against Ulm and other games where I wills core 30 points. I just take what the defense gives me.


Why does it still shock you that there are certain shots that you make?



I will watch film and just say wow, I cant believe that I made that shot. For example my fourth quarter three pointer beating Butler and going to the NCAA tournament. It has been that since I was little, just having a hard time believing that I can make a certain shot. I love to compete and I think that you can never appreciate what you do until its over.


It seemed like The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were unable to stop Lamarr Greer.



He shot well in the first game against us at home too. We had problems getting to him, but on the last play where it counted most, we were able to stop him and get the win.



How happy are you with the 2011 BEKO BBL cup draw?


I cant say that I am happy since there are three very good teams and that we have to beat two of the three teams. We are excited to be going to the Top 4. That is why we come to play the game because of games like these. We are confident that we can win it.


The next game is against the Artland Dragons. How excited are you about this duel?


They are one of the best teams and I am looking forward to the challenge. They are playing well and it will be a good challenge. We will have to bring our A game against The Artland Dragons.


I think that it wont only be The Deutsche Bank Skyliners against The Artland Dragons but DaShaun Wood against Tyrese Rice.


Rice is a great guy and we both will try to lead our teams to victory. We also respect each other. I think that it will be a great match up of two players accepting the challenge and defending each other which we saw in the day with Larry Bird-Magic Johnson or Kobe Bryant-Tracy Mcgrady.


Will Wood or Rice decide the game?



I think that it will come down to just more than me or him. I didnt have my best game in Braunschweig, but we still won. The club that plays more team basketball will win.


How did you like The 2011 NBA slam dunk contest?


I think that it was one of the best in a long time. There were exciting dunks as well as new dunks over cars or from the free throw line. I think a reason why it was so good than in past years was that there were very good dunkers like Blake Griffin who is so electrifying or Jamaal Mcghee who is a seven footer but jumps like a wing player. The competition got the crowd excited.


Who are your early NCAA 2011 Final 4 picks?


Pittsburgh, Duke, Kansas and my sleeper is Texas.



What was the last DVD movie that you saw?



Bad Boys 2.

Thanks Dashaun for the chat.




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  GREECE   


A shocking defeat for Panathinaikos: 67-68 against Lietuvos Ritas - by Kostas Papadopoulos
A shocking defeat for Panathinaikos tonight at OAKA Arena at its game against Lietuvos Ritas (67-68). The Greens never persuaded their fans with their appearance, having a lot of problems both in defense (Lietuvos took 16 offensive rebounds) and in offense (having 2/16 at three-point shots). Lietuvos managed to enforce its rthythym and although its bad total percentages (18/42 at 2p, 5/15 at 3p), it came out of the game with aprecious win that gives the team a lot of chances to qylify at top-8.
The game did not start as the Greens could initially imagine since their defense was not strong enough and let the Lithuanians score 16 points in the first five minutes (11-16). This bad beginning seemed to press the Greek team, however, though the defense got much tougher, the difference in the score was increased (14-20, 2:32 before the end of the first period), to be shaped by the end at 3 points (20-23).
From the second periods start the pressing of the Green team was even bigger. That fact let the Greens pass ahead 2:35 after this beginning (26-25) and then even with three (28-25), completing a 8-2 serie, mainly due to Kaimakoglou defense and the consecutive offensive rebounds (3). However, Panathinaikos percentages on shooting (12/25) were not good and that gave Lietuvos the chance to draw (30-30). The final score was 39-34, in a game that Lietuvos enforced its tempo, without allowing the Greek team to run at an open court. Certainly, the 16 fouls of the Lithuanian team at this time led to this tempo (especially since Panathinaikos shot only 13 free throws). Perperoglou (8 points 4 rebs) and Batiste (7p-3reb) were the leaders from the Panathinaikos at this half, while Kaimakoglou offered a lot as well and Diamantidis with his 4 assists. From Lietuvos, El-Amin scored 7 points and Bjelica 6.
The second half began more intensively for the Greek team after its leading with 8 points (42-34) with a successful three point shot from Diamantidis. However, its next offensive choices were not good and gave Lietuvos the chance to decrease the difference up to the point (47-46). Kaimakoglou's entrance at that time (three minutes before the end of the period) gave the Green team the rhythm needed to end the period at 53-48.
However, the rhythm of the game was such as to give Lietuvos many hopes that it could win. And this feeling was even more strengthened at the draw of 55-55, 6:30 minutes before the end. The draw was kept (61-61) even at 3:21, after a three-pointer from Nweley, and mainly due to Lietuvos' offensive rebounds (13 until then - 9 in the second half). Another draw (63-63) after another offensive rebound from Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), and especially a successful free throw from Strawberry that brought Lietuvos ahead (63-64), made Green fans very anxious. An anxiety which got even bigger after consecutive missed three-point shots and another basket from Brad Newley (63-66) with 80 seconds remaining. A 2p shot from Batiste diminished the difference to a point (65-66), but another offensive rebound after a missed shot from El-Amin, gave Lietuvos another chance with 40 seconds remaining. Lietuvos though made the mistake, Diamantidis took the foul with 7.7 seconds remaining and his two successful free throws brought Panathinaikos ahead (67-66). El-Amin took the foul from Tepic, to suceed at his free throws as well (67-68) with 3.1 seconds remaining. Nicholas though missed the last three-point attempt and Lietuvos took the precious win.




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  HUNGARY   


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Doyne, Falco-Szova22.1 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.1 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.6 
 5. El-Amin, PVSK P.20.5 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.9 
 7. Townes, Soproni19.7 
 8. Rubin, Szedeak19.3 
 9. Sales, Atomeromu19.1 
 10. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Townes, Soproni11.8 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu11.5 
 3. Jones, Albacomp9.3 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari9.2 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.0 
 6. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.9 
 7. Bell, Kormend8.7 
 8. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 9. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.2 
 10. Cunningham, Kapos.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Kelley, Soproni6.6 
 3. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok6.2 
 5. Simon, Albacomp6.2 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.6 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.2 
 9. LaGrange, Kecsk.4.3 
 10. Horvath, Szolnok4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.7 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.0 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.7 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 5. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.6 
 6. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Kaman, ZTE K.2.4 
 8. Singletary, FS Debre.2.4 
 9. Sales, Atomeromu2.4 
 10. Clark, Szolnok2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.6 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.1 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.5 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 5. Keller, Albacomp1.1 
 6. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.0 
 7. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.0.9 
 8. Langford, FS Debre.0.9 
 9. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.9 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu0.9 


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  IRAN   


Zob Ahan complete WABA League semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
Champville - Zob Ahan 76:80

Zob Ahan became the fourth semifinalists of WABA League. They completed the sweep of their quarterfinal series against Champville in Lebanon yesterday. Zob Ahan claimed a narrow win to set up a semifinal clash versus Syrian Jalaa. Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) stepped up with impressive 29 points and 13 rebounds to pace Zob Ahan.
Champville started the game confidently. The hosts ensured a 22:18 lead after ten minutes of action. Zob Ahan erased the deficit in the second term leveling things up at 35 after twenty minutes. Champville returned the lead in the third term. The hosts entered the fourth quarter up by four points 61:57 but could not capitalize. Zob Ahan went on a deadly rally in the final five minutes of regulation to steal the victory at the end. Carlos Powell (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) replied with 19 points for Champville. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) delivered 19 points in the losing effort.

Champville: Fadi El Khatib 19, Jasmon Youngblood 19
Zob Ahan: Ousmane Barro 29+13 boards, Carlos Powell 19, Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) 12



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  ISRAEL   


James' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old power forward Shawn James (208-F/C-83, agency: ZAG Advocates) put on an amazing game in the last round for Bnei Hasharon and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Ironi Ashkelon (#10, 4-14) with 21-point margin 96-75. Thanks to this victory Bnei Hasharon moved-up to the 3rd position in the Israeli league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bnei Hasharon will need more victories to improve their 11-7 record. James has many years of experience at Bnei Hasharon, through which he has constantly improved. Northeastern University graduate has very impressive stats this year. James leads league in rebounds with 11.1rpg. James is in league's top in and averages solid 3.2bpg and 65.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Impact Basketball) of Elitzur Netanya. He is American forward in his first season at Elitzur Netanya. In the last game Brown recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Elitzur Netanya lost that game 93-103 to the higher-ranked Hapoel J-M (#2, 11-7). Elitzur Netanya is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-12 record. Brown is a newcomer at Elitzur Netanya and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Aaron McGhee (202-F-79) of Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (#4). McGhee scored 26 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite McGhee's great performance Maccabi Rishon lost 81-88in overtime to slightly lower-ranked Hapoel Holon (#6, 9-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Maccabi Rishon needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 8 lost games. McGhee has a great season in Israel. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.5rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rich Melzer (203-F-79) of Hapoel Holon - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Boris Rothbart (218-C-86) of Maccabi Haifa - 16 points and 15 rebounds
6. Yuval Naimy (188-G-85) of Hapoel J-M - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Warren Carter (206-F-85) of Galil Gilboa - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Rahshon Turner (201-F-75) of Ironi Ashkelon - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Meir Tapiro (194-G-75) of Maccabi Ashdod - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists
10. Kasib Powell (201-F-81) of Hapoel Holon - 24 points, 12 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)


Hapoel Holon add Tamir Ariely - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Holon have agreed on terms of contract with Tamir Ariely (189-G-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA). The 20-year-old guard started the season in Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. Last season Tamir Ariely played for Hapoel Kiryat Tivon. He tallied 12.8 points, 5.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per appearance. Tamir Ariely played at the U20 European Championship in Division B last year. The guard notched 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists for Israel in Austria.


National League Round 20: Hapoel T-A edges Megido/Yokneam by two points - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Third-ranked Megido/Yokneam (12-8) made lots of trouble for first ranked Hapoel T-A (19-1) in Tel-Aviv on Saturday. Hapoel T-A managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Megido/Yokneam. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Megido/Yokneam helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami (FL)) who scored 37 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) chipped in 30 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Megido/Yokneam's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first position with 19-1 record. Megido/Yokneam at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Elitzur Yavne. Hapoel T-A are looking forward to face Hapoel Beeri (#13) in Beer-Shev in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Megido/Yokneam will play at home against Elitzur Ramla (#9) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Maccabi HBK (14-6) against sixth ranked Beer Yaakov (11-9) on Tuesday night. Host Maccabi HBK was defeated by Beer Yaakov in Habikaa 92-82. Guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Jermaine Hall contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB, agency: Lanshire Group) replied with 30 points and 7 rebounds for Maccabi HBK. Beer Yaakov moved-up to fifth place. Maccabi HBK at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Afula (#8) at home in the next round. Maccabi HBK will play against Hapoel Tivon (#6) in Kiryat Tivon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya managed to get the third consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Hapoel Beeri in Beer-Shev 70-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hapoel Beeri. Worth to mention a great performance of Jeron Roberts who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists. Stacey Moragne responded with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Hapoel Beeri's coach Hanoch Mints let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ironi Nahariya have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourteenth position with 5-15 record. Loser Hapoel Beeri dropped to the twelfth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Lev Hasharon. Ironi Nahariya will meet higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Beeri will play against the league's leader Hapoel T-A (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Leader Hapoel T-A delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Hapoel Tivon (10-10) 93-78 in Tel-Aviv. The winners were led by Brian Asbury who scored that evening 24 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first position with 19-1 record. Hapoel Tivon at the other side dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. Hapoel T-A's next round opponent will be Hapoel Beeri (#13) in Beer-Shev which should be an easy win for them. Hapoel Tivon will play at home against the league's second-placed Maccabi HBK (#2) in Habikaa.
The game in Afula was also quite interesting. Third ranked Megido/Yokneam (12-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Hapoel Afula (9-11). Megido/Yokneam did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 90-73 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Ramon Clemente who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 18 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Megido/Yokneam have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 12-8 record having seven points less than leader Hapoel T-A, which they share with Elitzur Yavne. Loser Hapoel Afula dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. Megido/Yokneam will face Elitzur Ramla (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Hapoel Afula will play against Beer Yaakov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 20 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Elitzur Yavne crushed Lev Hasharon in a road game 95-72. Hod Hasharon beat Kohav Yair at home 92-85. Ironi Ramat Gan lost to Elitzur Ramla on the opponent's court 86-89.



Hapoel Afula - Megido/Yokneam 73-90

The game in Afula was also quite interesting. Third ranked Megido/Yokneam (12-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Hapoel Afula (9-11). Megido/Yokneam did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 90-73 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Megido/Yokneam. Hapoel Afula was better in fourth quarter 32-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hapoel Afula 43-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 18 rebounds. American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American forward Bryant Markson (198-83, college: Utah) added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Megido/Yokneam have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 12-8 record having seven points less than leader Hapoel T-A, which they share with Elitzur Yavne. Loser Hapoel Afula dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. Megido/Yokneam will face Elitzur Ramla (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Hapoel Afula will play against Beer Yaakov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Megido/Yokneam: R.Clemente 28+18reb, N.Miller 18+9reb+3ast, J.Shtarkman 12+3reb+4ast, N.Tishman 7+4reb+3ast, O.Tal 6+1reb+1ast, T.Bar Even 5+1reb+2ast
Hapoel Afula: T.Michael Dunne 23+11reb+2ast, B.Markson 22+5reb+4ast, D.Hugee 10+7reb, O.Shmidt 9+1reb+2ast, Y.Dvir 4+3ast, G.Aud 3+2reb+6ast
gschID: 105645


Maccabi HBK - Beer Yaakov 82-92

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Maccabi HBK (14-6) against sixth ranked Beer Yaakov (11-9) on Tuesday night. Host Maccabi HBK was defeated by Beer Yaakov in Habikaa 92-82. The guests were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 28-24 run, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi HBK was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. American guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB, agency: Lanshire Group) replied with 30 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Steffon Bradford (200-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi HBK. Beer Yaakov moved-up to fifth place. Maccabi HBK at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Afula (#8) at home in the next round. Maccabi HBK will play against Hapoel Tivon (#6) in Kiryat Tivon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Beer Yaakov: Y.Bet-Yosef 23+3reb+3ast, J.Gomes 18+3reb+1ast, J.Hall 18+7reb+3ast, O.Farhi 12+5reb+6ast, I.Bochman 10+5reb+4ast, G.Karni 7+4reb
Maccabi HBK: P.Delaney 30+7reb+3ast, S.Bradford 15+8reb+1ast, E.Skverer 11+4reb+3ast, I.Grinboim 10+1reb+1ast, M.Moscovitz 8+6reb, N.Matalon 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 105646


Hapoel T-A - Hapoel Tivon 93-78

Leader Hapoel T-A delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Hapoel Tivon (10-10) 93-78 in Tel-Aviv. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel T-A. Hapoel Tivon was better in fourth quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel T-A forced 19 Hapoel Tivon turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Hapoel T-A especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami (FL)) who scored that evening 24 points and Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) supported him with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds by power forward Kobi Izik (204-83, agency: Avi Zilberman) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Tivon. Guard Oded Shaashoua (187-82, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 13 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals for the guests. Four Hapoel T-A and five Hapoel Tivon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first position with 19-1 record. Hapoel Tivon at the other side dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. Hapoel T-A's next round opponent will be Hapoel Beeri (#13) in Beer-Shev which should be an easy win for them. Hapoel Tivon will play at home against the league's second-placed Maccabi HBK (#2) in Habikaa.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: B.Asbury 24+4reb+1ast, A.Uter 16+5reb+1ast, E.Eliyah 13+6reb+2ast, G.Eytan 13+1reb+3ast, M.Naor 7+4reb+4ast, T.Chaimovic 6+2reb+9ast
Hapoel Tivon: K.Izik 19+5reb+3ast, B.Strong 15+6reb, O.Shaashoua 13+6reb+7ast, B.Timor 12+1reb+5ast, J.Horovitz 11+3reb+1ast, L.Arieli 3
gschID: 105647


Hapoel Beeri - Ironi Nahariya 64-70

Bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya managed to get the third consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Hapoel Beeri in Beer-Shev 70-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hapoel Beeri. Hapoel Beeri was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of Ironi Nahariya, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ironi Nahariya made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Jeron Roberts (194-76, college: Wyoming, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists and American forward Jason Johnson (203-86, college: S.Carolina St.) who added 12 points and 19 rebounds during the contest. American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) responded with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Haran Shifman (183-84) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Hapoel Beeri's coach Hanoch Mints let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ironi Nahariya have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourteenth position with 5-15 record. Loser Hapoel Beeri dropped to the twelfth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Lev Hasharon. Ironi Nahariya will meet higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Beeri will play against the league's leader Hapoel T-A (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: J.Roberts 25+4reb+4ast, J.Johnson 12+19reb, A.Pereg 11+3reb+1ast, O.Ben Hemo 9+4reb, E.Drayton 9+10reb+2ast, A.Ohana 2
Hapoel Beeri: S.Moragne 12+9reb+4ast, H.Shifman 11+6reb+4ast, D.Aidan 9+7reb+1ast, G.Dotan 8+5reb+1ast, R.Canady Jr. 7+7reb, T.Havkin 6+3reb
gschID: 105641


Lev Hasharon - Elitzur Yavne 72-95

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Lev Hasharon (7-13) was crushed at home by fourth ranked Elitzur Yavne (12-8) 95-72 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Elitzur Yavne led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Elitzur Yavne forced 21 Lev Hasharon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals. Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Antwan Henry Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 16 points and 11 assists respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Elitzur Yavne moved-up to third place, which they share with Megido/Yokneam. Lev Hasharon lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Elitzur Yavne will face bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya (#14) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Lev Hasharon will play against Kohav Yair in Kohav Yair and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: C.Timberlake 21+1reb+1ast, K.Wilson 19+13reb+1ast, E.Hofman 18+4reb+2ast, O.Brandwein 13+2reb+6ast, N.Golan 8+3reb+5ast, G.Cohen 5+4reb+1ast
Lev Hasharon: L.Wade 19+10reb+1ast, A.Henry Dobie 16+1reb+11ast, O.Hover 13+6reb+2ast, R.Pitshon 7+4reb+1ast, G.Lavie 6, I.Eiram 5+1reb
gschID: 105642


Hod Hasharon - Kohav Yair 92-85

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Hod Hasharon (8-12) defeated at home 9th ranked Kohav Yair (8-12) 92-85 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-85. Kohav Yair was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was naturalized Latvian swingman Gerry Gendel (203-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Jitim Young (188-81, college: Northwestern, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 21 points and 7 assists. American forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Aviram Zelkovits (191-89) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Kohav Yair players scored in double figures. Hod Hasharon moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Kohav Yair. Kohav Yair lost fourth consecutive game. Hod Hasharon will face higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: G.Gendel 22+7reb+1ast, J.Young 21+2reb+7ast, K.Sharvit 20+1reb+3ast, E.Ventura 8+1reb+2ast, O.Ron 7+1reb+3ast, S.Brandy 6+8reb+2ast
Kohav Yair: E.Traimel 20+7reb+1ast, A.Zelkovits 17+3reb+4ast, S.Molnar 10+2reb+1ast, S.Ibrahim 10+13reb, G.Amitai 8+2reb+4ast, S.Harush 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 105643


Elitzur Ramla - Ironi Ramat Gan 89-86

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (9-11) was edged on the road by tenth ranked Elitzur Ramla (9-11) 89-86 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-45 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Elitzur Ramla made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game, while Ironi Ramat Gan only scored four points from the stripe. Ironi Ramat Gan was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Ilan Berkowitz (186-75) who scored 24 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. American forward David Paris (205-84, college: Bowie St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Albert Fisher (184-86, college: Kent St.) produced 26 points and 4 assists and naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for the guests. Five Elitzur Ramla and four Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan and Hapoel Afula. Elitzur Ramla will face higher ranked Megido/Yokneam (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: I.Berkowitz 24+4reb+6ast, D.Paris 20+11reb+2ast, A.Sukar 19+3reb+3ast, D.Davidi 12+1reb+4ast, K.Young 11+3reb, L.Levi 3+2reb+2ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Fisher 26+4reb+4ast, I.Rosefelt 17+13reb+2ast, Y.Yatzkan 16+4ast, O.Brener 10+1reb+1ast, J.Thomas 9+3reb+3ast, S.Colwell 6+3reb
gschID: 105644


Round 18
Hapoel T-A - Megido/Yokneam 86-84

Third-ranked Megido/Yokneam (12-8) made lots of trouble for first ranked Hapoel T-A (19-1) in Tel-Aviv on Saturday. Hapoel T-A managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Megido/Yokneam. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Megido/Yokneam helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami (FL)) who scored 37 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) chipped in a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Megido/Yokneam players scored in double figures. Megido/Yokneam's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first position with 19-1 record. Megido/Yokneam at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Elitzur Yavne. Hapoel T-A are looking forward to face Hapoel Beeri (#13) in Beer-Shev in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Megido/Yokneam will play at home against Elitzur Ramla (#9) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: B.Asbury 37+8reb+1ast, A.Uter 30+11reb+2ast, G.Eytan 6+2reb+2ast, Y.Rokni 6+7reb+1ast, T.Chaimovic 3+3reb+1ast, Y.Lahat 2+3reb+5ast
Megido/Yokneam: N.Miller 22+7reb+1ast, R.Clemente 19+7reb+2ast, N.Tishman 11, J.Shtarkman 10+3reb, C.Buchman 8+6reb, R.Barzilay 5+1ast
gschID: 121811




Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 19-1 
 2. Maccabi HBK 14-6 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 12-8 
 4. Megido/Yokneam 12-8 
 5. Beer Yaakov 11-9 
 6. Hapoel Tivon 10-10 
 7. Ironi Ramat Gan 9-11 
 8. Hapoel Afula 9-11 
 9. Elitzur Ramla 9-11 
 10. Kohav Yair 8-12 
 11. Hod Hasharon 8-12 
 12. Lev Hasharon 7-13 
 13. Hapoel Beeri 7-13 
 14. Ironi Nahariya 5-15 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A26.4 
 2. Moragne, Hapoel B.25.4 
 3. Hall, Beer Yaakov23.7 
 4. Miller, Megido/Y.23.7 
 5. Clemente, Megido.22.7 
 6. Gomez, Beer Yaakov22.4 
 7. Delaney, Maccabi .22.1 
 8. Timberlake, Elitzu.21.3 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon21.1 
 10. Dobie, Lev Hasharon20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.3 
 3. Brandy, Hod H.10.6 
 4. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.10.0 
 5. Clemente, Megido.10.0 
 6. Strong, Hapoel T.9.8 
 7. Moragne, Hapoel B.9.7 
 8. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 9. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 10. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yaron LAHAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.8 
 2. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.4 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.2 
 4. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.6.0 
 5. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.6 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.4 
 7. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri5.3 
 8. Housman, Hapoel T.5.2 
 9. Skverer, Maccabi .4.6 
 10. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.2.9 
 2. Delaney, Maccabi .2.8 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.8 
 4. Bochman, Beer Y.2.7 
 5. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.5 
 6. Markson, Hapoel A.2.4 
 7. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 8. Hofman, Elitzur .2.1 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon2.1 
 10. Harush, Kohav Yair2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.3 
 2. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.1 
 4. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 5. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.7 
 6. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.7 
 7. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Wade, Lev Hasharon1.4 
 10. Clemente, Megido.1.3 


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Nihad Dedovic lifts Lottomatica to first victory in Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Top 16, Round 5: Union Olimpija - Lottomatica 76-87

Lottomatica grabbed the first victory in Euroleague Top 16, Group F. They celebrated against Union Olimpija in Ljubljana joining them with 1-4 record. Both teams already lost all chances to reach the Quarterfinals. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up for the Italians with 20 points, including 8 of 10 from the field. He reached valuation 29 and was the MVP of this game. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) secured a nice help adding 15, while Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) followed with 13 points. Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points and 6 rebounds in this win. On the other side, Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) scored 18 points for the home side. Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) and Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) (5 as) had 15 and 14 points respectively.
Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Lottomatica ended the first period 14-20 and Olimpija replied with 27-17 for the next ten minutes. However, Nihad Dedovic and his teammates took control on the hosts after the breather. They nailed 28 points in Q3, while limiting Olimpija to just 14. It means that Lottomatica was 55-65 ahead after 30 minutes and they had no troubles to keep their lead for rest of the game.
In the last round of Top 16, what will also be the last appearance for both teams in Euroleague this season, Lottomatica will host Maccabi Electra, while Union Olimpija goes to Barcelona.

Union Olimpija: Kenny Gregory 18, Saso Ozbolt 15, Vlado Ilievski 14+5 as
Lottomatica: Nihad Dedovic 20, Darius Washington 15, Luigi Datome 13, Vladimir Dasic 10+6 boards


Trento inks Andres Forray - by Eurobasket News
Andres Forray (188-G-86) is a new member of Trento. The Argentinean/Italian guard signed a deal for rest of the season. Trento currently has 15-8 record in A dilettanti.
Andres Forray arrives to his new club from MarcoPoloShop.it Forli. He played 17 games for them in LegaDue averaging 4.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Few days ago he moved to Banca Tercas Teramo for try-out, but didnt get a contract. Forray was a member of Forli since 2008. Last season he had 10.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.2 apg and 3.1 spg for 18 games. Forli won the promotion from A dilettanti to LegaDue and Forray was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian A Dilettanti 1st Team -10. Before Forli, he spent two years with Jesolo-San Dona.


Danilo Gallinari traded to Denver Nuggets - by Eurobasket News
Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) will continue his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets. NY Knicks traded the Italian superstar to Denver in blockbuster deal, whose central figure was Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks were trying to get Anthony since the beginning of the season and yesterday they finally made it. Here is the summary. The Nuggets traded Melo to the New York Knicks last night. Denver gets Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, 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, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.
Danilo Gallinari joined the Knicks in 2008, after they selected him as sixth overall pick at the NBA Draft that same year. He had 6.1 ppg ad 2 rpg as a rookie, but his season was hampered with injury which forced him to miss three months. Last season, Gallinari exploded with 15.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 1.7 apg for 81 games. This season Gallinari had 15.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.7 apg for the Knicks.


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  LATVIA   


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


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Zob Ahan complete WABA League semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
Champville - Zob Ahan 76:80

Zob Ahan became the fourth semifinalists of WABA League. They completed the sweep of their quarterfinal series against Champville in Lebanon yesterday. Zob Ahan claimed a narrow win to set up a semifinal clash versus Syrian Jalaa. Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) stepped up with impressive 29 points and 13 rebounds to pace Zob Ahan.
Champville started the game confidently. The hosts ensured a 22:18 lead after ten minutes of action. Zob Ahan erased the deficit in the second term leveling things up at 35 after twenty minutes. Champville returned the lead in the third term. The hosts entered the fourth quarter up by four points 61:57 but could not capitalize. Zob Ahan went on a deadly rally in the final five minutes of regulation to steal the victory at the end. Carlos Powell (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) replied with 19 points for Champville. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) delivered 19 points in the losing effort.

Champville: Fadi El Khatib 19, Jasmon Youngblood 19
Zob Ahan: Ousmane Barro 29+13 boards, Carlos Powell 19, Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) 12



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  LITHUANIA   


Neptunas sign Eric Hayes - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas brought in talented point guard. They signed a deal with Eric Hayes (193-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland). The 23-year-old started the season in Spain. Eric Hayes averaged 8.9 points, 2.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game for Breogan in LEB Gold. Eric Hayes graduated from the University of Maryland in 2010. The point guard notched 11.3 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per appearance in his senior season with the Terps.


Trio Newley - El-Amin - Bjelica shock Panathinaikos in Athens, 67-68 win - by Eurobasket News
Top 16, Round 5: Panathinaikos - Lietuvos Rytas 67-68 (20-23, 19-11, 14-14, 14-20)

A shocking defeat for Panathinaikos tonight at OAKA Arena at its game against Lietuvos Ritas (67-68). The Greens never persuaded their fans with their appearance, having a lot of problems both in defense (Lietuvos took 16 offensive rebounds) and in offense (having 2/16 at three-point shots). Lietuvos managed to enforce its rthythym and although its bad total percentages (18/42 at 2p, 5/15 at 3p), it came out of the game with aprecious win that gives the team a lot of chances to reach the Quarterfinals.
The game did not start as the Greens could initially imagine since their defense was not strong enough and let the Lithuanians score 16 points in the first five minutes (11-16). This bad beginning seemed to press the Greek team, however, though the defense got much tougher, the difference in the score was increased (14-20, 2:32 before the end of the first period), to be shaped by the end at 3 points (20-23).
From the second periods start the pressing of the Green team was even bigger. That fact let the Greens pass ahead 2:35 after this beginning (26-25) and then even with three (28-25), completing a 8-2 serie, mainly due to Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) defense and the consecutive offensive rebounds (3). However, Panathinaikos percentages on shooting (12/25) were not good and that gave Lietuvos the chance to draw (30-30). The final score was 39-34, in a game that Lietuvos enforced its tempo, without allowing the Greek team to run at an open court. Certainly, the 16 fouls of the Lithuanian team at this time led to this tempo (especially since Panathinaikos shot only 13 free throws). Perperoglou (8 points 4 rebs) and Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) (7p-3reb) were the leaders from the Panathinaikos at this half, while Kaimakoglou offered a lot as well and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) with his 4 assists. From Lietuvos, Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) scored 7 points and Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) 6.
The second half began more intensively for the Greek team after its leading with 8 points (42-34) with a successful three point shot from Diamantidis. However, its next offensive choices were not good and gave Lietuvos the chance to decrease the difference up to the point (47-46). Kostas Kaimakoglou's entrance at that time (three minutes before the end of the period) gave the Green team the rhythm needed to end the period at 53-48.
However, the rhythm of the game was such as to give Lietuvos many hopes that it could win. And this feeling was even more strengthened at the draw of 55-55, 6:30 minutes before the end. The draw was kept (61-61) even at 3:21, after a three-pointer from Nweley, and mainly due to Lietuvos' offensive rebounds (13 until then - 9 in the second half). Another draw (63-63) after another offensive rebound from Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), and especially a successful free throw from D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) that brought Lietuvos ahead (63-64), made Green fans very anxious. An anxiety which got even bigger after consecutive missed three-point shots and another basket from Brad Newley (63-66) with 80 seconds remaining. A 2p shot from Batiste diminished the difference to a point (65-66), but another offensive rebound after a missed shot from Khalid El-Amin, gave Lietuvos another chance with 40 seconds remaining. Lietuvos though made the mistake, Diamantidis took the foul with 7.7 seconds remaining and his two successful free throws brought Panathinaikos ahead (67-66). Khalid El-Amin took the foul from Tepic, to suceed at his free throws as well (67-68) with 3.1 seconds remaining. Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) though missed the last three-point attempt and Lietuvos took the precious win. (by Kostas Papadopoulos)

Panathinaikos: Mike Batiste 11+6 boards, Drew Nicholas 10
Lietuvos Rytas: Brad Newley 16+5 boards, Khalid El-Amin 11, Milko Bjelica 10


LKL Round 21: Techasas edge Aiscai Kaunas by one point - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game of round 21 in the LKL took place in Kaunas. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked Aiscai Kaunas (6-12) to sixth ranked Techasas (9-8) 75-74 on Friday evening. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. Techasas made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Aiscai Kaunas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Vaidotas Volkus (203-85, college: Redlands CC) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89) who recorded 24 points and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Techasas maintains sixth place with 9-8 record. Aiscai Kaunas at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Techasas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aiscai Kaunas will play again at home against Techasas (#6) in Panevezys and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Undefeated leader Zalgiris delivered the sixteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Neptunas (5-10) 107-85 in Kaunas. It was a good game for international forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Boban Marjanovic contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Zalgiris' coach Elias Zouros felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Mantas Ruikis (198-85) answered with 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Neptunas. Undefeated Zalgiris (16-0) have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 16 victories in a row. Neptunas at the other side dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Nevezis. Zalgiris will play against Perlas (#8) in Vilnius in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Neptunas will play at home against Naglis-Adakris in Palanga and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Panevezys was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Juventus (10-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Techasas (9-8). Juventus managed to secure a 8-point victory 72-64 on Tuesday. Aurimas Kieza stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Juventus' coach Robertas Giedraitis used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Gintaras Leonavicius with 13 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Juventus. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Techasas keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Juventus will meet at home higher ranked Rudupis (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Techasas will play against Aiscai Kaunas and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Siauliai, where 4th placed Siauliai (9-6) was outleveled at home by tenth ranked Perlas (6-10) 86-63. Vilmantas Dilys nailed 32 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Coach Roberts Stelmahers's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. Perlas moved-up to eighth place. Siauliai at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Perlas' next round opponent will be league's leader Zalgiris in Kaunas and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Siauliai will play on the road against Alytus Alita (#13).
The game with biggest result difference took place in Vilnius. Local Lietuvos Rytas (14-2) outscored 12th ranked Sakalai (4-12) 88-52 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Milko Bjelica who scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Lietuvos Rytas. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-2 record having just two points less than leader Zalgiris. Sakalai lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Lietuvos Rytas will face Nevezis (#10) in Kedainiai in the next round and are hoping to win another game.

In the last game of round 21 Aiscai Kaunas was crushed by Rudupis in Prienai 93-58.


Siauliai - Perlas 63-86

We should mention about the upset which took place in Siauliai, where 4th placed Siauliai (9-6) was outleveled at home by tenth ranked Perlas (6-10) 86-63. The game without a history. Perlas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Siauliai turnovers and outrebounded them 35-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. Forward Vilmantas Dilys (208-87) nailed 32 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and guard Aidas Viskontas (185-86) accounted for 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Coach Roberts Stelmahers's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. American-Samoan guard Rashaun Broadus (182-84, college: BYU) came up with 18 points and 7 assists and guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points respectively for Siauliai in the defeat. Perlas moved-up to eighth place. Siauliai at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Perlas' next round opponent will be league's leader Zalgiris in Kaunas and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Siauliai will play on the road against Alytus Alita (#13).
Top scorers:
Perlas: V.Dilys 32+7reb+2ast, L.Samenas 16+1reb+1ast, A.Viskontas 8+5reb+6ast, D.Redikas 8+1reb, S.Kulvietis 6+5reb+4ast, A.Siksnius 6+7reb+2ast
Siauliai: R.Broadus 18+2reb+7ast, D.Weaver 10+3reb, Z.Janavicius 10+4reb+1ast, D.Gvezdauskas 9+1reb+1ast, V.Sarakauskas 6+8reb+1ast, R.Edvinas 5
gschID: 120410


Rudupis - Aiscai Kaunas 93-58

There was no surprise in Prienai where 8th ranked Aiscai Kaunas (6-12) was crushed by third ranked Rudupis (12-4) 93-58 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Aiscai Kaunas was better in third quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aiscai Kaunas to just 4 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Aiscai Kaunas 43-28 including 18 on the offensive glass. Rudupis looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Aiscai Kaunas' players. The best player for the winners was swingman Gediminas Orelikas (197-90) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Giedrius Jankauskas (206-81) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Rudupis. They maintain third place with 12-4 record having four points less than leader Zalgiris. Loser Aiscai Kaunas dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Rudupis will face Juventus (#4) in Utena in the next round. Aiscai Kaunas will play at home against Techasas (#6) in Panevezys.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 21+6reb+2ast, J.Sinica 13+2reb+1ast, V.Lipkevicius 13+3reb+3ast, P.Butkevicius 11+7reb+2ast, G.Jankauskas 10+9reb+2ast, E.Zelionis 9+4reb
Aiscai Kaunas: V.Jasikevicius 13+7reb, A.Drungilas 9+7reb+1ast, S.Vasiliauskas 9+1reb+7ast, P.Cukinas 8+4reb, R.Simanavicius 6+1reb, R.Jakstas 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 120411


Aiscai Kaunas - Techasas 74-75

The most exciting game of round 21 in the LKL took place in Kaunas. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked Aiscai Kaunas (6-12) to sixth ranked Techasas (9-8) 75-74 on Friday evening. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. Techasas made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Aiscai Kaunas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Vaidotas Volkus (203-85, college: Redlands CC) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Techasas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89) who recorded 24 points and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and forward Rokas Uzas (202-88) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Techasas maintains sixth place with 9-8 record. Aiscai Kaunas at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Techasas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aiscai Kaunas will play again at home against Techasas (#6) in Panevezys and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Techasas: G.Leonavicius 19+6reb+1ast, A.Aleksandrovas 16+4reb, V.Volkus 12+7reb+3ast, D.Silinskis 12+6reb+1ast, T.Rinkevicius 9+4reb+7ast, M.Valukonis 7+3reb+1ast
Aiscai Kaunas: S.Vasiliauskas 24+3reb+7ast, R.Uzas 14+6reb+1ast, R.Jakstas 8+3reb+1ast, A.Drungilas 7+8reb+2ast, K.Saage 5+1reb+4ast, T.Barstys 5+1reb
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Techasas - Juventus 64-72

The game in Panevezys was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Juventus (10-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Techasas (9-8). Juventus managed to secure a 8-point victory 72-64 on Tuesday. Juventus outrebounded Techasas 40-25 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra, agency: Players Group) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and guard Marius Pociukonis (189-82) chipped in 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Juventus' coach Robertas Giedraitis used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) with 13 points and 5 rebounds and guard Ernestas Ezerskis (192-87) scored 12 points and 5 assists. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Juventus. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Techasas keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Juventus will meet at home higher ranked Rudupis (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Techasas will play against Aiscai Kaunas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Juventus: A.Kieza 17+17reb+2ast, G.Maceina 10+1reb+2ast, A.Vasiliauskas 9, A.Adomaitis 8+5reb+2ast, M.Prekevicius 7+4reb+1ast, M.Pociukonis 7+6reb+4ast
Techasas: G.Leonavicius 13+5reb+3ast, E.Ezerskis 12+2reb+5ast, M.Valukonis 10+2reb, D.Silinskis 8+6reb, T.Cerneckis 8+2reb+1ast, V.Volkus 5+3reb
gschID: 120409


Zalgiris - Neptunas 107-85

Undefeated leader Zalgiris delivered the sixteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Neptunas (5-10) 107-85 in Kaunas. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Neptunas was better in third quarter 28-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a good game for international forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Serbian center Boban Marjanovic (222-88, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Zalgiris' coach Elias Zouros felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Mantas Ruikis (198-85) answered with 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) added 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Neptunas. Five Zalgiris and four Neptunas players scored in double figures. Zalgiris (16-0) have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 16 victories in a row. Neptunas at the other side dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Nevezis. Zalgiris will play against Perlas (#8) in Vilnius in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Neptunas will play at home against Naglis-Adakris in Palanga and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: T.Klimavicius 23+5reb+5ast, B.Marjanovic 21+6reb, A.Milaknis 13+5ast, M.Kalnietis 12+4reb+6ast, P.Jankunas 12+3reb, M.Brown 10+4reb+3ast
Neptunas: M.Ruikis 24+3reb+2ast, V.Vasylius 19+5reb+2ast, L.Bonner 10+3reb, M.Mazeika 10+4reb+3ast, S.Galdikas 8+9reb+4ast, R.Bitinas 5+3ast
gschID: 120407


Lietuvos Rytas - Sakalai 88-52

The game with biggest result difference took place in Vilnius. Local Lietuvos Rytas (14-2) outscored 12th ranked Sakalai (4-12) 88-52 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Lietuvos Rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Sakalai's 28. Lietuvos Rytas forced 24 Sakalai turnovers. The best player for the winners was Serbian-Montenegrin center Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Arturas Jomantas (200-85, college: High School) chipped in 10 points. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Virginijus Sirvydis (196-73) who recorded 17 points and center Rolandas Matulis (199-73) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Lietuvos Rytas. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-2 record having just two points less than leader Zalgiris. Sakalai lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Lietuvos Rytas will face Nevezis (#10) in Kedainiai in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos Rytas: S.Babrauskas 12+2reb, M.Bjelica 12+6reb+4ast, S.Jasaitis 10+2reb+1ast, A.Jomantas 10+4reb+2ast, M.Gecevicius 8+2reb+5ast, S.Buterlevicius 7+1reb+1ast
Sakalai: V.Sirvydis 17+3reb+2ast, R.Matulis 11+7reb, O.Varanauskas 7, M.Kadzevicius 5+4reb+2ast, A.Kiausas 5+2reb, Z.Stankus 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 120408




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


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Kieza, Juventus18.1 
 2. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis16.1 
 4. Ruikis, Neptunas15.7 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis15.1 
 6. Viskontas, Perlas15.1 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.7 
 9. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.5 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.7 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.7 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.5 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.3 
 5. Matulis, Sakalai6.9 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.9 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 8. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.7 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas6.5 
 10. Zelionis, Rudupis6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.6 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.9 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.7 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.5 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.8 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.6 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.4 
 8. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.3 
 9. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.3 
 10. Janavicius, Siauliai4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.3 
 2. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.1 
 3. Vasylius, Neptunas2.0 
 4. Alijevas, Nevezis1.9 
 5. Ruikis, Neptunas1.9 
 6. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.8 
 8. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.7 
 9. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.7 
 10. Vene, Aiscai Kaunas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Techasas2.1 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.1 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Volkus, Techasas1.2 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.2 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.0 
 8. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.8 
 10. Kieza, Juventus0.8 


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  MONTENEGRO   


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


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  MOROCCO   


Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. ASS Sale 9-0 
 2. WAC Casabl. 7-4 
 3. RCA Casabl. 6-5 
 4. FUS Rabat 6-5 
 5. CRA Hoceima 6-5 
 6. RSB Berkane 6-5 
 7. PCS Plazza C. 5-5 
 8. MAF Fez 5-7 
 9. IRT Tanger 4-9 
 10. ASE Essaou. 1-10 


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  NAIA   


Gold Rush reach 25 victories for first time since 1983-84 - by Emiliano
This time the game, and the 25th victory, did not slip away.
Led by Kevin Miller (6'4''-G)'s 10 points and Anthony Simmons' 10 rebounds, Xavier (LA) led from start to finish Tuesday in a 56-51 men's basketball victory against St. Thomas (Texas).
The Gold Rush (25-4), ranked 17th in NAIA Division I, bounced back from a 55-54 closing-seconds loss Saturday to SUNO. The Celts (13-12) scored 10 points in the final 2:39, but it wasn't enough to catch Xavier, which never lost the lead after the opening possession and built 17-point leads in both halves.
'I thought our focus was better tonight,' eighth-year XU Coach Dannton Jackson said. 'We wanted to start strongly and not create the problems we had Saturday against SUNO. For the most part we did that. We got some good looks at the basket and did a good job on the boards.'
Xavier reached 25 victories for the first time since 1983-84 (27-5) and the fifth time in the program's illustrious history. XU's men were 29-2 in 1981-82, 29-0 in 1940-41 and 35-4 in 1937-38. Despite 11 20-victory seasons over the last 18 years, XU teams were 0-8 during that time after reaching 24 victories.
'It's good to get over that hump,' said Jackson, who coached 24-game winners in 2004-05 and 2007-08. 'But we don't want to stop at 25 wins. We have more games to play and a lot more to accomplish.'
Xavier will close the regular season at 7 p.m. Saturday against longtime rival Dillard in the Crosstown Classic at The Barn, then travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for next week's Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. Seedings and pairings will be announced after Saturday. Xavier hopes to return in mid-March to the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship at Kansas City, Mo., after a two-year absence.
Miller had eight points and five rebounds, and Devin Andrew scored all nine of his points to lead Xavier to a 36-25 advantage by halftime. Michael Harvey's 3-point play with 10:04 remaining gave Xavier a 51-34 lead.
Patrick Graves scored 11 points, and Travis Lampley and Anthony Medina had 10 apiece for St. Thomas, an NAIA Division I independent. Jeremy Lewis, who entered with a St. Thomas-leading 13.1 scoring average, finished with three points and was 1-of-7 from the floor.
Xavier outshot the Celts 45.7 to 36 percent from the floor and outrebounded them 40-22. Xavier had a 23-8 rebound advantage in the first half.
Xavier swept the two-game season series from St. Thomas, whose signature victory was a 72-64 home decision over Texas Wesleyan, ranked fourth this week in the NAIA.
'We were fortunate to win at St. Thomas in November,' Jackson said of that 63-60 decision, 'and we did enough tonight to get out of here with another win.'
The Gold Rush are 37-1 in non-conference home games during the last four seasons and have won the last 18 in a row.



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  NBA   


Bulls trade James Johnson to Raptors - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Bulls have sent James Johnson (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) to the Toronto Raptors for a draft pick, the team announced Tuesday.

The pick is the Miami Heat's first-round selection this year, which is owned by the Raptors.

Johnson was selected in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Bulls out of Wake Forest, but the 6-foot-9 small forward has averaged career totals of just 3.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.

'It [stinks],' Bulls center Joakim Noah said. 'I consider J.J. a little brother. But he wasn't playing a lot, and I wish him nothing but the best. And I hope that he gets an opportunity to get out there on the court and show what kind of player he is.'

The Bulls face the Raptors on Wednesday.

ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher first reported the move.

With the cap space created by dealing Johnson to Toronto, Chicago could now absorb the $2.9 million contract of Cleveland's Anthony Parker -- one of their top trade targets for weeks -- without having to part with any players. It's believed that the Cavaliers would expect at least one future first-round pick in such a swap, but the Bulls are armed with an extra first-rounder thanks to the Johnson deal.

Houston's Courtney Lee, who's making a mere $1.4 million, is another longstanding Bulls target.

But sources briefed on Chicago's thinking told ESPN.com's Marc Stein on Tuesday night that the Bulls have not yet abandoned hope of striking a deal for Memphis' O.J. Mayo, even though Mayo's $4.5 million salary would not fit into that cap space.

The Bulls appear to be trying to stockpile assets, such as the first-rounder acquired from the Raptors, for at least one more deal before Thursday's 3 p.m. trading deadline. Yet ESPN.com reported earlier this month that the Grizzlies are reluctant to trade Mayo now in the midst of his troubled season, knowing that Mayo's recent 10-game drug suspension and a fight on the team plane with teammate Tony Allen would make it hard for them to get good value for the No. 3 overall pick from the 2008 draft.

Another potential roadblock for any team interested in Mayo is the recent shoulder injury suffered by Grizzlies swingman Rudy Gay, who is expected to miss up to a month and could thus prompt Memphis to reject offers for Mayo that might have been accepted before the injury.

Courtesy of ESPN


Hornets trade Marcus Thornton for Carl Landry - by Eurobasket News
The Hornets have agreed to trade reserve two-guard Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) to the Kings for forward Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue).

Landry averaged 18 points and 6 rebounds after coming to Sacramento in a deadline deal with Houston last year, but this season his production has dipped to 11.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 26 minutes a night. New Orleans has long been looking for frontcourt depth, though, which Landry provides behind Dave West and Emeka Okafor.
With Tyreke Evans (foot) sidelined for the next three weeks, Thornton could immediately help Sacramento as a scorer in the backcourt. After a solid rookie year in New Orleans, he went into training camp projected to be a starter, but his defensive struggles kept him on Monty Williams bench.

Courtesy of www.dimemag.com


Gerald Wallace to Portland trade reportedly 'done' - by Eurobasket News
Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) trade to the Portland Trail Blazers might already be done. This Gerald Wallace trade could make the Blazers much better if it turns out to be true, but it all depends on what they had to give up to make sure the deal got done. Portland has been deeply involved in trade rumors all season, but it seems that action might have finally taken place.

According to Dwight James, the Gerald Wallace trade is already done. This would mean that the Blazers have already agreed to a deal, and that it will be carried out later on Wednesday. It is not clear who the Blazers had to give up in this deal, but recent rumors with Charlotte had the Blazers giving up Andre Miller and Marcus Camby in the deal.

In a trade with Charlotte, it would make sense that D.J. Augustin would be coming back to Portland. He is a good young point guard that would fill the void left by Miller, and he could immediately go into the starting lineup for the Blazers. The Blazers would definitely take a hit when it comes to veteran leadership in a deal like this, but it would give them better youth and scoring ability.

Having someone like Wallace on the roster would give the Blazers another much needed threat on offense. he is the type of player that could easily go for 30 on any given night, and that would really help out LaMarcus Aldridge as the 2011 Western Conference Playoffs approach. It's hard to imagine what the lineup would look like though, and whether this would mean that Nicolas Batum would have to come off the bench soon.

Courtesy of www.associatedcontent.com


Nuggets apologize to Billups after trading him - by Eurobasket News
It's not every day - or any day, for that matter - that a player gets a personal apology from the front office that traded him.

But then, Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) wasn't just any player for the Nuggets.

His inclusion in the trade to the New York Knicks was the name that really stung for Nuggets fans. Billups grew up here, played basketball at George Washington High School and the University of Colorado and never wastes an opportunity to show his love for the city.

That's why, said Nuggets executives Josh Kroenke and Masai Ujiri, it was painful to let him go. And that's why the duo opened their Tuesday evening news conference in an unusual manner.

'I want to offer a personal apology to the Billups family,' Kroenke said. 'They mean the world to me personally, and I know that Chauncey means everything to Denver. And when I say Denver, I mean just Denver basketball on every level. He is Denver basketball. He was a high school star here, he was a college star here, he was a professional star here. It was an incredibly tough decision to include him in this trade.'

Added Ujiri: 'It was hard. This trade took this long because of Chauncey. We tried every way not to include him in this trade. It's one of the most difficult things. What a great professional, what a great person, what a great family. He will always be welcome in Denver, and he knows that.'

Throughout the trade saga, Billups maintained the stance he never wanted to leave the Nuggets. His preference would have been to retire a Nugget.

With the Nuggets he thrived, leading them to the Western Conference finals in his first season back in town two years ago.

The Nuggets said they explored every option to keep him, but as the trade kept expanding they had no choice but to include him.

'I can't recall the exact date, but I can remember the exact conversation that Masai and I had when we came to the realization that in order for us to maximize our return we had to make the trade bigger,' Kroenke said. 'We explored every different option; a lot of different combinations of incoming and outgoing players.

'And we actually searched the league trying to figure out (options). When we were in talks with New Jersey, when we were in talks with other teams, there was always a high-level point guard on that team. And we looked for different options to try and figure out ways to pass that point guard through in a three-or-four team deal, which is why things got so crazy at some points. Because whenever you try to involve multiple teams, especially whenever somebody already knows that Carmelo Anthony has asked to be traded, it gets chaotic. We realized if we're going to make it bigger . . . that's when we realized it could be Chauncey. I didn't sleep for a couple of days. It was a really, really rough decision.'

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com


Warriors acquire Troy Murphy from New Jersey for Brandan Wright, Dan Gadzuric - by Eurobasket News
The Warriors will deal seldom-used Brandan Wright (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina) and Dan Gadzuric (6'11''-C-78, college: UCLA) to the New Jersey Nets for ex-Golden State No. 1 draft pick Troy Murphy (6'10''-F-80, college: Notre Dame), multiple media outlets reported Wednesday morning.

Golden State is expected to receive a second-round draft pick from New Jersey in the trade, which hasn't been announced yet. The Warriors would then likely buy out Murphy's contract, making him a free agent.

Yahoo Sports reported that the Nets' biggest splash Wednesday was dealing for Utah Jazz star point guard Deron Williams. The Nets will send point guard Devin Harris, rookie forward Derrick Favors, two No. 1 draft picks and $3 million to Utah for the All-Star Williams.

One of the No. 1 picks going to Utah is the Warriors' top pick in 2011, which has partial lottery protection.

Williams, a former Syracuse star, is averaging 21.3 points and 9.7 assists per game this season with Utah. His troubled relationship with Jerry Sloan has been partially blamed for the sudden retirement recently of the longtime Jazz coach.

Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com


Spurs recall James Anderson from Austin Toros - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled rookie James Anderson (6'6''-G-89, college: Oklahoma St.) from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. He will be available to play in San Antonio's game tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Anderson, a 6-6, 215-pound guard, was originally assigned to the Toros on January 26 for a rehab assignment after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot on November 11. He was recalled by the Spurs on January 29 and appeared in three games before being re-assigned to the Toros on February 7. Anderson played in seven games with Austin, averaging 14.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 25.1 minutes per game. He shot .447 (42-94) from the field, .346 (9-26) from three-point territory and .714 (10-14) from the free throw line.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Nets land point guard Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz in exchange for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors - by Eurobasket News
The Nets didn't get Carmelo Anthony, but they still landed a superstar.

They also may have trumped the Knicks.

Sources confirmed reports that Utah guard Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) is headed to the Nets in exchange for Devin Harris (6'3''-G-83, college: Wisconsin), Derrick Favors (6'10''-F-91, college: Georgia Tech) and two first-round picks.

The news came as a shock in the wake of the failed pursuit for Anthony. In the end, the Nets came out of the trade chaos looking like stealthy winners.

Williams, 26, is one of the top guards in the league and an Olympic champion, but his relationship with the Jazz soured to the point that he reportedly forced out coach Jerry Sloan. The key for the Nets is to get him to sign an extension, which can't occur until the new CBA is in place. Williams' contract expires after next season.

He's averaging 21.3 points in 53 games this season. He's expected to join the Nets Thursday before their game in San Antonio, but it's unclear if he'll be available to play.

As part of the deal, the Nets send Troy Murphy to the Golden State Warriors for Brandan Wright and Dan Gadzuric. The Jazz get the Nets' first-round pick this year, which is likely to be a top pick, and a protected pick that the Nets acquired in a previous trade from the Warriors.

Unless the Warriors become playoff contenders in the next three years, that pick will become two second-round picks. It's lottery protected this year, protected up to 11 in 2012 and up to 10 in 2013. After that, it becomes two second round picks in 2013 and 2015.

On the surface, it's a steal deal for the Nets, who desperately wanted a superstar to uplift the struggling franchise. After chasing Anthony for months, GM Billy King pulled off this deal in just one day. They also successfully jacked up the Knicks' offer for Anthony.

The trade sets up a lineup with Williams at point guard and Brook Lopez at center. Despite a 17-40 record, they are nine games out of a playoff spot.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday that Williams is not happy with the deal. He was drafted by the Jazz in 2005 and led them the playoffs the last four years, before he feuded with Sloan.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


Tuesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Golde State W. - Boston C. 93-115
So much for an All-Star hangover. Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) each came close to a triple-double, and the Boston Celtics picked up right where they left off before the break with an easy 115-93 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. 'You lose the first game, you kind of lose your momentum and then you're battling uphill,' said Celtics forward Paul Pierce, who added 23 points. 'So it's kind of good to get that first one and keep that momentum.' No problem there. Garnett had 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and Rondo had 19 points, 15 assists and six rebounds to help the Celtics hold off Miami for now and stay atop the Eastern Conference standings. They also snapped a six-game losing streak at Golden State, where they hadn't won since Dec. 29, 2003. 'I tried to be everywhere. I tried to fill every category in the book that's positive,' Garnett said. Boston's biggest strides perhaps came on defense. Dorell Wright scored 19 points and Stephen Curry had 18 for the usually high-scoring Warriors, who had won seven of their last nine before the break and appeared to be building some momentum. Instead, they fell apart in the fourth quarter and couldn't recover against one of the NBA's elite. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

LA Lakers - Atlanta H. 104-80
All-Star game MVP Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 20 points, Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers easily ended their three-game skid with a 104-80 victory over the struggling Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Shannon Brown scored 15 points as the two-time defending NBA champions got right back into form after stumbling into their hometown All-Star weekend with increasingly embarrassing road losses to Orlando, Charlotte and league-worst Cleveland. The Lakers jumped to a 22-point lead in the first half of their first home game since Feb. 3, never trailing for the NBA-best ninth time. All-Star Joe Johnson scored 14 points for the Hawks, who opened a five-game road trip with their fourth loss in five games. *Courtesy of www.9and10news.com

Oklah.City T. - LA Clippers 111-88
Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) scored 22 points, Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) added 21 and the Oklahoma City Thunder spoiled Blake Griffin's return to his hometown by beating the Los Angeles Clippers 111-88 on Tuesday night. Griffin made a run at his first career triple-double but came up two assists shy. He followed his slam dunk title and rare All-Star appearance by a rookie by amassing 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, but the Clippers sorely missed him when he was out of the game. Los Angeles gave up a 16-0 run with Griffin on the bench at the end of the first half with three fouls, and he was out again when the Thunder put it away early in the fourth quarter. The Clippers fell to 2-7 on their 11-game road trip that was interrupted by the All-Star break. James Harden added 19 points off the bench and Russell Westbrook scored 13 for the Thunder, who snapped a four-game home losing streak against the Clippers dating back to the franchise's time in Seattle. Durant and Westbrook got the entire fourth quarter off. Griffin logged his 47th double-double and matched his career high in assists. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Denver N. - Memphis G. 120-107
For one night, the Denver Nuggets didn't need Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) or any of their new acquisitions. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) 's 26 points helped short-handed Denver beat the Memphis Grizzlies 120-107 on Tuesday, hours after the Nuggets finalized a blockbuster deal that sent Anthony and Billups to the New York Knicks. Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) had 26 points and O.J. Mayo added 21 for the Grizzlies, who had their four-game winning streak halted. The Nuggets had only nine players on the bench following a three-team trade that also involved Minnesota. In the 13-player swap, the Knicks picked up Anthony, who has long been thought to want to play in the Big Apple, along with Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman. But New York had to pay a steep price, sending Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Nuggets, who get additional picks and cash. Denver also acquired center Kosta Koufos from the Timberwolves. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Charlotte B. - Toronto R. 114-101
D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87, college: Texas) 's dramatic improvement under new Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas had tailed off in the past few weeks. The point guard's legs were weary, his left wrist hurt and his numbers declined. A week off for the All-Star break was all Augustin needed to return to form. Playing the defensive-challenged Toronto Raptors helped, too. Augustin had 23 points in his first double-figure scoring effort in five games and added eight assists, helping the Bobcats cruise past the listless Raptors 114-101 on Tuesday night. Augustin hit eight of 15 shots in 36 minutes after going 14 of 49 from the field in the previous six games. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Detroit P. - Houston R. 100-108
Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89, college: Kentucky) glanced over at the scorer's table a couple of times, expecting to be replaced. Instead, the rookie forward stayed in for the entire fourth quarter and led his team to a road victory. Patterson scored a career-high 20 points, including seven in a row late in the game as the Houston Rockets pulled away for a 108-100 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Patterson had 11 points in the final quarter. 'Usually either Chuck [Hayes] or [Luis] Scola comes in for me at about the 6-minute mark,' Patterson said. 'When Shane [Battier] came to the scorer's table, I figured he was coming for me, but after that I realized they were leaving me in.' Patterson gave Houston a 95-94 advantage with a tip-in. He added a three-point play and a pair of free throws to make it a six-point game with 2:35 to play. Aaron Brooks finished the run with two free throws. Kevin Martin scored 16 points for Houston. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Miami Heat - Sacramento K. 117-97
Potential trouble signs were everywhere for the Miami Heat. The first game back after the All-Star break. A bit of cross-country-travel fatigue for LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Chris Bosh. Looming big-time matchups with the Chicago Bulls and new-look New York Knicks. Not a problem. James scored 31 points, Wade added 23 and the Heat opened their post-All-Star schedule with an easy 117-97 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. The Heat never trailed, jumping out to a 35-16 lead after the first quarter and eventually going up by as many as 29 before the starters got pulled. 'I don't think we have the type of guys that would let this be a trap game,' Bosh said. 'We're focused on our goals.' Bosh had a 22-point, nine-rebound night and Mario Chalmers added 14 points for Miami, which won for the 11th time in its last 12 games. The Heat made seven straight shots on the way to shooting 64 percent in the opening quarter, setting the stage for a rout. *Courtesy of www.csnbayarea.com

Milwaukee B. - Minnesota T. 94-88
Even if the Minnesota Timberwolves had Corey Brewer, it might not have been enough to top Brandon Jennings (6'0''-G-89) effort. Jennings scored 27 points and made five free throws down the stretch to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 94-88 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night. Jennings had his best game in the last six, shooting 7 of 17 from the field - including 2 of 8 from 3-point range. He sank 11 of 12 free throws and added seven assists. 'Second half of the season so, you know, you have to get a little more serious,' he said. 'We have to come more mentally focused and ready to play.' Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) scored 21 points and All-Star Kevin Love had 20 points and 17 rebounds. Wesley Johnson, who started for Brewer, scored 14 but it wasn't enough as Minnesota lost for the sixth time in its last seven games in Milwaukee. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Washington W. - Indiana P. 96-113
As Roy Hibbert stood at his locker after another victory, it was suggested to him that the Indiana Pacers were becoming fun to watch. 'A month ago, you wouldn't be saying that, would you?' Hibbert answered. 'We have fun out there. Everybody touches the ball.' And, on this night, everybody scored. All 12 players who were active got in on the fun Tuesday night as the Pacers piled on the fast-break points to open the season's homestretch with a 113-96 rout of the lifeless Washington Wizards, whose games are becoming so joyless that even the players can hardly stand them. Indiana led by as many as 26 and broke a two-game losing streak to improve to 8-3 under interim coach Frank Vogel, who has the scoring on the rise and the victory total as well. The Pacers, despite sitting five games below .500, hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and moved within a half-game of seventh-place Philadelphia as the focus turns toward the postseason now that the All-Star break is over. 'We can't give up games that we're supposed to win,' said Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico), who had 21 points and 10 rebounds. 'We're really trying to move up to either the seven or the six seed, which we can do. It's just a matter of putting a lot of wins together.' *Courtesy of www.wishtv.com


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.7 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.2 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.26.1 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.3 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.9 
 8. Bryant, LA Lakers24.9 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 10. Griffin, LA Clipp.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.5 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.8 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.1 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.5 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.4 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
 10. Boozer, Chicago B.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.3 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.3 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.9.0 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.9 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.2 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 5. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 7. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
 8. Curry, Golde S.1.7 
 9. Wall, Washington W.1.7 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.9 
 2. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.3 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.3 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.2.2 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 8. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 41-14 
 2. New York K. 28-26 
 3. Philadelph.76 27-29 
 4. New Jersey N. 17-40 
 5. Toronto R. 15-42 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 38-16 
 2. Indiana P. 25-30 
 3. Milwaukee B. 22-34 
 4. Detroit P. 21-37 
 5. Cleveland C. 10-46 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 42-15 
 2. Orlando M. 36-21 
 3. Atlanta H. 34-22 
 4. Charlotte B. 25-32 
 5. Washington W. 15-40 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 36-19 
 2. Denver N. 33-25 
 3. Portland TB 32-24 
 4. Utah Jazz 31-26 
 5. Minnesota T. 13-44 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 39-19 
 2. Phoenix Suns 27-27 
 3. Golde State W. 26-30 
 4. LA Clippers 21-36 
 5. Sacramento K. 13-41 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 46-10 
 2. Dallas M. 40-16 
 3. N.Orleans H. 33-25 
 4. Memphis G. 31-27 
 5. Houston R. 27-31 


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  NCAA1   


Hamilton scores 20 as No. 5 Texas routs Iowa State - by Eurobasket News
As shooting slumps go, Jordan Hamilton's (6'7''-G/F) wasn't very long.

It was very frustrating.

Hamilton, a contender for Big 12 player of the year, broke out of a two-game slump with 20 points and No. 5 Texas rebounded from its first loss in a month with a 76-53 rout of Iowa State on Tuesday night.

Tristan Thompson (6'8''-F-91) added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Longhorns (24-4, 12-1 Big 12). Hamilton and Thompson keyed a big Texas run at the start of the second half that put the game away.

Those two both struggled when Texas had its 11-game winning streak snapped in a loss at Nebraska last weekend. Hamilton was 3 of 16 from the field in that game and Thompson had just three rebounds. Hamilton had also struggled with his touch in a win last week over Oklahoma State.

'I spent some extra time in the gym,' after the loss, Hamilton said. 'I wanted to get my shot back. ... Tonight I took good shots.'

It didn't happen right away. He missed his first three attempts against the Cyclones. As a team, Texas seemed like it was still a bit hung over from the loss. Iowa State grabbed an early lead and Thompson had a tip-in into in the wrong basket that drew a loud grown from the home crowd.

Hamilton then made four of his next five shots and scored eight points in a 15-6 Texas run. Gary Johnson made his first 3-pointer of the season and second of his career and Hamilton converted a four-point play that put Texas up 33-23. Texas led 35-26 at halftime.

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg implored his team in the locker room to push back and keep it close. The Cyclones had lost nine games by six points or less.

But the Longhorns effectively put the game away in the opening minutes of the second.

Johnson opened the half with another long jumper and Thompson scored five straight points. The Longhorns led 46-33 before Hamilton made consecutive 3-pointers in a 30-second span that pushed the Texas lead to 19 and the rout was on.

'Jordan came out with sparks flying. He couldn't be touched,' Thompson said. 'That's what great players do.'

The run doomed Iowa State (14-14, 1-12) to its 10th straight loss. The Cyclones haven't won since beating Baylor on Jan. 15.

'The first 5 minutes (of the second half) were going to determine the outcome of the game. In a matter of 3 minutes, the lead went from nine to 20,' Hoiberg said. '... You're fighting a battle you can't win when you get down 20.'

The Cyclones, who shot just 6 of 24 on 3-pointers, never made a dent in the Texas lead. When the Longhorns' Matt Hill made a layup with 8:34 to play, Texas led 71-42.

Diante Garrett (6'4''-G-88) scored 16 points to lead Iowa State.

Hamilton finished 7 of 14 from the field, including 3 of 4 on 3-pointers. Johnson finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Thompson's double-double was his fifth.

Thompson said he was embarrassed by his poor rebounding against Nebraska and was determined to make up for it. Texas outrebounded Iowa State 45-36.

'I just wanted to be active,' Thompson said.

While Hoiberg was trying to keep it close, the halftime message in the Texas locker room was 'don't let up.' Texas had a recent pattern of building big first-half leads, then letting opponents rally in the second.

'Keep the foot on the gas and don't let up on them,' Thompson said.

By doing that, Texas kept its one-game lead over Kansas on top of the Big 12 standings with three regular-season games left to play at Colorado, at home against Kansas State and at Baylor.

Iowa State, which has lost seven straight to Texas, played its third consecutive game without senior forward Jamie Vanderbeken, who has a sprained left ankle.

Before the game, Texas coach Rick Barnes suspended reserve forward Alexis Wangmene indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules. Wangmene, who played in every game before Tuesday night and averaged 2.4 points, was on the bench in street clothes.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Lighty, Buford lead way for Ohio State - by Eurobasket News
For a half, David Lighty (6'5''-G/F-88) was almost invisible.

Then it was as if he was invincible, refusing to let No. 2 Ohio State falter again.

Lighty scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half and William Buford (6'5''-G) had all 17 of his in the first to lead the Buckeyes to a big bounce-back win after two recent losses, beating Illinois 89-70 on Tuesday.

'I've said since the beginning: I love him,' Illini coach Bruce Weber said of Lighty. 'I think he's the MVP.'

During one 3-minute span, Lighty scored all 13 of Ohio State's points (to just two for the Illini) and had three steals.

Jon Diebler (6'6''-G) had 13 points, Aaron Craft 12 and Jared Sullinger 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes (26-2, 13-2 Big Ten).

Mike Davis (6'9''-F-88) scored 18 points, Mike Tisdale 14 and Jereme Richmond 11 for Illinois (17-11, 7-8).

Courtesy of www2.tbo.com


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  NCAA3   


Caltech snaps 310-game conference losing streak - by Eurobasket News
Caltech ended its 310-game conference losing streak in men's basketball Tuesday night, beating Occidental College 46-45 in its season finale.

Ryan Elmquist hit the go-ahead free throw with 3 seconds left for the Division III Beavers, who had lost every Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game they had played since Jan. 23, 1985.

'I hope that everyone who has participated in Caltech men's basketball is able to celebrate a little bit tonight,' Caltech coach Oliver Eslinger said. 'We still have goals and aspirations that we want to accomplish as a program, and this win is another step towards meeting these objectives.'

Caltech is a famed private research university with a heavy emphasis on science and engineering. The school has just 950 undergraduates and doesn't give out athletic scholarships, but 31 alumni and faculty have won the Nobel Prize.

Caltech finished the season 5-20, its best record in 15 years. The Beavers went 0-25 last season and hadn't won more than one game in any of their previous eight seasons - but back in 2007, Caltech ended an NCAA-record 207-game losing streak with a victory over Bard College of New York.

The Beavers have a great sense of humor about their athletic struggles, but they still celebrated at the Braun Athletic Center after Occidental missed its desperation shot at the buzzer.

When Caltech won its last conference game more than 26 years ago, four-time NBA champion coach Gregg Popovich was running the bench at SCIAC rival Pomona-Pitzer.

Not everything is looking up athletically at Caltech: The women's basketball team finished its season 0-25, losing to Occidental 82-35 on Tuesday night.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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  NIGERIA   


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


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  PBL   


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.18.9 
 4. Monroe, Rocheste.18.5 
 5. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 6. Anderson, Saint J.17.3 
 7. Parran, Quebec K.17.2 
 8. Martin, Saint J.17.2 
 9. Allen, Vermont FH16.7 
 10. Crouch, Rocheste.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. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 6. Dollard, Halifax R.8.0 
 7. Jones, Kentucky S.7.9 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.7.8 
 9. Jones, Halifax R.7.7 
 10. Ocitti, Saint J.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Rice, Vermont FH7.6 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.6.1 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.5.7 
 4. Brown, Halifax R.5.5 
 5. Egerson, Saint J.5.1 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.4.0 
 7. Acker, Quebec K.3.8 
 8. Brown, Quebec K.3.7 
 9. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
 10. Spencer, Dayton A.3.6 
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. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 9. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 10. Martin, Saint J.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Perry STEVENSON
  Rochester R.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 2. Carter, Rocheste.1.5 
 3. Ocitti, Saint J.1.3 
 4. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 5. George, Dayton A.1.3 
 6. Daniels, Lawton F.1.1 
 7. Dollard, Halifax R.0.9 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.0.9 
 9. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 10. DeMasi, Vermont FH0.8 


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. 5-9 
 6. Rochester R. 4-7 
 7. Dayton A. 3-10 
 8. Vermont FH 2-5 


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  POLAND   


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS Szczecin
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.0 
 2. Jankowski, Polonia .17.3 
 3. Witos, GKS Tychy16.9 
 4. Mis, SKK Siedlce16.4 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .16.3 
 7. Lichodzijews., ISS S.16.3 
 8. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 9. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.14.9 
 10. Pamula, Tempcold.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.5 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.9.1 
 3. Mis, SKK Siedlce8.8 
 4. Mielczarek, AZS S.8.5 
 5. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.4 
 6. Mielczarek, GKS T.8.1 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut8.0 
 8. Wilczek, Sokol Lancut7.5 
 9. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.5 
 10. Andrzejewski, Asec.P.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.6 
 2. Stoklosa, Spojnia5.3 
 3. Wilczek, Tempcold.5.1 
 4. Sikora, Start Lublin5.0 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 6. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.7 
 7. Brek, SKK Siedlce4.6 
 8. Basinski, MMKS D.4.5 
 9. Glapinski, Sokol L.4.2 
 10. Trepka, LKS Lodz4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.9 
 3. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.8 
 4. Michalak, Polonia .2.8 
 5. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.7 
 6. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.7 
 7. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.7 
 8. Mielczarek, AZS S.2.4 
 9. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.3 
 10. Muszynski, Gornik2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.5 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.7 
 3. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.6 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.5 
 5. Szymanski, Polonia .1.5 
 6. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.4 
 7. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 8. Czyz, SKK Siedlce0.9 
 9. Wrobel, Gornik0.9 
 10. Markowicz, GKS T.0.9 


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Tempcold AZS 20-4 
 2. Rosasport 18-6 
 3. ISS Sportino 17-6 
 4. Sokol Lancut 17-7 
 5. MMKS DG 16-7 
 6. LKS Lodz 15-9 
 7. Asec.Prokom-2 15-9 
 8. Spojnia 12-12 
 9. Znicz Basket 12-12 
 10. AZS Szczecin 9-15 
 11. Start Lublin 8-15 
 12. SKK Siedlce 8-16 
 13. Astoria 6-18 
 14. Gornik 6-18 
 15. GKS Tychy 6-18 
 16. Polonia 2011 5-18 


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. MMKS SIDEn 19-2 
 2. AZS Kutno 18-3 
 3. SMS PZKosz 15-6 
 4. Zuraw 14-7 
 5. Norgips 14-7 
 6. Tur 11-10 
 7. KK Swiecie 10-11 
 8. Korsarz 8-12 
 9. OSSM PZKosz 8-12 
 10. AZS Olsztyn 8-13 
 11. Zyrardowianka 8-13 
 12. Basket Pila 5-16 
 13. Trefl II 5-16 
 14. MON-POL 3-18 
Group B
 1. Open Florentyna 21-3 
 2. Stal Ostrow 18-6 
 3. Sudety 17-7 
 4. Nysa Klodzko 17-7 
 5. MKS Osemka 15-9 
 6. Obiekty 15-9 
 7. GTK Gliwice 14-10 
 8. Alba 12-12 
 9. AZS PP Poznan 10-14 
 10. AZS PO Opole 10-14 
 11. Ksiezak 9-15 
 12. Pogon Prudnik 8-16 
 13. Slask Wroclaw 8-16 
 14. A-Bild Bytom 7-17 
 15. Pogon RS 6-18 
 16. AZS Pol.Cz-wa 5-19 
Group C
 1. MOSiR Krosno 23-1 
 2. Znicz Jaroslaw 21-3 
 3. Polonia 16-8 
 4. Unia Tarnow 15-9 
 5. AZS AWF K-ce 14-10 
 6. Wisla Krakow 13-11 
 7. Staco 12-12 
 8. HK Zory 11-13 
 9. MKS Limanowa 11-13 
 10. Novum Lublin 10-14 
 11. UMKS 10-14 
 12. AZS Rzeszow 9-15 
 13. AZS PR Radom 9-15 
 14. MCKiS 8-16 
 15. Mickiewicz 8-16 
 16. Cracovia 2-22 


1Liga Round 24: AZS Politechnika Warszawska beats ISS Sportino in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Inowroclaw. First ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska faced second-best ISS Sportino. Guests from Warszawa (20-4) defeated host ISS Sportino (17-6) 65-60. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of ISS Sportino. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 32-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. AZS Politechnika Warszawska made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Leszek Karwowski (209-F-75) who scored 14 points. Guard Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) chipped in 10 points. At the other side the best for losing team was center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. AZS Politechnika Warszawska have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-4 record. ISS Sportino at the other side dropped to the third place with six games lost. AZS Politechnika Warszawska are looking forward to face Astoria (#14) in Bydgoszcz in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ISS Sportino will play at home against Sokol Lancut (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Lodz. Local LKS Sphinx (15-9) outscored 14th ranked Astoria (6-18) 91-55. It was a good game for forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Piotr Trepka contributed with 9 points and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) replied with 15 points for Astoria. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. LKS Sphinx moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Asec.Prokom-2. Newly promoted Astoria dropped to the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Gornik and GKS Tychy. LKS Sphinx will play against bottom-ranked Polonia 2011 (#16) in Warszawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Astoria will play on the road against the league's leader AZS Politechnika Warszawska in Warszawa and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Rest of the games of round 24 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
SKK Siedlce was crushed by Spojnia in Stargard 81-58. Sokol Lancut beat Asec.Prokom-2 at home 73-59. Rosasport won against AZS Szczecin on the opponent's court 68-61. Znicz Basket outscored GKS Tychy in a home game 83-60. Gornik recorded a loss to MMKS DG on the road 65-57. Asec.Prokom-2 defeated GKS Tychy on its own court 80-75.


Spojnia - SKK Siedlce 81-58

There was no surprise in Stargard where 11th ranked SKK Siedlce (8-16) was crushed by eighth ranked Spojnia (12-12) 81-58. The game was mostly controlled by Spojnia. SKK Siedlce was better in fourth quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spojnia dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to SKK Siedlce's 16. They outrebounded SKK Siedlce 46-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for swingman Adam Parzych (190-86, college: Bryant, agency: Promotex) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. Center Rafal Kulikowski (204-85) contributed with 4 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) replied with 16 points and 4 assists and guard Karol Chomka (191-87) added 12 points in the effort for SKK Siedlce. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spojnia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 12-12 record, which they share with Znicz Basket. Newly promoted SKK Siedlce dropped to the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Spojnia will play against AZS Szczecin (#10) on the road in the next round. SKK Siedlce will play against GKS Tychy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: A.Parzych 17+1reb+3ast, L.Bodych 12+3reb, T.Stepien 11+3reb+1ast, A.Soczewski 9+9reb, M.Stoklosa 8+1reb+4ast, L.Grzegorzewski 6+3reb+4ast
SKK Siedlce: D.Brek 16+4ast, K.Chomka 12+4reb+1ast, K.Sulima 8+1reb+4ast, K.Debski 7+6reb+1ast, W.Kurianczyk 5+1reb, M.Nedzi 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 99236


Sokol Lancut - Asec.Prokom-2 73-59

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Sokol Lancut (17-7) defeated at home 6th ranked Asecco Prokom 2 (15-9) 73-59. The game was mostly controlled by Sokol Lancut. Asecco Prokom 2 was better in third quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sokol Lancut made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Asecco Prokom 2 was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) replied with 13 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Tomasz Andrzejewski (204-79) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Asecco Prokom 2. Asecco Prokom 2's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sokol Lancut maintains fourth position with 17-7 record. Asecco Prokom 2 at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. They share the position with LKS Lodz. Sokol Lancut will play against higher ranked ISS Sportino (#3) in Inowroclaw in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Asecco Prokom 2 will play on the road against MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sokol Lancut: M.Wilczek 17+8reb+1ast, P.Ucinek 16+4reb+1ast, W.Pisarczyk 14+6reb+1ast, I.Chromicz 8+1reb+2ast, M.Klima 8+6reb, R.Glapinski 6+1reb+1ast
Asec.Prokom-2: T.Wojdyla 13+8reb+1ast, G.Mordzak 10+2reb+2ast, T.Andrzejewski 10+7reb+3ast, A.Krauze 9+1reb+2ast, M.Malczyk 9+3reb, P.Smigielski 2+2reb
gschID: 99237


ISS Sportino - Tempcold AZS 60-65

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Inowroclaw. First ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska faced second-best ISS Sportino. Guests from Warszawa (20-4) defeated host ISS Sportino (17-6) 65-60. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of ISS Sportino. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 32-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. AZS Politechnika Warszawska made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Leszek Karwowski (209-75) who scored 14 points. Guard Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) chipped in 10 points. At the other side the best for losing team was center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively. AZS Politechnika Warszawska have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-4 record. ISS Sportino at the other side dropped to the third place with six games lost. AZS Politechnika Warszawska are looking forward to face Astoria (#14) in Bydgoszcz in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ISS Sportino will play at home against Sokol Lancut (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tempcold AZS: L.Karwowski 14+3reb, M.Ponitka 10+4reb+2ast, K.Pietras 10+6reb, J.Mokros 9+4reb, M.Nowakowski 8+4reb, P.Pamula 5+3reb
ISS Sportino: J.Sulowski 15+5reb+3ast, A.Lichodzijewski 14+14reb+3ast, W.Zurawski 14+11reb, L.Zytko 6+1reb+3ast, W.Kus 6+2ast, T.Piotrkiewicz 3+1reb
gschID: 99232


AZS Szczecin - Rosasport 61-68

Very expected game when 10th ranked AZS Szczecin (9-15) was defeated at home by third ranked Rosasport (18-6) 68-61. It looked good early as AZS Szczecin took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rosasport had a 21-12 second period charge getting the lead and AZS Szczecin was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-68. It was a good game for guard Michal Przybylski (194-84) who led his team to a victory with 7 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four Rosasport players scored in double figures. Swingman Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-81) replied with 8 points and 16 rebounds and guard Maciej Majcherek (190-82) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for AZS Szczecin. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rosasport have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. AZS Szczecin at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Rosasport will play against MKS Znicz Basket (#9) in Pruszkow in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AZS Szczecin will play at home against Spojnia in Stargard and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rosasport: A.Donigiewicz 14+4reb+1ast, M.Nikiel 14+2reb, E.Podkowinski 11+7reb, P.Kardas 10+1reb+2ast, M.Przybylski 7+15reb, P.Wiekiera 5+4reb
AZS Szczecin: M.Majcherek 17+5reb+3ast, L.Pacocha 11+5reb+3ast, M.Dudek 8+2ast, K.Mielczarek 8+16reb+3ast, T.Balcerek 8+3reb+1ast, P.Podgalski 4+1reb
gschID: 99233


LKS Lodz - Astoria 91-55

The game with biggest result difference took place in Lodz. Local LKS Sphinx (15-9) outscored 14th ranked Astoria (6-18) 91-55. The game without a history. LKS Sphinx led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. LKS Sphinx forced 19 Astoria turnovers and outrebounded them 33-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Astoria's players. It was a good game for forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Piotr Trepka (182-80) contributed with 9 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four LKS Sphinx players scored in double figures. Forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) replied with 15 points and power forward Sebastian Laydych (203-87) added 8 points in the effort for Astoria. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. LKS Sphinx moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Asec.Prokom-2. Newly promoted Astoria dropped to the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Gornik and GKS Tychy. LKS Sphinx will play against bottom-ranked Polonia 2011 (#16) in Warszawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Astoria will play on the road against the league's leader AZS Politechnika Warszawska in Warszawa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
LKS Lodz: J.Dluski 18+15reb+1ast, B.Szczepaniak 12+2ast, D.Kalinowski 11+2reb+4ast, M.Salamonik 10+4reb+1ast, P.Trepka 9+3reb+8ast, K.Morawiec 9+1reb+2ast
Astoria: D.Szyttenholm 15+3reb+1ast, S.Laydych 8+3reb, A.Gliszczynski 7+1reb+1ast, R.Plebanek 6+2reb+2ast, A.Szopinski 6+3reb, L.Paul 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 99234


Znicz Basket - GKS Tychy 83-60

Rather predictable result in Pruszkow where ninth ranked MKS Znicz Basket (12-12) outscored 13th ranked GKS Tychy (6-18) 83-60. The game without a history. MKS Znicz Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to GKS Tychy's 38. It was a good game for guard Michal Sokolowski (195-92) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Guard Marcin Makander (187-87) contributed with 10 points for the winners. MKS Znicz Basket's coach Pawel Czosnowski felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Lukasz Kwiatkowski (207-79) replied with 17 points and guard Jacek Jarecki (197-88) added 14 points in the effort for GKS Tychy. MKS Znicz Basket moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Spojnia. GKS Tychy lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Gornik and Astoria. MKS Znicz Basket will play against league's second-placed Rosasport in Radom in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. GKS Tychy will play at home against SKK Siedlce (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: M.Sokolowski 18+5reb+1ast, G.Malewski 12+3reb, M.Makander 10+4reb+1ast, A.Misiewicz 9+4reb+1ast, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 9+2reb+3ast, J.Weatherspoon 7+3ast
GKS Tychy: L.Kwiatkowski 17+4reb+1ast, J.Jarecki 14+4reb+1ast, M.Markowicz 8+7reb+3ast, A.Kijanowski 8+1reb+2ast, D.Witos 7+1reb+1ast, P.Halas 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 99230


MMKS DG - Gornik 65-57

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Gornik (6-18) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (16-7) 65-57. It looked good early as Gornik took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 8 points. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Gornik's players. It was a good game for power forward Adam Lisewski (206-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Pawel Zmarlak (195-82) contributed with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Mateusz Nitsche (190-86) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Lukasz Muszynski (201-81) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Gornik. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 16-7 record. Gornik lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Astoria and GKS Tychy. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will play against Asecco Prokom 2 (#7) in Gdynia in the next round. Gornik will play at home against Olimp MKS Start Lublin (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MMKS DG: M.Piotrkowski 14+3reb+1ast, R.Basinski 13+5reb+3ast, A.Lisewski 10+10reb+4ast, L.Szczypka 9+5ast, P.Zmarlak 8+9reb+5ast, R.Lemanski 8+1ast
Gornik: M.Nitsche 17+7reb, D.Pieloch 9+4reb, L.Muszynski 9+6reb+1ast, M.Wrobel 7+4reb, J.Kietlinski 5+6reb+2ast, M.Kowalski 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 99231


Round 17
Asec.Prokom-2 - GKS Tychy 80-75

Everything went according to plan in Gdynia where sixth ranked Asecco Prokom 2 (15-9) won against 13th ranked GKS Tychy (6-18) 80-75. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. GKS Tychy was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was a good game for forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89) contributed with 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. The former international guard Dawid Witos (190-83, agency: Promotex) replied with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and center Lukasz Kwiatkowski (207-79) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for GKS Tychy. Five Asecco Prokom 2 and four GKS Tychy players scored in double figures. Asecco Prokom 2 maintains sixth position with 15-9 record, which they share with LKS Lodz. GKS Tychy lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Gornik and Astoria. Asecco Prokom 2 will play against higher ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. GKS Tychy will play against SKK Siedlce (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Asec.Prokom-2: M.Malczyk 17+5reb+1ast, A.Krauze 17+1ast, P.Smigielski 15+3reb+7ast, T.Wojdyla 14+9reb+2ast, T.Andrzejewski 13+4reb, P.Wojdyr 2+2reb
GKS Tychy: D.Witos 20+9reb+4ast, L.Kwiatkowski 18+9reb, P.Halas 15+1reb+2ast, P.Olczak 11+10reb+2ast, M.Markowicz 9+5reb+2ast, D.Goldammer 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 120572




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  RUSSIA   


Nuggets get Russian big guy Timofey Mozgov - by Eurobasket News
Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86) is a new player of Denver Nuggets. The Russian big guy was a part of a blockbuster deal, whose central figure was Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks were trying to get Anthony since the beginning of the season and yesterday they finally made it. Here is the summary. The Nuggets traded Melo to the New York Knicks last night. Denver gets Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, 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, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.
Timofey Mozgov joined the Knicks last summer from Khimky. He appeared 34 times this season in NBA averaging 4 points and 3.1 rebounds. His best game came against Detroit Pistons, when Mozgov had double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds. Mozgov played for Khimky since 2006. Last summer, he exploded at the World Championship in Turkey. For 9 games with Team Russia he had 13 ppg and 4.4 rpg.


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Langford, Khimky19.1 
 2. Williams, Enisey16.3 
 3. Domercant, Spart.16.2 
 4. Popovic, Unics15.6 
 5. Lyday, Unics14.9 
 6. Baxter, Enisey14.7 
 7. Labovic, Enisey14.6 
 8. Vyaltsev, Triumph14.2 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv14.1 
 10. Voronov, Dynamo14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv7.5 
 2. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.0 
 3. Monya, Khimky6.3 
 4. Likhodey, Triumph6.1 
 5. Paunic, N.Novgorod6.1 
 6. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv6.0 
 7. Brezec, Krasnie .5.9 
 8. Labovic, Enisey5.8 
 9. Lampe, Unics5.8 
 10. Baxter, Enisey5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anton PONKRASHOV
  Spartak SP
  (200-G-86)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Ponkrashov, Spart.6.6 
 2. Williams, Enisey6.0 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie .5.6 
 4. Khvostov, Dynamo4.6 
 5. Planinic, Khimky4.0 
 6. Popovic, Unics4.0 
 7. Samoylenko, Unics4.0 
 8. Vyaltsev, Triumph3.7 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.5 
 10. Beverley, Spart.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dijon THOMPSON
  Spartak SP
  (201-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thompson, Spart.2.3 
 2. Beverley, Spart.2.0 
 3. Voronov, Dynamo1.9 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.6 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv1.6 
 6. Lyday, Unics1.5 
 7. Green, Krasnie Krilya1.4 
 8. Labovic, Enisey1.4 
 9. Pashutin, Unics1.4 
 10. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey VARLAMOV
  Triumph
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Varlamov, Triumph1.4 
 2. Monya, Khimky1.3 
 3. Likhodey, Triumph1.2 
 4. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 5. Vranes, Unics1.0 
 6. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 7. Sokolov, CSKA1.0 
 8. Yakovenko, N.Nov.1.0 
 9. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 
 10. Antonov, N.Novgorod0.9 


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Nihad Dedovic lifts Lottomatica to first victory in Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Top 16, Round 5: Union Olimpija - Lottomatica 76-87

Lottomatica grabbed the first victory in Euroleague Top 16, Group F. They celebrated against Union Olimpija in Ljubljana joining them with 1-4 record. Both teams already lost all chances to reach the Quarterfinals. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up for the Italians with 20 points, including 8 of 10 from the field. He reached valuation 29 and was the MVP of this game. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) secured a nice help adding 15, while Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) followed with 13 points. Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points and 6 rebounds in this win. On the other side, Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) scored 18 points for the home side. Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) and Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) (5 as) had 15 and 14 points respectively.
Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Lottomatica ended the first period 14-20 and Olimpija replied with 27-17 for the next ten minutes. However, Nihad Dedovic and his teammates took control on the hosts after the breather. They nailed 28 points in Q3, while limiting Olimpija to just 14. It means that Lottomatica was 55-65 ahead after 30 minutes and they had no troubles to keep their lead for rest of the game.
In the last round of Top 16, what will also be the last appearance for both teams in Euroleague this season, Lottomatica will host Maccabi Electra, while Union Olimpija goes to Barcelona.

Union Olimpija: Kenny Gregory 18, Saso Ozbolt 15, Vlado Ilievski 14+5 as
Lottomatica: Nihad Dedovic 20, Darius Washington 15, Luigi Datome 13, Vladimir Dasic 10+6 boards


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL Round 44: Top-ranked ET Land Elephants win another game - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

KBL top team - ET Land Elephants (32-13) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat sixth ranked SK Knights (21-24) in Seoul 92-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SK Knights. The game was mostly controlled by ET Land Elephants. SK Knights managed to win fourth quarter 30-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ET Land Elephants made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by SK Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 20 points and 7 assists for the winners. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for SK Knights. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ET Land Elephants have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 32-13 record. SK Knights at the other side keep the sixth place with 24 games lost. ET Land Elephants are looking forward to face Samsung Thunders (#5) in Seoul in the next round. SK Knights will play at home against Dongbu Promy in Wonju and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Changwon was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Samsung Thunders (24-21) played at the court of seventh ranked LG Sakers (20-25). LG Sakers defeated Samsung Thunders 92-81. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks and T.J. Cummings who added 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. LG Sakers maintains seventh position with 20-25 record. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the fifth place with 21 games lost. LG Sakers will play against Mobis Phoebus (#8) in Ulsan in the next round. Samsung Thunders will play on the road against the league's leader ET Land Elephants and will have a slim chance for a victory.

In the last two games of round 44 Anyang KGC were beaten by KCC Egis on the road 76-71. Bottom-ranked Daegu Orions lost to Sonic Boom KT on its own court 60-68.



KCC Egis - Anyang KGC 76-71

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked KCC Egis (28-18) beat 8th ranked Anyang KGC (15-30) in Jeonju 76-71. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 22-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Eric Dawson (208-84, college: Midwestern St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Byung-Hyun Kang (193-85) who added 20 points and 4 assists during the contest. Nigerian-American swingman Jeff Varem (198-83, college: Washington St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and international guard Chan-Hee Park (191-87) scored 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. KCC Egis maintains fourth position with 28-18 record. Anyang KGC at the other side keeps the eighth place with 30 games lost. They share the position with Mobis Phoebus. KCC Egis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Anyang KGC will play at home against the league's second-placed Sonic Boom KT (#2) in Busan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: C.Park 19+4reb+5ast, J.Varem 17+11reb+3ast, J.Lee 14+5reb+4ast, M.Kim 7+2reb+1ast, S.Park 6+1reb, S.Park 4+1reb+1ast
KCC Egis: B.Kang 20+4reb+4ast, E.Dawson 20+6reb+4ast, S.Choo 12+1reb+3ast, S.Jung 8+1ast, B.Yoo 6+5reb+1ast, S.Ha 4+5reb
gschID: 114262


LG Sakers - Samsung Th. 92-81

The game in Changwon was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Samsung Thunders (24-21) played at the court of seventh ranked LG Sakers (20-25). LG Sakers defeated Samsung Thunders 92-81. The game was mostly controlled by LG Sakers. Samsung Thunders was better in second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for LG Sakers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks and American forward T.J. Cummings (204-81, college: UCLA) who added 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Kyu-Sup Lee (198-77) scored 19 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Samsung Thunders players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. LG Sakers maintains seventh position with 20-25 record. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the fifth place with 21 games lost. LG Sakers will play against Mobis Phoebus (#8) in Ulsan in the next round. Samsung Thunders will play on the road against the league's leader ET Land Elephants and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: K.Lee 19+3reb+4ast, A.Haynes 17+6reb+4ast, J.Lee 13+2reb+2ast, D.Kim 11+1reb+1ast, N.Dixon 9+1reb, E.Sandrin 7+8reb+5ast
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 23+7reb+5ast, S.Ki 21+2reb, T.Cummings 16+8reb, D.Kang 9+1reb+1ast, H.Byun 7+3reb+6ast, Y.Kim 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 114259


SK Knights - Elephants 79-92

KBL top team - ET Land Elephants (32-13) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat sixth ranked SK Knights (21-24) in Seoul 92-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SK Knights. The game was mostly controlled by ET Land Elephants. SK Knights managed to win fourth quarter 30-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ET Land Elephants made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by SK Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 20 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Hyo-Bum Kim (195-83) added 18 points in the effort for SK Knights. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ET Land Elephants have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 32-13 record. SK Knights at the other side keep the sixth place with 24 games lost. ET Land Elephants are looking forward to face Samsung Thunders (#5) in Seoul in the next round. SK Knights will play at home against Dongbu Promy in Wonju and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: T.Leather 20+7reb, H.Kim 18+1reb+3ast, K.Hoon Byun 10+2ast, S.Shin 8+2reb, M.Kim 6+6reb+2ast, G.Cline-Heard 6+9reb+1ast
Elephants: H.Hill 24+13reb+3ast, J.Stevenson 20+2reb+7ast, J.Seo 19+7reb, Y.Jung 12+2reb+4ast, O.George 8+2reb, H.Lee 5+4reb
gschID: 114260


Daegu Orions - Sonic Boom KT 60-68

Very expected game when 10th ranked Daegu Orions (12-34) lost at home to second ranked Sonic Boom KT (31-14) 68-60. The guests were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 20-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Daegu Orions were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Sonic Boom KT players scored in double figures. American power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Dong Jun Lee (200-80) scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Daegu Orions' coach Nam-Kee Kim rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Sonic Boom KT maintains second position with 31-14 record behind leader Elephants. Daegu Orions lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 34 lost games. Sonic Boom KT will play against Anyang KGC (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Daegu Orions will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Daegu Orions: A.McCaskill 23+8reb+2ast, D.Jun Lee 12+9reb+7ast, I.Heo 7+4reb+1ast, B.Kim 5, K.Kim 3+3reb+1ast, 3+3reb+2ast
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 18+12reb, S.Park 17+6reb+2ast, Y.Song 11+9reb, S.Cho 11+1reb+3ast, W.Yaung 6+1reb+1ast, J.Johnson 2+1reb
gschID: 114261




Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Elephants 32-13 
 2. Sonic Boom KT 31-14 
 3. Dongbu Promy 28-17 
 4. KCC Egis 28-18 
 5. Samsung Th. 24-21 
 6. SK Knights 21-24 
 7. LG Sakers 20-25 
 8. Mobis Phoebus 15-30 
 9. Anyang KGC 15-30 
 10. Daegu Orions 12-34 


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Lleida gets bigger with Albert Moncasi - by Eurobasket News
Lleida announced a new signing today. The Spanish LEB Gold team landed center Albert Moncasi (209-C-86) for rest of the season. Moncasi arrives from Sant Josep Girona. He appeared five times for them this season averaging 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds. However, his last game with Girona came at the beginning of November.
Albert Moncasi played for Murcia last season. He had 3.7 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 22 games in ACB. Before that, Moncasi spent one year with Gran Canaria. They played in ACB and EuroCup as well and Moncasi averaged around 2.7 points and 2.5 rebounds. In the past, he was a member of Regal Barca.


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Excuses... - by Brandon Gordon
Whats up its ya boi BG checkin in once again. A long time ago my dad told me if you want to be any good at anything to have to be serious about it and work hard at it. He told me NOBODY wants to hear excuses and an excuse used too many times is a PROBLEM! So with that being said everybody knows that I am on a young and inexperienced team. Now that the assistant coach has taken the reigns as the head coach that makes another inexperienced person now thats 'supposed' to be in charge. I put that in quotes because like i said he is supposed to be in charge but clearly he is not. We actually sat down and watched film to see if we could figure out why we were losing ( me, the new american player, both coaches and the manager of the team). As we are watching film we are pointing out mistakes and trying to figure out the reasons for these mistakes. The only answer he can come up with is that the team is young and inexperienced. I remind you he has been saying thiis from the beginning of the season. He always says the team has no money to get any good players (thats the other excuse). True enough NONE of the players on the team have actually really never played longer than 3 minutes in any game on either one of their previous teams. This fact alone makes my job even harder. To make a long story short we have a young, inexperienced team with a few selfish and mostly lazy players who probably wont play too many places after this season. Now this doesnt go for everybody that is on the team because their are a FEW guys on the team who are actually about the TEAM and not only worried about their stats and actually trying to win games. But with an experienced coach with no backbone things are difficult and they are looking to the americans for guidance. So now we are not only basketball players, we are coaches, leaders, skills instructors and sometimes babysitters. The coach is offering more excuses than anybody i have ever met but yet in still all he is saying that we have to win. Thats like going to the Mercedes dealership with Hyundai money trying to get a Benz. Just aint gone happen and the only person I know that person that perform miracles is Jesus. But enough about that.

I have a new American teammate that I am so glad he is here even though he might not ever get the chance to play because only 1 foreign player can dress out at a time. Not saying that he isnt good or anything because he is. He jut plays the poing guard position and having a team where I am the only post presence makes it hard for me not to play and expect a win. But we are working hard together to everyday to see if we can correct these problems and try to do out best at performing these miracles. We aint got long becuase the season will be over before we know it that is if we dont pull our hair out 1st. lol. im out peace!


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Peltier scores 32 - by David Edole
Cal State Fullerton mens basketball lost to the Idaho State Bengals Saturday night in Pocatello, Idaho, 84-79.

Senior Devon Peltier (180-G-87) had a career-high night with 32 points, shooting six of 12 from three-point land and eight-of-nine from the free-throw line.

Redshirt junior Orane Chin played and contributed with 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

Redshirt senior JerVaughn Johnson added 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks. The fourth player in double figures was junior Andre Hardy with 10 points.

CSUF outscored the Bengals in the paint 32-20 and out-rebounded 35-23, but the Bengals were able to capitalize with 32 points off 17 Titan turnovers.

The largest lead CSUF had was by four in the first half, but the Bengals were able to pull away with the victory, leading by as many as 15 in the second half.



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  UBA   


URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Barnes, GIE M.26.6 
 2. Barrett, S.Generals26.6 
 3. Sloan, S.Generals25.6 
 4. Kearse, Dallas S.22.9 
 5. Holmes, Atlanta A.22.8 
 6. Perkins, Austin K.22.7 
 7. Grismore, C.Tex.21.2 
 8. Clark, St.Mount.20.8 
 9. Hill, DFW Warriors20.8 
 10. Allison, Norman E.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sylvester MORGAN
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Morgan, GIE M.12.8 
 2. Dailey, GIE M.12.2 
 3. Williams, Norman E.11.7 
 4. Hall, St.Mount.10.9 
 5. Hill, DFW Warriors10.3 
 6. Holmes, Atlanta A.9.9 
 7. Shewmake, Tennesse.9.8 
 8. Davis, Dallas Stars9.6 
 9. Akpele, S.Generals9.6 
 10. Wilson, Tennesse.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Bray, S.Generals10.6 
 2. De La Cruz, S.Gen.8.9 
 3. Williams, GIE M.8.1 
 4. Haskins, C.Texas C.8.1 
 5. Belton, Atlanta A.8.0 
 6. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 7. Beaulah, GIE M.7.0 
 8. Douglas, DFW W.7.0 
 9. Taylor, Tennesse.6.0 
 10. Brown, Norman E.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Freddie WILLIAMS
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Williams, S.Generals3.4 
 2. Kearse, Dallas S.3.3 
 3. Williams, GIE M.3.1 
 4. Bray, S.Generals3.1 
 5. Brown, Norman E.2.9 
 6. Taylor, Tennesse.2.8 
 7. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.8 
 8. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 9. Barnes, GIE M.2.4 
 10. Sloan, S.Generals2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 2. Williams, Norman E.5.7 
 3. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 4. Morgan, GIE M.4.8 
 5. Davis, Dallas Stars3.2 
 6. Hall, St.Mount.3.0 
 7. Wilson, Tennesse.2.7 
 8. Hill, DFW Warriors2.6 
 9. Dailey, GIE M.2.5 
 10. Stokes, Dallas S.2.4 


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 6-1 
 2. Cleveland V. 6-2 
 3. Columbus C. 5-5 
 4. Colonial F. 1-7 
 5. NE Air Soul 1-7 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 22-4 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 20-6 
 3. Atlanta A. 10-9 
 4. Georgia L. 8-9 
 5. St.Mountain H. 1-14 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 14-1 
 2. Tennessee D. 11-8 
 3. DFW Warriors 8-5 
 4. Norman E. 5-4 
 5. Austin K. 5-5 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 9-2 
 2. Dallas Star 6-11 
 3. Houston X. 2-0 
 4. Nashville B. 0-7 
 5. Oklahoma S. 0-12 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-16 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.5 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.8 
 3. Washington, BC Od.17.0 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.9 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.7 
 6. Williams, Halychyna15.0 
 7. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna14.4 
 9. Fraser, DniproAzot14.4 
 10. Millage, Khimik14.1 
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. Chappell, Hoverla6.4 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv6.3 
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, DniproAzot4.4 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.3 
 10. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. House, Azovmash1.7 
 3. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 4. Love, Mykolaiv1.5 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Gliebov, BC Donetsk1.4 
 7. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.4 
 8. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
 9. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.4 
 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. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Balashov, BC Odessa1.2 
 9. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.2 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 26-7 
 2. BC Donetsk 25-8 
 3. Azovmash 22-12 
 4. Hoverla 21-13 
 5. Dnipro 17-17 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 16-17 
 7. Kryvbasbasket 16-17 
 8. Mykolaiv 16-18 
 9. BC Odessa 15-19 
 10. DniproAzot 13-21 
 11. Halychyna 12-23 
 12. Khimik 11-22 
 13. BC Kyiv 8-24 


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Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle 15-5 
 2. Liverpool MT 14-4 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 14-6 
 4. Cheshire Jets 14-7 
 5. Sheffield Sharks 12-6 
 6. Leicester Riders 11-9 
 7. Plymouth 11-10 
 8. Guildford Heat 11-11 
 9. Worcester 10-14 
 10. MK Lions 8-10 
 11. Worthing 1-19 
 12. Essex Pirates 1-21 


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. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
 10. Gilbert, Worcester19.8 
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. Greer, Cheshire.8.7 
 8. Polk, Plymouth8.7 
 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.4.5 
 6. Blount, Leices.4.3 
 7. Bell, Cheshire Jets4.0 
 8. Patton, Sheffi.4.0 
 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. Harrison, Glasgow .1.9 
 9. Greer, Cheshire.1.9 
 10. Livas, Glasgow .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. Sturt, Essex P.1.1 
 5. Williams, Sheffi.0.9 
 6. Dobbins, Worcester0.9 
 7. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 8. Rowe, Plymouth0.7 
 9. Porter, Guildfor.0.6 
 10. Williams, Leices.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. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 7. Matthews, Defensor9.5 
 8. Dilligard, Olimpia9.5 
 9. Kanis, Trouville9.4 
 10. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.1 
 2. Martinez, Malvin5.6 
 3. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 4. 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. Woodward, Defensor1.9 
 10. Viera, Anastasia1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia3.9 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Newsome, Malvin2.3 
 4. Bortz, Malvin2.0 
 5. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 6. Wilborn, Bigua2.0 
 7. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 8. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 9. Freije, Hebraica1.8 
 10. Kanis, Trouville1.7 


Malvin took a 2-0 lead for the LUB semifinal - by Hector Lopez
Malvin took a 2-0 lead over Defensor Sporting, the defening champions, winning 79-69 for the best-of-five semifinals games. Malvin took a clear lead from the beggining with a 30-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the last quarter Defensor with a 11-2 run was just six points behind (64-70), with five minutes to play, but Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) and Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) with eigth points led Malvin to the second win. For Malvin Newsome scored 25 points with 3 rebounds, Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) added 15 points with 11 rebounds and 6 blocks, whuile Jeffries netted 6 with 4 rrebounds. For Defensor Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C/F-85) and Federico Alvarez (194-F-88) scored 16 points each one, while Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) netted 8 with one rebound, and Clerence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) scoired 4 points and 3 rebounds. Matthews was ejected from the field after a flagrant foul against Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) with 37 second to play during the first quarter. The third game will be played Friday 25.

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Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News
Champville - Zob Ahan 76:80
Zob Ahan became the fourth semifinalists of WABA League. They completed the sweep of their quarterfinal series against Champville in Lebanon yesterday. Zob Ahan claimed a narrow win to set up a semifinal clash versus Syrian Jalaa. Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) stepped up with impressive 29 points and 13 rebounds to pace Zob Ahan.
Champville started the game confidently. The hosts ensured a 22:18 lead after ten minutes of action. Zob Ahan erased the deficit in the second term leveling things up at 35 after twenty minutes. Champville returned the lead in the third term. The hosts entered the fourth quarter up by four points 61:57 but could not capitalize. Zob Ahan went on a deadly rally in the final five minutes of regulation to steal the victory at the end. Carlos Powell (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) replied with 19 points for Champville. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) delivered 19 points in the losing effort.

Champville: Fadi El Khatib 19, Jasmon Youngblood 19
Zob Ahan: Ousmane Barro 29+13 boards, Carlos Powell 19, Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) 12


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

Jalaa - ASU 87:74
Jalaa joined Mahram in the WABA League semifinal stage. The Syrian side overcame ASU of Jordan to sweep the quarterfinal series. Michel Maadanli (195-G-81) scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
Jalaa set the tone early as they opened the game with a 9:1 rally. Jalaa built a 26:18 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. They arrived at halftime up by 15 points 50:35. ASU went on a strong rally in the third period. The visitors cut the distance to 5 points with one quarter remaining. But Jalaa did not allow their opponents to deliver the decisive blow as they picked up the right tempo and coasted to the victory at the end. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for Jalaa. Sari Papazian (194-G/F-82) added 10 points in the win.

Mahram - Aramex 95:62
Mahram advanced into WABA League semis. They swept quarterfinal series against Aramex winning two games in a row. Mahram cruised past their Jordanian opponents at home court yesterday. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) came up with 34 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Iranian powerhouse.
Mahram stormed into the game. They built a 26:13 lead after ten minutes. Aramex and Mahram traded baskets throughout the next two periods. The hosts entered the fourth quarter up by 12 points with one quarter to go. Mahram increased the tempo in the final stanza and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) accounted for 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals for Mahram. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) netted 11 points and issued 9 assists in the victory. Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) answered with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Aramex. Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) chipped in 11 points in the losing effort.

Mahram: Marlon Garnett 34, Chris Williams 28+11 boards, Mahdi Kamrani 11
Aramex: Sani Sakakini 17+11 boards, Ali Zaghab 11






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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Logan defeat Dandenong in Elimination Final - by Eurobasket News
Dandenong R. - Logan T. 73-83
The Logan Thunder have overcome a 14 point first quarter deficit to record their first ever WNBL finals victory, 83-73, in the Elimination Final at Dandenong tonight. Renae Camino (177-G-86) led the way for the victorious Thunder with 21 points, while sharp-shooter Sarah Graham (163-G-89) connected on 6 of 8 three-point shots to finish with 20 points. Stellar individual performances from Rangers stars Kathleen Macleod (167-G-86) and Abby Bishop (189-C-88) were no match for the overall firepower and teamwork of Coach Olaf Lange's charges. The Logan Thunder will now head back to Queensland to regroup, before heading south once more for their Semi Final encounter against the Bendigo Spirit on Sunday. It was Dandenong who shot out to a big lead, 21-7, behind the excellent offensive execution of Kathleen Macleod and Abby Bishop, before Renae Camino began to spark things for the Thunder. Gradually the visiting team settled, with a near last-second basket from Cayla Francis (192-C-89) cutting the Rangers lead to six, to finish the first term 23-17. In the early stages of the second term things remained tight, and a three-point basket from Renae Camino brought the deficit back to four points with seven minutes remaining. The offensive arm-wrestle continued through the term, with Abby Bishop and Sarah Graham for the Thunder trading baskets before an Emma Randall (188-C-85) jump shot closed the Rangers lead to two, 37-35. Macleod and Bishop continued trading baskets with the Thunder, the score at halftime finishing 45-39. Bishop and Macleod with 16 points apiece. For the Thunder, Camino had 11 points. The Thunder quickly closed the gap to begin the third term, tying the scores at 47 all, before a Sarah Graham three-point bomb gave the Thunder their first lead of the entire game, 52-51, with six minutes remaining. The lead changed three times in two minutes, before a Kate McMeekan-Ruscoe three-point basket brought the Thunder lead to four, raising the bench in celebration. The Rangers took the lead again on yet another three-point basket from Lauren King with one minute remaining, before yet another McMeekan-Ruscoe basket gave the Thunder a 61-60 lead heading into the final term. The final term belonged to the Thunder from the outset, with back-to-back baskets from Camino and Francis extending the lead to 68-62. The Rangers responded through Jessica Foley (182-G-83, college: Duke), but it was Logan who had the answers every time, as two key steals from Thunder captain Kristen Veal helped set up Cayla Francis and Sarah Graham for baskets. Kathleen Macleod battled valiantly, almost single-handedly keeping the home side alive, and bringing the margin back to eight points with three minutes remaining. But baskets again to both Francis and Graham sealed the win for the road team, 83-73. *Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Bulleen B.
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Cambage, Bulle.22.3 
 2. Denson, Sydney UF18.4 
 3. Madgen, Bendigo S.15.7 
 4. Macleod, Dandenon.15.4 
 5. Ebzery, Sydney UF15.3 
 6. Marino, Adelaide15.2 
 7. Bishop, Dandenon.15.0 
 8. Graham, Logan T.14.4 
 9. Batkovic-B., Canber.14.4 
 10. Walker, Adelaide14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cayla FRANCIS
  Logan T.
  (192-C-89)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Francis, Logan T.9.4 
 2. Tolo, Canberra C.8.8 
 3. Cambage, Bulle.8.4 
 4. Penaluna, Bulleen B.7.4 
 5. Denson, Sydney UF7.2 
 6. Gahan, Dandenong R.7.1 
 7. Evans, Townsville F.7.0 
 8. Richards, Bendi.7.0 
 9. Bishop, Dandenon.7.0 
 10. Veal, Logan T.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kristen VEAL
  Logan T.
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 6
 1. Veal, Logan T.6.0 
 2. Macleod, Dandenon.5.5 
 3. O''Hea, Bulleen B.5.2 
 4. Harrower, Bendi.5.2 
 5. Flanagan, Townsvil.4.8 
 6. Bevilaqua, Waves4.6 
 7. Marino, Adelaide4.2 
 8. Walker, Adelaide3.3 
 9. Milner, Bulleen B.2.9 
 10. Hunt, Canberra C.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kristen VEAL
  Logan T.
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Veal, Logan T.2.5 
 2. Batkovic-B., Canber.2.1 
 3. Bevilaqua, Waves2.1 
 4. Walker, Adelaide1.9 
 5. Cole, AIS1.8 
 6. Zavecz, Bulleen B.1.5 
 7. Marino, Adelaide1.4 
 8. Allen, AIS1.4 
 9. Langford, Adelaide1.4 
 10. Cosier, Canberra C.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Bulleen B.
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cambage, Bulle.2.8 
 2. Tolo, Canberra C.2.6 
 3. Walker, Adelaide1.9 
 4. Robinson, Dandenon.1.6 
 5. Newley, Adelaide1.4 
 6. Penaluna, Bulleen B.1.3 
 7. Francis, Logan T.1.2 
 8. Batkovic-B., Canber.1.1 
 9. Harper, Waves1.0 
 10. Evans, Townsville F.1.0 


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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.21.1 
 3. Meesseman, Ieper19.4 
 4. Gaither, Dexia N.16.6 
 5. Decroos, BBC Boom15.6 
 6. Dennett, Sint K.15.5 
 7. Mayombo, Point C.14.8 
 8. VanMalderen, Dexia N.14.6 
 9. Wilkins, Point Chaud14.5 
 10. Boonen, BBC Boom14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rhona MCKENZIE
  Houthalen
  (183-F-76)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. McKenzie, Houth.13.4 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper11.3 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.10.1 
 4. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.5 
 5. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.8.8 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.8.7 
 7. Van Respaill., Wareg.8.3 
 8. Malfait, Jeugd G.8.0 
 9. Tatham, Point C.8.0 
 10. Maes, Deerlijk7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Leemans, Sint K.2.7 
 2. Devliegher, Ieper2.2 
 3. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.1 
 4. Boonen, BBC Boom2.0 
 5. Van Dessel, Sint K.2.0 
 6. Mayombo, Point C.2.0 
 7. Dubuc, Dexia Namur1.9 
 8. Van Driel, BBC B.1.9 
 9. Vanloo, Waregem1.9 
 10. Degels, Jeugd G.1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Katryna GAITHER
  Dexia Namur
  (191-C-75)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gaither, Dexia N.2.4 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper2.3 
 3. Van De Bruae., Deerl.2.2 
 4. Van den Vond., BBC B.2.1 
 5. Medvedeva, Waregem2.1 
 6. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.1 
 7. Van Driel, BBC B.2.1 
 8. Versavel, Ieper1.9 
 9. Deneil, Dexia Namur1.9 
 10. Mayombo, Point C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Meesseman, Ieper3.1 
 2. Boonen, BBC Boom1.7 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.1.7 
 4. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.1.4 
 5. Theunissen, Point C.1.2 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.1.1 
 7. Malfait, Jeugd G.1.0 
 8. Lentacker, Jeugd G.0.9 
 9. VanMalderen, Dexia N.0.8 
 10. Raman, Waregem0.7 


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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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  CANADA - Women  


Canadian Kalisha Keane named big Ten Payer of the Week - by Eurobasket News
For the first time in her collegiate career, Michigan State senior Kalisha Keane (6'1''-F-89) of Ajax, Ont., has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week. She led the Spartans to two big wins last week against Northwestern and Illinois, earning the team at least a share of the Big Ten regular season championship.

For the week, Keane averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals, while shooting 53.1 per cent from the field. With the two wins, the Spartans improved to 24-3 (12-2 Big Ten), jumping to the No. 10 spot in both Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN national rankings.

She started the week with a 17-point effort against Northwestern in a 74-60 victory. She six rebounds and two steals while shooting 7-of-14 from the field. Her week was highlighted with an impressive 27-point performance on Sunday in a 69-56 win over Illinois. She also had four rebounds, three steals and four three-pointers.

Sunday's win allowed Michigan State to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular season conference title, their first since 2005.

The former Canadian National Junior Team member continues to lead the Spartans with 16.3 points per game, which also ranks sixth in the Big Ten. The Spartan team captain also leads the team in free throws made (67) and three-pointers made (58).

Keane and the rest of the senior Spartans will be honoured at senior day on Thursday night as Ohio State visits East Lansing. They then play their regular season finale on Sunday versus Minnesota.

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


Fenerbahce returns Tammy Sutton-Brown - by Eurobasket News
Tamara Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers), a two time WNBA All-Star was found a home once again in Istanbul, playing for the Fenerbahce Queens of the Hoop. The Markham, Ontario native is already three games deep in Euroleague play in Turkey, helping Fenerbahce to a 2-1 record thus far. Originally signing with Fenerbahce in 2006, this is her fifth season with Fenerbahce.

Sutton-Brown spent 2010 playing in the WNBA with the Indiana Fever, where she played 37 games, averaged 25.6 minutes and 8.2 points per game. She helped guide the Fever to the Conference Semi-Finals, where they lost to the New York. It was her tenth year in the WNBA and fourth with the Fever. Last August, she signed a multi-year extension to keep her talent in Indiana.

As one of Canada's most successful basketball players, she was a member of Canada's Olympic team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She would then go on to play for Canada's Senior Women's team from 2004-2006.

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


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  CROATIA - Women  


Lupa lands Mada - by Zeljko Zule
Less than a week before the Croatian League Play-Off starts, Lupa promotion has added size and strength to its frontline with the addition of veteran Jasenka Mada (186-C-72). She signed until the end of the current season. Mada arrives from B-1 League team where she averaged 26,0 points over game this season. As a member of the Croatian national team, Mada, who previously played under her maiden name of Jasenka Marohnic, won the gold medal at the 2001 Mediterannean Games and the silver medal at Mediterannean Games 2005.



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Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
A1
 1. USK Praha 17-1 
 2. Frisco Sika 16-1 
 3. Slovanka MB 12-6 
 4. Trutnov 10-8 
A2
 1. Strakonice 8-10 
 2. Valosun Brno 7-10 
 3. Hradec Kralove 6-11 
 4. Karlovy Vary 6-12 
 5. VS Praha 6-14 
 6. Pardubice 2-17 


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Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 11-0 
 2. Tartu Ulikooli 7-4 
 3. TLU/Volta 5-4 
 4. NikeWomen 3-7 
 5. Audentes 0-11 


Meistriliiga Round 13: Eclex Tallinn beats NikeWomen in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Eclex Tallinn (#1) and NikeWomen (#4). NikeWomen was defeated at home 58-66 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-58. Undefeated Eclex Tallinn (11-0) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 11 victories in a row. Newly promoted NikeWomen keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Eclex Tallinn's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena TLU/Volta.
An exciting game was played in Tartu. Leader Eclex Tallinn faced their biggest opponent Tartu Ulikooli. Guests from Tallinn (11-0) smashed host Tartu Ulikooli (7-4) 78-52. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tartu Ulikooli. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Eclex Tallinn. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-0 record. Tartu Ulikooli at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Eclex Tallinn's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena TLU/Volta.
Bottom-ranked Audentes (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 81-50 loss to third ranked TLU/Volta (5-4) in Tallinn on Friday evening. TLU/Volta maintains third place with 5-4 record having eight points less than leader Eclex Tallinn. Audentes lost their eleventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with 11 games lost. TLU/Volta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Eclex Tallinn.



NikeWomen - Eclex Tallinn 58-66

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Eclex Tallinn (#1) and NikeWomen (#4). NikeWomen was defeated at home 58-66 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-58. Eclex Tallinn (11-0) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 11 victories in a row. Newly promoted NikeWomen keeps the fourth position with seven gam