EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/26/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Foreigner movements in TNA - by Facundo Iatzky
Asociacion Italiana released Aaron williams and signed Alex Carcamo (200-F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: E.Washington). Williams injured last week and he will have some weeks of recovery so Italiana decided to sign Carcamo, former TNA MVP, who was recenty released from Obera TC.
Union sunchales released Alvin Moufunaya and agreed terms with Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, college: Clayton St.). He comes from Aguada (Uruguay). He had played in Argentina last season for San martin marcos juarez.


Regatas Corrientes add Lee Benson - by Eurobasket News
Regatas Corrientes are getting ready for the upcoming Liga Americas Final Four. The Argentinean powerhouse has agreed on terms of contract with Benson Lee (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie). The 37-year-old centre started the season in China. He played for TianJin Rongcheng. Benson Lee averaged 16.5 points, 14.6 boards and 1.5 blocks per appearance in CBA. Last season Benson Lee played for Shanxi Kylins in China. Later he moved to Latin America to join Galitos de Isabela in Puerto Rico. His stats read 10.4 points, 13.4 boards and 1.9 assists per game. Benson Lee used to be FIBA Europe Cup Player of the Year in 2004, All-Uruguay LUB Player of the Year in 2007, All-Venezuelan LPB Centre of the Year in 2007 as well as All-Chinese CBA Centre of the Year in 2009.
Regatas Corrientes start Liga Americas Final Four on March 4. They will face Halcones Xalapa of Mexico.



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  AUSTRALIA   


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. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.4 
 5. Clark, Blaze17.3 
 6. Williams, Tigers17.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers16.0 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers15.5 
 10. Sanders, Sydney K.14.8 
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. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.1 
 8. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 9. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 10. Clark, Blaze6.7 
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, Taipans3.9 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Holmes, 36ers3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.6 
 3. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 4. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 5. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 7. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 8. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 9. Ervin, Hawks1.2 
 10. Hill, 36ers1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Blaze
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 2. Ballinger, 36ers2.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.9 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 7. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 8. Gilder, Sydney K.1.0 
 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 11-11 
 5. Blaze 11-12 
 6. Hawks 10-12 
 7. Tigers 9-13 
 8. 36ers 8-14 
 9. Sydney K. 6-16 


Everything Epperson - by Eurobasket News
Ken Epperson has been around the league long enough to know that you cant please everybody- such is the life of a sports coach.

Coaching the Sunbury Jets to back to back Division One Men Championships in 2008 & 2009, Epperson has shown that he can take teams to the top for a long period of time. But now he is faced with a new challenge- developing young players in a team that was a cellar dweller in Division One last season.

If we finish 500. then that would be a good result, but I want to win every game as all coaches do. Well be a young team, but thats just something you have to deal with.

The clubs focus on developing their juniors was the major reason behind their decision in the off-season pre-2010 to not make the jump to State Championship Men. Epperson notes that there is plenty of talent coming through that could certainly make the jump to the senior program, and potentially then to State Championship down the track.

Id say with the juniors in a couple of years, if we keep the current young players we have at the moment that are coming into Youth, then to Division One, in a couple of year we might have the resources that we could probably push for a championship spot. The players will be stronger, older and a lot wiser in how they play basketball.

In what seems an unfair shot at Eppersons ability to coach and manage players after so much success, Epperson was flat out roasted on the Big V forum. But he took the criticism with a grain of salt, barely blinking an eye after hearing criticism of his coaching methods.

Being a coach is like a politician, some people are gonna be happy, some people are not gonna be happy, but youve got to do whats going to be whats best for the team at the time.

People can say what they want, its their opinion, not until they walk in my shoes will they be credited with the authority of whats going on, so I take it like water off a ducks back.

His record doesnt lie and his methods havent changed, Eppersons philosophy has proved successful. His position on the way ball should be played consists of a defensive focus as well as looking at fast break opportunities when possible.

You try to push the ball up the floor, stretch the defence and get as many baskets that way as you can. But you have to be able to run your sets, knowing when your player needs to make the right pass and be in the right place at the right time.

My main philosophy is defence; I try and stress defence as much as possible. You can have a bad night on offense as you see teams will have bad shooting nights. But your defence is an effort type of basketball and thats gotta be given every night.

This has been a recipe for success, but as soon as Epperson has a less than favourable record, the haters come out of the woodwork. But that wont sway his optimism for the coming season, with Epperson confident that they can continue to develop and improve on 2010.

Hopefully well fare better than we did last year (9th). Im looking for improvement from the players, in saying that, a few guys have moved on to other areas, so basically were gonna be using a lot of kids that were playing Youth League last season. Well continue to learn and get better, so if we can come out and play hard and consistent.

Epperson and the Jets will look to prove their doubters wrong when they open up their season in round 1 against the reigning champs Melbourne University away from home, in what will be a great early test for the young Jets with Epperson pacing the sidelines.

Haters or no haters, one thing is certain. Epperson will continue the coach the way he always has, despite what the cynics, non-believers and sceptics have to say. His record doesnt lie.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au


Brown arrives in Geraldton - by Eurobasket News
NEW import Todd Brown believes the expectation on his shoulders can help him thrive with the Geraldton Sun City Plumbing Buccaneers.

The 66 (198cm) American completed his first training session with the Buccs on Saturday.

Brown is a former captain of three years with Californias Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds, averaging more than 13 points per game.

The swingman was recommended to the Geraldton camp by close friend and 2010 SBL MVP Buccs import Ryan Zamroz.

Brown acknowledged he had an impressive baton to carry on from his fellow countryman.

But he was confident the pressure would help spur him to give his all in the blue and gold jersey.

I feel good about expectations in the beginning at college I was a role player at first and I came through to be one of the main players, he said.

Ive been working on all parts of my game so I can take away the shot, go to the basket or post up.

Im looking forward to the responsibility, theres a lot on my shoulders but its something that is going to make me a lot better player.

The Buccs have been working through the gears to prepare for the round one away trip to Mandurah and Cockburn on March 19 and 20.

Brown arrived on Australian soil on Friday with wife Tarin and enjoyed his first encounter with his new teammates.

Im really excited after meeting all the guys at practice, there is some good talent there, he said.

There's a lot of guys who have been around for a while along with a lot of young guys, so weve got a good mix.

He was impressed with rookie guard Luke Wrensted and experienced the brunt of Aaron Ralphs perimeter shots.

Ralph can shoot it, I was guarding him and he hit a couple in my face, he laughed.

After graduating from FPU last May, Brown gained an insight of the SBL talent he will be up against during a graduate development tour of Americas east coast. Lakeside Lightning hotshots Luke Payne and Ben Beran are two of the big names he played with during the Athletes In Action program.

Article by Tom Davis (Geraldton Guardian)
Courtesy of: http://www.sportingpulse.com


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.0 
 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. Dimsa, Nevezis14.9 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.14.8 
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. Valeika, Valmiera8.1 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 7. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.9 
 9. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.7 
 10. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
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. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Broadus, Siauliai2.4 
 2. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 3. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 4. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 5. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 7. Hughes, VEF Riga1.9 
 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. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.4 
 6. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 8. Hanke, Norrkoping1.3 
 9. Osby, TT.1.2 
 10. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 


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 16-4 
 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. Norrkoping 8-12 
 9. Perlas 8-12 
 10. Liepaja 6-14 
 11. TTU/Kalev 5-15 
 12. Valmiera 1-19 
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 


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil Cup: Macae wins and sign 3 new players - by Paulo Freire
The Macae Basketball opened the second phase of the Brazil Cup / Southeast Region - 2011 with an exciting and important victory over the Tijuca CT, occurred on Thursday night.
Playing at home, on the city of Macae (RJ) the team led by head coach Leonardo Costa, debut three new players on the win 80 x 79.

The new faces of the team all came from Palmeiras where they played the last Paulista State Championship. Point Guard
Gustavo Rocha (193-G-84) , shootiguard Leo Crucillo (F-85) and powerfoward Diegao Martins (207-C/F-85).

The top scores of the game were Thiaguinho (Macae) 18 points and big man Rodrigo Bahia, 18 points in favor of Tijuca. For the home team add, Gabriel and Crucillo, both with 10 points each.


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  CHINA   


Rafer Alston Returns Back US - by Robert Wang
This piece of news came out today from the newspaper saying that the former NBA Houston Rocket Point guard Rafer Alston returned back to US for his friend Troy Jackson's funeral. Rafer told team that he would return back to China as long as Mr. Troy's funeral finished. Mr. Rafer Alston signed with Guang sha team shortly and played some games but he got injury last game and he refused to go to hospital to see the doctor when team wanted to take him to the hospital. This would make the team think he might want to go back US and never come back. Then team said he does not need to come back any more after the funeral if he returned home. This might cause the problem if Alston went back home since team is trying to take the good position on the standings for the playoff and they DO need Alston right now. It is not a good time for mr. Alston to go home because team is NEEDING him now. Hope mr. Alston make the good choice whether stay or go home.

Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 25-1 
 2. DongGuan 22-4 
 3. Guandong 19-7 
 4. Jiangsu 15-11 
 5. Bayi 15-12 
 6. Zhejiang C. 14-12 
 7. Zhejiang G.L. 14-12 
 8. Beijing 14-12 
 9. Shandong 12-14 
 10. Shanghai 12-15 
 11. Liaoning 12-15 
 12. Shanxi Zh. 11-15 
 13. Jilin 10-17 
 14. Foshan 9-17 
 15. Qingdao DS 9-17 
 16. Fujian 5-21 
 17. TianJin R. 5-21 


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.2
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.2 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang30.0 
 3. Morris, Beijing29.4 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.29.2 
 5. Emmett, Fujian27.8 
 6. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.7 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan26.0 
 8. Pickett, Jilin25.3 
 9. Ramos, Zhejiang.25.2 
 10. Lamizana, TianJ.24.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Jones, Fujian16.2 
 2. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 3. Harris, Shanghai14.6 
 4. Watkins, Jilin13.8 
 5. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.7 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.1 
 8. Moiso, Jiangsu12.4 
 9. Abbaas, Beijing11.6 
 10. Morris, Beijing11.4 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.7 
 2. Marbury, Foshan6.1 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu5.5 
 4. LiuWei, Shanghai5.4 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan5.1 
 6. Lu, Fujian5.0 
 7. Brown, Qingdao DS4.9 
 8. Green, Shanghai4.8 
 9. Allen, Shandong4.8 
 10. Williams, Zhejiang C.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.2 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang3.4 
 3. Hudson, Guandong2.9 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan2.9 
 5. Emmett, Fujian2.4 
 6. Akognon, DongGuan2.4 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.3 
 8. Pickett, Jilin2.3 
 9. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 10. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.7 
 2. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 3. Moiso, Jiangsu1.9 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.9 
 5. Haislip, Guandong1.8 
 6. Jones, Fujian1.7 
 7. Zhang, Shanghai1.6 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 9. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 
 10. Wang, Bayi1.5 


Xinjiang Blends Imports and Veteran Chinese to Rise Over Rest of CBA - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang defeated Tianjin 110-91 to run its league-leading record to 26-1. Xinjiang blends talented imports with native CBA veterans to achieve its superiority over the rest of the league. Douby Quincy (191-G-84, college: Rutgers) had 40 points and 5 assists. Zhang Qingpeng had 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Xu Guozhong scored 19. James Singleton had 11 points and 4 rebounds. Mengke Bateer had 6 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Vernon Hamilton led Tianjin with 22 points and 5 steals. Herve Lamizana had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Zhang Ji had 19 points and 4 rebounds. Wang Hao had 12 points and 3 rebounds.

Second-place Dongguan edged Jilin 94-91. Qiu Biao scored 20. Jackson Vroman had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Josh Akognon had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 12 points and 9 rebounds. Gu Quan and Meng Duo each scored 9. Sun Tonglin had 4 points and 8 rebounds. Tim Pickett had 34 points and 14 rebounds for Jilin. Jameel Watkins had 25 points and 14 rebounds. Yu Shulong scored 10 and Li Tao had 9.

Marcus Haislip had 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks as third-place Guangdong edged Jiangsu 108-106. Lester Hudson had 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Shipeng had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Su Wei had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Antoine Wright had 23 points and 7 rebounds for Jiangsu but Guangdong forced him into 8 turnovers. Hu Xuefeng had 21 points, 6 assists and 6 steals but also 7 turnovers. Jerome Moiso had 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Yi Li had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Tang Zhengdong had 13 points and 6 rebounds.

Zhejiang crushed Liaoning 95-76. Marcus Williams had 32 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Josh Boone had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks. Ding Jinhui had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Chunjun had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Liaoning. # 20, a new import, scored 16, hitting only 6 of 17 shots. Yang Ming had 12 points and 3 assists. Anthony Myles had 8 rebounds but only had 6 points on 1 of 7 shooting. Han Dejun had 9 points and 9 rebounds in 22 minutes.

Shanxi Zhongyu edged Shandong 121-117 as Alexander Johnson had 26 points and 19 rebounds. Duan Jiangpeng scored 25 and Zhang Xuewen had 24. Osama Daghlas had 21 points and 14 assists. Leon Rodgers had 18 points and 7 rebounds. Sun Jie scored 36 for Shandong. Young Sui Ran had one of his few good games this year with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Myron Allen had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Rodney White had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Tao Hanlin had 11 points and 7 rebounds.

Wang Zhizhi had 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists as Bayi destroyed Fujian 109-92. Delehei scored 21 and Wang Lei had 17. Han Shuo had 10 points and 7 assists. Li Ke scored 9 and Xu Zhonghao had 8. Mo Ke had 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Andre Emmett had 25 points and 6 rebounds for Fujian. Li Hang had 23 points and 7 rebounds. Dwayne Jones had 20 points and 16 rebounds. Zhao Tailong scored 10.

Stephon Marbury scored 32 as Foshan defeated Beijing 96-84. Zheng Zhun had 20 points and 6 rebounds. Olumide Oyedeji had 8 points and 18 rebounds. He Ben had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Randolph Morris had 29 points and 8 rebounds for Beijing. Lee Hsueh-Lin scored 11. Joe Crawford and Chen Lei each scored 9.

Liu Wei had 27 points and 11 assists as Shanghai defeated Qingdao 113-109. Mike Harris had 24 points and 16 rebounds. Peng Fei had 18 points and 9 rebounds. Liu Ziqui had 15 points and 4 assists. Zhang Zhaoxu had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. John Lucas had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Dee Brown had 26 points for Qingdao. Li Gen scored 24. Cai Liang had 22 points and 5 rebounds. Charles Gaines had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Zaid Al-Kas had 11 points and 10 rebounds.



CBA Round 28: DongGuan Leopards edge Jilin Tigers by three points - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in CBA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds.

Thirteenth-ranked Jilin Tigers (10-17) made lots of trouble for second ranked DongGuan Leopards (22-4) in Changchun on Friday. The visitors from DongGuan managed to secure only three-point victory 94-91. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 28-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. DongGuan Leopards made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Jilin Tigers turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Jilin Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) fired 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Forward Biao Qiu (200-83) chipped in 20 points (made all of his eight free throws). American swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) produced a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. DongGuan Leopards have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-4 record having just three points less than leader Xinjiang. Jilin Tigers at the other side keep the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. DongGuan Leopards are looking forward to face Beijing Ducks (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Jilin Tigers will play against Zhejiang Cyclones (#6) in Hangzhou and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Fourth-ranked Jiangsu Dragons (15-11) made lots of trouble for third ranked Guandong Tigers (19-7) in Dongguan. Guandong Tigers managed to secure only two-point victory 108-106. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jiangsu Dragons. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marcus Haislip (207-80, college: Tennessee) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Lester Hudson contributed with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Jiangsu Dragons. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Guandong Tigers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-7 record having six points less than leader Xinjiang. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leader Xinjiang Flying Tige delivered the twentieth fifth victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 17th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (5-21) 110-91 in Tianjin. Worth to mention a quality performance of Quincy Douby who helped to win the game recording 40 points (!!!) and 5 assists. At the losing side Herve Lamizana responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Xinjiang Flying Tige (25-1) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser TianJin Rongcheng stay dead last with 21 lost games. They share the position with Fujian. Xinjiang Flying Tige will meet Foshan (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Shandong Bulls in Jinan and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Foshan, where higher ranked Beijing Ducks (14-12) lost to fifteenth ranked Foshan (9-17) in a road game 74-86. The winners were led by Stephon Marbury who scored that evening 32 points. Foshan moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Qingdao DS. Beijing Ducks at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Foshan's next round opponent will be league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
An interesting game took place in Jinan, where 9th ranked Shandong Bulls (12-14) lost at home to twelfth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (11-15) 117-121 on Friday. Alexander Johnson fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Shandong Bulls' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shanxi Zhongyu maintains twelfth position with 11-15 record. Loser Shandong Bulls keep the ninth place with 14 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will face Qingdao Double Star (#15) on the road in the next round.

Rest of the games of round 28 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Zhejiang C. crushed Liaoning in Hangzhou 95-76. Bayi beat Fujian at home 109-92. Qingdao DS lost to Shanghai on the opponent's court 109-113.



Foshan - Beijing 86-74

We should mention about the upset which took place in Foshan, where higher ranked Beijing Ducks (14-12) lost to fifteenth ranked Foshan (9-17) in a road game 74-86. The hosts were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 30-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Foshan outrebounded Beijing Ducks 46-25 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) who scored that evening 32 points and Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) supported him with 8 points and 18 rebounds. Even 29 points and 8 rebounds by American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) did not help to save the game for Beijing Ducks. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbaas (203-83) added 7 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Foshan moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Qingdao DS. Beijing Ducks at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Foshan's next round opponent will be league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Foshan: M.Stephon 32+3reb+2ast, Z.Zhun 20+6reb, J.Jiming 8+4reb+2ast, O.Olumide 8+18reb, H.Ben 8+7reb+2ast, Y.Wenbo 6+2reb
Beijing: M.Randolph 29+8reb, L.Hsueh-Lin 11+1reb+1ast, C.Joe 9+3reb, C.Lei 9+3reb, A.Zaid 7+8reb+2ast, X.LiBin 4
gschID: 118543


Liaoning - Zhejiang C. 76-95

There was no surprise in Yingkou where 10th ranked Liaoning Hunters (12-15) were crushed by eighth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (14-12) 95-76 on Friday. The game without a history. Zhejiang Cyclones led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: ZAG Advocates) fired 32 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The other American import power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four Zhejiang Cyclones players scored in double figures. The former international center Xiaoxu Li (207-90) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Myles McKay (191-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Liaoning Hunters' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Zhejiang Cyclones moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zhejiang G.L. and Beijing. Loser Liaoning Hunters keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones will face Jilin Tigers (#13) in Changchun in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Liaoning Hunters will play on the road against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: W.Marcus 32+9reb+8ast, B.Josh 18+6reb, D.Jinhui 17+5reb+2ast, Z.Chunjun 10+8reb+2ast, C.Fei 7+2reb+3ast, Z.Dayu 6+2reb
Liaoning: L.Xiaoxu 19+12reb+1ast, M.Myles 16+2reb+1ast, Y.Ming 12+1reb+3ast, H.Dejun 9+9reb, M.Anthony 6+8reb+1ast, G.Ailun 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 118544


Guandong - Jiangsu 108-106

Fourth-ranked Jiangsu Dragons (15-11) made lots of trouble for third ranked Guandong Tigers (19-7) in Dongguan. Guandong Tigers managed to secure only two-point victory 108-106. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jiangsu Dragons. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Jiangsu Dragons won third quarter 29-27. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Guandong Tigers won last quarter 31-30. They dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu Dragons' 58. Guandong Tigers forced 19 Jiangsu Dragons turnovers and outrebounded them 50-36 including a 24-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guandong Tigers brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marcus Haislip (207-80, college: Tennessee) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) contributed with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) added 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Jiangsu Dragons. Four Guandong Tigers and five Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Guandong Tigers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-7 record having six points less than leader Xinjiang. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Guandong: H.Marcus 30+11reb+1ast, W.ShiPeng 22+7reb+3ast, H.Lester 21+7reb+4ast, S.Wei 13+9reb, H.Dong 6+5reb, Z.FangYu 5+2reb+3ast
Jiangsu: W.Antoine 23+7reb+2ast, H.XueFeng 21+1reb+6ast, M.Jerome 20+9reb, Y.Li 17+5reb+2ast, T.ZhengDong 13+6reb+1ast, W.Junjie 4+3reb
gschID: 118540


Jilin - DongGuan 91-94

Thirteenth-ranked Jilin Tigers (10-17) made lots of trouble for second ranked DongGuan Leopards (22-4) in Changchun on Friday. The visitors from DongGuan managed to secure only three-point victory 94-91. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 28-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. DongGuan Leopards made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Jilin Tigers turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Jilin Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) fired 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Forward Biao Qiu (200-83) chipped in 20 points (made all of his eight free throws). Four DongGuan Leopards players scored in double figures. American swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) produced a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) added 25 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. DongGuan Leopards have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-4 record having just three points less than leader Xinjiang. Jilin Tigers at the other side keep the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. DongGuan Leopards are looking forward to face Beijing Ducks (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Jilin Tigers will play against Zhejiang Cyclones (#6) in Hangzhou and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
DongGuan: Q.Biao 20+3reb+1ast, V.Jackson 17+6reb+5ast, A.Josh-Emmanuel 14+5reb, Z.Kai 12+9reb+2ast, P.Duo 9+4reb+2ast, G.QuAn 9+2reb
Jilin: P.Tim 34+14reb+4ast, W.Jameel 25+14reb+2ast, Y.Shulong 10+2reb+1ast, L.Tao 9+2reb+1ast, L.Wei 8+2reb+1ast, Z.Cheng 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 118541


Bayi - Fujian 109-92

No shocking result in a game in Ningbo where sixth ranked Bayi Fubang (15-12) defeated 16th ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (5-21) 109-92 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Bayi Fubang. Fujian SBS XunXin was better in fourth quarter 31-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Fujian SBS XunXin outrebounded Bayi Fubang 41-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Fujian SBS XunXin's players. The former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) fired 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International forward Lehei De (208-87) chipped in 21 points. American center Dwayne Jones (211-83, college: St.Joseph's) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) added 25 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fujian SBS XunXin's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Bayi Fubang moved-up to fifth place. Fujian SBS XunXin lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 21 games lost. Bayi Fubang will face Foshan (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fujian SBS XunXin will play against Shanghai Sharks.
Top scorers:
Bayi: W.ZhiZhi 30+7reb+4ast, D.Lehei 21+4reb+2ast, W.Lei 17+3reb+3ast, H.Shuo 10+4reb+7ast, L.Ke 9+2reb+3ast, M.Ke 8+8reb+5ast
Fujian: E.Andre 25+6reb+2ast, L.Hang 23+7reb, J.Dwayne 20+16reb, Z.TaiLong 10+2reb+3ast, Y.GengLin 8+3reb+1ast, X.Yacai 4+2reb
gschID: 118542


Shandong - Shanxi Zh. 117-121

An interesting game took place in Jinan, where 9th ranked Shandong Bulls (12-14) lost at home to twelfth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (11-15) 117-121 on Friday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 121-117. Shanxi Zhongyu looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Shandong Bulls were plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Jordanian guard Osama Daghlas (199-79, college: Midwestern St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international guard Jie Sun (190-86) produced 36 points (!!!) and the former international guard Ran Sui (193-92) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Shandong Bulls' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shanxi Zhongyu maintains twelfth position with 11-15 record. Loser Shandong Bulls keep the ninth place with 14 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will face Qingdao Double Star (#15) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: J.Alexander 26+19reb+1ast, D.JiangPeng 25+3reb, Z.XueWen 24+5reb, D.Osama 21+3reb+14ast, R.Leon 18+7reb+3ast, H.Bing 7+5reb+2ast
Shandong: S.Jie 36+4reb+2ast, S.Ran 17+7reb+6ast, A.Myron 16+7reb+4ast, W.Rodney 13+6reb+7ast, T.HanLin 11+7reb+2ast, Z.Jinshuai 9+1ast
gschID: 118537


TianJin R. - Xinjiang 91-110

Leader Xinjiang Flying Tige delivered the twentieth fifth victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 17th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (5-21) 110-91 in Tianjin. The game was mostly controlled by Xinjiang Flying Tige. TianJin Rongcheng managed to win second period 29-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xinjiang Flying Tige made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Xinjiang Flying Tige looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) who helped to win the game recording 40 points (!!!) and 5 assists and international guard QingPeng Zhang (189-81) who added 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Vernon Hamilton (183-84, college: Clemson) scored 22 points and 5 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Xinjiang Flying Tige (25-1) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser TianJin Rongcheng stay dead last with 21 lost games. They share the position with Fujian. Xinjiang Flying Tige will meet Foshan (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Shandong Bulls in Jinan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 40+4reb+5ast, Z.QingPeng 25+7reb+4ast, X.GuoChong 19+2reb, S.James 11+4reb+2ast, M.Lati 6+6reb+2ast, M.Bateer 6+8reb+7ast
TianJin R.: H.Vernon 22+4reb+3ast, L.Herve 19+11reb+5ast, Z.Ji 19+4reb, W.Hao 12+3reb, M.XiangLong 4+1reb+1ast, L.Wei 4+4reb
gschID: 118538


Shanghai - Qingdao DS 113-109

Rather expected game when 14th ranked Qingdao Double Star (9-17) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Shanghai Sharks (12-15) 113-109 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 33-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Shanghai Sharks made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Shanghai Sharks outrebounded Qingdao Double Star 55-38 including a 40-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Qingdao Double Star's players. Qingdao Double Star was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Wei LiuWei (190-80) fired a double-double by scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. American guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) produced 26 points and 4 steals and his fellow American import forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 19 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Liaoning. Qingdao Double Star lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Shanghai Sharks will face Fujian SBS XunXin (#16) in Jinjiang in the next round where they are favorite. Qingdao Double Star will play at home against Shanxi Zhongyu in Taiyuan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shanghai: L.Wei 27+6reb+11ast, H.Mike 24+16reb+2ast, P.Fei 18+9reb, L.Ziqui 15+3reb+4ast, Z.ZhaoXu 13+10reb+1ast, L.John 11+6reb+4ast
Qingdao DS: B.Dee 26+4reb+3ast, L.Gen 24+3reb, C.Liang 22+5reb+3ast, G.Charles 19+12reb, A.Zaid 11+10reb+2ast, L.Yan 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 118539




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Cibona without foreigners for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Cibona announced they will finish the season only with domestic players. The team is in difficult financial situation and they decided to end 2010/11 without foreigners. There was many rumors about the Americans which Cibona targeted during the month, but it seems they will not bring any of them. Cibona will try to sign some of the Croatian free agents in the coming days. According to coach Drazen Anzulovic (agency: Beo Basket ), Cibona had only five players on the yesterdays practice. The team struggles with injuries, but they will have to play Adriatic league game against Igokea this weekend.
Cibona currently has 9-12 record in the regional championship. They share tenth place with Siroki and Nymburk. Cibona was winless in Euroleague this season. They had poor 0-10 record. However, Cibona still hopes to improve and with new players to try to win the Croatian championship, what of course will be very a difficult job especially as few other teams like Cedevita and Zagreb have the same ambitions.


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Apollon Takes Down 2nd Place Keravnos at home - by Nima Siar
Limassol, Cy - Apollon hammered Keravnos 93-66 led by 19pts from Lewis Sims and 16 pts from Shammond Williams who was 4/7 behind the arc. Slavko Stefanovic added 18 pts and 9 boards for the losing squad.


Game Notes:

Keravnos:
25/68 fg (37%), failed to score more than 20 points in quarters 2-4

Apollon:
35/65 fg (54%), out rebounded Keravnos 43-36

Game Analysis Coming Soon.

* stats provided by Cyprus Basketball Federation *



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Statistical Leaders After 1st Stage of Mattoni NBL - by Surujh Roopnarine
As the A1 and A2 stages of regular season play begin this weekend, here is a look back at the top performers from the first section of the regular season in the Czech Republic. While expected names stand out among the leaders from Prostejov, Novy Jicin, Decin and Ostrava, a few surprises can be found from those teams who will be battling to avoid relegation to the First Division.

EFFICIENCY
Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) (Prostejov): 22.1
Pavel Houska (Decin): 20.1
Dwight Burke (Ostrava): 18.4
Lukas Kotas (Praha): 18.3
Andrew Spagrud (Ostrava): 17.2
Jakub Blazek (Opava): 16.3

SCORING
Terry Smith (185-G-86, college: Mercyhurst) (Kolin): 17.0ppg
Ladislav Horak (Svitavy): 15.9ppg
Kyle Landry (Prostejov): 15.5ppg
Dwight Burke (Ostrava): 15.3ppg
William Hatcher (Decin): 15.1ppg

REBOUNDS
Boris Meno (203-F-83, college: Davidson) (Brno/Svitavy): 10.3rpg
Dwight Burke (Ostrava): 9.1rpg
Pavel Houska (Decin): 8.7rpg
Andrew Spagrud (Ostrava): 8.2rpg
Marcus Arnold (Pardubice): 8.2rpg

ASSISTS
Stepan Vrubl (186-G-76) (Pilsen): 5.5apg
Eugene Lawrence (Prostejov): 4.7apg
Lukas Kotas (Praha): 3.9apg
Michal Carnecky (Opava): 3.8apg
William Hatcher (Decin): 3.7apg

STEALS
Derek Wright (175-G-86, college: Austin Peay St.) (Pardubice): 2.2spg
Lukas Kotas (Praha): 2.1spg
Terry Smith (Kolin): 1.9spg
Emmanuel Holloway (Brno): 1.7spg
Jakub Sirina (Opava): 1.7spg



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Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Iowa E. - Sioux Falls S. 114-94
Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) and Michael Haynes (6'8''-G/F-81, college: Fordham) each recorded double-doubles to lead the Iowa Energy to a 114-94 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce Thursday. The contest tipped at 10:30 AM as part of the Energy's Education Celebration game featuring thousands of local elementary school kids. Haynes helped fuel an early Energy spurt as he drilled three 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the game to give Iowa a 13-2 lead. The Energy made their first seven shots of the game as they led 31-16 at the end of the 1st quarter. The Skyforce cut the lead to seven at halftime, and an early surge in the 3rd quarter brought the visitors to within one point at 55-54. Iowa scored the next six points of the game, capped by a Haynes' layup, to retake command of the game. The Energy closed the 3rd quarter on a 17-4 to take a 87-67 lead, and never looked back on way to their league leading 26th win of the season. The victory extends Iowa's Eastern Conference lead to 1.0 games, and is the 136th consecutive game the franchise has led their division. In addition to Jeffers (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Haynes (20 points, 11 rebounds), Iowa received significant contributions from Mike Taylor (15 points, 6 assists) and Marqus Blakely (12 points, 11 rebounds). Reserve Scott VanderMeer added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks for the home team. Raymond Sykes led Sioux Falls with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Sean Marshall came off the bench to score 24 points in the loss. Iowa moves to 26-10 on the season while Sioux Falls now stands at 6-26. *Courtesy of www.ksfy.com

Maine RC - Rio Grande 101-107
With head coach Chris Finch watching the game on-line in his Portland, Maine hotel room, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers made their first trip tp the state a successful one with a 107-101 matinee win over the Maine Red Claws. Finch successfully served the second game of a league suspension that was handed down earlier in the week. Finch was suspended and fined for actions in a home loss to Austin prior to the All-Star break. Assistant coach Paul Mokeski had the reins for this one. And he watched until late in the fourth quarter before the Vipers could take control of a see-saw game that saw 16 lead changes and 13 ties. Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) 's basket with under two minutes to play salted this one away. He had 21 points to go with 27 for team high scorer Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut). The win places the Vipers in a temporary tie for the conference lead with Tulsa. Erie plays in Oklahoma Thursday night in a battle of conference leaders. Finch will be back in his customary place on the Vipers' bench again on Saturday when they continue their east coast trip against the Springfield Armor. *Courtesy of www.krgv.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Springfield A. 120-94
The frustrations of a team that hasn't won a road game in more than a month burned badly for the Springfield Armor on Thursday night. Layups were missed, passes bounced off of hands and out of bounds. And after one timeout called by head coach Dee Brown, a play set up in the huddle early in the third quarter was run incorrectly immediately after it was drawn up. The Armor (10-25) fell behind Fort Wayne by as many as 35 points, and were drilled 120-94 by the Mad Ants in an NBA D-League game that the Armor never led. It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Armor, and their 11th loss in 12 games. 'It's frustrating,' Brown said of the wrong play being run, 'because that sets the tone of our focus.' Tony Bobbitt (6'4''-G-79, college: Cincinnati) scored a game-high 23 points and hit a team-high four 3-pointers as the Armor had the leading scorer for the second consecutive night only to lose to the Mad Ants. On Wednesday, Jameson Curry scored 34 in a 114-108 overtime loss. 'It's tough. Back-to-back. Everybody plays back to backs,' Brown said. 'The defense we played last night is the same defense we played today.' Six Fort Wayne players reached double figures in scoring, led by 18 each by Wayne Chism and Corey Allmond. The Mad Ants made quick work of the Armor, scoring 11 of the game's first 13 points and leading by 17 points early in the second quarter before a nine-point run by Springfield cut the margin to seven points in the final minute of the first half. Fort Wayne hit 58 percent of its shots in the first quarter and Roderick Wilmont scored eight of his 17 points in the first five minutes of the game. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Tulsa 66ers - Erie Bay H.
117-115
The Erie BayHawks' stay in first place and their eight-game winning streak ended Thursday. The BayHawks lost 117-115 to the Tulsa 66ers in front of 1,937 at the Tulsa Convention Center. After trailing much of the game, Erie tied the game at 111 with 30 seconds remaining when Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) made two free throws. But 20 seconds later, Tulsa's Robert Vaden made a 3-pointer, and he and Elijah Millsap each made two free throws to seal the win. Erie (23-10) clawed back into the game after trailing by as many as 17 points. Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86, college: LSU) scored a career high 34 points and Johnson added 30 for the BayHawks. Jerome Dyson led the 66ers (25-10) with 23 points. Iowa (26-10) moved a game-and-a-half ahead of Erie in the East Conference. The BayHawks entered the night in first place by percentage points but trailing Iowa by one-half game. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Austin T. - New Mexico 105-97
The Toros defeated the Thunderbirds 105-97 Thursday night at Cedar Park Center. The Toros scoring tandem of Marcus Cousin (6'11''-C-86, college: Houston) and Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) combined for 45 points to lead the Toros in scoring. Carldell 'Squeaky' Johnson, who is currently ranked eighth overall in the D-League in assists, contributed 15 assists to the Toros win. The Toros started off strong by taking an eight-point lead early in the first quarter. The Toros maintained their lead ending the first quarter ahead of the Thunderbirds 26-21. The Thunderbirds closed the gap in the second quarter and managed to take a one-point lead going into halftime. Lance Thomas and Marcus Cousin combined to score 24 of the Toros total 42 first half points. The Toros swiftly reclaimed the lead in the third by shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc as the Thunderbirds struggled to find their shooting rhythm. Key field goals from Cousin and Thomas allowed the Toros to take the biggest lead of the game with 13 points. The Toros led the Thunderbirds 78-66 at the end of the third quarter. The Thunderbirds fought back in the fourth and cut down the Toros lead to three points with just three minutes left to play. However, the Toros proved to be too much down the stretch and a Cousin dunk, with less then 30 seconds to play sealed the victory for the Toros. Toros' Lance Thomas and Thunderbirds Shane Edwards led all scorers with 23 points. Thomas was followed by Cousin (22) and Leo Lyons (16) to round out the Toros leader board. Dar Tucker (16) and Josh Bostic (13) followed Edwards in scoring for the Thunderbirds. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Springfield A. 114-108 OT
The Springfield Armor had to endure a canceled flight, lost baggage, a lost coach and three technical fouls in its NBA D-League trip to Fort Wayne. The result Wednesday night was a 114-108 overtime loss to the Mad Ants in a game that the Armor once led by 15 points. It was the sixth straight road loss for the Armor (10-24) and their ninth loss in their last 10 games overall. The Armor, whose scheduled game Tuesday with the Mad Ants was postponed until Wednesday because the team's luggage was left behind in Chicago when their connecting flight was canceled, play the Mad Ants again Thursday night in Fort Wayne. Jameson Curry (6'4''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Oklahoma St.) scored a game-high 34 points, including the Armor's only three points in overtime. However, Springfield's night ended with Gavin Edwards missing a 3-point shot with 1 second left in overtime, and turning around in frustration as the ball didn't hit the rim. The Armor was ahead by seven points when head coach Dee Brown was called for consecutive technical fouls by referee Karl Lane and ejected from the game with 7:12 left in the third quarter. Despite losing a 15-point lead in the second half, the Armor had taken a three-point lead on two free throws by Curry with 15.8 seconds left. But Fort Wayne's Corey Allmond (16 points) hit a 3-point shot with 10 seconds left as he fell backwards, tying the score at 105. Fort Wayne's Roderick Wilmont (6'4''-G-83, college: Indiana), who scored 17 points, hit two baskets in the overtime. The Mad Ants scored the final five points in OT after Curry hit a 3-pointer in the first minute. Eugene Spates, a former Maine Red Claw playing his first game for the Armor since being acquired in a trade last week, scored 21 points. Edwards and Scottie Reynolds each scored 11. Curry's hot shooting in the first quarter sent the Armor out in front early. Curry, the Armor's leading scorer with a 16.9 points-per-game average and the team's first draft pick in 2009, hit seven of eight shots in the first quarter and scored 15 points. The Armor pushed ahead by 11 points in the second quarter and by 15 early in the third, taking advantage of sloppy offensive play by the Mad Ants. Fort Wayne had 15 turnovers in the first half. Three Armor players, including Curry, had a pair of steals in the first half. After an 8-0 run in the third quarter by Fort Wayne caused Armor coach Dee Brown to call a timeout, he also used the time to question the officiating. Within a few seconds, Brown was called for a technical foul. And when he argued about that call, he was called for another technical and ejected from the game. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com


Chris Johnson Signs with Boston - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics signed center Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU) of the Dakota Wizards for the ninth Call-Up of the 2010-11 NBA Development League season. Johnson's call-up - his second this year - increases the number of current NBA players with NBA D-League experience, including players currently on assignment to their NBA D-League affiliates, to 83.
In 33 games (32 starts) with Dakota this season, Johnson averaged 16.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks, which ranks second in the league. Johnson is the only player this season to record eight blocks on three separate occasions, and he's scored in double figures in all but four of his NBA D-League games.

Johnson, the first NBA D-League player to earn two GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA this season, was first called up by the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 24. He appeared in two games with Portland, averaging 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.0 minutes. Johnson also was in the Celtics' training camp in October.

Johnson (6-11, 210) is a second-year pro out of LSU, where he averaged 7.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 88 games over a four-year career. As a senior in 2008-09, Johnson's 2.7 blocks per game ranked second in the SEC and eighth in the nation, earning him All-SEC Honorable Mention honors.

Johnson is expected to join the Celtics tonight for the team's game at Denver at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Thunder recall Byron Mullens from D-League - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has recalled center Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

During his two assignments this season with Tulsa, Mullens has appeared in six games (six starts) and averaged 16.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots in 31.7 minutes per game.

Mullens will join the Thunder for tonights 7:00 PM contest against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Golden State signs Vipers forward/center Adrien - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande Valley Vipers power forward-center Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) has agreed to a contract with the Golden State Warriors. Adrien confirmed the move via his Twitter account on Thursday night. Adrien began the season with the Warriors before he was waived in December. He played for the Erie Bayhawks for five games before he was traded to the Vipers for guard Garrett Temple.

Adrien averaged 19.6 points and 12.3 rebounds for the Vipers. Adrien had 27 points for the Vipers in their 107-101 victory at Maine earlier Thursday.

Courtesy of www.themonitor.com


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 26-10 
 2. Erie Bay H. 23-10 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 16-19 
 4. Dakota W. 11-24 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 6-26 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 25-10 
 2. Rio Grande 25-11 
 3. Texas L. 17-19 
 4. Austin T. 15-20 
 5. Maine RC 14-22 
 6. New Mexico 14-22 
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. 10-25 


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.21.0 
 4. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.19.5 
 6. McNeal, Rio Grande18.9 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.18.9 
 8. Sims, Maine RC18.3 
 9. Edwards, New M.17.9 
 10. Tucker, New Mexico17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Davidson, Idaho S.10.2 
 3. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Alexander, Texas L.9.2 
 8. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.0 
 10. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.0 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.4 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Reynolds, Spring.6.3 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.2 
 9. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.1 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.2 
 5. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 7. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.0 
 8. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Linhart, Erie B.1.9 
 10. Hamilton, Utah F.1.9 
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. Atchley, Rio Grande2.2 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 6. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 7. Sykes, Sioux F.1.9 
 8. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 
 9. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.7 
 10. Goodridge, Spring.1.6 


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


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Liga Premier starts second leg - by Jaime Arevalo
One week ago, Liga Premier started the second leg of regular season. Centro Educativo Denver, yet undefeated, has a bye. Tableheaders of Delgadense-UES defeated Halcones, 60-45 led by Jose Valenzuela and Carlos Mendez, who scored 14 points each. Links Cevallos (15) and Cesar lvarez (9) were the top scorers in Halcones. Another top team, ITCA, prevailed ove ExSal 67-58. Luis Gutierrez was the best performer at the winning side, with 20 pts, Jorge Solorzano added 15. At ExSal side, Jacobo Abullarade scored 22 pts and Eduardo Ruano 13.
ExBAU found its first win in the season defeating Felinos, 67 -47. Francisco Avelar scored 20 pts to lead ExBAU, Carlos Snchez added 12 points, Carlos Crespn was the last to surrended in Felinos, with 15 pts. The standings are now as follows:

1 DELGADENSE/UES 11 10-1
2 DENVER 10 10-0
3 ITCA 11 9-2
4 HALCONES/AMSS 11 7-4
5 EXSAL 11 6-5
6 QUEZALTEPEQUE 11 5-6
7 SAN MARCOS 11 4-7
8 BIOMEDICAL 11 4-7
9 SANTA TECLA 11 2-9
10 MAYDA/FELINOS 11 3-8
11 EXBAU 11 1-10


Liga Premier starts second leg - by Jaime Arevalo
One week ago, Liga Premier started the second leg of regular season. Centro Educativo Denver, yet undefeated, has a bye. Tableheaders of Delgadense-UES defeated Halcones, 60-45 led by Jose Valenzuela and Carlos Mendez, who scored 14 points each. Links Cevallos (189-F-79) (15) and Cesar lvarez (9) were the top scorers in Halcones. Another top team, ITCA, prevailed ove ExSal 67-58. Luis Gutierrez (193-F-87) was the best performer at the winning side, with 20 pts, Jorge Solorzano added 15. At ExSal side, Jacobo Abullarade scored 22 pts and Eduardo Ruano 13.
ExBAU found its first win in the season defeating Felinos, 67 -47. Francisco Avelar scored 20 pts to lead ExBAU, Carlos Snchez added 12 points, Carlos Crespin was the last to surrended in Felinos, with 15 pts. The standings are now as follows:

1 DELGADENSE/UES 11 10-1
2 DENVER 10 10-0
3 ITCA 11 9-2
4 HALCONES/AMSS 11 7-4
5 EXSAL 11 6-5
6 QUEZALTEPEQUE 11 5-6
7 SAN MARCOS 11 4-7
8 BIOMEDICAL 11 4-7
9 SANTA TECLA 11 2-9
10 MAYDA/FELINOS 11 3-8
11 EXBAU 11 1-10


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Amazing victory keeps Kalev/Cramo alive! - by Janar Filippov
Two overtimes, 11 players fouled out, 94 free throws... BC Kalev/Cramo managed to beat VEF Riga 109:105 and stay alive in Baltic League play-off contest. Kalev/Cramo has 11 wins out of 20 games and is 7th with two games to play in regular season. VEF has 15 wins out of 20 games and has secured at least 2th place.
Kalev/Cramo led for almost whole regular time. Starting with a 9:2 run, they let the guests ahead just for once - 11:12 as Artiom Parahouski was hard to stop. Then, Rait Keerles (201-F-80) and Michael Dunigan (208-C-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Oregon) took over. Keerles ensed 1st quarter with a buzzer-beating three-pointer - 25:19. In 2nd, a three-pointer by Gregor Arbet and a dunk by Dunigan made it 34:20, already. VEF answered with a 9:0 run and the game went tense again. Kalev/Cramo won the first half 52:45 - Keerles had 18, Dunigan 14 pts.
In 3rd, baskets by Armands Skele and Dunigan increased the gap to 12 - 62:50. Dunigan scored 10 pts in the quarter, keeping the hosts ahead 73:63 with 10 minutes left. The 4th quarter belonged to VEF, though. Bakic and Hughes scored from a long range, Dunigan was fouled out and with 6 minutes left, it was suddenly 74:74. Keerles made 2+1, keeping hosts ahead and with 2.47 left, he made both FT for 81:76. But two baskets by Sandis Valters took VEF within 2 points, Marko Riis made only one FT and with 3 seconds left, a triple by Valters took the game to overtime.
Three baskets by Kaspars Berzins took VEF ahead 93:90 whereas Tanel Sokk (184-G-85) kept Kalev/Cramo going. Gert Dorbek (194-G-85) made it 95:95 and then Valters held the ball for almost 15 seconds
before passing it into the crowd. Another overtime. Kalev/Cramo played with 5 guards and the fast play succeeded. Sokk and Dorbek scored by turns and with minute left, a 7th player of VEF was fouled out and only 4 players continued the game. Those 4 showed incredible bravery and could almost force the game into 3rd overtime. Mediss and Bertans scored but sharp free throw shooting saved hosts. Sokk had 12, Dorbek 11 points in overtime 23 out of teams 23 points!
Rait Keerles had 24 pts + 8rbs, Sokk 23 pts, Dunigan 19+11 rbs and Dorbek 18 pts. Hughes and Parahouski led VEF with 17 pts. Another five players had double-digit numbers. VEF made 25 turnovers, Kalev/Cramo only 12!


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 24-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 24-3 
 3. TTU/Kalev 19-5 
 4. Rakvere 13-13 
 5. Valga/CKE 10-15 
 6. Rapla 10-15 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 9-17 
 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. Pilk, TT.14.8 
 8. Osby, TT.14.8 
 9. Kuuba, Voru KK14.7 
 10. Arnold, TT.14.7 
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. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 6. Oja, Va.2.8 
 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. Karner, Parnu2.2 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 6. Doronin, TU/Rock2.1 
 7. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 8. Oja, Va.1.9 
 9. Erm, Rapla1.8 
 10. Keedus, TT.1.8 
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. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 9. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 10. Arnold, TT.0.7 


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Dedovic's 20 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
20-year old forward Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lottomatica Virtus Roma and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 20 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Lottomatica in his team's victory, helping them to beat Union Olimpija on the road 87-76. Lottomatica joined Olimpija at 3rd position in Group F. Both teams have 1-4 record now. In the team's last game Dedovic had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Nihad Dedovic averages this season 9.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports) of Caja Laboral Vitoria. He is Brazilian-Italian guard in his second season at Caja Laboral. In the last game Huertas recorded impressive 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Caja Laboral to another comfortable win 78-63 over lower-ranked Unicaja (#4, 1-4) being unquestionably team leader. Caja Laboral jumped to 3-2 record in Group E.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) of Real Madrid. Mirotic scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Real Madrid, leading his team to a 61-56 win against Partizan in Belgrade. Real Madrid has perfect 5-0 record and alredy secured the first place in Group G. Mirotic has a very solid season. In 12 games in Euroleague he scored 6.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Efes Pilsen - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) of Olympiakos - 16 points and 9 rebounds
6. Rasko Katic (208-F-80) of Partizan - 14 points and 8 rebounds
7. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) of Caja Laboral - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78) of Union Olimpija - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Darius Washington (188-G-85) of Lottomatica - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84) of Fener.Ulker - 12 points and 6 rebounds

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


Omar Cook ties Top 16 assists record - by Eurobasket News
Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) tied the Euroleague Basketball Top 16 assists record on Thursday as Power Electronics Valencia grabbed a pivotal 74-80 road win against Zalgiris. Cook dished 12 assists to lead Valencia to victory, tying the record shared by two other players. Previously Vrbica Stefanov of Ulker and Theo Papaloukas of CSKA Moscow dished 12 assists in Top 16 games. Stefanov accomplished the feat in an 84-80 home win against Climamio Bologna on March 16, 2006. Papaloukas did so against Lottomatica in Rome, Italy on March 5, 2008. Cook is the all-time Euroleague leader in assists per game at 5.32 with 250 career assists in 47 career games.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 15-4 
 2. Jyvaskyla 15-5 
 3. LoKoKo 12-6 
 4. Lapua 12-7 
 5. BC Nokia 11-8 
 6. Huima 11-9 
 7. Honka 10-9 
 8. SayRi 8-10 
 9. TomPo II 7-12 
 10. Ura Basket 7-12 
 11. Kerava ET 6-13 
 12. Namika II 0-19 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.5 
 2. Manning, Huima22.3 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo22.3 
 4. Robinson, Jyvaskyla19.9 
 5. Hall, SayRi19.8 
 6. Bojang, BC Nokia19.4 
 7. Douglas, Huima19.1 
 8. Valentine, Lapua19.1 
 9. Graham, Kerava ET18.7 
 10. Towa, Kerava ET18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Brown, Namika II14.9 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia14.2 
 3. Douglas, Huima13.5 
 4. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.5 
 7. Stamper, LoKoKo11.4 
 8. Hall, SayRi11.3 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Manning, Huima6.1 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.2 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket4.8 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo4.3 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.7 
 6. Valentine, Lapua3.0 
 7. Graham, Kerava ET2.9 
 8. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.8 
 9. Pasanen, SayRi2.5 
 10. Kivinen, LoKoKo2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Horton, LoKoKo2.7 
 2. Valentine, Lapua2.6 
 3. Bojang, BC Nokia2.1 
 4. Hall, SayRi1.9 
 5. Stamper, LoKoKo1.9 
 6. Pasanen, SayRi1.8 
 7. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 8. Still, Lapua1.8 
 9. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.7 
 10. Heinonen, Namika I.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 2. Kopio, Honka0.8 
 3. Alanko, Ura Basket0.6 
 4. Salminen, Ura B.0.6 
 5. Koskinen, Namika I.0.6 
 6. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.6 
 7. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 8. Setala, BC Nokia0.6 
 9. Manning, Huima0.5 
 10. Dolenc, Honka0.5 


KORISLIIGA: KTP taking win # 26 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 37: No OTs, no big upsets tonight. KTP (Kotka) visiting Lahti ja winning over local YMCA Team 87-101. KTP three American players combining 67 pts. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) led KTP with 25 pts. Ryan Ayers (201-G-86, college: Notre Dame) (19 pts) was the leading scorer of the hosts. The victory was # 26 this season for KTP, # 2 team in Top League. Korihait (Uusikaupunki) defeated YMCA Lappeenranta 89-68. Lawrence Wright (195-F-84, college: Bradley) (Korihait) was again game MVP with 27 pts. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) beat Vilpas (Salo) 87-68. LaVell Blanchard (201-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Michigan) led ToPo with 22 pts. Newcomer Tyray Pearson (201-F-80, college: Iowa St.) (last season on ToPo roster though) played 10 minutes, scored nine pts and grabbed three rbs. Kouvot (Kouvola) suffered a 75-97 loss vs Karhu (Kauhajoki). Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) and Walt Baxley (191-G-84, college: Mars Hill) combined 50 pts for Kauhajoki. Honka (Espoo) won fourth time this season over Tarmo (Porvoo): 77-93. This time the difference came during the third quarter (14-29). Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) leading again Tarmo with 21 pts and five assists. Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) (Honka) netted 20 pts.
YMCA Lahti - KTP 87-101 (42-44). (Ryan Ayers 19, Juha Korhonen 15, Roope Suonio 14 - Jeb Ivey 25, Sefton Barrett 22/10, Jerald Fields 20).
Korihait - YMCA Lappeenranta 89-68 (51-38). (Lawrence Wright 27, Nigel Moore 16, James Reaves 15 - James Lewis 23, HL Coleman 14, Tuukka Kulha 8).
Torpan Pojat - Vilpas 87-68 (40-43). (LaVell Blanchard 22, Frank Richards 16, Mikko Koivisto 15 - Matti Nuutinen 21/11, Nicchaeus Doaks 14, Samu Kaaresvirta 10).
Kouvot - Kauhajoki 75-97 (36-46). (Antto Nikkarinen 15, Ville Kaunisto 14, Durell Vinson 14 - Jeremiah Wood 27, Walt Baxley 23, Steffan Johnson 15/6a).
Tarmo - Honka 77-93 (45-43). (Jonathan Heard 21/5a, Jerrah Young 18, Patrick Fields 12 - Jamar Wilson 20, John Williamson 18, Jukka Matinen 14).





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


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


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Tremmell DARDEN
  Nancy
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Darden, Nancy18.2 
 2. Jefferson, AS.17.8 
 3. Nichols, Vichy17.6 
 4. Mejia, Cholet17.5 
 5. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.1 
 6. Massie, Limoges17.1 
 7. King, Le Havre15.8 
 8. Woodside, Gravelines15.6 
 9. Bennett, Pau-La.15.6 
 10. Haynes, Chalon15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rob LEWIN
  Ventspils
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Lewin, Vichy9.8 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.2 
 3. Issa, Gravelines8.9 
 4. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 5. Jones, Le Havre8.7 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy8.5 
 7. Elegar, Vichy8.2 
 8. Jefferson, AS.7.9 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. King, Le Havre6.2 
 3. Linehan, Nancy6.2 
 4. Wright, Limoges6.1 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines5.7 
 6. Diabate, Roanne4.8 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 8. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 9. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.2 
 10. Bokolo, Gravelines4.2 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.7 
 2. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.5 
 3. Darden, Nancy2.3 
 4. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 5. Walsh, AS.2.0 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 7. Bennett, Pau-La.1.7 
 8. Woodside, Gravelines1.6 
 9. Sangare, Le Havre1.6 
 10. Greer, Strasbourg1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.8 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.5 
 3. Sene, Gravelines1.4 
 4. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 5. Jefferson, AS.1.3 
 6. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 7. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 8. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.2 
 9. Akingbala, Nancy1.1 
 10. Fofana, AS.1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Sonko, Maurienne18.8 
 2. Harris, Lille18.5 
 3. Siggers, Rouen18.4 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.2 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest17.1 
 6. Runkaukas, Quimper15.8 
 7. Rouse, Charleville15.5 
 8. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.4 
 9. Dunn, Maurienne15.4 
 10. Davis, Le Portel15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 James MATHIS
  Maurienne
  (199-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Mathis, Maurienne10.4 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.10.2 
 3. Barber, Nantes10.2 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.0 
 5. Monds, Bourg8.8 
 6. Giles, Rouen8.3 
 7. Monroe, Boulogne8.3 
 8. Rouse, Charleville8.1 
 9. Massot, Antibes7.6 
 10. McClark, Charleville7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.3 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.7 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.3 
 5. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 6. Denave, St Vallier5.0 
 7. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 8. Craven, Dijon4.9 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.4.7 
 10. Akono, Nanterre4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.7 
 2. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.2.5 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.4 
 5. Craven, Dijon2.4 
 6. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 7. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 8. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.2 
 9. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 10. Mathis, Maurienne2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.0 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.4 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.0 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 6. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 7. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 8. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 9. Diakite, Chalons-.0.8 
 10. Bouldin, Clermont0.7 


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 24
 1. Blair, Denek24.0 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy18.5 
 3. Petrovic, St Et.18.2 
 4. Pridotkas, Brest17.9 
 5. Blot, Blois17.5 
 6. James, Challans16.6 
 7. Ford, Bordeaux16.3 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin15.8 
 9. Lalugba, Denain15.8 
 10. Disy, Roche15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Simmons, St Et.9.1 
 2. Pasut, Sorgues8.6 
 3. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 4. Hoard, Lievin8.1 
 5. Kennedy, Orchy7.8 
 6. Brocheray, Denain7.7 
 7. Lopez, Brest7.7 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin7.6 
 9. Alingue, Souffel7.6 
 10. Boutry, Challans7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre BROCHARD
  Blois
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Brochard, Blois6.6 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy5.8 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.4.7 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.2 
 5. Sauret, Denain4.2 
 6. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.2 
 7. Rambur, St Quentin4.0 
 8. Driss, Bordeaux3.7 
 9. Thomas, St Etienne3.7 
 10. Tillon, St Chamond3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Blair, Denek2.9 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.1 
 3. Neri, Roche2.0 
 4. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 5. Blot, Blois1.8 
 6. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 7. El Amrani, St Et.1.8 
 8. Roberts, Brest1.7 
 9. Calvez, Denek1.6 
 10. Schmieder, Challans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.9 
 2. Ford, Bordeaux1.7 
 3. Traore, Angers B.1.6 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.3 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.2 
 7. Kolb, Blois1.1 
 8. Kennedy, Orchy1.0 
 9. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 
 10. Diallo, Roche0.9 


William Gradit extends contract with Cholet - by Eurobasket News
William Gradit (197-F-82, college: Hill JC) extended his cooperation with Cholet. The 28-year-old forward signed a contract extension till the end of the season. William Gradit moved to Cholet in January. He tallies 3.0 points, 1.2 boards and 1.0 assist per game in ProA. William Gradit started the season in Boulazac. His stats read 10.4 points, 2.6 boards and 1.1 assists per appearance in ProB. Last season William Gradit played for Stade Clermontois in ProB. He notched 14.7 points, 3.1 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals. William Gradit played for the French National Team back in 2008. The forward averaged 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds during 2009 EuroBasket Qualification round.


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Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Without A Doubt The Biggest Game Of The Year For The People Of Tubingen Is Against Ratiopharm Ulm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


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


The Walter Tigers Tuebingen are riding a four game winning streak. Does it seem like the team has extra focus now to keep the streak going and what has coach Igor Perovic done to keep the team grounded?


I think that the team is very focused on continuing to prepare and get better for every game. The league is very tight this year and every game is important and a chance to hold your spot or move up.

The loss of Kenny Wiliams really has to hurt. How has the team taken this loss and how does the team want to compensate the loss?

That was a huge shock to the team and also a huge blow for us at the forward/center position. We are a little undermanned now but it will be a collective effort from the team to try and make up for the missing intensity and rebounding we got from him.

How well has Clifford Crawford been developing? Do you notice that he came from the PRO A?

I think that he showed that he can play and contribute at this level in our last game. It took him a week or two to get acclimated with the team and what we wanted to do, then he came in against Oldenburg and made big plays to help us win the game. There have been a lot of players in this league that come from Pro A, Chris Oliver came from Pro A and made a name for himself as one of the top players in the BBL, there are good players in Pro A and sometimes that is just a stepping stone.

The next game is against Ratiopharm Ulm. What makes this derby so interesting?

THE FANS. Without a doubt the biggest game of the year for the people of Tubingen. They have this marked on the calender when the schedule is first released. We did not play well at home in the first derby so we are looking to redeem ourselves in Ulm.

How challenging is it playing against Colleman Collins? What do you like most about his game?

He is extremely athletic, he can do some things on the court that most guys his size cannot.

What else besides strong defense will be key for getting the win against Ratiopharm Ulm?

Keeping their big plays to a minimum, controlling the rebounds and executing what WE want to do for 40 minutes.

What is your take on the Carmello Anthony trade. How will it help both teams?

I think it is what he wanted all along, NY had to give up some good pieces to make the deal happen. I don't think either team will be contenders this year, maybe NY in a year or two.

What was your impression of the apology from the Denver Nuggets trading Chauncey Billips? That is something that isnt seen often?

That is definitely not seen very often, I think that shows what kind of person that Billips is. He was was a home town hero in Denver, players know that it is a business at the end of the day but I'm sure that he and his family appreciated getting that publicly from the organization.

Thanks Dane for the chat.


Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Game February 27th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Eisbaeren Bremerhacen February 27th.

How long did it take The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig to digest the very difficult 68-67 loss against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?


Not long, in this league you have to be able to put games behind you and look forward to the next game. I just hope we learned from that experience.


The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have lost five games this season with four or less points. Do you think that at times the team is missing nerves of steel in crunchtime to get those tight wins?

Well we have won some close games too so I would not necessarily say that.

The next game is against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. What has been your impression of them this season?

They are well coached, and very talented. It is going to be a challenge for us.


What is your memory of the 83-79 loss against Bremerhaven earlier in the season?


I just remember not having a good game personally and us not being able to get stops when we needed them.

What is your memory of Tyrone Brazelton who played in Poland two years ago as you were playing there. What is his best asset?

Tyrone is a real good player. He is quick , he can shoot and create for other players. He is going to help them a lot.

Bremerhaven is a bit short handed without Torrell Martin and no new point guard yet. On what things will Braunschweig have to watch for since the Eisbaeren will have to be extra motivated since they are a bit like a wounded Eisbaer?

We are going to have to be very focused. They have John Allen as well who is playing great right now so there is not much of a difference. We know that it is going to be a tough game and we are going to have to play well to win.

What is your take on the Carmello Anthony trade. How will it help both teams?


I love it, Im from Queens so I know everyone in New York is going crazy right now.

What was your impression of the apology from the Denver Nuggets trading Chauncey Billips? That is something that isnt seen often?

I think it was great that they did that. Chauncey is one of my favorite players in the NBA however so I am happy to see him in NY.

Thanks Kev for the chat.



Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) Playing A Fast And Furious Game Is When We Are At Our Best - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is a rookie this season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. He spoke to eurobasket befoe the game against EnBW Ludwigsburg February 27th.

Phoenix hagen is coming off a big win against The Telekom Baskets Bonn. What is the most important thing that Phoenix Hagen took out of this game.

That we put a bitter loss toTtrier behind us and were able to come out and get a big win.

At this late part of the season, what is the goal of Phoenix Hagen? It was always the playoffs, but can they still be reached?

Well anything is possible and stranger things have happened. the playoffs is a goal for most teams and we are no different, but until we are mathematically out of it then we will keep trying for our goal.

What has been your impression of the EnBW Ludwigsburg this season?

They are a solid team. very good guard play and solid big men.

The next game is against EnBW Ludwigsburg. What is your memory of the 95-82 win earlier in the season?

That was the first game in our new arena with an awesome atmosphere and great to get a win that night.

How much of a challenge is it playing against Toby Bailey who won the NCAA title with UCLA in 1995?

Toby has alot of experience and shows why he is still so effective today.

What will be key in winning this game? How important will Eddie Seward be to combat guys like John Bowler and Rick Rickert?

Key to winning the game and trying to play a fast and furious game and that is when we are at our best and if Eddie plays like he is capable it will be a long day in the paint for the other big men.

What is your take on the Carmelo Anthony deal? How will it help both teams?

melo ended up where he wanted to go, but the east is so loaded. that trade will bode well for the Knicks in another year or two and Denver is looking to rebuild and go in another direction. They had that team for 4 years and never got over the hump.

What was your impression of the apology by the Denver Nuggests for trading Chauncey Billups? You dont see that every day?

Chauncey is originally from denver so im sure a lot of people were displeased to see him go and they had to do something to salvage letting Chauncey go.

Thanks Jacob for the chat.


UBC Tigers Hannover Scoops Up Maurice Williams - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
UBC Tigers Hannover have gotten active on the transfer market picking up Maurice Williams. Williams is a 27 year old 192 cm shooting guard/small forward from Gary, Indiana. Wiiliams arrives in time as USC Hannover plays USC Freiburg on Saturday February 26th. Hannover will be the third station of Williams this season. He started the 2010-2011 season with the Arlington Bulldogs (ABA) where he averaged 13 points and dished out eight assists. With Arlington, he got the nickname Snoop Dogg because of his similarity in appearance to the famous American rapper. In Jan 201, he moved to North Dallas Vandals (ABA). Williams has been practicing with USC Hannover since a week and a half and is expected to play against USC Freiburg.

Source: USC Tigers Hannover




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Fotis Lambropoulos signs with La Laguna - by Eurobasket News
Fotis Lambropoulos (206-F-83) is back to Spain. The 27-year-old player signed a deal for rest of the season with La Laguna Socas Canarias. He already has nice experience from LEB Gold.
Fotis Lambropoulos started this season in Greece as a member of Iraklis Thessaloniki. He appeared 18 times in A1 averaging 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds. He spent season 2009/10 also with Iraklis helping them to win the promotion from A2 to A1. Lambropoulos had 12 ppg and 5 rpg for 50 games in Greek second division. Two years ago he was a member of AEL 1964 Larissa. As mentioned above, Lambropoulos already has experience from Spain. He played for Gran Canaria and Tarragona on season 2005/06 and next two years he spent with C.B. L'Hospitalet. In 2007/08, Lambropoulos played for Tenerife averaging 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 39 LEB Gold games.


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Dutch Basketball News: Gas Terra Flames, ABC Amsterdam Cruise To Easy Wins - by Sanders Jackson
Thursday night in Dutch basketball action, there were two one-sided games with defending Dutch champions GasTerra Flames Groningen continuing their onslaught of the Dutch league with a blowout win over title contender Eiffel Towers Den Bosch, and ABC Amsterdam extending their hold on to the final playoff spot with no challenge from league doormat Rotterdam Challengers.

In the Martiniplaza, in what was supposed to be a marquee matchup between two of the elite teams in the Dutch eredivisie, it was anything but as the defending Dutch champs took no prisoners, dominating the first three quarters en route to a 95-63 blowout win. The Flames led at the end of the 3rd quarter 75-42 and Flames head coach Marco van den Berg had the luxury of sharing the playing time, with ten players playing 13 of more minutes. Six Flames players would score in double figures. led by Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) with 17 pts. Eiffel, who were never the same after the hard fall of Eiffel PG Frank Turner on his back on a layup attempt 4 minutes into the game, were led by Rogier Jansen with 17 pts. Turner would not return afterwards. The Flames dominated the glass 46-32 and forced Eiffel into only 36.2% FG. It was the Flames' 11th straight win, improving their record to 26-2 while Eiffel falls to 20-8.

In the Sporthallen-Zuid ABC Amsterdam got back on the winning track with a strong start, having no resistance from last place Rotterdam Challengers, bringing themselves closer to clinching the final playoff spot with an easy 81-51 win. Mohamed Kherrazi and vast improving big man Craig Osaikhwuwu led Amsterdam with 15 pts. each, with Osaikhwuwu also making two three-pointers and snatching down 10 rebounds. Ognjen Ivanovic led the Rotterdammers with 15 pts. and Robbie Sihota added 14 pts. and 10 rebounds. ABC Amsterdam have a three-game cushion for the final playoff spot with 6 games remaining to play.



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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Keflavik
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Sanders, Keflavik24.8 
 2. Inge, Haukar23.2 
 3. Trifunovic, Keflavik23.0 
 4. Springer, Fjolnir22.7 
 5. Biedler, IR21.5 
 6. Walker, KR21.3 
 7. Sovic, IR21.1 
 8. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 9. Bartolotta, IR21.0 
 10. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.7 
 2. Biedler, IR12.4 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.5 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik11.2 
 5. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 6. Springer, Fjolnir10.0 
 7. Fain, Tindastoll9.9 
 8. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 9. Amoroso, Snaefell9.7 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.3 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.4 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.8 
 5. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 6. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 7. Cunningham, Tinda.5.2 
 8. Inge, Haukar5.2 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan5.2 
 10. Arnarson, Hamar5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Hayward FAIN
  Tindastoll
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Fain, Tindastoll3.2 
 2. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 3. Schoen, KFI3.0 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Milicevic, KFI2.8 
 6. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.8 
 7. Biedler, IR2.8 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.6 
 9. Ermolinskij, KR2.3 
 10. Steinarsson, Fjolnir2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.6 
 3. Biedler, IR2.0 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.8 
 5. Savarsson, Grind.1.5 
 6. Inge, Haukar1.5 
 7. Pettinella, Grindavik1.5 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.5 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.4 
 10. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.4 


Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Snaefell 16-3 
 2. KR 14-4 
 3. Keflavik 13-6 
 4. Grindavik 12-6 
 5. Stjarnan 10-8 
 6. Njardvik 8-11 
 7. Haukar 8-11 
 8. IR 7-11 
 9. Tindastoll 7-11 
 10. Hamar 6-11 
 11. Fjolnir 6-13 
 12. KFI 3-15 


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  ISRAEL   


Father visits, new big man, watching Maccabi - by Chad Timberlake
Well I want to start by saying it feels so much better to write these blogs after a win. We finally got a new big man. Kyle Wilson (206-F-83, college: Wichita St.), my teammate from last season in Hungary. Last season we were on a championship team together and I'm hoping we can bring some of those same winning ways here to Yavne. Another bit of news, my father has been out here for 5 days and we have been having a good time. Just like when my mother was out here we went to Jerusalem and visited the Old City. We had a good time there. I will say my father is a straight up Tourist! He's the guy who is talking to everyone and taking pictures of everything. He's stopping at all the shops, smelling spices, checking fruits and interested in every trinket. I had to keep saying, 'Pops come on, you don't want that.' hahaa I swear if he wasn't from New York he would ne the guy walking the streets with the I love NY t-shirt, statue of liberty hat and a Yankees pin on his shirt. Hilarious! My father will be leaving Saturday morning. We got to do a lot in that time. We went to the Dead Sea and had a great time. It was so relaxing over there. I was at Ein Gedi and enjoyed all of it. I meet some good people. Zabu and Eric, both took care of us and made sure we got to see everything the dead sea had to offer. The next day we went to watch Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv vs Regal FC Barcelona. That was a great game. A great first for me and my father. The fans were crazy and it's to bad they didn't win. I would have loved to see the fans celebrate after winning that game. The funny thing is that when we were walking into the game game fans are looking at me and my father and telling us good luck. Me and my father look at eachother and are just thinking what was that for? When we go to walk in the guy working the gate says Regal FC Barcelona go this way. I said no Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv??? We walk in and The guy working McDonalds tells me they don't sell nuggets. I'm looking at them and pointing at the nuggets and he's giving me attitude and telling me no. A lady slaps his arm and says, 'yes we have nuggets.' Then a parade of fans goes by and they are waving flags and stop right in front of me and my father and do all these rally chants and songs. That's when we realize that we are both wearing Regal FC Barcelona colors hahaha. So now that we understand where this negative attention is coming from we can't stop laughing. What are the odds? I have one shirt that's that maroon Regal FC Barcelona color and I pick that one haha. My father has one maroon track jacket and he wears that one, we couldn't have planned it to look more like we were there for Spain. Anyways we had a great time at the game. I got the tickets from a really good friend of mine who has looked out for me since day one. A great guy. Thanks.

I haven't even begun to talk about our first game with Kyle. The game started off with 6 straight points from Kyle aka Mr. Wilson aka Smooth. our team played really well and defensively we looked really good. As a team we had 15 steals. We won by 23 and it was good to win big and not have a dog fight to go through like we've been use to. Kyle finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Great debut in Israel. Elad Hofman (192-G/F-85) had 18 points and 4 steals. I lead the way with 21 points and 6 steals. Now it's good to get a win but we are focusing our attention to Nahariya.

Well I'm about to take my father to the airport. All in all it was great having him here. We did a lot and had a lot of fun. Just a side note my father is 0-1 vs the Dead Sea. That story is hilarious but I have to go now.

God Bless you all.

Your favorite Blogger




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  ITALY   


Aget Imola release Ndudi Ebi - by Eurobasket News
Aget Imola decided to part ways with Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona). The 26-year-old forward joined the team at the start of the season. He tallied 19.2 points, 9.2 boards and 2.9 steals per game in LegaDue. Last season the Nigerian forward played for Rimini. His stats read 15.3 points, 13.6 boards and 3.2 steals per appearance. Ndudi Ebi was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian LegaDue Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. Ndudi Ebi was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves as 26th overall pick back in 2003. He spent four seasons in the NBA before moving to Europe. The forward played for Bnei Hasharon in Israel before moving to Italy. He had stints with Ferrara, Rimini and most recently Aget Imola.


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  JAPAN   


Japanese BJ League round 35 best performance: Jeffrey Parmer - by Eurobasket News
American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 35.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Akita (#7, 10-24) 96-83. It allowed Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix to consolidate first place in the Japanese BJ League. Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix have a solid 29-4 record. In the team's last game Parmer had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix's top player in his first season with the team. Jeffrey Parmer averages this season 17.3ppg and 9.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Wendell White (198-G-84) of Kyoto Hannaryz. White had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Kyoto Hannaryz to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Niigata Albirex (#4, 16-16) 85-65. Kyoto Hannaryz's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-17 record is not bad and everything may still change. White is a newcomer at Kyoto Hannaryz, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.1ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 10.5rpg and 4.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-G-81) of Saitama Broncos (#5). Satterfield got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds and nine assists. Despite Satterfield's great performance Saitama Broncos lost 91-101 to the lower-ranked Miyazaki (#8, 12-22). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Saitama Broncos ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 20 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Satterfield could help Saitama Broncos to bring them higher in the standings. Satterfield has a great season in Japan. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (5th best) and assists with 6.8apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jackie Manuel (196-G/F-83) of Miyazaki - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Elijah Palmer (201-F-81) of Miyazaki - 25 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Brandon Cole (203-F-84) of Miyazaki - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Byron Eaton (180-G-86) of Tokyo Apache - 32 points and 4 rebounds
8. Chris Holm (212-C/F-84) of Sendai 89ers - 15 points and 18 rebounds
9. Jeff Newton (205-C-81) of Okinawa GK - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Lawrence Blackledge (203-F-86) of Osaka Evessa - 20 points and 10 rebounds

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


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  KUWAIT   


AlQadsia is Kuwaiti Basketball League 2010/2011 Champions - by Eurobasket News
AlQadsia is Kuwaiti Basketball League 2010/2011 Champions finishing Golden League with 13-2 record. They did not even mind the loss in the last round from AlKuwait SC 92:107. The latter finished second with 12-3 record. The triumph Al Qadsia could celebrate even the round before when they delivered the thirteenth win. That time they beat 5th ranked Al Sahel 89-82 in Abu Halifa. Al Qadsia had an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintained first position. Al Sahel at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost.

Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Qadsia 13-2 
 2. Al Kuwait 12-3 
 3. Al Jahraa 7-7 
 4. Kazma 6-8 
 5. Al Sahel 5-9 
 6. Al Arabi 0-14 


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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 5. Willjam, Barons14.9 
 6. Mitchell, Liepaja14.6 
 7. Berzins, VEF R.14.5 
 8. Veselovs, Valmiera14.5 
 9. Mednis, Turiba14.3 
 10. Peiners, LU14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Valmiera
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Valeika, Valmiera8.7 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.4 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.8.1 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 5. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Rozitis, Zemgale7.1 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.9 
 10. Piternieks, LU5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Willjam, Barons4.7 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.5 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.2 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja3.5 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.4 
 10. Piternieks, LU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Jahovics, VEF R.2.1 
 3. Mitchell, Liepaja1.9 
 4. Cavars, Barons1.9 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 6. Gabrans, Valmiera1.7 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 8. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 9. Slisans, LU1.6 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.4 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 5. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja1.0 
 7. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 9. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 10. Brunins, Zemgale0.7 


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  LITHUANIA   


Will Walker joins Alytus - by Eurobasket News
Alytus have invited Will Walker (183-G) for a tryout period. The guard is looking forward to sign his first pro contract. Will Walker graduated from De Paul University in 2010. The guard notched 16.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in his senior season. Will Walker is expected to reinforce Alytus when they take on Siauliai later tonight.


Neptunas add Arturs Brunins and Simonas Serapinas - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas bolstered their roster with addition of Arturs Brunins (200-F-82) and Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82). Arturs Brunins comes from Latvian Zemgale. The 28-year-old forward averaged 9.5 points, 2.5 boards per game in LBL. In Baltic League Arturs Brunins tallied 7.5 points, 3.3 boards and 1.4 assists per appearance. Brunins played for Latvian NT back in 2002/04 seasons.
Neptunas also returned Simonas Serapinas to their ranks. The 28-year-old forward started the previous season in Azovmash in Ukraine. In February 2010 Simonas Serapinas moved to Neptunas. He tallied 10.0 points, 5.9 boards, 1.9 assists per game in LKL. Simonas Serapinas also played in Atletas, Alytus, Nevezis, Zalgiris as well as in Greece and Poland.



Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 34-1 
 2. Radviliskis 25-10 
 3. Mazeikiai 22-13 
 4. Meresta 21-14 
 5. Zalgiris-Sabonio 20-15 
 6. LKKA-Atletas 19-16 
 7. Nafta Universitetas 19-16 
 8. Perlas-MRU 16-19 
 9. Triobet Malsta 15-19 
 10. Silute 14-20 
 11. Erelita 13-21 
 12. Delikatesas 11-23 
 13. ABRO-Univ. 11-23 
 14. Akademija 10-24 
 15. Puntukas 9-25 


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, Neptunas15.4 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis15.1 
 6. Viskontas, Perlas15.1 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas14.9 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 9. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.7 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.7 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.5 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.5 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.3 
 5. Matulis, Sakalai6.9 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.9 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas6.8 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.7 
 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. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.5 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai5.3 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.8 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.6 
 7. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.5 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.4 
 9. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.3 
 10. Dainys, Rudupis4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.3 
 2. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.0 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis1.9 
 4. Ruikis, Neptunas1.8 
 5. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.8 
 6. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.8 
 8. Vasylius, Neptunas1.8 
 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 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.6 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.9 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.7 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.2 
 5. Jurkus, Silute18.2 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.16.8 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.3 
 9. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 10. Vileita, Pieno Z.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.10.7 
 2. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.5 
 3. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.1 
 4. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.5 
 5. Warren, Mazeikiai8.9 
 6. Brusokas, Perla.8.6 
 7. Nedzinskas, Silute8.1 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.6 
 9. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.4 
 10. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.6 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.1 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.5.1 
 4. Sapiega, Erelita4.7 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.4 
 7. Kutra, Delikatesas4.3 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.4.2 
 9. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 10. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.7 
 2. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.6 
 3. Petraitis, Delikate.2.5 
 4. Metelica, Erelita2.4 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 6. Sapiega, Erelita2.3 
 7. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.2 
 8. Radavicius, Meres.2.2 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.2.1 
 10. Kutra, Delikatesas2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.6 
 2. Urbonas, LK.2.1 
 3. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.9 
 4. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.8 
 5. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 6. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 7. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.3 
 8. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.2 
 9. Milinskas, Triobe.1.0 
 10. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.1.0 


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


Naglis-Adakris land Deng Gai and David Potter - by Eurobasket News
Naglis-Adakris strengthened their roster. They landed two import players. Deng Gai (206-F-82, college: Fairfield) and David Potter (198-F-87) have agreed on terms of contracts with the LKL team.
David Potter signed his first pro contract. The 22-year-old forward graduated from the Clemson University in 2010. David Potter averaged 7.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals in his senior season for the Tigers. David Potter was drafted by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of D-League.
Deng Gai played for Slask Wroclaw in 2007/08 season. He tallied 4.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per PLK game. In ULEB Cup his stats read 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per appearance. He also had spells for USBL teams. Deng Gai appeared in two NBA games with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2005/06 season.



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Tepic announces Imports - by Chris Terrell
Tepic, Nayarit, MX - Tepic has come to agreements with the following extranjeros for the upcoming CIBACOPA season: Donald Little Peter Lawal and Tony Jones. Tepic decided to go with size and athleticism for the foreign positions. Little is a well traveled big man that has played in leagues such as Turkey, Greece, and Spain. He recently came off a stint in the Asean League where he averaged 12.3ppg, 14.0rpg, 3.3apg, and 3.3bpg for the Phillipine Patriots. He is expected to anchor the middle defensively for Tepic and clean up the glass. Lawal and Jones are very athletic forwards that can finish above the rim. Lawal has played in South America and in the Middle East and is a very good defender, runs the floor well and can be a matchup problem because he is very strong and athletic against wings and too quick for bigs. Jones might be best known for his time with the And-1 team, nicknamed 'Go for it' due to his verticle leap that allows him to catch almost anything thrown near the rim. All three imports are finishers.


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Nikola Vucevic's big game helps Trojans upend No. 10 Arizona - by Eurobasket News
The Pac-10's highest-ranked team of the season came calling, and Southern California found the motivation it often lacks against lesser opponents.

Nikola Vucevic (6'10''-F-90) had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and his teammates came up with two huge blocks in the closing minutes to help Southern California upset No. 10 Arizona 65-57 on Thursday night.

'We get more fired up for better teams and we play more aggressively,' he said.

Did they ever.

Jio Fontan (6'0''-G-90) added 21 points and Alex Stepheson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Trojans (16-12, 8-7 Pac-10), who extended their winning streak to a season-best three games and beat a top-10 team for the first time since knocking off No. 9 Tennessee in December 2009.

'Keep going, don't let up,' Fontan said. 'It was a big confidence boost that helps out our rsum.'

Jesse Perry (6'7''-F) scored 12 points and Kevin Parrom added 10 for the Wildcats (23-5, 12-3), whose eight-game winning streak ended on an off night for offensive star Derrick Williams, who scored a season-low eight points.

'Honestly, I think it was good for us to lose,' Williams said. 'We were getting too big-headed, thinking we can beat everybody, we can beat anybody. I'm kind of glad we lost and came down to earth.'

The Wildcats now head into a Saturday showdown at second-place UCLA, which routed Arizona State 71-53 to climb within a game of the top spot.

'You never want to go on the road and lose two straight, especially when you're ahead by two games in the conference going into the last four,' Williams said. 'But [USC is] a great team, as well. This is the same team that beat Texas at home by 20, that went to Kansas and lost by one or two, so their record may not show it, but they're a great team.'

Williams' points were well below his average of 19.7, second-best in the league, and it was the first time he was held to single digits this season. He grabbed 11 rebounds while playing with a wrap protecting his bandaged right pinky finger.

'He's the best player in the Pac-10 and you want to do better than him,' Vucevic said. 'We did a good job as a team stopping him.'

The Wildcats were held below their Pac-10-leading averages in field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage and points scored on the road. Williams and Lamont Jones, who were a combined 12 for 12 from the floor against USC in a victory on Jan. 29, were a combined 6 for 23 in the rematch.

'This is the hard part about the stretch run of the season,' Arizona coach Sean Miller said. 'You earn all the praise and you get it, but you forget that there are some really hungry teams waiting for you.'

Neither team led by more than four points until the waning minutes. Vucevic hit a pair of free throws to tie it at 56 with 2:37 remaining.

After Stepheson blocked Jones on a drive, Stepheson got fouled and made both free throws to put USC ahead 58-56.

Jones got denied again on Arizona's next possession, with Marcus Simmons coming up with a big block.

'I just didn't want to give up on the play. Luckily, I blocked it,' Simmons said.

Vucevic was fouled again and made both, extended USC's lead to 60-56 as the crowd chanted, 'Go SC!' with 58 seconds left.

'Vucevic is a beast inside. He really raised his stock a lot, and a lot of it had to do with me,' Williams said.

Fouled by Simmons, Kyle Fogg made the second of two free throws to leave Arizona trailing by three with 40 seconds left. Parrom and Williams missed on the same possession, forcing the Wildcats to foul the rest of the way.

'It comes down to the fact that we had two assists on 19 field goals,' Miller said. 'It's alarming to have two assists.'

The Wildcats fell to 1-4 at Galen Center. The Trojans, whose field-goal percentage defense of .411 is second best in the league, held Arizona to 36 percent.

Williams didn't score his first basket until there was 5:15 left in the half, giving the Wildcats their largest lead of eight points.

Los Angeles Clippers teammates Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan sat courtside, while Arizona alum Luke Walton of the Lakers supported his college team.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


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Nuggets coach George Karl closes in on contract extension - by Eurobasket News
The guy who didn't want to be in Denver is gone. The guy who wants to be in Denver will likely be staying for the rest of his coaching career.

Nuggets coach George Karl is close to getting a contract extension, team executive Masai Ujiri said Tuesday.

Ujiri has been saying he wants to lock in Karl on an extension. Karl has said he wants to finish his NBA career in Denver and live here after retiring.

The Nuggets' front office has been a tad busy orchestrating Carmelo Anthony's trade to the New York Knicks. But there's a good chance that by next month Karl will have a multiyear contract extension. Karl is in the last year of his current deal.

Karl spoke to the media for 23 lively minutes Tuesday, giving his thoughts on the Anthony trade and the Nuggets going forward.

'I might be crazy, but I think we can make the playoffs and also be a threat to win in the playoffs,' said Karl, whose team began the day in seventh place in the Western Conference. 'I'm sorry, I just think our guys are good enough to grow up fast, learn quick and get excited about playing the game, as where what we had been doing had more frustration to it than excitement to it.

'Part of this game is intensity, excitement and enthusiasm, and a part of team is camaraderie and togetherness, and I think we have time to get that stuff on the court and also put a pretty good talent product on the court.'

At one point, Karl was asked: 'You're losing a guy who, many nights, was your (entire) offense. Do you think you have enough offensive pieces left?'

Karl said, 'So you think the way our offense was played necessarily is good basketball?'

The reporter suggested sometimes Anthony, an all-star forward, slowed the Nuggets' offensive flow by holding the ball too much.

Karl said: 'In the NBA, you win (by) how the game (determines) what is your best chance at winning. Sometimes, how we played was not exactly how I really wanted to play.'

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com


Some Pistons AWOL to protest coach - by Eurobasket News
A number of Detroit Pistons were rumored to be leaving the team around the trade deadline, but not like this.

Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79), Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky), Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) and Chris Wilcox (6'10''-F/C-82, college: Maryland) missed the team's shootaround Friday morning before that night's game against the Sixers in Philadelphia, and team sources told multiple media outlets that the players were staging a protest.

Sources told the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News that the shootaround boycott was directed at second-year coach John Kuester , who has clashed with players in the past.

Team spokesman Cletus Lewis said that McGrady had a headache, Prince an upset stomach and Hamilton and Wilcox missed the bus from the team hotel.

Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington) and Austin Daye (6'11''-F-88, college: Gonzaga) also missed the bus, but they arrived toward the end of a media session, Lewis said.

Ben Wallace also missed the shootaround but was dealing with a family matter, Lewis said, as he has over the past month.

'We'll go with the group that was here,' said Kuester about facing the 76ers, according to the Free Press. 'We got a number of guys that have a bug, but these guys went through shootaround the way it was supposed to. We have some things, some excuses, not excuses, but absences because of headache and stuff like that.

'We'll go with this group right here because they went through shootaround.'

Prince and Hamilton are questionable for the game with a sore groin and sore back, respectively. They were two names that came up in trade talk over the past month.

Hamilton was rumored to be headed to New Jersey in a three-team trade with the Nuggets that would have landed Carmelo Anthony in New Jersey. That deal fell through. The Dallas Mavericks reportedly expressed interest in Prince at the deadline but couldn't pull off a trade.

Hamilton is averaging a career-worst 13.3 points per game after going for 17.7 for his 11-year career, the last eight of which came with the Pistons.

Prince has spent his entire eight-year career with Detroit and is having another solid, if unspectacular year, with averages of 14.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

McGrady is in his first year with the Pistons and is averaging only 8.4 points per game. Wilcox is getting only 16.7 minutes per game and averaging 5.6 points.

The most important numbers for the Pistons, however, concern where they are in the standings. Detroit is 21-38, mired in fourth place in the Central and 6 1/2 games behind Indiana for the final playoff spot in the East.

The Pistons didn't make the playoffs last year for the first time in nine years. They won it all in 2003-04.

A team source told the Free Press that it wasn't clear what the next step would be for the Pistons, but he acknowledged that Detroit had just gone through an organized protest.

Courtesy of ESPN


Newly acquired Wizards G Mike Bibby sits out shootaround, citing paperwork issue after trade - by Eurobasket News
Michael Bibby's (6'2''-G-78, college: Arizona) availability for Washington's game in Miami on Friday is unclear, with the veteran guard saying some paperwork still needs to be completed following his trade from Atlanta.

Bibby was with the Wizards for their Friday morning shootaround practice, but only watched from the sideline. Bibby says 'hopefully' the necessary papers will be completed in time for Friday night's game.

Bibby wasn't alone as a spectator. Coach Flip Saunders said two players who came with him in the trade, Jordan Crawford and Maurice Evans, also would be watching practice.

The Hawks agreed Wednesday to trade Bibby, Crawford, Evans and a draft pick to Washington for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Golden State signs Vipers forward/center Adrien - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande Valley Vipers power forward-center Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) has agreed to a contract with the Golden State Warriors. Adrien confirmed the move via his Twitter account on Thursday night. Adrien began the season with the Warriors before he was waived in December. He played for the Erie Bayhawks for five games before he was traded to the Vipers for guard Garrett Temple.

Adrien averaged 19.6 points and 12.3 rebounds for the Vipers. Adrien had 27 points for the Vipers in their 107-101 victory at Maine earlier Thursday.

Courtesy of www.themonitor.com


Thunder recall Byron Mullens from D-League - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has recalled center Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

During his two assignments this season with Tulsa, Mullens has appeared in six games (six starts) and averaged 16.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots in 31.7 minutes per game.

Mullens will join the Thunder for tonights 7:00 PM contest against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Chris Johnson Signs with Boston - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics signed center Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU) of the Dakota Wizards for the ninth Call-Up of the 2010-11 NBA Development League season. Johnson's call-up - his second this year - increases the number of current NBA players with NBA D-League experience, including players currently on assignment to their NBA D-League affiliates, to 83.
In 33 games (32 starts) with Dakota this season, Johnson averaged 16.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks, which ranks second in the league. Johnson is the only player this season to record eight blocks on three separate occasions, and he's scored in double figures in all but four of his NBA D-League games.

Johnson, the first NBA D-League player to earn two GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA this season, was first called up by the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 24. He appeared in two games with Portland, averaging 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.0 minutes. Johnson also was in the Celtics' training camp in October.

Johnson (6-11, 210) is a second-year pro out of LSU, where he averaged 7.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 88 games over a four-year career. As a senior in 2008-09, Johnson's 2.7 blocks per game ranked second in the SEC and eighth in the nation, earning him All-SEC Honorable Mention honors.

Johnson is expected to join the Celtics tonight for the team's game at Denver at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Thursday: Bulls and Nuggets win - by Eurobasket News
Chicago B. - Miami Heat 93-89
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 26 points and Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) added 20, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 93-89 on Thursday night in a wild showdown between two of the Eastern Conference's top teams. In a game that could have playoff seeding implications, the Bulls used a big third quarter to turn a nine-point halftime deficit into a 71-67 advantage, then watched a nine-point lead in the fourth evaporate into a four-point hole before pulling it out. Deng's 3-pointer with 16 seconds left broke an 89-all tie and sent Chicago to its 16th win in 21 games. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 34 points and LeBron James added 29 for Miami, which got outrebounded 53-39 while losing for only the second time in 13 games. Both losses have come against teams also vying for the East's top seed - Boston beat them on Feb. 13, and the Bulls now own the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Bulls beat Miami by three at the United Center last month, and this one was every bit as dramatic. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Denver N. - Boston C. 89-75
Kenyon Martin (6'8''-F/C-77, college: Cincinnati) scored 18 points and newcomer Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) chipped in 16 as the Denver Nuggets closed the game with a 16-0 run to beat the shorthanded and shortened Boston Celtics 89-75 Thursday night. The game pitted two teams that reshaped their rosters ahead of the NBA trade deadline. The Nuggets had a bunch of new players and the Celtics a bunch of empty seats along their bench following a flurry of trades that unloaded a bunch of big men. Denver played its first game with the five new players who came over in the blockbuster deal that sent star forward Carmelo Anthony and floor leader Chauncey Billups to the New York Knicks 48 hours earlier. The Celtics suited up just nine players and had to fight through the emotions of losing center Kendrick Perkins, who was dealt to Oklahoma City for forward Jeff Green in the biggest of Boston's trio of trades Thursday. The Nuggets, who are 2-0 since trading Melo, had their full complement of players, but their best defender, Martin, missed the second quarter while getting an IV in the locker room. New Nuggets Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Raymond Felton got off to a slow start, combining to shoot 2 for 12 in the first half, which ended with Denver ahead 37-36. Denver took a 61-60 lead into the fourth quarter. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas), who led Boston with 17 points, hit a 3-pointer with 6 1/2 minutes remaining that gave Boston a 75-73 lead, but the Celtics wouldn't score again. Chandler's 3-pointer put Denver ahead for good and Martin's three-point play with 3:03 left gave Denver its biggest lead to that point at 79-75. Arron Afflalo hit back-to-back jumpers and a bonus and Martin hit a jumper and a 3, after which the downtrodden Celtics walked off the floor as the final 10 seconds ticked off the clock. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.8 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.2 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.26.0 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.2 
 7. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.25.0 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 10. Howard, Orlando M.23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.4 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.9 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.1 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.6 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.4 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
 10. Boozer, Chicago B.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.2 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.3 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 5. Calderon, Toron.9.2 
 6. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 7. Wall, Washington W.9.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.8.2 
 10. Kidd, Dallas M.8.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.5 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 6. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 7. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 9. Wall, Washington W.1.7 
 10. Allen, 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. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 6. Stoudemire, New Y.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 41-15 
 2. New York K. 29-26 
 3. Philadelph.76 28-29 
 4. New Jersey N. 17-40 
 5. Toronto R. 16-42 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 39-17 
 2. Indiana P. 26-30 
 3. Milwaukee B. 22-35 
 4. Detroit P. 21-38 
 5. Cleveland C. 10-47 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 42-16 
 2. Orlando M. 36-22 
 3. Atlanta H. 34-23 
 4. Charlotte B. 25-32 
 5. Washington W. 15-41 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 36-20 
 2. Denver N. 34-25 
 3. Portland TB 32-25 
 4. Utah Jazz 31-27 
 5. Minnesota T. 13-45 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 40-19 
 2. Phoenix Suns 28-27 
 3. Golde State W. 26-30 
 4. LA Clippers 21-37 
 5. Sacramento K. 14-41 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 47-10 
 2. Dallas M. 41-16 
 3. N.Orleans H. 34-25 
 4. Memphis G. 32-27 
 5. Houston R. 28-31 


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Johnson-Odom's big OT leads Marquette over UConn - by Eurobasket News
Marquette's players have heard over and over the last couple of weeks that they needed a quality road win to enhance their NCAA tournament resume.

They got it.

Darius Johnson-Odom (6'2''-G-89) scored nine of his 17 points in overtime Thursday night to lead the Golden Eagles to a 74-67 victory over No. 15 Connecticut, which played without coach Jim Calhoun on the bench.

'This was just another game,' Johnson-Odom said when asked about how big this game was coming in for the Golden Eagles. 'I don't know anything about our hopes for the tournament or whatnot. All we can do is keep playing, finish the season out and see what happens at the end.'

Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89) added 16 points for the Golden Eagles (17-11, 8-7 Big East), who tied the game at 59 with 5.3 seconds left on a drive by Johnson-Odom.

'We definitely needed a quality road win, a road win period,' Butler said, referring to Marquette's 0-6 road record against ranked teams coming in. 'We needed a game when we were up and we could finish out a game and win it. We kept playing Marquette basketball and toughed it up and won it.'

Kemba Walker (6'1''-G-90) led the Huskies (20-7, 8-7) with 27 points, but the junior guard missed four shots and committed one turnover in the extra period. Walker also committed two turnovers in the final 1:20 of regulation, the second with 10 seconds left that led to Johnson-Odom's tying basket.

'We just wanted to get something up, get to the basket,' Walker said of the second turnover. 'They were playing me tough and I turned it over. I was a little careless with the ball and they were able to take those turnovers and make them into baskets.'

It was the Huskies' first game since the NCAA revealed its sanctions against the program over recruiting violations. Among the penalties was a suspension of Calhoun for next season's first three Big East games. Calhoun was cited for failing to monitor and promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program.

Calhoun left the team Wednesday to be with his family in New Hampshire following the death of his sister-in-law on Monday.

This was the 15th game that associate head coach George Blaney replaced Calhoun on the bench and Connecticut's record in those games dropped to 7-8.

'Coach talked to them before he left yesterday and we had a good practice and a good shootaround today,' Blaney said. 'I talked to him, too, before the game and I'll talk to him again now.'

The loss was the third in five games for the Huskies, who beat Marquette 76-68 in their earlier meeting this season.

'Seventeen turnovers is the answer,' Blaney said of the loss that dropped the Huskies to 8-2 at the XL Center with the other loss to Syracuse.

Nine of Marquette's 11 losses have been to ranked teams, and this looked to be No. 10 when the Huskies opened the second half with a 26-7 run to wipe out an 11-point halftime deficit.

The Golden Eagles responded with an 8-2 run that brought them to 51-49 with 6:55 to play.

There were two lead changes and three ties from there, including Johnson-Odom's drive that tied it with 5.3 seconds left.

Walker missed a spin move as the regulation buzzer sounded.

Johnson-Odom made one of two free throws and a jumper in the opening 40 seconds of the overtime to give Marquette the lead for good.

His move down low followed by a jumper made it 70-65 with 1:12 left. Donnell Beverly missed two free throws for the Huskies and Dwight Buycks hit two for Marquette to make it 72-65 with 25 seconds left.

'I don't know any way statistically you can explain how we won,' Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. 'We couldn't make a shot. They got every 50-50 ball in the second half. They absolutely hammered us on the offensive glass. But we hung in there. We had every reason to shut down with how good they are but we didn't.'

Buycks had 13 points for Marquette, which lost its 11 games by an average of 5.6 points with only one in double figures. This was their third victory over a ranked opponent after wins over Notre Dame and Syracuse.

'You can get consumed with it,' Williams said of Marquette's NCAA chances. 'We had to be consumed with tonight's game not how it would impact two weeks from now but tonight.'

Alex Oriakhi had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Huskies, while Jeremy Lamb had eight points and 12 rebounds. Connecticut finished with a 57-43 rebound advantage, including by nine on the offensive end.

'Twenty-eight offensive rebounds and we shot 36%,' Blaney said. 'I don't know if I've ever seen that before.'

Connecticut started the game by making five of its first nine shots to take an 11-3 lead.

The shooting disappeared against Marquette's 2-3 zone for the rest of the half. While the Huskies closed the opening 20 minutes by going 5-of-23 from the field, the Golden Eagles started to make their shots although they didn't exactly scorch the nets, either, going 13-of-33 (39.4%).

With Butler leading the way with 13 points, Marquette took a 34-23 halftime lead. Butler capped the 31-12 run with three seconds left in the half by making a 15-foot jumper as the shot clock expired.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


4th-ranked Panthers roll over Mountaineers 71-58 - by Eurobasket News
A freak injury to key reserve Talib Zanna (6'9''-F-90) didn't rattle the Pittsburgh Panthers. Neither did starter Gilbert Brown (6'6''-F-87) getting into foul trouble, or finding themselves once again trailing at halftime to Big East-rival West Virginia.

Taking advantage of additional playing time, reserve Lamar Patterson (6'5''-G/F) scored a career-best 11 points to help the No. 4 Panthers to an easy 71-58 win on Thursday night.

'It felt real good,' Patterson said. 'In practice, I've been playing pretty good, so it felt good to go out on the court and finally put something together.'

He got his opportunity after Zanna broke his right thumb after the pre-game meal while, as coach Jamie Dixon put it, he was 'messing around' with some teammates while getting into a car. Zanna will have surgery Friday and is expected to miss between three and six weeks.

Then there was Gilbert being forced to the bench after picking up his third foul with 1:05 left in the first half.

With the Panthers trailing 31-30 at the break, Patterson scored the first five points of the second half to spark a decisive 17-5 run for Pitt (25-3, 13-2), which took another step toward clinching the Big East conference title.

Nasir Robinson (6'5''-F-89) scored 15, and Brad Wanamaker (6'4''-G-89) had 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Pitt bounced back from a 60-59 loss at St. John's last weekend and moved two wins ahead of second-place Notre Dame.

Casey Mitchell (6'4''-G) scored 22 for the Mountaineers (17-10, 8-7), who failed to build off the momentum of their 72-58 win over the Fighting Irish last weekend. West Virginia has dropped six of its past 11 after opening the season 12-4.

Another second-half collapse left the Mountaineers questioning themselves. Pitt hit 65 percent (15 of 23) of its shots over the final 20 minutes, while West Virginia shot 26 percent (6 of 23).

'The second half, it was just like there was a lid on the basket,' said Kevin Jones, who scored all nine of his points in the first half. 'I don't know, we didn't have the will or we didn't have tenacity to get back in the game.'

By comparison, Pitt won by showing poise and resolve.

After a back-and-forth first half that featured six lead changes, the Panthers took control in the paint - exactly what they did in a 71-66 win at Morgantown on Feb. 7, when they overcame a 25-23 halftime deficit. By driving the basket, they got to the line on three of their first four possessions.

At the other end, senior center Gary McGhee was a force, punctuating Pitt's dominance by blocking a 6-foot shot from Joe Mazzulla, and then rousing the crowd as he celebrated beneath the basket.

With the game tied at 31 in the opening minutes of the second half, West Virginia's Dalton Pepper got off an awkward shot that missed the rim. Pitt then went ahead for good at the other end as Patterson hit an easy layup in transition.

The Panthers opened the half by hitting five of their first six attempts, eventually building a 47-36 lead with 11:43 left.

'There wasn't a panic at halftime,' Dixon said. 'We had foul trouble, we had some things going against us, got off to a slow start, but we responded.'

Pitt has won 25 games in six straight seasons and reached 13 conference victories for only the fifth time.

The so-called 'Backyard Brawl' between two schools 70 miles apart has become a lopsided one.

In sweeping the two-game season series for the third time in five years, the Panthers extended their home win streak to six over the Mountaineers, while also winning for the ninth time in 12 meetings overall.

West Virginia started the second half cold, missing five of its first seven attempts, and never recovered. With the loss, the Mountaineers dropped into a three-way tie for ninth in the conference, along with Connecticut and Marquette.

'I've said for two weeks we need to win games. I don't care where they are or who it's against,' said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, referring to his team being in jeopardy of missing the NCAA tournament a year after reaching the Final Four. 'We aren't going to beat anybody scoring 58 points. ... It's frustrating to have that breakdown we have especially at this point in the season.'

The score would've been more lopsided had Brown not received a technical for arguing with officials after receiving his fifth foul with 1:42 left. Mitchell hit all four free throws to make the score more respectable by cutting the Panthers' lead to 66-56.

Courtesy of www.greenwichtime.com


Nikola Vucevic's big game helps Trojans upend No. 10 Arizona - by Eurobasket News
The Pac-10's highest-ranked team of the season came calling, and Southern California found the motivation it often lacks against lesser opponents.

Nikola Vucevic (6'10''-F-90) had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and his teammates came up with two huge blocks in the closing minutes to help Southern California upset No. 10 Arizona 65-57 on Thursday night.

'We get more fired up for better teams and we play more aggressively,' he said.

Did they ever.

Jio Fontan (6'0''-G-90) added 21 points and Alex Stepheson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Trojans (16-12, 8-7 Pac-10), who extended their winning streak to a season-best three games and beat a top-10 team for the first time since knocking off No. 9 Tennessee in December 2009.

'Keep going, don't let up,' Fontan said. 'It was a big confidence boost that helps out our rsum.'

Jesse Perry (6'7''-F) scored 12 points and Kevin Parrom added 10 for the Wildcats (23-5, 12-3), whose eight-game winning streak ended on an off night for offensive star Derrick Williams, who scored a season-low eight points.

'Honestly, I think it was good for us to lose,' Williams said. 'We were getting too big-headed, thinking we can beat everybody, we can beat anybody. I'm kind of glad we lost and came down to earth.'

The Wildcats now head into a Saturday showdown at second-place UCLA, which routed Arizona State 71-53 to climb within a game of the top spot.

'You never want to go on the road and lose two straight, especially when you're ahead by two games in the conference going into the last four,' Williams said. 'But [USC is] a great team, as well. This is the same team that beat Texas at home by 20, that went to Kansas and lost by one or two, so their record may not show it, but they're a great team.'

Williams' points were well below his average of 19.7, second-best in the league, and it was the first time he was held to single digits this season. He grabbed 11 rebounds while playing with a wrap protecting his bandaged right pinky finger.

'He's the best player in the Pac-10 and you want to do better than him,' Vucevic said. 'We did a good job as a team stopping him.'

The Wildcats were held below their Pac-10-leading averages in field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage and points scored on the road. Williams and Lamont Jones, who were a combined 12 for 12 from the floor against USC in a victory on Jan. 29, were a combined 6 for 23 in the rematch.

'This is the hard part about the stretch run of the season,' Arizona coach Sean Miller said. 'You earn all the praise and you get it, but you forget that there are some really hungry teams waiting for you.'

Neither team led by more than four points until the waning minutes. Vucevic hit a pair of free throws to tie it at 56 with 2:37 remaining.

After Stepheson blocked Jones on a drive, Stepheson got fouled and made both free throws to put USC ahead 58-56.

Jones got denied again on Arizona's next possession, with Marcus Simmons coming up with a big block.

'I just didn't want to give up on the play. Luckily, I blocked it,' Simmons said.

Vucevic was fouled again and made both, extended USC's lead to 60-56 as the crowd chanted, 'Go SC!' with 58 seconds left.

'Vucevic is a beast inside. He really raised his stock a lot, and a lot of it had to do with me,' Williams said.

Fouled by Simmons, Kyle Fogg made the second of two free throws to leave Arizona trailing by three with 40 seconds left. Parrom and Williams missed on the same possession, forcing the Wildcats to foul the rest of the way.

'It comes down to the fact that we had two assists on 19 field goals,' Miller said. 'It's alarming to have two assists.'

The Wildcats fell to 1-4 at Galen Center. The Trojans, whose field-goal percentage defense of .411 is second best in the league, held Arizona to 36 percent.

Williams didn't score his first basket until there was 5:15 left in the half, giving the Wildcats their largest lead of eight points.

Los Angeles Clippers teammates Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan sat courtside, while Arizona alum Luke Walton of the Lakers supported his college team.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


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Southland Sharks land former NBA player - by Eurobasket News
The Southland Sharks are getting shaped for the upcoming NBL season. They announced a major signing as the team had agreed on terms of contract with Kaniel Dickens (203-F-78, college: Idaho). The 32-year-old forward had stints in the NBA. He played for the Trail Blazers, the Mavs, the Clippers, the Hawks and the Cavs. Kaniel Dickens also played in Russia, China, Spain, Ukraine, France and Italy. This season Kaniel Dickens started in Italian LegaDue. He averages 15.3 points, 8.5 boards and 1.2 steals per game for San Severo. Kaniel Dickens is expected to miss the starting four rounds of NBL action before joining the Sharks. Southland have already got Mark Dickel (187-G-76, college: UNLV), Brendon Polyblank (200-G/F-78, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) and Jordan Lawley (193-G-87) on board. In the meantime is also clear that Anthony Rougeau (198-G-86, college: UNLV) is not coming back to the Sharks for the new season.


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DStv PBL: Royal Hoopers storm Lagos for a double - by Olusegun Ikuesan
2009/2010 finalist of the DStv Premier Basketball League Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt will this weekend be in Lagos for a double games against Islanders basketball club on Sunday and Dodan Warriors basketball club on Monday in an Atlantic conference Week-5 pairings.

Hoopers who in Week-4 rumbled over Chariots basketball club of Lagos by 89-38 points at the Civic Centre, Port Harcourt to take it season record to 3-0 and third on the conference standing behind second and first place sides, Dodan Warriors and Comets basketball clubs.

Three games are on the bill in the league this weekend, in the Atlantic conference bottom placed Chariots basketball club will to the court against Union Bank basketball club in a local derby at the sports hall of the national stadium, Lagos, Savannah conference bottom placed team, Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano will be at home to Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos while Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos host Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi on its new home court the gymnasium of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

On Sunday in Kaduna, Savannah conference leader, Kada Stars basketball club will take the floor against defending champion, Kano Pillars basketball club in what what is tagged, Star Match of the week.

Both sides are yet to taste the bitter pile of defeat in the ongoing season with Kada leading the conference having played a game more than Pillars, Bauchi Nets basketball club will host Niger Potters basketball club of Minna and on Monday in Lagos Atlantic conference leader, Comets basketball club will host Police Baton in a local derby.

Both Monday games in Lagos Dodan Warriors Vs Royal Hoopers and Comets Vs Police Baton will be live on SuperSport-9.



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Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker 16-3 
 2. Tromso 15-4 
 3. Ulriken 13-6 
 4. Baerum 11-8 
 5. Froya 8-12 
 6. Gimle 6-13 
 7. Kristiansand 4-14 
 8. Ammerud 3-16 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Russell, Kristiansand27.6 
 2. Timus, Tromso24.7 
 3. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 4. Bullock, Gimle22.1 
 5. Karlsen, Asker21.7 
 6. Kombat, Froya21.7 
 7. Diomande, Ammerud21.3 
 8. January, Tromso20.2 
 9. Fivelstad, Ulriken18.5 
 10. Eskeland, Ulriken18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Bullock, Gimle12.8 
 2. Mullenax, Ulriken12.1 
 3. Oatis, Baerum11.9 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.0 
 5. Christensen, Tro.9.7 
 6. Fivelstad, Ulriken9.1 
 7. Kombat, Froya8.8 
 8. January, Tromso8.3 
 9. Elsafadi, Froya7.6 
 10. Djerman, Gimle7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Gabrans, Froya5.4 
 2. Mahnin, Asker4.5 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken4.5 
 4. Issalhi, Tromso4.4 
 5. Elgmork, Baerum4.2 
 6. Bullock, Gimle4.2 
 7. Russell, Kristiansand4.1 
 8. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.6 
 9. Mihaylov, Tromso3.4 
 10. Timus, Tromso3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.6 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.6 
 3. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.2 
 4. Russell, Kristiansand2.1 
 5. Eskeland, Ulriken1.9 
 6. Timus, Tromso1.8 
 7. Hinsch, Asker1.8 
 8. Mahnin, Asker1.7 
 9. January, Tromso1.7 
 10. Gabrans, Froya1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.5 
 2. January, Tromso1.6 
 3. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.5 
 4. Christensen, Tro.1.3 
 5. Bullock, Gimle1.1 
 6. Mullenax, Ulriken1.0 
 7. Karlsen, Asker0.9 
 8. Nyborg, Asker0.9 
 9. Nevjen, Baerum0.9 
 10. Hamilton, Baerum0.8 


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Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.SC 12-1 
 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. 3-11 
 8. Vermont FH 2-5 


Round 13: Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry beats Rochester RazorSharks in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Sixth-ranked Rochester RazorSharks (4-7) made lots of trouble for first ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (12-1) on Monday. The visitors from Lawton managed to secure only four-point victory 102-98. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rochester RazorSharks. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 29-22. But Rochester RazorSharks won second period 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Rochester RazorSharks used huge pressure winning it 16-16 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 15-18. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Rochester RazorSharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) fired 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Shaun Fountain (180-78, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Duran International) chipped in 20 points (made all of his seven free throws). Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have a solid series of four victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 12-1 record. Rochester RazorSharks at the other side keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rochester RazorSharks will play at home against Dayton Air Strikers (#7) in Kettering and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Kettering. Seventh ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Kentucky Stallions (5-9) 86-83 on Tuesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Everett Spencer (198-85, college: S.Carolina St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Philip Mickey Perry contributed with 16 points for the winners. Dayton Air Strikers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for Kentucky Stallions. Dayton Air Strikers maintains seventh place with 3-11 record. Kentucky Stallions at the other side keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Dayton Air Strikers will play against higher ranked Rochester RazorSharks (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kentucky Stallions will have a break next round.
Leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry delivered the twelfth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-11) 111-93. Brandon Dean stepped up and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Quade Milum responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have a solid series of four victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 12-1 record. Loser Dayton Air Strikers keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dayton Air Strikers will play against Rochester RazorSharks (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Rochester R. - Lawton Ft.SC 98-102 OT

Sixth-ranked Rochester RazorSharks (4-7) made lots of trouble for first ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (12-1) on Monday. The visitors from Lawton managed to secure only four-point victory 102-98. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rochester RazorSharks. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 29-22. But Rochester RazorSharks won second period 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Rochester RazorSharks used huge pressure winning it 16-16 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 15-18. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Rochester RazorSharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Eddie Smith (188-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) fired 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Shaun Fountain (180-78, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Duran International) chipped in 20 points (made all of his seven free throws). Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and forward Mike Williams (201-85, college: Cincinnati) added 12 points and 15 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have a solid series of four victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 12-1 record. Rochester RazorSharks at the other side keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rochester RazorSharks will play at home against Dayton Air Strikers (#7) in Kettering and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lawton Ft.SC: E.Smith 24+5reb+3ast, S.Fountain 20+4reb+2ast, S.Daniels 14+6reb+4ast, E.Mims 14+9reb, D.Bowden 10+4reb+4ast, J.Blackburn 6+7reb
Rochester R.: E.Walton 20+7reb, S.Monroe 19+6reb+2ast, K.Friel 17+2reb, T.McCoy 12+4reb+1ast, J.Crouch 12+5reb+4ast, M.Williams 12+15reb
gschID: 116064


Dayton A. - Kentucky S. 86-83

Important game to mention about took place in Kettering. Seventh ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Kentucky Stallions (5-9) 86-83 on Tuesday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kentucky Stallions won third quarter 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dayton Air Strikers forced 20 Kentucky Stallions turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Everett Spencer (198-85, college: S.Carolina St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Philip Mickey Perry (188, college: Dayton) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Dayton Air Strikers players scored in double figures. Dayton Air Strikers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Reginald Delk (193-86, college: Louisville) added 20 points in the effort for Kentucky Stallions. Dayton Air Strikers maintains seventh place with 3-11 record. Kentucky Stallions at the other side keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Dayton Air Strikers will play against higher ranked Rochester RazorSharks (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kentucky Stallions will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Dayton A.: P.Philip Mickey 16+2reb+3ast, P.Mickey Perry 11+3reb, Q.Milum 11+4reb+3ast, E.Spencer 11+15reb+5ast, T.Sowell 10+5reb, T.Taylor 8+4reb+3ast
Kentucky S.: K.Jones 21+10reb+3ast, R.Delk 20+2reb+2ast, J.Taylor 14+6reb+2ast, D.Guions 9+8reb+4ast, B.Harris 6+9reb+1ast, G.Baker 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 116066


Lawton Ft.SC - Dayton A. 111-93

Leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry delivered the twelfth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-11) 111-93. The game was mostly controlled by Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Dayton Air Strikers managed to win second period 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Guard Brandon Dean (188-79, college: Arkansas) stepped up and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Shaun Fountain (180-78, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Duran International) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. At the losing side forward Quade Milum (201-86, college: Akron) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Philip Mickey Perry (188, college: Dayton) scored 21 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have a solid series of four victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 12-1 record. Loser Dayton Air Strikers keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dayton Air Strikers will play against Rochester RazorSharks (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lawton Ft.SC: B.Dean 26+8reb+2ast, S.Fountain 15+3reb+7ast, J.Davis 15+8reb+1ast, E.Mims 14+7reb+3ast, E.Smith 11+2reb+4ast, J.Blackburn 11+5reb+3ast
Dayton A.: P.Mickey Perry 21+1reb+2ast, Q.Milum 15+10reb+3ast, A.Meeking 11+5reb+1ast, T.Taylor 11+4reb+3ast, J.Rocket 10+8reb+2ast, T.Sowell 8+6reb
gschID: 122327




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. Martin, Saint J.17.2 
 8. Parran, Quebec K.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.SC9.0 
 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.3.8 
 7. Acker, Quebec K.3.8 
 8. Brown, Quebec K.3.7 
 9. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
 10. Fountain, Lawton F.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rice, Vermont FH3.0 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.2.9 
 3. Brown, Quebec K.2.3 
 4. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.2 
 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. George, Dayton A.1.3 
 4. Ocitti, Saint J.1.3 
 5. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.2 
 6. Daniels, Lawton F.1.2 
 7. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.0.9 
 9. Dollard, Halifax R.0.9 
 10. Williams, Rocheste.0.8 


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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Curnell, Barreirense20.9 
 2. Luettgerodt, Sampa.20.8 
 3. Oruche, Ginasio20.6 
 4. Robert, Lusitania20.2 
 5. Austin, Vitoria SC20.0 
 6. Jackson, Sampaense19.8 
 7. Shaw, Academica19.4 
 8. Goode, Penafiel18.6 
 9. Johnson, Barreire.18.1 
 10. Webster, Ovarense17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Martin, Vitoria SC11.2 
 2. Robert, Lusitania11.0 
 3. Cortez, Ovarense10.4 
 4. Brown, Vitoria SC9.8 
 5. Shaw, Academica9.6 
 6. Terrell, Porto F.9.3 
 7. Nolen, Penafiel9.2 
 8. Momplasir, Lusitania8.8 
 9. Harris, Illiabum8.8 
 10. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Manarte, Ovarense6.2 
 2. Reveles, Ginasio6.1 
 3. Sing, Sampaense6.0 
 4. Simoes, Academica5.4 
 5. Monteiro, Lusitania5.4 
 6. Minhava, Benfica4.9 
 7. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 8. Andrade, Porto F.4.4 
 9. Felix, Illiabum3.8 
 10. Barroso, Ginasio3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Curnell, Barreirense3.7 
 2. Holland, Academica3.0 
 3. Cortez, Ovarense2.9 
 4. Goode, Penafiel2.8 
 5. Eddie, Academica2.3 
 6. Barroso, Ginasio2.1 
 7. Felix, Illiabum2.1 
 8. Little, Lusitania2.0 
 9. Johnson, Barreire.2.0 
 10. Terrell, Porto F.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitania3.8 
 2. Brown, Vitoria SC1.8 
 3. Gentry, CAB1.3 
 4. Nolen, Penafiel1.3 
 5. Jackson, Sampaense1.2 
 6. Hartford, Ginasio1.1 
 7. Coelho, CAB1.1 
 8. Harris, Illiabum1.1 
 9. Gray, Sampaense1.1 
 10. Austin, Vitoria SC1.0 


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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. Baxter, Enisey5.8 
 10. Lampe, Unics5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anton PONKRASHOV
  Spartak SP
  (200-G-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ponkrashov, Spart.6.2 
 2. Williams, Enisey6.0 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie .5.8 
 4. Khvostov, Dynamo4.6 
 5. Planinic, Khimky4.0 
 6. Popovic, Unics4.0 
 7. Samoylenko, Unics4.0 
 8. Vyaltsev, Triumph3.7 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.6 
 10. Aleksic, N.Novgorod3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dijon THOMPSON
  Spartak SP
  (201-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thompson, Spart.2.3 
 2. Beverley, Spart.2.3 
 3. Voronov, Dynamo1.9 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv1.6 
 5. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.6 
 6. Lyday, Unics1.5 
 7. Labovic, Enisey1.4 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.4 
 9. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.4 
 10. Pashutin, Unics1.4 
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. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 6. Sokolov, CSKA1.0 
 7. Vranes, Unics1.0 
 8. Yakovenko, N.Nov.1.0 
 9. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 
 10. Antonov, N.Novgorod0.9 


Yuri Vasiliev moves to Lokomotiv Kuban - by Eurobasket News
Yuri Vasiliev (207-C-81) changed the team. The 29-year-old centre has agreed on terms of contract termination with Dynamo Moscow. The player is expected to join Lokomotiv Kuban in the upcoming days. Yuri Vasiliev moved to Dynamo Moscow back in 2003. This season his stats read 2.5 points, 4.5 boards per EuroChallenge game. In PBL the centre notched 1.6 points and 1.0 board per appearance. Yuri Vasiliev was named All-Superleague A Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2007. The centre also played for Russian University National Team in 2003. Vasiliev traveled with the team to South Korea and helped them clinch the second position at the tournament. The centre won ULEB Cup in 2006 together with Dynamo.


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 10-3 
 2. Khimky 9-4 
 3. CSKA 9-5 
 4. Lokomotiv 9-5 
 5. Spartak SP 9-6 
 6. Enisey 6-7 
 7. Krasnie Krilya 5-10 
 8. Triumph 4-9 
 9. Dynamo 4-10 
 10. N.Novgorod 4-10 


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D1 Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Ittihad 14-0 
 2. Al Ansar 11-4 
 3. Al Fateh 11-4 
 4. Al Hilal 11-4 
 5. Ohud 9-5 
 6. Al Wahda 7-7 
 7. Al Nahda 7-7 
 8. Al Ahli 7-7 
 9. Al Jubail 4-10 
 10. Al Shrooq 2-13 
 11. Al Maseerah 1-13 
 12. Al Safwa 1-13 


D1 Round 15: Al Ansar loses to Al Hilal - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in D1.

The game between second ranked Al Ansar (11-4) and fourth ranked Al Hilal (11-4) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Al Ansar was defeated by Al Hilal in Medina 64-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Al Ansar. Al Hilal have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Ansar and Al Fateh. Al Hilal is looking forward to face Ohud (#5) in Medina in the next round. Al Ansar will play on the road against Al Shrooq in Riyadh and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Al Ittihad (14-0) which hosted in Jeddah 3rd placed Al Fateh (11-4). Leader Al Ittihad had an easy win 95-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Fateh. The victory was the fourteenth consecutive win for Al Ittihad. They maintain first place with 14-0 record. Al Fateh at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They share it with Al Hilal and Al Ansar. Al Ittihad will play against Al Nahda (#6) in Al Khobar in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Al Fateh will play on the road against Al Wahda (#7) in Mecca and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 5th ranked Ohud in a game in Medina versus Al Ahli (#8) 59-49. Al Ahli (7-7) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Al Wahda and Al Nahda. Ohud lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. Al Ahli will meet at home Al Safwa (#10) in the next round. Ohud will play against the league's second-placed Al Hilal (#2) in Riyadh and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Al Shrooq managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses. This time they edged eleventh-ranked Al Maseerah in Jeddah 77-76. Al Shrooq (2-13) moved-up to eleventh place. Al Maseerah lost their tenth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Al Shrooq's next round opponent will be higher ranked Al Ansar (#3) in Medina and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Maseerah will play on the road against Al Jubail (#9).

In the last two games of round 15 Al Wahda beat Al Safwa on the road 64-58. Al Nahda won against Al Jubail on its own court 88-83.



Ohud - Al Ahli 49-59

An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 5th ranked Ohud in a game in Medina versus Al Ahli (#8) 59-49. Al Ahli (7-7) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Al Wahda and Al Nahda. Ohud lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. Al Ahli will meet at home Al Safwa (#10) in the next round. Ohud will play against the league's second-placed Al Hilal (#2) in Riyadh and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 122420


Al Safwa - Al Wahda 58-64

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Al Wahda (7-7) beat on the road 10th ranked Al Safwa (1-13) 64-58. Al Wahda moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Al Ahli and Al Nahda. Al Safwa at the other side keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Al Wahda's next round opponent will be higher ranked Al Fateh (#4) in Al Hasa and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Safwa will play on the road against Al Ahli (#8) in Jeddah and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 122417


Al Ittihad - Al Fateh 95-74

An interesting game for Al Ittihad (14-0) which hosted in Jeddah 3rd placed Al Fateh (11-4). Leader Al Ittihad had an easy win 95-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Fateh. The victory was the fourteenth consecutive win for Al Ittihad. They maintain first place with 14-0 record. Al Fateh at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They share it with Al Hilal and Al Ansar. Al Ittihad will play against Al Nahda (#6) in Al Khobar in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Al Fateh will play on the road against Al Wahda (#7) in Mecca and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 122418


Al Nahda - Al Jubail 88-83

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Al Jubail (4-10) lost to sixth ranked Al Nahda (7-7) in Al Khobar 83-88. Al Nahda maintains sixth place with 7-7 record, which they share with Al Ahli and Al Wahda. Al Jubail lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Al Nahda's next round opponent will be league's leader Al Ittihad in Jeddah and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Jubail will play at home against Al Maseerah (#12) in Jeddah.
gschID: 122419


Al Ansar - Al Hilal 64-77

The game between second ranked Al Ansar (11-4) and fourth ranked Al Hilal (11-4) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Al Ansar was defeated by Al Hilal in Medina 64-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Al Ansar. Al Hilal have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Ansar and Al Fateh. Al Hilal is looking forward to face Ohud (#5) in Medina in the next round. Al Ansar will play on the road against Al Shrooq in Riyadh and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 122415


Al Maseerah - Al Shrooq 76-77

Bottom-ranked Al Shrooq managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses. This time they edged eleventh-ranked Al Maseerah in Jeddah 77-76. Al Shrooq (2-13) moved-up to eleventh place. Al Maseerah lost their tenth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Al Shrooq's next round opponent will be higher ranked Al Ansar (#3) in Medina and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Maseerah will play on the road against Al Jubail (#9).
gschID: 122416




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National League Round 17: No surprise as #1 Edunburgh Kings defeat Glasgow Rocks II - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in National League.

National League top team - Edunburgh Kings (14-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Glasgow Rocks II (3-12) 104-58. Edunburgh Kings have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Glasgow Rocks II lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Glasgow Storm. Edunburgh Kings are looking forward to face St.Mirren (#3) in St Mirren in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Glasgow Rocks II will play at home against East Lothian Buccaneers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Stirling was also worth to mention about. Third ranked St.Mirren (13-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Stirling Knights (9-6). St.Mirren did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 80-63. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Stirling Knights. St.Mirren have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-2 record behind leader Edinburgh K. Newly promoted Stirling Knights keep the fifth position with six games lost. St.Mirren will play against league's leader Edunburgh Kings at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stirling Knights will play against the league's second-placed Clark Eriksson Fury (#2) in Falkirk and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Troon supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Clark Eriksson Fury (14-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Troon Tornadoes (7-9). Clark Eriksson Fury smashed Troon Tornadoes 78-56 on Friday. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Clark Eriksson Fury. They maintain second place with 14-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Edinburgh K. Troon Tornadoes at the other side keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Clark Eriksson Fury will meet at home Stirling Knights (#5) in the next round. Troon Tornadoes will play against Glasgow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Glasgow. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Glasgow (10-6) to ninth ranked Glasgow Storm (3-12) 77-74 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Glasgow Storm moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Glasgow R. II. Newly promoted Glasgow keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Glasgow Storm's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Dunfermline Reign (#10) on the road. Glasgow will play against Troon Tornadoes (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 17 bottom-ranked Dunfermline lost to E.Lothian P. on the opponent's court 77-90.



Edinburgh K. - Glasgow R. II 104-58

National League top team - Edunburgh Kings (14-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Glasgow Rocks II (3-12) 104-58. Edunburgh Kings have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Glasgow Rocks II lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Glasgow Storm. Edunburgh Kings are looking forward to face St.Mirren (#3) in St Mirren in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Glasgow Rocks II will play at home against East Lothian Buccaneers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 94523


E.Lothian P. - Dunfermline 90-77

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Dunfermline Reign (1-16) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked East Lothian Buccaneers (3-11) 90-77. East Lothian Buccaneers moved-up to seventh place. Dunfermline Reign lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. East Lothian Buccaneers' next round opponent will be Glasgow Rocks II (#8) on the road. Dunfermline Reign will play against Glasgow Storm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 94520


Glasgow Storm - Glasgow Univ. 77-74

A very interesting game took place in Glasgow. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Glasgow (10-6) to ninth ranked Glasgow Storm (3-12) 77-74 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Glasgow Storm moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Glasgow R. II. Newly promoted Glasgow keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Glasgow Storm's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Dunfermline Reign (#10) on the road. Glasgow will play against Troon Tornadoes (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 94521


Stirling Knights - St.Mirren 63-80

The game in Stirling was also worth to mention about. Third ranked St.Mirren (13-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Stirling Knights (9-6). St.Mirren did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 80-63. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Stirling Knights. St.Mirren have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-2 record behind leader Edinburgh K. Newly promoted Stirling Knights keep the fifth position with six games lost. St.Mirren will play against league's leader Edunburgh Kings at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stirling Knights will play against the league's second-placed Clark Eriksson Fury (#2) in Falkirk and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 94522


Troon Tornadoes - C.Eriksson F. 56-78

The game in Troon supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Clark Eriksson Fury (14-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Troon Tornadoes (7-9). Clark Eriksson Fury smashed Troon Tornadoes 78-56 on Friday. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Clark Eriksson Fury. They maintain second place with 14-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Edinburgh K. Troon Tornadoes at the other side keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Clark Eriksson Fury will meet at home Stirling Knights (#5) in the next round. Troon Tornadoes will play against Glasgow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 94519




Standings
National League Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 14-1 
 2. C.Eriksson F. 14-2 
 3. St.Mirren 13-2 
 4. Glasgow Univ. 10-6 
 5. Stirling Knights 9-6 
 6. Troon Tornadoes 7-9 
 7. E.Lothian P. 3-11 
 8. Glasgow R. II 3-12 
 9. Glasgow Storm 3-12 
 10. Dunfermline 1-16 


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  SERBIA   


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 20-2 
 2. Beograd 17-6 
 3. Metalac 15-7 
 4. Mega Vizura 14-8 
 5. Tamis 13-9 
 6. Novi Sad 11-11 
 7. Sloga 10-12 
 8. Sloboda Uzice 10-12 
 9. Napredak 9-13 
 10. Proleter Naftagas 9-13 
 11. Vojvodina 9-13 
 12. Borac 9-13 
 13. Crnokosa 8-14 
 14. Superfund 1-22 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.21.4 
 2. Koprivica, Super.20.7 
 3. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 4. Zekovic, Beograd18.5 
 5. Bunic, Novi Sad17.6 
 6. Micevic, Sloboda .17.6 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 8. Sinovec, Metalac17.3 
 9. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.6 
 3. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 4. Jelovac, Mega V.6.9 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 6. Dedijer, Borac6.4 
 7. Cantekin, Mega V.6.4 
 8. Majkic, Prolet.6.4 
 9. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 10. Zekovic, Beograd6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac5.8 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.5 
 4. Radivojevic, FMP5.1 
 5. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.9 
 6. Covic, FMP4.7 
 7. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 8. Kocergin, Superfund4.1 
 9. Mitrovic, Beograd4.0 
 10. Kovacevic, Novi Sad3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd2.6 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.5 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac2.3 
 4. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.2 
 6. Kovacevic, Novi Sad2.0 
 7. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 8. Bocka, Crnokosa1.9 
 9. Jovic, Sloga1.8 
 10. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.4 
 3. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.1.2 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.1.1 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.0 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.9 
 8. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 9. Dedijer, Borac0.7 
 10. Zekovic, Beograd0.7 


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  SLOVAKIA   


Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Nitra 23-8 
 2. Nova Ves 23-9 
 3. Komarno 18-14 
 4. Levice 16-15 
 5. Handlova 15-16 
 6. Vahostav-Zilina 14-17 
 7. Svit 13-18 
 8. Prievidza 12-19 
 9. B.Bystrica 12-19 
 10. Inter Bratislava 10-21 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McCoy, Svit26.6 
 2. Fears, Prievidza23.5 
 3. Booker, Prievidza23.1 
 4. Burrows, Komarno22.1 
 5. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 6. Delic, Handlova20.2 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.20.0 
 8. Tomek, Nitra19.4 
 9. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 10. Szalay, Prievidza18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.4 
 2. Szalay, Prievidza11.4 
 3. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 4. Erwin, Nitra8.9 
 5. Delic, Handlova8.9 
 6. Johnson, Nova Ves8.3 
 7. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 8. Carter, Vahostav.8.2 
 9. Burrows, Komarno7.7 
 10. Velcic, B.Bystrica7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Moore, Nitra6.8 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.5 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.7 
 4. Booker, Prievidza5.5 
 5. Fears, Prievidza5.5 
 6. Gavlak, Handlova4.5 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 8. Kostomaj, Levice4.4 
 9. Wheeler, Inter B.4.1 
 10. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Fears, Prievidza2.9 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.2.6 
 3. Nuber, Handlova2.5 
 4. Moore, Nitra2.2 
 5. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.2 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 7. Jones, Komarno1.9 
 8. Zavodny, Vahost.1.8 
 9. Velcic, B.Bystrica1.8 
 10. Erwin, Nitra1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gabriel SZALAY
  Prievidza
  (215-C-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Szalay, Prievidza2.8 
 2. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 3. Mroz, Nova Ves1.5 
 4. Votroubek, Svit1.5 
 5. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 6. Batka, Nova Ves1.3 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.0.9 
 8. Lukjanec, Pezinok0.8 
 9. Gavran, Inter B.0.8 
 10. Tomek, Nitra0.8 


Extraliga Round 38: No surprise as #1 Nitra defeats Inter Bratislava - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 8 rounds.

Extraliga top team - Nitra (23-8) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Inter Bratislava (10-21) 102-65. The game without a history. Nitra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Inter Bratislava's 34. Nitra forced 28 Inter Bratislava turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Inter Bratislava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard J.J. Montgomery (196-82, college: Arkansas St.) scored 30 points and 5 steals (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) chipped in 15 points during the contest. International forward Andrej Kuffa (203-90) responded with 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nitra maintains first position with 23-8 record. Inter Bratislava at the other side stay at the bottom place with 21 games lost. Nitra are looking forward to face Levice (#4) on the road in the next round. Inter Bratislava will play against Vahostav-Zilina (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game in Prievidza was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Komarno (18-14) played at the court of 8th ranked Prievidza (12-19). Komarno managed to secure a 4-point victory 79-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Prievidza. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, agency: Warren Sports International) notched 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Martins Berkis supported him with 20 points. Even a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds by international center Gabriel Szalay (215-86) did not help to save the game for Prievidza. Komarno maintains third position with 18-14 record having four points less than leader Nitra. Prievidza at the other side keeps the eighth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with B.Bystrica. Komarno will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Prievidza will play at home against the league's second-placed Nova Ves (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Zilina supposed to be also quite interesting. 6th ranked Svit (13-18) played at the court of seventh ranked Vahostav-Zilina (14-17). Vahostav-Zilina smashed Svit 94-70 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Svit. The best player for the winners was Justin Carter who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Eduard Znanec produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Svit's coach Milan Cernicky gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vahostav-Zilina have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser Svit dropped to the seventh position with 18 games lost. Vahostav-Zilina will meet bottom-ranked Inter Bratislava (#10) on the road in the next round. Svit will play against Handlova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 38 B.Bystrica lost to Nova Ves on the opponent's court 64-80.



Prievidza - Komarno 75-79

The game in Prievidza was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Komarno (18-14) played at the court of 8th ranked Prievidza (12-19). Komarno managed to secure a 4-point victory 79-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Prievidza. It looked good early as Prievidza took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Komarno had a 18-15 second period charge getting the lead and Prievidza was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-79. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, agency: Warren Sports International) notched 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Latvian forward Martins Berkis (199-85, agency: Warren Sports International) supported him with 20 points. Four Komarno players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds by international center Gabriel Szalay (215-86) did not help to save the game for Prievidza. American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) added 16 points and 9 assists for the hosts. Komarno maintains third position with 18-14 record having four points less than leader Nitra. Prievidza at the other side keeps the eighth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with B.Bystrica. Komarno will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Prievidza will play at home against the league's second-placed Nova Ves (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Komarno: M.Berkis 20+2reb+1ast, J.Burrows 17+8reb+2ast, K.Johnson 11+11reb, V.Klar 10+4reb+1ast, M.Jurik 8+3reb+2ast, J.Jones 5+8ast
Prievidza: G.Szalay 21+15reb+1ast, C.Hallett 19+6reb, J.Fears 16+1reb+9ast, I.Majoros 6+2reb+2ast, R.Uhlir 6+5reb+2ast, R.Lesko 4+2reb
gschID: 95628


Vahostav-Zilina - Svit 94-70

The game in Zilina supposed to be also quite interesting. 6th ranked Svit (13-18) played at the court of seventh ranked Vahostav-Zilina (14-17). Vahostav-Zilina smashed Svit 94-70 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Svit. The game was mostly controlled by Vahostav-Zilina. Svit managed to win second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vahostav-Zilina dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Svit's 36. The best player for the winners was American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton) who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import guard Adam McCoy (193-86, college: N.Texas) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Eduard Znanec (205-76) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Croatian guard Petar Cosic (186-85, agency: Interperformances) added 22 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Svit's coach Milan Cernicky gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vahostav-Zilina have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser Svit dropped to the seventh position with 18 games lost. Vahostav-Zilina will meet bottom-ranked Inter Bratislava (#10) on the road in the next round. Svit will play against Handlova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vahostav-Zilina: D.Stojanovic 18+4reb, A.McCoy 16+5reb+1ast, J.Carter 15+8reb+5ast, L.Hoferica 10+6reb+3ast, J.Zavodny 9+3reb+6ast, P.Tilandy 9+1reb+1ast
Svit: P.Cosic 22+2reb+5ast, E.Znanec 17+11reb+3ast, M.Micka 12+1reb+2ast, M.Bilik 10+3reb, V.Polakovic 7+2reb+1ast, D.Lenart 2+1reb
gschID: 95626


Nitra - Inter Bratislava 102-65

Extraliga top team - Nitra (23-8) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Inter Bratislava (10-21) 102-65. The game without a history. Nitra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Inter Bratislava's 34. Nitra forced 28 Inter Bratislava turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Inter Bratislava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard J.J. Montgomery (196-82, college: Arkansas St.) scored 30 points and 5 steals (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Four Nitra players scored in double figures. International forward Andrej Kuffa (203-90) responded with 13 points and naturalized Ukrainian power forward Andrej Lukjanec (203-69) scored 9 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. Nitra maintains first position with 23-8 record. Inter Bratislava at the other side stay at the bottom place with 21 games lost. Nitra are looking forward to face Levice (#4) on the road in the next round. Inter Bratislava will play against Vahostav-Zilina (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Nitra: J.Montgomery 30+3reb, R.Grafs 15, R.Moore 15+3reb+3ast, M.Ziak 13+3reb+4ast, P.Bosak 9+3reb, D.Erwin 7+4reb+2ast
Inter Bratislava: A.Kuffa 13+3reb, T.Durana 11+3reb, N.Milosevic 9+1reb+2ast, P.Micuda 9+5reb, A.Lukjanec 9+4reb+1ast, M.Zilik 6+1reb
gschID: 95627


Nova Ves - B.Bystrica 80-64

Very expected game when 9th ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (12-19) was defeated on the road by second ranked Nova Ves (23-9) 80-64 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Nova Ves. SKP Banska Bystrica managed to win third quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nova Ves dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to SKP Banska Bystrica's 34. The best player for the winners was American power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Jefferson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Nova Ves players scored in double figures. International guard Richard Grznar (187-91) produced 7 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and international power forward Peter Dorazil (199-89, college: High School) added 7 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nova Ves maintains second position with 23-9 record having just -1 point less than leader Nitra. Loser SKP Banska Bystrica dropped to the eighth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with Prievidza. Nova Ves will meet Prievidza (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. SKP Banska Bystrica will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: L.Johnson 20+5reb+1ast, S.Baldovsky 13+2reb+1ast, C.Jefferson 13+6reb+6ast, P.Mroz 11+4reb+3ast, M.Batka 9+5reb+2ast, S.Becarik 8
B.Bystrica: V.Hovanak 14+2reb+2ast, M.Rendla 8+2reb+1ast, P.Dorazil 7+11reb+1ast, R.Grznar 7+9reb+7ast, D.Velcic 7+9reb, B.Koczkas 7+1ast
gschID: 95624




Montgomery number one in Slovakia for round 38 - by Eurobasket News
American guard J.J. Montgomery (196-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Nitra, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 38.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, three rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Inter Bratislava (#10, 10-21) with 37-point margin 102-65. It allowed Nitra to consolidate first place in the Slovakian Extraliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nitra has a very solid 23-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Montgomery turned to be Nitra's top player in his first season with the team. J.J. Montgomery averages this season 14.2ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old international center Gabriel Szalay (215-C-86) of Prievidza. Szalay had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Prievidza was edged by the higher-ranked Komarno (#3, 18-14) 79-75. Prievidza 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 12-19 record. Szalay is one of the most experienced players at Prievidza and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Eduard Znanec (205-F/C-76) of Svit (#7). Znanec scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Znanec's great performance Svit lost 70-94 to slightly higher-ranked Vahostav-Zilina (#6, 14-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Svit ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Znanec could help Svit to bring them higher in the standings. Znanec has a very solid season. In 14 games in Slovakia he scored 5.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Carter (193-F-87) of Vahostav-Zilina - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Louis Johnson (203-F/C-86) of Nova Ves - 20 points and 5 rebounds
6. Corey Jefferson (183-G-85) of Nova Ves - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Dejan Stojanovic (206-C-78) of Vahostav-Zilina - 18 points and 4 rebounds
8. Corey Hallett (208-F/C-84) of Prievidza - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Kareem Johnson (205-C-80) of Komarno - 11 points and 11 rebounds
10. Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85) of Komarno - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Zlatorog 13-1 
 2. Helios 10-4 
 3. Geoplin Slovan 10-5 
 4. Polzela 10-5 
 5. Elektra 9-5 
 6. Sentjur 6-8 
 7. Maribor Messer 5-10 
 8. LTHcast Mercator 2-12 
 9. Parklji 0-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. Krka
 2. Union Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Panic, Zlatorog20.7 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur17.4 
 3. Bubnic, Helios17.2 
 4. Thondique, Polzela15.4 
 5. Erzen, Parklji15.3 
 6. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan15.2 
 7. Harmason, Sentjur15.1 
 8. Miljkovic, Elektra14.4 
 9. Nuhanovic, Elektra13.9 
 10. Mali, Helios13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Thondique, Polzela11.1 
 2. Miljkovic, Elektra8.8 
 3. Simovic, Sentjur8.7 
 4. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.3 
 5. Krusic, Geoplin .6.9 
 6. Zolotic, Maribor .6.6 
 7. Dimec, Zlatorog6.1 
 8. Erzen, Parklji6.0 
 9. Paravinja, Parklji5.9 
 10. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Boris JERSIN
  Elektra
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jersin, Elektra5.0 
 2. Vujasinovic, Zlatorog4.8 
 3. Brolih, Maribor .4.3 
 4. Hohler, Sentjur3.9 
 5. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 6. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.5 
 7. Pelko, Zlatorog3.3 
 8. Zagorc, Helios2.9 
 9. Rupnik, Geoplin .2.7 
 10. Zadnik, Geoplin .2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.6 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast .2.0 
 3. Vranjkovic, Helios1.9 
 4. Zagorc, Helios1.8 
 5. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.8 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 7. Zadnik, Geoplin .1.6 
 8. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.5 
 9. Krejic, Parklji1.5 
 10. Hohler, Sentjur1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra2.1 
 2. Dimec, Zlatorog1.4 
 3. Thondique, Polzela1.1 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela0.9 
 5. Bubnic, Helios0.7 
 6. Miljkovic, Elektra0.6 
 7. Mijajlovic, Zlatorog0.6 
 8. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan0.6 
 9. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 10. Pasalic, Helios0.5 


Another big loss for Parklji - by Zeljko Zule
Parklji, who are only winless team in Telemach League, crashed to their another big loss of the season. They went down 58-96 to Geoplin Slovan in the opening game of Round 17. Slovan opened the game with 19 consecutive points and its defense held Parklji scorelss for a 5:43 span. Matej Krusic (211-C-87) scored 24 points with only one missed shot and grabbed 12 rebounds, Jaka Blazic netted 20 points on shooting 9-of-11 from the field, Dejan Cigoja added 12 points and Dalibor Djapa 10. Slovan outrebounded Parklji 42-28, picking up 18 offensive boards. Parklji commited 23 turnovers and were outscored 8-36 in the opening quarter. Dario Krejic finished with 16 point, Jure Erzen had 12 and Jakob Cebasek 10.


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DStv PBL: Royal Hoopers storm Lagos for a double - by Olusegun Ikuesan
2009/2010 finalist of the DStv Premier Basketball League Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt will this weekend be in Lagos for a double games against Islanders basketball club on Sunday and Dodan Warriors basketball club on Monday in an Atlantic conference Week-5 pairings.

Hoopers who in Week-4 rumbled over Chariots basketball club of Lagos by 89-38 points at the Civic Centre, Port Harcourt to take it season record to 3-0 and third on the conference standing behind second and first place sides, Dodan Warriors and Comets basketball clubs.

Three games are on the bill in the league this weekend, in the Atlantic conference bottom placed Chariots basketball club will to the court against Union Bank basketball club in a local derby at the sports hall of the national stadium, Lagos, Savannah conference bottom placed team, Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano will be at home to Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos while Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos host Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi on its new home court the gymnasium of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

On Sunday in Kaduna, Savannah conference leader, Kada Stars basketball club will take the floor against defending champion, Kano Pillars basketball club in what what is tagged, Star Match of the week.

Both sides are yet to taste the bitter pile of defeat in the ongoing season with Kada leading the conference having played a game more than Pillars, Bauchi Nets basketball club will host Niger Potters basketball club of Minna and on Monday in Lagos Atlantic conference leader, Comets basketball club will host Police Baton in a local derby.

Both Monday games in Lagos Dodan Warriors Vs Royal Hoopers and Comets Vs Police Baton will be live on SuperSport-9.



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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Sonic Boom KT 32-14 
 2. Elephants 32-14 
 3. Dongbu Promy 29-17 
 4. KCC Egis 28-18 
 5. Samsung Th. 25-21 
 6. LG Sakers 21-25 
 7. SK Knights 21-25 
 8. Mobis Phoebus 15-31 
 9. Anyang KGC 15-31 
 10. Daegu Orions 12-34 


KBL Round 45: #1 ET Land Elephants are defeated by Samsung Thunders - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked ET Land Elephants (32-14) in Inchon on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Samsung Thunders (25-21) 74-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of ET Land Elephants. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by ET Land Elephants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) stepped up and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American power forward Nigel Dixon (205-80, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 13 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was center Jang-Hoon Seo (207-74) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Samsung Thunders maintains fifth place with 25-21 record. ET Land Elephants at the other side still keep top position with 14 games lost. They share it with Sonic Boom KT. Samsung Thunders are looking forward to face higher ranked KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ET Land Elephants will play at home against Daegu Orions and are hoping to win this game.
The game in Seoul supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Dongbu Promy (29-17) played at the court of 6th ranked SK Knights (21-25). Dongbu Promy smashed SK Knights 96-63. Forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) nailed 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Rod Benson accounted for 5 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Gyasi Cline-Heard (202-79, college: Penn St.) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds for SK Knights 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. Dongbu Promy maintains third place with 29-17 record having just three points less than leader Sonic Boom KT. SK Knights at the other side keep the sixth position with 25 games lost. They share it with LG Sakers. Dongbu Promy will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SK Knights will play again at home against Dongbu Promy (#3) in Wonju and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Ulsan was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked LG Sakers (21-25) played at the court of 8th ranked Mobis Phoebus (15-31). LG Sakers defeated Mobis Phoebus 74-64 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Greg Stevenson who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Kentrell Gransberry who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. LG Sakers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with SK Knights. Mobis Phoebus lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion keep the eighth position with 31 games lost. They share it with Anyang KGC. LG Sakers will meet higher ranked KCC Egis (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mobis Phoebus will play against Daegu Orions (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 45 Sonic Boom KT won against Anyang KGC on the opponent's court 76-64.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 19 rebounds by Charles Rhodes of Sonic Boom KT.



Elephants - Samsung Th. 71-74

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked ET Land Elephants (32-14) in Inchon on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Samsung Thunders (25-21) 74-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of ET Land Elephants. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by ET Land Elephants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) stepped up and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American power forward Nigel Dixon (205-80, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 13 points and 13 rebounds. Four Samsung Thunders players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Jang-Hoon Seo (207-74) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Samsung Thunders maintains fifth place with 25-21 record. ET Land Elephants at the other side still keep top position with 14 games lost. They share it with Sonic Boom KT. Samsung Thunders are looking forward to face higher ranked KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ET Land Elephants will play at home against Daegu Orions and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Elephants: J.Seo 18+11reb+1ast, H.Hill 18+8reb+1ast, J.Stevenson 15+4reb+2ast, K.Shin 6, O.George 4+3reb, Y.Jung 4+2reb+4ast
Samsung Th.: E.Sandrin 20+5reb+4ast, N.Dixon 13+13reb, D.Kim 12+1reb+4ast, A.Haynes 10+5reb+3ast, J.Lee 9+2reb+3ast, J.Cha 5+1reb
gschID: 114263


SK Knights - Dongbu Promy 63-96

The game in Seoul supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Dongbu Promy (29-17) played at the court of 6th ranked SK Knights (21-25). Dongbu Promy smashed SK Knights 96-63. The game was mostly controlled by Dongbu Promy. SK Knights was better in fourth quarter 30-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dongbu Promy dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to SK Knights' 34. Dongbu Promy had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. SK Knights were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) nailed 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) accounted for 5 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Gyasi Cline-Heard (202-79, college: Penn St.) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Min-Soo Kim (200-82) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for SK Knights 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. Dongbu Promy maintains third place with 29-17 record having just three points less than leader Sonic Boom KT. SK Knights at the other side keep the sixth position with 25 games lost. They share it with LG Sakers. Dongbu Promy will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SK Knights will play again at home against Dongbu Promy (#3) in Wonju and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: G.Cline-Heard 15+6reb, M.Kim 14+6reb, S.Shin 9+2reb+2ast, T.Leather 8+5reb, S.Ho 7+1reb+1ast, J.Kim 4+2reb
Dongbu Promy: H.Yoon 16+3reb+2ast, J.Wook Ahn 13+2reb+3ast, V.Thomas 10+6reb+1ast, B.Kim 9+1reb+3ast, K.Jin 9+1reb+1ast, J.Kim 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 114264


Mobis Phoebus - LG Sakers 64-74

The game in Ulsan was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked LG Sakers (21-25) played at the court of 8th ranked Mobis Phoebus (15-31). LG Sakers defeated Mobis Phoebus 74-64 on Friday. The game without a history. LG Sakers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. LG Sakers outrebounded Mobis Phoebus 40-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. American center Chris Alexander (216-80, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds. Four LG Sakers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: LSU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) added 17 points and 4 steals respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. LG Sakers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with SK Knights. Mobis Phoebus lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion keep the eighth position with 31 games lost. They share it with Anyang KGC. LG Sakers will meet higher ranked KCC Egis (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mobis Phoebus will play against Daegu Orions (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: D.Yang 17+2reb+3ast, K.No 16+3reb, K.Gransberry 13+13reb+1ast, L.Ekperigin 6+5reb+1ast, J.Park 6+1reb+2ast, C.Song 2+3reb+5ast
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 22+13reb, S.Ki 14+1reb, C.Alexander 14+18reb+1ast, H.Byun 12+3reb+5ast, Y.Kim 6+2reb, S.Cho 3+1reb
gschID: 114265


Anyang KGC - Sonic Boom KT 64-76

Very expected game when 9th ranked Anyang KGC (15-31) was defeated at home by second ranked Sonic Boom KT (32-14) 76-64 on Friday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-64. Sonic Boom KT dominated on the defensive end, holding Anyang KGC to just 7 points in second quarter. They made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds. Forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) chipped in 16 points. Four Sonic Boom KT players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jung-Hyun Lee (189) who recorded 14 points and 4 steals and international guard Chan-Hee Park (191-87) added 8 points and 7 assists respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Sonic Boom KT keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Elephants. Loser Anyang KGC dropped to the eighth place with 31 games lost. They share the position with Mobis Phoebus. Sonic Boom KT will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Anyang KGC will play again against the league's leader Sonic Boom KT (#1) in Busan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: S.Kim 15+1ast, J.Lee 14+3reb+1ast, S.Park 12+2reb, C.Park 8+3reb+7ast, J.Varem 6+8reb+1ast, M.Kim 5+3reb+1ast
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 23+19reb+3ast, S.Park 16+2reb+2ast, M.Pyo 12+2reb+3ast, S.Cho 10+3ast, Y.Song 6+7reb+1ast, D.Cho 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 114266




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LEB Gold Round 25: No surprise as #1 CB Murcia defeats UB La Palma - by Eurobasket News
LEB Gold top team - CB Murcia (22-3) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat eleventh ranked UB La Palma (11-14) 83-79. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-79. Power forward Roberto Morentin (206-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (211-88) chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the losing side Colombian power forward Juan Palacios (204-85) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. CB Murcia have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-3 record. UB La Palma at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. CB Murcia are looking forward to face Lleida Basquet (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UB La Palma will play against Baloncesto Leon and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Melilla. Tenth ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra (12-13) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Melilla Baloncesto (13-12) 76-74 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Melilla Baloncesto. Guard Inaki Narros (194-81) nailed 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Jason Blair accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. American-Austrian guard Jason Detrick (198-80, college: Oklahoma) came up with 23 points for Melilla Baloncesto in the defeat. Grupo Iruna Navarra moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Lleida. Melilla Baloncesto at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Girona and La Laguna. Grupo Iruna Navarra will play against Fundacion Adepal (#16) in Alcazar in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Melilla Baloncesto will play on the road against CB Tarragona 2017 (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Lleida where higher ranked Lleida Basquet (12-13) was upset on its own court by thirteenth ranked Clinicas Rincon (10-15) 60-56 on Friday. Jhornan Zamora fired 18 points for the winners. Clinicas Rincon's coach Francisco Alonso used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Mildon Ambres produced 21 points for lost side. Clinicas Rincon moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Breogan. Loser Lleida Basquet keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Navarra. Clinicas Rincon will meet at home higher ranked Ford Burgos (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lleida Basquet will play against the league's leader CB Murcia (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
An interesting game took place in Tarragona where higher ranked Baloncesto Leon (15-10) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (9-16) 90-79. Worth to mention a great performance of Roger Fornas who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CB Tarragona 2017 moved-up to fourteenth place. Baloncesto Leon lost their fifth game in a row. Baloncesto Leon at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. CB Tarragona 2017's next round opponent will be higher ranked Melilla Baloncesto (#8) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Baloncesto Leon will play against UB La Palma.
Eighth ranked Girona FC (13-12) crushed at home 18th ranked Ourense (5-20) by 34 points 92-58, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Levi Rost stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Girona FC moved-up to sixth place, which they share with La Laguna and Melilla. Loser Ourense stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Girona FC will face Palencia Baloncesto (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ourense will play against the league's second-placed Obradoiro CAB in Santoago de Comp.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 25: Breogan lost to Obradoiro on the opponent's court 67-80. Burgos outscored Palencia in a home game 81-62. Alcazar was rolled over Caceres on the road 50-72. Huesca was defeated by La Laguna on its own court 85-101.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists by Jesus Chagoyen of La Laguna.



Lleida - Clinicas Rincon 56-60

An interesting game took place in Lleida where higher ranked Lleida Basquet (12-13) was upset on its own court by thirteenth ranked Clinicas Rincon (10-15) 60-56 on Friday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 60-56. Venezuelan swingman Jhornan Zamora (193-89) fired 18 points for the winners. Power forward Miguel Lorenzo (205-91) chipped in 13 points. Clinicas Rincon's coach Francisco Alonso used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Mildon Ambres (198-84, college: S.Nazarene, agency: Impact Basketball) produced 21 points and the other American import center Dwayne Curtis (203-85, college: Mississippi, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 14 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) respectively for lost side. Clinicas Rincon moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Breogan. Loser Lleida Basquet keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Navarra. Clinicas Rincon will meet at home higher ranked Ford Burgos (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lleida Basquet will play against the league's leader CB Murcia (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Lleida: M.Ambres 21+4reb+2ast, D.Curtis 14+11reb+1ast, M.Rubio 8+2reb+3ast, A.Moncasi 5+3reb, J.Maria Guzman 4+2reb+1ast, O.Garcia 2+5reb
Clinicas Rincon: J.Zamora 18+3reb+2ast, M.Lorenzo 13+2reb+1ast, A.Garcia 8+3reb, A.Abrines 6+3reb+3ast, R.Freire 5+2reb+4ast, C.Cobos 3+3reb
gschID: 92791


La Palma - CB Murcia 79-83

LEB Gold top team - CB Murcia (22-3) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat eleventh ranked UB La Palma (11-14) 83-79. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-79. Power forward Roberto Morentin (206-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (211-88) chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five CB Murcia players scored in double figures. At the losing side Colombian power forward Juan Palacios (204-85) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) scored 9 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. CB Murcia have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-3 record. UB La Palma at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. CB Murcia are looking forward to face Lleida Basquet (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UB La Palma will play against Baloncesto Leon and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
La Palma: J.Palacios 22+9reb+1ast, D.Rodriguez 11+1ast, R.Martinez 9+4reb+2ast, C.Odiakosa 9+13reb+1ast, S.Arrocha 8+1reb, J.Bonhome 7+1reb+1ast
CB Murcia: V.Faverani 18+3reb, R.Morentin 16+5reb+1ast, P.Rivero 15+1ast, M.Umeh 14+3reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Jasen 11+2reb+1ast, P.Robles 4+2reb
gschID: 92792


CB Tarragona - Leon 90-79

An interesting game took place in Tarragona where higher ranked Baloncesto Leon (15-10) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (9-16) 90-79. The game was mostly controlled by CB Tarragona 2017. Baloncesto Leon was better in third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CB Tarragona 2017 forced 24 Baloncesto Leon turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Roger Fornas (202-82) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American forward Alexander Franklin (196-88, college: Siena) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Impact Basketball) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Julio Alberto Gonzalez (196-81) added 13 points and 5 assists in the effort for Baloncesto Leon. Four Baloncesto Leon players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CB Tarragona 2017 moved-up to fourteenth place. Baloncesto Leon lost their fifth game in a row. Baloncesto Leon at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. CB Tarragona 2017's next round opponent will be higher ranked Melilla Baloncesto (#8) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Baloncesto Leon will play against UB La Palma.
Top scorers:
Leon: K.Seawright 19+7reb+2ast, J.Garcia 16+3reb+2ast, J.Alberto Gonzalez 13+4reb+5ast, J.Calvo 11+3reb+1ast, E.Quezada 8+1reb+1ast, A.Fontet 6+5reb
CB Tarragona: R.Fornas 23+7reb+2ast, R.Schraeder 17+1reb+2ast, A.Franklin 16+3reb+4ast, T.Oglesby 8, J.Aguilar 8+1reb+7ast, M.Diouf 6+4reb
gschID: 92793


Obradoiro - Breogan 80-67

Very expected game in Santoago de Comp where 12th ranked Leche Rio Breogan (10-15) was defeated by second ranked Obradoiro CAB (21-4) 80-67 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 30-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Obradoiro CAB shot 64.0 percent from the field. Obradoiro CAB outrebounded Leche Rio Breogan 23-12. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Leche Rio Breogan's players. Puerto Rican Andres Rodriguez (182-81, college: American) stepped up and scored 4 points and 11 assists for the winners and Argentinian-Italian guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) chipped in 17 points. Obradoiro CAB's coach Moncho Fernandez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: ZAG Advocates) responded with 15 points and the other American import forward Eric Hicks (198-83, college: Cincinnati) scored 11 points. Obradoiro CAB maintains second place with 21-4 record behind leader CB Murcia. Loser Leche Rio Breogan keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Obradoiro CAB will face bottom-ranked Ourense (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Leche Rio Breogan will play against Lobe Huesca (#17).
Top scorers:
Breogan: W.Brown 15+4reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 12+2reb, E.Hicks 11+4reb+2ast, M.Mokongo 7+2ast, J.Gomes 7+1reb+2ast, X.Forcada 6
Obradoiro: J.Bulfoni 17, O.Junyent 10+3reb+2ast, D.Washington 10+4reb+2ast, B.Hopkins 9+3reb+1ast, L.Kendall 9+4reb+2ast, M.Ruffin 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 92788


Girona - Ourense 92-58

Eighth ranked Girona FC (13-12) crushed at home 18th ranked Ourense (5-20) by 34 points 92-58, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Girona FC. Ourense was better in second period 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Girona FC forced 20 Ourense turnovers. American forward Levi Rost (201-83, college: W.Michigan) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Ignacio Ordin (183-78) chipped in 17 points. Five Girona FC players scored in double figures. At the losing side Ivorian-American forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence) responded with 9 points and 12 rebounds and American-British Rod Brown (186-78, college: W.Michigan) scored 12 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. Girona FC moved-up to sixth place, which they share with La Laguna and Melilla. Loser Ourense stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Girona FC will face Palencia Baloncesto (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ourense will play against the league's second-placed Obradoiro CAB in Santoago de Comp.
Top scorers:
Ourense: R.Brown 12+2reb+3ast, J.Kale 9+12reb, D.Fergerson 9+4reb+1ast, J.Salvador Arco 8+1reb+1ast, F.Cardenas 6+2ast, O.Starosta 5+6reb
Girona: L.Rost 19+5reb, I.Ordin 17+4reb+2ast, M.Kedzo 16+3reb, S.Pino 13+4reb+2ast, J.Ortega 12+4reb+2ast, M.Pujols 3+2reb
gschID: 92789


Burgos - Palencia 81-62

Very predictable result when third ranked Ford Burgos (20-5) smashed at home 14th ranked Palencia Baloncesto (8-17) 81-62 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-62. Ford Burgos dominated on the defensive end, holding Palencia Baloncesto to just 2 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Palencia Baloncesto 38-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. Guard Albano Martinez (191-79) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and American power forward Jerome Tillman (198-87, college: Ohio) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Ford Burgos players scored in double figures. At the losing side Enrique Garrido (178-82) responded with 17 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Finnish swingman Samuel Haanpaa (203-86) scored 11 points. Palencia Baloncesto's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Ford Burgos. Ford Burgos maintains third place with 20-5 record having just two points less than leader CB Murcia. Loser Palencia Baloncesto dropped to the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Ford Burgos will face Clinicas Rincon (#13) in Malaga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Palencia Baloncesto will play at home against Girona FC.
Top scorers:
Palencia: E.Garrido 17+1reb+4ast, S.Haanpaa 11+4reb+1ast, A.Navajas 9+2reb, C.Bravo 7+2reb+3ast, T.Frost 4+1reb+1ast, A.Moss 4+8reb
Burgos: A.Martinez 18+4reb+2ast, J.Tillman 15+7reb+1ast, M.Downs 13+5reb+3ast, P.Lorant 10+8reb+3ast, R.Mena 8+2reb+1ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 92790


Melilla - Navarra 74-76

Important game to mention about took place in Melilla. Tenth ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra (12-13) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Melilla Baloncesto (13-12) 76-74 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Melilla Baloncesto. Melilla Baloncesto cut a 13-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Grupo Iruna Navarra dominated on the defensive end, holding Melilla Baloncesto to just 4 points in first quarter. Guard Inaki Narros (194-81) nailed 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and American-Swedish power forward Jason Blair (201-79, college: San Diego) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Grupo Iruna Navarra players scored in double figures. American-Austrian guard Jason Detrick (198-80, college: Oklahoma) came up with 23 points and American center Jeff Foote (213-88, college: Cornell) added 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively for Melilla Baloncesto in the defeat. Grupo Iruna Navarra moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Lleida. Melilla Baloncesto at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Girona and La Laguna. Grupo Iruna Navarra will play against Fundacion Adepal (#16) in Alcazar in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Melilla Baloncesto will play on the road against CB Tarragona 2017 (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Melilla: J.Detrick 23+2reb+2ast, J.Foote 15+10reb+2ast, D.Pakamanis 12+3reb+3ast, O.Yebra 8+3reb, M.Montanana 8+6reb+2ast, J.Jimenez 5+7reb+7ast
Navarra: R.Bas 17+1reb+1ast, J.Blair 14+5reb+3ast, I.Narros 13+8reb+4ast, A.Garcia 10+3reb+1ast, T.Lopez 8+3reb, J.Gonzalez 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 92785


Caceres - Alcazar 72-50

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Fundacion Adepal (8-17) was rolled over on the road by fourth ranked Caceres 2016 (16-9) 72-50 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Caceres 2016. Fundacion Adepal was better in fourth quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caceres 2016 made 7 blocks. American-Cape Verdean guard Jeffrey Xavier (185-85, college: Providence) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and the former international forward Francisco Sanchez (201-79) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side power forward Devin Wright (203-86) responded with 19 points and forward Eloy Almazan (198-84) scored 11 points. 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. Caceres 2016 maintains fourth place with 16-9 record. Newly promoted Fundacion Adepal keeps the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Caceres 2016 will face La Laguna (#7) on the road in the next round. Fundacion Adepal will play against Grupo Iruna Navarra (#10) in Pamplona.
Top scorers:
Alcazar: D.Wright 19+3reb, E.Almazan 11+4reb, D.Virgil 7+4reb+2ast, J.Balmon 5+4reb, I.Guigou 4+3reb, J.Alonso 2+2ast
Caceres: J.Xavier 16+3reb+2ast, F.Sanchez 15+4reb+1ast, R.Humphrey 13+5reb+1ast, J.Angel Antelo 8+5reb, C.Cherry 7+3reb+2ast, J.McCoy 4+4reb
gschID: 92786


Huesca - La Laguna 85-101

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked La Laguna (13-12) beat on the road 17th ranked Lobe Huesca (7-18) 101-85 on Friday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 16 points. La Laguna shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. The former international power forward Ricardo Guillen (205-76) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Jesus Chagoyen (202-78) chipped in 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-88) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American power forward Stevie Johnson (198-78, college: Iowa St.) scored 19 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. La Laguna moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Girona and Melilla. Newly promoted Lobe Huesca keeps the seventeenth position with 18 games lost. La Laguna will face higher ranked Caceres 2016 (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lobe Huesca will play against Leche Rio Breogan (#12) in Lugo.
Top scorers:
Huesca: S.Johnson 19+4reb+2ast, A.Zengotitabengoa 19+5reb+2ast, J.Bonds 18+2reb+2ast, O.Herrero 15+5reb+2ast, G.Yango 10+4reb+2ast, S.Llorente 2+1reb
La Laguna: R.Guillen 28+10reb+2ast, J.Chagoyen 23+9reb+5ast, I.Yanez 11+2reb+1ast, A.Sabat 10+3reb+5ast, N.Richotti 10+2reb+2ast, J.Heras 10+1reb+1ast
gschID: 92787




Melilla inks Zach Moss - by Eurobasket News
Melilla Baloncesto came up with the new signing. The Spanish LEB Gold outfit landed Zach Moss (201-F-81, college: Mountain St.) for rest of the season. The American forward recently left Orleans where he had 6.8 ppg and 3.9 rpg for 13 ProA games.
Zach Moss was a member of Vichy from 2006 until the last summer. He was one of their best players last season averaging 13.2 points and 5.5 rebounds for 28 games. He led Vichy to French Cup Semifinals. In 2008, Moss was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention. He had 13.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg that season. In 2007, Moss helped Vichy to win the ProB championship and of course the promotion to ProA. In the past, Moss also was a member of Chalons, Maccabi Givan Shmuel and Antibes.


Fotis Lambropoulos signs with La Laguna - by Eurobasket News
Fotis Lambropoulos (206-F-83) is back to Spain. The 27-year-old player signed a deal for rest of the season with La Laguna Socas Canarias. He already has nice experience from LEB Gold.
Fotis Lambropoulos started this season in Greece as a member of Iraklis Thessaloniki. He appeared 18 times in A1 averaging 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds. He spent season 2009/10 also with Iraklis helping them to win the promotion from A2 to A1. Lambropoulos had 12 ppg and 5 rpg for 50 games in Greek second division. Two years ago he was a member of AEL 1964 Larissa. As mentioned above, Lambropoulos already has experience from Spain. He played for Gran Canaria and Tarragona on season 2005/06 and next two years he spent with C.B. L'Hospitalet. In 2007/08, Lambropoulos played for Tenerife averaging 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 39 LEB Gold games.


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. CB Murcia 22-3 
 2. Obradoiro 21-4 
 3. Burgos 20-5 
 4. Caceres 16-9 
 5. Leon 15-10 
 6. Girona 13-12 
 7. La Laguna 13-12 
 8. Melilla 13-12 
 9. Lleida 12-13 
 10. Navarra 12-13 
 11. La Palma 11-14 
 12. Breogan 10-15 
 13. Clinicas Rincon 10-15 
 14. CB Tarragona 9-16 
 15. Palencia 8-17 
 16. Alcazar 8-17 
 17. Huesca 7-18 
 18. Ourense 5-20 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Clavijo 17-3 
 2. Mallorca 16-4 
 3. Andorra 16-5 
 4. Promobys 13-7 
 5. Plasencia 13-8 
 6. ADT Tarragona 10-9 
 7. Prat Juventud 10-10 
 8. Oviedo Feve 9-12 
 9. Regal FC II 8-12 
 10. Avila 7-12 
 11. Illescas 7-13 
 12. Coruna 7-14 
 13. Santurtzi 7-14 
 14. Guadalajara 6-14 
 15. Lan Mobel ISB 6-15 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Witt, Clavijo16.6 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia16.4 
 3. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.15.6 
 4. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.9 
 5. Justo, Avila14.8 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca14.8 
 7. O''Leary, Oviedo F.14.7 
 8. Ramsdell, Avila14.6 
 9. Bratton, Lan M.14.6 
 10. Garcia, Illescas14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.3 
 3. Chubrevich, Illescas8.5 
 4. Keefe, Promobys8.0 
 5. Mesa, Clavijo7.7 
 6. De Santana, Clavijo7.7 
 7. Larry, Regal F.7.7 
 8. Mortellaro, Lan M.7.6 
 9. Ramsdell, Avila7.3 
 10. Howard, Andorra7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Witt, Clavijo5.7 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 3. Lopez, Coruna4.7 
 4. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.6 
 5. Marco, ADT T.4.2 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca4.0 
 7. Rufian, Promobys3.6 
 8. Zamora, Andorra3.3 
 9. Suarez, Oviedo Feve3.3 
 10. Bavosi, Promobys3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kim ADAMS
  Coruna
  (203-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Adams, Coruna2.1 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia2.1 
 3. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 4. Martinez, Plasencia1.9 
 5. Guirao, ADT T.1.8 
 6. Ramsey, Promobys1.7 
 7. Witt, Clavijo1.6 
 8. Pampin, Mallorca1.6 
 9. Rueda, Plasencia1.6 
 10. Creus, Regal F.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.3 
 4. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 5. Conde, Avila1.2 
 6. De Santana, Clavijo1.1 
 7. Cage, ADT Tarragona1.1 
 8. Adams, Coruna1.0 
 9. Marti, Prat J.0.9 
 10. Johnson, Andorra0.9 


Omar Cook ties Top 16 assists record - by Eurobasket News
Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) tied the Euroleague Basketball Top 16 assists record on Thursday as Power Electronics Valencia grabbed a pivotal 74-80 road win against Zalgiris. Cook dished 12 assists to lead Valencia to victory, tying the record shared by two other players. Previously Vrbica Stefanov of Ulker and Theo Papaloukas of CSKA Moscow dished 12 assists in Top 16 games. Stefanov accomplished the feat in an 84-80 home win against Climamio Bologna on March 16, 2006. Papaloukas did so against Lottomatica in Rome, Italy on March 5, 2008. Cook is the all-time Euroleague leader in assists per game at 5.32 with 250 career assists in 47 career games.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Guillen, La Laguna19.1 
 2. Palacios, La Palma18.0 
 3. Detrick, Melilla16.5 
 4. Mohammed, Lleida16.5 
 5. Seawright, Leon15.9 
 6. Feldeine, Breogan15.1 
 7. Navarro, Girona14.9 
 8. Faverani, CB Mu.14.8 
 9. Franklin, CB Tarra.14.8 
 10. Narros, Navarra14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kiril WACHSMANN
  Alcazar
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Wachsmann, Alcazar9.2 
 2. Curtis, Lleida9.0 
 3. Sinanovic, Clinic.8.0 
 4. Lima, Clinicas Rincon7.5 
 5. Humphrey, Caceres7.5 
 6. Frost, Palencia7.3 
 7. Guillen, La Laguna7.3 
 8. Kale, Ourense7.3 
 9. Arteaga, Breogan7.3 
 10. Seawright, Leon7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.6 
 2. Sabat, La Laguna4.2 
 3. Rodriguez, Obrad.4.0 
 4. Bernabe, Leon3.8 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.7 
 6. Rivero, CB Murcia3.3 
 7. Garrido, Palencia3.3 
 8. Cherry, Caceres3.3 
 9. Frutos, Alcazar3.1 
 10. Quezada, Leon3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.5 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.8 
 3. Palacios, La Palma1.5 
 4. Castro, Burgos1.5 
 5. Quezada, Leon1.5 
 6. Xavier, Caceres1.5 
 7. Rost, Girona1.4 
 8. Johnson, Huesca1.4 
 9. Franklin, CB Tarra.1.4 
 10. Calvo, Leon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff FOOTE
  Melilla
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Foote, Melilla2.2 
 2. Humphrey, Caceres1.8 
 3. Fontet, Leon1.5 
 4. Joseph, Navarra1.4 
 5. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.2 
 6. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.2 
 7. Faverani, CB Mu.1.1 
 8. McCoy, Caceres0.9 
 9. Arteaga, Breogan0.9 
 10. Ward, Alcazar0.8 


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 25-5 
 2. LF Basket 22-9 
 3. Norrkoping 19-8 
 4. Sodertalje 19-11 
 5. Uppsala 14-15 
 6. Solna 14-16 
 7. Boras 11-19 
 8. Jamtland 11-19 
 9. 08 8-21 
 10. Eco Orebro 5-25 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Brown, 0821.7 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall20.0 
 4. Smith, Sodertalje20.0 
 5. Smith, Uppsala19.6 
 6. McCoy, Boras19.1 
 7. Palm, Boras18.7 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall18.7 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna18.3 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.5 
 2. Palm, Boras9.4 
 3. McKnight, Boras9.1 
 4. Brown, 088.8 
 5. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping8.0 
 7. Constantine, Solna8.0 
 8. Walker, Solna7.4 
 9. Cipriano, Eco O.7.1 
 10. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.5 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.6 
 3. Beck, 085.0 
 4. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.8 
 5. Smith, Uppsala4.6 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.5 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.4 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland4.4 
 9. Chuk, Sodertalje4.1 
 10. Smith, Sodertalje4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.6 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.3 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall2.0 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland1.9 
 5. McCoy, Boras1.9 
 6. Smith, Uppsala1.9 
 7. Hargrove, Jamtland1.7 
 8. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.7 
 9. Brown, 081.7 
 10. Eriksson, Uppsala1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.0 
 2. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.9 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.6 
 5. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 6. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 7. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 8. Cipriano, Eco O.1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Brown, 080.8 


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  SWITZERLAND   


BC Solothurn sign Joseph Powell, Felix Ohnmacht left Renens Basket - by Luca Maffioli
BC Solothurn (Swiss 1LN) land Joseph Powell (178-G-85, college: William Penn) for rest of the season. The American playmaker started this season with Battle Creek Knights in IBL. Powell played two years at North Idaho College but he graduated at William Penn (NAIA) in 2008. Felix Ohnmacht (196-F) and Renens Basket parted ways. The German forward left the club due to job reasons and he averaged 11.3 points in 4 games.

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  SYRIA   


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Jalaa 17-0 
 2. Jeish 15-2 
 3. Wathba 13-4 
 4. Kasyoun 10-7 
 5. Karameh 10-7 
 6. Wehda 10-7 
 7. Ittihad 9-8 
 8. Yarmouk 6-11 
 9. Hurriya 6-11 
 10. Talee'a 4-13 
 11. Meharda 1-16 
 12. Nawaeer 1-16 


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  TURKEY   


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


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzonspor
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzons.21.7 
 2. Smith, Karsiyaka18.7 
 3. Scales, Mersin18.2 
 4. Mays, Oyak Renault18.1 
 5. Seibutis, Olin Edirne18.1 
 6. Gibson, Oyak R.18.1 
 7. Randle, Aliaga17.5 
 8. Smith, Bornova17.2 
 9. Barbour, Erdemir16.9 
 10. Holston, Karsiyaka16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Erdemir
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Thomas, Erdemir11.2 
 2. Yucel, Mersin11.2 
 3. Mays, Oyak Renault10.2 
 4. Samardjiski, Olin E.10.0 
 5. Kambala, Aliaga9.2 
 6. Aldemir, Karsiyaka9.1 
 7. Wesson, Turk T.8.7 
 8. Smith, Bornova8.5 
 9. Smith, Karsiyaka8.3 
 10. Ruzic, Tofas8.1 
Assists Per Game
 David HOLSTON
  Karsiyaka
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Holston, Karsiyaka5.8 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas5.4 
 3. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.2 
 4. Ermis, Banvit4.8 
 5. Rowe, Tofas4.7 
 6. Iverson, Besiktas4.7 
 7. Acik, Galatasaray4.6 
 8. Seibutis, Olin Edirne4.5 
 9. Smith, Bornova4.3 
 10. Akin, Olin Edirne4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Austin T.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Coleman, Aliaga3.1 
 2. Mays, Oyak Renault2.5 
 3. Holston, Karsiyaka2.5 
 4. Waller, Oyak Renault2.2 
 5. Gibson, Oyak R.2.0 
 6. Prince, Antalya1.9 
 7. Rowe, Tofas1.9 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas1.8 
 9. Grier, Mersin1.8 
 10. Guler, Antalya1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Predrag SAMARDJISKI
  Olin Edirne
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Samardjiski, Olin E.2.0 
 2. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 3. Simpsons, Turk T.1.5 
 4. Likholitov, Besiktas1.4 
 5. Johnson, Erdemir1.3 
 6. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 7. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.2 
 8. Mays, Oyak Renault1.1 
 9. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.1 
 10. Jagla, Turk T.1.0 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


James Named NEWMAC Player of the Week - by David Edole
NEW LONDON, CONN.-- (2/21/11)--Senior Jevon James (196-F) had a huge second half as the Bears rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Wheaton on Saturday earning him New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.

James registered his seventh double-double of the season as Coast Guard erased a 45-30 first half deficit an overcame an 11 point halftime margin to beat Wheaton 68-65 and clinch the fifth and final NEWMAC tournament berth in the Bears only game of the week.

He finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, with 11 points and nine boards in the second half. He was 5 for 9 from the floor and a perfect 5 for 5 from the foul line. He also led the team with two blocks and two steals.

James, who is averaging 11.7 points per game, leads the team with 8.3 rebounds per game and 48 blocks this season.

The Bears will play at fourth-seeded Babson on Wednesday night in the first round of the NEWMAC tournament. The teams split during the regular season with Coast Guard winning 62-54 at Babson before the Beavers returned the favor with a 69-62 win in New London.



James had a big games - by David Edole
BABSON PARK, MASS.-- (2/23/11)--Senior Jevon James (196-F) led all scorers with 20 points to go with a team-high eight rebounds off the bench and the fifth-seeded Bears overcame a 14-point first half deficit and beat fourth-seeded Babson 62-53 in the first round of the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament.

The Bears improve to 11-13 overall and will take on top-seed and host WPI on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the semifinals.

Coast Guard used that 15-4 spurt to start the second half turning a six-point deficit at the break into a 42-37 lead with 12:36 left. The Bears took their first lead of the game 36-35 on a 3-pointer by sophomore Greg Marshall with 14:25 left and the run was capped on a pair of free throws by sophomore Jimmy Knudsen.

Babson senior Matt Zoia hit a 3-pointer with 4:03 left to pull the Beavers to within two at 54-52, but James bucket with 1:25 left pushed the lead to 56-52 and the Bears made all six free throws in the final 30 seconds, four by freshman Kevin Sowers and two by James to hold on for the win.

Babson tied the game 44-44 on a 3-pointer by sophomore Alex Rudolph with 10:34 left before the Bears ran off six straight for a 50-44 lead with 9:24 following a pair of free throws by freshman Kevin Sowers, who finished with 15 points and six rebounds.

Babson got off to a quick start in the opening minute as junior Kris Noonan scored the first six points of the game for a 6-0 lead with 17:53 left. Babson scored the first eight points of the game and led 10-2 with 13:19 left.

Coast Guard made just one of its first eight field goal attempts and turned the ball over six times in the opening seven minutes.

Sophomore Ed Gailor scored five straight points as Coast Guard pulled to within 13-9 with 11:18 left.

The Beavers responded with nine straight to start a 12-2 run and take their largest lead of the game at 25-11 following a 3-pointer by Zoia with 7:45 left in the opening half.

Coast Guard would answer with a 14-3 spurt capped on a 3-pointer by freshman Devonte Weems to cut the deficit to 28-25 with 3:33 remaining. James had six points during the run for the Bears.

Zoia hit his third 3-pointer of the opening half with 1:27 left to close the first half scoring and give the Beavers a 33-27 lead at the break.

Coast Guard shot 38 percent from the floor (19-50) while hitting 3 of 9 from 3-point range while Babson was 34.9 percent from the field (22-63) and made five of 16 from behind the arc.

James moved into eighth place on the Bears' all-time rebounding list with 674 rebounds passing Dave Willhite ('75), who had 673 career boards.




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  UBA   


Titanes de Miramar (Dominican Republic) sign Webb. - by UBA media

David Walls Reports:
Feb. 25, 2011

Titanes de Miramar added to their roster 26-year old American guard Antonio Webb (5'10''-G-84, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: Bethune-Cookman). Webb was selected by the Tennessee Dragons in the 2010 UBA Draft (2nd round, trade) and was currently selected to the UBA all-star game. Webb is averaging an impressive 19.3ppg, 5.5apg and 1.5 steals in 18 games. Antonio Webb is one of the top guards in the UBA and was ranked in the top 10 of MVP voting.

Webb's best performance came January 9th versus the GIE Morrow Disciples. He tailed 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Webb was also named UBA Finals MVP last season helping the Disciples clinch there 2nd Championship. He has played all over the world (France, Romania, Czech Rep., Denmark) and is expected to play at a high level for the Titanes de Miramar.


How many Overseas players has the UBA produced? - by Griselle Martis

It's not our job to say who is the best professional basketball league under the NBA and NBDL, but we can state the facts.

The Universal Basketball Association is in it's second season but has already sent over 30 players overseas due to the continues work of the front office. We have to ask our selves what's the purpose of US Minor Leagues. The answer for the UBA is simple. 'Our job is to get players prepare for the next level', said Disciples coach Michael Davis . We work very hard to promote our guys and send them overseas. I think we have proven ourselves with the success of our players in the international market.

Below is a list of all players that have moved on from the UBA......................................

2009-2010:

1. Jermaine Barnes: UBA Team: GIE Morrow Disciples: (Saudi Arabia)
2. Jerome Boyd: UBA Team: GIE Morrow Disciples: (Uruguay)
3. Jamil Terell: UBA Team: GIE Morrow Disciples: (Turkey)
4. Anthony Oxley: UBA Team: Austin Knights: (England)
5. Kitus Witherspoon: UBA Team: San Antonio Stars: (Uruguay)
6. Nedu Onyeuku: UBA Team: Atlanta Assault: (Libra)
7. Lorenzo Davis: UBA Team: San Antonio Stars: (NBDL)
8. Gerard Devaughn: UBA Team: Southern Generals: (Paraguay)
9. Chad Eichelberger: UBA Team: Austin Knights: (Romania)
10. Thomas Shewmake: UBA Team: GIE Morrow Disciples: (Romania)
11. Terrence Woodyard: UBA Team: GIE Morrow Disciples: (Japan)
12. Trevon Bryant: UBA Team: GIE Morrow Disciples: (Bulgaria)
13. Rashad Chase: UBA Team: GIE Morrow Disciples: (Turkey)
14. Mychal Kearse: UBA Team: GIE Morrow Disciples: (Lebanon)
15. Joseph Works: UBA Team: San Antonio Stars: (Uruguay)
16. Carlos White: UBA Team: Southern Generals: (Dominican Rep.)
17. Tyler Hughes: UBA Team: Team Japan: (NBDL)
18. Luis Martinez: UBA Team: Austin Knights: (Dominican Rep.)
19. Ben Logan: UBA Team: Austin Knights: (Denmark)
20. Kevin Green: UBA Team: Austin Knights: (China)

2010-2011:

1. Jermaine Barnes: UBA Team: GIE Morrow Disciples: (Mexico)
2. Michael Sloan: UBA Team: Southern Generals: (Venezuela)
3. Rasheem Barrett: UBA Team: Southern Generals: (Mexico)
4. Dailey Jermaine: UBA Team: GIE Morrow Disciples: (Taiwan)
5. Garrison Johnson: UBA Team: Southern Generals: (Portugal)
6. Sam Liggins: UBA Team: Southeast Hoopstars: (Kosovo)
7. Sylvester Morgan: UBA Team: GIE Morrow Disciples: (Mexico)
8. Dominique Holmes: UBA Team: Atlanta Assault: (Japan)
9. Raymond Canady Jr.: UBA Team: Tennessee Dragons: (Israel)
10. Richard Jeter: UBA Team: Tennessee Dragons: (Ukraine)
11. Tyler Hughes: UBA Team: Southern Generals: (Qatar)
12. Antonio Webb: UBA Team: Tennessee Dragons: (Dominican Rep.)




Jermaine Barnes vs. Rasheem Barrett: Superstars go head-to-head - by UBA media

David Walls Reports:
February 25, 2011

The battle of superstars takes place Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

The last time these two teams squared off, Barrett and Barnes put on a hell of show, combining for 50 points. The Disciples came away victorious 89-85.

What Disciples team will show up Saturday? Hopefully its not the one who was tortured in their 16 point loss against the Tennessee Dragons in January.

Typically the Disciples comes to play against the UBAs best and look for Barnes to explode Saturday. He has been an afterthought in regards to the leagues best player this month and he wants to prove hes right on Rasheem's level. 'I respect Rasheem and the Generals but I'm the MVP and we are the champs', said Barnes. I look forward to it. I love playing Rasheem, De La Cruz and John White. They all take pride in winning and I respect that.

Sure, there's not much at stake when Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian) (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian) takes the floor opposite his friend and rival Rasheem Barrett (6'5''-G-87, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Auburn) at Saturday's showdown between two UBA powers, but it is a perfect opportunity to compare the two most dominant players in the game.

Barnes has long been regarded the best player in the UBA and is certainly its most decorated. But it's hard not to stir up controversy about the two players.

Here's what's crystal clear. The winner of this game and the best player in the game are one in the same. The Disciples and Generals are by far the top teams in the UBA; not to mention Barrett and Barnes both are averaging 26.6ppg. One thing is for sure, the best will be crowned Saturday afternoon.

Key Matchups:

Barnes vs. Shawn Morgan (6'6''-F, college: Arkansas St.), Warren Beaulah (6'5''-G-84, college: Brewton Parker) vs. Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian). If Morgan forces Barnes to shoot mostly from the perimeter the Disciples will be in trouble. Beaulah has to contain De La Cruz. Last game he dismantle the Disciples with 14 assist to go along with 24 points. Rasheem Barrett will be the difference.

Records: Disciples 20-6, Disciples 22-4

Prediction: Disciples 99 Generals 97.



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Dominic Calegari joins Khimik - by Eurobasket News
Khimik made some more changes in their roster. They have agreed on terms of deal with Dominic Calegari (208-F, college: Cal-Davis). The forward inked his first pro contact. Dominic Calegari spent pre-season with Anwil but never signed with the Polish team. Dominic Calegari graduated from the University of California Davis in 2010. He tallied 16.6 points, 5.3 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game in his senior season with the Aggies. Dominic Calegari participated at Reeses College All-Star Game in 2010. He also made into All-Big 2nd Team last year.
In the meantime Khimik parted ways with Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) and Travis Garrison (203-F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Maryland). Nemanja Protic tallied 8.5 points and 3.2 assists, while Garrison posted 8.3 points and 5.3 boards per game in Superleague.



Mike Fratello will lead Ukraine at 2011 EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News
The Ukrainian Basketball Federation will soon officially announce the name of the new National Team head coach. The man for the job is Mike Fratello . The Ukrainian Basketball Federation has reached a provisional agreement with the specialist. The deal will be meant till the end of EuroBasket 2011. Mike Fratello worked with different NBA teams during his career. He was named the NBA Coach of the Year in 1985/1986 season with the Atlanta Hawks. The most recently Mike Fratello guided the Memphis Grizzlies in 2005/07 seasons.
The coach is expected to start training sessions with the National Team in July. Mike Fratello will also guide the Ukrainian University National Team. He will prepare them for 2011 World Universiade in China.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle 15-5 
 2. Liverpool MT 14-5 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 14-7 
 4. Cheshire Jets 14-7 
 5. Sheffield Sharks 13-6 
 6. Plymouth 12-10 
 7. Leicester Riders 11-9 
 8. Guildford Heat 11-11 
 9. Worcester 10-14 
 10. MK Lions 8-11 
 11. Worthing 2-19 
 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. Gilbert, Worcester19.8 
 9. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
 10. Nelson, MK Lions19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn MYERS
  MK Lions
  (198-G/F-69)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Myers, MK Lions10.2 
 2. Rowe, Plymouth9.4 
 3. Durant, Worthing9.4 
 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 Lions4.7 
 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
 1. Bolds, MK Lions3.1 
 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. Greer, Cheshire.1.9 
 8. Harrison, Glasgow .1.9 
 9. Clark, MK Lions1.8 
 10. Murray, Cheshire.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Plymouth
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Polk, Plymouth2.0 
 2. Missere, Leices.1.8 
 3. Richard, Newcastle1.6 
 4. Sturt, Essex P.1.1 
 5. Williams, Sheffi.0.9 
 6. Dobbins, Worcester0.9 
 7. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 8. Rowe, Plymouth0.7 
 9. Nelson, MK Lions0.7 
 10. Porter, Guildfor.0.6 


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  URUGUAY   


Bigua qualified for the LUB final games - by Hector Lopez
Bigua reached for the fourth time in the last five years the final series for the Uruguayan League after beating Aguada 85-81. Bigua with a 3-0 record, will now play against Malvin or Defensor Sporting for the best of five. Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) with 26 points and 11 rebounds was the MVP of the game, while Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) added 22 points and 5 assists and Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) netted 12 and grabbed 14 rebounds. For Aguada Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group) scored 21, Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, college: Clayton St.) 10 points and 6 rebounds, and Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 8 points and 5 rebpunds.

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. Taboada, Bigua21.7 
 10. Coleman, Bohemios20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Sweetney, Bigua10.6 
 4. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 5. Sweetney, Bigua10.6 
 6. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 7. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 8. Matthews, Defensor9.5 
 9. Dilligard, Olimpia9.5 
 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. Cambon, Bigua5.5 
 6. Gonzalez, Defensor5.3 
 7. Muro, Aguada5.0 
 8. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 9. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
 10. Vidal, Bigua4.4 
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. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 7. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 8. Viera, Anastasia1.9 
 9. Giacometti, Cader1.9 
 10. Woodward, Defensor1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia3.9 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Newsome, Malvin2.3 
 4. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 5. Bortz, Malvin2.0 
 6. Wilborn, Bigua2.0 
 7. Wilborn, Bigua2.0 
 8. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 9. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 10. Freije, Hebraica1.8 


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  VENEZUELA   


Gigantes present new players - by Eurobasket News
Gigantes de Guayana held the team presentation prior to the start of 2011 LPB season. They announced the signing of Clerence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.), Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb) and Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC).
Clerence Matthewss is expected to join the team in March. The 27-year-old forward is completing the season in Uruguay. Clerence Matthewss averages 16.8 points, 9.5 boards and 1.5 steals per game for Defensor. He played for Gigantes in the previous season. Matthews tallied 22.9 points, 7.6 boards and 1.7 steals in LPB.
Andrew Feeley was last seen in Uruguayan Trouville. He notched 22.2 points, 11.1 boards and 2.1 rebounds per game in LUB. Last season the 27-year-old centre played in Slovenia and France.
Timothy Jennings played last season in Dominican Republic. The guard had stints with Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris and Tiburones de Atlantico.





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Women News

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  ANGOLA - Women  


1 de Agosto beat GD Maculusso - by Eurobasket News
Luanda - The senior women basketball team of 1 de Agosto, defeated on Thursday here Maculusso by 48-44, in 2011 opening season game of Luanda basketball tournament.
The match was played at SISTEC multi-purpose court in Luanda.
In the first half, 1 de Agosto were already winning the match.
The player Joana Sofia of 1 de Agosto was the best scorer with 18 points.
Courtesy of: http://www.portalangop.co.ao


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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
Group A
 1. Fl.Foxes 19-0 
 2. BK Duchess 18-2 
 3. UBBC 11-9 
 4. UBI Graz 10-9 
 5. BC Vienna 10-10 
 6. Innsbruck 7-13 
Group B
 1. Kammer 1-0 
 2. Gratkorn 1-0 
 3. Salzburg 1-0 
 4. DBBC Graz 0-3 


AWBL Round 4 (Second Stage): SK Kammer win first game in Group B - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked SK Kammer as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group B. SK Kammer smashed 4th ranked DBBC Graz in Seewalchen 87-32. The game without a history. SK Kammer led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding DBBC Graz to just 4 points in fourth quarter and to 13 points in first half. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Gratkorn and Salzburg. DBBC Graz at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Wien: Flying Foxes (#1) and BC Vienna (#4). Flying Foxes (19-0) smashed visiting BC Vienna (10-10) by 69 points 109-40. Undefeated Flying Foxes have an impressive 19-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in Group A with 19-0 record. BC Vienna lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with ten games lost. Flying Foxes will play against league's second-placed BK Duchess in Klosterneuburg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Vienna will play at home against UBI Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked UBI Graz (10-9) against fifth ranked UBBC (11-9) on Sunday night. Host UBI Graz was defeated by UBBC in Graz 67-55. UBBC moved-up to third place in Group A. Loser UBI Graz dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. UBBC will meet Sparkasse Innsbruck (#6) on the road in the next round. UBI Graz will play against BC Vienna in Wien and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for BSC Salzburg (1-0) which hosted in Salzburg 4th ranked DBBC Graz (0-3). Top-ranked BSC Salzburg had an easy win 67-46. BSC Salzburg keeps a position of Group B leader, which they share with Gratkorn and Kammer. DBBC Graz at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Herzogenburg was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers BC Vienna (10-10) played at the court of fifth ranked UBBC (11-9). UBBC managed to secure a 5-point victory 51-46 on Wednesday. UBBC moved-up to third place in Group A. BC Vienna lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. UBBC will face Sparkasse Innsbruck (#6) on the road in the next round. BC Vienna will play against UBI Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 4
In Group A Innsbruck was smashed by BK Duchess on the road 98-59.


Group A
UBBC - BC Vienna 51-46

The game in Herzogenburg was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers BC Vienna (10-10) played at the court of fifth ranked UBBC (11-9). UBBC managed to secure a 5-point victory 51-46 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 51-46. UBBC moved-up to third place in Group A. BC Vienna lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. UBBC will face Sparkasse Innsbruck (#6) on the road in the next round. BC Vienna will play against UBI Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121639


BK Duchess - Innsbruck 98-59

No shocking result in a game when second ranked BK Duchess (18-2) crushed 6th ranked Sparkasse Innsbruck (7-13) in Klosterneuburg 98-59 on Saturday. The game without a history. BK Duchess led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BK Duchess have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group A with 18-2 record behind leader Fl.Foxes. Sparkasse Innsbruck lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. BK Duchess will face league's leader Flying Foxes in Wien in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sparkasse Innsbruck will play at home against UBBC (#3) in Herzogenburg.
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UBI Graz - UBBC 55-67

Very important is a home loss of third ranked UBI Graz (10-9) against fifth ranked UBBC (11-9) on Sunday night. Host UBI Graz was defeated by UBBC in Graz 67-55. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-55. UBBC dominated on the defensive end, holding UBI Graz to just 5 points in second quarter. UBBC moved-up to third place in Group A. Loser UBI Graz dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. UBBC will meet Sparkasse Innsbruck (#6) on the road in the next round. UBI Graz will play against BC Vienna in Wien and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121635


Fl.Foxes - BC Vienna 109-40

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Wien: Flying Foxes (#1) and BC Vienna (#4). Flying Foxes (19-0) smashed visiting BC Vienna (10-10) by 69 points 109-40. The game without a history. Flying Foxes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Vienna to just 5 points in first quarter and to 13 points in first half. Flying Foxes have an impressive 19-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in Group A with 19-0 record. BC Vienna lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with ten games lost. Flying Foxes will play against league's second-placed BK Duchess in Klosterneuburg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Vienna will play at home against UBI Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121636


Group B
Salzburg - DBBC Graz 67-46

An interesting game for BSC Salzburg (1-0) which hosted in Salzburg 4th ranked DBBC Graz (0-3). Top-ranked BSC Salzburg had an easy win 67-46. The game was mostly controlled by BSC Salzburg. DBBC Graz was better in third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BSC Salzburg keeps a position of Group B leader, which they share with Gratkorn and Kammer. DBBC Graz at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 121638


Kammer - DBBC Graz 87-32

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked SK Kammer as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group B. SK Kammer smashed 4th ranked DBBC Graz in Seewalchen 87-32. The game without a history. SK Kammer led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding DBBC Graz to just 4 points in fourth quarter and to 13 points in first half. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Gratkorn and Salzburg. DBBC Graz at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 121637




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  BELGIUM - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Waregem 15-3 
 2. Sint Kateline 14-3 
 3. BBC Boom 13-4 
 4. Dexia Namur 11-7 
 5. Ieper 9-9 
 6. R.Spirou M. 7-10 
 7. Houthalen 6-11 
 8. Jeugd Gentson 6-11 
 9. Point Chaud 5-12 
 10. Willebroek 5-12 
 11. Deerlijk 4-13 


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.20.9 
 3. Meesseman, Ieper19.4 
 4. Gaither, Dexia N.16.6 
 5. Dennett, Sint K.15.8 
 6. Wilkins, Point Chaud15.1 
 7. Mayombo, Point C.14.8 
 8. Decroos, BBC Boom14.8 
 9. VanMalderen, Dexia N.14.6 
 10. Blommaers, Houth.13.6 
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.9.8 
 4. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.0 
 5. Gaither, Dexia N.8.7 
 6. Hoehne, R.Spirou.8.4 
 7. Van Respaill., Wareg.8.4 
 8. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.8.0 
 9. Tatham, Point C.8.0 
 10. Malfait, Jeugd G.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Leemans, Sint K.2.7 
 2. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.3 
 3. Devliegher, Ieper2.2 
 4. Van Dessel, Sint K.2.1 
 5. Mayombo, Point C.2.0 
 6. Van Driel, BBC B.1.9 
 7. Boonen, BBC Boom1.9 
 8. Dubuc, Dexia Namur1.9 
 9. Vanloo, Waregem1.8 
 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. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.1 
 5. Van den Vond., BBC B.2.1 
 6. Van Driel, BBC B.2.1 
 7. Medvedeva, Waregem2.0 
 8. Versavel, Ieper1.9 
 9. Deneil, Dexia Namur1.9 
 10. De Bondt, Deerlijk1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Meesseman, Ieper3.1 
 2. Dennett, Sint K.1.8 
 3. Boonen, BBC Boom1.6 
 4. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.1.3 
 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. Hoehne, R.Spirou.0.7 


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Bulgarian NBL round 16 best performance: Ivelina Vrancheva - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Ivelina Vrancheva (175-G-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Montana 2003, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, four rebounds and eight assists) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Slavia (#6, 0-16) with 46-point margin 107-61. It allowed Montana 2003 to consolidate first place in the Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Montana 2003 has a very solid 12-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Vrancheva had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Montana 2003, through which he has constantly improved. Ivelina Vrancheva has solid league stats. She is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.9apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Juanita Ward (180-G-86, agency: Merit Sports) of Beroe 07. Ward had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Beroe 07 lost that game 73-85 to the higher-ranked Lukoil (#2, 11-5). Beroe 07 managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Ward is a newcomer at Beroe 07, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.8ppg (#1). She also registered 7.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Montana 2003's star - former international forward Jeanetta Zhelyova (182-F-75). Zhelyova showcased her all-around game by recording 23 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. She was another key player of Montana 2003, helping her team with a 107-61 easy win against Slavia (#6, 0-16). Montana 2003 confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 4 lost games. Zhelyova has a very solid season. In 13 games in Bulgaria she scored 10.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tamara Bowie (183-F/C-81) of Lukoil - 20 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-F-80) of Levski - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Hristina Minkova (184-C/F-72) of Dunav - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Agnesa Doychinova (188-F-73) of Montana 2003 - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Charel Allen (181-G-86) of Dunav - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Latasha Byears (184-F-73) of Dunav - 24 points and 7 rebounds
10. Neli Pasheva (175-F-81) of Beroe 07 - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists

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


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  Frisco Sika
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Eldebrink, Frisco S.20.4 
 2. Milton-Jones, USK P.19.4 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.19.2 
 4. Vlkova, Valosun .17.1 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice16.3 
 6. Halvarsson, Frisco S.16.3 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.15.7 
 8. Misurova, Trutnov15.3 
 9. Viteckova, USK P.15.2 
 10. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika11.6 
 2. Reisingerova, Strako.10.9 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .9.2 
 4. Kulichova, USK P.8.0 
 5. Skerovic, Frisco Sika7.9 
 6. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.7.9 
 7. Horakova, Hradec K.7.6 
 8. Milton-Jones, USK P.7.4 
 9. Sipova, Slovanka.7.3 
 10. Stepanova, VS Praha7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.6.0 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika5.2 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice5.1 
 4. Johnova, Strakonice3.3 
 5. Whalen, USK Praha3.2 
 6. Kysilkova, Hradec K.3.1 
 7. Viteckova, USK P.2.9 
 8. Eldebrink, Frisco S.2.6 
 9. Paige, Karlovy Vary2.6 
 10. Misurova, Trutnov2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.7 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika2.8 
 3. Brantlova, VS Praha2.7 
 4. Johnova, Strakonice2.6 
 5. Uhrova, Strakonice2.6 
 6. Milton-Jones, USK P.2.3 
 7. Novotna, Slovanka.2.2 
 8. Whalen, USK Praha2.1 
 9. Quintana, Pardubice1.9 
 10. Kulichova, USK P.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michaela HARTIGOVA
  Hradec Kralove
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hartigova, Hradec K.1.8 
 2. Kulichova, USK P.1.6 
 3. Horakova, Hradec K.1.0 
 4. Milton-Jones, USK P.1.0 
 5. Vecerova, Valosun .0.9 
 6. Ferancikova, USK P.0.8 
 7. Novakova, Trutnov0.8 
 8. Sipova, Slovanka.0.7 
 9. Halvarsson, Frisco S.0.7 
 10. Stepanova, VS Praha0.7 


Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
A1
 1. Frisco Sika 17-1 
 2. USK Praha 17-1 
 3. Slovanka MB 12-6 
 4. Trutnov 10-8 
A2
 1. Strakonice 9-10 
 2. Hradec Kralove 7-11 
 3. Valosun Brno 7-12 
 4. Karlovy Vary 6-13 
 5. VS Praha 6-14 
 6. Pardubice 2-17 


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Euroleague Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Taranto - UMMC 32-74
UMMC reached Euroleague Final Four. They thrashed Taranto in Italy to complete the sweep of the quarterfinal series. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) scored 16 points and pulled down 6 rebounds to pace the Russian champions. UMMC surged ahead right away. The visitors built a 13:6 lead late in the period but Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) scored five quick points to narrow the deficit. UMMC went on a 12:2 rally early in the second quarter to boost their lead. Candace Parker capped the half with a jumper as the visitors ensured a 33:17 advantage. Dacic scored first two points of the second half but UMMC answered with a 13:1 run to take a massive 46:20 lead. UMMC arrived at the final break up by comfortable 29 points 53:24. Taranto accounted for only 8 points in the final period as UMMC coasted to the victory at the end. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) added 10 points and 7 rebounds for UMMC. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) had 8 points in the win. Sophia Young replied with 12 points for Taranto. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Wisla Can-Pak - Perfumerias 60-72
Halcon Avenida claimed a crucial Euroleague victory in Poland today. The Spanish team completed the sweep of the quarterfinal series against Wisla. Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) nailed 15 points to lead the visitors. Halcon Avenida marked their ambitions early on. They opened the game with six points in a row. Halcon Avenida maintained the lead throughout the opening term and recorded a 17:11 advantage at the end. The visitors used a 6:0 run early in the second term to open a double-digit lead. The Spaniards continued to stay in charge and posted a 36:28 halftime lead. Pawlak and Basko dragged Wisla within five points midway through the third term. But Halcon Avenida went on a 10:0 rally to cap the period and build a 57:40 advantage. The visitors tipped off the fourth quarter with five consecutive points and never looked back en route to the victory. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) nailed 14 points, while Erika DeSouza (197-C-82, agency: J.Martin and N.Garcia) contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) answered with 19 points for Wisla. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) delivered 12 points in the losing effort.

Spartak V MR - Fenerbahce 74-56
Spartak MR continued their Euroleague title defense. They completed the sweep of the quarterfinal series against Fenerbahce. Three-time defending champions celebrated a comfortable victory over Fenerbahce in Vidnoe tonight. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) stepped up with 22 points to lead the home team. Spartak got to a quick start. Epiphanny Prince led the effort in the opening quarter as Spartak MR grabbed a 20:16 lead. Fenerbahce managed to slow down Spartak offense in the second period but their own attack stayed passive. The visitors scored 11 points to face a 7-point deficit at halftime. Spartak MR pulled away in the third term. They outscored Fenerbahce 22:10 in the frame to take a confident 19-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Fenerbahce could not recover in the fourth term and had to yield at the end. Sue Bird chipped in 13 points, while Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) finished with 10 points in the victory. Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80), Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) and Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) provided 11 points apiece for Fenerbahce. Spartak MR outrebounded their opponents 34:24 and held those to 40% accuracy from the field.

Bourges - Ros Casares 58-63
Ros Casares qualified into Euroleague Final Four. They swept the quarterfinal series against Bourges. Ros Casares crowned the series with a tough road win in France tonight. Kathryn Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) stepped up with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning team. Ros Casares stunned their opponents early in the encounter. The visitors capped the first quarter with nine points in a row to take an 18:7 lead. However Catherine Joens (180-G-82) and Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) teamed up for Bourges and did not allow Ros Casares to run away. The hosts trimmed the deficit at 5-point mark 27:32 at halftime. But Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) and Kathryn Douglas opened the third term with five points in a row to restore a double-digit lead. However Maja Miljkovic helped Bourges strike back and the French team leveled things up at 42. Kathryn Douglas capped the third stanza with two free throws and Ros Casares entered the final period up by two 44:42. Miyem and Burgrova pulled the hosts in front 45:44 at the start of the fourth term. Lima, Palau and Kathryn Douglas responded with seven consecutive points to give the advantage back to Ros Casares. Kathryn Douglas stretched the lead to double figures 60:49 once again and they never loosened the grasp en route to the victory. Rebekkah Brunson and Sonia Borges dos Reis (189-C-84) finished with 8 points apiece in the winning case. Catherine Joens replied with 20 points for Bourges. Emmeline Ndongue had 16 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Fenerbahce
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Taurasi, Fenerbahce24.6 
 2. McCoughtry, MKB E.22.0 
 3. Taylor, Fenerbahce19.2 
 4. Charles, Nadezhda.19.0 
 5. Bonner, Rivas E.18.8 
 6. Douglas, Ros C.18.7 
 7. Wright, Lotos G.17.4 
 8. Jackson, Spartak .17.3 
 9. Reid, Gospic17.1 
 10. Prince, Spartak .17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika14.2 
 2. Charles, Nadezhda.12.3 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.5 
 4. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli10.2 
 5. Fowles, Galatasa.9.5 
 6. Brunson, Ros C.9.5 
 7. Lyttle, Perfumer.9.4 
 8. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.2 
 9. Milton-Jones, USK P.8.8 
 10. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dalma IVANYI
  Pecs 2010
  (178-G-76)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Ivanyi, Pecs 20105.4 
 2. Reid, Gospic5.3 
 3. Taurasi, Fenerbahce4.7 
 4. Skerovic, Frisco Sika4.7 
 5. Whalen, USK Praha4.6 
 6. Dominguez, Perfumer.4.3 
 7. Zirkova, Dobri Anjeli4.2 
 8. Sharp, Mondeville4.1 
 9. Wambe, Taranto4.0 
 10. Babkina, Lotos G.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Reid, Gospic3.8 
 2. McCoughtry, Fener.2.5 
 3. Dumerc, UMMC2.5 
 4. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.4 
 5. McCoughtry, MKB E.2.3 
 6. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.3 
 7. Phillips, Wisla C.2.2 
 8. Wright, Lotos G.2.1 
 9. Leedham, Gorzow2.1 
 10. Wambe, Taranto2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.3.6 
 2. Jackson, Spartak .1.6 
 3. Ndongue, Bourges1.6 
 4. Fowles, Galatasa.1.5 
 5. Charles, Nadezhda.1.2 
 6. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.2 
 7. Stepanova, UMMC1.1 
 8. Burse, Wisla C.1.1 
 9. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.1 
 10. McWilliams-F., Spart.1.0 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Ros Casares edge Bourges to enter Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Bourges - Ros Casares 58:63

Ros Casares qualified into Euroleague Final Four. They swept the quarterfinal series against Bourges. Ros Casares crowned the series with a tough road win in France tonight. Kathryn Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) stepped up with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning team.
Ros Casares stunned their opponents early in the encounter. The visitors capped the first quarter with nine points in a row to take an 18:7 lead. However Catherine Joens (180-G-82) and Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) teamed up for Bourges and did not allow Ros Casares to run away. The hosts trimmed the deficit at 5-point mark 27:32 at halftime. But Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) and Kathryn Douglas opened the third term with five points in a row to restore a double-digit lead. However Maja Miljkovic (175-G-88) helped Bourges strike back and the French team leveled things up at 42. Kathryn Douglas capped the third stanza with two free throws and Ros Casares entered the final period up by two 44:42. Miyem and Burgrova pulled the hosts in front 45:44 at the start of the fourth term. Lima, Palau and Kathryn Douglas responded with seven consecutive points to give the advantage back to Ros Casares. Kathryn Douglas stretched the lead to double figures 60:49 once again and they never loosened the grasp en route to the victory. Rebekkah Brunson and Sonia Borges dos Reis (189-C-84) finished with 8 points apiece in the winning case. Catherine Joens replied with 20 points for Bourges. Emmeline Ndongue had 16 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Bourges: Catherine Joens 20, Emmeline Ndongue 16
Ros Casares: Kathryn Douglas 24, Rebekkah Brunson 8, Sonia Borges dos Reis 8



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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Marburg 17-2 
 2. Wasserburg 16-3 
 3. Saarlouis 14-5 
 4. Donau-Ries 13-6 
 5. Freiburg 10-9 
 6. Wolfenbuettel 9-10 
 7. Halle 8-12 
 8. Oberhausen 7-12 
 9. Leipzig 6-13 
 10. Rhein MB 6-13 
 11. Chemnitz 4-15 
 12. Herner 4-15 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ofa TULIKIHIHIFO
  Wolfenbuettel
  (180-G/F-84)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Tulikihihifo, Wolfen.17.8 
 2. Williams, Leipzig17.6 
 3. Hayes, Freiburg17.3 
 4. Holmes, Wasserburg16.6 
 5. Turner, Freiburg16.4 
 6. Terzic, Herner16.1 
 7. Tatham, Halle16.1 
 8. Hollinquest, Saarl.15.5 
 9. Paunovic, Freiburg14.7 
 10. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tamara TATHAM
  Halle
  (187-F-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Tatham, Halle8.7 
 2. Holmes, Wasserburg8.1 
 3. Haughian, Leipzig7.8 
 4. Landry, Marburg7.3 
 5. Williamson, Halle7.2 
 6. Rajecka, Donau-Ries7.2 
 7. Williams, Leipzig7.1 
 8. Tracey, Freiburg7.0 
 9. Hollinquest, Saarl.6.8 
 10. Greunke, Rhein MB6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries5.0 
 2. Comtesse, Saarl.4.4 
 3. Paige, Halle3.9 
 4. Pace, Leipzig3.8 
 5. O''Rourke, Chemnitz3.6 
 6. Mersch, Oberhausen3.4 
 7. Austmann, Oberh.3.2 
 8. Davidson, Marburg3.1 
 9. Barnert, Saarlouis2.8 
 10. Veselovski, Herner2.6 
Steals Per Game