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  ABA   


SETX Mavericks to host ABA Final Four - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced that the #1 ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks will host this season's ABA Championship Final Four at Nutty Jerry's Entertainment Center (NJEC) in Winnie, Texas on March 23-29.
Nutty Jerry's is a newly constructed facility that has hosted some of the top shows and events in the southeast Texas since it opened in September of 2010. The arena is owned by SEXT Mavericks owner Jerry Nelson who has been an owner in the ABA since the 2008-2009 season. His teams have dominated the ABA during that time frame compiling an amazing 78-7 record, winnuing 3 Division Championships and winning the 2009-10 National Championship.
This season's ABA championship format will be a double elimination format involving the Final Four teams in the ABA, two from the west and two from the east. 36 teams are playing in the qualifying rounds to determine which teams will be playing in Winnie, Texas. The Southeast Texas Mavericks (west) and the Jacksonville Giants (east) have byes into the Final Four as a result of their records during the regular season. The Championship Finals will be highlighted with a 3-game series between the final two teams to decide the 2010-11 ABA Champion. 'We're very excited to be hosting this year's ABA Championship Finals,' stated Nelson. 'There are some very strong teams in the ABA and we know that the competition for the championship will be very intense. I really wish we had twice the number of seats available because the quality of basketball and the competition will be tremendous. I would really suggest that fans get their seats early as we anticiipate a great demand for tickets and sold out games everyday.'


Sanders last secon tip-in lifts Mavericks over Stars - by Gianni Pascucci
The #1 ranked SETX Mavericks defeated the Dallas Stars thursday night on a tip-in by veteran power forward Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) with 4.2 seconds to play at the NJEC Arena. With 13.8 seconds remaining center Marcellus Wright (6'9''-F/C-68, college: Akron) converted to tie the score at 108. SETX chose not to call a timeout. Instead Mavericks coach Steve Tucker instructed point guard Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) to attack the basket. Thrash did just that and put up a short jump shot in the lane area. Sanders came in to tip the ball in as it was coming off the front of the rim. Dallas had no timeouts, so they were forced to inbound the ball and go full-court to score. Donald Harris (6'5''-F-76, college: Texas Arlington)' last second desperation shot went wide left and the Mavericks had their 32nd straight home victory.
'This was by far the most talented team that we have played here in three years! They played us tough and it was a very beneficial game that will help prepare us for big games coming up later this season' stated Coach Tucker. DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) led SETX with 19 points. Thrash scored 18 points. Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) and Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) each put in 13 points each. Former Maverick Donald Harris scored a game high 29 points. Andre Johnson put in 22 points. Tommy Moffitt (6'5''-F-86, college: Texas Arlington) and Donny Calton (6'7''-F-81, college: Auburn) chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively.
The Mavericks will be back in action tonight in Oklahoma City, OK vs the Oklahoma Stallions. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 PM.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Krka 15-7 
 2. Partizan 14-7 
 3. Union Olimpija 14-8 
 4. Buducnost 13-9 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 13-9 
 6. Radnicki 11-10 
 7. Hemofarm 11-11 
 8. Cedevita 11-11 
 9. Igokea 10-11 
 10. CEZ Nymburk 10-12 
 11. Cibona 9-12 
 12. Siroki TT 9-13 
 13. Crvena Zvezda 6-16 
 14. Zadar 6-16 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 20
 1. Lee, Radnicki20.0 
 2. Zoric, KK.19.7 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 4. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.7 
 5. Marsh, Crvena Z.18.4 
 6. Draper, Cedevita17.8 
 7. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 8. Chase, Igokea16.3 
 9. Car, Zadar16.0 
 10. Dragicevic, Buduc.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Zoric, KK.8.6 
 2. Harvey, Igokea7.6 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.0 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 5. Gist, Partizan6.6 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.2 
 7. Necas, CEZ Nymburk5.8 
 8. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.8 
 9. Benda, CEZ Nymburk5.8 
 10. Markota, Union O.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.5 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki5.0 
 3. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.9 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.2 
 5. Renfroe, KK.3.8 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.3.8 
 7. Car, Zadar3.5 
 8. Chase, Igokea3.5 
 9. Nissim, CEZ N.3.5 
 10. Vladovic, Zadar3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.4 
 2. Lee, Radnicki2.1 
 3. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.0 
 4. Car, Zadar2.0 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 6. Dragic, Krka1.8 
 7. Renfroe, KK.1.8 
 8. Radosevic, Cibona1.7 
 9. Ozbolt, Union O.1.6 
 10. Simmons, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zoric, KK.1.3 
 2. Radosevic, Cibona1.0 
 3. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 4. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 5. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 6. Jawai, Partizan0.8 
 7. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.7 
 8. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 10. Kasun, KK.0.6 


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  ARGENTINA   


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


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Jackson, La Union19.6 
 2. Bunn, Argentino19.4 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.5 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.0 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.7 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.1 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.6 
 8. Taylor, Lanus15.1 
 9. Pittman, Obras14.6 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Gutierrez, Obras9.9 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.9.6 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.0 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.8.9 
 5. Kante, Olimpico LB8.8 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.1 
 8. Leiva, Penarol7.7 
 9. Alston, Boca Jrs7.4 
 10. Mikulas, La Union7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.3 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.6 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.0 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.6 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.4 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.5 
 8. Sartorelli, Argentino3.4 
 9. Laws, Olimpico LB3.0 
 10. Treise, Quimsa3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Cequeira, Obras2.6 
 3. Ibarra, Libertad S.2.5 
 4. Salles, Monte H.2.4 
 5. Sciutto, Monte H.2.4 
 6. Martinez, Regat.2.4 
 7. Labaque, Atenas2.3 
 8. Lamonte, Penarol2.3 
 9. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 10. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Battle, Libertad S.2.0 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.4 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.1 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. White, Monte H.0.7 


LigaA Round 19: #1 Obras defeated by Club 9 - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Obras (13-6) in Rio Tercero on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by tenth ranked Club 9 (9-10) 82-75. Obras trailed by 16 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 25-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 75-82 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) helped adding 25 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Club 9 moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Monte Hermoso. Obras at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They share it with Lanus. Club 9 is looking forward to face higher ranked Gimnasia CR (#4) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Obras will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Penarol (12-7) against thirteenth ranked Regatas Corrientes (8-12) on Friday night. Visiting Penarol was defeated by Regatas Corrientes in Corrientes 83-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Penarol. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Ramzee Stanton (197-80, college: W.Chester, agency: Dream Team Management) who led the winners and scored 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Javier Martinez accounted for 11 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 6 steals. Guard Selem Safar (190-87) came up with 23 points for Penarol in the defeat. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to twelfth place. Defending champion Penarol dropped to the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Gimnasia CR. Regatas Corrientes will play against higher ranked Monte Hermoso (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play against La Union (#5) in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Sionista managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Quimsa in Parana 78-65. Christopher Hayes fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Dionisio Gomez Camargo produced 22 points and 4 steals (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for lost side. Sionista maintains sixteenth place with 5-14 record. Loser Quimsa keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Sionista will meet at home higher ranked Atenas (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quimsa will play against Libertad Sunchales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Argentino (7-12) outlasted Quimsa (10-9) in overtime by ten points 91-81. Worth to mention a great performance of Joseph Bunn who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 8 rebounds. Despite that victory Argentino went down to thirteenth position due to points difference. Quimsa at the other side keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Argentino's next round opponent will be Boca Juniors (#14) in Buenos Aires.
The game in Sunchales was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Atenas (11-8) played at the court of seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (11-8). Libertad Sunchales defeated Atenas 77-67 on Friday. It was a great evening for Robert Battle who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points and 20 rebounds. Libertad Sunchales have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with La Union and Atenas. Atenas lost third consecutive game. Libertad Sunchales will face Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Atenas will play on the road against Sionista in Parana.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: Monte Hermoso was destroyed by La Union on the opponent's court 102-73. Argentino unfortunately lost to Lanus in a home game 75-83. Gimnasia CR was rolled over Olimpico LB on the road 77-96. Estudiantes defeated Boca Jrs on its own court 94-84. Olimpico LB was smashed by Penarol in Mar del Plata 98-65. Libertad S. won against Regatas C. at home 81-68. Bottom-ranked Sionista unfortunately lost to Estudiantes on the opponent's court 71-83.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points, 9 assists and 5 steals by Pepe Sanchez of Estudiantes.


La Union - Monte Hermoso 102-73

Rather expected game in Formosa where 9th ranked Monte Hermoso (9-10) was crushed by sixth ranked La Union (11-8) 102-73 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by La Union. Monte Hermoso was better in fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) helped adding 21 points. La Union's coach Gabriel Picatto felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American swingman Albert White (197-77, college: Missouri, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with 27 points and the other American import forward Chuck Robinson (201-72, college: E.Carolina, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. La Union moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Libertad S. and Atenas. Newly promoted Monte Hermoso keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. La Union will face higher ranked Penarol (#3) in Mar del Plata in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Monte Hermoso will play on the road against Regatas Corrientes (#12).
Top scorers:
La Union: D.Jackson 21+3reb+2ast, R.Garces 20+10reb, P.Barrios 15+8reb+1ast, A.Zago 12+4reb+1ast, A.Pau 11+1reb, L.Perez 6+1reb
Monte Hermoso: A.White 27+1reb+2ast, B.Johnson 13+5reb, G.Sciutto 12+5reb, C.Robinson 10+8reb+1ast, F.Sahdi 5+4reb+3ast, A.Buzzo 2
gschID: 117559


Sionista - Quimsa 78-65

Bottom-ranked Sionista managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Quimsa in Parana 78-65. The game was mostly controlled by Sionista. Quimsa managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. American forward Christopher Hayes (206-87, college: Detroit Mercy) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) chipped in 17 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Hayes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Sionista players scored in double figures. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) produced 22 points and 4 steals (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Sionista maintains sixteenth place with 5-14 record. Loser Quimsa keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Sionista will meet at home higher ranked Atenas (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quimsa will play against Libertad Sunchales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sionista: A.Zilli 17+3reb+1ast, C.Hayes 16+7reb+2ast, D.Osella 13+4reb+2ast, P.Franco 12+5ast, M.Fioretti 9+5reb+3ast, R.Iglesias 9+3reb+1ast
Quimsa: D.Gomez Camargo 22+3reb+1ast, J.Mazzaro 10+1reb, D.Lo Grippo 10+5reb, J.Treise 8+2reb+5ast, D.Tintorelli 7+7reb, D.Cavaco 3
gschID: 117560


Club 9 - Obras 82-75

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Obras (13-6) in Rio Tercero on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by tenth ranked Club 9 (9-10) 82-75. Obras trailed by 16 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 25-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 75-82 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) helped adding 25 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Carlos Schattmann (194-87) scored 17 points. Five Obras players scored in double figures. Club 9 moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Monte Hermoso. Obras at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They share it with Lanus. Club 9 is looking forward to face higher ranked Gimnasia CR (#4) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Obras will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Club 9: J.Bucknor 30+9reb+1ast, J.Meyinsse 25+5reb, M.Melo 12+5reb+5ast, G.Luchino 8+5reb+4ast, L.Barlasina 4+3reb+3ast, E.Martina 3+7reb+1ast
Obras: C.Schattmann 17+3reb+3ast, J.Pittman 15+7reb+2ast, W.McFarlan 14+3reb+2ast, M.Osimani 10+3reb+2ast, J.Gutierrez 10+8reb+2ast, A.Elsener 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 117561


Argentino - Lanus 75-83

Very predictable result in Junin where third ranked Lanus (13-6) defeated 12th ranked Argentino (7-12) 83-75 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Argentino won fourth quarter 28-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Argentino was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international guard Mariano Byro (195-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) helped adding 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips (OK)) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import power forward Torraye Braggs (203-76, college: Xavier) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Lanus have a solid series of three victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Obras lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Newly promoted Argentino dropped to the thirteenth place with 12 games lost. Lanus will face Estudiantes (#11) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Argentino will play at home against Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lanus: M.Byro 19+1ast, G.Fernandez 14+3reb, T.Taylor 12+6reb, L.Victoriano 10+1reb+3ast, F.Malara 9+5reb+2ast, D.Prego 9+2reb
Argentino: J.Bunn 22+6reb+3ast, T.Braggs 16+6reb+3ast, L.Stukes 11+2reb+3ast, P.Espinoza 9+8reb+2ast, J.Sartorelli 5+5reb+3ast, S.Gonzalez 4+4reb
gschID: 117562


Regatas C. - Penarol 83-71

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Penarol (12-7) against thirteenth ranked Regatas Corrientes (8-12) on Friday night. Visiting Penarol was defeated by Regatas Corrientes in Corrientes 83-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Penarol. The game was mostly controlled by Regatas Corrientes. Penarol was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Ramzee Stanton (197-80, college: W.Chester, agency: Dream Team Management) who led the winners and scored 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) accounted for 11 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 6 steals for the winning side. Five Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Guard Selem Safar (190-87) came up with 23 points and international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) added 15 points respectively for Penarol in the defeat. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to twelfth place. Defending champion Penarol dropped to the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Gimnasia CR. Regatas Corrientes will play against higher ranked Monte Hermoso (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play against La Union (#5) in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: R.Stanton 25+4reb, E.Villares 15, F.Kammerichs 14+9reb+1ast, N.Romano 14+9reb, J.Martinez 11+6reb+12ast, T.Field 4+2reb+1ast
Penarol: S.Safar 23+2reb, L.Gutierrez 15+4reb, A.Reinick 9+4reb+1ast, M.Mata 8+6reb+3ast, K.Lamonte 6+2reb+1ast, M.Leiva 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 117555


Libertad S. - Atenas 77-67

The game in Sunchales was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Atenas (11-8) played at the court of seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (11-8). Libertad Sunchales defeated Atenas 77-67 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Libertad Sunchales. Atenas was better in second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Libertad Sunchales made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Libertad Sunchales outrebounded Atenas 39-27 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Libertad Sunchales especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Atenas was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points and 20 rebounds. Puerto Rican forward Alex Galindo (198-85, college: Florida Intern.) helped adding 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and the former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) scored 16 points. Libertad Sunchales have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with La Union and Atenas. Atenas lost third consecutive game. Libertad Sunchales will face Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Atenas will play on the road against Sionista in Parana.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: A.Galindo 17+5reb, M.Saglietti 12+1reb+1ast, S.Ginobili 11+1reb+5ast, R.Selleaze 10+3reb+1ast, R.Wolkowyski 9+5reb, R.Battle 9+20reb+3ast
Atenas: G.Lewis 22+11reb, M.Lescano 16+1reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 9+3reb+5ast, M.Gerlero 7+1reb+2ast, B.Labaque 7+5reb+3ast, M.Garcia 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 117556


Olimpico LB - Gimnasia CR 96-77

There was an upset when 4th placed Gimnasia CR (12-7) was rolled over on the road by fifteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (6-12) 96-77 on Friday. The game without a history. Olimpico de La Banda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Gimnasia CR's 40. They outrebounded Gimnasia CR 44-30 including a 16-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Cristian Romero (198-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. American center Djibril Kante (201-80, college: Indiana St.) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. Olimpico de La Banda's coach Guillermo Narvarte used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Fernando Funes (193-83) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Olimpico de La Banda maintains fifteenth place with 6-12 record. Loser Gimnasia CR dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face league's leader Obras in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gimnasia CR will play on the road against Club 9 in Rio Tercero.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: C.Romero 25+5reb+1ast, D.Kante 13+7reb, A.Laws 12+2reb+1ast, N.De los Santos 10+5reb+2ast, D.Guaita 10+7reb+1ast, L.Picarelli 9+4reb+4ast
Gimnasia CR: R.Okosa 15+7reb+2ast, F.Funes 15+5reb+2ast, M.Franco 13+3reb, G.Brown 9+1reb+3ast, H.Rollins 9+7reb, M.Maciel 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 117557


Estudiantes - Boca Jrs 94-84

Everything went according to plan in Bahia Blanca where eleventh ranked Estudiantes (8-10) beat 14th ranked Boca Juniors (7-13) 94-84 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Estudiantes. Boca Juniors was better in fourth quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Estudiantes made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Estudiantes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Estudiantes made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 9 assists and 5 steals. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) helped adding 17 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Derrick Alston (208-72, college: Duquesne, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Juan Brussino (185-91) scored 13 points. Five Estudiantes and four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Estudiantes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eleventh place with 8-10 record. Loser Boca Juniors keeps the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Estudiantes will face league's second-placed Lanus in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Boca Juniors will play on the road against Argentino (#13) in Junin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes: P.Sanchez 26+4reb+9ast, E.Nelson 17+12reb, P.Gil 16+2reb+3ast, D.Davis 14+4reb, J.Espil 10+1reb+2ast, F.Aguerre 7+3reb
Boca Jrs: D.Alston 18+7reb+4ast, M.Fierro 15+2reb, F.Martina 13+4reb, J.Brussino 13+3reb+1ast, R.Elliott 10+3reb, F.Titarelli 7+3reb+5ast
gschID: 117558


Round 13
Penarol - Olimpico LB 98-65

There was no surprise in Mar del Plata where 15th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (6-12) was outplayed by second ranked Penarol (12-7) 98-65 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Penarol led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Penarol outrebounded Olimpico de La Banda 43-30 including 35 on the defensive glass. Olimpico de La Banda was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-78) helped adding 12 points and 6 assists. Five Penarol players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Emiliano Agostino (191-84) responded with 12 points and forward Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 15 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. Penarol have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Despite that victory Penarol went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Gimnasia CR. Loser Olimpico de La Banda keeps the fifteenth place with 12 games lost. Penarol will face La Union (#5) in Formosa in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play at home against the league's leader Obras (#1) in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Penarol: S.Safar 15+1ast, F.Campazzo 14+3reb+2ast, L.Gutierrez 13+8reb+1ast, P.Sebastian Rodriguez 12+4reb+6ast, K.Lamonte 12+2reb+1ast, M.Mata 10+3reb
Olimpico LB: E.Ruiz 15+2reb, E.Agostino 12+3reb+2ast, C.Amicucci 9+2reb, N.De los Santos 8+2reb, C.Romero 6+1reb, D.Kante 6+7reb
gschID: 119016


Round 15
Libertad S. - Regatas C. 81-68

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (11-8) won against at home 13th ranked Regatas Corrientes (8-12) 81-68 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-68. It was a great evening for American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Polish center Ruben Wolkowyski (207-73) helped adding 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward Ramzee Stanton (197-80, college: W.Chester, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Libertad Sunchales have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with La Union and Atenas. Regatas Corrientes lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Regatas Corrientes will play at home against Monte Hermoso (#9).
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: R.Battle 22+7reb+1ast, A.Galindo 17+4reb+1ast, R.Wolkowyski 16+9reb, R.Selleaze 11+4reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 6+4reb+2ast, S.Ginobili 5+1reb+6ast
Regatas C.: F.Kammerichs 15+7reb+1ast, R.Stanton 12+5reb+1ast, C.Edwards 9+1reb+1ast, N.Romano 9+4reb, J.Martinez 8+2reb+4ast, O.Legaria 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 122174


Round 3
Argentino - Quimsa 91-81 OT

Argentino (7-12) outlasted Quimsa (10-9) in overtime by ten points 91-81. It looked good early as Quimsa took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Argentino had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead. Then Quimsa managed to tie the game at the end of regular time, but lost overtime period 4-14. 25 personal fouls committed by Quimsa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips (OK)) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Pablo Espinoza (195-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Quimsa. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Argentino went down to thirteenth position due to points difference. Quimsa at the other side keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Argentino's next round opponent will be Boca Juniors (#14) in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Argentino: J.Bunn 30+8reb+2ast, J.Cangelosi 15+9reb+3ast, P.Espinoza 15+13reb+1ast, S.Scala 12+2reb+2ast, S.Gonzalez 6+5reb+2ast, J.Sartorelli 5+1reb+3ast
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 19+6reb+2ast, D.Gomez Camargo 16+11reb, J.Mazzaro 13+2reb+1ast, D.Cavaco 13+3reb+1ast, J.Treise 7+1reb+3ast, D.Tintorelli 6+4reb
gschID: 122175


Round 8
Estudiantes - Sionista 83-71

Very expected game in Bahia Blanca where 16th ranked Sionista (5-14) was defeated by eleventh ranked Estudiantes (8-10) 83-71 on Tuesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Estudiantes outrebounded Sionista 33-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Naturalized Italian guard Pablo Gil (188-78) helped adding 23 points and 6 rebounds. Four Estudiantes players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Christopher Hayes (206-87, college: Detroit Mercy) responded with 27 points and 6 rebounds and guard Pedro Franco (187-81) scored 12 points and 6 assists. Estudiantes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eleventh place with 8-10 record. Sionista lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Estudiantes will face league's second-placed Lanus in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sionista will play at home against Atenas (#6) in Cordoba.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes: P.Gil 23+6reb, P.Sanchez 18+5reb+6ast, J.Espil 15+2reb+1ast, D.Davis 11+6reb+1ast, E.Nelson 8+5reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 5+2reb
Sionista: C.Hayes 27+6reb, P.Franco 12+2reb+6ast, A.Zilli 10+2reb, D.Osella 9+2reb+1ast, M.Fioretti 7+2reb+3ast, D.Hure 4+2reb
gschID: 122173




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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


WABA League Semifinals series start on Monday - by Omar Shafaamri

BEIRUT, Lebanon (WABA League): The semifinal schedule for the WABA League 2011 has been announced. The semifinals involving the top four club teams in one of the most progressing basketball regions in the world will be played on a home-and-away basis in a best-of-three series.

All the semifinalists, incidentally, won their best-of-three quarterfinal series by a 2-0 margin.

Al Jalaa Aleppo of Syria defeated ASU Sports Club of Jordan 87-74 and 104-100 match wits with Irans Zob Ahan Esfahan who overcame Lebanese league leaders Champville 70-69 and 80-76.

The other semifinal features twice defending champions Mahram Tehran of Iran, who routed Al Riyadi Amman 95-62 and 95-63 against Lebanese giants Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut the WABA champions of 2008. Riyadi defeated Al Jeish of Syria 84-63 and 94-87 in the quarterfinals.

Zob Ahan Esfahan and Mahram Tehran are also involved in a battle of qualifying with the team with the higher finish qualifying for the 22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup.

Four teams are eligible to qualify from WABA for the 22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup, but every National Federation allowed only one representation.

Mahram Tehran are also the twice defending champions in FIBA Asia Champions Cup.

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut, who won back-to-back bronze in the 2008 and 2009 FIBA Asia Champions Cup and Al Jalaa Aleppo who finished sixth in the 21st FIBA Asia Champions Cup at Doha last year, qualified for the 22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup when they entered the semifinals.

Semifinal Fixtures
Game 1
28/02/2011 Al Jalaa Aleppo Vs. Zob Ahan Esfahan at Aleppo
01/03/2011 Mahram Tehran Vs. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut at Tehran
Game 2
07/03/2011 Zob Ahan Esfahan Vs. Al Jalaa Aleppo at Esfahan
08/03/2011 Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut Vs. Mahram Tehran at Beirut
Game 3 (if required)
14/03/2011 Al Jalaa Aleppo Vs. Zob Ahan Esfahan at Aleppo
15/03/2011 Mahram Tehran Vs. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut at Tehran
Note: Games in I. R. Iran will be tip off at 19:30 (local time). All other games at 18:00.

FIBA Asia


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  AUSTRALIA   


MVP Celebrating the NBL & WNBL Seasons - by Eurobasket News
On Monday 4th April, 2011, Basketball Australia and proud partner iiNet will host the MVP at Crown, Melbourne, celebrating outstanding achievement throughout the 2010/11 National Basketball League and Womens National Basketball League Championships.

This prestigious event will see the elite of Australias basketball family in attendance as the annual awards for both the NBL and WNBL are presented in a combined ceremony at the esteemed Palladium Room at Crown Casino in Melbourne.

The highlight of the night will be the presentation of the Most Valuable Player award to the most outstanding player throughout the iiNet NBL Championship and the WNBL Championship for 2010/11.

The outstanding player of the 2010/11 season for the NBL will receive the Andrew Gaze Trophy as the Most Valuable Player. Last seasons winner was Corey Homicide Williams, with past winners including Leroy Loggins (196-G/F-57, college: Fairmont St.), Scott Fisher (201-F-63, college: UCSB), Chris Anstey (213-C-75) and of course the man the award was named after, seven-time recipient Andrew Gaze.

Some of the greatest names of the womens game have taken home the WNBL MVP trophy previously, including Robyn Maher, Rachael Sporn, Penny Taylor and Lauren Jackson, with Bendigo veteran, Kristi Harrower being honored last season. A number of past winners of the mens and womens awards will be in the audience to welcome the new recipients to basketballs most exclusive club.

Other mens awards that will be presented on the night include NBL Coach of the Year, NBL Rookie of the Year, NBL Best Defensive Player, NBL Most Improved Player, NBL Best Sixth Man and All-NBL First Team. The WNBL will also present their Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

Guests will arrive at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start, with a limited number of tickets now available for purchase at $175 per person.
EVENT DETAILS:
Date: 4 April 2011
Time: 7:00pm for 7:30pm start
Where: Palladium, Crown Casino, Melbourne
Tickets: $175 per person
To Book: Click Here
To register your interest in a media pass for this event please contact Tikali NIcholls: Tikali.nicholls@basketball.net.au.
Courtesy of: http://www.sportingpulse.com



Giants find right balance - by Eurobasket News
SKILLED Goldfields Giants coach Wayne Creek is confident his side has found the right balance of youth and experience to be considered legitimate title contenders for the upcoming State Basketball League season.

The Giants have been in training since December and will be given their first full hit-out of the new year during a special pre-season tournament in Perth next month.

Their first match of the regular season is against the Kalamunda Eastern Suns on March 19 leaving Creek and his coaching staff with plenty of time to familiarise themselves with the new-look squad.

Off-season recruiting has netted US imports Darnell Dialls and Matt Rosinski, while Tasmanian swingman Dwayne Radcliffe and CBC big-man Garry Street are also shaping as excellent inclusions.

However, Creek has been quick to deflect attention away from his new signings and on to the squads younger players, who he believes are quickly coming of age.

Integral to the sides plans are teenagers Miles Tierney, Mitchell Sheppard, Garry Sidebottom and Tane Moran (92), who have been among the local Division 1 competitions most consistent performers this season.

Creek, who is embarking on his second year as head coach, was full of praise for the young brigade and said the door was open for them to see more court time in 2011.

Were really hoping this year is the opportunity for those guys to take the next step, Creek said.

More court time is planned and theyve been working hard and are well on their way to earning that court time.

All those four guys have really picked up this year and some of the senior guys have commented on how well theyre going.

There were six players under the age of 18 who played in the SBL last year, and we fielded four of them.

So whether these boys see it now or not, theyre all players of the future and they may play small roles or quite big roles this year we dont know just yet.

The Giants first pre-season test comes against Mandurah Magic at the WA Basketball Centre on March 5.

They then take on Perth Redbacks and the Stirling Senators before rounding out the carnival against reigning champions Willetton Tigers.

The tournament also represents Creeks first opportunity to see Radcliffe, Rosinski and Street in action, while Dialls is no stranger to local basketball fans following his stint with the club in 2008.

The biggest thing for us in this tournament is to get an idea of how our guys play together, what works and what doesnt work and well come back to Kalgoorlie and work on those things before the season starts, Creek said.

This is our one and only hit-out before the first match so we have to take it for what its worth.

Well keep one eye on the other teams and what theyre doing, but were more focussed on our set-up at the moment. going down to Perth Redbacks 59-60 in game-one of their series.

Article by Dean Stacey (Kalgoorlie Miner)
Courtesy of: http://www.sportingpulse.com


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Ervin, Hawks20.5 
 2. Penney, Breakers20.5 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Clark, Blaze17.3 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.1 
 6. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.0 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers16.0 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers15.5 
 10. Sanders, Sydney K.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.1 
 2. Davidson, Hawks7.7 
 3. Brown, Wildcats7.6 
 4. Vukona, Breakers7.5 
 5. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.1 
 7. Holmes, 36ers7.1 
 8. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 9. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 10. Schenscher, Croco.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Williams, Tigers5.9 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Carter, 36ers4.6 
 4. Braswell, Breakers4.4 
 5. Shannon, 36ers4.3 
 6. Saville, Hawks4.2 
 7. Ervin, Hawks4.2 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.9 
 9. Blalock, Crocodiles3.4 
 10. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.6 
 3. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 4. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 5. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 6. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 7. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 8. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 9. Ellis, Crocodiles1.2 
 10. Robbins, Wildcats1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam BALLINGER
  36ers
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ballinger, 36ers2.0 
 2. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.8 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 5. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 6. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 7. Schenscher, Croco.1.0 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 9. Freeman, Croco.0.9 
 10. Gilder, Sydney K.0.9 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 18-4 
 2. Crocodiles 14-8 
 3. Wildcats 14-10 
 4. Taipans 11-11 
 5. Blaze 11-12 
 6. Hawks 10-12 
 7. Tigers 9-13 
 8. 36ers 8-14 
 9. Sydney K. 6-17 


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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. Parakhouski, VEF R.16.0 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.6 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 8. Dimsa, Nevezis14.9 
 9. Kjellbom, Norrkoping14.8 
 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. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.1 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 7. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 8. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.7 
 9. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
 10. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.6 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 5. Kriisa, TT.4.9 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis4.6 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.5 
 8. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 9. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 10. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Broadus, Siauliai2.4 
 2. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 3. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 4. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 7. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 8. Hughes, VEF Riga1.8 
 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.1.8 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.4 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 8. Hanke, Norrkoping1.3 
 9. Osby, TT.1.2 
 10. Cain, VEF Riga1.1 


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 15-5 
 3. TU/Rock 13-6 
 4. Rudupis 13-8 
 5. Siauliai 12-8 
 6. Nevezis 12-8 
 7. Kalev/Cramo 11-9 
 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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Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 15-1 
 2. Aalstar 14-5 
 3. M.Hainaut 11-6 
 4. Oostende 10-9 
 5. Antwerp 9-9 
 6. Liege 6-11 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 6-11 
 8. Leuven 6-11 
 9. Gent 2-16 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Copeland, Aalstar17.3 
 2. Lojeski, Oostende16.2 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi15.7 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.5 
 5. Jackson, Verviers.15.5 
 6. Waters, Verviers.15.3 
 7. Miller, Leuven14.9 
 8. Freeman, Verviers.14.8 
 9. Hilliard, Aalstar14.7 
 10. Lewis, M.Hainaut14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Freeman, Verviers.7.9 
 2. Randle, Gent7.7 
 3. Young, Aalstar7.6 
 4. Hilliard, Aalstar7.5 
 5. Tofi, Leuven7.2 
 6. Stipanovic, Liege6.7 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.5 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar6.4 
 9. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.2 
 10. Thomas, Oostende6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.0 
 3. Waters, Verviers.3.4 
 4. Dagunduro, Leuven3.3 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi3.1 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 7. Miller, Leuven3.0 
 8. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.9 
 9. Jenkins, Liege2.5 
 10. Steinbach, Aalstar2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.6 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.1 
 5. Mitchell, Oostende2.1 
 6. Dagunduro, Leuven1.9 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp1.8 
 8. Bosco, Gent1.7 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
 10. Faison, Oostende1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.7 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.3 
 4. Tofi, Leuven0.9 
 5. Randle, Gent0.9 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 7. Faison, Oostende0.4 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.4 
 9. Stipanovic, Liege0.4 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar0.4 


D1 Round 21: VOO Verviers-Pepinster edges Belgacom Liege by two points - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 21 in the D1 took place in Verviers. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Belgacom Liege (6-11) to eighth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (6-11) 76-74 in the game for the sixth place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Belgacom Liege won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) who scored 22 points (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import guard Domonic Jones (186-81, college: Va Commonwealth) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Guy Muya (190-83, agency: LBM Management) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds. VOO Verviers-Pepinster moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Leuven and Liege. VOO Verviers-Pepinster is looking forward to face higher ranked Antwerp Giants (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belgacom Liege will play against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (11-6) against fifth ranked Antwerp Giants (9-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Dexia Mons-Hainaut was crushed by Antwerp Giants in Antwerp 82-50. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Ralph Biggs (199-76, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Timothy Black contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) answered with 16 points for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Antwerp Giants maintains fifth place with 9-9 record. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Antwerp Giants will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#7) at home in the next round. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Base Oostende (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Okapi Aalstar (14-5) against fourth ranked Base Oostende (10-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Base Oostende in a tough game in Oostende 73-82. The game was dominated by American players. Darrel Mitchell stepped up and scored 27 points and 4 assists for the winners. The best for the losing side was Christopher Copeland with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Base Oostende maintains fourth place with 10-9 record. Loser Okapi Aalstar keeps the second position with five games lost. Base Oostende will meet higher ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Okapi Aalstar will play against Optima Gent and hope to secure a win.



Antwerp - M.Hainaut 82-50

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (11-6) against fifth ranked Antwerp Giants (9-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Dexia Mons-Hainaut was crushed by Antwerp Giants in Antwerp 82-50. The game without a history. Antwerp Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Dexia Mons-Hainaut to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Dexia Mons-Hainaut 38-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Ralph Biggs (199-76, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton (NC), agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. American guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) answered with 16 points and the other American import guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Antwerp Giants maintains fifth place with 9-9 record. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Antwerp Giants will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#7) at home in the next round. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Base Oostende (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: R.Biggs 20+7reb+4ast, T.Black 16+4reb+6ast, D.Wilson 16+6reb+1ast, G.Brown 13+8reb+1ast, R.Moors 10+2reb+2ast, D.Donkor 3+1reb+1ast
M.Hainaut: R.Taylor 16+3reb+3ast, R.Lewis 11+5reb+1ast, A.Nivins 10+5reb, M.Hatten 6+4reb+2ast, J.Cage 3+2reb, P.Van Paassen 2+1reb
gschID: 98643


Oostende - Aalstar 82-73

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Okapi Aalstar (14-5) against fourth ranked Base Oostende (10-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Base Oostende in a tough game in Oostende 73-82. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Darrel Mitchell (180-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 27 points and 4 assists for the winners and forward Will Thomas (200-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado, agency: 540 Sports) with 26 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Base Oostende maintains fourth place with 10-9 record. Loser Okapi Aalstar keeps the second position with five games lost. Base Oostende will meet higher ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Okapi Aalstar will play against Optima Gent and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Oostende: D.Mitchell 27+4reb+4ast, W.Thomas 18+6reb, S.Pelle 12+7reb, C.Green 9+2reb+2ast, M.Lojeski 4+1reb+2ast, V.Petrovic 4+6reb+2ast
Aalstar: C.Copeland 26+8reb+3ast, A.Hilliard 14+4reb+1ast, C.Young 8+7reb, T.Johnson 7+1reb+1ast, J.Steinbach 7+2reb+3ast, P.Gonzales 4+2reb
gschID: 98644


Verviers-Pep. - Liege 76-74

The most exciting game of round 21 in the D1 took place in Verviers. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Belgacom Liege (6-11) to eighth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (6-11) 76-74 in the game for the sixth place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Belgacom Liege won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) who scored 22 points (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import guard Domonic Jones (186-81, college: Va Commonwealth) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four VOO Verviers-Pepinster players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Guy Muya (190-83, agency: LBM Management) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively. VOO Verviers-Pepinster moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Leuven and Liege. VOO Verviers-Pepinster is looking forward to face higher ranked Antwerp Giants (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belgacom Liege will play against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: S.Jackson 22+4reb, R.Freeman 16+6reb+1ast, D.Jones 16+7reb+2ast, D.Waters 16+3reb+3ast, B.Gay 4+9reb+1ast, T.Shengelia 2+4reb
Liege: G.Muya 18+5reb+3ast, W.Boss Mukubu 17+6reb+3ast, A.Stipanovic 16+7reb+2ast, C.Bozeman 8+3reb, T.Griffin 8+1reb, X.Collette 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 98645


Round 14
Charleroi - Aalstar 92-69

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Charleroi. First ranked Spirou Charleroi faced second-best Okapi Aalstar. Host Spirou Charleroi (15-1) smashed guests from Aalst (14-5) 92-69. The game was mostly controlled by Spirou Charleroi. Okapi Aalstar was better in fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Okapi Aalstar 38-23 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) nailed 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and French guard Joseph Gomis (180-78) accounted for 20 points. Five Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) came up with 19 points and the other American import forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado, agency: 540 Sports) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Okapi Aalstar 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. Spirou Charleroi have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-1 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Spirou Charleroi will have a break next round. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against Optima Gent.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: J.Gomis 20+4reb+2ast, D.Mallet 17+6reb+6ast, D.Broyles 12+4reb+1ast, C.Beghin 12+6reb+1ast, B.Wright 10+5reb+1ast, J.Hamilton 9+4reb+2ast
Aalstar: A.Hilliard 19+3reb+2ast, C.Copeland 15+5reb, T.Johnson 9+4reb, C.Young 6+6reb+1ast, D.Huffman 6+2reb+2ast, A.Ruoff 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 122124




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NBB Round 22: Unitri/Universo loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

There was a change at the NBB leadership position after last games. Round 22 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Unitri/Universo (15-6). They were defeated by eighth ranked Itabom/Bauru (12-8) 102-86 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Unitri/Universo. The game was mostly controlled by Itabom/Bauru. Unitri/Universo managed to win third quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Itabom/Bauru moved-up to seventh place. Unitri/Universo at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Pinheiros/Sky. Unitri/Universo will play next round against Assis Basket trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Itabom/Bauru will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked BRB/Brasilia at home.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Pinheiros/Sky as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Pinheiros/Sky defeated one of their biggest challengers Flamengo in Sao Paolo 92-78. It was a key game for the top position in the league. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Flamengo at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Flamengo will play next round against Paulistano trying to get back on the winning streak. Pinheiros/Sky will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Pitagoras/Minas at Belo Horizonte.
A very close game took place in Assis between Assis Basket and BRB/Brasilia. Fifteenth ranked Assis Basket (4-16) got a very close home victory over much higher ranked BRB/Brasilia (14-5). Assis Basket managed to escape with a 3-point win 91-88 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BRB/Brasilia. Assis Basket moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Araraquara. Defending champion BRB/Brasilia dropped to the third position with five games lost. Assis Basket will meet at home league's second-placed Unitri/Universo in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BRB/Brasilia will play against Itabom/Bauru in Sao Paulo and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Sao Paolo. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Pitagoras/Minas (12-9) to eleventh ranked Paulistano (6-14) 72-70 on Friday evening. Paulistano maintains eleventh position with 6-14 record. Pitagoras/Minas at the other side dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Paulistano's next round opponent will be higher ranked Flamengo (#4) in Rio de Janeiro and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
An interesting game took place in Vila Velha where 10th ranked Winner/Limeira (9-11) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Vila Velha CETAF (5-16) 82-56 on Friday. Vila Velha CETAF moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Winner/Limeira keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Vila Velha CETAF will face higher ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (#9) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last two games of round 22 Araldite/Univille won against Araraquara on the opponent's court 76-69. Vitoria unfortunately lost to S.Jose/Vinac in a home game 67-82.



Araraquara - Araldite/Univille 69-76

Very expected game when 12th ranked Araraquara (4-16) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Araldite/Univille (14-7) 76-69 on Friday. Araraquara was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Araldite/Univille maintains fifth position with 14-7 record. Araraquara lost ninth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Araldite/Univille will face Vivo/Franca (#6) in Sao Paulo in the next round.
gschID: 102782


Vitoria - S.Jose/Vinac 67-82

Very predictable result in Vitória where ninth ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (11-9) defeated bottom-ranked Vitoria (4-17) 82-67 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Sao Jose/Vinac. Vitoria was better in second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sao Jose/Vinac maintains ninth position with 11-9 record. Vitoria lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom place with 17 games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac will face Vila Velha CETAF (#12) on the road in the next round. Vitoria will play against Winner/Limeira.
gschID: 102783


Vila Velha CETAF - Winner/Limeira 82-56

An interesting game took place in Vila Velha where 10th ranked Winner/Limeira (9-11) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Vila Velha CETAF (5-16) 82-56 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Vila Velha CETAF. Winner/Limeira was better in second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vila Velha CETAF moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Winner/Limeira keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Vila Velha CETAF will face higher ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (#9) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 102784


Itabom/Bauru - Unitri/Universo 102-86

There was a change at the NBB leadership position after last games. Round 22 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Unitri/Universo (15-6). They were defeated by eighth ranked Itabom/Bauru (12-8) 102-86 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Unitri/Universo. The game was mostly controlled by Itabom/Bauru. Unitri/Universo managed to win third quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Itabom/Bauru moved-up to seventh place. Unitri/Universo at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Pinheiros/Sky. Unitri/Universo will play next round against Assis Basket trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Itabom/Bauru will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked BRB/Brasilia at home.
gschID: 102785


Assis Basket - BRB/Brasilia 91-88

A very close game took place in Assis between Assis Basket and BRB/Brasilia. Fifteenth ranked Assis Basket (4-16) got a very close home victory over much higher ranked BRB/Brasilia (14-5). Assis Basket managed to escape with a 3-point win 91-88 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BRB/Brasilia. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Assis Basket moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Araraquara. Defending champion BRB/Brasilia dropped to the third position with five games lost. Assis Basket will meet at home league's second-placed Unitri/Universo in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BRB/Brasilia will play against Itabom/Bauru in Sao Paulo and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 102786


Paulistano - Pitagoras/Minas 72-70

A very interesting game took place in Sao Paolo. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Pitagoras/Minas (12-9) to eleventh ranked Paulistano (6-14) 72-70 on Friday evening. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 30-24 run, which allowed them to win the game. Paulistano maintains eleventh position with 6-14 record. Pitagoras/Minas at the other side dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Paulistano's next round opponent will be higher ranked Flamengo (#4) in Rio de Janeiro and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
gschID: 102787


Pinheiros/Sky - Flamengo 92-78

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Pinheiros/Sky as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Pinheiros/Sky defeated one of their biggest challengers Flamengo in Sao Paolo 92-78. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Pinheiros/Sky. Flamengo was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Flamengo at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Flamengo will play next round against Paulistano trying to get back on the winning streak. Pinheiros/Sky will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Pitagoras/Minas at Belo Horizonte.
gschID: 102788




Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 15-5 
 2. Unitri/Universo 15-6 
 3. BRB/Brasilia 14-5 
 4. Flamengo 14-6 
 5. Araldite/Univille 14-7 
 6. Vivo/Franca 12-6 
 7. Itabom/Bauru 12-8 
 8. Pitagoras/Minas 12-9 
 9. S.Jose/Vinac 11-9 
 10. Winner/Limeira 9-11 
 11. Paulistano 6-14 
 12. Vila Velha CETAF 5-16 
 13. Araraquara 4-16 
 14. Assis Basket 4-16 
 15. Vitoria 4-17 


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


NT player Jermaine Bucknor shines in Argentina - by Eurobasket News
Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) moved to Argentina recently, but he already adapted to new teammates and new competition. Bucnkor exploded last night for his team Club 9 helping them to beat the league leader Obras 82-72. The game took place in Rio Tercero. Obras trailed by 16 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 25-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 75-82 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse helped adding 25 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Joshua Pittman responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Club 9 moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Monte Hermoso. Obras at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They share it with Lanus. Club 9 is looking forward to face higher ranked Gimnasia CR (#4) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Obras will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda and is hoping to win this game.
Jermaine Bucknor appeared four times with Club 9 averaging 15.5 points and 6.3 rebounds. He joined them during the month. Bucknor started this season in Germany as a member of Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt.


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Marcus Haislip claims Chinese CBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Marcus Haislip (207-F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Guandong and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 30-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and eleven rebounds, while his team edged out Jiangsu (#4, 15-11) 108-106. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Guandong maintains the 3rd position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guandong will need more victories to improve their 19-7 record. In the team's last game Haislip had a remarkable 92.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guandong, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Marcus Haislip averages this season 24.1ppg and 7.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American swingman Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81) of Jilin. Pickett impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 34 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Jilin was edged by the higher-ranked DongGuan (#2, 22-4) 94-91. Jilin is still in a red zone at 13th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-17 record. Pickett is one of the most experienced players at Jilin and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.3ppg (#8). He also registered 8.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Jilin's star - American Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77). Watkins scored 25 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Watkins' great performance Jilin lost 91-94 to the higher-ranked DongGuan (#2, 22-4). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Jilin not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Watkins could try to bring Jilin's a little bit higher in the standings. Watkins has individually a great season in China. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.8rpg (4th best). He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 55.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwayne Jones (211-C-83) of Fujian - 20 points and 16 rebounds
5. Wei LiuWei (190-G-80) of Shanghai - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Marcus Williams (201-F-86) of Zhejiang C. - 32 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai - 24 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Alexander Johnson (208-F-83) of Shanxi Zh. - 26 points and 19 rebounds
9. Quincy Douby (191-G-84) of Xinjiang - 40 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79) of Shanxi Zh. - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 14 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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Zagreb outguns Cedevita in derby game - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita - KK Zagreb CO 97-102

Two teams from Zagreb met today in Round 22 of Adriatic league. It was a derby game and BC Zagreb celebrated 97-102 victory. Cedevita was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 32-26 charge of KK Zagreb CO, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Power forward Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) produced 26 points (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!) and forward Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four KK Zagreb CO and five Cedevita players scored in double figures. Cedevita's coach Aleksandar Petrovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Zagreb CO (13-9) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Buducnost. Cedevita lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. KK Zagreb CO's next round opponent will be higher ranked Union Olimpija (#3) in Ljubljana and it may be the game of the week. Cedevita will play on the road against CEZ Nymburk (#10).
Also today Zadar suffered heavy 64-92 road loss against Krka. Cibona will play tomorrow against Igokea.

Cedevita: Marino Bazdaric 26+2reb+2ast, Vedran Vukusic 20+5reb, D.Rudez 19+2reb+1ast, B.Wright 15+6reb+4ast, D.Draper 14+6reb+5ast, T.Petrovic 3+1reb
KK Zagreb CO: Luka Zoric 21+11reb+7ast, Krunoslav Simon 20+10reb+7ast, D.Mulaomerovic 19+3reb+3ast, D.Rancic 17+2reb+1ast, A.Masic 7+1ast, A.Renfroe 5+6reb+3ast


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Svjetlost
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Petkovic, Svjetlost23.2 
 2. Puljko, Kvarner .21.8 
 3. Zitko, Trogir18.0 
 4. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 5. Mimica, KK Split17.1 
 6. Krolo, Darda16.1 
 7. Saric, Dubrava16.0 
 8. Bakovic, Darda16.0 
 9. Sobin, KK Split16.0 
 10. Karakas, Trogir15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava11.6 
 2. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 3. Krolo, Darda8.7 
 4. Saric, Dubrava8.6 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj8.5 
 6. Sobin, KK Split8.1 
 7. Ruzic, Borik6.6 
 8. Lozancic, Zabok6.5 
 9. Ridl, Darda6.5 
 10. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Josip BLAJIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Blajic, Alkar Sinj5.2 
 2. Karakas, Trogir5.2 
 3. Petkovic, Svjetlost4.5 
 4. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.8 
 7. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.6 
 8. Primorac, Dubrava3.3 
 9. Sarac, Svjetlost3.2 
 10. Katic, KK Split3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner 2010
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Puljko, Kvarner .2.4 
 2. Petani, Borik2.4 
 3. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.1 
 4. Saric, Dubrava1.9 
 5. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 7. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 8. Swift, Darda1.8 
 9. Skific, Borik1.7 
 10. Zitko, Trogir1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava1.6 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.5 
 3. Krolo, Darda1.2 
 4. Sobin, KK Split1.2 
 5. Kraljevic, Zabok1.1 
 6. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.0 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.9 
 8. Sarlija, Borik0.9 
 9. Saric, Dubrava0.9 
 10. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.8 


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 13-3 
 2. Borik 10-6 
 3. Alkar Sinj 9-6 
 4. Dubrovnik 9-7 
 5. Zabok 8-8 
 6. Kvarner 2010 8-8 
 7. Darda 7-9 
 8. Svjetlost 6-10 
 9. Dubrava 5-11 
 10. Trogir 4-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO
 4. Zadar


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  CYPRUS   


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Joel CAMACHO
  Apollon
  (196-G/F-81)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Camacho, Apollon17.7 
 2. Diamantopoul., Achill.17.5 
 3. Dunovic, Omonia17.4 
 4. Radunovic, ENAD16.9 
 5. Aleksic, AEK16.4 
 6. McLain, Omonia16.0 
 7. Hanavan, AP.15.3 
 8. Ewing, AEL15.3 
 9. Davis, AP.15.1 
 10. Kent, ENAD15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Savo DJIKANOVIC
  Ikaros
  (211-C-75)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Djikanovic, Achilleas10.3 
 2. King, Etha10.0 
 3. Radunovic, ENAD8.9 
 4. Aleksic, AEK7.8 
 5. Buljan, AP.7.3 
 6. McLain, Omonia6.9 
 7. Collins, ENAD6.6 
 8. Johnson, Keravnos6.5 
 9. Camacho, Apollon6.2 
 10. Radojevic, Omonia5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel Ali BERDIEL
  AEK
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Berdiel, AEK4.3 
 2. Kounounis, AEL4.2 
 3. Stiggers, Apollon4.1 
 4. Lee, AP.3.6 
 5. Diamantopoul., Achill.3.5 
 6. Avalic, Omonia3.4 
 7. Dunovic, Omonia3.4 
 8. Aleksic, AEK3.2 
 9. Price, ENAD3.1 
 10. Cummings, Keravnos3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin TIGGS
  APOEL
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tiggs, AP.2.5 
 2. Hanavan, AP.1.9 
 3. Diamantopoul., Achill.1.6 
 4. Radunovic, ENAD1.6 
 5. Kent, ENAD1.6 
 6. Dunovic, Omonia1.6 
 7. Johnson, Etha1.6 
 8. Kounounis, AEL1.5 
 9. Pantziaros, Achilleas1.5 
 10. Price, ENAD1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  AEL
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wyatt, AEL2.1 
 2. Collins, ENAD1.8 
 3. King, Etha1.8 
 4. Radojevic, Omonia1.4 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos1.2 
 6. Collins, AEK1.1 
 7. Dials, Apollon0.8 
 8. Fells, Keravnos0.8 
 9. Englicky, Apollon0.7 
 10. Camacho, Apollon0.6 


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. APOEL 13-3 
 2. Keravnos 11-5 
 3. Apollon 10-6 
 4. Etha 10-6 
 5. Achilleas 8-8 
 6. AEL 6-10 
 7. AEK 5-11 
 8. Omonia 5-11 
 9. ENAD 4-12 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 27-10 
 2. Erie Bay H. 24-10 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 16-19 
 4. Dakota W. 11-24 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 6-27 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 25-10 
 2. Rio Grande 25-11 
 3. Texas L. 17-20 
 4. Austin T. 15-20 
 5. Maine RC 14-22 
 6. New Mexico 14-22 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 22-13 
 2. Bakersfield J. 21-14 
 3. Utah F. 20-15 
 4. Idaho S. 15-20 
 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.20.7 
 4. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.19.6 
 6. McNeal, Rio Grande18.9 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.18.8 
 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.9.5 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 8. Alexander, Texas L.9.1 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.8.9 
 10. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.2 
 2. Daniels, Texas L.8.8 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.5 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Reynolds, Spring.6.3 
 8. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.3 
 9. Johnson, Austin T.6.2 
 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. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.0 
 9. Jackson, Idaho S.1.9 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Atchley, Rio Grande2.2 
 5. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 7. Sykes, Sioux F.1.8 
 8. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 
 9. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.6 
 10. Gaffney, Utah F.1.6 


Friday's games - by Eurobasket News
Idaho S. - Bakersfield J. 112-101
Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) led the way with his 11th double-double of the season for Idaho, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds as the Stampede beat the Bakersfield Jam 112-101 at Qwest Arena on Friday night. Davidson scored seven points in a dominating second quarter for Idaho, which turned a 28-24 deficit into a 55-42 lead at halftime. The Stampede held the Jam to just five field goals in the quarter. Cedric Jackson (6'3''-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) added a season-high 26 points for Idaho, and added nine assists and seven rebounds in the win. *Courtesy of www.idahopress.com

Utah F. - Reno Bighorns 112-106
The Reno Bighorns' franchise-best seven-game winning streak was snapped Friday night, as the Utah Flash (20-15) dropped Reno, 112-106, in the UCCU Events Center. Trailing by just two points after the first quarter, Reno (22-13) was outscored 35-20 in the second and would head into the break trailing by 17 points. The Horns fought back in the fourth, cutting the Flash lead to just three points with four minutes remaining, but could not complete the comeback. Tonight's loss was Reno's first since Jan. 26, and it came after a season-long 12-day layoff. Reno now sits three games behind Tulsa for the best record in the Western Conference. Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina) paced the Horns with 25 points, while Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas A&M) fell just one assist shy of a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Anthony Richardson added 19 points and eight rebounds for Reno. Brandon Costner was the difference for Utah, scoring 21 of his game-high 31 points in the first half. Kevin Kruger chipped in with 19 points while connecting on 4-8 from beyond the arc. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Iowa E. - Sioux Falls S. 130-107
Energy star Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) scored 19 points and handed out 16 assists as the Iowa Energy rolled to a 130-107 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce Friday night. Iowa used another fast start, darting out to a 30-21 1st quarter lead to take early control of the game. The Energy extended the lead to 64-54 at halftime as Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) scored 13 points before the break. Sioux Falls narrowed the gap in the 3rd quarter, as a Raymond Sykes layup with 5:51 left in the quarter cut Iowa's lead to 76-72. The Energy responded with a 10-2 run to extend the lead to 12 points, and cruised to their league-best 27th win of the season. The Energy shot 52.6% from the field, including 11 of 27 from 3-point land on the night. Iowa outrebounded Sioux Falls 47 to 39. Jeffers led Iowa with 21 points, while Michael Haynes added 20 in the win. Raymond Sykes and Maureece Rice each scored 24 points for the Skyforce, who fall to 6-27 on the season. The win maintains the Energy's 1.5 game lead over the Erie BayHawks in the NBA D-League Eastern Conference. Iowa has now been in 1st place in their division for 137 consecutive games. The Energy leave for a four game road-trip that includes games at Erie on Sunday and Tuesday. After those games, Iowa will travels to Springfield and Maine before returning home on Sunday, March 6th for Faith and Family Night presented by Goalsetter Systems. Faith-based star Aaron Shust will perform in concert after the Energy game. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Texas L. - Erie Bay H. 110-132
Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86, college: LSU) did his part to make sure the largest home crowd in Texas Legends franchise history went home disappointed Friday night, as he poured in 31 points to help the Erie BayHawks to a 132-110 NBA D-League victory. Playing in front of a record turnout of 4,419 fans at HP Court inside Dr Pepper Arena, Mitchell led all scorers and got help from teammate Garrett Temple (6'6''-G-86, college: LSU), who added 25 points and 11 rebounds. The BayHawks, who improved to 24-10, remained 11/2 games behind front-running Iowa in the battle for the East Conference lead. Iowa had no trouble defeating Sioux Falls on Friday 130-107. The conference leaders will square off at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tullio Arena. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com




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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


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


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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 31-7 
 2. KTP 26-10 
 3. Kataja 25-12 
 4. Korihait 24-13 
 5. Honka 22-13 
 6. Kouvot 19-18 
 7. Karhu 17-19 
 8. ToPo 17-20 
 9. Namika Lahti 13-23 
 10. Salon Vilpas 13-24 
 11. LrNMKY 8-29 
 12. Tarmo 5-32 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Wilson, Honka22.9 
 2. Lewis, LrNM.21.1 
 3. Heard, Tarmo21.0 
 4. Wood, Karhu20.4 
 5. Baxley, Karhu20.3 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo20.1 
 7. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 8. Walker, Kouvot19.3 
 9. Williamson, Honka19.2 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Wood, Karhu13.0 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.8 
 3. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 4. Doaks, Salon Vilpas9.9 
 5. Young, Tarmo9.9 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo9.4 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto9.4 
 8. Vinson, Kouvot9.3 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Steffan JOHNSON
  Karhu
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Johnson, Karhu4.7 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.6 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 4. Wood, Karhu4.1 
 5. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.9 
 6. Virtanen, Kataja3.8 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.8 
 8. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.6 
 9. Ivey, KTP3.6 
 10. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 2. Fields, KTP2.0 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Newson, Kataja1.8 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.7 
 8. Richards, ToPo1.6 
 9. Wilson, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 4. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo0.7 
 7. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 
 8. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.6 
 9. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 10. Belser, Honka0.6 


1 DIVISION: Two OTs today - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 20: Five contests today and two of them OTs. Korikonkarit (Loimaa) needed an OT before Honka (Tapiola) was defeated by two points 77-75 (68).
J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Minnesota) was the game MVP with 27pts and 20rbs. Juho Helenius (195-F-91) scored 22 pts for Honka. Another OT at Kerava, where Kerava ET upset BC Nokia 96-87 (80). Justice Graham (195-G-79, college: Glenville St.) and Pierre Jallow (203-F/C-79, college: William Jewell) combined 59 pts and 27 rbs for the hosts. Riento (Saynatsalo) upset Korikobrat (Lapua) 87-76. Eetu Nieminen (191-G/F-84) scored 20 pts for SayRi.

LoKoKo - Honka (Tapiola) OT 77-75 (68) (34-45). (JaSon Stamper 27/20, Maurice Horton 26, Channing Toney 14 - Juho Helenius 22, Villematti Kopio 13, Samuli Vanttaja 12).
Kerava ET - BC Nokia OT 96-87 (80) (44-47). (Justice Graham 36/13, Pierre Jallow 23/14, Ossi Korhonen 11 - Pekka Setala 18, Henri Jokinen 18, Baboucarr Bojang 17/16).
SayRi - Lapua 87-76 (40-35). (Eetu Nieminen 20, DeMarcus Hall 17, Eryk Thomas 14 - Derick Nelson 26, Bennby Valentine 22, Tyrwone Still 10).
TomPo - FoKoPo 82-93 (41-48). (Vesa Linturi 13, Jussi Airas 13, Mikael Sandberg 13 - Olli Kaunismaki 18, Jeremy McCulloch 14, Andre Foreman 12).
Ura Basket - YMCA Lahti II 89-59 (40-27). (Zach Ramey 17/7a, Niilo Lehtila 16, Jan-Axel Alanko 15 - Vesa Heinonen 18, Sebastian Booker 15, Sebastian Scakici 9).





Korisliiga Round 37: Tampereen Pyrinto beats Joensuun Kataja in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Korisliiga is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 7 rounds.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tampere. First ranked Tampereen Pyrinto faced 3rd placed Joensuun Kataja. Host Tampereen Pyrinto (31-7) defeated guests from Joensuu (25-12) 70-59. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Joensuun Kataja. The game was mostly controlled by Tampereen Pyrinto. Joensuun Kataja managed to win second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tampereen Pyrinto dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Joensuun Kataja's 26. American guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue, agency: Warren Sports International) fired 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Darren Fells (201-86, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Tampereen Pyrinto have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 31-7 record. Joensuun Kataja at the other side keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto are looking forward to face Salon Vilpas (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Joensuun Kataja will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#7) in Kauhajoki and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kouvola. Local Kouvot (19-18) was outscored by seventh ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (17-19) 97-75. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Walt Baxley contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners. The former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Kouvot. Kouvot's coach Jyri Lehtonen gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains seventh place with 17-19 record. Kouvot at the other side keeps the sixth position with 18 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kouvot will play against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 37 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
KTP defeated Namika Lahti in Kotka 101-87. Bottom-ranked Tarmo was beaten by Honka at home 77-93. LrNMKY was destroyed by Korihait on the opponent's court 89-68. ToPo outscored Salon Vilpas in a home game 87-68.



Namika Lahti - KTP 87-101

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Namika Lahti (13-23) was defeated at home by second ranked KTP-Basket (26-10) 101-87. The game was mostly controlled by KTP-Basket. Namika Lahti was better in second period 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KTP-Basket forced 19 Namika Lahti turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Canadian forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. KTP-Basket's coach Ray Ailus allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Roope Suonio (176-82) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Ryan Ayers (201-86, college: Notre Dame) added 19 points in the effort for Namika Lahti. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. KTP-Basket maintains second place with 26-10 record having seven points less than leader Pyrinto. Namika Lahti lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 23 games lost. KTP-Basket will play against Torpan Pojat (#8) in Helsinki in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Namika Lahti will play on the road against Espoo Honka and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: R.Ayers 19+3reb+1ast, J.Korhonen 15, R.Suonio 14+5reb+6ast, P.Pekkola 13+4reb+1ast, T.Hendley 11+6reb+5ast, V.Heinonen 7+5reb+1ast
KTP: J.Ivey 25+4reb+7ast, S.Barrett 22+10reb+1ast, J.Fields 20+3reb+6ast, J.Eskola 14+4reb+2ast, M.Holme 10+3reb+1ast, J.Karppinen 4
gschID: 106607


Tarmo - Honka 77-93

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Espoo Honka (22-13) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (5-32) 93-77. Porvoon Tarmo was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 50-32 second half run of Espoo Honka. They shot 60.3 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Espoo Honka especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Espoo Honka players scored in double figures. Espoo Honka's coach Pekka Salminen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) answered with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Jerrah Young (202-85, college: Toledo) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Porvoon Tarmo. Espoo Honka maintains fifth place with 22-13 record. Newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo stay dead last with 32 lost games. Espoo Honka will play against Namika Lahti (#9) at home in the next round. Porvoon Tarmo will play against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tarmo: J.Heard 21+6reb+5ast, J.Young 18+7reb, R.Fields 12+2reb+2ast, E.Maki-Tulokas 9+5reb+2ast, L.Trice Little 7+2reb, J.Kyllonen 6+3ast
Honka: J.Wilson 20+4reb+2ast, J.Williamson 18+7reb, J.Matinen 14+4reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 12+4reb+2ast, C.Belser 12+5reb+1ast, T.Iisalo 10+2reb
gschID: 106608


Korihait - LrNMKY 89-68

Very expected game in Uusikaupunki where 11th ranked LrNMKY (8-29) was rolled over by fourth ranked UU-Korihait (24-13) 89-68. It looked good early as LrNMKY took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then UU-Korihait had a 32-18 second period charge getting the lead and LrNMKY was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-89. UU-Korihait had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four UU-Korihait players scored in double figures. UU-Korihait's coach Tom Westerholm felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard James Lewis (191-86, college: Fresno Pacific) answered with 23 points and swingman Tuukka Kulha (193-85) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for LrNMKY. The victory was the third consecutive win for UU-Korihait. They maintain fourth place with 24-13 record. LrNMKY lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 29 games lost. UU-Korihait will play against Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola in the next round. LrNMKY will play at home against Porvoon Tarmo (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: J.Lewis 23+3reb+1ast, H.Coleman 14+5reb, V.Vanjoki 8+2reb+1ast, T.Kulha 8+8reb+3ast, V.Kaijansinkko 7, M.Moore 6+4reb+4ast
Korihait: L.Wright 27+6reb+2ast, N.Moore 16+9reb+2ast, J.Reaves 15+7reb, M.Jalonen 12+1reb+3ast, B.Sarcevic 8+3reb+3ast, H.Saaristo 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 106609


Pyrinto - Kataja 70-59

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tampere. First ranked Tampereen Pyrinto faced 3rd placed Joensuun Kataja. Host Tampereen Pyrinto (31-7) defeated guests from Joensuu (25-12) 70-59. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Joensuun Kataja. The game was mostly controlled by Tampereen Pyrinto. Joensuun Kataja managed to win second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tampereen Pyrinto dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Joensuun Kataja's 26. American guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue, agency: Warren Sports International) fired 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Darren Fells (201-86, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and the former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for lost side. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Tampereen Pyrinto have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 31-7 record. Joensuun Kataja at the other side keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto are looking forward to face Salon Vilpas (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Joensuun Kataja will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#7) in Kauhajoki and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Kataja: S.Lehtoranta 16+6reb+2ast, D.Fells 13+12reb+1ast, J.Newson 11+6reb+1ast, J.Conley 10+5reb+1ast, P.Virtanen 5+6reb+1ast, A.Kanervo 4+1ast
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 20+8reb+3ast, D.Williams 17+6reb+4ast, A.Lehto 9+1ast, A.Williams 7+9reb+1ast, A.Nikkila 6+2reb+1ast, J.Harjula 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 106604


ToPo - Salon Vilpas 87-68

Rather predictable result in Helsinki where eighth ranked Torpan Pojat (17-20) outscored 10th ranked Salon Vilpas (13-24) 87-68. Salon Vilpas was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 47-25 second half run of Torpan Pojat. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Frank Richards (188-82, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat's coach Miguel Lopez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Matti Nuutinen (200-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Samu Kaaresvirta (192-81) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Salon Vilpas. Torpan Pojat maintains eighth place with 17-20 record. Salon Vilpas at the other side keeps the tenth position with 24 games lost. Torpan Pojat will play against league's second-placed KTP-Basket in Kotka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Salon Vilpas will play at home against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: M.Nuutinen 21+11reb+1ast, N.Doaks 14+3reb, S.Kaaresvirta 10+6reb+1ast, J.Kataja 6+2reb+3ast, R.Ahonen 6+2reb, N.Okorie 5+3reb+3ast
ToPo: L.Blanchard 22+5reb+2ast, F.Richards 16+9reb+3ast, M.Koivisto 15+1reb+3ast, T.Heinonen 14+4reb+1ast, E.Lehtinen 9+8reb+2ast, T.Pearson 9+3reb
gschID: 106605


Kouvot - Karhu 75-97

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kouvola. Local Kouvot (19-18) was outscored by seventh ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (17-19) 97-75. It looked good early as Kouvot took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kauhajoen Karhu had a 31-19 second period charge getting the lead and Kouvot was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-97. It was a great shooting night for Kauhajoen Karhu especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Walt Baxley (191-84, college: Mars Hill) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners. The former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds and American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: Va Commonwealth, agency: Pro One Sports) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kouvot. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kouvot's coach Jyri Lehtonen gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains seventh place with 17-19 record. Kouvot at the other side keeps the sixth position with 18 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kouvot will play against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: A.Nikkarinen 15+2reb+5ast, V.Kaunisto 14+9reb+2ast, D.Vinson 14+5reb+1ast, B.Walker 13+6reb+3ast, J.Gonner 8+1reb+2ast, L.Toivonen 4+5reb+2ast
Karhu: J.Wood 27+8reb+4ast, W.Baxley 23+6reb+1ast, S.Johnson 15+5reb+6ast, A.Huuskonen 11+1reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 8+10reb+2ast, H.Hirvikoski 7
gschID: 106606




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ProB Round 23: JSF Nanterre loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

There was a change at the ProB leadership position after last games. Round 23 most important game was a defeat of league's leader JSF Nanterre (16-7). They were defeated by second ranked SPO Rouen (17-6) 90-80 in overtime on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 28-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning it 15-5. It was a great shooting night for SPO Rouen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was a great evening for American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Naturalized Mali forward Sambou Traore (200-79) helped adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. American power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. JSF Nanterre's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SPO Rouen keeps a position of league leader. JSF Nanterre at the other side dropped to the second place with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Rouen. JSF Nanterre will play next round against Olympique Antibes trying to make it back to the top of the standings. SPO Rouen will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Fos Ouest (14-9) against seventh ranked JDA Dijon (14-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Fos Ouest was crushed by JDA Dijon in JDA Dijon 72-52. It was an exceptional evening for forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Errick Craven accounted for 9 points and 7 assists. Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) came up with 11 points and 9 rebounds for Fos Ouest in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JDA Dijon moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Fos Ouest. JDA Dijon will play against Nantes (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Fos Ouest will play against Boulazac Basket (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Reims was also quite interesting. 4th placed ALM Evreux (14-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Chalons-Reims (14-9). Chalons-Reims defeated ALM Evreux 85-69 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Bryan Mullins who scored 15 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. LaQuan Prowell produced 17 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. ALM Evreux's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Chalons-Reims moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated ALM Evreux. ALM Evreux lost third consecutive game. Chalons-Reims will meet JL Bourg (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALM Evreux will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#18) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Le Portel was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Boulazac Basket (13-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Le Portel (14-9). Le Portel defeated Boulazac Basket 82-71. Chris Davis orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. Le Portel have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Boulazac Basket lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Le Portel's next round opponent will be Saint Vallier (#14) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Boulazac Basket will play against Fos Ouest (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Antibes where 10th ranked JL Bourg (11-12) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (10-13) 69-62 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of JL Bourg. It was a great evening for Sacha Massot who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. JL Bourg's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Olympique Antibes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Lille. Loser JL Bourg keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Olympique Antibes will face league's second-placed JSF Nanterre on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Maurienne destroyed Clermont on the opponent's court 87-65. Nantes unfortunately lost to Boulogne in a home game 70-74. St Vallier rolled over Charleville on the road 82-59. Quimper defeated Lille on its own court 79-66.


Clermont - Maurienne 65-87

Very expected game when 17th ranked Stade Clermont (5-18) was crushed at home by ninth ranked Aix-Maurienne (13-10) 87-65 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Aix-Maurienne. Stade Clermont was better in third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Stade Clermont to just 6 points in second quarter. Aix-Maurienne shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for naturalized Cameroonian guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina) helped adding 19 points. Four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne's coach Guillaume Quintard felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Mathieu Guichard (188-88) responded with 15 points and 6 assists and American forward Tremaine Ford (207-86, college: Cal.St. Northridge) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Aix-Maurienne moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Boulazac. Stade Clermont lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 18 games lost. Aix-Maurienne will face league's leader SPO Rouen at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against Lille Metropole (#13).
Top scorers:
Maurienne: M.Sonko 19+4reb+2ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 18+2reb+10ast, J.Mathis 14+10reb+1ast, J.Hoyaux 13+1reb+1ast, E.Joldersma 6+6reb+1ast, S.Darnauzan 6+2reb+2ast
Clermont: M.Guichard 15+4reb+6ast, T.Ford 15+8reb+1ast, S.Cisse 8, X.Delarue 8+2reb, D.Bouldin 7+2reb, O.Bassett 6+6reb+5ast
gschID: 100532


Nantes - Boulogne 70-74

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (11-12) defeated on the road 14th ranked Nantes (9-14) 74-70 on Friday. Nantes was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Strangely Nantes outrebounded SO Maritime Boulogne 41-26 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard Tony Stanley (192-77, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. His fellow American import forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. SO Maritime Boulogne's coach Germain Castano used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and forward Aaron Cel (203-87) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Bourg. Loser Nantes keeps the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face Quimper UJAP (#16) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Nantes will play against JDA Dijon.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: T.Stanley 18+3reb+3ast, L.Milbourne 15+6reb, F.Raposo Laurencio 11+7reb+2ast, E.Plateau 8+2reb+3ast, L.Kante 7+1reb, K.Patiejunas 5+3reb+4ast
Nantes: K.Barber 19+13reb, A.Cel 15+7reb, O.Bardet 9+3reb+3ast, A.Charles 9+3reb+5ast, N.Gayon 9+5reb+2ast, J.James 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 100529


Chalons-Reims - Evreux 85-69

The game in Reims was also quite interesting. 4th placed ALM Evreux (14-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Chalons-Reims (14-9). Chalons-Reims defeated ALM Evreux 85-69 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-69. Chalons-Reims dominated on the defensive end, holding ALM Evreux to just 7 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to ALM Evreux's 28. Chalons-Reims forced 19 ALM Evreux turnovers. The best player for the winners was American-Irish guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) who scored 15 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Center Herve Jalce (201-80) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: ZAG Advocates) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ludovic Chelle (185-83) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. ALM Evreux's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Chalons-Reims moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated ALM Evreux. ALM Evreux lost third consecutive game. Chalons-Reims will meet JL Bourg (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALM Evreux will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#18) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: B.Mullins 15+1reb+8ast, H.Jalce 14+5reb+1ast, C.Daniels 13+6reb, B.Mangin 12+1reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 11+8reb+1ast, G.Radonjic 10+1reb+2ast
Evreux: L.Prowell 17+7reb+2ast, T.Maizeroi 13+2reb+1ast, C.Watson 10+2reb+3ast, B.Toffin 10+3reb, L.Chelle 9+7reb+2ast, P.Da Silva 7+3reb+6ast
gschID: 100530


Charleville - St Vallier 59-82

Not a big story in a game when 18th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (4-19) was rolled over at home by fifteenth ranked Saint Vallier (9-14) 82-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Saint Vallier. Charleville-Mezieres was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint Vallier had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Kevin Bichard (192-86) helped adding 15 points and 6 assists. Five Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Todd Peterson (203-84, college: N.Illinois) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Saint Vallier moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Quimper and Nantes. Loser Charleville-Mezieres stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Saint Vallier will face higher ranked Le Portel (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Charleville-Mezieres will play against ALM Evreux (#5).
Top scorers:
St Vallier: C.Bronchard 19+4reb+2ast, K.Bichard 15+4reb+6ast, B.Vounang 14+6reb+1ast, K.Shiloh 11+8reb+3ast, D.Denave 10+6reb+5ast, M.Tensorer 8+3reb+2ast
Charleville: C.Rouse 15+10reb+1ast, J.McClark 12+5reb+1ast, T.Peterson 11+7reb, D.Jean-Joseph 6+3reb, G.Florimont 6+1reb+1ast, K.Morlende 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100531


Antibes - Bourg 69-62

An interesting game took place in Antibes where 10th ranked JL Bourg (11-12) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (10-13) 69-62 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of JL Bourg. JL Bourg trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 25-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 62-69 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agency: LBM Management) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Lesly Bengaber (198-79) helped adding 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Dean Oliver (180-78, college: Iowa) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. JL Bourg's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Olympique Antibes have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Lille. Loser JL Bourg keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Olympique Antibes will face league's second-placed JSF Nanterre on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Antibes: S.Massot 17+5reb+2ast, M.Bojovic 13+4reb+3ast, L.Bengaber 12+7reb+4ast, J.Ingram 12+4reb+4ast, M.Courby 6+6reb+2ast, S.Ho You Fat 6+8reb+1ast
Bourg: D.Monds 22+10reb+1ast, K.Corre 11+10reb, D.Oliver 10+5reb+8ast, A.Tsagarakis 5+1reb, K.Thomas 4+4reb, I.Koma 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 100526


Rouen - Nanterre 90-80 OT

There was a change at the ProB leadership position after last games. Round 23 most important game was a defeat of league's leader JSF Nanterre (16-7). They were defeated by second ranked SPO Rouen (17-6) 90-80 in overtime on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 28-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-5. It was a great shooting night for SPO Rouen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was a great evening for American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Naturalized Mali forward Sambou Traore (200-79) helped adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. American power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Five SPO Rouen and four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SPO Rouen keeps a position of league leader. JSF Nanterre at the other side dropped to the second place with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Rouen. JSF Nanterre will play next round against Olympique Antibes trying to make it back to the top of the standings. SPO Rouen will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Siggers 24+2reb+2ast, P.Okafor 14+6reb+2ast, S.Traore 13+11reb+1ast, K.Reid 11+3reb+6ast, D.Williams 10+4reb+1ast, P.Poupet 10+2reb+2ast
Nanterre: N.Carter 28+10reb, M.Riley 19+1reb+2ast, W.Daniels 19+7reb+3ast, M.Judith 10+5reb+3ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 4+4reb+1ast, J.Nzeulie 0
gschID: 100527


Le Portel - Boulazac 82-71

The game in Le Portel was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Boulazac Basket (13-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Le Portel (14-9). Le Portel defeated Boulazac Basket 82-71. Boulazac Basket was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 27-14 charge of Le Portel, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. American swingman Chris Davis (196-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Mehdi Labeyrie (202-78) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Yannick Gaillou (198-79) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Amadi McKenzie (201-86) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Boulazac Basket. Four Le Portel and five Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. Le Portel have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Boulazac Basket lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Le Portel's next round opponent will be Saint Vallier (#14) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Boulazac Basket will play against Fos Ouest (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: C.Davis 23+9reb+2ast, M.Labeyrie 13+7reb+3ast, N.Wyatte 13+6reb+2ast, A.Rowland 13+2reb+3ast, F.N'Kembe 7+2reb+3ast, I.Sy 7+1reb
Boulazac: Y.Gaillou 16+8reb+1ast, C.Melicie 13+2reb+1ast, B.Jacobson 13+6reb+2ast, A.McKenzie 12+11reb+1ast, M.Badiane 10+4reb, T.Dubiez 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 100528


Dijon - Fos Ouest 72-52

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Fos Ouest (14-9) against seventh ranked JDA Dijon (14-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Fos Ouest was crushed by JDA Dijon in JDA Dijon 72-52. The game was mostly controlled by JDA Dijon. Fos Ouest was better in fourth quarter 17-6. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) accounted for 9 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) came up with 11 points and 9 rebounds and forward Philippe Haquet (199-86) added 15 points respectively for Fos Ouest in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JDA Dijon moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Fos Ouest. JDA Dijon will play against Nantes (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Fos Ouest will play against Boulazac Basket (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dijon: J.Leloup 22+8reb+3ast, E.Bing 10+2reb, E.Craven 9+4reb+7ast, D.Melody 8+4reb+3ast, F.Prenom 8+3reb, B.Monclar 7+3reb
Fos Ouest: P.Haquet 15+2reb+1ast, M.Hachad 11+9reb+1ast, M.Dia 7+5reb+2ast, L.Cummard 7+3reb+1ast, Z.Bah 6+1reb+2ast, L.Labeyrie 2+1reb
gschID: 100524


Quimper - Lille 79-66

There was a surprise result when sixteenth ranked Quimper UJAP (9-14) beat at home higher ranked Lille Metropole (10-13) 79-66 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 38-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Quimper UJAP made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Lille Metropole was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Vincent Mouillard (187-87) helped adding 11 points and 6 assists. American forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with 16 points and the other American import power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) scored 13 points. Lille Metropole's coach gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Quimper UJAP have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Nantes and St Vallier. Loser Lille Metropole keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Quimper UJAP will face higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Quimper: J.Volcy 17+8reb+5ast, G.Lessort 12+4reb+1ast, A.Rigaux 11+3reb+1ast, V.Mouillard 11+2reb+6ast, A.Toto N'Kote 8+6reb+1ast, M.Jefferson 8+1reb
Lille: S.Barnette 16+2reb+1ast, B.Gillet 14+1ast, A.Harris 13+4reb+2ast, R.Chery 7+5reb+1ast, N.Taccoen 6+4reb, O.Gouez 4
gschID: 100525




ProA Round 19: No.1 Cholet loses the game to ASVEL - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the ProA leadership position after last games. Round 19 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Cholet (14-5). They were defeated by seventh ranked ASVEL (10-9) 89-77 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cholet. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 12 points. ASVEL made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Cholet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds. The former international forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83) helped adding 19 points. ASVEL's coach Nordine Ghrib used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) responded with 23 points and 4 assists. ASVEL maintains seventh place with 10-9 record. Defending champion Cholet still keeps top position with five games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Chalon who have the same record. Cholet will play next round against Le Mans trying to make it back to the top of the standings. ASVEL will try to continue on its current victory against thirteenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 on the road.
Tenth-ranked Strasbourg IG (8-11) gave a tough game to second ranked Chalon/Saor (14-5). The visitors from Chalon managed to secure only one-point victory 79-78. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for center Adolphe Michel Jean-Baptiste (205-79) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Ilian Evtimov accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds for Strasbourg IG in the defeat. Strasbourg IG's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalon/Saor keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Cholet. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Le Havre. Chalon/Saor will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Strasbourg IG will play against Paris-Levallois (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Chorale de Roanne (13-6) against fourth ranked Sluc Nancy (13-6) on Friday night. Host Chorale de Roanne was defeated by Sluc Nancy in a tough game in Roanne 74-78. Tremmell Darden fired 28 points for the winners. Dylan Page produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Chorale de Roanne's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sluc Nancy moved-up to third place, which they share with Gravelines and Roanne. Sluc Nancy will meet at home Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Chorale de Roanne will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#15) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Le Mans. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 13th ranked Paris-Levallois (7-12) to ninth ranked Le Mans (9-10) 73-71 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Mihalis Kakiouzis who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. Le Mans moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Paris-Levallois at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Le Mans' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Cholet on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Paris-Levallois will play against Strasbourg IG (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Vichy. Fourteenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (7-12) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 16th ranked JA Vichy (4-15) 67-65 on Saturday evening. It was a great evening for Amara Sy who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points. Entente Orleans 45's coach Philippe Herve allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Poitierarleys. JA Vichy lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will face higher ranked ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JA Vichy will play at home against Poitiers (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: Gravelines won against Poitierarleys on the opponent's court 80-74. Pau-Lacq-Orthez managed to outperform Hyeres-Toulon in a home game 82-70. Limoges was rolled over Le Havre on the road 93-74.


Roanne - Nancy 74-78

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Chorale de Roanne (13-6) against fourth ranked Sluc Nancy (13-6) on Friday night. Host Chorale de Roanne was defeated by Sluc Nancy in a tough game in Roanne 74-78. Chorale de Roanne trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 19-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-78 at the end of the game. Sluc Nancy dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Chorale de Roanne's 26. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) fired 28 points for the winners. American-Bulgarian guard Willie Deane (186-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Chorale de Roanne's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sluc Nancy moved-up to third place, which they share with Gravelines and Roanne. Sluc Nancy will meet at home Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Chorale de Roanne will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nancy: T.Darden 28+3reb+1ast, W.Deane 12+3reb+7ast, S.Brun 9+1reb+2ast, K.Grant 9+3reb+5ast, V.Samnick 7+2reb, T.Johnson 6+1reb
Roanne: D.Page 20+10reb+2ast, P.Braud 13+1reb, P.Amagou 12+4reb+1ast, J.Mipoka 10+2reb+1ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 9+9reb+4ast, S.Diabate 3+2reb+8ast
gschID: 100239


Vichy - Orleans 65-67

Important game to mention about took place in Vichy. Fourteenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (7-12) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 16th ranked JA Vichy (4-15) 67-65 on Saturday evening. JA Vichy was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 15-6 charge of Entente Orleans 45, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding JA Vichy to just 6 points in fourth quarter. It was a great evening for naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points. International guard Aldo Curti (180-87) helped adding 14 points. Entente Orleans 45's coach Philippe Herve allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and U.S. Virgin Isl. Center Frank Elegar (206-86, college: Drexel) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Poitierarleys. JA Vichy lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will face higher ranked ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JA Vichy will play at home against Poitiers (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orleans: A.Sy 16+3reb+1ast, A.Curti 14+3reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 11+3reb+2ast, M.NDoye 9+1reb, L.Vaty 5+3reb+1ast, J.Smith 4+5reb+1ast
Vichy: D.Nichols 22+9reb+3ast, F.Elegar 12+6reb, T.Larrouquis 10+1reb+1ast, J.Shuler 7+4reb+2ast, J.Aka 7+3reb, R.Gaines 5+1ast
gschID: 100240


Le Mans - Paris-Levallois 73-71

A very interesting game took place in Le Mans. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 13th ranked Paris-Levallois (7-12) to ninth ranked Le Mans (9-10) 73-71 on Saturday evening. The hosts were already 12 points ahead at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 22-11 last quarter charge of Paris-Levallois cut the lead to 73-71 at the end of the game. Le Mans forced 19 Paris-Levallois turnovers. Strangely Paris-Levallois outrebounded Le Mans 35-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Greek center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. International guard Antoine Diot (191-89) contributed with 16 points, 8 assists and 6 steals for the winners. American forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley, agency: Lanshire Group) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. Le Mans moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Paris-Levallois at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Le Mans' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Cholet on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Paris-Levallois will play against Strasbourg IG (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: M.Kakiouzis 21+7reb+2ast, A.Diot 16+4reb+8ast, B.Dewar 14+1reb+1ast, J.Paulo Batista 8+3reb+1ast, M.Pellin 6+2reb+5ast, A.Acker 3
Paris-Levallois: L.Hamilton 16+9reb+3ast, E.Chatfield 12+5reb+2ast, M.Morandais 11+1reb+1ast, M.Sommerville 10+9reb+3ast, A.Albicy 7+2ast, D.Noel 5+1reb
gschID: 100241


Poitierarleys - Gravelines 74-80

Very expected game when 12th ranked Poitiers (7-12) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (13-6) 80-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 23-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gravelines-Dunkerque made 11 blocks. It was a great evening for the former international forward Dounia Issa (198-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) helped adding 17 points and 6 assists. At the losing side American forward Kenny Younger (203-77, college: Houston, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Tommy Gunn (191-81, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Warren Sports International) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gravelines-Dunkerque have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Roanne and Nancy. Loser Poitiers keeps the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face STB Le Havre (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Poitiers will play against JA Vichy.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: D.Issa 19+11reb+1ast, C.Akpomedah 18+4reb+2ast, B.Woodside 17+3reb+6ast, Y.Bokolo 10+2reb+4ast, M.Sene 8+6reb, J.Greer 5+5reb+2ast
Poitierarleys: T.Gunn 19+4reb+4ast, K.Younger 15+11reb+2ast, P.Badiane 12+6reb+2ast, C.Ona-Embo 10+2reb+1ast, R.Wright 9+3reb+1ast, P.Guillard 5+2reb
gschID: 100236


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Hyeres-Toulon 82-70

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (9-10) defeated at home higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (11-8) 82-70 on Friday. It was a great evening for guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 assists. American guard Demetric Bennett (193-85) helped adding 15 points. At the losing side American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) responded with 16 points and naturalized Congolese forward Nobel Boungou Colo (202-88) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Alain Weisz let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Le Mans. Loser Hyeres-Toulon keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will face higher ranked Sluc Nancy (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Gipson 20+1reb+6ast, D.Bennett 15+2reb+2ast, S.Rimac 10+1reb+3ast, M.Maravic 10+2reb+2ast, L.Sciarra 8+1reb+1ast, G.Joseph 7+8reb+1ast
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 16+4reb+3ast, N.Boungou Colo 13+4reb+2ast, S.Fein 13+1reb+2ast, K.Houston 10+2reb+2ast, P.Morlende 9+1reb+4ast, D.Krupalija 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 100237


Le Havre - Limoges 93-74

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (5-14) was rolled over on the road by eleventh ranked STB Le Havre (8-11) 93-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by STB Le Havre. Limoges CSP Elite was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. STB Le Havre made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for naturalized American swingman Nicholas Pope (196-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Joseph Jones (206-86, college: Texas A&M) helped adding 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) responded with 19 points and the other American import center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four STB Le Havre and five Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. STB Le Havre moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Strasbourg. Limoges CSP Elite lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. STB Le Havre will face higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Chorale de Roanne (#3).
Top scorers:
Le Havre: N.Pope 22+9reb+1ast, M.King 20+2reb+4ast, J.Jones 19+7reb+5ast, Y.Sangare 17+3reb+5ast, W.Wilkinson 8+9reb, N.Fox 5+2reb+1ast
Limoges: C.Massie 19+4reb+3ast, R.Taylor 12+5reb+5ast, R.Hite 11+6reb+5ast, C.Banks 10+4reb+2ast, R.Guinn 10+10reb+3ast, R.Desroses 5
gschID: 100238


Strasbourg - Chalon 78-79

Tenth-ranked Strasbourg IG (8-11) gave a tough game to second ranked Chalon/Saor (14-5). The visitors from Chalon managed to secure only one-point victory 79-78. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-18. But Strasbourg IG won second period 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for center Adolphe Michel Jean-Baptiste (205-79) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Bulgarian forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds and American-British forward John McCord (201-73, college: Cornell) added 11 points respectively for Strasbourg IG in the defeat. Strasbourg IG's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalon/Saor keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Cholet. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Le Havre. Chalon/Saor will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Strasbourg IG will play against Paris-Levallois (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalon: A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 15+5reb, I.Evtimov 15+5reb, N.Lang 11+3reb+2ast, M.Haynes 10+3reb+4ast, S.Tchicamboud 8+5reb+5ast, A.Aminu 6+4reb
Strasbourg: J.Hawkins 20+5reb+3ast, J.McCord 11+3reb+1ast, N.Lewis 10+2reb, S.Essart 9+3ast, P.Pasco 8+4reb+1ast, A.Digbeu 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 100234


ASVEL - Cholet 89-77

There was a change at the ProA leadership position after last games. Round 19 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Cholet (14-5). They were defeated by seventh ranked ASVEL (10-9) 89-77 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cholet. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 12 points. ASVEL made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Cholet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds. The former international forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83) helped adding 19 points. ASVEL's coach Nordine Ghrib used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) responded with 23 points and 4 assists and Serbian guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Five ASVEL and four Cholet players scored in double figures. ASVEL maintains seventh place with 10-9 record. Defending champion Cholet still keeps top position with five games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Chalon who have the same record. Cholet will play next round against Le Mans trying to make it back to the top of the standings. ASVEL will try to continue on its current victory against thirteenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 on the road.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: P.Mensah-Bonsu 27+13reb+2ast, M.Gelabale 19+4reb+3ast, M.Walsh 11+2reb+6ast, K.Tillie 10+3reb, D.Jefferson 10+5reb+2ast, E.Jackson 7+1reb
Cholet: S.Mejia 23+3reb+4ast, V.Avdalovic 14+5ast, D.Nelson 11+3reb+1ast, A.Robinson 10+5reb+1ast, W.Gradit 6+1reb, R.Falker 6+8reb+3ast
gschID: 100235




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


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Rouen 17-6 
 2. Nanterre 16-7 
 3. Le Portel 14-9 
 4. Dijon 14-9 
 5. Evreux 14-9 
 6. Chalons-Reims 14-9 
 7. Fos Ouest 14-9 
 8. Maurienne 13-10 
 9. Boulazac 13-10 
 10. Bourg 11-12 
 11. Boulogne 11-12 
 12. Antibes 10-13 
 13. Lille 10-13 
 14. St Vallier 9-14 
 15. Nantes 9-14 
 16. Quimper 9-14 
 17. Clermont 5-18 
 18. Charleville 4-19 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Tremmell DARDEN
  Nancy
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Darden, Nancy18.2 
 2. Nichols, Vichy18.0 
 3. Mejia, Cholet17.8 
 4. Jefferson, AS.17.4 
 5. Massie, Limoges17.2 
 6. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.1 
 7. King, Le Havre15.8 
 8. Bennett, Pau-La.15.6 
 9. Woodside, Gravelines15.6 
 10. Hamilton, Paris-.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Gravelines
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Issa, Gravelines9.0 
 2. Massie, Limoges8.9 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 4. Jones, Le Havre8.6 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy8.5 
 6. Elegar, Vichy8.0 
 7. Jefferson, AS.7.7 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.3 
 10. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.1 
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. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.3 
 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. Diot, Le Mans2.4 
 4. Darden, Nancy2.3 
 5. Walsh, AS.2.1 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 7. Sangare, Le Havre1.7 
 8. Bennett, Pau-La.1.7 
 9. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
 10. Elegar, Vichy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Gravelines
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Issa, Gravelines1.8 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 3. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 4. Sene, Gravelines1.4 
 5. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 6. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 7. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.2 
 8. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 9. Akingbala, Nancy1.1 
 10. Badiane, Poitiera.1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Sonko, Maurienne18.8 
 2. Siggers, Rouen18.7 
 3. Harris, Lille18.3 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.7 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest17.1 
 6. Rouse, Charleville15.5 
 7. Dunn, Maurienne15.4 
 8. Daniels, Nanterre15.4 
 9. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.4 
 10. Runkaukas, Quimper15.3 
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. Monds, Bourg8.8 
 5. Bing, Dijon8.7 
 6. Monroe, Boulogne8.3 
 7. Giles, Rouen8.3 
 8. Rouse, Charleville8.2 
 9. Massot, Antibes7.6 
 10. Badiane, Boulazac7.4 
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. Craven, Dijon5.0 
 6. Denave, St Vallier5.0 
 7. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 8. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 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. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 6. Craven, Dijon2.3 
 7. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 9. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.1 
 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 


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


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 21-1 
 2. Wuerzburg 17-5 
 3. Chemnitz 15-7 
 4. Crailsheim 14-8 
 5. Osnabrueck 13-8 
 6. Kirchheim 13-9 
 7. Braves 12-9 
 8. Webmoebel 11-10 
 9. Karlsruhe 10-12 
 10. Heidelberg 9-12 
 11. Hannover 8-14 
 12. Jena 7-15 
 13. Cuxhaven 6-16 
 14. Dragons 6-16 
 15. ETB Wohnbau 6-16 
 16. Freiburg 6-16 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Schwelm 17-5 
 2. Herten 16-6 
 3. Vechta 16-6 
 4. Stahnsdorf 13-9 
 5. Wulfen 11-11 
 6. Leipzig 11-11 
 7. SU Medien 10-12 
 8. Bayer Giants 10-12 
 9. Rist-Wedel 9-13 
 10. ALBA Berlin II 9-13 
 11. Wolfenbuettel 6-16 
 12. Bernau 4-18 
Group South
 1. Ehingen 20-2 
 2. Leitershofen 17-5 
 3. NBC 17-5 
 4. Licher Baeren 16-6 
 5. Langen 14-8 
 6. BG Illertal 10-12 
 7. TSV Troester 10-12 
 8. Gotha 6-16 
 9. Giessen 6-16 
 10. Dt.Bank SKY II 6-16 
 11. Schwenningen 6-16 
 12. Konstanz 4-18 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Wood, Dt.17.7 
 2. Allen, ALBA16.5 
 3. Benzing, ratio.16.4 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.2 
 5. Rice, Art.Dragons15.9 
 6. Ross, MBC15.6 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 8. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.3 
 9. Harris, EnBW L.15.3 
 10. Callahan, Bremerha.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.8 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.5 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.4 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.2 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 8. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 9. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.7 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.8 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.5 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.0 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons4.9 
 5. Green, EnBW L.4.3 
 6. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.2 
 8. Campbell, EWE B.4.2 
 9. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 10. Copeland, Bremerha.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.7 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.6 
 5. Wise, Telekom .1.5 
 6. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.5 
 7. Pryor, Phoenix .1.5 
 8. Wood, Dt.1.3 
 9. Bernard, MBC1.3 
 10. Skinn, NY Phantoms1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.5 
 5. Seward, Phoenix .1.3 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Scott, Goettingen1.2 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 9. Denison, Bremerha.1.0 
 10. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 


Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons) We Cant Just Focus On Dashaun Wood And Expect To Win The Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) is a 30 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 9th professional basketball season playing his fourth with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17games averaging 18.1ppg,5.3rpg,2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. Last season, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. He sat down and spoke with Eurobasket before the game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners February 27th.

How well have The Artland Dragons digested the 75-69 loss to the Brose Baskets Bamberg and what was the most important thing the team learned from this loss?

It was a tough loss for us. For the second time against Bamberg, we were right there at the end of the game and let it slip away. We have to execute and be patient on offense towers the end of the game. If we do those things, we will close out the tough games.

What do the Artland Dragons still need to do on the court to reach the level of Bamberg?

We have to control our emotions and stay calm at critical points in the game. Bamberg does a good job of getting what they want at important times during the game.

The next game is against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. What has been your impression of this team this season?

Frankfurt has been a good team all year. I think they have good players at all positions and are a team that works very hard on the defensive end. It's hard to get easy baskets when you play against them.

What is your memory of the 82-56 loss against Frankfurt earlier in the season?

It was a bad loss for us at home. It was a close game at halftime, and they went on a run in the third quarter to control the game.

Its been almost 6 years since the game 5 loss in Frankfurt with Michael Jordan and Marco Bulic, but is there anything that you remember from that game?

There is not too much that I remember from that game. But I do remember that it was a tough five game series.

Do you think that the two teams might get lost in the spotlight to the duel between Dashaun Wood and Tyrese Rice. Will the team that controls the other point guard win the game?

We are focusing on stopping Frankfurt as a team. Of course Wood, is a very important piece to their team. But we can't just focus on him and expect to win the game. We have to be ready for everyone who steps on the floor for them. I think the team that plays with the most intensity will be key to the game.

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

I think it will take time for him and Stoudemire to get used to playing together. I don't think thatthe Knicks will improve their standings in the East with this trade. I still see the Knicks making the playoffs and losing in the first round. In the long run, the trade will be good for NY, if they add more role players. Denver did a good job of getting as many quality. players as possible for Carmelo.

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 a good thing that the front office apologized to him. It shows that they really wanted him to stay and retire in a Nuggets uniform. However, at the end of the day it's still a business.

Thanks Bryan for the chat.




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


When we are locked in, we are capable of doing good things.

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?

Yes the playoffs are still a goal. We are not giving up on that until the last day of the regular season. We are only a couple of games out.

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


They are a veteran team that got off to a slow start but they have picked it up and are in contention for a playoff spot.

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

It was a lot emotion that day opening up the renovated gym. We just attacked them from the start.

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

Its a big challenge because you have to be alert when guarding him. He is a dangerous shooter and he can post up smaller guards.

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

We have to get the game at our tempo and keep it there. Eddie will be big. He can bang with them and alter shots from the guards on penetration.

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


I'm just glad its over with. Only time will tell but I think it will be some issues with the Knicks.

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

That was very PROFESSIONAL and HONEST!!! Most teams just would have sent him packing and not gave any reasoning but they felt they had too because he is from there and wanted to end his career there.

Thanks Quentin for the chat.



Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) I Look Forward To The Challenge Against Philipp Schwethelm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 26 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his second season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. In 2008-2009, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Last season, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Brandon took some time to talk to eurobasket before the Eisbaeren BremerhavenFebruary 27th.

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



It hurt but it didnt take long to be fully focused on the next game.

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?

No, we have lost close games from a lot of things but I dont think nerves is one of them

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



They are a well balanced team that is tough to beat

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

Another game that we lost a big lead but I give them credit for fighting back

How challenging is it playing agaisnt German national player Phillip Schwethelm? How has he developed as a player since you came into the BEKO BBL last season?

He is good and they play to his strengths so it makes him tough to guard. I look forward to the challenge

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 will focus on the same things as if they were at full strength. We have to play smart, together, and with intensity.

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

The Knicks were beginning to struggle and I think they have gained veteran all stars to win this year. The Nuggets just saved themselves from being like the Cavs next year when Melo wouldn't re-sign

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

It shows how much of an asset Chauncey was. I guess they were forced to make that deal at the deadline when they didnt want to.

Thanks Brandon for the chat.



John Bynum (TBB Trier) PregameThoughts To Telekom Baskets Bonn Game February 27th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket against The Telekom Baskets BOnn February 27th.

How well did TBB Trier digest the 73-71 loss to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven?

Well it didnt take long for us to digest our loss knowing we have another big game next week against Bonn. It seems like every game is a must win for us each week so we have to get over games fairly quickly.

How difficult is it in general for a player to come off a buzzer beater win and then loss the next game not making the last shot?

Well to be honest it doesnt happen usually after back to back games but it is part of basketball and sometimes you make shots and at other times you dont. It is part of the game.

What was the most importnat thing that TBB Trier took out of the loss against Bremerhaven?

We just have to close out games better and execute in the last couple of minutes of the game. The most important thing is finding ways to get get it done.

The next game is against The Telekom Baskets Bonn. What is your memory of the outstanding 65-48 win at home earlier in the season?

Well they were missing players and it was early. Both of us are two different teams now and any game is different when you play on the road so it will be different this time.

Who is more explosive Jeremy Hunt or Folarian Campbell and how do they help their team the best?

Both of them are great players and we have to find a way to slow them down. We obviously have to focus on both but we will not take either one lightly.

Will it be containing Ensminger/Ohlbrecht half the rent to the win?

Yeah anytime you deal with any team, the inside is one important thing that you have to talk about. We have to control the boards and obviously the two guys you named are very important.

What is your take on the Carmelo Anthony trade? How does it help both teams?

Well with me being a Nuggets fan, it hurt to lose Melo, but at the same time he didnt want to be there and we had to get something for him. But I'm happy that he got to go where he wanted to because he gave some great years for the Nuggets. As far as it helping both teams, I think time will tell.

What was your impression of the Denver Nuggets apology for trading Chauncy Billips? That is something that you dont see often?

Well it is a good gesture but they shouldnt have did it. Its a business and either way, I'm dissapointed they traded him, because he is a Denver native.

Will The New York Knicks ever win a NBA titel in our lifetime? lol

No lol

Thanks John for the chat.



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A2: Round 16 review - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 16 in the A2 took place in Argous. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked AEK/Argous (7-9) to sixth ranked Arkadikos (9-7) 66-64 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 18-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Arkadikos dominated on the defensive end, holding AEK/Argous to just 7 points in third quarter. Guard Miron Papadakis (183-G-88) fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Giannis Prodromou (196-87) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) produced 25 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Arkadikos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. Newly promoted AEK/Argous keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Amyntas Dafnis and Apollon Patras. Arkadikos is looking forward to face Panelefsiniakos (#5) in Eleusina in the next round. AEK/Argous will play on the road against Panerythraikos in New Eritrea and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Leader KAOD delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Olimpiada (6-10) 83-70 in Patras. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin center Ljubo Jovanovic (206-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Vageli Margaritis contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for Olimpiada. KAOD (15-1) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Olimpiada lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with ten games lost. KAOD will play against Lavrio (#4) at home in the next round. Olimpiada will play against AGOR (#3) in Rethymno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Eleusina was also quite interesting. Third ranked AGOR (12-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Panelefsiniakos (9-7). AGOR managed to secure a 6-point victory 60-54 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Tasos Charismidis who helped to win the game recording 17 points. At the losing side Christos Deligiannis responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AGOR maintains third position with 12-5 record having just two points less than leader KAOD. Panelefsiniakos lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Arkadikos. AGOR will meet at home Olimpiada (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panelefsiniakos will play against Arkadikos (#6) in Arkadia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Lavrio. Local Lavrio (11-5) outscored 9th ranked Apollon Patras (7-9) 86-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Apollon Patras. The winners were led by Yiannis Kakiouzis who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Lavrio maintains fourth position with 11-5 record. Apollon Patras at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Lavrio's next round opponent will be league's leader KAOD in Dramas and it may be the game of the week. Apollon Patras will play at home against Near East (#16) in Kesariani.

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Pagrati was defeated by Ikaroi Serron in Serres 69-56. Bottom-ranked Near East was beaten by Periko/Arhelaos at home 64-74. Amyntas Dafnis won against Koroivos on the opponent's court 79-74. Ermis Lagkada managed to outperform Panerythraikos in a home game 82-75.
The best stats of 16th round was 28 points and 11 rebounds by Nikos Pettas of Koroivos.


Ikaroi Serron - Pagrati 69-56

There was no surprise in Serres where 14th ranked Pagrati (5-11) was defeated by second ranked Ikaroi Serron (12-4) 69-56. The game was mostly controlled by Ikaroi Serron. Pagrati was better in second period 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ikaroi Serron players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Pagrati's players. The winners were led by guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) who scored that evening 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) supported him with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Even 9 points and 10 rebounds by forward Dimitris Lolas (203-86, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Pagrati. Guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) added 8 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ikaroi Serron have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader KAOD. Pagrati at the other side dropped to the thirteenth place with 11 games lost. Ikaroi Serron's next round opponent will be Amyntas Dafnis (#9) in Athens and are hoping to win another game. Pagrati will play at home against Ermis Lagkada (#7) in Lagadas.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 18+5reb+7ast, F.Simeonidis 15+10reb+2ast, K.Kakaroudis 15+4reb+4ast, S.Kaberidis 7+3reb+4ast, K.Pehlivanis 5+1reb+2ast, N.Terpos 3+2reb
Pagrati: F.Vasilopoulos 11+1reb+4ast, D.Lolas 9+10reb, N.Voulgaris 8+3reb, N.Michalos 8+7reb+2ast, T.Vardianos 6+1reb+1ast, S.Tzougarakis 6+10reb
gschID: 98838


Olimpiada - KAOD 70-83

Leader KAOD delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Olimpiada (6-10) 83-70 in Patras. The game was mostly controlled by KAOD. Olimpiada was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KAOD dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Olimpiada's 40. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin center Ljubo Jovanovic (206-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Power forward Vageli Margaritis (202-82) contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Four KAOD players scored in double figures. Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Sakis Veskoukis (195-80) added 18 points in the effort for Olimpiada. KAOD (15-1) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Olimpiada lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with ten games lost. KAOD will play against Lavrio (#4) at home in the next round. Olimpiada will play against AGOR (#3) in Rethymno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KAOD: L.Jovanovic 21+4reb+1ast, V.Margaritis 13+8reb+2ast, T.Panaras 12+5reb, V.Kitsoulis 11+8reb, A.Tsamatos 8+4reb+2ast, N.Katsares 6+5ast
Olimpiada: A.Koutroulias 26+13reb+4ast, S.Veskoukis 18+1reb+2ast, D.Makris 10+8reb+1ast, M.Sakota 8+6reb, K.Tsotsos 7+3reb+1ast, P.Simeopoulos 1+2reb+6ast
gschID: 98834


Lavrio - Apollon Patras 86-61

The game with biggest result difference took place in Lavrio. Local Lavrio (11-5) outscored 9th ranked Apollon Patras (7-9) 86-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Apollon Patras. The game without a history. Lavrio led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Apollon Patras' 12 and made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Apollon Patras helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by forward Yiannis Kakiouzis (205-78) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and center Michalis Perrakis (207-84) supported him with 15 points. Five Lavrio players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 6 rebounds by Serbian power forward Zoran Milovic (204-77) did not help to save the game for Apollon Patras. Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) added 8 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Lavrio maintains fourth position with 11-5 record. Apollon Patras at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Lavrio's next round opponent will be league's leader KAOD in Dramas and it may be the game of the week. Apollon Patras will play at home against Near East (#16) in Kesariani.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: Y.Kakiouzis 23+13reb+4ast, M.Perrakis 15+3reb+2ast, N.Psileas 14+4reb+1ast, M.Kousoulas 13+1reb, D.Giannakopoulos 10+5reb+4ast, P.Karvounis 6+1reb+3ast
Apollon Patras: Z.Milovic 13+6reb+1ast, A.Koronidis 11+2reb+1ast, G.Lianos 8+1reb, S.Daniil 8+3reb, D.Pantelic 8+8reb+1ast, G.Petropoulos 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 98835


Near East - Periko/Arhelaos 64-74

No shocking result in a game in Kesariani where twelfth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (7-10) defeated bottom-ranked Near East (4-12) 74-64. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Periko/Arhelaos made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Periko/Arhelaos outrebounded Near East 33-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Near East helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by guard Giannis Rodostoglou (197-83) who scored that evening 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Kostas Behlivanis (180-74, agency: FCM) supported him with 16 points. Even 24 points (made all of his eight free throws) by the former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) did not help to save the game for Near East. Power forward Fragiskos Amato (205-78, agency: FCM) added 13 points for lost side. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to eleventh place. Near East at the other side stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Periko/Arhelaos' next round opponent will be Koroivos (#13) at home. Near East will play against Apollon Patras.
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: G.Rodostoglou 18+8reb+4ast, K.Behlivanis 16+2reb+2ast, N.Tsouk 12+4reb, A.Sivorotka 9+9reb+1ast, P.Nanis 9+4reb+1ast, G.Maltesios 4
Near East: F.Moschovitis 24+2reb+2ast, F.Amato 13+3reb+1ast, C.Gavanopoulos 9+6reb+1ast, A.Psaropoulos 6+1reb, N.Tsoutsos 4+2reb+1ast, A.Gribaviotis 2+1reb
gschID: 98836


Koroivos - Amyntas Dafnis 74-79

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Koroivos (5-11) was defeated at home by tenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (7-9) 79-74. Amyntas Dafnis dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Koroivos' 32. 25 personal fouls committed by Koroivos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by forward Pigas Papargiropoulos (202-86) who scored that evening 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Fedonas Pagonis (197-85) supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Amyntas Dafnis' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds by guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) did not help to save the game for Koroivos. Serbian forward Predrag Kosanovic (203-76, agency: BeoExcell) added 14 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Apollon Patras and AEK/Argous. Newly promoted Koroivos keeps the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ikaroi Serron in Serres and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Koroivos will play on the road against Periko/Arhelaos (#11) in Perikos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: K.Vardavas 16+3reb, P.Papargiropoulos 15+5reb+1ast, F.Pagonis 12+8reb, L.Zoupas 11+1reb+6ast, P.Koukounias 7+4reb, S.Dorkofikis 7+4reb+1ast
Koroivos: N.Pettas 28+11reb+2ast, M.Pekovic 17+2reb+1ast, P.Kosanovic 14+8reb, T.Dimitriadis 13+8reb, M.Matalon 2+1reb+3ast, A.Bekris 0
gschID: 98837


Ermis Lagkada - Panerythraikos 82-75

Very predictable result in Lagadas where seventh ranked Ermis Lagkada (8-8) beat 15th ranked Panerythraikos (5-11) 82-75. It looked good early as Panerythraikos took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ermis Lagkada took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. They made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Panerythraikos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by forward Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-80, agency: FCM) who scored that evening 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Nikos Gamouras (202-86) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by Latvian forward Maris Laksa (207-81, college: Providence, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Panerythraikos. Forward Nikos Kourtis (195-77) added 13 points for lost side. Five Ermis Lagkada and four Panerythraikos players scored in double figures. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ermis Lagkada maintains seventh position with 8-8 record. Newly promoted Panerythraikos dropped to the thirteenth place with 11 games lost. Ermis Lagkada's next round opponent will be Pagrati (#14) in Athens and are hoping to win another game. Panerythraikos will play at home against AEK/Argous.
Top scorers:
Ermis Lagkada: A.Panagiotopoulos 18+5reb, N.Papakonstantinou 15+3reb, D.Rallis 14+2reb+1ast, N.Gamouras 13+7reb+1ast, S.Nisiotis 11+3reb+3ast, H.Plioukas 6+1ast
Panerythraikos: M.Laksa 16+5reb, S.Kontoudis 13+1reb+1ast, N.Kourtis 13+3reb+3ast, G.Charalabakis 10+2ast, N.Pritsos 8+3reb, A.Sizopoulos 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 98831


AEK/Argous - Arkadikos 64-66

The most exciting game of round 16 in the A2 took place in Argous. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked AEK/Argous (7-9) to sixth ranked Arkadikos (9-7) 66-64 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 18-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Arkadikos dominated on the defensive end, holding AEK/Argous to just 7 points in third quarter. Guard Miron Papadakis (183-88) fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Giannis Prodromou (196-87) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Prodromou is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) produced 25 points and 9 rebounds and American-Icelandic guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln (MO)) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Arkadikos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. Newly promoted AEK/Argous keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Amyntas Dafnis and Apollon Patras. Arkadikos is looking forward to face Panelefsiniakos (#5) in Eleusina in the next round. AEK/Argous will play on the road against Panerythraikos in New Eritrea and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: M.Papadakis 19+3reb+4ast, G.Prodromou 16+7reb+1ast, V.Giannoulakos 13+8reb+1ast, G.Mprozos 11+2reb+1ast, V.Morfis 4+1reb+5ast, L.Neofitidis 3+2reb
AEK/Argous: A.Gizogiannis 25+9reb+3ast, D.Lewis 12+6reb, G.Kopsaftis 7+2reb, A.Raptis 6+3reb+2ast, T.Kasabalis 6+9reb+1ast, D.Papantoniou 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 98832


Panelefsiniakos - AGOR 54-60

The game in Eleusina was also quite interesting. Third ranked AGOR (12-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Panelefsiniakos (9-7). AGOR managed to secure a 6-point victory 60-54 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Panelefsiniakos won third quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AGOR dominated on the defensive end, holding Panelefsiniakos to just 7 points in second quarter. They also forced 19 Panelefsiniakos turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Tasos Charismidis (203-81, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and guard Spyridon Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) who added 15 points during the contest. At the losing side forward Christos Deligiannis (204-84, agency: FCM) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and guard Giorgos Trihopoulos (184-87) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AGOR maintains third position with 12-5 record having just two points less than leader KAOD. Panelefsiniakos lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Arkadikos. AGOR will meet at home Olimpiada (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panelefsiniakos will play against Arkadikos (#6) in Arkadia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AGOR: T.Charismidis 17+4reb+3ast, S.Magounis 15+3reb+1ast, G.Kiriakopoulos 9+2reb+3ast, G.Koumoulos 6+3reb+1ast, D.Latovic 5+11reb, N.Theodorakos 3
Panelefsiniakos: C.Deligiannis 16+6reb+2ast, N.Kaklamanos 13+1reb+2ast, G.Trihopoulos 13+7reb, T.Nikou 4+2reb+6ast, V.Balafas 3+2reb+1ast, S.Manavopoulos 3+6reb+3ast
gschID: 98833




Olympiacos: Gordon replaces Keselj at A1 - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos has proceeded with changing Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) with Gordon Jamon Lukas (191-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Virginia Tech) for the A1 Greek Championship and the Greek Cup Final against Panathinaikos, next Sunday, March 6th.
The American player, who had been replaced by Matt Nielsen, earlier this season will play again for the Greek League against Panellinios. It is certainly the outcome of his very good performances in Euroleague, and especially the last ones against Valencia and Fenerbachtse - Ulker in the two last weeks.




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Smith, Panellinios18.3 
 2. Marshall, PAOK16.9 
 3. Palacio, Kavala16.7 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.4 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.15.3 
 6. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 7. Thompson, Ikaros14.4 
 8. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.3 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris14.1 
 10. King, Peristeri GS13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.0 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.7 
 3. Smith, Panellinios8.6 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.4 
 5. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 6. Tucker, Aris7.4 
 7. Dawson, Ilysiakos7.3 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.2 
 9. Bagaric, Marousi7.2 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.9 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.7 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.8 
 5. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.4.4 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.4.1 
 9. Palacio, Kavala3.9 
 10. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Marshall, PAOK1.9 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.7 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.7 
 7. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.7 
 8. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.7 
 9. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
 10. Papamakarios, Panell.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Simmons, Kavala1.8 
 2. Bagaric, Marousi1.8 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 7. Dozier, PAOK0.7 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 
 9. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.7 
 10. Tapoutos, Aris0.6 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Andronikos GIZOGIANNIS
  AEK/Argous
  (200-F/C-83)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.17.9 
 2. Kaklamanos, Panele.17.3 
 3. Kakiouzis, Lavrio17.2 
 4. Koutroulias, Olimp.16.5 
 5. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.3 
 6. Argyropoylos, Apollo.16.2 
 7. Vardavas, Amynta.16.1 
 8. Koupidis, Near East15.8 
 9. Michalos, Pagrati15.5 
 10. Giannakopoul., Lavrio15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Apostolos KOUTROULIAS
  Olimpiada
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Koutroulias, Olimp.8.8 
 2. Amato, Near East8.5 
 3. Pantelic, Apollo.8.3 
 4. Kartelo, AE.8.1 
 5. Macheras, Pagrati7.7 
 6. Latovic, AGOR7.7 
 7. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.7.4 
 8. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.3 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi S.7.0 
 10. Jovanovic, KAOD6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.4 
 2. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.9 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.6 
 4. Katsares, KAOD4.5 
 5. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada4.2 
 6. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.8 
 7. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR3.8 
 8. Apostolopoul., Koroi.3.5 
 9. Karvounis, Lavrio3.5 
 10. Makris, Olimpiada3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos MICHALOS
  Pagrati
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Michalos, Pagrati1.9 
 2. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.9 
 3. Katsares, KAOD1.9 
 4. Makris, Olimpiada1.7 
 5. Pettas, Koroivos1.6 
 6. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.5 
 7. Vukantinov, KAOD1.4 
 8. Pappas, Near East1.3 
 9. Rodostoglou, Periko.1.3 
 10. Koumoulos, AGOR1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kartelo, AE.2.2 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.1.9 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.6 
 4. Kasabalis, AE.1.1 
 5. Margaritis, KAOD0.9 
 6. Psathas, Apollon .0.9 
 7. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 8. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 
 9. Papachristos, Periko.0.7 
 10. Latovic, AGOR0.6 


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


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 18-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 18-1 
 3. Marousi 11-8 
 4. PAOK 10-8 
 5. Panionios 10-9 
 6. Aris 10-9 
 7. Peristeri GS 9-10 
 8. Kavala 9-10 
 9. VAP Kolossos 8-11 
 10. Ikaros 7-11 
 11. Panellinios 6-12 
 12. AEK 5-14 
 13. Ilysiakos 5-14 
 14. Iraklis 5-14 


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


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. Bartolotta, IR22.3 
 6. Walker, KR22.2 
 7. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 8. Biedler, IR21.1 
 9. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
 10. Robinson, Haukar20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.7 
 2. Biedler, IR12.3 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.2 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik11.2 
 5. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 6. Springer, Fjolnir10.0 
 7. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 8. Fain, Tindastoll9.8 
 9. Amoroso, Snaefell9.7 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.6 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.1 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.4 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.8 
 5. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan5.4 
 7. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 8. Inge, Haukar5.2 
 9. Cunningham, Tinda.5.1 
 10. Arnarson, Hamar4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Hayward FAIN
  Tindastoll
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Fain, Tindastoll3.2 
 2. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 3. Schoen, KFI3.1 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Biedler, IR2.7 
 6. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.7 
 7. Milicevic, KFI2.6 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.6 
 9. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.3 
 10. Ermolinskij, KR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.7 
 3. Biedler, IR1.9 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.8 
 5. Savarsson, Grind.1.5 
 6. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.5 
 7. Pettinella, Grindavik1.5 
 8. Inge, Haukar1.5 
 9. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.4 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.3 


Changes in Grindavik and Fjolnir - by Eurobasket News
There were some changes in the rosters. Grindavik added Nicholas Bradford (200-G/F-78, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Kansas) to the squad. The 32-year-old shooting guard started the season in CSU Sibiu in Romania. He tallied 0.5 points and 0.8 boards in four appearances before leaving the team. Last season Nicholas Bradford started in Kataja in Finland. He notched 12.6 points, 5.0 boards and 1.9 steals per game. Later the forward moved to Njardvik in Iceland. His stats read 17.2 points, 6.0 boards, 4.8 assists and 2.2 steals. Nicholas Bradford finished the season in Keflavik scoring 15.7 points, grabbing 4.0 boards and issuing 5.0 assists. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Forward of the Year back in 2009 when playing for Grindavik.
Fjolnir strengthened their roster with addition of Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.). The 25-year-old forward started the season in Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal. He tallied 17.4 points, 9.8 boards and 2.0 assists per game. Later he moved to France to join Saint Vallier in ProB. The forward delivered 6.8 points and 6.5 board per appearance.



Express L. Round 19: KR beats Tindastoll by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

Ninth-ranked Tindastoll (7-12) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked KR (15-4) in Sauoarkrokur on Friday. The visitors from Reykjavik managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. KR forced 19 Tindastoll turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St., agency: 011 Sports) who helped to win the game recording 38 points (!!!) and 4 steals. The former international guard Brynjar Bjoernsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. KR's coach Hrafn Kristjansson used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Hayward Fain (196, college: St.Augustine, agency: Strategic Sports) answered with 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds for Tindastoll. KR have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-4 record behind leader Snaefell. Tindastoll lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. KR are looking forward to face Grindavik (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tindastoll will play against Fjolnir (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Keflavik (13-6) against ninth ranked Njardvik (8-11) on Thursday night. Visiting Keflavik was edged by Njardvik in a tough game in Njardvik in overtime102-104. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Keflavik. It was a great evening for American guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan) who led his team to a victory scoring 40 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Guamundur Jonsson helped adding 24 points and 8 rebounds. Njardvik's coach Sigurour Ingimundarson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side the former international guard Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-88) responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Njardvik moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Haukar and IR. Keflavik at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Grindavik. Njardvik will play against Haukar (#8) in Hafnarfjordur in the next round. Keflavik will play at home against KFI (#12) in Reykjavik and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was also a 19-point surprising road defeat of 5th ranked Stjarnan in a game in Reykjavik versus IR (#8) 100-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stjarnan. It was an exceptional evening for James Bartolotta who led the winners and scored 31 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Renato Lindmets came up with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Stjarnan in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. IR (8-11) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Njardvik and Haukar. Loser Stjarnan keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. IR will meet Hamar (#10) on the road in the next round. Stjarnan will play against the league's leader Snaefell (#1) in Stykkisholmur and hope to secure a win.
Express L. top team - Snaefell (16-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Haukar (8-11) in Stykkisholmur 119-77. Sean Burton fired a double-double by scoring 29 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists 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. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Snaefell. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-3 record. Haukar lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Snaefell's next round opponent will be Stjarnan (#5) on the road. Haukar will play against Njardvik in Njardvik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 19 Hamar was beaten by Grindavik on the road 87-76. Bottom-ranked KFI lost to Fjolnir on its own court 94-101.


Snaefell - Haukar 119-77

Express L. top team - Snaefell (16-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Haukar (8-11) in Stykkisholmur 119-77. The game without a history. Snaefell led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Snaefell outrebounded Haukar 42-29 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Haukar's players. American Sean Burton (175-86, college: Ithaca) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. The former international guard Palmi Sigurgeirsson (190-78) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. Four Snaefell players scored in double figures. Dutch-American forward Gerald Robinson (204-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Semaj Inge (193-87, college: Temple) added 22 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Snaefell. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-3 record. Haukar lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Snaefell's next round opponent will be Stjarnan (#5) on the road. Haukar will play against Njardvik in Njardvik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Haukar: G.Robinson 24+11reb+3ast, S.Inge 22+4reb+5ast, E.Barja 8+4reb+2ast, S.Sveinsson 8+3reb, P.Hermannsson 8+2reb, H.Askarsson 3+1reb
Snaefell: S.Burton 29+7reb+11ast, R.Amoroso 21+2reb, P.Sigurgeirsson 20+4reb+5ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 14+4reb, E.Johannsson 9+1reb+1ast, A.Hreinsson 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 107891


IR - Stjarnan 100-81

An interesting game was also a 19-point surprising road defeat of 5th ranked Stjarnan in a game in Reykjavik versus IR (#8) 100-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stjarnan. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 66-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. IR made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American guard James Bartolotta (193-86, college: MIT) who led the winners and scored 31 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import forward Kelly Biedler (196-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) accounted for 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Five IR players scored in double figures. American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St., agency: Tank Sports) came up with 24 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Stjarnan in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. IR (8-11) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Njardvik and Haukar. Loser Stjarnan keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. IR will meet Hamar (#10) on the road in the next round. Stjarnan will play against the league's leader Snaefell (#1) in Stykkisholmur and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: R.Lindmets 24+9reb+1ast, J.Zdravevski 16+2reb+2ast, J.Shouse 11+6reb+8ast, M.Valdimarsson 8+7reb+2ast, K.Kjartansson 6+2reb+1ast, A.Ingvason 5+1reb+3ast
IR: J.Bartolotta 31+3reb+5ast, N.Sovic 15+4reb+1ast, E.Onundarson 14+6reb+4ast, K.Biedler 13+10reb+6ast, S.Claesson 12+3reb+5ast, N.Dungal 10+1reb+3ast
gschID: 107892


Grindavik - Hamar 87-76

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Grindavik (13-6) beat at home 10th ranked Hamar (6-12) 87-76. Hamar was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 28-15 charge of Grindavik, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Hamar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Italian power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Five Grindavik players scored in double figures. American swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA, agency: Strategic Sports) produced 32 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Darri Hilmarsson (191-87) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Grindavik moved-up to third place, which they share with Keflavik. Hamar at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Grindavik's next round opponent will be league's second-placed KR in Reykjavik and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hamar will play at home against IR (#6) in Reykjavik.
Top scorers:
Hamar: D.Sweetney 32+9reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 16+5reb+2ast, L.Jonsson 9+5reb+2ast, K.Karason 5+2ast, R.Nathanaelsson 4+6reb, S.Palsson 4+8reb
Grindavik: P.Axel Vilbergsson 21+5reb+2ast, R.Pettinella 16+11reb+3ast, M.Soskic 14+3reb+5ast, N.Bradford 11+4reb+8ast, H.Jonas Guafinnsson 10+1reb+2ast, O.Olafsson 7+3reb
gschID: 107893


Tindastoll - KR 82-85

Ninth-ranked Tindastoll (7-12) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked KR (15-4) in Sauoarkrokur on Friday. The visitors from Reykjavik managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. KR forced 19 Tindastoll turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St., agency: 011 Sports) who helped to win the game recording 38 points (!!!) and 4 steals. The former international guard Brynjar Bjoernsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. KR's coach Hrafn Kristjansson used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Hayward Fain (196, college: St.Augustine, agency: Strategic Sports) answered with 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and American-Dutch guard Sean Cunningham (188-86, college: Cal-Riverside, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Tindastoll. KR have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-4 record behind leader Snaefell. Tindastoll lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. KR are looking forward to face Grindavik (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tindastoll will play against Fjolnir (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: H.Fain 33+8reb+3ast, S.Cunningham 18+4reb+3ast, H.Viggosson 12+5reb+1ast, F.Hreinsson 9+6reb+3ast, S.Birgisson 7+4reb+1ast, D.Kitanovic 3+2reb+1ast
KR: M.Walker 38+1reb+2ast, B.Bjoernsson 14+3reb+5ast, F.Alafsson 8+5reb+1ast, F.Magnusson 8+2reb+2ast, H.Magnusson 7, P.Ermolinskij 3+7reb+5ast
gschID: 107894


KFI - Fjolnir 94-101

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked KFI's (3-15) home loss to eleventh ranked Fjolnir (6-13) in Reykjavik 94-101. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 36-31 KFI's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 101-94 at the end of the game. Fjolnir had a 24-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Brandon Brown fired a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. The former international guard Aegir Steinarsson (182-91) chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Serbian-Slovenian forward Marko Milicevic (204-82) produced 14 points and 6 assists and British guard Carl Josey (196-86, college: VMI) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Fjolnir maintains eleventh place with 6-13 record. KFI lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Fjolnir's next round opponent will be higher ranked Tindastoll (#9) in Sauoarkrokur and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KFI will play on the road against Keflavik having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
KFI: N.Knezevic 18+1reb+1ast, C.Josey 17+5reb+1ast, M.Milicevic 14+4reb+6ast, D.Milosevic 11+4reb, R.McNutt 10+6reb+1ast, C.Schoen 9+3reb+5ast
Fjolnir: B.Brown 27+14reb+2ast, A.Steinarsson 24+7reb+7ast, J.Sverrisson 17+6reb+2ast, T.Tomasson 11+2reb+1ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 7+3reb, A.Guamundsson 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 107889


Njardvik - Keflavik 104-102 OT

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Keflavik (13-6) against ninth ranked Njardvik (8-11) on Thursday night. Visiting Keflavik was edged by Njardvik in a tough game in Njardvik in overtime102-104. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Keflavik. Keflavik was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Njardvik, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-9. Njardvik made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Keflavik turnovers. Keflavik was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan) who led his team to a victory scoring 40 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Guard Guamundur Jonsson (191-84) helped adding 24 points and 8 rebounds. Njardvik's coach Sigurour Ingimundarson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side the former international guard Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-88) responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Thomas Sanders (191-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Keflavik players scored in double figures. Njardvik moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Haukar and IR. Keflavik at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Grindavik. Njardvik will play against Haukar (#8) in Hafnarfjordur in the next round. Keflavik will play at home against KFI (#12) in Reykjavik and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: M.Gunnarsson 30+3reb+1ast, A.Vilhjalmsson 22+7reb+6ast, A.Ciric 17+7reb+3ast, T.Sanders 15+11reb+8ast, L.Johannsson 7+5reb+2ast, G.Thorsteinsson 6+5reb
Njardvik: G.Watson 40+4reb+5ast, G.Jonsson 24+8reb+2ast, N.Tomasevic 13+3reb+3ast, H.Einarsson 8+2ast, J.Alafsson 8+2reb+1ast, P.Kristinsson 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 107890




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  IRAN   


Round 15 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
Round 15 started with 4 games, while Mahram will play later.
BA Shiraz overcame Saman Bank 78:76 as they trailed 3-14 from the very beginning. Sasa Zagorac (206-F/C-84) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Saint Preux followed him with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Smith Andre responded with 29 points in the losing effort.
Kashan rolled over M.H.Ahvaz 78:50. The winners got the lead early in the game and never looked behind after. Jovanovic stepped up with 22 points to lead all the winners. Vahid Hajian netted 20 and Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) posted 19. Ellis replied with 19 points in the losing effort.
Gorgan lost to Tarabari Qom 70:80. The latter opened the game with 11-9 and reached 45:27 halftime advantage. Waitari Marsh (188-G-80, college: Tulane) poured in 21 points for the winners and Mohsen Khosravi (198-F) added 16. Ian Young (191-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Auburn) ended up with 24 points in defeat. In another game Petrochimi beat Caspian 76:69.



Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Zob Ahan 12-1 
 2. Petrochimi 12-3 
 3. Tarabari Qom 11-4 
 4. Mahram 10-2 
 5. T.E.Kashan 10-5 
 6. Azad 7-7 
 7. Caspian 5-10 
 8. B.A. Shiraz 4-10 
 9. Shahrekord 4-10 
 10. M.H.Ahvaz 4-10 
 11. Gorgan 4-10 
 12. Pouya 1-14 


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  ITALY   


Prima Veroli to face Aget Imola in LegaDue Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Prima Veroli and Aget Imola will square off in the LegaDue Cup Final in Novara tomorrow. They celebrated victories in todays Final Four openers.
Prima Veroli narrowly defeated Umana Reyer 91:88. Umana Reyer led by four points after ten minutes 25:21. They maintained the lead in the second period and arrived at halftime up by three points 45:42. But Prima Veroli turned things around in the second half. They grabbed a three-point lead with one quarter remaining and never surrendered it to eke out a tough win at the end. Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85, college: Texas Tech) stepped up with 19 points to lead the charge. James Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.) provided 14 points in the victory. Kiki Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) answered with game-high 37 points for Venezia. Alvin Young (189-G-75, college: Niagara) finished with 19 points in defeat.
Aget Imola snatched a 79:76 win over Fastweb Casale. Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU) unloaded 19 points to pace the winners. Aget Imola dominated the first half as they recorded a 12-point lead at halftime 48:36. But Fastweb Casale narrowed the gap to just two points with one quarter to go. The fierce battle in the final quarter saw Casale held on for a difficult win at the end. Davide Bruttini (203-F-87) nailed 18 points in the victory. Donell Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB) replied with 18 points for Casale. Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) notched 17 points in the losing effort.



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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari21.1 
 2. Thomas, Air AV16.9 
 3. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.8 
 4. Roberson, Enel B.16.7 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.16.4 
 6. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 7. Winston, CS Bo.15.4 
 8. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.2 
 9. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.9 
 10. Milic, Vanoli CR14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes11.1 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.6 
 3. Homan, CS Bologna8.5 
 4. Davis, Banca Tercas8.3 
 5. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.0 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Suton, Angelico BI7.3 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.1 
 10. Szewczyk, Air AV7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Green, Air AV6.9 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.9 
 3. Goss, Cimberio VA4.4 
 4. Sosa, Angelico BI4.2 
 5. Collins, Scavolin.4.1 
 6. Zoroski, Banca T.4.1 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.9 
 8. Markovic, Benetton.3.7 
 9. Green, Bennet Cantu3.5 
 10. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.2 
Steals Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari2.8 
 2. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.7 
 3. Thomas, Air AV2.7 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. Green, Air AV2.7 
 6. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.6 
 7. Hackett, Scavolin.2.6 
 8. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 9. Collins, Scavolin.2.5 
 10. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.5 
 2. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 3. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 4. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.2 
 5. Smith, Benetton TV1.0 
 6. Drozdov, Vanoli CR1.0 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 8. Polonara, Banca T.0.9 
 9. Szewczyk, Air AV0.9 
 10. Homan, CS Bologna0.9 


A Dilettanti Market News - by Armando Caporaso
After only 40 days, one match with 0 points in 9 minutes Rodolfo Rombaldoni (190-G-77, agency: Players Group) leaves Biella and is near to close a deal with Brescia. The expert playmaker began the season at Verona (his first team in 1994) in LegaA2 with 6.5 points in 6 matches before moving at the Angelico. In his long career 14 seasons in LegaA1 (11.1 points and 3 assist in 2001/02 at Verona in his best season with a career high of 22 points and 8 assist) with an Italian Supercup and an Italian Championship won with the Fortitudo Bologna and the silver medal with the National Teamin at the Olympic Games in Athens (2004). The Centrale del Latte is near to close also with the center Damiano Brigo (210-F/C-73), grown at Bologna, played for Siena, Livorno, Venezia and, in the last seasons, for 2 years at Forli and at Martina Franca (B Dil.) in the 2009/10 with 7.8 points and 6.4 rebounds first to close with Veroli in LegaA2 (only 4 games and no points in this season). Simone Ferrarese (182-G-87) leaves the group A and Trento (who has just signed Andres Forray (188-G-86) as new playmaker) to play with Latina in the group B. Grown at Milano (1 game in LegaA1) played at Treviglio for 3 years, at Verona in the last season (11.0 points in 28 games) firt to go at the Bitumcalor for this season (11.2 points and 4.9 assist in 31.9 minutes). Riccardo Marzoli (190-G-89), on loan from Teramo, signs with Ruvo after 14 games at Pistoia (3.9 minutes and 11 total points) and the last season at San Severo (3.4 points in 28 matches). Stefano Spizzichini (202-F-90) break the deal with Siena (5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds) to sign with the Virtus Ragusa (B Dil.). Federico Lestini (203-F-83) is a new player of the Sebastiani Rieti: after 13 games decided to leave Forli (2.8 points in 10.4 minutes). In his important career full of injuries (started at Reggio Calabria) there are also experiences with Bologna (some game of Euroleague) and with the Italian National Team. After Spizzichini another cession for Siena that sent on loan for the rest of the season the young playmaker Manuel Diomede (188-G-90) at Chieti after 17 games with 6.6 points. The ex Pesaro Andrea Gjinaj (208-F-86) left Osimo after 17 games (5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds) and joins with Iseo. The Albanian lost minutes after the arrival of the forward David Dolic (198-F-89) from Giugliano. Two market movements at Ferentino a few days ago: Salvatore Parrillo (190-F-92) reaches the team on loan from the Pepsi Caserta while Antonio De Fabritiis (190-G-90) back at the Stella Azzurra Roma (only 1.4 points in 10.1 minutes). Recanati, after only 4 matches played (2.3 points), sold Mauro Graviano (180-G-89) (ex Cagliari) at Firenze. Pavia closes with Luca Furlanetto (197-G-81) (ex Milano, Cremona, Siena and Fidenza) and frees Fabio Marcante (196-G-80, agency: Players Group) (8.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assist) that agrees with Omegna. Riccardo Castelli (202-F-88) leaves Casalpusterlengo (1.6 points in 9.0 minutes) and signs with Treviglio after the 3 years at Asti and the 2 years at the Assigeco in LegaA2. Dusan Stijepovic (193-G-88) left the Ambrosia Bisceglie to sign with Campobasso (B Dil.). For the Montenegrin (ex Casalpusterlengo, Trapani and Ostuni) 14 games with 7.3 points and 3.6 rebounds. Giovanni Fattori (202-F-85) moves to Latina leaving Scafati after 7 games (4.4 points in 21.1 minutes). Grown at Siena (won the Saporta Cup in 2002), played at Montecatini, Forli and Osimo in the last years with some games with the Italian U20 National Team (10.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in the European Championships U20 in Moscow, 2005). Andrea Barsanti (189-G-86) changed team, from Agrigento to Bisceglie. After 2 seasons at Osimo left the Moncada with 9.0 points in 13 games.

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JBL Round 33: Leader Aishin Sea Horses lose to Tochigi Brex - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Aishin Sea Horses (24-9) recorded its ninth loss on the court of sixth ranked Tochigi Brex on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Tochigi Brex 87-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. The game was mostly controlled by Tochigi Brex. Aishin Sea Horses managed to win fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Aishin Sea Horses 48-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Tochigi Brex especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tochigi Brex have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 14-19 record. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side still keep top position with nine games lost. Tochigi Brex are again looking forward to face league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Osaka: Panasonic Trians (#2) and Hitachi Sunrockers (#5). Hitachi Sunrockers were defeated at home 57-66 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It was a good game for American forward Ace Custis (202-74, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Hiroyuki Kinoshita contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Daisuke Kobayashi (189-87) answered with 21 points for Hitachi Sunrockers. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Panasonic Trians have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 23-10 record behind leader Aishin. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the fifth position with 18 games lost. Panasonic Trians will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face again at home their local rival from Osaka Panasonic Trians.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kanagawa. Third ranked Toyota Alvark faced 4th placed Toshiba Thunders. Guests from Fuchu (21-12) defeated host Toshiba Thunders (16-17) 70-58. Michael Takahashi stepped up and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. The best for the losing side was Charles O'Bannon with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Toshiba Thunders' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Toyota Alvark maintains third place with 21-12 record having just three points less than leader Aishin. Loser Toshiba Thunders keep the fourth position with 17 games lost. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toshiba Thunders will play again against Toyota Alvark (#3) in Fuchu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Hokkaido managed to get a ninth victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses. This time they outleveled seventh-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya 89-61. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 28-point difference suggests that Hokkaido is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Takehiko Orimo nailed 26 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hokkaido maintains eighth place with 9-24 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 23 games lost. Hokkaido will have a break next round.



Tochigi Brex - Aishin 87-74

Top ranked Aishin Sea Horses (24-9) recorded its ninth loss on the court of sixth ranked Tochigi Brex on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Tochigi Brex 87-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. The game was mostly controlled by Tochigi Brex. Aishin Sea Horses managed to win fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Aishin Sea Horses 48-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Tochigi Brex especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) added 13 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks respectively. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tochigi Brex have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 14-19 record. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side still keep top position with nine games lost. Tochigi Brex are again looking forward to face league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Aishin: S.Kashiwagi 17+3reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 13+10reb+3ast, K.Takeuchi 13+11reb, R.Frahm 12+3reb, T.Furukawa 7+4ast, T.Amino 6+4reb+2ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 24+7reb+6ast, S.Ito 10+10reb, M.Kataoka 10+1reb, T.Newton 10+8reb+1ast, S.Merritt 9+9reb+2ast, R.Anzai 9+4reb
gschID: 119825


Hitachi S. - Panasonic 57-66

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Osaka: Panasonic Trians (#2) and Hitachi Sunrockers (#5). Hitachi Sunrockers were defeated at home 57-66 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Hitachi Sunrockers were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 41-29 second half run of Panasonic Trians. They outrebounded Hitachi Sunrockers 45-28 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Ace Custis (202-74, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. International guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. Guard Daisuke Kobayashi (189-87) answered with 21 points and American power forward Tyler Smith (203-80, college: Penn St.) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hitachi Sunrockers. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Panasonic Trians have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 23-10 record behind leader Aishin. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the fifth position with 18 games lost. Panasonic Trians will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face again at home their local rival from Osaka Panasonic Trians.
Top scorers:
Hitachi S.: D.Kobayashi 21+4reb+1ast, T.Smith 14+9reb, K.Matsui 11+1reb, F.Nishimura 4+1ast, T.Sato 3+1reb+4ast, H.Ueyama 2+2reb
Panasonic: A.Custis 15+12reb+3ast, H.Kinoshita 14+7reb+4ast, K.Hirose 12+4reb+1ast, F.Aono 11+9reb+1ast, M.Nagayama 10+5reb+5ast, T.Nakatsuka 3+1reb
gschID: 119826


Toshiba - Toyota 58-70

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kanagawa. Third ranked Toyota Alvark faced 4th placed Toshiba Thunders. Guests from Fuchu (21-12) defeated host Toshiba Thunders (16-17) 70-58. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-58. The former international forward Michael Takahashi (198-74, college: Cal.St. Northridge) stepped up and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners and American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import power forward Cory Violette (203-82, college: Gonzaga) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Toshiba Thunders' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Toyota Alvark maintains third place with 21-12 record having just three points less than leader Aishin. Loser Toshiba Thunders keep the fourth position with 17 games lost. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toshiba Thunders will play again against Toyota Alvark (#3) in Fuchu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toshiba: C.O'Bannon 16+11reb, Y.Uda 11+1reb+1ast, C.Violette 10+6reb, Y.Kagami 9+1reb+3ast, S.Kikuchi 7+1ast, K.Sato 3+3ast
Toyota: M.Takahashi 17+7reb+1ast, P.Ricci 14+9reb+2ast, J.Gibbs 13+8reb, T.Ito 9+4reb+2ast, Y.Okada 6+1reb+1ast, G.Arao 4+4reb
gschID: 119827


Mitsubishi - Hokkaido 61-89

Bottom-ranked Hokkaido managed to get a ninth victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses. This time they outleveled seventh-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya 89-61. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 28-point difference suggests that Hokkaido is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by Hokkaido. Mitsubishi Dolphins was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hokkaido made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Mitsubishi Dolphins only scored three points from the stripe. They outrebounded Mitsubishi Dolphins 49-35 including a 40-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) nailed 26 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side and the former international guard Ryota Sakurai (194-83) accounted for 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Hokkaido players scored in double figures. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and American-Spanish forward Ontario Lett (198-79, college: Pittsburgh) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Mitsubishi Dolphins 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. Hokkaido maintains eighth place with 9-24 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 23 games lost. Hokkaido will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi: R.Hale 20+10reb+1ast, Z.Abe 13+1reb+1ast, O.Lett 10+7reb, S.Kajimaya 6+4reb+2ast, S.Utsumi 5+1reb+2ast, K.Nakagawa 5+1reb+2ast
Hokkaido: T.Orimo 26+2reb+3ast, R.Sakurai 14+7reb+5ast, J.Lewis 11+8reb, C.Maraker 10+11reb+2ast, D.Yamada 9+3reb+3ast, T.Abe 9+6reb+2ast
gschID: 119828




Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 24-9 
 2. Panasonic 23-10 
 3. Toyota 21-12 
 4. Toshiba 16-17 
 5. Hitachi S. 15-18 
 6. Tochigi Brex 14-19 
 7. Mitsubishi 10-23 
 8. Hokkaido 9-24 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .19.8 
 2. Orimo, Hokkaido17.9 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido17.4 
 4. Takeuchi, Aishin16.3 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin16.3 
 6. Forehan-K., Aishin15.0 
 7. O''Bannon, Toshiba15.0 
 8. Kinoshita, Panasonic14.7 
 9. Hale, Mitsubishi14.6 
 10. Smith, Hitachi S.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.12.3 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.5 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido9.4 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota8.8 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin8.1 
 6. O''Bannon, Toshiba7.7 
 7. Custis, Panasonic7.4 
 8. Hale, Mitsubishi7.3 
 9. Ricci, Toyota7.1 
 10. Violette, Toshiba7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Hiroyuki KINOSHITA
  Panasonic
  (178-G-80)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Kinoshita, Panasonic3.9 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin3.9 
 3. Kashiwakura, Hokka.3.8 
 4. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.7 
 5. Igarashi, Mitsubishi3.6 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.0 
 8. Yamada, Hokkaido3.0 
 9. Miyanga, Toshiba2.8 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.1 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido1.6 
 3. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 4. Forehan-K., Aishin1.3 
 5. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.3 
 6. Custis, Panasonic1.2 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.2 
 8. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.1 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubishi1.1 
 10. Smith, Hitachi S.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.8 
 2. Ricci, Toyota1.4 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.2 
 4. Aono, Panasonic0.9 
 5. Lett, Mitsubishi0.8 
 6. Yamada, Hokkaido0.7 
 7. Merritt, Tochigi Brex0.7 
 8. Custis, Panasonic0.6 
 9. Forehan-K., Aishin0.6 
 10. Gross, Aishin0.6 


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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Qadsia 13-2 
 2. Al Kuwait 12-3 
 3. Kazma 7-8 
 4. Al Jahraa 7-8 
 5. Al Sahel 6-9 
 6. Al Arabi 0-15 


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Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Kieza, Juventus17.8 
 2. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis15.8 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis15.4 
 5. Ruikis, Neptunas15.4 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas14.9 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.8 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 9. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.6 
 10. Viskontas, Perlas14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.5 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.5 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.2 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.4 
 5. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.0 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai6.9 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas6.8 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 9. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.6 
 10. Adomavicius, Alytus A.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.4 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.9 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.4 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai5.3 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.6 
 6. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.5 
 7. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.2 
 9. Janavicius, Siauliai4.1 
 10. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.3 
 2. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.0 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.9 
 4. Alijevas, Nevezis1.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas1.8 
 6. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.8 
 7. Ruikis, Neptunas1.8 
 8. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 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, Zalgiris1.1 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.0 
 8. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 10. Bajramovic, Lietuv.0.9 


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 17-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 15-2 
 3. Rudupis 12-5 
 4. Juventus 11-6 
 5. Siauliai 9-7 
 6. Techasas 9-8 
 7. Neptunas 6-10 
 8. Naglis-Adakris 6-10 
 9. Perlas 6-11 
 10. Aiscai Kaunas 6-12 
 11. Nevezis 5-11 
 12. Sakalai 4-12 
 13. Alytus Alita 2-14 


LKL Round 22: Rudupis lose to Juventus - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Utena between third ranked Rudupis (12-5) and fourth ranked Juventus (11-6) on Saturday night. Rudupis was defeated by Juventus on the road 71-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rudupis. The game was mostly controlled by Juventus. Rudupis managed to win third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Rudupis 41-25 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Marius Prekevicius (196-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra, agency: Players Group) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Juventus' coach Robertas Giedraitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) replied with 16 points and 4 steals for Rudupis. Juventus have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 11-6 record. Rudupis at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Juventus are looking forward to face league's second-placed Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Rudupis will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Alytus Alita managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they outleveled fifth-ranked Siauliai 92-68. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 24-point difference suggests that Alytus Alita is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. And what about a second win in a row after ...fourteen consecutive loses. Center Marius Janisius (203-77) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Aurimas Birgelis chipped in 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side center Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-82) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Alytus Alita maintains thirteenth position with 2-14 record. Siauliai lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with seven games lost. Alytus Alita will play against league's leader Zalgiris in Kaunas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Siauliai will have a break next round.
LKL top team - Zalgiris (17-0) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Perlas (6-11) in Vilnius 62-57. Paulius Jankunas notched a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by Laurynas Samenas did not help to save the game for Perlas. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Undefeated Zalgiris have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-0 record. Loser Perlas dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. Zalgiris will meet bottom-ranked Alytus Alita (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Perlas will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 22 Lietuvos Rytas beat Nevezis on the road 90-79. Neptunas won against Naglis-Adakris on its own court 78-74.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 27 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks by Kenan Bajramovic of Lietuvos Rytas.



Nevezis - Lietuvos Rytas 79-90

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Lietuvos Rytas (15-2) beat 11th ranked Nevezis (5-11) in Kedainiai 90-79 on Saturday. Lietuvos Rytas made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Bosnian forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81, agency: Beo Basket) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and international guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88) supported him with 17 points and 4 assists. Lietuvos Rytas' coach Aleksandar Trifunovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds by center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) did not help to save the game for Nevezis. Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) added 10 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Lietuvos Rytas have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 15-2 record having just two points less than leader Zalgiris. Nevezis lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Lietuvos Rytas will meet at home Juventus (#4) in the next round. Nevezis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: E.Dimsa 20+10reb, R.Alijevas 12+2reb+4ast, L.Mikalauskas 11+3reb, P.Belevicius 10+3reb+4ast, E.Kalve 10+6reb+2ast, V.Cizauskas 6+4reb
Lietuvos Rytas: K.Bajramovic 27+11reb+4ast, M.Gecevicius 17+2reb+4ast, A.Jomantas 11+4reb+2ast, B.Newley 11+6reb, M.Bjelica 10+1reb, C.Nalga 6+2reb
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Neptunas - Naglis-Adakris 78-74

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Naglis-Adakris (6-10) lost to eleventh ranked Neptunas (6-10) in Klaipeda 74-78 on Friday. Naglis-Adakris was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of Neptunas, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and guard Martynas Mazeika (190-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) supported him with 17 points. Neptunas' coach Rytas Vaisvila allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists by American guard Chris Lowe (183-87, college: Massachusetts) did not help to save the game for Naglis-Adakris. His fellow American import forward Gerald Inman (206-87, college: Rutgers) added 21 points for lost side. Neptunas moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Naglis-Adakris. Neptunas will meet at home higher ranked Techasas (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Naglis-Adakris will play against Sakalai in Vilnius and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Naglis-Adakris: C.Lowe 24+6reb+6ast, G.Inman 21+4reb, R.Danys 8+7reb+1ast, I.Razutis 8+4reb, D.Potter 6+2reb+1ast, M.Reminas 5+3reb+1ast
Neptunas: V.Vasylius 25+10reb+1ast, M.Mazeika 17+3reb+2ast, M.Ruikis 13+6reb+2ast, E.Hayes 7+1reb+5ast, A.Bruninis 4+2reb, L.Bonner 4+7reb
gschID: 120414


Perlas - Zalgiris 57-62

LKL top team - Zalgiris (17-0) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Perlas (6-11) in Vilnius 62-57. Perlas was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great shooting night for Zalgiris especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. The former international forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Tomas Delininkaitis (192-82, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 23 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) did not help to save the game for Perlas. Forward Arvydas Siksnius (196-87, college: Weatherford JC) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Zalgiris have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-0 record. Loser Perlas dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. Zalgiris will meet bottom-ranked Alytus Alita (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Perlas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Perlas: L.Samenas 15+5reb+1ast, S.Kulvietis 14+4reb, A.Siksnius 14+6reb, V.Dilys 8+8reb+3ast, A.Viskontas 2+5reb, T.Slezas 2+2reb+1ast
Zalgiris: T.Delininkaitis 23+2reb+1ast, P.Jankunas 13+12reb+1ast, T.Plaisted 6+5reb+2ast, M.Pocius 5+1reb+4ast, M.Kalnietis 4+3reb, A.Milaknis 3
gschID: 120415


Juventus - Rudupis 86-71

The most important game in the last round took place in Utena between third ranked Rudupis (12-5) and fourth ranked Juventus (11-6) on Saturday night. Rudupis was defeated by Juventus on the road 71-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rudupis. The game was mostly controlled by Juventus. Rudupis managed to win third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Rudupis 41-25 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Marius Prekevicius (196-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra, agency: Players Group) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Juventus players scored in double figures. Juventus' coach Robertas Giedraitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) replied with 16 points and 4 steals and swingman Gediminas Orelikas (197-90) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rudupis. Juventus have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 11-6 record. Rudupis at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Juventus are looking forward to face league's second-placed Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Rudupis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Juskevicius 16+1reb+3ast, G.Orelikas 13+6reb+1ast, P.Butkevicius 12+3reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 8+4reb, E.Dainys 8+4reb+2ast, J.Sinica 5+2reb+4ast
Juventus: M.Prekevicius 18+5reb+5ast, A.Kieza 13+9reb+3ast, A.Vasiliauskas 12+5reb+3ast, V.Cepukaitis 11+8reb, M.Pociukonis 10+1reb+1ast, G.Matulis 6+1reb
gschID: 120416


Alytus Alita - Siauliai 92-68

Bottom-ranked Alytus Alita managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they outleveled fifth-ranked Siauliai 92-68. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 24-point difference suggests that Alytus Alita is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. And what about a second win in a row after ...fourteen consecutive loses. The game without a history. Alytus Alita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Center Marius Janisius (203-77) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Alytus Alita players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-82) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Darius Gvezdauskas (192-88) scored 15 points. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Alytus Alita maintains thirteenth position with 2-14 record. Siauliai lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with seven games lost. Alytus Alita will play against league's leader Zalgiris in Kaunas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Siauliai will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: V.Sarakauskas 21+6reb+2ast, D.Gvezdauskas 15+2reb+1ast, Z.Janavicius 10+3reb+3ast, D.Weaver 8+6reb+1ast, M.Delas 7+4reb+2ast, M.Zukauskas 5+6reb+2ast
Alytus Alita: M.Janisius 18+10reb+1ast, W.Walker 17+4reb, S.Kazevicius 16+1reb+3ast, A.Birgelis 14+3reb+4ast, S.Dumbliauskas 13+2reb+2ast, P.Kleiza 10+5reb+2ast
gschID: 120412




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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 (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) Peter Lawal (198-F-86, college: Post) 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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Emmanuel Lions upsets 2nd ranked Mountain State Cougars - by Stephan Ditgens


Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 9:26 AM -

The Emmanuel College Lions hit the court last night and literally knocked the socks off everyone there. Head coach TJ Rosene and his assistants showed up and coached the entire game bare footed. Coach Rosene led an effort to raise money and bring awareness to the community about 300 million people who go without shoes each day.

Barefoot for Bare Feet is a movement of groups and individuals committed to involving others in accomplishing the goals of 'Samaritan's Feet'. With hundreds of bare footed screaming fans in the most hated gym in the Southern States Athletic Conference, the Lions pulled off the biggest upset of their successful season. The NAIA no. 2 ranked Mountains State University Cougars fell to the Lions 71-60 as the Lions were fighting to get back into the national scene. A night in which a smaller Lions team jumped out of their shoes to out rebound the bigger Cougars 41-32.

The Lions only trailed at the beginning of the game 3-2 before making several runs and leading by 12 at the half by a score of 40-28. The Cougars pulled within 4 at 44-40 before high scorer Graham Maxwell knocked down a three to go up by 7. The 'Footloose' Lions never looked back and cruised on to victory. The Junior Maxwell along with Senior Tedrick 'Teddy' Hudson led the team in scoring with 20 points and 18 points respectively.

The shoeless head coach said after the game, referring to the Cougars, 'That's a good basketball team. They are so talented and I just thought our guys battled. We did our job tonight. Guys stepped in from the bench ready to play. We were patient and shared the basketball. We just put together a really good effort tonight.'

Emmanuel College is a Christ-centered liberal arts institution that strives to prepare students to become Christlike disciples who integrate faith, learning and living for effective careers, scholarship and service.

http://www.goeclions.com/article/115.php

thanks to the courtesy of Mike Ninkovich


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Rockets waive Jared Jeffries - by Eurobasket News
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has waived forward Jared Jeffries (6'10''-C-81, college: Indiana).

Jeffries was acquired via trade on 2/18/10 and played in a total of 36 games (no starts) for the Rockets. He finishes his Rockets career with averages of 3.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

The Rockets roster now stands at 14.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Will Pistons fire Kuester? - by Eurobasket News
This has been a long season for John Kuester and the Detroit Pistons. The team has underachieved and is on pace to miss the playoffs for the second year in a row, which would be the first time since 1995 that the Pistons have failed to qualify for the postseason in consecutive seasons.

The only thing uglier than Detroit's play has been the internal drama brewing behind the scenes. Kuester lost his players months ago, and the rift between the two sides continues to grow each and every day. Nobody is hiding how they feel in Detroit. Players have openly mocked the coach in the locker room prior to games and a question about Kuester sometimes garners a sigh or eye roll.

But disliking a coach is very different than refusing to work with him, and that's exactly what the Pistons have done in recent weeks.

After a loss before the All-Star break, players left the locker room as Kuester was in the middle of giving his postgame talk. Then, on Friday morning, the team made their loudest statement yet when seven players organized a protest and agreed not to show up for the team's shootaround.

The team tried to organize a similar protest prior to last week's game against the Indiana Pacers, but decided against the idea because they heard that Kuester would be fired over the weekend.

When he wasn't let go over the All-Star break, the veterans followed through with their original plan. The players that skipped the morning workout Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton, Tracy McGrady, Ben Wallace, Austin Daye, Rodney Stuckey and Chris Wilcox were benched for last night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers and sat on the bench as the Pistons got drubbed. Detroit lost by double digits and the veterans had nothing to smile about.

That is, until Kuester was ejected from the game in the second quarter.

After arguing with an official over a missed call, Kuester was tossed from the game. Cameras quickly cut to Detroit's bench and showed the entire group laughing and covering their faces. Sources close to the situation can't believe how quickly the relationship has spiraled out of control.

'Players are just not happy with the coaching staff, in particular the vets. Change is needed,' texted one source close to the team.

But when will that change occur? Kuester has been on the hot seat all season, and Joe Dumars has stood by his coach. When Kuester and Prince got into a heated confrontation on the sideline in November, the coach remained safe. When Kuester and Hamilton stopped speaking last month because of the guard's lengthy stay on the inactive list, the coach kept his job.

While the Pistons' ownership situation could be keeping Dumars from making a change, there is the cheap option of firing Kuester and handing over the team to his top assistant Darrell Walker. Sources believe that the head coach will either be relieved in the coming days or directly after the season.

The Pistons may want to fire Kuester sooner rather than later. He has clearly lost his team and it's going to be very difficult for him to compete if his team continues to miss practices and games due to headaches and upset stomachs.

Durant Excited About Trades: When the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Jeff Green for Kendrick Perkins minutes before Thursday's deadline, many around the league wondered how Kevin Durant would react. After all, the two players are very close and nobody from either team saw the move coming.

While it was tough for him to say goodbye to Green, Durant completely supports general manager Sam Presti's decision and is genuinely excited about the trade.

'It's going to really help us out,' Durant told Yahoo! Sports. 'Losing Jeff Green was tough for us. [But] we're going to make up for that loss with Serge, Perk and Nazr. I'm excited. It's going to be a new-look team for us.'

It was much more difficult to sell Perkins on the deal. He loved the situation in Boston and had grown very close to his Celtics teammates. After he was informed of the trade, Perkins broke down and cried. Durant heard that the center was having a hard time dealing with the change, and reached out to Perkins.

'I texted him last night and just let him know that I know it's tough for him leaving a team he has been with for so long,' Durant said. 'But I got his back and I'm going to try to make it as easy as possible for him. I'm looking forward to getting to meet him and playing hard the rest of the way.'

Because he's only 26 years old, Perkins can relate to Oklahoma City's young core. But he also provides plenty of playoff experience along with a veteran mentality that comes from playing with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen for seven years.

'He's a young guy just like us, just a couple years older,' Durant said. 'But he's been through a lot in this league and he is a veteran. He has won a championship and he could bring a lot to our team. We're looking forward to him being there and I'm going to let him know from the beginning that hopefully he can be a big part of this team for many years to come.'

Durant understands that this trade fills what was a glaring whole for the Thunder, and is more confident than ever that the team can make a deep run in the playoffs.

'Everybody was saying we needed a big guy last year,' Durant said. 'So now people are going to expect us to go farther. We got the guy we needed and hopefully we can make the necessary adjustments as far as defensive concerns and have him more comfortable with our offense once he gets here.'

O.J. Mayo's Awkward Situation: When a player hears their name surfacing in trade rumors, it's always difficult to show up for work and act like nothing is wrong. But O.J. Mayo and the Memphis Grizzlies find themselves in a situation that's even more awkward.

The Grizzlies and Pacers had agreed on a deal that would have sent Mayo to Indiana in exchange for Josh McRoberts and a first-round pick. The Hornets had also been involved in the talks, but dropped out at the last second.

Memphis and Indiana scrambled to salvage the deal, and ultimately were able to agree to terms. But when they submitted the trade to the league office, they were several minutes late and the deadline had already passed.

This meant that Mayo, who had been the subject of trade rumors for months, would be staying in Memphis despite the team's attempt to trade him. As the situation unfolded, the shooting guard sat in his home, watched ESPN and took calls from confused family, friends and teammates. Mayo has now put the situation behind him and he couldn't have handled the situation any better when speaking to reporters on Friday.

'We're still married and I'm happy to be here,' Mayo told The Commercial Appeal. 'I think I belong here. It's my job to prove that I need to be here.'

'I'm happy that it's all over,' Mayo continued. 'At least I know I'll be here all the way through the end of the season. You can't control what goes on in this business other than going out there and giving 120 percent. That's what you can control.'

The 23-year-old has always understood that the NBA is a business because his first experience in the league was being traded.

'When I got drafted (in 2008) I had a Minnesota hat on. So I thought I was going to Minnesota. Then at my draft party, the blockbuster trade came on ESPN that I was going to Memphis without a phone call or anything,' Mayo said. 'So you understand that my first day in this league I understood that it's a business.

'I'm just happy we're in the eighth spot and the team is playing really well,' he continued. 'I'm happy to be a part of it. I've been through a lot of adversity this year -- more than I've ever experienced -- but at the end of the day, I've got to remain strong and help the team. I'm ready to make a strong push for this playoff run.'

Mayo is just happy that he can still call Memphis home and hopes to stay with the Grizzlies for years to come. This may have been the wakeup call that he needed in order to right the ship in Memphis, and prove he's still worth keeping.

'You grow a bond and relationship with teammates and friends around the city, and the coaching staff,' Mayo said. 'Anytime you build that kind of bond, you don't want it to end.'

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


Kings consider relocation - by Eurobasket News
The Sacramento Kings are seriously considering the possibility of applying to the NBA by the league's March 1 deadline for relocation to Anaheim for next season, according to sources with knowledge of the team's thinking.

The Kings haven't made a final decision, but sources said team officials have been in Orange County, Calif., this month to gather more first-hand data on the feasibility and potential obstacles involved in trying to move to Anaheim's Honda Center at season's end after a 26-season run in Sacramento and numerous failed attempts to secure the financing needed for the construction of a new modern arena.

NBA commissioner David Stern publicly confirmed for the first time Saturday night at his annual All-Star Weekend news conference that the Kings have had discussions with Anaheim officials about a possible move.

In a subsequent phone interview with ESPN.com, Kings co-owner Joe Maloof declined to discuss specifics but said: 'We have to look at all of our options at this point. But we also want to concentrate on our team right now. Any of the arena stuff, we'll talk about that later.'

Maloof also reiterated comments he's made to the Sacramento Bee newspaper about the Kings being approached by 'many cities' besides Anaheim.

But sources close to the situation say, with no NBA-ready arena for the Kings to move into in the Maloofs' home base of Las Vegas, that Anaheim holds the greatest appeal to the Kings.

The Kings have been trying for nearly a decade to replace outdated Arco Arena (soon to be renamed Power Balance Pavilion) with a new revenue-generating building that would ensure they stay in a market that was once known as the home of one of the NBA's most fervent fan bases. That was before Sacramento's slide down the Western Conference standings.

The Kings are 13-40 this season and it will be their fifth straight season out of the playoffs after a run that took them to the brink of the NBA Finals in an unforgettable seven-game series with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002.

But Stern, at his news conference, confirmed the league no longer has an active role in trying to keep the team in Sacramento after originally backing the efforts of Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson -- the former star guard with the Phoenix Suns -- to find a solution to the arena issue.

'All I'll say is that we and they have tried very hard over the years to see whether a new building could be built, and with the collapse of the last attempt -- which took a few years, and several million dollars, on behalf of the league -- I said we are not going to spend any more time on that,' Stern said. 'That is for the Maloofs and the people of Sacramento.

'I don't know where that is right now. I mean, I do know -- I talk to Mayor Johnson from time to time in relation to the various projects he's engaged. But I'm not driving it and we'll see how it goes.'

Among the issues that could dissuade the Kings from making the relocation request before next season's deadline in 10 days are the millions still owed by the Maloofs to the city of Sacramento in loans and the behind-the-scenes resistance they could potentially receive from the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

The Kings would likely need favorable loan and lease terms in Anaheim to mitigate those financial obligations and the franchise might still face opposition from the Lakers and Clippers. Although those teams would only have one vote each -- and despite the fact franchise relocations in the NBA only require a 15-14 majority vote for approval from the league's other 29 teams -- it's certainly conceivable the Staples Center co-tenants would band together to try to rally support from other teams to oppose to a third NBA franchise moving into a building that sits roughly 30 miles away.

Officials at the Honda Center, according to the Bee, declined comment Friday when asked if they are in negotiations with the Kings.

The NBA's Board of Governors has the right to attach a relocation fee to any franchise move it approves, but such fees are distributed evenly among the league's other teams and wouldn't be paid directly to the Lakers and Clippers in the event of the Kings moving to Anaheim.

One league source, furthermore, reiterated that such relocation fees are 'discretionary.'

March 1, meanwhile, is not only the NBA's deadline for relocation applications for the 2011-12 season but also the day that Arco Arena's name officially changes to Power Balance Pavilion.

Yet it's believed that the naming-rights deal with Anaheim-based Power Balance is one of the least lucrative in league history because of the age of the building -- which opened in 1988 -- and the franchise's uncertain status in town.

The Kings and the Atlanta Hawks have each moved three times, more than any other NBA franchise. After originating as the Rochester Royals and moving to Cincinnati, the franchise became the Kansas City-Omaha Kings and then the Kansas City Kings before relocating to Sacramento.

Sacramento radio station KFBK (1530 AM) reported in January that Henry Samueli, owner of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks, has offered to loan $100 million to Joe and Gavin Maloof to pay off the requisite debts and fees to move the Kings into the Samueli-owned Honda Center.

Courtesy of ESPN


Friday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Portland TB - Denver N. 107-106 OT
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) hit the tying 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds left in regulation, and the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 107-106 in overtime on Friday night. Roy added 18 points in just his second game since coming back from arthroscopic surgery on both knees. He was supposed to be limited to 15 minutes but played 25, as new acquisition Gerald Wallace was not yet available. Newcomer Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 30 points and nine rebounds. Wesley Matthews' 3-pointer gave the Blazers a 100-97 lead in the extra period, but Arron Afflalo's 3-pointer tied it at 104. *Courtesy of www.charlotteobserver.com

Miami Heat - Washington W. 121-113
Lil' Wayne didn't leave his courtside seat until two minutes remained in the game. Yeah, it took that long for the Heat to put away the Wizards. One game after losing to the Bulls and one game before a showdown with the Knicks, the Heat allowed the Wizards to hang around long enough to make things interesting on Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat defeated the Wizards 121-113 but it wasn't easy. 'We'll take this win after all-star week,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'Sometimes you'll see crazy scores after all-stars.' It took a season-high effort from Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) to put away the Wizards, which entered the game 1 and 27 on the road. Wade scored 41 points on 18 of 27 shooting. Twenty of his points came in the second quarter with a few acrobatic shots that sent famous rappers and rabid fans alike to their feet with excitement. It was Wade's team-leading fourth 40-point game of the season and his 18 fields goals set a season high for the Heat (43-16) and fell one shy of his career record. Of all his otherworldly shots on Friday, his floater in the lane two minutes into the second quarter was the highlight of the night. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Minnesota T. - N.Orleans H. 81-95
After slumping into the All-Star break, the New Orleans Hornets have buzzed back. With Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) patrolling the paint again, they pushed around the Minnesota Timberwolves with a tenacious performance that even had coach Monty Williams calling a couple of his players pit bulls for their scrappy effort off the bench. Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA) scored 18 points, making four 3-pointers, and Chris Paul had 17 points and eight assists to help the Hornets hand the Timberwolves their seventh straight loss, 95-81 on Friday night. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Orlando M. - Oklah.City T. 111-88
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) was upset following Orlando's home loss to lowly Sacramento on Wednesday night, and openly criticized his team for its lack of effort and intensity. The Magic apparently got the message. Howard had 40 points and 15 rebounds, and Orlando had four players score in double figures in a 111-88 victory over the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) added 17 points for the Magic, who earned their first victory since the All-Star break and have won three of their last four overall. J.J. Redick scored 16, Jameer Nelson finished with 14 points and Hedo Turkoglu had 10 assists. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 23 points and 16 rebounds. Russell Westbrook had 18 points, James Harden 16 and Daequan Cook 15. Orlando shot 50 percent from the field, compared to 33 percent for the Thunder, and outrebounded Oklahoma City 53-46. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Toronto R. - Phoenix Suns 92-110
Vince Carter and Phoenix jumped all over struggling Toronto. That's just how it goes when the Suns play the Raptors. Carter scored 17 points, Marcin Gortat had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Phoenix beat Toronto 110-92 on Friday night for its 13th consecutive victory against the Raptors. Carter had 11 points in the first quarter as Phoenix built a 35-14 lead. 'We just had to try to take the fight out of them early and often,' Carter said. Channing Frye scored 16 points and Steve Nash shook off a 2-for-12 shooting performance to collect 11 assists, seven points and seven rebounds for the Suns, who have won six of eight on the road and nine of 11 overall. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Charlotte B. - Sacramento K. 110-98
Gerald Wallace's locker had been cleared and reassigned. He was edited out of the pregame video and Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) replaced him as the last player introduced. For a night, at least, the Charlotte Bobcats didn't need their former All-Star forward. With Jackson scoring 30 points, D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87, college: Texas) adding 23 and Gerald Henderson stepping up in Wallace's place, the undermanned Bobcats pulled away to beat the Sacramento Kings 110-98 on Friday. But life without Wallace, the last original member of the 7-year-old franchise, was a jolt to nearly everyone involved in the organization. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Cleveland C. - New York K. 115-109
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) left with a sore elbow and a bruised ego. His second game with the New York Knicks was embarrassing. Playing the final quarter with numbness in his right elbow, Anthony missed a key late free throw and fouled out of his first road game with the Knicks, who took Cleveland too lightly and were beaten 115-109 on Friday night by the fired-up Cavaliers. Anthony, acquired earlier this week from Denver in a blockbuster trade, finished with 27 points but missed a foul shot with 25 seconds left that would have brought New York within two. Afterward, he said he banged his elbow in the second half and that it has been bothering him for some time. 'I don't like to make any excuses, this was a game, regardless of how long we've been together, that we should have got,' said Anthony, who had a gauze wrap on his elbow. 'It comes down to everybody being on the same page defensively. 'We've only had four practices to get it together. 'No excuses.' Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) had 31 points and Chauncey Billups, the other guy in the Anthony deal, scored 20 of his 26 in the fourth trying to rally the Knicks, who have dropped 10 straight to Cleveland. Antawn Jamison scored 28, J.J. Hickson had 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Ramon Sessions added 22 points for the Cavs, who have beaten New York twice this season. Anthony Parker scored 16 for Cleveland, which has won three of five since ending a record 26-game losing streak. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Indiana P. - Utah Jazz 84-95
Al Jefferson (6'10''-F-85) scored 30 points, and the Utah Jazz snapped a five-game losing streak with a 95-84 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) had 23 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Jazz, who won for the first time after four consecutive losses under interim coach Tyrone Corbin. Jefferson shot 14 of 26 from the field for the Jazz, who never trailed after the first quarter and controlled momentum throughout. Danny Granger scored 17 points for the Pacers, who overcame an early 11-point deficit, but could never take the lead in the second half while struggling from the field throughout the game. Jefferson scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, during which the Jazz led by double digits much of the final six minutes. The Pacers are now 9-4 under interim coach Frank Vogel. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Philadelph.76 - Detroit P. 110-94
Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke) had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers reached .500 for the first time this season in a 110-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. Led by a resurgent Brand, the Sixers have rebounded from a 3-13 start to get to 29-29. Coach Doug Collins had already in his first season led the Sixers to more wins than they had a year ago. The Sixers have won 12 of 16 and are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) had 21 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for the Sixers. Thaddeus Young scored 24. The Pistons used six players. Several Detroit Pistons missed at least part of Friday's shootaround and missed the loss. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

San Antonio S. - New Jersey N. 106-96
Deron Williams broke a huddle with 'Go Jazz!' He's kept a sense of humor since his stunning trade to New Jersey. And after his debut with the Nets, a 106-96 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night, owner Mikhail Prokhorov began courting his new superstar to stick around in New Jersey beyond next season. Prokhorov's sales pitch? It began by interrupting a Vancouver ski trip and flying to San Antonio to see his new All-Star point guard - the first time Prokhorov has traveled for a Nets road game. 'It was good to see him. It meant a lot,' said Williams, who had 14 points and 12 assists. Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had 26 points for the Spurs, who despite being the NBA's winningest team, spent the game overshadowed by the 17-win Nets with Williams playing his first NBA game in something other than a Jazz uniform. Even the Spurs seemed eager to see Williams. Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80), who had 13 points and 10 assists, took Williams to lunch before the game at an Italian restaurant. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who had Williams on his West best last weekend at the All-Star game, shared a few laughs with the two-time All-Star before tipoff. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Golde State W. - Atlanta H. 79-95
Atlanta coach Larry Drew has been harping on his players to play better defense in order to get the transition game going. After nearly four months, the message seems to be sinking in. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) scored 26 points, Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had 22 points and 12 rebounds and the Hawks smothered the Golden State Warriors with a dominant effort on both ends of the court in a 95-79 win Friday night. It's the second time in seven games that Atlanta has held the opposition to 79 points. Both times, the Hawks won. ''The minute we get the basketball, we have to race the lanes and get down the floor,'' Drew said. ''We've got enough offense in the half-court but what we've been lacking is stops so that we can run. Tonight we did that.'' Joe Johnson added 12 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Hawks (35-23), who snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the first time since the All-Star break. *Courtesy of www.msn.foxsports.com

LA Lakers - LA Clippers 108-95
Kobe Bryant helped the Los Angeles Lakers dominate the second half Friday en route to a 108-95 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. It was officially a road game for the Clippers, who completed an 11-game trip with a 2-9 record. Bryant made 10-of-16 shots from the field and scored 24 points. The Lakers had only a two-point halftime lead, but that grew to 18 by the time the fourth quarter started. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) added 22 points, missing just once in nine field goal attempts. The Lakers shot 50 percent as a team, made 8-of-16 from 3-point range and turned the ball over only six times. The Clippers got 24 points from Randy Foye (6'3''-G-83, college: Villanova) and 22 from Blake Griffin. Point guard Mo Williams, picked up by the Clippers in a trade with Cleveland Thursday, was not in uniform. *Courtesy of www.upi.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.6 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.2 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.26.1 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.8 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.25.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.25.0 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 10. Howard, Orlando M.23.3 
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.12.5 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.4 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
 10. Horford, Atlanta H.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.9.1 
 6. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 7. Wall, Washington W.9.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.8.2 
 10. Kidd, Dallas M.8.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 6. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 7. Curry, Golde S.1.7 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 9. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.9 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.3 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.3 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.2.2 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.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. 29-27 
 3. Philadelph.76 29-29 
 4. New Jersey N. 17-41 
 5. Toronto R. 16-43 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 39-17 
 2. Indiana P. 26-31 
 3. Milwaukee B. 22-35 
 4. Detroit P. 21-39 
 5. Cleveland C. 11-47 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 43-16 
 2. Orlando M. 37-22 
 3. Atlanta H. 35-23 
 4. Charlotte B. 26-32 
 5. Washington W. 15-42 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 36-21 
 2. Denver N. 34-26 
 3. Portland TB 33-25 
 4. Utah Jazz 32-27 
 5. Minnesota T. 13-46 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 41-19 
 2. Phoenix Suns 29-27 
 3. Golde State W. 26-31 
 4. LA Clippers 21-38 
 5. Sacramento K. 14-42 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 48-10 
 2. Dallas M. 41-16 
 3. N.Orleans H. 35-25 
 4. Memphis G. 32-27 
 5. Houston R. 28-31 


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  NCAA3   


Medgar Evers Claims CUNYAC Championship - by Joan Manuel Sanchez
The traditional and oldest tournament in the country the City University of NY saw the Medgar Evers College cougars lift the Dutch shoe for the first time since 1991.

Led by Tournament Most Valuable Player, Winston Douglas registered 17 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots Saturday night at Nat Holman Gymnasium the second seeded cougars took an 8-6 lead when Douglas knocked down a jumper 3:43 into the first half, before Staten Island scored seven straight points en route to a 13-8 advantage with 13:13 to go. The Cougars responded not long after with an 8-0 spurt of their own, and when Douglas flushed home a two-handed jam, his side held a 19-14 edge with 10:27 remaining. The Dolphins pulled within a 19-18 count on a Tibbs lay-in with 9:46 to go, but Medgar Evers would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the half and went into the halftime break up 37-32.

he Cougars never relinquished the lead in the second half, but it certainly was not for lack of effort by the Dolphins. Down 45-37 with 15:10 to go in the game, Tibbs scored the next seven points of the contest to pull CSI within a 45-44 score with 12:58 to go. Douglas scored back-to-back jumpers to push the lead back to five, before Matthew VanManen and Bloochy Magliore nailed jumpers of their own to cut Staten Island's deficit to 49-48 with 11:15 remaining.
After lengthy scoring droughts ensued, a Douglas free throw upped the MEC lead to 54-50 with 5:54 on the clock. Young laid home a runner with 5:06 to go, before his free throw sliced the Cougars' lead to 54-53 with 3:36 left. Medgar Evers's lead went back to four points (57-53) on a Douglas freebie, before Magliore's pair at the charity stripe pulled Staten Island to within 57-55 with 2:27 to go.

Jarrel Deare hit a pair of free throws for the Cougars with 1:14 showing on the clock to push his team's lead to 59-55, before Young hit one free throw with just under a minute to go. Medgar Evers opened the door slightly with a pair of missed shots at the charity stripe with 54 ticks on the clock, before Staten Island turned the ball over late in its possession with nearly 31 seconds remaining. Tony Sims then converted three of four free throws in the final 24 seconds of play to ice the game and lift MEC to its second CUNYAC crown.



Source: http://www.cunyathletics.com






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  NEW ZEALAND   


Benny Anthony will join Waikato - by Eurobasket News
Waikato Pistons ensured a key signing for the upcoming NBL season. The vice-champions have agreed on terms of contract with rising star Benny Anthony (198-F-88). The 22-year-old forward is currently playing for the New Zealand Breakers in ANBL. His stats read 2.8 points, 2.2 boards per game. Last season Benny Anthony played for the Harbour Heat. The forward delivered 14.6 points, 5.2 boards and 1.0 assist per game. Benny Anthony traveled to the World Championship together with the Tall Blacks. He averaged 1.0 point per game in his three appearances in Turkey. Benny Anthony also played for Wolfenbuettel in German ProB in 2008/10 seasons. Benny Anthony will join Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.), Alex Pledger (216-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey), Hayden Allen (187-G-79), Puke Lenden (184-F-80), Raymond Cameron (190-G/F-82), Marco Alexander and James Comer on the Pistons squad.


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  PBL   


Brandon Dean gets MVP of the Week award for PBL PBL - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Brandon Dean (188-G-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Lawton Ft.SC and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 31-year old guard had the game-high 26 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Lawton Ft.SC in his team's victory, helping them to crush Dayton A. (#7, 3-11) with 18-point margin 111-93. It allowed Lawton Ft.SC to consolidate first place in the PBL PBL. Lawton Ft.SC has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 12-1. In the team's last game Dean 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. Brandon Dean averages this season 10.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old forward Kenny Jones (198-F-84) of Kentucky S.. Jones impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Kentucky S. was edged by slightly lower-ranked Dayton A. (#7, 3-11) 86-83. Kentucky S. managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Jones is one of the most experienced players at Kentucky S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#3). He also registered 7.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Lawton Ft.SC's star - Eddie Smith (188-G-83). Smith scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Lawton Ft.SC, helping his team with a 102-98overtime win against the lower-ranked Rochester R. (#6, 4-7). Many experts and fans count Lawton Ft.SC as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 12 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Smith has a very solid season. In 13 games in PBL he scored 13.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamaal Davis (208-F-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 15 points and 8 rebounds
5. Quade Milum (201-F-86) of Dayton A. - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Everett Spencer (198-G/F-85) of Dayton A. - 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Rochester R. - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shawn Daniels (200-C-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Elvin Mims (196-G/F-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Shaun Fountain (180-G-78) of Lawton Ft.SC - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.SC 12-1 
 2. Halifax R. 8-4 
 3. Quebec K. 7-4 
 4. Saint John M.R. 5-5 
 5. Kentucky S. 5-9 
 6. Rochester R. 4-7 
 7. Dayton A. 3-11 
 8. Vermont FH 2-5 


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. Anderson, Saint J.17.8 
 6. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 7. Parran, Quebec K.17.2 
 8. Egerson, Saint J.17.0 
 9. Allen, Vermont FH16.7 
 10. Dollard, Halifax R.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Crookshank, Halif.10.7 
 2. Williams, Vermo.10.3 
 3. DeMasi, Saint J.9.3 
 4. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC9.0 
 5. Walton, Rocheste.8.4 
 6. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 7. Dollard, Halifax R.8.0 
 8. Jones, Kentucky S.7.9 
 9. Harris, Kentucky S.7.8 
 10. Jones, Halifax R.7.7 
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. Brown, Halifax R.5.8 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.5.8 
 5. Egerson, Saint J.5.0 
 6. Rice, Saint J.4.8 
 7. Acker, Quebec K.3.8 
 8. Bowden, Lawton F.3.8 
 9. Brown, Quebec K.3.7 
 10. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
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.2.1 
 6. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 7. Monroe, Rocheste.2.0 
 8. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 9. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 10. Martin, Saint J.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared CARTER
  Rochester R.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Carter, Rocheste.1.5 
 2. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 3. George, Dayton A.1.3 
 4. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.2 
 5. Daniels, Lawton F.1.2 
 6. Ocitti, Saint J.1.1 
 7. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.0.9 
 9. Williams, Rocheste.0.8 
 10. Dollard, Halifax R.0.8 


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  POLAND   


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Asseco Prokom 12-3 
 2. Energa Czarni 12-6 
 3. PGE Turow 11-5 
 4. Polpharma 10-7 
 5. Trefl Sopot 10-8 
 6. Anwil 9-9 
 7. Zastal 8-10 
 8. PBG Basket 8-10 
 9. Polonia Azbud 8-10 
 10. AZS Koszalin 7-9 
 11. SKK Kotwica 5-11 
 12. Siarka 3-15 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica26.7 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud17.1 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.6 
 4. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.2 
 5. Hodge, Zastal15.6 
 6. Burgess, Zastal15.4 
 7. Bennerman, Energa C.15.3 
 8. Miller, PBG Basket15.3 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot14.4 
 10. Jovanovic, Anwil14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Harris, SKK K.10.7 
 2. Truscott, Siarka10.2 
 3. Burgess, Zastal9.8 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.4 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.1 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.1 
 7. Miller, Anwil6.6 
 8. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.5 
 9. Kinloch, AZS K.6.4 
 10. Archibeque, Polph.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa Czarni
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.6.6 
 2. Milicic, AZS K.6.3 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.1 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.4.9 
 5. Hodge, Zastal4.8 
 6. Hawkins, PBG B.4.4 
 7. Ewing, Asseco P.3.6 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.5 
 9. Thompson, Anwil3.3 
 10. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Polonia Azbud
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.6 
 2. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 3. Ewing, Asseco P.2.4 
 4. Blassingame, Energa C.2.4 
 5. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 6. Skibniewski, Polph.2.2 
 7. Milicic, AZS K.2.2 
 8. Reese, AZS Koszalin2.1 
 9. Hawkins, PBG B.2.0 
 10. Thomas, PGE Turow1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harris, SKK K.1.9 
 2. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 3. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.3 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszalin0.9 
 7. Davis, Energa C.0.9 
 8. Frazier, AZS K.0.8 
 9. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 
 10. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 


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  PORTUGAL   


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Barcelos 14-2 
 2. Fisica 12-4 
 3. Galitos FC 11-4 
 4. Sangalhos 10-5 
 5. Terceira Basket 10-6 
 6. Angra 10-6 
 7. Povoa 7-8 
 8. Electrico FC 7-9 
 9. Guifoes 5-11 
 10. Alges 4-11 
 11. Maia Basket 4-12 
 12. Seixal 0-16 


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  ROMANIA   


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Ploiesti 20-3 
 2. Gaz Metan 17-5 
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 17-6 
 4. Steaua Turabo 16-5 
 5. Mures 16-6 
 6. Oradea 14-9 
 7. Pitesti 13-10 
 8. Otopeni 13-10 
 9. CSU Sibiu 11-11 
 10. CSM Bucuresti 11-11 
 11. Timisoara 10-12 
 12. Rovinari 9-13 
 13. Craiova 5-17 
 14. Politehnica Iasi 4-18 
 15. Miercurea 1-20 
 16. Brasov 1-22 


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 11-3 
 2. CSKA 10-5 
 3. Lokomotiv 10-5 
 4. Khimky 9-5 
 5. Spartak SP 9-6 
 6. Enisey 6-8 
 7. N.Novgorod 5-10 
 8. Krasnie Krilya 5-10 
 9. Triumph 4-10 
 10. Dynamo 4-11 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Langford, Khimky19.3 
 2. Williams, Enisey16.6 
 3. Domercant, Spart.16.2 
 4. Popovic, Unics15.3 
 5. Lyday, Unics14.9 
 6. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv14.7 
 7. Labovic, Enisey14.3 
 8. Vyaltsev, Triumph14.1 
 9. Baxter, Enisey14.1 
 10. Lampe, Unics13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv7.3 
 2. Zhukanenko, Dynamo6.8 
 3. Monya, Khimky6.5 
 4. Paunic, N.Novgorod6.0 
 5. Likhodey, Triumph5.9 
 6. Baxter, Enisey5.9 
 7. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv5.9 
 8. Brezec, Krasnie .5.9 
 9. Lampe, Unics5.8 
 10. Beverley, Spart.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Anton PONKRASHOV
  Spartak SP
  (200-G-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ponkrashov, Spart.6.2 
 2. Williams, Enisey5.9 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie .5.8 
 4. Khvostov, Dynamo4.5 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.4 
 6. Vyaltsev, Triumph3.8 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.8 
 8. Samoylenko, Unics3.7 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.6 
 10. Chalmers, Lokom.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spartak SP
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.3 
 2. Thompson, Spart.2.3 
 3. Voronov, Dynamo1.8 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.6 
 5. Lyday, Unics1.5 
 6. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.5 
 7. Massey, Lokomotiv1.5 
 8. Siskauskas, CSKA1.4 
 9. Likhodey, Triumph1.3 
 10. Green, Krasnie Krilya1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey VARLAMOV
  Triumph
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Varlamov, Triumph1.3 
 2. Monya, Khimky1.3 
 3. Likhodey, Triumph1.2 
 4. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 5. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 6. Yakovenko, N.Nov.0.9 
 7. Vranes, Unics0.9 
 8. Sokolov, CSKA0.9 
 9. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 
 10. Antonov, N.Novgorod0.8 


PBL Round 15: Unics Kazan defeats Khimky in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Khimky (#2) forced the game against Unics Kazan (#1) into an overtime, but lost by nine points 66-75 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Khimky. Khimky was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of Unics Kazan, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-6. Unics Kazan made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Khimky helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) answered with 21 points for Khimky. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Unics Kazan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record. Khimky at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Unics Kazan are looking forward to face Spartak St.Petersburg (#5) on the road in the next round. Khimky will play against BC Nizhny Novgorod and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time newly promoted BC Nizhny Novgorod edged ninth-ranked Dynamo Moscow 69-66. It was a great evening for guard Dmitry Kulagin (195-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points. Ivan Paunic helped adding 12 points and 5 rebounds. BC Nizhny Novgorod's coach Zoran Lukic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Nikita Shabalkin (205-86) with 18 points. BC Nizhny Novgorod (5-10) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Krasnie Krilya. Dynamo Moscow at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against higher ranked Khimky (#4) in Khimki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dynamo Moscow will play at home against Triumph Lyubertsy (#9) in Lubertsy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Samara supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (9-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Krasnie Krilya (5-10). Spartak St.Petersburg did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-68 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Krasnie Krilya. It was an exceptional evening for Nikola Dragovic who led the winners and scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. Gerald Green came up with 22 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for Krasnie Krilya in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartak St.Petersburg maintains fifth place with 9-6 record. Loser Krasnie Krilya keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with N.Novgorod. Spartak St.Petersburg will meet at home league's leader Unics Kazan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Krasnie Krilya will play against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked Lokomotiv (10-5) and 6th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (6-8) in Kuban ended with biggest points difference. Lokomotiv outscored guests from Krasnoyarsk 104-72. The best player for the winners was Lionel Chalmers who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lokomotiv moved-up to second place, which they share with CSKA. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Lokomotiv's next round opponent will be league's second-placed CSKA Moscow at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against Krasnie Krilya (#8) in Samara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 15 Triumph was smashed by CSKA on the road 90-62.



Krasnie Krilya - Spartak SP 68-88

The game in Samara supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (9-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Krasnie Krilya (5-10). Spartak St.Petersburg did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-68 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Krasnie Krilya. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Spartak St.Petersburg made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Krasnie Krilya turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian-Montenegrin forward Nikola Dragovic (206-87, college: UCLA) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Anton Ponkrashov (200-86) accounted for 26 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side. Four Spartak St.Petersburg players scored in double figures. American swingman Gerald Green (202-86, college: High School, agency: Lanshire Group) came up with 22 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American-Bosnian guard Ernest Bremer (195-80, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 12 points and 8 assists respectively for Krasnie Krilya in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartak St.Petersburg maintains fifth place with 9-6 record. Loser Krasnie Krilya keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with N.Novgorod. Spartak St.Petersburg will meet at home league's leader Unics Kazan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Krasnie Krilya will play against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: A.Ponkrashov 26+3reb, N.Dragovic 23+9reb, P.Popovic 19+5reb, P.Beverley 13+11reb+3ast, A.Zozulin 3+1reb+1ast, A.Korchagin 2+1reb+1ast
Krasnie Krilya: G.Green 22+3reb, E.Bremer 12+8ast, B.Rush 11+3reb+5ast, A.Dedushkin 7+12reb+1ast, A.Trushkin 7+6reb, A.Kuzyakin 4+2reb
gschID: 104016


Lokomotiv - Enisey 104-72

The game between fourth ranked Lokomotiv (10-5) and 6th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (6-8) in Kuban ended with biggest points difference. Lokomotiv outscored guests from Krasnoyarsk 104-72. It looked good early as Enisey Krasnoyarsk took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lokomotiv had a 26-16 second period charge getting the lead and Enisey Krasnoyarsk was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-104. Lokomotiv dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Enisey Krasnoyarsk's 34. Lokomotiv forced 23 Enisey Krasnoyarsk turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Enisey Krasnoyarsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Lionel Chalmers (184-80, college: Xavier) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. American-FYR Macedonian forward Michael Wilkinson (204-81, college: Wisconsin, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) who recorded 20 points and 5 assists and Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) added 10 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lokomotiv moved-up to second place, which they share with CSKA. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Lokomotiv's next round opponent will be league's second-placed CSKA Moscow at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against Krasnie Krilya (#8) in Samara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: M.Wilkinson 23+5reb+2ast, L.Chalmers 22+7reb+4ast, A.Tucker 14+2reb, M.Grigoryev 9+2reb+1ast, G.Jeretin 8+7ast, J.Massey 7+4reb+2ast
Enisey: M.Williams 20+4reb+5ast, D.Labovic 10+3reb+2ast, A.Komarovskiy 9+4reb, D.Belyaev 8+2reb, K.Babynin 6+2ast, L.Baxter 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 104017


Dynamo - N.Novgorod 66-69

Bottom-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time newly promoted BC Nizhny Novgorod edged ninth-ranked Dynamo Moscow 69-66. It looked good early as Dynamo Moscow took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Nizhny Novgorod had a 21-16 second period charge getting the lead and Dynamo Moscow was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-69. BC Nizhny Novgorod made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for guard Dmitry Kulagin (195-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points. Serbian guard Ivan Paunic (194-87, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures. BC Nizhny Novgorod's coach Zoran Lukic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Nikita Shabalkin (205-86) with 18 points and international forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-86, agency: Alti Sport) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. BC Nizhny Novgorod (5-10) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Krasnie Krilya. Dynamo Moscow at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against higher ranked Khimky (#4) in Khimki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dynamo Moscow will play at home against Triumph Lyubertsy (#9) in Lubertsy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
N.Novgorod: D.Kulagin 13+3reb+3ast, A.Ivanov 13+2reb+1ast, I.Paunic 12+5reb+2ast, A.Yakovenko 11+6reb+1ast, O.Baranov 8+4reb+3ast, S.Antonov 7+4reb+1ast
Dynamo: N.Shabalkin 18+4reb, A.Zhukanenko 11+5reb, D.Domani 9+2reb+2ast, D.Khvostov 8+3reb+3ast, E.Voronov 7+4reb+1ast, V.Zavoruev 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 104018


Unics - Khimky 75-66 OT

Khimky (#2) forced the game against Unics Kazan (#1) into an overtime, but lost by nine points 66-75 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Khimky. Khimky was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of Unics Kazan, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-6. Unics Kazan made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Khimky helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) answered with 21 points and naturalized Greek center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) added 7 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Khimky. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Unics Kazan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record. Khimky at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Unics Kazan are looking forward to face Spartak St.Petersburg (#5) on the road in the next round. Khimky will play against BC Nizhny Novgorod and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Unics: M.Lampe 19+6reb+1ast, M.Popovic 13+2reb+7ast, I.Zamanskiy 11+3reb, V.Veremeenko 10+6reb+1ast, Z.Pashutin 8+1reb, H.Rizvic 7+5reb
Khimky: K.Langford 21+1reb+1ast, V.Fridzon 9+5reb, Z.Planinic 8+2reb+1ast, L.Papadopoulos 7+11reb+3ast, R.Lopez 6+2reb+3ast, K.Loncar 6+3reb
gschID: 104019


CSKA - Triumph 90-62

No shocking result in a game when third ranked CSKA Moscow (10-5) crushed at home 8th ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (4-10) 90-62. It looked good early as Triumph Lyubertsy took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then CSKA Moscow took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 28 points. They made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. CSKA Moscow forced 21 Triumph Lyubertsy turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Triumph Lyubertsy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Alexey Shved (196-88, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 18 points and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International center Andrey Vorontsevich (204-87) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five CSKA Moscow players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Egor Vyaltsev (192-85) who recorded 14 points and 5 assists and forward Valery Likhodey (204-86) added 12 points respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Lokomotiv. Triumph Lyubertsy at the other side dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. CSKA Moscow's next round opponent will be Lokomotiv (#3) in Kuban, which may be the game of the day. Triumph Lyubertsy will play on the road against Dynamo Moscow (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CSKA: A.Shved 18+3reb+2ast, A.Vorontsevich 17+5reb, S.Bykov 13+1reb, J.Gordon 11+3reb+5ast, T.Langdon 10, S.Kaun 6+4reb
Triumph: E.Vyaltsev 14+5ast, V.Likhodey 12+3reb+1ast, S.Karasev 8+4reb, L.Nevill 6+3reb, A.Kurcevich 6+5reb+1ast, I.Syrovatko 5+2reb
gschID: 104020




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D1 Round 16: Al Maseerah tries to escape the last position defeating Al Jubail - by Eurobasket News
Bottom-ranked Al Maseerah managed to get a second victory, breaking the ten-game losing streak on Thursday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Al Jubail 79-68. Al Maseerah (2-13) moved-up to tenth place. Al Jubail lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost.

D1 top team - Al Ittihad (15-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Al Nahda (7-8) in Al Khobar 87-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Nahda. Undefeated Al Ittihad have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-0 record. Al Nahda at the other side dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Al Wahda. The game in Mecca was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Al Fateh (12-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Al Wahda (7-8). Al Fateh managed to secure a 9-point victory 82-73 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Wahda. Al Fateh moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Hilal and Al Ansar. Loser Al Wahda keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Al Nahda.

11th ranked Al Shrooq (2-14) was outscored at home by third ranked Al Ansar (12-4) with the biggest margin this round 78-52. Al Ansar moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Hilal and Al Fateh. Al Shrooq at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost.
In the last two games of round 16 Ohud lost to Al Hilal on the opponent's court 73-79. Al Ahli managed to outperform Al Safwa in a home game 75-70.


Al Nahda - Al Ittihad 66-87

D1 top team - Al Ittihad (15-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Al Nahda (7-8) in Al Khobar 87-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Nahda. Al Ittihad have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-0 record. Al Nahda at the other side dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Al Wahda. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

gschID: 122426


Al Jubail - Al Maseerah 68-79

Bottom-ranked Al Maseerah managed to get a second victory, breaking the ten-game losing streak on Thursday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Al Jubail 79-68. Al Maseerah (2-13) moved-up to tenth place. Al Jubail lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 122423


Al Hilal - Ohud 79-73

Rather expected game in Riyadh where 5th ranked Ohud (9-6) was defeated by second ranked Al Hilal (12-4) 79-73. Al Hilal maintains second position with 12-4 record having just two points less than leader Al Ittihad, which they share with Al Ansar and Al Fateh. Ohud at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 122424


Al Ahli - Al Safwa 75-70

Rather predictable result in Jeddah where eighth ranked Al Ahli (8-7) defeated bottom-ranked Al Safwa (1-14) 75-70. Al Ahli have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Al Safwa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 122425


Al Wahda - Al Fateh 73-82

The game in Mecca was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Al Fateh (12-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Al Wahda (7-8). Al Fateh managed to secure a 9-point victory 82-73 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Wahda. Al Fateh moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Hilal and Al Ansar. Loser Al Wahda keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Al Nahda. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 122421


Al Shrooq - Al Ansar 52-78

11th ranked Al Shrooq (2-14) was outscored at home by third ranked Al Ansar (12-4) with the biggest margin this round 78-52. Al Ansar moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Hilal and Al Fateh. Al Shrooq at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 122422




D1 Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Ittihad 15-0 
 2. Al Ansar 12-4 
 3. Al Fateh 12-4 
 4. Al Hilal 12-4 
 5. Ohud 9-6 
 6. Al Ahli 8-7 
 7. Al Nahda 7-8 
 8. Al Wahda 7-8 
 9. Al Jubail 4-11 
 10. Al Maseerah 2-13 
 11. Al Shrooq 2-14 
 12. Al Safwa 1-14 


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Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 21-2 
 2. Beograd 17-6 
 3. Metalac 16-7 
 4. Mega Vizura 14-9 
 5. Tamis 13-10 
 6. Sloga 11-12 
 7. Novi Sad 11-12 
 8. Sloboda Uzice 10-12 
 9. Vojvodina 10-13 
 10. Napredak 9-13 
 11. Proleter Naftagas 9-14 
 12. Borac 9-14 
 13. Crnokosa 9-14 
 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: 21.7
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.21.7 
 2. Koprivica, Super.20.7 
 3. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 4. Zekovic, Beograd18.5 
 5. Sinovec, Metalac17.7 
 6. Micevic, Sloboda .17.6 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 8. Bunic, Novi Sad17.4 
 9. Sulovic, Napredak16.3 
 10. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.5 
 3. Jelovac, Mega V.7.4 
 4. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.6.8 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 7. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 8. Majkic, Prolet.6.4 
 9. Zekovic, Beograd6.3 
 10. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac5.9 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.4 
 4. Radivojevic, FMP5.2 
 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
 Ognjen KUZETA
  Novi Sad
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 2. Dundjerski, Beograd2.6 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.2 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.1 
 6. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 7. Bocka, Crnokosa1.9 
 8. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Jovic, Sloga1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.4 
 3. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.1.2 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.0 
 6. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.9 
 8. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 9. Kalinic, Novi Sad0.7 
 10. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 


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Maribor beat Sentjur, step closer to Top 8 - by Zeljko Zule
Maribor moved a major step closer to clinching a League Play-Off spot, beating Sentjur with a 81-70 road victory in Round 17.
Sentjur-Maribor 70-81: Sentjur opened the game with a 13-3 run. Maribor answered with a 16-3 and after trailing by one in the third quarter, 46-47, Maribor went on a 13-4 run to take a lead 59-51 and never looked back from there. Bojan Jovanovic (186-G-82) finished with 18 points, Elvis Kadic had 17 and Tadej Horvat and Primoz Brolih added 12 points each. Sentjur extended their losing streak to four games and and lost eight of its last ten games. Dejan Hohler scored 17 points and handed out 6 assists, Vjeran Soldo scored 13 points and Blaz Rucigaj 12.
Elektra-Helios 59-63: After almost erasing a 30-47 third quarter deficit, Elektra could not complete the comeback. They cut the deficit to 59-61 with 27 seconds left. Drazen Bubnic missed his first throw and hit the second for a three-point lead for Helios. Tadej Horvat missed a potential game tying 3-pointer and Helios escaped Sostanj vith a victory. Grega Mali scored 15 points, Benjamin Raymond had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Marko Lekic added 10 points. Elektra was led by double-double performances from Salih Nuhanovic. He finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Boris Jersin collected12 point, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Djordje Lelic scored 10 points.
LTHcast Mercator-Zlatorog 63-86: There were 10 lead changes before Zlatorog took control. They went on 15-0 run early in the second quarter to go ahead 36-23 and its defense held LTH scoreless for a 4:40 span. League leading scorer Vladimir Panic finished with 21 points and Alen Omic and Luka Dimec added 12 each. Zlatorog outrebounded the home team 39-24, picking up 16 offensive boards. Tomo Cajic posted 21 points fot the home team, Gezim Morina came of the bench for 15 points and 10 rebounds and Toma Mezek scored 11 points.



Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Zlatorog 14-1 
 2. Helios 11-4 
 3. Geoplin Slovan 10-5 
 4. Polzela 10-5 
 5. Elektra 9-6 
 6. Sentjur 6-9 
 7. Maribor Messer 6-10 
 8. LTHcast Mercator 2-13 
 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, Sentjur16.5 
 3. Bubnic, Helios16.4 
 4. Thondique, Polzela15.4 
 5. Erzen, Parklji15.3 
 6. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan15.2 
 7. Harmason, Sentjur15.1 
 8. Miljkovic, Elektra14.4 
 9. Nuhanovic, Elektra14.0 
 10. Mali, Helios13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Thondique, Polzela11.1 
 2. Miljkovic, Elektra8.8 
 3. Simovic, Sentjur8.5 
 4. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.4 
 5. Krusic, Geoplin .6.9 
 6. Zolotic, Maribor .6.3 
 7. Erzen, Parklji6.0 
 8. Dimec, Zlatorog6.0 
 9. Paravinja, Parklji5.9 
 10. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Boris JERSIN
  Elektra
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Jersin, Elektra5.1 
 2. Vujasinovic, Zlatorog4.5 
 3. Brolih, Maribor .4.4 
 4. Hohler, Sentjur4.1 
 5. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 6. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.5 
 7. Pelko, Zlatorog3.2 
 8. Petrovic, Helios3.0 
 9. Zagorc, Helios3.0 
 10. Rupnik, Geoplin .2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.6 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast .2.1 
 3. Vranjkovic, Helios1.9 
 4. Zagorc, Helios1.8 
 5. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.7 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 7. Zadnik, Geoplin .1.6 
 8. Hohler, Sentjur1.5 
 9. Jersin, Elektra1.5 
 10. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra2.0 
 2. Dimec, Zlatorog1.3 
 3. Thondique, Polzela1.1 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela0.9 
 5. Bubnic, Helios0.7 
 6. Pasalic, Helios0.6 
 7. Miljkovic, Elektra0.6 
 8. Mijajlovic, Zlatorog0.6 
 9. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan0.6 
 10. Simovic, Sentjur0.5 


Krka and Olimpija win in Adriatic league - by Eurobasket News
Slovenian teams registered two wins today in Round 22 of Adriatic league.
Krka smashed 14th ranked Croatian Zadar in Novo Mesto 92-64. The game was mostly controlled by Krka. Zadar managed to win second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The hosts dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Zadar's 46. Krka forced 21 Zadar turnovers. The home squad looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Zadar's players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Krka players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Brown (202-F-81, college: Tulane) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and swingman Marko Car (188-G/F-85) added 8 points and 4 assists in the effort for Zadar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Krka (15-7) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They will stay on top position. Zadar at the other side stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Crvena Zvezda. Zadar will play next round against Cibona trying to get back on the winning streak. Krka will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Buducnost in Podgorica.
Another exciting game for Slovenian Union Olimpija (14-8) which played in Podgorica against Montenegrin Buducnost (13-9). Third ranked Union Olimpija eked out just a narrow 1-point road win over Buducnost 71-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Buducnost. Buducnost was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 19-14 charge of Union Olimpija, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Union Olimpija especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. FYR Macedonian-Slovenian guard Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) scored 19 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) chipped in 6 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Union Olimpija maintains third position with 14-8 record. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with KK Zagreb CO. Union Olimpija will play against KK Zagreb CO (#5) on the road in the next round. Buducnost will play against the league's leader Krka in Novo Mesto and hopes to get back on the winning track.


Matej Krusic gets MVP of the Week award for Slovenian Telemach League - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Matej Krusic (211-C-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 24 points and twelve rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Parklji (#9, 0-15) with 38-point margin 96-58. Geoplin Slovan is placed at 3rd position in Slovenian Telemach League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Geoplin Slovan will need more victories to improve their 10-5 record. It's Krusic's second year at Geoplin Slovan and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Krusic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.9rpg) and averages solid 68.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old guard Boris Jersin (183-G-85) of Elektra Esotech. Jersin impressed basketball fans with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Elektra was edged by the higher-ranked Helios (#2, 11-4) 63-59. Elektra managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Jersin is a newcomer at Elektra and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Vladimir Panic (194-F-82, agency: 011 Sports) of top-ranked Zlatorog Lasko. Panic scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Zlatorog, leading his team to a 86-63 easy win against the lower-ranked LTHcast Mercator (#8, 2-13). Many experts and fans count Zlatorog as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 14 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Panic has a great season in Slovenia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.7ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87) of Helios - 14 points and 10 rebounds
5. Elvis Kadic (201-F-80) of Maribor Messer - 17 points and 8 rebounds
6. Jaka Blazic (193-G-90) of Geoplin Slovan - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tomo Cajic (200-F/C-85) of LTHcast Mercator - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Salih Nuhanovic (209-C-82) of Elektra - 15 points and 10 rebounds
9. Gezim Morina (204-C/F-92) of LTHcast Mercator - 15 points and 10 rebounds
10. Bojan Jovanovic (186-G-82) of Maribor Messer - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  SOUTH KOREA   


South Korean KBL round 45 best performance: Charles Rhodes - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Sonic Boom KT, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 45.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Anyang KGC (#9, 15-31) 76-64. It allowed Sonic Boom KT to take over top position in the South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sonic Boom KT has a very solid 32-14 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Rhodes turned to be Sonic Boom KT's top player in his first season with the team. Charles Rhodes averages this season 14.2ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent) of LG Sakers. Stevenson had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Of course LG Sakers cruised to a 74-64 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#8, 15-31). This victory allowed LG Sakers to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 21-25 record. Stevenson is a newcomer at LG Sakers, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.5ppg (#2). He also registered 8.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another LG Sakers' star - American center Chris Alexander (216-C-80, agency: Priority Sports). Alexander scored 14 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of LG Sakers, helping his team with a 74-64 win against slightly lower-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#8, 15-31). The chances of LG Sakers ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 25 games, recording just twenty one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Alexander could help LG Sakers to bring them higher in the standings. Alexander has a great season in South Korea. After 45 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 66.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ho-Young Yoon (198-F-84) of Dongbu Promy - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Eric Sandrin (206-F/C-78) of Seoul Samsung Thunders - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Nigel Dixon (205-C/F-80) of Samsung Th. - 13 points and 13 rebounds
7. Herbert Hill (203-F-84) of Elephants - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Jang-Hoon Seo (207-C-74) of Elephants - 18 points and 11 rebounds
9. Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85) of Mobis Phoebus - 13 points and 13 rebounds
10. Gyasi Cline-Heard (202-F-79) of SK Knights - 15 points and 6 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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LEB Silver Round 22: River Andorra loses to Promobys Tijola - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Tijola between second ranked River Andorra (16-5) and fourth ranked Promobys Tijola (13-7) on Friday night. River Andorra was defeated by Promobys Tijola in a tough game on the road 73-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of River Andorra. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 20-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Promobys Tijola had a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian-Dutch power forward Nicholas Maglisceau (204-77, college: Alberta) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Ivan Matemalas (193-80) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds for River Andorra. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Promobys Tijola maintains fourth position with 13-7 record. River Andorra at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Promobys Tijola are looking forward to face Prat Juventud (#6) on the road in the next round. River Andorra will play against the league's leader CB Clavijo in Logrono and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Oviedo was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Basquet Mallorca (16-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Feve Oviedo (9-12). Basquet Mallorca did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Feve Oviedo. American forward Shaun Green (203-87, college: Utah, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Juan Cabot chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side naturalized Venezuelan power forward Javier Roman (207-80) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Basquet Mallorca have an impressive six-game winning streak. Basquet Mallorca moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Feve Oviedo keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Basquet Mallorca will play against bottom-ranked Lan Mobel ISB (#15) in Azpeitia in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Feve Oviedo will have a break next round.
The game between 15th ranked Lan Mobel ISB (6-15) and tenth ranked Regal FC II (8-12) in Azpeitia on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Barcelona outscored Lan Mobel ISB 84-63. Joan Creus notched 24 points and 4 assists to lead the effort. Regal FC II's coach Borja Comenge felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds by Reginald Bratton did not help to save the game for Lan Mobel ISB. Regal FC II moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Avila. Lan Mobel ISB lost sixth consecutive game. Lan Mobel ISB at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Regal FC II will meet at home Leyma Basquet (#13) in the next round. Lan Mobel ISB will play against the league's second-placed Basquet Mallorca having rather not much hope for a victory.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Illescas was beaten by Avila on the road 54-42. ADT Tarragona lost to Prat Juventud on its own court 64-72. Plasencia managed to outperform Santurtzi in a road game 82-73. Coruna managed to beat Guadalajara at home 70-66.



Oviedo Feve - Mallorca 71-89

The game in Oviedo was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Basquet Mallorca (16-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Feve Oviedo (9-12). Basquet Mallorca did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Feve Oviedo. Feve Oviedo was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 47-26 second half run of Basquet Mallorca. American forward Shaun Green (203-87, college: Utah, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Juan Cabot (200-88) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Basquet Mallorca players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized Venezuelan power forward Javier Roman (207-80) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and forward Hector Macia (198-77) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Basquet Mallorca have an impressive six-game winning streak. Basquet Mallorca moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Feve Oviedo keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Basquet Mallorca will play against bottom-ranked Lan Mobel ISB (#15) in Azpeitia in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Feve Oviedo will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mallorca: S.Green 23+9reb+1ast, I.Torres 15+1reb, J.Cabot 13+5reb+2ast, I.Pampin 10+2reb+4ast, J.Carles Bivia 8+4reb+3ast, A.Jaume Vicens 7+9reb+1ast
Oviedo Feve: J.Roman 17+9reb, H.Macia 14+5reb+2ast, T.Tate 14+4reb+3ast, D.James 8+5reb+1ast, R.Suarez 7+3reb+4ast, M.Parada 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 98505


Lan Mobel ISB - Regal FC II 63-84

The game between 15th ranked Lan Mobel ISB (6-15) and tenth ranked Regal FC II (8-12) in Azpeitia on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Barcelona outscored Lan Mobel ISB 84-63. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-63. Regal FC II forced 21 Lan Mobel ISB turnovers. Guard Joan Creus (185-92) notched 24 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and American forward Reginald Larry (201-86, college: Boise St.) supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Regal FC II players scored in double figures. Regal FC II's coach Borja Comenge felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds by American swingman Reginald Bratton (193-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne) did not help to save the game for Lan Mobel ISB. Forward Aritz Martinez (201-82) added 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for lost side. Regal FC II moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Avila. Lan Mobel ISB lost sixth consecutive game. Lan Mobel ISB at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Regal FC II will meet at home Leyma Basquet (#13) in the next round. Lan Mobel ISB will play against the league's second-placed Basquet Mallorca having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Regal FC II: J.Creus 24+4reb+4ast, R.Larry 17+7reb+2ast, C.Marzo 10+3reb+6ast, A.Aparicio 10+2reb, J.Marcos 9+2ast, S.Drame 8+8reb+1ast
Lan Mobel ISB: A.Paez 15+5reb, R.Bratton 14+10reb+1ast, A.Martinez 9+13reb, S.De La Fuente 8+4reb, C.Mortellaro 8+7reb, J.Ibargutxi 7+2reb+8ast
gschID: 98502


Promobys - Andorra 77-73

The most important game in the last round took place in Tijola between second ranked River Andorra (16-5) and fourth ranked Promobys Tijola (13-7) on Friday night. River Andorra was defeated by Promobys Tijola in a tough game on the road 73-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of River Andorra. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 20-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Promobys Tijola had a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian-Dutch power forward Nicholas Maglisceau (204-77, college: Alberta) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Ivan Matemalas (193-80) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Promobys Tijola players scored in double figures. American center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Nestor Zamora (178-84) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for River Andorra. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Promobys Tijola maintains fourth position with 13-7 record. River Andorra at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Promobys Tijola are looking forward to face Prat Juventud (#6) on the road in the next round. River Andorra will play against the league's leader CB Clavijo in Logrono and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Promobys: I.Matemalas 15+3reb+1ast, N.Maglisceau 13+8reb+2ast, F.Bavosi 11+2reb+3ast, V.Perez 11+2ast, B.Castillo 6+6reb, R.McDade 6+3reb+1ast
Andorra: J.Howard 15+6reb+1ast, J.Holmes 13+2reb, N.Zamora 10+6reb+5ast, R.Johnson 9+3reb+2ast, A.Ros 8+3reb+2ast, A.Matali 8+1ast
gschID: 98503


Avila - Illescas 54-42

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Fontedoso Carrefour's (8-12) home victory over 11th ranked CB Illescas (7-14) in Avila 54-42 on Saturday. They outrebounded CB Illescas 46-29 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Charles Ramsdell (208-85, college: Tulsa, agency: Court Side</