EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/28/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Round 22: Partizan and Krka stay on top - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The game had a very big importance for Partizan as it allowed them to keep a leadership position. Partizan defeated 6th ranked Radnicki in Beograd 80-64. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. Radnicki managed to win second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Partizan dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Radnicki's 24. They outrebounded Radnicki 43-23 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Radnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Czech forward Jan Vesely (211-90) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Dusan Kecman (197-77, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Michael Lee (207-86) replied with 24 points and 6 rebounds for Radnicki. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Partizan (15-7) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Krka. Radnicki at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Hemofarm and Cedevita. Radnicki will play next round against Hemofarm trying to get back on the winning streak. Partizan will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Igokea in Aleksandrovac.
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. FYR Macedonian-Slovenian guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, agency: World Sport Agency) scored 19 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Giorgi Shermadini chipped in 6 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (202-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Union Olimpija maintains third position with 14-8 record having just -3 point less than leader Partizan. 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 second-placed Krka in Novo Mesto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 22 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Vrsac where ninth ranked Hemofarm outleveled visiting Crvena Zvezda (6-16) 88-66. Milivoje Bozovic notched a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 24 points and 6 rebounds by Ricardo Marsh did not help to save the game for Crvena Zvezda. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hemofarm have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cedevita and Radnicki. Crvena Zvezda lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Zadar. Hemofarm will meet Radnicki (#7) in the next round. Crvena Zvezda will play against Siroki TT Kabeli (#12) in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 22 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Fifth ranked KK Zagreb CO won against host Cedevita (11-11) 102-97. Luka Zoric fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. 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 keep the sixth 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.
The game between second ranked Slovenian Krka (15-7) and 14th ranked Croatian Zadar (6-16) in Novo Mesto on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Krka outscored guests from Zadar 92-64. It was a very good performance for Zoran Dragic who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). 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. Krka have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Slovenian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Partizan. Loser Zadar stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. Krka will face Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica in the next round. Zadar will play at home against Cibona (#11) in Zagreb.

In the last two games of round 22 Igokea was beaten by Cibona on the road 78-68. CEZ Nymburk won against Siroki TT on its own court 73-59.


Krka - Zadar 92-64

The game between second ranked Slovenian Krka (15-7) and 14th ranked Croatian Zadar (6-16) in Novo Mesto on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Krka outscored guests from Zadar 92-64. The game was mostly controlled by Krka. Zadar was better in second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Zadar's 46. Krka forced 21 Zadar turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Zadar's players. It was a very good performance for guard Zoran Dragic (196-89) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Krka players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and swingman Marko Car (188-85) added 8 points and 4 assists in the effort for Zadar. 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. Krka have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Slovenian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Partizan. Loser Zadar stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. Krka will face Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica in the next round. Zadar will play at home against Cibona (#11) in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Krka: Z.Dragic 16+3reb+4ast, E.Muric 15+3reb, J.Balazic 14+4reb, S.Pavic 12+9reb+1ast, C.Booker 11+2reb+1ast, B.Krivec 10+2reb+6ast
Zadar: B.Brown 13+5reb+2ast, I.Batur 11+4reb, D.Downey 9+1reb, P.Marcinkovic 9+2reb+1ast, M.Car 8+4reb+4ast, I.Ivanov 6+7reb
gschID: 92592


Partizan - Radnicki 80-64

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Partizan as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Partizan defeated 6th ranked Radnicki in Beograd 80-64. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. Radnicki managed to win second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Partizan dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Radnicki's 24. They outrebounded Radnicki 43-23 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Radnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Czech forward Jan Vesely (211-90) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Dusan Kecman (197-77, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Michael Lee (207-86) replied with 24 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Radnicki. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Partizan (15-7) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Krka. Radnicki at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Hemofarm and Cedevita. Radnicki will play next round against Hemofarm trying to get back on the winning streak. Partizan will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Igokea in Aleksandrovac.
Top scorers:
Partizan: J.Vesely 19+6reb+2ast, V.Lucic 14+1reb, J.Gist 11+11reb, D.Kecman 9+8reb+6ast, N.Jawai 8+7reb+2ast, R.Katic 8+3reb+2ast
Radnicki: M.Lee 24+6reb+2ast, V.Vukosavljevic 16+5reb, S.Markovic 10+4reb+3ast, V.Aleksic 5+2ast, M.Cakarevic 4+4reb+2ast, P.Miletic 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 122450


Cibona - Igokea 78-68

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Croatian Cibona (10-12) beat 9th ranked Bosnian Igokea (10-12) in Zagreb 78-68 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 44-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Cibona made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Cibona outrebounded Igokea 38-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Igokea was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for forward Ante Krapic (202-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Bosnian-Croatian swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists and Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Igokea. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Igokea and CEZ Nymburk. Igokea lost third consecutive game. Cibona will face bottom-ranked Zadar (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Cibona: A.Krapic 22+12reb+1ast, B.Bogdanovic 22+5reb+2ast, G.Vrbanc 12+2reb, K.Vragovic 9+1reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 7+2reb+1ast, G.Giricek 4+3reb+5ast
Igokea: B.Chase 19+4reb+10ast, Z.Rakocevic 18+7reb, M.Dozet 12+1reb+1ast, J.Florence 6+1reb, S.Nadjfeji 6+6reb+2ast, C.Vitkovac 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 122451


Hemofarm - Crvena Zvezda 88-66

One of the most interesting games of round 22 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Vrsac where ninth ranked Hemofarm outleveled visiting Crvena Zvezda (6-16) 88-66. The game without a history. Hemofarm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hemofarm had a 30-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Power forward Milivoje Bozovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) notched a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 18 points. Even 24 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Ricardo Marsh (202-81, college: ODU) did not help to save the game for Crvena Zvezda. Guard Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-93) added 8 points and 5 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. Hemofarm have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cedevita and Radnicki. Crvena Zvezda lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Zadar. Hemofarm will meet Radnicki (#7) in the next round. Crvena Zvezda will play against Siroki TT Kabeli (#12) in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 18+2reb+2ast, M.Bozovic 12+17reb+1ast, I.Maras 11+1reb, M.Borisov 10+1ast, B.Krstovic 9+3reb, D.Andusic 9+1ast
Crvena Zvezda: R.Marsh 24+6reb+2ast, A.Cvetkovic 8+5reb+3ast, S.Lesic 7+3reb+1ast, N.Nedovic 5+1reb+3ast, S.Milosevic 5+5reb+2ast, L.Radosavljevic 5+3reb
gschID: 92589


Buducnost - Union Olimpija 70-71

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 (190-80, agency: World Sport Agency) scored 19 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89) chipped in 6 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (202-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Union Olimpija maintains third position with 14-8 record having just -3 point less than leader Partizan. 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 second-placed Krka in Novo Mesto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: V.Ilievski 19+2reb+6ast, G.Jagodnik 8+1reb+1ast, B.Davis 8+1ast, D.Markota 7+3reb, J.Span 7+1reb+1ast, K.Gregory 6+1ast
Buducnost: V.Dragicevic 14+5reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 13+7reb+2ast, S.Sehovic 12, A.Popovic 10+3reb+2ast, M.Scekic 8+4reb+2ast, B.Dubljevic 5+5reb
gschID: 92586


Cedevita - KK Zagreb CO 97-102

One of the most interesting games of round 22 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Fifth ranked KK Zagreb CO won against host Cedevita (11-11) 102-97. 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 (211-84) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Marino Bazdaric (197-78) produced 26 points (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!) and forward Vedran Vukusic (206-82, 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 keep the sixth 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.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: L.Zoric 21+11reb+7ast, K.Simon 20+10reb+7ast, D.Mulaomerovic 19+3reb+3ast, D.Rancic 17+2reb+1ast, A.Masic 7+1ast, A.Renfroe 5+6reb+3ast
Cedevita: M.Bazdaric 26+2reb+2ast, V.Vukusic 20+5reb, D.Rudez 19+2reb+1ast, B.Wright 15+6reb+4ast, D.Draper 14+6reb+5ast, T.Petrovic 3+1reb
gschID: 92587


CEZ Nymburk - Siroki TT 73-59

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk and 11th ranked Bosnian Siroki TT Kabeli had identical 9-12 record. This time CEZ Nymburk used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Siroki Brijeg 73-59 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by CEZ Nymburk. Siroki TT Kabeli was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Siroki TT Kabeli's 18. They outrebounded Siroki TT Kabeli 41-26 including 32 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington, agency: ZAG Advocates) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) contributed with 18 points and 4 steals for the winners. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) added 14 points in the effort for Siroki TT Kabeli. Four Siroki TT Kabeli players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Czech champion (10-12) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Cibona and Igokea. Defending Bosnian champion Siroki TT Kabeli dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will face higher ranked Cedevita (#6) in Zagreb in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Siroki TT Kabeli will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda (#13) in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: C.Simmons 20+9reb+1ast, P.Slezak 18+4reb+2ast, M.Lenzly 8+1reb+5ast, R.Necas 7+11reb+3ast, A.Nissim 7+6reb+1ast, P.Benda 4+3reb+1ast
Siroki TT: F.Pilepic 14+4reb+1ast, S.Spralja 12+1reb, S.Stemberger 12+6reb+2ast, D.Planinic 10+2reb, V.Morovic 4+5reb+1ast, J.Bilinovac 3
gschID: 92588




Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Partizan 15-7 
 2. Krka 15-7 
 3. Union Olimpija 14-8 
 4. Buducnost 13-9 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 13-9 
 6. Cedevita 11-11 
 7. Radnicki 11-11 
 8. Hemofarm 11-11 
 9. Igokea 10-12 
 10. CEZ Nymburk 10-12 
 11. Cibona 10-12 
 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
 1. Lee, Radnicki20.1 
 2. Zoric, KK.19.7 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 4. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.9 
 5. Marsh, Crvena Z.18.4 
 6. Draper, Cedevita17.8 
 7. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 8. Chase, Igokea16.5 
 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. Gist, Partizan6.9 
 5. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.2 
 7. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.8 
 8. Benda, CEZ Nymburk5.8 
 9. Necas, CEZ Nymburk5.8 
 10. Milosevic, Crvena Z.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.5 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.9 
 3. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.9 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.2 
 5. Ilievski, Union O.3.8 
 6. Renfroe, KK.3.8 
 7. Chase, Igokea3.8 
 8. Car, Zadar3.5 
 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, Cibona1.6 
 9. Simonovic, Buduc.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. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 4. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 5. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 6. Jawai, Partizan0.8 
 7. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 8. Gist, Partizan0.7 
 9. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 
 10. Vesely, Partizan0.7 


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  ALGERIA   


Surprise win of NAHD - by Carlos Pereira
The win of NA Hussein Dey in Dar-El-Beida was the highlight of the 25th day of the Championship superdivision basketball played Friday, which also saw the win of the BRC Temouchent (the third in a row) against the USM Alger (69-61).
It is the unexpected success of the Blood and Gold on the floor of the CRB Dar Beida (69-66), acquired after the Tuesday against the ASPTT Algiers (74-38) who exited the tournament of its monotony, especially since the best teams were taxed more or less widely.

RESULTS
WA Boufarik ASPTT Alger 95-52
CSM Constantine TBB Blida 57-78
CRB Dar-El-Beda NA Hussein-Dey 66-69
GS Ptroliers OM Bel-Abbs 104-52
CRB Tmouchent USM Alger 69-61
AB Skikda USMM Hadjout 90-57
O Batna IRBB Arrridj 84-62
NB Staouli AU Annaba 101-86

STANDING Pts G
1. GS Ptroliers 50 25
2. WABoufarik 48 25
3. NB Staouli 46 25
4. TBB Blida 45 25
5.CRBDB 40 24
6. O Batna 39 24
7. CSMC 38 23
8. IRBB Arrridj 35 25
9. NAH.Dey 34 24
10. OMB Abbs 33 24
-. USM Alger 33 25
-. AB Skikda 33 25
13. AU Annaba 31 24
14. CRBT 30 24
15. USMMH 27 25
16. ASPTTAlger 26 25



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  ARGENTINA   


Argentinian LigaA round 19 (Second Stage) best performance: Jermaine Bucknor - by Eurobasket News
Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Club 9, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Obras (#1, 13-6) 82-75. Club 9 maintains the 10th position in Argentinian LigaA. Club 9 is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 10th lost game this season out of 19 games. In the team's last game Bucknor had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He just recently signed at Club 9, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jermaine Bucknor averages this season 15.5ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Spanish Pepe Sanchez (193-G-77) of Estudiantes. Sanchez had a very good evening with 26 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course Estudiantes cruised to a 94-84 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Boca Jrs (#14, 7-13). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . Estudiantes keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Sanchez is a newcomer at Estudiantes and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management) of Libertad S. (#7). Battle scored 9 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Libertad S., leading his team to a 77-67 win against Atenas (11-8). Libertad S. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 11 victories and 8 lost games. Battle has a great season in Argentina. After 33 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.9rpg (4th best). He also has 2.0bpg and FGP: 58.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joseph Bunn (198-F/C-75) of Argentino - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Joseph Bunn (198-F/C-75) of Argentino - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80) of Quimsa - 22 points and 3 rebounds
7. Javier Martinez (189-G-78) of Regatas C. - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Libertad S. - 22 points and 7 rebounds
9. Christopher Hayes (206-F-87) of Sionista - 27 points and 6 rebounds
10. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) of La Union - 20 points and 10 rebounds

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


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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round 20: Leader New Zealand Breakers lose to Wollongong Hawks - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked New Zealand Breakers (18-5) recorded their fifth loss in Gwynneville on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by sixth ranked Wollongong Hawks (11-12) 104-81. The game without a history. Wollongong Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to New Zealand Breakers' 38 and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Wollongong Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by New Zealand Breakers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 assists. The former international forward Oscar Forman (205-82) chipped in 22 points. Guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) produced 25 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Wollongong Hawks moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Blaze. New Zealand Breakers at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. Wollongong Hawks is looking forward to face league's second-placed Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. New Zealand Breakers will play at home against the league's second-placed Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Auckland. Sixth ranked Gold Coast Blaze (11-12) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging top-ranked New Zealand Breakers (18-5) 94-91 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. James Harvey contributed with 17 points for the winners. Gold Coast Blaze's coach Joey Wright allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds for New Zealand Breakers. Gold Coast Blaze moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hawks. New Zealand Breakers at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. New Zealand Breakers will play at home against the league's second-placed Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Kings managed to get the second consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they edged fourth-ranked Cairns Taipans 76-75. Worth to mention a great performance of Julian Khazzouh who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Ronald Dorsey responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Kings maintains ninth position with 6-17 record. Cairns Taipans lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Kings will meet at home higher ranked Melbourne Tigers (#7) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cairns Taipans will play against Perth Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Wulguru. Local Townsville Crocodiles (14-8) outscored 9th ranked Kings (6-17) 96-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kings. The winners were led by Peter Crawford who scored that evening 31 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Townsville Crocodiles have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Kings at the other side stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles' next round opponent will be Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville. Kings will play at home against Melbourne Tigers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Hawks - Breakers 104-81

Top ranked New Zealand Breakers (18-5) recorded its fifth loss in Gwynneville on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by sixth ranked Wollongong Hawks (11-12) 104-81. The game without a history. Wollongong Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to New Zealand Breakers' 38 and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Wollongong Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by New Zealand Breakers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 assists. The former international forward Oscar Forman (205-82) chipped in 22 points. Guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) produced 25 points and Fiji-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (197-82) added 10 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Wollongong Hawks moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Blaze. New Zealand Breakers at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. Wollongong Hawks is looking forward to face league's second-placed Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. New Zealand Breakers will play at home against the league's second-placed Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hawks: G.Ervin 25+10ast, O.Forman 22+4reb, M.Campbell 17+2reb+2ast, D.Gruber 10+2reb, G.Saville 7+9reb+6ast, L.Davidson 7+9reb+2ast
Breakers: K.Penney 25+2reb, G.Wilkinson 16+5reb+1ast, M.Vukona 10+13reb+1ast, K.Braswell 10+2reb+6ast, T.Abercrombie 7+3reb+2ast, A.Pledger 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 94631


Breakers - Blaze 91-94

Important game to mention about took place in Auckland. Sixth ranked Gold Coast Blaze (11-12) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging top-ranked New Zealand Breakers (18-5) 94-91 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The guests were already 18 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 33-18 New Zealand Breakers' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 94-91 at the end of the game. Gold Coast Blaze dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to New Zealand Breakers' 40 and made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Strangely New Zealand Breakers outrebounded Gold Coast Blaze 47-30 including a 24-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. New Zealand Breakers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. The former international swingman James Harvey (196-79, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Gold Coast Blaze's coach Joey Wright allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds and Fiji-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (197-82) added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for New Zealand Breakers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gold Coast Blaze moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hawks. New Zealand Breakers at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. New Zealand Breakers will play at home against the league's second-placed Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blaze: I.Clark 23+11reb+1ast, C.Goulding 21+2reb, J.Harvey 17+4reb+3ast, A.Gibson 13+3reb+4ast, D.Hudson 7+3reb+1ast, J.Cadee 7+1ast
Breakers: K.Penney 21+3reb+2ast, G.Wilkinson 17+9reb+2ast, C.Bruton 17+2reb+1ast, M.Vukona 13+12reb+1ast, T.Abercrombie 10+4reb, K.Braswell 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 94628


Taipans - Sydney K. 75-76

Bottom-ranked Kings managed to get the second consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they edged fourth-ranked Cairns Taipans 76-75. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 22-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Cairns Taipans outrebounded Kings 40-25 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Kings especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) who added 17 points during the contest. American swingman Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese St.) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and center Ian Crosswhite (212-82, college: Oregon) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Cairns Taipans players scored in double figures. Kings maintains ninth position with 6-17 record. Cairns Taipans lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Kings will meet at home higher ranked Melbourne Tigers (#7) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cairns Taipans will play against Perth Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sydney K.: J.Khazzouh 23+10reb+1ast, P.Sanders 17+3reb+1ast, L.Martin 9+2reb+2ast, B.Madgen 8+1reb, T.Gilder 7+5reb+1ast, G.Dann 6+1reb+3ast
Taipans: R.Dorsey 20+7reb+3ast, A.Loughton 16+7reb, I.Crosswhite 14+11reb+4ast, D.Rychart 10+7reb+1ast, L.Tait 7+1reb+3ast, A.Ubaka 4+4reb+6ast
gschID: 94629


Crocodiles - Sydney K. 96-68

The game with biggest result difference took place in Wulguru. Local Townsville Crocodiles (14-8) outscored 9th ranked Kings (6-17) 96-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kings. The game without a history. Townsville Crocodiles led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. The winners were led by the former international guard Peter Crawford (193-79) who scored that evening 31 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American guard Will Blalock (183-83, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) supported him with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Townsville Crocodiles players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) by the former international forward Ben Knight (203-76, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Kings. American forward Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Townsville Crocodiles have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Kings at the other side stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles' next round opponent will be Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville. Kings will play at home against Melbourne Tigers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: P.Crawford 31+1reb+1ast, M.Cedar 16+1reb+1ast, L.Schenscher 13+6reb+3ast, W.Blalock 13+6reb+5ast, B.Williamson 6+3reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 5+2ast
Sydney K.: B.Knight 19+5reb+2ast, P.Sanders 13+5reb+1ast, T.Gilder 12+5reb+2ast, J.Khazzouh 9+4reb, G.Dann 6+5reb+2ast, B.Madgen 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 94630




Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Penney, Breakers20.7 
 2. Ervin, Hawks20.7 
 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. Vukona, Breakers7.7 
 4. Brown, Wildcats7.6 
 5. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 6. Holmes, 36ers7.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.1 
 8. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 9. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 10. Clark, Blaze6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Williams, Tigers5.9 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Carter, 36ers4.6 
 4. Braswell, Breakers4.5 
 5. Ervin, Hawks4.5 
 6. Saville, Hawks4.3 
 7. Shannon, 36ers4.3 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.9 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Blalock, Crocodiles3.4 
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. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 5. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 7. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
 8. Ervin, Hawks1.3 
 9. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 10. Martin, Hawks1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam BALLINGER
  36ers
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ballinger, 36ers2.0 
 2. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.8 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 7. Schenscher, Croco.1.0 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 9. Gilder, Sydney K.0.9 
 10. Freeman, Croco.0.9 


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


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Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 20-5 
 2. Arkadia 16-9 
 3. Furstenfeld 16-9 
 4. Oberwart 15-10 
 5. Kapfenberg 13-11 
 6. Klosterneub. 13-11 
Group B
 1. Wels 14-11 
 2. UBSC Graz 13-12 
 3. BC Vienna 10-15 
 4. Gussing 10-15 
 5. St.Polten 7-18 
 6. Worthersee 2-23 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.9 
 3. Houston, Arkadia19.5 
 4. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.18.9 
 6. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.8 
 7. Heard, Gussing17.6 
 8. Mayes, Gmunden17.2 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.0 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.0 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.7 
 4. Vay, Arkadia7.9 
 5. Volcic, Oberwart7.9 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden7.7 
 8. Graham, UBSC G.7.7 
 9. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.7 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels7.1 
 4. Schreiner, St.Po.6.1 
 5. Danek, Arkadia6.1 
 6. Miletic, UBSC G.4.7 
 7. Parker, Oberwart4.7 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.4 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Boylan, Gmunden2.3 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 4. Parker, Oberwart2.2 
 5. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 6. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 7. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
 8. Danek, Arkadia1.8 
 9. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
 10. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.1 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.1.0 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 
 10. Opoku, St.Polten0.6 


Abdullah joins Piraten - by Stefan Heinrich
The 26 year old Guard Bilal Abdullah (196-G-84, college: Lafayette) will replace Thomas Kennedy (201-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) in the squad of the Wrthersee Piraten. Kennedy moved to France where he played his first game for Bourg in the Pro B yesterday. Abdullah will debut today aginst St. Polten and he is should fill the gab that Kennedy opened. Previously Abdullah played for Quebec in the Canadian PBL this season and he also played in Finland and Spain after finished his college career at Lafayette.

Kapfenberg Bulls add big man Chris Ellis - by Stefan Prager
The Kapfenberg Bulls added another player just one day before the transfer window in Austria closing. Due to the illness of big man Heinz Kgerl who is suffering from cardiac arrhythmia following a bad flue infection the Bulls had to react and found a proper replacement player in Chris Ellis. Ellis is coming from a try out in Dusseldorf but never saw a minute of action in the German BBL. Last season Ellis started in Ukriane playing for Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk moved to Romania lateron to play for Municipal Bucuresti and finished the season in Japan. Before his professional career Ellis played four years of NCAA 1 basketball at Wake Forest. Ellis is the son of former NBA player Dale Ellis who played in the league from 1983 to 2001.

Kapfenberg Bulls add big man Chris Ellis - by Stefan Prager
The Kapfenberg Bulls added another player just one day before the transfer window in Austria closing. Due to the illness of big man Heinz Kugerl who is suffering from cardiac arrhythmia following a bad flue infection the Bulls had to react and found a proper replacement player in Chris Ellis. Ellis is coming from a try out in Dusseldorf but never saw a minute of action in the German BBL. Last season Ellis started in Ukriane playing for Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk moved to Romania lateron to play for Municipal Bucuresti and finished the season in Japan. Before his professional career Ellis played four years of NCAA 1 basketball at Wake Forest. Ellis is the son of former NBA player Dale Ellis who played in the league from 1983 to 2001.

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Tweety Carter joins Ventspils - by Eurobasket News
Days after releasing Rob Lewin (201-F-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Troy) Ventspils have agreed on terms of contract with another import player. The Latvian powerhouse brought in Tweety Carter (180-G-86, college: Baylor). The 24-year-old guard started the season in D-League. He tallied 11.2 points, 3.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds for the Tulsa 66ers as a starter. Tweety Carter graduated from the Baylor University in 2010. His stats read 15.0 points, 5.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game for the Bears in the senior season. Tweety Carter helped Baylor reach NCAA Elite Eight. The guard made it into Sporting News NCAA All-America 4th Team. He also got into All-Big 12 3rd Team. Tweety Carter participated at Portsmouth Invitational Tournament as well as NBA Summer League in Orlando last summer.


Round 21: Kalev/Cramo defeats VEF Riga in double-overtime - by Eurobasket News
Seventh ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo won a double-overtime thriller edging second-best Latvian VEF Riga by four points 105-109 on Friday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But VEF Riga won fourth quarter 23-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where VEF Riga used huge pressure winning it 23-13 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually double-overtime period 19-23. Kalev/Cramo forced 25 VEF Riga turnovers. 42 personal fouls committed by VEF Riga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Rait Keerles (201-80) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds. American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) contributed with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) answered with 17 points and 5 assists for VEF Riga. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kalev/Cramo maintains seventh place with 11-10 record. VEF Riga at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. VEF Riga will play at home against the league's leader Ventspils where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
One of the most interesting games of round 21 was a derby match between two teams from Estonia. The game took place in Tallinn where third ranked TU/Rock won against host Kalev/Cramo (11-10) 64-55. American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds for the winners and Rain Veideman chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. TU/Rock's coach Indrek Visnapuu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Defending Estonian champion maintains third place with 14-6 record having just -34 point less than leader Juventus. Kalev/Cramo at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. TU/Rock will play against Siauliai (#5) on the road in the next round. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round.
One of the most interesting games of round 21 was a derby match between two teams from Latvia. First ranked Ventspils won against visiting Liepaja (6-14) 95-77. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku nailed 30 points and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for the winning side. Pierce Caldwell came up with 18 points for Liepaja in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils (16-4) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Loser Liepaja keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Ventspils will meet league's second-placed VEF Riga on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liepaja will play against Nevezis (#6) in Kedainiai and hope to secure a win.
The game in Kedainiai was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Latvian VEF Riga (15-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Lithuanian Nevezis (12-8). VEF Riga managed to secure a 9-point victory 83-74. The best player for the winners was Artsiom Parakhouski who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks. Nevezis' coach Rimas Girskis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. VEF Riga maintains second place with 15-5 record having just -35 point less than leader Juventus. Nevezis lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. VEF Riga's next round opponent will be league's leader Ventspils at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nevezis will play against Liepaja (#10).

In the last game of round 21 Valmiera were beaten by Norrkoping on the road 88-83.


Elite
Kalev/Cramo - VEF Riga 109-105 2OT

Seventh ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo won a double-overtime thriller edging second-best Latvian VEF Riga by four points 105-109 on Friday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But VEF Riga won fourth quarter 23-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where VEF Riga used huge pressure winning it 23-13 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually double-overtime period 19-23. Kalev/Cramo forced 25 VEF Riga turnovers. 42 personal fouls committed by VEF Riga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Rait Keerles (201-80) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds. American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) answered with 17 points and 5 assists and Latvian power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) added 14 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for VEF Riga. Four Kalev/Cramo and five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kalev/Cramo maintains seventh place with 11-10 record. VEF Riga at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. VEF Riga will play at home against the league's leader Ventspils where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: A.Parakhouski 17+3reb, T.Hughes 17+4reb+5ast, S.Valters 15+5reb+4ast, K.Berzins 14+11reb+1ast, B.Bakic 12+3reb+3ast, I.Nelyubov 11+2reb
Kalev/Cramo: R.Keerles 24+8reb+1ast, T.Sokk 23+2reb+4ast, M.Dunigan 19+11reb, G.Dorbek 18+2reb+1ast, A.Skele 7+7reb+1ast, R.Tamm 7+4reb+2ast
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Kalev/Cramo - TU/Rock 55-64

One of the most interesting games of round 21 was a derby match between two teams from Estonia. The game took place in Tallinn where third ranked TU/Rock won against host Kalev/Cramo (11-10) 64-55. It looked good early as Kalev/Cramo took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then TU/Rock had a 21-12 second period charge getting the lead and Kalev/Cramo was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 55-64. They outrebounded Kalev/Cramo 48-29 including 18 on the offensive glass. American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds for the winners and guard Rain Veideman (192-91) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. TU/Rock's coach Indrek Visnapuu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) scored 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks. Defending Estonian champion maintains third place with 14-6 record having just -34 point less than leader Juventus. Kalev/Cramo at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. TU/Rock will play against Siauliai (#5) on the road in the next round. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Dorbek 18+5reb+2ast, M.Dunigan 11+7reb, T.Sokk 7+3reb, R.Keerles 7+4reb+2ast, G.Arbet 6+2reb, J.Toome 2+2reb
TU/Rock: C.Eziukwu 15+18reb+3ast, R.Veideman 13+5reb+3ast, G.Tsintsadze 9+7reb+3ast, V.Allingu 8+6reb, S.Sokk 8+2reb+7ast, M.Doronin 4+3reb
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Norrkoping - Valmiera 88-83

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Swedish Norrkoping Dolphins (8-12) beat at home 12th ranked Latvian Valmiera (1-19) 88-83. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-18. But Valmiera won second period 28-27. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Norrkoping Dolphins made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-British power forward Randall Hanke (211-84, college: Providence) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Anton Saks (200-89) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Kelly Grant used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83) who recorded 27 points and 6 rebounds and center Janis Graudins (201-78) added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Four Valmiera players scored in double figures. Defending Swedish champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Perlas. Valmiera lost their third game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 19 games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins' next round opponent will be Perlas (#9) in Vilnius. Valmiera will play at home against TTU/Kalev in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: P.Veselovs 27+6reb+1ast, J.Graudins 16+9reb+4ast, J.Berzins 11+2reb+3ast, R.Gabrans 11+7reb+6ast, O.Virsis 9+6reb+3ast, J.Kaufmanis 7+1reb
Norrkoping: R.Hanke 21+9reb+1ast, A.Saks 15+7reb+1ast, O.Ayuba 14+6reb+1ast, J.Kjellbom 9+8reb+2ast, P.Sakinis 8+3reb+1ast, G.Gervin 7+1reb+1ast
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Ventspils - Liepaja 95-77

One of the most interesting games of round 21 was a derby match between two teams from Latvia. First ranked Ventspils won against visiting Liepaja (6-14) 95-77. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Liepaja managed to win fourth quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja's 38 and made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game, while Liepaja only scored six points from the stripe. Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) nailed 30 points and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) came up with 18 points and forward Mareks Mejeris (199-91) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Liepaja in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils (16-4) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Loser Liepaja keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Ventspils will meet league's second-placed VEF Riga on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liepaja will play against Nevezis (#6) in Kedainiai and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: P.Caldwell 18+3reb+3ast, J.Aleksejevs 14+3reb+2ast, M.Mejeris 12+8reb, M.Kravcenko 11+1ast, A.Mitchell 9+3reb+3ast, D.Lejasmeiers 8+1reb
Ventspils: O.Efejuku 30+4reb+4ast, L.Blaus 17+6reb, A.Berzins 13+4reb+2ast, J.Strelnieks 13+4reb+4ast, M.Gulbis 7+7reb, A.Vairogs 7+5reb+4ast
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Nevezis - VEF Riga 74-83

The game in Kedainiai was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Latvian VEF Riga (15-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Lithuanian Nevezis (12-8). VEF Riga managed to secure a 9-point victory 83-74. Nevezis were ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 43-28 second half run of VEF Riga. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nevezis to just 6 points in third quarter. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. VEF Riga brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks. Swingman Dairis Bertans (192-89) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) who recorded 19 points and Swiss-Lithuanian guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85) added 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Nevezis' coach Rimas Girskis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. VEF Riga maintains second place with 15-5 record having just -35 point less than leader Juventus. Nevezis lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. VEF Riga's next round opponent will be league's leader Ventspils at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nevezis will play against Liepaja (#10).
Top scorers:
Nevezis: E.Dimsa 19+4reb, L.Brazdauskis 11+3reb+4ast, V.Cizauskas 9+3reb, R.Alijevas 8+8reb+5ast, L.Mikalauskas 7+3reb, E.Kalve 7+2reb
VEF Riga: A.Parakhouski 19+6reb+1ast, D.Bertans 18+3reb+3ast, G.Jahovics 10+9reb+3ast, T.Hughes 9+1reb+1ast, I.Nelyubov 8+3reb, K.Berzins 8+7reb+1ast
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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. Krumins, Zemgale14.8 
 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/Rock8.9 
 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. Kuzminskas, Ventspils7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.6 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Kriisa, TT.4.9 
 5. Varanauskas, Sakal.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.2.0 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 5. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 7. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 8. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai1.8 
 10. Anderson, Ventspils1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 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. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Challenge Cup
 1. Sakalai 0-0 
 2. Rakvere 0-0 
 3. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 4. Naglis-Adakris 0-0 
Elite Division
 1. Ventspils 16-4 
 2. VEF Riga 15-5 
 3. TU/Rock 14-6 
 4. Rudupis 13-8 
 5. Siauliai 12-8 
 6. Nevezis 12-8 
 7. Kalev/Cramo 11-10 
 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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  BELGIUM   


Darrel Mitchell claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) had an amazing evening in the last round for Oostende and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 26-year old guard had the game-high 27 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Oostende in his team's victory, helping them to beat Aalstar (#2, 14-5) 82-73. Oostende maintains the 4th position in Belgian D1. Oostende is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-9 record. In the team's last game Mitchell had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Oostende's top player in his first season with the team. Louisiana State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mitchell is league's best passer with 4.8apg. Mitchell is in league's top in and averages solid 2.1spg and 52.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports) of second-ranked Generali Okapi Aalstar. Copeland impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Aalstar lost that game 73-82 to slightly lower-ranked Oostende (#4, 10-9). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in . Aalstar still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 14-5 record is not bad at all. Copeland is a newcomer at Aalstar and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#1). He also registered 6.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side) of Antwerp (#5). Biggs showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Antwerp, leading his team to a 82-50 easy win against slightly higher-ranked M.Hainaut (#3, 11-6). Antwerp needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Biggs has a very solid season. In 3 games in Belgium he scored 9.0ppg. Ralph Biggs has also Belgian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Timothy Black (178-G-81) of Antwerp - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Andrija Stipanovic (208-C-86) of Liege - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Verviers-Pep. - 22 points and 4 rebounds
7. Domonic Jones (186-G-81) of Verviers-Pep. - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Will Thomas (200-F-86) of Oostende - 18 points and 6 rebounds
9. Joseph Gomis (180-G-78) of Charleroi - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Demond Mallet (185-G-78) of Charleroi - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 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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  BOSNIA   


Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac20.2 
 2. Kahrimanovic, Kak.17.6 
 3. Rahimic, Bosna17.4 
 4. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.3 
 5. Opacak, Celik16.6 
 6. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 7. Gajovic, Hercegovac16.6 
 8. Zdravkovic, Capljina16.5 
 9. Sakic, Zrinjski HT16.4 
 10. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.2 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.6 
 3. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik6.8 
 5. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.5 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.5 
 7. Markovic, Varda HE6.4 
 8. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.4 
 9. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 10. Rahimic, Bosna5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Pasalic, Bosna4.8 
 3. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 4. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.8 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 6. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 7. Markovic, Varda HE3.3 
 8. Kastratovic, Slobod.3.3 
 9. Simonovic, Zrinjski.3.2 
 10. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Adamovic, Borac N.2.6 
 3. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.4 
 4. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 5. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 6. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.8 
 7. Vranjes, Borac N.1.8 
 8. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 9. Komatina, Mladost1.6 
 10. Mulic, Kakanj1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kuzmic, Celik2.0 
 2. Zimic, Bosna1.8 
 3. Duranovic, Mladost0.8 
 4. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 5. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 
 6. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 7. Pelkic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 8. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.7 
 9. Brkic, Capljina0.7 
 10. Crnobrnja, Varda HE0.6 


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Bosna 16-4 
 2. Borac Nektar 14-6 
 3. Capljina 14-6 
 4. Mladost 14-6 
 5. Sloboda Dita 12-9 
 6. SL IAT Leotar 12-9 
 7. Zrinjski HT 11-9 
 8. Hercegovac 11-9 
 9. Celik 8-13 
 10. Kakanj 6-14 
 11. Varda HE 6-14 
 12. Brotnjo 6-15 
 13. Slavija 2-18 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki TT


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  BULGARIA   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Rilski Sportist
  (196-F/G-88)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Lilov, Rilski S.24.1 
 2. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 3. Harper, Levski23.1 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak18.7 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.5 
 6. Naydenov, Chernomo.16.8 
 7. Davidov, Balkan15.5 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja15.2 
 9. Yanev, Cherno More14.5 
 10. Kambala, Lukoil A.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja11.5 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.7 
 4. Radojevic, Rilski S.7.9 
 5. Georgiev, Levski7.4 
 6. Todorov, Spartak7.2 
 7. Peterson, Lukoil A.7.1 
 8. Kolev, Cherno More7.0 
 9. Dimitrov, Spartak6.9 
 10. Sundov, Lukoil A.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Crowe, Levski5.8 
 2. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 3. Govedarov, Tundja4.2 
 4. Dyakovski, Spartak4.1 
 5. James, Lukoil A.4.1 
 6. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.1 
 7. Zahariev, Chernomo.3.9 
 8. Heath, Lukoil A.3.7 
 9. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
 10. Lilov, Rilski S.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Crowe, Levski2.4 
 2. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.1.9 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak1.7 
 5. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 6. Lilov, Rilski S.1.7 
 7. James, Lukoil A.1.7 
 8. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.7 
 9. Finzgar, Tundja1.7 
 10. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.3 
 3. Varbanov, Tundja1.1 
 4. Radojevic, Rilski S.0.9 
 5. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.8 
 6. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.8 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 8. Cole, Levski0.7 
 9. Petkov, Tundja0.6 
 10. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 20-0 
 2. Levski 16-4 
 3. Balkan 11-9 
 4. Rilski Sportist 10-10 
 5. Cherno More 8-12 
 6. Tundja 7-13 
 7. Chernomorets 4-16 
 8. Spartak 4-16 


NBL Round 19: Levski defeats Balkan in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Levski (16-4) which played road game in Botevgrad against 3rd placed Balkan (11-9). Second ranked Levski had an easy win 103-84. The game without a history. Levski led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Balkan's 36. They outrebounded Balkan 47-25 including a 35-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. International power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Dimitar Filipov (185-89) answered with 13 points, 9 assists and 4 steals for Balkan. Levski maintains second place with 16-4 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Balkan at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Levski are looking forward to face Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov in the next round. Balkan will play on the road against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (20-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Tundja (7-13) in Yambol 93-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tundja. It was a great evening for American guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 5 rebounds. Bruno Sundov helped adding 13 points and 8 rebounds. Lukoil Academik's coach Jovica Arsic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. Undefeated Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of twenty victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-0 record. Tundja at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tundja will play on the road against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (10-10) and 8th ranked Spartak (4-16) in Samokov on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Rilski Sportist outscored guests from Pleven 90-61. It was a quality performance for Dragomir Marojevic who led the winners and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Hrisimir Dimitrov came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds for Spartak 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. Rilski Sportist maintains fourth place with 10-10 record. Loser Spartak stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. They share it with Chernomorets. Rilski Sportist will meet league's second-placed Levski in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak will play against Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 19 Chernomorets was beaten by Cherno More on the road 83-75.



Tundja - Lukoil Academik 81-93

NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (20-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Tundja (7-13) in Yambol 93-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tundja. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Academik. Tundja was better in third quarter 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 5 rebounds. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, college: High School, agency: Alti Sport) helped adding 13 points and 8 rebounds. Lukoil Academik's coach Jovica Arsic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and guard Martin Durchev (200-87) scored 26 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of twenty victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-0 record. Tundja at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tundja will play on the road against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: T.Peterson 16+3reb+1ast, D.James 14+5reb+3ast, B.Sundov 13+8reb, D.Green 11+7reb, B.Avramov 11+4reb+2ast, L.Mack 10+3reb
Tundja: M.Durchev 26+2ast, N.Varbanov 22+16reb, S.Govedarov 12+5reb+5ast, P.Marinov 12+6reb+4ast, S.Finzgar 5+2reb, S.Petkov 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 98321


Rilski Sportist - Spartak 90-61

The game between fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (10-10) and 8th ranked Spartak (4-16) in Samokov on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Rilski Sportist outscored guests from Pleven 90-61. The game without a history. Rilski Sportist led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak's 28. Rilski Sportist forced 23 Spartak turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Spartak's players. It was a quality performance for Montenegrin center Dragomir Marojevic (207-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Serbian forward Vladimir Mijovic (207-84, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. The former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) added 6 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Spartak 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. Rilski Sportist maintains fourth place with 10-10 record. Loser Spartak stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. They share it with Chernomorets. Rilski Sportist will meet league's second-placed Levski in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak will play against Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: D.Marojevic 20+7reb+2ast, M.Marinov 11+1reb+3ast, B.Boev 11+5reb, V.Mijovic 10+7reb+4ast, D.Karadzovski 8+3reb+3ast, I.Lilov 8+4reb+8ast
Spartak: H.Dimitrov 20+5reb, N.Traykov 7+2reb, I.Stankov 6+5reb+1ast, P.Hristov 6+1reb+3ast, V.Georgiev 6, R.Sofroniev 5+1ast
gschID: 98322


Balkan - Levski 84-103

An interesting game for Levski (16-4) which played road game in Botevgrad against 3rd placed Balkan (11-9). Second ranked Levski had an easy win 103-84. The game without a history. Levski led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Balkan's 36. They outrebounded Balkan 47-25 including a 35-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. International power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Dimitar Filipov (185-89) answered with 13 points, 9 assists and 4 steals and international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Balkan. Five Balkan players scored in double figures. Levski maintains second place with 16-4 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Balkan at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Levski are looking forward to face Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov in the next round. Balkan will play on the road against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levski: A.Harper 27+3reb+2ast, S.Georgiev 18+7reb, P.Lauderdale 14+6reb+3ast, S.Slaveykov 10+3reb+2ast, P.Ivanov 10+6reb, D.Cole 9+7reb
Balkan: K.Doychinov 16+6reb+1ast, E.Binev 14+2reb+2ast, S.Marinov 14+3reb+2ast, D.Filipov 13+4reb+9ast, G.Davidov 10+4reb+4ast, T.Ivanov 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 98319


Cherno More - Chernomorets 83-75

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (8-12) beat 7th ranked Chernomorets (4-16) in Varna 83-75 on Saturday. Chernomorets trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 18-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-83 at the end of the game. Euroins Cherno More made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Vasil Kyosev (195-90) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Plamen Aleksiev (180-87) accounted for 17 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winning side. Four Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. The former international forward Asen Saraliyski (199-84) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and forward Kiril Raykov (196-87) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Chernomorets in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Euroins Cherno More maintains fifth place with 8-12 record. Loser Chernomorets keeps the seventh position with 16 games lost. They share it with Spartak. Euroins Cherno More will meet at home Tundja (#6) in the next round. Chernomorets will play against Spartak in Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: V.Kyosev 21+5reb+2ast, P.Aleksiev 17+2reb+5ast, N.Kolev 12+5reb+3ast, S.Iliev 10+6reb+1ast, A.Yanev 9+10reb+5ast, M.Borisov 6+2reb+1ast
Chernomorets: K.Raykov 22+7reb+1ast, A.Saraliyski 20+11reb, H.Zahariev 9+3reb+1ast, A.Penev 6+3reb+4ast, J.Neuhaus 6+2reb, V.Marinov 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 98320




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  CHINA   


Xinjiang Grabs 4-Game Lead, Beating Foshan in OT While Dongguan Loses - by Arthur Volbert
First place Xinjiang edged Foshan in overtime 91-87. James Singleton had 25 points and 13 rebounds. Quincy Douby had 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Xu Guozhong scored 20. Xirelijiang scored 8 while Mengke Bateer had 6 points and 8 rebounds. Stephon Marbury led Foshan with 27 points. Zhao Yonggang had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Zheng Zhun scored 10. Olumide Oyedeji had 8 points and 15 rebounds. Jin Jiming scored 8.

Beijing upset second-place Dongguan 110-89, giving Xinjiang a four-game lead in the CBA standings. Morris Randolph (211-F/C-86, college: Kentucky) had 40 points and 17 rebounds. Zaid Abbaas had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Xie Libin scored 18. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 12 points and 5 assists. Wang Xiaohui had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Chen Lei did not play while Joe Crawford was scoreless in 4 minutes. Josh Akognon led Dongguan with 34 points. Jackson Vroman had 10 rebounds but only 3 points on 1 of 10 shots. Zhang Kai had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 11 and Meng Duo had 10.

Third-place Guangdong blew out Bayi 116-95 to move within 2 games of Dongguan. Marcus Haislip scored 27 points on 12 of 16 shots. Su Wei had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Lester Hudson had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Wang Shipeng scored 14. Dong Hanlin had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Zhou Peng had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Zhu Fangyu scored 9. Wang Zhizhi had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks for Bayi. Mo Ke had 20 points and 5 rebounds. Han Shuo scored 14. Li Ke had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Zhang Chengyu and Xu Zhonghao each scored 8.

Shanxi Zhongyu defeatd Qingdao 132-116. Alexander Johnson had 33 points and 12 rebounds. Leon Rodgers had 27 points and 7 assists. Duan Jiangpeng scored 23 and Zhang Xuewen had 17. Shang Ping, who played a year with NCAA Nebraska, had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Osama Daghlas had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Charles Gaines had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for Qingdao. Dee Brown had 24 points and 7 assists. Zaid Al-Kas had 19 points and 5 rebounds. Liu Xiangtao scored 18 and Li Guang had 12.

Shandong defeated Tianjin 97-87. Sun Jie scored 24. Rodney White had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Zhai Jinshuai had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Tao Hanlin had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Lin Li scored 8. Myron Allen had only 1 point, missing 7 shots, but had 6 rebounds and 12 assists. Vernon Hamilton had 28 points and 6 rebounds for Tianjin. Zhang Nan scored 17. Herve Lamizana had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Wang Hao scored 14.

Marcus Williams had 35 points and 7 rebounds as Zhejiang defeated Jilin 99-90. Ding Jinhui had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Zhang Chunjun had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Josh Boone had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Cao Fei scored 9 and Zhang Dayu had 8. Lu Wei scored 22 for Jilin. Jameel Watkins had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Tim Pickett had 18 points and 9 rebounds. Zhong Cheng had 11 points and 7 rebounds.

Fujian defeated Shanghai in overtime 124-108, outscoring Shanghai 22-6 in the extra period. Andre Emmett had 42 points and 10 rebounds. Dwayne Jones had 28 points and 17 rebounds. Zhao Tailong and Yang Qin each scored 14. Lu Xiaoming had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Liu Wei scored 36 for Shanghai. Mike Harris had 31 points and 26 rebounds but fouled out after 49 minutes. John Lucas did not play, leaving Shanghai import-less after Harris fouled out. Zhang Zhaoxu fouled out in 16 minutes with 6 points and 5 rebounds. Peng Fei had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Liu Ziqui scored 12.

Liaoning plays Zhejiang Guangsha tomorrow.



Game Result - by Robert Wang
CBA Round 29 just finished tonight and here is the game result: Shan Xi 132:116 Qing Dao, Tian Jin 87:97 Shan dong, Dong guan 89:110 Bei Jing, Ba Yi 95:116 Guang dong, FoShan 87:91 Xin jiang, Zhe jiang 99:90 Ji Lin, Fu jian SBS 124:108 Shang Hai. The best game should be the teams between Foshan and xin jiang team. Formet NBA star Stephon Marbury received 27 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist. While Quincy Douby from Xin jiang team got 25 points and 6 rebounds with 3 asists. James Singlton got 25 points and 13 rebounds. The game between Guang Sha and Liaoning would be on tomorrow night.


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 26-1 
 2. DongGuan 22-5 
 3. Guandong 20-7 
 4. Jiangsu 15-11 
 5. Zhejiang C. 15-12 
 6. Beijing 15-12 
 7. Bayi 15-13 
 8. Zhejiang G.L. 14-12 
 9. Shandong 13-14 
 10. Shanxi Zh. 12-15 
 11. Liaoning 12-15 
 12. Shanghai 12-16 
 13. Jilin 10-18 
 14. Foshan 9-18 
 15. Qingdao DS 9-18 
 16. Fujian 6-21 
 17. TianJin R. 5-22 


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.1
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.1 
 2. Morris, Beijing29.8 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang29.8 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.29.5 
 5. Emmett, Fujian28.6 
 6. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.7 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan26.3 
 8. Ramos, Zhejiang.25.2 
 9. Harris, Shanghai24.9 
 10. Pickett, Jilin24.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Jones, Fujian16.2 
 2. Harris, Shanghai15.0 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.8 
 5. Watkins, Jilin13.7 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.6 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.1 
 8. Moiso, Jiangsu12.4 
 9. Abbaas, Beijing11.6 
 10. Morris, Beijing11.6 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.6 
 2. Marbury, Foshan5.9 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu5.5 
 4. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 5. Lu, Fujian5.3 
 6. Brown, Qingdao DS5.0 
 7. Allen, Shandong5.0 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
 9. Green, Shanghai4.8 
 10. Jones, Guandong4.6 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.2 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang3.3 
 3. Hudson, Guandong2.8 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 5. Emmett, Fujian2.4 
 6. Zhong, Jilin2.4 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.3 
 8. Akognon, DongGuan2.3 
 9. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.3 
 10. Smith, Liaoning2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Haislip, Guandong1.9 
 3. Moiso, Jiangsu1.9 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.9 
 5. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 6. Jones, Fujian1.8 
 7. Zhang, Shanghai1.6 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 9. Wang, Bayi1.6 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


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First games results - by Gianni Pascucci
In the first game played, ARBA-San Ramon felt to Escazu at home in an unexpected way, 61-69. Led by Jermaine Green (169-G-84) and Gabriel Quesada (198-C-85), Escazu pointed on the defense to claim the win. Reigning champions of Ferreterias Brenes Barva had an easy job in meeting 2nd Div team Isesa-Grecia on the road. The game ended 92-63 for Barva, led by Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83, college: John Brown) and Andres Barrantes (181-G-79).

The new season has started - by Gianni Pascucci
On tuesday, Feb.22 started the 2011 season of Costarican basketball. As last year, the opening competion is 'Copa del Baloncesto Masculino de Costa Rica' a tournment involving all the eight teams of first division plus two teams invited from second division, according with a decision from the President of Federacion Costarricense de Baloncesto (Fecoba), Jose Carlos Barquero. The teams allignment was as follows:
Group A: Ferretera Brenes-Barva, ISESA-Grecia, UISIL-Perez Zeledon, Cartago, Liceo de Costa Rica
Group B: ARBA-San Ramon, Escazu, ROES-Naranjo, Universidad Santa Paula-Goico, Sanatura-Desampa
This Costarican Cup competition will end in first half of April, when the National Team will participate to Central American Championship


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A1 Round 16: No surprise as #1 KK Split defeats Kvarner 2010 - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in A1.

A1 top team - KK Split (13-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Kvarner 2010 (8-8) 105-74. The game was mostly controlled by KK Split. Kvarner 2010 managed to win fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Split dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Kvarner 2010's 40. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Kvarner 2010's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists and swingman Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) who added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side center Matija Poscic (207-85, college: De Paul) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 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. KK Split have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-3 record. Newly promoted Kvarner 2010 keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Zabok. KK Split are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Trogir (#10) in Trogir in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kvarner 2010 will play on the road against the league's second-placed Borik Puntamika (#2) in Zadar and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Ninth-ranked Dubrava (5-11) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Dubrovnik (9-7). Dubrovnik managed to secure only seven-point victory 94-87. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Ante Vranjes supported him with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 19 points and 9 rebounds by power forward Dario Saric (205-94) did not help to save the game for Dubrava. Dubrovnik have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-7 record. Dubrava at the other side keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. Dubrovnik will play against higher ranked Alkar Sinj (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Dubrava will play against Zabok (#5) in Zabok and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Slavonski Brod was also quite interesting. Second ranked Borik Puntamika (10-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Svjetlost (6-10). Borik Puntamika managed to secure a 9-point victory 80-71 on Saturday. Jure Skific fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Luka Petkovic produced 30 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Borik Puntamika maintains second position with 10-6 record having just three points less than leader KK Split, which they share with Alkar Sinj. Svjetlost lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with ten games lost. Borik Puntamika will meet at home Kvarner 2010 (#6) in the next round. Svjetlost will play against Vrijednosnice OS in Darda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 16 Alkar Sinj destroyed Trogir on the opponent's court 96-72. Zabok managed to outperform Darda in a home game 103-87.


Trogir - Alkar Sinj 72-96

Very expected game when 10th ranked Trogir (4-12) was crushed at home by third ranked Alkar Sinj (10-6) 96-72 on Sunday. The game without a history. Alkar Sinj led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Forward Zeliko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Ivica Radic (207-90) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Five Alkar Sinj players scored in double figures. Alkar Sinj's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Luka Zitko (201-81) produced 28 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and guard Milan Karakas (190-80) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Alkar Sinj moved-up to second place, which they share with Borik. Trogir lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Alkar Sinj will meet at home Dubrovnik (#4) in the next round. Trogir will play against the league's leader KK Split (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: Z.Zupic 19+5reb+4ast, S.Modric 16, J.Blajic 13+3reb+3ast, A.Delas 13+2reb+3ast, I.Radic 11+7reb+2ast, J.Curkovic 7+4reb
Trogir: L.Zitko 28+5reb+3ast, M.Karakas 17+2reb+3ast, M.Diminic 8+5reb, T.Vitali 4+4reb+2ast, T.Roso 4, N.Vladovic 3
gschID: 107770


KK Split - Kvarner 2010 105-74

A1 top team - KK Split (13-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Kvarner 2010 (8-8) 105-74. The game was mostly controlled by KK Split. Kvarner 2010 managed to win fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Split dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Kvarner 2010's 40. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Kvarner 2010's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) who added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side center Matija Poscic (207-85, college: De Paul) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Rudolf Jugo (183-84) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KK Split have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-3 record. Newly promoted Kvarner 2010 keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Zabok. KK Split are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Trogir (#10) in Trogir in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kvarner 2010 will play on the road against the league's second-placed Borik Puntamika (#2) in Zadar and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
KK Split: I.Mimica 25+2reb+4ast, S.Subotic 19+1reb+6ast, J.Sobin 16+8reb+4ast, A.Grgurevic 10+2reb+4ast, L.Babic 9+4reb+3ast, F.Najev 9+2reb+2ast
Kvarner 2010: H.Puljko 18+1reb, R.Jugo 17+2reb+2ast, M.Poscic 11+10reb+4ast, J.Wisseh 10+2reb+1ast, Z.Pehar 9+1reb, A.Boban 5+2reb
gschID: 107766


Svjetlost - Borik 71-80

The game in Slavonski Brod was also quite interesting. Second ranked Borik Puntamika (10-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Svjetlost (6-10). Borik Puntamika managed to secure a 9-point victory 80-71 on Saturday. Svjetlost trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 24-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-80 at the end of the game. Borik Puntamika dominated on the defensive end, holding Svjetlost to just 6 points in third quarter. Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Marijan Cakarun (-90) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Borik Puntamika players scored in double figures. Guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) produced 30 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and forward Matej Karlovic (200-89) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Borik Puntamika maintains second position with 10-6 record having just three points less than leader KK Split, which they share with Alkar Sinj. Svjetlost lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with ten games lost. Borik Puntamika will meet at home Kvarner 2010 (#6) in the next round. Svjetlost will play against Vrijednosnice OS in Darda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borik: J.Skific 21+8reb+1ast, M.Cakarun 19+9reb+2ast, J.Ruzic 15+7reb+1ast, T.Petani 12+4reb+5ast, P.Maric 5+3reb+3ast, I.Mikulic 5+1reb+3ast
Svjetlost: L.Petkovic 30+7reb+6ast, M.Karlovic 12+5reb+2ast, I.Maric 11+1reb+1ast, S.Helbich 7+3reb, P.Zivkovic 4+1reb+3ast, F.Vukicevic 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 107767


Zabok - Darda 103-87

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Zabok and 7th ranked Vrijednosnice OS had identical 7-8 record. This time Zabok used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Darda 103-87 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Zabok. Vrijednosnice OS managed to win fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Robert Lez (200-79) fired 33 points (!!!) for the winners. Forward Igor Peklaric (200-79) chipped in 19 points. Center Ivan Krolo (217-83) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and forward Zvonimir Ridl (204-73) added 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Four Vrijednosnice OS players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zabok (8-8) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kvarner 2010. Loser Vrijednosnice OS keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Zabok will meet Dubrava (#9) in the next round. Vrijednosnice OS will play against Svjetlost in Slavonski Brod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zabok: R.Lez 33+2reb+2ast, I.Peklaric 19+2reb+2ast, L.Pesut 11+4reb+6ast, I.Perincic 9+6reb+2ast, J.Lozancic 9+2reb+2ast, F.Kraljevic 8+7reb
Darda: Z.Ridl 23+5reb+2ast, I.Krolo 21+11reb, A.Bicvic 14+4reb, I.Bakovic 12+2reb+3ast, D.Meznaric 8+1ast, B.Milosevic 3+3reb
gschID: 107768


Dubrovnik - Dubrava 94-87 OT

Ninth-ranked Dubrava (5-11) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Dubrovnik (9-7). Dubrovnik managed to secure only seven-point victory 94-87. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 25-22 run, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-9. Dubrovnik players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Dubrava was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Ante Vranjes (204-75) supported him with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Dubrovnik players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 9 rebounds by power forward Dario Saric (205-94) did not help to save the game for Dubrava. Guard Stipe Cubric (182-93) added 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for lost side. Dubrovnik have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-7 record. Dubrava at the other side keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. Dubrovnik will play against higher ranked Alkar Sinj (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Dubrava will play against Zabok (#5) in Zabok and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: A.Ostric 19+6reb+1ast, A.Vranjes 18+8reb+6ast, N.Dosen 18+11reb+3ast, M.Peric 12+2reb+5ast, A.Blesic 9+7reb+2ast, F.Karac 7+2reb
Dubrava: D.Saric 19+9reb+3ast, D.Basic 17+2reb+2ast, N.Garma 13, S.Cubric 13+5reb+5ast, I.Cvjetkovic 8+6reb+1ast, R.Rikic 8+5reb
gschID: 107769




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Svjetlost
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Petkovic, Svjetlost23.2 
 2. Puljko, Kvarner .21.2 
 3. Zitko, Trogir18.7 
 4. Mimica, KK Split17.7 
 5. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 6. Krolo, Darda16.4 
 7. Saric, Dubrava16.0 
 8. Ridl, Darda16.0 
 9. Sobin, KK Split16.0 
 10. Karakas, Trogir15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava11.6 
 2. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 3. Krolo, Darda8.8 
 4. Saric, Dubrava8.6 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj8.4 
 6. Sobin, KK Split8.1 
 7. Ruzic, Borik6.6 
 8. Ridl, Darda6.4 
 9. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
 10. Lozancic, Zabok5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Karakas, Trogir4.8 
 2. Blajic, Alkar Sinj4.8 
 3. Petkovic, Svjetlost4.5 
 4. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.7 
 7. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.5 
 8. Primorac, Dubrava3.3 
 9. Sarac, Svjetlost3.2 
 10. Katic, KK Split3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Teo PETANI
  Borik
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Petani, Borik2.4 
 2. Puljko, Kvarner .2.2 
 3. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.2 
 4. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 5. Saric, Dubrava1.9 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 7. Swift, Darda1.8 
 8. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 9. Zitko, Trogir1.7 
 10. Skific, Borik1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava1.6 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.4 
 3. Vladovic, Trogir1.3 
 4. Kraljevic, Zabok1.2 
 5. Krolo, Darda1.2 
 6. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 7. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.0 
 8. Saric, Dubrava0.9 
 9. Sarlija, Borik0.9 
 10. Ridl, Darda0.8 


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 13-3 
 2. Borik 10-6 
 3. Alkar Sinj 10-6 
 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 4-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO
 4. Zadar


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


The Start of the Second Stage - by Eurobasket News
The Second Stage in NBL just started.

Eleventh defeat of league's leader B&W Opava (10-11) against second ranked BC Kolin (10-11) 104-58 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in A2. The game was mostly controlled by BC Kolin. B&W Opava managed to win fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding B&W Opava to just 6 points in second quarter. BC Kolin made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. BC Kolin looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by B&W Opava's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!), 6 assists and 4 steals. Forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) contributed with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) answered with 11 points and 8 rebounds for B&W Opava. BC Kolin keeps a position of A2 leader, which they share with defeated B&W Opava. B&W Opava will play next round against strong USK Praha trying to make it back to the top of the standings. BC Kolin will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Basketbal Svitavy on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Novy Jicin (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by BK Pardubice (1-0) 85-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Novy Jicin. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Tomas Toth chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. BK Pardubice keeps a position of A1 leader, which they share with BK Prostejov. Novy Jicin at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with NH Ostrava. BK Pardubice will play against NH Ostrava (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Novy Jicin will play against BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Basketbol Brno (7-14) against fifth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (3-18) on Saturday night. Visiting Basketbol Brno was defeated by Basketbal Svitavy in Svitavy 67-54. Ladislav Horak nailed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Basketbal Svitavy's coach Jindrich Svojanovsky used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Peter Sedmak came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds for Basketbol Brno in the defeat. Newly promoted Basketbal Svitavy maintains fifth place in A2 with 3-18 record. Loser Basketbol Brno dropped to the third position with 14 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy will meet at home league's leader BC Kolin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Basketbol Brno will play against Lokomotiva Plzen and hope to secure a win.
The game in Praha was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Lokomotiva Plzen (2-19) played at the court of sixth ranked USK Praha (6-15). USK Praha managed to secure a 9-point victory 67-58. Lukas Kotas fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. USK Praha moved-up to fourth place in A2. Lokomotiva Plzen lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with 19 games lost. USK Praha's next round opponent will be league's second-placed B&W Opava on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lokomotiva Plzen will play against Basketbol Brno (#3).

In the last game of round 1
In A1 winless NH Ostrava lost to undefeated BK Prostejov on the road 83-97.


Group A1
Novy Jicin - BK Pardubice 74-85

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Novy Jicin (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by BK Pardubice (1-0) 85-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Novy Jicin. The game was mostly controlled by BK Pardubice. Novy Jicin was better in fourth quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Novy Jicin 38-23 including a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Novy Jicin was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and international guard Tomas Toth (195-84) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) scored 12 points. Five BK Pardubice and four Novy Jicin players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. BK Pardubice keeps a position of A1 leader, which they share with BK Prostejov. Novy Jicin at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with NH Ostrava. BK Pardubice will play against NH Ostrava (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Novy Jicin will play against BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Arnold 21+6reb+1ast, D.Wright 13+2reb+2ast, M.Hampton 11+3reb+3ast, T.Toth 10+10reb+3ast, P.Bohacik 10+6reb+1ast, L.Kraus 6+4reb+1ast
Novy Jicin: C.Muirhead 17+6reb+3ast, D.Pandula 14+1reb, R.Sarovic 13+5reb, W.Channels 12+4reb+3ast, V.Peciukas 9+1ast, O.Soska 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122212


BK Prostejov - NH Ostrava 97-83

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both leader BK Prostejov and bottom-ranked NH Ostrava had identical 0-0 record. This time BK Prostejov used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Ostrava 97-83. It was a key game for the top position in A1. The game was mostly controlled by BK Prostejov. NH Ostrava was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Prostejov shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Polish forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) fired 12 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Alton Mason (190-77, college: Arizona St., agency: Stanley International) added 19 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Prostejov (1-0) keeps a position of A1 leader, which they share with BK Pardubice. NH Ostrava at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. BK Prostejov's next round opponent will be CEZ Nymburk (#4) on the road. NH Ostrava will play against the league's leader BK Pardubice.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: B.Veikalas 16+2reb+1ast, K.Landry 15+5reb+1ast, A.Slezas 13+2reb+1ast, R.Hyzy 12+9reb+2ast, Z.Zagorac 11+5reb, B.Cadri-Nicholson 8+1reb
NH Ostrava: A.Mason 19+1reb+2ast, A.Spagrud 13+12reb+1ast, M.Stuchly 13+1reb+2ast, L.Palyza 12+3reb, C.Trybanski 11+8reb, J.Stehlik 9+2reb
gschID: 122213


Group A2
Svitavy - Basketbol Brno 67-54

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Basketbol Brno (7-14) against fifth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (3-18) on Saturday night. Visiting Basketbol Brno was defeated by Basketbal Svitavy in Svitavy 67-54. The game was mostly controlled by Basketbal Svitavy. Basketbol Brno managed to win fourth quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Basketbol Brno 38-27 including a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Power forward Ladislav Horak (205-86) nailed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) accounted for 7 points and 10 rebounds. Basketbal Svitavy's coach Jindrich Svojanovsky used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (203-85) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds and center Viktor Cvek (201-89) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Basketbol Brno in the defeat. Newly promoted Basketbal Svitavy maintains fifth place in A2 with 3-18 record. Loser Basketbol Brno dropped to the third position with 14 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy will meet at home league's leader BC Kolin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Basketbol Brno will play against Lokomotiva Plzen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: L.Horak 14+7reb, J.Spacek 11+6reb+1ast, P.Harcar 10+5reb, R.Kramny 9+6reb, B.Meno 7+10reb+3ast, O.Petrovic 6+1reb+2ast
Basketbol Brno: P.Sedmak 15+5reb+2ast, V.Cvek 10+6reb, M.Norwa 8+5reb+1ast, S.Maio 8+3reb+2ast, S.Castleberry 6+2reb, E.Holloway 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 122214


USK Praha - Plzen 67-58

The game in Praha was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Lokomotiva Plzen (2-19) played at the court of sixth ranked USK Praha (6-15). USK Praha managed to secure a 9-point victory 67-58. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. USK Praha made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. USK Praha outrebounded Lokomotiva Plzen 41-24 including a 14-3 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Lokomotiva Plzen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Lukas Kotas (194-84) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Bosnian-Slovenian center Milan Bjegovic (211-81, agency: Promotex) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. Guard Milan Soukup (203-80) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and center Pavel Frana (212-77) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. USK Praha moved-up to fourth place in A2. Lokomotiva Plzen lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with 19 games lost. USK Praha's next round opponent will be league's second-placed B&W Opava on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lokomotiva Plzen will play against Basketbol Brno (#3).
Top scorers:
USK Praha: V.Hruban 14+4reb+2ast, L.Kotas 14+10reb+5ast, M.Bjegovic 14+6reb, J.Slavik 12+5reb, M.Sotnar 5+2reb+4ast, T.Vyoral 3+3reb
Plzen: M.Soukup 19+5reb+3ast, P.Frana 15+6reb+1ast, S.Vrubl 8+2reb+4ast, P.Novak 6+4reb, T.Kubiznak 4+2reb, L.Pecka 4+3reb
gschID: 122215


BC Kolin - B&W Opava 104-58

NBL round 1 caused change at the leadership position. Eleventh defeat of league's leader B&W Opava (10-11) against second ranked BC Kolin (10-11) 104-58 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in A2. The game was mostly controlled by BC Kolin. B&W Opava managed to win fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding B&W Opava to just 6 points in second quarter. BC Kolin made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. BC Kolin looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by B&W Opava's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!), 6 assists and 4 steals. Forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) answered with 11 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) added 12 points and 4 steals in the effort for B&W Opava. BC Kolin keeps a position of A2 leader, which they share with defeated B&W Opava. B&W Opava will play next round against strong USK Praha trying to make it back to the top of the standings. BC Kolin will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Basketbal Svitavy on the road.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: T.Smith 34+3reb+6ast, B.Jones 13+1reb+6ast, J.Jelinek 13+10reb, M.Hubalek 10+2ast, R.Marko 9+2reb+3ast, P.Hemmy 9+3reb+1ast
B&W Opava: J.Sirina 12+3reb+1ast, J.Blazek 11+8reb+1ast, J.Kratochvil 8+7reb, M.Miklosik 8+3reb, R.Klecka 6+4reb+2ast, B.Brlit 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 122216




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.8 
 2. Horak, Svitavy15.8 
 3. Burke, NH Ostrava15.7 
 4. Landry, BK Prost.15.5 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin15.1 
 6. Houska, BK Decin14.7 
 7. Kotas, USK Praha14.4 
 8. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.3 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava13.8 
 10. Hampton, BK Pardu.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava9.4 
 3. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.9 
 4. Houska, BK Decin8.7 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.0 
 6. Kramny, Svitavy7.9 
 7. Landry, BK Prost.7.9 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.2 
 9. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.7 
 10. Blazek, B&W Opava6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Vrubl, Plzen5.4 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.8 
 3. Kotas, USK Praha4.0 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.8 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.7 
 6. Jones, BC Kolin3.5 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.3 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin3.0 
 9. Maio, Basketbo.3.0 
 10. Macela, Svitavy2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kotas, USK Praha2.2 
 2. Wright, BK Pardu.2.0 
 3. Smith, BC Kolin2.0 
 4. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.8 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 6. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 7. Hatcher, BK Decin1.6 
 8. Macela, Svitavy1.6 
 9. Gibson-B., NH Os.1.6 
 10. Hruban, USK Praha1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.3 
 2. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.1 
 4. Kramny, Svitavy1.1 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.0 
 6. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.0 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 8. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 9. Spagrud, NH Ostrava0.8 
 10. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. BK Pardubice 1-0 
 2. BK Prostejov 1-0 
 3. BK Decin 0-0 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 5. Novy Jicin 0-1 
 6. NH Ostrava 0-1 
A2
 1. BC Kolin 10-11 
 2. B&W Opava 10-11 
 3. Basketbol Brno 7-14 
 4. USK Praha 6-15 
 5. Svitavy 3-18 
 6. Plzen 2-19 


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 23-2 
 2. Bakken 23-2 
 3. Naestved 19-7 
 4. Horsholm 15-11 
 5. Horsens IC 13-13 
 6. SISU 10-16 
 7. Aabyhoj 10-16 
 8. Vaerlose 8-18 
 9. Aalborg 4-22 
 10. Amager BK 4-22 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.3 
 3. Hall, Aalborg21.9 
 4. Brasas, Amager BK21.6 
 5. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 6. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 7. Roberts, Naestved18.9 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg18.8 
 9. Dennis, SISU18.4 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.1 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.2 
 4. St.John, Horsens IC9.7 
 5. Johansen, Naestved9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.2 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.5 
 9. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.1 
 10. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.4 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.2 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.1 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.0 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.8 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg3.7 
 10. Simonsen, Amager B.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Hall, Aalborg3.9 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 3. Dennis, SISU2.0 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 5. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 6. Smedley, Naestved1.8 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken1.8 
 8. Roberts, Naestved1.8 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
 10. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.2 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.5 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 8. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 
 9. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 10. Logan, Amager BK0.7 


Ligaen Round 25: Svendborg beats Horsens IC by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Ligaen.

Fifth-ranked Horsens IC (13-13) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Svendborg (23-2) on Sunday. The visitors from Svendborg managed to secure only two-point victory 89-87. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 30-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for Horsens IC. Svendborg have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-2 record, which they share with Bakken. Horsens IC at the other side keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Svendborg is looking forward to face Naestved (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Horsens IC will play against SISU in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Aabyhoj. Seventh ranked Aabyhoj (10-16) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th placed Horsholm (15-11) 62-60 on Saturday evening. American forward Edward Morris (203-84, college: Pittsburg St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and Anthony Martin chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side forward Alexander Bak (193-91) responded with 18 points. Horsholm's coach Milan Skobalj rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aabyhoj moved-up to sixth place, which they share with SISU. Horsholm at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Aabyhoj will play against Aalborg (#9) on the road in the next round. Horsholm will play against Vaerlose (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Svendborg (23-2) which hosted in Svendborg their biggest opponent Bakken (23-2). First ranked Svendborg managed to get a 8-point victory 74-66. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Nicolai Iversen nailed 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Charles Burgess came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Bakken in the defeat. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Svendborg. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-2 record, which they share with defeated Bakken. Svendborg will meet at home Naestved (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bakken will play against Amager BK in Kastrup and hope to secure a win.
The game between 10th ranked Amager BK (4-22) and sixth ranked SISU (10-16) in Kastrup ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Copenhagen outscored Amager BK 82-50. Donald Rutherford fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Amager BK's coach Ole Vincents gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. SISU maintains sixth place with 10-16 record, which they share with Aabyhoj. Amager BK lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. SISU's next round opponent will be higher ranked Horsens IC (#5) in Horsens and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amager BK will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bakken (#2) in Aarhus.

In the last two games of round 25 Aalborg was beaten by Bakken on the road 84-78. Naestved destroyed Vaerlose on its own court 86-66.



Bakken - Aalborg 84-78

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Bakken (23-2) beat 9th ranked Aalborg (4-22) in Aarhus 84-78. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as Aalborg took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bakken had a 33-20 second period charge getting the lead and Aalborg was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-84. American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston, agency: KMG Sports Management) fired 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) produced 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import power forward Barkley Falkner (203-86, college: Sam Houston St.) added 22 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Bakken keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Svendborg. Aalborg at the other side keeps the ninth place with 22 games lost. Bakken's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Amager BK (#10) in Kastrup and are hoping to win another game. Aalborg will play at home against Aabyhoj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: B.Falkner 22+8reb+1ast, M.Hall 22+8reb+5ast, H.Falsvig 11+5reb, S.Hansen 9+1reb, S.Sorensen 6+5reb+2ast, R.Lauridsen 4+1reb
Bakken: J.Thorpe 24+5reb+1ast, C.Burgess 10+5reb+4ast, C.Christoffersen 9+4reb+1ast, C.Nielsen 8+5reb+3ast, A.Jakobsen 8+3reb+4ast, M.Thuesen 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 95207


Horsens IC - Svendborg 87-89

Fifth-ranked Horsens IC (13-13) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Svendborg (23-2) on Sunday. The visitors from Svendborg managed to secure only two-point victory 89-87. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 30-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the former international power forward Hans Schur (203-83, college: Lynn) added 18 points in the effort for Horsens IC. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Svendborg have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-2 record, which they share with Bakken. Horsens IC at the other side keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Svendborg is looking forward to face Naestved (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Horsens IC will play against SISU in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: A.Voskuil 20, M.St.John 19+10reb+1ast, H.Schur 18+3reb+1ast, A.Madsen 14+3reb+2ast, M.Sahlertz 5+1ast, M.Nielsen 4+1reb
Svendborg: A.Darboe 26+3reb+2ast, N.Iversen 19+5reb+1ast, M.Williams 16+4reb, M.Plannthin 10+2reb+2ast, C.Magaard 8+1reb, N.Degn-Andersen 6
gschID: 95208


Svendborg - Bakken 74-66

An interesting game for Svendborg (23-2) which hosted in Svendborg their biggest opponent Bakken (23-2). First ranked Svendborg managed to get a 8-point victory 74-66. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bakken won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) nailed 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Svendborg players scored in double figures. American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international center Chris Christoffersen (218-79, college: Oregon) added 18 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Bakken in the defeat. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Svendborg. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-2 record, which they share with defeated Bakken. Svendborg will meet at home Naestved (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bakken will play against Amager BK in Kastrup and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bakken: C.Burgess 20+10reb+5ast, C.Christoffersen 18+11reb, M.Thuesen 8, P.Linnet 6+1reb, A.Jakobsen 5+1reb+3ast, C.Nielsen 5+3reb+1ast
Svendborg: N.Iversen 20+9reb+5ast, A.Darboe 16+8reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 12+8reb+1ast, M.Mariegaard 10+2reb+3ast, C.Magaard 9+2reb+1ast, R.Christensen 3
gschID: 122348


Naestved - Vaerlose 86-66

Very expected game when 8th ranked Vaerlose (8-18) was smashed on the road by third ranked Naestved (19-7) 86-66. The game without a history. Naestved led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Naestved outrebounded Vaerlose 42-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by Vaerlose helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay (OH)) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four Naestved players scored in double figures. International guard Julian McFarlane (184-86) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and Senegalese power forward Pape Ba (207-80, college: Bethune-Cookman) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Naestved. They maintain third place with 19-7 record having three points less than leader Svendborg. Vaerlose lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 18 games lost. Naestved's next round opponent will be league's leader Svendborg on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vaerlose will play against Horsholm (#4).
Top scorers:
Vaerlose: P.Ba 16+6reb, J.McFarlane 15+5reb+2ast, M.Rasmussen 14+4reb+1ast, A.Karason 5, S.Jensen 4+6reb+3ast, O.Sedoc-Moller 4+2reb+2ast
Naestved: M.Kasiulevicius 18+3reb+3ast, N.Christensen 16+1reb+2ast, P.Johansen 16+10reb, L.Roberts 15+18reb+5ast, L.Hoirup 8, D.Smedley 6+4reb+5ast
gschID: 95204


Aabyhoj - Horsholm 62-60

Important game to mention about took place in Aabyhoj. Seventh ranked Aabyhoj (10-16) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th placed Horsholm (15-11) 62-60 on Saturday evening. Horsholm was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 18-10 charge of Aabyhoj, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Edward Morris (203-84, college: Pittsburg St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and British-American guard Anthony Martin (186-80) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side forward Alexander Bak (193-91) responded with 18 points and American center Billy Blackmon (207-88, college: Charleston So.) scored 6 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Horsholm's coach Milan Skobalj rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aabyhoj moved-up to sixth place, which they share with SISU. Horsholm at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Aabyhoj will play against Aalborg (#9) on the road in the next round. Horsholm will play against Vaerlose (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: A.Bak 18+1reb+3ast, F.Nielsen 13+3reb+2ast, J.Hakanowitz 12+5reb, B.Blackmon 6+9reb+5ast, P.Hertz 5+2reb, B.Marinkovic 4+7reb
Aabyhoj: E.Morris 20+11reb+3ast, A.Martin 17+6reb+7ast, R.Dalboge 15+3reb+3ast, D.Jukic 7+10reb+3ast, R.Laier 2+2reb+1ast, F.Rungby 1+2reb
gschID: 95205


Amager BK - SISU 50-82

The game between 10th ranked Amager BK (4-22) and sixth ranked SISU (10-16) in Kastrup ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Copenhagen outscored Amager BK 82-50. It looked good early as Amager BK took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then SISU had a 24-5 second period charge getting the lead and Amager BK was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 50-82. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Amager BK to just 5 points in second quarter. SISU dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Amager BK's 26 and made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Amager BK 36-23 including 30 on the defensive glass. SISU players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) chipped in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four SISU players scored in double figures. Lithuanian forward Nerijus Brasas (200-85) produced 12 points and guard Rasmus Larsen (186-87) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Amager BK's coach Ole Vincents gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. SISU maintains sixth place with 10-16 record, which they share with Aabyhoj. Amager BK lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. SISU's next round opponent will be higher ranked Horsens IC (#5) in Horsens and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Amager BK will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bakken (#2) in Aarhus.
Top scorers:
Amager BK: R.Larsen 14+3reb+1ast, N.Brasas 12+4reb+3ast, M.Pedersen 12+1reb, M.Petersen 4+1ast, S.Larsen 4+3reb+3ast, P.Simonsen 4+6reb+4ast
SISU: D.Rutherford 21+10reb+3ast, M.Dennis 20+8reb+4ast, M.Brown 14+3reb+4ast, M.Nielsen 13+5reb+6ast, D.Harder 4+3reb+5ast, H.Sigmer Nielsen 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 95206




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Saturday's games - by Eurobasket News
Idaho S. - Bakersfield J. 100-107
Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) scored 29 points, and Drew Naymick (6'11''-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International) added nine points and 16 rebounds as the Bakersfield Jam held off the Idaho Stampede 107-100 on Saturday night, avenging a loss the night before. Luke Zeller added 15 points for Bakersfield, which lost to Idaho 112-101 on Friday night. Former NBA veteran Antoine Walker led the Stampede with 23 points. *Courtesy of www.baskersfield.com

Dakota W. - Ft.Wayne MA 120-113
Falling behind by 14 points at the end of the first quarter, the Mad Ants saw their two-game winning streak end with a 120-113 loss at Dakota on Saturday. Fort Wayne (16-20) returned from its All-Star break with back-to-back home wins over Springfield, but couldn't get over the 32-18 hump after the first period. The Ants will play the Wizards (12-14) at 4 p.m. today. Rookie guard Chris Kramer (6'3''-G-88, college: Purdue), a Huntington native and former Purdue standout, led the Ants with 23 points, while Walker Russell (6'0''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) Jr. had 22 points and nine assists. Rod Wilmont chipped in with 16 points and Wayne Chism had 14. Anthony Goods led Dakota with 34 points. *Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net

Austin T. - New Mexico 117-119 OT2
The Austin Toros fell to the New Mexico Thunderbirds 119-117 in a double overtime time game Saturday night at Cedar Park Center. Aubrey Coleman (6'4''-G-87, college: Houston) recorded a season high 28 points and led the Toros in scoring. The Thunderbirds started strong, out-rebounding the Toros 16-9 in the first quarter as they took an early lead. In a quarter that saw four lead changes and five ties, the Thunderbirds managed to end the first quarter ahead 33-26. Aubrey Coleman caught fire early in the second and made key field goals that helped the Toros cut the Thunderbirds lead down to two. The Toros trailed the Thunderbirds 61-56 at halftime. The Thunderbirds maintained their lead throughout the third quarter by shooting 53 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc, ending the third ahead 89-83. The fourth quarter quickly became a back and forth battle leaving fans on the edge of their seats as the Toros tied the game with a little less than 9 minutes to play. Aubrey Coleman continued his stellar performance late in the fourth hitting a crucial three-pointer and free throw with less than 1:30 to play. With 27.9 seconds, Coleman forced a loose ball that Lyons recovered, but a shot by Marcus Cousin was rejected and the Toros were forced to foul. Josh Bostic made one of two free throws to put the Thunderbirds ahead by two. Leo Lyons (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri) inbounded the ball to Lance Thomas with 7.9 seconds on the clock and Thomas scored on a soaring lay-up to send the game into overtime, tying the score 109-109. The Thunderbirds struck first in overtime, but the Toros quickly answered with a Lyons 15 foot jumper. The Toros took their first lead since the first quarter after Lyons made two free throws with 1:11 left to play in the extra period bringing the score to 113-111. Dar Tucker of the Thunderbirds tied the score on a running jumper with 3.8 seconds left. The Toros had the final possession but were unable to convert, sending the game into its second overtime period. With 8.8 seconds left in the second overtime, Lance Thomas made two clutch free throws that tied the game at 117. The Thunderbirds regained the lead after Abdulai Jalloh made two free throws with 2.4 seconds left. The Toros had the final possession but were unable to tie the game. Leo Lyons who scored 24 points and six rebounds followed Coleman's 28 points and five rebounds to round out the Toros leader board. Shane Edwards of the Thunderbirds led all scorers with 29 points and added eleven rebounds to record a double-double. Jamine Peterson also contributed 28 points and five rebounds to the Thunderbirds scoring total. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Tulsa 66ers - Texas L. 94-86
Already shorthanded with only nine players in uniform, Tulsa could ill afford to give away many second opportunities to visiting Texas on Saturday night. But paced by a stingy defense that allowed Texas just 36 percent shooting from the field, the 66ers overcame a lengthy second-quarter scoring drought and 22 second-chance points by the Legends to claim a 94-86 victory in NBA D-League action at the Tulsa Convention Center. Former ORU player Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) paced five double-digit scorers for Tulsa (26-10) with 20 points, including 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) returned to action with 18 points, and Jerome Dyson added 16 points for the Western Conference-leading 66ers. In addition, Elijah Millsap chipped in 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Latavious Williams contributed 11 points. *Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com

Springfield A. - Rio Grande 70-103
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers set a franchise record for fewest points allowed with their 103-70 victory over the Springfield Armor on Saturday at the MassMutual Center. It also matched this season's NBA Development League mark and tied for third lowest in league history. The Vipers (26-11) previous record was 76 points against the Reno Bighorns (Feb. 6, 2010) and the Sioux Falls Skyforce (Dec. 1, 2007). The Maine Red Claws were held to 70 by the Dakota Wizards on Jan. 7. North Charleston was held to 68 points and Greenville to 63 points on April 8, 2002. Matt Janning (6'4''-G/F-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) led all scorers with 17 points as seven out of eight Vipers reached double-figures. Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) had 14 points and 11 assists with only three turnovers. Mouhammad Faye had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Springfield was led by JamesOn Curry's game-high 18 points. The Vipers (26-11), who play at Maine at 4 p.m. today, are have won three in a row and the Armor (10-26) is on a five-game losing streak. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com




Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 27-10 
 2. Erie Bay H. 24-10 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 16-20 
 4. Dakota W. 12-24 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 6-27 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 26-10 
 2. Rio Grande 26-11 
 3. Texas L. 17-21 
 4. Austin T. 15-21 
 5. New Mexico 15-22 
 6. Maine RC 14-22 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 22-13 
 2. Bakersfield J. 22-14 
 3. Utah F. 20-15 
 4. Idaho S. 15-21 
 5. Springfield A. 10-26 


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.19.5 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.18.9 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande18.8 
 8. Sims, Maine RC18.3 
 9. Edwards, New M.18.2 
 10. Byars, Bakersfi.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Davidson, Idaho S.10.2 
 3. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 4. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 5. Sims, Iowa E.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 66ers8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.2 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.4 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.3 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.2 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.6.1 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.2 
 5. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.0 
 9. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 10. Linhart, Erie B.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. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 5. Atchley, Rio Grande2.2 
 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 


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Delgadense wins again - by Jaime Arevalo
Delgadense-UES confirmed its first place in Liga Premier table thanks to a clear win, 64-41 over Quezaltepeque. In another game. Halcones-AMSS destroyed Santa Tecla, 107-65 claiming the fourth place. Denver kept its second place by defeating ExBAU 62-53, for the 12th win in a row in this season. In the other games of the round, ITCA defeated Biomedical, 89-74 and ExSAL beat Mayda-Felinos 50-42

1 DELGADENSE/UES 13 12-1
2 DENVER 12 12-0
3 ITCA 12 10-2
4 HALCONES/AMSS 12 8-4
5 EXSAL 12 7-5
6 QUEZALTEPEQUE 12 5-7
7 SAN MARCOS 11 4 7
8 BIOMEDICAL 12 4-8
9 MAYDA/FELINOS 12 3-9
10 SANTA TECLA 12 2-10
11 EXBAU 12 1-11



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1st Division Round 20: Loimaan Korikonkarit wins overtime game against Tapiolan Honka - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in 1st Division. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with few extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Tapiolan Honka (#7) forced the game against Loimaan Korikonkarit (#3) into an overtime, but lost by two points 75-77 on Saturday night. Tapiolan Honka was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 7-9s. Loimaan Korikonkarit forced 19 Tapiolan Honka turnovers. 31 personal fouls committed by Tapiolan Honka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 20 rebounds and the other American import guard Maurice Horton (183-84, college: Mount Olive) who added 26 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Forward Juho Helenius (195-91) responded with 22 points. Tapiolan Honka's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Loimaan Korikonkarit (13-6) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position having four points less than leader FoKoPo. Tapiolan Honka lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit are looking forward to face Aanekosken Huima (#6) in Aanekoski in the next round. Tapiolan Honka will play at home against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Lapuan Korikobrat (#4) was upset in Jyvaskyla by eighth ranked Saynatsalon Riento 87-76. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by forward De Marcus Hall (201-85, college: CSU Bakersfield) who scored that evening 17 points and 7 rebounds and Eryk Thomas supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Even 26 points and 8 rebounds by forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agency: ACMT) did not help to save the game for Lapuan Korikobrat. Newly promoted Saynatsalon Riento maintains eighth position with 9-10 record. Lapuan Korikobrat at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Saynatsalon Riento will play against league's leader Forssan Koripojat on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against Kerava Energia Team and hopes to get back on the winning track.
1st Division top team - Forssan Koripojat (16-4) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Torpan Pojat (7-13) in Helsinki 93-82. The best player for the winners was Olli Kaunomaki who scored 18 points. Mikael Sandberg produced 13 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Torpan Pojat's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Forssan Koripojat maintains first position with 16-4 record. Newly promoted Torpan Pojat dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Kerava ET. Forssan Koripojat will meet at home Saynatsalon Riento (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Torpan Pojat will play against Tapiolan Honka and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (0-20) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 20th consecutive match to tenth ranked Ura Basket (8-12) 89-59. Zach Ramey orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Ura Basket moved-up to ninth place. Lahden NMKY at the other side still closes the standingsUra Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked BC Nokia (#5) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Lahden NMKY will play against the league's second-placed BC Jyvaskyla (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Kerava Energia Team (7-13) outlasted BC Nokia (11-9) in overtime by nine points 96-87 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Nokia. Worth to mention a great performance of Justice Graham who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Kerava Energia Team's coach Olli-Pekka Auvinen used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Kerava Energia Team moved-up to tenth place, which they share with TomPo II. Loser BC Nokia keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Kerava Energia Team will face higher ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BC Nokia will play against Ura Basket in Kaarina.

In the last game of round 20 Huima lost to Jyvaskyla on the opponent's court 76-87.



Ura Basket - Namika II 89-59

Bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (0-20) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 20th consecutive match to tenth ranked Ura Basket (8-12) 89-59. The game without a history. Ura Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Lahden NMKY's 32. They outrebounded Lahden NMKY 50-27 including a 38-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American swingman Zach Ramey (191-81, college: Benedictine) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Jan-Axel Alanko (197-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Ramey is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Ura Basket players scored in double figures. Swingman Vesa Heinonen (192-91) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Sebastian Booker (188-93) added 15 points in the effort for Lahden NMKY. Ura Basket moved-up to ninth place. Lahden NMKY at the other side still closes the standingsUra Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked BC Nokia (#5) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Lahden NMKY will play against the league's second-placed BC Jyvaskyla (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: Z.Ramey 17+5reb+7ast, N.Lehtila 16+2reb+2ast, J.Alanko 15+13reb, C.Brown 12+12reb+1ast, S.Salminen 10+3reb, J.Mattila 9+6reb+1ast
Namika II: V.Heinonen 18+5reb+3ast, S.Booker 15+2reb, S.Mert Cakici 9+2reb, J.Koskinen 6+7reb+1ast, S.Rautavuori 6+5reb+2ast, S.Oja 3+4reb
gschID: 106853


Kerava ET - BC Nokia 96-87 OT

Kerava Energia Team (7-13) outlasted BC Nokia (11-9) in overtime by nine points 96-87 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Nokia. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 20-12 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 16-7. BC Nokia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Justice Graham (195-79, college: Glenville St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds and Gambian power forward Pierre Jallow (203-79, college: William Jewell) who added 23 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Kerava Energia Team's coach Olli-Pekka Auvinen used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Pekka Setala (183-90) scored 18 points. Four BC Nokia players scored in double figures. Kerava Energia Team moved-up to tenth place, which they share with TomPo II. Loser BC Nokia keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Kerava Energia Team will face higher ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BC Nokia will play against Ura Basket in Kaarina.
Top scorers:
Kerava ET: J.Graham 36+13reb+3ast, P.Jallow 23+14reb, O.Korhonen 11+2reb+2ast, J.Aho 8+3reb+1ast, M.Tuunanen 5+2reb+1ast, S.Harjula 4+1reb
BC Nokia: P.Setala 18+3reb+3ast, H.Jokinen 18+5reb, B.Bojang 17+16reb, S.Kajander 14+3reb+6ast, T.Kankaanpaa 10+1ast, V.Virtanen 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 106854


Jyvaskyla - Huima 87-76

Very expected game when 6th ranked Aanekosken Huima (11-9) was defeated on the road by second ranked BC Jyvaskyla (15-5) 87-76 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Jyvaskyla. Aanekosken Huima was better in second period 27-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola (IL)) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Jani Parkkinen (191-87) who added 13 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. BC Jyvaskyla's coach Jari Laine allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Bahamas forward Jamal Douglas (201-85, college: E.Kentucky) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Five BC Jyvaskyla and four Aanekosken Huima players scored in double figures. BC Jyvaskyla maintains second position with 15-5 record behind leader FoKoPo. Loser Aanekosken Huima dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. BC Jyvaskyla will face bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (#12) in Lahti in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aanekosken Huima will play at home against Loimaan Korikonkarit (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla: J.Nissinen 19+1reb, T.Robinson 15+10reb, N.Malinen 15+4reb, J.Parkkinen 13+7reb+1ast, R.Ojanen 12+6reb+1ast, T.Ahila 6+1reb
Huima: J.Douglas 20+14reb, T.Manning 19+6reb, L.Roberson 17+9reb+1ast, J.Kaihlamaki 11+3reb, L.Paanala 6+3reb, T.Ovaskainen 3+6reb
gschID: 106849


SayRi - Lapua 87-76

Lapuan Korikobrat (#4) was upset in Jyvaskyla by eighth ranked Saynatsalon Riento 87-76. The game was mostly controlled by Saynatsalon Riento. Lapuan Korikobrat was better in second period 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by forward De Marcus Hall (201-85, college: CSU Bakersfield) who scored that evening 17 points and 7 rebounds and center Eryk Thomas (200-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Even 26 points and 8 rebounds by forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agency: ACMT) did not help to save the game for Lapuan Korikobrat. Guard Benny Valentine (170-87, college: E.Washington) added 22 points for the guests. Newly promoted Saynatsalon Riento maintains eighth position with 9-10 record. Lapuan Korikobrat at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Saynatsalon Riento will play against league's leader Forssan Koripojat on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against Kerava Energia Team and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SayRi: E.Nieminen 20+1reb+1ast, D.Marcus Hall 17+7reb, E.Thomas 14+7reb+2ast, E.Pasanen 8+6reb+3ast, T.Viitamaki 8+5reb+1ast, J.Hiekkavirta 8+3reb
Lapua: D.Nelson 26+8reb, B.Valentine 22+1reb+1ast, T.Still 10+9reb, K.Siven 8+6reb, V.Turja 4+1ast, A.Keski-Koukkari 2
gschID: 106850


TomPo II - FoKoPo 82-93

1st Division top team - Forssan Koripojat (16-4) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Torpan Pojat (7-13) in Helsinki 93-82. The game without a history. Forssan Koripojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forssan Koripojat dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Torpan Pojat's 40 and made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Forssan Koripojat forced 23 Torpan Pojat turnovers. The best player for the winners was swingman Olli Kaunomaki (195-86) who scored 18 points. Naturalized American swingman Andre Foreman (198-69, college: Salisbury St.) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Center Mikael Sandberg (209-91) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Joel Heinikoski (183-92) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Forssan Koripojat and four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Forssan Koripojat maintains first position with 16-4 record. Newly promoted Torpan Pojat dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Kerava ET. Forssan Koripojat will meet at home Saynatsalon Riento (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Torpan Pojat will play against Tapiolan Honka and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: O.Kaunomaki 18+4reb+2ast, J.McCulloch 14+5reb+1ast, M.Molenius 12+2reb+1ast, A.Foreman 12+7reb+2ast, T.Viertola 11+2reb+1ast, S.Ikavalko 11+2reb
TomPo II: J.Airas 13+4reb, V.Linturi 13+5reb, M.Sandberg 13+5reb+2ast, J.Heinikoski 13+5reb+1ast, K.Rinaldo 9+2reb, O.Lindqvist 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 106851


LoKoKo - Honka 77-75 OT

Tapiolan Honka (#7) forced the game against Loimaan Korikonkarit (#3) into an overtime, but lost by two points 75-77 on Saturday night. Tapiolan Honka was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 7-9s. Loimaan Korikonkarit forced 19 Tapiolan Honka turnovers. 31 personal fouls committed by Tapiolan Honka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 20 rebounds and the other American import guard Maurice Horton (183-84, college: Mount Olive) who added 26 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Forward Juho Helenius (195-91) responded with 22 points and guard Villematti Kopio (182-92) scored 13 points. Tapiolan Honka's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Loimaan Korikonkarit (13-6) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position having four points less than leader FoKoPo. Tapiolan Honka lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit are looking forward to face Aanekosken Huima (#6) in Aanekoski in the next round. Tapiolan Honka will play at home against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
LoKoKo: J.Stamper 27+20reb+2ast, M.Horton 26+6reb+3ast, C.Toney 14+2reb+2ast, J.Kinnunen 5, E.Aaltonen 3+5reb, H.Hypponen 2
Honka: J.Helenius 22+3reb, V.Kopio 13+4reb+2ast, S.Vanttaja 12+4reb, I.Sirola 8+7reb+1ast, K.Naapi 7+1reb+1ast, S.Silvonen 4+2reb
gschID: 106852




KORISLIIGA: Korihait tough at home - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 38: Korihait (Uusikaupunki) believed in themselves, won the last quarter 28-13 and the game vs Kouvot (Kouvola) 92-88. Korihait record at home is now 17-2 and totally 25-13. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) led this time the hosts with 20 pts. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) added 19pts and gave eight assists. B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) netted 31 pts for Kouvot. KTP (Kotka) won over Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 84-66. ToPo had 25 turnovers and was shooting 3-pointers with 11% accuracy (2/19). Sefton Barrett (196-F-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) scored 27pts and grabbed 10rbs for KTP. Pyrinto (Tampere) by keeping Vilpas (Salo) in 57 points winning game # 10 in a row on the road. Pyrinto scored 76 pts and was led by Antero Lehto (184-G-84) (17 pts) and Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) (17). Six rounds left out of the regular season.
Korihait - Kouvot 92-88 (42-46). (Bojan Sarcevic 20, Nigel Moore 19/8a, Petri Heinonen 19 - BA Walker 31/7a, Josh Gonner 23, Durell Vinson 10).
KTP - Torpan Pojat 84-66 (38-31). (Sefton Barrett 27/10, Jerald Fields 16, Jeb Ivey 12 - LaVell Blanchard 20/11, Frank Richards 14/5a, Tyray Pearson 11).
Vilpas - Pyrinto 57-76 (30-44). (Nick Okorie 17, Nicchaeus Doaks 9, Jukka Kataja 8/15 - Antero Lehto 17, Kenny Lowe 17, Antwine Williams 15).




Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 16-4 
 2. Jyvaskyla 15-5 
 3. LoKoKo 13-6 
 4. Lapua 12-8 
 5. BC Nokia 11-9 
 6. Huima 11-9 
 7. Honka 10-10 
 8. SayRi 9-10 
 9. Ura Basket 8-12 
 10. TomPo II 7-13 
 11. Kerava ET 7-13 
 12. Namika II 0-20 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.6 
 2. Stamper, LoKoKo22.5 
 3. Manning, Huima22.3 
 4. Graham, Kerava ET20.9 
 5. Robinson, Jyvaskyla19.9 
 6. Hall, SayRi19.7 
 7. Valentine, Lapua19.3 
 8. Bojang, BC Nokia19.2 
 9. Douglas, Huima19.1 
 10. Towa, Kerava ET18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Brown, Namika II14.9 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia14.3 
 3. Douglas, Huima13.5 
 4. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.3 
 7. Stamper, LoKoKo11.8 
 8. Hall, SayRi11.1 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Manning, Huima6.1 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.2 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket5.0 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo4.2 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.5 
 6. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 7. Graham, Kerava ET2.9 
 8. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.8 
 9. Pasanen, SayRi2.5 
 10. Silvonen, Honka2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Benny VALENTINE
  Lapua
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Valentine, Lapua2.5 
 2. Horton, LoKoKo2.5 
 3. Bojang, BC Nokia2.0 
 4. Stamper, LoKoKo2.0 
 5. Pasanen, SayRi1.8 
 6. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 7. Hall, SayRi1.8 
 8. Still, Lapua1.7 
 9. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.7 
 10. Vertio, Honka1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 2. Setala, BC Nokia0.7 
 3. Alanko, Ura Basket0.7 
 4. Kopio, Honka0.7 
 5. Salminen, Ura B.0.6 
 6. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.6 
 7. Nelson, Lapua0.6 
 8. Koskinen, Namika I.0.6 
 9. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 10. Manning, Huima0.5 


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  FRANCE   


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Bordeaux 21-3 
 2. Denain 18-6 
 3. Brest 15-9 
 4. Angers BC 49 15-9 
 5. Blois 14-10 
 6. St Etienne 13-11 
 7. Sorgues 13-11 
 8. St Quentin 13-11 
 9. Challans 12-11 
 10. Souffel 12-12 
 11. Le Puy 11-12 
 12. Orchy 11-13 
 13. Denek 11-13 
 14. St Chamond 10-14 
 15. Lievin 9-15 
 16. Get Vosges 8-16 
 17. Roche 6-18 
 18. CFBB 3-21 


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Blair, Denek23.7 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy18.5 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest18.5 
 4. Petrovic, St Et.18.2 
 5. Blot, Blois17.4 
 6. Ford, Bordeaux17.0 
 7. James, Challans16.6 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin15.9 
 9. Disy, Roche15.6 
 10. Lalugba, Denain15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Simmons, St Et.9.1 
 2. Pasut, Sorgues8.5 
 3. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 4. Hoard, Lievin8.0 
 5. Kennedy, Orchy7.8 
 6. Lopez, Brest7.8 
 7. Brocheray, Denain7.7 
 8. Alingue, Souffel7.7 
 9. Lesieu, St Quentin7.5 
 10. Cilly, Orchy7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre BROCHARD
  Blois
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Brochard, Blois6.5 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy6.0 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.4.8 
 4. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.2 
 5. Barbry, Orchy4.2 
 6. Sauret, Denain4.1 
 7. Rambur, St Quentin4.0 
 8. Thomas, St Etienne3.7 
 9. Tillon, St Chamond3.5 
 10. Driss, Bordeaux3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Blair, Denek2.8 
 2. Neri, Roche2.0 
 3. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 4. Pistre, Le Puy2.0 
 5. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 6. El Amrani, St Et.1.8 
 7. Blot, Blois1.8 
 8. James, Challans1.6 
 9. Barbry, Orchy1.6 
 10. Roberts, Brest1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.9 
 2. Ford, Bordeaux1.7 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 4. Traore, Angers B.1.6 
 5. Pasut, Sorgues1.3 
 6. Lalugba, Denain1.3 
 7. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 8. Kolb, Blois1.1 
 9. Kennedy, Orchy1.0 
 10. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 


NM1 Round 24: Denain Voltaire is defeated by Blois - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Blois between second ranked Denain Voltaire (18-6) and sixth ranked Blois (14-10) on Saturday night. Denain Voltaire was defeated by Blois on the road 100-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Denain Voltaire. The game was mostly controlled by Blois. Denain Voltaire managed to win third quarter 21-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Denain Voltaire helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Zaka Alao (187-G-81) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and forward Johan Blot (198-75) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Antoine Belkessa (185-88) with 23 points. Blois have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Denain Voltaire at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Blois are looking forward to face league's leader Bordeaux on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Denain Voltaire will play against Etendard de Brest and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Angers BC 49 (15-9) against thirteenth ranked Le Puy ASMB (11-12) on Saturday night. Host Angers BC 49 was edged by Le Puy ASMB in a tough game in Angers 81-84. The winners were led by center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) who scored that evening 25 points and 7 rebounds and Julien Cortey supported him with 5 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by forward Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) did not help to save the game for Angers BC 49. Le Puy ASMB have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place. Angers BC 49 at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Brest. Le Puy ASMB will play against Orchesien BC (#12) in Orchies in the next round. Angers BC 49 will play on the road against Orchesien BC (#12) in Orchies and hopes to get back on the winning track.
NM1 top team - Bordeaux (21-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat twelfth ranked Denek (11-13) in Bidart 74-69. The best player for the winners was John Ford who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Cedric Mansare who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Bordeaux have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-3 record. Denek lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Orchy. Bordeaux will meet at home Blois (#5) in the next round. Denek will play against Saint-Quentin (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Roche (6-18) outlasted Lievin Basket (9-15) in overtime by two points 89-87. It was a good game for Wayne Morris who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Roche's coach Sylvain Olagnon allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Roche maintains seventeenth position with 6-18 record. Lievin Basket at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 15 games lost. Roche's next round opponent will be higher ranked Saint-Etienne (#6) at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
An interesting game took place in Challans where higher ranked Sorgues (13-11) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Vendee Challans (12-11) 86-74 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Robert Yanders who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Vendee Challans maintains ninth position with 12-11 record. Newly promoted Sorgues dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. Vendee Challans will face Lievin Basket (#15) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: Get Vosges was destroyed by Brest on the opponent's court 99-68. Bottom-ranked CFBB unfortunately lost to Souffel in a home game 67-76. St Quentin managed to beat Orchy on the road 74-65. St Etienne was defeated by St Chamond on its own court 68-72.


Challans - Sorgues 86-74

An interesting game took place in Challans where higher ranked Sorgues (13-11) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Vendee Challans (12-11) 86-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Vendee Challans. Sorgues was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vendee Challans shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Robert Yanders (180-79, college: Missouri St., agency: JEMsports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Fabien Herard (198-79) who added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) with 21 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Moroccan guard Yassine Bassine (198-84) scored 15 points. Vendee Challans maintains ninth position with 12-11 record. Newly promoted Sorgues dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. Vendee Challans will face Lievin Basket (#15) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: S.Ocokoljic 21+5reb+2ast, Y.Bassine 15+3reb+3ast, A.Thinon 9+2reb+5ast, F.Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi 9+3reb+2ast, X.Pasut 8+6reb, C.Dos Santos 5+1reb
Challans: R.Yanders 25+6reb+4ast, F.Herard 18+6reb+6ast, J.James 17+5reb+2ast, B.Boutry 10+6reb+1ast, M.Boutry 8+2reb+4ast, R.Boissie 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100838


Brest - Get Vosges 99-68

Very expected game when 16th ranked Get Vosges (8-16) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Etendard de Brest (15-9) 99-68 on Saturday. The game without a history. Etendard de Brest led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Etendard de Brest outrebounded Get Vosges 40-28 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 9 rebounds and guard Gary Staelens (189-84) who added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Etendard de Brest's coach Freddy Masse felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Central African forward Martial Gotagni (190-79) with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman A'Nsi Lema (197-84) scored 15 points. Five Etendard de Brest and four Get Vosges players scored in double figures. Etendard de Brest moved-up to third place, which they share with Angers BC 49. Loser Get Vosges keeps the sixteenth position with 16 games lost. Etendard de Brest will face league's second-placed Denain Voltaire on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Get Vosges will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Get Vosges: A.Lema 15+4reb+2ast, M.Gotagni 13+5reb+5ast, T.Sani 10+6reb+1ast, M.Nelaton 10+2reb+3ast, T.Housieaux 7+4reb+1ast, J.'CoCo' Wade 5+3reb+6ast
Brest: V.Pridotkas 32+9reb+1ast, G.Staelens 16+5reb+8ast, J.Doreau 16+7reb+5ast, R.Lopez 13+10reb+2ast, J.Liorel 12+3reb+5ast, R.Roberts 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 100835


Denek - Bordeaux 69-74

NM1 top team - Bordeaux (21-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat twelfth ranked Denek (11-13) in Bidart 74-69. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 38-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. Forward Romain Dardaine (200-88) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Cedric Mansare (196-85) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: JEMsports) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Bordeaux have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-3 record. Denek lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Orchy. Bordeaux will meet at home Blois (#5) in the next round. Denek will play against Saint-Quentin (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Denek: L.Blair 16+6reb+3ast, C.Mansare 14+10reb+1ast, F.Calvez 14+1reb+4ast, B.Rey 8+3reb, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 7+13reb+4ast, S.Baykam 7+8reb+1ast
Bordeaux: J.Ford 33+17reb+1ast, M.Sy 8+4reb, R.Dardaine 8+11reb+2ast, G.Darrigand 8+3reb+4ast, M.Doubal 6+6reb+3ast, M.Diaw 4
gschID: 100836


CFBB - Souffel 67-76

Very predictable result in Paris where eleventh ranked Souffelweyersheim (12-12) defeated bottom-ranked CFBB (3-21) 76-67 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-10. But CFBB won second period 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Souffelweyersheim forced 22 CFBB turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Romain Appel (194-80) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Jean-Charles Livio (202-93) with 12 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Yannis Morin (206-93) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to tenth place. CFBB lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Souffelweyersheim will face Saint Chamond (#14) at home in the next round. CFBB will play against Get Vosges (#16) in Golbey and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CFBB: W.Howard 16+1reb, J.Livio 12+7reb+1ast, Y.Morin 11+6reb+3ast, U.Adjagba 11+3reb+2ast, H.Invernizzi 8+1reb+3ast, B.Dallo 7+7reb+1ast
Souffel: R.Appel 18+4reb+1ast, J.Stefanov 14+4reb, A.N'Kembe 12+1reb+2ast, J.Alingue 12+10reb, S.Kancel 8+2reb+2ast, J.Tschamber 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 100837


Roche - Lievin 89-87 OT

Roche (6-18) outlasted Lievin Basket (9-15) in overtime by two points 89-87. The hosts were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 12-10. It was a good game for American forward Wayne Morris (198-77, college: Shippensburg) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Harry Disy (201-84, college: Louisiana Tech) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Roche's coach Sylvain Olagnon allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Gaetan Clerc (189-91, agency: ACMT) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds and guard Vincent Lehut (186-87) added 17 points in the effort for Lievin Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Roche maintains seventeenth position with 6-18 record. Lievin Basket at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 15 games lost. Roche's next round opponent will be higher ranked Saint-Etienne (#6) at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Lievin: V.Lehut 17+3reb+1ast, G.Clerc 17+8reb+1ast, S.Cretaux 15, A.Hoard 10+7reb+1ast, D.Russell 8+6reb+1ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 8+2reb
Roche: W.Morris 24+10reb+2ast, H.Disy 17+3reb+2ast, D.Anthony Lewis 17+4reb+1ast, F.Bateko 15+2reb+2ast, G.Lance 6+1reb+2ast, C.Audouard 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 100831


Orchy - St Quentin 65-74

Not a big story in a game in Orchies where 10th ranked Orchesien BC (11-13) was defeated by eighth ranked Saint-Quentin (13-11) 74-65 on Saturday. Orchesien BC trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 15-10 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 65-74 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian, agency: JEMsports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds and forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman David Cilly (196-81) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized Mali guard Modibo Niakate (185-81, college: Cleveland St.) scored 17 points. Orchesien BC's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saint-Quentin moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sorgues and St Etienne. Orchesien BC lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Saint-Quentin will face Denek (#13) in Bidart in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Orchesien BC will play at home against Angers BC 49.
Top scorers:
Orchy: M.Niakate 17+3reb+2ast, D.Cilly 14+12reb+1ast, R.Randle 12+5reb, O.Vivies 7+6reb+1ast, T.Parker 6+1ast, O.Soeria 3+2reb
St Quentin: D.Sencanski 25+5reb+2ast, J.Lesieu 18+6reb, J.Bach 8+2reb+2ast, K.Howell 8+6reb+2ast, O.Romain 7+2reb+8ast, M.Diallo 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 100832


Blois - Denain 100-88

The most important game in the last round took place in Blois between second ranked Denain Voltaire (18-6) and sixth ranked Blois (14-10) on Saturday night. Denain Voltaire was defeated by Blois on the road 100-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Denain Voltaire. The game was mostly controlled by Blois. Denain Voltaire managed to win third quarter 21-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Denain Voltaire helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Zaka Alao (187-81) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and forward Johan Blot (198-75) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Antoine Belkessa (185-88) with 23 points and American-Liberian power forward Boakai Lalugba (200-81, college: Bucknell, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Five Blois and four Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. Blois have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Denain Voltaire at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Blois are looking forward to face league's leader Bordeaux on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Denain Voltaire will play against Etendard de Brest and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Denain: A.Belkessa 23+1ast, B.Lalugba 12+11reb+1ast, J.Sauret 11+2reb+2ast, D.Quincy-Jones 11+4reb+1ast, F.Minet 9+2reb+1ast, J.Mihalic 9+4reb
Blois: Z.Alao 23+4reb+1ast, J.Blot 16+6reb+1ast, B.Recoura 16+3reb, K.Williams 15+3reb+1ast, J.Gardner 10+4reb+3ast, O.Kolb 10+5reb+4ast
gschID: 100833


Angers BC 49 - Le Puy 81-84

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Angers BC 49 (15-9) against thirteenth ranked Le Puy ASMB (11-12) on Saturday night. Host Angers BC 49 was edged by Le Puy ASMB in a tough game in Angers 81-84. Angers BC 49 cut a 13-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Angers BC 49 was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) who scored that evening 25 points and 7 rebounds and guard Julien Cortey (175-80) supported him with 5 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Four Le Puy ASMB players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by forward Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) did not help to save the game for Angers BC 49. Naturalized American forward DeRon Hayes (196-70, college: Penn St.) added 18 points. Le Puy ASMB have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place. Angers BC 49 at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Brest. Le Puy ASMB will play against Orchesien BC (#12) in Orchies in the next round. Angers BC 49 will play on the road against Orchesien BC (#12) in Orchies and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: J.Traore 19+6reb+1ast, D.Hayes 18+4reb+1ast, T.Lonzieme 13+5reb, V.Mendy 8+4reb+3ast, S.Cherasse 8+6ast, O.Sulpice 8+6reb+3ast
Le Puy: C.Guillarme 25+7reb+3ast, D.Pistre 16+2reb+2ast, S.Cabarkapa 11+9reb, G.Sene 10+6reb+2ast, M.Ipouck 9+5reb+1ast, S.Soliman 8+1reb
gschID: 100834


St Etienne - St Chamond 68-72

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Saint Chamond (10-14) beat on the road higher ranked Saint-Etienne (13-11) 72-68 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-68. Saint Chamond made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Saint-Etienne turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Alain Laroche (198-83, college: N.Florida) who added 24 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Rida El Amrani (180-86) with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) scored 21 points. Four Saint-Etienne players scored in double figures. Saint Chamond maintains fourteenth position with 10-14 record. Loser Saint-Etienne keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Saint Chamond will face higher ranked Souffelweyersheim (#10) in Souffel. in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
St Etienne: B.Thomas 21+1reb+3ast, D.Petrovic 17+5reb+1ast, R.El Amrani 15+8reb+3ast, S.Hermenier 12+5reb+2ast, L.Simmons 3+3reb+1ast, X.Gaillou 0+5reb+2ast
St Chamond: A.Laroche 24+5reb+1ast, J.Rinna 21+8reb+2ast, J.Beugnot 11+5reb, J.LanduBongo 7+3reb+3ast, R.Tillon 6+1reb+2ast, T.Viglianco 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 100830




French ProB round 23 best performance: Jeremy Leloup - by Eurobasket News
Forward Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for JDA Dijon Bourgogne, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Fos Ouest (14-9) with 20-point margin 72-52. Dijon is placed at 4th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dijon will need more victories to improve their 14-9 record. Leloup turned to be Dijon's top player in his first season with the team. Jeremy Leloup averages this season 13.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Cameroonian Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-G-77) of Maurienne. Ekanga-Ehawa had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Maurienne to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Clermont (#17, 5-18) 87-65. This victory allowed Maurienne to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ekanga-Ehawa is a newcomer at Maurienne, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Nate Carter (199-F/C-83) of league's second-best Nanterre. Carter scored 28 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Carter's great performance Nanterre lost 80-90in overtime to #1 ranked Rouen. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Nanterre needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 7 lost games. Carter has a great season in France. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.7ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Monds (205-F-83) of Bourg - 22 points and 10 rebounds
5. Bryan Mullins (185-G-87) of Chalons-Reims - 15 points and 8 assists
6. Korvotney Barber (201-F-87) of Nantes - 19 points and 13 rebounds
7. Jason Siggers (187-G-85) of Rouen - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Chris Davis (196-G/F-80) of Le Portel - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jean-Richard Volcy (203-F-82) of Quimper - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Corey Rouse (203-F-84) of Charleville - 15 points and 10 rebounds

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


French ProA round 19 best performance: Pops Mensah-Bonsu - by Eurobasket News
British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for ASVEL, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Cholet (#2, 14-5) 89-77. ASVEL maintains the 7th position in French ProA. ASVEL is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-9 record. Mensah-Bonsu just recently signed at ASVEL and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old former international forward Dounia Issa (198-F-81) of Gravelines. Issa had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Gravelines to edge the lower-ranked Poitierarleys (#14, 7-12) 80-74. Gravelines' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Issa is a newcomer at Gravelines and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Joseph Jones (206-F/C-86) of STB Le Havre (#11). Jones showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Le Havre, leading his team to a 93-74 easy win against the lower-ranked Limoges (#15, 5-14). The chances of Le Havre ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jones could help Le Havre to bring them higher in the standings. Jones has a great season in France. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.6rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dylan Page (204-F-82) of Roanne - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) of Le Mans - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Nicholas Pope (196-F/G-84) of Le Havre - 22 points and 9 rebounds
7. Teddy Gipson (193-G-80) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 20 points and 6 assists
8. Sammy Mejia (198-G-83) of Cholet - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81) of Nancy - 28 points and 3 rebounds
10. Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) of Vichy - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 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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Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Army 13-1 
 2. MIA Tbilisi 11-3 
 3. TSU Tbilisi 11-4 
 4. Kutaisi 10-4 
 5. Sokhumi 9-6 
 6. Energy Rustavi 7-7 
 7. Batumi 5-9 
 8. Samedicino 5-10 
 9. GTU Tbilisi 4-11 
 10. GSAU Tbilisi 4-11 
 11. Dinamo Tbilisi 1-14 


Superleague Round 15: Derby game ends with Army Sport Klub's defeat of Sokhumi - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Army Sport Klub (#1) and Sokhumi (#5). Sokhumi was defeated at home 71-82 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Army Sport Klub. Sokhumi managed to win second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Army Sport Klub looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Sokhumi's players. It was a good game for center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Kote Tugushi (192-84) contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Eugene Harris (188-86, college: High Point) answered with 17 points for Sokhumi. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Army Sport Klub (13-1) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub maintains first place. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Army Sport Klub's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi GSAU.
The game in Tbilisi supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Kutaisi (10-4) played at the court of 8th ranked GTU (4-11). Kutaisi smashed GTU 95-66. It was a great evening for guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. Giorgi Barbakadze helped adding 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 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. Kutaisi maintains fourth place with 10-4 record. GTU at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with GSAU Tbilisi. Kutaisi will play against league's second-placed MIA in Tbilisi in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. GTU will play at home against Batumi (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Energy Invest (7-7) and Samedicino-Academia (5-10), which took place in Tbilisi. Higher ranked Energy Invest was outleveled in a road game by tenth ranked Samedicino-Academia 88-58 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for Akaki Dvalishvili who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Samuel Lamu came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for Energy Invest in the defeat. Samedicino-Academia moved-up to eighth place. Energy Invest lost their fifth game in a row. Defending champion keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi .
The game between 11th ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (1-14) and third ranked TSU (11-4) in Tbilisi ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Tbilisi outscored Dinamo Tbilisi 149-95. The best player for the winners was Ilia Londaridze who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for TSU. They maintain third place with 11-4 record having just one points less than leader Army. Dinamo Tbilisi lost their fourteenth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. TSU's next round opponent will be Energy Invest (#6) in Rustavi. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Sokhumi.

In the last game of round 15 GSAU Tbilisi was beaten by Batumi on the road 78-73.



Samedicino - Energy Rustavi 88-58

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Energy Invest (7-7) and Samedicino-Academia (5-10), which took place in Tbilisi. Higher ranked Energy Invest was outleveled in a road game by tenth ranked Samedicino-Academia 88-58 on Saturday. The game without a history. Samedicino-Academia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Energy Invest's 34. They outrebounded Energy Invest 44-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for center Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Mikheil Chochua (193-87) accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Cameroonian center Samuel Lamu (204-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Energy Invest in the defeat. Samedicino-Academia moved-up to eighth place. Energy Invest lost their fifth game in a row. Defending champion keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi .
Top scorers:
Energy Rustavi: M.Abaishvili 13+2reb+1ast, S.Lamu 12+11reb, L.Khmelidze 8+9reb+3ast, Z.Machavariani 7+2reb+1ast, J.Arabic 7+2reb+3ast, Z.Tvaradze 5+1reb+2ast
Samedicino: A.Dvalishvili 25+13reb+4ast, M.Chochua 19+6reb+2ast, B.Bekauri 11+8reb+2ast, T.Tavartkiladze 8+5reb+3ast, T.Niniashvili 8+2reb, G.Gulisabedashvili 7+2ast
gschID: 114895


Sokhumi - Army 71-82

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Army Sport Klub (#1) and Sokhumi (#5). Sokhumi was defeated at home 71-82 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Army Sport Klub. Sokhumi managed to win second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Army Sport Klub looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Sokhumi's players. It was a good game for center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Kote Tugushi (192-84) contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Army Sport Klub players scored in double figures. American guard Eugene Harris (188-86, college: High Point) answered with 17 points and forward Irakli Chlaidze (199-89) added 15 points in the effort for Sokhumi. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Army Sport Klub (13-1) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub maintains first place. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Army Sport Klub's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi GSAU.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: E.Harris 17+2reb+3ast, I.Chlaidze 15+4reb+2ast, Z.Antadze 11+6reb, I.Sordia 10+2reb+1ast, G.Kvetenadze 8+7reb+2ast, R.Damus 4+6reb
Army: S.Atuashvili 23+10reb+1ast, K.Tugushi 18+8reb+7ast, 10+3reb+3ast, A.Boisa 10+9reb+3ast, B.Berishvili 10+5reb+5ast, G.Bakradze 6+1ast
gschID: 114893


GTU Tbilisi - Kutaisi 66-95

The game in Tbilisi supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Kutaisi (10-4) played at the court of 8th ranked GTU (4-11). Kutaisi smashed GTU 95-66. The game was mostly controlled by Kutaisi. GTU was better in second period 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kutaisi forced 25 GTU turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. GTU was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. Forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) helped adding 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Kutaisi players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Giorgi Jangveladze (198-89) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kutaisi maintains fourth place with 10-4 record. GTU at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with GSAU Tbilisi. Kutaisi will play against league's second-placed MIA in Tbilisi in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. GTU will play at home against Batumi (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GTU Tbilisi: B.Chikviladze 18+10reb+4ast, G.Jangveladze 15+6reb, A.Lomouri 10+2reb+2ast, G.Akhalkatsi 6+4reb+1ast, Z.Machaladze 6+8reb+1ast, G.Lashkaradze 5+1reb
Kutaisi: B.Kvimsadze 23+6reb+9ast, A.Lominashvili 18+3reb+1ast, G.Barbakadze 18+10reb+5ast, R.Didia 13+7reb+6ast, L.Tsekvava 9+5reb+2ast, M.Bolkvadze 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 114894


Batumi - GSAU Tbilisi 78-73

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Batumi (5-9) beat at home 9th ranked GSAU (4-11) 78-73. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But GSAU won fourth quarter 36-32. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Batumi forced 23 GSAU turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by GSAU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Duda Sanadze (196-92) who scored 31 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Russian center Giorgi Kvelashvili (206-81) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Kakhaber Mumladze (201-92) who recorded 12 points and 5 rebounds and guard Revaz Chachanidze (183-90) added 13 points respectively. GSAU's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Batumi maintains seventh place with 5-9 record. GSAU at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Batumi's next round opponent will be GTU (#9) in Tbilisi. GSAU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Army Sport Klub.
Top scorers:
GSAU Tbilisi: R.Chachanidze 13+2reb+3ast, K.Mumladze 12+5reb+1ast, D.Artsividze 9+5reb+4ast, G.Khaniashvili 7+4reb, N.Sigua 6+4reb+1ast, G.Tetelashvili 6+9reb+2ast
Batumi: D.Sanadze 31+5reb+2ast, G.Kvelashvili 15+14reb, L.Keshelava 14+4reb+4ast, N.Ramishvili 6+1reb, M.Ninua 4+1reb+1ast, I.Maisuradze 4+5reb+6ast
gschID: 114891


Dinamo Tbilisi - TSU Tbilisi 95-149

The game between 11th ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (1-14) and third ranked TSU (11-4) in Tbilisi ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Tbilisi outscored Dinamo Tbilisi 149-95. The game without a history. TSU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 108 of its points in the paint compared to Dinamo Tbilisi's 72 and made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game. TSU forced 43 Dinamo Tbilisi turnovers and outrebounded them 55-33 including a 28-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Dinamo Tbilisi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was center Teimuraz Tavamaishvili (205-88) who recorded 32 points and power forward Giga Tvauri (204-90) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Five TSU and four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for TSU. They maintain third place with 11-4 record having just one points less than leader Army. Dinamo Tbilisi lost their fourteenth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. TSU's next round opponent will be Energy Invest (#6) in Rustavi. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Sokhumi.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: T.Tavamaishvili 32+4reb+2ast, L.Edzgveradze 14+2reb+6ast, G.Tvauri 12+6reb+5ast, N.Guldedava 11+3reb+5ast, I.Ivaneishvili 9+2reb+2ast, N.Chavelashvili 7+7reb+1ast
TSU Tbilisi: M.Berishvili 27+12reb+3ast, M.Panchulidze 27+1reb+4ast, M.Chitashvili 26+1reb+3ast, I.Londaridze 24+20reb+3ast, D.Khizanishvili 18+4reb+1ast, Z.Korkotadze 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 114892




Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mikheil BERISHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Berishvili, TSU T.22.8 
 2. Chikviladze, GTU T.21.7 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.0 
 4. Panchulidze, TSU T.19.4 
 5. Dvalishvili, Samed.18.5 
 6. Matiashvili, TSU T.17.7 
 7. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi17.4 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi17.1 
 9. Tugushi, Army16.7 
 10. Babiashvili, Army16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard DAMUS
  Sokhumi
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Damus, Sokhumi11.7 
 2. Dvalishvili, Samed.11.5 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.10.5 
 4. Matiashvili, TSU T.10.4 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi10.4 
 6. Imnadze, MIA T.9.6 
 7. Londaridze, TSU T.9.3 
 8. Damus, Sokhumi9.0 
 9. Tugushi, Army8.8 
 10. Ugrekhelidze, Army8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAPRINDASHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.6.6 
 2. Tugushi, Army5.9 
 3. Artsividze, GSAU T.5.5 
 4. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi4.8 
 5. Mikeladze, Batumi4.4 
 6. Tetelashvili, GSAU T.4.4 
 7. Tavartkiladz., Samedi.4.4 
 8. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.4 
 9. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.3 
 10. Harris, Sokhumi4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Vasili BERUASHVILI
  GTU Tbilisi
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Beruashvili, GTU T.3.0 
 2. Gulisabedash., Samedi.2.9 
 3. Tsekvava, Energy R.2.8 
 4. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 5. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 6. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.6 
 7. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.6 
 8. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.3 
 9. Sanadze, Energy R.2.3 
 10. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy Rustavi
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lamu, Energy R.1.9 
 2. Bekauri, Samedicino1.5 
 3. Imnadze, MIA T.1.4 
 4. Damus, Sokhumi1.4 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.3 
 6. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 7. Damus, Sokhumi1.1 
 8. Beruashvili, GTU T.1.0 
 9. Tenieshvili, Batumi1.0 
 10. Londaridze, TSU T.1.0 


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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.8 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.3 
 3. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.7 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim18.6 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 6. Watts, Dragons17.6 
 7. Gause, Freiburg17.5 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim17.1 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.17.0 
 10. Samarco, Webmoebel16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchheim9.6 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.5 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.9 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Watts, Dragons8.5 
 7. Schoo, Heidelberg8.2 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim8.0 
 9. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.6 
 10. Shaw, Chemnitz7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim5.9 
 2. Gray, Crailsheim5.9 
 3. Zazai, Chemnitz5.7 
 4. Cook, Cuxhaven5.6 
 5. Jeka, Wuerzburg5.0 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel4.8 
 7. Burnette, Osnab.4.4 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.4 
 9. Larsen, Dragons4.3 
 10. Lowery, Braves4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.2 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.9 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. Brooks, Kirchheim2.1 
 6. Zazai, Chemnitz2.0 
 7. Burns, Webmoebel1.9 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim1.8 
 9. Scott, Kirchheim1.7 
 10. Burnette, Osnab.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smallwood, Kirchheim2.3 
 2. Schoo, Heidelberg2.0 
 3. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.1.9 
 4. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 5. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.5 
 6. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.4 
 7. Hill, Jena1.2 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim1.2 
 9. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 10. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.2 


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 24-1 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 18-6 
 3. ALBA 16-8 
 4. NY Phantoms 15-10 
 5. Art.Dragons 14-9 
 6. TBB Trier 13-11 
 7. EWE Baskets 13-11 
 8. EnBW L'burg 13-11 
 9. Telekom Baskets 12-11 
 10. Goettingen 12-11 
 11. Bremerhaven 12-12 
 12. Walter Tigers 12-12 
 13. ratiopharm 10-14 
 14. Phoenix Hagen 10-15 
 15. MBC 7-17 
 16. LTi 46ers 7-18 
 17. Bayreuth 5-18 
 18. Duesseldorf 3-21 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Wood, Dt.18.2 
 2. Allen, ALBA16.5 
 3. Benzing, ratio.16.4 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons16.0 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.8 
 6. Ross, MBC15.8 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 8. Harris, EnBW L.15.4 
 9. Dorris, Phoenix .15.1 
 10. Callahan, Bremerha.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.8 
 2. Reiner, Bayreuth8.4 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.2 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 8. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 9. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.7 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.8 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.7 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.3 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons4.9 
 5. Green, EnBW L.4.4 
 6. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.2 
 8. Campbell, EWE B.4.2 
 9. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 10. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.7 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.6 
 5. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.5 
 6. Pryor, Phoenix .1.5 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix .1.4 
 8. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 9. Wood, Dt.1.4 
 10. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
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. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 6. Scott, Goettingen1.2 
 7. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 9. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 
 10. Denison, Bremerha.1.0 


1.Bundesliga Round 24: Artland Dragons lose to Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Frankfurt. Second ranked host Deutsche Bank Skyliners (18-6) defeated 4th ranked Artland Dragons (14-9) 83-72. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-72. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and guard Quantez Robertson (190-84, college: Auburn) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) with 19 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-6 record having seven points less than leader Brose Baskets. Artland Dragons at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners are looking forward to face LTi 46ers (#16) in Giessen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Artland Dragons will play at home against New Yorker Phantoms (#4) in Braunschweig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (24-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked LTi 46ers (7-18) in Bamberg 75-47. The winners were led by Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) who scored that evening 17 points and Brian Roberts supported him with 11 points and 6 assists. Even 8 points and 10 rebounds by Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (211-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for LTi 46ers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Brose Baskets have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-1 record. LTi 46ers at the other side dropped to the sixteenth place with 18 games lost. Brose Baskets will play against BG Goettingen (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LTi 46ers will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#2) in Frankfurt and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Bremerhaven supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (15-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (12-12). New Yorker Phantoms smashed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 102-80 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Kevin Hamilton who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. New Yorker Phantoms' coach Sebastian Machowski felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was John Allen who recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to fourth place. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Walter Tigers. New Yorker Phantoms will meet Artland Dragons (#5) in the next round. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against Telekom Baskets (#9) in Bonn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Oldenburg was also worth to mention about. Third ranked ALBA Berlin (16-8) played at the court of 6th ranked EWE Baskets (13-11). ALBA Berlin defeated EWE Baskets 93-81. It was a good game for Derrick Allen who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. ALBA Berlin's coach Muli Katzurin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. ALBA Berlin maintains third position with 16-8 record having nine points less than leader Brose Baskets. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. ALBA Berlin's next round opponent will be ratiopharm Ulm (#13) at home and are hoping to win another game. EWE Baskets will play against Mitteldeutscher BC (#15) in Weissenfels.
Important game to mention about took place in Ulm. Twelfth ranked Walter Tigers (12-12) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked ratiopharm Ulm (10-14) 84-81 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Anatoly Kashirov who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds. Walter Tigers' coach Igor Perovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Walter Tigers have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Bremerhaven. Loser ratiopharm Ulm keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Walter Tigers will face bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in Duesseldorf in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ratiopharm Ulm will play on the road against ALBA Berlin (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: TBB Trier won against Telekom Baskets on the opponent's court 79-74. Bottom-ranked Duesseldorf unfortunately lost to Goettingen in a home game 52-68. MBC managed to beat Bayreuth on the road 78-74. EnBW L'burg defeated Phoenix Hagen on its own court 100-92.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by Mark Dorris of Phoenix Hagen.



Dt.Bank SKY - Art.Dragons 83-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Frankfurt. Second ranked host Deutsche Bank Skyliners (18-6) defeated 4th ranked Artland Dragons (14-9) 83-72. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-72. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and guard Quantez Robertson (190-84, college: Auburn) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Robertson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) with 19 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Robert Kurz (206-85, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-6 record having seven points less than leader Brose Baskets. Artland Dragons at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners are looking forward to face LTi 46ers (#16) in Giessen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Artland Dragons will play at home against New Yorker Phantoms (#4) in Braunschweig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY: D.Wood 29+5reb+9ast, Q.Robertson 18+7reb, R.Powell 13+5reb+2ast, J.McKinney 9+2reb+2ast, K.Muurinen 8+4reb, M.Nolte 4+3reb
Art.Dragons: T.Rice 19+4reb+4ast, A.Hess 11+1reb, R.Kurz 11+5reb, D.Fenn 10+2reb, A.Seggelke 10+2reb+1ast, N.Peavy 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93089


Bremerhaven - NY Phantoms 80-102

The game in Bremerhaven supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (15-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (12-12). New Yorker Phantoms smashed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 102-80 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 59-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. New Yorker Phantoms made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican guard Kevin Hamilton (193-84, college: Holy Cross, agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard LaMarr Greer (196-76, college: Florida St.) chipped in 18 points. New Yorker Phantoms' coach Sebastian Machowski felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman John Allen (194-82, college: Seton Hall, agency: Court Side) who recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five New Yorker Phantoms and four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to fourth place. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Walter Tigers. New Yorker Phantoms will meet Artland Dragons (#5) in the next round. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against Telekom Baskets (#9) in Bonn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: K.Hamilton 22+7reb+4ast, L.Greer 18+3reb+1ast, J.Cain 14+4reb+1ast, K.Visser 13+5reb+2ast, T.Skinn 13+1reb+3ast, M.Goree 9+6reb+2ast
Bremerhaven: J.Lipke 19+2reb, C.Callahan 16+6reb+1ast, J.Allen 14+7reb+5ast, P.Schwethelm 13+5reb+4ast, T.Brazelton 7+4reb+4ast, A.Drevo 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93090


Brose Baskets - LTi 46ers 75-47

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (24-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked LTi 46ers (7-18) in Bamberg 75-47. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Brose Baskets's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-3 extending their advantage to 28 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding LTi 46ers to just 3 points in fourth quarter. The winners were led by Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) who scored that evening 17 points and American guard Brian Roberts (188-85) supported him with 11 points and 6 assists. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Even 8 points and 10 rebounds by Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (211-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for LTi 46ers. American guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) added 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. Brose Baskets have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-1 record. LTi 46ers at the other side dropped to the sixteenth place with 18 games lost. Brose Baskets will play against BG Goettingen (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LTi 46ers will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#2) in Frankfurt and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: P.Suput 17+4reb+1ast, R.Terry 12+5reb+1ast, K.Hines 11+1reb+2ast, B.Roberts 11+3reb+6ast, C.Jacobsen 7+1reb+1ast, T.Pleiss 6+6reb
LTi 46ers: R.Brooks 15+4reb, E.Ovcina 8+10reb+2ast, A.Smith 8+1reb, Z.Peacock 8+7reb, M.Jordan 4+4reb+1ast, M.Perl 2+3reb
gschID: 93091


Telekom Baskets - TBB Trier 74-79

There was a minor upset in Bonn where 7th ranked Telekom Baskets (12-11) were defeated by ninth ranked TBB Trier (13-11) 79-74 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-14. But Telekom Baskets won second period 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Telekom Baskets outrebounded TBB Trier 28-16. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 assists and the former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85, agency: Court Side) who added 23 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) with 20 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TBB Trier moved-up to sixth place, which they share with EnBW L'burg and EWE Baskets. Loser Telekom Baskets dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. TBB Trier will face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) at home in the next round. Telekom Baskets will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 23+2reb, D.Joyce 14+1reb+11ast, M.Zirbes 13+3reb, D.Dojcin 11+1reb+1ast, B.Stewart 8+4reb+1ast, G.Evans 4
Telekom Baskets: N.Wise 20+2reb+4ast, C.Ensminger 17+5reb+2ast, J.Hunt 12+4reb+5ast, J.Jaacks 11+6reb, F.Campbell 7+2reb+1ast, P.Flomo 4+4reb
gschID: 93086


Duesseldorf - Goettingen 52-68

Very predictable result in Duesseldorf where twelfth ranked BG Goettingen (12-11) defeated bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (3-21) 68-52 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BG Goettingen dominated on the defensive end, holding Gloria Giants to just 4 points in fourth quarter. BG Goettingen forced 22 Gloria Giants turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois, agency: Warren Sports International) who added 11 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Canadian forward Ransford Brempong (203-81, college: W.Carolina) with 11 points and 6 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BG Goettingen moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Telekom Baskets. Gloria Giants lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. BG Goettingen will face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gloria Giants will play on the road against Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: D.Anderson 15+9reb, R.Kulawick 12+1reb, T.Meacham 11+5reb+3ast, J.Little 11+6reb+1ast, M.Scott 8+6reb, J.Boone 4+6reb
Duesseldorf: R.Brempong 11+6reb+1ast, L.Kisielius 10+6reb+2ast, P.Pope 8+3reb+3ast, S.Wright 8+5reb+1ast, G.Watt 6+3reb, D.Haynes 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 93087


EWE Baskets - ALBA 81-93

The game in Oldenburg was also worth to mention about. Third ranked ALBA Berlin (16-8) played at the court of 6th ranked EWE Baskets (13-11). ALBA Berlin defeated EWE Baskets 93-81. It looked good early as EWE Baskets took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ALBA Berlin had a 24-22 second period charge getting the lead and EWE Baskets were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-93. ALBA Berlin dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to EWE Baskets' 36. It was a good game for American forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin's coach Muli Katzurin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian forward Luka Bogdanovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 20 points in the effort for EWE Baskets. ALBA Berlin maintains third position with 16-8 record having nine points less than leader Brose Baskets. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. ALBA Berlin's next round opponent will be ratiopharm Ulm (#13) at home and are hoping to win another game. EWE Baskets will play against Mitteldeutscher BC (#15) in Weissenfels.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Allen 28+10reb+3ast, T.Rochestie 18+3reb+1ast, B.Taylor 11+3reb+4ast, J.Jenkins 10+4reb+4ast, S.Schultze 9+3reb, I.McElroy 8+3reb+3ast
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 23+7reb+2ast, L.Bogdanovic 20+3reb+1ast, M.Lukauskis 11+7reb+4ast, A.Baynes 8+2reb, L.Campbell 7+2reb+4ast, O.Stevic 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 93088


ratiopharm - Walter Tigers 81-84

Important game to mention about took place in Ulm. Twelfth ranked Walter Tigers (12-12) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked ratiopharm Ulm (10-14) 84-81 on Saturday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ratiopharm Ulm won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Walter Tigers won last quarter 28-27. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Russian center Anatoly Kashirov (215-87) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica (193-85, agency: Beo Basket) who added 12 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Walter Tigers' coach Igor Perovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was international forward Robin Benzing (208-89) with 33 points (!!!) and international guard Per Guenther (185-88) scored 15 points. Walter Tigers have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Bremerhaven. Loser ratiopharm Ulm keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Walter Tigers will face bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in Duesseldorf in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ratiopharm Ulm will play on the road against ALBA Berlin (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: A.Kashirov 22+8reb+1ast, C.Oliver 15+4reb, B.Ratkovica 12+2reb+6ast, N.Simon 11+4reb, J.Herber 7+6reb+2ast, D.Watts 7+4reb
ratiopharm: R.Benzing 33+2reb, P.Guenther 15+4reb+3ast, S.Sonderleiter 8+4reb, J.Bryant 7+10reb+2ast, S.Betz 6+6reb+1ast, L.Humphrey 5+1reb
gschID: 93083


Bayreuth - MBC 74-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 17th ranked BBC Bayreuth's (5-18) home loss to sixteenth ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (7-17) 74-78 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 38-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BBC Bayreuth was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: World Sport Agency) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Richard Shields (193-82, college: Rutgers) who added 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-American forward Ekene Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Drew Neitzel (183-85, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mitteldeutscher BC moved-up to fifteenth place. BBC Bayreuth lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 18 games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will face higher ranked EWE Baskets (#7) in Oldenburg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against Phoenix Hagen (#14).
Top scorers:
MBC: R.Ross 18+9reb+2ast, R.Shields 14+4reb+4ast, R.Dramicanin 13+4reb+1ast, W.Bernard 11+4reb+2ast, V.Radinovic 8+6reb, R.Pilcevic 6+1reb
Bayreuth: D.Gibson 14+2reb+3ast, E.Ibekwe 14+5reb+1ast, D.Neitzel 13+1reb+5ast, J.Reiner 10+9reb, M.Ginyard 9+3reb+1ast, S.Wachalski 7+2reb
gschID: 93084


EnBW L'burg - Phoenix Hagen 100-92

Everything went according to plan when tenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (13-11) beat at home 14th ranked Phoenix Hagen (10-15) 100-92 on Sunday. Phoenix Hagen was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. EnBW Ludwigsburg made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Phoenix Hagen was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and American guard Jerry Green (191-80, college: Cal-Irvine) who added 18 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Mark Dorris (188-85, college: Marshall) with 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) scored 9 points. EnBW Ludwigsburg have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with TBB Trier and EWE Baskets. Loser Phoenix Hagen keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face TBB Trier (#6) on the road in the next round. Phoenix Hagen will play against BBC Bayreuth (#17).
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: D.Zavackas 21+6reb+2ast, A.Harris 19+3reb+2ast, J.Green 18+3reb+6ast, R.Rickert 13+3reb, J.Bowler 13+5reb, T.Bailey 9+6reb+5ast
Phoenix Hagen: M.Dorris 35+6reb+2ast, D.Bell 12+1reb+2ast, Q.Pryor 10+2reb+1ast, B.Kruel 9+1reb, Z.Jonusas 9+4reb+3ast, E.Seward 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 93085




ProA Round 22: Crailsheim Merlins beat Saar-Pfalz Braves by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 22 in the ProA took place in Crailsheim. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (12-9) to fifth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (14-8) 78-76 on Saturday evening. Saar-Pfalz Braves were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of Crailsheim Merlins, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Ryan Anderson (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists. Power forward Sean Brooks (196-82, college: Drexel, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Stephen Cramer (188-84, college: Hope (MI)) replied with 22 points and 5 rebounds for Saar-Pfalz Braves. Crailsheim Merlins have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Saar-Pfalz Braves at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Crailsheim Merlins are looking forward to face BG Karlsruhe (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against Science City Jena and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
An interesting game for s Oliver Baskets (17-5) which hosted in Wuerzburg 4th ranked GiroLive-Ballers (13-8). Second ranked s Oliver Baskets had an easy win 95-72. British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Promotex) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Jonathan Levy chipped in 17 points during the contest. s Oliver Baskets' coach Marcel Schroeder felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains second position with 17-5 record having four points less than leader B.Muenchen. GiroLive-Ballers at the other side dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. s Oliver Baskets will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. GiroLive-Ballers will play against ETB Wohnbau (#15) in Essen and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Science City Jena managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against tenth-ranked USC Heidelberg 91-76. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 15-point difference suggests that Science City Jena is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. American players dominated also this game. Melvin Hall notched 27 points (made all of his seven free throws) to lead the effort. Even 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by James Wright did not help to save the game for USC Heidelberg. Science City Jena (7-15) moved-up to twelfth place. Loser USC Heidelberg keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Science City Jena will meet higher ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (#7) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. USC Heidelberg will play against Hannover Tigers in Hannover and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (21-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fourteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (6-16) in Essen 87-81. Jonathan Wallace fired 21 points for the winners. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-1 record. ETB Wohnbau at the other side dropped to the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be Kirchheim Knights (#6) at home where they are favorite. ETB Wohnbau will play against GiroLive-Ballers (#5) in Osnabrueck.
The game between eleventh ranked Hannover Tigers (8-14) and 15th ranked USC Freiburg (6-16) in Hannover on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Hannover Tigers outscored guests from Freiburg 117-80. It was a very good performance for Brad Byerson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). Hannover Tigers' coach Michael Mai felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Hannover Tigers maintains eleventh position with 8-14 record. Loser USC Freiburg dropped to the bottom place with 16 games lost. Hannover Tigers will face higher ranked USC Heidelberg (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. USC Freiburg will play against Dragons Rhoendorf (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Cuxhaven was beaten by Chemnitz on the road 77-73. Dragons lost to Webmoebel on its own court 77-84. Karlsruhe were outscored by Kirchheim in a road game 82-104.



Chemnitz - Cuxhaven 77-73

No shocking result in a game when third ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (15-7) beat at home 12th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (6-16) 77-73 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cuxhaven BasCats won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when BV Chemnitz 99 won last quarter 24-22. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Cuxhaven BasCats only scored nine points from the stripe. It was a very good performance for American forward Terren Harbut (198-83, college: Ohio) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Afghani guard Achmadschah Zazai (177-86) contributed with 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. American guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford) replied with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Anthony Canty (183-91) added 13 points in the effort for Cuxhaven BasCats. Cuxhaven BasCats' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BV Chemnitz 99 maintains third position with 15-7 record having six points less than leader B.Muenchen. Loser Cuxhaven BasCats dropped to the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will face Webmoebel Baskets (#8) in Paderborn in the next round where they are favorite. Cuxhaven BasCats will play at home against the league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets (#2) in Wuerzburg.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: T.Harbut 29+8reb+1ast, A.Zazai 17+2reb+8ast, T.Lipke 10+2reb+1ast, T.Shaw 7+8reb+2ast, G.Johnson 7+1reb+7ast, A.Rosenthal 4+2reb
Cuxhaven: A.Cook 18+6reb+4ast, A.Canty 13+3reb+1ast, E.Shaw 11+5reb, J.Capel 9+3reb, D.Yearby 7+4reb+2ast, A.Hasenkamm 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 93536


Crailsheim - Braves 78-76

The most exciting game of round 22 in the ProA took place in Crailsheim. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (12-9) to fifth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (14-8) 78-76 on Saturday evening. Saar-Pfalz Braves were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of Crailsheim Merlins, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Ryan Anderson (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists. Power forward Sean Brooks (196-82, college: Drexel, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Stephen Cramer (188-84, college: Hope (MI)) replied with 22 points and 5 rebounds and guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Saar-Pfalz Braves. Crailsheim Merlins have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Saar-Pfalz Braves at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Crailsheim Merlins are looking forward to face BG Karlsruhe (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against Science City Jena and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: R.Anderson 17+4reb+4ast, S.Brooks 13+5reb+1ast, K.Gray 11+1reb+2ast, R.Fuller 9+9reb, K.Schwarz 9+1reb+2ast, F.Young 5+5reb+3ast
Braves: S.Cramer 22+5reb, R.Lowery 15+5reb+4ast, M.Weber 9+6reb+2ast, J.Jamerson 9+3reb+2ast, R.Oehle 9+4reb, M.Damjanovic 5+4reb
gschID: 93537


Jena - Heidelberg 91-76

Bottom-ranked Science City Jena managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against tenth-ranked USC Heidelberg 91-76. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 15-point difference suggests that Science City Jena is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Science City Jena dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to USC Heidelberg's 24 and made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. American players dominated also this game. Guard Melvin Hall (183-85, college: S.Indiana) notched 27 points (made all of his seven free throws) to lead the effort and forward Adrian Hill (203-84, college: Rutgers) supported him with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Four Science City Jena players scored in double figures. Even 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by guard James Wright (187-81, college: Colorado, agency: Impact Basketball) did not help to save the game for USC Heidelberg. Guard Jason Bohannon (190-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 16 points for lost side. Science City Jena (7-15) moved-up to twelfth place. Loser USC Heidelberg keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Science City Jena will meet higher ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (#7) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. USC Heidelberg will play against Hannover Tigers in Hannover and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jena: M.Hall 27+4reb+2ast, T.Kepkay 21+7reb+1ast, A.Hill 20+11reb, L.Cunningham 11+4reb+3ast, C.Roquette 4+2reb+1ast, J.Eichler 3+2reb+1ast
Heidelberg: J.Wright 38+7reb+3ast, J.Bohannon 16, L.Mendez 8+6reb+1ast, O.Komarek 6+6reb, G.Baker 4+2reb, B.Schoo 4+3reb
gschID: 93538


Dragons - Webmoebel 77-84

Very expected game when 13th ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (6-16) lost at home to eighth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (11-10) 84-77 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dragons Rhoendorf won third quarter 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Webmoebel Baskets made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Nick Larsen (188-83) added 13 points and 8 assists in the effort for Dragons Rhoendorf. Four Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. Webmoebel Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 11-10 record. Dragons Rhoendorf lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Webmoebel Baskets will face higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against USC Freiburg (#16).
Top scorers:
Webmoebel: K.Johnson 20+8reb+3ast, D.Burns 19+6reb+2ast, M.Samarco 12+4reb, B.Spoeler 9+6reb+1ast, D.Lieneke 7+1reb, D.Malinowski 6+3reb+2ast
Dragons: S.Watts 20+11reb+3ast, K.Moore 16+1reb+4ast, N.Larsen 13+1reb+8ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 12+7reb, F.Thulig 8+5reb+2ast, R.Howard 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 93533


ETB Wohnbau - B.Muenchen 81-87

ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (21-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fourteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (6-16) in Essen 87-81. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-17. But ETB Wohnbau won second period 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. American guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 21 points for the winners. Serbian forward Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-76) chipped in 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) produced 21 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and center Sebastian Schroter (207-83) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five ETB Wohnbau players scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-1 record. ETB Wohnbau at the other side dropped to the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be Kirchheim Knights (#6) at home where they are favorite. ETB Wohnbau will play against GiroLive-Ballers (#5) in Osnabrueck.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: J.Wallace 21+3reb+3ast, A.Nadjfeji 19+2reb+1ast, R.Maras 10+2reb, R.Garrett 10+1ast, S.Hamann 7+2reb+4ast, D.Hall 7+6reb
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 21+4reb+2ast, S.Schroter 16+9reb+1ast, S.Esterkamp 13+4reb, K.Chones 12+7reb+1ast, M.Buljevic 11+3reb+2ast, T.Schoeps 7+1ast
gschID: 93534


Kirchheim - Karlsruhe 104-82

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Kirchheim Knights (13-9) rolled over at home 9th ranked BG Karlsruhe (10-12) 104-82 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 104-82. Kirchheim Knights shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kirchheim Knights made 8 blocks. It was a very good performance for American guard Cedric Brooks (185-80, college: Pittsburg St.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Naturalized American power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Coach Branislav Ignjatovic's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Flavio Stuckemann (187-85) replied with 17 points and 4 assists and American guard Dwight Thorne (190-88, college: Colorado, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 16 points in the effort for BG Karlsruhe. Five Kirchheim Knights and four BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to sixth place. BG Karlsruhe lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. Kirchheim Knights will face league's leader Bayern Muenchen on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BG Karlsruhe will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#4).
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: N.Menck 18+5reb+1ast, C.Brooks 17+6reb+6ast, M.Smallwood 17+7reb, R.Tomasevic 16+3ast, R.De Michael 14+11reb+2ast, G.Scott 12+3reb+1ast
Karlsruhe: F.Stuckemann 17+4ast, D.Thorne 16+1reb+3ast, J.Black 11+4reb+2ast, M.Hurst 11+7reb, A.Zyskunov 7+5reb, J.Jones 6+2reb
gschID: 93535


Wuerzburg - Osnabrueck 95-72

An interesting game for s Oliver Baskets (17-5) which hosted in Wuerzburg 4th ranked GiroLive-Ballers (13-8). Second ranked s Oliver Baskets had an easy win 95-72. The game was mostly controlled by s Oliver Baskets. GiroLive-Ballers was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. s Oliver Baskets players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Promotex) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) chipped in 17 points during the contest. s Oliver Baskets' coach Marcel Schroeder felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Tom Spoeler (206-88) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four GiroLive-Ballers players scored in double figures. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains second position with 17-5 record having four points less than leader B.Muenchen. GiroLive-Ballers at the other side dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. s Oliver Baskets will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. GiroLive-Ballers will play against ETB Wohnbau (#15) in Essen and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: J.Levy 17+3reb+1ast, L.Jeka 16+1reb+10ast, C.Henneberger 13, P.Paelay 10+3reb, K.Wysocki 9+3reb+3ast, I.Elliott 9+8reb+1ast
Osnabrueck: P.Friedel 18+2reb+2ast, A.Fleetwood 17+6reb+1ast, T.Spoeler 16+7reb, I.Simin 12+2reb+1ast, A.Hird 4+3reb+3ast, J.Tesfaldet 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 93531


Hannover - Freiburg 117-80

The game between eleventh ranked Hannover Tigers (8-14) and 15th ranked USC Freiburg (6-16) in Hannover on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Hannover Tigers outscored guests from Freiburg 117-80. The game without a history. Hannover Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to USC Freiburg's 44 and made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded USC Freiburg 47-23 including a 37-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hannover Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by USC Freiburg's players. It was a very good performance for American forward Brad Byerson (201-85, college: Virginia Union) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). Canadian guard Stuart Turnbull (188-84) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. Hannover Tigers' coach Michael Mai felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized Russian forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87) replied with 25 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Jamar Nutter (188-84, college: Seton Hall) added 24 points in the effort for USC Freiburg. Hannover Tigers maintains eleventh position with 8-14 record. Loser USC Freiburg dropped to the bottom place with 16 games lost. Hannover Tigers will face higher ranked USC Heidelberg (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. USC Freiburg will play against Dragons Rhoendorf (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hannover: S.Turnbull 22+6reb+3ast, C.Henry 19+7reb+3ast, M.Nunnally 17+7reb, B.Byerson 16+10reb+5ast, T.Evans 15+4reb, S.Janzen 11+3reb+3ast
Freiburg: N.Khartchenkov 25+6reb+3ast, J.Nutter 24+4reb+2ast, B.McKenzie 13+1reb+5ast, G.Hagner 7+3reb+2ast, M.Jost 4+2reb, A.Shoutvin 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93532




ProB Round 22: SC Rist Wedel defeats group leader SG Schwelmer Baskets - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in ProB is almost over. Almost everything is clear. There are only 0 rounds left. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (17-5) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked SC Rist Wedel (9-13) in triple-overtime 126-122. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of SG Schwelmer Baskets. SG Schwelmer Baskets were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in triple-overtime 28-32s. SC Rist Wedel dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to SG Schwelmer Baskets' 42. SC Rist Wedel forced 19 SG Schwelmer Baskets turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by SG Schwelmer Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of center Peter Huber-Saffer (208-80, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. American forward David Gomez (201-85, college: Tulane) contributed with 14 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) replied with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 6 assists for SG Schwelmer Baskets. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. SC Rist Wedel moved-up to ninth place in Group North, which they share with ALBA Berlin II. Newly promoted SG Schwelmer Baskets still keep top position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Wulfen. Sixth ranked BSV Wulfen (11-11) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 5th ranked USC Leipzig (11-11) 70-69 in the fight for the fifth place. American forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Tony White chipped in 19 points during the contest. BSV Wulfen's coach Phillip Kappenstein allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side power forward Ralph Schirmer (203-86) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). BSV Wulfen moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with Leipzig. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked SC Rasta Vechta (16-6) against ninth ranked Bayer Giants (10-12) on Saturday night. Visiting SC Rasta Vechta was defeated by Bayer Giants in a tough game in Leverkusen 77-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SC Rasta Vechta. Josh Young notched 26 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 30 points, 8 assists and 5 steals by Matthew Reid did not help to save the game for SC Rasta Vechta. Bayer Giants have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place in Group North, which they share with SU Medien. SC Rasta Vechta at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Herten. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
ProB top team - Ehingen/Urspringschule (20-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked TSV Troester (10-12) in Breitenguessbach 73-55. Fabian Boeke fired 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ehingen/Urspringschule maintains first position in Group South with 20-2 record. TSV Troester at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Giessen was also quite interesting. Second ranked Leitershofen (17-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Giessen Pointers (6-16). Leitershofen defeated Giessen Pointers 95-79 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for Devin Uskoski who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Leitershofen have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Newly promoted Leitershofen maintains second position in Group South with 17-5 record having just 0 victories less than leader Schwelm, which they share with NBC. Giessen Pointers at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant.
In Group North ALBA Berlin II was beaten by SU Medien on the road 75-68. Stahnsdorf lost to Wolfenbuettel on its own court 70-74. Herten managed to outperform Bernau in a road game 92-88.
In Group South Licher Baeren managed to beat Gotha at home 81-74. Dt.Bank SKY II was defeated by Langen on the opponent's court 80-70. NBC smashed BG Illertal in a home game 82-54. Schwenningen won against Konstanz on the road 86-81.



Group North
Bayer Giants - Vechta 85-77

Very important is a road loss of second ranked SC Rasta Vechta (16-6) against ninth ranked Bayer Giants (10-12) on Saturday night. Visiting SC Rasta Vechta was defeated by Bayer Giants in a tough game in Leverkusen 77-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SC Rasta Vechta. SC Rasta Vechta was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Bayer Giants made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Josh Young (185-88, college: Drake) notched 26 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import center Justin Eller (203-87, college: Sacramento St.) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five Bayer Giants players scored in double figures. Even 30 points, 8 assists and 5 steals by American guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) did not help to save the game for SC Rasta Vechta. Guard Daniel Krause (196-88) added 21 points for lost side. Bayer Giants have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place in Group North, which they share with SU Medien. SC Rasta Vechta at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Herten. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Vechta: M.Reid 30+3reb+8ast, D.Krause 21+4reb, C.Thompson 9+1reb, A.Kronhardt 7+10reb+2ast, M.Molle 5+2reb, A.Jarchow 4+1ast
Bayer Giants: J.Young 26+8reb+3ast, J.Eller 15+8reb, S.Monse 13+4reb+2ast, F.Engel 11+4reb+2ast, N.Michael 11+7reb+3ast, M.Brauer 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 94083


SU Medien - ALBA Berlin II 75-68

Everything could happen in Braunschweig at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets and 8th ranked ALBA Berlin II had identical 9-12 record. This time Spot Up Medien Baskets used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Berlin 75-68 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 28-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Spot Up Medien Baskets made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Spot Up Medien Baskets outrebounded ALBA Berlin II 29-15 including 23 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for center Daniel Theis (205-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Philip Noch (200-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Spot Up Medien Baskets players scored in double figures. Power forward Andreas Seiferth (206-89, college: ALBA Berlin II) replied with 16 points and forward Tobias Grauel (195-86) added 17 points in the effort for ALBA Berlin II. Spot Up Medien Baskets maintains seventh position in Group North with 10-12 record, which they share with Bayer Giants. ALBA Berlin II lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
ALBA Berlin II: T.Grauel 17+2reb+1ast, A.Seiferth 16+3reb+2ast, E.Muller 11+2reb+1ast, F.Lotze 7+3reb, S.Fulle 5+1reb, M.Ziegenhagen 4
SU Medien: D.Theis 16+11reb+5ast, J.El Domiaty 15+3reb+3ast, N.Nnadili 11+2reb+6ast, D.Schroeder 11+1reb+4ast, F.Theis 10+2reb, P.Noch 10+10reb+3ast
gschID: 94084


Schwelm - Rist-Wedel 122-126 3OT

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (17-5) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked SC Rist Wedel (9-13) in triple-overtime 126-122. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of SG Schwelmer Baskets. SG Schwelmer Baskets were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in triple-overtime 28-32s. SC Rist Wedel dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to SG Schwelmer Baskets' 42. SC Rist Wedel forced 19 SG Schwelmer Baskets turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by SG Schwelmer Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of center Peter Huber-Saffer (208-80, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. American forward David Gomez (201-85, college: Tulane) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) replied with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import guard David Bunts (189-79, college: Pacific) added 28 points in the effort for SG Schwelmer Baskets. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. SC Rist Wedel moved-up to ninth place in Group North, which they share with ALBA Berlin II. Newly promoted SG Schwelmer Baskets still keep top position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Holmes 33+13reb+6ast, D.Bunts 28+4reb+2ast, J.Ducker 17+14reb+1ast, T.Doll 15+2reb+3ast, K.Speier 12+11reb+2ast, M.Dohmen 7+1reb+1ast
Rist-Wedel: P.Huber-Saffer 30+11reb+1ast, F.Moysich 22, M.Pompey 18+3reb+2ast, D.Gomez 14+18reb, T.Wichers 11+2reb+1ast, S.Kiese 10+2reb+3ast
gschID: 94085


Stahnsdorf - Wolfenbuettel 70-74

There was an upset when higher ranked RSV Eintracht (13-9) lost to eleventh ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (6-16) in Stahnsdorf 70-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-70. It was a very good performance for swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 steals. American forward Justin Sexton (203-88, college: Pomona-Pitzer) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Kellen Williams (193-84, college: E.Washington) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and power forward Yannick Evans (202-86) added 12 points in the effort for RSV Eintracht. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. RSV Eintracht's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel maintains eleventh position in Group North with 6-16 record. RSV Eintracht lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: K.Williams 18+15reb+3ast, Y.Evans 12+4reb+2ast, T.Modersitzki 10+4reb+3ast, A.Moosmann 10+2ast, M.Green 7+5reb+5ast, M.Haucke 5+3reb+4ast
Wolfenbuettel: J.Sexton 18+8reb+1ast, H.Knopke 14+7reb+10ast, S.Schubert 13+2reb+1ast, D.Nawrocki 11+1reb+1ast, M.Kemp 7+1reb+5ast, M.Schwarz 7+4reb
gschID: 94086


Bernau - Herten 88-92

Very predictable result when third ranked Hertener Loewen (16-6) won against on the road 12th ranked SSV Lok Bernau (4-18) 92-88 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-88. It was a very good performance for American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Maik Berger (175-84) contributed with 23 points for the winners. American guard Calvin Brock (196-86, college: Illinois) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and his fellow American import power forward Dreshawn Vance (203-85, college: Cal Poly - SLO, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for SSV Lok Bernau. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hertener Loewen have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with Vechta. SSV Lok Bernau lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bernau: F.Schekauski 21+3reb, C.Brock 18+11reb+4ast, D.Vance 17+4reb+4ast, M.Dathe 13+3ast, S.Trzcionka 11+5reb+5ast, J.Heide 6+3reb+2ast
Herten: M.Monk 24+8reb+1ast, M.Berger 23+4reb+3ast, V.Kittmann 16+1reb+1ast, B.Schultz 15+5reb+1ast, C.Hackenesch 10+5reb, N.Schulwitz 4+2ast
gschID: 94081


Wulfen - Leipzig 70-69

Important game to mention about took place in Wulfen. Sixth ranked BSV Wulfen (11-11) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 5th ranked USC Leipzig (11-11) 70-69 in the fight for the fifth place. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. American forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Tony White (183-88, college: Charleston) chipped in 19 points during the contest. BSV Wulfen's coach Phillip Kappenstein allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side power forward Ralph Schirmer (203-86) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. BSV Wulfen moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with Leipzig. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: R.Schirmer 22+8reb, L.Morinia 20+4reb+2ast, M.Pratt 19+6reb+4ast, M.Scholz 3+11reb+2ast, K.Kranz 3+2reb, A.Spalke 2+2reb+2ast
Wulfen: J.Henley 20+6reb+5ast, T.White 19+3reb+1ast, S.Briggs 9+3reb+4ast, N.Janoschek 6+3reb, J.Sprunken 6+5reb+2ast, P.Mazur 4+2reb
gschID: 94082


Group South
TSV Troester - Ehingen 55-73

ProB top team - Ehingen/Urspringschule (20-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked TSV Troester (10-12) in Breitenguessbach 73-55. The game was mostly controlled by Ehingen/Urspringschule. TSV Troester was better in fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ehingen/Urspringschule dominated on the defensive end, holding TSV Troester to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to TSV Troester's 26. They outrebounded TSV Troester 47-28 including a 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by TSV Troester helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Fabian Boeke (211-86, college: Washington St.) fired 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Australian center Timothy Lang (206-85, college: Stetson) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Pavic (201-81) produced 14 points and center Philipp Neumann (210-92) added 5 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ehingen/Urspringschule maintains first position in Group South with 20-2 record. TSV Troester at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: I.Pavic 14+2reb, S.Dinkel 11+1reb+2ast, M.Stuckey 8+1ast, D.Schmidt 6+3reb, P.Neumann 5+11reb, P.Zeis 4
Ehingen: A.Vargas 12+5reb+2ast, F.Boeke 12+8reb+1ast, K.Kuhn 9+5reb, T.Korndoerfer 8+1reb, T.Lang 8+10reb+1ast, M.Schick 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 94090


Licher Baeren - Gotha 81-74

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (6-16) lost on the road to fourth ranked Licher Baeren (16-6) 81-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. Licher Baeren made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American guard Willis Gardner (185-86, college: Colorado St., agency: Stanley International) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Austrian forward Armin Willemsen (200-85) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Rodney Scruggs (190-82) replied with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Parnell Smith (198-84, college: Buffalo) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Licher Baeren maintains fourth position in Group South with 16-6 record. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gotha: J.Boucher 19+3reb+1ast, R.Scruggs 16+6reb+6ast, P.Smith 16+9reb, J.Cadmus 9+2reb, D.Kreis 5+4reb+1ast, S.Rauch 4+7reb+1ast
Licher Baeren: W.Gardner 25+5reb+7ast, A.Willemsen 20+6reb+2ast, P.Wente 9+4reb, V.Klassen 8+1reb+1ast, R.Christen 6+1reb, T.Fairley 5+1reb
gschID: 94091


Giessen - Leitershofen 79-95

The game in Giessen was also quite interesting. Second ranked Leitershofen (17-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Giessen Pointers (6-16). Leitershofen defeated Giessen Pointers 95-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Leitershofen. Giessen Pointers was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leitershofen made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import guard Michael Mathey (188-87, college: W.Liberty St.) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Jamaican-American forward Kimmani Barrett (198-87, college: La Salle) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds and forward Felix Rotaru (200-79) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Giessen Pointers. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Leitershofen have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Newly promoted Leitershofen maintains second position in Group South with 17-5 record having just 0 victories less than leader Schwelm, which they share with NBC. Giessen Pointers at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Giessen: K.Barrett 21+8reb, F.Rotaru 17+7reb+1ast, M.Johnson 14+7reb+2ast, V.Zabel 9+2ast, D.Czepczynski 8+1ast, P.Unger 6+3reb+3ast
Leitershofen: D.Uskoski 28+10reb, M.Mathey 22+5reb+3ast, J.Genck 20+1reb+6ast, D.Veney 9+4reb+1ast, C.Kemmer 4+1ast, S.Montag 4+5reb
gschID: 94092


Langen - Dt.Bank SKY II 80-70

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked TV 1862 Langen (14-8) defeated at home 10th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (6-16) 80-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by TV 1862 Langen. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II was better in second period 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when TV 1862 Langen won last quarter 25-17. TV 1862 Langen outrebounded Deutsche Bank Skyliners II 39-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for forward Marco Voeller (201-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Nathan Drury (188-85, college: Carroll) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four TV 1862 Langen players scored in double figures. American forward Christopher Rojik (200-74, college: Holy Cross) replied with 25 points and his fellow American import guard Ryan Staudacher (193-87, college: Montana) added 22 points and 4 steals in the effort for Deutsche Bank Skyliners II. TV 1862 Langen maintains fifth position in Group South with 14-8 record. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners II dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY II: C.Rojik 25+4reb+3ast, R.Staudacher 22+4reb+1ast, T.Oldenburg 8+4reb, F.Franke 5+6reb+2ast, F.Theilig 5+1reb+5ast, J.Novak 5
Langen: N.Drury 20+3reb+3ast, M.Voeller 20+9reb+3ast, A.MacMillan 12+12reb+1ast, P.Heckmann 11+2reb+8ast, N.Butz 6+7reb+1ast, J.Domdey 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 94087


NBC - BG Illertal 82-54

There was no surprise when 6th ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (10-12) was outleveled by third ranked NBC (17-5) in Nurnberg 82-54 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-54. NBC forced 21 BG Illertal/Weissenhorn turnovers. Quite impressive performance for American guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four NBC players scored in double figures. NBC's coach Derrick Taylor felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard DeUndrae Spraggins (191-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and forward Florian Mobius (202-79) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn. NBC have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Leitershofen. Newly promoted BG Illertal/Weissenhorn keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
BG Illertal: D.Spraggins 13+12reb+2ast, F.Mobius 12+7reb+2ast, B.Butler 9+4reb, P.Vojkovic 7, M.Heberlein 5+1reb+3ast, M.Simic 4+1reb+1ast
NBC: C.Adler 16+2reb+1ast, W.Chavis 15+2reb+1ast, J.Reile 13+5reb, A.Smith 10+11reb+10ast, S.Schroeder 8+4reb, C.Ceccotti 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 94088


Konstanz - Schwenningen 81-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen's (6-16) road victory over 12th ranked Baskets Konstanz (4-18) 86-81 on Saturday. BV Villingen-Schwenningen made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. Baskets Konstanz was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American guard Blake Young (188-85, college: Kansas St.) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American guard Markus Hallgrimson (190-75, college: Montana St. - Billin) contributed with 27 points for the winners. American guard Michael Lay (175-83, college: Concordia (OR)) replied with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and naturalized Serbian guard Marko Radulovic (188-80) added 16 points and 7 assists in the effort for Baskets Konstanz. Four Baskets Konstanz players scored in double figures. Baskets Konstanz's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BV Villingen-Schwenningen moved-up to eighth place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Baskets Konstanz at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Konstanz: M.Radulovic 16+2reb+7ast, R.Louisme 16+8reb, M.Lay 14+8reb+9ast, F.Henningsen 10+7reb+1ast, P.Leidig 6+3reb+1ast, L.Menck 6+1reb
Schwenningen: B.Young 29+8reb+4ast, M.Hallgrimson 27+1ast, M.Schlafke 10+2reb+4ast, J.Fikiel 9+9reb+2ast, B.Brooks 9+15reb+2ast, B.Goehrke 2+5reb
gschID: 94089




The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Give A Oscar-Like Gladiator Performance whipping The Artland Dragons 83-72. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
On the eve of the 2011 Oscars, some movie fans might have gotten their Sunday rolling with some past awards moments dancing in their heads like the famous Halle Berry speech wanting more time for to talk after being named the first African/African to win in 2002, the inspiring and heart felt speech by Tom Hanks for his best actor win in 1993 for portraying an aids victim in Philadelphia, 72 year old actor Jack Palance showing the world in 1992 his virility doing push ups after finally winning after four decades of acting for City Slickers, Robert Opal interupting the 1974 show as David Niven was introducing Elisabeth Taylor by running across the stage nude or the legendary stroll across the chairs by Italian actor Robert Benigni for winning best foreign movie for 'Life Is Beautiful, but despite the historic day in films, there was still a basketball game to play as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners showed another spirited, inspired and hard fought win despite not having captain Pascal Roller and Dominic Bahiense De Mello getting by The Artland Dragons 83-72. After the win the players had some time to reflect about the Oscar like team performance. 'This win was like any Rocky movie. They came out and punched us and beat us up bad and we were down by 14 points. We fought back and got the lead, but at the end they punched us again coming back. It was like a boxing match and we got beat a little, but better to go out with a win than with a loss', stressed Skyliner guard Dashaun Wood. 'This win reminded me of Gladiator. We fought hard and a gladiator never stops, but always fight back', stated Skyliner forward Roger Powell. 'This game reminded me of the movie 'Cop Out'. We had a great start, but then slid off just like the movie did', added Dragon gaurd Tyrese Rice. 'This game reminded me of the movie 'Life with Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy', said Skyliner Quantez Robertson. 'The movie 300 comes to mind in describing this game. I wouldnt call this a Oscar performance though', commented Skyliner foreward Kimmo Muurinen.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won their fourth game in a row as they won the season series against the Artland Dragons. Frankfurt seems to amaze everyone every weekend this season with their style, but especially in the last weeks by the way they are able to pull out wins despite being undermanned. 'This teams surprises me again every time. I was a little nervous before the game. We had watched Bamberg-Artland in the hotel last weekend in Braunschweig and knew how good they were. But we came out and played as if we had no injuries at all. It seemed so easy in the second half. We played team basketball. Mckinney and Tez play close to 40 minutes, but everyone helped with Franke and Moss playing well and Powell back from his injury and playing like he was never gone. I am so proud of the team and hope that we can continue to play like this in the future', stated Skyliner center Marius Nolte. The Artland Dragons lost their second game in a row and after their fantastic start in the first quarter lost their intensity and were taken out of the game by The Deutsche Bank Skyliners who understood to play consistent on offense and defense. 'Frankfurt did a better job executing for the whole game. After our big run, Frankfurt came back and push up their level of defense. When we were down by five points at the end, we were unable to answer and lost control. Frankfurt switched very well on defense and we didnt do a good job getting the ball inside. We were settling for too many jumpers', stressed Dragon center Darren Fenn. 'This was a total team win. Getting Roger Powell back really helped us in our big rotation. Mckinney and Tez did a good job bringing the ball up giving Wood a rest', stressed Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen.

Skyliner fans got the first look at 25 year old 206cm forward Robert Kurz who recently signed with the Artland Dragons after starting the season in the Spanish ACB playing with Granada averaging 13,9ppg and 9,1rpg. He played at Notre Dame and entered the NBA as a rookie playing 40 games for the Golden State Warriors in 2008-2009. The Artland Dragons are happy to have him. 'We got Kurz for an extra inside presence and had been playing well in Spain. Stefan Koch had been following him and getting him was good for both sides. He wanted to go since he was not happy anymore in Spain', added Dragons assistant coach Tyrone Mccoy. Kurz who played in the NBA and was averaging 35 minutes in the ACB and now only 18 minutes has to get used to the limited role, but so far has been blending in nicely. 'Kurz is a great teammate and he knows the situation and his role. He is just trying to fit in and help the team. He fits in great with our big man rotation', added ex Skyliner Tyrone Mccoy. Deutsche Bank Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak added that Kurz is a very versatile player with a good touch and a guy who will help the team. However Kurz also has a hidden talent. 'He is a very hard worker that has a NBA type work ethic. He is a strong kid and is a lot stronger than he looks', warned ex EWE Baskets Oldenburg guard Tyrone Mccoy.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliner fans got their first headache before the game as the players were warming up and captain Pascal Roller and Dominic Bahiense De Mello were on the sidelines in street clothes. Frankfurt showed again that despite injuries, nothing would get in their way. 'The reason why Frankfurt continues to perform so well despite injuries is because each guy is a competitor and no player has a let down. Even guys that might be prone to struggle, they dont playing consistent', warned Tyrone Mccoy. Later fans got their first introduction with the mask of Roger Powell who looked scary and a little like a lost phantom. Dashaun Wood took his movie love to bat with a good description of the Powell mask. 'His mask looked like he was a bank robber. It reminded me of the movie 'Set it off' where four girls rob a bank', added Dashaun Wood. Powell was about to give up his day job as player and substitute as a mascot too soon. 'No I would not jump in for the mascot dunking kong. He is doing a good job. I love our mascot', stressed Roger Powell. 4840 people made the way into the Ballsporthalle for a Sunday matinee, but were quickly got a big lump in their throat as The Artland Dragons jumped out on a 16-3 lead. Darren Fenn and Adam Hess jumped out of the blocks getting hot making 14 of the first 16 points. Fenn scored inside three times and Hess nailed two three pointers. 'Hess was very hot and the Dragons are hard to stop when they have guys on fire. We fought back into the game with our defense', stated Marius Nolte.

In almost every article I write I mention that basketball is a game of runs and as quickly as Artland got hot, they got cold as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners closed out the first quarter with a 17-6 run to trail only 23-20 after 10 minutes. Frankfurt spread the offense production around as Roger Powell drained two three pointers despite riding a 23% shooting percentage from the parking lot. Super Tez got the Frankfurt intensity to sky rocket with a fast break hoop and a steal and lay up. Nolte also scored on transition as Wood gave a pretty behind the back pass to Powell who fed the German. Wood also made a three pointer. 'Artland started very well while Frankfurt missed a lot of shots. Frankfurt came back had better ball movement and played as a team', stated BBC Sparta Bertrange (Luxemburg) forward Lucas Hargrove.The Artland Dragons were shooting 60% from the field and 60% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 53% from the field and 75% from outside. Frankfurt had the slight 7-6 rebound edge. Both teams had three turnovers a piece. The Artland Dragons already had 8 team assists.

In the second quarter would stay very tight as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners held the lead except for two times where The Artland Dragons had the lead. Quantez Robertson kept the momentum going for Frankfurt as he got the club easy fast break points on the fast break. Nolte and Wood were unable to male all their free throws and Tyrese Rice gave The Artland Dragons the lead back at 27-26 with a perfect made floater that really looks like something he practices as diligently as free throws. Despite losing the scoring battle against Wood with 29-19 and hype in the BEKO BBL, Rice seems to be taking it in strides. 'There was a lot of hype between Wood and me. It was a great match up and I enjoy playing against a guy like him. I dont worry about what the writers write, but just play the game. Wood shows the same by just playing basketball and not being distracted', stressed Boston College alumnist. Frankfurt then went on a 6-2 run to lead 32-29. Whenever Frankfurt shows some kind of spectacular play, there is a good bet that Wood and Super Tez may be involved. Wood found a small crack the same way a mouse does in the wall when escaping the paws of a hungry cat as he scored on a lay up. Then came the most spectacular play of the game as Tez made one of his usual patent steals fed Wood who slowed down letting the American sky high for an ally op dunk that got the crowd going. 'I watched him do that a lot at Auburn. I saw him do a windmill in a game', stressed Quantez Robertson friend Lucas Hargrove. 'That alley-op got the team and fans excited', added Quantez Robertson.

The Artland Dragons then retrieved the lead back as Rice made another spectacular lay up which he shot high off the glass. Despite the 33-32 Dragons lead, Frankfurt was doing a great job keeping Hess and Fenn away from the hoop. Frankfurt then regained the lead 35-33 with a spectacular running three pointer from Wood that brought back memories to the similar type of shot from Larry Bird in a game against Portland in 1992 as he poured home 49 points in the Boston Garden and Clyde Drexler 41 points. Frankfurt closed out the second quarter strong as Jimmy Mckinney nailed a three pointer and Wood scored coast to coast. Kimmo Muurinen sent both teams in half time with a buzzer beater mid distance jumper from the wing as Frankfurt led 44-39 after 20 minutes. 'Frankfurt continued to play well. They wanted to make up for their poor start in the first quarter. They were passing the ball extremely well and their intensity on defense was high. Artland was playing well as a team also, but Frankfurt was playing better team basketball', stressed Auburn alumnist Lucas Hargrove. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 53% from the field and 45% from three point land while The Artland Dragons were shooting 47% from the field and 43% from three point land. Artland retook the rebounding lead 15-13, but had seven turnovers while Frankfurt had only four turnovers.

In the third quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to build on their lead as they caught the Artland Dragons off balance going on a 6-0 run to lead 50-39. Frankfurt was playing sound basketball keeping the pressure on on defense, getting to the free throw line and getting two buckets from Muurinen and a pull up jumper from Wood. The Artland Dragons then caught Frankfurt losing a little concentration as Nathan Peavy stumbled through the zone as no Skyliner picked him up and finishing with a running two handed dunk and after a long break Fenn returned to the scoring list with a runner. Frankfurt led only 50-43. However The Artland Dragons were unable to get some consecutive stops as Frankfurt went on a 11-2 run to lead 60-45. Frankfurt did a great job under the basket getting some extra chances punishing the Dragons for not getting defensive rebounds. Muurinen started the run with a dunk getting a perfect extra pass feed from Wood. Powell then made a lay up after taking advantage of a second chance. Wood hit a three pointer and Powell was rewarded with a one handed dunk after Muurinen once again was doing the dirty work fighting and tipping the ball around as three Dragons were in his face. In the last minutes, Alexander Seggelke and Quantez Robertson traded three pointers and Bryan Bailey made a jumper from the wing. After three quarters, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners led 63-52. 'Key to winning this game was the third quarter. We played the way we usually do with aggressive defense that led to easy baskets', stated Kimmo Muurinen. 'They got a lot of second chances and got put backs. We didnt do a good job on offense not taking advantage of what the defense gave us', stressed ex Golden State Warrior Robert Kurz. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 48% from the field and 30% from the parking lot while The Artland Dragons were shooting 45% from the field and 40% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the rebounding edge again at 25-19. The Dragons only had 4 assists in the second and third quarter combined after getting 8 in the first quarter. Frankfurt had only 6 turnovers while Artland had 11 turnovers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to play their game in the first minutes going on a 11-4 run to lead 74-56. Jimmy Mckinney started the run with a bomb form the wing over Ruben Boumtje Boumtje and played superb defense on the other end as Chris Moss and Roger Powell were like a big wall not letting Kurz get a shot off. Powell scored inside and the club also got successful free throws from Wood and Moss. Robertson continued to show his stroke from outside making a three pointer. With time running down and the energy level, The Artland Dragons did have one last gasp of air as they scared Frankfurt with a 12-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 76-70. Kurz started the run with a quick hoop inside and then got another beautiful flaoter by Rice which looks like a clock work in his release and a lay in. Boumtje Boumtje then blocked Muurinen which led to a Seggelke three pointer. Muurinen then fouled Rice behind the three point line as Frankfurt suddenly only led 76-70 as Rice made all three free throws. Artland then had two chances but Kurz and Seggelke missed and Wood punished them with four free throws sealing the win. Wood then made a lay up scoring six consecutive points. 'We had a chance at 76-70 but Wood made the important plays then as well as through out the game', stressed ex Bremerhaven center Darren Fenn.'The second half was one of our worst performances this season. We had some good moments, but that simply wasnt Artland Dragons basketball', warned Robert Kurz. 'We played good team basketball. We played consistent and that is how we always want to play', added Dashaun Wood.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 29 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Quantez Robertson added 18 points and seven rebounds. Roger Powell had a strong comeback with 13 points, five rebounds and two assists. The Artland Dragons were led by Tyrese Rice with 19 points. Adam Hess and Robert Kurz produced 11 points a piece. Alexander Seggelke and Darren Fenn chipped in with 10 points a piece. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won the rebounding duel and showed the strong rebounding Artland team that they played with more effort. 'Frankfurt did a good job on the offensive boards. We are a good rebounding team, but Frankfurt hurt us with their second chances. Frankfurt was switching a lot, double teaming the post and forcing turnovers. We werent patient enough', added Robert Kurz. Frankfurt held Artland to 72 points and showed again that they are one of the best defensive teams in the BEKO BBL. 'We finally have understood the defensive principle. It is not important how we defend one on one, but how we perform as a team. Each guy helps each other and it feels like we know each other is blindly', stressed Marius Nolte. 'Adversary makes us strong. We have dealt with many injuries this season and we have responded well. If a team can respond well, you tend to get better', warned Roger Powell. The team now has a week to prepare for the annual Hessen derby in Giessen. 'I know some Giessen fans and I know how intense the rivalry is. I like how there are so many emotions involved. That is how basketball should be like', stressed Marius Nolte. The Giessen 46ers host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on Saturday March 5th at 20:00.


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Yiannis Kakiouzis claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Yiannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lavrio and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 32-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed Apollon Patras (#10, 7-9) with 25-point margin 86-61. Lavrio maintains the 4th position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lavrio will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. Kakiouzis turned to be Lavrio's top player in his first season with the team. Kakiouzis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.2ppg) and averages solid 62.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old guard Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) of Koroivos. Pettas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Koroivos lost that game 74-79 to the higher-ranked Amyntas Dafnis (#9, 7-9). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Koroivos keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Pettas is a newcomer at Koroivos and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Olimpiada (#12). Koutroulias showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Koutroulias' great performance Olimpiada lost 70-83 to the higher-ranked KAOD (#1, 15-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Olimpiada not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Koutroulias could try to bring Olimpiada's a little bit higher in the standings. Koutroulias has individually a great season in Greece. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 8.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Filipp Simeonidis (204-F-80) of Ikaroi Serron - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Giannis Rodostoglou (197-G-83) of Periko/Arhelaos - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Vageli Margaritis (202-F/C-82) of KAOD - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) of AEK/Argous - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) of Ikaroi Serron - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Tasos Charismidis (203-F-81) of AGOR - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Christos Deligiannis (204-F-84) of Panelefsiniakos - 16 points, 6 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)


A1 Round 19: Marousi loses to Panathinaikos in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Marousi. 3rd placed host Marousi (11-8) was smashed by second ranked Panathinaikos (18-1) 98-57. The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Marousi's 16 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Marousi 38-19 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. International swingman Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) helped adding 14 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Puerto Rican guard Denis Clemente (185-86, college: Kansas St., agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 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. Panathinaikos have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 18-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. Marousi at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with PAOK. Panathinaikos are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Iraklis (#14) in Thessaloniki in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Marousi will play on the road against Panellinios (#11) in Athens and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Iraklis managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time newly promoted Iraklis won against sixth-ranked Kavala in Thessaloniki 83-79. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Smush Parker (193-81, college: Fordham) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. Jerome Coleman accounted for 12 points. Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) came up with 23 points and 7 assists for Kavala in the defeat. Iraklis (5-14) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with AEK and Ilysiakos. Kavala lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Peristeri GS. Iraklis will play against league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kavala will play at home against Aris (#6) in Thessaloniki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A1 top team - Olympiakos (19-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Panellinios (6-13) in Athens 79-61. Andreas Glyniadakis fired 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Torin Francis produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the nineteenth consecutive win for Olympiakos. They maintain first place with 19-0 record. Loser Panellinios keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Olympiakos will meet PAOK (#4) in the next round. Panellinios will play against Marousi (#3) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Athens where higher ranked Peristeri GS (9-10) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked AEK (5-14) 64-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Peristeri GS. Worth to mention a great performance of Dimos Dikoudis who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. AEK moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Iraklis and Ilysiakos. Peristeri GS at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. AEK's next round opponent will be higher ranked VAP Kolossos (#9) in Rodou and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Panionios (#7) and Ilysiakos (#12). Panionios (10-9) won against visiting Ilysiakos (5-14) 82-77. It was a great evening for Ryvon Covile who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Panionios. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Aris. Loser Ilysiakos keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.

In the last two games of round 19 VAP Kolossos lost to Aris on the opponent's court 66-75. Ikaros unfortunately lost to PAOK in a home game 64-76.


Panionios - Ilysiakos 82-77

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Panionios (#7) and Ilysiakos (#12). Panionios (10-9) won against visiting Ilysiakos (5-14) 82-77. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: ZAG Advocates) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic (203-82) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. Five Panionios players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) responded with 29 points and guard Athanasios Karydas (182-79) scored 10 points and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Panionios. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Aris. Loser Ilysiakos keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: J.Baxter 29+4reb, A.Karydas 10+2reb+4ast, N.Chatzis 10, M.Dawson 5+5reb, M.Todic 5+2reb+4ast, A.Kiritsis 4+1reb+3ast
Panionios: R.Covile 15+7reb+1ast, M.Aleksic 13+5reb+3ast, M.Batis 11+1reb+1ast, J.Anderson 11+3reb+1ast, N.Barlos 11+5reb+2ast, V.Jankovic 7+2reb
gschID: 103843


AEK - Peristeri GS 64-60

An interesting game took place in Athens where higher ranked Peristeri GS (9-10) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked AEK (5-14) 64-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Peristeri GS. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Peristeri GS won fourth quarter 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AEK dominated on the defensive end, holding Peristeri GS to just 5 points in second quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Dimos Dikoudis (207-77) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian swingman Vukasin Mandic (200-82) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American forward Ernest Scott (201-82, college: Valdosta St., agency: Impact Basketball) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds and guard Evangelos Mantzaris (190-90) added 7 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Peristeri GS. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. AEK moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Iraklis and Ilysiakos. Peristeri GS at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. AEK's next round opponent will be higher ranked VAP Kolossos (#9) in Rodou and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Peristeri GS: E.Scott 13+7reb+2ast, Z.Vrkic 11+1ast, K.Looby 10+5reb, E.Mantzaris 7+8reb+5ast, D.Papanikolaou 6+1reb+2ast, A.Petroulas 4+1reb+2ast
AEK: D.Dikoudis 16+7reb+2ast, P.Nikolaidis 15+3reb+1ast, V.Mandic 13+4reb+3ast, D.Cohadarevic 6+3reb+2ast, T.Castle 4+1reb+1ast, P.Dorkofikis 4+1ast
gschID: 103844


Aris - VAP Kolossos 75-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked VAP Kolossos' (8-11) road loss to eighth ranked Aris (10-9) 66-75 on Saturday. VAP Kolossos trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 20-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 66-75 at the end of the game. Aris made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Aris outrebounded VAP Kolossos 27-15 including 20 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for guard Kosta Charalampidis (189-76) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Serbian forward Dejan Borovnjak (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). At the losing side naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) responded with 19 points and American guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) scored 8 points and 9 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Aris moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panionios. VAP Kolossos lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Aris will face Kavala (#8) on the road in the next round. VAP Kolossos will play against AEK in Athens.
Top scorers:
VAP Kolossos: P.Kalathis 19+4reb+1ast, J.Golemac 12+3reb+3ast, N.Pappas 11+1reb, J.Jordan 8+3reb+9ast, A.Tsamis 4+2reb+1ast, A.Asimakopoulos 3
Aris: K.Charalampidis 24+4reb+1ast, D.Borovnjak 16+8reb+3ast, C.Tapoutos 13+5reb+2ast, B.Brown 7+4ast, N.Hatzivrettas 6+1reb+1ast, M.Tsairelis 4
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Iraklis - Kavala 83-79

Bottom-ranked Iraklis managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time newly promoted Iraklis won against sixth-ranked Kavala in Thessaloniki 83-79. It looked good early as Kavala took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Iraklis had a 28-18 second period charge getting the lead and Kavala was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-83. Kavala was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Smush Parker (193-81, college: Fordham) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jerome Coleman (185-81, college: Rutgers) accounted for 12 points for the winning side. Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) came up with 23 points and 7 assists and American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 12 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Kavala in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Iraklis (5-14) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with AEK and Ilysiakos. Kavala lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Peristeri GS. Iraklis will play against league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kavala will play at home against Aris (#6) in Thessaloniki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kavala: M.Palacio 23+1reb+7ast, S.Karapostolou 16+2reb+7ast, 15+7reb+2ast, C.Simmons 12+13reb, N.Angelopoulos 9+2reb+1ast, B.Jorovic 3+2reb
Iraklis: S.Parker 30+11reb+2ast, J.Coleman 12+3reb+1ast, P.Drobnjak 11+2reb, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 10+4reb, V.Angelakopoulos 9+3reb+1ast, A.Eitutavicius 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 103846


Marousi - Panathinaikos 57-98

The game between Top Four teams took place in Marousi. 3rd placed host Marousi (11-8) was smashed by second ranked Panathinaikos (18-1) 98-57. The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Marousi's 16 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Marousi 38-19 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. International swingman Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) helped adding 14 points and 4 assists. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. At the losing side Puerto Rican guard Denis Clemente (185-86, college: Kansas St., agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 15 points and guard Yannis Gagaloudis (191-78) scored 9 points 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. Panathinaikos have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 18-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. Marousi at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with PAOK. Panathinaikos are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Iraklis (#14) in Thessaloniki in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Marousi will play on the road against Panellinios (#11) in Athens and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Marousi: D.Clemente 15+2reb+1ast, L.Akepsemaidis 11+1reb+1ast, Y.Gagaloudis 9+2reb+4ast, D.Huertas 8+3reb, D.Haritopoulos 6+2reb+2ast, D.Kalogeropoulous 3+1reb
Panathinaikos: I.Vougioukas 21+3reb+1ast, S.Perperoglou 14+3reb+4ast, D.Nicholas 14+3reb+1ast, A.Fotsis 12+8reb+1ast, R.Sato 7+3reb+1ast, K.Kaimakoglou 7+5reb+2ast
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Ikaros - PAOK 64-76

Very predictable result in Kalitheas where fourth ranked PAOK (11-8) defeated 10th ranked Ikaros (7-12) 76-64 on Sunday. Ikaros was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Ikaros 35-22 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ikaros was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Justin Gray (188-84, college: Wake Forest) helped adding 16 points and 6 assists. At the losing side American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Giannis Kalambokis (195-78, agency: FCM) scored 15 points. Four Ikaros players scored in double figures. Ikaros' coach Aris Likogiannis rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. PAOK moved-up to third place, which they share with Marousi. Ikaros lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. PAOK will face league's leader Olympiakos in Athens in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ikaros will play on the road against Ilysiakos (#13) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Ikaros: G.Kalambokis 15+4reb+2ast, D.Thompson 14+7reb+1ast, L.Harris 14+1reb+1ast, K.McAlarney 11+2ast, B.Krasic 6+4reb+1ast, S.Djikanovic 2+3reb
PAOK: R.Marshall 22+6reb+2ast, J.Gray 16+2reb+6ast, G.Dedas 12+5reb+1ast, T.Gechevski 8+10reb+4ast, R.Dozier 8+8reb+1ast, N.Kalles 6+3reb
gschID: 103848


Olympiakos - Panellinios 79-61

A1 top team - Olympiakos (19-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Panellinios (6-13) in Athens 79-61. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiakos. Panellinios managed to win third quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympiakos forced 19 Panellinios turnovers. The former international center Andreas Glyniadakis (215-81) fired 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Thodoros Papaloukas (200-77, agency: FCM) chipped in 7 points and 7 assists. American forward Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and guard Vasilis Xanthopoulos (187-84, agency: FCM) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the nineteenth consecutive win for Olympiakos. They maintain first place with 19-0 record. Loser Panellinios keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Olympiakos will meet PAOK (#4) in the next round. Panellinios will play against Marousi (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Panellinios: T.Francis 21+10reb, V.Xanthopoulos 11+1reb+5ast, V.Sklavos 6+3reb, S.Smith 6+5reb+2ast, M.Bailey 6+1reb+1ast, V.Scepanovic 5+2reb
Olympiakos: A.Glyniadakis 13+6reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 11+1reb+3ast, 9+1reb+1ast, Y.Halperin 8, L.Mavrokefalides 8+8reb, M.Pelekanos 8+5reb
gschID: 103849




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Rawle MARSHALL
  PAOK
  (201-G-82)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Marshall, PAOK17.2 
 2. Smith, Panellinios17.2 
 3. Palacio, Kavala16.7 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.4 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.15.3 
 6. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 7. Thompson, Ikaros14.3 
 8. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.3 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris14.1 
 10. Francis, Panellinios14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.0 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.6 
 3. Kalathis, VAP K.8.4 
 4. Smith, Panellinios8.3 
 5. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 6. Tucker, Aris7.4 
 7. Dawson, Ilysiakos7.3 
 8. Bagaric, Marousi7.2 
 9. Looby, Peristeri GS7.2 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.8 
 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. Xanthopoulos, Panell.4.1 
 8. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 9. Palacio, Kavala3.9 
 10. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Marshall, PAOK1.8 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 5. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.7 
 6. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.7 
 7. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.7 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.7 
 9. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
 10. Kalathis, VAP K.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, Ikaros1.2 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Dozier, PAOK0.7 
 7. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 
 9. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.7 
 10. Bogris, Panathinaikos0.6 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 19-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 18-1 
 3. Marousi 11-8 
 4. PAOK 11-8 
 5. Panionios 10-9 
 6. Aris 10-9 
 7. Peristeri GS 9-10 
 8. Kavala 9-10 
 9. VAP Kolossos 8-11 
 10. Ikaros 7-12 
 11. Panellinios 6-13 
 12. AEK 5-14 
 13. Ilysiakos 5-14 
 14. Iraklis 5-14 


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  HOLLAND   


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 26-3 
 2. ZZ Leiden 23-6 
 3. Eiffel Towers 21-8 
 4. Magixx 18-11 
 5. DeFriesland 14-15 
 6. Giants 13-16 
 7. BS Weert 12-17 
 8. ABC 10-19 
 9. Landstede 7-22 
 10. Rotterdam 1-28 


Best players of Dutch DBL round 29 - by Eurobasket News
American Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 31 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Giants in his team's victory, helping them to edge out GasTerra (#1, 26-3) 91-88. Giants maintains the 6th position in Dutch DBL. Giants is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-16 record. In the team's last game Kimbrough had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Giants and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Jacksonville University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Kimbrough is in league's top in points (3rd best: 15.9ppg), assists (4th best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 2.0spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Matthew Mullery (203-F-87, agency: Stanley International) of Landstede Basketbal Zwolle. Mullery impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Landstede lost that game 74-85 to the higher-ranked Eiffel Towers (#3, 21-8). Landstede managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. 22 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Landstede managed to get this year. Mullery is a newcomer at Landstede and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom's star - American Brandon Griffin (202-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy). Griffin scored 13 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Giants, helping his team with a 91-88 win against the higher-ranked GasTerra (#1, 26-3). The chances of Giants ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Griffin could help Giants to bring them higher in the standings. Griffin has a great season in Holland. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.4rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84) of GasTerra - 21 points and 6 rebounds
5. Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam (196-F-90) of ABC - 15 points and 10 rebounds
6. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of ZZ Leiden - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Steve Ross (201-G/F-80) of GasTerra - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Julien Mills (193-G/F-85) of Eiffel Towers - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84) of Eiffel Towers - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Worthy de Jong (194-G-88) of ZZ Leiden - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 3 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)


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.4 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants15.9 
 3. Blue, Giants15.9 
 4. Mills, Eiffel Towers15.5 
 5. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.4 
 6. Borha, Landstede15.0 
 7. Laing, Magixx15.0 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.8 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
 10. Brown, DeFriesland14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.1 
 2. McDermott, Magixx9.9 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.3 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.9 
 6. de Randamie, ABC8.5 
 7. Griffin, Giants8.4 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra8.0 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert8.0 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.2 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra5.1 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.2 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants4.0 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra3.6 
 7. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.4 
 8. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.3 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland3.3 
 10. Jackson, ZZ Leiden3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.4 
 2. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 3. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 4. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 6. McDermott, Magixx2.1 
 7. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 8. Stokes, BS Weert2.0 
 9. Kimbrough, Giants2.0 
 10. Bostain, GasTerra2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.0 
 6. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 7. Hulzebos, Landstede0.8 
 8. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 
 9. Mullery, Landstede0.8 
 10. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 


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  HUNGARY   


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Doyne, Falco-Szova23.5 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.5 
 4. El-Amin, PVSK P.21.0 
 5. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 6. Townes, Soproni20.1 
 7. Wilson, Kaposvari19.7 
 8. Rubin, Szedeak19.3 
 9. Sales, Atomeromu19.0 
 10. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Townes, Soproni11.7 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu11.5 
 3. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.4 
 4. Jones, Albacomp9.4 
 5. Werner, Kaposvari9.1 
 6. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.9 
 7. Bader, Szolnok8.8 
 8. Bell, Kormend8.7 
 9. Szabo, Soproni8.5 
 10. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Kelley, Soproni6.4 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok6.2 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 6. Simon, Albacomp6.0 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.0 
 9. Singletary, FS Debre.4.3 
 10. LaGrange, Kecsk.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.7 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.0 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 5. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 6. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.5 
 7. Singletary, FS Debre.2.4 
 8. Kaman, ZTE K.2.3 
 9. Townes, Soproni2.3 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.5 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.1 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.5 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.2 
 5. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.1 
 6. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 7. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.1.0 
 8. Langford, FS Debre.0.9 
 9. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.9 
 10. Davis, Kormend0.8 


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Szolnok 18-3 
 2. Albacomp 18-3 
 3. Atomeromu 15-6 
 4. Kormend 14-7 
 5. Kecskemeti 13-7 
 6. ZTE KK 13-8 
 7. Falco-Szova 11-10 
 8. Soproni 11-10 
 9. PVSK Pannon 9-11 
 10. Marso-Vagep 8-13 
 11. Szedeak 7-13 
 12. Kaposvari 6-15 
 13. FS Debrecen 1-19 
 14. Salgotarjani 1-20 


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  ICELAND   


Burton's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old point guard Sean Burton (175-PG-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Ungmennafelagio Snaefell and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He got a double-double of 29 points and 11 assists, while his team outclassed Haukar (#8, 8-11) with 42-point margin 119-77. It allowed Snaefell to consolidate first place in the Icelandic league. Snaefell have a solid 16-3 record. In the team's last game Burton had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 14 attempts. It's his second year at Snaefell and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Ithaca College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Burton is in league's top in assists (4th best: 6.8apg) and averages solid 41.3% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Giordan Watson (178-G-85) of Njardvik. He is American guard in his first season at Njardvik. In the last game Watson recorded impressive 40 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Njardvik to edge the higher-ranked Keflavik (#4, 13-6) in overtime by 2 points 104-102. This victory allowed Njardvik to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Watson is one of the most experienced players at Njardvik and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard James Bartolotta (193-G-86) of IR (#6). Bartolotta got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. He was a key player of IR, leading his team to a 100-81 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Stjarnan (#5, 10-9). The chances of IR ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bartolotta could help IR to bring them higher in the standings. Bartolotta has a great season in Iceland. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.3ppg (5th best). He also has FGP: 50.8% and 3PT: 50.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-G-88) of Keflavik - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Gerald Robinson (204-F-84) of Haukar - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) of Fjolnir - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Marcus Walker (186-G-86) of KR - 38 points and 2 assists
8. Renato Lindmets (198-F-84) of Stjarnan - 24 points and 9 rebounds
9. Hayward Fain (196-F) of Tindastoll - 33 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 17-1 
 2. Bnei Hasharon 12-7 
 3. Hapoel J-M 11-7 
 4. Maccabi Rishon 11-8 
 5. Galil Gilboa 11-8 
 6. Hapoel Holon 9-9 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 8-11 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 6-13 
 9. Ironi Ashkelon 4-14 
 10. Maccabi Haifa 4-14 


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Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 17-2 
 2. Bennet Cantu 14-5 
 3. Armani MI 14-5 
 4. CS Bologna 11-9 
 5. Air AV 11-9 
 6. Lottomatica 9-10 
 7. Scavolini PS 9-10 
 8. Dinamo Sassari 9-10 
 9. Pepsi Caserta 9-11 
 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: 20.7
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.7 
 2. Roberson, Enel B.16.9 
 3. Thomas, Air AV16.9 
 4. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.8 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.15.8 
 6. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.3 
 8. Winston, CS Bo.15.2 
 9. Milic, Vanoli CR15.0 
 10. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes11.1 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.5 
 3. Davis, Banca Tercas8.4 
 4. Homan, CS Bologna8.4 
 5. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.0 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Suton, Angelico BI7.2 
 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.4.8 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.3 
 4. Goss, Cimberio VA4.2 
 5. Collins, Scavolin.4.1 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR4.0 
 7. Zoroski, Banca T.3.9 
 8. Markovic, Benetton.3.7 
 9. Green, Bennet Cantu3.6 
 10. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.0 
 2. Green, Air AV2.7 
 3. Thomas, Air AV2.7 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. White, Dinamo Sassari2.7 
 6. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.5 
 7. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 8. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
 9. Hackett, Scavolin.2.5 
 10. Goss, Cimberio VA2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.5 
 2. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.4 
 3. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.4 
 4. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.2 
 5. Smith, Benetton TV1.0 
 6. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 7. Cusin, Scavolini PS0.9 
 8. Szewczyk, Air AV0.9 
 9. Polonara, Banca T.0.9 
 10. Homan, CS Bologna0.9 


Prima Veroli celebrate LegaDue Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Prima Veroli - Aget Imola 81:67

Prima Veroli triumphed in LegaDue Final Four. They knocked down Aget Imola in the title game tonight. Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85, college: Texas Tech) fired 27 points to lead the winners.
Prima Veroli made a huge step towards victory in the starting quarter. They outscored Aget Imola 21:8 for a comfortable lead at the first break. Prima Veroli maintained their advantage in the second quarter. They registered a 17-point halftime buffer at halftime 44:27. However Aget Imola changed the complexion of the game in the second half. Davide Davide Bruttini (203-F-87) was the catalyst for Imola comeback rally. They narrowed the gap to only 8 points with one quarter remaining. Prima Veroli needed some lucky shots to retain the lead in the fourth quarter. Veroli opened a double-digit once again in the final term and cruised to the victory at the end. Guido Rosselli (196-G-83) and James Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.) knocked down 13 points each for Prima Veroli. Davide Bruttini answered with 20 points for Aget Imola. Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU) had 17 points in defeat.

Prima Veroli: Jarrius Jackson 27, Guido Rosselli 13, James Penn 13
Aget Imola: Davide Bruttini 20, Trent Whiting 17



SerieA Round 20: Montepaschi Siena beats Bennet Cantu in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Siena. First ranked Montepaschi Siena faced one of their biggest challengers Bennet Cantu. Host Montepaschi Siena (18-2) defeated guests from Cantu (14-6) 73-63. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Montepaschi Siena forced 22 Bennet Cantu turnovers. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Milovan Rakovic (208-85) who scored 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) produced 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-2 record. Bennet Cantu at the other side dropped to the second place with six games lost. Montepaschi Siena are looking forward to face Angelico Biella (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Bennet Cantu will play against Air Avellino (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Enel Brindisi won against fourteenth-ranked Cimberio Varese 96-79. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 17-point difference suggests that Enel Brindisi is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. French-Ivorian forward Herve Toure (202-82, agency: ACMT) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. Yakhouba Diawara contributed with 24 points and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Cimberio Varese. Cimberio Varese's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi maintains sixteenth position with 6-14 record. Cimberio Varese at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Angelico BI. Enel Brindisi will play against higher ranked Pepsi Caserta (#10) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cimberio Varese will play against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Cremona, where 11th ranked Angelico Biella (8-12) lost to fourteenth ranked Vanoli-Braga (9-11) in a road game 72-87 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Blagota Sekulic who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Vanoli-Braga's coach Tomo Mahoric allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Jeffrey Viggiano responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Vanoli-Braga have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Angelico Biella dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Cimberio VA. Vanoli-Braga will meet Cimberio Varese (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angelico Biella will play against the league's leader Montepaschi Siena and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Pesaro. Local Scavolini Pesaro (10-10) outscored 15th ranked Banca Tercas (5-15) 72-53. The winners were led by Daniel Hackett who scored that evening 19 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to seventh place. Banca Tercas lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. Scavolini Pesaro's next round opponent will be Dinamo Sassari (#8) on the road. Banca Tercas will play against Benetton Treviso (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 20 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Dinamo Sassari was defeated by Armani MI in Milano 88-72. Air AV beat Fabi Shoes at home 83-75. Lottomatica lost to Benetton TV on the opponent's court 72-86. CS Bologna managed to outperform Pepsi Caserta in a home game 69-61.
The best stats of 20th round was 30 points and 9 rebounds by Omar Thomas of Air AV.



Armani MI - Dinamo Sassari 88-72

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Dinamo Sassari (9-11) was defeated on the road by third ranked Armani Milano (15-5) 88-72. The game without a history. Armani Milano led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Armani Milano outrebounded Dinamo Sassari 37-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) who scored that evening 27 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Mason Rocca (204-77, college: Princeton) supported him with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Even 15 points and 4 assists by American guard Travis Diener (183-82, college: Marquette) did not help to save the game for Dinamo Sassari. His fellow American import guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) added 14 points for the guests. Dinamo Sassari's coach Romeo Sacchetti tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Armani Milano maintains third position with 15-5 record having just three points less than leader Montepaschi. Newly promoted Dinamo Sassari dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. Armani Milano's next round opponent will be Lottomatica Roma (#6) on the road. Dinamo Sassari will play against Scavolini Pesaro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: D.Hawkins 27+5reb+1ast, M.Rocca 13+8reb+3ast, L.Greer 12+2reb+2ast, I.Jaaber 11+2reb+4ast, J.Maciulis 9+5reb+2ast, M.Petravicius 6+3reb+1ast
Dinamo Sassari: G.DeVecchi 15, T.Diener 15+4reb+4ast, J.White 14+3reb+3ast, V.Plisnic 9+2reb+1ast, O.Hunter 9+7reb+1ast, D.Tsaldaris 6
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Scavolini PS - Banca Tercas 72-53

The game with biggest result difference took place in Pesaro. Local Scavolini Pesaro (10-10) outscored 15th ranked Banca Tercas (5-15) 72-53. Scavolini Pesaro dominated on the defensive end, holding Banca Tercas to just 7 points in third quarter. Scavolini Pesaro forced 21 Banca Tercas turnovers. The winners were led by the former international guard Daniel Hackett (196-87, college: USC) who scored that evening 19 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola (MD)) supported him with 14 points and 4 assists. Even 10 points and 9 rebounds by American power forward Josh Davis (203-80, college: Wyoming) did not help to save the game for Banca Tercas. His fellow American import guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) added 13 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to seventh place. Banca Tercas lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. Scavolini Pesaro's next round opponent will be Dinamo Sassari (#8) on the road. Banca Tercas will play against Benetton Treviso (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: D.Hackett 19+7reb, A.Collins 14+2reb+4ast, G.Diaz 12+3reb, T.Lydeka 7+7reb+1ast, M.Almond 6+1reb, A.Traini 5
Banca Tercas: D.Diener 13+3reb+3ast, J.Davis 10+9reb+3ast, K.Fletcher 10+5reb, J.Young 6, I.Zoroski 4+2reb+1ast, A.Polonara 4+1reb
gschID: 96182


Enel Brindisi - Cimberio VA 96-79

Bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Enel Brindisi won against fourteenth-ranked Cimberio Varese 96-79. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 17-point difference suggests that Enel Brindisi is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. They made 28-of-34 charity shots (82.4 percent) during the game, while Cimberio Varese only scored ten points from the stripe. Enel Brindisi forced 19 Cimberio Varese turnovers. Cimberio Varese was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. French-Ivorian forward Herve Toure (202-82, agency: ACMT) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. French forward Yakhouba Diawara (200-82, college: Pepperdine) contributed with 24 points and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) added 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Cimberio Varese. Four Enel Brindisi and five Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi maintains sixteenth position with 6-14 record. Cimberio Varese at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Angelico BI. Enel Brindisi will play against higher ranked Pepsi Caserta (#10) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cimberio Varese will play against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: Y.Diawara 24+1reb+2ast, H.Toure 20+8reb, A.Roberson 19+7reb+1ast, K.Lang 13+8reb+1ast, B.Dixon 8+1reb+3ast, G.Maresca 6+3reb
Cimberio VA: D.Fajardo 19+2reb+2ast, R.Stipcevic 12+3reb, P.Goss 12+1reb, K.Kangur 12+4reb, R.Slay 12+9reb+2ast, T.Rannikko 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 96183


Vanoli CR - Angelico BI 87-72

We should mention about the upset which took place in Cremona, where 11th ranked Angelico Biella (8-12) lost to fourteenth ranked Vanoli-Braga (9-11) in a road game 72-87 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Vanoli-Braga. Angelico Biella managed to win fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vanoli-Braga made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Angelico Biella turnovers and outrebounded them 37-24 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin power forward Blagota Sekulic (208-82, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and Slovenian forward Marko Milic (202-77) who added 17 points and 4 assists during the contest. Vanoli-Braga's coach Tomo Mahoric allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized American forward Jeffrey Viggiano (200-84, college: Massachusetts) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Marc Salyers (205-79, college: Samford) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. Vanoli-Braga have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Angelico Biella dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Cimberio VA. Vanoli-Braga will meet Cimberio Varese (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angelico Biella will play against the league's leader Montepaschi Siena and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: B.Sekulic 25+9reb, M.Milic 17+2reb+4ast, E.Rowland 17+5ast, J.Perkovic 8+5reb+1ast, A.Drozdov 7+7reb+1ast, J.Foster 4+4reb
Angelico BI: M.Salyers 19+6reb, J.Viggiano 16+8reb+3ast, G.Jurak 12+1reb+1ast, G.Suton 10+6reb+1ast, E.Sosa 7+1reb+7ast, M.Soragna 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 96184


Montepaschi - Bennet Cantu 73-63

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Siena. First ranked Montepaschi Siena faced one of their biggest challengers Bennet Cantu. Host Montepaschi Siena (18-2) defeated guests from Cantu (14-6) 73-63. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Montepaschi Siena forced 22 Bennet Cantu turnovers. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Milovan Rakovic (208-85) who scored 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) produced 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (203-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-2 record. Bennet Cantu at the other side dropped to the second place with six games lost. Montepaschi Siena are looking forward to face Angelico Biella (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Bennet Cantu will play against Air Avellino (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: M.Rakovic 18+2reb, M.Hairston 10+1ast, D.Moss 10+3reb+3ast, N.Zisis 10+1reb+5ast, K.Lavrinovic 8+8reb+1ast, P.Aradori 6
Bennet Cantu: V.Micov 13+3reb+3ast, M.Green 11+7reb+5ast, M.Leunen 10+3reb+4ast, N.Mazzarino 9+1reb+2ast, D.Marconato 7+6reb, B.Ortner 6+8reb
gschID: 96179


Air AV - Fabi Shoes 83-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Air Avellino's (11-9) home victory over 6th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (9-11) 83-75. The game without a history. Air Avellino led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Air Avellino forced 20 Fabi Shoes Montegranaro turnovers. The winners were led by American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) who scored that evening 30 points and 9 rebounds and American-FYR Macedonian guard Marques Green (170-82, college: St.Bonaventure) supported him with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. Even a double-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) did not help to save the game for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. His fellow American import guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) added 19 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Air Avellino moved-up to fourth place, which they share with CS Bologna. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Air Avellino's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Bennet Cantu on the road and it may be the game of the week. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against CS Bologna (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Air AV: O.Thomas 30+9reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 14+10reb+1ast, D.Lauwers 14+2reb+2ast, M.Green 12+7reb+8ast, R.Casoli 4+4reb+1ast, R.Cortese 4+3reb
Fabi Shoes: S.Ford 19+10reb+5ast, A.Ray 19+3reb, D.Ivanov 14+6reb, D.Cavaliero 11+2reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 7+2reb+5ast, B.Jones 5+3reb
gschID: 96180


Benetton TV - Lottomatica 86-72

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (9-11) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Benetton Treviso (9-11) 86-72. Lottomatica Roma was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 42-27 second half run of Benetton Treviso. The winners were led by American swingman Devin Smith (196-81, college: Virginia) who scored that evening 21 points and American-Swiss forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five Benetton Treviso players scored in double figures. Even 21 points by American guard Charles Smith (193-75, college: N.Mexico) did not help to save the game for Lottomatica Roma. Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (207-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Benetton Treviso moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Lottomatica Roma. Benetton Treviso's next round opponent will be Banca Tercas (#15) in Teramo and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: D.Smith 21+3reb, A.Gentile 14+2reb+3ast, G.Brunner 14+6reb, M.Bulleri 13+2reb+2ast, D.Motiejunas 11+3reb+3ast, B.Skinner 8+5reb+1ast
Lottomatica: C.Smith 21+4reb+2ast, V.Dasic 16+5reb+1ast, N.Dedovic 12+4reb, A.Traore 8+2reb, D.Washington 6+1reb+2ast, N.Gordic 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 96181


CS Bologna - Pepsi Caserta 69-61

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked CS Bologna (11-9) beat at home 8th ranked Pepsi Caserta (9-11) 69-61. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-13. But Pepsi Caserta won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when CS Bologna won last quarter 19-12. 25 personal fouls committed by Pepsi Caserta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four CS Bologna players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Jumaine Jones (202-79, college: Georgia) did not help to save the game for Pepsi Caserta. His fellow American import center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) added 10 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the guests. CS Bologna maintains fourth position with 11-9 record, which they share with Air AV. Pepsi Caserta at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. CS Bologna's next round opponent will be Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#9) on the road where they are favorite. Pepsi Caserta will play against Enel Brindisi.
Top scorers:
CS Bologna: V.Sanikidze 16+14reb, J.Homan 14+7reb, K.Winston 11+7reb+1ast, K.Rivers 10+1reb, P.Koponen 9+3reb+5ast, V.Amoroso 5+2reb+1ast
Pepsi Caserta: J.Jones 20+7reb+1ast, E.Ere 10+3reb, E.Williams 10+2reb+1ast, M.Colussi 9+2reb, F.Di Bella 6+4reb+2ast, L.Garri 4+5reb
gschID: 96178




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Best players of Japanese JBL round 33 - by Eurobasket News
International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Tochigi Brex and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Tochigi Brex in his team's victory, helping them to beat Aishin (#1, 24-9) 87-74. Tochigi Brex maintains the 6th position in Japanese JBL. Tochigi Brex is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-19 record. Kawamura has many years of experience at Tochigi Brex, through which he has constantly improved. Kawamura has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.8ppg. Kawamura

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old former international Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) of league's best team Aishin Sea Horses. Takeuchi impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Aishin lost that game 74-87 to the lower-ranked Tochigi Brex (#6, 14-19). Aishin managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team has currently 24-9 record. Takeuchi is one of the most experienced players at Aishin and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.3ppg (#4). He also registered 11.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Ace Custis (202-F-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of second-ranked Panasonic Trians. Custis scored 15 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Panasonic, leading his team to a 66-57 win against the lower-ranked Hitachi S. (#5, 15-18). Panasonic needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 23 victories and 10 lost games. Custis has a great season in Japan. After 31 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.4rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi - 20 points and 10 rebounds
5. Takehiko Orimo (190-G-70) of Hokkaido - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Michael Takahashi (198-F-74) of Toyota - 17 points and 7 rebounds
7. Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75) of Toshiba - 16 points and 11 rebounds
8. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) of Hokkaido - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of Toyota - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Christian Maraker (206-F-82) of Hokkaido - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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


JBL Round 34: Derby game ends with Panasonic Trians' defeat of Hitachi Sunrockers - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Osaka: Panasonic Trians (#2) and Hitachi Sunrockers (#5). Hitachi Sunrockers were defeated at home 64-72 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-18. But Hitachi Sunrockers won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panasonic Trians made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Jerald Honeycutt (205-74, college: Tulane) contributed with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Daisuke Kobayashi (189-87) replied with 18 points for Hitachi Sunrockers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panasonic Trians (24-10) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position behind leader Aishin. Hitachi Sunrockers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 19 games lost. Panasonic Trians are looking forward to face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya in the next round where they are favorite. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against Hokkaido in Saporro and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
An interesting game for Toyota Alvark (22-12) which played road game in Kanagawa against one of their biggest challengers Toshiba Thunders (16-18). Third ranked Toyota Alvark had an easy win 77-49. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Yusuke Okada chipped in 19 points during the contest. At the losing side American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark maintains third position with 22-12 record having just three points less than leader Aishin. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the fourth place with 18 games lost. Toyota Alvark will play against Tochigi Brex (#6) at home in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and hope to get back on the winning track.
JBL top team - Aishin Sea Horses (25-9) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (14-20) 93-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tochigi Brex. Kosuke Takeuchi notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 25 points by Takuya Kawamura did not help to save the game for Tochigi Brex. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first position with 25-9 record. Defending champion Tochigi Brex keeps the sixth place with 20 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will meet at home Toshiba Thunders (#4) in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play against Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 34 bottom-ranked Hokkaido was beaten by Mitsubishi on the road 86-68.
The most impressive performance of 34th round was 16 points and 16 rebounds by Christian Maraker of Hokkaido.



Tochigi Brex - Aishin 86-93

JBL top team - Aishin Sea Horses (25-9) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (14-20) 93-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tochigi Brex. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tochigi Brex won third quarter 24-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Aishin Sea Horses won last quarter 26-20. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and American swingman Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-80, college: California) supported him with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Even 25 points by international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) did not help to save the game for Tochigi Brex. American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) added 17 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for lost side. Five Aishin Sea Horses and four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first position with 25-9 record. Defending champion Tochigi Brex keeps the sixth place with 20 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will meet at home Toshiba Thunders (#4) in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play against Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aishin: R.Forehan-Kelly 20+8reb+1ast, K.Takeuchi 19+12reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 16+4reb+3ast, S.Kashiwagi 12+2reb+4ast, R.Frahm 12+1reb, S.Asayama 5+1reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 25+2reb+3ast, S.Merritt 17+12reb+1ast, S.Ito 13+3reb, R.Anzai 10+2reb+3ast, M.Kataoka 6+1reb+1ast, T.Newton 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 119829


Hitachi S. - Panasonic 64-72

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Osaka: Panasonic Trians (#2) and Hitachi Sunrockers (#5). Hitachi Sunrockers were defeated at home 64-72 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-18. But Hitachi Sunrockers won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panasonic Trians made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Jerald Honeycutt (205-74, college: Tulane) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. Guard Daisuke Kobayashi (189-87) replied with 18 points and Cameroonian power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hitachi Sunrockers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panasonic Trians (24-10) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position behind leader Aishin. Hitachi Sunrockers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 19 games lost. Panasonic Trians are looking forward to face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya in the next round where they are favorite. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against Hokkaido in Saporro and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Panasonic: H.Kinoshita 15+7reb+2ast, M.Nagayama 14+1reb+2ast, F.Aono 11+10reb, J.Honeycutt 10+10reb+2ast, K.Hirose 9+3reb, A.Custis 4+8reb+1ast
Hitachi S.: D.Kobayashi 18+3ast, T.Smith 13+1reb, A.Aboya 13+7reb+1ast, K.Matsui 9+3reb+1ast, T.Nakahama 4+4reb, H.Ueyama 3+2reb
gschID: 119830


Toshiba - Toyota 49-77

An interesting game for Toyota Alvark (22-12) which played road game in Kanagawa against one of their biggest challengers Toshiba Thunders (16-18). Third ranked Toyota Alvark had an easy win 77-49. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota Alvark. Toshiba Thunders was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toyota Alvark dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Toshiba Thunders' 22. They outrebounded Toshiba Thunders 43-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Yusuke Okada (185-84) chipped in 19 points during the contest. At the losing side American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and swingman Yatsutoshi Uda (190-86) scored 10 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. Toyota Alvark maintains third position with 22-12 record having just three points less than leader Aishin. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the fourth place with 18 games lost. Toyota Alvark will play against Tochigi Brex (#6) at home in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Toyota: Y.Okada 19+1reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 11+9reb+1ast, T.Kumagai 7+4reb, T.Shonaka 7+2reb+4ast, P.Ricci 7+9reb+2ast, T.Watanabe 6+3reb+1ast
Toshiba: C.O'Bannon 17+15reb, Y.Uda 10+1reb+1ast, C.Violette 5+2reb, Y.Miyanga 5+4reb+2ast, Y.Kagami 4+3reb+1ast, Y.Kuwahara 3+2reb
gschID: 119831


Mitsubishi - Hokkaido 86-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins' (11-23) home victory over bottom-ranked Hokkaido (9-25) in Nagoya 86-68 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Mitsubishi Dolphins. Hokkaido managed to win fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mitsubishi Dolphins dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Hokkaido's 24. They outrebounded Hokkaido 49-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Guard Kazuyuki Nakagawa (180-82) notched 17 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) supported him with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five Mitsubishi Dolphins players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds by Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) did not help to save the game for Hokkaido. The former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) added 17 points for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Mitsubishi Dolphins maintains seventh position with 11-23 record. Loser Hokkaido stay dead last with 25 lost games. Mitsubishi Dolphins will meet league's second-placed Panasonic Trians in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hokkaido will play against Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Osaka and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi: K.Nakagawa 17+5reb+3ast, R.Hale 16+8reb+1ast, O.Lett 15+6reb+2ast, S.Utsumi 12+2reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 10+14reb+1ast, Z.Abe 7+5reb+2ast
Hokkaido: T.Orimo 17+3reb+2ast, C.Maraker 16+16reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 10+4reb, D.Noguchi 9+1reb+1ast, T.Abe 6+1reb+4ast, D.Yamada 5+1reb
gschID: 119832




BJ League Round 36 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 36 in BJ League was guest Shimane Magic's (#6) road victory over Oita Heat Devils (#7) 71-66 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 5 points. Strangely Oita Heat Devils outrebounded Shimane Magic 46-30 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Oita Heat Devils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) who scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. American center Jeral Davis (216-84) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Oita Heat Devils' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Shimane Magic have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 16-19 record. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the seventh place with 20 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against Shimane Magic (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Toyama. Sixth ranked Toyama Grouses (11-22) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 3rd ranked Shiga Lakestars (19-16) 82-81 on Saturday evening. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Jerrell Smith contributed with 8 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) replied with 27 points and 9 rebounds for Shiga Lakestars. Toyama Grouses maintains sixth position with 11-22 record. Shiga Lakestars lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with 16 games lost. Toyama Grouses will again play against higher ranked Shiga Lakestars (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Shiga Lakestars will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sendai 89ers (21-12) against fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (18-17) on Saturday night. Host Sendai 89ers were defeated by Kyoto Hannaryz in a tough game in Sendai 79-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sendai 89ers. Worth to mention a great performance of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Mac Hopson with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth position with 18-17 record. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the second place with 12 games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sendai 89ers will play again against Kyoto Hannaryz and hope to secure a win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. Third ranked Tokyo Apache faced second-best Okinawa GK. Guests from Tokyo (18-11) defeated host Okinawa GK (21-14) 92-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. The winners were led by Byron Eaton who scored that evening 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Tokyo Apache maintains third position with 18-11 record having seventeen points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Okinawa GK at the other side keeps the second place with 14 games lost. Tokyo Apache will have a break next round. Okinawa GK will play again at home against Tokyo Apache and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Hamamatsu Phoenix delivered the thirtyth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-23) 110-83 in Mikawa. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Jeffrey Parmer who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 30-4 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the eighth place with 23 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.

Rest of the games of round 36 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Takamatsu FA were crushed by Fukuoka Rizing in a road game 94-69. Niigata Albirex beat Saitama Bron. at home 70-61. Akita lost to Osaka Evessa on the opponent's court 74-85.
The best stats of 36th round was 30 points and 18 rebounds by Michael Parker of Fukuoka Rizing.



Fukuoka Rizing - Takamatsu FA 94-69

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (9-26) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (20-15) 94-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Fukuoka Rizing. Takamatsu FA was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fukuoka Rizing forced 23 Takamatsu FA turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. Five Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and guard Rasheed Sparks (190-77, college: Morgan St.) added 6 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals 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. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to third place. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 26 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face again Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 30+18reb+2ast, T.Cordeiro 12+4reb+2ast, N.Murry 11+1reb+6ast, J.Nakanishi 11+1reb+1ast, A.Takeno 10+3reb+2ast, D.Kimizuka 7
Takamatsu FA: J.Price 19+11reb+1ast, T.Farley 10+7reb+1ast, S.Takeda 9+1ast, S.Takada 8+2reb+1ast, M.Kita 8+1reb+2ast, R.Sparks 6+10reb+6ast
gschID: 105997


Oita H.Devils - Shimane 66-71

The biggest surprise of round 36 in BJ League was guest Shimane Magic's (#6) road victory over Oita Heat Devils (#7) 71-66 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 5 points. Strangely Oita Heat Devils outrebounded Shimane Magic 46-30 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Oita Heat Devils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) who scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. American center Jeral Davis (216-84) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and his fellow American import forward Taj Finger (203-86) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Oita Heat Devils' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Shimane Magic have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 16-19 record. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the seventh place with 20 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against Shimane Magic (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane: T.Ishizaki 13+6reb+3ast, J.Davis 12+7reb+1ast, T.Evans 10+6reb+2ast, F.Fisher 10+3reb+1ast, R.Golson 8+3reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 7+2reb+1ast
Oita H.Devils: C.Tate 17+8reb, T.Finger 13+10reb, M.Lottich 12+8reb+2ast, K.Sato 9+2reb+1ast, D.Johnson 6+10reb+3ast, K.Mitomo 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 105998


Okinawa GK - Tokyo Apache 84-92

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. Third ranked Tokyo Apache faced second-best Okinawa GK. Guests from Tokyo (18-11) defeated host Okinawa GK (21-14) 92-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. Okinawa GK was ahead by 13 points at the halftime before a 53-32 second half run of Tokyo Apache. The winners were led by American guard Byron Eaton (180-86, college: Oklahoma St.) who scored that evening 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Tanaka Kensuke (187-85) supported him with 21 points. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by American swingman Anthony McHenry (201-83, college: Georgia Tech) did not help to save the game for Okinawa GK. His fellow American import center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Five Tokyo Apache and four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Tokyo Apache maintains third position with 18-11 record having seventeen points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Okinawa GK at the other side keeps the second place with 14 games lost. Tokyo Apache will have a break next round. Okinawa GK will play again at home against Tokyo Apache and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Apache: T.Kensuke 21+3reb+1ast, B.Eaton 19+7reb+4ast, C.Aoki 11+5reb+2ast, M.Chappell 11+9reb+2ast, J.Nakama 11+2reb+3ast, J.Tyler 10+7reb+1ast
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 17+9reb+3ast, N.Kosuge 15+4reb, S.Kinjo 15+1reb+3ast, C.Dixon 13+6reb+3ast, J.Newton 12+11reb+1ast, T.Yonamine 9+3reb+8ast
gschID: 105999


Sendai 89ers - Kyoto Hannaryz 79-87

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sendai 89ers (21-12) against fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (18-17) on Saturday night. Host Sendai 89ers were defeated by Kyoto Hannaryz in a tough game in Sendai 79-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sendai 89ers. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-17. But Sendai 89ers won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kyoto Hannaryz looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-69, college: LSU) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 assists and swingman Taizon Kawabe (190-82) who added 12 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth position with 18-17 record. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the second place with 12 games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sendai 89ers will play again against Kyoto Hannaryz and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannaryz: M.Abdul-Rauf 24+3reb+5ast, T.Kawabe 12+3reb+4ast, M.Fey 11+5reb+1ast, N.Nakamura 9+4reb+3ast, R.Warren 8+6reb+2ast, K.Trim 8+7reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: M.Hopson 30+14reb+6ast, M.Bell 16+8reb+4ast, C.Holm 14+10reb+1ast, L.Hechon 6+2ast, T.Komoda 4, H.Kusaka 3+1ast
gschID: 105992


Niigata Albirex - Saitama Bron. 70-61

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Niigata Albirex's (17-16) home victory over 5th ranked Saitama Broncos (14-21) 70-61 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. American swingman Willie Veasley (190-87, college: Butler, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import center George Leach (210-81, college: Indiana) added 9 points and 16 rebounds respectively. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth position with 17-16 record. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the fifth place with 21 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face again Saitama Broncos (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: J.Ashby 19+12reb, W.Veasley 18+3reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 11+1reb+1ast, Z.Andrews 8+8reb, N.Takushi 5+3reb+2ast, H.Kondo 5+2reb+1ast
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 18+14reb+4ast, Y.Kitamuki 10+2reb+3ast, G.Klaiber 10+4reb+1ast, G.Leach 9+16reb, H.Shishito 4+1reb, D.Terashita 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 105993


Toyama Grouses - Shiga Lakestars 82-81

Important game to mention about took place in Toyama. Sixth ranked Toyama Grouses (11-22) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 3rd ranked Shiga Lakestars (19-16) 82-81 on Saturday evening. Shiga Lakestars were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 23-19 charge of Toyama Grouses, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Toyama Grouses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) contributed with 8 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) replied with 27 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) added 4 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Shiga Lakestars. Toyama Grouses maintains sixth position with 11-22 record. Shiga Lakestars lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with 16 games lost. Toyama Grouses will again play against higher ranked Shiga Lakestars (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Shiga Lakestars will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 33+10reb+5ast, M.Kato 11+5reb+4ast, T.Mito 11+1reb+2ast, J.Smith 8+12reb+2ast, J.Davis 7+5reb+3ast, T.Yamashiro 6+3reb
Shiga Lakestars: J.Peppers 27+9reb, M.Joho 14+3ast, R.Schafer 10+9reb+1ast, S.Ogawa 9+3reb+2ast, L.Rice 8+8reb+3ast, T.Fujiwara 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 105994


Hamamatsu P. - Miyazaki 110-83

Leader Hamamatsu Phoenix delivered the thirtyth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-23) 110-83 in Mikawa. The game without a history. Hamamatsu Phoenix led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hamamatsu Phoenix forced 20 Miyazaki Shining Suns turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Miyazaki Shining Suns were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 15 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and forward Elijah Palmer (201-81, college: Duquesne, agency: Court Side) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 30-4 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the eighth place with 23 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 17+1reb+4ast, K.Ohta 16+4reb+4ast, J.Dixon 15+3reb+7ast, D.Larkai 14+1reb+1ast, J.Parmer 13+13reb+2ast, M.Ohguchi 11+2reb+4ast
Miyazaki: B.Cole 24+10reb+1ast, E.Palmer 19+7reb+1ast, J.Manuel 16+2reb+5ast, T.Shimizu 7+3reb+6ast, T.Ito 7+2reb+4ast, O.Shinnosuke 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 105995


Osaka Evessa - Akita 85-74

Very expected game when 7th ranked Akita Happinets (10-25) were defeated on the road by first ranked Osaka Evessa (22-13) 85-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Osaka Evessa. Akita Happinets was better in fourth quarter 29-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Osaka Evessa looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Osaka Evessa made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Osaka Evessa have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-13 record. Akita Happinets lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 25 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face again Akita Happinets (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: W.Knight 17+5reb+2ast, L.Washington 17+8reb+6ast, W.Marshall 12+5reb+1ast, H.Takada 12+3reb+4ast, D.Tamura 12+3reb, K.Tyner 6+3reb+4ast
Akita: W.Graves 23+12reb+4ast, P.Butorac 14+4reb+1ast, A.Akingbade 13+10reb, A.Burks 10+1reb+2ast, Y.Nobihura 3+2reb+1ast, K.Shoji 3+2reb
gschID: 105996




Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 30-4 
 2. Sendai 89ers 21-12 
 3. Tokyo Apache 18-11 
 4. Niigata Albirex 17-16 
 5. Saitama Bron. 14-21 
 6. Toyama Grouses 11-22 
 7. Akita 10-25 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 22-13 
 2. Okinawa GK 21-14 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 20-15 
 4. Shiga Lakestars 19-16 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 18-17 
 6. Shimane 16-19 
 7. Oita H.Devils 15-20 
 8. Miyazaki 12-23 
 9. Takamatsu FA 9-26 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .20.0 
 2. Orimo, Hokkaido17.9 
 3. Takeuchi, Aishin16.4 
 4. Lewis, Hokkaido16.4 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin16.3 
 6. Forehan-K., Aishin15.1 
 7. O''Bannon, Toshiba15.1 
 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: 12.2
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.12.2 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.5 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido8.9 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota8.8 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin8.0 
 6. O''Bannon, Toshiba7.9 
 7. Custis, Panasonic7.4 
 8. Hale, Mitsubishi7.3 
 9. Ricci, Toyota7.2 
 10. Maraker, Hokkaido7.1 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin3.9 
 2. Kinoshita, Panasonic3.8 
 3. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.7 
 4. Kashiwakura, Hokka.3.7 
 5. Igarashi, Mitsubishi3.6 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido2.9 
 8. Yamada, Hokkaido2.9 
 9. Miyanga, Toshiba2.8 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.2 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido1.5 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.4 
 4. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 5. Forehan-K., Aishin1.3 
 6. Custis, Panasonic1.2 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.1 
 8. Igarashi, Mitsubishi1.1 
 9. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.1 
 10. Sakuragi, Aishin1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.7 
 2. Ricci, Toyota1.4 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.2 
 4. Aono, Panasonic1.0 
 5. Lett, Mitsubishi0.8 
 6. Merritt, Tochigi Brex0.7 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido0.7 
 8. Forehan-K., Aishin0.6 
 9. Gross, Aishin0.6 
 10. Hale, Mitsubishi0.6 


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 25-9 
 2. Panasonic 24-10 
 3. Toyota 22-12 
 4. Toshiba 16-18 
 5. Hitachi S. 15-19 
 6. Tochigi Brex 14-20 
 7. Mitsubishi 11-23 
 8. Hokkaido 9-25 


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  LATVIA   


Tweety Carter joins Ventspils - by Eurobasket News
Days after releasing Rob Lewin (201-F-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Troy) Ventspils have agreed on terms of contract with another import player. The Latvian powerhouse brought in Tweety Carter (180-G-86, college: Baylor). The 24-year-old guard started the season in D-League. He tallied 11.2 points, 3.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds for the Tulsa 66ers as a starter. Tweety Carter graduated from the Baylor University in 2010. His stats read 15.0 points, 5.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game for the Bears in the senior season. Tweety Carter helped Baylor reach NCAA Elite Eight. The guard made it into Sporting News NCAA All-America 4th Team. He also got into All-Big 12 3rd Team. Tweety Carter participated at Portsmouth Invitational Tournament as well as NBA Summer League in Orlando last summer.


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  LITHUANIA   


Bajramovic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Nevezis (#11, 5-11) 90-79. Lietuvos Rytas maintains the 2nd position in Lithuanian league. They are still close to the very top. Lietuvos Rytas would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 15-2 record. In the team's last game Bajramovic had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lietuvos Rytas' top player in his first season with the team. Kenan Bajramovic averages this season 13.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) of Neptunas Klaipeda. He is former international forward in his first season at Neptunas. In the last game Vasylius recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Neptunas to edge Naglis-Adakris (6-10) by 4 points 78-74. This victory allowed Neptunas to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Vasylius is a newcomer at Neptunas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.9ppg (#6). He also registered 6.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Chris Lowe (183-G-87) of Naglis-Adakris Palangos (#8). Lowe showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Lowe's great performance Naglis-Adakris lost 74-78 to Neptunas (6-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Naglis-Adakris not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lowe could try to bring Naglis-Adakris' a little bit higher in the standings. Lowe has individually a great season in Lithuania. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.5apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84) of Zalgiris - 13 points and 12 rebounds
5. Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-C-82) of Siauliai - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) of Nevezis - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82) of Zalgiris - 23 points and 2 rebounds
8. Marius Janisius (203-C-77) of Alytus Alita - 18 points and 10 rebounds
9. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) of Lietuvos Rytas - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) of Rudupis - 16 points and 3 assists

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


NKL Round 38: Pieno Zvaigzdes defeat Mazeikiai - 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.

An interesting game for Pieno Zvaigzdes (35-1) which played road game in Mazeikiai against 3rd ranked Mazeikiai (22-14). First ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes managed to get a 8-point victory 87-79. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-79. Center Arturas Masiulis (210-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Rimantas Endrijaitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for Mazeikiai. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive 27-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 35-1 record. Mazeikiai lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Meresta. Pieno Zvaigzdes are looking forward to face Perlas-MRU (#9) in Vilnius in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mazeikiai will play on the road against LKKA-Atletas (#7) in Kaunas and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Vilnius was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Nafta Universitetas (20-16) played at the court of 8th ranked Perlas-MRU (16-20). Nafta Universitetas did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 68-49. Guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Julius Kazakauskas chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Forward Mantas Kazonas (202-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Perlas-MRU's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Nafta Universitetas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Perlas-MRU at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 20 games lost. Nafta Universitetas will play against higher ranked Meresta (#4) in Pakruojis in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Perlas-MRU will play at home against the league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes (#1) in Pasvalys and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between second ranked Radviliskis (26-10) and 6th ranked LKKA-Atletas (19-17) in Radviliskis on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Radviliskis outscored guests from Kaunas 90-70. Audrius Mineikis notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 23 points and 6 rebounds by Darius Gricius did not help to save the game for LKKA-Atletas. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Radviliskis have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 26-10 record having nine points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. LKKA-Atletas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 17 games lost. Radviliskis will meet Zalgiris-Sabonio (#6) in the next round. LKKA-Atletas will play against Mazeikiai and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 38: ABRO-Univ. was beaten by Delikatesas on the road 89-85. Triobet Malsta won against Puntukas on its own court 77-71. Zalgiris-Sabonio unfortunately lost to Meresta in Pakruojis 47-61. Erelita recorded a loss to Silute at home 77-87.
The most impressive performance of 38th round was 28 points and 10 rebounds by Aivaras Kvedaravicius of ABRO-Univ..


Delikatesas - ABRO-Univ. 89-85

Everything could happen in Joniskis at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Delikatesas and 13th ranked ABRO-Universitetas had identical 11-23 record. This time Delikatesas used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Siauliai 89-85 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 31-22 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) notched 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Juotas Blazys (197-82) supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Delikatesas players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds by guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) did not help to save the game for ABRO-Universitetas. Guard Paulius Knyza (190-91) added 18 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Delikatesas maintains twelfth position with 12-23 record. Loser ABRO-Universitetas keeps the thirteenth place with 24 games lost. Delikatesas will meet bottom-ranked Puntukas (#15) in the next round. ABRO-Universitetas will play against Erelita-KTU in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: Z.Petraitis 34+5reb+3ast, J.Blazys 17+8reb, M.Keras 13+3reb+1ast, V.Pikalavicius 11+9reb+2ast, L.Kutra 8+4reb+9ast, J.Jucikas 6+4reb+1ast
ABRO-Univ.: A.Kvedaravicius 28+10reb+2ast, P.Knyza 18+6reb+2ast, I.Ramasauskas 14+4reb+2ast, E.Vaupsas 9+2reb+2ast, A.Kurauskas 7+3reb+2ast, P.Rasamavicius 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 122122


Triobet Malsta - Puntukas 77-71

Very expected game when 15th ranked Puntukas (9-26) lost to ninth ranked Triobet Malsta (16-19) in Jonava 71-77 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-12. But Puntukas won second period 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Triobet Malsta forced 23 Puntukas turnovers. Swingman Gytis Maciulevicius (194-87) notched 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Audrius Vasiliauskas (185-82) supported him with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Even 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks by power forward Mindaugas Norkus (200-85) did not help to save the game for Puntukas. Forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the guests. Puntukas' coach Gintautas Regina tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Triobet Malsta have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted Puntukas stay dead last with 26 lost games. Triobet Malsta will meet Akademija (#14) in the next round where they are favorite. Puntukas will play against Delikatesas in Joniskis and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Triobet Malsta: G.Maciulevicius 20+7reb, A.Vasiliauskas 15+6reb+4ast, H.Vorotnikovas 13+5reb, Z.Danielius 10+2reb+1ast, P.Vaitiekunas 8+5reb+2ast, R.Juknevicius 7+3reb+4ast
Puntukas: M.Norkus 23+7reb+1ast, P.Joneliunas 17+7reb, D.Tarvydas 12+11reb+8ast, L.Kazlauskas 8+3reb+3ast, T.Rinkunas 8+3reb+3ast, A.Urbonas 2
gschID: 122123


Meresta - Zalgiris-Sabonio 61-47

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Meresta's (22-14) home victory over 5th ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (20-16) in Pakruojis 61-47 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 38-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Meresta forced 20 Zalgiris-Sabonio turnovers. Guard Simonas Slivka (194-86) notched 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and power forward Thomas Druktenis (203-78) supported him with 9 points and 6 rebounds. Even 9 points and 5 rebounds by center Gediminas Zyle (209-88) did not help to save the game for Zalgiris-Sabonio. Forward Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-93) added 10 points for the guests. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Priit Vene tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Meresta moved-up to third place, which they share with Mazeikiai. Loser Zalgiris-Sabonio keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Nafta Universitetas. Meresta will meet Nafta Universitetas (#5) in the next round. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against the league's second-placed Radviliskis and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Meresta: S.Slivka 13+5reb+4ast, A.Danusevicius 10+5reb+1ast, T.Balciunas 10+2reb, T.Druktenis 9+6reb+3ast, L.Radavicius 7+5reb, M.Kumpis 4+2reb
Zalgiris-Sabonio: V.Kariniauskas 10+4reb+1ast, G.Zyle 9+5reb+2ast, P.Sorokas 6+6reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 6+3reb+1ast, K.Vecvagars 5+3reb+1ast, Z.Skucas 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 122119


Perlas-MRU - Nafta Universitetas 49-68

The game in Vilnius was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Nafta Universitetas (20-16) played at the court of 8th ranked Perlas-MRU (16-20). Nafta Universitetas did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 68-49. The game was mostly controlled by Nafta Universitetas. Perlas-MRU was better in fourth quarter 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nafta Universitetas players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Forward Mantas Kazonas (202-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) scored 9 points. Perlas-MRU's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Nafta Universitetas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Perlas-MRU at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 20 games lost. Nafta Universitetas will play against higher ranked Meresta (#4) in Pakruojis in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Perlas-MRU will play at home against the league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes (#1) in Pasvalys and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: M.Girdziunas 12+6reb+2ast, V.Chodosovskis 10+5reb+4ast, J.Kazakauskas 9+6reb+4ast, D.Norkus 9+6reb+2ast, H.Venskus 9+5reb+4ast, T.Klimas 7+8reb+1ast
Perlas-MRU: M.Kazonas 15+10reb, K.Brusokas 9+4reb+1ast, P.Semaska 7+1reb+4ast, M.Gilys 5, D.Pipiras 4+4reb, T.Padegimas 3+6reb
gschID: 122120


Erelita - Silute 77-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Erelita-KTU's (13-22) home loss to tenth ranked Silute (15-20) in Kaunas 77-87 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Silute. Erelita-KTU managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Erelita-KTU only scored 0 point from the stripe. They outrebounded Erelita-KTU 48-34 including a 38-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Erikas Kaupaitis (202-84, college: USC Upstate) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and center Justas Cesnavicius (211-79) supported him with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds by power forward Rokas Cepanonis (207-89) did not help to save the game for Erelita-KTU. Forward Deividas Baika (197-90) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Four Silute and five Erelita-KTU players scored in double figures. Silute maintains tenth position with 15-20 record. Erelita-KTU lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 22 games lost. Silute will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Erelita-KTU will play against ABRO-Universitetas (#13) in Siauliai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Silute: E.Kaupaitis 21+11reb+4ast, J.Cesnavicius 21+8reb, V.Nedzinskas 15+12reb+2ast, E.Jurkus 14+6reb+2ast, R.Dimiciukas 6+6reb+3ast, F.Eshon 5+4reb+6ast
Erelita: D.Baika 16+7reb+2ast, R.Cepanonis 15+11reb, M.Sapiega 13+3reb+7ast, M.Jakstas 11+3reb+1ast, A.Pelss 10+6reb+2ast, M.Lisajevicius 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122121


Mazeikiai - Pieno Zvaigzdes 79-87

An interesting game for Pieno Zvaigzdes (35-1) which played road game in Mazeikiai against 3rd ranked Mazeikiai (22-14). First ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes managed to get a 8-point victory 87-79. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-79. Center Arturas Masiulis (210-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Rimantas Endrijaitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and his fellow American import swingman Jason Warren (201-84, college: Missouri Western) added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Mazeikiai. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive 27-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 35-1 record. Mazeikiai lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Meresta. Pieno Zvaigzdes are looking forward to face Perlas-MRU (#9) in Vilnius in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mazeikiai will play on the road against LKKA-Atletas (#7) in Kaunas and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: A.Masiulis 20+9reb+2ast, D.Leonard 15+5reb+6ast, A.Kazlauskas 12+2reb, G.Vileita 11+5reb+2ast, D.Griskenas 9+7reb+2ast, Z.Fredrick 7+1reb
Mazeikiai: B.Harrison 19+5reb+10ast, J.Warren 12+12reb+1ast, M.Norkus 12+2reb+2ast, V.Kazlauskas 10+1ast, M.Kumpys 10+5reb+4ast, V.Luksa 8+2reb
gschID: 122117


Radviliskis - LKKA-Atletas 90-70

The game between second ranked Radviliskis (26-10) and 6th ranked LKKA-Atletas (19-17) in Radviliskis on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Radviliskis outscored guests from Kaunas 90-70. The game was mostly controlled by Radviliskis. LKKA-Atletas managed to win fourth quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Radviliskis dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to LKKA-Atletas' 20. Forward Audrius Mineikis (202-77) notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Nigerian forward Azeez Oladimeji (204-89) supported him with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Even 23 points and 6 rebounds by guard Darius Gricius (195-86) did not help to save the game for LKKA-Atletas. Center Tomas Urbonas (214-92) added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Radviliskis have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 26-10 record having nine points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. LKKA-Atletas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 17 games lost. Radviliskis will meet Zalgiris-Sabonio (#6) in the next round. LKKA-Atletas will play against Mazeikiai and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: A.Mineikis 19+9reb, A.Oladimeji 16+8reb+2ast, Z.Kuklierius 15+1reb+3ast, D.Rekasius 11+1reb, R.Rauktys 8+3reb+2ast, M.Pukinskas 7+6reb+1ast
LKKA-Atletas: D.Gricius 23+6reb+2ast, T.Urbonas 12+13reb, A.Sakalauskas 9+3reb+1ast, R.Matutis 9+2reb, P.Malasauskas 4+3reb, S.Vingelis 4+1ast
gschID: 122118




Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 35-1 
 2. Radviliskis 26-10 
 3. Mazeikiai 22-14 
 4. Meresta 22-14 
 5. Nafta Universitetas 20-16 
 6. Zalgiris-Sabonio 20-16 
 7. LKKA-Atletas 19-17 
 8. Triobet Malsta 16-19 
 9. Perlas-MRU 16-20 
 10. Silute 15-20 
 11. Erelita 13-22 
 12. Delikatesas 12-23 
 13. ABRO-Univ. 11-24 
 14. Akademija 10-24 
 15. Puntukas 9-26 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Zilvinas PETRAITIS
  Delikatesas
  (194-G/F-88)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Petraitis, Delikate.22.3 
 2. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.0 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.2 
 4. Jurkus, Silute18.1 
 5. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.0 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.16.8 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.3 
 9. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 10. Vileita, Pieno Z.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.10.7 
 2. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.0 
 3. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.4 
 4. Warren, Mazeikiai9.1 
 5. Brusokas, Perla.8.4 
 6. Nedzinskas, Silute8.2 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.7 
 8. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.3 
 9. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.2 
 10. Pupinis, Erelita7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.7 
 2. Kuklierius, Radvilis.5.1 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.0 
 4. Sapiega, Erelita4.7 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.5 
 7. Kutra, Delikatesas4.4 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.4.2 
 9. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 10. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.7 
 2. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.5 
 3. Petraitis, Delikate.2.5 
 4. Metelica, Erelita2.4 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 6. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.2.3 
 7. Sapiega, Erelita2.3 
 8. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.2 
 9. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.1 
 10. Radavicius, Meres.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.6 
 2. Urbonas, LK.2.1 
 3. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.9 
 4. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.7 
 5. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 6. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.3 
 7. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.2 
 8. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.1.0 
 9. Milinskas, Triobe.0.9 
 10. Bernataviciu., Triobe.0.9 


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Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Kennedy, Residence25.3 
 2. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 3. Schumacher, T7123.4 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.23.1 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.22.1 
 6. Muller, T7121.1 
 7. Gary, Contern19.9 
 8. Smith, Sparta19.3 
 9. Delgado, Etzella18.8 
 10. Birdsong, Amicale18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black Star
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. McDaniel, Black S.14.6 
 2. Gary, Contern12.9 
 3. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 4. Kennedy, Residence12.5 
 5. Wurtz, Musel Pikes12.0 
 6. Stephens, T7111.4 
 7. Scott, Etzella10.9 
 8. Wojnowski, Musel P.10.7 
 9. Birdsong, Amicale9.8 
 10. Abercrombie, Spa.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Schartz, Amicale4.9 
 2. Schumacher, T714.8 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.5 
 4. Delgado, Etzella3.5 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.3.1 
 6. Arbaut, Sparta3.0 
 7. Koster, Residence2.9 
 8. Schwartz, Musel P.2.8 
 9. McDaniel, Black S.2.5 
 10. Giver, Etzella2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jones, Amicale2.1 
 2. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 3. Abdiu, Residence1.6 
 4. Schartz, Amicale1.6 
 5. Birdsong, Amicale1.5 
 6. Kennedy, Residence1.5 
 7. McDaniel, Black S.1.5 
 8. Gary, Contern1.5 
 9. Smith, Sparta1.5 
 10. Delgado, Etzella1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gary, Contern2.1 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.1.8 
 3. Birdsong, Amicale1.8 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.3 
 5. Stephens, T711.1 
 6. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.9 
 7. Abercrombie, Spa.0.9 
 8. Kennedy, Residence0.7 
 9. Scott, Etzella0.6 
 10. Wojnowski, Musel P.0.6 


Standings
Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 15-4 
 2. Etzella 14-5 
 3. Basket Esch 12-7 
 4. Amicale 11-8 
 5. Sparta 11-8 
 6. Residence 9-10 
7-10 places
 1. Musel Pikes 8-10