EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/3/2011

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  ABA   


Kings sweep Impact with 113-104 victory - by Gianni Pascucci
The Colorado Kings completed a season sweep of the Oklahoma Impact with a 113-104 win sunday afternoon in Piedmont, Oklahoma. The Kings took the fourth and final game of the season series with an 18-0 run in the second quarter led by Brendan Puckett (6'4''-G, college: Colorado Christian), who drained three shots in a row from long distance. Puckett finished the game with 18 points. The Kings led the entire game and fended off several Oklahoma comeback attempts through the physical play of ABA all-star Rasean Dickey (6'10''-F/C-85), who scored 22 points, and center Kellen Lee (7'1''-C-85, college: Los Angeles CC) who grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked 6 shots. Robert Frazier (6'7''-F, college: Tuskegee) chipped in 18 points and guard Keith Borgan (5'11''-G-83, college: Metro St.) dished out 9 assists in the win. The Kings return home and hit the hardwood February 12th when they host the Missouri Rhythm at Bear Creek High School. Tip-off is set at 7:15 PM.

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  ACPBL   


ACPBL Week #8 Recap: Justin Carter named Player of the Week - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League completed its eighth week in the leagues inaugural season, and the league front office named Justin Carter (6'3''-G, college: Rutgers-Newark) of the Garden State Rebels ACPBL player of the week. Carter scored 36 points Saturday night in a 92-78 home win over the Westchester Wildkatz. The win was the Garden State Rebels 5th consecutive win of the season (ACPBL all-time record for consecutive wins). Thanks in large part to the effort of Justin Carter the Garden State Rebels now stand in a three-way tie for first place along with the Buffalo Stampede and Tru Hope Trailblazers. The New York Lions sit just a half game off the pace at 4-2. The top four teams in the ACPBL standings at seasons end will qualify for the playoffs. Below is the full recap of week #8 complete with scores and top performers, fans may visit www.acpbl.com and click on stats to view the box scores for each game.

TRU HOPE TRAILBLAZERS (5-2) 98 - TRI-CITY SUNS (2-4) 92
Top performers: Tru Hope Trailblazers: Donnie Stith (6'7''-F-85, college: Tulane) 23 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block. Tri-City Suns: David Bailey (6'8''-F-83, college: Prince George CC) 20 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks.

HUDSON VALLEY KINGZ (2-5) 79 - BUFFALO STAMPEDE (5-2) 84
Top performers: Buffalo Stampede: Chris Gadley (6'9''-C-87, college: Canisius) 21 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 blocks. Hudson Valley Kingz: Anthony Armstead (6'6''-F/C-87, college: SUNY Cob) 19 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist.

WESTCHESTER WILDKATZ (1-7) 78 - GARDEN STATE REBELS (5-2) 92
Top performers: Garden State Rebels: Justin Carter 36 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal. Westchester Wildkatz: Jean Joseph (6'9''-C-81) 14 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks



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


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  ARGENTINA   


Liga B: transactions - by Facundo Iatzky
Estudiantes olavarria: signed Diego Alba (186-G-81), released Julian Sansimoni.
La union colon: signed Ezequiel Manzanares (197-G-90). Released Miguel Canteros
Rosario Central: signed Ezequiel Dentis (206-C-82). Released Sebastian Garnero.
Centro Espanol: signed Luciano Saborido (203-F/C-72, agency: Players Group), released Marcos Ramirez.
centro vecinal Villa Soledad: Leandro Gonzalez; Maximiliano Torino and Facundo Romani left the club due to payment problems.
brown san vicente: signed Matias Bonfiglio (190-G-86).
Del Bono: Agreed terms with Matias Estalles (195-F/C-84).


Regional league rosters - by Facundo Iatzky
Regional league is the fourth dvision of Argentinean basketball. This a semi pro level, but there are a lot of known players in it.
Buenos Aires regional league:
San Martin Junin: Fernando Barraza, Luciano Coppola, Maximiliano Asan, Pablo Martinez, Renzo Di Perna, Sebastian Nucci, Pablo Demaria, Matias Merlo, Martin Pasquinelli
Automovil Club san nicolas: Ivan Zuelgaray, Carlos Colla,
San Lorenzo Chivilcoy: Javier Corniglia, Fermin Cassani, Amiel Marquez, Adriano Di Biaggio, Alejo Barrales, Juan Pablo Cassani, Herman Banegas
Liniers Bahia Blanca: Fernando Larranaga, Mariano Pizzo
Estudiantes La plata: Pablo Bendel, Javier Bareiro, Nestor Serantes, Pablo Herrera, Sebastian Sartorelli
Atenas La plata: Facundo Fillol, Ramiro Garcia,
Sportivo Pilar: Santiago Sicardi, Crisitan Arias, Guillermo Laguzzi, Walter Cricri, Ariel Scheffer
Sporting Mar del plata: Juan Pablo Sanchez, Mariano Sanchez, Juan Honcharuk, Mateo Rojas


Liga B first stage recap - by Facundo Iatzky
Northwest zone: This group was dominated by Union Electrica and San Isidro, both teams of Cordoba. They set the best record of the first stage among all the teams of the four groups with 8-2. the third position belonged to Facundo, one of the favorites teams that had to suffer till the last round to advance to B1.
Northeast zone: Alma Juniors was the clear dominant of this group, followed by echague parana and Brown San vicente.
Center zone: The most even group. Until the last round it wasn not defined which teams would qualify to B1. Eventually, Tomas de rocamora, Velez and Ramos mejia, the surprisse, were the lucky ones.
South zone: A group with four teams that fought for four places. Hispano Americano, huracan Trelew and Alianza Viedma got the places, letting Independiente Tandil in the B2.

Second Stage: Now three best teams of each group will play in B1 and the other ones will do in B2. Anyway there will be four groups again:
B1 south: Hispano Americano, Huracan Trelew, Alianza Viedma, Tomas de rocamora, Velez Sarsfield, Ramos Mejia
B1 North: Union Electrica, San Isidro, Alma juniors, echague parana, brown san vicente, Facundo
B2 south: independiente Tandil, Estudiantes Olavarria, Centro espanol, rosario central, sport club, los indios moreno
B2 north: estudaintes concordia, la union colon, san salvador, anzorena, del bono san juan, centro vecinal


Standings - TNA
TNA Stage Two Standings
TNA1
 1. A.Italiana 0-0 
 2. Alvear 0-0 
 3. Bragado 0-0 
 4. Ciclista 0-0 
 5. Firmat SF 0-0 
 6. Obera TC 0-0 
 7. Quilmes MP 0-0 
 8. San Mart.C. 0-0 
TNA2
 1. A.Espanola 0-0 
 2. Adelante 0-0 
 3. Banda Norte 0-0 
 4. Gimnasia VP 0-0 
 5. San Mart.MJ 0-0 
 6. Tucuman BB 0-0 
 7. Union Progr. 0-0 
 8. Union S. 0-0 
Stage One Standings


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ASEAN-League Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
KL Dragons - Philip.Patriots 92-95
Philippine Patriots advanced into ASEAN League Finals. They swept their best-of-three series against KL Dragons. Steve Thomas (203-F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with 20 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Patriots to the decisive win in Game 2. The Patrios jumped in front early in the encounter. They grabbed an 18:11 lead late in the quarter and posted a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. But Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona) and Justin Leith quickly erased the deficit in the second term. The visitors persisted as Steve Thomas and Benedict Fernandez restored a 9-point lead for the Patriots. KL Dragons answered with 9 points in a row to level things up at 42 at halftime. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) and Egay Billones (175-G-75) put the visitors back in front early in the third term. Soon Gabe Freeman opened a double-digit lead for the Patriots as they entered the fourth term up by 11 points 74:63. Nakiea Miller and Rudy Lingganay (173-G) dragged the hosts within 5 points midway through the fourth quarter. However the Patriots stayed alert and gave little chance for the home team in the reminder of the contest. Egay Billones knocked down 18 points, while Gabe Freeman added 17 points and 11 boards for the winners. Rudy Lingganay responded with game-high 25 points for KL Dragons. Nakiea Miller had 24 points and 13 boards in the loss.

Singapore S. - Thailand S. 90-76
Singapore Slingers extended their ASEAN League season for at least for one more game. They trounced visiting Thailand Slammers to level the semifinal series at 1-1. Vergara Al (173-G-79) and Avenido Leonidez (186-G) teamed up for impressive 60 points to lead the Slingers to a crucial victory at the end. The teams stayed close in the first half. The hosts took a 5-point halftime advantage. But the third term changed the complexion of the encounter. Vergara Al came up with 13 points for the Slingers as they outscored the visitors 22:10 to pile up a comfortable 17-point lead with ten minutes to go. The Slammers woke up in the fourth quarter erupting for 31 points but it was too late to rescue this one. Avenido Leonidez knocked down 31 points to lead the effort. Vergara Al added 29 points, while Jeffers Kyle (206-C-85, college: Oregon St.) added 20 rebounds to go along with 13 points and 4 assists. Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) answered with 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Slammers. Ardy Larong (190-G/F-80) nailed 13 points in the loss. The third decisive game in the series is scheduled for February 6.




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Round 17: VEF Riga beats Valmiera - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 17 was a match between two teams from Latvia. First ranked VEF Riga outleveled host Valmiera (1-17) 79-58. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 44-20 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. VEF Riga made 31-of-34 free shots (91.2 percent) during the game. VEF Riga outrebounded Valmiera 40-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Valmiera helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin guard Bojan Bakic (197-83, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) chipped in 18 points. Guard Janis Kaufmanis (185-89) produced 10 points for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. VEF Riga (13-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Elite. Valmiera at the other side stay dead last with 17 lost games. VEF Riga are looking forward to face Norrkoping Dolphins (#9) in Norrkoping in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valmiera will play on the road against Nevezis in Kedainiai and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
One of the most interesting games of round 17 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Vilnius where ninth ranked Perlas won against visiting Siauliai (9-8) 78-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Siauliai. Forward Arvydas Siksnius (196-87, college: Weatherford JC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. Vilmantas Dilys contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Perlas' coach Roberts Stelmahers allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-82) answered with 25 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for Siauliai. Perlas (7-10) moved-up to eighth place in Elite. Siauliai at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Perlas will play against higher ranked Kalev/Cramo (#6) in Tallinn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Siauliai will play at home against Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 17 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Kedainiai where fifth ranked Nevezis won against visiting Rudupis (10-7) 79-71. Egidijus Dimsa stepped up and scored 29 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. Nevezis' coach Rimas Girskis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Giedrius Jankauskas responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Nevezis (10-5) moved-up to fourth place in Elite. Rudupis lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Nevezis will meet at home bottom-ranked Valmiera (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rudupis will play against TTU/Kalev (#11) in Tallinn and hope to secure a win.
The game in Tallinn was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Latvian Ventspils (12-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (9-6). Ventspils managed to secure a 5-point victory 77-72. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kalev/Cramo. Akselis Vairogs nailed 16 points for the winning side. Ventspils' coach Algirdas Brazys allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ventspils. They maintain second place in Elite with 12-4 record behind leader VEF Riga. Kalev/Cramo at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round. Kalev/Cramo will play on the road against Perlas (#8) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 17 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. First ranked Aiscai Kaunas won against visiting Alytus Alita (1-6) 90-80. The best player for the winners was Kristo Saage who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Aiscai Kaunas' coach Mindaugas Lukosius used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Aiscai Kaunas maintains first place in 2 with 5-2 record, which they share with Juventus. Loser Alytus Alita keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Aiscai Kaunas will face Zemgale (#4) in Jelgava in the next round. Alytus Alita will play at home against Techasas in Panevezys.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In 2 Neptunas was defeated by Techasas in Panevezys 91-87. Juventus smashed Zemgale at home 99-74.
In Elite Ventspils won against TTU/Kalev on the opponent's court 82-64.
The best stats of 17th round was 29 points and 6 assists by Ilmars Bergmanis of Zemgale.


Challenge
Aiscai Kaunas - Alytus Alita 90-80

One of the most interesting games of round 17 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. First ranked Aiscai Kaunas won against visiting Alytus Alita (1-6) 90-80. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-80. The best player for the winners was Estonian guard Kristo Saage (184-85) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89) chipped in 14 points and 8 assists. Four Aiscai Kaunas players scored in double figures. Aiscai Kaunas' coach Mindaugas Lukosius used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Saulius Kazevicius (189-76) added 29 points respectively for the guests. Aiscai Kaunas maintains first place in 2 with 5-2 record, which they share with Juventus. Loser Alytus Alita keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Aiscai Kaunas will face Zemgale (#4) in Jelgava in the next round. Alytus Alita will play at home against Techasas in Panevezys.
Top scorers:
Alytus Alita: S.Kazevicius 29+1ast, A.Birgelis 19+5reb+7ast, M.Janisius 13+13reb+1ast, S.Dumbliauskas 9+9reb+5ast, P.Kleiza 8+1reb+3ast, M.Silale 2+3reb+2ast
Aiscai Kaunas: K.Saage 21+5reb+2ast, R.Jakstas 17+4reb+1ast, S.Vasiliauskas 14+2reb+8ast, P.Cukinas 10+4reb+3ast, T.Barstys 9+4reb+1ast, S.Kymantas 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 120104


Techasas - Neptunas 91-87

Everything could happen in Panevezys at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Techasas and 5th ranked Neptunas had identical 3-3 record. This time Techasas used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Klaipeda 91-87 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 29-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Neptunas outrebounded Techasas 42-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) who scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Techasas' coach Gintaras Leonavicius used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and American center Luke Bonner (213-85, college: Massachusetts) added 19 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Techasas and four Neptunas players scored in double figures. Techasas maintains third place in 2 with 4-3 record having just -11 point less than leader VEF Riga. Loser Neptunas dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Techasas will face Alytus Alita (#6) on the road in the next round. Neptunas will play against the league's second-placed Juventus in Utena and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: V.Vasylius 23+8reb, L.Bonner 19+10reb+1ast, M.Mazeika 14+4reb+7ast, M.Ruikis 14+5reb, J.Zurna 7+4reb+3ast, S.Galdikas 6+3reb+1ast
Techasas: G.Leonavicius 22+6reb+4ast, M.Valukonis 19+6reb+1ast, T.Cerneckis 13+3reb+2ast, A.Aleksandrovas 13+1ast, D.Silinskis 10+6reb+3ast, V.Volkus 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 120105


Juventus - Zemgale 99-74

No shocking result in a game in Utena where second ranked Lithuanian Juventus (5-2) smashed 4th placed Latvian Zemgale (3-4) 99-74 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Juventus. Zemgale was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Zemgale 49-31 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Juventus looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Zemgale was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra, agency: Players Group) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Five Juventus players scored in double figures. Juventus' coach Robertas Giedraitis felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guard Ilmars Bergmanis (184-81) produced 29 points and 6 assists and power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Juventus. They keep a position of 2 leader, which they share with Aiscai Kaunas. Loser Zemgale keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Juventus will face Neptunas (#5) in Klaipeda in the next round. Zemgale will play at home against the league's leader Aiscai Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Zemgale: I.Bergmanis 29+2reb+6ast, S.Metra 15+3reb+2ast, J.Rozitis 10+10reb+2ast, A.Senkans 9+3reb, A.Justovics 4+4reb, E.Krumins 4+3reb
Juventus: A.Kieza 23+12reb+3ast, M.Pociukonis 20+2reb+2ast, A.Vasiliauskas 12+1reb+4ast, A.Adomaitis 11+4reb+1ast, V.Cepukaitis 10+11reb+3ast, M.Prekevicius 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 120106


Elite
Valmiera - VEF Riga 58-79

The most interesting game of round 17 was a match between two teams from Latvia. First ranked VEF Riga outleveled host Valmiera (1-17) 79-58. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 44-20 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. VEF Riga made 31-of-34 free shots (91.2 percent) during the game. VEF Riga outrebounded Valmiera 40-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Valmiera helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin guard Bojan Bakic (197-83, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) chipped in 18 points. Guard Janis Kaufmanis (185-89) produced 10 points and power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. VEF Riga (13-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Elite. Valmiera at the other side stay dead last with 17 lost games. VEF Riga are looking forward to face Norrkoping Dolphins (#9) in Norrkoping in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valmiera will play on the road against Nevezis in Kedainiai and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: P.Veselovs 13+2reb+1ast, J.Kaufmanis 10+4reb+2ast, R.Gabrans 8+3reb+3ast, K.Ansons 6+2reb, A.Valeika 4+5reb+5ast, J.Andzejevskis 4+3reb
VEF Riga: A.Parakhouski 18+4reb+1ast, B.Bakic 17+5reb+1ast, G.Jahovics 10+4reb+1ast, T.Hughes 7+5reb+3ast, S.Valters 7+5reb+1ast, T.Cain 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 117264


Kalev/Cramo - Ventspils 72-77

The game in Tallinn was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Latvian Ventspils (12-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (9-6). Ventspils managed to secure a 5-point victory 77-72. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kalev/Cramo. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kalev/Cramo won third quarter 26-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ventspils won last quarter 19-15. 24 personal fouls committed by Kalev/Cramo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) nailed 16 points for the winning side and center Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) accounted for 17 points. Ventspils' coach Algirdas Brazys allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Rait Keerles (201-80) came up with 21 points and American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) added 8 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Kalev/Cramo in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ventspils. They maintain second place in Elite with 12-4 record behind leader VEF Riga. Kalev/Cramo at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round. Kalev/Cramo will play on the road against Perlas (#8) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: R.Keerles 21+3reb, G.Dorbek 12+7reb+1ast, A.Skele 11+5reb+2ast, M.Riis 10+1reb+1ast, R.Tamm 10+7reb+2ast, M.Dunigan 8+13reb+1ast
Ventspils: A.Berzins 17+2reb, A.Vairogs 16+4reb, J.Strelnieks 12+3reb+1ast, R.Anderson 10+5reb, L.Blaus 7+2reb, S.Kuzminskas 7+10reb+1ast
gschID: 117265


Perlas - Siauliai 78-73

One of the most interesting games of round 17 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Vilnius where ninth ranked Perlas won against visiting Siauliai (9-8) 78-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Siauliai. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-19 Siauliai's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-73 at the end of the game. Perlas dominated on the defensive end, holding Siauliai to just 4 points in first quarter. Forward Arvydas Siksnius (196-87, college: Weatherford JC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Vilmantas Dilys (208-87) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Perlas players scored in double figures. Perlas' coach Roberts Stelmahers allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-82) answered with 25 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and American-Samoan guard Rashaun Broadus (182-84, college: BYU) added 13 points and 7 assists in the effort for Siauliai. Perlas (7-10) moved-up to eighth place in Elite. Siauliai at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Perlas will play against higher ranked Kalev/Cramo (#6) in Tallinn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Siauliai will play at home against Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: V.Sarakauskas 25+6reb, R.Broadus 13+4reb+7ast, D.Weaver 10+9reb+1ast, M.Delas 9+5reb+4ast, Z.Janavicius 9+3reb+5ast, R.Edvinas 5+1ast
Perlas: A.Siksnius 23+6reb, V.Dilys 18+7reb+1ast, A.Viskontas 13+4reb+2ast, L.Samenas 10+2reb+1ast, S.Kulvietis 10+5reb+1ast, T.Slezas 2
gschID: 120097


Nevezis - Rudupis 79-71

One of the most interesting games of round 17 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Kedainiai where fifth ranked Nevezis won against visiting Rudupis (10-7) 79-71. Rudupis were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Nevezis made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Nevezis outrebounded Rudupis 38-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. Center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) stepped up and scored 29 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners and Swiss-Lithuanian guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85) chipped in 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Nevezis' coach Rimas Girskis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Giedrius Jankauskas (206-81) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and forward Justinas Sinica (203-85) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Nevezis (10-5) moved-up to fourth place in Elite. Rudupis lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Nevezis will meet at home bottom-ranked Valmiera (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rudupis will play against TTU/Kalev (#11) in Tallinn and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Jankauskas 21+7reb, A.Juskevicius 14+1reb+3ast, J.Sinica 12+7reb+1ast, V.Lipkevicius 12+4reb+4ast, E.Dainys 8+1reb+4ast, P.Parachomikas 2+3reb
Nevezis: E.Dimsa 29+4reb+1ast, R.Alijevas 14+11reb+4ast, E.Kalve 9+4reb, P.Belevicius 8+3reb+4ast, L.Brazdauskis 7+3reb+2ast, L.Lukosevicius 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 120098


TTU/Kalev - Ventspils 64-82

Very expected game in Tallinn where 11th ranked Estonian TTU/Kalev (4-14) was defeated by second ranked Latvian Ventspils (12-4) 82-64 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ventspils dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to TTU/Kalev's 36. They outrebounded TTU/Kalev 43-24 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. TTU/Kalev was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian power forward Saulius Kuzminskas (210-82, college: California) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Mihkel Kurg (191-87) added 10 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ventspils. They maintain second place in Elite with 12-4 record behind leader VEF Riga. Loser TTU/Kalev keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Ventspils will have a break next round. TTU/Kalev will play at home against Rudupis (#5) in Prienai.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: B.Osby 14+7reb+1ast, M.Kurg 10+2reb+2ast, M.Klementsov 8+1reb+3ast, C.Archibald 8+1reb, E.Keedus 7+1reb, A.Parn 7+3reb
Ventspils: S.Kuzminskas 16+9reb, J.Strelnieks 12+1reb+3ast, L.Blaus 12+7reb+1ast, R.Anderson 8+8reb, M.Gulbis 7+4reb+1ast, A.Strelnieks 7+3reb
gschID: 117263




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale18.5 
 3. Osby, TT.18.4 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.7 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 6. Mitchell, Liepaja16.3 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas16.2 
 8. Sirvydis, Sakalai15.5 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 10. Parakhouski, VEF R.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Osby, TT.11.6 
 2. Kieza, Juventus10.3 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.6 
 4. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.8.3 
 5. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 7. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 8. Cukinas, Aiscai K.7.9 
 9. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
 10. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis6.0 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.4 
 3. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.0 
 4. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.5.0 
 5. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 6. Kriisa, TT.4.7 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.7 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 9. Alijevas, Nevezis4.7 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Martin DORBEK
  Rakvere
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dorbek, Rakvere2.2 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.1 
 3. Dainys, Rudupis2.0 
 4. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 5. Rinkevicius, Techasas1.9 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 7. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 8. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
 10. Mitchell, Liepaja1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael DUNIGAN
  Kalev/Cramo
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.2.1 
 2. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.1 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale2.0 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.6 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.4 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.1 
 8. Osby, TT.1.1 
 9. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.0 
 10. Talts, TU/Rock1.0 


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  BELARUS   


Premier League Round 24: OZAA Osipovichi beats Sozh Gomel in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Premier League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osipovichi. Third ranked OZAA Osipovichi faced one of their biggest challengers Sozh Gomel. Host OZAA Osipovichi (19-7) defeated guests from Gomel (14-12) 95-84. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 30-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. OZAA Osipovichi have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-7 record having seven points less than leader Minsk-2006. Sozh Gomel lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. OZAA Osipovichi are looking forward to face league's leader Minsk-2006 at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will play against Borifsen in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Minsk-2006 delivered the twentieth sixth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Lokomotiv (13-13) 91-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lokomotiv. Undefeated Minsk-2006 (26-0) have an impressive 22-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 26 victories in a row. Lokomotiv at the other side keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Minsk-2006 will play against OZAA Osipovichi (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lokomotiv will play against the league's second-placed Grodno-93 and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Undefeated leader Minsk-2006 recorded the twentieth sixth consecutive victory on Monday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Lokomotiv (13-13) 89-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lokomotiv. Undefeated Minsk-2006 (26-0) have an impressive 22-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 26 victories in a row. Loser Lokomotiv keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Minsk-2006 will meet OZAA Osipovichi (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lokomotiv will play against the league's second-placed Grodno-93 and hope to secure a win.
The game in Minsk supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Grodno-93 (20-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (1-25). Grodno-93 smashed Vitalyur-RGUOR 89-62. Grodno-93 have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-6 record having six points less than leader Minsk-2006. Vitalyur-RGUOR lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Grodno-93's next round opponent will be Lokomotiv (#5) in Vitebsk. Vitalyur-RGUOR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena BGUIR-RCOR.

In the last game of round 24 BGUIR-RCOR was crushed by Borifsen in Mogilev 76-57.



OZAA Osipov. - Sozh Gomel 95-84

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osipovichi. Third ranked OZAA Osipovichi faced one of their biggest challengers Sozh Gomel. Host OZAA Osipovichi (19-7) defeated guests from Gomel (14-12) 95-84. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 30-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. OZAA Osipovichi have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-7 record having seven points less than leader Minsk-2006. Sozh Gomel lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. OZAA Osipovichi are looking forward to face league's leader Minsk-2006 at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will play against Borifsen in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 115375


Vitalyur - Grodno-93 62-89

The game in Minsk supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Grodno-93 (20-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (1-25). Grodno-93 smashed Vitalyur-RGUOR 89-62. The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. Vitalyur-RGUOR was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grodno-93 have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-6 record having six points less than leader Minsk-2006. Vitalyur-RGUOR lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Grodno-93's next round opponent will be Lokomotiv (#5) in Vitebsk. Vitalyur-RGUOR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena BGUIR-RCOR.
gschID: 115376


Borifsen - BGUIR-RCOR 76-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked BGUIR-RCOR's (3-23) road loss to sixth ranked Borifsen (8-18) 57-76. The game without a history. Borifsen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Borifsen maintains sixth position with 8-18 record. BGUIR-RCOR lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with 23 games lost. Borifsen's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sozh Gomel (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. BGUIR-RCOR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Vitalyur-RGUOR.
gschID: 115377


Minsk-2006 - Lokomotiv 91-71

Undefeated leader Minsk-2006 delivered the twentieth sixth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Lokomotiv (13-13) 91-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lokomotiv. It looked good early as Lokomotiv took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Minsk-2006 had a 28-17 second period charge getting the lead and Lokomotiv was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-91. Minsk-2006 (26-0) have an impressive 22-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 26 victories in a row. Lokomotiv at the other side keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Minsk-2006 will play against OZAA Osipovichi (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lokomotiv will play against the league's second-placed Grodno-93 and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Round 23
Minsk-2006 - Lokomotiv 89-80

Undefeated leader Minsk-2006 recorded the twentieth sixth consecutive victory on Monday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Lokomotiv (13-13) 89-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lokomotiv. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-80. Minsk-2006 (26-0) have an impressive 22-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 26 victories in a row. Loser Lokomotiv keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Minsk-2006 will meet OZAA Osipovichi (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lokomotiv will play against the league's second-placed Grodno-93 and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 115378




Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 26-0 
 2. Grodno-93 20-6 
 3. OZAA Osipov. 19-7 
 4. Sozh Gomel 14-12 
 5. Lokomotiv 13-13 
 6. Borifsen 8-18 
 7. BGUIR-RCOR 3-23 
 8. Vitalyur 1-25 


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  BOSNIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.0 
 2. Kahrimanovic, Kak.19.0 
 3. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.9 
 4. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 5. Rahimic, Bosna16.5 
 6. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
 7. Zdravkovic, Capljina16.1 
 8. Opacak, Celik15.7 
 9. Lesko, Brotnjo15.6 
 10. Sakic, Zrinjski HT15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.4 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.3 
 3. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik7.1 
 5. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.5 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.5 
 7. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 8. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.2 
 9. Markovic, Varda HE5.9 
 10. Jocovic, Borac N.5.5 
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, Capljina3.6 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 6. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 7. Mulic, Kakanj3.2 
 8. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
 9. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.1 
 10. Ahmetbasic, Kakanj3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Adamovic, Borac N.2.5 
 3. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 4. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 5. Komatina, Mladost1.8 
 6. Vranjes, Borac N.1.8 
 7. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 8. Gajovic, Hercegovac1.8 
 9. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.7 
 10. Mulic, Kakanj1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kuzmic, Celik2.2 
 2. Zimic, Bosna1.9 
 3. Duranovic, Mladost0.9 
 4. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 5. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.8 
 6. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.8 
 7. Brkic, Capljina0.7 
 8. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 9. Suljagic, Kakanj0.6 
 10. Vukovic, Slavija0.6 


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


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  BRAZIL   


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


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  CYPRUS   


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


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 20-9 
 2. Erie Bay H. 18-9 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 13-16 
 4. Dakota W. 9-20 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 3-21 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 22-7 
 2. Rio Grande 19-8 
 3. Texas L. 14-14 
 4. New Mexico 14-15 
 5. Austin T. 12-15 
 6. Maine RC 12-17 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 17-12 
 2. Bakersfield J. 16-12 
 3. Utah F. 14-12 
 4. Idaho S. 10-17 
 5. Springfield A. 9-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Toronto R.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.0 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.0 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.19.9 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.19.9 
 5. Dentmon, Texas L.19.4 
 6. Tucker, New Mexico18.9 
 7. Edwards, New M.18.7 
 8. Sims, Maine RC18.2 
 9. McNeal, Rio Grande18.2 
 10. Greene, Utah F.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande11.9 
 2. Alexander, Texas L.9.8 
 3. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.8 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.8 
 5. Davidson, Idaho S.9.8 
 6. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 7. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.2 
 9. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio DANIELS
  Texas L.
  (193-G-75)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Daniels, Texas L.8.8 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Stinson, Iowa E.8.7 
 4. Jackson, Idaho S.8.0 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.4 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.5 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.5.8 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.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. Jackson, Idaho S.2.2 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.2.2 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 9. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 10. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.1 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.3.1 
 3. N''Diaye, Dakota W.2.6 
 4. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 5. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 6. Sykes, Sioux F.2.3 
 7. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 8. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 9. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.8 
 10. Pittman, Sioux F.1.8 


Rockets reassign Ish Smith to Rio Grande - by Eurobasket News
Houston Rockets guard Ishmael Smith (6'0''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) was reassigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 36th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the second assignment for Smith, a rookie out of Wake Forest.

Smith (6-0, 175) was first assigned on Jan. 17. He appeared in four games with the Vipers, averaging 12.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 31.8 minutes.

Smith has appeared in 26 games this season for the Rockets, averaging 2.8 points, 2.2 assists and 1.4 rebounds. Houston signed Smith, an undrafted free agent, in August. On the Rockets 2010 NBA Summer League team, Smith averaged 7.8 points and a team-high 4.8 assists in five starts at point guard.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


Tuesday's games - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande - Iowa E. 135-128
Forward Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) scored 26 points and pulled in 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Iowa Energy lost to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 135-128 Tuesday night. The Vipers broke open a tight game midway through the 3rd period thanks to a 14-3 run that put them 82-73. A Jeff Adrien layup early in the 4th quarter extended Rio Grande Valley's lead to 17 points, their largest of the night. With 6:18 remaining in the game and the Vipers up 119-106, Iowa went on a 12-0 run capped by a Jeffers layup to narrow the margin to one point. With the game teetering in the balance, the Vipers' Mohammed Faye drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key to extend the Rio Grande Valley lead back to four points. Iowa would get no closer than three points the rest of the game, as the Vipers won their second consecutive game against the Energy. Chris Lofton (6'2''-G-86, college: Tennessee) added 23 points for Iowa, which stands at 20-9 on the season. Despite the loss, the Energy remain in first place in their division for the 129th consecutive game. Rio Grande Valley was led by Jerel McNeal's 27 points while Richard Roby added 22 in the win. The Vipers are now 19-8 on the season. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

New Mexico - Texas L. 130-123
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Texas Legends (14-14) against fourth ranked New Mexico Thunderbirds (14-15) on Tuesday night. Visiting Texas Legends were defeated by New Mexico Thunderbirds in a tough game in Rio Rancho 123-130. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Texas Legends. Texas Legends were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 67-59 second half run of New Mexico Thunderbirds. They made 32-of-41 charity shots (78.0 percent) during the game. New Mexico Thunderbirds outrebounded Texas Legends 43-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Texas Legends were plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Dar Tucker (6'4''-F-88, college: De Paul) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. Tunisian-Ivorian guard Abdulai Jalloh (6'2''-G-86, college: JMU) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Joe Alexander answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds and guard Dominique Johnson added 31 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) in the effort for Texas Legends. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.


Ryan Wittman Signed by Fort Wayne Mad Ants - by Surujh Roopnarine
Not ones to lick their wounds at the loss of star guard Oliver Lafayette (6'2''-G-84, college: Houston) to an overseas contract in Turkey, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants have signed one of the darlings of last years NCAA Tournament, Ryan Wittman (6'6''-F-88, college: Cornell). Currently 13-16, sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference, the addition of Wittman will add size and perimeter scoring to the squad which is shooting only 32.8% from three-point range on the season. Wittman, the son of NBA assistant coach Randy Witttman and all-time leading scorer in Cornell basketball history (2,028), comes to the D-league from Italy where he began his pro career this season after going undrafted out of Cornell. In 14 games with MarcoPoloShop.it Forli of Italys second division (the same division Scottie Reynolds began the year in) he averaged 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals while shooting 50.9% from the field. Wittman, 6-7, was an integral member of Cornells Cinderella story last season as the 12th seeded Ivy-League school upended Wisconsin 87-69 to advance to the sweet 16 where they eventually fell to top-ranked Kentucky. As a senior he appeared in 34 games, and averaged 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 42.6% from three. Wittman went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft and participated in both the Orlando Summer League (Boston and NBA Summer League (new York) before heading to Europe.

Bighorns acquire Thomas Gardner in three-team trade - by Eurobasket News
The Reno Bighorns acquired guard Thomas Gardner (6'5''-G-85, college: Missouri) from the Austin Toros today in a three-team deal with the Toros and the Idaho Stampede, bringing a sixth NBA veteran to the Bighorns active roster.

Gardner, a 6-5, 210 pound guard from the University of Missouri, has appeared in 20-career games over two seasons with the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks. He also has played professionally in Belgium, and has seen time in 14-career D-League games with the Anaheim Arsenal (2008-09) and Austin Toros (2010-11).

Reno acquired Gardner from Austin and sent a third-round 2011 draft pick to Idaho. To complete the deal, the Stampede sent Eric Boateng to the Toros.

In 12 games with Austin this season, Gardner has averaged 12.4 points per game, 2.3 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists per game. He has scored in double-figures in eight of the 12 games in which he has appeared this season.

Gardner joins Jeremy Lin (Golden State), Danny Green (Cleveland, San Antonio), Marcus Landry (Boston, New York), Patrick OBryant (Golden State, Toronto, Boston) and Salim Stoudamire (Atlanta) as players on the Bighorns current roster who boast NBA experience.

Courtesy of www.kolotv.com


Nets Ink Orien Greene to 10-Day Contract - by Surujh Roopnarine
Looking for depth at the point guard position with the lingering injury to Jordan Farmar, the New Jersey Nets turned to Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) of the Utah Flash of the NBA D-League. The former Louisiana-Lafayette star has spent parts of three NBA seasons with the Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers and lastly the Sacramento Kings whom he began the 2007-08 season with. Since then he has bounced around between the D-League and overseas, playing in Australia, Israel and Holland between stints in Orem, Utah with the Flash. This season, he has been outstanding, averaging 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.0 steals in 24 games. Greene, who turns 29 on Friday, will be in uniform tonight as the Nets take on the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Wizards Maintain Winning Ways - by EBA Media
A shorthanded Wizards club traveled to North Jersey to take on a hot Pro's squad and earned yet another in conference win, 109-104.

The Wizards were missing 3 starters (Tamien Trent, Kevin Vasilla, and BB Bekono) for their face off with a difficult Pro's squad, with the Pro's fresh off a big win against the two time defending champion Destroyers.

'At some point every club in this league will rely on their depth to win games' Stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo We have always felt that in any given game our reserves were as good as anyones starters. This game gave them a chance to prove that.'

The Wizards maintained their tried and true formula for winning, attacking the rim and pounding the ball in the paint, which put their opponents over the foul limit very early in the first 3 quarters. Wizards center Al Ndiaye posted his second straight game with a double double (14 points and 16 rebounds) and power forward Mike Mosby added 11 rebounds for the game and 5 points, none bigger than the 2 free throws Mosby hit with seconds left to seal a Wizards victory after being intentionally fouled by a Pro's squad desperate to get the ball back.

Wizards scoring came from shooting guard Darrell Wonge with 25 long range points and Jerome Richardson's 23 points.

'We are very fortunate' Stated Wizards Coach Cerillo 'We virtually just pencil in Wonge and Richardson for 20+ points a game. When you add that firepower to Bekono, the improved offensive performance of Ndiaye, Trent, and of course Aubin, we think we can create issues for our opponents.'

What Coach Cerillo meant by 'of course Aubin' was yet another stellar performance from EBA All Star and former league MVP Wizards Point Guard Aubin Scott. Aubin finished with 38 points, 7 assists, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals against the Pro's.

'We are real proud of Aubin and happy to have him back from Finland' Continued Cerillo 'We feel like we are just about ready to make a run for the playoffs and we know Aubin will be a big, big, part of that. Truly teams go as far in the playoffs as their point guards can lead them. We are fortunate to have Aubin and Tamien (Tamien Trent) and we feel we can bank on that.'

The Pro's were lead by yet another stellar performance from big man Gary Nunez who finished the game with 18 points and 17 rebounds.

'We have some injuries and some of our big men missing games' Stated Wizards GM Terence Blake 'I will be working this week to help secure another big man, very big, to help sure up our middle even more for a playoff run.'



Metropolitan All-Stars Take Over EBAs Southern Division Lead - by EBA Media
The Metropolitan All-Stars, with a resounding 123-91 win over the Nova Hawks on Saturday night, moved into first place in the EBA Southern Division. The All-Stars, led by their high scoring center Calvin Brown have a perfect 3-0 record. They will be at home Saturday January 29 against the Winchester Storm and then do battle on Sunday against arch-rival Washington Madness.

Half way through the schedule, The Southern Division Championship and four play off positions all seem appear to be up for grabs and it looks to be a competition race to the finish line.



Metro All-Stars Solidify Position - by EBA Media
The Metropolitan All-Stars (5-0) recorded two wins this past weekend (1/29/11 and 1/30/11) to firm-up their hold on first place in the Eastern Basketball Alliance Southern Division. The All-Stars recorded a 114 to 104 win over the Winchester Storm and then defeated arch-rival Washington Madness 115-99 the next day.

The Madness game was nip and tuck until the end when the All-Stars pulled ahead on the foul line. Calvin Brown dominated the boards with 12 rebounds and contributed 10 points for a double-double. Elyon Bush (19) and Eric Williams (18) were the teams leading scorers.

The Metropolitan All-Stars next test will be Saturday (2/5/11) when they travel to Philadelphia to play the EBA defending champions, The Destroyers.



Horizon Topple Heavyweights of Northern Division - by EBA Media
By Greg Jensen

Harrisburg, PA -- Coming into their third game, the Harrisburg Horizon (1-1) were faced with a daunting task of beating the undefeated New York Wizards (7-0). After falling to the Nova Hawks in overtime, the Horizon looked to turn things around against the first-place team out of New York. The Horizon appeared to be the smaller team on the floor before the game started, but within the first three minutes of the game, the Horizon started early with a 10-0 run by out-rebounding the Wizards and shooting higher percentage shots. The Horizon would hold onto a lead for the remainder of the game.

The Wizards did close in on the Horizon in the first half trailing by as little as five, but were never able to capture the lead. Horizon guard Charles Parker had a very strong showing in the first half. He went into the locker room after amassing 23 points. Aubin Scott of the Wizards also showed a lot of poise by dropping 12 points.

Wizards coach Greg Cerillo appeared to have made some changes in his game plan after halftime as the Wizards were able to bring it within one point in the third quarter. The Wizards just could not get it together to take the lead as they found themselves in constant foul trouble and not being able to defend Michah Davenports presence under the basket and Charles Parkers outside shooting dominance.

While the Wizards were able to keep it close for the majority of regulation, the Horizon eventually pulled away forcing the Wizards to foul to keep the game in check in the fourth quarter. The Horizon showed great improvement at the free-throw line over the last two games, and it may have been the difference-maker in this upset. What was a five-point lead for the Horizon at the beginning of the final quarter eventually turned into a 13-point advantage by the end of the game beating the Wizards by the score of 114-101.

Harrisburgs Charles Parker continued his already strong 2011 campaign and led all scorers with an outstanding 46 points. Michah Davenport would finish with 22 points showing a lot of development in the paint as well as the free-throw line. New Yorks Aubin Scott simply could not miss and finished with 30 points who was followed closely by Tamien Trents 21 points.

The Horizon will visit the South Jersey Enterprise next Saturday at 6:15 p.m.



Charles Parker Named EBA's Player of the Week - by EBA Media
Charles Parker, of the Harrisburg Horizon, was named EBA's Player of the Week mid way through the 2011 season. Parker had a monster game leading his team to victory over the previously undefeated New York Wizards 114-101. Parker amassed 23 points in the first half and followed that feat with another 23 in the second for a total and EBA season-high 46 points.

Parker also grabbed 12 rebounds as he helped Harrisburgs big man, Michah Davenport, control the boards. Parkers 46 in addition to being season-high is also the 4th highest game total all-time.



Wizards Announce Potential Biggest Mid-Season Signings Of the Season! - by EBA Media
Literally! This week the New York Wizards have signed former University of Kentucky star center Shagari Alleyne. At 7'3' Shagari becomes the biggest player in the EBA!

'No pun intended, this signing is very big for us Stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo 'I have stated to anyone who will listen that when making a run at the playoffs you either need to get better with practice, or get better players. I think the Wizards are doing both.'

Alleyne was a former Kentucky center, and attended NBA training camp with the

Shagari playing in a Kentucky Blue/White GamePhiladelphia Seventy Sixers, played in the D-League, and most recently toured with the Harlem Globetrotters

'This signing can be directly attributed to our General Manager Terence Blake' Continued Cerillo 'His ability to help solidify the Wizards roster is what will place us in a competitive situation as the season nears an end. To me Terence is clearly the best executive I have come in contact with in my 3 years in our league. His focus and dedication is what will bring this team to the next level.'

To add to their good fortune the Wizards are also pleased to announce that they have signed former Division I Hofstra standout Darren Townes for the remainder of the season. At 67 Darren can play across the front line and potentially makes the Wizards even deeper at the forward positions.

Townes played professionally in Portugal in 2009/2010 where he averaged 15 PPG and 10 RPG and this past season took his game to Chile where he averaged 19 PPG and 7 RPG helping his team into their playoff Finals!

Townes is a former Division I player at Hofstra and a seasoned European professional Stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo To get a player of this quality at this point in the season is big for us. I anticipate Darren to help us immediately.

The Townes signing can be attributed to Wizards Scout Max Margulis. Max is a Hofstra University Alum who assisted for several seasons in running the Hofstra University Basketball Club Team. Max currently works for the Wizards as a player scout reporting to GM Terence Blake and Coach Greg Cerillo.

Both players are expected to be in uniform when the Wizards face off against the 2-Time Defending Champion Destroyers on Saturday 2/12/2011.



Stats Leaders
EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 , Weaver, Washington Madness, 31.2
2 , Parker, Harrisburg Horizon, 30
3 , Hankins, Old Dominion Mustangs, 29.7
4 , Crawford, Winchester Storm, 29.3
5 , Scott, New York Wizards, 28.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 , Cheatham, The Destroyers, 14.5
2 , Witcher, Old Dominion Mustangs, 13.5
3 , Crawford, Winchester Storm, 12.7
4 , Frazier, The Destroyers, 12.6
5 , Onunaku, Winchester Storm, 11.3
Assists Per Game
1 , Gill, Washington Madness, 9
2 , Scott, New York Wizards, 8
3 , Trent, New York Wizards, 6.2
4 , Smith, The Destroyers, 5.7
5 , Reynolds, Old Dominion Mustangs, 5.3
Steals Per Game
1 , Hankins, Old Dominion Mustangs, 4.7
2 , Hankins, Old Dominion Mustangs, 4.3
3 , Wilkins, Metropolitan All-Stars, 3.8
4 , Randolph, Carolina Gladiators, 3.7
5 , Myrick, The Destroyers, 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1 , Ndiaye, New York Wizards, 2.4
2 , Reynolds, Old Dominion Mustangs, 2.3
3 , Bush, Metropolitan All-Stars, 1.8
4 , Onunaku, Winchester Storm, 1.7
5 , Nuez, North Jersey Pros, 1.5


Standings
EBA Standings
Div.
 1. New York W. 7-1 
 2. Destroyers 4-3 
 3. North Jersey P. 3-4 
 4. Harrisburg H. 2-1 
 5. South Jersey E. 1-4 
 6. Hudson V.H. 0-6 
 7. M. All-Stars 5-0 
 8. Washington M. 4-2 
 9. Old Domin. M. 3-1 
 10. Winchester S. 2-3 
 11. NoVa H. 2-4 
 12. Carolina G. 1-3 
 13. Portsmouth C. 1-6 


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EMKL Round 22: Leader TU/Rock loses to TTU/Kalev - by Eurobasket News
Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Top ranked TU/Rock (20-2) recorded its second loss in Tallinn on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked TTU/Kalev (14-5) 74-58. It ended at the same time the 17-game winning streak of TU/Rock. The game without a history. TTU/Kalev led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for TTU/Kalev especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. Canadian guard Casey Archibald (195-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) fired 29 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. TTU/Kalev maintains third position with 14-5 record having nine points less than leader TU/Rock. Defending champion TU/Rock still keeps top place with two games lost. TTU/Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn TTU/Kalev II.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tallinn. Local Kalev/Cramo (19-3) outscored 9th ranked Voru KK (1-21) 99-53. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Joosep Toome (202-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Kaido Saks contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Silver Kuuba (198-74) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for Voru KK. Kalev/Cramo maintains second position with 19-3 record behind leader TU/Rock. Voru KK lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 21 lost games. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn .

In the last two games of round 22 Parnu was crushed by Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn 101-57. TTU/Kalev II beat Parnu at home 86-80.



Kalev/Cramo - Voru KK 99-53

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tallinn. Local Kalev/Cramo (19-3) outscored 9th ranked Voru KK (1-21) 99-53. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kalev/Cramo forced 25 Voru KK turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Kalev/Cramo brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Joosep Toome (202-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). International forward Kaido Saks (205-86) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Forward Silver Kuuba (198-74) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and forward Merlis Niklus (186-80) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Voru KK. Kalev/Cramo maintains second position with 19-3 record behind leader TU/Rock. Voru KK lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 21 lost games. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn .
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: J.Toome 31+11reb+3ast, K.Orula 20+1reb+5ast, K.Saks 17+9reb+1ast, K.Kitsing 14+4reb+1ast, M.Riis 11+4reb+7ast, A.Skele 6+4reb+5ast
Voru KK: S.Kuuba 15+11reb+3ast, V.Feliks 9+3reb, M.Niklus 8+6reb+5ast, T.Zupsman 8+5reb+1ast, F.Parker 6+2reb+1ast, T.Kimask 5+2reb+1ast
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Kalev/Cramo - Parnu 101-57

There was no surprise in Tallinn where 8th ranked KK Parnu (5-16) was crushed by second ranked Kalev/Cramo (19-3) 101-57. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KK Parnu to just 6 points in third quarter. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to KK Parnu's 36 and made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded KK Parnu 47-29 including a 36-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kalev/Cramo players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by KK Parnu's players. It was a very good performance for international guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds. American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Guard Elgar Tamsalu (182-87) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds and forward Toomas Raadik (198-90) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for KK Parnu. Kalev/Cramo maintains second position with 19-3 record behind leader TU/Rock. KK Parnu at the other side keeps the eighth place with 16 games lost. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn .
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Dorbek 19+9reb+3ast, M.Dunigan 18+5reb+4ast, K.Kitsing 17+5reb+2ast, J.Toome 16+7reb+4ast, M.Riis 12+6reb+3ast, A.Skele 9+5reb+3ast
Parnu: T.Raadik 15+5reb, E.Tamsalu 13+6reb+3ast, K.Voolaid 9+3reb+1ast, T.Hamarsalu 8+5reb, M.Paasoja 5+4reb+1ast, R.Raap 4+2reb+1ast
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TTU/Kalev - TU/Rock 74-58

Top ranked TU/Rock (20-2) recorded its second loss in Tallinn on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked TTU/Kalev (14-5) 74-58. It ended at the same time the 17-game winning streak of TU/Rock. The game without a history. TTU/Kalev led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for TTU/Kalev especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. Canadian guard Casey Archibald (195-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) fired 29 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Silver Leppik (185-83) added 12 points respectively for lost side. TTU/Kalev maintains third position with 14-5 record having nine points less than leader TU/Rock. Defending champion TU/Rock still keeps top place with two games lost. TTU/Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn TTU/Kalev II.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: C.Archibald 29+6reb+3ast, B.Osby 15+9reb+1ast, V.Kriisa 11+3reb+5ast, E.Keedus 8+4reb, K.Makke 6+3reb, A.Parn 4+3reb+1ast
TU/Rock: S.Leppik 12+3reb+1ast, G.Tsintsadze 10+3reb, C.Eziukwu 10+11reb+1ast, V.Allingu 8+3reb, M.Doronin 7+3reb+1ast, T.Kurbas 4+1ast
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TTU/Kalev II - Parnu 86-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked TTU/Kalev II's (8-13) home victory over 8th ranked KK Parnu (5-16) 86-80. It looked good early as KK Parnu took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then TTU/Kalev II had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and KK Parnu was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-86. KK Parnu was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Toomas Raadik (198-90) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Rain Karner (186-91) added 18 points in the effort for KK Parnu. Four KK Parnu players scored in double figures. TTU/Kalev II maintains seventh position with 8-13 record. KK Parnu at the other side keeps the eighth place with 16 games lost. TTU/Kalev II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena TTU/Kalev.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev II: A.Arnold 20+12reb, K.Akenparg 19+6reb+1ast, I.Tulit 12+7reb, M.Paiste 9+1reb+1ast, S.Raudla 8+3reb+4ast, M.Kaja 8+3reb+2ast
Parnu: R.Karner 18+4reb+2ast, T.Raadik 17+9reb+1ast, R.Raap 15+5reb+3ast, E.Tamsalu 14+3reb+1ast, M.Paasoja 8+4reb+1ast, K.Voolaid 5+5reb
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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 20-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 19-3 
 3. TTU/Kalev 14-5 
 4. Rakvere 11-11 
 5. Valga/CKE 9-12 
 6. Rapla 8-12 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 8-13 
 8. Parnu 5-16 
 9. Voru KK 1-21 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Raap, Parnu16.8 
 4. Brown, Va.16.2 
 5. Erm, Rapla16.2 
 6. Arnold, TT.15.1 
 7. Raadik, Parnu14.9 
 8. Kuuba, Voru KK14.8 
 9. Osby, TT.14.4 
 10. Tagamets, Va.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.9 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.2 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.7 
 5. Eziukwu, TU/Rock9.1 
 6. Osby, TT.8.9 
 7. Kuuba, Voru KK8.9 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.3 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.8 
 2. Kriisa, TT.3.5 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.1 
 4. Oja, Va.3.1 
 5. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
 6. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.8 
 7. Karner, Parnu2.8 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla2.7 
 9. Dorbek, Rakvere2.5 
 10. Pokla, Rakvere2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Aiscai Kaunas
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 3. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 4. Doronin, TU/Rock2.2 
 5. Raap, Parnu2.0 
 6. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 7. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 8. Oja, Va.1.8 
 9. Archibald, TT.1.8 
 10. Karner, Parnu1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.1 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 3. Osby, TT.1.5 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.0 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 9. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 10. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.20.8 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok19.4 
 3. Anderson, Ventspils17.6 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp17.4 
 5. Banks, Elitzur .17.4 
 6. Shabalkin, Dynamo17.3 
 7. Travis, Elitzur .17.3 
 8. Woodside, Gravelines17.3 
 9. Lewis, M.Hainaut17.0 
 10. King, Etha17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  Karsiyaka
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Aldemir, Karsiyaka11.7 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.10.7 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock10.5 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping9.3 
 5. Clark, Szolnok9.1 
 6. Zoric, KK.8.8 
 7. Massey, Lokomotiv8.6 
 8. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 9. Travis, Elitzur .8.4 
 10. King, Etha8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Germaine JACKSON
  Maccabi Haifa
  (195-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Jackson, Maccabi .6.0 
 2. Millage, Khimik5.9 
 3. Linehan, Nancy5.9 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.6 
 5. Brener, Elitzur .5.5 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok5.3 
 7. Wood, Dt.5.2 
 8. Woodside, Gravelines5.1 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.1 
 10. Draughan, Lugano T.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.0 
 2. Millage, Khimik2.9 
 3. Vladovic, Zadar2.4 
 4. Dabkus, Etha2.3 
 5. Renfroe, KK.2.3 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 7. Holston, Karsiyaka2.2 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok2.1 
 9. Eldridge, Karsiyaka2.1 
 10. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.2.3 
 2. Sene, Gravelines2.0 
 3. King, Etha2.0 
 4. Mejri, Antwerp1.9 
 5. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 7. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.7 
 8. Clark, Szolnok1.6 
 9. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.5 
 10. Zavadsky, Khimik1.4 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.0 
 2. Langford, Khimky17.8 
 3. Teletovic, Caja L.16.8 
 4. Rakocevic, Efes P.16.5 
 5. McCalebb, Montepas.15.5 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympiakos15.3 
 7. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 8. Navarro, Regal B.14.3 
 9. Gregory, Union O.14.0 
 10. Schortsaniti., Maccab.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirsad TURKCAN
  Fener.Ulker
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.7.3 
 2. Gist, Partizan7.3 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.0 
 4. Fischer, Real Madrid6.8 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.5 
 6. Gregory, Union O.6.4 
 7. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 9. Barac, Caja Laboral6.3 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Huertas, Caja L.6.1 
 2. Diamantidis, Panath.5.7 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.7 
 4. Cook, Valencia4.4 
 5. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 6. Eidson, Maccabi .4.3 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.4.2 
 8. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.2 
 9. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 10. Stipcevic, Cibona4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .2.8 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.4 
 3. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 4. Perkins, Maccabi .2.2 
 5. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.1.9 
 7. Rubio, Regal Barca1.8 
 8. Ilievski, Union O.1.8 
 9. Stonerook, Montepas.1.8 
 10. Ozbolt, Union O.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid1.8 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 5. Barac, Caja Laboral1.3 
 6. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 7. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 
 8. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 10. Lishchuk, Valencia1.0 


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


Ivkovic: "Now we have to enjoy basketball" - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos is still competing for all the three titles (Greek championship, Greek Cup, Euroleague), the results are positive, but from now on more is needed. That's what Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) stated in an interesting official prees conference he gave before the game against Valencia. The Serbian coach analyzed the Spanish team, spoke about the game against AEK, made particular references on Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) and talked about a lot more
About Valencia: 'A very important game is ahead of us. We made a small analysis of the game against AEK. This game is of no use to us in relation to the game against Valencia. I'm now expecting from my team to show more professionalism and focus. We are entering February. The month is shorter, the days are getting warmer and we need to become warmer as well. I met Mr. Kostas Angelopoulos on Friday and he asked me if we will go to Barcelona. We really want to go to Barcelona, I believe that the players will understand what we are and where we are. Valencia is a good team, with nice pacing; the most pleasant surprise of the Euroleague. A Pesic's team, which after beating Panathinaikos in OAKA, made a strong entrance in the TOP-16. I watched the game against Fenerbahce in Istanbul. They were losing by two at the end and they tried for three. We have more experienced after what happened to us against Fener. We tried to play an anarchic game, just because we had edged Panathinaikos. We have probably learnt a lot since then and now we have a much more difficult game to play than in Kaunas. They have two different point-guards. Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's), who organizes and De Colo, who is more than a scorer. He tries to score and hes always dangerous. He has a good shot after dribbling. He doesn't pass the ball very well at the perimeter and he prefers to penetrate. The strongest asset of Valencia is that they play with a tall small-forward, Victor Claver (207-F/C-88), a great talent in a great shape at the moment. They shoot the ball well and I also have to talk about Rafael Martinez (191-G-82). He's the leader of this team. They are also covered with big players. They have Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) at '4', who has also played very well with the Serbian National team. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) and Lyschuk at '5' are also very good. We have to control the game; they are going to be mentally ready for it. We are ahead of forty minutes of hard work. We need to defend well and run as much as we can to keep up the tempo. We have also to watch out for our turnovers in regard to our assists'.
About the injury list: 'Both Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: FCM) and Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) have practiced today (on Monday)'.
About the pressure: 'There are no easy opponents in the TOP-16. We play against a team which is in a good shape. The game against Fener had been a shock to us, now, using the experience from that game and our respect for the rival, we have to do well. It takes hard work. Just look at the rest of the games. Siena was leading by 10 points and lost 6-26 in the last quarter when played with Real Madrid. And then it is Caja Laboral. They beat Unicaja and lost to Lietuvos. We need to be serious'.
About Milos Teodosic: 'Milos is not an unknown player. We are talking about the most valuable player of last season's Euroleague. He went through a rough phase around Christmas and kind of went out of rhythm. We had two days off during the holidays. We talked, he's focused, he tries harder than any other time in the three years I've been working with him'.
About the performance of his team: 'We hadn't been stable and we are still within our goals. Now, things become easier, these are the decisive games and we know what to do. All the problems come from defense. That's how basketball is, that's how football is. In football, they can press you in the 3/4 of the court and then you steal the ball once and score. How are we going to play basketball without defense and without pressing? We have players that work well together. We have to read the game better as well. What happens has no logic. We started the game badly in Kaunas, then we made a 16-0 run and led by 23 and then we were bad again. We relaxed, why? Did we want to make small shots? There has been selfishness. I spoke to my players. It takes time to get used to the philosophy; we are only together for four months'.
About the game against AEK: 'I asked them if the game against AEK has helped us either mentally or psychologically. Are we a team that cannot prepare for two consecutive games? I don't believe that, we have experienced players. We continue, we have 16 players ready to play. We have a good perimeter and pick'n'roll defense, we suddenly have a problem guarding big guys. Good for coach Koronios that made us see that. We have not prepared well, the team had not been ready and it's not just the players to blame. It's also the coach'.
About the current assessment: 'I'm satisfied with the results, but this doesn't mean anything. We are still after all our goals and I'm looking forward to focusing in order to do better. The players have broken a sweat up to now, so let's see how the next games will go. The time comes to enjoy the games and show what we are made of and where we will go'.
About Zoran Erceg: 'Zoran Erceg is striving. Unfortunately, during all that time, what made it difficult for him was that he got injured. He's trying now, he goes on. I'm happy with him. Some players have had their chance and now we've been asked if Gordon is ready to leave. Of course not. He's a player of the team and either with a rebound or a defense, he can compensate us for his entire contract. You should know that'.
About the fans: 'We need our fans by our side and they've been helping us during all games. The game against Ulker will not help for sure. The fans know and hurt more than we do. The show has to be the best it can be for the fans'.




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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: John Williamson alley oops - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 32: Six contests tonight. Honka (Espoo) and Vilpas (Salo) had another thriller this season and Honka winning again by two 88-86 thanks to Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) passing the ball and John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) alley oop at the buzzer. Both Wilson and Williamson scored 23 pts for the hosts. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) (Vilpas) scored his career best 19 pts. There were 18 lead changes and 11 ties in the game. Kouvot (Kouvola) defeated KTP (Kotka) also by two 72-70. It was a very important victory for Kouvot. Antto Nikkarinen (185-G-91) led the hosts with 18 pts. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) had a double-double 12pts/15rbs. KTP suffered loss #5 in a row. Korihait (Uusikaupunki) beat Karhu (Kauhajoki) 99-80. Lawrence Wright (195-F-84, college: Bradley) (Korihait) was the game MVP with 26 pts. Petri Heinonen (207-F/C-88) added 20 pts. YMCA Lahti lost at home vs Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 79-91. LaVell Blanchard (201-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Michigan) netted 21 pts for ToPo. YMCA Lappeenranta lost at home by 23 pts (67-90) and the winning visitor was Kataja (Joensuu). Plus the difference between Top League top and bottom is 12 points. Tarmo (Porvoo) lost vs Pyrinto (Tampere) 82-94. Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) (Tarmo) had a double-double 22pts/10rbs/5a. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) led Pyrinto with 26pts.
Honka - Vilpas 88-86 (58-47). (John Williamson 23, Jamar Wilson 23/7a, Jukka Matinen 16 - Matti Nuutinen 19, Nick Okorie 18, Samu Kaaresvirta 14).
Kouvot - KTP 72-70 (35-37). (Antto Nikkarinen 18, Ville Kaunisto 12/15, BA Walker 12 - Sefton Barrett 17, Jeb Ivey 17, Jerald Fields 11).
Korihait - Kauhajoki 99-80 (55-43). (Lawrence Wright 26, Petri Heinonen 20, James Reaves 19 - Jeremiah Wood 16, Aleksi Huuskonen 13, Steffan Johnson 13).
YMCA Lahti - Torpan Pojat 79-91 (40-46). (Ryan Ayers 23, Todd Hendley 13, Roope Suonio 10 - LaVell Blanchard 21, Mikko Koivisto 19, Eero Lehtinen 16).
YMCA Lappeenranta - Kataja 67-90 (35-49). (James Lewis 28, Malik Moore 14, HL Coleman 10 - Antti Kanervo 22, Juho Nenonen 17, Darren Fells 13).
Tarmo - Pyrinto 82-94 (36-52). (Jonathan Heard 22/10/5a, Aubrey Conerly 18, Esa Maki-Tulokas 13 - Kenneth Lowe 26, Antti Nikkila 18, Damon Williams 18).




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  FRANCE   


Le Havre signs American Michael King - by Eurobasket News
Michael King (193-G-78, agency: Strategic Sports, college: George Washington) is a new member of Le Havre. The experienced guard will replace his countrymate Bernard King (196-G-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Texas A&M) (injured).
Michael King started the season in Greece. He appeared 15 times for Peristeri averaging 13.6 points, 3 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Season 2009/10, King spent in Germany. He was a member of EnBW Ludwigsburg collecting 10.8 ppg, 2.6 rog and 1.8 apg for them. In the past, King played for Keravnos, Olimpia Larisa, Basket Kwidzyn, AEL Limassol and Iraklis. He also has experience from the NBA D-League. In 2007, King was named Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Co-Guard of the Year -07. He helped AEL Limassol to win the title that season.


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Ryan Staudacher (Deutsche Bank Skyliners II) I Think That I Defend Better Than What People Give Me Credit For - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Ryan Staudacher (193-G-87, college: Montana) is a 23 year old 193cm guard from Kirkland, Washington. He is playing his first season for the Frankfurt Skyliners PRO B team. He played at Montana (NCAA) from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 80.0%. Some awards and achievements that he has recieved in his career have been Sky Conf. Tournament Semifinals -07, Big Sky Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up -09, Big Sky Conf. Tournament Winner -10 and All-Big Sky Conf. Honorable Mention -10. Staudacher spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

A tough 76-64 loss to Redgas Ehingen at home. What was key for not getting the home win?


Ehingen is a good team. They played very tough physical defense on us. We were sluggish in the first half. It was tough coming back in the second half.

What was your impression of Erdgas Ehingen? They are a much respected program that develops young Germans well.


Ehingen was so balanced. They had so many guys that could score and do so many different things. They had many guys that play 20-25 minutes and score 8-12 points. They all play together on defense.

What was your impression of young 18 year old German Mario Blessing?


He will become a good player. When we switched to zone, he did a good job making shots.

This is your first season in Germany. How do you like it?



I love Germany. It has been a great experience so far. I am totally blessed to be able to travel the world and see so much. I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates and coaching staff for making me feel so comfortable.

What is the biggest differences to Kirkland, Washington where you come from?



Frankfurt is a big city and reminds me a bit of Seattle so in that sense I feel a bit like at home. It is a bit colder in Germany, but I dont mind since I am always in the gym. The language barrier can be tough, but it is nice seeing a new culture.

You played in the ABA for the Seattle Mountaniers. How did the contact come to Frankfurt?



It is along story. I never played in the ABA for Seattle. They just added me to their roster. I came to Germany for a tryout with PRO A team Paderborn, but just as I was going to leave their coach got fired so i then went to France and worked out ofr a team and waited. My agent got the contact to Frankfurt.

You showed in your first games that you can score. What exactly is your role?


I am still working on my role and trying to figure out how I fit in best. With Falko Theilig penetrating, he can find me for the open shot and with Chris Rojik, I can help the inside out game. I help compliment the scoring.


How tough is it coming so late in the season to a new team?


It is a big challenge coming to a team so late in the season and trying to fit in. The team has been together so long that you have to adjust quicker. There are many moving pieces in the puzzle. I hope we gel soon, because our goal is still the playoffs. If we work hard, we think that we can still get there.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?



I think my defense is. I am not the most gifted athlete. I think that I defend better than what people give me credit for.

What does Frankfurt have to do better in the second half of the season to register more wins?



We just have to improve as a team. We just have to continue to play hard and come more together as a team.

Are the PRO B and the Big Sky Conference where you played with Montana (NCAA) similar?



I think that both leagues are similar in the style and level of play. There are many players in the PRO A that played in the NCAA.

What was your childhood like in Kirkland, Washington?



I had a good childhood. I had three younger brothers and we were always playing sports.

Who was your NBA idol?



Ray Allen. He was playing with the Supersonics and I just loved how he played and his shot.

Was there an NBA player that you didnt like?



No, I liked them all. These guys play to hard that you have to respect them.

What was your fondest memory at Montana (NCAA)?


Reaching the NCAA tournament my senior year. It was amazing being a part of March Madness. We lost in the first round as a 14th seed to the third seed new Mexico by 6 points.

Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?



I played against a few good ones like Courtney Lee. We played at Duke my junior year and played against Gerald Henderson. I also played against Brandon Roy a few times.

Virgil Matthew plays for Ehingen. He also played at Montana. Did you know him?


It was nice playing against Virgil. He went to Montana before I arrived. We have a very good relationship. He comes from Washington state as well.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row?



I made 126 free throws in high school.

What was your most crazy shot?

I made a three pointer from the corner off the back board.

What would you like to do after your basketball career?



I have always had a dream of starting my own business. I have a degree in finance from Montana.

Who will win the Super Bowl The Green bay Packers or the Pittsburg Steelers?



I think that it will be a great game and more points will be scored then people might expect. I have to go with the Packers since the Steelers beat my Sea hawks. I love the passing game of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Secretariat. It is a horse racing movie.

Thanks Ryan for the chat.






Wayne Bernard (MBC) Mark Dorris Reminds Me Of Rich Schields, In That Both Have A Good Handle On The Ball And Can Attack The Basket - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) is a 29 year old 180 cm guard from San Diego that is playing his second season with MBC. He played at Davidson in North Carolina from 1999-2003. His best season was his senior year where he played 27 games averaging 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.4apg. In 2003, he became a professional coming to Europe to play for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan (Israel-Premier L.) playing 10 games and averaging 14.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.5apg, 2.4spg, but got waived and finished the season in Greece for Ilysiakos Athens playing 8 games and averaging 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg. In 2004-2005, he played for Norrkoping Dolphins in Sweden playing 30 games and averaging 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 40.7%, 3-Pts: 30.5%. In 2005-2006, he played for Etoile Charleville-Mezires (France-ProB) playing 34 games averaging 14.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 75.7%, and during the season moved to ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB). In 2006-2007, he played for ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB), French League playing 18 games and averaging 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.6%; , but left in January 2007 and then joined Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 11 games and averaging 14.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 84.4%. In 2007-2008, he stayed with Kouvot Kouvola playing 47 games and averaging 16.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2.2spg, FGP-3 (62.0%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 78.8%. In 2008-2009, he came to Germany to MBC playing 30 games and averaging 14.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 80.4%. He earned 2009 PRO A player of the year honours. Last season, he played 34 games averaging 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 80.8% Wayne spoke to eurobasket following the 87-79 OT win in Hagen.

How good did it feel snapping the MBC 4 game losing streak in Hagen?


It felt great snapping the 4 game losing streak. Our team was really in need of a win and we were glad to have one, especially on the road.

Michael Jordan left MBC and helped Giessen win and MBC also won. I guess the departure of Jordan didnt really faze the team?


Anytime there are changes on a team, the team is affected. As you can see, he will help Giessen in many different ways. His strengths will be missed, but as a team it is important for us to not look back, but to focus on the our future games.

MBC had the huge 35-20 lead at halftime. What was giving Phoenix Hagen the biggest problems with the MBC defense?


Our focus on defense was to contain the guards because we know they like to attack. Their guards are athletic, quick, and know how to finish in the lane. Our goal was to ease their attacks to the basket.

Phoenix Hagen fought back in the third quarter and was trailing only 59-49. What was giving MBC the biggest problems in their comeback?


The biggest problems for MBC in the 3rd quarter was our rotation on defense. A few times, our defensive rotation was not quick enough and Hagen capitalized on each of our mistakes.

In OT, MBC went out on a 10-2 run to secure the win. What was key in this run for getting the road win?



The biggest key for our win in overtime was for us to continue to attack the basket, and mostly inside. We wanted to utilize our size in the post, and thats what we did.

Richard Schields was top MBC scorer with 21 points. Will he be a new scoring option in the future?


I think Rich will be a scoring option. He is quick, athletic, and can shoot, which will not only give him more options to score but also open up shots for his teammates once he draws help.

How was it playing against Mark Dorris who was close to a triple double with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists?


Mark Dorris reminds me of RichSchields, in that both have a good handle on the ball and can attack the basket. He definitely keeps the defense on their toes.

Was this one of your best all around games in the BEKO BBL with 11 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and one block?


This game probably was one of my better all-around games in the BBL. I just wanted to do whatever it took for us to get the win.

It seems that Lebron James and Dwayne Wade at times are playing to much much 2 against 5 instead of involving their teammates. Where will the journey of the Miami Heat end this season?

I think the journey for the Heat is unpredictable. I bet not many people guessed that they would have had as bad of a start as they had earlier in the season. And most questioned whether they could bounce back from it. So we will see how mentally strong they are once playoffs come.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


The last DVD I saw was not a movie. I have the DVDs to a once-popular TV show in the States, called 'Martin'. So I have been watching seasons of it.

Thanks for the chat wayne.





Travis Walton (Ratiopharm Ulm) Good Things Happen When I Enter The Court - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) is a 23 year old 187cm point guard from Lima, Ohio. He is playing his first season with Ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Michigan State from 2005-2009 where he served as team captain for three consecutive years, being the 3rd in history of Michigan State school to do that. Led the Big 10 in assist to turnover ratio 2.4 to 1 and broke Magic Johnson's career assist record at Michigan State. Walton possesses great toughness, strength and leadership skills and is an exceptional defender. Last season he played shortly for Lugano Tigers (Switzerland-LNA, starting five), left in Dec.'09: 13 games: 8.9ppg, 1.2rpg, Assists-5 (4.9apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7% before returning back to Michigan State to help the coaching staff. Some achievements that he has received were Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -06, 08, 09, Big Ten All-Defensive Team -07, 09, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, Big Ten Regular Season Champion -09, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year -09. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball recently



You know BBC Bayreuth American Marcus Ginyard from the NCAA and North Carolina. How much potential does he have as a player?



Any time, you come from a school like North Carolina, you will have skills. He is very athletic and made some big plays against us. He also has a nice jump shot.

BBC Bayreuth might be the most talented 17th place team ever. What are their main problems? Do you think it could be a mental thing?


I think it could be. They have a great roster with Ginyard coming from North Carolina, an ex NBA player with Jared Reiner and a good point guard with Danny Gibson. They lost some close game, but I think that they will surprise a lot of teams in the future.

This is your first season with Ratiopharm Ulm. What do you like most about Germany?



Germany is a very nice country. It is always good when you come to a country where every one speaks English. I like the people in Germany. I also have a friend on an Army base and sometimes I go there to be able to get American things.


Ratiopharm Ulm didnt start so strong. What have been the biggest problems so far?



We have to improve on defense. Our offense has been getting better. We are one of the worst three point shooting teams in the league and have to improve that. We have to continue to rebound on a consistent level in order to keep up with teams like Bamberg, Berlin and Frankfurt. We have the right players to take the step.

I believe that Ratiopharm is a playoff team. Do the players think this also?


I think that we are also a playoff team. We try not to think to much about to add extra pressure. We all believe it, but just try not to talk about. Things will take care of themselves.

That Ratiopharm Ulm has the ability to score is no secret, but early in the season the team gave up more than 80 points seven times. What are the main problems on defense?



We can improve many things like containing the dribble, ball screen defense, post defense and help side defense.

Ratiopharm Ulm is a young team. Do you think that one more experienced player is missing behind 30 year old Sean Sonderleiter?



There seems to be this perception in Europe that teams always need experienced guys to be successful. However in order to get experience one needs to learn and play. Having an experienced player isnt going to change a team. We have had our up and downs, are young, but I feel that we can do good things.


Big man John Bryant seems to have been a big steal for Ratiopharm Ulm. What is his biggest strength as a player?



He has a great feel for the game. This is his first season and who would of thought that he would play so well? He stays with his strength and takes high percentage shots. He has a very high basketball IQ with scoring and rebounding. I think that he could compete at an ylevel in the world.

You are playing your first season in Germany. I am sure that you were expecting more minutes?



Yes I did expect to play more. It is tough for me to be in this situation, but I have to make the best of it. Gunther is a very good player.

How tough is it for a Michigan State player who beat Magic Johnson all time assist record play behind a German?



It is difficult, but I have a lot of respect for Per Gunther.

How is your relationship with Per Gunther? How do you help each other on the court?'


We have a good relationship. In practice we go very hard at each other and just compete. I try to apply as much pressure as possible. I can learn from him by just sitting on the bench and watching. I like his ability to score and help the team.

What is a strength in your game that isnt always recognizable?



I think just knowing the game. I have a high basketball IQ and feel I have been playing well for the minutes that I have gotten. Good things happen when I enter the court.

What do you still need to improve in your game?



I have to get better at being able to score in many different ways. My shot has improved, but choosing when and how to shoot has to improve.

Coach Mike Taylor is know for having a special way for getting players to come to Ulm. How did he get you to come?



Coach Taylor is a great motivator, good guy and just a great seller of the Ulm concept. He did a good job selling me on the organization and how nice the city of Ulm is.

What do you like most about the city of Ulm?


I like how Ulm is small, but not small enough to not be able and go out and do different things. It is a beautiful comfortable town.

Is there any German food that you dont like?


No not really. I am a basic guy. I like Wiener Schnitzel.

You are from Lima, Ohio. What was your childhood like?


I had a regular childhood coming from a small town, being less fortunate but making the best out of my condition. We all stuck together and it was a family town.

Why do so many good basketball players come from Ohio?



I think it is because of the competition. You are competing year round and it is a self pride thing. You want to be the best in the state. Having guys like Lebron James and OJ Mayo coming from Ohio just makes you want to compete more.

Who were your NBA idols?



Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Baron Davis and Allen Iverson.

You were captain at Michigan State for three years. What was the most difficult thing being captain?



Just learning the players. I had to be a leader at all times and sometimes having to tell friends things they didnt want to hear. We all respected each other. I got a good reputation as a guy that really worked hard after I wasnt expected to play much coming in after guys like Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager had played there.

How disappointing was losing the 2009 NCAA final against North Carolina?



It was disappointing, but at the same time a big achievement since we knocked off big time schools with future NBA players like USC, Kansas, Louisville and UCONN. With North Carolina, they were an NBA team in the making.

What was the most important thing that you learned from coach Tom Izzo at Michigan State?



The most important thing that I learned from him was to stick to your dreams and even if things dont work out all the time, if you work hard then it will pay off in the end.

You played together with Drew Neitzel at Michigan State. He doesnt have a team at the moment. Have you been surprised that his basketball career in Europe hasnt taken off yet?


Yes I have been surprised. He was a big part of the success at Michigan State and always worked hard. I dont really know what has happened to him in Europe, but I think that he hasnt been in right situation yet. He is a good player that can make the big plays. He had a good run in France.


Can your ex Michigan State teammate Kalin Lucas reach the NBA?


Yes he can as well as Dorrell Summers.

Who won a one on one in practice, you or Kalin Lucas?


I could guard him well since he was a bit smaller than me. We had very competitive games where he would score and I would score. It went both ways.

You played well for Lugano as a rookie last season being the fifth best assist man, but was cut. That must of really hurt?


Yes it did and it was a tough time, but I went back to Michigan State and got my degree and helped coach Michigan State. Lugano wanted an older player and I was young.

With your early coaching experience at Michigan State, do you ever help Mike Taylor?


I let him do his job. If I see something on the court, I will tell him.

What were the most free throws that you made in a practice?

84

What was your most crazy shot you ever made?


In high school, I made a shot from behind the back board.


Who wins a one on one, you or Per Gunther?


I win.

What was the last DVD that you saw?



The Kevin Heart show.


Thanks Travis for the chat.





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  GREECE   


Ivkovic: "Now we have to enjoy basketball" - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos is still competing for all the three titles (Greek championship, Greek Cup, Euroleague), the results are positive, but from now on more is needed. That's what Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) stated in an interesting official prees conference he gave before the game against Valencia. The Serbian coach analyzed the Spanish team, spoke about the game against AEK, made particular references on Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) and talked about a lot more
About Valencia: 'A very important game is ahead of us. We made a small analysis of the game against AEK. This game is of no use to us in relation to the game against Valencia. I'm now expecting from my team to show more professionalism and focus. We are entering February. The month is shorter, the days are getting warmer and we need to become warmer as well. I met Mr. Kostas Angelopoulos on Friday and he asked me if we will go to Barcelona. We really want to go to Barcelona, I believe that the players will understand what we are and where we are. Valencia is a good team, with nice pacing; the most pleasant surprise of the Euroleague. A Pesic's team, which after beating Panathinaikos in OAKA, made a strong entrance in the TOP-16. I watched the game against Fenerbahce in Istanbul. They were losing by two at the end and they tried for three. We have more experienced after what happened to us against Fener. We tried to play an anarchic game, just because we had edged Panathinaikos. We have probably learnt a lot since then and now we have a much more difficult game to play than in Kaunas. They have two different point-guards. Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's), who organizes and De Colo, who is more than a scorer. He tries to score and hes always dangerous. He has a good shot after dribbling. He doesn't pass the ball very well at the perimeter and he prefers to penetrate. The strongest asset of Valencia is that they play with a tall small-forward, Victor Claver (207-F/C-88), a great talent in a great shape at the moment. They shoot the ball well and I also have to talk about Rafael Martinez (191-G-82). He's the leader of this team. They are also covered with big players. They have Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) at '4', who has also played very well with the Serbian National team. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) and Lyschuk at '5' are also very good. We have to control the game; they are going to be mentally ready for it. We are ahead of forty minutes of hard work. We need to defend well and run as much as we can to keep up the tempo. We have also to watch out for our turnovers in regard to our assists'.
About the injury list: 'Both Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: FCM) and Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) have practiced today (on Monday)'.
About the pressure: 'There are no easy opponents in the TOP-16. We play against a team which is in a good shape. The game against Fener had been a shock to us, now, using the experience from that game and our respect for the rival, we have to do well. It takes hard work. Just look at the rest of the games. Siena was leading by 10 points and lost 6-26 in the last quarter when played with Real Madrid. And then it is Caja Laboral. They beat Unicaja and lost to Lietuvos. We need to be serious'.
About Milos Teodosic: 'Milos is not an unknown player. We are talking about the most valuable player of last season's Euroleague. He went through a rough phase around Christmas and kind of went out of rhythm. We had two days off during the holidays. We talked, he's focused, he tries harder than any other time in the three years I've been working with him'.
About the performance of his team: 'We hadn't been stable and we are still within our goals. Now, things become easier, these are the decisive games and we know what to do. All the problems come from defense. That's how basketball is, that's how football is. In football, they can press you in the 3/4 of the court and then you steal the ball once and score. How are we going to play basketball without defense and without pressing? We have players that work well together. We have to read the game better as well. What happens has no logic. We started the game badly in Kaunas, then we made a 16-0 run and led by 23 and then we were bad again. We relaxed, why? Did we want to make small shots? There has been selfishness. I spoke to my players. It takes time to get used to the philosophy; we are only together for four months'.
About the game against AEK: 'I asked them if the game against AEK has helped us either mentally or psychologically. Are we a team that cannot prepare for two consecutive games? I don't believe that, we have experienced players. We continue, we have 16 players ready to play. We have a good perimeter and pick'n'roll defense, we suddenly have a problem guarding big guys. Good for coach Koronios that made us see that. We have not prepared well, the team had not been ready and it's not just the players to blame. It's also the coach'.
About the current assessment: 'I'm satisfied with the results, but this doesn't mean anything. We are still after all our goals and I'm looking forward to focusing in order to do better. The players have broken a sweat up to now, so let's see how the next games will go. The time comes to enjoy the games and show what we are made of and where we will go'.
About Zoran Erceg: 'Zoran Erceg is striving. Unfortunately, during all that time, what made it difficult for him was that he got injured. He's trying now, he goes on. I'm happy with him. Some players have had their chance and now we've been asked if Gordon is ready to leave. Of course not. He's a player of the team and either with a rebound or a defense, he can compensate us for his entire contract. You should know that'.
About the fans: 'We need our fans by our side and they've been helping us during all games. The game against Ulker will not help for sure. The fans know and hurt more than we do. The show has to be the best it can be for the fans'.




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  HOLLAND   


Landstede Zwolle split ways with Harry Marshall - by Fred Roggen
Landstede Zwolle split ways with Harry Marshall (183-G-88, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Indiana St.). The management of Landstede Zwolle has decided to cut Marshall from their roster and confirmed that Marshall will be released by the organization.
They indicated that Landstede Zwolle split ways with Harry Marshall and that the break-up was mutual and that both sides were equally ready to move on.
Harry Marshall averaging 14.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game this season in the DBL.



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  IBL   


Albany Legends Announce Official schedule and IBL Divisional Alignment - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Albany legends announced today the official 2011 season schedule and IBL divisional Alignments. The Legends will kick off the IBL season at home against the Kankee County 'Windy City ' Soliders on friday April 15,2011and will entertain six opponents in 15 home games at Christian Brothers Academy at 12 Airline drive in Colonie Ny.All home games will be on friday, saturday and sundays and will be played at the CBa which provides almost 1000 seats and is located in an acessible location with free adjacent parking steps away from the door. Season tickets start at 99 dollars and will be 12 dollars for adults and 8 dollars for students at the door with price chooper coupons available.

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  IRAN   


Mahram cruise past Riyadi Aramex in Jordan - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi Aramex - Mahram 63:95

WABA League reigning champions Mahram opened victoriously their quarterfinal series against Riaydi Aramex in Jordan. The Iranian powerhouse claimed a comfortable win to take 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Mahdi Kamrany stepped up with 25 points to lead the effort.
Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) closed the opening period with consecutive triples to give Mahram a 24:18 lead. Mahram kept on increasing the pressure in the second term. They registered a 43:21 lead at halftime. Aramex never recovered in the second half and had to yield at the end. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) provided 23 points and 7 rebounds for Mahram. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) added 13 points in the win. Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) responded with 21 points and 16 boards for Aramex. Issa Kamel (192-F-83) and Malek Khashan (185-G-85) added 12 points each in the loss.
The teams will meet again on February 14.

Riyadi Aramex: Sani Sakakini 21+16 boards, Issa Kamel 12, Malek Khashan 12
Mahram: Mahdi Kamrani 25, Marlon Garnett 23, Cheikh Samb 13



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  ISRAEL   


Ironi Ashkelon fired Ariel Beit-Halamy - by Netanel Dahan
After wining only one game during the last 6 games, Ironi Ashkelon fired Ariel Beit-Halamy (agency: Avi Zilberman ) who was the head coach of the team for 5 seasons (two terms).

According to the Israeli media the top candidate to be the new head coach of Ashkelon is Eli Rabi , the head coach of the Israeli women national team who managed to keep Hapoel Afula in the first league (the team went down to the 2nd league due to financial reasons).

Ironi Ashkelon is ranking at the 9th place in the league with the same points as the team in the last place Maccabi Haifa.


Israeli Premier League round 16 best performance: Sofoklis Schortsanitis - by Eurobasket News
Greek center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Maccabi T-A, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, four rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Bnei Hasharon (#4, 9-7) with 46-point margin 113-67. It allowed Maccabi T-A to consolidate first place in the Israeli Premier League. Maccabi T-A has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 15-1. Schortsanitis turned to be Maccabi T-A's top player in his first season with the team. Sofoklis Schortsanitis averages this season 13.9ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Dwayne Mitchell (194-G-82, agency: Interperformances) of Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. Mitchell had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Maccabi Rishon to edge the higher-ranked Hapoel J-M (#2, 10-6) 83-80. This victory allowed Maccabi Rishon to move up to 5th position in . His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mitchell is a newcomer at Maccabi Rishon, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.7ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 8.1rpg and 4.3apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Impact Basketball) of Elitzur Netanya (#8). Brown scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Brown's great performance Elitzur Netanya lost 66-72 to the higher-ranked Galil Gilboa (#3, 9-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Elitzur Netanya not to end season at such low position in , however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Brown could try to bring Elitzur Netanya's a little bit higher in the standings. Brown has individually a great season in Israel. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Germaine Jackson (195-G-76) of Maccabi Haifa - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Aaron McGhee (202-F-79) of Maccabi Rishon - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Nir Cohen (202-F/C-81) of Hapoel Holon - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dion Dowell (198-G-85) of Hapoel J-M - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Doron Perkins (188-G-83) of Maccabi T-A - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Shmuel Brener (188-G-81) of Elitzur Netanya - 6 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Nizan Hanochi (194-G-86) of Maccabi Rishon - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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stats leader
Points Per Game
 Daniele RICCIARDI
  Palestrina
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Ricciardi, Palestrina18.1 
 2. Reati, Treviglio18.1 
 3. Vico, Matera18.0 
 4. Evangelisti, Trapani17.8 
 5. Rugolo, Molfetta16.7 
 6. Tassinari, Moncalieri16.4 
 7. Masper, Moncalieri16.3 
 8. Casadei, Comsum.i.16.2 
 9. Musso, Perugia15.9 
 10. Becerra, Rieti15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza10.7 
 2. Corral, Molfetta9.9 
 3. Zambon, Rieti9.5 
 4. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.5 
 5. Basei, Ostuni9.3 
 6. Capitanelli, Pales.9.1 
 7. Zerini, Ruvo8.9 
 8. Chiaramello, Recanati8.4 
 9. Facenda, Senigallia8.3 
 10. De Min, Treviglio8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ferrarese, Trento5.3 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.7 
 3. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 4. Virgilio, Rieti3.6 
 5. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.5 
 6. Lenardon, Massafra3.5 
 7. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.4 
 8. Bolzonella, Piacenza3.1 
 9. Parente, Moncalieri3.1 
 10. Basanisi, Massafra3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.4 
 2. Marcante, ASD P.3.2 
 3. Gullo, Patti3.1 
 4. De Nicolao, Castelle.3.0 
 5. Bonamente, Perugia3.0 
 6. Bushati, Brescia2.9 
 7. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 8. Pozzi, Molfetta2.8 
 9. Casadei, Comsum.i.2.8 
 10. Valentini, S.Antimo2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.8 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.5 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 4. Raminelli, Castelle.1.2 
 5. Capitanelli, Pales.1.1 
 6. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.1 
 7. Candido, Ferentino1.0 
 8. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 9. Pozzi, Molfetta0.9 
 10. Rossi, Omegna0.8 


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  JORDAN   


Mahram cruise past Riyadi Aramex in Jordan - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi Aramex - Mahram 63:95

WABA League reigning champions Mahram opened victoriously their quarterfinal series against Riaydi Aramex in Jordan. The Iranian powerhouse claimed a comfortable win to take 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Mahdi Kamrany stepped up with 25 points to lead the effort.
Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) closed the opening period with consecutive triples to give Mahram a 24:18 lead. Mahram kept on increasing the pressure in the second term. They registered a 43:21 lead at halftime. Aramex never recovered in the second half and had to yield at the end. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) provided 23 points and 7 rebounds for Mahram. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) added 13 points in the win. Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) responded with 21 points and 16 boards for Aramex. Issa Kamel (192-F-83) and Malek Khashan (185-G-85) added 12 points each in the loss.
The teams will meet again on February 14.

Riyadi Aramex: Sani Sakakini 21+16 boards, Issa Kamel 12, Malek Khashan 12
Mahram: Mahdi Kamrani 25, Marlon Garnett 23, Cheikh Samb 13



Jalaa survive double overtime thriller against ASU - by Eurobasket News
ASU - Jalaa 100:104 (2OT)

Jalaa endured two extra periods before celebrating a road win over ASU. The victory put Jalaa up 1-0 in the best-of-three WABA quarterfinal series. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) knocked down 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to pace the Syrian team.
Jalaa dominated the first half. They recorded a comfortable 46:29 lead at the interval. But ASU went on a desperate rescue rally that eventually tied the game at 80 at the end of regulation. The teams were still drawn at 89 after five minutes of action. Finally Jalaa pulled in front and eked out a tough win at the end. Michel Maadanli (195-G-81) added 22 points for Jalaa. Sari Papazian (194-G/F-82) contributed 16 points in the win. Mousa Alawadi (192-G/F-85) answered with 29 points for ASU. Norman Nolan (202-F/C-76, college: Virginia) netted 23 points in defeat.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for February 15.

ASU: Mousa Alawadi 29, Norman Nolan 23
Jalaa: Samaki Walker 26+16 boards, Michel Maadanli 22, Sari Papazian 16



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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Liepaja 13-5 
 2. Ventspils 12-1 
 3. VEF Riga jrs 10-6 
 4. Barons 10-7 
 5. Valmiera 7-7 
 6. Zemgale 6-9 
 7. Turiba 3-13 
 8. LU 2-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Willjam, Barons16.8 
 3. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs16.2 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 5. Berzins, VEF R.15.7 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.4 
 7. Bertans, VEF R.15.0 
 8. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja14.9 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.3 
 2. Berzins, VEF R.7.7 
 3. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 4. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.3 
 5. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.6.6 
 7. Rozitis, Zemgale6.6 
 8. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.4 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils6.0 
 10. Piternieks, LU5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.5 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.0 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.8 
 6. Willjam, Barons3.8 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 8. Feldmanis, Barons3.5 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja3.3 
 10. Piternieks, LU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Jahovics, VEF R.2.1 
 3. Mitchell, Liepaja2.1 
 4. Cavars, Barons2.0 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 6. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 7. Berzins, VEF R.1.7 
 8. Slisans, LU1.7 
 9. Bertans, VEF R.1.7 
 10. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Berzins, VEF R.3.0 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.1 
 3. Mejeris, Liepaja1.3 
 4. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja1.0 
 7. Brunins, Zemgale0.9 
 8. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 9. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 10. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 


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


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Big showdown in Walferdange - by Liz Schmitz
On saturday evening at the gym in Walferdange will be a big showdown between the host team and the team Musel Pikes. The winner of the game will participate in the play-offs, while the loser will have to face the play-down. The pressure on both teams is high. The team of coach Frank Baum lost last weekend in a tough game against Amicale Steinsel and their fans hope that the players have already got past that disappointment. They still have to play without their foreign player Tomasz Wojnowski (205-C-81) but the current shapes of team captain Guy Schmit (182-G-92) (185-G-80), Laurent Schwartz (177-G-89) and Trenton Wurtz (203-F-83, college: Indiana St.) are promising. Residence Walferdange, on the other side, has won the two last games and is very confident. They even crushed BBC Sparta Bertrange last weekend. Although, they have a quite small roster they manage to play good basketball at the moment. Lead by their American player Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Montevallo), the team around youngsters Thierry Abdiu (192-F-87), Pitt Koster (178-G/F-89) and Max Schmit (182-G-92) is highly motivated to avoid the play-downs for the fourth time in a row. Already qualified for the play-offs are the current leader T71 Dudelange, Etzella Ettelbruck, Amicale Steinsel, Basket Esch along with BBC Sparta Bertrange. The teams AB Contern, AS Soleuvre and Black Star Mersch on the other hand have to play for the maintain in the Diekirch League.

Hargrove to replace Amercrombie at Sparta!!! - by John Thomas
After going 1-4 in January and nearly falling from the top 6 in the DBBL, Sparta Bertrange has decided to make a change. American Cory Aberbrombie, the power forward/center will be replaced. The new kid on the block is Lucas Jeremy Hargrove. Hargrove is a 22 year old guard/forward hailing from Pontiac, South Carolina. The 6'6'' 205 lb scorer played at Auburn University. Going by the nickname is 'LUKE', Hargrove played for a short stint early this season for Kaposvari KK (Hungary-A Division).

Here is a look at his stats last season at Auburn:
2009-2010: Auburn (NCAA, starting five): 32 games: 12.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 70.2%





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Jeff Adrien is NBA D-League Player of the Month - by Eurobasket News
Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in January. The honor, the second of the 2010-11 season, is the first for Adrien, and the first for Rio Grande Valley this season.

Adrien, a 6-7, 240-pound forward out of Connecticut who played 15 games with the Golden State Warriors this season, led the Vipers to a 10-1 record in January, averaging 20.7 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Adrien recorded a double-double in all but one game last month, and had highs of 31 points against the Austin Toros on Jan. 8 and 16 rebounds against the Erie BayHawks on Jan. 12.

This month's honorable mention selections for NBA D-League Player of the Month were Austin's Marcus Cousin, Bakersfield's Jeremy Wise, Dakota's Anthony Goods, Erie's Ivan Johnson, Fort Wayne's Walker Russell, Idaho's Cedric Jackson, Iowa's Curtis Stinson, Maine's DeShawn Sims, New Mexico's Dar Tucker, Reno's Marcus Landry, Sioux Falls' Anthony Harris, Springfield's Jerry Smith, Texas' Joe Alexander, Tulsa's Jerome Dyson and Utah's Brandon Costner.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Blake Griffin, John Wall named Rookies of Month for January - by Eurobasket News
The Washington Wizards John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) and the Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) today were named the Eastern and Western Conference NBA Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played through January.

Wall led all Eastern Conference rookies in scoring (13.9 ppg), assists (10.5 apg) and double-doubles in the month. He also became the first rookie in NBA history to have nine or more assists in 10 straight games. In addition, Walls 168 assists in the month were the most by a rookie since Mark Jackson had 172 assists in 1988.

Griffin led all rookies in scoring (26.0 ppg), rebounding (13.4 rpg) and ranked second in assists (4.4 apg). He became only the fourth rookie over the last 20 seasons to average at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in a calendar month.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month were Detroits Greg Monroe, New Yorks Landry Fields, Philadelphias Evan Turner, Sacramentos DeMarcus Cousins and San Antonios Gary Neal.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Emeka Okafor out 1-3 weeks with oblique strain - by Eurobasket News
Hornets center Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) suffered a grade two left rectus oblique strain an MRI revealed. Because of it, he's expected to be out one-to-three weeks.

And don't ask me what a 'left rectus' is because I don't really want to know. Okafor is one of the league's iron men having played in 306 consecutive games. Obviously that will come to an end now.

For the Hornets, this definitely hurts them for the time being because they don't have much depth behind Okafor. They have D.J. Mbenga, Jason Smith and David Anderson as options. Not exactly players you get all that excited about to replace one of your best interior options.

Judging by a little research, the injury is something that typically doesn't really linger a whole lot and isn't that difficult to come back from. So while Okafor will miss a little time and maybe up to almost a month, he'll be back and ready for when the Hornets really need him in March.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams named Coaches of Month for January - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Bulls' Tom Thibodeau was named Eastern Conference coach of the month while the New Orleans Hornets' Monty Williams earned the honor in the West.

The Bulls went 12-4 in January and the Central Division leaders are the only team in the league without a division loss.

The Hornets also went 12-4, including a franchise-record 10-game win streak.

Courtesy of ESPN


Rockets reassign Ish Smith to Rio Grande - by Eurobasket News
Houston Rockets guard Ishmael Smith (6'0''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) was reassigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 36th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the second assignment for Smith, a rookie out of Wake Forest.

Smith (6-0, 175) was first assigned on Jan. 17. He appeared in four games with the Vipers, averaging 12.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 31.8 minutes.

Smith has appeared in 26 games this season for the Rockets, averaging 2.8 points, 2.2 assists and 1.4 rebounds. Houston signed Smith, an undrafted free agent, in August. On the Rockets 2010 NBA Summer League team, Smith averaged 7.8 points and a team-high 4.8 assists in five starts at point guard.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


Tuesday's games (4): Kobe, Lakers hold off Rockets 114-106 in OT - by Eurobasket News
LA Lakers - Houston R. 114-106 OT
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 32 points, Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) hit the go-ahead layup with 1:04 left in overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back from consecutive home losses with a 114-106 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Gasol had 26 points and 16 rebounds, and Lamar Odom had 20 points and a season-high 20 rebounds in his return to the Lakers' starting lineup. The two-time defending NBA champions finished their first overtime of the season on a 10-2 run, barely holding off injury-depleted Houston after losing to Sacramento and Boston in the previous four days. Luis Scola hit a tying layup with 5.5 seconds left in regulation for the Rockets, who have lost three straight. Kevin Martin scored 30 points while hitting four 3-pointers, and Scola added 24 points and 15 rebounds as Houston launched a season-high 38 3-point attempts. The Rockets made just 10 3-pointers on the third stop of a four-game road trip. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

N.Orleans H. - Washington W. 97-89
Jason Smith (7'0''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Colorado St.) scored a career-high 20 points in a rare starting role and the New Orleans Hornets defeated Washington 97-89 on Tuesday night, dropping the Wizards to 0-25 on the road. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) had 15 points and nine assists and Trevor Ariza had 16 points for New Orleans, which snapped a two-game skid. Smith was starting for center Emeka Okafor, whose left oblique muscle strain kept him out for the first time in 306 games. While the Hornets were without a starter averaging a double-double in points and rebounds, the 7-foot Smith, normally a reserve power forward, looked comfortable filling in and hit his first nine shots. Nick Young scored 30 points for Washington, which trailed by double digits most of the second half in losing its sixth straight overall. Andray Blatche had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Kirk Hinrich added 10 points for the Wizards, who are four road losses from matching the 1992-93 Dallas Mavericks' NBA worst 0-29 start on the road. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Portland TB - San Antonio S. 99-86
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) had a career-high 40 points along with 11 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs 99-86 on Tuesday night. Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) added 21 points for the Blazers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Manu Ginobili had 14 points for the Spurs, who have lost only eight games this season. Gary Neal's 3-pointer for San Antonio tied it at 78, but Aldridge's layup and Wesley Matthew's scoop gave Portland its biggest lead of the game so far at 82-78 with 7:03 left. Aldridge added a 21-foot jumper and Andre Miller had a layup to make it 86-78 before Tim Duncan broke the 8-0 Portland run with a turnaround jumper. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Sacramento K. - Boston C. 90-95
Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) scored 22 points, Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) had 17 points and 10 assists and the Boston Celtics overcame a slow start to beat the Sacramento Kings 95-90 on Tuesday night. Paul Pierce added 15 points and Kevin Garnett had 12 to help the Celtics (37-11) pull away in the fourth quarter and clinch the Eastern Conference's best record through games of Feb. 6. That means Boston's Doc Rivers will coach the East in the All-Star game in Los Angeles on Feb. 20. DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans finished with 20 points apiece for a Kings team that returned to its losing form. They were coming off wins against two of the Western Conference's elite - the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Hornets - but missed out on their first three-game winning streak this season. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.9 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.2 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.0 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.7 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.6 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.1 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.4 
 8. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 9. Anthony, Denver N.23.9 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.6 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.6 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.2 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.7 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.7 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.6 
 9. Boozer, Chicago B.10.2 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.5 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.0 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.7 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.4 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.3 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.8 
 7. Calderon, Toron.8.5 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.4 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.6 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.9 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 6. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 7. Evans, Sacramen.1.8 
 8. Ginobili, San A.1.8 
 9. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 10. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.4 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.2.2 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 6. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 7. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.0 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 10. Gasol, LA Lakers1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 37-11 
 2. New York K. 25-22 
 3. Philadelph.76 21-26 
 4. New Jersey N. 15-34 
 5. Toronto R. 13-36 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 33-14 
 2. Milwaukee B. 19-27 
 3. Indiana P. 18-27 
 4. Detroit P. 17-31 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-40 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 34-14 
 2. Orlando M. 31-18 
 3. Atlanta H. 30-18 
 4. Charlotte B. 20-27 
 5. Washington W. 13-35 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 30-17 
 2. Utah Jazz 29-20 
 3. Denver N. 28-20 
 4. Portland TB 26-22 
 5. Minnesota T. 11-36 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 34-15 
 2. Phoenix Suns 22-24 
 3. Golde State W. 20-27 
 4. LA Clippers 19-28 
 5. Sacramento K. 12-34 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 40-8 
 2. Dallas M. 32-15 
 3. N.Orleans H. 32-18 
 4. Memphis G. 25-24 
 5. Houston R. 22-28 


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Morehead State's Faried is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week - by George Manousidis
ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Morehead State center Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F/C-89) as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 30. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 22 this season.
As the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week, Faried was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week.
Faried, a 6-8 senior from Newark, N.J., averaged 17.7 points and 18 rebounds while leading the Eagles to three wins of then first-place teams, including two key conference victories.
In earning his record 12th career OVC Player of the Week honor, Faried posted a 23-point, 23-rebound effort in a 72-65 win over Tennessee State, his second 20/20 game of the year (and the fourth of his career). Faried began the week with a 13-point, 15-rebound, 2-block, 3-steal game at Mid American Conference-leading Ball State, as the Eagles won 50-48 and snapped BSU's seven-game home winning streak. He capped the week with 17 points and 16 rebounds in a 69-56 victory over OVC-leading Austin Peay, avenging an overtime loss to the Governors earlier this season. With 14.3 rebounds per game, Faried continues to lead the nation.
This is the second season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week. The weekly Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week is added to the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list, which will be released at mid-season.
Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name finalists for the award, which is voted on by the entire membership of the USBWA. The winner of the 2011 Oscar Robertson Trophy will be announced and presented by its namesake, Oscar Robertson, at the USBWA's annual awards breakfast on Fri., April 1 in Houston, site of the 2011 NCAA Men's Final Four.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-444-4300.
Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, the most comprehensive college basketball publication in the world, returns for its 30th season, bigger and better in 2010-11. Blue Ribbon long-known as 'The Bible of College Basketball' gives its readers the most thorough, up-to-date and timely evaluations of every Division I team in the country. For more information about Blue Ribbon Yearbooks, visit blueribbonyearbookonline.com.

2010-11 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week of Dec. 5: Mike Glover, Iona
Week of Dec. 12: Jimmer Fredette, BYU
Week of Dec. 19: Khris Middleton, Texas A&M
Week of Dec. 26: Doron Lamb, Kentucky
Week of Jan. 2: Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Week of Jan. 9: Vlad Moldoveanu, American
Week of Jan. 16: Mike Muscala, Bucknell
Week of Jan. 23: Jordan Hamilton, Texas
Week of Jan. 30: Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F/C-89), Morehead State


Mississippi 71, Kentucky 69 - by Milord Nikolic
Ole Miss almost lost a nine-point lead in the last 6:31 of regulation and fell behind 69-68 after a pair of free throws from Kentucky standout freshman Terrence Jones with 1:21 remaining. Chris Warren scored 22 points and hit a long 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining to lift Mississippi to a 71-69 upset win over No. 11 Kentucky. Zach Graham added 16 while Reginald Buckner and Terrance Henry added 12 points apiece for Ole Miss. Buckner also had five blocked shots. Jones led Kentucky with 22 points, 12 rebounds and blocked five shots while Doron Lamb came off the bench to score 20 points, but he missed on a potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.

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Asseco Prokom waives six players - by Eurobasket News
Asseco Prokom Gdynia announced that they parted ways with American playmaker Mike Wilks (179-G-79, college: Rice), who has been with the club since the beginning of the season.

Additionally the team announced that Arkadiusz Kobus (197-F-86, agency: Promotex), Dawid Przybyszewski (215-C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt), Pawel Kowalczuk (207-F/C-80, agency: Promotex, college: St.Francis, NY), Iwo Kitzinger (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances) and Sebastian Balcerzak (195-F-80, agency: Promotex) have also been sent away.

Courtesy of www.asseco.prokom.pl


All-Star Game Recap in Poland! - by Torey Thomas

What a great week this has been my GoTorey followers. Around this time last week I was starting the All-Star game festivities along with all of the other guys selected to participate in this event. I have to say that It has been an incredible experience for me, I've met so many great players, fans and everyone who was working around the Game. Statistics were not most important on that day but my team (South) managed to pull the W in this one, which feels very good.



This post is to sum up all of the updates and everything that has happened in the week following my All-Star presence. And right here I have to say Thank You! This is destined for all of the people who visited my website. I had so many views on the website and All-Star Game movies had almost 4,000 views in that time! I am very excited by this fact and I have to thank Szczepan Radzki (http://www.difens.pl) and Jakub Wojczynski (http://www.polskikosz.pl) for features on the websites about my videos from the game. They gave a great boost to the number of people visiting my website and Vimeo accounts. I mostly appreciate my man Darnell Hinson speaking about the website in the Postgame Conference:


On top of it I would like to thank all of the fans coming from Czarni Slupsk, Zastal Zielona Gora boards and of course my constant followers from Zgorzelec.



I appreciate all of your kind words about what I've done during that weekend and also this quote from Maciej Szlachtowicz in Basket News issue #307 is greatly appreciated:



Torey Thomas was most of all a friend to all of the players. Point Guard of Turow Zgorzelec throughout most of the weekend did not let his camera off his sight - he was recording conversations with players of both teams during the shootaround, he taped slam dunks, 3point shootout. All of the materials along with some backstage footage will be available on his official, very well build and professionally ran internet website that has even been advertised by Darnell Hinson himself during the post game conference - www.gotorey.com



As for the Linkage you will be able to access all of the All-Star game footage and information by using the tag: allstar on the site. You can do it by either clicking on it in the tag cloud or by following this address: http://gotorey.com/tag/allstar.

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The Polish Cup - by Torey Thomas
The Polish League has a competition within the league that its called the Polish Cup Tournament. The Polish Cup Tournament consists of all the teams in Poland in each division to compete to win the cup. There were first preliminary rounds in which there were games played to determine which group the teams will be placed in. Once the results from the preliminary rounds were recorded they place the teams into two groups. The teams in each group play each other on a home and away series selected in a draw and the top three teams of each group with the best record moved onto the quarterfinal. The quarterfinal teams are Turow, Anwil, Sopot, Polpharma, Kotwica, and Poznan with Asseco waiting to enter the tournament at the final four stage.
The Matchups for the quarterfinal round are Turow at Sopot, Kotwica at Anwil, and Poznan at Polpharma on February 9th. I believe having a cup competition in the middle of the season can be a good thing because the teams are striving to win a championship before the regular season ends and the playoffs begin. This type of tournament can give the fans something to really look forward to come playoff time when everything is on the line. It is win and advance to the next round or lose and go home.
The Polish Cup final four is set to take play February 11-12 in Gdynia the home of 7 Time Polish Champion Asseco Prokom. Our game will be played on the 9th in Sopot a city in which Asseco played for many seasons and right now after their move Sopot has a very good team competing for highest places in the league. In this upcoming round we only play one game so we have to be very well prepared and focus for the Trefl Sopot game. Hopefully, if we advance to the final four we'll be able to stay in the tri-city area and get prepared for the Final Four.


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


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Lisboa e Benfica outscored Norrkoping Dolphins in the last game of Day 3 in EuroChallange Last 16 - by Eurobasket News
Lisboa e Benfica-Norrkoping Dolphins 83:75

Lisboa e Benfica outscored Norrkoping Dolphins in the last game of Day 3 in EuroChallange Last 16. The Portuguese team celebrated 83:75 in Group K in the first day of February.
It was an offensive start in the game and both teams had a good percentage in the first 10 minutes. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) closed the first period as the hosts enjoyed 27:24 early lead. Gregory Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) and Antonio Tavares made it 37:32, while Saks sent the teams to the lockers at 50:41. The tempo had slowed down a bit in the third quarter and as a result the teams nailed 14 points each. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) made it 64:55, while Grace reduced to 69:62. Moreover his another shot brought 75:72 on the board, but Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) and Minhava secured the win for the hosts.
Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Heshimu Evans netted 15. Gregory Jenkins delivered 13, while Antonio Tavares added 9. Joakim Kjellbom responded with 15 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) ended up with 12, whilst Mikael Lindqvist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) scored 11.

Lisboa e Benfica: Sergio Ramos 16, Heshimu Evans 15, Gregory Jenkins 13, Antonio Tavares 9
Norrkoping Dolphins: Joakim Kjellbom 15+13 rebs, Andrew Mitchell 12, Mikael Lindqvist 11


The Underdogs Are On A Hot Streak - by Nate Bowie
Life as a Underdog can be more exciting then you can even imagine. Coming off a 3 game winning streak feels pretty good right about now. Beating teams that where currently in the top half of our league. Winning the 3 games has giving us a little bit of breathing room from teams in the 7th, 8th and 9th place. We head into the weekend break beating Electrico and Sangalhos. Sangalhos was currently tied for 1st place but with a lost against us last weekend they now are tied for 5th and 6th place. This weekend we showed characteristics that we where lacking earlier in the season, like commitment to defense and closing out games when we are leading. Being an underdog during the season gives us a bit of a advantage because teams know that we are dangerous but tend to underestimate our abilities to win. Now we are on the radar, and they know we have shooters, scorers, defenders, and hard nose players. All the pieces to our puzzles has came together, and when a puzzle is together its hard to take it apart.
We prepare next week for Seixal and Galitos on the road, so it should be 2 interesting games. We will try to extend it to a 5 game winning streak, to obtain a good place for the playoffs. This weekend I will enjoy my time off and watch my fellow friends play their games. Then back to the drawing board the following week. Until next time enjoy your week and stay tune for my next blog.
Always remember to that The Only Way To Improve Tomorrow Is To Know What You Did Wrong Today.

Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas)


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  ROMANIA   


Krstanovic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old center Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for U.Mobitel.CN and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Miercurea (#16, 1-18) 90-79. U.Mobitel.CN maintains the 4th position in Romanian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. U.Mobitel.CN will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. In the team's last game Krstanovic had a remarkable 76.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at U.Mobitel.CN, through which he has constantly improved. Krstanovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.3ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.7rpg) and averages solid 58.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) of Mures. He is Serbian forward in his first season at Mures. In the last game Mladenovic recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Mures to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Politehnica Iasi (#14, 3-16) 104-81. Mures' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mladenovic is a newcomer at Mures and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#9). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Kenneth Simms (203-C) of SCM CSU Craiova (#13). Simms scored 21 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Simms' great performance Craiova lost 85-96 to the higher-ranked CSU Sibiu (#10, 9-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Craiova can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Simms he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Simms has individually a great season in Romania. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jermont Horton (198-G-83) of Craiova - 25 points and 6 rebounds
5. Zeljko Bubanja (210-C-73) of Brasov - 26 points and 7 rebounds
6. JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82) of Mures - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 15 assists
7. Kyndall Dykes (191-F-87) of U.Mobitel.CN - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84) of CSU Sibiu - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Casey Wohlleb (201-G-86) of Craiova - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Stefan Nikolic (192-G-87) of Rovinari - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Div.B Round 19: CSM Bucuresti defeats Gaz Metan - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Gaz Metan (15-4) in Medias on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked CSM Bucuresti (10-8) 80-73. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Gaz Metan. Gaz Metan was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 25-15 charge of CSM Bucuresti, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by Gaz Metan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Ray Kraemer (193-87, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Deven Mitchell (196-84, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Gaz Metan. Gaz Metan's coach Bruno Soce rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CSM Bucuresti moved-up to seventh place. Gaz Metan at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. CSM Bucuresti are looking forward to face Brasov (#15) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gaz Metan will play against Politehnica Iasi (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Oradea. Sixth ranked Oradea (12-7) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Pitesti (10-9) 68-66 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pitesti. It was a great evening for Serbian guard Nemanja Maric (196-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 4 assists. Michael Schachtner helped adding 10 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Donte Gennie (185-83, college: Georgia Southern) responded with 16 points and 6 assists. Oradea maintains sixth place with 12-7 record. Pitesti at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Otopeni. Oradea will play against CSU Sibiu (#10) on the road in the next round. Pitesti will play against Rovinari and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Tenth-ranked Rovinari (9-10) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Steaua Turabo (14-4) on Saturday. The visitors from Bucuresti managed to secure only two-point victory 64-62. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rovinari. It was an exceptional evening for Virgil Carutasu who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Stefan Nikolic came up with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Rovinari in the defeat. Steaua Turabo have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 14-4 record having just three points less than leader Ploiesti. Loser Rovinari dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Steaua Turabo will meet at home Mures (#5) in the next round. Rovinari will play against Pitesti (#8) and hope to secure a win.
The game between fifth ranked Mures (13-5) and 14th ranked Politehnica Iasi (3-16) in Mures ended with biggest points difference. Mures outscored guests from Iasi 104-81. Aleksandar Mladenovic fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Mures' coach Csaba Deri felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mures maintains fifth place with 13-5 record. Politehnica Iasi lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Mures' next round opponent will be higher ranked Steaua Turabo (#3) in Bucuresti and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Politehnica Iasi will play at home against the league's second-placed Gaz Metan (#2) in Medias.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. CSU Sibiu beat Craiova on the road 96-85. Bottom-ranked Miercurea lost to U.Mobitel.CN on its own court 79-90. Ploiesti managed to outperform Timisoara in a road game 82-64. Brasov was rolled over Otopeni at home 57-76.


Rovinari - Steaua Turabo 62-64

Tenth-ranked Rovinari (9-10) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Steaua Turabo (14-4) on Saturday. The visitors from Bucuresti managed to secure only two-point victory 64-62. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rovinari. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 31-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Steaua Turabo had a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Virgil Carutasu (204-76) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Slovenian guard Gregor Hafnar (195-77) accounted for 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Four Steaua Turabo players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Stefan Nikolic (192-87) came up with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Rovinari in the defeat. Steaua Turabo have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 14-4 record having just three points less than leader Ploiesti. Loser Rovinari dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Steaua Turabo will meet at home Mures (#5) in the next round. Rovinari will play against Pitesti (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rovinari: S.Nikolic 21+5reb+4ast, P.Troupe 15+7reb+3ast, L.Darby 14+5reb+6ast, V.Mocanu 7+4reb+1ast, R.Bigus 4+6reb+2ast, M.Oluic 1+1reb
Steaua Turabo: V.Carutasu 13+10reb, T.Smith 11+5reb+1ast, G.Hafnar 11+9reb+1ast, H.Nikolov 10+3reb+5ast, J.Jackson 7+1reb+1ast, V.Stanescu 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 119065


Oradea - Pitesti 68-66

Important game to mention about took place in Oradea. Sixth ranked Oradea (12-7) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Pitesti (10-9) 68-66 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pitesti. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a great evening for Serbian guard Nemanja Maric (196-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 4 assists. American forward Michael Schachtner (206-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: Court Side) helped adding 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four Oradea players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Donte Gennie (185-83, college: Georgia Southern) responded with 16 points and 6 assists and the former international center Senai Isleam (217-76, agency: Court Side) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Oradea maintains sixth place with 12-7 record. Pitesti at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Otopeni. Oradea will play against CSU Sibiu (#10) on the road in the next round. Pitesti will play against Rovinari and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pitesti: D.Gennie 16+4reb+6ast, D.Vujacic 13+3reb+1ast, S.Isleam 12+6reb+1ast, A.Voinescu 11+1ast, B.Grubisic 7+6reb, C.Eichelberger 4+9reb+2ast
Oradea: N.Maric 24+4reb+4ast, A.Mandic 13+2reb+4ast, M.Schachtner 10+10reb, S.Topcov 10+3reb+1ast, R.Pasca 5+3reb, T.Mitchell 4+3reb+6ast
gschID: 119066


Craiova - CSU Sibiu 85-96

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked CSU Sibiu (9-9) beat on the road 13th ranked Craiova (5-14) 96-85. The game was mostly controlled by CSU Sibiu. Craiova was better in fourth quarter 30-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSU Sibiu shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Guard Octavian Calota (185-84) fired 21 points and 7 assists for the winners. Serbian guard Stefan Atanackovic (196-84) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. American center Kenneth Simms (203, college: Cumberland) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds and the other American import guard Jermont Horton (198-83, college: Rutgers-Newark) added 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Five CSU Sibiu and four Craiova players scored in double figures. Craiova's coach Adrian Budurean tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. CSU Sibiu moved-up to tenth place. Craiova lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. CSU Sibiu's next round opponent will be higher ranked Oradea (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Craiova will play against U-Mobitelco (#4) in Cluj Napoca.
Top scorers:
Craiova: J.Horton 25+6reb+1ast, K.Simms 21+19reb+1ast, C.Wohlleb 18+4reb+9ast, B.Gillespie 17+6ast, I.Albu 4+1ast, I.Dodoc 0+1reb+1ast
CSU Sibiu: S.Atanackovic 21+2reb+5ast, M.Markovic 21+4reb+3ast, O.Calota 21+2reb+7ast, L.Seals 12+3reb+2ast, M.Harrison 10+9reb+3ast, C.Craciun 6+3reb
gschID: 119067


Miercurea - U.Mobitel.CN 79-90

Very expected game when 16th ranked Miercurea (1-18) lost at home to fourth ranked U-Mobitelco (14-5) 90-79. Miercurea was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 50-38 second half run of U-Mobitelco. They outrebounded Miercurea 34-21 including 23 on the defensive glass. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-82) fired a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Kyndall Dykes (191-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. U-Mobitelco's coach Marcel Tenter allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) produced 23 points and 9 assists and the other American import power forward Jonathan Huffman (213-86, college: Iona, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 23 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. U-Mobitelco maintains fourth place with 14-5 record. Miercurea lost fourteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 18 lost games. U-Mobitelco's next round opponent will be Craiova (#13) at home and are hoping to win another game. Miercurea will play against the league's leader Ploiesti.
Top scorers:
Miercurea: J.Huffman 23+7reb, C.Hannah 23+3reb+9ast, L.Levine 12+2reb+6ast, Y.Coleman 12+5reb+2ast, Z.Samuila 9+2reb, J.Madaras 0
U.Mobitel.CN: Z.Krstanovic 34+11reb+1ast, K.Dykes 21+5reb+3ast, M.Silvasan 12+3reb+4ast, C.Fometescu 11+2reb+4ast, S.Thomson 8+5reb+1ast, B.Cuic 2+5reb+3ast
gschID: 119068


Gaz Metan - CSM Bucuresti 73-80

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Gaz Metan (15-4) in Medias on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked CSM Bucuresti (10-8) 80-73. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Gaz Metan. Gaz Metan was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 25-15 charge of CSM Bucuresti, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by Gaz Metan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Ray Kraemer (193-87, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Deven Mitchell (196-84, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Montenegrin-Serbian forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gaz Metan. Gaz Metan's coach Bruno Soce rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CSM Bucuresti moved-up to seventh place. Gaz Metan at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. CSM Bucuresti are looking forward to face Brasov (#15) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gaz Metan will play against Politehnica Iasi (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: I.Ivanovic 18+5reb, D.Mitchell 16+6reb+2ast, I.Dragusin 11+4reb, T.Nicoara 8+8reb, U.Velickovic 7+2reb, T.Jucan 4+7reb
CSM Bucuresti: R.Kraemer 24+7reb, J.Smith 23+3reb+4ast, B.Tomic 13+10reb+3ast, M.Bennett 7+8reb, A.Santana 7+4reb+2ast, M.Paul 6+1reb
gschID: 119063


Mures - Politehnica Iasi 104-81

The game between fifth ranked Mures (13-5) and 14th ranked Politehnica Iasi (3-16) in Mures ended with biggest points difference. Mures outscored guests from Iasi 104-81. The game without a history. Mures 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 Politehnica Iasi's 34. Mures forced 20 Politehnica Iasi turnovers and outrebounded them 50-35 including a 39-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mures players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Politehnica Iasi's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard JuJuan Cooley (175-82, college: Indiana Tech, agency: Agency No 10) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 7 rebounds, 15 assists and 5 steals. Mures' coach Csaba Deri felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and American swingman Bryan McCullough (198-83, college: NC-Asheville) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Mures and four Politehnica Iasi players scored in double figures. Mures maintains fifth place with 13-5 record. Politehnica Iasi lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Mures' next round opponent will be higher ranked Steaua Turabo (#3) in Bucuresti and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Politehnica Iasi will play at home against the league's second-placed Gaz Metan (#2) in Medias.
Top scorers:
Politehnica Iasi: F.Moscalu 23, L.Dawson 17+4reb+3ast, B.McCullough 15+6reb+5ast, M.Nicolae 13+15reb, D.Anghel 7+8reb, C.Amarghioalei 3+2reb
Mures: A.Mladenovic 24+12reb+1ast, J.Forte 18+10reb+1ast, L.Dumitru 16+4reb+2ast, F.Lapuste 12+5reb+2ast, D.Lewis 11+6reb, J.Cooley 10+7reb+15ast
gschID: 119064


Timisoara - Ploiesti 64-82

Very predictable result when second ranked Ploiesti (16-3) won against on the road 12th ranked Timisoara (8-11) 82-64. Timisoara was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 51-32 second half run of Ploiesti. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Timisoara's 28. The former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian forward Milos Pesic (202-84) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian forward Nenad Markovic (199-80) added 20 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!) respectively for lost side. Five Ploiesti and four Timisoara players scored in double figures. Ploiesti have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Timisoara at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 11 games lost. Ploiesti's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Miercurea (#16) at home which should be an easy win for them. Timisoara will play against Otopeni (#9).
Top scorers:
Timisoara: N.Markovic 20+3reb+1ast, D.Habus 11+3reb+1ast, M.Pesic 11+10reb+5ast, D.Paltinisanu 10+10reb+3ast, R.Dzambic 6+3reb+2ast, I.Miskovic 6+2reb+1ast
Ploiesti: Q.Calhoun 16+8reb, D.Mack 16+3reb+1ast, C.Burlacu 13+11reb+2ast, A.Blidaru 12+4reb+2ast, L.Szijarto 12+4reb+2ast, J.Westrol 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 119061


Brasov - Otopeni 57-76

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Brasov (1-18) was outscored at home by ninth ranked Otopeni (10-9) 76-57. It looked good early as Brasov took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Otopeni had a 26-20 second period charge getting the lead and Brasov was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 57-76. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Brasov to just 7 points in fourth quarter. American forward Cortney Scott (196-82, college: Oakland) fired 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Brian Burell (191-84, college: UTPA) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Otopeni players scored in double figures. Montenegrin center Zeljko Bubanja (210-73) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds and guard Mihai Popa (186-79) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Brasov's coach Milorad Perovic tested twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Otopeni moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Pitesti. Brasov lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Otopeni's next round opponent will be Timisoara (#12) at home. Brasov will play against CSM Bucuresti.
Top scorers:
Brasov: Z.Bubanja 26+7reb, M.Popa 10+6reb+5ast, R.Paliciuc 8+9reb+1ast, O.Boian 5+1reb, B.Dragus 3, H.Codin 2+1reb
Otopeni: C.Scott 17+7reb+3ast, M.Medvedj 17+2reb+3ast, B.Burell 16+6reb+2ast, A.Belanovic 12+4reb, D.Popescu 8+4reb+4ast, C.Vlaicu 2+1reb
gschID: 119062




Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Politehnica Iasi
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Dawson, Polite.20.9 
 2. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.4 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.3 
 4. Vujacic, Pitesti18.9 
 5. Darby, Rovinari18.7 
 6. Pesic, Timisoara18.7 
 7. Scott, Otopeni18.7 
 8. Wohlleb, Craiova18.0 
 9. Mladenovic, Mures17.5 
 10. McCullough, Polite.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Simms, Craiova11.8 
 2. Nicoara, Gaz Metan10.7 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.7 
 4. Burlacu, Ploiesti9.1 
 5. Coleman, Miercurea9.0 
 6. Forte, Mures8.9 
 7. Mladenovic, Mures8.5 
 8. Tomic, CSM B.7.8 
 9. Eichelberger, Pitesti7.7 
 10. Scott, Otopeni7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rade DZAMBIC
  Timisoara
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 2. Cooley, Mures7.6 
 3. Howell, Gaz Metan5.4 
 4. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.2 
 5. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 6. Medvedj, Otopeni4.9 
 7. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.7 
 8. Gennie, Pitesti4.6 
 9. Maric, Oradea4.5 
 10. Tucker, Miercurea3.9 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Cooley, Mures2.6 
 2. Gennie, Pitesti2.6 
 3. Howell, Gaz Metan2.6 
 4. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.4 
 6. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.3 
 7. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.3 
 8. Paliciuc, Brasov2.3 
 9. Dawson, Polite.2.2 
 10. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.9 
 2. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.8 
 3. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 4. Lazar, Oradea1.6 
 5. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 6. Mladenovic, Mures1.5 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Vajda, Miercurea1.0 
 9. Anghel, Polite.1.0 
 10. Dragusin, Gaz M.0.9 


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Singapore Slingers stay alive in ASEAN League semis - by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers - Thailand Slammers 90:76

Singapore Slingers extended their ASEAN League season for at least for one more game. They trounced visiting Thailand Slammers to level the semifinal series at 1-1. Vergara Al (173-G-79) and Avenido Leonidez (186-G) teamed up for impressive 60 points to lead the Slingers to a crucial victory at the end.
The teams stayed close in the first half. The hosts took a 5-point halftime advantage. But the third term changed the complexion of the encounter. Vergara Al came up with 13 points for the Slingers as they outscored the visitors 22:10 to pile up a comfortable 17-point lead with ten minutes to go. The Slammers woke up in the fourth quarter erupting for 31 points but it was too late to rescue this one. Avenido Leonidez knocked down 31 points to lead the effort. Vergara Al added 29 points, while Jeffers Kyle (206-C-85, college: Oregon St.) added 20 rebounds to go along with 13 points and 4 assists. Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) answered with 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Slammers. Ardy Larong (190-G/F-80) nailed 13 points in the loss. The third decisive game in the series is scheduled for February 6.

Singapore Slingers: Avenido Leonidez 31, Vergara Al 29, Jeffers Kyle 13+20 boards
Thailand Slammers: Jason Dixon 19+14 boards, Ardy Larong 13



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Helios inks Benjamin Raymond - by Zeljko Zule
Helios addressed a need for backcourt depth with the signing of Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Xavier) for the remainder of the season. He arrives from Lebanon team Anibal Zahle, where he averaged 17.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.3 blocks over 11 games this season. Raymond has some past European experience with Belgian side Generali Okapi Aalstar from the 2009-10 season. He appeared in 34 games and averaged 13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in Belgian League and 17.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 asissts in 5 EuroChallenge games.

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Lisboa e Benfica outscored Norrkoping Dolphins in the last game of Day 3 in EuroChallange Last 16 - by Eurobasket News
Lisboa e Benfica-Norrkoping Dolphins 83:75

Lisboa e Benfica outscored Norrkoping Dolphins in the last game of Day 3 in EuroChallange Last 16. The Portuguese team celebrated 83:75 in Group K in the first day of February.
It was an offensive start in the game and both teams had a good percentage in the first 10 minutes. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) closed the first period as the hosts enjoyed 27:24 early lead. Gregory Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) and Antonio Tavares made it 37:32, while Saks sent the teams to the lockers at 50:41. The tempo had slowed down a bit in the third quarter and as a result the teams nailed 14 points each. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) made it 64:55, while Grace reduced to 69:62. Moreover his another shot brought 75:72 on the board, but Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) and Minhava secured the win for the hosts.
Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Heshimu Evans netted 15. Gregory Jenkins delivered 13, while Antonio Tavares added 9. Joakim Kjellbom responded with 15 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) ended up with 12, whilst Mikael Lindqvist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) scored 11.

Lisboa e Benfica: Sergio Ramos 16, Heshimu Evans 15, Gregory Jenkins 13, Antonio Tavares 9
Norrkoping Dolphins: Joakim Kjellbom 15+13 rebs, Andrew Mitchell 12, Mikael Lindqvist 11


Basketligan Round 26: LF Basket loses to Sundsvall Dragons in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Lulea. Second-ranked host LF Basket (18-8) lost to first ranked Sundsvall Dragons (20-5) 94-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of LF Basket. The game was mostly controlled by Sundsvall Dragons. LF Basket managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded LF Basket 41-30 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sundsvall Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 30 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) chipped in 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) responded with 22 points and 7 assists. Sundsvall Dragons have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-5 record. LF Basket at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Sundsvall Dragons are looking forward to face Sodertalje Kings (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. LF Basket will play against Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they won against eighth-ranked KFUM Jamtland 79-75. The former international guard Andrew Pleick (196-80, college: Lafayette) notched 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and Egal Saleman supported him with 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Eco Orebro's coach Lennart Grundel allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists by Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for KFUM Jamtland. Eco Orebro maintains tenth position with 5-20 record. KFUM Jamtland at the other side keeps the eighth place with 17 games lost. Eco Orebro will play against higher ranked Sodertalje Kings (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KFUM Jamtland will play against Boras Basket (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Boras supposed to be also quite interesting. 6th ranked Solna Vikings (11-15) played at the court of seventh ranked Boras Basket (10-16). Boras Basket smashed Solna Vikings 104-82 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Michael Palm who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Adam Constantine produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the guests. Solna Vikings' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Boras Basket maintains seventh position with 10-16 record. Solna Vikings lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Boras Basket will meet KFUM Jamtland (#8) on the road in the next round. Solna Vikings will have a break next round.
The game in Solna was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (16-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Solna Vikings (11-15). Norrkoping Dolphins did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 94-75. Joakim Kjellbom orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 16-7 record. Solna Vikings lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins' next round opponent will be league's second-placed LF Basket in Lulea and it may be the game of the week.

In the last game of round 26 Uppsala lost to Sodertalje on the opponent's court 71-82.



Eco Orebro - Jamtland 79-75

Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they won against eighth-ranked KFUM Jamtland 79-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KFUM Jamtland won third quarter 26-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded KFUM Jamtland 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. The former international guard Andrew Pleick (196-80, college: Lafayette) notched 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and forward Egal Saleman (199-88) supported him with 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Eco Orebro players scored in double figures. Eco Orebro's coach Lennart Grundel allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists by Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for KFUM Jamtland. American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union) added 22 points and 6 assists for the guests. Eco Orebro maintains tenth position with 5-20 record. KFUM Jamtland at the other side keeps the eighth place with 17 games lost. Eco Orebro will play against higher ranked Sodertalje Kings (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KFUM Jamtland will play against Boras Basket (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Eco Orebro: E.Saleman 19+8reb+1ast, P.Hampton 13+4reb+3ast, A.Pleick 13+9reb+7ast, J.Andersson 12+1reb+1ast, O.Lindell 10+10reb+1ast, L.Mosley 7+3reb+1ast
Jamtland: D.Klaric 24+11reb+5ast, D.Hargrove 22+2reb+6ast, S.Hellgren 9+1reb+3ast, L.Marolt 8+1reb+1ast, J.Roenstrom 3, S.Mjos 3+6reb
gschID: 94238


Boras - Solna 104-82

The game in Boras supposed to be also quite interesting. 6th ranked Solna Vikings (11-15) played at the court of seventh ranked Boras Basket (10-16). Boras Basket smashed Solna Vikings 104-82 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 104-82. Boras Basket made 31-of-39 free shots (79.5 percent) during the game, while Solna Vikings only scored eleven points from the stripe. Boras Basket forced 19 Solna Vikings turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). American guard Kellen McCoy (168-87, college: Weber St.) chipped in 29 points. Five Boras Basket players scored in double figures. American forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon, agency: Strategic Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and his fellow American import forward William Walker (201-87, college: Bethel (IN), agency: Warren Sports International) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Solna Vikings' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Boras Basket maintains seventh position with 10-16 record. Solna Vikings lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Boras Basket will meet KFUM Jamtland (#8) on the road in the next round. Solna Vikings will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Boras: M.Palm 34+10reb+1ast, K.McCoy 29+2reb+3ast, C.Ryan 16+5reb+5ast, C.McKnight 14+9reb+2ast, H.Carlsson 11+6reb+2ast, A.Andersson 0
Solna: A.Constantine 21+10reb, W.Walker 15+5reb+3ast, L.Myrthil 12+4reb, D.Hult 8+1reb, L.Gunnarsson 7+5reb+3ast, Y.Merzoug 5+2ast
gschID: 94239


Solna - Norrkoping 75-94

The game in Solna was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (16-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Solna Vikings (11-15). Norrkoping Dolphins did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 94-75. The game without a history. Norrkoping Dolphins led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. International power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Irish forward Conor Grace (210-82, college: Davidson) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Norrkoping Dolphins players scored in double figures. American forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon, agency: Strategic Sports) replied with 25 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) added 14 points and 9 assists in the effort for Solna Vikings. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 16-7 record. Solna Vikings lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins' next round opponent will be league's second-placed LF Basket in Lulea and it may be the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: O.Ayuba 18+1reb, C.Grace 13+5reb+1ast, M.Lindqvist 13+1ast, J.Kjellbom 11+11reb+2ast, A.Mitchell 11+8ast, T.Gaidamavicius 9+5reb+3ast
Solna: A.Constantine 25+3reb, L.Gunnarsson 14+3reb+9ast, W.Walker 9+3reb+1ast, L.Myrthil 7+6reb+1ast, D.Persson 6+4reb+1ast, J.Leguia 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 120871


Sodertalje - Uppsala 82-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Uppsala Basket's (13-11) road loss to fourth ranked Sodertalje Kings (17-8) 71-82. Uppsala Basket was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 49-37 second half run of Sodertalje Kings. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Uppsala Basket turnovers. American guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. International guard Dino Pita (192-88) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) replied with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Austrian center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Uppsala Basket. Sodertalje Kings moved-up to third place. Uppsala Basket at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Sodertalje Kings' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Uppsala Basket will play against 08 Stockholm (#9).
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: J.Smith 29+7reb+6ast, D.Pita 19+2reb+1ast, A.Wikner-Nordberg 8+2reb+1ast, M.Griskenas 8+4reb+2ast, A.Chuk 7+2reb+8ast, W.Galick 7+7reb+1ast
Uppsala: B.Smith 32+5reb+4ast, M.Kohlmaier 16+6reb, T.Whitworth 8+3reb+1ast, R.Eriksson 7+2reb, F.Jonzen 4+2reb+2ast, H.Magnusson 4+8reb+3ast
gschID: 94235


LF Basket - Sundsvall 81-94

The game between Top Four teams took place in Lulea. Second-ranked host LF Basket (18-8) lost to first ranked Sundsvall Dragons (20-5) 94-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of LF Basket. The game was mostly controlled by Sundsvall Dragons. LF Basket managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded LF Basket 41-30 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sundsvall Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 30 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) chipped in 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) responded with 22 points and 7 assists and the former international power forward John Rosendahl (203-77, college: Wyoming) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Five Sundsvall Dragons and four LF Basket players scored in double figures. Sundsvall Dragons have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-5 record. LF Basket at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Sundsvall Dragons are looking forward to face Sodertalje Kings (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. LF Basket will play against Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall: A.Wesby 30+8reb+3ast, L.Rush 14+8reb+2ast, J.Jeansson 14+4reb+3ast, J.Pierre 14+1reb+3ast, J.Sigurdarson 10+5reb+4ast, H.Baeringsson 10+11reb+5ast
LF Basket: R.Mbemba 22+4reb+7ast, J.Rosendahl 18+9reb+3ast, T.Woodbury 15+5reb+1ast, T.Levett 14+8reb, M.Pahlmblad 7+1ast, E.Salon 5
gschID: 94236




Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 20-5 
 2. LF Basket 18-8 
 3. Sodertalje 17-8 
 4. Norrkoping 16-7 
 5. Uppsala 13-11 
 6. Solna 11-15 
 7. Boras 10-16 
 8. Jamtland 8-17 
 9. 08 6-17 
 10. Eco Orebro 5-20 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland21.7 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje21.1 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall20.5 
 4. Smith, Uppsala20.4 
 5. McCoy, Boras19.2 
 6. Wesby, Sundsvall18.9 
 7. Gunnarsson, Solna18.6 
 8. Palm, Boras18.1 
 9. Klaric, Jamtland17.3 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.11.2 
 2. Palm, Boras9.2 
 3. McKnight, Boras9.1 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.8 
 6. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.5 
 7. Walker, Solna7.5 
 8. Cipriano, Eco O.7.0 
 9. Klaric, Jamtland6.8 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.3 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.4 
 3. Beck, 084.9 
 4. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.5 
 5. Hargrove, Jamtland4.5 
 6. Frier, Uppsala4.5 
 7. Chuk, Sodertalje4.4 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 9. McCoy, Boras4.3 
 10. Smith, Sodertalje4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.8 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.5 
 3. Smith, Uppsala2.1 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland2.1 
 5. Rush, Sundsvall2.1 
 6. Wesby, Sundsvall1.9 
 7. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.9 
 8. Frier, Uppsala1.9 
 9. McCoy, Boras1.8 
 10. Eriksson, Uppsala1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.0 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 3. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.6 
 4. Palm, Boras1.6 
 5. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.3 
 6. Cipriano, Eco O.1.1 
 7. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 8. Walker, Solna1.0 
 9. Constantine, Solna1.0 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro0.9 


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Efevberha's 27 points and 8 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Michael Efevberha (196-G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Lugano Tigers and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds and eight assists for Lugano Tigers in his team's victory, helping them to crush BBC Nyon (#9, 2-16) with 24-point margin 93-69. It allowed Lugano Tigers to consolidate first place in the Swiss league. Lugano Tigers have a solid 16-2 record. In the team's last game Efevberha had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It's his second year at Lugano Tigers and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Michael Efevberha averages this season 17.8ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Tony Brown (193-G-79) of Starwings Basket Regio Basel. He is American guard in his second season at Starwings. In the last game Brown recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Starwings to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Zurich Wildcats (#10, 1-17) 79-35. Starwings' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Brown is well-known at Starwings and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#5). He also recorded 4.9 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Tony Gugino (207-C-86) of Boncourt (#6). Gugino showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Boncourt, leading his team to a 86-82 win against the higher-ranked Fribourg (#2, 12-6). Boncourt needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Gugino has a great season in Switzerland. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.4rpg (5th best). He also has 2.6spg, 1.7bpg and FGP: 50.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lester Hunte (196-G/F-88) of BBC Nyon - 19 points and 10 rebounds
5. Rickey Gibson (191-G-84) of SAV Vacallo - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Matt Schneiderman (205-F/C-81) of Lugano Tigers - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Alex Thompson (208-F-85) of Starwings - 25 points and 10 rebounds
8. Steve Smith (200-F-81) of Fribourg - 24 points and 9 rebounds
9. Douglas Tshomba (201-F-83) of Boncourt - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Josh Almanson (205-F-82) of Geneve Lions - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Jalaa survive double overtime thriller against ASU - by Eurobasket News
ASU - Jalaa 100:104 (2OT)

Jalaa endured two extra periods before celebrating a road win over ASU. The victory put Jalaa up 1-0 in the best-of-three WABA quarterfinal series. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) knocked down 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to pace the Syrian team.
Jalaa dominated the first half. They recorded a comfortable 46:29 lead at the interval. But ASU went on a desperate rescue rally that eventually tied the game at 80 at the end of regulation. The teams were still drawn at 89 after five minutes of action. Finally Jalaa pulled in front and eked out a tough win at the end. Michel Maadanli (195-G-81) added 22 points for Jalaa. Sari Papazian (194-G/F-82) contributed 16 points in the win. Mousa Alawadi (192-G/F-85) answered with 29 points for ASU. Norman Nolan (202-F/C-76, college: Virginia) netted 23 points in defeat.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for February 15.

ASU: Mousa Alawadi 29, Norman Nolan 23
Jalaa: Samaki Walker 26+16 boards, Michel Maadanli 22, Sari Papazian 16



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Singapore Slingers stay alive in ASEAN League semis - by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers - Thailand Slammers 90:76

Singapore Slingers extended their ASEAN League season for at least for one more game. They trounced visiting Thailand Slammers to level the semifinal series at 1-1. Vergara Al (173-G-79) and Avenido Leonidez (186-G) teamed up for impressive 60 points to lead the Slingers to a crucial victory at the end.
The teams stayed close in the first half. The hosts took a 5-point halftime advantage. But the third term changed the complexion of the encounter. Vergara Al came up with 13 points for the Slingers as they outscored the visitors 22:10 to pile up a comfortable 17-point lead with ten minutes to go. The Slammers woke up in the fourth quarter erupting for 31 points but it was too late to rescue this one. Avenido Leonidez knocked down 31 points to lead the effort. Vergara Al added 29 points, while Jeffers Kyle (206-C-85, college: Oregon St.) added 20 rebounds to go along with 13 points and 4 assists. Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) answered with 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Slammers. Ardy Larong (190-G/F-80) nailed 13 points in the loss. The third decisive game in the series is scheduled for February 6.

Singapore Slingers: Avenido Leonidez 31, Vergara Al 29, Jeffers Kyle 13+20 boards
Thailand Slammers: Jason Dixon 19+14 boards, Ardy Larong 13



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  TURKEY   


Besiktas officially signs Oliver Lafayette - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) became a new member of Besiktas. The Turkish outfit announced his signing today.
Oliver Lafayette heads to Besiktas from the NBA D-League team Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He appeared 21 times for them averaging 16.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Lafayette started the season with Partizan Belgrade, but they parted ways in November. He tallied 8.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in Euroleague. In Adriatic League Oliver Lafayette notched 10.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Lafayette is expected to replace Allen Iverson on the roster. Iverson got injured and is not expected to comeback until late March.
Besiktas currently has 10-7 record in TBL.


Orhun Ene officially takes over Turkish NT - by Eurobasket News
Orhun Ene officially became a new Head Coach of the Turkish National Team. It was expected decision by the Turkish Basketball Federation. Ene will replace Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ), who led the team at the latest FIBA World Championship. Of course, Turkey made the best result ever winning the Silver at this event. Tanjevic will stay with the NT as technical coordinator.
Orhun Ene was Assistant Coach of the Team Turkey last summer. He is also a Head Coach of Banvit, who was the most pleasant surprise last season in TBL and they also shine in this one. Banvit currently has 14-3 record. Orhun Ene worked with Turkish U16, U19 and U20 national teams in the past. As a player, he was a member of Team Turkey from 1991 to 1993 and later from 1996 to 2001.


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 23-6 
 2. Budivelnyk 22-6 
 3. Hoverla 18-11 
 4. Azovmash 17-12 
 5. Dnipro 15-14 
 6. Kryvbasbasket 15-14 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 15-15 
 8. Mykolaiv 13-14 
 9. DniproAzot 12-16 
 10. BC Odessa 12-18 
 11. Khimik 10-20 
 12. Halychyna 10-21 
 13. BC Kyiv 7-22 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.8 
 2. Burns, Fe.18.4 
 3. Curry, Azovmash17.3 
 4. Washington, BC Od.16.9 
 5. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 6. Efejuku, Fe.15.2 
 7. Williams, Halychyna14.9 
 8. Karim, DniproAzot14.9 
 9. DeGroat, BC Odessa14.8 
 10. Wiggins, Halychyna14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.8 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna8.9 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.7.6 
 6. Owens, Azovmash7.2 
 7. Austin, Dnipro7.0 
 8. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 9. Thomas, Azovmash6.8 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick ZIMMERMAN
  Hoverla
  (189-G-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.3 
 2. Abernethy, Halyc.5.3 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.8 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Millage, Khimik4.7 
 7. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.2 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. Love, Mykolaiv1.7 
 3. Greene, Mykolaiv1.6 
 4. Burns, Fe.1.6 
 5. House, Azovmash1.5 
 6. Gliebov, BC Donetsk1.5 
 7. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.4 
 8. Protic, Khimik1.4 
 9. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.4 
 10. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.5 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.2 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Pettway, Dnipro1.5 
 6. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.4 
 7. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.3 
 8. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. Morrison, Halyc.1.2 
 10. Balashov, BC Odessa1.1 


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Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Villegas, Olimpia27.6 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Hayes, Cordon23.3 
 7. Taboada, Bigua23.2 
 8. Aguiar, Hebraica22.9 
 9. Woodward, Defensor20.4 
 10. Coleman, Bohemios20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 4. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 5. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 6. Dilligard, Olimpia9.6 
 7. Kanis, Trouville9.5 
 8. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
 9. Wilborn, Bigua9.3 
 10. Maxey, Un.Atletica9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.3 
 2. Martinez, Malvin5.6 
 3. Cambon, Bigua5.5 
 4. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 5. Pereyra, Bohemios5.2 
 6. Gonzalez, Defensor5.2 
 7. Vidal, Bigua5.0 
 8. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 9. Muro, Aguada4.8 
 10. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville2.6 
 3. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 4. Latham, Anastasia2.2 
 5. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 6. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 7. Rovira, Bigua2.0 
 8. Osimani, Montevideo1.9 
 9. Viera, Anastasia1.9 
 10. Aguilera, Trouville1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia4.0 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Wilborn, Bigua2.3 
 4. Newsome, Malvin2.2 
 5. Bortz, Malvin2.0 
 6. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 7. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 8. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 9. Kanis, Trouville1.8 
 10. Billings, Bigua1.6 


Olimia and Welcome tied the quarter finals 1-1 - by Hector Lopez
Welcome scored five points in the last 18 seconds to beat Bigua by two points 82-80, to tie 1-1 the LUB quarter finals.Marcelo Perez (194-F-73) netted a three points shot and Welcome recovered the ball so Santiago Moglia (196-F-89) scored the last two point shot. For Welcome, Perez netted 16 points, Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) added 17 and Scott Cutley (196-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) netted 8 and grabbed 9 rebounds. For Bigua- number 1 during the regular season, Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) had 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) netted 14 with10 rebounds. Olimpia defeated Malvn 77-71 and the quarter final is tied 1-1. Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) scored 20 points with 9 rebounds and Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) scored 15 points 8 rebounds. For Malvin - number 2 during the regular season - Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) scored 18 points with 5 rebounds, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) scored 14 with 9 rebounds and Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) added 10 and 9 rebounds.



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Vozdovac end Gospic's 16-game win streak - by Zeljko Zule
League leading Gospic CO fell to Vozdovac, 73-77, in the postponed game of Round 10. Ana Radovic scored 17 points, Ana Krstovic (187-C-83) netted 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, Marija Prlja collected 13 points and 8 assists and Ivana Jovanoic had 13 points to help Serbian team snap Gospic's winning streak at 16 games. Vozdovac hadn't won since November 14 at home and lost four in a row at home. Gospic held 39-31 lead at the break. Jelena Ivezic finished with 21 points, Michelle Maslowski had 13 points and 9 rebounds, Maurita Reid posted 12 points and Ana Vrsaljko 10. Gospic played without its leading scorer and rebounder, Marija Vrsaljko, who was averaging 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ljubica KURE
  AJM Maribor
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Kure, AJM Maribor20.3 
 2. Baric, Merkur C.18.1 
 3. Miller, Lupa Promot.16.9 
 4. Butulija, Partizan16.6 
 5. Bedalov, Medvescak16.2 
 6. Turcinovic, Merkur C.15.9 
 7. Ivezic, Gospic15.2 
 8. Bigovic, Jedinstv.15.1 
 9. Dover, AJM Maribor15.0 
 10. Pilav, Celik14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ana TURCINOVIC
  Merkur Celje
  (190-C-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Turcinovic, Merkur C.12.2 
 2. Popovic, Jedinstv.9.5 
 3. Miller, Lupa Promot.9.2 
 4. Stone, Partizan8.1 
 5. Matic, Lupa P.7.8 
 6. Ivankovic, Jolly7.8 
 7. Bedalov, Medvescak7.7 
 8. Vrsaljko, Gospic7.5 
 9. Radovic, Vozdovac7.3 
 10. Stjepanovic, Radivo.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Reid, Gospic5.0 
 2. Baric, Merkur C.4.6 
 3. Mehmedic, Celik3.9 
 4. Peric, Medvescak3.5 
 5. Cakic, Jolly3.3 
 6. Misura, Jolly3.3 
 7. Prlja, Vozdovac3.2 
 8. Mandir, Gospic3.2 
 9. Salopek, Jolly3.1 
 10. Butulija, Partizan3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Reid, Gospic3.1 
 2. Bigovic, Jedinstv.2.9 
 3. Butulija, Partizan2.9 
 4. Prlja, Vozdovac2.7 
 5. Dover, AJM Maribor2.4 
 6. Djuric, Vojvodina2.4 
 7. Mehmedic, Celik2.4 
 8. Dabovic, Partizan2.2 
 9. Bura, Vojvodina2.2 
 10. Klein, Merkur Celje2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Natasa POPOVIC
  Jedinstvo BP
  (190-C-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Popovic, Jedinstv.3.1 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly1.8 
 3. Vrsaljko, Gospic1.6 
 4. Bedalov, Medvescak1.2 
 5. Tikvic, Medvescak1.1 
 6. Miller, Lupa Promot.0.9 
 7. Stone, Partizan0.7 
 8. Ajanovic, Radivoj .0.7 
 9. Misura, Jolly0.5 
 10. Mazic, Lupa P.0.5 


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D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 21
 1. Leemans, Sint K.21.0 
 2. VanMalderen, Dexia N.16.5 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.16.5 
 4. Decroos, BBC Boom15.9 
 5. Meesseman, Ieper15.6 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.15.5 
 7. Crelot, Houthalen14.9 
 8. Boonen, BBC Boom14.6 
 9. Wilkins, Point Chaud14.5 
 10. Mayombo, Point C.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rhona MCKENZIE
  Houthalen
  (183-F-76)
  Avg: 16
 1. McKenzie, Houth.16.0 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper11.1 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.10.2 
 4. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.5 
 5. Malfait, Jeugd G.9.2 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.8.8 
 7. Verbeest, Deerlijk7.4 
 8. Hoehne, R.Spirou.7.3 
 9. Mans, Willebroek7.1 
 10. Van Respaill., Wareg.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Leemans, Sint K.3.6 
 2. Mayombo, Point C.2.7 
 3. Vanloo, Waregem2.1 
 4. Devliegher, Ieper2.1 
 5. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.1 
 6. Verhofstadt, Jeugd G.2.0 
 7. Blommaers, Houth.2.0 
 8. Degels, Jeugd G.2.0 
 9. Mertens, Sint K.1.9 
 10. Van Dessel, Sint K.1.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rhona MCKENZIE
  Houthalen
  (183-F-76)
  Avg: 3
 1. McKenzie, Houth.3.0 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper2.6 
 3. Medvedeva, Waregem2.4 
 4. Gaither, Dexia N.2.3 
 5. Van Driel, BBC B.2.1 
 6. Mayombo, Point C.2.0 
 7. De Bondt, Deerlijk2.0 
 8. Degels, Jeugd G.1.9 
 9. Deneil, Dexia Namur1.9 
 10. Van den Vond., BBC B.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Meesseman, Ieper3.3 
 2. Boonen, BBC Boom2.3 
 3. Gaither, Dexia N.1.3 
 4. Dennett, Sint K.1.2 
 5. Hoehne, R.Spirou.1.0 
 6. Malfait, Jeugd G.1.0 
 7. Medvedeva, Waregem0.9 
 8. Lentacker, Jeugd G.0.9 
 9. Arts, BBC Boom0.9 
 10. Raman, Waregem0.9 


D1 Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The game in Houthalen was quite interesting. Second ranked Sint Kateline Waver (11-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Houthalen (5-8). Sint Kateline Waver managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-73. Sint Kateline Waver made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international swingman Sara Leemans (178-88) who scored 26 points. American forward Melissa Dennett (188-83, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 19 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Sint Kateline Waver's coach Arvid Diels used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Annelies Blommaers (176-83) produced 18 points for the hosts. Sint Kateline Waver have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with BBC Boom. Houthalen lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Willebroek and R.Spirou M.. Sint Kateline Waver is looking forward to face Basket Groot (#6) in Willebroek in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Houthalen will play on the road against Tulikivi in Deerlijk and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Gent, where 4th placed Blue Cats (8-4) lost to ninth ranked Jeugd Gentson (4-10) in a road game 56-72. L.Platteau orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. Lieselot Malfait contributed with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International center Emma Meesseman (188-93) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds for Blue Cats. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jeugd Gentson maintains ninth place with 4-10 record. Blue Cats at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Jeugd Gentson will play against higher ranked R.Spirou Monceau (#7) in Charleroi in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Blue Cats will play at home against the league's second-placed Declercq Stortbeton and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Namur. Local Dexia Namur (9-5) outscored 6th ranked R.Spirou Monceau (5-8) 94-67 on Saturday night. Laurence VanMalderen stepped up and scored 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Dexia Namur's coach Didier Prinsen felt very confident using 11 players saving starting five for next games. Virginie Michiels responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Dexia Namur moved-up to fourth place. R.Spirou Monceau lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Houthalen and Willebroek. Dexia Namur will meet higher ranked BBC Boom (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. R.Spirou Monceau will play against Jeugd Gentson and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 17 Deerlijk was defeated by Willebroek in a road game 71-63. Bottom-ranked Point Chaud was smashed by Waregem at home 46-66.


Willebroek - Deerlijk 71-63

There was no surprise in Willebroek where 10th ranked Tulikivi (3-12) was defeated by eighth ranked Basket Groot (5-8) 71-63 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-63. Basket Groot shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Center Trui Bijnens (187-84) stepped up and scored 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard Melissa Van Breedam (173-85) chipped in 15 points. Basket Groot's coach Ly Hamady allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Ann-Sofie Boucherie (175-81) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and center Evelien Maes (184-80) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Basket Groot moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Houthalen and R.Spirou M. Tulikivi at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Basket Groot will meet league's leader Sint Kateline Waver on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tulikivi will play against Houthalen (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Deerlijk: A.Boucherie 23+7reb, E.Maes 14+5reb, E.Verbeest 8+9reb, S.Storme 7+4reb, C.Mortier 5+2reb, P.Van De Bruaene 4+2reb
Willebroek: M.Van Breedam 15+1reb, T.Bijnens 11+7reb, H.Adams 10+2ast, K.Hendrickx 9+2ast, H.Hedebouw 9+5reb+1ast, V.Mans 5+6reb+2ast
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Houthalen - Sint Kateline 73-80

The game in Houthalen was quite interesting. Second ranked Sint Kateline Waver (11-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Houthalen (5-8). Sint Kateline Waver managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-73. Sint Kateline Waver made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international swingman Sara Leemans (178-88) who scored 26 points. American forward Melissa Dennett (188-83, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 19 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Sint Kateline Waver's coach Arvid Diels used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Annelies Blommaers (176-83) produced 18 points and American guard Carrie Myers (180-85, college: Valparaiso) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Four Houthalen players scored in double figures. Sint Kateline Waver have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with BBC Boom. Houthalen lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Willebroek and R.Spirou M.. Sint Kateline Waver is looking forward to face Basket Groot (#6) in Willebroek in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Houthalen will play on the road against Tulikivi in Deerlijk and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Houthalen: A.Blommaers 18+2reb, C.Myers 17+1reb, N.Crelot 14, K.Bartholomeeus 10, S.Bas 5, W.Bas 4+4reb
Sint Kateline: S.Leemans 26, M.Dennett 19+1reb, D.Van Dessel 10, F.Mertens 8, M.Celus 7+1reb, A.Winkelmans 4+1reb
gschID: 101476


Dexia Namur - R.Spirou M. 94-67

The game with biggest result difference took place in Namur. Local Dexia Namur (9-5) outscored 6th ranked R.Spirou Monceau (5-8) 94-67 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Dexia Namur 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 R.Spirou Monceau's 38 and made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. International center Laurence VanMalderen (193-81, agency: LBM Management) stepped up and scored 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American center Katryna Gaither (191-75, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. Five Dexia Namur players scored in double figures. Dexia Namur's coach Didier Prinsen felt very confident using 11 players saving starting five for next games. International forward Virginie Michiels (182-87) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds and guard Krystel Ballau (168-84, agency: LBM Management) scored 17 points. Dexia Namur moved-up to fourth place. R.Spirou Monceau lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Houthalen and Willebroek. Dexia Namur will meet higher ranked BBC Boom (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. R.Spirou Monceau will play against Jeugd Gentson and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
R.Spirou M.: K.Ballau 17+1reb+1ast, V.Michiels 11+9reb+1ast, S.Signore 9+4reb, M.Hamaide 8+1reb+1ast, K.Kurtozi 7+7reb, V.Kara 6+2reb
Dexia Namur: L.VanMalderen 20+9reb+5ast, K.Gaither 18+3reb+5ast, S.Dubuc 14+2reb+2ast, B.Ray 12+7reb+2ast, O.Agabalova 12+6reb+1ast, A.Halin 9+1reb
gschID: 101477


Point Chaud - Waregem 46-66

No shocking result in a game in Sprimont where third ranked Declercq Stortbeton (11-3) smashed bottom-ranked Point Chaud (2-12) 66-46 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Declercq Stortbeton dominated on the defensive end, holding Point Chaud to just 7 points in fourth quarter. The former international forward Angele Boucquey (175-81) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Tamara Van Respaille (186-77) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Declercq Stortbeton's coach Daniel Goethals allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International center Laurence VanMalderen (193-81, agency: LBM Management) responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Emmanuelle Mayombo (170-92, agency: LBM Management) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Declercq Stortbeton have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Point Chaud lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Declercq Stortbeton will meet Blue Cats (#5) in the next round. Point Chaud will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Point Chaud: A.Salvi 12+1reb, A.Tatham 10+5reb+1ast, E.Mayombo 9+5reb, C.Buly 7+4reb, H.Kreemers 5+6reb, X.Smeets 3+4reb
Waregem: A.Boucquey 21+7reb+1ast, N.Deyaert 9+8reb, I.Medvedeva 9+5reb+2ast, T.Van Respaille 8+8reb+1ast, J.Vanloo 8+1reb+1ast, J.Raman 7+1reb
gschID: 101478


Jeugd Gentson - Ieper 72-56

We should mention about the upset which took place in Gent, where 4th placed Blue Cats (8-4) lost to ninth ranked Jeugd Gentson (4-10) in a road game 56-72. It looked good early as Blue Cats took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Jeugd Gentson had a 18-14 second period charge getting the lead and Blue Cats were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 56-72. They outrebounded Blue Cats 40-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. L.Platteau orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. Center Lieselot Malfait (190-87, college: IPFW) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International center Emma Meesseman (188-93) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Marieke Versavel (167-92) added 13 points in the effort for Blue Cats. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jeugd Gentson maintains ninth place with 4-10 record. Blue Cats at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Jeugd Gentson will play against higher ranked R.Spirou Monceau (#7) in Charleroi in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Blue Cats will play at home against the league's second-placed Declercq Stortbeton and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ieper: M.Versavel 13+3reb+1ast, A.Plasman 12+4reb, E.Meesseman 11+7reb, V.Boydens 9+3reb+1ast, S.Devliegher 5+1reb, S.Norman 4+2reb+1ast
Jeugd Gentson: L.Platteau 24+5reb+3ast, E.De Stoop 16+7reb, L.Malfait 10+13reb+4ast, J.Vermeire 8+4reb, E.Wezenbeek 5+2reb+1ast, J.De Witte 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 101479




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WCBA Round 18: Qujing Yunnan defeats Bayi Kylin in overtime - 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. Coincidentally all hosts won their games. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Higher ranked Bayi Kylin (12-6) fell to seventh ranked Qujing Yunnan (9-9) in overtime by seven points 78-85 on Monday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bayi Kylin. Qujing Yunnan maintains seventh position with 9-9 record. Bayi Kylin at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. They share the position with Jiangsu. Qujing Yunnan are looking forward to face higher ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (#4) in Yixing in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bayi Kylin will play at home against Henan Elephants in Jiyuan and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Guangdong Dolphins (13-5) against fourth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (12-6) on Monday night. Visiting Guangdong Dolphins were defeated by Jiangsu Phoenix in a tough game in Yixing 63-69. Jiangsu Phoenix have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Bayi. Guangdong Dolphins at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. Jiangsu Phoenix will play against Qujing Yunnan (#7) at home in the next round. Guangdong Dolphins will play against Shanghai Octopus (#10) and hope to get back on the winning track.
WCBA top team - Shenyang Golden Lions (16-2) added another victory to their record on Monday. This time they beat ninth ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (6-11) in Dandong 75-67. Shenyang Golden Lions have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. Heilongjiang Chenneng lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 11 games lost. Shenyang Golden Lions will meet bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play against Beijing Great Wall and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 18th consecutive match to eleventh ranked Shanghai Octopus (6-12) 75-69. Shanghai Octopus moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Henan. Fujian Nanan at the other side still closes the standingsShanghai Octopus' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Guangdong Dolphins in Dongguan and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fujian Nanan will play at home against the league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game between sixth ranked Zhejiang Far East (9-8) and 10th ranked Henan Elephants (6-12) in Hangzhou on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Zhejiang Far East beat guests from Jiyuan 74-63. Zhejiang Far East maintains sixth position with 9-8 record. Loser Henan Elephants keep the tenth place with 12 games lost. Zhejiang Far East will face higher ranked Liaoning Hengye (#5) in Anshan in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Henan Elephants will play on the road against Bayi Kylin (#3) in Yinzhou.

In the last game of round 18 Beijing were beaten by Liaoning on the road 75-71.



Liaoning - Beijing 75-71

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Liaoning Hengye (11-7) beat 8th ranked Beijing Great Wall (7-11) in Anshan 75-71 on Monday. Liaoning Hengye maintains fifth position with 11-7 record. Loser Beijing Great Wall keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. Liaoning Hengye will face Zhejiang Far East (#6) in Hangzhou in the next round. Beijing Great Wall will play on the road against Heilongjiang Chenneng in Harbin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 118964


Shenyang - Heilongjiang 75-67

WCBA top team - Shenyang Golden Lions (16-2) added another victory to their record on Monday. This time they beat ninth ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (6-11) in Dandong 75-67. Shenyang Golden Lions have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. Heilongjiang Chenneng lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 11 games lost. Shenyang Golden Lions will meet bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play against Beijing Great Wall and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 118965


Jiangsu - Guangdong 69-63

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Guangdong Dolphins (13-5) against fourth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (12-6) on Monday night. Visiting Guangdong Dolphins were defeated by Jiangsu Phoenix in a tough game in Yixing 63-69. Jiangsu Phoenix have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Bayi. Guangdong Dolphins at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. Jiangsu Phoenix will play against Qujing Yunnan (#7) at home in the next round. Guangdong Dolphins will play against Shanghai Octopus (#10) and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 118960


Yunnan - Bayi 85-78 OT

Higher ranked Bayi Kylin (12-6) fell to seventh ranked Qujing Yunnan (9-9) in overtime by seven points 78-85 on Monday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bayi Kylin. Qujing Yunnan maintains seventh position with 9-9 record. Bayi Kylin at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. They share the position with Jiangsu. Qujing Yunnan are looking forward to face higher ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (#4) in Yixing in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bayi Kylin will play at home against Henan Elephants in Jiyuan and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 118961


Zhejiang - Henan 74-63

The game between sixth ranked Zhejiang Far East (9-8) and 10th ranked Henan Elephants (6-12) in Hangzhou on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Zhejiang Far East beat guests from Jiyuan 74-63. Zhejiang Far East maintains sixth position with 9-8 record. Loser Henan Elephants keep the tenth place with 12 games lost. Zhejiang Far East will face higher ranked Liaoning Hengye (#5) in Anshan in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Henan Elephants will play on the road against Bayi Kylin (#3) in Yinzhou.
gschID: 118962


Shanghai - Fujian 75-69

Bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 18th consecutive match to eleventh ranked Shanghai Octopus (6-12) 75-69. Shanghai Octopus moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Henan. Fujian Nanan at the other side still closes the standingsShanghai Octopus' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Guangdong Dolphins in Dongguan and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fujian Nanan will play at home against the league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 118963




Standings - WCBA
WCBA Standings
 1. Shenyang 16-2 
 2. Guangdong 13-5 
 3. Bayi 12-6 
 4. Jiangsu 12-6 
 5. Liaoning 11-7 
 6. Zhejiang 9-8 
 7. Yunnan 9-9 
 8. Beijing 7-11 
 9. Heilongjiang 6-11 
 10. Shanghai 6-12 
 11. Henan 6-12 
 12. Fujian 0-18 


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Fenerbahce
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Taurasi, Fenerbahce24.6 
 2. McCoughtry, MKB E.22.0 
 3. Taylor, Fenerbahce19.2 
 4. Charles, Nadezhda.19.0 
 5. Bonner, Rivas E.18.5 
 6. Yilmaz, Fenerbahce17.4 
 7. Wright, Lotos G.17.4 
 8. Jackson, Spartak .17.3 
 9. Torrens, Perfumer.17.2 
 10. Reid, Gospic17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika14.2 
 2. Charles, Nadezhda.12.7 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.5 
 4. Brunson, Ros C.9.9 
 5. Lyttle, Perfumer.9.9 
 6. Fowles, Galatasa.9.8 
 7. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli9.5 
 8. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.2 
 9. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.8.9 
 10. Bonner, Rivas E.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Reid, Gospic5.3 
 2. Ivanyi, Pecs 20105.2 
 3. Whalen, USK Praha4.8 
 4. Skerovic, Frisco Sika4.7 
 5. Taurasi, Fenerbahce4.7 
 6. Dominguez, Perfumer.4.3 
 7. Zirkova, Dobri Anjeli4.2 
 8. Sharp, Mondeville4.1 
 9. Hammon, Nadezhda.4.0 
 10. Babkina, Lotos G.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Reid, Gospic3.8 
 2. McCoughtry, Fener.3.7 
 3. Phillips, Wisla C.2.4 
 4. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.4 
 5. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.3 
 6. McCoughtry, MKB E.2.3 
 7. Wright, Lotos G.2.1 
 8. Leedham, Gorzow2.1 
 9. Bonner, Rivas E.2.0 
 10. Prince, Spartak .2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.3.4 
 2. Jackson, Spartak .1.6 
 3. Ndongue, Bourges1.6 
 4. Fowles, Galatasa.1.5 
 5. Stepanova, UMMC1.4 
 6. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.4 
 7. McCoughtry, Fener.1.3 
 8. Charles, Nadezhda.1.3 
 9. Burse, Wisla C.1.1 
 10. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.1 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Final Four 2011 - by Juliane Hoehne
The Final Four in Cup Games will be held this year on March 19th and 20th in Wasserburg.
Wasserburg showed with their very detailed application that they would be the right choice to held the Final Four 2011 in Wasserburg. The last time the Final Four was held in Wasserburg was in 2007. Participants are the hosts TSV 1880 Wasserburg, BC Pharmaserv Marburg, Heli Donau-Ries Noerdlingen and BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel.

The semifinal encounters are determined by drawing lottery, which will take its place on February 13th in the halftime of the game TSV Wasserbug vs. Saarlouis.




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  HUNGARY - Women  


Euroleague Play-Off - Round 1 - by Adam Patonay
Both hungarian team reached the Sweet 16 and got spanish opponent and both started away. The hungarian champion, Pecs 2010 played against Salamanca and was close to the north-spanish team until the 4th quarter. Allie Quigly scored 22 points for Pecs, but Halcon had 5 different players who scored over 10 points and won the game by 76:60.
MKB Euroleasing Sopron traveled to South-Spain and played against the last year finalist Ros Casares. Katie Douglas got a smaller ankle injury on the beggining of the game but could come back and helped her team with 15 points. The PG of Sopron, Kata Honti was sick during the last week but could play 31 minutes and scored 10 points. Valencia decided the game shortly, 1:0.

Coach Laszlo Ratgeber started the play-off with a different team than what he had on the group stage. He lost Taurasi, Penny Taylor and Vajda, while Jekabsone, McCoughrty and Sutton-Brown arrived. Anyway, Fener beat their turkish opponent, Galatasaray by 18 points and Sutton-Brown played only 2 minutes, so they continued where they stoped...

Anna Vajda and her new team, USK Praha was the one team which could won on road. So, if they'll win their coming home game, passed the first round! Vajda played 21 minutes and scored 5 points and 6 rebounds.

Next games on friday!


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  ICELAND - Women  


Express L. Round 15: Hamar beats Haukar 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 Hamar. Leader Hamar faced 4th placed Haukar. Host Hamar (15-0) defeated guests from Hafnarfjordur (6-9) 71-62. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Haukar won third quarter 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Jaleesa Butler (183-F-87, college: Georgetown) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. FYR Macedonian guard Slavica Dimovska (177-85) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Kathleen Snodgrass (175-82) who recorded 25 points and 6 rebounds. Haukar's coach Henning Henningsson rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated Hamar have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-0 record. Haukar lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Hamar are looking forward to face KR (#3) in Reykjavik in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Haukar will play at home against the league's second-placed Keflavik and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Keflavik. Second ranked Keflavik faced 3rd placed KR. Host Keflavik (12-3) defeated guests from Reykjavik (9-6) 79-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KR. It was a good game for American forward Jacquline Adamshick (183-84, college: Villanova) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Eva Guamundsdottir contributed with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international forward Margret Sturludottir (178-89) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds for KR. Keflavik maintains second place with 12-3 record having just three points less than leader Hamar. Defending champion KR keeps the third position with six games lost. Keflavik will play against Haukar (#5) in Hafnarfjordur in the next round. KR will play at home against the league's leader Hamar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 15 bottom-ranked Grindavik was defeated by Njardvik in a road game 70-65. Snaefell beat Fjolnir at home 76-72.
The best stats of 15th round was 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals by Natasha Harris of Fjolnir.


Njardvik - Grindavik 70-65

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Grindavik (3-12) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Njardvik (5-10) 70-65. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Grindavik won fourth quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Njardvik dominated on the defensive end, holding Grindavik to just 7 points in third quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for American guard Shayla Fields (175-87, college: N.Carolina St., agency: 540 Sports) who led her team to a victory with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. American-Polish forward Julia Demirer (184-81, college: Emmanuel (MA)) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Njardvik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Latvian guard Agnija Reke (175-86, college: Lamar, agency: Data Plus Group) answered with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and center Helga Hallgrimsdottir (180-87) added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Grindavik. Njardvik maintains sixth place with 5-10 record. Grindavik at the other side stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. They share it with Fjolnir. Njardvik will play against Fjolnir (#7) on the road in the next round. Grindavik will play against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: S.Fields 23+7reb+9ast, J.Demirer 22+8reb+1ast, A.Einarsdottir 9+1reb+1ast, D.Liepkalne 6+18reb+5ast, E.Gretarsdottir 4+1reb, A.Helga Palsdottir 2+3reb+2ast
Grindavik: H.Hallgrimsdottir 21+9reb+1ast, A.Reke 16+7reb+8ast, B.Magnusdottir 10+7reb, C.Boyd 7+3reb+1ast, H.Valdimarsdottir 6+7reb, I.Yrsa Ellertsdottir 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 120835


Hamar - Haukar 71-62

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Hamar. Leader Hamar faced 4th placed Haukar. Host Hamar (15-0) defeated guests from Hafnarfjordur (6-9) 71-62. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Haukar won third quarter 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Jaleesa Butler (183-87, college: Georgetown) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. FYR Macedonian guard Slavica Dimovska (177-85) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Hamar players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Kathleen Snodgrass (175-82) who recorded 25 points and 6 rebounds and guard Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir (173-90) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Haukar's coach Henning Henningsson rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hamar have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-0 record. Haukar lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Hamar are looking forward to face KR (#3) in Reykjavik in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Haukar will play at home against the league's second-placed Keflavik and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Hamar: S.Dimovska 18+5reb+5ast, K.Sigurjonsdottir 17+2ast, J.Butler 15+15reb+4ast, G.Sverrisdottir 10+6reb+1ast, A.Asgeirsdottir 8+5reb+2ast, F.Guamundsdottir 3+7reb+1ast
Haukar: K.Snodgrass 25+6reb+1ast, G.Gunnarsdottir 9+7reb+7ast, R.Brynjarsdottir 8+9reb+1ast, A.Sverrisdottir 6+3reb+3ast, M.Siguraardottir 4+5reb+2ast, D.Samuelsdottir 3
gschID: 120832


Snaefell - Fjolnir 76-72

No shocking result in a game in Stykkisholmur where fifth ranked Snaefell (7-8) defeated 7th ranked Fjolnir (3-12) 76-72. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Fjolnir won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Snaefell forced 27 Fjolnir turnovers. It was a good game for who led her team to a victory with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Berglind Gunnarsdottir (175-93) contributed with 25 points for the winners. American guard Natasha Harris (177-86, college: Boise St.) answered with 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals and Latvian center Inga Buzoka (191-81, college: Missouri Western) added 10 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 blocks in the effort for Fjolnir. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Snaefell. They moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Fjolnir keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Grindavik. Snaefell will play against bottom-ranked Grindavik (#8) on the road in the next round. Fjolnir will play against Njardvik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: B.Gunnarsdottir 25+4reb+3ast, L.Audere 22+9reb+5ast, S.Magnusdottir 11+5reb, A.Jonsdottir 9+5reb+2ast, H.Bjoergvinsdottir 3+9reb, H.Kjartansdottir 2+7reb+3ast
Fjolnir: N.Harris 37+6reb+6ast, B.Eiriksdottir 14+5reb+1ast, I.Buzoka 10+13reb+6ast, B.Holton Tomasdottir 8+3reb+2ast, E.Emilsdottir 2+3reb, E.Kristinsdottir 1+4reb+3ast
gschID: 120833


Keflavik - KR 79-75

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Keflavik. Second ranked Keflavik faced 3rd placed KR. Host Keflavik (12-3) defeated guests from Reykjavik (9-6) 79-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KR. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KR won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Keflavik dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to KR's 26 and made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American forward Jacquline Adamshick (183-84, college: Villanova) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Forward Eva Guamundsdottir (172-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international forward Margret Sturludottir (178-89) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Chazny Morris (178, college: UMKC) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for KR. Keflavik maintains second place with 12-3 record having just three points less than leader Hamar. Defending champion KR keeps the third position with six games lost. Keflavik will play against Haukar (#5) in Hafnarfjordur in the next round. KR will play at home against the league's leader Hamar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: J.Adamshick 34+15reb+3ast, B.Valgarasdottir 18+5reb+4ast, E.Guamundsdottir 14+12reb+7ast, P.Gunnlaugsdottir 9+6reb+4ast, I.Jakobsdottir 2+1reb+1ast, H.Johannsdottir 2+4reb+1ast
KR: M.Sturludottir 21+5reb+3ast, C.Morris 19+9reb, H.Siguraardottir 11+9reb+3ast, G.Aorsteinsdottir 9+4reb+1ast, S.Hermannsdottir 7+6reb+4ast, H.Halfdanardottir 4+4reb
gschID: 120834




stats leader
Points Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 26
 1. Harris, Fjolnir26.0 
 2. Adamshick, Keflavik25.9 
 3. Snodgrass, Haukar24.1 
 4. Butler, Hamar23.5 
 5. Fields, Njardvik23.3 
 6. Boyd, Grindavik21.0 
 7. Sturludottir, KR19.5 
 8. Sigurjonsdot., Ham.17.2 
 9. Dimovska, Hamar16.7 
 10. Valgarasdott., Kefla.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacquline ADAMSHICK
  Keflavik
  (183-F-84)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Adamshick, Keflavik15.8 
 2. Butler, Hamar15.2 
 3. Buzoka, Fjolnir13.0 
 4. Liepkalne, Njardvik10.9 
 5. Muciniece, Snaefell10.3 
 6. Hallgrimsdot., Grinda.10.3 
 7. Brynjarsdott., Hau.9.5 
 8. Fields, Njardvik9.3 
 9. Boyd, Grindavik9.1 
 10. Harris, Fjolnir9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Harris, Fjolnir7.6 
 2. Dimovska, Hamar5.9 
 3. Reke, Grindavik5.0 
 4. Siguraardott., KR4.3 
 5. Clark, Grindavik4.0 
 6. Fields, Njardvik3.9 
 7. Snodgrass, Haukar3.8 
 8. Sturludottir, KR3.6 
 9. Valgarasdott., Kefla.3.6 
 10. Liepkalne, Njardvik3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Harris, Fjolnir6.0 
 2. Dimovska, Hamar3.7 
 3. Adamshick, Keflavik3.2 
 4. Butler, Hamar3.2 
 5. Sturludottir, KR3.1 
 6. Logan, Snaefell3.0 
 7. Boyd, Grindavik2.9 
 8. Reke, Grindavik2.8 
 9. Valgarasdott., Kefla.2.5 
 10. Aorsteinsdot., KR2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Hamar
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Butler, Hamar3.0 
 2. Buzoka, Fjolnir2.9 
 3. Hermannsdott., KR2.5 
 4. Muciniece, Snaefell2.1 
 5. Logan, Snaefell1.7 
 6. Adamshick, Keflavik1.2 
 7. Valgarasdott., Kefla.1.1 
 8. Ragnarsdotti., KR1.0 
 9. Johannsdotti., Kefla.0.8 
 10. Sturludottir, KR0.7 


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Best players of Israeli D1 round 17 - by Eurobasket News
American Kia Vaughn (193-C-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Elitzur Ramla and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 31 points and ten rebounds, while her team outclassed Elitzur Holon (#8, 3-14) with 41-point margin 110-69. It allowed Elitzur Ramla to consolidate first place in the Israeli D1. Elitzur Ramla has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 16-1. Vaughn just recently signed at Elitzur Ramla, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Rutgers, The State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Vaughn is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 10.6rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 60.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American guard Ashley Barlow (175-G-88, agency: Merit Sports) of Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion. Barlow impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Elitzur R.Le-Zion lost that game 68-83 to slightly higher-ranked Elitzur Netanya (#7, 7-9). Elitzur R.Le-Zion managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Elitzur R.Le-Zion managed to get this year. Barlow is a newcomer at Elitzur R.Le-Zion and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#2). Her other stats are also decent: 6.0rpg and 3.4apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Khadijah Whittington (186-F-86) of Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (#5). Whittington scored 25 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of H.R. Le-Zion, leading her team to a 74-69 win against Maccabi Ashdod (11-6). H.R. Le-Zion needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 6 lost games. Whittington has a great season in Israel. After 17 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.5rpg (4th best). She also has 2.2spg and 1.4bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alysha Clark (178-F-87) of H.R. Le-Zion - 21 points and 14 rebounds
5. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81) of Elitzur Ramla - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Rashanda McCants (185-G/F-86) of Elitzur Netanya - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Kerri Gardin (186-F-84) of Elitzur Holon - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Shiran Zairy (166-G-86) of Elitzur Ramla - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Briann January (173-G-87) of Raanana Her. - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Shay Doron (175-F-85) of Elitzur Ramla - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 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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A2 Round 19: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

A2 round 19 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Iveco Lenzi Bolzano (13-5) against ninth ranked Roby Profumi Borgotaro (9-9) 69-66 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Iveco Lenzi Bolzano. Roby Profumi Borgotaro moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with Marghera and Vigarano. Iveco Lenzi Bolzano at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Chieti. Iveco Lenzi Bolzano will play next round against Virtus Cagliari trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Roby Profumi Borgotaro will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Meccanica Bologna on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Siena. Eighth ranked Consum.it Siena (11-7) saved a 1-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Termocarispe La Spezia (14-4) 56-55 on Sunday evening. Consum.it Siena moved-up to seventh place in South. Newly promoted Termocarispe La Spezia keeps the second position with four games lost. Consum.it Siena will play against Carpedil Battipaglia (#8) on the road in the next round. Termocarispe La Spezia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from La Spezia Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia.
A very close game took place in Venezia between Virtus Cagliari and Sernavimar Marghera. Fifth ranked Virtus Cagliari (12-6) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Sernavimar Marghera (9-9). Virtus Cagliari managed to escape with a 3-point win 57-54 on Sunday evening. Virtus Cagliari moved-up to third place in North, which they share with Udine and Cagliari CUS. Loser Sernavimar Marghera keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Vigarano and Borgotaro. Virtus Cagliari will meet league's second-placed Iveco Lenzi Bolzano on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sernavimar Marghera will play against Mercede Alghero (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Desler Udine (12-6) against tenth ranked Mercede Alghero (8-10) on Sunday night. Host Desler Udine was defeated by Mercede Alghero in Udine 64-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Desler Udine. Mercede Alghero maintains tenth place in North with 8-10 record. Desler Udine at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Mercede Alghero's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sernavimar Marghera (#7) in Venezia and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Desler Udine will play on the road against Vassalli Vigarano (#9).
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Gea Magazzini Alcamo (14-5) against eleventh ranked So.Se.Pharm Pomezia (7-12) on Sunday night. Host Gea Magazzini Alcamo was defeated by So.Se.Pharm Pomezia in a tough game in Alcamo 47-54. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Gea Magazzini Alcamo. So.Se.Pharm Pomezia maintains eleventh place in South with 7-12 record. Loser Gea Magazzini Alcamo keeps the third position with five games lost. So.Se.Pharm Pomezia will face higher ranked ANTS Viterbo (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gea Magazzini Alcamo will play against the league's leader C.U.S. Chieti (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant.
In North Bologna beat Biassono on the road 79-62. Cervia won against Crema on its own court 55-47. San Martino unfortunately lost to Milano in a road game 52-55. Vigarano recorded a loss to Cagliari CUS at home 55-63.
In South Ragusa was defeated by Chieti on the opponent's court 73-63. R. La Spezia beat Battipaglia in a home game 61-57. Firenze lost to Napoli on the road 52-67. Viterbo managed to outperform Ancona on its own court 73-64. Rende recorded a loss to Orvieto in a road game 46-55.



Group North
Biassono - Bologna 62-79

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Meccanica Bologna (14-4) beat on the road 12th ranked Pilot Italia Biassono (5-13) 79-62 on Sunday. Meccanica Bologna keeps a position of North leader. Pilot Italia Biassono lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 13 games lost. Meccanica Bologna will face Roby Profumi Borgotaro (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pilot Italia Biassono will play against Fila San Martino (#6) in San Martino di L.
gschID: 118149


Borgotaro - Bolzano 69-66

A2 round 19 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Iveco Lenzi Bolzano (13-5) against ninth ranked Roby Profumi Borgotaro (9-9) 69-66 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Iveco Lenzi Bolzano. Roby Profumi Borgotaro moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with Marghera and Vigarano. Iveco Lenzi Bolzano at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Chieti. Iveco Lenzi Bolzano will play next round against Virtus Cagliari trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Roby Profumi Borgotaro will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Meccanica Bologna on the road.
gschID: 118150


Cervia - Crema 55-47

There was a minor upset when 11th ranked TEC-MAR Crema (6-12) lost on the road to fourteenth ranked Vis Basket Cervia (2-16) 55-47 on Sunday. Vis Basket Cervia maintains fourteenth place in North with 2-16 record. TEC-MAR Crema lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Vis Basket Cervia will face higher ranked C.U.S. Cagliari (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 118151


Udine - Alghero 54-64

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Desler Udine (12-6) against tenth ranked Mercede Alghero (8-10) on Sunday night. Host Desler Udine was defeated by Mercede Alghero in Udine 64-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Desler Udine. Mercede Alghero maintains tenth place in North with 8-10 record. Desler Udine at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Mercede Alghero's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sernavimar Marghera (#7) in Venezia and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Desler Udine will play on the road against Vassalli Vigarano (#9).
gschID: 118146


Milano - San Martino 55-52 OT

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Cellularmania Milano (5-13) edged at home higher ranked Fila San Martino (10-8) 55-52 on Sunday. Cellularmania Milano moved-up to twelfth place in North, which they share with Biassono. Fila San Martino lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Cellularmania Milano will face higher ranked TEC-MAR Crema (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 118147


Vigarano - Cagliari CUS 55-63

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Vassalli Vigarano (9-9) lost at home to fourth ranked C.U.S. Cagliari (12-6) 63-55 on Sunday. C.U.S. Cagliari have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place in North, which they share with Udine and Cagliari V. Newly promoted Vassalli Vigarano dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. C.U.S. Cagliari will face Vis Basket Cervia (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Vassalli Vigarano will play against Desler Udine (#3).
gschID: 118148


Marghera - Cagliari V. 54-57

A very close game took place in Venezia between Virtus Cagliari and Sernavimar Marghera. Fifth ranked Virtus Cagliari (12-6) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Sernavimar Marghera (9-9). Virtus Cagliari managed to escape with a 3-point win 57-54 on Sunday evening. Virtus Cagliari moved-up to third place in North, which they share with Udine and Cagliari CUS. Loser Sernavimar Marghera keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Vigarano and Borgotaro. Virtus Cagliari will meet league's second-placed Iveco Lenzi Bolzano on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sernavimar Marghera will play against Mercede Alghero (#10) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 118145


Group South
Chieti - Ragusa 73-63

Everything went according to plan when first ranked C.U.S. Chieti (15-3) defeated at home 4th placed Passalacqua Ragusa (12-7) 73-63 on Sunday. C.U.S. Chieti have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in South with 15-3 record. Passalacqua Ragusa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. C.U.S. Chieti will face Gea Magazzini Alcamo (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Passalacqua Ragusa will play against SACES Napoli.
gschID: 118157


Alcamo - Pomezia 47-54

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Gea Magazzini Alcamo (14-5) against eleventh ranked So.Se.Pharm Pomezia (7-12) on Sunday night. Host Gea Magazzini Alcamo was defeated by So.Se.Pharm Pomezia in a tough game in Alcamo 47-54. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Gea Magazzini Alcamo. So.Se.Pharm Pomezia maintains eleventh place in South with 7-12 record. Loser Gea Magazzini Alcamo keeps the third position with five games lost. So.Se.Pharm Pomezia will face higher ranked ANTS Viterbo (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gea Magazzini Alcamo will play against the league's leader C.U.S. Chieti (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 118158


Siena - T. Spezia 56-55

Important game to mention about took place in Siena. Eighth ranked Consum.it Siena (11-7) saved a 1-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Termocarispe La Spezia (14-4) 56-55 on Sunday evening. Consum.it Siena moved-up to seventh place in South. Newly promoted Termocarispe La Spezia keeps the second position with four games lost. Consum.it Siena will play against Carpedil Battipaglia (#8) on the road in the next round. Termocarispe La Spezia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from La Spezia Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia.
gschID: 118153


R. La Spezia - Battipaglia 61-57

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Carpedil Battipaglia (11-8) lost to seventh ranked Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia (11-6) in La Spezia 57-61 on Sunday. Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place in South. Newly promoted Carpedil Battipaglia dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in La Spezia to the arena Termocarispe La Spezia.
gschID: 118154


Napoli - Firenze 67-52

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked SACES Napoli (7-11) beat at home 13th ranked Il Fotoamatore Firenze (4-15) 67-52 on Sunday. SACES Napoli maintains tenth place in South with 7-11 record. Loser Il Fotoamatore Firenze keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. SACES Napoli will face higher ranked Passalacqua Ragusa (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 118155


Viterbo - Ancona 73-64

Rather expected game when 12th ranked Sma Ancona (5-14) lost on the road to ninth ranked ANTS Viterbo (9-9) 73-64 on Sunday. ANTS Viterbo maintains ninth place in South with 9-9 record. Sma Ancona lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. ANTS Viterbo will face So.Se.Pharm Pomezia (#11) in Roma in the next round. Sma Ancona will play at home against Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto.
gschID: 118156


Orvieto - Rende 55-46

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (13-6) won against at home 14th ranked Calabra Rende (3-16) 55-46 on Sunday. Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place in South. Calabra Rende lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto will face Sma Ancona (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Calabra Rende will play against College Italia in Roma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 118152




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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Krastina, LU22.3 
 2. Krumberga, TTT R.18.7 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.18.4 
 4. Lisnere, Cesis18.2 
 5. Jakobsone, Cesis17.8 
 6. Eibele, TTT Riga15.6 
 7. Teilane, RTU-Merks15.4 
 8. Surkusa, TTT J.14.9 
 9. Butler, TTT Riga14.5 
 10. Egle, Daugavpils14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.12.1 
 2. Teilane, RTU-Merks11.3 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.2 
 4. Lisnere, Cesis9.9 
 5. Lagzdina, TTT J.9.8 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 7. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.5 
 8. Veidere, TTT K.8.5 
 9. Zarina, LU8.1 
 10. Zdanovska, Liepajas7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga5.8 
 2. Zellous, TTT Riga4.7 
 3. Jevsejeva, Dauga.4.1 
 4. Krastina, LU3.9 
 5. Karklina, TTT Riga3.8 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 7. Neimane, TTT J.3.0 
 8. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.8 
 9. Staugaitiene, TTT R.2.8 
 10. Bridina, TTT K.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Krastina, LU4.3 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.4 
 3. Eibele, TTT Riga3.2 
 4. Zellous, TTT Riga3.0 
 5. Butler, TTT Riga2.9 
 6. Krumberga, TTT R.2.6 
 7. Bridina, TTT K.2.6 
 8. Zeltina, Cesis2.4 
 9. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.3 
 10. Jevsejeva, Dauga.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ruta VEIDERE
  TTT Kadetes
  (188-C-94)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Veidere, TTT K.3.4 
 2. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.4 
 3. Surkusa, TTT J.2.0 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.7 
 5. Zellous, TTT Riga1.3 
 6. Nimane, TTT Riga1.3 
 7. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 
 8. Lisnere, Cesis1.0 
 9. Tomsone, TTT K.0.8 
 10. Vitola, RTU-Merks0.8 


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 17-0 
 2. LU 15-3 
 3. RTU-Merks 12-5 
 4. TTT Juniores 9-7 
 5. TTT Kadetes 8-10 
 6. Daugavpils 4-14 
 7. Liepajas 2-14 
 8. Cesis 2-16 


LSBL Round 15: TTT Juniores beat TTT Kadetes in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: TTT Juniores (#4) and TTT Kadetes (#5). TTT Kadetes were crushed at home by 19 points 43-62 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-43. TTT Juniores dominated on the defensive end, holding TTT Kadetes to just 6 points in third quarter and to 14 points in second half. They outrebounded TTT Kadetes 47-35 including 18 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was center Liga Surkusa (192-91) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 21 rebounds. Center Guna Lagzdina (182-93) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Paula Tomsone (192-94) who recorded 5 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TTT Juniores have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 9-7 record. TTT Kadetes lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifth position with ten games lost. TTT Juniores are looking forward to face higher ranked RTU-Merks (#3) in Riga in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TTT Kadetes will play at home against Daugavpils Universitate and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riga. Second ranked Latvijas Universitate faced 3rd placed RTU-Merks. Guests from Riga (15-3) defeated host RTU-Merks (12-5) 61-56. It was a good game for swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Arta Strupovica contributed with 11 points for the winners. Latvijas Universitate's coach Rudolfs Rozitis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Swingman Eva Pavlovska (176-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for RTU-Merks. Latvijas Universitate have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-3 record having just one points less than leader TTT Riga. RTU-Merks at the other side keep the third position with five games lost. Latvijas Universitate will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. RTU-Merks will play on the road against Liepajas and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Cesis managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive loses on Sunday night. This time they outleveled sixth-ranked Daugavpils Universitate 82-63. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 19-point difference suggests that Cesis is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It was a great evening for Lina Lisnere who led her team to a victory scoring 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Kristina Egle with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Cesis maintains eighth place with 2-16 record. Daugavpils Universitate lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Cesis will meet higher ranked Liepajas (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Daugavpils Universitate will play against TTT Kadetes in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader TTT Riga delivered the seventeenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Liepajas (2-14) 123-57. It was a quality performance for Anda Eibele who led the winners and scored 38 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 8 steals. Liepajas' coach Livija Alpe-Luka gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the seventeenth consecutive win for TTT Riga. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-0 record. Liepajas lost their twelfth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. TTT Riga's next round opponent will be TTT Kadetes (#5) in Riga. Liepajas will play at home against RTU-Merks in Riga.
Undefeated leader TTT Riga recorded the seventeenth consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Daugavpils Universitate (4-14) 90-50. The best player for the winners was Dita Krumberga who had a double-double by scoring 32 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The victory was the seventeenth consecutive win for TTT Riga. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-0 record. Daugavpils Universitate lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. TTT Riga will face TTT Kadetes (#5) in Riga in the next round. Daugavpils Universitate will play on the road against TTT Kadetes in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 15 bottom-ranked Cesis was crushed by LU in Riga 82-52.



RTU-Merks - LU 56-61

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Riga. Second ranked Latvijas Universitate faced 3rd placed RTU-Merks. Guests from Riga (15-3) defeated host RTU-Merks (12-5) 61-56. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But RTU-Merks won third quarter 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Latvijas Universitate forced 20 RTU-Merks turnovers. RTU-Merks were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Arta Strupovica (172-90) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Latvijas Universitate's coach Rudolfs Rozitis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Swingman Eva Pavlovska (176-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and forward Dita Rozenberga (181-92) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for RTU-Merks. Latvijas Universitate have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-3 record having just one points less than leader TTT Riga. RTU-Merks at the other side keep the third position with five games lost. Latvijas Universitate will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. RTU-Merks will play on the road against Liepajas and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
LU: I.Krastina 25+8reb+2ast, A.Strupovica 11+2reb+3ast, M.Knekse 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Lapsina 8+6reb+1ast, K.Pumpure 3+6reb, L.Berzina 2+3reb
RTU-Merks: E.Pavlovska 14+13reb, D.Lazdeniece 9+4reb, D.Rozenberga 7+7reb, S.Langenfelde 7+6reb+1ast, D.Ozolina 6+4reb+2ast, I.Malkevica 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 119681


TTT Riga - Liepajas 123-57

Undefeated leader TTT Riga delivered the seventeenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Liepajas (2-14) 123-57. The game without a history. TTT Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Liepajas' 24 and made 24-of-27 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. TTT Riga forced 28 Liepajas turnovers and outrebounded them 44-25 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Liepajas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Anda Eibele (170-84) who led the winners and scored 38 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 8 steals. International forward Dita Krumberga (183-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) accounted for 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Five TTT Riga players scored in double figures. British center Zane Alilujeva (185-87) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Maija Line (170-89) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for Liepajas in the defeat. Liepajas' coach Livija Alpe-Luka gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the seventeenth consecutive win for TTT Riga. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-0 record. Liepajas lost their twelfth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. TTT Riga's next round opponent will be TTT Kadetes (#5) in Riga. Liepajas will play at home against RTU-Merks in Riga.
Top scorers:
TTT Riga: A.Eibele 38+7reb+7ast, D.Krumberga 23+6reb+2ast, I.Veinberga 16+9reb+4ast, Z.Jakobsone 16+7reb, K.Nimane 14+8reb+1ast, S.Dukate 12+6reb+5ast
Liepajas: Z.Alilujeva 15+8reb+1ast, M.Line 10+2reb+5ast, A.Pinstere 10+3reb, L.Zdanovska 8+5reb, K.Abolina 5+1ast, A.Feldmane 4+2reb
gschID: 119682


LU - Cesis 82-52

There was no surprise in Riga where 8th ranked Cesis (2-16) were crushed by second ranked Latvijas Universitate (15-3) 82-52 on Saturday. The game without a history. Latvijas Universitate led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Latvijas Universitate forced 25 Cesis turnovers. The best player for the winners was swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agency: LBM Management) who scored 38 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Guard Zane Lapsina (174-83) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Lina Lisnere (192-86, college: Syracuse) who recorded 21 points and 8 rebounds and forward Ilze Dukate (183-73) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Latvijas Universitate. They maintain second place with 15-3 record having just one points less than leader TTT Riga. Cesis lost their ninth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Latvijas Universitate will have a break next round. Cesis will play on the road against Liepajas (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LU: I.Krastina 38+8reb+3ast, Z.Lapsina 13+5reb+2ast, K.Pumpure 8+5reb+3ast, A.Vorma 8+5reb+3ast, A.Strupovica 5+4reb+3ast, R.Putnina 4+3reb+2ast
Cesis: L.Lisnere 21+8reb+2ast, I.Dukate 13+6reb, I.Geistarde-Zaporozeca 7+7reb+3ast, L.Bebre 5+8reb+2ast, Z.Zeltina 4+4reb, I.Bundule 2+8reb
gschID: 119677


TTT Riga - Daugavpils 90-50

Undefeated leader TTT Riga recorded the seventeenth consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Daugavpils Universitate (4-14) 90-50. The game without a history. TTT Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. TTT Riga shot 23 for 33 from the free-throw line, while Daugavpils Universitate only scored two points from the stripe. TTT Riga forced 20 Daugavpils Universitate turnovers and outrebounded them 56-25 including a 24-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international forward Dita Krumberga (183-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Ieva Veinberga (180-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Five TTT Riga players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Kristina Egle (177-86) who recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Olesja Jevsejeva (174-86) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively. The victory was the seventeenth consecutive win for TTT Riga. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-0 record. Daugavpils Universitate lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. TTT Riga will face TTT Kadetes (#5) in Riga in the next round. Daugavpils Universitate will play on the road against TTT Kadetes in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTT Riga: D.Krumberga 32+11reb+4ast, A.Eibele 15+7reb+2ast, I.Veinberga 15+13reb+2ast, K.Nimane 12+12reb+1ast, K.Karklina 10+6reb+5ast, I.Borodavko 6+4reb+1ast
Daugavpils: K.Egle 17+5reb+4ast, O.Jevsejeva 12+4reb+5ast, S.Baltace 9+2reb, K.Egle 6+1reb, O.Kazakevica 4+9reb+1ast, I.Simanska 2+1reb
gschID: 119678


Cesis - Daugavpils 82-63

Bottom-ranked Cesis managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive loses on Sunday night. This time they outleveled sixth-ranked Daugavpils Universitate 82-63. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 19-point difference suggests that Cesis is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by Cesis. Daugavpils Universitate managed to win second period 26-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Daugavpils Universitate to just 5 points in first quarter. Cesis made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game, while Daugavpils Universitate only scored four points from the stripe. Cesis looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for power forward Lina Lisnere (192-86, college: Syracuse) who led her team to a victory scoring 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Zane Jakobsone (180-85, college: Houston) helped adding 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was forward Kristina Egle (177-86) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and forward Olesja Jevsejeva (174-86) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Daugavpils Universitate players scored in double figures. Cesis maintains eighth place with 2-16 record. Daugavpils Universitate lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Cesis will meet higher ranked Liepajas (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Daugavpils Universitate will play against TTT Kadetes in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cesis: L.Lisnere 30+8reb+4ast, Z.Jakobsone 24+7reb+6ast, Z.Zeltina 14+4reb+2ast, I.Bundule 9+13reb+5ast, L.Bebre 5+5reb+3ast, S.Bebre 0
Daugavpils: K.Egle 18+10reb+3ast, O.Kazakevica 16+8reb+3ast, O.Jevsejeva 12+12reb+6ast, O.Lakomko 11+1reb+1ast, K.Egle 4+3reb, I.Simanska 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 119679


TTT Kadetes - TTT Juniores 43-62

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: TTT Juniores (#4) and TTT Kadetes (#5). TTT Kadetes were crushed at home by 19 points 43-62 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-43. TTT Juniores dominated on the defensive end, holding TTT Kadetes to just 6 points in third quarter and to 14 points in second half. They outrebounded TTT Kadetes 47-35 including 18 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was center Liga Surkusa (192-91) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 21 rebounds. Center Guna Lagzdina (182-93) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Paula Tomsone (192-94) who recorded 5 points and 7 rebounds and guard Kate Aizsila (172-94) added 9 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TTT Juniores have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 9-7 record. TTT Kadetes lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifth position with ten games lost. TTT Juniores are looking forward to face higher ranked RTU-Merks (#3) in Riga in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TTT Kadetes will play at home against Daugavpils Universitate and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTT Juniores: G.Lagzdina 15+7reb, L.Surkusa 13+21reb+1ast, A.Geka 11+4reb+2ast, I.Eida 7+5reb, L.Sarja 6+2reb+4ast, I.Teilane 4+1reb
TTT Kadetes: K.Aizsila 9+2reb, R.Reine 6+1reb+1ast, P.Langina 5+3reb+2ast, P.Tomsone 5+7reb+1ast, A.Aizsila 5+3reb, R.Veidere 4+6reb
gschID: 119680




Zane Jakobsone joins TTT Riga - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga added Zane Jakobsone (180-F-85, college: Houston) to the roster. The 25-year-old forward started the season in Cesis. She tallied 17.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Last season Zane Jakobsone played in Spain. The forward was among Socinsa Bembibre players in LF2. Her stats read 10.7 points, 6.1 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance. Zane Jakobsone went through the American basketball school. She studied at the Trinity Valley CC and University of Houston.
Zane Jakobsone has already debuted for TTT Riga. She tallied 16 points and 7 rebounds for the defending champions in their 123:57 win over Liepaja.



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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. VICI Kaunas 16-0 
 2. Lemminkainen 11-4 
 3. Laisve 9-7 
 4. LKKA-Aistes 7-9 
 5. MRU 7-10 
 6. Ruta Siauliai 4-13 
 7. Utena 3-14 


Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Ligita KINKEVICIENE
  Laisve
  (173-G-76)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Kinkeviciene, Laisve18.8 
 2. Okockyte, LK.18.4 
 3. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.16.2 
 4. Milieskiene, Lemmin.14.5 
 5. Daujadiene, Utena14.3 
 6. Aglinskaite, MRU13.8 
 7. Kirstukaite, Utena13.4 
 8. Budryte, Laisve13.1 
 9. Bimbaite, VICI K.13.0 
 10. Raugaite, Lemminka.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kornelija BALCIUNAITE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-F-81)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Balciunaite, LKKA-.10.5 
 2. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.10.4 
 3. Palaimaite, Utena9.4 
 4. Aleksaite, MRU9.4 
 5. Taraseviciut., Laisve9.1 
 6. Grigalauskyt., Lemmin.8.7 
 7. Galdikaite, MRU8.6 
 8. Kirstukaite, Utena7.9 
 9. Budryte, Laisve7.9 
 10. Pikciute, VICI K.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Milda SAULIUTE
  VICI Kaunas
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Sauliute, VICI K.5.9 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve5.7 
 3. Zygelyte, Lemminka.5.1 
 4. Daujadiene, Utena4.1 
 5. Pilypaitis, VICI K.3.7 
 6. Solopova, VICI K.3.6 
 7. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.6 
 8. Okockyte, LK.3.0 
 9. Zintikaite, MRU2.8 
 10. Valentiene, VICI K.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ligita KINKEVICIENE
  Laisve
  (173-G-76)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Kinkeviciene, Laisve3.5 
 2. Balciunaite, LKKA-.3.4 
 3. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.6 
 4. Milieskiene, Lemmin.2.5 
 5. Daujadiene, Utena2.5 
 6. Solopova, VICI K.2.4 
 7. Sauliute, VICI K.2.4 
 8. Briedyte, Ruta S.2.3 
 9. Okockyte, LK.2.1 
 10. Pilypaitis, VICI K.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  VICI Kaunas
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Alminaite, VICI K.1.8 
 2. Juceviciute, Utena1.3 
 3. Palaimaite, Utena1.3 
 4. Paugaite, VICI K.1.2 
 5. Kvederaviciu., Laisve1.1 
 6. Kirstukaite, Utena1.1 
 7. Budryte, Laisve0.9 
 8. Aleksaite, MRU0.9 
 9. Dominauskait., Ruta S.0.8 
 10. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.0.8 


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Sonia Reis starts with an European win - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
First game to Sonia Borges dos Reis (189-C-84) with Ros Casares Valencia shirt, finishing with a fantastic win of the Spanish team against Hungary MKB Euroleasing Sopron (84-56).

Sonia Borges dos Reis entered in the game with 1 minute to play in the first quarter, had gave a precious help in the defensive end. With a total 13 minutes of play, Sonia made 4 points, got 3 rebounds and 1 assist.

Talking to Fiba.com, Sonia expressed that 'It's my first game in Euroleage Women and I was very nervous, but I'm extremely happy too, because the team won'. Next week, Ros Casares Valencia will travel to Hungary and try to get their ticket to the quarter-finals.




Source: www.thebasketballboard.blogspot.com




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  ROMANIA - Women  


D1 Round 4: Leader Craiova loses to Satu Mare - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Craiova (3-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were rolled over by Satu Mare (4-0) 79-43. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Craiova. It was a key game for the top position in A1 Group as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. The game without a history. Satu Mare led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Craiova's 30. They outrebounded Craiova 41-25 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Lori Bjork (180-86, college: Maryland) fired 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Latvian center Anita Teilane (196-85) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. Satu Mare's coach Dan Fleseriu felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Senegalese center Fatou Kane (198-85) produced 7 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. Satu Mare have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of A1 Group leader. Craiova at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with ICIM Arad. Satu Mare are looking forward to face Timisoara (#5) at home in the next round. Craiova will play against Alexandria and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was played in Bucuresti between fourth ranked Oradea and bottom-ranked Sp.Studentesc where Oradea (1-1) beat Sp.Studentesc (0-2) on the road 73-68. Worth to mention a great performance of center Mihaela Adi (190-88) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds. Ioana Gavra contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Oradea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Ana Cuatu (175) replied with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Sp.Studentesc. Oradea left bottom position moving up to third place in A2 Group, which they share with Brasov. Sp.Studentesc at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Iasi. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Olimpia (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 86-60 loss to fourth ranked Sf.Gheorghe (2-2) in Sfantu Gheorghe on Friday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Andrea Walker who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 23 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the losing side Gabriela Cursaru responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Olimpia's coach Cristea Romela gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sf.Gheorghe maintains fourth position in A1 Group with 2-2 record, which they share with Timisoara. Loser Olimpia still closes the standings with four games lost. Sf.Gheorghe will meet Rapid (#7) in the next round. Olimpia will play against ICIM Arad and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Arad. Local ICIM Arad (3-1) outscored 5th ranked Alexandria (1-3) 94-44. The winners were led by Paula Cristina Ciocan who scored that evening 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Coach Stacey Nolan's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. ICIM Arad moved-up to second place in A1 Group, which they share with Craiova. Alexandria at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. ICIM Arad's next round opponent will be Olimpia (#8) in Bucuresti where they are favorite. Alexandria will play at home against the league's second-placed Craiova in Craiova.

In the last game of round 4 In A1 Group Rapid was defeated by Timisoara in a road game 75-68.



Group A1
Timisoara - Rapid 75-68

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Timisoara and 7th ranked Rapid had identical 1-2 record. This time Timisoara used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Bucuresti 75-68. It looked good early as Rapid took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Timisoara had a 20-13 second period charge getting the lead and Rapid was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-75. Timisoara forced 21 Rapid turnovers. The winners were led by Serbian center Ana Vuksic (188-81) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Laura Budean (172-77) supported her with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by the former international guard Florina Diacona (176-82) did not help to save the game for Rapid. Moldovan guard Natalia Burlakova (175-84) added 21 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Timisoara (2-2) moved-up to fourth place in A1 Group, which they share with Sf.Gheorghe. Rapid lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Timisoara's next round opponent will be league's leader Satu Mare on the road and it may be the game of the week. Rapid will play against Sf.Gheorghe (#4) in Sfantu Gheorghe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Timisoara: A.Vuksic 18+10reb+2ast, A.Haas 16+2reb+1ast, A.Stoenescu 15+2reb+4ast, C.Morosan 12+1reb+1ast, L.Budean 9+10reb+4ast, A.Maria Meszaros 3+2reb
Rapid: N.Burlakova 21+11reb, F.Diacona 18+11reb+4ast, C.Perta 12+3reb, C.Ene 11+5reb+3ast, A.Pavel 4+3reb+1ast, R.Bejan 2+4reb
gschID: 119327


ICIM Arad - Alexandria 94-44

The game with biggest result difference took place in Arad. Local ICIM Arad (3-1) outscored 5th ranked Alexandria (1-3) 94-44. The game without a history. ICIM Arad led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Alexandria to just 2 points in third quarter. ICIM Arad dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Alexandria's 22. ICIM Arad forced 25 Alexandria turnovers and outrebounded them 42-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Alexandria's players. The winners were led by the former international guard Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-82, college: S.Carolina) who scored that evening 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international swingman Monika Boriga (176-74) supported her with 17 points and 4 assists. Four ICIM Arad players scored in double figures. Coach Stacey Nolan's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds by the former international forward Georgiana Rus (189-87) did not help to save the game for Alexandria. Serbian center Nevena Saponjic (186-85) added 9 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. ICIM Arad moved-up to second place in A1 Group, which they share with Craiova. Alexandria at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. ICIM Arad's next round opponent will be Olimpia (#8) in Bucuresti where they are favorite. Alexandria will play at home against the league's second-placed Craiova in Craiova.
Top scorers:
ICIM Arad: P.Cristina Ciocan 17+9reb+7ast, M.Boriga 17+4reb+4ast, A.Roberson 16+7reb+2ast, G.Toma 12+4reb+1ast, C.Graham 9+2reb+3ast, A.Meszaros 6+9reb+2ast
Alexandria: G.Rus 14+11reb+3ast, D.Bucica 9+1ast, N.Saponjic 9+10reb+1ast, A.Chivu 5+2reb+2ast, B.Barbu 4+2reb, C.Teodorescu 3+1ast
gschID: 119328


Craiova - Satu Mare 43-79

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Craiova (3-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were rolled over by Satu Mare (4-0) 79-43. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Craiova. It was a key game for the top position in A1 Group as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. The game without a history. Satu Mare led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Craiova's 30. They outrebounded Craiova 41-25 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Lori Bjork (180-86, college: Maryland) fired 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Latvian center Anita Teilane (196-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Satu Mare's coach Dan Fleseriu felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Senegalese center Fatou Kane (198-85) produced 7 points and 14 rebounds and international power forward Anca Sipos (185-85) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Satu Mare have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of A1 Group leader. Craiova at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with ICIM Arad. Satu Mare are looking forward to face Timisoara (#5) at home in the next round. Craiova will play against Alexandria and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Satu Mare: L.Bjork 20+6reb+4ast, L.Drake 19+7reb+1ast, A.Teilane 17+10reb+3ast, A.Orosz 9+2reb+1ast, A.Mehmedic 6+7reb+7ast, O.Baluta 6+6reb
Craiova: A.Sipos 13+2reb, R.Tarta 8+2reb+1ast, J.Simionca 8+4reb+1ast, T.Matthews 7+2reb, F.Kane 7+14reb+2ast, C.Bonciog 0
gschID: 119329


Sf.Gheorghe - Olimpia 86-60

Bottom-ranked Olimpia (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 86-60 loss to fourth ranked Sf.Gheorghe (2-2) in Sfantu Gheorghe on Friday evening. The game without a history. Sf.Gheorghe 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 Olimpia's 30. Sf.Gheorghe forced 26 Olimpia turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Olimpia's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sf.Gheorghe made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Andrea Walker (196-88, college: Ohio St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 23 rebounds and 5 blocks and the former international center Andreea Hutanu (188-88) who added 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Sf.Gheorghe players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Gabriela Cursaru (169-92) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and international forward Cristina Bigica (182-92) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Olimpia's coach Cristea Romela gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sf.Gheorghe maintains fourth position in A1 Group with 2-2 record, which they share with Timisoara. Loser Olimpia still closes the standings with four games lost. Sf.Gheorghe will meet Rapid (#7) in the next round. Olimpia will play against ICIM Arad and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sf.Gheorghe: A.Parau 22+2reb+7ast, I.Vass 20+3reb+4ast, A.Hutanu 20+10reb+4ast, A.Walker 15+23reb+2ast, F.Ardeleanu 9+3reb+3ast, K.Veres 0
Olimpia: G.Cursaru 20+5reb+2ast, C.Bigica 16+6reb, S.Ursu 11+2reb+1ast, R.Filip 7+2reb, A.Ionescu 4+13reb+1ast, M.Chelariu 2+2reb
gschID: 119326


Group A2
Sp.Studentesc - Oradea 68-73

Another exciting game was played in Bucuresti between fourth ranked Oradea and bottom-ranked Sp.Studentesc where Oradea (1-1) beat Sp.Studentesc (0-2) on the road 73-68. It looked good early as Sp.Studentesc took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Oradea took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 5 points. Oradea forced 21 Sp.Studentesc turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of center Mihaela Adi (190-88) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Ioana Gavra (179-90) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Oradea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Ana Cuatu (175) replied with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Taisia Lungu (182-89) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sp.Studentesc. Oradea left bottom position moving up to third place in A2 Group, which they share with Brasov. Sp.Studentesc at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Iasi. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Oradea: M.Adi 25+9reb, I.Gavra 21+8reb+1ast, L.Ulica 12+9reb+1ast, E.Sabau 6+6reb+6ast, O.Cutus 3, Chis 3+3reb+1ast
Sp.Studentesc: A.Cuatu 21+5reb+4ast, T.Lungu 10+5reb+2ast, A.Lovasz 10+6reb+1ast, R.Mitroi 7+4reb+1ast, G.Vlad 7+1reb+2ast, L.Usurelu 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 120556




Andrea Walker gets MVP of the Week award for Romanian D1 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
American Andrea Walker (196-C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sf.Gheorghe and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 22-year old center had a double-double of 15 points and twenty three rebounds, while her team outclassed, Second Stage botton-ranked team Olimpia (#8, 0-4) with 26-point margin 86-60. Sf.Gheorghe maintains the 4th position in Romanian D1. Sf.Gheorghe is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 4 games. Walker just recently signed at Sf.Gheorghe, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Ohio State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Walker is in league's top in points (3rd best: 7.3ppg) and averages solid 2.0bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old former international guard Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82) of ICIM Arad. Ciocan impressed basketball fans with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course she lead ICIM Arad to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Alexandria (#6, 1-3) 94-44. ICIM Arad's 3rd position in A1 has not changed. Her team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Ciocan is a newcomer at ICIM Arad and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Sf.Gheorghe's star - former international center Andreea Hutanu (188-C-88). Hutanu showcased her all-around game by recording 20 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. She was another key player of Sf.Gheorghe, helping her team with a 86-60 easy win against Olimpia (#8, 0-4). Sf.Gheorghe needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in A1. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Hutanu has a very solid season. In 14 games in Romania she scored 5.5ppg. She also has 5.0rpg and FGP: 53.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lori Bjork (180-G-86) of Satu Mare - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Latoya Drake (188-F/C-86) of Satu Mare - 19 points and 7 rebounds
6. Anita Teilane (196-C-85) of Satu Mare - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mihaela Adi (190-C-88) of Oradea - 25 points and 9 rebounds
8. Natalia Burlakova (175-G-84) of Rapid - 21 points and 11 rebounds
9. Ashlee Roberson (180-F-88) of ICIM Arad - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Annemarie Parau (175-G-84) of Sf.Gheorghe - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 7 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)


Oradea added Raluca Ordean and Ruxandra Chis - by Eurobasket News
Oradea added Raluca Ordean (177-F-88) and Ruxandra Chis (164-G-93) to their roster as the players already continuted into the team's achievement. In the latest game Oradea (1-1) beat Sp.Studentesc (0-2) on the road 73-68. It looked good early as Sp.Studentesc took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Oradea took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 5 points. Oradea forced 21 Sp.Studentesc turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of center Mihaela Adi who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Ioana Gavra contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Oradea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Ana Cuatu replied with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Taisia Lungu added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sp.Studentesc. Oradea left bottom position moving up to third place in A2 Group, which they share with Brasov. Sp.Studentesc at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Iasi. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Raluca Ordean started her career in 2006-2007 for CSU Mihai Eminescu Oradea (D1) and then two years spent for CSM U Oradea (D1). In 2009-2010 she moved to Club D.Baloncesto Aros Leon (Spain-LF2) and after 35 games averaged 2.1ppg, 2.0rpg.
Ruxandra Chis is a young and talented Romanian Gurad born in April 19, 1993 in Cluj Napoca (ROU). Last year she was a member of the Romanian U16 National Team.




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Florina DIACONA
  Rapid
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Diacona, Rapid24.9 
 2. Saponjic, Alexandria18.5 
 3. Walker, Iasi18.4 
 4. Stoenescu, Timis.18.3 
 5. Rus, Alexandria16.2 
 6. Burlakova, Rapid15.5 
 7. Vass, Sf.Gheorghe15.4 
 8. Sipos, Craiova15.1 
 9. Klein, Satu Mare14.8 
 10. Bigica, Olimpia14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fatou KANE
  Craiova
  (198-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Kane, Craiova14.5 
 2. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.11.1 
 3. Rus, Alexandria10.9 
 4. Saponjic, Alexandria10.5 
 5. Stanga, Sp.Stude.9.5 
 6. Ivan, Brasov9.2 
 7. Ducker, Satu Mare9.0 
 8. Vescan, Sf.Gheorghe8.9 
 9. Tkachenko, Iasi8.8 
 10. Perta, Rapid8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Annemarie PARAU
  Sf.Gheorghe
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Parau, Sf.Gheorghe5.2 
 2. Ciocan, ICIM A.4.3 
 3. Diacona, Rapid4.3 
 4. Tarta, Craiova3.9 
 5. Cutas, Iasi3.8 
 6. Budean, Timisoara3.1 
 7. Sipos, Craiova3.0 
 8. Boriga, ICIM A.3.0 
 9. Ardeleanu, Sf.Gheor.2.7 
 10. Otrocol, Brasov2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Anca SIPOS
  Craiova
  (185-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Sipos, Craiova3.9 
 2. Diacona, Rapid3.5 
 3. Chivu, Alexandria3.5 
 4. Stoenescu, Timis.3.0 
 5. Ardeleanu, Sf.Gheor.2.9 
 6. Budean, Timisoara2.8 
 7. Walker, Iasi2.7 
 8. Boriga, ICIM A.2.5 
 9. Tarta, Craiova2.4 
 10. Ducker, Satu Mare2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalia TERGLAV-TRATSIAK
  Ararat
  (195-C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.1.9 
 2. Kane, Craiova1.8 
 3. Craciun, Olimpia1.2 
 4. Chelariu, Olimpia1.0 
 5. Toma, ICIM A.1.0 
 6. Rus, Alexandria1.0 
 7. Ionescu, Olimpia0.9 
 8. Stanga, Sp.Stude.0.8 
 9. Tkachenko, Iasi0.7 
 10. Sipos, Craiova0.7 


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Standings - Women
SKL Standings
 1. Merkur Celje 16-2 
 2. Hit K.Gora 15-0 
 3. AJM Maribor 11-5 
 4. Ilrija 10-5 
 5. Triglav 8-7 
 6. Jezica 8-7 
 7. GVT Konjice 6-9 
 8. Odeja KED 5-10 
 9. Grosuplje 5-11 
 10. Kozmetika Afr. 1-15 
 11. Domzale 0-14 


Kranjska Gora tops Maribor, remains ubeaten - by Zeljko Zule
Defending champion Hit Kranjska Gora remained the only unbeaten team after tonight's 78-72 victory against AJM Maribor in the opening game of Week 17. Celje outscored Ilirija by 41 points and Grosuplje used big fourth quarter run to beat Konjice.
Hit Kranjska Gora-AJM Maribor 78-72: With the game tied at 66 with 6:17 remaining, Kranjska Gora's defense held the guests scoreles for a 3:14 span, taking a 72-66 lead and never looked back from there. Martina Osterman (188-F-88) registering her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds, Eva Komplet scored 23 points, Tina Trebec 15, Teja Oblak 11 and Sasa Panic 10. Both coaches used only two reserves apiece and Zorka Bilic and Petra Lumpert combined for less than 8 minutes for Kranjska Gora. Martina Dover and Ljubica Kure led Maribor with 19 points each, Marusa Furman scored 10 points.
Celje-Panter Ilirija 93-52: Celje outrebounded the visiting team 45-28, picking up 17 offensive boards, and hit 10 3-pointers. Ana Turcinovic scored 26 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, picking up 9 offensive boards, Monika Bosilj posted 24 points including five 3-pointers, Rebeka Abramovic had 17 points and 6 assists and Nika Baric handed out 9 assists. Iliirja were down by 17 after the first quarter. Polona Zalar scored 12 points and Eva Grobisa 10.
GVT Konjice-Grosuplje 59-71: Trailing 47-54 early in the final period, Grosuplje went on a 19-1 run, including a 14-0 string, and held Konjice scoreless for 4:42 minute. Natasa Mikic finished with 24 points, Anita Kastelic added 13 and Klara Zupancic 11. Konjice were led by Ajsa Zdovc and her 16 points, Nina Srot had 11 and Katja Klancnik 10 points.


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  SPAIN - Women  


LF2 Round 15: Aguere is defeated by Universitario de Ferrol - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked Aguere (12-3) and seventh ranked Universitario de Ferrol (9-6) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Aguere was defeated by Universitario de Ferrol in Ferrol 94-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aguere. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Universitario de Ferrol moved-up to fifth place in Group A, which they share with Burgos and Pio XII. Aguere at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Bembibre. Universitario de Ferrol is looking forward to face higher ranked Socinsa Bembibre (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aguere will play against Codigalco Carmelitas in Ourense and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Madrid. First ranked host Real Canoe (13-2) defeated 3rd placed Space Tanit Eivissa (10-5) 60-54. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Space Tanit Eivissa. Real Canoe have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group B with 13-2 record, which they share with Pais Vasco. Space Tanit Eivissa at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Real Canoe will play against Orion-GDKO (#12) in Galdakao in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Space Tanit Eivissa will play at home against Irlandesas (#10) in Leioa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
LF2 top team - Cajarural (14-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Pabellon Ourense (4-11) in Zamora 78-57. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Cajarural. They maintain first place in Group A with 14-1 record. Loser Pabellon Ourense dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cajarural will meet Adba (#4) in the next round. Pabellon Ourense will play against Pio XII (#7) in Santiago de Com. and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Universidad de Valladolid (0-15) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 15th consecutive match to fourth ranked Adba (11-4) 75-48. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Adba. They maintain fourth place in Group A with 11-4 record. Universidad de Valladolid lost their fifteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Adba's next round opponent will be league's leader Cajarural in Zamora and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Universidad de Valladolid will play at home against Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Alvargomez Guadalajara (0-15) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 15th consecutive match to eleventh ranked Orion-GDKO (6-9) 82-54 on Saturday evening. Orion-GDKO moved-up to tenth place in Group B, which they share with Irlandesas and Mataro. Alvargomez Guadalajara lost their fifteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Orion-GDKO will face league's leader Real Canoe in Madrid in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Alvargomez Guadalajara will play on the road against Platges de Mataro (#11) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15:
In Group A Bembibre won against Ensino on the opponent's court 66-62. Arxil Pontev. managed to outperform Aros Leon in a home game 76-71. Caceres was rolled over Pio XII on the road 71-49. Burgos defeated Cod.Carmelitas on its own court 73-65.
In Group B Mataro was beaten by CBF Sarria in Madrid 68-58. Estudiantes won against Cajacanarias at home 82-75. Alcobendas unfortunately lost to Casablanca on the opponent's court 52-69. Segle XXI recorded a loss to Pais Vasco in a home game 45-60. C.B Conquero was defeated by Irlandesas on the road 61-55.



Group A
Valladolid - Adba 48-75

Bottom-ranked Universidad de Valladolid (0-15) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 15th consecutive match to fourth ranked Adba (11-4) 75-48. The game was mostly controlled by Adba. Universidad de Valladolid was better in second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Universidad de Valladolid to just 7 points in first quarter. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Adba. They maintain fourth place in Group A with 11-4 record. Universidad de Valladolid lost their fifteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Adba's next round opponent will be league's leader Cajarural in Zamora and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Universidad de Valladolid will play at home against Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 112899


Ensino - Bembibre 62-66

Very expected game in Lugo where 8th ranked Maquinaria Ensino (7-8) was defeated by third ranked Socinsa Bembibre (12-3) 66-62 on Saturday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Socinsa Bembibre. They moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with Aguere. Maquinaria Ensino lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. Socinsa Bembibre will face Universitario de Ferrol (#6) at home in the next round. Maquinaria Ensino will play against Aros Leon.
gschID: 112895


Arxil Pontev. - Aros Leon 76-71

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Arxil Pontevedra (6-9) defeated at home 11th ranked Aros Leon (4-11) 76-71 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aros Leon won third quarter 25-6. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Arxil Pontevedra won last quarter 21-18. Arxil Pontevedra maintains ninth place in Group A with 6-9 record. Aros Leon lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Arxil Pontevedra will face Femenino Caceres (#10) on the road in the next round. Aros Leon will play against Maquinaria Ensino in Lugo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 112896


Pio XII - Caceres 71-49

Not a big story in a game in Santiago de Com. where 10th ranked Femenino Caceres (4-11) was rolled over by sixth ranked Pio XII (9-6) 71-49 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-49. Pio XII moved-up to fifth place in Group A, which they share with Burgos and Ferrol. Loser Femenino Caceres keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Pio XII will face Pabellon Ourense (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Femenino Caceres will play against Arxil Pontevedra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 112897


Cajarural - Ourense P. 78-57

LF2 top team - Cajarural (14-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Pabellon Ourense (4-11) in Zamora 78-57. The game without a history. Cajarural led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pabellon Ourense to just 6 points in third quarter. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Cajarural. They maintain first place in Group A with 14-1 record. Loser Pabellon Ourense dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cajarural will meet Adba (#4) in the next round. Pabellon Ourense will play against Pio XII (#7) in Santiago de Com. and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 112898


Burgos - Cod.Carmelitas 73-65

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (9-6) beat at home 12th ranked Codigalco Carmelitas (4-11) 73-65 on Friday. Arranz-Jopisa Burgos maintains fifth place in Group A with 9-6 record, which they share with Ferrol and Pio XII. Loser Codigalco Carmelitas dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Arranz-Jopisa Burgos will face Universidad de Valladolid (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Codigalco Carmelitas will play against the league's second-placed Aguere (#2) in Santa Cruz de T..
gschID: 112893


Ferrol - Aguere 94-76

The game between second ranked Aguere (12-3) and seventh ranked Universitario de Ferrol (9-6) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Aguere was defeated by Universitario de Ferrol in Ferrol 94-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aguere. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Universitario de Ferrol moved-up to fifth place in Group A, which they share with Burgos and Pio XII. Aguere at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Bembibre. Universitario de Ferrol is looking forward to face higher ranked Socinsa Bembibre (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aguere will play against Codigalco Carmelitas in Ourense and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 112894


Group B
Real Canoe - Eivissa 60-54

The game between Top Four teams took place in Madrid. First ranked host Real Canoe (13-2) defeated 3rd placed Space Tanit Eivissa (10-5) 60-54. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Space Tanit Eivissa. It looked good early as Space Tanit Eivissa took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Real Canoe took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Space Tanit Eivissa to just 7 points in third quarter. Real Canoe have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group B with 13-2 record, which they share with Pais Vasco. Space Tanit Eivissa at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Real Canoe will play against Orion-GDKO (#12) in Galdakao in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Space Tanit Eivissa will play at home against Irlandesas (#10) in Leioa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 112903


Guadalajara - Orion-GDKO 54-82

Bottom-ranked Alvargomez Guadalajara (0-15) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 15th consecutive match to eleventh ranked Orion-GDKO (6-9) 82-54 on Saturday evening. The game without a history. Orion-GDKO led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Orion-GDKO moved-up to tenth place in Group B, which they share with Irlandesas and Mataro. Alvargomez Guadalajara lost their fifteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Orion-GDKO will face league's leader Real Canoe in Madrid in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Alvargomez Guadalajara will play on the road against Platges de Mataro (#11) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 112904


CBF Sarria - Mataro 68-58

There was no surprise in Madrid where 10th ranked Platges de Mataro (6-9) was defeated by seventh ranked CBF Sarria (8-7) 68-58 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by CBF Sarria. Platges de Mataro was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CBF Sarria moved-up to fifth place in Group B, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Platges de Mataro keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. CBF Sarria will face Cajacanarias (#6) in Santa Cruz de T. in the next round. Platges de Mataro will play at home against Alvargomez Guadalajara (#14).
gschID: 112905


Estudiantes - Cajacanarias 82-75

Everything could happen in Madrid at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked ASEFA Estudiantes and 4th placed Cajacanarias had identical 8-6 record. This time ASEFA Estudiantes used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Santa Cruz de T. 82-75 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-75. The victory was the third consecutive win for ASEFA Estudiantes. They moved-up to fourth place in Group B. Loser Cajacanarias dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. ASEFA Estudiantes will face Casablanca (#7) in Zaragoza in the next round. Cajacanarias will play at home against CBF Sarria in Madrid and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 112906


Casablanca - Alcobendas 69-52

Everything could happen in Zaragoza at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Casablanca and 8th ranked Fundal Alcobendas had identical 7-7 record. This time Casablanca used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Alcobendas 69-52 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-52. Casablanca (8-7) moved-up to fifth place in Group B, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Fundal Alcobendas dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. Casablanca will face higher ranked ASEFA Estudiantes (#4) in Madrid in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fundal Alcobendas will play on the road against the league's second-placed Pais Vasco (#2) in San Sebastian.
gschID: 112900


Segle XXI - Pais Vasco 45-60

Very predictable result in Barcelona where second ranked Pais Vasco (13-2) defeated 13th ranked Segle XXI (3-12) 60-45 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pais Vasco. Segle XXI was better in second period 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Segle XXI to just 7 points in first and fourth quarters. Pais Vasco keeps a position of Group B leader, which they share with Real Canoe. Loser Segle XXI keeps the thirteenth place with 12 games lost. Pais Vasco will face Fundal Alcobendas (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Segle XXI will play against C.B Conquero (#8) in Huelva.
gschID: 112901


Irlandesas - C.B Conquero 61-55

There was an upset in Leioa where higher ranked C.B Conquero (8-7) was defeated by twelfth ranked Irlandesas (6-9) 61-55 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 37-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Irlandesas moved-up to tenth place in Group B, which they share with Orion-GDKO and Mataro. C.B Conquero lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Irlandesas will face higher ranked Space Tanit Eivissa (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. C.B Conquero will play against Segle XXI in Barcelona.
gschID: 112902




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  TURKEY - Women  


A big match in euroleague woman - by Ege Ozcan
If there's a match between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray the rivalary became in every sport competitions.Today there was a match between this two rivals in euroleague woman top 16.Fenerbahce is a very strong team to beat.However FB is the only undefeated team in euroleague group matches.But Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) and Penny Taylor left the team.On the other hand they have to continue with remaining ream and strengthening of new transfer Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville).Galatasaray is the champion of Eurocup in 2009,but they are passing their second year in euroleague.
At the beginning of the match to the last second FB lead the game. FB beat GS 77-58 and took the 1-0 lead in series.Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) erupted for impressive 24 points in the victory.Birsel Vardarli (175-G-80) played very intelligent and FB made a flying start in top 16.



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  WNBA - Women  


Shock acquires former OSU star Andrea Riley - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa Shock has acquired former Oklahoma State and Big 12 career leading scorer Andrea Riley (5'5''-G-88, college: Oklahoma St.) in a trade with the Los Angeles Sparks.

Riley, a first-round draft pick last season, appeared in 29 games in 2010, averaging 3.4 points and 1.0 assists per game.

The addition of Andrea gives us two combo guards when you add (Ivory) Latta, Shock general manager and coach Nolan Richardson said. My best teams were always combo-type players.

She is a great addition to our team. Well have some additional changes that we think will make us a better basketball team.

The Shock gave up a second-round draft choice in 2012 for Riley. Tulsa and the Los Angeles Sparks have been in trade discussions centering on Riley for months, even before the injury that sidelined 2010 Shock captain Shanna Crossley.

Richardson said Riley gives the Shock an additional scoring threat.

She can penetrate to the basket and she can stick it from deep 3-point range, Richardson said. In talking to her, I realized how badly she wanted to play in Tulsa.

Riley is seven months pregnant and expected to deliver in late March.

Thats not a concern, Richardson said. She still has to make the basketball club but its not a concern. Shell do what she has to do to get into playing shape.

The 5-foot-5 Riley led Oklahoma State to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2008. The Dallas native closed out her career with a league-best 2,835 points.

She also owns career highs in the league in field goal attempts (2,424), free throws made (775) and free throw attempts (1,029).

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com