EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/4/2011

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  ALBANIA   


Kamza Basket adds Saliaga to their roster - by Eurobasket
Kamza Basket added to their roster domestic Saliaga ). Saliaga played most recently at ().

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  ARGENTINA   


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, Daniel Zattin, Manuel Otero
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, Juan Ignacio Merlo
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


Quimsa get Rodney Mayes - by Eurobasket News
Quinmsa are getting ready for the second stage of Liga Americas. They have lately announced the signing of another import player. Quimsa have agreed on terms of contract with Rodney Mayes (198-F/G-83, college: W.Virginia Tech). The 27-year-old shooting guard was last seen in the Halifax Rainmen in PBL in 2009 season. He averaged 4.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per appearance. In 2008 Rodney Mayes has become the WBA champion together with the Cartersville Baseline Warriors. He also had stints in Switzerland and Portugal. Rodney Mayes was WVIAC 1st Team All-Conference back in 2005 while playing for West Virginia Tech basketball team.
Quimsa will play in Group F of Liga Americas. They are schedule to take on Regatas Corrientes on February 11.



Regional league rosters - by Facundo Iatzky
Santa Fe zone:
Echesortu ROSARIO: German Sacomano, Adrian Molina,
sportivo las parejas: Diego Foradori, Manuel Morello, Julian Fernandez,Alejandro Fernandez,
sarmiento canada de gomez: Gustavo Sena, Martin Alegranzza, Pablo Maggi
sportsmen rosario: Federico Poratti, Agustin Zanni, Sebastian Ghirardi, Ignacio Tripelli
gimnasia santa fe: Jose Luis Villa, Lisandro Villa, Mauricio Bianchi, Ignacio Balbi, Oscar Casabianca, Facundo Torres
colon santa fe: Diego Gimenez, Maximiliano DAmelio, Esteban Landi, Nicolas Solari, Luciano Perez
union santa fe: Edgardo Torne, Jose Torrielli, Jaime Cabre, Emilio Ziegler, Matias Missio
olimpia venado tuerto: Fabricio Perez, Emanuel Deus, Martin Meglia
Central San javier: Phillip Lockett, Dennis Gomez, Nestor Braccia, Jorge Chavez
huracan san javier: Fernando Borda, Guillermo Graglia, Pablo Pastori, Milton Gonzalez, Sebastian Paz Duarte


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  AUSTRIA   


Stazic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old guard Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked BC Vienna and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 35 points and 13 rebounds, while his team outclassed Worthersee (#6, 1-21) with 42-point margin 107-65. Thanks to this victory BC Vienna moved-up to the 2nd position in the Austrian league. BC Vienna is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-13 record. In the team's last game Stazic had a remarkable 91.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be BC Vienna's top player in his first season with the team. Stazic has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 26.6ppg. Stazic is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.5rpg) and assists (8th best: 4.4apg).

Second best performed player last round was Markus Carr (185-G-79). He is American guard in his first season at BC Vienna. In the last game Carr recorded impressive triple-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds and 19 assists. Of course together with Stazic he helped BC Vienna with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Worthersee (#6, 1-21) 107-65. Despite this victory BC Vienna slide down in the standings to 2nd position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 record. Carr is a newcomer at BC Vienna and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, agency: Court Side) of Furstenfeld (#5). Shavies showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, six rebounds and eleven assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Furstenfeld, leading his team to a 81-71 win against slightly higher-ranked St.Polten (#4, 6-16). Furstenfeld needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 8 lost games. Shavies has a great season in Austria. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (5th best) and assists with 8.0apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Smith (203-F-84) of Wels - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Davor Lamesic (205-F-83) of Wels - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Louis Graham (205-F-84) of UBSC Graz - 22 points and 12 rebounds
7. Aleksandar Djuric (210-F/C-82) of Gussing - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Hermann Opoku (208-F-86) of St.Polten - 19 points and 13 rebounds
9. Thomas Kennedy (201-F-87) of Worthersee - 28 points and 5 rebounds
10. Dan Oppland (203-F-84) of Gmunden - 16 points and 9 rebounds

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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Egidijus Dimsa claims Baltic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nevezis Kedainiai and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 25-year old center had the game-high 29 points adding four rebounds for Nevezis in his team's victory, helping them to beat Rudupis (#5, 10-7) 79-71. Nevezis is placed at 4th position in Baltic League Elite. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nevezis will need more victories to improve their 10-5 record. In the team's last game Dimsa had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Nevezis and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Egidijus Dimsa averages this season 15.0ppg and 6.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old forward Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82, agency: Players Group) of second-ranked Juventus-LKSK Utenos. Kieza impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Juventus to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Zemgale (#4, 3-4) 99-74. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Challenge. Juventus consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Kieza is a newcomer at Juventus and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Ilmars Bergmanis (184-G-81) of Zemgale (#4). Bergmanis scored 29 points and passed six assists. Despite Bergmanis' great performance Zemgale lost 74-99 to #2 ranked Juventus. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Zemgale ranking at the top of Challenge, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bergmanis could help Zemgale to bring them higher in the standings. Bergmanis has a great season in Baltic League. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arvydas Siksnius (196-F-87) of Perlas - 23 points and 6 rebounds
5. Aurimas Birgelis (190-G-88) of Alytus Alita - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Saulius Kazevicius (189-G-76) of Alytus Alita - 29 points
7. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) of Neptunas - 23 points and 8 rebounds
8. Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89) of Juventus - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Rait Keerles (201-F-80) of Kalev/Cramo - 21 points and 3 rebounds
10. Bojan Bakic (197-G-83) of VEF Riga - 17 points and 5 rebounds

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


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. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai15.5 
 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. Valeika, Valmiera9.2 
 4. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.6 
 5. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 6. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.8.3 
 7. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 9. Cukinas, Aiscai K.7.9 
 10. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis6.0 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.4 
 3. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.5.0 
 4. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.0 
 5. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 6. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.7 
 8. Kriisa, TT.4.7 
 9. Alijevas, Nevezis4.6 
 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. Rinkevicius, Techasas1.9 
 5. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 6. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 8. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja1.8 
 10. Anderson, Ventspils1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.1 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.2.1 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale2.0 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.6 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.4 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 8. Osby, TT.1.1 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock1.0 
 10. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.0 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Challenge Cup
 1. Sakalai 0-0 
 2. Rakvere 0-0 
 3. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 4. Naglis-Adakris 0-0 
Elite Division
 1. VEF Riga 13-2 
 2. Ventspils 12-4 
 3. Nevezis 11-5 
 4. TU/Rock 11-5 
 5. Rudupis 10-7 
 6. Kalev/Cramo 9-6 
 7. Siauliai 9-8 
 8. Perlas 7-10 
 9. Norrkoping 6-9 
 10. Liepaja 5-10 
 11. TTU/Kalev 4-14 
 12. Valmiera 1-18 
Challenge Cup
 1. Aiscai Kaunas 5-2 
 2. Juventus 5-2 
 3. Techasas 4-3 
 4. Zemgale 3-4 
 5. Neptunas 3-4 
 6. Alytus Alita 1-6 


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  BOSNIA   


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


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.1 
 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. Gajovic, Hercegovac16.0 
 9. Opacak, Celik15.7 
 10. Sakic, Zrinjski HT15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.0 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.3 
 3. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik7.1 
 5. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.5 
 6. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.5 
 7. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.2 
 8. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 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. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 5. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.6 
 6. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 7. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
 8. Mulic, Kakanj3.2 
 9. Kahrimanovic, Kak.3.1 
 10. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.1 
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. Gajovic, Hercegovac1.9 
 6. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 7. Vranjes, Borac N.1.8 
 8. Komatina, Mladost1.7 
 9. Zdravkovic, Capljina1.6 
 10. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kuzmic, Celik2.2 
 2. Zimic, Bosna1.9 
 3. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.8 
 4. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 5. Duranovic, Mladost0.8 
 6. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 
 7. Brkic, Capljina0.7 
 8. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 9. Suljagic, Kakanj0.6 
 10. Vukovic, Slavija0.6 


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  BRAZIL   


Brazilians in U.S. College - by Paulo Freire
Although inherent talent and hard work are essential to basketball success, there are certain steps you can take to increase your chances of a pro-baller.
A lot of brazilians are doing great in some of the U.S. Colleges following their dream of becoming a professional in the near future.
Most of them are learning a positive attitude as they practice and strive to keep their basketball skills exceptional .

Some of them are willing to play at a small-division school across the country if that's what it takes. Other go directly to the top schools in the country.
But whatever is the case, all of them are walking on the college team and work their butt off to show they can play the game.

Here are some of the new Brazilian faces in college:

Regis Schaffer (195-F-85) The 6'4 Freshmann who weight: 225 is playing at St. Luis Community College.

Arthur Bernardi (202-F-90) The 6'9'' Sophomore is playing the powerforward position at New Mexico Junior College .

Gerson Junior (207-C-91) The big man is in his first season at University of Southern Mississipi

Rodrigo Silva (206-C-90) The 6'10 Weight 225 former is at his freshmann year at Laramie County Community College in Wyoming

Cesar Mapeli (202-F-90) The 6'8 who Weight 215 is in his freshmann year at NEO, NE OKLAHOMA A&M CC

Renan Lenz (205-C-90) The forward former Araraquara is in his freshmann year at Arizona Western CC

Adonis Chatzicharalambous (190-G-90) The point guard forme Sorocaba is at his Sophomer year at Arizona Western CC

Mateus Granusso Oliveira former Limeira (2007-2010) who was born in Jan 01, 1991 is a freshmann, playing forward at Arizona Western CC

Icaro Parisotto (181-G-92) The young point guard former Univates/Bira is playing at Christian High Schooll in San Diego California.


Alfredo sign with Rio Claro - by Paulo Freire
The director board and coach staff of the Rio Claro Basketball announced the further strengthening who is already integrated into the Rio Claro roster Alfredo Perandini (197-F-75), known as Alfredo, 1.97 tall shootinguard who played last season at Americana Basketball Team, the athlete has already performed to the head coach Marcelo Tamiao to start training along with the new teammates.

Specializes in the 3 points balls, Alfredo was the second best scorer of the Paulista State 2010 with 18.9 points average, and have picked up 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists a game. Very experienced, the athlete has gone through great teams on the national scene as the Casa Branca, Londrina, Ulbra/Torres, Uberlndia, Franca and Assis.

'He is an excellent player, especially in three-pointers. If the CBB release his transfer on time, he will go to the game today, 'concluded the head coach Marcelo Tamiao.

Rio Claro Basketball will debut infront his supporters late on this Thursday (3), at 20h, against Tijuca Tennis Club in a game for the 3rd round of the Copa Brazil Southeast Region. The team led by Marcelo Tamiao is in second place with a defeat and a win, adding three points from the two games played (Paraso Basquete 54 x 51 Rio Claro and Olympico Club 55 x 72 Rio Claro).


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  CAPE VERDE   


Mario Correia Leading the way for 1 de Agosto in Angola - by Pedro Gomes
1 de Agosto beat Petro with the final score of 97 x 92
Petro started the game better, but within 5 minutes DAgosto took the lead for good. Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant) played well together with Kikas.

Box Score

1 de Agosto: Filipe Abrao (10), Adilson Baza (02), Mario Correia (20), Kikas Gomes (17), Felizardo Ambrsio (11), Vlademir Ricardino (08), Hlder Ortet (00), Adolfo Quimbamba (00), Carlos Almeida (07), Miguel Lutonda (14), Karlton Mims (08), Hermenegildo Santos (00), Coach: Lus Magalhes

Petro de Luanda: Braulio Morais (07), Roderick Nealy (13), Roberto Fortes (03), Paulo Barros (00), Paulo Santana (15), Miguel Kiala (03), Cedric Ison (15), Hlder Gonalves (00), Vlademir Pontes (00), Divaldo Mbunga (11), Idelfonso Kiteculo (04), Carlos Morais (21), Coach: Alberto babo
DAgosto has 11v and 2 lost games and hes tie with Libolo on the 1st place. Petro has 9v and 2L.



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  CHINA   


Top Ten Native Players in Scoring, Rebounding, Assists - by Arthur Volbert
At the mid-point of the season there are no native players among the top ten in scoring and rebounding, and only two native players among the leaders in assists. So who are the best in scoring rebounding and assists among natives of China, those eligible for the Chinese National Team?

Note that only eight native players had scoring averages of over 15 per game. While veterans dominated in scoring, five of the top ten rebounders were born in 1990 or thereafter. Highly-promoted young players Chen Jianghua (188-G-89) and Guo Ailun (193-G-93) were among the leaders in assists.

Scoring:
1. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) Bayi 21.5 25th overall
2. Sun Jie (190-G-86) Shandong 19.0 29th
3. Zhang Nan (197-F-81) Tianjin 17.3 30th
4. LiuWei Wei (190-G-80) Shanghai 17.1 32nd
5. Tang ZhengDong (213-C-84) Jiangsu 17.0 33rd
6. Wang ShiPeng (197-F/G-83) Guangdong 16.9 34th
7. Zhang Bo (200-G/F-89) Bayi 15.7 41st
8. Zhang Kai (211-C-82) Dongguan 15.3 43rd
9. Gong SongLin (195-G/F-81) Fujian 14.7 45th
9. Yi Li (203-F/G-85) Jiangsu 14.7 45th
9. Yang Ming (193-G-85) Liaoning 14.7 45th

Rebounding:
1. Li Xiaoxu (207-C-90) Liaoning 9.55 16th
2. Zhang Kai Dongguan 9.21 20th
3. Wang ZhiZhi Bayi 8.84 21st
4. Mengke Bateer (210-C-75) Xinjiang 8.11 24th
5. Ding Jinhui (204-C-90) Zhejiang 7.57 28th
6. Zhong Cheng (206-F-89) Jilin 7.35 30th
7. Xu ZhongHao (212-C-90) Bayi 6.38 33rd
8. Wang Zheng (216-C-90) Guangdong 6.35 34th
9. Tang ZhengDong Jiangsu 6.31 35th
10.Hanlin Dong (208-F-91) Guangdong 6.23 36th

Assists:
1. Hu XueFeng (185-G-80) Jiangsu 5.95 3rd
2. Hu XueFeng (185-G-80) Fujian 5.26 4th
3. LiuWei Wei Shanghai 3.94 15th
4. Yang Ming Liaoning 3.93 16th
5. Mengke Bateer Xinjiang 3.55 19th
6. Chen Jianghua Guangdong 3.0 28th
7. Guo Ailun Liaoning 2.85 30th
7. Wang Lei (203-F-86) Bayi 2.85 30th
9. Wang Bo (202-F-82) Guangdong 2.84 32nd
9. Zhang Nan Tianjin 2.84 32nd



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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 19-1 
 2. Svendborg 18-2 
 3. Naestved 14-6 
 4. Horsholm 12-8 
 5. Horsens IC 11-9 
 6. Vaerlose 8-13 
 7. SISU 8-13 
 8. Aabyhoj 8-14 
 9. Amager BK 4-18 
 10. Aalborg 2-20 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.2 
 3. Brasas, Amager BK22.0 
 4. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose19.9 
 6. Roberts, Naestved19.0 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.9 
 8. Dennis, SISU17.7 
 9. Claitt, Horsens IC17.6 
 10. Kasiuleviciu., Naest.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.6 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj10.0 
 3. Johansen, Naestved9.8 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose9.8 
 5. St.John, Horsens IC9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.5 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.7 
 9. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.4 
 10. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.1 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.7 
 3. Dennis, SISU4.6 
 4. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg4.0 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm3.8 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj3.7 
 8. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.6 
 9. Simonsen, Amager B.3.5 
 10. Jensen, Vaerlose3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lasse KRISTIANSEN
  Aalborg
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 2. Dennis, SISU2.2 
 3. Roberts, Naestved2.1 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm2.1 
 5. Smedley, Naestved2.0 
 6. Burgess, Bakken2.0 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken1.9 
 8. Claitt, Horsens IC1.8 
 9. Iversen, Svendborg1.8 
 10. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.3 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.7 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.4 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.3 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Logan, Amager BK0.9 
 8. Johansen, Naestved0.8 
 9. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 10. Brown, SISU0.7 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 21-9 
 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 19-9 
 3. Texas L. 15-14 
 4. New Mexico 14-16 
 5. Austin T. 12-15 
 6. Maine RC 12-17 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 18-12 
 2. Bakersfield J. 16-12 
 3. Utah F. 14-12 
 4. Idaho S. 10-17 
 5. Springfield A. 9-19 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Toronto R.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.0 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 3. Alexander, Texas L.20.2 
 4. Johnson, Erie B.19.9 
 5. Adrien, Rio Grande19.6 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.19.3 
 7. Lin, Reno Bighorns18.6 
 8. Edwards, New M.18.6 
 9. Tucker, New Mexico18.5 
 10. McNeal, Rio Grande18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.1 
 2. Alexander, Texas L.10.0 
 3. Sims, Iowa E.9.9 
 4. Davidson, Idaho S.9.8 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.8 
 6. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 7. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.2 
 9. Brackins, Spring.8.8 
 10. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.0 
 2. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 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.5.9 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.4 
 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. Russell, Ft.Wayne.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 


Thunder recall Cole Aldrich from D-League - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has recalled center Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

During his two assignments this season with the 66ers, Aldrich has appeared in 19 games (19 starts) and averaged 10.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots in 29.2 minutes. Aldrich has recorded three consecutive double-doubles with Tulsa and the 66ers own a 15-4 mark this season with him in the lineup.

Aldrich has joined the Thunder in Oklahoma City for tonights 7:00 PM game against the New Orleans Hornets at the Oklahoma City Arena.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Wednesday: Legends, Bighorns and Energy celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Reno Bighorns - Springfield A. 113-72
The Bighorns jumped out of the gates on an 8-0 run and never looked back Wednesday night, cruising to a 113-72 victory over the Springfield Armor in the Reno Events Center. The Bighorns (18-12) set new franchise records in margin of victory (41), turnovers committed (5) and points allowed (72). The win marked Reno's third straight, on the heels of a weekend sweep over the Bakersfield Jam. 'That was our best defensive effort of the year,' said Bighorns Head Coach Eric Musselman. 'I thought our guys did a really good job of staying focused throughout the entire 48 minutes. Guys did a great job of playing their role tonight.' In the Reno backcourt, Donald Sloan finished with five assists and no turnovers, while Golden State Warriors assignment player Jeremy Lin led the Bighorns with 20 points, six assists and zero turnovers. 'The job that our team has done collectively of taking care of the ball has been excellent,' Musselman said. 'We were worried when Aaron Miles went down with an injury, but Sloan continues to get better and better, and our point guard play has been phenomenal.' On a night that featured another balanced effort from the Bighorns, Patrick O'Bryant recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards, while Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina) added 19 points and six assists. All 10 Bighorns registered in the scoring column Wednesday, and the team combined to shoot 84 percent (21-of-25) from the free-throw line. Reno led by 18 after one and took a 27-point advantage into halftime. The lead continued to grow in the second half, as the Bighorns finished the third period on a 12-2 run, and the edge was never seriously threatened. Philadelphia 76ers assignee Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) led the way for the Armor (9-19), finishing with a game-high 29 points and 12 rebounds. Jerry Smith (6'2''-G-84, college: Samford) added 12 points for Springfield, and Gavin Edwards chipped-in 11 points and nine boards. Reno now hits the road for a Friday-Saturday series in Idaho. Tip-time for the opener is set for 6 p.m. PST in Qwest Arena. 'This one is over. We have two very difficult games coming up against a much-improved Idaho team,' Musselman said. 'Right now our whole focus is on how we can beat the Stampede.' *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

Rio Grande - Iowa E. 127-136
The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers fell to the Iowa Energy 136-127 on Wednesday at State Farm Arena in front of a crowd of 4,664. The Energy (21-9) opened the game on a 12-0 run, hitting 5 of 6 shots. The Vipers (19-9) got on the board for the first time at the 8:18 mark when Houston Rockets-assignee Ish Smith drove the lane for a layup. The Vipers opened the second quarter on a 16-5 run, during which Mouhammad Faye (6'9''-F-85, college: SMU) hit a 3-pointer at the 8:56 mark of the to give the Vipers their first lead at 42-41. Smith followed by converting a three-point play to give the Vipers a 45-41 lead. The Energy outscored the Vipers 23-12 over the rest of the quarter to take 64-57 halftime lead. The Vipers opened the third quarter on an 11-4 run, capped by a Jerel McNeal basket to take the lead back at 77-76 with 8:47 remaining. Two minutes later, the game was tied at 83 after Terrel Harris hit a jumper, at which point the Energy went on a 13-1 run to take a 96-84 lead that they did not relinquish. Harris scored a career-high 27 points on 10 of 16 shooting, including 4 of 9 from behind the arc to go with five rebounds, two assists and a career-high tying four steals. Jeff Adrien recorded his 14th double-double in 19 games with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Smith picked up his second double-double with 12 points and 12 assists. The Vipers shot 17 of 46 (37 percent) from behind the arc, setting new franchise records in both makes and attempts. The Vipers also attempted a franchise-record 111 field goals, hitting 49 of them (44.1 percent). The Energy were led by Chicago Bulls-assignee James Johnson (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest), who scored a game-high 31 points with 14 rebounds and six blocks. Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists, Courtney Sims had a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds while Marqus Blakely also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Vipers hit the road for 10 days to play five games in three states, starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday against the New Mexico Thunderbirds in Rio Rancho, N.M. *Courtesy of www.brownsvilleherald.com

New Mexico - Texas L. 108-110
Dominique Johnson (6'3''-G-87, college: Azusa Pacific) hit a buzzer beater for the Texas Legends (15-14) to help them to a 110-108 victory over the New Mexico Thunderbirds (14-16) on Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center. After combining to score over 250 points the night before, the Thunderbirds and Legends played another high scoring first half with the Thunderbirds holding a slim 61-59 lead at the half. Josh Bostic (6'5''-F-87, college: Findlay (OH)) led all scorers with 14 points including two 3-pointers for the Thunderbirds. On the other side Joe Alexander (6'8''-F-86, college: W.Virginia) led the Legends with 13 points and did the majority of his damage at the free throw line, hitting seven free throws. In the third quarter, with the Thunderbirds holding a 75-74 lead, they went on a 12-3 run to take a 10 point lead, their largest of the game. The Legends answered with a 9-1 lead and would trail by just four points heading into the fourth quarter. The Legends started the fourth quarter by scoring the first seven points to take a 93-90 lead. The Thunderbirds responded with a quick 6-0 run capped by an alley oop from Dar Tucker to Jamine Peterson. With 2:44 to go and the Legends trailing by three points, Booker Woodfox hit a three pointer to tie up the game, 106-106. After the teams traded baskets, Johnson hit a fadeaway as time expired to win the game. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  ESTONIA   


Joosep Toome claims Estonian EMKL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
International forward Joosep Toome (202-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Kalev/Cramo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 31 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed Voru KK (#9, 1-21) with 46-point margin 99-53. Kalev/Cramo maintains the 2nd position in Estonian EMKL. They are still close to the very top. Kalev/Cramo would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 19-3 record. In the team's last game Toome had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kalev/Cramo's top player in his first season with the team. Joosep Toome averages this season 13.3ppg and 6.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Canadian guard Casey Archibald (195-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of TTU/Kalev Tallinn. Archibald impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead TTU/Kalev to another comfortable win 74-58 over slightly higher-ranked TU/Rock (#1, 20-2) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. TTU/Kalev consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 14-5 record is not bad at all. Archibald is a newcomer at TTU/Kalev and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev II Tallinn (#7). Arnold scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of TTU/Kalev II, leading his team to a 86-80 win against slightly lower-ranked Parnu (#8, 5-16). The chances of TTU/Kalev II not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Arnold could try to bring TTU/Kalev II's a little bit higher in the standings. Arnold has individually a great season in Estonia. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.1ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.2rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Dunigan (208-C-89) of Kalev/Cramo - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Gert Dorbek (194-G-85) of Kalev/Cramo - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Kristjan Kitsing (201-F/C-90) of Kalev/Cramo - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kaido Saks (205-F-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Ivar Tulit (202-F-88) of TTU/Kalev II - 12 points and 7 rebounds
9. Kiur Akenparg (190-F-88) of TTU/Kalev II - 19 points and 6 rebounds

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


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 9-12 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 8-13 
 8. Parnu 5-16 
 9. Voru KK 1-22 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Raap, Parnu16.8 
 4. Erm, Rapla16.3 
 5. Brown, Va.16.2 
 6. Arnold, TT.15.1 
 7. Kuuba, Voru KK15.0 
 8. Raadik, Parnu14.9 
 9. Osby, TT.14.4 
 10. Tagamets, Va.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.9 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.2 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.8 
 5. Eziukwu, TU/Rock9.1 
 6. Kuuba, Voru KK9.1 
 7. Osby, TT.8.9 
 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, Rapla2.6 
 9. Archibald, TT.2.5 
 10. Dorbek, Rakvere2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 3. Doronin, TU/Rock2.2 
 4. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 5. Raap, Parnu2.0 
 6. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 7. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 8. Erm, Rapla1.9 
 9. Oja, Va.1.8 
 10. Archibald, TT.1.8 
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. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 10. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Ben Woodside claims EuroChallenge weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Gravelines and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Top 16).
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds and five assists for Gravelines in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Ventspils (#2, 1-2) 74-70. It allowed Gravelines to consolidate first place in the EuroChallenge group K. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Gravelines already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Woodside had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Gravelines and it's hard to imagine this team without him. North Dakota State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Woodside is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.3ppg) and assists (8th best: 5.1apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Romeo Travis (201-F-84) of Elitzur Netanya. Travis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Elitzur Netanya lost that game 76-84 to Lukoil Academik (2-1). The Top 16 is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Travis is a newcomer at Elitzur Netanya and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#7). He also registered 8.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) of Norrkoping Dolphins (#3). Kjellbom scored 15 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Kjellbom's great performance Norrkoping lost 75-83 to #4 ranked Benfica. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Norrkoping not to end season at such low position in group K, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kjellbom could try to bring Norrkoping's a little bit higher in the standings. Kjellbom has individually a great season in EuroChallenge. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.3rpg (4th best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 54.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84) of Oostende - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83) of Ventspils - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) of Gravelines - 15 points and 10 rebounds
7. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77) of Karsiyaka - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Travis Peterson (208-C-85) of Lukoil Academik - 17 points and 10 rebounds
9. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) of Lokomotiv - 23 points and 7 rebounds
10. Will Thomas (200-F-86) of Oostende - 17 points and 8 rebounds

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


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  EUROCUP   


Torin Francis gets MVP of the Week award for Eurocup (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
American Torin Francis (210-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Panellinios and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Top 16).
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 29 points and ten rebounds, while his team lost the game against Benetton TV (#2, 2-1) 75-83. Panellinios maintains the 4th position in Eurocup group L. They are still not able to win a single game in the league yet. The team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings in Top 16. They lost 3 games and had no victories. Francis just recently signed at Panellinios, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Torin Francis averages just after three games 17.3ppg and 9.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Dontaye Draper (180-G-84) of Cedevita Zagreb. Draper impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 11 assists. It was enough for Cedevita to edge Gran Canaria (1-2) in overtime by 4 points 114-110. The Top 16 is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Draper is a newcomer at Cedevita and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Cedevita Zagreb's star - Damjan Rudez (206-F-86). Rudez got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He was another key player of Cedevita, helping his team with a 114-110overtime win against #3 ranked Gran Canaria in a game of the week. The chances of Cedevita not to end season at such low position in group I, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rudez could try to bring Cedevita's a little bit higher in the standings. Rudez has a very solid season. In 11 games in Eurocup he scored 12.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. German Gabriel (207-C-80) of Estudiantes - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86) of Galatasaray - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79) of Unics - 28 points and 4 assists
7. Louis Dale (180-G-88) of Goettingen - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81) of Hemofarm - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Bracey Wright (191-G-84) of Cedevita - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Chester Simmons (198-G-82) of CEZ Nymburk - 22 points, 6 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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  EUROLEAGUE   


Panathinaikos without Kaimakoglou - by Giorgos Diploidis
In a few hours the team of Panathinaikos Athens will have to face in Vitoria, Caja Laboral. The team of Zelimir Obradovic is looking for its third win in three games in order to be the favorite for taking the first place in the group E.

The 'Greens' will not have with them for another game in the row (third), Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) who is suffering from an injury and he didn't fly for Spain. The Greek forward was excellent in the match of the team of Athens in Vilnius, against Lietuvos, where he had 16 points and 9 rebounds


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.14.1 
 9. Gregory, Union O.14.0 
 10. San Emeterio, Caja L.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. Fischer, Real Madrid7.2 
 4. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.0 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.5 
 6. Freeland, Unicaja6.3 
 7. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 9. Gregory, Union O.6.2 
 10. Gonlum, Efes Pilsen6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.6.1 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.8 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.7 
 4. Eidson, Maccabi .4.5 
 5. Cook, Valencia4.4 
 6. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 7. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 8. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.2 
 9. Rubio, Regal Barca4.1 
 10. Rodriguez, Unicaja4.1 
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. Stonerook, Montepas.2.0 
 6. Ozbolt, Union O.1.9 
 7. Rubio, Regal Barca1.9 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 9. Diamantidis, Panath.1.8 
 10. Ilievski, Union O.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid1.9 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 7. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 8. Barac, Caja Laboral1.2 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 10. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.0 


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


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Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 26-6 
 2. KTP 22-9 
 3. Kataja 21-11 
 4. Korihait 20-11 
 5. Honka 19-12 
 6. Kouvot 17-15 
 7. ToPo 16-16 
 8. Namika Lahti 13-18 
 9. Karhu 13-18 
 10. Salon Vilpas 11-20 
 11. LrNMKY 7-25 
 12. Tarmo 4-28 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Wilson, Honka22.8 
 2. Heard, Tarmo21.4 
 3. Lewis, LrNM.20.5 
 4. Blanchard, ToPo19.7 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 6. Walker, Kouvot19.5 
 7. Wood, Karhu19.4 
 8. Harris, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 9. Williamson, Honka19.0 
 10. Barrett, KTP18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Wood, Karhu13.3 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.8 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.0 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Young, Tarmo9.8 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo9.6 
 7. Vinson, Kouvot9.6 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto9.2 
 9. Belser, Honka8.8 
 10. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dijuan HARRIS
  Salon Vilpas
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 3. Moore, LrNM.4.3 
 4. Johnson, Karhu4.2 
 5. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.0 
 6. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.9 
 7. Wood, Karhu3.8 
 8. Virtanen, Kataja3.7 
 9. Sarcevic, Korihait3.6 
 10. Ivey, KTP3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wood, Karhu2.0 
 2. Newson, Kataja2.0 
 3. Fields, KTP1.9 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo1.9 
 5. Moore, Korihait1.8 
 6. Fells, Kataja1.8 
 7. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 9. Richards, ToPo1.7 
 10. Harris, Salon Vilpas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Gonner, Kouvot0.7 
 4. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 5. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 6. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 7. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 8. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 9. Lewis, LrNM.0.6 
 10. Wood, Karhu0.6 


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Travis Walton (Ratiopharm Ulm) Pregame Thoughts To The Artland Dragons Game February 5th - 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 before the game against The ArtlandDragons february 5th


A big 85-71 win last weekend against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. What was the most positive thing that the team took out of this win?


The most positive thing was that we made key stops when it counted and outrebounded them.

What has been the main focus in practice this week leading up to the Artland Dragons game?

Just continuing to improve our defense.

What is your memory from the 85-81 loss at home against The Artland Dragons? It was a pretty interesting stat game as Ratiopharm ulm shot 25% from outside and Artland 72%, but they had 16 turnoversand Ulm only 9.


WOW. I did not know that. Shooting 72% and we only lose by 4. Wow thats is unbelievable.

The Artland Arena is similar to the Kuhberg halle in that it is small and loud. What is always key in playing in a type of arena like that that is hostle on the road?


Keeping your composure and controlling the things you can control. Defense.

How important will it be controlling the paint? Artland got Robert Kurz recently and have guys like Fenn, Peavey and Lewin. John Bryant will need a lot of help down low.


Its going to be tough. We will need a team effort to help out everyone.

Which player is the x factor of the Artland Dragons and why?


Bailey is a x factor. He is a very good player that may be overlooked becasue of the other two good players they have.

Will controlling Tyrese Rice be half the rent for getting a big road win?


Yes I think so. He is the engine to the team.

Where will you be watching the Superbowl and who will win and why?

The Steelers. I know one of the players on the team so I am pulling for them.


Thanks Travis for the chat


Can The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Spring A Leak In The Well Oiled Brose Baskets Bamberg Ship February 5th? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Fans in Pittsburgh will only have had two weeks to dream and get ready for The Super Bowl, while fans of the Northsiders Chicago Cubs have been waiting and waiting and waiting for 103 years to hoist a World Series crown and Mr Spiderman actor James Franco only has 30 days to prepare an imaginary acceptance speech and wait to possibly hear his name called as the 2011 Oscar winner for best actor for the flick 127 hours, but the Deutsche Bank Skyliners also have been waiting for some sweet revenge after their early season loss in Bamberg and have been plowing by BEKO BBL teams in the Ballsporthalle as if they have been slush rather than heavy compact crust snow, but February 5th has been marked on many calendars as Frankfurt attempts to defend their home unbeaten streak and seek payback against the three time BEKO BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg. This game is the highlight of the current season as the two top teams of the BEKO BBL will battle and see who has made more strides on the court in the last months. A game like this has to bring out a tad more extra energy for the players. 'It is always tough coming into top games and you always come out a bit more hyped. As a player you try to settle down a bit and just go in and do what you always did, because at the end of the day you have been doing it for so long and it should be natural once you step on the court and the ball is thrown up. My most difficult game had to be the national championship game that I played my senior year at Metropolitan St. (NCAA2). It seemed like the night of the game would never come. Even when I was warming up it seemed like time was standing still. As for the anxiety, once the ball went up, it was all gone, but it was tough waiting', stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The game against Bamberg will showcase the one millionth patron in the Ballsporthalle since the birth of the club in 1999 and possibly will that lucky million person be a Skyliner fan and give the team luck.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg have a huge advantage over most of the other 17 BEKO BBL teams in that they have kept a core of their team. This season Bamberg has kept many teams off guard with not just one style of play. We can play a multitude of different styles. We have players on our roster that can do everything. The style we play depends on our opponent and style of game they play. We will always be able to tailor our game to match the opponent, added Bamberg forward Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). It seems like Bamberg have no weak spot at any position. We are a strong team and have depth at every position with a number of players being able to play multiple positions, said Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). But the biggest strength of the Brose Baskets Bamberg is something that every team in basketball any where on earth strive to have. We simply play team basketball. We have developed a chemistry in a short time. There is no player on this team that is looking for individual stats. Each guy is interested in trying to do what is best for the team to have success, warned Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). The Brose Baskets Bamberg started off the season so hot winning their first 17 games in a row that it seemed like talk of an undefeated season was not a far fetched idea. However the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf proved that anything is possible in the BEKO BBL as they upset Bamberg 72-69. 'A season is long and tough and it is really tough to go undefeated at anything. One should not forget that Bamberg played very many games already', stated John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). They have blown away most of the competition with ease holding teams to under 70 teams 17 times. They average 83 points per game and have only built on the strong team chemistry that was already present early in the season. 'Bamberg seem to get better with each game that they have played. The Euroleague games also have helped them get better', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Despite the strong play of Bamberg and that the second half of the season is always tougher than the first half, this could still be an advantage for some more upsets. 'In the second half of the season, teams are able to see more of a pattern of play of their opponents and know more about each individual player by film and other things that they didnt have in the first half. After playing a team once, you are better at evaluating things better and you can also see them play against teams before you as well', said John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

The Brose Baskets Bamberg are led by ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford). The 29 year old 198cm shooting guard/small forward is playing his third season with Bamberg after winning the BEKO BBL title with the team in 2007 and 2010 and Cup in 2010. The American from Glendora California is an outstanding player, a great competitor, both a scorer and a shooter. He can defend, take the charge, and he'll get a rebound in a crowd because he's tough. A complete player who plays hard, and plays smart. He played 287 NBA games for The Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies. He played at Stanford from 1998-2002 and in his senior year averaged 21.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 77.6%; Finished career ranked 3rd in all time points (1723), 6th in points per game (18.1), 2nd in three point field goals (22) and 4th in three point percentage (.427). Left Stanford as the sole or co-owner of 49 school records. He was drafted by the Phoenix Suns (from Boston) (NBA,1rd (22). He played In France for in 2005-2006 for Ceramica Vitoria (Spain-ACB): Euroleague: 25 games: 9.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 44.5%, FT: 76.7%; Spanish League: 44 games: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 57.0%, FT: 77.0%. In 2008-2009 he played for Alba Berlin winning the BEKO BBL playing Euroleague: 16 games: 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 68.4%; German League: 43 games: 9.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 44.6%, FT: 76.8%. Last season for Bamberg, he EuroCup: 14 games: 10.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 79.6%; German League: 40 games: 11.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 77.0%. Currently, he is averaging 12,0ppg, 3,5rpg and 3,4apg. he is shooting very well at 44% from the field and 45% from the parking lot.

Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) is a 32 year old 200cm power forward from Serbia. he is playing for The Brose baskets Bamberg since 2007. He is a strong player (could play 3-2-4 position) good defender, excellent shot from outside. Strong penetration under the basket. Before coming to Bamberg, he played for top European teams like Partizan Belgrad and Hemofarm Vrsac. Last season, he played Eurocup playing 13 games: 13.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 88.5%; German League: 45 games: Score-4 (14.9ppg), 4.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 84.6%. Suput belongs to the top power forwards in the BEKO BBL and can score in so many ways that even when he kills a team with a seemingly impossible shot in traffic, you just have to smile and sigh in astonishment. Currently he is averaging 10,9ppg, 3,7rpg and 1,5apg. Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 26 year old 189cm combo guard from Slovakia that has experience and can score quickly and in bunches when needed. He started his basketball career for BG Karlsruhe and then played for Giessen from 2004-2006. In 2004-2005, he was a big factor in almost kicking out Bamberg out of the playoffs. That season he played 39 games: 12.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 35.7%. The next season, he was even better as he played 30 games: 16.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 52.4%. he then got valuable experience playing in Spain in the ACB for PolarWorld Murcia from 2006-2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1). Last season he played for Svit (Extraliga, starting five), Slovakian League: 2 games: 22.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg; in Nov.'09 moved to Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): German League: 36 games: 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 71.7%; EuroCup: 12 games: 6.8ppg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 84.0%. Currently, Gavel is averaging 10,7ppg, 2,6rpg and 1,8apg. He is shooting well at 44% from the field and 41% from downtown.

Brian Roberts (188-G-85) is a 25 year old 188cm combo guard from Toldeo, Ohio who is playing his second season in Bamberg. He played at Dayton from 2004-2008 and reached the NIT Elite 8 in 2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 28 games: 15.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 88.5%. Last season for Bamberg he played 14 games: 10.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 43 games: 11.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT-2 (88.4%). Currently Roberts is averaging 10,7ppg, 2,0rpg and 3,2apg. He is shooting 47% from the field and 41% from outside. The club also signed Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) who is a 24 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sicklerville, New Jersey. He is a powerful player who loves to attack the basket. Has a good 1-vs-1 game and likes to go inside. He is undersized to play the power forward, but his great wingspan (7-1) allows him to guard taller players and to intimidate. He's also a great leaper and reads the opponent's game well. 'My game is similar to Chuck Hayes (198-F-83, college: Kentucky) or Paul Millsap (201-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech)', added Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). He played at NC-Greensboro (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 31 games: 19.2ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8spg, 3.1bpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3Pts: 12.5%, FT: 62.8%. Lasts eason, he played for Prima Veroli (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 40 games: 18.5ppg, 8.1rpg, Steals-2 (3.5spg), Blocks-4 (1.6bpg), FGP-3 (64.0%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 57.8%. Currently Hines is averaging 10,3ppg and 4,8rpg. The team added Reyshawn Terry who is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a solid small forward who can hit a long jumper and has the size to be a good defender. He's very versatile and athletic, gives his best in transition. Has the ideal frame for a three, but can easily adapt to play at the PF if needed. He played at the well known North Carolina university from 2003-2007 reaching the NCAA Elite Eight in 2007. Last season, he played for Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro (Spain-ACB, starting five): 34 games: 12.1ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 84.6%. This past summer, he played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Portland Trail Blazers). Currently Terry is avergaing 9,9ppg, and 5,6rpg.

German national player Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) is playing his second season for The Brose Baskets Bamberg. He is a 21 year old 214cm center that was born in Bergisch Gladbach. He started his basketball career for Rhein Energie Cologne in 2006-2007. In Cologne he played 39 BEKO BBL games and two ULEB cup games. He won the BEKO BBL cup in 2007 with Cologne. He started his German national team career at the European championships in 2009 in Poland. Last summer, he played at the World Championships in Turkey playing 5 games: 8.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 44.1%, FT: 91.7%. Last season for Bamberg he played 14 games: 8.1ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 54.4%, FT: 77.1%; German League: 45 games: 8.0ppg, 5.9rpg, Blocks-2 (1.3bpg), FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 70.8%. Last summer he was drafted at #31 in the second round of the 2010 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets and then traded to the Oklahoma Thunder. Currently the long German is averaging 9,3ppg and 6,6rpg. John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) is a 28y ear old 191cm point guard from Vandalia, Ohio that is playing his third season in Bamberg. He played at North Carolina-Wilmington from 2002-2006. He played his rookie season for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen in 2006-2007. In 2007-2008, he played for the Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): ULEB Cup: 14 games: 8.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.1apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 75%, 3FGP: 48.8%, FT: 70.4%; German League: 38 games: 7.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 85.2%. He won the BEKO BBL Cup in 2008 for the Dragons. Last season for Bamberg he played 11 games: 5.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 76.5%; German League: 39 games: 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 71.1%. Currently he is averaging 5,1ppg, 1,9rpg and 4,2apgand is shooting very well at 49% from the field and 42% from the three point line.

The team is also filled with talented young Germans led by Karsten Tadda (189-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports) who is a 22 year old 189cm guard. He has been with Bamberg since 2007. He started his basketball career at Troester Breitenguessbach in 2005. Last season for Bamberg he played Eurocup 14 games: 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg; German League: 45 games: 3.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.0apg. This season he is averaging 3,6ppg and 1,4rpg. He played 10 Euroleague games this season. he is known as an aggressive and relentless defender. Maurice Stuckey (187-G-90, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 20 year old 187cm guard that was born in Augsburg. He started his basketball career in 2005 for BG Leitershofen. He then moved to Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB), where he played from 2007-2009. Last season he played for Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 20 games: 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 62.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 85.3%, played also at Brose Baskets Bamberg (1.Bundesliga): 4 games: 1.3ppg. At the last European Championships U20 in Croatia he played 9 games: 8.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 34.6%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 75.0%. Currently he is averaging 2,9ppg and 1,1rpg. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) is a 18 year old 210cm center that was born in Cologne Germany. He started his basketball career for SSKC Aschaffenburg / TV Langen U16 team in 2007. In 2008 he played for Franken Hexer (ProB): 21 games: 4.5ppg, 4.1rpg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg). Last season, he played for Baskets Bamberg junior team: 21.0ppg, 12.8rpg, had also license to play at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 20 games: 8.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 61.0%. Recently he played at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) -10: 9 games: 12.1ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 62.9%. Currently he is averaging 1,4ppg in limited time. The team also have 20 year old 203cmcenter Erik Land who grew up in the Bamberg youth system and started for Troester II Breitengussbach (Regionalliga) in 2005. He came to the Baskets Bamberg (1.Bundesliga) last seaosn playing 4 games: 0.3ppg, in Dec.'09 moved to TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB, starting five): 26 games: 15.8ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 69.4%. Currently he is averaging 1,3ppg. The team also brought in German/American Michael Crowell who is a 25 year old 203cm forward that was born in Pensacola, Florida. he played at Idaho (NCAA) from 2006-2008 and in his senior year played 28 games: 10.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 44.1%, 3Pts: 45.9%, FT: 79.1%. In 2008-2009, he played for Cantabria Lobos (Spain-LEB Bronze, starting five), Spanish League: 11 games: 2.1ppg; in Jan.'09 moved to BC Scholz Recycling Weissenhorn (Germany-Regionalliga): 11 games: 12.0ppg. Last season, he played for the Verve Scottish Rocks (United Kingdom-BBL): 32 games: 8.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 42.8%, FT: 65.2%.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a massive negative record on the road in Bamberg going six years without a win until last summer where the club of Gordon Herbert won in game one 65-63. In the Ballsporthalle, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a 2-6 record since the 2005-2006 season. Who could forget the embarrassing 81-48 loss in 2007 which was the last game for Skyliner coach Charles Barton. Last season, the club won twice winning in the regular season 84-80 as the team was led by American point guard Aubrey Reese with 18 points. They won a second time last season in game four with a 69-56 win sending the 2010 BEKO BBL finals back to Bamberg as Alba Berlin American Derrick Allen led the charge with 19 points and seven rebounds. In the first meeting this season, The Brose Baskets Bamberg were able to pull out a hard fought 71-62 win as they rallied from being down 60-55 and ended the game with a 16-2 run. Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) led alls corers with 19 points and Reyshawn Terry added 15 points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) with 15 points, but he steered only two assists. Brad Buckman and Jimmy Mckinney chipped in with 10 points a piece. Bamberg was able to shoot over 40% from the field and outside while Frankfurt didnt have the touch from the three point line at only 29%.

So far every team in the BEKO BBL except for The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf have prepared somehow for The Brose Baskets Bamberg, but come up short. Bamberg have so many positives in their game, but do they have any visible flaws? Bamberg is such a deep team that they can bring in anyone at anytime an dnot loose much at any position. If I had to pick a spot and by no means are they weak, I would have to say that they have a lot of tweeners at the 3-4 spot and not a true four man and size down low for bigger bodies, but as everyone can see, they are doing fine', stressed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The number one focus for every opponent of Frankfurt is DaShaun Wood which is no different than teams that run into the Lakers and Heat and need to annoy Kobe and Lebron. 'Bamberg has to control Wood in transition and in the early offense. Frankfurt has a lot of weapons, but you need to make another player make the plays and keep the ball out of the hands of Wood and have other players do things that they arent comfortable of doing', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Frankfurt will have to find success against the uncomfortable Bamberg defense. 'Frankfurt has to play their game and not let Bamberg take them out of their sets and start from 25 feet and out. Bamberg pressures the ball so well and deny the lanes all the way out to the half court. Frankfurt needs to execute on offense and take Bamberg out of their offensive sets', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Jacobsen, Hines and Suput might be their most important players, but never underestimate their guards. 'Frankfurt has to attack them at all times because they are very tough. They have to be aggressive and attack their guards at all times. Dont let them get in a flow, but disrupt them', warned Phoenix Hagen guard Mark Dorris. The players for both teams will be in game mode on February 5th, but it never hurts to bring in some pre game humor from a neutral party. 'Frankfurt needs to use a baseball bat to beat them so it hurts', laughed Erdgas Ehingen German Ruben Spoden (202-F-89). Frankfurt wil hav eto play without ex NBA player Roger Powell who suffered an injury in practice this week. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host three time BEKO BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg on February 5th at 17:05.





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Panathinaikos without Kaimakoglou - by Giorgos Diploidis
In a few hours the team of Panathinaikos Athens will have to face in Vitoria, Caja Laboral. The team of Zelimir Obradovic is looking for its third win in three games in order to be the favorite for taking the first place in the group E.

The 'Greens' will not have with them for another game in the row (third), Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) who is suffering from an injury and he didn't fly for Spain. The Greek forward was excellent in the match of the team of Athens in Vilnius, against Lietuvos, where he had 16 points and 9 rebounds


Olympiakos too strong for Valencia, 77-62 - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Valencia 77-62

Olympiakos celebrated the second victory in Euroleague Top 16, Group H. The Reds outplayed Valencia staying alone on the second place with 2-1 record. Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) was the leading scorer in victory with 17 points and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) secured a great help adding 14 pts. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) collected 11 points and 7 boards for 16 minutes on the court. On the other side, Valencia got 16 points and 8 rebs from Victor Claver (207-F/C-88). Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points and 5 boards, while Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) followed with 10 pts and 7 rebs. Their team dropped to 1-2.
Teams were leveled at the beginning (8-8), before nice 10-2 run by Olympiakos who earned 18-10 lead after ten minutes. Dusko Savanovic and Javtokas stepped up for Valencia in Q2 and together with De Colo helped their team to close the gap to 24-20, but the hosts had an answer for that. Radoslav Nesterovic dominated inside, while Teodosic secured a great help from behind the arc and the hosts completed 9-0 run, which later led to 38-24 at the HT. The Reds had 48-32 at the midway of Q3 and later finished it with 57-42. Valencia had no chance for rest of the game as Olympiakos was controlling every part of it.
Teams will meet again in the next round and Valencia will be the host.

Olympiakos: Radoslav Nesterovic 17, Vassilis Spanoulis 14, Ioannis Bourousis 11+7 boards
Valencia: Victor Claver 16+8 boards, Dusko Savanovic 13+5 boards, Serhiy Lishchuk 10+7 boards


Iraklis signs veteran Predrag Drobnjak - by Eurobasket News
Iraklis came up with the new signing. The Greek outfit inked a deal for rest of the season with Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75). The experienced power forward/center spent last season in Thessaloniki as a member of PAOK. He appeared 28 times in the league averaging 8.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1 assists.
In 2008/09, Predrag Drobnjak played four Euroleague games with Efes Pilsen registering 2.3 ppg and 1 rpg. Before that, he split one year between Girona and Besiktas. In 2006/07, Drobnjak played for Partizan Belgrade whose member he also was from 1992 to 1998. Predrag Drobnjak is a player with NBA experience. With the Seattle Supersonics he had 9.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg on season 2002/03. He also played for the LA Clippers and Atlanta Hawks in his career.
Iraklis currently has 3-12 record in Greek league.


Peristeri tests Duane Woodward - by Eurobasket News
Peristeri brought in American Duane Woodward (191-G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Boston Coll.) for a tryout. If he passes it successfully, Woodward will sign a deal for rest of the season. The experienced guard split last season between Al Moutahed Tripoli and FMP Zeleznik. With the Serbian outfit he had 1.3 ppg for 11 league games. He joined them in January last year.
Duane Woodward played on Cyprus on season 2007/08. He was one of their leading players averaging 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists for 12 FIBA EuroCup games. In Cypriot league, Woodward added 9.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.1 apg and 2.2 spg. In the past, he was a member of Teramo, Montepaschi, Roseto and Hamburg. He played for AEL Limassol also from 2002 to 2004.
Peristeri currently has 7-8 record in the league.


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Smith, Panellinios18.7 
 2. Palacio, Kavala16.5 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.4 
 4. Marshall, PAOK16.0 
 5. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos15.0 
 6. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 7. Dikoudis, AEK14.3 
 8. Kalathis, VAP K.14.1 
 9. Thompson, Ikaros14.0 
 10. McAlarney, Ikaros13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Smith, Panellinios10.7 
 2. Simmons, Kavala9.7 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros8.9 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.3 
 5. Tucker, Aris7.9 
 6. Looby, Peristeri GS7.8 
 7. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.4 
 8. Bagaric, Marousi7.2 
 9. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.7 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos6.5 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.3 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.5 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.4.5 
 6. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 7. Palacio, Kavala3.9 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.9 
 9. Karydas, Ilysiakos3.9 
 10. Brown, Aris3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Baxter, Ilysiakos2.0 
 3. Marshall, PAOK2.0 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.0 
 5. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 7. Diamantidis, Panath.1.7 
 8. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.7 
 9. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.6 
 10. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bagaric, Marousi2.1 
 2. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.5 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.8 
 7. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 
 8. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 
 9. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 10. Scott, Peristeri GS0.6 


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Best players of Hungarian A Division round 18 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Brooks Sales (208-C/F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Atomeromu SE Paks and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 30-year old had a double-double of 29 points and eleven rebounds, while his team lost the game against Albacomp (#2, 15-3) 74-92. Atomeromu maintains the 3rd position in Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Atomeromu will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 13-5 record. In the team's last game Sales had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Atomeromu's top player in his first season with the team. Villanova University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sales. Sales is in league's top in points (8th best: 19.5ppg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 61.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American power forward Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) of Soproni. Townes impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Soproni to another comfortable win 90-72 over Salgotarjani (#14, 0-16) being unquestionably team leader. Soproni's 7th position in has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Townes is a newcomer at Soproni and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.9ppg (#6). He also registered 11.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side) of top-ranked Szolnoki Olajbanyasz. Trotter showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, nine rebounds and twelve assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Szolnok, leading his team to a 88-74 easy win against #4 ranked Kormend in a game of the week. Szolnok confirms their top position in Trotter has a great season in Hungary. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.3apg (4th best). He also has 2.6spg, FGP: 65.2% and 3PT: 41.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) of Soproni - 25 points and 11 rebounds
5. Josh Wilson (188-G-87) of Kaposvari - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Erno Sitku (208-C-72) of Marso-Vagep - 24 points and 6 rebounds
7. Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84) of Falco-Szova - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) of Soproni - 21 points and 7 rebounds
9. Kurt Cunningham (206-C-87) of Kaposvari - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) of Albacomp - 15 points and 11 rebounds

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


Salgotarjan won in Debrecen - by Tamas Deri
Salgotarjan could win in an overtime-killer by two points in Debrecen and so having still good chances to stay in the first division for the next season.
It was a very close and exciting game last night, the home team had even a chance to win the game only 5 seconds before the end of the overtime but they missed the last shoot.
American guard Chris Rodgers had an excellent game almost with a tripple-double of 22 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds and also 8 fouls against in 39 minutes. Hungarian power forward Daniel Koma helped his team with 25 points, domestic center Andras Vavra added a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. The other import player of SKSE, DeAndre Mays started the game very well and scored very important baskets in the first half, he ended the game with 12 points.
Yves Mekongo was the player of the game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 5 fouls against and 3 assists. Kevin Langford added 19 points and 3 rebounds, Chris Singletary put up 16 points and 7 assists. The two hungarian guards, Gabor Boros and Andras
Balogh scored 16 points each.

Factum Sport Debrecen - KONECRANES-Salgotarjan 100-102
(26-26, 23-22, 24-22, 19-22, 8-10)
Debrecen, Att.: 800, Referees dr. Valovics I., Kiraly L., Bognr T. (Harsanyi)
Debrecen: Gabor Boros (198-G/F-82, college: USC Upstate) 16/3, Chris Singletary (194-G-88, college: Kent St.) 16, Yves Mekongo (201-F-87, college: La Salle) 30/3, Kovacs I., Kevin Langford (204-F/C-85, college: TCU) 19, Kadar -, Mondzinger 3, Andras Balogh (195-G-90) 16, Lajsz -, Toth G. -, Mate -, Coach: Rathonyi Tamas
Salgotarjan: Mays 12/9, Kocsis 3/3, Chris Rodgers (193-G-84, college: Arizona) 22, Daniel Koma (202-F-79) 25, Andras Vavra (200-F-78) 19/6, Kiss K. 2, Tamas Sebok (191-G-77) 15/9, Hartvich 4, Coach: Kovacs Nandor





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Towzin Passed Pouya ; Haffari Won Azad University !!! - by Mohammad Ahmadi
10th Week of Iran Superleague Basketball passed and in one of Important games, Towzin Electric Kashan were going to play in Tehran against Pouya (Saman Bank) of Tehran. It was an important game because Pouya were getting good results in recent weeks and have lost with small differences and Towzin Electric lost their home game against Zob Ahan in Over Time with Referee's Mistakes and Federation confirmed their mistakes and had apologized from Towzin Electric but score was not changed.
The other important thing was Coach of Pouya who was Coach of Towzin in last season and at the beginning of this season but left to Pouya club.
But game was different from what Pouya guys thought. Towzin won the game easily by 20 points difference and Zlatko Jovanovic (181-G-84) with 25pts, 6 assists and 4 rebounds and Nenad Misanovic with 17 boards helped him and other players to get the score on 85-65 .

At the other important game, a surprising result happened and Haffari of Ahvaz won the game against Azad University in Ahvaz on 86-76 and this result will put Azad far from 5th place in standing and for sure they will have problem in play-offs.

And in last game, Gorgan loses again and they lost to Shahrekord (9th place) by 14 points (84-70) .
ZobAhan and Qom won their easy games against Caspian and Shiraz club.


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National League Round 17: Hapoel T-A defeats Ironi Ramat Gan in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (8-9) gave a tough game to first ranked Hapoel T-A (16-1) on Tuesday. The visitors from Tel-Aviv managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Ramat Gan. Ironi Ramat Gan trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 26-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-85 at the end of the game. Hapoel T-A forced 19 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and American forward Brian Asbury (200-85, college: Miami (FL)) chipped in 25 points. American guard Albert Fisher (184-86, college: Kent St.) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first place with 16-1 record. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Kohav Yair and Hapoel Afula. Hapoel T-A are looking forward to face Megido/Yokneam (#5) at home in the next round. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi HBK in Habikaa and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Beer Yaakov (10-7) against thirteenth ranked Hapoel Beeri (5-12) on Tuesday night. Host Beer Yaakov was crushed by Hapoel Beeri in Beer Yaakov 106-85. American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) nailed 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Raymond Canady Jr. accounted for 22 points. Hapoel Beeri's coach Hanoch Mints felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Beer Yaakov in the defeat. Hapoel Beeri maintains thirteenth place with 5-12 record. Beer Yaakov at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Megido/Yokneam. Hapoel Beeri will play against higher ranked Lev Hasharon (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Tivon (#6) in Kiryat Tivon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Yokneam was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Hapoel Tivon (9-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Megido/Yokneam (10-7). Megido/Yokneam defeated Hapoel Tivon 106-91 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Nate Miller who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Oded Shaashoua produced a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 assists and 4 steals for the guests. Megido/Yokneam moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Beer Yaakov. Hapoel Tivon lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Megido/Yokneam will meet league's leader Hapoel T-A in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Tivon will play against Beer Yaakov (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kohav Yair was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Maccabi HBK (13-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Kohav Yair (8-9). Maccabi HBK defeated Kohav Yair 76-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kohav Yair. Paul Delaney orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Maccabi HBK have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-4 record having just three points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Kohav Yair at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Maccabi HBK's next round opponent will be Ironi Ramat Gan (#8) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Kohav Yair will play against Hapoel Afula and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: Hod Hasharon won against Lev Hasharon on the opponent's court 98-82. Elitzur Yavne managed to outperform Hapoel Afula in a home game 97-91. Elitzur Ramla managed to beat Ironi Nahariya on the road 86-72.



Lev Hasharon - Hod Hasharon 82-98

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Lev Hasharon (7-10) was defeated at home by twelfth ranked Hod Hasharon (6-11) 98-82. The game was mostly controlled by Hod Hasharon. Lev Hasharon was better in second period 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hod Hasharon made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Lev Hasharon's players. Naturalized Latvian swingman Gerry Gendel (203-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Jitim Young (188-81, college: Northwestern, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Five Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. American guard Antwan Henry Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) answered with 33 points (!!!) and the other American import forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lev Hasharon. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hod Hasharon moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Lev Hasharon at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Hod Hasharon's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya (#14) at home.
Top scorers:
Lev Hasharon: A.Henry Dobie 33+2reb+3ast, L.Wade 18+6reb+3ast, Y.Moshe 12+10reb, I.Eiram 9+4reb+2ast, T.Ronen 4+5reb+1ast, M.Yakubovich 2+1reb
Hod Hasharon: G.Gendel 25+10reb+4ast, J.Young 22+3ast, S.Brandy 16+7reb+1ast, O.Ron 14+3reb+3ast, K.Sharvit 13+1reb+6ast, B.Sharoni 4+1ast
gschID: 105626


Beer Yaakov - Hapoel Beeri 85-106

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Beer Yaakov (10-7) against thirteenth ranked Hapoel Beeri (5-12) on Tuesday night. Host Beer Yaakov was crushed by Hapoel Beeri in Beer Yaakov 106-85. The game without a history. Hapoel Beeri led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Hapoel Beeri players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) nailed 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Raymond Canady Jr. (201-84, college: Valdosta St., agency: GOTathletes) accounted for 22 points. Canady Jr. is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Hapoel Beeri's coach Hanoch Mints felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for Beer Yaakov in the defeat. Five Hapoel Beeri and four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Hapoel Beeri maintains thirteenth place with 5-12 record. Beer Yaakov at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Megido/Yokneam. Hapoel Beeri will play against higher ranked Lev Hasharon (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Tivon (#6) in Kiryat Tivon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beer Yaakov: J.Gomes 21+2reb+1ast, J.Hall 18+7reb+3ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 16+4reb+5ast, G.Karni 11+2reb, O.Farhi 9+6reb+8ast, I.Bochman 6+4reb+1ast
Hapoel Beeri: S.Moragne 26+8reb+5ast, R.Canady Jr. 22+3reb+2ast, T.Havkin 18+5reb, H.Shifman 15+3reb+7ast, G.Dotan 10+1reb+4ast, D.Aidan 10+9reb+2ast
gschID: 105620


Megido/Yokneam - Hapoel Tivon 106-91

The game in Yokneam was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Hapoel Tivon (9-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Megido/Yokneam (10-7). Megido/Yokneam defeated Hapoel Tivon 106-91 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 106-91. Megido/Yokneam made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Megido/Yokneam especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Rotem Barzilay (186-86) chipped in 27 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Guard Oded Shaashoua (187-82, agency: Avi Zilberman) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 assists and 4 steals and power forward Kobi Izik (204-83, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 22 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Megido/Yokneam moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Beer Yaakov. Hapoel Tivon lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Megido/Yokneam will meet league's leader Hapoel T-A in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Tivon will play against Beer Yaakov (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Tivon: O.Shaashoua 25+3reb+13ast, K.Izik 22+12reb+1ast, B.Strong 17+11reb+2ast, Y.Shiran 12+4reb, B.Timor 11+3reb+3ast, T.Stevens 4+3reb+2ast
Megido/Yokneam: R.Barzilay 27+1reb+3ast, N.Miller 23+10reb+3ast, R.Clemente 18+9reb+1ast, J.Shtarkman 10+1ast, C.Buchman 10+8reb+3ast, L.Shvarzvald 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 105621


Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel T-A 82-85

Eighth-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (8-9) gave a tough game to first ranked Hapoel T-A (16-1) on Tuesday. The visitors from Tel-Aviv managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Ramat Gan. Ironi Ramat Gan trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 26-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-85 at the end of the game. Hapoel T-A forced 19 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and American forward Brian Asbury (200-85, college: Miami (FL)) chipped in 25 points. American guard Albert Fisher (184-86, college: Kent St.) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first place with 16-1 record. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Kohav Yair and Hapoel Afula. Hapoel T-A are looking forward to face Megido/Yokneam (#5) at home in the next round. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi HBK in Habikaa and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Fisher 24+6reb, J.Thomas 12+4reb, Y.Yatzkan 11+6reb+1ast, I.Rosefelt 10+8reb+2ast, S.Colwell 8+4reb+1ast, C.Zigdon 7+1reb+1ast
Hapoel T-A: B.Asbury 25+3reb+1ast, A.Uter 22+13reb+1ast, G.Eytan 14+2reb+1ast, T.Chaimovic 11+3reb+2ast, M.Naor 5+4reb, Y.Lahat 4+2reb+8ast
gschID: 105622


Kohav Yair - Maccabi HBK 64-76

The game in Kohav Yair was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Maccabi HBK (13-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Kohav Yair (8-9). Maccabi HBK defeated Kohav Yair 76-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kohav Yair. Kohav Yair was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 31-15 charge of Maccabi HBK, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Kohav Yair turnovers. American guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB, agency: Lanshire Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Steffon Bradford (200-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian center Sani Ibrahim (207-82, college: Gulf Coast CC, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds and guard Aviram Zelkovits (191-89) added 20 points in the effort for Kohav Yair. Maccabi HBK have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-4 record having just three points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Kohav Yair at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Maccabi HBK's next round opponent will be Ironi Ramat Gan (#8) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Kohav Yair will play against Hapoel Afula and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kohav Yair: A.Zelkovits 20+2reb+2ast, S.Ibrahim 13+16reb+1ast, S.Harush 12+4reb, S.Molnar 8, E.Traimel 4+4reb+1ast, G.Amitai 3+6reb+2ast
Maccabi HBK: P.Delaney 21+5reb+7ast, S.Bradford 16+10reb, I.Grinboim 15+2reb+1ast, N.Matalon 7+4reb+2ast, M.Moscovitz 6+1reb, I.Lev 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 105623


Elitzur Yavne - Hapoel Afula 97-91

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Elitzur Yavne (11-6) defeated at home 9th ranked Hapoel Afula (8-9) 97-91. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Hapoel Afula was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 32-20 charge of Elitzur Yavne, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Hapoel Afula turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) contributed with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Bryant Markson (198-83, college: Utah) added 23 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hapoel Afula. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Elitzur Yavne moved-up to third place. Hapoel Afula at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Elitzur Yavne's next round opponent will be Elitzur Ramla (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Afula will play against Kohav Yair (#7) in Kohav Yair and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: B.Markson 23+2reb+4ast, T.Michael Dunne 22+7reb+1ast, A.Eliyahu 19+3reb+7ast, E.Solomoviz 12+3reb, D.Hugee 8+2reb+1ast, O.Shmidt 5
Elitzur Yavne: C.Timberlake 33+7reb+4ast, E.Hofman 16+9reb+6ast, D.Hardin 15+1reb, N.Golan 14+3reb+7ast, O.Brandwein 12+1reb+2ast, Z.Volfer 5+6reb+6ast
gschID: 105624


Ironi Nahariya - Elitzur Ramla 72-86

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Ironi Nahariya (2-15) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Elitzur Ramla (6-11) 86-72. American forward Keena Young (198-85, college: BYU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import forward David Paris (205-84, college: Bowie St.) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jason Johnson (203-86, college: S.Carolina St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and guard Oren Ben Hemo (190-79) added 11 points in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Five Elitzur Ramla and four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla maintains eleventh place with 6-11 record, which they share with Hod Hasharon. Ironi Nahariya lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Elitzur Ramla's next round opponent will be higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Nahariya will play against Hod Hasharon (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: J.Johnson 18+12reb, E.Knafo 13+2reb+1ast, O.Ben Hemo 11+3reb+3ast, J.Roberts 10+6reb, A.Ohana 9+5reb+2ast, E.Drayton 6+4reb
Elitzur Ramla: K.Young 19+6reb+2ast, D.Davidi 15+1reb+5ast, D.Paris 13+8reb+1ast, A.Sukar 11+4reb+3ast, T.Parselani 11+4reb+2ast, I.Berkowitz 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 105625




Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 16-1 
 2. Maccabi HBK 13-4 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 11-6 
 4. Beer Yaakov 10-7 
 5. Megido/Yokneam 10-7 
 6. Hapoel Tivon 9-8 
 7. Kohav Yair 8-9 
 8. Ironi Ramat Gan 8-9 
 9. Hapoel Afula 8-9 
 10. Lev Hasharon 7-10 
 11. Elitzur Ramla 6-11 
 12. Hod Hasharon 6-11 
 13. Hapoel Beeri 5-12 
 14. Ironi Nahariya 2-15 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A26.8 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.4 
 3. Miller, Megido/Y.23.7 
 4. Gomez, Beer Yaakov23.1 
 5. Webb, Hapoel Tivon22.7 
 6. Clemente, Megido.22.5 
 7. Young, Hod Hasharon21.0 
 8. Timberlake, Elitzu.21.0 
 9. Dobie, Lev Hasharon20.8 
 10. Tramiel, Kohav Yair20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.5 
 2. Strong, Hapoel T.11.2 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.10.7 
 4. Brandy, Hod H.10.6 
 5. Clemente, Megido.10.1 
 6. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.10.1 
 7. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 8. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
 10. Utter, Hapoel T-A8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yoad BET-YOSEF
  Beer Yaakov
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.7.1 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A7.1 
 3. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.6 
 4. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.4 
 5. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri5.8 
 6. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.3 
 7. Housman, Hapoel T.5.2 
 8. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.4.9 
 9. Hofman, Elitzur .4.7 
 10. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.0 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.8 
 3. Delaney, Maccabi .2.5 
 4. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 5. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.2 
 6. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 7. Young, Hod Hasharon2.1 
 8. Harush, Kohav Yair2.1 
 9. Stevens, Hapoel T.2.1 
 10. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.7 
 2. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 3. Utter, Hapoel T-A1.8 
 4. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.8 
 5. Rosefelt, Ironi R.1.8 
 6. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.6 
 7. Brandy, Hod H.1.5 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Clemente, Megido.1.3 
 10. Asbury, Hapoel T-A1.2 


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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. 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. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.7 
 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. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 5. Cavars, Barons2.0 
 6. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 7. Bertans, VEF R.1.7 
 8. Slisans, LU1.7 
 9. Berzins, VEF R.1.7 
 10. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs1.6 
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 11-3 
 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 1-13 


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  LITHUANIA   


Fenerbahce Ulker stays perfect in Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker - Zalgiris 80-72

Fenerbahce Ulker was better than Zalgiris in Istanbul 80-72 keeping the perfect score after three games in Euroleague Top 16, Group H. Turkish champion stays No.1, while Zalgiris closes the standings with 0-3. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts, and Marko Tomas (201-G-85) also scored 15 pts. Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) shined with double-double of 13 points and 14 boards, and Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) also was good netting 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points and 6 rebounds. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) and Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 and 12 pts respectively.
Zalgiris started the game with quick 3-11 lead, but the hosts immediately woke up and they managed to take 22-19 for rest of the Q1 (including 11-0 run). The hosts had 37-31 with two minutes left in the first half, but Paulius Jankunas and his teammates had a nice finish and thanks to 4-10 run they tied the score to 41-41 (HT). Zalgiris grabbed 49-51 lead during the next period, but Preldzic, Turkcan and Ukic paced the hosts to 58-54 before the last quarter. Zalgiris took the lead again and this time it was 58-59, but few minutes later the hosts grabbed 68-63. The last chance Zlagiris had with 2:00 to go when Delininkaitis scored a triple closing the gap to 74-69. However, Emir Preldzic stepped up for the hosts with two free throws and in the next possession he scored for three securing the valuable home victory for his team.
Zalgiris will host Fenerbahce Ulker in the next round.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Oguz Savas 15+5 boards, Marko Tomas 15, Mirsad Turkcan 13+14 boards, Emir Preldzic 13
Zalgiris: Paulius Jankunas 14+6 boards, DeJuan Collins 14, Aleksandar Capin 12


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Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Kennedy, Residence25.8 
 2. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.23.7 
 4. Schumacher, T7122.3 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.22.1 
 6. Muller, T7121.1 
 7. Gary, Contern20.4 
 8. Smith, Sparta18.6 
 9. Delgado, Etzella18.6 
 10. Kalmes, Contern17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black Star
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. McDaniel, Black S.14.4 
 2. Gary, Contern12.9 
 3. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 4. Wurtz, Musel Pikes12.5 
 5. Kennedy, Residence12.4 
 6. Stephens, T7111.1 
 7. Scott, Etzella10.7 
 8. Wojnowski, Musel P.10.7 
 9. Birdsong, Amicale9.9 
 10. Abercrombie, Spa.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Schartz, Amicale5.0 
 2. Schumacher, T714.8 
 3. Delgado, Etzella3.7 
 4. Rausch, Black Star3.4 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.3.3 
 6. Koster, Residence3.0 
 7. Arbaut, Sparta2.9 
 8. Schwartz, Musel P.2.9 
 9. Ferreira, Etzella2.7 
 10. Giver, Etzella2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Jones, Amicale2.3 
 2. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 3. Schartz, Amicale1.7 
 4. Kennedy, Residence1.7 
 5. Smith, Sparta1.7 
 6. Abdiu, Residence1.5 
 7. Birdsong, Amicale1.5 
 8. Gary, Contern1.5 
 9. Delgado, Etzella1.4 
 10. Svitek, Basket Esch1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gary, Contern2.0 
 2. Birdsong, Amicale2.0 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.1.7 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.4 
 5. Stephens, T710.9 
 6. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.9 
 7. Abercrombie, Spa.0.9 
 8. Kennedy, Residence0.8 
 9. Weisen, Soleuvre0.6 
 10. Wojnowski, Musel P.0.6 


Standings
Diekirch League Standings
 1. T71 14-4 
 2. Etzella 13-5 
 3. Basket Esch 12-6 
 4. Amicale 11-7 
 5. Sparta 9-9 
 6. Musel Pikes 8-10 
 7. Residence 8-10 
 8. Contern 7-11 
 9. Soleuvre 6-12 
 10. Black Star 2-16 


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Standings
Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 7-0 
 2. Siggiewi 3-3 
 3. Bupa 3-4 
 4. Depiro 2-4 
 5. Loyola 1-5 


Luxol gain a breather - by Eurobasket News
BUPA Luxol 61
Siġġiewi Derby 59
(11-18, 21-16, 16-13, 13-12)

Galvanised by the return of Marco Mercieca after his suspension was reduced by three matches on appeal, BUPA Luxol achieved an important victory in their quest to reach the Championship Pool at the end of the first phase.

Siġġiewi, who were without Marco Matijevic, as usual complicated matters for themselves. After a bright start, the champions lost their accuracy and were overpowered by Luxol underneath the boards where the unrecognisable Adrian Micallef was blotted out by Andrew Cremona.

Luxol came through an indifferent start with Petar Apcev inflicting most of the damage with his three-point attempts.

The early stages belonged to Siġġiewi who opened a nine-point gap, 13-4, by the fifth minute. Gradually Luxol improved while Siġġiewi went for hurried conclusions. This played into Luxols hands as the latter shared the exchanges until the end of the quarter, 18-11.

Luxols comeback continued in the second session but after levelling the scores, they conceded a basket before half-time to change ends 34-32 in arrears.

The game unfolded into a balanced affair with one team then the other taking the lead. Luxol began the last 10 minutes a point in front, 48-47.

Siġġiewi showed the better ideas as the last quarter got underway to lead 55-52 with five minutes left.

But, as in the Detur Super Cup final, Siġġiewi crumbled as their players looked more interested in adding to their personal tally. This allowed Luxol to open a four-point lead, 59-55, with less than two minutes left.

Lee Ross had the opportunity to force extra-time but, alone underneath the board, he saw his last-gasp attempt bounce on the ring before dropping out, much to the joy of Luxols supporters.

Luxol: C.J. Cordina, M. Mercieca 10, P. Apcev 30, J. Gambin. A. Micallef Trigona, A. Costa 4, N. Vasovic 5, T. Paris 1, A. Cremona 7, E. Caruana Montaldo, J.P. Bonnici 4, S. Mizzi.

Siġġiewi: P. Shoults 9, K. Borg 6, J. Doughty, E. Xuereb 2, A. Borg 7, A. Micallef 13, L. Ross 14, J. Jetsen 8.

Referees: E. Mangani, A. Carbonaro, C. Terribile.

Athleta A to Z Electronics 79
Loyola Tata Motors 63
(20-11, 10-7, 23-21, 26-24)

Despite showing improvement on their recent performances, Loyola were helpless to upset leaders Athleta, even though the latter had to make do without playmaker Omar Said.

Led by captain Michael Naudi and Steve Schembri, Athleta enjoyed the better start to open a 10-3 lead after five minutes. Loyola came back to share the exchanges till the end of the opening quarter.

The equilibrium was interrupted in the last five minutes before half-time when Athletas full-court press unsettled Loyola who could not get another point as the leaders changed ends 30-18 ahead.

Sticking to their aggressive approach in defence, Loyola recovered to narrow the deficit to just four points, 40-36, in the seventh minute of the third quarter.

Athleta regained control and a 13-3 run enabled them to restore their lead as they stayed on top in the last 10 minutes for their eighth consecutive victory.

Athleta: M. Naudi 23, J. Zammit, D. Schembri 20, E. Bezzina 2, C. Calleja 3, A. Bonnici 7, K. Baldacchino 1, A. Ryan 3, S. Schembri 20.

Loyola: S. Pace 9, B. Zammit, D. Camilleri 21, S. Borg, C. Borg, L. Azzopardi, S. Vella 2, A. Axiaq, G. Mihajlovic 17, J. Anastasi 12, J. Ransley, A. Tabone 2.

Referees: E. Mangani, A. Carbonaro, C. Terribile.

Standings: Athleta 16 (8-0); Luxol 11 (3-5); Siġġiewi 10 (3-4); Depiro 9 (2-5), Loyola 9 (2-5).

Top scorers: P. Apcev (Luxol) 143; M. Naudi (Athleta) 136; A. Micallef (Siġġiewi) 116; R. Vella (Depiro) 110; O. Said (Athleta)109.

Next fixtures: (Mens League) Saturday 3.45 p.m. Siġġiewi vs Depiro. Sunday 4.15 p.m. Luxol vs Loyola.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com



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LNBP Semis: Fuerza Regia takes 3-2 lead against Pioneros - by Eurobasket News
Fuerza Regia - Pioneros 71-60 (3-2)

Fuerza Regia was better than Pioneros once again. The hosts celebrated 71-60 victory in Game Five taking 3-2 lead in the series. Now, Fuerza Regia needs just one more win for the Finals but it won't be easy as Pioneros will be the host in the next meeting (Saturday).
The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 44-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fuerza Regia forced 22 Pioneros turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 5 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. Guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) produced 24 points. Guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) added 8 points, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests.

Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: J.Habel 22+7reb+3ast, A.Izaguirre 10+5reb+3ast, A.Carmona 10+3reb+2ast, C.Henry 10+2reb+1ast, J.Smith 8+2reb+2ast, M.Mitchell 5+7reb+8ast
Pioneros: G.Grays 24+4reb+3ast, H.Llamas 10+4reb, L.Hickerson 8+4reb+5ast, S.Soriano 6+9reb, R.Allen 5+11reb, K.Young 4+8reb+2ast
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Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Ulcijn 10-2 
 2. Mornar Bar 10-3 
 3. Lovcen 9-4 
 4. Jedinstvo 8-5 
 5. Teodo Tivat 7-5 
 6. Mogren 6-7 
 7. ABS Primorje 5-8 
 8. Danilovgrad 3-10 
 9. Gorstak 3-10 
 10. Ljubovic 3-10 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


Standings - 1B
1B regular season Standings
Group A
 1. KK Podgorica 7-1 
 2. Centar BP 7-2 
 3. Rudar 6-4 
 4. Bonus 6-5 
 5. Buducnost II 5-5 
 6. Novljanin 3-7 
 7. LIM 0-10 
Group B
 1. Sutjeska 8-2 
 2. S.Centar 7-3 
 3. Ibar Rozaje 7-3 
 4. Un.Mediteran 6-3 
 5. Zeta 4-7 
 6. Kotor 2-8 
 7. KK Cetinje 1-10 


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  NBA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.3 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.1 
 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.24.6 
 8. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 9. Anthony, Denver N.23.8 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.5 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.6 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.2 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.7 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.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 Suns11.1 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.4 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.3 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 8. Calderon, Toron.8.5 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.4 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.5 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 7. Ginobili, San A.1.8 
 8. Evans, Sacramen.1.8 
 9. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 10. Gay, 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.2.3 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.2.2 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers1.9 
 10. Camby, Portland TB1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 37-11 
 2. New York K. 25-23 
 3. Philadelph.76 22-26 
 4. New Jersey N. 15-35 
 5. Toronto R. 13-37 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 34-14 
 2. Indiana P. 19-27 
 3. Milwaukee B. 19-28 
 4. Detroit P. 17-32 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-41 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 34-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 31-18 
 3. Orlando M. 31-18 
 4. Charlotte B. 21-27 
 5. Washington W. 13-35 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 31-17 
 2. Denver N. 29-20 
 3. Utah Jazz 29-21 
 4. Portland TB 26-23 
 5. Minnesota T. 11-37 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 34-15 
 2. Phoenix Suns 23-24 
 3. Golde State W. 20-27 
 4. LA Clippers 19-29 
 5. Sacramento K. 12-34 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 40-8 
 2. Dallas M. 33-15 
 3. N.Orleans H. 32-19 
 4. Memphis G. 26-24 
 5. Houston R. 23-28 


Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz - Houston R. 96-97
Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored on a three-point play with 6.9 seconds left and finished with 22 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a come-from-behind 97-96 victory over the short-handed Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) missed a last-second 3-pointer that would have won it for the Jazz, who were without starters Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko. Utah (29-21) outscored Houston 19-7 over the final six minutes of the third quarter to take an 82-79 lead into the fourth. But the Jazz couldn't match the Rockets from beyond the arc. Houston made 11 of 22 on the night, while the Jazz were just 1 of 11 on 3-pointers. Earl Watson, making his fourth straight start in place of Williams, came within a rebound and two assists of a triple double. But he couldn't make the big shot down the stretch, especially with the Jazz clinging to a 96-94 lead. He was 0 for 4 on 3-pointers. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap scored 20 points apiece to lead the Jazz, while Watson finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Kyle Lowry added 16 points for the Rockets and made 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

LA Clippers - Chicago B. 88-106
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 32 points and Chicago won its sixth straight by snapping Los Angeles' nine-game home win streak. The Bulls never trailed as they began a five-game road trip with their 23rd victory in 29 games - a stretch that began one game after Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) (16 points, 10 rebounds) returned to the lineup from a broken right hand. The Bulls' 34-14 start is their best since 1997-98, when they had the same record after 48 games en route to their sixth NBA title in an eight-year span. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Minnesota T. - Memphis G. 84-102
Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) had 22 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, and Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) added 23 points and 13 boards to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 102-84 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Sam Young scored 18 points and the Grizzlies dominated the league's best rebounding team on the boards, 47-38, to win their fourth straight game. Michael Beasley scored 19 points for the Timberwolves and Kevin Love had just 10 points and 10 rebounds, narrowly getting his 34th straight double-double. Love is hoping to make the Western Conference All-Star team, but he was thoroughly outplayed by Randolph, one of his primary competitors for a spot. The Grizzlies limited Love to four points on 1-for-4 shooting in the first three quarters, opening up a 22-point lead that turned the fourth quarter into garbage time. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

Oklah.City T. - N.Orleans H. 104-93
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) continued a scoring tear with 43 points and 10 rebounds and led a key fourth-quarter run and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Hornets 104-93 on Wednesday night. Durant eclipsed 40 points for the third time in four games, and he leads the NBA with five 40-point games this season. The league's scoring leader hit two free throws, a jumper and a 3-pointer from the right wing, and then a driving foul-line jumper during a 10-2 run that put the Thunder in control midway through the fourth quarter. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Chris Paul scored 15 points for New Orleans, which has lost three of four following a 10-game winning streak. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Denver N. - Portland TB 109-90
The Denver Nuggets couldn't stop Wesley Matthews. It was a sprained ankle that finally slowed him down. Nene had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) scored 20 points each and the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 109-90 on Wednesday night. The already injury-riddled Blazers suffered another blow when Matthews sprained his right ankle late in the second quarter. Matthews, who scored 17 points in his first 18 minutes, rolled his ankle as he planted his right foot on a drive to the bucket with just over two minutes remaining in the half. He walked to the locker room with assistance. 'That's the ankle that's been messed up,' said Matthews, who had a team-high 19 points. 'I heard some pops, heard and felt some pops. It calmed down and I was able to return again.' Matthews started the second half but left after 19 seconds when he suffered a knee-to-knee hit. He returned to start the fourth quarter but scored just two points. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Phoenix Suns - Milwaukee B. 92-77
Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) had 19 points and 11 rebounds and the Suns beat icy Milwaukee 92-77 on Wednesday night for the Bucks' 23rd consecutive loss in Phoenix. The Bucks, with Andrew Bogut (7'0''-F/C-84, college: Utah) a game-time scratch because of a bruised knee and Drew Gooden out four to six weeks for foot surgery, shot a season-low 31 percent and had to heat up in the fourth quarter to get the number that high. Milwaukee trailed 52-31 at the half and was down by as many as 25 in the third quarter. Trailing 71-53 after three, the Bucks started the fourth quarter with a 12-4 run to cut it to 74-65 but got no closer. Corey Maggette and Ersan Ilyasova each scored 15 points for the Bucks. Grant Hill scored 16 and Jared Dudley 15 for the Suns. Channing Frye added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Steve Nash had nine points and 13 assists, but a season-high nine turnovers. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

New Jersey N. - Philadelph.76 92-106
Louis Williams (6'3''-G-86) scored 26 points and Jrue Holiday had 11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 106-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night. Jodie Meeks (6'4''-G-87, college: Kentucky) added 10 of his 15 points in a 14-2 third-quarter run that broke the game open and led to the ejection of Nets coach Avery Johnson for arguing a non-call after point guard Devin Harris apparently was fouled by Elton Brand. Andre Iguodala added 16 points and Brand had 15 and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who won their fifth in six games and beat the Nets for the third time in as many meetings this season. Harris, Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries all had 16 points for New Jersey, which lost for only the second time in its last seven home games. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Detroit P. - Charlotte B. 87-97
The Charlotte Bobcats are hoping to fight off several teams for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They took a step in the right direction on Wednesday night. Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) scored a season-high 39 points to lead the Bobcats, playing their sixth straight road game, to a 97-87 win over the shorthanded Detroit Pistons. ''This is a big, big win considering we're going back home for three tough games,'' Charlotte coach Paul Silas said. ''We really needed this one.'' Jackson, a former Pacer still hated at the Palace for his role in the Ron Artest brawl with Detroit fans in 2004, enjoyed the give-and-take with the fans. At one point, he mimed crying after hitting a key 3-pointer. ''People don't understand that when you boo me, I play better,'' he said. ''People still remember that incident, and I hate that it happened, but I'm just having fun. I love hecklers.'' Detroit entered the game 3 1/2 games behind Charlotte in the East. ''This one hurts a lot,'' said Austin Daye. ''This was a game we needed, because that's one of the teams we're trying to catch in the East.'' Former Pistons center Kwame Brown added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Brown's double-double was his third in six games, one more than he had in two seasons with the Pistons. *Courtesy of www9.comcast.net

New York K. - Dallas M. 97-113
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks seized control in the third quarter before beating the New York Knicks 113-97 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory. Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-G-84, college: Northeastern) added 22 points and Tyson Chandler had 15 points and 11 boards for the Mavericks, who outscored the Knicks 26-6 to open the second half and went on to their fifth consecutive win in New York. This one wasn't as dominant as the Mavs' 128-78 rout on Jan 24, 2010, their most lopsided win ever and the Knicks' worst loss on their home floor. But Dallas was just as impressive in the first 7 minutes of the third quarter en route to its 16th win in the past 18 meetings overall. Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points and Amare Stoudemire finished with 21, but missed all five shots in the second half before leaving for good as the Knicks went deep into their bench. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Atlanta H. - Toronto R. 100-87
Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) has needed about 1 1/2 months to get his shooting touch back. Considering that he underwent right elbow surgery and missed nine games in December, Johnson believes his patience has paid off. 'I've been taking my time,' he said. 'My body is feeling pretty good now.' Johnson scored a season-high 37 points, Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat Toronto 100-87 Wednesday for the Raptors' 13th straight loss. The Hawks have won two of three and five of eight. Toronto's losing streak is the team's longest since it dropped 13 in a row from Feb. 12-March 7, 2002. Amir Johnson scored 20 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16 for Toronto, which dropped to 5-22 on the road. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Cleveland C. - Indiana P. 112-117
The Cleveland Cavaliers' slide reached 22 games - one shy of the NBA's single-season record - as Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 23 points and Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87, college: UCLA) added 22 to lead the visiting Indiana Pacers to a 117-112 win on Wednesday. The Cavaliers, now winless in 2011 and losers of 32 of 33, must win Friday in Memphis or they will match the record shared by the 1995-96 expansion Vancouver Grizzlies and 1997-98 Denver Nuggets. The record could come in Portland. The Cavs, who were led by Ramon Sessions' 25 points, had several chances to pull out their first win since Dec. 18, but Anthony Parker missed a runner in the lane with 18.8 seconds left and Granger put it away by making four free throws in the final 17.1 seconds. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com




Doc Rivers guaranteed to Coach East All-Stars after Tuesday's win over Kings - by Eurobasket News
When the Celtics engineered a second-half comeback to overtake the Sacramento Kings and win 95-90 on Tuesday night at ARCO Arena, they did more than just win one basketball game. They won their coach a very high-profile gig.

With their come-from-behind win in the finale of their West Coast road trip, the Celtics guaranteed that theyd have the Eastern Conferences best record by Sunday, which happens to be two weeks before the All-Star Game is played in Los Angeles on Feb. 20. That means that Doc Rivers is now guaranteed to coach the Eastern Conference in the mid-February classic at the Staples Center.

The Celtics now lead the East at 37-11, three games ahead of the Miami Heat in the standings and 3 1/2 ahead of the Chicago Bulls. Neither Erik Spoelstra nor former assistant Tom Thibodeau can overtake Rivers in time to earn the East coaching gig this weekend.

This will be Rivers second All-Star Game as a coach -- he also led the East squad in 2008, his first year coaching Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen together in Boston. The East won that contest, 134-128, holding off a late West charge in the fourth quarter thanks to 28 points from Allen and 27 from LeBron James.

Coaching against Rivers last time was Byron Scott, then at the helm in New Orleans. This time itll be Gregg Popovich of the NBA-leading Spurs. This will also be Pops second All-Star Gamehe first led the West squad in the 2004 game.

Now that Rivers is in, the next question is how many of his Celtics stars he can take with him. The All-Star reserves will be introduced on Thursday, and four Celtics (Allen, Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo) are leading candidates. Shaquille ONeal, whos already a 15-time All-Star, has an outside shot as well.

Courtesy of www.nesn.com


PG Jason Williams agrees to join Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News
Free-agent point guard Jason Williams (6'1''-G-75, college: Florida) has agreed in principle to sign with the Grizzlies, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Barring an unforeseen development, the 35-year-old will join the team by Monday. Williams informed Griz management of his decision Wednesday night while the team played on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Orlando Magic waived Williams on Jan. 26. Williams and the Magic agreed to part ways over lack of playing time. He became a fourth-string player after Orlando acquired Gilbert Arenas in a trade with Washington.

However, Williams is expected to immediately compete with Griz rookie Greivis Vasquez for minutes behind starting point guard Mike Conley.

Memphis wanted to claim Williams off waivers before he became an unrestricted free agent last weekend. Williams asked the Grizzlies to pass apparently because of his doubts about playing at all.

Williams is now said to want to play beyond this season.

The Griz pursued Williams at the behest of team owner Michael Heisley, whose reverence for the veteran can be traced to Memphis acquiring him from Sacramento in a 2001 trade.

Williams played four seasons with the Griz. He participated in two of the franchise's three playoff series and then was dealt to Miami on the eve of the 2005-06 season.

Heisley has since tried to re-sign Williams on two separate occasions. Williams went to Orlando both times.

Courtesy of http://blogs.commercialappeal.com


Nets coach Avery Johnson ejected in third quarter - by Eurobasket News
New Jersey coach Avery Johnson has been ejected from the game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Johnson was tossed with 7:47 left in the third quarter after being hit with two technical fouls for arguing the lack of a call after Nets guard Devin Harris was stripped by Elton Brand.

Replays showed that Brand's hand never touched the ball and seemed to paw at Harris' chest. The ball was stripped and players on both teams stood and waited for a call.

When none was made, Jodie Meeks went the other way for a layup.

Johnson argued with official Brent Barnaky and got tossed for the first time as the Nets' coach, walking off the court to chants of 'Avery, Avery, Avery.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Thunder recall Cole Aldrich from D-League - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has recalled center Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

During his two assignments this season with the 66ers, Aldrich has appeared in 19 games (19 starts) and averaged 10.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots in 29.2 minutes. Aldrich has recorded three consecutive double-doubles with Tulsa and the 66ers own a 15-4 mark this season with him in the lineup.

Aldrich has joined the Thunder in Oklahoma City for tonights 7:00 PM game against the New Orleans Hornets at the Oklahoma City Arena.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Bucks' Gooden out 4-6 weeks - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks announced Wednesday that forward Drew Gooden (6'10''-F-81, college: Kansas) will miss the next four to six weeks because of plantar fasciitis.

'After seeking multiple medical opinions on his left foot, Drew Gooden will undergo treatment beginning today in Los Angeles under the direction of foot and ankle specialist Dr. Richard Ferkel,' Bucks general manager John Hammond said in a release from the team.

Gooden has been hampered by the injury throughout this season, missing 21 games, including the team's last six contests. The ninth-year pro has averaged 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 25 games (15 starts) this season, his first in Milwaukee.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


When it comes to trades, the options are few for Lakers - by Eurobasket News
The Lakers want to make trades but are a little short on available, desirable players.

They have an aging roster tied down by cumbersome salaries and have already traded their only expiring contract of value Sasha Vujacic's $5.5 million in a December salary dump that cost them this year's first-round draft pick.

They're fading quickly in the race for the best record in the Western Conference, and there's increased concern in the upper reaches of the organization that they might not get back to the NBA Finals, but there isn't much room to maneuver because 10 of their 14 players are 30 or older and the franchise is already burdened by the league's highest payroll ($90 million).

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, however, said Tuesday that the 'door's open for business' before the Feb. 24 trade deadline, a follow-up to similar comments from General Manager Mitch Kupchak on Monday.

Jackson added that 'it was a good calling card that Mitch threw out there,' but who could the Lakers realistically trade?

Ron Artest is struggling and his trade value is low, considering he is 31 years old and has three more years after this for a total of $21.8 million. Luke Walton, who turns 31 next month, has two more years and $11.5 million. Oft-injured center Andrew Bynum has two more years and $31 million, though the second year is a team option for $16.1 million.

Lamar Odom, 31, has two more years and $17.1 million left on his contract. He has been the team's most consistent player this season. Kobe Bryant, 32, has three more years and $83.5 million but isn't going anywhere. Pau Gasol, 30, has three more years and $57 million but is unlikely to be dealt.

Derek Fisher, 36, has two more years at a total of $6.8 million. Matt Barnes and Shannon Brown each make about $2 million, well below the NBA average of $5.8 million.

Jackson didn't necessarily envision making a trade, and certainly not a roster purge akin to Orlando's two months ago.

'We're obviously not happy with the way we've played recently but ... the reality is we have a team that's pretty experienced and knows how to play in the playoffs, so I doubt if we do a multiple-[player] change,' Jackson said.

One thing looks certain: the Lakers have 'zero' chance of obtaining Denver Nuggets All-Star Carmelo Anthony, according to a person familiar with the Lakers' thinking who declined to elaborate.

The Lakers and Jackson have always coveted guard Kirk Hinrich (6'3''-G-81, college: Kansas), who is averaging 10.9 points and 4.5 assists for the Washington Wizards. Hinrich, 30, makes $9 million this season and $8 million next season.

Veteran sharp-shooter Richard Hamilton is barely playing as the Detroit Pistons head toward a youth movement, but he is making a hefty $12.6 million next season.

The Lakers have a $5-million trade exception thanks to the Vujacic deal, which saved them about $8 million in salary and luxury taxes, but they would use the potentially helpful exception only if they found a willing partner in a deal that made sense.

Whatever happens, even the Lakers' legends are worried.

Magic Johnson wasn't sure which NFL team he wanted to come to Los Angeles when he spoke Tuesday to The Times, but he knew all about the struggles of his former basketball team.

He said he didn't like the Lakers' 1-4 record against teams with better records.

'I think the Lakers are in trouble,' said Johnson, a Lakers' vice president. 'I want to see more from them. I'm excited to see them Thursday.'

That would be against the San Antonio Spurs (40-8) at Staples Center.

Despite saying the Lakers would field trade offers, Jackson seemed confident with the current roster.

'I'm still prepared in any series to take this team against anybody,' he said.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


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  NIGERIA   


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


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  NORWAY   


Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Miners 10-0 
 2. Hop 8-4 
 3. OSI 8-4 
 4. Persbraaten 7-3 
 5. Sandefjord 5-4 
 6. Centrum 5-6 
 7. Varden 5-6 
 8. Langhus 4-10 
 9. NTNUI 2-9 
 10. Trondheim 1-9 


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker 12-3 
 2. Ulriken 12-4 
 3. Tromso 11-4 
 4. Baerum 9-7 
 5. Froya 7-9 
 6. Kristiansand 4-10 
 7. Gimle 4-11 
 8. Ammerud 2-13 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Russell, Kristiansand26.6 
 2. Timus, Tromso24.7 
 3. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 4. Diomande, Ammerud22.4 
 5. Karlsen, Asker22.3 
 6. Kombat, Froya22.0 
 7. Bullock, Gimle21.6 
 8. January, Tromso20.5 
 9. Eskeland, Ulriken18.9 
 10. Fivelstad, Ulriken18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taylor MULLENAX
  Ulriken
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Mullenax, Ulriken12.1 
 2. Bullock, Gimle12.0 
 3. Oatis, Baerum11.9 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.1 
 5. Kombat, Froya9.7 
 6. Fivelstad, Ulriken9.0 
 7. Christensen, Tro.8.8 
 8. January, Tromso8.0 
 9. Elsafadi, Froya7.2 
 10. Djerman, Gimle7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Gabrans, Froya4.8 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso4.7 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken4.5 
 4. Bullock, Gimle4.4 
 5. Mahnin, Asker4.3 
 6. Elgmork, Baerum4.3 
 7. Timus, Tromso3.6 
 8. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.6 
 9. Russell, Kristiansand3.6 
 10. Mihaylov, Tromso3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.9 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.4 
 3. Hinsch, Asker2.1 
 4. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.1 
 5. Russell, Kristiansand2.0 
 6. Eskeland, Ulriken1.9 
 7. January, Tromso1.7 
 8. Mahnin, Asker1.6 
 9. Mullenax, Ulriken1.6 
 10. Okoroafor, Ammerud1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.4 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.6 
 3. January, Tromso1.4 
 4. Mullenax, Ulriken1.1 
 5. Christensen, Tro.1.1 
 6. Bullock, Gimle1.1 
 7. Karlsen, Asker0.9 
 8. Nevjen, Baerum0.8 
 9. Nyborg, Asker0.7 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud0.6 


BLNO Round 17: Ulriken beats Gimle in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Sixth-ranked Gimle (4-11) made lots of trouble for third ranked Ulriken (12-4) in Bergen on Wednesday. The visitors managed to secure only thirteen-point victory 102-89. However their fans expected easier game. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Ulriken's pressure prevailed and they won that period 18-19 tieing the game at the end of regular time. Then they won it eventually overtime period 18-5. Ulriken dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Gimle's 46 and made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Magne Fivelstad (196-89) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line !!!). American forward Taylor Mullenax (201-86, college: St.Edward's) chipped in 23 points and 19 rebounds. American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Ulriken moved-up to second place. Gimle lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Ulriken are looking forward to face league's leader Asker at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gimle will play against Tromso (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Tromso. Third ranked Ulriken (12-4) saved a 2-point derby victory on the road edging second-ranked Tromso (11-4) 69-67 in the game for the second place. It was a key game for the second position in the league. American forward Taylor Mullenax (201-86, college: St.Edward's) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. Audun Eskeland contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Tromso. Tromso's coach Jeffrey Lange rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ulriken moved-up to second place. Tromso at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Ulriken will play against league's leader Asker at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tromso will play against Gimle in Bergen and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 17 bottom-ranked Ammerud was defeated by Baerum in Bekkestua 90-79.



Tromso - Ulriken 67-69

Important game to mention about took place in Tromso. Third ranked Ulriken (12-4) saved a 2-point derby victory on the road edging second-ranked Tromso (11-4) 69-67 in the game for the second place. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Tromso was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Tromso 46-35 including 32 on the defensive glass. American forward Taylor Mullenax (201-86, college: St.Edward's) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. The former international guard Audun Eskeland (175-85) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Ulriken players scored in double figures. American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Hani Issalhi (187-84) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Tromso. Tromso's coach Jeffrey Lange rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ulriken moved-up to second place. Tromso at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Ulriken will play against league's leader Asker at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tromso will play against Gimle in Bergen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ulriken: A.Eskeland 18+6reb+5ast, T.Mullenax 15+16reb, M.Fivelstad 13+12reb, J.Solbakken 10+3reb+2ast, A.Ouakkaha 7+6reb+1ast, D.Hammer 6+3reb
Tromso: R.Timus 20+6reb+4ast, B.Myhrer 15+4reb+2ast, G.January 10+6reb+1ast, H.Issalhi 9+6reb+7ast, G.Mihaylov 8+1reb, K.Figenschau 3+1reb
gschID: 99014


Baerum - Ammerud 90-79

There was no surprise in Bekkestua where 8th ranked Ammerud (2-13) was defeated by fourth ranked Baerum (9-7) 90-79. It looked good early as Ammerud took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Baerum had a 26-10 second period charge getting the lead and Ammerud was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-90. They outrebounded Ammerud 54-43 including 19 on the offensive glass. Baerum players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agency: Prossin Sports Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks. The former international guard Christer Elgmork (180-87) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Four Baerum players scored in double figures. Guard Samuel Diomande (191-88, agency: Promotex) answered with 28 points and forward Roy Nwachukwu (192-90) added 10 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Ammerud. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Baerum have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 9-7 record. Ammerud lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Baerum will play against Kristiansand (#6) at home in the next round. Ammerud will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Baerum: D.Oatis 20+16reb+2ast, S.Berg 13+2reb+3ast, V.Hamilton 12+8reb, L.Harto 10+8reb+1ast, M.Nevjen 9+4reb+1ast, C.Elgmork 9+6reb+9ast
Ammerud: S.Diomande 28+2reb+3ast, J.Hellerstrom 13+7reb+1ast, R.Nwachukwu 10+14reb, O.Okoroafor 8+2reb+1ast, T.Hagen 8+6reb+1ast, M.Molvaer 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 99015


Gimle - Ulriken 89-102 OT

Sixth-ranked Gimle (4-11) made lots of trouble for third ranked Ulriken (12-4) in Bergen on Wednesday. The visitors managed to secure only thirteen-point victory 102-89. However their fans expected easier game. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Ulriken's pressure prevailed and they won that period 18-19 tieing the game at the end of regular time. Then they won it eventually overtime period 18-5. Ulriken dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Gimle's 46 and made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Magne Fivelstad (196-89) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line !!!). American forward Taylor Mullenax (201-86, college: St.Edward's) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds. Five Ulriken players scored in double figures. American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Croatian-Austrian power forward Ivan Djerman (202-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Ulriken moved-up to second place. Gimle lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Ulriken are looking forward to face league's leader Asker at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gimle will play against Tromso (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Ulriken: M.Fivelstad 29+13reb+3ast, T.Mullenax 23+19reb+2ast, A.Eskeland 20+6ast, A.Ouakkaha 12+5reb+2ast, D.Hammer 11+2reb, J.Solbakken 4+2reb+1ast
Gimle: P.Bullock 27+13reb+4ast, I.Djerman 17+4reb+1ast, S.de Lange 10+6reb+1ast, S.Enge 9+5reb, B.Ndiaye 9+1ast, F.Gnatt 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 99016




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  PHILIPPINES   


Texters buck slow start, move closer to clinching Philippine Cup crown - by Eurobasket News
San Miguel - Talk N Text 77-99
Talk 'N Text bucked a slow start and overcame an early 13-point deficit to hack out an emphatic 99-77 victory over San Miguel in Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven championship series before a crowd of 15,000 at the Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night. By winning the pivotal fifth game, the Tropang Texters moved within striking distance of clinching their second Philippine Cup crown in three seasons. They now lead the series, 3-2. Held to just 14 points in the first 12 minutes of play, the Tropang Texters went full throttle in the second period and outscored the Beermen, 38-17, to take a 52-44 halftime spread. Talk 'N Text's 14 points in the opening quarter was its lowest output in a period, but the 38 it scored in the second was its highest in the conference and only a point shy of matching the conference-best owned by Ginebra. The scoring binge was more than enough for the Tropang Texters to erase that 14-27 deficit, and take control of the match. The sudden offensive onslaught, fueled by Ranidel deOcampo (195-F-81) and Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.), was enough to silence the Beermen, who tried to get back in the game but kept getting thwarted by the Texters' hot shooting. De Ocampo poured in 20 points on 9-of-14 field goals, Jason Castro (173-G-86) added 17, and Alapag had 12 of his 16 points during that stretch when the Tropang Texters surged ahead for good. Talk 'N Text's win snapped its two-game losing skid after winning the first two games of the series. The Tropang Texters go for the kill on Friday's Game 6, but coach Chot Reyes isn't counting the Beermen out. 'We've done only half of the job. Now we have to find a way to come out hard on Friday and play an even better job than today (Wednesday),' said Reyes, who is poised to win a sixth league championship and third for the telecommunication franchise. Reyes also guns for a historic feat by becoming the only coach in league history to win at least two titles in three different teams. He has won two titles each with Purefoods (now Derby Ace) and Coca-Cola. On Wednesday, Reyes and his fully-loaded Tropang Texters' might were in full display, offensively and defensively. They showed they can play defense by holding the Beermen to just 35.8 shooting from the field, on 29-of-81 field goals. The Beermen were 7-of-20 when the Tropang Texters went on that blazing second-quarter run which saw them shoot 14-for-21 for an amazing 66.6 percent from the floor. Arwind Santos (193-F-81) and Jay Washington (206-C-81, college: Eckerd) each scored 18 points to lead the way for the Beermen, who failed to take control of the title series after back-to-back wins in Games 3 and 4 to get back from the 0-2 deficit. Larry Fonacier (186-G-82) came off the bench and delivered the knockout blow on the Beermen. he drilled in three straight triples to give the Texters a whopping lead at 93-70. Wuth a thunderous slam, Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) stretched the Tropang Texters' lead to 27 at 99-72, the biggest in the game with 2:35 left . The Beermen were limited to just 13 points in the final period. - Courtesy of KY, RCJ, JVP, GMANews.TV (taken from www.pba-online.net)


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. David, Powerade T.21.5 
 2. Cardona, Meral.21.4 
 3. Devance, Alaska19.2 
 4. Simon, Derby A.18.0 
 5. Al-Hussaini, Air2117.5 
 6. Yap, Derby Ace L.17.3 
 7. Buenafe, Air2117.1 
 8. Mercado, Rain o.16.9 
 9. Isip, Barako16.3 
 10. Washington, San M.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rudy HATFIELD
  Ginebra
  (191-F-77)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Hatfield, Ginebra12.4 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text10.5 
 3. Washington, San M.9.9 
 4. Thoss, Alaska9.7 
 5. Maierhofer, Derby A.9.6 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text9.3 
 7. Santos, San Miguel9.0 
 8. Al-Hussaini, Air218.9 
 9. Devance, Alaska8.8 
 10. Baclao, Air218.6 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ross, Meralco B.6.3 
 2. Alapag, Talk N Text5.5 
 3. Cabagnot, San M.5.3 
 4. Yap, Derby Ace L.4.5 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska4.3 
 6. Mercado, Rain o.4.3 
 7. Miller, Ginebra4.0 
 8. Hubalde, Barako4.0 
 9. Lanete, Powerade.3.8 
 10. Norwood, Rain o.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Meralco B.2.4 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.2.1 
 3. Mercado, Rain o.2.0 
 4. Reyes, Talk N Text1.4 
 5. Arboleda, Air211.3 
 6. Baguio, Alaska1.2 
 7. Yap, Derby Ace L.1.2 
 8. Tenorio, Alaska1.2 
 9. Buenafe, Air211.1 
 10. Dela Cruz, Alaska1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Siverino BACLAO
  Air21
  (198-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Baclao, Air212.5 
 2. Andaya, Barako1.6 
 3. Washington, San M.1.3 
 4. Maierhofer, Derby A.1.2 
 5. Eman, Alaska1.2 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text1.2 
 7. Reyes, Powerade T.1.1 
 8. Devance, Alaska1.1 
 9. Thoss, Alaska1.1 
 10. Santos, San Miguel1.0 


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  POLAND   


Turow test Daniel Kickert - by Eurobasket News
Turow are looking for the ways to bolster their frontcourt. They invited Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) for tryouts. The 27-year-old centre is expected to spend three days with the team before the management decides whether to sign a deal. Daniel Kickert played for Gran Canaria in the last two seasons. He tallied 4.6 points and 2.4 boards per EuroCup game last season. In ACB the centre produced 2.7 points and 2.0 boards per appearance. Daniel Kickert also had stints with Livorno in Italy and Breogan in Spain. Daniel Kickert participated at the 2006 World Championship in Japan with Australia. He averaged 2.3 points and 1.0 board at the tournament. He also attended the Boomers training camp in 2009.


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


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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica26.6 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud17.1 
 3. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.9 
 4. Frazier, AZS K.16.2 
 5. Hodge, Zastal16.2 
 6. Burgess, Zastal15.8 
 7. Bennerman, Energa C.15.4 
 8. Jovanovic, Anwil14.6 
 9. Miller, PBG Basket14.5 
 10. Goffney, Siarka14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis TRUSCOTT
  Siarka
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Truscott, Siarka11.2 
 2. Harris, SKK K.10.8 
 3. Burgess, Zastal10.6 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.7 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.4 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow6.8 
 7. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot6.7 
 8. Kinloch, AZS K.6.4 
 9. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.4 
 10. Miller, Anwil6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa Czarni
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.6.2 
 2. Milicic, AZS K.5.9 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.3 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.4.8 
 5. Hodge, Zastal4.2 
 6. Hawkins, PBG B.4.0 
 7. Ewing, Asseco P.3.7 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.5 
 9. Thompson, Anwil3.2 
 10. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hodge, Zastal2.6 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.4 
 3. Blassingame, Energa C.2.2 
 4. Pringle, Siarka2.1 
 5. Ewing, Asseco P.2.1 
 6. Skibniewski, Polph.1.9 
 7. Bialek, Energa Czarni1.9 
 8. Thomas, PGE Turow1.9 
 9. Milicic, AZS K.1.8 
 10. Bennerman, Energa C.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Harris, SKK K.1.7 
 2. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.6 
 3. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.6 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.2 
 6. Kinnard, Trefl S.0.9 
 7. Reese, AZS Koszalin0.9 
 8. Frazier, AZS K.0.8 
 9. Davis, Energa C.0.8 
 10. Palmer, Polonia Azbud0.8 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS Szczecin
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.6 
 2. Michalak, Polonia .17.2 
 3. Jankowski, Polonia .17.2 
 4. Witos, GKS Tychy16.6 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce16.4 
 6. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.16.4 
 7. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 8. Pamula, Tempcold.15.8 
 9. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 10. Lichodzijews., ISS S.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.1 
 2. Mis, SKK Siedlce8.8 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut8.7 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.7 
 5. Lichodzijews., ISS S.8.3 
 6. Andrzejewski, Asec.P.8.2 
 7. Mielczarek, GKS T.8.1 
 8. Sterenga, Gornik7.8 
 9. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.6 
 10. Ustarbowski, Gor.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.6 
 2. Stoklosa, Spojnia5.3 
 3. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 4. Sikora, Start Lublin4.9 
 5. Wilczek, Tempcold.4.9 
 6. Basinski, MMKS D.4.8 
 7. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.7 
 8. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.3 
 9. Glapinski, Sokol L.3.9 
 10. Kardas, Rosasport3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej KLIMA
  Sokol Lancut
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Klima, Sokol Lancut3.1 
 2. Michalak, Polonia .3.1 
 3. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 4. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.9 
 5. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.9 
 6. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.7 
 7. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.3 
 8. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.3 
 9. Muszynski, Gornik2.2 
 10. Koszuta, Spojnia2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.4 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.8 
 3. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.7 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.7 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.4 
 6. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.2 
 7. Salamonik, LKS L.1.1 
 8. Sudowski, AZS S.1.1 
 9. Bzdyra, GKS Tychy1.0 
 10. Pietras, Polonia 20110.9 


Anwil and Eric Hicks part ways - by Eurobasket News
Anwil waived Eric Hicks (198-F-83, college: Cincinnati). The teams quoted disciplinary reasons for the decision. Eric Hicks averaged 10.3 points and 5.3 boards per game in PLK season. In EuroCup the forward tallied 8.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per appearance. Eric Hicks played in Belgium, Poland and Russia before joining Anwil.


PLK Round 15: PGE Turow keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked PGE Turow as it allowed them to take a leadership position. PGE Turow defeated second-best Asseco Prokom in Zgorzelec 72-63. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Asseco Prokom. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Asseco Prokom trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 25-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. PGE Turow shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. It was a good game for Montenegrin guard Ivan Koljevic (185-84, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 4 steals. Naturalized German forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Asseco Prokom. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. PGE Turow have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Defending champion Asseco Prokom dropped to the third place with three games lost. Asseco Prokom will play next round against PBG Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. PGE Turow will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked AZS Koszalin on the road.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Energa Czarni (10-5) against fifth ranked Polpharma (9-6) on Sunday night. Host Energa Czarni was defeated by Polpharma in Slupsk 82-66. It was a great evening for Serbian power forward Uros Mirkovic (205-82, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. Kamil Chanas helped adding 9 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Jerel Blassingame (177-81, college: UNLV) with 17 points and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Polpharma have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Energa Czarni lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second position with five games lost. Polpharma will play against Anwil (#7) in Wloclawek in the next round. Energa Czarni will play on the road against Zastal (#6) in Zielona Gora and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 5th ranked Trefl Sopot in a game versus Zastal (#8) 73-67. It was an exceptional evening for Chris Burgess who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Zastal's coach Tomasz Herkt used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Filip Dylewicz came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Trefl Sopot in the defeat. Zastal (7-7) moved-up to sixth place. Trefl Sopot at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Zastal will meet at home league's second-placed Energa Czarni in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trefl Sopot will play against Siarka in Tarnobrzeg and hope to secure a win.
SKK Kotwica (#11) forced the game against Anwil (#8) into an overtime, but lost by two points 85-87. The best player for the winners was Paul Miller who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Anwil's coach Emir Mutapcic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Anwil (7-8) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Polonia Azbud. SKK Kotwica at the other side keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Anwil's next round opponent will be higher ranked Polpharma (#4) in Starogard and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKK Kotwica will play at home against Polonia Azbud (#8) in Warszawa.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between AZS Koszalin (6-8) and Polonia Azbud (7-8), which took place in Warszawa. 6th ranked AZS Koszalin lost to ninth ranked Polonia Azbud in a road game 82-89 on Saturday. It was a good game for Harding NaNa who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds. Polonia Azbud moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Anwil. Loser AZS Koszalin dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. Polonia Azbud will face SKK Kotwica (#11) in Kolobrzeg in the next round. AZS Koszalin will play at home against the league's leader PGE Turow where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last game of round 15 bottom-ranked Siarka was smashed by PBG Basket on the road 88-67.
The most impressive performance of 15th round was 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists by Louis Truscott of Siarka.



Anwil - SKK Kotwica 87-85 OT

SKK Kotwica (#11) forced the game against Anwil (#8) into an overtime, but lost by two points 85-87. SKK Kotwica was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 21-10 third quarter run of Anwil. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 10-5. They made 33-of-43 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by SKK Kotwica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American power forward Paul Miller (208-82, college: Wichita St.) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Serbian power forward Nikola Jovanovic (203-81, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Anwil's coach Emir Mutapcic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who recorded 32 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import center Darrell Harris (208-84, college: Rhode Island) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Anwil (7-8) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Polonia Azbud. SKK Kotwica at the other side keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Anwil's next round opponent will be higher ranked Polpharma (#4) in Starogard and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKK Kotwica will play at home against Polonia Azbud (#8) in Warszawa.
Top scorers:
Anwil: P.Miller 20+13reb+1ast, N.Jovanovic 18+11reb+3ast, A.Pluta 14+1reb, C.Thomas 9+1ast, E.Hicks 8+5reb, D.Berisha 8+4reb+1ast
SKK Kotwica: T.Scott 32+7reb+3ast, A.Fisher 19+3reb+1ast, D.Harris 15+10reb+2ast, T.Zablocki 7+4reb+1ast, B.Sarzalo 6+1reb+1ast, M.Djuric 3+2reb
gschID: 98201


Energa Czarni - Polpharma 66-82

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Energa Czarni (10-5) against fifth ranked Polpharma (9-6) on Sunday night. Host Energa Czarni was defeated by Polpharma in Slupsk 82-66. The game was mostly controlled by Polpharma. Energa Czarni was better in fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Energa Czarni 35-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. Energa Czarni was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Serbian power forward Uros Mirkovic (205-82, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. International guard Kamil Chanas (188-85) helped adding 9 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Jerel Blassingame (177-81, college: UNLV) with 17 points and 5 assists and the former international forward Pawel Leonczyk (202-86, agency: Promotex) scored 14 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Polpharma have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Energa Czarni lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second position with five games lost. Polpharma will play against Anwil (#7) in Wloclawek in the next round. Energa Czarni will play on the road against Zastal (#6) in Zielona Gora and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Polpharma: U.Mirkovic 19+3reb+1ast, T.Cielebak 12+4reb, K.Archibeque 10+6reb+2ast, D.Vaughn 10+5reb+2ast, K.Chanas 9+6reb+3ast, A.Metelski 8+3reb
Energa Czarni: J.Blassingame 17+2reb+5ast, P.Leonczyk 14+2reb, C.Bennerman 8+7reb, Z.Bialek 6+7reb+2ast, K.Roszyk 5+2reb+1ast, C.Oakes 4+3reb
gschID: 98202


Trefl Sopot - Zastal 67-73

An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 5th ranked Trefl Sopot in a game versus Zastal (#8) 73-67. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. It was an exceptional evening for American center Chris Burgess (209-79, college: Utah) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Ivorian-Puerto Rican guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) accounted for 15 points, 5 assists and 7 steals for the winning side. Zastal's coach Tomasz Herkt used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian power forward Slobodan Ljubotina (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Trefl Sopot in the defeat. Zastal (7-7) moved-up to sixth place. Trefl Sopot at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Zastal will meet at home league's second-placed Energa Czarni in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trefl Sopot will play against Siarka in Tarnobrzeg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zastal: J.Maye 15+5reb+1ast, C.Burgess 15+14reb, W.Hodge 15+3reb+5ast, M.Flieger 8, D.Burgess 7+7reb, G.Kukielka 5+2reb+1ast
Trefl Sopot: F.Dylewicz 18+9reb+1ast, P.Kikowski 12+1reb+2ast, G.Gustas 10+3reb+1ast, S.Ljubotina 9+7reb, A.Waczynski 7+2reb+1ast, D.Ceranic 5+8reb
gschID: 98203


PBG Basket - Siarka 88-67

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked PBG Basket (6-8) crushed bottom-ranked Siarka (3-12) in Poznan 88-67 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by PBG Basket. Siarka was better in fourth quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Siarka was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Vladimir Tica (208-81, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Eddie Miller (191-85, college: Fresno St., agency: ZAG Advocates) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four PBG Basket players scored in double figures. PBG Basket's coach Milija Bogicevic felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American forward Louis Truscott (201-78, college: Houston, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international power forward Marek Miszczuk (212-77, agency: Promotex) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Siarka. PBG Basket moved-up to ninth place, which they share with AZS Koszalin. Newly promoted Siarka stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. PBG Basket will face higher ranked Asseco Prokom (#3) in Gdynia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Siarka will play at home against Trefl Sopot (#5).
Top scorers:
PBG Basket: V.Tica 17+6reb+5ast, E.Miller 17+2reb+2ast, D.Kulig 16+5reb, P.Stelmach 15+2reb, L.Wisniewski 8+3reb+1ast, P.Dabrowski 7+7reb+1ast
Siarka: L.Truscott 22+15reb+4ast, M.Miszczuk 16+6reb, M.Deloach 15+2reb+4ast, S.Pringle 6+6reb+3ast, D.Wall 6+3reb+2ast, S.Juniak 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 98204


PGE Turow - Asseco Prokom 72-63

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked PGE Turow as it allowed them to take a leadership position. PGE Turow defeated second-best Asseco Prokom in Zgorzelec 72-63. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Asseco Prokom. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Asseco Prokom trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 25-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. PGE Turow shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. It was a good game for Montenegrin guard Ivan Koljevic (185-84, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 4 steals. Naturalized German forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four PGE Turow players scored in double figures. American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Bulgarian swingman Filip Videnov (196-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points in the effort for Asseco Prokom. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. PGE Turow have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Defending champion Asseco Prokom dropped to the third place with three games lost. Asseco Prokom will play next round against PBG Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. PGE Turow will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked AZS Koszalin on the road.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: K.Wysocki 14+4reb, I.Koljevic 12+4reb+3ast, D.Jackson 11+2reb, M.Brkic 10+4reb+2ast, M.Kuebler 6+1reb, B.Bochno 5+3reb+1ast
Asseco Prokom: F.Videnov 14+2reb+1ast, D.Ewing 13+7reb+5ast, R.Witka 12+3reb, R.Burrell 9+1reb, P.Szczotka 5+9reb, A.Hrycaniuk 5+4reb
gschID: 98199


Polonia Azbud - AZS Koszalin 89-82

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between AZS Koszalin (6-8) and Polonia Azbud (7-8), which took place in Warszawa. 6th ranked AZS Koszalin lost to ninth ranked Polonia Azbud in a road game 82-89 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 28-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for naturalized Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds. American power forward David Palmer (206-86, college: N.Kentucky) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Polonia Azbud players scored in double figures. American swingman Winsome Frazier (193-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: KMG Sports Management) answered with 25 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward George Reese (201-77, college: Ohio St., agency: Alti Sport) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for AZS Koszalin. Polonia Azbud moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Anwil. Loser AZS Koszalin dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. Polonia Azbud will face SKK Kotwica (#11) in Kolobrzeg in the next round. AZS Koszalin will play at home against the league's leader PGE Turow where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Polonia Azbud: H.NaNa 31+14reb+1ast, M.Nowakowski 16+1reb+5ast, D.Palmer 13+11reb, D.Hinson 10+4reb+4ast, L.Wichniarz 9+1reb+2ast, K.Laczynski 5+1reb+2ast
AZS Koszalin: W.Frazier 25+6reb+1ast, G.Arabas 22+3reb, G.Reese 16+5reb+6ast, I.Milicic 7+1reb+4ast, M.Lopatka 5+8reb, T.Snieg 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 98200




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  PORTUGAL   


Andrade and Santos out for the month - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Bad news in FC Porto Ferpinta, were the injuries of Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens (NC)) and Joao Santos (205-C-79, college: Nevada) confirmed that both players will be out during February.

The newspaper A Bola announced that they wont play four league games (against Barreirense, Sampaense, Penafiel and Ginasio), and Supertaa Compal, that will be played in Lisbon between February 11 and 13.

Carlos Andrade has a knee problem and Joao Santos a broken bone in his chest. Both injuries happened during the game against Lusitania. Still in Porto, Greg Stempin may be back to play this weekend, after being left out for two games. Porto will host Barreirense in a game between the first and the last placed of LPB.










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Santurce land Michael Sweetney - by Eurobasket News
Santurce deepened their frontcourt prior to the start of the new BSN season. They added Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) to the roster. The 28-year-old forward started the season in Atletico Bigua in Uruguay. Michael Sweetney averaged 18.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in LUB. Last season Michael Sweetney tipped off in China. He however left Shaanxi pretty quickly and moved overseas to sign a deal with the Erie Bay Hawks. The forward posted 13.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in D-League. In April 2010 Michael Sweetney inked with Santurce. His stats read 17.4 points, 10.8 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.3 blocks per BSN appearance. Sweetney made it into Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 1st Team.


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Rayyan and Gharrafah clear off on top - by Eurobasket News
Rayyan recorded the fifth win in QBF season. Rayyan knocked down ambitious Sadd 69:52. Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: McNeese St.) stepped up with 21 points and 6 assists to pace the defending champions. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) added 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Daoud Musa (193-G-82) responded with 17 points in defeat. Tyler Hughes (213-F-84, college: Kansas St.) had 13 boards for Sadd as they fell at 4-2 record.
Gharrafah held off Jaysh 84:83 for the fifth victory. Gharrafah stayed in charge throughout three quarters. However Jaysh went on a desperate rescue rally in the final stanza almost stealing the victory. But Gharrafah proved more accurate in the dying seconds and ensured a narrow win at the end. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) delivered 30 points to lead the winners. Ousseynou N'Diaye (195-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) added 21 points for Gharrafah. Baker Ahmad Mohammed (199-F-86) answered with 22 points for Jaysh.
Arabi posted the first win in the season as they upset Wakrah 71:46. Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) tallied 21 points, 14 boards and 7 assists for the winning side. Ehison Sauda provided 21 16 points and 21 boards. Wakrah answered with 20 points from Jayson Obazuaye (188-G-84, agency: ANR Sports Management, college: Colorado).
Ahli prevailed against Qatar Club 90:83 behind 34 points and 9 rebounds from Manyacka Eyoum. Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, college: Minnesota) delivered 17 points in the victory. Mike Cook (193-G/F-84, college: Pittsburgh) erupted for 30 points for Qatar Club in defeat.



Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Rayyan 5-1 
 2. Al Gharrafah 5-1 
 3. As Sadd 4-2 
 4. Al Jaysh 4-2 
 5. Al Ahli 3-3 
 6. Qatar 2-4 
 7. Al Arabi 1-5 
 8. Al Wakrah 0-6 


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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. Pesic, Timisoara18.7 
 6. Scott, Otopeni18.7 
 7. Darby, Rovinari18.7 
 8. Wohlleb, Craiova18.0 
 9. Mladenovic, Mures17.5 
 10. Tomic, CSM B.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. Scott, Otopeni7.7 
 10. Eichelberger, Pitesti7.7 
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. Medvedj, Otopeni2.2 
 10. Dawson, Polite.2.2 
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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Standings
National League Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 12-1 
 2. C.Eriksson F. 12-2 
 3. St.Mirren 11-2 
 4. Glasgow Univ. 9-5 
 5. Stirling Knights 8-5 
 6. Troon Tornadoes 7-7 
 7. Glasgow R. II 3-10 
 8. E.Lothian B. 2-10 
 9. Glasgow Storm 2-11 
 10. Dunfermline 1-14 


National League Round 15: Edunburgh Kings defeat Glasgow in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

An interesting game for Edunburgh Kings (12-1) which hosted in Edunburgh 4th placed Glasgow (9-5). First ranked Edunburgh Kings managed to get a 12-point victory 86-74. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-1 record. Newly promoted Glasgow keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Edunburgh Kings are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dunfermline Reign (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Glasgow will play against East Lothian Buccaneers (#8) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game in East Lothian supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Clark Eriksson Fury (12-2) played at the court of 8th ranked East Lothian Buccaneers (2-10). Clark Eriksson Fury smashed East Lothian Buccaneers 97-69. Clark Eriksson Fury have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Edinburgh K. East Lothian Buccaneers lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Clark Eriksson Fury will play against Glasgow Storm (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. East Lothian Buccaneers will play against Glasgow and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game between 10th ranked Dunfermline Reign (1-14) and third ranked St.Mirren (11-2) in Dunfermline on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from St Mirren outscored Dunfermline Reign 88-56. St.Mirren have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-2 record behind leader Edinburgh K. Dunfermline Reign lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. St.Mirren will meet Glasgow Rocks II (#7) on the road in the next round. Dunfermline Reign will play against the league's leader Edunburgh Kings.

In the last two games of round 15 Glasgow R. II was smashed by Stirling Knights on the road 95-69. Glasgow Storm was destroyed by Troon Tornadoes on its own court 61-80.


Stirling Knights - Glasgow R. II 95-69

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Stirling Knights (8-5) crushed at home 7th ranked Glasgow Rocks II (3-10) 95-69 on Friday. Stirling Knights have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Stirling Knights maintains fifth place with 8-5 record. Glasgow Rocks II at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Stirling Knights will meet Troon Tornadoes (#6) on the road in the next round. Glasgow Rocks II will play against St.Mirren in St Mirren and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 94513


Edinburgh K. - Glasgow Univ. 86-74

An interesting game for Edunburgh Kings (12-1) which hosted in Edunburgh 4th placed Glasgow (9-5). First ranked Edunburgh Kings managed to get a 12-point victory 86-74. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-1 record. Newly promoted Glasgow keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Edunburgh Kings are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dunfermline Reign (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Glasgow will play against East Lothian Buccaneers (#8) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
gschID: 94510


Dunfermline - St.Mirren 56-88

The game between 10th ranked Dunfermline Reign (1-14) and third ranked St.Mirren (11-2) in Dunfermline on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from St Mirren outscored Dunfermline Reign 88-56. St.Mirren have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-2 record behind leader Edinburgh K. Dunfermline Reign lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. St.Mirren will meet Glasgow Rocks II (#7) on the road in the next round. Dunfermline Reign will play against the league's leader Edunburgh Kings.
gschID: 94511


Glasgow Storm - Troon Tornadoes 61-80

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Glasgow Storm (2-11) was smashed at home by sixth ranked Troon Tornadoes (7-7) 80-61 on Friday. Troon Tornadoes maintains sixth place with 7-7 record. Glasgow Storm at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Troon Tornadoes will meet at home higher ranked Stirling Knights (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Glasgow Storm will play against the league's second-placed Clark Eriksson Fury (#2) in Falkirk and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 94512


E.Lothian B. - C.Eriksson F. 69-97

The game in East Lothian supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Clark Eriksson Fury (12-2) played at the court of 8th ranked East Lothian Buccaneers (2-10). Clark Eriksson Fury smashed East Lothian Buccaneers 97-69. Clark Eriksson Fury have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Edinburgh K. East Lothian Buccaneers lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Clark Eriksson Fury will play against Glasgow Storm (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. East Lothian Buccaneers will play against Glasgow and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 94509




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A League Round 19: Mega Vizura is upset by Metalac - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Mega Vizura (12-7) and fourth ranked Metalac (12-7) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Mega Vizura was defeated by Metalac in a tough game in Belgrade 82-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mega Vizura. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 50-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Metalac made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Forward Marko Ljubicic (197-87) fired a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists for the winners. Swingman Dragan Kruscic (198-86) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) produced 28 points and 5 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for lost side. Mega Vizura's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Metalac have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Mega Vizura. Metalac is looking forward to face Crnokosa (#13) in Kosjeric in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mega Vizura will play on the road against Napredak Rubin (#8) in Krusevac and is hoping to win this game.
Leader FMP Zeleznik delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Proleter Naftagas (8-11) 91-66 in Beograd. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Vuk Radivojevic (197-83) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Filip Covic contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. FMP Zeleznik's coach Bosko Djokic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Petar Lambic (195-92) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Proleter Naftagas. FMP Zeleznik maintains first place with 18-1 record. Proleter Naftagas at the other side keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. FMP Zeleznik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena OKK Beograd.
The game in Uzice was also quite interesting. Second ranked OKK Beograd (15-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Sloboda (9-10). OKK Beograd did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 72-54 on Wednesday. It was a great evening for Dragan Mitrovic who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side Stefan Fekete responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. OKK Beograd have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-4 record having just three points less than leader FMP. Loser Sloboda dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. OKK Beograd's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd FMP Zeleznik.

Other games of round 19 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Napredak was defeated by Sloga in Kraljevo 71-65. Borac was beaten by Vojvodina at home 71-78. Tamis won against Novi Sad on the opponent's court 78-73. Crnokosa managed to outperform Superfund in a home game 83-76.


Sloga - Napredak 71-65

There was a minor upset in Kraljevo where 10th ranked Napredak Rubin (8-11) was defeated by twelfth ranked Sloga (8-11) 71-65 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Napredak Rubin won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sloga made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Napredak Rubin turnovers. It was a great evening for Bosnian forward Vedran Borovcanin (201-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. helped adding 12 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Nenad Sulovic (202-85) responded with 15 points and forward Petar Beader (205-85, agency: BeoExcell) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five Sloga and four Napredak Rubin players scored in double figures. Napredak Rubin's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sloga moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Napredak Rubin. Napredak Rubin lost fourth consecutive game. Sloga will meet Vojvodina Srbijagas (#11) in the next round. Napredak Rubin will play against Mega Vizura and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sloga: V.Borovcanin 17+6reb+5ast, M.Trivunovic 13+2reb+2ast, M.Sasa 12+12reb+1ast, A.Vlahovic 10+2reb+2ast, S.Jovic 10+3reb+2ast, B.Popovic 7+2reb
Napredak: N.Sulovic 15+2reb+3ast, P.Beader 13+6reb, P.Mitic 12+3reb+3ast, S.Pejovic 10+3reb, M.Puzic 6, S.Mihajlovic 4
gschID: 109858


Borac - Vojvodina 71-78

There was a small surprise in Cacak where eleventh ranked Vojvodina Srbijagas (8-11) defeated 9th ranked Borac (8-11) 78-71 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Vojvodina Srbijagas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for guard Marko Kesic (191-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. Center Aleksandar Jevdjic (203-82, agency: BeoExcell) helped adding 13 points. At the losing side guard Djordje Tresac (192-87) responded with 19 points and guard Nikola Pesakovic (193-91) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Five Vojvodina Srbijagas and four Borac players scored in double figures. Vojvodina Srbijagas moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Borac. Vojvodina Srbijagas will meet at home Sloga (#12) in the next round. Borac will play against Proleter Naftagas (#9) in Zrenjanin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: M.Kesic 17+2reb+2ast, A.Jevdjic 13+4reb+2ast, P.Marko 12+2reb+1ast, B.Riznic 10+4reb+2ast, D.Kovacevic 10+8reb+1ast, V.Velickovic 8+1reb+3ast
Borac: D.Tresac 19+2reb+2ast, N.Vasojevic 15+3reb+2ast, N.Pesakovic 13+5reb+2ast, F.Pajevic 11+7reb+1ast, F.Dedijer 8+8reb+1ast, N.Dasic 2
gschID: 109859


FMP - Proleter Naftagas 91-66

Leader FMP Zeleznik delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Proleter Naftagas (8-11) 91-66 in Beograd. It looked good early as Proleter Naftagas took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then FMP Zeleznik had a 26-11 second period charge getting the lead and Proleter Naftagas were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-91. FMP Zeleznik dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Proleter Naftagas' 26. They outrebounded Proleter Naftagas 44-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. Proleter Naftagas were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Vuk Radivojevic (197-83) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Filip Covic (180-89, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five FMP Zeleznik players scored in double figures. FMP Zeleznik's coach Bosko Djokic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Petar Lambic (195-92) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds and guard Milan Prodanovic (185-87, college: Iona) added 12 points in the effort for Proleter Naftagas. FMP Zeleznik maintains first place with 18-1 record. Proleter Naftagas at the other side keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. FMP Zeleznik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena OKK Beograd.
Top scorers:
FMP: F.Covic 17+1reb+6ast, V.Radivojevic 13+8reb+5ast, V.Ivelja 12+7reb+1ast, S.Zivanovic 11+1reb+1ast, I.Smiljanic 11+6reb+1ast, A.Milutinovic 10+9reb+1ast
Proleter Naftagas: P.Lambic 13+8reb+1ast, V.Gagovic 12+2reb, M.Prodanovic 12+3reb, B.Barac 8+4reb, P.Nikolic 5+1reb, D.Cuc 5
gschID: 109860


Sloboda Uzice - Beograd 54-72

The game in Uzice was also quite interesting. Second ranked OKK Beograd (15-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Sloboda (9-10). OKK Beograd did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 72-54 on Wednesday. The game without a history. OKK Beograd led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for forward Dragan Mitrovic (200-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 21 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side guard Stefan Fekete (188-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Branko Andjic (201-82) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. OKK Beograd have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-4 record having just three points less than leader FMP. Loser Sloboda dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. OKK Beograd's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd FMP Zeleznik.
Top scorers:
Beograd: D.Zekovic 21+8reb+1ast, D.Mitrovic 17+11reb+3ast, A.Vasic 13+2reb+1ast, S.Zivkovic 7+3reb+4ast, U.Lucic 6+4reb, S.Knezevic 6+4reb
Sloboda Uzice: S.Fekete 17+5reb+3ast, B.Andjic 12+7reb, N.Popovic 10+4reb, N.Jevtovic 7+4reb, N.Micevic 6+2reb+5ast, N.Marinkovic 2+1reb
gschID: 109854


Novi Sad - Tamis 73-78

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Novi Sad (10-9) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Tamis (10-9) 78-73 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 43-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tamis made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for guard Branko Jereminov (187-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Montenegrin guard Bojan Stajic (198-84) helped adding 14 points and 4 steals. At the losing side guard Ognjen Kuzeta (194-87) responded with 17 points and 5 steals and swingman Filip Sepa (199-90, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Tamis moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Novi Sad. Novi Sad lost their third game in a row. Tamis will meet at home Sloboda (#7) in the next round. Novi Sad will play against Superfund BP in Beograd and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tamis: B.Jereminov 25+3reb+6ast, B.Stajic 14+2reb, D.Djokic 12+4reb, B.Stanojevic 7+2ast, Z.Pasuj 6+1reb+1ast, D.Buric 5+4reb
Novi Sad: O.Kuzeta 17+2reb, F.Sepa 14+1reb+2ast, N.Subotic 10+5reb+1ast, B.Vujosevic 8+2ast, N.Kovacevic 7+5ast, D.Djogo 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 109855


Crnokosa - Superfund 83-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with thirteenth ranked Crnokosa's (6-13) home victory over bottom-ranked Superfund BP (1-18) 83-76 on Wednesday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Superfund BP won third quarter 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Superfund BP 32-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for center Borislav Djurovic (206-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Milijan Bocka (186-82) helped adding 20 points. Crnokosa's coach Aleksandar Icic used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. At the losing side forward Nikola Rondovic (205-91, agency: Interperformances) responded with 16 points and swingman Maksim Kovacevic (199-87) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Crnokosa maintains thirteenth place with 6-13 record. Superfund BP lost their eleventh game in a row. Superfund BP at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 18 lost games. Crnokosa will meet higher ranked Metalac (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Superfund BP will play against Novi Sad (#6).
Top scorers:
Crnokosa: M.Bocka 20+2reb+1ast, M.Masalusic 20+3reb, B.Djurovic 19+9reb+1ast, N.Karalic 10+7reb+2ast, S.Mukanovic 6+6reb+5ast, M.Petronijevic 4+1reb+1ast
Superfund: N.Rondovic 16+3reb, K.Kocergin 15+1reb+2ast, M.Kovacevic 14+2reb+3ast, S.Tapuskovic 13+5reb, P.Koprivica 8+5reb+1ast, A.Zivkovic 6+2reb
gschID: 109856


Mega Vizura - Metalac 82-89

The game between third ranked Mega Vizura (12-7) and fourth ranked Metalac (12-7) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Mega Vizura was defeated by Metalac in a tough game in Belgrade 82-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mega Vizura. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 50-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Metalac made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Forward Marko Ljubicic (197-87) fired a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists for the winners. Swingman Dragan Kruscic (198-86) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) produced 28 points and 5 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and guard Stefan Matovic (203-91) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mega Vizura's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Metalac have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Mega Vizura. Metalac is looking forward to face Crnokosa (#13) in Kosjeric in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mega Vizura will play on the road against Napredak Rubin (#8) in Krusevac and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Metalac: D.Kruscic 21+5reb+1ast, M.Ljubicic 18+10reb+13ast, R.Marojevic 17+7reb, S.Bircevic 10+3reb, S.Balmazovic 8, M.Trtic 7+1ast
Mega Vizura: B.Milisavljevic 28+1reb+5ast, S.Matovic 15+10reb+1ast, N.Nikolic 14+3reb+4ast, D.Cantekin 10+5reb+1ast, S.Jelovac 8+7reb+2ast, M.Lukovic 3
gschID: 109857




Vukasin Mandic in AEK - by Zoran Popovic
Athens team hires another Serbian player. Vukasin Mandic (200-F/G-82) sings contract with AEK untill the end of season. Mandic started this season in DROP Ermis Lagkada and on 30 games average scored 16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists. Mandic started professional career in FMP Zeleznik and played for them five seasons. After FMP, Mandic played for Borac Cacak, Crvena Zvezda, Hapoel Galil Elyon, Pivovarna Lasko, KK Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac and MENT Vassilakis. Vukasin Mandic was member of Yugoslavian U20 National team and Serbia and Montenegro University National team.

Iraklis lands Predrag Drobnjak - by Zoran Popovic
Former player of Partizan Belgrade Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) is new player of Iraklis Thessaloniki. Predrag Drobnajk is former NBA player and he will try to help Iraklis to survive this season in Greek A league. Iraklis have score of 3 won and 12 lost games and team is on the last place in the league. During his great career Drobnjak played for Partizan Belgrade , Efes Pilsen, Seattle Supersonics, L A Clipers, Atlanta Hawks, Tau Ceramica Vitoria, Akasvayu Girona, Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul and PAOK. Drobanjak was member of Yugoslavian National team and now is member of Montenegrin National team.

Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 18-1 
 2. Beograd 15-4 
 3. Metalac 12-7 
 4. Mega Vizura 12-7 
 5. Tamis 10-9 
 6. Novi Sad 10-9 
 7. Sloboda Uzice 9-10 
 8. Napredak 8-11 
 9. Proleter Naftagas 8-11 
 10. Borac 8-11 
 11. Vojvodina 8-11 
 12. Sloga 8-11 
 13. Crnokosa 6-13 
 14. Superfund 1-18 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.20.8 
 2. Koprivica, Super.20.7 
 3. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 4. Bunic, Novi Sad17.7 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 6. Micevic, Sloboda .17.3 
 7. Sulovic, Napredak16.7 
 8. Sinovec, Metalac16.0 
 9. Atanackovic, Prolet.15.9 
 10. Majkic, Prolet.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Markovic, FMP7.9 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.2 
 3. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 4. Spica, Superfund6.6 
 5. Jelovac, Mega V.6.6 
 6. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.5 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Dedijer, Borac6.3 
 10. Borovcanin, Sloga6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac5.8 
 3. Milisavljevi., Mega V.5.2 
 4. Vlahovic, Sloga5.2 
 5. Radivojevic, FMP5.1 
 6. Covic, FMP4.7 
 7. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 8. Djoric, Superfund4.3 
 9. Radulovic, Crnokosa4.2 
 10. Kovacevic, Novi Sad3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ognjen KUZETA
  Novi Sad
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.6 
 2. Dundjerski, Beograd2.5 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac2.4 
 4. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.2 
 6. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.8 
 7. Vlahovic, Sloga1.7 
 8. Zarkovic, Prolet.1.7 
 9. Tresac, Borac1.7 
 10. Majkic, Prolet.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.6 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.3 
 4. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.1.2 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.1 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.9 
 8. Kalinic, Novi Sad0.8 
 9. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 10. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 


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Olympiakos too strong for Valencia, 77-62 - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Valencia 77-62

Olympiakos celebrated the second victory in Euroleague Top 16, Group H. The Reds outplayed Valencia staying alone on the second place with 2-1 record. Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) was the leading scorer in victory with 17 points and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) secured a great help adding 14 pts. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) collected 11 points and 7 boards for 16 minutes on the court. On the other side, Valencia got 16 points and 8 rebs from Victor Claver (207-F/C-88). Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points and 5 boards, while Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) followed with 10 pts and 7 rebs. Their team dropped to 1-2.
Teams were leveled at the beginning (8-8), before nice 10-2 run by Olympiakos who earned 18-10 lead after ten minutes. Dusko Savanovic and Javtokas stepped up for Valencia in Q2 and together with De Colo helped their team to close the gap to 24-20, but the hosts had an answer for that. Radoslav Nesterovic dominated inside, while Teodosic secured a great help from behind the arc and the hosts completed 9-0 run, which later led to 38-24 at the HT. The Reds had 48-32 at the midway of Q3 and later finished it with 57-42. Valencia had no chance for rest of the game as Olympiakos was controlling every part of it.
Teams will meet again in the next round and Valencia will be the host.

Olympiakos: Radoslav Nesterovic 17, Vassilis Spanoulis 14, Ioannis Bourousis 11+7 boards
Valencia: Victor Claver 16+8 boards, Dusko Savanovic 13+5 boards, Serhiy Lishchuk 10+7 boards


Navarra inks center Chris Lee - by Eurobasket News
Christopher Lee (206-C, college: S.Carolina St.) is a new member of Grupo Iruna Navarra. The American center signed contract for rest of the season. He arrives to Navarra from Malvin, Uruguay. He appeared 3 times for them in Liga Sudamericana averaging 12 points and 10.3 rebounds. He also had 10.1 ppg and 7.6 rpg in 13 LUB games.
Christopher Lee spent last season in Portugal as a member of Ovarense. He was one of their best players collecting 14.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg and 1.2 bpg. He also played in Chile and Germany in the past. Lee graduated at the Georgetown College (NAIA) in 2007. He had 11.1 ppg and 8.4 rpg for them as a senior.


In the grind... - by Ross Schraeder
Ah how the time flies over here in this European life as we progress into February. I look at the calendar and see that just a little over two months remain in the regular season. First, I must apologize for having taken so much time off from my blogging ritual. I could say that I have been quite busy, but busy doesnt really describe any point during my basketball life overseas. I guess I have more simply been preoccupied with a bit of the norm practices, games, team dinners, celebrity appearances (which in reality consists of us going to a town fair to hand out passes to a free clinic and being asked by many young kids if there really is a basketball team in this town, as well as who are favorite futbol player is (mine is a tie between Messi and Xavi from Barcelona in case youre wondering even if you dont like soccer I suggest you watch this team play some time, I guarantee youll find it entertaining (might as well add one more parentheses to make this seem even more like some crazy math equation who remembers their PEMDAS?))) and some of the unusual, which is a bit of free time during the season to be able to travel a bit and see some new parts of Europe.

Before anything, Ill give you a quick update on the season. When I last left you, we had just upset the top team in the league leading up to our hopeful Christmas break. Well, we ended up winning the next week thus providing us with a 4 day break. I journeyed to Dusseldorf, Germany to see my friend, Brendan Winters. He played there for 3 years and such had a firm grip on the town and its happenings. Had a great time, first time in Germany for me. All I can quickly say about the place is that if you happen to find yourself in old town Dusseldorf, please make your way into the bar D Spiegel. It will provide you with the funkiest German experience you could ever hope for thats really all I can say here. So we returned after the break to play another top team, Caceres. We had this game won, up by 6 with just over a minute to play. But a few bonehead plays and missed free throws later, we found ourselves in overtime. It is never good to take a more talented, experienced team to overtime, and we paid for it with a four point loss. We rebounded nicely the next week with a good road win in Navarra, but have since dropped the last three. A close one on the road, victimized by a last second shot at home the next week, and an all-out drubbing on the road again the following week. So after a good month of December in which we won 3 of 5, we followed with a terrible month of January. But there is always a next game, and this month of February might very well determine how are season goes from here, which I shall explain

If you are not familiar with how the European professional leagues work, there is a relegation and promotion component to them. For instance, I play in the LEB Gold league (second division) in Spain. So, the top two teams at the end of the year in our league move up to ACB (first division). The bottom two teams drop down to LEB Silver (third division). Everyone else merely stays in the league for the next year. Our goal at the beginning of the season was to simply stay in the league. We have the lowest budget in the league. In fact, it is by far the lowest I have seen in my five years of pro basketball. So, with us sitting in 15th place out of 18 right now, we are succeeding. But, we are only one win ahead of the 16th, and 17th place teams, three wins ahead of the last place team. But in the next month, we play two teams below us in the standings, and one team just a game ahead of us. Thus, it is extremely important that we get these wins. And with that, we must finish in 15th at the lowest because the Spaniards, in all their infinite wisdom, decided to create a play-out series to determine who, in fact, moves down. The last place team goes to LEB Silver automatically, but 16th and 17th place then play a 5 game series after the season with the loser being the second team to move down. Now, for me, relegation would be an awful end to the year. But even worse in my opinion is to have to suffer through a losing season, only to have to play-off series to determine who is, indeed, the worse team. I have never participated in such a series, but I think I can say somewhat certainly that, as the better team eventually shows itself in a true play-off series, so too does the worse team show itself in a play-out series. I mean you have two bad teams who are obviously down at the bottom for a reasonwho wants to witness 5 possible games between them in the beginning of May? Im picturing lots of turnovers, poor shot selection, and missed free throws. Somewhat similar to what is seen when we take the court on a normal basis. So, it is imperative that we get these wins this month to stay out of such a series.

As a sidebar here, while I am on a bit of a rant about the Euro game, I must share something that always makes me frustrated, yet ultimately leaves me laughing, about the Euro mindset to the final 20 seconds of a game. Now, my American basketball friends who read this should be somewhat perplexed. My European friends who read this may find themselves perplexed as well, but only because this is such the norm for them. Here goeslets say CB Huelva is playing Melilla Baloncesto in a LEB Gold regular season game in 2006. The game is tied with 10 seconds as a timeout is called. It is Melillas ball coming out of the timeout, and Huelvas strategy is to foul so they can have the last shot. Yes, read that again my American friends, they want to foul, give them two of the easiest shots in the game, in hopes that they can then race down the court with the last shot to possibly win the game. Sucking it up and playing 10 seconds of defense is not even looked at as a strategy. So, Melilla inbounds the ball, and what does Huelva do? Thats right, they foul a 90% free throw shooter. He sinks both free throws. Another timeout, and Huelvas play is to run a pick and roll for the PG. This happens, the ball gets loose, the PG recovers it, casts a 30 footer at the buzzer that banks IN! Huelva wins!! The strategy works!! Lets all pat ourselves on the back for such brilliance!! If you couldnt tell, I was involved in this game my rookie year, I believe it was my 3rd or 4th pro game. I was on the winning team, but I remember breaking the huddle and asking my American teammate if I really heard that righthe wants us to foul? Were not losing. My teammate, who was a veteran of many years in the euro game, coolly responding with a shrug of the shoulders and yeah, thats how they do it over here. I feel like I came full circle earlier this year in a game when we decided to do the same. We broke the huddle, Alex Franklin, our rookie American, came to me and asked if he heard that right. I couldnt help but laugh and think back to what Jarrett Stephens told me that first year, which is the same response I gave Alex. I had to provide you all with the one time that I have actually seen it work. We tried it as recently as last night in a scrimmage in practice. Tied, 5 seconds, we foul, guy makes the first free throw, misses the second, ball is tipped around, we dont get the rebound, game over. At least make them earn the win, dont just give it to them.

So even with that rant, life is still not much less than a great time over here in Espaa. I must be going now, but I promise to keep you all more updated on this European life as the weeks progress! Hasta la proxima!!



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Wesby number one in Sweden for round 26 - by Eurobasket News
American guard Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Sundsvall Dragons, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat LF Basket (#2, 18-8) 94-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Sundsvall to consolidate first place in the Swedish Basketligan. Sundsvall have a solid 20-5 record. In the team's last game Wesby had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sundsvall's top player in his first season with the team. Former Temple University star has very solid stats this year. Wesby is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.9ppg) and averages impressive 63.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American center Michael Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Boras Basket. Palm had a very good evening with a double-double of 34 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Boras to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Solna (#6, 11-15) 104-82. Boras' 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-16 record. Palm is well-known at Boras and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.1ppg (#8). He also registered 9.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Johnell Smith (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Sodertalje Kings (#3). Smith showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Sodertalje, leading his team to a 82-71 win against slightly lower-ranked Uppsala (#5, 13-11). Sodertalje needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 8 lost games. Smith has a great season in Sweden. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Drazen Klaric (205-F-80) of Jamtland - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Benjamin Smith (178-G-87) of Uppsala - 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Kellen McCoy (168-G-87) of Boras - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. John Rosendahl (203-F/C-77) of LF Basket - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Adam Constantine (206-F-88) of Solna - 21 points and 10 rebounds
9. Adam Constantine (206-F-88) of Solna - 25 points and 3 rebounds
10. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) of Norrkoping - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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LNB Round 21: Academie Fribourg tries to escape the last position defeating Chene - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Bottom-ranked Academie Fribourg managed to get the fifth victory on Wednesday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Chene 83-77. Chene trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 31-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-83 at the end of the game. Academie Fribourg maintains thirteenth place with 5-14 record. Chene at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Villars. Academie Fribourg are looking forward to face higher ranked Bern (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chene will play against the league's leader Bernex where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
LNB top team - Bernex (17-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Martigny (10-9) 84-69. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Martigny. Bernex maintains first place with 17-3 record. Martigny at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Bernex will play against Chene (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Martigny will play against Momo Basket (#4) in Chiasso and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Vernier (#12) forced the game against Villars (#11) into an overtime, but lost by four points 82-86 on Wednesday night. The game took place in Grand-Lancy. But the guests from Villars were better at the end. Villars (7-12) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Chene. Vernier lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Villars will meet at home higher ranked DDV Lugano (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vernier will have a break next round.
An interesting game took place in Davesco-Soragno where 4th placed Momo Basket (10-7) was upset on the court of ninth ranked DDV Lugano (8-12) 73-65. DDV Lugano moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pully. Newly promoted Momo Basket keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. DDV Lugano's next round opponent will be Villars (#10) on the road. Momo Basket will play against Martigny (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked Vevey (16-4) crushed at home 7th ranked Pully (8-12) by 28 points 89-61, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Vevey have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Loser Pully keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Vevey will face Neuchatel (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Pully will play against Swiss Central (#6) in Luzern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 21 Swiss Central won against Bern on the opponent's court 76-69.


Vevey - Pully 89-61

Third ranked Vevey (16-4) crushed at home 7th ranked Pully (8-12) by 28 points 89-61, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Vevey led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pully to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Vevey have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Loser Pully keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Vevey will face Neuchatel (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Pully will play against Swiss Central (#6) in Luzern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 107580


Vernier - Villars 82-86 OT

Vernier (#12) forced the game against Villars (#11) into an overtime, but lost by four points 82-86 on Wednesday night. The game took place in Grand-Lancy. But the guests from Villars were better at the end. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 25-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 12-8. Villars (7-12) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Chene. Vernier lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Villars will meet at home higher ranked DDV Lugano (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vernier will have a break next round.
gschID: 107581


Acad.Fribourg - Chene 83-77

Bottom-ranked Academie Fribourg managed to get a fifth victory on Wednesday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Chene 83-77. Chene trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 31-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-83 at the end of the game. Academie Fribourg maintains thirteenth place with 5-14 record. Chene at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Villars. Academie Fribourg are looking forward to face higher ranked Bern (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chene will play against the league's leader Bernex where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 107582


Bernex - Martigny 84-69

LNB top team - Bernex (17-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Martigny (10-9) 84-69. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Martigny. The game was mostly controlled by Bernex. Martigny was better in fourth quarter 17-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bernex maintains first place with 17-3 record. Martigny at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Bernex will play against Chene (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Martigny will play against Momo Basket (#4) in Chiasso and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 107583


Bern - Swiss Central 69-76

Very expected game when 10th ranked Bern (6-12) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Swiss Central (9-10) 76-69 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-69. Swiss Central maintains sixth place with 9-10 record. Newly promoted Bern dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Swiss Central will face Pully (#8) on the road in the next round. Bern will play against Academie Fribourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 107578


DDV Lugano - Momo Basket 73-65

An interesting game took place in Davesco-Soragno where 4th placed Momo Basket (10-7) was upset on the court of ninth ranked DDV Lugano (8-12) 73-65. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-14. But Momo Basket won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. DDV Lugano moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pully. Newly promoted Momo Basket keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. DDV Lugano's next round opponent will be Villars (#10) on the road. Momo Basket will play against Martigny (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 107579




Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Bernex 17-3 
 2. Vevey 16-4 
 3. Neuchatel 15-3 
 4. Momo Basket 10-7 
 5. Martigny 10-9 
 6. Swiss Central 9-10 
 7. DDV Lugano 8-12 
 8. Pully 8-12 
 9. Chene 7-12 
 10. Villars 7-12 
 11. Bern 6-12 
 12. Vernier 5-13 
 13. Acad.Fribourg 5-14 


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BEKO ALL STAR 2011 TEAMS - by Baha Kurtulus
The players that will be participating in Beko All Star 2011 match have now been chosen.
The match will be held on 6th of February, 2011 in Ankara Sport Hall.

Turkish Stars Team:

Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) (Fenerbahce Ulker)
Can Akin (190-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) (Olin Edirne)
Haluk Yildirim (200-F-72, agency: 1x1 Sports) (Galatasaray Cafe Crown)
Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) (Efes Pilsen)
Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) (Antalya BSB)
Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) (Besiktas Cola Turka)
Baris Ermis (194-G-85) (Banvit)
Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) (Mersin BSB)
Umit Sonkol (206-F-82) (Bornova Bel.)
Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) (Pinar Karsiyaka)
Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) (Efes Pilsen)
Oguz Savas (208-C-87) (Fenerbahce Ulker)
Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) (Efes Pilsen)

Head Coach : Orhun Ene ( Banvit )

Import Stars Team:

Jerome Randle (178-G-87, college: California) (Turk Telekom)
Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) (Besiktas Cola Turka)
Predrag Samardjiski (214-C-86, agency: Interperformances) (Olin Edirne)
Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) (Besiktas Cola Turka)
Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) (Galatasaray Cafe Crown)
Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) (Efes Pilsen)
David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) (Pinar Karsiyaka)
Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) (Olin Edirne)
Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) (Efes Pilsen),
Tyler Smith (201-F-86, college: Tennessee) (Bornova Bel.)
Marko Tomas (201-G-85) (Fenerbahce Ulker)
Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) (Efes Pilsen)
Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) (Galatasaray Cafe Crown)
Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) (Banvit)

Head Coach : Neven Spahija (Fenerbahce Ulker)

3 POINT SHOUTOUT CONTEST

Omer Onan (194-G-78) (Fenerbahce Ulker)
David Holston (Pinar Karsiyaka)
Alvin Snow (188-G-81, college: E.Washington) (M.P. Trabzonspor)
Yunus Cankaya (199-F-85) (Turk Telekom)
Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) (Besiktas Cola Turka)
Rasim Basak (202-F-80, agency: Court Side) (Turk Telekom)

SLUM DUNK CONTEST

Vincent Grier (195-G/F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Minnesota) (Mersin BSB)
Altan Erol (194-G-83) (Erdemir)
Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky) (Erdemir)
Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) (Tofas),
Tyler Smith (Bornova Bel.)
Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) (Efes Pilsen)



Fenerbahce Ulker stays perfect in Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker - Zalgiris 80-72

Fenerbahce Ulker was better than Zalgiris in Istanbul 80-72 keeping the perfect score after three games in Euroleague Top 16, Group H. Turkish champion stays No.1, while Zalgiris closes the standings with 0-3. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts, and Marko Tomas (201-G-85) also scored 15 pts. Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) shined with double-double of 13 points and 14 boards, and Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) also was good netting 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points and 6 rebounds. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) and Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 and 12 pts respectively.
Zalgiris started the game with quick 3-11 lead, but the hosts immediately woke up and they managed to take 22-19 for rest of the Q1 (including 11-0 run). The hosts had 37-31 with two minutes left in the first half, but Paulius Jankunas and his teammates had a nice finish and thanks to 4-10 run they tied the score to 41-41 (HT). Zalgiris grabbed 49-51 lead during the next period, but Preldzic, Turkcan and Ukic paced the hosts to 58-54 before the last quarter. Zalgiris took the lead again and this time it was 58-59, but few minutes later the hosts grabbed 68-63. The last chance Zlagiris had with 2:00 to go when Delininkaitis scored a triple closing the gap to 74-69. However, Emir Preldzic stepped up for the hosts with two free throws and in the next possession he scored for three securing the valuable home victory for his team.
Zalgiris will host Fenerbahce Ulker in the next round.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Oguz Savas 15+5 boards, Marko Tomas 15, Mirsad Turkcan 13+14 boards, Emir Preldzic 13
Zalgiris: Paulius Jankunas 14+6 boards, DeJuan Collins 14, Aleksandar Capin 12


Nelson's double-double lands him TB2L Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old forward Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Akhisar Bld and receives a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Gelisim (#6, 8-7) 76-67. Akhisar Bld is placed at 7th position in Turkish TB2L. Akhisar Bld is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-8 record. Nelson turned to be Akhisar Bld's top player in his first season with the team. New Mexico State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Nelson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.6ppg), rebounds (7th best: 9.8rpg) and averages solid 50.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Cihan Amasyali (191-G/F-83) of league's second-best Kepez Bld Antalya. He is a swingman in his first season at Kepez Bld. In the last game Amasyali recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Kepez Bld to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Beykoz (#11, 4-11) 96-53. Kepez Bld's second position in group B has not changed. His team's 11-4 record is not bad at all. Amasyali is a newcomer at Kepez Bld and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84) of Tenis E.Dagcilik Istanbul (#10). Clarkson scored 18 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of TED Istanbul, leading his team to a 83-64 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Istanbulspor (#8, 7-8). TED Istanbul can only dream about fighting for top spots in group B. They have rather bad season and 4-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Clarkson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Clarkson has a very solid season. In 11 games in Turkey he scored 15.1ppg. He also has 8.3rpg, 1.6bpg and FGP: 56.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Hall (185-G-85) of Kepez Bld - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Brian Boddicker (204-F-81) of Selcuk Univ. - 28 points and 7 rebounds
6. Ryan Wright (206-F-87) of Orman Genc - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Baris Erdogan (175-G-84) of Adanaspor - 19 points and 8 assists
8. Can Uzun (195-F-86) of TED Istanbul - 19 points and 14 rebounds
9. Admir Kan (185-G-83) of TED Istanbul - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Ufuk Gurgen (205-C-77) of Genc Banvit - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Jurica Zuza moves to Tofas Bursa - by Eurobasket News
Jurica Zuza (207-C-78, agency: Alti Sport) will continue his career in Turkey. The 32-year-old centre decided to leave Zadar and moved to Tofas Bursa. Jurica Zuza started the season in Ukraine. He played for Kryvbasbasket averaging 13.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assist per game in Superleague. Later Jurica Zuza moved to Zadar in Croatia. His stats read 4.7 points, 4.7 boards and 1.7 assists per Adriatic League appearance. In EuroChallenge the centre notched 8.0 points and 2.0 boards. Jurica Zuza had stints with Panathinaikos, Rimini, Cibona and Cedevita earlier in his career. Jurica Zuza made into All-Croatian A1 League 2nd team in 2005 (with Cibona). He was also named into Ukrainian Superleague All-Defensive Team in 2009.


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 23-7 
 2. Budivelnyk 22-6 
 3. Hoverla 18-11 
 4. Azovmash 18-12 
 5. Dnipro 15-14 
 6. Kryvbasbasket 15-14 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 15-15 
 8. Mykolaiv 14-14 
 9. DniproAzot 12-17 
 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, Azovmash17.4 
 4. Washington, BC Od.16.9 
 5. Flores, BC Donetsk16.9 
 6. Efejuku, Fe.15.2 
 7. Williams, Halychyna14.9 
 8. DeGroat, BC Odessa14.8 
 9. Karim, DniproAzot14.5 
 10. Wiggins, Halychyna14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.7 
 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. Thomas, Azovmash6.8 
 9. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.3 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.3 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Millage, Khimik4.7 
 5. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 6. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.6 
 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. Gliebov, BC Donetsk1.5 
 6. House, Azovmash1.5 
 7. Protic, Khimik1.4 
 8. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.4 
 9. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 10. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.4 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 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. Owens, Azovmash1.2 


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  URUGUAY   


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Villegas, Olimpia27.2 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Hayes, Cordon23.3 
 7. Aguiar, Hebraica23.1 
 8. Taboada, Bigua22.9 
 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. Kanis, Trouville9.5 
 7. Dilligard, Olimpia9.5 
 8. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
 9. Maxey, Un.Atletica9.2 
 10. Wilborn, Bigua9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.3 
 2. Martinez, Malvin5.7 
 3. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.4 
 5. Gonzalez, Defensor5.2 
 6. Pereyra, Bohemios5.2 
 7. Vidal, Bigua4.8 
 8. Muro, Aguada4.8 
 9. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 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. Viera, Anastasia1.9 
 8. Aguilera, Trouville1.9 
 9. Rovira, Bigua1.9 
 10. Giacometti, Cader1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia4.0 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Newsome, Malvin2.2 
 4. Wilborn, Bigua2.2 
 5. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 6. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 7. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 8. Bortz, Malvin1.8 
 9. Kanis, Trouville1.8 
 10. Reynolds, Hebraica1.6 


The four LUB quarter finals are tied 1-1 - by Hector Lopez
The four quarter finals series for the Uruguayan League are tied 1-1 after Trouville beat Aguada 87-84 and Hebraica Macabie defeated Defensor Sportiong, the defending champions 75-70. For Trouville Martin Aguilera (195-F-87) scored 24 points, one of the import players Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC) netted 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while the other one, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon), netted just 2 points with 4 rebounds. For Aguada Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83, college: Clayton St.) totallized 35 points and took 10 rebounds, while Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) netted 16 with 7 rebounds. Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) with 27 points was the main scorer for Hebraica Macabi, while Isadore Thornton netted 21 with 8 rebounds and Matt Freije scored 15 with 11 rebounds. For Defensor Sporting Clerence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) scored 19 wiith 19 rebounds and Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) scored 11 with 3 rebounds. The other two series are also tied: Bigua 1 Welcome 1, Malvin 1 Olimpia 1.



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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Sibenik close on Final-Four spot - by Zeljko Zule
Sibenik Jolly JBS moved a major step closer to clinching a Final-Four spot, beating Celik with a 78-68 road victory in the postponed game of Week 12 as extended their winning streak to six games. Sibenik dominated the first quarter, 27-11, outrebunded the home team 41-29 and shot 5-of-9 behind the 3-point while Celik needed 17 shots to make five 3-pointers, too. Luca Ivankovic (200-C-87) had 18 points and 14 rebouds, Neda Lokas scored 13 points and Petra Stampalija added 11. Celik was led by Rada Vidovic and her 20 points, Aida Pilav and Stanecia Graham had 17 apiece and Marina Ristic netted 10 points.


Vrsaljko underwent knee surgery, Gospic inks Pavetic - by Zeljko Zule
Gospic CO center Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) will miss rest of the season after undergoing left knee surgery. She tore her ACL during a Sunday's game against Radivoj Korac. Vrsaljko averaged 14.2 points (2p 65; 3P 79%), 7.5 rebounds, 0.9. assists, 0.9 steals and 1.6 blocks over 17 Adriatic League games and 13.2 points (2P 61%, FT 88%), 5.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.9 blocks in 10 Euroleague games. Gospic already replaced Vrsaljko with Sena Pavetic (198-C-86).

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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Leemans, Sint K.21.5 
 2. Tatham, Point C.19.0 
 3. Meesseman, Ieper17.9 
 4. Decroos, BBC Boom16.7 
 5. VanMalderen, Dexia N.16.2 
 6. Mayombo, Point C.15.9 
 7. Dennett, Sint K.15.6 
 8. Gaither, Dexia N.14.7 
 9. Boonen, BBC Boom14.6 
 10. Wilkins, Point Chaud14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Meesseman, Ieper11.9 
 2. Dennett, Sint K.10.0 
 3. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.5 
 4. Malfait, Jeugd G.8.6 
 5. Van Respaill., Wareg.8.2 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.8.1 
 7. Tatham, Point C.7.3 
 8. Verbeest, Deerlijk7.1 
 9. Deyaert, Waregem6.8 
 10. Mans, Willebroek6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Leemans, Sint K.3.3 
 2. Mayombo, Point C.2.3 
 3. Boonen, BBC Boom2.2 
 4. Vanloo, Waregem2.1 
 5. Devliegher, Ieper2.0 
 6. Degels, Jeugd G.2.0 
 7. Ballau, R.Spirou.1.9 
 8. Blommaers, Houth.1.9 
 9. Norman, Ieper1.8 
 10. Dubuc, Dexia Namur1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.6 
 2. Medvedeva, Waregem2.6 
 3. Gaither, Dexia N.2.3 
 4. Van De Bruae., Deerl.2.1 
 5. Mayombo, Point C.2.1 
 6. Van den Vond., BBC B.2.0 
 7. De Bondt, Deerlijk2.0 
 8. Van Driel, BBC B.2.0 
 9. Versavel, Ieper1.9 
 10. Leemans, Sint K.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Meesseman, Ieper3.3 
 2. Boonen, BBC Boom2.2 
 3. Gaither, Dexia N.1.3 
 4. Malfait, Jeugd G.1.1 
 5. Dennett, Sint K.1.1 
 6. Lentacker, Jeugd G.0.8 
 7. Arts, BBC Boom0.8 
 8. Medvedeva, Waregem0.7 
 9. Raman, Waregem0.7 
 10. VanMalderen, Dexia N.0.6 


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Tamara Phillip put up 22 points - by David Edole
SIGNAL PEAK Every time the Central Arizona College womens basketball team appeared to be pulling away from visiting Pima College on Wednesday, the Aztecs would battle back within striking distance.

It wasnt until the final two minutes, when Central made 6 of 8 free throws and got a key fast-break layup from Ashley Mitchell, that the fifth-ranked Vaqueras could breathe easy in earning a 75-65 victory over Pima at the George Young Activity Center.
The one thing we know about our opponent today is theyre going to fight, Central Arizona coach Denise Cardenas said. Theyre going to fight until the very end. Theyre going to come back very hard. Theyre well-coached. We had to be on our toes for 40 minutes tonight.

With the victory, Central improved to 20-3 overall and 15-0 in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. By defeating third-place Pima (18-5, 12-3), the Vaqueras extended their ACCAC winning streak to 166 games.

Sancheon White led CAC with 23 points on 9 of 18 shooting from the field. The sophomore guard also made 5 of 6 free throws, including 4 of 4 in the final two minutes when the Vaqueras increased a 67-60 lead to double digits.

Mitchell split four foul shots during the last 1:46. Her driving layup, which completed a fast break off of a defensive rebound and subsequent assist from White, gave Central a 70-60 lead with 1:26 remaining.

I knew they were going to have to foul down the stretch, so we put in five sophomores, Cardenas said. We needed to go down and knock them down. You put what got you here on the floor in crucial situations, and they did an excellent job.

Mitchell finished with 11 points and seven assists for the Vaqueras, who also got 22 points and six rebounds from Tamara Phillip and 10 points and nine rebounds from Jasmine Beverly. September Offutt added three points and 12 rebounds for Central.

Phillip scored the first five points of the game and increased her total to 15 points by the end of an opening half that saw Centrals lead fluctuate from 8-0 to 8-6 to 14-6 and later from 21-11 to 21-18.

Late in the first half, the Vaqueras used an 11-0 run to increase their advantage from 26-22 to 37-22.

White sparked the surge with a 5-footer in the lane with 3:53 remaining before halftime. Following a three-point play by Mitchell on a layup and free throw, White added a 12-foot jump shot, Baytania Newman swished a jumper and Beverly converted a basket from the low post.

Deanna Daniels, who led Pima with 25 points, ended the first half by splitting a pair of free throws to pull the Aztecs within 37-23.

Daniels opened the second half with a layup, but Phillip followed with a three-pointer and a field goal from close range to give Central its biggest lead at 42-25.

A three-point play by Daniels reduced Pimas deficit to 44-36 with 15:32 left. After the Vaqueras went ahead by 11 at 49-38 and 52-41, the Aztecs closed within 55-50 on a drive to the basket by Naderra Carey with 7:49 remaining.

Central tallied eight of the next 10 points to make it 63-52, but Pima rallied again, climbing back to within 67-60 on a three-pointer by Daniels with 2:32 left.

The Vaqueras clinched the victory by scoring eight of the final 13 points.

I think both teams fought very hard, Cardenas said. Im glad this ones over, and well move on to Saturday (when the Vaqueras travel to Eastern Arizona for a 5:30 p.m. matchup against the Gila Monsters).


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  CROATIA - Women  


Vrsaljko underwent knee surgery, Gospic inks Pavetic - by Zeljko Zule
Gospic CO center Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) will miss rest of the season after undergoing left knee surgery. She tore her ACL during a Sunday's game against Radivoj Korac. Vrsaljko averaged 14.2 points (2p 65; 3P 79%), 7.5 rebounds, 0.9. assists, 0.9 steals and 1.6 blocks over 17 Adriatic League games and 13.2 points (2P 61%, FT 88%), 5.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.9 blocks in 10 Euroleague games. Gospic already replaced Vrsaljko with Sena Pavetic (198-C-86).

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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  Frisco Sika
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Eldebrink, Frisco S.20.6 
 2. Milton-Jones, USK P.20.4 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.19.4 
 4. Vlkova, Valosun .17.7 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice17.0 
 6. Halvarsson, Frisco S.16.8 
 7. Misurova, Trutnov15.7 
 8. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.15.3 
 9. Viteckova, USK P.15.2 
 10. Stepanova, VS Praha14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika11.5 
 2. Reisingerova, Strako.11.2 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .9.4 
 4. Skerovic, Frisco Sika8.1 
 5. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.7.8 
 6. Kulichova, USK P.7.7 
 7. Milton-Jones, USK P.7.6 
 8. Sipova, Slovanka.7.6 
 9. Horakova, Hradec K.7.6 
 10. Stepanova, VS Praha7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.6.1 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika5.4 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice5.2 
 4. Johnova, Strakonice3.5 
 5. Kysilkova, Hradec K.3.3 
 6. Viteckova, USK P.2.9 
 7. Whalen, USK Praha2.8 
 8. Eldebrink, Frisco S.2.7 
 9. Hrabakova, Karlovy .2.6 
 10. Milton-Jones, USK P.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.5 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika2.9 
 3. Brantlova, VS Praha2.8 
 4. Johnova, Strakonice2.7 
 5. Uhrova, Strakonice2.7 
 6. Novotna, Slovanka.2.3 
 7. Milton-Jones, USK P.2.2 
 8. Quintana, Pardubice2.1 
 9. Whalen, USK Praha2.0 
 10. Kulichova, USK P.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michaela HARTIGOVA
  Hradec Kralove
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hartigova, Hradec K.1.8 
 2. Kulichova, USK P.1.3 
 3. Milton-Jones, USK P.1.1 
 4. Horakova, Hradec K.1.0 
 5. Vecerova, Valosun .0.9 
 6. Halvarsson, Frisco S.0.8 
 7. Ferancikova, USK P.0.8 
 8. Sipova, Slovanka.0.8 
 9. Novakova, Trutnov0.8 
 10. Stepanova, VS Praha0.8 


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  EUROCUP - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (183-G/F-89)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Dabovic, Dy.21.6 
 2. Mosch, Dy.19.7 
 3. Willingham, Elitzu.19.4 
 4. Carson, SEAT L.19.1 
 5. Sanni, Villeneuve19.0 
 6. Podesvova, MBK R.18.0 
 7. Gaither, Dexia N.17.5 
 8. Williams, Olivais17.4 
 9. Givens, Minsk-200617.2 
 10. Doron, Elitzur Ramla17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simona PODESVOVA
  MBK Ruzomb.
  (186-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Podesvova, MBK R.11.9 
 2. Willingham, Elitzu.11.4 
 3. Stone, Partizan11.0 
 4. Thomas, Villeneuve10.8 
 5. Whitehead, Craiova10.0 
 6. Myasoedova, Dynam.9.9 
 7. Zarytska, Hatis Y.9.8 
 8. Sanni, Villeneuve9.4 
 9. Dennett, Sint K.9.3 
 10. Henry, Mann Filter8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Michelle BRANDAO
  Olivais
  (171-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Brandao, Olivais6.0 
 2. Comtesse, Saarl.5.3 
 3. Bajic, Zeljeznicar5.2 
 4. Aubert, Nantes5.1 
 5. Cherepanova, Cheva.4.8 
 6. Marchanka, Dynamo M.4.8 
 7. Moore, Chevakata4.7 
 8. Kalentzou, Athinaikos4.6 
 9. Dabovic, Dy.4.6 
 10. Milanovich, Spart.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Johanne GOMIS
  Arras
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Gomis, Arras4.1 
 2. Chaney, Hatis Y.3.6 
 3. Wright, Elitzur Ramla3.4 
 4. Gaither, Dexia N.3.2 
 5. Moore, Chevakata3.0 
 6. Dabovic, Dy.2.8 
 7. Carpreaux, Villeneuve2.7 
 8. Tanqueray, Villeneuve2.6 
 9. Cherepanova, Cheva.2.6 
 10. Meesseman, Young C.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalya MYASOEDOVA
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Myasoedova, Dynam.2.6 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly2.0 
 3. Kuzina, Dynamo M.2.0 
 4. Meesseman, Young C.1.9 
 5. Khomenchuk, Goriz.1.7 
 6. Riley, Athinaikos1.7 
 7. Dennett, Sint K.1.5 
 8. Hasper, Gorizont1.3 
 9. Mills, Alges1.3 
 10. Davenport, Cheva.1.2 


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings Div.A (Women)
Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
1. Lithuania0-0
2. Russia0-0
3. Slovakia0-0
4. Turkey0-0
Group B
1. Belarus0-0
2. Czech Repub.0-0
3. U.Kingdom0-0
4. Israel0-0
Group C
1. Spain0-0
2. Montenegro0-0
3. Poland0-0
Group D
1. Croatia0-0
2. France0-0
3. Greece0-0
4. Latvia0-0


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  FRANCE - Women  


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mistie BASS-WILLIAMS
  Challes
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Bass-W., Challes19.4 
 2. Humphrey, Landes17.5 
 3. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.16.6 
 4. Grima, Aix-en-P.16.3 
 5. Mann, Charleville15.9 
 6. Sharp, Mondeville15.8 
 7. Jones, Toulouse14.9 
 8. Dubljevic, Tarbes14.8 
 9. Sanni, Villeneuve14.8 
 10. Covington, Union H.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurelie BONNAN
  Mondeville
  (187-F-83)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Bonnan, Mondeville11.8 
 2. Diawara, Charleville10.8 
 3. Bass-W., Challes9.9 
 4. Humphrey, Landes9.9 
 5. Neaves, Aix-en-P.9.9 
 6. Sanni, Villeneuve9.5 
 7. Kamba, Union H.8.7 
 8. Bales, Union Hainaut8.7 
 9. Matic, Tarbes7.4 
 10. Thomas, Villeneuve7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Natalie HURST
  Aix-en-Provence
  (163-G-83)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Hurst, Aix-en-P.5.3 
 2. Aubert, Nantes5.0 
 3. Lepron, Tarbes4.7 
 4. Manic, Landes4.1 
 5. Bar, Challes4.0 
 6. Tanqueray, Villeneuve4.0 
 7. Sharp, Mondeville3.9 
 8. Mitchell, Arras3.8 
 9. Aubert, Toulouse3.7 
 10. Dubljevic, Tarbes3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Romy BAR
  Challes
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bar, Challes2.9 
 2. Gomis, Arras2.8 
 3. Milovanovic, Toulouse2.1 
 4. Bonnan, Mondeville2.1 
 5. Skrela, Lattes M.2.1 
 6. Cibert, COB Calais2.0 
 7. Poto, Lattes M.2.0 
 8. Bouderra, Charleville1.9 
 9. Hurst, Aix-en-P.1.8 
 10. Lepron, Tarbes1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Emmeline NDONGUE
  Bourges
  (190-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ndongue, Bourges2.1 
 2. Bales, Union Hainaut1.9 
 3. Neaves, Aix-en-P.1.4 
 4. Dowdell, Toulouse0.9 
 5. Bass-W., Challes0.9 
 6. Bonnan, Mondeville0.8 
 7. Jones, Toulouse0.7 
 8. Amant, Arras0.7 
 9. Sy-Diop, Nantes0.7 
 10. Bar, Challes0.7 


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  HOLLAND - Women  


STOL-Grasshoppers shoot Binnenland out of the cup competition - by Eurobasket
What a world of difference with last week. Then we saw a listless STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk aganst a sharp shooting Binnenland. Last night the roles were completely reversed. STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk shot the visitors to pieces with a total of fourteen 3-pointers.
When the jumpball is taken at 21:00, Cleijn Duin is pretty well full. The surprising win in Tubbergen, and the knowledge that this team can win from anyone, has brought in the supporters dispite the cold weather. Even the team and staf from Leiderdorp were again present, to check out who their next opponent in the cup competition will be.
The first score is for Binnenland, and is directly followed by one of Anouk Breels five 3-pointers. After 5 minutes, it looks like a walkover for STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk, but four points in a row by Kelly Versluis bring Binnenland back in the game. Versluis has replaced Leonie Kooij who is sent to the bench with 2 fouls. Kooij is kept under control by Heather Stec (188-F-86, college: Siena) and Eline Kraaijenoord. The other threat, Launa Hochstetler, who played almost the entire 40 minutes, was kept in tone by Missy Mitidiero and Charley Kranstauber. This allowed STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk to take the angle out of Binnenlands plays. Binnenland is able to take a small lead at 16-18, but then its STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk who rule the match. Via a period stand of 27-25 (whereby 12 points from Heather), the home team widens their lead to 55-41 at halftime. The team is alert, and what we havent seen in years, theyre ruling again under the boards. The period ends with four 3-pointers in a row by Anouk and Missy, and a free throw by Karin Kuijt who scores 11 points in the first half.
In the third quarter, STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk sometimes give away a big lead, but not tonight. Even though Binnenland begins with 4 points in a row, STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk hold a lead of about 12 points until the 5th minute. Then the visitors seem to come back in the game by scoring 7 points in a row, but STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk have a direct answer. Heather via the free throw line, a bomb from Charley, and an backward layup by Eline help lift STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk to a 68-56 lead. The fighting spirit and will to win is clear in this period. Missy first blocks a shot by Hochstetler, and later dives to the ground for a loose ball. Karin fights to keep Willemijn Kallenberg out of the match, and Ingrid and Julia dont give an inch on the inside.
The final conclusion is entirely for Katwijk, via 5 (!) bombs in a row they bring Binnenland to their knees. Even Hochstetler is missing her shots. A time-out doesnt help the visitors, and STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk take a maximum lead of 22 points. With 2 minutes left, Heather goes to the bench with loud applaus from the spectators. Willemijn Kallenberg and Natalie van den Adel manage a few scores for Binnenland, but the match is played. STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk win decisively from a top team and advance to the semi finales. The match ends at 93-77.
Scores:
Heather Stec (24 points, 17rebounds), Anouk Breel (19 points, 5 out of 10 3-pt), Missy Mitidiero (19 points, 5 out of 8 3-pt), Karin Kuijt (16 points).

Next Tuesday at 20:15 the cup competition continues, but then against Leiderdorp.
Next Saturday is the last home game of the regular competition at 20:15 against Lekdetec.nl.



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  HUNGARY - Women  


Best players of Hungarian A round 21 - by Eurobasket News
American Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for SEAT Lami and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 22-year old center had a double-double of 25 points and eleven rebounds, while her team outclassed Bajai NKK (#8, 8-11) with 35-point margin 77-42. SEAT Lami maintains the 3rd position in Hungarian A. They are still close to the very top. SEAT Lami would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-3 record. Hollingsworth just recently signed at SEAT Lami, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Quanitra Hollingsworth averages this season 18.5ppg and 10.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Latvian center Zane Tamane (200-C-83) of second-ranked MKB Euroleasing Sopron. Tamane impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Of course she lead MKB Euroleasing Sopron to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Cegledi EKK (#12, 1-18) 108-47. MKB Euroleasing Sopron's second position in the standings has not changed. Her team belongs to top of the standings with 18-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Tamane is a newcomer at MKB Euroleasing Sopron 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 15.5ppg (#4). She also registered 7.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Linda Karasz (187-F/C-86) of BEAC-Ujbuda (#13). Karasz scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Karasz's great performance BEAC lost 56-79 to the higher-ranked Szeged (#6, 12-8). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. BEAC can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-19 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Karasz she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Karasz has a very solid season. In 18 games in Hungary she scored 8.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Danielle Page (188-F-86) of ZTE - 24 points and 5 rebounds
5. Judit Szelesy (184-F-78) of ZTE - 18 points and 7 rebounds
6. Anett Serban (185-C-85) of Szolnok - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Danielle Page (188-F-86) of ZTE - 24 points and 8 rebounds
8. Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76) of Pecs 2010 - 10 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) of Pecs 2010 - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Amber Holt (183-G/F-85) of MKB Eurol. - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  LATVIA - Women  


Best players of Latvian LSBL round 15 - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Anda Eibele (170-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader TTT Riga and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 26-year old guard had the game-high 38 points adding seven rebounds and seven assists for TTT Riga in her team's victory, helping them to outclass Liepajas (#7, 2-14) with 66-point margin 123-57. It allowed TTT Riga to consolidate first place in the Latvian LSBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and TTT Riga still have not lost a single game, getting all 17 victories. In the team's last game Eibele had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's her second year at TTT Riga and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Eibele has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (6th best: 15.6ppg) and averages solid 3.2spg,62.5% FGP and 41.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young swingman Ieva Krastina (176-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) of second-ranked LU. Krastina impressed basketball fans with 38 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course she lead LU to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Cesis (#8, 2-16) 82-52. LU's second position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost just three games this season, while they won 15 matches. Krastina is one of the most experienced players at LU and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.3ppg (#1). Her other stats are also decent: 7.5rpg and 3.9apg.

The third best performed player last round was another TTT Riga's star - international forward Dita Krumberga (183-F-84). Krumberga got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. She went also for eleven rebounds and four assists. She was another key player of TTT Riga, helping her team with a 90-50 easy win against the lower-ranked Daugavpils (#6, 4-14). TTT Riga have amazing season winning all 17 games without a single defeat. Krumberga turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Krumberga has a great season in Latvia. After 17 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Liga Surkusa (192-C-91) of TTT Juniores - 13 points and 21 rebounds
5. Lina Lisnere (192-F/C-86) of Cesis - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84) of TTT Riga - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Inese Bundule (195-C-82) of Cesis - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Ieva Veinberga (180-F-84) of TTT Riga - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) of TTT Riga - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Zane Jakobsone (180-F-85) of Cesis - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 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)


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. Staugaitiene, TTT R.2.8 
 9. Kazakevica, Dauga.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. Vitola, RTU-Merks0.8 
 10. Egle, Daugavpils0.8 


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


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. Kvederaviciu., Laisve2.5 
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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  ROMANIA - Women  


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. Diacona, Rapid4.3 
 3. Ciocan, ICIM A.4.3 
 4. Tarta, Craiova3.9 
 5. Cutas, Iasi3.8 
 6. Budean, Timisoara3.1 
 7. Sipos, Craiova3.0 
 8. Boriga, ICIM A.3.0 
 9. Otrocol, Brasov2.7 
 10. Pavel, Rapid2.7 
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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  SCOTLAND - Women  


Standings - Women
National Standings
 1. Glasgow Rocks 9-1 
 2. Edinburgh KK 7-2 
 3. Polonia Phoenix 7-2 
 4. St.Mirren RKC 2-6 
 5. Clark Eriksson 1-7 
 6. Grampian LF 0-8 
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National League Round 17: Edinburgh Kool Kats defeat St.Mirren RKC - 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. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

An interesting game for Edinburgh Kool Kats (7-2) which played road game in St Mirren against 4th placed St.Mirren RKC (2-6). Second ranked Edinburgh Kool Kats had an easy win 74-34. Edinburgh Kool Kats have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-2 record having just three points less than leader Glasgow Rocks, which they share with Polonia Phoenix. St.Mirren RKC at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Edinburgh Kool Kats will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. St.Mirren RKC will play at home against Polonia Phoenix (#3) in Edinburgh and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Grampian Lady Flyers is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to third ranked Polonia Phoenix (7-2) 78-42. Polonia Phoenix moved-up to second place, which they share with Edinburgh KK. Grampian Lady Flyers at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Polonia Phoenix will play against St.Mirren RKC (#4) in St Mirren in the next round. Grampian Lady Flyers will play at home against the league's leader Glasgow Rocks and hope to get finally their first victory.



Grampian LF - Polonia Phoenix 42-78

Bottom-ranked Grampian Lady Flyers is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to third ranked Polonia Phoenix (7-2) 78-42. Polonia Phoenix moved-up to second place, which they share with Edinburgh KK. Grampian Lady Flyers at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Polonia Phoenix will play against St.Mirren RKC (#4) in St Mirren in the next round. Grampian Lady Flyers will play at home against the league's leader Glasgow Rocks and hope to get finally their first victory.
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St.Mirren RKC - Edinburgh KK 34-74

An interesting game for Edinburgh Kool Kats (7-2) which played road game in St Mirren against 4th placed St.Mirren RKC (2-6). Second ranked Edinburgh Kool Kats had an easy win 74-34. Edinburgh Kool Kats have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-2 record having just three points less than leader Glasgow Rocks, which they share with Polonia Phoenix. St.Mirren RKC at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Edinburgh Kool Kats will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. St.Mirren RKC will play at home against Polonia Phoenix (#3) in Edinburgh and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Gabrovsek's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old center Ajda Gabrovsek (188-C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Odeja KED Skofja Loka and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
She had a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds, while her team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Domzale (#11, 0-14) with 39-point margin 62-23. Odeja KED maintains the 8th position in Slovenian SKL. Odeja KED is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-10 record. Gabrovsek has many years of experience at Odeja KED, through which he has constantly improved. Gabrovsek has impressive league stats. She leads league in rebounds with 12.6rpg. Gabrovsek

Second best performed player last round was Teja Oblak (172-G-90) of league's second-best Hit Kranjska Gora. She is international guard in her second season at Hit K.Gora. In the last game Oblak recorded impressive 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course she lead Hit K.Gora to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Merkur Celje (#1, 16-2) 85-60. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Hit K.Gora consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. She plays for the best team in the league and Hit K.Gora managed to win all 15 games keeping perfect record. Oblak is well-known at Hit K.Gora and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.2ppg (#1). Her other stats are also decent: 4.6rpg and 3.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Katja Spacapan (187-F-87) of Triglav Vadoli Kranj (#5). Spacapan showcased her all-around game by recording 18 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. She was a key player of Triglav, leading her team to a 103-45 easy win against the lower-ranked Kozmetika Afr. (#10, 1-15). Triglav needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Spacapan has a very solid season. In 14 games in Slovenia she scored 6.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ziva Zdolsek (178-G-89) of Triglav - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) of Hit K.Gora - 25 points and 6 rebounds
6. Martina Dover (177-G-86) of AJM Maribor - 23 points and 7 rebounds
7. Urska Zibert (174-G-93) of Triglav - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ajsa Zdovc (183-C-91) of GVT Konjice - 16 points and 5 rebounds
9. Urska Cuk (167-G-86) of Triglav - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vesna Lesnjak (192-C-90) of Triglav - 9 points and 13 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit K.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Oblak, Hit K.Gora21.4 
 2. Komplet, Hit K.19.0 
 3. Kure, AJM Maribor18.6 
 4. Turcinovic, Merkur C.17.5 
 5. Mikic, Grosuplje17.0 
 6. Baric, Merkur C.16.8 
 7. Baltic, AJM M.14.6 
 8. Dover, AJM Maribor14.6 
 9. Oblak, Odeja KED14.3 
 10. Skof, Ilrija14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja KED
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.12.6 
 2. Turcinovic, Merkur C.11.4 
 3. Skof, Ilrija9.6 
 4. Macura, Jezica8.7 
 5. Ljubenovic, Triglav7.9 
 6. Zdolsek, Triglav7.8 
 7. Vene, Ilrija7.6 
 8. Baltic, AJM M.7.6 
 9. Furman, AJM M.7.4 
 10. Klancnik, GVT K.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  Merkur Celje
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Baric, Merkur C.5.9 
 2. Oberc, Ilrija4.4 
 3. Panic, Hit K.Gora4.3 
 4. Jurse, Kozmetik.3.7 
 5. Oblak, Hit K.Gora3.6 
 6. Duric, Triglav3.1 
 7. Abramovic, Merkur C.3.1 
 8. Kolman, Grosuplje2.8 
 9. Zdolsek, Triglav2.8 
 10. Baltic, AJM M.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Klavdija OBLAK
  Odeja KED
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Oblak, Odeja KED4.0 
 2. Abramovic, Merkur C.3.4 
 3. Gabrovsek, Jezica2.7 
 4. Rupnik, Jezica2.6 
 5. Oberc, Ilrija2.6 
 6. Zalar, Ilrija2.6 
 7. Oblak, Hit K.Gora2.5 
 8. Zupancic, Grosuplje2.5 
 9. Bosilj, Merkur Celje2.4 
 10. Dover, AJM Maribor2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja KED
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.1.0 
 2. Pavli, Jezica0.8 
 3. Baltic, AJM M.0.7 
 4. Klancnik, GVT K.0.7 
 5. Gjerkes, Grosuplje0.6 
 6. Srot, GVT Konjice0.6 
 7. Zdovc, GVT Konjice0.5 
 8. Macura, Jezica0.5 
 9. Furman, AJM M.0.5 
 10. Lesjak, Domzale0.4 


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  SPAIN - Women  


Aneika Henry claims Spanish LFB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Aneika Henry (191-C-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Mann Filter Zaragoza and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 24-year old center had a double-double of 18 points and ten rebounds, while her team edged out Rivas Ecopolis (#4, 11-5) 61-58. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Mann Filter is placed at 3rd position in Spanish LFB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mann Filter will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Henry as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Aneika Henry averages this season 9.0ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young international forward Alba Torrens (184-F-89) of league's best team Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca. Torrens impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course she lead Perfumerias to another comfortable win 73-58 over the lower-ranked Olesa (#12, 4-12) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Perfumerias to move up to 1st position in the standings. Her team belongs to top of the standings with 15-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Torrens is well-known by Perfumerias fans and she already established her position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca's star - Vincentian center Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83). Lyttle scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She was another key player of Perfumerias, helping her team with a 73-58 easy win against the lower-ranked Olesa (#12, 4-12). Many experts and fans count Perfumerias as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 15 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Lyttle has a great season in Spain. After 14 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.4ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.1rpg (6th best). She also has 2.3spg and FGP: 58.6%. Sancho Lyttle has also Spanish passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cindy Lima (192-C-81) of Ros Casares - 11 points and 11 rebounds
5. Paula Palomares (170-G-84) of Navarra - 19 points and 5 assists
6. Natasha Lacy (178-G-85) of Hondar.-Irun - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Demetress Adams (193-F-87) of Extrugasa - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Maria Ylenia Manzanares (175-G-83) of Extrugasa - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Laura Garcia (175-G-81) of Cadi la Seu - 21 points and 5 rebounds

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


Quarterfinals of the Eurocup begin for Mann Filter and Gran Canaria - by Julio Santafe
Mann Filter receive Sony Athinaikos at home, the reigning champion in this European competition and current leader of the Greek league unbeaten with 12 victories. Team coach Victor Lapena thinks about Greek squad that 'after receiving the Cup Champion We receive now the Champion of the Eurocup, a team with players that are the major base of Greek National Team as well as international figures such as Ruth Riley (196-C-79, college: Notre Dame) or Marina Kress (192-C-80, agency: SIG) we know very well from their stay in Spain.'

Lapena also believes that, 'it's a nice opportunity to see a good game, where Mann Filter must overcome themselves and make a very serious match, where a win would give us an extra motivation to face the back one in Greek lands. To do this, besides being thoroughly prepared, we again ask for public support helped us so much in the last away win against Rivas Ecopolis.'

Moreover, the Gran Canaria travel to Israel to play against Elitzur Ramla, just eliminate the Dynamo Moscow who defeated in two games and current leader of Israelian national league. In the Hebrew squad, the star is an old well-known of the Spanish fans, Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn), former player of Halcon Avenida, who is averaging 19 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, besides accumulating 0.4 steals per game.

At least, players coached by Mingo Diaz, a former national coach and 'alma mater' of this Canarian team. have the advantage of winning the second match at home. The Canary squad reach this round after beating Polish team of Energa Torun on the road with a great performance of veteran Rosi Sanchez (176-G-74), well helped by Nicole Michael (188-G-87, college: Syracuse) and Patricia Arguello (178-F-87).



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  TURKEY - Women  


Frazee number one in Turkey for round 15 - by Eurobasket News
American swingman Megan Frazee (191-G/F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Botasspor Adana, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds, while her team edged out Ceyhan Bld (#9, 5-10) in overtime 80-78. Botas is placed at 5th position in Turkish TKBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Botas will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. Frazee turned to be Botas' top player in her first season with the team. Former Liberty University star has very solid stats this year. Frazee is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.8ppg), rebounds (7th best: 8.5rpg) and averages impressive 54.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81) of Tarsus Bld. Pierson had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Tarsus Bld cruised to a 91-84 overtime win over slightly lower-ranked Samsun (#7, 6-9). Tarsus Bld's 6th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pierson is a newcomer at Tarsus Bld, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.1ppg (#4). She also registered 8.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Julie McBride (165-G-82) of Ceyhan Bld (#9). McBride got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. She went also for six assists. Despite McBride's great performance Ceyhan Bld lost 78-80in overtime to the higher-ranked Botas (#5, 9-6). But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Ceyhan Bld not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, McBride could try to bring Ceyhan Bld's a little bit higher in the standings. McBride has individually a great season in Turkey. After 12 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (8th best) and assists with 5.4apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aisha Mohammed (191-C-85) of Ceyhan Bld - 17 points and 21 rebounds
5. La Tanya White (170-G-82) of Burhaniye Bld - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ashley Paris (191-F-87) of Istanbul Univ. - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kasha Terry (191-F/C-83) of Alanya BLD - 20 points and 10 rebounds
8. Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88) of Alanya BLD - 17 points and 10 rebounds
9. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85) of Galatasaray - 15 points and 12 rebounds
10. LaToya Thomas (188-F-81) of Burhaniye Bld - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  USBA - Women  


Schwinn Bicycle to supply bicycles for WUSBA basketball promotions in 2011 - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (February 3, 2011)---The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA), Pacific Cycle and Schwinn Bicycle have agreed to name Schwinn Bicycle the official league bicycle supplier and vendor for the WUSBA 2011 basketball season. 'We are pleased with this relationship and we are confident in the proven reliability of Schwinn Bicycle products to provide our fans with the one of the highest quality bikes in the marketplace'.

'We're very excited to be part of the WUSBA, their youth programs, and with their basketball teams', noted Schwinn Bicycle spokesperson, John Riggs. 'What counts here is supplying the league with the best bikes available, today. We love the sport of basketball and with this partnership with the WUSBA; we're fired up about introducing more fans to the sport of cycling.' 'Cycling is a great way to keep muscles and tendons in the lower leg and the small of the back toned and firm. Basketball and cycling are a perfect fit'.

Schwinns presence in consumer of cycling is legendary. The partnership between the WUSBA and Schwinn Bicycle was forged after an extensive search for a company to supply the league with quality bicycles. The Alden Group Holding Company LLC, parent company of the WUSBA approached Schwinn in November 2009 with a partnership proposal. After a deal with Trek Bicycle fell through. Trek originally was to partner with the WUSBA to supply bicycles to the league. The WUSBA and Trek mutually decided to end negotiations. No other information on the failed proposal was made available.

'Schwinn bicycle has been around since the late 1900's, we knew that we wanted them to be apart of our team', noted Duane Jenkins, WUSBA's President and Chief Executive Officer. 'We didn't want to jump into a partnership with just any team; we are very sure that this relationship is the right move for and the WUSBA. When we approached Schwinn about a partnership, we realized that the opportunity to work with this company was too good to pass up. It's no secret that theyve enjoyed tremendous success, and they've demonstrated time and time again that they are one of the best in recreational cycling'.

'It was an easy decision to partner with this cycling company,' Jenkins said when WUSBA officially announced their acquisition of the partnership. 'We, think our fans will be excited as cycling has always been apart of a very important part of physical fitness, we believe this agreement will help significantly increase the sport of cycling in our team cities.' Jenkins continued.

The Schwinn bikes will be featured in the WUSBAs season ticket, single ticket and halftime give away promotions. The league will give away 450 bicycles to fans during their 2011 Season Ticket Extravaganza and then repeat the giveaway during the leagues 2011 Single Ticket Extravaganza in which the league will again give away an additional 450 bicycles to the fans at season end. The giveaways are sponsored by the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) company. Schwinn will sponsor a series of halftime promotions implemented by all teams in the league in which bicycles will be given away to fans during the games.

'I'm very happy to have Schwinn as a sponsor and a vendor of the league and our basketball teams. Schwinn offers high-performance high quality bikes that look awesome. Most importantly, I know we can trust its reliability as they have dealers ready to offer superior customer service in all our cities.' All the major retailers carry their products, Wal Mart, Dicks Sorting Goods and Toys R Us,' you cant go wrong being associated with a product sold by these giants, said Jenkins

About Pacific Cycle, Inc -- a division of Dorel Industries, Inc., a global leader in branded consumer products. Pacific Cycle designs, markets and distributes high quality bicycles and other recreational products around the world. Pacific Cycle products a wide range of brands including Schwinn, Mongoose, In Step, Schwinn Motorsport, BMW, Roadmaster, Pacific Dyno and Power Ride.

About Schwinn Bicycle Company -- was founded by Ignaz Schwinn in Chicago, Illinois in 1895. Pacific Cycle purchased Schwinn in 2001.

About WUSBA -- Established in 2010, the Womens United States Basketball Association is an AAA womens professional minor division basketball league. The league has twenty teams divided into four divisions. The league is designed to showcase basketball players for the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) and international professional leagues. The league is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The regular season runs from June 8, 2011, through August 27, 2011. Teams play a twenty eight game schedule. There is an All Star game scheduled for the third week of July 2011 as well as a championship playoff series at season end. Elite players can be catapulted to enjoy further opportunities in the WNBA as well as exposure to other professional leagues from around the world.