EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/6/2011

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 13-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. NY Prime Time 1-4 
 4. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 5. Texas RR 0-1 
 6. Shizuoka Gym. 0-3 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 18-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 5-4 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Louisiana U. 1-4 
 5. Cypress 0-0 
 6. Houston R.S. 0-5 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Seven Cities 11-0 
 2. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 3. Charlotte 0-0 
 4. College Park 0-0 
 5. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Georgia K. 0-0 
NoCal
 1. E.Bay Pitbulls 11-4 
 2. Bay Area M. 9-5 
 3. Sacramento H. 8-4 
 4. California SK 8-5 
 5. Modesto H. 7-7 
 6. S.Francisco R. 5-3 
 7. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 10-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 7-3 
 3. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 4. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 5. Indianapolis 0-0 
 6. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 7. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
 8. NWI M.Stars 0-3 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 3-1 
 2. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 3. NY Thunder 0-0 
 4. S.Jersey 0-0 
 5. Tri-City Suns 0-0 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 11-1 
SoCal
 1. San Diego Sol 10-3 
 2. Las Vegas A. 9-1 
 3. San Diego S. 8-5 
 4. LA Slam 6-6 
 5. Compton C. 0-0 
 6. Mid-Valley 0-0 
 7. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 8. Riverside R. 0-1 
 9. SoCal Swish 0-3 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 12-0 
 2. Columbus Diesel 5-3 
 3. St. Louis 2-1 
 4. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 5. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 6. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 14-0 
 2. Savannah Storm 10-3 
 3. Columbus Life 4-0 
 4. Bahama PS 0-0 
 5. Florida M. 0-0 
 6. Florida Th. 0-0 
 7. Heartland P. 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 12-4 
 2. North Dallas 10-6 
 3. Oklahoma 8-3 
 4. West Texas W. 8-5 
 5. N.Texas F. 1-4 
 6. Dallas Impact 0-0 


First loss for the Aces - by Gianni Pascucci
The San Diego Sol prevailed, 111-86 over the Las Vegas Aces yesterday night in San Diego, in a 'battle for the supremacy' in SoCal Divison. Keoni Watson (5'10''-G-84, college: Idaho) scored 26 points and grabbed 2 rebounds to lead the way in Sol, Richard Williams (5'10''-G-87, college: San Diego St.) added 24 pts, 7 rebs and 5 assists and Greg Clark (6'7''-F-78, college: Washington) 21 pts, 6 rebs and 5 assists at the winning side. Lou Kelly (6'5''-G/F-79, college: UNLV) confirned his great scoring skills topping the Aces with 28 pts in losing effort, Ariece Perkins (5'10''-G) and Demario Butler (6'3''-G/F-85, college: Azusa Pacific) scored 15 points apiece in Las Vegas. This was the first loss in season for the Aces, but they can take their revenge tonight, in another meeting with the Sol at Alliant University Gym.

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  ARGENTINA   


Penarol edge Flamengo in Veracruz - by Eurobasket News
Penarol - Flamengo 90:76

Liga Americas defending champions Penarol stayed in the race for the tournaments Final Four appearance. They knocked down Flamengo in the second round of action in Group E. Penarol are now at 1-1 record, while Flamengo fell at 0-2. Penarol will take on Halcones Rojos, while Flamengo will face Capitanes de Arecibo on the final day of action in Veracruz.
Marcos Mata ensured a quick start for Penarol. He chipped in 8 points in the first period as the Argentinean side grabbed a 19:17 lead. Penarol kept on clearing off in the second term but Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) unloaded 7 points of his own late in the half to drag Flamengo within 4 points 33:37. Penarol however kept pushing as they boosted the gap to 12 points in the third term. Flamengo could not recover in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) knocked down 27 points to pace Penarol. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) added 20 points in the victory. Marcelinho Machado responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds for Flamengo. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) delivered 16 points in defeat.

Penarol: Leonardo Gutierrez 27, Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez 20, Kyle Lamonte 16
Flamengo: Marcelinho Machado 25, Eduardo Machado 16



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  BAHRAIN   


Manama lead in basketball finals - by Yousef Ahmed
MANAMA drew first blood in the Zain Bahrain Basketball Cup finals last night, defeating bitter rivals Al Ahli 96-85 at Zain Arena in Um Al Hassam, The victors relied on a total team effort to come away with the game one victory and take an early 1-0 advantage in the best-of-three championship series. American professional Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami (FL)) led Manama's balanced attack with 27 points 11 rebounds, while sharp-shooting two-guard Mohammed Hassan contributed a solid 20 points and 5 assist. Manama now hope to close out the series and lift the Cup with a victory in game two on Tuesday. The tie will be played at the same venue. It is scheduled for a 6.30pm tip-off.

A Manama victory would give them back the coveted title which they lost last year to Muharraq. They have won four of the previous five editions of the annual tournament before then. An Ahli win, on the other hand, would force the winner-take-all rubber match, currently set for Saturday next week, if necessary. 'We are very pleased with this victory,' Manama assistant coach Ahmed Najat told the GDN last night. Najat played a key role for the winners supporting head coach Jason Rabedeaux (agency: Edge Sports ) from the US. 'We allowed our players to celebrate a little bit tonight, but we will all be going back to work tomorrow. 'We played a great game today; I think we ran it the way we had planned. But like we told our guys, tomorrow is a new day, and even though we won this first game, we have not accomplished anything yet. 'We are only half-way to where we want to be, and everybody must stay focused on what we have to do next, which is to win the next game. 'Our players are confident and are looking forward to the challenge, but of course we cannot guarantee who will win. We will just have to wait and see what will happen.'

Manama came out firing in the first quarter and raced to a 25-16 lead at the end of the period. Rice and Hassan helped them get off to their strong start, scoring nine and seven points, respectively, in the opening 10 minutes. Manama continued their fine play and held a comfortable 49-37 advantage at the half-time. Hassan Nairooz got in on the action, burying three triples in the quarter. In the third period, Manama continued from where they left off, and managed to extend their lead even further to a mammoth 75-51 cushion.
Ahli had no answer from there, and despite outscoring their rivals 34-21 in the final quarter, could not mount a comeback that threatened the winners. Mohammed Qurban had a fine shooting effort in the last canto to help lead Ahli's fight. He made five three-pointers in the period, but his efforts were not enough. Mahmood Ghuloom chipped in with 14 points in the win for Manama, who finished with five players in double figures. National Star Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, agency: Low Country Sports, college: Broward CC) with 11 points 10 rebounds and 5 steals showing no mercy in defense and Nairooz had 11 points from the bench, while pointguard Ahmed Abdulaziz scored nine showing leadeship through out the game.


Sayed Hashim led Ahli with 21 points. Maytham Jameel scored 18, while Qurban and American import Marquin Chandler (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) had 15 apiece, and Abdulla Al Khaja 12.

Source GDN Posted on Saturday, February 05, 2011




Ahli in Finals - by Yousef Ahmed
AL AHLI booked their berth in the finals of the Zain Bahrain Basketball Cup, following an 86-83 win over Manama last night at Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam. Manama had no answer for American import Marquin Chandler (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) who scored 43 points and guided Al Ahli to a thrilling victory while handling Manama their first-ever cup defeat of the season. Al Ahli, being coached by Kuwaiti Faisal Buressli , had great performances from Maytham Jameel, Mohammed Qurban, Hussain Shaker, and Hashim Habib.

Manama were relying on their American import Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami (FL)), who however, was unable to maintain his outstanding form during the team's previous two games against Sitra and Muharraq averaging +30 points and 14 rebounds. He was Manama's top scorer with 21 points but was dominated by Ahli's professional.

Manama, coached by Jason Rabedeaux (agency: Edge Sports ) of the US, were also banking on experienced local players like Mahmood Ghuloom, Ahmed Abdulaziz, Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, agency: Low Country Sports, college: Broward CC), Mohammed Hassan, Mohammed Najaf, Hassan Naorooz and Bader Abdulla. Having already secured their place in the finals, Manama headed into this game with confidence starting the game on a high note, taking the lead in the early stages of an action-packed encounter.
Al Ahli gradually came back and turned the scores around in the third quarter which ended in their favor 72-73 with Theos and Habib scoring from all over the court at will dominating Manama's defense.


The fourth and deciding quarter saw Manama cut Al Ahli's lead to one point thanks to Bahraini star Ahmed Al Mutawa who single handed brought back Manama scoring 8 consecutive points. ALmutawa had 19 points and 12 rebounds shooting 3 for 3 from beyond the arc.
Excitement mounted later on and with less than three minutes remaining in the game and both teams tied up, Al Manama had 1 flagrant foul and a technical due to poor defense and Ahli took advantage of two free throws from Jameel and one from Habib. Al Ahli won and booked a slot in the finals.


These same teams will face again in the finals next week Ahli being the favorite and defending League champions, Manama might be facing some suspensions due to inappropriate behavior towards the referees at the end of regulation.





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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale18.8 
 3. Osby, TT.18.6 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas16.7 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.7 
 6. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja16.3 
 8. Sirvydis, Sakalai15.5 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 10. Parakhouski, VEF R.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Osby, TT.11.5 
 2. Kieza, Juventus10.3 
 3. Valeika, Valmiera9.2 
 4. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.5 
 5. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.5 
 6. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.8.4 
 7. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.8.0 
 10. Cukinas, Aiscai K.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis6.0 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.3 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.2 
 4. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 5. Kriisa, TT.4.8 
 6. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.7 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 8. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.6 
 9. Viskontas, Perlas4.6 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gintaras LEONAVICIUS
  Techasas
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Leonavicius, Techa.2.7 
 2. Dorbek, Rakvere2.2 
 3. Dainys, Rudupis2.0 
 4. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 6. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 7. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja1.9 
 9. Leppik, TU/Rock1.9 
 10. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.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.1.9 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.6 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.4 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 8. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 
 9. Osby, TT.1.1 
 10. Cipruss, Valmiera1.0 


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. TU/Rock 12-5 
 4. Nevezis 11-5 
 5. Rudupis 11-7 
 6. Siauliai 10-8 
 7. Kalev/Cramo 9-8 
 8. Perlas 8-10 
 9. Norrkoping 6-9 
 10. Liepaja 5-11 
 11. TTU/Kalev 4-15 
 12. Valmiera 1-18 
Challenge Cup
 1. Aiscai Kaunas 6-2 
 2. Juventus 5-3 
 3. Techasas 5-3 
 4. Neptunas 4-4 
 5. Zemgale 3-5 
 6. Alytus Alita 1-7 


Raimonds Vaikulis joins Rakvere - by Eurobasket News
Rakvere brought reinforcement to their backcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Raimonds Vaikulis (191-G-80). The guard has already debuted for Rakvere. He tallied 19 points, 2 boards and 2 assists helping Rakvere topple Parnu 81:76 on the road.
Raimonds Vaikulis started the season in Mykolaiv. He tallied 1.0 point and 0.6 boards per game in the Ukrainian Superleague. Later the guard moved to Liepajas Lauvas. There Raimonds Vaikulis notched 13.4 points, 4.1 boards and 3.0 assists in LBL. In Baltic League his stats read 13.6 points, 4.4 boards and 3.0 assists per appearance. Raimonds Vaikulis used to play in Latvia, Russia, Belgium. He played for Latvia at the 2007 EuroBasket in Spain.



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  BRAZIL   


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


Penarol edge Flamengo in Veracruz - by Eurobasket News
Penarol - Flamengo 90:76

Liga Americas defending champions Penarol stayed in the race for the tournaments Final Four appearance. They knocked down Flamengo in the second round of action in Group E. Penarol are now at 1-1 record, while Flamengo fell at 0-2. Penarol will take on Halcones Rojos, while Flamengo will face Capitanes de Arecibo on the final day of action in Veracruz.
Marcos Mata ensured a quick start for Penarol. He chipped in 8 points in the first period as the Argentinean side grabbed a 19:17 lead. Penarol kept on clearing off in the second term but Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) unloaded 7 points of his own late in the half to drag Flamengo within 4 points 33:37. Penarol however kept pushing as they boosted the gap to 12 points in the third term. Flamengo could not recover in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) knocked down 27 points to pace Penarol. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) added 20 points in the victory. Marcelinho Machado responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds for Flamengo. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) delivered 16 points in defeat.

Penarol: Leonardo Gutierrez 27, Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez 20, Kyle Lamonte 16
Flamengo: Marcelinho Machado 25, Eduardo Machado 16



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  CANADA   


Lions' late comeback falls short against Gee-Gees - by Eurobasket News
Warren Ward earned a double-double on 26 points and 10 rebounds and the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees held off a late comeback to defeat the York University Lions by a score of 88-83 in men's basketball on Friday (Feb. 4) at Tait McKenzie Centre.

Lions' forward Stefan Haynes (208-F) (North York, Ont.) led all scorers with 28 points. Kenneth Buchanan (185-G) (Toronto) was second in team scoring with 13 points.

The Lions (8-10) controlled the floor in the first quarter and led by as many as eight points in the frame. After the Gee-Gees (9-9) went on a late scoring run, Lions' rookie guard Jordon Campbell (Niagara Falls, Ont.) put up four points in the dying minutes of the quarter to send his squad into the break with a 23-18 lead.

Things were much different in the second. After increasing their lead to nine to open the quarter, the Lions went cold from the field and the Gee-Gees capitalized. Led by Jacob Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto), the Gee-Gees went on a 10-0 run and took over the lead at 32-31.

David Tyndale (180-G) (Mississauga, Ont.) ended the Gee-Gees' run with two free throws, but the Gee-Gees continued to press, and both teams traded leads for the remainder of the frame. The lead changed hands seven times in a fast-paced, back-and-forth quarter.

Led by four points from Louis Gauthier (Ottawa), the Gee-Gees went on a 6-0 run to end the quarter and took a 44-40 lead into halftime.

The Gee-Gees continued to roll in the third. Despite an impressive offensive sequence in the opening minutes of the quarter that saw Haynes score four points and cut the Gee-Gees' lead to just one, the Gee-Gees maintained their composure and put together a lengthy run to go ahead 65-56. Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa) scored five points on the run and Ward (London, Ont.) scored four.

Haynes scored six points to end the quarter, cutting the Gee-Gees lead to 67-63 heading into the fourth.

In the fourth, Haynes showed he has some range to his game. He scored eight points, including two three-pointers, in the opening minutes of the quarter to tie the game at 72-72.

Justin Bell (198-F) (Mississauga, Ont.) and Campbell followed up Haynes's run with seven combined points of their own, putting the Lions up 79-78 near the midway point of the quarter.

The Gee-Gees, however, retook the lead shortly after and held off the surging Lions in the dying minutes for the win. Led by Ward, the Gee-Gees went on a 10-4 run to end the quarter and won the game comfortably by five points.

With the loss, the Lions drop from third to fifth in the OUA East. Prior to tonight's game, the Lions were tied with the Gee-Gees and Ryerson Rams for third with 16 points, but they now trail the Gee-Gees by two.

The Lions split the season series with the Gee-Gees 1-1. The two teams do not meet again this season.

The Lions have four games remaining this season and will be in action again on Saturday (Feb. 5) when they host the undefeated Carleton Ravens (18-0) at Tait McKenzie Centre. Tip off goes at 8pm.

By Cody Powell, sport writing assistant
Courtesy of: www.yorkulions.ca


Brock Men's Basketball falls to Mustangs 70-69 - by Eurobasket News
LONDON, Ont. - The Brock University men's basketball team (8-9 OUA West) dropped a 70-69 decision to the Western Mustangs (8-9 OUA West) Thursday night on the road.

Western led 22-10 with 7:36 left in the second quarter, before Brock put together a 16-4 run over the next seven minutes tying the game 26-26 with 40 seconds remaining in the half. The Mustangs Andrew Wedemire (198-G/F) would knock down two frees throws with 17 seconds remaining leading 28-26 after 20 minutes.

In the third quarter both teams would exchange baskets with the game tied 50-50 going into the fourth.

To open the fourth, Western would go on a 7-0 run to go up 57-50 with seven minutes remaining.

With the score 68-66, with less than 15 seconds remaining, the Mustangs Ryan Barbeau would knock down two free throws for the four-point lead 70-66.

Brock senior Andrew Kraus (Markham, Ont.) would then knock down a clutch three-pointer with 5.5 seconds remaining to make it 70-69.

Barbeau would give the Badgers one more chance missing both free throws in the dying seconds, but a desperation shot would not fall as the Badgers dropped their second one point game on the road in 2011.

Brock had three players in double figures led by senior Mike Cruickshank (183-G) (Toronto, Ont.) who recorded a game high 23 points including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. Kraus and senior Andrew Ferguson (St. Catharines, Ont.) both added 13 points each in the loss.

Leading the Mustangs was Wedemire who recorded 22 points and eight rebounds. Barbeau contributed with 18 points and seven rebounds. Peter Scholtes and Marcus Bennett added 12 and 10 points respectively in the victory.

Western doubled up the Badgers from the charity going 24-for-30 (80.0%) to the Badgers 11-for-14 (78.6%). The Mustangs shot 38.5% (20-for-52) from the field while the Badgers shot just 33.8% going 25-for-74.

Brock was once again without junior forward Mark Gibson (Toronto, Ont.)

The Badgers next action is Saturday, February 5th at 3:00 pm when they host the McMaster Marauders at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.
Courtesy of: www.gobadgers.ca


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


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  CYPRUS   


Frangias looses again - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
In his 1st game on Apollon's bench Vasilis Fragias was crushed from Gabriel's Ael 78-53.

Ael has now advanced to the cup final where it will battle against the winner of Etha and Achilleas.

We need to highlight that the game was close for the first 5 minutes, but with the entrance of Michael Kounounis who was great defensively, Ael open the lead to 28-15 at the 1st quarter and took it to 50-32 at the half.

There is not much to say about the game as basically was a monologue on Ael's side and never gave its opponent the chance to get into the game.

Papic stepped up for Ael with 20 points (4) and Ewing add another 19.


In the loosing squad Dials was the only one who survived with 15 pts.

Quarters: 28-15, 50-32, 63-43, 78-53

Vasilis Frangias

Vasilis Frangias, coached a total of 6 years in Cyprus (1 with Panathinaikos Limassol in 1999/2000, 2 with AEL in 2000/2001 and 2001/2002, and 3 with Keravnos from 2005/2008). Out of these, he only managed to coach Keravnos within 2 titles, a Cyprus Cup in 2006/2007 and a Cyprus League Championship in 2007/2008.

Last week he took over Apollon Limassol. During his coaching years in Cyprus (including this year's cup), Frangias has a 10.5% success rate.

In 2007/2008 before he left, he was crushed by Stylianides's Apoel, the same year that he was critized for being the main reason for which George Anastasiades left the team and moved to Apoel.






AEL Advances to Cup Finals - by Nima Siar
Melford Arena, Limassol CY,

AEL punished Limassol rival 78-53 to advance to the Cyprus Cup Finals. After the firing of Apollon coach Akis Konstantinou last week following an embarrassing loss to 8 th place Omonia last week, new coach Vasilis Fragias appeared to be still getting used his new team. AEL never trailed the entire game and was able to build a ten point lead with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter and ended the period on fade away jumper by Rodney Buford. Apollon looked determined to get back in the game to start the second frame with a pair of 3s by Shammond Williams and Cory Carr but AEL slowly began to pull away and was leading 48-32 courtesy of a trey by Giorgos Palalas who finished the game with 10pt and 4 reb. Going into halftime AEL led 50-32 behind the hot hand of Dragoslav Papic (205-F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who had 18 points in the half while shooting 4/5 behind the arc. Apollon big man Terrence Dials had 15pt and 5 reb in the half but saw little playing time the rest of the game. AEL forced 11 turnovers in half while committing only 3.

AEL started the 3rd quarter slow as they failed to score for the first three minutes but Apollon failed to capitalize due to poor shooting and turnovers. Defensively AEL looked stronger and filled the paint well forcing Apollon to take tough shots which helped the home team to lead by as many as 22 thanks to back to back 3s by Brandon Ewing who finished the game 19pt 5 reb 2 ast. Apollon could not buy a bucket in the second half and scored only 21 points combined in 3rd and 4th quarters. With the impressive blowout victory AEL has a lone bright spot in their mediocre season as they will now play in the Cup Final.

Game Notes:
Apollon: 16/53 fg (30%), 18 turnovers, 10 steals, 5 game losing streak
AEL: 29/57 fg, (50%), 13 assists, 7 blocks

Interview with Apollons Lewis Sims coming soon.

* Stats provided by Cyprus Basketball Federation *




Queen is back for good - by Michael Aristidou
Proteas Danoi AEL won last night Pizza Express Primetel Apollon and makes it through the final for the cup. Proteas Danoi AEL had an excellent game and gave their funs moments of glory form the near past where the team was dominating in Cyprus league.

To reach to the final Proteas Danoi AEL started from the preliminary round. That is the first time in history of the cup that one team goes until the final starting from the preliminary round.

In the game the two teams started positive and the score was tied. Pizza Express Primetel Apollon manages to lead 12-14 half of the way for the first quarter. From that point Proteas Danoi AEL was magnificent. They over score their opponents 16-1 and by the end of first quarter they lead by 28-15.

After that everything was easy for the yellows and Pizza Express Primetel Apollon never got back into the game. Dragoslav Papic (205-F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had an excellent game scoring 20 (4) points. 18 of them were in the first half. In the second half Brandon Ewing (187-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Wyoming) take the scoring part for the winners.

Michalis Kounounis (194-F/G-81, agency: Interperformances) and Georgios Palalas (185-G-81) played excellent defense and proved why they consider as the best Cypriot players. The architect of the team head coach Linos Gavriel is now facing the biggest challenge of his career. That is to win his first title as a head coach in Cyprus league.

That is the 17th time that Proteas Danoi AEL makes it through the final having 9 titles so far.

Quarters: 28-15, 50-32, 63-43, 78-53

Proteas Danoi AEL: Liatsos 2, Dragoslav Papic 20 (4), Wyatt 4, Buford 6, Michalis Kounounis 6, Georgios Palalas 10 (1), Delic 8, Brandon Ewing 19 (2), Hoger 5

Pizza Express Primetel Apollon: Sims 9, Carr, 7 (1), Stallings, Zujovic, Williams 8, Stiggers 8 (1), Camacho 4, Pittakas, Dials 15, Platt 2




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  ESTONIA   


Raimonds Vaikulis joins Rakvere - by Eurobasket News
Rakvere brought reinforcement to their backcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Raimonds Vaikulis (191-G-80). The guard has already debuted for Rakvere. He tallied 19 points, 2 boards and 2 assists helping Rakvere topple Parnu 81:76 on the road.
Raimonds Vaikulis started the season in Mykolaiv. He tallied 1.0 point and 0.6 boards per game in the Ukrainian Superleague. Later the guard moved to Liepajas Lauvas. There Raimonds Vaikulis notched 13.4 points, 4.1 boards and 3.0 assists in LBL. In Baltic League his stats read 13.6 points, 4.4 boards and 3.0 assists per appearance. Raimonds Vaikulis used to play in Latvia, Russia, Belgium. He played for Latvia at the 2007 EuroBasket in Spain.



Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 20-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 19-3 
 3. TTU/Kalev 14-5 
 4. Rakvere 12-11 
 5. Valga/CKE 10-12 
 6. Rapla 9-13 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 8-13 
 8. Parnu 5-17 
 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, Parnu17.0 
 4. Erm, Rapla16.7 
 5. Brown, Va.16.0 
 6. Raadik, Parnu15.3 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.1 
 8. Kuuba, Voru KK15.0 
 9. Tagamets, Va.14.6 
 10. Osby, TT.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.12.0 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.2 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.6 
 5. Eziukwu, TU/Rock9.1 
 6. Kuuba, Voru KK9.1 
 7. Osby, TT.8.9 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.9 
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, Parnu2.7 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 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. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 3. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 4. Doronin, TU/Rock2.2 
 5. Raap, Parnu2.1 
 6. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 7. Archibald, TT.1.8 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere1.8 
 9. Pilk, TT.1.8 
 10. Karner, Parnu1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.1 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 3. Osby, TT.1.5 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.0 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 9. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 10. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 


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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 26-7 
 2. KTP 22-9 
 3. Kataja 21-11 
 4. Korihait 21-11 
 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 


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.5 
 2. Manning, Huima22.3 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo21.6 
 4. Hall, SayRi20.8 
 5. Bojang, BC Nokia20.2 
 6. Robinson, Jyvaskyla19.8 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET18.9 
 8. Douglas, Huima18.7 
 9. Valentine, Lapua18.6 
 10. Thomas, SayRi18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Namika II
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Brown, Namika II14.9 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia14.8 
 3. Douglas, Huima13.8 
 4. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.4 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.8 
 7. Hall, SayRi11.3 
 8. Stamper, LoKoKo10.8 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Banks, SayRi10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Manning, Huima6.1 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.1 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket4.7 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo4.3 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.9 
 6. Ahila, Jyvaskyla3.2 
 7. Valentine, Lapua3.1 
 8. Silvonen, Honka2.5 
 9. Kivinen, LoKoKo2.4 
 10. Pasanen, SayRi2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Horton, LoKoKo2.8 
 2. Valentine, Lapua2.7 
 3. Hall, SayRi2.2 
 4. Bojang, BC Nokia2.2 
 5. Stamper, LoKoKo2.0 
 6. Still, Lapua1.9 
 7. Ramey, Ura Basket1.9 
 8. Foreman, FoKoPo1.7 
 9. Vanttaja, Honka1.7 
 10. Towa, Kerava ET1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Reijo OJANEN
  Jyvaskyla
  (192-G/F-86)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.9 
 2. Kopio, Honka0.8 
 3. Alanko, Ura Basket0.8 
 4. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 5. Mantymaa, Huima0.6 
 6. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 7. Dolenc, Honka0.6 
 8. Setala, BC Nokia0.6 
 9. Koskinen, Namika I.0.6 
 10. Nelson, Lapua0.6 


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. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.6 
 8. Vinson, Kouvot9.6 
 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. Moore, LrNM.4.3 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.2 
 4. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.0 
 5. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.9 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.8 
 7. Virtanen, Kataja3.7 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.6 
 9. Ivey, KTP3.4 
 10. Fields, KTP3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wood, Karhu2.0 
 2. Newson, Kataja2.0 
 3. Conerly, Tarmo1.9 
 4. Fields, KTP1.9 
 5. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Moore, Korihait1.8 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 8. Fells, Kataja1.8 
 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. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 6. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 7. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 8. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.6 
 9. Lewis, LrNM.0.6 
 10. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Honka crushed Karhu - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 32: Honka (Espoo) crushed Karhu (Kauhajoki) today by 31 points 121-90 (75-54). Quarters: 33-23, 42-31, 22-20, 24-16. Kauhajoki missed their two starters Jeremiah Wood and Vesa Makalainen as both are on injured list. So the game was like a shooting contest and defense didn't interest too much. John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) (Honka) scored game high 27 pts. Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) added 24 and Corey Belser (200-F-82, college: San Diego) 19 pts. Kauhajoki got 23 pts from both Walt Baxley (191-G-84, college: Mars Hill) and Sad Niskanen (198-F-88). Niskanen netted his career highest points.
Honka - Kauhajoki 121-90 (75-54). (John Williamson 27, Jamar Wilson 24, Corey Belser 19 - Walt Baxley 23, Sad Niskanen 23, Aleksi Huuskonen 17/14).

In Division 1 FoKoPo (Forssa) defeated Ura Basket from Kaarina 81-72. American F Carlton Brown (198-F-79, college: Texas A&M) had transfered from YMCA Lahti II into Ura Basket roster. Brown scored 22 pts and grabbed 11 rbs, but that was not quite enough for winning the game. Canadian Jeremy McCulloch (212-C-82, college: E.Washington) led FoKoPo with 19 pts. Estonian Heiko Rannula (186-G-83) added 17 pts.
FoKoPo - Ura Basket 81-72 (49-38). (Jeremy McCulloch 19, Heiko Rannula 17, Tuomas Viertola 13 - Carlton Brown 22/11, Zach Ramey 17, Sakari Salminen 12).




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  FRANCE   


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


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Massie, Limoges17.8 
 2. Nichols, Vichy17.6 
 3. Darden, Nancy17.6 
 4. Jefferson, AS.17.3 
 5. Mejia, Cholet17.3 
 6. Woodside, Gravelines16.8 
 7. Bennett, Pau-La.16.1 
 8. King, Le Havre15.8 
 9. Haynes, Chalon15.2 
 10. Bokolo, Gravelines14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rob LEWIN
  Art.Dragons
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Lewin, Vichy9.8 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.5 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 4. Issa, Gravelines8.8 
 5. Jones, Le Havre8.5 
 6. Jefferson, AS.8.2 
 7. Akingbala, Nancy8.1 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 9. Elegar, Vichy7.6 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  Limoges
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Wright, Limoges6.3 
 2. Linehan, Nancy6.3 
 3. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 4. King, Le Havre6.2 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines5.9 
 6. Sciarra, Pau-La.5.0 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 8. Diabate, Roanne4.7 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.3 
 10. Houston, Hyeres-T.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.3 
 2. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.5 
 3. Darden, Nancy2.1 
 4. Diot, Le Mans2.1 
 5. Walsh, AS.2.0 
 6. Bennett, Pau-La.1.9 
 7. Diabate, Roanne1.7 
 8. Dewar, Le Mans1.6 
 9. Sangare, Le Havre1.6 
 10. Bokolo, Gravelines1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.9 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.6 
 3. Jefferson, AS.1.5 
 4. Pasco, Strasbourg1.3 
 5. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.2 
 7. Elegar, Vichy1.1 
 8. Fofana, AS.1.1 
 9. Badiane, Poitiera.1.1 
 10. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Sonko, Maurienne18.5 
 2. Carter, Nanterre17.9 
 3. Gay, Fos Ouest17.9 
 4. Siggers, Rouen17.7 
 5. Harris, Lille17.6 
 6. Watson, Evreux16.0 
 7. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.9 
 8. Davis, Le Portel15.5 
 9. Ingram, Antibes15.5 
 10. Bouldin, Clermont15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris DANIELS
  Chalons-Reims
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Daniels, Chalons-.10.5 
 2. Mathis, Maurienne10.3 
 3. Barber, Nantes10.1 
 4. Bing, Dijon8.8 
 5. Monroe, Boulogne8.7 
 6. Monds, Bourg8.6 
 7. Giles, Rouen8.3 
 8. Rouse, Charleville7.9 
 9. Badiane, Boulazac7.6 
 10. Massot, Antibes7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.8 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.4 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.2 
 5. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 6. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 7. Craven, Dijon5.0 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.8 
 9. Akono, Nanterre4.6 
 10. Shiloh, St Vallier4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier3.0 
 2. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.2.6 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.6 
 5. Sonko, Maurienne2.5 
 6. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.4 
 7. Craven, Dijon2.3 
 8. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 9. Stanley, Boulogne2.1 
 10. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.2 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.6 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.1 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.1 
 5. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 6. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 7. Diakite, Chalons-.0.9 
 8. Daniels, Nanterre0.8 
 9. Taccoen, Lille0.8 
 10. Davis, Evreux0.8 


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  GERMANY   


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


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 18-1 
 2. Wuerzburg 15-4 
 3. Chemnitz 13-5 
 4. Osnabrueck 12-6 
 5. Kirchheim 11-7 
 6. Crailsheim 11-8 
 7. Braves 10-7 
 8. Karlsruhe 9-9 
 9. Heidelberg 8-10 
 10. Webmoebel 8-10 
 11. Hannover 7-12 
 12. Jena 6-13 
 13. Dragons 6-13 
 14. Freiburg 5-13 
 15. ETB Wohnbau 4-14 
 16. Cuxhaven 4-15 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Schwelm 15-4 
 2. Vechta 14-5 
 3. Stahnsdorf 13-5 
 4. Herten 13-6 
 5. Leipzig 9-9 
 6. Wulfen 9-10 
 7. ALBA Berlin II 8-10 
 8. SU Medien 8-11 
 9. Rist-Wedel 7-12 
 10. Bayer Giants 7-12 
 11. Wolfenbuettel 5-14 
 12. Bernau 4-14 
Group South
 1. Ehingen 17-1 
 2. Leitershofen 14-5 
 3. NBC 14-5 
 4. Licher Baeren 13-5 
 5. Langen 12-6 
 6. TSV Troester 9-9 
 7. BG Illertal 8-10 
 8. Gotha 6-13 
 9. Giessen 5-13 
 10. Dt.Bank SKY II 5-14 
 11. Schwenningen 5-14 
 12. Konstanz 3-16 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Wood, Dt.17.4 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.15.8 
 3. Allen, ALBA15.7 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.7 
 5. Rice, Art.Dragons15.6 
 6. Benzing, ratio.15.5 
 7. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.5 
 8. Harris, EnBW L.15.2 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.14.9 
 10. Campbell, Teleko.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.8 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.8 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.3 
 6. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.7.0 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.0 
 9. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.8 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.8.0 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.5 
 3. Rice, Art.Dragons4.8 
 4. Joyce, TBB Trier4.8 
 5. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 6. Copeland, Bremerha.4.3 
 7. Green, EnBW L.4.3 
 8. Campbell, EWE B.4.1 
 9. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.1 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.8 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.8 
 4. Wise, Telekom .1.6 
 5. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.6 
 6. Campbell, Teleko.1.5 
 7. Wood, Dt.1.4 
 8. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 9. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.3 
 10. Skinn, NY Phantoms1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Ironi Ashkelon
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.4 
 5. Scott, Goettingen1.3 
 6. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 7. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 8. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.1 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 10. Powell, Dt.0.9 


Marko Simic new head coach at USC Heidelberg - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro A side USC Heidelberg has parted company with head coach Torsten Daume and named Marko Simic his successor, effective immediately.
Daume was standing at the helm of the Heidelberg team since December 2006. He led USC to a 8-10 record in the course of this current season. 23-year-old Simic started the 2010-2011 campaign as the head coach of the GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck, but was waived during the christmas break.


Ryan De Michael finally a German citizen - by Moritz Korff
Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) has finally received a German passport and thus will no longer be considered as an import player on the roster of the Kirchheim Knights (2. Bundesliga Pro A). Two German players must be on the court at any time in Pro A play, following De Michael's naturalization Kirchheim's coach Branislav Ignjatovic has an increasing set of options to choose from. The Knights still have three other American players on their team: Cedric Brooks (185-G-80, college: Pittsburg St.), Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: N.Illinois) and Gordon Scott (195-G/F-76, college: Idaho).

Nikita Khartchenkov: From Duesseldorf to Freiburg - by Moritz Korff
According to the website of the 2. Bundesliga, Nikita Khartchenkov (201-F-87) has left the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf (1. Bundesliga) and joined back USC Freiburg, the club he already suited up for as a teenager. The 24-year-old swingman transfered from MBC to Duesseldorf during the summer of 2010. He appeared in 16 BBL games for the Giants in this current season, while averaging 4.1 points per contest. Earlier in his career the St. Petersburg, Russia native who holds a German passport played for Chemnitz, Braunschweig, BC Khimki Moscow, Langen and Frankfurt.

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

A disappointing 87-79 loss to MBC last weekend. What things will the team have to take form this game and do better against Bremerhaven?


We can't let our offense dictate how we defend. We have to let the defense dictate the offense.


What has been the focus in practicethis week for the upcoming gmae against Bremerhaven?

The focus is on us!!!!

What is your sweet memory of the 107-77 win in Bremerhaven at the start of the season?

I remember David Bell going off in the first half. It was just a game where everyone was hitting everything.

Both Bremerhaven and Phoenix Hagen are strong scoring teams. What is the biggest strength of Bremerhaven on offense that Phoenix Hagen will have to control?

They love to run just as much as us.

How far is Torrell Martin from the Julius Jenkins, Derrick Allens and Predrag Suputs of the BEKO BBL?

I think he is right there. He is a tough matchup because he plays with so much energy.

Who was the most improved Phoenix Hagen player in the first half of the season?

I would have to go with David Bell and Jacob Burtschi. They have hit there groove lately and are becoming tough to stop.

Will Michael Jordan keep the Giessen 46ers in the BEKO BBL?

I think he will but he is only a piece of the puzzle there.

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


I really don't care for it. I will be sleeping when it comes on.


Thanks Quentin for the chat.



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

The Artland Dragons suffered a tough 84-72 loss in Oldenburg last weekend. What was the most positive thing that the club could take out of this loss?

I think we didn't come with enough energy and focus for that game. I think one positive that game out of the game was that we crashed the offensive boards and got second chance opportunities.

What has been the main focus this week in practice for the next game against Ratiopharm Ulm?

Our main focus has been controlling the glass. We most rebound well this game, because Ulm is an excellent rebounding team.

What is your memory of the 85-81 win in Ulm earlier in the season?

It was a tough game in Ulm. And we got the win in the last two minutes of the game.

What has been your impression of Robert Kurz? Does this make the Dragons one of the most dangerous teams down low?

Rob is an good player and I think he will help our team in many ways. He is a great shooter and will help us with our rebounding.

How much do you like playing against German national player Per Guenther? How much has his game developed this season?

He is a good young player who is extremely quick. He is dangerous, because he can get to the basket at any time.

Ratiopharm Ulm has many scoring weapons, but who is their X factor that you will have to watch closely?

I think their X-factor will be Lee Humphrey. He is a great shooter, who we can't give any open looks.

Will your buddy Michael Jordan keep The Giessen 46ers in the BEKO BBL?

Yes. I think he will help out Giessen a lot. I wish him the best of luck there, except when they play against us.

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

I probably will be watching it at home. I'm rooting for the Packers, because the Steelers took out my Jets.


Thanks Bryan for the chat.


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Dunston and Aris part ways - by George Fragkos
One day before the game against local rivals PAOK, Aris Thessaloniki dismissed Bryant Dunston (201-F/C-86). The Greek club announced that the 24-year-old center is no longer a member of the roster, after their mutual decision to terminate their contract.

Two weeks ago, the American center lost his place in the team to John Thomas (206-F/C-75, college: Minnesota), who replaced him at the league games. Dunston was supposed just to participate in the Eurocup games however the club decided to spare the money they gave him and let him go.

Several clubs from France and also Israel were rumored to be interested in Bryant Dunston, when he was still an Aris Thessaloniki player, so it should not be very difficult for him to find a new team to play for.



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Burton's 35-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old guard Sean Burton (175-G-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Ungmennafelagio Snaefell and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 35 points adding seven rebounds and seven assists for Snaefell in his team's victory, helping them to beat Tindastoll (#7, 7-9) 99-85. It allowed Snaefell to consolidate first place in the Icelandic league. Snaefell have a solid 13-3 record. In the team's last game Burton had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 11 attempts. It's his second year at Snaefell and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Ithaca College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Burton is in league's top in assists (5th best: 6.3apg) and averages solid 41.3% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Kelly Biedler (196-F-88) of IR Reykjavik. He is American forward in his first season at IR. In the last game Biedler recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead IR to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Grindavik (#2, 12-4) 92-69. This victory allowed IR to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Biedler is a newcomer at IR and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Dragoljub Kitanovic (203-C-85) of U.M.F. Tindastoll (#7). Kitanovic got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Kitanovic's great performance Tindastoll lost 85-99 to the higher-ranked Snaefell (#1, 13-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Tindastoll ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kitanovic could help Tindastoll to bring them higher in the standings. Kitanovic has a very solid season. In 16 games in Iceland he scored 16.8ppg. He also has 6.2rpg, 2.7spg and FGP: 63.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-F-81) of Snaefell - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Semaj Inge (193-G-87) of Haukar - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Darri Hilmarsson (191-F/G-87) of Hamar - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Hayward Fain (196-F) of Tindastoll - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Marcus Walker (186-G-86) of KR - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Devin Sweetney (198-G/F-87) of Hamar - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Gerald Robinson (204-F-84) of Haukar - 22 points and 13 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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  ISRAEL   


Back on track with an insane comeback! - by Chad Timberlake
This week we snapped a two game losing steak with a win over Hapoel Afula. It was a big win for us and one of the most intense games I have ever been a part of. First of all there was a lot more to playing this team than just a matchup between league opponents. It was personal. Earlier in the season, a player left our team to go and start for them - Omer Shmidt (193-G-87). He was a good personality on our team and a key player for us. Yavne's top scorer from last season also signed with Hapoel Afula the same time that Omer did. He was a well liked American and we heard a lot about him when we first got here. So there is a relationship between Hapoel Afulas players and ours. The game started off with Hapoel Afula controlling every thing. We kept fighting and clawing but we couldn't get over the hump. We were consistently down 6-12 points it seemed. If we hit a big shot and seemed like we were on a run they came back down and hit a 3 or got an And One. It was frustrating but we never gave up. With 2 minutes to go in the game we were down 6. With a 1:54 on the clock, we called a time out. After the time out our team walked on the court and said we have 2 minutes to do something, It's now or never! I swear I heard The Rocky music in my head. We made play after play after play. We pressed and caused turnovers and got quick baskets off them. Guy Cohen (195-F-83) forced a turnover and Oded Brandwein (188-G-88) got an easy layup. Next Tal Karpels (194-F-90) made a great play on Bryant Markson (198-F-83, college: Utah) and cause him to turn the ball over. On our next offensive play I drive to the basket spin draw the defense and kick it out to Oded for the 3. Hapoel Afula was shocked. You could see it in their faces that they had no idea what just happened to the game they seemed to have complete control over. On the next possession Bryant Markson drove to the basket and Zafrir Volfer (200-F-81)r comes over from help side and makes a big time block. The dagger came from Nir Golan (180-G-86) when he drilled a 3. Putting us up four with 30 seconds to go in the game. Hofman made the final defensive stop and came up with the final basket of the game to allow us to win the game by 6. After the game we were all so happy that we won we were jumping around celebrating. Reporters asked me after the game how we won. Honestly I have no Idea. The best thing I could come up with for them was that we never gave up. We kept constant pressure on them and eventually they broke. It sounds like a cliche but its the closest thing to an explanation. I finished the game with 33 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Elad Hofman (192-G/F-85), Devon and Nir followed in order with 16, 15 and 14 points in the game. Elad Hofman also pulled down 9 boards.

That game was such an exciting game, an instant classic. We needed that win. We got back on the winning track and we moved up a spot into third place. Next week we play Ramla and we need to keep the winning going. This game will be another personal battle between old college teammates DeVon Hardin (211-C-86) vs. David Paris (205-F-84, college: Bowie St.). The games in a couple days and we are getting focused. It seems everyone is battling sickness this time of year. A couple players including myself and our coaches and trainers are all sick. So we'll have to be extra focused for these next few days while we all get better.

Tomorrow is the super bowl. I don't know who to cheer for. I can't stand Roethlisberger but my boy Ryan Clarks is on the Steelers so I want him to win. Maybe I'll just watch this game for pure entertainment and not cheer either way. I'm predicting Green Bay winning by a field goal. Who you got?

Until next time,

Your Favorite Blogger

Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)


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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.8 
 2. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.9 
 3. Zoroski, Banca T.16.2 
 4. Thomas, Air AV16.2 
 5. Dean, Air AV16.1 
 6. Roberson, Enel B.16.1 
 7. Goss, Cimberio VA16.0 
 8. Winston, CS Bo.15.9 
 9. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.5 
 10. Milic, Vanoli CR15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes11.2 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.9 
 3. Davis, Banca Tercas8.6 
 4. Homan, CS Bologna8.5 
 5. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.4 
 6. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Suton, Angelico BI7.4 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.3 
 10. Toure, Enel Brindisi6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Green, Air AV6.6 
 2. Goss, Cimberio VA4.5 
 3. Diener, Dinamo S.4.4 
 4. Collins, Scavolin.4.3 
 5. Sosa, Angelico BI4.2 
 6. Zoroski, Banca T.4.2 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.9 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu3.5 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
 10. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel HACKETT
  Scavolini PS
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hackett, Scavolin.2.8 
 2. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.8 
 3. White, Dinamo Sassari2.8 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.7 
 6. Goss, Cimberio VA2.6 
 7. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.6 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu2.5 
 9. Thomas, Air AV2.5 
 10. Ortner, Bennet C.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.5 
 2. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.3 
 3. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 4. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.2 
 5. Smith, Benetton TV1.1 
 6. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 7. Polonara, Banca T.1.0 
 8. Homan, CS Bologna0.9 
 9. Cusin, Scavolini PS0.9 
 10. Szewczyk, Air AV0.9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.4 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.6 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.6 
 4. Ebi, Aget Imola20.5 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer20.2 
 6. Gordon, Forli18.9 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco18.2 
 8. Roderick, Immobi.17.5 
 9. Hunter, Sunrise .17.1 
 10. Young, Umana Reyer17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.3 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.3 
 3. Lollis, Immobili.8.5 
 4. Filloy, Immobili.8.3 
 5. Johnson, San Severo8.1 
 6. Boykin, Assigeco8.1 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.1 
 8. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.9 
 9. Dickens, San Severo7.6 
 10. Gordon, Forli7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Crispin, Barcellona5.2 
 2. Porta, Tezenis .4.9 
 3. Clark, Umana Reyer3.8 
 4. Farabello, N.Fer.3.8 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.7 
 6. Mathis, Snaidero.3.6 
 7. Hickman, Fastw.3.6 
 8. Levin, Sunrise .3.4 
 9. Childress, San S.3.4 
 10. Piazza, Forli3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.4 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Hunter, Sunrise .2.9 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 5. Davis, Sunrise .2.6 
 6. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 7. Ndoja, N.Ferrara2.5 
 8. Radulovic, Sunris.2.4 
 9. Farabello, N.Fer.2.4 
 10. Scarone, Immobili.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Cutolo, San Severo0.8 
 6. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 7. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 8. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.7 
 9. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.7 
 10. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Umana Reyer 15-3 
 2. Fastweb CM 14-5 
 3. Snaidero UD 13-5 
 4. Immobiliare SR 12-6 
 5. Barcellona 12-6 
 6. Sunrise Scafati 11-7 
 7. Prima Veroli 10-8 
 8. Aget Imola 8-10 
 9. Tuscany PT 8-10 
 10. N.Ferrara 8-11 
 11. Fileni BPA 7-11 
 12. Assigeco 7-11 
 13. Tezenis Verona 6-12 
 14. Trenkwalder 6-12 
 15. Forli 4-14 
 16. San Severo 4-14 


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  JAPAN   


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Jai LEWIS
  Hokkaido
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Lewis, Hokkaido20.8 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi .19.4 
 3. Orimo, Hokkaido17.5 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin16.6 
 5. Forehan-K., Aishin16.4 
 6. Takeuchi, Aishin16.1 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi15.5 
 8. Kinoshita, Panasonic15.4 
 9. O''Bannon, Toshiba14.7 
 10. Smith, Hitachi S.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.12.1 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.3 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido10.4 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota8.7 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin8.4 
 6. Hale, Mitsubishi7.5 
 7. O''Bannon, Toshiba7.1 
 8. Violette, Toshiba7.0 
 9. Ricci, Toyota6.8 
 10. Custis, Panasonic6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin4.0 
 2. Kashiwakura, Hokka.4.0 
 3. Kinoshita, Panasonic3.8 
 4. Igarashi, Mitsubishi3.8 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin3.7 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.3 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.2 
 8. Yamada, Hokkaido3.2 
 9. Miyanga, Toshiba2.9 
 10. Kawamura, Tochigi .2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.3 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido1.8 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.5 
 4. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 5. Forehan-K., Aishin1.3 
 6. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.3 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.2 
 8. Frahm, Aishin1.2 
 9. Custis, Panasonic1.1 
 10. Kashiwakura, Hokka.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.4 
 2. Ricci, Toyota1.3 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido1.0 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.0 
 5. Lett, Mitsubishi0.9 
 6. Aono, Panasonic0.8 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido0.7 
 8. Custis, Panasonic0.6 
 9. Takahashi, Toyota0.6 
 10. Gross, Aishin0.6 


JBL Round 27: Panasonic Trians win double overtime game against Hokkaido - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Eighth-ranked Hokkaido (8-19) gave a tough game to third ranked Panasonic Trians (18-9) in Osaka on Saturday. Panasonic Trians managed to secure only twelve-point victory 102-90. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 12-point victory in double-overtime. Panasonic Trians outrebounded Hokkaido 48-28 including a 24-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American forward Jerald Honeycutt (205-74, college: Tulane) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. The former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) helped adding 17 points and 10 rebounds. Panasonic Trians' coach Yoshiaki Shimizu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Panasonic Trians moved-up to second place. Hokkaido at the other side stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Panasonic Trians are again looking forward to face bottom-ranked Hokkaido (#8) in Saporro in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hokkaido will have a break next round.
Second-ranked Toyota Alvark (17-10) gave a tough game to first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (21-6) in Kariya. Aishin Sea Horses managed to secure only one-point victory 64-63. However their fans expected easier game. It was an exceptional evening for the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Shinsuke Kashiwagi accounted for 16 points and 4 assists. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Toyota Alvark in the defeat. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first place with 21-6 record. Toyota Alvark lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will again play against Toyota Alvark (#3) in Fuchu in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Osaka between Hitachi Sunrockers and Mitsubishi Dolphins. Fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (12-15) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (9-18). Hitachi Sunrockers managed to escape with a 1-point win 80-79 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Joji Takeuchi who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Walter Brown-Matsushima who recorded 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 12-15 record. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins keep the seventh position with 18 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will again meet at home Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in the next round. Mitsubishi Dolphins will have a break next round.
The game in Tochigi was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Toshiba Thunders (13-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (10-17). Tochigi Brex managed to secure a 7-point victory 88-81. It was a good game for Takuya Kawamura who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 10-17 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the fourth position with 14 games lost. Tochigi Brex's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Toshiba Thunders (#4) in Kanagawa and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.



Panasonic - Hokkaido 102-90 2OT

Eighth-ranked Hokkaido (8-19) gave a tough game to third ranked Panasonic Trians (18-9) in Osaka on Saturday. Panasonic Trians managed to secure only twelve-point victory 102-90. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 12-point victory in double-overtime. Panasonic Trians outrebounded Hokkaido 48-28 including a 24-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American forward Jerald Honeycutt (205-74, college: Tulane) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. The former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) helped adding 17 points and 10 rebounds. Panasonic Trians' coach Yoshiaki Shimizu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) scored 21 points and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Panasonic Trians moved-up to second place. Hokkaido at the other side stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Panasonic Trians are again looking forward to face bottom-ranked Hokkaido (#8) in Saporro in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hokkaido will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Panasonic: J.Honeycutt 21+13reb+3ast, F.Aono 17+10reb+3ast, K.Hirose 17+6reb, H.Watanabe 14+6reb+3ast, A.Custis 10+6reb+3ast, H.Kinoshita 8+2reb
Hokkaido: T.Orimo 21+3reb+5ast, J.Lewis 20+7reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 18+3reb+3ast, D.Yamada 12+4reb+4ast, C.Maraker 11+6reb, H.Kashiwakura 3+3reb+4ast
gschID: 119804


Tochigi Brex - Toshiba 88-81

The game in Tochigi was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Toshiba Thunders (13-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (10-17). Tochigi Brex managed to secure a 7-point victory 88-81. Toshiba Thunders were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Tochigi Brex made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Cory Violette (203-82, college: Gonzaga) added 8 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 10-17 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the fourth position with 14 games lost. Tochigi Brex's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Toshiba Thunders (#4) in Kanagawa and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 32+10reb+4ast, S.Merritt 14+12reb, Y.Tabuse 13+4reb+8ast, K.Takeda 8+2reb+4ast, S.Ito 7+6reb, M.Kataoka 5+1reb+1ast
Toshiba: C.O'Bannon 21+11reb+1ast, Y.Kagami 12+1ast, C.Violette 8+14reb+1ast, Y.Miyanga 7+3ast, Y.Uda 7+1reb+4ast, Y.Kuwahara 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 119801


Hitachi S. - Mitsubishi 80-79

A very close game took place in Osaka between Hitachi Sunrockers and Mitsubishi Dolphins. Fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (12-15) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (9-18). Hitachi Sunrockers managed to escape with a 1-point win 80-79 on Saturday evening. Mitsubishi Dolphins trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 27-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-80 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-85) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Tyler Smith (203-80, college: Penn St.) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Walter Brown-Matsushima (200-75, college: Boston U.) who recorded 14 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 12-15 record. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins keep the seventh position with 18 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will again meet at home Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in the next round. Mitsubishi Dolphins will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hitachi S.: J.Takeuchi 20+9reb+1ast, T.Smith 15+5reb+2ast, D.Kobayashi 14+2ast, K.Matsui 13+1reb+1ast, H.Ueyama 6+1reb+2ast, F.Nishimura 5+3reb+1ast
Mitsubishi: W.Brown-Matsushima 14+5reb+3ast, S.Utsumi 12+2reb+1ast, R.Hale 9+3reb+2ast, Y.Ueta 8+1reb, K.Nakagawa 7+1reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 7+6reb+6ast
gschID: 119802


Aishin - Toyota 64-63

Second-ranked Toyota Alvark (17-10) gave a tough game to first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (21-6) in Kariya. Aishin Sea Horses managed to secure only one-point victory 64-63. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Toyota Alvark won fourth quarter 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aishin Sea Horses made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) accounted for 16 points and 4 assists for the winning side. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Toyota Alvark in the defeat. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first place with 21-6 record. Toyota Alvark lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will again play against Toyota Alvark (#3) in Fuchu in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Aishin: S.Kashiwagi 16+2reb+4ast, K.Takeuchi 14+11reb+1ast, R.Forehan-Kelly 12+7reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 8+3reb+2ast, S.Asayama 6+4reb, T.Amino 5+4reb
Toyota: J.Gibbs 23+8reb+2ast, P.Ricci 11+9reb+1ast, T.Kumagai 9+3reb, T.Shonaka 7+2reb+1ast, T.Watanabe 5+6reb, T.Ito 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 119803




Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 21-6 
 2. Panasonic 18-9 
 3. Toyota 17-10 
 4. Toshiba 13-14 
 5. Hitachi S. 12-15 
 6. Tochigi Brex 10-17 
 7. Mitsubishi 9-18 
 8. Hokkaido 8-19 


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  KUWAIT   


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


D1 Round 9: Kazma hands first defeat to Al Kuwait - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated Al Kuwait (7-1) recorded its first loss in Kuwait City on Friday night. Hosts were rolled over by fifth ranked Kazma (3-5) 98-76. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Al Kuwait. Kazma moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Al Sahel. Al Kuwait at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Al Qadsia. Kazma's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kuwait City to the arena Al Arabi.
An exciting game was played in Kuwait City. Second ranked Al Qadsia faced 3rd placed Al Sahel. Host Al Qadsia (7-1) defeated guests from Abu Halifa (3-5) 85-74. Al Qadsia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Al Kuwait lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Al Sahel at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Kazma. Al Qadsia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kuwait City Al Kuwait.
Bottom-ranked Al Arabi (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 90-82 loss to fourth ranked Al Jahraa (4-4) in Al Jahraa on Friday evening. Al Jahraa moved-up to third place. Loser Al Arabi still closes the standings with eight games lost. Al Jahraa will meet at home Al Sahel (#5) in the next round. Al Arabi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kuwait City Kazma.



Al Jahraa - Al Arabi 90-82

Bottom-ranked Al Arabi (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 90-82 loss to fourth ranked Al Jahraa (4-4) in Al Jahraa on Friday evening. Al Jahraa moved-up to third place. Loser Al Arabi still closes the standings with eight games lost. Al Jahraa will meet at home Al Sahel (#5) in the next round. Al Arabi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kuwait City Kazma.
gschID: 121280


Al Kuwait - Kazma 76-98

Undefeated Al Kuwait (7-1) recorded its first loss in Kuwait City on Friday night. Hosts were rolled over by fifth ranked Kazma (3-5) 98-76. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Al Kuwait. Kazma moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Al Sahel. Al Kuwait at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Al Qadsia. Kazma's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kuwait City to the arena Al Arabi.
gschID: 121281


Al Qadsia - Al Sahel 85-74

An exciting game was played in Kuwait City. Second ranked Al Qadsia faced 3rd placed Al Sahel. Host Al Qadsia (7-1) defeated guests from Abu Halifa (3-5) 85-74. Al Qadsia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Al Kuwait lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Al Sahel at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Kazma. Al Qadsia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kuwait City Al Kuwait.
gschID: 121282




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  LATVIA   


LBL Round 17: Derby game ends with Barons' defeat of VEF Riga junior - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: Barons (#4) and VEF Riga junior (#3). Barons (11-7) won against visiting VEF Riga junior (11-6) 76-69. VEF Riga junior trailed by 17 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 23-10 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 69-76 at the end of the game. 24 personal fouls committed by VEF Riga junior helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Martins Skirmants (205-77, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Derek Willjam (185-85, college: SMU) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Barons' coach Uvis Helmanis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for VEF Riga junior. Barons have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 11-7 record. Newly promoted VEF Riga junior keeps the third position with six games lost. Barons are looking forward to face Valmiera (#5) at home in the next round. VEF Riga junior will have a break next round.
An interesting game for VEF Riga junior (11-6) which hosted in Riga second-ranked Ventspils (12-2). Third ranked VEF Riga junior had an easy win 93-65. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of Ventspils. stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and TreVon Hughes chipped in 13 points and 5 steals. VEF Riga junior's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. International guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) responded with 13 points. Newly promoted VEF Riga junior maintains third place with 11-6 record having just three points less than leader Liepaja. Ventspils at the other side keep the second position with two games lost. VEF Riga junior will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ventspils will play on the road against the league's leader Liepaja and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Riga was also quite interesting. Second ranked Liepaja (13-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Latvijas Universitate (2-15). Liepaja managed to secure a 5-point victory 71-66 on Sunday. Mareks Mejeris nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Liepaja's coach Agris Galvanovskis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Edmunds Tukiss came up with 16 points for Latvijas Universitate in the defeat. Liepaja keeps a position of league leader. Latvijas Universitate lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Liepaja will meet at home league's second-placed Ventspils in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Latvijas Universitate will play against Zemgale (#6) in Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Turiba supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Barons (11-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Turiba (3-14). Barons smashed Turiba 81-51. The best player for the winners was Martins Skirmants who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Turiba's coach Peteris Visnevics gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Barons. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 11-7 record. Turiba lost their eighth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Barons' next round opponent will be Valmiera (#5) at home. Turiba will play against Valmiera and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



LU - Liepaja 66-71

The game in Riga was also quite interesting. Second ranked Liepaja (13-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Latvijas Universitate (2-15). Liepaja managed to secure a 5-point victory 71-66 on Sunday. Latvijas Universitate was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Forward Mareks Mejeris (199-91) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (204-85) accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds. Liepaja's coach Agris Galvanovskis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Power forward Edmunds Tukiss (200-89) came up with 16 points and guard Rudolfs Rozitis (187-88) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Latvijas Universitate in the defeat. Four Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. Liepaja keeps a position of league leader. Latvijas Universitate lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Liepaja will meet at home league's second-placed Ventspils in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Latvijas Universitate will play against Zemgale (#6) in Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LU: E.Tukiss 16+2reb+1ast, A.Duselis 13+1reb, H.Rubenis 11+4reb, R.Rozitis 11+7reb, K.Jaunzems 4+2reb, M.Dargis 4+2reb+2ast
Liepaja: M.Mejeris 21+10reb, J.Aleksejevs 12+6reb+2ast, A.Ate 12+3reb+2ast, A.Mitchell 8+7reb+5ast, P.Caldwell 7+4reb, M.Kravcenko 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 119736


Barons - VEF Riga jrs 76-69

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: Barons (#4) and VEF Riga junior (#3). Barons (11-7) won against visiting VEF Riga junior (11-6) 76-69. VEF Riga junior trailed by 17 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 23-10 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 69-76 at the end of the game. 24 personal fouls committed by VEF Riga junior helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Martins Skirmants (205-77, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Derek Willjam (185-85, college: SMU) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Barons' coach Uvis Helmanis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Gatis Jahovics (200-84) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for VEF Riga junior. Four VEF Riga junior players scored in double figures. Barons have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 11-7 record. Newly promoted VEF Riga junior keeps the third position with six games lost. Barons are looking forward to face Valmiera (#5) at home in the next round. VEF Riga junior will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga jrs: K.Berzins 21+9reb, B.Bakic 12+5reb, T.Hughes 10+3reb+6ast, G.Jahovics 10+6reb+4ast, D.Bertans 8+1reb+1ast, A.Selakovs 4+3reb
Barons: D.Willjam 16+4reb+3ast, R.Feldmanis 11+2reb+4ast, M.Skirmants 11+12reb+1ast, S.Silavs 7+1reb+1ast, A.Cavars 7+7reb, A.Vitols 7+3reb
gschID: 119737


VEF Riga jrs - Ventspils 93-65

An interesting game for VEF Riga junior (11-6) which hosted in Riga second-ranked Ventspils (12-2). Third ranked VEF Riga junior had an easy win 93-65. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of Ventspils. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga junior. Ventspils was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga junior forced 19 Ventspils turnovers. It was a great shooting night for VEF Riga junior especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and American-Puerto Rican guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 13 points and 5 steals. VEF Riga junior's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. International guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) responded with 13 points and Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Newly promoted VEF Riga junior maintains third place with 11-6 record having just three points less than leader Liepaja. Ventspils at the other side keep the second position with two games lost. VEF Riga junior will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ventspils will play on the road against the league's leader Liepaja and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: J.Strelnieks 13+2reb+2ast, O.Efejuku 9+5reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 9+3reb+2ast, I.Bankevics 9+3reb, A.Berzins 8+2reb+1ast, S.Kuzminskas 6+3reb
VEF Riga jrs: K.Janicenoks 20+2reb+3ast, T.Hughes 13+2reb+3ast, P.Artsiom 12+4reb, K.Berzins 9+7reb, S.Valters 9+3reb+3ast, A.Selakovs 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 119738


Turiba - Barons 51-81

The game in Turiba supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Barons (11-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Turiba (3-14). Barons smashed Turiba 81-51. The game was mostly controlled by Barons. Turiba was better in third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Turiba to just 5 points in first quarter. Barons dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Turiba's 26 and made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Barons forced 19 Turiba turnovers and had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Turiba helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international center Martins Skirmants (205-77, agency: Interperformances) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Ukrainian forward Kirill Pishchalnikov (203-87, college: Va Commonwealth) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Barons players scored in double figures. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and guard Janis Antrops (193-91, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Turiba's coach Peteris Visnevics gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Barons. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 11-7 record. Turiba lost their eighth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Barons' next round opponent will be Valmiera (#5) at home. Turiba will play against Valmiera and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Turiba: R.Mednis 24+10reb+1ast, J.Antrops 14+2reb+1ast, L.Mizis 6+2reb+3ast, A.Servuts 3+3reb+2ast, A.Strelis 2+2reb, E.Kikuts 2+3reb+3ast
Barons: M.Skirmants 18+5reb, R.Feldmanis 13+4ast, K.Pishchalnikov 11+7reb+1ast, A.Vitols 11+4reb, A.Butjankovs 9+4reb+1ast, A.Cavars 6+4reb
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LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Liepaja 13-5 
 2. Ventspils 12-2 
 3. VEF Riga jrs 11-6 
 4. Barons 11-7 
 5. Valmiera 7-7 
 6. Zemgale 6-9 
 7. Turiba 3-14 
 8. LU 2-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Willjam, Barons16.8 
 3. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 4. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs15.5 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.4 
 6. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 7. Berzins, VEF R.14.9 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja14.9 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera14.5 
 10. Nelyubov, VEF R.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.4 
 2. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.6 
 4. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.3 
 5. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Rozitis, Zemgale6.6 
 7. Selakovs, VEF R.6.5 
 8. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.4 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.9 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Bertans, VEF R.4.5 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.4 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.0 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.8 
 6. Willjam, Barons3.8 
 7. Feldmanis, Barons3.6 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 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. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 5. Cavars, Barons1.9 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.8 
 7. Slisans, LU1.7 
 8. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 9. Rozitis, LU1.5 
 10. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.9 
 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. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 10. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 


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  LIGA AMERICAS   


Standings
Liga Americas Standings
Group E
 1. Halc.Rojos 2-0 
 2. Capitanes 1-1 
 3. Penarol 1-1 
 4. Flamengo 0-2 
Group F
 1. BRB/Brasilia 0-0 
 2. Halc.Xalapa 0-0 
 3. Quimsa 0-0 
 4. Regatas C. 0-0 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake WALKER
  Gigantes
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27
 1. Walker, Mavort27.0 
 2. Machado, Flamengo25.2 
 3. Giovannoni, BRB/B.23.7 
 4. Ayuso, Capitanes21.0 
 5. Matthews, Defensor21.0 
 6. Carter, Caneros20.7 
 7. Lo Grippo, Quimsa20.3 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol20.0 
 9. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.18.7 
 10. Romero, Espartanos18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Martinez, Cocodrilos14.7 
 2. Kvietek, Dep.Espa.13.0 
 3. Matthews, Defensor10.7 
 4. Jackson, Mavort10.3 
 5. Zilli, Sionista10.0 
 6. Teichmann, Flame.9.4 
 7. Henning, Toros9.3 
 8. Araujo, Dep.Espanol9.0 
 9. Giovannoni, BRB/B.8.7 
 10. Roe, Halc.Xalapa8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Nezinho DOS SANTOS
  BRB/Brasilia
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. dos Santos, BRB/B.7.0 
 2. Garcia, BR.6.7 
 3. Gonzalez, Defensor6.0 
 4. Franco, Sionista5.3 
 5. Mazzaro, Quimsa5.0 
 6. Mendez-V., Halc.Xal.5.0 
 7. Pagan, Toros5.0 
 8. Treise, Quimsa4.0 
 9. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.0 
 10. Martinez, Regat.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Wilfredo PAGAN
  Toros
  (184-G-76)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pagan, Toros3.0 
 2. Garcia, Mavort3.0 
 3. Woodward, Defensor2.7 
 4. Montas, Caneros2.7 
 5. Campazzo, Penarol2.4 
 6. Garcia, BR.2.3 
 7. Machado, Flamengo2.2 
 8. Teichmann, Flame.2.2 
 9. Mazzaro, Quimsa2.0 
 10. Hill, Halc.Rojos2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian HENNING
  Toros
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Henning, Toros3.0 
 2. Jackson, Mavort2.3 
 3. Hill, Halc.Rojos2.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.2.0 
 5. Aubry, Capitanes2.0 
 6. Traylor, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 7. Mata, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 8. Robinson, Halc..1.5 
 9. Roe, Halc.Xalapa1.3 
 10. Araujo, Dep.Espanol1.3 


Liga-Americas Round: 2 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Flamengo - Penarol 76-90
Liga Americas defending champions Penarol stayed in the race for the tournaments Final Four appearance. They knocked down Flamengo in the second round of action in Group E. Penarol are now at 1-1 record, while Flamengo fell at 0-2. Penarol will take on Halcones Rojos, while Flamengo will face Capitanes de Arecibo on the final day of action in Veracruz. Marcos Mata ensured a quick start for Penarol. He chipped in 8 points in the first period as the Argentinean side grabbed a 19:17 lead. Penarol kept on clearing off in the second term but Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) unloaded 7 points of his own late in the half to drag Flamengo within 4 points 33:37. Penarol however kept pushing as they boosted the gap to 12 points in the third term. Flamengo could not recover in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) knocked down 27 points to pace Penarol. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) added 20 points in the victory. Marcelinho Machado responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds for Flamengo. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) delivered 16 points in defeat.

Capitanes - Halc.Rojos 84-87
Halcones Rojos recorded the second straight win at the second stage of Liga Americas. They overcame Capitanes de Arecibo to stay on top of Group E. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) delivered 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the hosts. Halcones Rojos will take on Penarol, while Capitanes will look for a victory against Flamengo on the final day of Group E action. Halcones Rojos did not waste time as they surged ahead early on. The Mexican team grabbed a 26:14 lead after ten minutes. They continued to maintain the pressure in the second quarter. The margin grew at 19 points at the interval 49:30. But Capitanes reacted after the big break. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) erupted for 18 points in the third stanza as Capitanes narrowed the gap to 6 points with one quarter remaining 59:65. Capitanes trimmed the deficit and eventually Danilo Pinnock leveled things up at 80 with under two minutes to go. Arim Solares, Paul Stoll (178-G-85) and Jaime Lloreda stepped up for the home team at the moment and dragged Halcones to the win at the end. Paul Stoll provided 15 points for Halcones Rojos. Carlos Rivera (187-G-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra) netted 13 points in the winning effort. Danilo Pinnock answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Capitanes. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) notched 22 points in the loss.




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  LITHUANIA   


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 29-1 
 2. Radviliskis 21-9 
 3. Meresta 20-10 
 4. Mazeikiai 19-11 
 5. Zalgiris-Sabonio 18-12 
 6. LKKA-Atletas 17-13 
 7. Nafta Universitetas 17-13 
 8. Perlas-MRU 15-15 
 9. Triobet Malsta 12-17 
 10. Silute 11-18 
 11. Erelita 10-19 
 12. Delikatesas 10-20 
 13. ABRO-Univ. 9-21 
 14. Akademija 8-22 
 15. Puntukas 7-22 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.23.1 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.9 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.19.8 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.3 
 5. Jurkus, Silute17.6 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.17.5 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.6 
 8. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 9. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 10. Vileita, Pieno Z.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vytautas-Edvardas PIKALAVICIUS
  Delikatesas
  (196-F/G-90)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.6 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.10.6 
 3. Mockevicius, Akade.10.6 
 4. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.6 
 5. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.5 
 6. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.5 
 7. Brusokas, Perla.8.0 
 8. Nedzinskas, Silute7.8 
 9. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.6 
 10. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.6 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.4 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.9 
 4. Sapiega, Erelita4.7 
 5. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.4.7 
 6. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 7. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.5 
 8. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 9. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.1 
 10. Kutra, Delikatesas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.9 
 2. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.6 
 3. Metelica, Erelita2.6 
 4. Petraitis, Delikate.2.6 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.3 
 7. Radavicius, Meres.2.3 
 8. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.2 
 9. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.2 
 10. Kutra, Delikatesas2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.6 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.2.6 
 3. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.8 
 4. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.8 
 5. Urbonas, LK.1.8 
 6. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.8 
 7. Pupinis, Erelita1.4 
 8. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 9. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.3 
 10. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.3 


Oladimeji's double-double lands him NKL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
21-year old forward Azeez Oladimeji (204-F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Radviliskis and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Zalgiris-Sabonio (#6, 17-12) 76-67. Radviliskis is placed at 2nd position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Radviliskis will need more victories to improve their 20-9 record. It's Oladimeji's second year at Radviliskis and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Oladimeji has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Julius Kazakauskas (197-F-90) of Nafta/Universitetas Klaipeda. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Nafta Universitetas. In the last game Kazakauskas recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Nafta Universitetas to edge the higher-ranked Meresta (#3, 20-9) by 5 points 78-73. Nafta Universitetas' 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kazakauskas is one of the most experienced players at Nafta Universitetas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) of Delikatesas Joniskis (#11). Jucikas scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Delikatesas, leading his team to a 93-90 win against the lower-ranked Puntukas (#15, 7-22). The chances of Delikatesas not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jucikas could try to bring Delikatesas' a little bit higher in the standings. Jucikas has a very solid season. In 20 games in Lithuania he scored 13.8ppg. He also has 6.6rpg and 1.8bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Perlas-MRU - 23 points and 15 rebounds
5. Henrikas Vorotnikovas (202-F-90) of Triobet Malsta - 17 points and 12 rebounds
6. Zygimantas Krupskis (192-G-92) of LKKA-Atletas - 17 points and 10 rebounds
7. Mindaugas Norkus (200-F/C-85) of Puntukas - 17 points and 10 rebounds
8. Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) of LKKA-Atletas - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Matas Sapiega (180-G-90) of Erelita - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Karolis Pupinis (200-F-88) of Erelita - 12 points and 6 rebounds

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


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  MEXICO   


Halcones Rojos hold off Capitanes in Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Rojos - Capitanes 87:84

Halcones Rojos recorded the second straight win at the second stage of Liga Americas. They overcame Capitanes de Arecibo to stay on top of Group E. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) delivered 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the hosts. Halcones Rojos will take on Penarol, while Capitanes will look for a victory against Flamengo on the final day of Group E action.
Halcones Rojos did not waste time as they surged ahead early on. The Mexican team grabbed a 26:14 lead after ten minutes. They continued to maintain the pressure in the second quarter. The margin grew at 19 points at the interval 49:30. But Capitanes reacted after the big break. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) erupted for 18 points in the third stanza as Capitanes narrowed the gap to 6 points with one quarter remaining 59:65. Capitanes trimmed the deficit and eventually Danilo Pinnock leveled things up at 80 with under two minutes to go. Arim Solares, Paul Stoll (178-G-85) and Jaime Lloreda stepped up for the home team at the moment and dragged Halcones to the win at the end. Paul Stoll provided 15 points for Halcones Rojos. Carlos Rivera (187-G-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra) netted 13 points in the winning effort. Danilo Pinnock answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Capitanes. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) notched 22 points in the loss.

Halcones Rojos: Jaime Lloreda 20, Paul Stoll 15, Carlos Rivera 13
Capitanes: Danilo Pinnock 24, Larry Ayuso 22



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  NBA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.1 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.4 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.26.0 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers25.3 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat25.3 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.1 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.6 
 8. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 9. Anthony, Denver N.24.0 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.5 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.7 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.2 
 4. Randolph, Memph.13.2 
 5. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.7 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 7. Bogut, Milwauke.11.7 
 8. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 10. Boozer, Chicago B.10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.5 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.0 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.5 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.2 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.8 
 7. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..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.2.2 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 7. Evans, Sacramen.1.8 
 8. Ginobili, San A.1.8 
 9. Brewer, Minnesot.1.7 
 10. Wall, Washington W.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.4 
 4. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 6. Stoudemire, New Y.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 10. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 37-12 
 2. New York K. 25-24 
 3. Philadelph.76 23-26 
 4. New Jersey N. 15-36 
 5. Toronto R. 14-37 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 34-14 
 2. Indiana P. 20-27 
 3. Milwaukee B. 19-29 
 4. Detroit P. 18-32 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-42 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 36-14 
 2. Atlanta H. 32-18 
 3. Orlando M. 32-19 
 4. Charlotte B. 21-28 
 5. Washington W. 13-36 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 32-17 
 2. Utah Jazz 30-21 
 3. Denver N. 29-21 
 4. Portland TB 26-24 
 5. Minnesota T. 11-38 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 34-16 
 2. Phoenix Suns 23-25 
 3. Golde State W. 21-27 
 4. LA Clippers 19-30 
 5. Sacramento K. 12-35 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 42-8 
 2. Dallas M. 34-15 
 3. N.Orleans H. 32-19 
 4. Memphis G. 27-24 
 5. Houston R. 23-28 


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  NIGERIA   


Oladimeji's double-double lands him NKL Player of the Week award - by Olusegun Ikuesan
21-year old forward Azeez Oladimeji (204-F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Radviliskis and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 31.

The Nigerian forward had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Zalgiris-Sabonio (#6, 17-12) 76-67. Radviliskis is placed at 2nd position in the Lithuanian league.

They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Radviliskis will need more victories to improve their 20-9 record. It's Oladimeji's second year at Radviliskis and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Oladimeji has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Julius Kazakauskas (197-F-90) of Nafta/Universitetas Klaipeda. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Nafta Universitetas. In the last game Kazakauskas recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Nafta Universitetas to edge the higher-ranked Meresta (#3, 20-9) by 5 points 78-73.

Nafta Universitetas' 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kazakauskas is one of the most experienced players at Nafta Universitetas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.


Third place about best performers goes to center Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) of Delikatesas Joniskis (#11). Jucikas scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Delikatesas, leading his team to a 93-90 win against the lower-ranked Puntukas (#15, 7-22). The chances of Delikatesas not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just ten victories.

With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jucikas could try to bring Delikatesas' a little bit higher in the standings. Jucikas has a very solid season. In 20 games in Lithuania he scored 13.8ppg. He also has 6.6rpg and 1.8bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Perlas-MRU - 23 points and 15 rebounds
5. Henrikas Vorotnikovas (202-F-90) of Triobet Malsta - 17 points and 12 rebounds
6. Zygimantas Krupskis (192-G-92) of LKKA-Atletas - 17 points and 10 rebounds
7. Mindaugas Norkus (200-F/C-85) of Puntukas - 17 points and 10 rebounds
8. Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) of LKKA-Atletas - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Matas Sapiega (180-G-90) of Erelita - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Karolis Pupinis (200-F-88) of Erelita - 12 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 player 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).
Azeez Oladimeji (204-F-89)


DStv PBL: Kano Pillars open title defense away to Tapgun - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the Nigeria DStv Premier Basketball League Kano Pillars basketball club will this weekedn open its title defense away to Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos.

The Savannah conference pairing billed for the sporting facility of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria temporary home court of Tapgun will see the Coach Sani Ahmed tutored side continued from where it left off last season.

Pillars who drop only one game last season is hoping to continue its dominance of the Nigerian league as it set to snatch an away win today (Saturday).

Also in the Savannah Conference newly promoted Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano will be at home once again to Niger Potters basketball club of Minna at the gymnasium of the Sani Abacha stadium, Kofa mata, Kano.

Immogration who were humiliated at home last week by visiting Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna (44-85 points) must be at its best so as to avoid another home defeat against former Africa Top-5 side (Potters).

It will be a double header in Bauchi on Sunday as Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos settle down to its new home court when it play host to Bauchi Nets basketball club while Yelwa Hawks host Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna.

In the Atlantic conference, Comets basketball club hit the road for a double road games against Delta Force basketball club of Asaba (Saturday) and will be the guest of Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt on Sunday.

Commets who pounded newly promoted Chariots basketball club of Lagos last week by 76-44 points is set to further compound the woes of Delta Force who went down to Royal Hoopers by 89-45 points in the week-1 pairing of the conference.

Lagos will host two games come Monday as Police Baton basketball club of Lagos square up against Dodan Warriors basketball club at 14H00 while Chariots basketball club battle Islanders at 16H00.

Police Baton who went down to Union Bank basketball club by 82-60 points in the conference week-1 pairing will have its hands full when it step on court Warriors who enjoyed a slim 73-71 points win over Islanders.



Standings - DStv Premier L.
DStv Premier L. 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. Chariots 0-1
8.Delta Force 0-1
Savannah Conf.
1. Kada 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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  PALESTINE   


Orthodox Ramallah Champs of Ahmad Shehadeh Tournament - by Tamara Awartani
Orthodox Ramallah with their combination of fast guards and shooters along with good inside game gave them an edge in this tournament beating Birzeit, Ahli and Qalandia the organizers.

Orthodox Ramallah vs. Birzeit 75 58
A strong game in the start, exciting to watch, having both teams equal in their outside and inside game, however, the number of turnovers in this game was high from both teams, however, Orthodox Ramallah took advantage of that along with the missed shots in the third quarter making a gap that Birzeit were unable to catch up. Orthodox had faster guards and shooters, Birzeit had better inside game.
Orthodox players Ahmad Kandil was unstoppable with his penetrations and fastbreaks along with Ahmad Deeb 4 3pointers while Ahmad Ameen had great defense and Ammars assists, Nadeem Abdel Muhsen had good rebounds and shots under basket. However, Birzeit players, Mahmood Assaf and Ahmad Awadallah were good rebounders and had a good inside game, while Mustafa Yasser had strong penetrations along with Ahmad Yassers shots and drives.


Ahli vs. Qalandia 71 68
What a game!!!! It was tying throughout the second half till the last second! Ahli put on a great game although missing out several of their main players such as Sameh Hdeib, Raed Diab, Ismael Sweiti, playing with only 7 players, where as Qalandia have well known players and a great bench with new members that was not even given a chance such as John Stephan and George Makhlouf previous players of De La Salle and Ahmad Aqab a previous player of Toubas while Adham Jamzawi didnt play due to injury which also played a role.
Ahli players were organized led by Ammar Baghdadi (177-G-81) who had several assists and drives along with Rami Al Bakri (185-G-77) who was the star of the game doing it all, defense, shooting, driving, making crucial freethrows end of the game, stealing in the last seconds and dunking, while Samir Abdelatif (180-G-74) played strong defense along with good assists, Sari Bakri, a new member on the team had a good game along with Nabeel Nasser (192-C-81) rebounding and playing under basket. Qalandia players were led by Nizar Shehadeh, who was unbeatable with his strong drives and shots along with Firas Afaneh, and Ahmad Omari, a very talented 19 year old player, who was all over the court, great defense, defensive and offensive rebounds and good moves under basket.


Orthodox Ramallah vs. Qalandia 75 70
Qalandia didnt let Orthodox Ramallah win this game easy, playing their hearts out after their loss against AlAhli, the game was point by point throughtout, an exciting game to watch. Both teams are very fast teams, Orthodox Ramallah triple Ahmads each with his added touch played a role in winning this game, Kandil with his drives, Deeb with his shots, and Ameen with his defense, while Nadeem abdel Muhsen and a new member on the team played well under basket. Qalandia players played very strong, very close to win it, Nizar Shehadeh and John Stephan were fast, had good drives and shots along with Ahmad AlOmari who was unstoppable under basket.




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  PHILIPPINES   


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. Washington, San M.16.5 
 10. Isip, Barako16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rudy HATFIELD
  Ginebra
  (191-F-77)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Hatfield, Ginebra12.4 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text10.4 
 3. Washington, San M.10.2 
 4. Thoss, Alaska9.7 
 5. Maierhofer, Derby A.9.6 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text9.2 
 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 Text5.7 
 3. Cabagnot, San M.5.3 
 4. Yap, Derby Ace L.4.5 
 5. Mercado, Rain o.4.3 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska4.3 
 7. Hubalde, Barako4.0 
 8. Miller, Ginebra4.0 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.3.8 
 10. Lanete, Powerade.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. Arboleda, Air211.3 
 5. Reyes, Talk N Text1.3 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska1.2 
 7. Yap, Derby Ace L.1.2 
 8. Baguio, Alaska1.2 
 9. Buenafe, Air211.1 
 10. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.1 
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. Eman, Alaska1.2 
 5. Maierhofer, Derby A.1.2 
 6. Thoss, Alaska1.1 
 7. Peek, Talk N Text1.1 
 8. Reyes, Powerade T.1.1 
 9. Devance, Alaska1.1 
 10. Santos, San Miguel1.0 


Texters finish off SMB, clinch Philippine Cup - by Eurobasket News
San Miguel - Talk N Text 82-95
Talk 'N Text's vaunted offense couldn't have clicked at a better time. Playing like a well-oiled machine and sustaining their brilliance on the offensive end all-game long, the Tropang Texters finally finished off the San Miguel Beermen, 95-82, to regain the PBA Philippine Cup title before an animated crowd of 15,756 at the Araneta Coliseum Friday night. Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) anchored the Tropang Texters' big scoring run in the final period of Game 6 to quash the last of several furious comebacks by the Beermen and wrap up the best-of-seven series, 4-2. Talk 'N Text coach Ryan Reyes (188-G-83, college: Cerritos JC) gives the thumbs up sign after his Tropang Texters defeated San Miguel Beer, 95-82, in Game 6 of the PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven championship series at the Araneta Coliseum. Ali Peek (194-F-75, college: St.Mary's, CA) also had 15 points, Harvey Carey 13, Ranidel deOcampo (195-F-81) 12, while Kelly Williams (198-F-82, college: Oakland) came through with a brilliant all-around game of 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals in a balanced scoring parade for the Tropang Texters. The championship is the third for the Talk 'N Text franchise since acquiring the team in 1996, and the sixth overall for coach Ryan Reyes, who now joins Tommy Manotoc at fifth place in the all-time winners' list. Reyes also steered Talk 'N Text to the 2008-09 All-Filipino championship during his first season with the telecommunication franchise. As the celebration began, Reyes went up to where team owner Manny V. Pangilinan was seated behind the team bench to personally congratulate him. 'This series is for Allan Reyes,' said the Talk 'N Text coach, obviously referring to the late brother of point guard Ryan Reyes, who died in a vehicular accident in the U.S. during the heat of the best-of-seven title series. Ryan missed Game 3 of the Finals to attend his brother's burial. 'But we'd also like to congratulate San Miguel for giving us a good fight,' said the Tropang Texters mentor. The championship also erased the stigma of the team's disappointing season a year ago, one which saw the Tropang Texters fail to win a title after getting eliminated twice in the playoffs despite being overwhelming favorites - including the walkout-marred best-of-five quarterfinals series with Ginebra. For the Beermen, there would be no championship for coach Ato Agustin right on his rookie season, no championship for Jay Washington in his first Finals encounter against the team that traded him three years ago, and no additional championship for veteran Olsen Racela right on his final playing year after 18 seasons in the league. Only Washington carried the fight for San Miguel, leading the team with 29 points and 18 rebounds, as the rest of the Beermen failed to give support to their main man. Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) had 11 points and Arwind Santos (193-F-81) 10, but only two of those came in the first three quarters of the deciding game. The Beermen trailed by as many as 14 in the first half, but battled their way back and even grabbed the lead at 57-55 on two free throws by Washington with 6:52 to play in the third period. But the Tropang Texters went on a 14-5 tear to take a 69-62 lead with them entering the finals quarter. San Miguel last closed in at 76-71 on a three-pointer by Washington, but Alapag led the Texters on a 9-0 spurt to pull away again at 85-71. - Courtesy of JVP, KY, GMANews.TV (taken from www.pba-online.ph)




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  POLAND   


Energa Czarni invite William Avery and Ermin Jazvin - by Eurobasket News
Energa Czarni are looking for the options to bolster the roster. They are close to sign contracts with William Avery (188-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Duke) and Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80, agency: Lanshire Group).
William Avery played for Iraklis in Greece. He tallied 2.2 points, 1.2 boards per game in A1 league. Last season the 31-year-old guard played for PAOK in Greece. His stats read 2.2 points and 1.2 rebounds per appearance. William Avery had stints in France, Israel, Ukraine, Germany before.
Ermin Jazvin started the season in DniproAzot in Ukraine. The centre tallied 7.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in Superleague. In December Ermin Jazvin moved to Greece to join Iraklis. The player notched 10.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in A1 League.



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


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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica26.7 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud17.5 
 3. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.4 
 4. Frazier, AZS K.16.4 
 5. Hodge, Zastal16.2 
 6. Burgess, Zastal15.8 
 7. Bennerman, Energa C.15.4 
 8. Miller, PBG Basket14.8 
 9. Goffney, Siarka14.5 
 10. Jovanovic, Anwil14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis TRUSCOTT
  Siarka
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Truscott, Siarka11.2 
 2. Harris, SKK K.10.9 
 3. Burgess, Zastal10.6 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.7 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.3 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.3 
 7. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot6.7 
 8. Palmer, Polonia Azbud6.5 
 9. Kinloch, AZS K.6.4 
 10. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa Czarni
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.6.2 
 2. Milicic, AZS K.6.1 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.1 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.5.0 
 5. Hawkins, PBG B.4.3 
 6. Hodge, Zastal4.2 
 7. Ewing, Asseco P.3.7 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.4 
 9. Thompson, Anwil3.2 
 10. Thomas, Anwil3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hodge, Zastal2.6 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.4 
 3. Ewing, Asseco P.2.2 
 4. Blassingame, Energa C.2.2 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.2.1 
 6. Pringle, Siarka2.1 
 7. Thomas, PGE Turow1.9 
 8. Bialek, Energa Czarni1.9 
 9. Milicic, AZS K.1.8 
 10. Bennerman, Energa C.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harris, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.5 
 3. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.5 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.2 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszalin1.0 
 7. Kinnard, Trefl S.0.9 
 8. Davis, Energa C.0.8 
 9. Miller, Anwil0.8 
 10. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 


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  PORTUGAL   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Porto Ferpinta 13-1 
 2. Benfica 10-3 
 3. Academica 10-4 
 4. Vitoria SC 7-6 
 5. Ovarense 7-7 
 6. Sampaense 6-7 
 7. Penafiel 6-8 
 8. CAB 6-8 
 9. Ginasio 6-8 
 10. Illiabum 5-9 
 11. Lusitania 4-9 
 12. Barreirense 2-12 


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Barcelos 11-2 
 2. Galitos FC 10-3 
 3. Fisica 10-3 
 4. Sangalhos 9-4 
 5. Angra 9-4 
 6. Terceira Basket 7-6 
 7. Povoa 6-7 
 8. Electrico FC 5-8 
 9. Guifoes 4-9 
 10. Maia Basket 4-9 
 11. Alges 3-10 
 12. Seixal 0-13 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Curnell, Barreirense21.1 
 2. Oruche, Ginasio20.6 
 3. Jackson, Sampaense19.8 
 4. Luettgerodt, Sampa.19.8 
 5. Austin, Vitoria SC19.5 
 6. Webster, Ovarense18.9 
 7. Shaw, Academica18.7 
 8. Goode, Penafiel18.3 
 9. Eddie, Academica17.7 
 10. Johnson, Barreire.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Martin, Vitoria SC10.5 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense10.2 
 3. Brown, Vitoria SC9.8 
 4. Harris, Illiabum9.2 
 5. Eddie, Academica9.1 
 6. Terrell, Porto F.8.9 
 7. Momplasir, Lusitania8.8 
 8. Nolen, Penafiel8.8 
 9. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
 10. Shaw, Academica8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Joao REVELES
  Ginasio
  (187-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Reveles, Ginasio6.5 
 2. Manarte, Ovarense6.2 
 3. Simoes, Academica5.4 
 4. Sing, Sampaense5.4 
 5. Monteiro, Lusitania5.4 
 6. Minhava, Benfica4.8 
 7. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 8. Andrade, Porto F.4.4 
 9. Felix, Illiabum3.8 
 10. Menefee, CAB3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Will HOLLAND
  Academica
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Holland, Academica3.4 
 2. Curnell, Barreirense3.3 
 3. Madison, CAB3.3 
 4. Goode, Penafiel3.0 
 5. Cortez, Ovarense2.8 
 6. Eddie, Academica2.5 
 7. Felix, Illiabum2.2 
 8. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.2 
 9. Johnson, Barreire.2.2 
 10. Terrell, Porto F.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitania3.8 
 2. Brown, Vitoria SC1.8 
 3. Coelho, CAB1.3 
 4. Gentry, CAB1.3 
 5. Jackson, Sampaense1.2 
 6. Nolen, Penafiel1.2 
 7. Stempin, Porto F.1.1 
 8. Harris, Illiabum1.1 
 9. Gray, Sampaense1.1 
 10. Jackson, CAB1.0 


Proliga Round 13: Barcelos defeat Galitos FC in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with few extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

An interesting game for Barcelos (11-2) which hosted in Barcelos their biggest opponent Galitos FC (10-3). First ranked Barcelos managed to get a 12-point victory 68-56. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Galitos FC. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Barcelos dominated on the defensive end, holding Galitos FC to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Barcelos forced 25 Galitos FC turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nuno Pedroso (187-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Pedro Silva (198-79) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Michael Pilgrim (203-84, college: LSU-Shreveport, agency: KMG Sports Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for Galitos FC. Barcelos maintains first place with 11-2 record. Galitos FC at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Fisica. Barcelos are looking forward to face Povoa (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Galitos FC will play against Angrabasket (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Seixal is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 13th consecutive match to tenth ranked Maia Basket (4-9) 81-70. Guard Andre Dara (180-83) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Joaquim Oliveira chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side forward Tomas Rodriguez responded with 28 points. Maia Basket moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Guifoes. Seixal at the other side still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Maia Basket will play against Guifoes (#9) on the road in the next round. Seixal will play against Terceira Basket in Angra Heroismo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
4th placed Angrabasket (9-4) fell to ninth ranked Electrico FC (5-8) in overtime by five points 81-86 on Sunday night. The game took place in Angra. But the guests from Ponte de Sor were better at the end. Denis Neves nailed 23 points for the winning side. Terrence Mack came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for Angrabasket in the defeat. Electrico FC moved-up to eighth place. Loser Angrabasket keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Sangalhos. Electrico FC will meet at home Alges (#11) in the next round. Angrabasket will play against the league's second-placed Galitos FC (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Alges (3-10) escaped against Guifoes (4-9) in overtime by five points 86-81. Sergio Correia fired 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Alges maintains eleventh place with 3-10 record. Guifoes at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Alges' next round opponent will be higher ranked Electrico FC (#8) in Ponte de Sor and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game in Angra Heroismo was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Sangalhos (9-4) played at the court of seventh ranked Terceira Basket (7-6). Terceira Basket managed to secure a 5-point victory 77-72 on Sunday. It was a very good performance for Durrell Nevels who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks. Terceira Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser Sangalhos dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Terceira Basket will face bottom-ranked Seixal (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sangalhos will play against Fisica (#3) in Torres Vedras and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 13 Povoa were beaten by Fisica on the road 67-60.



Maia Basket - Seixal 81-70

Bottom-ranked Seixal is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 13th consecutive match to tenth ranked Maia Basket (4-9) 81-70. Seixal was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 34-17 charge of Maia Basket, which allowed them to win the game. Maia Basket players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Guard Andre Dara (180-83) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and guard Joaquim Oliveira (178-81) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Maia Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Tomas Rodriguez responded with 28 points and forward Tiago Magalhaes (192-76) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Maia Basket moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Guifoes. Seixal at the other side still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Maia Basket will play against Guifoes (#9) on the road in the next round. Seixal will play against Terceira Basket in Angra Heroismo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Maia Basket: J.Gomes 15+3reb+1ast, R.Monteiro 14+4reb+3ast, D.Correia 13+3reb+5ast, A.Dara 11+10reb+6ast, J.Oliveira 11+7reb+5ast, J.Diamantino 10+9reb
Seixal: T.Rodriguez 28+3reb+2ast, D.Machado 12+9reb+2ast, T.Magalhaes 10+14reb+6ast, R.Sa 8+1reb+6ast, E.Ferreira 7+6reb+2ast, T.Severino 3
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Alges - Guifoes 86-81 OT

Alges (3-10) escaped against Guifoes (4-9) in overtime by five points 86-81. Guifoes were ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of Alges, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-8. Alges forced 24 Guifoes turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Guifoes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Angolan forward Sergio Correia (197-85) fired 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Silvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) chipped in 23 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Andre Libanio (194-86) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and Angolan forward Joao Gaspar (196-89) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Alges maintains eleventh place with 3-10 record. Guifoes at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Alges' next round opponent will be higher ranked Electrico FC (#8) in Ponte de Sor and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Alges: S.Correia 31+8reb+3ast, S.Spicer 23+9reb+1ast, A.Joaquim 12+6reb, R.Ferreira 6+4reb+5ast, F.Pinheiro 5+1reb+1ast, E.Santos 4+1reb+1ast
Guifoes: A.Libanio 18+7reb+1ast, J.Gaspar 16+5reb+3ast, O.Conceicao 12+6reb+3ast, B.Sami 8+3reb+2ast, M.Faria 8+2reb, J.David 7+5reb
gschID: 101317


Fisica - Povoa 67-60

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Fisica (10-3) beat 7th ranked Povoa (6-7) in Torres Vedras 67-60 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Povoa won third quarter 24-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Fisica won last quarter 18-13. They also forced 19 Povoa turnovers. Strangely Povoa outrebounded Fisica 43-29 including a 21-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for Cape Verdean guard Braima Freire (188-82) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 steals. Forward Carlos Dias (197-79) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Fisica players scored in double figures. Guard Nuno Oliveira (186-89) answered with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Nigerian forward George Ehiagwina (206-89) added 12 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Povoa. Fisica have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Galitos FC. Loser Povoa keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Fisica will face Sangalhos (#4) on the road in the next round. Povoa will play against the league's leader Barcelos.
Top scorers:
Fisica: B.Freire 16+3reb+2ast, J.Underwood 12+7reb, C.Dias 10+8reb+3ast, R.Rodrigues 10+3reb+3ast, A.Catarino 8+1ast, R.Junior 5+2reb
Povoa: N.Oliveira 15+7reb+6ast, A.jr. Oha 13+9reb+1ast, G.Ehiagwina 12+15reb+1ast, A.Silva 8+3reb+1ast, J.Correia 8+4reb+1ast, R.Coelho 4+4reb
gschID: 101318


Barcelos - Galitos FC 68-56

An interesting game for Barcelos (11-2) which hosted in Barcelos their biggest opponent Galitos FC (10-3). First ranked Barcelos managed to get a 12-point victory 68-56. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Galitos FC. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Barcelos dominated on the defensive end, holding Galitos FC to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Barcelos forced 25 Galitos FC turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nuno Pedroso (187-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Pedro Silva (198-79) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Michael Pilgrim (203-84, college: LSU-Shreveport, agency: KMG Sports Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import swingman Malcolm Thomas (196-85, college: Widener) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Galitos FC. Four Galitos FC players scored in double figures. Barcelos maintains first place with 11-2 record. Galitos FC at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Fisica. Barcelos are looking forward to face Povoa (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Galitos FC will play against Angrabasket (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Barcelos: N.Pedroso 18+11reb+3ast, J.Moreira 17+2reb+1ast, P.Silva 12+9reb, T.Barreiro 6+3reb+5ast, C.Fechas 6+5reb+10ast, P.Antonio 4+3reb
Galitos FC: M.Pilgrim 15+11reb+1ast, M.Thomas 12+8reb+3ast, A.Pires 10+3reb+3ast, A.Almeida 10+6reb+1ast, A.Brito 5+7reb, R.Quintino 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 101319


Terceira Basket - Sangalhos 77-72

The game in Angra Heroismo was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Sangalhos (9-4) played at the court of seventh ranked Terceira Basket (7-6). Terceira Basket managed to secure a 5-point victory 77-72 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-72. Terceira Basket made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Terceira Basket outrebounded Sangalhos 48-30 including a 21-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sangalhos were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American power forward Durrell Nevels (198-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks. His fellow American import guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) contributed with 26 points and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Emanuel Silva (188-79) answered with 14 points and swingman Joao Carmo (183-85) added 14 points in the effort for Sangalhos. Terceira Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser Sangalhos dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Terceira Basket will face bottom-ranked Seixal (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sangalhos will play against Fisica (#3) in Torres Vedras and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Terceira Basket: N.Bowie 26+2reb+5ast, D.Goncalves 17+10reb+2ast, D.Nevels 16+20reb+1ast, A.Pontes 9+8reb+2ast, D.Enes 4+3reb+1ast, F.Tavares 4+3reb+1ast
Sangalhos: J.Carmo 14+4reb, E.Silva 14+3reb+2ast, F.Martins 12+5reb, N.Bizarro 8+5reb+1ast, A.Duarte 8+1ast, L.Fonte 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 101315


Angra - Electrico FC 81-86 OT

4th placed Angrabasket (9-4) fell to ninth ranked Electrico FC (5-8) in overtime by five points 81-86 on Sunday night. The game took place in Angra. But the guests from Ponte de Sor were better at the end. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. Electrico FC forced 32 Angrabasket turnovers. Strangely Angrabasket outrebounded Electrico FC 40-20 including a 33-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Cape Verdean forward Denis Neves (197-78) nailed 23 points for the winning side and guard Tiago Brito (180-85) accounted for 18 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. American power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and Russian forward Alexander Kravtsov (194-87) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Angrabasket in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Electrico FC moved-up to eighth place. Loser Angrabasket keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Sangalhos. Electrico FC will meet at home Alges (#11) in the next round. Angrabasket will play against the league's second-placed Galitos FC (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Electrico FC: D.Neves 23+4reb, J.Lanzinha 18+3reb+2ast, T.Brito 18+1reb+5ast, J.Afonso 13+1reb+2ast, J.Pinto 6+1reb+1ast, A.Medeiros 4+7reb+2ast
Angra: T.Mack 23+12reb+3ast, A.Kravtsov 15+11reb+1ast, F.Gomes 12+5reb+2ast, K.Jolley 12+3reb+1ast, J.Pereira 7+7reb+6ast, H.Pola 7
gschID: 101316




Sampaense loses their best player and the replacement is already there - by Bruno Baltazar
Sampaense in the 6th place in the league lost their most influencial player ,Almaad Jackson (210-F-85, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.),he left the team due to a physical problem, the center had averages of 19.8 PPG (3RD best in the league),8.8RPG (6th best) and best for MVP points...
To this extreme loss for the team they already found their replacement player ,his name is Chris Sampson (198-C),he is a center,he is a rookie ,represented in the NCAA2 Bloomfield College in New Jersey,and more recently in Spain in the EBA,he is 22 years old,and will play this weeks game already.

In Pedro Barros in www.abola.com


Chris Sampson in Sampaense - by Hugo Carvalho
Chris Sampson was born in Philadelphia but it comes from New Jersey where he studies in Bloomfield College's - NCAA2. Age: 23 Height: 6,7 - Position: Forward/Center Weight: 100 kg. The forward/center should occupy the seat of the player Almaad Jackson, one of the best players in the league, leaving the team for health reasons.
Chris Sampson graduated from Melbourne High School in Florida and then went to the Bloomfield College NCAA2 in New Jersey. He is looking to help the team in anyway that I can as far as scoring, rebounding.'. After a long trip and many hours of flight and drive to Oliveira do Hospital (10h), Chris Sampson did not waste much time and the only thing he asked was to take him to training camp because he wanted to start working . A great attitude right in the first minutes of arrival. Good luck Chris.



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  PUERTO RICO   


Halcones Rojos hold off Capitanes in Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Rojos - Capitanes 87:84

Halcones Rojos recorded the second straight win at the second stage of Liga Americas. They overcame Capitanes de Arecibo to stay on top of Group E. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) delivered 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the hosts. Halcones Rojos will take on Penarol, while Capitanes will look for a victory against Flamengo on the final day of Group E action.
Halcones Rojos did not waste time as they surged ahead early on. The Mexican team grabbed a 26:14 lead after ten minutes. They continued to maintain the pressure in the second quarter. The margin grew at 19 points at the interval 49:30. But Capitanes reacted after the big break. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) erupted for 18 points in the third stanza as Capitanes narrowed the gap to 6 points with one quarter remaining 59:65. Capitanes trimmed the deficit and eventually Danilo Pinnock leveled things up at 80 with under two minutes to go. Arim Solares, Paul Stoll (178-G-85) and Jaime Lloreda stepped up for the home team at the moment and dragged Halcones to the win at the end. Paul Stoll provided 15 points for Halcones Rojos. Carlos Rivera (187-G-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra) netted 13 points in the winning effort. Danilo Pinnock answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Capitanes. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) notched 22 points in the loss.

Halcones Rojos: Jaime Lloreda 20, Paul Stoll 15, Carlos Rivera 13
Capitanes: Danilo Pinnock 24, Larry Ayuso 22



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  ROMANIA   


Standings - D2
Div.B Standings
Seria 1
 1. Timba Timis. 4-1 
 2. U.Mobitel II 4-1 
 3. Gaz Metan II 3-2 
 4. MP Timisoara 2-3 
 5. Ph. Brasov 1-4 
 6. T.Mures II 1-4 
Seria 2
 1. Dinamo B. 4-1 
 2. CSS Giurgiu 4-1 
 3. Steaua Turabo II 3-2 
 4. Ph. Galati 2-3 
 5. Municipal 2 B. 2-3 
 6. CSS Targoviste 0-5 
Seria 3
 1. CSU Galati 5-0 
 2. Granitur 4-1 
 3. Rapid B. 3-2 
 4. Ploiesti II 2-3 
 5. BT Bucuresti 1-3 
 6. A.Vlaicu Buc. 0-5 


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  SAUDI ARABIA   


D1 Round 12: Al Fateh is upset by Al Ansar - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Al Hasa between second ranked Al Fateh (9-3) and fourth ranked Al Ansar (9-3) on Thursday night. Al Fateh was defeated by Al Ansar in a tough game at home 77-85. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Al Fateh. Al Ansar moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Al Fateh. Undefeated leader Al Ittihad delivered the eleventh consecutive victory. This time they crushed 12th ranked Al Shrooq (1-11) 94-65 in Riyadh. Undefeated Al Ittihad (11-0) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 11 victories in a row. Al Shrooq lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Al Maseerah. We should mention about the upset which took place in Jeddah, where higher ranked Al Ahli (5-6) lost at home to tenth ranked Al Safwa (3-9) 71-81 on Thursday. Al Safwa maintains tenth position with 3-9 record. Al Ahli at the other side keeps the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with Al Wahda and Al Nahda. The game with biggest result difference took place in Mecca. Local Al Wahda (5-6) outscored 11th ranked Al Maseerah (1-11) 112-63. Al Wahda moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Al Ahli and Al Nahda. Al Maseerah lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost.
In the last game of round 12 Al Jubail was crushed by Al Hilal in Riyadh 92-71.


Al Shrooq - Al Ittihad 65-94

Undefeated leader Al Ittihad delivered the eleventh consecutive victory. This time they crushed 12th ranked Al Shrooq (1-11) 94-65 in Riyadh. Al Ittihad (11-0) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 11 victories in a row. Al Shrooq lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Al Maseerah.
gschID: 121288


Al Hilal - Al Jubail 92-71

There was no surprise in Riyadh where 9th ranked Al Jubail (3-7) was crushed by fifth ranked Al Hilal (8-3) 92-71. Al Hilal have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ohud. Al Jubail at the other side keeps the ninth position with seven games lost.
gschID: 121284


Al Ahli - Al Safwa 71-81

We should mention about the upset which took place in Jeddah, where higher ranked Al Ahli (5-6) lost at home to tenth ranked Al Safwa (3-9) 71-81 on Thursday. Al Safwa maintains tenth position with 3-9 record. Al Ahli at the other side keeps the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with Al Wahda and Al Nahda.
gschID: 121285


Al Wahda - Al Maseerah 112-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Mecca. Local Al Wahda (5-6) outscored 11th ranked Al Maseerah (1-11) 112-63. Al Wahda moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Al Ahli and Al Nahda. Al Maseerah lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost.
Al Fateh - Al Ansar 77-85

The most important game in the last round took place in Al Hasa between second ranked Al Fateh (9-3) and fourth ranked Al Ansar (9-3) on Thursday night. Al Fateh was defeated by Al Ansar in a tough game at home 77-85. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Al Fateh. Al Ansar moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Al Fateh.


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


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Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 18-1 
 2. Beograd 15-4 
 3. Metalac 12-7 
 4. Mega Vizura 12-7 
 5. Tamis 11-9 
 6. Novi Sad 10-9 
 7. Sloboda Uzice 9-11 
 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. Micevic, Sloboda .17.8 
 5. Bunic, Novi Sad17.7 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 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. Jelovac, Mega V.6.6 
 5. Spica, Superfund6.6 
 6. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.5 
 7. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 8. Bozovic, 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. Majkic, Prolet.1.7 
 8. Zarkovic, Prolet.1.7 
 9. Tresac, Borac1.7 
 10. Vlahovic, Sloga1.7 
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, Tamis1.0 
 8. Kalinic, Novi Sad0.8 
 9. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 10. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 


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  SLOVENIA   


Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Zlatorog 11-1 
 2. Geoplin Slovan 9-4 
 3. Helios 9-4 
 4. Elektra 9-5 
 5. Polzela 8-5 
 6. Sentjur 6-7 
 7. Maribor Messer 4-10 
 8. LTHcast Mercator 2-10 
 9. Parklji 0-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. Krka
 2. Union Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Panic, Zlatorog20.4 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur17.3 
 3. Bubnic, Helios17.2 
 4. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan15.5 
 5. Thondique, Polzela15.5 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur15.1 
 7. Miljkovic, Elektra14.4 
 8. Erzen, Parklji14.2 
 9. Nuhanovic, Elektra13.9 
 10. Mali, Helios13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Thondique, Polzela11.7 
 2. Miljkovic, Elektra8.8 
 3. Simovic, Sentjur8.4 
 4. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.3 
 5. Zolotic, Maribor .6.6 
 6. Krusic, Geoplin .6.4 
 7. Paravinja, Parklji5.9 
 8. Rucigaj, Sentjur5.8 
 9. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan5.8 
 10. Dimec, Zlatorog5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Zlatorog
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Vujasinovic, Zlatorog5.1 
 2. Jersin, Elektra5.0 
 3. Brolih, Maribor .4.5 
 4. Hohler, Sentjur4.2 
 5. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 6. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.3 
 7. Pelko, Zlatorog3.3 
 8. Rupnik, Geoplin .2.8 
 9. Mezek, LTHcast .2.6 
 10. Zagorc, Helios2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.8 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast .2.3 
 3. Vranjkovic, Helios1.9 
 4. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.7 
 5. Zagorc, Helios1.6 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 7. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.6 
 8. Krejic, Parklji1.6 
 9. Zadnik, Geoplin .1.5 
 10. Jovanovic, Maribo.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra2.1 
 2. Dimec, Zlatorog1.3 
 3. Thondique, Polzela1.2 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela0.8 
 5. Bubnic, Helios0.7 
 6. Miljkovic, Elektra0.6 
 7. Atanackovic, Zlato.0.6 
 8. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan0.6 
 9. Mijajlovic, Zlatorog0.6 
 10. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 


Djapa's free throws gives Slovan a win over Maribor - by Zeljko Zule
Slovan-Maribor 80-76: Slovan went on a 17-0 run spanning the first and second quarter and its defense held Maribor scoreless for a 7:01 span. Trailing 62-73 early with 4:01 remaining, Maribor cut the deficit to 75-76 with 25 seconds left. Dalibor Djapa (204-F/C-84, agency: Alti Sport) made all four free throws through the end of the game and finished with 21 points for Slovan, while Maribor's guard Primoz Brolih missed his first throw at 75-78. Miha Fon scored 13 points for Slovan, Dejan Cigoja 12 and Luka Rupnik 10. Maribor was led by Ilija Zolotic with 21 points, Elvis Kadic added19 and Jure Brolih 12.
Sentjur-Elektra 66-74: Elektra trailed for only two possessions (0-2, 2-4) and took a double digit lead in the first quarter. The had all starters score in double figures. Boris Jersin and Salih Nuhanovic posted 14 points apiece, Sinisa Bilic 13 and Marjan Vidovic and Milos Miljkovic added 11 each. Sentjur's reserves outscored its starters 42-24. Ivan Drzic came off the bench for game-high 21 points in just 24 miutes, Teo Simovic ahd 15 points and 9 rebounds and Dejan Hohler added 10 points.



Panic saves Zlatorog, - by Zeljko Zule
Parklji-Zlatorog 77-81: The visiting team never trailed in the second half and led by as many as 12 points early in the final period. League-leading scorer Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) netted his season-high 30 points and had 13 fouls drawn and Luka Dimec came off the bench for a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Parklji was outrebounded 2540. Jure Erzen socred 25 points, Jakob Cebasket 22 and Dario Krejic 11.
LTHcast Mercator-Hopsi 72-79: Hopsi made a 21-2 run in the first period an led by as many as 18 points early in the fourth auerter. Gregg Thondique registering his 10th double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds, Denis Vrsaljko scored 15 points, Igor Mijajlovic 14 and Stanko Sebic 10. LTWwas led by bench player Gezim Morina and his 20 points and Vladimir Mihailovic added 16.



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Syrian Market News {last import players NEWS} - by Ahmad Madwar
We usually start with the champiion Al Jeish Army Damascus ...
Al Jeish Army Damascus still has Christien Charles (213-F/C-81, college: Villanova) and Anthony Jones (196-G-77, college: Ohio) ... they are doing good especially Anthony Jones he is one of the best guards in Syria ...

Al Jalaa Aleppo club :
Al Jalaa Aleppo releasee Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) after he didnot show good level , they still have Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) , he is the best center in Syria right now .. (good job Samaki) ..

Al Wehda Damascus club :
after they tried out 3 players in Dubai International Tournamnet they sign with Adam Zahn (203-F-84, college: Oregon) and Nicholas Zachery (191-G-79, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: UALR) ... Ofcourse they released Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) and Filip Toncinic (212-F-84, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) cuz they cannot keep 4 import players in one team ...

Al Ittihad Aleppo club :
They released Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) , and didnot sign with Christopher Moore (205-F-82, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Virginia Union) ... they sign with Lavell Payne (203-F-85, college: Cent.Florida) but waitin his VISA to be done to come to Syria , he still in Dubai !!!!

Al Hurriya Club
Phillip Brooks (188-G-84, college: Langston) left the team after he had Financial problems with the club , he left the team and still want 6000$ from them !!!
the another import player Bojan Popovic (209-C-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management) still play with the team ...

Al Yarmouk Club :
the club released Joshua Jones (196-G-83, college: Dillard) and they still have Radovan Dragovic (205-C-83) ... the Serbian player doing good in Syria league ...

Al Talee'a Club :
John Winchester (193-G/F-83, college: Robert Morris) left the team after he didnot like the team and City ... the club bring another player and we are wattin to get his name ...

Nawaeer Club :
Shadi Abu Sara (189-G-83) and Sanni Ojibara (191-G-83, college: New Jersey City St.) left the team after they had big Financial problems !!!!!



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Lafayette ll not play for Besiktas - by Mustafa Bozkurt
Oliver Lafayette will not play for Besiktas Turka Cola due to a heart condition. Lafayette and Besiktas had reached an agreement on a four-month deal last Tuesday. Lafayette was signed to replace Allen Iverson, who just underwent surgery performed by Doctor James Andrews last Tuesday, a procedure in his right calf which he hurt in a game on January, the 8th, an 85-83 loss to Efes Pilsen in overtime. Before signing in Turkey, Lafayette was playing for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBAs Developmental League where he was averaging 33.6 minutes-per-game, 16.4 points-per-game, 4.2 rebounds-per-game, 3.6 assists-per-game and 2 steals-per-game but also 2.4 turnovers-per-game over 21 games played, 18 games started.



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  UKRAINE   


Superleague Round 32: #1 BC Donetsk is defeated by Azovmash - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 6 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked BC Donetsk (23-7) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Azovmash (18-12) 91-79. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-79. Azovmash made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Azovmash outrebounded BC Donetsk 31-18 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Fred House (195-78, college: S.Utah, agency: Lanshire Group) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Chris Owens (204-79, college: Texas, agency: Pro One Sports) who added 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Dominican guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan) responded with 23 points. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 18-12 record. Newly promoted BC Donetsk still keeps top place with seven games lost. Azovmash are looking forward to face Khimik (#12) in Yuzhny in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BC Donetsk will play at home against Dnipro (#5) in Dnepropetrovsk and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Budivelnyk (22-7) against twelfth ranked Halychyna (11-21) on Friday night. Host Budivelnyk was defeated by Halychyna in a tough game in Kyiv 82-88. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Budivelnyk. The winners were led by American forward Alan Wiggins (206-84, college: USF) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and Nick Williams supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Even 21 points and 6 rebounds by American guard William Keys (188-77, college: N.Mexico St.) did not help to save the game for Budivelnyk. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Halychyna moved-up to eleventh place. Budivelnyk at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Halychyna will play against higher ranked Mykolaiv (#8) in Mykolaiv in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Budivelnyk will play on the road against Kryvbasbasket (#6) in Krivoy Rog and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked BC Kyiv managed to get the second consecutive victory on Monday night. This time they won against tenth-ranked BC Odessa 88-81. The best player for the winners was Oleg Saltovets who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. BC Kyiv's coach Vitaliy Cherniy used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Andrew Washington produced 26 points and 6 assists for the hosts. BC Kyiv maintains thirteenth position with 7-22 record. BC Odessa lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 19 games lost. BC Kyiv will meet at home higher ranked Halychyna (#11) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Odessa will play against Hoverla and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Zaporozhye supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Dnipro (16-14) played at the court of seventh ranked Ferro-ZNTU (15-15). Ferro-ZNTU smashed Dnipro 87-61. Americans were the main players on the court. Vincent Hunter orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ferro-ZNTU maintains seventh position with 15-15 record. Dnipro at the other side keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. Ferro-ZNTU's next round opponent will be DniproAzot (#9) in Dniprodzerzhynsk. Dnipro will play on the road against the league's leader BC Donetsk (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
An interesting game took place in Dniprodzerzhynsk where 6th ranked Kryvbasbasket (16-14) was upset on the court of ninth ranked DniproAzot (12-17) 92-68 on Monday. Worth to mention a great performance of Gytis Sirutavicius who helped to win the game recording 16 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. DniproAzot maintains ninth position with 12-17 record. Kryvbasbasket lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 14 games lost. DniproAzot will face higher ranked Ferro-ZNTU (#7) in Zaporozhye in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kryvbasbasket will play at home against the league's second-placed Budivelnyk and will have a slim chance for a victory.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 32: bottom-ranked BC Kyiv lost to Khimik on the opponent's court 72-82. DniproAzot unfortunately lost to Mykolaiv in a home game 69-75. Mykolaiv was rolled over Dnipro on the road 66-101. Kryvbasbasket crushed BC Odessa on its own court 89-66.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 16 points and 21 rebounds by Michael Fraser of DniproAzot.


BC Odessa - BC Kyiv 81-88

Bottom-ranked BC Kyiv managed to get the second consecutive victory on Monday night. This time they won against tenth-ranked BC Odessa 88-81. BC Odessa trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 37-28 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 81-88 at the end of the game. BC Kyiv outrebounded BC Odessa 43-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Oleg Saltovets (202-77) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. Center Maksym Sandul (207-91) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. BC Kyiv's coach Vitaliy Cherniy used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Andrew Washington (191-84, college: Delaware) produced 26 points and 6 assists and the former international swingman Rostyslav Kryvych (198-78) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Five BC Kyiv and four BC Odessa players scored in double figures. BC Kyiv maintains thirteenth position with 7-22 record. BC Odessa lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 19 games lost. BC Kyiv will meet at home higher ranked Halychyna (#11) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Odessa will play against Hoverla and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
BC Kyiv: O.Saltovets 19+14reb+2ast, P.Burenko 15+3reb+4ast, V.Kovalenko 12+6reb+1ast, M.Sandul 12+9reb+2ast, V.Podolyan 10+3reb+1ast, O.Tischenko 8+1reb
BC Odessa: A.Washington 26+2reb+6ast, R.Kryvych 14+3reb+3ast, J.DeGroat 13+5reb+1ast, E.Ugboaja 11+6reb+1ast, A.Shvets 5+3reb+2ast, G.Navickas 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 120090


DniproAzot - Kryvbasbasket 92-68

An interesting game took place in Dniprodzerzhynsk where 6th ranked Kryvbasbasket (16-14) was upset on the court of ninth ranked DniproAzot (12-17) 92-68 on Monday. DniproAzot made 30-of-34 free shots (88.2 percent) during the game, while Kryvbasbasket only scored nine points from the stripe. It was a great shooting night for DniproAzot especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Kryvbasbasket was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian forward Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) who helped to win the game recording 16 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the former international guard Maxim Balashov (189-80) who added 21 points during the contest. International power forward Igor Zaitsev (211-89) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Igor Krivtsov (202-86) scored 14 points. Four Kryvbasbasket players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. DniproAzot maintains ninth position with 12-17 record. Kryvbasbasket lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 14 games lost. DniproAzot will face higher ranked Ferro-ZNTU (#7) in Zaporozhye in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kryvbasbasket will play at home against the league's second-placed Budivelnyk and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
DniproAzot: M.Balashov 21+1ast, G.Sirutavicius 16+4reb+2ast, L.Karim 13+3reb+2ast, S.Sokur 9+2reb+2ast, R.Sirsnins 9+2reb+6ast, M.Fraser 8+10reb
Kryvbasbasket: I.Zaitsev 16+7reb, I.Krivtsov 14+4reb+2ast, D.Korablev 12+3reb+3ast, V.Kondratovets 11+4reb+1ast, V.Malchevskiy 6+5reb+2ast, A.Slipenchuk 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 120091


Ferro-ZNTU - Dnipro 87-61

The game in Zaporozhye supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Dnipro (16-14) played at the court of seventh ranked Ferro-ZNTU (15-15). Ferro-ZNTU smashed Dnipro 87-61. The game without a history. Ferro-ZNTU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Vincent Hunter (208-84, college: Arkansas) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with 14 points and 9 assists for the winners. Four Ferro-ZNTU players scored in double figures. Guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) replied with 12 points and 8 assists and power forward Mario Austin (206-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Strategic Sports) added 10 points in the effort for Dnipro. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ferro-ZNTU maintains seventh position with 15-15 record. Dnipro at the other side keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. Ferro-ZNTU's next round opponent will be DniproAzot (#9) in Dniprodzerzhynsk. Dnipro will play on the road against the league's leader BC Donetsk (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: V.Hunter 26+7reb, R.Harris 16+4reb+3ast, K.Mays 14+4reb+9ast, C.Burns 11+9reb+1ast, A.Rybalko 9+1reb+2ast, A.Johnson 5+3reb
Dnipro: S.Burtt 12+2reb+8ast, M.Austin 10+4reb+3ast, S.Tymofeyenko 9+3reb, C.Glazyrin 6+3reb, M.Kornienko 6+9reb, D.Brown 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 120893


Khimik - BC Kyiv 82-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked BC Kyiv's (7-22) road loss to twelfth ranked Khimik (10-20) 72-82 on Wednesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Khimik dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kyiv's 30 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Curtis Millage (185-81, college: Arizona St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 assists and Bosnian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82) who added 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Guard Pavlo Burenko (188-90) responded with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-91) scored 16 points. BC Kyiv's coach Vitaliy Cherniy tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Khimik maintains twelfth position with 10-20 record. Loser BC Kyiv stay at the bottom place with 22 games lost. Khimik will face higher ranked Azovmash (#4) in Mariupol in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BC Kyiv will play at home against Halychyna (#11) in Lviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Khimik: C.Millage 20+4reb+5ast, T.Bizaca 17+7reb+3ast, E.Bavcic 13+10reb+1ast, A.Kolchenko 9+2reb+1ast, S.Popov 6+1reb, O.Prokopenko 6+2reb
BC Kyiv: P.Burenko 16+5reb+4ast, O.Lypovyy 16+4reb, O.Saltovets 10+7reb, M.Sandul 9+9reb+1ast, R.Otverchenko 7+1reb+1ast, V.Kovalenko 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 120894


BC Donetsk - Azovmash 79-91

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked BC Donetsk (23-7) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Azovmash (18-12) 91-79. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-79. Azovmash made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Azovmash outrebounded BC Donetsk 31-18 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Fred House (195-78, college: S.Utah, agency: Lanshire Group) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Chris Owens (204-79, college: Texas, agency: Pro One Sports) who added 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Azovmash players scored in double figures. Dominican guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan) responded with 23 points and Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: Beo Basket) scored 17 points. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 18-12 record. Newly promoted BC Donetsk still keeps top place with seven games lost. Azovmash are looking forward to face Khimik (#12) in Yuzhny in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BC Donetsk will play at home against Dnipro (#5) in Dnepropetrovsk and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: F.House 20+6reb+4ast, C.Owens 20+7reb+2ast, R.Curry 18+5reb+4ast, D.Pasalic 11+1reb, D.Alexander 11+5reb+1ast, M.Pustozvonov 10+7reb+3ast
BC Donetsk: L.Flores 23+2reb, B.Cvetkovic 17+2reb+1ast, D.Gliebov 12+5reb+2ast, J.Edwards 9+4reb, I.Shkurupiy 8+3reb+1ast, V.Kravtsov 5+1reb
gschID: 120924


DniproAzot - Mykolaiv 69-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Mykolaiv's (14-15) road victory over 9th ranked DniproAzot (12-17) 75-69 on Thursday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-18. But DniproAzot won second period 18-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mykolaiv dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to DniproAzot's 18. DniproAzot was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and Lithuanian guard Andrius Mazutis (180-81) who added 7 points and 5 assists during the contest. Canadian power forward Michael Fraser (203-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 21 rebounds and the former international guard Maxim Balashov (189-80) scored 23 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Mykolaiv have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 14-15 record. Loser DniproAzot keeps the ninth place with 17 games lost. Mykolaiv will face Halychyna (#11) in Lviv in the next round. DniproAzot will play at home against Ferro-ZNTU in Zaporozhye and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: J.Love 28+4reb+3ast, O.Onufriyev 8+3reb+1ast, B.Greene 7+6reb, A.Mazutis 7+2reb+5ast, L.Iailo 6+5reb+2ast, J.Umbrasko 6+3reb
DniproAzot: M.Balashov 23+3reb+1ast, M.Fraser 16+21reb+3ast, G.Sirutavicius 13+1reb+1ast, J.Dukes 5+2reb, R.Sirsnins 5+1reb+2ast, S.Sokur 4+2reb
gschID: 120925


Budivelnyk - Halychyna 82-88

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Budivelnyk (22-7) against twelfth ranked Halychyna (11-21) on Friday night. Host Budivelnyk was defeated by Halychyna in a tough game in Kyiv 82-88. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Budivelnyk. It looked good early as Budivelnyk took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Halychyna had a 24-17 second period charge getting the lead and Budivelnyk was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-88. Halychyna made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American forward Alan Wiggins (206-84, college: USF) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Five Halychyna players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 6 rebounds by American guard William Keys (188-77, college: N.Mexico St.) did not help to save the game for Budivelnyk. Naturalized Lithuanian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) added 12 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Halychyna moved-up to eleventh place. Budivelnyk at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Halychyna will play against higher ranked Mykolaiv (#8) in Mykolaiv in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Budivelnyk will play on the road against Kryvbasbasket (#6) in Krivoy Rog and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Halychyna: N.Williams 19+4reb+4ast, M.Andriukaitis 17+2reb+2ast, A.Wiggins 15+13reb+1ast, T.Abernethy 12+5reb+5ast, M.Sroka 10+2reb, S.Morrison 10+2reb
Budivelnyk: W.Keys 21+6reb+3ast, M.Anisimovas 12+6reb+1ast, L.Wilson 10+6reb, A.Betts 9+6reb, Z.Morley 9+1reb, D.Ikovlev 8+5reb
gschID: 120926


Dnipro - Mykolaiv 101-66

Not a big story in a game in Dnepropetrovsk where 8th ranked Mykolaiv (14-15) was rolled over by fifth ranked Dnipro (16-14) 101-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. Dnipro led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Mykolaiv's 28 and made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Mykolaiv 44-24 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dnipro made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Olexiy Shchepkin (192-89) who added 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Ivan Gilyevych (205-82) responded with 17 points and American guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Five Dnipro and four Mykolaiv players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Dnipro maintains fifth position with 16-14 record, which they share with Kryvbasbasket. Loser Mykolaiv keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost. Dnipro will face league's leader BC Donetsk on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mykolaiv will play against Halychyna (#11) in Lviv.
Top scorers:
Dnipro: D.Brown 19+8reb+5ast, S.Burtt 18+5ast, O.Shchepkin 17+7reb+2ast, M.Austin 15+9reb+1ast, S.Tymofeyenko 10+5reb+3ast, M.Kornienko 8+2reb+1ast
Mykolaiv: I.Gilyevych 17+4reb+1ast, O.Onufriyev 12+1reb, J.Love 11+3reb+4ast, B.Greene 10+4reb+2ast, J.Umbrasko 5+4reb, A.Butskyy 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 120927


Kryvbasbasket - BC Odessa 89-66

Everything went according to plan in Krivoy Rog where sixth ranked Kryvbasbasket (16-14) outscored 10th ranked BC Odessa (12-19) 89-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. Kryvbasbasket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kryvbasbasket outrebounded BC Odessa 34-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists. BC Odessa was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Igor Zaitsev (211-89) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Victor Kondratovets (187-76) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Kryvbasbasket players scored in double figures. American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Patrick Sparks (184-83, college: Kentucky, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 10 points and 5 assists. Kryvbasbasket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Dnipro. BC Odessa lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 19 games lost. Kryvbasbasket will face league's second-placed Budivelnyk in Kyiv in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Odessa will play at home against Hoverla (#3) in Frankivsk.
Top scorers:
Kryvbasbasket: I.Zaitsev 18+6reb+4ast, V.Kondratovets 17+6reb+2ast, I.Krivtsov 13+3reb+5ast, D.Korablev 12+5reb+6ast, A.Slipenchuk 11+2reb+9ast, V.Malchevskiy 9+8reb+3ast
BC Odessa: P.Sparks 10+1reb+5ast, G.Buchanan 10+3reb+3ast, J.DeGroat 9+6reb+4ast, A.Washington 9+3reb+1ast, E.Ugboaja 9+1reb, R.Kryvych 8+2ast
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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.7 
 2. Burns, Fe.18.4 
 3. Curry, Azovmash17.4 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.9 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.7 
 6. Williams, Halychyna15.0 
 7. DeGroat, BC Odessa14.6 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna14.6 
 9. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 10. Karim, DniproAzot14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.7 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.0 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.7.4 
 6. Owens, Azovmash7.2 
 7. Austin, Dnipro7.1 
 8. Thomas, Azovmash6.8 
 9. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick ZIMMERMAN
  Hoverla
  (189-G-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.3 
 2. Abernethy, Halyc.5.3 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 5. Millage, Khimik4.7 
 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. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.4 
 9. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 10. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 6. Pettway, Dnipro1.4 
 7. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.3 
 8. Morrison, Halyc.1.3 
 9. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.2 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 23-7 
 2. Budivelnyk 22-7 
 3. Hoverla 18-11 
 4. Azovmash 18-12 
 5. Dnipro 16-14 
 6. Kryvbasbasket 16-14 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 15-15 
 8. Mykolaiv 14-15 
 9. DniproAzot 12-17 
 10. BC Odessa 12-19 
 11. Halychyna 11-21 
 12. Khimik 10-20 
 13. BC Kyiv 7-22 


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  URUGUAY   


Herb Brown is in Montevideo - by Sergio Palay
Herb Brown (agency: Strategic Sports ) is in Montevideo since this Friday. Remain until late February working at Trouville with young players (more than 15 years old).
The idea is perform a pair of clinics for coaches and players of others teams.
He will work on offensive and defensive fundaments. Herb also will work with the first team, which is managed by Cesar Somma
Trouville (4) is currently playing with Aguada (5) in playoffs and the the series is tied 1-1
On Monday there will be introduced in a press conference




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Jedinstvo's Final-Four chances still in play - by Zeljko Zule
Jedinstvo boosted their play-off chances with a covincing road victory over Lupa promotion in the game of Week 19.
Lupa promotion-Jedinstvo 54-69: Montenegrim team led by as many as 14 points at the break. Brankica Hadzovic (175-G-81) finished with 22 points, Natasa Dordevic added 20, Sanja Knezevic had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Natasa Popovic grabbed 13 rebounds. Lupa's leading scorer Britany Miller was limited to just 8 points and 6 rebounds. Kristina Benic had 12 points and 12 rebouds and Irena Cuncic scored 10 points.
ospic CO-Vojvodina 89-54: Gospic won in all four quarters and held the visiting team to just 16 second half points. Ivana Jurcevic netted 20 points, Iva Badanja added 14, Sandra Mandir and Michelle Maslowski 11 apiece and Maurita Reid had 10 points,7 rebounds and 6 assists. Vojvodina was led by Vladinka Erak and her 14 points and Jospia Bura added 12.
Celik-Medvescak 66-60: Marina Ristic scored 20 points and Rada Vidovic 12 for Celik, while Iva Meznaric had 21 points and Gordana Bedalov 14 for Croatian team.
AJM Maribor-Radivoj Korac 06/02, Partizan Galenika-Sibenik Jolly JBS 06/02, Celje-Vozdovac 07/02.



Partizan brings back Velisavljevic, Celik inks Mirvic - by Zeljko Zule
Partizan Galenika brought back a member of its 2010 Serbian championship squadby signing experienced Mirjana Velisavljevic (188-C-78) for the rest of the season. She arrives from German side Herner TC, where she averaged 4.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.7steals and 0.6 blocks in 13 Bundesliga contests.
Celik added more scoring punch to an already deep backourt by signing Former Bosnian national team member Silvana Mirvic (180-F-71) for the remainder of the season.



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  CANADA - Women  


Gee-Gees use fourth quarter surge to down Lions - by Eurobasket News
The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees exploded for 28 points in the fourth quarter en route to a 70-63 win over the York University Lions in women's basketball on Friday (Feb. 4) at Tait McKenzie Centre.

The Lions (5-13) played the Gee-Gees (12-6) tighter than they did in their first meeting of the season when the Gee-Gees won by 37 points.

Both teams traded baskets throughout an evenly matched first quarter. Led by two big layups from Nadia Qahwash (170-G) (Kitchener, Ont.), the Lions put together a 7-0 run with less than four minutes remaining to take a 19-12 lead. The Gee-Gees, however, followed up with a 6-0 run of their own, which included four clutch points from Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto) in the dying seconds of the frame, to pull within one before the break.

Paisley continued her strong play into the second quarter. In the opening minutes of the frame, she drove to the Lions' basket and picked up three-points on the hoop and harm, which put the Gee-Gees up 21-19.

Qahwash replied moments later with a bucket that broke the Gee-Gees' 9-0 run and tied the game at 21-21. She then followed up with a long three that put the Lions up 24-21.

The Lions held onto their lead for most of the quarter, but the Gee-Gees put together another late scoring run to retake the lead. Rookie guard Tatiana Hanlan (Gatineau, Que.) nailed an open jumper, and Sunley-Paisley drained two free throws that put the Gee-Gees up 27-26 at halftime.

Fourth-year guard Brittany Szockyj (170-G) (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.) scored two to put the Lions up 28-27 early in the third, but the Gee-Gees replied moments later with a three-pointer from Hanlan to retake the lead, 30-28. Both teams went on to trade leads for the remainder of the quarter before ending it tied at 42-42.

Brittany Szockyj led the Lions with eight points in the quarter, including two three-pointers. The Lions had an opportunity to take a lead late in the quarter, but Jenna Elliot (Carleton Place, Ont.) missed two free throws.

After both teams traded three-pointers to open the fourth, the Gee-Gees went on a 16-5 run that broke the game wide open.

The Lions managed to cut the Gee-Gees lead to five late with three-pointers from Emily Perras (Lindsay, Ont.), Qahwash and Brittany Szockyj, but that was as close as they would get. Kimberly Cupid (Toronto) hit two free throws late to put the Gees up for good, 70-63.

With the loss, the Lions remain fifth in the OUA East with 10 points, two points ahead of the Laurentian Voyageurs (4-14). The Gee-Gees remain third in the East with 24 points, two behind the Toronto Varsity Blues (13-4).

The Lions will be in action again on Saturday (Feb. 5) when they host the first place Carleton Ravens (16-2). Tip off goes at 6pm.

By Cody Powell, sport writing assistant
Courtesy of: www.yorkulions.ca


Gorges leads Badgers to 76-61 upset over No. 3 Western - by Eurobasket News
LONDON, Ont. The Brock Badgers women's hockey (11-6 OUA) used the strength of a 25-7 first quarter to upset the No. 3 ranked Western Mustangs 76-61 Friday night on the road.

Brock hit five three-pointers and used a 13-0 run over the last 4:34 of the first quarter to shock the Mustangs in the opening ten minutes. The Badgers continued their hot shooting to lead 42-30 at the half. In the first half the Badgers shot 50.0% (8-for-16) from beyond the arc.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair, with the Badgers tough defense not allowing the Mustangs to gain ground on route to their second victory of the season over a nationally ranked team.

The Badgers had two players in double figures led by senior Whitney Gorges' (Welland, Ont.) game and season high 27 points. Junior Emily McKay (Toronto, Ont.) chipped in 13 points and five assists, while senior Devyn Cuncic (170-G-84) (Carlisle, Ont.) added nine points and four assists. Gorges shot 64.3% (9-of-14) from the field, including 5-of-6 from three-point range; both season highs.

Western was led by Matteke Hutzler (188-C) who recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double. Lacey Knox (183-G) and Jenny Vaughn added 16 and 14 points respectively in the loss.

The story of the game was the Badgers shooting. The squad shot an impressive 47.3% (27-for-57) from the field and made 12 of 26 three-pointers.

The Badgers look to continue their winning ways Saturday afternoon when the host the McMaster Marauders for a 1 p.m. tip-off from the Bob Davis Gymnasium.
Courtesy of: www.gobadgers.ca


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  DENMARK - Women  


Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
 1. SISU 16-1 
 2. Lemvig 11-6 
 3. Horsholm 9-5 
 4. Amager 8-9 
 5. Horsens 6-10 
 6. Falcon 6-10 
 7. Aabyhoj 6-10 
 8. Vaerlose 1-14 


Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Points Per Game
 Lauren BECKLEY
  Lemvig
  (181-F/C-)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Beckley, Lemvig22.9 
 2. Furgeson, Horsens17.5 
 3. Smith, Horsens16.9 
 4. Holmes, Aabyhoj16.4 
 5. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj15.9 
 6. Palacios, Lemvig15.8 
 7. Deemand, Horsholm15.2 
 8. Tryggedsson, Aabyh.15.0 
 9. Jensen, Amager14.5 
 10. Girdwood, Vaerlose14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Fuller, Falcon12.5 
 2. Kruuse, Amager10.8 
 3. Beckley, Lemvig10.1 
 4. Holmes, Aabyhoj10.0 
 5. Furgeson, Horsens9.9 
 6. Smith, Horsens9.5 
 7. Kielpinski, Lemvig8.8 
 8. Girdwood, Vaerlose7.2 
 9. Nedovic, Amager7.1 
 10. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ida KROGH
  Aabyhoj
  (181-G/F-91)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Krogh, Aabyhoj4.2 
 2. Burlin, Lemvig4.1 
 3. Lund, SISU3.7 
 4. Jensen, Amager3.5 
 5. Jorgensen, SISU3.2 
 6. Blands, SISU3.1 
 7. Seilund, Amager2.9 
 8. Haven, Vaerlose2.9 
 9. Furgeson, Horsens2.9 
 10. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Emilie HESSELDAL
  Aabyhoj
  (185-F/C-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj3.5 
 2. Blands, SISU2.8 
 3. Furgeson, Horsens2.7 
 4. Lund, SISU2.3 
 5. Ryder, Horsholm2.2 
 6. Deemand, Horsholm2.1 
 7. Beckley, Lemvig1.9 
 8. Palacios, Lemvig1.8 
 9. Udovalieva, Lemvig1.8 
 10. Jorgensen, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fuller, Falcon3.0 
 2. Kielpinski, Lemvig1.7 
 3. Dokkedal, Vaerlose0.9 
 4. Kruuse, Amager0.8 
 5. Palacios, Lemvig0.7 
 6. Aitch, SISU0.6 
 7. Johansen, Vaerlose0.6 
 8. Girdwood, Vaerlose0.6 
 9. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj0.5 
 10. Smith, Horsens0.5 


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Meistriliiga Round 11: Tartu Ulikooli wins overtime game against Audentes - by Eurobasket News
Fifth-ranked Audentes (0-9) gave a tough game to second ranked Tartu Ulikooli (6-3) on Tuesday. Tartu Ulikooli managed to secure only four-point victory 75-71. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Audentes won third quarter 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Audentes used huge pressure winning it 15-12 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 7-11. Tartu Ulikooli forced 27 Audentes turnovers. It was a great evening for who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. helped adding 17 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Birgit Piibur (160-94) responded with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Audentes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tartu Ulikooli maintains second place with 6-3 record having just three points less than leader Eclex Tallinn. Audentes at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Tartu Ulikooli are looking forward to face TLU/Volta (#3) in Tallinn in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Audentes will play at home against NikeWomen in Tallinn and hope to get finally their first victory.
Meistriliiga top team - Eclex Tallinn (9-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Audentes (0-9) 102-56. Undefeated Eclex Tallinn have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 9-0 record. Audentes at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Eclex Tallinn's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena .



Eclex Tallinn - Audentes 102-56

Meistriliiga top team - Eclex Tallinn (9-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Audentes (0-9) 102-56. The game without a history. Eclex Tallinn led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Audentes to just 7 points in second quarter. Eclex Tallinn have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 9-0 record. Audentes at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Eclex Tallinn's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena .
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Tartu Ulikooli - Audentes 75-71 OT

Fifth-ranked Audentes (0-9) gave a tough game to second ranked Tartu Ulikooli (6-3) on Tuesday. Tartu Ulikooli managed to secure only four-point victory 75-71. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Audentes won third quarter 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Audentes used huge pressure winning it 15-12 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 7-11. Tartu Ulikooli forced 27 Audentes turnovers. It was a great evening for who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. helped adding 17 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Birgit Piibur (160-94) responded with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Audentes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tartu Ulikooli maintains second place with 6-3 record having just three points less than leader Eclex Tallinn. Audentes at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Tartu Ulikooli are looking forward to face TLU/Volta (#3) in Tallinn in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Audentes will play at home against NikeWomen in Tallinn and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikooli: H.Rosenfeldt 21+10reb+2ast, T.Teppo 17+11reb+2ast, L.Sokman 11+9reb+4ast, T.Mitt 9+10reb, A.Ruutli 8+1reb+4ast, J.Lilleallik 7+1reb+1ast
Audentes: M.Pilv 15+5reb+2ast, B.Piibur 14+6reb+5ast, K.Saat 13+8reb+1ast, G.Uprus 6+4reb+2ast, L.Kullamaa 5+2reb+2ast, E.Pldmaa 5+7reb
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  GERMANY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ofa TULIKIHIHIFO
  Wolfenbuettel
  (180-G/F-84)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Tulikihihifo, Wolfen.17.8 
 2. Williams, Leipzig17.8 
 3. Hayes, Freiburg17.7 
 4. Turner, Freiburg16.7 
 5. Terzic, Herner16.4 
 6. Holmes, Wasserburg16.3 
 7. Hollinquest, Saarl.15.2 
 8. Bender, Oberhausen15.2 
 9. Austmann, Oberh.14.8 
 10. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sequoia HOLMES
  Wasserburg
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Holmes, Wasserburg7.9 
 2. Haughian, Leipzig7.3 
 3. Williams, Leipzig7.3 
 4. Williamson, Halle7.2 
 5. Landry, Marburg7.1 
 6. Tracey, Freiburg7.1 
 7. Rajecka, Donau-Ries7.0 
 8. Hollinquest, Saarl.7.0 
 9. Greunke, Rhein MB6.8 
 10. Jeltema, Chemnitz6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries5.2 
 2. Comtesse, Saarl.4.8 
 3. Paige, Halle3.9 
 4. Pace, Leipzig3.6 
 5. O''Rourke, Chemnitz3.5 
 6. Mersch, Oberhausen3.4 
 7. Austmann, Oberh.3.1 
 8. Davidson, Marburg3.1 
 9. Barnert, Saarlouis2.8 
 10. Veselovski, Herner2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries3.5 
 2. Pace, Leipzig2.8 
 3. Austmann, Oberh.2.6 
 4. Hayes, Freiburg2.6 
 5. Hightower, Wasse.2.4 
 6. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.2.3 
 7. Tracey, Freiburg2.2 
 8. Holmes, Wasserburg2.2 
 9. Turner, Freiburg2.1 
 10. Porter-T., Wasse.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sequoia HOLMES
  Wasserburg
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Holmes, Wasserburg1.2 
 2. Landry, Marburg1.1 
 3. Gohrke, Marburg0.8 
 4. Greunke, Rhein MB0.8 
 5. Jeltema, Chemnitz0.7 
 6. Koop, Marburg0.7 
 7. Smith, Saarlouis0.7 
 8. Muurinen, Rhein MB0.7 
 9. Velisavljevi., Herner0.6 
 10. Saarinen, Rhein MB0.6 


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


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  JAPAN - Women  


Standings - JBL Women
WJBL Standings
 1. JX Sunflowers 22-1 
 2. Toyota A. 19-4 
 3. Denso 14-9 
 4. Fujitsu 14-9 
 5. Chanson 9-14 
 6. Airlines 7-16 
 7. Aishin AW 4-19 
 8. Cougars 3-20 


WJBL Round 23: Fujitsu is upset by Denso - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in WJBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

The game between third ranked Fujitsu (14-9) and fourth ranked Denso (14-9) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Fujitsu was defeated by Denso in Kawasaki 69-55. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fujitsu. Denso moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Fujitsu. Fujitsu will play again on the road against Denso in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader JX Sunflowers delivered the twentieth second victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Cougars (3-20) 73-48 in Kashiwa. JX Sunflowers (22-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Newly promoted Cougars stay dead last with 20 lost games. JX Sunflowers will again play against bottom-ranked Cougars (#8) in Hitachinaka in the next round and are hoping to win another game. The game in Tokyo supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Toyota Antelopes (19-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Airlines (7-16). Toyota Antelopes smashed Airlines 89-41 on Saturday. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Toyota Antelopes. They maintain second place with 19-4 record having just three points less than leader JX Sunflowers. Airlines lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Toyota Antelopes will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Airlines will play again against the league's second-placed Toyota Antelopes (#2) in Nagoya and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 23 Aishin AW were defeated by Chanson in Shizuoka 77-61.


JX Sunflowers - Cougars 73-48

Leader JX Sunflowers delivered the twentieth second victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Cougars (3-20) 73-48 in Kashiwa. JX Sunflowers (22-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Newly promoted Cougars stay dead last with 20 lost games. JX Sunflowers will again play against bottom-ranked Cougars (#8) in Hitachinaka in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
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Airlines - Toyota A. 41-89

The game in Tokyo supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Toyota Antelopes (19-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Airlines (7-16). Toyota Antelopes smashed Airlines 89-41 on Saturday. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Toyota Antelopes. They maintain second place with 19-4 record having just three points less than leader JX Sunflowers. Airlines lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Toyota Antelopes will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Airlines will play again against the league's second-placed Toyota Antelopes (#2) in Nagoya and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 108211


Fujitsu - Denso 55-69

The game between third ranked Fujitsu (14-9) and fourth ranked Denso (14-9) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Fujitsu was defeated by Denso in Kawasaki 69-55. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fujitsu. Denso moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Fujitsu. Denso will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fujitsu will play again on the road against Denso in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108212


Chanson - Aishin AW 77-61

There was no surprise in Shizuoka where 7th ranked Aishin Wings (4-19) were defeated by fifth ranked Chanson (9-14) 77-61 on Saturday. Chanson maintains fifth place with 9-14 record. Aishin Wings lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 19 games lost. Chanson will again meet Aishin Wings (#7) in the next round.
gschID: 108213




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  LATVIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Krastina, LU22.3 
 2. Krumberga, TTT R.18.9 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.18.4 
 4. Lisnere, Cesis18.2 
 5. Jakobsone, Cesis17.8 
 6. Eibele, TTT Riga15.8 
 7. Teilane, RTU-Merks15.4 
 8. Surkusa, TTT J.14.9 
 9. Butler, TTT Riga14.5 
 10. Egle, Daugavpils14.3 
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.8.4 
 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. Neimane, TTT J.3.0 
 7. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 8. Staugaitiene, TTT R.2.8 
 9. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.7 
 10. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.7 
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 Riga3.3 
 4. Zellous, TTT Riga3.0 
 5. Butler, TTT Riga2.9 
 6. Krumberga, TTT R.2.6 
 7. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.5 
 8. Bridina, TTT K.2.5 
 9. Zeltina, Cesis2.4 
 10. Jevsejeva, Dauga.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.4 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.3.3 
 3. Surkusa, TTT J.2.0 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.7 
 5. Zellous, TTT Riga1.3 
 6. Nimane, TTT Riga1.2 
 7. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 
 8. Lisnere, Cesis1.0 
 9. Vitola, RTU-Merks0.8 
 10. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.0.8 


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 18-0 
 2. LU 15-3 
 3. RTU-Merks 12-5 
 4. TTT Juniores 9-7 
 5. TTT Kadetes 8-11 
 6. Daugavpils 5-14 
 7. Liepajas 2-15 
 8. Cesis 2-16 


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. VICI Kaunas 17-0 
 2. Lemminkainen 11-5 
 3. Laisve 10-7 
 4. LKKA-Aistes 7-9 
 5. MRU 7-11 
 6. Ruta Siauliai 4-13 
 7. Utena 3-14 


Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Santa OKOCKYTE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-G-92)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Okockyte, LK.18.4 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve18.4 
 3. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.16.2 
 4. Milieskiene, Lemmin.14.6 
 5. Daujadiene, Utena14.3 
 6. Aglinskaite, MRU13.8 
 7. Kirstukaite, Utena13.4 
 8. Budryte, Laisve13.2 
 9. Bimbaite, VICI K.13.0 
 10. Solopova, VICI K.12.7 
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, MRU9.1 
 5. Taraseviciut., Laisve9.0 
 6. Galdikaite, MRU8.6 
 7. Grigalauskyt., Lemmin.8.4 
 8. Budryte, Laisve8.0 
 9. Kirstukaite, Utena7.9 
 10. Pikciute, VICI K.7.0 
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.5.0 
 4. Daujadiene, Utena4.1 
 5. Pilypaitis, VICI K.3.8 
 6. Solopova, VICI K.3.6 
 7. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.6 
 8. Valentiene, VICI K.3.0 
 9. Okockyte, LK.3.0 
 10. Zintikaite, MRU2.6 
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. Daujadiene, Utena2.5 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmin.2.4 
 6. Sauliute, VICI K.2.4 
 7. Solopova, 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. Palaimaite, Utena1.3 
 3. Juceviciute, Utena1.3 
 4. Paugaite, VICI K.1.2 
 5. Kirstukaite, Utena1.1 
 6. Kvederaviciu., Laisve1.1 
 7. Aleksaite, MRU1.1 
 8. Budryte, Laisve0.9 
 9. Pikciute, VICI K.0.8 
 10. Dominauskait., Ruta S.0.8 


LMKL Round 20: VICI Kaunas defeat Lemminkainen in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for VICI Kaunas (17-0) which hosted in Kaunas second-ranked Lemminkainen (11-5). Top-ranked VICI Kaunas managed to get a 8-point victory 79-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lemminkainen. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 40-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when VICI Kaunas made 8 blocks. Canadian guard Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-88, college: Vermont) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Rima Valentiene (170-78) contributed with 5 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Rita Milieskiene (175-78) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Lemminkainen. Undefeated VICI Kaunas have an impressive 17-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-0 record. Lemminkainen at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. VICI Kaunas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena LKKA-Aistes.
Another exciting game for Utena (3-14) which hosted 4th ranked LKKA-Aistes (7-9). Seventh ranked Utena won 77-70. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Asta Daujadiene (176-73) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds and Agne Ziegyte who added 16 points, 6 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Forward Kornelija Balciunaite (176-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 19 rebounds. LKKA-Aistes' coach Aurimas Jasilionis rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Utena maintains seventh position with 3-14 record. LKKA-Aistes lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. Utena will play against higher ranked Ruta Siauliai (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LKKA-Aistes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas VICI Kaunas.
The game between third ranked Laisve (10-7) and 5th ranked MRU (7-11) in Kaunas on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Laisve outscored guests from Vilnius 76-43. The winners were led by Jurga Budryte who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Laisve's coach Andrius Kuliesius felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points by Diana Zintikaite did not help to save the game for MRU. Laisve maintains third position with 10-7 record having seven points less than leader VICI Kaunas. Loser MRU keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Laisve will meet league's second-placed Lemminkainen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. MRU will have a break next round.



Utena - LKKA-Aistes 77-70

Another exciting game for Utena (3-14) which hosted 4th ranked LKKA-Aistes (7-9). Seventh ranked Utena won 77-70. The hosts were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 28-17 last quarter charge of LKKA-Aistes cut the lead to 77-70 at the end of the game. Strangely LKKA-Aistes outrebounded Utena 53-25 including a 22-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Utena especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. LKKA-Aistes was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Asta Daujadiene (176-73) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds and guard Agne Ziegyte (175-86) who added 16 points, 6 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Four Utena players scored in double figures. Forward Kornelija Balciunaite (176-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 19 rebounds and guard Santa Okockyte (176-92) scored 16 points and 5 assists. LKKA-Aistes' coach Aurimas Jasilionis rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Utena maintains seventh position with 3-14 record. LKKA-Aistes lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. Utena will play against higher ranked Ruta Siauliai (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LKKA-Aistes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas VICI Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Utena: A.Daujadiene 26+5reb+3ast, A.Ziegyte 16+2reb+6ast, E.Briedyte 16+5reb+1ast, G.Kirstukaite 11+8reb+2ast, E.Juceviciute 6+5reb+1ast, I.Stankeviciute 2
LKKA-Aistes: K.Balciunaite 17+19reb+2ast, S.Okockyte 16+3reb+5ast, L.Svaryte 12+9reb, K.Druskyte 7+8reb+2ast, G.Jasiunskaite 7+1reb, D.Saurazaite 5+2reb
gschID: 119641


Laisve - MRU 76-43

The game between third ranked Laisve (10-7) and 5th ranked MRU (7-11) in Kaunas on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Laisve outscored guests from Vilnius 76-43. The game without a history. Laisve led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding MRU to just 5 points in second quarter and to 13 points in first half. Laisve held MRU to an opponent 24.3 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.8 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded MRU 49-35 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by forward Jurga Budryte (187-81) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-76) supported her with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Laisve players scored in double figures. Laisve's coach Andrius Kuliesius felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points by guard Diana Zintikaite (166-91) did not help to save the game for MRU. Forward Sarune Povilionyte (182-88) added 5 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. Laisve maintains third position with 10-7 record having seven points less than leader VICI Kaunas. Loser MRU keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Laisve will meet league's second-placed Lemminkainen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. MRU will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Laisve: J.Budryte 14+10reb+2ast, M.Kvederaviciute 13+8reb+2ast, L.Kinkeviciene 12+8reb+5ast, L.Aglinskaite 11+4reb+2ast, E.Taraseviciute 10+8reb+1ast, E.Sarapaite 6+3reb
MRU: D.Zintikaite 16+2reb+1ast, E.Sniokaite 5, S.Povilionyte 5+12reb, G.Sniokaite 5+1reb+1ast, N.Bytautaite 4+7reb, I.Aleksaite 3+3reb
gschID: 119642


VICI Kaunas - Lemminkainen 79-71

An interesting game for VICI Kaunas (17-0) which hosted in Kaunas second-ranked Lemminkainen (11-5). Top-ranked VICI Kaunas managed to get a 8-point victory 79-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lemminkainen. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 40-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when VICI Kaunas made 8 blocks. Canadian guard Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-88, college: Vermont) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Rima Valentiene (170-78) contributed with 5 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Rita Milieskiene (175-78) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Egle Zygelyte (166-84) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Lemminkainen. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. VICI Kaunas have an impressive 17-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-0 record. Lemminkainen at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. VICI Kaunas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena LKKA-Aistes.
Top scorers:
VICI Kaunas: C.Pilypaitis 20+10reb+5ast, G.Paugaite 14+4reb, L.Pikciute 11+4reb, V.Kuktiene 11+5reb+2ast, K.Vengryte 8+4reb+2ast, A.Kristina 6+1reb
Lemminkainen: R.Milieskiene 15+9reb, G.Gutkauskaite 14+1reb+1ast, E.Zygelyte 13+7reb+3ast, L.Povilonyte 10+9reb+1ast, R.Margeviciute 9+8reb+2ast, I.Raugaite 7+4reb
gschID: 119643




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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Laurie KOEHN
  Utex Row
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Koehn, Utex Row19.1 
 2. Champion, Inea AZS16.9 
 3. Kobryn, Wisla C.14.7 
 4. Kobryn, Wisla C.14.7 
 5. Harris, Utex Row14.4 
 6. Leuchanka, Gorzow14.4 
 7. Fox-Griffin, Super.14.3 
 8. Ross, Lider P.14.0 
 9. Szott, Artego14.0 
 10. Wright, Lotos G.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yelena LEUCHANKA
  Wisla Can-Pak
  (196-C-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.7 
 2. Oha, LKS Siemens9.2 
 3. Carter, CCC P.9.1 
 4. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia8.2 
 5. Cheek, Super-Pol8.2 
 6. Alexander, Odra B.7.9 
 7. Denson, Lider P.7.7 
 8. Crisman, Artego7.6 
 9. Jankowska, LKS S.7.5 
 10. McLean, Utex Row7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC Polkowice
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Zoll, CCC P.5.9 
 2. Phillips, Wisla C.4.3 
 3. Phillips, Wisla C.4.3 
 4. Richards, Gorzow4.1 
 5. Raymond, Artego3.8 
 6. Idczak, Inea AZS3.8 
 7. Kulaga, Super-Pol3.8 
 8. Gawronska, Odra B.3.6 
 9. Bortelova, Energa T.3.6 
 10. Swanier, Lotos G.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Adrianne ROSS
  Lider Pruszkow
  (173-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ross, Lider P.2.5 
 2. Swanier, Lotos G.2.5 
 3. Bednarek, Lider P.2.4 
 4. Jelavic, Wisla C.2.3 
 5. Gajda, Energa Torun2.3 
 6. Carter, CCC P.2.3 
 7. Phillips, Wisla C.2.3 
 8. Phillips, Wisla C.2.3 
 9. Jelavic, Wisla C.2.3 
 10. Leedham, Gorzow2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brittany DENSON
  Lider Pruszkow
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Denson, Lider P.2.1 
 2. Majewska, CCC P.1.9 
 3. Perostiyska, Energa T.1.6 
 4. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia1.4 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.3 
 6. Burse, Wisla C.1.3 
 7. Jankowska, LKS S.1.1 
 8. Goff, Super-Pol1.0 
 9. Kobryn, Wisla C.0.9 
 10. Kobryn, Wisla C.0.9 


Standings - PLKK
PLKK Standings
 1. Wisla Can-Pak 18-1 
 2. CCC Polkowice 17-2 
 3. Gorzow 15-4 
 4. Lider Pruszkow 14-7 
 5. Energa Torun 13-7 
 6. Lotos Gdynia 12-7 
 7. Artego 10-11 
 8. Super-Pol 9-12 
 9. Widzew 7-13 
 10. Inea AZS 5-15 
 11. Utex Row 4-15 
 12. Odra Brzeg 3-17 
 13. LKS Siemens 2-18 


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Standings - Women
Liga Feminina Standings
 1. Quinta 14-2 
 2. CAB Madeira 14-2 
 3. AD Vagos 13-3 
 4. Alges 10-7 
 5. Boa Viagem 10-8 
 6. Olivais 9-7 
 7. CDTN 7-9 
 8. GDESSA 5-11 
 9. Academico 5-12 
 10. Barcelos 3-14 
 11. Uniao Micaelense 1-16 


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
A1 Group
 1. Satu Mare 5-0 
 2. ICIM Arad 4-1 
 3. Craiova 3-1 
 4. Timisoara 2-2 
 5. Sf.Gheorghe 2-3 
 6. Alexandria 1-3 
 7. Rapid 1-3 
 8. Olimpia 0-5 
A2 Group
 1. Alba Iulia 2-0 
 2. Cluj Napoca 2-0 
 3. Brasov 1-1 
 4. Oradea 1-1 
 5. Iasi 0-2 
 6. Sp.Studentesc 0-2 


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. Sipos, Craiova15.1 
 8. Vass, Sf.Gheorghe14.8 
 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. Walker, Sf.Gheor.11.4 
 3. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.11.1 
 4. Rus, Alexandria10.9 
 5. Saponjic, Alexandria10.5 
 6. Stanga, Sp.Stude.9.5 
 7. Ivan, Brasov9.2 
 8. Ducker, Satu Mare9.0 
 9. Vescan, Sf.Gheorghe8.9 
 10. Tkachenko, Iasi8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Annemarie PARAU
  Sf.Gheorghe
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Parau, Sf.Gheorghe5.1 
 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.2.9 
 9. Ardeleanu, Sf.Gheor.2.8 
 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.3.0 
 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
 Andrea WALKER
  Sf.Gheorghe
  (196-C-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Walker, Sf.Gheor.2.8 
 2. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.1.9 
 3. Kane, Craiova1.8 
 4. Craciun, Olimpia1.2 
 5. Toma, ICIM A.1.0 
 6. Chelariu, Olimpia1.0 
 7. Rus, Alexandria1.0 
 8. Ionescu, Olimpia0.9 
 9. Stanga, Sp.Stude.0.8 
 10. Chivu, Alexandria0.7 


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


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


Rogaska end road losing streak at 19 - by Zeljko Zule
Rogaska finally snapped its 19 road-game losing streak after beating Domzale 80-70, in the game of Week 17.
Domzale-Rogaska 79-80: Rogaska won on the road for the first time since October 24, 2009, when they won 70-67 at Domzale, too. Ursa Svetic (173-G-93) had 32 points and 7 rebounds, Simona Jurse collected 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and Mateja Baloh scored 16 points. Rogaska scored 7 straight points late in the third quarter to take a lead 57-50 and never looked back from there. Domzale outrebunded the visiting team 46-31, picking up 18 offensive boards, but missed 14 free throws. Jana Osolnik had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Nina Ivanc scored 19 points, Alenka Hozjan added 15 and Lea Stupica grabbed 11 rebounds.

Grosuplje-Jezica 88-87: Former Bosnian national tem member Natasa Mikic made a game-winning jumper with 5 seconds remaining and finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds, Janza Dolinsek scored 19 points, Alina Gjerkes added 13 and Ziva Kolman handed out 10 assists. Jezica missed 17 free throws. Ziva Macura posted 20 points, Nina Gabrovsek and Ursa Serdisek Betlehem 18 each, Jasmina Hatic 12 and Eva Rupnik 11.
Triglav-GVT Konjice 57-43: Both teams shot below 30 percent for the game and Konjice commited 23 turnovers, while Triglav had 14 lost balls. The home team went on a 15-0 run spanning halftime to go ahead 41-25 and its defense held Konjice scoreless for a 10:38 span. Ziva Zdolsek finished with 19 points, Ursa Cuk scored 14 points and Urska Zibert 10. Konjice was led by Nina Srot and her 12 points, Katja Klancnik grabbed 12 rebounds and Ajsa Zdovc had 10 rebounds.
Hit Kranjska Gora-Odeja 85-39: Trailing 17-24 early in the second quarter, Kranjska Gora went on a 17-2 run. The home team scored 13 straight points in the third period and outscored Odeja 26-2 in the final period. Sasa Panic posted 19 points, Martina Osterman 18, Teja Oblak 16 and Tina Trebec 12. Odeja was led by Tina Cadez with 11 points, Ajda Gabrovsek added 10.




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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Steady Carey leads Bobcats by example - by David Edole
By Donna Janotta, LL-C Correspondent
Laurel Leader-Call The Laurel Leader-Call Sat Feb 05, 2011, 11:17 AM CST

ELLISVILLE-- For 20-year-old sophomore guard Tanecka Carey (175-G-91), adjusting to college life hasnt been all that difficult.

As far as basketball, I have just had to adjust to a faster paced game and stronger and better athletes, said Carey.

The 5-foot-9 Jones Community Junior College point guard is continuing her success from Jackson Murrah and is primed and ready to achieve even bigger things at the University of Southern Mississippi in the fall.

Carey signed with Southern Mississippi in November.

I had talked to a couple of other schools, Carey said, but Southern Miss was the school that stuck with me and kept talking to me. Im excited about going. I am really happy to get to play for (assistant) coach Cara Hyatt at USM again.

Careys success started at Murrah High School where she was selected an All-Metro pick her sophomore season after helping the Mustangs win the 5A State championship. She was named a Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen her senior year. She was nominated for All-America honors her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

It felt good to be nominated for the Dandy Dozen, said Carey. It showed me that people actually watched me play and thought I played well. I just worked as hard as I could.

Carey said her strength is her leadership. She added she always feels she could get better defensively.

I have gotten a lot better on defense, said Carey. With it being better players here at JCJC, I have had to work just that much harder to improve myself. But everything about the game always needs constant work. There is always room for improvement.

Tanecka can take anyone one-on-one and pull up for the outside shot and lay them down in critical situations, said Anna Jackson, Careys former coach at Murrah during an interview with the Clarion-Ledger.

As a freshman at JCJC, Carey led the MACJC in scoring with 21.3 points per game. Sher also averaged 4.2 assists and 3.5 rebounds. She was selected First Team All-MACJC and All-Region 23 and helped the Lady Bobcats win their second straight state championship.

In January, Carey was selected the NJCAAs Division I Womens Player of the Week for Jan. 9-15 after big games against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Degaldo (La.) Community College.

In the 87-81 win over GCCC, Carey had 38 points and 6 assists. She scored 22 points, had 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a 93-64 pounding of Delgado. For the two games, she was 20-for-36 shooting and connected on 9 of 16 from 3-point range.

Winning a third state championship is the goal Carey has for the team this season.The Lady Bobcats are 14-4 overall and 7-1 in South Division play.

I am ready to win a third, said Carey. I think with our great coaches and players that we are ready mentally and physically to do that.

The Lady Bobcats defeated East Central Community College on Monday night 98-77. Carey led all scorers with 33 points. The Lady Bobcats host Gulf Coast today at 2 in a game that was rescheduled from Thursday because of inclement weather.

I feel confident that we can get to another state championship, said Carey. If we work together as a team and just keep working hard, I think it will happen.

Tanecka is one of those players that brings a high level of intensity to the game and makes everyone around her a better player, said Jones County Junior College head coach Sandra Sumrall. Not only is she our leading scorer, she is also one of our leading rebounders and defenders and is a true leader on and off the court.