EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/8/2011

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  ABA   


SETX Mavericks hold #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - Week 14 - by Gianni Pascucci
The Southeast Texas Mavericks held the #1 position in the ABA Power Ranking by the slimmest of margins over the powerful Jacksonville Giants. 'When these two teams meet, it will be a clash of the titans,' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . 'Jacksonville scored over 200 points in a geme this week and are winning their games convincingly in an undefeated season. But SETX is the defending champion and also winning by substantial margins with a more difficult schedule. It is very exciting. And we still have two other undefeated teams knocking at the door. Every game counts as we head towards the playoffs.' The rankings:

1. SETX Mavericks (19-1)
2. Jacksonville Giantso (16-0)
3. 7-City Knights (13-0)
4. Colorado Kings (13-0)
5. East Kentucky Energy (12-1)
6. Seattle Mountaineers (11-1)
7. Las Vegas Aces (8-1)
8. East Bay Pitbulls (13-4)
9. Columbus Riverballers (11-3)
10. Savannah Storm (10-3)
11. Chicago Steam (12-3)
12. San Diego Sol (11-3)
13. Oklahoma Stallions (8-3)
14. Texas Fuel (12-4)
15. North Dallas Vandals (10-6)
16. Bay Area Matrix (10-6)
17. Sacramento Heatwave (8-5)
18. Lake Michigan Admirals (7-4)
19. West Texas Whirlwinds (8-5)
20. California Seakings (8-6)
21. Los Angeles Slam (8-6)
22. San Diego Surf (7-6)
23. Modesto Hawks (8-7
24. Gulf Coast Flash (5-4)

'And there are five teams knocking on the door of the rankings. The rankings could change dramatically in the next four weeks. 16 of the Top 24 teams are from the west; the road to the playoffs will be very interesting,' added Newman.


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. 19-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 5-4 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Louisiana U. 1-5 
 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 13-4 
 2. Bay Area M. 10-6 
 3. Sacramento H. 8-5 
 4. California SK 8-6 
 5. Modesto H. 8-7 
 6. S.Francisco R. 5-3 
 7. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 12-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 7-4 
 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. LA Slam 8-6 
 4. San Diego S. 7-6 
 5. Compton C. 0-0 
 6. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 7. Mid-Valley 0-1 
 8. Riverside R. 0-1 
 9. SoCal Swish 0-4 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 12-1 
 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. Columbus Life 11-3 
 3. Savannah Storm 10-3 
 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 


San Diego Surf and Los Angeles Slam advance to SoCal Classic championship - by Gianni Pascucci
Four ABA teams linked up for the SoCal ABA Classic the past weekend in San Diego. In the first game of tournment on friday night's doubleheader, the Los Angeles Slam overcame a ten point deficit against the Mid-Valley Titans to hang on for the 106-103 win. The Titans missed a game-tying three-pointer with four seconds remaining and will face off against the SoCal Swish in Saturdays 5:30 consolation game.
The The San Diego Surf met the SoCal Swish from Hawthorne, Ca. and played their best team effort of the season in the 111-88 victory. Gene Shipley (6'9''-C-79, agency: Elleby Sports, college: Brandon) led the wat at 19 points and 12 rebounds, Erwin Dunson (6'7''-F) added 16 points, while Aaron Hands (6'8''-F/C-80, agency: Promotex, college: Cal-Riverside) and Papa Samba Guisse (6'8''-F-85) had 11 rebounds each. Daniel Brady and Maurice Clady (5'8''-G, college: Long Beach St.) had 10 and 9 assists, respectfully.



Mavericks win 18th game of season with victory over Pelicans - by Gianni Pascucci
The Southeast Texas Mavericks had to come from behind on Saturday night at home to defeat the Louisiana Cajun Pelicans at the NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX.
The Mavs came out cold and fell behind the Pelicans by as many as 15 points in the 1st quarter. Joe Rogers (6'10''-C-79), Quinton Pratt, and Warren Fuselier (5'10''-G-88, college: La-Monroe) set the tone for the Pelicans. LA United led SETX 25-12 after one period of play. The Mavericks came back with a 15-2 run that tied the game at 27 mid-way through the 2nd period. Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama), Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI), Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse), and Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) led the charge for the Mavs. SETX went in at halftime leading 42-38 after a Davis tip-in at the buzzer to end the first half. The second half belonged to the SETX Mavericks. A 20 to 4 run to open the 3rd quarter put the Mavericks in control of the game. Former ABA Rookie of the Year Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) 's long range shooting and the Mavericks defensive pressure was just too much for LA United. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) and Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) led the Mavs defense. The Pelicans never quit playing but the Mavericks defensive pressure and depth was just too much to handle as SETX won their 19th game of the season. The game ended 110-72, Todd led the Mavericks in scoring with 18 points. Pace followed up with 15 points. Bradley, Sanders, and Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.) all chipped in 11 points each respectively. Davis pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked 3 shots for the Mavs. Pratt led the Pelicans in scoring with 16 points.
The Mavericks will be back home on Thursday night, February 10th. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.


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  ACPBL   


Bombers Continue Win Streak - by Justin Moore
BOMBERS win their 4th game in a row defeating Tri City Suns 156-118
The Beltway Bombers are serving notice to the ACPBL that they are one of the most talented teams in the country. They beat the Tri City Suns 156-118 on the road for their fourth consecutive win. G Hugh Jones (6'3''-F-80), G Steven Miles (6'2''-G-81, college: American), F Ed Jones (6'7''-F, college: N.Carolina A&T), G Angelo Hernandez (6'3''-G, college: N.Carolina A&T), G Rogers Barnes (6'2''-G-86, college: Morgan St.), F Chris Darnell (6'9''-F/C-86, college: William & Mary), F Derick Payne (6'6''-F-83, college: Bowie St.), G Darrian Lee (6'5''-G-78, college: Goucher), F Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, college: Rhode Island) and F Brandon Altmann (6'9''-C) all put up big numbers to contribute to the win. Missing were both PG's Camontae Griffin (5'9''-G-86, college: St.Mary's (MD)) and Joseph Flegler (6'0''-G-85, college: Savannah St.), PF Keith Gray (6'8''-C-80, college: American),F Dallas Crawley (6'6''-F/C-80, college: Marymount) along with G/F Marcus Fisher (6'4''-G/F-83).

With five regular season games remaining, four at home, the Bombers have their sights only on the next game on the schedule. 'We don't want to get caught looking ahead or creating scenarios based on other teams', Owner/Head Coach Chaz Dudley points out. The Bombers players are focused on 'doing their job' after hearing that phrase enough times from Coach.

Co-captain guard Steven Miles says 'playing for the Bombers has been a great experience. Everyone, from top to bottom, works extremely hard making this team a success. Now with our current win streak, you are starting to see some of the fruits of our labor'.

Co-captain guard Angelo Hernandez 'its beyond an opportunity of a lifetime to play with so much talent, that all have the aspirations of furthering their basketball careers'.

Forward Ed Jones adds 'playing for the Bombers is always fun because we have so much talent. No one player lacks anything. When we bring in subs, it's consistent talent. It makes the game that much easier because on any given night, anyone can go off'.

Swing Rogers Barnes mentions that 'it's a fun experience playing with all these great players and for Coach Chaz. Being in a situation like this helps me get better and prepare myself for the next level'.

When asked about distributing playing time and coaching this star-studded roster, Coach Chaz says 'Ive been coaching high level pros for a very long time, so I have that frame of reference. While I'm responsible for their minutes, they actually control their own playing time by their overall production and effort on the court. These are very talented, unselfish professionals whose only agenda is winning. Playing time has a way of taking care of itself'.

Next up for the Bombers is a big road game on Sunday, February 13th against the Tru Hope Trailblazers in Norfolk, VA. Coach Chaz knows how important this next game is. 'Every remaining game on our schedule is crucial, but playing Tru Hope has me in the lab looking at film and game planning several additional hours. They are very talented, professional, extremely well coached and always prepared. The Trailblazers are a class organization, and I hold Coach Emory in high regard. When you walk in an opposing gym, especially Tru Hope's, you can't go in casually...you have to go in with bad intentions. Competing against the Trailblazers is always a test of skills and wills, and we look forward to playing them'.

Bombers remaining schedule:
Sunday, February 13th 3pm @ Tru Hope Trailblazers
Saturday, February 19th 7pm vs Westchester Wildkatz
Saturday February 26th 7pm vs Tru Hope Trailblazers
Saturday March 5th 7pm vs Westchester Wildkatz
Saturday March 12th 7pm vs Tri City Suns



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Round 20: Partizan and Krka win their games - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game had a very big importance for Serbian Partizan as it allowed them to keep a leadership position. Partizan defeated 9th ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk in Beograd 86-75. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. CEZ Nymburk managed to win fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Partizan dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to CEZ Nymburk's 30. They outrebounded CEZ Nymburk 33-16 including a 25-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by CEZ Nymburk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward James Gist (203-86) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Guard Pavel Pumprla (196-86) responded with 19 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Partizan have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Krka. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. CEZ Nymburk will play next round against Hemofarm trying to get back on the winning streak. Partizan will try to continue on its current victory against thirteenth ranked Crvena Zvezda. It will be extra interesting game as Crvena Zvezda is their local rival from Beograd.
Important game to mention about took place in Podgorica. Fifth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (12-8) saved a 3-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Croatian Cedevita (11-9) 93-90 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cedevita. The winners were led by Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (202-86, agency: Beo Basket) who scored that evening 15 points and 7 rebounds and Sead Sehovic supported him with 21 points. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Cedevita. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Union Olimpija. Cedevita at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with KK Zagreb CO. Buducnost will play against bottom-ranked Zadar (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cedevita will play against Union Olimpija (#3) in Ljubljana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (12-8) against twelfth ranked Bosnian Siroki TT Kabeli (9-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Union Olimpija was edged by Siroki TT Kabeli in a tough game in Siroki Brijeg 85-86. The best player for the winners was Sinisa Stemberger who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Kevinn Pinkney produced 22 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Union Olimpija keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Buducnost. Siroki TT Kabeli will meet higher ranked KK Zagreb CO (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Union Olimpija will play against Cedevita in Zagreb and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Croatian Zadar managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they outleveled seventh-ranked Bosnian Igokea 89-65. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 24-point difference suggests that Zadar is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Igokea. Americans were the main players on the court. Devan Downey orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Zadar's coach Daniel Jusup felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Zadar (6-14) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Crvena Zvezda. Igokea at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Zadar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
An interesting game took place in Vrsac where higher ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (11-9) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Serbian Hemofarm (9-11) 98-81 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Miljan Pavkovic who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 assists. Hemofarm's coach Zeljko Lukajic used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Hemofarm moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser KK Zagreb CO dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Hemofarm will face CEZ Nymburk (#10) on the road in the next round. KK Zagreb CO will play against Siroki TT Kabeli (#12) in Siroki Brijeg.

In the last two games of round 20 Radnicki lost to Krka on the opponent's court 73-88. Cibona managed to outperform Crvena Zvezda in a home game 86-78.


Krka - Radnicki 88-73

Very expected game in Novo Mesto where 8th ranked Serbian Radnicki (10-10) was defeated by third ranked Slovenian Krka (13-7) 88-73 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Krka's pressure prevailed and they won that period 19-8 extending their advantage to 15 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Radnicki's 14 and made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Radnicki 37-18 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Radnicki was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Bosnian guard Goran Ikonic (196-80) who added 18 points and 4 steals during the contest. Four Krka players scored in double figures. Krka's coach Aleksandar Dzikic used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Swedish forward Anton Gaddefors (200-89) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: Interperformances) scored 11 points and 6 assists. Krka have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Slovenian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Partizan. Loser Radnicki dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Krka will face Igokea (#7) in Aleksandrovac in the next round where they are favorite. Radnicki will play at home against Cibona in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Krka: G.Ikonic 18+3reb+2ast, J.Balazic 17+2reb, D.Djordjevic 14+5reb+5ast, S.Pavic 13+4reb+2ast, C.Booker 12+2reb, Z.Dragic 8+10reb
Radnicki: A.Gaddefors 25+6reb, M.Cakarevic 11+2reb+6ast, V.Aleksic 9+3reb+1ast, D.Mijatovic 8+2reb, S.Markovic 7+2reb+5ast, M.Rakic 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 92577


Zadar - Igokea 89-65

Bottom-ranked Croatian Zadar managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they outleveled seventh-ranked Bosnian Igokea 89-65. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 24-point difference suggests that Zadar is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Igokea. The game was mostly controlled by Zadar. Igokea was better in fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Guard Chester Mason (192-81, college: Miami (OH), agency: N.E.T.) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Zadar's coach Daniel Jusup felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and center Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Igokea. Zadar (6-14) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Crvena Zvezda. Igokea at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Zadar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Zadar: D.Downey 20+2reb+3ast, C.Mason 14+6reb+2ast, I.Ivanov 14+5reb+2ast, M.Bilan 8+7reb, M.Car 7+2reb+3ast, B.Brown 7+6reb
Igokea: J.Florence 14+5reb+5ast, C.Vitkovac 10+5reb, D.Harvey 9+6reb+1ast, M.Pantic 8+4reb, M.Dozet 6+1ast, B.Djurica 6+4reb
gschID: 92578


Hemofarm - KK Zagreb CO 98-81

An interesting game took place in Vrsac where higher ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (11-9) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Serbian Hemofarm (9-11) 98-81 on Saturday. Hemofarm outrebounded KK Zagreb CO 36-23 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. KK Zagreb CO was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 assists and forward Boris Savovic (206-87) who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Hemofarm's coach Zeljko Lukajic used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and American forward Joshua Heytvelt (211-86, college: Gonzaga) scored 23 points. Five Hemofarm and four KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. Hemofarm moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser KK Zagreb CO dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Hemofarm will face CEZ Nymburk (#10) on the road in the next round. KK Zagreb CO will play against Siroki TT Kabeli (#12) in Siroki Brijeg.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: M.Pavkovic 16+3reb+12ast, M.Jeremic 13+2reb+4ast, J.Jordan 12+6reb, B.Savovic 12+10reb+3ast, D.Andusic 12+3reb, M.Abdul-Hamid 10+1reb+1ast
KK Zagreb CO: J.Heytvelt 23+4reb+2ast, L.Zoric 20+10reb+2ast, D.Rancic 14+1ast, A.Renfroe 10+4reb+6ast, K.Simon 7+3reb+3ast, P.Babic 5+3ast
gschID: 92574


Partizan - CEZ Nymburk 86-75

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Serbian Partizan as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Partizan defeated 9th ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk in Beograd 86-75. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. CEZ Nymburk managed to win fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Partizan dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to CEZ Nymburk's 30. They outrebounded CEZ Nymburk 33-16 including a 25-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by CEZ Nymburk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward James Gist (203-86) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. Guard Pavel Pumprla (196-86) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Partizan have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Krka. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. CEZ Nymburk will play next round against Hemofarm trying to get back on the winning streak. Partizan will try to continue on its current victory against thirteenth ranked Crvena Zvezda. It will be extra interesting game as Crvena Zvezda is their local rival from Beograd.
Top scorers:
Partizan: C.Jerrells 19+9reb+2ast, J.Gist 17+9reb+1ast, D.Milosavljevic 15+1reb+1ast, D.Kecman 12+3reb+7ast, R.Katic 8+3reb+2ast, V.Lucic 7+1reb+2ast
CEZ Nymburk: P.Pumprla 19+2reb+4ast, P.Slezak 16+1reb+1ast, P.Benda 14+4reb+1ast, M.Lenzly 9+2reb, A.Nissim 6+1reb+2ast, C.Simmons 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 92575


Cibona - Crvena Zvezda 86-78

Rather predictable result in Zagreb where eleventh ranked Croatian Cibona (9-11) defeated 13th ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (6-14) 86-78 on Saturday. Crvena Zvezda trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 26-18 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 78-86 at the end of the game. Cibona made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Cibona outrebounded Crvena Zvezda 34-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. Crvena Zvezda was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian-Croatian swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and center Leon Radosevic (208-90) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. American forward Ricardo Marsh (202-81, college: ODU) responded with 26 points and 5 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and power forward Uros Nikolic (207-87) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Crvena Zvezda keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Cibona will face higher ranked Radnicki (#8) in Kragujevac in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Partizan.
Top scorers:
Cibona: B.Bogdanovic 20+7reb+6ast, L.Radosevic 17+9reb+1ast, M.Rozic 14+2reb+1ast, G.Giricek 8+3reb+1ast, J.Lalic 6+1reb, G.Vrbanc 6+1reb+1ast
Crvena Zvezda: R.Marsh 26+4reb+5ast, V.Subotic 9+2ast, J.Young 9+2reb, U.Nikolic 8+7reb, S.Lesic 8+1reb+1ast, N.Nedovic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 92576


Buducnost - Cedevita 93-90

Important game to mention about took place in Podgorica. Fifth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (12-8) saved a 3-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Croatian Cedevita (11-9) 93-90 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cedevita. Cedevita was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 25-17 third quarter run of Buducnost. They made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (202-86, agency: Beo Basket) who scored that evening 15 points and 7 rebounds and Bosnian-Montenegrin forward Sead Sehovic (199-89) supported him with 21 points. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Cedevita. His fellow American import power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Impact Basketball) added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Union Olimpija. Cedevita at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with KK Zagreb CO. Buducnost will play against bottom-ranked Zadar (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cedevita will play against Union Olimpija (#3) in Ljubljana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: S.Sehovic 21, M.Simonovic 15+7reb+1ast, M.Scekic 12+2reb+1ast, N.Otasevic 11+3reb+5ast, V.Dragicevic 10+7reb, A.Popovic 7+7reb+3ast
Cedevita: B.Wright 34+7reb+4ast, C.Edwards 19+11reb+1ast, V.Princ 11+2reb+1ast, D.Draper 9+2reb, D.Rudez 8+5reb, V.Vukusic 6+1reb
gschID: 92572


Siroki TT - Union Olimpija 86-85

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (12-8) against twelfth ranked Bosnian Siroki TT Kabeli (9-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Union Olimpija was edged by Siroki TT Kabeli in a tough game in Siroki Brijeg 85-86. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Siroki TT Kabeli made 31-of-37 free shots (83.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Croatian power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Four Siroki TT Kabeli players scored in double figures. American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89) added 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Union Olimpija keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Buducnost. Siroki TT Kabeli will meet higher ranked KK Zagreb CO (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Union Olimpija will play against Cedevita in Zagreb and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Siroki TT: S.Stemberger 20+5reb+4ast, I.Grgat 17+9reb+2ast, V.Morovic 15+1reb+9ast, F.Pilepic 14+2reb+1ast, S.Spralja 9+4reb, B.Barac 6+6reb
Union Olimpija: K.Pinkney 22+6reb+1ast, G.Jagodnik 17+3reb, G.Shermadini 16+5reb, K.Gregory 9+4reb+5ast, S.Ozbolt 9+3reb+5ast, M.Perry 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 92573




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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 13 (second stage): Lanus lose a game and the top position to Obras - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Lanus (9-4) in Buenos Aires on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Obras (10-4) in overtime 98-96. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lanus. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 9-4 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 31-26 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. Obras made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Lanus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners and American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side the former international guard Mariano Byro (195-82) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Obras keeps a position of league leader. Lanus at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Atenas. Obras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Boca Juniors.
Regatas Corrientes (#11) forced the game against Libertad Sunchales (#6) into a triple-overtime, but lost by five points 105-110. The game took place in Corrientes. But the guests from Sunchales were better at the end. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and Ruben Wolkowyski accounted for 19 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds for Regatas Corrientes in the defeat. Libertad Sunchales (8-5) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Gimnasia CR and La Union. Regatas Corrientes at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. Libertad Sunchales will play against La Union (#5) in Formosa in the next round. Regatas Corrientes will play at home against Sionista (#16) in Parana and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked La Union (8-5) against sixteenth ranked Sionista (1-10) on Friday night. Host La Union was defeated by Sionista in Formosa 86-76. Alejandro Zilli fired 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. David Jackson produced 25 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sionista maintains sixteenth place with 1-10 record. Loser La Union dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Gimnasia CR and Libertad S.. Sionista will meet higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#12) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. La Union will play against Libertad Sunchales (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Fourteenth-ranked Estudiantes (4-8) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Atenas (9-4) in Cordoba. Atenas managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Estudiantes. Worth to mention a great performance of Bruno Labaque who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 steals. Atenas moved-up to second place, which they share with Lanus. Estudiantes at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Atenas' next round opponent will be Argentino (#11) in Junin and are hoping to win another game. Estudiantes will play on the road against Quimsa in Santiado Estero.
Important game to mention about took place in Buenos Aires. Seventh ranked Gimnasia CR (8-5) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked Boca Juniors (5-10) 70-67 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Hakeem Rollins stepped up and scored 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Gimnasia CR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Libertad S. and La Union. Boca Juniors lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Gimnasia CR will face higher ranked Lanus (#3) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Boca Juniors' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Obras.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13: Club 9 was destroyed by Monte Hermoso on the opponent's court 87-67. Quimsa unfortunately lost to Argentino in a home game 65-77. Obras managed to beat Boca Jrs on the road 82-74.


Monte Hermoso - Club 9 87-67

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked Club 9 (6-7) was crushed on the road by tenth ranked Monte Hermoso (7-7) 87-67 on Friday. The game without a history. Monte Hermoso led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American power forward Byron Johnson (201-80, college: Belm.Abbey, agency: Dream Team Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Albert White (197-77, college: Missouri, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Monte Hermoso players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Emiliano Martina (201-83) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Club 9's coach Gustavo Miravet tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Monte Hermoso moved-up to eighth place. Club 9 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. Monte Hermoso will face Olimpico de La Banda (#15) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Club 9 will play against Penarol (#7) in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Club 9: E.Martina 13+8reb, M.Melo 10+3reb, J.Meyinsse 9+7reb+1ast, L.Segura 8+4reb, G.Luchino 7+1reb, L.Barlasina 6+1ast
Monte Hermoso: B.Johnson 19+13reb+5ast, C.Robinson 15+5reb+2ast, H.Salles 15+2reb+3ast, A.White 14+5reb+4ast, G.Sciutto 11+6reb+1ast, F.Sahdi 8+6reb+4ast
gschID: 117512


Quimsa - Argentino 65-77

There was a surprise result in Santiado Estero where twelfth ranked Argentino (6-7) defeated higher ranked Quimsa (6-7) 77-65 on Friday. Quimsa was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Argentino made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips (OK)) stepped up and scored 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Santiago Scala (186-91) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals. At the losing side the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) scored 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Argentino moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Quimsa and Club 9. Quimsa lost third consecutive game. Argentino will face league's second-placed Atenas in Cordoba in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 18+8reb+1ast, D.Gomez Camargo 15+4reb, J.Treise 9+3reb+2ast, D.Tintorelli 6+2reb+1ast, R.Gonzalez 5+3reb+2ast, A.Marin 5+3reb
Argentino: J.Bunn 24+6reb+1ast, S.Scala 20, S.Gonzalez 10+8reb, L.Martina 9+4reb+3ast, J.Cangelosi 8+5reb+4ast, P.Espinoza 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 117513


Lanus - Obras 96-98 OT

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Lanus (9-4) in Buenos Aires on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Obras (10-4) in overtime 98-96. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lanus. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 9-4 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 31-26 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. Obras made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Lanus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners and American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side the former international guard Mariano Byro (195-82) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Obras and five Lanus players scored in double figures. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Obras keeps a position of league leader. Lanus at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Atenas. Obras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Boca Juniors.
Top scorers:
Lanus: M.Byro 18+5reb+4ast, T.Taylor 14+5reb+1ast, R.Johns 14+2reb+1ast, G.Fernandez 13+2reb, N.Laprovittola 13+2reb+3ast, D.Prego 10
Obras: J.Gutierrez 27+12reb+2ast, J.Pittman 20+6reb, W.McFarlan 16+4reb+4ast, M.Osimani 15+4reb+5ast, L.Cequeira 8+3reb+1ast, A.Alloatti 8+4reb
gschID: 117514


Atenas - Estudiantes 67-65

Fourteenth-ranked Estudiantes (4-8) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Atenas (9-4) in Cordoba. Atenas managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Estudiantes. Estudiantes was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Bruno Labaque (183-77, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 steals. American power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 16 points and naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) added 6 points and 11 assists in the effort for Estudiantes. Atenas moved-up to second place, which they share with Lanus. Estudiantes at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Atenas' next round opponent will be Argentino (#11) in Junin and are hoping to win another game. Estudiantes will play on the road against Quimsa in Santiado Estero.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes: E.Nelson 16+4reb, F.Aguerre 9+4reb+1ast, P.Gil 9+4reb, F.Giorgi 8+3reb, J.Espil 7+1reb+1ast, D.Davis 6+7reb
Atenas: B.Labaque 18+4reb+3ast, J.Williams 10+6reb, B.Barovero 9+2reb, G.Lewis 8+3reb+2ast, D.Gerbaudo 7+2reb+2ast, R.Gabini 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 117509


Boca Jrs - Gimnasia CR 67-70

Important game to mention about took place in Buenos Aires. Seventh ranked Gimnasia CR (8-5) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked Boca Juniors (5-10) 70-67 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-67. American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington) stepped up and scored 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Gerald Brown (193-75, college: Pepperdine) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Rodney Elliott (202-76, college: Maryland) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Fernando Martina (202-81) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Gimnasia CR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Libertad S. and La Union. Boca Juniors lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Gimnasia CR will face higher ranked Lanus (#3) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Boca Juniors' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Obras.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: R.Elliott 29+11reb+1ast, F.Martina 19+9reb+1ast, C.Moodie 7+6reb+1ast, N.Ingles 5+2ast, J.Brussino 4, F.Titarelli 2+4reb+4ast
Gimnasia CR: F.Funes 16+2reb+1ast, G.Brown 15+5reb, H.Rollins 9+12reb+2ast, A.Carabajal 7, F.Mansilla 6+2reb, R.Okosa 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 117510


La Union - Sionista 76-86

Very important is a home loss of third ranked La Union (8-5) against sixteenth ranked Sionista (1-10) on Friday night. Host La Union was defeated by Sionista in Formosa 86-76. They made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game, while La Union only scored eight points from the stripe. Forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) fired 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Juan Manuel Locatelli (198-75) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) produced 25 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four La Union players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sionista maintains sixteenth place with 1-10 record. Loser La Union dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Gimnasia CR and Libertad S.. Sionista will meet higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#12) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. La Union will play against Libertad Sunchales (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
La Union: D.Jackson 25+6reb+2ast, G.Mikulas 13+8reb+1ast, L.Perez 10+1reb+3ast, D.Cantrell 10+9reb+1ast, A.Pau 5+2reb+1ast, F.Ferrini 5+3reb
Sionista: A.Zilli 26+9reb+2ast, P.Franco 15+2reb+2ast, J.Manuel Locatelli 13+6reb+2ast, D.Osella 8+5reb, P.Rodriguez 7+2reb+1ast, M.Fioretti 6+2reb
gschID: 117511


Regatas C. - Libertad S. 105-110 OT3

Regatas Corrientes (#11) forced the game against Libertad Sunchales (#6) into a triple-overtime, but lost by five points 105-110. The game took place in Corrientes. But the guests from Sunchales were better at the end. The guests were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won a triple-overtime period 36-31. Libertad Sunchales brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Regatas Corrientes was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized Polish center Ruben Wolkowyski (207-73) accounted for 19 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) added 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists respectively for Regatas Corrientes in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales (8-5) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Gimnasia CR and La Union. Regatas Corrientes at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. Libertad Sunchales will play against La Union (#5) in Formosa in the next round. Regatas Corrientes will play at home against Sionista (#16) in Parana and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: F.Kammerichs 26+13reb+3ast, R.Stanton 14+1reb+1ast, J.Martinez 13+10reb+14ast, T.Field 12+10reb, N.Romano 12+5reb+1ast, E.Villares 10+3reb+3ast
Libertad S.: R.Battle 26+12reb+2ast, R.Wolkowyski 19+11reb+2ast, R.Selleaze 18+5reb+2ast, A.Galindo 18+4reb, S.Ginobili 12+1reb+5ast, M.Ibarra 10+2reb+6ast
gschID: 117507


Round 14
Boca Jrs - Obras 74-82

Not a big story in a game in Buenos Aires where 13th ranked Boca Juniors (5-10) was defeated by second ranked Obras (10-4) 82-74 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Boca Juniors won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Obras made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) stepped up and scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and the former international guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Fernando Martina (202-81) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Mariano Fierro (201-86) scored 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Obras keeps a position of league leader. Boca Juniors lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with ten games lost. Obras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena .
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: F.Martina 13+5reb, J.Brussino 12+1reb+3ast, R.Elliott 11+2reb+1ast, C.Moodie 10+2reb+3ast, S.Vega 8+3reb, M.Fierro 8+5reb+4ast
Obras: M.Osimani 20+3reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 17+6reb+1ast, J.Gutierrez 16+9reb+2ast, W.McFarlan 9+7reb+1ast, A.Elsener 6+1reb, J.Pittman 5+7reb+5ast
gschID: 120922




Argentinian LigaA round 13 (Second Stage) best performance: Juan Gutierrez - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Italian power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Obras, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Lanus (#3, 9-4) in overtime 98-96. It allowed Obras to take over top position in the Italian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Obras has a very solid 10-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Gutierrez had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Obras' top player in his first season with the team. Juan Gutierrez has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.0ppg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg and 57.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, agency: Dream Team Management) of Monte Hermoso. Johnson had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Monte Hermoso to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Club 9 (#9, 6-7) 87-67. This victory allowed Monte Hermoso to move up to 8th position in . His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Johnson is a newcomer at Monte Hermoso, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.9ppg (#2). He also registered 8.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management) of Libertad S. (#4). Battle scored 26 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Libertad S., leading his team to a 110-105overtime win against the lower-ranked Regatas C. (#12, 6-8). Libertad S. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Battle has a great season in Argentina. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (7th best). He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 61.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82) of Sionista - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) of Regatas C. - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Rodney Elliott (202-F-76) of Boca Jrs - 29 points and 11 rebounds
7. Javier Martinez (189-G-78) of Regatas C. - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists
8. Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) of Libertad S. - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. David Jackson (196-G-82) of La Union - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Jackson, La Union19.3 
 2. Bunn, Argentino18.3 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.9 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa16.9 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.4 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.0 
 7. Taylor, Lanus15.8 
 8. Galindo, Libertad S.15.7 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol15.5 
 10. Pittman, Obras14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.0 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.9.3 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.1 
 4. Kante, Olimpico LB9.0 
 5. Williams, Atenas8.5 
 6. Battle, Libertad S.8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.3 
 8. Leiva, Penarol8.1 
 9. Alston, Boca Jrs7.9 
 10. Mikulas, La Union7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.3 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.7 
 3. Labaque, Atenas4.9 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.6 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.4 
 7. Sartorelli, Argentino3.6 
 8. Victoriano, Lanus3.2 
 9. Laws, Olimpico LB3.1 
 10. Treise, Quimsa3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Cequeira, Obras2.6 
 3. Lamonte, Penarol2.5 
 4. Sciutto, Monte H.2.5 
 5. Williams, Atenas2.4 
 6. Salles, Monte H.2.3 
 7. Labaque, Atenas2.3 
 8. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 9. Funes, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 10. Martinez, Regat.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.5 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.4 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.2 
 7. Williams, Atenas1.0 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 9. Levy, Lanus0.7 
 10. Wolkowyski, Libertad.0.7 


Regional league rosters: entre rios zone - by Facundo Iatzky
pueblo nuevo: Emanuel Riolfo, Martin Reynoso, alexis Vallejos,
Regatas Uruguay. Federico Grattarola, Javier sanchez, Lujan Caire,
racing gualeguaychu. Cristian Delgui, Joaquin etcheverry, Maximiliano Maneiro, Juan sauan
juventud unida: Agustin pirovani, Aldo Risso, julian boris,mauro Cabrera,
Zaninneti: Silvio Ojeda, lautaro Bouchet, Matias Hansen
Parque sur: Juan Manuel Varas, cristian bertonchini, Franco Dellavedoba, Marcelo suarez, Diego choternasty,
ferrocarril concordia: nahuel Marchetti, Hernan henchoz, Fernando Etchenausse, ariel blanc,
olimpia Parana: alvaro Todone, jose Lenardon, Diego Faltoni, Pablo Casuccio, Mariano Tagliotti,
Penarol elortondo: Jose Szpilard, Francisco Stettler, Damian echazarreta, Lucas Carranza, Daniel escobeiro



Regional league rosters: cordoba zone - by Facundo Iatzky
Estudiantes rio cuarto: leandro giovanna, Mauro Meneguzzo, pablo Marrero, Fabricio Bonini, Federico bonini, ramiro imaz, esteban Pierdominicci
Instituto cordoba: Mauro Bulchi, German Colli, Matias carrizo, juan Seia, Victor chana, leandro trujillo, Lucas Saul, Adrian Forastieri,
9 de julio: Diego Ferrero, Rabdel hechavarria, cristian Nalpatian, Jose Pappalardi, Ezequiel gaido, Jeremiah wilson
barrio Parque: Carlos Flores, Patricio Alloco, Samuel Aladin, German Claus, esteban Cantarutti, MAtias perez, Lautaro Rivata, Pablo Passalacqua, Diego Cerutti, Emiliano rossi, Nicolas rossi
Origone: diego Rosatti, emmanuel forrest, Cristian Balcells, jonatan Faber, damian Collovatti, Juan Novatti, Luciano Aiello, Sebastian Faure
Tiro Federal: Agustin Busso, Ignacio revellino, Eduardo Nunez, Gaston Sieiro, Lucas frank
el Tala san francisco: oscar cabrera, Matias Tomatis, Andres Antonellini, damian Peruchena
Hindu club: gabriel butori, Andres tuja, Matias Astrada, Manuel cadenazzi, Jose Fornaciari, Federico Duelli


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NBL Round 17: Gold Coast Blaze edges Perth Wildcats by three points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 17 in the NBL took place in Perth. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-ranked Perth Wildcats (12-8) to seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze (9-11) 78-75 on Sunday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Perth Wildcats won fourth quarter 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Damian Martin (188-84, college: Loyola Marymount) produced 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Gold Coast Blaze moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hawks. Perth Wildcats lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keep the second position with eight games lost. Gold Coast Blaze is looking forward to face Adelaide 36ers (#7) in Findon in the next round. Perth Wildcats will play on the road against Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville and are hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was between eighth ranked Melbourne Tigers and 5th ranked Wollongong Hawks where host Melbourne Tigers (7-12) rolled over Wollongong Hawks (9-11) with 21-point difference 93-72. Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 assists and 4 steals. Matthew Burston contributed with 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Center Larry Davidson (207-83, college: Boise St.) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Wollongong Hawks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Melbourne Tigers maintains eighth place with 7-12 record. Wollongong Hawks lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Blaze. Melbourne Tigers will play against league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wollongong Hawks will play at home against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Bottom-ranked Kings managed to get a fourth victory on Saturday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Adelaide 36ers in Sydney 99-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Adelaide 36ers. Julian Khazzouh stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Jacob Holmes responded with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Adelaide 36ers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kings maintains ninth place with 4-15 record. Adelaide 36ers at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Kings will meet at home league's second-placed Perth Wildcats in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Adelaide 36ers will play against Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in Broadbeach and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader New Zealand Breakers delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-11) 80-76 in Auckland. Mika Vukona nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side. New Zealand Breakers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. New Zealand Breakers (15-3) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Wollongong Hawks lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. New Zealand Breakers' next round opponent will be Melbourne Tigers (#8) at home and are hoping to win another game. Wollongong Hawks will play against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats.



Tigers - Hawks 93-72

Another exciting game was between eighth ranked Melbourne Tigers and 5th ranked Wollongong Hawks where host Melbourne Tigers (7-12) rolled over Wollongong Hawks (9-11) with 21-point difference 93-72. The game without a history. Melbourne Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 assists and 4 steals. The former international power forward Matthew Burston (210-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Center Larry Davidson (207-83, college: Boise St.) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds and the former international swingman Mat Campbell (196-76, college: Towson) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Wollongong Hawks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Melbourne Tigers maintains eighth place with 7-12 record. Wollongong Hawks lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Blaze. Melbourne Tigers will play against league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wollongong Hawks will play at home against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Tigers: C.Williams 19+4reb+11ast, L.Walker 17+4reb, C.Tragardh 16+1reb, M.Burston 16+10reb+2ast, B.Lewis 15+1reb, D.Corletto 7+2reb
Hawks: M.Campbell 13+2reb+4ast, L.Davidson 12+7reb+1ast, G.Saville 10+2reb+1ast, G.Ervin 9+3reb+3ast, T.Behrendorff 8+3reb, O.Forman 7
gschID: 94614


Wildcats - Blaze 75-78

The most exciting game of round 17 in the NBL took place in Perth. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-ranked Perth Wildcats (12-8) to seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze (9-11) 78-75 on Sunday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Perth Wildcats won fourth quarter 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Damian Martin (188-84, college: Loyola Marymount) produced 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Kevin Lisch (188, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Gold Coast Blaze moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hawks. Perth Wildcats lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keep the second position with eight games lost. Gold Coast Blaze is looking forward to face Adelaide 36ers (#7) in Findon in the next round. Perth Wildcats will play on the road against Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Blaze: I.Clark 18+9reb+2ast, C.Goulding 16+5reb, M.Worthington 14+5reb+3ast, D.Hudson 10+2reb+1ast, S.Hoare 8+4reb+3ast, A.Gibson 6+5reb+6ast
Wildcats: K.Lisch 17+2reb+1ast, D.Martin 12+8reb+4ast, A.Majok 11+6reb, C.Tovey 9+4reb+3ast, S.Weigh 8+9reb, B.Robbins 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 94615


Breakers - Hawks 80-76

Leader New Zealand Breakers delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-11) 80-76 in Auckland. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-19. But Wollongong Hawks won second period 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fiji-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (197-82) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) accounted for 22 points. New Zealand Breakers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) came up with 21 points and center Larry Davidson (207-83, college: Boise St.) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Wollongong Hawks in the defeat. Four Wollongong Hawks players scored in double figures. New Zealand Breakers (15-3) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Wollongong Hawks lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. New Zealand Breakers' next round opponent will be Melbourne Tigers (#8) at home and are hoping to win another game. Wollongong Hawks will play against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats.
Top scorers:
Breakers: K.Penney 22+3reb, G.Wilkinson 13+3reb, M.Vukona 11+16reb+1ast, C.Bruton 8+1reb+2ast, T.Abercrombie 6+5reb+4ast, C.Webster 6
Hawks: G.Ervin 21+4reb+1ast, T.Coenraad 15+1reb, L.Davidson 13+10reb+1ast, R.Martin 11+9reb+2ast, M.Campbell 5+2reb, O.Forman 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 94611


Sydney K. - 36ers 99-90

Bottom-ranked Kings managed to get a fourth victory on Saturday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Adelaide 36ers in Sydney 99-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Adelaide 36ers. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Adelaide 36ers won third quarter 31-28. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kings won last quarter 26-18. They made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game, while Adelaide 36ers only scored eight points from the stripe. They outrebounded Adelaide 36ers 43-21 including a 24-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kings looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and guard Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) chipped in 25 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) responded with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international guard Aaron Bruce (191-84) scored 15 points and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Adelaide 36ers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kings maintains ninth place with 4-15 record. Adelaide 36ers at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Kings will meet at home league's second-placed Perth Wildcats in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Adelaide 36ers will play against Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in Broadbeach and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sydney K.: J.Khazzouh 27+16reb+2ast, B.Madgen 25+4reb+4ast, P.Sanders 14+4reb+1ast, G.Dann 13+7reb+6ast, T.Gilder 12+4reb+3ast, L.Martin 8+5reb+5ast
36ers: A.Bruce 15+2reb+5ast, R.Howard 13+1reb+3ast, T.Daly 12+2reb+1ast, A.Ballinger 12+5reb+2ast, J.Holmes 11+5reb+8ast, R.Carter 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 94613




Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 15-3 
 2. Wildcats 12-8 
 3. Taipans 11-7 
 4. Crocodiles 11-8 
 5. Hawks 9-11 
 6. Blaze 9-11 
 7. 36ers 8-11 
 8. Tigers 7-12 
 9. Sydney K. 4-15 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Ervin, Hawks21.3 
 2. Penney, Breakers19.0 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.3 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.0 
 6. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 7. Clark, Blaze16.2 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers15.3 
 9. Ubaka, Taipans15.1 
 10. Wilkinson, Breakers14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.5 
 2. Davidson, Hawks7.9 
 3. Holmes, 36ers7.5 
 4. Vukona, Breakers7.5 
 5. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 6. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 7. Williams, Tigers7.0 
 8. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 9. Clark, Blaze6.9 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Williams, Tigers5.8 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Carter, 36ers4.7 
 4. Shannon, 36ers4.6 
 5. Saville, Hawks4.4 
 6. Ervin, Hawks4.3 
 7. Ubaka, Taipans4.1 
 8. Braswell, Breakers4.0 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Holmes, 36ers3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.6 
 3. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 4. Williams, Tigers1.4 
 5. Hill, 36ers1.4 
 6. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 7. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
 8. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 9. Robbins, Wildcats1.2 
 10. Penney, Breakers1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Wildcats
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 2. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.9 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 5. Gilder, Sydney K.1.2 
 6. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 7. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 9. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 10. Freeman, Croco.0.9 


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Ventpsils split ways with Algirdas Brazys - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils management decided to part ways with head coach Algirdas Brazys . The 48-year-old Lithuanian specialist signed a two-year deal with Ventspils at the start of the season. He led Ventspils to 12-2 record in LBL. He also reached a 12-4 record in Baltic League. However the latest loss to VEF Riga juniors in Latvian championship forced the management to take measures. The team will be guided by assistant coach Guntis Endzels for now.


Eziukwu's 28 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for TU/Rock and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 28 points adding eight rebounds for TU/Rock in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Liepaja (#10, 5-11) 73-69. TU/Rock is placed at 3rd position in Baltic League Elite. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TU/Rock will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. Eziukwu turned to be TU/Rock's top player in his first season with the team. Grand Valley State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Eziukwu is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.5rpg) and averages solid 2.1bpg and 60.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Dunigan (208-C-89, agency: N.E.T.) of Kalev/Cramo. He is American center in his first season at Kalev/Cramo. In the last game Dunigan recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Kalev/Cramo was edged by slightly lower-ranked Perlas (#8, 8-10) 71-67. Kalev/Cramo managed to keep the same 7th spot in Elite. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dunigan is a newcomer at Kalev/Cramo and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) of Neptunas Klaipeda (#4). Vasylius scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Neptunas, leading his team to a 76-72 win against #2 ranked Juventus in a game of the week. Neptunas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Challenge. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Vasylius has a great season in Baltic League. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.7ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ilmars Bergmanis (184-G-81) of Zemgale - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Vytenis Lipkevicius (198-F-89) of Rudupis - 17 points and 8 rebounds
6. Mario Delas (207-F/C-90) of Siauliai - 17 points and 5 rebounds
7. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79) of Norrkoping - 25 points and 4 assists
8. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83) of Techasas - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-F-85) of Nevezis - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of VEF Riga - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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D1 Round 18: Spirou Charleroi beats Antwerp Giants in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
D1 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 18 rounds left.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Charleroi. Second ranked Spirou Charleroi faced 4th ranked Antwerp Giants. Host Spirou Charleroi (12-1) smashed guests from Antwerp (7-8) 91-68. The game was mostly controlled by Spirou Charleroi. Antwerp Giants managed to win fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spirou Charleroi shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. 30 personal fouls committed by Antwerp Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton (NC), agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded 21 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spirou Charleroi have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 12-1 record behind leader Aalstar. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Spirou Charleroi are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Optima Gent (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Antwerp Giants will play against Belgacom Liege (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 18 Verviers-Pep. defeated Leuven in a road game 83-73. Bottom-ranked Gent was beaten by Oostende at home 59-66.



Leuven - Verviers-Pep. 73-83

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 7th ranked Leuven Bears (5-10) were defeated at home by eighth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (5-10) 83-73 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four VOO Verviers-Pepinster players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Dior Lowhorn (198-87, college: USF) who recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds and Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively. VOO Verviers-Pepinster moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Leuven. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leuven Bears will play on the road against Base Oostende (#4) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: S.Jackson 25+7reb+1ast, T.Shengelia 17+7reb+1ast, R.Freeman 14+11reb+2ast, B.Gay 11+2reb+2ast, D.Waters 8+1reb+3ast, A.Agudio 5+3reb+3ast
Leuven: D.Lowhorn 19+8reb+1ast, A.Dagunduro 19+8reb+1ast, J.J.J. Miller 18+1reb+3ast, J.Tofi 7+2reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 5+4reb+4ast, C.Matheus 3+2reb
gschID: 98633


Gent - Oostende 59-66

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Base Oostende (8-8) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Optima Gent (2-14) 66-59 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 15-12. But Optima Gent won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Optima Gent helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Darrel Mitchell (180-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Ben Ebong (202-76, college: Davidson) chipped in 8 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was French forward Luc Louves (207-89, agency: Court Side) who recorded 11 points and 6 rebounds and American swingman Mike Rose (193-87, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Court Side) added 15 points respectively. Base Oostende moved-up to fourth place. Optima Gent lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Base Oostende are looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#8) at home in the next round. Optima Gent will play against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Oostende: D.Mitchell 21+1reb+4ast, M.Faison 10+3reb, V.Petrovic 9+4reb, B.Ebong 8+4reb+4ast, C.Green 8+6reb+1ast, W.Thomas 4+4reb+1ast
Gent: M.Rose 15+1reb+2ast, L.Louves 11+6reb+1ast, S.Geukens 9+3reb+2ast, M.Randle 6+8reb+1ast, M.De Zeeuw 5+2reb, L.Bosco 5+3ast
gschID: 98631


Charleroi - Antwerp 91-68

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Charleroi. Second ranked Spirou Charleroi faced 4th ranked Antwerp Giants. Host Spirou Charleroi (12-1) smashed guests from Antwerp (7-8) 91-68. The game was mostly controlled by Spirou Charleroi. Antwerp Giants managed to win fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spirou Charleroi shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. 30 personal fouls committed by Antwerp Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton (NC), agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded 21 points and center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spirou Charleroi have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 12-1 record behind leader Aalstar. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Spirou Charleroi are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Optima Gent (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Antwerp Giants will play against Belgacom Liege (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: D.Mallet 22+2reb+5ast, J.Gomis 18+2reb+1ast, D.Broyles 11+5reb+3ast, C.Beghin 10+5reb+1ast, B.Greene 9, B.Wright 9+8reb+4ast
Antwerp: T.Black 21+4reb+3ast, G.Brown 17+10reb+1ast, D.Wilson 13+4reb, B.Guillemyn 5, J.Mwema 5+1reb, T.Strickland 4+1reb
gschID: 98632




Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Matt LOJESKI
  Oostende
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 17
 1. Lojeski, Oostende17.0 
 2. Copeland, Aalstar16.6 
 3. Miller, Leuven16.2 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi15.8 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.6 
 6. Waters, Verviers.15.2 
 7. Lewis, M.Hainaut14.9 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.14.6 
 9. Hilliard, Aalstar14.5 
 10. Stipanovic, Liege14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monwell RANDLE
  Gent
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Randle, Gent8.4 
 2. Hilliard, Aalstar7.9 
 3. Freeman, Verviers.7.7 
 4. Young, Aalstar7.5 
 5. Jackson, Verviers.6.7 
 6. Tofi, Leuven6.7 
 7. Stipanovic, Liege6.6 
 8. Riddick, Charleroi6.5 
 9. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.3 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Mitchell, Oostende5.2 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.0 
 3. Waters, Verviers.3.4 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi3.3 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven3.3 
 6. Miller, Leuven3.2 
 7. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 8. Steinbach, Aalstar2.9 
 9. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.9 
 10. Moors, Antwerp2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 3. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.4 
 4. Mitchell, Oostende2.3 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi2.0 
 6. Dagunduro, Leuven2.0 
 7. McCauley, M.Hai.1.8 
 8. Wilson, Antwerp1.8 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende1.7 
 10. Bosco, Gent1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.6 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.5 
 4. Santiago, Charleroi1.0 
 5. Randle, Gent0.9 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 7. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 8. Faison, Oostende0.4 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar0.4 
 10. Jorssen, Verviers.0.3 


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  BOSNIA   


D1 Round 20: Borac Nektar defeats leader Bosna ASA BHT - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Bosna ASA BHT (15-3) in Banja Luka on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Borac Nektar (14-5) 79-68. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Bosna ASA BHT. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Borac Nektar. Bosna ASA BHT managed to win fourth quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Slobodan Tosic (195-G-80, agency: BeoExcell) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Guard Filip Adamovic (184-88) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Borac Nektar's coach Drago Karalic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Dzenan Rahimic (204-74) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Bosna ASA BHT. Borac Nektar have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-5 record behind leader Bosna. Bosna ASA BHT at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Borac Nektar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bosna ASA BHT will play at home against Sloboda Dita in Tuzla and is hoping to win this game.
Eleventh-ranked Varda HE (5-13) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Sloboda Dita (11-8) in Tuzla. Sloboda Dita managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Darko Kastratovic (189-88, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 assists and Mirza Hrncic who added 16 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Serbian forward Marko Kandic (203-79) responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds. Sloboda Dita have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 11-8 record, which they share with SL IAT Leotar. Varda HE lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Sloboda Dita will play against league's leader Bosna ASA BHT in Sarajevo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Varda HE will play at home against SL IAT Leotar (#6) in Trebinje and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between sixth ranked SL IAT Leotar (11-8) and 10th ranked Kakanj (6-12) in Trebinje on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. SL IAT Leotar outscored guests from Kakanj 80-54. The winners were led by Igor Josipovic who scored that evening 12 points and 5 rebounds. SL IAT Leotar's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds by Ashar Dedic did not help to save the game for Kakanj. SL IAT Leotar moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sloboda Dita. Kakanj lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. SL IAT Leotar will meet Varda HE (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kakanj will play against Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: Hercegovac won against Brotnjo on its own court 86-72. Celik unfortunately lost to Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad 71-80.
The most impressive performance of 20th round was 31 points and 9 rebounds by Boris Lalovic of Hercegovac.


Slavija - Zrinjski HT 0-20
chID: 113531

Hercegovac - Brotnjo 86-72

Very expected game when 12th ranked Brotnjo (5-14) lost to eighth ranked Hercegovac (9-9) in Bileca 72-86 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 49-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hercegovac dominated on the defensive end, holding Brotnjo to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Brotnjo's 16 and made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Hercegovac forced 19 Brotnjo turnovers and outrebounded them 35-16 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (206-81) who scored that evening 31 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegrin swingman Goran Gajovic (199-88) supported him with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by Croatian-Slovenian forward Branimir Josipovic (204-81, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Brotnjo. Croatian guard Nikola Gaurina (199-83) added 11 points for the guests. Four Hercegovac and five Brotnjo players scored in double figures. Brotnjo's coach Josko Pulja rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hercegovac maintains eighth position with 9-9 record. Newly promoted Brotnjo keeps the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Hercegovac will meet Celik (#9) in the next round. Brotnjo will play against Slavija in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hercegovac: B.Lalovic 31+9reb+1ast, G.Gajovic 21+10reb+3ast, S.Vukovic 14+6reb, N.Lalic 12+3reb+8ast, A.Pejovic 5+4reb, M.Vukovic 3+3reb+2ast
Brotnjo: N.Lesko 15+2reb, B.Josipovic 15+5reb, S.Stefanovic 12+2ast, N.Gaurina 11+3reb+3ast, F.Bubalo 10+2reb+4ast, D.Pinjuh 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 113532


Mladost - Celik 80-71

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Mladost (12-6) won against 9th ranked Celik (7-12) in Mrkonjic Grad 80-71 on Saturday. Celik was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Mladost made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Mladost outrebounded Celik 37-25 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by Montenegrin center Milos Komatina (204-84) who scored that evening 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Milan Kezic (194-86) supported him with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Mladost players scored in double figures. Even 17 points by forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) did not help to save the game for Celik. Center Ognjen Kuzmic (215-90) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Celik's coach Marko Trbic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mladost maintains fourth position with 12-6 record. Loser Celik keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Mladost will meet Kakanj (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Celik will play against Hercegovac in Bileca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mladost: N.Stanic 19+4reb+1ast, M.Komatina 19+8reb+4ast, A.Avdibegovic 14+5reb+5ast, M.Kezic 12+8reb+5ast, R.Velimirovic 9+6reb+2ast, N.Milosevic 3+3reb
Celik: R.Rizvic 17+2reb+2ast, O.Kuzmic 11+5reb+1ast, I.Milenkovic 10+5reb, E.Merdanovic 9+2reb, A.Dedic 8+3reb, H.Jahic 7+2reb+7ast
gschID: 113533


SL IAT Leotar - Kakanj 80-54

The game between sixth ranked SL IAT Leotar (11-8) and 10th ranked Kakanj (6-12) in Trebinje on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. SL IAT Leotar outscored guests from Kakanj 80-54. The game was mostly controlled by SL IAT Leotar. Kakanj managed to win second period 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by power forward Igor Josipovic (203-88) who scored that evening 12 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Serbian forward Nikola Durasovic (199-83) supported him with 13 points. Four SL IAT Leotar players scored in double figures. SL IAT Leotar's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds by guard Ashar Dedic (193-86) did not help to save the game for Kakanj. Center Amar Suljagic (210-88) added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. SL IAT Leotar moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sloboda Dita. Kakanj lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. SL IAT Leotar will meet Varda HE (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kakanj will play against Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SL IAT Leotar: N.Durasovic 13+4reb, I.Josipovic 12+5reb+1ast, B.Setencic 11+4reb, B.Pelkic 10+3reb+3ast, O.Vukovic 6, D.Markovic 6+3reb+3ast
Kakanj: A.Suljagic 13+8reb, M.Ahmetbasic 11+1ast, A.Dedic 11+10reb+2ast, D.Hadzic 8+1reb+2ast, E.Delibasic 4+4reb, M.Gak 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 113534


Sloboda Dita - Varda HE 80-79

Eleventh-ranked Varda HE (5-13) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Sloboda Dita (11-8) in Tuzla. Sloboda Dita managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin guard Darko Kastratovic (189-88, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 assists and power forward Mirza Hrncic (203-86) who added 16 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Serbian forward Marko Kandic (203-79) responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian forward Miroslav Markovic (201-75, agency: BeoExcell) scored 5 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Sloboda Dita have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 11-8 record, which they share with SL IAT Leotar. Varda HE lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Sloboda Dita will play against league's leader Bosna ASA BHT in Sarajevo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Varda HE will play at home against SL IAT Leotar (#6) in Trebinje and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Dita: D.Kastratovic 25+3reb+7ast, M.Hrncic 16+13reb, M.Bulic 15+9reb, B.Sekicki 8+2reb+3ast, Z.Halilbegovic 6+3reb, D.Jeftic 5+4reb
Varda HE: M.Kandic 29+5reb, J.Bajic 13+1reb+1ast, V.Malidzan 10+6reb+2ast, M.Mrkovic 7+6reb, S.Golubovic 7+6reb, M.Markovic 5+8reb+5ast
gschID: 113535


Borac Nektar - Bosna 79-68

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Bosna ASA BHT (15-3) in Banja Luka on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Borac Nektar (14-5) 79-68. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Bosna ASA BHT. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Borac Nektar. Bosna ASA BHT managed to win fourth quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian-Montenegrin guard Slobodan Tosic (195-80, agency: BeoExcell) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Naturalized Serbian guard Filip Adamovic (184-88) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Borac Nektar's coach Drago Karalic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Croatian power forward Dzenan Rahimic (204-74) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Bozo Durasovic (200-87) added 13 points in the effort for Bosna ASA BHT. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Borac Nektar have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-5 record behind leader Bosna. Bosna ASA BHT at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Borac Nektar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bosna ASA BHT will play at home against Sloboda Dita in Tuzla and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Borac Nektar: S.Tosic 22+2ast, F.Adamovic 15+4reb+3ast, V.Jocovic 12+8reb, N.Vranjes 10+3reb+1ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 7+7reb, M.Sturanovic 4+5reb+1ast
Bosna: F.Kruslin 15, D.Rahimic 15+7reb+1ast, B.Durasovic 13+4reb+1ast, A.Damjanovic 10+7reb, E.Camdzic 8+3reb, M.Pasalic 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 113536




Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.7 
 2. Kahrimanovic, Kak.19.0 
 3. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.9 
 4. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 5. Rahimic, Bosna16.4 
 6. Gajovic, Hercegovac16.3 
 7. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
 8. Zdravkovic, Capljina16.1 
 9. Opacak, Celik15.7 
 10. Sakic, Zrinjski HT15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac7.8 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.3 
 3. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik6.9 
 5. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.5 
 6. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.5 
 7. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.3 
 8. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 9. Markovic, Varda HE6.1 
 10. Jocovic, Borac N.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Pasalic, Bosna4.6 
 3. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 4. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.6 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 6. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 7. Markovic, Varda HE3.2 
 8. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.2 
 9. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
 10. Kahrimanovic, Kak.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Adamovic, Borac N.2.6 
 3. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 4. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.2 
 5. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 6. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.8 
 7. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 8. Vranjes, Borac N.1.8 
 9. Komatina, Mladost1.7 
 10. Zdravkovic, Capljina1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kuzmic, Celik2.0 
 2. Zimic, Bosna1.9 
 3. Duranovic, Mladost0.8 
 4. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.8 
 5. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 6. Brkic, Capljina0.7 
 7. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 
 8. Suljagic, Kakanj0.6 
 9. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.6 
 10. Radulovic, Slavija0.6 


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  BRAZIL   


Jacarei Basketball Team, a young team trying to get on top - by Paulo Freire
The young team from Jacarei city, of Sao Paulo State is making their way to the next Paulista State Championship A-1, The Jacarei Basketball Team (http://www.jacareibasketball.com.br/) coache by Andre Luis Barreto da Silva, more knowing by Deco already have new players for the 2011 season.

Everyone of the city vibrated with Jacare Basketball runner-up the title of Series A-2 in 2010. Due to this great achievement, the club won the right to play the elite division's of the sport in Sao Paulo, the Series A-1.

'We're a stronger team compared to last year, but we will do our work with our feet on the ground. Our goal is to compete in the championships as an equal with the big clubs, but we know that our work is beginning and we have a young team, most of them under-21 years old, while several top teams have rosters with very experienced players, 'said head coach Andre Luis Barreto da Silva, Deco.

For the 2011 season, Jacarei Basketball team will have on ther roster:


Isaac Goncalves (193-F-90)
Vinicius Oliveira (200-F/C-90)
Diego Silva (206-C/F-90)
Diego Ribeiro (183-G-90)


Brazil Cup Results - by Paulo Freire
Designed to promote the access to New Basketball Brazil (NBB), the Brazil Cup (COPA BRASIL) already began with the regional dispute in the Southeast. Organized by the CBB (Brazilian Confederation) with the States Federations, the tournament will give teams from the second national ranking the chance to join the major league, The NBB, in the next season, and also a spot for the FBA South American competition.

The Brazil Cup will be played in five regional tournaments, which rank the eight top teams for the finals, titled Super Brazil Cup (SUPER COPA BRASIL). The tournament champion and vice, will earn the right to compete the next edition of the NBB, if they meet technical and financial requirements imposed by the NBB, besides paying a franchise.

So far on the 4 round of the Southeast Region the highlights are:
Leandro Lima (200-F/C-83) and Bruno da Silva (205-F-81, college: W.Florida) from Cabo Frio, Leo Alves (202-F/C-75) and Thiago Pereira (188-G-82) from Rio Claro, Diego Conceicao (200-F-87) and Marcellus Camara (190-G-88) from Tijuca, Julio Toledo (194-F-85) and Everton Moraes (196-F-87) from Paraiso Basquete, Tony Dennison (191-G-87, college: Barry) and Fabiao Pires (199-C-77) from Olympico, Kenny Dawkins (175-G-87, college: Lamar) and Mario Edwards (191-G, college: Co.Carolina) from Sorocaba.

Brazil Cup - Southeast results:

Olympico Club 52x76 Liga Sorocabana
Paraiso Basquete 54x51 Rio Claro
Tijuca Tnis Clube 79x55 Macae Sports
Olympico Club 55x72 Rio Claro
Paraiso Basquete 62x78 Liga Sorocabana
Rio Claro 85x67 Tijuca Tnis Clube
Liga Sorocabana 97x56 Cabo Frio
Rio Claro 88x42 Cabo Frio
Liga Sorocabana 80x68 Tijuca Tnis Clube


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


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  BULGARIA   


Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Dunav 2007 12-0 
 2. Beroe 9-3 
 3. Academik PL 8-3 
 4. Rilski 2 7-5 
 5. NSA 7-6 
 6. Vidabasket 6-5 
 7. Balkan 2 6-6 
 8. Cherno More U18 6-7 
 9. Chavdar 3-9 
 10. Sportist Svoge 3-10 
 11. Academik BL 0-13 


Aleksandar Vezenkov explodes for Bulgaria U16 - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandar Vezenkov (203-F/G-95) explodes for Bulgaria U16 in the first two days of the International Tournament in Turkey.
China U16 started the tournament with the win over Bulgaria U16 91:66. The Asian side opened the game with 21-14 and then added 27-21. In the second half the Chinese team also looked better and won the periods. Qi Zhou poured in 26 points and Xiaopeng Guo ended up with 14 points for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov recorded 43 points and 16 rebounds in the losing effort.
Bulgaria U16 needed 64:56 over Iran U16 to tie their record at 1-1 after Day 2 of the International Tournament. The European team trailed 7-14 after the first period, but then went back on track. At first they produced 21-12 in the second period to take the lead at the halftime and then erupted with 19-12 in the last stanza. Anguel Dinkov stepped up with 27 points and 8 rebounds while Aleksandar Vezenkov exploded with 24 points and 20 boards. Vahid Dalrizahan ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, whilst Alireza Mortazavi posted 9.



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  CAPE VERDE   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. ABC 0-0 
 2. Academica 0-0 
 3. Assomada 0-0 
 4. Bairro 0-0 
 5. Chao Bom 0-0 
 6. Lenfer 0-0 
 7. Orgaos 0-0 
 8. Predio 0-0 
 9. Seven Stars 0-0 
 10. Tarrafal 0-0 


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  CHINA   


China U16 started the tournament in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
China U16 started the tournament with the win over Bulgaria U16 91:66. The Asian side opened the game with 21-14 and then added 27-21. In the second half the Chinese team also looked better and won the periods. Zhou Qixin poured in 26 points and Xiaopeng Guo ended up with 14 points for the winners. Aleksandar Vezenkov (203-F/G-95) recorded 43 points and 16 rebounds in the losing effort.
In the second game China U16 destroyed Georgia U16 108:35. The Asian side opened the game with 27-8 lead and then had massive 29-2 in the second frame. China also won the third and the last periods to seal the second win. Xiaopeng Guo paced all the winners with 19 points and Aersilan U added 14. Nugzar Abuladze produced 14 points for the European team.



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  CYPRUS   


Great achivement for Etha - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
With Johnson hitting a 3-point jumber 2 seconds before the end, Etha has advanced to the cup final where it will meet Ael.

We should note that two and a half minutes before the end Etha was ahead of the score by 70-61 with Achilleas advancing to 70-70.

This is a great achievement for Etha that adds to this year's successful run in the eurochallenge and the championship.

Quarters: 16-10, 34-28, 56-51, 73-70.

Etha: Johnson 13 (1), Dabkus 6, Giorgos Anastasiadis, King 22, Massamba, Tutt 14, Cup 4, Galubovic, Redding 14

Achilleas: Giannas 2, Johnson 8, Pantouris 4, Angelov 6 (1), Biggs 13 (1), Diamantopoulos 7 (1), Djikanovic 14, Marmarinos 1, Frasor 15 (4).



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Chomutov 20-3 
 2. J.Hradec 17-6 
 3. Sokol Prazsky 14-8 
 4. Usti n/Labem 14-9 
 5. Proton Zlin 13-10 
 6. Vysehrad 13-10 
 7. Opava B 13-10 
 8. Sokol H.Kralove 12-11 
 9. Trutnov 11-12 
 10. Benesov 9-13 
 11. Litomerice 8-16 
 12. Sparta Praha 7-16 
 13. Prostejov B 5-18 
 14. Liberec 3-17 


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  DENMARK   


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Brasas, Amager BK22.4 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj22.2 
 4. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 6. Roberts, Naestved19.1 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg19.1 
 8. Dennis, SISU17.8 
 9. Claitt, Horsens IC17.5 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.0 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.3 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.2 
 4. St.John, Horsens IC9.8 
 5. Johansen, Naestved9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.5 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.7 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.2 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.6 
 3. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 4. Burgess, Bakken4.2 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.1 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg4.0 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj3.8 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.6 
 9. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.5 
 10. Simonsen, Amager B.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lasse KRISTIANSEN
  Aalborg
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 2. Dennis, SISU2.1 
 3. Nielsen, Horsholm1.9 
 4. Burgess, Bakken1.9 
 5. Jakobsen, Bakken1.9 
 6. Roberts, Naestved1.9 
 7. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
 8. Smedley, Naestved1.8 
 9. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.3 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.7 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 8. Logan, Amager BK0.8 
 9. Brown, SISU0.7 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 


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

Seventh-ranked Vaerlose (8-14) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Svendborg (19-2) on Sunday. The visitors from Svendborg managed to secure only four-point victory 90-86. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game in overtime by 4 points. 29 personal fouls committed by Vaerlose helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks for Vaerlose. Svendborg have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 19-2 record having just three points less than leader Bakken. Newly promoted Vaerlose keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. Svendborg are looking forward to face Horsholm (#4) on the road in the next round. Vaerlose will play against Horsens IC in Horsens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eighth-ranked Aabyhoj (8-15) was very close to win a game against third ranked Naestved (15-7). Naestved managed to secure only five-point victory 79-74. However their fans expected much easier game. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay (OH)) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Peter Johansen chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Edward Morris (203-84, college: Pittsburg St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Naestved maintains third position with 15-7 record having six points less than leader Bakken. Aabyhoj lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 15 games lost. Naestved will play against bottom-ranked Aalborg (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aabyhoj will play against the league's leader Bakken in Aarhus and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Ligaen top team - Bakken (21-1) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat sixth ranked SISU (9-14) in Aarhus 90-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SISU. Andreas Jakobsen notched 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by Donald Rutherford did not help to save the game for SISU. Bakken have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-1 record. SISU at the other side keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. Bakken will meet Aabyhoj (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SISU will play against Horsholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked Horsholm (13-8) and 9th ranked Amager BK (4-19) in Horsholm ended with biggest points difference. Horsholm beat guests from Kastrup 91-78. Jonathan Gilling fired 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Horsholm's coach Milan Skobalj used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Horsholm maintains fourth position with 13-8 record. Amager BK lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 19 games lost. Horsholm's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Svendborg at home and it may be the game of the week. Amager BK will play against the league's second-placed Svendborg (#2).



Horsholm - Amager BK 91-78

The game between fourth ranked Horsholm (13-8) and 9th ranked Amager BK (4-19) in Horsholm ended with biggest points difference. Horsholm beat guests from Kastrup 91-78. The game was mostly controlled by Horsholm. Amager BK was better in fourth quarter 22-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Horsholm forced 22 Amager BK turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91) fired 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International guard Frederik Nielsen (180-88) chipped in 2 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Horsholm players scored in double figures. Horsholm's coach Milan Skobalj used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Lithuanian forward Nerijus Brasas (200-85) produced 30 points and 7 rebounds and forward Morten Lisby (198-88) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Horsholm maintains fourth position with 13-8 record. Amager BK lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 19 games lost. Horsholm's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Svendborg at home and it may be the game of the week. Amager BK will play against the league's second-placed Svendborg (#2).
Top scorers:
Horsholm: J.Gilling 28+5reb+2ast, D.Balaton 14+2reb+1ast, J.Hakanowitz 13+1reb+2ast, P.Hertz 11+1ast, A.Bak 10+2reb+1ast, B.Marinkovic 8+2reb+2ast
Amager BK: N.Brasas 30+7reb+2ast, M.Lisby 14+2reb+4ast, R.Larsen 10+5reb+1ast, S.Larsen 7+6reb+1ast, M.Pedersen 6+2reb+2ast, B.Logan 4+4reb
gschID: 95190


Bakken - SISU 90-80

Ligaen top team - Bakken (21-1) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat sixth ranked SISU (9-14) in Aarhus 90-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SISU. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-80. Bakken outrebounded SISU 40-26 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. International guard Andreas Jakobsen (187-83, college: Columbia (MO), agency: Rasmussen Services) notched 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) supported him with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) did not help to save the game for SISU. Guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) added 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Bakken have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-1 record. SISU at the other side keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. Bakken will meet Aabyhoj (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SISU will play against Horsholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bakken: A.Jakobsen 21+6reb+5ast, C.Nielsen 19+1ast, H.Petkov 14+7reb+1ast, P.Linnet 11, C.Christoffersen 10+8reb+1ast, C.Burgess 10+10reb+7ast
SISU: M.Nielsen 20+3reb+3ast, M.Brown 17+3reb, M.Dennis 17+1reb+6ast, D.Rutherford 12+13reb+4ast, D.Harder 10+3reb+3ast, R.Wurr 4
gschID: 95191


Vaerlose - Svendborg 86-90 OT

Seventh-ranked Vaerlose (8-14) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Svendborg (19-2) on Sunday. The visitors from Svendborg managed to secure only four-point victory 90-86. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game in overtime by 4 points. 29 personal fouls committed by Vaerlose helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks and Senegalese power forward Pape Ba (207-80, college: Bethune-Cookman) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Vaerlose. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Svendborg have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 19-2 record having just three points less than leader Bakken. Newly promoted Vaerlose keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. Svendborg are looking forward to face Horsholm (#4) on the road in the next round. Vaerlose will play against Horsens IC in Horsens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: N.Iversen 24+14reb+2ast, A.Darboe 17+6reb+3ast, M.Plannthin 15+6reb+2ast, C.Cavanaugh 14+7reb, N.Degn-Andersen 6, R.Christensen 5+1ast
Vaerlose: M.Rasmussen 20+1reb+2ast, B.Colas 17+18reb+3ast, P.Ba 17+9reb, J.McFarlane 16+2reb+2ast, S.Jensen 9+6reb+6ast, A.Karason 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 95192


Naestved - Aabyhoj 79-74 OT

Eighth-ranked Aabyhoj (8-15) was very close to win a game against third ranked Naestved (15-7). Naestved managed to secure only five-point victory 79-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Aabyhoj was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 23-10 third quarter run of Naestved. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 9-4. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay (OH)) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Edward Morris (203-84, college: Pittsburg St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and guard Darko Jukic (199-90) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Aabyhoj players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Naestved maintains third position with 15-7 record having six points less than leader Bakken. Aabyhoj lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 15 games lost. Naestved will play against bottom-ranked Aalborg (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aabyhoj will play against the league's leader Bakken in Aarhus and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Naestved: L.Roberts 22+17reb, P.Johansen 18+6reb+2ast, L.Hoirup 10+1reb, M.Hoirup 9+6reb+2ast, N.Christensen 9+4reb, D.Smedley 5+3reb+6ast
Aabyhoj: E.Morris 22+14reb+2ast, D.Jukic 17+6reb+3ast, A.Martin 15+2reb+5ast, M.Frandsen 10+8reb+1ast, R.Dalboge 8+4reb+3ast, M.Draegert 2+3reb
gschID: 95189




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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 23-9 
 2. Erie Bay H. 20-9 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 14-17 
 4. Dakota W. 11-20 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 4-22 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 23-8 
 2. Rio Grande 22-9 
 3. Texas L. 16-15 
 4. New Mexico 14-18 
 5. Austin T. 12-17 
 6. Maine RC 12-19 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 20-12 
 2. Bakersfield J. 18-12 
 3. Utah F. 14-15 
 4. Idaho S. 10-19 
 5. Springfield A. 9-21 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Toronto R.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.0 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.20.0 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.19.9 
 5. Brackins, Spring.19.9 
 6. Adrien, Rio Grande19.8 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.19.2 
 8. Lin, Reno Bighorns18.5 
 9. Edwards, New M.18.4 
 10. Tucker, New Mexico18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Davidson, Idaho S.9.9 
 3. Alexander, Texas L.9.8 
 4. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 5. Sims, Iowa E.9.7 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.7 
 7. Williams, Texas L.9.4 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.2 
 9. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.3 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.6 
 4. Jackson, Idaho S.7.9 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.5 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.5 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.6.3 
 9. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.3 
 5. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 6. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 9. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 10. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.2 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.3.0 
 3. N''Diaye, Dakota W.2.6 
 4. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 5. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.3 
 7. Sykes, Sioux F.2.2 
 8. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 9. Pittman, Sioux F.1.8 
 10. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.8 


BayHawks win 5th straight - by Eurobasket News
Texas L. - Erie Bay H. 106-111
The Erie BayHawks continue to roll with a 111-106 win at Texas against the Legends (16-15) on Sunday afternoon. Winners of its last five games, Erie (20-9) became the fifth team in the D-League this season to reach 20 wins. Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.) lead the BayHawks with 31 points Sunday, but a key guy in this stretch has been Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86, college: LSU). In Erie's last three wins, Mitchell has averaged 26.3 points. He matched his career high of 28 points in Sunday's win. Because Ivan Johnson has gotten into his share of foul trouble in recent games, Mitchell has gotten more minutes and taken advantage of that. Erie returns to action Thursday with a three-game home stint against the New Mexico Thunderbirds, a team that beat the BayHawks twice at their place earlier this season. The Thunderbirds (14-18) aren't the same team they were earlier in the season as they've lost three straight. *Courtesy of www.goerieblogs.com


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  ESTONIA   


EMKL Round 23 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Round 23 most important game was a victory of Valga/CKE over 6th ranked Rapla 84-79 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rapla. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-16. But Rapla won third quarter 20-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valga/CKE dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Rapla's 26 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Rapla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Timo Oja (182-G-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Ando Tagamets (200-79) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Swingman Heigo Erm (190-80) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for Rapla. Valga/CKE have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 10-12 record. Newly promoted Rapla keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Valga/CKE will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rapla will play on the road against KK Parnu (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tallinn: TTU/Kalev (#3) and TTU/Kalev II (#7). TTU/Kalev (15-5) won against visiting TTU/Kalev II (8-14) 108-104. It was a great evening for forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points. Valmo Kriisa helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) responded with 28 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TTU/Kalev have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-5 record having seven points less than leader TU/Rock. TTU/Kalev II at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. They will play against BC Rakvere (#4) on the road in the next round. TTU/Kalev II's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Kalev/Cramo.
The game in Parnu supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Kalev/Cramo (20-3) played at the court of 8th ranked KK Parnu (5-18). Kalev/Cramo smashed KK Parnu 88-66 on Sunday. It was an exceptional evening for Rait Keerles who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Martin Paasoja came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds for KK Parnu in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kalev/Cramo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 20-3 record having just -1 point less than leader TU/Rock. KK Parnu lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena TTU/Kalev II.
The game in Parnu was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked BC Rakvere (12-11) played at the court of 8th ranked KK Parnu (5-18). BC Rakvere managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76. The best player for the winners was Matthew Hall who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. BC Rakvere maintains fourth place with 12-11 record. KK Parnu lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost. BC Rakvere's next round opponent will be higher ranked TTU/Kalev (#3) in Tallinn and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Parnu will play at home against Rapla (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 23 Rapla beat Voru KK on the road 73-68.


TTU/Kalev - TTU/Kalev II 108-104

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tallinn: TTU/Kalev (#3) and TTU/Kalev II (#7). TTU/Kalev (15-5) won against visiting TTU/Kalev II (8-14) 108-104. The hosts were ahead by 12 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 23-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. TTU/Kalev forced 20 TTU/Kalev II turnovers. Strangely TTU/Kalev II outrebounded TTU/Kalev 40-22 including 28 on the defensive glass. TTU/Kalev II was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points. The former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) responded with 28 points and American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TTU/Kalev have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-5 record having seven points less than leader TU/Rock. TTU/Kalev II at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. They will play against BC Rakvere (#4) on the road in the next round. TTU/Kalev II's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Kalev/Cramo.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev II: K.Akenparg 28+3reb+1ast, A.Arnold 15+11reb+3ast, K.Keres 14+2reb, M.Kaja 13+8reb+1ast, M.Paiste 12+6reb+1ast, I.Tulit 10+3reb
TTU/Kalev: I.Pilk 26+2reb+2ast, V.Kriisa 19+5reb+3ast, M.Klementsov 12+3reb+3ast, E.Keedus 11+1reb, K.Makke 10+4reb, A.Parn 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 119563


Parnu - Kalev/Cramo 66-88

The game in Parnu supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Kalev/Cramo (20-3) played at the court of 8th ranked KK Parnu (5-18). Kalev/Cramo smashed KK Parnu 88-66 on Sunday. Kalev/Cramo made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Kalev/Cramo outrebounded KK Parnu 48-29 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Kristjan Kitsing (201-90) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Martin Paasoja (189-93) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Toomas Raadik (198-90) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for KK Parnu in the defeat. Four KK Parnu players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kalev/Cramo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 20-3 record having just -1 point less than leader TU/Rock. KK Parnu lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena TTU/Kalev II.
Top scorers:
Parnu: M.Paasoja 17+8reb+1ast, T.Raadik 15+5reb+1ast, R.Karner 12+1reb+1ast, R.Raap 10+3reb+2ast, K.Voolaid 8+9reb, J.Larionov 4+2reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: R.Keerles 21+12reb, K.Saks 16+6reb+1ast, K.Kitsing 15+9reb+2ast, M.Riis 7+3reb+1ast, A.Skele 7+2reb+1ast, R.Tamm 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 121388


Voru KK - Rapla 68-73

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Rapla (9-13) beat on the road bottom-ranked Voru KK (1-22) 73-68. Voru KK was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 22-11 third quarter run of Rapla. They also forced 28 Voru KK turnovers. The best player for the winners was power forward Raido Ringmets (204-83) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Heigo Erm (190-80) chipped in 17 points and 5 steals. Forward Silver Kuuba (198-74) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and forward Merlis Niklus (186-80) added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Rapla maintains sixth place with 9-13 record. Voru KK lost ninth consecutive game. Voru KK at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 22 lost games. Rapla's next round opponent will be KK Parnu (#8) on the road. Voru KK will play against the league's leader TU/Rock in Tartu.
Top scorers:
Voru KK: M.Niklus 21+6reb+5ast, S.Kuuba 20+14reb+3ast, V.Feliks 10+5reb+1ast, T.Kimask 10+3reb+6ast, F.Parker 3+6reb, A.Velleramm 2+2reb
Rapla: H.Erm 17+3reb+1ast, S.Kaldre 15+1reb+2ast, I.Kajupank 13+6reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 11+12reb+1ast, R.Laane 7+6reb+2ast, F.Talts 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 119560


Rapla - Valga/CKE 79-84

Round 23 most important game was a victory of Valga/CKE over 6th ranked Rapla 84-79 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rapla. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-16. But Rapla won third quarter 20-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valga/CKE dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Rapla's 26 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Rapla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Timo Oja (182-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Ando Tagamets (200-79) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Valga/CKE players scored in double figures. Swingman Heigo Erm (190-80) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and forward Indrek Kajupank (197-88) added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Rapla. Valga/CKE have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 10-12 record. Newly promoted Rapla keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Valga/CKE will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rapla will play on the road against KK Parnu (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rapla: H.Erm 26+10reb+3ast, R.Laane 16+2reb, I.Kajupank 13+13reb+1ast, M.Parn 6, R.Ringmets 5+6reb+2ast, A.Antson 5+1reb+3ast
Valga/CKE: A.Tagamets 21+6reb+1ast, T.Oja 19+6reb+3ast, R.Petersonig 13+4reb, A.Brown 11+14reb+2ast, R.Rebane 6+1reb, V.Vares 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 119561


Parnu - Rakvere 76-81

The game in Parnu was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked BC Rakvere (12-11) played at the court of 8th ranked KK Parnu (5-18). BC Rakvere managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76. KK Parnu was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 23-17 charge of BC Rakvere, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded KK Parnu 51-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. chipped in 19 points. Hall is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Toomas Raadik (198-90) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Rannar Raap (187-92) added 20 points, 5 assists and 5 steals respectively for the hosts. BC Rakvere maintains fourth place with 12-11 record. KK Parnu lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost. BC Rakvere's next round opponent will be higher ranked TTU/Kalev (#3) in Tallinn and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Parnu will play at home against Rapla (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Parnu: T.Raadik 24+12reb, R.Raap 20+4reb+5ast, T.Hamarsalu 13+3reb, K.Voolaid 7+4reb, M.Paasoja 5+4reb, R.Karner 4+1ast
Rakvere: M.Hall 24+9reb, R.Vaikulis 19+2reb+2ast, J.Vahter 12+5reb+1ast, V.Viljar 7+5reb+1ast, J.Pokla 6+10reb+5ast, R.Villers 5+4reb
gschID: 119562




Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 20-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 20-3 
 3. TTU/Kalev 15-5 
 4. Rakvere 12-11 
 5. Valga/CKE 10-12 
 6. Rapla 9-13 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 8-14 
 8. Parnu 5-18 
 9. Voru KK 1-22 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Raap, Parnu16.7 
 4. Erm, Rapla16.7 
 5. Brown, Va.16.0 
 6. Raadik, Parnu15.3 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.1 
 8. Kuuba, Voru KK15.0 
 9. Pilk, TT.14.6 
 10. Tagamets, Va.14.6 
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, Parnu6.8 
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. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Karner, Parnu2.6 
 9. Archibald, TT.2.5 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 2. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 3. Doronin, TU/Rock2.2 
 4. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 5. Raap, Parnu2.1 
 6. Karner, Parnu1.9 
 7. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 8. Keedus, TT.1.8 
 9. Archibald, TT.1.8 
 10. Oja, Va.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.1 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 3. Osby, TT.1.5 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.0 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 9. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 10. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 


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Gran Canaria lose Sitapha Savane, return Roeland Schaftenaar - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria will have to spend the rest of the season without Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy). The 32-year-old Senegalese forward injured his Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the reminder of the season. The forward tallied 7.9 points, 2.6 boards per game in EuroCup. In ACB his stats read 7.4 points and 3.3 boards.
Gran Canaria will replace Sitapha Savane with Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88, college: Oregon St.). The Dutch centre was sent on loan to La Palma in LEB Gold. He tallied 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game there. Roeland Schaftenaar graduated from Oregon State University in 2010. He then signed a two-year contract with Gran Canaria. The centre is the member of Dutch National Team.



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Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.5 
 2. Stamper, LoKoKo22.6 
 3. Manning, Huima22.4 
 4. Hall, SayRi20.3 
 5. Robinson, Jyvaskyla19.8 
 6. Bojang, BC Nokia19.6 
 7. Douglas, Huima18.7 
 8. Valentine, Lapua18.6 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET18.4 
 10. Ramey, Ura Basket17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Brown, Namika II14.9 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia14.3 
 3. Douglas, Huima13.8 
 4. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.8 
 7. Hall, SayRi11.8 
 8. Stamper, LoKoKo11.1 
 9. Banks, SayRi10.6 
 10. Wilson, Huima10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Manning, Huima6.2 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.2 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket4.5 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo4.4 
 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: 2.9
 1. Horton, LoKoKo2.9 
 2. Valentine, Lapua2.7 
 3. Hall, SayRi2.1 
 4. Bojang, BC Nokia2.1 
 5. Stamper, LoKoKo2.0 
 6. Still, Lapua1.9 
 7. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 8. Foreman, FoKoPo1.6 
 9. Vertio, Honka1.6 
 10. Towa, Kerava ET1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Reijo OJANEN
  Jyvaskyla
  (192-G/F-86)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.9 
 2. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 3. Kopio, Honka0.8 
 4. Alanko, Ura Basket0.7 
 5. Alanen, Namika II0.6 
 6. Nelson, Lapua0.6 
 7. Setala, BC Nokia0.6 
 8. Koskinen, Namika I.0.6 
 9. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 10. Heinonen, Namika I.0.5 


Wright's 26 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward Lawrence Wright (195-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
He had the game-high 26 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Korihait in his team's victory, helping them to crush Karhu (#9, 13-18) with 19-point margin 99-80. Korihait maintains the 4th position in Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Korihait will need more victories to improve their 21-11 record. In the team's last game Wright had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Korihait's top player in his first season with the team. Lawrence Wright averages this season 16.5ppg and 7.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was James Lewis (191-G-86) of LrNMKY. He is American guard in his first season at LrNMKY. In the last game Lewis recorded impressive 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as LrNMKY lost that game 67-90 to the higher-ranked Kataja (#3, 21-11). LrNMKY is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. 25 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories LrNMKY managed to get this year. Lewis is a newcomer at LrNMKY and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.5ppg (#3). He also registered 6.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Salon Vilpas Vikings (#10). Doaks scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Doaks' great performance Salon Vilpas lost 73-93 to the higher-ranked KTP (#2, 23-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Salon Vilpas not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 21 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Doaks could try to bring Salon Vilpas' a little bit higher in the standings. Doaks has individually a great season in Finland. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80) of Pyrinto - 26 points
5. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 15 points and 21 rebounds
6. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Kouvot - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85) of Karhu - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) of Tarmo - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Corey Belser (200-F-82) of Honka - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) of Kataja - 22 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)


Finnish 1st Division round 17 best performance: J'son Stamper - by Eurobasket News
American power forward J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85, agency: JEMsports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for LoKoKo, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 37 points and 16 rebounds, while his team outclassed Kerava ET (#9, 6-11) with 34-point margin 107-73. LoKoKo maintains the 4th position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. LoKoKo will need more victories to improve their 10-6 record. In the team's last game Stamper had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be LoKoKo's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Minnesota star has very solid stats this year. Stamper is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.6ppg), rebounds (8th best: 11.1rpg) and averages impressive 58.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another LoKoKo's star - 24-year old American Channing Toney (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances). Toney had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. Of course together with Stamper he helped LoKoKo with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Kerava ET (#9, 6-11) 107-73. LoKoKo's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-6 record is not bad at all. Toney is one of the most experienced players at LoKoKo and similarly like J'son Stamper has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Former University of Alabama at Birmingham star Toney is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Derick Nelson (196-F-86, agency: ACMT) of Lapuan Korikobrat (#3). Nelson scored 22 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Nelson's great performance Lapua lost 84-96 to #2 ranked Jyvaskyla. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Lapua needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 6 lost games. Nelson has a great season in Finland. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.5ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 12.8rpg (6th best). He also has FGP: 53.3% and 3PT: 41.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamal Douglas (201-F-85) of Huima - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Valtteri Makalainen (192-G-92) of Namika II - 21 points and 10 rebounds
6. Treylon Manning (178-G) of Huima - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Tracy Robinson (201-F-86) of Jyvaskyla - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. De Marcus Hall (201-F-85) of SayRi - 13 points and 20 rebounds
9. Osku Heinonen (194-F/G-92) of BC Nokia - 26 points and 3 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)


Ura Basket added Brown and Tiainen - by Eurobasket News
Carlton Brown (198-F-79, college: Texas A&M) and Lauri Tiainen (193-G-90) were added to Ura Basket roster.
The season 2010-2011 Carlton Brown started for Namika II (Finland-1st Division, starting five). In his top game bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY lost to Torpan Pojat (4-8) 75-64. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Torpan Pojat dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Lahden NMKY's 24. Torpan Pojat forced 24 Lahden NMKY turnovers. Strangely Lahden NMKY outrebounded Torpan Pojat 40-28 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Carlton Brown who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds.
Lauri Tiainen played all his career for Salon Vilpas Vikings starting in year 2005. In 2009-2010 for Salon Vilpas Vikings (Korisliiga) he averaged 3.1ppg, 1.2rpg. This season he recorded 7 points in a game when Joensuun Kataja crushed at home Salon Vilpas by 27 points 98-71, which is the biggest margin this round. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja outrebounded Salon Vilpas 38-25 including 28 on the defensive glass.



KORISLIIGA: KTP shooting well from behind the arc - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 32: After five losses in a row KTP (Kotka) was tonight again the same strong team as in the beginning of this season. KTP (23-9) visited in Salo and defeated
Vilpas Vikings (11-21) by 20 pts 73-93 (39-45). KTP was shooting 36 times from behind the arc and made 18 (50%) of them! Mikael Holme (192-G-79) led KTP with 23 pts (treys 7/12),
Jussi Eskola (189-G-87) added 20 pts (treys 6/9) and Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) 18 pts (treys 3/7). Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Chattanooga) (Vilpas) had a double-double 16pts/10rbs.
Vilpas - KTP 73-93 (39-45). (Nicchaeus Doaks 16/10, Matti Nuutinen 14, Samu Kaaresvirta 11 - Mikael Holme 23, Jussi Eskola 20, Jeb Ivey 18).
In Division 1 there were four contests. In two of them OT was needed. BC Nokia lost after OT and 15 lead changes vs Huima (Aanekoski) 105-107 (94). In Espoo Honka (Tapiola) defeated YMCA Lahti II after OT 79-76 (70). Riento (Saynatsalo) beat Tompan Pojat (Helsinki) 61-53 and at Kerava KET lost vs Korikonkarit (Loimaa) 73-107 after 14 ties. LoKoKo won the fourth quarter 8-33.
BC Nokia - Huima 105-107 (94) (45-47). (Osku Heinonen 26, Henri Jokinen 22, Timo Riihela 17 - Traylon Manning 24/9a, Lamar Roberson 24, Jamaal Douglas 19/14).
Honka, Tapiola - YMCA Lahti II 79-76 (70) (30-28). (Juho Helenius 16, Sauli Silvonen 15, Niko Hoglund 13 - Valtteri Makalainen 21/10, Vaino Kuusela 14, Vesa Heinonen 13).
SayRi - Tompan Pojat 61-53 (29-21). (DeMarcus Hall 13/20, Eetu Nieminen 12, Vesa Pylkkanen 11 - Pyry Rainamaa 14/10, Vesa Linturi 12, Oscar Lindqvist 11).
KET - LoKoKo 73-107 (44-48). (Justice Graham 20, Rudolf Tejha Mua 17, Arsene Towa 10 - JaSon Stamper 37/16, Channing Toney 29/12, Maurice Horton 12/6a).



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ProA Round 17: Sluc Nancy is upset by Poitiers - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Sluc Nancy (12-5) and fourteenth ranked Poitiers (6-11) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Sluc Nancy was defeated by Poitiers in a tough game in Poitiers 61-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sluc Nancy. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-61. Poitiers dominated on the defensive end, holding Sluc Nancy to just 5 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Sluc Nancy 45-30 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was swingman Evan Fournier (198-G/F-92) who scored 21 points. Forward Pierre-Yves Guillard (201-84) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) produced 24 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Poitiers moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Orleans. Sluc Nancy at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Chalon. Poitiers is looking forward to face Limoges CSP Elite (#15) on the road in the next round. Sluc Nancy will play against ASVEL (#8) in Villeurbanne and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Roanne. First ranked Chorale de Roanne faced second-ranked Chalon/Saor. Host Chorale de Roanne (13-4) defeated guests from Chalon (12-5) 84-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. It was a key game for the top position in the league. American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. Pape-Philippe Amagou contributed with 16 points for the winners. American guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) answered with 22 points for Chalon/Saor. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Chorale de Roanne maintains first place with 13-4 record, which they share with Cholet. Chalon/Saor at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Nancy. Chorale de Roanne will play against Paris-Levallois (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chalon/Saor will play against Le Mans (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Villeurbanne was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-7) played at the court of 7th ranked ASVEL (8-9). Hyeres-Toulon defeated ASVEL 92-77 on Saturday. Rick Hughes stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Matt Walsh responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Hyeres-Toulon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 10-7 record. Loser ASVEL keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Le Mans. Hyeres-Toulon will meet at home STB Le Havre (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. ASVEL will play against Sluc Nancy (#3) and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Paris-Levallois was defeated by Le Havre in a road game 82-77. Le Mans beat Strasbourg at home 73-66. Gravelines won against Vichy on the opponent's court 75-61. Pau-Lacq-Orthez managed to outperform Limoges in a home game 86-75. Cholet managed to beat Orleans on the road 83-68.


Poitierarleys - Nancy 69-61

The game between third ranked Sluc Nancy (12-5) and fourteenth ranked Poitiers (6-11) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Sluc Nancy was defeated by Poitiers in a tough game in Poitiers 61-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sluc Nancy. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-61. Poitiers dominated on the defensive end, holding Sluc Nancy to just 5 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Sluc Nancy 45-30 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was swingman Evan Fournier (198-92) who scored 21 points. Forward Pierre-Yves Guillard (201-84) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) produced 24 points and 8 rebounds and Nigerian forward Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Poitiers moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Orleans. Sluc Nancy at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Chalon. Poitiers is looking forward to face Limoges CSP Elite (#15) on the road in the next round. Sluc Nancy will play against ASVEL (#8) in Villeurbanne and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nancy: T.Darden 24+8reb+2ast, S.Brun 8+3reb, K.Grant 8+1reb+1ast, A.Akingbala 8+12reb+2ast, J.Linehan 7+4reb+5ast, V.Samnick 4
Poitierarleys: E.Fournier 21+2reb+1ast, P.Guillard 12+7reb, T.Gunn 10+5reb+3ast, A.Grant 8+8reb+1ast, P.Badiane 8+6reb, C.Gomez 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 100223


Le Havre - Paris-Levallois 82-77

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked STB Le Havre and 13th ranked Paris-Levallois had identical 6-10 record. This time STB Le Havre used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Levallois 82-77 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American power forward Joseph Jones (206-86, college: Texas A&M) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Yohann Sangare (193-83) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. American forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and international guard Andrew Albicy (178-90) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. STB Le Havre (7-10) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Strasbourg. Loser Paris-Levallois dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Orleans and Poitierarleys. STB Le Havre will meet higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Paris-Levallois will play against the league's leader Chorale de Roanne (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: L.Hamilton 24+6reb, A.Albicy 18+4ast, M.Sommerville 13+6reb+1ast, C.Eric 7+5reb, W.Aka 6+2reb+2ast, M.Morandais 5+4reb+2ast
Le Havre: J.Jones 22+12reb+2ast, J.Cox 15+1reb+2ast, Y.Sangare 15+1reb+4ast, N.Pope 13+4reb+1ast, M.King 8+3reb+4ast, O.Camara 5+3reb
gschID: 100224


Le Mans - Strasbourg 73-66

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Le Mans and 10th ranked Strasbourg IG had identical 7-9 record. This time Le Mans used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Strasbourg 73-66 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Le Mans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game, while Strasbourg IG only scored three points from the stripe. Greek center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76) stepped up and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and international guard Abdoulaye MBaye (186-88) scored 15 points. Strasbourg IG's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Mans (8-9) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and ASVEL. Loser Strasbourg IG keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Le Havre. Le Mans will meet higher ranked Chalon/Saor (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Strasbourg IG will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: R.Greer 20+10reb+2ast, A.MBaye 15+2reb+2ast, S.Essart 12+2reb+4ast, S.Giffa 4+6reb+2ast, N.Lewis 4+2reb, A.Jeanneau 3
Le Mans: M.Kakiouzis 15+5reb+1ast, J.Paulo Batista 12+6reb+2ast, B.Bowman 11+3reb+1ast, A.Acker 11+2reb, A.Diot 9+4reb+4ast, C.Lombahe-Kahudi 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100225


Vichy - Gravelines 61-75

Very expected game when 16th ranked JA Vichy (4-13) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (11-6) 75-61 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Gravelines-Dunkerque. JA Vichy managed to win third quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding JA Vichy to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded JA Vichy 47-31 including 18 on the offensive glass. Senegalese center Mouhamed Sene (213-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Dounia Issa (198-81) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) responded with 25 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Gravelines-Dunkerque maintains fifth place with 11-6 record. Loser JA Vichy stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet at home Entente Orleans 45 (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JA Vichy will play against the league's second-placed Cholet and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Vichy: J.Shuler 25+3reb+4ast, D.Nichols 19+3reb+4ast, T.Larrouquis 9+5reb+2ast, F.Elegar 8+11reb, I.Gmar 0, Y.Manicord 0
Gravelines: M.Sene 15+10reb+1ast, J.Greer 15+4reb+1ast, D.Issa 14+11reb+1ast, B.Woodside 9+6reb+7ast, C.Akpomedah 8+8reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 7+2reb
gschID: 100220


ASVEL - Hyeres-Toulon 77-92

The game in Villeurbanne was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-7) played at the court of 7th ranked ASVEL (8-9). Hyeres-Toulon defeated ASVEL 92-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Hyeres-Toulon. ASVEL managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Congolese forward Nobel Boungou Colo (202-88) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Kim Tillie (211-88, college: Utah, agency: Priority Sports) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Five Hyeres-Toulon and four ASVEL players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 10-7 record. Loser ASVEL keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Le Mans. Hyeres-Toulon will meet at home STB Le Havre (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. ASVEL will play against Sluc Nancy (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: D.Jefferson 18+3reb, M.Walsh 17+6reb+2ast, K.Tillie 14+9reb, L.Westermann 10+2reb+2ast, M.Gelabale 10+5reb+1ast, P.Lacombe 4+6reb+6ast
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 21+7reb+2ast, N.Boungou Colo 18+7reb, K.Houston 12+2ast, D.Krupalija 11+7reb+3ast, P.Morlende 10+3reb+1ast, J.Flowers 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 100221


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Limoges 86-75

Very predictable result when ninth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (8-9) beat at home 15th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (5-12) 86-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Limoges CSP Elite managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pau-Lacq-Orthez shot 62.0 percent from the field and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The former international guard Laurent Sciarra (196-73) stepped up and scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and naturalized American forward Georgi Joseph (197-82, college: Kennesaw St.) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Five Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and forward Raphael Desroses (199-80) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to seventh place, which they share with ASVEL and Le Mans. Limoges CSP Elite lost third consecutive game. Limoges CSP Elite at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will meet Strasbourg IG (#10) on the road in the next round. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Poitiers (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limoges: C.Banks 23+5reb, R.Guinn 16+1ast, R.Desroses 11+6reb+2ast, Z.Wright 9+1reb+3ast, C.Massie 8+7reb+4ast, R.Biggs 3+1ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: S.Rimac 16+4reb+2ast, G.Joseph 16+5reb+2ast, A.Mendy 12+2reb, D.Bennett 11+2ast, L.Sciarra 11+6reb+7ast, R.Taylor 11+3reb+3ast
gschID: 100222


Roanne - Chalon 84-67

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Roanne. First ranked Chorale de Roanne faced second-ranked Chalon/Saor. Host Chorale de Roanne (13-4) defeated guests from Chalon (12-5) 84-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It looked good early as Chalon/Saor took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chorale de Roanne had a 17-13 second period charge getting the lead and Chalon/Saor was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-84. They outrebounded Chalon/Saor 40-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. Chorale de Roanne players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. American guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) answered with 22 points and the former international guard Steed Tchicamboud (193-81) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Chalon/Saor. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Chorale de Roanne maintains first place with 13-4 record, which they share with Cholet. Chalon/Saor at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Nancy. Chorale de Roanne will play against Paris-Levallois (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chalon/Saor will play against Le Mans (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chalon: M.Haynes 22+4reb+3ast, I.Evtimov 11+1reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 8+4reb+1ast, S.Tchicamboud 8+6reb+5ast, B.Schilb 8+4reb+5ast, A.Aminu 6+2reb+1ast
Roanne: P.Amagou 16+3reb+2ast, D.Page 15+7reb+1ast, R.Davis 11+4ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 10+6reb+2ast, A.Gordon 10+1reb+6ast, A.Dunn 6+6reb
gschID: 100218


Orleans - Cholet 68-83

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (6-11) was defeated at home by second ranked Cholet (13-4) 83-68 on Saturday. The game without a history. Cholet led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American forward Randal Falker (201-85, college: S.Illinois) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Cholet players scored in double figures. Cholet's coach Erman Kunter allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Roanne. Entente Orleans 45 lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Paris-Levallois and Poitierarleys. Cholet will meet at home bottom-ranked JA Vichy (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Orleans: L.Vaty 20+6reb, A.Sy 12+6reb+2ast, J.Reynolds 10+3reb+6ast, M.NDoye 8+4reb, A.Curti 7+2reb+6ast, A.Moerman 5+3reb+2ast
Cholet: R.Falker 20+6reb+1ast, S.Mejia 18+5reb+4ast, A.Robinson 16+7reb+3ast, V.Avdalovic 14+4ast, D.Nelson 7+6reb+1ast, C.Leonard 4+1reb
gschID: 100219




Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Blair, Denek23.8 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy18.5 
 3. Petrovic, St Et.17.8 
 4. Pridotkas, Brest17.6 
 5. Blot, Blois17.1 
 6. James, Challans16.1 
 7. Lesieu, St Quentin15.9 
 8. Lalugba, Denain15.7 
 9. Disy, Roche15.6 
 10. Ford, Bordeaux15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Simmons, St Et.9.2 
 2. Pasut, Sorgues8.4 
 3. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 4. Lesieu, St Quentin7.9 
 5. Kennedy, Orchy7.8 
 6. Brocheray, Denain7.8 
 7. Hoard, Lievin7.7 
 8. Alingue, Souffel7.7 
 9. Boutry, Challans7.6 
 10. Roberts, Brest7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre BROCHARD
  Blois
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Brochard, Blois6.5 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy6.0 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.4.6 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.4 
 5. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.3 
 6. Sauret, Denain4.1 
 7. Rambur, St Quentin4.0 
 8. Thomas, St Etienne3.9 
 9. Tillon, St Chamond3.8 
 10. Driss, Bordeaux3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Blair, Denek2.8 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.2 
 3. Sauret, Denain2.1 
 4. Neri, Roche2.0 
 5. Ipouck, Le Puy1.9 
 6. Blot, Blois1.8 
 7. Driss, Bordeaux1.6 
 8. Schmieder, Challans1.6 
 9. Bateko, Roche1.6 
 10. Ramphort, Angers B.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.9 
 2. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 3. Ford, Bordeaux1.8 
 4. Traore, Angers B.1.6 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.4 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.3 
 7. Boutry, Challans1.0 
 8. Kennedy, Orchy1.0 
 9. Ipouck, Le Puy1.0 
 10. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Tremmell DARDEN
  Nancy
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Darden, Nancy17.9 
 2. Nichols, Vichy17.8 
 3. Mejia, Cholet17.4 
 4. Jefferson, AS.17.3 
 5. Massie, Limoges17.2 
 6. Woodside, Gravelines16.3 
 7. Bennett, Pau-La.15.8 
 8. King, Le Havre15.8 
 9. Haynes, Chalon15.2 
 10. Hamilton, Paris-.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rob LEWIN
  Art.Dragons
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Lewin, Vichy9.8 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.4 
 3. Issa, Gravelines8.9 
 4. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.8 
 5. Jones, Le Havre8.7 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy8.3 
 7. Jefferson, AS.7.9 
 8. Elegar, Vichy7.9 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. King, Le Havre6.2 
 3. Linehan, Nancy6.2 
 4. Wright, Limoges6.1 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines5.9 
 6. Sciarra, Pau-La.5.1 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 8. Diabate, Roanne4.7 
 9. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.2 
 10. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.7 
 2. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.6 
 3. Darden, Nancy2.2 
 4. Diot, Le Mans2.0 
 5. Walsh, AS.1.9 
 6. Bennett, Pau-La.1.8 
 7. Elegar, Vichy1.7 
 8. Diabate, Roanne1.7 
 9. Dewar, Le Mans1.6 
 10. Greer, Strasbourg1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.8 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.5 
 3. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 4. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 5. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 6. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 7. Badiane, Poitiera.1.1 
 8. Fofana, AS.1.1 
 9. Akingbala, Nancy1.1 
 10. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.1 


France U16 played the first two games in the International tournament in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
France U16 played the first two games in the International tournament in Turkey and reached the first two victories. France U16 rolled over Georgia U16 89:51 in Gaziantep. The French side opened the game with 23-15 and won the second period 18-8. The favorites did not slow down in the second half as well and easily reached the win in the opener. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) poured in 20 points for the winners and Olivier Yao-Delon followed him with 13. Beka Darakhvelidze replied with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort, while Sandro Bolkvadze netted 13.
In Day 2 France U16 outscored Slovenia U16 80:65. It was an easy start for the French outfit, while Slovenians tried to recover later in the game. Trailing 10-28 after the first 10 minutes, Slovenia produced a 19-13 in the second frame and added 20-15 in the last. It was not however enough to reach the French team. Damien Inglis and Paul Rigot top-scored for the winners with 15 points each, while Olivier Yao-Delon posted 13. Jure Ritlop (198-F-95) notched 14 in defeat and Zan Petejan (95) had 13.



ProB Round 20: #1 JSF Nanterre is defeated by Nantes - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked JSF Nanterre (15-5) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifteenth ranked Nantes (8-12) 84-74. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-74. Nantes shot 60.7 percent from the field. They also forced 22 JSF Nanterre turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Nantes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Nicolas Gayon (190-F-82) who helped to win the game recording 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Taron Downey (186-83, college: Wake Forest) who added 15 points and 5 assists during the contest. American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Nantes moved-up to thirteenth place. JSF Nanterre at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Rouen. Nantes are looking forward to face higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#8) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JSF Nanterre will play on the road against Quimper UJAP (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Fos was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Chalons-Reims (12-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Fos Ouest (13-7). Fos Ouest managed to secure a 6-point victory 70-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chalons-Reims. The winners were led by Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) who scored that evening 19 points and 6 rebounds and Sherman Gay supported him with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. Even 8 points and 17 rebounds by American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) did not help to save the game for Chalons-Reims. Fos Ouest moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Boulazac. Newly promoted Chalons-Reims dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Dijon and Maurienne. Fos Ouest will play against bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chalons-Reims will play against Boulazac Basket (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Bourg between JL Bourg and Quimper UJAP. Twelfth ranked JL Bourg (9-11) got a very close home victory over 16th ranked Quimper UJAP (6-14). JL Bourg managed to escape with a 2-point win 68-66 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Kevin Corre who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Jean-Richard Volcy produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. JL Bourg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Boulogne and Lille. Loser Quimper UJAP keeps the sixteenth position with 14 games lost. JL Bourg will meet Stade Clermont (#17) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quimper UJAP will play against the league's leader JSF Nanterre and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Fifth ranked Boulazac Basket (13-7) crushed at home 14th ranked Olympique Antibes (7-13) by 20 points 78-58, which is the biggest margin this round. Amadi McKenzie orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points. Boulazac Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fos Ouest. Olympique Antibes lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Boulazac Basket's next round opponent will be Chalons-Reims (#7) on the road. Olympique Antibes will play against Saint Vallier (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: Clermont lost to Evreux on the opponent's court 72-78. Maurienne managed to outperform Boulogne in a home game 99-89. Dijon managed to beat Lille on the road 69-60. St Vallier was defeated by Rouen on its own court 69-79. Bottom-ranked Charleville was beaten by Le Portel in a road game 84-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 11 rebounds by Nigel Wyatte of Le Portel.


Evreux - Clermont 78-72

Very expected game when 17th ranked Stade Clermont (5-15) was defeated on the road by third ranked ALM Evreux (14-6) 78-72. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Stade Clermont was ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 31-15 charge of ALM Evreux, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Stade Clermont helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Calvin Watson (196-85, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Naturalized Portuguese guard Philippe Da Silva (192-79) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Naturalized Mali swingman Souarata Cisse (197-86) replied with 21 points and American swingman Dreke Bouldin (202-80, college: Fresno St.) added 16 points in the effort for Stade Clermont. ALM Evreux maintains third position with 14-6 record behind leader Nanterre. Stade Clermont lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 15 games lost. ALM Evreux's next round opponent will be league's second-placed SPO Rouen on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stade Clermont will play against JL Bourg (#11).
Top scorers:
Evreux: C.Watson 21+5reb+3ast, B.Toffin 13+8reb+2ast, P.Da Silva 11+5reb+9ast, D.Reed 8+5reb, L.Chelle 8+1reb+1ast, D.Davis 8+3reb+2ast
Clermont: S.Cisse 21+2reb+2ast, D.Bouldin 16+4reb+2ast, X.Delarue 11+5reb+3ast, T.Ford 8+9reb, O.Bassett 5+4reb+2ast, K.Ouattara 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 100503


Maurienne - Boulogne 99-89

Rather predictable result in Aix-les-Bains where eighth ranked Aix-Maurienne (12-8) defeated 11th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (9-11) 99-89. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Aix-Maurienne made 25-of-28 charity shots (89.3 percent) during the game. Aix-Maurienne outrebounded SO Maritime Boulogne 34-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by SO Maritime Boulogne helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Lithuanian-Slovenian guard Klemensas Patiejunas (186-77) replied with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) added 21 points and 5 steals in the effort for SO Maritime Boulogne. Five Aix-Maurienne and four SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Dijon and Chalons-Reims. Newly promoted SO Maritime Boulogne dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Aix-Maurienne's next round opponent will be Nantes (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against Lille Metropole and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: M.Sonko 21+4reb+2ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 19+6reb+2ast, E.Joldersma 18+3reb+2ast, J.Mathis 14+15reb+4ast, S.Darnauzan 13+2reb+4ast, C.Dunn 11+2reb+6ast
Boulogne: L.Milbourne 21+4reb+1ast, E.Plateau 18+3reb+2ast, L.Kante 18+3reb+1ast, K.Patiejunas 14+5reb+7ast, T.Stanley 9+4reb+2ast, M.N'Diaye 7+2reb
gschID: 100504


Nanterre - Nantes 74-84

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked JSF Nanterre (15-5) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifteenth ranked Nantes (8-12) 84-74. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-74. Nantes shot 60.7 percent from the field. They also forced 22 JSF Nanterre turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Nantes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Nicolas Gayon (190-82) who helped to win the game recording 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Taron Downey (186-83, college: Wake Forest) who added 15 points and 5 assists during the contest. Five Nantes players scored in double figures. American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Nantes moved-up to thirteenth place. JSF Nanterre at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Rouen. Nantes are looking forward to face higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#8) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JSF Nanterre will play on the road against Quimper UJAP (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nantes: N.Gayon 20+3reb+2ast, T.Downey 15+4reb+5ast, O.Bardet 11+2reb+2ast, J.James 11+7reb+1ast, K.Barber 10+9reb+1ast, A.Cel 7+3reb
Nanterre: W.Daniels 20+5reb+1ast, M.Riley 18+5reb+4ast, A.Gomis 10+3reb+1ast, L.Akono 7+2reb+7ast, N.Carter 6+3reb+2ast, X.Corosine 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100505


Lille - Dijon 60-69

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Lille Metropole (9-11) was defeated at home by seventh ranked JDA Dijon (12-8) 69-60. Lille Metropole was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. JDA Dijon made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while Lille Metropole only scored six points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by Lille Metropole helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 9 assists. American power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) added 20 points in the effort for Lille Metropole. JDA Dijon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Maurienne. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. JDA Dijon's next round opponent will be Le Portel (#9) at home. Lille Metropole will play against SO Maritime Boulogne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dijon: E.Bing 17+8reb, E.Craven 14+2reb+9ast, E.Mendy 13+4reb, D.Melody 12+2reb+2ast, J.Leloup 7+5reb+3ast, S.Dia 6+5reb+1ast
Lille: S.Barnette 20+4reb+2ast, A.Harris 19+8reb+2ast, A.Defoe 10+4reb+1ast, O.Gouez 4+1reb+1ast, K.Bradley 4+2reb+2ast, R.Chery 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 100500


St Vallier - Rouen 69-79

Everything went according to plan when second ranked SPO Rouen (15-5) beat on the road 13th ranked Saint Vallier (7-13) 79-69. The guests were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 24-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Kareem Reid (178-75, college: Arkansas) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Saint Vallier. SPO Rouen have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Nanterre lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Saint Vallier at the other side dropped to the fourteenth place with 13 games lost. SPO Rouen's next round opponent will be ALM Evreux (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Saint Vallier will play against Olympique Antibes (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Siggers 17+5reb+1ast, K.Reid 15+1reb+3ast, D.Williams 13+4reb, S.Traore 10+4reb, C.Thioune 9+4reb+3ast, P.Poupet 7+5reb+6ast
St Vallier: K.Shiloh 19+5reb+1ast, C.Bronchard 11+7reb+2ast, B.Vounang 9+7reb+2ast, M.Tensorer 8+2reb+1ast, D.Denave 8+4reb+7ast, A.Dill 8+5reb
gschID: 100501


Bourg - Quimper 68-66

A very close game took place in Bourg between JL Bourg and Quimper UJAP. Twelfth ranked JL Bourg (9-11) got a very close home victory over 16th ranked Quimper UJAP (6-14). JL Bourg managed to escape with a 2-point win 68-66 on Saturday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. JL Bourg made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Kevin Corre (203-85) who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Daniel Coleman (206-85, college: Minnesota) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Marius Runkaukas (189-86) added 18 points respectively for the guests. JL Bourg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Boulogne and Lille. Loser Quimper UJAP keeps the sixteenth position with 14 games lost. JL Bourg will meet Stade Clermont (#17) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quimper UJAP will play against the league's leader JSF Nanterre and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bourg: D.Coleman 18+5reb, K.Corre 15+8reb+5ast, A.Tsagarakis 9+1reb, I.Koma 8+2reb, C.Ferchaud 6+1reb+3ast, D.Monds 6+9reb
Quimper: J.Volcy 18+10reb+2ast, M.Runkaukas 18+3reb+2ast, V.Mouillard 15+1reb+6ast, W.Molas 4+2reb, G.Lessort 4+2reb+2ast, A.Rigaux 3
gschID: 100502


Boulazac - Antibes 78-58

Fifth ranked Boulazac Basket (13-7) crushed at home 14th ranked Olympique Antibes (7-13) by 20 points 78-58, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Boulazac Basket. Olympique Antibes was better in second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Boulazac Basket forced 23 Olympique Antibes turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Olympique Antibes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Amadi McKenzie (201-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points. Forward Yannick Gaillou (198-79) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agency: LBM Management) replied with 9 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Lesly Bengaber (198-79) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Olympique Antibes. Boulazac Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fos Ouest. Olympique Antibes lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Boulazac Basket's next round opponent will be Chalons-Reims (#7) on the road. Olympique Antibes will play against Saint Vallier (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 17+4reb+3ast, Y.Gaillou 15+7reb, B.Jacobson 14+4reb+3ast, T.Dubiez 10+1reb+1ast, C.Melicie 9+9reb+4ast, A.Kerckhof 6+4reb+4ast
Antibes: S.Ho You Fat 13+6reb, L.Bengaber 11+4reb+4ast, D.Ramseyer 9+5reb, S.Massot 9+8reb+2ast, M.Bojovic 7+4reb+3ast, M.Courby 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 100497


Fos Ouest - Chalons-Reims 70-64

The game in Fos was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Chalons-Reims (12-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Fos Ouest (13-7). Fos Ouest managed to secure a 6-point victory 70-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chalons-Reims. Chalons-Reims was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 18-10 third quarter run of Fos Ouest. Strangely Chalons-Reims outrebounded Fos Ouest 45-33 including a 21-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) who scored that evening 19 points and 6 rebounds and Jamaican-American forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Marymount) supported him with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. Even 8 points and 17 rebounds by American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) did not help to save the game for Chalons-Reims. The former international swingman Gary Chathuant (196-83) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Fos Ouest moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Boulazac. Newly promoted Chalons-Reims dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Dijon and Maurienne. Fos Ouest will play against bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chalons-Reims will play against Boulazac Basket (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: M.Hachad 19+6reb+3ast, S.Gay 15+9reb, L.Cummard 12+8reb, P.Haquet 11+5reb, Z.Bah 7+2reb+2ast, M.Dia 4
Chalons-Reims: G.Chathuant 12+7reb, K.Joss-Rauze 9+1ast, G.Radonjic 8+2reb+2ast, C.Daniels 8+17reb+1ast, H.Jalce 6+6reb+1ast, B.Mullins 6+2reb
gschID: 100498


Le Portel - Charleville 84-77

There was no surprise when 18th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (3-17) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Le Portel (11-9) 84-77. Charleville-Mezieres was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 25-13 third quarter run of Le Portel. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. The other American import power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Le Portel players scored in double figures. American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) replied with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized DR Congolese guard Kris Morlende (183-79) added 19 points in the effort for Charleville-Mezieres. Le Portel maintains ninth position with 11-9 record. Charleville-Mezieres lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Le Portel's next round opponent will be higher ranked JDA Dijon (#6) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Fos Ouest (#5).
Top scorers:
Le Portel: N.Wyatte 24+11reb+1ast, A.Rowland 19+8reb+9ast, C.Davis 13+7reb+8ast, E.Choquet 11+3reb+4ast, M.Labeyrie 10+2reb+3ast, F.N'Kembe 3
Charleville: K.Morlende 19+2reb+3ast, C.Rouse 19+9reb+4ast, T.Peterson 9+5reb+1ast, D.Jean-Joseph 8+3reb+1ast, Y.Zachee 6+1reb+2ast, J.McClark 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 100499




NM1 Round 21: Angers BC 49 loses to Denain Voltaire in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Denain. Second ranked host Denain Voltaire (16-5) defeated 3rd placed Angers BC 49 (14-7) 72-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Angers BC 49. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 28-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Angers BC 49 47-28 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Renaud Brocheray (203-C-80) stepped up and scored 9 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Frederic Minet (187-G-81) chipped in 17 points. The best for the losing side was American power forward Damien Griffin (203-80, college: Mountain St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Denain Voltaire maintains second place with 16-5 record having just two points less than leader Bordeaux. Angers BC 49 at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Denain Voltaire are looking forward to face Orchesien BC (#7) in Orchies in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Angers BC 49 will play at home against the league's leader Bordeaux (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NM1 top team - Bordeaux (18-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eleventh ranked Vendee Challans (10-11) 76-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vendee Challans. American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) nailed 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Gauthier Darrigand accounted for 10 points and 7 assists. Forward Benjamin Boutry (198-80) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Vendee Challans in the defeat. Vendee Challans' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bordeaux have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Vendee Challans at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Souffel. Bordeaux will play against Angers BC 49 (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vendee Challans will play against Saint-Quentin (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Saint-Quentin where higher ranked Saint-Quentin (12-9) was upset on its own court by seventeenth ranked Roche (5-16) 73-62 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Harry Disy who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Alexis Rambur who recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Newly promoted Roche maintains seventeenth place with 5-16 record. Loser Saint-Quentin dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Sorgues. Roche will meet at home higher ranked Le Puy ASMB (#13) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saint-Quentin will play against Vendee Challans (#12) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Sorgues where higher ranked Sorgues (12-9) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Saint-Etienne (11-10) 76-69. It was a good game for Djordje Petrovic who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Saint-Etienne moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Sorgues keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Saint-Etienne's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris which should be an easy win for them. Sorgues will play on the road against Lievin Basket (#15).
An interesting game took place in Souffel. where higher ranked Denek (11-10) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Souffelweyersheim (10-11) 77-71 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Denek. Alexandre N'Kembe stepped up and scored 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Souffelweyersheim's coach Stephane Eberlin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Challans. Loser Denek keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Souffelweyersheim will face higher ranked Blois (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21: Orchy won against Get Vosges on the opponent's court 80-70. Le Puy managed to outperform Lievin in a home game 89-77. Blois managed to beat St Chamond on the road 78-70. Bottom-ranked CFBB was defeated by Brest on its own court 72-90.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 12 rebounds by Rafael Lopez of Brest.


St Quentin - Roche 62-73

An interesting game took place in Saint-Quentin where higher ranked Saint-Quentin (12-9) was upset on its own court by seventeenth ranked Roche (5-16) 73-62 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Roche outrebounded Saint-Quentin 42-30 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Harry Disy (201-84, college: Louisiana Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Wayne Morris (198-77, college: Shippensburg) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Alexis Rambur (195-83) who recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Roche maintains seventeenth place with 5-16 record. Loser Saint-Quentin dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Sorgues. Roche will meet at home higher ranked Le Puy ASMB (#13) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saint-Quentin will play against Vendee Challans (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: A.Rambur 13+6reb+4ast, M.Diallo 12+1ast, K.Howell 11+5reb+1ast, J.Lesieu 11+1reb+1ast, O.Romain 11+1reb+1ast, J.Bach 2+6reb
Roche: H.Disy 21+11reb+1ast, F.Bateko 14+3reb+1ast, W.Morris 13+6reb+1ast, C.Audouard 9+6reb+2ast, D.Anthony Lewis 7+2reb+1ast, S.Neri 7+7reb+5ast
gschID: 100808


Get Vosges - Orchy 70-80

Very expected game in Golbey where 16th ranked Get Vosges (7-14) was defeated by eighth ranked Orchesien BC (11-10) 80-70 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 36-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Get Vosges was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman David Cilly (196-81) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Emilien Barbry (188-83) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was naturalized Mali forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized American forward Danny Strong (199-75, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Orchesien BC and four Get Vosges players scored in double figures. Get Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Orchesien BC. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Get Vosges lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixteenth position with 14 games lost. Orchesien BC will face league's second-placed Denain Voltaire at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Get Vosges will play against Denek (#9) in Bidart.
Top scorers:
Get Vosges: T.Sani 16+13reb, D.Strong 14+7reb+4ast, M.Gotagni 10+6reb+2ast, Z.Gourde 10+7reb+2ast, R.Galette 6+2reb+2ast, J.'CoCo' Wade 4+1reb+2ast
Orchy: D.Cilly 15+10reb+1ast, E.Barbry 14+5reb+4ast, R.Randle 12+2reb+1ast, J.Verbeke 11+4reb+1ast, O.Vivies 10+3reb, T.Parker 10+2reb
gschID: 100809


Le Puy - Lievin 89-77

Everything could happen in Le Puy en Velay at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Le Puy ASMB and 13th ranked Lievin Basket had identical 8-12 record. This time Le Puy ASMB used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Lievin 89-77 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Le Puy ASMB. Lievin Basket was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lievin Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) stepped up and scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Damien Pistre (190-83) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and guard Vincent Lehut (186-87) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Four Le Puy ASMB and five Lievin Basket players scored in double figures. Le Puy ASMB (9-12) moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Lievin Basket dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Le Puy ASMB will face Roche (#17) on the road in the next round. Lievin Basket will play against Sorgues.
Top scorers:
Lievin: A.Hoard 19+14reb+4ast, V.Lehut 14+2reb+5ast, G.Clerc 12+4reb+1ast, S.Cretaux 10+2reb+1ast, D.Russell 10+4reb, A.Pierre-Joseph 6+2reb
Le Puy: C.Guillarme 24+5reb+4ast, D.Pistre 22+6reb+1ast, G.Sene 16+2reb+2ast, S.Cabarkapa 12+10reb+2ast, J.Cortey 5+2reb+7ast, W.Gueye 5+3ast
gschID: 100810


Sorgues - St Etienne 69-76

An interesting game took place in Sorgues where higher ranked Sorgues (12-9) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Saint-Etienne (11-10) 76-69. The guests were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-17 Sorgues' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 76-69 at the end of the game. Saint-Etienne dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Sorgues' 20. It was a good game for Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Rida El Amrani (180-86) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Samir Mekad answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sorgues. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saint-Etienne moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Sorgues keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Saint-Etienne's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris which should be an easy win for them. Sorgues will play on the road against Lievin Basket (#15).
Top scorers:
Sorgues: S.Ocokoljic 15+6reb+2ast, S.Mekad 14+6reb+3ast, A.Thinon 12+3reb+4ast, X.Pasut 10+11reb, V.Ateba 6+4reb+2ast, Y.Bassine 5+1reb+3ast
St Etienne: D.Petrovic 17+8reb, R.El Amrani 16+2reb+2ast, X.Gaillou 13+3reb+2ast, R.Pegon 11+1reb, L.Simmons 7+9reb, S.Hermenier 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 100811


Bordeaux - Challans 76-66

NM1 top team - Bordeaux (18-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eleventh ranked Vendee Challans (10-11) 76-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vendee Challans. The game was mostly controlled by Bordeaux. Vendee Challans was better in fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bordeaux forced 19 Vendee Challans turnovers. American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) nailed 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and guard Gauthier Darrigand (184-82) accounted for 10 points and 7 assists. Four Bordeaux players scored in double figures. Forward Benjamin Boutry (198-80) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds and forward Fabien Herard (198-79) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Vendee Challans in the defeat. Vendee Challans' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bordeaux have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Vendee Challans at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Souffel. Bordeaux will play against Angers BC 49 (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vendee Challans will play against Saint-Quentin (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Challans: B.Boutry 14+8reb, S.Girma 11+1reb+3ast, F.Herard 10+8reb+4ast, M.Boutry 8+2reb+1ast, J.Geay 8+1reb, R.Boissie 7+3reb+3ast
Bordeaux: J.Ford 13+5reb+1ast, M.Sy 11+2reb, S.Driss 11+8reb, M.Doubal 11+3reb+1ast, G.Darrigand 10+2reb+7ast, R.Dardaine 8+9reb+2ast
gschID: 100805


St Chamond - Blois 70-78

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Saint Chamond (8-13) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Blois (11-10) 78-70 on Saturday. Saint Chamond trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 16-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-78 at the end of the game. Blois looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Center Olivier Kolb (205-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Zaka Alao (187-81) chipped in 23 points. The best for the losing side was forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized DR Congolese guard Jean-Paul LanduBongo (187-85) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Blois moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Saint Chamond lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Blois will face Souffelweyersheim (#11) in Souffel. in the next round. Saint Chamond will play on the road against Etendard de Brest.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: J.LanduBongo 18+1ast, J.Rinna 13+6reb+4ast, R.Tillon 11+1reb+5ast, V.Thomas 10+4reb, J.Beugnot 9+2reb+2ast, R.Aubry 5+5reb
Blois: Z.Alao 23+4reb+2ast, O.Kolb 19+10reb+4ast, J.Blot 17+1reb+2ast, P.Brochard 13+4reb+10ast, B.Recoura 4+5reb+1ast, N.Niktash 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100806


Souffel - Denek 77-71

An interesting game took place in Souffel. where higher ranked Denek (11-10) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Souffelweyersheim (10-11) 77-71 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Denek. Denek trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 18-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-77 at the end of the game. Souffelweyersheim looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Naturalized Cameroonian forward Alexandre N'Kembe (193-79) stepped up and scored 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Souffelweyersheim's coach Stephane Eberlin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: JEMsports) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Cedric Mansare (196-85) scored 14 points. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Challans. Loser Denek keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Souffelweyersheim will face higher ranked Blois (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Denek: L.Blair 17+5reb+1ast, C.Mansare 14+2reb+2ast, C.Clemmons 9+1reb+1ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 9+4reb+4ast, W.Berquier 7+1reb+3ast, F.Calvez 7+2ast
Souffel: A.N'Kembe 15+6reb, J.Tschamber 14+2reb+5ast, J.Stefanov 11+4reb, J.Alingue 10+5reb+4ast, S.Kancel 9+3reb+1ast, F.Broliron 5+1reb
gschID: 100807


CFBB - Brest 72-90

Everything went according to plan in Paris where fourth ranked Etendard de Brest (13-8) beat bottom-ranked CFBB (3-18) 90-72 on Friday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-72. Etendard de Brest made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Center Rafael Lopez (204-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) chipped in 24 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was power forward Jean-Charles Livio (202-93) with 19 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Hugo Invernizzi (196-93) scored 6 points and 6 rebounds. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Etendard de Brest. They maintain fourth place with 13-8 record. CFBB lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Etendard de Brest will face Saint Chamond (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CFBB will play against Saint-Etienne (#8).
Top scorers:
CFBB: J.Livio 19+5reb+1ast, U.Adjagba 10, W.Howard 8+2ast, V.Pourchot 8+3reb+1ast, B.John 7+2reb+4ast, Y.Morin 6+3reb+1ast
Brest: R.Lopez 28+12reb+1ast, V.Pridotkas 24+2reb+2ast, G.Staelens 14+1reb+5ast, J.Doreau 9+5reb+5ast, J.Blanchot 6+6reb+3ast, J.Zahoui 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 100803


Denain - Angers BC 49 72-68

The game between Top Four teams took place in Denain. Second ranked host Denain Voltaire (16-5) defeated 3rd placed Angers BC 49 (14-7) 72-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Angers BC 49. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 28-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Angers BC 49 47-28 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Renaud Brocheray (203-80) stepped up and scored 9 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Frederic Minet (187-81) chipped in 17 points. The best for the losing side was American power forward Damien Griffin (203-80, college: Mountain St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) scored 18 points. Denain Voltaire maintains second place with 16-5 record having just two points less than leader Bordeaux. Angers BC 49 at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Denain Voltaire are looking forward to face Orchesien BC (#7) in Orchies in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Angers BC 49 will play at home against the league's leader Bordeaux (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: D.Griffin 18+5reb, S.Cherasse 18+3reb, T.Ramphort 10+7reb+3ast, D.Hayes 8, V.Mendy 5+1reb, O.Sulpice 4+2reb+1ast
Denain: F.Minet 17+2reb+3ast, A.Belkessa 13+1reb+1ast, J.Sauret 11+6reb+4ast, R.Brocheray 9+15reb+4ast, B.Lalugba 9+8reb+1ast, J.Mihalic 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100804




Paris-Levallois add Vassil Evtimov - by Eurobasket News
Paris-Levallois strengthened their frontcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina). The 33-year-old centre started the season in Germany. He tallied 5.3 points and 7.0 boards per game for MBC. Last season Vassil Evtimov started in Levski Sofia. The centre then moved to Panionios in Greece. His stats read 2.0 points and 5.0 boards per four A1 appearances. Vassil Evtimov finished the previous season in Cyprus. He averaged 3.5 points, 6.8 boards and 1.0 assist for AEL in Cypriot Division A. Vassil Evtimov played for Bulgaria at 2009 EuroBasket. He posted 4.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in Poland.


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Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.24.3 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.8 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.7 
 6. Morban, Lirija16.6 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus S.16.6 
 8. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.3 
 9. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 10. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultimate Basket
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Pavlovski, Lirija10.2 
 3. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.3 
 5. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.0 
 7. Knezevic, Feni I.7.3 
 8. Chappell, ABA S.7.2 
 9. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
 10. Simic, Rabotnicki7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.5 
 2. Morban, Lirija5.1 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.4.9 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.4 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki4.0 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.2 
 9. Neal, ABA Strumica3.2 
 10. Stojanovski, Feni I.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Morban, Lirija1.7 
 3. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.6 
 4. Matic, Kumanovo.1.5 
 5. Stimson, ABA S.1.5 
 6. Cvetkov, ABA S.1.4 
 7. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.4 
 8. Buchberger, ABA S.1.3 
 9. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.3 
 10. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.2.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.4 
 3. Krstevski, Torus S.1.4 
 4. Avramovski, MZT S.1.3 
 5. Petric, Kumanovo.1.2 
 6. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 7. Frye, Feni Indistrija1.1 
 8. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Jovanovic, Ultima.0.6 


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  GEORGIA   


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Beqa CHIKVILADZE
  GTU Tbilisi
  (195-G-91)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Chikviladze, GTU T.23.5 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.4 
 3. Panchulidze, TSU T.19.6 
 4. Keshelava, Batumi18.7 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.17.5 
 6. Tugushi, Army17.4 
 7. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi16.9 
 8. Babiashvili, Army16.8 
 9. Maisuradze, Batumi16.1 
 10. Tsekvava, Energy R.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard DAMUS
  Sokhumi
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Damus, Sokhumi11.9 
 2. Keshelava, Batumi11.7 
 3. Matiashvili, TSU T.10.6 
 4. Imnadze, MIA T.9.6 
 5. Damus, Sokhumi9.1 
 6. Tugushi, Army9.0 
 7. Ugrekhelidze, Army8.7 
 8. Antadze, GTU T.8.6 
 9. Toudjani, Energy R.8.6 
 10. Beruashvili, GTU T.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAPRINDASHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.6.3 
 2. Tugushi, Army5.5 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.0 
 4. Tetelashvili, GSAU T.5.0 
 5. Tavartkiladz., Samedi.4.8 
 6. Mikeladze, Batumi4.7 
 7. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.4 
 8. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi4.4 
 9. Antadze, GTU T.4.1 
 10. Berishvili, MIA T.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Giorgi GULISABEDASHVILI
  Samedicino
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Gulisabedash., Samedi.3.4 
 2. Beruashvili, GTU T.3.2 
 3. Tsekvava, Energy R.2.8 
 4. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 5. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.7 
 6. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.6 
 8. Sanadze, Energy R.2.3 
 9. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.2 
 10. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy Rustavi
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lamu, Energy R.1.8 
 2. Bekauri, Samedicino1.5 
 3. Damus, Sokhumi1.5 
 4. Imnadze, MIA T.1.4 
 5. Damus, Sokhumi1.2 
 6. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 7. Kobidze, GTU T.1.2 
 8. Beruashvili, GTU T.1.1 
 9. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.1 
 10. Boisa, Army1.1 


Georgia U16 opened their Gaziantep youth tournament - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U16 opened their Gaziantep youth tournament in Turkey. France U16 rolled over Georgia U16 89:51 in Day 1. The French side opened the game with 23-15 and won the second period 18-8. The favorites did not slow down in the second half as well and easily reached the win in the opener. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) poured in 20 points for the winners and Olivier Yao-Delon followed him with 13. Beka Darakhvelidze replied with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort, while Sandro Bolkvadze netted 13.
In the second game China U16 destroyed Georgia U16 108:35. The Asian side opened the game with 27-8 lead and then had massive 29-2 in the second frame. China also won the third and the last periods to seal the second win. Xiaopeng Guo paced all the winners with 19 points and Aersilan U added 14. Nugzar Abuladze produced 14 points for the European team.



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

Congrats on the 73-71 win in MBC. was this your first time playing in Weissenfels? What was your impression of their loud gym?


yea it was my first time playing in Weissenfels and it was a great experience. The atmosphere was great and it was very loud in the last minutes one of the loudest arenas in the BBL.

How happy were you with the overall game plan and how it was followed by the team?


Well we actually didnt follow through with our game plan in the 1st half and coach made a great adjustment in the 2nd half and got us back in the game. Coach deserves a lot of credit the way he coached tonight and we were happy that we were able to get a win on the road.

MBC had the 40-35 lead at halftime. What was significant in the first 20 minutes for the MBC lead?


I think they played great basketball, we were having trouble with our matchups and they converted but we stayed around and were able to stay in the game.

In the third quarter, TBB Trier regained the lead. What did TBB Trier do the best in the third to get the lead?


We switched to a zone defense and were able to get back into the game by getting stops and converting in transistion and other ways to get easy baskets.

In the fourth quarter, the game was very tight, but TBB Trier buckled down and got the win. What was key in the last 10 minutes for the win?



We had guys step up and make plays for us. Barry Stewart hit some key shots for us which made the difference in the last couple of minutes. We were also able to get some stops as well and came up with a stop on the last play.

What was your impression of American Richard Schields? He seems to be a good scoring alternative to Ron Ross.


He is a great player and will help them out tremendously, we had trouble with him the whole night and he will have a great rest of the season because he can do a lot.

Did you used to like checking out the new commericals at the Super Bowl or did you rather get food in the kitchen?


I love super bowl commercials for sure it is one thing to look forward to especially when the Packers and Steelers are playing.. lol.. but there are some funny ones that you cant miss and hope that they come on twice during the game.

What is one of your alltime favorite Super Bowl commericals?


Damn thats tough because I havent seen the Super Bowl in so long on american television because usually when I watch it, it is on German television or the internet. But I am pretty sure Budweiser or Pepsi wont let you down.

Thanks John for the chat!


Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) I Come To Expect Those Type Of Games From Bane Ratkovica And He Has Stepped Up Even More This Year - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. Lasts eason, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. He returns to Tuebingen for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. Watts sat down with eurobasket afte rthe 95-80 win against EnBW Ludwigsburg.

Congrats on the 95-80 win against EnBW Ludwigsburg. How did this schwaben derby stack up to other derbys in the last years between these two teams in terms of atmosphere?

It was the best one for me since it was my first win since leaving Lubu, our fans were really excited and they got to enjoy a big victory in Tubingen.

The second game where the 5 starters took care of business. How do you explain this sudden great consistency between the 5 starters? The starters scored 80 of the team 95 points.

The last two games have gone well for us after the break, I think that we have distributed the ball around more and people are making plays with confidence.

Tuebingen led 46-32 at halftime. How pleased was coach Igor Perovic of how the team was fullfilling his game plan?

He was pleased with the lead but we knew that we could not let up in the 2nd half, he told us to continue to play for the team and with energy.

In the second half The Walter Tigers Tuebingen strolled to victory. What was the biggest strength of the team on this day besides the good consistent scoring of the starters?

I think it was the most emotion that the team has collectively played with all season, we were playing hard the whole game and the atmosphere in the arena was the best.

How was it playing against Johannes Lischka? What impressed you most about his game?

He has a very long and deceptive steps and hops to the basket that are difficult to guard.

Bane Rathkovica had 13 points and 13 assists which reads like a Rondo stat line. Does Rathkovica still tend to amaze you with his play or are you used to it now?

This being my 2nd year I come to expect those type of games from him, we rely on him to do a lot and create for the team, he has stepped up even more this year.

Did you used to like checking out the new commericals at the Super Bowl or did you rather get food in the kitchen?

The commercials were always something fun to watch during the breaks.

What is one of your alltime favorite Super Bowl commericals?

I don't know if I can recall a favorite of all time, I just remember that the beer companies usually have most of the ad spots.

Thanks Dane for the chat.


The Brose Baskets Bamberg Cut The Head Off The Horse Of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners 81-63 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The waiting, waiting, waiting and waiting for the big showdown between the Deutsche Bank Skyliners and the Brose Baskets Bamberg to meet had finally come to an end as the last days in Frankfurt had seemed as long as it currently is for fans waiting to see where NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony will practice his scoring soon, when new drama will hit Tila Tequila, the former star of A shot of love concerning a new scandal tape or when Gloria Giants coach Murat Didin will finally come through with his warnings of bringing in some new players for the stretch run as he has had many players in for tryouts and had them sweating more on the court than straining their fingers for a signature on the dotted line. Not only were the fans eagerly awaiting a battle, but so were the players. 'I was really excited to play this game. The first against the second team and this has become a big rivalry with both teams playing each other 10 times in the last two seasons and all the players knowing each other fairly well on both teams', stressed Bamberg forward Kyle Hines. 'We approached the game as a normal game, but inside I was pretty excited. They are a good team that is well coached and I had fun playing', stressed Bamberg guard John Goldsberry. Kimmo Muurinen showed his iceman qualities with little emotion for the magnitude of the game. 'I dont extra excited about one certain game. It is a routine with the same preparation, but it was great playing in front of a full gym', commented Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners knew that the game would not be a cake walk and the team and fans probably had the incredible unforgettable Chris Moss buzzer beater in the back of their minds and were prepared for a repeat Mucauly Culkan Kodak moment mouth wide open in shock look from the movie Home Alone against The Brose Baskets Bamberg, but instead had a sad and disappointed Culkin type of look he may have had if he had been stumped by actor Joe Peschi instead of making a fool out of the actor as he did so often in the Home Alone movies. The Brose Baskets Bamberg came out on fire and played very solid for 40 minutes giving Frakfurt their first home loss of the season 81-63. 'We started off well and moved the ball very well and got open shots and hit most of them. We have so many guys that can hit 20 points each night except of me off course', joked Bamberg guard John Goldsberry. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had massive problems with the solid Bamberg offense and could not come to terms with the Bamberg pressure on defense. 'We started off very bad. I let Suput score like 8 points off the bat. We werent tough enough in the first half. We never got to the level that we needed to reach to win', added Kimmo Muurinen. Bamberg simply displayed a kind of basketball that only they know how to play and be successful in the BEKO BBL. 'I have to give a lot of credit to Bamberg. They controlled the tempo on offense and defense. They hurt us under the basket and just beat us down pretty good and that is the reason why they have only one loss this season', added current top scorer in the BEKO BBL DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.).

When forming successful and possible dynasty teams, a club needs to have a type of builder that can find the right players that will fit together the best. After much disappointment in the 90s, Boston sports teams had a type of revival in the Millennium winning 6 titles as the New England Patriots hoisted 3 Super Bowls, The Boston Redsox 2 World Series and the Boston Celtics one NBA title. A big part to the success of these teams were guys behind the scenes with Danny Ainge of the Boston Celtics (well if baseball doesnt work lets try basketball) who won 2 NBA titles with Larry Bird in the 80s, Bill Bellichick of the New England Patriots who is considered one of the best NFL coaches of all time and Theo Epstein of the Boston Redsox (Mr RISK, but in the end he made another steal of a player. The man who fills this role in Bambegr is manager Wolfgang Heyder who has been a big part of finding the right mix of players for 3 BEKO BBL titles. He is known to standing and watching the Bamberg-Frankfurt games in both places in the runway of the arena and is always very focused during a game the same way a cat is just before finding prey with a mouth and has that relaxed aura about him the same way Franz Beckenbauer had in 1990 as coach of the German national team after they had won the World Cup in Rome, Italy against Argentina. It is always nice when a German Basketball mind knows something remotely about Americas past time Baseball. 'I have heard of Theo Epstein. One cant forget that he has so much more money to work with in signing players. It is always important taking a lot of time when finding players', stated Wolfgang Heyder. Heyder is pleased how the first half went and his formula for keeping most of the players and finding Hines and Terry worked out perfectly. 'It would be fatal to say that I am not happy with the first half. The team found together fast and have played well together, but they can still get better. We felt it was important to keep the team together, but there is always a risk if the team will be as motivated to come back and win the next season. We had a good feeling with the characters of the players and so far it has paid off. Hines and Terry have fit in well. We watched Hines for two years so we knew what we were getting. We talked to many of his old coaches and watched him in Las Vegas again and we knew 100% what we were getting. It was pretty much the same with Terry. Also we have 5 young German players that always give 100% in practice and give good competition. Maurice Stuckey will be a German national player down the road', warned Wolfgang Heyder. Heyder agreed with coach Chris Fleming that Hines has been one of most improved Bamberg players this season. 'Hines has improved the most and that shows in the stats. He helps in so many places. Tibor Pleiss also has improved. He had a slow start due to the summer stress of the German national team and the NBA draft', added Wolfgang Heyder. Heyder also had thoughts to Dirk Nowitzki playing In Bamberg and if Wood could fit into the current Fleming system. 'Dirk doesnt need the money and wants to be near home. My contacts have told me that a lockout will probably happen. I am not sure if Wood would fit into our system now. We have guards who dont really need to score. Wood has a high quality and would help any team', warned Wolfgang Heyder.

5,002 fans were in the Ballsporthalle as the jump ball was released and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners knew that getting off to a slow start against The Brose Baskets Bamberg would not be beneficial, but the gang of Gordon Herbert got off on the wrong foot as Bamberg jumped out on to an 8-0 lead. Tibor Pleiss started with a difficult fade away jumper over Chris Moss and Predrag Suput destroyed Frankfurt from down town with consecutive jumpers. Bamberg found their rhythm righta way, while Bamberg quickly displayed their aggressive pressure defense not allowing the team find any kind of harmony. Frankfurt tried to go inside early and had some success as Quantez Robertson and DaShaun Wood scored to cut the Bamberg lead to 10-4, but Bamberg then went on a 12-0 run to extend their big lead to 22-4. Suput continued to hurt Frankfurt now scoring twice inside. Bamberg continued to confuse Frankfurt with their head turning ball movement and good mix of penetration and shots or last second no look passes. Anton Gavel continues to bewilder you with his fast line drive shots that find a way into the hoop and Kyle Hines made a running hook shot. 'They have so many plays and it seems like 15-20 new plays come for each new game. Bamberg has great and smart players that just know what to do. It is simply difficult to defend that', stressed DaShaun Wood. Frankfurt started to find the hoop a bit better in the last few minutes as captain Pascal Roller nailed two three pointers and Kimmo Muurinen made a mid distance jumper. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were leading 29-13 after one quarter. 'We had good ball movement, hit our shots and played good aggressive defense', stated Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder. 'Bamberg got off to a quick start hitting their shots. It was tough for us to come back. They play to perfection and never get of of their plays and just know how to knock down open shots', commented Quantez Robertson. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 69% from the field and 100% from outside while The Deutsche bank Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 50% from outside. Bamberg had the huge 10-3 rebounding edge and only two turnovers while Frankfurt had five turnovers.

In the second quarter, The Brose Baskets Bamberg continued to hold a huge lead as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to cut the Bamberg lead to 12 points, but not get any closer. Bamberg continued to play their smart inside out game as German Kartsen Tadda hit a three pointer and Predrag Suput made a mini hook shot over Chris Moss. Jimmy Mckinney found his stroke dropping a three pointer, but Brian Roberts hit a shot while falling to his right, but Bamberg still led comfortably 36-18. Frankfurt would make little spurts on offense with a 7-2 run to cut the Bambegr lead to 38-25, but had already dug such a big hole that finding a light at the end of the tunnel was difficult. Then it was time for a Tibor Pliess 4-0 run and then a DaShaun Wood 5-0 run as Frankfurt trailed only 42-30. Pleiss made a nice left handed hook and then a lay up getting a nice head fake shot pass from Casey Jacobsen. It seemed like Frankfurt might have found a bigger shovel in their retreat out of their dark and dank hole, but quickly lost it as Bamberg closed out the second quarter with a 7-2 run to lead 49-32 at halftime. Jacobsen started the run with a three pointer, which was followed with by a Hines lay in on the transition and a Reyshawn Terry Fade away jumper. Wood brought a little smile to fans as he made a buzzer beater off balance jumper at the break. 'We had to watch out because Frankfurt is always dangerous on transition. We missed more shots, but the run at the end was important for us. It is always good to go into halftime with a good ending', stated Wolfgang Heyder. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 58% from the field and 71% from the three point line while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 40% from the three point line. Bamberg still had the massive 20-11 rebound edge. Frankfurt had 10 turnovers while Bamberg had only 6 turnovers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to face an up hill battle in their comeback attempt and had many chances in the first minutes, but were unable to capitalize from the Bamberg misses and turnovers. Frankfurt started off on a 3-0 run with a Wood free throw and a Chris moss lay in as Bamberg led only 49-35. However Bamberg then went on a 10-0 run to lead 59-35 aided by many Tibor Pleiss free throws. Frankfurt continued to scrap and get back to under 20 points as Skyliner captain Pascal Roller nailed a three pointer and Marius Nolte made a lay in as Frankfurt trailed only 64-46. One thing that seems to get overlooked at times is how well of a passing team Bamberg is. Kyle Hines scored twice and both times was fed the basketball over a silver platter. Hines dunked getting a no look pass from Roberts and then being found by Jacobsen as he penetrated making a quick pass ove rthe shoulder of Marius Nolte. Roberts then made a three pointer as Dominik Bahiense De Mello was practically in his face. Bamberg led 68-47 after three quarters. 'We wanted to come out stronger in the third quarter on defense, but continued to get easy baskets and get to the free throw line which continued to make difficult for us to get back into the game', stressed Quantez Robertson. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 49% from the field and 38% from the parking lot while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting38% from the field and 36% from the parking lot. Bamberg was winning the rebound duel 29-21 and had only 9 turnovers while Frankfurt had 15 turnovers.

If there was going to be any come back by The Deutsche Bank Skyliners then it would have to happen in the fourth quarter. Frankfurt still had some energy left starting with a 9-3 run to cut the Bamberg lead to 73-56, but time was running out on the club having a unbeaten record continue to in their Ballsporthalle living room. Robertson scored inside with a hard penetration drive which was followed by a Muurinen lay in getting a no look pass from Roller and Mckinney made a jumper. With three minutes to play, it was Casey Jacobsen who seemed to break the back of Frankfurt with a three pointer which quickly was answered by a Muurinen three pointer from the top of the key, but Bamberg still led 76-59 as the two minute mark was approaching. Bamberg then extended their lead to 79-59 with a Pleiss mid distance jumper. Bamberg coach Chris Fleming now inserted 4 young Germans with Tadda, Stueckey, Neumann and Land. Super Tez made the last two Skyliner baskets inside as Frankfurt left the court with an unwanted, but a deserved 81-63 loss to Bamberg once again as they have only left the Ballsporthalle floor as winners twice in the last 6 years. 'A key for the win today was the rebounding. Frankfurt is one of the top offensive rebounding teams. Our guards did a good job scratching out rebounds and we boxed out well. We play better as a team when we rebound well and can run', stated Kyle Hines. 'They did a good job cutting the head of the horse. That is usually a good way to win and they took me out of my rhythm and I couldnt adjust', stated DaShaun Wood.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg were led by Tibor Pleiss with 20 points and nine rebounds. Brian Roberts connected with 13 points. Casey Jacobsen and Predrag Suput chipped in with 12 points a piece. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by captain Pascal Roller with 17 points. DaShaun Wood contributed 12 points and Quantez Robertson produced 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners shot under 40% from the field and outside and were outrebounded 39-32. It isnt a secret anymore that the Frankfurt game relies on the game of DaShaun Wood. Bamberg did a great job not letting him do what he likes doing best. 'The biggest key to the win was slowing him down. We put 3-4 guard on him giving him different looks and limiting easy baskets. We wanted to make it hard for him to get the ball back when he got rid of it', stated Kyle Hines. The Bamberg defense did a superb job not letting Frankfurt execute their offense. 'Bamberg executes their offense really well mainly because they do the simple things well. We havent done such a good job executing our offense, because we arent doing the simple things. If we can execute better, we will get more confidence which will add to better defense and a snow ball effect will come where we play better', warned Kimmo Muurinen. For Frankfurt to totally be able to compete against a Bamberg, they need to be totally healthy. 'It is tough to beat a Bamberg without two starters. We still need to find our identity and can do that when we are totally healthy', warned DaShaun Wood. Before Frankfurt can look ahead to Bremerhaven, they play a mid week cup game for a ticket to the Top 4 in Bamberg. 'We need to play very good defense against Bonn limiting them to one shot and getting extra possessions on offense', warned Quantez Robertson. 'Frankfurt is missing some big men and Bonn is very athletic while Frankfurt is a good defensive game. If Frankfurt defends well and make their shots then they will have good chances to win', warned Bamberg guard John Goldsberry. But before Frankfurt plays another game, all eyes in the world will be set on Dallas Sunday for Superbowl XLV in Dallas between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. DaShaun Wood knows who will win since Green Bay has their own DaShaun Wood type of player. 'The Packers will win. They are a very good offensive team and Aaron Rodgers is hard to stop and in the zone at the moment. He is like me in that we both run the teams', laughed DaShaun Wood. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Telekom Baskets BThe waiting, waiting, waiting and waiting for the big showdown between the Deutsche Bank Skyliners and the Brose Baskets Bamberg to meet had finally come to an end as the last days in Frankfurt had seemed as long as it currently is for fans waiting to see where NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony will practice his scoring soon, when new drama will hit Tila Tequila, the former star of A shot of love concerning a new scandal tape or when Gloria Giants coach Murat Didin will finally come through with his warnings of bringing in some new players for the stretch run as he has had many players in for tryouts and had them sweating more on the court than straining their fingers for a signature on the dotted line. Not only were the fans eagerly awaiting a battle, but so were the players. 'I was really excited to play this game. The first against the second team and this has become a big rivalry with both teams playing each other 10 times in the last two seasons and all the players knowing each other fairly well on both teams', stressed Bamberg forward Kyle Hines. 'We approached the game as a normal game, but inside I was pretty excited. They are a good team that is well coached and I had fun playing', stressed Bamberg guard John Goldsberry. Kimmo Muurinen showed his iceman qualities with little emotion for the magnitude of the game. 'I dont extra excited about one certain game. It is a routine with the same preparation, but it was great playing in front of a full gym', commented Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners knew that the game would not be a cake walk and the team and fans probably had the incredible unforgettable Chris Moss buzzer beater in the back of their minds and were prepared for a repeat Mucauly Culkan Kodak moment mouth wide open in shock look from the movie Home Alone against The Brose Baskets Bamberg, but instead had a sad and disappointed Culkin type of look he may have had if he had been stumped by actor Joe Peschi instead of making a fool out of the actor as he did so often in the Home Alone movies. The Brose Baskets Bamberg came out on fire and played very solid for 40 minutes giving Frakfurt their first home loss of the season 81-63. 'We started off well and moved the ball very well and got open shots and hit most of them. We have so many guys that can hit 20 points each night except of me off course', joked Bamberg guard John Goldsberry. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had massive problems with the solid Bamberg offense and could not come to terms with the Bamberg pressure on defense. 'We started off very bad. I let Suput score like 8 points off the bat. We werent tough enough in the first half. We never got to the level that we needed to reach to win', added Kimmo Muurinen. Bamberg simply displayed a kind of basketball that only they know how to play and be successful in the BEKO BBL. 'I have to give a lot of credit to Bamberg. They controlled the tempo on offense and defense. They hurt us under the basket and just beat us down pretty good and that is the reason why they have only one loss this season', added current top scorer in the BEKO BBL DaShaun Wood.

When forming successful and possible dynasty teams, a club needs to have a type of builder that can find the right players that will fit together the best. After much disappointment in the 90s, Boston sports teams had a type of revival in the Millennium winning 6 titles as the New England Patriots hoisted 3 Super Bowls, The Boston Redsox 2 World Series and the Boston Celtics one NBA title. A big part to the success of these teams were guys behind the scenes with Danny Ainge of the Boston Celtics (well if baseball doesnt work lets try basketball) who won 2 NBA titles with Larry Bird in the 80s, Bill Bellichick of the New England Patriots who is considered one of the best NFL coaches of all time and Theo Epstein of the Boston Redsox (Mr RISK, but in the end he made another steal of a player. The man who fills this role in Bambegr is manager Wolfgang Heyder who has been a big part of finding the right mix of players for 3 BEKO BBL titles. He is known to standing and watching the Bamberg-Frankfurt games in both places in the runway of the arena and is always very focused during a game the same way a cat is just before finding prey with a mouth and has that relaxed aura about him the same way Franz Beckenbauer had in 1990 as coach of the German national team after they had won the World Cup in Rome, Italy against Argentina. It is always nice when a German Basketball mind knows something remotely about Americas past time Baseball. 'I have heard of Theo Epstein. One cant forget that he has so much more money to work with in signing players. It is always important taking a lot of time when finding players', stated Wolfgang Heyder. Heyder is pleased how the first half went and his formula for keeping most of the players and finding Hines and Terry worked out perfectly. 'It would be fatal to say that I am not happy with the first half. The team found together fast and have played well together, but they can still get better. We felt it was important to keep the team together, but there is always a risk if the team will be as motivated to come back and win the next season. We had a good feeling with the characters of the players and so far it has paid off. Hines and Terry have fit in well. We watched Hines for two years so we knew what we were getting. We talked to many of his old coaches and watched him in Las Vegas again and we knew 100% what we were getting. It was pretty much the same with Terry. Also we have 5 young German players that always give 100% in practice and give good competition. Maurice Stuckey will be a German national player down the road', warned Wolfgang Heyder. Heyder agreed with coach Chris Fleming that Hines has been one of most improved Bamberg players this season. 'Hines has improved the most and that shows in the stats. He helps in so many places. Tibor Pleiss also has improved. He had a slow start due to the summer stress of the German national team and the NBA draft', added Wolfgang Heyder. Heyder also had thoughts to Dirk Nowitzki playing In Bamberg and if Wood could fit into the current Fleming system. 'Dirk doesnt need the money and wants to be near home. My contacts have told me that a lockout will probably happen. I am not sure if Wood would fit into our system now. We have guards who dont really need to score. Wood has a high quality and would help any team', warned Wolfgang Heyder.

5,002 fans were in the Ballsporthalle as the jump ball was released and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners knew that getting off to a slow start against The Brose Baskets Bamberg would not be beneficial, but the gang of Gordon Herbert got off on the wrong foot as Bamberg jumped out on to an 8-0 lead. Tibor Pleiss started with a difficult fade away jumper over Chris Moss and Predrag Suput destroyed Frankfurt from down town with consecutive jumpers. Bamberg found their rhythm righta way, while Bamberg quickly displayed their aggressive pressure defense not allowing the team find any kind of harmony. Frankfurt tried to go inside early and had some success as Quantez Robertson and DaShaun Wood scored to cut the Bamberg lead to 10-4, but Bamberg then went on a 12-0 run to extend their big lead to 22-4. Suput continued to hurt Frankfurt now scoring twice inside. Bamberg continued to confuse Frankfurt with their head turning ball movement and good mix of penetration and shots or last second no look passes. Anton Gavel continues to bewilder you with his fast line drive shots that find a way into the hoop and Kyle Hines made a running hook shot. 'They have so many plays and it seems like 15-20 new plays come for each new game. Bamberg has great and smart players that just know what to do. It is simply difficult to defend that', stressed DaShaun Wood. Frankfurt started to find the hoop a bit better in the last few minutes as captain Pascal Roller nailed two three pointers and Kimmo Muurinen made a mid distance jumper. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were leading 29-13 after one quarter. 'We had good ball movement, hit our shots and played good aggressive defense', stated Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder. 'Bamberg got off to a quick start hitting their shots. It was tough for us to come back. They play to perfection and never get of of their plays and just know how to knock down open shots', commented Quantez Robertson. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 69% from the field and 100% from outside while The Deutsche bank Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 50% from outside. Bamberg had the huge 10-3 rebounding edge and only two turnovers while Frankfurt had five turnovers.

In the second quarter, The Brose Baskets Bamberg continued to hold a huge lead as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to cut the Bamberg lead to 12 points, but not get any closer. Bamberg continued to play their smart inside out game as German Kartsen Tadda hit a three pointer and Predrag Suput made a mini hook shot over Chris Moss. Jimmy Mckinney found his stroke dropping a three pointer, but Brian Roberts hit a shot while falling to his right, but Bamberg still led comfortably 36-18. Frankfurt would make little spurts on offense with a 7-2 run to cut the Bambegr lead to 38-25, but had already dug such a big hole that finding a light at the end of the tunnel was difficult. Then it was time for a Tibor Pliess 4-0 run and then a DaShaun Wood 5-0 run as Frankfurt trailed only 42-30. Pleiss made a nice left handed hook and then a lay up getting a nice head fake shot pass from Casey Jacobsen. It seemed like Frankfurt might have found a bigger shovel in their retreat out of their dark and dank hole, but quickly lost it as Bamberg closed out the second quarter with a 7-2 run to lead 49-32 at halftime. Jacobsen started the run with a three pointer, which was followed with by a Hines lay in on the transition and a Reyshawn Terry Fade away jumper. Wood brought a little smile to fans as he made a buzzer beater off balance jumper at the break. 'We had to watch out because Frankfurt is always dangerous on transition. We missed more shots, but the run at the end was important for us. It is always good to go into halftime with a good ending', stated Wolfgang Heyder. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 58% from the field and 71% from the three point line while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 40% from the three point line. Bamberg still had the massive 20-11 rebound edge. Frankfurt had 10 turnovers while Bamberg had only 6 turnovers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to face an up hill battle in their comeback attempt and had many chances in the first minutes, but were unable to capitalize from the Bamberg misses and turnovers. Frankfurt started off on a 3-0 run with a Wood free throw and a Chris moss lay in as Bamberg led only 49-35. However Bamberg then went on a 10-0 run to lead 59-35 aided by many Tibor Pleiss free throws. Frankfurt continued to scrap and get back to under 20 points as Skyliner captain Pascal Roller nailed a three pointer and Marius Nolte made a lay in as Frankfurt trailed only 64-46. One thing that seems to get overlooked at times is how well of a passing team Bamberg is. Kyle Hines scored twice and both times was fed the basketball over a silver platter. Hines dunked getting a no look pass from Roberts and then being found by Jacobsen as he penetrated making a quick pass ove rthe shoulder of Marius Nolte. Roberts then made a three pointer as Dominik Bahiense De Mello was practically in his face. Bamberg led 68-47 after three quarters. 'We wanted to come out stronger in the third quarter on defense, but continued to get easy baskets and get to the free throw line which continued to make difficult for us to get back into the game', stressed Quantez Robertson. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 49% from the field and 38% from the parking lot while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting38% from the field and 36% from the parking lot. Bamberg was winning the rebound duel 29-21 and had only 9 turnovers while Frankfurt had 15 turnovers.

If there was going to be any come back by The Deutsche Bank Skyliners then it would have to happen in the fourth quarter. Frankfurt still had some energy left starting with a 9-3 run to cut the Bamberg lead to 73-56, but time was running out on the club having a unbeaten record continue to in their Ballsporthalle living room. Robertson scored inside with a hard penetration drive which was followed by a Muurinen lay in getting a no look pass from Roller and Mckinney made a jumper. With three minutes to play, it was Casey Jacobsen who seemed to break the back of Frankfurt with a three pointer which quickly was answered by a Muurinen three pointer from the top of the key, but Bamberg still led 76-59 as the two minute mark was approaching. Bamberg then extended their lead to 79-59 with a Pleiss mid distance jumper. Bamberg coach Chris Fleming now inserted 4 young Germans with Tadda, Stueckey, Neumann and Land. Super Tez made the last two Skyliner baskets inside as Frankfurt left the court with an unwanted, but a deserved 81-63 loss to Bamberg once again as they have only left the Ballsporthalle floor as winners twice in the last 6 years. 'A key for the win today was the rebounding. Frankfurt is one of the top offensive rebounding teams. Our guards did a good job scratching out rebounds and we boxed out well. We play better as a team when we rebound well and can run', stated Kyle Hines. 'They did a good job cutting the head off the horse. That is usually a good way to win and they took me out of my rhythm and I couldnt adjust', stated DaShaun Wood.
The Brose Baskets Bamberg were led by Tibor Pleiss with 20 points and nine rebounds. Brian Roberts connected with 13 points. Casey Jacobsen
and Predrag Suput chipped in with 12 points a piece. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by captain Pascal Roller with 17 points. DaShaun Wood contributed 12 points and Quantez Robertson produced 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners shot under 40% from the field and outside and were outrebounded 39-32. It isnt a secret anymore that the Frankfurt game relies on the game of DaShaun Wood. Bamberg did a great job not letting him do what he likes doing best. 'The biggest key to the win was slowing him down. We put 3-4 guard on him giving him different looks and limiting easy baskets. We wanted to make it hard for him to get the ball back when he got rid of it', stated Kyle Hines. The Bamberg defense did a superb job not letting Frankfurt execute their offense. 'Bamberg executes their offense really well mainly because they do the simple things well. We havent done such a good job executing our offense, because we arent doing the simple things. If we can execute better, we will get more confidence which will add to better defense and a snow ball effect will come where we play better', warned Kimmo Muurinen. For Frankfurt to totally be able to compete against a Bamberg, they need to be totally healthy. 'It is tough to beat a Bamberg without two starters. We still need to find our identity and can do that when we are totally healthy', warned DaShaun Wood. Before Frankfurt can look ahead to Bremerhaven, they play a mid week cup game for a ticket to the Top 4 in Bamberg. 'We need to play very good defense against Bonn limiting them to one shot and getting extra possessions on offense', warned Quantez Robertson. 'Frankfurt is missing some big men and Bonn is very athletic while Frankfurt is a good defensive game. If Frankfurt defends well and make their shots then they will have good chances to win', warned Bamberg guard John Goldsberry. But before Frankfurt plays another game, all eyes in the world will be set on Dallas Sunday for Superbowl XLV in Dallas between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. DaShaun Wood knows who will win since Green Bay has their own DaShaun Wood type of player. 'The Packers will win. They are a very good offensive team and Aaron Rodgers is hard to stop and in the zone at the moment. He is like me in that we both run the teams', laughed DaShaun Wood. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Telekom Baskets Bonn in a cup game February 9that 19:30.
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German 1.Bundesliga round 21 best performance: Branislav Ratkovica - by Eurobasket News
Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica (193-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Walter Tigers Tuebingen, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 25-year old player got a double-double of 13 points and 13 assists, while his team beat EnBW L'burg (#11, 10-11) 95-80. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Walter Tigers maintains the 13th position in German 1.Bundesliga. Walter Tigers is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-12 record. In the team's last game Ratkovica had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Walter Tigers, through which he has constantly improved. Branislav Ratkovica has solid league stats. He is league's best passer with 8.0apg. Ratkovica is in league's top in and averages impressive 51.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Roderick Trice (191-F-84, agency: Lanshire Group) of ratiopharm Ulm. Trice had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as ratiopharm was edged by the higher-ranked Art.Dragons (#4, 13-7) 91-87. ratiopharm managed to keep the same 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-12 record. Trice is well-known at ratiopharm and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Craig Callahan (203-F-81) of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#8). Callahan scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Callahan's great performance Bremerhaven lost 86-91 to the lower-ranked Phoenix Hagen (#14, 9-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Bremerhaven needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 10 lost games. Callahan has a great season in Germany. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.9ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyrese Rice (185-G-87) of Art.Dragons - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Darren Fenn (208-C-80) of Art.Dragons - 24 points and 8 rebounds
6. Louis Dale (180-G-88) of Goettingen - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82) of Phoenix Hagen - 20 points and 6 rebounds
8. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) of Brose Baskets - 20 points and 9 rebounds
9. Chris Oliver (198-F-85) of Walter Tigers - 22 points
10. Zachery Peacock (203-F-87) of LTi 46ers - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.8 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.2 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim19.8 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.6 
 5. Gray, Crailsheim18.5 
 6. Gause, Freiburg18.2 
 7. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 8. Watts, Dragons17.4 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.17.1 
 10. Johnson, Chemnitz16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.2 
 3. Black, Karlsruhe9.2 
 4. Smallwood, Kirchheim9.0 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Schoo, Heidelberg8.4 
 7. Watts, Dragons8.3 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim7.7 
 9. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.6 
 10. Henry, Hannover7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kameron GRAY
  Crailsheim
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Gray, Crailsheim5.8 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim5.6 
 3. Zazai, Chemnitz5.5 
 4. Jeka, Wuerzburg5.0 
 5. Barth, Heidelberg4.8 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel4.7 
 7. Lowery, Braves4.4 
 8. Burnette, Osnab.4.3 
 9. Larsen, Dragons4.3 
 10. Alexander, ETB W.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.3 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.8 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz2.4 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 5. Zazai, Chemnitz2.1 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim2.0 
 7. Gray, Crailsheim1.9 
 8. Shaw, Chemnitz1.8 
 9. Alexander, ETB W.1.8 
 10. Scott, Kirchheim1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Smallwood, Kirchheim2.0 
 2. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.1.9 
 3. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.8 
 4. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 5. Schoo, Heidelberg1.7 
 6. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.6 
 7. Hill, Jena1.3 
 8. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.2 
 9. Fuller, Crailsheim1.1 
 10. Henry, Hannover1.1 


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. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.7 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons15.6 
 5. Allen, ALBA15.6 
 6. Benzing, ratio.15.5 
 7. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.5 
 8. Harris, EnBW L.15.2 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.14.9 
 10. Hunt, Telekom .14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.0 
 3. Watts, Walter T.7.8 
 4. Reiner, Bayreuth7.6 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.3 
 6. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.0 
 8. Martin, Bremerha.7.0 
 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. Copeland, Bremerha.4.3 
 6. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 7. Green, EnBW L.4.3 
 8. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 9. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.1 
 10. Hamilton, NY Phant.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. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.6 
 5. Wise, Telekom .1.5 
 6. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 7. Wood, Dt.1.4 
 8. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 9. Watts, Walter T.1.3 
 10. Dorris, Phoenix .1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.4 
 5. Scott, Goettingen1.2 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 8. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.1 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 10. Femerling, ALBA0.9 


ProA Round 19: BG Karlsruhe beats BV Chemnitz 99 by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 19 in the ProA took place in Karlsruhe. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed BV Chemnitz 99 (13-6) to eighth ranked BG Karlsruhe (10-9) 76-74 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of BV Chemnitz 99. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BV Chemnitz 99 won fourth quarter 30-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BV Chemnitz 99 40-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by BV Chemnitz 99 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Belarusian power forward Alexander Zyskunov (209-77, college: Fordham) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds for BV Chemnitz 99. BG Karlsruhe maintains eighth place with 10-9 record. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. BG Karlsruhe are looking forward to face league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BV Chemnitz 99 will play at home against the league's leader Bayern Muenchen having rather not much hope for a victory.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked s Oliver Baskets (15-4) against seventh ranked Crailsheim Merlins (11-8) on Saturday night. Visiting s Oliver Baskets were defeated by Crailsheim Merlins in Crailsheim 68-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of s Oliver Baskets. It was a great evening for American guard Kameron Gray (186-82, college: Oklahoma City) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his sixteen free throws !!!). Blanchard Obiango helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Promotex) responded with 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Crailsheim Merlins moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Kirchheim. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the second position with four games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will play against ETB Wohnbau (#14) in Essen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. s Oliver Baskets will play at home against BG Karlsruhe (#8) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Science City Jena 70-61. It was an exceptional evening for Deilvez Yearby who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Cuxhaven BasCats' coach Vilmantas Matkevicius used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Larry Cunningham came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds for Science City Jena in the defeat. Cuxhaven BasCats maintains sixteenth place with 4-15 record. Science City Jena lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Dragons. Cuxhaven BasCats will meet higher ranked Hannover Tigers (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Science City Jena will play against Webmoebel Baskets in Paderborn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (18-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (6-13) 85-59. Jonathan Wallace fired 20 points for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-1 record. Newly promoted Dragons Rhoendorf dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be BV Chemnitz 99 (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against GiroLive-Ballers (#4) in Osnabrueck.
Fourteenth-ranked USC Freiburg (5-14) was very close to win a game against seventh ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (11-7) in Homburg on Sunday. Saar-Pfalz Braves managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USC Freiburg. It was a very good performance for Stephen Cramer who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds. USC Freiburg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Saar-Pfalz Braves. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser USC Freiburg keeps the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Saar-Pfalz Braves will face Kirchheim Knights (#6) on the road in the next round. USC Freiburg will play against USC Heidelberg (#9).

In the last two games of round 19 ETB Wohnbau beat Kirchheim on the road 90-84. Osnabrueck won against Hannover on its own court 100-85.



Crailsheim - Wuerzburg 68-58

Very important is a road loss of second ranked s Oliver Baskets (15-4) against seventh ranked Crailsheim Merlins (11-8) on Saturday night. Visiting s Oliver Baskets were defeated by Crailsheim Merlins in Crailsheim 68-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of s Oliver Baskets. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Crailsheim Merlins dominated on the defensive end, holding s Oliver Baskets to just 5 points in second quarter. They outrebounded s Oliver Baskets 40-25 including a 21-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. s Oliver Baskets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Kameron Gray (186-82, college: Oklahoma City) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his sixteen free throws !!!). Naturalized Congolese forward Blanchard Obiango (202-88) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Promotex) responded with 17 points and American power forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Crailsheim Merlins moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Kirchheim. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the second position with four games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will play against ETB Wohnbau (#14) in Essen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. s Oliver Baskets will play at home against BG Karlsruhe (#8) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: K.Gray 28+6reb+2ast, B.Obiango 13+7reb, R.Fuller 7+11reb+1ast, F.Oladipo 5+6reb+1ast, R.Ferguson 5+1reb, S.Brooks 4+5reb+1ast
Wuerzburg: L.Jeka 17+3ast, I.Elliott 14+5reb, P.Paelay 6+1reb, K.Wysocki 6+1reb+1ast, J.Levy 5+6reb+1ast, C.Heinrich 5+2reb
gschID: 93511


Kirchheim - ETB Wohnbau 84-90

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (5-14) beat on the road higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (11-8) 90-84 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-14. But Kirchheim Knights won third quarter 27-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ETB Wohnbau made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for forward Steven Esterkamp (198-81, college: Ohio, agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. Forward Kendall Chones (201-84, college: Colgate) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) added 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Kirchheim Knights. Five ETB Wohnbau and four Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. ETB Wohnbau moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Freiburg. Kirchheim Knights lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. ETB Wohnbau will face higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: S.Esterkamp 24+4reb+2ast, K.Chones 21+6reb, M.Buljevic 16+5reb+4ast, C.Alexander 12+5reb+5ast, S.Schroter 10+5reb+1ast, K.Kern 4+3reb+1ast
Kirchheim: R.Tomasevic 23+2reb+1ast, M.Smallwood 17+9reb+3ast, C.Brooks 15+2reb+9ast, R.De Michael 14+10reb+4ast, N.Menck 7+3reb, G.Scott 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 93512


Karlsruhe - Chemnitz 76-74

The most exciting game of round 19 in the ProA took place in Karlsruhe. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed BV Chemnitz 99 (13-6) to eighth ranked BG Karlsruhe (10-9) 76-74 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of BV Chemnitz 99. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BV Chemnitz 99 won fourth quarter 30-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BV Chemnitz 99 40-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by BV Chemnitz 99 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Belarusian power forward Alexander Zyskunov (209-77, college: Fordham) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. American guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Afghani guard Achmadschah Zazai (177-86) added 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for BV Chemnitz 99. BG Karlsruhe maintains eighth place with 10-9 record. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. BG Karlsruhe are looking forward to face league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BV Chemnitz 99 will play at home against the league's leader Bayern Muenchen having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: F.Stuckemann 15+1reb+4ast, R.Roessler 14+7reb+1ast, A.Zyskunov 12+12reb, D.Thorne 11+4reb+3ast, J.Jones 10+6reb+3ast, J.Black 7+6reb+2ast
Chemnitz: G.Johnson 22+5reb+2ast, D.Lawson 16+1reb, T.Harbut 10+4reb+3ast, T.Shaw 8+2reb+4ast, A.Zazai 6+6reb+5ast, J.Schmidt 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 93513


Braves - Freiburg 79-76

Fourteenth-ranked USC Freiburg (5-14) was very close to win a game against seventh ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (11-7) in Homburg on Sunday. Saar-Pfalz Braves managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USC Freiburg. The hosts trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 54-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. USC Freiburg was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Stephen Cramer (188-84, college: Hope (MI)) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds. Center Robert Oehle (209-88) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jamar Nutter (188-84, college: Seton Hall) answered with 18 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Paul Gause (180-86, college: Seton Hall) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for USC Freiburg. USC Freiburg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Saar-Pfalz Braves. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser USC Freiburg keeps the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Saar-Pfalz Braves will face Kirchheim Knights (#6) on the road in the next round. USC Freiburg will play against USC Heidelberg (#9).
Top scorers:
Braves: S.Cramer 21+5reb+1ast, M.Weber 12+4reb+2ast, R.Oehle 11+7reb+1ast, M.Damjanovic 9+6reb, M.Buse 8+4reb+3ast, R.Lowery 7+4reb+4ast
Freiburg: J.Nutter 18+3reb+4ast, P.Gause 17+5reb+1ast, K.Nikita 9+3reb+1ast, X.Hansbro 9+4reb+1ast, B.McKenzie 9+2reb+1ast, J.Heindel 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 93514


B.Muenchen - Dragons 85-59

ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (18-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (6-13) 85-59. The game without a history. Bayern Muenchen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bayern Muenchen outrebounded Dragons Rhoendorf 31-20 including 21 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Dragons Rhoendorf's players. American guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 20 points for the winners. His fellow American import forward Beckham Wyrick (198-83, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-90) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Ryan Howard (198-84, college: Sacred Heart) added 10 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-1 record. Newly promoted Dragons Rhoendorf dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be BV Chemnitz 99 (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against GiroLive-Ballers (#4) in Osnabrueck.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: J.Wallace 20+4reb+3ast, B.Wyrick 14+7reb+1ast, A.Nadjfeji 13+2reb+1ast, B.Radosavljevic 10+3reb, A.Kolodziejski 6+1reb+3ast, C.Prewitt 5+3reb+4ast
Dragons: J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 15+7reb, R.Howard 10+4reb+2ast, S.Watts 8+4reb+1ast, N.Larsen 5+1reb+2ast, T.Eisenberger 4+1reb, F.Montag 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 93508


Osnabrueck - Hannover 100-85

Very expected game when 11th ranked Hannover Tigers (7-12) lost to fourth ranked GiroLive-Ballers (12-6) in Osnabrueck 85-100 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 55-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. GiroLive-Ballers forced 23 Hannover Tigers turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Hannover Tigers were plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed with 17 points for the winners. GiroLive-Ballers' coach Thorsten Leibenath allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) answered with 22 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Calvin Henry (198-86, college: Mercer) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Hannover Tigers. Five GiroLive-Ballers and four Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for GiroLive-Ballers. They maintain fourth place with 12-6 record. Hannover Tigers lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. GiroLive-Ballers will face Dragons Rhoendorf (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hannover Tigers will play against Cuxhaven BasCats.
Top scorers:
Osnabrueck: J.Shepherd 24+8reb+3ast, T.Spoeler 17+3reb+1ast, A.Fleetwood 17+3reb+3ast, A.Hird 12+6reb+1ast, P.Friedel 11+3reb+4ast, I.Simin 6+2reb+1ast
Hannover: L.Phillips 22+2reb+4ast, S.Turnbull 16+3reb+3ast, S.Janzen 14+1ast, C.Henry 10+8reb+4ast, D.Arigbabu 8+4reb+1ast, M.Nunnally 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 93509


Cuxhaven - Jena 70-61

Bottom-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Science City Jena 70-61. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Science City Jena won third quarter 19-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Science City Jena 44-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. Cuxhaven BasCats' coach Vilmantas Matkevicius used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Larry Cunningham (190-85, college: Cal-Riverside, agency: Limelight Hoops) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Christoph Roquette (203-82) added 14 points respectively for Science City Jena in the defeat. Cuxhaven BasCats maintains sixteenth place with 4-15 record. Science City Jena lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Dragons. Cuxhaven BasCats will meet higher ranked Hannover Tigers (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Science City Jena will play against Webmoebel Baskets in Paderborn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: D.Yearby 18+12reb+2ast, A.Cook 17+4reb+3ast, J.Capel 16+5reb, R.Frohlich 7+6reb, R.Huelsewede 3+1reb+1ast, B.Knox 3+4reb
Jena: C.Roquette 14+2reb+1ast, L.Cunningham 13+6reb+2ast, M.Hall 12+3reb+2ast, Vierneisel 7+1reb, C.Hoffmann 5+2reb+1ast, A.Hill 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 93507




ProB Round 19: RSV Eintracht is upset by USC Leipzig - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in ProB is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between third ranked RSV Eintracht (13-6) and fifth ranked USC Leipzig (10-9) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. RSV Eintracht was defeated by USC Leipzig in a tough game in Stahnsdorf 69-74. The guests trailed by 13 points at the halftime before their 43-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. USC Leipzig dominated on the defensive end, holding RSV Eintracht to just 6 points in third quarter. American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) fired 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Ralph Schirmer (203-86) chipped in 9 points and 16 rebounds. USC Leipzig's coach Dimitris Polychroniadis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Tim Modersitzki (197-85) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Newly promoted USC Leipzig maintains fifth place in Group North with 10-9 record. RSV Eintracht at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Herten. USC Leipzig are looking forward to face higher ranked Hertener Loewen (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. RSV Eintracht will play against the league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hertener Loewen (13-6) against fourth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (14-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Hertener Loewen was defeated by SC Rasta Vechta in a tough game in Vechta 80-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hertener Loewen. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Andreas Kronhardt contributed with 10 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds for Hertener Loewen. SC Rasta Vechta moved-up to second place in Group North. Hertener Loewen at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Stahnsdorf. SC Rasta Vechta will play against SSV Lok Bernau (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hertener Loewen will play against USC Leipzig (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader SG Schwelmer Baskets delivered the fifteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (8-11) 84-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spot Up Medien Baskets. It was a great evening for Kristofer Speier who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the losing side Frank Theis responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SG Schwelmer Baskets (15-4) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Newly promoted SG Schwelmer Baskets maintains first place in Group North. Loser Spot Up Medien Baskets dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will meet at home RSV Eintracht (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Leader Ehingen/Urspringschule recorded the eighteenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked TV 1862 Langen (12-7) 86-57 in Allmendingen. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ehingen/Urspringschule. They maintain first place in Group South with 18-1 record. TV 1862 Langen at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule's next round opponent will be league's second-placed NBC in Nurnberg and it will be for sure the game of the week. TV 1862 Langen will play at home against BV Villingen-Schwenningen and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
The game in Gotha was also quite interesting. Second ranked NBC (14-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (6-13). NBC defeated Oettinger Rockets Gotha 94-78 on Saturday. Will Chavis fired 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. NBC maintains second place in Group South with 14-5 record behind leader Schwelm, which they share with Licher Baeren and Leitershofen. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. NBC will face league's leader Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play on the road against Baskets Konstanz (#12).

Other games of round 19 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group North Bayer Giants defeated Wolfenbuettel in Leverkusen 80-77. Rist-Wedel beat Wulfen at home 83-73.
In Group South TSV Troester lost to Licher Baeren on the opponent's court 68-80. Schwenningen managed to outperform Dt.Bank SKY II in a home game 93-84. Konstanz recorded a loss to Leitershofen on the road 81-69. Giessen was defeated by BG Illertal on its own court 57-69.
The best stats of 19th round was 24 points and 14 rebounds by Robinson Louisme of Konstanz.


Group North
Stahnsdorf - Leipzig 69-74

The game between third ranked RSV Eintracht (13-6) and fifth ranked USC Leipzig (10-9) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. RSV Eintracht was defeated by USC Leipzig in a tough game in Stahnsdorf 69-74. The guests trailed by 13 points at the halftime before their 43-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. USC Leipzig dominated on the defensive end, holding RSV Eintracht to just 6 points in third quarter. American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) fired 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Ralph Schirmer (203-86) chipped in 9 points and 16 rebounds. Four USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. USC Leipzig's coach Dimitris Polychroniadis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Tim Modersitzki (197-85) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Alex Moosmann (183-88, college: Cent.Missouri) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Newly promoted USC Leipzig maintains fifth place in Group North with 10-9 record. RSV Eintracht at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Herten. USC Leipzig are looking forward to face higher ranked Hertener Loewen (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. RSV Eintracht will play against the league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: A.Moosmann 15+4reb+1ast, T.Modersitzki 11+7reb+3ast, M.Green 10+4reb+2ast, Y.Evans 9+6reb+3ast, D.Langer 9+1ast, K.Williams 6+6reb+2ast
Leipzig: M.Pratt 25+8reb+4ast, L.Morinia 12+1reb+6ast, K.Schweiger 12+6reb+2ast, M.Scholz 11+5reb, R.Schirmer 9+16reb, N.Beier 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 94049


Wolfenbuettel - Bayer Giants 77-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel's (5-14) home loss to tenth ranked Bayer Giants (7-12) 77-80 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Herzoege Wolfenbuettel won third quarter 18-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Bayer Giants won last quarter 25-24. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Bayer Giants outrebounded Herzoege Wolfenbuettel 43-19 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Josh Young (185-88, college: Drake) fired 29 points for the winners. His fellow American import center Nick Michael (208-85, college: Elmhurst) chipped in 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Martin Kemp (182-85) produced 19 points and American forward Justin Sexton (203-88, college: Pomona-Pitzer) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. Bayer Giants moved-up to ninth place in Group North, which they share with Rist-Wedel. Loser Herzoege Wolfenbuettel keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Bayer Giants will face SC Rist Wedel (#9) at home in the next round. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play against Spot Up Medien Baskets in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
Wolfenbuettel: M.Kemp 19+3reb+2ast, B.Giles 17+3reb, J.Sexton 13+6reb+2ast, S.Schubert 12+2reb+1ast, C.Rodgers 10+1reb+2ast, H.Knopke 4+3ast
Bayer Giants: J.Young 29+3reb, F.Engel 11+1ast, J.Eller 10+8reb, F.Sadek 9+2reb+6ast, N.Michael 9+10reb+5ast, M.Thimm 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 94045


Rist-Wedel - Wulfen 83-73

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked SC Rist Wedel (7-12) defeated at home higher ranked BSV Wulfen (9-10) 83-73 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 44-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SC Rist Wedel dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to BSV Wulfen's 28. fired 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Swingman Mac-Davis Duah (186-76) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four SC Rist Wedel players scored in double figures. American guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) produced 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. SC Rist Wedel maintains ninth place in Group North with 7-12 record, which they share with Bayer Giants. BSV Wulfen lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. SC Rist Wedel will face Bayer Giants (#10) in Leverkusen in the next round.
Top scorers:
Wulfen: S.Briggs 29+7reb+4ast, J.Henley 16+10reb, T.White 8, N.Janoschek 7+4reb+1ast, P.Lensing 4+3reb, J.Sprunken 3+4reb
Rist-Wedel: Pompey 19+6reb+2ast, K.Gausa 11+5reb+1ast, M.Duah 10+6reb+5ast, D.Gomez 10+4reb, M.Leger 8+3reb+1ast, V.Delic 8+1reb
gschID: 94046


Schwelm - SU Medien 84-67

Leader SG Schwelmer Baskets delivered the fifteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (8-11) 84-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spot Up Medien Baskets. The game was mostly controlled by SG Schwelmer Baskets. Spot Up Medien Baskets managed to win third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for naturalized American forward Kristofer Speier (206-81, college: Lewis-Clark) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Center Julius Ducker (205-84) helped adding 11 points and 12 rebounds. Five SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Frank Theis (200-82) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and Nigerian guard Nnamdi Nnadili (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SG Schwelmer Baskets (15-4) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Newly promoted SG Schwelmer Baskets maintains first place in Group North. Loser Spot Up Medien Baskets dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will meet at home RSV Eintracht (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SU Medien: F.Theis 16+7reb, N.Nnadili 15+4reb+2ast, P.Noch 12+6reb, D.Schroeder 9+1reb+2ast, J.El Domiaty 8+2reb+3ast, D.Theis 3+11reb+1ast
Schwelm: K.Speier 18+10reb+1ast, T.Doll 11+2reb, D.Bunts 11+6reb+3ast, J.Ducker 11+12reb+2ast, J.Holmes 10+4reb+8ast, M.Dohmen 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 94047


Vechta - Herten 85-80

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hertener Loewen (13-6) against fourth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (14-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Hertener Loewen was defeated by SC Rasta Vechta in a tough game in Vechta 80-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hertener Loewen. Hertener Loewen was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. SC Rasta Vechta made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Andreas Kronhardt (204-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import swingman Blake Schultz (191-87, college: Williams) added 25 points in the effort for Hertener Loewen. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta moved-up to second place in Group North. Hertener Loewen at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Stahnsdorf. SC Rasta Vechta will play against SSV Lok Bernau (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hertener Loewen will play against USC Leipzig (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Herten: B.Schultz 25+3reb+1ast, M.Monk 24+14reb+2ast, V.Kittmann 10+6reb+2ast, C.Hackenesch 10+4reb+2ast, M.Berger 5+3reb+4ast, J.Hartmann 4+1reb
Vechta: M.Boadu 23+2reb+2ast, M.Reid 19+5reb+5ast, M.King-Stockton 14+6reb+1ast, A.Kronhardt 10+15reb+2ast, D.Krause 8+2reb+2ast, C.Thompson 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 94048


Group South
Licher Baeren - TSV Troester 80-68

Rather expected game when 6th ranked TSV Troester (9-10) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Licher Baeren (14-5) 80-68 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-68. Naturalized Austrian forward Armin Willemsen (200-85) fired 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Viktor Klassen (186-81) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Karsten Tadda (189-88, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and center Erik Land (203-90) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TSV Troester's coach Volker Stix rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Licher Baeren moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Leitershofen and NBC. Loser TSV Troester keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Licher Baeren will face Giessen Pointers (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TSV Troester will play against Leitershofen in Diedorf.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: K.Tadda 16+5reb+1ast, P.Neumann 12+7reb, M.Stuckey 11+3reb+2ast, E.Land 11+9reb, D.Schmidt 9+2reb+1ast, M.Fuchs 3+3reb+2ast
Licher Baeren: A.Willemsen 18+5reb+1ast, V.Klassen 17+5reb+1ast, P.Wente 15+3reb+2ast, T.Fairley 11+8reb+1ast, W.Gardner 9+5reb+7ast, R.Scholz 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 94055


Ehingen - Langen 86-57

Leader Ehingen/Urspringschule recorded the eighteenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked TV 1862 Langen (12-7) 86-57 in Allmendingen. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ehingen/Urspringschule. They maintain first place in Group South with 18-1 record. TV 1862 Langen at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule's next round opponent will be league's second-placed NBC in Nurnberg and it will be for sure the game of the week. TV 1862 Langen will play at home against BV Villingen-Schwenningen and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
gschID: 94056


Schwenningen - Dt.Bank SKY II 93-84

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen (5-14) beat at home 10th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (5-14) 93-84 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 27-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. BV Villingen-Schwenningen made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game, while Deutsche Bank Skyliners II only scored six points from the stripe. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Polish forward Jan Fikiel (208-83, college: Pennsylvania) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. American forward Brice Brooks (201-86, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. American guard Ryan Staudacher (193-87, college: Montana) produced 27 points and the other American import forward Christopher Rojik (200-74, college: Holy Cross) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BV Villingen-Schwenningen moved-up to ninth place in Group South, which they share with Giessen and Dt.Bank SKY II. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will face higher ranked TV 1862 Langen (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY II: R.Staudacher 27+3reb+1ast, C.Rojik 19+6reb+2ast, B.Nicolay 12+4reb, F.Theilig 10+3reb+6ast, Klisura 9+4reb+2ast, T.Oldenburg 5+7reb+1ast
Schwenningen: M.Hallgrimson 25+2reb+1ast, J.Fikiel 23+9reb, B.Young 18+6reb+4ast, B.Brooks 17+12reb+2ast, M.Schlafke 8+3reb+1ast, C.Gundlach 2+1reb
gschID: 94052


Leitershofen - Konstanz 81-69

Not a big story in a game in Diedorf where 12th ranked Baskets Konstanz (3-16) was defeated by third ranked Leitershofen (14-5) 81-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Leitershofen. Baskets Konstanz was better in third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baskets Konstanz was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) fired 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Michael Mathey (188-87, college: W.Liberty St.) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Robinson Louisme (201-84, college: Tulane) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and forward Eduard Foth (196-88) added 8 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Leitershofen. They moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Licher Baeren and NBC. Baskets Konstanz lost their fourth game in a row. Baskets Konstanz at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Leitershofen will face TSV Troester (#7) in Breitenguessbach in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Baskets Konstanz will play at home against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#8).
Top scorers:
Konstanz: R.Louisme 24+14reb+1ast, E.Foth 8+4reb+1ast, F.Henningsen 8+2reb+1ast, C.McKnight 7+3reb, M.Lay 5+2reb+1ast, P.Leidig 4+1reb+3ast
Leitershofen: D.Uskoski 27+7reb, M.Mathey 20+7reb+4ast, J.Genck 18+4reb+4ast, D.Veney 5+7reb+2ast, S.Montag 4+2reb+5ast, V.Zenk 3+2reb
gschID: 94053


Giessen - BG Illertal 57-69

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (9-10) won against on the road 9th ranked Giessen Pointers (5-14) 69-57 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 40-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard DeUndrae Spraggins (191-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) fired 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Marcel Heberlein (195-90) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Jamaican-American forward Kimmani Barrett (198-87, college: La Salle) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and forward Patrick Unger (197-83) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Giessen Pointers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn moved-up to sixth place in Group South, which they share with TSV Troester. Giessen Pointers at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will face Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (#10) in Frankfurt in the next round. Giessen Pointers will play on the road against Licher Baeren.
Top scorers:
Giessen: K.Barrett 18+10reb, M.Johnson 13+4reb+1ast, P.Unger 10+7reb+2ast, F.Rotaru 6+5reb+1ast, V.Zabel 5, T.Wosnitza 2+1reb
BG Illertal: D.Spraggins 25+5reb+3ast, F.Mobius 18+2reb, M.Heberlein 14+6reb+1ast, A.Wenzl 9+6reb+1ast, P.Vojkovic 3+2reb+2ast, B.Butler 0+1reb+1ast
gschID: 94054


Gotha - NBC 78-94

The game in Gotha was also quite interesting. Second ranked NBC (14-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (6-13). NBC defeated Oettinger Rockets Gotha 94-78 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-78. NBC shot 60.9 percent from the field. American guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Rasmussen Services) fired 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Dominik Schneider (203-85) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Parnell Smith (198-84, college: Buffalo) produced 22 points and center Lars Grubler (211-80, college: Hofstra) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Oettinger Rockets Gotha players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. NBC maintains second place in Group South with 14-5 record behind leader Schwelm, which they share with Licher Baeren and Leitershofen. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. NBC will face league's leader Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play on the road against Baskets Konstanz (#12).
Top scorers:
Gotha: P.Smith 22+3reb, L.Grubler 12+5reb, M.Virijevic 11+4reb+1ast, A.Kuppe 11+5reb, J.Boucher 5+1reb+2ast, D.Kreis 4+2ast
NBC: W.Chavis 18+1reb+3ast, D.Schneider 12+5reb+1ast, C.Ceccotti 11+6reb, J.Reile 10+3reb+2ast, M.Ides 10+2reb, D.Yates 10+4reb
gschID: 94051




Germany U16 with the winning start in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16 has the winning start in Turkey at the International tournament.
Germany U16 rolled over Ukraine U16 73:61 in Day 1. The winners started with 15-11 in the first period and added 25-11 in the second frame. Janis Stielow (189-G/F-95) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and David Taylor followed him with 10. Nico Oosterman, Gavin Schilling and Robyn Missa brought 9 points each in a win. Anton Dzyuba replied with 16 points for Ukraine and Yevgeniy Belotsenko scored 11.
In Day 2 Germany U16 smashed Romanian squad 69:37. It was an easy start for the winners as they enjoyed 19-2 on the board after 10 minutes. Moreover another 21-8 in the second period brought them 40:10 halftime advantage. After another two wins in the second half Germany led the game to the winning end. Terry Thomas stepped up with 12 points and Ismet Akpinar (G-95) as well as Daniel Mayr added 10 each. Andrei Ciordas finished the game with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the losing case.




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A1 Round 16 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 16 in the A1 was a home defeat of 5th ranked VAP Kolossos (8-8) to seventh ranked Kavala (9-7) 74-70. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 4 points. 27 personal fouls committed by VAP Kolossos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) who added 8 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. At the losing side swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds. VAP Kolossos' coach Giannis Sferopoulos tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kavala moved-up to fourth place, which they share with PAOK. VAP Kolossos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Aris. Kavala is looking forward to face higher ranked Marousi (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. VAP Kolossos will play against the league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Athens: Panathinaikos (#2) and Peristeri GS (#8). Peristeri GS was smashed at home by 25 points 64-89 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The winners were led by international guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) who scored that evening 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Milenko Tepic supported him with 13 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. Panathinaikos have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 15-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. Peristeri GS at the other side keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Panionios and Ikaros. Panathinaikos will play against VAP Kolossos (#6) in Rodou in the next round. Peristeri GS will play on the road against Iraklis in Thessaloniki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Thessaloniki: PAOK (#4) and Aris (#6). PAOK (9-7) won against visiting Aris (8-8) 79-74. Rawle Marshall fired 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Christos Tapoutos produced 19 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. PAOK maintains fourth position with 9-7 record, which they share with Kavala. Loser Aris keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with VAP Kolossos. PAOK will meet AEK (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aris will play against Ilysiakos (#13) in Athens and hope to secure a win.
A1 top team - Olympiakos (16-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Panionios (7-9) in Athens 82-63. It was a very good performance for Milos Teodosic who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 9 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Olympiakos have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. Panionios at the other side dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Olympiakos' next round opponent will be Ikaros (#10) in Kalitheas and are hoping to win another game. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panellinios.
Thirteenth ranked Ilysiakos (4-12) crushed at home 14th ranked Iraklis (3-13) by 30 points 79-49, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Alexis Kiritsis who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 7 rebounds. 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. Ilysiakos moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with AEK. Iraklis lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Ilysiakos will face higher ranked Aris (#7) in Thessaloniki in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Iraklis will play at home against Peristeri GS (#8) in Athens.

In the last two games of round 16 Marousi won against Ikaros on the opponent's court 81-77. Panellinios managed to outperform AEK in a home game 68-59.


Ilysiakos - Iraklis 79-49

Thirteenth ranked Ilysiakos (4-12) crushed at home 14th ranked Iraklis (3-13) by 30 points 79-49, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. Ilysiakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Iraklis' 26. Ilysiakos forced 21 Iraklis turnovers. Iraklis was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 7 rebounds and who added 8 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Ilysiakos players scored in double figures. At the losing side Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin (210-80, agency: Lanshire Group) responded with 16 points and forward Fotis Lambropoulos (206-83) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. 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. Ilysiakos moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with AEK. Iraklis lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Ilysiakos will face higher ranked Aris (#7) in Thessaloniki in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Iraklis will play at home against Peristeri GS (#8) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: A.Kiritsis 13+7reb+2ast, N.Chatzis 12+3ast, J.Baxter 12+2reb+3ast, M.Koukoulas 10+6reb+2ast, 8+10reb+1ast, L.Kaselakis 8+4reb
Iraklis: E.Jazvin 16+4reb+1ast, F.Lambropoulos 12+8reb, S.Parker 9+4reb+3ast, N.Koprivica 4+4reb+1ast, G.Demertzis 4+1reb+2ast, J.Peters 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 103825


Peristeri GS - Panathinaikos 64-89

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Athens: Panathinaikos (#2) and Peristeri GS (#8). Peristeri GS was smashed at home by 25 points 64-89 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Panathinaikos. Peristeri GS was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panathinaikos dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Peristeri GS's 26 and made 16-of-17 charity shots (94.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Peristeri GS 39-23 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by international guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) who scored that evening 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Serbian guard Milenko Tepic (198-87, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Even 23 points by Zoran Vrkic (200-G-87) did not help to save the game for Peristeri GS. Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) added 8 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panathinaikos have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 15-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. Peristeri GS at the other side keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Panionios and Ikaros. Panathinaikos will play against VAP Kolossos (#6) in Rodou in the next round. Peristeri GS will play on the road against Iraklis in Thessaloniki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: S.Perperoglou 15+3reb+1ast, M.Tepic 13+7reb, I.Vougioukas 12+4reb+1ast, N.Calathes 11+5reb+6ast, D.Nicholas 10+1reb+2ast, R.Sato 8+3reb
Peristeri GS: 23+2reb, D.Papanikolaou 9+3reb+2ast, K.Looby 8+7reb, G.Tsiakos 7+4reb+2ast, J.Mocnik 5+2ast, E.Mantzaris 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 103826


VAP Kolossos - Kavala 70-74

The most shocking disappointment of round 16 in the A1 was a home defeat of 5th ranked VAP Kolossos (8-8) to seventh ranked Kavala (9-7) 74-70. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 4 points. 27 personal fouls committed by VAP Kolossos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) who added 8 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. At the losing side naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds and power forward Kostas Charissis (211-79, college: USC, agency: Impact Basketball) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. VAP Kolossos' coach Giannis Sferopoulos tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kavala moved-up to fourth place, which they share with PAOK. VAP Kolossos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Aris. Kavala is looking forward to face higher ranked Marousi (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. VAP Kolossos will play against the league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kavala: B.Jorovic 24+3reb+1ast, S.Karapostolou 14+1reb+2ast, 11+1ast, M.Palacio 11+4ast, C.Simmons 8+16reb, C.Stefanidis 2+1ast
VAP Kolossos: P.Kalathis 18+18reb+2ast, K.Charissis 16+4reb, J.Golemac 12+1reb+1ast, A.Tsamis 12+1reb, J.Jordan 7+4reb+8ast, G.Georgalis 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 103827


Ikaros - Marousi 77-81

Very expected game in Kalitheas where 10th ranked Ikaros (7-9) was defeated by third ranked Marousi (10-6) 81-77 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Nestor Kommatos (203-77) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian center Dalibor Bagaric (217-80) who added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks during the contest. Four Marousi players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Kyle McAlarney (183-87, college: Notre Dame) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Ikaros' coach Aris Likogiannis tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Marousi maintains third position with 10-6 record having six points less than leader Olympiakos. Newly promoted Ikaros dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Marousi will face Kavala (#5) at home in the next round. Ikaros will play against the league's leader Olympiakos in Athens.
Top scorers:
Marousi: N.Kommatos 21+6reb+2ast, D.Haritopoulos 15+6reb+1ast, Y.Gagaloudis 14+1reb+3ast, D.Bagaric 13+9reb+2ast, F.Kojadinovic 8+2ast, D.Huertas 5+5reb
Ikaros: D.Thompson 24+13reb, V.Karaboulas 16+2reb+2ast, K.McAlarney 14+3reb+5ast, L.Harris 6+6reb+1ast, L.Agadakos 4, A.Falekas 4+1reb
gschID: 103828


Olympiakos - Panionios 82-63

A1 top team - Olympiakos (16-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Panionios (7-9) in Athens 82-63. The game without a history. Olympiakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game, while Panionios only scored ten points from the stripe. Olympiakos forced 19 Panionios turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for Serbian guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 9 assists. Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) contributed with 13 points and 4 steals for the winners. American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) replied with 12 points and American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) added 4 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Panionios. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympiakos have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. Panionios at the other side dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Olympiakos' next round opponent will be Ikaros (#10) in Kalitheas and are hoping to win another game. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panellinios.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: Y.Halperin 13+1reb+2ast, L.Mavrokefalides 12+3reb, T.Papaloukas 10+3ast, Z.Erceg 9+3reb, R.Nesterovic 9+6reb, M.Teodosic 8+1reb+9ast
Panionios: 12+4reb+3ast, M.Batis 7+1reb, R.Covile 7+4reb+1ast, H.Giannopoulos 6+2reb+1ast, M.Paragios 6+1reb, N.Barlos 6+2reb
gschID: 103822


Panellinios - AEK 68-59

Everything could happen in Athens at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Panellinios and 12th ranked AEK had identical 4-11 record. This time Panellinios used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Athens 68-59 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 39-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) who added 20 points during the contest. At the losing side American-British guard Jarrett Hart (194-80, college: Kansas St.) responded with 13 points and 4 assists and naturalized Cypriot forward Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-78) scored 14 points. AEK's coach Angelos Koronios let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Panellinios maintains eleventh position with 5-11 record. AEK lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 12 games lost. Panellinios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panionios.
Top scorers:
Panellinios: S.Smith 20+3reb+1ast, T.Francis 16+9reb+2ast, J.Krabbenhoft 8+7reb+3ast, V.Xanthopoulos 6+2reb+1ast, E.Papamakarios 5+1reb+1ast, G.Kalaitzis 5+1reb+1ast
AEK: P.Nikolaidis 14+3reb, J.Hart 13+3reb+4ast, S.Kokkinopoulos 12+2reb+1ast, D.Cohadarevic 5+1reb, T.Castle 5+3reb, D.Dikoudis 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 103823


PAOK - Aris 79-74

Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Thessaloniki: PAOK (#4) and Aris (#6). PAOK (9-7) won against visiting Aris (8-8) 79-74. American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) fired 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Four PAOK players scored in double figures. The former international forward Christos Tapoutos (208-82) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. PAOK maintains fourth position with 9-7 record, which they share with Kavala. Loser Aris keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with VAP Kolossos. PAOK will meet AEK (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aris will play against Ilysiakos (#13) in Athens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
PAOK: R.Marshall 26+5reb+2ast, L.Papadopoulos 21+10reb+1ast, J.Gray 13+1reb+3ast, T.Gechevski 11+2reb+3ast, R.Dozier 4+6reb, G.Dedas 4
Aris: C.Tapoutos 19+7reb+1ast, K.Sloukas 12+3reb+4ast, P.Tucker 10+1reb+2ast, S.Mourtos 9+2reb+1ast, K.Charalampidis 7+3reb+2ast, B.Brown 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 103824




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Smith, Panellinios18.9 
 2. Marshall, PAOK16.6 
 3. Palacio, Kavala16.2 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.1 
 5. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.9 
 6. Thompson, Ikaros14.6 
 7. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 8. Kalathis, VAP K.14.3 
 9. McAlarney, Ikaros13.9 
 10. Tapoutos, Aris13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.1 
 2. Smith, Panellinios9.8 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros9.1 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.9 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS7.8 
 6. Tucker, Aris7.5 
 7. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 8. Bagaric, Marousi7.4 
 9. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
 10. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos6.1 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.5 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.8 
 5. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.4.4 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos3.9 
 8. Palacio, Kavala3.9 
 9. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.8 
 10. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Marshall, PAOK2.0 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos2.0 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.9 
 5. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 7. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.7 
 8. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
 9. Diamantidis, Panath.1.6 
 10. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bagaric, Marousi2.4 
 2. Simmons, Kavala2.1 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.4 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Harissis, VAP K.0.8 
 7. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.8 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 
 9. Vougioukas, Panath.0.6 
 10. Mavrokefalid., Olympi.0.6 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Giannis KAKIOUZIS
  Lavrio
  (205-F-78)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Kakiouzis, Lavrio17.7 
 2. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.17.6 
 3. Michalos, Pagrati17.1 
 4. Kaklamanos, Panele.16.9 
 5. Argyropoylos, Apollo.16.8 
 6. Vardavas, Amynta.16.7 
 7. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.3 
 8. Vasilopoulos, Pagrati16.1 
 9. Koupidis, Near East15.8 
 10. Psileas, Lavrio15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fragiskos AMATO
  Near East
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Amato, Near East8.8 
 2. Kartelo, AE.8.7 
 3. Pantelic, Apollo.8.3 
 4. Koutroulias, Olimp.8.2 
 5. Macheras, Pagrati7.7 
 6. Latovic, AGOR7.5 
 7. Jovanovic, KAOD7.3 
 8. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.2 
 9. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.7.1 
 10. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.5 
 2. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.9 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.5 
 4. Katsares, KAOD4.3 
 5. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada4.2 
 6. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR4.0 
 7. Makris, Olimpiada3.8 
 8. Apostolopoul., Koroi.3.8 
 9. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.7 
 10. Karvounis, Lavrio3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos MICHALOS
  Pagrati
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Michalos, Pagrati2.0 
 2. Makris, Olimpiada1.8 
 3. Katsares, KAOD1.7 
 4. Pettas, Koroivos1.7 
 5. Vukantinov, KAOD1.7 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.6 
 7. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.5 
 8. Sourlis, KAOD1.4 
 9. Koumoulos, AGOR1.4 
 10. Papadakis, Arkad.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kartelo, AE.2.3 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.2.2 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.7 
 4. Kasabalis, AE.1.0 
 5. Psathas, Apollon .0.9 
 6. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.8 
 7. Daniil, Apollon .0.8 
 8. Latovic, AGOR0.7 
 9. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 
 10. Katiakos, Arkadikos0.7 


B Division - Round 14 of Regular Season - by Chris Mammides
The islanders from Crete, OFI is keep leading the division and with Coach Vlahos victory in Tripolis against Arkadikos prove to be probably the number one favorite team to be promoted to the A2 division this coming season. Other than that, Ermis Perama with another show from the top performer of the league, Liakopoulos added another successful result in his tour outside Perama and this time was in Kalamaria and against Apollon who beat not so easy. At the same time Nea Kifisia with the veteran Philip Hopson leading another game, succeeding a road win in Thessaloniki over MENT. Lastly, the fourth team in the row, Doxa Lefkadas beat quite easily the team of Aiolos Trikallon with Nikos Lymparis-Psomas (210-C-84) being the top scorer and rebounder of the game succeeding his thirds double double this seazon. The other games had expected home teams results as Diagoras added another victory in Rhodes Island while Stratoni scored his first triple figure this season after scoring 100 points against the poor team of Megas Alexandros. In the relegation zone now we have at least three teams which are currently have the same record of 3-11 as the fourth team from the bottom Doukas has a 5-9 record, so the three teams are Filippos Veroias, M. Alexandros and Apollon Kalamarias. The games in more analysis were as follows:

Egaleo - AIAS Evosmou 71-69
Quarters: 13-19, 27-26, 49-49, 71-69
Egaleo and AIAS entered the game with the very same target for the early beginning, to gain a safety mode difference in order to get the game under their own tempo, this happened up to a point at the first half where the home team of Coached Kalogirou and Bastounis were not ablet ofind points from their key players and they ended the first quarter with the negative 13 points while AIAS with Giorgos Asimakis (195-F-83) as a leading figure took the lead with as many as 8 points before Aggelos Siristatidis (190-G-78) cut the deficit to 6. The second quarter and the third quarter were more or less identical as the two teams were equal and the games was going basket to basket with very poor percentages from the arc and many fouls which were leading the two teams quite early to the charity line. The fourth and most crucial quarter was the one that brought out the experience of Aggelos Siristatidis and Koukouras who lead their team and especially at the end when the ball was really very heavy were able to lead their team and win a game to the basket.
Egaelo: Aggelos Siristatidis 23, Koukouras 20, Papadakis 10
AIAS: Giorgos Asimakis 19, Georgoulas 14

Diagoras Rodou - Filippos Veroias
Quarters: 26-15, 40-23, 52-40, 61-55.
The islanders from Rhodes island beat more difficult than anyone expected the team of Head Coaches Gimas and Blatsiotis as the game became a derby at the final stage as the home team and especially the keys of the team like Vassilis Ekine simply stopped scoring, so the team scored 40 points by half time and then and on the Diagoras players were able to score only 21 points in 20 minutes! Coaches Tsakiris and Pozoukakis tried many tactics but were unable to find the solution against their players bad night, only one player Martin Lazaridis (199-F-85) scored double digits for the home team. On the other hand, Filippos Veroias even though came from a great victory over Ermis Perama last week was not able to find some offensive solutions from the key players and remain in shallow waters the team scored all and all 55 points with Gakis and the other key players of the team remain pointless.
Diagoras: Martin Lazaridis 12
Filippos: Markos Bataoulas (192-G-95) 11 and Tsakiris 11 per head

Doxa Lefkadas - Aiolos Trikallon 79-62
Quarters: 25-15, 43-28, 64-50, 79-62.
Coach Vournas team faces no problem over the weak in the road games, team of Aiolos Trikallon. Coach Giassaris team is losing most of its power in the outside Trikalla games and the top performers of the team in Trikalla have quite different basketball attitude in the road games. Nikos Lymparis-Psomas and Godopoulos were great while four player in total had double digits from the Lefkadas team.
Doxa: Nikos Lymparis-Psomas 18, Godopoulos 14, Vagenas 13, Douvitsas 10
Aiolos: Giorgos Lepeniotis (187-G-79) 16, Perrotis 14, Giannaletos 15.

Apollon Kalamarias - Ermis Perama 86-88
Quarters: 17-14, 31-41, 59-60, 86-88.
A great derby took place in Kalamaria and only due to the young international Motsenigos and the top scorer of the division, Liakopoulos, Coach Kalabakos team was able to grab the victory at the end from a tough nut like Apollon. The Kalamaria team is playing much better basketball now compare with the one which was playing a month ago and it is most certain that not many teams will pass by Kalamaria in the second round of the league. The game was a real derby and Perama nearly adding another negative result after the one in Veroia last week. Liakopoulos for another game was a real scoring machine and also Motsenigos proved to many people why he has been selected and played in the U16 and U18 Hellenic NTs the previous years.
Apollon Tanakidis 15, Giorgos Valavanidis (204-F-74) 19, Vasileiou 12, Melidis 16
Perama: Liakopoulos 28, Karastamatis 17, Motsenigos 10

MENT - Nea Kifisia 68-78
Quarters: 15-20, 31-47, 50-54, 68-78.
The visiting site of Head Coach Papatheodorou beat very easy the team of Coaches Hatzoulis and Michaelides as it took the initiatives from the very beginning and never lost them. The players of Kifisia with the veteran Greek American Philip Hopson to lead them in another game controlled the game and took an easy win with four players having double digits while from the home team Giorgos Valavanidis (204-F-74) was amazing for another round!
MENT: Simeon Ioakimidis (197-G-89) 24, Filiousis 12, Traintafillidis 10
Kifisia: Hopson 16, Vangelis Tsiakas (194-G-81) 15, Papadopoulos 13 and Nikitakis 10

Stratoni - M. Alexandros 100-69
Quarters: 26-16, 51-34, 78-47, 100-69.
There are not many words that we can say for the specific game as the home team thrashed the poor visitors of Coach Kosmas who saw only Tassos Dimas (195-F/C-88) to believe in something better than a catastrophic afternoon! Giannis Daskalopoulos (195-G/F-80, agency: Sfera Sports Association) was the man of the match but in general Coach Mythous team was very good and played solid basketball
Stratoni: Giannis Daskalopoulos 26, Kigmetoglou 17, Koutouratzoglou, Paritsis and Dislis 13 points per head
Stratoni: Tassos Dimas 21

OFI - Doukas 98-68
Quarters: 31-20, 49-37, 78-51, 98-68.
Anotehr easy home win for the Cretans who thrashed the team of Coach Giannopoulos with thirty points difference. There is no comparison between the two teams and even though Antonios Michaloglou (202-F-88) gave his best shot he was all alone on behalf of the visitors, while on the other hand, the home team had five players with double digits.
OFI: Alexis Bardas (189-F-81) 19, Souflias 14, Tsakiridis 14, Karadolamis 13, Balafas 13
Doukas: Antonios Michaloglou 24




The all star game in Pyrgos - by Giorgos Diploidis
The next all star game of the Greek Championship will be held in Pyrgos (Peloponissos) n 12 and 13 of March. The court that will host the whole event is named 'Giorgos Vasilakopoulos' the name of the president of EOK (Greek basketball federation).

The celebration of basket was announced by the federation of players (PSAK) and ESAKE which organizes the league. The event the last years was held outside the two big towns (Athens, Thessaloniki), 2005-06 : Larissa, 2006-07: Lamia, 2007-08: Amaliada, 2008-09: Xanthi, 2009-10: Crete

The players will be selected from vote which will start in a few days



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  HOLLAND   


Landstede Zwolle sign point guard Nate Rohnert - by Fred Roggen
Landstede Zwolle sign point guard Nate Rohnert (196-G-87, college: Denver) as a replacement for Harry Marshall, who left the team last week. Nate Rohnert is the new point-guard of Landstede Zwolle and was a starter at Denver College. The American Nate Rohnert is a graduate of Denver College where he averaged 14.5 points and 3.8 assists per game last season. He also had a try out with the Denver Nuggets.

On a roll - by Matt Bauscher
It's all about winning games over here and we've been doing that on a regular basis. Stats are cool and look good but at the end of the day, winning is all that matters. I led the league in points and assists my first year in Leeuwarden and I'll tell you something...winning the title last season was a million times for fulfilling. Losing games can be very frustrating, so I'm blessed to be going for my third title in four seasons this year. There's no feeling like sharing the ultimate goal with your boys and we hope to do that for the second straight year in Holland at the end of May.

Our seasons over here aren't 6 or 7 months, so I can speak for about every pro hooper overseas when I say the toughest thing about our job is being away from family and friends. Over the years the people who you know the best are typically the people who you spend the most time with...which in our case is teammates. The sad part is you go to war with these guys day in and day out...then the majority of the time rarely see each other after. My Boise State teammates who I shared so many memories with I rarely see, even the two who are playing in Holland. Last month after we played Bergen Op Zoom, Tiedemann stayed in Groningen and Mark Sanchez made the drive over here. We were able to all three get together for the first time this season. These moments you really have to cherish because they don't come often.

The Memphis Grizzles had to make it a rule there would no more gambling on team flights. OJ Mayo apparently owed Tony Allen some money, the two got into a fight and Mayo got touched up. Every time we play hearts, spades, hold-em or monopoly deal we always have money on it. You have to play for money to make it more interesting. It magnifies the trash talking, competitiveness and energy. We don't play for huge amounts but after winning the college football regular season AND bowl games...it's pretty safe to say I've won more than double of anyone else on the team. It's just like a basketball game, we will do whatever it takes to win.

Basketball is going good here for us, we are unbeaten in the 2011 and still in first place at 22-2.We are one win away from punching a ticket into the semi-final of the Dutch cup in Almere at the end of March. The Dutch Cup is not as meaningful as the championship, but winning both this season would be special. Europe is much different than America in the amount of games you play during the week. The NBA started their regular season one month later than us and as of today...we've played 24 league games and they've played 51. There are some benefits to less games, more time to hang out with teammates, possibly travel a little bit. Also we can lift weights four days a week, which is nice. Stayed up last night to watch the Super Bowl and congrats to the GREEN n YELLOW!


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.8 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants16.0 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.5 
 4. Laing, Magixx15.5 
 5. Borha, Landstede15.4 
 6. Blue, Giants15.2 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden15.1 
 8. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.6 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.6 
 10. Brown, DeFriesland14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Rotterdam
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.8 
 2. Sihota, Rotterdam9.8 
 3. McDermott, Magixx9.7 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.6 
 5. Ellis, GasTerra8.8 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.7 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.7 
 8. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.6 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert8.1 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.3 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.9 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.2 
 4. Bostain, GasTerra3.9 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants3.8 
 6. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 7. Williams, DeFriesland3.5 
 8. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.5 
 9. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.4 
 10. Jackson, ZZ Leiden3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.7 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.4 
 3. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 7. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 9. Stokes, BS Weert2.0 
 10. Kimbrough, Giants2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.5 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.4 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.0 
 6. Strong, Landstede0.8 
 7. Boxley, ZZ Leiden0.8 
 8. Hulzebos, Landstede0.8 
 9. Mullery, Landstede0.8 
 10. McDermott, Magixx0.8 


Results Dutch Basketball League - by Sanders Jackson
This weekend in Dutch basketball action, the defending champions GasTerra Flames Groningen had no letdown after their Thursday convincing win over ZZ Leiden, destroying hapless Landstede Basketball, while Magixx Kidright topples nemesis Eiffel Towers in a controversial ending, ZZ Leiden gets back up and wins convincingly in Leeuwarden, and BS Weert squeaks by Rotterdam Challengers.

In the Martiniplaza, the Flames took no prisoners on shorthanded Landstede Basketball, jumping out to a 21-0 lead and it snowballed from there, winning in a 90-49 thumping. The Flames increased their lead to 51-24 at the half and led 74-34 with 2 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter. The team of Marco van den Berg dominated the glass at a 42-21 advantage, with Jason Ellis collecting 13 of them. Matt Haraysz led the way with 21 pts. The Flames improve to 22-2 and increase their lead in the standings.

In the Horstacker Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen made good for themselves and creeped closer to the 3rd place spot with an 89-82 win, but it did not happen with controversy. With Eiffel leading 80-78 with 1:15 remaining, Eiffel guard Rogier Jansen was whistled for a foul on Magixx PG Zaire Taylor, and for the foul was whistled for a technical foul. Jansen would be a few moments later whistled for a 2nd technical foul during a calm discussion with the official at halfcourt. The result would be that Taylor would make four free throws and afterwards Magixx guard Thijs Vermeulen would can a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to seal Eiffel's fate. There would be also a contrast in the foul difference, with Eiffel having 25 fouls to Magixx's 15, and also free throws, Magixx 28 attempts to Eiffel's 13. Magixx's Geoff McDermott led Magixx with 23 pts. and 11 rebounds and Taylor added 17. Julian Mills led Eiffel with 23. Magixx are now 16-9 and a game-and-half behind Eiffel in the standings.

In the Kalverdijkhal, ZZ Leiden gets back up after the disappointing loss in Groningen with a convincing 89-69 win over De Friesland Aris. Aris had the advantage at the end of the 1st quarter, leading 22-14, but the guests would take over from there, with balanced scoring and better team play making the difference. Monta McGhee (198-F-79, college: Lewis) had a strong game, leading all scorers with 26 pts. with also 9 rebounds, leading five ZZ Leiden players in double figures. Manny Adako led Aris with 19 pts. ZZ Leiden improves to 20-5.

In Weert, it was a barnburner with the home team having their hands full with last-place Rotterdam Challengers, it was decided after Rotterdam's two of their best players Patrick Hilliman and Chip Jones fouled out in the closing seconds. Nevertheless it was a win for BS Weert, by the score of 76-72. A three-pointer by Trey McDowell gav ethe Limburgers the lead for good at 74-72 in crunch time, with PG Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: American) icing the game on two free throws afterwards. Stokes led BS Weert with 21 pts., 8 assists and 6 steals, Donte Minter with 18 and McDowell with 16. Hilliman had a double-double with 19 pts., 13 rebounds and 2 blocks, Robbie Sihota also with a double-double of 17 pts., 13 rebounds and also made 3 three-pointers. The win snapped a five-game skid for BS Weert, helping them to gain ground on De Friesland Aris in the standings for 5th place.



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A Division Round 19: Atomeromu loses to Kormend - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Atomeromu (13-6) and fourth ranked Kormend (13-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Atomeromu was defeated by Kormend on the road 95-108. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 59-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kormend shot 60.9 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Power forward Emmanuel Dies (204-77, college: Kansas St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Kormend's coach Balazs Sabali used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Atomeromu. Kormend moved-up to third place. Atomeromu at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with ZTE KK. Kormend are looking forward to face Salgotarjani (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Atomeromu will play against FS Debrecen (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Salgotarjani's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 17 consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Debrecen, where they edged FS Debrecen (1-18) 102-100. It was a great evening for American guard Chris Rodgers (193-84, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Andras Vavra helped adding 19 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). At the losing side Cameroonian forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, college: La Salle) responded with 30 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). FS Debrecen's coach Tamas Rathonyi tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Salgotarjani (1-17) left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place. It was FS Debrecen's fifteenth loss in a row. They dropped to the bottomSalgotarjani will play against higher ranked Kormend (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. FS Debrecen will play against Atomeromu (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
A Division top team - Szolnok (16-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked FS Debrecen (1-18) 99-64. It was a quality performance for Ivory Clark who led the winners and scored 25 points. Yves Mekongo came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for FS Debrecen in the defeat. FS Debrecen's coach Tamas Rathonyi gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Szolnok have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record, which they share with Albacomp. Szolnok will meet at home Salgotarjani (#13) in the next round which should be another easy win for them.
The game between 12th ranked Szedeak (6-13) and second ranked Albacomp (16-3) in Szeged ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Szekesfehervar outscored Szedeak 111-70. American players dominated also this game. Tony Crocker fired 32 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Albacomp have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Szolnok. Szedeak lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Albacomp's next round opponent will be PVSK Pannon (#9) in Pecs and are hoping to win another game. Szedeak will play on the road against Kormend.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Kaposvari was beaten by ZTE KK on the road 92-81. Marso-Vagep lost to Soproni on its own court 69-75. Falco-Szova managed to outperform Salgotarjani in Szombathely 98-90.


Szedeak - Albacomp 70-111

The game between 12th ranked Szedeak (6-13) and second ranked Albacomp (16-3) in Szeged ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Szekesfehervar outscored Szedeak 111-70. Albacomp dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Szedeak's 38. Albacomp forced 19 Szedeak turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Albacomp especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American players dominated also this game. Swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma, agency: Impact Basketball) fired 32 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Center Jonathan Jones (211-79) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and center Bryson McKenzie (211-83, college: N.Illinois) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Albacomp have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Szolnok. Szedeak lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Albacomp's next round opponent will be PVSK Pannon (#9) in Pecs and are hoping to win another game. Szedeak will play on the road against Kormend.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: J.Rubin 22+7reb, B.McKenzie 20+7reb+1ast, A.Tanacs 11+2reb+1ast, N.Dukic 7+7reb+1ast, I.Nyilas 5+1reb+4ast, G.Drahos 3+3reb+3ast
Albacomp: T.Crocker 32+5reb+6ast, J.Jones 19+6reb+1ast, D.Hollis 15+5reb+3ast, A.Keller 11+3reb, F.Bodi 10+4reb+2ast, A.Hanga 9+6reb+2ast
gschID: 109615


ZTE KK - Kaposvari 92-81

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked ZTE KK (13-6) beat 11th ranked Kaposvari (6-13) in Zalaegerszeg 92-81. The game was mostly controlled by ZTE KK. Kaposvari was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when ZTE KK won last quarter 26-17. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Kaposvari's players. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 16 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Five ZTE KK players scored in double figures. Center Kurt Cunningham (206-87, college: Boise St.) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Daniel Werner (203-87, college: Florida) added 25 points respectively for lost side. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for ZTE KK. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Atomeromu. Kaposvari lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. ZTE KK's next round opponent will be Soproni (#7) on the road. Kaposvari will play against Kecskemeti (#6).
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: D.Werner 25+1reb+1ast, J.Wilson 21+2reb+3ast, K.Cunningham 19+8reb, G.Soos 6+1reb+2ast, G.Fulop 4+5reb, G.Kutasi 3+2ast
ZTE KK: L.Williams 19+4reb+11ast, T.Kaman 17+6reb+2ast, K.Wilson 16+4reb+5ast, G.Toth 16+3reb+1ast, D.Vojvoda 10+5reb+2ast, A.Toth 10+4reb+2ast
gschID: 109609


Marso-Vagep - Soproni 69-75

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Marso-Vagep (8-11) lost to seventh ranked Soproni (10-9) in Nyiregyhaza 69-75. Soproni outrebounded Marso-Vagep 44-28 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 22 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Thomas Kelley (188-77, college: Michigan St., agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Slovenian guard Brane Savic (181-79) produced 19 points and 5 assists and American swingman Curtis Marshall (196-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 17 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Soproni. They maintain seventh place with 10-9 record. Marso-Vagep at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Soproni's next round opponent will be higher ranked ZTE KK (#5) in Zalaegerszeg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Marso-Vagep will play on the road against Falco-Szova (#8) in Szombathely and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Marso-Vagep: B.Savic 19+4reb+5ast, C.Marshall 17+4reb, E.Sitku 11+3reb+2ast, L.Czigler 10+7reb+2ast, B.Stojakovic 7+2reb, M.Mohacsi 5+5reb
Soproni: T.Kelley 19+6reb+5ast, R.Jarvis 19+1reb+2ast, D.Townes 17+22reb, Z.Szabo 16+7reb+2ast, A.Molnar 4+7reb, M.Ugaros 0
gschID: 109610


Salgotarjani - Falco-Szova 90-98

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Falco-Szova (9-10) won against on the road 14th ranked Salgotarjani (1-17) 98-90. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Falco-Szova dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Salgotarjani's 40 and made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Salgotarjani helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) fired 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 27 points and 9 rebounds. Falco-Szova's coach Nikola Lazic used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Guard Chris Rodgers (193-84, college: Arizona) produced a double-double by scoring 32 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and guard De'Andre Mays (188-87, college: Youngstown St.) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Four Salgotarjani players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Falco-Szova. They maintain eighth place with 9-10 record. Salgotarjani lost their twelfth game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Falco-Szova's next round opponent will be Marso-Vagep (#10) in Nyiregyhaza. Salgotarjani will play at home against Kormend.
Top scorers:
Salgotarjani: C.Rodgers 32+14reb+4ast, D.Mays 20+3reb+1ast, T.Hartvich 17+7reb, D.Koma 14+3reb+2ast, T.Sebok 7+2reb, T.Kocsis 0+1reb+1ast
Falco-Szova: J.Doyne 31+8reb+4ast, C.Gosa 27+9reb, L.Kalman 17+1reb+8ast, M.Aliakseyeu 8+11reb, T.Pankar 5+1reb, M.Szanati 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 109612


Kormend - Atomeromu 108-95

The game between third ranked Atomeromu (13-6) and fourth ranked Kormend (13-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Atomeromu was defeated by Kormend in Kormend 95-108. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 59-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kormend shot 60.9 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Power forward Emmanuel Dies (204-77, college: Kansas St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Kormend's coach Balazs Sabali used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) added 22 points and 5 assists in the effort for Atomeromu. Four Kormend and five Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Kormend moved-up to third place. Atomeromu at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with ZTE KK. Kormend are looking forward to face Salgotarjani (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Atomeromu will play against FS Debrecen (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: B.Winters 22+4reb+2ast, J.Hodges 22+2reb+5ast, B.Sales 19+9reb+3ast, A.Kovacs 16+2reb+3ast, G.Koertelyesi 12+9reb, J.Pavlik 2
Kormend: C.Ferencz 23+1reb+1ast, R.Bell 22+4reb+1ast, E.Dies 19+5reb+3ast, A.Rujak 17+1reb+3ast, I.Nemeth 12+4reb+2ast, M.Moore 9+5reb+8ast
gschID: 109613


FS Debrecen - Szolnok 64-99

A Division top team - Szolnok (16-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked FS Debrecen (1-18) 99-64. The game without a history. Szolnok led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to FS Debrecen's 40. Szolnok forced 23 FS Debrecen turnovers. It was a quality performance for American forward Ivory Clark (198-85) who led the winners and scored 25 points. His fellow American import guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) accounted for 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Cameroonian forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, college: La Salle) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for FS Debrecen in the defeat. FS Debrecen's coach Tamas Rathonyi gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Szolnok have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record, which they share with Albacomp. FS Debrecen lost fifteenth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottomSzolnok will meet at home Salgotarjani (#13) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. FS Debrecen will play against Atomeromu in Paks.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: Y.Mekongo 18+13reb+2ast, K.Langford 16+6reb+2ast, C.Singletary 11+2reb+5ast, G.Toth 8+2reb, M.Mondzinger 4+1reb+1ast, V.Vas 4+2reb
Szolnok: I.Clark 25+3reb+2ast, O.Trotter 19+6reb+4ast, A.Horvath 13+4reb+3ast, V.Budimir 12+2reb, P.Grebenar 9+3reb, Z.Trepak 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 109614


Round 15
FS Debrecen - Salgotarjani 100-102 OT

Salgotarjani's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 17 consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Debrecen, where they edged FS Debrecen (1-18) 102-100. FS Debrecen was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 22-19 charge of Salgotarjani, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 10-8. Salgotarjani shot 60.8 percent from the field and made 31-of-41 charity shots (75.6 percent) during the game. FS Debrecen was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Chris Rodgers (193-84, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Forward Andras Vavra (200-78) helped adding 19 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). At the losing side Cameroonian forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, college: La Salle) responded with 30 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and American guard Chris Singletary (194-88, college: Kent St.) scored 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. FS Debrecen's coach Tamas Rathonyi tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Salgotarjani (1-17) left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place. It was FS Debrecen's fifteenth loss in a row. They dropped to the bottomSalgotarjani will play against higher ranked Kormend (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. FS Debrecen will play against Atomeromu (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: Y.Mekongo 30+7reb+3ast, K.Langford 19+3reb+1ast, G.Boros 16+1reb, A.Balogh 16+2reb+1ast, C.Singletary 16+4reb+7ast, M.Mondzinger 3+1ast
Salgotarjani: D.Koma 25+2ast, C.Rodgers 22+8reb+9ast, A.Vavra 19+10reb, T.Sebok 15+1reb+1ast, D.Mays 12+1reb+1ast, T.Hartvich 4+3reb
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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Doyne, Falco-Szova22.0 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.2 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.9 
 5. El-Amin, PVSK P.20.4 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.9 
 7. Townes, Soproni19.7 
 8. Sales, Atomeromu19.5 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.19.1 
 10. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Townes, Soproni11.8 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu11.7 
 3. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.4 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari9.3 
 5. Jones, Albacomp9.2 
 6. Gosa, Falco-Szova9.1 
 7. Bell, Kormend8.7 
 8. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.8.4 
 10. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Kelley, Soproni6.4 
 3. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.4 
 4. Simon, Albacomp6.2 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok6.2 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.0 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.6 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.2 
 9. LaGrange, Kecsk.4.3 
 10. Horvath, Szolnok4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.1 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.7 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.7 
 6. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Clark, Szolnok2.4 
 8. Singletary, FS Debre.2.4 
 9. Kaman, ZTE K.2.4 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.6 
 2. Townes, Soproni1.9 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.5 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.2 
 5. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.1 
 6. Langford, FS Debre.1.0 
 7. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 8. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.9 
 9. Sales, Atomeromu0.9 
 10. Davis, Kormend0.8 


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  ICELAND   


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Keflavik
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Sanders, Keflavik27.8 
 2. Trifunovic, Keflavik25.0 
 3. Springer, Fjolnir23.8 
 4. Inge, Haukar22.9 
 5. Bartolotta, IR21.8 
 6. Smith, Grindavik21.6 
 7. Smith, Njardvik21.3 
 8. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 9. Fain, Tindastoll21.0 
 10. Biedler, IR20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Robinson, Haukar14.5 
 2. Biedler, IR12.5 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.7 
 4. Trifunovic, Keflavik11.1 
 5. Springer, Fjolnir11.0 
 6. Pettinella, Grindavik10.6 
 7. Fain, Tindastoll10.4 
 8. Amoroso, Snaefell10.3 
 9. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.2 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.4 
 4. Smith, Grindavik7.0 
 5. Burton, Snaefell6.3 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Cunningham, Tinda.5.5 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan5.4 
 9. Schoen, KFI5.1 
 10. Inge, Haukar5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Hayward FAIN
  Tindastoll
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Fain, Tindastoll3.6 
 2. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 3. Schoen, KFI3.1 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.7 
 6. Rivers, Tindastoll2.6 
 7. Milicevic, KFI2.6 
 8. Biedler, IR2.5 
 9. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.4 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR1.9 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik1.7 
 5. Fain, Tindastoll1.7 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.6 
 7. Sanders, Keflavik1.6 
 8. Hafsteinsson, Fjolnir1.4 
 9. Aorsteinsson, Kefla.1.3 
 10. Inge, Haukar1.2 


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  IRAN   


Iran U16 lost first two games in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16 edged Iran U16 in the start of the International Tournament in Gaziantep, Turkey. It was one of the most interesting games of the first day. The Asian team grabbed 23-11 after the first 10 minutes, while the Europeans responded with 27-8 in the second period to take the lead at the halftime. The teams again exchanged the victories in the second half as Slovenia celebrated the total success. Aleksej Nikolic (178-G-95) paced all the winners with 23 points and Luka Kokol (189-G-95) delivered 21 points. Vahagan Gharibian ended up with 17 points for the Asian side, whilst Vahid Dalrizahan had 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Bulgaria U16 needed 64:56 over Iran U16 to tie their record at 1-1 after Day 2 of the International Tournament. The European team trailed 7-14 after the first period, but then went back on track. At first they produced 21-12 in the second period to take the lead at the halftime and then erupted with 19-12 in the last stanza. Anguel Dinkov stepped up with 27 points and 8 rebounds while Aleksandar Vezenkov (203-F/G-95) exploded with 24 points and 20 boards. Vahid Dalrizahan ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, whilst Alireza Mortazavi posted 9.








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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. Killester 12-2 
 2. DCU Saints 8-7 
 3. UCD Marian 7-9 
 4. Belfast Star 5-8 
 5. Ulster Elks 3-11 
South Conference
 1. UL Eagles 12-2 
 2. UCC Demons 9-4 
 3. Neptune 7-7 
 4. Moycullen 1-14 


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  ISRAEL   


Barak Netanya gets the W with a huge 78:77 on Hapoel T - by David Pick
Israeli second division sensation Hapoel Tel-Aviv battled Elitzur Netanya in the Israeli cup semi-finals tonight (Monday), at Nokia arena in Israel while coming into the game with an outstanding 18-1 record. Brian Asbury and Adrian Uter (15 rebounds), were once again the X-factors for their team with 24 and 22 points respectably BUT, the division one yellow and black troops Led by undoubted stars Adrian Banks (who scored 27 of his 29 points in the second half and 4 consecutive points in the last 37 second of the game to overcome a 13 point deficit in the last period and win from line on a last second free throw) and former Akron Ohio Fab' 5 native, Romeo Travis, who did all the dirty work under the baskets and banked his mid-range shots to finish with 13 points and 11 rebounds, as the favorite team advanced to the israeli cup finals with a triumph 78:77.

Wining coach Arik Alfasi said after his team's victory: 'it was a very intense and thrilling game, I'm glad my team ended up victorious. Hapoel led most of the game except for the first quarter, and I want to congratulate Sharon Avrahami for having a great great team and amazing fans. We don't come prepared enough to the 'Money Time' and we lost the winning touch a few times this season but I'm glad we came back and won. I'm very proud of my players and to be a part of this organization. We advanced to the cup final four in back to back seasons and I hope that the city of Netanya will bring all its fans to the finals on Thursday'.

Adrian Banks added: 'I love the game of basketball so much, and I'm excited and happy at the same time because of this win. We weren't at our best in the past few games and we knew that in order to win we will need to fight. I'm glad my teammates put their best foot forward and helped us win. Romeo was very dominant under the boards and did a lot of things that kept us in the game whenever they made a run'.


Shmulik brener added for the winning squad: 'if I had two hats I would take them both off and salute Hapoel's players because they played like real men. They made it back big time to the Israeli basketball front stage. In terms of our team, I really hope the Netanya will come support us in the finals because we need every single fan out there'.




Hapoel's head coach Sharon Avrahami referred to his team's deficit: 'this is worst feeling I could possibly feel. It's very hard to swallow a lose like this. I don't think many people remember where this organization was four years ago. At the end of the day I'm very proud of my players who put on a huge show, and I'd like to thank the crowd that came to


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  ITALY   


A Dilettanti, Round 20 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

In the round 20 Moncalieri wins against Trento for 86-79 and gets the victory number 10 thanks a great first half (53-32) while for Trento, despite the last partial (20-29 for the visitors), this is the fifth defeat of the season. For the winners the MVP is Cristiano Masper (208-F-73) that closes with 28 points, 12/16 at shoot, 5 rebounds and 5 steals. For the others there are 22 points of Federico Tassinari (194-G-77, agency: Players Group) with 4/8 by 3 and 9 rebounds, 17 points and 9 rebounds with 5 steals for Simone Cotani (201-G/F-81) and 8 points with 3 assist in 20 minutes for Francesco Conti (203-F/C-83). For the Bitumcalor the top scorer is Luca Conte (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) that scores 28 points with 5 steals and 5/10 by 3, 12 points and 6 rebounds for Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85), 10 points of Marco Spanghero (185-G-91) and 8 points for Luca Gandini (205-F-85, agency: Interperformances). Important victory for Perugia at Pavia (73-72) that allows the Liomatic to reaches the first place with 15-5 with Trento. Decisive one free throw of Caroldi in the last minute. For the hosts 22 points of Dario Scodavolpe (193-G/F-83) with 6 steals and a perfect 11/11 in the FT (14 fouls suffered) and 38 of ranking, 15 points of Ibrahim Cisse (188-G/F-84), 13 points and 11 rebounds with 5 steals for Paul Biligha (200-C-90) and 6 points with 7 rebounds of Stefano Borgna (193-G-79). For the new leaders of the group Giovanni Carenza (202-F-88, college: St.Anselm) is the top scorer with 15 points and 6/8 at shoot, 12 points for 3 players: Giacomo Chiatti (178-G-86), Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-F/C-91) and Marco Pazzi (203-C-79) (that catches also 12 rebounds). The other results:

Co.Mark Treviglio - Aps Trieste 71-54 (T.Marino 17 pts & 4 ass, T.DeMin 9 reb & 5 stl, D.Magro 9 reb)
Goldengas Senigallia - Copra Piacenza 73-78 (G.Scarone 22 pts, R.Perego 9 reb & 5 ass, S.Maddaloni 6 ass)
La Fortezza Recanati - Paffoni Omegna 69-75 (D.Parente 17 pts & 6 ass & 3 stl, M.Ammannato 17 pts & 7 reb)
Centrale Brescia - SBS Castelletto 76-72 (F.Prelazzi 19 pts & 6 stl, M.Maganza 10 reb, M.Ghersetti 18 pts & 3 ass & 7 stl, F.Bushati 7 stl)
Edilcost Osimo - PentaG. Ozzano 73-93 (D.Verri 21 pts, L.Fontecchio 12 reb, M.Vitali 19 pts, G.Sanguinetti 5 stl, J.Canelo 7 ass, V.DiCapua 6 ass)
Consum.it Siena - Garda Cartiere Riva (02/03/2011)

Group B

Ruvo loses at Molfetta for 82-66 with a disastrous last quarter (10-24), not enough the 15 points of Andrea Malamov (196-G-83) (4 steals and 7/14 at shoot). For the other players there are 11 points of Stefano Simeoli (200-F-86) in 18 minutes (starting by bench), 10 points of Simone Bonfiglio (181-G-88) with 4 assist and 9 points with 10 rebounds for Francesco Ihedioha (196-F-86, agency: Interperformances). Diego Corral (205-C-86, agency: Players Group) led the winners with a double-double (14 points and 15 rebounds), 19 points of Giovanni Rugolo (196-G/F-81), 8 points and 8 assist for Andrea Maggio (193-G/F-80), 6 points and 7 rebounds for Jacopo Pozzi (200-F-87) and 16 points for Salvatore Genovese (198-G/F-87, agency: Players Group) with 4/6 by 3 in 17 minutes. In the big match of the day Trapani exceeds Ostuni for 80-79 and, taking advantage of the defeat of Ruvo, reaches the Adriatica at the first place on standing (15-5 the record). Ostuni loses and remains at the third place with 2 losses in most of leaders. Very balanced final, in the last seconds Evangelisti misses 2 free throws but Circosta misses the 3 points-buzzerbeater. Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84), despite the 2 errors in the final, is the top scorer with 26 points and 12/14 in the free throws (9 fouls suffered), 16 points with 13 rebounds and 5 steals for Walter Santarossa (200-F-78), 17 points and 4 steals of Luca Bisconti (206-F/C-82) and 9 points for Ariel Svoboda (192-G-85, agency: Players Group) and Francesco Guarino (182-G-79). For the Assi Basket good performance of Mario Gigena (198-F-77) with 20 points and 8/17 at shoot, 17 points of Valerio Circosta (188-G-87) with 3 assist and 4/8 by 3, 11 points of Antonio Ruggiero (190-G-81), 9 points of Claudio Tommasini (190-G-91) and 8 points with 8 rebounds for Francesco Basei (207-C-83) in 16 minutes. In the other matches:

Moncada Agrigento - Benacquista Latina 88-69 (P.Mossi 22 pts & 5 ass, M.Soloperto 10 reb, D.Pennisi 19 pts & 9 reb)
Ascom Patti - FMC Ferentino 69-71 (M.Carrizo 21 pts, F.Candido 18 pts & 10 reb, T.Gullo 4 ass & 7 stl, A.Ancellotti 3 blk)
Cisa Massafra - Bawer Matera 68-77 (R.Martone 20 pts, M.Cucinelli 7 reb, S.Lenardon 5 ass, S.Plumari 4 stl)
AD S.Antimo - Ambrosia Bisceglie 72-82 (S.Gatti 22 pts & 10 reb, D.Calabria 22 pts & 5 stl, D.Rosignoli 10 reb, C.Cantone 5 ass)
Ircop Rieti - Romana Anagni 52-67 (M.Caceres 21 pts, D.Zambon 10 reb, F.Dri 3 ass, F.Becerra 18 pts & 3 stl)
Publisys Potenza - Itop Palestrina 102-75 (S.Bagnoli 27 pts & 16 reb, M.Giuri 6 ass, S.Paparella 18 pts & 4 ass, S.Crotta 8 reb)


Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Trento 15-5 
 2. Perugia 15-5 
 3. Brescia 14-6 
 4. Piacenza 14-6 
 5. Treviglio 13-7 
 6. Omegna 13-7 
 7. Trieste 11-9 
 8. Moncalieri 10-10 
 9. Castelletto 10-10 
 10. Senigallia 9-11 
 11. Comsum.it SI 8-11 
 12. ASD Pavia 8-12 
 13. Recanati 7-13 
 14. Ozzano 6-14 
 15. Riva del Garda 4-15 
 16. Osimo 2-18 
Group B
 1. Trapani 15-5 
 2. Ruvo 15-5 
 3. Ostuni 13-7 
 4. S.Antimo 12-8 
 5. Latina Basket 11-9 
 6. Matera 11-9 
 7. Ferentino 10-10 
 8. Anagni 10-10 
 9. Rieti 9-10 
 10. Molfetta 9-11 
 11. Bisceglie 9-11 
 12. Potenza 9-11 
 13. Massafra 9-11 
 14. Patti 8-12 
 15. Agrigento 5-15 
 16. Palestrina 4-15 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.8 
 2. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.6 
 3. Roberson, Enel B.16.5 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.16.2 
 5. Thomas, Air AV16.1 
 6. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 7. Winston, CS Bo.15.7 
 8. Milic, Vanoli CR15.4 
 9. Goss, Cimberio VA15.3 
 10. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes11.1 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.7 
 3. Davis, Banca Tercas8.6 
 4. Homan, CS Bologna8.6 
 5. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.2 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Suton, Angelico BI7.6 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.3 
 10. Szewczyk, Air AV7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Green, Air AV6.7 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.4 
 3. Goss, Cimberio VA4.3 
 4. Sosa, Angelico BI4.2 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.4.2 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR4.1 
 7. Collins, Scavolin.4.0 
 8. Markovic, Benetton.3.7 
 9. Green, Bennet Cantu3.6 
 10. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.2 
Steals Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari2.8 
 2. Hackett, Scavolin.2.7 
 3. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.7 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.7 
 6. Thomas, Air AV2.6 
 7. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.6 
 8. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
 9. Collins, Scavolin.2.5 
 10. Green, Air AV2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 2. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.4 
 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. Drozdov, Vanoli CR1.0 
 9. Szewczyk, Air AV0.9 
 10. Homan, CS Bologna0.9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.6 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona21.8 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.6 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer20.0 
 5. Ebi, Aget Imola20.0 
 6. Gordon, Forli18.7 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco17.7 
 8. Roderick, Immobi.17.6 
 9. Slay, Umana Reyer17.4 
 10. Hickman, Fastw.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.3 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.1 
 3. Filloy, Immobili.8.3 
 4. Lollis, Immobili.8.3 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.1 
 6. Dickens, San Severo7.9 
 7. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.9 
 8. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 9. Waleskowski, Tezeni.7.8 
 10. Gordon, Forli7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Crispin, Barcellona4.9 
 2. Porta, Tezenis .4.7 
 3. Farabello, N.Fer.3.8 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer3.8 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.8 
 6. Mathis, Snaidero.3.7 
 7. Hickman, Fastw.3.6 
 8. Forte, Tuscany PT3.5 
 9. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
 10. Childress, San S.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.3 
 2. Hunter, Sunrise .3.0 
 3. Ebi, Aget Imola2.8 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.7 
 5. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 6. Ndoja, N.Ferrara2.5 
 7. Davis, Sunrise .2.5 
 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: 2.9
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.9 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 4. Achara, Barcellona1.0 
 5. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.8 
 6. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 7. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.7 
 8. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 10. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.7 


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Evangelisti, Trapani18.2 
 2. Reati, Treviglio17.6 
 3. Ricciardi, Palestrina17.5 
 4. Vico, Matera17.2 
 5. Masper, Moncalieri16.9 
 6. Rugolo, Molfetta16.9 
 7. Tassinari, Moncalieri16.7 
 8. Casadei, Comsum.i.16.2 
 9. Becerra, Rieti16.1 
 10. Marino, Treviglio15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza11.0 
 2. Corral, Molfetta10.2 
 3. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.5 
 4. Zambon, Rieti9.5 
 5. Basei, Ostuni9.3 
 6. Zerini, Ruvo8.7 
 7. Capitanelli, Pales.8.7 
 8. Chiaramello, Recanati8.3 
 9. De Min, Treviglio8.2 
 10. Facenda, Senigallia8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Ferrarese, Trento5.2 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.7 
 3. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 4. Virgilio, Rieti3.6 
 5. Lenardon, Massafra3.6 
 6. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.5 
 7. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.4 
 8. Parente, Moncalieri3.2 
 9. Bushati, Brescia3.1 
 10. Basanisi, Massafra3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.5 
 2. Gullo, Patti3.3 
 3. Marcante, ASD P.3.2 
 4. Bushati, Brescia3.2 
 5. De Nicolao, Castelle.3.1 
 6. Bonamente, Perugia2.9 
 7. Pozzi, Molfetta2.8 
 8. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 9. Casadei, Comsum.i.2.8 
 10. Scodavolpe, ASD P.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.9 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.6 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.4 
 4. Raminelli, Castelle.1.1 
 5. Capitanelli, Pales.1.1 
 6. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.1 
 7. Candido, Ferentino1.1 
 8. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 9. Pozzi, Molfetta0.9 
 10. Marusic, Castelletto0.8 


Whiting's 28 points and 7 rebounds give him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
34-year old guard Trent Whiting (185-G-76) put on an amazing game in the last round for Aget Imola and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had the game-high 28 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Aget Imola in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Forli (#16, 4-15) in overtime 90-88. Aget Imola maintains the 8th position in Italian Lega2. Aget Imola is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-10 record. In the team's last game Whiting had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Aget Imola and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Brigham Young University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Whiting is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.6ppg. Whiting is in league's top in assists (4th best: 3.8apg) and averages solid 2.2spg,54.1% FGP and 41.1% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Tamar Slay (204-F-80) of top-ranked Umana Reyer Venezia. He is American forward in his first season at Umana Reyer. In the last game Slay recorded impressive 28 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Umana Reyer was edged by the lower-ranked Sunrise Scafati (#5, 12-7) 78-77. Umana Reyer managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team has currently 15-4 record. Slay is a newcomer at Umana Reyer and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#9). He also registered 6.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Nikola Radulovic (207-F-73) of Sunrise Scafati Basket (#5). Radulovic scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Sunrise Scafati, leading his team to a 78-77 win against the higher-ranked Umana Reyer (#1, 15-4). Sunrise Scafati needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 7 lost games. Radulovic has a very solid season. In 12 games in Italy he scored 12.1ppg. He also has 6.3rpg, 2.4spg and FGP: 66.7%. Nikola Radulovic has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joseph Forte (193-G-81) of Tuscany PT - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Guido Rosselli (196-G-83) of Prima Veroli - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Klaudio Ndoja (198-G/F-85) of N.Ferrara - 19 points and 11 rebounds
7. Ryan Hoover (188-G-74) of N.Ferrara - 23 points and 5 assists
8. Andrea Renzi (208-F/C-89) of Tezenis Verona - 18 points and 11 rebounds
9. Peter Ezugwu (203-C-76) of Assigeco - 13 points and 11 rebounds
10. Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81) of N.Ferrara - 13 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)


Szewczyk's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old center Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Air Avellino and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 36 points and 17 rebounds, while his team edged out CS Bologna (#6, 9-9) in overtime 105-101. Air AV is placed at 4th position in Italian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Air AV will need more victories to improve their 10-8 record. In the team's last game Szewczyk had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Air AV and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Szymon Szewczyk averages this season 13.3ppg and 7.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Mike Green (185-G-85) of league's second-best Bennet Cantu. He is American guard in his first season at Bennet Cantu. In the last game Green recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Bennet Cantu to edge the lower-ranked Lottomatica (#9, 8-10) by 5 points 79-74. This victory allowed Bennet Cantu to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 13-5 record is not bad at all. Green is a newcomer at Bennet Cantu and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Othello Hunter (203-F-86, agency: David Lee services) of Dinamo Sassari (#10). Hunter scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Dinamo Sassari, leading his team to a 89-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Banca Tercas (#15, 5-13). The chances of Dinamo Sassari ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hunter could help Dinamo Sassari to bring them higher in the standings. Hunter has a great season in Italy. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (9th best). He also has 2.1spg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 59.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James White (198-G-84) of Dinamo Sassari - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marques Green (170-G-82) of Air AV - 28 points and 9 assists
6. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87) of CS Bologna - 25 points and 4 rebounds
7. Marko Milic (202-F-77) of Vanoli CR - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Andrea Cinciarini (191-G-86) of Fabi Shoes - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) of Cimberio VA - 19 points and 14 rebounds
10. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) of CS Bologna - 17 points and 12 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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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 26-3 
 2. Sendai 89ers 17-11 
 3. Niigata Albirex 15-13 
 4. Tokyo Apache 13-11 
 5. Saitama Bron. 12-18 
 6. Akita 10-20 
 7. Toyama Grouses 9-19 
Western
 1. Shiga Lakestars 19-11 
 2. Osaka Evessa 19-11 
 3. Okinawa GK 18-12 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 18-14 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 15-15 
 6. Oita H.Devils 14-18 
 7. Shimane 12-18 
 8. Miyazaki 9-21 
 9. Takamatsu FA 9-21 


BJ League Round 31: Shimane Magic defeats leader Shiga Lakestars - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Shiga Lakestars (19-11) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by seventh ranked Shimane Magic (12-18) 104-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shiga Lakestars. The game was mostly controlled by Shimane Magic. Shiga Lakestars managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shimane Magic had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Shimane Magic especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 71.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Shiga Lakestars' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. American-Mexican guard Forrest Fisher (193-84, agency: GOTathletes) contributed with 26 points and 5 assists (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners. Guard Masashi Joho (183-82) answered with 24 points for Shiga Lakestars. Shimane Magic moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Saitama Bron. Shiga Lakestars at the other side still keep top position with 11 games lost. They share it with Osaka Evessa. Shimane Magic is looking forward to face Kyoto Hannaryz (#5) at home in the next round. Shiga Lakestars will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Niigata. Third ranked Niigata Albirex (15-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (26-3) 83-80 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Hamamatsu Phoenix. It was a great evening for Senegalese forward Issa Konare (202-80, college: High Point, agency: Warren Sports International) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Julius Ashby helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Niigata Albirex maintains third place with 15-13 record having six points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Niigata Albirex will play against league's second-placed Osaka Evessa on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against Oita Heat Devils and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Kyoto between Kyoto Hannaryz and Tokyo Apache. Fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (15-15) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Tokyo Apache (13-11). Kyoto Hannaryz managed to escape with a 3-point win 88-85 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Tokyo Apache. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for Wendell White who led the winners and scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Byron Eaton came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for Tokyo Apache in the defeat. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth place with 15-15 record. Loser Tokyo Apache keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz will meet Shimane Magic (#7) on the road in the next round. Tokyo Apache will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sendai 89ers (17-11) against fourth ranked Okinawa GK (18-12) on Sunday night. Host Sendai 89ers were defeated by Okinawa GK in Sendai 81-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sendai 89ers. American players dominated also this game. Jeff Newton fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 20 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Okinawa GK moved-up to third place. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the second position with 11 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be Saitama Broncos (#5) at home. Sendai 89ers will play against Takamatsu FA.
An interesting game for Osaka Evessa (19-11) which played road game in Fukuoka against 3rd placed Fukuoka Rizing (18-14). Second ranked Osaka Evessa managed to get a 12-point victory 84-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a very good performance for Lawrence Blackledge who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Osaka Evessa keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Shiga Lakestars. Loser Fukuoka Rizing dropped to the fourth place with 14 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face Niigata Albirex (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Toyama Grouses.

Other games in round 31 were not that significant. Miyazaki beat Oita H.Devils on the road 93-79. Saitama Bron. won against Toyama Grouses on its own court 83-78. Takamatsu FA managed to outperform Akita in a road game 67-61.



Shiga Lakestars - Shimane 77-104

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Shiga Lakestars (19-11) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by seventh ranked Shimane Magic (12-18) 104-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shiga Lakestars. The game was mostly controlled by Shimane Magic. Shiga Lakestars managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shimane Magic had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Shimane Magic especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 71.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Shiga Lakestars' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. American-Mexican guard Forrest Fisher (193-84, agency: GOTathletes) contributed with 26 points and 5 assists (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners. Five Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Guard Masashi Joho (183-82) answered with 24 points and American forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Shiga Lakestars. Shimane Magic moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Saitama Bron. Shiga Lakestars at the other side still keep top position with 11 games lost. They share it with Osaka Evessa. Shimane Magic is looking forward to face Kyoto Hannaryz (#5) at home in the next round. Shiga Lakestars will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: M.Joho 24+2reb+1ast, L.Rice 20+7reb, J.Peppers 13+5reb+1ast, R.Schafer 9+6reb, Y.Okada 5+4reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 3+1reb
Shimane: R.Golson 26+13reb+8ast, F.Fisher 26+3reb+5ast, T.Yokoo 19+1reb+2ast, J.Davis 14+11reb, T.Ishizaki 11+6reb+6ast, E.Yamamoto 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 105958


Kyoto Hannaryz - Tokyo Apache 88-85

A very close game took place in Kyoto between Kyoto Hannaryz and Tokyo Apache. Fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (15-15) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Tokyo Apache (13-11). Kyoto Hannaryz managed to escape with a 3-point win 88-85 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Tokyo Apache. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 28-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Kyoto Hannaryz forced 22 Tokyo Apache turnovers. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-69, college: LSU) accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals for the winning side. Guard Byron Eaton (180-86, college: Oklahoma St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Tokyo Apache in the defeat. Five Kyoto Hannaryz and four Tokyo Apache players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth place with 15-15 record. Loser Tokyo Apache keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz will meet Shimane Magic (#7) on the road in the next round. Tokyo Apache will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Apache: B.Eaton 24+11reb+5ast, R.Swift 16+10reb+1ast, M.Chappell 13+7reb+2ast, C.Aoki 11+4reb, T.Kensuke 9+2reb+7ast, J.Nakama 8+2reb+3ast
Kyoto Hannaryz: N.Nakamura 22+2reb+1ast, W.White 19+8reb+4ast, M.Abdul-Rauf 16+5reb+6ast, T.Kawabe 11+5reb, K.Trim 11+8reb, K.Setoyama 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 105959


Fukuoka Rizing - Osaka Evessa 72-84

An interesting game for Osaka Evessa (19-11) which played road game in Fukuoka against 3rd placed Fukuoka Rizing (18-14). Second ranked Osaka Evessa managed to get a 12-point victory 84-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. Fukuoka Rizing was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Osaka Evessa made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game, while Fukuoka Rizing only scored eleven points from the stripe. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Osaka Evessa made 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a very good performance for forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) answered with 23 points and forward Jartavious Henderson (203-87, college: Memphis) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Fukuoka Rizing. Four Osaka Evessa and five Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Shiga Lakestars. Loser Fukuoka Rizing dropped to the fourth place with 14 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face Niigata Albirex (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Toyama Grouses.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 23+3reb+2ast, J.Nakanishi 12+3reb+3ast, N.Murry 12+4reb+2ast, A.Takeno 11+3reb+2ast, J.Henderson 10+10reb+3ast, T.Cordeiro 4+3reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: L.Blackledge 29+12reb+1ast, W.Knight 17+3reb+3ast, W.Marshall 13+13reb+3ast, D.Tamura 12+1reb+1ast, H.Katsumata 7+1reb+1ast, H.Takada 4+3reb+5ast
gschID: 105960


Oita H.Devils - Miyazaki 79-93

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (9-21) beat on the road 6th ranked Oita Heat Devils (14-18) 93-79 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Miyazaki Shining Suns made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Quite impressive performance for American forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Jackie Manuel (196-83, college: N.Carolina) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Kimitake Sato (186-84) answered with 26 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agency: Edge Sports) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Oita Heat Devils. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Takamatsu FA. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the sixth position with 18 games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will face league's leader Shiga Lakestars at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: K.Sato 26+5reb+3ast, D.Johnson 17+5reb+4ast, H.Sato 12+1reb+2ast, M.Lottich 12+5reb+6ast, C.Tate 6+10reb, T.Finger 4+4reb+4ast
Miyazaki: B.Cole 24+12reb+2ast, T.Shimizu 23+2reb+5ast, E.Palmer 19+11reb, J.Manuel 19+11reb+2ast, T.Ito 5+2reb+4ast, O.Shinnosuke 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 105961


Sendai 89ers - Okinawa GK 70-81

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sendai 89ers (17-11) against fourth ranked Okinawa GK (18-12) on Sunday night. Host Sendai 89ers were defeated by Okinawa GK in Sendai 81-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sendai 89ers. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Sendai 89ers was better in second period 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sendai 89ers 51-39 including a 38-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Sendai 89ers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. Center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 20 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) added 9 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Okinawa GK moved-up to third place. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the second position with 11 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be Saitama Broncos (#5) at home. Sendai 89ers will play against Takamatsu FA.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: M.Hopson 20+8reb+3ast, T.Komoda 15+2reb+1ast, C.Holm 13+10reb+1ast, M.Bell 9+12reb+3ast, K.Takahashi 5+1reb+2ast, T.Woodyard 4+3reb+1ast
Okinawa GK: J.Newton 23+20reb+3ast, C.Dixon 16+11reb+7ast, N.Kosuge 15+2reb+1ast, S.Kinjo 12+1reb+1ast, A.Kuso 11+8reb+2ast, A.McHenry 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 105955


Niigata Albirex - Hamamatsu P. 83-80

Important game to mention about took place in Niigata. Third ranked Niigata Albirex (15-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (26-3) 83-80 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Hamamatsu Phoenix. It looked good early as Hamamatsu Phoenix took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Niigata Albirex had a 22-17 second period charge getting the lead and Hamamatsu Phoenix was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-83. It was a great evening for Senegalese forward Issa Konare (202-80, college: High Point, agency: Warren Sports International) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex maintains third place with 15-13 record having six points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Niigata Albirex will play against league's second-placed Osaka Evessa on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against Oita Heat Devils and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 21+5reb, D.Larkai 16+6reb, J.Parmer 14+4reb+1ast, J.Dixon 14+3reb+4ast, S.Okada 6+3reb+3ast, M.Ohguchi 4+3reb
Niigata Albirex: I.Konare 20+7reb+3ast, N.DeWitz 16+1reb+1ast, J.Ashby 13+7reb+1ast, S.Komatsu 11+1ast, Y.Ikeda 7+1reb+1ast, N.Takushi 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 105956


Saitama Bron. - Toyama Grouses 83-78

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Toyama Grouses (9-19) lost on the road to fifth ranked Saitama Broncos (12-18) 83-78 on Sunday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-18. But Toyama Grouses won third quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Toyama Grouses outrebounded Saitama Broncos 47-34 including 17 on the offensive glass. Quite impressive performance for American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!), 6 assists and 4 steals. Guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Saitama Broncos' coach Bob Nash used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) added 19 points and 4 steals in the effort for Toyama Grouses. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saitama Broncos maintains fifth place with 12-18 record, which they share with Shimane. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the seventh position with 19 games lost. Saitama Broncos will face higher ranked Okinawa GK (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toyama Grouses will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#4).
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 21+14reb+2ast, T.Mito 19+4reb+1ast, J.Smith 11+10reb, H.Johnson 11+4reb, J.Davis 7+3reb+4ast, M.Kyle 5+10reb+1ast
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 36+4reb+6ast, G.Leach 12+5reb, Y.Kitamuki 11+5reb+4ast, D.Terashita 10+6reb+2ast, G.Klaiber 7+7reb, B.Nash 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 105957


Akita - Takamatsu FA 61-67

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Takamatsu FA (9-21) won against on the road 6th ranked Akita Happinets (10-20) 67-61 on Sunday. Akita Happinets were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 10-point lead after three quarters before a 24-8 charge of Takamatsu FA, which allowed them to win the game. Quite impressive performance for American forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Shuichi Takada (194-83) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) added 2 points and 18 rebounds in the effort for Akita Happinets. Akita Happinets' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Takamatsu FA have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 9-21 record, which they share with Miyazaki. Loser Akita Happinets keep the sixth position with 20 games lost. Takamatsu FA will face league's second-placed Sendai 89ers at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Akita: S.Henry 17+10reb+2ast, P.Butorac 12+7reb, M.Hasegawa 9+1reb+1ast, M.Sawaguchi 8+1reb+1ast, A.Burks 7+2reb+2ast, K.Shoji 2+4reb+5ast
Takamatsu FA: S.Takada 24+5reb+2ast, J.Price 16+16reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 16+5reb+1ast, R.Sparks 9+16reb+1ast, M.Kita 2+1reb+1ast, T.Farley 0
gschID: 105954




Best players of Japanese BJ League round 30 - by Eurobasket News
American Brian Harper (208-F/G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Toyama Grouses and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 25-year old swingman had a double-double of 30 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Saitama Bron. (#5, 11-18) 95-80. Toyama Grouses maintains the 7th position in Japanese BJ League. Toyama Grouses is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-18 record. In the team's last game Harper had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Toyama Grouses' top player in his first season with the team. Paine College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harper is in league's top in points (7th best: 18.4ppg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 50.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Wendell White (198-G-84) of Kyoto Hannaryz. White impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Kyoto Hannaryz lost that game 102-115 to slightly higher-ranked Tokyo Apache (#4, 13-10). Kyoto Hannaryz managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-15 record. White is a newcomer at Kyoto Hannaryz and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.9ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 10.3rpg and 4.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was Nigerian Ayodokun Akingbade (207-F-84) of Akita Northern Happinets (#6). Akingbade scored 10 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Akita, leading his team to a 80-54 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Takamatsu FA (#8, 8-21). The chances of Akita 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, Akingbade could try to bring Akita's a little bit higher in the standings. Akingbade has individually a great season in Japan. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.2rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeff Newton (205-C-81) of Okinawa GK - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Taj Finger (203-F-86) of Oita H.Devils - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Sendai 89ers - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82) of Niigata Albirex - 23 points and 12 rebounds
8. Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84) of Shiga Lakestars - 5 points, 26 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Damian Johnson (201-F-87) of Oita H.Devils - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  JORDAN   


Jamal Abu Shamala in Mexico - by Omar Shafaamri

Jordan National Team player Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87, college: Minnesota) plays overseas in Mexico with Potros Club in the LNBP League . Abu Shamala left his D-League Team Siuox Falls last November , in January Abu Shamala Signed with Potros and untill now played 5 Games with them , Averaging 7.4 pts , 4.4 Rebs , 1.8 Assists and 91.7% FT in 30.8 minutes playing time.

Career:
Shakopee, Minn. / Shakopee High School
2005-2006: Minnesota (NCAA): 30 games: 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg
2006 June: Howard Pulley League in Minneapolis, MN
2006 July: Howard Pulley Summer Pro City League (TRP Group team)
2006-2007: Minnesota (NCAA): 31 games: 6.5ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3Pts: 43.1%, FT: 81.3%
2007-2008: Minnesota (NCAA): 34 games: 3.4ppg, 1.8rpg
2008-2009: Minnesota (NCAA, starting five): 33 games: 3.8ppg, 1.6rpg
2010: Team Manchester (Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas, starting five)
2010-2011: Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League), left in Nov.'10, next month moved to Potros ITSON (Mexico-LNBP, starting five)
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Awards/Achievements:
HS Minnesota Mr. Basketball finalist named all-state his senior season first team all-metro by the St. Paul Pioneer Press two-time all-conference selection top-10 Timberwolves award
Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -08
Jordanian National Team -08-09
William Jones Cup Tournament -08
Jordanian U23 National Team -09
Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas All-Tournament 2nd Team -10


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Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. Barsy Atyrau 9-0 
 2. Astana Tigers 7-3 
 3. Tobol 6-4 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 4-5 
 5. BK Atyrau 2-6 
 6. BK Almaty 0-10 


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  LATVIA   


Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Jurmala 13-2 
 2. Ventspils Aug. 12-3 
 3. Ogre 11-3 
 4. Saldus 10-4 
 5. Gulbene 8-6 
 6. Zemgale/Jun. 8-7 
 7. Daugava 7-8 
 8. BAA Riga 6-7 
 9. Liepaja-2 5-9 
 10. Ridzene 3-12 
 11. Livani 1-11 
 12. VEF Kadeti 1-13 


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. Mitchell, Liepaja14.9 
 8. Berzins, VEF R.14.9 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera14.8 
 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. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.2 
 6. Rozitis, Zemgale6.6 
 7. Selakovs, VEF R.6.5 
 8. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.4 
 9. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.9 
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, Ventspils4.2 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.0 
 5. Willjam, Barons3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.8 
 7. Feldmanis, Barons3.6 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja3.4 
 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, Liepaja2.0 
 4. Cavars, Barons1.9 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.9 
 7. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 8. Slisans, LU1.6 
 9. Bertans, VEF R.1.5 
 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. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja0.9 
 7. Brunins, Zemgale0.9 
 8. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 9. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 10. Piternieks, LU0.8 


LBL D2 Round 15: Leader Jurmala gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Jurmala delivered the thirteenth win on Thursday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Ridzene (3-12) 90-69. The game was mostly controlled by Jurmala. Ridzene managed to win third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jurmala have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains first place with 13-2 record. Ridzene at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Jurmala are looking forward to face Daugava (#7) in Daugavapils in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ridzene will play on the road against BS Ogre and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ventspils. Local Ventspils Augstskola (12-3) outscored 6th ranked Zemgale/Juniors (8-7) 80-56. Ventspils Augstskola have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-3 record behind leader Jurmala. Newly promoted Zemgale/Juniors keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Ventspils Augstskola will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zemgale/Juniors will play at home against Livani (#11) and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 15 Daugava was defeated by Saldus in a road game 61-54. Bottom-ranked VEF Kadeti was smashed by Ogre at home 72-95.



Saldus - Daugava 61-54

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Daugava (7-8) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Saldus (10-4) 61-54. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 17-9 Daugava's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 61-54 at the end of the game. Saldus have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-4 record. Newly promoted Daugava keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Saldus will play against Liepaja-2 (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Daugava will play against the league's leader Jurmala and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 120491


Jurmala - Ridzene 90-69

Leader Jurmala delivered the thirteenth win on Thursday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Ridzene (3-12) 90-69. The game was mostly controlled by Jurmala. Ridzene managed to win third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jurmala have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains first place with 13-2 record. Ridzene at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Jurmala are looking forward to face Daugava (#7) in Daugavapils in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ridzene will play on the road against BS Ogre and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 120487


Ventspils Aug. - Zemgale/Jun. 80-56

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ventspils. Local Ventspils Augstskola (12-3) outscored 6th ranked Zemgale/Juniors (8-7) 80-56. Ventspils Augstskola have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-3 record behind leader Jurmala. Newly promoted Zemgale/Juniors keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Ventspils Augstskola will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zemgale/Juniors will play at home against Livani (#11) and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 120485


VEF Kadeti - Ogre 72-95

No shocking result in a game in Riga where third ranked BS Ogre (11-3) smashed bottom-ranked VEF Kadeti (1-13) 95-72. The game without a history. BS Ogre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BS Ogre maintains third place with 11-3 record having just three points less than leader Jurmala. VEF Kadeti lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. BS Ogre will play against Ridzene (#10) in Riga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. VEF Kadeti's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga BAA Riga.
gschID: 120486




Ventpsils split ways with Algirdas Brazys - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils management decided to part ways with head coach Algirdas Brazys . The 48-year-old Lithuanian specialist signed a two-year deal with Ventspils at the start of the season. He led Ventspils to 12-2 record in LBL. He also reached a 12-4 record in Baltic League. However the latest loss to VEF Riga juniors in Latvian championship forced the management to take measures. The team will be guided by assistant coach Guntis Endzels for now.


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 13-2 
 2. Liepaja 13-6 
 3. VEF Riga jrs 11-6 
 4. Barons 11-7 
 5. Valmiera 8-7 
 6. Zemgale 6-9 
 7. Turiba 3-14 
 8. LU 2-16 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


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Bank Med League : Final 8 : Riyadi & Champville on the winning Track - by Rabih Khoury
In the final 8 of the Bank Med League round 2 saw exciting games, In Zahle Riyadi had a big game against Anibal , Anibal who played the game without Terrence Shannon suffered in the first 3 quarters especially that Nate Johnson and Jean Abed El Nour were putting a big performance , Riyadi dominated the game and had a comfortable win but in the 4th quarter the home team regrouped and reduced the difference to five points but the big experience of the Champion prevailed in the end and secured a prestigious win on the score of 67-79.

In Dik El Mehdi , the leader of the Bank Med League suffered 3 quarters against Antranik , the guest took the lead for 3 quarters but couldnt handle the pressure of the 4th quarter they cracked and couldnt react which led to another win for the leaders at the score of 97-84.

In Amchit, Byblos whos showing a good level of Basketball lately had a target to continue this performance and to try to repeat the win against Hoops in Amchit like in the previous round. The home team imposed its game from the first minutes and had a big dominance which gave them a comfortable lead despite the comeback of Hoops. Byblos won in the end at the score of 90-76.

In Tripoli, Moutahed and Sagesse continued their epic battle, this time the game turned down to be one of the most exciting ones since years , the two teams battled from the first minutes , Moutahed had a great start in the first quarter when they surprised the visiting team but lot of pressure , Sagesse answered back in the second quarter and regrouped to come back in the game to stay close , the score at the half was 45-43. In the third quarter the tempo turned to very aggressive and the two teams did their best to impose their game, the game continued on the same tempo till the last seconds of the game when Moutahed prevailed at the score of 88-83. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) had an impressing game with 26pts and 13 assits

source: www.flbb.com


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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. Matthews, Defensor21.0 
 5. Ayuso, Capitanes20.8 
 6. Carter, Caneros20.7 
 7. Lo Grippo, Quimsa20.3 
 8. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.18.7 
 9. Romero, Espartanos18.7 
 10. Brown, Sionista18.3 
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. Henning, Toros9.3 
 7. Araujo, Dep.Espanol9.0 
 8. Teichmann, Flame.9.0 
 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. Mendez-V., Halc.Xal.5.0 
 6. Mazzaro, Quimsa5.0 
 7. Pagan, Toros5.0 
 8. Treise, Quimsa4.0 
 9. Martinez, Regat.4.0 
 10. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Reinaldo GARCIA
  Mavort
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Garcia, Mavort3.0 
 2. Pagan, Toros3.0 
 3. Woodward, Defensor2.7 
 4. Montas, Caneros2.7 
 5. Garcia, BR.2.3 
 6. Teichmann, Flame.2.3 
 7. Campazzo, Penarol2.2 
 8. Machado, Flamengo2.2 
 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. Traylor, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 6. Aubry, Capitanes1.7 
 7. Mata, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 8. Robinson, Halc..1.7 
 9. Teichmann, Flame.1.5 
 10. Araujo, Dep.Espanol1.3 


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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